May the fourth be with you!

Posted on May 4, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

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The sign in the Kansas Union said “Welcome Future Jayhawks,” but scene looked like something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

419276_10151692778636874_740491261_nOn May 4th, fans of the Star Wars franchise come out in force to celebrate the date that has become known across the universe as “Star Wars Day” (as in “May the fourth be with you“). Jayhawks are no exception, of course, as KU students, alumni, faculty and staff all joined in the fun last week when several characters from the original and prequel trilogies made an impromptu appearance at the Kansas Union in anticipation of the big day.

The visit may have been the will of the force, destiny or an annual promotion sponsored by KU Dining Services. A clever poster campaign ran throughout the week, and other KU departments even got into act. The KU Parking Department took a lighthearted approach to the dark side by introducing “Park Vader” in Twitter posts (@parkingku), including this ominous Twitpic: “I find your lack of permit disturbing.

Alumni know that the force runs strong in the KU family. Veteran voice actor Tom Kane, c’85, voiced Jedi Master Yoda in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in addition to many other Star Wars characters. We featured an interview with Kane on this blog in January. And Kari Wahlgren, c’99, appeared in our Valentine’s Day feature story about her Oscar-winning project Paperman, but she too has voiced roles in the Star Wars expanded universe of games, including Knights of the Old Republic and the Force Unleashed.

Visitors on campus stopped to have their pictures taken with the costumed clones, whether to impress their kids—as KU Director of Admissions Lisa Pinamonti Kress did while passing through the union—or because it’s not everyday you get to see Boba and Jango Fett side by side (am I right fellow geeks?). More pics from previous Star Wars Day events on campus can be found on the KU Dining Facebook event page. So, until next year, may the force be with you. Always.

—David Johnston

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