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February 22, 2018

Old School

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.

January 8, 2018

Ben Franklin statue's demise

The Class of 1870 purchased what they believed was a bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin to display on campus near the Law School. Years later, it was found in "hundreds of pieces."

December 11, 2017

Exemplar of Michigan music

As the oldest musical group and student organization on campus, the Men's Glee Club has had a strong influence both within and without the university.

December 4, 2017

Albert H. Wheeler

Albert H. Wheeler was the first African-American professor to earn tenure at U-M and was an advocate for civil rights, culminating in his election as Ann Arbor's first black mayor.

November 20, 2017

Winning with wings

The U-M football team's iconic winged helmet made its debut in a 1938 game against Michigan State University, which the Wolverines won 14-0.