Our Back Pages Archive

June 2005 - Coppertop
A new look at Denny Hall.

March 2005 - Mystery Mansion
A historic look back at the former President's Mansion.

December 2004 - Hot Spot
Dismantling UW's nuclear reactor.

September 2004 - Tales of the Forest
Pack Hall stands as a reminder of those who labored in the forest.

June 2004 - Queen for a Day
Remembering when the Queen came to campus.

January 2004 - Trail of Success
From controversy to regional treasure, the history of the Burke-Gilman trail.

December 2003 - The Donor Who Saved the 'U'
Faced with a fiscal crisis and the threat of closure, 1870s-era UW received an unexpected gift.

September 2003 - Slippery Elm
The amazing adventures of the school's Washington Elm tree (and it's "son" and "grandson").

June 2003 - Lane Closures
When eight protestors blocked the 520 bridge on Feb. 18 2003 they sparked memories of the first freeway protest ever held.

March 2003 - Rarified Air
50 years later—remembering the last time the men's basketball team made the Final Four.

December 2002 - Adios, Hello Lane:
The college offers up an official goodbye to Hello Lane, a concept that never really took for students.

September 2002 - Tears, Romance and Slumber: Alumni Share Suzzallo Memories
As part of our feature on the restoration of Suzzallo library we asked readers to share their favorite Suzzallo memories.

June 2002 - The Henry Behind the Henry
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first public art museum in the state of Washington—UW's Henry Art Gallery, founded by Horace C. Henry in 1926.

March 2002 - The Dream Season
10 years ago, the 1991 season for UW's football team was a sweet highlight in the long history of the program.

The Man Who Designed the Towers
The World Trade Center, horrifically destroyed on Sept. 11, were designed by UW alumnus Minoru Yamasaki, '34.

Fighting Words and Music
Bow Down to Washington, one of the most famous fight songs in the land, was the creation of a college drop-out who couldn't read music.

A Free Ride
The U-PASS —transport pass and merchant discount program in one card—has been successful beyond its creators' expectations.

The 33-Year Experiment
The ASUW's Experimental College, founded in 1968 as a source for non-traditional courses such as "Beginning Palmistry," has come a long way in 33 years.

Falling Stars
Technological change and urban lights have left the UW campus observatory a charming but ill-maintained historic relic.

Radio Days
Just after the Kent State University killings in 1970, KUOW became Radio Free Seattle as students occupied the station and took over the programming.

King for a Day
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his only visit to the Pacific Northwest and spoke at Meany Hall on Nov. 9, 1961, merely a week before the better-remembered visit of President John F. Kennedy.

So Long, Sand Point
UW's married student housing complex at Sand Point, originally built as temporary officers' quarters for the Sand Point Naval Air Station, is being torn down and rebuilt as "Radford Court."

Home Free
At the turn of the last century, the University solved a pressing shortage of student housing by building Lewis and Clark Halls, UW's first residence halls.

Goal Postmortem
A spirited article in the Daily presaged an on-field riot and the tearing down of the west goal posts at Husky Stadium one game day 10 years ago.

Thick as a Brick
In 1962 UW students mounted a huge protest movement to preserve brick pathways in the Quad. Eventually UW officials agreed to their demands.

Fore Fathers
Remembering the University Golf Course, a sweet, nine-hole layout that for 3-1/2 decades hugged more than half a mile of Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut.

Our Black Sheep Hero
There aren't many UW alumni who win the Medal of Honor, write a best-selling book and have Robert Conrad portray them in a TV series. In fact, there is only one: World War II Fighter Pilot Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.

The Man Behind the Columns
Sophomore Marshall W. Gill, son of Seattle Mayor Hiram Gill, won the a prize for his 1920 design—incorporating the columns into a Sylvan Theater.

Herniated Disk
The 1987 collapse of the newly built addition to Husky Stadium may have drawn more attention, but one of the most painful crashes at the UW that year happened in Loew Hall.

90 Years of UW History
A special, on-line version of our 90th anniversary edition includes excerpts from Columns spanning this century. Our pages speak not only of Husky Stadium or the "Quad," but of a World War I gas attack, the Summer of Love on "Hippie Hill," McCarthy-style hearings and the day the Nazis marched into Paris. Contributors include Ernest Hemingway, Sarah Bernhardt, Charles Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Don James, Henry Suzzallo, Betty McDonald—and thousands of everyday alumni.