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'ODAY
First performance of the Michigan Un-
ion opera, Whitney theater, 8:15
o'clock.
Michigan union opera, Whitney thea-
ter, 8:15 o'clock.
Meeting of the senior laws, room G,
law building, 12:00 o'clock.
Professor J. R. Allen addresses fresh
engineers, room 348 engineering
building, at 11 o'clock.
Professor Coffman and Professor
Thorndike lecture in Sarah Caswell
Angell hall, at 9:00 o'clock.
Stuart Perry speaks on, "The Small
Town Newspaper," 208 University
hall, 2:00 o'clock.

FIRST SESSION OF
SCIENTISTS T.ODAY

1 Prof.

A. G. Ruthien, 1915 President
Academy, to (ite Opening
Address to Annual
Aleeting

of

EXPERTS DENOUNCE
PRIMARY TRAINING
Professor TIhorndike and Professor
Coffman Decry Early Work
of Grade School
Pupils
APPROXIMATELY 100 PERSONS
ARRIVE TO SWELL ATTENDANCE
Educators Claim Elementary Schools
Are Conducted in Haphazard
Manner
That students are hoaxed in a num-
ber of things, when they are mere
grade school pupils, is the belief of
Prof. E. L. Thorndike and Prof. L. D.

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OFFICIAL PROGRAM INCLUDES
NTMBER OF NOTED SPE AKERS
Feature of Assernbly Will Ile "Social
Evening" to Be Held in
Museum Tonight
Michigan's Academy of Science, em-
bracing a number of noted scientists,
will hold the opening session of its
twentieth annual conference in the

rowd of more than
by decisively defeat-
gineers, won for
ampionship of the
all tournament at
t night. Throughout
lings proved them-
.eam, and by quick,
sed of their older
of 28 to 10.
hich had been put
ionship encounter
o'clockand an hour
or surrounding the
For the first time
enthusiastic enough'
and each good play
ovd cheers.
favor the engineers
se of their superior
some reason this
effective, and the
fl t will

FEATURE TWO INNOVATIONS AT
WOMEN'S LUNCHEON SATURDAY
Will Have Huge Birthday Cake and
Easter Decorations to hart:
Anniversary
Completed arrangements for the an-
nual Women's Luncheon, to be held in
Barbour gymnasium at 12:30 o'clock
Saturday, display two unique features.
The first of these is the birthday idea,
this year marking the twenty-fifth an-
niversary of the founding of the Wom-
en's League, under whose auspices the
luncheon is given. This will be
brought out by the presence of a huge
cake, bearing 25 candles, and by the
numbers on the informal program
which will supplant the traditional
toasts. .A birthday song, written by
Helen Malcomson, '15, to the tune of
an Hawaiian folk-song, sung by mem-
bers of the Girls' Glee club in the re-
cent Kermess, will be sung by the
Glee club and the luncheon guests.
The Glee club will render other se-
lections during the course of the
luncheon, and there will i.e solo vocal
and instrumental number .by Abigail
Shay, '15, Marie Paulis, '18, Marion
Holden, '1?, and others., Souvenir
birthday programs for the luncheon
are now in the hands of the printers.
The second innovation is the deco-
rating, which will be done in the East-
er tones. The 16 tables will be deco-
rated with Easter flowers, and fresh-
man waitresses will be dressed in
gowns which will carry out the col-
dr scheme.
TECHNIC SUGGESTS
HONOR ROLL PLANl

museum lecture room at 3:00 o'clock Coffman, education experts. That was

TOMORROW
Michigan Union opera, Whitney thea-
ter, 8:15 o'clock.
Professor Coffman and Mr. Courtis
lecture in Sarah Caswell Angell hall,
at 9:00 o'clock.
Union Forum to discuss, "Honorary So-
cieties," 7:30 o'clock.
Junior girls' play in Sarah Caswell
Angell hall, 8:00 o'clock.
Meeting of the Jackson club, 7:00
o'clock, Union.

this afternoon. Prof. A. G. Ruthven,
of the geology department, and this,
year's president of the Academy of
Science, will give his presidential ad-
dress, speaking on the subject, "The

the substance of the lectures given at
yesterday's session of the Short Term
Institute, on "Elementary Curriculum
Making" and "Tests in Arithmetic."
Mythology, legends aid fiction were

MC'MAHON RETURI
TO ROLE IN OPE
Star of "A Model Daughter" Re-.E
Cast of "All That Glitters"
after Absence of
Two Weeks
CHANGE SPECIALTY NUNBERO
DROP TH'REE AND ADD SCAN
Director Sanger Leaves for New
Tomorrow; to View First,
Performance
George P. McMahon, '16, star of
year's Union opera, "A Model Da
ter," and who, up to two weeks
was slated to take the leading pa
"All That Glitters,'? but resigne
that time owing to poor health,
returned to the cast, and will be
in his part of "Dick," the leading
role, when the opening perform
of the opera goes on the board
8:15 o'clock. tonight at the Whitn(
McMahon's return comes as a
surprise. When he resigned, H
W. Kerr, '16, was advanced from
chorus to fill the vacancy, but bec
of his lack of experience, he has
somewhat reluctant to take the 1
ing role. When it became evident
the improvement in McMahon's he
would permit him to resume his 1
Kerr returned to the chorus, wher
will be seen as a show girl. Coh
ing on the incident last night, Gen
Chairman Baxter said, "Kerr is tV
commended for his unselfishness
d'evotion to the interests of the ope
Another change made last night
the dropping of three specialty n
bers, whistling, instrumental and t
bling acts, which proved too long
detracted from the unity of the si
and the introduction of a new spec
ty number by Leroy J. Scanlon, '16]
which he sings and plavs ragtime.

Zoogeographical Problem of the Gui- taught us as history, the lecturersl

ana Sand Reefs," including an account
of the University of Michigan expe-
dition to Demera, S. A., in 1914. The
address will contain some interesting
data and discoveries that were made

pointed out. They also explained that
we were taught bad logic through sil-
ly and unreal problems in arithmetic,
that had no bearing on practical life.
Both Professor Thorndike and Pro-
fessor Coffman devoted considerable
time discussing the tests that are now

poor

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ned and
hen the FORUM fISCUSSES
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ly. The

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Allan T. Ricketts, '15E, to Preside at
Weekly Gathering Tomorrow
Evening

again
but +4 ANNOUNCE MORE MINOR TOPICS
ky lit-
lrough Michigan's honorary societies may
and receive a thorough airing when they
ep his are discussed at the weekly meeting
Nath- of the Forum at the Union at 7:30
ng the o'clock tomorrow night. Allan T. I 3ick-
it was etts, '15E, will preside over the gath-
in the ering, which will consider the topic,
d fouls "Are the Honorary (Not Honor) So-
d prov- cieties Performing a Satisfactory Func-
ctor in tion, and Is the Method of Selecting
s. Members for Them Fair?."

in the southern climes last year.
The official program of the three
days meetings includes a number of,
noted speakers and scientists, and the.
lectures are open to all those who are
interested. The meetings, although
held at the same time as the sessions'
of the Schoolmasters club, are entire-
ly separate, and are for those who are
following scientific work, rather than
a general educational pursuit.
Besides the presidential address to,
be held this afternoon, there will be
another feature added to the regular
program which all members are urg-
ed to attend. A social evening will be
held on the first floor of the museum;
and as this will be the only general,
informal one which will be given dr-
ing the session, the conimitter in
charge' is anxious that the members'
will all come out. The program for
today is as follows:
1:30 P. M.-Council meeting, geolog-
ical laboratory, first floor of museum.
(Reports of committees will be read at
this meeting.)
2:30 P. M.-General'meeting of the'
Acadeifly, museum lecture room. (Elec-
tion of Members.)
3:00 P. M.-Presidential address by
Prof. A. G. Ruthven on "The Zoogeo-
graphical Problem of the Guiana Sand
Reefs."
7:30 P. 1A-Social evening, - first
floor of museum.

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being used in arithmetic. In speaking
of the absurdity of present arithmetic
tests, Profesosr Thorndike said, "A'
pupil has the right to have the issue
stated to him in the same clear
manner that it is stated in real life;
They rust be similar to the problems

Engineering Magazine Has
Explaining Systems
Other Institutions

after his name,
him because of
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REPORT,

I A. A. U. champion-
but a few days off,
have been selected
itting on the finish-
king on the hurdles
u, and the other men
ry field with their
. weather bringing
Coach Farrell will
>l, Ufer, Wilson and
to compete in the
, and these five men
an's western record
ence colleges. There
er competitors, but
which have entered
not be followed as
an track followers,
nce colleges against

The subject was brought to the at-
tention of the Forum officers a few
weeks ago, wlen fraternities were dis-
cussed. One speaker referred to these
societies, and stated that he thought
that they were dominated by the frat-
ernities. Another speaker advised the
Forum that all the organizations had
rules regarding the percentage' of!
fraternity and independent men.
,Two more minor topics have been
announced for consideration, should
any meeting so desire. They are "Is'
the Michigan Daily Performing Its
Function on the Campus SatisTactor-
illy?" and "Is the General Library Con-
ducted with Proper Regard for the
Convenience of Its Patrons ?" The
subjects previously given out concernt
ed the exit of faculty men to otheruni-
versities, the athletic association, the
election of class officers and the Y.
M. C. A.
GOTHAMITE, ALUMNI MAGAZINE,
HAS NEWS OF COMING SMOKER
Copies of the March number of the
Gothamite, published by the Univer-
sity of Michigan club of New York,
have been issued. It contains an an-
nouncement of a smoker at Keen's
Chop house on April 9, at which will
be presented a dramatic cantata in
one act, entitled 'Everymichiganman."
James T. B. Bowles, '07, will address
the alumni on "Sanitation of Vera
Cruz and the Army Camps During the
Occupation of the U. S. Expeditionary
Forces." Report is made that several
'12 and '14 men have joined the:'club.
Clowry Chapman, '94, and James
Nash have won the $500 prize offered
by the Detroit Chamber of Commerce
for the best trade-mark design em-
bodying the slogan "Made in Detroit,
U. S. A," More than 19,000 entries
were received. Mr. Chapman is a
trade-mark authority, and has written
several articles on trade-mark practice.
Stuart Perry to Address Jouritalists
Stuart Perry, of the Adrian Tele-
graph, will speak on "The Small Town

JUNIOR PLAY SHOWS PROGRESS
1'rof. Brumm and MarthaGraySatisfied
with Rehearsal of Vroduction1
Both Professor John R. Brumm, of
the rhetoric department, director, and
Martha Gray, '16, general chairman of
the junior girls' play, expressed them-
selves as pleased with the progress of
the play as evidenced at last night's
dress rehearsal, which was the first of
the two which will be held. The prop-
erties and lighting effects were used,
and all of the 50 members of the cast,
choruses, and specialties' rehearsed
every line. More definite information
Is not as yet, obtainable, as everything
concerning the play is by tradition an
entire secret to all but the participants
until the first performance in honor of
the senior women, which will be held
at 8:00 o'clock tomorrow evening in
Sarah Caswell Angell hall.
The senior women plan this year to
meet at 7:20 o'clock tomorrow evening
at Newberry hall, garbed in caps and
gowns, and to march in a body to the
play, where they will. sing the songs
introduced attthe recent "gett ogether"
meeting.
A second dress rehearsal for the*
play will be held at 6:00 o'clock to-
night.

that a person comes up against in real
life," he added. "The criterion for,
judging the efficacy of .a problem
should be its reality."
Attendance at yesterday's session
was increased by approximately 100
persons, and a spirit of friendly discus-
sion seemed to rule the meetings, which
were of an informal nature. Those
in attendance expressed themselves as
more than pleased with the work of
the institute thus far. The theory of
tests which Dr. Thorndike and Dr.,
Coffman are demonstrating, is some-
thing quite new to the majority of Mich-
igan educators, although Professor
Coffman claimed that,tests of this na-
ture were regarded as essential by
leading educators to gauge the work
of the school properly.
It is the consensus of opinion of.
both lecturers that heretofore elemen-
tary schools have been conducted in
too haphazard a manner,that no means
of judging the efficiency either of the
teachers or of the school's curricu~lum
has been obtainable. Many interest-
ing statistics, collected 4n 50 represen-
tative cities, were read to the gather-
ing by Professor Coffman. Nearly 70
per cent of the time of the elementary
school is devoted to the study of the
three "R's," Reading alone takes up
26 per cent of the average curriculum,
while all through the entire eight
grades an average of 7 per cent is de-
voted to spelling.
"I do not understand why the stu-
dent in :the seventh and eighth grades
should be compelled to spend so much
time in spelling," said Professor Coff-
man, in discussing this phase of the
work, "The pupil should be taught to
study independently of the teacher; I
think the high school student loses
much by not having acquired this abil-,
ity to do independent worgk. This may
possibly account for the failures of
freshmen in college."
The sessions today will take up the
demonstration of the use of scales for
handwriting and drawing and the oth-
er subjects not yet studied. Professor
Coffman will lecture on1"Qualities of
Merit in. Teachers" at 10:00 o'clock.
At" 2:00 o'clock Professor Thorndike
will talk on what has been done in
measuring achievements in English
composition. r

college of engineering, the March is-
sue of the Michigan Technic contains
an editorial on that subject enti-
tled, "Honor in Examinations." The
Technic has received much informa-
tion on the honor system from various
colleges and schools over the country
where the plan is in practice, and the
opinion of three of these colleges was
summarized In The Daily of Sunday
morning.
The plan submitted by the Technic
is modeled after the honor system in
use in the Sheffield Scientific School
at Yale, except that the manner of
electingtthe honor board or discipline
committee h~as been changed. The
Technic proposes an honor board com-
posed of five members, to be made up
of the two members of the student
council from the college who have
been in office for the longest period,
two seniors from the college and one
junior. The editorial also advocates
the use of pledges in the examinations,
and £believes that co-operation with the
faculty of the college is necessary to
the success of the scheme.,
The plan used at Yale has' been in
force since 1912, and was Instituted
onlyafter three petitions, ehch signed
by an increasing majority of- the
school, had been sent to its director.
The Yale Sheffield Monthly, from
which an opinion gn the plan was re-
ceived, reports that there are few
breaches of .the pledge, but that when
"cribbing" is reported to the discipline
committee, its action is prompt.
Appointments to the four commit-
tees, which will combine to consider
the various honor systems in use over
t'he country, will be announced after
the weekly assembly of the freshman
class at 11:00 o'clock today. The com-
bined committee will then assemble to
pick its chairman from one of the up-
per classes, and the first 'meeting will
then be announced. All of the ses-
sions of the committee will be open
meetings, at which suggestions and
opinions will be received.

Editorial
of

ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENTS

Suggesting a tentative plan for the snap
organization of an honor board in the K

the show is in better shape for the
first night than any other Union opera
in his memory, and the dress rehearsal
last night gave evidence of the trutl
of his statement. The chorus has beer
drilled until it works with clockworb
perfection, and whatever rough spot
remained, were carefully ironed out
Theron D. Weaver, '1617, the stag(
(Continued on page 6.),
STATE PEDAS OSU S
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Michigan Schoolmasters' Club Gather
In Fiftieth Assemblage at
XesmorWhd au
EXPECT ABOUT 1,000' TO COM]
More than 1,000 brincipaMi al'ld teach,
ers in Michigan's state seNindar
schools are expected to attend the fif
tieth meeting of the Michigan School
tfacters' club, which begins its ses
signs with the Classical confei'ence i
Alumni Memorial hall at 2:00 o'clock
today. Delegates are expected from
practically every high school, norma
school and the smaller colleges, ai
well as from all other state educa
tional institutions. The secretary, Mr
L. P. Jocelyn, said last night that hE
looked forward to having one of the
largest crowds that has ever attend-
ed a meeting of the organization.
Following the Classical conference
the visiting delegates will be escorted
to Barbour gymnasium, where at 4:15
o'clock the university women will give
an exhibition of gymnastics and games
The demonstrations will be open tc
visiting members only.
The Principal's association will hold
a banquet at the Michigan Union at
6:00 o'clock tonight, and all visiting
members of the organization are invit-
ed to attend. After the meeting, a
number of speeches have been arrang-
ed for, chief among which will be an
address by Professor Thorndike, of
Columbia University, on "Formal Dis-
cipline."
Any students interested in the meet-
ings of the organization can receive
student tickets entitling them to ad-
mittance, by applying to Mr. L. P. Joc-
elyn, in Registrar A. G. Hall's office to-
day.

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Women 's

League

towards the
small squad.
ternoon that
re to report

Celebrating the Twenty-Fifth Birthday
of Women's League

Cornell Man Addresses Commerce Club
Irving E. Macomber, a graduate of
Cornell and president of the Macomber
Bros. Real Estate and Investment Co.,
of Toledo, will address the members
of the Commerce club at their'smoker
to be held at the Union on Wednesday,
April 7. Mr. Macomber's talk will'
deal with the obligations of educated
men and women to the community in
which they live.

I

n ex
r reg-

Saturday, April 3, at 12:30

In Barbour Gymn*sium

to- Newspaper," at 2:00 o'clock today in
'or- room 203 University hall, before the
classes in journalism.

Tickets on sale at Library and Wahr's State St. Store
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