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2A - Thursday, November 8, 21407

ISRAEL AWARENESS DAY

The real animal house

A pair of black bears once called
campus home.
From 1930 until 1963, a col-
lection of creatures - including
two bears - called the University
Museum's Zoological Park home.
The park sat on a small plot of
land in what was then a courtyard
between the two wings of the
University Museums Building fac-
ing Wasbtenaw Avenue, directly
across the street from where the
Central Campus Recreation Build-
ing now sits.
In 1929, an anonymous donor
gave the University a collection
of animals native to Michigan to
start the park.
The donor's hope was that the
animals would cheer up children
who were being treated in the hos-
pital located across the street from
the park at the time.
The menagerie grew to include
fox, opossums, raccoons, skunks,

porcupines, badgers and even a
bobcat and a coyote. The park also
featured a pond and reptile pit
stocked with snakes, frogs and a
variety of turtles.
But the main attraction by
far was the pair of bears named
"Maize" and "Blue."
The bears were generally
lethargic, especially during the
winter months, according to a
1930 account in the alumni news-
letter.
"When the mercury was down
to ten below, loafing around on
the front porch was no occupa-
tion for a self-respecting bear,
and these much-advertised beasts
stay within the walls of their little
round home, newly built for them
behind the Museum, except when
they venture out to snatch a bit of
food," the newsletter said.
Another zoo resident did man-
age to draw some of the attention

away from Maize and Blue.
Biff the wolverine was a big
attraction for students, who would
often visit before football games.
Biff was moved to the park from
the Detroit Zoo after a short-lived
career as the University's mascot.
During the 1927 football season,
Biff and another wolverine named
Bennie were carted onto the field
in a cage during big games. The
practice was stopped after a year
because the animals grew too
dangerous for the handlers.
A small circular animal house
in the center of the park provided
the animals with shelter and con-
nected the outdoor cages.
The animal house was demol-
ished in 1963 to make room for an
addition to the Museum of Zool-
ogy. The resident animals were
relocated to other zoos and animal
centers.
KELLYFRASER

LSA freshman Ben Kaminsky participates in Israel Awareness
Day yesterday on the Diag. Students enjoyed traditional food
and music while addressing specific questions about Israel.
CRIME NOTES
Vigilante paints Headphones
'V' on the stolen over

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Artist shows Performance of
work on script La Boheme

presidential door
WHERE: The President's Resi-
dence, 815 S. University Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday At about 9 a.m.
WHAT: A red circle with a V
inside was found spray painted
on the front door, the Depart-
ment Public Safety reported.
The vandal struck sometime
over the night. Police have no
suspects.

weekend
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library
WHEN: Tuesday about 11:30
a.m.
WHAT: A staff member report-
ed stolen a pair of headphones,
valued at about $15, DPS report-
ed. The headphones were stolen
from a desk sometime between
Friday and Monday. Police have
no suspects.

WHAT: Artist XuBing dis-
plays his experimental work
on the relationship between
script and power. He shows
off the characters he created
that appear to be Chinese
writing but are actually only
legible in the English lan-
guage
WHO: Center for Chinese
Studies
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Michi yan

WHAT: A presentation
of the opera La Boheme
with accompaniment from
the University Symphony
Orchestra. The romance is
sung in Italian with project-
ed English translations
WHO: University Opera
Theatre
WHEN: Today at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center

Theatre j11 Y ga International
Blackberry taken Theatre
GrfiieY re singer performs
from room Graffiti reported Jazz and swing
onbuildin's side fuio cnet WHAT: U.S.-born and Paris-
WHERE: Alice Lloyd Residenceonuings sefusonconce raisedsinger Madeleine ey-

Candidate applications
for Michigan Student
Assembly elections are
due tomorrow by 5 p.m. at
the MSA offices in the Union.
The application is available at
msa.umich.edu.
The average price for
a gallon of gasoline in
Britain reached $8 yes-
terday, according to Britain's
Automobile Association. The
average price for an Ameri-
can gallon was $3.04 yes-
terday, according to AAA.
Charles Baxter's novel
"The Feast of Love" is
set in Ann Arbor, but the
recent film adaptation star-
ring Morgan Freeman and
Greg Kinnear is set in a small
Oregon town. Baxter is a
former head of the Univer-
sity's Master of Fine Arts in
Creative Writing Program.
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Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 6
p.m.
WHAT: A female student's
Blackberry was stolen from a
bathroom in the dorm. She left
the phone, which was valued
at about $200, unattended for
about an hour Sunday. Police
have no suspects.

WHERE: Martha Cook Resi-
dence
WHEN: Tuesday at about 7:45
a.m.
WHAT: A caller reported
graffiti on a window and the
sidewalk on the east side of the
building, DPS reported. The
caller did not to file a report.

WHAT: The Royal Garden
Trio plays its blend of vintage
swing and improvisational
jazz with a guitar, a clarinet
and a cello
WHO: Gifts of Art
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: Main Lobby, Floor
One, University Hospital

roux sings soulful love songs
WHO: University Musical
Society
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
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