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Former Dutch Fencing Champion Attends University


Cynthia von Heeckeren, '61, has
the tousled-hair, freckled face
look of a typical outdoor Ameri-
can girl.
But looks are deceiving in this
case because Miss von Heeckeren,
who now lives in the Martha Cook
Building, came to the United
States and 'the University last
year from her home in the Neth-
"I was bored there," she smiled,
adding that she had gone to a
special private high school at
home for 12 years and would have
had to take a special "exam
cram" course for an additional
year in order to be able to at-
tend a university. By coming to
the United States for college, she
saved this extra year.
Took 17 Subjects
Required to take 17 subjects
during high school, she said that
the specialized German school
which she attended stressed all
forms of art - sculpture, paint-
ingland woodwork. Everyone took
part in the program, "Even those
that didn't have much talent."
When asked about an insignia
ring bearing a special crest, Miss
von Heeckeren said that it was a
family ring, denoting the ancient
royal associations of her family,
which dates from about the year
1100 A.D.
Speaing of her experiences in
Holland during the war, she told
of her fear during the German
bomb raids on the radio factory
near herhome and the fear her
parents showed.
Recovered Fast
"The Netherlands recovered
quite fast after the war," she add-
ed. "Ten years after it was over,
you couldn't even tell it hap-
Asked the reason for the rapid
Dutch post-war recovery, she ex-
plained that "they're just stub-
born, that's all."
Before moving to Venezuela,
where her father is currently em-
ployed in the oil industry, Miss
von Heeckeren lived in a boat in
Holland that her family "just
pulled up anywhere" along the
Dutch canals and lakes. During
the summer she spends her vaca-
tion in Ve ezuela with her family.
At the mment, she "just doesn't
know" if she will ever get back to
her native homeland.
Majors in Physics
Currently majoring in physics'
she began in the University's
School of Architecture and De-
sign, but didn't care for architec-
ture as much as she had original-
ly thought.
"Nobody works here," Miss von
Heeckeren said, when asked what
impressed her most about the
University. "But now I've gotten
myself so that I don't work eith-
The healthy-looking blonde,
who speaks French, German, Eng-
lish, Dutch and a little Spanish,
said that "people aren't as differ-
ent here" as they are in her na-
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In Minerals
Prof. E. William Heinrich is
author of the book, "Mineralogy
and Geology of Radioactive Raw
Materials," published this week:
Included in the book is a sur-
vey of all the many radioactive
minerals, their properties, and
manner of occurrence of those of
scientific and economic import-
ance - uranium and thorium.
Heinrich based much of he
contents of the book on his, field
investigation 'of radioactive ma-
terials, both in the United States
and abroad.

The University Memorial
Phoenix project, a continuing
study devoted to peaceful uses of
atomic energy, supplied some of
the laboratory and field research.
The book is the first of its scope
ever aimed at combining both the
mineralogic and geologic aspects
of the economically important,
radioactive metals.

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DUEL ROLE-Examining a foil is familiar procedure to Cynthia von Heeckeren, manager of the
fencing club at the-University and a former Dutch champion at 17. The blond, freckle-faced native
of the Netherlands became interested in the sport several years ago after suffering an ice skating
injury. Although she could pinpoint the secrets to success in this sport--quick wit and presence of
mind--she could not find anything to which she could attribute American students' academic
success. "Nobody works here," she said, and added somewhat apologetically that since her arrival
here last year, ". .. I don't work either."

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tive land. In Holland there are
three kinds of high schools, two
which students who intend to go
to the University attend and one
for those who don't plan to go on
with their education.
Cites Dutch Solidarity,
I suppose it's much easier to
keep 11 million people together
than it is to keep the 200 million
of the United States, she said in
Service Held
In Memory
Of Student
Harvard University held a me-
morial service for 30-year-old
economics instructor Steven Val-
avanis, a former University stu-
dent, yesterday, in its Memorial
Chapel at Cambridge, Mass.
Valavanis, who as a student
went under the name of Stefan
Vail, was found murdered on July
29, 1958, in his roadside tent near
Mount Olympus In northern
Was Brilliant Student
Described by Prof. Kenneth
Boulding, of the economics de-
partment, as "probably the most
brilliant student I ever taught,"
Valavanis obtained a master's de-
gree from the University in 1952
and a doctor's degree in econom-
ics in 1955.
"He was a person of great per-
sonal charm and wit," Prof.
Boulding said. "He would have
had a great future ahead of him."
Speaking of his accomplish-
ments, Prof. Boulding particular-
ly noted his "The Theory of
Traffic Safety," which showed to
advantage his "most original
mind." Valvanis was about to
publish a book on econometrics,
Prof. Boulding noted.
President of ICC
While attending the University,
Valavanis was president of the
nter-Cooperative Council (ICC)
for the academic year 1954-55.
During his term of office, Bran-
deis Cooperative House for mar-
ried students was purchased and
outfitted for six apartments at a
cost of $36,000, according to Luth-
er Buchele, executive secretary of
the ICC.
During the summer session, the
ICC voted to honor Valavanis'
memory by naming the next house
purchased the Steven Valavanis
Special Greek police and army
forces have been combing the re-
gion for the murderer, suspected
to be an army deserter, since Val-
avanis' death last July, but have
so far been unsuccessful.

citing the reason for Dutch soli-
darity in politics.
"Before the Hungarian revolu-
tion, there was about four per
cent of the people who were Com-
munists. After that there was only
about one per cent. I don't think
Holland is in any danger of going
to the Communists," she said.
Currently the manager of the
fencing clubrat the University,
the Dutch girl won third in the
Dutch fencing championships
when she was 17 years old.
Becomes Interested in Sport
First becoming interested in the
sport after suffering an injury
while -skating, she had taken les-
sons since she was 12. The secret
of fencing, according to Miss von
Heeckeren, is a quick wit and
"something like a presence of
"I originally wanted to be a fig-
ure skater," she explained. "After
I fell on my head while skating
and was in bed for four months,
I still skated to prove that I
wasn't' afraid."
Discussing the religion predom-
inate in the Netherlands, Miss von
Heeckeren expressed her regrets
that "so many people never go to
church at all."
Discusses Religion
Most of the people used to be
Lutheran in the nation, but al-
most everyone who lives below
the Rhine River is Catholie.
One of the oddest things about
Holland is its changeable weather,
McEnnan Airport
$8.00 per hour, solo
$12.00 per hour, dual
Rides -$3.00
212 miles south of Ypsilanti
on Stony Creek Rd.
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changing from a few cold ,weeks
in the winter to a summer of al-
most continual rain.
"There is a joke that they tell
that summer fell on a Tuesday
one year, all the rest were rainy,"
she joked.
Describing the long trips that
the Dutch take on wooden skates
with long, gliding blades, she ex-
plained that winter for skating
usually lasts only about two weeks
and the students are sometimes
excused from school to go skating.
Don't Build Windmills
With a smile, she said that the
Dutch aren't building their tradi-
tional windmills anymore and
that wooden shoes are only worn
on farms. Most urban people don't
even own any.
"In the cities you're not going
to go clumpety-clump all over
the streets," she explained.
Miss von Heeckeren, who con-
siders her two sisters and four
brothers a "not normal" size
family, concluded that some
Americans think that her coun-
try consists of windmills, tulips,
wooden shoes and Hans Brinkers,
but in reality, it's much more.

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