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Often the springtime visitor to
the University sees strangely
dressed (or undressed) students
undergoing the mild torture of
crawling from the Diag to the
League Fountain or being show-
ered, with brick dust around an
Such a panorama isn't a fra-
ternity hazing or a physical edu-
cation department project. It's a
University student honorary hold-
ing its annual initiation.
A neophyte is "tapped" for the
organization by the old members
in a nighttime visit. The lucky
individual generally fiinds him-
self taken unwittingly from bed,
immersed with water and brick
dust or oil, and told of his selec-
tion. Public initiation ordeals fol-
low on the Diag, when the chosen
undergo other tests to prove their
worthiness and self-dedication to
Women's honoraries do not tap.
in as colorful a manner, but they
too have their traditional cere-
monies in which they show the
public that a new class of women
has been honored for services.
Everyman'srhonorary and the
majority of women's organiza-
tions are strictly local in origin
and present status.
Circle, formed in 1957, strives
to recognize leadership, service
and citizenship in the residence
halls, and promote interest in
Three years ago the group
sponsored by Assembly Associa-
tion, put on an art show to dis-
play the works of independent
women. It succeeded so well that
it has become an annual event.
Outstanding senior men in ev-
ery school but the engineering
college are eligible for Druids,'
which chooses its initiates for
achievement in athletics and ac-
"Saplings" (those tapped) be-
come mighty trees through plen-
ty of water and green dust. Duck-
walking around the Diag and re-
citing Joyce Kilmer's "Trees" al-
Win Honor with
"Rope Day" (initiation day) in
Indian costumes and turn the
chosen palefaces into young
braves through an ordeal that
takes the selected ones on a duck-
walk journey "seven flights up
and seven flights down" the
Initiates are doused with brick
dust and water and are given
secret names, revealed only at
the end of the year at the next
Rope Day. Founded in 1901 to
serve the University, Michigamua
is the oldest existent campus hon-
The national senior women's
honor society, Mortarboard, is the
first of the senior women's groups
to tap in the spring.
Members chosen for service,
leadership and scholarship, must
have a 3.0 average. The girls tap
at midnight clad in caps and
gowns, singing their song, "Thy
Ideals." New members wear mor-
tarboards the next day.
The University chapter, Pi
Sigma Alpha, was one of four
founding chapters in 1918. There
are now 95.
The Quadrants is the honorary
of the quadrangles. Having chap-
ters in each quad, thegroups rec-
ognize leadership in house and
Participants in either of the
three ROTC programs are se-
lected on the basis of leadership,
patriotism, efficiency, loyalty and
honor for Scabbard and Blade.
Initiates are tapped in the- star-
light with sabers, and during the
trial period must guard the lions
and defend the scabbard and
blade in front of the flagpole.
The group's purpose is to raise
the standards of military educa-
tion and spread information on
military service careers.
Another local organization,
Scroll, honors senior affiliated wo-
men for leadership, character and
Members are tapped after hours
by the group singing, "Out of the
night comes a sound of voices.
Scroll is now tapping its loyal The only mortal acceptable in
crew." the eyes of the god Vulcan is a
Its purpose is to promote co- senior engineer who has served
operation between alumnae and the University in activities or ath-
students and further interest in letics. Neophytes are abducted in
campus activities. It also grants a the night and taken out of town
$100 scholarship to a junior affili- to find their way back to campus.
ated woman on the basis of lea- Then they undergo a public in-
dership and need. itiation by blacking themselves
S i S it with oil, chaining themselves to
e or Soiety each other and carrying torches
Senior Society recognizes inde- through the underground steam
pendent women with high schol- tunnels. Each member is given
astic averages who have actively a mythological name of a god. The
served their dormitories. society, formed in 1904, works to
Girls recommended by their serve the engineering college and
house directors and presidents are the University as a whole.
tapped by members who sing, "In
and out of the halls we wander yvern
singing as we go; of the girls we're Wyvern, also a local group, hon-
going to favor with our pin of ors girls who are active on campus
black and gold." and have high averages.
During the initiation ceremoniy, The sophomores are tapped dur-
each member's name is added to a ing dinner by a line of girls sing-
long ribbon with the names of ing, "Damn, damn damn to Michi-
all members since the organiza- gamua, to hell with Sphinx and
tions founding. Vulcans, too to the Druids and
Sphinx the rest, for we know we are the
best, we are Wyvern's daughters
A junior men's honorary estab- tried and true."
lished in 1905, Sphinx chooses
neophytes for its courts by the
same standards as' the senior
groups. Men may be tapped from
all ,schools except the engineer-
Red brick dust and water trans-
forms the neophytes into Egyp- From picketing to- seminars,
tians, and then the initiates must from foreign travel to non-credit
crawl on their stomachs looking courses, the University's student
for the River Nile (usually known political organizations carry on an
as the League fountain). They array of diverse activities.
Must prove their worth by a final Though the number of stu-
dip i that body of water. Mem- dents actively engaged in politi-
bers are given secret Egyptian cal-oriented groups' programs is
names. a minority, there are nearly ten
Triangles different campus organizations to
which the student with strong po-
Triangles, for junior engineers, litical beliefs can devote his ener-
is also designed to recognize'gi bn.
achievement and to serve the gies-
campus. Initiates are abducted in Most of these groups work in
the night and must find their way threeways:
back to campus from an isolated --Speaker programs bring both
part of the county. Then the pub- national and local figures to open
lic initiation features such stunts meetings, often with panel dis-
as a human pyramid and scrub- cussions or movies.
Bing the Engineering Arch with a -Informal courses centering on
toothbrush. Triangle was formed such broad topics as peace are
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Mchigamua Bestows Its Honor
An Ijonored(?) One
so is a traditional part of the
New members are given tree
names which are announced pub-
licly' at the initiation. Druids,
named after the forest priests of
old England, was founded in 1909.
Hectorians, founded in 1953,
recognizes and honors outstand-
ing fraternity men, and meets to
discuss fraternity problems.
Members are chosen from the
fraternity presidents, Interfra-
ternity Council officers and Fra-
ternity Buyers' Association.
The tribe of Michigamua is an
all-campus senior men's honor-
ary for excellence in activities and
athletics. Members .,dress for
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S STATE STREET AREA A SSOC IAT I ON ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN
ASETU DENTSSPECIAL EVENTS:
WED., AUG. 25--
from the DISCOTHEQUE
featuring all University of Mich-
State Street Area Merchants
igan talent. Join us in front of
Association Hill Auditorium from 6:30 to
8:00 P.M. for a fun filled time.
I n he vn f ri heDISCO-
To acquaint new students and n the event o rain the -
to reacquaint returning students THEQUE will be held in Hill
with the State Street Shopping Auditorium.
Area, the Merchants Association
has planned a three-day cele-
cede- FRI.; AUG. 27--
CAMPUS FASHION SHOW
the latest in both men's and
women's campus dress. This is
* OPEN HOUSES at all State Street the time to make your college
stores, 4-8 P.M. wardrobe list. The fashion show
will also be held in front of Hill
0 REFRESHMENTS served at all
.trsAuditorium (in case of rain
inside). Time for this Campus
0 FREE GIFTS at many of the stores Show is 4:00-5:30.
" --Direct action and demonstra-
tions are nearly as frequent. Clubs
may take part in national and
state campaigns, picket local busi-
nesses allegedly practicing dis-
crimination, stage peace marches
and sponsor letter-writing drives
One organization has sponsored
a trip to Cuba, in defiance of a
State department travel ban.
Whether the new student is a
member of the far left or the far
right or stands anywhere in be-
tween, he can find a group that
leans his way.
Voice, a liberal educational and
political action group, is the cam-
pus chapter of the national stu-
dent organization of the left, Stu-
dents for a Democratic Society.
Established in 1960, until re-
cently, Voice was concerned with
both campus and world-wide poli-
tics. During the fall, 1963 Student
Government Council elections,
however, Voice decided that it
'could not endorse SGC candidates,
as it had done before. "Student
leaders have not fulfilled their
responsibility in bringing major
issues to the campus," a Voice
Voice came. "back on campus"'
in the spring elections, endorsing
four candidates, but its major
emphasis toddy is outside the
Voice has sponsored a series of
"Voice Forums" on issues such as
civil liberties, peace, poverty and
economics and politics.
Voice is the local unit of Stu-
dents for a Democratic Society,
a national liberal-radical organi-
zation. SDS's main emphasis
currently are economic reforms
The Young Democratic Club
applies the ideals and policies of
the national party to campus,
state and national issues.
Working primarily t h r o u g h
speaker programs and campaign'
work, the YD's have brought such
notables as former Mississippi
Gov. Ross Barnett to the Univer-
sity. The group has gotten.to-
gether with its GOP counterpart,
the Young Republican Club, to
hear state politicians discuss party
plans in Michigan.
They occasionally engage in
letter-writing campaigns and en-
dorse Regental candidates.'
The state YD organization has
sponsored an Issues Conference
at the University for the past two
years. YD groups from the entire
state dame to Ann Arbor to dis-
cuss various topics of interest.
The Young Republicans Clubs
carries out programs similar to
those of the YDs-education and
active work during campaign
The YRs work out of city and
county party headquarters in di-
rect behalf of GOP candidates
and bring speakers and some
candidates themselves to the
The YRs Are active in arrang-
ing their own Issues Conference
during the school year.
Campus Young Americans for
Freedom is a part of a national
conservative organization of col-
lege students and young profes-
One of its many tasks is re-
cruiting members from every cam-
pus and community. Conservative
programs are developed locally
which fit the particular needs of
YAF has taken the position, in
recent debates, that HUAC should
not be abolished and has urged
the resumption of nuclear testing.
Friends of SNCC
The University Friends of the
Student Non-Violent Coordinat-
ing Committee is an organization
.devoted to publicizing and ob-
taining funds for SNCC, as well as
carrying on local projects similar
SNCC is an activist group fight-
ing for civil rights for Negroes in
the South. In this regard, Friends
of SNCC last year organized a
drive for food to be sent to
Friends of SNCC also takes part
in various anti - discrimination
battle drives in Ann Arbor, brings
speakers to the campus and trains
field workers to alert the commun-
ity to racial'problems.
The Socialist Club is an organ-
ization which has taken part in a
number of controversial issues.
Besides sponsoring speakers and
showing a film, "Operation Cor-
rection," to dispute HUAC's "Op-
eration Abolition," the Socialists
frequently join with Voice in its
The club, not affiliated with
any national socialist party, took
an active stand behind Prof.
Samuel Shapiro three years ago
wnen he was dismissed by Mich-
igan State University's Oakland
Campus. It has urged a strong
stana on civil rights.