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Idin' Our Time' Profits to



Relief "k ""iT"y

Musical To Be Shown
A t L 9, 10
Comedy Tells Story of Adventures of
ASTP Men Stranded at Girls' College


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The profits from campus perform-
ances of "Bidin' Our Time," Co. C's
forthcoming original musical com-
edy, will be donated to the Army Em-
ergency Relief Fund, Sgt. Irwin B.
Scup, business manager, announced
The play will be presented at Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre in the Michi-
gan League Building for two per-
formances, March 9 and 10.
The book and lyrics for the show
were written by Cpl. Hy Wolotsky,
who is also staging the production.
Cpl. Troy R. Bartlett composed the
score and is arranging the music. Vo-
cals are under the direction of Pfc.
Chester H. Sargent. Lt. Melvin G.
Flegal of Army Headquarters is in
charge of dance routines.
Story of Show
The story of the play revolves
around the adventures of a group of
AS.T.P. students who are inadvert-
ently sent to an all girls' college for
specialized training. The misunder-
standings that result lead to a series
of , highly amusing situations and
complications which are interspersed
with songs and dances.
Cpl. Bartlett and Cpl. Wolotsky
have written eight new songs espec-
ially for "Bidin' Our Time." Running
the musical gamut from light opera
to boogie-woogie, the tunes have been
int oduced to the campus in a series
of previews at U.S.O. formal dances
and at University and Military or-
ganization parties and functions.'
Ann Arbor Girls in Cast
The cast of the show consists of,
men from Company C and Ann Ar-
bor's most glamorous girls,.who are
voluntarily contributing their time
and talent. The soldiers devote all
their leisure hours and week-ends
to rehearsals. For these rehearsals
Mrs. Robert Burton, director of the
U.S.O., and Miss Barbara tarr, as-
sistant director, have graciously of-j
fered the ballroom and facilities of
the Ann Arbor U.S.O.
The play consists of a prologue and
two acts, requiring five changes of
Ticket Sale
Date March 6
Seats for "Bidin' Our Time," the
Company C musical bomedy for the
benefit of the Army Emergency Re-
lief Fund, will go on sale at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre bto ofice. on
March 6, Mail orders wil be accep-
ted beginning Mvai'ch All seats
will be reserved, .and tioket will sell
for $1.00, .75 and .50 plUs tax.
The play wll be performedin:Ann
Arbor for two nights only, March 9
and 10.
The Dixie Sho, at 221.South Main
Street will provide a wide variety of.
forthcoming spring style creations
for the girls in the production. The
costuhnes will consist of complete
college warcrobes with sweaters,
skirts, blouses and'l party dresses pre-
dominating. These. gOws and en-
sembles will be worn by the glamor-
ous Ann Arborites who appear in the

scenery. The settings for the produc-
tion have been executed by Play Pro-
duction of the University Speech de-
partment. Costumes for the women
will be supplied by the Dixie Shop of
Ann Arbor, while men's costumes
have already been provided by the
Quartermaster Corps of the United
States Army.
The production of the play has
been made possible by the efforts of
Captain Richard S. Campbell, com-
manding officer of Company C, and
Lt. Katherine B. James, assistant ad-
jutant of the 3651st Service Unit,
and with the cooperation of the Uni-
versity's Committee on Theatre Pol-
icy and Practice.
Company A
Players To
Present Skit
A prominent feature of the Bomb-
er Scholarship Program to be held
on March 11 at the Barbour Gym
will be the Company A Strolling
Players, headed by Cpl. Joe Boucher,
the 12 man chorus, and a brand new
Company A barber shop quartet. The
company was requested by Dorothy
Darnell of ,Martha Cook to provide
special entertainment for the occa-
sion. They will appear with several
sorority groups on the campus that
have skits prepared for the eve-
ning's program.
Cpl. Boucher, master of ceremon-
ies for the evening, will present hi
popular radio material as well as a
number of other skits. The 12 man
Company A chorus, directed by Cpl.
Joe Running, will sing several tunes
from, last term's hit "Nips in the
Bud." The new quartet comprising
Cps. Dan Richardson, John Power,
Bud Grinnell and Merle Gulick will
give out with a swing arrangement
of "Clementine" used as an entry
number in the V-Ball barber shop
quartet contest, and "Moonglow,"
both arranged by Cpl. Gulick.
A large turnout is expected on the
night of March 11 to get the Bomber
Scholarship Fund moving with a
7 Company E
Men Depart
Four men from Company E, T/5
Samuel Bedrosian, T/5 Ray Kirk-
patrick, T/5 James Leighton and Pfc.
Duane McQueen were transferred
from the ASTP this week to do work
for which they had been previously
trained and which they had been
studying here.
Three others, Pvts. Henry Loyd
and Albert Hendricks and Pfc. Armas
Kajander left early in the week for
a reception center, where they will
be reclassified.
Privates Fred Houser and Walter
Jacoby are the envy of the company.
They departed for the Air Corps at
Miami Beach, Fla. just as the snow
began to fly and the cold weather
descended upon Ann Arbor.9

y LA'ET L. V. ('9I BALA
This article is just a simple dis-
(usion of the soldier scourge__-
Cadet rob Irvin, th guy with a
eneral's physique. said this: "Hete
is my model of tLe perfect inspecting
officer. He would give a man enough1
gigs to last a man t-hree weeks with-
out ba tting an eyelash. Treading
lightly on kid leather soles., he would
pull inspections at any hour of the
day. Dozens of white gloves. a fif-
teen power lens and a sixty watt
flashlight would be his standard
equipment. I can see him now.
'th lrowing the book' at his men to
keep them on the ball." Cadet Irvin
didn't exactly make this statement,.
but talked in his sleep after eating'
scalloped oysters one day.
The thing I am trying to put across
is not that inspections are bad. but
that the results are worse. Squint at
this sample taken from a list on Co.
B-4's bulletin board. The little Ara-
bic figures enumerate the demerits'
acquired for the delinquencies. Most
of them are results of a daily inspec-
Dementis, 1-bed tag upside down.
Crespis, 3-sleeping through rev-

undlay Mliliuary Piage
T1l Sunday Ai n page l- wi aIte1 by and
f.r Ihe enlisted Army personnel stat.ioned
on the Uniersviy r'f Mi-nigan campus.
Al opinions expressed on this page are
those ofC the individual contributors and
hould not be construed as representing
the policy or opinions of either the War
Department or the commandants of the
Armr units located here.
Editor-in-Chief: Pfc. Lazar Emanuel
Manag. Editor: Pfc. Stanley Krenitz
Company Representatives
Co A . . T/5 Stanley Zuckerman
Co. B ..-......Pvt. Richard Wolf
ASPR....-- ..Cadet L. v. Chahala
Co. C - ..Pf . aii:nd~ey," P'f. Thomas
(o. l) .......,.... c. Barney Schwartz
Co. E - ..Pvt. elore williams, 1vt. Joseph
Co. F ..Pv.. Melvin J.B erman. Pvt Rob-
ert J. Holmes
Co. G ..Pfc rCulver Jones, Pfe. Max Raabe
Heaidquartters ...... Cpl, William T. Scott
Photographer ........,, Cpl. Robert Lewin
Fantl. 1--shoes in drawer.
Aberg, 1-crumbs on dresser.
Room 33A, 3-shoe polish on door-
knob to trap officer making bed-
Think of these men twiddling their
tliumbs Saturday night.

Pfc. Robert Bentley is caught between two lovelies, as Geraldine Hoff Doyle (at left) and Mary
Hummon ask him to be their "Pin-Up Boy," in Co. C's gay musical, "Bidin' Our Time."
* * * * t* * * , *
'Bidin' Our Time' Choris Strikes a Pose in Rehearsal

Director Announces Complete
Cast for CompanyC [Viusical

The complete cast for "Bidin' Our
Time," Company C's comedy of col-
lege and army life, was announced
yesterday by Cpl. Hy Wolotsky, dir-
ector of the play. The performers in-
clude 18 men of the company and
tenf woman of Ann Arbor.
In the leading juvenile roles are
Cpl. Joseph Shamitz and Pfc. Robert
Bentley, with Mary Mapes and Mary
Hummon in the ingenue roles oppo-
site them, respectively. Cpl. Charles
Weisberg will portray the Colonel in
charge of the men and will be haras-
sed and pursued by the Dean of Wo-
men in the person of Jeanne T. Fin-
layson. Geraldine Hoff Doyle will en-
act the part of a fickle coed who has
her heart set on the Army. Pfc.
George Schoot, as aide to the Colonel,
will be the willing victim of these ad-

will form a male choir with the two
juveniles and S/Sgt. William N. Jar-
vey, Sgt. Buzz D. Burdett, Sgt. John
E. Swanson, Cpl. Lewis Posich, Pfc.
Richard O. Crystal and Pfc. John
Vivyan Ross and Kay Waldmire
will portray the mothers of service-
men in the prologue. Playing the
parts of classification officers will be
Cpl. Herbert Dechert, Cpl. Harry E.
Mankonen and Pfc. John D. Hem-
ingway. A specialty number will be
contributed by Pfc. John D. Turner.
Professionals and Amateurs
The experience of these performers
varies. Some of them have appeared
professionally while others, as in the
case of Pfc. Bentley, will be making
their debuts behind the footlights.
Plc. Bentley made his first public ap-

vances. pearance as a vocalist at Company
Dance Chorus C's Christmas dance, where he in-
The dance chorus consists of Betty troduced "So Little Time," one of the
Ann Corbett, Gloria Cowley, Virginia outstandling numbers from the score
Fairchild, Pat Gagalis and Cpl. John of "Bidin' Our Time., Since then
Tacometti, Pfc. Edward BartLeli, 'Pfc.' he has sung in numerous entertain-
RobertHarvey and Pfc. Robert o- innts at various campus affairs and
gan. The men of the dance chorus has been well received.
Bor in PIersia, PIfc. Bentley
Describes Many Trips Abroad

The "Bidin' Our Time" dance chorus is caught in action during reharsals. Reading from left to
right are:''Pat Gagalis, Pfc. Robert Hogan, Gloria Crowicy, Cpl. John lacometti, Miss Hummon and Pfc.
Bentley (kneeling), Betty Ann Corbett, Pfc. Edward Bartell, Pfc. Robert Harvey, Virginia Fairchild.
-Photos by Cpl. sm R'ettinger

Company E Basketeers
Defeat Company D, 50-47

Notes from Co.


duced by Bill Sawyer and
accompanied by a dance
orchestra on March 15.
The performances will con-
tinue through March 18.
Three soloists from the
Company A choir and John
Secrist, soloist with thE
Fiist Congiregational
Church will take part in
the production . . . Mrs.'
Clara Gabrolovitch; daugh-
ter of Mark Twain, the
author of the story from
which the operetta is tak-
en, gave permission to have
it produced and provided'
for its showing at a later
date in Detroit and other
large cities. Lucile Genuit,
whose theme song will be
"Does a Boy Get a Chance
To Whitewash a Fence Ev-
eryday?," will play the
part of Tom Sawyer and
Mary Ruth Acton will play
Huckleberry Finn.
* * * .
still a very important ques-
tion in the minds of many
students at the University.
Last week a number of
campus organizations drew
up a resolution which they
sent to Congress. The res-
olution stated, "We
respectfully request your,
support of a proper bill
w hiwill ha -ffective in

tion. "1. 48 different bal-
lots would be administra
tively impossible . . . 2.
Soldiers overseas are con-
stantly being transferre
to different bases. Unles
there is a federal ballot
issued to the Commanding
officer for each of his
men, many of the service-
men will never receive
their ballots . . . 3. The
War: Department has re-
vealed that it cannot han-
dle 48 different sets of
state ballots in the mails.
(Under a federal plan the
ballots could' be printed in
such places as England,
Australia and Italy.) ... 4.
Statistics published by the
Department of Commerce,
$ureau of the Census, on
the results of the Federal
absentee voting lawwhich
was passed for the 1942
elections prove conclusive-
ly that a federal ballot is
imperative if the soldiers
are to vote." The resolu-
tion concluded, "It is our
duty to make voting as
easy as possible for our
servicemen, who are fight-
ing for their rights and
our rights as citizens of a
democracy. We all want
the soldiers to vote. The
question is: what is the
inst effective way to in-

Company E nosed out Company D Delta Gamma sorority was shocked
in a close rough and tumble game recently when word arrived that the
Monday night by the score of 50 to Co. G fish had died. The fish was a#
47. 'his leaves Companies C and G beautiful black guppy with pop-eyes
tied for first place with four victories and a delicate tail, which was pre-
each to no losses and Company E in sented to Co. G by the sisters and
second place with three wins and had been in the custody of Pfc. Tom
one defeat. Quinn,
wThe end came the other morning
f EDITI Nwhen Pfc. John Thompson awke to
E EDITION * find the guppy in bed in a state
of rigor mortis. Pfc. Quinn, in an in-
DAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1944 terview with this column, insists he
had fed the guppy before retiring and
Union, Michigan Youth for had left it in its bowl for the night.
Democratic Action, Pan- It was then seen in a nearby bath-
fHellenic and the Post-War room several hours later. How it
Council..*swam frm the bathroom into John's
* * *bed remains a mystery.
THE DAILY somehow
acquired a new depart- Eight new members of A.O.A.,
ment last week. The story medical honor society, were initiated
is told that some anony- at the Michigan League on Thursday,
mous coed advertised in and six were members of Co. G.
The Daily for a date to A.O.A. includes the upper 10 per cent
V-Ball-and got one. Oth- of the senior class scholastically, and
ers started to call and soon three members had previously been
a desk was set up and The chosen-Jim Robertson, Pfc. Joe
Daily has. a Date Bureau. Fink, and Pfc. Reed Cramer. New
* *members include Pfc. Charles Cong-
THE CUBAN GIRL, Gla- don, Pfc. Ronald Bishop, Pfc. Gerald
dys Herrara, who was O'Sullivan, Pfc. Gerald Drake, Pfc.
flown here last month to Sid Milgrom, Pfc. Warren Sheldon,
undergo a delicate opera- Arnold Wollum, and Richard Hemp-
tion for removal of a brain stead.
tumor, left Ann Arbor
Monday. Now she should Like foolish geese, the dental sen-
be safe in Havana. Dr. fors are making ready to fly away
Max Minor Peet, who per- from their warm nest at Victor
formed the operation, said, Vaughan House. Yesterday was their
"She has picked up weight last official day, though they still
and is in excellent spirits' have a week of exams and another
week of state boards before they kiss
A THEFT was reported. the boys goodbye. A month from now
It amounted to $1,460. A teby ody.Amnhfo o
yoIth mntedtla$n,4i.ca-they will all be practicing dentists,
youth from Ypsilanti con- which o h e nC.G en
fessed the theft. But his ich, for the men in Co. G, means
previous activities in this; in the Army.
ocpr ios were mtor in-his Three seniors were interviewed
teresting. On Feb. 1 he about their emotions on their depar-
took $90 from the home of ture. Pfc. Max Raabe was inarticu-
Father Clare Murphy, pas- late, and the other two prefer to be
for at the Willow Run Vil- nameless. But all three promise to
lage Catholic Church. On return for a visit after getting their

known his birthd, o apt. Reiz-
man. Not that the aptain bakes the
cake-but it's a new project of the
Ann Arbor U.S.O., which supplies the
dough. And some of the best cooks
in town will do th baking.
Pfc.sCharles Chaplinhas sworn off
smicking for the duration. He figures
it's a bad habit and sometimes gets
one into trouble . .. Pfc. Sid Milgrom
fell asleep in one of those soft seats
at Kellogg Auditorium the other day.
"One does not sleep during lectures,"
said a soft voice into his ear. Sid
turned around, annoyed, then
amazed to find a major's emblem
behind the arm that was tappingI

The 'numerous war theaters are
familiar territory to Pfc. Robert D.
Bentley, Company C. He has been
fortunate enough to visit almost eve-
ry country in Europe, and many
countries of the East and Far East.
For twelve years of his life, Bob
lived in Persia, spending most of his
time in Hamadan, where his father
conducted a Presbyterian Missionary
Center. Bentley became intimately
acquainted with the people of Iran,
their customs, their manners, and
their culture.
He was educated in Persia and
Syria and is an alumnus of Brown
University. "The Persians are dif-
ferent from us, of course," Bob point-
ed out, "but one soon learns to re-
spect their beliefs and customs, for
they are chiefly Mohammedans, and
are deeply religious."
Born in Persia
Born in Persia, Bentley first came
to this country when he was two

years old. "I don't remember much
of that first visit, but when I return-
ed ten years later, it was strange at
first to see all the people dressed
similarly, and the absence of Moslem
architecture." Bentley added that
one of Iran's biggest assets is her
mild, comfortable climate. It seldom
rains, and the skies are a deep blue
most of the time."
'"I used to get together with some
other American and Persian boys,
and we'd' take long horseback rides
up into the mou-tains surrounding
Hamadan. But it wasn't necessary
to use a horse for ordinary trans-
portation, as there were hundreds of
American-made automobiles in all
Persian cities."
In addition to Persia, Pfc. Bentley
has visited Western Europe, spend-
ing several weeks in England, France
and Germany. "I thought the most
impressive and beautiful city in all
Europe was Berlin," Bentley -said,
"The German people were generally
amiable and congenial."

on't Be Bashful, Gi ve It All You've Got'

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