Next month, the UW Alumni Association will debut an interactive timeline that puts your story next to 149 years of UW history. Disposable diapers, Baskin-Robbins and MySpace were all created by UW grads, but your piece of the story is just as important as theirs.
After all, what’s a world-class university without its alumni and friends.
That said, let’s take a trip down memory lane. From the Sept. 2004 issue of Columns, here are five things you probably didn’t know about UW history. We’ll recap the other five next week.
10) Down and dirty
Unofficially dubbed the “World’s First Trash-In,” Feb. 26, 1970 was a memorable day on the UW campus. Students were invited to bring trash from home as well as from the surrounding U District to special bins in front of the HUB. The items were to be separated into different categories (paper, plastic, glass and metal) and returned to the original producers with the request that they be reprocessed. The “trash-in” emphasized the excess of American life and helped boost Seattle’s recycling revolution.
9) UW Vikings
Washington’s athletic teams were nicknamed the Vikings for a short time in 1922. That came about when students wanted to dump the unpopular moniker Sun Dodgers but couldn’t come up with anything else. So, during semester break in December 1921, officials decided to go with Vikings. When the students returned to campus, however, they immediately protested the name change and the UW became the Huskies a few months later.