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Basis Of Scientific Method Discussed
By Prof. Thuma's Honors Seminar

United Jewish Appeal Conducts
Campaign To Assist Refugees

actual experimental work was accom-
Next a critical study of medieval
science was undertaken. The stu-
dents read widely in St. Augustine,
St. Basil, and Lactantius. Contrast-
ed with. the Greek age, these men
were interested primarily in defend-
ing the Bible and almost wholly ig-
Applications for admission to
the program of Honors in Liberal
Arts must be submitted to the
office of Dean Woodburn in Room
1208, Angell Hall before the end
of the week. Applicants must be
of sophomore standing with an
academic average of "B" or bet-
nored observations of nature. Their
intellectual efforts were directed to-
wards theology, and science suffered
a serious neglect.
With the advent of Roger Bacon,
the seeds of modern science were
sown, and the seminar is now begin-
ning to study the bases of this new
attitude, as expressed in selected writ-
ings by Copernicus, Leonardo da
Vinci, Galileo, Descartes, and Fran-
cis Bacon.
When this reading has been com-
pleted, the students will have estab-
lished a conception of the empirical
foundations of the modern scientific
method, a study which will be ex-
panded and completely developed in
the seminar next year.
This historical and philosophical
apgroach to science was instituted to-
wards the end of the first semester.
At the beginning of the year the sem-
inar had considered the way in which
science had grown out of magic and
Political Group
Campus Republicans Plan
OrganizationOf Wards
The University of Michigan Re-
publican Club, affiliated with the
College Republicans of America, held
a preliminary organization meeting
last night pending a formal organ-
ization meeting Wednesday, May 8,
Clarence Sahline, '40, announced.
Purpose of the club, Sahline said,
is to arouse student interest in na-
tional political situation, to acquaint
students with absentee voting laws,
to give expression to campus repub-
lican opinion and to acquaint the
students with the function of the
Republican party.
The entire campus is to be or-
ganized on a ward basis, with ward
leaders and committees, and further
subdivided into precincts, he added.
Two committees were announced
last night-publicity, Arnold White,
'41, and Daniel Huyett, '42; and con-
stitution and by-laws, Ruth Basye,
'42, chairman.
U.S.C. Government
Laws Are Analyzed
Student government at the Uni-
versity of Southern California fol-
lows the same general rule that
seems to characterize student de-
mocracy at all Western schools,
namely, the Associated Students
set-up, which includes all main of-
ficers of major campus organizations
and officers of the classes.
In turn, the officers of the Asso-
ciated Students, together with pres-
idents of the schools and colleges
and representatives of the service
organizations, meet in a body known
as the Student Senate. The Senate,
acting as coordinating body for the
campus, makes rules and regulations
governing activities.

religion, and had then proceeded to
read and discuss "Science for the
Citizen" by Hogben.
This method was finally abandoned
because Hogben's book was consid-
ered by the students and tutor to be
excessively technical, somewhat bor-
ing, and of a second-hand nature.
The seminar as a group re-assessed
its aims and techniques, and the
historical-philosophical method de-
scribed in detail above was adopted.
One of the present purposes of the
group is to formulate the scientific
attitude common to all the specific
sciences. The students are urged to
integrate and correlate their semi-
nar study with courses in the physi-
cal and biological sciences.
Most of the students in the semi-
nar regretted the loss of time in set-
ting up the techniques of study fin-
ally accepted. Some of them felt
that they were inadequately pre-
pared to delve into profound philo-
sophical works.
Big Ten
The Big Te turned the spotlight
on beauty queens, politics, proms
and plays this week in order to get
its mind off finals.
The queens are holding court at
Iowa, Chicago and Ohio State. At
Iowa there are many pretenders to
the throne. The Lillian Russell Club
is trying to select a "Belle of the
40's" (1940's presumably). The can-
didates for the honor are Edith
Stuart, Georgia Graddis and Jean
Lawman. The judge is none other
than that Hollywood glamour girl
herself, Alice Faye.
Thisewas not enough for the
Hawkeyes, however, so they had Ted
Weems present the six beauties
chosen by the yearbook at their
Junior Prom. Betty'Hemsky, Alpha
Chi Omega, Fern Eggen, Kappa
Kappa Gamma, Jane Arnold, Delta
Gamma, Dorothy Hunter, Beverly
Hunter, Pi Beta Phi and Virginia
Miller, Gamma Phi Beta, were the
lucky girls.
Ohio State, not to be outdone by
Iowa, selected Janice J. Hagerty,
Kappa Kappa Gamma, as its Senior
Prom queen. The Student Senate
meanwhile put a damper on the
co-eds by rejecting plans for Sadie
Hawkins Day.
Chicago gets this column's four
bells though, for its queen, Ruth
Wehlen, was selected the state final-
ist in the All-American College
Queen contest sponsored by Para-
mount. Ruth is a Queen of Queens.
In spite of all this thejre are some
other conference activities. "Serve
It Hot," a variety show similar to
the Mimes Union Opera, is being
presented at the University of Wis-
consin. Around the Wisconsin cam-
pus it is known as the Haresfoot
At Indiana the week's presenta-
tion is the Gilbert and Sullivan op-
eretta "The Gondoliers." It is one
of the most difficult operettas to
present and will be given by the
Indiana University Pro-Music Club.
The political keynote of the week
sounded at Northwestern and Min-
nesota. The Wildcats, true to their
name, staged- a near riot at the
torchlight parade, opening their
mock Political Convention. The
crowd of more than 2,000 pushed
with such violence towards the
speakers' platform at the end of the
parade that many fights broke out.
At. Minnesota, however, 500 students
participated in a more peaceful
torchlight parade preceding campus

In greater Germany and in war-torn Poland grief-stricken mothers
are praying that their childien may be taken away from them to some
other land where they may never see them again but where they will
know that their children will face a future of hope rather than misery
and starvation.
* * *

French Relief
Frederics' Band Will Play
At DetroitCharity Ball
To secure funds for the French
Relief Fund, le Bal Collegian, semi-
formal charity ball, will be spon-
sored by the French Committee for
Relief in France and the French
Red Cross Saturday evening in the
Crystal Ballroom of the Book-Cad-
illac Hotel, Detroit.
Headed by Mr. Maxime Rainquet,
French Consular Agent of Detroit,
committees have been formed in De-
troit, Ann Arbor and neighboring
communities. The dance featuring
Marvin Frederics and his orchestra,
who played for Pay-Off Dance given
by Mortar Board here Feb. 23 is
planned by students and young peo-
ple. Tickets priced at $1.50 may be
obtained at the main desk in the
Union. Mrs. Rene Talamon, chair-
man of the Ann Arbor Committee
Meyer Will Speak
To Marx Society.
Frank Meyer, director of the Chi-
cago Workers' School, will speak on
"The Theory and Practice of Social-
ism" today at 8 p.m. in the Michigan
Union. Mr. Meyer's speech will mark
the first meeting of the newly form-
ed Karl Marx Society, which has
been officially recognized by the
University, Annabel Hill, '40SM, an-
nounced yesterday.
The meeting will celebrate the
122nd anniversary of the birth of
Karl Marx, father of scientific so-
cialism. The Karl Marx Society has,
been formed to meet the growing
interest among students in the
teachings of Marx, according to Miss


The Joint Distribution Committee,
one of the three constituent agencies
of the United Jewish Appeal, is fac-
ing the most severe tasks in its 25
year history this year in its campaign
to assist Jewish refugees, Dr. Isaac
Rabinowitz, director of Hillel and
chairman of the Ann Arbor U.J.A.
All of the money collected from
the current drive, he declared, will
be turned over to the U.J.A. for re-
distribution. The drive started yes-
terday and will continue until May 10.
Dr. Rabinowitz announced the
duties which the J.D.C. will under-
take this year as follows:
Rush all possible assistance to the
Jewish communities in Rumania and
Hungary and the Baltic countries
which are now faced with the vast
problem of providing for tens of
thousands of war refugees from Po-
Provide refugee aid in neutral
countriessuchas Holland, Belgium,
Italy and Switzerland where local
communities must now devote all
energies to national problems of se-
Prepare a large scale program of
rehabilitation in order to rebuild
Jewish life in Poland and to help in
the economic and communal recon-
Pakstas Traces
Mores, History
Of Baltic States
(Continued from Page 1)
which industry plays a large part.
All of the countries greatly empha-
size intellectual achievement, and
the prominence of the universities
is measured by the fact that 80 per-
cent of the youth attend them. Mu-
sic and poetry have important places
in Baltic life; Esthonia has the larg-
est choir (20,000 voices) in the world
and her language is judged to be
the dost musical tongue, Dr. Pak-
stas said.
Before the Baltic was hermetically
shut by Hitler 80 per cent of Baltic
commerce flowed to Britain and the
Low Countries. Now Russia and
Germany monopolize them, he com-
mented. Last October Russia leased
by pact a number of military posts
on the lower Baltic coast. The rela-
tionship created by this pact is sim-
ilarto the position of Cuba and the
United States which has four mili-
tary garrisons on the island, Dr. Pak-
stas added.
Though the Baltic States have
individual and independent cultures
and political orientation they are in
favor of a federated Europe if that
federation is not the strong-arm
work of some big country, he com-
mented in reply to a question. Fin-
land, Dr. Pakstas concluded, has
been pro-German since the first
World War, but has been deceived
in her expectation that Germany,
would protect her from Russia by
Herr Adolf Hitler.

struction of the Jewish communities.
Assist in providing transportation
from neutral countries for refugees
who possess visas to enter overseas
countries under the present quota
In conjunction with the drive here,
a swing concert, tracing the develop-
ment of the more modern type of
music, will be given Tuesday at the
Hillel Foundation by Mr. Phil Dia-
mond of the German department.
The proceeds will be turned over to
the Ann Arbor Jewish Committee,
local relief agency.
Movies picturing life in PalestineT
will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Sunday
at the Foundation. They will deal
mainly with the work done with
monies sent to the Holy Land by the

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