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WAA Sponsors Activities, Clubs

Every woman entering the
University automatically becomes
a member of the Women's Athletic
Association, and as such she is
welcome to the multiplicity of
facilities which are offered.
Among the buildings open to
coed use is the Women's Swim-
ming Pool.
This was opened in March of
1954 with the latest conveniences
for both spectators and partici-
pants. It has a seating capacity of
Stage .lighting above and below
the pool make it possible for use
by the physical education classes
and the synchronized swimming
group, Michifish.
Six Lanes
In addition, the pool has six
lanes, is 10 feet deep at the diving
end and one-half foot in depth
at the non-swiminers' end. There
are two diving boards available,
one three feet and another 10 feet.
Those wishing to use the pool
will find cotton suits and towels
available..,They should bring their
own caps.
Through physical e d u c a t i o n
classes or the sports clubs, coeds
learn of the various conveniences
of the Women's Athletic Building.
Numerous classes and meetings
are held in the large and small
lounges. Coed bowling alleys, golf
cages and a rifle range are locat-
ed in the basement.
Provide Equipment'
Equipment for various sports,
lockers and showers are provided.
A third building open for coed
recreation is Barbour Gym. It is
here that the badminton, volley-
ball and basketball tournaments
are held, with equipment being
Modern dance classes and Club
and the Ballet Club hold practices
and rehearsals in a special room
Just for this purpose. There is a
small stage which is used by the
dancers for concerts and other
This building is also the nucleus
of the women's physical education
department, for here are located
the faculty offices.
Lovers of the out-of-doors will
appreciate Palmer Field with its
putting greens, softball diamonds
and tennis courts. Space is also
provided for archery, volleyball
and field hockey.
Besides the actual p h y s i c a l
structures provided by the WAA,
it also sponsors a variety of cam-
pus activities.
Probably foremost in importance
are the clubs and tournaments
which are carried on with the
cooperation of the house athletic
managers from the living units.
A popular affair, for relieving
exam tensions and studying in
general, is the weekly I-M Night,

CAMP COUNSELORS-Members of the Camp Counselors Club
sponsored by the WAA, plan cook-outs and recreational games
which provide camp counseling experience.

Dean's Message
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 women 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
women at the University of
Michigan who turn in good
semester grades on January 30
by beginning to study on Jan-
uary 15 is distinctly limited.
If, by each Sunday night, you
have completed the week's as-
signments, you will experience
little academic difficulty in
your years as a Michigan un-
dergraduate. However, nobody
but yourself is going to turn
this idea into a steady program
of successful reality.
(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 *f 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 arr expert on the sub-
ject than your freshman room-
mates. There are many areas of
college life in which your fresh-
man friends can help more than
anyone else in the world.
But they are not the best
authority on course substitu-
tions, dental repair, budgeting
for a University life, etc. Con-
sult 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 University.
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

Vocal Groups Present
Many Performances

held on Fri'day evenings in the
Intermural Building and open to
the entire public.
During the fall everyone's in-
terest focuses on but one thing --
The average coed, and many
males as well, have blank expres-
sions on their faces when basic
football terms like split T's, double
wingbacks, quarterback sneaks and
statue of liberty plays are men-
To help take away that "I don't
understand" f e e li n g the WAA
sponsor an annual football clinic
with freshman coach Wally Weber
the guest speaker.
Several of the University's fam-
ous football players will also be on
In the past, it has been a cus-
tom to give some lucky coed a
football autographed by v a r s i t y
team members.
During the spring semester the
WAA presents Lantern Night, an
annual coed singing contest.
Lantern Night
First eleminations are held at
which time all the competing hous-
ing units give their first perform-
ance. From those entering the
Sing approximately ten are select-
ed to compete in Lantern Night
which is held a few days later.
Two awards are given to the

LEAGUE DANCES-Among the many varied activities sponsored by the Women's League are all-
campus dances. The first dance of the fall will be "Fall -Fling," featuring the music of Don Young's
Combo. Decorations for the- event will be based on University traditions and familiar sights to stu-
dents. The Diagonal, which crosses the main campus, the lions in front of the science museum, and
honorary initiations will be depicted. The social committee of the league, under the leadership of
Connie Hill, is planning this season's dances.

competing houses. One is the silver
cup for the most outstanding sing-
ing and the other is the posture
cup which is presented to the
group with the best posture.
Alternating each year are Mich-
igras and Spring Weekend.
This past year the carnival
spirit reigned as the bi-annual
Michigras was held. I n g e n i o u s
floats and silly clowns highlighted
the parade which opened the two-
day festive weekend.'
Michigras' alternate, S p r i n g
Weekend, is just as exciting and
impressive. .
Main features of this big affair
are the "Wolverun Derby" and.
Skit Night.
Spring Weekend
In the derby University men
muster up their ingenuity and
build soapbox cars. Awards are
presented to the best-looking rac-
er and the best-dressed driver.
Housing groups enter the Skit
Night portion of the weekend by
submitting scenarios to the Cen-
tral Committee.
Approximately six are chosen
to compete for the first prize
Coordination of the recreational
program at the University is done
by the executive board which is
composed of all executive mem-
bers and club managers.

Hatchers To Entertain Many Students, Faculty Members

Numerous concert appearances
on campus and tours throughout
the United States have highlight-
ed the Michigan Singers' seven
years on campus.
The 50 voice group, directed by
Prof. Maynard Klein of the School
of Music, culminated its spring
'U' Students
Will Orient
Class of '60
Since their dedication two years
ago, the Barbara Little music lis-
tening rooms in the League have
become a popular place for study-
ing, relaxing and listening.
The three sound-proof listening
rooms, which are located across
the hall from the League library,
are decorated in a modern style
with an attractive color scheme
and harmonizing furniture and
For students who wish to listen
to the records of their choice, the
listening rooms offer an outstand-
ing collection of long playing clas-
sical records.
The students are able to choose
from a wide selection of operas,
ballets, Shakespearean plays and
Music Lit Students
Since the collection contains
most of the records used in the
music literature courses, Room "C'
has been set aside for the exclus-
ive use of music literature stud-
Lists of available records are
posted in the hall outside the
rooms. Students wishing to hear
specific records simply ask the
League librarian to play them on
the central turntable and have the
music piped into a particular room.
The listening rooms are dedi-
cated to the memory of the late
Barbara J. Little who died in an
automobile accident in the summer.
of 1951 following her graduation
from the University.
Barbara Little
Miss Little, chairman of the
Women's Judiciary Council in 19-
50-51, was a principle figure in
the establishment of the Joint
Judiciary Council.
She was also on the executive
board of the Women's Senate, Wo-
men's League, Council, student Af-
fairs Committee, Scroll and Pan-
hellenic Rushing Chairman.
Funds for establishing the spe-
cial listening rooms were obtain-
ed from the League activities of
1951 and 1952 such as JGP, Frosh
Weekend, Sophomore Cabaret,
Senior Supper and the summer
session. "
Individual Contributions

tour two years ago with an ap-
pearance in New York's famed
Carnegie Hall.
In addition to appearances in
the East, the students also make
extensive tours throughout Mich-
igan and parts of Ohio.
Advanced voice majors and
graduate students from the School
of Music make up the personnel
of the organization.
"The presence of the Michigan
Singers on campus affords gifted
students the opportunity to par-
ticipate in a group worthy of their
abilities and competence as mu-
sicians," remarked Prof. Klein,
group director.
The most. recent appearance of
the Michigan Singers on the, cam-
pus was in a spring concert given
in May.
* * *
One of the oldest permanent
choral groups existing in the coun-
try is the Choral Union, a Uni-
versity music group.
Over 20,000 persons have sung
in the group, originally establish-
ed in 1879, and many of the over
300 present members are grand-
children or great-grandchildren of
early "singers."'
The collaboration of four local
churches for a performance of
Handel's "Messiah" was the spark
that ignited the idea that even-
tually grew into the present or-
Participating in the University's.
May Festival and presenting the
"Messiah" in December are fea-
tures of the group's season.
The organization has sung .in
two or three concerts every sea-
son since the May Festival's ori-
gin in 1894.
Choral Union has performed all
the great oratorios, many of the
operas adapted for choral use, and
a variety of other works during
their 75 years of existence.
Auditions are held each fall dur-
ing the orientation period.
University history was made by
the 40-member Men's Glee Club
when a year of sponsorship' of
campus activities paid off in the
first visit to Europe in its 96-
year existence. During June .and
July of last year the men gave six-
.teen concerts in six European
Singing in its annual spring con-
cert and appearing in Gulantics
were part of the club's busy year.
Directed by Walter S. Collins
of the School of Music, the group
ranks as the second oldest college
glee club in America. Undergradu-
ate and graduate members from
every college in the University
compose its membership.
Past members of the organiza-
tion include Thomas E. Dewey,

Dates Back
Many Years
About the first week in October,
student carpenters will be busy
with hammers, saws, boards and
papier mache in preparation for
the traditional homecoming dis-
Each year the men's and wo-
men's residence halls and the fra-
ternities and sororities on campus
construct displays which signify in
some way the strength or victory
of the Michigan team over their
opponents for the Homecoming
Student designers use the col-
ors of the "enemy" together with
the University's maize and blue.
The team's nickname, such as the
"Wolverines" for Michigan, is al-
so used to advantage in the dis-
Most of the work is kept upder
cover until the morning of the
Homecoming game, and then it is
brought into the open and the
campus is dotted with exhibits.
Trophies are awarded to the
three best displays in the men's
division and to the three most out-
standing in the women's division.
Honorable mentions are also giv-
The displays are judged for ori-
ginality, appropriateness, artistic
design, neatness and execution.
Homecoming seems to be the
forgotten holiday as far as his-
torians are concerned.
Old records indicate that the
traditional Saturday f o o t b a 11
game, the dance following it, the
displays and all that goes with
Homecoming as the students know
it now, dated as far back as 1897.
Alumni Association o f f i c i a1s
have expressed the belief that the
Interfraternity Council had some-
thing to do with its beginning. An
old issue of The Daily stated that
the IFC established the official
Homecoming day in 1933.
Officials at the IFC seem to
think it might have grown out of
the old Founders' Day, a day when
graduates affiliated with campus
fraternities came back to the Uni-
versity en masse to honor the
founders of their group.

League Plans
Varied Events
For Women
'U' Coeds Participata
In Class Productions'
Use Building Facilities
Every woman who enrolls at the
University of Michigan is a mem-
ber of the Michigan League, the
building situated on North Uni..
As a member of the Women's
League a coed may participate in
the many activities carried on by
the League, and she is free to use
the various facilities it offers.,
On the first floor is located
the Undergraduate Office which is
the coordinating center for all
womqp's activities on campus. Miss
Ethel McCormick, affectionately
called Miss Mac by all who know
her, has her office here.
Modern Cafeteria
' Also on this floor are the Alum-
nae offices and cafeteria. The
cafeteria is modern with flowered
curtains and, small tables with
four chairs at each. A white gate
separates those. students coming
in from those leaving.
The Roundup Room is situated
in the basement. This is the hang.-
out for those students who have a
few minutes between classes to get
a cup of coffee or for students in-
terested in playing a few hands of
On the second floor Is situated
the League Ballroom which is
known for Military Ball, J-Ho-
and other big campus dances held
there. It is also used for the week-
ly dance classes sponsored by the
Publicity Rooms
On this floor there are also
roons for.publicity and decoration
committee meetings.
Class productions, such as,un.
for Girls Play and plays put on
by the speech departmen re
held in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, situated at the north end
of the building. Famous actors and
actresses appear in this theatre
at the end of the year during the
drama season. Last semester Eth-
el Waters and Betsy Von Furst-
enberg were seen rehearsing their
parts here.
The League also offers coed"
and their dates facilities for stud.
ying. The Henderson Room on the
second 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 furnished with couch.
es of leather and floors covered
with beautiful rugs. A fireplace
stands erect in the front of the
room while built-in bookcases
line the walls.
Fiction and non-fiction books
can be found in this library and
a special drama section has been
added. It contains the books and.
notes of the late director of play
productions, Valentine Wendt.
Across from the Library are the
Barbara Little listening rooms
which offer coeds and their dates
facilities for studying and listen-
ing to the best in classical music.
These rooms are dedicated to Bar-
bara Little who was killed in an
automobile accident the summer
after she graduated from the Uni -
versity. The rooms are very mod-
.ern with many chairs and leg

Although the University may
seem immense to incoming fresh-
men, its size need not prevent any
student' from meeting President
and Mrs. Harlan H. Hatcher and
talking informally with them.
Several times during the se-
mester teasare held at their home
in an informal atmosphere which
is furthered by entertainment
ranging from ukelele playing to
singers, pianists, quartets and
Each tea is open to the whole
campus, but special invitations are
extended to different University
groups or residences every time
Students from other countries
are also invited to each open house
to help them get acquainted with
American students.
Housemothers Pour
Following tradition set years ago,
housemothers, residence directors
and wives of faculty pour tea and
coffee for the guests. In the course
of a year most of the wives and
housemothers have taken their
Open houses have come to play
an important role in Orientation
Week activities. Special teas are
also held honoring graduating
students and their parents and
for campus scholastic honor so-
The teas have become a popu-
lar campus tradition since their
beginning in 1935 during Presi-
dent Alexander G. Ruthven's term

Letter To Women Students
Dear coeds,
In recent years the Women's Staff 4 The Daily has prided itself.
in putting out an activities page as well as a page for and about wo-
Fashions and social affairs now share the page with news and
features on campus projects. The Women's Staff tries to appeal to
the campus-as-a-whole, covering the doings of all University organi-
zations and their correlation with each other, as well as those com-
munity affairs directly connected with them.
The women's contingent of The Daily consists of -a Women's Edi-
tor, an Associate Women's Editor, night editors and soph staffers.
Each term a new group of tryouts learns the fundamentals of
head-writing, copy-reading and writing stories in "Daily style."
At the end of their first semester, they receive beats,, covering
campus and community groups.
After one or two semesters on the Women's Staff, coeds advance
to writing news stories, features, special interviews and planning
pages. Finally comes promotion to night editors which includes the


Student hosts and hostesses act as

of her husband's ship as he re- Ihe came to Ann Arbor and lived

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here even after his retirement.I

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