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1930 - 1939 (19 articles)

The Return Of Jarring Jim

February 20, 1939

More than six years after breaking Jim Thorpe’s decathlon record, James Bausch – KU football, basketball, and track star extraordinaire – makes an unexpected visit to his alma mater.

No More Hobohemia

November 22, 1939

The University Daily Kansan records the passing of Hobo Day, an often rowdy “annual festival of rags” in which KU students dressed in hobo costumes to show school spirit and cause “a great deal of unnecessary trouble.”

“There Is Too Much Talk Here About Segregation”

March 5, 1934

Kansas Representative William H. Blount convenes a hearing in Topeka to investigate racial discrimination at the University of Kansas, with particular focus on the Medical School’s exclusionary practices that prevent African American students from completing medical degrees at KU.

Rooms With A View

October 4, 1939

Campus House becomes a formally recognized independent women’s residence hall approved by the University.

The Chancellor Of Firsts

September 22, 1939

Deane W. Malott is inaugurated as KU’s eighth chancellor, becoming the first alumnus and native Kansan to lead the University.

Working Well With Others

September 21, 1939

Charter members of the Jayhawk Co-op formally adopt a constitution, establishing their Kentucky Street residence as the first independent cooperative housing arrangement at KU.

Semi-Organization Men

July 31, 1939

The University announces that the “Men of 1011,” founders of the first semi-organized house for KU students, will move from their Indiana Street home into the original chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana.

26 Rooms Riv Vu

July 28, 1939

The Summer Session Kansan announces that renovations are nearly complete on “The Outlook,” the new official KU chancellor’s residence – a willed gift from the recently deceased University benefactress Elizabeth Watkins.

“It’ll Be A Beautiful Sight”

September 22, 1938

Genevieve Harman, whose undergraduate efforts on behalf of housing cooperatives will result in a KU women’s co-op residence being named in her honor, albeit with the occasional misspelling, begins her first day of classes.

Rejecting Rejection

August 8, 1938

Under pressure from civil rights leaders and Kansas Governor Walter Huxman, the Kansas Board of Regents votes to prohibit the de facto practices that had prevented African American students from completing their medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Red October

October 3, 1937

The University Daily Kansan reports the death of KU sophomore Don Henry, a volunteer fighting for the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War, initiating investigations into radicalism and “communistic activity” at KU and sparking fears of a “Red Scare” on Mt. Oread.

Pacifist Overtures

April 12, 1935

In a vivid display of 1930s-era pacifism, 700 KU students gather in front of Fowler for a Student Strike Against War Committee protest rally, part of a global antiwar demonstration taking place on 140 campuses across the country and around the world.

Twilight At 2

March 20, 1935

The worst “Dust Bowl” dust storm hits Lawrence, shrouding the town and the KU campus in darkness by 2 p.m.

Finger In The Dyche

November 30, 1932

After the state architect declares Dyche Hall structurally unsound, the Board of Regents closes KU’s Natural History Museum for a period that will end up lasting nine years.

Prairie Tales

June 4, 1932

KU's Prairie Acre is formally set aside to “preserve Nature’s sweet fashion of making Her own garden.”

Snow’s Day

June 8, 1930

Present-day Snow Hall is dedicated, replacing the original Snow Hall that had fallen into disrepair.