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Women Air Sorority Problems

Prof. Felheim Describes Wide Variety of Experiences


Kicking off Greek Week activi-
ties yesterday, affiliated women
aired problems in the sorority sys-
tem at a Panhel Workshop.
Representatives from the 21
houses participated in five group
discussions covering Spring Rush,
Integration of Transfers, Relation
between Alumnae and Active
Chapters, A Strong Panhel and
Junior Panhel's Place on Campus.
Each area will be brought up
again in individual houses for fur-
ther discussion, with the aim of
eventually submitting specific sug-
gestions for improvements in the
system to Panhel, said Workshop
Chairman Susan Hattendorf, Kap-
pa Alpha Theta.
Spring Rush .-.
More than a score of coeds, un-
der the leadership of Diane Dun-
can, Alpha Chi Omega, considered
contact rule problems and other
difficulties that sororities will face
as a result of Spring Rush.
Since coeds will register for rush
in November and formal rushing
will not begin until February, it
was pointed out that some sort
of formal or informal contact rules
will have t. be established.
Representatives batted. several
ideas around and finally agreed
that allowing affiliated women to
visit independents in dormitories,
but restricting invitation of inde-
pendents to the houses, was the
most workable suggestion. Such a
plan would permit actives to keep
up friendships with independents
and at the same time keep rush-
ing in the established rush period,
thus avoiding "dirty rush."
Transfers . . .
What can each house do for its
transfers to make them feel a part
of the house?
Representatives, under group
leader Mary Nolan, Pi Beta Phi,
emphasized that each house make
sure transfers are not segregated
from the rest of the actives, but
are immediately accepted. into the
group and encouraged to partici-
pate in all activities.
They also suggested that inte-
gration would be more effective if
transfers were affiliated with the
University chapter thus obligating
them to attend chapter meetings,
pay dues, vote on elections and
policies, and hold offices in, the
For still further integration, it
was proposed that Panhel hold a
meeting of transfer students to
forewarn them of the problems
they will face and to help make
them feel like an integral part of
the sorority.
Active-Alumni . . .
Some of the suggestions made to
promote reciprocal understanding
and co-operation among alumnae
and active chapters are: sponsor-
ing an alumnae tea for pledges, in-
viting alumnae and their husbands
to a dress up dinner, and having
a family dinner for alumnae.
Coeds, led by Mary Lee Birming-
ham, Kappa Alpha Theta, said
that support each house received
from alumnae varies.
Most sororites have an alumnae
financial adviser whom they say
helps with budgeting. They also
felt that the alumnae influence

"Professor Felheim conducts a
perfect class. He is so human, and
he makes me feel that he is part
of the class rather than above us,"
said Pura Hernandez. She ex-
pressed the sentiment that many
of Professor Marvin Felheim's stu-
dents feel.
Felheim, one of the English de-
partment's Shakespearean au-
thorities, was born in the small
town of Brooksville, Kentucky. He
remarked that Brooksville was lo-
cated in a tobacco district, and he
left there after he finished ele-
mentary school.
The Felheim family moved to
Cincinnati, Ohio. The tall pro-
fessor graduated from the Univer-
sity of Cincinnati, receiving a de-
gree in political science.
Desired Foreign Service
When asked why he decided to
become an English teacher, he
said "I wanted to go into the for-
eign service, but I didn't have
enough money to attend graduate
Looking at the top of his desk!
cluttered with modern novels, he
remarked, "I'm reviewing them for
a radio program." The distin-
guished professor explained that
he was also a social worker.
Went Overseas
Felheim received overseas duty
and had the distinction of being
in the first B-24 group to be
operational in Europe.

After spending the year of 1954-55
as a Visiting Professor at the Na-
tional Taiwam University in For-
mosa on a Smith-Mundt grant, he
was invited to spend the summer
in Japan before returning to
In addition, he went as a State
Department specialist to the Na-
gano Seminar of American Studies.
"Our faculty consisted of five men,
including the noted writer William
Faulkner," he said. He added that
the seminar was conducted for
sixty Japanese teachers of all ages
and ranks.
Favorite Course
Besides teaching his favorite
course, "Shakespeare's Plays," Fel..
heim also teaches "Introduction to
the Civilization of the United
States," a course designed for for-
eign students.
As an author he has written
"The Theater of Augustin Daly"
and has edited a collection of
modern short stories. Felheim also
writes a monthly column in "The
Shakespearean Newsletter," as he
is an authority on the comedies.
This June Felheim is planning
to participate in the Shakespeare

i Institute Seminar to be held In
Stratford, England.
He was a board member of the
Dramatic Arts Center and he
thinks very highly of their pro-
ductions. Speaking on the DAC,
he said, "Ours was the only pro-
fessional and arena theatre in
Ann Arbor. The DAC strove for
genuine artistic plays."
Felheim is distinguished in oth-
er fields such as appearing on ra-
dio programs and reviewing Broad-
way plays.
A comment which sums him up
perfectly was stated by a coed,
"It was a Saturday class, in a
huge room, and I couldn't find one
vacant seat."
Greek Week Picnic
Sandra Beer, general co-chair-
man of the fieldhouse picnic asks
that: 1) Fraternity men call for
women on the same relay team and
take them to the fieldhouse by 6
p.m. today; 2) Participants in the
novelty race bring equipment down
with them; 3) Each house have its
dinners down to the fieldhouse be-
tween 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

-Daily-David Arnold
WORKSHOP PREPARATION-Group leaders, (seated) Mary Lee
Birmingham, Mary Nolan, Joyce Bushong, (standing) Sally Miller,
and Dianne Duncan discuss topics for Panhel workshop with
Chairman Susan Hattendorf.

MARVIN FELHEIM-always a full class.

in policy information and guid-
ance was needed in the business
field, rushing matters and schol-
arship policies.
A Strong Panhel ,,,
Affiliates under leader Sally
Miller, Delta Gamma, considered
ways of strengthening Panhel
through individual houses, unity
among houses, potential Panhel
leaders and relation to other cam-
pus groups.
In attempting to find ways to
combat house apathy, they agreed
that unity is fostered by such
group-participating events as song
fests. Coeds also discussed estab-
lishing the practice of imposing
fines upon actives who don't at-
tend social functions and "push-
ing" members into activities when
genuine interest wasn't there.
They proposed inter-sorority
unity through joint teas, dinners,
athletic events or dances.
The problem of "petition fright"
came up in the analysis of Panhel
leadership apathy. Suggestions for
overcoming it included the possi-
bility of acquainting potential can-
didates with the interviewing tech-

Coeds also said that hesitation
to petition is fostered by the fact
that Panhel executive posts have
too much responsibility and de-1
mand too much time while lesser
offices don't have enough prestige.
They suggested that duties be
more evenly distributed.
In its relation to other campus
groups, representatives commented
that Panhel should adopt a more
friendly, cooperating attitude and
work not only for its own interests
but those of all groups.
Junior Panhel .
Stressing the importance of ac-
tive interest to carry over into
the senior group, representatives
led by Joyce Bushong, discussed
ideas for more profitable pledge-
active-independent activities.
Joint participation in projects
with Junior Interfraternity Coun-
cil as well as with actives and in-
dependents in dorms was sug-
gested. Coeds also advocated clos-
er contact with pledge trainers.
League Council
There will be a Leag';e Coun-
cil meeting at 8:15 p.m. tonight
in the League.

In 1945 Felht !m began teaching
at the University of Missouri,
where he taught a course in fea-
ture writing. The the noted book
critic and author continued his
studies at Harvard University
where he obtained his PhD in En-
glish. , '
Felheim came to the University
in 1948. Speaking of the English
department, he said, "I like it

here because the department has
a progressive attitude, a phenom-
enal philosophy of teaching and
gives a great deal of encourage-
ment to research."
Felheim has already received
two summer grants and remarked,
"In 1954 I was given the teaching
award for the literary college."
The popular professor has had a
very interesting and varied life.



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