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Dorms Plan Parties
TOT Augment Season

Crown of the Christmas Conifer

Christmas celebrations in the
women's residence halls are pro-
ceeding according to tradition.
This year. few new events are
being planned so far. Many of the
dormitories are planning Christ-
mas parties, banquets, trees and
other festivities.
Most of, the dorms are having
some sort of Christmas party.
These parties are usually quite
abandoned affairs (at least as
abandoned as one can be in a
Michigan women's dorm after
closing), since most of the women
are in high spirits anticipating the
holidays at home.
One of the parties at Markley
last year reached a window-
shaking finale when many of the
non-Jewish residents experienced
for the first time the exhilarating
Hora dance,
Peace Corps
The Christmas party at Couzens
Hall this year will be given in
honor of several people from the
Peace Corps, president Cora Mel-
linger, '62N, said. Jordon's cele-
brants will be joined by the-men of
Adams House in West Quadrangle,
said vice-president Barbara Den-
nison, '63.
Several of the houses also plan
caroling programs. The women of.
Helen Newberry, said ' president,
Trudy Klach, '62Ph, will sing
carols for the patients at Univer-.
sity Hospital.
The caroling at Martha Cook is
conducted a little differently than.
in most of the dorms, and, as vice-
president Barbara Kazmark, '62,
admits, is actually dreaded by
some of the residents until it be-
gins and the spirit catches them.
Understandably so, since the lead-
ers of the sing troop through the
halls at 6 am., then lead the way
down to the dining room for. the
traditional Christmas breakfast,
singing all the way.
Early Singing
At least those who are ,capable
of singing at 6 in the morning do.
' Christmas carols will also echo
through the halls of Barbour,
Cheever, Markley and Stockwell
said presidents Diane Goodman,,
'63, Joyce Gritter, '62, and Jaquith
Branch, '62, and social chairman
Cynthia Zeldenrust, '65. Presum-
ably they will be heard'"at a more
conventional hour than Cook's. At
Alice' Lloyd, ,said president Sue
Parsell, '63, times have been setl
aside. during which individual
houses may sing carols if they
wish, but the dorm, as a whole,
will not sponsor a carol sing. a
One of the big events of the
season in many houses is. the
Christmas Formal. Dances are be-
ing planed this year by Barbour,
Cheever, Cook, Henderson, Lloyd,

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The little tree grew from a sound
rustling the leaves in the forest.
The seed had nestled under-
neath the loam covers. The
warmth of growing things told
the little tree it was time to
branch out. It stretched and slid
out of bed, shaking the earth from
the inf ant needles.j
The little tree threaded its way
upwards into the branching coun-
cils of the other conifers, whis-
pering as it went. It celebrated the
seasons by laughing and dancing
to the tune of the winds. Its com-
panions waved and nodded at the
little tree's every action and the
little tree did the same for them.
It prepared itself to grow and,
cover its assigned territory, need-
ling as it went. Yet it could not
cover all the earth because it was
still a young tree, and very green.
Nor could it see the world becauseI
there were always other conifer
branches in the way.
S* *
THE SNOW began to fall for
the second time. It covered the
branches and crackled into the
secret saplines and surrounded the
very heart of he little tree.
The little tree wildly whistled
through the winds to the higher
branches, asking advice. But the
higher treeswere silent in the win-
ter wind and saved their sap for
spring. The little tree struggled
to hold its warmth, knowing that
this sap was for something good.
Soon, the weak light of the win-
ter sun weaved its way down
through the wind to comfort the
little tree.
The little tree reached forth to
the sun as it twisted and turned
to allow the rays to reach under
its branches. A strangle new sound
entered the forest, crackling and
echoing across the snow. A sled
followed the forester as he wended


homeward after a week of cruising
A week's matted beard fuzzed
his face and his mackinaw sagged
at the elbows. The tree grew silent,

waiting for their tree. He could see
them laughing and playing to the
tune of the winds outside. He too
was dancing to the wind's tune.
A different dance, however.
He took the crown off the tree
and began to burn the lower
branches.The sap that the little
tree had so carefully saved gave
the fire a fierce heat. It felt warm
inside. It could not return to
dance, its roots were gone, many
seeds waited in the forest loam.
The flames of its sap danced and
darted amid the snowflakes,
catching the crystals on their ton-
away from these darting tongues,
receding into the sky and clouds.
The pseudopodal clouds parted to'
reveal a star. The first glimmer of
light reflected off the crown of the
tree, the crown, all the was left
after warming a man. The body,
the seed were gone.
The forester cleared the sled
of the drifts and started home. He
had missed one day of sun. It was
almost Christmas Eve. All he had
for his time was the crown of the
little tree, to wrap around the
cradle of the Christ Child.

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PREPARATION-Two quadrangle men spray a tree in prepara-
tion for a Christmas dance.

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Stockwell, Vaughn, and possibly
Open Houses
Open-open houses, during which
dorms are open to everyone, will
be held at Couzens, Geddes and
Markley; and Cheever, Cook, Ged-
des, Lloyd, Markley and New-
berry will have tree-trimming par-
ties. Cook's decoration party will
include a program built around
the theme "The Twelve Days of
Christmas." Barbour, Cheever,
Markley and Vaughn-will also have
door-decorating contests.
Special Dinner
Each of the houses will have a
special Christmas dinner during
the ,last week before vacation,
when, it is hoped, the residents,
because of the extraordinary qual-
ity of the food and the pervading
Christmas spirit, will refrain from
the usual unkind remarks about
dieticians and cooks.
Some will have other special
events in conjunction with the
dinner itself.
At Newberry, the freshmen will
put on their annual Christmas
play, this year entitled "St. George
and the Dragons."
Messiah Dinner
The Christmas dinner at Cook
is known as the Messiah dinner.
Each women will play hostess to a
professor, a dean, a member of
the Board of Directors, or one of
the "Messiah" soloists.
Christmas music will be played
at Markey not only during the
Christmas dinner, but also during
all the dinners of the season.
At Newberry, this dinner will
provide an opportunity for big and
little sisters to get together; af-

terwards they will exchange small
Some houses have Christmas tra-
ditions which are not so wide-
spread on this campus. For in-
stance, at Henderson House an
alumnae tea is held each year, said
president Mary Lou Liebaert, '62.
At Cheever, each member becomes
a "good fairy" to someone whose
name she draws. During the time
between the drawing and begin-
ning of vacation the "good fairies"
do favors for the special recipients
of their good will, write poems
extolling their virtues, and at the
party, exchange gifts.


Quads To Hail Season
With Christmas Balls

This year, the quadrangles will
present their annual Christmas
Dances at 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 9.
East Quadrangle's "Snowflake
Ball" will enlist the aid of the
Siefer-Wells Orchestra and the
Art Bartner Quartet. Its theme,
"A Look at Christmas-Past . .
Present . . . Future" will be por-
trayed both inside and outside
the quad.
Large Fireplace
The past will be represented by a
large fireplace of twelfth century
styling, stained glass windows,
screening and curtains.
A Christmas tree, candles and
wall decorations will be the idec-
orations of the present.
The future will be portrayed by

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two huge snowmen dressed in hel-
Outside, Santa Claus, riding on
a sleigh and on a missile, will
contrast the past and future.
Punch, cookies and Christmas
candies will be served. The ball
will take place in two dining
Oldest Dance
West Quadrangle's "Holly Hop,"
the oldest of three three quad-
rangle dances, will present its tra-
ditional Christmas theme. The Don
Ziegler Band and the Jack Braun
Band will provide entertainment.
Sixty Christmas trees will decor-
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the dance is being held. About two
thousand Christmas lights will
ornament the trees and provide
lighting. Aside from this, there will
be few decorations and no other
The theme of South Quad-
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watching. He stopped and sat on
his sled to brew some coffee. He
pulled out his calendar and check-
ed the date, muttered "one shop-
ping day till Christmas" and spill-
ed some coffee on the snow to
test its strength.
HE PUT THE coffee back on the
fire and went over to stand by the
little tree. It smiled and reached
towards the man's warmth with a
little flurry of fallen needles. The
other trees thundered above in
warning but the little tree heeded
not, delighting in the fuzzy beard
that looked like peeled bark and
The little tree's friendliness was
not needed, however, for the for-
ester went back to his sled and
took out an axe. Within a few min-
utes the little tree was trussed up
on top of the sled, its base aching
into a pointed diamond of pain,
its needles curled anddropping
with the shock of the fall.
The higher trees whispered to
themselves as the forester finished
his coffee, and their clamor rose
to a thunder in the wintry blasts
of snow. It grew dark as the for-
ester and his sled whizzed off into
the growing blizzard . .
The little tree cried into the
wind as they went on. It tossed
and turned on its slednbed asnew
gusts of despair caught it.
* * *
THE WIND GREW and its was
not long until the forester was
leaning into the pelting snow. It
grew darker and colder. The for-
ester stopped pulling the sled and
stepped'onto its lee. He pulled the
branches of the little tree around
him and curled up to warm the
walls of his rising snow home.
The little tree curled around
the forester and turned the back
of its needles against the wind and
driven snow. It had more than
sap to warm, and it did its best.
The little tree'thought of all the
higher trees who had laughed and
nodded around it and of the warm
loamy feeling of earth at its roots.
The forester thought of the
warm station and the children

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