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IHC-Assembly Give Orientation Ideas


EDITOR'S NOTE--The following
is the text of an "Orientation Week 1
Analysis and Policy Statement" by
the Assembly Association and In-
ter-House Council.
REALIZING the advisability of7
strengthening the University phil-
osophy of dividing an essentially
large community into smaller so-
cial groups as embodied in the
Michigan House Plan, Assembly
Association and Inter-House Coun-
cil contend that there is a need
for a change of emphasis in the
,present social orientation pro-
gram. We wish to limit our discus-
sion to social as distinguished
from academic orientation activi-
The existing program overem-
phasizes social orientation in large
groups. We feel that the incoming
student would find his orientation
experience more valuable if as
much of the social program as pos-
sible were offered on a small group
basis. Such groups are already in
existence within the framework of
the residence hall system. This is
not to say that the entire program
of all-campus social orientation ac-
tivities should be eliminated. Total
orientation cannot and should not
be accomplished in one week.
Many, of the existing activities
would be much more valuable if
offered some time after the first
week. A crowded orientation pro-
gram consisting of large-scale ac-
tivities does not accomplish the
purpose for which it was intended,
namely, helping the new student
to become an effective member of
the University community. There-
fore, we feel that such events
should be eliminated from future
orientation week schedules. We
would like to see a total orienta-
tion program which would offer
both all-campus and small group
activities without concurrent
scheduling. Conflicting events pre-
vent participation in a balanced
introduction of the new student to
the, University. We urge that this
week be as effective as possible.
The social aspect of the Orien-
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tation Schedule as set up this fall
proved to hamper the proper ob-
jectives of an orientation program.
Instead of placing a premium on
basic living unit activities which
acclimate the student more ef-
fectively to his immediate envi-
ronment the Schedule, in some
cases, actually prevented these ac-
tivities from taking place.
We suggest that the Orientation
Week Planning Committee insti-
tute a program wherein there
would be a more careful evalua-
tion of approved activities. Total
orientation cannot and should not
be accomplished during the first
week. A cross section of interest
groups and types of' activities
should be represented. Each ac-
tivity should be considered in light
of its value to the new student
during his first week on campus,
THE FOLLOWING represents
our analysis and recommendations
for the events as they appeared
on this year's Orientation Sched-
Freshman Mixer, Orientation
Dance, and Union Madness-These
in particular are damaging to the
purposes of the University Orien-
tation Program. Because of their
size and "impersonal atmosphere,

they are far less effective .at fos-
tering new friendships and orient-
ing the student to his basic living
unit than the individual house
mixers. We believe that the latter
should be given priority and
that all-campus freshman mixers
should not be approved for the
Orientation Schedule. t
League Night - League activi-
ties should be explained through
Open Houses scheduled during the
day, such as those sponsored by
the DAILY, S.A.B., etc., and
through mass meetings later in
the year. They should not be
granted an evening of the Orien-!
tation Week.
Forums - are unnecessary be-
cause the same information and'
orientation is available in planned
house activities through the resi-
dence halls staffs and through the
big brother and big sister pro-
Sports Spree - interferes with
house activities by crowding the
schedule unnecessarily, and by ty-
ing up: recreational facilities.
House activities would .offer the
same opportunities and allow for
development of better IM and
WAA programs because there
would be more house unity. The

freshmen would have an increased
opportunity to know the people
with whom they will be living by
participating in these house activ-
ities instead of impersonal all-
campus ones.
International & Transfer Mixers
-These events are valuable and
definitely have a place on the Or-
ientation Week calendar because
the small scale house activities are
aimed primarily at freshmen.
Consequently, for the most of-
fective overall program, we believe
that these events should be con-
President's Welcome and All
Campus Sing - This is an excel-
lent activity which provides a
chance for class spirit to be es-
tablished. It also constitutes a
valuable introduction to the Uni-
Campus, Close-Up - This is
valuable for the cross section of
all programs which are offered
to the student --- athletic, aca-
demic, and extra-curricular.
Church Night-This is ~an in-
tegral part of the Orientation
Week calendar because it provides
a group activity where students
can meet on a common ground
without necessitating a dating sit-

uation. Again, this breaks down
the entering students into groups
with which they will be associated
with for the entire year.
The question which remains un-
answered is whether the social
programs of the individual men's
and women's residence halls could
effectively handle. the responsi-
bility for orientation that cancel-
ling the all-campus social events
would place upon them. We be-
lieve that these house programs
have been developed to the point
where they could do this very suc-
cessfully. Mixers, picnics, house
and corridor meetings, and coffee
hours, set up at a spring social
chairmen's conference, are already
established features of the Orien-
tation Week social calendars of all
the men's and women's houses.
The preparation, staging, and dis-
mantling of these events provide a
rallying point for the new stu-
dents at which they can meet
each other and can gain a com-
mon fund of experience to discuss
and share.
We believe that these recom-
mendations are feasible and would
greatly improve the quality of the
entire University Orientation Week







The Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publication of The Univer-
sity of Michigan for which The
Michigan Daily assumes no edi-
torial responsibility. Notices should
be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
Room 3519 Administration Build-
ing, before 2 p.m. the day preceding
publication. Notices for Sunday
Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
VOL. LXX, No. 12
General Notices
University Faculty and Staff Meeting.
President Hatcher will give his an-
nual "State of the University" address
on Mon., Oct. 5, at :00 p.m., in the
Rackham Lecture Hall.l The Distin-
guished Faculty Achievement Awards
for 1959 will be presented. A reception
will follow in the Michigan League
Faculty Recital: Robert Noehren, Uni
versity Organist, will be heard in the
first of three Sunday afternoon recitals
of organ music in Hill Auditorium at
4:15 o'clock, October 4. This is a pro-
gram as It was given by Felix Mendels-
sohn in Leipsig on August 6, 1840, of all
Bach compositions. Open to the public.
Science Research Club Meeting. Rack-
ham Amphitheater, Tuesday, October
6, 7:30 p.m. Program: "Masars and

Masers"-Chihiro Kikuchi, Willow Run
Laboratories. "The Soviet Challenge: A
Geographer's View"-George Kish Ge-
ography. Resolution concerning nomi-
nation for membership of scientists
who are not affiliated with the Univer-
sity will be discussed. Dues for 1959-60
accepted after 7:00 p.m.
The regular meeting of the Faculty
of the College of Literature, Science,'
and the Arts will be held in Auditorium
A, Angell Hall, at 4:15 p.m., on Monday,
October 5.
Dewey Centennial Lecture on the "En-
during Elements in the Educational
Thought of John Dewey By John L.
Childs, Professor Emeritus of Teachers
College, Columbia University Mon., Oct.
5 at 4:15 p.m. in the Rackham Amphi-
Academic Notices
Engineering Mechanics Seminar, Mon.,
Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. in Rm. 353, West
Engineering Bldg. Assistant Professor
Walter Debler, Engineering Mechanics
Dept., will speak on "The Influence of
Temperature Distribution in a Thermal
Instability Problem." Coffee will be
served in 201 West Engineering Bldg.
at 3:30 p.m.

A seminar luncheon on "The Special-
ization Problem in Freshwater Ani-
mals" will be held Tues., Oct. 6 at 12
noon in Room "2042, Natural Science
Rhodes Scholarships. There will be
a meeting for all those interested in
Rhodes Scholarships on Tuesday, Oct.
6, at 4:10 p.m., in Room 2013 Angell
Hall. Applications for scholarships are
due on or before Friday, Oct. 16, in
Room 2026 Angell Hall. Further infor-
mation may be obtained from Clark
Hopkins, 2011 Angell Hall.
Automatic programming and numer-
ical analysis seminar organizational
meeting. Prof. Bernard A. Galler will
speak on "The Share Assembly Pro-
gram (SAP): How it works; Mon., Oct.
5 at 4:00 p.m. in Rm. 3209 Angell Mall.
"An Analysis of The Image" will be
the topic of the discussion held as a
part of the Summer Reading and Dis-
cussion Program Sun., Oct. 4, at 8:30
p.m. in the Honors Study Lounge of
the Undergraduate Library. Prof.Ken-
neth Boulding of the Economics Dept.,
and cu rently on leave as visiting pro-
fessor at the University College of West
Indies will lead the discussion. The, pro-
gram is open to the public.
Placement Notices

The Internat'l Silver Co., Meriden,
Conn., is in need of 2 men immediately
that can qualify as sales Representa-
tives for MID-WESTERN territory as-
signments. Between ages of 22-30, mili-
tary service obligation fulfilled.
Oregon State Civil Service Commis-
sion announces open-continuous re-
cruitment for Medical Records Librar-
Ian I : and II. High School graduate,
training in medical record librarian t
work and at least 2 yrs. experience.
U.S. Civil Service Comreission an-
nounces-the Student Trainee Exami-
nation. Open to High School seniors
and college students, giving them an
opportunity to combine their college
study with training on the job In ei-
ther vacation work-study or coopera-
tive work-study programs. The first .** ;_,_
written test will be given Oct. 31st, and
appications muste in tno late tha
Oct. ,13th. More complete InformationAtm chn maew'ed d--h-oo
can be obtained at the Bureau. >rof eu
City of Oakland, Calif., announces experts. For ,goof, we refer you to our
examination for, Jr. Engrg. Degree in s r
Civil Engrg., and possession of a valid
State of Calif. driver's license.greatcollcton of alseparates'.,.
For further information concerningge c co f l e a
any of the above positions, contact the
Bureau of Appointment, 4001 Admin. actually, they're' inseparabl es!Alsow l
dg8l., Ext. 3371 or 509. t:jt
ATTETION SENORS ND GAD-blended that we guarantee you'll find
U(ATES, Interested in Placement after =i
Graduation in Business and Industry, .... just the color-mates you're pining for.
Schools and Colleges, Government and
Interviews during the School Year -
A., Angell Hall, Tuesday, October 0th.

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