4 Interesting Facts About Western Michigan University

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As a company dedicated to helping students and military members find excellent storage deals, we spend a lot of time reading up on colleges around the country. We’ve been writing lots of blogs about colleges, and it occurred to us that people who are looking for storage near a college probably already know what the college is known for. Brilliant, right? So, we decided that maybe we should focus on stuff that everyone might not already know. Such a novel concept. So, each post will open up with some information about finding storage around the university, then we’ll move along to random facts that are, of course, our bread and butter. (Full disclosure: storage is technically our bread and butter, but… well… you know.)

Storage options near Western Michigan

Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University is a public university located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Being located in Kalamazoo, there are lots of good storage options available. You can find a 5 X 5 unit for around $40, which is a very competitive price. In addition to small units, there are plenty of other, larger options available, including giant 10 X 30 units in the $200 range, which is really inexpensive, compared to similar units nationally. So, if you’re going abroad, or have to go home for the summer, or you and your friends are just trying to clear space from the ol’ dorm or apartment, you ought to consider getting a storage unit.

But, just as importantly, what else can we learn about WMU? So, so glad that you asked…

The International Congress on Medieval Studies is a real thing

Every spring, thousands of actual, real-life, bonafide Knights of the Roundtable come to Kalamazoo to defend their honor and save damsels in distress. Afterwards, they eat giant turkey legs, drink mead, tell tales of adventure, and sing songs glorifying God and the King.

I’m being told that’s not true. It turns out that every spring, thousands of actual, real-life, bonafide medieval scholars and students descend upon Kalamazoo to study, present, discuss, and learn from one another. It’s the largest meeting of medieval scholars in… well… Michigan, and I would imagine that it’s one of the largest throughout the nation. I’m not going to lie to you, though… I haven’t looked that up. It seems reasonable, though, right? Sure.

The Broncos was the CREATIVE mascot idea

According to wikipedia, a website that has been accurate on multiple occasions, the original nickname for the WMU athletic teams was the Hilltoppers. It turns out that there were too many other teams in the country known as the Hilltoppers.

I’m serious.

Please stop laughing.

So, they decided… stop laughing! It was popular!

Did I mention that it was the 1930s? In retrospect, that seems important. It was in the 1930s.

So, anyway. Lots of Hilltoppers in the 1930s, there were.

So, an assistant coach named John Gill said, and I’m not sure exactly how he worded it, but this is probably pretty close: “Hey! Hey, guys! Did you know that we don’t HAVE to be the Hilltoppers? I’ve got a great idea! Let’s be something different!”

And, oh how the people laughed and laughed at him. Until he said this: “We can be the Broncos.”

At that moment, the entire city of Kalamazoo held its collective breath until finally, one man whose name is lost to history (but was probably Keith) stepped forward and clapped once… then again… then again… then he stopped clapping because it was getting stupid and no one was joining him. But the board held a vote and now they’re the Broncos. The end.

Kalamazoo is a funny word; it’s also where you find Waldo

I don’t care where you’re from or who you are. Kalamazoo is funny. It just is. And people from Kalamazoo? They’re Kalamazooans. True story.

I know that this isn’t anything surprising to Broncos, since they live in Kalamazoo, but… seriously… how is that not hilarious? That’s right. It IS hilarious.

But Kalamazoo isn’t the only funny word brewing around WMU’s campus. After all, the school was founded by a guy named Dwight B. Waldo. Dwight B. Waldo. In my imagination, a guy wearing red pants, a red striped shirt, and a Santa hat walked into Kalamazoo, hid behind a tree and founded a university. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s what happened.

If that’s not what happened, please don’t ruin it for me. Thanks.

As a side note: Kalamazoo is also home to hilariously named or spelled companies, such as Pfizer, Borgess Medical Center, and Stryker. Just… I mean… so, so funny.

The Wrap

Western Michigan is a great school, particularly if you’re looking into aviation or business, and there’s no denying that it’s got some wonderful quirks. Whether you’re a Bronco or a Kalamazooan, just remember that onlineselfstoragedirectory can help you with all of your storage needs. Just call or click today to get started.

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(research and writing contributed by Mindy Price)


Ken is the Director of Content and Promotions for the Online Self Storage Directory blog. He loves the St. Louis Cardinals, obscure historical trivia, and the incredible beards on Civil War generals.

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