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To Be Held Today at Barhour,

Waterman Gyms


Sport Games,
Barn Dancing
Are Featured
WAA Members To Hostess
At Annual Informal Affair;
Soldiers Especially Welcomed
Badminton bird-seekers, ping-pong
scramblers, duckpin bowlers can let
their energies run loose from 8:30
p.m. to 11:30 p.m. today at the sec-
ond annual "Rec Rally" sponsored by
the Department of Physical Educa-
tion and planned by the Women's
Athletic Association at Barbour and
Waterman gyms.
Everyone is invited either stag or
with a date and many soldiers are
expected to attend. The feminine
contingent may at last show up the
male in any one of seven different
sports: badminton, mixed volleyball,
ping pong, shuffleboard, deck tennis,
aerial darts and bowling, with a
weight lifting contest to top off the
Square Dancing Planned
The program is divided into two
parts, the first half being devoted to
sports and games. At 10:00, for the
benefit of those attending the basket-
ball game, there will be square dan-
cing and real old fashioned barn
dancing. Mr. Howard Liebee, of the
Physical Education department for
Men, will be the caller. A small band
will play the accompaniment.
Suggested apparel for the "Reci
Rally," according to Helen Willcox,
'44, vice-president of the WAA.Board,
Is sweaters, skirts, bluejeans, slacks,I
or whatever is most comfortable for
sports. However, it is necessary to1
wear tennis shoes on the Barbour
Gym floor when playing badmintont
and volleyball. Street shoes are per-1
missible for the dancing, which will,
take place in Waterman Gym.
Slight Admission Chargedt
WAA Board members will act as
hostesses taking care of introductionsF
among those present and supervisingf
the various games. Marcia Sharpe,1
'45A, is in charge of shuffleboard;
Sybil Graham, '43, darts; Ruth As-1
ness, '44Ed, the weight-lifting con-
test; Marie Cassettari, '44Ed, mixedX
volleyball; Marge Giefel, '44, bad-c
Minton; and Marion Ford, '44, ping-
A slight charge of admission willa
be required and tickets may be ob-s
tained either at the door or from anyk
WAA member.
Gun Demonstrationt
Ends with Backfire
LANSING- ()- A demonstration t
of how to load a three-inch trenchs
mortar in a Military Science class ath
Michigan State College backfired-p
right up through the roof.
A spokesman for the Military De- 1
partment said an instructor allowed
a dummy three-inch shell to slide.
down a gun barrel, striking a livep
priming charge which accidentally 1
had been placed in the weapon. y

WAFS Discusses Last-Minute Details

WAAC Lieut.
Speaks Today
Officer To Give Interviews
To Women at Armory, League
For the woman who is looking
tentatively at joining the women's
armed forces upon leaving college,
an opportunity is being provided to
meet Lieut. Sarah S. Hudgens, WAAC
recruiting officer from Detroit, who
will answer questions and interview
applicants from 10 a.m. to noon to-
day at the Armory and from 2 p.m.
to 5 p.m. at the League.
Lieut. Hudgens, like most other
WAAC officers, rose through the
ranks. She enlisted as an auxiliary.
Nov. 2, 1942, and took. her basic
training at the Fort Des Moines,
Iowa, Training Center. She then en-
tered the Officer Candidate School
and was commissioned 3rd Officer
or 2nd Lieut. on Jan..23, 1943.
There are places for women with
all types of skills and experience in
the WAACs. There is need, too, for
many specialists-women whose abil -
ities can be fitted directly into the
work of the Army. Women with
training in the sciences, mathe-
matics, and business and women who
can speak and write Spanish, Portu-
guese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian,
French, German or Italian are par-
ticularly needed.
Enrollment is open to, all woen
citizens, regardless of race, color or
creed, who arebetween the ages of
21 and 44, and who can meet the
WAAC qualifications.
Reporter Sees
Fortress Attack
Likens Furious Air Action to
'Seeing Game in Strait Jacket'
(Continued from Page 1)

Members of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service are now re-
placing men in the ferrying of bombers within this country. A strictly
exclusive group, these women were trained fliers before they became
eligible for membership in the WAFS.
Tunisian r Front Reporter Finds
United States Soldiers Fed WelI

Associated Press Correspondent
How are the American fighting
forces eating? In soldier language,
the answer in, "good!"
I've taken pot luck with troops in
the field and in dugouts and at a
front line hospital, and always I
found the food plentiful. There are a
lot of mess sergeants in Uncle Sam's
Army who are going to be teaching
the little woman culinary tricks after
the war.
The Army coffee pot is never
empty. Beef may be a little hard to
get in the United States but the
transport plane on which I flew up
here carried 2,600 pounds of frozen
I recall that as our troop trans-
port neared the African shore, I dined
on turkey with trimmings and ice
cream. One of the best meals I've had
since leaving home was in a dugout
at one of the most advanced air bases
in this sector. The mess sergeant lived
up to his standard even though he
had been told he might have to pack
his pots and pans on a moment's
notice. . the battle line was pushing
Sausage Served
The menu included those little
Vienna saugages that were getting
scarce at cocktail parties when I left
home; mashed potatoes and gravy,
peas, stewed tomatoes, two big stewed
peaches, two thick slices of bread,
butter , apple jelly and hot chocolate.
The food portions are man-sized.
Available are jars of jam, jelly and
peanut butter. At the officers' messes
back at Allied Forces Headquarters
you have tea napkins, although you

may get somebody else's at the nex
meal. Out in the field you do withou
Eating out of aluminum messkit
and drinking from an aluminum can
teen cup is a new experience for mos
women, but you get used to it. The
WAACS have.
Must Be Punctual
Mess sergeants are insistent tha
you be on time for meals-otherwise
no eat. I've seen a chubby mess ser.
geant from Philadelphia dubbed
"cupid"-he said if I told you his
name I couldn't eat there any more-
firmly inform colonels at the Allied
Headquarters mess: "Sorry, gentle-
men, the mess is closed."
Field kitchens are set up when
troops are in camp. They are mobile
and a mess sergeant and his crew gel
out a meal as quickly as a bridge
playing wife can do it with a can
opener. When troops are on the
march or in battle, they are supplied
canned rations of scientific concen-
trated foods.
I sampled some when traveling by
train across North Africa recently
with the first detachments of the
WtAACS to come overseas.
Has Chili Beans
While visiting an evacuation hos-
pital, in the sky there were bursts of
"ack ack" marking the pi'esence of
an enemy plane. They fly high and
come down out of the sun almost be-
fore you can notice them.
"Quick! get under the trees!"
shouted a soldier. I did and discov-
ered I was in a water purification
camp and right beside a field kitchen.
And beneath the camouflage on
the mountaise I ate the best chili and


Sweet Ou . Ceera
ANSWERPROMPTLY," you say, "and tell me all about Ann Arbor life."
You don't ask much, do you-only that I set down, in the brief note
which my schedule will allow, the very essence of my existence here, and
the story of the student's day.
And what a curious mixture of elements it is! We move here in a separ-
ate world-fantastic, yet natural. We are escapists and realists. We are
very young and very old. We wake, we dream, we study. We glue our noses
to the printed page and fill our days with the pursuit of knowledge, yet we
note the coming and the going of the seasons, and the multi-colored haze
of the Arboretum. The girl next door knows all the economic theories of
the world, but she can also tell you what last week's football score was, and
who won the inter-dormitory baseball game.
We are all of us part of a miraculous kaleidoscope. Our life is a pattern-
planned yet unplanned, timed yet unforeseen. It is routine-getting up to
an alarm clock and eating at regular intervals, classes and meetings and
quiet hours in a dorm. It is helter-skelter and lackadaisical-walking for
hours in the fresh night air, drinking cokes in the corner drug, smoking be-
hind Angell Hall, and playing bridge into early morning. Its various parts
blend and clash and make one day different from any which came before it.
WE ARE DULL AND ALIVE. We see only the biological markings on a
leaf-the qualities which textbooks give the stars. And then, sometimes,
we notice that the Carillon is outlined against a red sky-or that the ivy on
University Hall is changing color. We are shallow and profound. We com-
plainthat the food is bad, the work too hard-or realize suddenly how very
carefree we are, how steeped in "the better things of life."
We are divided and united. We guard our personal things, live deeply
within ourselves, part our hair in our own particular way, and decorate our
rooms to suit ourselves. But we rise as one great body in the stadium to cheer
the team. We flock to Hill Auditorium and look around amazed to see what
a startling group we are. Each one of us puts a touch of possessiveness into
his voice as he speaks of "The University." We are blase, sophisticated. We
are alive and alert and constantly thrilled by it all.
We are ungrateful. We are traitorous.
"Too big a school-I hate the system. Why not go to a good school-
why Michigan?"
"The food is rotten-"
"Call those things men?"
"And they call this education!"
We are loyal. We are invincible.
"Beat Minnesota!"
"Come on to Michigan with me!"
"Wow! What a beauty of a course-"
"I want to go back to Michigan " '
-- ---
WE ARE all of these and more. Our student body is a tremendous mix-
ture of all the intangible bits which make up life. Ann Arbor is our
fantastic city-our other home. We own the town. We are the town. We
are the student body.
That's it, then-Michigan life, college life, every day and every minute
of the school year. It never changes, not with the day or the season or the
people. It remains fundamentally the same, just as the city itself-the
buildings and the familiar noises do. And we who grow to love it all, we
lucky ones-we keep it all underneath, what we feel about it. Outwardly we
take it all for granted and go about our life here as if it should never end.
But in our most silent hours we dream of it, perhaps, store up our love for
very special times, and pour it out in songs and cheers-and letters.v C
All women who have been par- Shortened Matches
ticipating in rushing this semester Won't Mean Scarcity,
and who have turned in a prefer-,
ence slip at the Office of the Dean According to W PB
of Women are reminded to call
for their bids to sorority member- WASHINGTON- (P)- Matches
ship between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be shorter, but Americans won't
today at the rushing booth in the be short of matches, the War Produc-
League. tion Board reported recently.
No rushee should feel reticent, A new WPB order requires the re-
according to Jane Graham, '43, duction in the length of matches by
rushing secretary, about calling 1/16 to one-quarter of an inch and
for her bid, because each person elimination of frills on matchbooksd
will be handed a white envelope The order also limits the length and
whether she has been bid or not. width f w a
Pledging will take place at 3 books adowirestitching on match-
p.m. tomorrow at the houses. facen.dreuces the striking sur-

Organ izations
W ill Sponsor
Dances Today
S.A.E., Alpha Delta Phi,
Chi Phi, Alpha Omega among
Houses Entertaining Guests
The last week-end of February will
be ushered out by many of the fra-
ternities and other organizations on
campus with parties and dances to
be held today.
The list is headed by Sigma Alpha
Epsilon's radio dance to be held from
9 p.m. to midnight today at the chap-
ter house. The affair will be chap-
eroned by Maj. and Mrs. Vollrath
and Mr. and Mrs. George Holcombe.
Alpha Delta Phi will hold a dance
from 9 p.m. to midnight today to
be chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs.
Peters of Ypsilanti and Mr. and
Mrs. Ham.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Rosen and Mr. and
Mrs. J. Krohn of Detroit will chap-
eron a party to be given by Alpha
Omega from 9 p.m. to midnight today
at the chapter house
Chi Phi has planned to give a
dance from 9 p.m. to midnight to-
day to be chaperoned by Mrs. H. E.
Yntema and Dr. W. M. Brace.
Delta Sigma Delta will top off the
week with a radio dance from 9 p.m.
to midnight today. It.will be chap-
eroned by Dr. Donald Kerr and Dr.
C. R. Wright.
Lieut. and Mrs. Atkinson and Mr.
and Mrs. R. A. Adams will chaperon
the radio dance to be given by Phi
Kappa Psi from 9 p.m. to midnight
today at the chapter house.
A dance has been planned by Pi
Lambda Phi from 9 p.m. to midnight
today at the chapter house. The
chaperons will be Mr. and Mrs. Dom-
inic Dascola and Mr. S. Bothman.
. The dance which Sigma Chi has
scheduled from 9 p.m. to midnight
today will be chaperoned by Prof.
and Mrs. Lewis Gram and Prof.
and Mrs. John Worley.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Newmann of
Birmingham and Lieut. Col. and Mrs.
E. M. Howell of Ferndale will serve
as chaperons for Trigon's dance from
9 p.m. to midnight today.


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I was standing right back of the
pilot and co-pilot, in a small space
between them and the top-turret
gunner, short, bald-headed, rosy-
faced Charlie Chezem of Tulsa,
t Okla.
As the action speeded up, Chez-
em whirled faster and faster on the
revolving platform, keeping beads
on the jerries in all directions. Ev-
ery , time he revolved, the back of
the turret would catch me in the
This, on top of the tight 'chute
harness bending me like a jack-
knife, the "Mae West" dragging on
the back of my neck, the oxygen
mask strap holding my head up'
like a curb bit and the oxygen and
interphone cords tangling every
time I moved, made it something
like watching a big game from a
strait jacket.
From the cockpit I saw about
ten German fighters out of a
force of around 25. The rest
concentrated on the back part of
the formation and the exclama-
tions of the gunners over the in-
terphone sounded like a radio
account of a hockey game.
The lead bombardier, Lieut.
Charles Malec of Omaha, Neb.,
drew a bead with the bombsight
and it wasn't until he called back
to the major to resume full control
of the ship that I realized the
bombs had fallen.
Meanwhile small sooty explo-
sions started popping in the air
around us. I knew that must be
flak. At some places like St.
Nazaire the bursts are so thick
the fliers can't see the planes
ahead. They were thinner today
but deadly accurate.
The flak stopped at the coast
line but the fighters didn't. One
long-range twin-engine Messer-
schmitt 110 kept after us until we
were only 25 minutes from Eng-
Lieut. Harold O'Neill of Grace-
ville, Minn., brought the "Madame
Butterfly" in in a few minutes de-
spite a fire in one of its four en-
gines. Ashcraft landed only a few
minutes late with several deadly
20-millimeter shell holes and a
third of his huge rudder shot clean
A third of the stragglers, every-
body concluded, had disappeared
in the clouds over the North Sea.
Everyone fell silent. One of
the missing pilots was one of the
most admired in the group and
had been kidding around the op-
erations room the day before,
betting on the weather. It made
you stop and think.
The station commandant, Col.
Curtis Lemay of Columbus, O.,
walked up the runway and said to
Preston, "Well, Joe what hap-
"Well," said Preston, "we drop-
ped bombs on Wilhelmshaven."
Anyone can go on" one raid and

The Finest Cuts
Sizzling T-Bones


Spring dances..
... Spring formaiso
Frosh-Soph Ball and other spring dances
are on the way now . .. the time
is here to plan for these
big affairs . . . big times and
lots of fun in new gowns of
chintzes . . . taffetas . ..nets
maruisettes . . . jerseys a ,.chiffons ..

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and lace triins . . .
and a variety of colors .
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