April Fool’s Day 2015: Mascot Mayhem

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Yesterday, Association members found a special edition of their monthly Member eNews in their email inboxes. The questionable content, however, might have led some to wonder—was this a joke? A quick check of the calendar confirmed it for those not willing to read to the end. Happy April Fool’s Day!

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Still, our good-natured gag, in which we announced a new logo featuring the old 1941 Fighting Jayhawk, managed to fool more than a few loyal alumni, some of whom took time to write concerned replies. Many voiced strong support for our existing KU Alumni Association logo, which we greatly appreciated! Others praised the faux change, voicing equally strong support for the historic ‘hawk. Even more alumni conceded our playful prank had gotten them good.

Thanks for playing along and sharing your feelings with the KU Alumni Association about our beloved bird!

Enjoy a few of our favorite responses

One of the very best April Fools jokes I’ve ever seen. You had me until the last paragraph. But even then, I had to think about it. Well done!
– Steve S.

You actually had me going. Pondering throwing my sweatshirts and t-shirts in favor of the new/old Jayhawk.
–Ray S.

I wish it weren’t a joke.  The Fighting Jayhawk would be an awesome mascot.
–Doug P.

You got me! I was not a very happy camper until I got to the end of the article.
–Drew C.

Still trying to get the taste of the bait out of my mouth. I swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
–Tom B.

April Fool’s or not, I DO like the Fighting Jayhawk!
–Richard S.

What fun! Thanks for the google maps and the game. I was concerned about the “fighting” Jayhawk.
–Judi Y.

My own university punked me! I was ready to restock my Jayhawk gear with the fighting Jayhawk, it’s too hard to find.
–Steven T.

I can only hope this “News” about changing the Jayhawk image is an April Fools joke! …
I’m a proud alumna who even found a man to make me, “Mrs. J. Hawks”, that’s how loyal I am!
–Jane H.

Ooh, that was mean—and you got me! I hope you both spend all day on the phone responding to angry and confused alumni!
–Loren T.

Yes, Loren, we did spend a LOT of time correcting confused alumni, and if our good-humored joke caused any genuine concern among our members, we apologize. We appreciate the passion, pride and spirit our loyal alumni show us every day. Thanks for being such good sports! Rock Chalk!

–David Johnston

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