THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOB R 2: 1952
Odd Past Marks 'M' Lapel Buttons
By HARRY LUNN .
A collection of "M" lapel but-
tons dating back to 1899 has turn-
ed up an interesting story of Uni-
versity tradition and uncovered a
bit of unresolved mystery about
the origin of the famous Unior
The collection has been on dis-
play in a campus barbershop foi
many years. Originally it was as-
sembled by Phil Trojanowsld, a
well known Ann Arbor resident
who gave it to Al O'Grady, for his
barber shop. Later the barber pass-
ed the-buttons on to his son, Clif-
ford O'Grady, who runs the shor
The 40 buttons all bear conse-
cutive dates from 1899 to 1939
but are of different styles. The di-
lemma over the Union's badge
arose when it was discovered that
none of the buttons in the dis-
play are marked "Union" until the
THIS WAS the year that the
familiar round pin design still in
use w!- adopted, although in 1939
the date was dropped from the pin
making it possible to use the exact
style each year.
Since the Union was originally
founded in 1904, it seemed im-
probable that the organization
could have gone 29 years with-
out its own official insignia.
Subsequent investigation proved
that the Union indeed did have
earlier buttons, but no one is sure
when the custom started..
'W' BUTTONS-Pictured above are the 40 lapel buttons which are
on display in a local barber shop. The origin of the pins and their
relation to the Union is a mystery which may be cleared up this
weekend at Homecoming.
HOMER HEATH, a University
alumnus who has been associated
with the Union from its start, at-
tributed the lapel buttons of 1899
vintage to the Athletic Association
which used to give such insignia
to its members each year.
Heath could not remember
when the Union took over the
function of supplying the yearly
"M" insignia to University men,
or when the Athletic Association
stopped this practice.
Though the answer to these
questions has not as yet been dis-
covered, a solution to the problem
may be offered later this week
when members of the '04 class
gather in Ann Arbor for the Home-
One of the most famous mem-
bers of this group is Edward "Bob"
Parker, the Union's first president,
who may be able to shed some light
on the early history of the tradi-
tion encrusted Union button.
To Hear Art
Something new in the way of
audio-visual education is being
tried today by Prof. James Wal-
lace, of the music school.
For his course in music litera-
ture, Prof. Wallace is giving his
students a practical application of
what they have learned by having
an actual recital of the art songs
they have been studying.
Robert Kearns, '54SM, a grad-
uate of the Eastman School of
Music who is studying voice at the
University, inder Prof. Arthur
Hockett of the music school will
sing a group of art songs by Schu-
ber, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf and
Strauss. Prof. Josef Blatt, of the
music school, will accompany
Sections of the course to be de-
voted to oratorio and opera will
also be climaxed by live perform-
ances later in the semester.
All interested students are in-
vited to attend the recitals at 8
a.m. and 2 p.m. today in Audi-
torium A of Angell Hall.
This is the final week to
make Senior Picture ap-
pointments. You may sign
up from 1 :30 to 5: 0 un-
until Friday at the Student
t Campus Calendar
Events Toda ing of the Linguistics Club will be
Y held at 7:30 p.m. today in the
POLITICS-The Young Repub- East Conference Room of the
licans will meet at 8 p.m. today Rackham Bldg.
in the Union. Prof. Hans Kurath of the Eng-
General plans for pre-election lish department and Prof. Ernst
activities will be discussed. All in- Pulgram of the Romance Lan-
terested students are invited to guages department will discuss
attend. "Linguistic Congresses of 1952 in
LINGUISTICS-An open meet- Europe."
COFFEE HOUR-There will be
a political science department cof-
fee hour held at 4 p.m. today in
Courthouse Plans the Union.
All students, including those
not in the political science de-
Ypsilanti City Councilmen Mon- partment, are invited.
day night downed a request to re-
consider their opposition to the
Courthouse building proposals on Events Tomorrow
the Nov. 4 ballot. PARLIAMENTARY PROCED-
Scha a letter from Mack C. Taylor, URE-A mock meeting to illustrate
charma oftheAnnArbr Cti-methods of parliamentary proced-
zens' Courthouse Committee, the mehdso prlhetrroced-
council was urged to reconsider ure will be held tomorrow at 8:30
and perhaps alter its hasty action p.m. in Rm. 3A of the Union.
of Oct. 6 on the Courthouse issue. * * *
In a unanimous vote the Ypsi- LECTURE-Rev. Kenneth L.
lani group refused to retract its Patten, minister of the Charles
position, but also indicated that Street Universalist Meeting House
it "will not take a militant stand" of Boston, will speak as a Billings
in opposition to the Nov. 4 refer- lecturer at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow in
endum proposals. the Architecture Auditorium.
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to bull ranch near Barcelona, Spain. Actress Annabella watches.
S K Y W 0 R K E R O N T H E j 0 B - Scaffolder Michael Organ rigs a construction plat-
form on a London power plant chimney overlooking St. Paul's Cathedral and the Thames River.
B E S T M O D E L -- Frank A. Taylor (left), U. S. National
Museum; Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (center), and Karl E.
Krumke, Jr., Washington Ship Model Society president, inspect
frigate "Arabella," best in a Washington contest.
(SCRUB TEAM GETS CORONATION PREVIEW -British charwomen at
London's Royal Festival Hall cast eyes at models on way to display coronation year fashions.
W O E B Y T H E P O U N D This sad-eyed one-pound
Chihuahau, leg in cast after being stepped on, recuperates nicely
under watchful eye of owner Evelyn Hicks, 18, in, Atlanta, Ga.
A D M I R A L' S P A S T 1 M E - Earl Mountbatten, British Mediterranean fleet chief, sets out
for undersea fishing in Gulf of Salerno aided by Italian Air Force Capt. William Bonte.
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