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SRay Fifer To Present
Musicat Military Ball




Special arrangements of "Lau-
ra," "Drummin' Man," and "Dan-
ny Boy" written by members of
Ray Fifer's Orchestra will be fea-
tured at the annual Military Ball
to be presented from 9 p.m. to 1
a.m. Friday in the Union.
This group is composed of five
saxophones-two altos, two ten-
ors, one baritone - three trom-
bones, three trumpets, and a three-
piece rhythm section composed of
piano, bass, and drums.
The leader, Ray Fifer, who
plays alto sax, organized the or-
chestra in 1948 using students of
Kalamazoo College and West-
ern Michigan, many of whom
are teachers in the Kalamazoo
Conservatory of Music.
A familiar face to many stu-
dents, Ann Letsis, the orchestra's
vocalist, sang last year with Bob
Elliot's band and was featured at
a blood rally program in Hill Au-
She has also gained experience
by fulfilling an engagement at a
hotel in Kansas. City and by ap-
pearing on her own radio show.
While the band has not ap-
peared frequently on this campus,
it has appeared at numerous col-
lege dances throughout the state.
Central Committee members
have planned something out of
the ordinary for this tradition-
al formal event.
The Union ballroom will take on
a new look as an Army field artil-
lery command post and an Air
Force plotting board for intercept-
ing enemy aircraft will be placed,

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in position to garner the attention
of the dancers.
Entering the ballroom through
the doors of an Air Force C-119
cargo plane, students will dance
under a camouflaged ceiling of
green crepe paper.
Reserve unit men will be able to
point with pride to the honors
they have received as these awards
and trophies will also be on dis-
.Receiving honorary commis-
sions, coeds attending the spring
function will hold the upper
hand Friday night. Outrank-
ing even generals they may de-
mand the behaviour associated
with such a rank.


Maize, Blue
Make Plans
For Weekend
Committee Chairmen
Direct Arrangements
For Freshmen Dance
With Frosh Weekend scheduled
for April 17 and 18, less than a
month away, committees of both
Maize and Blue Teams have been
working to get their plans under
General chairman and central
committee members for both teams
were chosen after interviewing
held early in the month. Handling
the job of co-ordinating all the
various committees and activities
for the Blue team is Judy Licht-
blau, while Nancy Wright has tak-
en over that job for the Maize
Bernice O'Shinsky, serving as
assistant chairman for the Maize
team, takes minutes at the week-
ly meetings of the central commit-
tee, arranges for rooms for all
committee meetings and is avail-
able to help any committeewoman.
Taking minutes and schedul-
ing rooms for the Blue team is
assistant general chairman Mary
Towne. Miss Lichtblau and Miss
Towne have also divided attend-
ance at committee meetings,
so that they both do not go to
all meetings.
Both teams began work as soon
as committee chairmen and mem-
bers were announced after a mass
meeting held earlier this month.
Floorshow, publicity and decor-
ation committees meet daily, while
the remaining committees gather
several times a week. Floorshow
scripts for both teams have been
written, the casts chosen, and re-
hearsals are underway.
The Maize Team will present an
entirely original show, for which
the complete musical score was
written by Barbara Backlar,
while Shirley Sikkeng, and her
committee wrote all the lyrics.
Both original music and take-
offs on well-known songs will be
featured on Saturday, April 18,
when the Blue team presents its
floor show.
Music was written by Dawn Wal-
dron, while Amy McAvity, and a
special script committee composed
the lyrics. The central committee
also helped.
Both teams are working on a
definite budget, under the direc-
tion of their respective finance
committees. Dues of 50 cents are
being collected from each fresh-
man woman. This money, which
is to be in by Friday, is used to
finance the dance. Any profits will
go to the League Listening Room.
Tickets and program committees
for both teams have completed
their plans' and have sent their or-
ders to the printers.
The awards and judges com-
mittee is contacting prospective
judges, while both publicity com-
mittees are completing plans
concerning the announcement
of the themes chosen by each
Both teams are making prog-
ress on decorations. Each team will
decorate one-half of the League
Ballroom, thus giving guests an
opportunity to see the efforts of
each team, regardless of which
night they attend.
Each team will present its floor-
show on only one night, however.
Judging will be done by the
same persons on both nights. The

three judges will evaluate the ef-
forts of each team on a point sys-
tem. Publicity, floorshow, tickets,
attendance, and finance will all be
Committee chairmen stressed
that every freshman woman is wel-
come to come and help her team,
regardless of whether she has
signed up or not.
Both teams have posted calen-
dars on the League Undergradu-
ate Office showing meeting times
for each committee, and deadlines
for all jobs.

-Daily-Don Campbell
WEST QUAD WARBLERS-Practice is in full swing for an Allen-
Rumsey House Glee Club concert. The program of popular, semi-
classical and classical music will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the
Main Lounge of West Quad. The Glee Club, newly organized this
year, is under the direction of Alfred Neuman. Perry Daniels,
baritone, is soloist for the group which has performed for house
and quad functions.
Junior Coeds To Perform
JGP for Detroit Audience

Students who have "sports fe-
ver" are invited to join one of
the six co-recreational clubs spon-
sored by the Women's Athletic
Those wishing to take advantage
of the spring weather are invited
to join the Town and Country
Club, which will be reorganizing
soon for the spring season.
Louise Tracy, manager of the
club, has planned bicycle hikes,
picnics, cook-outs, hikes, canoe
trips and swimming sessions for
club members.
Miss Tracy has emphasized
that the club program will be
determined by its members, with
suggestions as to activities be-
ing invited.
Another of the co-recreational
clubs which invites both men and
women to membership is the Bad-
minton Club, which meets weekly
from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in
Waterman Gymnasium.
The inter-club tournament, fea-
turing women's singles, men's
singles and mixed doubles, will be
concluded tonight.
Concluding the club's activities
for the year, demonstration
matches will be played at the final
meeting on April 1.
Jeanette Scoville is the man-
ager of the Badminton Club.
Calls of "allemand right" and
"swing your partner" are heard
each week at the Wednesday meet-
ings of the Folk and Square Dance
Club, which are held from 8 to 10
p.m. in WAB.
Managed by Allen VanLiere, the
club offers instruction to persons
interested in learning both the
fundamentals of square dancing
and the basic principles of round
Men and women in the club are
also provided with the opportunity
to try out their calling ability.
Students interested in the
more classical forms of dancing
are invited to membership in the
Ballet or Modern Dance Clubs.
The Ballet Club provides classes
for both intermediate and begin-
Cook Will Honor
Executives at Tea

ning dancers. The intermediate6
class meets at 7:15 p.m. each1
Thursday, with the beginning class<
following at 8:15.
The club will present a programc
Saturday as part of the Inter-Arts
Festival. Also scheduled as a club1
activity will be a dance festival
program on May 17.J
Members of the Modern Dance
Club meet from7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
each Thursday in Barbour Gym,
with all students being invited
to attend.
In April club members will trav-
el to East Lansing to perform in.
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State College students, while the
M.S.C. students will perform here
on May 17.
Last of the co-recreational
clubs to reorganize will be the
Softball Club, which included com-
petition between men and women
on their program for the first time
last year.
Skit Committee
There will be a publicity
meeting of the Blue Team skit
committee at 5:15 today in the
League. All members are urged
to attend.

Junior coeds will travel to De-
troit today to present "Vanity
Flair," the 1953 production of Jun-
ior Girls Plays for an alumni aud-
ience at 8 p.m. in Horace Rackham I
For the first time in over 20
years, the JGP show will hit the
road for a one night stand in
BEFORE 1930 the production
presented shows in Toledo as well
as Detroit..
Sponsoring the junior extra-
vaganza, Detroit alumins will
honor the 120 cast members and
the entire JGP central commit-
tee at a banquet before the
"Vanity Flair" entertained cam-
pus audiences recently at four per-
formances in Lydia Mendelssohn
Theater. The original musical
comedy scored a "hit" with an all
senior audience on Thursday while
the Friday and Saturday shows
were received by receptive public
Wesleyan Guild
To Hold Program
For AllCampus
A three-fold evening of enter-
tainment is being planned by the
Wesleyan Guild of the First Meth-
odist Church at 6:15 p.m. Friday inj
the social hall of the church.
Featuring dinner, a program and
a dance, the evening's entertain-
ment has been entitled "Three for
Dinner will be followed by the
program, to be held at 8 p.m. Pre-
sented by members of the Wesley-
an Guild, this portion will feature
three short operettas. Written and
directed by Paul Miller, a graduate
of the School of Music, the ope-
rettas include two comedies and a
psychological drama.
Featuring music on records, the
dance will begin at 9:30 p.m. Dec-
orations and refreshments in a
spring mood will highlight this
part of the evening.
The price for the entire evening
is $1.50. Reservations may be made
by calling 6881.
Tickets for the operettas and
dance, priced at 75 cents, may be
obtained only at the door.
Open to everyone on campus, the
proceeds of "Three for All" will be
put into a fund used to support a
foreign student on campus.
Plans for the evehing have been
made under the direction of Judy
Livingston, general chairman.

THIS YEAR'S play, written by
Jane Thompson and directed by
Sue Shafter and Cathy Wilson, is
being proclaimed by many stu-
dents on campus as a show that
rivals Union Opera productions.
Packing scenery and proper-
ties along with costumes for the
120 cast members for the De-
troit billing was taken over by
Margaret Carter, treasurer of
the JGP central committee.
"Some of the hardest things to
pack into the truck," said Miss
Carter, "were" the delicate dice
boxes that are used in one of the
western scenes of the show."

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WITH THE final curtain of the V 4
Detroit show, JGP will be over for
the several hundred women who A tea, in honor of all house pres-
participated in producing the idents and directors, will be held
three-act play. at Martha Cook dormitory from
"It was a lot of fun partici-. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
pating in the show," said PhyllInvitations were extended to
Thombs, one of the members of men and women executives from
The mbcng ofhes,"admembereo all residence halls, fraternities and
the dancing chorus, "and we are sororities.
really sorry that it's over but Guests of honor will be Dean
we'll be looking forward to see- Deborah Bacon, Assistant Dean
ig next year's show on Senior Elsie Fuller, Associate Dean Sarah
Night." Healy, Associate Dean of Students
The junior "flair for vanity" and Mrs. Walter Rea, and Dean of
climaxed almost a year of plan- Students and Mrs. Erich Walter.
ning for Central Committee mem- Chairmen in charge of the tea
bers as well as weeks of rehearsals are Mary Lou Goodrich and Nor-
for the cast. Soresmuscles and matCohen. Refreshment chairmen
throats were the results of long of this event are Mary Lou Bon-
practices but all the cast members gort and Toni Chronowski.
say that "there's no business like In the past years Martha Cook
JGP show business." has sponsored this tea for women
only. This is the first year men
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JGP successes since the begin-
ning of the tradition in 1904.
Leads in the play include Sue
Spurrier, Aggie Dunn, Mary Rea,
Betty Magyar, Lucille Stans-
berry, Margaret Paysner, Ann
Christenson, and Joanne Ellis.
Highlights in the musical were
demonstrations by the uke chorus
singing old favorites like "On Top
of Old Smokey" as well as original
"Vanity Flair" tunes.

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