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THE.. M1L 11V11 L11\L T1TE~N D I.VPA.G'.


'Miss Mac', Busy Social Director of League,



Acts As

'Man Friday' for Women's Activities

"Ask Miss Mac - she knows."
This phrase or its equivalent is
echoed over and over again at
the League, where the "walking
book" of knowledge and guidance
on women's activities hangs her


known as Miss

Ethel A. McCormick, social direc-
tor of the League, she is affec-
tionately called "our Miss Mac"
by coeds from all corners of the
Her title of social director .
does not begin to describe the ,
innumerable things, great and
small, she does to help Michi-
gan women.
The endless duties of the main- '
stay of the League" include see-
ing that every job or project un-
dertaken by coeds in connection
with the League is a success.
MISS McCORMICK is the 'con-
sultant on every type of event
ranging from JGP and Soph Cab MISS ETHELI
to men's dancing classes. *
She is also responsible for Council's merit system of peti-
budgeting events, with a prim- tioning and interviewing, Miss
ary interest in developing lead- McCormick said that she feels
ers and women who can assume a sincere effort is made to help
responsibility, rather than in every woman feel she is welcome
making profits. in any campus activity.
Noa matter is too insignificant
tomerit Miss Mcorik's fun "League - trained women are
to mritMissMc~rmic's ullbest-trained," Miss McCormick de-
attention, and coeds often marvel aedk
at her amazing capacity to "find lared.
time for everything."
* * THE EXPERIENCE gained in
MANY TIMES she has allowed formulating ideas and bearing the
women to undertake projects that responsibility of carrying them
she believed would not be entire- out often proves valuable in mak-
ly successful. She was quick to ing decisions and plans in future
admit, however, that in some cases years, she added.
she was wrong. As a member of the women's
Commenting on the League physical education department,
Physical Education Provid s
Sports Opportunities for Coeds
Courses for Freshmen Give Health, Social
Values to Women Meeting Requirements

Miss McCormick first came in
contact with Michigan coeds.
At that time the cast of the
Junior Girl's Play rehearsed in
Barbour Gymnasium and Miss
McCormick began her years of
service to University coeds by an-
swering questions which arose in
connection with the production.
When the League was complet-
ed in 1929, President Ruthven ask-
ed her to serve as coordinating
supervisor of women's activities,
a position she has held since that
Miss McCormick is indeed an
indispensible part of the League
and a truly wonderful person to

Student life at the University of Michigan involves a few additions
to the wardrobe that might not be as necessary in another school.
First and foremost, of course, is that vital item: a raincoat. It has
been said that Ann Arbor is in every rainbelt in the United States,
and although this might not be exactly true, the U. of M. is famous
for its monsoon seasons.
AS A RESULT, almost every style of raincoat created is represent-
ed here. Most popular in recent years is the brightly colored replica
of a fisherman's slicker topped off by a tie-under-the-chin hat, guar-
anteed to be waterproof. Its becoming brim is narrow in the front for
better vision and widens in the back to cover the coat collar.
Since Ann Arbor weather is unpredictable and liable to change
without a moments notice, many coeds prefer to carry a plastic
raincoat, which comes in a convenient container and may be
folded into a small package. In pretty pastels, this transparent
garment assures a neat appearance despite between-class showers.
Always practical and often seen, is the hooded cloth coat which
may be worn in any weather. It can also double for a light spring or
fall coat.
* * * *
NO MATTER what the style of raincoat, it's up and coming ac-
cessory is the rain hat. Downturned brim and brilliant color are its
characteristic features and the rest is up to the individual.
Michigan coeds don't leave their bathing suits packed in moth
balls for the winter because the Intramural Building's large indoor
pool is open to women students every Friday night. Volleyball,
basketball, fencing and gymnastics provide frequent date material
and require gym clothes and tennis shoes.
The University's indoor ice skating rink is open all winter and the
dress varies from blue jeans to a regular costume.
*, * * * *
STRANGELY ENOUGH, jeans are commonly worn for dates in
Ann Arbor when it is frowned upon to wear them across campus. Main
reason for this phenomenon is the popularity of square dance parties
in the fall and picnics in the spring. An outsized man's shirt or a sport
blouse under a v-necked, long sleeved sweater are approved additions
to this costume.
Fur-lined stadium boots and warm snow pants are a must for
cold weather fun. Heavy mittens or wool gloves serve a two-fold
duty for toboggan rides and protection from the chilling wind to
and from classes.
The most popular student on many a dorm corridor is the one who
thought to bring all her "junk" jewelry to school. Parties are more
often than not costume, and jangling ear rings, necklaces and brace-
lets accentuate pirate, Chinese and waterfront costumes.
An automobile is a rare sight to most Michigan students and it's
understood that you walk wherever you go. Consequently, coeds have
found that it's much more fun to wear comfortable shoes. Four-inch
heels are reserved for Saturday night dances and special occasions
while low-heeled shoes are worn to Friday and Sunday night movies.
'Crepe soles have become a fixture for class wear, especially on
rainy days. Saddle shoes, however, are still on top of the preference
list for longer walking durability.
Last but not least, maize and blue are favorite colors for the foot-l
ball season. Michigan banners and ribbons are perfect accessories for
a bright yellow sweater and blue, blue skirt.

Posts Gained
By Petitioning
Committees Choose
New Office-H olders
Major women's positions .within
the League, Women's Athletic As-
sociation, Panhellenic and Assem-
bly are decided through a system
of petitioning and interviewing.
Each of these organizations has
its own interviewing committees
which grade applications or peti-
tions and interview women who
have petitioned for positions.
* * *
cific positions such as central com-
mittee posts on the class projects,
Soph Cabaret, JGP or Frosh
Weekend, or those who wish to
serve on the executive board of
one of the women's organizations,
must fill out a petition form.
This petition requests details
about the petitioner and an out-
line of her ideas for the job. It
must be handed in at a speci-
fied time. She may then sign up
for an interview to elaborate on
the ideas stated in the petition.
Most positions are announced at
the annual Installation Night cere-
monies held each Spring.
THIS SYSTEM is thought to be
the most democratic method of
giving all women an equal oppor-
tunity to go out for activities in
which they are interested.
Requirements forapplication
are based on academic eligi-
bility. Applicants must be at
least second semester freshmen
and they must maintain a C
The interviewing committee bas-
es its choice on the ideas present-
ed and the past record of the pe-
* * *
APPLICANTS are asked to turn
in a picture of themselves and sev-
eral specific references at the time
of petitioning.
House activities chairmen find
out the scheduled times of peti-
tioning and interviewing for
class positions and report them
to their houses.
Women who wish to petition'
may get help in forming ideas and
learning the basic requirements of
a good petition by talking with the
activities chairman of their house,
and by consulting past petitions
on file in the League and the
presidents' reports in the League
* ~* *
CHAIRMAN OF the Interview-
ing and Nominating Committee of
the League for the coming year is
Patricia Breon, who will be as-
sisted by Jeanne Schrieber, secre-
tary, and six sophomore and jun-
ior aides.
The committee strives for in-

Opportunity to I
By JGP,_Soph C

Display Talents Provided
abaret, Frosh Weekend

Annual Class Projects Renex
Rivalries, Make Campus Jun

Bluebooks and bull sessions may
seem to comprise the first few
months of life at -the University,
but activities soon get underway,
and the coeds and their class pro-
jects commence to really set the
campus on its ear!
With the frosh frolicking at
their Weekend, the sophs stomp-
ing at the Cabaret, juniors jump-
ing with JGP and the seniors step-
ping at Senior Night, the League,
main bulwark for these activities,
rarely has a sedate moment!
RIVALRY between the junior
and senior classes had been a
* * *

to rehash their college years. This
also provides them with the op-
portunity to view the product of
the juniors' well-spent energy.
* * *
MARCHING across the stage of
the League Ballroom, the gradu-
ating women also reveal their sta-
tus in the matrimonial sweep-
stakes. Married women carry can-
dIes, engaged ones suck lemons,
pinned women sport straight pins
and unattached coeds throw a
penny for each of their birthdays
into a wishing well.
The campus is annually wow-
ed with the Sophomores' presen-
tation of Soph Cabaret. A gigan-
tic carnival atmosphere, com-
plete with special booths, re-
freshments and card games, is
created when- the Sophs take
over the entire second floor of
the League for their class pro-
ject. Included in the festivities
is the ballroom where the latest
in fancy stepping may be ex-
Complete with gams and gals,
all sophomore women, and their
talents, are presented in the floor-
show in Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
tre. Thus, the Cabaret provides
the sophomores with their first
opportunity to work together as a
class unit.
these projects, are the freshmen
and their annual Frosh Week-End.
With their team competition, the
frosh really show the campus that
while they may be new to Uni-
versity ways of life, they certain-
ly can hold their own with any of
the upperclassmen.
Any woman in the University
who is scholastically eligible
may work on any of these class
projects. All central committee
positions are achieved through
petitioning and interviewing
held each year by the League
Interviewing Council.
Information concerning the du -
ties of each committee chairman
is fully explained in the annual
League President's Report found
in the League Undergraduate Of-
fice. The office also has a file A
old petitions which may be used
as reference for information con-
cerning. the writing of petitions.
With all these class projects,
and the unity resulting from them,
every coed, from the staidegt of
the seniors to the greenest of the
freshmen, is constantly on the
jump attempting to prove that her
class is the best to hit the campus


Program WNil
Orient Coeds
(Continued from Page 1)

All freshmen women and trans-
fer students have a unique oppor-
tunity to learn sports skills under
the guidance of the Department
of Physical Education for Women.
Surveys made over a long period
of years indicate that the Michi-
gan freshman is not well equip-
ped in individual sports skills when
she comes to the campus.
WHILE fulfilling her physical
education requirement, she can
elect activities which she will be
able to utilize in her leisure time
And after college years. These ac-
tivities have a social as well as a
health value.
The vast physical education
program offered by the depart-
ment provides instruction in
~such sports as golf, tennis, bad-
minton, swimming, life saving,
fencing, modern, social, square
and folk dance.
Unless a coed elects such in-
struction during her first year on
campus, it is difficult to get into
the classes later because of limit-

will be part of a physical educa-
tion building to be built south
of the Women's Athletic Build-
ing, is included in the depart-
ment's future hopes.
* * '
AMONG THE NEW staff mem-
bers for the coming year is Es-
ther Pease, formerly at Purdue,
who will head the dance classes.
Miss Pease will take over the post;
vacated by Dr. Juana de Laban
who is going to be on the staff
of Adelphi College, Garden City,
Long Island, N. Y.
Helen Stewart, a former Mich-1
igan State Normal College staff'
member, will replace Betty9
Spears who has accepted an ap-
pointment at the University ofc

women's League and the Men's
Union will begin at 2 p.m. Satur-
day, Sept. 23 at Palmer Field.
Freshmen students will dance on
the tennis courts and play group
The Student Religious Asso-
ciation will hold a party at 8
p.m. Saturday in Lane Hall.aAll
new students are invited.
Individual orientation groups
will plan events during free time
depending on their preferences.
These may include general tours
of the campus or University build-
ings and coke dates with men's
Visits may also be made to view
the student loan print collection.
The International Center, too, has
issued an invitation to new stu-
dents to go over and become ac-
quainted with the facilities of the

Faulk, leading lady in "The Real
McCoy", 1950 Junior Girls' Play,
was just carrying her "shootin'
* d
iron" in case she sighted some/
squirrels. She wasn't out to mas-
sacre last year's seniors. The
play,. staged, each year by the
junior women, last year centered
around a hillbilly girl who won
a contest which offered an ex-
pense-free trip to New York.
* * *
longtime campus tradition when
the first JGP was presented in
1904. The attempt of these coura-
geous juniors completely caught
the students' fancy, and the show
soon became an annual event.
Usually having a musical ba-
sis, the actual theme of the
show is kept secret until the
night of its presentation to the
strictly critical senior class.
At this time, the annual Senior
Night, all senior women, garbed
in their caps and gowns for the
first time, march to the League

Ruthvens Hold Weekly Teas

You too can have tea with the
For incoming students and for
the old ones, President Ruthven
and his wife are at home for tea
on two Wednesday afternoons
each month.
At these social gatherings stu-
dents get a chance to mingle with
other Michigan men and women
and to meet personally the presi-
dent of the University.
The teas are usually held in the
late afternoon at the Ruthven
home. In this way students get
the chance to become acquainted

with the president in the atmos-
phere of his home.
In the house are hostesses to
welcome the students at the door.
Some young women introduce the
students to the president and his
wife, while others show the visi-
tors through the home.


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ations in facilities and staff mem-
however, for those who have com-
pleted the requirement. There are
also many opportunities for lea-
dership training and participation
in the extensive Women's Athle-
tic Association activities and in the
intramural program.
Instruction in physical edu-
cation for women began in 1897
when the first instructor was
hired. Barbour Gymnasium was
constructed in that same year.
Facilities were provided for 200
women. Today, five times that
number are accommodated in
classes alone.
The physical education program
is divided into three units: the
required program for entering
freshmen, the teacher education
program for women planning to
make a career of physical educa-
tion, and the recreational pro-
gram for all women interested in
extra-curricular activities.
* * * ,
BETWEEN 1100 and 1200 stu-
dents participate annually in the
required program which is ar-
raliged according to the needs of
each freshman woman after a
complete physical examination
and individual conferences.
Physical fitness tests and cor-
rective work is included in this
program. More than 300 women
apply each season for non-cre-
dit instruction, but many are
disappointed because freshmen
are given priority. If there are
any openings in the classes these
women are givenrcareful con-
sideration, however.
A new swimming pool, which
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