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TuESu~iY, NOV. ,, 1942

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Dormitories Sororities Institute Work Schedules

This year, for the first time, even.
dormitories and sororities are insti-
tuting work schedules to get rooms
cleaned and fires stoked.
Students who have never before!
swept under the rug or shoveled coal
are adding these accomplishments to
the rest of their liberal education.
To the eight co-operative houses
on campus, "work holidays" are, no'
novel occurrences. For the past ten
years about two hundred fifty stu-
dents have been papering walls, var-
nishing floors and making draperies
at the beginning of each semester in
order to renovate their co-op homes.
And part of their regular class sched-
ules has always been learning to cook
potatoes and sterilize dishes at din-
ner time.
As with so many ventures, the men
first pioneered in co-op living, with
the opening of the Michigan Co-op-
erative House in 1934. Depression-
born, co-ops have flourished through
the intervening years, until in 1940
eight men's houses, and three wom-
en's houses were firmly established.
In this war year of 1943, the ratio has
somewhat changed, with only Mich-
igan, Stalker and Owen Co-ops open
for men, and Palmer, Pickerill,
Lester, Rochdale, and a new house
for women.
Despite the changed personnel and
housing facilities, the principles upon
which the co-ops are based remain
the same. Co-op principles closely
correspond- to the Four Freedoms of,

the Atlantic Charter and the ideas of
the Bill of Rights: Open membership,
regardless of race, belief, or individ-
ual background; equal' participation
by all members in financing and
working and carrying responsibili-
ties; democratic government in the
individual houses and representation
of each house on the Inter-Coopera-
tive Council.
The war has shown the need for
co-ops in all the war-torn countries
of the world. The Chinese Coopera-
tive movement is a war child, grow-
ing rapidly, ^and carrying on vital
production of clothing and light ma-
chinery just behind the front line
fighting. In England practically one-
fourth of the total population are
now members of 'consumers or pro-
ducers cooperatives. In South Africa
the same story is repeated, as it is in
the cooperative farms of the USSR,
and the expanding cooperative move-
ment in Canada, which this year has
become a political as well as an eco-
nomic force.
The idea of working together in-
stead of alone; of enjoying picnics
and square dances and exchange din-
ners as members of a group; and of
doing it all with less cost in time or
money than any other way of "work-
ing one's way through college" . . .
these ideas make the co-ops on the
University of Michigan campus im-
portant beacon lights in the educa-
tional world. "The Saturday Evening

Post" will soon run an article on the
co-op movement at the University,
indicative of a growing interest on
the part of adults in the co-operative
way of life.
* * *
Congress Is for


Congress of unaffiliated University,
men plans to improve the general
welfare of the unaffiliated man at
Michigan, Fred Hoffman, '44, presi-
dent, indicated recently.
He declared that the' aim of Con-
gress is to insure such men of an
equitable representation in all extra-
curricular activities. This fall Con-
gress will concentrate on programs
to aid the present housing conditions.
Representing all men who are unaf-
filiated, and who do not intend, to
Join a fraternity, Congress is madel
up of men from rooming houses,
councils and the president's council
of dormitory presidents.
Typical of the groups represented,
in the council are members of the
University cooperatives. The coopera-
tives ably show the workings of true
democracy. John McKinnon, '43,
president of the Intercooperative
Council said, "The cooperative houses
at Michigan offer the students" the
opportunity to live in an atmosphere

where democratic principles and
ideals are put into working form:
inter-racial and democratic control
by the members are the bulwark of
the organization."
The basic cooperative principles
are carried through in the 'policy of
strictly open membership in the or-
Rackham Is Center
'Of Grad Activities
All activities of the 1,500 students
enrolled in the Horace H. Rackham
School of Graduate Studies are cen-
tered in the Rackham Building.
Since all work must be concen-
trated in one field, the graduate
courses are taken in. the same de-
partment as the students' major.
The faculty in the department chosen
by the student advises as to the pro-
gram to be taken. Twenty-four credit
hours taken twelve hours a semester
must be completed for a master's
The Rackham Building serves as
registration headquarters for this
college, which has no faculty. of its
Entertainment and dances for the
students are planned by an Outing
Club and Student Graduate Club
and the ballroom on the top floor
is used for these social gatherings.
A library of phonograph records is
being developed by the school which
presents a music program each week.

Dr.,Eson Gale
Ileads Center
The most cosmopolitan spot in Ann
Arbor is the International Center
where East meets West and foreign
students exchange culture and ideas.
Under the direction of Dr. Esson M.
Gale of the political science depart-
ment, the Center provides a varied
yearly program to aid the students
from other lands in adjusting them-
selves to their new environments and
in becoming acquainted with their
fellow Americans.
In 1933, five years before the Cen-
ter was organized, the University
started the Counselor's Office. This
office, which is now incorporated in
the Center, helps foreign students
with their problems of housing and
employment, registration and class-
ification, language, immigration and
naturalization, and personal affairs.
The International Center was
opened in 1938 so that students com-
ing from different backgrounds but
with common problems would have
a means of becoming adjusted to the
Its English language service is of
importance to foreign students. Other
language services such as the Ger-
man table and the French roundtable
have been included in the Center's
program in the past.#
Dr. Gale took over the position of
head of the Center when Prof. J.
Raleigh Nelson retired at the begin-
ning of the summer. He is assisted by
Jimmy Crow and Robert Klinger. 4

New Fraternity
Rushing Rules
Are Simplified
Prospective Greek letter men will
find rushing, pledging, and initiation'
greatly simplified this fall as a result
of the new rushing rules drawn up
during the summer by the Inter-
fraternity Council, representative
organ of approximately 10 fratern-
ities remaining open and 20 groups
without houses.
To aid pledging for the duration of
the war, the rules will permit a man
to be pledged and initiated within
one month after registration.
C Average Is Necessary
A man in his first term in the
University may be initiated under the
new regulations'if'his latest grade
report meets a required average of
C or better and if he has obtained a
certificate of scholastic eligibility
from the Dean of Students.
This rule extends initiation priv-
iliges to first semester freshmen at
the time of their five-week grade re-
Transfers Are Eligible
Transfer students are eligible for
initiation one month after pledging
if their reports from previous schools
comply with the C requirement.
Undergraduates above the fresh-
man level who do not receive five-
week grades are eligible for initiation
only after semester grades are re-
2 Week Period Necessary
Pledging is legal at any time
after registration lists of prospective

rushees are in the hands of all fra-
ternities. A period of two weeks must
elapse between the official registrar,
ton date and the vnae when arushee
may be pledged.
Because approximately 2a fratern-
ities have relinquished their houses
to the Army or to the University for
the duration of the war, engagements
are allowed outside of the houses and
within the limits of Ann Arbor.
Those fraternities occupying
houses will hold their rushing en-
gagements there.
All men are allowed to room and
board in the house they pledge, im-
mediately after pledging, if they are
not restricted by binding room con-
tracts elsewhere.
Navy and Army groups on campus
are eligible to join fraternities al-
though they will not be permitted to
Gmove from barracks into houses


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