KU Students get left out in mad rush at Late Night

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By Cara Winkley

When the doors shut, I just kept thinking “What is going on and what are they doing?” We were packed like sardines outside the door waiting for them to open again.

Caycee Hatchette, a University of Kansas freshman from Lee Summit, got in line for Late Night around 11 a.m. Friday morning. She said there were about 200 people in line in front of her.

“The atmosphere at the beginning was actually fun.  We talked to the people around us and had a good time – until the doors were opened,” Hatchette said.

Allen Fieldhouse has a capacity of 16,300 and some students guesstimate they saw almost 25,000 people waiting in line to get into the Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon. As the doors opened that night, students in the back of the line rushed forward cutting in front of people waiting in line for hours, and ultimately taking their spot in the Fieldhouse.

Eric Turek, a University junior from California, was one of those students. Turek got to the Fieldhouse a little before 3 p.m. His friends arrived shortly before 5 p.m.

The doors to Allen Filedhouse were scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. A few minutes before the doors opened Turek said he saw about 30 people begin to race toward the door. They were in a bird-like formation similar to what you would see in the sky. People standing at the back saw this and began to copy. Soon hundreds were all rushing toward the doors cutting people in front of them.

“A rush surged through me, and I realized that if I didn’t run, I wouldn’t have made it,” Turek said.

A University Athletics staff member describes the experience from the inside as a scary bullrush of people. He said the University had cattle guards to direct the lines, but people jumped or toppled them to get inside.

Small numbers of tickets to Late Night were sold for reserved sections, but the majority of the tickets were given out at the doors as people entered. An exact number of 16,300 tickets including reserved tickets were to be given out in order to control capacity. However, many people who rushed in pushed University staff out of the way limiting their ability to know how many people came inside.

“It was chaos,” said a University Athletics staff member. “We had to close the doors to get a handle on everything and reposition staff.”

Abbey Johnson, a senior from Vermont, was one of the thousands who was still waiting in line when the doors shut. She describes the crowd around her as angry, restless and upset. The line was more like a mob of people shoved up against each other back to front. She said she was standing next to a family with small children who had waited in line all day and didn’t want to leave in the small chance they might get let in.

After waiting for 30 to 45 minutes after the doors closed, students were alerted not by KU Athletics staff, but by a tweet made by the official KU Athletics Twitter account.

“A tweet saying sorry does absolutely nothing for me. I’m a student who pays thousands of dollars for out-of-state tuition, and I deserved to be one of the 16,300 fans in Allen Fieldhouse that night,” Hatchette said. “I’m disappointed in their lack of organization and their incompetence to do anything to stop the fans that rushed in. They have ruined that experience for me and for that, I don’t even want to go to late night in the future.”

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Architecture Style

Anschutz LibraryAnschutz library, or as most students call it, “Club Schutz” is one of the most popular places to study on campus. Walk through the double doors and you are greeted by a friendly smile from the help desk. Sitting straight ahead of you, you will find the computer area. That coffee you smell comes from the mini-café to your left. Just around the corner of the café is “TanSchutz,” where students can lounge in front of large uncovered windows with the sun beaming down on their faces while they study or sometimes even catch a snooze. Anschutz, as you can see, is much more than your average university library. It is so much more.

Anschutz first opened its doors on October 7, 1989, when it was formally presented to Chancellor Budig. A dedication ceremony was held where Philip Anschutz spoke on behalf of the Anschutz family.

Philip Anschutz, a KU alumnus, who is the founder of AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), graduated from KU in 1961 with a degree in business administration. Anschutz and his wife Nancy donated $6.5 million dollars to the $13.9 million construction of the library. Because of his generous contribution, Chancellor Budig allowed Anschutz the honor of naming the building. Anschutz decided on the “Marian and Fred Anschutz Science Library” to honor both of his parents, who were also big donors to the university.

Robert Szavo, the Anschutz Operations Manager has been working at Anschutz for 12 years. His favorite part of his job is the people. When asked to describe the building, he described it as one of the more modern buildings on campus.

Anschutz Library has five stories, 92,000 square feet, a limestone exterior and a red-tiled roof. There are many large windows surrounding the building shining light onto the main floor. Anschutz is also the only library on campus that is open 24 hours Sunday through Friday to give students a place to go on their own schedule. Not only is it a place for students to study, but with “group study” tables it can be a place to socialize with friends while procrastinating on homework, or a place to people watch and observe your surroundings. Anschutz is so much more than your typical library.

At the dedication ceremony for the building, Chancellor Budig said that Anschutz library “represents our commitment to the future.” As a student almost 24 years later, I am seeing that commitment continue, and hope that someday when my children come here they will appreciate it just as I do now.

Sabrina’s Style on the Hill

It’s a Sunday afternoon on The University of Kansas campus, and they are lounging on the couch, computer in lap, each one clicking away hard at work.

John Reynolds, a senior studying graphic design, is working on the new designs. Emily Paulson, a junior studying journalism, is tweeting and pinning away. Supervising the two is Sabrina Liedtke, a senior studying journalism and the founder of the new blog styleonthehill.com.

Style on the Hill features pictures of outfits, accessories and objects that Liedtke deems stylish on campus or around Lawrence.  The site has only been around for three weeks, but is quickly gaining recognition around campus.

“On Facebook, it reaches 8,000 people a week,” Liedtke said.

Liedtke started the blog as a way to express her creative side on campus.

“There’s such a unique style here that no one has documented. It’s like uncharted territory,” Liedtke said.

Her idea for the blog came after interning at style.com where she worked closely with Tommy Ton, a photoblogger for the site. She accompanied him while he shot pictures of style on the streets, in department stores and in vintage shops in New York. She applies her new skills and knowledge from her internship to the blog.

“I learned that it’s important to express your own personal view and let it reflect what you think about fashion,” said Liedtke.

Having lived in a sorority, where Nike shorts and T-shirts are the weekday norm, Liedtke was always asked why she was so dressed up for class. She said girls would come up to her and ask if she had a presentation in class that day. In her hometown of San Francisco, dressing up is the norm and she hopes that this blog will inspire students to dress a little “cooler.”

Style on the Hill not only has a blog, but a Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook page. In the height of blogs and social media, everyone is constantly online. According to The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 86 percent of internet users ages 18 to 29 use social networking sites such as Facebook. In addition to commenting on the blog, the Style on the Hill Facebook page allows students to “tag” their friends in featured photos.

“It’s almost like a pop culture hub of Lawrence and KU. There has never been something like this that people can go on and see people they know,” said Reynolds, graphic designer for Style on the Hill.

The blog captures KU students’ everyday fashion choices, but it also shows the lifestyle of Lawrence through pictures of buildings, art and various activities.

“Style is just art in everyday life,” Liedtke said.

Liedtke is still taking in the whole experience. She doesn’t worry about the future, but she hopes that the blog continues to improve and becomes a bigger presence on campus.

“It has a potential to become really big,” said Liedtke. “I’m very lucky that no one else had done this.”