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Welcome Freshmen-Class of 2019!

Welcome Freshmen! Welcome to all the new and returning students! The library has lots to offer and not just within the building. Online access to most of the material and reference assistance is available 24/7. Just check the library page: http://research.udmercy.edu The new students may find the first week a bit overwhelming, but that is normal. In the archives are copies of what Freshmen went through in past years. A lot has changed over the years, but one thing has...

Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma at Mercy College of Detroit

“The name Alpha Mu Gamma is composed of the names of the initial Greek letters found in the phrase “Amphi Mouse Glosson,” meaning “For the Muse of Languages.” Alpha Mu Gamma was established at Los Angeles City College on April 29, 1931, by five members of the foreign language faculty who recognized the need for society to honor achievement in all languages at an early stage in the student’s career. The interest shown by other colleges inspired an almost immediate...

When the circus came to town to U of D, August 1944

From August 7 to August 20, 1944, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus used the University of Detroit Stadium for its performances. At the time it was the only facility available in the city of Detroit that could be used.  It was an open air performance since the tragic disaster in Hartford, Connecticut, just a month earlier, had destroyed almost everything when the tent and seats caught fire. According to an article in the Detroit Times, August 8,...

Mystery of Ten Pounds of Peanuts

This is another one of those files that does not have enough information to know what is going on! There are pictures and a very brief description of a photo, but no news article to explain anything. There is just a tantalizing bit of a news press release in one photo, but a search through the student newspaper, Varsity News, comes up with nothing. So here is what information is available: “Peanuts project” April, 1963 (label on file folder)  ...

Peter Pan Restaurant

Back in the early days of the University of Detroit, Peter Pan Restaurant was a popular place to eat. It was right across from the McNichols campus on Livernois. The original owners were Nick Krametes and Speros Sassalos, better know by students as “Doc” Speros. The university’s famous undefeated football team of 1928 ate at the Pan at a long table reserved for its use. Doc would claim credit for the winning year. He told the team captain that if...

Eastwood Night at University of Detroit

Eastwood Night (which has nothing to do with the actor Clint Eastwood), was an annual dance sponsored by the Student Union,  marking the end of the school year and was usually held at a place called Eastwood Gardens. Some of the bands that played at this occasion included Louis Prima, Woody Herman and Skitch Henderson (well known dance bands back in those days!). For one year, 1948, the dance was held at the State Fair Grounds when Eastwood officials refused...

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