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New Writers
In Hopwoods
Student Entries
Win Cash Prizes
The University's famed Avery
and Jule Hopwood creative writ-
ing contest is the first major step
into the literary field for aspir-
ing campus writers.
And with substantial monetary
awards, it repays early literary
talent with another mark of suc-
cess - the first paycheck, some-
times as high as $1,500.
* * *
SINCE 1932, the Hopwood con-
test has had a special competition
for freshman, although the orig-
inal awards were for upperclass-
men only.
Freshman awards are made
near the end of the fall semes-
ter, when prizes of $50, $30 and
$20 will be given winners of the
1953-54 competition In essay,
fiction and poetry.
Upperclassmen will be able to
submit their manuscripts during
the spring semester in competi-
tion for the major and minor
* * *
FRESHMEN entries are judged
by members of the English de-
partment, while the upperclass di-
visions are judged by prominent
American literary figures.
There is no restriction on sub-
ject matter in any of the con-
Originated by the will of the
late Avery Hopwood, '05, million-
aire playwright, the directors of
the contest were instructed that
"students competing for the prizes
shall not be confined to academic
subjects, but shall be allowed the
widest possible latitude," and that
the new and unusual should be
especially encouraged.
HOPWOOD willed more than
$550,000 for prizes in the annual
Hopwood writing contests which
began for upperclassmen in 1931.
Many well-known modern
writers got their start by way
of Hopwood awards. These auth-
ors include Betty Smith, author
of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
Another of the winners who has
sinceclimbed the ladder to suc-
cess is Arthur Miller, '38, who has
won the New York Critics Drama
Award twice. Miller also received
the Pulitzer prize in 1949 for
"Death of a Salesman."
Manuscripts of previous winners
are on file in Rm. 1007 Angell
Hall, the Hopwood Room.
Last spring, 17 University grad-
uate and undergraduate students
split $8,350 in prizes for fiction,
drama, poetry and the essay.
'U' Operates
44,000 Watt
FM Station
WUOM, University owned and
operated radi ostation operating
on 44,000 watts, is rapidly ex-
panding its capacity as a public
service unit.
Most recent in the long list of
accomplishments WUOM boasts
is the fact that the Voice of Amer-
ica program frequently picks up
locally originating broadcasts and
relays them overseas.

RATED AS one of the top six
college stations in the country,
WUOM Joined the ranks of FM
operating stations in 1948 after
22 years of AM broadcasting.
Used as an educational ser-
vice, W'OM last spring spon-
sored a series of in-class listen-
ing programs. Music and his-
tory were piped into 2,000 class-
rooms in Michigan, with WUOM
staff members acting as instruc-
tors to the 38,000 students lis-
tening in.
The teaching rbroadcasts idea
originated as a means of serving
schools in rural areas where edu-
cational opportunities were lim-
ited, but later expanded to state-
wide urban areas upon request of
interested audiences.
THIRTY commercial stations
carry WUOM programs, which in-
clude speech department produc-
tions and campus organizations'
wire-recorded concerts.
Among hte speech department
presentations regularly heard on
WUOM Is "Dlown Storybook
Lane," a children's story hour
featuring student written and
dramatized narrations.
Stanley Quartet, University Con-
cert Band and Orchestra and
Men's and Women's Glee Club
concerts can be heard from time
to time.

Call Tryouts
Freshmen are eligible to try out
for all five student publications.
Tryout calls for most of the pub-
lications will be issued during the
first week of classes and meeting
times will be announced then.
Writers are needed for Gargoyle,
Generation, The 'Ensian, the
Tecnic and The Daily. All five pub-
lications also need business staffers
to handle advertising, circulation,
accounts, financing and promotion
Most of the jobs are open to
students whether they have ex-
perience or not. Most student pub-
lications have tryout programs in
which prospective staff members
are taught the basic techniques of
their publication.

Yearbook Opens 55th Year

"Ensian," the picture-packed an-
nual yearbook has become a spring
Copiesof the big book with the,
name that nobody understands
flood the campus every year.
* * -
OFFICIAL yearbook of the Uni-
versity, "Ensian" is an abbrevia-
tion of the full name of the pub-
lication, "Michiganensian." This
name in turn evolved from con-
stant mispronounciations of the
original title, "Michiganensis,"
meaning "sword of Michigan."
Salesmen begin, taking orders
for the book every fall, and sales
continue throughout the year,
climbing to the thousands.
The student editorial staff and
a host of staff photographers work
year round filling the "Ensian's"
500 pages with material that varys
from the recording of the Univer-

sity's sports achievements to com-
ment on the attitude of the Uni-
versity as a whole.
ENSIAN staffers have already
begun work on next year's publi-
With editorial and junior staff
positions already assigned, the
major need of the book now is a
group of freshman and sopho-
more tryouts.
Editorial staff positions offer op-
portunities for preparing and as-
sembling copy and photographs,
typists, and those interested in
layout and design.
* * s
FOR PEOPLE interested in the
business aspects of publication po-
sitions in contracting, accounting,
advertising and selling are still

Editors and business managers
are selected from these groups
after a suitable period of ap-
For 55 years the University's of-
ficial yearbook, "Ensian" got its
start in 1897 when three inter-
college magazines merged.
It has grown from a small pic-
ture-book to a comprehensive
yearbook that arouses considerable
And "It Happens Every Spring."
DID YOU KNOW: that the Uni-
versity's Medical School will ad-
mit the largest freshman class in
the nation this autumn. The class
will number 203, the same as last
year's freshman group, which was
also the largest in the country. The
total enrollment of the Medical
School is upwards of 650 students(



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Creative Art Published in Generation



Generation, the literary baby of
the campus publications is pub-
lished four times yearly.
Devoted to the five arts, the
magazine features creative work
done by the students in the fields
of literature, music, visual art.
architecture and the dance.
* S *
NOW RATED as one of the bet-
ter student arts magazines, Gen-
eration can point with pride to

numerous contributions that have
since won national awards. Many
University Hopwood Award win-
ners have also made contributions
to it.
The magazine offers immedi-
ate opportunities for students
interested in contributing to or
editing it.
In addition to work submitted
by staff members, works submitted
by any student for any of the five

Extension Service Prepares
Many Off-Campus Courses

departments are accepted for con-
sideration in the first floor office
in the Student Publications Build-
TRYOUTS are held for, both
prospective business and editorial
staff members early in the fall
session. After a period of appren-
ticeship, students are eligible for
promotions to editorial and man-
agerial positions through the
Board in Control of Student Pub-
The magazine business staff of-
fers members opportunities to
manage advertising, accounts and
Originally an Idea of the Inter
Arts Union, Generation features
nearly 100 pages of stories, poetry,
essays, music and art.
It sells regularly for 35 cents.
DID YOU KNOW: that the Uni-
versity was originally' founded in a
house on Bates Street in Detroit in
1817. In 1837 the University was
moved to Ann Arbor. This city had
offered a 40 acre tract to the state
for a capital, but the legislators
rejected it and it was given to the
University. To influence the leg-
islators, the Ann Arbor fathers
had named the main cow pasture
which bounded the tract, "State


With offices in eight cities the
University Extension Service offers
a wide variety of educational
courses to a large off campus en-
The cities in which the offices
are located include Detroit, Grand
Rapids, Flint, Saginaw, Escanaba,
Traverse City, Battle Creek, and
Ann Arbor. The Battle Creek of-
flee was just opened in the fall
of 1952.
Both credit and non - credit
courses, supervised correspondence
courses, adult educational institu-
tions, and programs in such fields
as community organizations, lead-

ership training, firemanship train-
ing, parent education, real estate,
and business are gmong Extension
Service programs.
For the fourth consecutive year
the University will also present a
televised program of courses sup-
plementing the regular extension
service programs.
The University was the first in
the country to extend educational
facilities beyond the classroom in
the TV manner. Enrollment reach-
ed 22,000 in 1952-53 as compared
to 3847 in 1951-52 and 2366 in
1950-51, the first experimental

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