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JARY 19 1958




New Snack Bar
Names Solicited

Origin Resulted From 'Intolerance'

Homer Heath Comments'
On 'Good Ole Days'

The contest to "Name the New
Snack Bar" will open Saturday,
Union officials announced today.
The prize to the winner will be
$100 in scholarship funds.
SBX Sales
The turnover of books at the
Student Book Exchange is better
than ever, according to Nort Steu-
ben, '58, assistant manager.
Steuben attributed SBX's suc-
cess to the campus-wide advertis-
ing campaign carried out by the
students and the SBX committee.
Citing the group's determination
to make this year's SBX a good
one, Steuben remarked how he
and manager Bill Diamond, '56 E,
posted signs at 2 a.m. before regis-
A large part of SBX's success
r ws attributed by Steuben to Dia-
mond's planning and organization.
The latter, said Steuben, was re-
sponsible for setting up the floor
plan in the Union where there is
only one door for students to come
in and out of.
"There were two doors in the old
Angell Hall setup," he commented,
"which contributed to many thefts.
Under our new arrangement not
one book has been stolen."
The only disadvantage of the
new system, said Steuben, is that
students inconveniently have tp
walk through a Union kitchen to
get to the book exchange. How-
ever, the large turnover and as-
sortment of books indicate that
students were not bothered by this
arrangement, he declared.
Another new innovation con-
tributing to SBX's success, Steu-
ben pointed out, is Diamond's idea
of breaking the system into com-
mittees, thereby making division
easier. It has relieved the man-
ager and assistant manager of
work, and thus enabled work to be
performed more efficiently.
"The SBX booth at registration
did not work out too well because
many of the students did not know
about. it," Steuben said, but add-
ed, "the system will be continued
next year."i
Payments for books that were
sold and the return of unsold books
will be made from 9-5 p.m. tomor-
row and Tuesday on the third floor
of the Union.

The Snack Bar, one of three new
cafeterias in the renovated Union,
is located on the north side of the
basement and is tentatively sched-
uled to open in mid-March.
Entries should consist of the
suggested name and a short essay
of 25 words or less explaining why
the name is appropriate. Official
entry blanks ,which must be used,
will be available at Saturday's
open House and the Union Stu-
dent Offices thereafter.
Suggestions must be submitted
not later than March 30, the Fri-
day before spring vacation. An-j
nouncement of the winner will
come after the spring holidays.
Students will have a chance to
use the Snack Bar for a couple of
weeks before the closing date of
the contest and may be able to
get ideas from seeing the shop in
operation. No particular style or
type of name is required-the field
is open to the imagination.
All full-time students are eligi-
ble to enter, with the exception of
those connected in an official
capacity with the Union. In the
event a senior is the winner, a cash
substitute for the scholarship will
be made.

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facilities and, if possible, a swim-
ming pool.
It would cost from $300,000 to
Funds obtained mostly from such
events as a student carnival, which
was to evolve into the biennial
Michigras, Union Minstrels, an-
nual dinners and profits from the
Student Lecture Association en-
abled purchase of the Cooley home.
The Union Opera became a part
of campus life one year later as
"Michigenda" initiated a 20-year
chain of Operas which was to net
the Union project $125,000. Stu-
dent dues of $2.50 also added to
the funds.
Also in 1908 the man who was
to become the guiding force in
development. of the Union took
over as its general manager. Homer
Heath, '07, was the man behind
the 1908-1826 fund-raising cam-
paign which eventually provided
the present Union structure.
Bigger Home
The first definite move in the
campaign took place at a meeting
of alumni in 1910 when it was
decided that first a receptive atti-
tude would have to be developed
on the part of alumni to a Union

opment of this receptive attitude
was the expansion of the Cooley,
place in 1912 on the 75th anniver-
sary of the University.
In order to relieve some of the
intolerance which founder Parker
saw between independents and
Greeks, fraternity and independent
men alternated in the presidency
from year to year.
Union buttons had been insti-
tuted and $23,000 in subscriptions
had been raised from the impetus
given a new Union building by
plans drafted in 1913 by University
alumni Allen and Irving Pond with
advice from Prof. Bates and Heath.
1 In October, 1915, with a $1,000,-
000 objective, $250,000 to be used
for endowments, 10 seniors were
picked to conltact alumni through-
out the country. A central cam-
paign committee and alumni sub-
committees were set up.
This channeled campaign netted
the Union $765,000 in pledges and
by March, 1917, $400,000 in cash
had been collected - enough -to
justify financially immediate con-
struction of the present Union.
Actually, the ambitious efforts
of a building committee, set up in
1911, resulted in groundbreaking
for the new building by President
Hutchins in the spring of 1916.
Construction proceeded on the
shell of the building only, with the

Contributing toward the devel- 'interior and -furnishings to be

completed according to the pro-
gress of the subscriptions cam-
Better Uses
With the advent of World War
I, construction was curtailed.
however, the building was soon
put to use by the Student Army
Training Corps.
The war ended and sufficient
bank loans were obtained to open
the building in the fall of 1919.
Onedyear later, 70 per cent of
all students were Union life mem-
bers. d-Fees for membership were
five dollars. They have periodi-
cally increased, by authorization
of the Regents, until they now
total $12.
In the first year of operation,
7,500 persons per day passed
through the Union's doors. Meet-
ings held totaled 2,500 and total
business amounted to $500,000.
Still uncompleted at the open-
ing were the second floor..reading
room and the swimming pool. A
contribution by Mrs. Edward W.
Pendleton of Detroit enabled com-
pletion in 1925 of the present Pen-
dleton Library.
Various student and alumni
campaigns saw completion of the
pool in 1924.
Probably most notable of the
early Union committees was the
Infirmary Committee which was
responsible for establishing Health
Greater Merit
Because of dissatisfaction with
having senior officers elected di-
rectly from the campus, three years
of campus debate ended in a 1928
resolution which made the posi-
tions of Union president and sec-
retary appointive on the basis of
merit rather than elected politi-
Upon retirement of the Union's
debt in 1935, more improvements
were commenced. The number of
guest rooms and dining room space
was increased, and space was al-
located for the University Club
and the International Students
Most recent alteration of the
structure was in 1953 when the old
second floor swimming pool bal-
cony was torn down with business
and student offices taking its
Dedication of the current addi-
tion construction program took
place Oct. 30, 1954. With comple-
tion of the new $2,900,000 addition,
the Union will be launching an-
other phase of service to the cam-
Union offic-s see this new
phase not at, a climax to the ideas
of Bob Parker, but merely as an-
other level in the "story without

Homer Heath, '07, the first Gen-
eral Manager of the Union and
now vice president of the Ann
Arbor Trust Bank, recently remi-
nisced about what the Union was
like back in the good ole days.
Referring to 1907-26, his stint as
Union manager, Heath proudly:
said, "Back then the Union was
strictly a men's club. Women
came in the side door and then
just for dinner dates and dances.
"Nowadays you see girls loung-
ing around with men in the front
lobby. I think women should con-
sider it a privilege to enter the
After confessing that these were
the nostalgic reminisces of an "old
man," Heath explained why the
Union was less a "Men's" Union
than of old. "Boys and girls seem
to want to be together much more
today than they used to.
"Times have changed."
The Hub
Heath said that the Union used
to be "the hub of all campus ac-
tivities," but as the percentage of
women on campus increased there
was a tendency away from Union
"Having a Student Legislature
shows the influence of the women
on the campus. When women were
a scarcity on campus, the Union
led the men and thus the campus."
Parenthetically Heath added, "I
hope they never have women
cheerleaders. Football is 'a man's
Recalling the early days of the
Union, Heath remarked, "Our
Union opened Nevember 17, 1907.
We had the old Cooley house then,
about where the swimming pool is
"In 1913 I went out East to get
an idea of what other campuses
had, with the idea of building a
new Union on our campus. Colum-
bia, Yale, and Princeton had noth-
ing-Harvard and Dartmouth had
very little to offer.
The Forerunner
"Therefore, we had very little
to go by when we built the present
Union around 1917." With obvious
pride, Heath added, "Ours is the
forerunner of all other Unions in
the country-no other college had
anything comparable in 1917."
Heath revealed that the building
was largely paid for by the stu-
dents, who held fairs and other
enterprising activities. Alumni
subscriptions paid the balance.
Heath fingered some ledger
sheets piled on his desk, shook his
head and chuckled, "Back then it
cost us $1,200,000 to build the
whole Union. Now it costs over
three million to put on an addi-

-Daily-Hai Leeds
.. . First General Manager
"In those years nearly every
lnan paid $50 for a life member-
ship. Can you imagine that now?
I hear today few men wear their
Union buttons--they used to line
up for them.
He is now Vice-President of
the Ann Arbor Trust Company.
"The time during the First
World War when we fed nearly
4,000 service men for almost half
a year," was one of Heath's best
remembered experiences.
When asked to comment on the
contemporary University, Heath
said regretfully, "The University
is getting too big. Anyone will tell
you that, but it has got to be-it
has got to be."
During its 51-year history the
Union has had only four general
The first was Homer Heath who
served the newly-formed organi-
zation from 1908 to'1926.
L. Paul Buckley served from
1926 to 1933, when he was suc-
ceeded by Stanley G. Waltz. The
latter was rctirg manager until
1934 when he was appointed gen-
eral manager.
In 1941 Waltz was succeeded by
acting manager Frank C. Kuenzel.
In 1945 Kuenzel was named gen-
eral manager, the post he holds
He is spending his twenty-ninth
year as a Union employee.

Union Rolls
List Many
Noted Men
Included in the rolls, of Union
life members are many famous
Former New York Gov. Thomas
E. Dewey, Michigan Gov. G. Men-
nen Williams, Playwrite Arthur
Miller, President Dwight D. Eisen-
hower's brother Edgar, and Sec.
of the Army Wilber M. Brucker all
are life members, Elsa Staeb, who
is in charge of the memberships,
points out.
With the Union since 1920,
Miss Staeb has seen life member-
ships increase from 7,000 to 37,000
and has seen many of the men
taking them out become promin-
ent later.
Until 1928, Miss Staeb notes,
someone wanting to become a 'life
member either had to pay $50
while he was still a student or
$100 if he had already graduated.
Given Automatically
Now a membership is automati-
cally given to a student who has
completed eight semesters at the
University. Anyone spending less
time here can get one by paying
$6 for every semester he is short
of the eight.
To determine who have become
life members by spending four
years here, Miss Staeb every se-
mester looks through cards for the
Union signed on the registration
"railroad tickets," checking them
against records of previous regis-
While there is no personal noti.'
fication for those getting member-
ships in this way, the names of
those receiving them are printed
in The Daily and posted on the
Union bulletin board.
A new life member is given as
a tangible token of his member-
ship a pin which is exactly like
the ordinary Union pin except
that the colors are reversed.
In addition he receives an iden-
tification plate to fit on his key
Located Easily
"This is a particularly valuable
gift," Miss Staeb says. "Almost
every week we receive keys in the
mail that a member has lost and
through our records are able to
locate him."
One of the big advantages in
holding a life membership, she
points out, is that a member can
stay at the Union whenever he
comes back to Ann Arbor, while
a person who is either not a life
member or hasn't had a reserva-
tion made for him by one usually
has little luck in obtaining a room.

--Daily-Sam Ching
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND SENIOR OFFICERS of the Union. Left to right: Herbert Karzen,
Campus Affairs; Fred Trost, Public Relations; Todd Lief, President; Roy Lave, Union Relations; Kirke
Lewis, Personnel; Bob Blossey, Executive Secretary; Fred Williams, 'Social; Neil Barnett, Adminis-
tration; Harlan Givelber, Student Services; Russ McKennan, Publicity; George Henrich, Dance.

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At their January meeting the Union Board of Directors
unanimously approved a constitutional amendment, the
effect of which would add a third senior officer to the Union.
A referendum vote on the proposed amendment will be
taken during the All-Campus Spring Election on March 27
and 28.
The present two-officer setup has been in existence for more
than 50 years despite the growth of the campus and the in-
creased number of activities now conducted by the Union,
as well as the increasing number of men participating in the
Union activities program. The need for the third senior offi-
cer accompanies the expanding Universty and, of course,
an expanding Union.
Under the proposed amendment the present two seniorposi-
tions of president and executive secretary would be replaced
by three senior offices, to be -known as president, executive
vice-president, and administrative vice-president.
Any questions concerning the amendment or request for a
copy of complete constitutional change should be addressed


Union Membership

All full-time male students are entitled to
membership privileges at the Michigan Union..

Membership is indicated as follows:
Men holding blue I-D cards issued in
year-Separate Membership Card.



All other men -a "U"

punch for the current

semester in your -D card.
If you have NOT yet obtained your membership, please

bring your 1. I-D CARD and



the Union Student Offices between


P.M. Monday

through Friday.
NOTE: We request that all men obtain their membership not later than March 9th.. After this date mem-
berships will be issued only once each week.
For those who have class conflict with these hours, the offices will be open 1-5 P.M. on Friday,'Feb. 24th,
fto ervo \/u

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