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"Dinks and Buttons," ca. 1950
Members of the freshmen class, or "frosh" as they were commonly referred to in the 1950's, were required to purchase and wear a "dink," a distinctive cap. In 1950 the dink underwent a design change. Gone was the brimless skull cap with a button on top. It was replaced by a broad brimmed hat known as a "rat cap."   More information


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"H I M" Club, ca. 1927
These University of Miami women are deployed to spell out the letters "H I M." These letters serve as an acronym for the name of the club these women formed in the late 1920's. The H I M (Happy Independent Women) Club was an organization of non-fraternity women in the early days of the University.   More information


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First Student Assembly
The first student assembly took place on the first day of classes: October 18, 1926.


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Fraternity Members
Fraternity men pose with their embossed paddles in front of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity House on San Amaro Drive, probably in the late 1950s. Kappa Sigma, founded in 1939, was the first national fraternity at Miami and was one of the largest chapters at the University. The building shown here now houses the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.


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Harold Long Interview
Miami lawyer, Harold Long, discusses his experiences as a UM undergraduate student (1964-1968), as well as his days as a student at UM's School of Law (1968-1971). Harold Long was among the founders of the United Black Students, and served as that groups president until 1968. Mr. Long describes a sit-in conducted by himself and 12 other students, who demanded that UM institute financial and educational opportunities for black students. You must have the 'RealPlayer' installed on your computer to play this 14.35 minute video (150kbps). RealPlayer software can be downloaded for free from the RealNetworks website.


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Hurricane Photographers, 1940s
The Hurricanei student newspaper dates to the very founding of the University of Miami. Student editors, photographers, columnists, and staff have documented the growth and development of the University for seventy years. The Hurricane has undergone many changes through the years, including a shift from publication once every two weeks to twice weekly issues. The group portrait of Hurricane photographers includes noted local photographer and alumnus Ray Fisher (top row, first from left).


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Iron Arrow Founders
The University of Miamiís first honorary and service fraternity, Iron Arrow, was formed in 1926 by the Founding Nine. Standing: Leonard M. Tuttle, Gavin S. Miller, Clarke B. Wilson, Francis S. Houghtaling, Unknown. Kneeling: Dale R. Clark, Harry Gray, Norman Ted Kennedy and Bob Fink. The rituals of Iron Arrow are based on Seminole Indian practice and tradition and members wear Seminole jackets on all ritual occasions.


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Men's Glee Club, Venetian Pool
The 1928-1929 Men's Glee Club poses on the cobble-stone and coral rock bridge at the beautiful Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. Originally fed by underground artesian wells, the Venetian Pool was once a quarry pit, its only value being the limestone it produced for the construction. Through the creative efforts of George Merrick's uncle, artist Denman Fink, and architect Phineas Paist, the eyesore was transformed in 1924 to what was then called the Venetian Casino. The University of Miami made extensive use of the pool in the early years, for concerts and events as well as for swimming classes.

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