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2A - Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom

MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

WEDNESDAY:
Campus Clubs

THURSDAY: FRIDAY:
Before You Were Here Photos of the Week

Home to many secrets.

The huge ower looming over
the Michigao Union has had a
storied, if noe controversial, his-
tory.
When the Union wan con-
struted, the piano were
unmatched by similar spaces
at other American colleges and
universities, according to the
Bentley Historical Library's
website. Allen B. and Irving K.
Pond's design called for a build-
ing some 250 feet long and about
200 feet wide - all of which
would be capped by the massive
tower in the middle.
The Union was first available
for students to use in 1919 and
cost more than $1.15 million to
build.
But sitting atop 'the campus
landmark, the tower has served
as both the building's architec-
tural and historical focal point.
The tower was once home to
three senior honorary societ-

ies, which together make up the
"Tower Society," according to a
1996 Daily article "Behind the
Tower Walls." The senior honor
society Michagamua, Adara - a
female-only honor society -
and the Vulcans- an engineer-
ing senior honor society - have
all been included in the "Tower
Society" at one point in time.
The make-up of the "Tower
Society" has changed over
time, though. For example,
the group Adara joined in the
early 1980~s after a Title IX
lawsuit challenged the legality
of allowing the then-male-only
honor society Michagamua on
campus.
As well as being home to the
senior societies, the Union can
partly thank the societies - spe-
cifically Michagamua - for its
existence. Michigamus played
an instrumental role in the fund-
raising that led to the construc-

COURTESY OF OTEOBETLEY HISTORICAL LIBRARY.
The Michigan Union in 1950. At 250 feet by 200 feet. the Union was
one of the largest 'club houses' at an Americas college or University
when it was built in 1919.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Wood stain
can explodes in
dumpster
WHERE: 500 block of North
University Ave.
WHEN: Sunday at about 1:15
p.m.
WHAT: A paint can of wood
stain that was thrown into
a dumpster spontaneously
combusted, University Police
reported. The Ann Arbor Fire
Department extinguished the
fire and no one was injured.
MIP issued at
South Quad
WHERE: South Quad Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Monday at about 2:30
WHAT: A University stu-
dent was cited for possessing
alcohol, University Police
reported.

Skateboarders
warned
WHERE: Crisler Arena
WHEN: Sunday at about 4:15
p.m.
WHAT: Five skateboarders
were given a warning after
they were found skateboard-
ing on the steps of Crisler
Arena, University Police
reported. The skateboard-
ers were told not to skate on
campus.
Student arrested
for MIP outside
Bursley
WHERE: Bursley Residence
Hall
WHEN: Monday atabtoutl12:15
WHAT: A University student
was arrested for possessing
alcohol, University Police
reported. He was under 21.

Spectrum
Center welcome
WHAT: A meeting for stu-
dents to learn about what the
Spectrum Center was up to
this summer and this year's
programs.
WHO: Spectrum Center
WHEN: Today from 4:30
p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Room 3220, Mich-
igan Union
Panhel rush
info meeting
WHAT: An informational
meeting for students inter-
ested in joining a Panhel-
lenic Sorority. Those with
last names A-L will meet at
6 p.m. and those with last
names M-Z will meet at8
p.m.
WHO: Office of Greek Life
WHEN: Tonight at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Ballroom

President's
Open House
WHAT: A chance for students
to get some face time with
University President Mary
Sue Coleman.
WHO: Office of the President
WHEN: Today at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: 815 South Univer-
sity Ave.
First Artsbrea
WHAT: A weekly arts and
crafts night that's free for
students. Past Artsbreak
projects have included paint-
ing pumpkins and jewelry
making.
WHO: University Unions
Arts and Programs
WHEN: Tonight from 5 p.m.
to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
CORRECTIONS
*Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-
tions@michigandailycom.

tion of the Union itself. This
effort fundamentally linked the
organization with the building
and led to an agreement with the
University protecting Michaga-
mua's ability to use the seventh
floor for its activities. After that,
Michigamua met on the seventh
floor of the Union, Adara on the
sixth and the Vulcans on the
fifth.
That arrangement lasted
until the morning of February
6, 2000, when members of the
Students of Color Coalition
took over the space for 37 days
in response to Michigamua's
alleged misuse of Native Amer-
ican culture.
After that occupation, Mich-
igamus permanently vacated
the location.
The seventh floor of the
Union Tower now remains
vacant.
- JENNA SKOLLER
1Members of Sheffield, Eng-
land's Parson Cross Crew
gang were convicted of
firearm offences after pictures
of them brandishing weap-
ons surfaced on Facebook,
according to the Daily Mail.
A community member used
the pseudonym Morag Rendo
to search social networking
sites, found the pictures and
reported them to police.
2Before Saturday's season
opener against Western
Michigan University, it
had been 343 days since the
Michigan Football team won
a home game.
ssFOR MORE, SEE SPORTS TUESDAYI1B
3Chatham, Mass. officials
banned swimming in the
Atlantic Ocean near the
city, after many giant white
sharks were spotted off the
coast, the Cape Cod Times
reported. Officials will meet
Tuesday to decide whether to
reopen the beaches.

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