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Teaching Freshmen Refreshes Anning

EDTOR'S NOTE This is the 17th
in a series of weekly articles on
faculty personalities.
Twenty-seven years of teaching
first year matheni tics at the
University have left Prof. Norman
A. Anning in a philosophical
frame of mind.
"I find I can still start a fresh-
man on his way every once in a
while," he says, "and that's more
than I ever can do with my old
Prof. Anning's many yearsof
teaching freshmen have con-

vinced him that every instructor
should teach an occasional fresh-
man class to remind himself that
he is still 'teaching persons," and
thereby keep his feet on the
Born in Canada,
Born in 1883 on a farm in Grey
County, Ont., Prof. Anning re-
^eived his AM in Mathematics
from Queens College in Kingston,
Ont. lie entered the United
States for the first time to do
;raduate work at Clark College in
Worchester, Mass.
After leaving college, -Prof. An-

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ning taught high school in Brit-
ish Columbia for several years,
and then switched to civil engin-
eering. When World War I broke
out, he went to France as a rail-
road construction engineer. He
spent two years overseas and after
his discharge taught a year in
Maine before accepting an invi-
tation to teach at the University.
When Prof. Anning joined the
faculty here in 1920, the Union
was only just being completed,
and Angell Hall was, as he puts it,.
"not even a hole in the ground."
Prof. Anning shared an office
with six others in the math de-
partment section of what is now
the business administration build-
ing. "It wasn't actually an office,"
he says. "It was a five by eight
foot cloakroom."
Taught Regent Kipke
One of Prof. Anning's first
freshman students was Harry
Kipke, who later became an All-
American in football and is now
a Regent of the University. Be-
sides teaching freshmen, Prof. An-
ning has served at various times
as freshmen orientation advisor
and a mathematics concentration
advisor. He has also contributed
notes, reviews, and problems to
three elementary mathematics
The Michigan Daily attracted
Prof. Anning's attention soon af-
ter he arrived at the University,
and he has, over a period of years,
become its most severe "friendly
critic." He still favors The Daily
with clever notes at least once or
twice a week which point out
errors in style and spelling. Prof.
Anning feels, however, that "in
the end, there is no better cure
for a proof-reader's complex than
a six-pound hammer, lovingly ap-
Backs Student Government
After 27 years at the University,
Prof. Anning has developed some
very definite convictions. He is
in favor of student self-govern-
ment, always supporting each new
proposal in the hopes that "may-
be this is it." He also is in favor
of the Galens and Kid-to-Camp
drives on campus, and he sees
many interesting possibilities in
the new course in Great Books
which will be offered to freshmen
next fall.
Among the more persistent ob-
jects of Prof. Anning's scorn are
the lack of drains to take rain-
water off of State St., Barnaby,
Hopwood poetry, and the wearing
of academic gowns by anyone be-
low the rank of dean.
The thing about campus that
annoys Prof. Anning the most,
however, is the triton between
the League and Hill Auditorium
which he describes as "that brass
monster-that slimy beast." He
feels that the triton is a symbol
of "how a professor spouts an
has his best efforts fall in conver-
sational spray around his feet.'
Disproves Theorists
Prof. Anning lists teaching as his
main hobby, although he is very
interested in the origin and mean-
ing of words. He is also kept bus3
disproving all the theories whic
are mailed to the University b
people who are sure that the
have found a way to trisect ar
angle or square a circle.
The Annings have two children
Max, recently of the Ninth Ai:
Force in Europe, is now workin
in Massachusetts, and Katherine
now married, is living in Chicago
He has two grandsons whom h
describes as "untamed."

frroo ns Too
Crowded, Say
Villa ePlayers
Tiemperance in Our a
Time, eg Thespians
Over-riding spirited protests i
rom the local League for Moral V
?urity, the Little Theatre Group h
> Willow Village has moved for- F
vard relentlessly in its drive to
tage "Ten Nights in a Barroom," C
it 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday, March 21, 22, and 23, in
he Little Theatre Off Route 112. v
"Ten Nights in a Barroom," a I
eart-searing drama in 10 acts t
nd three scenes, is a tear-laden 1
tory of pre-Victorian efforts to
ring about Temperance in Our
[ime. The play dwells on the Y
adness aroused in the working-
,nan's home through the sad evils
)f drink. "It's sad," was the con-
sidered opinion of Director Don
Decker yesterday.
Right from the BottleJ
"'Ten Nights in a Barroom'
will make every right-thinking
straight-shooting 100 per cent
American toss away his beer mugs
and wine glasses for the better1
things in life," Decker went on'.
"After seeing the play, they wille
take to drinking right from thet
This excursion into the horrors
of the backroom is being staged
by a non-descript group of Wallow
Village confinees as one of their
few desperate efforts to contactt
outside civilization. It is only one
step removed from the last re-'
sort of cutting out five-pointed
stars before that Last Mile be-"
gins. "Some days we don't even
see the sun," one of the actors
Charges by the Moral Purity
League that the play is ill-dis-
guised propaganda for the brew-
ery interests are completely un-
founded, Miss Nancy Neff, leader
of the thespian group, declared.
A portion of Miss Neff's remarks
are omitted.
Not Banned in Boston'
While "Ten Nights in a Bar-
room" is short on entertainment
and educationally dull, it is ethic-
ally unexciting and artistically nil.
It is, however, full of suspense, as
no one knows why any one scene
lasts as long as it does. The play
has not been banned in Boston,
or anywhere else for that matter.
Because of their desperate sit-
uation, the Willow Run Players
have invited the entire campus
and all the local townspeople to
attend the play. They are notable
in that they are the only civic
group this season that admits that
all proceeds from the play go di-
rectly into their own coffers. "If
we give enough plays," they point
out, "we may not need any more
than $65 a month from the gov-
Debate Finals
Will Be Held
Flint Central High School and
Lansing Eastern High will clash
in the finals of the Michigan High
School Forensic Association debate
April 25 at the University, Law-
rence Grosser, Association mana-
ger, announced yesterday.
Both schools won semi-final de-
bates held Friday night. Flint de-
feated Hamtramck High, uphold-
ing the affirmative of the ques-
tion, "Resolved: That the Federal
Government should provide a sys-
tem of complete medical care
available to all citizens at public

expense." Lansing upheld the neg-
ative to defeat Ann Arbor High

Several student, religious groups 4 p.m. to rehearse CorF the P.1lm1i
re planning to have discussions Sunday Vesp r.
and meetings today. . At 5 p.m., John Crai, prug-am
Students will lead the discussion director of Lane Hall, will speak
f Sources of Power, from "The to the Guild on "Why 11-e
Psychology of Christian Personal- Church?" There will he a
ty," by Dr. E. M. Ligon at the supper at 6 p.m.
WESLEYAN GUILD seminar to be
held at 9:30 a.m. at the Guild "Unitarian Social Action and
House. Reaction" will be the topic of a
There will be a meeting of the UNITARIAN STUDENT GROUP
Guild at 5 p.m. discussion led by Rev. Edward ?l1.
Redman at 6:30 p.m. at 1917

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Supper and a fellowship hour
xill follow the discussion of "The
nfluence of Religion in Our Voca-
ions" to be held by the WEST-
The Guild Choir of the ROGER
gILLIAMS GUILD will meet at
Drive Planned
For Relief of
Polish Crisis
With the Polish government's
recent order to cut 4,000,000 per-
sons from its rationing lists, in-
creased importance is placed on
the "Heifers for Europe" drive to
begin March 24, Seymour S. Gold-
stein, president of the Famine
Committee, stated yesterday.
The crisis in Poland may reduce
the daily average consumptionII
level to 1,100 calories, Goldstein
continued, and anything below
1,800 calories is a starvation or.
semi-starvation level.
During the campus drive, which
is part of a national movement
sponsored by the Brethren Ser-
vice Committee, houses and otheri
campus organizations will be ask-
ed to pledge funds for the pur-
chase of a Heifer. By this plan
of constructive relief, two-year-old
heifers are purchased from farm-
ers at a cost of approximately
$160. They are inoculated and
inspected by the government and
shipped through a reputable relief
agency to any area or person in
Europe designated by the donor.
The field representative who de-
livers the heifers sees that they
get to farmers who are really
needy. The farmers who receive
them give any extra milk to child-
ren and the calves to other farm-
ers. This provides them with the
opportunity of restocking their
Letters asking for donations to
the drive have been sent to heads
of campus organizations. The en-
closed pledge cards should be re-
turned to the Famine Committee
with the amount of the pledge on
them, Goldstein said.
(continued from Page 7)
"Playing Fast and Luce."
5:30 p.m., Vesper Service. Ser-
mon: "Service to Humanity," Ed-
ward H. Redman.
6:30 p.m. Student Supper Dis-
cussion: "Unitarian Social Action
and Reaction."
Unity: Services, 11 a.m., Unity
Chapel, 310 S. State St. Subject:
"Resolving Our Conflicts."
Student Discussion Group, 7:30
p.m., subject: "The Impersonal
Lenten Noonday services daily
(except Thursday) at 12:10 p.m.

of the NEWMAN CLU1 at 3 p.t',c
in the club roomns of St. MaryDs lDr. Roger McVaugh, Curator of
Cliapl. Phauerogams in the University
At 7:30 p.m., Rev. Fr. Francis Museum, will begin a field trip to-
Flvnn. director of msic in the morrow to western Texas to study
A-rchdiocese of Detroit, will speak and collect native plants in the
on "Giregorian Chant." Trans-Pecos region.
The mountains and canyons of
The Reverend William Clebsch, this ar-ca produce intermediate
Episcopal chaplain at Michigan species in the transition of plant
State College, will speak to the types from eastern United States
members of the CANTERBURY to Mexir'o. Dr. McVaugh will ex-
CLUB on "IHow Should a Christian amine the extent of these changes,
Prepare for Marriage" at the sup- with pa-rticular emphasis on ap-
per and meeting to be held at 6 ples and cherries. He will return
p.m. at the Student Center. with his collections on June 1.

Ann Arbor Church News

Irialor Strts
Field Trip to
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