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Representative Body Favors Plan and
Will Help in Establishing
Councilman, H. G. Tait, '15, was ap-
pointed by the student council, last
night, to assist Werner W. Schroeder,
'14-'16L, in his efforts to start a "co-
op" store. The council was moved to
approve the idea because of the success
it has met in other colleges, especial-
ly Harvard and Wisconsin, in cutting
down the high price of text books,
which is so large an item in student
econmics. The council does not in-
tend to take active control over the
new institution, but wishes to give its

yFor Michigan
epartment of the
an has conferred
since its estab-
engineering de-
rersity of Michi-
Lence," says Dean

"'H'le Iichigtn Daily For Michigan"
Forms Subject Matter For New
A pamphlet entitled "Why Come to
Michigan," based upon the articles
that have appeared in The Michigan
Daily under the head "Michigan Daily
for Michigan," containing facts show-
ing Michigan's prowess, is being pre-
pared by the Dixie club to boost the
University of Michigan in the southern
These pamphlets will be given to ev-
ery member of the club, who will
take them home Christmas, and have
them published in their respective city
newspapers. This pamphlet will be
supplemented by a second one to be
published and distributed during the
spring vacation.
The shiiilar idea of publishing the
"Michigan Daily For Michigan" arti-
cles, has, been followed, not only by
the Dixie club, but by various uni-
versity papers, boosting their respect-
ive schools.

the positions held by
tes who have gained
ions in their respect-
branches and to even
;heir works would fill
e over.
ost internationally fa-
>f the Michigan engi-
ent is Alfred Noble,
from his graduating
S. assistant engineer
t. Mary's Fall Canal.
vas completed in 1882
superintendent. In
years he built seven
he country. Later he
er of the Nicaraugua
n, the U. S. Board of
, and was twice a
oard of constructing
Panama Canal.
ass graduated Henry
or 20 years was chief

J. W. Harding, '14L, and H. C. Tall-
madge, '14, were picked for the final
peace contest in the first preliminary,
held last night. Harding spoke on
"The Price of Peace" and Tallmadge
on "The Passing of the Soldier." R. S.
Fulton, '14, was chosen alternate. A.
F. Ross, lit. spec., a negro whose par-
ents were slaves, pleaded for the col-
ored race and obtained fourth place.
Three more orators will be chosen,
for the final contest, in the second pre-
liminary to be held in room 302 N. W.,
University hall, at 7:30 o'clock, to-
night. Orations are limited to 16 min-
utes. The contestants are entered in
the following order: E. A. Cournyer,
'15; H. M. Rosa, '14L; N. H. Goldstick,
'15L; W. E. Morris, '16L; B. B. Wat-
kins, '14L; and C. O. Chan.
The final contest will be held before
the Oratorical association in Univer-
sity Hall, December :.8. The winner
of the contest will enter the state con-
test at Olivet on March 28; if still suc-
cessful, he will compete in the inter-
state contest at Cleveland on April 25,
and finally at the !National Peace con-
test at Lake Mohonk, N. Y., on May
14. Prizes offered for these contests
amount to $475.00.

the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mex-
ico. He was awarded a silver medal at
the Paris exposition for his method of
improving river and harbor entrances,
and was a member of the board of
three which planned the protection of
Galveston after its inundation.
On the national roll of honor should
come Rolla C. Carpenter, '75E, who
officiated on the jury of awards at
three international expositions; Jos-
eph Ripley, '76E, former assistant
chief engineer of the Pan'ama canal
and at present consulting engineer of
the New York state canals; William
M. Campbell, '86E, recipient of four
gold medals from different national
academies of science, leader of four
eclipse expeditions and now director
of Lick observatory; and George Y.
Wisner, '65E, consulting engineer of
the U. S. Reclamation service, whose
plans entailed the expenditure of $30,-
000,000 and involved the construction
of the highest dam and the largest ar-
tificial lake in the world.
Only the strict technological schools
possess a wider range of equipment
than Michigan's engineering depart-
ment, but no school in America has a
wider field of general learning than is
afforded by Michigan's school of sci-
ence. Eminent critics say that in elec-
trical engineering, Michigan ranks far
above Yale, Purdue, Chicago, and
Minnesota. The Michigan wireless
station which did such heroic service
at the time of the Central Ohio flood,
is far more powerful than those at Co-
lumbia, Princeton, Yale, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, and Ohio.-
The naval tank of the department
is the largest and best equipped in-
door naval tank possessed by any uni-
versity in the land. Cornell has an
outdoor tank which is larger in size,
but which is only available on from
30 to 40 days in the school year owing
to the inclement weather. The only
indoor naval tank in the country which
is larger than Michigan's is owned by
the government and is located at
Washington, D. C :
In surveying, one of the fundamen-
tal engineering courses, Michigan has
maintained a supremacy for 40 years.
In 1873 Michigan set the example to
all universities by founding a survey-
ing camp for the use of its students,
and for 15 years it was the only univer-)
sity in the country which maintained a
camp of this nature. The Bogardus
Engineering Camp, located on a tract
of 1,700 virgin acres near Cheboygan,
Michigan, is now the largest and most
(Continued on page 4.)

Investigation has yet to discover un-
favorable comment upon the recom-
mendations of the committee on late
dances; while on the contrary, opin-
ion is strong in commendation for the
action taken. Both individual and so-
ciety sentiment is complimentary to
such measures promoting progression
and better codes of morals in the stu-
dent body in general.
Because these suggestions stand for
higher standards in the university life,
representative members of campus so-
cieties have not hesitated to vouch for
the entire society in several cases.
Campus organization opinion as con-
ceded is as follows:
Voting yes-Druids, Stylus, Mortar
Board, Vulcans, Barristers, Alchem-
ists, Web-Flange, Omega Phi, Senior
Society, and Wyvern; those to vote in
the future-Griffins, Sphinx, Triangles,
Quadrangles, Woolsack.
Further personal opinions of
prominent students are: S. G. Baites,]
'14E-"I approve of the action of the
committee"; S. S. Dickinson, '15L,
president of the Union-"I strongly in-
dorse the recommendations of the
dance committee"; Irene Bigalke,
president of the Women's league-"I
am heartily in favor of the action of
the committee, and believe it will tend
to improve dancing conditions."

Vew Students Will Be Dismissed Early
This Year as Result of
New System.
By action of the attendance commit-
tee of the lit department, procedure,
relative to the excusing of students
from classes just prior to or following
the annual Christmas vacation, has,
been left in the hands of the dean of
the respective departments. All cas-
es of absence from classes, not special-
ly excused, will be dealt with by the
deans according to the circumstances
of each individual case.
Acting Dean Effinger has adopted a
very strict policy in the matter of
excuses, the result being that but half
a dozen students have been excused
from classes. In view of the fact that
over 2,000 men and women are regis-
terd in this department, such a num-
,ber is looked upon as an unusual rec-
Classes in the university will be sus-
pended on Friday evening, December
19. - For each individual student, va-
cition begins at the moment his last
recitation is over on that day. Uni-
versity work will be recommenced on
Tuesday, January 6, at 8:00 o'clock.
"There is too much mythology afloat
on the campus with regard to the
methods of election to Phi Beta Kap-
pa, and this I want to dispel," said
Prof. R. M. Wenley at a meeting of the
society, open to juniors and seniors
of the lit department, in Sarah Caswell
Angell hall last night. Preceding Pro-
fessor Wenley, Prof. W. A. Frayer out-
lined the history and aims of the fra-
"Election to Phi Beta Kappa is auto-
matic," said Professor Wenley. "It
passes through seven stages." First
the president appoints an electoral
committee. Professor Frayer is chair-
man of this committee this year. Sec-
ond, this committee submits to the
faculty the names of all seniors, withj
a request that Phi Beta Kappa materi-
al be reported, with relative marks in
each case.
Thirdly the committee takes these'
names, usually about 200, and selects
some 60 or 70 of the most meritorious.
Fourthly, these selections are put on
a printed list and sent out to the fac-
ulty with three requests: (a) the re-
turn of those listed who have had
work with the various teachers, in or-

(The Michigan Daily sssumes no re-
sponsibility for sentiments expresse
ed in communications.)
Editor, The Michigan Daily:--
In a communication in yesterday's
Daily, "One of the Initiated" made the
statement that the work of the doror-
ities was ahead of that of the inde-
pendents. I should like to call her at-
tention to the fact that in the official
classification of grades of the students,
three house clubs stood at the top of
the list.
This fall when the standings of the
various societies were announced in
The Daily, the sororities were men-
tioned as having the highest grades. A
second statement of this kind seems to
warrant a correction.
M.. Gertrude Helmecke, '14.
Editor's Note-On October 4, The
Daily published a story comparing the
scholastic standings of the fraternities
and sororities. The sororities had a
better standing than the fraternities,
but no comparison was made in ref-
erence to independents and sororities.
Union Will Hold Holiday Dances
Dances on the two Saturday nights
during Christmas vacation and on New
Year's eve, will be arranged by the
Union, to be conducted similar to the
regular membership dances. Special
features will be worked up for the
last dance in 1913. Tickets will be
placed on sale several days previous
to each party. Because of the large
number of students remaining in Ann
Arbor during the recess, it is expected
the dances will prove very popular.
"My only suggestion in regard to
the advisory system is that it be put in
operation," is the sentiment expressed
by one freshman woman in her theme
on the subject, as requested by the ad-
visory committee. "Have the advisors
assigned at the time of enrollment, if
possible, in order that they may get in
touch with the new men during the
first day or so, when they are most1
needed," and "let the student advisors
regard their work in the light of an
honor, and talk more of conduct and
less of books," are some of the point-
ed statements in the various themes.
As the result of investigation con-
ducted among the rhetoric instructors
in regard to the advisory system as a
whole, it does not appear tht the new
men are condemning the plan as of no
value, but rather they do not think it
is well conducted at the present time.
"With the exception of a few men op-
posed to the entire system, the major-j
ity in my classes seem to regard the
plan in a favorable light and offer
many suggestions for improving the
advisory system," said one instructor
last evening.
In speaking of the results obtained
in the themes, Prof. M. P. Tilley said
last night: "The advisory system is
young as yet; the present method ofi
securing the opinions of the new men
will help to formulate plans whereby
the system may be materially im-
The "Scarecrow" poster contest, con-
ducted by the Comedy club, will close,
this evening at 6:00 o'clock. No post-
ers will be considered which are turn-
ed in after that time. Competition this
year has been especially keen, and it
is expected that nearly a dozen draw-

ings will be submitted.
The winners will be picked next
week, by a board of judges consisting
of the business manager, publicity
manager, and their assistants. The,
three winning drawings will be placed
on exhibition at Wahr's bookstore.
Oratorical contests for the women
of the university may be established,
according to plans being formulated
by the oratorical department. "I think
there is an urgent need for such ac-
tivities," said R..K. Immel, of the ora-1
tory department, yesterday, "and fa-'

(The Michigan Daily sssumes no re-
sponsibility for sentiments express-
ed in communications.)
Editor, The Michigan Daily-
The committee of the university sen-
ate which Inst year conducted the con-
ferences with representatives of all
the house clubs, secret and non-secret,
limited itself, both in its report and
in the charts of comparative standings
cf the various clubs, strictly to the pre-
sentation of carefully ascertained
facts, and at the same time avoided
drawing inferences and conclusions.
In the desire, therefore, that these
facts shall remain clear and undis-
torted, I beg the privilege of correcting
certain misstatements made by "One
of the Initiated" in the communica-
tion which appeared in The Daily on
It is evident that the number of dif-
ferent organizations represented at
this university has nothing to do with
the effectiveness of the control exer-
cfsed by any one national body over
its local chapter.
Secondly, neither the average stand-
ing of independent women nor of all
women students is given at all in
the chart. The only standings of wom-
en then given are those of the soror-
ities and of "other women's clubs,"
the latter being league or similar
houses, occupied by some of the many
independents. Moreover the average
standing of the sororities is below
that of the league houses. Thus the
chart does not show that the work in.
the sororities is ahead of the indepen-
All will admit that continual watch-
fulness of the older students over un-
derclassmen is an important and vital
function of house clubs. The second
explanation of the assumed higher
standing of certain groups is as far
from the true facts as the assumption
itself. Freshmen in the Department
of Literature, Science, and the Arts go
to the committee on elections, where
they determine what courses they are
to pursue; thence they go to the clas-
sification committee, by whom they




Forty Aspirants Turn Out For F
Trial and Display Great AbIlIty
Number Reduced
to 'u.
Final Selection of Principals to
Made After Christmas
Preliminary tryouts for the I
Michigan Union opera, last n1,
brought out 40 aspirants for cast
sitions. At last year's initial t
there were but 33 performers,4
those who have served on previous
era committees agree that the m
rial displayed last night is far
perior to that of any other Uti
show. About one-fourth of last nig
tryouts were men who served in C
trarie Mary, but many of the new z
did stunts which will easily win t
places on the speaking ;role of
1914 performance.
At a meeting of thecommittee
ter the tryouts, the number was red
ed to about 25, with 17 parts to be
ed. Competition for the nine pr
pal positions will be especially ke
as there are now two or three conte
ers of almost equal merit for the sa
part. The ,final picking will not
made until after Christmas vacati
but all of the men remaining on
list will be asked to study the po
bilities of the book during the rec
The committee in charge of the
lection is as follows: Mr. Bert
John, director, Prof. William Howla
and Earl Moore, '12, of the school
music, Carl P. Hoch, general ch
man, Ray Melton, author,kRowl
Fixel, '12-'14L, Willis A. Diekema,
Arthur Cohen, '14L, Sylvan Grosz
'14L, and R. H. Baker, '16M
Last night's tryouts were especi
proficient in musicalability, this ha
ing been a weakness in the preli
nary trials of other Union shows. R'
Melton, the author, who was pres
at the meeting last night said: '
material displayed gives the op
greater possibilities than I ever ho]
Tryouts for chorus positions w
be held immediately after vacati
Some of the music being written
considered especially meritorious
the committee. All of the comp
tive selections must be handed In
fore Monday night.
The majority of the women qu
tioned yesterday as to their attit
toward a women's council, with dut
and powers similar to those exerci:
by the student council for the mi
favored the plan. The consensus
opinion was, that such an organizat
would help to put the women's acti
ties upon a firm foundation and g
increased importance to their und
takings. Some suggested that its w
might conflict with that of the mut
sorority association, which has cha:
of general affairs pertaining to
sororities, but it is believed that t
could easily be prevented.
"The idea of a women's council f
presses me as being an extremely g
plan," responded Helen Lohman,
"but I have not had much time to th:
the matter over. The women need
organization of this sort."
Marjorie Nicolson, '14, expres
about the same sentiment, but add
"Before taking any definite action
must be certain that a large perce

age of the women desire such a cour
and would give it their support."
vor a system similar to that used
the men, with certain modifications
the method of judging." Several
quiries have been received and th
interested will meet to discuss pla

are assigned to certain sections in the der of their merit; (b) if any one is
courses elected. This assignment is omitted, his name is to be restored to
based on two principles, one for the the lists and the reasons given for
convenience of the instructors, the his addition; (c) that any objections
other in the interests of the individual to any name on the list be given, with
students. The various sections of the the reasons.
same course are kept as nearly the From this new information and on
same size as possible, and the student's this basis, the committee draws up a
program is distributed through the final list for submission to a full meet-
week to the best possible advantage. ing of the chapter, this list not to con-
Sophomores are restricted to a some- tain more than 10 per cent of the
what lesser degree by the group re- graduating class. Then the chapter,
quirements for graduation. Thus the after a full discussion, proceeds to act
only students who are free to profit on this list, the candidates chosen, and
through unequal standards are the the press receiving notification from
upperclassmen themselves. the proper official only. Finally these
The published lists of the distribu- selected candidates are initiated at the
tion of grades by the different instrue- annual banquet in the spring.
tors last year will not be sent out to
the members of the faculty until next departments. It was recognized this
January. That students should chance week by the committee on non-athlet-
to see this report could result in no ic activities. A dance will be held by
special evil, since an exact knowledge the society at the armory tonight. The
of facts is a better foundation for officers are as follows: Tom G. Forney,
judgment than common rumor, evi- '14L, president; Clark Clement, '14L,
dently the basis of the communication vice-president; Fred C. Matthai, '14,
under consideration. secretary; and John O'Hara, '14L,
One thing that is shown by the chart treasurer.
is that the house club which in any
year stands at the top has obtained MIICHIGAN DAILY EDITOR
the highest average. TO PRESIDE AT flEETING
The committee is greatly pleased at
the hearty and active interest shown The Western College Editor's asso-
by the clubs in this investigation and ciation will hold its second annual
publishing of scholarship standings, meeting in Chicago, Saturday, Decem-
and is gratified at the improvement ber 20, at the La Salle hotel. The
show in many cases. . meeting will be presided over by Mau-
ARTHUR G. HALL. rice Toulme, '12-'14L, president of the
- organization and editor of The Mich-1
Upperclassmen Form Rojnd Up Club igan Daily, and the main college ,pa-
With a membership of about 80, the pers of the mi'ddle west will be repre-
"Round Up" has been launched as a sented. Chicago, Wisconsin, Minne-
new social organization, drawing its sota, North Western, Ohio State, In-
upperclass members from nearly all diana, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

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