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There fre Parties, Dances, Fun for



ampus Social Whirl Begins
Immediately for 'U' Students
Between-Semesters J-Hop Marks Climax
Of Weekend Events Calendar Each Year

From the first moment that
students begin arriving on cam-
pus in the fall, the whirl of social
events is something that most of
them look forward to and never
Regular Friday and Saturday
night Union dances with "real
live" bands are casual affairs that
heighten the anticipation and
party spirit for one of the first
big dances of the year, the Home-
coming Dance.
HELD DURING the Homecom-
ing weekend, the dance shares the
spotlight with returning alumni,
the football game and the gigan-
tic displays which are set up in
front of nearly every dormitory,
sorority and fraternity house on
T he Homecoming Dance,
which is held in the IM Build-
ing, annually features such
well-known bands as Claude
Thornhill and Sam Donahue.
Another big fall dance is Assem-
bly Ball, sponsored by independ-
Ratio Change
The social life of the University
:oed hinges on the international
With an expected registration
decrease of about 4,000 men pre-
dicted by University officials, the
ratio of men to women is due for
a sharp drop.
A survey of the war years of the
1940's shows a decline in the ratio
of men to women from 2.3 in the
pre-war fall of the 1940 semester,
to an all time low of .4 during the
1943-1944 period. The college
coed, confined to what might have
been a spinsterish existence was
saved by the establishment of
army and navy units on campus
which brought the ratio back up
to 1.1.
Returning veterans continued
the increase until a high point of
three men for every woman was
reached in the fall semester of
Since that time a gradual in-
crease has been in effect. At the
end of last semester the ratio stood
at 2.7 but with the imminent de-
rease the ratio stands a chance
of dropping to only two men to
every woman.
There 'seems little chance of
the ratio ever reaching the
"dream like" proportions with
which freshman women were gift-
ed this summer.
Although eighty-one men were
enrolled in the freshman class and
only four women, the women seem-
ed unaffected by this advantageous
ratio of 20 to one.
When interviewed one weekend,
none of the women seemed overly
impressed. In fact, one of them
had left town for the weekend.
Another freshman woman con-
ceded doubtfully that they might
have an advantage. "Out of at
least 20 men there has to be at
least one desirable, eligible male,"
she added.

ent men and women. A formal
dance open to everyone on cam-
pus, Assembly Ball has featured
such bands as Woody Herman in
the past.
* * *
EACH YEAR, both the Men's
Union and Women's League pre-
sent their respective formals in
the fall, as do the affiliated wo-
men with their Panhel Ball. Pan-
hel is a coed-bid dance for soror-
ity women and their dates only.
Although all the dances pro-
vide fun and entertainment
throughout the school year, it is
the between-semesters J-Hop
which highlights the social cal-
The men save their money and
the women save their prettiest
formals, and both leave their fi-
nal examinations and other wor-
ries back in the dorms for this
fun-packed weekend of parties
and dancing.
LAST YEAR it was Ray Mc-
Kinley and Freddy Martin who
shared the music honors of the
dance, each playing for alternat-
ing half hours during their two-
night appearance.
The junior class goes all out
in giving their ball for the en-
tire campus. The decorations
come from New York and are
the most elaborate of any school
Programs and favors are other
features of the "biggest dance of
the year." In the past, coeds have
received decks of cards, cologne,
miniaturedcompacts and gold me-
dalions bearing the University
* * *
THE THEME of last year's
event was Southern Silhouette. A
plantation atmosphere, complete
with a water fountain, weeping
willows and Kentucky bluegrass
provided the setting for the dance.
Perhaps one of the most im-
portant features of the dance is
the 4 p.m. curfew hours for
coeds on the two nights. Break-
fasts and after-the-dance par-'
ties finish the J-Hop evening.
Costume and theme parties are
also scheduled in every fraternity
house and dormitory that week-
end. Many of the campus male
population move out of their us-
ual campus quarters for the week-
end to make room for the coeds
and out-of-town dates.
* * "
"melting pot" of nations is Inter-
national Ball. Presented annually
by the International Center, stu-
dents from every part of the globe
meet at this dance.
Dressed in their native cos-
tumes, the couples dance among
scenes from all over the world.
Among the final big events of
the year are IFC.ball, presented by
the Inter Fraternity Council and
Senior Ball. IFC Ball features
booths constructed by every fra-
ternity to follow the theme of the
dance and a top band such as
Harry James, who provided the
music at last year's event.
Seniors enjoy a final taste of
campus social life at their Senior
Ball. For them it mars the end
of countless good times that are a
distinguishing feature of Univer-
sity life.

Dorm Rooms
Made Brighter
With Ingenuity
Starting with only four walls
and some standard bedroom equip-
ment, an ambitious coed trans-
forms her room into a gay, color-J
ful atmosphere that reflects her
own personality.
The Universitynfurnisheseah
room with the necessary things
such as bed, desk, chair, dresser,
mirror and lamp. Practically any
color scheme can be used because
the rooms are painted in light,
neutral tones.
* * *
THE USUAL procedure is for
both roommates to wait until they
know each other before they go
ahead with plans. However, there
are a few things that fit into any
room. A bright geranium plant
or an African violet are sure to
be welcome during the drab days
of winter.
Bulletin boards are not only
handy catch-alls but make a
room interesting and informal.
They can be made out of cheap
materials and painted later to
fit in with the general color
If they den't already have a
teddy bear or panda, most coeds
soon acquire a stuffed Michigan
animal to occupy the place of hon-
or on their bed.
* * *
each other's tastes they can start
adding things to their room The
first step is shopping for bed-
spreads or material to make them.
A ratner heavy, wasLatle material
is most practical. Der,im or bright
arapery prints are favorites
Because each room is furn-
ished with only oue blanket. the
moize and blue University blan-
kets sold at local stores are use-"
fil both as bedspread and extra
winter bedding.
Enapes contrasting with tne
bedsm ead are ver, effective in
brightening up a room. Bright or
paste' colors let in plenty of
light and are most suitable. Some
residence halls have two curtain
reds on each window. One has
standard, neutral.- colored draw
curtains. The other rod provides
a p1Ice for the occupants to hang
thei down handiwork.
* * *
WORN EDGES of a stuffed
chair can be hidden by wrapping
the cushions in matcrial left over
frrm the curtains. several !arge
scraps pinned securely on the un-
dercide look like an expert uphl-
string job.
No coed likes to step out of
bed onto a bare, cold floor in the

"We want a touchdown!" . . . the Saturday afternoon football
games will begin the social calendar of the year, and proper stadium
apparel will be the first major fashion concern of the entering coed.
Cottons and skirts and blouses are equally popular at the first
few games. When "old man winter" begins to invade Ann Arbor, wo-
men dig out their heavy woolens, stadium boots and warm ski togs
Colorful blankets also make their appearance.
BUT JUST AS one's college life is divided between the intellectual
and social aspects, wardrobes must be planned to conform to this dual
Informal but near attire is stressed in classroom wear. A
few cottons are worn while the weather remains warm in the fall.
Light weight skirts, blouses and dresses appear in the spring also.
The important fact to consider in purchasing college wear, is to
choose styles and materials which are easily laundered.
CASHMERES, NYLON and wool sweaters with bright skirts are
winter favorites. Turtle neck styles, long and short sleeve cardigans
and pullovers are all popular.
Multi-colored blouses are worn. The long sleeved white blouse,
worn with a jerkin or a neck scarf, has appeared the last few
years. Jumpers and wool dresses are also appropriate.
Most of the dances on campus call for informal but "dressy"
dresses. Satin, silk, velvet, taffeta and wool are all popular. Heels are
usually worn, but low heels and ballerinas are also seen.
STRAPLESS FULL LENGTH and ballerina styles are most popu-
lar for formal wear. Designs vary from full bouffant styles with bustles
to princess lined dresses. Formal materials range from heavy brocades
to light net and marquisette.
For movie dates and campus events such as concerts and
plays, suits are the most desireable. Tailored dresses and either
high or low heeled dress shoes are appropriate.
Hats are worn only on very formal occasions and to church.
SINCE ANN ARBOR has the reputation of having an exceeding
amount of precipitation, coeds will find that one of the most important
items in her wardrobe will be her raincoat.
Red and yellow heavy plastic coats with caps have been chos-
en by women for the past two years. Gabardine coats in solid
colors and plaids are the choice of the practical coed who plans
to wear her coat for rain or shine.
The transparent plastic raincoats which can be folded and car-
ried with one's books are also worn.
BLUE JEANS HAVE proved to be essential for the many picnics
which take place in the fall and spring.
Other sports wear is needed too. Skiing, tennis and golf are im-
portant outdoor events and the IM Building provides year round
swimming and indoor sports. Shorts and tee shirts or jeans are ap-
propriate for these events.
Costume parties are also frequently featured on campus. Unusual
dress designs and long dangling jewelry often prove useful in assemb-



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TRADITIONAL DANCES-The Judicial-looking gentleman in the middle of this bevy of campus
women is St. Ives, patron saint of lawyers, who came to Ann Arbor last May for Crease Ball, the
annual law school dance. He set up a dating bureau in his quarters in the law quad and assisted
coeds who prayed that the lawyers would set aside their books for the event. Rivalry reins between
the lawyers and the engineers on campus for weeks preceding the event, for the "engine men"
also stage their big dance of the year, Slide Rule Ball, on the save evening. The barristers attempt to
steal a giant slide rule belonging to the engineers on the night of the two dances. The rivalry
began years ago and is renewed each spring.
City Provides ManyRecreational Facilities
'Arb,' Coliseum, Parks Tennis Courts, River Offered for Entertainment

ling an appropriate costume.

All work and no play--
This phrase does not have much
application at Michigan. While
there is admittedly an abundance
of work, there is still time to have
fun - and Ann Arbor provides
many recreational facilities.
* * *
list is the Arboretum, known more
familiarly 'as the "Arb." Here on
a wooded tract, students assemble
for parties and picnics.
In the fall it is often the scene
of combined picnics and listen-
ing parties on days when foot-
ball games are played away
from Ann Arbor.
During the winter, the Arb is
full of students skiing and tobog-
ganing over the snowy hills.
WHEN SPRING returns to Ann
Arbor and the smell of lilacs is
in the air, the Arb takes on an
added importance. Picnickers and
party-goers wend their merry way
up Geddes.
And the Arb is only one of
the many picturesque spots of

Ann Arbor. The Island, set in
the middle of the Huron River,
is a favorite spot for relaxation-
For those who are interested in
sports there are golf courses, ten-
nis courts, an archery range, and
the Coliseum for winter ice skat-
ing. The dormitories and affiliated
groups on campus engage in tour-
nament competition in 'several
sports. The men's Union boasts a
fine swimming pool which can be
enjoyed by women as well as men.
* * *
FOR THEATER entertainment
Ann Arbor has some of the finest.
Foreign films are shown regular-
ly, and the best of American mo-
vies past and present are brought
to town. Many of the best of the
old silent films and other movies'
which were filmed in earlier de-
cades have found a revival in Ann
Each spring the May Festival
introduces the leaders in the
musical world to Ann Arbor.
Such names as Marian Ander-

son, Nelson Eddy and Rise Stev-
ens are well-known at the Uni-
After the musical festival comes
the drama series when Ann Arbor
becomes a miniature "Broadway."
Famous personalities of the stage,
screen and radio come here to
present the best in good drama.
Basil Rathbone and Vera Zorina
are frequent players in this series.
Throughout the year there are
always lectures by authorities in
many professional and social

morning. Soft, fuzzy or braided
rugs brought from home are
most popular because they are
easy to take care of.
A favorite form of wall decora-
tion is the University pennant.
Some girls have covered their walls
with bright pennants, souvenirs
of football games or high school
days. The Office of Student Af-
fairs provides a rental service for
those who wish to decorate their
walls with prints by famous art-



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Students this fall may look for-
ward to the reopening of a Friday
night entertainment spot, "The
Little Club."
The club, under the sponsorship
of the Association of Independent
Men, has as yet no place to go,
but Bob Leopold, one of the found-
ers, assures supporters that by next
fall the night club will be housed
somewhere on campus, and that it
will be bigger and better.
The club's history dates back to
Leopold's attempts to organize a
place where students could go in-
stead of a movie.
We wanted the atmosphere in
formal and encouraged groups to
come up and take over a table or
two and relax, dance to good mu-
sic and watch the floor show.

Tables placed all around encour-
aged this atmosphere and Leopold
says the crowds averaged about 100
couples per week.
Each week a different theme is
featured, varying according to lo-
cal weather, academic schedules
or the whims of the men running
the club. Spring Time, The Blues,
Old Favorites were themes which
were used last year.
Danceable music "is provided by
Leopold and his orchestra and each
week there is usually a floor show
put on by student talent.
Tickets are $1 per couple until
10 p.m. and then sell at 74 cents
per couple. The club runs from
8:30 p.m. until midnight and is
sponsored for and by the students.


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