Letter to the editor: Don’t desecrate

To the editor:

First, a note of congratulations to the KU Jayhawk football team. They are playing well this year.

Second, here’s the history about the campanile (from the online blurb at ku.edu):

The World War II Memorial Campanile is unquestionably the most distinguished landmark at the University of Kansas. It was constructed in 1950 to honor the 277 students and faculty who died serving their country in World War II. Their names are engraved in the Virginia Greenstone on the east and west walls of the Memorial Room at the base of the tower. The panels on the south doors of the Memorial Room evoke the emotions and tragedies of war while those on the north doors depict the history of Kansas and the ideals toward which the University and humanity continually strive.

Isn’t there an alternative to cheering on our Jayhawk football team without using this World War II Memorial Campanile following a touchdown and other game plays? I find it abhorrent, in that it basically desecrates and makes light of the memory of those who died in war, serving our nation.

Sharon L. Hettinger,



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