The Story of WuShock

The Story of WuShock (HMQR9)

Location: Hutchinson, KS 67502 Reno County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 4.598', W 97° 55.714'

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Wichita State University

It was 1904 when Wichita State University was known as Fairmoun[t] College that R.J. Kirk (Class of 1907), a football manager, invented the name "Wheat Shockers" for posters to advertise a game against the Chilocco Indians. It was shortened to "Shockers" as Wichita State teams are known today.

Kirk had put the word "Indians" under the name Chilocco and a press agent for the Wichita Fall Festival, helping to publicize the contest, demanded that Kirk should produce a nickname for Fairmount to balance the poster.

In those days, when wheat was shocked or headed, the majority of the players earned a stake for college expenses by working all summer in the harvest and threshing and came back tough enough to play 60-minute games.

Wichita University students of the art department were invited by Kappa Pi art fraternity to compete in the creation of a design to typify the school spirit. Walter Lengel's design students were given the assignment as a requirement of his class. The entries were to be judged by members of the student publications board. The contest was wide open...no theme was established.

Wilbur Elsea, a junior who had been a Marine during World War II, decided that, "the school needed a mascot who gave a tough impression...with a serious, no-nonsense scowl". And his design for WuShock was adopted. WuShock got its name in another contest, which was won by freshman Jack Kersting.

But the story does not end there. Dave Johnson, a WU cheerleader, changed the mascot from ink into flesh and blood in 1954. He and members of the art department brought WuShock to life as a costume.
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 8:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 593972 N 4214859
Decimal Degrees38.07663333, -97.92856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 4.598', W 97° 55.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 4' 35.88" N, 97° 55' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)620, 316
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 177-199 Grandstand Ave, Hutchinson KS 67502, US
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