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November 28, 1920 - Image 7

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U (By Tom Hammond)
'Upon the action which the state
legislature takes in regard to the re-
quest for an appropriation of $8,690,-.
000 "for the two years of 1921-23, de-
pends in a large measure on what the
University of Michigan will be able
to do in the future, not only for the
people of the state, but for education
in general.
Since ilts establishment in 1837 ,con-
stantly increasing demands have been
made upon the University.
Its growth during the past few
years has ben phenomenal and addi-
tions to the University equipment have
not kept pace with its widening func-
tions. In speaking of the appropria-
tion President Marion L. Burton in-
sists that this amount is necessary be-
cause of the needs which have accu-
Cut Budget $10,000,000
"Fully ten millions have been cut
from the budget as it was originally
drawn up," says the President. "It
does not represent a request which
we have made large in order to allow
for slashes but is a rock-bottom fig-
ure. Unless this amount is granted
we cannot hope to keep the standard
of work at Michigan up to that which
has upheld it in the past. If we do
not get this money we might as well.
admit this fact and drop back into
the class of second rate educational

Before President Burton left Min-
nesota he secured from the legislature
of that state an appropriation of $10,-
876,000. There were approximately
7,200 students registered in the Uni-
versity of Minnesota at that time.
Michigan now has a winter school
enrollment of about 8,500 and is ask-
- ing only $8,690,000. The University
of Illinois has just asked its legisla-
ture for $5,250,000 for each of the
next two years which makes a total
request of $10,500,000, $1,810,000 more!
than that asked for by this Univer-
Only $450,000 of this appropriation
is to go to the Literary college. This
is to be used to build and equip the
first section of a general building for
this department. For 25 years there
has been no improvement in its mate-;
rial facilities for instruction, except
in the sciences. With a doubled en-
rollment, which now includes 60 per
cent of the total number registered in
the University, its work is sadly

Name of Building for '21-22
First section of General Building for Literary College. $ 450,000
M useum ....... ,................................... 450,000
Engineering Shops and Laboratories .................750,000
Physics Laboratory ................................. 400,000
Medical Building ..................... ............. 450,000
Completion of Model High School ..................... 175,000
Addition to College of Dentistry ...................... 200,000
Chemical Laboratory............................. 200,000
Biological Station at Douglas Lake .................. 40,000
Totals................................ . .$3,115,000

for '22-23
$ 450,000

Total for both years .............
Completion of University Hospital ...,
Total for buildings and equipment
For purchase of land....... .......
Grand total .....................

Attack West Hallrooms which comfortably accommo-
West Hall, which is only a little date less than 100, and blackboard
worse than several other buildings in space is at a premium. In the south
which literary classes are conducted, wing of University hall the stairs are
is woefully inadequate. lo one can so narrow that often it is necessary
walk up its stairs to the second floor to wait several minutes while the stu-
without causing such a creaking that ! dents issuing from the upper floors

Another department whose value to
............................$5,990,000 the industries of the state has been
..............................1,500,000 greatly, reduced on account of cramped
conditions is the chemistry depart-
ment. For this department $200,000
.$7,490,0000 for each of the years is asked.
... ... .. .. ... '. ... .1,200,000
Michigan has always been noted for
............................$8,690,000 the way in which she combined prac-
tice or laboratory work and theory.
e rl.uEstablished 12 years ago the "Bug"
engineering colleges of various uni- camp situated on Douglass lake, Che-
versities, Michigan has a low place. boygan county, Michigan, has done
The University of Pennsylvania and this for the biological work. However
the University of Johns Hopkins have the present site has long been satis-
the highest rank with 352 and 348 factory and the quarters wholly in-
square feet of floor space per stu- adequate. The immediate transfer to
dent. At the University of Iowa a more advantageous location on the
there are 312 and at Illinois 250. University tract is imperative. To
Michigan stands almost at the bottom provide for this transfer and to con-
of the ladder with only 137 square feet tinue work so vital to the scientific
of floor space for each student. standing of the University and of real
Plan Economy
"It is planned to erect the new
building of the simplest type of con-
struction, costing much less than the Ighw ay
ordinary building. Therefore if the
budget passes, a maximum of relief
will be obtained with the least 1
sible expenditure of money," Dean
Cooley said. /
"The proposed new building will

every class being held ini
at the time is disturbed.
nearly 200 have been

the building
Classes of,
forced into.

)'Iedics- The Hard

Work in
(By G. E. Sloan)
If you see a young man about the
campus with a worried expression and
pulling a little express wagon behind
him containing various two-pound
tombs on such interesting subjects as
"Anosodiaphoria" or "Bronchospiro-
chetoSis," you may know that he is
one of the victims of the anatomical
laboratory of the University, whose
lair is in the Medical building.
It is a local "point of interest," such
as the cemetery or the Union with this
important difference-it is never vis-
ited. The "lab" lies coyly hidden on
the'third floor of the sumptuous build-
ing given over to the solemn "medics"
and the workers are seldom bothered
with inquisitAve sightseers.
And who wouldn't be solemn with
the reassuring news that our benevo-
lent legislature has decreed that any
pian or woman flunking one subject
must take the entire year over? Isn't
that a pleasant thought?
Stiffs Shipped In
The "stiffs" are shipped in from
various state institutions and from
the morgues. About four years ago a
woman expressed the wish that her
body be given to the University in the
cause Of science, but most of the
bodies are unclaimed dead; the ma-
jority being from the state hospital
for the insane at Jacksonville.
All these cadavees are embalmed
and the utmost care is taken of them
while they are in the lab. When the
students finish their work the debris
is taken to an incinerator and burned.
Contrary to campus belief the embryo
M. D.'s are very much in earnest about
their duties and the anatomical lab-
oratory is as quiet and serious place {
as Economics 15 when a Bluebook has
just been annoonced. It may be be-
cause they are freshmen or perhaps
they realize the seriousness of their
Immediate expulsion is the penalty
for any student attempting to be'

humorous by throwing loose members
or particles of tissue and it is only too,
well known that this rule is strictly
Bunk Stories
Public opinion seems to hold that
the gloomy "Medicos" meander about
the campus with little keepsakes, such
as human fingers, in their pockets,
carry watchfobs of skin and play
marbles with eyeballs, but that kind
of wit passed with the extinction of
the dynasseur. In the first place, to
be caught taking these little trinkets
means an extended vacation, from
scholastic, duties at least, and second-
ly, the average medioal student is too
busy trying to get the work required
of him to engage in such pleasant
pastimes. Even the skull (the top of
which makes an excellent ash-tray)
must be broken into five pieces under
the watchful eye of the assistant, or a
hole punched through it and the veins
The freshman medical class num-
bers about '200 and the dents about
160. Two men work on the upper part;
of each cadaver and two others 'upon
the lower part. The positions of the
four men are changed with each newj
subject. About 60 bodies are required
each semester, not counting the num-
ber required for special dissections.

pass out before one is able to get to a
class room.
Many overflow classes recite in the
Law, Medical, and Engineering build-
ings. A lack of proper consultation
rooms makes almost impossible a per-
sonal contact between the teacher and
pupil, particularly essential under
present conditions.
For efficient work the literary col-
lege must have a modern building,
say officials of the University.
The same amount is asked for con-
struction of a new Museum building.
The present home of the collections
which have been valued at $2,000,000
was erected in 1882. Those who have
been about the campus for any num-
ber of years remember the building
when it was a brilliant pink. Its ap-
pearance was somewhat improved by
a coat of white paint but it is still
the same old building, unsafe and
entirely inadequate as a place to ex-
hibit the University's collection in
zoology and anthropology, many of
the specimens of which are not re-
placeable at any price. So congested
are the collections that they are rap-
idly deteriorating, according to offi-
cials of the museum.
Asserts Vital Need
The vital need for a new building
is asserted by Dr. A. G. Ruthven, of
the zoology department. who says, "I1
think it conservative to say that
unless a new building is obtained
practically all the museuin work will
have to stop. The depaitment has,
already given up trying to do any-I
thing with exhibits and will soon haveI
to give up the state school work." If
this is necessitated it will mean a dis-
tinct loss to the people of the state
for while it is generally thought that
a museum is only a place for exhibits
the museum forces have been work-


provide ample space for present and (By Norman Damon)
future requirements in the following Judging from the record of the past
departments of the Engineering col- year and indications from the present
lege: Engineering shops, materials year, the graduate short period
testing laboratory, steam laboratory, courses in highway engineering and
hydraulics laboratory, refrigerating transport in the University have more
laboratory, heating and ventilating than justified their existence.
laboratory, automobile laboratory, Indications point to a registration
aerodynamic laboratory, electrical of from 75 to 100 men for the short
laboratory, highway laboratory, evap- period courses beginning Dec. 8, a
orator laboratory, and chemical engi- large increase over the attendance of
neering laboratory." 29 last year. Twenty-seven companies
If the money necessary for the erec- manufacturing motor trucks have in-
tion of this building is secured it will dicated that they are going to send
make it possible for the engineering men here for the short courses. They
college to render a much greater serv- have stated that they already recog-
ice to the manufacturers of the state. nize that a truck salesman must sell
While in the past the department has transportation, and help the prospec-
done much for the furtherance of the tive purchaser to fit the truck to his
industries of the state they have found needs, rather than simply to sell the
themselves so cramped for space that truck as a truck and not for what it
they have not been able to do the best represents.
of which they are capable. Offered here Only
In addition to this $400,000 a year The courses are unique in that the
for the two years is requested for a University of Michigan is the only
n j physics laboratory. The present university or college in the country
la oratory which was built 34 years to present them for the benefit of men
ago cannot properly accommodate actually engaged in the practical
one-third the students and faculty work. The time is so.arranged that
now using it. those in state, county and municipal
Must Enlarge Medical School highway departments, contractors,
For the Medical school $450,000 a highway transport engineers, and
year for the two years is requested. others interested in or engaged in
The Medical school has reached a practical work may get the benefit of
point where it is absolutely necessary these courses.
either to limit the number of students Eighteen courses, each two weeks
or else enlarge its facilities. To limit in length, covering varied subjects re-
the number of students in preventa- lating to road construction and trans-
tive and curative medicine would be portation over the road, will be of-
harmful to the state. At the present fered, as against the five courses of-
time there are many localities in fered at the start of the work in the
Michigan without a physician, and University. On the teaching staff will
many cities are calling for full-time be four professors in addition to Pro-
health officers. The health of the fessor Blanchard, while a number of
state, its highest asset, is at stake. non-resident men of authority on
In addition to the sum of $300,000 these subjects will appear during the
granted by the legislature of 1919 for two-weeks periods.
building and equipping a model high President Burton, in his inaugural
school $175,000 a year for two years address, stated that the University
is requested. The necessity of good should cooperate with the state and

The interchange of organs is found ing directly with the state schools,
to be not uncommon. Many minor loaning specimens, and giving direc-
abnormalities are encountered, such C tions for study.
as a heart of a low animal type, or The same thing is ti'ue of the Coll-
the absence of a muscle in a certain lege of Engineering and Architecture.
region, of which pyramidalis of the In regard to this Dean Mortimer E.
lower abdominal fall is an example. Cooley said:
An extra rib is often found on one "Unless the appropriation of $750,-
side, one arm is usually a little short- 000 a year req'uested by the College
er than the other and the right foot of Engineering and Architecture in
is almost always longer tlan the left the budget recently presented to the
member. state legislature is granted, it will re-
The anatomical laboratory is in- sult in the suspenision of practically
deed interesting but it is difficult, se- every optional course in the colleges.
rious work (for those who expect to "In statistics which have recently
stay) and not the fun shop that most been compiled showing the total floor
laymen seem to believe it to be. space per student in square feet in the,

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