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Class f'40 ToBe
Orientation Weel


In ManyYears;
in September22


Program For
Special Aptitude Tests,
Lectures And Recreation
Included InProgram
New Students Are
Assigned To Groups
Entering Students Urged
To Arrive Early To Get
Room Accommodations
The class of 1940-this fall's in-
coming freshmen-will meet officially
for the first time Tuesday, Sept. 22,
at the opening of the University's
tenth annual Orientation Period, the
week when the campus belongs to
those entering students for the pur-
pose of their becoming acquainted
with their surroundings for the next
four years.
The Orientation Period's program;
opening Tuesday, will schedule the
yearlings for activities running
through Saturday, Sept. 26, arid in-
cluding such diversified items as
physical examinations and mixers,
addresses and examinations, and reg-
istration and recreation sports.
In addition to those activities, the
freshmen will have on their schedule
pre-professional talks for those stu-
dents who hope, to enter the profes-
sional curricula, an R.O.T.C. inspec-
tion and demonstration trip, an in-
troduction to the facilities offered by
the Health Service, and an excursion
through the General Library.
90 Adviser Groups
For the freshmen, their first Uni-
versity year opens at 8 a.m. sharp
Tuesday, with 90 Orientation adviser
groups already planned as compared
with 89 groups which took part in the
week's activities last year. Every
freshman is assigned for his first in-
troduction to the campus and class-
rooms to a member of the faculty
whose name and office address has
already been sent to the members
of that professor's group.
Each adviser will have the duty of
mapping his group's study programs,
shepherding them through the mael-
strom of classification and registra-
tion. leading them on t he inspection,

A Message To Freshmen
EACH new enteringclass makes those who are some years along
the way turn and think back upon their own first year at Michi-
gan. For most of us, it was the most revolutionary year of our lives,
and easily the most exciting.
That which made it most difficult was the illusions we brought
with us -the expectations we had of Michigan. For some, those
illusions were derived from movies and romance magazines; to them,
the campus was a place of suspended responsibilities in an atmos-
phere of golden unreality. For others, the campus was a place of
intense intellectual excitement; they, like Lincoln Steffens who died
this week, came to college with questions burning in their minds;
they looked forward to walks along the Huron River paths while
arguing passionately some aspect of the realities of life, to late eve-
nings gathered in small groups of keen-minded people who valued the
truth more than life itself.
Both have been equally disappointed. To those who expected an
existence of unremitting pleasure, the hard work has come as a sober-
ing fact, and to those who have looked forward to keen intellectual
stimulation, the realization that most college students are more in-
terested in the World Series and the Opposite Sex than in seeing that
share-croppers get a chance to make a living has come somewhat bit-
This is not of course the whole truth. There is a glorious spirit
of atavism about marching down State Street in a body, chanting
eT' Hell With '39"; about wearing pots with defiant self-conscious-
ness; about descending upon the sophomores unmercifully. There is
the fragrance of romance about those occasional long walks along the
river, looking down upon Ann Arbor from the hills. There is the
thrilling spring experience of watching crowds of youths crossing the
diagonal in their new bright-colored clothes. And, on the other hand,
some few manage to get themselves educated in a real sense despite
opposition. They learn to achieve an intellectual self-dependency
through contacts that they themselves have to forge, through a serious
application to their studies which goes beyond fulfilling the mere
forms of education. '
There are as many different kinds of people in college as there
are out of it. You will find the socially ambitious, the grinds, the
B.M.O.C.'s (Big Men On Campus), the light-headed and the sober-
minded. In the course of your first year you will be faced with some
decisions that will determine the role you are to play on campus and
will ultimately reflect the part you will fill in the larger community
after you leave Michigan. You will have to decide, for example,
whether to join a fraternity or sorority, and which one, whether to
participate in extra-curricular activities, and again which one, and
in the hundreds of little decisions about your everyday activities you
will begin to formulate your own sense of values. You will come to
learn that, just as in every other community, the campus has a group,
socially prominent, most of whom have nothing to recommend them-
selves but a glamour of irresponsibility, and you will either learn or

Students May
Get NYA Jobs
Ard Other Aid
Many Scholarships, Loan
Funds Available For All
Work-Way_ tudents
Many Scholarships
Not For Freshmen

Seventh President Begins Eighth Year

To Date Are
Ahead Of '35

Program Changed
Special Gifts Will
All Extra Fees


excursions, proctoring them in the not learn to value them for what th
general aptitude examinations, and,
in general, getting them off to a good These are some of the problem
start in their University career. exciting year. During it, there wi
The adviser, furthermore, is in and more of despair, but, becaus
charge of the study programs of the f aermmbednones
students in his enteringfreshman former are remembered, no-one s
groups for the first two years of
their attendance here, until they are .
admitted to candidacy for a degree 1iRIu1sl11 PlansF
and begin work in their field of con-
centration. A dF a e nte
Prospective freshmen are urged to And Fraternities
arrive in Ann Arbor two or three days ____
before the beginning of Orientation Complete rushing rules have been
Week if it is possible, so that proper C
rooming accommodations may be se- announced by Betty Ann Beebe, '37,
cured, and so that the entering stu- president of the Executive Board of
dents can get unpacked and settled I the Panhellenic Association.
by Monday night in order to devote Other members of the board are
their full time to the Orientation
progam fom Tesda on.Mary Maclvor, '37, secretary, Jean
program from Tuesday on.
Need Address To Register Hatfield, '37, treasurer, and Virginia
Since it is of course necessary for Spray, '37, rushing secretary. The
the student to give his Ann Arbor rules as accepted by a majority vote
address and telephone number on the of the sororities last spring are as
registration and classification blanks, follows:
it will be impossible to enroll unless 1. Rushing will extend from 3 p.m..
housing accommodations have al- Saturday, Sept. 26, until 9:30 p.m.
ready been obtained by the student Wednesday, Oct. 14.
before Orientation starts. 2. You may go to all the initial
Vaccination against smallpox is teas for which you have received an
compulsory for all entering students, invitation, but you should not stay
and the freshmen will be vaccinated longer than three-quarters of an
in the course of the physical examin- hour at each house.
ations if they are not ready to show 3. With the printed tea invitations
that they have been vaccinated in the may be inclosed a sorority card asking
past seven years. you to a party at the beginning of the
Freshmen are also warned that week; you may be given your choice
their mail must not be sent to them of one of several parties.
here "in care of the University," as 4. You need not reply to printed
delivery would be too difficult. In- tea invitations, but you must accept
stead, they should give their ex- or refuse any other invitation in-
pected Ann Arbor address. If they closed, at tea Saturday or Sunday,
have done the former, or if their ad- or by telephone before 11:00 p.m.
dyes should have to be changed, they Sunday night. It is better to let a
house know the next day if you can-
are requested to file change of ad- , ~. t mh Si , fhsi ±t ne._

ey are worth.
ms you will meet during that first
ill be many moments of revelation
e nature is merciful and only the
ave yourself can help you.
or All Sororities
Are Announced
Michigan's 45 fraternities will be-
gin a 13-day rushing period Saturday,
Sept. 26,. the last day of Orientation
Week. All rushees as well as fra-
ternities will be bound by Interfra-
ternity Council rushing rules.
Each freshman interested in fra-
ternities is required to register in the
Michigan Union before noon of this
Saturday. Registration involves a
fee of 50 cents, and is required for
facilitating location of rushess by fra-
ternities. Late registrees are fined.
On the noon of the first day of Or-
ientation Week, Tuesday, Sept. 22,
there will be a period lasting until
the following Saturday noon when
fraternities will be allowed to con-
tact rushees for dates only by tele-
phone or mail.
Following this period fraternities
. will entertain rushees at lunch and
dinner daily until one week from the
next Thursday, a period of 13 days.
During this period "no cars or
taxis are to be used at any time under
any consideration" by rule of the
council, no rushing shall be done
outside of the fraternity house, and
no rushing shall take place after 8:30
p.m. at night. Engagements may be

In addition to NYA positions, needy
students may'obtain aid to complete
their college educations from the
many scholarship and loan funds
made available by special gifts.
Though many ofthecscholarships
are not available to freshmen, the
Michigan Alumni, through their
University of Michigan Clubs and
Alumnae chapters in the state, offer
50 scholarships to graduates of ac-
credited high schools who plan to
enter the University. In previous
years the holders of these scholar-
ships received exemption only from
the general fees, but were obliged to
pay all other fees, including Health
Service, Michigan Union or League,
and outdoor physical education fees.
However, the program has been
changed so that this year the schol-
arship covers all fees. Each Club
recommends from one to three can-
didates for these scholarships, and
final decisions on the 50 candidates
are made by University authorities.
Upon completion of satisfactory work
during the freshman year, the hold-
er of this scholarship is eligible to
have it renewed for three more years,
A special scholarship open to in-
coming freshmen who are graduates
of Detroit Central High School is the
Charles Francis Adams Memorial
Scholarship. Established in 1915 by
gifts from friends of Mr. Adams, a
member of the class of 1886, the in-
come is payable each year to a grad-
uate of that school designated by the
school authorities.
There are many scholarships open
to students in the literary college
with no special requirements. Among
these are the Earhart Foundation,
Scholarships, maintained by the Ear-;
(Continued On Page 10)
Famous Stars
Are Named For
car s Concerts
Kirsten Flagstead To Open
Brilliant Series Of Ten
Recitals; Heifetz To Play
A brilliant series of ten concerts,
which will'include three distinguished
orchestras, the Boston, Chicago and
Detroit Symphonies, has been planned
for the Choral Union Series of 1936-
37, Dr. Charles A. Sink, president of
the School of Music, announced re-
The opening concert will be one of
the most outstanding events of the
series, with Kirsten Flagstead, the
Norwegian operatic soprano, who
scored such a success this year with
the Metropolitan Opera, appearing in
recital on Oct. 19 in Hill Auditorium.
Chicago Group to Return
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
under the baton of Frederick Stock,
will return to the scene of its many
former triumphs in previous May Fes-
tivals, for the second concert of the
season on Nov. 2. This will be the
first time that this organization has
been heard in Ann Arbor with its
full quota of men. On its Festival
appearances for the past 31 years, it
has always been represented by its
curtailed group of 70 players.
One of the most unusual concerts
will be the presentation of the Mos-
cow Cathedral Choir, consisting of
'ima ri7.n inrp. to hpm dirrn soby

Dr. Ruthven Will Leave
Vacation Spot To Begin
31st Year Of Service
Some time next month, Dr. Alexan-
der G. Ruthven will close up his
"Summer White House" in the midst
of the Michigan colony at Frankfort
and return to his gray stucco South
University Avenue home to begin his
eighth year as President and his
thirty-first year of service on the fac-
The President will leave behind him
a stammer of horseback riding and
relaxation, asumrer devoted to per-
mitting a tibia, fractured on last New
Year's Day, to knit completely.
His interests are not by any means
confined to the administration of his
official duties from a first floor office
in Angell Hall. They cover a range of
subjects as wide as they are pro-
fo u n d . -'
Director Of Museums
President Ruthven is now taking a
very active part in the construction
and plans for the 192-foot Marion
LeRoy Burton Memorial Tower hous-
ing the Charles Baird Carillon, which
will be completed this fall, and also
the new $6,500,000 Horace H. Rack-
ham School of Graduate Studies.
In the field of scientific interests,
his main concern has been the study
of reptiles. However, he has also
shown a devotion to painting and
etchings, as well as the collection of
various art objects and books.
Attached to his name in the official
Student-Faculty Directory of the
University is to be found the designa-
tion, "Director of the University Mu-
seums," an office which he has held
since 1927 when the decision was
made to consolidatethe various mu-
seums of natural history into one
With University Since 1906
The 54-year-old President, who has
just completed his third decade on
the campus as a teacher and an ad-
ministrator, has been with the Uni-
versity since he was awarded his
Ph.D. degree by the Graduate School

Vera Cruz, Mexico, and others in
British Guiana, and the Central
American countries. His exploring
activities have been very largely con-
fined to North America since 1923.
In the fall of 1933, President Ruth-
ven journeyed to Egypt to examine
excavation work done by the Univer-
sity in one of its farthest outposts.
His first entrance into the admin-
istrative affairs of the University, ex-
clusive of his duties as head of the
zoology department, was made when
the late Dr. Burton, fifth pyesident,
appointed him to the Senate Commit-
tee on Student Affairs.
Later, in 1928, when former-Presi-
dent Clarence Cook Little was seek-
ing a man for the newly-created posi-
tion of Dean of Administration,
President Ruthven was askbd to as-
sume the office. He holds the dis-
tinction of having been the only per-
son to have filled that position.
As Dean of the Administration, he
assumed many of the administrative.
functions of the President and Sec-
retary, his new office having been
made to serve as an adjunct and cor-
relating factor of the work of these
Eighth Year As President
When Dr. Little resigned as Presi-
dent in 1929, Dr. Ruthven was, as
Dean of Administration, designated
to carry on the work of the Presi-
dent's office during the summer of
that year. The Board of Regents ap-
pointed him acting President of the
University in September, and then on
Oct. 5, 1929, he was given full presi-
dential powers.
President Ruthven is a graduate
of Morningside College in Iowa
Schools, Colleges And


Teacher -- Sportsman -- Executive
Has Many Diversified Interests

Increase In The Number
Of Freshman Women Is
Busy First Week
Faces Neophytes
President Gives Welcome
To All First-Year Men,
Women In Statement
The class of '40, expected to be the
largest in recent years, will establish
themselves in this town Monday, Sept.
22, the first day of the Orientation
Week Program, and plans for their
reception are rapidly bearing comple-
tion as University officials, merchants,
and householders look forward to a
record-breaking year.
Advance registrations indicate a
slight advance in freshman enroll-
ment over last year with 1,385 pros-
pective first-year students already
registered as compared to a compar-
ative date figure of 1,142 last year.
There is a noticeable increase in
the number of women applicants this
President's Statement
It is my privilege to welcome
you to an institution largely sup-
ported by the people of Michigan
and designed by them to provide
for you the facilities you will need
in acquiring an educaton. The
educational policies of the Uni-
versity are determined by the
faculties of the several schools
and colleges and are based upon
the belief that their chief objec-
tive should be to encourage and
assist the students of each gen-
eration to think for themselves.
In harmony with this objective,
you will be well equipped to begin
your college work if you under-
stand that the poorest education
which teaches self-control, toler-
ance, and self-respect Is better
than the best which neglects the
cultivation of these qualities, and
that the business of your teachers
is not to make you learn, but
rather to aid and inspire you to
teach yourselves. If, in your life on
the campus, you will continue to
assume a proper amount of re-
sponsibility for your own training,
your college work can scarcely
fail to be successful and, what is
quite as important, very pleasant.
year, 466 having submitted applica-
tions to date, while at the same time
last year 330 applications hadbeen
accepted. The total application of
first year men to date is 919.
The members of the class of 1940
will begin their activities at 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22 with the first as-
sembly of the Orientation Week pro-
gram. During the remainder of the
week they will take several aptitude
tests, the required physical examina-
tion for admission, take part in some
planned recreational activities, hear
the professional schools explained for
the benefit of those who plan to con-
tinue after completing their under-
graduate work, examine the facilities
of the Reserve Officers Training
Corps, and attend a mixer at which
they will be given a chance to meet
other members of their class.
* Rushing in fraternities and sorori-
ties for men and women students will
begin on Saturday of Orientation
Week and continue for nearly two
weeks after which time there will be
a period of silence climaxed by pledg-
ing in the various houses.
Many innovations in the conduct
of the University will face the mem-
bers of the class of 1940 when they
start the regular schedule of classes.

All students in the literary college will


Proper Abbreviations
To indicate the various schools
and colleges in which a student is
enrolled, the following are in gen-
eral use on the University campus:
College of Literature, Science
and the Arts - Numerals alone.
College of Engineering - E
Law School - L
Medical School - M

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