SEPTEMBER 30, 1949
THE MICHIGAN . DAILY
Baton Twirling Freshme oin and
Foreign Student Enrollment
Hits Record BreakingHigh
By PHOEBE FELDMAN
His feet were on the grass out
there last Saturday, but his head
was in the clouds-and they were
In fact, the stadium looked
mighty sweet to Dick Smith
freshman -two weeks new at the
University-when he and his
partner, Floyd Zabock, strutted
onto the field and, gave the first
performance of the University
Varsity Band's new baton twirling
* * *
"I'D BEEN twirling with my
higli school band for three years,"
he explained, 'but it was never like
that. That afternoon Was proba-
bly the most exciting thing that
has happened to me yet."
His partner, Fred Zaboek, '53
Arch, was more casual about
their work with the band and its
scond-season drum major,
"When you've performed before
judges and audiences in the big
contests," he remarked, "you sort
of get used to big crowds."
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SMITH AND ZABOCK, chosen
seven weeks ago from a field of
seven freshman contestants, have
twirling honors enough between
them to bury a batch of batons.
Dick Smith, tall blonde grad-
uate of Weir High in Wierton,
W. Va., won first prizes in three
regional contests, and Zabock,
from Wheaton, Ill., has 16
"firsts" and six trophies to his
Actually, twirling is a tradition
in the Zabock family. There are
five Zabocks--2 older sisters, an
older brother, Floyd, and his
youngest sister-all veteran twirl-
ers. Twelve years ago, the oldest
sister, Dorma Mae, '42, began the
tradition when she became first
twirler at high school. When the
The First Baptist Church will
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Dr. Ira Rumney, president of the
Board of Trustees, and David Hall,
president of the Roger Williams
Guild, will greet the students in-
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Matching the rise in overall en-
rollment figures for the Univer-
sity, the number of foreign stu-
dents is at an all time high, ac-
cording to Robert B. Klinger, as-
sistant counselor to foreign stu-
There are now 770 students from
out of the country, an increase of
23 over the total at this time last'
year, Klinger said. The number of
countries represented here has also
increased, jumping to 73 this year,
as compared with 70 last year.
SEVEN SUCH far distant places
as Ceylon, New Zealand, Estonia!
and Trieste are newly represented
on campus this year. British
Guiana, Nigeria, and St. Lucia also
have citizens studying here for the
Due to governmental pro-
grams, the number of students
from Siam, Iraq and Germany
has increased remarkably, ac-
cording to Klinger. As an ex-
ample, Siam has now on campus
more than 10 times as many
students as it had at this time
last year, in round numbers 21
instead of two.
The Iraqi student total has
gone from 12 to 29 and the Siam
group has grown from two to 21.
From Germany, where the stu-
dents are sponsored by the U.S.
Army, have come 25 as compared
with the nine from there last year.
VENEZUELA has also made a
sizeable gain, Klinger said, by ex-
actly doubling its student total
here, pushing .it from 15 to 30.
IN SPITE OF HER internal
troubles, China still is leading in
total number of students. There
are now 168 Chinese students en-
rolled here, a drop of but 21
from the 189 registered at the
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pointed twirlers with the Varsity Band get set for a session with
their batons down at the stadium. Both Smith and Zabock are
freshmen and won their jobs out of a field of seven contestants.
* * * *
youngest sister entered the Zabock
ranks, the family became probably
the only twirler quintet in the
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SMITH'S START was all his
idea, though. As a sophomore in
high school, he was appointed as-
sistant drum major. He got his
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next year, and went on to compete
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