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SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 1935




Annual PrizesJ
Are Awarded
In Hopwoods
Given For Literary Work
In Four Fields: Drama,
Essay, Poety And Fiction
One of the outstanding features oft
the University's extracurricular ac-l
tivi ties is the annual Jule and Avery
Hopwood contest for creative writing.
Each spring, prizes totaling as high
as $10,000 are awarded in four fields
of literary activity; essay, poetry,
fiction, and drama. The awards are
divided into three groups. The ma-t
jor ,awards are limited to seniors and
graduate students and the prizes
have been for as much as $2,500, ate
the discretion of the judges in each
of: the three fields.
Minor Awards .
The minor awards, which are opent
for under-graduate competition, are
limited to $250 and the freshmen,
who are not eligible for the other
prizes, may win $50 for a first prize,
$30 for a second prize and $20 fort
a third prize in each of the different
To be eligible for the competition
a student must be taking 12 hours of
regular work in the University and
must have no grade below "C". Also,
the 'student must be enrolled in at
least one course in composition in
the English department of the engin-
eering or literary college, or in the
journalism department of the literary
Established By Will
The contest was established by the
will of Avery Hopwood, '05, in 1931
to ;foster student creative writing and
to encourage in particular "the new
and radical." Mr. Hopwood was a
successful writer of light comedy
dramas for the stage. The contest was
inauguarated in 1931 and eight con-
tests have been held for the major
and minor awards. The freshman
contest was started in 1932.
The judges for the contest are se-
lected from among the nation's lead-
ing writers in the different fields.
In the last eight years the judges
have included Agnes Reppier, Louis
Untermeyer, Stephen Vincent Benet,
Franklin P. Adams, Max Eastman,
Henry Seidel Canby, Dorothy Can-
field Fisher, John Erskine, Sinclair
Lewis, .L. Menken, Mark Van Doren
and Dorothy Thompson.
Has Become Famou3
The contest has become famous
throughout the country, and it is
expected that it will become a major
source for the recognition and en-
couageentof. amateurtalent in
creative work. Past award winners
have had wonderful success, as five
of the prize winner's novels have been
published. The first published was
MildreddWalker's "Fireweed" which
was a prize winner in 1933. Hubert
Skedmore, who was a prize winner
hi 1936, had his novel "I Will Lift Up
Mine Eyes" published and it was a
contender for the Pulitzer prize in
1937. The 1936 major award winner,
Ruth L. Dobson, had her prize win-
ning novel "Straw in the Wind" pub-
lished. Baxter Hathaway, also a prize-
winner in 1936, wrote "The Stubborn
Way" which was published.. Emman-
uel Menatsagaenian, an Armenian
student enrolled in the graduate
school in 1937, learned to speak Eng-
lish while working in an automobile
factory and filed his naturalization
papers just two weeks before his
winning of a Hopwood award was
Part of the endowment money has
been set aside to bring an outstanding
speaker for the Hopwood lecture
Which is given yearly at the award

n'ieeting in the spring. The speakers
for the last three years have been
Christopher Morley, Walter Prich-
ard Eaton and Carl VanDoren.
"There have been many additions
to the fund since its inauguration in
1931, the largest being $50,000 which
was made upon the death of a near
relative of Avery Hopwood.

Interfraternity Council Plans
Heavy Program Of Activities



Alter Rushing Registration
For Broader Contacts;
Will TryJoint Buying
(Continued from Page 5)
Next on the program will be the In-
terfraternity Bal, one of the biggest
parties of the year.
The Christmas Party, at which Ann
Arbor's children are provided with a
program of entertainment and re-
freshments at Hill Auditorium, will
be continued, Adams reported. The
Initiation Banquet in honor of those
who had been officially taken into
fraternities will be held in April with
the. Interfraternity Sing, an annual
event which draws crowds of thou-
sands, to follow soon afterward.
Exchange dinners between various
fraternities will again be encouraged
this year, according to present plans.
Weekly luncheons for fraternity pres-
idents are also scheduled.
"We're going to work very hard this
fall to establish a system of coopera-t
tive buying for fraternities," Adams
revealed. This system, which was
first considered last year, will lessen
fraternity costs.
For the first time this summer, a
booklet providing "a frank statement ,
for the incoming men on the frater-
nity system" has been mailed out to
freshmen. The 16-page pamphlet of-
fers them facts about the fraternity
system at Michigan.
The Interfraternity Council is the
governing body of Michigan fraterni-
ties. Beginning this fall, one sopho-
more from each house will be re-
quired to tryout for the council, re-
porting each Monday and establish-
ing liason between each fraternity
and the Council.
The president of the Council, who
holds one of the most important of
campus positions, is selected through
a process of elimination. The execu-
tive council chooses three candidates,
Drama Group
Dr m r u'Presents Plays
Once A Month
Play Production, the regular drama
course of the University, presents to
the public on the average of one
play a month during the regular
school year.
The classes in acting, make-up,
stagecraft, costuming and directing
combine to present these plays. All
work is done by students of the Uni-
versity. A professional touch is often
achieved, however, by inviting well
knownrstage actors to act as guest
director of the productions.
Students may not enroll in the
drama classes during their freshman
year. Preliminary work in speech is
prerequisite to these courses. It is
customary to begin the drama courses
during the second semester of .the
sophomore year.
Work on the plays is done in the
Laboratory Theatre behind the Mich-
igan Union. The plays are pre-
sented in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre. The theatre plant at Michi-
gan is equal with those of the other
large universities while our "drama
school" is ranked among the best.
The best of the modern and classi-
cal plays are presented by this group.
Prof. Valentine B. Windt of the
speech department is in direction of
all theatre work.
184 In Forestry School
The School of Forestry and Con-
servation was established at Michigan
in 1927, although courses have been
taught in this field since 1881. The
enrollment for the year 1938-39 was
184, with 11 faculty members. The

course may be completed in either
four or five years.

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the presidents of all fraternities at an
evening meeting. From the remain-
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In addition to the extensive program
sponsored by the department of
Speech and Linguistics are five extra-
curricular. organizations devoted to
the cultivation of eloquence and wit.
They are Alpha Nu and Adelphi,
both for men of the literary school;
Sigma Rho Tau for engineering col-
lege men; and Athena and Zeta, Phi
Eta for women.
Honor of being the oldest of the
quintet' goes to Alpha' N;,. founded
in 1843 whent23 stalwart men com-
prised the student body of the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
On its roster of prominent alumni
are such names as Attorney General
Frank Murphy, Regent Junius Beal,
Prof. Gail E. Densmore of the speech
department, and Prof. Carl G. Brandt,
head of the engineering college Eng-
lish department. Most unique is Adel-
phi which models its meetings after
the sessions of the United States
House of Representatives. Each mem-
ber represents a state in roll call and
Largest of the speech societies is
Sigma Rho Tau, with an annual mem-
bership close to 90. Establishment of
a closer bond between members of
the technical professions and the
public is the purpose of the society.
Initiates of this group may be
seen during induction ceremonies
haranguing passing throngs in tat-
terect raiment from the historic stump
near the engineering arch.
Speech organizations are among
the few extra-curricular activities
open to first semester freshmen. Ad-
mission is usually granted after a
three to five minute try-out speech
before the active members.
The club's programs during the
year are usually featured by various
inter-club debates which attract
large audiences. Most interesting are
the debates between the sexes on
such subjects as "Resolved: That
short women are more popular than
tall women.



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