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This Week in KU History

  • The new men's basketball team plays its first home game at a Lawrence skating rink. The Jayhawkers beat the Topeka YMCA 31-6. About fifty people watched the event.

  • As the Great Depression reaches its lowest depths, KU officials send over 400 letters to KU faculty members and Lawrence residents pleading for some odd jobs that will help students remain in school.
  • The Kansas Board of Regents announce the selection of E. Laurence Chalmers, Jr., 40, as the eleventh chancellor of KU effective July 1, 1969. Chalmers replaced W. Clarke Wescoe.
  • Former Jayhawk Lynette Woodard, the leading scorer in women's collegiate basketball history, returns to a crowd of 13,000 fans in Allen Fieldhouse as a member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Woodard was the first woman to play for the team.
  • The Student Senate approves a bill to create a representative for the ROTC on campus. It is the first time ROTC has had a seat in the Senate. At the time of the bill's approval there were 235 ROTC members on campus.


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