Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 16

Posted on Feb 16, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “In the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

‘Top of my life’: Sherron Collins’ best KU memories to culminate in jersey retirement | The University Daily Kansan

“A kid from Chicago,” as Sherron Collins referred to himself, will see his No. 4 jersey hanging in the rafters on Monday next to the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White and Paul Pierce. “I never thought where I come from, I could have this much of an impact on a University, let alone a community.”
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KU graduate, Endowment employee could become first openly gay member of state legislature | The University Daily Kansan

Brandon Woodard, c’13, a University graduate and KU Endowment employee, is running for the 30th District of the Kansas House of Representatives as a Democrat. If he wins, he would be the first openly gay member of the Kansas Legislature.
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Cheering for the Cheerleader | Medium

Beyond the uniforms and debates about being necessary, there is a reality: As sports become a bigger and bigger business, the spirit squad is not advancing commensurately. Do you know why you should cheer for the cheerleader too? Mike Whitaker, c’91, analyzes their vital yet thankless role as brand ambassadors.
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2018 Associates Awards | The American Institute of Architects

AIA’s Associates Awards are given to individual Associate AIA members to recognize outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession. Recipients include University of Kansas graduates Jake Banton, g’15, and Timarie Trarbach, g’12.
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UM Professor Leads Dinosaur Track Preservation Project | University of Mississippi News

A University of Mississippi geologist’s collaboration with researchers at the University of Arkansas has yielded the discovery and digital preservation of the first tracks of carnivorous dinosaurs ever found in Arkansas. Brian Platt, g’05, PhD’12, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at UM, was lead author of “LiDAR-based characterization and conservation of the first theropod dinosaur trackways from Arkansas, USA,” an article in the Jan. 2 edition of the journal Public Library of Science ONE.
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HillVets 100 of 17 | HillVets

Nikki Wentling’s in-depth reporting on veterans’ issues for Stars and Stripes serves to keep former military members and the public informed about everything from political maneuverings in the halls of Congress to malfeasance in local medical centers. Wentling, j’14, was named one of HillVets’ top reporters on the veteran experience.
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Former J-W editorial page editor wins lifetime achievement award from Kansas Press Association | Lawrence Journal-World

Lawrence resident and former Journal-World editorial page editor Ann Gardner, j’75, has received one of the state’s top journalism awards. Gardner received the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award from the Kansas Press Association. The award recognizes a Kansas editor for a lifetime of achievement that involves commitment to community, the Kansas newspaper industry and the state.
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Nine Students Chosen As Fulbright Semi-Finalists | KU International Programs

Nine KU students have reached the semi-finalist stage of the Fulbright competition. These nine applicants will now be reviewed by the respective country commissions and will learn in the spring if they will receive the prestigious award. Thirty-one students applied.
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Paul Pierce immortalized as Boston Celtics retire his No. 34 | KUSports

From this day forward no member of the Boston Celtics will ever again wear No. 34. That number will forever be associated with the name Paul Pierce and hang in the rafters above the Celtics’ signature parquet floor, with the likes of Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale. Pierce is a former KU basketball player.
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The original “Ain’t No Seats” story revealed

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Ain't No Seats camping group in Allen Fieldhouse | photo by Jeff Jacobsen | www.kualumni.org

“Ain’t No Seats.” Meaning, there “ain’t no seats” left in Allen Fieldhouse, right?

Think again.

Ain’t No Seats originated during fall semester 2006 when an Oliver Hall freshman returned from class and recited a story to his dormmates.

Tyler Doehring, c’09, remembers the story: “Legend has it, Sherron Collins came into class a bit late and made his way to the back of the classroom. The professor encouraged him to take a seat in front. Without hesitation, Sherron responded, ‘ain’t no seats’ and a flock of white doves flew out of his bag.”

Instantly, Ain’t No Seats became a catchphrase among our group of friends.

“It was just a bunch of kids from Oliver Hall laughing over a story about a basketball player,” said Sarah Young, j’10.

So when it came time to put together our basketball camping group, the name was a unanimous decision: Ain’t No Seats. We created a Facebook group and made T-shirts for the campers. Sherron bought shirts for himself and some friends, which, at the time, made our group of doting freshmen feel completely legitimate.

ain't no seats“It was one of the first things our group of friends did together,” said Derek West, c’11.

And the name stuck, year after year.

The group members naturally dispersed, but Ain’t No Seats stayed in the Fieldhouse. A few members stuck around long enough to pass on the name to other students, and after a couple years Ain’t No Seats was visible in the Fieldhouse—literally.

“One game, after we all graduated, there was a group with huge letters that read Ain’t No Seats in the student section of Allen Fieldhouse,” said Young.

img_blog_aint_no_seats_shirt_back“I figured when we all left campus that would be the end of it. I didn’t think much of it taking on a name of its own,” said Jenna Sauls, c’10. “I think I actually started yelling when I saw the sign in the student section. Half excitement, half ‘who in the world kept it alive after three or four years?’”

“After the sign appeared, announcers were making comments, people were posting on Twitter and Facebook saying it meant there were no seats left in the Fieldhouse,” said Young. “We were calling each other laughing and amused, saying ‘Did you hear that? It’s all wrong!'”

“When the phrase began to be misappropriated, we lost something nuanced for something on-the-nose,” said Doehring.

More than a sign

Versions of the saying’s origin came and went, and the tagline became well-known among KU fans.

“I think every KU fan could relate to Ain’t No Seats, because they assumed it had something to do with Allen Fieldhouse and the great atmosphere we have there,” said West. “When in reality, it had nothing to do with that.”

“We were literally the people there when Ain’t No Seats originally went down. We were there the first time it was ever used and now it’s been adopted by a new generation,” said Doehring.

He’s right: Ain’t No Seats has grown into blog titles, Twitter handles and memes. It even has its own hashtag.

“It’s more than just a sign or a phrase on a t-shirt for us,” said West. “It makes me nostalgic just thinking about it.”

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ain’t No Seats in the student section. I think it’s great if the group is still alive. It’s fun to tell the original story, so I hope they’re continuing to set the record straight,” said Sauls.

— Kara Schwerdt, j’10, was a member of the original Ain’t No Seats camping group

Photo credit: Jeff Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics

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