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Kansas Basketball: Chancellor Won't Cancel Class, Should KU Win It All

LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 10:  Kansas Jayhawk fans cheer as the Jayhawks take the court prior to the start of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on December 10, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 29, 2012

Students at the University of Kansas love their basketball. Whether there a sports fan or not, students at Kansas know the success that the basketball program has built in the past. Even if students don’t follow sports, they have a good understanding of what is going on with the Jayhawks.

With Kansas in the Final Four, students are hoping to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity to miss class on Tuesday, April 4, should Kansas win the championship on Monday.

Although the Jayhawks must get through Ohio State first, students are already looking forward to possibly celebrating on Tuesday.

However, Bernadette Gray-Little, the Chancellor of the University of Kansas, angered students on Wednesday and shut all hopes of canceling class on Tuesday.

“Tuesday classes will be held as scheduled,” Gray-Little said in an email to students. “Provost Jeff Vitter and I believe that our first mission as a university is to foster academic success and that is accomplished in part by setting high expectations for our students.”

Students disagree with Gray-Little’s decision and have posted a petition online to help overturn the ruling.

Class was cancelled in 2008 when the Jayhawks won the championship in thrilling fashion over Memphis in overtime.

The two obvious sides are easily represented. Students want to experience this moment and celebrate with their friends in Lawrence. After all, we are talking about a championship celebration. The Jayhawks would have outlasted 67 other teams who had the privilege of playing in this tournament. Being the last team standing out of 68 is an accomplishment.

However, if Gray-Little and the university keep their word, students need to celebrate responsibly Monday night and prepare for school Tuesday morning. College students are old enough to decide what they want to do. It is not like high school where a student is tracked down by one of the assistant principals, who is usually responsible for making sure students attend class if they don't have an excused absence.

In the end, Kansas students might be happy. The professors at the university are probably just as passionate about the team as the students and might give their students a break that day. They will either cut class short or not hold class all together, because they understand the occasion and they know students want to enjoy this moment.

If students forgo class to celebrate the title, are teachers going to really hold students accountable and not allow them to makeup work that they missed on that day? That might be a bit harsh. Although Gray-Little is expected to keep her word, students and professors will probably come together and make a deal to allow everyone to enjoy Tuesday off, should the Jayhawks win the championship on Monday against Kentucky or Louisville if they get through Ohio State.

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