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March 19, 1933 - Image 6

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eS l'New iype
Proposes System
lar To England's

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lup Sees Bright Future
or Developinent Of
atural Resources
(Continued from Page 1)
ted to inquire into the reasons
the recent action of the state
te in regard to the transfer of
administration of oil lands from
State Conservation Department.
History And
Political Science
broad plea for the introduction
ichigan of a cabinet-parliament
of government similar to Eng-
s was voiced yesterday by Prof.
S. Reeves, chairman of the po-
t science department, at the
heon meeting of the history and

in the single-house legislature, would
be forced to take a stand on all major
problems as they arose. If its deci-
sion was not favored by the legisla-
ture, the cabinet would have the
choice, either of resigning, or of call-
ing a general election in which the
people could either recall or sustain
their representatives. If the people
sustained a sufficiently large portion
of the legislature the cabinet would
According to Professor Reeves one
of the major defects of the present
government in Michigan is the degree
to which it is influenced by national
politics, which frequently have no'
connection with local problems. The
cabinet system, by abolishing regular
elections at intervals corresponding
to the intervals between national elec-
tions, Professor Reeves said, would
turn Michigan's government away
from the national scene and force
it to devote itself to internal legisla-
tion and administration.
The constitution of the proposed
system would be short, and impose
few of the customary elaborate limi-
tations on the legislature. There
would be no judicial review. Discus-
sing judicial review, Professor Reeves
said, "Sometimes I think that it has
done more than anything else to
weaken our government."
Professor Reeves repeated in con-
clusion what he had said several'
times during the body of his talk,
that the government he envisages
for Michigan is Utopian, and will in
all probability never be even seriously
His address was accorded pro-
longed applause.
The morning session of the history,
and political science section was de-
voted to a study of the past and pres-
ent constitutions of Michigan. Har-
old M. Dorr, of the political science
department here, delivered a lecture
on "The Michigan Constitution of
1835." .A paper on "The Michigan
Constitution of 1850," which had
been written by Prof. Claude S. Lar-
zelere, of Central State Teachers

College, was read. Prof. D. C. Shil- 1introduCtion of it into secondary
ling of Western State Teachers Col- schools.

lege, addressed the section on "The
Michigan Constitution of 1908."
The afternoon meeting of the sec-
tion of mathematics, the program of
which was presented by the Michigan
Division of the Mathematical Asso-
ciation of America, was featured by
an illustrated lecture on Maya math-
ematics by Dr. Carl Guthe, director
of the Museum of Anthropology. His
talk dealt with the way the Mayas
worked with numbers.
"Greeks of the new world - the
people who had the most complex
civilization in the western hemis-
phere," was the expression Dr. Guthe
used to describe th2_ ancient Indian
nation. "Because of the discovery of
agriculture in about 400 B. C. the
Mayas were able to devote more time
to perfecting their civili7ation. One
of the finest things they di was to
perfect a calendar, much simpler
than our Gregorian one. and yet as
accurate. They had no knowledge
of decimals or fractions and used
only integers in all their work."
Dr. Guthe explained by slides how
the different Mayan symbols were
interpreted. He showed how they
counted by means of dots, bars, fil-
lers, and face symbols, and how these
were used in their calendar, bring-1
ing out the fact that our calendar is
irregular when compared to the
round date and simplicity of theirs.
In connection with the calendar he
also illustrated hoew the Mayas ad-
justed their man-made calendar to
the astronomical phenomena.
Prof. Norman H. Anning of the
mathematics department spoke on'
"Practical Harmonic Analysis" fol-
lowing the conclusion of Dr. Guthe's
speech. He was followed by Dr. R.F.
McDaid, of Michigan State Normal,
who addressed the group on "The In-
troduction of Calculus into High
School Mathematics." He told of the
success he had in an experimental

Fores rv
Deu'wing the soluP io to our pros-1
eut problems to be more complete
use of "our greatest resource, the1
land," E. A. Gallup, city forester,l
prophesied a bright future for both
recreational and industrial use ofl
natural resources.
Forestry and farming should be
practiced together in every county,
he said, in connection with a "back
to the land" movement to put people,
on a self-supporting basis. At the
same time, added leisure and less'
(pending power will force people to1
depend to a greater extent on the
out-of-doors for their recreation, ac-
cording to Mr. Gallup.
I"Opportunities for success in pri-
vate forestry are considerably greater,
than the probability that owners will
take advantage of them," said Prof.
W. F. Ramsdell of the forestry school.
After weighing both advantages and
disadvantages of forestry in the up-
per peninsula, he has concluded that'
conifer plantations especially offer a
very fair opportunity.
P. A. Herbert, of Michigan State .
College, speaking on the taxation and
valuation of timber lands, stated that
the important thing is not so much
to develop an equitable tax rate as,
to encourage forestry practice on the
land, although the two will probably
be achieved simultaneously.
Prof. E. V. Jotter of the forestry'
school presented figures on the rela-
tive position forestry and conserva-
tion occupy in secondary school texts,
and discussed some of the miscon-
cepts that are to be found in such,
Language And Literature
English poets were discussed from
different points of view at the lan-
guage and literature section meeting
held yesterday morning.
"The Political Ideas of Robert
Burns" was the subject of an essay

by Prof. Everett S. rown, of the Wilfred Sellars To OpenI
political science department, who
quoted from the poet's works and Club's Discussion Ser es
letters to illustrate the liberal anti- A lecture on the "Philosophy of
royalist tendencies of Burns political
theories. Marx" by Wilfred Sellars, '33, will
Prof. Oscar J. Campbell, head of open a series of discussions sponsored
the English department, presented a i by the Michigan Socialist Club at'
lecture on "Anticipations of Modern 7:30 p. m. today at the Union,
Aesthetic Theory in Wordworth's The series will consist of three
Prefa e to the Lyrical Ballads," weekly speeches by members of ther
which had been prepared in con- club to commemorate the fiftieth an-
junction with Prof. Paul Mueschke niversary of Karl Marx. On the Sun-
of the English department, day following Sellars' talk, Frances
Aesthetic theory has had a lapse Marmarosh, Grad., will lead the dis-
from the time of Wordsworth until cussion on the "Economics of Marx."
the present, according to the essay, Charles Orr, Grad., will speak the
which renders a modernist better following Sunday.
able to understand Wordsworth's
preface. Wordsworth's feelings on
the subject have been concealed be-
cause of the interpretations placed
upon them by Coleridge, Professor
Campbell said. TF
Dr. Bennett Weaver, of the English
department, spoke on the subject,
"Shelley-Imagination and Values,"
stressing the fact that the poet was
really alive to the social and political
problems of the day.
Pro fessors To Consider
Entrance Requirements
A committee to reconsider the bas- announ
{is of determining graduation with
honors and three representativesof ( Special Prices now pre
a University committee to weigh en--
trance requirements were named by
the faculty of the literary school at
the March meeting.
The honors committee will be com- FREDERICK VITA T
posed of Prof. Roderick D. MacKen-
zie of the sociology department, Also Other Fred
chairman; Prof. James E. Dunlap of
the Latin department, Prof. James
W. Eaton of the German depart-
ment, Prof. D. L. Rich of the physics
department, and Prof. John F. Shep-
ard of the psychology department. Tep/oe 2 251 E
The three representatives are Prof.
Louis A. Strauss of the English de-
partment, Prof. John W. Bradshaw
of the mathematics department, and __
Professor Rich.

Master 'Fine Arts' Early,
Syracuse Girls Advise
DENVER, Colo., March 18.-Ac-
cording to 203 of the first year girls
of Syracuse University, .the arts of
drinking, necking, smoking and
dancing should be mastered before
entering college .These opinions were
made public by Dr. Eugenic Leonard
of Columbia University after he had
examined the questionaires filled out
by the Syracuse co-eds. One co-ed
also stated that she thought it neces-
sary for a girl to have a mind of
her own so that she would know how
to behave with a man in a taxi.

s argued for a min-'
offices, proportional.
bolition of judicial
cameral legislature
more than 50 or 60

:utive of the proposed sys-
be a governor, elected for
term who would be re-
obtain the signature of a
>r every public act.
ef characteristic of this
vernment would be its re-
ss to the public. The cab-
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