Rock Chalkin’ on Wescoe Beach

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Wescoe Beach was awash in color Tuesday during the annual Chalk ’n’ Rock competition, one of the featured events of KU Homecoming. Students in 20 campus organizations crawled along the sidewalks, coloring, smudging and rubbing chalk to create giant murals illustrating the Homecoming theme, “Jayhawks Around the World.”

“We all get out here, and it’s really creative and it’s so colorful and we have so much fun getting covered in chalk,” says KZOO President Olivia Lynch.

This year’s entries included many Jayhawks flying in planes and hot air balloons around the world, an array of international flags, and various landmarks to achieve a worldly feel.

The friendly competition also offers an opportunity for student groups to collaborate. “I know that through partnerships we have on campus, more events will start to come up. That’s what I love the most is seeing all the organizations come out” says Mariah Givens of the Black Student Union.

The chalk drawings will be on display outside Wescoe Hall–weather permitting– through the rest of Homecoming Week.

Click here to see photos from Chalk ‘n’ Rock, and watch the video below.

–Dan Storey

Jayhawks Around the World, 2013 KU Homecoming | www.kualumni.orgThis year’s Homecoming theme, Jayhawks Around the World, celebrates the University’s global reach in terms of international students and faculty, research discoveries that change the world and the achievements of KU alumni, who live in 150 countries around the globe. Visit for a schedule of events and to learn more about KU’s Homecoming tradition.

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