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Story' Tells
Of 112 Years
Pioneer School
Set in Wilderness
e (EDITOR'S NOTE: Michigan Story
appeared serially in The Daily in
March-April, 1949, written by asso-
ciate editor White. It has been wide-
ly acclaimed by students, faculty,
alumni and University officials.)
" . . there shall be established
in this state an institution under
the name of the University of
With these words-more than
112 years ago-the legislature of
a two-months-old state created a
people's educational center that
was from its inception a pioneer.
* * *
IT WAS ON March 18, 1837,
that a now famous organic act
made official the existence of the
tiny wilderness university.
Some will insist that the Uni-
versity was founded, many years
before the generally accepted
1837 date. And it is true that
the familiar and revered phrase
from the Northwest Ordinance
of 1787-now inscribed above
Angell Hall's pillars-might be
taken as the foundation of our
"Religion, morality and know-
ledge, being necessary to good gov-
ernment and the happiness of
mankind, schools and the means
of education shall forever be en-
couraged." * *
University must credit its real
beginning to the vision and joint
effort in early Detroit of a Roman
Catholic -priest and - a Presbyter-
ian minister. The founding of
their little academy "Catholepiste-
miad"-chartered by the territor-
ial government in 1817-certainly
heralded the life-giving proclama-
tion of 1837.
In the last analysis, it is dif-
ficult to select a definite date,
or to credit specific individuals
for the founding of "the mother
of state universities."
From the first conviction of edu-.
q tion's high place in a new so-
ciety, to the realization of the
present University of Michigan,
the story has been written by
many men, and in many chapters.
It is a history of continual for-
ward movement.
* * *
THE MICHIG4N Story is one
including a great variety of in-
fluences and trends, achievements
and disappointments. It is a his-
tory which has been related many
times-by word of mouth and in
comprehensive volumes.
Still, it remains a story unheard
by many.
* * *
Through Early Years .. .
In the years immediately fol-
lowing 1800-when Detroit was no
more than a tiny French and In-
dian fur trading village - three
men surveyed the wilderness of
illiteracy that surrounded them.
One of them was a French mis-
sionary priest, Father Gabriel
Richard. He had come to Detroit
in 1798, and soon realized the ur-
gent need foi educational facilities
in the Michigan territory.
IN THE SECOND decade of the
century, a newly ordained Pres-
byterian minister-Reverend John
Monteith-also took up residence
in Detroit. He became a fast
friend of the older' priest and

completed the partnership that
was to' make real a long-stand-
ing dream of education.
Another important figure was
territorial justice Augustus B.
Woodward, a student of the edu-
cational philosophy of Thomas
Jefferson, who was to prove of
great assistance in formulating
an academic program.
From the beginning, the Catho-
lic and the Protestant conceived a
means of secular education for the
people-in spite of the general
trend in the early United States
toward schools of private endow-
ment or church affiliation.
FINALLY, ON August 26, 1817,

Post War Plateau
Will Be Reached
'U' Orientation Program Prepared
To Handle 4,000 Inconiing Students
An enrollment of slightly more than 20,000 students for the fall
term is anticipated by University officials.
This year's student body, may be about the same size as last year's
judging from the estimated figure,
20,533 students were enrolled as classes opened last September.
THE UNIVERSITY'S orientation program is prepared to handle
2,000 incoming freshmen, plus 2,000 transfer students, all entering
the University for the first time.


These figures show no signifi-
cant change from those of last
year. A big drop in veteran en-
rollment is anticipated for the
coming academic year.
Most of the vets have already
completed their studies.
* * *
ficials expect about 650 foreign
students on campus in the fall,
a slight decline from last year's
peak of 730 students.
The College of Literature, Sci-
ence and, the Arts, with more
than 6,000 student, will continue
to be the largest college or school
on campus.
Next in size will be the grad-
aate school, with about 4,000 stu-
ients enrolled this year. The Col-
lege of Engineering, with more
than 3,000 enrolled, will rank third
in size.
ESTIMATED enrollment figures
for other University units are sim-
ilar to comparable figure for last
year. Figures are as follows:
School of Business Adminis-
tration, 1,200; School of Music,
500; Law School, 1,000; College
of Architecture and Design, 700;
School of Public Health, 200;
College of Pharmacy, 200!
School of Forestry and Conser-
vation, approaching 300; School
of Education, 500; School of
Nursing, 200; and School of
Dentistry, 400.
Michigan residents will pay $70
for their "learning" this fall, while
it will cost out-of-state students
$175 for the fall term tuition.
However, in February the pic-
cure will change. Fees for Mich-
igan residents will jump to $75
a term, while out-of-state tuition
will be increased to $200 a term.
Vets bureau
Has Facts
For AllG.I's
The Veterans Service Bureau,
located in the basement of the
Administration Building, operates
for the benefit of the vets at the
The Bureau has information
^enters on admission procedure,
registration and University activ-
APPLICATIONS for subsistance
allowances are handled by the
Bureau. Information about oc-
cupational guidance may be ob-
tained there.
The Bureau will also direct
veterans to proper authorities
for housing, employment, no-
tarization, medical care and le-
gal advice.
The campus got its greatest in-
flux of veterans in the spring of
1946, and a great many of these
veterans have already completed
their studies. Consequently, Uni-
versity officials expect a dropoff
in veteran enrollment for the fall
to the
4M rl- "al


Will eceive
Quick Plhuge
Of Events Set
The University's orientation pro-
gram will promptly plunge enter-
ing freshmen into the whirlpool
Uf campus activity.
A week of parties, lectures,
movies, tests, counseling and meet-
ings-toppped off by a football
game-will serve to introduce the
University to new students.
EACH INCOMING student will
receive an official schedule from
the Office of Student Affairs, tell-
ing him where and when he has
to go in order to get himself prop-
erly enrolled.
Some of the events she sh
the schedule are mandatory-
unless the newcomer partici-
pates in them, he cannot enter
the University.
Other events, while considered
essential, can be missed by the
crew students without wrecking his
chances for proper enrollment.
However, these more-or-less
"optional" events can do much to
make campus life much more
pleasant for newcomers.
THE PARADE of these events
will get under way on Monday
night of orientation week with the
freshman and transfer assemblies,
Freshmen will meet at 7:15 p.m.
in Hill Auditorium to hear brief
addresses of welcome by Pres-
ident Alexander G. Ruthven, Dean
of Women Alice C. Lloyd and Dean
of Students Erich A. Walter.
The transfer assembly, to be
held at 8 p.m. in the Rack-
ham Lecture Hall, will feature
talks by Provost James P.
Adams, Dean Lloyd and Dean-
Tuesday eveing of orientation
week will be devoted to house
meetings in the individual units
of the dormitories, and in the
league houses and other student
"COLLEGE NIGHT" will be the
official designation of Wednesday
Each of the undergraduate
schools and colleges has pre-
pared a special party or pro-
gram to welcome its respective
new students.
The School of Education will
meet with its students at the Uni-
versity High School Auditorium
for a brief session of remarks.
AN ASSEMBLY at Hill Audi-
torium will be the College of Lit-
erature, Science and the Arts' con-
tribution to "College Night." This
program will be "informational" in
nature-faculty members will give
valuable tips on registration,
counseling and other details of in-
terest to new students.
Engineering students will as-
semble at Rackham Lecture Hal
to hear brief talks by two fac-
ulty members.
A comedy skit by faculty mem-
bers, followed by an hour of square
dancing will welcome new students
to the School of Music. This pro-
gram will take place in the League


Students Face 145 Groups
In Operation at University
School work doesn't take up quite all of student time.
There are approximately 145 organizations that have
officially approved by the office of Student Affairs.


THEY RANGE FROM the purely social to the political and honor
societies and those specializing in certain geographical areas or
The political groups play a large role in the lives of many
students on campus. Included on campus are every shade of
political belief from Young Democrats to, Young Progressives,
from Democratic-Socialists to Young Republicans.
Membership in each of these groups is open to all those who are
interested in the policies of national parties or organizations.
It *- -*
ACTIVE ON CAMPUS also are groups which are not officially
parts of national parties but were formed to deal with specific politi-
cal and social issues.

Dean Walter
On behalf of the Office of
Student Affairs, may I wel-
come you most heartily to the
University. May you achieve
in full measure the educa-
tional objectives that have
brought you here. May you
also achieve a reasonable bal-
ance between classroom activ-
ities and your extra-curricu-
lar interests. It is our hope
that in your extra-curricular
life you will make your own
contribution to the life of the
University community as well
as taking from it meaningful

U' Counseling Will Create
Little Puddles from Big Ones
Twenty thousand students are a lot of students.
Without careful planning and counseling, many of these students
could easily feel like very small frogs in a very, very large pond.
THE UNIVERSITY, HOWEVER, has managed to break its sea
of learning up into small ponds.
It provides a great deal of individual contact for each and
every student, so that he does not feel that he is just one small
cog in a huge machine.
The orientation process, which greets every incoming student,
launches the flow of this personal contact. New students are placed
in small groups under an upper-class adviser, and thus get acquainted
with other people at the very beginning of their stay in Ann Arbor.
ONCE ORIENTATION WEEK has ended, newcomers are likely
to think about going to classes. They may well have visions of huge
classes with hundreds of students attending, but any such visions

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