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League Offers


Facilities for


Dean of Women Advises UseV

Coed Activities
Membership Includes
All Women Students
Building Provides Cafeteria, Theater, Library,
Organizational Headquarters, Listening Rooms

Of 'Golden Mean

' To Freshmen


Miss Deborah Bacon, Dean of
Women, presents the following
message to incoming freshmen:
"In May and.June, the Amer-
ican skies echo with good advice
to graduating seniors. In July
and September, they ring again
with equally good advice to in-
coming freshmen. We will be
happy to start a new year and
a four-year cycle, with the
freshman girls of the class of
I have only three pieces of
advice to you before you start
this major project of so much
meaning and potential.
(1) The number of freshman
girls at the University of Michi-
gan who turn in good semester
grades on January 30 by be-
ginning to study on January 15
is distinctly limited. If, by each
Sunday night, you have com-
pleted that week's assignments,
you will experience little aca-
demic difficulty In your years as
a M i c I i g a n undergraduate.
However, nobody but yourself is
going to turn this idea into a
steady program of successful re-
(2) Concerning extra-curric-
ular activities: Cultivate the
Golden Mean. You miss much,
of the meaning of college life,
you deprive yourself of real fun
and friendships if you fail to
become an active participant in
one or two activities in your
house this fall. But pick these
two or three projects with dis-
crimination. Don't rush around
in everything. Overparticipation
means shallow participation: a
squeaky wheel on campus is not
necessarily a Big Wheel on
(3) If you have a genuine
problem facing you-academic
or financial or emotional or
health-it stands to reason that
there must be somebody at the
University of Michigan who is
more of an expert' on the sub-
ject than your freshman room-
mates. There are many areas of
college life in which your fresh-
man friends can helpmore than
anyone else in the world.
But they are not the best au-
thority on course substitutions,
dental repair, budgeting for a
University life, etc. Consult the
experts who are all here to help
you solve situations as they
arise. If you do not know who
or where, the expert special
counselor on your floor or your
House Director does know the
varied resources of this great
Again, let me assure you of
our pleasure in having you start
this magnificent four years of
your life with us, this fall, at
--Deborah Bacon
Dean of Women

Dean of Women
Upon her apointment as Dean
of Women at the University' in
the fall of 1950, Deborah Bacon
began a different aspect in her
lifelong career of working with
"I have always worked with
people in groups," Dean Bacon
remarked, listing her many years
of prdessional experience in nurs-
ing and public health. "The only
giing that has changed is the
A native of New Haven, Conn.,
her field of academic specializa-
tion is English literature.
Assistant Professor
She holds an as.istant profes-
sorship of English at the Univer-
sity, but her official duties do not
leave any time to make use of it.
"Teaching is like an ice-berg,"
Miss Bacon declared, "only one-
eighth of it appears above water,
the class work, and the other
seven - eights which takes the
most time is never seen."
She added that one of the ad-
vantages of a smaller school is
that the dean also has time to
Entered Nursing
Dean Bacon attended St. Tim-

othy's School in Baltimore, Md.,
and entered nurses training at
Bellevue Hospital, N.Y. in 1930.
Nineteen thirty-six and seven
saw her at Fort Yukon, Alaska,
with an Episcopal missionary
Returning to the United States
the following year, she enrolled
as a student at New York Univer-
sity and in 1941 received the de-
gree of bachelor of science in edu-
Miss Bacon spent the next two
years in Oneida, Ky., as superin-
tendent of nurses in a hospital
project directed by the U.S. Public
Health Service.
Army Nurse
She served in the Army Nurse
Corps with an evacuation hospi-
tal attached to General Patton's
Third Army from 1942-46.
After the close of the-European
War, the Dean of Women attend-
ed classes at the Sorbonne before
returning to 'the United States.
She then entered Columbia Uni-
versity Graduate School, where
she pursued her studies in Eng-
lish Literature and received a
master of arts degree with first
class honors in 1948.'
Dean Bacon spent six months
in England in study of her thesis
problem, a study of the psycho-
analyticalaapproach to nonsense
literature such as that of Lewis
Carroll, on a fellowship from the
American Council of Learned So-
cieties during the two years she
was working towards a doctoral
Degree from Columbia
She received the degree from
Columbia University in 1950
During her spare time Dean Ba-
con likes to collect historical nov-
els. A bookshelf lining one wall
of her office holds English histor-
ical novels from before Caesar
to 1950.
An "avid sports watcher" the
energetic Dean "never misses one
of the University's home football
games." Hockey is another of her
Dean Bacon also likes travel-
ling but has had time for little
since assuming her duties here.
Classical music and classical jazz
also serve as relaxation after a;
hard day's work.

-Daily-Sam Ching
MICHIGAN LEAGUE-Center of coed extra-curricular activities, the League provides facilities for
every kind of campus event, production or recreation. From the library for women on the third floor
to the Round-up Room in the basement, students will find this building a gathering spot. The many
associated League organizations have their offices here, and the Ballroom is the scene of coed-
sponsored dances. Rooms may be rented, and there is a cafeteria and meeting rooms for visitors
to the campus.

Governmental Structure Consists
Of Various Separate Branches',


Every, woman student who en-
rolls at the University is auto
matically a meiber of the Michi-
gan League.
As a member of the Women's
League she may participate in the
many activities carried on by the
League, and she is free to use the
various facilities which it offers
On the first floor are located
the Undergraduate Offices which
are the coordinating center for all
women's activities on campus. The.
alumnae offices are also found on
the first floor.
Eating Facilities
There is a cafeteria for'between-
class-snacks and meals which is
located on the main floor. The
Round-Up Room, situated in the
basement of the League, offers
students a pleasant surrounding
to listen to records, play cards or
just to talk over a cup of coffee.
Next door to the Round-Up
Room is the Rumpus Room which
has ping-pong tables, juke box
and television set.
The League Ballroom is located
on the second floor. This is used
for many of the campus dances
including Military Ball, Interfra-
ternity Council Ball and I-Hop. It
is also used by the dance classes.
Second Floor Room's
There are rooms for publicity
and decoration committee meet-
ings and also for various other
meetings found on the second
Class productions, such as Jun-
ior Girls Play and plays put on
by the Speech Department are
held at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, situated at the north end
of the building. Famous actors and
actresses also appear in this the-
atre in the plays offered during
the Drama Season.
The League offers coeds and
their dates facilities for studying.
The Henderson Room on the sec-
ond floor and third floor Con-
course are used for this purpose.
League Library
The League Library, which is
open to women only, is located on
the third floor. Here a coed may
study in a pleasant, comfortable
atmosphere. She may recline on
the davenports or take off her
shoes and put her feet on the fur-
Fiction and non-fiction books as
well as a complete drama collec-
tion are housed there.
Across from the library are the
Barbara Little Listening Rooms
which offer coeds and their dates

Women's League Council, under
the auspices of the Board of Gov-
ernors, is the administrative
branch of the League, planning
and coordinating the work of wo-
men's activities.
Council members include the
Executive Board, Women's Judici-
ary Committee, the Interviewing
and Nominating Committee, the
Projects Committee and various
associated organizations.
The Executive Board serves as a
steering committee for League
Council and Women's Senate. This
Board consists of the president of
the League, the chairmen of the
Interviewing and Nominating com-
mittee and Judiciary Committee,

Hatchers To Entertain Students at Home


(V - -


Major Posts
To Be Gained
By Petitioning,
How to find her way into some
of the many activities on campus
is often a question of primary im-
portance to the University coed.
Most of the major women's posi-
tions, such as chairmen of dances,
League, WAA, Panhellenic and As-
sembly posts are filled by a system
known as petitioning, interview-
ing and nominating.
The first step in applying for a
post in a campus activity is filling
out a petition.
A panel of students then inter-
views the coeds, giving her an op-
portunity to elaborate on the ideas
expressed in her petition.
The Interviewing and Nominat-
ing Committee of the League has
a big hand in campus positions.
Evaluation of the applicant on
the basis of her ideas for the par-
ticular project at hand and on her
past record and experience, is the
Committee's function.
Informally conducted, each in-
terview stresses interest, enthusi-
asm, and plans of the coeds as the
most important qualifications nec-
essary for obtaining the post.
Committee office hours are held
in their office in the League Un-

All students at the University
will have the opportunity to meet
and talk informally with Presi-
dent and Mrs. Harlan H. Hatcher
at teas given during the semester
in their home.
Informal entertainment is al-
ways provided and ranges from
ukulele playing to singers, bands,
pianists and quartets.
Instituted in 1935, during Pres-
ident Alexander G. Ruthven's
term of office, the teas have be-
come a popular tradition on cam-
Later the social committees of
the Union and League took over
the task of organizing the open
houses. Since then, men and wom-
en students have served as hosts
and hostesses introducing students
and special guests to President
and Mrs. Hatcher and their two
Special Invitations
At each tea, a campus group or
residence is extended a special in-
vitation, although the tea is open
to the entire campus.
Foreign students from the In-
ternational Center are also in-
vited to each open house to help
them get acquainted with Ameri-
can students.
Following tradition set years
ago, house mothers, residence di-
rectors and wives of faculty pour
tea and coffee. In the course of
a year most of the wives and
house mothers have taken their
Open houses have come to play
an important role in freshman
Orientation Week activities. Spe-
cial teas are also held honoring
graduating students and their
parents and for campus scholas-
tic honor societies.
Guided Tours

It is said that the "Widow's
Walk," a small fenced area on the,
roof was originally built for a
sailor's wife who anxiously await-
ed the first glimpse of her hus-
band's ship as he returned from
Now painted white and trimmed
in green, there is always a crew of
repairmen and yardmen to keep
the house new-looking.
It has been remodeled many
times to meet the changing needs
of the period and of the families
occupying it.
Furnace Installed
In 1869, James B. Angell insisted
on the installation of a furnace be-
fore he would accept the appoint-
ment of the Board of Regents.
When the Regents agreed, he came
to Ann Arbor and lived here even
after his retirement.
President Angell died in 1916
and the building was used as Red

Cross Headquarters for a time dur-
ing World War I. During his ad-
ministration, a third floor and
west wing were added.
Alexander G. Ruthven became
president in 1929 and had the
house completely redecorated.
Patio Added
A noted authority in the natur-
al sciences, President Ruthven
added a closed patio between the
living room and study which is
kept full of plants and flowers of
all kinds.
President Harlan H. Hatcher,
eighth president of the University,
Mrs. Hatcher and their two chil-
dren, Robert and Anne Linda, have
occupied the home since 1951.
Before moving in, the President
took advantage of the opportunity
to have his home redecorated to
suit his own personal tastes and
the conveniences and desires of his

and the three members-at-large
of the Senate.
Projects Committee
The projects committees carry
out League services and social ac-
tivities. Chairmen represent these
committees on the Council: dance
class, house, Orientation, merit-
tutorial, public relations, social
and community service.
Other chairmen on League
Council are: special projects, jun-
ior Girls' Play, Sophomore Scan-
dals, Frosh Weekend, vice-presi-
dent of Assembly Association,
League-House Judiciary and the
parliamentarian of the League:
Associated organizations have as;
their representatives the presi-
dents of the Women's Athletic As-'
sociation and Women's Glee Club
and the Women's Editor of The
Wpmen's Senate
One of the most important
groups of the League is the Wo-
men's Senate; it is the legislative
body, which makes the final deci-
sion on proposed legislation, new
projects, and the budget,, and
elects the League officers.
It is composed of one elected
senator for every 60 coeds in the
large dormitories, and one senator
for each small house with less
than 60 women. The presidents of
all the women's residences are also
The president, two vice-presi-
dents, secretary and treasurer of
the League are ex-officio members
of the Senate, as is the League
Three Leaders
Real leaders of the Senate are
the three Senators-at-large. These
women are elected by and from
the new Senators each spring.
They head three divisional com-
mittees of the League, including
the Cultural Committee which
holds special informal lectures on
music, fine arts, current political
and campus issues.
The second committee is the
Election Study Committee, which
studies the present system of elec-
tions held on campus.
The third is the Educational
Committee which informs the pub-
lic about the League's projects.
This group makes the Senators
more aware of the different or-,
ganizations on campus, such as
the International Center.
This past year a new branch of!
the Secretariat of the League, the
Buro-Cats, was formed to act as
office helpers for all committees.
Through Buro-Cats, freshmen!
and transfer students and all
other coeds who are interested in
working in the League and at the
same time do not have a lot of
time per week to put in may par-
These coeds fulfill the needs of

vice-president of the League. She
sees that the Buro-Cat organiza-
tion runs smoothly.
Interviewing and Nominating
The Interviewing and Nominat-
ing Committee is one of the most
important committees of the
League, for it accepts all petitions
and interviews all candidates try-'
ing out for a League position.
Since the committee members
are all students, the interviews are
informal. They are anxious to get
to know the petitioners and they
can best do this in a friendly at-
Social Committee
The Social Committee of the
League plans most of its social
The first event which this com-
mittee has arranged for this com-
ing fall is an all-campus informal
lance from 9 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, Sept. 24. New students
are especially invited to attend
this dance.
Among its other activities the
Social Committee assists Mrs. Har-,

facilities for studying and listen-
ing to classical music.
The League is a network of in-
terlaced, cooperative organizations
under the auspices of the Board of
Governors of the League. The
framework is composed of the Ex-
ecutive Board, the administrative
committees and the associated or-
Presidents of the League, As-
sembly and Panhellenic Associa-
tions, vice-president, secretary and.
treasurer of the League compose
the Executive Board.
Administrative committees in-
clude Junior Girls Play, Sopho-
more Scandals, Frosh Weekend,
Dance Classes, Social Committee,
Buro-Cats and League House Ju-
diciary Council. These and other
committees supervise many of the
League's functions.
Five associated organizations
make up the third part of the
League's frameworl. They are As-
sembly Association, Panhelleni
Association, Women's Athletic As-
sociation, Women's Glee Club and
the Women's Page of The Daily.
Staff Seeks
New Tryouts,
All Classes
The staccato of typewriters, the
sharp series of bells when the "big"
news comes over the wire and the
click of the teletype as the news
comes in, the thrill of hearing the
roar of the rolling presses all go to
make up the unique atmosphere at
The Daily.
There's more to the Women's
Page than wedding and engage-
ments-plenty more. Fashions and
social affairs are now crowded off
the page by news and features on
campus projects.
Subjects covered on the Wom-
en's Page include all aspects of the
workings of the League, Union,
Assembly, Panhellenic, IFC, IHC,
Women's Athletic Association, IM
schedules, church groups and num-
erous other campus organizations'
Activities Covered
All-campus dances, such as J-
Hop, I-Hop and Senior Ball, are
also given publicity, with store
and pictures.
Michigras, S p r i n g Weekend,
Homecoming, F r o s h Weekend,
Soph Scandals, JQP and Senior
Night are given complete coverage'
on the Women's Page, too, as well
as the Men's Glee Club concerts,
and special events such as the
IFC Sing and Lantern Night.
The Women's Staff trys to ap-
peal to the campus-as-a-whole
covering the news and feature an-
gles of all the organizations and
their work on campus, and all
those community affairs directly
connected with the University.
A Student Paper
Student reporters and editors
complete every step in the process
of putting out the paper.
The Daily Women's Staff offers
an opportunity to gain a toe-hold
in campus activities. Members of
the staff learn to know people
meet new friends and dignitaries,
and more important, people learn
to know them.
Tryouts write assigned stories,
learn the principles of head-writ-
ing, and work on the editor's desk
one night a week, rewriting copy
and proof-reading.
Soph Staff
As soon as tryouts grasp the fun-
damentals, they are automatically
promoted to the sophomore staff,
regardless of their class standing.
"Beats" are assigned and soph
staffers continue to work desk un-
til they are ready to tryout night-
edit a page.

Night editorship, a paid posi-
tion, is the next step toward the
top. Night editors are responsible
for putting out the page one night
a week, as well as writing stories
for their regular "beats."
On night desk, they check heads
and prepare the page for publica-
tion. Three senior positions, Wom-
en's Editor and Associate Women's
Editors, are open to coeds qualify-

Judiciary Council Sets
Standard of Conduct


The committee which is respon-
sible for the formulation and en-
forcement of the rules governing
University coeds is the Women's
Judiciary Council.
The Council, composed of three
seniors, five .juniors, and three
sophomores, works with the Dean
of Women in representing the in-
terests of coeds and in setting up
the standards of conduct.
Information regarding women's
rules is found in a pamphlet called
"Judy Be Good." '
Rules To Be Learned
It is presumed the duty of each
woman student to become ac-
quainted with the rules as soon as
possible. Through the cooperation
between the resident directors,
Dean of Women Deborah Bacon
and the Judiciary Council, wom-
en's rules are enforced.
Dean Bacon refers all major dis-
ciplinary problems brought to her
attention to the Women's Panel.
This panel is composed of the
chairman of the Women's Judici-
ary Council, a junior rotating
member of the Council and Dean
Women's Judiciary also sends all
cases pending two weeks before
and during examination periods to
this panel. Cases which are high-
ly confidential or require imme-
diate action are also decided by
the Panel. .

The resident director of each
house fills out a weekly report
which she submits to the Women's
Judiciary Council. It then takes
up any case Vhich requires action.
A coed who is dissatisfied with
the ruling of her House Council
may appeal to the Women's Judic-
iary Council.
Then there is League House Ju-
diciary Council. It has jurisdiction
over minor disciplinary problems
involving students living in League
Work of Council
It takes care of League house
sign-out sheets, special permission
slips, relations with the individual
house directors and also sends
weekly reports to the Women's Ju-
diciary Council.
League houses need their own
judicial system because these
houses are completely different
types of living units from the large
dormitories and sorority houses.
Its aim is the general bettering of
relationships within the League
League House Judiciary also co-
ordinates the League houses' ac-
tivities with the other living units
and organizations on campus.

Transfers' Dance
"Swing your partner" and
"Allemande left" will h the



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