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'Rah-Rah'
Returns to
Campus Life
Frosh-Soph Week
To OpenRevival
After a lapse of eight years,
campus "rah rah" is coming back
to Michigan.
"Rah rah," to the uninitiated
freshman, is commonly known as
school spirit, to be revived this
semester after a five-month, one-
man battle by Bill Gripman,
member of Student Legislature.
SCHOOL SPIRIT will be all
wrapped up in a Freshman-Soph-
omore Week in October-the week
just before the Minnesota Home-'
coming football game.
The week will be largely to in-
augurate freshmen into the so-
cial doings of the campus, but
will also be a major factor in
determining whether the fresh-
man or sophomore class is su-
perior.
Starting off the battle of the
classes will be a 100-man tug-of-
war across the Huron River, Ann
Arbor's only wet stream.
A HUGE PEP rally at Ferry
Field with a big bon-fire and ap-
propriate pepping up by cheer
leaders and singing will prepare
the newcomers and sophs for the
game Oct. 22.
The night before the game, a
huge freshman-sophomore tal-
ent show will be held to de-
termine further the superiority
of one class over the other.
Climaxing the week will be Stu-
dent Legislature's big homecom-
ing dance.
* * *
FROSIT-SOPH WEEK won out
over a more sedate orientation
program in the student elections
last semester by a narrow margin.
The only part of the rah rah
that met with defeat was the
wearing of beanies by freshmen.
In preparation for the week last
semester, two fraternity groups
staged a tug-of-war over the river
and other groups whipped up spirit
in the old tradition.
The revival of "rah rah" at
Michigan marks the revival of
school spirit in colleges all over
the country.
In 1941 it hit a low ebb which
stayed at zero throughout the war
until this year now and younger
blood brings raccoon coats, pen-
pants and cow bells.

PHOENIX PROJECT TO HARNESS POWER OF THE ATOM FOR PEACE

ON THE SERIOUS SIDE:
Lane HallMain Spring
Of'U' Religious Groups

What to do in Ann Arbor?
As a University town of some
39,000 population, the city offers
much in good entertainment.
For the steadiest entertainment,
the two campus theatres present
a change of program twice a week.

The Art Cinema League, a Univer-
sity organization specializing in
foreign movies and revivals, brings
such films each weekend.
* * *
DOWNTOWN, two theatres pre-
sent last-rate pictures and a re-

Student Legislature Plans
Broadcasts, Innovations

Part of Student Legislature's
meetings next year will be broad-
cast, according to John Ryder,
president.
Another SL innovation is to have

Michigan
Story
(Continued from Page 2)

Other new construction called
for a chemistry building-now an
interior part of the Economics
Building-and later, a law build-
ing.
By 1860, Tappan's improve-
ments had lured a total enroll-
ment of 519 students-90 of them
from other states.
But the apparently cyclical
movement of University fortunes
was again in sudden descent.
* * *
TAPPAN-although a Presby-
terian clergyman-had refused to
take an active part in conducting
chapel services to avoid giving the
University a denominational as-
pect. Thus, there grew statewide
rumblings over "moral laxity" and
"discouragement of prayer" in
Ann Arbor. Vicious criticisms were
made of the school's non-sectar-
ian nature, and there were rumors
of the students' Bohemian extra-
curricular pursuits.
In addition, faculty members
demonstrated a growing resent-
ment of the president's single-
handed formulation and ad-
ministration of policy. Likewise
in the Legislature, there were
recriminations over his "Prus-
sian" ideals, and some individ-
uals, ignoring the vast improve-
ment he 'had broudfht about,
proposed limitations of his pow-
er. And as the ill-feeling toward
him increased, the proud and
aloof president found himself
no longer able to secure essen-
tial state appropriations.
In 1863, the terms of office of
all the Regents once again expired
simultaneously - marking, inci-
dentally, the last time the State
allowed this to happen - and
Tappan was made the victim of
hasty, ill-advised action. After the
Board had tried in vain to secure
his resignation, he was summarily
dismissed in the summer of that
year.
* * *
A STORM of protest immed-
iately broke out, but all efforts to
have him -reinstated were doomed
to failure. In September of 1863,
he sailed for Europe-remaining
there until his death in 1881.
In his years in office, Henry
Philip Tappan lifted the Uni-
versity from comparative ob-
scurity to a position of national

special guests and speakers from
the University administration and
faculty, as well as any student
who wish to, sit in on the meet-
ings.
- *
SL, IN ITS FOURTH year of
existence and gaining, power as it
goes, is the government and
spokesman of the student body,
elected to two-semester 'terms by'
the students twice a year. One
legislator represents 400 students.
Organized on a Congress-Cab-
inet principle, the Legislature
meets bi-weekly to discuss stu-
dent policies and projects.
The cabinet, composed of offi-
cers elected from the Legislature
and two representatives-at-large
is the axis of the group.
THE CABINET' members con-
sider allCproposed legislation and
decides which will be presented
at meetings. The cabinet also acts
as coordinator with the adminis-
tration, other schools and the gen-
eral public.
Members of the Legislature
serve on standing committees
which do the work of the gov-
ernment.
The Campus Action Committee
most directly reaches the students,
by conducting polls and investi-
gations for the information of the
Legislature and students.
* * *
SCHOOL SPIRIT IS the con-
cern of the Varsity Committee.
The Homecoming Dance and ac-
tivities are directed by this group,
as well as smoothing out seating
troubles for students at football
games.
Cooperating with the Wolver-
ine Club, the Varsity Commit-
tee also sponsors pep rallies and
team sendoffs and welcomes.
Representing the Unitversity na-
tionally and internationally, the
National Student Ass ociation
Committee keeps up on activities
of the parent group.
THE COMMITTEE also enforces
the Student Bill of Rights, adopt-
ed by NSA. As a part of this, the
Committee on Discrimination is
now investigating discrimination
in dormitories, professional schools
and the community.
Latest brainchild of the Na-
tional Student Association is the
NSA Purchase Card System, now
operating all over the country.
Students may buy purchase
cards for $1.00 and get five to
30 per cent reductions on such
items as gasoline, shoe repairs,
clothes and jewelry at PCS
stores in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and
other cities.
Any progress on faculty rating
or movie entertainment is the job
of the Cultural and Educational
Committee.
THIS COMMITTEE also con-
cerns itself with suggesting new

vival every now and then, plus
campus - quality movies several
months late. The only advantage
here are the reduced prices. Also
downtown is a quaint theatre op-
erating only on weekends, bring-
ing excellent foreign pictures and
revivals at popular request.
The University Choral Union
and Extra Series bring 15 con-
certs to Hill Auditorium during
the year with topflight artists,
including Artur Rubenstein, Rise
Stevens, and the Boston, Cleve-
land, Pittsburgh and Chicago
Symphonies.
Also in the line of music, the
University presents a Messiah
program with top soloists and the
Choral Union, a chorus open to
qualified students meeting once a
week.
A CHAMBER music festival is
brought each January by the Uni-
versity, plus a May festival with
the Philadelphia Symphony and
soloists.
Another Universityoffering is
the lecture series, bringing lec-
turers from all over the country
who speak on every subject
imaginable.
Drama flourishes throughout
the year, with speech department's
play productions in the winter
and a drama festival just before
and during finals, bringing a
series of plays direct from Broad-
way and featuring Broadway stars.
TO THE FOOTLOOSE observer,
the University offers its museums
and galleries for cultural purposes.
Michigan's social life brings
weekend dances at the Union,
plus several collosal dances put
on by student groups. Social
highlight of the year is the J-
Hop, a two-day shindig during
the between-semesters vacation.
Other student groups keep life
active. A few of them are the
Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Jun-
ior Girls' Play, Union Opera, Soph
Cabaret, Theatre Guild and Stu-
dent Players.
IF YOU AREN'T 21, tavern life
is pretty well out, unless you have
a new Identification trick up your
sleeve, because most of the taverns
keep a sharp eye out for abusers
of the State Liquor Laws.
And the University Liquor
Laws prohibit drinking on cam-
pus or in University housing, so
you'll just have to stew in your
coke till that famed birthday.
For those loaded with identifi-
cation, there are several student
bars downtown where you can get
beer, wine and good meals, but
Washtenaw County is "dry" (no
liquor by the glass) so you have
to adjust your taste to beer. But
:there's plenty of beer--good, bad
and dark.
And if you tire of all these of-
ferings, there's always the Ar-
boretum, if you have a girl. The
Arboretum, University-owned, is
some several hundred acres of
wooded hills, absolutely unlit.
Counseling... *0
(Continued from Page 1)
FOR INFORMATION on cam-
pus activities of all sorts, the Of-
fice of the Dean of Students is
quite happy to answer these ques-

This fall Student Religious As-
sociation will inaugurate another
semester's program of religious
and social activities.
Housed in Lane Hall, SRA in-
cludes the interests of all faiths
and cultures on campus and is
the central organization for more
than 20 student religious groups.
* * *
ALL UNIVERSITY students are
entitled to participate in SRA ac-
tivities and to use the facilities of
Lane Hall - its library, music
room, auditorium, kitchen, meet-
ing rooms, and lounge.
SRA's program is student-
created by the various depart-
ments in the organization:
Study and Discussion, Social
Action, Public Relations, Inter-
cultural, Social and Recreation-
al, Outstate, and Relief.
Combined activities of the de-
partments include luncheon-dis-
cussions, religious seminars, par-
ticipation in campus politics and
community service projects, radio
workshop broadcasts, intercultur-
al "retreats," Friday Coffee Hour,
Orientation week program, work
with community centers and
churches in other parts of the
state, and relief projects such as

CLUB TRUMPS:
Students Face 145 Groups
(..)
In Oeraton tUnrsity

(Continued from Page 1)

another non-partisan organization
is the American Veteran's Com-
mittee, part of the National AVC
and open to all ex-servicemen, or
women.
Also the Committee to End
Discrimination, composed of
representatives from approxi-
mately 21 campus organizations
who have joined together to in-
vestigate the possibility of dis-
crimination in the acceptance
of new students to the campus
and to advocate the removal of
questions which might be used
for discriminatory reasons from
all application blanks used by
the University.
Sports groups are also active on
campus. Included here are the
ULLR Ski club, the Sailing Club,
and the Flying Club all open to
students for a minimum charge.
A newly organized campus Youth
Hostels combines all types of ath-
letics under its general policy of
going anywhere "you can travel
under your own steam."
CONNECTED with the various
fields of study are numerous clubs
which the Michigan newcomer can
join. There are special clubs for
architects-to-be, for anthropology
students, for journalism enthus-
iasts, for future doctors and would-
be barristers.
Social research students have
their own special club, as do
those interested in public ad-
ministration or in international
relations. For those whose fu-
ture careers lie in the business
worIl dthere is a group which
studies particularly marketing
procedure; another concerned
with industrial relations.
The pharmacy school has its
own after-hours club as does the
music school and the forestry stu-
dents. There are clubs for art

the German language students,
Sociedad Hispanica for the Span-
ish lover, Cercle Francais for those
who are learning the French
tongue and the Russian Circle for
those studying that language.
** *
THERE ARE ALSO separate
groups of students from many far-
away lands who meet regularly to
bring to their college life the bit
of the home country they have
been missing. There is an Arab
Club, an Armenian Student's As-
sociation, a Chinese'Student's
Club, a Chinese Student's Mutual
Help Club,iaHindustan Associa-
tion, a Polonia Club, a Hawaii
Club, a Turkish Club, a Club Eur-
opa, a Philippine-Michigan Club,
and a Committee for Displaced
Students. A newly formed Persian
Club is the latest to join this
group which show students how
the rest of the world lives.
A relatively new idea in cam-
pus groups is the formation of
clubs for students living in a
certain area in the United
States. There is a Toledo Club,
a Texas Club, an Ishpeming Club
and a Hiawatha Club, (both
concerned with students from
Michigan's Upper Peninsula),
and a St. Louis Club. The main
purpose of these organizations,
which are open to all residents
of the particular area concern-
ed, is to acquaint people from
the same section with each other
so that they may continue the
friendships made on campus
when they return to their homes.
For those who are lured by the
footlights and the magic of the
theatrical business, there are a
number of clubs to join. Besides
the Theatre Guild and the Stu-
dent Players who present shows
throughout the school year, there
are more specialized groups. The
Gilbert and Sullivan Society pro-
'1.nn n"_ o a h cot- n nn ioly m .

World Student Service Fund and
other campus drives.
THERE ARE 18 student relig-
ious groups at the University.
They sponsor a wide variety of
activities - discussions, worship,
picnics, intramural athletics, hikes,
dances, social and politicalsaction,
Bible study, drama, and music.
Most of the groups have pro-
fessionally trained leaders who
serve as religious counselors to
the students.
Newman Club is the campus or-
ganization of Catholic students.
It is a part of St. Mary's Student
Chapel, which is under the guid-
ance of Rev. Frank J. McPhillips.
Newman Club's program includes
a Wednesday discussion group and
Friday and Saturday night open
houses. Christmas and St. Pat-
rick's Day parties highlight the
social activities. The club also
sponsors frequent communion
breakfasts to which it invites guest
speakers.
B'NAI B'RITH HILLEL Founda-
tion serves as the religious center
for Jewish students at the Univer-
sity. Under the direction of Rabbi
Hershel Lymon, the group spon-
sors social forums, religious activi-
ties, welfare drives, and publica-
tion of the Hillel News. It also
offers a program of lectures, so-
cials, and Friday evening services.
Topping Hillel's year is its annual
musical revue, Hillez-apoppin'. A
chapter of the Intercollegiate Zion-
ist Federation of America is ac-
tive at Hillel.
The Christian Science Organi-
zation has its headquarters at
Lane Hall and holds meetings
every Tuesday evening. Among
its activities it sponsors two lec-
tures on Christian Science each
year. The organization keeps a
reading room off the Lane Hall
library.
Grace Bible Student Group is
under the supervision of the Rev.
Harold J. DeVries, pastor of the
Grace Bible Church. Every Sun-
day the group holds a Bible class,
and in the evening, a supper.
THE UNITARIAN Student
Group under the direction of Rev.
Edward H. Redman, sponsors a
program of discussions and for-
ums on the important social, poli-
tical, and campus issues of the
day. Activities of recreation and
service are also prominent in the
group's program. Social action
projects are occasionally under-
taken in cooperation with other
religious groups.
Inter-Guild is a student or-
ganization which integrates the
activities of most of the Protes-
tant religious groups, or "guilds,"
on campus and promotes coop-
eration between them. Among
its activities are leadership
training "workshops," held in
the fall, and retreats.
Roger Williams Guild, closely
affiliated with the First Baptist
Church, is under the direction of
Rev. C. H. Loucks and his assist-
ant, Faith Whitnall. Guild activi-
ties include Sunday Bible study
and supper discussions, and a Fri-
day social function.
* * *
EVANGELICAL and Reformed
Student Guild meets every Sun-
day evening for supper, discussion,
and fellowship. The program is
student planned with the help of
Rev. Walter S. Press, student

SL Experts
To Guide
Freshmen
Student Legislature's "Student
Experts" will again be on hand
this fall to assist bewildered fresh-
men and transfer students on
choosing courses and registering.
The experts will be headed by
Frank Butorac, '51. Chairman of
the Literary Experts is Charles
Murray and Engineering chairman
is Herbert VanBurgel, '50E.
* * *
THE PROGRAM is designed to
supplement the University's Ac-
ademic Counseling services which
assists students.
The service will be of great
help not only to freshmen and
transfer students, but also to
sophomores who plan to start
concentrating in one field.
Experts will be available 9 a.m.
to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept.
19 through 21.
Literary- College experts will be
in Rm. 25 Angell Hall and Engi-
neering Experts in Rm. 348 West
Engineering Bldg.
LITERARY EXPERTS will be
available in the following fields:
astronomy, Marilyn Mears; bot-
any, Mary Walsh; business admin-
istration, Gil Schubert; chemistry,
Jeanne Lange; dental hygiene, Sue
Parker; economics, Jack Wirth,
Donald Coombs; education, Betsy
Vial; English, Dave Thomas, Jake
Jacobson; extra-curricular activi-
ties, John Ryder.
The list continues with: fine
arts; Fred Erickson, German,
Jack Hess; geography, Ann Coe;
geology, Jim Kistler; Freshman-
Sophomore Week, Bill Gripp-
man; history, Don Mattison;
journalism, Craig Wilson; math-
ematics, Mary Powers; music,
Barb Kelso; philosophy, Mar-
shall Weinberg.
Other experts are: political sci-
ence, Dick Hooker; pre-law, Bob
Russell; pre-med, Jim Paircloth;
psychology, Margaret MacDougal;
Romance Languages, Dixie Cos-
sitt; ROTC, Donald Coombs; so-
ciology, Ed Reifel; speech, Marg
Price; zoology, Doug Covert.
* * *
EXPERTS FOR THE College of
Engineering will be announced
later.
Fields covered in engineering
will include: mechanical, civil,
aeronautical, electrical, chemical,
metallurgical and marine engi-
neering, engineering mechanics,
engineering physics and engineer-
ing mathematics.

Funds Sought
For 'Living'
Memorial
Atom Research
Set ToBegin
Plans for the establishment of
the Atomic Energy Phoenix Proj-
ect this fall have begun.
The Phoenix Project is the Uni-
versity's "living" war memorial de-
voted to research in the peacetime
uses of atomic energy.
* * *.
A FUND RAISING campaign for
a $5,000,000 "special gift" drive
will begin this fall, while the for-
mal drive for $6,500,000 will be
launched in the fall of 1950.
"The Phoenix Project is the
most' important all-University
project Michigan has ever un-
dertaken," President Alexander
G. Ruthven commented.
The concept of a functional war
memorial originated Dec. 18, 1946,
by the Student Legislature. On
that date, SL approved of the idea
of a functional war memorial and
laid tentative plans for a fund-
raising campaign.
OFFICIAL SANCTION came
when the University Board of Re-
gents named a faculty-student
War Memorial Committee in Sep-
tember, 1947.
The War Memorial Committee
was guided by an Alumni Asso-
ciation request that the war me-
morial be something more than
a "mere mound of stone, the
purpose of which would soon
be forgotten."
The idea for an atomic research
center first began in the mind of
Fred J. Smith, prominent New
York publisher and one-time Uni-
versity student. He suggested that
a project designed to make atomic
energy the slave rather than the
master of mankind would be a
fitting tribute to the University's
war dead.
* * *
SMITH'S PLAN was enthusias-
tically accepted by the War Me-
morial Committee in October, 1947,
after rejecting scores of other pro-
posals as being unsuitable.
The committee immediately
set to work to break through the
shroud of security whii sur-
rounded all matters dealing
with atomic energy in the Unit-
ed States.
The committee needed the ap-
proval of the U.S. Atomic Energy
Commission before work on the
project could begin.
* * *
IN FEBRUARY, 1948, Dean of
Students Erich A. Walter, Dean of
the Graduate School Ralph A.
Sawyer, and Prof. Fred J. Hodges
of the roentgenology department
appeared before the Atomic En-
ergy Commission in Washington,
D.C. to explain the proposed
peacetime atomic researchcenter.
They emerged from the his-
toric meeting with the solid
backing of the Commission
which applauded the move.
The Office of 1naval Research
joined the list of Phoenix Project
supporters in March, 1948 when
ONR officials promised to "render
support in any way possible to-
ward the organization of such an
institute."
WITH THIS HURDLE passed
the project was taken to the
Board of Regents where it received
speedy approval on May 1, 1948.
Representatives of the major
student organizations on cam-
pus met and laid plans for sup-

port of the project.
On May 17, 1948, the Phoenix
Proj ect was revealed to the public
for the first time in a special edi-
tion of The Daily.
* * *
THE FUND RAISING campaign
is under the leadership of Chester
H. Lang, '15, of Schenectady, N.Y.,
who appointed 14 University
alumni as regional chairmen to
collect funds throughout the Unit-
ed States and the Territory of
Hawaii.
1. A MEMORIAL ROTUNDA
will be constructed on campus as
a magnet to draw together the
great scholars of the age interested
in every possible humanitarian,
physical and intellectual phase of
atomic development.
2. RESEARCH LIBORATORIES
more complete and better equipped
for these purposes than any peace-
time atomic -laboratories now in
existence will be established here.
The facilities will be open to the
use of every thinking man.
3. A CLASSIFICATION of all
known atomic research data will
be assembled at an elaborate in-
formation center to coordinate on

Freshman .

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(Continued from Page 1)

not completed "College Night"
plans at the time The Daily's fall
supplement went to press.
*~ * *
THE LEAGUE and the Union
will take care of Thursday eve-
ning for newcomers to the cam-
pus.
The League will have pro-
grams at 7 and 9 p.m. in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for
freshmen women and transfer
women respectively. The pro-
gram will include skits 'from
Junior Girls' Play, Soph Cab-
aret and Fresh Weekend.
A stag party at 8 p.m. in the
Union ballroom will feature re-
freshments, a football movie, and
reptesentatives of various campus
activities who will talk briefly to
the new male students.

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