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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Universities Confronted With Housin

PROGRESS SHOWN I
°'SURVEY FCLE
'Northwestern, Wiscoasni, Make L
Strides Toward Accommodatig
NEED DORMITORIES HER
By Nelsoni J. Smith, Jr.
In the past ten years, as the
leges and universities of the Uni
States have been reaching their p
of size and efficiency, interest in pr
lems incident to administratioA h
shifted rapidly; and. during this u
iod there has appeared no unify
interest which one could pick out -
hold up as the narticular thing
which all of the colleges seemed to
interested and which all of them c
sidered as their major interest a
aim. Rather, each school was devot
its attention to the development
the facilities which would enable
to care, in the hegt manner then p
sible for the flood of students t
overwhelmed them and overtaxed th
capacities.
But in the past two years there h
come a new element into the fi
and this new element has beenc
manding increasing attention un
every major school in the middle w
is considering it carefully and givi
to it the best of its energies in an
fort to find the solution of a h
problem. The new element is the qu
"ion of housing and is the last of t
great questions that has been'lI
open, the last of the phases of c
lege life that has been allowed to sh
for itself until the more import
questions of faculty, physical equ
ment, endowment, and organizati
were completely coveed
Necessity Is Realized
In the past two yea thedtide h
turned and the question of housi
has suddenly taken its place as
question that could no longer be
nored if the morale of the colleg
was to be built up and the stude
body kept in a tractible and comp
form. The old system of allowing s
dents, and especially the men s
dents, to shift for themselves and fi
rooms and , accommnodations whc
they miglIf, and of being only co
cerned with the sanitary conditions
the places open to students, soonr
vealed itself as a dangerous syst
that spelt death of, morle and la
of coordination to those schools pu
suing the plan extensively.
Of the schools in the Big Ten, w
whom this survey is especially co
cerned, since the interests of the
schools are essentially the sam
there are only three that have not i
clbded to date some specific plansf
an extensive dormitory system
tweir schedules. Eight of these scho
already have some kind of a dor
tory system for women, and only fi
of them have any provisions for do
mitories for men.
Plan For Dornitories here
The University of: Michigan is pled
ed to a platform of dormitories f
all students as rapidly as the finane

for such projects can be obtained,
either from the state or from indivi-
ddals. At present on the campus there
are only four dormitories under the
control of the University, three for
women and one for men. In his an-
nual por t submitted to the Board of
ong Regents a few weeks ago President
iLittle pledged himself to the program
of dormitories for the entire student
body as a means of developing the
"important phases of social contacts
t between students." And his speeches
during the past year to alumni in the
West, and over the radio, have dealt
col- with the problem of dormitories and
their place in modern educational in-
ted stitutions. The Law club units will
eak be added to as the funds permit and
ob- necessity indicates. The legislature
ave this year is to be solicited for $750,000
er- for the .construction of a dormitory to
ing accoinunodate 500 women and it is
aind planned to make the dormitory fund
in request each year until the necessary
be units of the plan are complete. The
on- plans for .the men's dormitories pro-
and cide for initiation with the freshman
ing class and the consequent construction
of of dormitories for each class until all
it of the classes are taken care of.
os- The two schools in the Big Ten
hat that have made the greatest progress
eir with housing plans loth for men and
women are Wisconsin and Northwes-
has tern. At Wisconsin there are dormi-
eld tories that house three hundred wo-
de- men and additional dormitories that
til provide dormitory privileges for over
est five hundred men. These dormitories
[g 'are small, and divided so that each
ef- one becomes a separate social group.
ard They are located on the shores of
es- Lake Mendota and are on the edge
he of' a large playing field as well as on
eft the lake. The students who live in the
ol- dormitories take their meals at a
ift refrectory, run in connection with the
ant dormitory and located but a short dis-
ip- tance away. Plans are under way for
on the construction of these buildings for
the entire student body, but at present
only the freshmnan class is accommo-
ias dated. Understhe leadership of Pres-
Dn ident Glenn Frank rapid stri es are
a being made in the problem of the
ig- home life and morale of the student
es body and the dormitory system has
nt been taken as the key to the situa-
act 'ion and plans have been made to fol-
tU- low its requirements out to the log.
tu- ical end.
nd N'western Has Men's Dormitories
re At Northwestern University there
n- are a few dormitories for women bu.
of most of the attention up to the pros
re- ent time, contrary to the accepted
em practice in the Universities,atten-
*cl( tion has been focused ion the problem
r- of dormitories for men. There are at
present four, dormitories and plans
ith call for the construction of three
t- more during the coming year. A
se unique plan has been adopted of re-
ne, quiring all. of the fraternities to con-
- struct their houses on specified plots
for of land on fraternity and dormitory
in row according to a specified style of
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architecture and with the same plans
that are used in all of the other
houses. The dormitories having t h.
same style of building and the same
equipment as is provided for the fra-
ternity houses, the independent men
are able to enjoy all of the privilegesl
of fraternity men, such as club rooms,
lounge rooms, and facilities for ho'is
dances. The plan has been successful
and the present dormitories are much
in demand. Plans for the future pro
vide for the construction of dorini-
tories for men and women until all
of the student body is accommodated.
Indiana seems to have no organized
system outside of the system of lais-
sez faire which has so long prevailed.I
There is only one small dormitory forI
men and it is in the hands of a pri-
vate company. When it has earned a
stated amount of money it will be pre-
sented to the University and will form
the first leg of a presently hypothet.
ical plan of housing. For women there
are only two small dormitories and
the rest of the women are dependent
on private homes and League houses
for their accommodations. Their pol-
icy for the future seems indefinite.
There is no stated platform and the
facts of the future development of
their housing facilities seems left to
necessity rather than to outlook.
Ohio State Makes Little Progress
At Ohio State dormitories for men
are far in the future although Pres-
ident George W. Rightmire hopes tol
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evolve some sort of a plan. The main
difficulty that they have experien-ed
is the procuring of funds from the
state legis ature. Quoting a letter from
a secretari of the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association, University division,
-"The students chose the rooms for
their residence, pay the price that!
is asked, and do altogether as theyr
please about the whole matter. It has

From the material procured it seems!
SPfounding of a real dormitory system
I seems far in the future.
been left to their judgment whether Illinois has at the present time
or not tha price asked was too high, three large dormitories for women and
or the rooms respectable as regards one large dormitory for men. But for
cleanliness and moral decency." For (Continued on Page Eight)
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a little more complete but as yet
there are no organized dormitories.
Supervised houses and two church
homes provide what accommodations
there are for organized social life.

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