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The Michigan Union
is a student union
A student activity center is a type of building found on university campuses. In the United States, such a building is more often called a student union, student commons, or student center...
at the University of Michigan
The University of Michigan is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan...
. It is located at the intersection of South State Street and South University Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2010 census places the population at 113,934, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan. The Ann Arbor Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 344,791 as of 2010...
The original Michigan Union was designed by architects and University of Michigan alumni, Irving Kane Pond
Irving Kane Pond was an American architect, college athlete, and author.Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Pond attended the University of Michigan and received a degree in civil engineering in 1879...
and Allen Bartlit Pond, who also planned the Michigan League building. It was constructed in 1917 on the site of the former Thomas Cooley House. During construction the building was used as a barracks for the Student Army Training Corps. The building was completely renovated in 1994.
The Michigan Union houses restaurants, student organization office space, conference rooms, study areas, and other student resources. The Union is also the location of local elections.
At the front steps of the Union, just above the main entrance, two statues stand on the left and the right. On the left is the athlete, facing towards south campus, home of the athletic fields and Michigan Stadium
Michigan Stadium, nicknamed "The Big House," is the football stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 at a cost of $950,000 and had an original capacity of 72,000. Before playing football at the stadium, the Wolverines played on Ferry Field...
. To the right is the scholar, looking towards Central and North Campus, home of the student life side of the University of Michigan.
In a speech delivered on the steps of the Michigan Union October 14, 1960 at 2:00 a.m., presidential candidate John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy , often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963....
announced his Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is an American volunteer program run by the United States Government, as well as a government agency of the same name. The mission of the Peace Corps includes three goals: providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand US culture, and helping...
proposal. A plaque at the steps now commemorates the event.