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September 11, 1962 - Image 10

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The Arboretum: Quiet, S


Aware of the benefits derived
from the Nichols Arboretum, the
University has gone out of its way
to preserve the woody area as a
sanctuary for students in need of
soul searching or nature study.
The Arb, 135 acres of rugged
hills and slopes covered by over
2,000 varieties of trees and other
vegetation, is located just beyond
The Hill, where six dormitories
house the bulk of University wom-
The area had its beginnings in
1907 with a gift from Walter H.
Nichols, '91, and Esther Connor
Nichols, '94. In 1943 a Detroit
power company added 36 acres on-
to the original tract of land.
Campus Tradition
Since the earliest years, the Arb
It's Hairstyling
r No Appointment Needed
" Air-Conditioned
The Dascola Barbers
Near Michigan Theatre

has been a campus tradition, re-
vered by faculty and students for
its beauty and utility.
During the winter the long and
rolling hills are used by students
who enjoy skiing and tobogganing,
or merely building snowmen or en-
gaging in snowfights.
Each year .warnings are made
about the danger of Arb skiing,
for the trees constitute something
of a menace to skiers or sledders,
or the more daring crew of "tray-
Find Trays
The trayers begin taking their
lives into their hands when they
first secure their equipment (dor-
mitory dinner trays). After the ini-
tial bit of courage, more is need-
ed, for the sport ends not with
the theft-but rather with two (or
three or perhaps four) people sit-
ting on a tray at the top of a hill
and then pushing off, sliding clear
to the bottom. It's the University's
version of Ethan Fromm, a world
of fun.
During the fall and spring and
summer, the Arb is used for cours-
es in the natural sciences. Stu-
dents taking botany can be seen
wandering through the woods
looking for cones or acorns or

leaves, or comparing barks. Junior
geologists often trek through the
Arb searching out various kinds
of stones or rock formations. Zool-
ogy students also walk occasion-
ally through.
But in addition to all this, the
Arb provides an ideal place for
study dates or just for study or
just for dates.
The Arb is a fine place to hold
a picnic, to watch the stars or the
sunset or the sunrise or the Uni-
versity's submarines, and students
overlook none of them.
Good View
The higher slopes offer pos-
sibly the best available view of
the central campus and of the ex-
tended North Campus.
In recent years, however, there
has been a new form of danger in
the Arb. Prof. Walter Chambers,
in charge of landscape architec-
ture, reported that the land suf-
fers "terrible abuse" by both stu-
dents and the general public.
He added that it takes two men
two days to gather up the debris
from one weeekend, and explain-
ed that this littering of trash and
uprooting of plants could ruin the


The Character of the Law School
The character of the legal profession depends on the
character of the Law School and the character of the Law
School forecasts the future of mankind.
-Inscription, -Law Quad
Photography by Michael de Gaetano

The University of Michigan Newman Club
Newman Ideals
* Religious, social, and intellectual betterment of the. Catholic
student on a secular campus.
" A home away from home where Catholic students can enjoy
the company of others.
" Promote leadership qualities in those students possessing such.
Plus " All Catholics and non-Catholic students are welcome
to visit the club, meet the officers, and help to make the
University of Michigan Newman Club the best.
Friday, Sept. 14, 7:00 GET ACQUAINTED PARTY
to the Newman Club by Prof. G. B. Harrison with dancing afterwards.
Sunday, Sept. 16th, Communion breakfast
Picnic at 2:00







332 Thompson

(Next to St. Mary's Chapel)



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