T8- MICWGAN DAILY
1956 TINE MICHIGAN DAILY A VIW
RDERS, BUYS, DESIGNS:
'U' Decorator Plagued With Crises
DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
By VERNON NAHRGANG
"You come to the office in the
morning and the first thing is the
crisis," Virginia Biggers,- the
woman who holds the title of Uni-
versity Decorator, said.
"Either some Associate Advisor
has called about a cigarette burn
in her sofa, or someone's draperies
have arrived and they're too short,
or else the painters, with their
arms poised, are ready to work and
there's no paint color.
"Some days you have crises,'one
after the other and by evening
you're fit to be tied," she con-
Slim, brown-haired Mrs. Biggers
explained the work she did in a
"typical" day on her decorating
jab, a unique work here that often
drifts into departments other than
"Then," she said, "there's the
frequent salesman with the' 'hot
item,' who tells me 'I've got an ash
stand you can have for 92 cents.'"
Part of Mrs. Bigger's jpb is to
see the salesmen that call on her
daily. As decorator, she makes
many choices on what or what
not to buy in the line of furniture,
fixtures and paint..
Later in her "typical" day, Mrs.
Biggers leaves her office in the
University's purchasing depart-
ment- for a conference with a Uni-
versity group or an arc itect about
some new construction.
North Campus Furniture
The furniture in the recently
completed 100 North Campus
apartments are the products of
Mrs. Biggers' efforts, joined with
some of the other talents of the
At these meetings with archi-
tects, she often goes over door fin-,
ishes, tiles and paints, fiting the
architect's plan to design.
"And,"-Mrs. Biggers said with;
a grin, "somewhere in the day you
hope*to have time for coffee.
"I usually make it, too," she
Aside from her work, University
sports play an important part for
Mrs. Biggers and her ten-year-old1
son, William David Biggers.
They ae avid fans at many of
* the hockey, football and basketball
games, where, she says, David
never stops wondering at the work
of Daily photographers.
She and David live in Ann Arbor,c
where Mrs. Biggers grew up and
went to school.
Actually, she first spent twoI
years and two summers at Steph-
ens College. Over a period of years,
she attended three schools, in-
cluding the University of South-c
Later, she attended the Univer-
sity for three years and two sum-x
mers, as many of the courses shet
had taken were not creditablec
here. She received her Bachelort
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or the equivalent for Sales, Gen. Office
Work, and Personnel Administration.
Positions in various locations.
General Fireproofing Co., Youngs-
town, Ohio-men in Bus. with emphasis
in Marketing or Economics preferred
for Sales. Positions in various locations.
Norton Co., Worcester, Mass.--is inter-
ested in non-technical men for Finance
Sales & Gen'l Admin., Including Pers.
Office Mgt., Adv. and Pub. Rel. Com-
pany manufactures abrasives and grind-
ing wheels and machines, refractories
and lab. ware, and boron carbide grain
and molded products.
Pure Oil Co., positions in various loca-
tions-men in LS&A and Bus Ad, for
Mktg., Sales, Distribution, Merchandiz-
ing, and Credit.
Standard-Vacuum Oil Co. - men in
LS&A, BusAd., Acctg., and Mktg. for
Acctg., Mktg., Sales, and Employee Re-
lations. Positions are training for over-
seas employment in the Far East.
Mon., Tues., March 6, 6:
Internat' Harvester Co., Chicago, Ill.
-men in LS&A, BusAd, and Engrg. for
General Sales and Motor Truck Sales.
Tues., March 6:
Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati,
Ohio-men for Sales and Management
Bank of America, positions throughout
Calif. and overseas-men for Manage-
ment Training leading to positions in
Lending, Branch Operations,Trust, In-
ternat'l Banking, Methods, Acctg., Pers.
Rel., and Appraisal.
General Electric, Cincinnati, Ohio--
women in Math., Physics, and Science.
Sophomores and Juniors are also wel-
comed to interview. Positions in ClIn-
cinnati Mass Sch., Pittsfield, Lynn, Ft.
Tues., Wed., March 6, 7:
Army Overseas Employment, Special
Services-overseas positions for men and
women as Sports Dir., Recreation Lead-
ers, Librarians and Arts and Crafts Dir.
J. L. Hudson Co., Detroit, Mich. -
men and women in LS&A and BusAd
for Executive Training Program, Mer-
chandizing, Pers., Advertising, Office
Wed., March 7:
mMutual of New York, New York, N.Y.-
men in LS&A and BusAd for Mgt.
Training Program and Actuarial posi-
Household Finance Corp., Detroit,
Mich.-men for Management Training
For appointments contact the Bureau
of Appointments, 3528 Admin. Bldg.,
"Close-Up", a television program
designed to acquaint Ann Arbor-
ites with the current happenings
will have as a guest at 7:30 p.m.
tomorrow Svea Blomquist, '57M,
from the cast of the opera "The
This is the second time a mem-
ber of the cast of "The Magic
Flute" has appeared on the "Close-
Up." Last Fri. Willis Patterson,
'57M, appeared on the program.
He plays the part of Sarastro, the
representative of the forces of
Gothic film society meeting will
be held tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the
Two films are scheduled to be
shown, "Captain of Kopenick"
(German 1931) and "Martin and
Gaston." Only members may be
admitted, 'however memberships
will be sold at the door.
Ann Arbor's toymaker, Albert
Warnhoff, will be 67 years old to-
The city's "Santa Claus," who
has been making toys for local
children for 53 years, said he has
produced a total of 26,866 toys.
Looking back on his life he re-
marked, "It's brought me more
pleasure than money can buy."
Warnhoff said, "I only need 134
more toys," before he can be able
to say he has produced 27,000
Toymaker To Mark Birthday;
Plans Projects for Hospitals
The toymaker is planning to
build a Noah's Ark display for the
University Hospital and a minia-
ture farm display for St. Joseph's
But he explains he needs elec-
tric turn-tables, such as the ones
used in store displays, before he
Warnhoff will be the honored
guest at a Kiwanis luncheon be-
ing held at noon tomorrow.
I. e 330 S. STATE STREET
WEAR 'ENGINE ARCH'
1108 SOUTH UNIVERSITY
WITH DRIVE-IN AND
BUYING A CAR?
Then you'll want to investigate on
Ann Arbor Bank automotive loan. At
Ann Arbor Bank you'll find interest
rates that are low .. . and service
... for an ash stand, 92 cents.
of Design degree from the Univer-
sity in 1953.
"That was terrible," she said,
looking back on her education. "I
left credits all over the country.
It took 16 years to get a bachelor's
Since she received her degree,
she has been working as the Uni-
versity's Interior Decorator. While
she puts in her day in the Admin-
istration Building, her son gets his
own lunch at home.
Although Mrs. Biggers' husband,
a naval officer, was killed in 1951,
her house is far from empty.
Besides David, she said, "I have
a cleaning woman and a Bedling-
ton Terrier." Victoria, the terrier,
can't shed. She has wool instead
of dog hair.
Mrs. Biggers is looking forward
to the work she will be doing on
the redecoration of the two old
Union lounges and the decoration
of the new one.
She echoed some of the philos-
ophy of the University's purchas-
ing department. "In general," she
said, "we try to provide quality
merchandise, because we are firm
believers in spending the initial
amount to avoid the maintenance."
At present, she said, there is a
sort of fad on having drapes in the
offices. Everyone is calling to have
draperies put in their rooms.
Operations in the decorating de-
partment are many, and require
the services of several persons, all
working together to come up with
the final products.
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