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100 years ago: KU women describe their ‘ideal Jayhawker’

March 14, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 14, 1913:

  • "'The Ideal Jayhawker. He must make a good appearance, but need not be handsome. Careful in personal appearance, but not a 'dandy.' Jolly, accommodating, considerate, and a true sportsman. He must be a good conversationalist and realize that a girl is not flattered by having nonsense talked to her all the time. Show reverence and respect to the aged. Show the same gentlemanliness with men as with women. Not smoke or drink or be guilty of the attendant evils. These are vigorously denounced. Not sneer at religion or joke lightly about it. Recognize no two standards for men and women.' -- Kansas University Co-eds who are members of the K.U. Y.W.C.A. have outlined a code of ideals to which they would have the young men of Kansas measure up. In a list of nine requirements they have prescribed for his every-day life in such a manner that the straight and narrow path seems easy walking. And the reward shall be that he shall be known as an 'ideal.' Perhaps there will be other rewards, perhaps some of the fair co-eds who aided in compiling the above set of regulations have designs upon these 'ideals.' Anyway the code seems a very good one and while sometimes it may be found hard to follow it might be well for all young Jayhawkers to have a copy at hand for ready reference. While the girls haven't expressed their intentions of 'cutting' any of the stronger sex who fail to come up to the requirements they hope that their standard will be given some close attention by the young men who call on Friday evenings."
  • "Sheriff Cummings was called to Worden, in the southern part of the county, this morning to investigate a shooting that occurred there last night. Some time last night a farm laborer by the name of Keeber was found at his home with a bullet wound in his neck. He stated that he was fired upon by another person who entered his room. The wound has been dressed and the man is expected to recover. While there was no conclusive evidence it was the opinion of the neighbors that the wound was self-inflicted. A revolver which had been discharged was found in the room and there were powder burns on the man's clothing. Details were very meager and there is much mystery surrounding the shooting."


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