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Honor Societies
Have Had Long
Campus History

Zarly Picture Shows Michigras Float Of '07

Shaw Gives History1
Of University Years
(Continued from Page 23)
1907 - Phi Beta Kappa established

1919 - N e w University Library3
completed. New Michigan Uniont
clubhouse completed.7
1920 - June 30.- President Hutch-
ins resigns. July 1 - Marion Leroy
Burton became President of Univer-
sity. Betsy Barbour dormitory com-
p)leted. October 14 -- Dr. Burton of-|

formally inaugurated as sixth Presi-
dent of the University of Michigan.

gan Press established. John P. Cook
Legal Research Building completed.

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]' icdigamiia Tribe Earliest
Of Groups; Weird Rites
Mark Initiatons
Red-skins in full war regalia leap
frenziedly about a certain campus
oak tree, emit ear-splitting war
whoops from time to time and in-
flict tortures on their poor helpless
victims. Black and red robed indi-
viduals gather around a bonfire near
a crtain rock. Students clean the
Engineering Arch with scrub-brushes,
while others, their faces smeared with
lamp-black, crawl on their hands and
knees through the steam tunnels. A
wild, noisy and somewhat unusual
"hay-ride" is in progress. Blue den-
ims, cartridge belts and chaps make
up a certain group's wardrobe. Some
women are seen wearing huge hair-
ribbons; others are wearing senior-
caps, but not the gowns which usually
accompany them-the honor societiess
are at it again!t
Invite Membershipa
Each spring these societies inviten
to membership new recruits for thev
following year. To belong to an hon-a
orary group is something of which theL
members can well be proud; but the
little matter of initiation is often s
nerve-wracking, if not embarrassing,
uncomfortable or even slightly pain-
The tribe of Michigamua is ther
oldest of the University's many honort
societies. It is an all-campus senior
organization for men, founded inf
1902. Its purpose is to promote goodr
fellowship among those chosen toc
membership and to foster loyalty to p
the University. By tradition the wig-
wam is always located at the top of
the highest campus building. Atd
present it is pn the uppermost floor p
of the Union tower; but with thea
completion of the new Baird Me- b
morial tower, a change either in resi-
dence or in tradition will have to be
Chosen For Activitya
The "sachems" are chosen for their P
activity on campus and for their E
character. From time to time "Hon- e
orary Sachems" are elected from the I
faculty and administration of the
University on the basis of their worka
for the school's welfare. Each brave, t
whether a student or a faculty mem- l
ber, receives a name suiting his per- i
sonality or particular line of work. h
One year a certain gentleman was h
presented with the name of "Flint b
In the Engineering School there
are two class honorary soc;eties--Tri-
angles and Vulcans. Triangles,
fdunded in 1907, is for those juniors
who have been outstanding in cam-
pus activities during their previous
two years at the University. Some
are elected to membership in the
spring of their sophomore year and
others the following fall. Aside from
giving the Engineering Arch a bath,
the Triangles-to-be must also devote
a littletime to roller skating around
"the library and taking a tour of in-
spection through the Mechanical En-
gineering steam laboratory.
Recognize Juniors
The purpose of this organization is
to recognize the juniors who have
been active and to promote student-
faculty relations in the Engineering
School. In addition, Triangles is one
of the sponsors of the annual Key
Vulcans is the senior engineering
society. Started in 1904, it has much
the same purpose as Triangles and
also is a Key Dance sponsor. Mem-
bership is considered on the basis of
leadership in campus activities and
The initiates, chosen both in the

n.University. Mill-tax increased toL
Umill-xficially inaugurated as President with
three-eighths mill. I three day educational conference.
1908-Dental Building erected. 1921- Mill tax increased to three-
1909 -Alumni Memorial Hall com- fifths of a mill, to yield annually $3,-
pleted as result of gifts from alumni. ; Peinc. $,000 r uildng. School

DrVV Agell~ rsign 'te+ Pesienc , u 00u. Legisiatur e also appropriaL-
Dr. Angell resigns 'the s id ed $4,804,000 for building. School
Dean Harry B. Hutchins appointed of education established with Prof. A.
acting President. Students number S. Whitney as Dean.
191, -Chemistry Building erect- 1922 - Engineering Laboratories
ed. Dr. Hutchins elected to Presi- Building completed. William L.
dency of the Pniversity. Clements Library of American His-
1911- Reb. 11 - National dinner tory, the gift of Regent Clements, '82,
held at Hotel Astor, New York City. dedicated.
191 -Sveny-ffth annverary 1923 -Yost Field House on Ferry
1912-Seventy-fifth anniversary Field completed, the first building of
of University celebrated at Coi- its kind erected in any university.
1913 -University Health- Service 1924 - University High School and
established. Graduate School estab- New Physics Building completed. 'An-
lished as separate division of Univer- gell Hall, the first portion of a larger
sity, with Dr. Karl E. Guthe as Dean. building for the Literary College
Hill Auditorium completed, the be- erected. Department of Business Ad-
quest of Regent Arthur Hill, '65E. ministration established, with Ed-
1916 - Natural Science Building mund E. Day as Dean.
erected. Newberry and Martha Cook 1925 -February 18 -President
dormitories completed. April 14 - Marion Leroy Burton died. Novem-
President Angell died. ber 2 - Dr. Clarence Cook Little


University Hospital completed at cost Oct. 4, 1929, Alexander Grant Ruth-
of $3,800,000. Lawyers' Club, gift of ven became President of the Univer-
Hon. W. W. Cook, '80L, of New York, sity. Bureau of Alumni Relations
opened for occupancy. The New established.
Medical Building completed. The 1930 - Mosher-Jordan Halls com-
Nurses' Home, a gift of Senator James pleted. Legal Research Institute cre-
Couzens, completed. Legislature au- ated. William W. Cook bequest re-
thorizes new museum and building ceived.
for College of Architecture. Limit 1931- University Council estab-
placed on annual return from mill- lished. Alumni Advisory Council or-
tax at $3,700,000. 1ganized. Hutchins Hall completed.
1926 - Students in the University 1933 -Bureau of Government or-
number 12.690. Faculty, 701. ganized.
1927 - The Simpson Memorial In- 1935- Division of the Health Sci-
stitute, given by his wife, as a mem- ences organized.
orial to Thomas Henry Simpson, ded- 1936 - The Horace H. Rackham
icated. (Fall) New Stadium, seating School of Graduate Studies estab-
80.000 spectators, completed, lished with an endowment of four
1928 - The Michigan League, so- million dollars, from the Horace H.
cial center for women completed. and Mary A. Rackham fund. Marion
Hopwood Prize Fund established L. Burton Memorial Tower with the
through the bequest of Avery Hop- Charles Baird Carillon erected. Regu-
wood. lar resident students and Summer
-1929 - Resignation of President Session students number 13,047, Fac-


Little accepted.


of Michi- ulty 797.


. :.

M1i va e. a 'f th wrir - float n the 1907 Michigras Parade.
It was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Club.
spring and fall, are requested to crawl Dance. In the "good old days" there
through the steam tunnels, pound the used to be a celebration put on by
anvil and do various other feats of the Barristers, Law School honorary,
manly skill, tasks which are not group, Vulcans and Druids. Tempo
made any lighter for the professors rarily forgetting their antagonism
who are being initiated. Meetings they got together and gave the fa-
are held on Sunday nights at the mous B.V.D. dance; but in recen
Union; and from reliable sources it years this has given way to the
was learned that milk-shakes are Idances sponsored more by individual,
served. schools or organidations.
In the Literary school there are two Honorary Fraternity
honorary societies for men which cor-; Scabbard and Blade is a national
respond to Triangles and Vulcans; honorary fraternity which was found
these are Sphinx and Druids. ed in 1905 at Wisconsin by five R.O.-
Sphinx is the junior organization, T.C. officers. It was organized here ii
founded in 1904. One of the Key 11923 by three regular officers anc
Dance sponsors, its members are two students. '
chosen principally on the basis of The women are not forgotten wher
participation in campus activities, it comes to honors; three societies
Taken For 'Hayride' have been organized on the campu!
The initiates are gathered together, for them: Wyvern, Mortarboard and
decorated with war-paint, soundly Senior Society.
pummelled and taken for a "hay ride" Mortarboard, a national honorary
all over Ann Arbor. All this is done society for senior women, was found-
to the accompaniment of yells of ed officially in 1918 at Syracuse, N.Y.
"E-gyp-gyp-Cairo!" Originally there were four local club.
The senior organization, Druids, on the campuses at Cornell Univer-
dates back to 1910. Again, campus sity, Ohio State University, Swarth-
activity is the principle qualification more College and this University. The
for membership. The list of famous name was taken from the Ohio State
Druids includes the names of Gov- chapter.
ernor Frank Murphy and Prof. Earl Senior Society is a senior indepen-
V. Moore of the School of Muse. dent women's honorary society. It
On the night before initiation, the was organized on this campus in 1905
active members go out in a wagon and bases its membership on scholar-
to round up the initiates. The fol- ship, activities and leadership. It
owing day their ceremony is held sponsors the Assembly Organization
n front of Angell Hall around the and was largely responsible for its
famous Druid rock. Black and red development. Aside from this activ-
hooded robes are worn, and a huge ity, Senior Society also sells gradua-
bonfire is built. tion collars to the seniors in the
The Druids also sponsor the Key spring.

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