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Heritage/Tradition

Gargoyle art, Sarah Neff

Just humor me

Campus unrest often erupts at times of social unrest. But what about campus humor? Some say it’s at its best when times are not.

The Cat-Hole in its original form. (Image: U-M's Bentley Historical Library.)

The late, great ‘Cat Hole’

A woebegone corner of campus once attracted trysts, trash and, a magnificent plan for an amphitheater. And then we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Barbara Newell, 1971

Me too, circa 1970

In 1970, a female secretary inspired one of the great sea changes in the University’s history: that Michigan should treat women the same as men.

Lyman Johnson

An integrated life

Lyman T. Johnson, MA ’33, was the grandson of former slaves. He integrated the University of Kentucky five years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Working-his-way-through-feat-Clarence-Norris-Union-1923

Working his way through

An African-American student of the 1920s left a vivid memoir of his years in a semi-segregated Ann Arbor.

Helen Foster, Oshima, Japan, 1951

Rock star

As a field geologist, 98-year-old Helen Foster, BA ’42/PhD ’46, mapped the farthest-flung islands of Japan, met Emperor Hirohito, and documented Alaska’s landscape.