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The "woo" takes what should be the most haunting college chant in the nation and makes it slightly less amazing. There is plenty of time for woos at the end of the ten second chant. Just wait...
And by "ten seconds" you mean, "the last minute and a half of a ball game". Cheer and "woo" when we win. Until then, make the opponent feel like they're at their own funeral. Most of all... Keep it classy.
It's time for the wooing to stop.
It's the MTV video generation and beyond. They can't stand a second of silence even when it is much more effective with a silent pause.
"woo" is now a socially accepted response to a number of queries. It's just a matter of time until Webster picks it up.
If you listen to archives of game broadcasts before the '88 championship and after the '88 championship, you'll hear the birth of the notorious 'woo.'
It began when the KU fan base swelled new fans of Danny and the Miracles. Then some of those new fans (had to be, because the existing fans versed in KU traditions never did this) noticed the haunting silence between rounds of Rock Chalk would be a perfect time to holler loud enough to be heard by their buddies not lucky enough to be at the game (much like the guy who hollers at the beginning of Seven Bridges Road live recording). More and more fans joined in, students included, and probably for the same reason. The pre-woo generation of students graduated, and the new generations of students, having never known Rock Chalk without the woo, assumed it was part of the chant and dutifully joined in. Finally, the cheerleaders cemented the added Woo into the the Rock Chalk chant by teaching it to freshmen during Traditions week. So sad to see it happen like that. But that's "modern progress" I guess!
THIS .... is the correct answer and assessment.
It's not just the students. The cheer squads do it too. The cheer coach should tell them it's not part of the chant and they should not encourage the woo.
I believe the cheer coach has already received a letter addressing the issue. As far as I'm aware, they don't wave their poms anymore to encourage "woos".
Just read jaygirl's comment. They are teaching the woo at Traditions Night? That is ridiculous! It needs to stop.
The pause in the chant is half the effect of the haunting aura that made it famous. The Woo needs to stop being taught as part of this tradition.
I'd take Turner coaching the football team for life if I ment I'd never hear the "woo" again.
It's horrible that after so many years of tradition, one of the neatest things to set us apart, is being cheapened and made less effective by the "woos". If any of you are on Facebook, there is a group called "There is no "WHOOO" in the Rock Chalk Chant" to join, discuss, etc. But most importantly...spread the word. STOP the "woo"!!!!! ROCK CHALK!
Keep the "whoo" in the bedroom where it belongs......
Yes, the woooo needs to go. While we are at it, yelling "Chiefs" at the end of the national anthem needs to stop ASAP. It is just stupid. This is AFH, not Arrowhead. It's embarrassing.
They not only need to stop teaching the "woo" at traditions night but they need to teach THE SILENCE at traditions night! Then they need to post signs in AFH and write- every game day- in the UDK to remember NOT TO WOO! Repetition is the only way it will get stopped. Students next to other students who start it need to be shushed.Maybe plant people to remind them. It will take a sustained push on the part of the athletic department to change it. Do they have the will?
The woo is stupid. I walked down the hill in 86. There was one Rock Chalk Chant. Before the game. I didn't even like hearing it at the end of a game. Over time, I guess I've gotten used to hearing it or something in that it doesn't irritate me any longer. But the woo has got to go! Its just so damn redneck! Almost as bad as that Water Boy nonsense during kickoffs.
Although I feel the surest way to prolong the agony is to tell them to stop vs. just waiting for it to die.
The wooo existed the entire time I was in school. I would absolutely love to see a PSA about why we shouldn't wooo that's actually maybe 30 minutes before games. Or a Youtube PSA. Or something. Anything. Haunting chants with cheering aren't haunting.
As a proud KU alumnus living in Arkansas, I get enough WOOOOOOOO(ing) with the Razorback hog calling! Why has this generation of KU students blasphemed the world famous Rock Chalk Chant into a HOG CALLING FOLLEY!?
Thought that was "soooooooooooooo"ing
I don't recall hearing the woo during the Chant when I was on The Hill between 95 and 99, and they didn't teach it at Traditions Night. The woo was definitely in the alma mater, which (since I was an out-of-stater not knowing any better) I actually kind of like.
But it totally kills the effect at the end of the game. I can't count how many emails I've gotten over the years, especially my first few at KU, from my non-Kansas friends asking about our unique Gregorian chant. Tell the kids to go home and watch the current version versus an older version. The woo... I can't even find the right verb... declaws it, defangs it, eviscerates it, Starbucksifies it, sterilizes it, all-of-the-aboves it.
The Alumni Association needs to get involved. For current students, start with the Greeks and Schol Halls. Fines or extra hours for anyone caught woo-ing during the Chant.
If it's being taught at Traditions Night, there's got to be a Patient Zero, someone who gave the go-ahead the first time. I say there needs to be a mock trial when found.
Where is the "hell no" option? Its awful, and it needs to stop. Embarrassing.
During "the chant" vs Kstate, while most of the students were away on break the aforementioned "woooo" was not a loud as it normally was and it was a much nicer sound to "the chant".
"The chant" is haunting as it should be and all are warned as they enter the Phog, to pay heed of such Phog.
The -Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU- chant is a national treasure an as such it should not be desecrated by adding the wooo. Teddy Roosevelt called the greatest college chant he'd ever heard. The chant has been to war and the Olympics and has scared KU opponents for over 100 years.
Also, the wooo not only takes the eeriness out of the chant, but makes the woooers look and sound like these airheads.
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