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SUYNDAY, OCTOItl 24, 1048


Professor Devises Canal for Mexico

You may not be able to teach an
old dog new tricks, but 84 year
old Professor Emeritus William H.
Hobbs of the geology department,
has devised a sea-level ship canal
across Mexico at the Tehuantepec
Isthmus which would be proof
against the most modern methods
of warfare.
Prof. Hobbs' 126-mile-long al-
ternative to the present Panama
Canal would cut south from Puerto
Mexico, on the Atlantic, to the
lower lagoon, on the Pacific, and
involve a 63 mile tunnel through
solid rock.
"SUCH A CANAL would offer
much greater security against
bombing or other attack than does
the Panama Canal in its present!
status or even if it was converted
to a sea level channel," he writes
in the 1948 Proceedings of the
American Society of Civil Engi-
Rock taken from the tunnel-
the first proposed for a canal--
would be used as barriers along
each side of the exposed double-
lane 'water-highway' Only a di-
rect hit by a bomb would hurt it.
The bomb-proof mountain would
serve as an emergency harbor for
ships without hampering passage
by other craft. Wide by-pass coves
in the tunnel would yield the extra
space and also allow ships to move
in opposite directions simult ne-
PROF. HOBBS also pointed out
that geographically his canal is
more defensible than Panama. On
each side there are suitable sites
for radar stations and airfields.
Topping off Prof. Hobbs sales
talk is his statement that con-
structing the canal would cost
less than the proposed $3%,
billion levelling off of the Pan-
ama Canal which was suggested
recently by a Congressional
Conunittee of Engineers. And, he

added, the new project can beI
completed quicker!
Designing unique canals for
America's defense is nothing spec-
tacular for Prof. Hobbs, who is
considered the 'father' of the Uni-
versity geology department.
active teaching in 1934, he served
in OSS during World War II. Ac-
tual 'spying' was not his forte, but
in the capacity of consultant, he

author. The result has been an
amazing collection of 12 books
and more than 200 scientific man-
ascripts. Included are the lives of
the American Arctic explorer Ad-
°niral Robert E. Peary and Gen-
°ral Leonard Wood, soldier, states-
man and explorer.
Other works he has written
include: "Earthquakes," "Char-
a eteristics of Existing Glaciers,"
"Earth Evolution and its Facial
Expression," "Cruises Along By-
Ways of the Pacific," "Exploring
About the North Pole of the
Winds," "Explorers of the Ant-
arctic," and "Fortress Islands of
the Pacific."
Still there are new things to do
and devise-Prof. Hobbs is busy
with "research."
Nobel Winner
To Talk_ ere
Writer Emily Balch
Tells Ways to Peace
Emily Greene Balch, winner of
the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize and
former professor of political sci-
ence at Wellesley, College, will
speak at 8 p.m., Monday at the
Unitarian Church, 1917 Washte-
The former Nation staff mem-
ber will speak on "The Journey
Toward Peace."
While she opposed America's
entry into the first World War,
Miss Balch was an advocate of the
United Nations. She served as
delegate to the International Con-
gress of Women at The Hague in
The Nobelp rize winner is the
author of "Refugees As Assets,"
and "The Miracle of Living."
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and his maps, charts, diagrams
and pictures of the South Pacific
drew praise from high Naval of-
Incidentals in his career in-
clude leading four expeditions
to frigid Greenland. He has also
been around the world twice
and had his name given to as-
sorted mountains, glaciers and
When he isn't off to the hori-

'U' Announces
New Plan for.
Health Schools
Evaluation Sytem
To AidApplication
Because of the increased diffi-
-ulty of gaining admission to pro-
Aessional health schools, the Liter-
ary College has announced an
evaluation plan designed to ease
the process of application.
According to Prof. Alfred H.
Stockard, Pre-professional Advis-
er, many students wishing to at-
tend medical, dental, public
health and nursing schools, are
playing safe and applying to many
schools. This results in an in-
creased burden on the applicant,
the admissions officers, and the
Under the new plan, however, a
student seeking admission to a
professional health school will fill
out an application for evaluation.
He may name as many as eight
professors who are qualified to
evaluate him, and will indicate the
two whom he most wants to do so.
At the time of making applica-
tion, he will be interviewed by
Prof. Stockard who will adminis-
ter the plan.
Evaluation blanks will be sent
by Prof. Stockard to three or more
professors, and comments will be
invited from Health Service, the
Office of Academic Counselors, the
Office of the Dean of Students or
the Dean of Women, and from the
student's residence supervisor.
This data will be transferred,
unedited, to a confidential master
evaluation blank in the Office of
the Professional Advisor.
Upon written request from the
applicant, copies of this master
record will be mailed to the va-
rious schools to which he is mak-
ing application.
Reopening of
Perkins Case
Asked by IRA
The Inter-Racial Association
voted last night to send a com-
mittee to the Attorney General of
Michigan to seek a reopening of
the Perkins homicide case.
Perkins, a 35 year old Negro,
was fatally shot by a member of
a posse conducting a "manhunt"
for him near Saline. The coroner's
jury had returned a verdict of
justifiable homicide in a hearing
last week.
GordenkMcDougall of the Wal-
lace Progressives and Jerry Green,
Americans Veteran Committee
member, made an appeal for IRA
support in protesting the Regent's
recent ban on political speakers.
The Association elected Sid Bein-
art to serve as their delegate on
the all-campus committee of free
Leon Rechtman was elected
Chairman of IRA in elections for
officers of the Association. Henry
Schmer was elected Vice-Chair-
man; Dave Frazer, Treasurer, and
June Sacher, corresponding secre-

Samuel Levering spends 80 per1
cent of his time working for peace.
Levering, who spoke at the high
school debate assembly held yes-
terday at Kellogg Auditorium, is
prominent in Friends' circles and
is a member of the National Ex-
ecutive Committee of the United
World Federalists.
ICC To Assist
Student D.P.
The Inter-Cooperative Council
announced that it will provide the
room and board for a "displaced
student" during the coming se-
The student, to be chosen from
the six foreign students who will
attend the University under spe-
cial scholarships, will live in one
of the cooperative houses on cam-
His status in the house will be
like that of the other residents;
he will contribute the same
amount of work towards his room
and board as they. The ICC will
meet the rest of his expenses,
which the other students pay by
They will serve multi-purpose
food at their annual membership
meeting Nov. 10, the difference
in cost between this and a steak
dinner to help finance the student.

"I BECAME AWARE that war and
peace is the most important issue
in my life in the summer of 1930,"
Levering explains. He had found
himself in Germany watching the
rise of Hitler.
He became convinced that
neither isolation or the League
of Nations would keep the peace,
and has been a world federalist
since 1930.
Levering formerly taught at
Cornell, his alma mater, and has
taken graduate work in economics.
** *
THE ONLY WAY to preserve the
peace is to strengthen the UN
into an effective armament con-
trol, Levering argues. He feels that
we must revise the UN charter be-
fore Russia has the atom bomb
which he estimates, quoting a gov-
ernment report, will not be until
Levering sees a number of in-
dications that the UN charter
may actually be revised within
three years.
He points to House Bill 6802, a
measure for revision of the char-
ter, which unanimously passed the
foreign affairs committee. Martin
and Halleck have promised that
the bill will be presented to the
new House of Representatives.
Give to the Red Feather

UN Arms Control Only Way
To Preserve Peace ---Levering


Carl York Smith will deliver his
first sermon today as regular min-
ister for the local Church of
Smith has studied at David
Lipscomb and George Peabody col-
leges and at the University. He

worked for ten years for the Nash-
ville Tennessean, traveling * in
seven countries.
Smith who has worked for seven
years as a teacher in public and
private schools, has been in the
ministry for fifteen years.

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B'nai B'rith Holds Program
In Celebration of Anniversary
The B'nai B'rith Hilled Founda-
tion will celebrate its twenty-fifth
anniversary today with an all day
program at the local organiza-
tion's new home at 2101 Hill St.
Rabbi Arthur j. Lelyveld, new
national director of the Hillel
Foundation will deliver the fea-
ture address of the day at 3 p.m.
President Alexander G. Ruth-
ven and Dr. Franklin Littell, SRA
r s: .Director, will speak at the exer-
Established first in 1923 at . fe
University of Illinois, the Hillel
Foundation has spread to over 180
university campuses in North
America. The local chapter was
founded in 1926.
The foundation supplies relig-
RABBI ARTHUR LELYVELD ious, cultural, social and counsel-
... Hillel Director I ing services to Jewish students.
Smith To Give First Sermon


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