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THUR5l3 Y, APRIL 19, 1951,


Pacific Albatross Lacks
Efficient Landing Gear

The graceful, low-swooping al-
batross may be a beautiful sight to
see against a sky-blue background,
but he really has trouble when he
lowers his gear and comes in for a
So Paul Bernardin, Grad., re-
calls when he remembers the many
"sailors of the skies" he saw while
on duty in the Pacific.
e * M
"THE WANDERING albatross
can soar like the breeze, but he
sure pancakes when he tries to
land-he either undershoots or
overshoots. He's about as big as a
smal goose and looks something
like a sea gull-but he's nothing
but a lame duck when it comes
to landing and taking off."
A replica of this bird of contra-
dictions can be seen on the third
floor of the University Museums.
Though its landing technique
is questionable, the albatross'
Cam pus
Events Today
presidentand comptroller of the
Chrysler Corporation, will speak on
"Current Accounting Problems" at
8 p.m. in Rm. 3-A of the Union.
The talk is being sponsored by
Beta Alpha Psi, accounting frater-
nity. All interested are welcome to
of Washington University Medical
School, will speak on "Responsi-
bility of the Pathologist in the
Diagnosis and Treatment of Can-
cer" at 1:30 p.m., in the School of
Public Health auditorium.
* * *
L. P. COOKINGHAM, city man-
ager of Kansas City, will speak at
,7:30 p.m. the West Conference
Room of the Rackham Bldg. on the
history of the city manager plan
In Kansas City at a social seminar
of the American Society for Public
Administration. The public is in-
* * *.
THE UNIVERSITY Institute for
Social Research will play host to
a meeting of the Detroit chapter of
the American Statistical Associa-
tion at 8 p.m. in West Hospital.
A dinner at the League will pre-
cede the meting.
Carillonneur, will present the first
in a series of spring concerts at
7:15 p.m.
The program, which will orig-
inate in Burton Memorial Tower,
will include compostions by Bach,
DeGruytters, Strauss and a group
of American folk songs.
Ten Students
Receive Music
.School Awards
Ten students received awards
yesterday at the School of Music
honors program which was high-
lighted by an address by Prof,
David D. Boyden, of the Univer-
sity of California.
In addition, 23 students were
initiated into Pi Kappa Lambda,
honorary musical society which
sponsored the honors program
Prof. Boyden, who spoke on
"Music and Management," will
lecture again at 4:15 p.m. today
In the Rackham Amphitheatre on
"String Music of the 18th Cen-

Announcement of honors was
made by Allen Britton, chairman
of the committee on scholarships
in the School of Music.
The Albert Stanley Medal for
outstanding musical achievement
was presented to Theodore O.
Johnson, Jr., '51, Jerome Jelinek,
'52, received the Chamber Music
Society Award and James D. Ber-
ry, '51, the Albert Lockwood Me-
morial Award.
Kathleen M. $ond, '53, and Pa-
tricia A. Joy, '52, were recipients
of the Sigma Alpha Iota Award.
Jesse 0. Sanderson, '51, and Rob-
ert D. Cogan, '51, were awarded
the James L. Babcock Scholar-
Nears Climax
Somewhat hampered by a lack
of controversial issues, the cam-

faithfulness In following the
same ship for days is an estab-
lished fact.
"A ship's log recorded that
sailors had caught an albatross
and painted its breast and wings
with tar. Then they let him go.
Sure enough, for six days they
spotted this same bird following
along behind them," Bernardin
went on.
THE SAILORS' old superstition
of the albatross as a good-luck
symbol during a long voyage is a
tough one to trace.
"It's hard to tell just how this
thing got started. Sailors be-
lieve that the soul of a departed
old salt is soaring around up
there in the albatross. When
you're out on the sea for days
and see nothing but water-
well, it's possible that anything
could make pretty good sense
to you."
Despite their oceanic habitat al-
batrosses do get sea-sick. Ber-
nardin pointed out.
"They can't stand being ground-
ed on a ship's deck for too long.
But why anyone would want to
catch one and tie it down is some-
thing I can't understand. That
bird belongs in the sky-he's really
a born flyer."

Aid to India
To Be Urged
A "Wheat for India" meeting of
University students and represen-
tatives of civic groups tomorrow
will urge swift Congressional ac-
tion on a pigeonholed bill which
would save thousands of Indians
from impending starvation.
Sponsored by t h e UNESCO
Council, \the meeting will take
place at 4:15 p.m. in the Inter-
national Center. It will feature
three speakers, leading off with
John B. Muehl, instructor in the
English department and author of
"Interview With India."
Following Muel's talk, Hiru
Shah, Grad, of Bombay, and B. V.
Govindarag, Grad, of Madras, will
review the need for speedy ship-
ment of 2,000,000 tons of grain to
their country.
The purpose of the meeting, ac-
cording to one of its sponsors, Bill
Grove, is mainly informational.
"Most people don't know what
is holding this bill up," Grove
said. "If they did they would be
sick at heart to learn that the
Congress has delayed aid to India
and thereby helped bring on one
of the worst famines in history."
As a result of the meeting, Grove
hoped students and Ann Arbor
residents would contact key Con-
gressmen and urge them to bring
the bill out of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee.


s Theatre Club Gives Ann Arbor
First dig Dose of Arena Style Plays



. )




BEHIND the chipped brick fa-
cade and up two flights of
stairs of a Washington St. rental
building is the lair of the Arts
Theater Club-the small profes-
sional organization which is giv-
ing Ann Arbor its first concen-
trated taste of arena style theatre.
The club has received lavish
praise for its first three produc-
tions Jean Paul Sartre's "The
Respectable Prostitute," Philip
Barry's "Hotel Universe" and
Henrik Ibsen's "The Master Build-
er." Currently a Restoration com-
edy, "The Recruiting Officer" by
George Farquhar, is playing to
full houses.
The acting group is the reali-
zation of a dream cherished for
more than three years by a group
of campus drama enthusiasts.

BEGINNING with speech de-
partment productions, and then
turning to the Inter-Arts Union,
the group constantly sought the
sort of informal, intimate theatre
which they felt could best realize
their personal ambitions and fit
in with the slowly-developing new
direction in American theatre.
Informality and versatility are
the hallmarks of Arts Theater
productions. The nine members
of the company rotate directing,
acting and production duties
among themselves. The director
of one production may find him-
self designing scenery or taking
a leading role in the next one.
Everyone, including the business
manager helps with scenery and
Actors also double as announc-
,ers and coffee vendors during

intermission and after the play.
In line with their efforts to
produce informal, vital drama,
the acting members of the club
make themselves available for
casual and stimulating discus-
sion on the current production
directly after the last curtain.
Local group interest in the pro-
duction of drama which the act-
ing members of the Theater Arts
Club are trying to stimulate
among their growing membership
of 800, has been hailed by many
drama critics as the only hope
for the encouragement of vital,
new American drama.
After the 12-week spring sea-
son runs out, the acting company,
hopes to find a summer theatre
where they can work as a unit.
Next fall they plan to be back
again at 2091/2 E. Washington.
THE IDEA for the theatre was
born three years ago in a board
ing house where Strowan Robert-
son and Jerry Lepard, then stu-
dents at the University, were liv-
ing. Often they talked late into
the evenings of their dreams of
founding a repertory group in
Ann Arbor.
For two years the enterprise was
only talk, as Robertson and Lep-
ard slowly sold their friends in
the Inter-Arts Union on the
Then, last December, Lepard,
looking for a place to live, dis-
covered the spot on Washing-
It was a large room on the third
floor of the building which had
at various times been a dance stu-
dio, a dormitory for graduate
students and a physics research
laboratory. Lepard decided the
place was too large to live in 'but
that it was just the spot for a
theater club.
* * *


Vuleans Add Brass Anvil
To Campus Landseaie.

A new relic has been added to
the welter of fraternity founder's
benches, memorial rocks and class
fountains which now dot the cam-
pus landscape.
The brass anvil of the Vulcans,
senior engineering honor society,
lying firmly embedded in a gleam-
ing concrete block, now graces the
barren ground northwest of the
engine arch.
* * *
THE ANVIL was put in its pres-
ent resting place just before
spring vacation, according to Bob
Brungraber, '51E, Vulcan presi-
dent. Its placement marked the
final flowering of a plot which has
* * *

Quad .Radio
Stations Merge
West and East Quad radio sta-
tions marked the merger of their
programming into an inter-dorm
network yesterday with plans for
future expansion of their coverage
to other dormitories.
The East Quad station, WEQN,
has been sending programs to
Stockwell for two months by tele-
phone cable, and now there are
plans to extend the service to
Mosher-Jordan and Alice Lloyd
Hall in a few weeks.
UNDER the merger, both WEQN
and West Quad station WQRS will
have one voice, with both stations
alternately supplying programs.
Dorm residents pick up the pro-
grams on their radios through the
electric wires in their buildings.
Programs from the University's
FM station - WUOM, are often
used on the inter-dorm wired radio
system. A few special programs
like the New York Philharmonic on
Detroit station WJR are also used,
The network is scheduled to car-
ry all the University's nine home
baseball games this year, plus on
the spot broadcasts of important
campus affairs.

been considered at Vulcan head-
quarters for several years, he said.
The anvil itself has been float-
ing around the engineering
building as long as the current
generation of engineers can re-
member. Lack of a suitable block
to mount the Vulcan symbol held
up the project for several
The monument, which commem-
orates the founding of Vulcans in
1904, is constructed to withstand
the most pernicious of pillagers,
Brungraber reported. The anvil,
which was formerly hollow, is
filled with cement, with iron sup-
ports extending into the concrete
block on which it rests.
The block itself, he said defiant-
ly, is anchored firmly to the ground
by long rods.
At first, the plan was to replace
the present brass anvil with a steel
one which would ring impressively
when struck. Then Vulcan pledges
could spend their initiation period
pounding a noisy chorus with
sledge hammers, as was the custom
in days of yore, Brungraber re-
However, nostalgic attachment
to the brass anvil caused the
scheme to be dropped. The cement
filling in the present creation ren-
ders it virtually noiseless, he
mourned. "We'll.have to be content
with making the neophytes polish
Tead To Address
Honor Students
Ordway Tead, chairman of the
New York City Board of Higher
Education, will speak on "The
Fruits of Scholarship" at the 28th
Annual Honors Convocation at 11
a.m., April 27, in Hill Auditorium.
Invitations to the convocation
have been sent to the 702 under-
graduates who will be honored
and their families. Those hon-
ored will be students who have a
grade average of at least half
"A" and half "B" for the past two
In addition, recognition will be
paid to students who have re-
ceived special awards based on
outstanding achievements in par-
ticular fields.
. . will be at the Women's
League Building Lobby Thurs-
day, April 19 from 12:30 to
3:30. Students interested in
foreign or domestic travel are
invited to talk about SITA
TOURS with Carol Collins.
Daily Classifieds
Bring Quick Results

GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE-With only one dressing room for
the whole group, things sometimes get a little crowded during a
quick change. Here Bette Ellis changes her dress behind the
screen as Jerry Lepard puts on his spats.

COFFEE WORKER-Pat Newhall starts to prepare the coffee
for the evening's performance. Coffee is served to the club's
members during intermissions and after performances in the
clubroom. Miss Newhall, in addition to being the vice-president
in charge of coffee, actress and director, also organizes the dis-
cussions which occasionally follow a performance.

HE CALLED together Robert-
son and Dana Elcar, one of those
who had become most interested
in starting the group, and the
club started to change from dream
to -reality. First the triogot
enough money to rent the place,
then they started building up a
full time acting company.
The three started with them-
selves,- Robertson quit as a
teaching fellow in the speech
department, Elcar and Lepard
left school.
People who at one time or an-
other had been interested in the
club's idea were rounded up from
all over the country. Bette Ellis
came back from New York where
she had been acting for a year.
* * s
ED TROUPIN left a Boston lab-
oratory. Closer to home, Joyce
Edgar quit her job in a Detroit
bookstore, Pat Newhall left senool
and SonyaRaimi dropped her job
in the General Library.
Next on the program was an
intensive renovating of the
theatre, which was done by the
crew at the same time they,
were rehearsing their first
show. Everybody pitched in,
and after a few short weeks of
around - the - clock labor the
transformation was accom-
But the installation of the group
has not been accomplished with-
out some small readjustments on.
the part of its neighbors. On the
floor below the theater.are a dress
shop and a dance studio.
The dress shop didn't bother
the operations of the club at all,
but during the group's first per-
formances practicing tap dancers
could be heard from the dance
studio below.
This was solved after a short
conference with the dance in-
structor. "We reached a com-
promise," club Business Manager
Troupin said. "Now she only
teaches ballet at night."


__ __:: WAITING FOR CUE-Warren Pickett, who besides acting and
TWO FOR THURSDAY?-With reservation book in front of him, directing for the group doubles as its light man, waits for the cue
club Business Manager Ed Troupin listens as a club member to turn down the lights. Through an arrangement of mirrors,
phones in the date he wants to attend. one of which he is looking into, Pickett can see the whole stage.


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