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Shegufta Huma won a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious recognitions of scholarly excellence. Congrats and Rock Chalk, Shegufta!

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Throwback Thursday at KU: Next week’s election brings up this question: How many sitting U.S. presidents have visited KU? Only four — the last was Barack Obama when he spoke Jan. 22, 2015, at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.

Before that, you have to go back more than a century, to when President William Howard Taft spoke Sept. 24, 1911, in old Robinson Gymnasium.

Thirty-two years prior to Taft’s visit, on Sept. 27, 1879, Rutherford B. Hayes was the second sitting president to visit KU. Hayes had to cut his speech short — he was tired after climbing to see the view from the north cupola of University Hall (old Fraser).

Ulysses S. Grant is thought to be the first sitting president to set foot on Mount Oread.

Grant, who was passing through Lawrence in April 1873, didn’t formally speak, but was taken to see the new University Hall. That’s because it was packed with what were then state-of-the-art marvels — including steam heat and electricity.

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Throwback Thursday at KU: For 95 years, they’ve gone into battle armed with chicken wire, crepe paper, costumes, and lots of crimson and blue spirit —KU student groups taking part in the Homecoming parade float competition.

For the 1921 Homecoming, KU’s county clubs organized the first parade to feature competitive floats. There were 90 moving displays, many representing the industries identified with the counties or their history. Washington County’s featured George and Martha Washington. Reno County’s was tied to the salt industry. Douglas County’s float, “The Spirit of the Stadium” — based on the newly built Memorial Stadium — was the winner.

The theme of one of the most popular floats appeared again and again in later years — a Jayhawk going after the opposing team’s mascot.

The tradition continues at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, when the 2016 floats are paraded along Massachusetts Street through Lawrence’s downtown. A pep rally follows at 7 p.m. at Eighth and Massachusetts streets.

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Throwback Thursday at KU: “This is Lawrence. This is Lawrence, Kansas. Is anybody there? Anybody at all?” On Oct. 12, 1983, about 2,000 people heard that line from actor John Lithgow during a sneak-peak showing at KU of ABC’s “The Day After” made-for-TV film. The film, seen by 100 million TV viewers on Nov. 20, 1983, presented the aftermath of a fictional U.S.-Soviet Union nuclear exchange.

Lawrence was picked as a typical American town near the center of the country to dramatize the aftereffects of a nuclear blast — radioactive fallout, burned, maimed and blinded citizens, mob rule, and no escape for anyone.

About 2,500 local residents were in the movie, including KU students and faculty. Scenes were shot in Allen Fieldhouse, Spencer Art Museum, Memorial Stadium, Spooner Hall, and on Jayhawk Boulevard.

The film put Lawrence on the map. In the words of one local newspaper columnist, “The town William Quantrill burned down has become the city ABC blew up.”

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The climate survey is wrapping up, and only one thing is missing: your voice. Take the survey and take action for a better KU.

In town over fall break? See what's Happening on the Hill this weekend:

Friday, Oct. 7:
▹ KU soccer vs. West Virginia // 7 p.m. – Rock Chalk Park (Fan Appreciation
▹ Movies on the Hill: Captain America Civil War // 8 - 11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8:
▹ KU Football vs. TCU // 11 a.m. – Memorial Stadium
▹ KU Volleyball vs. Texas Tech // 4 p.m. – Horejsi Family Athletics Center
▹ The Lied Center presents the Capitol Steps // 7:30 p.m. – The Lied Center

Sunday, Oct. 9:
▹ KU soccer vs. Oklahoma State // 1 p.m. – Rock Chalk Park (Jayhawks for a Cure)

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Throwback Thursday at KU: Amelia Earhart, the famous Kansas aviatrix who disappeared in the South Pacific in 1937, brought celebrity glamour and tales of adventure to KU during a 1933 visit to campus.

The University Daily Kansan reported on the aviation pioneer’s lecture, “Flying for Fun” on Oct. 17, 1933, at KU’s Hoch Auditorium. The Kansan reported the large crowd “sat breathless on the edges of their chairs” as Earhart talked of her famous 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic.

“Approximately 60 percent of the success of any aviation expedition depends on the preparation — not only in checking of equipment but in the experience of the personnel,” Earhart said of becoming the first woman and the second person, after Charles Lindbergh, to fly solo across the Atlantic. The Kansan reported “she attempted the feat just for her own personal satisfaction” rather than for anything it might do to promote aviation.

Earhart, who in 1928 had become the first woman passenger to cross the Atlantic in an aircraft, also said women’s attitudes about flying had become more liberal. They accounted at that time for about 30 percent of all air passengers.

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Want to be the next Tina Fey or Jim Gaffigan? There’s a class for that.

Explore KU and you’ll find students eagerly about to take their THR 302 final – performing a stand-up comedy set in front of a live audience. No, the students don’t fail if nobody laughs. Professor John Gronbeck-Tedesco evaluated his students on their willingness to step out of their comfort zones.

The theatre course is no joke, either – throughout the semester, students learn performance theory, the craft of comedy, joke scripting, and public speaking.

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Dunks, dance battles, presidential decisions, $10K half-court drops, Tech N9ne and more: #KUlatenight 2016. Check out the link to find KU Marketing Communications' coverage of the event.
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