Students gather in the spring of 1902 at a room at 517 Washington St., with walls nearly covered in pictures. (Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library)

 This month in history (36 years ago)

The transition from the 1970s to the 1980s, the change from the years of activism to the years of professionalism, were evidenced in several ways. After almost a decade of declining membership, the number of students joining sororities and fraternities rose in 1977-78. Greek Week revived in March 1978. Mirroring a national trend, ROTC enrollments on campus rose. At the same time, Board of Regents support for organizations popular in the early 1970s such as the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan began to erode.

— “The Making of the University of Michigan 1817-1992” by Howard H. Peckham