Saturday, May 3, 2008

Politicians celebrate KU wins


3 victorious teams from KU get special recognition from state capitol

The Jayhawk football, basketball, and debate teams were recognized in a special ceremony with the Governor on Friday.

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— Politicians put aside their differences Friday to honor Kansas University's men's basketball, football and debate teams.

From Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office to the Senate and House chambers, several members of each of the teams, a phalanx of coaches and staff, and even Baby Jay, met with legislators, signed autographs, posed for pictures and waved to fans in the Capitol.

At the end, the Kansas House sounded like Allen Fieldhouse as legislators and onlookers chanted Rock Chalk Jayhawk. A KU flag was draped over the gallery in the House and there was a healthy display of crimson and blue.

"It means a lot when our students can come over and see the kind of respect that the people have for them," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

State Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, was one of several legislators who noted that no other state in the nation can claim the accomplishments of KU's teams.

The basketball team won the NCAA Championship for the second time in 20 years, defeating Memphis. The debate team won its second national title in three years, and the football team had one of its most successful seasons ever with an Orange Bowl victory against Virginia Tech.

State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, produced laughs when she introduced the debate team by announcing the name of each member and their heights.


okiedave 12 years, 11 months ago

The origin of the "Rock Chalk" chant is interesting. According to "Lawrence Sesquicentennial: Images of history Vol. II" publ. by Sunflower Publishers in 2003:The yell began in 1886 as "Rah, Rah, Jay Hawk, KSU" as a yell for the science club (Kansas State was not around at that time). Led by Chemistry Professor E.H.S. Bailey, Snow Hall professors of geology changed the "Rah Rah" to "Rock Chalk" because Kansas was one of the few places in America containing deposits of Chalk Rock. The chant "Rock Chalk, JayHawk" was not only used at sporting events but was used by K.U. soldiers during WWI and WWII as battle cries.

OutlawJHawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Kudos to OUR teams. But as usual, our "swell" governor grandstands for another photo-op. Politicians always gravitate to winners of sport, maybe because many of them are in so many ways, well, apathetic losers. Hope the passion, class, dignity, integrity, and elite performance by our teams rubs off on more than a few politicians in Topeka. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

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