Festival To Begin
Event To Feature More, Improved
Activities Than ini Previous Years
By JEFFREY HEUER
This Friday will mark the fifth
biannual Spring Weekend, held in
alternate years with Micligras.
Spring Weekend began in 1953
under the joint sponsorship of
the Women's Athletic Association
and the Michigan Union. It has
since grown in size and stature.
This year's Spring Weekend, "Jest
in Time," certainly fills the billing
of bigger and better. More events
are scheduled than ever before.
The weekend will begin 'with a
parade from the diag to Palmer
field, including the participating
units and the semi-finalists in the
See' article, this page.
beauty contest. Entrants in the
beauty contest are boys 'dressed
hopefully as girls. They will. be
Judged during the parade ,n the
basis of originality of costun e,
parading technique, and enthusi-
House Building Contest
The rest of the afternoon will
be devoted to the house building
contest on Palmer field. Friday's
highlight will be Skit Night.'
Saturday's festivities will -begin
with a canoe race entitled "Once
Upon the Delaware." Participants
will cover themselves and their.
crafts in attire befitting the theme.
For example they will carry on.
the jest by wearing beatnik George
Washington costumes. They will
be propelled part of the course by
paddles and the rent by hand. Win-
ners will be chosen by speed, cos-
tume, and again enthusiasm.
The second event of the after-
noon will be an old-fashioned
greased pig contest, in which cou-
ples of contestants will try to
capture the elusive animal when
it runs into their area. Following
this, a contest entitled "Corn of
Plenty" will be staged on the
merry-go-round. Participants must
keep the merry-go-round in mo-
tion while eating cooked corn that
will be suspended near their heads.
Dance Climaxes Weekend
Mhe climax of the entire week-
end -comes Saturday night. with
the all-campus dance at the I-M
building, "Mirrored Moments." The
g.K3m will be decorated by twenty
booths placed arQund the dance
floor. Designs for the booths were
submitted by the participating
housing units, and from these, 20
were selected to enter the contest.
The booths will portray entertain-
ment spots throughout time, in
keeping with the general theme.
They will be judged on originality,
skill in construction and overall
The dance will feature Sarah
Vaughan, presenting two shows
during intermissions, and the mu-
sic of the Scott-Bald in Orches-
tra. The overall Spring Weekend
winners will be announced at
By CAROLYN KUSHNER
Hill Auditorium will be changed
into a musical theater for Spring'
Weekend Skit Night at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 28. At this time, five
skits will be presented around the
theme, "Erred Era." Each skit
deals with some incident in his-
tory that has been adapted to a
more modern or ancient time.
Each of the five musical slits
to be presented will last fifteen
minutes. Music and lyrics are
composed by the participants in
the skits. The skits tend to be
'more in the vein of comedy than
Dr. Richard Cutler of the Psy-
chology Department will emcee
the show on the stage of Hill
,Auditorium "Music Hal." The
stage will be made to look more
like a theater by the use of cur-
tains placed around it.
The five skits will be judged on
the basis of 30 points for original-
ity of dialogue and music, 30 for
performance, 25 for creativity of
sets and costumes, and 15 for
adaptatin to the theme.
Seventeen skits were chosen
several months ago from all those
that were submitted. The five
skits to be presented on Friday
evening were chosen from these
17 at the end of March.
"Inter-Historical Public Rea-
tions Corps" is the name of the
skit being put on by Alpha Ep-
silon Phi and Delta Tau Delta. It
deals With an advertising agency
out of time which handles famous
historical characters. The music
and lyrics were written by Jack
.Delta Gamma's and Phi Gamma
Delta's skit is called "Monkey
Shines." It takes the Scopes' Mon-
key Trial back in time to the
Stone Age. 'The words and, the
script were written by Suzy
Smucker and Todd Fay.
"Old Noah Jnes" is the skit
being presented by Kappa Delta
and Theta Delta Chi. This skit
fills Noah's ark with famous people
and their famous problems. The
music and words were written by
Roger Sergent and Clark Johnson.
"Oedipus Rex," by Sophocles, will
be the basis for the skit put on
by Sigma Kappa and Tau Delta
Phi. It's'title is "Redipus Sex" and
it deals with the Oedipus com-
plex. Dick Loewry composed the
music while Jerry Laxand Danny
Friedman assisted by Hank Khas-
now wrote the lyrics.
"Goody Cloyce," schoolteacher
turned witch will dazzle the au-
dience in "Salem '61." During her
day in court she will have a chance
to tell all in a series of flashbacks.
This skit is being presented' by
Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma
Phi Epsilon. Ann Wells wrote both
the music and the lyrics.
SCiEDULE FOR SPRING WEEKEND '61
"JEST IN TIME"
3:00 p.m.-Parade from diag to Palmer Field.,
Beauty Contest on diag.
3:45 p.m.-"Hour Town"-house building contest at
4:45 p.m.-Semi-finalists from beauty contest are judg-
ed at finish of house building contest.
5:30 p.m-Announcement of winners of the afternoon.
8:00 p.m.-"Erred Era'" Skit Night at Hill Auditorium.
Announcement of winners follows.
1:00 p.m.-"Once Upion the Delaware" Canoe Race.
2:30 p.m.-"'orkers in the Grease" Greased pig con-
4:30 p.m.-Announcement of winners of afternoon.
0:00 p.m.-Dance "Mirrored Moments" begins at Yost'
12:00 p.m.-Announcement of over all winners of the
1:00 a.m.-"The party's over.. ..
PADDLING PIXIES-Thoroughly wound up in their work, these two jesters put a little bounce
into Spring Weekend preliminaries on the diag. That they chose paddleballs to express themselves
is in keeping with the general nonsensical spirit of the occasion. That paddleballs are appearing
more frequently in classes, in the library and about campus is in keeping with the student's annual
acceptance of that spirit. That most of the excess of student energy created by the spirit is chan-
neled into the organized activity of "Weekend" is happily in keeping with the wishes of the Uni-
versity administration, a group that can only hope for the best with the coming of the new season.
Committee Survives Many Problems
The Spring Weekend Central
Committee has had its ups and
downs, its problems and successes
in planning the forthcoming two-
Getting pigs for the greased pig
contest to be held at 2:30 Satur-
day was not an easy project, the
committee reports. Committee,
members fiist had to call the
county agent who, in turn, had
to call the farmers.
During the contest called "Pork-
ers in Grease," a greased pig will
be'placed in a free area. The ob-
ject is to catch him as he runs.
Four units with teams of two par-
ticipants will run in each heat.
The girl and boy will have their
feet tied as in a three-legged
"Jest in Time," the' theme of
Spring Weekend was thought up
by the creative Sam Zell while he
was sitting around, meditating
with the rest of the comnimittee.
The initials of the theme were
given to the symbol of Spring'
Weekend, Jit. Jit became a jester
as did his friends on the Diag
from the word "Jest" in the theme.
Jit himself was designed by
Mike Shrover of the Graphic Pub-
The house-building contest is a
unique feature of this year's
Spring Weekend. It is called "Hour
Town" and it will take place at
3:45 p.m. Friday on Palmer Field.
Each group will build its house on
a plot approximately 40 feet
square. The groups will be sup-
plied with building and scrap ma-
terial, but they will not know
what material they have until
they appear on, the scene.
Girls, playing carpenters, will
build the houses and the male
portion of the group, dressed as
females, decorate them. This pro-
cedure must be strictly followed
because the groups will be dis-
qualified if the boys touch the
In the middle of "Hour Town"
a large clock will gong, timing
the workers' progress during their
allotted hour. At the end of that
hour a city will have arisen on
The finished houses will be
judged on the basis of original-
ity, structure, and decorations.
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