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February 10, 1961 - Image 8

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________________THE, MICHIGAN DAILY

VTE PARTICIPATION-Sorority members prepare to meet rushees at a set of 22 mixers next
r, Saturday and Sunday. The mixers are the beginning of the four week Panhellenic Associa-
pring rush which will culminate in the pledging of new sorority members March 5. This is the
i consecutive year of spring rush at the University. -
Xers To Open Rus Program

By Koestler
Arthur Koestler, speaking at the
University last week, traced sim-
ilarities in the process of creativ-
ity for the comedian, the scientist,
and the artist.
He explained that creative acts
result from the combination of
two apparently incompatible men-
tal frames of reference. The spon-
taneous reaction ("Aha, I've got
it!") comes when the mind relates
observations from different frame-
"Intellectual illumination and
emotional catharsis are the es-
sence of this creative experience,"
Koestler said.
Creative Act
"The creative act involves re-
gression to older, more emotive
patterns, while thinking continues
at the highest levels." Thus, the
spark 'of creativity may be pro-
duced by everyday, mundane acts
such as stepping into a bathtub or
watching bubbles in a glass of
The comedian gets laughs
through double entendre, a play-
ing with two different meanings of
the same word, phrase or act. The
cartoonist's caricature gets results
from drawings which are "visually
convincing, but biologically im-
possible," he said.
Basic Analogies
To Koestler, "the painter and
poet help us see basic analogies
we overlook in our everyday life."
Picasso creates an artistic effect,
for instance, by shurfling around
facial features.
"In are, the two frameworks do
not merge-they add a dimension
to living," he said, whereas "in
science, the two are usually fused
into a new framework with greater
explanatory power."
In both art and science discov-
ery often follows frustration. For
instance, the scientist who has
failed to resolve a paradox may
have his whole being saturated
with the problem until it is solved.
even while his attention is focused
Scientific Creativity
Creativity in science is "a mild
form of shock therapy," Koestler
said. It is disruptive because once
the original insight is confirmed,
existing knowledge often must be
In art, however, the creative act
is less timely. The person reading
a poem may or may not respond to
the artist's efforts to shed new
light on familiar objects and rela-
Koestler spoke during a visit to
the University's planaria research
project of the psychology depart-
He is a native of Hungary and
,spent many years as a foreign cor-
respondent for European newspa-

mnty-two mixers next Friday,
day and Sunday will open
llenic Assoication rush acti-
for this year.
s is the fourth consecutive
:or spring rush at the Uni-
y. A spring. rush program
n effect prior to 1952, but
1952 to 1957, women's rush
ies began as soon as stu-
arrived on campus in Sep-
er the fall program, rush
ration for upperclassmen be-
i spring. Grades were check-
d students lacking the two-
academic average required
sh were given an opportunity
se their averages in summer
entering freshmen and trans-
udents who had made room
ts received a copy of the
llenic Guide, an invitation
ister for rush and a registra-
October Pledging
en the registration card was
ed, each rushee was assign-
group number and notified
the .time. of mass rush meet-
!ixers began immediately in
all and pledging took place
cond week of October.
1956, the Student Govern-
Council voted to end fall
and return to a spring rush-
ogram. Local Panhel and the
al Panhellenic Conference
ed the change in the pro-
but agreed to abide by the
decision. The issue became a
is controversy' with several
itions supported by each
se who favored continuation
11 rush said it did away
he barrier of contact rules
m affiliated and independ-
omen and made "dirty rush"
Fall Rush
y believed a fall rushing
Im would prevent the strong
sis on "making a sorority"
might build up over a se-
and would give sorority
1 an opportunity to contri-
o the adjustment of fresh-
o the campus through their
all rush, they maintained,
allow everyone to leave the
is between semesters instead
naining to plan details of
1 sorority women and fresh-
'ould be freed to spend their
n other activities during the
emester, rather than being
ned about the coming rush
se favoring fall rush con-
i that an early rushing per-
uld give sororities a chance
'1p freshmen make their
by stressing the importance
dying and by tutoring them

They argued that a girl would
have a greater incentive to raise
her average for the sake of re-
maining in a sorority than for the
sake of being able to rush.
They also maintained that a
rushee who was not pledged would
be less disappointed if rejection
came in the fall since she would
not have had an opportunity to
meet any of the actives before
With a spring rush, however, the
girl who was disappointed might
say, "I know three girls in that
house. Why didn't they like me?"

pointed out

of fall rush also
that a freshman

Pro ect To Study
Japanese Politics
A $200,000 Carnegie Corporation
grant will make possible a pro-
jected study of Japanese politics
since World War II, under the
Center for Japanese Studies.
Three University professors and
a graduate student will conduct
the five-year study, under the. di-
rection of Prof. John W. Hall, of
the history department.
Others in the project are Prof.
Richard K. Beardsley of the an-
thropology department, Prof. Rob-
ert E. Ward of the political science
department, and Robert M. Spaul-
ding, Jr., Grad.

would be able to make the decision
on whether to rush during the
summer while still at home and
able to confer with her parents.
Better Prepared
Those in favor of spring rush
countered this argument by say-
ing a freshman who waits till
spring to rush knows the campus
better and is better prepared to
make a decision about sororities.
A spring rush program, they be-
lieved would permit actives and
prospective rushees to begin the
school year with less fatigue and
put immediate emphasis on aca-
demc work.
A girl would have the experience
of being independent for one se-
mester and would be prevented
from being disappointed before
she had become adjusted tb the
Double Loyalty
Prospective rushees would be
able to devote free time to resi-
dence hall and campus activities
without being burdened with a
double loyalty to her dormitory
and her sorority.
Sororities would have the se-
curity of knowing that a girl had
made her grades before they
pledged her and would be less like-
ly to lose members because of
academic insufficiency.
The spring program was passed
and once again rushees began
tramping through the "spring"
snows to mixers, parties and final

'eniently located . .
minded ... home-like
. . that's why the Aller-
is Chicago headquar-
many school groups,
and professional stu-
irs, field trips, athletic
ebate teams, speech
rs, etc.
r own Chicago visit or
stay choose the hotel
lose to everything on
Aichigan Avenue's
a Magnificent Mile

Humble to hold job interviews
Feb. 17-do you qualify?
0 Chemical Engineers (ALL degree levels) graduating in 1961 will be
interviewred for permanent employment.
To schedule an appointment with the interviewing teams from the
Humble Division of Humble Oil & Refining Company, check now with your
Placement Bureau. The interviews will be held on the campus.
Humble is one of the leading producers of crude oil in the United
States, and is a completely integrated oil company. Humble's Baytown Re-
finery, one of the largest in the world is engaged in both refining and petro-
chemical manufacturing. Research centers in Houston and Baytown are
making valuable contributions to petroleum and petrochemical technology.
For a rewarding career in the petroleum industry, discuss your future
with the Humble Division interviewing team.

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" Ample Munici.


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