Students didn’t let chilly weather and Game 2 of the World Series sap their school spirit as they gathered Wednesday evening for the annual Jayhawk Jingles competition at the Adams Alumni Center. While the crowd feasted on free food from local favorites Johnny’s Tavern and Torched Goodness, nine sorority-fraternity teams got psyched up to showcase their talents and honor this year’s Homecoming theme, Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.
The competition is one of Homecoming’s most entertaining traditions and encourages students to exercise their creativity by singing, dancing and performing skits. This year’s teams truly embraced the Halloween spirit, dressing up as ghosts and zombies and spinning their own lyrics to popular tunes such as “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters.” One team even sketched out a hilarious Scooby-Doo comedy routine, complete with villainous Oklahoma Sooners who had captured Baby Jay.
Judging this year’s competition were Alumni Association National Board Members Shelle Hook McCoy, d’73; and Don, c’61, m’65, and Carolyn “Kay” Cromb Brada, c’61, who had the difficult job of determining which teams would take home top honors.
Winners in the Greek life category were:
First place: Sigma Kappa and Delta Chi
Second place: Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Nu
Third place: Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Delta Lambda Phi and LOTUS (Leaders of Tomorrow, Unbreakable Sisterhood) took first place in the student life category.
Click here to view the photos on Flickr, and watch our short video of Jingles below.
Members of the KU Alumni Association boarded the elegant Marina last month for a 16-night luxury cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand. Pictured above are Kay, c’61, and Don Brada, c’61, m’65, who are joint Life and Presidents Club members. Don also serves on the Alumni Association’s national board of directors.
The travelers experienced geological wonders, cosmopolitan cities, exotic wildlife and rugged beauty in both countries. The ship sailed from Sydney to Melbourne, where the Dandenong Mountains provide a backdrop to exquisite architecture, to Geelong, where travelers explored the waterfront. After a day of cruising the Tasman Sea, the ship docked in the historic city of Hobart on Tasmania, known as the “Island of Inspiration.”
The ship sailed two more days across the Tasman Sea to cruise the fjords of Milford Sound, a legendary fjord with cascading waterfalls, rainforests and massive peaks.
The passengers also visited Dunedin, home of the world’s rarest penguin; the small fishing town of Akaroa; New Zealand’s political center, Wellington; and Napier, a city rebuilt after a devastating earthquake and fire in 1931.
A day of cruising the South Pacific led the travelers to three final destinations: Tauranga, Bay of Islands and finally, Auckland.
A familiar bird greeted our alumni travelers at their room: a Jayhawk door plaque. “It was a welcome sight at the end of a five-flight walk up, and we always knew which way to turn!” said Kay.
Travel the world with fellow Jayhawks! Visit www.kualumni.org/travel for more information about upcoming trips and to sign up for emails about the Flying Jayhawks program, and view more Flying Jayhawks photos on our Flickr page.