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iniversity Honors Students for Scholarships, Activities

Each spring, students awakened
by screams and shouts late at
night, gather on the Diag between
the next day's classes to witness
one of the University's finest tra-
ditions as honoraries select out-
Y standing men and women on cam-
The "Michiganensian" has paid
these honoraries this tribute; "The
World of the University recognizes
those who excell in activities, ath-
letics and scholarship. Each hon-i
orary is dedicated to bettering the
University World and each chosses
its new members carefully. The
worthy are lauded at banquets, in-
troduced to elaborate ritual or pa-
raded before the campus on the
Women's Honoraries
Mortarboard, national honor so-
ciety for both affiliated and inde-
pendent senior women is the first
honorary to tap coeds.
Recognizing superior scholar-
ship, service, and leadership, mem-
bers wear caps and gowns and car-
ry flashlights as they march from
house to house after hours, sing-
ing "Thy Ideals."
They designate the coeds who
have been chosen as new Mortar-
boards by placing mortarboards on
their heads and handing them in-
Founded Here
Now one of 95 chapters, the Uni-
versity of Michigan group was one
of the four which formed the na-
tional organ1ption.
Members can be recognized by
the tiny black mortarboard pin
they wear.
Tapping senior affiliated coeds,
Scroll members go from sorority to
sorority after hours singing, "Out
of the night comes a sound of voic-
es, Scroll now is tapping its loyal
r crew."
Tapped women -wear the card-
board scrolls placed around their
necks to classes' the following day.
Honors Women.
Founded in 1939, Scroll honors
senior sorority women who are ac-
tive leaders in extracurricular ac-
Singing, "In and out the halls
we wander, singing as we go; of
the girls we're going to favor with
our pins of black and gold. Recog-
nizing, loyalservice and their jobs
Well done, they will wear our bows
and collars and of us they will be
one," Senior Society selects its
Senior Society has recognized
senior independent women who ex-
hibit outstanding leadership in ex-
tracurricular and service activities
since 1905..
Coeds tapped for Mortarboard

Dean of Women Enjoys Working
With People; Leads Varied Life

Upon her appointment 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 professional experience in nurs-
ing and public health.
Assistant Professor
She holds an assistant 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 iceberg,"
Miss Bacon declared, "only one-
eighth of it appears above water,
the class work, and the other
seven-eighths which takes the
most time is never seen."
Entered Nursing
Dean Bacon attended St. Tim-
othy's School in Baltimore, Md.,
and entered nurses training at
Bellevue Hospital, N.Y. in 1930.
She was at Fort Yukon, Alaska,
with an Episcopal missionary hos-
pital during 1936-37.
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 at 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 hospital
attached to General Patton's Third
Army from 1942-46.
After the close of the European
War, the Dean of Women attended
classes at the Sorbonne' before
returning to the United States.
She then entered Columbia Uni-
versity Graduate School, where she

MORTARBOARD-Members of Mortarboard, senior womens'
honorary, are chosen on the basis of scholarship, service and
leadership. The university of Michigan group was one of the four
founders of this national organization.

MICHIGAMUA-Initiates into Michigamua, senior men's hon-
orary society, are given Indian names, coated with brick dust
and harnessed to a hawser for the Rope Day duck-walk. They
are chosen for superior leadership in activities and athletics.


are not also tapped for Senior So-
ciety or Scroll.
Junior Coeds
Wyvren, all-campus honorary
for junior women elects its mem-
bers on the basis of scholarship,
leadership and service.
Wearing yellowdslickers, mem-
bers tapdduring dinner, singing,
"Damn, damn, damn, to Michi-
gamua; to hell with- Sphinx, and
Vulcans, too; to the Druids and
the lest, for we know we are the
best. We are Wyvren's chosen
daughters tried and true."
All three senior women's honor-
aries carry on service projects and
raise funds to give yearly scholar-
ships, while the junior group as-
sists with Student Government
Council elections and collects jun-
ior class dues.
Honoring freshmen w o m e n
str-ictly on the basis of scholarship,
Alpha Lambda Delta is made up
of all coeds on campus who have
earned an average of 3.5 or better
during their first semester or first
Coeds are also honored by the
professional arts fraternities for
women. These include Sigma Al-
pha Iota and Mu Phi Epsilon for
music students, Zeta Phi Eta for
speech arts students and Theta
Sigma Phi for journalism students.

Men's Honoraries . .
Men of the University too are
recognized by honor societies.
Michigamua chooses its senior
members on the basis of superior
leadership in activities and ath-
Given Indian names, and coated
with brick dust, initiates are har-
nessed to a hawser for the Rope
Day duck-walk and the tribe ini-
tiation ceremony around the sa-
cred Tappan Oak near the Library.
Choosing its members from*'all
undergraduate units of the Uni-
versity except the engineering col-
lege, the Druids recognizes out-
standing leadership among senior
men in activities or varsity athlet-
The initiation ceremony is char-
acterized by the watering of the
"sapling" initiates until they grow
into mighty "trees," with the help
of the chanting of Joyce Kilmer's
The outstanding athletes and
campus leaders in the School of
Engineering are tapped by Vul-
Their ritual can be recognized
by its flaming brands lighting the
symbolic anvil near the Engine

Arch and the gleaming black
greased bodies of initiates.
The inexpensive transportation
to Chicago and New York each va-
cation on Vulcan-sponsored trains
is one of the honorary's service
engine school are selected for Tri-
Junior athletes and leaders in
angles. These initiates skim ac-
cross the Diag wearing a single
roller skate and white dunce caps,
climaxing their activity by scrub-
bing the "sacred" Engine Arch.
Coated with brick dust, neo-

phytes of Sphinx march across
campus carrying a ladder and
"Looking for the River Nile." In
this organization, the top men in
sports and extracurriculars of the
junior classes of all colleges except
engineering, are honored.
Hectorians honors senior fra-
ternity members who are out-
standing leaders in their own
chapters or in Interfraternity
Council activities.
Phi Eta Sigma, national scho-
lastic honorary, praises freshmen
men who earn at least a 3.5 grade

pursued her studies in English
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-
analytical approach to nonsense
literature such as that of Lewis
Carroll, on a fellowship from the
American Council of Learned Soci-
eties during the two years she was
working towards a doctoral degree.
She received the degree from
Columbia University in 1950.
During her spare time Dean

Bacon likes to collect historice
novels. A bookshelf lining one wa
of her office holds English histort
cal novels from before Caesar t
An "avid sports watcher," th
energetic Dean "never misses on
of the University's home footba
games." Hockey is another of he
Dean Bacon also like travelin
but has had time for little sine
assuming her duties here. Classi
cal music and classical jazz serv
as her relaxation after a har
day's work.


Pankel Group Collects Data on Sororities

Today everything and everyonel
is becoming specialized and Pan-
hellenic Association-is going along
with the trend, for they have cre-
ated a new subdivision known as
This group will have as its
launching projects the collection
of data about philanthropic or-
ganizations, including how much
has been donated to each of them
and by whom. Their objective is to
determine the important charities
and thus distribute donations
more evenly.
Another aim of this newly
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community services need aid and
As well as the commuility serv-
ices there will be a survey of last
year's pledge projects. From this
survey they will offer suggestions
and ideas to this year's pledge
They will also act as a source
of publicity from which newspa-
pers will be able to obtain infor-
mation dealing with campus soror-
Still another important project
of this committee will be the for-

Advice to


let containing procedures, such as
transfer policies and housing. This
booklet will also explain which
houses.have room but do not have
their quotas.
Coeds interested in working on
this committee should contact
chairman Peg Moore at Collegiate'
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