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PAGE EIGHT

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1935

Hold Smoker
For Freshmen
On Wednesday
Alpha Nu, Speech Society,
To Sponsor Meeting In
Angell Hall
Plans for the first freshman smoker
to be held by Alpha Nu, men's speech
organization, at 8 p.m. Wednesday
in Room 4003 Angell Hall are nearly
completed, Paul Von Bergen, '37,
president of Alpha Nu, stated last
night.
According to Van Bergen the pro-
gram will probably be an open forum.
The purpose of the smoker is to
acquaint new students with the va-
rious activities of Alpha Nu as well
as to introduce them to the members
of the society. However, Von Bergen
emphasized the fact that the smoker
is not limited to freshmen but that
all those students interested in speech
work or in joining a literary society
were urged to attend the first meet-
ing.
N<4w Committees
Alpha Nu, a branch of Kappa Phi
Sigma, national men's speech federa-
tion, is one of the oldest organiza-
tions on the University campus. Dur-
ing the year several debates between
Alpha Nu and the other speech so-
cieties are sponsored, last year de-
bates with Athena, women's literary
society, and Adelphi, being held.
A reorganization of Alpha Nu was
effected at the close of the past semes-
ter and under the leadership of Von
Bergen a completely new system of
committees in the society was set up.
According to Von Bergen, the new
system was installed "to give every
Alpha Nu member a opportunity .to
help determine the policy and pro-
grams of the society." Other officers
of the organization are: George Sip-
prell, '37, vice-president; John- Pat-,
terson, '36, treasurer; and John Ban-
nister, '36, secretary.
Outside Speakers
A series of freshman smokers will
be held at the beginning of the
present semester and it will be ap-
proximately four or five weeks until
the winter program will get under
way, Von Bergen said. It is probable
that a series of debates between mem-
bers of the society and several out-
side speakers will be called in for the
next few smokers, he added.
Immediately upon pledging - to
Alpha Nu the incoming men are
placed on one of the seven or eight
committees which direct Alpha Nu
pledges and take part in the first few
programs of the semester.

Professors Throw Water On
Claim For Trisection Of Angles

Int ;"I

Mathematicians throughout the
country have been stirred up by the
contention of one Theodore F. Mach-
nik, of Mahanoy, Pa., that he has
discovered an error-proof method to
trisect an angle - that is, all except
the mathematicians of the university.
They have refused to get excited over
the matter and they take it as just
another would-be solution to a prob-
lem that others have been trying to
solve for more than 2,000 years. .
"It just can't be done," said Dr.
John D. Elder of the mathematics
department. "To trisect accurately
any angle, excepting a right angle,
is an impossibility. However, the
problem has already been solved for
Cinema League
Plans For This
Year Are Told
The Art Cinema League, with ob-
jectives similar to those of the Little
Theater Movement, resumed its
functions yesterday with the an-
nouncement of a tentative list of
films to be presented and a plan for
reorganization.
A singular insitution on campus,
the league's program includes foreign
films exclusively, with the British-
Gaumont feature "Man of Erin" and
the French "Don Quixote" starring
Chaliapin, heading the list.
According to Mitchell Raskin, '37L,
the league's business manager, the
pictures will be shown in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater and are to be
followed during the course of the
season, by cinemas in German and
Russian.
Student membership in the organi-
zation will work in conjunction with a
faculty committee composed of Pro-
fessors Erich A. Walter and Harold
J. McFarian, Dean Alice C. Lloyd
and Mrs. Pargment in selecting films
and preparing conditions for their
exhibition.
Each feature presentation will, ac-
cording to Raskin, be accompanied by
a travelogue, usually American-pro-
duced, and appropriate shorts.
With advertising, correspondence,
publicity and box office departments
conducted exclusively by students, the
league intends to follow last season's
presentations which included "The
Red Head," "Les Millions," and "Cha-
payev," with the Austrian success,
"Blue Light," an Amkino produc-
tion called "Peasants" and the French
importations, "La Matrinelle" and
"Les Pecheurs d'Islande."

all practical purposes. It can be
done with reasonable accuracy, but
it will not be geometrically correct."
Machnik performed his feat with
the simple use of a straight edge
and a compass, and with no measure-
ments indicated on compass or ruler.
He asserted that his method applies
to an angle of any size and that
geometrical analysis of his angles can
prove his method of trisecting an
angle infallible.
Five or six solutions are offered
every year, Dr. Elder said, but mathe-
maticians no longer bother to take
the time to figure out the flaws in
the elaborate methods. "The only
persons who advance solutions to the
problem," he said, "are those who do
not understand enough about mathe-
matics to see their mistake when it is
pointed out to them."
According to Professor Norman H.
Anning of the mathematics depart-
ment, trisection is possible "in the
sense that engineers, architects, and
craftsmen of all kinds are daily tri-
secting angles whenever there is need.
But trisection is impossible if we re-
strict ourselves to the tools of elemen-
tary geometry. An angle given at
random, what you call an 'unknown
angle,' cannot be trisected using only
compass and straight edge. Mathe-
maticians have provedy that, and
their proof does not mean simply
that no trisection, subject to the re-
strictions which the ancient Greeks
place on the problem, has yet been
discovered; it means that no tri-
section can ever be discovered."
"There are plenty of ways," he
added, "if we do not make the re-
strictions so stringent: if for instance,
we use a linkage, or a ruler with two
marks on the edge, or some other
instruments."
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