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Week of September 30, 2013

Old school: U-M in History

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At a football game at Ferry Field in 1908, students and fans use pennants to make a block “M.” — Courtesy Bentley Historical Library

This month in history (44 years ago)

To isolate student radical activity in the late 1960s, President Robben Fleming
reasoned, “If you make an issue of activities that do no harm and don’t interfere with the running of the university, you run the real risk of attracting a lot of other students who will then be sympathetic to their other demands.” Fleming put this philosophy into practice in September 1969 when anti-ROTC militants took over North Hall. The president requested that police guard the building for safety, avoiding confrontation, and asked police to leave the back door unlocked and unguarded. When the protestors left during the night, their images were caught on video for later disciplinary action. —  From “The Making of the University of Michigan 1817-1992.”

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