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2 - Friday, February 1, 2008
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

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The academic turf wars of yore

With intense rivalries agaii
several other colleges, Univers
of Michigan students are qo
accustomed to sports rivairi
What we haven't experienced
much as past Wolverines thou
is the interdisciplinary rivalries
"Lits" "Laws," and "Medics"- tI
used to stir up students.
University Day was establish
in 1869 to bring about a rlo,:
relationship among students
different departments, specifica
the Medical class, the Law class a
the Literary Class. The result wr
quite the opposite.
The first University Day part
on Nov. 17,1l869 went quite smouth
The second parade, though, result
in a fight when the Lits attackedt
Laws. Several students were injur
and the Law department's ban:
was left in threads. University D
was cancelled as a result of t
bitter feelings.
CRIME NOTES
Fraudulent
charges made on
purchasing card
WHERE: West Quad
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: A University staff
member reported charges on
her purchasing card, used
strictly by employees for sup-
plies, travel expenses and busi-
ness housing, the Department
of Public Safety reported. The
charges totaled $1,900.
Lights damaged
in Mason Hall
WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at about
1:15 p.m.
WHAT: A University staff
member reported finding a light
fixture and bulb damaged, DPS
reported. The damages totaled
about $500.

In 1872, a group of Meds
attempted to play football on the
same field the Lits had scheduled
for their freshmen and sophomores
to compete.
The scene erupted in a brawl as
the Lits chased the Meds off the
field marched into town singing
songs of victory.
In 1894, the Lits decided to
wear academic gowns to their
commencement, but Law and
Medical Students rejected the idea.
The senior Laws plotted against
the Lits and when the dean of the
Law School caught wind of his
students' planned shenanigans, he
scheduled an exam to keep them out
of trouble.
The junior Laws took over the
coup and waited outside the chapel
door for the Lits to exit the service.
The Laws fled the scene though, as
University President James Angell
and Dean Martin L. DOoge were

walking out of the service with the
Lits.
Later that night, the Lits were
formually challenged to a sort of
rumble. They accepted and met
the nightshirt clad Meds and Laws.
After a long fight, the Lits emerged
victorious.
The following morning, the lawns
of the fraternity houses along State
Street were littered with white
strips of the nightshirts the Lits had
ripped from their rivals' backs.
In 1800, the Laws sought revenge
on the Lits who raised their class
banner on the top of the University
flagpole. Not taking any chances,
the Laws called on a sharpshooter
from the west to shoot the banner
down.
The nasty rivalry continued
with hazing until some the Law
professors took actionsto abolish the
dangerous aspects of the rivalry.
BETH WITTENSTEIN

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The 1907 Lam class football team. Tensions between the Uni-
versity's largest deyariarents atithe tiara - the "its", "Laws"
and the Meds" - peaked around She 1900s. The classes often
expressed She rivalry through fothall and other sports.,

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Snoozing man Conference on
escorted out of human rights

League
WHERE: The Michigan
League
WHEN: Wednesday at about
10 am.
WHAT: Aman unaffiliated with
the University was found sleep-
ing near the information desk by
a University police officer, DPS
reported. Me was issued a warn-
ing forctrespassing.
Police break up

in China
WHAT: A conference titled
"Toward the Age of Rights:
IChinese and International
Perspectives" that will
examine the age of rights in
China. Panel discussions will
include rights and liberalism;
law, constitution and state-
building; public culture and
rights; and politics of rights.
WHO: Center for Chinese
Studies
WHEN: Today from 9 n.m.
to S p.m.

WHO: Multi-Ethnic Student
Affairs
WHEN: Today from 7:30
p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Michigan Union
Brazilian
guitar concert
WHAT: A concert featuring
performances by Brazilian
guitarists Sergio, Odair and
Btadi Assad, Romero Lubam-
ho and Celso Machado
WHO: University Musical
Society
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Audi-
toriu.Rao ~ckhtam G(raduaote

1Despite a Minneapolis
bridge collapse in August
that killed in people and
brought to light the issue of
deteriorating bridges in the
United. States, nearly 17,000
bridges have gone more than
two years without safety
inspection, MSNBC report-
ed.
2Detroit is home to Mara-
thon Oil's fourth-larg-
est refinery. It processes
almost 100,000 barrels of oil
per day.
noPOR MORE, SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
3 Packs of 2008 Topps
baseball cards will fea-
ture 12 contenders in the
2008 presidential race, The
Smoking Gun reported. One
of six Republican candidates
or six Democratic candidates
will be included in about one
in every nine packs of baseball
cards, the company said.

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rowdy argument WHERE: Michigan League School
Vandenberg Room
WHERE: Northwood IV apart- CORRECTIONS
Hip-hop. An article in Wednesday's
WHEN: Wednesday at about H1 h edition of the Statement (Like
1:11 p.m.j my parents before me) misiden-
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