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Your Gateway to Opportunity
A. W. Boldt, Assistant Dean of Men; Chairman, Committee on Orientation
Jim Jackson, Student Director of Orientation
Room 128-9, Administration Building
University of Florida
TABLE OF CONTENTS
President Miller's Welcome ------- ----
Your Student Director --------------
Dean Boldt's Welcome -------------
A History You Can Be Proud Of
Get In Those Blanks -------------
Orientation Attendance Is Essential
Grouping Comes Before Anything Else
Experienced Counselor's Will Help You
Placement and Ability Tests
President's Welcome and Reception
Your Home Away From Home -----------
Housing for Married Veterans .--- ------.
Where to Eat ..------ -------
What Does It Cost?
Bank Your Money Now --------------.
Scholarships, Loans, and Employment
You're a Florida Woman Now ------ --- .
Especially for the Men -------------
Learning Isn't Easy, But It Pays --------
The University College ..-. -----------
Upper Division Offerings That Lead to Careers
To Live Well and Keep Well on Campus ---
Campus Map ------------... ......------ --- .
Questions from Registration 'Til Grade Time ..
Veterans and the G. I. Bill
Help When Needed
Personnel Records ------------------
Foreign Students .. ------ ---------
Religious Activities at Florida -. --------
The ROTC and You
Dean of Men ---------------... -----
Dean of Women ... -----------------
The Honor System ..----------------
Your Student Government -- ----------
The Florida Union -----------------
Fraternities for Men ----------------
Sororities for Women -------------
Pep Rally and Talent Night -----------
Orientation Records and Tour
Information Booths ------- ... .------
Your Hello Tag
Florida's Extra Curriculars
Social Life at Florida ---------------
Gridiron Fever Grips Campus --------- -
How to Get Your Football Tickets
1953 Football Schedule --------------
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Dr. J. Hills Miller
Dear Freshman Students:
If I were to ask each of you why you chose to come to college, I am positive
your answers would be diverse and interesting. I am sure that most answers
could be divided into categories of "I don't know", "I wish to prepare for a
vocation", or "I wish to become educated".
For you who "don't know", the University offers many opportunities for
exploration into the broad expanse of educational and cultural fields-from
agriculture to zoology, from a knowledge of self to your role in the pattern
of the whole society.
For you who wish to prepare for a vocation, the University will help you
in that endeavor also. The vocation choices are so many they need not be
For you who wish to become educated, the University offers the greater
opportunity. Here you will be given every opportunity to get a good start on
your education, for education is a continuing process. It has been said, "the
product of training is competence in the skills of a vocation. The product of
education is understanding and judgment."
The educated person is anybody with a broader understanding of self, and
possessed with a richer zest for living. He appreciates life by knowing more-
a little more-of its complex structure, and wiser because he knows that wisdom
comes with growth and maturation, not in a day, but in a lifetime of continuing
J. HOLLIS MILLER
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STUDENT DIRECTOR .. .
Welcome! Mine is only one of many welcomes that you will receive during
your first week at the University. We hope that Orientation will be helpful
in getting you started on the right track, for that is the sole purpose of the
program; several hundred faculty members and students have devoted their
attention to you, alone, during this Orientation Week.
You will find that this is a large university which affords you limitless
opportunities. Yet it expects to give each student the individual attention he
requires, too. Your responsibility as a student will be to take advantage of
the facilities set up for you. Begin by participating fully in all YOUR Orienta-
tion Week activities.
Good luck for the coming year; I'll see you on the campus.
MR. CHAIRMAN ...
Dean A. W. Boldt
It is always a pleasure to welcome new students to the University of Florida.
It is my hope that you will find here the friendly atmosphere and environment
which will influence your growth towards the career that each of you has set.
The continued progress of our great state and nation demands an ever in-
creasing number of trained and enlightened people. Tyranny thrives best
amidst ignorance and indifference. Therefore each of us must contribute to
democracy-not only by believing it, but by understanding it. In understanding
it we are better prepared to live it and improve it.
As a great state university, we are jealous of our responsibilities to you and
to our state and nation. We assume these responsibilities in a very serious
manner because we know that you are our posterity.
It is important that you improve your body, mind, and soul. The external
forces here at Florida are exerted toward that end. Education is a serious
business and is indeed a serious undertaking. The frivolous and disinterested
will fall by the wayside.
The path to success is not easy to travel, but in the words of Angela Morgan,
I hope that you will experience
"A courage mightier than the sun-
You rose and fought and, fighting won."
A. W. Boldt Assistant Dean of Men
Chairman, Committee on Orientation
The Florida Gymna-
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fall when Dean Boldt
addressed the 2,000
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A HISTORY YOU CAN BE PROUD OF
The University of Florida is a state land-grant university offering an excel-
lent faculty, a challenging curriculum, and a well-rounded student life.
Until 1853 when the East Florida Seminary was established at Ocala, there
were no state colleges in Florida.
In 1862, with the passage of the Morrill Act, the State of Florida began to
make its first strides towards a great state university. The State Legislature
took an action unprecedented in state education and passed the Buckman
Act, 1905 which provided for the establishment of the Florida Female Col-
lege at Tallahassee and the University of the State of Florida at GainesvilJe.
Florida's modern history dates from the Buckman Act and since that time,
progress towards the goal of a great university has been steady.
The first president, Dr. Andrew Sledd, had only two permanent buildings
and a faculty of 15 members with which to conduct classes for approximately
119 students. Dr. A. A. Murphree became the second president, and under
his guidance, additional buildings were built and new colleges and departments
were added to the curriculum.
During the administration of the University's third president, Dr. John J.
Tigert, the famous University College, in which you will spend your first two
years at Florida, was organized to give students a broad and comprehensive
background in the several fields of study.
In 1947, the University entered upon another great period of progress when
Dr. J. Hillis Miller assumed the reins of the presidency, and co-education was
introduced. In these last six years, the University's facilities and curricula
have been expanded to a greater degree than ever before. Many new buildings
have been built while future building plans include: new residence halls, an
Alumni Memorial Center, an Agriculture Building, a Business Administration
Building, and a Physics Building.
This is but a portion of the story of the growth of your State University, but
it should be evident that the University of Florida has come far within the last
one hundred years and that it will continue to progress. It is for you, the
freshmen to individually take it upon yourselves to work and cooperate to keep
your University in the fore of the nation's finest institutions of higher learning.
Famed General James A. Van Fleet, former football coach to the Uni-
versity, returned to his alma mater last Spring as the honored guest at
the Centennial Celebration.
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GET IN THOSE BLANKS
The first prerequisite for admission to the University of Florida is your
preliminary application, the deadline for which is August 15. The preliminary
application must be sent in by all entering students and may be obtained by
writing the Registrar.
The other blanks to be filled out by entering students, which vary with the
student's status, are sent to new students upon receipt of the preliminary ap-
plication. Briefly these blanks may be classified, thus:
RESIDENT FLORIDA FRESHMEN students who have never attended col-
1. Transcript of high school credits which should be filled out by the regis-
trar of your high school.
2. Formal Application for Admission which should be filled out by you and
forwarded to the Director of Admissions at the University.
3. Statement of Residence which should be filled out, NOTARIZED, and
sent to the Director of Admissions.
4. The application for housing facilities should be returned as soon as
possible. A room deposit payment of ten dollars must accompany appli-
cations for unmarried students. Applicants for assignment to housing
facilities for married students are not required to post a deposit until
requested to do so by the Housing Office.
5. The Medical History and Physical Examination form. The medical his-
tory should be filled in by the applicant before going to his doctor for
the physical examination. The physical must be performed and completed
by a licensed Doctor of Medicine and mailed by the doctor direct to the
Director, Student Health Service, University of Florida, Gainesville.
OUT OF STATE FRESHMEN (Students from outside Florida who have
never attended college) will submit essentially the same forms except for:
1. A notarized statement of residence will NOT be required of non-Florida
students. They must submit, however, the $175.00 out-of-state fee with
their admission credentials.
TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO ARE RESIDENTS of the state of Florida
and who are applying for transfer from another university should send:
1. Notarized Statement of Residence
2. Transcript of credits from the institution previously attended
3. Formal Application for Admission
4. Housing Facilities (if desired)
5. Medical History and Physical Report
TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS of the state of
Florida and are applying for transfer from another university should send the
same credentials as Florida Transfers except for:
1. Statement of Residence will not be required. They must, however, sub-
mit the $175.00 out-of.-state fee along with their application.
These blanks are the main ones with which the prospective Gator student
will be concerned. It must be remembered, however, that each applicant may
present a slightly different situation than that of the majority and therefore
cannot be strictly catalogued.
The fine line that determines a resident and non-resident of the state of
Florida, for instance, is elaborated upon like this:
"A Florida student, if under twenty-one years of age, is one: (1) whose
parents have been residents of Florida for at least twelve consecutive months
preceding his registration; or (2) whose parents were residents of Florida at
the time of their death, and who has not acquired residence in another state;
or (3) whose parents were not residents of Florida at the time of their death,
but whose successor natural guardian has been a resident of Florida for at
least twelve months next preceding the student's registration."
Remember, the deadline for preliminary applications is August 15, and until
the application is sent in, the Director of Admissions cannot determine your
status, nor can he send you the other necessary forms.
Your Group Counselor is
hand picked from among
campus leaders-take ad-
vantage of his services.
ORIENTATION ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL
All new students at the University are required to attend the Orientation
Week activities, and it is expected that every new student will cooperate in
following this requirement. Cooperation between the Adminsitration and the
Student Body has become a tradition of which the University is proud. As
this year is your first opportunity to show your cooperation, the Orientation
Committee is looking forward to perfect attendance at all of the required
Transfer students and freshmen will follow approximately the same
schedule of activities. Freshmen students will report at 8:00 a. m. and
8:30 a. m., Monday, September 14, to the Florida Gymnasium. Transfer
students will report at 8:30 a. m., Tuesday, September 15, to the University
This separation affords a closer cooperation of mutual interests and facil-
itates the efficiency necessary for proper handling of those students with
previous standing at other colleges and universities and the new students.
Freshmen and sophomores alike will follow the Orientation program in regard
to those activities which are scheduled for them during the week.
As there are no other campus activities that will conflict with the Orien-
tation Program this fall, attendance will be carefully checked at every activity.
Your group leader will be asked to rate each new student on his attendance,
and that rating will be recorded on each individual's personnel record, a part
of his permanent record at the Univesity. Don't risk getting off to a bad
start by being absent from the required Orientation activities.
IF YOU ARE PRESENTLY EMPLOYED, GIVE YOUR EMPLOYER
NOTICE THAT THE UNIVERSITY REQUIRES YOUR ATTENDANCE AT
ORIENTATION WEEK ACTIVITIES BEGINNING ON MONDAY, SEP-
TEMBER 14, AT 8:00 A. M. FOR FRESHMEN STUDENTS AND ON TUES-
DAY, SEPTEMBER 15, AT 8:30 A. M. FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS. ORIEN-
TATION ACTIVITIES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 12 NOON, SATUR-
DAY, SEPTEMBER 19.
GROUPING COMES BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE
Your first activity during Orientation Week will begin bright and early on
Monday or Tuesday morning, depending on your class standing. All new
students will be placed in groups of approximately 25 persons. This will be
accomplished in two phases-freshmen students on Monday and transfer stu-
dents on Tuesday.
FRESHMEN STUDENTS will report to the Florida Gymnasium at 8:00 and
8:30 a. m. on Monday, September 14, 1953. All students will enter the front
door and will be directed by signs down the main halls and seated according to
the first letter of their last names. After being seated, you will be placed in
groups according to rolls prepared in advance. Immediately following group-
ing, you will be introduced to your Group Counselor.
Under his guidance, you will fill out a Gainesville address card, and your
Admission Certificate will be checked for accuracy.. BE CERTAIN TO BRING
YOUR ADMISSION CERTIFICATE WITH YOU. Also at this time, Activity
Schedules will be issued and their use explained by your Group Counselor. Then
you will be given a HELLO TAG which is to be worn during Orientation Week
for the purpose of mutual identification. The grouping process will take
approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
Entering students gathered outside the Gymnasium last fall while waiting
for the Orientation Program to get underway
TRANSFER STUDENTS will report to the University Auditorium at 8:30
a. m., Tuesday, September 15, 1953. Here you will be divided into two groups-
those who will, and those who will not take tests. Students will be formed into
groups of approximately 25 students each. Immediately following grouping,
you will be introduced to your Group Counselor, who will check your Admission
Certificate for accuracy. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR ADMISSION CER-
TIFICATE WITH YOU. Then under your Group Counselor's guidance, you
will fill out a Gainesville address card. Also at this time Activity Schedules
will be issued and explained to you by your Group Counselor. Then you will
be given your HELLO TAG which will identify you throughout Orentation.
The grouping process will take approximately 45 minutes.
LATE ARRIVALS should report to the Registrar's Office in the Adminis-
tration Building to be screened by a member of the University Examiner's
staff to determine whether or not they are to take tests. After being released
by the Registrar, or by the Board of University Examiners in the event tests are
to be taken, report to the Orientation Office, Room 128, Administration Build-
ing, to be assigned to a group.
WILL HELP YOU ...
All new students are assigned to groups of approximately twenty-five stu-
dents with an immediately responsible Group Counselor. There will be approxi-
mately 80 groups for the 1953 Fall Orientation. More than ever before, the
University of Florida is vesting the individual Group Counselor with the welfare
of you, the incoming student. He will attempt to effect an easy adjustment
to every activity and be the means for providing information for your partici-
pation in the many entertainment features offered during the week.
The Group Counselors are handpicked from the men and women on campus
who are outstanding in their particular fields of activity. He or she will serve as
a personal source of assistance and information and will be your coordinator
for the various activities of Orientation Week. Feel free to consult your Group
Counselor, who will be willing and eager to help you with your immediate
problems. If he cannot help you, he will refer you to the proper college office
or to other University services.
There will be a group meeting conducted by the student counselor which is
of great importance to you, for at this time he will discuss any problems that
Group Counselors receiving detailed
instructions from the director con-
cerning your fall program.
you may have, and will give complete instructions about the registration pro-
cedure. His tips on how to register will save time and effort in completing
Your Group Counselor is participating in Orientation for the sole purpose of
helping you through your first week at the University. He has Leen through
Orientation Week himself, thus his advice will be invaluable in helping you to
receive the most from the Program.
Dean Boldt and the student counselors who conducted last fall's Orientation.
Many hometowns are represented in this group.
In addition to the Orientation Week tests, the University Auditorium is the
scene of many of the exams taken during the first two years of college.
PLACEMENT AND ABILITY TESTS
All freshmen entering the University are required to take a battery of five
placement tests covering general ability, English, social studies, natural scien-
ces, and mathematics. This battery is similar to the one offered each spring in
the Florida high schools. Freshmen who have taken the entire battery within
the last two years will be exempt from repeating it at the University, and
scores made in high school will be used in college.
Information for Those Who Will Take Tests .
The placement test battery (for those not exempt as stated above) will be
given the first day of Orientation. All materials will be supplied at the test-
ing room. Those freshmen who have to take the tests will automatically be
placed in groups scheduled for this project. The Group Counselors will see
that the members are told when and where to report for testing. About five
hours are needed for the administration of these tests. One or two tests will
be given in the morning and three or four in the afternoon.
The tests are so general in nature and cover such wide subject areas that
special study or review is not usually very helpful. A thorough high school
background is the best preparation. The importance of doing one's best on
these tests cannot be over-emphasized. The test results will be entered on the
permanent record cards and will accompany the records wherever they go.
Actually, the results will be put to an immediate use because the registration
counselors consider them when talking with the student about his college
courses. Problems of electives, number of courses, outside work, and possible
fields of major interest will be discussed in relationship to placement test
standings. Employers in business and industry are giving an increasing empha-
sis to placement test scores as measures of potential success.
Testing Information for All Students . .
All persons in the Orientation Program will. take a college-level ability test.
The results of this test will be used primarily to assist in planning the educa-
tional and professional program beyond the freshman year, where measures at
a higher level than those given by the placement tests are needed. As in the
case of the placement tests, students will automatically be grouped so that this
test will be taken in the Orientation Program. Groups will be informed by
their Group Counselors when and where to report for testing. All materials
will be supplied. Total time for the project will be about ninety minutes.
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PRESIDENT'S WELCOME AND RECEPTION
Traditionally, the first activity during Orientation Week which is attended
by all new students in one body is the President's Welcome and Reception.
This fall the activity is scheduled for Tuesday night, and is to be held in the
Florida Gymnasium, the only indoor auditorium capable of handling all the
new students at one time.
This year, as in past Orientations, President J. Hillis Miller will officially
welcome you to the University of Florida, extending to you the status of a full
fledged citizen of our University community. For an insight into your future
campus life, and further to hear what is expected of you by the President and
the faculty of this great university, be certain to listen carefully to every word
of his address, for it is worthy of your closest attention.
On the program with President Miller to further greet and welcome you to
the Florida Campus will be W. Max Wise, Dean of Student Personnel. Other
campus personalities, such as Miss Marna V. Brady, Dean of Women, and R. C.
Beaty, P ean of Men, will be on the stage along with these two gentlemen, and
may be heard from during this program.
Immediately following the welcome, an informal reception will be held on
the second floor of the Student Service Center. At this time, you will have
the opportunity to meet President and Mrs. Miller, as well as the others who
spoke during the program. President Miller hopes he can meet and shake hands
with every member of the Class of '57, and every transfer student as well.
This activity, although taking only a few minutes of your time, is certain
to be a memorable one when you think back over your Orientation experiences.
Dr. Miller is always happy to have students drop in for a visit at any time,
and this reception will give you a chance to meet and know your President.
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YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Living in University Residence Halls provides opportunities for new friend-
ships and participation in social activities, intramural athletics, and self-
government. You will hear more about the many opportunities from your
Residence Hall Counselors, who will help you to understand the various ac-
tivities open to you.
In the Residence Halls you will meet people from all over the United States
and from many foreign countries. These people share your problems and will
enjoy talking them over with you in bull sessions. Get to know your neighbors
-you will find them good friends in years to come.
On each floor or section of the Residence Halls is an upperclass Student
Counselor whose responsibility is to advise new students and assist in the
organization of the floor or section for group living needs. The Housing Office
also provides a staff of fulltime, trained Resident Personnel people to pro-
vide guidance and assist you in any way possible.
Each resident can Le active in the structure of Residence Hall self-govern-
ment. This government is composed of Hall Councils to which are sent repre-
sentatives elected from each floor or section of a hall. Through the Hall
Councils each resident can assist in setting up policies governing conduct in
the Residence Halls. Consideration for your fellow students, respect for per-
sonal effects, appropriate care for University property, and the assumption of
obligations as part of the group are some of the responsibilities stressed to you.
Throughout the year programs and services are offered for the benefit of
the students by the Counselors and the Hall Councils. In the past these have
included library sub-stations, snack bars, review sessions, movies, scholarship
awards, receptions, and dances.
In the field of intramural athletics the Residence Halls enter all types of
Coeds on stair landings be-
tween modern Mallory and
Yulee Halls. These Halls
Along with new Reid Hall,
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Plush lounges provide an ex- L ....1.
ellent place to meet your
friends. No expense has been
pared to make your "home
way from home" luxurious,
spacious and complete.
endeavor. Touch football, softball, basketball, track, volleyball, and almost
any other sport in which you might be interested will be played in some form
under the University intramural program. The Residence Hall teams in the
past have been in the top brackets on many occasions. Intramurals are not
limited to the men's Halls-the women have their own sports and their own
All housing facilities are self-supporting with expenses met from student
rental payments. Supported directly by you, the Housing Office offers services
of many kinds, including lounges, recreation rooms, and laundries. For the coed,
in addition to the laundry facilities, are rooms equipped with hair dryers and
sewing machines. In the Tolbert and Mallory areas an intercommunication sys-
tem is in operation, while a messenger service is provided for the Murphree
The Division of Student Housing Services, headed by Dyckman Vermilye,
Interim Director, and Carl Opp, Associate Director, has its central offices in the
south wing of the Administration Building. This office administers the entire
services of housing, coordinating the counseling services with the Dean of Men
and the Dean of Women and the other necessary services with other units of the
University. Area offices, staffed by the Resident Advisers for the men's Halls
and the Head and Associate Residents for the women's Halls, are located in '
each of the main groups of Residence Halls. These offices handle the details
of student residence and service in the areas and supervise the work of the&
Student Counselors. The entire Division is basically and essentially a service
organization to aid you and to stimulate group progress in self-government
and the creation of an atmosphere encouraging academic achievement:
If you are faced with a housing problem before you arrive on campus, direct
your correspondence to Mr. Vermilye's office. After you arrive, consult your
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Student Counselor, Resident Adviser, or Head or Associate Resident whenever
problems confront you. If they cannot help you, they will direct you to some-
one who can. If you run into a situation which cannot be handled by one of the
area offices, feel free to drop in at the central Housing Office to talk things
The Housing Office invites the families of new students to visit the Resi-
dence Halls and is always happy to meet parents and students to discuss any
general or personal housing problem.
Room assignments are made during the summer as applications are received,
and rent is paid by all incoming students before they arrive in Gainesville.
Student residents may check into their assigned rooms after 9:00 a. m. on Sat-
urday, September 12th. Check-in hours are between 9:00 a. m. and 10:00 p. m.
You are allowed to select your roommate if possible. If you and another
incoming student request each other as roommates and apply simultaneously
at an early date, the Housing Office tries to place you in a room together. A
better policy, however, is to room with someone you have never met before; in
this way you can make valuable new friendships.
The University has an established policy requiring all students who have
completed less than one full year of college vork to live in the Residence Halls,
as long as space is available. Single undergraduate women may be required
to live on campus.
What do you need for your room to make it your "home away from home"?
The first thing to be considered is linens. The University maintains a linen
service which will provide weekly supplies at a nominal cost. However, if you
prefer to bring your own, four towels and washcloths, three pillowcases, and
six sheets should be an ample supply. Don't forget to include blankets for
As for room accessories, it might be advisable to wait until you see the
color scheme and consult with your roommate before choosing bedspreads,
drapes, or rugs. You may want to add a "homey touch" with a potted plant, a
goldfish bowl, or your own bookshelves. Many students keep bulletin boards in
their rooms for souvenir collections and reminder notices.
You'll find a desk lamp necessary to supplement the ceiling light; some
lamps are available for rent through the Housing linen service. Other items
which you may want to bring are a radio, phonograph, alarm clock, and shoe
bag. Don't forget a soap dish and a laundry bag-they're often left behind!
Generally, your room furnishings will be the same as they were at home;
and with your own touches you can soon give your room that "home away from
Modern buildings and complete
landscaping typify Florida's dorm-
HOUSING FOR MARRIED VETERANS
Three Flavet Villages provide housing facilities for married students at
the University of Florida. These villages offer many opportunities; closeness
to the main campus, reasonable rent, washing facilities, free movies each week,
and plenty of playmates and playgrounds for the children. Women's clubs
have been formed and village fairs are held in Flavet III periodically.
All buildings were procured, moved and re-erected under the Federal Hous-
ing Authority. The University provided the land and furnishings. The build-
ings became the property of the University in 1948. The cost of erecting these
villages was $3,000,000.
Divided into three sections which are all near the campus, the villages were
restricted to veterans with children and veterans with no children, the former
having priority until the Veteran enrollment dropped below the number to fill
the units. In the fall of 1951, certain sections were made available to non-
veteran married couples; however, veterans still have preference. All Flavets
are under a student commission form of government.
The Housing Office is now accepting applications for housing in the fall.
If you desire to live in a Flavet Village, get your application in now. Send
long a copy of your marriage license, your discharge, and be sure to state the
number in your family. DO THIS NOW.
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NO FOOD WORRIES AT FLORIDA
A prime consideration of every new student at the University is: Where
do I eat?
Here at the University, this question has been answered by a variety of
private and University-operated establishments that are set up to serve stu-
The food problem is always a major one, and to solve it, the University
maintains four eating establishments. Largest and most complete is the
University Cafeteria, adjacent to the men's residence halls and the Florida
Union. High quality food at reasonable prices is offered and all service is
cafeteria style, affording individual, selections.
One of the most popular student meeting places is the Campus Club,
located between the two wings of the cafeteria, and open daily from 8:00 a.m.
until 11:00 p.m. This well-known rendezvous features both grill and fountain
A smaller cafeteria with food service similar to the main cafeteria is
maintained in the Florida Roof of P. K. Yonge Labaratory School, across the
street from the Women's Residence Halls. The Florida Room, which also
provides fountain service, keeps the same hours as the larger cafeteria, with
the exception of the fountain, which is open from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The Hub, most recent addition to the eating places on campus, is located
in the ultra-modern Student Service Center. Open from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30
p.m., it is popular for the spacious glass-enclosed interior, the outside patio,
and its grill and soda fountain services
For the student's convenience in budgeting his monthly expenses, coupon
books may be purchased with a cash value of $5.00 or $15.00 from the Office
of the Cashier, Administration Building.
Four dormitories maintain snack bars: Tolbert, Yulee, Reid, and Mallory.
Operating hours are 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sandwiches, drinks, and pastries
Off campus, there are dozens of popular restaurants and snack shops. Fore-
most of these are the four comprising the famed University "Gold Coast".
These are located on University Avenue opposite the men's residence halls.
Other restaurants are maintained near the campus and in downtown Gaines-
ville, specializing in everything from Chinese food to Italian spaghetti.
In" addition to these, the majority of fraternity and sorority houses main-
tain dining rooms for their members and pledges, with meals usually paid for
on a monthly basis.
If you enjoy something different, try the outdoor eating facilities
at the Student Service Center.
Suu ranctton of rlorida's new Medical College is underway. The finished
physical plant will be a duplicate of this model.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
During his first year at the University, it is estimated that the average
student spends from $950 to $1200. Although this sum may seem large at first,
the total amount is not so imposing when it is broken down int.) the individual
The first obligation of the new student is room rent, usually paid upon
receipt of his room assignment before the term begins. Rent varies from
$30.00 to $110.00 per semester for the residence halls. The average freshman's
room rent is approximately $85.00 per semester.
Upon registration the student is expected to pay his registration fee, $75.00
per semester for Florida students. Non-Florida students pay $250.00 per sem-
ester, which includes tuition in addition to the fee charged Florida students.
Books and supplies must be purchased before classes begin. The cost varies
from $20.00 to $40.00 a semester, depending on the courses taken.
The largest item on the average student's budget is food, which may be
obtained at both on and off campus eating establishments. The University
Cafeteria, with four serving lines and a capacity of over 3,000 meals per
hour, prepares high quality food at reasonable prices. The Florida Room and
the Student Service Center are also popular eating places.
Laundry and dry cleaning are another item on the student's budget. Each
freshman resident hall. is equipped with coin-operated washing and drying
machines and irons. Several Gainesville firms also will vie for laundry and
dry cleaning patronage; many of them have student representatives for con-
tact in the dorms. There is also a privately-owned laundry and dry cleaning
establishment in the Student Service Center.
For those wishing a linen supply service, sheets, towels, and pillowcases
may be obtained from the Housing Service at approximately $7.50 per semes-
ter. This includes weekly change of linen.
Male freshman and sophomore students required to enroll in ROTC must
advance a $20.00 deposit at the time of registration. At the end of the year,
if all equipment is returned in acceptable condition, the deposit is refunded.
Although these are considered the most important items on the student's
budget, there may be many incidental expenses. Social events such as Fall
and Spring Frolics should also be considered.
Although the figures quoted above are for the average budget, it is possible
to attend the University on less money in a satisfactory manner. Scholarships
and student employment are means whereby expenses may be cut down.
All the banking facilities of a mod-
*ern bank are provided for students
,at the campus Bank.
BANK YOUR MONEY NOW
On Sunday, September 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. the University
Bank, located in the north end of the basement of the Administration Building,
will Le open especially for students who wish to deposit money upon arrival
in Gainesville. The bank, operated by the University cashier on a non-profit
basis, charges one dollar per semester to students who wish to maintain an
account. The bank also collects all student fees and accounts.
Because the bank is a facility operated for your protection and conven-
ience, you should acquaint yourself with its restrictions:
(1) When depositing a personal check on an out-of-town bank, only thirty
dollars of the money deposited may be withdrawn until the check clears the
bank. This procedure usually takes seven to ten days.
(2) The Bank recommends that you submit a certified check or a money order
if you need an amount greater than thirty dollars within the first week. How-
ever, this thirty dollar rule applies only to spending money, not to registration
payments. (3) Checks on your account at the University Bank differ from
those of other banks in that they are nonnegotiable except at the University
Bank itself. An exception is made at the time of registration, when fees may
be paid by means of these checks. This procedure is similar to the operation
of a savings bank. (4) When you open an account at the University Bank,
you simply enter your name, local (campus) address, and signature on student
bank passbook. When making a deposit, you must enter the above information
on the deposit slip with the name of the bank and other sources of funds
deposited. This passbook is required in making deposits or withdrawals.
In the event that you would like to make an initial deposit before coming
to Gainesville, you may do so providing the deposit is mailed far enough in
advance to allow the Bank time to forward the student passbook to you.
It is strongly advised that you do not carry a large amount of cash with
you, or leave it in your room. Students have been known to misplace or lose
their funds and the purpose of the Bank is to help you safely keep your money.
SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS, AND EMPLOYMENT
Scholarships available to students at the University of Florida are adminis-
tered through the faculty Committee on Student Aid, Scholarships, and Awards.
All the information relative to the basis of awards, the value, and other perti-
nent facts concerning scholarships, as well as information regarding the
applicants is collected by this committee.
An important factor in determining scholarship awards is academic attain-
ment, the minimum requirement being a 2.0 overall average.
Very few scholarships are available to freshmen and are given only after
having satisfactorily completed one semester's work.
The two types of loans administered by the Committee are: (1) long-term
loans, which allow the student to complete his education before repayment,
and, (2) short-term loans, usually small amounts for emergencies, which allow
repayment within thirty or sixty to ninety days, with thirty days being the
average time granted.
Students desiring to make loans are requested to file application prior to
12 noon on the day of the Committee meetings. Students must have a personal
interview with the Loan Committee, which meets twice weekly.
Twenty per cent of the students at the University earn a portion of their
expenses by engaging in some type of part-time employment. Employment
is available in the Cafeteria, Library, Grounds, and various other divisions of
the University. The rate of pay varies from 50c to 85c an hour, with monthly
earnings averaging about $50.
Students are permitted to work a maximum of twenty-five hours per week.
In order to get and keep a job, students must have a "C" average or better.
For further information consult the Student Employment Office, 128
Scholarships, Loans and Employment
are available only through good schol-
astic standing. The library is a short
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YOU'RE A FLORIDA WOMAN NOW
One of the most popular phrases heard on campus is "Coeds are here to
stay". This has been well proved in the six years the University has been
coeducational. The enrollment of the fair sex is mounting each year, and coeds
have gained recognition in almost all phases of activity by this time.
One of the foremost aids to women on campus is the Office of the Dean
of Women. Marna V. Brady, Dean of Women, and her staff are able to give
guidance and assistance when needed. The Head Residents in the women's
dormitories will also provide counsel to coeds with problems.
Working closely with women is the Women Student's Association. This
organization is responsible for enacting and enforcing regulations ex-
tending to residence halls, off-campus residences, and sorority houses. It pro-
motes and coordinates women's activities and serves as a welcoming committee
for entering freshman women.
Coeds play an important part in extra-curricular activities on campus.
There is almost no field that is not open to women. In addition, there are
honoraries especially for coeds, such as Alpha Lambda Delta, national
freshman women's scholastic society for freshmen with a 3.5 average or better,
and Trianon, women's honorary leadership fraternity.
Academically, women students are enrolled in every college on campus.
A recent adjustment of the curriculum to the needs of women students is the
establishment of a major in homemaking in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Different colleges contribute to the variety of courses which go into this
For more information about the part women play in University of Florida
life, WSA annually publishes "Coedikette", a special handbook for women.
This is mailed to all entering freshmen and transfer coeds.
N, A Freshman coed on the porch
of one of the new Residence
!Halls gets a word of advice about
studies from an upper classman.
Spring fever overcomes the best of students!
ESPECIALLY FOR THE MEN
What should a young man bring to college with him ? This question arises
in every freshman's mind before he comes to the University, and the answer
will depend entirely upon the individual. As far as your wardrobe is concerned,
there are no hard and fast rules on dress, but there are some things that will
be more useful than others.
The most serviceable item in a college freshman's wardrobe would be a
medium weight suit or perhaps two. On the Florida campus you can feel com-
fortable at any function in a suit. If you can afford a tux or white dinner
jacket, you can find plenty of use for it, but a suit will suffice for most
Classroom wear at the University is informal, wash slacks and khaki are
worn with T-shirts and cotton sport shirts. A cold-weather jacket and
a raincoat will be essential at certain times of the school year. You will
also find that you need some athletic clothes and gym shoes for physical
All in all, the clothes worn in college do not vary from those worn at home
and in high school. A careful selection of clothes for general all-around wear
will put you right in the fashion.
You will find your needs at the University of Florida very few as the
informal dress of the students and the exceptionally complete housing facilities
make it possible for the student to bring only the bare necessities.
LEARNING ISN'T EASY, BUT IT PAYS
You are now in business for yourself-the important business of getting
a college education. Many of you are on your own for the first time, with
neither a first sergeant nor a parent to prod your daily effort. Whether you
emerge fom this new enterprise with scholastic honor or in mental bankruptcy
will depend on you alone, in the last analysis.
Because the business of securing a college education does demand some
adjustments and new habits, here are some helpful suggestions designed to
help you in improving your study habits and in making a better adjustment
to your new environment.
Plan your work. Here at the University of Florida, with its ever-active
student body, there is a countless variety of "Things to do". Therefore you
will need to budget your time more carefully than you have ever done before.
Make a reasonable schedule and stick to it. Allow time for study, classes, and
leisure or outside interests.
Having a main objective is necessary. Plan your courses to fit your abilities
and your objective. Learning requires effort. Get started right and keep on
going. Do your work on time and attend class regularly, and you'll find it
much easier than cramming at the last minute, to find that at the exam you're
Watch your health. Good health, both physical and mental is necessary if
you are to get the most out of your academic endeavors. Regularity in eating,
sleeping, and personal habits is something to strive for.
Graduation is but around the corner from Orientation Week-use the interval well, for
study and diligence will return great dividends in later years.
Develop concentration, which is considered by many the deciding factor
between a mediocre education and a polished education. NO DAYDREAMING,
PLEASE. Start studying as soon as you sit down at your desk. An added hint
is to work intensely.
Develop efficiency in reading one of the most important single factors
in scholarship. You will be given tests to determine your rate and comprehen-
sion of reading matter, and, if you need improvement in reading skill, there
will be help available. (See Reading Clinic elsewhere in this book)
Remember, and practice this. A study assignment is never mastered without
a good deal of remembering. Remembering however, should be based on under-
standing; and should not be memorizing merely for the sake of memorizing.
Take notes, and make them good. Write legibly and keep all notes on one
subject together. Use outline form whenever possible. And use those notes.
They'll be very helpful in reviewing courses for exams.
Prepare for exams and your class the next day as well. Preparation for
examinations should begin early in the course and should be kept up through-
out the term. Cramming should be avoided, as you will probably be disappointed
if you rely on it it doesn't always work.
THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OFFERS
A GENERAL EDUCATION
1. What Is General Education?
Just as we believe that the basic needs of man are food, clothing, and
shelter, we believe also, that general education is the kind of education that
every man and woman needs in order to perform the unique tasks of following
a vocation and living the life of the useful and enlightened citizen.
It is general in that it follows no narrow boundaries to learning, no particu-
lar courses that prepare you for any specific field or vocation, yet is deep
enough and broad enough to prepare you for all.
General education brings together relevant facts from different subject
areas, integrates them into a comprehensive core of meaningfullness, so that
the student may develop a disciplined, inquiring mind capable of independent
thought which will have truer understanding, meaning, and significance for
2. What Was Its Origin?
In a re-organization at the University of Florida in 1935, all freshmen and
sophomores were placed in one college, the University College. This college
administers all the work of the Lower Division, which includes prerequisite
courses for the student's chosen major and a core program of general education
3. Why Do We Have It?
It has been demonstrated that a society controlled wholly by specialists is
not wisely ordered. It is undesirable to have men who occupy responsible posi-
tions in public life ignorant of the forces in the political setup or unaware of
those in our cultural heritage of the humanities.
In program terms, general education is a guide to help a student con-
fronted with the endless complication of courses that make up the bulky
present day University catalogue.
4. Are Facts Necessary for Growth and Development?
In order to find out what is best for any one of us, or good for all of us,
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we need facts-facts about living, philosophies of the past and present,
economics, history, and business enterprise, about biology, disease, and
health; facts about our fellow men, here and elsewhere; facts about chemistry,
physics, mathematics, and engineering. Alone, a fact lacks significance and
has little meaning; combined toward definite objectives, it takes on meaning
and Lecomes of value. The more related facts we can bring together from
various fields, the better we can understand our role as citizens.
The College attempts to introduce the student to the great areas of human
thought and achievement, under the assumption that facts and ideas are still
basic and desirable in the education and growth of the individual.
5. Does General Education Have Other Objectives?
Yes. The record the country over shows that two-thirds of beginning
freshmen do not enter the professions or vocations they have chosen on
Registration Day. Thus it follows that considerable exploration, testing of
one's abilities, and subsequent adjustment or change at a minimum of loss of
time to the student is in order. All this can be accomplished in a division of
the University setup with this type of work as one of its major objectives.
The University of Florida, as a state university, fully accepts its responsi-
bility to provide adequate vocational and professional training. This is primary
in the Upper Division schools and colleges. It also recognizes as of equal
importance the fact that citizenship training at the college level is needed by
the individual and by the state, if what we think of as desirable in American
civilization is to be preserved. It provides for just as much as, or more than
traditional programs, and it gives a broad base for the development of an
understanding of proper meaning and significance.
6. How Does General Education Differ From Other Concepts of Liberal
General education differs from other concepts of liberal education, not
only in emphasis, but also in subject matter, techniques, and objectives. The
college student of the early 20th Century was a highly selected individual
and the emphasis then, almost solely, was concerned with "training the leaders
7. Are There Provisions for Counseling and Guidance?
The College provides an adequate well-trained staff of counselors who are
ever willing to discuss and help you with your problems. They are not the
"ivory tower" type of professors, but possessed of great humility and under-
standing. However, the final test of your education will be the development
of your independence and your intellectual self-reliance. The counselors will
help you achieve these objectives through personal counseling, student con-
ferences, or by referral to experts especially trained and experienced in
problems of personal growth and adjustment.
8. May I Choose An Elective During My Freshman Year?
Yes, depending upon your planned vocational goal and your preparatory
background. Your counselor will be glad to discuss your program with you.
9. Is Acceleration Provided for The Superior Student?
Yes, but consult Dean Little, Room 204 Administration Building, for details.
10. In General Terms What Are the Basic Objectives of the Comprehensive
The six general education courses are a guide to help a student lay a
concrete foundation for future education. The University of Florida does not
want its new students to make a hasty choice of their educational major.
Rather than that, the student is given an "apprentice period" in the general
education field where he can not only decide on a life's work, but can knit his
intelligence into suitable coordination for advanced study.
11. Briefly, What Do the Comprehensive Courses Comprise?
Each of the courses in the University College is designated by a Compre-
hensive Course title. The courses are shortened in cataloging to read C-1 for
the first subject, American Institutions, and so on.
C-1, American Institutions: A complete and up-to-date study in the history
and functions of our social, political and economic heritage. The underlying
theme is the reconciliation of older and simpler concepts or democracy and
equality of opportunity with an increasingly complex modern society. This is
A chance to begin in your specialized field's available while still in the University
in pursuit of the belief that every student is a citizen of democracy and can
exercise his democratic citizenship intelligently, only if he has some familiarity
with the background of society's amazingly difficult problems.
C-2, Physical Sciences: The course is designed to present to the student a
view of his physical environment and its material, and energy resources. Dur-
ing the first semester the subject matter is drawn from a large number of in-
tegrated topics in the physical, sciences-astronomy, meterology, geography,
geology, physics, and chemistry. The offerings for the second semester give
the student a chance for more intensive study in a chosen area.
C-3, Reading, Speaking, and Writing: This course is slanted toward the view
of self-correction and improvement in each student's ability to get the meaning
from the printed pages with more than average speed, to read with better
understanding and deeper enjoyment, to write more accurately and interesting-
ly, to speak with greater effectiveness, and to listen intentively. While these
aims are pursued to a great degree during the year's work, material used in
the course is also of important philosophical and cultural significance.
C-41, Practical Logic: The tools of logic, developed as one of our oldest
sciences, are usually unknown to all but the greatest thinkers. In this course,
principals of deductive and inductive proof are studied with the primary pur-
pose of clearer and more effective thinking. The student is instructed in correct
techniques in making and interpreting generalizations and is shown the validity
or falseness of accepted assumptions and beliefs.
C-42, Fundamental Mathematics: Built with both cultural and practical
considerations and with a primary objective to provide students with the
mathematical needs of modern civilization, the course draws material from
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, astronomy, business mathematics,
and mathematical history.
C-5, Humanities: This comprehensive course is designed to help the student
achieve a better understanding of his cultural heritage, an enlarged appreci-
ation of the enduring values which give meaning and purpose to human life,
and a mature and functional philosophy. The study includes major works from
literature, philosophy, and the arts.
C-6, The Biological Sciences: This course is not a technical elementary
study suitable for students intending to major in the biological, sciences, but
is a comprehensive treatment of the living world. It is constructed so that an
educated man will no longer feel that the subject matter and the concepts of
biology are a baffling set of problems with unreachable solutions.
A MULTITUDE OF OFFERINGS
THAT LEAD TO CAREERS
To leave the University College and become a junior, a student must have
a minimum of 64 credit hours, and an overall C average. After this, the figure
may vary somewhat, depending upon the requirements of the school or college
of your choice, as to when you graduate.
After University College, there are many and varied fields open for the
student at Florida.
The University of Florida maintains the following colleges and schools:
College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, College of Architecture and
Allied Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration,
College of Education, School of Forestry, School of Journalism, College of
Law, College of Pharmacy, and College of Physical Education and Health.
Courses at the University of Florida include:
Air Conditioning and Re-
Business or Commercial
Electrical Engineering Marketing
Elementary Education Mathematics (pure and
Entomology Mechanical Engineering
Executive Secretaryship Meteorology
Farm Management Music
Finance Naval Stores Chemistry
Fine Arts Newspaper Management
Floriculture News Writing and
Foreign Trade Editing
Forest Management News-Editorial
French Ornamental Horticulture
Fruit Production Pharmacy
Game and Wild Life Pharmacognosy
Genetics Pharmaceutical Chem-
General Agriculture istry
Geography Physical Education
Guidance and Counseling Physical Education
Health Education Physics
Health and Physical Edu- Political Science
History Poultry Husbandry
Horticulture Plant Pathology
Industrial Arts Educa- Psychology
tion Public Administration
Industrial Engineering Public Finance
Insurance Public Health Engineer-
Inter-American Affairs ing
Internal Combustion En- Radio Broadcasting
gines Radio Engineering
Journalism Radio News-Advertising
Junior College Teaching Radio Programming
Landscape Architecture Radio Station Manage-
Latin-American Affairs ment
Salesmanship and Sales
Soil Fertility and Man-
Soil Chemistry and
Soil Administration and
The following Master's degrees are offered at the University: Master of
Arts, Master of Arts in Architecture, Master of Science in Building Construe-
tion, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science,
Master of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of
Science in Forestry, Master of Science in Pharmacy, Master of Education,
Master of Agriculture, Master of Business Administration, and Master of
Physical Education and Health.
One of the nation's finest Pharmacy schools offers many and varied fields of
TO LIVE WELL AND KEEP WELL ON CAMPUS
Your health, mental and physical, is of prime consideration on the University
of Florida campus. Always conscious of the many needs and comforts of the
individual, the Department of Student Health is well-equipped to handle all
types of emergencies which may arise.
The Infirmary, conveniently located near the center of the campus, next to
the Music Building, is headed by Dr. S. E. Ayers. It has facilities ranging from
a fully equipped modern hospital for students who are ill, to an efficient clinic
to handle most injuries and illnesses. Major surgery is referred to the Alachua
Sometime during Orientation Week you will be required to stop by the
Sometime prior to Registration all new students are cleared through the
Student Health Department in the University Infirmary. The Physical Exam-
ination Report, which was completed by your family physician, has been stud-
ied by a University Physician and you have been classified into one of two
general groupings-an "A" or "B" medical rating.
Those students who are classified 'A"' will be registered for the regular
Physical Education Program, while those classified "B" will be registered for
the modified Physical Education Program. Physical eligibility for R. 0. T. C.
for male students is also determined on the basis of the pre-entrance physical
examination. All "B" medical rated students will be interviewed by a Univers-
ity Physician for the purpose of aiding, advising, and counseling the students
concerning their health problems. Students whose Physical Examination Re-
port or Medical History is incomplete will also be interviewed by a University
Physician and classified.
Any student who would like to see a University Physician concerning his
medical rating or a health problem should request to do so at that time. Also,
during the visit to the infirmary, students who have not been vaccinated for
smallpox within five years of this date will be vaccinated.
Before leaving the Infirmary you will be given a clearance card signed by
a University Physician. This card must be presented at the time you register
for your classes. Without this card it is impossible to begin your registration
As a part of the registration process, and in cooperation with the state
and County Health Departments, all entering students are required to have
their chests X-rayed. This is repeated each year as an overall prevention
against the spread of tuberculosis.
In case of illness Infirmary facilities are available to all students, the ex-
pense of which is paid by the student at the time of registration in the form of
a Health Fee. The only extra costs are for special drugs, X-ray interpretations
and a charge of $1.75 per day for in-patients. This includes medical attention,
food, room, and linens.
Staffed by graduate nurses and physicians, the Infirmary's accommodations
are completely up to date, providing the student with maximum comfort and
food appetizingly prepared. In addition to the care of medical and minor
surgical cases, the Student Health Department has a well-qualified psychia-
trist on the staff, who is constantly available to the students for consultation.
Other facilities include: a well equipped pharmacy, a physical therapy section,
clinical and X-ray laboratories, and preventative medicine facilities.
If you are ill and confined to the Infirmary, you will find the professors are
willing to cooperate in any way possible to make up the work that you have
missed. You are urged to take immediate advantage of the Infirmary facili-
ties whenever the need arises.
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QUESTIONS FROM REGISTRATION
'TIL GRADE TIME ANSWERED IN ADVANCE
The Orientation Program outlined in this guide is held at the beginning of
your College career in order to acquaint you with your University so that you
may begin to experience your school's many activities and traditions.
Most of you are attending college for the first time. Students and faculty
of the University of Florida want you to feel at home, and to get started in the
With the help of a counselor in the office of the Dean of The University
College, your selection of a program of courses, and the assignment of specific
classes for that program will be made. This is one of the major events of your
ORIENTATION WEEK and sometimes appears to be quite confusing-it does
involve moving to several campus buildings, and means writing your name and
address on what appears to be an endless number of cards.
While parts of the registration process may appear bothersome, they are
only incidental to the very important and principal reason for registration-
the review of your record to date and the planning of your educational program,
with the assistance of especially well qualified faculty members who serve as
The registration period, which will be included in your orientation schedule,
starts with your group meeting at Floyd Hall, where you receive the registra-
tion forms which have been prepared for you. After receiving your envelope
there, you then go to the University College office, Room 204 of the Adminis-
tration Building, for the selection and approval of a program for your first
semester at the University.
The massive Florida Gymnasium, place where registration for classes takes place.
Also the headquarters for several Orientation assemblies.
Lines were everywhere as the "Class of '56" busily register for "C" Courses.
After leaving the Dean's Office, you go the Gymnasium, where the
scheduling of the courses that have been approved by your counselor will be as-
signed to you. Here you will also have a photograph made, which goes on your
permanent record. A chest x-ray will be made, and you will wind up the regis-
tration process with the payment of your registration fee. The total time for
registration will vary from one to three hours. After this first registration,
however, the one for next semester will be much less confusing, for you will
know where to go, and how to do everything.
Registration will be much easier if you read and follow the directions printed
on the registration envelope, and be sure you know the course section to which
you have been assigned, for there may be as many as five sections meeting at
the same hour. So you can see that it is not enough to remember that you have
English at 9:40 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is your responsibility
to attend the section to which you have been assigned, regularly.
If you have any questions, consult the special group counselor within the
Once you have registered for a course, it is your responsibility to attend
classes regularly. The University has no cutting system unless the individual
instructor will allow a maximum number of absences.
The individual instructor may drop a student for absences, or failure to do
satisfactory class work. With all fairness to the student, a warning letter is
sent before being dropped from the course. If the student persists in absences,
or failure to do satisfactory class work, he will then be dropped, with a failing
grade. If dropped from more than one course, his case will be brought before
the faculty who may rule that he be dropped from the University and his
record marked "Suspended for Non-Attendance", or "Suspended for Unsatis-
factory Work" as the case may be.
Any student who drops below the 12-hour minimum of courses, will be
automatically dropped from school.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS
Upon payment of your registration fee, you will receive an identification
card, which will entitle you to the library and many other privileges. It is
advisable to have this card ready for presentation at all times, as student
elections, check-cashing, University sponsored programs, and many other
situations will be easier when you do so.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Any change of address should be reported immediately to the Registrar's
Office, in order to keep their records, as well as yours up to date.
If it is necessary after registration to make changes in your schedule, it
must be done at the Registrar's Office, after approval by the University Col-
lege Office, and within the time stipulated in the University Calendar, which
is printed in the front of the catalogue.
If you drop a course after this time limit, however, you will get a failing
grade in the course.
The students at the University of Florida are graded on two systems-the
honor point system, and the letter grade system. Grading in individual courses
is done on the letter system, and grading of all work per semester results in
the honor point average.
The letter point system is simple, and probably is the system which you
have been accustomed to throughout high school. Students achievement in
each course for which he registers is indicated by one of these grades: A.
excellent; B, good; C, average; D;, fair; E, Failing; and I, incomplete.
At the end of each semester, you will have the letter grades for all the
courses which you have taken during the semester, and each letter grade will
be assigned a point value. Points are devised as means of insuring a reason-
able level of accomplishment, and are calculated in the following manner: A,
four points; B, three points, C, two points; and D, one point. A failed course
does not warrant credit, nor does an incomplete until such time that the in-
complete is made up and a grade is received.
After determining how much each of your letter grades is worth on the
point scale of values, you take that value in any given course and multiply it
by the number of credit hours the course carries. You do this for each
of the courses you have taken during the semester, add them together, divide
it by the total number of credit hours which you took during the semester,
and you have your point average. Exclude courses and hours carrying no
credit, such as required Physical Education, etc.
To interpret your point average is really quite simple. The mystical 4.0,
the highest you can make, means that all your grades were A's. From here
the system is graded down thus; 3.5, half A and half B grades; 3.0, B average;
2.5, half B's and half C's, and so on down the grade scale.
An entering student gets a little advice during registration from one
of the Counselors.
Thorough Counseling is provided
each student by the University Col-
lege Staff prior to actual registration.
VETERANS AND THE G. I. BILL...
Whenever you are confronted with a problem concerning your rights and
privileges under the G. I. Bills, consult the Veteran's Advisor, who may be con-
tacted in the Office of the Dean of Men. He will be able to inform you of any
changes in laws or regulations affecting veterans. If you have a problem
involving your records as a veteran, consult the Veteran's Records Office in
the Administration Building.
In cooperation with the U. S. Veterans Administration, the University pro-
vides testing and counseling for those veteran students who desire it. Every
student enrolled under the provisions of P. L. 500 may receive this service on
request. The service assists in helping you to choose a training objective. It is
located in 1004 Seagle Building.
With the enactment of the so-called "Korean" G. I. Bill of Rights, P. L. 550,
veteran students are once again enrolling at the University. This ends a lapse
of over a year since the World War II G. I. Bill of Rights expired, during
which time no veteran students enrolled under the provisions of the G. I. Bill.
If you plan to enroll under the provisions of the "Korean Bill," you should
clear all the details and paper work with the Veterans Administration in ad-
vance of registration and Orientation, and obtain the necessary documents for
admission to the University under the Bill. Further specific information can
be obtained upon written request from your nearest Veterans Administration
It is urged that you proceed to secure the necessary documents if you have
not done so, for the Veterans Administration Branch offices are very busy
and require some time to process their requests.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU REPORT TO THE UNIVERSITY TO GET
YOUR VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION PAPERS, AS THIS WILL RESULT
IN A DELAY IN YOUR SUBSISTENCE PAYMENTS. VETERAN STU-
DENTS PRESENTING THEIR PROPER CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY
AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION SHOULD BE PREPARED TO MEET
THEIR EXPENSES FOR A MINIMUM OF SIX WEEKS.
HELP WHEN NEEDED...
FLORIDA CENTER OF CLINICAL SERVICES
This program consists of a number of clinics whose primary function is to
serve University students. Other objectives of the Center are to assist in the
training of teachers and specialists to work with those who have problems and
handicaps; to establish basic research in respect to causes, treatment, and care
of handicapping conditions; and to cooperate with public and private agencies
in extending the services to citizens of the state insofar as staff time can be
For an appointment with any of the clinics, you should contact the office
of the Coordinator, Darrel J. Mase, Room 339, Administration Building. Where
the service of only one clinic is required, appointments may be made with the
head of the respective clinic from which assistance is desired.
SPEECH AND HEARING CLINIC
The Florida Center of Clinical Services of the University of Florida has a
Speech and Hearing Clinic which offers its services to all students who have
an impairment that may affect their academic or social life. In order that the
students may be made aware of this service when needed, a survey is conducted
during the Orientation period for all freshmen and transfer students. A re-
latively simple test is administered in order that those students may be dis-
covered who have speech or hearing inadequacies which may prove a handicap
during their college career or in later life.
Following the survey, individuals with speech or hearing impairments are in
vited to avail themselves of the clinical facilities where they will find available
corrective speech instructions, audiometric tests for loss of hearing, and indi-
vidual counseling for the conservation of speech and hearing. The student has
an opportunity to use recording devices during practice periods under the
supervision of a staff of expert clinicians. The interest in the student's im-
provement is not limited to the clinical practice period, but is projected into his
classrooms by means of conferences with his instructors. All of this is made
available to the student without charge.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic operates in close conjunction with the Speech
Department, and its work is coordinated with other student services. The
Intricate machinery is utilized in your Speech and Hearing Tests.
running a hearing test on a new student.
This clinician is
Entering students gather in the
marble halls of the "Ad" building.
Speech and Hearing Tests are con-
ducted in this building.
Clinic facilities are housed on the top floor of the Administration Building.
The Psychological Clinic is designed to aid you in planning vocational objec-
tives consistent with your capacity, interest, and temperament. This unit can
also help you if you find your work hampered by worries, adjustment difficul-
ties, and other troublesome conditions. The head of this clinic, Dr. Justin E.
Harlow, is located in Room 312, Administration Building.
READING LABORATORY AND CLINIC
To plan a program of study and training to increase your reading skills, you
may receive assistance from the Reading Laboratory and Clinic. Your reading
improvement program will be scheduled according to your needs, your time
available, and the amount of training necessary for permanent improvement
of reading skills. Dr. George Spache, the Head of this unit, is in Room 310,
ADAPTED AND CORRECTIVE EXERCISES
If you have any physical deviations which necessitate individual considera-
tion in developing a sports program that is within the limits of your physical
capacity, a program of Adapted and Corrective Exercises is available. Programs
of functional exercises are provided for those students having physical devia-
tions that can be corrected or improved. Prof. T. M. Scott, the Head of this
unit, is located in Room 134, Florida Gymnasium.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY CLINIC
The Head of the Marriage and Family Clinic, Dr. W. W. Ehrmann, is located
in Room 304, Peabody Hall. This unit will assist you with marital, pre-marital,
and family adjustment needs. The personnel of the clinic will be available to
give you assistance in gaining insights into problems, in weighing advantages
and disadvantages of alternative adjustments, and in supplying general guid-
ance and information relative to marriage and the home.
THE BEGINNING OF YOUR PERMANENT RECORDS
During Orientation Week you will fill out your Personnel Record Form,
which then becomes a part of your permanent records at the University.
Your social and scholastic activities are kept on permanent file in this
manner. These records are considered confidential and are used only by author-
ized persons. You should keep your record up to date by dropping by the office,
Room 124, Administration Building.
This record is also used to help counselors in advising you while here at
Florida. After graduation, the placement service may refer to it for back-
ground information and descriptions of your student activities and for your
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SPECIAL INFORMATION JUST FOR YOU...
The Activities Forum is designed to acquaint the new student with several
Departments and Divisions of the University that he will come in contact with
during the coming years. Included in the program are the Division of Alumni
Affairs and the Alumni Association, the Division of Music, and the Intramural
Department. Also on this program are representatives of Health Services and
Religion; articles describing their particular activities are found elsewhere in
Leland W. Hiatt, Director of the Division of Alumni Affairs, will explain
the work of his office and the work of the Alumni Association in general.. All
of you will some day be graduates of the University, and thus the concern of
the Alumni Division. It is not premature to begin thinking of that not too
distant day at this time.
The Division of Music is represented by Director A. A. Beecher. At this
time, he will explain the workings and opportunities of the Division and of its
organizations for those of you interested in music. There are bands, orches-
tras, singing groups, solo opportunities, classes, and many other musical
affairs, directed or sponsored by the Division of Music. During the forum he
will present several of the division staff on a short music program, as samples
of their activities.
The College of Physical Education and Health, and in particular, the Uni-
versity's Intramural Sports program, will also be discussed at this Forum.
Spurgeon Cherry, Head of the Department of Intramural Athletics and Rec-
reation, will be on hand to talk on the program as it affects you, whether you
are shooting for the varsity squad or just desire to play a little basketball or
tennis in the afternoons.
We are happy to welcome students from other countries to the campus of
the University of Florida. The campus is a friendly place, and you will find
that people here are especially interested in you and eager to help you in any
possible way and they want to learn about your country.
There are many things about the United States and the University which
will be important for you to learn.
You are invited to make use of the facilities which are established by the
University in this orientation process. In addition to the usual orientation serv-
ices, the Advisor to Foreign Students, Mr. Ivan Putman, is available to an-
swer your questions and help you solve any problems that may arise. He has
had wide experience in working with students from abroad, and you will want
to consult him not only during Orientation Week, but throughout your stay at
the University. His office is Room 124, Administration Building.
Included in the air conditioned
Service Center are a post off-
ice, cafeteria, book store, and
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One of the several Religious Houses located opposite the campus. These serve as head-
quarters during student's leisure hours.
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES AT FLORIDA
You will receive information during Orientation Week about religion, an
important phase of campus life. The University of Florida through the De-
partment of Religion operates an academic program which gives the student an
opportunity to become better informed concerning religion in its relation to hu-
man life and conduct, and which deepens an appreciation of the Judeo-Christian
tradition and an understanding of other religions of the world.
The Student Religious Association, in conjunction with the Secretary of
Religious Affairs, a member of the Student Body President's Cabinet, is an
organization which has the following objectives: 1) to stimulate and extend
the work of religion at the University; 2) to foster interdenominational and
interfaith cooperation wherever necessary, desirable, and possible; and 3) to
serve as a correlating agency to promote projects within the sphere of common
religious interests on the University campus. All members of the student body
are considered to be members of the SRA. Program activities are planned
and operated by committies of students. These activities include the sponsor-
ship of Religion-In-Life Week, lectures, discussion groups, social activities,
social service, and special religious occasions.
A number of church groups maintain student religious centers on or adjacent
to the campus: Baptist Student Union, Canterbury House (Episcopal), Christ-
ian Science Organization, Crane Hall (Catholic), Hillel Foundation (Hebrew),
Lutheran Student Association, Society of Friends (Quakers), Unitarian Fel-
lowship, Wesley Foundation (Methodist), and Westminster Fellowship (Presby-
terian). In a sense, every church in Gainesville is a "student church" and
seeks to serve the University. Cordial invitations are extended to all students
to attend worship and communion services, vespers, receptions, open houses,
suppers, and other programs throughout the year. The Student Pastors and
the staff of the Department of Religion, which is located in Rooms 205-7 of
the Florida Union are constantly available for consultations.
On Wednesday night, September 16, 1953, each student will have the oppor-
tunity to spend the evening at the Student Religious Center of his choice. Each
group will offer a program of social activities, recreation, information, and
THE ROTC AND YOU...
The Military Forum will be of vital interest to every male student that
enters the University. At this Forum, you will learn about the Reserve
Officers Training Corps at the University of Florida.
At this time, the Professors of Military Science and Tactics and of Air
Science and Tactics will be present to outline the military courses offered,
the opportunity offered to enroll in the advanced course, and the possibility of
securing a commission in the Reserve Officers Corps, Army or Air Force. In
the case of distinguished military students, an opportunity may be provided
for application for commission in the regular Army or Air Force.
The University of Florida, a land grant college, requires a minimum of two
years basic military training of all students as prerequisite for graduation.
There are certain exceptions to this requirement. Male students wth a requir-
ed minimum period of service in the armed service, those who have physical
disabilities, those who have received corresponding training in other ROTC
units, and certain others, are exempt from military program at the Uni-
versity. The Registrar has sole authority to determine those exempt from re-
The Army and the Air Force Basic Courses include four semesters (2
school years) of instruction. The completion of either the Army or the Air
Force Basic Course discharges this obligation. You may express your choice be-
tween training in the Army ROTC and the Air Force ROTC at the time of ad-
mittance; the Military Departments will try to enroll you in the service of
your choice. This cannot always be done.
Students are issued uniforms and text books by the University and are held
financially responsible for the care of such property and for its prompt return
at the end of the school year.
Perhaps the biggest question in your mind is whether enrollment in ROTC
defers you from the draft. The answer is NO. However, a substantial per-
centage of the freshmen enrolled in ROTC are deferred from Selective Service
before the end of their freshman year. Selection for deferment is based upon
evidence of qualities of leadership and achievement in military and academic
subjects. If a student qualifies for deferment, he signs a deferment agreement
with the ROTC and his draft board classifies him ID (military ROTC defer-
ment). This deferment is maintained for two years of basic military un-
less otherwise withdrawn by the ROTC Department or the University for
failure to meet the required standards.
The courses include four semesters (2 school years) of instruction at the
University, plus a six-weeks summer camp at a military installation.
Each student applicant for the Advanced Course must have completed the
Basic course or have had previous military training acceptable as a substitute
thereof. Students may apply for the Service (Army or Air Force) in which
they were enrolled during the four semesters of the Basic Course. Final selec-
tion of students from the list of applicants is made by the President of the
University and the PMS&T and the PAS&T.
ROTC cadets, applying what they
have learned from Army Man- "
uals, engage in "dry run" firing
Students are issued regulation officer-type uniforms and text books. Each
student receives from the Government a daily monetary subsistence allowance,
presently totaling about $27.00 per month. This allowance is paid monthly in
the Army ROTC and quarterly in the Air Force ROTC during the period of
enrollment in the Advanced Course. Students are paid for travel to and from
the six-weeks summer camp; while at camp they are provided quarters, rations,
and uniforms and are paid at the rate of $78.00 per month.
Outstanding Advanced Course students are designated as Distinguished
Military Students, and upon graduation from the University are d signated
Distinguished Military Graduates. Distinguished Students and Gracduates may
apply for appointment as Second Lieutenants in the Regular Army or the
Regular Air Force.
If your conduct and academic and military achievements are good, you are
almost certain to be selected for the Advanced Course and thus be permitted
to finish four years of college. In the last three years, approximately 60% of
the applicants for the Advanced Course have been found to be qualified.
The student must sign a deferment agreement which obligates him to
serve on active duty for not less than two years after attainment of his com-
mission, subject to the call of the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary
of the Air Force.
Status of Students Who Have Had Military Training at Other Schools
Students transferring from other universities with Senior ROTC units are
allowed college credit for Military or Air Science completed at such institu-
tions. The eligibility for admission of such students to Military and Air Science
courses as the University of Florida is determined by the PMS&T and the
PAS&T, as appropriate. Students who have completed some military training
in schools having Junior ROTC may be allowed to enter that semester of
Military Science for which their previous training has qualified them, in
accordance with regulations and as determined by the PMS&T. In such cases
no college credit can be given for this Military or Air Science training under
the University Regulation which does not permit the allowance of college
credit for any work completed in a secondary school.
In addition to the academic phase of military life, the ROTC Departments
offer a well rounded program for military students. The Advanced Officers
Club offers several social activities which are highlighted by the Military Ball,
an all campus social weekend open to all students. The Advanced Officers
Club is composed of students enrolled in the Advanced Courses of both Air
Force and Army ROTC.
Both units have an honorary drill society open only to Basic Course stu-
dents-Pershing Rifles in Army, and the Billy Mitchell Drill Squadron in
the Air Force. Both are national organizations.
The Military Departments at the University provide you with a great
opportunity, and it would be well for you to take the ROTC courses seriously
so that you may make the most of an opportunity that may greatly affect your
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No matter what your problem may be, Dean of Men R. C. Beaty will be glad to
THE DEAN OF MEN WILL EXTEND
A CORDIAL WELCOME
The purpose of this forum is to discuss the relationship of the Dean of
Men's office to the total life of men students on the campus. During this
forum, students will be given a chance to ask questions about the matters
discussed. For the most part, the forum will concern itself with student
government, social fraternities, loans, scholarships, employment, student or-
ganizations, counselling, and other matters about which students should be
informed when they enter the University.
Associated with the Dean of Men's office are the Assistant Dean, the Adviser
to Student Organizations, the Director of the Records Room, the Director of
Housing, and the Resident Advisers in the various men's residence halls.
The Dean of Men's office serves as a clearing house for all extra-curricular
and non-classroom activities for men.
The Dean of Men and his staff act in an advisory capacity to student
government organizations, including the President of the Student Body, the
President's Cabinet, the Executive Council, the Men's Council, the Student
Honor Court; also, advises with Florida Blue Key, Alpha Phi Omega, and Phi
Eta Sigma in their program of activities. It is through Phi Eta Sigma, the
freshman honorary scholastic fraternity, that good scholarship is encouraged,
and an attempt is made to work with the officers of Phi Eta Sigma in working
out projects to assist those men in the freshmen class who need some help in
developing good study habits.
The Dean of Men also acts in a liaison capacity with parents and friends
on the outside who are interested in the welfare of students here on the campus.
Students are encouraged to make their wants known and to keep the Dean of
Men's office informed as to their address and how they can be reached in
cases of emergency.
COEDS WILL MEET THE DEAN OF WOMEN
Strictly for you, the incoming coed, will be the forum devoted to a talk by
Dr. Marna V. Brady, the University of Florida's Dean of Women.
Since the offices of the Dean of Women and Dean of Men work in close
cooperation on student affairs, you will also have the opportunity to meet
Dean R. C. Beaty, Dean of Men, who will also speak to you at this time. Miss
Evelyn Sellers, the Assistant Dean of Women, will be on hand to help answer
questions you may have, particularly those related to Panhellenic affairs.
The office of the Dean of Women is one of the most helpful offices on
campus, and it is urged that yqu feel its service is accessible at all times. It
is a major center for the counseling of women students and handles all kinds
of problems from little ones to big ones. (By the way, if you go early the little
ones may stay little or disappear completely instead of growing like Topsy.)
Drop in and meet one of your friends in Room 152 of the Administration
Building sometime during your first semester.
Dean Brady is interested in and vitally concerned with all facets that com-
pose the kaleidoscope of your life here at the University, curricular, extra-
curricular, or personal. If you have good ideas for improving any part of the
University life, discuss them with her. You will find an interested and receptive
listener, and someone who may be able to help you carry them out.
Associated with Dean Brady is Evelyn Sellers, Assistant Dean of Women,
who is Adviser to Panhellenic and counselor for off-campus students. Both
Dean Brady and Dean Sellers work in close cooperation with the Head and
Associate Residents in your halls. (Another tip! The Staff in charge of your
halls are called by the above titles, not Housemothers. They are trained people
with Masters' degrees or the equivalent, and are there to help you. House-
mothers are in the sorority houses, not the halls.)
The Women Students' Association, through the Hall Councils, composes,
revises, and enforces the regulations. Since both groups are elected by you
and your upper-class fellow women students, you decide the regulations you
abide by and enforce them yourselves. Take your part in these affairs as a
good citizen. Offer constructive criticisms, not gripes about which you do
nothing. Remember, too, the Honor Code pertains to your dormitory life as
well as to academic or extra-curricular life and take your share of responsi-
bility for carrying it out yourself and seeing that your weaker sisters do so.
The University of Florida is proud of its recent coeducational element and
the way they have shared campus responsibilities and honors.
Dean of Women Mama V. Brady says a word of welcome to the men of the
Class of '56
FLORIDA'S MOST CHERISHED TRADITION
THE HONOR SYSTEM
Many times during your first days and weeks as a student at the Univer-
sity of Florida, you will hear that the Honor System is the keynote of student
life and the real basis for Student Government; in time you will gain a
personal realization of the meaning of that statement.
, The Honor System is an old and illustrious part of the University, and
more than deserves its reputation as Florida's Most Cherished Tradition. It
has- set the tone for a student-faculty relationship typified by a feeling of
responsibility and mutual trust probably otherwise unattainable, and has
created the respect of one student for another which every Florida Man and
During Orientation Week, you will spend an hour with the members of the
Honor Court who will begin an explanation of the Honor System. That explana-
tion will not, however, seem complete until you have been a Florida Student
for more than a matter of days, since one's appreciation of a WAY OF LIFE
(and our Honor System is nothing less) is not fully realized until he has
become an actual and vital part of it.
You will learn that the Honor Code, which is the basic instrument of the
Honor System, assumes an inherent sense of honor and responsibility ih all
Florida Students; prohibits cheating, stealing, and knowingly obtaining money
or credit for worthless checks; and imposes upon each student the responsibil-
ity for enforcement of the Honor Code. It constitutes a STUDENT-CON-
CEIVED standard of morality and conduct to which every Florida Man and
Woman subscribes by entering the University of Florida. It is a "gentlemen's
agreement" among students and between students and faculty whereby the
students pledge (to their professors and to each other) their honor in return
for the unique trust placed in each one of them by the faculty and by their
fellow students; that pledge creates not only the obligation of individual
honesty, but imports as well to every one direct responsibility for the conduct
of the group.
In meeting with the Honor Court, you will find that that group, which is
composed of thirteen students who are elected by the Student Body, has a
number of responsibilities. One of the more important is that of constantly
A group of entering students on a tour of the Honor Court Chambers pause
to hear a few words about our cherished tradition.
endeavoring to promote the Honor System-through orientation of new students
and faculty members, meetings with various groups for discussion of the
Honor System, and other continuing efforts to impress upon each Florida
Student the tremendous personal importance to him of fulfilling his obligations
under the Honor Code.
Another and no less important responsibility of the Honor Court is the
trial and penalizing of violators of the Honor Code. The jurisdiction of that
body is simple, yet precise: Those students who ignore their pledge of honor,
and cheat or steal or pass bad checks, are brought before the Student Court
for a fair trial and if found guilty are penalized, occasionally to the extent
of expulsion from the University. Practically speaking the Honor Court serves
thereby to vindicate the group promise made by the entire Student Body in
any case of a breach of that promise.
Your time with the Honor Court during Orientation Week will be well
spent. You are urged to take this opportunity of becoming acquainted with
the part of your Student Government with which you as a Florida Man or
Woman will inescapably be concerned throughout your stay at the University.
YOUR STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Student Government at the University of Florida is modeled after that of
the United States in many phases. It is a cooperative organization based on
confidence between the Student Body and Administration. Much authority has
been granted Student Government in the regulation and conduct of student
affairs, including many extracurricular activities and the administration of
the Honor System.
To introduce incoming students to this division of the University, a Student
Government Forum is planned as part of the orientation program. In small
groups the new students will assemble in the Executive Council room, where
they will meet the President of the Student Body. He will then introduce the
Vice-president, the Secrtary-treasurer, and Chancellor of the Honor Court,
who will administer the Student Body Oath to the group. A film on Student
Government will be shown, and a short question and answer period will follow.
The group will then be conducted through the Student Government Offices.
Student Government is vitally the concern of the student. Each student,
after paying his activity fee, becomes a member of the University of Florida
Spring elections include rallys, speeches, and real down-right "politickin".
Student Body and is entitled to vote in elections. Each year the Student Body
elects a President, Vice-president, Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Council,
Honor Court, Lyceum Council, Athletic Council, an Editor and Business Man-
ager of the major student publications (except the Alligator), and student
members of the Board of Student Publications.
Campus elections are very similar to national ones. Campaigning, platform
making, campaign circulars, speeches, rallies, stunts, caucuses, and conventions
go into a Florida election. Three elections are held each year the fall elec-
tion for class officers, the summer election for summer school posts, and the
big spring election, when all Student Government posts for the following
year are filled.
Powers of Student Government, like the Federal Government, are divided
into three branches: the legislative, embodied in the Executive Council; judicial,
embodied in the Honor Court with penal and civil jurisdiction of all judicial
matters; and executive, embodied in the President and shared with the Vice-
president and Secretary-Treasurer of the Student Body.
Student Government enacts and enforces suitable laws to promote the
maintenance and improvement of student body facilities and to foster the
welfare of the Student Body. Typical of the services provided through Student
Government is the Student Book Exchange, which buys and sells books for
students, saving them a considerable amount of money in their textbook
The Women's Student Association is a subsidiary of the Student Body.
Every woman student upon registration becomes a member of WSA. Annual
election of WSA officers and class representatives is held each spring following
the general election.
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THE FLORIDA UNION SERVES YOU . .
The University recognizes that an important part of a college student's
life is extra-curricular activities and therefore does everything possible to
encourage them. The Florida Union and Activities Open House is one of the
activities used by the Orientation Committee to acquaint students with campus
This program will give new students a chance to question representatives
of -the various organizations on campus about functions, purposes, and or-
ganization of these groups. Display tables will be set up throughout the Flor-
ida Union where these representatives will be on hand to answer any questions
pertaining to their activities. In addition to the displays, the Florida Union
will have a program which will include many activities such as dancing, group
singing, ping pong, refreshments, billiards, and craftwork. The Open House
is sponsored by the Florida Union and the Office of the Advisor to Student
The Florida Union the students' own building is largely maintained
by your student fees. Its policies and programs are determined by a board
composed of eight students and six faculty members. Within this building
you will find a large variety of facilities, programs, and activities especially
planned to take care of your leisure time. Students by the hundreds pour in
and out of the Union each day some stay only a few moments, while others
with offices in the building, remain many hours at a time.
Union social activities are planned and directed by the Florida Union
Social Board, which consists of 24 student members and approximately 80
associate members. If you are interested in working with Union affairs, you
may begin by working as an associate member on a Board committee. After
earning enough points you will become eligible for membership.
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the Union offers a wide variety
Your Florida Union, center of student extra-curricular activities.
Students learn about the Florida Union Social Board's offerings during the Organizations
of services, facilities, and social programs to fit the needs and wishes of you,
the Florida student.
An imaginary tour of the building will give you an idea of the activities
that call Florida Union their headquarters.
On the first floor, to the right of the main entrance, is the information
desk, where student personnel are always on duty to answer any questions you
might ask about the University. Here messages for various organizations
may be left, and applications for membership in various social, fraternal,
and service groups may be obtained. Behind the information desk is the Western
Union telegraph sub-station. To the left of the entrance is beautiful Bryan
Lounge, the main lounge of the Union, furnished with comfortable chairs and
sofas for relaxing between classes and in the evenings. A piano and radio are
available for your enjoyment. Here on Wednesdy afternoons the weekly
coffee hour, sponsored by the Social Board, is held with free refreshments
provided for students. Beyond Bryan Lounge is the Social Room which is used
for many gatherings-conferences, meetings, dancing classes, forums, and
others. Also on the first floor are the offices of Florida Union and the Social
Board. These are the headquarters of the personnel who carry on the direction
and supervision of Union affairs.
The basement contains the offices of the chief student publications-the
Florida Alligator, weekly newspaper; the Seminole, yearbook; the Orange
Peel, humor magazine; and the "F" Book, student handbook. The office of the
Board of Student Publications is also located here. In the south end of the
basement is the popular Game Room, where students gather to play billiards
on the regulation-size tables available for student use. Professional billiard
players visiting the University often give trick-shot shows here. Club Ren-
dezvous, the campus night club, is found at the other end of the Union base-
ment. Open daily for cardplaying and dancing lessons, Rendezvous features
Saturday night dancing and entertainment to the music of campus combos.
Floor shows are presented and refreshments are available to make this a gay
On the second floor is the Union Auditorium, where lectures, meetings, and
conferences are held. On Tuesday nights student crowds gather for the showing
of Hollywood movies at a minimum charge. Also on this floor is the Reading
Room, with its collection of current books, magazines, and newspapers; the
Oak Room where banquets and luncheons are held; the New Lounge, in which
a new television set was installed last year; and several, meeting rooms avail-
able for the use of campus organizations.
The third floor contains the Student Government offices, Florida Blue Key
office, and the Student Traffic Court. The all important Honor Court Cham-
bers, and the impressive Executive Council assembly room are also found on
this floor. In the way of leisure and relaxation, the third floor has the music
listening rooms and the Craft Shop, where there is complete equipment for
many handicrafts-wood, metal, and leather enterprises.
Fifteen guest rooms are available for campus visitors on the fourth floor.
The rates are reasonable, and the rooms are especially convenient in accom-
modating conference delegates and visiting parents.
Other services of the Union include: a barber shop, a lost and found depart-
ment, an embossograph service, a notary public, a watch repair service, the
sale of fishing licenses, and a dark room open to campus camera fans.
In addition to the activities already mentioned, the Social Board also
sponsors bridge tournaments and lessons, and frequent Sunday outings to
nearby points of interest such as St. Augustine, Marineland, Rainbow Springs,
Camp Wauburg, situated on the shores of scenic Lake Wauburg, about six
miles south of the main campus, offers a very "different" type of Florida
Union facility. For the student seeking to meet other students, Wauburg is
the ideal place. Many of Florida's men and women have found the lakeside
an ideal spot to spend a quiet afternoon away from the cares of the campus.
It is also the scene of many student organization outings.
The camp boasts a spacious clubhouse which overlooks broad expanses of
lawn between the buildings and the serene lake. Outdoor cooking pits and
tables make picnics a natural. Parking facilities for over a hundred automobiles
are provided. Easy to find, fun to be at, and a great place to meet your friends
-all this describes beautiful Camp Wauburg.
This recreation spot is operated for the Florida students on a year-round
basis. Available for use free of charge are: the swimming facilities and bath
house, volley ball courts, horseshoe pits, softball facilities, badminton facilities,
fishing opportunities, and boating.
Rat cap sales "zoom" as Orientation Week begins. To be in style, get a rat
One of the twenty-six im-
*, impressive fraternity houses lo-
cated opposite the Florida
FRATERNITIES FOR MEN ...
Forming a large part of social and extracurricular student life at the
University are the 26 national Greek-letter fraternities. These organizations,
which constitute one-fourth of the student body and have a total membership
of well, over 2,000, offer many opportunities to participate in all types of social
athletic, and scholarship functions.
During Orientation there will be a general information meeting of all men
students who are interested in fraternities here at the University of Florida.
The Inter-Fraternity Council, the governing body of all the fraternities on
campus, will present a program to give an idea of the basis of fraternity
During this meeting the advantages and responsibilities of fraternity mem-
bership will be discussed. The President of the I.F.C. will also explain rushing
rules that are in force this fall, and the penalties that the fraternity, as well
as the rushee, will suffer for breaking these rules. This forum will be held
in advance of the fraternity rushing program, which starts at 5:00 p.m.,
Thursday, September 17th.
The I. F. C., composed of one representative from each fraternity, acts as
a sounding board for fraternity problems and opinions. Among other things,
the I. F. C. sponsors Spring and Fall Frolics, the two largest weekends of the
Each fraternity maintains its chapter house, and the majority of the
chapters have house mothers who reside in the houses. A fraternity row,
located in the southwest section of the campus near the present location of
Flavet III, is planned, and several fraternities have already purchased lots
there and are planning to begin construction of their houses in the near future.
The national fraternities having chapters at the University of Florida are:
Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Chi
Phi, Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma,
Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Pelta Theta. Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi
Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Alpha
Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Epsilon Phi, Tau
Kappa Epilson, Theta Chi, and Zeta Beta Tau.
SORORITIES FOR WOMEN ...
With 1947, coeducation came to the University of Florida, and with coedu-
cation came sororities. Since the first group of four national sororities was
instated here, several more have been added to Florida Panhellenic's roster
bringing the present total to eleven groups. Following the establishment of
sororities, the Panhellenic Council was organized as a representative body for
the purpose of coordinating sorority rushing, service projects, and social ac-
The Sorority Information Forum, sponsored by the Panhellenic Council,
is for all women students interested in sororities at the University of Florida.
At this time, the President of Panhellenic Council will explain the purposes
and functions of Greek-letter sororities, and will introduce you to the presi-
dents of all sororities having chapters on this campus.
You will be given the opportunity to learn the whys and wherefors of
sorority life, and to participate in an open discussion during which you may
raise any question.
Another part of the program will be the instructions for rush registration
and rushing which follows soon after the opening of the school year.
The financial and practical aspects will be brought out concerning those
who join sororities, as well as the opportunities offered, and the expenses
involved in living in a sorority house. Other expenses incurred through fees,
assessments, etc., will be reviewed, as well, as the social obligations of a
Panhellenic cooperates with the Women Students' Association in working
on campus drives. The Council has adopted Roma, a Polish war orphan, whom
it supports with funds obtained from the annual Panhellenic Sing. A winter
project is a Christmas party for underprivileged children. The Council spon-
sors Panhellenic Weekend, when high school seniors are invited to visit the
University to examine campus facilities and sorority life. An Inter-sorority
Bridge Tournament, sponsored by the Florida Union Social Board, is also
held each spring.
One of the primary aims of Panhellenic is to promote and practice good
scholarship. Working in close connection with the Council is the Gainesville
Panhellenic, which furthers this aim by awarding scholarship trophies to the
sorority and the individual with the highest scholarship averages.
Each sorority participates in the intramural games sponsored by the
Women's Recreation Association. Aside from the battle for trophies, this
competition fosters good sportsmanship and promotes friendships among the
Many sorority women live in the chapter houses maintained by their
groups. Delta Gamma sorority has recently finished construction of the first
house on the proposed Sorority Row, while plans for building in the near
future are now being completed by the other sororities.
National Panhellenic groups having local chapters on the University of
Florida campus are: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi,
Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta,
Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
A unique Homecoming decoration used by one of the eleven Sororities at Florida.
Last fall's Pajama Parade wind-
ing through downtown Gaines-
ville. Every kind of costume
and sign can be seen as the
"Rats" get in the act!
PEP RALLY AND TALENT NIGHT
Your first Friday evening at the University of Florida will feature the
annual campus wide Pep Rally followed by a dance and Talent Night. It is a
"must" for every student. This is your introduction to college social life; an
event you can't afford to miss. Here you will meet students who will be your
classmates for the next four years. These are campus wide functions, and a
large part of the entire student body turns out for these events. It goes without
saying that football fever is not restricted to freshmen and transfers alone,
thus you may find yourself rubbing elbows with seniors, and learning cheers
and songs from those around you.
The huge Student Body Rally is first on the schedule at 8:00 p.m. in the
Florida Gymnasium. Here is your opportunity to see and hear the Fightin'
Gator Band, the Cheerleaders, and the Gator Pep Club in action. The cheer-
leaders will introduce you to the various Florida cheers and songs and go
through them a few times so that you will. be able to join in yelling them at
the first football game of the season. Mimeographed programs will contain the
traditional songs for everyone to learn. The band will accompany the group
as they go through the songs which typify a Florida football weekend. This
enjoyable and enlightening program is one of the fastest moving hours of the
entire Orientation Week.
Immediately after the rally, the second annual Talent Night and Dance will
be held in the Gym. The show was made up entirely of freshmen last year.
Introduced on the show, many new students were able to get jobs using their
talent. Students interested should write Dr. Robert Bolles, Music Division,
University of Florida, (before Orientation Week) of their intention to partici-
pate. Describe your act so that it can be scheduled and arrangements made
for preview. Take this opportunity to offer your talent, whatever it may be,
and join in the fun at the Gymnasium.
ORIENTATION RECORDS AND TOUR
This activity is for the purpose of filling out certain records for the Orien-
tation office. Also at this time there will be a very short tour of the campus.
The area over which you will be conducted is of immediate importance to all
Your group counselor will act as guide. His primary purpose will be to
show you the buildings in which you will have classes. Many frantic moments
will be avoided when classes begin, for you will know exactly where to find
your classes. The campus is a huge place, and this tour helps avoid that "lost"
feeling of being engulfed in a strange new atmosphere.
You will be shown the buildings around the Plaza of the Americas-
Anderson Hall, the Library, Peabody, Benton, the University Auditorium,
Ask your group counselors any questions you have, as he is anxious to help
It is very important that you attend this activity so that the Orientation
Committee can complete its records.
As an aid to answering the many questions and problems that might con-
front you during Orientation Week, information booths are provided by the
Orientation Committee. These booths will be manned for your service by
qualified Orientation Committee members. They are to be open fiom 8:30 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday of Orientation Week.
You will be able to locate the information booths at two points on campus.
The first will be in the center of the Plaza of the Americas, and the second
will be found across the street from the main entrance to the Florida Union.
They will be easily identified by large "Information" signs attached to them.
The student personnel at these booths have been carefully selected, and
possess a mass of campus knowledge. They will serve as your source for in-
formation which you may need in the absence of your group counselor. If they
are unable to give you complete satisfaction, the student assistant helping you
will have access by telephone from the booth to the Orientation offices, where
an Orientation Staff member will give you the desired information.
Please do not hesitate to call upon these students for any assistance which
you may need.
YOUR HELLO TAG ...
This tag will help you to meet other new students, Group Counselors, and
Orientation Week Personnel.
The tags for new students are orange those for Group Counselors,
student orientation assistants, and administrative and staff persons will be
Don't hesitate to lean over and stare at a fellow student's tag that's
what it's there for. Call him by name he may be the fellow sitting next
to you in class some day.
You will receive your name tag when you are placed in a group -
WEAR IT ALL WEEK, AND TO ALL ACTIVITIES!
FLORIDA'S EXTRA CURRICULARS
The student who wishes to devote his energies and talents to more than
scholastic endeavors will find a widely diversified program of extracurricular
activities at Florida covering almost every field of interest. Education need
not be confined to the classroom; in fact, in extracurriculars the student often
has a chance to put much theory learned in the classroom into actual practice.
Student government and politics form one of the fields holding the most
interest for the student body. Florida has long been known as a training
ground for many present-day politicians and statesmen. Former presidents
of the student body include Senator George Smathers, ex-Governor Fuller
Warren, and Representative Charles Bennett; Governor Dan McCarty and
Representative Billy Matthews were vice-presidents.
Publications is another prominent field at Florida. Headquarters for the
major student publications is the Florida Union Basement, which houses the
offices of the "Florida Alligator," newspaper; "Seminole," yearbook; "Orange
Peel," variety magazine; and "F-Book," handbook. Higher positions on these
publications are appointed or elected, but no experience is necessary for be-
ginning work. Additional publications are published by various colleges and
If a student's talents lie in dramatics, he'll find his field in the activities
of Florida Players. Membership in Players is based on a point system, but
actual membership is not a requirement to participation in productions pre-
sented by the Players. In addition to the major shows, experimental plays
and the laboratory theatre program provide students with experience in
dramatic work. Members of Florida Players also venture into the fields of
radio and television.
Florida Players productions provide training in theatre a well as entertain-
ment for the campus.
Membership in Florida Blue Key, Florida's highest honor, is offered to
students who excel in extra-curriculars.
The Lyceum Council, which brings well known individual and group per-
formers to the campus throughout the year, is another group for those
interested in entertainment. Five members are elected to the Council in spring
elections, but there are many opportunities to gain experience in this field by
working as an associate member. Spike Jones, the Boston Pops Orchestra,
and Gladys Swarthout are examples of the outstanding performers the Ly-
ceum Council brings to campus.
The Division of Music offers many chances for the musically inclined
student to develop his talents. Musical organizations include the Choral Union,
Men's Glee Club, Women's Glee Club, University Symphony, and Gator Band.
These groups give many concerts throughout the year for the entertainment
of the student body and the community.
For promotion of school spirit, there is the Pep Club, the student organiza-
tion which performs the famous Florida card tricks at football games.
Majorette and cheer leading squads are other groups fostering Florida spirit.
Debating is one of the outstanding campus extra-curriculars, for the
University Debate Team earns consistent ranking as one of the best in the
nation. Florida debators annually win many group and individual honors in
state, regional, and national forensic tournaments.
For promoting student social life, the Florida Union Social Board sponsors
state outings, bridge tournaments, dancing lessons, coffee hours, movies,
Club Rendezvous, Camp Wauburg, and other activities for recreation and en-
joyment. Those interested in helping with these projects may begin by work-
ing as associate members.
Further opportunities are found in the intramural program and the social
programs of the residence halls. Finally, there are some 200 organizations
altogether on campus for your participation, including religious, professional,
vocational, honorary, political, hobby, home town, and social groups.
Through outstanding participation in extra-curriculars the Florida student
may win membership in Florida Blue Key or Trianon, Men's and Women's
honorary leadership fraternities respectively. These are two of the highest
campus honors. By undertaking special projects, members of these groups
continue promotion of leadership and service.
Each year, as employes continue to look more and more on extra-curricular
activities in college as a means of choosing men and women to fill responsible
positions, the University of Florida keeps pace with this need by offering
a well-rounded program of extra-curriculars.
SOCIAL LIFE AT FLORIDA
All work and no play makes Jack, as well as Jill, a dull person, so the
University offers students a wide and varied social life. Recreation and en-
tertainment are continuously provided, so the Florida student never needs to
look forward to a dull day.
To start off the social life of the new students, pajama parades, pep rallies,
and mixer dances are offered as part of the activities during Orientation
A student who joins a fraternity or sorority will find a vast round of
activities, with planned functions supplementing campus-wide affairs each
The social life of the Greek world includes formal weekends, dances, picnics,
barbecues, costume parties, teas, dinners, and many other forms of entertain-
With the fall semester and football practically synonymous at the Univer-
sity, students find themselves in the midst of rallies, parades, dances, and
parties planned by individual social groups.
Homecoming, the biggest football weekend, is held in honor of the Alumni
of the University, with the campus assuming a festive air through the attrac-
One of the contestant's for the "King Ugly" crown busy campaigning.
tive decorations put up by residence halls, and fraternity and sorority
houses. This weekend is complete with a parade, which features elaborate
floats competing for coveted trophies.
The annual Gator Growl, held in connection with Homecoming, is the
largest college variety show in the nation, playing to over 40,000 people at
Florida Field. Skits by fraternities, sororities, and individual acts make up the
main part of the mammoth show which is climaxed by a gigantic fireworks
Also featured at homecoming are the Swimcapades, the annual water show;
the John Marshall Bar Association skit; Florida Blue Key Banquet; and the
annual Homecoming dance, besides the various banquets, special programs,
and open houses for the alumni.
The traditional Georgia game is another must for all students. Journeying
to Jacksonville, where the game is played, students find Florida activities
transferred there for the weekend. A motorcade, parade, and rally are usually
held in addition to organization and fraternity parties.
Fall Frolics, the largest social weekend, attracts practically every student.
A name band provides the music for dancing. The weekend features two
dances and an afternoon concert.
Freshman Fling, a dance strictly for the freshmen, is held just before the
Christmas holidays. Be sure and go, because this is YOUR dance.
Second semester offers much the same functions, minus football.
Spring Frolics finds the winner of the Miss University of Florida Contest
crowned, with a name band once again providing the music.
Military Ball, sponsored by the University ROTC, is also held during the
Spring. It brings another well known band to the campus. In addition to the
dances, a full dress parade and review is held.
The Annual Ag Fair, sponsored by the College of Agriculture, which fea-
tures exhibits, a dance, and a queen contest; the College of Architecture and
Allied Arts Ball; and the functions of the College of Engineering also add to
the social life of the Florida student in the spring. Many of the other colleges
also hold affairs of this type. Between these social weekends, plays, lectures,
concerts, and many other functions provide plenty of entertainment continu-
ously throughout the year.
At various times during the year, well known performers, individually
or in groups, are brought to the campus under the sponsorship of the
Lyceum Council. Noted lecturers and public figures make frequent appearances
through the sponsorship of the Unive:sity Lecture Series, individual depart-
A balanced program of study and relaxation leads to the
best college life.
ments, and various organizations.
Concerts and special programs are presented by the Gator Band, the
University Symphony Orchestra, and the Glee Clubs. Campus sings, with
groups competing for honors, are sponsored by various organizations and
round out the musical program on campus.
Activities planned for you by the Florida Union Social Board include
movies in the Union, weekly coffee hours in Bryan Lounge, frequent outings
to nearby points of interest in the state, and many others.
The campus nightclub, Club Rendezvous, located in the Florida Union Build-
ing, is open weekends for dancing and floor shows.
In addition to the campus facilities, Camp Wauburg, located a few miles
south of the campus, is operated for your enjoyment by Florida Union. Here
you may swim, go boating, and play volley-ball, tennis, or horseshoes. Refresh-
ments and bathhouses are available.
So don't worry about a lack of social life at the University. From big
weekends to after-class gatherings for a coke or coffee in the Hub or Campus
Club, you will find plenty to do on the Florida Campus.
Lynn Taylor, "Miss University
L"" of Florida", for 1953, just after
Winning her title at Spring
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Florida Gator football for 1953 begins in high gear on September 19th
when Coach Bob Woodruff's aggregation clashes with mighty Rice Institute
of the Southwest Conference, and the tempo doesn't let up an iota the next
two weeks with spectacular Georgia Tech and resurging Kentucky on deck.
The Gators play their opener with Rice in Houston and make their first
home appearance against Georgia Tech at Gainesville with a 2:30 kickoff in
the game that has been talked about as one of the nation's top games of the
year all summer. Fans considerably in excess of the 40,000 Florida Field
capacity are likely to be on hand for this battle of Southeastern Conference
Fan speculation on the Gators has run far higher through the summer than
has that of Florida's Coach Bob Woodruff. The slow-moving, action-getting
Woodruff, who took only three seasons to put the Gators in their first post sea-
son bowl game, has repeatedly warned Gator followers that the comeback from
graduation losses is going to be definitely slow and probably painful.
"You just can't lose 19 senior lettermen one year and be as strong the
next." Woodruff said originally and has several times repeated. "This will
necessarily be a rebuilding year for Florida. We'll do the best we can with it."
Some 33 lettermen will be available to the Gater coaches when the Saurians
go into their opener with Rice, but the joker in that deck of 33 is the fact that
1953 will be a one- platoon year and all of them won their varsity awards under
the two-platoon system of football specialization.
Prospects for improvement over the Gator Bowl season of last year that
brought a seasonal record of eight wins and three losses-including the 14-13
win over Tulsa in the Gator Bowl-are anything but real bright. The Gators
could be a well-moulded football team, rugged and hard to beat, but the
departure of All-America tackle Charlie LaPradd, halfbacks Buford Long and
J. (Papa) Hall and, in fact, 16 other gridiron valuables is going to take some
of the keenness from Florida's 1952 effectiveness.
Still sparkling on the Florida gridiron horizon, however, are aces like full-
back Rick Casares and guard Joe D'Agostino, and an encouraging supporting
cast will be there in the sturdiness of performers like ends Jack O'Brien and
Jerry Bilyk, guard Art Wright, tackles Dan Hunter and Jimmy Hatch, and
backs Doug Dickey, Bob Davis, Dick Watson, Bob Mueth, and Jim Schwartz-
The strength, and even the greatness, of Florida's first home opponent-
Georgia Tech-is unquestioned from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The colorful
proteges of Coach Bobby Dodd are on a winning streak that has extended
The joy of victory over arch
rival Georgia is reflected in the
faces of Co-captains Charlie La-
Pradd, Bubba Ware; and Coach
Mar fullback Rick Casares (20) goes around end for a sizeable gain in the Gator Bowl.
through two and a half seasons and were champions of the Orange Bowl two
years ago and titlists in the Sugar Bowl last year.
THE FIGHTING GATORS
A member of the strong 12-team Southeastern Conference loop, Florida's
Fighting Gators turned in the finest overall athletic record of any team in the
loop during 1952-53 and captured two Southeastern Conference championships
en route. In SEC competition-in all sports-Florida won 40 contests and lost
only 14 last year for an amazing Conference winning percentage of .741.
Louisianna State University, with a .689 percentage, was well back in second
Last year was the finest year of overall athletic competition in the Gators'
sports history. In eight intercollegiate sports, Florida won 69, lost 23 and
tied two games for a .750 percentage.
It was a year of championships and near championships. The Gators won
the Gator Bowl basketball championship and the Gator Bowl football title;
they captured the Southeastern Conference swimming pennant and the South-
eastern Conference track and field championship; they won the Florida Inter-
collegiate Golf title and the Florida AAU golf and swimming titles; the
golfers finished second in the Southeastern Conference links tournament; the
basketball, baseball, cross country, and tennis teams all won thirds in SEC
In short, the one-time doormat of the Southeastern Conference has been
moved into the living room trophy case. The Gator coaches have given much
of the credit to a fine University of Florida student body spirit.
"The student body," says Athletic Director and Head Coach Bob Wood-
ruff, "is the twelfth man on our football team, the sixth man on the
basketball court and the tenth man on the baseball diamond. Both individually
and as a group, their spirit has helped our teams far more than any one member
of the student body realizes."
Football still is the big interest-getter at Florida as at other institutions
throughout the land, but last year saw a remarkable surge of student interest
in the total athletic program. This fall as the Gators enter their fourth season
under ringmaster Woodruff, they face a colorful array of outstanding oppon-
ents that will send them against American collegiate football at its best.
The season opens with three successive gridiron backbreakers against Rice,
Georgia Tech and Kentucky. Then the Gators are at home in Gainesville
against Stetson and in Jacksonville against Citadel before they plunge into
the homestretch grind that takes them against L. S. U. (at a colorful Home-
coming), Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and the season's finale with Miami.
Other sports are progressing at Florida concurrently with football. Two
seasons ago Coach Johnny Mauer, producing his first Florida Gator basketball
team, captured the fancy of the fans with a hustling outfit that shocked many
more established teams that expected to play the Gators for easy victories
and found themselves trailing at game's end. Mauer kept the ball bouncing
last year with another colorful, battling aggregation that turned in a fine 136
record and was in the running for the SEC title all the way.
The Gator basketeers have won the Gator Bowl tournament the only two
yeais it has been played and will defend the title this winter. Back for the
effort of three straight Gator Bowl titles will be standout center-forwarl Rick
Casares, guards Sonny Powell, Robert Nims, Johnny Tringas, and Augie
The Gator track and field team, featuring the high jumping of Captain
J. (Papa) Hall and pole vaulting of freshman Earl Poucher, culminated a
year of athletic excellence in Gainesville with a walk-away victory at the
Southeastern Conference meet. The performance was well summed up in the
modest words of Coach Percy Beard: "I am extremely proud of the way our
boys conducted themselves both athletically and as sportsmen. Each one of
them turned in his best performance in the Conference meet and all of them
did as well or better than we expected."
Coach Jack Ryan's swimmers returned to Florida a glory that was the
Gators' in past years. They captured the Southeastern Conference swimming
title and turned in an excellent 7-4 record over the seasonal route.
Coach Dave Fuller's baseballers were in the thick of the Southeastern
Conference race all the way and finally bowed to Georgia's Bulldogs in the
Eastern Division of the Conference by half a game. Coach Andy Bracken's
golfers went through the regular season undefeated and had but one dual
match tie to mar the record. It was Bracken's first year at the helm of the
linksmen. Coach Bill Potter, in his second season as Florida's tennis mentor,
piloted his team to a highly successful season of fifteen wins against only
Last year was also one of individual accomplishments as numerous Gators
turned in championship performances and were selected on All-Star teams.
Defensive tackle Charlie LaPradd became Florida's first All-America foot-
baller since end Dale Van Sickle made the team in 1928. LaPradd and guarl
Joe D'Agostino made the All-SEC first team in football, fullback Rick Casares
and line backer Bubba Ware were placed on the second team and tackle
Dewayne Douglas, halfback Buford Long, and line backer Arlen Jumper made
the third team.
Forward Curt Cunkle was selected on the All-SEC basketball team and
Rick Casares got a spot on the second team for the second straight season.
The Gators had three individual and one relay to win SEC swimming titles:
George Duganne for the 150 yard backstroke, Ted Robinson for the 100 and
220-yard breaststroke; Luis Childs for the 440-yard and 1,500 meter freestyle;
and the 400-yard freestyle medley relay team of Bob McNeil, Roland
Moss, Joe Bennett, and Bob Fisher. Duganne set a new record in the back-
stroke, Childs in the 1500 meter and the relay team.
Pitcher Harry Coe and Catcher Bobby Barnes were selected on the All-SEC
baseball team and four members of the track team were individual event
champions; J. Hall in the high jump, Earl Poucher in the pole vault, Reed
Quinn in the javelin and Jamie Aparicio in the 220 yard low hurdles. Hall's
jump of 6-8% established a new SEC high jump record.
HOW TO GET YOUR STUDENT
FOOTBALL TICKETS . .
Football tickets to all games may be obtained through the STUDENT
ACTIVITY BOOK, issued to each student who pays the Student Activity
fee, required by all regular students, including graduate students.
This book is for the personal use of the owner only, and must not be used
by anyone else. Books presented by other than the owner will be confiscated,
and both the owner and the user will be liable to disciplinary action. This book
will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
Reserved seats to football games will be assigned to students on the basis
of first come first served, and the success of this plan depends on your
cooperation, in accepting the seat that you draw, and sitting there.
For all Gainesville games, reserved seats will be exchanged for student
book tickets at the ticket booth at the Northeast corner of the Stadium at
times and days to be announced in the Florida Alligator, the student news-
paper. Tickets will be divided so that seats from the 50 yard line down to the
goal line will be given out equally each day.
Each student is limited to four tickets. He may acquire these either by
exchanging four student book stubs, three student book stubs and one date
ticket, or two student book stubs and two date tickets.
A student with a non-coed date may buy a date ticket at the same window
and receive two adjacent seats.
The reserved seat ticket alone is not good for admission. It simply tells
you where to sit. Admission will be by both student book and reserve seat
ticket. Non-coed dates must have a date ticket and a reserved seat ticket.
For all Jacksonville games, reserved seats will be given out at the gate as
you enter. For other out of town games, you must exchange your student
ticket. Non-coed dates must have a date ticket and a reserved seat ticket.
After football season is over don't throw away that Student Activity Book.
You will need it for admission to the basketball games that are played during
the first semester.
2,000 students put on the spectacular card tricks which amaze and please spectators
at every home game. Here the section says, "Hi, Clemson. Hi".
With Coach Bob Woodruff lies the hopes of the entire student body,
alumni, and friends of the University of Florida.
THE 1953 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Home Games Florida Field
Georgia Tech ...---------------- September 26, 1953 2:30 p.m.
Stetson ----------------------- October 10, 1953 8:00 p.m.
Louisiana State University (Homecoming) October 24, 1953 2:30 p.m.
Tennessee November 14, 1953 2:00 p.m.
Gator Bowl Jacksonville
Citadel October 17, 1953 8:00 p.m.
Georgia -------------------- November 7, 1953 2:30 p.m.
Rice September 19, 1953 8:00 p.m.
Kentucky ---------------------- October 3, 1953 8:00 p.m.
Auburn --------------------- October 31, 1953 2:00 p.m.
Miami ------- -------------- ... November 28, 1953 8:15 p.m.