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THE PULL. AND A 1,000 POUND ROPE.

September 16, 2014

THE PULL. AND A 1,000 POUND ROPE.

An old tradition approaches this month at Hope College: the annual contest between Freshmen and Sophomores... The Pull! Since 1898, incoming freshmen have battled it out with their sophomore rivals in a tug-of-war. Held across the Black River in Holland, pullers test their grit and intensity as their moralers cheer them on to victory.

 

It's typical for this contest to last a few HOURS, so this is no walk in the park, folks. In fact, in 1977, The Pull was declared a draw after 3 hours and 51 minutes! On the other hand, the shortest pull came in 1956 at a slightly shorter time period of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The rope itself is 600 feet long, 2.5 inches in diameter and weighs 1,000 pounds. YOWSA!

 

36 pullers, 36 moralers, and over a 100 years of tradition! What's not to like? 

 

The Pull | Hope College | The Mitten State

 

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MICHIGAN TECH CLASSES STARTED TODAY... IN 1886.

September 15, 2014

MICHIGAN TECH CLASSES STARTED TODAY... IN 1886.

Today in 1886: Michigan Tech starting teaching classes as the Michigan Mining School. Four faculty members and 23 students made up that first year, and they spent it in the Houghton Fire Hall, a building donated by Jay Abel Hubbell. Mr. Hubbell was the man with the plan - he insisted on the formation of a school dedicated to teaching mining engineers and "after much agitation", the state legislature agreed to establish the school.

 

Before becoming Michigan Tech and kicking some real butt in hockey, the school's second name was the Michigan College of Mines (1897), then the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (1927).

 

Michigan Tech 1975 Champs | MI Tech Hockey | The Mitten State

 

Let's hear it for them Huskies! And for Mr. Hubbell. Sometimes it pays to be a pain (persistent?). :)

 

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