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December 17, 2017

Old School

May 1, 2017

The beloved professors of U-M

Joseph Whiting and George Palmer Williams taught the first entering class of U-M. Whiting was a Yale-educated Presbyterian minister, while Williams was two years younger but far more experienced in the classroom.

April 24, 2017

The first commencement

By the time of the university's first commencement on Aug. 6, 1845, the first days of the entering class must have seemed like ancient history. The Main Building — now called Mason Hall — was cramped and an expansion was in the works.

April 17, 2017

The first freshmen

Lyman Norris, George Parmelee, Judson Collins, William Wesson, Merchant Goodrich and George Pray can lay claim as the first entering class at U-M.

April 10, 2017

U-M's Uncle Jimmy

James Ottley, the University of Michigan's custodian and "hatman," was known to scores of U-M students as Uncle Jimmy.

April 3, 2017

A furry icon in the making

The pudgy, curious and oftentimes fearless squirrels that roam the Ann Arbor campus have delighted students, faculty, staff and visitors for decades. 

March 27, 2017

The Wolverine jingle

Albert Ahronheim, a former Michigan Marching Band drum major and graduate assistant, created a full arrangement for the "Let's Go Blue" tune-and-cheer, but the history behind the iconic jingle is not as simple as one might predict. 

March 20, 2017

The origins of 'Go Blue!'

History does not paint a clear, definite picture of how "Go Blue" became the rallying cry of University of Michigan Wolverines. Conflicting stories have it starting at U-M hockey or football games.

March 13, 2017

The history of maize and blue

In the late 1860s, a committee of U-M students charged with choosing the university's colors recommended that "azure blue and maize" be adopted as the institution's symbolic colors. The exact details of those colors have varied over the years.

March 6, 2017

Henry Carter Adams

Economist Henry Carter Adams started U-M’s first courses in business administration as well as courses in accounting, finance and marketing. Adams chaired the university’s department of economics until his death in 1921.

February 20, 2017

Tappan's dismissal

On June 25, 1863, the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to remove the university's first president, Henry Philip Tappan, from office.

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