Friday, November 02, 2007

Kansas Jayhawks Chalk One Up for Homecoming

Groups make designs in chalk on Wescoe Beach
Chalk N’ Rock gives points for best picture
Adam Vossen

Several groups are gathering on Wescoe Beach today to make designs in chalk to coordinate with the theme Jayhawk Nation. The group with the best design will receive 100 points toward the homecoming competition.

Amidst the clouds of dust on Wescoe today, groups gather hoping to garner more points for the homecoming competition. Wescoe Beach is going to be covered in the chalk designs from groups participating in Chalk N’ Rock.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., groups will decorate their pre-assigned square in a way that coordinates with the Homecoming Week theme Jayhawk Nation. The designs are being judged at 2 p.m. Judging criteria is based on the observance of the theme, creativity, which includes imagination, humor and creativity in planning and executing, and appearance, meaning attention to detail, decoration quality, and overall look. The designs must be in good taste and appropriate for a public audience. The judges are secret until the time of judging.

First place in the competition is worth 100 points, second place is worth 75 points, and third place is worth 50 points. The groups that do not place in the competition will receive 25 points for participation. Groups are required to supply their own chalk. In case of bad weather, Chalk N’ Rock will be moved to tomorrow.

The Chalk N’ Rock competition is nothing new to homecoming, said daily events co-chairwoman Morgan Shirley, Overland Park senior.

“[It is one] of our traditional events because we’re working with the Alumni Association, so we like to have some consistency,” she said.

However, Shirley said that students hadn’t tired of participating in this event, regardless of its longevity in homecoming.

“[It is one] of our most popular and most competitive events,” she said.

All groups who applied for the Chalk N’ Rock are participating. Those groups are Gamma Phi and Triangle, Association of University Residence Halls, All Scholarship Hall Council, Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Delta Theta, Black Student Union, Pi Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Psi, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Kappa and Pi Kappa Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha and Sigma Delta Tau, Chi Omega and Delta Upsilon, Kappa Delta and Phi Gamma Delta, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alpha Chi Omega and Theta Chi, Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma, Delta Gamma and Sig Chi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Delta Delta Delta.

So when you hear the aggressive cries on Wescoe Beach of the participants in the Chalk N’ Rock contest, stay back, unless you want to be covered in chalk.
— Edited by Kaitlyn Syring