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The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 6, 1987- Page 9

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'Michigan Days'

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By Lauren Shapiro
Have you ever wondered what life
at the University would have been
like way back when, before your
parents were born? Well, open your
eyes, grab your bike, or hop on a
bus to see the delightfully fun
exhibit Michigan Days at the
Bentley Historical Library on North
Campus.
The Library staff in accordance
with the Alumni Association, has
gathered together treasured
photographs, posters, diaries, letters
written home, and even some faded
blue book exams capturing the
diversity and excitement of
University life, past, and present.
The material presented in the ixhibit
provides viewers with new insight
into the University and the traditions
which have been preserved within
the community over the years.
Also, by placing anonymous
photographs beside intriguing and
always suitable quotations, the
exhibit encourages viewers t o
actively indulge in their own
interpretations of the material.
The opening of the exhibit
rekindles the sense of awe and
inspiration most of us felt when we
first arrived in Ann Arbor. A
contemporary photograph of a little
boy gazing through heavy metal
gates outside of the University
reminds us how this once
mysterious world has now become a
home to harbor and develop our

geese.
The exhibition further displays
the University's diversity by
engaging the viewer in sporting
events, dances, political rallies and
of course, student studies or, "blue
book blues" all of which have taken
part in creating the history of the
University over the past 150 years.
One outstanding change in the
University over the years is housing.
In 1867, an informational collegiate
magazine noted that, "One of the
most noteworthy features of this
institution is the absence of the
dormitory system, and the freedom
from disorder and the other evils
generally admitted to be inseparably
connected with it. The students board
in private houses, and are thus
brought within the sphere of
domestic influence and social
restraints, of which they would
otherwise be almost entirely
deprived."
While this magazine assumed the

students were seeking a more
regulated environment, one may
assume that the cost of rent had
more to do with student enthusiasm.
The exhibit has a copy of a housing
lease offered one semester in which
students signed a contract to pay
$100 per semester.
The exhibit is part of the
University's observance of the 150th
anniversary departure from Detroit to
Ann Arbor. The University is also
marking the sesquicentennial of
Michigan's statehood and the
bicentennials of the U.S.
Constitution and the Northwest
Ordinance.
MICHIGAN DAYS will run
through April 30, 1988 at the
Bentley Historical Library located on
1150 Beal Avenue. The Library is
open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.
until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9
a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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One of the many nostalgic photographs that are on display in the new exhibit 'Michigan Days' on North
Campus.

future hopes and new discoveries.
Beside the photograph, Madelon
Stockwell, one of the first women to
enter the University in the 19th
century, recollects her own childhood
memories of Ann Arbor and her
lifetime goal to attend the
institution. The letter seems to
verbalize the thoughts of the little
boy in the photograph bonding the
two generations and their visions
together.
One of the warmest memories ol
our college years will certainly be
the friendships we have made here.
Exemplifying the same comradery

within past generations, former
student Frank Thomas describes his
peers at the University in 1854:
"The students are a very gentlemanly
set of young men... Of course there
are some rough, course specimens of
humanity with us, but 'birds of a

feather flock together' and we that
can so maneuver take care to be
found flying in with the rest of the
geese." Even in its earliest stages,
the University's student body was
diverse enough for everyone to find a
niche, whether it be with pigeons or

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