, DECEMBER 9, 1956
THE MICHIGAN '.DAILY
SECTION TWO-PAGE FIVE
DECEMBER 9,1956 THE MICHIGAN DAILY SECTION TWO-s-PAGE FIVE
JUST AREN'T KEPT:
New Year's Resolutions
Present Big Problems
By SARAH DRASIN
Resolutions and New Year's just
seem to go together like fire-
crackers and the Fourth of July.
The newness of the year in-
spires even the most apathetic in-
dividuals to wipe the slate clean
and try again. Everyone makes
New Year's resolutions including
doctors, teachers, housemothers
and even students.
Of course, there are always the
few who are so immersed in their
work that they don't even know
it's Christmas much less New
Year's. Then there are others who
are so rushed that they have dif-
ficulty squeezing resolution-mak-
ing into their programs.
A few students report that they
don't bother making resolutions
at New Year's at all simply be-
cause the ones they mnade all year
were never kept.
As one Zoology student put it,
After every hour exam in Zoo, I
firmly resolve that the next time
I'm going to do my essay ques-?
tions before twelve o'clock of the
night before, but, somehow, I nev-
But, knowing full well what
they are getting into, most stu-
dents go ahead anyway, each with
his or her favorite method of try-
ing to make reolutions they will
be sure to keep.
v One male student says that the
As Christmas day looms nearer
University students are attempting
to find time between bluebooks
f and social activities to purchase
their Christmas gifts.
Unlike past years, the task is
somewhat morn difficult because
of the University calendar. As one
coed noted, "I know I won't have
time to shop once I get home, but
it is even more difficult to do
Christmas shopping in Ann Arbor."
Another problem confronting
many prospective purchasers is
simply, "what to buy and for
Most students seem to operate
their Christmas shopping on the
principle of looking around a shop
until the "right" gift pops into
view. Then their only remaining
dilemma is paying for it.
However, some few clear think-
ing individuals offered suggestions
as to the correct method of Christ-
A junior nursing student said
that she has a special sales girl
in one of the loca4 stores. "She
keeps her eye open and when
she sees something she thinks I
might like she puts it away for
One freshman claims that he
"listens carefully to home conver-
sation" throughout the year. This,
- he says, is invaluable in picking
up hints for those family gifts.
Another girl said that she usu-
ally, "has no idea of what she
wants to buy before entering a
store, but rather relies on the help
of the sales personnel. She said,
"The gift in itself is not impor-
tant. What is really appreciated
mos& is the thought, effort and
sincerity expressed in it's giving."
best time to maxe resolutions is
the morning after the big New
Year's Eve celebration. "You'll
never feel so repentant again," he
Take Resolutions Seriously
Many people take resolutions a
bit more seriously. Some people
try keeping a "resolutions card"
with them all year to make nota-
tions at the appropriate times.
Then, when that time rolls around,
the Improvements are right there
waiting to be improved upon.
Others feel, however, that this
is "too much ike work". "Since
we usually break them the next
day." a group of coeds noted, "we
usually make them the day before.
Then we don't Teel so guilty over
all that wasted effort."
Several students, fed up with
the way they annually forget all
the well-intentioned promises,
started a resolutions club. Each
made a list, sealed it in an en-
velope and gave it to a friend who
was to give it back several months
Rely on Yoursel
If you don't trust your friends
to remember, you can always rely
on yourself. One coed says of her
method, "Every New Year's Day,
I write a long letter to myself in-
cluding all my resolutions for the
coming year and pin it on my
bulletin board so I'll remember to
mail it to myself the next Decem-
ber. It's so mch fun getting a
letter telling you about all the
things You haven't been doing."
But, whether they are made
seriously or in fun, people go on
making resolutions in the hope
that they may be able to keep
Students seem to have their
special brand of resolutions usual-
ly pertaining to school since that
seems to be the point of great-
est downfall during the year.
Resolve to Diet
High on the list with the girls
is the one which reads, "I re-
solve to go on a di," usually fol-
lowed mentally by," - after va-
cation." This resolution comes to
the fore after fall pledge formals
and Christmas dances when coeds
find that they can't squeeze into
any of their formals that "fit
perfectly last year".
A favorite resolution recorded
among the men is to stop smoking.
Most resolutions of this type dis-
integrate when the maker of the
resolution receives a carton of cig-
arettes for Christmas and just
can't bear to see them go to waste.
Equally striven for by both men
and women is the resolution to
really buckle down and study aft-
er Christmas vacation. A few stu-
dents admit to making this one;
after they'd neglected to crack a
book during vacation,
And then we have the last and
most popular resolution of all. Ac-
tually it is a post-New Year's reso-
lution and it is made after the
girls on diets go off them, the boys
who have decided to stop smoking
just can't resist and finals are
just around the corner.
That's when resolutions made
in all good intent on New Year's
Day hit their lowest point and
keeping them is a titanic effort.
That's when most people make
one last resolution, never to make
another resolution again - at
least not until next New Year's
By RONALD PARK
Homework for Christmas vaca-
Yet it does present a golden op-
portunity to catch up on all that
missed schoolwork or surge ahead
for the final exams.,
But golden opportunity or hot,
homework Just doesn't seem to
rate very high on the list of vaca-
tion time activities. That some
students would like to study there
is no doubt, but actually getting
it done is another matter.
Concerning his homework plans
Chandler Parker, '59, said, "I don't
plan to do any because I know I
won't get any done. Last year I
took all my books home but didn't
have the spirit. It was too de-
Takes Books Home
Joann Hodgman, '58N, ex-
pressed similar feelings saying, "I
usually take home all my books
and then do almost nothing. But
on the last day I get up real early
and try to make up for lost time."
However, Miss Hodgman held
out a little hope fornthis vacation.
"This year it's going to be dif-
ferent," she commented, "I def-
initely am going to set aside two
or three hours a day."
Others expressed a mild desire
for study but planned according
to last year's results.
Does Some Homework
Nancy Wheeler. '59, explained,
"I want to do some homework but
that's not saying that I will. In
previous years I planned to do a
lot but didn't because I was too
busy doing other things. However,
I did get in a couple of hours the
Ronald Atkinson, '59, had the
same thing happe nto his plans.
"Last year I planned to do quite
a bit of homework but things sort
of wrapped me up and pulled me
along with them. As a result, my
plans for studying failed to mater-
Dale Gatzka, '59, said, "If as-
signments are to be handed in
immediately following vacation,
I'll do some homework. Otherwise
a vacation is a vacatalon."
Calvin Otto, '58 BAd, felt the
same way saying, "Since it's a
vacation it ought to beused for
that purpose. In previous years I
have followed gae same policy."
Jane Grathwohl, '57Ed. dealt
the death blow to the vacation
AVOID THE RUSH:
Precede Official Recess
By GERALD LUNDY
on this last day that I m
Christmas vacation will have its tempted to cut that last r
initial beginnings on Dec. 20 for vous with a lecture unt
a number of Michigan students. third."
On that day there will be quite professors Understan
a few empty seats at lectures and A number of University
a few worn volumes will be left A ubersoan std
behind in deserted dorm apart- fessors understand student
ments, casually thrown aside by sences on the day of a v
some student busily materializing recess.
vacation plans that had been One professor commented
pleasant ideas only a few days some students who have bee
before. from home for a long pei
on that night before recess time "find it difficult to
'oficially' begins there will be par- that last day." He said th
ties, some "general goofing," and true of most last days bef
a few of the more conservative cess.
students will try to get some of I-- -
their studying done.
Marilyn Pierce, LSA '58, claims SEE
that she is going to havean egg- SEE
nog party on the night preceding IT.
She laughingly said, "I may or NOW11
may not make it to class the next
day, depending on how much is
Closing Books . <
Mrs. Pierce stated that Dec. 19
will be the day that "I'm closing
my books and I'm not opening
them again until January 3.
There are some students who
plan tobmiss classesonsthe day of
recess because of -trips that are
Calvin Ashford, '57Med, plans
to vacation in New York.
Ashford said, "It is imperative
to me that I get started on my
trip the day before recess begins
He added that he wanted to
spend ten full days entirely on va-
Phyllis Moss, '59, says that she
will study on the night before
recess. ,She stated that though
she will spend the final day in
class, her thoughts will be else-
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William Dabner, '60, said that
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