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Desirability Of Liberal rurriculum
Is Discussed At Beetlng
Of Organizations

Women Advisers Give Varied Opinions
On Present Plan Of Freshman Week



By a unanimous decision, the fresh-
m*nan team of Portia literary society
defeated the representatives of Ath-
ena in the debate held Thursday, the,
question being,' "Resolved: That the
curiculum of the literary college be
made more fiexible so as to permit
of earlier specialization."
The affirmative was upheld 'by the
Portia debaters, Margaret Lauer,
Florence Frendsen, and Frances Jen-
nings; the negative by the Athena
team, Elizabeth Haskell, Anna Gold-
berg, and Dorothy Wilson. Judges
for the debate were Mr. Car. G.
Brandt and -Mr. Orville C. Miller of
.the speech department and Profes-
sor J. B. Mooore of the English de-
Maintaining that required subjects
do not allow enough time for liberal
culture and do not prepare one for a
career, the affirmative quoted Presi-
dent Marion L. Burton who believes
that training is liberalizing and
broadening when it is concentrated
on. It was pointed out that Euro-
pean schools such as Oxfoyrd and
Cambridge, had followed the plan of
early specialization s u c c e s s f u 1 1 y.
Professor Charles H. Cooley's chap-
ter on specialization in his book,
"Human Nature and the Social Or-
der," was read in which he states
that the person who knows one thing
well has a window through which he
can see other things.
That a change of policy was- not
necessary, that no one can succeed
without background and broadening
liberal education needed even by
gifted students, were two main points'
raised by the opponents of the affirm-
ative was that earlier specialization
would necessitate two schools and;
would result in social disintegration,
specialization in "pipe" courses, stu-
dents taking the path of least resist-

Varying opinions as to the primary
function of the freshman adviser, the
part which the freshman should play
in the advisory system and in Fresh-
man Week, and constructive . critt-
cisms and suggestions for change are
the result of a number of interviews
with many of the women advisers of
last fall's freshm an groups.
Before saying anything else, most
of the advisers expressed the opin-
ion that Freshman Week last fall was
a tremendous success, in spite of the
unfavorable weather, and the jfagt
that the experiment had never been
tried at the University before. As to
the success of the advisory system it-
self, opinion was somewhat divided,'
since in certain phases of the advis-
ers' work it seemed that the antici-
pated results had not been obtained.
Especially in the holding of the
freshmr-en together in compact social
groups did' the system seem to bear
no fruit. The general opinion of the
advisers is that the freshman groups
were too heterogeneous to hold to-
gether. There was no unifying in-
terest to form a bond among the
women ini each group.
This defect in the group system
does not, however, impress many of
the advisers as being of very great
importance, for they do not consider
help in making social contacts to be
the primary function of the adviser.
Rather is the relation established be-
tween the freshman and her adviser
the important thing. Miss Beatrice
Johnson, adviser to women, observes
on this point.
"The aim of the freshm-an groups
is primarily to introduce the fresh-
men to some member of the faculty
with whom they can later feel that
they are sufficiently acquainted to go
to her for guidance and help. Thef

to whom they can feel free to come{
to for advice or purely for a social
Miss Margaret Elliott, professor of
personnel management, suggests that
certain "policing" duties might well
be separated from the other tasks of
the adviser. This includes the re-
quiring of freshman attendance at
various affairs during Freshman
The cultivation of a feeling of
duty and obligation among freshmen
is regarded by a number of advisers
as something to be desired. Miss
Grace Richards, adviser to women,
comnments as follows on this idea:
"Freshman Week is not complete un-
less it builds up a relationship of
mutual friendliness. The advisers
take the initiative during the week
itself, but this should not mean that
they monopolize leadership. By the
end of Freshman Week the relation
of students and advisers should have
become thoroughly informal. There
should be mutual understanding on
the points of adjustment.
"It seems to me that this under-
standing should make sufficient
background so that the relationship
could be and should be easily sus-
tained and protected. I think enter-
taining, either formal or informal, i
good to a degree. But a happier note
is struck when, for example, a stu-
dent calls upon, telephones to, or

The new Women's Athletic field
house was the scene of a "gala sports
party last night when the faculty of
the women's Physical Education. de-
partment entertained in honor of the
Board in Control of Athletics. Be-
sides the honored guests there were
present the Regents of. the Univer-
sity and their wives.
The guests were first taken through
the building which has been so artis-
tically decorated and furnished by
the members of the art committee
Mrs. Fielding H. Yost, Mrs. John Wait,t
and Mrs. Everett Brown. One of the
main attractions in the luxurious
lounge room is the baby grand Stein-
way piano, which has been sung to
by Caruso, and contains the signi-
ture of Leginska, noted pianist.
Programs were then distributed on
which was drawn a sketch of the field
house and which introduced the guests
to a round of tournaments, bridge,
golf, archery, and bowling in which
there was keen competition, the Phy-
sical Education department members
acting as hostesses, each to her own
activity. The lounge room was then
transformed into a gay cabaret, .and
dancing was enjoyed to the strains of
Edna Mower's orchestra, interspersed
with diverti'ssments including a solo
dance by Marian Van Tuyl, several
selections from Orchesis, and skits
from "The Love of Pete," junior girls'3
play. A cabaret supper was served,S
a most unique part of it being ice
cream in the shape of a miniature!
This affair marks an important 'step
in the history of the field house, and
it is expected that a formal opening
will be held in about two weeks, when
all the details of the building are en-
tirely completed.
According to Mrs. Lotto Lohstoeter,
instructor in modern languages here,
activities give a girl poise, a chance
to meet people, and the spirit of give
and take. She believes that as in life,.
one can do only what she thinks she
can do.
"College men who have engaged in
athletics live longer as a rule than
those who have not."-Dr. Robert H1.
.Legree, University of California phy-

The first regular practice on the
new rifle range in the women's field
house will be held Thursday afternoon
from 4 to 6 o'clock. Practices and
qualificatiom4 matches will be held
every Thursday at that time for all
team members, members of the first
semester class, and any others who
have had rifle experience.
The women's rifle team has just
completed a very successful season
with 11 matches won, 11 lost, and one
tied. The February Mratcohes were
fired on the N.R.A. target, while in
March the team had to change to the
new official target. Although this was
quite a handicap, some very good in-
dividual scores wkre mfade. Irene
Cook, '29, had the highest average for
the six meets, 95.3. Other high scor-
ers were Janet Jones, '29, Rowena
Stillman, '28, MarIe Raine, '29, Julia
Mottier, '28.Ed. Gertrude Benham,
'28Ed., and Miriam Hosmer, '28Ed.
PURDUE.--Smoking by college sor-
ority girls, either in their chapter
houses or on college campuses, was
condemned in a resolution adopted
March 1 by delegates to the national
Pan-Hellenic congress.
C'o-eds at Ohio Wesleyan have to
show the president of the institution
a written permission from their par-
ents in order to attend any dances.

Intramural Golf Is
To Start On May

Intramural golf will begin on Sat-
urday, May 5, when the first round
will be played on the University golf
course. The qualifying round must
be completed and the score cards
handed in at Barbour gymnasium by
Thursday, May 3. The players will
compete in individual matches, the
play being match play. A large num-
ber of golfers are expected to hand in
cards. The pairing -and the time for
the matches will be announced in
The Daily as soon as the qualifying
rounds have been played.

Daily Bulletin of Sportswomen



1 Tuesday night only of t
play "Porgy" has been takt
over by the Detroit Associatic
of Michigan women and receil
from' other nights will go to tl
Women's League. Tickets m
be obtained either at Wah
Bookstore or at the Alun
council office.
There will be no interclass g
today, but practices will be hel
I The Women's Athletic Asso
I iation will entertain the wo
who are in Ann Arbor for t
Michigan debating cham'pi
I ship meet and the Michigan I
I terscholastic Press associati
I convention at tea at the n
I women's field house on Frid
f afternoon from four to six
k clock.

in the intramural baseball tourna- - JUNIOR GIRLS' PLAY
ment the game scheduled for 4 o'-
clotk yesterday in Barbour Gynia- There will be a rehearsal fo
.sum resulted in a defau,, of Zeta I the entire cast and chorus at
Tali Aluha to Kappa Alpha Theta. C o'clock tonight in Sarah Caswe
The gwm-e scheci'led f r lay Monday C Angell hall. Every girl must I
at ? o'clock betweer Zeta Tar Alpha I present.
and Delta Gamma wgs postponed to
5 o'clock the following Monday. In Elizabeth Wellma
the 4 o'clock game between Delta
Zeta and Betsy Barbour, the dormi-
tory team gained a very one-sided OREGON STATE-Upper class
victory of 35-0. eds in the Home Economics ela
Finals of the A tournament will be recently toured plants in Oregon
played at 4 o'clock Monday between and Portland to gain practical kn
Betsy Barbour and Martha Cook. edge of their cotirses.

waylays her adviser to say:
ed to tell you that Spanish

'I want-
is going

academ'ic assistance which is given
by the adviser is the greatest advan-
tage of the freshman groups.
That the chief functon of the fresh-
man adviser is to be a philosopher
and friend to the entering women is
the opinion of a number of the ad-
visers interviewed. This has been
summed up by Miss Doris Twitchell
of the bureau of University research
as follows: "I would like to think
that the adviser helps the girls soc-
ially, but I believe her primary func-
tion is to be a friend to them--some-
one on the facuty, some older person,

well. It was the language for me to
take;' or, 'I have had trouble in
Geology. I can't get it. Do you
know what I should do?' or, 'I have
an invitation for a Sunday tea. What
should I wear?' etc.
"It is this kind of give and take
in the everyday life which makes for
happier orientation in college.",
In regard to the lightening of the
program of Freshman Week-a step
which has just been much recom4-
mended by many persons-Prof. Wil-
liam A. Frayer states: "While the
leisure allowed to the freshmen will
be somewhat increased this fall, we
do not intend to give the impression
that Freshman Week is merely for
play. We want the freshmen to
work, but the work should be worth
while, and we are trying to make it
so Avhere last year it was 'leficient
in a few respects."

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