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.....'.nsian OF Gives astin Record Ca
fi > 'Ensian Gives Lasting Record of Camp

us Life

Students leaving Ann Arbor
after four or more years at the
University always take with them
a copy of the 'Ensian.
For the University's yearbook
provides a complete record in pic-
tures of every aspect of campus
life. A graduateneed only page
through the 'Ensian to lapse into
a reminiscence of his collegiate
tenure. Each page brings another
memory, each picture another
flowering of nostalgia.
The 'Ensian tries to miss noth-
ing about the University, and the
result is that it misses very little.
From top officials through class-
rooms and sports and dormitories
and fraternities to the social
whirl-it's all in the 'Ensian.
500 Pages of Pictures
With its 500 pages of pictures,
some of which have been in beau-
tiful color in recent years, the
'Ensian enhances the nostalgic at-
mosphere of University tradition
with comments on University in-
stitutions. Sometimes the com-
ments are critical, perhaps in the
belief that freedom to criticize
is a University tradition.
There are pictures of people,

of house groups, of activities, of
athletes in action, and of the
year's graduates. Usually every
student can find himself some-
where between the covers of the
Actually, 'Ensian is an abbre-
viation of the yearbook's full, more
unpronouncable name, Michigan-
ensian. This name evolved from
constant mispronunciations of the
original t i t 1 e, Michiganensis,
meaning "sword of Michigan."
It Happens Every Spring
The 'Ensian appears every
spring, just in time to be packed
into student trunks. But salesmen
begin taking orders in the fall,
and sales continue through the
year, with prices rising at inter-
vals, climbing to the thousands.
Staff members have already be-
gun putting together the 1956 'En-
sian. With editorial and junior
staff positions already assigned,
the yearbook now needs an ambi-
tious crew of freshman and sopho-
more tryouts.
Any student is eligible to work
his way to the top on the editorial
staff, meanwhile preparing and as-

sembling copy and photographs,
typing, and working on layout
and design.
Meetings To Be Held
For those interested in the busi-
ness aspect of turning out an im-
pressive record of University tra-
dition annually, positions in con-
tracting, accounting, advertising
and selling are available. Meet-
ings for interested students will be
held during the first week of
One needs no special skills to
become a staff member, but only a
keen interest and a willingness to
accept hard work. Editors and
business managers are chosen
from staff members who have
proven their ability and energy in
a suitable period of apprentice-
The 'Ensian is beginning its
57th year this fall, a comprehen-
sive yearbook that was once only
a small picture book established in
1897 in a merger of three inter-
college magazines.
It has won many prizes for be-
ing the top yearbook in the coun-
try and in the area.

PHOTOGRAPHY-A Daily photographer works at an enlarger, getting his picture just the right
size for the next morning's issue. The Daily has a completely equipped darkroom and a Fair-
child photo engraver.

Gargoyle Persists as Campus Humor Magazine

Every campus must have a hu-
mor magazine, a need that keeps
Gargoyle coming out four or five
times every year.
Humor can be presented in many
ways; and Gargoyle has tried most
of them - slapstick and subtlety
with emphasis on parodies. Human
life abounds with humor; and that
part of it which Gargoyle manages
to miss is attributed to the process
of selection.
It has tried the latest in gim-
micks to amuse the student popu-
lace, including fantastic imitations
of expose and pocket size maga-
zines for extra-quick reading. It
even throws in a joke now and
Well aware that it cannot hope
to amuse all the people all the
time, Gargoyle has a stock answer
to criticism - another issue. It
has been criticized for, among
other things, not being funny.
Once when it was funny, it was
expelled from its office in the
Student Publications Building for
being in "bad taste."
Selection Process
If someone says the jokes are

stale, the editors admit they may1
not be original, but the criterion is
whether they're good. Gargoyle's
humor is often original; then
someone says it's no good, but you
can't amuse all the people all the
Others claim Gargoyle's humor
is monotonous, which leads the
editors to believe they have been
reading every issue. So what if
they pay the quarters only to
It is generally difficult to be
funny four or five times a year, let
along be funny four or five dif-
ferent ways a year. Because of
this, Gargoyle staffers are serious
about being funny, and wish for
a larger staff to take humor ser-
iously. Tryout meetings will be
held during the first week of class-
Whenever the opportunity arises,
or whenever Gargoyle raises one,
the humor magazine tries out its
satire on some aspect of the
University community. An obvious
pitfall here is that there is bound

to be a diehard who refuses to be
Anything for a Laugh
Because it conceives its general
function as making people laugh,
Gargoyle is not concerned with dis-
tinguishing between those who
laugh with it and those who laugh
at it. It all amounts to quarters
in Gargoyle's brightly painted till.
The Gargoyle, despite other
things, is always bright. Humor
jumps out at the reader from every
page and in every way. There
-'e funny stories, funny essays,
jokes, hilarious art-work and side-
splitting dialogue (there is more
than one way to split a side).
Even the advertisements take on a
certain grotesque effectiveness un-
der the happy pen of Gargoyle's
own art staff.
Among the criticisms is that the
Gargoyle is not sufficiently ob-
scene, which is not due, the editors
insist, to any lack of effort on
their part. They can't help it it
they are just clean-cut, whole-
some American youtlh shanghied
onto a laugh-crazy humor staff.

MAT ROLLING-After a page form has been completed and checked by the night editor, ap-
proximately 400 tons of pressure impress the type into a paper-mache mat- from which a plate
casting will be made.

Generation Features Student Creative Writing


Generation, as the campus' only
student literary magazine, offers
student writers in the field of
fiction, poetry, drama, music and
the essay an opportunity to see
their work published.
Attempting to present an inte-
grated view of all the arts, Gen-
eration contains the work of stu-
dent architects, musicians, paint-
ers, sculptors and photographers as
well as creative writing.
Student staff members are not
required to contribute material for
publication, but may if they wish.

PLATE CASTING-Molten metal is forced around the completed mat, allowed to harden and re-
moved, now in cirular form, for finishing. When ready, it is placed on the rotary press and

The chief job of the editorial staff
consists of choosing the mariu-
scripts to be printed.
The business staff solicits adver-
tising, manages circulation and
plans the sales campaigns.
Art Staff Designs Cover
An art staff is responsible for
designing the advertisements, the
cover and the layout, and for
choosing the student art which ap-
pears in the magazine.
No experience is necessary to
work on any of these staffs. New
members are familiarized with the
magazine's objectives and proced-
ures during an apprenticeship per-
iod after which they become eligi-
ble to be appointed to editorial
and managerial positions by the
Board in Control of Student Pub-
lications. Meetings for students
interested in joinig the staff will
be held during the first week of
Published three times a year,
Generation accepts manuscripts
for consideration from any stu-
dent, though he is not a staff
member. In fact, it encourages
student contributions through ad-
vertising. Students may bring or
mail their work to the office on the

first floor of the Student Publica-
tions Building.
Rates High
Now rated as one of the better
student arts magazine, Generation
began in 1950 as an idea of the
Inter-Arts Union and immediately
begain to attract campus atten-
Numerous contributions to Gen-
eration have subsequently won na-
tional awards. Many University
Hopwood Award winners have con-
tributed to the arts magazine. The
Avery and Jules Hopwood Awards
for creative writing was established
by the will of the late Avery Hop-
wood, '05, with more than $550,000
for prizes. Many well-known au-
thors, such as Betty Smith ("A
Tree Grows in Brooklyn") and
Arthur Miller ("Death of A Sales-
man"), made their first major
step into the literary field in
Hopwood competition.
Students interested in examining
a copy of the most recent issue of
the 100-page collection of stories,
poetry, essays and art may inquire
at the Periodicals Room of the
University Library or can obtain
one at any of the local bookstores
or at the Student Publications
Building. It sells regularly for 35

Student Directory Needed
For Campus Communication
Of all the student publications, the Student Directory is the
most useful. -
It contains the name, Ann Arbor and home addresses, and local
telephone number of every student enrolled in the University. Only
those students can afford not to own one of these indispensible aids
to communication who can handily borrow one whenever necessary.
Besides a complete listing of students, the directory contains a
classified advertising section, similar to the "Yellow 'Pages" of a
city directory right down to the color of the pages.
A new section introduced last year provides the names of the
leaders of student organizations and activities and their telephone

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