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Industrious Student-Vet
Beats Housing Shortage,

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All you need to beat the housing
shortage is an acre of land, a
couple of garages and a consid-
erable amount of elbow grease and
William E. Wall, veteran grad-
uate student working on his M.A.
in geography, has proved it. He
did it at a total cost of about $3,-
000, including purchase of the
land and garages, while attending
classes and working nights at the
Ann Arbor Post Office.
When Bill landed back in Ann
Arbor last summer after his dis-
charge from the army with his
wife Betty Ann, his four-year-old
son Jimmy and another baby on
the way, he was desperate for a
place to live.
Made from Garage
Unable to get in Willow Village
or the University Terrace project
behind the hospital, he bid on a
three-car garage and a one-car;
garage at a University auction.
He moved them to land he had
purchased out the Pontiac Road,
and he and Betty Ann started
converting them into a four-room
Bill had no previous experience,
but he drew up plans, had them
approved by the Washtenaw
County Building Inspector, and
arranged for a loan. He sold the
three overhead doors from the
large garage for $50 each to defray
part of the expenses.
Perfect Fit!
Although Bill had never used a
level or mixed mortar, with the
aid of relatives, he dug and laid
his own foundation in three weeks.
They let the building down on the
foundation with two car jacks.
When the building inspector
checked it, it was perfectly level.
"Even I was amazed," Bill said.
He got $600 worth of used lum-
ber and sufficient soil pipe for
the plumbing from a veteran who
had purchased it from the Uni-
With Betty Ann's help, and oc-
casional advice from professionals,
Bill laid his own double floors, put
in the wiring and plumbing, in-
sulated the house, and partition-
ed it off into a living room, kit-
chenette, kitchen, bedroom, and
bath. The one-car garage was
added in back to provide a utility
and storage room.
Wife Helps'
Betty Ann scoured the town for
linoleum, paint, wallpaper, plumb-
ing and electrical fixtures,, and
oil heater, and the multitude of
other scarce supplies they need-
ed. She did most of the interior
decorating while Bill worked on
the house.
Bill got plans from the health

department and put in his own
septic tank, completing it just be-
fore the first freeze. The only
professional help used was a
paperhanger to do the living room
and a carpenter for the wood-
The Walls moved the garages
out August 1, the smaller one on
a hay wagon. They moved into
the house October 15, rendered it
"livable" by November 1, and wel-
comed their second son, Michael,
in February. They were forced to
halt operations during' the winter,
but now that the ground has
thawed, Bill plans to hire a bull-
dozer to fill in and terrace the
front lawn.
Returned to School
Bill had been out of school eight
years before he began his college
work. Shortly after he was mar-
ried he decided that if he was
going to get anywhere he needed
an education, and in 1941 he en-
tered the University.
With only two years completed,
however, he went into the army.
He expected to be sent overseas,
but after his combat training he
was stationed at the U.S. Army
Post Office in Oakland, Calif. Not
wanting to lose any time, Bill ar-
ranged to work nights at the post
office and attended the University
of California at Berkeley during
the day. He carried 21 hours of
upper division work his last se-
mester, and received his B.A.
shortly after his discharge last
He hopes to get his MA. this
summer and then begin working
on his Ph.D. When he completes
his studies, Bill plans to teach
geography at a university. His
hobby is taking colored movies,
and he wants to travel during
the summer and take films for
use in his classes.
Son Helps Too!
When asked the greatest ob-
stacle he had to overcome in
building the house, Bill said it
was undoubtedly his son Jimmy.
"He insisted on 'helping' with
whatever work was being done.
He used the plumbing fixtures for
an erector set and had a great
time screwing pieces together into
odd shapes. That wouldn't have
been so bad, but they were on
crooked and we couldn't get them
apart when we needed them.
While we were putting in the wir-
ing, he got into the electrical'
fixtures and carried them all over
the house and yard. I didn't dis-
cover it until I started to put them
in, and half of them were miss-f
ing. And when he started 'helping'
with the papering, we were afraid
for a while that we would have
patchwork walls."

New Courses
To Be Offered
By Geologists
Physical, Historical
Introduction Given
Dr. K. K. Landes, chairman of
the geology department, has an-j
nounced that a special course in
introductory physical and histori-
cal geology will be offered for the
first time during the summer ses-
The course will carry eight
hours of credit and the class
schedule will not permit enroll-
ment in any other courses dur-
ing the summer session, Dr. Lan-
des said. Classes will begin June
23 and end August 15.
Dr. Landes said that the sum-
mer course will cover the same
material as the regular semester
courses, Geology 11 and 12. How-
ever, the physical and historical
features, which are usually treat-
ed separately, will be studied more
or less concurrently and will be
illustrated with numerous all-day
field trips, he said.
Eight to 12 days will be spent
in southern Michigan and north-
ern Ohio on trips to quarries, oil
fields, islands in Lake Erie and
other areas of geologic interest.
Dr. Landes announced that en-
rollment will be limited to 18 stu-
dents in order to permit taking
trips in a single bus.-
Because of the limitation on en-
rollment, permission to register
for the course must be received
'rom the geology department of-
fice, Rm. 2051 of the Natural Sci-
ence Building, or from Dr. J. T.
Wilson, Rm. 1057, Natural Science
Four' To Speak
At Con ference
Four speakers will address the
annual Pharmaceutical Conference
of the pharmacy college to be held
here at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Rack-
ham Amphitheatre,
The Michigan branch of the
American Pharmaceutical Associa-
tion will meet in conjunction with
the conference.
Speakers for the conference will
be Dr. C. L. Campbell of the St.
Louis College of Pharmacy; F. H.
Taft, secretary of the Michigan
Board of Pharmacy; Dr. E. R.
Jones, director of the products de-
velopment laboratory of Parke,
Davis and Co.; and Dr. Justin L.
Powers, chairman of the American
Pharmaceutical Association Com-
mittee on the National Formulary,
Washington, D. C.

Pascoe Familiar Figure
At Mendelssohn Theatre




Daily special writer
There's an unofficial first-
nighter on campus who hasn't
missed a show at the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre in 18 years.
Edward ("Big Shot") Pascoe,
assistant director of the theatre.
has attended every play, recital
and lecture presented there since
he took over his present duties
just eleven days after the theatre
opened, May 4, 1929.
The Job Never Ends
During a recent interview,
which took place in the "Green
Room," traditional back-stage
waiting room in all theatres, Pas-
coe was mending a chair-leg with
wire and glue as he described his
life in the theatre. He explained
that his job includes everything
from operating the light switch-
board to keeping things running
smoothly backstage and even help-
ing out the ushers and ticket-tak-
ers "when they get in a jam."
Pascoe is well-known to any-
one who has participated in any,
productions at the Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre. Many others could
identify him by his rich baritone
voice, which can be heard at all
times of the day, alternating be-
tween his favorite "Gay Nineties"
songs and Gilbert and Sullivan
Trouper from Way Back
Pascoe's life in the theatre be-
gan long before his experiences at
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
He can hardly rememeber the
time when he was not working on
or playing in some stage produc-
tion back in his home town, Bess-
emer, Michigan, where he spent
the first thirty-odd years of his
It was at Bessemer, too, that
he picked up the "accent" which
has caused him to be identifed
with almost every nationality one
could name. Actually, his par-
ents came from Cornwall, Eng-
land, to the mining town which
has such a "cosmopolitan popula-
tion," according to Pascoe, that
its inhabitants develop a "sort of
dialect of their own."
Stack of Memories
A stack of old programs and
scrapbooks stored away in his "of-
fice" in a corner of the "fan
room" helps Pascoe recall plots,
casts and anecdotes about plays
which have long since been for-
gotten by everyone else. He can
even remember names of students
who played leading roles and one
of his greatest pleasures is "talk-
ing over old times" with these stu-
dents, who come back to see him
from as far away as New York
and Hollywood.l
One of Pascoe's favorite anec-

dotes concerns the production of
"Uncle Tom's Cabin," in which
three Great Danes played the
parts of the bloodhounds which
pursued Eliza across the ice. The
only drawback was that they for-
got their lines and had to be led
across the stage without making a
sound. The second night, Pascoe,
recalled, two little dogs were en-
gaged to barkdoff-stage and the
effect produced by "those great
big dogs lumbering across the
stage while those little mutts yip-
ped and yapped in the distance"
is one which Pascoe still chuckles
to remember.
An Actor's Life
Then there was .the time that
a mouse calmly walked across
the stage in front of a girl who
was making her big speech of the
evening. "She managed to get
through it all right," Pascoe said,
"but when she finally got off stage
she collapsed."
And they were doing a play once
in which a huge papier-mache
elephant had to be pulled across
the stage on gliders. All went
well until one of the gliders caught
on a hook in the floor, and as
the puller off-stage gave an ex-
tra big tug, the gliders went shoot-
ing off in all directions.
Putting Out for the Cause
Once the platform on which
soldiers were standing began to
fall, so three students crawled un-
der it and held it up until the
scene was finished. "They nearly
broke their backs," Pascoe observ-
ed, "but the platform stayed up
and the soldiers marched over it
until the curtain fell."
"You have to stop me," Pascoe
said, "because I could talk about
these things all night."
Haron Is Elected
President of SRA
New officers of the Student Re-
igious Association for the coming
year are Keitha Harmon, presi-
dent, and Betty Lou Zwemer, sec-
SRA has also organized two new
departments for the fall term, the
Bu'eau of Student Opinion, with
Robert Carneiro in charge, and
the Division of Outstate Work to
be directed by Lyman Legters.
'U' Alumni Will Meet

G 0 L F E R S - Mrs. Dolores
Hope, (left) wife of the come-
dian Bob Hope, and Mrs. Anne
Niles are shown at Palm Springs,
Calif., during a women's golf
meet in which they competed.

A C TO R' S ' D OQU B L E' -. Augh Davis, (right) adver-
tising executive, looks so much like his actor friend, Van Heflin,
(left) that misguided autograph hunters descended on Davis when +
he attended a Hlollywood party.

The first anniversary of the 13th
District University of Michigan D 0 C K T H R O U G H C A N A L A huge floating dock, built in India for the British.
Alumni Association will be cele- navy, passes through the Suez canal. The dock can handle vessels of 50,000 ton$.f
brated at a conference meeting to
be held at the Rolling Green Golf
and Country Club, in Saginaw.
J U4449'N'.

JUNE is the montha
for BR I DES and
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prom gowns . . . $19.50 tot
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* Summer suits and dressesA
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Psychology 40. Students plan-
ning to elect Psychology 40 this
summer or the Fall Aerm may take
the qualifying examination June
21, 11 a.m., Rm. 1121, Natural Sci-
ence Bldg. Another examination
will be given at the beginning of,
the Fall Term.
English Concentration, sinumer
Session. Assistant Professor H. V.
S. Ogden will be in charge of ad-
vising all students concentrating
in English during the Summer
Session. He will be in his office,
3220 Angell Hall, on Mon., June 2,
2-4 p.m.; Tues., June 3, 9 a.m.-12
noon; Wed., June 18, 2-5 p.m.;
Thurs., June 19. 8 a.m.-12 noon
and 1-4 p.m.
Seniors graduating in August
are advised to have their programs
checked by their regular advisers
immediately (Litzenberg, Ogden
or Greenhut).
Symphony Orchestra Conert.
The University of Michigan Sym-
phony Orchestra under the direc-
tion of Wayne Dunlap, will pre-
sent the final concert of the sem-
ester at 8:30 p.m., Tues., May 27,
Hill Auditorium. Emil Raab will
appear as soloist in Sibelius' Con-
certo in D Minor for Violin. Other
works to be heard will be Serenade
for Woodwinds and Horns, B-flat
Major, by Mozart, and Symphony
No. 7 in A Major by Beethoven.
Concert will be open to general
public without charge.
Organ Recital: Carl Weinrich,
concert organist, will appear
4:15 p.m. Thurs., May 29, Hill
Auditorium in a program of com-
positions by Bach, Buxtehude,
Handel, Mozart and Hindemith.
Mr. Weinrich has been associated
with Columbia University, Prince-
ton University, and appeared
throughout the country on tour.
The public is cordially invited.

will present an organ recital in
partial fulfillment of the require-
ments for the degree of Master of
Music at 8:30 p.m., Sun., May 25.
Hill Auditorium. A pupil of th
late Palmer Christian, Mr. Wheel-
er will play Concerta in G majo.
by Vivaldi, Two Chorale Preludes
and Passacaglia and Fugue in C
minor by Bach, Sonata, The Nine-
ty-fourth Psalm, by Reubke; Mag
nificat (V\rse 5), and Prelude and
Fugue in B major, by Dupre. The
general public is invited.
Student Recital: Nelle Hocutt.
Mezzo-soprano, will be heard in a
recital at 8:30 p.m., Mon., May 26.
Rackham Assembly Hall. A pupil
of Arthur Hackett, Miss Hocutt
presents the program in partial
fulfillment of the requirements
for the degree of Master of Music
in Music Education. The general
public is invited.
The Museum of Art: Drawings
by Maurice Sterne: Paintings by
Pedro Figari; The Medieval World;
Alumni Memorial Hall, daily, ex-
cept Monday, 10-12 and 2-5; Sun-,
days, 2-5; Wednesday evenings
7-9. The public is cordially invited.
The Museum of Archaeology:
Curent Exhibit: "Life in a Roman
Town, in Egypt, 30 B.C.-400
A.D." Tues. through Fri., 9-12,
2-5; Sat., 9-12; Sun. 3-5.
Events Today
University Radio Program:
9:15 a.m., WJR: Hymns of Free-
dom-George Cox, Musical Direc-
tor. Norma Swinney, Harriet Bow-
den, Granville Greer, and Mary-
lin Mason, Accompanist, Robert
Bouwsma, Narrator.
Coming Events
Quadrangle: All reservations for
the banquet must be in my hands
by Monday, May 26, at noon.
R. C. Boys

Conversation Group, Sociedad
Hispanica, 3:30 p.m., Mon., May
26, International Center.

Ball and Chain Club.
Mon., May 26, Russian
Michigan League.

7:45 p.m.,

Ch urchtes
First Presbyterian Church:
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship.
Dr. Lemon's sermon topic, "Known
But to God."
4:00 p.m. Spring Vesper Service
given by Chancel Choir "Dvorak
5:00 p.m. Westminster Guild
meets for an international Prob-
lems Panel. Supper follows.
First Congregational Church:
10:45 a.m. Dr. Parr's subject
will be "Paul and Pericles."
6:00 p.m: Congregational-Disci-
ples Student Guild supper at Me-
morial Christian Church. A movie,
"Seeds of Destiny" will be shown.
Memorial Christian Church:
(Disciples of Christ)
10:50, a.m. Morning Worship,
sermon by Rev. Zendt. Nursery
for children during the service.
The Congregational - Disciples
Guild: Supper, 6 p.m., Memorial
Christian Church. A movie, "Seeds
of Destiny," will be shown.
University Lutheran Chapel:
Identical Sunday services at
9:45 and 11, with the Rev. Alfred
Scheips preaching on the subject,
"God's New Testament Covenant."
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Stu-
dent Club: Supper meeting, 5:15
at the Center.
Lutheran Student Association:
5:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Parish
Hall. Supper, 6 p.m. Program will
honor seniors. Bible hour, 9:15
a.m. at the Center. Zion and Trin-
ity Lutheran Churches, worship
services at 10:30 am.

T O W E D_--.Lloyd Bowers
Taft, (above) son of Senator and
Mrs. Robert Taft, is engaged to
Miss Virginia Stone of St. Joseph,
Mich., daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
C. E. Stone.'

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