40 years ago: Wescoe Hall opens today

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 21, 1974:

  • After 2 1/2 years of construction, Kansas University’s Wescoe Hall opened for full use today. The building’s lower three floors welcomed students, faculty, and staff today, joining the fourth floor rooms which had been occupied since August. The $7 million project contained 58 classrooms, 18 seminar rooms, and two 300-station auditoriums as well as space for about 300 faculty offices and 12 departmental offices. Also included were a large study area, a mail delivery center, and a language laboratory. The building had been named in honor of W. Clarke Wescoe, KU’s 11th chancellor.
  • A front-page photo today showed the beginning of the destruction of the Mud Creek Bridge on the Douglas-Jefferson county line. Work crews were removing the planking from the bridge, which had been condemned by the Douglas County engineer, and the entire bridge was scheduled to be dismantled this week. Bids had been taken in December for a replacement, but they had come in higher than the county’s estimate, so another bid process was slated for the end of January.
  • An “Erotic Film Festival” sponsored by Kansas University’s Student Union Activities (SUA) had undergone a last-minute revision. The 90-minute program of short films had been canceled and the Marx Brothers movie “At the Circus” shown instead. SUA board members refused to disclose to the Journal-World why the original line-up had been canceled.