Saturday, October 9, 2010

U-M Students Crash Normalite Party, October 9, 1924

Ann Arbor college men hopping on the interurban and cruising down to Ypsilanti to woo the large numbers of female college students at the Normal used to be a time-honored practice.

But sometimes it went too far, as it did this night in 1924.

The U-M men crashed a party at the present-day Riverside Arts Center, blasting right past the chaperone. It didn't end well.

"One of them was arrested and placed in the city bastille where he spent the night meditating on the sorrows attending a follower of forbidden pleasures."

The altercation led to a meeting of the presidents of both universities to find out how to stamp out such vexatious nonsense.

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