The football season gets underway on Saturday with this year's team seen as legitimate contenders for the Big 12 North title. And with yesterday's announcement that KU athletics would be donating 40 million dollars to academic programs, you might just convince yourself that academics are as important as sports here (depending on how many Bud Light "fan cans" you enjoy that day).
For those who prefer their competition more informal and drunken, the Student Union Activities committee will offer a few hours of lawn games outside the Stadium before each home game, allowing tailgaters to enjoy such activities as "washers, corn hole and monkey ball" (LJ-World). (Chip: "In Forttt Scottt, 'corn hole' has a different meaning, and it's usually played in haylofts.").
Also, perennial hipster favorites Ad Astra Arkestra (formerly Ad Astra Per Aspera) will be performing an unprecedented early show at the TapRoom which they are calling the "Ad Astra Drumline and Freakout Ensemble" which seems designed to allow hipsters the kind of experience they never got to witness at the Wakarusa Festival because they were always too cool to pay for a ticket and mingle with hippies.
We often associate local hip-hop with shootings at Club Axis, but a seemingly peaceful crowd gathered at the Granada last night to watch a performance by D-12 (better known as Eminem's old posse).
Ruscin's photo blog of the evening reveals that, although they may have been peaceful, the audience members still looked pretty damn tough: