THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By H. NEIL BERKSON
"This year's Michigras will be
bigger and better than -ever,"
Michigras co - chairman Edward
Stein, '63, commented.
The largest all-campus event of
its kind will take place the week-.
end of April 27th, beginning Fri-
day afternoon with the traditional
parade and ending Saturday night.
Both Friday and Saturday nights
will be reserved for the carnival-
games, skill booths, refreshments
The parade will begin from the
farmer's market Friday afternoon
at 3:15 p.m. From there, it will
proceed along Detroit Ave. to
Catherine, Main and Williams
Streets. Then on to Fifth Ave., to
Washington, State and South Uni-
versity. At about 4 p.m. it will end
up at Palmer Field.
Twenty-one floats will partici-
pate this year. Among the special
attractions will be high school
bands from all over the state and
a special missile float for the
space age. Prizes for the best
floats will be awarded.
This year's theme is "Ad-lib."
Each ffoat and booth will be
judged on the bais of the use of
theme in addition to originality,
construction and type of booth. In
each case, living units on campus
will compete agamst each other.
The use of the theme varies, but
the general idea is to take a his-
torical problem and change the
meaning slightly to make it hu-
Friday and Saturday nights
there will be the ,familiar carnival
at Yost Field House, lasting from
7 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. Thirty
booths will be of three different
varieties: show, skill and refresh-
met. Admission will be charged
and then customers will pay for
their entertainment in Michibucks.
The profits from Michgras,
which are expected to exceed
$10,000, will be distributed among
four charities: UNICEF (United
Nations International Children's
Emergency Fund), the City of
Hope, Fresh Air Camp and the
Campership Fund for Underprivi-
leged Ann Arbor Children.
Michigras began as the "brain-
child". of Thomas Tomlinson in
1936. Prior to that time the Wom-
en's Athletic Association and the
Michigan Union had held carni-
vals, but in much smaller scale.
The first carnival was held in Yost
Field House that same year.
Prior to the second world war,;
due to economy, the carnival was
moved to the gymnasiums and re-
named Michelodeaon since rides
cost only a nickel.
During the war the carnival
plans were abandoned altogether.
But in 1948 Michigras was begun
again. This time the carnival was
so large that it was moved outside.
In the same year a parade was
The event had grown to such
proportions that it was necessary
to make it a biannual event which
is the point at which it is today.
Last year, alternating with Michi-
gras, Spring Weekend filled the
bill for a spring activity.
Two years ago the Michigras
theme was "To Our Youth." Past
rides included ferris wheels,
merry-go-round, whirl-a-bug and
Saturday afternoon the rides
are open to children for "kiddy
rides." Again, all of the profits go
to charity. Parents bring children
from all over the Detroit area
since Michigras is one of the big-
gest carnivals In the area, not only
on the campus.
MICHIGRAS-The vast expanse' of area, covered indicates the size of Michigras. Rides, booths and refreshment stands fill both the inside
of Yost Field House and the adjoining outdoor area.
Wigs Replace Hats as Reliever of Tension
Wigs n s1
... a time for clowning
By JEAN TENANDER
LONDON (A')-Russian women
will show less of their legs this
year than women in the West,
Moscow fashion designers have de-
The well-dressed Russian wo-
man will wear her hemline 2 /2
inches below the knee this year,
Moscow Radio reported.
That's at least two inches lower
than most women in the Western
fashion capitals wear their skirts.
The new Soviet vogues for 1962
were displayed at an international
fashion congress in Budapest this
month, Moscow Radio said.
There were examples of men's
and children's wear as well as
female fashions. ?
"The models are convenient,
practical, attractive and up-to-
date in style," the radio said.
"Bell-shaped skirts are in vogue
now. Soviet garment designers try
to combine elements of national
costumes with the most suitable
lines picked up from foreign fash-
Wigs are beginning to.supplant
hats as relievers of housewifely
The rash of wigs flooding the
market began about five years ago,
and since then the industry has
boomed. Women now buy new
heads of hair when they are bored,
tired, or depressed.
Whereas formerly a $10 or $20
hat served the purpose of driving
away moodiness, the high cost of
living has boosted the price of
fighting boredom. The new blonde,
brunette, or redhaired, tranquiliz-
ers cost anywhere from $150 up-
The wearing of wigs dates from
the earliest recorded time, and
even Egyptian mummies have
been found so adorned. Egyptian
women used to wear candles of
softly perfumed wax fastened to
their wigs which would slowly melt
as the heat of the day increased
and permit them to remain sweet
smelling for 24 hours. w
In ancient Greece wigs were
worn by both men and women.
The Greek theatrical masks had
hair fastened to them to represent
the various characters. Rome, too,
adopted the custom, and some'
portrait busts of the period had
removable hair to insure that they
would always remain in style.
In the latter half of the 16th
century the wig fashion was very
popular, although Louis XIV re-
fused to wear one until he discov-
ered to his discomfort that his
hair was falling out. Gradually the
fantastically perfumed and coifed
monstrosities began to lose their
appeal, and by 1720 the custom
had pretty well died out.
The 1950's with their emphasis
on youthfulness drove many men,
especially those in public life, to
the wigmakers. Out of politeness,
however, wigs which are worn be-
cause of baldness are called
toupees, which implies that the
wearer may still have hair but it
needs a little supplementing. Col-
legiate crewcuts may not always
Women, who seldom get bald,
buy wigs merely to satisfy a whim.
It is perfectly possible to expect
a woman planning to wear a lav-
endar evening dress to go out and
buy a lavender wig. There are wigs
for street wear, beach wear and
party wear. They come in any size,
shape or color. Some have hats at-
tached and some have rhinestones
scattered among the curls.
A national magazine predicts a
glorious future in which every girl
will be able to own several wigs.
A fashion model thinks "being
wigged is almost better than a
date." While there may be some
argument on this point, one thing
is certain: hats have definitely be-
come 'old hat.'
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