University of Kansas Photo Tour

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University of Kansas

Fraser Hall at the University of Kansas
Fraser Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

The University of Kansas (KU), located in Lawrence, Kansas, boasts 28,000 students. Many of the buildings are made out of the limestone taken from the Kansas Flint Hills. Perched atop one of these hills, the main campus offers its students and faculty a picturesque and engaging learning environment. When walking through the campus, one encounters images of a mythical bird called the Jayhawk who is the university mascot. Widely known for its passionate school pride, the KU campus sports many images of the school's mascot, the Jayhawk, an homage to anti-slavery bands in early Civil War Kansas.

Our photo tour begins with Fraser Hall, a building that sits on the highest hilltop in Lawrence. Its red rooftop and iconic flags greet newcomers as they drive into Lawrence from the interstate. Fraser houses the Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology Departments, but lends classrooms to a variety of courses. As one of the oldest buildings on campus, Fraser continues to proudly represent KU on top of Mount Oread.

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Budig Hall at the University of Kansas

Budig Hall at the University of Kansas
Budig Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

One of the newer buildings on campus, Budig Hall connects to Hoch Auditoria where James Naismith invented basketball. Budig consists of three lecture halls that seat 500, 1000 and 500 students as well as several computer labs. The hall didn't always look like the multi-leveled windowed building it is today. Not long ago, the hall was struck by lightning and needed reconstruction. The large seating capacities in the lecture halls make them ideal for general education classes.

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Smith Hall at the University of Kansas

Smith Hall at the University of Kansas
Smith Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

The large statue of Moses hints at the focus of this building--Religious Studies. The statue in front of this building faces north towards a stained-glass window portraying the Burning Bush from the Book of Exodus. The hall consists of one main lecture hall, two classrooms, a library, and several offices for the Religious Studies Department.

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Marvin Hall at the University of Kansas

Marvin Hall at the University of Kansas
Marvin Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Home to the School of Architecture, students often call Marvin Hall the "Lighthouse of the Hill" because the lights shine inside almost 24/7 due to students burning the midnight oil working on projects. It also has a reputation for the most fast food deliveries made in Lawrence. The Hall connects to the School of Art and Design by a sky bridge because students within each school constantly collaborate with each other.

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Snow Hall at the University of Kansas

Snow Hall at the University of Kansas
Snow Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Snow Hall houses the Math, Economics and Environmental Studies Departments at KU. The building was originally a museum but was later torn down and rebuilt to look like the castle in Disney's Snow White. Throughout the year, students wait outside of Snow Hall to catch a bus to other parts of the city because every bus in Lawrence stops there.

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Anschutz Library at the University of Kansas

Anschutz Library at the University of Kansas
Anschutz at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Anschutz is one of seven libraries on KU's main campus. It holds several study rooms, a little café for students who need that midday caffeine, and several computer labs. An ideal environment for group studying, Anschutz also holds a large collection of technical texts for students to use in their research.

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Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas

Spencer Research Library
Spencer Research Library (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

The Spencer Research Library houses a special collection of rare books ranging from ancient and medieval manuscripts to contemporary political texts. Due to the rarity of the books it holds, the library closes its stacks. The reading room always stays open to the public, though. The North Gallery holds shelves upon shelves of books behind glass windows. The view of Memorial Stadium and Campanile, the quiet reading spaces, and the large collection of books truly causes a bibliophile's heart to soar.

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Watson Library at the University of Kansas

Watson Library at the University of Kansas
Watson Library at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Watson Library, known affectionately as the Stacks, holds 2 million volumes and a range of other educational media. Students call it the Stacks because books are stacked so high above one's head that a ladder is needed to retrieve the book of interest. An ideal place for study, the Stacks offer many hiding places for students looking for solitude.

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Lied Center at the University of Kansas

Lied Center at the University of Kansas
Lied Center at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Lied Center serves as KU's cultural hub by hosting various shows, concerts and graduations. Shows such as Blue Man Group, Transiberian Orchestra and Spring Awakening, Anda Union, Mamma Mia (to list a few) are available to students at a discount. The center also serves as the perfect venue for KU students in the performing arts due to its 2,000 seat capacity.

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Lippincott Hall at the University of Kansas

Lippincott Hall at the University of Kansas
Lippincott Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Lippincott Hall is home to the Office of Study Abroad, Applied English Center and Wilcox Museum. The doorway stands behind two impressive Greco-Roman pillars which makes a student feel impressive as they walk through. In front of the hall stands a statue of James Green, Dean of the School of Law, patting a law student's shoulder. Oftentimes in the winter, one can find scarves wrapped around the Dean and student to keep them warm.

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Spooner Hall at the University of Kansas

Spooner Hall at the University of Kansas
Spooner Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

As the oldest building on campus, Spooner Hall stands as a testament to KU's value of history and tradition. Originally built as a library, over time it became a Museum of Art and Anthropology. Over the archway, the words "Whoso findeth wisdom findeth life" hint at the academic treasures inside. Today, students and visiting scholars can review the anthropology collection whenever they want.

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Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas

Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas
Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

A tribute to 1996 presidential candidate, Robert J. Dole, the Dole Institute serves as a venue for students to learn more about politics. The Institute also houses a display about Bob Dole's life, archives for all of the Senate's congressional papers, and conferences with numerous public speakers seeking to share their experiences with students. Bob Dole donated his congressional papers to help students learn more about leadership, community service, and the good side of politics.

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Kansas Union at the University of Kansas

Kansas Union at the University of Kansas
Kansas Union at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

The Kansas Union serves as a social hub for both students and faculty. Standing at six levels, the Union is easily one of the largest buildings on campus and has the largest capacity for social events. On the 1st floor, students can go bowling at the Jaybowl or sit down at the Hawk's Nest to have a cup of coffee. The 2nd floor contains the university bookstore where students can buy their textbooks for the school year or KU gear at the convenience store. The third floor appeals the most to students because they can grab food in between classes, meet with Human Resources to get a part-time job, or even get a haircut. On the 4th floor, students can attend fairs, deposit a check at the bank, or grab more coffee. KU students LOVE their caffeine! The 5th and 6th floors hold ballrooms and auditoriums for large events such as guest speakers.

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Strong Hall at the University of Kansas

Strong Hall at the University of Kansas
Strong Hall at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Located in the center of campus, Strong acts as the university's administrative building. One can find the offices for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Financial Aid, Tutoring, Disability Needs, Student Success, Graduate Studies, Chancellor, Provost, and the list goes on. A long row of tulips in the spring and a 600-pound bronze sculpture of the Jayhawk enhance the majestic look of this building.

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Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas

Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas
Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

"Beware of the Phog." An ominous warning for any opposing team challenging the Kansas Jayhawk basketball team on their home court. Named in honor of former KU coach, Dr. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, the Fieldhouse is noted for not only its amazing acoustics but also for the impassioned student population that rocks its bleachers during home games. The Jayhawks compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

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Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas

Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas
Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Named for the KU students who died serving in World War I, the stadium hosts football games and track and field meets. The 50,000 fan capacity creates a huge fervor on game days which adds to the overwhelming Jayhawk spirit. The horseshoe shape allows for a good view of the games and meets from the Campanile.

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Daisy Hill at the University of Kansas

Daisy Hill at the University of Kansas
Daisy Hill at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

Most of the university's dormitories can be found on top of Daisy Hill. These include Templin, with its suite-style rooms, Lewis with the main cafeteria, Hashinger with its arts theme, Ellsworth and McCollum. My personal favorite is Hashinger because it comes equipped with several music practice rooms and a dance studio to accommodate its art students.

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Chi Omega Fountain at the University of Kansas

Chi Omega Fountain at the University of Kansas
Chi Omega Fountain at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

A refreshing break from the numerous buildings on campus, the Chi Omega Fountain gurgles happily in the center of a roundabout for those passing through to enjoy. The fountain resumes its flow each year on the first day of spring. Another KU legend states that students will get thrown in by their friends on their birthdays, so hopefully you don't have a birthday in the winter!

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Wescoe Beach at the University of Kansas

Wescoe Beach at the University of Kansas
Wescoe Beach at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

The Beach sits in front of Wescoe Hall and opposite Strong in the center of campus. Although not really a beach, many students treat it like one by lounging around on its concrete surface and catching some sun. Students enjoy lunch and promotional events that often take place on the Beach because of its ideal location. During Hawk Week, an orientation period to help new students get acquainted with each other and college life in general. KU floods Wescoe Beach with sand for sand volleyball games and prize giveaways. An otherwise normal piece of sidewalk, the students make this place hip and happening.

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The Campanile at the University of Kansas

The Campanile at the University of Kansas
The Campanile at the University of Kansas (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Anna Chang

The iconic bell tower of KU serves as a reminder of time and a warning to students. At the top of every hour, a student from the School of Music plays the bells, which can be heard more than a mile away. On graduation day, all graduating students walk through the Campanile to mark the end of their journey as a KU student. The Campanile rings all day to let the whole town know that KU's finest are ready to go out into the world. Legend has it that a student who walks through the Campanile before graduation will not graduate in the typical span of four years.

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