[, 1959 THE MICHIGAN ATT.V
si League House Begun in 1909
;spite Controversy, Long Delay
SGC Exchangee Hopes
Program Will Endure
ISA To SponsorValentine Dance
By PEGGY GREENBERG
As far as we know, there was
o organized housing for women
ntil 1909," said Mrs. Leslie
In 1906 Mrs. French returned to
:nn Arbor after an absence of
>ur years. She and her husband,
he first full time campus pastor
t the University, soon noticed
he really poor conditions in
rhich the women students were
orced to live.
There was no supervision in
esidences where the girls board-
d, she said. In most cases the one
oom apartments were the only
laces in which the girls could en-
In 1907 Mrs. French went to
ee Dean of Women Myra Jordan
bout the conditions. "Now, Edna,
know the need, but the Regents
ren't interested, and we have to
et public opinion behind us," the
)ean told Mrs. French.
Meanwhile, the French home
.ad become a hangout for stu-
ents. Mrs. French gave frequent
eas for the girls. At this time,
he only meeting place for girls
ras two rooms in Barbour Gym.
In 1909 the Frenches ap-
roached Mrs. Benjamin, sister of
Mary Barton Henderson. Mrs,
enjamin owned a large house on
ngles Street. The Frenches guar-
nteed her rent for all her rooms
she would create a parlor room
>r the girls to use.
In the spring of 1909 she agreed.
he Frenches then got a group of
5 girls, all thrilled with the idea
f living in the house for the next
emester. Also, Dean Jordan was
uite interested in the project. In
[ay Mrs. Benjamin backed out
f the agreement.
Not wanting to disappoint the
5 girls, the Frenches tried to rent
a home near the French's church.
However the owner only wanted
to sell it to them. They did not
have the money and so asked
their church to buy the house
since its land was adjacent to the
University Student Debaters
have set up their schedule for the
Ten demonstration debates will
be 'given- from F e b r u a r y 16
through March 19, by the group.
On March 13 the Michigan Cross
Question Tournament will be
Detroit Debate Day has been
set for April 9 anod 10, while the
Debaters will argue -against the
University of Illinois at a meeting
in Ann Arbor on April 22.
May 1 and 2 will find the squad
traveling to Columbus to debate
against Ohio State. The Big Ten
Debate Conference has been
scheduled for April 2, 3 and 4.
During the fall semester, the
Student Debaters represented the
University in 46 public debates,
before an aggregate audience of
4,962 persons, Thomas Murray, of
the speech department, reported.
He noted that individual parti-
cipation of the 25 member squad
varied from one to 12 debates.
Meetings are being held this
week to reorganize the squad for
the new semester. Students who
have not been with the group be-
fore should meet at 4 p.m. or 7
pm. today in Rm. 2040, Frieze
WI LKI NSON
The church board approved the
idea but couldn't give the money.
"Then Leslie had one prospect for
raising money, a Mrs. Tracy Mc-
Gregor in Detroit," said Mrs.
French. Mrs. McGregor had pre-
viously given a great sum to mis-
French left the next morning
for Detroit. Mrs. McGregor was
very difficult to reach, so he sent
her a special delivery letter, tell-
ing what he wanted and asking if
he could talk to her.
Mrs. French joined French in
Detroit, hoping to see Mrs. Mc-
Gregor at a church meeting for
women that, she was to attend
that evening. At dinner, Mrs. Mc-
Gregor called the Frenches' host-
ess to tell her that she would not
attend the church meeting that
"But she added that we could
come out and see her that even-
ing if we wished," said Mrs.
French. At the end of the inter-
view Mrs. McGregor told them
they would "receive my check in
Then the Frenches had the
house, which was to be called
Westminster Hall, but no furnish-
ings. This time the church board
raised the money with which they
were able to furnish the house ap-
Mrs. McGregor's only stipula-
tion had been that the Frenches
move into the house to help it "get
onto its feet." The moved in, with
Mrs. French washing the linens
and helping a single maid with
the cleaning to "make ends meet."
The house was so successful that
the next year Mrs. Benjamin
opened her house as the same
type of residence. Her house later
became Henderson House, in
honor of her sister, a leader in
the creation of the League.
Cecil o. Creal and Dr. Freder-
ick B. House, Republican candi-
dates for Ann Arbor mayor, will
discuss their platforms tonight at
The discussion, open to the
public, will begin at 8 p.m. in
Both candidates will answer
questions asked by the audience
about their positions on Ann Ar-
Norman Randall, city Republi-
can chairman, will moderate the
meeting. It is sponsored by the
Young Republicans Club.
The city primary election will
be held Monday. The only con-
tested nomination is the Repub-
lican one for mayor.
Reed To Lecture
At Senate Session
Prof. John Reed of the Law
School will speak on student-fac-
ulty relations at the Women's
Senate meeting at 4:10 p.m. today
in the Women's League.
Topics which will be discussed
include questions on whether stu-
dents are getting full benefits from
college because they do not know
th eir professors personally and
whether there is enough contact
between faculty members and stu-
The meeting is open to all wom-
en on campus, according to Penny
Reynolds, '59, president of Wom-
To Hold Meeting
The American Society of Civil
Engineers Student Chapter will
hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. today
in the third floor conference room
of the Union.
Ralph Speer, head of the Michi-
gan Municipal League in Ann Ar-
bor will moderate the program
"Careers in Municipal Engineer-
He will introduce two municipal
engineers, one from a large city
and the other from a small city in
Michigan. They will present prob-
lems municipal engineers are
bound to face.
The meeting is open to the pub-
lic without charge.
The International Students As-
sociation will present a Valentine
dance from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight
Saturday in the Union Ballroom.
Blazer Johnson's orchestra will
play at the all-campus affair and
admission will be charged. Door
prizes and a floor show are also
* * *
A weekend trip to Battle Creek,
Mich. is being planned for in-
ternational students this Friday
Students will leave by cars eith-
er Friday evening or Saturday aft-
ernoon and will be guests of the
B a t t l e C r e e k Congregational
A discussion period on world re-
ligions is planned for Friday
evening and visits to factories and
places of interest in the commu-
nity are scheduled for Saturday.
Counselors for the women's
spring rush will meet with their
respective rush groups today and
tomorrow evenings at the League.
Today, groups numbered one
through six will meet at 7:00 p.m.
Groups seven through 11 will meet
at 8:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, groups 12 through
17 will meet at 7:00 p.m. and at
8:30 p.m. the remaining counsel-
ing groups, 18 through 22, will as-
All women rushees must attend
their respective meetings. They
are asked to bring their rushing
guides with them.
A social will be held Saturday
evening and students may attend
church services Sunday morning
if they so desire.
Up to 60 persons may partici-
pate in the program which is open
to both students and their fami-
lies. Reservations can be made at
the office of Miss Amber Van at
* * s
students will be held at 8:30 p~
Feb. 18 at the International CE
ter recreation room.
All students interested in p
ducing student plays are invi
A reception for all new int
national students will be held
8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Racklh
The reception is being plan
b: the International Center
all students are welcome.
"BRIDGE OF UNDERSTANDING"-- This is the way an East
Berlin friend describes the exchange program between the Univer-
sity and the Free University of Berlin in a letter written in
German, to Doris Esch, '60. Miss Esch recently returned from one
and one-half years of study at FUB.
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"I surely think Student Govern-
ment Council should continue the
exchange program between the
University and the Free University
of Berlin," Doris Esch, '60, said.
Miss Esch, who just returned
from a year and a half of study
in Berlin, called the question "es-
pecially acute" in view of the Dec.
17 debate and rejection of the FUB
Exchange Program by SGC.
"Through an announcement in
the paper I first heard about the
scholarship program. I petitioned
for it and found myself on my way
to Germany in September, 1957,"
The scholarship Miss Esch was
awarded covered tuition, room and
board. While at the Free Univer-
sity of Berlin, she lived in a co-ed
"The fellows lived in one corri-
dor and the girls another. We
cooked out own meals and elected
officers together," she explained.
The German-speaking exchangee
lived in three different dormitories
because she wanted to meet as
many students as possible. One
was run for foreign students, the
second was organized by a club
composed mainly of refugee stu-
dents from the East Zone and
the third dormitory was under the
auspices of the Evangelical Stu-
"Two of the dorms had active
student governments in which all
residents took part in electing of-
ficers and making plans and policy
decisions. "I had one roommate
from Turkey, Denmark and West-
ern Germany and three roommates
from the East Zone of Germany,"
Miss Esch said.
The sociology and American
culture major centered her studies
around sociology, philosophy, poli-
tical science and theology while
at the FUB.'
"At the beginning, one doesn't
understand everything, particular-
ly in lectures," said Miss Esch,
who took two years of German in
high school and two at the Uni-
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Amler. Chem. Soc. - Student Af ii-
ate, business meeting, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
1200 Chem. Speaker: Dr. Coon, "Recent
Advances in Biochem."
* * *
Chess Club, regular weekly meeting,
Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Union, Rm. 3L.
* * *
Graduate History Club, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
Rackham Bldg., w. Conf. Em. Speaker:
Dr. D. H. Pinkney, "The American His-
torian of France -- Frustration and
* * *
ITSIS, announces office hours, 3-5
p.m. Mon. and Thurs., 2518 SAB. Free
foreign travel information is available.
* * *
National and International Affairs of
SGC'Sub-Chairmen meetings, Feb. 12,
3:30-5:00 p.m., SAB.
* * *
Ulr Ski Club, meeting, Feb. 11, 7:30
p.m., Union, Rm. 3-S. Refreshments.
Young Republicans, House-Creal dis-
,cussion, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Union, 3-G.
versity. "Before I was through,
though, I had given several reports
and seminars in that language,''
Since traveling is allowed be-
tween East and West Berlin by
subway, Miss Esch became ac-
quainted with several students
from the Eastern Zone through a
church youth group.
"Our original intention was to
discuss politics and examine the'
communistic and democratic phil-
osophies. The students from East
Berlin in the group were theolo-
gians and were essentially pro-
"However they felt," she con-
tinued, "that it is necessary to
maintain a solidarity with their
East Germap colleagues and with
the population in general by
helping in the material construc-
tion of-the East German state and
by preparing themselves to help
those who stand in conflict of
conscience by informing them-
selves on the issues involved."
In addition, Miss Esch gave the
students a Thanksgiving dinner,
turkey with all the trimmings;
cooked apple pie .and hot dogs;
sang folk songs, and showed pic-
tures to teach her new friends
more about American customs.
During five months of vacation
from school, Miss Esch was in-
vited to visit at least 15 families
in Berlin, Western Germany, Aus-
tria, Holland, Belgium, Denmark,
Norway, Sweden and Finland.
"The insights which I gained
there have helped me to under-
stand the ways of life and the
problems which confront people
from many backgrounds. These
families showed me their cities
and countrysides as they know
them," the traveler said.
In Finland, Miss Esch was the
guest of the family of an exchange
student who lived with her family
for a year.In Graz, Austria, at the
home of another former exchange
student, she hiked, went to thea-
tres, and toured the country by
"I also stayed with other fami-
lies that my parents corresponded
with or families that I met on
buses or through my journeys,"
she said. "The people are very
An American Field Service ex-
changee in high school, Miss Esch
found her previous experiences
helpful in understanding the Ger-
man people and their language.
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