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The University Seal (not the animal) currently says 1817 on it, but that hasn't always been the case. The University as we know it today was founded in 1841, but the original University of Michigan was founded in 1817, in Detroit. This was more of a high school than a college. If you go look in the grad library lobby, you'll see that the seal says 1841, while the one on the diag says 1817.
If I'm not mistaken, the seal there says "1837" on it, which is when the Ann Arbor campus was founded, and for many years that was the date on our seal. (The first actual classes were held in 1841.) Sometime in the early 20th century people rediscovered the Detroit school, and pushed the official date of foundation to 1817.
When I went to Orientation (2005) the story was that if you step on the Block M before your first blue-book exam you would fail it. After your first exam you're free to step on it with no repercussions.
I did not step on it before my first exams... but I have seen people take pictures of their small children standing on the M. Bad move.
beat me to it.
I used to see people walk on it just as they were giving that speech to them. It was like, geeze, way to be a killjoy.
Me personally, I'd run through the Diag, screaming "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMOOOORRREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!"....just to see the horrified looks on the faces of the newbies.
The version I heard of the Block M curse was that if you step on the Block M before you took your first Blue Book test of your Michigan career, you would fail out. (You have to be enrolled to be infected with the curses powers... So those kids playing football on the diag when their parents take them to their first game are ok).
I can confirm that this is fiction. As I stepped on it without knowing it was a curse until 2 seconds later as my buddy said "Have you taken your first blue book?"
I say: "What's a blue book?"
He proceeds to tell me that I will fail out of UM... I in fact graduated and even did very well on my first blue book.
rumor that there is a michigan flag on the moon that was put there when the american flag was put there...
We still dominate space though (See; Mesko, Space Emperor Zoltan)
As an Aero grad, I can tell you that is fiction. The Apollo 15 crew did however leave a document establishing a lunar branch of the Michigan Alumni Association... but no 'M' flags ever saw the lunar surface.
That's an interesting question. As we all know from the TV commercial, all 3 Apollo 15 astronauts (David Scott, Al Worden, Jim Irwin) had attended Michigan.
Scott had attended the Engineering school (on a swimming scholarship) for 1 year in 1950 before being accepted to West Point and transferring. Worden, after graduating from West Point, received Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering from Michigan in 1963. Irwin, an Annapolis graduate, also has M.S. degrees from Michigan in Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering, both in 1957.
An article in local papers right around the time of the flight in July 1971 indicated that they would leave a Michigan flag on the surface of the moon--not the size of the US flag, but about the size of an index card. Michigan, I think, also put out press releases announcing that a Michigan flag would be left on the moon. Given the size, I assume the flag was put in with a cuff checklist (which was tied around the wrist of the spacesuit) and Scott or Irwin was supposed to tear it out of the checklist and leave it there. That's just a guess, though; I don't know that for certain.
Maybe it was left there, and maybe it wasn't. If it was, they did not report it to Houston--no mention of it appears in the voice transcripts. So who knows.
Two Michigan-related things from the mission--
* During their 3rd and final moonwalk, while returning to the Lunar Module in the rover, Scott and Irwin drove by a large crater and announced that they were naming it "Wolverine."
* The wakeup call on the last day of the flight? "Hawaiian War Chant."
We have a problem."
If you graduated from U of M Flint you are considered a "Walmart Wolverine" by all of your sparty friends,FACT.
I agree. There was a lot of grumbling from the dearborn/flint students when they were given lower priority than the UM-Ann arbor freshman. The football team is associated with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Dearborn and Flint are inferior institutions. I don't see anything wrong with being a Walmart Wolverine, and know that many of our fan basses greatest fans are part of this contingent. If any non UM alum is a walmart wolverine, than yes, the Flint and Dearborn alums would be walmart wolverines.
What if you got a degree from UM - A.A. and are currently attending UM - Dearborn for grad school?
Just curious, but does your diploma if you graduated from one of the satellite campuses say "U of M - Dearborn", etc.? On your resume do you have to write U of M - Dearborn or can u just write U of M? I never wrote U of M - Ann Arbor on my resume, but then again I was there for law school and there is obviously only one.
Just wondering b/c the UC schools are all separate institions as well at the Tennessee schools, but the U of M schools seem to have some sort of affiliation with each other.
Yes it says U of M Flint and yes my resume says Flint as well.
Proud to be a "Walmart Wolverine".
thou shallt not walk nor stand upon the Block M. Only once you have matriculated may you stand or walk upon the Block M. Even then, you should do so carefully so as not to excite the Michigan Safety Hating Gods.
I never once stepped on the Block M as an undergrad, but as an alum, stepping on it for the 1st time was very satisfying. In an almost mystical way...
I believe in the curse of the Block M.
and am in Ann Arbor all the time. I have and will never step NEAR that block M.
Matriculated means "enrolled." Let's not send the wrong message to our freshmen-to-be.
I stomped the M after matriculating and never made it to my 2nd year! I neg me!
...is obviously a myth...and yet I still have never stepped on it, even as an alumnus. Maybe it is just out of reverence for it more than anything else.
...although I think it may apply to exams in general and not just blue books. I stepped on it during orientation (in fact, I had just stepped on it when they told us not to) and I went on to fail my first exam (scantron, not bluebook) that October - the only exam I ever failed at any level of school. There is no doubt in my mind that stepping on the M was the reason.
maybe it was that keg stand you finished five minutes prior to leaving for the exam.
There is a secret or not so secret society of top students and athletes on campus
Order of Angell? Where is my "rolling eyes" smiley.
There was a protest group that took over their offices in the Michigan Union tower for weeks during my 2nd year... I think it was over the groups use of native american artifacts or something... anyhow, I think they went to "not so secret" society after that.
Yeah, that was when it was still called "Michigamua." The Daily was obsessed with it.
I tended bar for a Michigamua funciton once. I got to watch Jim Harbaugh "babysit" an reeling, babbling, drunken Andy Moeller and keep him out of trouble. I got two things from this:
1. I wasn't surprised by later incidents involving alcohol and the Moeller family.
2. I wasn't surprised when Harbaugh's leadership skills led him to the NFL, or to a head coaching job. I gained a lot of respect for Harbaugh as a human being that night. That's why I am probably more forgiving about his remarks from last year than many are.
Basically, Harbaugh took charge of a potentially bad situation and had his teammate's back. That is something you really want in a QB or a HC. Harbaugh really is a natural leader and a great fit for either position.
Unfortunately things got a little murky when editors began getting "tapped".
True story: I was tapped for Michigamua. For weeks I was drawn to lunch meetings out of the blue with Michigan baseball players, swimmers, and assorted athletes. Ultimately, and due to an insufferably poor, alcohol-related lapse in judgment (not to be described here), my candidacy was revoked.
I made it through college with only one truly regrettable decision, but it was a big one.
Getting tapped is cool enough in its own right. I lived at the Daily because my boyfriend at the time/best friends were editors (I did more baking than writing!)
We had a good idea who was in and who wasn't, and would always speculate about why certain members of the "campus elite" were/were not tapped. My best friend who was then EIC is still shocked slash heart broken that he was never tapped, haha.
The two secret groups that I remeber hearing about were the Vulcans for Engineering and Michigamu for the student/athletic body. Not sure if they're around anymore!
2.) I believe another part of that story was that Rackham wanted to be able to see the steps of the Grad is because his wife worked there, so he could wave at her during lunch....or so i was told during orientation
Thanks - I thought there was something about his wife and the steps but couldn't remember what.
To break the curse of the block M, you had to stand on the M when the bell tower struck midnight. If you could run and touch the bell tower and run back to the M before all 12 tolls, then the curse was lifted. Clearly this is a FACT
Three times before the bell finishes its tolls = Denard's warm-up exercise.
historical museum (across from CC Little) to the Block M starting when the clock strikes midnight and getting there before it stops to reverse the curse (while naked).
Two problems with this:
1. The Bell Tower does not toll after a certain time because of a noise ordinance.
2. It is physically impossible to run that far that fast (although they just did an experiment with a normal human and not a man made of dilithium).
So while the "break of the curse" might be fact it's impossible to do.. So fiction?
"michigan mafia" that terry foster refers to anytime he talks about michigan football... this same mafia contacts all reporters that cover michigan football... is there such a mafia or is it just the guys from GBMW???
It's a well-known fact that the electricity used to power the campus is generated by the university president giving the Cube a hearty push in the early morning hours.
I completely forgot about that - we were told it generated the light on top of the University Tower across the street from Cottage Inn.
The story of the grad library I heard had to do with Rackham's wife working at the other library and he wanted to be able to come out and wave to her at lunch every day. Don't know if that's true or not, just the version I heard.
in front of the Natural History Museum across from CC Little supposedly roar every time a virgin graduates from the University. Oddly, no one has ever heard this so it must be FICTION.
Also, the there is a way to reverse the curse of stepping on the "M". Supposedly you have to run naked across the diag from the grad to the bell tower when the bells ring at midnight. Unfortunately the bells don't ring at midnight so we may never know.
One tradition that my friends and I followed was on orientation we walked in the fountain outside the league from rackham toward the grad and after we graduated we walked through the opposite way.
damn i totally forgot to walk through the other way at the fountain after graduating...maybe thats why I couldnt find a job...
"The two lion statues in front of the Natural History Museum across from CC Little supposedly roar every time a virgin graduates from the University."
This is fiction. They are not lions, they are pumas.
Otherwise know as Mountain Lions.
Or Cougars, or...
#1 of the OP's post is just a way to try to trick freshmen into running all the way up the bell tower for nothing.
Good thing I had strong legs... I mean, has anyone every fallen for THAT?
How about if you kiss a girl under the arch on the Southeast side of the Diag that will be the girl you wind up marrying?
I was just about to post this because this is also one of my favorites. The reason why that this "myth" came about is because back in the day when the male and female population was separated on central campus and the hill area there was a curfew. Young lovers would meet up after curfew and meet at the West Engineering arch to prove their love to each other and kiss underneath the arch (also since it just so happened to be equi-distant).
Is about how the Dennison building is sinking into the ground (because it was built by an MSU student).
I thought it was East Hall was sinking because the civil engineer was an MSU grad. Maybe both are true (quick Googling turned up nothing).
I remember the story that UM always accepted everyone who decided to go to MSU, but they all decided to attend State because it was "totally" the same quality of school, but had much hotter girls and better parties.
CONFIRM or DENY!
If you can't get into college go to state
If you can't get into college go to state
If you can't get into college and you really really suck
If you can't get into college go to state
I've heard that if you stare into a mirror in Mosher-Jordan Hall and say the words "Bennie Joppru" five times, your penis will actually DOUBLE in size.
The panthers on either side of the entry to the natural science museum on North U (pilgrim trail back to the Hill dorms, near CCRB) are reputed to roar when a senior virgin walks past. Not verified, so I can't tell if it's fact or fiction.
UM being known for the ugliness of the girls who attend, i know of little UM lore. The ugly girls thing is true, tho.
Not for the 1st month of school. That's a great time to be out on the diag. The rumor is all the hot girls transfer to State after September.
Two words: Tri Delts
you gotta leave North Campus once in a while
that every Michigan fan and/or resident of the state of Michigan was "at the Colorado game" in 1993, was "totally right in that endzone about ten rows up" and "it was crazy, man, you could have heard a pin drop."
Every single one.
I wish I could claim that. Unfortunately I was about ten rows up in the endzone as I watched the horror charge toward me...that I'd love to forget
And 20 years from now, 2.7 million people will have attended that game.
Does that count towards the Big House attendance record?
"The University of Michigan would like to thank you for being part of the largest sham crowd in America"
Truly amazing, considering the game was in 1994.
But they were all still there.
I was at like the 40 or 50 press box side...my view almost completely mirrored the camera angle...so EVERY FUCKING TIME they replay it...it's like reliving it. Because THAT'S what I saw.
And it was just after everyone was getting giddy that we were finally getting out of September without a loss...
And I don't know that it was that quite...I can remember the traveling Colorado fans (not a small amount since it was the first time they came here in that series of 3) being pretty loud after that.
was the game I will never forget. #1 Miami scored 17 points in the final 5 minutes to beat us 31 to 30. Student section was chanting like we had the game in the bag..... I thought I was going to blow chunks after the game it made me so sick to my stomach....lol..
This definitely applies to Purdue '95. The "retrospective attendance" of that game is probably over a million, every one of whom "stayed to the end."
The old explanation for why, no matter what the stated capacity of the stadium, there is always a "1" tacked on to the end. At various times, legend has had it that this was a seat for Yost, or for Crisler. I believe this was debunked by Crisler himself in that old Sports Illustrated issue, but still kind of a nice little bit of stadium lore.
When I was a student (92-97), there was a rumor that then supermodel Niki Taylor was attending the U. I was a sophomore at the time and there was indeed a Nicole Taylor enrolled as a freshmen according to the paper directory. I was skeptical but that didn't stop a buddy of mine and me to head to her listed dorm room in WQ one evening to try to verify. Yeah, a little creepy, but come on.........
Knocked on the door and her roommate answered. She wasn't there so that was the end of it. As it turns out, it was FICTION.
Around that time, after I graduated, there was a student who was a waitress and bartender at Touchdown's (back when they had a ridiculously hot staff...), and the girls were playing the "who do we look like" game, and it was pretty unanimous that this girl was a pretty reasonable facsimile for Nikki Taylor. Could at least look like one of her sisters. So, if she was seen, and tied into something else...I can see how the rumor could get fed.
+1 for the pic regardless of whether she attended U of M.
Legend has it that during the construction of the Big House, the land was so soft and wet that a construction crane sank, and remains beneath the stadium to this day...
I was going to post that one! LOL. I used to be tortured by that story, maybe I was a little too emotionally connected to Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel. Occasionally when we're driving by the Big House, my spouse will speak to me in this this eerie, distant, pleading voice that is supposed to evoke a crane screaming for help from beneath the turf.
I was told several times that the Dental School building looked like a tooth from above, and that this was like an architectural easter egg. It doesn't, and it's a lame legend, but I heard it more than once.
This one's true: When William Clements gave his extraordinary collection of American History papers to the U, he didn't want any U-M students to ever touch it. Any of it. And he very well might have thought most U-M faculty should stay out, too.
But according to John U. Bacon, this is fiction
On North campus ther is a building called the Space Research building.
The building is completely empty..
They research space
Appreciate it GBS - you gave me the inspiration.
I stepped on the M on the Diag in defiance right before my first blue book. I failed my first blue book. I was taking the class pass/fail so I didnt really care.
Supposed to stand up to riots, protests, nuclear attacks. A veritable fortress, all thanks to the 60's. ;-)
I remember our orientation leaders trying to convince us that there was a secret pool under the law quad.
I remember our orientation leaders trying to convince us that there was a secret pool under the law quad.
The pool was on the lower level of the Union. It was where the bookstore is now.
We did have live wolverine mascots for a couple of years in the '20s - Bennie and Biff. The part about them escaping is fiction, though. They became tough to take care of as they grew, so they were given to the Detroit Zoo.
the windows don't open entirely due to a regent jumping out the top of it a while ago
True, as far as I can tell. The windows do not open entirely (which sucks if you have a class up there on a hot day)
but the regent you mentioned is Sarah Goddard Power. She was Phil Power's wife. (Phil Power is a former regent/newspaper publisher/founder and President of The Center for Michigan.)
I was in Grad School when this happened. A very unfortunate thing that I believe the University did an excellent job of handling. I literally passed by the Bell Tower four minutes after it happened and you would not know anything out of the ordinary had occurred other than the ambulance at the back of Hill Auditorium. Very sad, but excellent response!
A common one that I've heard is that the Administration Building was built to be riot-proof. Everybody reports that like it's fact but I read something when I took a Folklore class at Michigan that it's actually false and just happens to be weird architecture.
Michigamua was Michigan's "secret" society for a long time (their meeting place was the tower of the Union). They were very Native American-themed, which people found offensive, and I believe the Daily and other student groups rallied against them. In one case, I believe, a group of protesters even broke into the Michigamua office.
In 2006-2007 they renamed themselves the Order of Angell to be more PC and they now publish their new members every year in the Daily, I think sometime in the spring.
During a 400 level Russian History class, I had a twenty page research paper with strict rules, "Each typo one grade lower." I pulled an all nighter, went to play frisbee in the Diag. A friend suggested I have A-1 typing type my handwritten paper. Throughout the 20 page paper, A-1 typing had inadvertently typed "PHEASANT" rather than PEASANT revolution. I turned it in without proof reading.......My TA thought I was crazy. I explained the whole thing when I received an "E, I argued it was only one typo 133 times, my grade was changed to a "b+"
The Pheasant Uprising picture, very nice.....I give you four Czars.......
Women students living in Martha Cook Dorm are required to give a lunch for the law students.
Looks like a molar from above. Or was I the only who was told that?
Heard that too, however when I went on a tour of the dental school the guide pointed out that it was false.
Google Map that and find out for yourself.