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New Atom Theory Stirs Controversy

U' Sets Pace in Educational Television


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By MIKE SCHERER tem is derived from the Electron-

A revolutionary periodic system
of the elements, guaranteed to be
"simple enough that any high
school student can understand it,"
has been placed on public sale in
the Detroit and Windsor area.
A scientific controversy devel-
oped when its originator, Victor G.
Von Kleist, accused professional
scientists, editors and professors
of being narrow-minded and un-
willing to accept new ideas.
The theory was put on the open
market by Von Kleist after sev-
eral scientific journals refused to
publish it.
THE VON KLEIST Periodic Sys-
African Civil
Service Posts
Open to Grads
Civil service positions in the De-
partment of Education and Social
Welfare of the Gold Coast gov-
ernment, Africa, are now avail-
able to graduates with a BA or
MA degree.
According to J.D.D.A. Dickson,
Grad., of the Gold Coast, the
country "is in dire need of tech-
nicians and teachers in every field,
because of the increasing indus-
trial expansion and the new sys-
tem of compulsory education."
Salaries for holders of a BA
degree begin at $1428 and for a
MA, $3360, plus a 20 per cent
cost of living bonus. Family and
other allowances are made and
a bungalow is provided at nomi-
nal rent. Round-trip transpor-
tation is also paid.
Contracts for the positions may
be signed for from two to four
Positions for students in field
work as assistant registrars of
cooperative societies are also avail-
able. A college degree, preferably
in economics, is required. More
information may be secured from
the International Development
Association, 1740 K. Street, N. W.,
Washington 6, D.C., or from Dick-
Tickets on Sale
For One Act Plays
Tickets are still available for the
final presentation of the speech
department's second bill of one act
plays at 8 p.m. today in Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater.
The bill includes a social satire,
"Sham" by Frank G. Tompkins;
a famed tragedy, Euripides "Me-
dea"; and "The Stronger" by Au-
gust Strindberg, a serious drama.
Tickets at 30 cents can be obtained
at Lydia Mendelssohn box office.

Spindle Theory, a revolutionary

concept of the origin
of the atom.

and structure

The leading postulate of the
theory, that the electron is the
only elementary atomic particle,
was met with scepticism by Uni-
versity scientists.
According to Von Kleist, elec-
trons crystallize into electron spin-
dles to form the group of single
electron spindles;gphotons, me-
sons, hydrogen, protons, neutrons,
deuterium, tritium, helium and
alpha particles.
PROF. R. W. PARRY of the
University chemistry department,
called the whole electron-spindle
idea "fantastic." According to
Parry, there are many such radical
theories of atomic structure in-
troduced every year, but none can
be backed up by experimental
He said that periodic systems
are easily fabricated so that
melting point trends and other
atomic phenomena seem rea-
sonable, but the theories fall
apart when analyzed along other
Parry noted that the scientific
journals are willing to publish any
new theory backed up by substan-
tial theoretical and experimental


He believed that the VonI

Events Today
MOVIES-The University Muse-
ums will present three movies:
"Hudson Bay," "Road to Gaspe,"
and "Alaska, The Eskimo Hunt-
ers" at 7:30 p.m. today in Kellogg
The movies are presented in co-
operation with the University
Audi-Visual Education Center.
LECTURE-Rabbi Herschel Ly-
mon, B'nai B'rith director, will
speak on Jewish customs at the
weekly luncheon discussion at
12:15 p.m. tomorrow at Lane Hall.
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CONCERT-The Collegium Mu-
sicum, in cooperation with the
Museum of Art, will present a
concert at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, in
the main concourse of Alumni
Memorial Hall. Under the direc-
tion of Prof. Louise Cuyler, and
Jean Paul Slusser, director of the
Museum of Art, the Collegium Mu-
sicum will dedicate the perform-
ance to old or little-known music.
Language Group
Headed by Kiddie
Prof. Lawrence B. Kiddle of the
romance languages department
was named president of the Amer-
ican Association of Teachers of
Spanish and Portugese at the as-
sociation's annual meeting Dec.
26-27 in Chicago.
Prof. Kiddle is the first Univer-
sity educator to hold this position.

Kleist system was denied publica-
tion for lack of proof,.
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physicists said that the Von Kleist
system seemed unbelievable, but
declined to make any definite con-
demnation without a thorough
study of the Von Kleist papers.
In a letter to the Daily an-
nouncing his new system, Von
Kleist bitterly predicted the op-
position he would meet from
professional scientists.
"It is just as difficult for scien-.
tists, including those who consti-
tute the editorial boards of the
scientific journals, to change their
theories as it is for politicians to
change their politics," he claimed.
HE ADDED that "the subject
theory is especially obnoxious to
university scientists, because it
simplifies atomic physics to the
extent that it will become a high
school subject. It will take all the
glamour out of being a professor
of science."
According to Von Kleist, revo-
lutionary theories can be accept-
ed without a feeling of inferior-
ity only by undergraduate stu-
He claims that the theory, for
which "incontrovertible proof" is
contained in his lengthy paper, is
a purely qualitative analysis of
atomic structure and does not de-
pend upon any ambiguous and
complex mathematical equations.
The Von Kleist theory contends
that the group of atoms from he-
lium up to the rare-earth elements
originate when two rings of four
electron spindles each crystalize
around the helium electron spin-
dle, and that the rare earth ele-
ments originate when a third ring
of four electron spindles is added.
A more detailed explanation-of
the controversial theory can be
obtained by writing to Von Kleist
at 30 West Washington Street,
Chicago 2, Ill.
'Jury' To Hear
Health Faulths
At Conference
A "court room trial" of Michi-
gan health programs will high-
light the Fifth Annual Rural
Health Conference, to be held at
the University today and tomor-
The trial, scheduled for 9 a.m.
tomorrow in the Union Ballroom,
will center around the charge that
"those primarily engaged in car-
rying out the health programs are
failing to make adequate progress
in discharging their responsibility
to the public."
f t
A JURY CHOSEN from the
audience will bring a verdict
against the five defendents: the
individual, the medical school and
medical student, the doctor, the
government and organized volun-
tary health associations.
Regent J. Joseph Herbert will
be the defense attorney, Albert
Blashfield of Ann Arbor will be
prosecuting and Circuit Court
Judge James Breakey, Jr., will
The conference will get under
way at 1 p.m. today in Rackham
Lecture Hall. University vice-pres-
ident Marvin Niehuss will wel-
come the representatives from al-
most 100 Michigan health organ-
Dr. E. I. Carr, president of the
sponsoring organization, the Mich-
igan Foundation of Medical and
Health Education, will then ad-

dress the group. The conference
is open to the public.
Daily Classifieds
Bring Quick Results


Illinois Slate
Will Provide
Stassen Test
WASHINGTON - Backers of
Harold E. Stassen for the GOP
presidential nomination said last
night a slate of delegates will be
entered in the Illinois primary
April 8 to provide a full test of
strength with Senator Taft of
Taft's office has announced
that in addition to running a
slate of delegates pledged to him,
the Senator himself will contest
the presidential preferential pri-
mary. It also has been announced
that Stassen's name will be in the
preference primary.
AS FAR AS the presidency is
concerned, the Illinois primary is
divided into two parts. In one
the delegates to the national party
conventions are selected. In the
other a presidential preference
vote is recorded. This is not bind-
ing on the delegates, however.
The decision to run a slate1
pledged to Stassen, former gov-
ernor of Minnesota and now on
leave from his post as president
of the University of Pennsylva-
nia, was announced by Daniel C.
Gainey, Washington manager of
the Stassen for President Com-
Illinois Republicans will choose
50 delegates to the party conven-
tion in the April voting.
Supporters of Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower for president are mak-
ing plans to enter a delegate slate
in the Republican primary but say
they have not made up their minds
whether to enter Eisenhower's
name in the preferential voting.
Paris Educator
Visits U' Campus
R. Henry Greard, secretary gen-
eral of the University of Paris In-
stitute of Political Studies, visited
the University yesterday.
He studied the organization,
curriculum and methods of teach-
ing in the political science depart-
ment as the guest of Prof. James
K. Pollock, chairman of the de-

TV Shows Present View
Of CampusLife, Activities
Telecourse, 'On Camera' Series
Give Experience in New Field
Two University television shows-University TV Hour and the
On Camera series-are offering increasing TV experience to students,
besides bringing much acclaim in quality TV to the University.
In its second year of performance, the University TV Hour offers
a look at the wide scope of activities going on at Michigan, as well as
giving a well rounded view of campus life here.
RECEIVING FIRST place national award as the leading educa-
tion TV program by two theaterical trade magazines, Variety and
Billboard, University TV Hour has also been telecast into Washington,
D.C. for a special viewing by top Washington "brass" and adminis-
These Federal officials pointed to WWJ-TV (University TV Hour)
as a "pioneer in turning the nation's living room into a classroom
through television."
Previously, educational TV was presented by offering a sep-
arate educational aspect for each program, but the University was
one of the first to present entire courses in a logical sequence
through sixteen week and seven week curricula.
Results of a survey by WWJ-TV have shown that a majority of
listeners watch all the shows, proving that interest can be retained
from the TV- student for a complete course offering.
SPENDING LONG hours rehearsing teachers, drawing art work
to explain principles, and directing explanatory dramas, the University
TV Department prides itself in the professional aspect and perfection
of its weekly shows.
Every device possible is made use of to further facilitate this
audio-visual education. Two artists work together at University
TV office to draw charts, graphs, and pictures which will further
clarify the subject matter.
A TV explanation of any simple physiological or psychological
process means a jog of magnitude for the artists, who must break it
down into art work which is easily understandable to the TV student.
The University's TV writer works with instructors to com-
press their information into outline form for TV presentation,
and to think up ways to add color to the subject matter being
taught. Items such as dramas, interviews, cartoons, and motion
pictures are interjected into the program to give it a combination
of what the New York Times had hailed as "education with show-
Students and faculty work together to prepare the programs
which are aimed at "meeting the interest and need of the people and
carrying the University to the taxpayers," according to Prof. Garnet
Garrison, University TV Supervisor. After the show is ready for
production, it is then taken into Detroit for final supervision by Harry
Bannister, General Manager of WWJ.
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TELECOURSES THIS year have consisted of "Man in His World:
Human Behaviour," "Democracy in Action: Parliamentary Proce-
dures" and "Understanding the Child: Growth and Development at
Home and School."
On the TV teletours a visit and interview with Michigan's
new president at his home, a performance of a student-composed
modern opera "The Circus," a look into sorority and fraternity
living, and a concert by the University Men's Glee Club have all
been seen this year.
Other universities which have been encouraged by the Univer-
sity's success to further progress in educational TV are University of
Utah, University of Miami, Western Reserve, University of Detroit,
Wayne University, and Michigan State.
"Variety" magazine believes that "WWJ-TV University of Michi-
gan project is more than a guidepost and stimulus for other educa-
tional programming; it is a heartening portent of things to come in
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BESIDES WEEKLY presenttaions over University TV Hour,
students get a further chance to learn TV production as they partici-
pate in the On Camera series.







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Heard twice a year over WWJ-TV, the show has been in
existence since 1948. The series consists of student written or
adapted dramas, which feature student actors. These students
produced programs get final supervision by WWJ-TV directors
when they are taken into Detroit for actual production.
This show differs from the University TV Hour in that it is
Speech department radio instead of University TV department spon-
sored. Since its inception, approximately eight half-hour shows have
been televised, besides an hour-long adaptation of "The Inspector
General" last June. More hour-long shows are in the offing this
year if suitable scripts can be found.
Members of Speech department faculty usually direct these dra-
ma, which are aimed at giving radio and TV students professional
experience in their fields.
TV Channel Allocation Gives
'U' Chance at Possible Station


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Much speculation has arisen re-
cently about a possible University
TV station when the Federal Com-
munications Commission granted
a provisional educational TV,
channel to Ann Arbor.
Previously a freeze was on for
the formation of any new TV sta-
tions, but after many appeals by
universities a n d independent
groups, FCC gave a preliminary
list of new channel allocations
that would be opened up on ultra-
high frequency.
Their purpose in drawing up'
these lists was to get public re-
sponse to the openings. The for-
mal allocations would be made in

principles they learn in radio
and TV courses.
Along with an interest in a sep-
arate channel, the University TV
department plans to continue
mass prograit with commercial
stations. At present it has been
given time by WWJ-TV for two
programs, "University TV Hour,"
and "On Camera."
HOWEVER, PLANS are still in
the tentative stage for an'educa-
tional TV station or channel here.
Several obstacles must be over-
come before any conclusions can
be drawn.
The Regents and the FCC
must both formally authorize
such a proposal. It would also






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