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10 things you didn’t know about UW history (Part 2)

Drum roll, please.

Here are the remaining five things you probably didn’t know about UW history. See the first five here. Remember, the UW Alumni Association’s interactive timeline launches Sept. 23. Enjoy!

5) Hook ’em, Dawgs
From 1908-1916, the Huskies were a football juggernaut, going 58-0-3 under head coach Gil Dobie. Everywhere they went, UW fans brought with them an item that symbolized the might of Husky football: the hook. Introduced by yell leader Bill Horsley in 1911, the 10-foot-tall oak hook was carried to each UW football game as a symbol of the Huskies’ dominance. Eventually, the hook (pictured above) was fitted for chains and guarded by members of the “W” club. But no one knows what became of it.

4) Banned from campus
The UW Alumni Association was banned from campus in 1928. When Regents appointed by Governor Roland Hartley fired UW President Henry Suzzallo in October 1926, tempers flared across campus and students called for a strike. The UWAA and others tried to oust Hartley through a recall initiative, but the effort failed to get the required number of signatures and two years later UW officials told the association to leave campus. The ban lasted six years until 1934.

3) Logging on
Long before the Tyee, the UW’s student yearbook was called “The Log” because it was carved out of, you guessed it, a log from an alder tree. The year was 1894 and students were invited to write their names on the log’s pages, which were small rectangular pieces of wood housed inside the carved-out center of the log. This was used for only one year, as the yearbook became a traditional volume that could be carried around, autographed and kept on a bookshelf. “The Log” is housed in the Special Collections Department in the basement of Allen Library.

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10 things you didn’t know about UW history (Part 1)

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.

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