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AUG. 13, 1938


Pleasant Dorms Correct Clothes Make The Woman---
Available Here Sure Of A Good Start And Popularity
For New Girls\


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Five University Residencesj
Offer Many Advantages
To Freshman Women
Ann Arbor offers five dormitories
for freshmen women, besides many
accredited League rooming houses.
These dormitories are Mosher-Jor-
dan, the largest, Betsy Barbour
Dormitory, Helen Newberry Resi-
dence, Adelia Cheever House and
Alumnae House. The last two men-
tioned are small dorms and the wo-
men students do pa't of the work
Betsy Barbour and Helen Newberry
have one advantage over all other
dormitories in their nearness to cam-
pus. Located directly across from
Angell Hall where many classes are
held -one can tumble out of bed at
ive minutes to eight, and make an
eight o'clock in plenty of time. Each
of these dormitories accomodates
more than 80 women.
In addition to its bedrooms, "Betsy"
as you'll call it, has a large dining
room, attractive parlor and enclosed
sun porch. Adjoining it is a tennis
court, and it shares a garden with
Helen Newberry. . As for its social
activities you can have a guest to
dinner once a week, there are usually
two formals given during the year
and there are faculty teas and din-
Helen Newberry also has a dining
room, pleasant living room and
porch. Newberryites are always es-
pecially proud of their dining room
with its walls of pale blue and pink
showing apple trees in full bloom. On
Sunday mornings here breakfast ma-
terials are sent up to floor kitchens
andk thesresidents make their own
breakfasts.. Visitor nights, formals
and faculty functins are also given
in this dormitory.
Mosher-Jordan Is Not Far
Although Mosher-Jordan is a seven
minute. walk from campus, it has
many offsetting advantages. Mosher,
the -sick end because it's nearest
the University Hospital, and Jordan,
the "dead" end because it's near a
cemetery, are two separate units, each
accomodating more than 200 women.
The two units are exactly alike as to
floor plan; and each has a dining
room, two large parlors, library, and
games porch where ping pong can be
played. There is also a sandwich shop
where one can buy "cokes" and ice
cream when burning the well-known
"midnight oil."
Sunday morning breakfasts at Mo-
Mer-Jordan are not served in the
floor kitchens but down in the .dining
room. However, you do not have to be
dressed for this and may come down
in lounging pajamas or negligees.
Guest night at this dorm is Thursday
night and there are also formals and
faculty dinners during the year.
Being located right next to Palmer
Field, Mosher-Jordan women have
many opportunities for sports. Pal-
mer Field offers an archery range,
tennis courts, putting green, and
baseball and hockey field.
Forensic Groups
Flourish Here
Five Organizations Exist,
Besides Regular Classes
"Silence is golden" the poet warned,
but his admonition is accorded scant
attention at Michigan where for-
ensic activities have flourished from
time immemorial.
There are at present, in addition to
the extensive program sponsored by
the Department of Speech and Lin-
guistics, five extracurricular organi-
zations devoted to forensic activities:
Alpha Nu and Adelphi, both for the
men of the lterary school; Sigma
Rho Tau for the engineering school;

and Athena and Zeta Phi Eta, the
two women's societies.
Alpha Nu claims the honor of
being the oldest of the quintet, hav-
ing had its inception on some dim
day in 1843 when 23 stalwart lads
plied their studies and called them-
selves the student body of the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
Included in the list of prominent
alumni of Alpha Nu are Gov. Frank
Murphy, Regent Junius Beal, Prof.
Gail E. Densmore of the speech de-
partment and Prof. Carl G. Brandt,
head of the engineering college Eng-
lish department.
Adelphi conducts its meetings in a
unique manner, the procedure being
modeled exactly from that of the
United States House of Representa-
tives. Each member is assigned a
state for which he answers in roll
call and which he represents in de-
Sigma Rho Tau is the largest of
any of the societies, its membership
usually about 90. The engineers have
taken for their purpose the establish-
ment of a closer bond between the
members of the technical professions

Modern Woman's Problem
Is Simpler Than Her
Older Sister's Ever Was

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho! Off
school we go, says a leading
men's magazine in discussing


wardrobe of a prospective B.W.O.C.
(in simpler language, a Big Woman
On Campus). And so, although the
individual herself matters most in the
long run, it must be confessed that,
sad though true, first impressions are
apt to be lasting. If one's clothes are
correct she may be sure that she is
off to the right start on a college
career that will be almost-but not
quite-the wonderful period that
authors of girls' books and motion
picture producers love to depict.
SBut today's modern miss or, if
you will, the college girl of 1938, has
a very simple problem-at least it
appears to be such-compared to that
faced by her older sister of not so
many years ago, less than a decade
ago to be specific, when high heels,
hats, gloves, and silk dresses are said
to have been the accepted campus
costume. Any college girl, be she a
freshman or a graduate student work-
ing toward a Ph.D., has three definite
criteria on which to base her selec-
tion of clothes for school wear, or for
any other occasion as far as that
goes. First, is the article of clothing
attractive and does it look well on
the purchaser-to-be; second, is it
practical; and third, does it fairly
reek with its simplicity-for simpli-
city and smartness are practically
synonomous as far as clothes of all
types are concerned.
'To be more specific-the sweater,
the skirt, and the jacket is the classic
costume forcampuswear at the
University. But-and here one must
be ever so particular and must give
the matter considerable thought and
attention-not just any sweater or
any skirt or jacket. One should select
these articles very carefully since
they form the basis of an entire
season's wardrobe. A two-piece tail-
ored suit is very smart and if one has
a matching or contrasting coat, she
will find it most useful.
As to skirts, the majority of co-
eds find that one of tweed material
is most servicable and stays in press
the longest. It can be purchased in
practically any color. Two or three
skirts are sufficient but one should
have as many sweaters as possible.
Angoras are quite lovely-if the ma-
terial in one's skirt is such that the
fuzzy particles don't cling to it. But
if they do, a tiny brush should be
Cashmere seem to be preferred for
they wash beautifully and look like
new with little effort on the part of1
their owner. One article of the what
to take to college type dogmatically
states that a matching sweater, skirt,
and jacket are essential. That is not
the case at Michigan although such
outfits are often most becoming to
their wearers. By the way, an extra
jacket, of plaid or plain colored ma-
terial would not come amiss.
Occasionally one might like to wear
something different-bring along a
woolen dress or two in plain color
or a plaid combination. For variety
it will serve its purpose well and
then too it can be worn on dates.
By the way, a soft sweater in your
favorite color is quite acceptable for
the more informal dates one has,
such as showsor coking.
As to the color of clothes, some-
length, given before the active mem-
That Michigan has always been
actively interested in forensic activi-
ties is evidenced by the number of
speech societies which have existed
on campus.
The "sixties" seem to have been a
particularly fertile period for these
organizations. Alumni magazines tell
of groups bearing such profound titles
as "Homotrapezoi," "Philozetian,"
and "Paramonian."
Weighted down perhaps by the
ponderosity of their own names these
organizations were of short duration
and have no contemporary offspring.
The various inter-club debates
throughout the year are usually the
occasions for a substantial turn-out
of the student body, especially when
the sexes are opposed.

The most popular debate of such
a nature last year was on the relative
popularity of tall and short women.
Botanical Gardens
51 Acres Of Fertile
Land, Located Here
Among the valued possessions of
the University is its Botanical Gar-
den, a plot of fertile land consisting
of 51 acres, which offers facilities for
all phases of botanical instruction
and research concerned with growing
Among the equipment which be-
longs to the Botanical Gardens are
seven greenhouses, a two-story brick
laboratory, and ample work rooms.
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'Suited' To Campus
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basic color suc as frest greenda
subdued blue, warm brown or a rich
dark red, with its 'jacket childishly
buttoned up high is picturedf above.
A good felt snap brim, flat shoes,
preferably wsaddle, and a bright
scarf tucked in the throat com
plete a smart and-practical campus

yourself several pair of anklets to
match sweaters or to serve as further
contrasts in the general color
scheme. While no one wears anklets
without stockings, they are practic-
ally the unanimous favorite-with
Columns upon columns could be
written concerning the accessories one
should take to college. Scarves are as
popular as ever. Last year everyone
possessed a satin number with or-
chestra leaders' names or pennants
of leading colleges and universities
inscribed on it. This year too there
will be some "fads and frills" added.
Beads-white pearls especially-have
not lost their popularity. Some pre-
fer single strands while others like
a double or triple string but in any
case they do dress up a sweater con-
siderably. Lockets which were favor-
ite childhood possessions and which
had been put away to show grandchil-
dren years and years from now
should be gotten out and brought
along. As far as one's purse is con-
cerned, an envelope type, or at least
something rather copius, is essential.
For campus wear mittens are popular
for the colder weather but until then
natural colored pigskin gloves usu-
ally will match any ensemble. And
don't forget an umbrella because it
too is an integral part of the college
girl's costume.
Just as an afterthought, don't bring
any of this summer's prettiest finery
with you since one dons winter
clothes as soon as he reaches here-
in fact, even before, since one should
arrive ioking one's very best.
Vocal Training
Chance Given
ByGlee Clubs

Freshman Grou
To Entering
Varsity Has I

Ups Open

thing might be mentioned here. If
possible it is much better to take one
color and build an entire wardrobe
around it; this is both more practical
and in the end will prove to be much
more attractive. But, in general use,
one's own judgment is to be trusted.
Fashion authorities might declare
one specific color to be the ultra-
smart shade for the coming season.
But buy all your clothes to suit
your own coloring-perhaps to en-
hance the shade of your eyes or your
hair-at any rate to emphasize your
good points. Very few ever achieve
sophistication and it is a small num-
ber indeed who even wish to achieve
Reversible coats are popular. They
are the acme of practicality since
they can be worn as raincoats-and
Ann Arbor gets more rain than any
other place hereabouts due to some
geographical fact or other-and they
serve as ideal coats for campus wear
at other more pleasant times. Tweed
sports coats, or the popular camel's
hair polo coat, are quite the thing,
however. Anyone fortunate eno fgh to
possess a fur coat should consider her-
self lucky but it is not by any means
an essential item of dress on the
Whether or not you wear a hat to
classes is your affair; some do; some
don't; but sometimes it is impera-
tive due to inclement weather. And
then-Michigan students are on the
whole most conservative-the tradi-
tional snap brim is the "right thing".
The tyrolean type of collegiate hat is
fairly popular but the plain snap
brim is still preferred.
The problem of shoes and socks is
not really a problem at all. Every
girl must consider herself practically
obliged to own a pair of sport shoes.
Brown and white saddle shoes are
worn everywhere-practically every-
where, at least, except to dances and
on extra special dates-and some
prominent women on the campus even
were seen wearing them to the Union
And forget the shoe polish, for one
doesn't clean one's shoes often. It is
rumored that the very neatest brush
theirs up a bit about once every two
months or so. If you wish a change-
and few seem to-the combination
kid and suede spectator in brown or
black is fairly popular. Purchase for

As the only campus organization in
which first semester freshmen may
actively participate, the men's and
women's-glee clubs early attract the
musically inclined. Excellent oppor-
tunity is afforded by the glee clubs for
the development of individual vocal
proficiency through group training.
The Men's Varsity Glee Club, under
the direction of Prof. David Mattern
of the School of Music, meets twice
weekly at the Michigan Union and
features regular broadcasts from
Morris Hall over radio station WJR.
In addition to frequent appearances
at campus social functions, annual
concert tours are made, in which the
Varsity men are guests of out-of-state
colleges and organizations. Member-
ship in the Varsity Glee Club is us-
ually restricted to 60 and first semes-
ter freshmen are eligible to join the
freshmen's glee club, becoming can-
didates for membership in the Var-
sity Club in the second semester.
The University of Michigan Wom-
en's Glee Club, once known as the
Stanley Chorus, in honor of Dr. Al-
bert Stanley, former director of the
School of Music, has been open to
women in all colleges since 1927 when
the School of Music joined the
University. Under the direction of
Thor M. Johnson, of the music school
faculty, the women's club rehearses
weekly at the League, and presents
concerts both on campus and in other
schools in the State. The freshmen's
group of the organization is open to
first semester freshmen who in the
second semester become eligible for
admittance into the regular glee club.
Get Your
Name Stamp
(See Calkins-Fletcher's ad p. 4)
Fill out this coupon (first, mid-
dIe, and last names necessary)
and mail it with 25c in stamp to
Calkins-Fletcher Drug
324 South State St.
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