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Y, SEPTEMBER17,1952.





Aiss Mac,' Busy League Social Director
cts as Man Friday for Coed Activities

"Ask Miss Mac-she knows."
This familiar phrase will echo
about the League as the year's
activities are planned and pre-
sented by the coeds who partici-
pate in League activities.
MISS ETHEL A. McCormick,
"Miss Mac" as she is affection-
ately called, is the person who co-
ordinates all the various League
activities in her capacity of Social
Director of the Michigan League.
The title of social director does
not begin to describe the in-
numerable things, great and
small, she does to help Univer-
sity women from all corners of
the campus.
She works with all committee
chairmen and advises them on
how to carry out and improve pro-
jects from year to year.
* * *
THE ENDLESS duties of the
"mainstay of the League" include
seeing that every job or project
undertaken by coeds in connection
with the League is a success.
Miss McCormick is the con-
sultant on every type of event
ranging from Junior Girls Play
production to men's dancing
With a primary interest in de-
veloping leaders and women who
can assume responsibility, she
helps chairmen plan their bud-
gets and guides them ,in the use
of the University's requisition sys-
"IT'S IMPORTANT to know ex-
actly how much you're spending
so there's no danger of going into
the red," the budget-wise Miss
McCormick declares.
Miss Mac first came in con-
tact with University coeds when
she was a member of the wo-
men's physical education de-

At that time the cast of the
Junior Girl's Play rehearsed in
Barbour Gymnasium and Miss Mc-
Cormick began her years of ser-
vice to coeds by answering ques-
tions which arose in connection
with the production.
WHEN THE League was com-
pleted in 1929, President Ruthven
asked her to serve as coordinat-
ing supervisor of women's activi-
ties, the position she has held
since that time.
She believes that when women
enter the University and are ab-
solutely on their own, they
should participate in League ac-
tivities, especially now since they
are eligible the first semester
and don't have to wait until
* * s

they get their grades, as was
the system before last year.
When coeds enter the University
one semester ahead or behind the
rest of the class, they may par-
ticipate in either class activities,
Miss McCormick said.
* * ,*
IN OTHER WORDS, a second
semester freshman may work
either on Frosh Weekend or Soph-
omore Cabaret.
"Come out, but use good judg-
ment in choosing your activi-
ties," Miss McCormick advises.
"Books first, then fun and get-
ting acquainted with other
Miss McCormick is indeed an
indispensible part of the League
and a truly wonderful person to
* * *

Women Have
Dorm Choice
Six Residences
Vary in Size
To live in a dormitory or not to
live in a dormitory, that is the
question of the freshman coed.
If a dormitory, which one?
These are the first major prob-
lems that face most incomers to
the University, and the campus
housing planners have tried to
provide enough variety to satisfy
every woman.
IF A COED decides to live in a
dormitory, she has six to choose
from, ranging in size from 100
residents to the largest, which
houses over 500 women.
Each housing 100 'undergradu-
ate women, Betsy Barbour and
Helen Newberry dormitories
stand next to each other on
State Street, opposite Angell
On Observatory Hill, a few
blocks from 'the main part of cam-
pus, stand the largest women's
dormitories. Stockwell Hall, on
the corner of Observatory and
North University, was built ten
years ago and has space for 500
women. Next to it, in the middle
of the block stands Mosher-Jordan
Hall, actually two separate houses,
each housing about 250 women.
* * *
ALICE LLOYD HALL, consisting
of Angell House, Hinsdale House,
Kleinstueck House and Palmer
House stands just beyond Mo-
sher-Jordan and has room for
about 150 women in each house.
New Dorm, as it has been nick-
named, is the newest and most
modern of the women's dormi-
Martha Cook, situated next to
the Law Quadrangle, has space
for 132 upperclasswomen. It is
an honorary dormitory and the
girls must reach and keep a high
scholastic average as well as
participate in campus activities.
(Continud on Page 6)
Glee Clubbers
Give Concerts
"Just any girl who enjoys sing-
ing and wants to sing will find i
worth while to tryout for the Gle
Club," enthusiastically s t a t e c
Shirley Robinson, president of the
Women's Glee Club. "It's a lo
of fun, especially for those wh(
won't be taking part in any othe
musical groups on campus."
The Women's Glee Club is com-
posed of about 50 to 55 member
under the direction of Mrs. Jea-
i nette Floyd Estep. The chora
group sings semi-classical num
bers and music in the lighter vein
presenting concerts at Christma
and in spring as well as going o
a spring tour.
s During this year's tour the clu
traveled several hundred miles i
a maize and blue bus through Ohi
and Points south, giving six con-
certs in four days and singin
over the air during a radio broad
cast from Leesburg, Ohio.
S Open to any woman who ca
- sight read and sing fairly well
s the ' club holds two prectice ses
o sions a week, an hour afternoo
- session and a two hours practic
in the evening.
Tryouts are held early in th
- fall in a friendly and informal at
r mosphere, and all interested wo
men are urged to come, as thi
year's season looks like one of th

Bluebooks and bull sessions may
seem to comprise the first few
months of life at the University,
but activities soon get underway
when the coeds and their class
projects 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
stepping at Senior Night, the
League, main bulwark for these
activities, rarely has a sedate mo-

the sophomores with their first
opportunity to work together as
a class unit.
* * *
these projects, are the freshmen
and their annual Frosh Weekend.
With their team competition, the
frosh really show the campus that
whil they may be new to Univer-
sity ways of life, they certainly
can hold their own with any of
the upperclassmen.

Sophomores, Juniors Give Annual Productions
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Any woman in the University
who is scholastically eligible may
work on any of these class pro-
jects. All central committee po-
sitions are achieved through pe-
titioning and interviewing held
each year by the League Inter-
viewing Council.
Information concerning the du-
ties of each comtnittee chairman
is fully explained in the annual
League President's Report found

in the League Undergraduate Of-
fice. The office also has a file of
old petitions which may be used
as reference for information cone
cerning the writing of petitions.
With all these class projects and
the unity resulting from them,
every coed from the staidest 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 yet!

ior and senior classes had been a
longtime campus tradition when
the first JGP was presented in
1904. The attempt of these cour-
ageous 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 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-
dles, engaged ones suck lemons,
>inned 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 exhib-
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
Mass Meeting
A mass meeting for fresh-
men coeds will be held at 7
p.m. Thursday, September 18
in Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
ter. At that time portions of
last year's Soph Cab, Frosh
Weekend and Junior Girls'
Play productions will be pre-
sented. Women will also re-
ceive the 1952-53 League Low-
down with complete League in-

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Honor Societies Recognize Achievements
In Scholarship, Citizensship and Leadership
Classmates Choose Above.Average Women by Various Methods;
AlphaLambda Delta, Wyvern, Scroll, Senior Society Honor Coeds

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Women entering the University
this fall, regardless of their field
of interest, will find honorary so-
cieties to record their achieve-
ments on campus.
There are five honor societies
and several professional women's
fraternities represented here.

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national scholastic society for
freshman women who have at-
tained a 3.5 or higher average dur-
ing their first semester or over the
whole year.
The fraternity also honors
senior members who have main-
tained the half A, half B aver-
age throughout their college
The symbol of the organization
is a small pin in the shape of the
lamp of knowledge.
'I. . * .
WOMEN who are outstanding in
-scholarship, leadership and ser-
vice during their sophomore year
are eligible for membership in
Wyvern, an all-campus honor so-
The name Wyvern originates
from a Welsh word meaning
"protecting dragon." The sym-
bol of the organization, a dragon
around the letter "W," is de-
rived from the meaning of
To become a member of this
society, sophomore women must
have a scholastic average two
tenths above that of the entire
* * *

a new group of sophomore women
to replace them the following year.
The list of new members is not
revealed until the old members
march through the dormitories
and sorority houses to tap their
Three societies, Senior So-
ciety, Scroll and Mortar Board,
recognize outstanding senior
Membership in all three of them
is based on scholarship, service
and leadership.
* r B
SENIOR SOCIETY includes on-
ly independent women and Scroll
is composed solely of affiliated
coeds. Tapping is kept secret until
Installation Night when the old
members run through the aisles of
Rackham Amphitheatre designat-
ing their successors.
Senior Society is a local or-
ganization and was the first
honor society for women on
campus. Members of the so-
ciety are presented with white
collars with blue bows when
they are tapped, and they wear
these the following day.
Symbol of Senior Society is a
small gold pin.
Scroll, the national honorary
society of affiliated women, main-
tains a scholarship fund. Mem-
bers wear as necklaces small gold
medals in the shape of a scroll as
recognition. When they are tap-
ped at installation night, a card-
board scroll is hung about their
necks and they wear these
throughout the following day.
* * *

pendent women are eligible for
membership in Mortar Board. The
society traditionally carries out
its tapping ceremony in the dor-
mitories and sorority houses after
closing hours.
The pin of this organization
is a black enamel and gold mor-
tarboard. The day after tapping,
the new members wear black
mortarboards to classes.
Among professional women's
fraternities are the national or-
ganizations of Mu Phi Epsilon and
Sigma Alpha Iota, music sorori-
* * *
on this campus is the oldest one
still in existence. Membership is
based on scholastic averages.
The organization sponsors
scholarships and awards to
stimulate proficiency in musi-
cianship, scholarship and ser-
Sigma Alpha Iota also selects
its members on the basis of schol-
arship and musicianship. Musicals
are given once a month and tw
public musicals are presented dur-
ing the year.
* * *
DURING May Festival the or-
ganization gives a luncheon fox
the performing artists.
Theta Sigma Phi is an honor-
ary journalism fraternity. The
organization has 10,000 alumnae
and 81 college and alumnae
chapters throughout the coun-
Among the honorary member.<
of this organization are Dorothy
Thompson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jar


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