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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1953



Drill Team Maneuvers
To Be Featured at Ball
Members of Pershing Rifles Will Perform
During Intermission at Annual Military Dance

Bridge Fans
Will Display
Card Skills
Campus Tournament
Slated To Take Place

Skit Staging Experiment Tried


of a new staging ex- auditorium stage when casts for
will be revealed to the all the skits gather for a mass re-
at the first Skit Night hearsal.
scheduled for 8:30 p.m._

Students attending the Military
Ball, which will be held from 9
p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday in the Union,
may see a record broken during
the intermission program when a
machine gun drill team attempts
to take a 30 calibre gun, assemble
it for combat and take it out of
action in 19 seconds.
So far this year the group com-
posed of members of the Pershing
Rifles has been clocked perform-
ing this maneuver in 21 seconds.
SIXTEEN inches of "cold steel"
on the end of bayonets will be
spinning as close as two inches
from the performers' faces during
another part of the program to
be presented by the Pershing
This feat will be performeq by
an exhibition team doing the
Queen Anne's Manual, a drill
involving the spinning of rifles
in the manner of a baton.
During the show a sabre drill
team will also perform.
* * *
ACCORDING to Bill Fisher,
'54E, who is in charge of the en-
tertainment, anyone who has ever
seen the members of the Pershing
Rifles in action has been amazed
that chaos does not result from:
the tricky formations.
Friday's show will seem even
more complex because the men
will be limited by the space in
the ballroom and therefore will
operate out of a circle, he added.
Fisher said that a similar pro-

gram, presented two years ago,
was enthusiastically received by
the audience.
THE Pershing Rifles is an hon-
orary precision drill group com-
posed of between 75 and 80 basic
Army and Air Force cadets.
Freshmen and sophomores
who show extra interest in mili-
tary activities go through one
semester of pledge duty sharp-
ening up on basic drill and then
are initiated into the group.
The men in the organization not
only receive extra training but
work on development of leader-
ship qualities and are in closer
contact with the department of-
cDuring the year the drillmen
serveras anhonor guard at the
Honors Convocation, conduct biv-
ouacs in overnight tactical prob-
lems, and compete against other
collegiate drill outfits.
Named after General Pershing,
the campus team was first organ-
ized five years ago.
Officers of the Pershing Rifles
are George Beckwith, '53NS, Com-
pany Commander; Ed Leland, '54,
executive officer; Bill Fisher, '54E.,
Vincent Dambrauskas, '55E., and
Al Jones. '54, who are in charge
of the various drill teams for the
Tickets priced at $3 per couple,
may be purchased at the NROTC
Office in North Hall, from army
instructors in TCB and from
members of the central committee.

At Union This


-Daily-Larry Wilk
OUT FOR THE RECORD-Practicing for a machine gun drill
which will be given at the Military Ball Friday as part of the
intermission show presented by the Pershing Rifles, Vincent
Dambrauskas, '55E and Bill Corson, '56 will be among those
trying to set up a 30 calibre machine gun for combat and take
it out of action under the record time of 19 seconds.
Petitions Due Tomorrow
For Various League Posts

Amateur Culbertsons and Gor-
ens on campus will have an op-
portunity to display their talents
in the annual all-campus bridge
tournament which will be held
Tuesday through Thursday in the
The final play-offs are sched-
uled to take place on April 1.
House teams will be entered,
with each team having an oppor-
tunity to qualify on one of the
three nights. The teams which do
qualify will then enter the final
These elimination tournaments
are run off on a duplicate bridge
basis. with the highest scoring
contestants as the winners.
The men's teams will sit in the
north-south positions, while the
women's teams are sitting east-
west. Thus, the men and women
participate together, but will not
compete against each other.
Prizes will be given in both the
men's and women's divisions. They
will include a first and second for
both groups with trophies for the
winning pairs.
In the past, weekly bridge
nights, co-sponsored by the League
and Union, were held each Wed-
nesday. The two organizations al-
so have provided bridge lessons
for students in the beginning
stages to the more advanced fansI
of the game.
Art Bublitz and Joan Prescott,
chairmen of the Union-League
contest this year, urge all students
to attend this all-campus bridge

Saturday in Hill Auditorium. j
Central committee members
have expressed their belief that
this will be the first time that
skits, each with their own scenery
change, have ever been presented
on the auditorium stage.
* * *
MIRIAM BUCK and Bob Guise,
co-chairmen of the productions
committee, are in charge of work-
ing out many of the problems en-
countered in staging.
To give the casts and stage-
hands a covering to work behind
on the curtainless Hill stage, the
committee is providing a black
velour backdrop which will en-
close the entire staging area.
The six housing groups which
are taking part in the program
will then be able to place their
scenery in front of this curtain.
been at work daily near the load-
ing dock of the Union building
the 16 feet high and 40 feet long
frames on which the velour will
hang. Curtains on the sides of
the stage will extend out diagon-
House backdrops will be hung
on three wires extending across
the back of the stage. Working
on a "shower curtain" principle
with hooks running on the wires,
the scenery will be slid on and
off the stage, making rapid scene
changes a possibility.
Crewmen have been practicingj
putting the curtain frames up
and taking them down, as they
will have opportunity to do this
several times during the next
* * *
THE FRAMES will be put up
for the first time today on the


The backdrops will then be
dismantled and stored until Fri-
day, when they will be needed
for the dress rehearsal of the
show. After this rehearsal they
will again be ripped down, to be
constructed for the last time
the night of the performance.
Each group will be responsible
for the lighting for its show. A
phone system from the stage to
the spotlight will enable electri-
cians to "hit" the right person at
the right time.
ALL SCENE changes will be
made while the stage is "blacked
The productions committee is
acting in a supervisory capacity
on house problems, including
costuming and make-up.
Each house taking part in the
program is providing its own funds
for staging expenses.
THE SIX GROUPS taking part
in this staging "first" are Gamma
Phi Beta-Sigma Phi Epsilon, Mar-
tha Cook-Zeta Beta Tau, Hender-
son House-Delta Sigma Phi, Kap-
pa Alpha Theta-Theta Xi, Victor
Vaughan-Delta Upsilon and Hel-
en Newberry-Taylor House.
These houses will all be com-
peting for the first place trophy
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which is offered by the Spring
Weekend central committee.
Judging the skits will be Prof.
Philip Dewey of the music school,
Prof. Marvin Felheim and Prof.
Kenneth Rowe of the English De-
Tickets for the show, priced at
75 cents, are now on sale at booths
in Mason Hall and the League.
All proceeds from the perform-
ance will be donated to charity.
The Alice Lloyd Memorial Re-
search Fund and the Damon Run-
yon cancer Fund have been chosen
by the Women's Athletic Associa-
tion and the Union, sponsors of
the event, to receive their share
of the proceeds.
Fred Coulter, pianist, and
Robert Moore, baritone, will
perform at a musicale to be
held at 1:15 p.m. today in the
main lounge of West quad-
rangle. There is no charge for
this program, which is open to
the public.




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All sophomore positions in the
League will be filled from peti-
tions, which are to be submitted
by freshmen women by 5 p.m. to-
morrow in the Undergraduate Of-
fice of the League.
The Interviewing and Nominat-
ing Council will hold interviews
next week to make the decisions.
and the results will be announced
at Installation Night, which has
been changed to April 21.
An open house was held Satur-
day during which members of this
year's Sophomore Cabaret central
committee answered questions
about their positions. Next year's
committee will be filled by fresh-
men who are petitioning at this!


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Rev. MacLennen
In Easter Series
Michigan Christian Fellowship,
in connection with their Easter
series, will present Rev. R. H.
MacLennen in several lecture-dis-
cussions this week.
The series will open at 4 p.m.
today in Lane Hall when Rev.
MacLennen of St. George's Angli-
can Church in Hamilton, Ontario,
speaks on the subject "Facing the
Other public lecture-discussions
will be presented at 4:15 p.m. and
at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday
and Wednesday in the Women's
League.. Room locations for these
meetings will be posted on the
League bulletin board.
The purpose of these lectures
and discussions is to consider the
significance of Easter, and its im-
portance in the student's life.
Interested students are encour-
aged to attend the public discus-
sions, and to arrange personal in-
terviews with Rev. MacLennen
during the three days will be on
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These positions on Soph Cab
include chairman and assistant
chairman, decorations and assist-
ant, hostess chairman, programs,
publicity, posters, stunts, refresh-
ments and secretary and assistant.
Other chairmanships on the list
are special booths and assistant,
treasurer and assistant, ushering,
floorshow and assistant chair-
Concluding the list are costume
and assistant, dance and assist-
ant, make-up and assistant, music
and assistant, script chairman and
stage manager and assistant.
The other League posts to be!
filled are three sophomore mem-
bers of the interviewing and nom-
inating committee, two posts on
Women's Juiciary Council andI
four dance class captains.
Assembly ...
Petitions for the Assembly
Board are due at 5 p.m. tomorrow
in the Undergraduate office of the
Coeds are reminded to sign up
for interviews when they hand in
their petitions.
Nine positions will be filled,
including president, vice-president,
secretary, treasurer, personnel
chairman, social chairman, pro-
jects chairman, public relations
chairman and candy booth chair-
All independent coeds are eligi-
ble to petition, including freshmen
who will be sophomore next year.
The board holds weekly meet-
ings to discuss business of the
organization, and dormitory presi-
dents meet with the president to
discuss dormitory problems.

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