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December 14, 1948 - Image 8

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ROTC Group
Holds Gaging
Program Teaches
Instrument Use
If you see a light burning late
some night this month in the East
Engineering wing, don't get
alarmed at the possibility of
The reason will be the new Ord-
nance Gaging Group, under ROTC
mgnagement, which is hard at
work studying methods of preci-1
sion measurement.
INITIATED late last November,
by Professors O. W. Boston and
J. L. Caldwell, the program is de-
signed .to acquaint Ordnance
ROTC hopefuls in the practical
applications of gaging and in-
specting. Meetings are to be held
once a month.
SMany students, if called into
active duty, need familiarity
with the use of tools and shaft
sections, according to the or-
ganizers. Work is actually done
in the handling of engineering
instruments, including the Zeiss
Optimeter, which measures to
1I10,Olth of an inch accuracy,
the Sheffield Gage and the
Electrolinit Gage.
Each machine is used in con-
junction with precision gage
blocks, and all operations are un-
der the surveillance of expert ad-
REJECTING outmoded methods
of inspecting for defectives, an in-
troduction into quality conrol in-
spection is stressed to the neo-
This procedure involves the
determining of a definite number
of samples with which to work,
and is founded on a more mean-
ingful basis of statistical analy-
sis of probability, rather than
mere percentage.
By such means, students may
ascertain whether apparent vari-
ations are caused by chance or by
manufacturing changes in proc-
ess or control.
The group program will be ex-
panded, probably next semester, to
include similar projects in auto-
motive trouble shooting and armor
plate welding, according to the
ROTC department. All men in
Army Ordnance classes may at-
tend the monthly sessions.
Further information may be ob-
tained at ROTC Headquarters.

Because of the ban, serious jazz lovers have had too much time to
ponder over collections of jazz made static by the Petrillo edict.
This forced reflection over pre-ban "gems" has produced in many
minds serious doubts about the intrinsic music worth of jazz. I am
referring, of course, only to those individuals interested in jazz from
a purely musical standpoint. I exclude those preoccupied with the
business of collecting jazz for the sake of record labels and serial
numbers, partisan analysts of jazz as a socio-economic manifestation,
and the vast multitude of duck-tailed adolescents, white and dark;
primarily carried away with the eccentric cult trappings of dress,
speech, and stimulants prevalent in the jazz world.
THE MERITS and pleasures of jazz are being re-examined by
many of u because we have been forced to the realization that many
of our treasured records, old and new alike, just aren't standing the
test of time.
Most of us became seriously interested in jazz as early adolescents,
when our musical tastes were naive and uncritical. We were encour-
aged by enthusiastic writers, but incompetent musicians like Hughes
Pannassie. Dorothy Baker's soul-searching life of Bix Biederbecke,
Young Man with a Horn, added the necessary metaphysics to round
out jazz as a full-blown missionary cult. Greenwich Village base-
ments, fearful, but thrilling expeditions into the sinister vortex of
Harlem night-life, made stamp-collecting and baseball singularly
But now that the Village and Harlem have lost their early exotic
flavor, all we have left is the music-and the suspicion that it, too,
inay have become a little routine.
JAZZ, IN THE LONG RUN, is unsatisfactory to the serious music
lover because the narrow limits of its form offer little opportunity
for any kind of reflective enjoyment. The response to jazz is imme-
diate, highly kinesthetic. When the pleasurable tensions produced
by the pulse of jazz have subsided, the unsupported musical content
that remains seems pitifully meagre. And for this reason jazz must
maintain itself by constantly producing new tunes, new effects, new
arrangements. Its essentially childish and boring forms must be
kept up to date with faddish names and mumbo-jumbo-but, after
all, Boogie Woogie turns out to be just the blues and most Be-bop
numbers can be distilled down to some old chestnut like I've Got
A very comprehensive revolution must occur in jazz. Be-bop is
certainly not the answer: It helped to emancipate jazz harmonically.
but didn't in any way alter its basic structure. Boyd Raeburn and the
school of ultra-arranged jazz don't have the answer, either. The
Boston Pops" and Paul Whiteman have been fiddling around with
the same stuff for years.
WHAT REALLY MUST happen is a broad expansion of form.
Throw out all the old tunes. Basically they are all the same, can
all be fitted on to three or four standard patterns. A new form must
be created that goes beyond the tight limits of How High the
Moon or Body and Soul. This new form must permit the swing
and spontaneity so essential in jazz to play a prominent role, but at
the same time it must enourage more disciplined experiments with
polyphony, polyrhythm of a genuine sort. It will require more ma-
ture musicians and writers. But is that too much to ask?
CountyOfficers Train at MSC

New Council Works for Grads'Aide

International Center Brightens
ForeignStudents' Christmas

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Graduate School students have
again banded together to pro-
tect and secure their various in-
terests on the Michigan. campus.
The newly-formed Graduate
Student Council, which will take
steps in many directions, plans
to do everything possible to ob-
tain better housing for the grad-
uate students, particularly wom-
en, acoording to, council mem-
* * *
THE HOUSING accommoda-
tions at dormitories, which are
set aside for graduate women
each year, are not considered ade-

quate in number. "The University
expects that the majority of grad-
uate students will seek housing
off the campus but this is not
actually happening," Mr's. Lois
Beltran, house director at the
Rackham Building said.
Graduate students also want
a change in the present lan-
guage requirements. This re-
quirement is departmental at
the master level and standard
for anyone seeking a doctorate.
Before receiving a doctor's de-
gree, the student must pass a
reading examination in both
French and German.

The complaint of graduate stu-
dents, concerning seating at foot-
ball games will also be dealt with
by the Council. Seating has al-
ways been dependent upon the
number of semesters a student
has spent at the University, mak-
ing no special provision for new
students from other schools.
The only orientation offered to
graduate students entering the
university for the first time is a
small information pamphlet,
which the students deem quite

Plans to brighten the Christmas
vacations of foreign students un-
able to go home this Christmas
are being made by the Interna-
tional Center.
About a third of the Univer-
sity's foreign students will be
placed in American homes in
Cleveland, Saginaw and New
* * *
A TWO-WEEK tour of Mex-
ico City is being planned for fif-
teen foreign studer ts as part of
the International Center's edu-
cational touring program.

direction of homer E. Under-
wood of the International Cen-
ter, will take the students to
such historic buildings as Zo-
calo, Montezuma's ancient pal-
A Christmas party for the chil-
dren of foreign students remain-
ing on campus and their Ameri-
can friends, will be held Sunday
at the International Center.
Santa Claus will be there t
give gifts to the children. Car-
toons will be shown and refresh-

The tour, which is under the ments served.


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EAST LANSING - (K') -Train-
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igan State College.
More than 150 newly-elected
county officials are expected to
take part in the courses of the

Michigan Institute of Local Gov-
First to arrive will be county
sheriffs, who will attend a five-
day training program conducted
mainly at the East Lansing State
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