So was U-M founded in 1817 or 1821? 1837 or 1841? We answer key questions about the University's true founding date.
Victor Katch reflects on his 50th Hollywood High School reunion and wonders how his classmates got so old!
- Exactly how much housework does a husband create?
- Old number 98: Tom Harmon at U-M and at war
- 'We've all been taught that this doesn't happen'
Video: Why are "its" and "it's" so often misused? Anne Curzan explores the big confusion regarding such a tiny punctuation mark.
Frank Beaver excavates John Sayles’ archive and discovers spiral-bound notebooks filled with handwritten treasures.
Video: MT's own historian James Tobin, BA '78/PhD '86, delivers two very different books this season: a serious bio on FDR and a children's book filled with whimsical wordplay.
Hopes are high for the Wolverines’ return to the NCAA Final Four as the Fresh Five regroup to face a new season.
As a high school teacher in Detroit, former enlisted U.S. Marine Ryan Pavel, BA ’12, embraces a new call to service.
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(October 29th, 2013)
Re: Detroit Institute of the Arts & U-M
To Whom It May Concern,
What is the Michigan Alumni Association's position on the sale of public art?
Specifically, what has the response been—or will be—to potentially dismantling a collection invaluable not only to University of Michigan students and graduates fortunate enough to have enjoyed that collection—over 50 years for me—but the citizens of Detroit and Michigan whose tax dollars over the years have supported both the Institute and its collection as well as the University of Michigan?
How much bad publicity will it take for the Alumni Association to become involved and reverse the very bad notices Michigan is increasingly receiving in national publications such as the New York Times?
I find it ironic—and sad—that a former Michigan undergraduate and graduate of Michigan's Law School should be overseeing what sounds—in the media—like preparations for a fire sale.
Rightly or wrongly, one gets the impression from (select) remarks by him that it is the "bad choices" by citizens (Detroit? Ann Arbor? Michigan?) that have put this remarkable resource for the University, Detroit, and Michigan residents at risk.
Moreover, other remarks—again, perhaps unrepresentative—suggest there is "no money" to pay Detroit's bills when, in fact, there are always sufficient funds to support various cultural and artistic programs in adjoining communities such as Grosse Pointe, Birmingham, Farmington Hills, et al, communities whose residents—and children—have been more than well served over the years by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Where are exchanges between Alumni and Faculty (including a discussion of recent Michigan Law School graduate Mark Franke's award-winning "solution" to the Detroit pension dispute)?
Implications for all public institutions (e.g., University of Michigan) are considerable, extending well beyond state borders. Michigan Alumni across America should get on board protecting not only Michigan but all public-sector "assets."
Just suppose the Governor—or Legislature—decides the State of Michigan needs some money. University of Michigan Law School Quad (just down the street from my old apartment on 725 Haven) looks like it could produce nifty income, developed either as condos for aging alums, like myself, or rental units for cash-paying foreign students. Why not?
Here's a chance for the Michigan Alumni Association to weigh in on the side of something significant, near and concrete, that has connections with Michigan graduates worldwide.
George Abbott White, '65
The writer was a contributor to The Michigan Daily, Editor of Generation Magazine and the Generation New Poet Series.
(September 17th, 2013)
In the enthusiasm and self-congratulations that surround the substantial Ross gift to the University of Michigan, I wonder if anyone involved in the process has stopped to consider whether this gift is directed toward the greatest needs of the University. The U-M Athletics Program and the Business School? Really? I am proud to be a part of a University that might be able to undertake some introspection about its successes.
University of Michigan
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(September 17th, 2013)
It is always fascinating to read about the wonderful things that can be accomplished when you have a lot of money. To wit: Stephen Ross's donations of $313 million to The University of Michigan. However, Mr. Ross probably should have kept his $313 million and re-invested it in his Miami Dolphins instead of seeking $380 million in taxpayer funds to refurbish the team's recently built stadium. Here are some details: “Stephen Ross . . . asked . . . for $380 million in public funds to renovate Sun Life Stadium so that it could host future Super Bowls. The Florida state legislature ended its last session without voting on the project, though, so Ross and the Dolphins began issuing threats to leave south Florida, like all jilted owners do. Ross then started a political action committee, apparently with the intent of targeting state representatives who weren’t on board with his plan. To make a point, Ross and the Dolphins submitted a ridiculous bid to host the 2015 Super Bowl that proposed playing the game not in Sun Life Stadium but on board an aircraft carrier parked in Miami’s harbor.” http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/09/16/2626101/meet-billionaires-asking-taxpayers-buy-stadiums/ It seems unlikely that Mr. Ross will be receiving any welfare checks from the people of Florida or Miami, but apparently UM is luxuriating in the welfare checks from Mr. Ross. Does the term cognitive dissonance have any applicability here?
(July 30th, 2013)
I enjoyed the recent article on rental housing development in Ann Arbor. Though when discussing supply and demand the article discusses the increase in supply without mentioning the equally important increase in demand. The University's enrollment has increased by 3,892 students between 2008 and 2012, which outpaces the 3,050 bed increase in beds due to new development (2,600) and North Quad (450). (Link to the enrollment numbers: http://www.ro.umich.edu/report/12enrollmentsummary.pdf)
College of Engineering
(June 21st, 2013)
On April 15, 2008 you published James Tobin's remarkable article, "Professor White's Trees." From time to time I'll go back and reread it to be reminded of the virtues of devotion to a place and to students. When I get the e-mail version of Michigan Today I'll often send links to friends and relatives. Tonight I did that but also included links to the article on Prof. White. What a fine piece, a moving story, well told. Chris Campbell
(May 28th, 2013)
Thank you for James Tobin's article on the composition of The Yellow and Blue. During my time at U-M in the early 1970s, it wasn't fashionable to be sentimental, and in that respect I was a fashionable guy. But I'd listen to WUOM late at night and when it signed off at midnight, it would play The Yellow and Blue. In that way the song insinuated its way into my memory. Now I cannot hear it without getting moist eyes because it puts me in mind of that astonishing institution in Ann Arbor that is our state's finest gift to the world. By the way, Mr. Tobin could probably write an article about the Burger King menu and make it interesting. He's a prize. I look forward to his Roosevelt book. Chris Campbell Traverse City
Traverse City, Michigan
(April 17th, 2013)
I'm delighted to know Branch Rickey was a Michigan grad (Partners in Courage, April 2013). And of course, it's always good to know the Burns brothers were from Ann Arbor. (Ken Burns Returns, April 2013). While working overseas for decades, I voted absentee from Ann Arbor, where my parents settled after my dad retired from the US Army in 1966. He worked at Ann Arbor Bank for years. Whenever I returned home summers, we would go to Tiger Stadium to catch games, since we were long-time Tigers fans. My brother attended the same high school as the Burns brothers. He and I both attended U of M. Thanks again. Sincerely,
Mamaroneck, New York
(April 16th, 2013)
Thanks for James Tobin's revealing piece on Burton Tower. I thought to take the stairs to the top as a graduate student, but soon decided to put it off until I passed my Oral Examination for my PhD. The photograph looking down the stairwell gives a idea of the climb. Taking the many steps up and down in 1980 was worth the wait and a fitting conclusion to my education at the University of Michigan. A wonderful building in all ways.
Norman B Wilson
MA, English; PhD, Comparative Literature
(March 24th, 2013)
Want to make you aware of an article I wrote about the realignment of the midwestern NCAA Hockey teams as a result of the Big Ten pulling all its hockey teams in to play as a conference. It talks about the possible strengths of the new alignments. You can find it at http://sportales.com/hockey/ncaa-hockey-realigns-many-of-its-conferences-for-the-2013-2014-season/ Thanks Floris Wood, AKA AmosTheCat
Toledo, United States
(March 19th, 2013)
I always enjoy reading Michigan Today. However, it seemed to me inappropriate and slightly bizarre to include Victor Katch's jeremiad against genetically modified food in the last issue. His unsubstantiated arguments added nothing to the debate, especially since he has no professional qualifications in the area. Otherwise, keep up the good work.
PLEASANT HILL, California