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¢ The Journal-World's story about a couple who had to pay $35 to get their infant daughter in the gates of a Kansas University football game went far and wide. Here's one link to the story at [MSNBC.com][1]. If you're looking for a more fun view of the story, you should visit [fark.com][2], which accepts submissions for entertaining news. There are tons of national comments about the story there.¢ Speaking of the high cost of football ... KU professor Bernie Kish is cited in a [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette][3] story about Notre Dame football prices.Bernie Kish, former executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend and a current professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, says the Marriott in South Bend that season was charging $125 a night on the weekend he saw the game against Stanford. That's about $214 in today's dollars.¢ On to KU sports that don't require $35: A former member of the club sailing team at the university recently "dominated" the Thistle Crab Regatta near Annapolis, Md., according to [Hometownannapolis.com][4].McCorkell grew up in Tulsa and learned to sail on lakes throughout the Midwest. He was a member of the club sailing team at the University of Kansas and has been racing a Thistle four years.¢ UConn women's basketball - and current KU athletic director Lew Perkins' attempts to revive it - are mentioned in this column on [ESPN.com][5]."Need I remind you that Lew Perkins and all those UConn administration people in the 1990s did their best to build that sport, but it never really caught on? Do you see any other newspaper in Connecticut going to Huskies women's road games?"¢ Ellis L. Yochelson, a paleontologist and author who helped resolve a longstanding mystery of fossilized "motorcycle tracks," is the subject of an obituary in today's [Washington Post][6]. He held two degrees from KU.Dr. Yochelson was the founder of the North American Paleontological Convention and author of a two-volume biography of renowned paleontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott. Dr. Yochelson specialized in fossil mollusks, particularly snails and their relatives. He devoted the latter half of his career to climactichnites, soft-bodied animals half a billion years old whose fossil imprints resembled dual motorcycle tracks laid out across soft sand.¢ Lawrence-based band White Whale is the subject of a profile in today's [Arizona Star][7]."We don't want to sound like we're from Lawrence, Kansas," (Rob) Pope said. "We don't want to sound like we're from anywhere. We did kind of want a theme. We didn't really discuss what kind of theme that was. Once the lyrics started developing and we saw where the theme was going, once we saw that there was a theme, we really kind of embraced it and realized that we were making an ambitious first album."¢ A [lawrence.com story][8] about "mass defections" to the Kansas Democratic Party got a plug Thursday on the [Daily Kos][9], a national political blog. [1]: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14722746/ [2]: http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2276002 [3]: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06250/719868-134.stm [4]: http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2006/09_07-59/SAL [5]: http://www.yahoo.com/ [6]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/07/AR2006090701545.html [7]: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/145229 [8]: http://www.lawrence.com/news/2006/sep... [9]: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/9/6/135235/9282

Comments

Raider 8 years, 3 months ago

p>Fark.com had some very good points made by their posters. Infants do not belong at sporting events. Period, end of discussion.

cutny 8 years, 3 months ago

Well, I guess Raider thinks he's said all there is to say on the matter. Period, end of discussion. You may all adjourn now, as per Raider's instructions. Nothing to see here folks, just go on about your day and don't give it another thought. You may want to contact Raider if you are unsure about any other aspect of your life, as well. Feeling incorrect or confused? Just ask the Raid-man. He will, doubtlessly, set you "straight."

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

I don't see any problems with taking an infant to a football game. For many families, it is a tradition in which they start'em young.

Raider 8 years, 3 months ago

Small children are different. Infants, say under 18 mos, shouldn't be in that type of atmosphere. I agree with taking kids, not saying anything against that. I just think it's too hard on the infant and uncomfortable for everyone around.

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

Went to a football game last year, in late September, and the weather was great. In fact, it was the Mizzou game. Our neighbors joined us, and the kids were almost 6, 3, and a 2 month old. We sat in the bowl, and the infant was in the dad's baby sling the entire time. She hardly made a peep. Her dad plays the drums, so the music didn't bother her. And she slept for almost the entire game. Her dad brought a small diaper bag. The siblings sat there nicely, too. There was another infant in the row in front os us, about 6 months old, who sat with his parents and grandparents, and he was happy the entire time, too.
It was the grown up Mizzou fans in front of us who were causing all the trouble!!

It's not as if there are infants sitting in the student section....

bugmenot 8 years, 3 months ago

To those that say infants not be ticketed but small children should be, where is the cut off??? If a lady brings in a small bag for the child but another lady bring in a larger bag does both get charged the full price. Someone who brings in a 12 month old and someone who brings in a 16 month old, does one get charged and the other do not? What about someone who brings in an 18 month old but says he's 12 months old to get the baby in free? That's one reason why I say charge em all.

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