THE MICHIGAN DAILY
tudents Share Responsibilities in Co-ops
By THOMAS COPI
s are more than just a lot
le trying to live together
MUSKET Produces All-Student Show
This point was stressed by Lu-
er Buchele, ExecutiveSecretary
the Inter-Cooperative Council.
though the co-op gives the stu-
mts a chance to save money, it
so presents them with oppor-
nities of living and getting along
th others, and learning house-
The co-op system, was estab-
hed at the University during the
neteen thirties as the first stu-
mt co-op in the nation. The
ochdale Principles, under which
e Inter-Cooperative Council op-
1) Open membership: Each
ruse is interracial, interfaith, and
eutral in all external political
2) Democracy: Each member
tall have one vote in the deci-
ons the organization makes. All
ecisions are made at open meet-
.gs by majority vote.
3) Cooperation: Equal duties
,nd responsibilities as well as
vual sharing of the benefits.
Incorporated in 1944!.
The Inter-Cooperative Council
t University was incorporated
1944 as a, Michigan non-profit
operative corporation. The ICC
the coordinating organization
at owns the co-op houses, and
versees the actions of the houses.
he Board of Directors of ICC is
ie chief coordinating body of
Musket (Michigan Union Show
--Ko-Eds Too) is an all-campus
show sponsored by the Union.
Each year the group presents a
musical comedy featuring the act-
ing, singing, dancing, artistic and
other musical and organizational
talents of students.
Organized. in 1956, Musket has
produced the Broadway musicals
"Brigadoon," "Kiss Me Kate,"
"Oklahoma," "Carousel" and
"Kismet." The productions given
the past two years were original
creations by two graduate stu-
dents, Robert James, and Jack
O'Brien. Their "Bartholomew
Fair," an adaptation of Ben Jon-
son's 1614 comedy of the same
name, was last fall's production.
After giving five performances of
the satire on Elizabethan society
to Ann Arbor audiences, the cast
went on a road tour.
Musket was originally an all-
male group called the Michigan
Union Opera which presented
original musical parodies of cam-
pus life, and was widely known
due to extensive road tours. The
show played twice at the Metro-
politan Opera House in New York,
and was received at the White
House by President Coolidge.
The Union Opera was forced to
close down in 1955 due to great
operating expenses. Another group
was started immediately, let coeds
in, and called itself MUSKET.
After two productions, the group
ceased to rent costumes and to
have sets professionally designed,
and students took charge of this
end of production also. This, along
with the move from a local movie
theatre to the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, cut down on high
ating expenses, and the shov
moved along steadily since.
Over 200 persons are neede
produce a Musket show. The
will hold a mass meeting soo
any students interested in w
ing on this year's production
sides acting, dancing and ore
tration work, students may
up for the following commit
publicity, programs, tickets,
ers, and productions which is
divided into sets, costumes, m
up and props.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Students cooperate in preparing a meal in the kitchen of one of the
cooperative houses on campus. In addition to offering living space these houses also board a limited
number of non-residents who help pay for their meals by doing necessary chores around the house as
do the regulars.
that organization. It meets every
two weeks to consider recommen-
dations made to it by the various
committees. Board members di-
rectly represent their houses, each
house electing one board member
for each ten residents.
In addition to tfe Board of
Directors,' a five-man Advisory
Board, made up of interested fac-
ulty and townspeople, serves to
provide an additional bridge be-
tween the co-ops, the University,
and the community.
Since 1944, the ICC has added
an additional house every two or
three years. There are presently
nine co-ops-three for men, five
for women, and one for married
couples. The ICC will continue to
buy houses as the need for them
Any student at the University
who is not a freshman or is
twenty-one is eligible to live in a
co-op. Applications for a room are
taken on afirst come first served
basis, with no discrimination
whatsoever. Often applications are
filed months In advance, as the
limited number of spaces avail-
able are-greatly in demand.
Many people who do not wish
to live in a co-op do want to
board there, and this is allowed..
Men may board at either men's or
womn's co-ops, but- women cannot
board at a co-op without living
The women in co-ops have the
same hours as women in other
University sponsored housing, and
each co-op has a house director,
who represents the University.
The women are allowed to elect
The executive secretary of the
ICC is hired by the board of di-
rectors to provide continuity from
year to year, and to give advice
when needed. Buchele emphasized
that the ICC is "a student-run or-
ganization, where the decisions
are made by the students. It is
one of the few organizations of
this type on campus." Some of the
decisions that the Board of Direc-
tors made include the renovating
of the kitchens in two of the co-
ops, this summer, at a cost of.
The names of the co-ops are as
follows: for men, Michigan, John
Nakamura and Robert Owen co-
ops; for women, Muriel Lester, A.
K. Stevens and Harold Osterweil
houses; for graduate women, Mark
VIII co-op; and for married stu-
dents, Lois Brandeis co-op.
COMFORTS OF HOME-Two students study in theirroom at a
co-op., The Houses are owned by, the Inter-Cooperative Council
which usually buys a new one every two or three years. At present
the system numbers nine houses.
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