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2A - Friday, October 27, 2006

MONDAY:
Ten Spot

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY:
Jobs at the 'U'

The Union that almost never was
Campus groups found money for construction

The Michigan Union has been
a link between past and present
for students, faculty and alum-
ni since 1919. It has opened its
doors to generations of students
and more than a few celebrities,
including President John Ken-
nedy and the Dalai Lama.
In 1903, Prof. Edward Parker,
who would serve as the Union's
first president, presented a senior
honor society - then called Mich-
igamua - with the idea of opening
a student union. He wanted to use
Michigamua's influence to bolster
student interest in the building.
Then-University President
James Angell also supported the
idea, seeing an opportunity for
stronger ties between the school
and its students. At the time,
there was growing concern over
the divide between fraternity and
non-fraternity members on cam-
pus.
But despite its lofty goals, rais-
park- health
om a WHAT: A discussion over
tort- lunch about current psych
of logical concerns that affec
lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender neo le

COUURTSY OF TH E BENTILELY H ISTORICA L LIBR ARY
The Michigan Union can be seen under construction in this photo
dated March 3,1917. The house in the middle of the background is
on the end of Jefferson Street and still stands today.

CAMPUS NEWS & NOTES

ing money for the Union was a
challenge.
The Union project competed
for donations with the Alumni
Memorial Hall project, and finan-
cial burdens eventually forced
the fundraisers to persuade the
University to add a fee for Union
construction to registration costs
for enrolled students. But even
this revenue source was meager,
with World War I causing enroll-
ment to fall dramatically.
Initial cost estimates placed
the price of construction between
$300,000 and $400,000. In the
end, just the framework of the
building cost $1.2 million.
Eventually, the Michigan State
War Preparedness Board loaned
the University money to com-
plete the building. In exchange,
the Student Army Training Corps
was allotted space inside the
building for barracks.
The Union soon became a start-
ter and Arthur Verhoogt
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Ann Arbor District
o- Library
t
Ford School
planners to talk
n-
WHAT: A tour and discus-
to sion of the architecture and
interior design of Weill Hall
n WHO: Rebecca Blank, dean
of the Ford Public Policy
School, University Planner
Sue Gott and several leading
architects involved in the
building's construction
WHEN: Today from 4 to 6
Pt p.m.
of WHERE: Weill Hall, Room
rc 1120
CORRECTIONS
s- Please report any error in
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ing point for University traditions
like the Michigan Union Opera.
The opera was one of the largest
fundraisers for the building proj-
ect, earning enough money in its
first two shows to purchase the
land for the Union.
By 1914, the Union had 4,047
members.
The Union finally opened in
1919, expanded in 1936 and again,
in 1938.
The Union was originally
designed as a way to unite Michi-
gan students and alumni. But not
everyone was welcome.
Until 1954, women were not
allowed inside the building.
Women could not be members of
the Union until 1972.
The building is dedicated to
former President Angell. At its
opening, a bronze tablet was
placed at the front entrance in his
memory.
EMILYANGELL
t If you're hitting the bars
on Saturday night, you
may be able to stay out
an hour later than usual.
Daylight Savings Time ends
Sunday at 2 a.m., when clocks
will be set back an hour. An
employee at Rick's confirmed
last night that the bar will
stay open Saturday until what
would otherwise be 3 a.m.
A new survey released by
CareerBuilder.com found
that one in four employ-
ers do an Internet search on
potential employees' names
before hiringthem. Roughly
one in 10 peruse social net-
working websites, like Face-
book.com.
No Republicans are run-
ning for Ann Arbor City
Council in next month's
elections.
>FOR MORE, SEE OPINION, 4A

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CRIME NOTES
Mcard swiped
from court in
CCRB

1:30 p.m.
WHAT: An electronic I
ing permit was taken fr
parked vehicle, DPS rep
ed. There were no signs
forced entry.

WHERE: Central CampusC
Recreational Building, 401 Vandal smashes WHO: Office of Lesbian,
Washtenaw Ave. Gay, Bisexual and Transge
WHEN: Wednesday at about dorm windoW der Affairs
WHEN: Today from noon
10 a.m. WHERE: Fletcher Hall, 915 1:30 p.m.
WHAT: A student discov- Sybil St. WHERE: Michigan Union
ered his Mcard was missing WHEN: Wednesday at about Room 2105B
after playing a game of bas- 9 a.m.
ketball, the Department of WHAT: A window was
Public Safety reported. broken on the first floor of Profs to explorc
Parking permit Fletcher Hall, DPS reported. ancient worlds
Police have no suspects.
disappears from WHAT: A lecture on Egyl
and Rome during the time
AROUND CAMPUS Caesar, Cleopatra and Ma
WHERE: Lot M-26, 1400 LGBT talk to Antony
University Terrace WHO: Department of Cla
WHEN: Wednesday at about tackle mental sical Studies professors
Traianos Gagos, David Po

Rumsfeld to war critics: 'Back off

BREAK NEWS.

JOIN THE DAILY TEAM. WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense
SecretaryDonaldH. Rumsfeldsaid
E-MAIL NEWS@MICHIGANDAILY.COM. yesterday that anyone demand-
ing deadlines for progress in Iraq
should "just back off," because it is
too difficult to predict when Iraqis
will resume control of their coun-
try.
During an often-combative
Pentagon news conference, Rums-
feld said that while benchmarks
for security, political and eco-
nomic progress are valuable, "it's
difficult. We're looking out into
A nn Arbor' s lectionthe future. No one can predict the
future with absolute certainty."
He said the goals have no spe-
cific deadlines or consequences if
they are not met by specific dates.
"You're looking for some sort of

a guillotine to come falling down
if some date isn't met," Rumsfeld
told reporters. "That is not what
this is about."
His comments came less than
two weeks before an election for
control of Congress in which the
Bush administration's conduct
of the war has become a defin-
ing issue. They also came two
days after a timeline was first
announced by U.S. officials in
Baghdad and underscored strains
that have emerged between the
two countries.
Bush administration officials
said Tuesday that they and Iraqi
leaders had agreed to craft guide-
lines toward progress in the coun-
try. The next day, Iraq's president

disavowed them, sayingthe bench-
marks merely reflected campaign
season pressures in the U.S.
Noting that this is the political
season, Rumsfeld also complained
that critics and the media are try-
ing to "make a little mischief" by
trying to "find a little daylight
between what the Iraqis say or
someone in the United States
says."
Rumsfeld often spars with
reporters at Pentagon briefings,
but yesterday his criticism of jour-
nalists seemed more pointed than
usual.
"That's a rather accusatory way
to put it," he said in response to
one question about reducing troop
levels.

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