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To Participate in

Women's Athletic Association Events



WAA, Union
To Sponsor
Mi1 i ra

Everyone from eight to eighty
seems to love a parade or carnival!
Combine the two and the result
is one of the University's most
gala weekends, Michigras, a bien-
nial event which this year is ten-
tatively set for April 23 and 24 at
Yost Fieldhouse.
Fun and entertainment galore
highlight the weekend, jointly
sponsored by the Women's Ath-
letic Association and the Men's
Union, and all proceeds go to
Freshmen will have an oppor-
tunity to launch Michigras on to
greater heights in 1954, the 51st
anniversary of the event.
In line with this anniversary
the theme two years ago, "50 Years
With Michigras" depicted every,-
thing from the small beginning of
the University to recent occur-
ences. .
The parade included in this
vast panorama of progress a
Scholar Ship, Prohibition Speak-
easy, and a Keystone Cops Chase.
Other floats ribbed both Mich-
igan and its friendly rival, Mich-
igan State, presented as the "cow
college," the well-known Ar-
boretum, and the first Rose
Bowl held in 1902 which the
University won.
However, the proper atmosphere
was first created by the high-
stepping Michigan Band, five high
school bands and an ROTC pre-
cision drill group, the Pershing
For the framework of the floats
and booths prepared by campus
gioups, over two miles of lumber
and 250,000 paper napkins were
needed. '
At Yost Field House the typ-
ical carnival side shows and
games of skill entertained more
than 25,000 spectators who
thronged the building for the
; Headlining the entertainment
was the old standby "Beta Bur-
lesque" performed by Beta Theta
Pi. A Nickelodean Theatre, com-
ic opera, house of horrors, and
Parisian Cafe, also played before
capacity audiences all through
both evenings.
Such games as "Fishagain at
Michigan," "Rolling Home,"
"Michimouse" "Phi Dunka Theta,"
"Jacobs Ladder," "Wring a Neck,"
"Fireman's Haven," and the "Pi
Lam Chip Joint" also added dol-
lars to the charitable fund.

WAA Plans
Managers Direct Play
As Board Members
"In all-campus swimming, vol-
leyball, basketball, and softball
tournaments sponsored by the
Womens Athletic Association coeds
have a wonderful opportunity to
meet other students while compet-
ing for their houses," WAA Presi-
dent Marian Swanson recently
Before long, coeds will meet
their house athletic manager who
enlists coeds to play on the house
The sorority, dormitory, and
league house managers as mem-
bers of the WAA executive board
work closely with the vice-presi-
dent in charge of student rela-
tions to coordinate the houses and
figure out any problems that
might arise in running the tour-
One of the first tournaments
run off, the swimming meet, finds
swimmers stroking the 25 and 50
yard free style, 25 and 50 yard
breast stroke, 25 and 50 yard back
crawl and diving.
Betsy Barbour Residence will be
out this year to defend its cham-
pionship. Delta Gamma was run-
ner-up last year.
In the Volleyball tournament
teams composed of between ten
and 15 players play ten-minute
halves. Teams losing the first
round go into the B tournament
while winners fight it out in the
A division. Helen Newberry Resi-
dence walked off with last year'sl
Winter is basketball time all
over the nation and this holds,
true for women at the University.
Using rules taken from the cur-

MICHIGRAS MADNESS-This scene from the 1952 production of
Michigras was broadcast over a television network. Teams of two
housing groups will soon begin preparations on floats for the
parade aild booths for the Yost Field House carnival. The week-
end is tentatively set for April 23 and 24.

NEW SWIMMING POOL-Still under construction, buttscheduled for completion in October, the
new women's swimming pool took shape during the summer. It will be used for women's physical
education classes and Women's Athletic Association club water shows, and has facilities for the
televising of these shows. of
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Name Dates
For Meetings
An enthusiastic Women's Ath-
letic Association Board, the pol-
icy-making body of the organiza-
tion, which is composed of the
executive officers and coeds in
charge of the tournaments, spe-
cial projects and clubs, has been
hard at work since last spring to
prepare for another successful
Two club managers have al-
ready scheduled their first or.
ganizational meeting for the end
of September. The Tennis Club,
wishing to take advantage of the
mild fall weather, will meet at' 5
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the
WAB (Women's Athletic Build-
ing). Coaches and Officials Club
will have its first gathering at 5
p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the
Early in October there will be
tryouts for the Swimming Club
and Michifish, the honorary group.
These tryouts are set for Oct. 3
and 10 with an organizational
meeting following a week later.
Two other clubs will meet in
October. Golf enthusiasts will
have their initial Session at 5 p.m.
Monday, October 5, at the WAB
while the Rifle Club will convene
at 7:30 pm.Tuesday, October 13.
at the WAB.
Waterman Gymnasium will be
the scene of the Badminton Club's
.rganization meeting at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Novw 4. Another group,
the Basketball Club, will have its
meeting at 4:15 p.m. Friday, No-
vember 14 at Barbour Gym.
More specific times and meet-
ing places of these and other
groups will be announced in The




Vie for Honors

In Lantern Night Program

Greeting freshmen and upper- men may select a course in soc-
classmen for the first time in the cer, field hockey, outing or volley-
fall, a million dollar swimming pool ball. In other seasons lessons are
is one more example of the growth also given in such team sports as
is oe mre xamle o th grwthbasketball and speedball.
of the Women's Physical Educa- bset an eedha km.
tion epartent.For those who wish to be more
tion epartent.proficient on ice, figure skating
Beginning in 1923 when one of classes are held during the sec-
the men's physical education in- ond part of the fall season and
structors provided a program of { first part of the spring semester.



fencing to fulfill part of their one
year physical education require-

All the spirit and excitement
that usually prevails on the ath-
letic field is evident when the
Women's Athletic Association pre-
>ents its Lantern Night Program
each spring with freshman, sopho-,
more, junior and senior coeds all
playing an active role.
Tradition reigns at this event,
which originated from a women's
field day held in 1913. According
to The Daily's record, this year's
program will mark the 40th anni-
versary of Lantern Night.
on which house is going to win
the first place trophy in the an-
nual song competition, the day
begins with a parade honoring
senior women,
Long lines of freshmen, wear-
ing green ribbons in their hair,
sophomores wearing red, juniors
in yellow and seniors wearing
blue ribbons, march down one
of Ann Arbor's main streets to
Hill Auditorium.
Lead by Michigan's famed
Marching Band conducted by Prof.
William D. Revelli, and the presi-
dents of women's organizations
carrying Japanese lanterns on
long poles, the marchers form a
gigantic "M" on the steps of Hill
Auditorium and finally sing the
alma mater accompanied by the
Immediately after this cere-
mony, everyone enters Hill -Audi-
torium to hear choral groups from
dorms, sororities and League

houses sing such songs as 'You'll
Never Walk Alone," "Fascinating
Rhythm" and "This Is My Coun-
* * *
BECAUSE of the popularig of'
this songfest, an elimination ses-
sion must be held each year to
choose those houses that will ap-
pear. Groups which are eliminated
from the actual contest neverthe-
less play an active part by spon-,
soring one of the participating
At the eliminations the judges
also select the group having the
best posture and this chorus re-
ceives a cup on Lantern Night.
The choirs are composed of
about 30 coeds under the supervi-
sion of a leader who rehearses with
the' group and arranges the song.
Songsters are judged on the ba-
sis of interpretation and artis-
tic effect, intonation, accuracy,
rhythm, tone diction, and presen-
tation and appearance.
Lantern Night derived its
name from the first line of
march which was held in 1932
around the women's athletic
field, Palmer Field, when the
coeds carried lanterns and
At that time it was the seniors'
who carried the lanterns and the
juniors carried hoops through
which the freshmen jumped.
At the conclusion of the eve-
ning's fun the seniors gave their
lanterns to the juniors, while the
hoops were handed down to the

activity for a handful of "exercise-
starved" coeds, the University fac-
ulty now includes about 15 indi-
viduals who help freshmen acquire
sport, dance and recreational
Along with the enlarged facili-
ties, Barbour Gymnasium, Wom-


rent Official Basketball Rules for ens Atlic Buildng, Palmer
Women handbook, teams compos- Field, and the new pool, a greatly
ed of from eight to ten players will expanded class curriculum has re-
attempt to capture the first-place sulted in the three units-the re-
crown awarded to Couzens Hall quired program for entering fresh-
last ear.men, the recreational program for
a er 's diamonds get a students interested in electing any
Palmer Fieldsports or dance, and the teacher
heavy workout in the spring when; education program.
the baseball tournament is in pro-
gress. Underhand pitching pre- To facilitate the incoming coed's
vails when as many as three teams desire for individual activities, the
representing one residence play in department offers classes in the
the popular event, early fall in archery, golf, riding,
Throughout the year WAA clubs tennis, dancing (folk, square,
also carry on all-campus tourna- modern, and social) swimming
ments in badminton, ping pong and lifesaving.
and bowling. Augmenting this program, fresh-

A weekend at the Fresh Air
Camp, about 40 miles from Ann
Arbor culminates the recreational
leadership course. Admission to
this course is by written applica-
After the session is completed,
certificates granted those fulfill-
ing the requirements have aided
many students in getting summer
camp jobs.
The department has a course
which rivals the ones given by the
leading charm schools in the
country, according to the chair-
man of the department, Dr. Mar-
garet Bell.
Taking the well publicized "be-
fore and after" poses, students
are taught proper exercises, good
posture, and ways of relaxing in
the posture, figure, and carriage
class given during the fall indoor
and spring indoor season.
To gain poise freshmen and
transfer students may also take

To Be Completed
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public address system may be
heard both above and below the
water level.
A fifteen-foot panel is in the in-
structors' office houses the con-
trols for lighting and sound.
Equipment such as lines for mark-
ing racing lanes, an aluminum ca-
noe for life-saving classes and oth-
er specialized equipment will be
stored near the pool.
PRESENT construction includes
two stories with the pool and as-
sociated facilities.
The building is being con-
structed with an eye to the fu-
ture, however, and expansion
will eventually include space for
other indoor sports as well.
As soon as three or four months
after 'the dedication of the build-
ing, water shows will probably be
televised, said Dr. Margaret Bell,
chairman of the Women's Physi-
cal Education Department.

Michigros Meeting
There will be a mass meeting
for all students interested in
becoming committee chairmen
for Michigras October 7 in the
Union. Plans for this year's
Michigras are being made by
t h e co-chairmen, Gretchen
Meier of Coldwater, vice-presi-
dent of WAA in charge of spe-
cial projects, and Hal Abrams
of Pensacola, Florida, the Un-
ion's appointee.

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