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Freshman Women Soon Discover
Hats, Purses Are Unnecessary

Army, Navy, Marine Trainees Ex-Daily Editor Heads Council
Keep Campus Social Affairs Of Outstanding Activities-Women

War Conscious



What to wear on campus has long
been the problem of the newly-ar-
rived coed, and this year will be no
exception, although the rules are few
and simple.
. No costume, no matter how strik-
ing it may be, is complete without
perfect grooming, that detail, being
the primary rule in the path to social
success. Neatness .at every corner is
an absolute necessity, and the obser-
vance of it makes or breaks every
For classroom wear sweaters and
skirts take precedence over every
other costume. Heels and fancy dres-
ses are out in this department, al-
though they are perfectly appropri-
ate for teas, dates, rushing and simi-
lar functions.
Seldom Wear Hats
Blouses, not too dressy, jerkins and
suits about complete the rost of
styles for classroom wear, and date
dresses come into their own for most
types of social functions.
Coeds have an alarming aversion
to hats, and they are found few and
far between. Church and teas pro-
vide the only places where hats are
musts, and that custom is a blessing
to the average coed who wouldn't be
caught dead in a hat unless there
.was no other way out.

Contrary to expectation, it is not a
disgrace to be found lugging an um-
brella on rainy days, and boots (if
anyone can find them) come in han-
dy when Fluvius opens up . . and
he does quite often in Ann Arbor.
Purses Out
Freshman women carry purses the
first week of school, and then some-
how they seem to disappear as the
coeds discover that carrying purses
went out with high school. Billfolds
are definitely what the well-dressed
coed is never found withou, and
purses collect dust on top shelves to
be dug out and dusted only when
hats come out of their boxes.
Simplicity and informality are the
keynotes to good styling. Frills are
out. And costumes of increasing
number these days are of the nurse's
aide and the surgical dressing work-
er. To wear such costumes is an
honor bestowed upon many conscien-
tious students.
Trunks and trunks full of clothes
don't mean a thing these days when
housing (and closet space) is limit-
ed, but coeds should be certain that
whatever they do . wear is neatly
pressed, that skirts hang straight,
and that accessories are appropriate
both to the costume and the times.

in -u l zwing During season
The Army, Navy, and Marine - -__

Corps have kept the Michigan cam-
pus a comparatively bright spot as
far as dating and social- affairs are
concerned and, although the big-
name bands and weekly fraternity
parties have vanished with the war,
the entering freshman women may
expect to have almost as good a time
as she would have found in the be-
moaned pre-war days.
The coed is given a start during
orientation week with coke dates, in-
dividual and collective, with fresh-
man men, so she may meet at the
very beginning members of her own
class. Although she mustn't expect
to "meet her future husband," the
coed may look forward to possible
future friendships from the coke
If this statement proves false,
there is no cause for deep disap-
In Brazil owners of 15,000 auto-
mobiles run their vehicles on char-
coal gas and this turn of events
wasn't caused by the war. Brazil
made this change some years ago to
cut down the importation of gaso-
line. Today Brazilians are not both-
ered much with gas rationing, they


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pointment because, even with that
inevitable wartime m anp ower
shortage, there are still men on the
University campus, and there are
still many ways of meeting them.
The Ruthven teas and the week-
ly parties at the International Cen-
ter are obvious spots to form new
If you are in an organized Uni-
versity house, especially one of the
larger ones, there will be the inevit-
able parties for servicemen.
Also instrumental in the open
season on servicemen is the USG.
Registration will be held at Harris
Hall, the USO's clubhouse, and you
will be assigned to a "Regiment,"
which will hold meetings and give
parties. Further information on the
USO may be found elsewhere in this
Classrooms are also instrumental
as meeting places. There are few
classes at the University with no
men at all, and often out-of-class
discussions about the subject lead
to lasting friendships.
Church groups are still, as they
always have been, one of the best
meeting-places. Here persons have
at least one interest in common,
and it is easy to talk with strang-
ers when eating supper in a church
basement or picnicking with the
group on the church lawn.
Although local extra-curricular ac-
tivities are to a certain extent segre-
gated, there is a possibility in them
of making new acquaintances with
the perennial popular subject, men.
Dance committees are legion for
making friends, and there are mixed
groups in the Post-War Council, the
Michigan Youth for Democratic Ac-
tion, the Inter-Racial Association,
and the Daily. However, don't let it
be said we're encouraging you to join
the above for social purposes. How-
ever, there's nothing against side-
Working in stores, University
cafeterias, and soda bars is anoth-
er popular acquaintance-method.
Who can remain inside a shell
while struggling .with the dishes
behind a soda fountain?
In summary, this is not a com-
pletely dateless campus. Men are
still where youyfind them, although
the quantity may be somewhat de-
creased, and they may be wearing
different camouflage . . khaki,
green, and blue. They're still men,
and they want to have a good time
as much as you do.
An informal poll conducted through
last year by a couple of enterprising
reports in Omaha reveal the GIs love
to see gals dressed to the hilt while
the dwindling number of civilian
men still preferred the plain attire.
"Down to home," they called it.
If this is a true trend, quite a prob-
lem is posed for the campus this year
as both the supply of military and
civilian men decreases by the day.

As the proverbial birds of a feath-
er, the campus' outstanding coed
personalities have flocked together
to comprise the Women's War
Marge Hall, the president, is a
typical case of University Activities
Woman . . . a bundle of dynamite
packed into 5'1". Marge's original
hangout was The Daily, where she
worked up to become Associate Wo-
men's Editor before ditching the
newspaper business to become head
of all- campus women.
Marge spent her early life in
China, where, so the tale goes, she
was frightened by a chimpanzee.
The shock checked the growth of
her hair, and consequently she has
sported a crewcut ever since. An-
other story has it that Marge has
been so busy running campus war
fund drives she never has time to
comb her hair; so she just cuts it
down to the scalp every Sunday
Speaking of war fund drives, Marge
ran three of them last spring . .
Red Cross, Infantile Paralysis and
Fresh Air Camp . . . and all three
were outstanding successes. Another
Hall accomplishment is two years'
service on the Women's Athletic
Mexico's Gain
Marge spent the summer in Mexico
dodging typhoid germs and studying
at the University of Mexico. Rumors
that she is studying revolutionary
techniques for use on the League are
unfounded, as are parallel rumors
that she plans to add burros to the
WAA riding club schedule.
In addition to journalistic abil-
ity, Marge made herself invaluable
on The Daily by keeping a file of
nickels for use in the coke ma-
chine. In protest, the machine
went on the blink soon after
"Scoop" Hall departed.
Viewing Marge from the heights is
Pat Coulter, the War Council's tow-
er-of-strength personnel director and
vice-president. Pat is known to
campus women as the Dr.S. of Junior
Girls Play fame, a characterization
which, Pat says, has frightened her
away from Health Service for all
To 'Doctor' the Help Shortage
Instead of new kinds of tumors,
Pat will concern herself with the ills
caused by the local labor shortage.
During the summer Pat pitched in
herself by dishing hash in the West
Quadrangle chow line. Therefore,
the local Navy unit regards Miss
Coulter with pleasant associations-
with the only meat and butter on
campus, when things got tough.
But Pat's first love is horses .
Coulter and the colts is a bad but
oft-used pun. Pat's earliest campus
days were occupied with Crop and


Saddle riding club, of which she
subsequently became president.
The "house bunny rabbit," who
is supposed to look like a rabbit, is
Natalie Mattern. Nat adds the
spice of red hair to the organiza-
tion; besides efficiency and able
work as head of Judiciary Council.
Although her sorority sisters insist
"she's a very normal person," Nata-
lie has had more than a normal indi-
vidual's share of campus positions,
starting out as "a sophomore with the
presidency of Wyvern and chairman-
ship of Soph Project.
Maybe She'll Clean the League
Jean Loree is glad to resume her
place as secretary of the War Coun-
cil, after spending the summer play-
ing maids in Repertory Players' dra-
matic productions. Although she once
played a Roman centurion, Loree
was first, last and almost always the
The rumor is that Jean's
sorority house was untouched by
the help shortage. Jean merely
rehearsed her roles at strategic
Debbie Parry is the creator of
Thumper," the little rabbit whose
sayings have become law about the
League and the USO buildings. Be-
sides drawing bunnies, Deb found
time to head Junior Girls Project
and become a member of Phi Beta
Kappa during the past year.
Marge, Pat, Natalie, Jean and Deb-
bie are your executive board of the
War Council for the coming year. It
should be a most interesting one.

Many Girls Have Been Trained
To Fill Essential Vacancies as
The Need for More Increases
The pressing need for women to
release men for combat duty and to
replace other men in almost every
field has ledt the University to divert
much of its energy to this purpose.
For the first time in the history of
the School of Engineering, there has
been a major invasion of those hal-
lowed halls by members of the fairer
seix. Twelve w'omen are already
enrolled for fall engineering pro-
grams, and more are expected by the
Office of the Registrar.
In the literary college there are
also courses in work related to the
war effort. The Army, Navy and
other agencies have a need for wo-
men who can read, speak and trans-
late modern languages. Courses in
Japanese, Chinese, Russian, French,
German, Spanish and Portgugese are
being offered on campus to train
students to meet this need.
Journalists Needed
Journalism and newspaper work
will 'provide some of the necessary
training for students who aspire to
be government informational spe-
Clinical psychologists and person-
nel workers are also invaluable, and
training in tests and measurements,
which is offered in the Department
of Psychology, can be put to good use.
There are now many opening for
women trained in the physical sci-
ences. Women trained in astronomy
are needed to make computations, to
care for instruments and to prepare
material for publication. All bran-
ches of chemistry are being opened
to women. There are other openings-
for mineral technologists.
Mathematics, as a prerequisite: to
chemistry, physics, engineering, as-
tronomy, advanced statistics and
specialized government training pro-
grams, can prove most beneficial.
Women in Geology
The women have already invaded
the field of geology. Those who have
studied deposit and ground water,
mapping and economic geology are
in line for, civil service positions.
Women are admitted to study petrol-
eum at the geology field station at
Camp Davis in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Map-making and knowledge of
foreigp lands are also important for
government service, and many posi-
tions in these fields are now being
filled by women. The geography de-
partment offers excellent training
along these lines. Economists to
work on commodities and to do ac-
counting are also in great demand.


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