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BELIEF: U-D BELLS

THE DEFUNCT BELLS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT TOWER ARE SUPPOSED
TO RING WHEN A VIRGIN WALKS BY.

Submitter comment: MR. TEVENS SAID HE HAD OFTEN HEARD THIS ON THE U.OF D. CAMPUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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THE LEGEND OF BEAUMONT TOWER

AT MSU (MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY), WHENEVER A VIRGIN WALKS
UNDERNEATH THE TOWER, A SPIKE FALLS FROM ONE OF THE TOWERS.
ALL THE SPIKES REMAIN INTACT UPON THE TOWER EVEN TODAY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM A FELLOW DORMIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ; Lansing

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BAD LUCK

ON A VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN A FEW YEARS AGO THE
INFORMANT LEARNED FROM AN ANONYMOUS PERSON THAT, "IF A FRESHMAN STEPS
ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SEAL IMPLANTED IN THE SIDEWALK AND
LOCATED IN THE CENTER CAMPUS SQUARE AND AREA, THE FRESHMAN WILL
FLUNK HIS FIRST YEAR'S EXAMS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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TESTS

SMOKE ONLY BEFORE AND AFTER A TEST AND YOU WILL PASS IT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL CONTROL ; SMOKING TABU DURING EXAMINATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TESTS

WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR ON THE DAY OF A TEST AND YOU WILL PASSIT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): EXAMINATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CUSTOM

THERE IS A TRADITION AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT
ALLOW A PERSON TO STEP ON THE SCHOOL SEAL IN THE LOBBY OF THE
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

James Callow comment:

WALKING PROHIBITION--FITS INTO "STEP ON A CRACK" MOTIF
VAGUELY--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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COLLEGE JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

PANTY RAIDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
CAMPUS, BECAUSE THE CO-EDS DO NOT WEAR UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IMMODESTY ; SEXUAL SLUR ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COLLEGE LEGEND

AT EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, IT IS SAID THAT THE TOWER WILL
FALL IF A GIRL GRADUATES A VIRGIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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BEFORE A FRESHMAN CAN STEP ON THE BIG M IN THE CENTRE OF THE
DIAG, HE MUST HAVE TAKEN HIS FIRST EXAM, OR HE WILL FLUNK OUT OF
SCHOOL WITHIN THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG--DIAG FOR DIAGONAL? ; WALKING PROHIBITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

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SILLY BELIEF

IT WAS A BELIEF IN THE 8TH GRADE THAT THE PHONE NUMBER
777-7777 WAS THE NUMBER OF A WHOREHOUSE.

Submitter comment:

I REMEMBER ONCE TRYING TO FIND OUT FOR SURE, BUT THE
NUMBER WAS NON-EXISTENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; PROSTITUTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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SCHOOL BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED THAT GETTING TOTALLY DRUNK THE NIGHT BEFORE A
PSYCHOLOGY TEST WILL BRING A PASSING GRADE.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT AND HIS ROOMMATE FOLLOWED THIS FOR THREE
TESTS AND RECEIVED PASSING GRADES OF B OR BETTER,
HOWEVER THE INFORMANT LATER DROPPED OUT DUE TO POOR GRADES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

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CUSTOM

A GIRL IS NOT A CO-ED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN UNTIL
SHE IS KISSED AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT UNDER THE ENGINEERING ARCH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXACT TIME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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CUSTOM

THERE IS A TRADITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN THAT IF
YOU STEP ON THE M OF THE DIAGONAL EMBLAZED IN THE CROSSWALK,
YOU WILL FLUNK YOUR NEXT EXAM.

Submitter comment:

WHEN A STUDENT AT U. OF M., THE INFORMANT TRIED THIS
TO DISPROVE THE TRADITION, BY STEPPING ON THE M AFTER STUDYING
FOR AN EXAM. SHE FAILED HER EXAM.
KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT, THERE IS ANOTHER LIKE THIS IN THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EDUCATION ; SYMBOL ; WALKING PROHIBITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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UNIVERSITY CUSTOM

THERE IS A TRADITION AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT
ALLOW A PERSON TO STEP ON THE SCHOOL SEAL IN THE MAIN LOBBY OF THE
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

James Callow comment:

WALKING PROHIBITION--FITS INTO "STEP ON A CRACK" MOTIF VAGUELY--F.M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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COLLEGE JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

PANTY RAIDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
CAMPUS BECAUSE THE CO-EDS DON'T WEAR ANY UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IMMODESTY ; SEXUAL SLUR ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COLLEGE LEGEND

AT EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, IT IS SAID THAT THE TOWER WILL
FALL IF A GIRL GRADUATES AND SHE IS STILL A VIRGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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UNIVERSITY BELIEF

BEFORE A FRESHMAN CAN STEP ON THE BIG M IN THE CENTRE OF THE
DIAG, HE MUST HAVE TAKEN HIS FIRST EXAM, OR ELSE HE WILL FLUNK
OUT OF SCHOOL WITHIN THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

THE "BIG M" AND THE DIAG ARE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG--DIAG FOR DIAGONAL? ; WALKING PROHIBITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 00001967 (FALL)

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SILLY BELIEF

IT WAS A BELIEF IN EIGHTH GRADE THAT THE PHONE NUMBER
777-7777 WAS THE NUMBER OF A WHOREHOUSE.

Submitter comment:

I REMEMBER ONCE TRYING TO FIND OUT FOR SURE, BUT THE
NUMBER WAS NON-EXISTENT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; PROSTITUTION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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SCHOOL BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED THAT GETTING TOTALLY DRUNK THE NIGHT BEFORE A
PSYCHOLOGY TEST WILL BRING A PASSING GRADE ON THE TEST.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT AND HIS ROOMMATE FOLLOWED THIS FOR THREE
TESTS AND RECEIVED THREE PASSING GRADES OF B OR BETTER,
HOWEVER THE INFORMANT LATER DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL DUE TO POOR GRADES.

Data entry tech comment:

Told at the University of Scranton 1969-1970.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON ; SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 00001969-00001970

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UNIVERSITY BELIEF

A GIRL IS NOT A COED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN UNTIL
SHE IS KISSED, AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, UNDER THE ENGINEERING ARCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXACT TIME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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