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T t3l SHAY, MAY - 26, 1955




Panhel Chooses Coeds
To Counsel Rushees

Bohdan Pytel Prefers Freedom

To aid the approximately 1294
coeds who will go through rush-
ing in the fall, Panhellenic Asso-
ciation has selected 19 women, one
from each sorority on campus, to
act as rushing counselors.
Under the direction of Carol de
Bruin of Delta Delta Delta and
Betty Powell of Alpha Delta Pi,
the women have disaffiliated
themselves from their houses un-
til Oct. 9 when pledging will offi-
cially begin.
Recognizable by her almond-
shaped blue pin, a counselor will
not only advise rushees but has
also been assigned to assist a par-
ticular sorority, not her own, with
rushing problems.
Included in the 19 counselors
are Ruth Bassichis who will work
with Alpha Chi Omega, Dorothy
Cant who will aid Alpha Delta
Pi and Helen Cohen who will
"adopt" Alpha Epsilon Phi.
To Answer Questions
Answering the questions of Al-
pha Gamma Delta will be Betty
Doman while Ricky Erskine will
handle the problems of Alpha Om-
icron :Pi. Alpha Phi will be assist-
ed by Ann Hammond, Alpha Xi
Delta by Judy Hofstra and Chi
Omega by Myra Josephs.
The coed assigned to Delta Delta
Delta is Kathy Luhn while Jeanne
Newell will work with Collegiate
Sorosis. Delta Gamma's will take
their problems to Linda Miller as
Ilene Schumacher helps the mem-
bers of Delta Phi Epsilon.,
- Other counselors include Gam-
ma Phi Beta's Jan Sheehan,Kap-
pa Alpha Theta's Shirley Sikken-
ga and Kappa Delta's Judy Sweet.
Counseling Kappa Kappa Gam-
ma will be Sally Wilkenson. Ginny
Zinn will aid Pi Beta Phi; Carol
Wheeler, Sigma Delta Tau, and
Peggy Zuelch, Sigma Kappa.
Time To Counsel
Because of the introduction of
IBM machines, counselors will be
able to devote more of their time
to actual advising of their houses
and rushees.
During mixers, the first rush
parties, the counselor will take her

group of coeds around to the hous-
After each set of parties, the
rushees will see their counselors
to pick up their invitations for
the next set and to solve any
problems. If special questions arise,
a rushee may make an appoint-
ment to meet with her counselor.
To help the counselor with her
work, a record of each rushee will
be kept containing information in-
cluding the houses she has visited.
Information Available
Pictures of each house and its
members and data on its phil-
anthropies and projects will be
available to all interested rushees.
Charts stating the cost of room,
board, initiation fee and other ex-
penses of each sorority will be pre-
pared for. coeds with financial
At their four meetings this
spring, the counselors have receiv-
ed training for their job in the
fall. Recently, Stanley Segal, in-
Rushing Registration
Coeds who wish to go through
sorority rushing in the fall may
either write or come to the Un-
dergraduate Office of the Lea-
gue to register before Septem-
ber 7.
structor in psychology and assist-
ant in the counseling division of
the Bureau of Psychological Serv-
ices instructed the group.
Miss de Bruin and Nancy Jac-
luette, Rushing Chairmen, have
prepared a rushing source book
designed to aid the rushing coun-
selor "in her sincere endeavor to
be effective in smoothing out prob-
lems created by the rushing sys-
Summing up the task of the
rushing counselors, Miss de Bruin
considers the advisor's attitude
the most vital thing. "She must be
a counselor, and yet a friend, and
still not become emotionally in-
volved herself in the problems."

"Freedom was my choice," com-
mented Bohdan Pytel when asked
the reason he sacrificed so much
time and energy waiting for an
opportunity to make the United
States his permanent home.
Pytel is a familiar person to
many students because of his ac-
tiveness in the Ukrainian student's
club. According to Pytel, the pur-
pose of' the club is to organize
students, of Ukrainian descent
American or foreign-born, for so-
cial as well as political reasons.
The members want people to
recognize Ukraine ; and the fact
that its people are now behind the
"Iron Curtain" against their will.
"The club would also like to par-
ticipate and contribute to the Am-
erican culture," Pytel said.
Club Movie Televised
Recently the 28 members made
a movie which has been televised.
In addition, they have been active
in the International Center, mak-
ing exhibitions, giving lectures and
raising money for a library.
"Through tle efforts of the club,
better understanding for freedom
and peace for all nations, includ-
ing those who suffer under the
Communist regime, may someday
be a reality," Peel, the president,
Born in Tarnopol, in the west-
ern part of Ukraine, Pytel lived
with his two brothers and his par-
ents until the German invasion of
Poland in 1939. At that time, Pytel
was just beginning high school in
a part of Ukraine which was under
Polish occupation.
Communists Set Up Council
As a result of the invasion, the
Communists quickly moved into
Tarnopol and set up their system,
including a city council.
Much against his will, Pytel was
sent by the council to a Russian
controlled school to continue his
educatioh until the German in-
vasion of Russia in 1941. The war
resulted in so much chaos that
all functions such as schooling,
stopped. Pytel decided to return to

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT-Practicing one of the many
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Women's Residence Halls Hold Elections
To Select Officers for Fall Semester

Women's residences held house
elections recently to choose offi-
cers for the fall semester.
Hinsdale House has voted Belle
Harris president. Helen Ehrat will
be vice-president; Lois Morse,
treasurer, and Susan Stenglein,
Lois Taterka will head Chicago
House with Dorothy Uren, vice-
president. Treasurer is Ceci Fried-
lander and Bert Corwin, secretary.
Clarissa Knaggs will be presi-
dent at Martha Cook; Margot Mc-
Auliffe, "veep;" Lynn Zimmerman,
treasurer, and Patricia Stenberg,
Henderson House elected Joan
Rajczi president, with Catherine
Stott as vice-president. Elaine
Bush will be treasurer and Shirley
Croog, secretary.
Other Officers
At Jordan Hall Irma Saulson
was elected president, with Jane
Abeshouse as vice-president. Col-
C lecting dues will be Betty Scho-

mer with Marcia Litwach as secre-
Phyllis Singer was elected pre-
sident of Palmer House. Sarah Ko-
lin' will be vice-president; Nancy
Wolf; treasurer, and Linda Nelson,
Presiding at Angell will be Alice
Basford and "veep" will be Ilene
Lifshey. Debra Kopelov will be
treasurer and Rene Watson, secre-
At Betsy Barbour, Joan Heiden
was elected president and Toni
Sacchetti, vice-president. Jean La
Belle will take care of finances
while Fairy Sakai will be secre-
Dorm Executives
Coralyn Fitz will preside at Hel-
en Newberry, assisted by Virginia
Mussin. Angella Suino and Mar-
garet Fletcher will be treasurer
and secretary.
Mosher coeds have chosen Glor-
ia Szweda president and Sharlene
Barnhill, vice-president, Barbara

Schantz will be treasurer and Mar-
garet Stein, secretary.
Brenda Wehbring heads Pres-
cott House. Janet Tuttle will be
vice-president; Mary Kay Bewalda,
treasurer, and Meredith Westman.
Victor Vaughn has elected Ruth
Ver Duin president and Trudy
Parnes, vice-president. Ann Mc-
Dougal will be treasurer with Dor-
othy Brown and Margaret Pric-
kett, secretaries.
Joan Kadra was elected presi-
dent of Adelia Cheever and Cora
Carver, vice-presdent. Orpha Mer-
rill will be secretary-treasurer.
Representing Tyler House will
be Jane Long, president; Nancy
Plastow, vice-president; Marjorie
Denawitz, treasurer, and Judy Tu-
dor, secretary.
To Lead House
Geddes House has elected Doro-
thy Sedlmayr as president. Sandra
Bissonette will handle money mat-
ters and Karen Brochocka will be
Patty Hawken was elected presi-
dent of Couzens Hall and Mari-
anne Weil will be vice-president.
Ann Roden and Dorothy Davis
will be treasurer and secretary.
Officers at Stockwell Hall are
Joan Voss, president; Nancy Lef-
fingwell, associate president; Gitta
Gosziniak, treasurer, and Marilyn
Adams, secretary.
Heading Kleinstueck House will
be Marion Wright, president;
Shirelyan Chennault, vice-presi-
dent; Betsy Parker, treasurer, and
Marie Konishi, secretary.

his home, for the first time since
1939. In order to accomplish this,
he had to walk 350 miles in a per-
iod of about three weeks. At the
time Pytel was 15 years old.
After resting a year, while help-
ing his father, Pytel continued his
education at pre-business school.
In 1943 the Germans decided to
take students out of the school
and put them to work in labor
camps called "Baudienst." After
three months, Pytel and a friend
managed to escape.
Joins Underground
Pytel went directly to his home
to tell his parents of his escape
and of his plans to join the Ukrai-
nian underground movement for
the liberation of Ukraine from
both the Germans and Russians.
Five hours after his departure, the
Germans searched his home. If he
had been caught, he would have
been shot.
Until March, 1944, Pytel worked
in the military intelligence serv-
ice of UPA, located near his home.
In March the Germans were forc-
ed out of this region. Immediately
following the exit of the Germans,
the Russians returned to occupy
the town.
All of this commotion took place
within two days of horror, in
which the Russians savagely rav-
aged the town and its inhabitants.
In the meantime, Pytel had -been
sent on a mission to procure sup-
plies and was cut off from his
UPA group.
Ordered To March
Five days later, the Russians
ordered every man between 18
and 55 years to march in order to
join and fight in the Russian ar-
my. Pytel and, a friend managed
to bribe a guard into letting them
Once again Pytel returned to his
home to be hidden in an under-
ground bunker, built for that pur-
pose, for a period of five weeks.
Finally his mother, who had been
sneaking them food at night, gave
them the mesage that the Rus-
sians were evacuating the town in
order to have a final bout with the
Germans stationed across the riv-
er. In addition, she informed them
of an escape plan, which would
get them to the German side.
Pytel and his friends were ar-
rested as spies by the Germans im-
mediately after their escape. Thus,
in May, 1944, he was confined to
a prison camp.
Attempted Escape,
Four months later, completely
disgusted with the hard labor and
depressing living conditions, Pytel
tried to escape by simply walking
out. Unfortunately, he was caught

by a Gestapo officer. His punish-
ment was imprisonment in a Hun-
garian-salt mine. While there, h
learned to speak German and be-
came an interpreter in exchang
for extra food and lighter labor.
Pytel acted as interpreter unti
May, 1945, when he was finally
liberated by the Americans.
"Most liberated prisoners went
home, but I chose freedom and
stayed in West Germany in a re-
fugee camp. First I attended the
Ukrainian Teachers' Seminary and
graduated in 1948. After thatI
taught school in the refugee camp
for two years," Pytel stated.
Dream Comes True
In 1950 his dream came true
Pytel received a permanent visE
and entered the United States.
When he arrived in New York
Pytel worked as an assistant cook
at the Cardinal Spellman Hospita
while learning the English lang-
uage. For financial reasons, Pytel
went to Detroit and worked until
he was drafted by the United
States Army in 1951.
After his basic training, Pytel
was sent to Japan where he work-
ed in the communications service
Upon his return to the United
States in June, 1953, he went tc
Detroit to stay with a brother.
Pytel entered the University the
next fall as a sophomore. At pre-
sent, he is majoring in Slavic
languages. After his graduation
next year, he hopes to receive his
masters degree at Harvard or Co-


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