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THE MICHIGAN DAILY MOND

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Dances Play Part in Forming 'U' Tradition

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versity affiliates. Fraternity men
hold their dance at the end of
the series of activities to help
maintain , good inter-fraternity'
and inter-sorority relations.
Important in the annual social
calendar are those dances which
are presented by different schools
in the University.
Hero of the logging legend, Paul
Bunyan characterizes the School
of Natural Resources' most infor-
mal dance of the year. Couples,
clad in plaid shirts and bermudas
or dungarees, square dance to the
tunes of a local campus band.
Students of the Forestry School
provide pine trees, cones, and
needles to simulate north woods
surroundings.
Lawyers' Dance
Wig and Robe Ball, sponsored
by the Barrister Society, a law
club organization, is a semi-for-
mal dance, usually held the week
before Christmas vacation.
Medical School steps into the
social scene with its annual semi-
formal dance, Caduceus Ball. A
large caduceus, rod entwined with
serpents which belonged to Aes-
culapius, god of healing, is now
a symbol of the medical profes-

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sion, and is the main prop in the
decorative scheme. The dance is
given primarily for medical stu-
dents and staff members of Uni-
versity Hospital, but students
from all schools are welcome.
Honoring their senior class, ju-
nior dental students present
Odonto Ball each spring. The
dance is now in its 24th year. Six
years ago, dental students cele-
brated the diamond anniversary
of the fouding of Michigan's
dental school. They decorated
Odonto Ball of that year by de-
picting a dentist's life as it has
changed from pioneer to present
day facilities.
Traditional Rivalry
Later in the spring semester,
law students come into the pic-
ture again with Crease Ball.
Legend surrounding its origin
says that in early days the lot of
young law students was not such
a prosperous one. Forced to strug-
gle for a living, their pocketbooks
allowed them to put a crease in
their trousers only once a year.
In honor of the occasion a ball
was held.
According to tradition, engi-
neers crash Crease Ball each year,
drag in a giant slide rule and
challenge legal brains to find
where they have hidden it. Law
studens may crash the Engineers
Slide Rule Ball to get the rule
again if they wish. The school
which has the rule at the end of
the year is said to be winner of
the rivalry.
Rivalry traces back to the time
when law classes were held at the
old Haven Hall. Lawyers had an-
noyed engineers by parking their
cars under the Engineering Arch
and deflating the tires. The en-
gineers in turn formed a human
chain with slide rules and pre-
vented the lawyers from getting
to their classrooms.
International Ball
International Ball climaxes a
week of exhibits from the native
lands of many of the University's
foreign students. During the week,
fashion shows, lectuers, and par-
ties are presented for all students.
A big costume dance, one of the
few held on campus, Monte Carlo
Ball, adds another international
flavor to the social scene. Coeds
and their dates dance in an at-
mosphere of gambling and leave
with their pockets full of play
money from various games at
which they have won.
Climaxing the social season is
the Blue Book Ball. Students now
have the opportunity to take a
last break from their books before
starting to study for final exams.

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