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BURTON MEMORIA L TOWE Rc
Bringing the bells to campus
Few noises walking to class
are as conspicuous as the clang of
the bells coming from the Burton
Memorial Tower every 15 minutes.
Together, the bells compose the
Charles M. Baird Carillon, one of
the largest instruments in North
Though now a fixture of cam-
pus, the funds for the bell tower
and the carillon took more than a
decade to raise.
The first proposal to build a bell
tower at the University came in
1919 in the form of an editorial in
the Michigan Alumnus magazine,
but it took some 16 years for the
idea to come to fruition.
In his 1921 commencement
address, then-University President
Burton suggested the erection of
a bell tower to commemorate the
236 University students who lost
their lives during World War I.
The idea for a memorial bell
tower failed to pick up steam, but
after Burton's death in 1925, Sec-
retary of the University, Shirley
Smith, revived the plan with the
suggestion to build the bell tower
in honor of President Burton.
A fundraising campaign mobi-
lized immediately, with the Uni-
versity's Alumni Association
taking the lead. In addition, every
class that graduated during Bur-
ton's time as president agreed to
help raise money. The University
of Michigan Club of Ann Arbor
also made raising funds for the
tower a priority.
sion, plans had to be abandoned. It
wasn't until 1935, when Charles
M. Baird donated a set of carillon
bells to the University, that Bur-
ton's bell tower dream could be
The Carillon's bells were cast in
England and range in size from 21
pounds to the more than 12 tons.
In addition to the bells, Baird also
agreed to donate a clock and the
University Musical Society con-
tributed $60,000 to the cause.
On Dec. 4 1936, the tower was
officially dedicated. Built of Indi-
low buttresses that emphasize its
height. The bells are housed on the
tenth floor in a 40-foot high cham-
ber that provides ample openings
to maximize their sound.
In addition to the bells, the tower
is also home to a music library,
classrooms and practice rooms, all
of which are used by the School of
Music, Theatre and Dance.
The bells in the Burton Memorial Tower, seen here, hae tolled
the hours on campus for more than seven decades. The bell
tower was initially planned as a memorial to the 236 University
students who lost their lives in World War I.
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Ice cream Shooter fires at Law school
sandwich stolen UGLi windows applications
at Union store WHERE: Shapiro Undergradu- deconstructed
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Friday at about 11a.m.
WHAT: A king-sized ice cream
sandwich was stolen from the
Michigan Union UGo's store,
University Police reported. The
sandwich was valued at $1.75.
Police have no suspects.
WHEN: Monday at about 9 a.m.
WHAT: A library staff member
reported two holes in windows
of the Undergraduate Library,
University Police reported. The
staff member heard noise at
the window and then found the
holes. Police did not find the
ammunition used. .
Drugs, power . u
tols stolen Wmniue
from vehicle in door collision
WHAT: Admissions deans
from Cornell University,
Duke University and New
York University will be on
hand to discuss what factors
they consider when reviewing
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today from 5 to 6:30
WHERE: Auditorium B,
Info session on
WHAT: University faculty
members will discuss how
to prepare for careers in the
areas of humanitarian relief
and international health. A
similar workshop on inter-
national opportunities in the
technology fields will be held
at the same time in Anderson
Rooms C and D of the Michi-
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today from 5 to
WHERE: Kuenzel Room,
WHAT: "The President's
Own" United States Marine
Band, which performs at
the White House and State
events, will give a concert.
Free tickets are available
from the Michigan League
WHO: The Presidents Own
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
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The Michigan men's bas-
ketball team will hold an
open practice for students
tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. at CrislerArena.
In his Michigan debut
Friday, men's swimming
coach Mike Bottom led
the team to an upset win over
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rials were mailed to
"Princess Nudelman", a
Chicago woman's dead gold-
fish, The Associated Press
reported. Lake County Clerk,
Willard Helander, told the AP
he has encountered more than
1,000 similar problems with
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WHEN: Monday at about5:30
WHAT: A Dewalt drill, power
,upply and Xanax pills were
stolen from a car, University
Police reported. Police have no
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
WHEN: Saturday at about 9:00
WHAT: While standing in a
doorway, a 70-year-old woman
was struck by a door after
another person tried to exit
the building, University Police
reported. She suffered injuries
to her head, neck and hip.
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