WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1951
Coeds To V
By DEEDY ROBERTSON
High excitement :eigns during
the Lantern Night Sing, sponsored
annually by the Women's Athletic
Association in Hill Auditorium.
All women's residences includ-
ing dormitories, sororities, league
houses and co-operative houses
who wish to compete for the silver
cup awarded to the best choral
group, organize and present a vocal
An elimination session is held
each year because of the large
number of groups entering the
competition. Last year 23 groups
took part in eliminations, of which
10 were selected to sing in Lantern
Supporting Houses Chosen
Of those eliminated from the
contest, a drawing is held, in which
10 houses are chosen to support
the singing groups. These coeds
show their vim and vigor with
loud shouts, cheering on the group
they are supporting during the
Supporting houses often carry
out the theme of the song selec-
tions of the group they are promot-
Each choir is composed of a
maximum of 30 coeds under the
supervision of a song leader, who
rehearses with the group and ar-
ranges the song.
Begins With Parade
Lantern Night festivity begins
with an all-campus coed parade,
led by Michigan's Marching Band
conducted by Prof. William D. Re-
Leaders of the five top campus
women's positions, presidents of
the League, WAA, Women's Judic-
iary Council, Panhellenic Associa-
tion and Assembly Association,
head the marching coeds, carrying
Japanese lanterns on long poles.
Formed in lines, with freshmen
sporting green ribbons in their
hair, sophomores wearing red, jun-
iors in yellow and seniors donning
blue bows, the parade begins at
the Alumni Memorial Hall.
Within the lines, coeds march in
respective housing groups, car-
rying banners signifying the house
they represent. House presidents
also carry lanterns.
After traveling down one of Ann
Arbor's main streets, the procession
halts at Hill Auditorium.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
ne for Sing Honors
A BIZARRE HISTORY:
Past J-Hops Featured Rivalry, Riots, 'Raving Maniac'
BY ELAINE EDMONDS
J-Hop, the annual dance pre-
sented by the junior class, will
mark its 79th year, as the class
of '57 presents the affair this year
on the Friday night between se-
This dance, one of the most im-
portant social events at the Uni-
versity, features two name bands
in a one night stand. Until three
years ago the affair was held on
both Friday and Saturday nights.
This year's J-Hop chairman Ron
Bornstein said "The class of '57 is
planning not only a great dance,
but a bigger and better J-Hop
Tentative plans for this year's
weekend include a skating party
at the Coliseum and a splash
party at the women's pool.
Last year's dance featured the
music of Tommy Dorsey and The
Comanders. The weekend also in-
cluded a tobagganing party in the
Arboretum and a smaller dance
held on Saturday evening 'at the
The event has had a long and
often times bizarre history since
it originated on Feb. 17, 1877 when
students trouped down to Hank's
Emporium on South Main to at-
tend the first J-Hop.
Violins and Piano
A total of 20 couples danced to
the music of "an orchestra" of two
violins and a piano at the big
social event of that year.
The juniors continued to spon-
sor the event for the next four
years until a group of fraternities
took over the dance and promptly
dubbed it the "Society Hop."
Juniors came back on the scene
in 1833 when they again spon-
sored the Hop, changing the name
to "Junior Social."
For the next decade confusion
existed as to the sponsorship of
the dance as it was given in some
years by the juniors and in others
by fraternity men.
By 1891 the dance was an annual
event requiring the music of two
bands. It also moved to a new
location and 300 couples waltzea
at "an old rink downtown."
For the next two years Gran-
ger's Dancing Academy was the
scene of the affair and admission
was raised to $1 a couple.
At Waterman Gym
Next came a move to Waterman
Gym, where it was presented by
nine literary college fraternities
and known as the "Annual Ball."
Trouble began brewing the next
year when the remaining four of
13- campus fraternities demanded
the right to participate in the
dance. When their request was re-
fused a feud resulted in two J-
Hops being presented that year.
Toledo was the scene of the
"Twentieth Annual Ball of the
Palladium Fraternities" which was
presented by the nine older groups.
The four outcasts held the "First
Annual Promenade" in Waterman
Gym after 30 independents had
ageed to attend.
Both dances were successes but
the Regents ruled that in the
future fraternities and independ-
ents would have equal representa-
tion on the planning committee.
At that time it was a J-Hop
custom to have the guests re-
ceived while concert music played
between 9 and 10 p.m. Then the
committee chairman and his date
would circle the gym in a grand
march until the line was three
couples deep and a block "M" was
Will Be Held
Gulantics, the University's big-
gest variety show, is offered every
year to give students an opportu-
nity to display their talents.
The show was founded by Prof.
Phillip A. Duey, director of the
Men's Glee Club, also one of the
The name was picked from en-
tries submitted in a contest and
contains a "G" for the Glee Club,
a "U" for the Union and an "L"
for the League, the three groups
that sponsor the event.
Talent is ha d'ed by the League
through all - campus auditions,
while the Union supervises the
staging. Financial risk is taken
completely by the Glee Club,
which also manages the publicity.
The show is composed of both
competing and non-competing
Singers, dancers, musicians,
comedians, single and group acts
are all welcomed to fill the quota
of about 10 acts every year.
Last year Howard Nemerovski
of Lrmon Opera famne and Ton
Leopold, president of the Union,
served as emcees.
formed. Regular dancing then fol-
The 1900 J-Hop boasted the
unique feature of having a "large
number of coeds present - more
than at any previous hop." A
total of 250 couples attended the
dance, but coeds were extremely
unpopular dates in those days.
Most men imported dates from
In the past as in the present,
J-Hop was a signal for a weekend
of gaiety which included such
events as a play by the Comedy
Club, fraternity house parties and
The weekend was also made
lively for the county sheriff who
for a $5 fee would shadow Hop
guests and report their activities to
parents or neglected girl-friends.
A riot occurred in 1913 when the
committee decided to discontinue
the practice of letting spectators
sit in the gallery. The midnight
riot was led by 50 "toqued" (tipsy)
students and townspeople.
Pipe vs. Clubs
After gaining entrance by ram-
ming the door with a gas pipe,
they were met by a janitor wield-
ing a pair of Indian clubs.
An ensuing battle with fire ex-
tinguishers and stones , resulted
in $25 damage to the gym and
dismissal of an intern accused of
hitting the janitor.
This was also the first year in
which a Hop guest suffered an
injury. The slick dance floor caus-
ed a male student to slip and break
his ankle during one of the livelier
In 1920 a "raving maniac" en-
livened the event. Blame for the
incident was placed on the dresses
worn at the dance, for that was
the year when they hit the apex
The Daily reported that practi-
cally every dress had narrow shoul-
der straps, tight bodices and fairly
short skirts, narrow at the bottom.
As a result the Daily continued
"one medical student is reported
to have gone raving mad and tore
around the floor crying: 'Modesty,
where is thy sting?' "
LANTERN NIGHT-The presidents of the League,. Assembly,
Women's Athleti ; Association and Panhellenic Association and the
chairman of Women's Judiciary lead the annual march from
Alumni Memorial Hall to Hill
Lantern Night program.
Marchers form a large block
"M" on the steps of Hill Auditori-
um and, accompanied by the band,
sing several college songs, conclud-
ing with the University alma ma-
Immediately after this ceremo-
ny, everyone enters the auditorium
to hear the choral groups compete
with vocal renditions.
Songsters are judged on inter-
pretation and artistic efforts, in-
tonation, accuracy, rhythm, tone
diction, presentation and appear-
Awarded for poise in singing and
walking on and off the stage and
posture of the choirs, during elim-
inations, a special posture cup is
also presented along with the Lan-
'tern Night Sing trophy."
A local recording studio makes
records of the entire program.
Group pictures and candid shots
Auditorium for the traditional
of the show are available to stu-
dents desiring them.
Lantern Night derived its name
from the first line of march, held
in 1932, in which coeds tramped
around the women's athletic field,
Palmer Field, carrying lanterns
At that time it was the seniors
who carried the lanterns and the
juniors carried hoops through
which the freshmen jumped.
Try FOLLETT'S First
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Weekend of Dancing, Skits
Provided by Soph Scandals
By BARB HECHT
When the excitement of the
football season draws to a close,
sophomore women begin to work
on their annual project, Sopho-,
more Scandals, a weekend of
dancing and variety shows.
"Bungling Brothers" was the
theme of the first sophomore pro-
duction in 1927. Pink lemonade, a
sawdust arena, clowns, ,a menag-
erie, musicians, side shows and
trapeze acts were all featured.
The event was held in Angell
Hall in connection with the An-
nual League and Church Bazaar.
Moved To League
Two years later Soph Cabaret
as it was formerly called moved to
Barbour Gym and in 1931 it came
to the League, where it has re-
mained ever since.
During the last 27 years Soph
Cab presentations have h a d
themes ranging from the gay
nineties to "Pseudo Psilly Psym-
phony," featuring cartoon char-
"Soph Music Bar," was the title
of the 1944 Cabaret production.
The following year "Mistletoe
Mingle" was presented. "Side
Street," produced in 1927, was a
skit depicting Bohemian life in
"Don't Myth It"
Greek Mythology entered the
scene in 1948 with "Don't Myth
It,"' which had a floorshow en-
titled "A Date with Jupiter."
In 1949 Shakespeare provided
the theme "As You Shake It." Cle-
opatra's snakes and Lady Mac-
' beth's daggers were offered for
sale at one of the booths.
Wishing wells and t r a v e l s
through Al the Alligator were en-
joyed by guests at, the 1950 "Be-
witched Bayou." The floorshow
starred Al the Alligator, a flamin-
go and a rare orchid.
Tour of New York
Couples toured New York at "On
the Town" in 1951. The League
Ballroom was recreated into the
Astor Roof. Familiar New York
scenes such as Coney Island, Cen-
tral Park and the Bowery were
featured in ile floorshow, "Tick-
The trials of Pizzicato, a sweet
sixteenth note who yearned to be
a jazz note, was the subject of
the "Lost Chord In Music Hea-
Ghosts and goblins, including
"Kasper the Friendly Ghost," reig-
ned at the Sophomore Cabaret the
following year. The stageshow,
"Ghosts Are My Lobby," was a
musical comedy concerning the
abduction of three senators into
the underworld of the witches.
Last year the sophomore coeds
presented Sophomore Scandals,
which included two evenings of
dancing and original skits. The
entire second floor of the League
was decorated and used.
Each room was decorated to re-
present various colleges. The hall-
way was decorated utilizing the
theme of "Michigan Through the
Petitioning for central commit-
tee positions takes place in the
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