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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1927
Will Provide Land For Women's
League Building; League:Louses To
Be Replaced By Dormitores
By Paul J. Kern
Barring unfortunate occurrences,
such 'as a possible veto by Gov. Fred
Green, the University will have, in
the next two years, $4,150,000 for per-
manent improvementp and an 19-
crease of more than $500,000 a year
for operating expenses. This is ac-
cording to the action taken in the ex-
piring moments -ef the last legislative
session. The acquisition pf\ the money
in itself is good, but it would be use-
less if the wise administrators of the
school hadn't found something to do
with it, and what will be done is real-
ly the significant thing after all.
The removal of the limit on the mill
tax is the measure by which the Uni-
versity will benefit to the fullest de-
gree. This is the money that is used
for current-expenes, and the Univer-
sity, it seems, has been entitled to a
,mill tax on all assessed property in
the state for more than half a cen-
tury. While this sounded well, it was
far from prf ct in reality, because
the legislature, In providing the mill
tax, also linfttheamount that the
University was allowed to receive in
any one year to $3,700,000. The result
was that the University grew and the
sta grew and the income was still
$3,700,000 a year, leaving an annual
deficit\ in spite of the rigid economy.
practiced on the faculty salaries.
The restriction has been removed,
however, and the resultant income,'
with the six mill levy, will be some-
where between, $4,200,000 and $4,700,-
000 a year. The things which can be
accomplished with all of this extra
money, according to the plans of those
in charge, will te immense.
Humanizing Education
In the first place the idea of hu-
manizing education, which the exten-
sion speakers have long talked about,
can be executed with the additional'
funds. Individual attention to the stu-
dents, as proposed by the advocates of
the new movement, will be the key-
note of Michigan's policy; and accord-
ing to the University Bulletin Michi-
gan's 'reat size will not handicap
her in the least, since it is organiza-
tion thatreally counts. More atten-
tion will also be paid to the selection i
of students by personal interview
and correspondence, and the addition-
al faculty men required will use part
of the additional income.
A freshmen week, during which all'
freshmen come to school a week early
and become acquainted with the Uni-
versity, is another of the projects
planned; and the individual contracts
with the faculty, through small groups
and the smaller classes, will lead to al
humanizing that has been impossible}
with the comparatively small faculty
hitherto. All of this, of course, willJ
require additional faculty men, and
'high grade men, and the extra funds
needed will have to come from they
expanded mill tax revenue.
Then the second great phase of the
program planned by the authorities is
the projected foresty school and its
resultant cooperation with the con-
servation forces of the state. The

new school, which will take its place
beside the older units of the Univer-
sity will replace the department of
forestry and will lend aid to the state
in its conservation program, of which
a former professor, Leigh Young, is
now director.
Will Stuily Spaire Time
Last of the three things which the
additional funds are- expected to ac-
complish is to provide courses in-
structing the college youths on how
to use their spare time. There has'




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been considerable worry in the higher
circles, as to what students should do
with the immense amount of time that
they have on their hands after finish-
Ing their studying, and the new plans
will teach them how to use it both
while in school and later in life. To
this ein courses in music, sculpture,
and drawing will be instituted, and
the University will stock reading
rooms with open shelves and encour-
age general reading.
All of those things are going to be
accomplished with the extra money
accruing from the mill tax. In addi-
tion to this the legislature added a,
$4,150,000 bonus for the purpose of
new lands and buildings. The first
item on this list is the $350,000 appro-
ipriation for the land for the new
Women's League building, which
starts construction in June. For
years the women have been selling
candy and riding tickts, and holding
roller skating tournaments for the
benefit of the League fund, and now
that they have neatly $1,000,000 they
rather expect the legislature to fur-
nish 4 place for their building. The
solons didn't disappoint them, and
the result is that the building will at
at least have a site.
Another item for the benefit of the
women is a $250,000 appropriation for
land for women's dormitories. It is
one of the favorite alarms of the au-
thorities that about 800 women live in
League houses that are not partic-
ularly fit for women to live in. The
money appropriated will provide land
for women's dormitories, to be built
sometime in the future. On the whole
it is probably only a tacit recognition
that land in the center of Ann Arbor,
around the University, had better be
bought as soon as possible if it is
going to be bought at all-for finan-
cial reasons.
Educational Item Provid1
The next sum provided was $1,100,-
000 for an elementary school build-
ing. A high school building, in which
to let the students practice, has a-
ready been erected and the first class
will graduate in June. The elemen-
tary unit will complete the system,
and provide laboratories for all
branches and grades of teaching. It
will be eected close by the present
building, which is constructed on the
unit system.
The final and most important ap-
propriation is that for the new wing
on Angell hall. This edifice, when
constructed, was planned for possible
wings on each 'end, and with the
erection of the new museum and the
resultant razing of the ancient build-
ing now serving the purpose, space1
will be provided for one of these
wings, on the south end.
Old University hall, erected in 1869,
has long served its purpose as home
of the administration of the Univer-
sity, but with th erection of the
new south wing it will be torn down.
Chief among its offenes is the fact
that it stands only eight feet away
from the rear of Angell hall, and if it
should catch fire, dry and decayed as
it is,'it would do very serious dam-
age to the stone and glass of the fire-
proof building in front of it. Mason
hall, the first building on the canis-
erected in 1841, will remain in all
probability, and also the old South
wing of University hall, built soon
after. They are both substantial and

sound, and retain some sentimental i WILL OFFER MINERALOGY
appeal to the old g;aurlates who rec-COURSES DURING SUMMER
ognize little else on the present D iN
Stludents in the College of Dental
The wing for Angell hall -will f-Surgery will be offered their required
nish also an auditorium for large course in mineralogy this summer if a
classes, a much neded attribute, and sufficient number can be found who
will provide fproof vaults for rec- wish to take it. The course is being
ords, which the University lackssofred for the first time in sunner
now. school.
All in all the legislature did a most
generous job in its University appro- IXBEETHOVEN DRAFT SHOWN
priations. The only items refused
downright were the proposed obser- On exhibition in the main library is
vatory and summer biology camp; an original manuscript of Beethoven's
and the amount left will provide am- third movement of the Credo from
ple opportunity for President, Little the "Missa Solemnis". The work is
and the faculty to practice their new written in pencil and is a first draft
ideas. of the movement. It has been loaned
to the library by a Detroit collector
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