THE MICHIGAN DAILY
School To Be
$5,000,000 Of Rackham
Fund Is Apportioned For
Has 2 Auditoriums
Large Lecture Hall Will Be
Of Hemicycle Type; Both
Fitted For Projection
Construction of the new Horace H.
Rackham School of Graduate Stu-
dies, the newest and one of the most
impressive units on the Michigan
campus, is proceeding at a swift pace,
although no date has been set for the
completion of the work, according to
officials of the Graduate School.
A total of $5,000,000 was given to
the Board of Regents for the con-
struction of this building and the
support of the Graduate School by
the Horace H. Rackham and Mary A.
Rackham Fund.. It is half of the
$10,000,000 trust fund which was pro-
vided for by Mr. Rackham, one of the
original partners of Henry Ford, and
which he directed should be spent
for the "benefit of humanity."
The bulk of the fund, $4,00,000,
will be an endowment for the Grad-
uate School, the income from which
will, be used to support special in-
vestigators in research, to provide
scholarships and fellowships and to
meet other expenses of research.
To Move Offices
The offices of the trustees of the
Rackham Fund will be moved to
rooms on the main floor as soon as
the building is completed, according
to Dean Clarence S. Yoakumn of the
Graduate School. Here, too, will be
the offices of the Graduate School.
The building will contain two lec-
ture halls, a large one with a capacity
of approximately 1,100, and a smaller
one capable of seating 200 persons.
These will be suitable for the presen-
tation of papers of scholarly and
scientific character to state and na-
tional gatherings and to smaller and
more specialized groups of students
and faculty, Dean Yoakum stated.
In addition to"these lecturehalls
there will be less formal rooms cap-
able of seating 25 to 200 or more per-
sons for conferences and discussions.
The large lecture hall or auditorium
on the main floor will be of the
hemicycle type with all seats on the
floor of the hall and so spaced that
there is ample room between seats
and rows. Both this and the smaller
auditorium will be equipped for all
types of projection work and will be
acoustically treated and lighted with
the assistance of University experts.
Offers Many Facilities
"The University campus offers
many facilities for the recreational
and social development of its student
body," Dean Yoakum said. "It is
commonly acknowledged, however,
that these facilities are more fre-
quently used and appreciated by the
undergraduates than by the older,
more mature, graduate student. The
design of the building, therefore, of-
fers facilities for these relationships
through small study rooms, social and
common rooms, special rooms that
may be equipped for the indulgence of
hobbies, or of one's interest in mu-
Other space will be provided, Dean
Yoakum explained, with the hope of
encouraging "that social conversa-
tional relationship, often referred to
today as a lost art." The second floor
of the building will contain two large,
comfortably furnished rooms for
these purposes. It also will have
smaller and more intimate rooms to-
gether with a large study hall, de-
signed for those who commute or
must spend many hours in continuous
reading or writing.
At different points in the building,
particularly on the intermediate floor,
will be exhibition rooms for the dem-
onstration of research techniques.
The design of the building, Dean
Yoakum explained, is planned to har-
monize with the structures that now,
or in the future, will be grouped with
The large reading and study hall
of the second floor will dominate the
south approach, while to the left and
right of this large central room of the
second floor will be the book alcoves.
Back of this, as right and left wings
of the building, will be the lounges or
One of the unique features of the
building will be the terrace which will
form the roof of the administration
offices and connect with the common
rooms on either side of the auditor-
ium. A terrace again will be found
above thee second floor room as a
part of the development of the third
floor conference and discussion suite.
Although this Graduate School
building and endowment fund was the
largest gift from Mr. Rackham, he
made possible the University's arch-
aeological studies in Egypt and the
Philippines before his death in June
1935, and assisted other University
Rise In Membership
The Wolverine, the non-profit eat- .to 300.
ing club in Lane Hall, opened its The membership will soon be open
doors Monday morning with 60 mem- to those on the waiting list. This
berships retained from last year and year's expansion will help to further
oy Monday night the memberships the Wolverine's original aims of pro-
stood at 200 and was open only to viding eating facilities for some stu-
former members, according to Donald dents and work for others.
R. Murdock, '38, treasurer of the or-
ganization. By lengthening the time
during which meals are served, the
capacity will be increased from 250
75 Young Voters I Margaret Conklin, recording secre-
tary; Lucille Jetter, corresponding
To Aid Democrats secretary; and Joseph zwerdling,
Addressing the gathering were Har-
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tember 24, 75 young people in Wash- arobate judge and Hubert Thomp-
tcnaw County voted to organize a son, candidate for prosecuting attor-
Roosevelt Young Voter's League to ney.
aid in the Democratic campaign. The next meeting of the group was
The officers elected at its initial announced for 8 p.m. Thursday, Oc-
meeting were Charles Conlin, presi- tober 1 at the Chamber of Commerce.
r Health Officials public health and in their own fields
of specialization, Dr. John Sundwall,
Will Train Here i director of the Department of Health
said in a recent interview.
The Division of Hygiene of the The Health Commissioner of each
University has been selected as the of the states will select several health
training center for 75 to 100 medical officials to come to the University for
officers, nurses and sanitary engi- a training period of one or two se-
neers from the states of Indiana, mesters, he pointed out. While here,
Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio these people will receive courses cov-
to receive advanced work in general ering the field of general health.
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