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Sorority 'Hell Week' Creates Closer Active-Pledge Bonds

When a group of coeds sat down
last week to a meal of blue spag-
hetti and green milk with tooth-
picks and tweezers for cutlery,
there were cries of dismay, but no
one was really surprised.
Soon laughing sorority pledges
attempted to tackle the job, egged
on by gleeful actives.
This prank, a spaghetti-smeared
pledge later explained, was a part
of the 'Hell Week' that preceded
yesterday's sorority initiation cere-
Greek Tradition
A Hell Week of some sort, in
which the pledge is supposed to
prove himself worthy of the clan
by endurance of physical and/or
mental hazing seems to be a tra-
ditional part of any Greek system.
Many an old grad will reminisce
of "the things you went through"
before taking the fraternal or
4 sororate vow.
But today, for sororities, at least,
much of the meaning has gone out
of Hell Week.
Both actives and pledges like to
think of it as a "mutual getting-
to-know-you" period. Some houses
have even changed wording to
'Help Week' or 'Friendship'Week.'
JR. PANHEL - Sororities may
vote on Junior Panhellenic presi-
dential nominees, Joyce Bushong,
Delta Gamma; and Mary Wilcox,
Kappa Kappa Gamma, a 4:15 p.m.
tomorrow in the League.
Each sorority must have three
representatives present before it
is eligible to cast its one vote.
FRENCH CLUB - Members may
hear an actress from La Comedie
Francais at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the
League. Ensian pictures will be
SUMMER PLANS - A program
on summer opportunities, spon-
sored by the Office of Religious
Affairs, will be given at 8 p.m.
tomorrow at Lane Hall.
Service projects, seminars, and
travel plans are among the topics
that will be discussed. To clarify
the talks, films and slides will be

Says a senior affiliate: "Hell
Week isn't the frightening ex-
perience it used to be. It's even
mellowed since I pledged. We're
not trying to scare pledges or give
them a really hard time; things
are planned to bring actives and
pledges closer together."
The new approach has worked
with apparent success. At the end
of the Hell Week, a pledge summed
up the general feeling: "We may
have done a lot of silly things, but
now we feel we know the actives
as closer friends- they tried so
hard to see that everyone had a
good time-and we all did."
In keeping with this newly-
slanted tradition, houses had
worked out a series of pledge
duties. Activities varied from house
to house.
A tired but happy pledge told of
how actives led her and pledge
'sisters' blindfolded "through snow
banks, up and down steps and
curbs in a zigzagging course" to a
local ice-cream parlor where they
treated the group to sundaes.
'Ugly Contest'
Other actives held an "ugly
contest." Recalled a pledge, "We
had five minutes to make ourselves
as ugly as possible (Encouraging
actives told them "it shouldn't be
too hard") and then they sent us
out to serenade fraternities with
nursery rhymes." A party at the
house followed.
Dinner and breakfast "switches"
were universal. Pledges ("in bus-
boy jackets sizes too large") served
dinners and treated lounging ac-
tives to breakfast in bed.
They were required to make
meals and clean up afterwards.
"But," an active confided with a
grin, "the place was never such a
"Even so," a pledge retorted,
"We all had a lot of 'fun."
Scavenger hunts were also on
Summer School Post
Petitioning for League summer
school president will be open to
sophomore and junior coeds
through 5 p.m. Monday, March 11.
Petitions may be obtained in the
League Undergraduate Office. Dur-
ing the summer session, the League
serves mainly as a social organ
for women. Its projects include
sponsorship of dances, bridge par-
ties, and Hatcher teas.

Coed Bowling
Open Fridays
Bowling alleys at Women's Ath-
letic Building will be open to
coeds from 3 to 5 p.m. each Friday



'hELL WEEK' ANTICS--For actives and pledges a way of s

the agenda. Pledges went out with
orders to bring back such articles
as: Ron Kramer's right sneaker,
theatre marquis letters, eggs sign-
ed by certain fraternities.
Faculty Helps Actives
Faculty members were often
asked for their help in the scaven-
ger games. One group of pledges
was roused from bed early yester-
day morning and taken to the sor-
ority house. Their assignment: to
get among other things, a picture
of the Mona Lisa's eye, as drawn
by a Fine Arts professor.
"The professor cooperated won-
derfully," a pledge remarked. He
gave us the picture with his own
interpretation - 'A View of the
Mona Lisa as, Seen by a Man in a
Flying Saucer'."
Bringing back some of the "loot"
called for "all sorts of ingenuity
and often lucky breaks," pledges
declared. "But everyone was so
helpful, the whole thing boiled
down to a lot of .fun."

Actives asked for further tests
of pledge ingenuity by requesting
original songs and skits. Often the
entertainment was not one-sided
as actives joined in with their own
Rhyme Rituals
Some houses required pledges to
recite rhymes every time they met
an active on campus, and supply
them with candy. Coeds had to
wear 'I like Elvis' buttons in for-
eign languages, carry stuffed ani-
male and bow before actives.
Failure to comply with the ritu-
als earned the pledge a "demerit"
with "punishment" to be meted
out at a "fun night" at the end of
the week.
Others shied away from such
practices. Explained an active:
"We didn't do a single thing that
would embarrass pledges or make
them feel conspicuous." She and
others consider Hell Week as such,
"detrimental and incompatible

for the rest of the semester.
The Women's Physical Educa-
tion Department is sponsoring the
recreational bowling "in response
to current interest in the sport."
k\ If it meets with student approval,
it will be continued next year,
officials say.
Each woman may use her own
equipment. Balls and assimilated
bowling shoes will also be furnish-
ed. Coeds will be asked to set their
own pins so they are advised to
bring a friend to share the job.
No reservations are needed, but
women may be asked to share an
alley if their group is less than
Players are required to wear
sneakers or bowling shoes. Shorts
or bermudas are recommended for
safety and comfort. Instructors will
-Daily-John Hirtzel be available if coeds wish to learn
trengthening friendships, to bowl or to improve their game.
with the functions of a sorority in
mature college life."
More important, these actives
Ifelt, was "doing something con-
structive." Their pledges had pro-
jects that included such things asD N
redecorating parts of the house.
Pledges were also encouraged to Classes in
spend as much time at the house a * KINDERDANCE
as possible and get to "really know (MICBALLET
actives as friends.", * ACADE
But whether they spent the bet- Beginners to
ter part of last week following Professionals
through whims of actives or en- * TAP
gaged in constructive pursuit, it BALLROOM
was a more closely-knit group that
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CARL E. LINDSTROM, executive editor of The Hartford (Con-
necticut) Times, will give a lecture in the University Lec-
tures in Journalism Series next Monday at 3 o'clock in the
Rackham Amphitheatre. The lecture is free to the public. His
subject will be: "The Scientific Approach in the Field of Jour-
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Association and has been discus-
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CARL LINDSTROM Mr. Lindstrom was cited by the
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