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, OCTOBER 22, 1958 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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NONCONFORMIST BY CHOICE:

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Dramatics Student Claims Individual Taste
Too Often Wrongly Labeled 'Bohemianism'

Houses Prepare Displays
For Homecoming Saturday

-Daily-Robert Kanner
I LIKE FLOWERS-Judy Alexander, who wears black sweaters,
because she likes them, thinks that even Bohemians have to be
sensitive. The books you carry really impress people-if you read
a book of Dylan Thomas's poetry and gaze off into space, everybody
thinks you're "terribly sensitive."

By JEAN HARTWIG

Judy Alexander, '61, put down
her book, a survey of poetry from
Chaucer to Yeats, and tossed her
straight black hair out of her
shadowed eyes.
"I really hate that word," she
said. "Oh, I really hate that
word." This thing about wearing
a black sweater and you're called
a Bohemian. It's like I wear a
black sweater because I like black
sweaters."
There's an idea that people
have that anyone who likes black
sweaters and music and poetry
and really wants to learn is some
kind of a non-conformist, accord-
ing to Miss Alexander, swinging
her large cut-stone necklace, a
souvenir from a friend who had
visited Mexico.
"The trouble with people is
that they're too quick to judge
other people. They think that
every girl who doesn't wear make-
up and has straight hair and
everybody in a sweatshirt and
jeans is odd. Sometimes they just
can't afford to dress any better,"
she said.

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Asked if this was 'usually the
reason for the new mode of dress,
she thought a minute.
"No, most of them just don't
care. They dress this way because
they feel like it," she explained.
"It's a kind of grubby conformity
- isn't that a great word-grubby
-it's my favorite,. you know."
Hopwood Teas
.She smiled and leaned back in
her chair.
"Like at the Hopwood tea. Ev-
erybody there had on a black
sweater. I told my roommate that
it looked like a mass meeting -
you know, they were all English
majors and they were all sitting
there with black sweaters and
their hair hanging down and the
girls had no make-up. Really, you
couldn't even see the light - it
was all black," she said, laughing
and bouncing the Chair.
Miss Alexander, originally from
a little town near Philadelphia,
which she "hates," is the social
chairman of Osterweil Coopera-
tive House. She doesn't have any
other extracurricular activities on
campus since she's "not gung-ho

because there's no reason to be
gung-ho. It's for the birds."
"You'll find a lot of people that
Just don't care - like SGC. Why
should you care abut SGC? It's
for the birds. Really, I mean, if
you want to do something, just
go.ahead and do it," she said with
a toss of her head. "It all boils
down to one thing - there's noth-
ing else but you."
Telling of her desire to live on
a farm, Miss Alexander opened
her shapeless tweed sweater to
point out a broken collarbone scar
from a fall from her "very own"
thoroughbred horse when she was
a little girl.
The sophomore speech major
has been at the University for
two years. Although she didn't
want "a big football school," she
chose the University partly to "get
away from home," but mainly for
its intellectual opportunities.
Bicycle Ride
"I try to be conscientious about
studying," she said, "but I'm real-
ly a big slob. Like the day when
I rode the bicycle through the
administration building. I was
with a couple of friends and I
just decided to ride the bike
through."
Asked about the consequences
of her ride, she explained that
everyone stared, but "what could
they do? There aren't any signs
outside saying, 'Don't Ride Bikes
Through Here'."
She chuckled again and con-
fessed that she sometimes does
pantomimes in the Union' to en-
tertain her friends. One of her
favorite tricks is a pantomime of
a girl who thinks everyone is star-
ing at her. When she finishes,
she usually covers her front teeth'
with black paper and smiles at
the attracted crowd, "for a laugh."
Likes Co-op
Miss -Alexander, who lived at
Mosher Jordan Hall last year,
likes- Osterweil house very much,
because "it gives you 'that thing'
that you always have to do."
"Like this rice - we cooked rice
on Sundays-I cook on Fridays
and Sundays, You know - well,
this rice stuck together. It was
really just like cotton. Oh, I'll
never forget the rice," she said.
Miss Alexander, who has always
wanted to be an actress, thinks1
Club Elects
New Leadersx
At its general meeting held lasty
Sunday at the Michigan Union,c
the Philippine-Michigan Club
elected officers to serve for the1
academic year 1958-59.f
The club is the official studenta
organization of the Filipino stu-f
dents at the University.I
Elected were Geminiano Arre,w
Jr., '59BAd., president; Ernesto
Pangalangan, Grad., vice-presi-p
dent; Martha Reyes, Grad., secre-t
tary; Jose Hernandez, Grad., as-s
sistant secretary; Adronico Cas- f
tillo, Grad., treasurer; Pacifico A.F
Castro, Grad., public relations of-
ficer; Abdon Marchadesch, Grad., n
ISA representative.a
Pangalangan, Casto and Miss s
Reyes are Fulbright Scholars and h
graduate students of labor law, in- t
ternational law and actuarial sci- a
ences, respectively.
Most of the 95 members of the T
club are graduate students. s

acting is really difficult. Calling
herself and "other-directed per-
son," she likes dramatics because
she gets pleasure from getting her
friends to laugh by "falling on
the floor and all this."
"Too Involved"
Acting also helps her take her
mind off her own troubles. Ac-
cording to her opinion of herself,
she is much too nervous and wor-
ries about other people too much.
Her main problem is that she is
much too dependent on other
people and gets "much too in-
volved."
"I just love flowers," she said
smiling. "Flowers and squirrels. I
always get flowers from a nice
man at the Union. Irwear flowers
all the time and eat them. I just
love flowers. I'm always picking
the University's flowers. There
used to be these big lilac bushes
at Jordan that I always picked.
I just loved them."
Gets Excited
"You know, sometimes I really
get excited about things. When
I'm in Pennsylvania I tell, every-
body about how great Michigan is,
how we have the best of every-
thing-the best football team, the
best marching band, the best in-
telligent people - everything. I
know it's stupid, but I get excited,"
she said.
Explaining the difficulty in
maintaining personal identity
when studying dramatics, she said
that it is sometimes hard to be
herself. She becomes involved per-
sonally with her favorite actresses
and once talked like Caroll Baker
for days after seeing the movie
"Baby Doll."
"You know, I wear this necklace
with a wooden head of a man
called an Aku-Aku and people
ask me when I'm returning to
Easter Island. I say sure, maybe
tomorrow."
ISA Debate
Scheduled
For Tonight
The resolution before tonight's
International Student Association
debate is that "America Would
Endanger World Peace by Pur-
suing a Policy of Defending Que-
moy and Matsu," according to
Beverley Pooley, Grad., from Eng-
land, chairman of the ISA De-
bates and Discussion Group.
The debate will be held at 7:45
p.m. tonight in the Hussey Room
of the League.
Speaking in support of the reso-
lution are Shiv Dayal, Grad.,
from India, and Pooley; speaking
against it are James Fao, Grad.,
from Nationalist China and Neil
Littlefield, Grad., from the United
States.
"The debate," Pooley said, "will
probably cover a wider field than
the actual resolution, with the1
speeches either attacking or de-
fending American policy in the
Far East as a whole."
All ISA debates are open to any
members of the University, he
added, and . after the main
speeches are over, anyone who1
has something to say may speak,t
though speeches from the floors
are limited to five minutes. E
Chairman of the debate will be
Thomas David, Grad., from India, t
ecretary of the ISA.I

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MUD BOWL-The Sigma Alpha Epsilon float of last year is
surrounded by visitors to the Mud Bowl, rapidly becoming a
campus institution. At it, spectators can watch a soccer game, a
football game and "a beauty contest" of men dressed as women.

Yesterday afternoon there was
no mud in the Mud Bowl, but
there were leaves.
However, the brothers -- and
perhaps the pledges - of Sigma
Alpha Epsilon fraternity were at-
tempting to rectify this situation,
with the help of rakes. SAE was
not the only housing unit in the
process of making final arrange-
ments for Homecoming. Nearly
everywhere one sees the prepara-
tions being made.
And at every one of these
places, one can hear from the
people responsible for the floats:
"Gosh, I hope it doesn't rain be-
fore Saturday."
The displays will be judged on
four points: originality, appropri-
ateness, artistic design and me-
chanical design.
The judges for the contest will
be Ruth F. Callahan, assistant to
the Dean of Women, Assistant
Dean of Men John Bingley, Prof.
David W. Varley of the sociology
department and Prof. Nathan T.
Whitman of the fine arts depart-
ment.
The judges will start out at 8
a.m. Saturday, and follow an un-
announced route. Their decision
will be announced during half-
time of the football game, and the
trophies will be presented at the
dance.
Math Professor
Seeks To Form
Union Pool Team
The Union is anxious to see any
student pool players who think
that they might be able to beat
Prof. Henry Carver of the mathe-
matics department, according to
John F. Eisberg, '60, Union execu-
tive councilman.
Eisberg explained that Prof.
Carver is preparing a team to play
other colleges and universities and
is interested in playing students
who are capable of meeting the
competition. In addition to play-
ing the students and evaluating
them, Prof. Carver, will give the
students coaching while they are
playing.
Interested students should sign
up in the Billiard Room of the
Union, Eisberg concluded.

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