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Governor to lead homecoming parade

Homecoming happenings

For a full schedule of homecoming events, the Homecoming web site or the Oread
The leader of the state will lead Jayhawk nation in celebrating homecoming at the University of Kansas.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who earned a master's in public administration from KU in 1980, will be the grand marshal for the annual homecoming parade Nov. 3 along Jayhawk Boulevard on the Lawrence campus. She is in her second term as governor of Kansas and is chair of the Democratic Governor's Association, a national voluntary organization that supports democratic gubernatorial candidates and incumbents and promotes democratic policies at the state level.

Themed "Jayhawk Nation," Homecoming Week takes place Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Festivities will culminate with the governor's appearance at the parade and a football game against the University of Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 3. Sebelius will be honored at halftime of the game. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. or at least two hours before kickoff. Game time will be announced at a later date.

Homecoming Week will kick off with a 5K Spirit Sprint benefiting United Way and "Stuff the Bus," a canned food drive benefiting ECKAN. The drive will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Dillons on 23rd Street, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, outside of Lewis Hall.

Events will be held on campus throughout the week, including a three-on-three basketball tournament, Chalk n' Rock, a medallion hunt in which clues to the location of a hidden medallion will be printed in the University Daily Kansan, a pep rally, a mural competition and the Jayhawk Nation Money Station. The money station is an inflatable prize machine students can enter to grab and win scholarships from KU Endowment, gift certificates from local businesses, homecoming T-shirts and cash.

Below is the full schedule for Homecoming Week. Additional information about events can be found at

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Spirit Sprint, $15 for students and $20 for nonstudents; 9:30 a.m.; Kansas Union
  • Stuff the Bus, 1-4 p.m., Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St.

Sunday, Oct. 28

  • Stuff the Bus, 1 - 4 p.m., Daisy Hill

Monday, Oct. 29

  • Medallion hunt kickoff
  • Corndog eating contest, noon, Wescoe Hall
  • Three-on-three basketball tournament, play begins at 4 p.m., Student Recreation Fitness Center

Tuesday, Oct. 30

  • Jayhawk Nation Murals, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wescoe Hall
  • Foosball, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall lawn
  • Homecoming night at dining halls, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Pep rally, 6 to 8 p.m., Student Recreation Fitness Center parking lot
  • Three-on-three basketball tournament continues, Student Recreation Fitness Center

Wednesday, Oct. 31

  • Money machine, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wescoe Hall
  • Halloween costume contest, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wescoe Hall

Thursday, Nov. 1

  • Chalk n' Rock, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wescoe Hall
  • Deck the halls/office judging, 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2

  • Crimson and blue spirit day
  • Signing of a good luck banner, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wescoe Hall

Saturday, Nov. 3

  • Pancake breakfast, $5; 8 to 11 a.m.; Stauffer-Flint Hall lawn
  • Parade, time TBA, Jayhawk Boulevard
  • KU vs. Nebraska football game, time TBA, Memorial Stadium

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