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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1951

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE ELEVEN

HARVARD LEADS WAY:
Fearful 'U' Men Close Still
* * * * * *

Engineering

Honorary

Plans

In itia ion

By HARRY LUNN
Brewing your own Christmas
punch ingredients can run into
complications, several University
men found recently when they set
up a home still.
With the advice of a friend who
had made his own whiskey during
the twenties, they succeeded in
building the necessary apparatus.
* ..*
"EVERYONE had a different
recipe for the ideal brew," one of
the fellows reported, "but we ex-
perimented for a while and finally
arrived at 'formula Z'.
However, he woudn't reveal the
exact ingredients of the formula.
"It's so rare we wouldn't part
with it for a fifth of scotch, but
I can tell you that formula Z is
free of rubbing alcohol."
}. After this preliminary work,
all the ambitious distillers had
to do was run off a few batches
of the joy juice, and their
Christmas entertainment prob-
lems would have been over. At
this point, a sinister threat to
their business appeared when
they read about a group of Har-
vard men who had tried a simi-
lar project.
At Harvard stills had been run-
ning since early spring, but the
college newspaper investigated the

A maze-like cloth contraption
behind the West Engineering
Building will probably puzzle pass-
ing student bound for church or
the library today.
The 15 foot long project, which
looks like a testing maze used by
psychologists, is actually the
"bent" of Tau Beta Pi, senior hon-
orary fraternity of the engineering
college,
* * *
"THE "BENT" was constructed
early this morning behind West
Engineering Building next to the
diagonal by pledges of Tau Beta
Pi as part of their initiation cere-
monies. "Bent" is the name of the
fraternity's key.
The construction session began
at about 1 p.m. yesterday when the
65 pledges gathered to collect data,
starting with questions like "What
was the attendance at the famous
Dempsey-Tunney fight?"
This data evolved through a
series of mathematical pro-
cesses Into the surveying factors
for the bent's location. Civil en-
gineering pledges held a noc-
turnal surveying session, locat-
ing the key's center within a
quarter of an inch.
Beginning at about midnight,
the pledges staked out the new
bent and fitted on the continuous
cloth outline. It will remain near
the Engine Arch until Tuesday,
when the pledges are formally ini-
tiated.
AN ADVANCE prediction by Tau
Bete cataloguer John Lauer, Grad.,
was for "miserable weather" to
handicap the pledges in their task.
According to Lauer, "It always
manages to rain or snow at bent
sessions."

However, he claimed that Tau
Bete pledges were a hardy lot, and
always succeeded in finishing their
bent. "One year they got the bent
erected in eight inches of snow."
The initiation week will be cli-
maxed Tuesday with a formal
ceremony in the afternoon and
a dinner Tuesday night at which
Dean Ralph Sawyer of the grad-
uate school will speak.
For the past two weeks Tau Beta
Pi pledges have been scouring the
campus, collecting the autographs
of 40 of the present 52 active mem-
bers. Each active receives a stick
of chewing gum in exchange for
his autograph.
TAUJ BETA PI members are
chosen each semester from junio
and senior engineers outstanding
in scholarship and character. Ju-
nior initiates must be in the upper
eighth of their class, seniors in the
upper fifth.
In addition, they must write a
1,000 word essay on an assigned
non-technical topic.
The Michigan Gamma chap-
ter was founded at the Univer-
sity in 1906 and has been active
on campus since that time. Tau
Beta Pi is the engineering Ver-
sion of Phi Beta Kappa, al-
though Lauer claimed that the
Tau Betes are more active as a
group.
Every year the 90 American

HOME BREW-This is how the still looked before "U" liquor
experts heard about the fate of several distillers at Harvard who
had a bout with federal officers.
* * * * * *

situation this fall and published
an expose that sent federal offi-
cers scurrying from Washington
to break up the liquor ring.,
"Here we were," one said, "all

Safety Council Sees Millionth
Traffic Fatality in December

set to make the liquor. How-
ever, we held a hasty council
and decided that a dry Christ-
mas would be better than getting
expelled from Michigan."
Others in the group refused to
be daunted. "We had to break up
the still, but a dry Christmas is
out of the question. We'll just have
to go back to our old Christmas
punch formula: take a fifth of
whiskey and a botte of soda water,
pour a small amount of soda water
%''o the bottom of a tall glass, and
fill with whiskey."

chapters meet for a convention. of the Pennsylvania chapter and chapter affairs scheduled. They
i For the past ten conventions, a former chapter president, is still were responsible for conducting
Prof. A. D. Moore of the engineer- active in local chapter affairs. He the first faculty evaluation poll in
ing college has been elected con- will be toastmaster at Tuesday's the engineering college three years
vention president. "We just sort initiation banquet. ago.
of railroaded him through this * * * The following year the poll was
year," Lauer said. THE LOCAL Tau Betes always taken up by other colleges of the
Prof. Moore, who was founder, manage to keep a full slate of University.
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