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High Jinks On The Hill

Lorenzo The Magnificent

April 27, 1973

In the first of two stunts that would enter into campus legend, KU art student Dan Wessel, who preferred to be known as “The Great Wesselini” and similar monikers, attempts to fly his homemade glider over Memorial Stadium by rolling down a 32-foot ramp north of the Campanile.

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.”

The Unmentionables

Night Moves

May 20, 1952

Approximately 1,500 undergraduate KU men engage in the largest panty raid in the University’s history.

Not Exactly A Hoot

May 9, 1914

The Sour Owl, a KU student publication featuring salacious gossip and bawdy sexual humor, issues the premiere edition of its intermittent 40-year run.

Mayday Mayhem

May 1, 1891

Male students participate in the first "Maypole Scrap," a rowdy fracas that will be a KU tradition and popular spectator sport for over a dozen years.