For one day during Homecoming week every year, Wescoe Beach is transformed into a colorful palette of murals chalked by students.
Rain didn’t put a damper on this year’s competition—wet conditions forced the event to be rescheduled from Tuesday to Thursday, but creative Jayhawks still showed up to chalk designs depicting this year’s Homecoming theme, “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.”
Participating organizations were assigned a square on Wescoe Beach and given four hours to create their masterpiece. Artistic talent was on display with spooky scenes, plenty of pumpkins and ghostly Jayhawks making appearances.
A panel of judges selected this year’s winners:
1st place, Student Life: Student Union Activities
2nd place, Student Life: KU School of Engineering
3rd place, Student Life: KU Dance Marathon
1st place, Greek Life: Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
2nd place, Greek Life: Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Nu
3rd place, Greek Life: Sigma Kappa and Delta Chi
Students didn’t let chilly weather and Game 2 of the World Series sap their school spirit as they gathered Wednesday evening for the annual Jayhawk Jingles competition at the Adams Alumni Center. While the crowd feasted on free food from local favorites Johnny’s Tavern and Torched Goodness, nine sorority-fraternity teams got psyched up to showcase their talents and honor this year’s Homecoming theme, Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.
The competition is one of Homecoming’s most entertaining traditions and encourages students to exercise their creativity by singing, dancing and performing skits. This year’s teams truly embraced the Halloween spirit, dressing up as ghosts and zombies and spinning their own lyrics to popular tunes such as “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters.” One team even sketched out a hilarious Scooby-Doo comedy routine, complete with villainous Oklahoma Sooners who had captured Baby Jay.
Judging this year’s competition were Alumni Association National Board Members Shelle Hook McCoy, d’73; and Don, c’61, m’65, and Carolyn “Kay” Cromb Brada, c’61, who had the difficult job of determining which teams would take home top honors.
Winners in the Greek life category were:
First place: Sigma Kappa and Delta Chi
Second place: Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Nu
Third place: Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Delta Lambda Phi and LOTUS (Leaders of Tomorrow, Unbreakable Sisterhood) took first place in the student life category.
Click here to view the photos on Flickr, and watch our short video of Jingles below.
Last week we shared a post to address a frequently asked question we’ve received from alumni lately, namely What’s the deal with Homecoming on Halloween? The post included a seemingly random photo, probably pulled from the archives or scanned from a Jayhawker yearbook, depicting what we assumed was surely a previous Homecoming parade on Halloween.
Well, what we assumed to be an anonymous pic turned out to be a real find for the alumni pictured. Sarah Sneed Malone, j’91, contacted us the very next day, identifying herself as the Scarecrow and Deryck Malone, b’91, as the Tin Man. That’s right, you guessed it: they walked the yellow brick road all the way down the aisle and lived happily ever after. We’ll let Sarah tell the story.
I just had to drop a line and let you know that a story (or photo to be exact) on the Alumni Association website made my day. I received an email from a friend with the following link and started to laugh. My first thought was “where did they pull up that old relic of a photo?!?”
The photo is from the Homecoming Parade from 1988 or 89 (I think). I am the scarecrow, and my boyfriend at the time is the tin man. Ironically, the scarecrow & the tin man are now married and we just celebrated our 22nd anniversary in September. We’re also both Alumni Association members as well as season ticket holders for both football & basketball. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you gave us a good laugh and trip down memory lane.
Unfortunately, neither Sarah nor Deryck could identify the cowardly lion, but another alumnus provided additional details and helped us pin down the date. Matt Hickam, c’89, contacted us with the following.
I know a little about the photo. It is from October 31, 1987. Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity (my fraternity) and Alpha Chi Omega sorority teamed up to make a float that year with a Wizard of Oz theme. The float had the Emerald City on it (made out of cardboard tubes), a poorly constructed witch and a yellow brick road with a Jayhawk, naturally.
He added one final note that still haunts us.
Coincidentally, the Jayhawk football team played Oklahoma that year on Halloween. Oklahoma won 71-10.
Here’s hoping for a great game this year and a wonderful Homecoming weekend for all alumni as we celebrate the “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past!” Visit www.homecoming.ku.edu for a full schedule of activities.
The middle and bottom photos were provided by Sarah Malone. The middle photo is from her wedding. The bottom photo was taken at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 17, when the Jayhawks faced Texas Tech.
As seven sorority-fraternity teams prepared to compete in the traditional Jayhawk Jingles competition Sept. 24, the line of students arriving at the Adams Alumni Center to cheer their favorites—and sample free food—stretched to the corner of 13th and Oread. By the time the first group took the stage, the crowd filled the parking lot for a highlight of the annual Homecoming celebration.
For those who haven’t witnessed the competition, think of Jayhawk Jingles as Rock Chalk Revue song-and-dance skits but with a common Homecoming theme—this year, Roll with the ’Hawks. Two other distinctions are worth noting: Teams have only a couple of weeks’ preparation and rehearsal before strutting their stuff, amd they have only seven minutes onstage to dazzle the audience. Even so, the creative competitors manage to craft lyrics, costumes, choreography and a more than a few cringe-worthy jokes—all set to music provided by venerable Lawrence disc jockey Scott Simpson.
The best seats went to this year’s alumni judges from Lawrence: Julie Thies Dunlap, c’98; Beth Anderson Easter, c’93; and Greg, m’91, and Becky Innes Orth, ’92, who scored the performances and determined the winners.
This year’s Jayhawk Jingles champions are the women of Delta Delta Delta and the men of Alpha Tau Omega. Their skit highlighted a guitar solo, harmony, a hapless Texas Longhorn fan, and energetic dance moves—including a back flip.
Second place went to West Campus Road neighbors Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, who incorporated fun facts from the history of KU and favorite board games along with song and dance.
Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity teamed up to take third place for their KU version of Monopoly.
Other teams included Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Chi, Alpha Delta Pi and Theta Chi, and Delta Gamma and Kappa Sigma. After the competition, the Homecoming spirit rolled on, as the performers and the audience took the stage for a rousing final dance. Rock Chalk!
—Jennifer Jackson Sanner
Watch our slideshow below to see pictures from Jayhawk Jingles, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.
KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.
This week’s nostalgic look at Homecomings on the Hill features a display on the lawn of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house in 1978. The men of the fraternity partnered with the ladies of Alpha Chi Omega sorority to create their interpretation of the theme “We Have the Wizard on Our Side.”
The Jayhawks hosted the Iowa Cyclones for the Homecoming football game, falling 7-13 in front of a crowd of 32,768.
Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.