THE MICHIGAN DAILY TESAY,
Hatcher Teas Provide Informal Get-Togethers
COMPLETES AREA STUDIES:
Southern Asia Curriculum To Bei
vited to each open house as special
President Alexander Ruthven
started the student open houses
early in his 22 years of office. The
teas soon became a tradition.
The custom of having men and
women students serve as hosts and
hostesses and introduce guests to
the president and his wife started
later when the social committees
of the League and Union took over
the task of organization.
The President's home, the oldest
buildingn campus, has a long
and varied. history.
Built in 1850, it is located on the
original 40 acres of the campus.
Designed by an eastern archi-
tect, the house resembled the style
popular in this region in the
1800's. The "Widow's Walk," a
small fenced area on the roof of
the house was intended for the
sailor's wife who anxiously waited
for the first glimpse of her hus-
band's ship as he returned from
The President's home was one
of five houses built in 1850 costing
$45,000, a sum considered extrava-
gant by many in those days.
All except one of the five build-
ings, known as faculty houses,
were torn down to make room for
expanding classroom needs.
The house was used as Red Cross
headquarters for a short time dur-
ing World War I.
President and Mrs. Hatcher
their two children, Robert
Anne Linda, have occupied
house since 1951.
By CAROL FELDER
This fall for the first time stu- veloped programs of study in the
dents will be able to concentrate Near East and Far East. The new
their studies in the field of South- program for Southern Asia was an
ern Asia, Prof. Robert I. Crane of attempt to round out Asian studies
the history department, chairman and fill in the gap between these
of the Southern Asian Studies two.
Committee announced recently. Resources on Southern Asia were
Creation of the Southern Asian in existence at the University
Studies Committee last March has which needed organizing and ad-
distinguished the University as one ditional strength in order to make
of the five major United States them effective for training pur-
universities where such a program poses.
exists. Also important was the growing
"It was an attempt to rational- conviction among Asian specialists
ize, expand, and develop the at the University that Southern
courses dealing with South Asia Asia was an area that deserved
that are available both to gradu- much more careful understanding
ates and undergraduates," Prof. because of its importance in the
e ites ds world, Prof. Crane added.
There were three important Obtain Funds
reasons for its development. The At this time Congress passed the
University already had well-de- National Defense Education Act
Housmg Certification Project
To Enter Reinspection Stage
The University-Ann Arbor hous-
ing certification plan is moving not had only minor repairs to
into its third stage, according to make.
Peter A. Ostafin, Asst. Dean of In addition to requiring repairs
Men and Director of Housing, be made to obtain necessary certi-
Originally, the plan called for fication, there is a law requiring
inspection of all multiple local any unit making capital improve-
housing for safety and sanitation ments also make alterations to
factors, Ostafin revealed, but now bring its physical plant up to new
reinspections are being made to standards.
deal with the well-being in the. Ostafin particularly emphasized
dealing wtthe cooperation between Univer-
housing. sity and city officials and carrying
Though this is a "delicate mat- out the inspections. The laws re-
ter," Ostafin said, students gen- quiring and defining inspection are
erally welcome the inspections be- city ordinances and state housing
cause they lead to improvement law, he pointed out.
in living conditions. Summing up, Ostafin called the
Primary emphasis in inspecting plan "educational."
is now put on egress, sanitation,
fire safety of heating facilities,
cleanliness, wiring and parking
In the recent inspections, Osta-
fin said, almost all of the Univer-
sity housing units filled specifica-
tions and most of those which did
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