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May 20, 2018

Old School

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.

February 13, 2017

Targeting Tappan

Although U-M's first president earned the love of students and the respect of many faculty, Henry Philip Tappan also had his fair share of critics.

February 6, 2017

Cooley and the looking-glass self

After graduating from U-M, Charles Horton Cooley started working at the Interstate Commerce Commission. He returned to join U-M's economics department, where his ideas came to "undergird much of 20th century sociology."

January 30, 2017

John Dewey and a new perspective

John Dewey, an early philosophy professor at U-M, became one of the chief theorists of the school of philosophy that became known as pragmatism.