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What the hell is rock chalk?


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It's a really weird saying, probably with a stupid meaning. anyone? Do you use it to write on your tombstone?

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It's a really weird saying, probably with a stupid meaning. anyone? Do you use it to write on your tombstone?

http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/chant.shtml

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It's a really weird saying, probably with a stupid meaning. anyone? Do you use it to write on your tombstone?

http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/chant.shtml

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There are a few places online that can give pretty detailed historical information on it, but the general idea is that it was originally "Rah, Rah, Jayhawk" and was originally used by the Science Club in 1866. It was later changed to "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk" by an English professor, because it rhymed and reflected the limestone (aka chalk rock) which is a distinctive feature of Mount Oread where KU's campus is located. Many buildings at KU have limestone exteriors, and rock chalk is a very prominant on KU's campus.

Edit: looks like the other Jayhawks beat me to it.  :-[

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I knew that subject line would get a response from you guys! i guess i need to hear it. (im at a computer without speakers right now)

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I knew that subject line would get a response from you guys! i guess i need to hear it. (im at a computer without speakers right now)

I'm in the same boat.  Even after reading the explination it's still out there.  I'll have to hear it when I get home from work I suppose.

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I'll wait for the game - that's if y'all get a chance to chant it  :P:D

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sounds pretty cool.

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