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Week of December 10, 2012

Old school: U-M in History

Icy route

Ice and snow gather along a Central Campus walkway, as seen looking south toward University Hall, circa 1870. The hall was demolished in 1950. — Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library

This month in history (37 years ago)

A Christmas Eve 1981 fire ravaged the Economics Building, destroying or damaging many valuable books and manuscripts. Built in 1856 as the Chemical Laboratory, it had been home to the Economics Department since 1909. The Department of Economics is now headquartered in Lorch Hall. — From Bentley Historical Library and Department of Economics websites

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Rita Barvinok, system administrator, LSA Biology, on putting on plays: “I had never done a play before, but when we did it for the first time, I realized how wonderful it was.”


Francis Alys “Guards,” U-M Museum of Art New Media Gallery, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

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