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She thought about leaving. Of course she did; who wouldn't? But where would she go? Whom could she trust? What would her captors do if they found out? So, day after day, year after year, throughout her early teens, often for 14 hours a day, Nicole worked at the grueling task of beautifying women with African braids. Rows and rows of tiny, intricate braids that turned Nicole's hands old before their time. Grandma hands, she called them. More...
A 2008 story in Forbes magazine estimated that Google handled 235 million searches a day. If we suppose that the number has risen a bit to a quarter of a billion of searches every day, that breaks down to more than 35 searches a day for every man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth. If a machine can do that, where does that leave the librarian? More...
Greg Smith is working in his basement studio, holding a bowl gouge steadily on the lathe as he smooths the inside curve of a roughed-out bowl. The clunk clunk clunk of metal on wood and the 600 RPM whir of machinery are his soundtrack. Wood shavings fly everywhere, coating Smith's arm and forming a dusty shag rug at his feet. More...
Howard B. Iwrey, '86, remembers the good and bad, but mostly the good, of one of his hangouts. "The food was mediocre on a good day, the ambiance was cave-like, and it seems like it was always cold, dark, and damp. I miss it terribly." More...
One of the largest gifts ever made to Michigan Law will help revitalize living spaces within the 86-year-old student-housing portion of the iconic Law Quadrangle. The $20 million gift from Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles T. Munger (HLLD Law '10) will pay for the majority of a renovation project inside the Lawyers Club housing complex. More...
Remembering Dores McCreeMrs. McCree's legacy at Michigan Law will carry on through the new Dores McCree Award. Read more about it in the attached booklet, which also contains remembrances of Mrs. McCree from many of the colleagues and students who were influenced by her. More...
An Interview with A.W. Brian Simpson
Watch an interview with A.W. Brian Simpson, recorded a few years ago. (Video)
New Life for a Dying TreeWhen an elm tree had to be removed to make room for the Robert B. Aikens Commons—and, ultimately, because of an ant infestation—it became part of an innovative recycling project at U-M. The wood was dried and given to wood turners, who created vases, tables, pepper grinders, and other objects from it, giving new life to a dying tree. (Image Gallery)
Image Gallery of Lighting RenovationsIn 2007, Charles Munger made a $3 million gift to the Law School for lighting improvements in Hutchins Hall and the William W. Cook Legal Research Building, including the Reading Room. The results? Dramatically brighter corridors and study spaces. "Thanks to Charlie, the public areas of the Law School [are] more cheerful, bright, and accessible than at any time in the School's history," says Dean Evan Caminker. (Image Gallery)
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