Meeting Places

The Engineering Arch

Originally intended to allow people to pass between the two halves of the West Engineering Building, the Engineering Arch evolved into a more significant boundary — one between the sexes. On one side was the male-centered Central Campus and on the other side was the Hill neighborhood where many female residence halls were. Like many places on campus, the Engineering Arch has a myth attached to it. Rumor has it that if you kiss your significant other under the arch at midnight, you're destined to marry. 

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Two women in a canoe on the Huron River

Canoeing on the Huron River

The Huron River runs through Ann Arbor and has always been a popular spot for students to hangout when the weather warms up. Traditionally students have canoed down the river, but today students can kayak and float down the river in tubes.


Two coeds cross path of military unit on the Diag 

"Meet Me At the Diag!"

The Diag is the center of the original 40 acres of the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. Throughout the years, it has been a meeting place for students in between classes and the epicenter of campus activism. The "M" at its center has become the heart of central campus. 


Students at Pretzel Bell

The Pretzel Bell

Students often went to the Pretzel Bell or "P Bell" to celebrate their 21st birthdays. Although the original Pretzel Bell closed its doors in the 1980s after 50 years, recently a new Pretzel Bell has opened on Main Street.