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 UMassD student using X-Ray Diffractometer in the 2010s
New Bedford Textile School student examining a pattern for weaving in the 1910s


125 facts about UMassD

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    200 feet of concrete

    The campanile is made of over 200 feet of poured concrete. An important element in architect Paul Rudolph's design, it created a challenge for contractor Leo E. Viens, Sr., who was hired in 1970 to build it. He devised a plan to pour concrete into a form that was lifted up by a crane. It took six months to complete.

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    Elton John painting
    Elton John

    The abstract painting of Elton John that hangs outside the entrance to the bus stop in the Campus Center was created by performance painter Denny Dent in a live show in November 1996.

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    Acts of 1895

    Chapter 475 of the Acts of 1895 enabled the mayor of any city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with 450,000 spindles or more in operation to file for incorporation of a textile school, resulting in our predecessor institutions, New Bedford Textile School and Bradford Durfee Textile School.

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    First All-Americans

    David Hill '76 and Peter Smith '74 were the first Corsair All-American athletes, earning honors in 1975 for 110-meter hurdles and cross country, respectively. Most recently, Nakira Examond '19, George Papoulis '20, and Jordan Entwistle '21 received the title.

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    Blowin' in the wind…to Dartmouth Bob Dylan and his "Rolling Thunder Revue" concert tour made SMU their second stop in 1975. The line-up featured Joan Baez.
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    The Woods of Dartmouth

    In May 1970, 100,000 music lovers descended on campus for The Woods of Dartmouth, a three-day celebration of music, including The Guess Who and Manfred Mann.



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