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NVEGRO MUSIC HIS HOBBY:
Rev. Kenna Started Career on Bicycle
* * * *
By JANET WATTS
About 20 years ago an 18-year-
old youth began his ministerial ca-
reer on a Sears and Roebuck bicy-
cle to "ride the circuit" in Texas.
That man was the Rev. James
Brett Kenna who has been direc-
tor of the student guild and pastor
at the First Methodist Church for
the past five years.
His Mississippi birthplace was
characterized by deeply religious
surroundings. This background
coupled with the Negro life he saw
about him influenced his own life
* * *
THE MINISTER combined this
interest in Negro people with a
husky baritone voice and a flair
for singing which led him to spe-
cialize in the study of Negro music.
And more than once this spe-
cialty provided financial support
when he was putting himself
through Northwestern Universi-
ty, according to Mr. Kenna.
The' Rev. Kenna has lectured on
the Negro and his music more
than 2000 times throughout the
nation and in England where he
toured as an exchange preacher
in 1938 and 1947.
After graduate work at North-
western and Columbia, he won his
doctorate at Iowa Wesleyan. He
has served as pastor in New Jersey,
Kansas and Iowa.
IN 1944 he came to Ann Arbor
as minister of the Methodist
church. The north wing of the
large white stone church at Wash-
ington and State Streets is devoted
entirely to the Wesleyan Guild, an
organization for Methodist stu-
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MAN FROM MISSISSIPPI-From bicycling preacher to pastor
of Ann Arbor's First Methodist Church-that's the road traveled
by the Rev. James Brett Kenna, here seen giving a student some
personal advice in his capacity as student guild director.
* * * *
The Michigan chapter of the
guild was one of the first to be
established on a college campus.
As guild director, the Rev. Ken-
na serves as business manager,
public relations director and pas-
tor for the group.
BUT HE also is a religious guide
for the students, most of whom
call him "Doc." His office is usu-
ally filled with students who have
come to "Doc" for advice on per-
"sonal matters ranging from re-
ligion to marriage.
Because students turn so often
to Mr. Kenna for advice on love
problems some members of the
church term the guild a "mar-
But "Doc" thinks it's a good
thing. "There's no better place
than a person's own church to
find a congenial comrade for mar-
riage," he says.
Students from most Michigan
colleges will gather April 30 at
Rackham for the 1949 Michigan
Student Christian Convocation.
The convocation theme, "Stu-
dent: Christian and Citizen" is de-
signed to point up the areas in
which the student's loyalties con-
flict because of his status as a
Christian and a citizen, according
to Merle Smith, general chair-
REV. REINHOLD Neibuhr, of
Ghe Union Theological Seminary,
and Prof. Joseph Haroutunian,
of McCormick Seminary, headline
the list of conference speakers.
Twelve other religious leaders
will direct discussion group sem-
Subjects listed for seminars in-
clude conscientious objection,
marriage and the family, capital-
ism, campus life, political action,
military life, labor and industry,
discrimination, scientific research
Students may make reservations
for the convocation by contacting
Mrs. Elizabeth Lemm at Lane Hall.
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Union Ballroom, replacing prev-
ious arrangements to meet on the
"SHOULD THE University re-
fuse to recognize fraternities, sor-
orities and similar campus organ-
izations which fail to remove dis-
criminatory clauses from their
charters? will be thetopic dis-
cussed by all Student Legislature
Legislators Leon Rechtman,
'50, and Gil Schubert, '50BAd
will take the affirmative and
negative respestively, opening
the verbal free-for-all. All ean-
didates will then speak on the
Jordan Hall will claim the polit-
ical spotlight from 4:30 to 5:30
p.m. with an all-candidate open
house, Greene House, in the East
Quadrangle will claim the candi-
dates at 6:30 p.m. Voters from all
eight EQ houses will be out to
4 * * *
CLIMAXING the last day of
campaigning, West Quadrangle,
will stage a gigantic rally at 9:30
p.m., complete with German Band
and Hill-Billy singers to enter-
tain wearying candidates.
The end will be abrupt. Tues-
day candidates must see that no
campaigning for themselves goes
on within 50 feet of any polling
By PHIL DAWSON
"School spirit." which may re-
turn to the University after many
spiritless years, has flourished un-
interruptedly at a number of cam-
Most freshman-sophomore class
contests take place in the autumn,
but a few of these picturesque
frolics occur in the spring.
* * *
ADRENALIN flowed freely in a
recent freshman-sophomore class
struggle at Purdue University, as
the frosh succeeded in downing
soph opposition to the burning of
the green beany hats freshmen
are required to wear.
As the Purdue Exponent de-
scribed the traditional event,
"800 screaming, torch-bearing
freshmen successfully burned
their green pots in a ceremony
that rivalled any previously seen
on the campus."
Aoout 200 torches shed their yel-
low light on a block-long proces-
sion of green-hatted freshmen
who marched to the stadium to
hold their rites around a huge
THE EXPONENT reported that
after "the off-tune singing of Hail
Purdue,' a great roar went up as
the hats were thrown into the
Meanwhile, the sophomores
(Editor's Note: Contributors to
What's Up in the Dorms should
contact Dolores Palanker at The
Daily or 145 Betsy Barbour.)
The first in a series of faculty
dinners was held Thursday at Bet-
sy Barbour followed by an after-
dinner coffee hour in the lounge
so that residents might get ac-
quainted with the faculty members
Faculty guests at the dinner
were Prof. William B. Willcox, of
the history department, and Mrs.
Willcox; and Mr. and Mrs. Schott.
WEATHER PERMITTING, wo-
men of Martha Cook will conduct
an egg rolling contest this morn-
ing on the side lawn. Tal Hoyt is
chairman of the affair.
* * *
HAY WAGONS will take the
women of Unit III, New Women's
Dorm, and their dates to a barn
dance scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday
at the Circle 7 Ranch.
'School Spirit' Flourishes on Campuses
playng t Comunis. EgineringBuiling
were getting ready to lay out the
welcome mat for the freshmen's
return to their houses.
Basement entries were flooded,
hoses squirted and fire-crackers
exploded in the concluding epi-
sodes of the spirited ceremony.
* * *
ALSO AT PURDUE, fraternities
were reported to have reached a
new high. The assistant to the Di-
rector of Student Affairs said:
"Purdue is the only school in
the Big Ten and midwest that
during the past four years has
not had a single fraternity with
bad publicity in either local or
This record has been helped by
the institution of Greek Week, a
Fraternities-in-Life period which
emphasizes "the value of fraterni-
ties to their members" and "the
ideals and principles of fraternity
life," according to the Exponent.
A BILL in the Texas legislature
would outlaw high school "secret
societies," fraternities and sorori-
ties as "inimical to democracy,"
according to the Daily Texan.
At the University of Wisconsin,
the first Negro ever to affiliate
with a white fraternity there re-
cently pledged Phi Sigma Delta.
The student is Weather Sikes,
chemistry senior from Chicago.
The fraternity, previously an all-
Jewish organization, has no re-
strictive membership clauses in its
* * *
IN SPITE of the Great Pollsters'
Fiasco last November, the student
opinion survey is still a widely-
used weapon in the hands of col-
lege newspaper editors.
Few of the polls claim to be
scientific, but that doesn't prevent
them from examining student
opinion on everything from card-
playing to Communism.
Laboratory of Vertebrate Biolog3
-Prof. Laurence H. Snyder, dear
of the University of Oklahomi
graduate school and " outstanding
authority on human heredity, wil
discuss the relation of "Heredit;
and Modern Life," 4:15 p.m. Kel
Hiawatha Club-Movies on the
upper peninsula, including "Mich
igan Moose," "Michigan Cano
Trails," and "Timber Harvest.
Social hour after the progran
and business meeting. 7:30 p.m.
Cave Room, Michigan League.
Engineer Talk - W. Z. Step
niewski, of the Piasecki Helicopte
Corporation, Morton, Pa., will tall
to engineers on opportunities witl
his company, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 3G
Michigan Union. Following this
the Piasecki Corporation will in
terview men for jobs in 1523 Eas
OF YOUR F99I LIFE
Open House To Give Engineers
Holiday from Classes Friday
actress, was coaxed out of retire-
Ment to play the leading role in
Luigi Pirandello's "As You Desire
Me." Miss Abba won her initial
success in this country in "To-
"The Heiress" will be highlight-
ed by Basil Rathbone in the role
he created in the original produc-
tion on Broadway this season.
Starred with hi mwill be Martha
Scott, University graduate.
Members of the Ann Arbor
Drama Season committee are Pro-
vost James P. Adams, Mrs. M.
Rees Hutchins, Dean Hayward
Keniston, Prof. Herbert A. Ken-
yon, Dean Alice Lloyd, Prof. Al-
bert M. Marckwardt, Prof. Earle
V. Moore, Eugene B. Power, Neil
Staebler and Roger L. Stevens.
All classes and laboratories will
be suspended in the engineering
buildings for Engineering Open
House to be held from 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. Friday, according to Walt
Dublonica, open house chairman.
Dublonica issued a call for all
"literary students and non-engi-
neers to come over and see how
the other half lives on the south-
east corner of the campus."
* * *
THE PHYSICS department, one
of the 12 sections holding displays,
will throw open to observers the
cyclotron, synchroton, electron mi-
croscope and other, machines in,
the Physics Building used for
physics research, said Ken Bay,
everywhere! The brightest footlight this
season . . . and adaptable to almost
every other thing you own.
The electron microscope will
have virus specimens on display,
enlarged as much as 100,000
times, he declared.
Bay is also chairman of the ra-
dio amateurs' exhibit. This exhibit
will feature a real short wave ra-
dio station in the East Engineer-
ing Building, which will relay ca-
blegrams to anywhere in the Uni-
ted States, Canada and areas oc-
cupied by the armed forces. This
service will be free to anyone wish-
ing it, Bay said.
THE CHEMICAL engineering
exhibit, under the direction of
Ralph Hillman, will have in oper-
ation several chemical laboratories
in the East Engineering Building.
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