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What is your favorite KU tradition?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 16, 2005

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Photo of Jay Benedict

“It’s the Campanile. If you walk in one side and out the other, they say you won’t graduate.”

Photo of Brian Katz

“The Rock Chalk Chant would probably be my favorite.I like how it’s monotone. It’s like it’s almost all one note.”

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“I’d have to say clapping for the fight song at the games. Once everyone gets into it, it’s pretty intense.”

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“I think the Rock Chalk Chant is my favorite. It’s something that everyone knows and can be a part of. It’s very intimidating to the other teams.”

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neopolss 9 years ago

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lunacydetector 9 years ago

We have tomorrow gulp Bright before us, Like a flame?

someone get me some sunglasses.

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Liberty 9 years ago

Raising tuition. It is almost an annual tradition.

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acg 9 years ago

That girl was one of my niece's best friends. She was a sweet kid. It's a shame she made such a bad error in judgment.

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lovely1 9 years ago

OTR, I'd have to say that's mine also.

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betti81 9 years ago

I would have to say Campanile also. It was awesome to finally get to walk through it and know I would not have bad luck.

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canyon_wren 9 years ago

The rented driveway, steam whistle and spring dresses (do they still wear dresses at KU in the spring?) are all good traditions. I didn't know about the campanile legend and am sure I walked through it many times--still graduated twice. But I wasn't able to come back for graduation either time, so maybe that was the penalty.

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canyon_wren 9 years ago

I'm new at this, obviously. I forgot to mention my favorite which was sliding down the hill on cafeteria trays. Maybe there aren't any trays available anymore? I worked in the cafeteria so had first chance at them. The long metal bakery trays got 'way too cold and wouldn't slide!

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sunflower_sue 9 years ago

I hadn't heard the Campanile myth either. I also walked through it many times. I graduated, but enormously pregnant. I could barely walk down the hill. Hmmmmmm!

My favorite tradition is when we play against KSU in BBall and I get to attend the game with my Wildcat hubby and watch his team lose every year. (Right now he's over my shoulder reading and flying me "the bird" Hee Hee! Oh, now I can't tell you what he just said to me (Oh, the mouth on him!!!) Hee Hee Hee!

I'm back from vacation ya'll. BEWARE!

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nlf78 9 years ago

I must say that I love it every May when the students leave town. And leave all their worldly possessions by the trash cans! I've gotten alot of furniture that way. Even a nice stereo once.

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raven 9 years ago

My favorite tradition is the Rock Chalk Chant. I also like the Campanile. I did not walk through it until the day I graduated when I walked down the hill with everyone else. Why take my chances?

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ladysilk 9 years ago

nlf78- I am with you on the dumpster dive tradition. I have gotten some nice stuff out of KU trash cans.

kpippen- I also like it when the students leave. Every time I get in my car to go across town I feel like I am playing russian rolette with my life. Those kids drive crazy!

I graduated from KU but never walked the hill. I did not want to stand in the heat with 5 million kids waiting for hours to walk two minutes down a stupid hill that I walked up and down for years. I graduated as a non-traditional older student and it just did not appeal to me.

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

OK, Ms. backwards here. I love when the students come (as long as I don't need to drive through town or go shopping or get cash from yet another empty ATM). They have such excited fresh-start expressions. What fun that must be!

I haven't had one since late April.

Good ones Bobs and e_m.

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Staci Dark Simpson 9 years ago

Not to be morbid but I like it when the students come back. My husband works for an auto body shop and he makes great money when school is in session!!

We like the rock chalk chant. We taught my 2 yr old to do it. Whenever he sees a Jayhawk he starts chanting.

You are right guys, the dumpster diving rocks when the students leave. We have found lots of great stuff.

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sunflower_sue 9 years ago

OMB, 1 week at the lake (Ozarks), 1 week driving out to Nags Head, NC (on the Outer Banks) 1 week on the beach there, then 2 days of crazy driving all the way home! Had a great time. Missed you guys though!

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nlf78 9 years ago

I couldn't believe the traffic through town this morning!! Students definitely can't drive and they definitely crowd the roads!

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Ceallach 9 years ago

s_s: Welcome back! Didn't seem the same with out you:)

My favorite is the Rock Chalk Chant, especially at the end of a basketball game when the hawks have been kickin butt and takin names (whether it is in the field house or on TV) -- then comes the chant -- wafting down to the floor -- the players did the work but during those last minutes, every fan feels part of the victory. Hope we hear it a lot this season.

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Ceallach 9 years ago

I think you can find positive things about the students returning. The fledglings aren't always a problem now are they? They walk around the campus trying to take in where everything is and how long it will take between classes (reminds me of tourists in Chi or NYC, heads up, mouths open, staring at the buildings). If that doesn't do it for you, remember, now that they have returned the restaurants will start having some nice specials for all of us to enjoy.

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Kyle Rohde 9 years ago

Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with GreenEyedBlues. Its not like all of you were living in harmony, holding hands and singing cumbaya and then one day this giant university dropped out of the sky. Its been there for 140 years and its the reason Lawrence is what it is. When you are one of 80,000 or so residents, you should know dang well that adding almost 30,000 people in the form of KU students will cause a few issues. Get over it.

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

Now I have that song in my head. TOB - wanna come over and hold hands?

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GreenEyedBlues 9 years ago

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

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nlf78 9 years ago

I grew up here and dealing with the students is basically a way of life. I just personally benefit more during dumpster diving season. And I have to drive across town for daycare, so the traffic does bother me sometimes. I think that the students do add alot to the town.

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

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Ceallach 9 years ago

I may have to quit my job! Every time I leave the board to do some work I come back to "comment removed" messages. My curiosity drives me nuts when that happens. If it were not for my home, car, food, movies, etc., I would quit my job and lurk around this and various other boards to see how many wild posts I've been missing. It is probably for the best that I do not, when I have extra time I usually get into trouble myself :)

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

I am glad to hear you all say this. I thought we were our usual clever but somewhat tasteful selves. Nothing as bad as lots I've seen.

TOB - I think you might be right. The ones that stayed compared to ours were much more negative and offensive. But then, WE are angels.

I think we need some TLC now. Ice cream, anyone?

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wichita_reader 9 years ago

Here's some reading material to peruse while you snack on the ice cream. It touches on a couple of former WOTS questions--WallyWorld and higher gas prices.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/16/news/fortune500/walmart/index.htm?cnn=yes

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Linda Aikins 9 years ago

W_R - I couldn't open it but I think I read something like this in USA Today today. They are losing money because of high oil prices and are now marketing to middle class people who don't have to pinch gas pennies. Classy. I bet Consumer1 still won't go there! ;)

e_m - I love how you live on the edge.

Colon Cobras on your Barney footstool. Imagine!!!

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Ceallach 9 years ago

Thanks for the info TOB and w_r. I feel less left out now. Besides, my job is not so bad, except for this expectation of productivity the admins seem to have trouble getting past. They did come through with a surprise birthday party for one of the staff this afternoon so there are perks -- homemade chocolate chip cheesecake -- it was quite tasty. We are now in a sugar coma and able to pleasantly assist the next lost soul who wanders in looking for a idea of where they are and where they should be going. You would be amazed by the rudeness and indifference shown by some staff to the new and/or international students. As if they would still have a job if the students did not come to KU. HAHA

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Redneckgal 9 years ago

I got zapped yesterday and really didn't think I'd said anything that bad. I wonder if someone else is doing the monitoring now and is more picky?

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Ceallach 9 years ago

TOB: They are easy targets because the differences are so readily noticable. I don't have a lot of interactions with international students but this time of year all bets are off concerning where students will stop for help.

I have not studied abroad but I know that when I was traveling, I greatly appreciated assistance with a smile. There was only one place where the rudeness was nearly overwhelming -- Geneva -- go figure -- I thought that city would be very friendly -- NOT. Their "Merican" radar was definitely on and we shortened our stay because of it.

Ban Geneva :)

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Jayhawk226 9 years ago

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wichita_reader 9 years ago

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beatrice 9 years ago

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tell_it_like_it_is 9 years ago

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Ceallach 9 years ago

e_m: I got an email yesterday, it's 140 degrees in Iraq! One of my favorite pictures was submitted by a KU alum, now in Iraq, holding the KU flag over a mosaic of Saddam. I used it as a screensaver for a while.

Quiet board tonight, eh? Maybe everyone is having a late dinner, or they just don't want to take a chance on getting removed :)

I know that, in his heart, David Ryan loves us! He may be training an intern with a itchy "remove" trigger finger.

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Ceallach 9 years ago

btw, I hope my 4:49 post didn't stir up all those "removals."

:( Once again, I missed all the excitement. sigh I may have to change my username to woeisme.

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tell_it_like_it_is 9 years ago

What in the heck? Now this is getting a little much! I know I didn't say anything bad this time.

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tell_it_like_it_is 9 years ago

I'm thinking maybe it will be a good thing when all the kiddies go back to school and don't have so much time on there hands.

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Ceallach 9 years ago

Dayviddd Ryyyannn, you got some esplainin to do!!

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Redneckgal 9 years ago

I've got it! We've finally freaked Davy Ryan out one to many times and he's flipped out! Deleting things right and left! Poor guy.

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beatrice 9 years ago

YIPPEEE!!! I got my first removal today!!! I must have typed something really outrageous for such censorship to happen. I'll bet it was political, or nasty, or both! (Fangorn, insert your own President Clinton joke here.) Or I must have threatened somebody, or gone all Robert Novak and given the name of a CIA operative! To be censored, wow, I feel like some underground beat poet going against "the man" with my hard-hitting words. This must be how Lenny Bruce felt!

What? 30 percent of all posts got kicked out today? Well heck, now I don't feel special at all.

Okay, maybe it was because I wasn't "on topic," so here goes. My favorite KU tradition is letting the new students know that this town of ours isn't anywhere near as liberal as it likes to pretend to be.

Censorship isn't the answer, D_R.

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Redneckgal 9 years ago

OMG am I seeing things or did E_M just disapree? This ain't funny no more.

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Redneckgal 9 years ago

Sorry I miss spelled but really...this ain't funny no more at all.

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Ceallach 9 years ago

David Ryan: Inquiring minds want to know -- are removal suggestions reviewed before being the post is removed? Does a certain number of removal requests equal an automatic removal? Come now, David, let us know. How can we play the game if LJW keeps changing the rules?

Oh well, this is growing tiresome -- I'm going to retire, read a book and check back tomorrow morning to see if any posts were left standing.

All y'all have a good night now, ya hear?

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sunflower_sue 9 years ago

OK, I know I've been gone for awhile, but what has happened here today? What is everyone getting removed for? Enquireing minds want to know! (I'm afraid to type anything.)

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sunflower_sue 9 years ago

Ceallach, are you in my mind? You just type faster. I swear I didn't read your post before I posted mine! Dang it! Now, I look like a copy cat! p.s. You spell better, too! I bet you are prettier than I am, too. Darn!

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tell_it_like_it_is 9 years ago

You've got to be kidding me! em is probably one of the most sane posters on here. Thats just wrong.

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Ceallach 9 years ago

Sheesh Redneckgal you are right!! extreme has been totally expunged from the board!! I can't believe it. You are so right this is not funny, but it is getting creepy!! Now I really am calling it a night. Hope we're both still here tomorrow :)

e_m: hope to hear from you tomorrow -- give us a sign, we'll be looking for you.

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Ceallach 9 years ago

s_s: what can I say -- great minds just think alike :):)

I type, spell and edit all day long. Not that you could tell by many of my posts :) Sometimes it's just good to let the text roll and not worry about those things. It is good to have you back on the board, we missed your input.

Goodnight, all.

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l_eustacy 9 years ago

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