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'TEMSER 16, 1951

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGET

'TEMBER 16, 195'I THE MICHIGAN DAILY 1'AGK I

IADITION DISAPPEARS:
Union Opera Bows to Musket Show
BY MURRAY FEIWELL;
MUSKET (Michigan Union
)w, Koeds Too) will begin its z "";1:: ;:f: j:;:i"+r":: ::n"Y}iq"::{ .
ond'ear on campus this fall.
ast year was the first time that
former Union Opera became
SKET, allowing women in the"-",.: '": '::
t. "Brigadoon" was the presen-'
on.
or a lm o st h a lf a cen tu ry th e o p r a h r c e i e : .....r:<>-::.: .
on Opera was characterized by
male shows, long road tours:
Ssatires of camnpus life.
rnioOpera was not at all'
at its name implied. Instead'
hiighbrow performances. it was
ally a musical comeay written,
formed and directed by stu- :
ts, often a satire on campus

Some of the old Unior. Operas
went on tour visiting as many as
11 states. Twice they filled New
York's famed Metropolitan Opera
X House, end one show was even
received at the White House in
Washington, D.C.
'Michigenda' Successful
The first show was presented in
1908 in order to raise money for
the Union after several other
money-making attempts failed.
"Michigenda" was a great suc-
cess. The following year's show
was penned by the same authors-
and tradition had been installed
at the* University.
In foll9wing years the Opera
gave "Koanzaland" a play with an
African setting, and in 1913 the
b performance of "Contrarmie
Marie' took the show to-the road
for the first time.
Wor the trip the group had its
own five-car train, a practice
which was continued in following
years.
Women made their first of two
appearances in Union Opera in
the 1918 show, "Let's Go " Be-
cause of the war there just weren't
enough men.
e Trips Lengthened
in the early twenties, road trips
t began 'to lengthen. By this 'time
Union Opera was a $20,000 pro-
duction.
Thomas Dewey, former New
H York governor and presidential
cadidate, played a major role in
the .1921 production, "Top o' the
MAornin' .
By 1922 Opera was visiting Chi-
cago, Cleveland, Detroit. Louis-
ville and, Pittsburgh.
Through the twenties colorful
shows were the rule. The 1923
production was "Cotton Stock-
ings." This show played to. a
capacity crowd at New York's
legendary Metropolitan Opera
aouse.
sIt was a huge success. The New
York Times said, "The entire pro-
duction had a certain professional
finesse, although retaining the
Aproper college atmosphere
original and dazzling."
President Entertained
In 1925 the tour was received
by President Calvin Coolidge at
the White House. Coolidge gave
a reception for the entire cast.
However, the colorful shows of
the twenties vanished with the
depression.
Opera again managed a pre-
sentation in 1934 and for the sec-
ond time a woman was in the cast.
The woman was Sally Rand, the
famous fan-dancer.
There were shows in 1940 and
1941, but the war again inter-
rupted the program. Opera was
revived in 1949 and has run
~'through 1955. The 1951 show,
however, was the last to make
money.
4 Show Lost Money
The 1955 production of "Flim
Flam" ran considerably in the red.
Union officials finally realized
that type of show could no longer
be a success. They made the his-
toric decision that women could
work. in the Opera.
Thus last year MUSKET was
born with the production of the
famous Broadway production of
"Brigadoon." The first time an
original show had not been used.
The show was a financial success
and played before packed houses
at two of its three performances.
John Moore, '57E, General
AChairman for the coming show,
has announced this year's produc-
tion will be "Kiss Me Kate."
Moore said he hopes to continue
the near professional quality
which was characteristic of last
year's show.
Moore ,emphasized that MUS-
KET is an all-campus production
and said that freshmen will be
invited to the organizatienal meet-
ing to be held Oct. 13.

Researci
By MARGARET MOORE
Consumer finance studies and
research on workers' reactions to
automation and children's images
of their parents carry out the In-
stitute of Social Research's aim to
make a major contribution to
knowledge of social relationships
and human behavior.
These research activitiesnare
carried out by its two Centers:
Survey Research Center and Re-
search Center for Group Dynamics.
Of separate origin, and working
with separate problems, methods,
and personnel, each Center has
continued its programs with con-
siderable autonomy.
Center Concerns
During its 10-year operation,
Survey Research Center has been
primarily concerned with "the ap-
plication of sample survey meth-
ods to a variety of psychological,
sociological, economic, and poli-
tical problems," according to Prof.
Angus Campbell, director of the
Center.
It has conducted nearly 100 sur-
veys, some of national scope in-
volving thousands of respondents
and some restricted to special
groups 'within the local population.
The first objective of the Re-
search Center for Group Dynam-
ics, both during its early years at
the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and since its transfer
to the University, has been "to
conduct basic research on the
phenomena of group life and
group behavior," according to Prof.
Dorwin Cartwright, Center direc-
tor.
Gar Reduced
A second objective has been to
reduce "the gap between the body
of social science knowledge and

Centers Contribute

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the utilization of the knowledge by
society," he says.
Survey Research Center includes
research programs in economic
behavior, organizational behavior
and human relations, public com-
munication and influence, poli-
tical behavior, mental health and
survey methodology.
Prof. George Katona of the
psychology department, director of
the economic behavior program,
explained this program measures
and analyses motives, opinions, at-
titudes, and expectations of busi-
nessmen and consumers, contri-
buting to an understanding of
spending, saving, investing, and
other forms of economic behavior.
Life's Aspects
"A major aspect of modern life
is its organizational character.
"More and more of our life's
activities, and more and more of
our working hours are spent in
formal organizations of growing
complexity and size," Prof. Robert
Kahn of the psychology depart-
ment, director of research in or-
ganizational behavior and human
relations, explained the origin of
his program.
Research projects have been
undertaken in the home office of
an insurance company, in a rail-
road, an automobile factory, a
public utility, a tractor factory and
an appliance factory.
Subsequent work has been done
in government agencies, military
and civilian medical research in-
stitutes, labor unions and civic
groups.
Prof. Kahn emphasized his in-
terest in two levels of analysis-
the behavior of individuals in
organizations and the functioning
of organizations themselves.

Prof. Steven Whitney, director
of the public communication and
influence program, explained his
program investigated values, loyal-
ties, attitudes, expectations and
personailty factors in particular
social settings which are influen-
tial in contributing to behavior.
"Usually the research approach
has been to study the public's re-
action to the information it has
in hand, and to relate this reaction
to psychological measures of the
individual,' Prof. Whitney said.
Only secondary influence,, he
continued, has been given "to the
channels and media by which these
people were made aware of the
item, and only occasional attention
to the real content of the original
event to which the public is re-
acting.".

Group Dynamics Center carries
out research on conflicting pres-
sures resulting from membership
in several groups, communication
among group members, investiga-
tion of the interactions of children
seeking social power, and the prin-
ciples of social change,
The Center has worked with
German visitors to the U n ite d
States, church program of youth
education, and children at the
University Fresh Air Camp.,
One of their studies concerned
admission of Negro, Oriental, and
Jewish students to college frater-
nities.
Control over the character of the
Institute's research and other
objectives rests with an Executive
Committee.

This committee, composed of
faculty members appointed by the
University Board of Regents, re-
views all activities and research
proposals and gives counsel in the
planning of long-term -objectives.
The staff of the Institute con-
sists of about 70 research scientists,
a clerical and administrative staff
of about 50 persons and a staff of
250 interviewers located through
the nation.
The Institute is supported pri-
marily through contracts with
government agencies, private busi-
ness firms, grants from research-
s u p p o r t i n g foundations, and
through compensation for certain
services provided to other parts of
the University.

in Studies

STUDENTS INVITED:
Freshman Rendezvous Beckons

Freshman Rendezvous, a chance
for new students at the Univer-
sity to meet each other, will begin
this year Sept. 10. According to
Harold Duerksen, program direc-
tor for the Office of Religious
Affairs, Rendezvous is the bridge
that connects home and high
school with life on the campus.
Rendezvous will run in two ses-
sions-one Sept. 10 through 12,
and the other Sept. 13 through 15.
As before there will be two campsI
used; the Fresh Air Camp and
Camp Storer.
The outdoor gathering is a co-
educational affair with chances
for meeting important individuals

on the campus plus ample time for
recreational activities.
Sponsored by the Office of Re-
ligious Affairs, Rendezvous had an
attendence of approximately 220
freshmen last year. The three-day
affair requires 60 counselors.
The counselors are selected from
their applications by a Policy
Board which consists of a member
from Assembly, Council of Stu-
dent R e li g i o u s Organizations,
Inter-House Council, Panhellenic
Association and Student Govern-
ment Council.
Counselors are usually upper
classmen and have previously at-
tended the Rendezvous.

According to Duerksen, the
main purposes of the camp are to
give students an idea of religious
resources available to them on the
campus and help them develop
sensitivity to the new ideas they
will encounter on campus.
Recreation will consist of soft-
ball, swimming, boating, volley-
ball and many other activities.
A unique feature of Rendezvous
is that each student will have a
counselor who is working in the
particular field that the student
is interested in. This will give the
student an added chance for per-
sonal counselling.

UNION OPERA NO MORE-Now it's MUSKET that has its name
in lights on the local theatre marquee every December.

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