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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 1942

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One-Act Plays
Wil Be Given
HereMonday
Bill Will Include Drama,
Shakespearean Comedy,
Two Original Scripts
Directed By Student
A bill of fotr one-act plays, each
under student direction, will be pre-
sented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
The entire presentation is the re-
sult of student effort-as acting, di-
recting, scene-building and costum-
ing is all done by students. Virginia
Whitworth, assistant on the staff of
Play Production, is general advisor
and supervisor of the program.
The plays, each fifteen minutes
long, include a drama, a Shakes-
pearean comedy and two original
scripts directed by the student play-
wrights.
Joseph Lynn, '42, is directing the
drama; Margaret Cotton, '42, is di-
recting pastoral scenes from "As You
Like It"; Pay Goldner, '42, her own
"As Darkness Calls" and Theodore
Balgooyen, Grad., his "Black Land,
Bright Sky."
Play Of Cencentration Camp
The last of these plays concerns
life in a Nazi concentration camp
and is directed, by Balgooyen with
certain techniques of Russian dire-
tors he has studied-notably Meier-
hold. According to Meierhold's the-
ories, the characters in plays are
symbolic of some idea, and his be-
lief that audiences should be in-
cluded in a play rather than watch-
ing from the outside is carried out in
this presentation.
Students in Robert Mellencamp's
advanced stagecraft class are build-
ing the sets for the plays under his
general supervision. Balgooyen is
designing his own set, Helene Herz-
feld, '42, is working on Lynn's play,
Willis Pitts, Grad., is art director of
"As You Like It" and Gordon Bird,
'42A, is working on "As Darkness,
Calls."
Students To Meet Staff
Students in Play Production and
.Speech 190-the teaching of speech
-will meet with members of the
staff later in the evening for an in-
formal clinical discussion of the pre-
sentations.
. Tom Hfarmon
Ho+usewarmis
ThrongOf 50
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other knotty-pine affair where re-
freshments flowed quickly and guests
either ping-ponged or stared at some
of the 200 leg-art pictures of the
adventures .of Harmon in Hollywood.
Most of theshots were of Tommy
place-kicking with carefully un-
dressed starlets. The ping-pong room
looked like a theatre marquee dur-
ing the world's premiere of "Harmon
of Michigan."
Well-blue-serged, Harmon and his
date, one Dorothy Stephanek, played
the perfect hosts and kept the party
rolling. Tom is "on call" for the Army
Air Corps and expects to be called
around March 1.
The den, reminiscent of Yost's of-
fice with its executive-like desk, prob-
ably has more coveted trophies in
it than any other room in the nation.
Among the gold and silver memorials
were the trophies Heisman, Walter
Smith and a large All-American
scroll.
Domestic Mrs. Harmon, an ex-

tremely amiable lady, and Harmon's
professed "best girl," retreated to the
kitchen about 11 p.m. to supervise
the preparations for a midnight pot-
luck supper which transformed all
nine rooms in the house into dining
rooms.
Cheerleader for the evening was
Russ O'Brien, a local bookstore clerk
and athlete-satellite, who divided his
time between ordering drinks for
other people and looking for his date,
Dorothy Johnson.
Margot Thom, Harmon's "ex-" was
there with Al Piel as were other un-
assorted peoples, namely Bob Kole-
sar, Marjorie Rayment, Lou Carpen-
ter, Betty Green, Jack Myers, Jane
Connell, Dr. Gunnar Ramstrum, Jeep
Mehaffey, Pete Haller, Jean Knappan
and Johnny Simmers.
Fil ed by 97 Cameramen
Quentin Reynolds
in
ONE DAY IN
SOVIET RUSSIA
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* Musical Story
* Latest Soviet War news
Rackham Lecture Hall
8:15 Thurs., Fri., and Sat.

Severe Shortage

Of Teachers

Will Affect Education Program'

By MORTON MINTZ
Michigan's educational program
will be jeopardized during the com-
ing year because of serious shortages
of nearly every type of teacher, Park
G. Lantz, director of laboratory
school at the Central Michigan Col-
lege of Education warned here yes-I
terday.
Lantz told approximately 500 edu-
cators and guidance experts, con-j
vened for the annual guidance con-j
ference sponsored by the University
Bureau of Appointments and Occu-
pational Information, that there will
be an "acute shortage of teachers for
rural schools which may lead to the
closing of many of them.".
His conclusions based on reports
recently received at the 16 colleges
and universities in Michigan, Lantz
predicted 1942 will also find:
1. A marked shortage of elemen-
tary teachers for graded schools;
2. A shortage of teachers in the
secondary schools in the fields of ag-
riculture, industrial arts, commerce,
health education, mathematics, sci-
ence, home economics and music;
3. A "sellers'"' market, in which
teachers, trying to move into better'
positions, may easily raise the gross
turnover in university accredited high
schools to 30 per cent, as compared
Education School
Will Now Offer

with 17.3 per cent in 1940-41, and
23.6 per cent this year.
Lantz said the State Board of Ed-
ucation could see to it that there are
enough teachers through the issuing
of special certificates, but he cau-
tioned that this policy would lead to
a definite lowering of our present
standards of teacher preparation.
Shortages of teachers requiring
special knowledges and skills, ac-
cording to Lantz, may lead to the
closing of some departments in the
small high schools for the duration
of the war.
Lantz said the supply of elementary
teachers will be approximately 600
in 1942, but the demand, assuming
the expected 10 per cent turnover,
will be nearly 1600.
While the anticipated supply of
Use Of Funds
For Paralysis
Is .described
How funds collected in the yearly
polio drives are utilized is revealed
to University students by Dr. Charles
F.. McKhann, Chairman of the De-
partment of Pediatrics and Commun-
icable Diseases.
According to Dr. McKhann, 50 per
cent of the funds collected in each
community goes to the National
Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
to be used for the promotion of re-
search, while 50 per cent is retained
locally.
Of this latter portion, explains Dr.
McKhann, 10 per cent is remitted to
the State Chapter for an emergency
fund to be used whenever pressure
within the State most demands it.
Seventy-two per cent goes for medi-
cal examination, diagnosis, hospitali-
zation and treatment, and the re-'
maining 18 per cent is used for edu-
cation of crippled children who would
otherwise have been deprived of edu-
cational facilities.
"Even though 1941 was a year in
which the incidence of poliomyelitis
was low in Washtenaw County," Dr.
McKhann stated, "the receipts of the
National Foundation Campaign failed
to cover the needs which arose for
services from this organization.
A small balance remains from pre-
vious years, although it has been the
policy of the Chapter to expand the
local funds as needed, weighing the
need in each instance, and not with-
holding support in any instance in
order to build up any sizeable bal-
ance.
"The persons who administer this
County fund receive no remunera-
tion, and the total of office expenses
for the fund during this period was
only six-tenths of one per cent of
the total, which was for postage."

secondary school teachers will be 877,
a drop of 24.7 per cent under last
year, Lantz maintained that 1200
new secondary teachers will be re-
quired on the basis of the forecast
12 per cent turnover. He cited situ-
ations of parallel gravity in the case
of special and rural teachers.
John J. Lee, head of the Bureau
of Teacher Recommendations at the
Wayne University College of Edu-
cation, revealed that a total of 8555
vacancies were reported to the 16
colleges and universities in 1941. Data
compiled by the University Place-
ment Bureau show that 2589 teach-
ers qualified for the positions, with
2563 of them being placed by the 16
schools, Lee announced.
Citing teacher scarcities in such
elementary fields as early elemen-
tary homeroom, science education
and kindergarten, Lee stressed the
problem caused by overcrowding into
such fields as elementary English
and auditorium..
He further pointed out that not
all of the people who apparently
qualify are available, because of large
numbers of men being drafted, mar-
riage, and obstacles raised by foreign
cultural backgrounds.
Congress Council Posts
Open To Underclassmen
Independent men now residing in
dormitories and rooming houses can
petition for positions on the Congress
Executive Council to fill posts that
have been recently vacated, Louis
Fogel, '43, Congress executive secre-
tary, announced yesterday.
Only second-semester freshmen
and sophomores are eligible.
All petitions must be presented at
the Congress offices, Room 306 of the
Michigan Union, as soon as possible.
Candidates should include in their
petitions any aims they have for the
improvement of Congress.
Eligibility cards must be presented
along with the petitions.
Local Paralysis Group
To Hold Benefit Musicale
Mrs. Joseph Brinkman, working
with the local infantile paralysis
campaign committee, has arranged
a musicale for 3:00 p.m. tomorrow,
in the Hussey Room of the Michigan
League.
Dance arrangements by a Univer-
sity group under the direction of Miss
Ruth Bloomer will supplement piano
numbers by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Graf
and songs by Mrs. Neil Staebler.
An admission fee of 25 cents will be
charged, and the proceeds will be
turned over to the current polio drive.

Control Needed
over Trapping
Of AllBeavers
Experts On 'Conservation
Cite Good Conditions
Prevalent At Present
LANSING, Jan. 24.--(P)-Beaver,,
fabulous currency and prize of the
empire-building French and British,
still is bringing trappers in this state
almost $200,000 a year, but conser-
vation experts report beaver trapping
may be. curtailed drastically this
spring. .
With furs of other animals trapped
in the state, the Michigan total
amounted to $1,684,067, P. M. Hoff-
master, State Conservation Depart-
ment Director said today.
Hoffmaster said a summary of the
1939-40 fur crop in Michigan, the
latest available total, shows nearly
7,000 beaver were trapped for a value
of slightly less than $200,000 in that
year.
The price was higher last year and
trapping conditions were excellent in
the Upper Peninsula. Hence, beaver
and otter trapping may be banned
in that area in April and may be
curtailed in the Lower Peninsula in
March, the normal seasons.
Otter, because it is taken in the
same small type of trap as beaver
usually is trapped under the same
regulations, it was said.
H. D. Ruhl, chief of the Depart-
ment's game division, said last
spring's trapping was believed to have
taken a considerable toll of Upper
Peninsual beaver, leading to the ex-
pectation that a ban would be en-
forced this year.
New Contracts Awarded
To General Motors Corp.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.--(IP)-
The Navy said today it had awarded
contract for $300,000,000 of war ma-
terial to the General Motors Corpor-
ation.
"The awarding of these contracts,"
the Navy said, "is in accordance with
the arnounced policy of the War and
Navy Department to utilize as
promptly as possible the trained per-
sonnel and facilities of the auotmo-
tive industry in the war effort."
The type of materials to be pro-
duced by General Motors was not
disclosed.

Study Of Oriental Languages
Being Conducted By Dr. Haas

By CHARLOTTE CONOVER
With world conflict spreading to the i
Far East and the countries of the
South China Sea taking major im- I
portance in the dramatic struggle, thei
need for knowledge of all oriental
languages has become emphasized. s
It is in this connection that Dr. <
Mary R. Haas, Research Fellow ofI
the American Council of Learned So-
cieties, is now on the Michigan cam- i
pus making a special study of the'
Thai or Siamese language.
"There is little up-to-date infor-
mation," says Dr. Haas, "about this
language, in English or any other
European tongue. For this reason
the best approach to the problem is to7
make a study of the language as it is
spoken by the natives. I am carrying
on the investigation at the University
of Michigan because of the large
number of native speakers among the'
students enrolled here."
Through the cooperation of four
Siamese graduate students, Miss Ubol
Guvanaseni. Miss Poonsapaya Grai-
yong, Mr. Heng Subhanka, and Mr.
Malai Huvanandana. Dr. Haas has
been able to launch a special study
of the standard dialects spoken in the,
capital, Bangkok. The ultimate pur-
pose of the project is to prepare
teaching materials on the language,
including a grammar, a dictionary
and a suitable collection of texts,
which will prove invaluable to our
diplomats and government workers.
Dr. Haas has made her study from
the point of view of phonetics, the
sounds of the language, as well as the
structure. Like Chinese, Thai is a
tone language of five distinguishing
tones by which otherwise identical

words may have five distinct mean-
ings. There is no grammatical in-
flection, as in Latin. but like Eng-
lish, Siamese makes extensive use of
word order.
The difficulties of the language
are increased by the fact that in ad-
dition to the ordinary language of
the people, there is a completely dif-
ferent set of words ordained for the
use of royalty. The Thai alphabet
is ultimately derived from Sanskrit,
and the language is soft and musical
and pleasing to the ear.
A worker in the language field for
10 years, Dr. Haas has made an in-
tensive study of American Indian
languages. She did her undergradu-
ate work at Earlham College, Rich-
mond, Ind., and her graduate work
at Chicago and Yale. Working among
various native tribes in Louisiana,
Texas and Oklahoma, Dr. Haas made
a detailed study of several Indian
languages, particularly Cherokee, Tu-
nica, Natchez. Creek and Koasati,
and has published a grammar for
people interested in the study of
languages.
Because of her wide experience in
working with languages of unusual
structure. Dr. Haas was appointed
last October to undertake this spe-
cial investigation of the Thai lan-
guage.
Birth Records Held Up
LANSING. Jan. 24. -(p)- The
State Health Department says ap-
plicants for certified copies of their
birth records might just as well be
patient, because there are 10,000 ap-
plicants ahead of them.

Shorter

Courses

An opportunity to earn a teacher's
certificate in one semester is offered
by the School of Education's newly-
reopened correlated course in sec-
ondary education.
The course, to be given the second
semester, is intended especially for
seniors and graduate students who
have had no education courses to
date, and who fulfill the prerequisite
of having taken Psychology 31 or
its equivalent.
Special permission to elect this
course must be secured at an early
date from the instructor.
This 17-hour course, first given in
1929, offers a comprehensive training
including six full-time weeks spent
in off-campus secondary schools
getting practical teaching experi-
ence.
The course includes materials
drawn from educational principles,
psychology, philosophy, history, ad-
ministration and guidance. It fur-
ther provides opportunity to do a
variety of tasks in extra-curricular
and community activities.
Emphasis on practical teaching
experience is evidenced in the fact
that students in the correlated course
have worked in 70 school systems
with emergency, regular and assis-
tant teaching training given.

Sunday at the Wolverine
209 SOUTH STATE
Cream of Tomato Soup or Chilled Grapefruit or Pineapple Juice
Olives and Sweet Pickles
Roast Stuffed Chicken, cranberry sauce
or Grilled Sirloin Steak, chili sauce
Whipped or French Fried Potatoes
Baked Hubbard Squash or Buttered Green Peas
Head Lettuce and Thousand Island Dressing
or California Fruit Salad
Hot Rolls and Butter
Tea, Coffee, Milk Ice Cream
Dinner Served from 12:15 to 2:00
Guest Price 5c

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