In the Headlines
- At the University
of Michigan, the student legislature considers a motion to censure
the Michigan Daily for its recent series of articles dealing
with communists and communist-front activity on campus.
- The Whiteville News Reporter,
edited by Willard Cole, wins a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage
and editorial stand in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan,
which is going through a revival in North Carolina.
- Sir Winston Churchill is the Nobel laureate in literature.
- George C. Marshall
wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his plan to reconstruct
Europe after World War II.
- Ethel and Julius
found guilty of treason; they are put to death on June 19.
- Images from places
with names like Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill can't keep
public support for the Korean War going. With the signing
of the cease-fire agreement, signed at Panmunjom on July 27,
1953, the three-year war comes to an end.
- At age 40, Ben
Hogan becomes the only man to win three of the four major
professional golf tournaments in one year-the British and U.S.
Opens and the Masters.
- Dylan Thomas, Hank
Williams, Eugene O'Neill,
and Joseph Stalin die.
On screen and stage
- The Crucible by Arthur Miller wins the
Tony Award for best play.
- Disney's animated
feature film Peter Pan is released in February.
It took three years and a staggering $4 million to make.
- Oscar winners: From Here to Eternity
wins two awards-for best picture and best director, Fred Zinnemann.
William Holden wins best actor for Stalag 17; Audrey Hepburn
wins best actress for Roman Holiday. "Secret
Love," sung by Doris Day, wins the best song Oscar.
- The Scholar, Laburnum
Hamlet are presented on campus.
- Isaac Stern comes to campus in January
to play a violin recital.
On the air
- Top tunes: "Anywhere I Wander"
by Julius LaRosa; "Oh, Happy Day" by Don Howard; "Hey,
Mr. Jones" by Buddy Morrow; "Doggie in the Window"
by Patti Page; "Strange" by Nat King Cole; "Hot
Toddy" by Flanagan; "That's Amore" by Dean Martin.
- The College radio,
WITJ, broadcasts daily from 7:00 p.m. to midnight with the
latest news and sports scores, some dramatic shows, and "a
host of musical talent."
On the tube
- The January 19 TV
birth of the son of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on I Love
Lucy is watched by an incredible 44 million viewers-15
million more than will tune in President Eisenhower's inauguration
the next day on all three networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC). Lucille
Ball and her baby son, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV, make the cover
of the inaugural issue of TV Guide on April 3.
Numbers: There are 213 male and 80
female freshmen, nearly 100 faculty. The downtown campus consists
of some 16 buildings.
Academics: A core curriculum consisting
of English composition, Western civilization, social science,
literature, science, and speech is introduced throughout the
academic departments of business, drama, liberal arts, music,
physical education, and physiotherapy.
Sports: There are no intercollegiate
athletic opportunities for women, although women are welcome
to play several intramural sports.
- The football team
is having a bad year, losing to every team it plays, including
- Varsity baseball, under Coach Bucky Freeman,
is doing a bit better, with a 16-3 record.
Clubs: You can join I.D.E.O. (the
Inter-Departmental Educational Organization) and help promote
better relations among the various departments at IC; the Newman
Club for Catholic students; the Majors Club for phys. ed. majors;
or the Varsity Club, which strives to promote fellowship among
lettermen and to create incentive to participate in sports.
South Hill is still just grass, but President
Leonard Bliss Job is trying to get funding from the state to
build a new campus.
Radio major Marv Shapiro '54 doesn't want just the average
date for his junior prom; he wants "something special."
When a fellow classmate asks sarcastically, "Well ,who do
you want to go with, Marilyn Monroe?" Marv realizes that's
exactly right. He sends Monroe a telegram asking her to be his
date for the prom. A few days later, he receives a telegram from
Monroe's secretary politely declining the invitation. Marilyn,
unfortunately, will be in production at the time, unable to leave