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Spoon on Moon

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The University has passed
through another summer with the
usual heat, sweat, and frustration.
But some things of interest and
some excitement have occurred in
the good old summer time in Ann
June 22-University enrollment
reaches 8,824-350 below the rec-
ord of last summer. University
President Alexander G. Ruthven
threw a stinging "NO" to the
House Un-American Affairs Com-
mittee's request for a list of texts
used by the University.
June 23-Eager swimmers were
in for a jolt when the State
Health Commissioner called the
Huron River "too polluted for safe
swimming," along with 50 other
Michigan rivers and streams.
June 24-The State Legislature
passed a compromise appropria-
tion of $11,436,315 for the Univer-
sity's operating budget for the
coming year-more than asmillion
dollars below the sum asked for.
June 25-A 100-year-old puzzle
of Ann Arbor may be solved when
a group of enterprising localities
complete their plans to change
the names of Fourth and Fifth
Streets to better names so they
Will Remain
Formerly Headed
For Junk Heap
Cramped quarters will force the
University to continue using three
old buildings which had been
headed for the scrap heap.
Instead of being torn down,
University Hall, South Wing and
Mason Hall will still be in use
when the fall semester opens, ac-
cording to Vice-President Robert
P. Briggs.
* * *
"WITH CLASSROOM space still
at a premium and many depart-
ments of the literary college forc-
ed to put three or more faculty
"members in one office, it has been
decided that the structures are
needed too badly to be demolished,
Briggs said.
University Hall was built in
1873, Mason Hall in 1841 and
South Hall dates from 1849. All
have been called "unsafe" for
mass student use in their pres-
ent condition.
To meet safety requirements,
most of the space in the aged edi-
fices will be used for offices, li-
braries and research centers, with
only a few classrooms in use.
search will move from its base-
ment quarters in the elementary
school building to the first and
part of the second floor of Uni-
versity Hall.
Tappan Hall, vacated when
the Business Administration
building was completed, will of-
fer more space to overcrowded
literary college departments in
the fall.
A scientific language laboratory
for romance languages will be a
part of South Wing in the fall.
Recording and play-back ma-
chines and listening booths will be
provided for language students
OTHER SPACE in South Wing
will be used by the mathematics
and political science departments
for additional staff offices.
The English, history and psy-
chology departments will ex-

pand into Mason Hall, with the
Psych. 31 staff taking over the
old office of the academic coun-
What was once the registrar's
office will house the Navy Con-
ference Research program, and
aneEngineering Research Insti-
tute business miachines project.
The Army ROTC has already
left its Victorian mansion on State
Street, and along with the Air
Force unit, will join the Navy in
North Hall for the fall term.

won't be confused with Fourth
and Fifth Avenues.
June 26--Students ate more for
less at an innovation in Ann Ar-
bor: Club 211, where 18 meals a
week cost less than $10.00.
June 27--'!On Borrowed Time,"
marked the first of a hit parade of
plays for the summer season given.'
by the speech department's play
June 30-The Summer Student
Directory, with vital statistics of
8,000 students on campus, hit the
streets in a record short time this
summer. It was the first time
they were up for sale within the
first week of school.
July 1 - Strictly for heating
purposes, a new tunnel was com-
pleted from the New Women's
Dorm to the Maternity Hospital.
July 2-The Daily went to town
in inquiring into the strange con-
tour lines on Angell Hall grass--
it turned out that the powerful
weed killer was slightly hard on
the grass, too.
July 3-Mirabeau, the famous
Michigan cat with the M on his
forehead, set off a craze of cat
pictures and stories - it turned
out that the majority of tiger cats
have forehead M's, but Mirabeau
still boasts that he's the first Gen-
uine Michigan Mascot Cat.
July 4 -gThe University broke
its heart and let the students out
for the Fourth of July weekend.
July 6 -- A former University
professor of engineering reared up
on his hind legs and blasted the
University administration as "ob-
viously overpaid in respect to their
producing and academic ability."
July 7-The post-Fourth of July
holiday simmered down to a slow
trot as Ann Arbor fried through
its third or fourth heat wave of
the spring and summer.
July 9-The old Michigan foible
-four out of five women 9:re
beautiful, the fifth goes to Mich-
igan-was upset when a dark-
haired University junior won the
title of Cherry Queen at the Trav-
erse City Cherry Festival.
July 13 - Bob Chappuis, All-
American football star of the Wol-
verines, married his campus
sweetheart in Fargo, N.D.
July 14--While Young Progres-
sives vicketed him for "failing to
act to stop the death of 52-20,"
Gov. G. Mennen Williams said
that he had criticized the State
Legislature for providing "insuf-
ficient funds to run the Univer-
sity." At a Daily press conference
later, he said, "I don't think loy-
alty oaths are worth two cents."
July 15-A huge walking ice
cream cone heralded an "Ice
Cream Carnival" on the lawn of
Betsy Barbour to raise money for
a displaced student.
July 16-Ann Arbor's controver-
sial zoning ordinance reared its
ugly head in an attempt to pre-
vent University fraternities rnd
sororities from expanding or build-

Can a rocket be sent to the
The imagination of Jules Verne
and the travels of Buck Rogers
have helped to make us increas-
ingly conscious of the possibilities
of interplanetary travel.
But what was once just the
dream of a fiction writer-a 240,-
000 mile trip to the moon-may in
the near future become a reality.
* * *
PROF DEAN B. McLaughlin of
the astronomy department ex-
plained that the main problem was
building a rocket which would be
able to carry enough fuel to make
the trip.
The'speed of escape which a
rocket or projectile must ob-
tam to get out of the earth's
atmosphere is seven miles per
second or about 25,000 miles per
Once a rocket obtained this
speed of escape, Prof. McLaughlin
continued, it could coast until it
reached the moon's atmosphere.
Then, fuel would have to be used
to slow up any"space ship" so
that it would not crash into the
surface of the moon.
* * *
Prof. McLaughlin said that a
rocket could be sent to the moon.
But he emphasized that the en-
gineering problem of designing
such a rocket still remains to be
Commenting on the possibili-
ties of reaching the moon, Prof.
Emerson W. Conlon, chairman
of the aeronautical engineering
department, said that multi-type
rockets would have to be used.
(Multi-rockets are composed of
several chambers and as the fuel
in each chamber is consumed, the
chamber drops off.)
Prof. Conlon felt that with

enough funds and more research,
it would be possible to send a
rocket to the moon.
Rocket Society announced that it
was planning a trip to the moon
for about 1960.
They estimated that the cost of
a "moon ship" able to make a
round trip would be about $5,000,-
000 with an additional hundreds
of millions being required for re-
However, the president of the
U.S. Rocket Society, R. L. Farns-
worth, advised the Canadians to
drop the plan; calling them a
"group of amateurs' who got
wrapped up in their own
The plan is mathematically and
theoretically possible, Farnsworth
said, but the problem is one of fi-
The Canadian Society had
planned using a rocket ship 200
feet long, 50 feet in diameter,
weighing about 1,000 tons and
powered by atomic energy which
they felt would have practical ap-
plications before 1960.
shoot a projectile to the moon by
means of a gigantic rifle sunk deep
into the earth.
But this is impractical be-
cause the shock of the initial
acceleration would be too great
for any human being to under-
go. The projectile would also be
traveling through the earth's at-
mosphere at such a terrific speed
that it would burn up.
And then again, there would be
no way of slowing down the pro-
jectile to prevent it from crashing
into the moon's surface.




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ing in residential zones. The leg- -for organizations now, take up
islation was later delayed, four nights a week for footloose
July 17-Don Haynes, the man hand clappers who want to swing
"canned in a car," stopped in Ann their partners.
Arbor for a hair cut. Haynes is July 22 - The University in-
literally welded into a car and has creased its tuition to $150 a year
$25,000 riding on his nose to drive for Michigan students and to $400
140,000 miles. He has some 25,000 for out-of-state students in order
miles under his wheels at latest to meet running costs which the
count. reduced budget would not provide
July 20-The Sun Never Sets on for.
the New Women's Dorm was the July 25-Mirabeau, the M cat
title of an editorial in The Daily of Michigan, again broke into the
in which also appeared a picture headlines as he began to be rivaled
taken at 12:27 p.m. on a Saturday by hundreds of other cats with
night - as bright as daylight. M's, but also got two proposals,
Later the University substituted but unfortunately, they both were
150-watt bulbs for the giant 500 from male cats. Mirabeau's moth-
watters formerly in the dorm lamp cri up and had another litter, this
posts. time with all M cats.
July 21-Square dancing is fast July 27 - The summer geology
becoming all the rage at the Uni- class, 32 weeks rolled into 8, com-
versity-even in the hot weather pleted its series of fieldtrips for
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the summer, which took them to
Ohio; London, Ontario; Lake
Erie; Lansing; and Detroit on six
different occasions.
July 28-A new campus group
--The Gothic Film Society--was
organized to study the fantasy
and sometimes the horror of
Hollywood and French movies-
unfortunately, the academic
"study group" is limited to faculty
members and grad students.
July 20-The Daily launched a
series of articles on discrimina-
tion, results of a poll taken by the
University Survey Research Cen-
ter on discrimination in housing,
dates, eating, and general living.
July 31-Puccini's La Boheme
completed the speech depart-
ment's highly successful summer
run of plays from Broadway, sum-
mer barn theatres and amateur
Aug. 3-After a summer of be-
ing pounded, ripped, torn and gen-
erally degenerated, Hill Audito-
rium was about to emerge an un-
recognizable landmark - on the
inside - with a cost of several
hundred reduced seats, the hall
had a complete new set of chairs
put in-with a tiny bit more
padding and leg room. The walls
and ceilings were also gone over
and will be ready for full-time use
in the fall.
Aug. 5-Students looked for-
ward to their last weekend in Ann
Arbor for the summer but turned
reluctantly but thoughtfully to
exam week before closing their

books and taking off for parts
known only to themselves.
Aug. 6-Jet planes by the dozen
swooped low over the heads of
thousands of spectators at the
Aero Club's gigantic Air Fair at
Willow Run Airport. Also includ-
ed were bombers, fighters and fa-
mous ships such as the 180-pas-
senger Constitution and the Truc-
ulent Turtle, holder of the world's
Aug. 7-The Daily folded its
copy pencils and like Arabs, stole
silently away from the cloistered
halls of the Student Publications
Building until September when i -
would resume publication for the
fall semester.
For a Rainy Day
OAK TREE, N.J.-Some wood-
peckers are very thrifty and use
the holes they drill in trees for
storing acorns, according to local



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of color to liven up your room, the
Student Print Loan Collection has
several hundred reproductions of
oil and water color paintings
which are guaranteed to improve
even the drabbest of walls.
The prints are available to any
student at a rental fee of 50 cents
a print for the semester. However,
there is a limit of one print per
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"WE ARE GOING to have 49
new prints for the fall term," ac-
cording to Mrs. Eloise Wilkinson,
in charge of the collection. The
new prints include reproduc tions

of works of artists who have been
especially popular with students.
Currently available are many
interesting reproductions of
works by such artists as Renoir,
Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, and
the popular American, Winslow
Homer. In addition, the library
offers works by the traditional
old masters of Europe.
The print loan library dates
from the fall of 1947, when the
J. L. Hudson Co. of Detroit pre-
sented it with a gift of 400 repro-
ductions. Since then, the library
has received other gifts and has
bought more prints so that it now
owns 720 pictures.



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