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July 15, 2018

Old School

March 26, 2018

Homecoming queen controversy

In 1967, a black U-M student, Opal Bailey, was named homecoming queen in the second year of a relatively new tradition at the university. But the honor was tinged with racial controversy — both that year and the next.

March 19, 2018

Book burning

 In the spring of 1973, local activists calling themselves Advocates for Medical Information charged that "Obstetrics and Gynecology," a textbook written by the chair of obstetrics and gynecology, J. Robert Willson, was sexist and should be burned.

March 12, 2018

Elizabeth Crosby

One of the early pioneers of anatomy and neuroscience, Elizabeth C. Crosby, was the first female faculty member to receive the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award and to be named the Henry Russel Lecturer.

March 5, 2018

Aunt Ruth

During World War II, Ruth Buchanan, a receptionist at the Exhibit Museum, had an unofficial second job: writing tens of thousands letters and cards to U-M students, faculty, staff and alumni serving in the war.

February 19, 2018

Freedom Writer

Heralded as "one of the most important studies ever made of the rise and fall of chattel slavery in the United States," U-M historian Dwight Lowell Dumond's progressive "Antislavery: The Crusade for Freedom in America" made waves in 1961 for speaking candidly about slavery.

February 12, 2018

Negro-Caucasian Club

Formed in 1925, the Negro-Caucasian Club was inspired after a pair of friends, one black and one white, were deliberately given dirty dishes instead of service at a local restaurant.

February 5, 2018

Old School: Unicorn in the Garden

On the morning of April 27, 1954, University of Michigan students reported numerous sightings of a unicorn in the central courtyard of the Law Quad.

January 29, 2018

Cap Night

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an early June ritual known as Cap Night saw U-M freshmen toss their distinctive gray caps into a bonfire in the area then known as Sleepy Hollow.

January 22, 2018

Called by the bell

Beginning in the 1840s, a bell was used to rouse students for class and chapel, a ritual they despised. After years of student efforts to silence the bell and its successor, a peal of five bells played from the newly designed library, and later the Baird Carillon became a fixture in Burton Memorial Tower.

January 15, 2018

Michigan hockey's heritage

Canadian World War I veteran Joseph Barss came to study medicine at U-M, where he pitched the idea of a varsity hockey team to athletic director Fielding Yost, who made Barss the program's first coach.