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Three Fraternities To Hold 'Miami Triad' Dance Tonight Al

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Brilliant Chinese Opera Will Be
Produced Here On May 5 And 6
By GRACE MILLER I will be a solo concert to be given as
Brilliant costumes on a somber part of the program, by Prof. Wei
stage, strange thin music, and the Chung Loh, who Paul Lim-Yuen,
delicate symbolism of the Chinese publicity manager of the production,
drama bring to America a hint of says is considered the greatest Chin-
the peace and beauty and happy ese virtuoso on the stage today.
endings thatnwere a part of China In the opera properties as a whole
before the coming of the bitter drama are largely ignored. The chair serves
that has taken all China in its too for most purposes. If the heroine
realistic stage. is to open a door for the hero to
Unless the Western mind has been enter, the property man places the
educated away from its narrow con- chair so that she can kneel behind
ception of dramatic art, the strange it, and peep around it. As the hero
traditions of the Chinese stage may enters the door he steps over the
be incomprehensible and incongru- enair, and the audience knows he is
ous. The complicated properties and inside.
dramatic effects of the Western stage Luxurious Costumes ,
seem superfluous to an Oriental audi- But even though there may be a'
ence. Doors that open and shut, real dearth of properties, there is nothing
food, and a live pet dog would all left to the imagination when it
serve to obscure to them any beauty comes to costumes. Heavily embroid-
and merit that may be intrinsic in ered silks and satins, massive head-
the acting. The Chinese actor, un- dresses, metallic ornaments and jew-
assisted, captures the imaginations els, usually good ones, are generous-
of the audience, and skilfully weaves ly employed. The wu-shen, or war-
the story and all the desired effects rior of the stage, may be clothed in
from nothing. Every gesture, every an ornate coat of mail, a magnifi-
lift of the eyebrow carries a meaning cent headdress, and full regalia, com-
for the educated audience. plete to his spear, yet the horse he
Chinese Opera To Be Given rides is a tasseled whip, which he
May 5 and 6 will bring a new and gallops around as a child does his
broadening experience to most of us hobby-horse.
when we see the Chinese opera, "The South China's operas differ from
Red-Maned Steed", which, with other this type, or the North China drama,
features, is being given in the Pat- in one respect; that is, they are more
tengill auditorium of the Ann Arbor subtle, smoother, and more melodi-
High School, to secure the means of ous. Spoken parts are interspersed
medical aid to China. with singing, as in the Occidental
In addition to the opera, Chinese opera. When the characters come
students announce with pride, there on the stage, each one performs a

Many Parties
Feature First
May Weekend
It's May's first weekend and today
is crowded to capacity with parties,
dances, and even a canoe trip!
Dancing will be held at the Alpha
Chi Omega house from 9 p.m. to
midnight and chaperons will be Dr.
and Mrs. A. Welleson and Mr. and
Mrs. Wesley Goodale. Alpha Epsi-
lon Iota will give a dance from 9 p.m.
to midnight at which Mrs. Howard
S. High, Jr., and Dr. and Mrs. Willis
Hasty will chaperon.
Alumnae house will give its gala
spring formal from 9 p.m. to mid-
night today. Fred Clary's orchestra
will play and chaperons will be Mr.
and Mrs. J. V. Fisher and Mrs. Flor-
ence Preston.' Alpha Kappa Lamb-
da will give a dinner and formal
dance starting at 6:30, and chaperons
will be Mr. and Mrs. R.C.F. Bartels
and Mr. and Mrs. William Stubbins.
A radio dance will be given at the'
Alpha Xi Delta house from 9 p.m. to
midnight, and Mrs. A. Franklin Shull
will chaperon. Betsy Barbour will
dance to recorded music from 9 p.m.
to midnight, and Mrs. Mary Mitchell
and Miss Alice Bull will chaperon.
Delta Sigma Pi will give a formal
dance at the League from 9 p.m. to
midnight. Prof. and Mrs. D. M.
Phelps and Mr. and Mrs. M. Frisin-
ger will chaperon. Lambda Chi Al-
pha will dance from 9 p.m. to mid-
night with Mr. and Mrs. John John-
stone and Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Prasil
as its chaperons.
Dancing will hold sway at the Law-
yers' Club where Mr. and Mrs. Harry
. Jackman and Mr. and Mrs. John
Seaman will be chaperons. Phi Al-
pha Kappa will give adinner dance
starting at 7:30 p.m. at the League
and then dancing will be at the Rack-
ham Building until midnight with
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kooistra and
Dr. and Mrs. H. J. Walkotten as
Men To Attend Convention
Sigma Phi Epsilon has announced
that five delegates will attend their
district conventionMay 3 and 4 at
Purdue. They are John McCune,
'41, Warren King, '42E, Henry Zell-
er, '42E, Harry Reed, '41, and Thom-
as Armstrong, '41. They have re-
cently pledged Max Rafelson, '43, of


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symbolic gesture known as "turning
the sleeve", announces himself, and
tells part of his past history. Ordi-
narily the entire opera lasts between
six and seven hours. Whole families
may bring their lunch and settle
down to enjoy themselves.
All Men Actors
In Old China, the parts of the wo-
men were taken by men. Today's
great Chinese actor, Mei-lan Fang
portrays both men and women with
great art; he is especially appealing
as a coquette, with his sweet falsetto
voice and coy manner.
In addition to the opera scene and
Prof. Wei several other features have
been scheduled. There will be a Chi-
nese diabolo drill, a demonstration
of their intricate shuttlecock, and
a sword dance. The extravagant
costumes of the emperors, generals,
princes, princesses of ancient dynas-
ties will also be paraded.

Leroy Smith's
Band To Play
For Occasion
Tradition To Be Revived
After Decade; Dinners
Will Precede Formal
Under lighted models of the insig-
nia of their respective fraternities,
Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi, and Phi
Delta Theta will revive a tradition
absent from the Michigan campus for
more than a decade--the "Miami Tri-
ad" dance.
The dance, which will be held from
9 p.m. to midnight tonight in the
Union ballroom, will be given this
year as the spring formal of the
three houses making up the original
"Miami Triad," with Leroy Smith and
his orchestra furnishing the music.
Group singing by the various houses
will be a special feature of the pro-
gram which will also include novelty
song and dance numbers by mem-i
bers of the orchestra.
Formal Dinners Given
Formal dinner will be served at the
fraternity houses before the dance.
Souvenir programs and favors will be
given to guests at the dance. j
In the afternoon, the "Miami Tri-
ad" houses will be split into the dif-
ferent classes, with the seniors tak-
ing over Beta Theta Pi, the juniors,
with the sophomores assisting, com-
manding Phi Delta Theta, and the
freshman ruling the Sigma Chi house.
Although the "Miami Triad" is a
closed dance, bids have been extend-
ed to various other houses on cam-
Committee Is Named
The committee in charge of the
dance consists of the social chair-
men of the three houses, with Julius
Beers, '40, representing Beta Theta
Pi, Robert Shulters, '40E, represent-
ing Sigma Chi, and Leroy Perry, '42,
representing Phi Delta Theta.
The "Miami Triad" originally came
into being at Miami University in
Oxford, O., when three fraternities,
Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi, and Phi
DeltaeTheta established chapters in
the early part of the 19th century.
The organization spread to other
campuses and gained such recogni-
tion that at many colleges "Miami
Triad" dances came to be recognized
as one of the outstanding social events
of the year.
Daily Fashion Show
Enjoys Big Success
In Spite Of Showers,
Rain and still more rain might
bring out all the old saddle shoes
and baggy skirts but the weather
doesn't indicate that the Michigan
women's interest in fashion is dead;
indeed attendance at the second an-
nual style show sponsored by the
Michigan Daily yesterday afternoon
more than counteracted the rainy
weather apparel of the Michigan
Among the highlights of the show
which was held from 4 to 5:30 at
the Michigan Theatre was Ann Fa-
den, '43, who wore a sheer navy
formal gown. It was trimmed with
white pique collars and cuffs. Jane
Connell, '42, displayed spring hats
including a natural vogue Millen
straw with a lace trim. All in all,
the Michigan woman will not go
wrong this spring if she follows the
trend set by the style show, said
several local stylists.

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New Sub-Chairmen
Named By Social
Com it tee Leader
Nine sophomore sub-chairmen of
the social committee of the League
were named at a mass meeting of
the group yesterday by Virginia Os-
good, '41, chairman.
Heading the four committees in
charge of the Ruthven teas will be
I Margaret Gardner, Betty Fariss,
Louise Keatley, and Jeanne Goudy.
Miss Gardner will be in charge of
members whose last names begin
with A-E; Miss Fariss, F-I; Miss
Keatley, J-P; and Miss Goudy, P-Z.
Chairman of Sunday night sup-
pers at the League will be Alvira
Sata; style show, Margot Thom, ex-
change dinners, Mary Hayden; guide
service, Phyllis Lovejoy; orientation
mixers, Margaret Hubbard; inde-
pendent teas, Rosebud Scott; eti-
quette book, Agnes Crow; and ac-
quaintance bureau, Lois Basse.
Phoebe Power will be art chairman
of the etiquette book committee.
New Officers, Pledgings
Named By Sororities
Local chapter houses have recently
announced pledgings and elections
of new officers.
Gamma Phi Beta announces the
pledging of Belva Barnes, '43, of
Plymouth and Evelyn Spaemer,
'42Ed., of New York City. Alpha
Delta Pi has pledged Helen Camp-
bell, '43, of Thomaston, Conn.
Collegiate Sorosis announces the
election of the following officers:
Jean Donaldson, '41, president; Su-
zanne Bently, '42, vice-president;
Harriet Heames, '42, recording secre-
tary; Mary Ellen Wheeler, '4ltd.,
rushing chairman, and Sally Baubie,
'43, corresponding secretary.

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