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Survey Research Center Notes Political Behavior


n Summer
JACKSON, Wyo. (') - In a
ish lodge in the shadow of the
and Teton Mountains, the
iters, porters, busboys and cabin
aids don bermuda shorts after
urs and mingle with the pay-
g customers.

The work carried on by the
Survey Research Center during
1958-59 represents a continuation'

of programmed research in estab-
lished areas, Prof. Warren Miller,
assistant program director of the
Survey Research Center, said.
"The Survey Research Center
has a major investment in the
study of political behavior. It be-
lieves that the political beliefs and
acts of the American electorate
merit much greater attention than
they have received."
This statement, from a bookletj
describing the projects of the In-

stitute for Social Research of
which the SRC is one department,
forms the basis for an interesting
program of research.
Cites Continuation
This program, Prof. Miller ex-
plained, is the continuation of an
attempt to describe and document
the nature of national elections.
The Survey Research Center has
analyzed every national election
since 1948 with the exception of
1950, he continued, and this makes
the researchers able to give a
somewhat unique description of
these elections in terms of the
attitudinal basis for voting deci-

Besides describing each indi-
vidual election, he went on, the
SRC can take the series under ob-
servation in order to develop an
idea of the trends appearing.
The SRC's interest in political
elections seeks to understand what
lies behind political decisions, Prof.
Miller said, investigating social
and economic factors as well as
the obvious political ones which
precede such decisions.
Names Goal
"One of our goals is to delineate
the conditions under which policy
agreement between representatives
and represented is minimized and
maximized," Prof. Miller com-

mented, speaking of the theme of
the 1958 election study. Policy
agreement was measured, he add-
ed, by a correlation between the
candidates' policy positions and
the policy positions of their con-
The Survey Research Center
makes the results of its programs
available to other scholars and
researchers, Prof. Miller said.
Other areas in which the Survey
Research Center is working are
economic behavior, organizational
behavior and human relations,
public communication and influ-
ence, mental health, and research
on survey methodology.

To Analyze
Pay Methods
The Survey Research Center is
initiating a study of the methods
parents use to pay for their chil-
dren's college educations.
Prof. John B. Lansing, the cen-
ter's program director, will be in
charge of the study which is re-
ceiving financial support from a
$40,000 grant from the United
States Office of Education.
The study is part of the coop-
erative research program spon-
sored by the Office of Education
with $2.7 million in federal funds.

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No social adjustment is neces-
sary, however, b e c a'u s e t h e s e
menial laborers are all college stu-
dents from 49 states and a dozen
foreign countries who annually
trek to the national parks for the
On their time off they use any
facility open to guests at Jackson
Bole Lodge, focal point of the
Grand Teton National Park on
the Wyoming-Idaho border.
The collegians sometimes date
guests and occasionally a lasting
romance 'buds.
The informality of it all de-
lights most of the park visitors.
The ,work output among these col-
lege students might shock an effi-
ciency expert and would fall far
short of production records.
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welcome back to school !
good -luck
in the yiear ah~ead!

But the pretty waitress who
spends, 15 minutes chatting with
customers before taking their or-
der is doing so because the cus-
tomers like it that way.
It is a bit hard on the profes-
sional supervisors must see that
the linens get changed, the dishes
Many of them say they would pre-
washed and the rooms cleaned.
fer to have some professional help
.with less I. Q. and more discipline.
But the customer is right and the
college kids stay on.
There are more than 400 stu-
dents in Grand Teton Park and
an even greater number at Yel-
lowstone National Park a few
miles to the north.
Utah supplied the most at
Grand Teton this year with 94 fol-
lowed by California 74, Arizona 46,
Wyoming 26, Idaho 17, Ohio 16,
Texas 12, Illinois and New York

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Pay Varies
Pay scales, vary. A bellhop re-
ceives $156 a month of which $85
is deducted for room and board.
But tips boost the earnings by an-
other $5-$15 a day.
A kitchen helper with no chance
for tips receives $214.50 less board
and room.
Lewis Hicks of Wise, N. C., a
21-year-old student at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina, works
in the non-profit lodge company's
purchasing office.
"Most of the kids come out for
fun and money," he says. "Usually
they are sold by kids who have
been here before and always ex-
aggerate what they made. The fun
is right but you don't get rich."
Dave Lorimer, 19, a student at
Menlo College in California from
Sonora, Calif., recommends sum-
mer park employment for those
who have been away from home
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He adds: "What I mean is so
many kids drop out before the
season is over because they can't
take supervision and are upset
when they find they really have
to work. 've enjoyed my summer
in the Tetons (he works in the
laundry) because I didn't have
any illusions about being able to
goof off all the time."
Bouncy Ritva Pykalinen, 19, and
a student at Brigham Young Uni-
versity at Provo, Utah, works in
the lodge fountain and is a sort
of mascot to the guests.
Ritva was born in France and
has lived in Sweden and Finland.
Dick Erb, assistant manager and
personnel director for the lodge
company, was a student worker
six summers ago. And Erb will not
make jokes about the summer ro-
mances among the college stu-
He met and married his wife at
Grand Teton National Park.
Death Takes
'U' Professor
After Illness
Prof. Emeritus William C. Smea-
ton, of the chemistry department,
died Aug. 22 in Columbia, Mo.
Prof. 'Smeaton retired from his
University position in 1942, and
had been ill for several years.
Funeral services were held Aug.
29 in Picton, Ontario, where Prof.
Smeaton was born Sept. 8, 1874.
He became an instructor at the
University in 1902 after receiving
his bachelor's degree from the
University of Toronto.
Prof. Smeaton received his first
promotion in 1910, assuming the
post of assistant professor. Pro-
motion to associate professor fol-
lowed in 1916 and he became a
.full professor in 1924.
A resolution adopted by the Re-
gents at his retirement says, in
part, that Prof. Smeaton has "ably
and loyally contributed to the suc-
cessful accomplishment of the

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