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October 12, 1941 - Image 18

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The Michigan Daily, 1941-10-12

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Women's League Has Grown Union Traces Mason Hall Has Udergone Change
One of the oldet buildings on! Named Mason Hall in 1843 1
From Small Beginning In 1880 Past History campus stil inuse Mason Hall honor of the late governor who hs
is now starting on its second cen just died, the building housed a
tury of service--but it is a far cry
A glance at the huge Women's Afrom what it was when it was most all of the classes of the Un
League and at the busy workers pecially the problem of rooming built in 1841. versity
inside would reveal nothing of the and set to work immediately to l-W-
humble beginnings that brought help freshmen women find rooms Daily Interviews Initiate
jnto existence this focus point of for the year. Scheme To Estahlish
women's interests on campus. Aconstitution was adopted Oct. " ichigan (N Hsse 6 ,u/a
No uti 89, wet yar 1,1890, at a general meeting in ____
Hot until 1890, twenty years the Chapel. The purpose of the
after the appearance of women atnew club was drawn along social Although the roots of the Michi- t r
the Unversity, was there a move- lines, with one of its main func- gan Union are deeply imbedded C)ILEGIE OF LITERATURE,
snent toward organizing women tions aiding students to meet Ann in the University's history, it wastN D A N
students. The question came up in Arbor residents and faculty mem- not until Dec. 5. 1903, that the'IN SC E AND NHE ARTS AND
June when a meeting was held to bers w . . TO ITS STUDENTS WHO FOR
discuss organizing college women - movement which began its real
before summer vacation should In November of 1894 Mrs. Galehistory was started.
separate them. Brown, who has been called "The SLOGAN "Where Students Meet
After this was accomplished, Mte fteWmnsLau. At this ime The Daily printed
schol loed ndtheida ws otheToofthatWoAmidLagat"
school:closed and the idawasnotdied, and thenew organization was interviews with President James Chat And Eat"
brought up again until October of dealt a very real blow. B. Angell, Prof. Henry M. Bates F HEIRS ALSO.
the same year, when at a meeting One of the first large projects of the Law School and Artley B.
at the home of Mrs. Galey Brown, undertaken by the League was the Parson, a Harvard graduate then
with Miss Ethel Fountain chair- movement toward the building of in Ann Arbor, which gave expres-
man, there was proposed a con- Harbour Gymnasium. For years n
stitution for the organization. The the women has been permitted to sion to the need for such an or-
21 women students and dozen fac- use Waterman Gymnasium for ganization. 13 Nicums AeCA E'
---______-their activites only during the Plans For Union t-
mornings, and as this conflicted The publicity thus given t_
with classwork, there was felt a idea resulted shortly thereafter in
pneed for a women's gymnasium the formation of an Executive
with rooms for League headquar- Committee, which represented the
Con~jra u/a ion i- ters. Barbour Gymnasium stands various departments and organ-
as a tribute to their vigorous ef- izations in the. University,' and I..'. &,~......
We are proud to include forts. throughout the rest of the year
Palmer Field was next pur- meetings were held to discuss the
our congratulations to the chased, and a real start had been formation of a Students Union, to the Lite rary SchooI
male. Then, in March of 1910 'arrange for an annual banquet
CVlege of Literature, Sci- there was printed in the Alumnus and secure funds for a Michigan
the first reference to the group as Club House."
ene and Arts for is one the "Women's League." The. next The banquet which resulted Which in its one hundred years of existence has
hundred years of service, year saw women students provided from these meetings was held
with rooms before the start, of Nov. 11, 1904, in Waterman Gym- established itself as one of our finest educational
school, through the efforts of the nasium, attended by more than
League, a thousand men who lauded the
A citation in 1912 of the work project and offered their support. institutions. We are indeed very proud to be of
A . C. Barth of Mrs. Myra Beach Jordan, '93, The Union was incorporated un-
dean of women, referred to the .der the laws of the State of Michi- service to the students who have attended the
"Tailors of Distinction" League as the "most successful or- gan in 1904, and Edward F. Park-
ganization possessed by any Uni- er, '04, '06L, was elected to serve University in the past and to those who are going
versity." as its first president for the year
1904-05. to attend it in the future.
UT ZE L'S The Pond brothers, both gradu-
iL-i Ltes of the University, were con-
ANN ARBOR tacted to draw up plans, but as -- ---- - - -
the possibilities of the Union grew, The Downtown Stor fo Muchiga Men
these ideas were altered many
times. In 1916 the plans for the --------
10 0 YR Snew building were finally adopt-
A . ed, and the building committee
- was authorized to begin the work
of construction.
Union During War -e wb &rw . iaw
President lutchins, on June 28, 0 9 sw " AM rTuMk
Such service deserves -well-earned praise. 1916, turned the first shovelful of
The new Union during the war
May we extend hearies' congr'atlatio os served as headquarters for all
types of activities, such as re-
cruiting and Liberty Loan cam-
to the Universtfy of ichigan. paigns, and work on it was rushed
to provide room Tor use as bar-
racks and mess hall by the Stu-
dent Army Training Corps.
In spite of the speed in build-
ug, however, the Union was still
lacking a library and a swim -
ming pool when school opened
* ~ after spring vacation in 1920.(
Funds for the swimming pool were
seured through campaigns, and(The College of
the furnishing of the library was
ade possible through the gener-
sity of the widow of the late Ed-
Lrd Waldo Pendleton, 72 A.M.rts
In the summer of 1930 the cafe-
teria was enlarged and new busi- Ofl ueir
ness and student offices were con-
structed on' the first floor.
Union Gives Services
Among the services which the
:.:...ha- t Union organization has rendered
the student body are its rooming
service, the inauguration of an A N N I V E R S A RY
. " .:::;;.5-"" :employment burea, the move-

ment for a Student Council, the
sponsoring of cheering at sport
contests and the promotion of
Compliments... composition of Michigan songs.
It has for years given an an-
on your nual Opera produced by men
alone, given many minstrel shows
CENTURY OF PROGRESS and vaudevilles and presented for a k hr ore
a time a yearly County Fair. The
opportunities which the Union
has given students in the way A MICHIGAN IN S T I T U T I O N
of extra curricular activities are
only some of the benefits.
But most of all, it offers that 316 South State 105 North Main
We don't cook our Food, we PREPARE it. broader education that comes
122 W. Washington Phone 7070 from knowing man, suggested by
PresidentAngell as its most im-
mporta nt service.

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