KU students say they were ‘in recovery mode’ after Jayhawks win NCAA championship

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The Tuesday morning after the University of Kansas men’s basketball team won the NCAA championship game, most students were barely awake. The parking lots were almost empty. The sidewalks had a singular occupant. Sophomore Quintin Talbert told KMBC: “Recovery day. It’s a recovery day for sure.” The University of Kansas did not cancel classes, as it would on a snowy day. But each teacher has the possibility to cancel their individual lessons. Many have. “I had no class,” said junior Jean Blanchard. “All my classes were canceled, I was so happy.” Her friend, senior Courtney Marx, stood next to her and added: “All of mine were cancelled. All of mine today, some of mine on Thursday. Was awesome. Some teachers didn’t cancel the lesson. Second year Sam Aldeguer said: “I had two lessons today. I had an 8 a.m. and I have a 1 a.m. When asked if he had arrived at 8 a.m. morning, he laughed. “I didn’t. I slept,” Aldeguer said. Senior Ethan Sewald had a caffeinated drink in hand outside the student union a little before 11 a.m. “We had class at 9:30 a.m. today, and there were two more. The teacher didn’t cancel, because neither did the other teachers, but his wife did,” Sewald said. He added: “It was quite brutal, I succeeded. He said he showed up 20 minutes late to class, but noted he was there to attend, “and that’s what matters.” Sophomore Talbert said: “I woke up this morning, I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know if I’m going to go.’ At the last second the bus was coming in five minutes and I was like “I have to go”. He said he was successful and got extra credit. . And all of them were walking towards one place: Jayhawk Boulevard. The white tent erected in front of the University of Kansas School of Journalism was by far the busiest place on campus. University Daily Kansan staff distributed 25,000 copies of a commemorative issue of the student newspaper to anyone with a KU identification. The bookstore was selling issues at $5 a copy. They can also be purchased online. “I grabbed a newspaper, I was looking at it. And I thought, ‘This is something that maybe I should frame, honestly.’ I mean, it’s like a moment in life,” Sewald said. The students came out of the tent holding their papers. Some took pictures with them. Others shared them with their friends. One said, “What a day to be alive.”

The Tuesday morning after the University of Kansas men’s basketball team won the NCAA championship game, most students were barely awake.

The parking lots were almost empty. The sidewalks had a singular occupant.

Sophomore Quintin Talbert told KMBC: “Recovery day. It’s a recovery day for sure.”

The University of Kansas did not cancel classes, as it would on a snowy day. But each teacher has the possibility to cancel their individual lessons. Many have.

“I had no class,” said junior Jean Blanchard. “All my classes were canceled, I was so happy.”

Her friend, senior Courtney Marx, stood next to her and added, “All of mine were cancelled. All of mine today, some of mine on Thursday. Was awesome.”

Some teachers did not cancel the course.

Sophomore Sam Aldeguer said, “I had two classes today. I had an 8 a.m. and I have a 1 a.m..”

When asked if he had arrived at 8 a.m., he laughed.

“I didn’t. I slept through it,” Aldeguer said.

Senior Ethan Sewald had a caffeinated drink in hand outside the student union shortly before 11 a.m.

“We had class at 9:30 today, and there were two more in class. The teacher didn’t cancel, because neither did the other teachers, but his wife did,” Sewald said.

He added: “It was pretty brutal, I made it. I had coffee and rock and roll.”

He said he showed up 20 minutes late to class, but noted he was there to attend, “and that’s what matters.”

Sophmore Talbert said: “I woke up this morning, I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know if I’m going to go. At the last second the bus was coming in five minutes and I was like “I have to go”. He said he was successful and got extra credit for it.

As the morning turned into the afternoon, more and more students threaded their way onto the sidewalks. And all of them were walking towards one place: Jayhawk Boulevard.

The white tent set up in front of the University of Kansas Journalism School was by far the busiest spot on campus. University Daily Kansan staff distributed 25,000 copies of a commemorative issue of the student newspaper to anyone with a KU ID. The bookstore was selling issues at $5 a copy. They can also be purchased online.

“I grabbed a newspaper, I was looking at it. And I thought, ‘This is something that maybe I should frame, honestly’. I mean, it’s like a moment in life”, Sewald said.

The students walked away from the tent clutching their papers. Some took pictures with them. Others shared them with their friends. One said, “What a day to be alive.”

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