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Revision as of 19:53, 17 February 2008

University of Kansas
City: Lawrence, Kansas
Type: Public
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball[1]
Colors: blue, crimson
Mascot: Jayhawks
Website: http://www.ku.edu/

The University of Kansas is a liberal arts college located in Lawrence, Kansas. As of spring 2007, about 25,000 students were enrolled at the Lawrence Campus.[2] The school's mascot is the Jayhawk, which is a mythical bird, and the school colors are crimson and blue. Notable alumni include Bob Dole, Clyde Tombaugh, William Allen White, and Kathleen Sebelius.[3] The school is also known for its storied men's basketball program, which won the 1988 National Championship and has produced many NBA players, including Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, and Kirk Hinrich. Lately, the school's football team has had success as well, reaching #2 in the polls in November 2007. (The University's sports teams play in the Big 12 Conference.) It is known especially for its Political Science department and its Dole Institute of Politics, which frequently hosts political speakers from all over the political spectrum.

The University of Kansas, usually referred to as KU within the state of Kansas, is generally considered to have a very liberal environment. As a part of one of many anti-war protests during the Vietnam era, the University's Union was heavily damaged by an arsonist in 1970.[4]

Two KU professors first discovered helium in natural gas in 1905 in Bailey Hall, a building which is still used for classes.[5]

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