Lost in shuffle and the blistering August heat was a story about banning at KU….
That’s right, banning. I’m not talking about KU football coach Turner Gill‘s banning of Twitter for the team. We’re talking "Banned in Boston" type banning. Or like the time the Plaza tried to banish panhandler Jerry Mazer.
You know, banning.
Take the case of former Pennylane music guru Saul Tucker, aka the KU sports mascot who goes by White Owl…
After pyramiding his strange looks and dance moves into a love affair with the KU football team (when it was good a handful of years back) and a 20-something KU coed, Tucker vaulted from homeless dude to toast of the town.
Tucker and his far younger fiance have long since parted company and exchanged restraining orders. His "White Owl" persona was hit with a five year ban keeping him off campus. When Tucker tried to relive the magic a couple weeks back on the first day of school he was arrested by police, escorted off campus and issue a tresspassing citation.
Turns out White Owl isn’t the only one banned from KU…
Twenty-eight more individuals have been banned this year through early July.
"Some of those were banned from the entire campus," KU spokeswoman Jill Jess told LJW, "but the majority were only for parts of campus."
"Under a Kansas Board of Regents policy, the university can ban faculty, staff, students or visitors for activity that obstructs the function of the university or creates an imminent threat or danger to people or property," the Journal World resports.
The Journal World petitioned KU for a list of the banned, but KU blacked out the names of nonstudents like Tucker.
"But what they did release provides a glimpse at the kind of activity that can get you barred from stepping foot on the university grounds, at least for a limited duration," the Journal World reports. "Many of the letters simply stated that a person had been banned from student housing facilities for violating drug or weapons policy, or for criminal behavior. But some of the letters describe more unusual cases."
Take the dude who was banned from campus for five years, "after a series of incidents in Watson Library," LJW reports. "’He came in and was yelling at patrons and telling them how hard it is to digest food after killing people.’
"The letter described how he also defecated on the floor of a fourth floor restroom and, with fecal matter on his clothes, asked library patrons if they had any pants he could use. He then entered Anschutz Library at 1 a.m. and grabbed a library patron’s laptop and threatened to slap him. The person also had an extensive criminal history with the Lawrence police."
Sounds like a good banning…
As for White Owl, Tucker could not be reached for this column.