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UniversityWillAdopt Oxfords Tutorial System In Fall 0

f 1939


s4-ear Trial
Period Will Be
Given Plan
'Kwelve Faculty Tutors To
Organize Studies For
Honor Students Chosen
The University slated itself for an
undoubted position on the forefront
of American higher learning last
sping with its plans to inaugurate,
in the fall of 1939, an experimental
tutorial system modeled on the Ox-
ford plan and similar to systems ex-
tapt at both Harvard University and
Swarthmore College.
The first state-supported institu-
ttoito accept the plan, Michigan will
give it a trial period of five years with
no more than 100 students enrolled
tider it at any one time. Thirty stu-
dents from this fall's freshmen's class
will, be selected at the outset of their
junior year to start the experiment.
Accents Individual Attention
The new system refuses to push all
students through the same hopper
apd places heavy accent on individual
gLtention, with an eye to a more
through-going synthesis of knowl-
edge. Subject matter, it is intended,
will be fashioned to the intellectual
figure of the student.
Students desiring entrance into the
tutorial plan must fulfill a list of
special requirements including a "B"
average, personal interview with the
Board of Tutors, qualifying examina-
tions in English composition and one
foreign language acceptable to the
About 12 tutors will be selected
from the faculty to organize and sup-
ervlse the entire program of the hon-
ors student. Only half of the work
will be in regularly scheduled courses,
but an extensive supplementary pro-
gram of assigned readings and re-
search will be administered by the
Hold Weekly Conferences
During the-last two years the stu-
dent will concentrate his interests
around a central academic theme and
extend his knowledge in collateral
fields. Weekly 'conferences pertain-
ing to the extra-class study will be
held with the tutor and the latter
will report this work as a regular
course with a number, filling in a
grade for the final accomplishment.
During his senior year each stu-
dent will be expected to write a
' penetrating" essay uponany subject
seleted by him after consultation
with his tutor. The merit of the es-
say will be appraised by members of
the Board of Tutors and faculty mem-
bers who are specialists in the sub-
ject. I
To Use 'Comprehensives'
The present "package" system of
examinations will be replaced by
"comprehensives," administered at
the end of the senior year in the
field of concentration and allied sub-
jects. Students who have demon-
ttrated superior ability in these tests
will be recommended for honors at
Members of the faculty chosen for
duty at tutors will be relieved of at
least one third of their present teach-
in g duties. The Board of Tutos will
be. appointed by the Dean and the
Executive Committee of the literary
5,400 Enrolled
This Summer
Institutes Were Highlights
Of 45th Session

A record-breaking enrollment of
more than 5,400 featured the 45th
annual University Summer Session,
surpassing last year's total by more
than 300.
Academic highjights of the Ses-
sion were the Institutes of Far East-
ern Studies, Physics, Linguistics and
the Renaissance, in which faculty
men from other schools played im-
portant parts. The Graduate Con-
ference on Renaissance Studies in-
troduced this summer made the Uni-
versity the first institution in the
United States to offer a special cur-
riculum on this subject.
The Repertory Players celebrated
their 10th anniversary as part of the
summer University by presenting an
eight-play season featuri ag Thomas
Dekker's Elizabethan comedy, "The
Shoemaker's Holiday" with Whitford
Kgane and Hiram Sherman from the
New York cast.' The closing produc-
tion, Rudolph Friml's light opera,l
"The Vagabond King," was presented
in conjunction with the School of.
More than 65 prominent faculty
men assisted in the Session, taking
part in the work of nearly every de-
partment of the University. Prof.
I. A. Kramers of the University of
Leyden, renowned Dutch physicist,

Daily Editor

Union President

Interfraternity President

Four Officers
Head Assembly
I1(lepenldent Women Ilave

League Undergraduate Council. Each
board meets independently to settle
its own problems and once each
month the three groups hold a joint
Each year the Assembly has its own
traditional social functions. The As-

Own Organization sembly Banquet held during the first
-- semester is for all independent wo-,
(Continuied from Page s) men on the campus; at this affair,
each dormitory has is based on the the representatives of the sophomore,
junior, and senior classes having the
total number of girls living in it, highest scholastic averages for the
All the league houses in the city are previous year are honored with
divided into geographical zones of 40 awards. The dormitory and League
women each. The League House House with the best academic records
are also honored.rdimaeuoftepsdns Last year all of
Bcrd is ade up of the presidents he scholarships were awarded to
13 these League Hou.es. The Ann members of the Ann Arbor Indepen-
Arbor Independents, which is a fairly ent group. Jean McConkey, '38, re-
new organization on the campus, con- ceived the award for the best scholar-
3ists of all women who do not live ship during the junior year; Bernice
in dormitories or league houses or Cohan, '39, had the highest record
who are not affiliated with sorori- of the independents for the sopho-
ties. It likewise has an executive i more year's work, and Frances Orr,
board of its own. Each of these three '40, was judged highest in the fresh-
boards has a council similar to the man class of the previous year. Mar-


tha Cook Building and the Zuck
League House received the group
The outstanding event of the sec-
ond semester for the independents is
the annual Assembly Hall. Breakfast
is served following this formal dance
at the League and at various other
eating places on the campus. The
party is primarily for independent
women and their guests and a large
dance band is featured.
During the past year the Assembly
has cooperated with Congress, the
men's independent organization, to
sponsor several afternoon tea dances
and Sunday night suppers.
Tradition Guarded
An old tradition established at
Michigan is that women cannot enter
the front door of the Union. George,
the doorma.1, is always on hand there
to see that the tradition is not


ming parties and picnics to the va-
rious lakes and parks in the en-
virons of Ann Arbor are popular.



Congress President

Religious Programs
Are Important Here
Student groups of every possible re-
igious denomination carry on exten-
3ive activities throughout the school
year, with programs held weekly or
even more often, open to all freshman
Almost all of these groups have
planned informal get-together pro-
grams for the first weeks of school,
which offer the new student an in-
valuable opportunity for getting ac-
Sunday night are the most popular
meeting times of these groups, and
usually informal suppers are held
first, with faculty lectures or student
discussion panels following on topics
of general interest to all students.
Friday and Saturday night parties,
picnics and hikes are among theI
other activities sponsored by these
During the summer months swim-



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Wilfred Shaw Relates History
Of, University Since Its Founding

1937 Marked Centennial
Of Founding Of School
In CityOf Ann Arbor
1787--The Northwest Territory
organized under the Ordinance of
1787, with the provision that "Reli-
gion, morality, and knowledge being
necessary to good government and
the happiness of mankind, schools
and the means of education should
forever be encouraged."
1805-Territory of Michigan or-
1817-The Catholepistemiad of
Michigan established in Detroit.
1818-Lancastrian School opened
in the University Building on Bates
and Congress streets, Detroit.
1821-The University of Detroit
established, to succeed the Cathole-
pistemiad, with a board of 21 trus-
1827-The University of Detroit,
which was little more than an ele-
mentary school, disappeared.
1831-M. Victor Cousin's "Report
on the State of Public Instruction in
Prussia," which involved the first
statement of a system of public in-
struction, appeared in Paris.
1835-A translation of Cousin's
report read by John D. Pierce of
Marshall, Michigan. Mr. Pierce and
General Isaac Edwin Crary, as mem-
bers of the Constitutional Conven-
tion, draw up the educational section
of the Constiution of 1835. in which
provision is made for a university.
1837-January 26-Michigan ad-
mitted to the Union. March 18-An
Organic Act under the Constitution
prpovided "that there shall be estab-
lished in this State an institution
under the name and style "The Uni-
versity of Michigan'." June 5-First
meeting of the Board of Regents in
Ann Arbor. The site of the present,
campus selected. The Rev. Henry
Colclazer appointed Librarian, the
first University officer chosen. June
21-Eight branches of the Univer-
sity authorized, five of which were
eventually established. July 17-Dr.
Asa Gray elected Professor of Botany
and Zoology, the first appointment to
the Faculty. He never served, how-
ever, though he bought a collection of
3,700 volumes in Europe for the li-
brary at a cost of $5,000.
1838-Regents borrowed $100,000
from the State to build the necessary
buildings and establish the branches.
1839-Governor Mason vetoes bill
the new Rackham School of Gradu-
ate Studies, dedicated June 17. The
structure, built at a cost of $2,000,000,
was the gift of the estate of the late
Horace H. Rackham.
Trips to Niagara Falls and Put-In-.
Bay featured the schedule of 10 ex-

designed to lessen University's rev-
enue from the sale of State lands.
1841-July-George Palmer Wil-
liams appointed to the chair of Math-
ematics and Natural Philosophy, the
first professor to serve in the Uni-
versity. Salary $500 and his house.
The first University building, now the
north wing of old University Hall, in-
cluding dormitories, classrooms, and
chapel, completed, as well as four
adjacent houses for the Faculty. (The
President's house is the only one of
these four residences that survives.)
August-The Rev. Joseph Whiting
appointed Professor of Languages.
September-The University opened
its doors to a class of six students.
1842-Abram S a g e r appointed
Professor of Botany and Zoology.
1843-T h e University building
named "Mason Hall" in honor of the
boy governor of Michigan, Stevens T.
Mason, who had just died. Appropri-
ations for the branches of the Uni-
versity discontinued.
1844-Andrew Ten Brook, after-
ward Historian of University and Li-
brarian, appointed Professor of Phi-
losophy. Legislature permitted Re-
gents toapply depreciated treasury
notes and State scrip received for sale
of University lands, in payment of
debt to State.
1845-August 6-First c l a s s of
nine students graduated. On same
day Society of the Alumni formed.
1846-Silas H. Douglas appointed
Professor of Chemistry. Lous Fas-
quelle appointed Professor of Mod-
ern Languages. Contest with Greek
letter fraternities over existence of
Chi Psi Lodge, a log building east of
the Campus, the first fraternity house
in America.
1847--Eighty-nine students en-
1849-Members of the Greek let-
ter fraternities forced to resign. Med-
ical School organized. First Medical
building completed. South wing of
old University Hall built.
1850 - October - Fraternities re-
instated. Medical Department opened
with 90 students.
1851 - April 8 - Regents made
constituent part of State government
under Organic Act of new Constitu-
1852-December 22-Henry Philip
Tappan inaugurated as the first pres-
ident of the University. (Previous to
this time members of the Faculty had
acted annually, in turn, as President)
1853- Alexander Winchell became
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HERE'S ONE COURSE you won't find on
the Michigan Curriculum . .. but in these
days of practical and worthwhile subjects,
we can see no reason why 'Knowing Clothes'
shouldn't be classed as an important sub-
It is always a problem to know what to
bring to college on the first year. What
might be a swell outfit in the old home
town, might be all wet at school, and cause
no end of embarrassment. Remember ...
Michigan will improve you from the neck

up . . . but Wild will




the neck down.
So ...Wild & Company has arranged your
style schedule to keep you at your smartest
- as. commanding an assortment of


and furnishings

as you've


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"Head wear by Prof. Knox"9
"Suits by Prof. Varsity-Town" ,
"S hirts by Prof. Arrow"
"Hose by Prof. nterwoven.
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"Sportswear by Prof. McGregor"

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