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April 29, 1956 - Image 5

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Maize Team Named Winner of Fr osh Weekend

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For University Sorority Chapters

Amid the excitement and fervor
of Frosh Weekend, the Maize
Team was named the winner of
the 1956 competition for its pres-
entation of an original skit, "Maize
Madness. "
In the League ballroom, Yel-
lise's Hive-A-Ways, coeds and
their dates danced to the muoic of
Paul Brodie and his orchestra
while an atmosphere of buzzing
bees and colorful spring flowers
Students, dressed in anything
from sweaters and skirts to formal
dresses, laughed and applauded as
the Maize Team presented "Maize
Madness." The theme revolved
around "Yelloise," a little yellow
bug whose fatal bite gives every-
body in Maizeville a bad case of
"Maize Madness."
Backdrop of Flowers.
.Coeds performing in front of a
backdrop of spring flowers, dressed
in baseball uniforms, pink party
dresses and black leotards, danced
and sang their way to winning
In .the center of the dance floor,
spring flowers made of cardboard
and painted diflerent vivid colors,
stood around a beehive while yel-
' low balloons with Jovial faces
buzzed above the flowers.
Programs, in the shape of bee-
hives, with a little black bee pop-
ping out, were handed to each
coed b ya young lady dressed in a
maize colored gown, carrying yel-
low roses.
' Coeds Danced, Sang
The Blue Team presented their
skit Friday night. Coeds dressed
in blue outfits sang about the Em-
bassy which needed a leader. Af-
ter finding a coed to meet the.
qualifications, they are sadly dis-
appointed when she decides to

-Daily-Join Hirtzei
MAIZE MADNESS-Judges observe the situation, as members of
the Maize Team, winners of the 1956 Frosh Weekend competition,
perform a song and dance routine from their skit, "Maize

-Daily-John Hirtzel
CHAIRMEN POSE-Gerry Wise, Blue Team general chairman
and Donna Wickham, chairman of the Maize Team take time
out for relaxation from their duties by dancing with their escorts
at Frosh Weekend.

marry a Michigan State University
man, portrayed by a coed with her
front teeth blacked out.
An effective decoration consisted
of a mannequin, dressed in a
blue sweater and dark skirt, stand-
ing on a soap box, campaigning
The enormous crowds stood
aroun k admiring the scenery,
drinking cokes at small tables set
up i nthe hall and having their
pictures takent
'Bewildered Bugs'
The judges for the event were
Assistant Dean of Men John Bing-

ley, Sue Arnold, newly elected
president of the League and Hank
Berliner, president of SGC, sub-
stituting for Hazel Frank who was
unable to attend. They were
classified as "Bewildered Bugs," in
the Maize Team program.
Sue Arnold commented, "I
couldn't have been more pleased.
Both shows showed much effort
and work," while Dr. Bingley
added, "It's good fun."
General Chairman for the Maize
Team was Donna Wickham and
leading the Blue Team was Gerry

Star Mythology To Appear
In Michifish Spring Shows

Frosh Weekend Chairmen Reflect on Jobs


Taking a few minutes out of busy
schedules, Donna Wickham, gen-
eral chairman of Maize Team for
Frosh Weekend anil Gerry Wise,
general chairman of' Blue Team,
reflected on the many things they
have gained as a' result of their
Both enthusiastically agreed
that the new friends they have
made among coeds working on the
shows was most rewarding of all.
"One needs to be a part of some
activity during his college career
or he will come out just as he
came into the University," Miss
Wickham declared as she observed
one of the Maize show rehearsals.
Good Job for Freshman
Coeds Miss Wise knew, were re-
sponsible for arousing her interest
In the League, and Frosh Weekend
in particular. "It is the greatest
thing a. coed could do as a fresh-
man," she declared.
Continuing, the petite, dark hair-
ed coed added that Frosh weekend
was a "'wonderful way of meeting
outsiders.': She was referring to
women outside of her class and
"Now when I cross the diagonal

people recognize me and call me by
my first name. It makes me feel I
am a real part of the campus," the
energetic young woman smiled.
Made Lasting Friends
Wool stockinged-feet propped on
a table, Miss Wickham was a pic-
ture of complete relaxation as she
puffed on a cigarette and remarked
that she had met people during the
past few weeks who would continue
to be her friends for at least the
next three years.X
"I never anticipated meeting such
capable women, she said seriously.
"Everyone on the various com-
mittees acts as one."
With final rehearsals still before
her, Miss Wise. was at ease, prob-
ably for the last time until after
the dance and show, yet she had
a business-like manner about her;

revealing the diplomatic way she
has taken on her duties as general
Leadership Training
"At first I was afraid, she ad-
mitted, but soon I learned it really
wasn't such a big job. I've learned
a great deal about how to lead an
organization," she added.
Keeping the numerous commit-
tees integrated, she felt was her
hardest problem as general chair-
man for the Blue Team.
Letting Frosh Weekend slip from
her mind for a minute, dark haired
Miss Wickham commented that she
was considering a career in mathe-
matics or speech.
"Whatever I do," she empha-
sized, "I want to work with

Swimming talent will be dis-
played Thursday, Friday and Sat-
urday, May 10, 11 and 12 at the
Women's Pool as members of Mich-
ifish present their spring show,
Coeds and men are preparing
three performances based on the
mythology of the stars, to be held
at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday,
May 10 and 11 and at 3 p.m. Sat-
urday, May 12.
The oft-read about animate and
inanimate forms of Greek and
Roman constellations will come to
life in the myriad ripples and
shadows of the pool, as 24 women
glide through their formations.
Water Drama
With sparkle and spray, dra-
matic numbers will depict the
Chained Lady, the Sea Monster
and Aquile, the Eagle.
The show will continue as coeds
give their version of how The
Greater and Lesser Dogs and the
Greater and Lesser Cats would ap-
pear if transferred into a water
Arranging themselves to form a
linear design, the swimmers will
then portray Draco, the Dragon.
The Lyre will be seen unfolding,
with agile coeds taking the part
of all the strings.
Splash Comedy
A change of pace will character-
ize the next portion of "Star Dip,"
as male members of the show pre-
sent comic diving routines.

Members of the club are chosen
from Junior Michifish. The junior
group is organized, according to
club offiicals, "to give the inex-
perienced person a chance to learn
some fundamentals of synchron-
ized swimming and to give the
experienced person a chance to
better her skills."
Junior Michifish
Good form in the basic swimming
strokes is desirable as a require-
ment for entrance into the group,
but there is not limit to members
chosen. Aspirants are judged on
the form of strokes and not speed.
In addition to instruction and
practice in various strokes, Junior
Michifish members practice such
skills as the back. dolphin, front
surface dives and other stunts that
will be a part of their routines as
senior Michifish members.
In order to qualify for the senior
club, coeds must pass tests includ-
ing swimming the crawl, back, side
and breast strokes.
11 Haircutters to please

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third
in a series of articles dealing with
the history and traditions of sororities
on campus.)
Delta Gamma owes its existence
to the bad weather in Mississippi!
In 1874, three coeds at the Leavis
School in Oxford, Miss., finding
the prospect of spending their va-
cation away from their families
bleak, banded together to form a
society based on their ideals of
From this incident have grown
the 81 chapters of Delta Gamma.
An interesting sidelight in the
sorority's history finds the women
changing their colors from pink
and blue to bronze, pink and blue
to eliminate confusion with the
men of Beta Theta Pi.
Chapter Traditions
Coming to the University campus
in 1885, local chapter traditions in-
clude the annual ice cream social
with proceeds going to aid the
blind as part of the Delta Gamma
Sight Conservation philanthropy.
Juniors in the house also char-
acterize graduates at their tradi-
tional Senior Sunday breakfast.
Begun as the Adelphi colony in
1953 by four University coeds, the
local chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon
joined the national group in 1954.
New York Origin
With groups on 21 campuses, D.
Phi E. originated in 1917 at New
York University.
Among house traditions is the
giving of a blue garter to each
girl who announces her engage-
ment and the presentation, of a
plate to seniors at a brunch given
in their honor.
Other honors awarded in the
sorority are the president's key
given to the past president at the
spring pledge formal, the Delta
Eta Cup which goes to the out-
standing active and the scholar-
ship bracelet worn by the pledge
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Mother-Daughter Affair
Each Mother's Day brings a
mother-daughter luncheon. The
group also holds an annual pledge-
soror. slumber party and baseball
The organization came to the
University of Michigan in 1879 to
be the first sorority on campus.
On the worthwhile side of soror-
ity life, the group supports Ye
Jung Sook, a Korean war orphan
and makes favors for hospitals.
Christmas Spirit
At Christmas, the actives write
poems and exchange children's
gifts which are later rewrapped
and sent to hospitalized youngsters.
A special loan and fellowship
fund is set up annually with every
active contributing a penny for
each year of her life.
Purely on the fun side, the group
plays in the soccer game with
Collegiate Sorosis between halves
of the annual Mudbowl game and
presents yearly bus boy dinners
and Christmas teas.
From the South
Kappa Delta was founded at
Longwood College, Farmsville, Va.,
in 1897 and the Michigan chapter
was started in 1921..
Originally a Presbyterian fellow-
ship group for women, the local
chapter supports six beds at the
Crippled Children's Hospital in
Richmond, Va. as do all KD chap-
Using the money collected
through house fines, the coeds buy
magazines for the children at this

Unusual hotuse traditions in-
clude the lighting of short candles
by each girl at an annual Christ-
mas dinner. The first woman to
have her taper go out is the house
old maid for the year and the last
one out belongs to the coed who
will be next to be married.
Union To Feature
Progressive Jazz
Progressive jazz comes to Ann
Arbor at 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 11,
as the Union sponsors it semi-an-
nual jazz concert in the Ballroom,
The Don Wyant Octet, a Flint
aggregation, has been booked to
present this semester's program.
"For the first time in many pres-
entations, a professional group will
be featured," Art Gaudi, union
official in charge of the affair,
Wyant, an alumnus of the Uni-
versity's School of Music was a
member of the Symphony Band.
Besides the instrumentalists, his
band includes singer Nancy Clay-
ton. Miss Clayton formerly ap-
peared with Claude Thornehill's
The group, which has been play-
ing together for about five years,
has a contract with Dot Records
and is regularly featured on a local
Flint radio station.
Tickets for the concert may be
purchased in the Union student
offices or at the main desk at the
Union. They will be available up
to show time.

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Senior Honoraries
There will be a meeting of
Senior Society, Scroll and Mor-
tarboard at 3 p.m. today in'the
League. Senior society members
will also meet at 9 p.m. tomor-
row in the League.


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