came across this and thought I would share in order to make some alums cry, laugh, and think about the past...enjoy, folks
came across this and thought I would share in order to make some alums cry, laugh, and think about the past...enjoy, folks
Wait, why is Buzzfeed making Michigan lists? Not that I'm complaining...but still why?
Also the basketball team glows in #6.
This is a pretty good list coming from buzzfeed. It also reminded me I need to go to Blimpie's a few more times before they move/close down in the summer.
of the inside of the grad library stacks? I'm still trying to forget about the long afternoons and evenings toiling in there!
Always amazing to see how much State St. looks the same - even since the later 70's. The businesses have changed, but the street still has the exact same look. After all these years, even the Rocky Horror picture show is still showing. I was never into that and resisted my fraternity brothers trying to drag me down there.
As someone who transferred away from Michigan before this year, I miss everything about this
Never actually went to Zingermans. Also don't know about number 13. Never been to the "Stacks", not totally sure what that is either lol
Guess I was not a true Michigan Wolverine..
Stacks make up the upper floors of the Grad library and have little, isolated carrels or study booths. One day a bookshelf will fall over on my carrel door and I'll probably die of starvation.
...but I don't know anyone that went there to actually study (when I wanted to study I went to B-School or law school). It was where you went when you were on campus for a quickie with your girlfriend or female companion...if there is a bag hanging over the window or paper taped over window...it wasn't because someone was trying to focus on their studies!
That is a pretty good list!
Loved the stacks. I've gotten lost in there more than once, i'm not ashamed to admit. Ever wandered around and ended up in the Asian reference section? I couldn't find it now if you paid me $1000.
Ah yes I have heard of that before. I was on the same diet, which probably explains why I never tried the "Chipati".
Garden. Falafels almost as good as the ones at L'As du Falafel in Paris.
I lived in Ann Arbor for 12 years and attended Eastern. I love Michigan and Michigan was the reason I moved there from Houston by myself without knowing anyone. I lived with Michigan students and did almost everything on the list. I consider myself a Wolverine and no one can tell me any different. Those were the best times of my life and I would do it again. GO BLUE TILL I DIE!
We're glad to have you.
That's a pretty good list, and I have had the fortune of experiencing this for most of my life having gone to Michigan as well as having been raised in the Ann Arbor area.
It does make a little sad to see the photo of Blimpy Burger, knowing that it is in its final months of existence of at that esteemed location. I should go there one last time before the summer when the University officially takes over the property. If nothing else, my own handiwork is at that intersection - the two steel utility poles near Blimpy's were my design.
I can also say that I have memories of typing many papers in the Fish Bowl and then consuming a fishbowl or two in order to promptly forget what I wrote. Obviously, it has not worked entirely.
How could one possibly have "great" memories from the Stacks? It's miserable in there..
...see post above!
I had sex in the stacks last semester senior year as one of those bucket list things. So that's a good memory.
That and meeting my friend to grab lunch are my only two experiences in the stacks.
I've been dying to take my son to Angelos for breakfast. Perhaps this Sunday when we bring him back.
Every time I see the State St theater marquee, it stirs up a lot of memories.....and I've never set foot in there.
The stacks scared me. I maintain that it's the perfect place for a murder. Hide someone up in the stacks and they're likely to never be found.
I studied at the Law Library because it made me feel smarter. The feeling didn't last.
Man I drank a lot at Ricks. Holy smokes!
Ahhhhhhhhh yes. The first warm, sunny Spring day on the Diag.
Personal computers were just becoming mainstream when I was freshman. I think there was one guy on my floor (Taylor House - South Quad) who had an Apple IIe. By the time I was a senior, the Fish Bowl was filled with school owned computers that we could all use. It was glorious. I felt even more smarter.
It wasn't the law students staring you down for making noise in the reading room...we were all downstairs in the actual law library where it was even quieter
Perhaps I am mistaken, but I always thought the "Fishbowl" referred to the glassed-in area where Mason Hall connects to Angell Hall, which you can view from the Diag--not the computer lab.
Also, I have to disagree with the Rick's slide. I stopped going there altogether once I didn't have to use my fake ID anymore.
Nope - it's always been the computer lab. As a former employee of the Fish (student computer lab assistant) I can tell you that.
Best job on campus, btw.
Huh. Well, thanks for clearing it up.
I actually used to be a writing tutor for the English Composition Board. I don't know if it's still there, but we had a walk-in clinic adjacent to that computer lab, and I worked there for two years. It paid well, but was only the second-best job I had at UM. The first-best was when I refereed IM flag football games (which didn't pay squat, but was super fun).
As a student bpc (before personal computers), he is correct. Glassed in area was the Fishbowl!
The glassed-in area was still known as the "Fishbowl" in the late '90s/'00s. I'm not sure when the name came to apply to the computing site but it must have been sometime since then.
was in use to refer to the glassed-in intersection of Angell/Mason/Haven halls back in the mid-seventies, before the computing center moved from NUBS to North Campus.
They would always have clubs and events and stuff "at the fishbowl" and set up where you describe.
The Fishbowl connecting Angell and Mason Halls was there in the 60's--long before any computer lab. "Meet you at the Fishbowl" was often heard on central campus.
Mind blown...i learned something today...
I always thought it was the view from the Diag that lent the term "fishbowl" to the area between Mason/Angell. But what exactly do I know? As my name suggests, I was rarely coherent when I took that particular walk during those particular years.
The nostalgia is overflowing.
I'll do my damndest to get into Ross for an MBA, just so I can go back.
except replace all the bars with a picture of the Media Union
replace all the libraries with a picture of the Media Union
and replace all the restaurants with a bowl of Ramen noodles or a microwaved hot dog
and I just laugh at 28 (never took a blue book in 5.5 years)
In seven years as student (including grad school), I never had a blue book exam either.
I still avoid stepping on the diag M because I was told at orientation that the curse was you'd fail your first blue book if you stepped on the M.
You guys missed out. I loved blue books - they were by far my favorite type of test. You could just write and write and write on a topic and it didn't have to be super-coherent, but as long as some part of what you wrote satisfied what the instructor was looking for, you'd get a good grade.
There should be a corrollary version to this for Engineering students. The many, many sleepless nights in the windowless EECS computer labs with VLSI or EECS 311 lab projects overrides most of the stuff on this list. 48 hour consecutive all-nighters were a staple my junior year of college.
Amen. I still remember hallucinating in the Media Union while working at a computer after two and a half days without sleep. Good times.
when you pull an all-nighter on a Friday because you're just that fucked the next week.
Grad school numerical methods class in chemical engineering -- we had to write Fortran programs, but I hadn't done a lick of Fortran since freshman year's computing class. So I basically had to relearn a semester of Fortran in a week, while having two midterms, and of course, homework in every class (profs can't let a week go by without homework, even with midterms and projects due).
What's amazing is I graduated in 1981 and virtually ALL of the pictures stirred up the same feelings of nostalgia for me. Not much has changed in 32 years believe it or not......
Matt Vogrich once slapped me in the face at Rick's.
HAHAHA I want to hear this story, please elaborate.
Why he changed his number to 11?
Many memories writing Fortran programs using cards in that old building. Also CRISPing to register for classes. Drakes and Steve Lunch were iconic diners as well.
oh man, completely forgot about CRISP!!
They shut down NUBS toward the end of my time at Michigan. Before that, they first outlawed gaming at NUBS because a fight broke out once (maybe over Doom II, or Warcraft, or Starcraft - I forget). Everyone migrated up to the Media Union (or whatever it's called now).
And what about the EECS computer lab? Had to learn UNIX so I could use those things. I thought those laser mice with the reflective mouse pads were the coolest, most high tech things at the time (hey, it was 1994).
Also, the UGLi once did live up to its moniker, before the renovation. I remember coming back to campus one fall and thinking, "What the h*** happened to the UGLi? It looks so nice!"
I was in Glee Club, so yeah, I've been to a concert or two.
First time seeing Rocky Horror was when I was still in high school, on campus for 3 weeks or so for summer debate camp (yeah, that's right, I admit it).
I can't believe they showed the Arb as a place to smoke weed rather than a place to go sledding with pilfered cafeteria trays.
Some of my most fondest memories was going to the Arb to sled. Of course, I had never seen snow being from Texas. It was really fun until those damn people that owned the housing around the Arb started calling the fuzz. They might have had good reason being it was about 1or 2 in the morning. I could never really fit on one of those trays tho. I did try it but I ended up face planting myself many times. I felt nothing. AHHH great nostalgic memories.
Also story on CRISP name...Its creators first called it ‘Computer Registration in Spite of Problems,’ but the Data Systems Center people didn’t like that name. So they kept CRISP and thought up new words for the letters to represent. (Exactly the same thing happened just a few years after when some hobbyists developed what was called QDOS for ‘quick and dirty operating system.’ Microsoft stripped off the Q and improved the underlying words to ‘disk operating system’ and so launched one of the greatest corporate successes of all time.)... anyway standing in long CRISP lines for popular LSA classes was a total drag.
NUBS was definitely a nerdy place. I had a box of IBM punch card so I was one of them before becoming cool in B-School,lol...
Computer Registration Involving Student Participation; not unlike the Bataan Death March IIRC.
The true "Blue" UGLI; a name well-deserved.
Whatever happened to Leftkofski's Deli? Their pastrami and swiss with coleslaw on rye was amazing.
And does anyone else remember Geppetto's Pizza (on Main) and their spicy pizza sauce? Incredible.\
I miss A2.
Edit: I forgot Shaky Jake and Stoney Burke.
sitting in the basement hallway at Angell waiting to CRISP and seeing Juwan Howard (as well as other athletes) walk to the front of the line to get their classes in before the general student population.
...you had to do CRISP in person at one of the dedicated computer labs.
I actually hated the telephone at first because it took twice as long while you waited for the computerized voice to slowly speak out everything.
No telephones for us. As an 86 grad, CRISP (computer registration including student participation) required, initially, standing in line outside of Lorch Hall(?) to register on a given day. It quickly evolved, for me, to a time slot where you still stood in line well beyond your appointed time to sit down with someone at a computer to get your classes. I was in the Engin school so it may have been different for us.
I was at a transitional time, for many things.
I was at UM from 94-99. My sophomore year was, I think, the first or second year you could do it by phone. My older sister told me to go stand in line, so I did. Some of my friends stood in line, others called in. Starting my junior year, I called in. That system sucked.
Also of a transitional nature was how basketball tickets were distributed. My freshman year, we camped out by Crisler all night to get tickets. IIRC, that was the last year of in-person first come-first served and they starting doing tickets by seniority like football.
I remember handing in my deck at the input window, then watching the monitor report job status, before walking around the twisting internal corridor to the output window to pickup the printed output (along with the input deck). This was about the time the IBM mainframe was swapped out for an Amdahl.
...surprised that there was no mention of the Naked Mile. But I guess some things do change over time.
that ended like 8-10 years ago. the police cracked down on it.
They had no choice, really. It got to a point where perverts would come out in force, film the whole thing, and put it online.
....the end of Naked Mile coincided with the rise of the Internet, which sucks because it was an awesome tradition. I remember my senior year film crews were setting up tripods to video the whole thing...and made a lot of people reconsider running...and was pretty creepy.
I remember one year some dude was rollerblading naked and did a faceplant. Yeah, that really must've sucked.
New tradition: the fully-clothed-in-winter-gear mile, to be run the first day of school when it's still 80 degrees out.
The "27 Things Found in a Former Pro Athlete's Foreclosed House" article over there is also pretty interesting.
So...was this written by a:
Still look forward to a zingermans number 11 in the fall. To old for Rick's now but remember Jeter and Knoblauch there with a line of girls waiting to meet them back when Henson was in school. Wish they had a picture of "the wall"
...still play at Ricks? Nothing like a little Julio Down by the schoolyard to close out the night before hitting up Backroom pizza. I think I just dated myself.
Rich Eisen was there.... as was most of our basketball team, including the frshmen, which I thought was interesting.
It was the evening after the 1999 OSU game I believe.
The acts that played at the Second Chance were terrific. Concerts had big names like BB King, Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and the Ohio Players. My favorite was pogoing to the English Beat for about two hours straight as the whole second deck shook. My first night at West Quad we headed there and saw Dr Bop and the Headliners complete with on stage bar. Steve NArdella was another great local draw. I probably spent more $ there than I did on tuition.
Dooleys was just a great place to get drunk with cheap drinks. Bo's boys were bouncers and it was pure entertainment to see their "feats of strength" when someone got stupid.
Rick's was like being in a crowded basement that smelled like pot.
...and it was awesome. You did not go there for the music. Never heard of Second Chance or Dooley's...if you wanted good music in Ann Arbor in '90's you went to Blind Pig.
Second Chance and Dooley's (Skeeps) were there in the '80s.
I remember seeing him all over the place when I was a student. The list is pretty sound beyond that, though, and I have to admit that I loved studying in the grad school library reading room. The place was gorgeous, and it was really a comfortable place to dig into my work.
Dominick's was outstanding, and I loved the Sangria in the jars. Another favorite haunt was Mr. Spots for a late night wing excursion.
Another staple for me was a leisurely visit to Borders, which sadly no longer exists. Man, I cannot wait to get back for a game next year, as it has been too long.
Here's video on Shakey Jake http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fCJ3Ct0WQIQ.
In the 70's and 80's Jake, Dr. Diag, Agent Orange, and Rev. Jed were always present in the Diag where one could get a real education for free : )
From Jake over the years. Still have a couple "I got T-Shirts" and a floppy frisbee.
Awesome small venue to see concerts
Oneof the best uses of the Internet is to find classic stuff like this.
Maybe the nostalgia hasn't had time to kick in yet, but this just seems like one dudes time in Ann Arbor. The cookiest cutter of UM experiences.
- Who gets Cottage Inn walking back from the bar? It's NYPD, Bell's or Backroom.
- Sava's has a better breakfast (and probably cheaper) than Angelo's. I understand that opinion won't be shared by some, but you can't get a Blood Mary at Angelo's.
- Is Zingbombs really a student joint? Amazing place, but I every time I went there it was a special occasion.
- K agree with the North Campus thing.
- The Mudbowl is an extremely fratty thing. Not saying that's a bad thing. But rather than watch a bunch of dudes play in the mud, I believe I was getting drunk at my own establishment elsewhere.
- I'll leave the rest of my pointless disagreements with this list for another day, but, as a guy who had a ton of BB exams, I never, NEVER, ever walked over the M or otherwise touched it.
It's a sign of respect, blue book exam or not.
I second backroom pizza. Also agree that mud bowl is a Greek thing, and since I wasn't in a frat, well, yeah.
Anyone else go to nectos? Thursday night was gaysian night. Good times.
Has Blimpie Burger found a place to relocate, yet?
The university can't be that out of touch with the students and the aura of the community. You'd think tye'd be chomping at the bit to help them secure a great relocation space. Maybe even built into one of the university buildings somewhere.
#9 was my house in 99/00. 931 S. State. Great spot, great year.