Archive for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

100 years ago: Two KU students suspended over tango story

October 1, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 1, 1913:

  • "Accused of having sent out for publication a story which it is alleged is unfounded upon facts and which reflects unfavorably upon the University of Kansas, two students of the school were temporarily suspended by Chancellor Frank Strong this morning. The two correspondents are E. W. Wingart of Topeka and Leon E. Howe of Almena, both of whom are employed by the Topeka Daily Capital as correspondents from Lawrence. Both are juniors in the College.... When the story reached the hill this morning it created considerable excitement and the pair of correspondents were summoned to appear in the chancellor's office. Here they were informed that they would not be admitted to classes until further notice had been given them.... The objectionable story regarded the alleged formation of a 'Tango' club at the University by fraternity men and sorority girls. The story was carried in this morning's edition of the Topeka Capital under a Lawrence dateline and designated as a 'special.' It stated that a club had been formed by the students, that teachers had been employed to instruct in the new steps and flings and that the initial meeting would be held on Friday afternoon. Two fraternities and two sororities were named as making up the membership of the new 'Tango' club.... Today the members of the four Greek letter organizations vigorously protested against the publication of the article alleging that it was written without foundation, that no club had been formed, that had been no teachers employed and that the student correspondents had been misinformed and that the fraternities had not contemplated any such action which might be interpreted as a breach of the University rules regarding dancing.... The publication of the story and the subsequent suspension of the two students caused considerable furor in University circles this morning and there is much speculation as to the probable conclusion of the entire affair.... 'When the "Tango" story was written I had positive information that such a dancing school was going to be formed. I was personally opposed to such a club on account of the bad impression it would give to the state at large, and wrote my story from that viewpoint,' said Mr. Howe this morning.... 'We are going into the whole matter,' said the Chancellor. 'I am dead opposed to all of these suggestive dances and am going to do all in my power to see that they are not tolerated.'"
  • "Contracts have been let for the drilling of two gas wells at Eudora. One located near the Santa Fe depot is already down thirty feet and the second, to be located either in or near the town will be started soon. The wells are being drilled to preserve the decreasing supply from the other wells already drilled and the supply will be used entirely in keeping up the local supply during the cold months."


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 7 months ago

'I am dead opposed to all of these suggestive dances and am going to do all in my power to see that they are not tolerated.'
- Chancellor Frank Strong

It's very unfortunate that it's too late to take Chancellor Frank Strong to the Flamingo Club. That would open his eyes for sure.

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