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No. 17 L. C. Chapin Home

   Doubtless you know the delightful and intimate sound of rain which only a staunch immediate attic roof keeps off your face.

   Walking into the Chapin home at 3805 Calvert one has a similar pleasant sensation. It is a beautiful house, and of course actually very protective, yet one has the feeling of being near the earth--still in the garden. This possibly comes from walking into it levelly from broad low flagstones. Inside one looks out thru great wide-eyed windows so flawless that he seems not to be separated from the rock garden and its mountain stream or the green plush lawn which falls away into the wood.

   We grew up near the woods, but "the wood" seems more suitable for this fairy house (glorified French peasant). And the nicest thing about these trees which circle the Chapins' two and a half acres is that they are original ones and came along free with Nebraska. Luckily the recent dry years--do you remember them--did not affect the small forest, in which hundreds of birds sing.

   Inside, as the earth slowly turns, the Chapins can watch the persons as on a stage, or as a great framed picture turning slowly from green to russet and brown, from brown to white. On the sloping green outside a silver gazing globe pictures the lawn in miniature. One could exclaim over many things--the garden to the north, where a thousand gladioli grow--the balcony front which one half expects a pretty peasant girl or a blessed damozel to lean.

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No. 18 Student Union

   What, in the words of the atrocious daily puzzle of that name, is wrong with this picture? Very easy indeed. No angels in flat heels and sweaters are ascending and descending the stairs. Actually, they have begun the continuous zigzag on the Student Union steps for the season. They may be gong to or coming from a spot of lunch in the Corn Crib. a friendly coke, bridge or pingpong, time out on the marshmellow upholstery of the lounge, or a late afternoon hour dance.

   And cease your sighs and murmurs that when you I (sic) were young we had lessons to get and nobody put us up a Student Union building. For one thing, the tots may have mastered all lessons up to and including next Tuesday morning. For another, the building is theirs, or will be in 80,000 easy payments. At six dollars a year. 10,000 university educations laid end to end ought to about close the Student Union books.

   Incidentally it's well worth two and a half cents a day to city campus students, especially the ones who have made no entangling alliances with fraternity or sorority, and they're in the great majority--probably 75 percent. Here's a place to do almost anything you can think of--or they can think of, which is more comprehensive.

   In the basement are offices of student publications, Awgwan, Cornhusker and Daily Nebraskan and pingpong room. Office of building manager, grill room, cafeteria, lounges and book nook are on first. On second floor are offices of alumni association, university foundation and University speakers bureau, ballroom, dining roams, game room and faculty lounge. Dining rooms and student organizatiton rooms occupy the third floor. Mortar Board and Innocents have fourth-floor dormer rooms.

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