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.
The creativity of KU students was on display today as murals depicting this year’s Homecoming theme, Roll with the ‘Hawks, decorated the Watson Library lawn.
Participating groups submitted a sketch of their design to the Homecoming Steering Committee last week, and the signs were displayed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today.
The winning entries are listed below.
Kappa Delta and Delta Tau Delta, 1st place
Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Tau Omega, 2nd place
Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Chi, 3rd place
School of Engineering, 1st place
All Scholarship Hall Council, 2nd place
Hawks Helping Hawks, 3rd place
Another fun twist on this competition: pictures of the signs are posted on the KU Homecoming Facebook page. The picture with the most “likes” by noon on Friday will win their organization an additional 25 points in the Homecoming point contest. Check out the pictures and cast your vote!
For the second year in a row, the lawn at the Delta Chi fraternity house paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In a blog post last year, Jeff Jacobsen wrote that the idea was proposed by a student member three weeks before the anniversary last year, and the chapter members were immediately on board with the suggestion. Click here to read more.
If you have the opportunity to drive down West Campus Road, it’s worth it to get a glimpse of the display.