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shows, Contest To Highlight
Jnion Open House Saturday

A dog show, a cake-baking con-
est and a fashion show will high-
ight the Union Open House from
p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The facilities of the entire tn-
on -will be available to guests, in-
luding the unfinished portions,
vhich will be open for inspection.
The swimmilng pool, billiards
coom and bowling alleys will be
pen for free use during the entire
penhouse. Free doughnuts and
:inger ale will be served.
Exhibits will be divided into
hree groups: organizational, cul-
ural and industrial.
The organizational exhibits will
nclude a "Meet Your SGC" re-
eption in the Terrace Room, open
iouses in IFC and IHC offices,
nd demonstrations by Michifish,
Sigma Rho Tau and the Michigan
Cultural demonstrations will
eature exhibits by language de-
artments. of the literary college,
paintings from the College of Ar-
hitecture and Design, business
nachines by the business adminis-
ration school, maps anti pamph-
ets by the School of Social Work
,nd pamphlets by the public health
Also to be shown are exhibits
rom the wood technology depart-
nent of the natural resources
chool, and other exhibits from
he College of Engineering and
he School of Education.
Industries presenting exhibits
vill be Parke-Davis and Co., Ar-
ms Camera, Eli Lilly and Co., Up-
ohn, Vernors Ginger Ale, Bob
Marshall's Book Shop, the Music
.enter, King-Seeley, Michigan
3ell, Proctor and Gamble, Stude
aker-Packard, Burroughs, Buick,
standard Oil and Chrysler.
Hawk to Panther
Harlan Givelber, chairman of
he Union's Student Services com-
nittee, which is co-sponsoring the
Dpen House, expected A great deal
f interest in the Studebaker-
Packard exhibit of a "Hawk" and
a "Panther" sports car, along with
% chasis demonstrating new eng-
neering princibles and a cutaway
George Henrich's Dance com-
nittee is also sponsoring the event.
Thirteen fraternities have en-
ered their mascots in the dog
how. The competing dogs belong
o Phi Sigma Delta, Delta Upsilon,
Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Tau Del-
a, Acacia, Delta Sigma Phl, Phi

Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Sigma,
Trigon, Zeta Psi, Theta Xi, Phi
Kappa Tau and Sigma Phi Ep-
Companies presenting exhibits
Jacobson's women's furnishings
store and Wagner's men's store
are sponsoring a fashion show.
Brodie to Murray
The cake baking contest is open
to any student. The Union is giv-
ing special notice to all women's
houses on campus because of their
facilities, Gilvelber said, but any

male culinary artists are invited
to compete.
Paul Brodie's band will play for
dancers in the north lounge. Ar-
thur Murray instructors will be on
hand to give lessons.
The purpose of the traditional
open house is to display the Union
through displays, Givelber said. In
addition ,the industrial displays
aid students by acquainting them
with job prospects and aid indus-
try by providing it with publicity,
he added.

Barbershop Manager Shares
Problems with 'U' Students

For 34 years Michigan men have
been finding that a serious, blue-
eyed gentleman from the Union
turns out to be one of their favor-
ite Ann Arbor associates.
Joseph R. Wills has supplied
conversation and hair cuts since
1922. He modestly holds court
in the first chair, Union barber-
shop, from which vantage point
he has probably learned more of
University life than a great many
"People tell their barber things
they might not-tell a lot of people,"
the veteran barber says. "The
younger ones, especially. They're
lonesome when they first come--
and they want someone to talk to."
But even the Freshmen soon
find themselves adjusted, Wills
observed. The students don't want
to stand out in the crowd, and
they quickly learn how to fit.
Conformity is something of a way
of life at Michigan, atleast this
holds true in the barber's chair.
"Now the style is almost all short
haircuts," says Wills, "and that's
all they ask for."
Wills' long acquaintance with
Ann Arbor students began with
his oldest daughter, who enteredl
the University in 1925. In the fall
of 1919 the Union barbershop had
opened under the management
of Joseph Hooper, from Wills'
hometown in the Upper Peninsula.
Hooper had a chair open and
Ann Arbor seemed a particularly
pleasant place with his two daugh-
ters of college age. The result has
turned out to be a long-term rela-
tionship, with Wills among the
Union's longest continuous em-
And the relationship has lost
none of its appeal. "Anyone that's

The program for Saturday's
Union Open House is as follows:
1 p.m.-Michifish Precision
Swimming Demonstra-
2 p.m.-Women's Fashion Show
Men's Fashion Show
3 p.m.-Fraternity Dog Show
The Open House will last from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during which
time the billiards, bowling and
swimming facilities of the
Union will be open for free use.
Com tteemen
Names Listed
The following are the members
of the committees of the Michigan
Administration: Neil Barnett,
Chairman; Richard Adams, Roger
Harris, Charles Kriser, William
Lawrence, Richard Mayer, Rich-
ard Mayer, Richard Schwartz.
Campus Affairs: Herb Karzen,
chairman; Barry Shapiro, Martin
Albion, Thomas Andere, Richard
Beldin, Robert Brown, Robert
Budae, Arthur Gaudi, Robert
Greenberger, Duane LaMoreaux,
Russell Rayman, Bill Ross, Charles
Schwartz, Joe Sherman, Barney
Silverman, Seymour Weberman,
Fred Witten.
Dance: George Henrich, chair-
man; Don Brown, Neil Gray,
Bryan Higgins, James Shepard,
Philip Stone, Tbny Trittipo, Alan
Personnel: Kirke Lewis, chair-
man; Les Benet, Don Davis, Jerry
Greenbaum, Jack Hogan, John
Leslie, Thomas Lewy, Donald
Public Relations: Fred Trost,
chairman, Steven Davis, Bruce
Johnson, John Madigan, Charles
Marks, William Miller, Louis
Rosenbaum, Harold 51 a w s b y,
James Weitzman, Karl Zollner,
Hal Silberman.
Publicity: Russ McKennan,
chairman; Rooert Arnove, Robert
Ashton, Paul Brahaneo, Gordon
Engler, Tim Felisky, Dick Lyons,
Bruce Siegan, Joel Siegal, William
Social: Fred Williams, chair-
man; Richard Blond, David Brak-
er, Smith Cliffton; David Cross,
Gilbert Font, Jr., James Gold,
Glenn Greenwood, James Maltby,
Mark Sabin, Jay Victor.
Student Services: Harlan Givel-
ber, chairman; Barry Cutler,
David Epstein, Gary Kane, Law-
rence Parish, Ronald Rosenthal,
Gene Schiff, Sandy Wolf.
Union Relations: Roy Lave,
chairman; Richard Atlas, John
Cowlin, Roger Dalton, Lew Eng-
man, Robert Honigman.

A 51-year-old tradition may end'
this March when a referendum is
held on the proposal for a third
senior officer of the Union.
During all - campus elections
March 27 and 28 the members of
the Union, all male full-time stu-
dents, will decide on the changes
made in the organization's consti-
tution at the January meeting of
the Board of Directors.
The new officers will be an Exe-
cutive Vice-President and an Ad-
ministrative Vice-President, gen-
erally taking over the duties of the
present Executive Secretary. The
exact assignment of duties will be
left flexible, to be worked out each
year by the officers themselves.
More Within
The President will continue to
concern himself mainly with the
external affairs of the Union, in-
cluding representing it on Student
Government Council, while the
Executive Secretary's duties, more
within the student offices them-
selves, will be handled by the new
Another constitutional change
being made is necessitated by the
two new names of the senior of-
ficers. The students elected to
the Board of Directors are now
called Vice-Presidents.
To avoid confusion the proposal
calls for renaming them student
We've felt a definite need for
this change for a long time," Todd
Lief, Union President, commented.
"The present arrangement limits
us somewhat. The new system
will giv~e us more manpower to
expand our activities."
More Changes
He pointed out that the present,
two-officer arrangement has been
in effect for all of the Union's 51
years, despite greatly expanded
operations. The only change made
during that time was to call the
Recording Secretary the Executive
If passed at the March refer-
endum, the changes will go into
effect as soon as the Regents make
necessary adjustments in relevant
articles of their by-laws.
Lief expressed the belief that
details could be taken care of in
Longest Tenure
The employee with the longest
record of service in the Union is
Bertha Welker.
Miss Welker, now business sec-
retary of the Union, has been with
the organization 38 years.

time for senior appointments this
Spring, so that three senior offi-
cers will guide the activities of the
Union during 1956-57, instead of
the two who have done it for so
union W Ing
Nearly Done
Saturday's Union Open House
will be the public's first chance to
view the nearly-completed Union
addition and renovation.
The project, resulting from sev-
en years of planning and construc-
tion, will cost approximately
Around half of the expenditure
will go for "deferred maintenance"
-new mechanical equipment, fur-
niture and fixtures, kitchen equip-
ment and a complete renovation
of the 37-year-old electrical,
plumbing and heating systems.
The rest will go for the new
wing itself-a 60-foot, four-story
structure on the north side of the
old Union building.
Already Operating
A few of the changes students
will appreciate most are the new
cafeterias,including the South
cafeteria already in operation, a
large basement hobby shop and
activities room, darkrooms for pho-
tographers, a completely remod-
elled barber shop, and an enlarged
and renovated multipurpose And-
erson Room.
Upstairs students will be able to
use five new soundproof listening
rooms, new meeting rooms, a card-
playing and television room, and a
large second-floor area the use of
which has not yet been determin-
Daily Contact
Union employees will find their
jobs easier and more pleasant as
a result of the remodelling. New
locker and shower rooms in the
basement, better lighting in work
areas, a centralized basement
maintenance shop, and expanded
and completely remodelled kitchen
facilities will be a few of the
changes with which many of them
will have daily contact.
Transportation within the Un-
ion will differ too as remodelling,
is completed. A long, wide cor-
ridor will connect the old building
with the addition, and elevators
have been moved about ten feet
to make way for it.
New main elevators will face
east instead of south.



-Larry Rattner
first President, "Bob" Parker, as he breaks ground for the new
addition i nthe fall of 1954.
Union Provides Services
.Through Half a Century

Creation of New Union
Office on March Ballot




-rDaUy-Hal Leeds
"Things they might not tell
a lot of people."
worked with kids gets to like them
a lot," says Wills. "You never get
a day younger, and you find that
getting interested in their inter-
ests keeps you feeling young."
Wills is now 68, nearing the
University retirement age of 70.
"I'm no kid, you know," he says a
little proudly. He puts in a full
day's work, taking his job as man-
ager of the Union shop very seri-
But the students are still his
chief interest-he likes to cut their
hair because he likes them as
people. The Freshmen who come
in with their problems,. the sports
fans who follow the teams, the
grads that come back year after
year make his job enjoyable.

From an idea in the minds of af
few members of the "naughty '04"
class to a present historical value
of more than $5,000,000.
This is a concise description of
the progress of the Michigan Union,
since its turn-of-the-century in-j
ception to the chapter currently
being added to the "story without
Chances are that Union founder
Bob Parker, '06 L, little dreamed
of the myriad of services which
the Union today performs, services
which are to be greatly improved
and expanded with the opening of'
the new $2,900,000 addition.3
The present Union is a far cry
from the facilities available with
the 1907, purchase of the State
Street home of Judge Thomas M.'
Cooley, one of the country's great
post-Civil War constitutional law-
Earlier Beginnings
But the Union had an earlier'
beginning than the tangible sig-
nificance of the Cooley house pur-
Disturbed by the intolerance'
which fraternity and independent
men exhibited toward each other
and the lack of a common bond of
friendship, Parker and his room-
mate, "Dibbie" Blain, '06 L, per-
suaded fellow Michigamua mem-

bers to call an executive committee
meeting of various student activity
representatives to discuss the pos-
sibilities of a unifying and coordi-
nating body on campus.
Impettis was given the propo-
sal by University President James
B. Angell and Law School Prof.
Henry M. Bates.
Articles for the Union were
drawn up in June, 1904. 12 direc-
tors were chosen to govern the or-
In this early period of college
activity development, student
unions were a rarity. The Michi-
gan Union had only two predeces-
sors-one founded at Harvard, the
other established by the Houston
Club at the University of Pennsyl-
Larger Body
The small female population al-
ready had a social center of sorts
in Barbour Gym. The larger body
of men needed a large, all-inclu-
sive building of their own.
As envisioned by those originally
interested in a union, and as dis-
cussed in the Michigan Alumnus
and The Daily, the Union Club
House should consist of an assem-
bly and ballroom, comnittee
rooms, lounges and reading rooms,
a billiard and games room, eating
tee ORIGIN, Page 7








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It's Open House Time Again!

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It's the time to examine the hundreds of facilities
which the Union provides for you throughout the year,
because everything will be FREE OF CHARGE.
It's the time to see the finest exhibits on display in
America - the best that are offered by the leading com-
panies throughout our country.
And it is the time to enjoy the finest entertainment
seen at any time in Ann Arbor.
But this semester, perhaps the greatest attraction of
the Open House will be the Union itself. This will be the
first time that many parts of our three million dollar
addition will be open to the public.
The Union Executive Council sincerely believes that
there will be something of interest for every student on
the Michigan Campus.



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