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Child's Query Suggests New
Elementary SchiooI Experimen

Yawl Sails Home To Victory In Caribbeqrg Race

Detroit Doctors Seek Epilepsy
(Aire By \p-bI1Ier iets ( I h

When a little boy asked his sec-
ond grade teacher at the University
Elementary School how the plants in
the window of his classroom grew
last September, a new educational ex-
periment was born. It inaugurated
a study of botany, chemistry, mathe-
matics, economics, geology, and Eng-
lish composition by the students
Puzzled by the sticks placed in the
pots, which had been given to the
School by the University Botanical
Gardens, this eight-year-old created
the interest in subjects that was to
last for many months, Miss Mary
Gardner, second grade teacher, ex-
plained. When the children were
told that the sticks indicated the
technical name> of the plant, they
were eager to go to the Botanical
Gardens to see the other plants in
the collection. Asking questions about
the University greenhouse and wide
varieties of plants they saw, the class
returned to school with many new
ideas to tell their teacher.
Greenhouse Constructed
The most immediate plan was to
construct a greenhouse similar to the
For that
Longer Waistline
and Support
Without Constraint
Le Gant goes right to the very
heart of the foundation prob-
lem with these new corselettes
that are not only controlling-
but comfortable as well. A fit-
ting start for your new ward-
$500 to $15.00

one they had seen. Choosing the light-
est corner of their activity room, they
began construction of the building
frcm orange crates and wrapping
paper. Carefully measuring the di-
mensions of their building and the
size of their paper bricks, they learned
the fundamental priniples of func-
tional mathematics, Miss Gardner
pointed out.
At the same time each individual
was bringing plants, seedlings and
terrariums from home to be included
in the new greenhouse. Seed cata-
logues and magazines were also
brought to show the class. From the
teacher's explanations the children
learned plant physiology and how to
read and evaluate the prices of
One of the articles that caught
the fancy of the students was one de-
scribing hydrepeonies and the method
of growing a soilless garden. This
was occasion for more trips, Miss
Gardner remarked, this time to the
local florists. With enthusiasm at a
peak, the children decided to con-
struct their own tank and grow some
of their own plants.
Made Water-Tight Tank
Using rulers, saws and hammers,
they began to make their water-tight
tank. Fractions, division and multi-
plication were put to practical use,
their teacher insisted. After the last
coat of asphalt paint had been put
on, they began to measure the amount
of water and chemicals, at the same
time learning the elements necessary
for healthy growing plants and again
discovering some practical uses for
their arithmetic. With their tank
finally filled, the children began to
plan what plants they would grow.
Before these suggestions could be
finished, Miss Gardner described, dis-
aster stalked their project. Return-
ing to school one Monday morning,
the children found that their twenty
gallons of water had leaked out of
their tank flooding the classroom.
With a hasty consultation, they de-
cided that perhaps another coat of
paint would remedy the situation,
which it did.
In addition to the 75 plants includ-
ed in their now enlarged greenhouse
and soilless garden, a supplementary
program was developed by the chil-
dren, Miss Gardner related, to oper-
ate a plant hospital.
Invitation Extended
To Join New Club
Of FigureSkaters
Students and townspeople interest-
Ied in joining Ann Arbor's newly
formed figure skating club for next
year are urged to attend the club's
last meeting during the current sea-
son, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday in the Coliseum, it was an-
nounced yesterday by Mrs. Joseph
R. Hayden, secretary. Following the
regular meeting will be a short dis-
cussion of plans for the coming year.
Those planning to attend the meet-
ing are urged to call Mrs. Hayden at
2-2202 today or tomorrow.
Expert instruction for novice mem-
bers of the club will be given by Mr.
John Lowden, Mrs. Hayden added.
Recently elected officers of the
club include Vernon Swete, presi-
dent; Mrs. Christian N. Wenger, vice-
president; Mrs. Hayden, secretary;
Dr. J. W. Bean, treasurer, and Mrs.
Otto Laporte, publicity chairman.

By producing an artificial epilepsy I
in dogs with the aid of a 500,000 volt
X-ray machine, three Detroit physi-f
cians are today approaching an ex-1
planation of a human nervous disease
which has always been one of medical,
cience's perplexing problems.
The effort to discover a cause for
the human ailment known as "petit
mal-epilepsy" through a study of
brain waves is being made by Dr. A.
J. Derbyshire, professor of anatomy
at Wayne University, and his col-
leagues, Dr. K. E. Corrigan and Dr.
Harold Hayden of Harper Hospital.
Results of the study were. described
iere Saturday at the 45th annual
convention of the Michigan Academy.
Petit mal-epilepsy is a short-last-
ing convulsion during which the vic-
tim usually retains consciousness.
Occasionally it has been caused by
a brain tumor or lesion, but in most
cases the origin has puzzled physi-
Expose Brain To X-Ray
Dr. Derbyshire and his associates
have found that when the brain of a
dog is exposed to X-Rays produced
by the half-million volt machine,
the animal is soon afflicted with a
type of seizure which is similar to
that of human petit mal epilepsy. The
dog usually falls and his muscles are
involved in a series of rapid jerking
involuntary movements. The entire
fit continues for about one minute.
Not only is the outward behavior
of the dog similar to that of humans,
but the pattern of brain waves is
almost the same in both cases, Dr.
Derbyshire has discovered. During
the seizure the frequency of the
"waves" of electrical current in the
brain is considerably reduced, he said.
White Matter Destroyed
An autopsy of the afflicted dogs'
brains showed a large destruction of
the "white matter," or fibrous sys-
tem of the brain, along with heavy
bleeding and a growth of vascular
tissue. The gray matter where con-

nections are made among nerve cells
is not damaged.
"Such a discovery," Dr. Derbyshire
explained, "presents a new clue to
the cause of this type of seizure. Now
we feel that the convulsion is the re-
sult of damage to white matter, where
as before it was considered a pheno-
inena of the gray matter."
Rerger Is Inventor
The brain wave machine, which
made it possible to record the undu-
lations of the electrical waves flow-
ing between the cells in the dogs'
brains, is a relatively new invention
of Dr. Hans Berger of Germany.
By using the apparatus, Dr. Derby-
shire learned that the pattern of the
brain waves in a dog slows down and
becomies jerky when the animal has a
convulsion. During normal health,
the waves move at a rate of about
seven times a second, and during the
seizure the frequency is about four
times a second, with one fast wave
of .05 second duration superimposed
on each slow one.
4 1 h ,:

Swollen with pride, and wind, the yawl "Good News" wins the 284-mile run between St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and Havana in 37 hours, 16 minutes, 43 seconds.
Past History Of University eviewed;
T o Have 1 03rd .Birthday Tmro
The University, now a $75,000,000 provide schooling for all of its citi- other act, abolishing the Chancellor-
educational institution which offers 'zens. The pro-education faction was ship of the Board of Regents and
instruction to 13,000 students during victorious, and it was finally decided making the Governor of Michigan the
12 months of the year, will observe that the institution "should be open president of the body. A provision
a birthday tomorrow. to all persons resident in the state was also included to provide money
Just 103 years ago, on March 18, who might wish to avail themselves so that the University might obtain
of its advantages without charge of .
1837, the legislature of the state of tuition, and to all other persons under a library and other "philosophical
Michigan, approved an Act designed such restrictions and regulations as equipment."
to "provide the inhabitants of this the Regents should prescribe." The One of Uie most unusual features
state with means of acquiring a thor- fee of admission was never to ex- of the two Acts was their omission
ough knowledge of the various bran- ceed $10, the legislature said. of any statement about high schools
SNeed For Branch Schools o n ttmitaothg col
ches of literature, science and the or advanced instruction. This divi-
arts." nef in 1837, there was an aware- sion of education apparently was to
~ ness Fven of in ~the ,need efor ssome ekind arof
Since that time a rough and un inesity thensio se knd the be provided by branches of the Uni-
finished clump of land in Ann Arbor Unversityes e un s vice,aunthotversity, which would be affiliated with
has been populated with a swarm of tRe"establish such branches of the the Ann Arbor institution rather
to tanwihthevaioslleenar
buildings and a faculty staff of 700 University in different parts of the than with the various elementary
men and women-all of them con- state as should be authorized by the schools scattered around the two
tributing to reputation that lists the gpeninsulas.
University as "one of the finest in the .Aot Bitterly Criticized
Women students were to receive Ti c itryCiiie
world." e This burst of enthusiasm for edu-
First Buildings Erected l cation received bitter criticism from
It wasn't until three years after the "whenever suitable buildings should statesmen who insisted that the laws
organic act by the Legislature that be provided for them," and when th ere too visionary and beyond the
the first building was erected, how- eral direction and management as actual needs of the state. Michigan
ever, and one of those original dwell-t e drectin and mne as -was.just a frontier community, con-
ings-now the home of President the branch wi li which it«. on tainimg but 87,278 inhabitants in 1834
Ruthvenf--still stands as a monument nected. une 21 following the preced- and 212,267 in 1840. What could such
to this school's pioneer history. ing the psed- a population do with an institution
According to the legislative bill on g act ,the legislature passed an- like the one projected? it was argued.
March 18, 1837, the government of It was 100 years ago that workmen
this University was vested in a Board Former Student Passes were erecting the first buildings here,
of Regents, consisting of 12 members .F.h. so that education could begin ir
and a Chancellor, and the members Primary Flight'Training earnest. They were four in number,
were to be nominated by the Gover- Frank Bachelder, who left school and were to be used as professors'
nor and confirmed by the Senate. homes.
These Regents were endowed with here last November to enlist in the On Sept. 16, 1838, Alexander J
power to enact laws for the Universi- U.S. Army Air Corps, in Detroit, has Davis, a New York architect, sub-
ty, appoint the "prescribed number" just successfully completed the pri- mitted a plan for a "main building
of professors and the "requisite num- mary stage of Air Corps flying train- and eight sections of the north wing.'
'ber" of tutors, and to "determine the ing at the Lincoln Airplane and Fly- The sketches- called for a Gothic
limit of their several salaries." ing Air Corps Training Detachment structure, with elaborate figurations,
The heart of the act was section at Lincoln, Nebr. Copies of these plans are now de-
eight, which read: Having completed the 65 hours pri- posited in the Metropolitan Museun



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11- By JUNE McKEE I1
At noon today Jerome Wiesner,
chief radio technician, leaves for five
days in Washington, D.C., where, as
technical consultant for the U.S. Of-
fice of Education, he will attend the
special hearing held by the Federal
Communivations Commission to de-
termine the future of commercial and
educational broadcasting as influenc-
ed by frequency modulation.
"Join the Choir" begins the broad-
casting today, with Duane Nelson,
Grad., and Mary Jordan, '40, reading
poetry, John Gelder, '40, narrating,
Robert Olman, Grad, providing organ
settings, Kenneth Westermann and
the quartet furnishing music, and
Ward Quall, '40, announcing -
through WJR at 9 a.m.
Then Preston W. Slosson, Profes-
sor of History, will discuss world af-
fairs for WJR listeners at 12:30
p.m. Richard Slade, '41, announces.
Tomorrow, after "Any Man's Fam-
ily" is enacted by the students in
Jerry Wiesner's class, over WCAR
and WMBC at 2:45 p.m., "Indians of
Michigan" will be subject for discus-
sion by Emerson F. Greenman in an
interview with Prof. Waldo Abbot for
"Campus Research Tour" fans WJR
way at 3:30 p.m.

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"Sec. 8-The University shall 3
consist of three departments.
"1st. The Department of Liter-
ature, Science and the Arts.
"2nd. The Department of Law.
,3rd. The Department of Medi-
Behind the passage of the act by
the legislature were weeks of debate
at Lansing over the question of whe-
ther the state was morally obliged to
/!1 V
She may not be the right age
for an Easter basket, but
any woman would like to get _
an Easter gift. Why not give
her a lovely printed handker- _
chief or a dainty hand towel? "
We have a large selection of
exquisite linens for you to

mary flying training at the Lincoln
School, Cadet Bachelder, who is a
member of Alpha Rho Chi and who
spent three years on campus major-
ing in architectural engineering, will
be transferred to the Air Corps
Training Center at Randolph Field,

of Art, New York City, and in the
University archives.
Those plans were never used actu.
ally, but they were the beginning o
a building boom that has resulted ir
the University of Michigan today
being one of the best equipped uni
versities in the United States.

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