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SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 1939


Oxford Tutorial
System Started
Here Last Fall
Trial Course Is Limited
To 150 Picked Students;
B AverageNecessary
Two Other Schools
Also Have Program
With the inauguration of a tutorial
honors system modeled after the Ox-
ford plan last fall, the University
took along step forward in the direc-
tion of progressive education.
.,Resembling the systems in effect
at Harvard University and Swarth-
more College, the plan is still in the
experimental stage, being limited to
a total enrollment of 150 picked stu-
dents, o of whom were selected last
fall from the sophomore class and
were ready to embark this year up-
on programs of academic concentra-
Michigan is the first state-sup-
ported institution to give the plan a
trial. Five years will elapse before
any steps are taken to enlarge the
plan or put it on a permanent basis.
The keynote of the plan -is in-
dividual attention to the needs, abili-
ties and interests of every student.
The result, it is hoped, will be a more
thorough-going synthesis of subject
matter and knowledge.
Requirements for admittance to
the system during the five year ex-
perimental stage are stiff. Special
criteria include at least a "B" scho-
lastic average, personal interview
with the Board of Tutors, and ac-
ceptable qualifying examination in
English composition and one foreign
Half of the student's program con-
sists of regularly scheduled courses.
The remainder is devoted to an ex-
tensive program of assigned read-
ing and research administered by
the student's tutor, who is selected
from a special faculty staff. Each
tutor is relieved of about two-thirds
of his regular burden of teaching.1
During his last two years of un-
dergraduate work, the student con-
centrates his scholastic interestsI
around a central theme, -at the same1
time endeavoring to extend his knowl-
edge in collateral fields. Weekly con-
ferences are scheduled for him witht
the tutor who grades the student on
his accomplishment.
"A penetrating essay" upon any
subject selected after consultation
with his tutor is required of every
student during his senior year. The
merit of the essay is appraised byG
members of the Board of Tutors and
faculty whotare specialists in the
Comprehensive examinations, ad-
ministered at the end of the year, re-
place the traditional "package" sys-
tem of tests. The exams are con-
fined to the field of concentration
and allied subjects, and demonstra-
tions of special ability are rewarded
with "honors" at commencement.
Sophs Gloomy
At New Return
Of Black FridayI
-Black Friday and the Soph-Frosh
games-banned as "Joe College" by a
blase campus in 1935-made a sur-
prisingly lusty comeback year before
last, and incoming freshmen may
once again look forward to renewing
their traditional feud with the soph-

Fanned to a flame by a revitalized
Men's Council and abetted by mob
spirit stimulated by the new dormi-
tories, the fires of inter-class war,
dormant for two years, ravaged the
campus last fall.
Sophisticated upperclassmen who
had never descended to the "vulgar-
ity" of Black Friday in their own
underclass days were shocked, em-
barrased, and amused when a horde
of frosh burst into the midst of the
Union Formal-sans trousers, their
informal attire in striking contrast,
to say the least, to the white ties and
tails present.
Pantless but dauntless, the em-
battled frosh drowned out the din of
Bob Steinle's orchestra with cries of
"Yea '41" and "Down with '40,"
proof of their victory in the flag rush
that afternoon and in the dorm riot
of the night before that made Black
Friday almost an anti-climax.
Out for frosh blood, a band of 50
sophomores had planned a nocturnal
raid on Allen-Rumsey dormitory. A
freshman insomnia victim sounded
the alarm, and dormitory firehoses
were brought into play to repel the
invading sophs. It took President
Ruthven himself to break up the en-
suing melee in which scores of fresh-
men, completely shorn of clothes,
battled naked in a sea of mud with
their oppressors.
That night two years ago made
Michigan history, for a Detroit radio
news commentator broadcast the
story of the riot over the ether, and

Talks, Teas, Guidance Of fered
By Student Religious Association



Organization Is Developed
For All Groups; Morgan
In Charge Of Program
(Continued from Page 5)
of the first discussion which will be
held on Sept. 23. Prof. Mentor L. Wil-
liams of the English department will
speak. He will present a candid
analysis of the reasons for coming to
college and a discussion of the prob-
lem of the relation of education to
religious belief.
On Sept. 30, "For What Are We
Educating?" will be discussed by a
speaker to be announced later.
Dean Erich A. Walter, assistant
dean of the College of Literature,
science and the Arts, will speak Oct.
7 on the subject "Sifting the Cata-
logue." He will discuss how a student
can get a well-rounded education at;
the University of Michigan and the
general characteristics of a well ed-
ucated man.
Mr. Kenneth Morgan, director of
the Student Religious Association, will
discuss "Extra-Curricular Education"
on Oct. 14. "For What Are We Pre-
paring?" is to be the subject of Miss
Gertrude Muxen, vocational coun-
selor, at the round table on Oct. 21.
On Oct. 28, "Boy and Girl Relations"
will be discussed by a speaker to be
announced later.
After October, the round table dis-
cussions will be planned by the mem-
bers of the freshman class.
Other activities of the Association
include lectures given by members of
the faculty and visiting speakers on
the various phases of religion. Series
Innovations. Planned
In Year's Program
By Hillel Foundation.
Tutorial work in Jewish subjects,
a career clinic and a new affiliate-
membership plan are among the in-
novations which will be added to the
regular program of activities of the
B'nai Brith Hillel Foundation this fall.
A honors course in Judaism with in-
struction by competent tutors in the
fields of Jewish history, post-Bibical
literature, modern Hebrew and other
subjects will be inaugurated. {
A membership arrangement which
will include several dances, the an-
nual play and other social events at
a new low cost only slightly over the+
former annual membership fee will
also be put into effect this fall.
In cooperation with several Univer-
sity experts, a new career clinic will:
administer tests and give vocational+
guidance to members desiring this
Conservative services are held every
Friday evening in the chapel, Reform
services are held Sunday mornings,]
and Orthodox services are held daily.

of talks planned now include four
lectures on "The Existence and Nature
of Religion," in answer to the ques-
tion, "Why Be Religious?" This series
complements the series "The Nature
and Existence of God," on which
Bertrand Lord Russel, Mons. Fulton
J. Sheen and Prof. Reinhold Niebuhr
were guest speakers.
Other series to be given this year
are "Religion and Politics" and one
on "What I Believe" to be given by
trained religious workers of Ann
Open forums meet at 8 p.m. weekly
in Lane Hall. Topics for the first
weeks are "Religious Principles Ac-
tive in Social Problems," Sept. 27;
"Religion and Education, on Oct. 4;
"Religion and Economics," on Oct.
11; and "Religion and Politics," on
Oct. 18.
Each Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., stu-
dents gather in the library of Lane
Hall for an informal coffee hour and
conversations with faculty members.
Students interested in writing may
join the staff of ""The Religious For-
um," a small magazine published by
the students. It contains essays,
stories, poems, plays and articles. The
editor is William Muehl, '41.
Churches Offer
Varied Activity
Through Guilds
In addition to the regular worship
services and individual counselling,
many social and recreational activi-
ties are sponsored for University stu-
dents by the churches of Ann Arbor.
Picnics, teas, dances, parties, lec-
tures, and fellowship meetings are
held by the student guilds of the vari-
ous sects in Ann Arbor.
Many of the churches have separ-
ate quarters with recreational facili-
ties, lounges and libraries for use of
student members.
The majority of the churches and
student guilds sponsor open houses
for all members of that church on
Friday of Orientation Week as a get
acquainted meet.
The churches of Ann Arbor include
the First Presbyterian Church, First
Methodist Church, St. Andrew's Epis-
copal Church, First Baptist Church,
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ann
Arbor Friends, First Congregational
Church, Unitarian Church, St. Mary's
Catholic Students Chapel, B'Nai Brith
Hillel Foundation, Church of Christ
(Disciples), Zion Lutheran, Trinity
Lutheran, St. Paul's Lutheran, Beth-
lehem Evangelical, Pilgrim Holiness,
Grace Bible Fellowship, Reorganized
Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day
Saints, Free Methodist, Christian Re-
formed and Reformed Church, the
Salvation Army, Bethel African
Methodist Church, and Calvary Ev-
angelical Churches.








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