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SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 1939,


Freshmen 11
Not Partici
First Sem

100 Extra-Curricular Activities Are Open

To Students




Speech Activities Are Only
Exception To Opening
Term Eligibility Rule
More than 100 societies and extra-
curricular activities in which students
may participate, are offered by the
University. Although the greater
number of them are not open to first-
semester freshmen, they offer a wide
field of interest and those who can-
not enter them in the fall may do so
later on by completing the required
number of years or other prerequi-
Honorary Organizations
Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest of all
Greek letter secret societies, was or-
ganized at the College of William and
Mary on December 6, 1776. The be-
lief of the founders that a knowledge
of the basic laws which govern the
universe is necessary to good living
was reflected both in their motto and
in the character of their meetings.
Theirs were in great part given over
to a discussion of the problems which
affect humanity.
The Michigan chapter was found-
ed in 1907. Keeping in mind the pur-
pose of the Society, the recognition
and encouragement of scholarship and
cultural interests the Student Elec-
tions Committee makes a careful
study of the entire University record
of each possible candidate with a
view to determine as far as is human-
ly possible the student's standing both
scholastically and as a citizen. The
standards set are high and the rela-
tively small numbers of new members
elected each year bears witness to
the care with which they are ob-
served. Since Phi Beta Kappa has
been, from the beginning, an organi-
zation which functioned in the field
defined by the old cultural college
course, elections are restricted to jun-
iors and seniors of the Colleges of
Literature, Science and the Arts, Sen-
iors in the School of Education, and
to candidates for advanced degrees
in the Graduate School who meet the
extremely rigid requirements.
The society of Phi Eta Sigma was
founded for the purpose of giving
recognition to the work of outstand
ing freshmen and to serve as en-
couragement for the continuance of
good first year records. The members
of the society hope that it will also
urge incoming students to put forth
their best efforts toward successful
years in college.
Eligibility for membership is based
on scholarship. Any male student who
receives a grade average .equal to or
above half A and half B during his
first semester may become a member,;
and those who do not meet this re-
quirement the first semester may be-
come eligible at the end of the year
by attaining the half A and half B
Meetings are held each month, us-
ually with a dinner at the Union. The
programs include the business of the
society, discussions, and an occasional
guest speaker. A smoker is given at
the beginning of each semester.
Phi Kappa Phi, national honors so-
ciety, has as its motto "The Love of
Learning Rules the World." Organized
to provide an honor society dedicated
to the unity of democracy of educa-
tion and open to honor students of
all departments of American univer-
sities and colleges, the society's prime
object is to emphasize scholarship and
character in the thought of . college
students, to hold fast to the original
purpose for which institutions of
learning were founded and to stimu-
late mental achievement by the prize
of membership.
Members are chosen during either
the first or second semester of their

senior year. Outstanding faculty
men also are invited into membership.
The Society provides several scholar-
ships for which members are eligible,
issues its own journal, holds ban-
quets twice annually and actively as-
sists its members in every way pos-
sible. Members are chosen by a fac-
ulty committee for scholarship, con-
tributions to the University and ac-
Phi Lambda Upsilon is a national
honorary chemical society. Member-
ship consists of senior and graduate
chemists and chemical engineers,
elected on the basis of scholarship.
The society sponsors an award each
year to the highest ranking junior
chemist and chemical engineer.
Xi chapter of Pi Lambda Theta,

trical engineering fraternity founded
for the purpose of closer cooperation
among, and mutual benefit to, stu-
dents and others in the profession
who by their attainments in college
or in practice manifest exceptional
interest and marked ability in elec-
trical engineering.
The local chapter sponsors elec-
trical engineering colloquiums, and
aids in all activities of the electrical
engineering department. Members
are elected from junior and senior
electrical engineers who have main-
tained a high scholastic average. Sup-
per meetings are held bi-monthly at
the Union.
Alpha Alpha Gamma, national
honorary society in architecture and
its allied arts, has as its goal the
fostering of an interest in various
forms of art. Students from the
School of Architecture and of land-
scape design, who are in the up-
per one-third of their class scholas-
tically, are eligible for membership.
Meetings, held every two weeks, are
usually held in the homes of profes-
Phi Tau Alpha is the honorary
Latin and Greek society. Intended
for all students interested in partici-
pating in the study of the classics, the
society meets twice a month. Pro-
grams of many and diverse phases
pertinent to the fields of Latin and
Greek are presented.
Phi Tau Alpha has as its purpose
the furthering of the student's inte-
est in his or her work and the pro-
viding of a closer contact between
student, classmates and professor.
Alpha Lambda Delta is a society
established to honor those freshman
women who attain a 2.47 average
during their first semester or during
their first and second semesters com-
' In April, 1939, 23 women of the
class of '40 were initiated, Shortly
after the advent of the second semes-
ter a group of freshmen and sopho-
mores who raised their average dur-
ing their second semester on campus
will receive the small gold pin, in IZe
shape of a candle, which is the Alpha
Lambda Delta symbol.
Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi,
national honorary band fraternity,
chooses its members on the basis of
scholarship, leadership and musical
ability. Its program includes spring
concerts by its own concert band com-
posed of fraternity members. Besides
this, Nu sponsors an ensemble contest
open to every member of the Univer-
sity bands and in all functions assists
the Concert Band.
Meetings are held every two weeks
at the Union, on alternate Wednes-
days after band rehearsals.
Phi Epsilon Kappa is the only na-
tional physical education fraternity
in the United States. It functions to
inculcate the principles of Peace,
Friendship and Brotherly Love; to
promote and enhance the happiness
of its members and to elevate the
standards, ideals and ethics for pro-
fessionals engaged in teaching physi-
cal education.
Kappa Chapter was founded here
in 1925.
Membership is open to those stu-
dents of health and physical edu-
cation above freshman standing who,
through scholastic rating, profession-
al ability and character show prom-
ise of furthering the ideals of the
fraternity. Meetings are held bi-
The yearly banquet and 'get-to-
gether' will be held in the spring to
which all alumni brothers and men
of Phi Epsilon Kappa are invited.

Mimes is the men's honorary dra-
matic society, founded in 1912 to
provide for the continuation of the
Michigan Union Opera as well as to
provide entertainment at Union
In its early years Mimes was re-
lated to the fairs and minstrel shows
produced during the first years of the
present century as a means of pro-
moting the construction of a Union
building. The first Union Opera was
presented in 1907. The most suc-
cessful was "Cotton Stockings," pro-
duced in 1923, which became a hit
at the Metropolitan Opera House
after a tour of the Middle West and
East. The last show was "Give Us
Rhythm" in 1935.
Participating in a Mimes show is
required for membership. There will
be a call for tryouts as soon as plans
for a production are completed. No-
tices of meetings, which are held in
the Union, will be announced in the
Daily Official Bulletin.
Theta Sigma Phi is a national hon-
orary professional journalistic fra-
ternity for women. Junior and senior
women in the Department of Journal-
ism who have a sufficiently highuscho-
lastic rating and have been recom-


and social meetings are sponsored at
various times throughout the semes-
ter. Theta Sigma Phi corresponds to
Sigma Delta Chi, the men's honorary
journalistic fraternity.
Quarterdeck Society is an honorary
invitational society of the Depart-
ment of Naval Architecture and Ma-
rine Engineering, College of Engi-
neering. One of the oldest engineering
societies on this campus, it was
formed in 1909.
All meetings are student conduct-
ed. At various times during the year
members write papers on subjects
relative to the field of ships and
shipping which are read before the
society. Following the reading of
these papers there are general discus-
At present there is being formed,
under the guidance of the society, a
sailing club whose membership will
be open to all who are or want to be-
come acquainted with the ways of
the wind and the water.
Alpha Kappa Delta is an honorary
sociology society with chapters in the
University of Southern California and
the University of Michigan. Its pur-
pose is to promote interest in social
research and social work.,
Second semester juniors, seniors
and graduate students are eligible
for membership. The requirements
are five hours in sociology and a high
B average in all academic work. The
club meets monthly.
Tau Sigma Delta is an international
honorary fraternity in architecture
and the allied arts. Its aim is to pro-
duce men fit for the profession of
architecture both by virtue of their
professional training and their con-
cept of the duty toward society on
the part of architects. The belief
that architecture is much more than
a technical profession led to the or-
ganization of Alpha chapter of Tau
Sigma Delta at Michigan in 1913. The
society was originally founded because
of a belief that architecture owes to
the world a finer place in which to
live, a freer philosophy, and an in-
digenous culture as expressed in
There are two classes of member-
ship, junior and senior. Members
must be in the junior class.
.The preamble of the Constitution
of Scabbard and Blade exemplifies the
purpose of the Society:
"Believing that military service is
an obligation to citizenship, and that
the greater opportunities afforded col-
lege men for the study of military
science place upon them certain re-
sponsibilities as citizens, We, Cadet
Officers in various Universities do
form this Society and adopt this Con-
stitution in order to unite in closer
relationship the military departments
of American Universities and Col-
leges; to preserve and develop the es-
sential qualities of good and efficient
officers; to prepare ourselves as edu-
cated men to make a more active part
and have a greater influence in the
military affairs of the communities
in which we may reside and above
all to spread intelligent information
concerning the military requirements
of our country."
Basis for election of members into
Scabbard and Blade is founded- on
three qualities: scholarship in mili-
tary science courses, efficiency in
drill, personal qualifications and cam-
pus activities.
Iota Alpha is a society whose aim
is to stamp approval on meritorious
work of engineering students, to stim-
ulate young practical alumni, and
like objectives.
The local chapter, authorized in
1925, was the second in the new na-
tional organization that was formed
at New York University in 1919. At

its inception the organization was
called The Engineering Honor So-
ciety of Iota Alpha.
At present the society's local chap-
ter numbers more than 400 among
its membership.
Meetings are usually held on the
third Thursday of each month in
the chemical engineering room of the,
East Engineering Building. At each
meeting a member of the society pre-
cedes the main speaker of the evening

with a short talk on research works
in his particular department of en-r
gineering. Discussions usually follow
the speeches,.
The Society of Sigma Xi is a na-s
tional honorary scientific fraternitya
with over 100 chapters and clubs atr
various universities. The society was x
founded for the purpose of encourag-I
ing original investigation in pure and
applied science and for the promo-1
tion of friendship among those en-r
gaged in research.-
The Michigan Chapter was organ-t
ized in 1903. Officers are chosen bien-
nially from among the faculties ofe
the various scientific departments ofI
the University. Members are select-
ed from nominations submitted byl
staff members in the department of
specialization. Membership is con-1
ferred upon staff members and grad-
uate students who have demonstrated
ability in research, usually through
publications of noteworthy character.
Seniors and graduates who have ex-
hibited high scholarship together with
a promise of aptitude in research may
be elected to associate membership.
Tau Beta Pi is the national senior
engineering honor society similar to
Phi Beta Kappa in the Literary Col-
lege. It represents the highest honor
accorded an engineer.
For membership distinguished schol-
arship is the first requisite. Seniors
are elected in the fall and juniors in
the spring.
Regular dinner meetings are held
every two weeks at which talks on
engineering and other topics are pre-
sented. Tau Beta Pi also assists in
the various campus activities of cha-
ritable and other natures.
Mu Phi Epsilon is the only na-
tional music honor society for women
on campus. Qualification for elec-
tion to this society are a scholarship
rating in the upper quarter of the
junior class in the School of Music, a
minimum requirement of two years
of theory and one year of history of
music and a faculty recommendation
in the student's major subject. Trans-
fer students are not eligible until they
have completed at least one semester
in residence.
Activities include at least six mu-
sicales a year, at which members
perform. Meetings are held twice a
month during the school year. The
objects of Mu Phi Epsilon are the
advancement of scholarship among
American musicians, the mainten-
ance of national contest awards and
scholarship awards and the promo-
tion of fellowship and opportunity for
exchange of ideas among outstand-
ing music students.
This is an honorary law society,
formed at the University of Michi-
gan Law School in 1904. The purpose
is succinctly stated to be the "social
and professional advancement of its
members and of the law school." It
also seeks to give recognition to those
law students whom it considers out-

standing, by its selection of them to
Membership in any one year is lim-
ited to 25 senior law students. It is
self-perpetuating, the active mem-
bers each year electing their succes-
sors in two groups: 15 in the spring,
and 10 more in the fall. Selection is
made on basis of scholarship, char-
acter, and all-around ability; em-
phasis is placed on those working on
Michigan Law Review, and in Case
Clubs in the law school. As its pur-
pose is largely honorary, membership
may not be solicited; it is conferred.
Meetings are held every two weeks,
usually in the form of luncheons or
dinners with faculty members, fol-
lowed by short talks by outside speak-
ers on subjects of current interest,
legal and otherwise. Initiations are in
spring and fall with the active mem-
bers wearing the black robes and
white wigs as worn by the English
Barristers; from whom the society de-
rives its name.
Social Organizations
The National Fraternity of Scalp
and Blade is a social organization for
the promotion of social entertainment
and education recreation for college
men from Buffalo, N.Y. The Michigan
Chapter is one of the oldest and most
active chapters of the fraternity.
Any male resident of Buffalo in the
University is eligible for undergrad-
uate membership. The local chap-
ter invites all Buffaloans to enjoy
the companionship of their fellow
An organization for the wives of
students and internes on campus is
the Michigan Dames Club. The club
meets the second and fourth Tues-
day of each month. There are nine
interest groups which meet once a
month: art, athletic, book, bridge,
child study, charm, drama, home
making and music.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is a national
social sorority for colored women. The
organization of the group is similar to
that of any other social sorority of
the University in its purpose. Meet-
ings are held the first and third Wed-
nesdays in each month.
The Hiawatha Club, which numbers
about forty members, was organized
in the fall of 1935.
The purpose of the Hiawatha Club
is, first, to foster a feeling of good-
will and friendship among Upper
Peninsula men who are students at
the University; and second, to create
a "University of Michigan conscious-
ness among high school graduates
from the Upper Peninsula by sponsor-
ing collegiate dances, advising the
high school graduates, and keeping
in touch with Upper Peninsula news-
The club sponsors speakers, mainly
members of the faculty. It also par-
ticipates in intramural athletics, and
boasts a hockey team. Initiates are
selected by vote of the active mem-

bers. Dues amount

Alpha Gamma Sigma is a social or-
ganization for former Girl Scouts,
Girl Reserves and Campfire Girls. A
social meeting is held every other
Monday night.
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The principal purpose of Le Cercle
Francais is to acquaint the student
with the more familiar aspects of
the French tongue and culture
through a series of lectures and semi-
monthly meetings.
The only necessary qualification
for membership in Le Cerele is that
the prospective member be able to
carry on a conversation in French.
The aims of La Sociedad Hispanica
are to provide a means for students
to hear and speak Spanish and to
acquaint them with Spanish-Ameri-
can culture.. Its functions are meet-
ings with Spanish programs, a series
of six lectures, and Spanish movies.
Any student who has fulfilled the
University requirements and is in-
terested in Spanish culture is eligible.
Meetings are held twice a month.

to one dollar per

The B'nai Brith Hillel Foundation
aims to provide a social and cultural
center for students. Although it em-
phasizes Jewish values, its facilities
are open to all students. The Foun-
dation is located at 1102 Oakland, and
its physical facilities include a library,
recreation room, chapel, lounge, of-
fices and kitchen. Membership is
approximately 500.
Among the most important activ-
ities are: Religious Services every Fri-
day evening; Sunday Evening Forums
(Avery Weisman, Chairman); Hillel
Players-Dramatic Group (Louise
Samek, President); Hillel Indepen-
dent Club-Social Organization (Al
Finkelstein, President); Palestine
Club (Samuel F. Grant, President);
Fireside Discussion Group; Hillel
Book Club (Betty Steinhart, Presi-
dent); and social events.
Kappa Phi is a Methodist club,
limited to Methodist women students
who have at least a C plus average.
Rushing is held every semester and
meetings every other week. The meet-
ings are both social and religious in
nature. The motto of the club is
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