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et of Sign over Kelsey Museum Revealed j

-Daily-Allan Winder
UM OR IJORMITORY? -- "Newberry Hall" reads the
late over the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on State St.
resent museum was formerly used to house the Students'
an Association, the YWCA and University classrooms.

discussions of the possibility of Newberry, class of 1847, whose History, English and philosophy was named the Francis W. Kelsey
admitting women to the Univer- widow gave $18,000 of the total classes replaced religious and so- Museum of Archaeology.
taken until 1870, the SCA was cost of $40,000. cial meetings until 1928, when the Now the only religious aspect of
prepared to welcome women as Along with general offices and University adapted Newberry Hall the building rests in several of
prepred o wecomewome asthe Museum's artifacts, with stu-
"Christian and beloved brethren committee rooms, the new build- for use as a museum under the dent religious affairs big con-
of the Association." ing became the social headquar- classical studies department. In ded in aHarB etrg con-
SAM Nestens for the SCA. But after only- ducted in Lane Hall. But the tar-
15Myears o service to the SCA 1953, the museum, now a separate nished blue letters are still there
In the expanding University they s sde re to teSA unit belonging to the University, to puzzle onlookers.
In th expadingstudent religious group leased
many needs were met by the SCA, Newberry Hall to the YWCA. The
which were later to become of- building gradually decreased in
ficial services of the University usefulness, and at a Regents meet-
or functions of some other stu- ing in 1921, the SCA offered it to
dent organization. With no Orien- the University for classes, with
tatonWek te CAsposoedexpenses being borne by the Uni-.r~
its forerunner, the New Students' A..nbrnb hUn
Social, and published the "M"vrsty
Handbook or "Freshman Bible," as seen in Harpers Bazaar
a guide to the campus and to Ann
Arbor.
The SCA also initiated an em-
ployment bureau and, a few years
later, launched a room listing
service for students. Its publica-
tion endeavors centered around
a card directory of all University
students, which grew into the first
student directory. ; r
International Students, pointer ca
Other pioneering work done by
the SCA was in aiding interna- operas:
tional students, including teaching h
English to many of them. These choose the
services were in addition to the PLUS heel shot
major religious program of the
organization, which included reg- ALL THESE con't break...
ular Sunday morning chapel serv-
ices and Sunday evening discus- F EE heelEp t
sion meetings. FE ha ee
The SCA, with its broad pro- EXTRAS
gram, was apparently in constant E Tneeds
need of space and physical facili-
ties. In 1883, during its 25th an- repiacing!
niversary celebration, an urgent
appeal was made for a building Fast Service
fund. It was not until.1887, how- 95
ever ,that sufficient funds were Minor Repairs
available for construction.
Named for Judge Newberry Buttons Replaced
President James B. Angell laid
the cornerstone in March, 1888, Trouser Cuffs
and the remaining funds were
collected in time for the dedica- Brushed &
tion, free from -debt, in Jurre, 1891,
The building was named Newberry Tacked
Hall in honor of Judge John S. r. I 'fl fV f1 nor hp n n, n 1 Tb ri pv r

4 "'"--=-.

ARLAINE ACKERMAN

' Hall - the tall, blue
r down over State St.
facade of the Kelsey
Archaeology..
ning misnomer origin-
e early history of the
e structure when, as
rs for the Students'

Christian Association (SCA), it
served as a 'counterpart for to-
day's Union, League and Student
Activities Building.
The SCA evolved from what was
perhaps the first college YMCA
in the country. Its establishment
during the winter of 1857-58 was
primarily in respohse to current

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Act of Faith
"College is an act of faith," Prof.
Robert H. Bonthius of Vassar Col-
lege told a group of incoming'
freshmen at the §pring Orienta-
tion Convocation Thursday night.
Speaking on "The Religious Di-
mension of College Life," the in-
structor of religion and chaplain
at Vassar asserted that one's col-
lege education, often thought of as
the acme of rationality, actually
rests on faith.
"Faith makes possible your edu-
cation from the standpoint of your
parents' financial contributions,
your high schools' recommenda-
tions, the University's acceptance
and your assurance that you can
achieve a first-rate education
worth your time and money," he
said.
"Faith in our context has noth-
ing to do with believing in certain
propositions but is embodied in
venturesome action," Prof. Bon-
thius continued. "The disturbing
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and enriches your sense of what
makes life worthwhile." Every ex-
perience is constructively religious,
he explained, which helps the stu-
dent to discriminate between the
effervescent and the lasting.
"Many questions with which the
student is confronted-who am I?
What am I living for? What is the
meaning of my vocation? --have
religious dimension because they
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preme value in life," Prof. Bon-
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