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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1953

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE FVE

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Coed Group
To Assemble
At WorkCshop
Women Participants
Will Discuss Campus,
Dormitory Problems
Assembly Association will pre-
sent the first open Assembly
Workshop of the season from 1
to 4 p.m. Saturday in the League.
Residents from all the women's
housing units on campus, co-op-
eratives, league houses and dormi-
tories have been invited to attend
this meeting where they will have
a chance, to discuss questions con-
cerning dormitory and campus
life, and the part Assembly plays
in organizing a strong independ-
ent women's association.
THE MEETING will be conduct-
ed under the "66" discussion group
method. Representatives will break
up into groups of six for six min-
utes, discuss their topic and de-
cide on a solution.
Each attendee will receive a
" name tag with the discussion
group number on it. She will
first go to this group, where she
will have an opportunity to de-
cide on the discussion areas.
After the topics have been chos-
en and discussed, the girls will
return to the central meeting
where a general summation and
criticism of the workshop will
take place.
Such problems as quiet hours,
dormitory coordination, the place
of women on campus, the effects
of assembly and an evaluation of
the orientation program have been
the prime matters of importance
discussed at past workshops.
IN PAST years, the Assembly
Workshop has proven to be an ef-
fective sounding board for cam-
pus problems.
The Workshop is a fairly re-
cent innovation,. although the
Assembly Association has been
functioning since 1934. Many
procedures and operations of
the group have been criticized
and improved upon, following
the workshop meetings.
Planning for the future, the As-
sembly organization is also dis-
cussing plans for a workshop in
conjunction with Inter - House'
Council for the second week in
February.
Assembly Board has asked that
the suggestions proposed at this
* conference be put into immediate
effect in the various housing units.
Secretaries Hold
Lecture Program
An educational program for sec-
retaries will be sponsored by the
National Secretaries Association
for Its members and any other sec-
retaries who wish to attend.
These lectures will be held from
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room C2 of
the Ann Arbor High School.
The schedule for the program
will include a talk, Oct. 22, on
"Getting Ahead in Your Job" by
Eleanor Maliche, supervisor of in-
service training in the School of
Business Administration.
On Nov. 19, Glen R. Winters,
secretary-treasurer of the Ameri-
can Judicature Society, will speak
on "Law for the Layman."
Next on the schedule will be a
talk, Jan. 28, about "What Em-

ployers Require Today" by Mildred
D. Weber, administrative assist-
ant at the Bureau of Appointment
and Occupational Information.
Scheduled for Feb. 25 is "How
to Write Good Business Letters"
by Dorothy Greenwald, associate
professor of business writing in
the School of Business Administra-
tion.
On March 25, Dr. Daniel R. Mil-
ler, professor of psychology, will
speak on "Eow to Get Along with
Others."
Last on the program of lectures
will be a talk on April 22 by G. E.
Densmore, professor of speech and
. chairman of the Department of
Speech, about "How to Develop
Confidence in Speaking Before an
'iAudience."

'NUMBER PLEASE':
Operatc
By RITA GEDROVICS
"Could I speak to thetblonde I
met at a mixer last night?" is but
one of the puzzling requests switch-
board operators have to answer.,
Working on a switchboard does
not merely consist of answering
telephone calls. The operator is
frequently called upon to give the '
correct time, arrange dates, and
predict the weather.
* * *
ONE STUDENT overestimating
the comforts of quad life called
the operator for room service and
ordered a couple of hamburgers
"with onions and ketchup."
Frequently people get the
numbers mixed up. Thus, one
operator was asked to recom-
mend a good plastic surgeon to
a person who insisted he was
calling the hospital and not wo-
men's residences.
Previous experience is not neces-
sary as all operators receive train-
ing where they learn switchboard
operations as well as codes of be-
havior.
* * *
THE BUZZER systems in some
of the residences also sometimes
hinder fast service. Some men
don't know the system for buzzing
girls for callers and answer that
they don't care how many times
their dates are buzzed.
At times operators are in the
uncomfortable position of hav-
ing to cut inon a call and tell
the people to limit their call so
that others may use the phone.
This, of course, is not the prob-
lem where room phones exist.
Usually, knowing people's room
numbers is not a problem since
all names are listed at the switch-
board. At one instance, however, a
young man wished to. speak to a
girl in 313 Prescott. He received
the operator's amusing response,
"Sorry, but that room is a closet
in the hall."
* * *
TO PLEASE their customers,
the operators also have to try to
remember if a person likes to have
his phone ring long or short and
how long it should keep on ring-
ing.
The manipulating of' the
switchboard equipment at times
gets complicated. Operators are
taught to take calls on one side
of the board with their right
hands, and with their left hands,
the other side. One of the new
operators got the sides confused
and in the process of "cross op-
eration" fell off the chair.

rs Meet Emergencies, Surprises
Since no collect calls are al- But amusing incidents are not switchboards can be habit-form-
lowed in all residence halls, the the only things that make work on ing. It is not at all uncommon to
long distance operator has to be a switchboard varied. Often there hear an operator answer, "Good
asked, "Are you paid, operator?" are emergency calls and operators
Frequently the response is some- try to do their best to reach the afternoon, South Quadrangle" or
thing like this, "Yes, the next pay- student, wherever he may be. just plain "Operator" even on their
day is tomorrow." As with most work, operating of personal calls at home.

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-Daily-Malcolm Shatz
MODERN DANCE ENTHUSIASTS-Amy McAvity, manager; Joan Isaacson and Jim Stasheff, as-
sistant manager of the WAA coed modern dance club are shown here previewing some of the latest
dance techniques to be taught at the weekly meetings of the club from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays
in the dance studio of Barbour Gym. All students both grad and undergrad are invited. Instruction
will be on the beginner as well as intermediate and advanced levels.
* *. " * *" * * *
Modern Dance Club Members Learn
Composition, Make-up, Lighting Skills

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Techniques advocated by all the
great masters of the modern dance,
Martha Graham, Jose Limon and
company are intertwined when the
WAA co-ed modern dance club
meets-.
Holding its sessions from 7:30,
to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays in theE
dance studio of Barbour Gym, the
club has its more advanced mem-
bers do the teaching. In this way,
all the members are able to be-
come acquainted with the dance
techniques advocated by the var-
ious schools.

mediate, and advanced and
some to composition and even-
tually to actual program rehear-
sals.
Once again the dancers will pre-
sent a Christmas and Spring pro-
gram with the WAA Ballet Club,
and will take part in an exchange{
dance program with Michigan)
State Collegea project that work-
ed so successfully last year.
AS A LONG spale project, Don
Harris is writing a full length bal-
let based on the John Henry folk!

eventually do their own choreog-
raphy.
Later meetings will be devoted
to the use of makeup, lighting and
effects on stage. The WAA organ-
ization also hopes to sponsor a pro-
fessional dance group on campus.
Attendance this year has not
been up to par and the manager!
urges anyone-man or woman,
grad or undergrad, to come to the
meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Miss McAvity proudly stated
that one of the club's members isj
an authority on Indian dancing
and has written numerous articles
for "The Dance Observer."
Women's Physical education ad-
visor, Miss Esther Pease, serves as
advisor, Sarah Graf is the accom-
pianist and James Stasheff, the as-
sistant manager.

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* * legend.The composition will be en-
MANAGER Amy McAvity stat- tirely student produced, written,I
ed that eventually all the teaching designed and directed.
is done by every .member of the According to Miss McAvity,
club. members of the club build up a
Some of the meetings are de- pattern of movements, progress
voted to techniques at the var- to elementary composition work
ious levels-beginning, inter- in choreography for shows and
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Silver Display
Nationally famous silver will
be on display from 9 a.n. to
5 p.m. today in the Vandenburg
Room of the League. All wo-
men who have made appoint-
ments as well as any other in-
terested women are urged to
attend.

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