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SUNDAY, M~.ARCH 20, 1 9

_____________________ U I

Feud Ended
Cop, Gown Day Formerly
Launched Senior Activities
Tradition Suspended in '41
Senior Swing-out, one of the
oldest of senior class traditions,
seems to have taken its place in
the ranks of the forgotten along
with many other formerly cher-
ished customs.
Inaugurated back in the 1870's,
Swing-out was the day on which
seniors would first appear in their
caps and gowns. This would
launch all the other senior activi-
* * *
EACH YEAR thousands of stu-
dents and townspeople gathered to
watch the colorful procession of
seniors following the marching
band across the diagonal to Hill
Auditorium, where a short pro-
gram was presented.
Seniors were then expected to
wear their caps and gowns every
Wednesday until graduation.
This was discontinued, however,
when the day for holding Swing-
out was changed from Wednes-
day to Sunday in an .effort to
aid solemnity to the occasion.
Apparently a little dignity was
needed quite badly. Battles be-
tween lawyers and engineers were
ASLATE AS 1930 lawyers were
drenched with water as they
passed through the engineering
arch. Beginning in the 1920's sen-
iors "considered it their duty to
imbibe freely before the cere-
Rowdiness increased and after
numerous warnings against the
"immoral taint" and serious
threats of suspension, the tra-
dition was banned in 1934.
At promise of the maintenance
of dignity and order from honor
societies brought a revival in 1937.
Swing-out was then continued
until 1941. Another revival' was
attempted in 1947 but proved un-

"The Two Philosophers"

WINNING PHOTO-Pictured abov is the prize-winning photo, "The Two Philosophers," in the re-
cent Michiganensian campus contest. The unsusp eti"i' model was caught by photographer Santosh
Bagchi, who received a radio as first prize for the picture,
Ornate Plumage of Early American Male
Put Somberly- Dressed Women to Shame

Aid Feminine
Home Sewers
Although prices on summer cot-
tons are coming down, some wo-
men will still prefer to sew their
own with the aid of fashion shows,
patterns and window shopping.
The latest asset for the seam-j
stress who really goes out for high
fashion are books on fashion lan-
guage to enable her to under-
stand commentators of the mode!
at shows and in articles.
Words associated primarily with
the process of making wearing
apparel and accessories are usual-,
ly not easily available elsewhere.
Even in the best dictionary, they
are not always defined from fash-
ion's point of view.
* * *
THOSE WHO would like tot
know fashion and maifest their
own ideas will find studies of books
of this type invaluable.
In these times when designers
are constantly referring back to
the dress of Greece and Rome
as well as early American and
Victorian garbs, a knowledge of
the history of fashion is really
essential to any would-be de-
A knowledge of fabrics and lines
are also essential to buyers who
would heed or not the babblings
of the saleslady or advertisers of
Other advantages of fashion
books include important stitches,
laces, embroideries and weaves
made easily recognizable, as well
as tips on furs-real and imita-
tion-and what such things as
lapins really are.
Female Spender
Clings to Dollar
"The average woman is closer
with a dollar of her own than 99
is to 100, although most money
women spend belong to the men,
not to themselves."
So claims Herb Graffis in the
March issue of Esquire.
IN A PROBING article called
"Mammon and the Lady," Mr.
Oraffis tells why women don't go
"It's only when she is spend-
ing someone else's money that
a woman develops a generous
streak," he says.
"Female affinity for the dollar
is not necessarily bad. A woman
wants to spend her money wisely
and get value received."
"That's a good thing," the story
concluded, "for women do 80 per
cent of the spending."



Recoil, Gripes Prove Fruitless

As Spring Spurs ChapeauControversies

When it comes to "chics' elm-
peaux," not only the French have
a word for it.
Especially with Easte r just
around the corner, the long-suf-
fering American male is slated to
spar another fruitless round in the
'Battle of the Bonnet.' As- in past
years, the nod will unquestionably
go to'the women and their do-or-
die airs.
In winter, fashionable headgear
seems to take a permanent back
c'tn t dn dn ,,a f i xx, 'nt4h n '

year's creation from blowing
But balmy spring ushers in
more than showers and flowers;
male guffaws are to no avail
against the bevy of lids worthy
of an endorsement by Salvatore
We wonder if the great surreal-
ist himself wouldn t recoil if Mrs.
Dali ever decided to sport the fa-
miliar flowerpot in the Easter Pa-
ra de.

ate a dew Hollywood fad), hat de-
signers can labor with twice as
much head space on which to
dream up fancy chapeaux.
From all indications, it looks
like coiffure conservatism will
die another horrible death in
1940, without any urgent femi-
nine pleas for resurrection. Fate
has dealt masculine eyes anoth-
er low blow.
One encouragement remains,
however--a man could break his
barber appointments, let his hair
grow long and don one of his,
wife's stunning creations. 'Te Pa-
risian fashion world might .ibel,
but judging from male sent'.ment,
turnabout is fair play, and we're
not going to take another year of
this lying down.

sea Louemals ot auii oer' Movie actress Mary Martin has
style, set forth by chilling wmds. done her fellow females one better
by shaving her long locks a la In-
Lassies braving mid-October grid Bergman. And if others fol-
blasts find they must devote less low her example (what woman
time to poring over fashion mags wouldn't delight in being the first
and much more to keeping last in her neighborhood to incorpor-

the inspircdio
your ent ire
Spring tta rh






Although today's women are the
wearers of the now commonplace
"new look," formerly men were
the ones who sported the laces and
frills in the various "new looks"
that appeared.
In the early days, when America
was just getting a start toward
breaking away from England,
men's shirts were masterpieces of
artistic sewing with ruffles flaring
below jeweled velvet coats. Col-


Newberry Dormitory Oldest
Campus Women's Residence

orful three-cornered hats and pol-
shed, silver shoe-buckles were high
ashion at this time.
After the Revolution there was
a sharp trend to do away with the
clothing of the mother country,
and the American gentleman was
soon decked out in the first of
nany "new looks" to follow..
TOP HATS, silk neck scarves
ind white waistcoats, decorated
with huge gold chains were essen-
ial for the well-dressed man, He
"ore a coat with widely flared col-
ar and lapels. The jacket ended
below the waist and was comple-
nented by tight-fitting trousers
with a loop fitted over patent
eather pumps,
As the nation changed, so did
male attire. From the Civil War
through the "Gay 90's" trousers
were wider and shirts had high
stiff collars.
Ties were tied in huge knots and
tacked down by a gleaming pin.
Coats were still cut long, but weme
beginning to assume the double
breasted effect of today.

other "new look"-mostly through
necessity. Tailors and clothing
manufacturers began cutting down
materials in suits. Suit coats be-
came short and skimpy, and trou-
ser legs were tightened up again,
without cuffs,
After the Armistice, the "flap-
pers" came into their own. This
"new look" featured wide pants,
caps, turtle-neck sweaters and
shaggy fur coats in the winter.
Checks and plaids were the
thing, and the flashier the ma-
terial, the better.
The "flapper" craze ended as
men turned to clothing much like
that of today, with but a short in-
terruption in the recent "zootsuit"
THIS STYLE was partly a re-
turn to the "Gay 90's." Coats were
long and draped to the extreme
and trouser cuffs were tight,
Men's fashions of today aike~con-
servative even though the "bold
look" has caused a .minor rebellion
in male styles. Is today's "bold
look" a preview of an entire "new
look" in men's fashions?

~ k\ St

"There are those who believe
that the day of general dormitor-
ies is surely coming,' we read in
the Michigan Alumnus of Aug.
With this forward looking pro-
nouncement, the University ac-
cepted a gift of $75,000 from Mrs..
Henry N. Joy, Truman H. New-
berry, and John H. Newberry to
be used to build a residence hall
for women as a memorial to their
mother, Helen Handy Newberry.
"THE BUILDING will be of
dignified urouortions, opening to
terraces on the north and south,"
the June 1914 Michigan Alumnus
Helen Newberry Dormitory
became the first on - campus
residence hall under the Univer-
city's control since the old wings
of University Hall had been
abolished as living quarters and
turned over to the general use
of the University in President
Tappan's time.
Designed by the architectural
firm of Kahn and Willy of Detroit
at a cost of about $100,000, Helen
From Pails
To Purses
Small butter tubs, middle-sized
jam buckets, and huge fish pails
will be carried this summer as
handbags; an original idea come
to life.
These wooden buckets of thek
humblest origin are now being
stained, sanded and glamorized
with bright leather to become
handy carry-alls for street and
beach wear.
The idea was the result of a
dare taken by a New England
married couple to copy a friend's
$60 handbag. The wife, Powers-
model Doris Bryn, and engineer
Roger Van S created in their liv-
ing room a new -million dollar
skill, they have found. Stains in-
clude maple, walnut, mahogany
and antique, but all resulting in
distinguishing shape-that of P.
homely bucket.
Many of the carry-alls have
shoulder straps and are large
enough to hold bathing suit and
beach umbrella during the
summer, while others are small
to compliment a tweedy sport-
ine suit.
The Van S's are a family of
four. Daughters Sandra, 2, and

Frankly, we think this will be the hit of the season. Spring rayon sheer with
seven rows of imported lace ruffles, and full length bell push-up elasticized
sleeves. In crisp Easter colors of white, pink, maize, blue and chartreuse

Newberry Dormitory 'was ready
for occupancy during the summer
session of 1915 and hdused 68
girls. The following fall, Martha
Cook Dormitory opened its doors;
and seven more girls moved into
Newberry, bringing the total to 75.
* * * t
WITH THE exception of the C
sunporch added in 1934, the ex-
terior of the dormitory has re-b
mained the same. Built of hollow
tile fireproof construction, the
stucco exterior is relieved by white
trimming and green shutters.
Originally, however, the main
entrance faced State Street and
two reception rooms took the
place of what is today one large
living room. The color scheme
of these former reception rooms
was deep ivory and old blue with
paneled walls of ivory and
Among the furnishings were
several gifts from the Newberry
family.- Coeds who lived in the,
dormitory during those early years
found their rooms furnished with
heavy velvet rugs, furniture in
ftimpd nk and wicker with touch-
es of chintz and light brown hang-
* * *
DURING 1927-28, 30 girls were
housed in nearby houses on May-
nard Street, but were under the
same supervision and ate their
meals at the Newberry.
The sunporch was put on the
front of the building in 1934 as a
part of the Public Works Admin-
istration, converting the center
hall and reception rooms into one
large living room. The main en-
trance to the dormitory was inov-
ed to the side.
Today Helen Newberry houses
105 girls. Mrs. Henry Joy has
served as chairman of the Board
of Patronesses since the building
was erected and has annually vis-
ited its occupants. Other patron-
esses are Mrs. Philip Bursley, Mrs.
Wilfred Shaw and Mrs. Charles
Legs Go Light
This Summer
Light colored stockings will
again become popular when spring
begins,t according to fashion de-
The new. shades of stockings
and light colored shoes will be
worn with dark suits. And no more
dark stockings with gay summer
dresses, predictions dictate.
With black or brown shoes fa-
shion advisers recommend clear
taupes that vanish on the leg:
With colored shoes, stockings that

and orchid, Sizes 32 to 38.


306 South State Street

ak by LILI ANN
- of San Francisco


21 7 South Main
9 Nickels Arcade
Grey with Grey
by Merritt-Taylor

Famous for fashion-for beautiful fabrics-
exquisite detailing-you'll find coats by
"Lili Ann" are stand-out beauties that
invite a second glance. In fine gabardine-
your choice of new Spring shades. Size 10-18,
$49.95 to $79.95
are creating a fashion sensation-flattering
-adaptable-wonderful for day into evening
wear-the fabrics are magnificent.
New fashion shades. Size 10-20.
$49.95 to $79.95
Our new captivating millinery---
off the face, on the face--beflowered
-beribboned and oh! so becoming.
$3.95 to $15.00
Styled to complement the new
old-fashioned look--richest leathers-
finest suedes-silkiest failles.
$5,00 to $18.50
for your costumes. Tiy scatter pis-
earrings-necklaces-to highlight"
to complement your costumes.



Au. i'Wooi SUIT: Single but-

ton jacket, button trim,
collitr . . . c~an slim


sleek skirt. A suit by lcrritt-
Taylor-double tone in grey.
HAl Open crown straw
clotl trinuned with nyloli
and rose,

--Posol b-), Nancy 3.Boijoie




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