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VOL. LVI, No. 163


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Alumni Reunion Is Largest in

'U' History

Big Summer
Enrollment To
Break Record
Registration To Be
Increased by Vets
A record Summer Session enroll-
ment of about 11,000 is anticipated
this year by Summer Session Direc-
tor Louis A. Hopkins.
This all-time high is expected,
Prof. Hdpkins explained becauseof
the large number of veterans, who
are eager to complete their college
programs quickly, in the University.
The previous Summer Session record
was attained during 1945, when ap-
proximately 7,500 students were en-
Freshmen Accepted
Although freshmen will be accepted
for the Summer Session, Prof. Hop-
kins said that there can be no as-
surance that they will be permitted
to register for the Fall Semester, un-
les they are Michigan veterans. The
$25 acceptance fee will not be re-
quired from new enrollees in the
University this summer.
The new tuition schedule will not
become effective for the Summer
Session. Rates for Michigan and out-
state residents will be $35 and $55
Several hundred new registrants
are expected in the Graduate School
during the summer. A large number
of these will be teachers and other
professionals who can do graduate
work only during the summer and
will not reregister for the fall.
Visiting Professors
A large number of visiting pro-
fessors will be added to the faculty
for the session. Prof. Hopkins said
that many regular faculty members,
who preferred to follow other plans'
during the sumier, have arranged
to have the visiting profesors take
their places.
The Medical School hospital stud-
ies,, which are still following an ac-
celerated program, will be the only
work given this summer on a full
semester basis. The Medical School
schedule will be coordinated with'
the rest of the University by next
summer. Other schools will offer
work on 4, 6, 8, 11, and 12 week bases.
Musical Season
Will Resume
Pre-War Status
The University musical season, tra-
ditionally climaxed by the May Fes-
tival, will open in October this year,
reverting to its pre-war schedule.
The program lists ten Choral Un-
ion series concerts, the annualrCham-
ber Music Festival and the Christ-
mas performance of Handel's "Mes-
James Melton will open the Choral
Union series Oct. 10, followed by Egon
Petri, pianist Oct. 30. The November2
concerts include the Cleveland Or-1
chestra, conducted by George Szell,
Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, and the ,
Icelandic Singers.
Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of Serge Kousse-
vitzky will appear here Dec. 9, witht
the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, un-
der the baton of Karl Krueger, sched-
uled for Feb. 17 and the Chicago
Symphony with Desire Defauw con-
ducting, on March 16.
Vladimir Horowitz, pianist, will be
heard in recital Jan. 17 and Lotte

Lehman, soprano, will appear Feb. 26.
The University Choral Union,I
special orchestra, and Frieda Op't7
Holt Vogan, organist, will participate
in the annual performance of Han-
del's "Messiah" Dec. 15. Soloists for
the performance will be Lura Stov-
er, Ellen Rapp, contralto, Ralph Lear,1
tenor, and Alden Edkins, bass.
Chamber Music Festival
The Budapest String Quartet will
again provide the three concerts of
the Chamber Music Festival, to be
held Jan. 24 and 25.J
The concert season will be climaxed
May 8 through 11, with the presenta-
tion of the 34th annual May Festival,
in which the Philadelphia Orchestra,
directed by Eugene Ormandy, will
again participate.

Record Fall Enrollment

Despite the G. I. Bill of Rights,
college education is becoming more
than ever a privilege.
The privilege, however, is no long-
er financial. It is based on the pros-
pective student's pre-college record
- military service to the nation in
the case of veterans and outstanding
scholastic achievement in the case of
This is the inescapable conclu-
Literary School
Change Debated
Harvard Proposals
Basis for Discussion
When a committee of Harvard
University professors released a re-
vort on "General Education in a Free
Society" one year ago this month, the
result was' a whole series of changes
and proposed changes in the curri-
cula of several colleges and univer-
sities throughout the country.
Several weeks before the Harvard
report appeared, the literary college's
Joint Committee on the Curriculum
had submitted to the faculty a pro-
gram of curricular revision. Debate
on the program was reopened in the
fall and continued throughout the
year, but no decision was reached.
Although the faculty has not dis-
closed publicly the nature of the
proposed curriculum changes, many
observers are of the opinion that they
follow the trend exemplified by the
Harvard report and embody the gen-
eral education idea.
Trend Started in 19'50
The trend started in 1930 when
the University of Chicago drastically
revised its freshman -sophomore cur -
riculum to include four "survey"
Before the Harvard report was
issued, such universities as Columbia
and Minnesota inaugurated limited
general education courses.
In the aftermath of the Harvard
report, general education has been
advanced to a prominent position in
the curriculum at Harvard, Prince-
ton and Yale.
Any suggestion that the prevailing
curriculum be revised always evokes
strong comments. both pro and con.
and the Harvard report was no ex-
Faculty Reaction
Typical of the University faculty's
reaction were these statements to The
Prof. William Clark Trow, of the
School of Education, praised the Har-
vard report as the "best book of the
year on problems of secondary and
higher education" but warned that
the Harvard plan should not be adop-
ted anywhere except on an exper-
mental basis, as the Harvard com-
mittee recommended.
Prof. John Arthos, of the English
department, called the curriculum~
changes at both Harvard and Chicago
a "step in the right direction" and
declared that the "usual college cur-
riculum is both too specialized and
too diffused."
Alumni Reorganize
UM Club in Korea
The University of Michigan Club
of Seoul, Korea, has been reorgan-
ized, according to a letter received
by T. Hawley Tapping, general sec-
retary of the Alumni Association,
from Capt. G M. Hughes, University
alumnis now serving with the AMG
department of finance in Korea.
Closed by the Japanese in 1935.
the club has been reorganized by ten
Korean alumni of the University
and three American officers sta-
tioned in Korea.


sion when untold thousands of
young men and women all over the
country try to crowd into this Uni-
versity, whose physical facilities
and faculty are designed to accom-
modate only 11,500' students.
Prior to World War II, the Uni-
versity considered its facilities hard
pressed, but it was totally unprepared
for the unprecedented demands which
would be made upon it during war's
This was due, in part, to the con-
servative estimates made by govern-
ment officials as to the number of
veterans who would take advantage
of the educational provisions of the
G. I. Bill.
No only was the door to educa-
tion opened to thousands of veter-
ans who would otherwise have been
unable to afford it, but thousands
more who had dropped out of the
University or had been called to
the service on high school gradua-
tion day were determined to com-
plete the four-year cycle - with
or without government aid.
Additional demands have arisen
from normal increments in popula-
tion and increased popularity of col-
lege education.
Previous to the spring semester
this year, the all-time high for enroll-
ment had been in 1939 when 12,132
students were registered. The en-
rollment hovered near 12,000 until
1942, then gradually descended to
approximately 9,000 - including Ar-
my, Navy, and Marine Corps trainees
- for most of the war years.
By fall, 1945 - the first peace-
time semester - the enrollment had
climbed to 10,800.
Then came the record-smashing
spring semester with its resound-
ing total of 14,367 - including 6,-
308 veterans comprising 44 per cent
of the student body.'
For the spring semester, the Uni-
versity ranked first in the nation in
veteran enrollment and fifth in total
But 14,367 is a paltry figure when
Problem Faced
C-Average Ruling Is
Adopted in Lit School
The literary college, while en-
deavoring to accommodate additional
thousands of students, has also been
fighting to maintain its academic
Chief headache to literary college
officials is the faculty shortage which
has resulted from the wartime deple-
tion of graduate schools.
Many sections of certain courses
are abnormally crowded and some
faculty members are teaching extra
But there has been no let-up in the
quality and quantity of examinations
in line with the college's policy of
placing more responsibility for learn-
ing on the individual student.
According to Dean Hayward Kenis-
ton, this policy "must' be followed if
academic standards are to be pre-
The battle to hold the line has also
extended to the regulations govern-
ing probation. Under a new ruling of
the college's Administrative Board.
non-veteran students whose total
records were below a C average at the
end of the spring semester will not
be permitted to register again.
However, veterans who are in their
first semester of residence will be
given a second semester in which to
produce an over-all C average.
Although the new policy was forced
mainly by enrollment considerations,
a slash in the number of below-av-
erage students will relieve the col-
lege's faculty of a considerable bur-
den of special counseling.

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MARRIED STUDENTS' DORMITORY, work on which was begun in November. The project is to be located
on Washington Heights off Observatory Road, near the University Hospital. It will consist of 22 apart-
ments in eight units, accommodating approximately 350 residents. The estimated cost of the project is
$832,900. Pictured above is the architect's' drawing of the apartment house.

* * *

* * *

'U' Expands Housing Project
To Meet Enrollment Demands

With enrollment at an all-time
record peak and student housing
facilities consequently taxed to an
'U' Profesors
War Research
University faculty men had a full
share in outstanding wartime achieve-
ments - both as researchers and as
members of the armed forces - ac-
cording to Dr. F. Clever Bald, Uni-
versity historian.
Dr. Bald reported that 52 members
of the faculty were in the Army, 16
in the Navy, 28 in government ser-
vice and 24 doing research and speci-
fic tasks by the mid-war time year
of 143. s n
Sample Activities
Activities reported here offer a
fair sample of the kind of work the
faculty undertook to help us win the
Among the chemistry professors
who participated inwartime research
was Prof. Hobart H. Willard whose
work on the atomic bomb cannot yet
be disclosed. Prof. Kasimir Fajana
did research on radioactive substan-
ces in connection with the atomic
bomb project.
Prof. Floyd E. Bartell of the chem-
istry department perfected a water-
proof, temperature - resistant cloth
called Aerobond which was first used
for Army uniforms both in the trop-
ics and in Alaska. A method for mass
production of RDX, the, most power-
ful explosive known except for the
atom bomb, was developed by Prof.
Werner E. Bachmann of the chem-
istry department.
Physicists At Work
Physicists who were active in ex-
perimental work were Profs. H. R.
Crane and David M. Dennison, who
workedton the VT radio proximity
fuse at Dixboro field and were also
concerned with atomic research. Prof.
Franklin L. Everett of the engineer-
in, mathematics department also
worked on the fuse.
Prof. Samuel A. Goudsmit and
Prof. George E. Uhlenbeck of the
University physics department, as
well as Prof. Dean B. McLaughlin of
the astronomy department, worked
on radar at the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology. Technical direc-
tor for the task force to conduct the
Bikini Atoll experiment is Prof. Ralph
A. Sawyer, who has been on leave
during the yez r.
Mathematics, "oo
Mathematics professor Ruel V.
Churchill did research on jet pro-
pulsion during 1945, and Prof. Harry
C. Carver, also of the mathematics
department, was cited by the Army
Air Force for his work with the
Eighth Air Force. He aided the ef-
fectiveness and efficiency of bomb-
ing operations.
Prof. William G. Dow of the elec-
trical engineering department direc-
See 'U' PROFS, Page 3

unprecedented degree, the University
has undertaken an extensive program
to extend its dormitory system.
Present housing construction pro-
jects include an addition to the East
Quadrangle, a new women's dormi-
tory, and eight structures of apart-
ments for married veterans. Work
on these projects is proceeding so
that it is expected that the units for
married veterans will be ready for
occupancy in the fall and that the
two dormitories will be completed
about a year from now.
Vet Apartments
The apartments for married veter-
ans are being built on a site east of
the University Hospital, the East
Quadrangle extention south of the
present quadrangle, and the new
women's residence on Observatory
north of Mosher-Jordan Hall. -
Meanwhile, in order to facilitate the
enrollment of a maximum number of
qualified veterans who applied for,
admission to the University, tempor-
ary housing arrangements have been
made. Dormitory rooms are now oc-
cupied by one man more than under
normal conditions.
In addition, the University has ac-
quired the use of 1,000 family units
for veterans' usetin Willow Village.
Vet Village, a settlement of 75 tem-
porary units south-west of campus,
is also occupied by veterans and their
families. Eight dormitory units to
house 700 single veterans were also
acquired for temporary use in Willow
More Acute
Besides the large influx of stu-
dents during the past year, the hous-
ing situation was made more acute
because rooming accomodations for
approximately 2,650 students were
"lost" to war workers during the war.
Although military units which oc-
cupied most of the rooms in men's
dormitories during the war have de-
pleted their ranks, several houses in
the West Quadrangle are still oc-
cupied by trainees in the campus
naval program.
New Build'ing
Loans Approved

TU' Building Is
Expanded by
Vet Enrollment
Municipalities Oppose
Request to Legislature
"Don't tell me it's still standing!"
This no doubt is the reaction of
many misty-eyed alumni who are
today viewing certain campus baild-
;ngs for the first time in many years.
Economics Building, Tappan Hall,
East Hall, Romance Languages Build-
ing -- these are landmarks that echo
back to the University's younger days
and which are indicative of a deplor-
able plant situation.
Symbols Of Building Lag
They are symbolic of certain sta-
tistics which reveal that appropria-
tions for additions to the University's
physical facilities have lagged far he-
hind those of other state universities
in this section of the country.
Between 1925 and 1945 the Univer-.
sity received $4,465,000 for new cQ-I
struction. In the same years the state
universities of Illinois, Iowa, Ohio,
Minnesota and Wisconsin each re-
ceived an average of $13,831,084.
Improvement Sighted
But something - at long last -- is
being done about it, under stress
of the program to educate thousands
of World War II veterans - as wit-
ness the rising new structures in
every corner of the campus.
When the first trickle of veterans
to the campus turned into a flood
during the fall semester last year,
officials began to view with alarm
the University's wholly inadequate
classroom and laboratory facilities.
Needs Outlined
With a record-shattering enroll-
ment anticipated for the spring se-
mester, various schools and depart-
ments of the University issued these
dire predictions:
Chemistry - some students may
be denied the opportunity to take
chemistry courses in the immediate
future unless additional space is made
Business administration -- if pro-
vision is not made immediately for
new building construction, the max-
imum demands for the education of
veterans in business cannot be met;
Engineering - the pressing need
for trained engineers is far greater
than can be met with present facili-
Medicine - adequate facilities for
clinical teaching in obstetrics do not
Buildings Unsafe
The situation was viewed even 'more
critically with the knowledge that
certain sections of older buildings
would soon be condemned for further
The fourth floor of University Hall
had been ruled "out of bounds" for
classroom use for several years, and
the quarters used by many depart-
ments declared "grossly inadequate
and hazardous to the health and
safety of the occupants."
In 1941 the Director of Plant Ex-
tension recommended removal of the
See 'U' BUILDING, Page 3

Graduates of
120 Classes
Are Expected
Program Will Open
With Victory Dinner
For the largest alumni reunion in
history, between six and eight thou-
sand graduates will convene in Ann
Arbor June 20 through 22.
Decking itself out in full regalia
to greet its former sonssand daugh-
ter's, the University has spent the
last few weeks in preparation, making
ready the entire campus from the
Burt on Carillon to rooms for the ex-
pected record crowd.
Topping the 1937 all-time high of
104 participating classes, the Vic-
tory Reunion will attract members
of at least 120 classes for & fully
booked three day program of lun-
cheons, dinners, meetings and
Setting the week-end's festivities
in motion, a Victory Reunion Dinner
will be held Thursday with guest
speakers, dinner music and other
Highlighting the second day's ac-
tivities are a memorial service for
University war-dead, the alumnae
luncheon and a Victory Reunion
Dance to be punctuated with class
meetings and an alumni song.
Individual school and college
breakfasts, the annual Varsity "M"
golf tournament and alumni lun-
cheons on the third day will be cli-
maxed by early evening graduation
exercises in Ferry Field.
University alumni William Hl
Stoneman, Col. Joseph Darnall,
Margaret Ann Ayres and Walter G.
Kirkbridge will be guest speakers
at the opening dinner.
A foreign correspondent of the
Chicago Daily Press, Stoneman is now
working with the secretary-general
of the United Nations. Col. Darnall
of the Medical Corps is commnding
officer of the Fort Belvoir, Va. Sta-
tion hospital.
A native of Detroit, Miss Ayres
served 15 months overseas with the
American Red Cress, and Kirkbridge,
a resident of Toledo, Ohio, is presi-
dent of the national Alumpi Associa-
With representation from all
military services, the memorial rites .
will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
Posthumous'degrees will be award-
Pre-War Scale
Readopted For
Reunion Plans
Thi Spring's alumni reunion will
break away from the simple pattern
established during the war and re-
turn to the full-scale plan of pre-
Pearl Harbor get-togethers.
Michigan's first alumni reunion oc-
curred in 1845, when the 11 members
of the University's first graduating
class immediately organized the Soci-
ety of the Alumni and held a meet-
Early Reunions
Every year since then, alumni have
gathered here at commencement time
and held their annual meeting. One
of the earliest reunions on record in
the Michigan Alumnus is that of
1898. Wednesday, June 29, was Alum-
ni Day and visiting graduates were
requested to register at University
During the day, members of seven
different literary classes held meet-
ings at various places on campus.

Oldest of these were five members of
the class of '48, who graduated a half
century before. 332 alumni from all
over the country registered.
The June, 1900 reunion program
included a Senior Promenade, "a
somewhat recent feature, but by no
means the least popular." The Law
Department had a general reunion
of all classes to celebrate its 40th
anniversary. A banquet was held at
noon to commemorate the occasion.
Great Attendance
According to the, Alumnus, the
"greatest attendance of alumni was
expected." As an added inducement
the railroads gave a reduced round
trip rate to all those alumni from
Michigan or Chicago who wished to
return for the commencement 'exer-
C Something new was added to the

The Board

of Regents has au-I

thorized the University to borrow
$8,500,000 to retire all outstanding
revenue bonds and to finance con-
struction and furnishing of the new
married students' apartments, the
East Quadrange addition, the new
women's dormitory and the Food
Service Building.
The action was taken by the Re-
gents at their June meeting follow-
ing several months of negotiations.
University Vice-President Robert
P. Briggs said that $3,500,000 will be
obtained from a term loan agree-
ment with the National Bank of De-
troit. A dormitory revenue bond is-
sue of $5,000,000 will be floated
to raise the rest of the funds.



To Be Conducted at Willow Run

Aeronautical research, large scale

Capital Airlines (formerly PCA)

of Engineering and several other

Willow Run will be used as a field

airline operation will be initiated

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