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Big House bonds

Every Saturday in the
fall, Michigan Stadium
plays host to more than
100,000 people. But fund-
ing the project in 1927 was
not as smooth as some may
now suspect.
The Big House opened
its gates for its first game
against Ohio Wesleyan
on 0ct. 1, 1927. By 1951, it
proved itself to he the most
prized and profitable ath-
letic facility for the Univer-
sity of Michigan, according
to the Bentley Historical
Lihrary wehsite.
But hefore it hecame a
University staple, Athletic
Department officials had
to figure out a way to raise
the money to build it. Real-
izing that a new stadium
would increase football
attendance and therefore

increase profits, then-Ath-
letic Director Fielding Yost
began to work in the 1920s
on plans to build a new sta-
dium, accordingnto the weh-
On Aug. 20, 1926, the
Athletic Department
issued 3,000 honda to
6,000 alumni to raise
money to build the new
stadium, according to the
wehsite. Each had a value
of $500 with 3 percent
interest. The hoods, which
featured a picture of a wol-
verine and a guaranteed
two seats at the 20-yard
line for 10 years, were a hit
with alumni.
But Yost still had trouble
selling all of the honda. He
turned no Phil Pack, the
first Athletic Department
publicist, who helped to

sell all the honda by the
season opener of 1927.
From 1927 to 1930, the
Athletic Department had
enough funds to maintain
the regular operations of
the Big House, as well as
fund additional construc-
tion, according to the web-
In 1930, Athletic
Department officials felt
it was time to refund their
bond debt so they selected
550 bonds randomly to be
retired, according to the
website. But the Great
Depression prevented the
University from retir-
ing the rest of its bonds.
Though it could still man-
age to pay its bills, it was
unable to retire any more
bonds until 1927.

The Hanger Banquet at the Michitan Union yesterday was a demonstrative banquet to
simulate the inequalities in feed distrbution worldwide.

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Patient found
with suspected
crack pipe
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Tuesday around 2 p.m.
WHAT: A hospital patient
was found with drug para-
phernalia believed to be a
device for administering crack
cocaine, University Police
Car breaks
through parking
garage gate
WHERE: Ann Street parking
WHEN: Tuesday around noon
WHAT: A motorist smashed
through an internal gate arm,
breaking it off, University
Police reported. There are no
suspects, and the exact time of
the destruction is unknown.

Piano problems Prisoner
in MoJo lobby creative arts
WHERE: Masher-Jordan Hall project exhibit
WHEN: Tuesday around 10:45 WHAT: Teacher and pris-
p.m. oner writing advocate Joseph
WHAT: A Housing staff Bathanti will share work
member notified housing by inmates from Michigan
security that the lid of a piano prisons, including poetry and
was forced open earlier this fiction.
month causing an estimated WHO: Prison Creative Arts
$450 of damage. There are no Project
suspects. WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE:. Anderson Room,
Michigan Union
Dining hall Irish music
money stolen performance
WHERE: South Quad WHAT: Traditional Irish
WHEN: Monday around 5:45 music with touches of jazz,
p.m. and blues, and classical from
WHAT: Money was stolen fiddler Martin Hayes and gui-
from a cash drawer in the tarist Dennis Cahill.
South Quad dining office, Uni- WHO: Michigan Union
versity Police reported. There Ticket Office
are no suspects. The incident WHEN: Tonight at 1 p.m.
is under investigation. WHERE: The Ark

Talk onArab-
Israeli conflict
WHAT: Middle Eastern His-
tory Professor en Stein from
Emory University will give a
talk entitled "Resolving the
Arab-Israeli Conflict: Lessons
from 60 Years of Negotiating
WHO: American Movement
for Israel, Hillel
WHEN: Tonight from 7:30
to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
" An article in Tuesday's
edition of the Daily (A little
something on the side), incor-
rectly identified Grand
Rapids as the nearest BinLife
Plasma Services location.
There are centers in Ypsilanti
and Lansing.
" Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-

1Despite losses of over $20
million last year, General
Motors will still foot the bill
for a car and gas for 8,000 of
its employees, National Public
Radio reported. As part of the
program, which costs the com-
pany upward of $12 million,
managers can get a new car
every six months.
2Dami Schumker is a stu-
dent fashion designer
who uses recycled vintage
fabrics to be environmentally
3The University of Cen-
tral Florida suspended
its chapter of the Beta
Theta Pi fraternity, TC Palm
reported. The fraternity will
be banned from organizing
on campus due to allegations
of alcohol and sexual miscon-






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