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When Michigan State University students decided to skip classes and strike over the war in Vietnam in May 1970, MSU President Clifton Wharton and Governor Milliken did their best to avoid a repeat of the Kent State University fiasco when four students were killed by the Ohio National Guard. Although the students occupied many buildings on campus, and at one point it was estimated that 15% of the student body was skipping classes, as long as other students were allowed to attend classes, there were no repercussions until May 20th, when President Wharton called in State Police to arrest 127 students, ending the strike.
Source : Michigan Every Day
Glenn Miller recorded "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" on May 20, 1942.
The song would resonate with women -- as well as swing dancers of both genders -- far beyond southwestern Michigan.
Since 1996, the song has been a regular pregame offering of the Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band, according to Cheryl Roland, a spokeswoman for the school, which is based in Kalamazoo.
And when the marching band releases a CD of its classics or performs in a season-concluding concert, the tune is always one of the highlights.
Source : "This week in Michigan history ... 'I've Got a Gal' got its rhythm from Kalamazoo", Detroit Free Press, May 20, 2012.
The 2014 election offers Michiganders an important do-over on gay marriage, a chance to erase the economic handicap and cultural stain that the 2004 constitutional ban has visited upon our state.
And while Gov. Rick Snyder is no fan of judicial activism, he must be hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will throw out Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban before shifting public opinion strands him and other Republicans seeking statewide office on the wrong side of history.
For the full article, see Brian Dickerson, "Same-sex marriage is a no-brainer for Michigan", Detroit Free Press, May 19, 2013.
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