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IN THESE .WALLS of the Women's League, both men and women study,: relax, learn to play
and dance or take part in campus activities.l
Soca Life Ceners at Leaue

e the League was founded
rs'ago, its purpose has been
te women students regard-
I backgrounds, courses of
affiliations or interests.
League has a complex but
i structure. All policy con-
g the building is decided, by.
oard of Gbvernors which Is
up 'of eight alumnae and
y and five students.
student group has three
aes of government: the
e Council, the Women's Sen-
4 'the Judiciary Council.
Council Coordinates.
ue Council, which is the ad-,
rative branch, includes of-
committee chairmen sand
' President
HoId Tea
r Students.
University students have the
unity to meet President and
Harlan Hatcher on an in-
1 basis when the Hatchers
their home to the campus
L times during the school

presidents of organizations asso-
ciated with the League. The pur-
pose of this group is to plan and,
co-ordinate activities for -Univer-
sity women.
4The many committees offer a
varied program, including com-
munity service through hospital
volunteers and entertainers. Can.
pus groups whoi sponsor charity
events also refer to this commit-
Instruction in social dancing,
the Latin rhythms and jitterbug
are given by a professional teach-
er which the dance class commit-
tee sponsors.
Contact Provided
Contact with international stu-
dents through the A m e r i c a n
Friends Program enables women
students - to become acquainted
with people from many lands. This
is an active committee because the
University has the largest inter-
national enrollment of any school
in the United States.
There' is also tutoring services
for students desiring help in their

subjects and there is another com-
mittee which takes care of the
maintenance and staffing of .the
League's library. This library has
complete drama and fiction col-
lections, plus records for music
literature students to listen to.
Special projects of educational
and entertainment value, as well
as parties and dances, are pre-
sented. There are class projects
like, the' Junior, Girls' Play, Soph
Show and FroshG Weekend.
JGP Presented
JGP, the oldest original produc-
tion on campus, is a musical play.
written, directed, acted and pro-
duced by the women in the junior.
Soph Show is also a musical
presentation which men and wo-
men in the sophomore class pre-
sent. They usually select a well-
known Broadway show for their
production. This year's Soph Show
is Cole Porter's musicale, "Any-
thing Goes."
Frosh Weekend consists of one
See LEAGUE,Page .2

Dean Bacon-
Greets Coeds
With Advice
Stresses Importance
Of Right Study Habits,
Activities, Counsel
Dean Speaks . .
Dean of Women Deborah
Bacon has these words of advice
to incoming freshmen..
"In May and June, the Amer-.
ican skies echo with good advice
'to graduating seniors. In July
and September, they ring again
with equally good advice to in-
coming freshmen. We will. be'
happy to start a new year and
a four-year cycle with the
freshmen women of the class
of '62.
"I have .only three pieces of
advice to you before you start
'this major project of so much
meaning and potential.
"(1) The number of freshmen
women at the University of
Michigan who turn in good
grades on January 30 by begin-
ning to study on January 15 is
distinctly limited. If, by each
Sunday night, you have com-
pleted the week's assignments,
you will experience little aca-
demic difficulty in your years
as a Michigan undergraduate.
However, nobody but yourself
is going to turn this idea into
a steady program of successful
(2) -Concerning extra-curric-
ular activities: Cultivate' the
Golden Mean. You miss much
of the meaning of college life,
you deprive yourself of real fun
and frien ships, if you fail to
become an active participant in
one or two activities in your
house this fall. But pick these
two or three projects with dis-
crimination. Don't rush around,
in everything. Overparticipation
means shallow participation; a
'squeaky wheel -on campu is
not necessarily a Big Wheel on
(3) If you have a genuine
problem facing you - academic
or financial or emotional or
health - it stands to reason that
there must be somebody at the
University of Michigan 'who is
more of an expert on the sub-
ject than your freshman room-
mate. There are many areas of
college life in which your fresh-
man friends can help more than
anyone else in the world.
But they are not the best
authority on course substitu-
tions, dental. repair, budgeting
for a University life, etc. Con-
sult the experts who are all-Lere
to help you solve situations as
they arise. If you do not know
whom to contact, or where to
find him, the special' counselor
on your floor or House Director
does know the varied resources
of this great University.
Again let me assure you of
our pleasure in having you start
this magnificent four years of
your life 'with us, this fall at
--Deborah Bacon
Dean of Women

All freshman women entering
the University this September
automatically become members of
Assembly Association, the body of
student government representing
independent women on campus.
Seeking to coordinate the activ-
ities of women 'living in dormi-
tories, league houses and co-opera-
tives, Assembly is governed by the
Assembly Dormitory Council, the
Co-op Council and the Assembly
Assembly Dormitory Council
consists of the house presidents
and one representative for every
60 girls. At their weekly meetings.
with the Board, Council members
express the opinions of the group
they represent concerning various
facets of student life.
Suggestions Asked
Students are urged to bring
their suggestions and complaints
to -their representatives, since it is
through ADC that effective deci-
sions concerning student activities
can be made.
Women living in co-operatives
are represented by the Co - op
Council, composed of co-op presi-
dents and headed by the Assembly
second vice-president.
The Board, comprising the of-
ficers of the organization, directs
the activities of Assembly as a
whole. The Presif lent is an ex-
officio member o the Student
Governmetit Council.
Work on Dances
Assembly provides a means for
women to participate in a variety
of extra-curricular activities. The
I-Hop, the first dance of the;
school year held in October, and
Assembly Ball, held in the spring,;
give independent women an op-
portunity to meet people through
work on various committees.
Shortly after I-Hop in the fall
semester comes Fortnite,\ the an-''
nual skit competition among dor-
mitorykresidents under Assembly
auspices. Entertaining an all-cam-"
pus audience in the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre, each house prey,
sents a ,humo'ous skit to vie for '

the winning trophy. Scholarship
cups earned the previous semester
are also distributed at Fortnite.
To honor outstanding individuals
in the Residence Halls, Assembly
instituted Circle Society in the
spring of 1957.
Helps Orient Freshmen
On the more practical side of'
campus life, Assembly has jurisdic-
tion over the.House Service Com-
mittee. Working with Leonard
Schaadt, Business Manager of the
Residence Halls, this committee
tries to make dormitory living
more comfortable.

NEW RESiDENCE HALL-Designed to house 1,200 women, the Mary Markley Residence, Hall is lo-
cated near to the other women's dormitories on the "Hill." The picture shows one side of the building
with its long, unbroken rows of windows.
Assembly CoordinatesActivities:
.For I ndeendent Women Students

One of its more recent projects
was advising the architectural
committee of Markley Hall on
room design "and decoration. As-
embly also sponsors a Big Sister-
ittle Sister program to help orient
freshman women to campus life.
To better understand the func-
tions of the Assembly Association
and perhaps to help in their execu-,
tion Patricia Marthenke, '59, pres-
ident, extends an invitation to all
independent women on campus to
attend Assembly meetings at 4
p.m., every Monday, in the Student
Activities Building.

Panhel Directs, Re lates

Markley Hall Opens to 1200 Wom


Sororities on Campus

Dorm Big Sisters Welcome
New Students with Advice,

use mothers, residence direc-
and wives of faculty members
tea and coffee, following a
tion set many years ago,
students eat fancy pastry
talk informally with the Pres-
and his wife.
stesses from the League act
aides and conduct students on
of the historic home.
Entertainment Provided
rnds, quartets,, soloists, or
r groups may be present to
de informal entertainment.
ors on campus may often be
at the teas.
ch event is open to all the
>us, and foreign students are
ially invited to get acquainted
the American' students. A
us group or residence is in-
to each open house as special
esident Alexander Ruthven
ed the student open houses
in his 22 years of office The
soon became a tradition.;
Custom Introduced
e custom of having men and
en students serve as hosts
hostesses and introduce guests
e president and his wife start-
ter when the social commit-
of the League and Union took
the task of organization.
e President's home, the oldest
ing on campus, has a long
varied history.
ilt in 1850, it is located on the
ial 40 acres of the campus.
Style Popular
signed by an eastern archi-
the house resembled the style
Lar in this region in the
s. The "Widow's Walk," a
l fenced area on the roof
e house was intended for the
's wife who anxiously waited
he first glimpse of her hus-
s ship as he returned from
e President's hnmewas nne


"Wear comfortable shoes for
orientation," and "Don't be afraid
of your English 23 professor" are
sample bits of advice offered to
incoming students by their Big
'In the spring, girls sign up. in
tfie dorms to be Big Sisters the.
following fall. During the summer
they are sent a list of the new
girls,,assigning them one or pos-.
sibly two little sisters, to whom
they write welcoming letters.
Through these letters, Big Sis-
ters can give the new girls some
idea of what to expect on cam-
pus, from weekly corridor. meet-
ings to rainy weather.
They can impart bits of advice
derived from their own experience
from "Don't .forget a raincioat!"
and "Bring hangers and a shoe
These letters are perhaps the
most important part of the Big
Sister program, since they make
it'possible .for incoming coeds who
might otherwise know no one on
campus to know at the least the
name of one girl.
. Big Sisters return in the fall
in time for orientation to help.
their little sisters through the first
few days which are apt to be the
most cWifusing. At' this time the
houses have Big and Little Sister
picnics where the girls can get to
know each other.
In addition to this they may{
have dinners, teas, get-together
parties and coffee parties to fur-
ther this friendship. Each house
conducts its own program and
determines the type and extent of
the program.
In the past, the Big Sister pro-
gram has ended with these first
weeks. "This year," Karen Barling,
'59Ed., Assembly Association Big
Sister chairman said. "T wnuld

and become members of the
house." ,
For a new girl, whether a fresh-
man away from home for the first
time or a transfer student trying
to get used to a different campus,
a Big Sister is someone who has'
been here before, and can answer
questions about what to wear to a
Little Club dance or what "nat.
sci." means. *
She can help her little sister
with p3ersonal problems, answer
questions about academic and
campus life and in general aid in
the adjustment. to University life.

Panhellenic Association, gov-
erning the one local and 21 na-
tional sororities at the University,
is the body which represents the
affiliated women on campus.,
Phi Sigma Sigma, a chapter
extinct at the University for a
number of years, was reactivated
this past yar. Endorsed by Pan-
hellenic, and having the necessary
legal and financial qualifications,
Student Government Council ap-
proved the charter of Phi Sigma
Sigma last spring.
The self-styled objectives of
Panhellenic are three. First, Pan-,
hel co-operates with the Univer-
sity administration to maintain:
high ideals among women 'over,
which they have jurisdiction.
Second, it promotes co-opera-
tion aniong the sororities and be-
tween sorority and non-sorority
women. Last, the Association
compiles and regulates rules gov-
erning rushing, pledging and ini-
During the past year, Panhel
held spring rush. In previous


League, nion o ponsor Social rientation

years, rush had been held in the
fall, the week after 'registration.
This year, however, sorority
rushing was not held until the
second semester. In snow and
cold, approximately 1300 rushees
were led around to 23 sorority
open houses over a three week'
Divided into groups of approxi-
mately 50, the girls were oriented
and counseled by a rushing coun-
selor who had been' temporarily
disaffiliated from her house in or-
der to facilitate her job.
Bids Sent
Bids were sent. out for each of
the four sets of parties that each
sorority gave. The parties were of
the same geieral type, dinner,
infbrmal or game-playing party,
but each house had a central
theme which it carried through.,
,To each party a lesser number
of girls is invited, ,and 'it is
through this procedure that the
"final dessert" list is selected..
Final desserts are the last and
most important parties given.
They are dressy affairs at which
coffee and a .house specialty"
are served.
Supervision Provided
Panhellenic provides supervi-
sion for the entire rush process
by serving as a middle-man, re-
ceiving the bids from the various
sororities and distributing them
to rushees. -
Through an IBM machine, sor-
ority bids are tabulated, rushees
preferences are noted and the re-
sults are distributed accordirwly.
Honor Code Enforced
Each sorority is on its onor.
to give .no indication of its inter-
est in a girl, or to place any pres-
sure on a girl during the period
preceding and including rush, ac-
cording to Panhel rushing rules.
Spring' rush will again be in ef-
fect for the 1958-59 academic
year. It will begin. on Feb., 17.
Panhel, is composed of. an ad-=
ministrative and legislative
branch, the former being the Ex-
ecutive Council and the latter the
Board of Delegates.
The Executive Council, com-
posed of Panhel officers and ad-
ministrative chairmen, plans and
coordinates the activities of the
Association, is responsible for the
formulation of policies concern-
ing Panhel and submits such
nolie iss t te naa,d. T)A1Pn§fP.

Coed Opinion
By Architects
I' Shaped Dormitory
Consists of 8 Houses,
Double Rooms, tLibrary
When Mary Markley Hall openr
its doors for the first time this
September, it will welcome am-
proximtely 1,200 women who will
be housed in nine individual units.
In form, Markley resembles
six-story "H." The separate houses
are arranged vertically on bot1
sides o the "H."
"The houses are moie or les
separate so that students can fe
that they belong to a living, unit
smaller than Markley as a whole,"
Pat Marthenke, '59, Assembly
president, said.
Women Plan Hall
She explained in many respect'
Markley has been built to com-
ply with the desires and tastes of
Michigan wome. Several years
ago a questionnaire was circulated
among women students to des
termine which facilities are con-
sidered of greatest importance by
A 'student representative from
Assembly on the Architectural
Board brought coed opinion to the
A Markley Hall planning com-
mittee was created by Assembly.
Members of the committee were
presented with possible color
schemes for Markley rooms .and
with swatches of material which
could be used for interior decora-
Select Furniture, China
In making these selections, as in
deciding on furniture and chna
ware, the committee tried to
press. coed opinion, Miss Mar-'
thenke said.
All the rooms in Markley Hall
are doubles. The basements In
the wings contain laundry 'rooms
and music rooms where students
will be able to practice. "We hope
that piatos for these rooms will be
bought soon," Miss Marthenke re-
Markley corridor'meetings wil
not be of the long and narrow type
perpetuated in the. older dormi-
tories. Sacrificing tradition for
comfort, each house will have its
own meeting room. A house direc-
tor and a counselor will live on
different floors of each unit.
Facilities Provided
'the center of the "H" contains
facilities to be used by all Markley
residents. Dining rooms, recreation
rooms, a library, and a coed lunge,
iri addition to such essentials as
mailboxes and a service desk will
be located there.
"Perhaps the most attractive
feature of the central area is the
ever-tempting snack bar," Miss
lMarthenke, said.
By ruling of the Board of Gov-
ernors; Betsy Barbour, an upper-
class house last year, will return to
being a four-year dormitory this
'Through a questionnaire origi-
nated by Assembly, it was found
that there is till a definite desIre
on the part of coeds foran upper-
class dormitory. Thus Assembly
was faced with the problem of
creating a residence for upper-
class women.
Little Established
The planning committee decided
to establish Barbara Little as an
upper-class house. This plan was
accepted by Assembly and the
Dean of Women, Miss Marthene

Working closely with Assistant
Dean of Women Elsie Fuller, the
planning committee devised a plan
for filling the new dormitory. It
was felt that both students who
had already lived on campus and
See NEW, Page 8
League Holds'
Dance, Class
Once again the League is off er-
ing dunce classes to University
Students, staff and faculty.
There are classes for beginners
and intermediates, plus a class in
the Latin rhythms. For the first
time, there will also be a jitterbug
:TnC,,P ,,a nPmin~ ~a a..

The Union and League, in co-
operation with the administra-
tion, will sponsor the social orien-
tation programi to parallel the
University's academic orientation.
Orientation week for freshmen
and transfer students who have
not had summer academic orien-
tation will begin Monday, Sept.
15, with a mass meeting in Hill
Auditorium where they will meet
their orientation leaders and join
their respective groups.
The rest of that day and Tues-
day will be devoted to academic
testing with the language place-
ment tests being given on Monday
Registration Planned
On Wednesday .there will be
registration with individual groups
meeting before. In these meetings,
the orientation leaders will ex-
plain the procedure and answer
any questions the new students
may have about rgeistration.
'The rest of the week will be de-
voted to social" activities so that

leaders will address the new stu-
dent body.
Following the "President's 'Wel-,
come," there will be an all-campus
slig 'on the Diagonal. The, band
and cheerleaders will be there to
lead the group in their first intro-
duction to school spirit.
There will also be College Night
where students will become fa.-
miliar with the schools they are
enrolled in. -"Besides , this, the
League and Union are planning
coke dates and the dorms will ar-
range mixers.
Individual orientation groups
will be able to attend League-
Union Forums where the students
will be given the opportunity to
ask upper classmen questions
about the University and campus
life, too.
Students To Tour
In addition, there will be tours
of the campus including the Stu-
dent Publications Building, ,the
League, th Union and the Stu-
dent Activities Building. These
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