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  1. War Over Words

    He dared to criticize the dictionary and its editor.
    – Michael Adams
    How an arrogant prig's passion saved one of Michigan's greatest achievements
  2. Mysteries at Michigan

    Even by day, the Library felt like a dark, dense warren inhabited by nocturnal creatures.
    – From "Maze" (1982), by A.H. Garnet
    Ever hear of the Michigan law prof who was baked to death?
  3. Lost Star

    "I can’t banish the feeling that there is a serious deficiency of academic freedom..."
    – Lawrence Klein
    How Michigan drove away one of its greatest minds.
  4. The Vanishing of Schoolgirls’ Glen

    It should be kept so that it might become a haven of quiet one hundred years from now.
    – Alexander Ruthven
    How human heedlessness compromised a lovely slice of Nichols Arboretum
  5. The First Freshmen

    “The course of education to be pursued will be of the most liberal kind.”
    Six young, white males, all from southeastern Michigan and all with family roots reaching to the Northeast, can lay claim as the entering class at the University of Michigan.
  6. Rhapsodies in Blue

    Resolved, That Azure Blue and Maize be adopted as the emblematic colors of the University of Michigan.
    – Student resolution, 1867
    Michigan's love affair with the color blue has been long and complicated.
  7. Tappan’s End

    Tappan was the largest figure of a man that ever appeared on the Michigan campus, and he was stung to death by gnats!
    – James Burrill Angell
    Michigan's visionary first president was brought down by editors, teetotalers, professors, regents...and his own arrogance.
  8. Michigan in the Making

    "You have the men to talk to."
    – Henry Carter Adams to James Angell, 1882
    Four innovative minds in the social sciences made Michigan a leader in American education.
  9. The Negro-Caucasian Club

    The colored were not part and parcel of the school.
    – Joseph Leon Langhorne
    In the 1920s, black and white students formed an association to promote interracial understanding—but the University resisted.
  10. When Heads Rolled

    ...let the gargoyles stand headless.
    – William Wilson Cook
    First a clash of egos, then an order: "Off with their heads!"
  11. First in Class

    There’s an advantage to standing out as an individual, because if you’re liked, you’ll probably be remembered.
    – Orval “Val” Johnson, Class of 1949
    In the race of his life, Michigan senior Val Johnson made history as a black student.
  12. The Great Rush

    As fast as a man is pushed over and falls, he arises and puts his breast to the solid wall of human beings and shoves.
    – A spectator at the Great Rush of 1872
    In 1872, the Medics met the Lits in a classic example of the warfare known as "the rush."
  13. Campus Characters

    Ann Arbor is nothing but a playhouse for me.
    – Shakey Jake Woods
    Since long before Shakey Jake, distinctive figures have put their stamp on Michigan.
  14. Vulcan’s Muddy Light

    Our astronomer has inscribed his name with those of Galileo, and Herschel and Le Verrier, on tablets which must endure as long as man shall continue to gaze upon the heavens.
    – Henry Simmons Frieze
    James Craig Watson was certain he had discovered Vulcan, a mysterious planet believed to hover between Mercury and the sun.
  15. The War of 1817

    Hell’s bells, 1837 isn't a date! It's a disease – an obsession… an incurable mania.
    – Judge Samuel Spill
    A battle over U-M's founding date added 20 years to the University's life.
  16. Doctor Dock

    If we only heard loud sounds we would not have to take the trouble to listen carefully. You can’t expect your patients to go around with sirens on them.
    – Dr. George Dock, teaching the proper use of a stethoscope
    Michigan's first full-time professor of medicine was one of its greatest.
  17. Earth Day Eve

    We never in our wildest imagination conceived at the outset how big it was going to be.
    – Doug Scott
    How a handful of Michigan grad students launched the modern movement to save the Earth.
  18. Just Nuts

    Why, it’s some of my oldest friends – always ready to help when everything goes wrong – the squirrels in the trees.
    – Student Jim Barbour, a Michigan Union Opera character
    The ubiquitous squirrel and its timeless hold on the campus imagination.
  19. Doc Losh

    You can’t just have astronomy all the time.
    – Professor Hazel M. Losh
    A pioneer woman astronomer reigned for decades as Michigan’s superfan.
  20. Blinded By Science

    I cannot idly pick up a book and glance through it. Nor can I sit and look out the window. I must spend my time in reflection.
    – Edward De Mille Campbell
    A story of one professor's fate and focus.
  21. Two Against Football

    [A new stadium] will be a permanent concession, set in concrete for years to come, to the notion that college is nothing more than a Roman holiday.
    – Neil Staebler
    In 1925, two lonely rebels said no to the formidable Fielding Yost—a contest of ideas that still echoes today.
  22. The Gift of Vision

    Some of the Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomy tribes … believing they may wish some of their children hereafter educated, do grant to … the college of Detroit, for the use of the said college …
    – Treaty of Fort Meigs, 1817
    Early donors of land, artwork, scientific specimens and books gave the University its physical and intellectual foundation.
  23. Professor White’s Diag

    Without permission from anyone, I began planting trees.
    – Andrew Dickson White
    The unauthorized project that created the campus as we know it.
  24. “Lonely As Hell”

    The reality was so massive that all a person of good will could do was make token gestures.
    – Willis Ward
    In a forgotten series of interviews, black Michigan athletes of the past recalled times when racial lines in sports were firm—then faded.
  25. A Different Diag

    We can only imagine now how much more beautiful the campus might have been...
    – Wilfred Shaw
    If not for the influence of eager land developers, Michigan's campus might have looked out over the Huron River.
  26. The Lost Campus

    My memories of the place are sweet, and so many things that formed those memories have been altered.
    – Arthur Miller (LSA, 1938)
    The campus is haunted by landmarks, vistas and views now buried under the avalanche of time.
  27. Depression Generation

    My generation learned to look at things as they were, not as they were supposed to be.
    – Edmund Love
    What was it like to go through Michigan in the desperate years of the Great Depression?
  28. River Rat

    Each moment might easily have been our last, but fortunately we were too busy to meditate upon our imminent untimely end.
    – Professor Elzada Clover, 1938
    When a pioneering botany professor set out to explore specimens along the Colorado River, she made discoveries of a different sort.
  29. The End of ‘Hours’

    We know a great deal more about methods of injecting information into students than we do about how to make them civilized human beings.
    – U-M President Robben Fleming, 1968
    In 1967-68, the rules of sex-segregated dorm life came tumbling down, and students entered a new era of freedom.
  30. Madonna Slept Here

    There are other places, surely, for other people, but for me there is one place, Ann Arbor, for there it was I discovered what life’s bright possibilities were.
    – William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker
    Today’s dorm room was yesterday’s home for James Earl Jones, Gilda Radner, Sanjay Gupta and other notable alumni. A tour of campus housing points out who lived where before achieving fame.
  31. Wallenberg at Michigan

    My school work has, on the whole, paid off not only when it comes to grades, because that isn’t too important, but because I really feel that I’ve learned something.
    – Raoul Wallenberg
    Before rescuing thousands of Jews during World War II, Raoul Wallenberg learned and grew at Michigan. No other individual has been credited with saving so many from extinction.
  32. Revelli: The Long Note

    You are not a conductor of bands, you’re a conductor of people.
    – William D. Revelli
    William D. Revelli did more than transform the Michigan Marching Band. His unyielding drive for perfection changed conducting, performing and music education across the country.
  33. “Our Brilliant Miss Sheldon”

    I knew in that moment that my hour had come.
    – Mary Downing Sheldon
    A star student in Michigan's first generation of women searches for her calling and comes of age in the "dangerous experiment" of coeducation.
  34. Dear Aunt Ruth

    People just don't realize how serious this thing really is. I certainly didn't until I came face to face with the realities here.
    – Arlie D. Reagan, U.S. Navy, Aug. 15, 1943
    Ruth Bacon Buchanan corresponded with thousands of Michigan students who went off to war. Her archive is extraordinary documentation of lives anchored at U-M in the midst of the world crisis.
  35. Such Horrible Business

    Anatomy… familiarizes the heart to a kind of necessary inhumanity.
    – William Hunter, Scottish anatomist
    The study of anatomy demands human specimens, but public opinion recoiled. The result was a steady commerce in cadavers, better known as grave-robbing.
  36. The First Women

    [Professor Sewall] called my name three times, yet I could not muster enough courage to answer.
    – Ella Kyes, 1924
    A 1924 survey of Michigan's early "co-eds" reveals what life was like for a generation of pioneers.
  37. Seeds of Discontent

    O say, farmers of Michigan, that our great desire is to make
    – Henry Philip Tappan
    U-M's rivalry with Michigan State grew out of a battle—intellectual as well as political—over the future of the state's economy. In the end, all students were the winners.
  38. The Warrior Scholar

    One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
    – George Orwell
    How a tough son of the Bronx grew up to fight for the rights of the accused.
  39. The 1913 Lectern

    Could the Class of 1913 have known the voices of influence, controversy and power that would one day stand at this very lectern?
    Through a century, the beautifully carved gift of the Class of 1913 has symbolized the University's role as a democratic forum, a place where society's challenges are debated and struggled over.
  40. “A Creation of My Own”

    I cannot speak of the Observatory without emotion. No one will deny that it was a creation of my own.
    – Henry Philip Tappan
    Michigan's founding president fights a demagogue in pursuit of a new kind of university.