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Simon Sees Possible Theatre Here

theatre would have a definite link
to the University," he said.
May Guest Lecture
He explained this by saying the
professionals on the staff might
be guest lecturers at the Univer-
sity and, after graduation, stu-
dents who are planning to go on
the stage could gain experience
He qualified this, adding stu-
dents enrolled in the University
would not be able to be in any of
the productions, since the theatre

is professional and not student,
and all people connected with it
would have to devote full time.
He felt student prices could be
arranged for the shows, so that
students could attend the per-
No Student Shows
Simon also considered the idea
of having student shows such as
the opera by the speech and music
departments, MUSKET and Gil-
bert and Sullivan performed in
the new theatre, but said he did
not think this would be at all pos-
sible considering the nature of the
"Definite monetary b a c k i n g
would have to be obtained for a
new professional theatre before I
would go ahead with the idea.
Even though the theatre would
have something to do with the
University, it would not be the job
of the University to seek the
funds,' 'he said.
The professional theatre run by
the Dramatic Arts Center was
only partially successful since fi-
nances were lacking.
Extensive Background
Simon's background in the
theatre includes extensive work in
Berlin and Salzburg with Max
Reinhardt who, he said, "was one
of the finest directors with which
I ever worked."
He added that Reinhardt was
very temperamental and some-
what stubborn and at times, "so-
cial protocol seemed to run his
life. He was the type of man who
was very proper and exact, and
he expected everyone to act the
same," Simon said.
Simon came to the United
States with Reinhardt and he said
Reinhardt had a very difficult
time adapting to American cus-
toms of informality and that he
never did completely understand
nor accept the Americans.

Board Gives
To Purchase
The County Board of Super-
visors has approved purchase ofj
land, for the construction on anj
annex to the County Jail Building.
An advance from the county
general fund has been authorized
to pay for the two properties in-
volved in the purchase. Cost of thej
properties is $159,500. They are
located at the corner of W. Ann
and N. Main Streets.
The annex will cost $159,500;
Property owners will be assessed
an extra 75 cents for every $1,000
worth of assessed property to pay
for the addition to the jail.
Levy Approved
The extra assessment was ap-
proved in last November's elec-
tions. More than $260,000 will be
brought in by the December tax
The annex will be used for ad-
ministrative purposes, and will in-
clude all offices and conference
rooms, living quarters for the'
sheriff and a kitchen. The first
floor of the present jail will be
built in with cellblocks to provide
more space for prisoners.
An Ann Arbor firm has been
commissionedrby the board to pro-,
vide architectural services in the
design and construction of the
To Start Soon
Construction is expected to be-
gin within the next two or three
months. The city council has al-
ready taken preliminary steps to
close the alley east of the jail so
that the annex can adjoin the jail
building. A public hearing will be
held on the closure.
Negotiations are also being made
for the acquisition of a private
alley to the south end of the jail
so that there will be public access
to the interior of the block on
which the jail stands.

Motion Pictures Represent
American Artistic Forms



Prof. Marvin Felheim of the
English department d e s c r i b e d
movies as an "art form character-
istic of American society" in a lec-
ture sponsored by the Internation-
al Students Association yesterday.
"By all odds, moving pictures
are the most important artistic
form of the twentieth century,"

battery of technicians, designers
and associate producers each do-
ing his share in creating the total
He called the silent film days
the "heyday" of movies and added
that movies "never really adjusted
to sound. They are primarily com-
posed of moving objects recorded
by a camera," he said.
Describes 'Golden Age'
An example of the success of
the silent movies is provided by
the "golden age of comedy" when
C h a r 1 i e C h a p 1 i n and Harold
Lloyd were appearing on the
screens, he explained.
Notes Differences
Felheim contrasted Chaplin
with his moustache, cane and
rubber-face to Bob Hope who
uses no props, has no facial ex-
pression and makes 'entirely ver-
bal' jokes.
Prof. Felheim said that anyone
who hadn't read the newspapers
or didn't know Bing Crosby
wouldn't understand a single joke.
And Hope would be "utterly un-
intelligible" in a foreign country,
he added.
He noted that the biggest dif-
ference between the old and new
comedians was that the former
were not afraid to "look unattrac-
tive" in contrast to the impeccably
groomed stars of today.
Lists Three Types
Listing three basic types of
American movies, he noted that
Western and crime themes are
basic to the industry and repre-
sent the American dream and pre-
"Crime movies reflect both the
extent of violence in our society
and our concern with the solution
to crime. The Western movie rep-
resents the American myth - op-
portunity and freedom and a pos-
sibility to escape from urban life,"
he said.
Another type of movie, the mu-
sical, is characterized by good
songs, intensely physical acting
and a belief in "the existence of
an American magic that can
,transform people," he explained.


discusses movies


. professional theatre

Applications for the ,Student
Government activities scholarships
are available in the Scholarship
Division in the Office of Student
Affairs in the SAB, John Feld-
kamp, '61, SGC treasurer an-
nounced yesterday.
These scholarships are given
each spring to students who find
it necessary to receive scholar-
ship aid to continue their partici-
pation in activities. Awards up to
$450 will be made.
Applications will be judged on
need and upon the student's rec-
ord of participation in activities.
Applicants are required to have
at least a 2.5 overall honor point
average and must be in good
standing with the University.
Applications blanks must be re-
turned by 5 p.m. Monday to the
Scholarship Division. They will
then be considered by the Student
Activities Scholarship Board.
This board is composed of the
Vice-President of Student Affairs,
the Assistant to the President, an
assistant to the Dean of Men and
one representative from each of
four student organizations.
The four students are chosen
from a list of officers from each of
the seven ex-officio organizations
represented on SGC who are inter-
ested in serving on the Board.
Members of SGC who are inter-
ested may also submit their names
for consideration.
Appointments are made by
SGC's executive committee with
the approval of the council. The
student representatives are ap-
pointed in the fall for a term of
one year. From them, one is chosen
chairman of the Board.
Says No Fee'
For Diplomas
There is no substance to rumors
that a charge for diplomas will be
made this year, Edward Groesbeck,
director of the office of registra-
tion and records, said yesterday.
Diplomas may be picked up as
usual after the graduation cere-
monies, he said.

he said, explaining that all Amer-
ican art forms find their "focal
point" in movies which are the
"art of the age. of science."
Anonymity of the creative ele-
ment in movies is one of the most
outstanding characteristics of
modern Amreican movies, accord-
ing to Prof. Felheim, who com-
mented further that movies are
"no longer the product of one.
original creative artist, but of
many people."
Democracy In Art
Calling the new trend a "group
effort," he said it was a democra-
cy in art in its best sense, but a
loss of individual creativity in its
Also he discussed the lack of a
single director in deference to a,

Plant Roots Present Puzzles;
Specialists Explore Enigmas


Researchers at the University
Plant Nutrition Laboratory are
delving into the mysteries of geo-
tropism - the process in plants
which causes roots to bend toward
the ground.
"This is mainly an intellectual
exercise," George W. Keitt, Jr.,
research fellow who is carrying
out the study said.
He went on to explain that this
geotropism process has always
been intriguing to botanists, and
answering some of the questions
concerning this puzzling occur-
rence may throw new light on the
field of plant genetics.
Has Practical Applications
Asked whether this study would
have any practical applications,
Keitt said that "the more we un-
derstand the nature of this growth,
the better position we will be in to
say what benefits, if any, our find-
ings will have on such fields as
agriculture and plant breeding.
"However, for the time being,
we are interested only in basic
research," he added.
One of the experiments now
underway deals with cultures of
wheat seedlings stabilized in agar,
he said. These seedlings are al-
lowed to sprout roots about half
an inch long after which they are
rotated so that the roots are
The direction of the new growth
soon changes, and this change is
recorded at various intervals on
film and measured.
To Compare Effects
Certain chemicals also affect
geotropism. The objective of the
study now underway is to com-
pare the effects of a number of
chemicals on both elongation and
geotrophic curvature of roots.

The University study may also
determine the validity of the
classic theory which holds that
geotropism is caused by the distri-
bution of auxin, a plant growth
Funds for this study are pro-
vided by the Ford Motor Company
and are administered through the
Phoenix Research Program.
The Ford Motor Co., which has
interests in farm machinery and
tractors, aids basic research deal-
ing with plant psysiology and the
relationship between plants and
Quadrants Tap
Ten Members
East Quadrangle Quadrants tap-
ped 10 men into active member-
ship last night.
Marshal Berman, '61; Robert
Bolton, '62L; Robert Crabtree,
'59E; Rodney Cyrus, '59 and Jon
Eliason, '60E were among those
who were tapped.
Also honored were Rudy Kala-
fus, '60E; Raymond Kostanty,
'60E; James Lloyd, '61A&D; Wil-
liam McCormick, '61 and Raymond
Newman, '60E.
The Quadrants also named three
honorary members. They are Sara
Rowe, house mother of Anderson
House; Irene Murphy, University
Regent; and Imre Toeroek of the
quadrangle's maintenance staff.
Congregational and Disciples Guild,
luncheon discussion, May 15, 12 noon,
Guild House.
* s *
Hillel Foundation, Sabbath Services,
May 15, 7:15 p.m., Zwerdiing-Cohn
* . s
Wesleyan Fellowship, Senior Ban-
quet, May 15, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Lounge.


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