THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9y, 1936
PAGE SIX WEDNESDAY, DEC. ~ 1936
Sigma Rho Tau State Now Requires Architects
Freshman Take And Engineers To Have Licens
More Than 160 First-Year
Men Join Organization
With the announcement last night
that the Freshmen of Sigma Rho
Tau, honorary engineering society,
had accepted the challenge to a de-
bate by the girls of Michigan State
Normal, the technical group proved
to be on its way toward another suc-
More than 160 freshmen have
joined the organization this fall, ac-
cording to Prof. Robert D. Brackett,
sponsor of the society, and F. Wil-
liam Donovan, 37E, president of the
chapter, heads a group of well over
200 members in all.
Divided Into 10 Sections
"In fact, there are so many mem-
bers of the society, that we have been
forced to divide it into 10 sections,
or 'circles, which, when all meeting
at the same time, have often re-
quired as many as 14 rooms," Prof.
Already several intercollegiate de-
bates have been sponsored. Two
weeks ago the society lost to Toledo
when it took the affirmative on the
question: "Should Trolley Busses be
substituted for Street Railway Cars
in cities with a Population of over
200,000"; but it scored clear victory
on Nov. 14 when it argued with
Wayne University on the transpor-
tation problems of Detroit.
Last night a detailed program was
outlined for the conduction of an in-
tercircle elimination debate to be
started within the circles in two
weeks with the finals to be run some-
time between Christmas vacation and
the period of final examinations. The
subject of debate will be announced
in the near future.
M.S.N.C. Debate A Tradition
The debate with Michigan State
Normal, which has become a tradi-
tional annual event will probably not
be run off until the latter part of
January or the earlier part of Feb-
ruary, Prof. Brackett said.
The question as proposed by the
challengers was: resolved: that Con-
gress be empowered to fix minimum
wages and maximum hours in in-
dustrial employment. Every time so
far the freshman of Michigan have
conceded the debate to their Ypsi-
lanti opponents. "It's a traditional
act of chivalry on the part of our
boys," Professor Brackett explained..
Test Period Lasts Three:
Days; Michigan Exams
Planned For December
By WILLIAM SHACKLETON
Engineers, archtitects and survey-
ors who enter public positions in
their professional capacities are re-
quired to have state licenses just as
doctors and lawyers do, Prof. C. T.
Olmstead of the engineering mechan-
ics department and assistant to the
Dean of Students pointed out yes-
Examinations for these licensesl
will be held Dec. 28, 29 and 30 in
several localities within the state, of
which either Ann Arbor or Detroit'
will be one. The examinations have
been made an annual event, and are
under the direction of Professor Olm-
stead in this area. Lansing and
I Houghton, site of the Michigan
School of Mines are the other exam-
No one is exempt from the license
requirement, he added. Actually, a
license is unnecessary when an en-
Of Local Adult
Plans for adult discussion groups
in Ann Arbor were announced yes-
terday by Dr. Charles A. Fisher, as-
sistant director of the University Ex-
Under the auspices of the extension
Division faculty members of the Uni-
versity will act as group leaders in
the plan which has the cooperation
of the Ann Arbor school board, the
Parent Teachers Association, and the
Citizens Council, Dr. Fisher said.
Permission to use University build-
ings for group meetings was expected
from the. school board by Dr. Fisher.
He explained that there would be no
fee for membership.
"This is the first time that the
idea will have been tried in Ann
Arbor," Dr. Fisher stated, "and if it
is successful, we shall attempt to or-
ganize similar groups in other cities
in the state."
The list of topics for discussion in-
clude: The American Heritage, What
the the Fathers Really Said, Evolu-
tion of Democracy, Education of
Democracy, Threats to Democracy,
Civil Liberties, Industrial Democracy,
Problems of Insecurity, War and Its
Effects, Cooperatives and Socialism,
Fascism and Communism.
Jineer or architect is working for a
)rivate concern, but a consulting or
;overnmental practioner cannot
unction without one.
Although examinations for all
ypes of engineers have been given,
>y far the most frequently taken test
s that given to civil engineers, who
lesign public structures and im-
>rovements. Mechanical engineers
are allowed to substitute a report on
3ome technical problem for a por-
tion of their examinations. In all
more than 20 different examinations
have been prepared,' including six for
various kinds of civil engineers, six
for architects, four for surveyors, two
for electrical engineers and one for
The entire three days of the ex-
amination period are used in giving
the tests, Professor Olmstead said.
Fundamental subjects such as
physics, mechanics and mathematics
form the material of the first two
days' tests, and more specialized top-
ics are used for the third day's ques-
University seniors may take the
first portion of the examination, h:
continued, but the second part can-
not be taken until at least two years
An unwritten understanding by
which other states having licensing
requirements accept the Michigan
examinations as sufficient basis for
issuance of licenses is " formed
throughout the country, he con-
tinued. Good reason for this under-
standing exists, he noted, in the fact
that the Michigan examinations are
"as hard or harder" than those given
For Ten Years
(Continued from Page 1)
A $10,000 gift for the new Presby-
terian Church building fund from
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Van Dusen
of Detroit was announced yesterday
by Dr. William P. Lemon, minister
of the church.I
Mr. Van Dusen is a member of the
University of Michigan Presbyterian
corporation which is raising $85,000
in Michigan toward the fund for a
new church building here, and is the
president of the S. S. Kresge Co.
The corporation represents the
Presbyterian church of the state in
fostering a drive for a new church
for students to be built at 1432 Wash-
tenaw Ave. The building fund will
be suscribed jointly by the University
of Michigan Presbyterian corpora-
tion, and the parish, which is spon-
soring a drive among the local con-
gregation to obtain the $30,000 which
it still needs to complete the financ-
ing of the project.
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Two Slides Of Scholar And
Rennaisanre Leader Are
Seen In Portraits, Books
By WILLIAM PARNHAM
Library Display Will Obserce
Erasmus' Death Anniversary
Now on display in the main floor
wall cases of the Library are the
works of Desiderius Erasmus, greatest
humanist of the Renaissance, who in
this 400th year since his death will be
remembered by the University the
' afternoon of December 8.
Two entirely different sides of the
great Dutch scholar are shown in the
portraits of Holbein and Quentin
Matsys, which were lent by Miss
Margaret Parmalee, Prof. Albert
Hyma, and Dr. Win. W. Bishop. Mat-
sys, a theologian himself, brought out
the profoundly serious side while the
more familiar Holbein portraits show
the cheerful facial expression of this
man who has been called the "Vol-j
taire of the Renaissance."'
The "Moriae Enconium," of Eras-
mus, of which ten copies of varying
publication dates are exhibited, re-
mains today the most read of Eras-
mus' works though regarded asof
slight importance by himself. The
work had an immediate success, over
20,000 copies having been printedby
1522, 11 years after the initial ap-
pearance. In English, "The Praise of'
Folly," the book attempts to show
kings, princes, popes and bishops
alike in bondage to Folly, and no class
of men is spared. To quote the book,
Erasmus says, "Nor have I, after the
example of Juvenal, raked up the for-
gotten sink of filth and ribaldry, but
laid before you things rather ridicu-
lous than dishonest."
Did Work Of Two Men
A facsimile of the 1515 edition of
'The Praise of Folly," with marginal
notes partly by Erasmus himself is
cn exhibition. Erasmus too is in the
satire, and Holbein who drew sketches
for the book, represents him at his
desk writing the "Adagia."
To print the "Adagia," Erasmus
1 went to Venice where he did the work
of two men writing and correcting
proof at the same time, for through-
out his writing he was dependent on
benevolence of patrons for needed
leisure. The Adagio grew from 800
adages put together with scanty elu-
cidations, until in 1508 he had more
than 3,000 , collected and gave the
new title "Chiliades Adagiorum" tof
Stand On Lutheranism
The book, "De Libero Arbitrio,"
written by Erasmus in 1524, came as
the result of steady pressure inducing
him to take a stand upon Lutheran-
ism. He chose a point on which the
two men must always differ. Eras-
mus, whose life was spent vindicating
,the dignity and liberty of the human
spirit would have nothing to do with
Lutheran determinism. The work by
Erasmus drove Luther in his "De
Servo Arbitrio" to formulate his own
doctrine more clearly.
In 1521, at the height of his fame,
Erasmus settled permanently in Basel
as general editor and literary adviser
of Forben's press, which subsequent-
ly became the leader in its field. In
this "mill" as he calls it, Erasmus
ground out his writings for eight
years. Besides the Ptolemy's Geog-
raphy, the 1523 issue, and the Com-
edies of Terrence, and a work on
Pliny, which are shown in the ex-
hibit, Erasmus edited and prefaced a
great number of other works done by
th( press, and attacked his name, for
commercial reasons, on many title
pages when he had little to do with
In the opinion of scholars the most
memorable of Erasmus' works is his
edition of the New Testament. Al-
though of no critical value today, it
was the first and it revealed the fact
that the Vulgate, the Bible of the
Catholic church, was not only a sec-
ond hand document but it was in
t places, erroneous. Published between
1517-1524, Erasmus' paraphrase of
the New Testament received great ap-
plause even from those who had
little appreciation for him.
A few of the many biographies
and criticisms of Erasmus are in the
exhibit. Published in 1758, a biog-
raphy of Erasmus, "The Life of Eras-
mus," by John Jortin is shown. Also.
by P. S. Allen, "The Age of Eras-
mus," is on display.
Erasmus' letters have oeen coveted
by scholars and princes in the past,
because of their witty and humane
style, which mirrored the man's tol-
erant, liberal mind. "Erasmus' Let-
ters," edited by P. S. Allen is shown
in the exhibit. Also there is "Selec-
tions from Erasmus' Letters." by Bea-
tus Thenanus, which was printed by
Froben at Basel in 1518.
The exhibit is on display as a part
of the celebration which will take
part December 8, commemorating the
life of Erasmus. On Dec. 8 Profes-
sor Albert Hyma, of the history de-
partment, who participated in the
Holland Erasmus ceremony this sum-
mer, will deliver an address, in the
Natural Science Auditorium.
FORESTRY .CLUB TO MEET
Norman Smith, '37F&C will talk on
Isle Royale at the Forestry Club
meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the
Natural Science building. His lecture
will be illustrated with pictures of
I th isand
You've Never Seen So Many Glamorous Styles in
AreDHappier Under Dictatorship
By WILLIAM R. SIZEMORE sulted over a period of years in
Natural resources are happier un- 4 changing of mixed forests to
der a dictatorship than under a de- stretches of pine and spruce that are
mocracy, Prof. Shirley W. Allen of almost monotonous.
the forestry school, who has just re- On the other hand, Professor Al-
turned from Europe, declared yes- len explained, the French are in-
terday. People, he thinks, may not clined to follow natural methods and
be 'so happy. forests as a result are more of hard
"American foresters," Professor and softwoods mixed.
Allen continued, "are startled by the Human resources are more plenti-
intensiveness of conservation meth- ful in Europe, Professor Allen said.a
ods" In fact, he said, in many of "No where is this more evident than
the state forests, those in charge in the wine country along the Rhine
have information on every individual when one asks how it is possible to
head of the larger game species, put the steep hill sides into vine-
These larger species include chamois, yards at such great cost. He gets
red deer, roebuck and wild boar, he this answer: Cultivated land is life."
explained. One marvels, Professor Allen de-
As for timber, Professor Allen said clared, at the doggedness with which
that the forests are so minutely or- Hungary, a land which lost 70 per
ganized as to make the production cent of its land in the World War, is
and reforestation methods almost trying to secure tree growth on the
mathematical. While such a thing is alkaline soils of the interior and
to be expected in older countries, the vast stretches of shifting sand.
such precision is unheard of in Arer- It is indeed interesting, he continued
sch, presiorAsunheard.inAm- to find a group of people who find
nothing unusual in Americans trying
Central European countries, more to establish the much criticized shel-
particularly Germany, Austria, ter belt in the Great Plains.
Czechoslovokia, and Hungary excel An American is able to recognize
in artificial handling of forests and many species from the United States
forest crops, Professor Allen declared, which have been introduced in
This is evident, he said in complete Europe, Professor Allen said. Among
cutting and planting which has re- ts r e n .n ~'o
ing, though, the plans were soon po (.1
poned again indefinitely. For many'
years it looked as though the tower
had been just a passing dream.
In June of 1935, on the Saturday
before Commencement, first an-
nouncement was made of the dona-
tion of the carillon so long visioned,
by Charles Baird, an alumnus of
Kansas City. Thus plans were re-
vitalized and interest returned to
Drive Began In March
Last March a formal drive for
funds for the tower was started in a
large alumni dinner held at - the
Union. Former-Governor Chase Os-
born made an impressive speech at
the end of which he gave a personal
contribution of $1,000 to the fund,
which the University of Michigan
club of Ann Arbor had taken charge
of raising $25,000 toward the tower.
The rest of the money was to come
from the School of Music and out-
side donations. With students and
many fraternities and sororities giv-
ing donations, the Ann Arbor total
went overuthe amount promised, and
by last June the first work on the
Burton Tower was started, and it
was at last to become a tangible part
of the University.
What the final significance of the
carillon will be, Mr. Tapping added,
will be the next phase in its history
and cannot be prophesied at this time
when it is as yet unfinished. "It is
something that will grow as the tower
becomes established in campus life
and tradition at Michigan," he said.
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COLLEGIATE SHOE SHOP
The first of a series of six "actual-
ity" broadcasts was given by Prof.
Carl E. Guthe, director of University
museums, yesterday when he spoke
directly from the Museums in an in-
formal interview under the direction
of Prof. Waldo Abbot, head of the
University broadcasting service.
The broadcast centered around ob-
jects pertaining to the life of the
American Indian. Some Indian fig-
urines, fashioned by Carlton W. An-
gell, sculptor, were the bases of the
The exhibit of arrowheads, spear-
heads, and hatchet heads, all made
out of stone, were explained by Pro-
fsso rbithe in his descrintinn of
vilov lCL~turiivusl in soum cen-
tral Europe, Douglas fir in western
Czechoslovokia, eastern white pine.
and Sitka spruce in England and
Ireland, he said.
Attendance at many European
forestry schools is held to a small
number and requirements are rigid,
Professor Allen declared.
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