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Thursday, January 1, 2009
By Andrew Baker
Two bowl victories and a national basketball championship make the Jayhawks the number one sports story of the year.
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I guess you mean in Kansas.
No, for the entire world. Rock Chalk!
"KU: the jaybate interview"(Editor's Note: After reading the rather peculiar headline to this story, jaybate conducted this provocative interview with KU. KU was reluctant to do the interview, at first, but jaybate grovelled naked in the snow, while being ravaged in the hail, until the never-before interviewed University agreed to answer unrehearsed questions. jaybate did it sober. What follows is the unedited transcript of the interview.)jaybate: KU, how does it feel to be the star of 2008's top sports stories.KU: Very strange actually. I am usually thought of as a development of buildings, infrastructure and landscape located on a site on Mt. Oread above Lawrence, Kansas. Being a media celebrity is quite a new experience for me.jaybate: you've seen a lot since 1865. Is being the star of 2008's sports stories the important honor you have ever received?KU: no, the biggest honor was students feeling safe enough in the 1970s to streak naked on me.jaybate: have any other developments of buildings, infrastructure and landscaping inspired you on your way to becoming the star of 2008's sports stories?KU: well, among universities, I've always been a huge fan of Oxford University in England. I keep a link for Oxford in my book marks on the campus intranet. http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/ml/summer_school/images/small_oxford.jpgjaybate: anything else?KU (long pause): If you had to pin me down to one building constellation I would like to be embedded into for eternity, I guess it would have to be the city of Florence, Italy, though I know my inclusion in it would not improve it. This is one of my favorite views.http://artigianalico.com/Specialty_Food/images_/Florence_Italy.jpg
jaybate: Anything a little more recent? We have a lot of young readers, you know.KU: Well, I am really impressed with Renzo Piano's neo-functionalist work. In particular, I'm a sucker for his Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia You can see it here:http://architecture.about.com/od/findphotos/ig/Renzo-Piano-Photos/Tjibaou-Cultural-Centre.htmjaybate: wow, that's kind of unconventional taste for a major midwestern university, isn't it?KU: Not at all. Innovation and good taste are hardly limited to New York City, London and Tokyo, you know. jaybate: let's get back to you. What do you think is your best and your worst feature?KU: That's difficult to say. I'm greater than the sum of my parts and I've got a great site. But for a variety of reasons, I guess I would have to pick the Campanile. It does what monumental architecture is supposed to do. It is beautiful. It is an orienting landmark for freshman who cannot yet find their asses with both hands. It is picturesque and photogenic from almost every angle. It is humble and grand, which I believe is the most sublime paradox in architecture. It reminds us of the horrors on which all good rests. And it reminds me of a lot of students parking with their girl friends, or boy friends, on Campanile Drive after closing time and sharing Joe's submarines and making out. My, have I seen a lot of heavy petting over the years.http://www.ku.edu/visit/images/summer_campanile3.jpgjaybate: Yes, yes, KU, and from the time I was a small child and my father took me to see Gale Sayers play at Memorial Stadium, I have loved looking up at the inside of the Campanile, too...and, yes, I looked up at the outside of the Campanile once out of the corner of my eye when I was necking in my old Ford, as a freshman, but don't tell that old girl friend. It would hurt her feelings and sully her mature reputation.http://edcommunity.apple.com/gallery/student/resize3.php?image=/galleryfiles/10408/campanilleceiling.jpg&height=240&width=299.28934010152KU: Actually, jaybate, I recall the night in 1973 and she was looking at it more than you were.jaybate: Uh, yea, well, what's your worst feature?KU: Wescoe. Its how I knew Modernism had exhausted itself...at least temporarily.http://www.philosophy.ku.edu/images/WescoeHall.gifjaybate: What do you personally love most about yourself?KU: That's another easy one.http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/OTHER/Allen1.jpgjaybate: Have you ever considered writing a book about yourself, an autobiography?KU: I am the book. jaybate: Do you have any closing comments or thoughts for readers, or anyone else?KU: Never forget the legacy.
we could definitely have done without that.
jaybate slow day at work?
What Kansas Accomplished in 2008 only one other College in Collegiate AThletics history accomplished. But KU did one better. BCS Bowl Win, Men's Basketball National Champions, and a second Bowl Win in less than 365 days. Its a big time sports story!
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