Campus through Ted’s eyes: Walking tour set for Friday

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Campus News and News

One of our cherished rites of spring on Mount Oread is approaching its annual renewal: Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson’s Stop Day campus walking tour [“A Beautiful Mind,” Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 5, 2011] will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in front of Dyche Hall. Explorations will continue until 5 p.m., and the public is invited to join or leave the tour at any point. Other than a cafeteria lunch, there is no charge.

Ted JohnsonJohnson will lead his group in a consideration Dyche Hall’s ornate exterior sculptures from 9 to 10 a.m. The tour continues at Lippincott Hall and the Wilcox Classical Museum from 10 to 11, then will visit Twente Hall, Pioneer statue, the Prairie Acre and Watson Library from 11 to 12.

“The first three hours really set the ideas for the rest of the tour,” Johnson says. “It’s all on level ground, and not much walking, so it is fairly easy.”

He also notes that last year two participants completed the entire nine hours in wheelchairs, and their only significant obstacle, a curb, has since been cut. “The whole tour,” Johnson says, “is accessible.”

After lunch at the Burge Union, the group at 2 p.m. will visit Green Hall and the tai chi sculpture, the Chi Omega fountain at 3, the Campanile at 4, then wander through Marvin Grove before reflecting on the day’s adventure in Weaver Court adjacent to Spooner Hall.

—Chris Lazzarino

Ted Johnson's KU campus walking tour

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