Chanting a school fight song, Lawrence
The Rock Chalk Chant is inscribed on this limestsone bench inside the KU Student Union. Photo: David McKinney/KU University Relations
KU Students singing the Rock Chalk chant. Photo: Chuck France/KU University Relations
Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU chant inscribed on stone bench in the Kansas Union, overlooking the Spencer Museum of Art. Photo: Jaclyn Lippelmann/KU University Relations
1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66046
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One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs
The custom: Chanting a school fight song
One of the best: The Rock Chalk Jayhawk chant
Best place to see the cheer being performed is at a KU basketball or football game. Or, click here to see it on You Tube. Or, click here to listen to the KU Men's Glee Club.
|Photo: David McKinney/KU University Relations|
You can see the chant etched in stone on the first floor of the Kansas Union. A display next to the steps illustrates the chant and its history. Also, a history panel documenting the chant's story is on the fourth floor.
In 1897 it became the official cheer for the University of Kansas. The chant begins low and gradually builds in volume. There are pauses between each word to allow the students a few seconds to yell and scream. By the end of the chant, the gym erupts as students yell as loud as they can.
Sources: http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/; www.kusports.com; wikipedia