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Campus Celebrates


The thought of Christmas usu-
ally brings to the student's mind
thoughts of children and ,toys,
close friends and perhaps parties.
Christmas season is topped off
with exchange of gifts and greet-
ings among the family which
gathers around the Christmas tree
on Christmas morning.
However, in Ann Arbor, students
celebrate the peak of the Christ-
mas season before going off to
their hometowns with a "tradi-
tional" Christmas dinner.
Almost every place of student
residence at the University has a
special Christmas dinner which is
usually accompanied with various
decorations and entertainment to
truly bring out "Christmas Spirit"
in the student.
'One of the Largest'


Probably one of the largest
Christmas programs put on by
any housing organization is that
put on every year by the Lawyers
Club. There, the Christmas sea-
son seems to begin Dec. 4 with an
annual faculty-student dinner at
which the entire law faculty are
the guests of the students.
Christmas is made more evident
1 on Dec. 7 when members and
friends of the Executive Council
*of the Lawyers Club trim the
20-foot Christmas tree which is
then placed in the bay window of
the lounge.
Highlight of the festive pro-
gram will come Tuesday with the
annual Christmas dinner. For this
event 12 choir boys from Eber-
white School, trained by Miss
Ethyl Hedrick the principal, will
lead in Christmas carol singing.
A string quartette from the Ann
Arbor High School will play at
the dinner which will feature
lighted alaskas.
After the dinner, students anid
University has a program for
the lounge where hot wassail and
Christmas cookies are to be served
in front of the fireplace.
Almost every residence at the
University has a program for
Christmas entertainment, but of
all of them, next to perhaps the
Lawyers Club, the little known
Co-ops have the most extensive
Winter Style
Trends Outlaw
Use of Buttons
"Button up your overcoat" may
soon be a phrase with no meaning,
at least according to several Uni-
versity students,?
Commenting on important win-
ter style trends, students pre-
dicted that both buttons and over-
coats will eventually disappear
from the campus scene.
Roger T. McClurg, '57, com-
mented that short coats with rope
loops instead of buttons are
"strictly the thing."
"Buttons are for the birds,"
McClurg added.
Buttons Are Going
"Although coats with zippers
are acceptable," he continued,
"buttons are definitely on the
way out."
McClurg unlooped his coat to
show the plaid lining, "which is
not essential but is an important
asset to good style."
Emma Brown, '59, former rhu-
barb queen from Fremont, Mo.,
remarked that a short leather
jacket is "so chic."
"Furthermore," she continued,
"long coats are for the birds."
Rabbit Is A Must
In line with McClurg's attitude,
Miss Brown demonstrated the
usefulness of her own wrap, a red
leather affair lined with rabbit.
"A must in every girl's ward-
robe," she explained, "I just
couldn't get along without the
When asked what is featured in
her own winter wardrobe, Miss
Brown said that red was her fa-
vorite color.
Go Red
"Everything I have is red," she
"I wear red sweaters, skirts,
shoes, everything.
"Some people think I have a
complex," she chuckled.
In an attempt to give a view-
point more representative of stu-
dent opinion, Webster Randolph,
'59E, told how he felt a college
student should go about choosing
the correct wardrobe.
"First go to as many stores and
try on asmany articles as pos-
Take A Look

"Then," he added, "see what
your friends are wearing.
"Borrow a few things, try them
on, and if you like them, keep
"That's the economical way,"
Randolph concluded.
An unidentified student com-
mented that the best way to shop

schedule for the size of the or-
In order to get the Christmas1
season in full swing, Owen Housex
has their annual Christmas tree
decorating party, a strictly stag
affair topped off with singing of
songs while drinking hot chocolate+
in front of the fireplace.f
Later, they will hold a tobag-x
goning party to be followed by<
carroling with members of the
Not only do the c6-opers deco-t
rate the dining room and adorn
tables with attractive center
pieces, but the Owen House Quar-
tet provides music for the affair.l
After the dinner the members
proceed to join in singing Christ-1
mas carols.1
Dorms Plant
Even with the huge number of
students to accommodate,the1
men's and women's dormitories
,have annual Christmas festivities.'
Usually, most important affairsi
are annual dances held by these,
housing organizations.
Also, there are sometimes
Christmas parties held in thel
Eagerly awaited by the studentsI
are the dorm Christmas dinners,
consisting of broiled, fresh chick-
en; frozen peas; holiday punch
and pumpkin pie. This meal is
accompanied 'by decorations in
the dining room andeonrthe tables.
Entertainment Supplied
Entertainment at this time is
supplied by houses within the
dorms. Alice Lloyd Hall, for ex-
ample, has an extensive program
planned after the dinner.
A musical program will be held
in the lounge during which a choir
composed of the girls from some
of the houses will sing "The Night
Before Christmas," and other
After closing there will be par-
ties in house lounges and a "visit
from Santa."
Dinner, as An the other dormi-
tories, will be a decorated candle-
light affair.
Fraternities Celebrate
Although many fraternities do
not have an annual Christmas
dinner usually because they hold
pledge formals, some fraternities
do have some sort of celebration.
Trigon, for example, has an an-
nual tree trimming event, and
after their turkey dinner they
have an exchange of Christmas
gifts, which are items bought as
a joke, the price not exceeding
25 cents.
Sororities look forward to their
Christmas dinner and accompany-
ing activities with much merri-
At Sigma Kappa the girls take
over the jobs of the bus boys,
while the bus boys enjoy the din-
ner. Certain girls take the place
of certain boys, trying to -mper-
sonate special characteristics.
They also make up poems about
the boys.
At the Delta Delta Delta sorority
there is a tree trimming event
Friday before the vacation, and
the night of their dinner there is
a party after hours.

Christmas Season
By DALE McGHEE Pi Beta I xhi will also have a
Sorority women on campus have small chapte a' party the night be-
been busy planning to make the fore vacatiort. They are also plan-
most of the few weeks before the ning to donjtte gifts to patients
onset of Christmas vacation. I in University Hospital. They will
Activities are being planned hold their C0aristmas pledge for-
in a wide variety. Most of the lo- mal next Fi± iday.
cal chapters are working with Sigma Kr'ipa is planning to
fraternities in the annual Christ- decorate th ti r house to get into
mas parties for Ann Arbor chil- the full moxi ,of the season. Mo-
dren. biles will h.R ng in the rooms of
Alpha Gamma Delta held their the house, and a large Santa
Christmas pledge formal Friday Claus figure will decorate the
with the theme of "New Faces." front door. 'They will also hold a
They will also' hold a party at party for the ir busboys at whichI
which toys will be gathered to each will receive a gift.
give to children in University Hos-I
pital. KAYC Slates Tea{
Chi Omega also held their Kappa A'Lpha Theta is buying
pledge formal "Chi Omega Capri" gifts for parsons in University
Friday. They wlil have a tree- Hospital. 'IThey are also making
trimming party and will organ- favors to decorate the hospital
ize a group to entertain at the meal traysL They will hold a
hospitals. Christmas tea today for the mem-

'Horse Age'I
Fades Out
Ann Arbor is no longer a place
for horse enthusiasts.
For a sight or even a whiff of
their favorite animals, local eques-
trian must turn to riding stables,
or private farms.

The Bible is still the best-sellingI
book, Christmas after Christmas.
Other books gain popularity and

Bible Again Outsells Christmas Books


catch on for a year or so, but--------ey-----m-- -
the Bible remains a top seller. more every December.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh's "Gift Rachel Field s juve ook
from the Sea" and Elizabeth Or- thild" is another juvemle book
ton one' "ow ar s I Tothat has been on the market for
ton Jones' How Far Is It To about a decade. For the grownups
Bethlehem" are both good fora
there is Henry Van Dyke's "The


or expensive, aimed at the juve-1
nile or at the adult level. These
editions sell 3OOC to 5,000 and

Singing Set
Collegiate Sorosis will be wind-
ing through the streets of Ann
Arbor singing traditional Christ-
mas carols.
Delta Gamma is holding their
pledge formal this weekend with
the theme of "An Old FashionedI
Christmas." They will have a
caroling party and a small chap-
ter party just before vacation.

timates of annual sales ranging
from 8,000,000 to 25,000,000.
The 'Good Book' is published in
at least several hundred styles,
perhaps as many as 600, and at
various prices.
The Bible, or the New °or Old
Testaments, can be purchased at
several levels below $1 from World
Publishing, Oxford University

Kappa Ddlta held their pledge
formal last 4Friday for which the
house was vecorated with snow-
flakes. Thee are planning a party
for their ailtumnae and a dinner
for their 1 utsboys.
When th e parties and fun are
over, many affiliated women will
trudge honje for a week of vaca-
tion . . . amb i studying.

School in New York Turns Out,
New, Improved San a Claus

Horses, a bit of sleuthing has re- anotner season. Press, Thomas Nesonarper an
vealed, just aren't to be found "The Night Before Christmas" Other Wise Man and Kate Doug- other houses.
within the city limits. Every source by Roger Duvoisine finds its an- las Wiggin's "The Birds' Christ- World's 150 editions sell from
contacted has brushed off the nual, dependable customers. mas Carol." $1 to $250 for the Bruce Rogers
"horse-hunt" with a "we don't Dicken's "Christmas Carol" has Milt Cross' "Hiawatta" and "De lectern Bible. A pulpit Bible ranges
e yherewityuwem doghtrylasted the longest of any piece of Night in de Front from Chrees- from $2 to $100 by Nelson while
so-and-so's farm outside town, or Christmas fiction and is still the mas" answers the recurring de- Oxford prices begin at $165 and
the stables." leader year in and year out. One mand for books in the lighter rise to $300.
of its dozen publishing houses re-j vein but still in the Christmas Bibles come in all shapes and
Even in Detroit, where at the ports, "We sell 500 copies every'spirit. sizes, illustrated and plain, with
turn of the century about 40,000 Christmas as regular as clock- Nevertheless, the Bible still or without concordance, with zip-
horses provided the city with its work." offers the greatest appeal to the pers, specially boxed, perhaps
chief means of transportation, Many of the houses have edi- greatest number of bookstore vis- thumb-indexed and in leather
their number has dwindled to 350. tions, specially illustrated, cheap I itors. One publisher has heard es- bindings of different colors.
Ann Arbor has a total of 35, all __ -- -__ - - *---- - -________
maintained for leisure riding pur- j M
poses at the Huron River Stables."'" "'"..".. ".
While the Detroit police force
keeps fifty horses for use at Belle "Ais
Isle and the Bethune Station, Ann/1 M e r lrsl' act u e L
Arbor police limit themselves to
automobile transportation.
"Let's face it," one member com- O e ift C O-
mented, "cars are the coming ng
Even farmers in this area re-
ported that their horse population T E UU' C E T E R
is diminishing. Tractors, they, 0 3 U MV3U S IC C..E , 2~II U...Una
'agree,are much less expensive to
maintain and, according to one,_______________________________________
"rarely get sick."
Detroit can claim only one op- Gi fts that keep on g iv ing:
erating commercial stable today,.:
which rents out its stock of 38
animals to junkmen, ve etable "R rd 1u hm to ' )5 JU
salesmen and fishmongers.
A random student survey show-
ed that in some respects horses
might be a valuable addition to Records are always welcome:
the campus.
When questioned about adding -I$ 95
horses to the campus population, .R TA C E * * *
Cynthia Stone, '56, answered with'! "
an enthusiastic "Yes!" Pedaling
down Washtenaw Ave. she pointedTE ESN. . . -from
out, "Horses take a lot less keep 4
than bikes. And even if they're M agnavoxPh i Ico and RCA
dirtier, the change would be worth M agnavoxlPhi rco" and RCA
it in the long run." _______________________________________________
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Santa Claus nowadays must j
have a "college" degree-Bachelor{
of Santa Claus.
Though it may seem unbeliev-
able a school, located at Albion,
N. Y., was established in 1936, to
provide this education.
A prospective student, after pay-
ing $150 tuition, can enroll in
such studies as "History and Evo-'
lution of Santa - Claus," "Child
Psychology," and "What Parents
Expect of Santa."
The "Dean," Charles Howard, is
a jolly, ample-bellied replica of
Kris Kringle.
Began School
He began his school after be-
coming disillusioned by often dir-
ty and decrepit Santas at one time
employed by many department
First duty assigned to a would-
be Santa is to gain experience by
dealing with children.
Howard has set up two strict
rules which must be followed when
dealing with youngsters.
Never Lie
First is never lie; if a child in-
sists on knowing whether this is
the real Santa, the Santa must tell
the child that he is one of Santa's
Second is that since Santa sym-
bolizes love he must be radiant
with warmth and affection if he is
to be worthy of his name.
Parents many times present
varied problems for Santa to
Parents Expect Miracles
They expect him to perform
miracles with their children.

To facilitate communications be-
tween Sar&a and the parent, mi-
crophones are provided for the
parent. A v;ire runs through San-
ta's trous ecs and is attached to
earphones under his beard.
Once w)]in a parent worried be-
cause his dhild refused to eat spi-
nach he nshed Santa to help rem-
edy the ;situation.
Santa Obliged
Santa iDlliged and spoke to the
Santa accomplished his task but
We per:pljixed parent soon re-
turned, hrild in tow, quite indig-
nant, now his boy would eat no-
thing but. spinach.
To be & good Santa other quali-
fications ilaust be met.
An idles)l Santa would weigh
about 15 pounds, standdbetween
5'6" and, 6' tall, have blue eyes
and a fu'LY face.
But pealiaps the most important
prerequisi-te is "heart and head"
especially the former.




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