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Swallow Legend Blasted
By ' Mseum1 Curator
By DAVE THOMAS
Just as spring has come to Ann
Arbor, so have the swallows come
back to Capistrano.
But the fable that they have
mysteriously arrived on the same
date for the past 170 years, as re-
cently celebrated in the nation's
press, is nothing but just that-a
AT LEAST SO SAID Prof. Jos-
selyn Van Tyne, curator of birds
at the University Museum of Zo-
ology, when asked to account for
this amazing regularity.
According to Prof. Van Tyne,
there is no reason to suppose
that the winged population of
Mission San Juan Capistrano
returns on a special date any
more than it would be accurate
to say that the robins reappear
in Ann Arbor on the same day
"Frequently these 'birds return
Class in June
A record-breaking number of
University students, tentatively to-
taling 3,882, will receive diplomas
The previous record was set last
June, when 3,265 were awarded de-
LARGEST NUMBER of students
-1,215-is expected to graduate
from the literary college. About
97, graduate school students are
scheduled to receive degrees.
Breakdown for other schools
and colleges follows: engineer-
ing, 474; business administra-
tion, 394; Law, 167; music, 112;
medicine, 107; forestry, 85; pub-
lic health, 80; architecture, 54;
dentistry, 50; pharmacy, 27;
Among the medical school grad-
uates, approximately 15 will be
women. Two women are expected
to graduate from Law School.
* * *
UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS esti-
mated that the actual number of
June graduates will drop to about
3500 by the time graduation cere-
monies roll around.
They explained that the num-
ber of expected graduating stu-
dents usually decreases by ten per
cent or more.
to Capistrano many days before
the official announcement of their
arrival is released. It's a joke of
long standing out there."
BIRDS ARE able to return to
certain localities at nearly the
same time every year, but it would
be impossible for them to appear
on exactly the same date for any
period of time, he maintained.
Most ornithologists now agree
that a bird's physiological cycle,
which stimulates it to begin the
migration, is controlled by
glands of internal secretion, ac-
cording to Prof. Van Tyne.
These glands, in turn, are ap-
parently influenced by steadily in-
creasing quantities of light as
found in the changing length of
the days as spring approaches. It
is this process which causes them
to leave their southern ranges at
about the same time each spring.
BUT, ALTHOUGH a bird may
leave for the north at approxi-
mately the same time each spring,
weather conditions may alter their
arrival in the north considerably.
In Ann Arbor this year, for
instance, bird watchers observed
the arrival of bluebirds, killdeers,
meadowlarks and other species
more than a month ago.
To Watch Moil
Students who have applied for
summer trips abroad may be
stranded on the dock-if their
mail is stranded in Ann Arbor over
the vacation, according to Sue Si-
rus, '50, chairman of the NSA
Miss Sirus explained that if
letters addressed to students ac-
cepting their applications do not
get to students on time, they may
fail to comply with deadlines for
She advised tour-goers to send
their revised address for the cam-
pus holiday to the travel agency
they applied to in order that mail
may be sent to the proper place.
The travel bureau will be open
from 4 to 4:45 p.m. today in Rm.
1010 Administration Building to
advise students who wish to travel
abroad next summer.
Students and financial embar-
rassment seem to go together--
but there is a cure for those check
One of the best ways to pick up
money while getting an education
is through one of the many jobs
listed with the Personnel Officer,
according to Gordon Critchell, re-
sponsible for student employment.
Since September, 1948, about
200 students have made their way
to the third floor office in the Ad-
ministration Building to apply for
part time jobs.
OF THESE, bout 7 per cent have
been placed in jobs, Critchell said.
Jobs range from bus driving
and modeling to raking leaves
on a Saturday afternoon.
One of the most unusual re-
quests for student labor came
from the vertebrate biology de-
partment which asked for "one
cage washer to clean animal cages
and feed and stroke the inhabi-
Although more students apply
for short term positions, the long
range part time jobs add up to a
greater number of work hours, the
personnel officer said.
* * *
"THIS IS because students may
come in for a job when they're
broke or need a lot of money--
just before J-Hop or vacation
time," Critchell pointed out.
Because students are away
from their residences so much,
the personnel officer often finds
ft difficult to contact would-be
"The best thing to do is just to
drop into the office now and then
to see what the' job possibilities
are," he advised.
The supplement to the literary
college announcement for next
year is being prepared, but it will
not be ready until after vacation,
according to Assistant Dean
The supplement will describe in-
terdepartmental programs of con-
centration to be set up under the
new curriculum requirements in
the literary college.
PENSACOLA-The Navy's huge
transport, Constitution, can clear
a 50-foot obstacle, land and stop
in only 2,300 feet.
SRA Workers Given Awards
BUNDLES FROM HEAVEN-Mrs. Edwin W. Schwab, who was 14
on March 5, is shown with her two sons, Robert and Richard, who
were born Sunday afternoon at Plainwell, Mich., near Kalamazoo.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hall, Shelbyville. Her
husband is now in the service.
Lectures on 'Fanily Living
Wille Open to 'U" Students
Many veterans each month run
the risk of allowing their Na-
tional Life Insurance to lapse be-
cause they don't take a second
look before mailing in their prem-
ium payments, according to the
Last month the VA District Of-
fice in Columbus, O., received more
than 350 checks, money orders
and postal notes which could not
be cashed because of two common
A great number were not signed.
Others were made payable to
companies and organizations hav-
ing no connection with the Vet-
Immediate attempts are made
to rectify such mistakes, but if
the erring veteran is near the
end of his 31-day grace period
there is great danger that his
insurance may lapse, the VA
All checks, money orders and
postal notes should be made pay-
able to the Treasurer of the United
States. If the veteran does not
have a premium envelope and does
not know his insurance number,
he must make sure his payment
is accompanied by his full name,
address and armed forces serial
Inter-Racial Association - Fo-
rum discussion of the "Psycholog-
ical, Anthropological and Relig-
ious Viewpoint on Inter-Mar-
riage." 7:30 p.m., Michigan League.
Committee to End Discrimina-
tion-Meeting to discuss ways to
aid passage of a State Senate Bill
which would outlaw discrimina-
tion on Michigan College cam-
puses. 4 p.m., Michigan League.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society-
Full rehearsal for chorus and prin-
cipals of the forthcoming produc-
tion of the light opera "Patience."
7 p.m., Michigan League.
Two University students are
$150 richer because of their inter-
faith work in various guilds and
the Student Religious Association.
Lewis Towler and Philip Cul-
bertson were recently awarded the
Arnold Schiff and B'nai B'rith
Council awards at the annual
Brotherhood Banquet at Lane
TOWLER, a junior in the liter-
ary college, plans to use his $100
Schiff scholarship for study for
Culbertson's award is the
B'nai B'rith award for $50 worth
LORAIN, O.-Billionaires have
their own problems. It takes two
thousand years to spend a billion
dollars, according to the World
Book Encyclopedia-that is if you
spend it at the rate of one dollar
of religious books. A graduate
student in aeronautical engi-
neering, he works at the Willow
Run Airport wind tunnel at the
The 1948-49 presentations con-
tinue a four year tradition at the
University. The Arnold Schiff
scholarship was given in 1944 in
memory of a University student
who was killed in an automobile
Fa jans Honored
Announcement was made yes-
terday by the American College of
Physicians of the awarding of a
research fellowship in the college
to Dr. Steffan S. Fajans, resident
in internal medicine at University
A graduate of the University.
Dr. Fajans is to use the fellowship
to undertake studies with Dr. Je-
rome Conn in metabolism and
gland research at tfe Hospital.
Two admission-free lectures on
family living, open to all students,
will be offered April 13 and 26.
University authorities on child
care and psychology will speak at
the lectures, which are designed
For 'U' Loans
University students in need of<
temporary financial assistance
can apply for a University loan at
Men interested in obtaining a
loan may file an application with
Mrs. Elizabeth Alfvin in the Stu-
dent Affairs Office. Women should
contact Associate Dean of Wom-
en, Mary C. Bromage, while all
foreign students must first clear
through Dean of Students, Erich
Short term loans of up to $300
are available for a 30 day period,
while long term loans of larger
amounts are left up to the discre-
tion of the University Loan Com-
All loans, which are granted on
the basis of real need, carry an in-
terest rate of three per cent a
to supplement the marriage and
family relations series which end-
ed last night.
THE LECTURES will be spon-
sored by a University committee
which is exploring the problems of
family life education at the Uni-
versity. Prof. Robert C. Angell,
chairman of the sociology depart-
ment, heads the committee.
Dr. Ernest H. Watson, asso-
ciate professor of pediatrics and
communicable diseases, will dis-
cuss "The Care and Feeding of
Young Infants" at the first ses-
sion, April 13.
Dr. Watson is a recognized au-
thority on nutrition.
"THE SOCIAL AND Emotional
Relations of Parents and Chil-
dren" will be the topic of Dr.
Ralph M. Patterson, professor of
psychiatry, at the second lecture,
Both lectures will be held at 8
p.m. in Rackham lecture hall.
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