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From the pages of history--winter 2005

Moments in University history from the pages of the alumni journal, now called Minnesota

From M, winter 2005

100 years ago

"Hail! Minnesota" was proposed as the University's school hymn by the Minnesota Alumni Weekly on December 19, 1904. The song, written by Truman Rickard ('04) contained a second verse praising President Cyrus Northrop and a third verse added by the poet Arthur Upson, then literary editor of the Minnesota Daily. Northrop later commented that the anthem was quite good but that, as a University hymn, he preferred it not have a verse about a specific president. Hail! Minnesota was sung each Friday in chapel beginning in winter of 1905 and remains the University's hymn. With a minor text change, and the dropping of the second verse, it was adopted as the state hymn in 1945.

75 years ago

Harrison Salisbury (B.A. '30), who would later become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was suspended from school for smoking in the University's new library (now Walter Library). The Minnesota Alumni Weekly reported January 18, 1930, that smoking in U buildings had become so common and troublesome that President Lotus D. Coffman ordered that the rule against smoking in the library be strictly enforced. Although normally cause for a warning, Dean Harold Nicholson reported that he was left with no choice in the Salisbury case: "The offense was deliberately planned as a public demonstration that the laws and regulations of the University could be defied with impunity."

50 years ago

The December 1954 Minnesota Alumni Voice described the recent triumph of Dr. C. Walton Lillihei and fellow cardiac surgeons at the University. U surgeons had developed a pump that allowed a patient's blood to circulate, through a tube, into a healthy donor of the same blood type. The donor's heart and lungs enriched the blood and the pump would carry it back into the patient's body through another tube. In this way, the patient's heart could be bypassed and lungs collapsed, allowing surgeons a blood-free and relatively unhurried operating field. The device's efficacy was proven in repairing a 1.5-inch-wide hole in the heart of a five-year-old Minneapolis girl whose father served as the donor.

25 years ago

An egg- and snowball-throwing fracas involving more than 500 students broke out during a Muslim Students Association rally in front of Coffman Memorial Union. According to the February 1980 issue of Minnesota, it was just the most visible incident in a rising tide of tension after 52 hostages were seized in the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in November 1979. At the time, the 255 Iranian students at the U were the most from any country outside North America. Minnesota reported that some in the community were inflamed by the fact that many Iranian students supported the Islamic revolution, but clarified that this was largely because the recently deposed shah of Iran was seen as an ineffective and corrupt leader.