Heritage/Tradition

  1. If you build it, they will come

    In 1925, an idealistic group of conservationists dubbed the Society of Les Voyageurs set about constructing a cabin on the Huron River. It may well be the only home of a student organization built by the members who would use it.

  2. Renaissance man

    U-M’s first black football player, George Jewett, spoke four languages, was valedictorian of his high school, earned a medical degree, and could wriggle through defenders or break a nose when he had to.

  3. Class warfare

    The strange, violent origins of the fraternity “rush.”

  4. Animal house

    U-M’s campus zoo delighted locals with bears, skunks, a fox, a host of turtles and one very angry wolverine.

  5. 'Remember your mother!'

    In 1921, a finger-wagging guide for Jazz Age freshmen admonished them to follow a strict social code. Much of the advice now seems strange and funny, though some of it applies equally well today.

  6. A little spying & kidnapping among friends

    During World War Two, a University of Michigan professor joined a plot to take out his best friend and enemy, the Nobel-prize winning physicist Werner Heisenberg.

  7. Food riot, 1956

    The night the quaddies said no to corned beef and swiss cheese on lettuce.

  8. A tree grows on the Diag

    The beauty and peacefulness of the Diag derive in large part from its trees. Many were planted as long ago as the Civil War, some just last week.

  9. The wolverine that wasn’t

    Why the University of Michigan doesn’t have a mascot.