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Floats, Booths Near Completion

By Pat Norton and Rose Perlberg
With one day left before the big
Michigras weekend, work on both
floats and showbooths is nearing a
state of nervous completion. Floats
are taking shaky trial runs and
dress rehearsals are under way or
Showboat . ,.
Patients at the Veteran's Hos-
pital on North Campus will com-
pose the first night audience for
the Helen Newberry-Gomberg
House Miclhigras "Showboat" this
For the second Michigras in suc-
cession, the Showboat cast will en-
tertain those who will be unable
to attend the giant parade and
gala carnival.
A now-traditional chorus line
will again begin the variety pro-
gram presented to the veterans by
the two houses.
Many Aet Show
Included in the show are a mul-'
tiplicity of acts such as a cow girl
lamenting the fact that she "Can't
Get A Man With A Gun" and a
pantomime act of Jerry Lewis' "'I
Love Girls."
Others from the two houses will
provide singing entertainment for
the hospitalized men. A solo ren-
dition of the ballad, "Can't Help
Loving That Man of Mine," will be
A woman's trio will don apache
attire and sing "Savoy," while a
man dressed in bermudas and
eqipped with tennis paraphernalia
and a coed ready for a date sing an
original song written by Murry
Frymer, editorial editor of The
'Gay 20's' Charleston
Highlighting the entertainment
last Michigras was a Charleston
act, so members from the two units
will once again dress in "gay 20's"
costumes for the dance.
Also included in the evening's
entertainment for the patients is
a dance interpretation of "Five
Foot Two," and a dramatic offer-
ing, "The Lighthouse Keeper's
The deep South, where the
showboat was originally famous,
will be brought to the hospital
through the classic "Old Man
Te grand finale comprises the

Singing Star
Will Appear
At Carnival
Carole Bennett, Singer,
Arriving from N.Y.C.
Will Judge at Parade
Professional and amateur talent,
will be a part of the Michigras
parade tomorrow afternoon.
The amateur created the floats
which will be competing for
awards; the professional, singing
star Carole Bennett, will be one
of the float judges.
Miss Bennett is flying from New
York especially to take part in
the Carnival weekend.
Stars on Skinner Show
The 20-year old entertainer is
currently starring in the George
Skinner television program, also
has a contract with Capitol
Since her first professional ap-
pearance at the age of 13, auburn-
haired Miss Bennett has been
steadily climbing the ladder of
success in her chosen field.
She broke into show business
the hard way-through amateur
school productions.
Won Talent Prize
Her talent began to unfold, when
the slim New Yorker won first
prize on the Arthur Godfrey Tal-
ent Scouts television show.
Following ,that, Miss Bennett
won for seven consecutive weeks
on the show, "Chance of a Life-
The singer's desire to be in the
theatre soon urged her on the path
of all young hopefuls-to Broad-
way, where she frequented various
eating spots, known to be talent
scout "hangouts."
These little restaurants, insig-
rnificant as they may appear as

"Dancing Under the Stars" will
be the theme of the annual Inter-
national Ball, to be held from 9
p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 5,
in the Union Ballroom.
Sponsored by the International
Students Association, the semi-
formal dance will feature the mus-
ic of two bands and will initiate
the annual International Week
program. The special week will
continue through Sunday, May 13.
The theme of the week is "Tempos
of One World."
To create a celestial atmosphere,
decorations will include balloons
painted to look like planets hung
from the chandeliers, silverdust
stars, and simulated clouds on the
Abstract Decorations
Abstract patterns of human fig-
ures, each representing a different
country of the world, will adorn
the side walls in the ballroom.
For a more intimate atmosphere,
the smaller, adjoining room will be
transformed into a night club call-
ed the "Endroit Romantique."
Candlelighted tables will circle the

room. Soft drinks and candy may
be purchased from costumed cigar-
ette girls.
Highlighting the evening will be
a floor show featuring singing and
dancing.,International and Ameri-
can students will participate in an
American jazz routine, a hillbilly
number called "Lolly Tootum," and
an Arabian and calypso dance.
Vocal Music Offered
Vocal music will be provided by
Theresa Fessler during the floor
The second event of Interna-
tional Week will be a fashion show
to be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday,
May 9, in the Union Ballroom.
This show will feature current
American styles, from sports to
evening wear, and the national
dress, both formal and informal,
of foreign countries. The fashions
will be modeled by international
and American men and women.
Famous Guest Speaker
Next on the week's schedule will
be a lecture given by a distinguish-
ed speaker on Thursday, May 10,

in the Union Ballroom. Admission
is free, and the name of the speak-
er will be announced at a future
date. Tea will follow on the Ter-
race of the Union.
"A Portrayal of Marriages
Around the World" will feature
colorful enactions of ceremonies as
they are performed in various parts
of the world at 8 p.m., Friday, May
11, in the Kellogg Auditorium.
Each ceremony will include
music and dancing from the coun-
try concerned. Students from these
countries will explain their cus-
toms as the mock marriage cere-
monies are performed.
Sports Day Events
An International Sports Day,
featuring varied popular sports,
will be offered on Saturday, May
12, at the Intramural Building.
American and international stu-
dents will compete.
Closing International Week will

be a buffet, supper followed by
movies on Sunday, May 13, at
Lane Hall. Special foods from all
over the world will be served
following the showing \of a series
of films.
Alabi Masha from Nigeria and
Walter Vogel from Germany are
the chairmen of International
Week program.
International Week Display
During the entire week, the rec-
reation room of the International
Center Fll be transformed into a
display of unusual items repre-
sentative of many parts of the
The display will include art-
work, handicrafts, pictures, and
costumes from the countries con-
Tickets for any of the events
may be purchased in Room 15 of
the International Center. They
will also be sold until Friday, May
5, in the Administration Building.

Annual Dance To Begin International Week.

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-Daily-Donna Hanson
MICHIGRAS BOOTH-John Drake and Carolyn Bean rehearse
"Whisper Sweet Nothings in My Ear," an original duet by
Murry Frymer, their number in Gomberg-Newberry "Showboat,"
one of the twelve show booths that will highlight the Michigras

shows own combo and chorus line.
During the last Michigras, these
two houses won honorable mention
for the quality of their show and
first place for the record number
of tickets sold, 16,000. y
Central Committee Float
The busiest room in the Union
these days is the Michigras work-
room where the Central Com-
mittee float is among tlhe many'
still under construction.
Strewn over the huge room are
the various components of the
only non-competing float.
Paint-smeared Bib Littman and
Irene Heuser, floats co-chairmen,
stopped work long enough to ex-
plain what the finish~d product
would look like.
To Reresent Theme
"It's going to pictorially represent
the theme of the carnival, 'Tempos
Thru Time,'" Littman said.
He pulled out a scale drawing of
the float and explained that the
tempos's idea will be portrayed by
a ticking metronome. Three plat-
forms representing time-ancient,
medieval and modern will be in-
cluded on the float.
On each of the platforms, a tap-,
ping foot keeping time with the'
metronome will be placed. Float
committee member Sue York look-
ed up from a stuffed, wired con-
traption that had the rough out-
lines of a huge human foot.
Tapping Feet
"We're going to dress the feet
according to the time. they repre-
sent," she declared, "a bare foot
will be the ancient times, an iron
clad the medieval and the ever-
popular saddle, the modern."

Wires, stuffed with paper nap-
kins, lined the walls of the room
and committee members were stuf-1
fing the empty forms as fast as
they could pull the napkins out of1
their containers.t
One of them stepped back to
admirehis work. "This is for the
sides of the float," he grinned.
First FloatI
The float will be the firstof the
39 appearing in the parade Friday
Led off by a color guard, repre-
sentatives of the Ann Arbor Police
Force and the University March-
ing Band, the parade will start
at the Farmer's Market and the
Jones School yard.
Including numerous high school
bands, clown acts and antique
autos, it will wind along Fifth,
Huron, Main, Liberty and State
Streets. It will disperse at State
and Packard Streets.
Judges will select winning floats
and high school bands from a plat-
form located in front of the Union.
Trophies Judged
Parade trophies will be judged
on originality, quality and effec-
tiveness of presentation, while
booths will receive prizesaccording
to their originality and most tick-j
ets sold.
Profits netted from Michigras
will go to charity. Three organi-1
zations have been selected as re-
cipients: the Fresh Air Camp, the
Fund for Retarded Children andI
the World University Service.
Presented biennially, the carni-t
val is produced under the auspicesr
of the Union and the Women's
Athletic Association. ,

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For 'Shutter-bugs'
Amateur photographers will be
vying for a grand prize and others
worth $150 at the Union's annual
contest to be held Sunday, April
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Aspirants may turn in picture
entries to the Student Offices from
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Thursday, April 26.
"Anyone living on campus or in
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with many other prizes available
to runner ups.
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Events Around Campus

be a League Council meeting at
4:30 .m. today in the'League. The
room number will be posted.
. * * *
The International Center's weekly
social hour will be held at 4:30
to 6 p.m. today in the recreation
room of the Center for all inter-
ested persons. Refreshments will
be served.
* * *
RIDING CLUB--Members of the
WAA Riding Club- will ,meet at 7
p.m. today in front of the Women's
Athletic Building. Students who
wish to ride may call Peg Davis or
Erwin Perelstein.t

SOFTBALL-Games which will
be played in the WAA softball
tournament today at Palmer Field
will be: Sigma Kappa-Newberry on
Diamond 1, Sorosis-Delta Phi Ep-
silon on Diamond 2, Cook-Stock-
well on Diamond 3, Alpha Chi
Omega-Tyler on Diamond 4 and
Alpha Phi-Tyler II on Diamond 5.
* * *
,BEST GRADES - It was an-
nounced at Installation Night that
Alpha Delta Pi took first place
scholastically among sororities,
with a 2.83 average last semester.
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have often been called the melt-
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It was in just such a place that
Miss Bennett got her "break,"
when she met musical comedy star,
Ray Shaw.
Believing that she really had
talent, Shaw offered to act as her
manager. "He proceeded to throw
all of his show business 'know-how'
into helping my career," Miss
Bennett says.
Under his guidance, she ap-
peared on the Colgate Comedy
Hour,introducing a new song, and
gaining more and more fans among
the general public and fellow per-
Back in New York again, Miss
Bennett found that many tele-
vision producers wanted to buy
her contract.
With the advice of Shaw, she
signed to appear on the Skinner


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