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2 - Friday, April 4, 2008

Northward bound

For students living on North Cam-
pus, the bus commute to and from
Central Campus serves as a daily
reminder of just how different the
two University campuses are.
And while many gripe about the
bus ride, few know the story of why
the University created North Cam-
pus.
In the 1940s, the University's
Engineering Research Institute had
outgrown its existing facilities. At
the same time, rising demands for
government-funded research meant
the University needed to expand its
engineering facilities.
R.P. Briggs, then the Universi-
ty's vice president of business and
finance, suggested that the Univer-
sity purchase property away from
campus rather than build new facil-
ities in the cramped area near the
existing Engineering buildings.
The "conscious decentraliza-

tion" of campus officially began in
1950, when the University Board of
Regents approved the purchase of
88 acres of land northwest of the
Huron River. With this purchase,
North Campus was born, with more
parcels added to the original prop-
erty soon after.
North Campus property even-
tually totaled 378 acres, including
sections designated for apartment
buildings.
A portion of the annexed land
was originally slated to become a
cemetery. In addition, many of the
evergreen trees currently on Cen-
tral Campus, like those near West
Hall, came from this cemetery area,
although the cemetery never came to
fruition.
In an effort to maintain a consis-
tent architectural theme on North
Campus, the regents selected a
single architectural firm to devel-

op plans for North Campus. W.K.
Pierpont, the University's then-vice
president, contracted Eero Saarin-
en and Associates of Birmingham,
Michigan, to consult on the devel-
opment.
The first building built on the new
North Campus was the Mortimer
E. Cooley Laboratory, followed by
the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory.
In anticipation of the College of
Engineering's complete relocation
to North Campus, the Automotive
Engineering Building and Aeronau-
tical Laboratory were also built on
North Campus.
In1964,theSchoolofMusicbuild-
ing followed and was the firstschool
to officially adopt North Campus as
its base. The move resulted in a new
student lounge, a place to eat, and
the construction of North Campus
residence halls.
CAITLIN SCHNEIDER

The Mortimer Elwyn Cooley Laboratory on North Campus,
shown here, was the first building constructed on North Cam-
pus. It was dedicated in 1953to Mortimer Elwyn Cooley, the
College of Engineering Dean from 1904 to 1928, who helped
establish the Engineering Research Institute.

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CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS& NOTES

Staffer arrested
on marijuana
charges
WHERE: Thompson Street
Parking Structure
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11:30 a.m.
WHAT: A University staff
member was arrested for sus-
pected marijuana possession,
Department of Public Safety
reported. The man had two
warrants out for his arrest.

port, DPS reported. The woman
refused medical assistance.
Visitor's car
vandalized
WHERE: East Medical Center
Dr.
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11 a.m.
WHAT: The side of a visitor's
Chrysler Concorde was keyed
from the passenger side door
to the rear wheel while it was
parked, DPS reported.

A cappella
performances
WHAT: A concert by univer-
sity a cappella group Dicks
and Janes celebrating the
group's 10th anniversary. The
Indian a cappella group Maize
Mirichi will perform an open-
ing set. Tickets are $5.
WHO: Dicks and Janes
WHEN: Tonight from 8 to
10:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1324 East Hall
Workshop on
relaxation
WHAT: A free weekly work-
shop on breathing, mental
imagery and muscle exercises
that can reduce stress
WHO: Counseling and Psy-
chological Services
WHEN: Today from 12:15 to
1 p.m.
WHERE: CAPS office, 3rd
floor, Michigan Union

Exhibition on
Welsh tourism
WHAT: An exhibit about
Tintern Abbey, a popular
Welsh tourist destination dur-
ingthe 1800s
WHO: Special Collections
WHEN: Today from 10 a.m.
to 5 P.M.
WHERE: 7th floor, Hatcher
Graduate Library
Student cabaret
WHAT: A show called "Let's
Wrestle," featuringcabaret-
inspired performances by Art
& Design seniors
WHO: Sh/aut/ Gallery
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday and
Saturday
WHERE: Sh/aut/ Art Gal-
lery, 325 Braun Ct.
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Seven University faculty
members won the Guggen-
heim Fellowship, a national
awardrecognizingoutstanding
research and academic achieve-
ment, this year. The University
had the most winners of any
college this year.
World-renowned jazz
pianist and composer
Brad Mehldau, who cov-
ered Radiohead's "Paranoid
Android" and made it ajazz hit,
performs tonight at 8 p.m. at
the Michigan Theater.
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Authorities at the Canadi-
an border arrested a man
and woman attempting to
smuggle 100 pounds of plastic-
wrapped cocaine bricks into
the United States in their car,
the Detroit News reported.
Police are pursuing charges of
drug possession with attempt
to distribute.

Bicyclist crashes Student suffers
into chain fence nocturnal injury

WHERE: Fletcher Carport
WHEN: Wednesday at about
7:30 a.m.
WHAT: A University staff mem-
ber sustained minor injuries
when she rode her bike into a
hanging chain fence outside the
plaza of the Fletcher street car-

WHERE: West Quad
WHEN: Wednesday at about
6 a.m.
WHAT: An ambulance took
a male student to the hospital
after he passed out and woke
up to find a laceration on his
chin,,DPS reported. Police do
not suspect foul play.

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