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Taught on


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New 'U' President Famous
For Literary Achievements

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It's quite conceivable that any-
one with a decidedly literary name
like Harlan Henthorne Hatcher
would also be awriter, the allitera-
tion being so appropriate to a by-
In fact, the University's most
celebrated freshman is just that.
He's also had his share of by-lines,
and is considered one of the na-
tion's foremost experts on the
Great Lakes region.
dent Hatcher has contributed a
number of works-fiction and aca-
demic-which have been received
with much esteem by the tradi-
tionally hypercritical American
reading public.
Among these are: Tunnel Hill,
Draft Boards,
Aided by New
U' Service
Because of the new and special
service of the registrar's office,
draft boards have received prompt
notice of the students in the selec-
tive service age bracket who have
registered at the University this
A special card included on the
registration blank eliminated the
extra clerical work anticipated by
Registrar Ira M. Smith. These
helped special requests from draft
boards for the names of draft-
eligible students deferred to at-
tend college.
Each day as students registered,
the special card was detached and
mailed to the draft boards. At the
beginning of this week the regis-
trar's office reported that 8,455
cards had gone into the mails.

Patterns of Wolf pen, Central
Standard Time, Creating the
Modern American Novel, and
The Buckeye Country.
According to many of the liter-
ary crowd, however, President
Hatcher reaches his heights in a
recently published series of books
designed to unfold a historical
panorama of the Great Northwest.
IN The Great Lakes, Lake Erie,
The Western Reserve and A Cen-
tury of Iron and Men, the author
recreates an era which, as he him-
self commented, contributed im-
mensely to American supremacy.
This series, of course, is fo-
cused upon the iron ore mining
of the fabulous Mesabi and Mar-
quette Ranges, the lumber and
shipping industries, the great
steel mills of Ohio and Pennsyl-
vania and the automotive In-
dustry of lower Michigan-in-
dustries which are the backbone
of the American economic sys-
Regarding his books, President
Hatcher's critics have been lavish
in their praise: The Cleveland
News commented: In The Western
Reserve, Dr. Hatcher demonstrates
once more that history may be
made a creative art and may be
read not only for information but
for pleasure and,.inspiration."
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AND The Detroit Free Press ob-
served: "Hatcher's story of Lake
Erie is superlative.
And how about the author's
future literary vistas? Well, ap-
parently the president isn't plan-
ning on any publications-t
least not in the near future.
Recently, he admitted that he
still has several new works of fic-
tion in mind but promised that he
would "devote his time exclusively
to the University."
f} N '}r '\ f1 Ii

MEDICAL GENTLEMEN-The uncomfortable looking men in this 1872 photograph probably had
to stand or lie tin these various postures for two or three minutes to have their picture taken. They
are students of the recently established College of Homeopathic Medicine of this University (in the
background), taking a 10 a.m. break.

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president of the University, Eras-
tus 0. Haven. It seemed that he
was the focal point for all the
controversy. When the tax money
was shunted away from the Uni-
versity, it was Haven who bore the
brunt of criticism. Yet, he could
not actively take one side or the
other, aid was actually a pivot
for the argument.
Dr. Abram Sager, one of the
founders of the Medical School
and its first dean, offered his
resignation, discouraged with
the conflicting pressures being
brought upon the administra-
tion. In 1869, the Legislature
again considered the mill tax
of two years before.
President Haven journeyed to
Lansing to plead for a more dis-
passionate consideration of the
condition that the University was
thrown into by the homeopathy
issue. The Legislature, perhaps
influenced by President Haven's
address, voted to grant the Uni-
versity the much-needed money
without the homeopathy rider. It
looked as though things might
finally be smoothed over.

That summer, the campus
looked like it was closing up,
perhaps for good. Construction
which was fairly well under-way
was left incompleted for lack
of funds to continue. Students
left to go elsewhere to schools
which might still be operating
when they came back in theI
The Regents cast about desper-
ately for a new president. Nobody
was at all eager to take the job,
as might be expected. Finlly, af-
ter an unsuccessful attempt to
secure James Burrill Angell, presi-
dent of the University of Ver-
mont, for the position, the Re-
gents saddled the white haired
old University Latin scholar, Prof.
Henry S. Frieze, with the job by
appointing him president pro tem.
It was the methodical and
conciliatoryhadministration of
President Frieze that cleared
the way for the settlement of
jthe homeopathy question. H~e
managed to keep the fighting
to a minimum, but could not
effect a - final reconciliation.
The talk caused by President
Haven's precipitous resignation

hal died down considerably by
1871, when James Angell final-
ly accepted the post of presi-
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ed that the chief complaint of the
Medical School faculty was not
the , hiring of homeopathic pro-
fessors in the University, but spe-
cifically in the Medical School. It
was proposed that a separate
School of Homeopathic Medicine
be set up.
This proved to be the solu-
tion. The Legislature appropri-
ated money for the University
to hire two homeopathic profes-
sors, and the College of Homeo-
pathic Medicine came into be-
It was never a very popular
school after that. Within 25 years,
its dean, Dr. H. L. Obetz, propos-
ed that it be combined with the
Medical School, but the long fight
of a few years before was still too
fresh in the minds of the admin-
istration. It struggled on, with the
enrollment reflecting the rise and
fall of homeopathy in the public
favor, until 1921.
By then, only a few depart-
ments were left in the school, and
these were closely duplicated in
the Medical School. So the two
s c h o o l1s quietly merged, and
homeopathy on the campus was,
to all intents and purposes, a
dead issue.






1951-52 LECTURE COURSE presents
Two Exciting Dramatic Programs


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