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1975 photo of ice blocks surrounding university president's car

Antics that didn’t even take place for April Fool’s Day

April 1, 2014 — 

In 1975 engineering students favoured the President of the University of Manitoba with an ice garage for his Mercedes in front of the Administration Building. This photo was taken after some “negotiation” as others who were there say the vehicle had originally been fully encased in the ice blocks.

Picture and text from Grinding “Geers” for 100 Years,  produced by the Faculty of Engineering.

Another, not so foolish event from our past

The Tier building opened in 1932 and it was named after the University’s first Dean of Arts and Science, William Tier. The building was constructed after a unique student protest: Tired of attending classes in makeshift barns while administrators waffled, students tied a cow to the door of the university library on the second floor of what is now the Law Courts Building in downtown Winnipeg. That got their message across and expedited the building process.


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