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FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 1944

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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DOES ITS SHAREa:

Union Participates in War Activities
A.

One of the foremost contributors
to the Univer~smy's war effort is the
tradition steeped University Union,
the campus club for Michigan men.
Ine addition to its functions as the
central point of a large proportion
of campus activities, the Union takes
an active part in. such war activities
as maintaining a Student Blood
Donor's Bank to aid the Red Cross
in its blood donor drives, the Bomber
Scholarship, to enable University
war Veterans to continue their edu-
cation here after the war and a
weekly "GI" Stomp, a record dance
for servicemen on campus.
Mem'oership in Union
New University men make their
first acquaintance of the Union dur-
ing Orientation Week. As soon as
enrollment in the University is com-
pleted the student becomes a mem-
ber of the Union and is entitled to
any of the Union services and facili-
ties granted members.
During Orientation Week, upper
classmen, who shepherd incoming
students around campus and explain
the complexities of Michigan life,
have been trained for their jobs by
the Union student staff.
Since Union dues are part of

every full-time student's tuition
fee, new men on campus immediate-
ly are eligible to use the 22-table bil-
liards room, the table tennis room,
the bowling alley, swimming pool,
Pendleton library, lounges, confer-
ence rooms and hotel facilities.
Other Facilities
Besides the recreational facilities
and the Pendleton Library, the Union
also contains a barber shop, cafe-
teria, taproom and student offices
for various campus activities.
Offices of the Interfraternity
council, Congress, Executive and
District Councils, and three Senior
Secret Societies-Michigamua, the
all-campus group, and Vulcans, the
engineering society, are all in the
Union.
Other Union functions during the
year include Friday night informal
date dances beginning at 7:30 p. m.
and ending at midnight. These rec-
ord dances have replaced the usual
Friday and Saturday night dances,
complete with a band, which are
war casualties. They are started
early to enable V-12 members on
campus to cram in some fun before
they return to barracks on Friday
night.

The Union produces an Hour of
Fun program every two months in
Hill Auditorium featuring campus
talent. It annually sponsors the
President's Birthday Ball January 30
for the aid of sufferers of infantile
paralysis.
Ticket Resale Desk
During football season it maintains
a ticket resale desk for the conven-
ience of those wishing to sell or ex-
change their tickets. On Sunday
evenings the Union shows movies of
the preceding Michigan football
games.
Union tradition goes back to the
beginning of the century. In 1903
and 1904 plans were first formulated
for a Michigan Men's Organization.
Nov. 17, 1907, the Union was first
opened to members. The building
was the former Judge Cooley home
and featured two dining rooms serv-
ing a total of 70, one billiard table,
a lounge and a desk where cigars and
sundries were sold.
By 1912 a structure to serve as
ballroom and banquet hall was be-
gun. Two years later it was recog-
nized that the "Cooley House" was
inadequate and a campaign to raise
$1,000,000 for a new clubhouse was
launched.

Non-Affiliated
Men Organized
Into Congress
Organization Begun To
Provide Representation
In Campus Activities
The Congress for Independent Men
was organized in 1937 to provide some
sort of representation for campus
men who would not be co-ordinated
by the Inter-Fraternity Council or
the Inter-Cooperative Council.
Before F the war members came
mostly from men in private rooming
house, who would otherwise have
had no voice or active part in cam-
pus activities. The policy-forming
part of the congress and the liaison
between the men and the officers was
the Rooming House Council. Mem-
bers of the council were elected as
representatives of the rooming houses
in the various zones into which the
congress had divided Ann Arbor.
One of the attractions of mem-
bership in the congress, in addition
to its social activities, was the cost
discount arrangements the group had
mnade with several local merchants.

Orientation Will
lBe Curtailed
A curtailed war-time orientation
program is being planned for the
smallest group of entering freshmen
in many years under the leadership
of Bob Gaukler, orientation chair-
man.'
The modified orientation will be'
held from Wednesday, June 28, to
Saturday, July 1, for approximately
125 new men students.
It is expected that there will be
three groups of engineers and four
groups of literary college freshmen,
with 25 students in each group.
The eight orientation advisors will
meet Tuesday, June 27, to make final
plans.
Continuing an innovation of last
summer, the chief entertainment for
the new students will be an Amateur
Hour to be given at the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre. Each group will
be assigned a topic to act out for the
presentation, with most of them based
on Orientation Week experiences.
Because too few coeds will be en-
tering the University in July, no
Orientation Week Dance will be held,
Gaukler said, but there will be coke
dates on a Dutch-treat basis, tours
of the campus and an information
booth in the League lobby for the
benefit of the freshmen.

STUDENT DEMOCRACY:
Co-op Life Teaches Initiative,
Responsibility, Management

"Cooperative living stands for ini-
tiative, independence and complete
democracy," states Irv Statler, presi-
dent of the Inter-Cooperative Coun-
cil, when introducing Ccaperatives
to new students who plan to come
to the University during the sum-
mer and fall semesters.
"The students run their own house,
do their own work and take full re-
sponsibility for all duties and man-
agement-that is the way a democ-
racy is run," Statler goes on to say.
Co-op members have pointed out
that outside of a few University rules
which all houses must observe, all
rules in the houses are made by the
members.
Dynamic Democracy
Cooperative students pride them-
selves not only on their dynamic de-
mocracy, but also for the economy
they employ. By means of the Inter-
Cooperative Council, which is the
central organ of all the Cooperative
houses, they are able to buy much
of their food at low prices in mass
quantities.
In each house all work -is divided
equally so that expenses arc held to
from $3.50 to $7 per person, room

and board,
each house.
from 5 to 7
house.

varying in price with
Students usually work
hours a week in the

Born During Depression
Although the Cooperative idea was
born in the chaos of the depression,
it has grown rapidly since then so
that at present there are five girls'
houses and two mens' houses on
campus. Six of the houses are rent-
ed while the seventh was bought by
the ICC this spring.
IFCAct ivities
Continue in War
In spite of the war the Infraternity
Council is still an active organization
on campus, and is now attempting
to keep the fraternities running un-
til after the war.
The IFC is an organization of all
the fraternities on campus. its poli-
cies are determined by meetings of
the house presidents of the fraterni-
ties and the IFC. The IFC sees that
the rules for governing the houses
are carried out.

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