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April 18, 1951 - Image 6

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Gas Company Crew Seeks
lusive Leak in Main Pipe

Musical Will Feature
Unique StageEffects

END OF DAY-A power-hammer is used to pack down dirt that
covers a freshly plugged gas main leak. Heavy traffic over State
St. has caused so many joints in the pipe to be loosened that the
whole thing is being reclamped together.
' Professor Dubious
On Loyalty ath Issue

Escaping gas is causing destruc-
tion of whole chunks of State St.
For the past month a crew of
three men from an Ann Arbor
commercial gas company have
been drilling and digging good
sized holes at twelve foot intervals
along the west side of the street
from N. University toward St.
Thomas church.
of the crew, denied that the work-
men are using a systematic hit-
and-miss method of uncovering an
elusive leak in the gas main run-
ning beneath the campus thor-
"The whole thing leaks,"
Rothenbecker said.
He noted that some joints in the
pipe do not leak badly, but each
one is checked as there is no way
of telling the condition of in-
dividual sections of the main.
"IT'S WHAT you find wherever
this old caste-iron piping is used.
Most of the mains in the city are
steel now, but we have enough re-
pairs on the old stuff to keep us
busy for life."
Rothenbecker expects his pres-
ent job to last at least three
weeks longer. Only three sections
can be covered in a day's work.
The main is about five feet below
the street and has been loosened
by heavy traffic. It is reached by
power hammers and then the
leaky joints are plugged by rubber
and steel clamps.
* w
SO FAR there have been no
mishaps from the escaping gas.
But Rothenbecker said that if
neglected for any length of time,
the leaks could prove dangerous
and expensive.
Whenthe gas company crew
pulls out-after coating the hole
with a layer of asphalt-the job
of resurfacing the street is left
to the city.
..And this is one of the biggest
parts of the task. A spokesman for
the Department of Publio Works
says he has to have a gang of
workers year round - just to fill
Decontrol Debated
F e d e r a 1 Housing Expeditor
Tighe Woods has announced that
he is now carefully considering a
recommendation by Washtenaw
County's Rent Advisory Board
that rent controls be removed in
Ann Arbor.

Unique production effects, in-
volving chemistry to keep a crock
of gold glowing, and utilizing phy-
sical principals to create a clima-
tic rainbow, will highlight the
Student Players' presentation of
"Finian's Rainbow."
In the musical a young girl and
her father come to the! United
States to bury a pot of gold which
has been stolen from an Irish
leprechaun. This crock glows
throughout the entire play, and
explodes at the end turning to
dross. This is managed by un-
disclosed chemical processes.
* * * .
duced by shining a spotlight
through a prism, and a further
tricky change is effected when a
white "senator" turns black be-
fore the eyes of the audience.
As long as Og, the leprechaun,

does not have his crock of gold,
he continues to change slowly
into mortal, and costuming
and make-up will show this
creeping transition.
In addition to the technical in-
tricacies, a large singing and
dancing chorus, plus a 28 piece
orchestra; will enliven the stage
of Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
when the play opens at 8 p.m. to-
morrow ,
Hailed by critics as a "colossal"
musical fantasy, the Ann Arbor
production will run through Sat-
urday, and will be presented at a
Saturday matinee at s p e c i a 1
Tickets may be purchased at
the theatre box-office for 99 cents
and $1.20 for the evening perform-
ances, and 74 and 90 cents for the

ART ENTHUSIASTS-President Alexander G. Ruthven shows
Marie Diamond, '52, and William Altman, '52 BAd, some of the
new additions to the Art Print Loan Collection presented to the
University by a Detroit department store.
Art Loan Collection Total
boosted by New Prints

Though the University of Cali-
fornia loyalty oath was ruled un-
constitutional by a unanimous de-
cision of State court of appeals,
one University professor doubted
that the battle for academic free-
dom had ended.
The loyalty oath, which de-
manded that all employees of the
University of California declare
they were hot and never had been
members of the Communist party
or face suspension from the uni-
versity payroll, was ruled uncon-
stitutional on April 7.
there was no comment fromthe
California regents who supported
the oath. However, Prof,-Emeri-
Tribe To Induct
Pres. Ruthvenu
A tribe of feminine "Indians",
wil hold a pow-wow in President
Alexander G. Ruthven's front yard
at noon tomorrow to initiate the
retiring University head into their
Calling themselves the "Maizi-
gamuas," the young squaws will
ceremoniously attire President
Ruthven with a feathery headress
designating him as honorary chief-
The "Maizigamuas" claim a
tribal association with Ann Arbor1
which predates the founding of the
University. Their appearance this
week, however, strangely coincides
with the approach of Frosh week-
end April 27 and 28.
The Maizigamua tribe is com-
posed of members of the Maize
team, which will compete with the
Blue aggregation in Frosh activi-
The tribe claims ownership of all
the campus, but some settlement is
expected to result from Thursday's
parley with President Ruthven,
according to publicity director
Anne Schmitz, '54.

tus John L. Blumm of the journa-
lism department felt sure they
would canvass any possibilities of
reinstating the oath in full force,
"They might appeal the deci-
sion to the state supreme court,
but I hope they appreciate that
it's a victory for academic free-
dom." Prof. Blumm is a mem-
ber of the Council for the Arts,
Sciences and Professions, which
previously protested the Cali-
fornia oath.
Courthaction onthe oath was
started by 20 professors who took
the case tocourt on the grounds
they had been illegally dismissed.
The court ruled that professors
were "public servants," and there-
fore should not be subjected to
"unfair" employment restrictions.
They were reinstated, after the
court decision, by the action of
the Regents.
THE TWO-YEAR life span of
the oath resulted in the firing
of 26 faculty members, protest
resignations by 37 more, cutting
55 courses from the curriculum,
and 47 offers of appointment
turned down according to a bulle-
tin published by the Group for
Academic Freedom.
The bulletin, which was pub-
lished by a group of California
professors, explained that top-
flight menin history, theoretical
physics, psychology and philoso-
phy were among the group
which left Berkeley. These men
had all signed the California
Teachers Oath, pledging their
support to the state constitution.
They balked at signing a nega-
tive oath which would make
them liable for dismissal.
Educational societies across the
country took up the cry against
the California provision. More
than 1200 educators in 40 Ameri-
can colleges and universities
signed protests against the act.
Following the appeals court de-
cision the same societies sent
congratulatory messages.

Art-conscious students will have'
an even wider selection of loan
prints from which to choose room
decorations next semester as a re-
sult of a gift of 207 new prints by
the J. L. Hudson Co. of Detroit.
The $1,000 donation brings to
near the 1,000 mark the number
of prints owned by the Art Print
Loan Collection and rented to stu-
dentssat a charge of 50 cents a
THE PRINTS, selected by Frank
M,. Ludden of the fine arts depart-
Women's Glee
Club To Sing
Climaxing its 1951 Spring sea-
son, the Women's Glee Club will
present its annual Spring Concert
at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in Patten-
gill Auditorium, under the direc-
tion of Mrs. Samuel Estep.
The concert will include a var-
iety of contemporary choral
works, a group of Latin-American
melodies and selections from the
cycle of Six Love Songs by
The program will be divided in-
to three parts. The first will in-
clude the Latin-American num-
bers and will feature soprano so-
loist Ellen Traxler, '51 SM.
The second section will be made
up of American folk music and
the final group will be composed
of a medley of college songs.

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ment, include student requests,
mostly in the Impressionist and
later periods, according to Mrs.
Vivian Perlis, director of the col-
The new prints will be framed
andavailable for circulation for
the first time this summer.
From 50 to 75 of these will be
on display May 2 through 12
in the first floor corridor of the
Architecture Building.
TheiArt Print Loan Collection
was originally the idea of Presi-
dent Ruthven and Dean of Stu-
dents EricheA. Walter. In 1947 the:
collection was inaugurated by a
gift of 400 prints by the sameDe-
troit department store. Since
then, new prints have been add-
ed and framed with funds from
student print fees and gifts from
local residents, alumni, faculty
and the Office of Student Affairs.
Recruiting Means
To Be Discussed
"Recruiting Then and Now"
will be the theme of an audience
participation discussion to be held
following the 8 p.m. performance
today of "The Recruiting Officer"
by the Arts Theatre Club.
On hand to compare modern-
day recruiting methods with those
shown in the restoration comedy
will be Sgt. Norwood Boadway,
who is attached to the Ann Ar-
bor recruiting station of the Army
and Air Force.

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