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The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, May 15, 1984- Page 3
Angell noted for quiet leadership

Popular, sharp, and intellectual are adjectives that were
used repeatedly yesterday to describe Prof. Emeritus Robert
Angell, who died Saturday evening at St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital after a month long bout with abdominal problems.
He was 85. As a student, sociology professor, and director of
the LSA Honors Council, Angell was affiliated with the
University for over 60 years.
Friends depicted -Angell yesterday as extraordinarily
popular, vivacious, and unpretentious. Colleagues
complimented his leadership, intelligence, and friendliness.
"His death is a loss for the University and a loss for the
department of Sociology," said Prof. Mayer Zald, chairman
of the sociology department.
IN HIS autobiography, "The Joys of Modest Success,"
Angell explained that he grew up in a "well educated, stable,
religious, and affectionate family." Prof. Theodore
Newcombe recalled that Angell was a "very modest and
quiet person."
"He didn't even mention he was chairman of the sociology
department when he wrote his autobriography," said

Angell graduated from the University in 1921 with a
bachelor's degree and went on to receive a master's and
doctoral degree. He was a sports editor at the Daily during
his undergraduate years and after joining the faculty he
served on a number of boards and committees, including the
executive committees of LSA and Rackham.
WHEN ANGELL retired in 1969, he had been a University
professor for 34 years, a chairman of the sociology dept. for
12 years, and the director of the LSA Honors Council for four
According to Horace Miner, professor emeritus of
sociology, Angell always found time to help his staff
academically and personally, "The fact that Professor
Angell was always addressed as 'Bob' by members of his
department is indicative of the close relationship which
existed among us," Miner said.
Werner Landecker, professor emeritus of sociology, said
that before Angell was appointed chairman in 1940, the
sociology department was small. "He was the architect of the
department. He had the organizing ability to build it up,"
See FRIENDS, Page 4

Brave new world
An artist's drawing of Engineering Building I shows the 30 foot wide atrium, center, that will run east and west along the
entire length of the building. The new building will be built between the G. G. Brown Building, right, and the W. E. Lay
Automotive Lab. The ground breaking ceremony, featuring Gov. James Blanchard, will be Thursday at 1 p.m.
'U' reaches eollege bowl tourney

... quiet about 'U' ties
fate of .
The governing body of the Univer-
sity's faculty yesterday discussed the
problem of the professors who may be
displacbd as a result of the 40 percent
budget cut to the University's School of
The Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs met with represen-
tatives from the education school's
executive committee in a closed
meeting to consider the fate of its
programs and their tenured faculty
chairman, said the school is still in the
preliminary stages of implementing the
financial cuts and that it is too early to
tell who or how many tenured faculty
members would be removed from the
Prof. Carl Berger, the dean of the
School of Education, said that because
of the severity of the cuts, it is likely
that some tenured faculty members
will have to leave the school.
"The University reduced the number
of our faculty by 40 percent," Berger
said. "And we only have five untenured
faculty members."
THE 40 percent cut in the Education
School's budget amounts to $1.9 million
in cuts over five years and includes the
removal of 30 of the school's 75 faculty,
as well as the elimination of some of the
school's programs. The cuts are part of
a five-year University plan to
reallocate $20 million to high-priority
Both Hilbert and Berger said that
most of these faculty members would
undoubtably be assigned to jobs in
See SACUA, Page 14

A team of five University students who "find no rational
explanation for what they do" have qualified for a national
college trivia tournament later this month.
Equipped with their University educations, the University
Activities Center-sponsored team will travel to Columbus to
compete with 15 other teams.
THE COLLEGE Bowl, a national program which was
reborn on campus last fall, tests the agility and strength of
the mind. College students match wits on knowledge from the
classroom and from the street. The competition consists of
two seven minute halves of questions on topics ranging from
literature, history, and science to baseball and old movies.
The University team predicts they will finish among the
top four teams - along with the University of North
Carolina, the University of Chicago, and Armstrong State.
The finals of the national competition will be broadcast on
May 23 on NBC.
THE TEAM consists mostly of science majors and "on the
whole does well' on questions in that area, according to Steve
Newton, a graduate student in military history who can also
answer most questions on baseball.
Team member Larry Garvin, a graduate student in
neuroscience, has a talent for obscure knowledge, especially
in literature, according to his teammates.
Joe Pipp, a graduate of chemical engineering calls himself
"a kind of a mental sponge" and said he was "weaned on old

movies and televised sports."
ALSO ON the team are Dave Moran, who has a bachelor's
degree in physics and Brad McNiff with a degree in math and
computer science.
The team members consider college bowl "a gentlemanly
pursuit, like sports used to be in the old days," said Newton.
They have held one 45 minute practice session before the
nationals - not wanting to be overprepared.
There are teams that practice techniques such as stalling
and memorizing almanacs, but they usually do not do so
well," said Newton.
"You simply have to have a quick recall and be able to link
things together," said Pipp, who said the team is fast -
"good at taking a little bit of information and jumping on it."
The team was chosen in an intramural competition last-
January. The players were the winners of the competition
between 25 teams. It was the first College Bowl competition
held at the University since 1981.
"For a first year program, (I'm pleased) with the campus
participation and the success at the regionals," said Pipp.
College bowl attracts trivia fanatics according to the team
members. Moran said his greatest moment in College Bowl
was knowing that the bakery in Connecticut famous for its
pie pans is Ma's Frisbee Bakery. Garvin said he is ashamed
to admit he knew that the lead singer of the Dead Kennedy's
was Jello Biafra.
The team member's said their ultimate goal is to appear on
the David Letterman show. I

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