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SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 1953

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

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ABSTRACT DOODLES:
Mobiles Make New Industry
______* . * *

By HARRY LUNN
Mobiles are big business.
A few years ago anyone owning
one of the zany wire, glass, wood
Tf and thread-creations hanging from
a ceiling would have been thought
very avant-garde, but today a
small, thriving industry is turning
out an increasing number of the
decorations, the Wall Street Jour-
nal'has reported.
* * *
THE conservative New York
business newspaper recently de-
voted a column of copy on its front
page to a survey of the growing
market for mobiles and several
small manufacturers which turn
them out.
No estimate has been made of
how many of the abstract ceiling
decorations are manufactured
every year since many are made
for sale by individual artists, and
scores of others decorate hobby-
ists' homes.
Various classes in the Universi-
ty's architecture college have
worked on mobiles as basic design
problems, according to Prof. David
H. Reider of the architecture col-
lege. Students created the dangling
abstrations as studies in motion
and depth, he explained.
* * *
USED to decorate student rooms
around campus, the bizarre objects
often serve as a conversation piece
as well.
Since most of the more ab-
stract mobiles have some sym-
bolic meaning, an endless dis-
cussion can go on over possible
interpretations.
Almost anything can be made
into a mobile. Construction ma-
terials range from bottles to wood
veneer, although wire, copper,
glass, sheet metal and thread are
the most common components.
First created by artist Alexan-
der Calder 20 years ago, the ab-
stract doodles have grown in pop-
ularity ever since. Prices on com-
merical models range as high as
$3,000 apaiece, although many are
in the $15 to $50 bracket.
Invading even the nursery with
"cow and moon" mobiles, design-
ers also dream up airborn abstrac-
tion for advertising and sales dis-
plays and decorations in business
offices.
Two Music
Events Slated
For Today
Two student and faculty con-
certs are on today's music cal-
endar.
University organist Robert No-
ehren will give the second of two
organ recitals at 4:15 p.m. in Hill
Auditorium, playing the music of
Johann Sebastian Bach.
The all Bach program will in-
clude "Prelude and Fugue in D
major," "Chorale Preludes," "Fu-
gue in G major" and "Toccata
and Fugue in D major."
At 8:30 p.m. Sigma Alpha Iota,
honorary music sorority, will pre-
sent a public program of Ameri-
can music in Auditorium A, An-
gell Hall.
The program will include com-
positions by Elaine Friedman,
55SM, Arthur Foote, Victor Lan-
dau and Aaron Copland.
Selective Service
Heads Appointed
Direction of the University Se-
lective Service counseling and vet-
erans' community affairs at Wil-
low Run will be taken over by
William Zerman and Karl Streiff,
assistants to the Dean of Students,
starting immediately, it has been
announced.

Article Gets
Criticism
.fromROTC
(Continued from Page 1)
'know why'," Col. William L. Todd,
of the campus Air Force unit, said,
"The Air. Force program has long
since been made an educational
not a trade school-type training
program.
"The curriculum for the Air
Force ROTC was devised and is
periodically reviewed by leading
educators in the country selected
by the American Council on Edu-
cation."
* * *
CHIEF among the points stress-
ed in the Dodds article was the
need for greater integration of
the ROTC curriculum with regu-
lar university courses.
Col. Todd pointed to the new
senior Air Force curriculum in
world political geography as an?
example of realization by the
Department of Defense that the
military program must be broad-
ened and more closely inte-
grated with the over all univer-
sity program.
Col. Virgil R. Miller, comman-
der of the Army ROTC unit on
campus said, "Essentially the prob-
lem is one of successfully integrat-
ing the military science subjects
with the courses in business, edu-
cation, engineering, science, math-

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Books dealing with subjects
from early 17th century planit ana-
tomy to the medicinal potency of
herbs when mixed at midnight can
be found in the University Her-
barium library, located on the
Slusser, Spaulding
To Lecture on TV,
Different steps involved in
painting a prize-winning picture
will be described by Prof. Jean P.
Slusser of the architecture college
on the University's Television
Hour at 1 p.m. today.
Prof. Albert C. Spaulding of the
anthropology department will also
give a talk illustrating how and
where an archiologist looks for
relics.
The program will be telecast
over WWJ-TV, Detroit; WJIM-
TV, Lansing and WKZO-TV, Kal-
amazoo.

fourth floor of the Museums Build-
ing.
The Herbarium, which has' a
close link with the botany depart-
ment became part of the Univer-
sity in 1838 when neither campus
buildings nor faculty members had
yet arrived on the scene.
IN ANTICIPATION of a Uni-
versity faculty, four homes were
built for their residence. However,
when one of the professors failed
to show up, his house was con-
verted into the Herbarium. There
it remained until 1925, when head-
quarters were switched to the Na-
tural Science Bldg.
During its 125 year life the
Herbarium's collection of plants
has grown from 9,000 to 700,000
specimens, many of which have
been collected on botany expe-
ditions. Plants of China, India,
Japan, Europe and Central Am-
erica are represented in the col-
lection.

Prof. H. H. Bartlett of 'the bo-
tany department has gathered an
extensive collection of Sumatran;
plants which is catalogued in the
library.
To insure an accurate descrip-
tion of these plants, Prof. Bart-
lett has not only marked them
with their English and Latin
correlatives, but also has des-
cribed them in Batik, a native
dialect.
High vaults reaching to the ceil-
ing house the files. The records are
preserved in moth balls.
PROF. E. B. MAINS, who has
been curator of the Herbarium for
the past 20 years, has helped to
procure an extensive collection of
fungi for the museum.
The Herbarium also receives
plant material through exchanges
with universities and other insti-
tutes throughout the world.

UNIVERSITY LANDMARK:
Herbarium Houses Valued Collection

'One Acts'
To End Run
The final performance 'of three
student directed one-act plays will
be given at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the
Lydia Mendelssohn 'Theater.
The one act of French play-
wright Jean Giraudoux's "Mad-
woman of Chaillot" will open the
program. Martha Beck, Grad., di-
rects the comedy which'stars Nan-
cy Born, '53; and Jim Brodhead,
'54.
"Dear Departed," a British pro-
vincial comedy, is the second num-
ber on the bill. Written by Stan-
ley Haughton, the play is being
directed by Jim Briley, Grad.
An Oriental dance pantomine
featuring traditional Oriental
sound effects will close the pro-
gram. Sister Mary Marguerite di-
rects the unusual play entitled
"Shepherd in the Distance."
There will be no admission
charge to the audience for the
plays.

-Daily-Chuck Kelsey
SWIRLING MOBILE-Anne Stevenson, '54, adjusts part of a
mobile created by Jamie Ross, Grad. The dangling red and black
decoration is suspended from the ceiling by a nearly invisable
thread.
PARASITIC DISEASE:
Gamma Ray May Hold
Cure for Trichinosis

By JON SOBELOFF
How to control the parasite of
trichinosis with gamma rays is
one of the first problems Univer-
sity scientists are tackling with
the world's strongest experimental
gamma source.
The University's precious chunk
of cobalt-60 is being used to irra-
diate pork in an attempt to de-
velop a practical device for eli-
minating the disease by killing or
sterilizing the trichina larvae at
the meat processing stage.
THE WORK is being carried out
under the direction of Prof. Hen-
ry J. Gomberg of the engineering
college, assistant director of the
Phoenix Project, and Sylvester E.
Gould, research associate at Ann
Arbor's Atomic Energy Commis-
sion post. The experiments them-
selves are part of the Phoenix Pro-
ject.
Prof. Gomberg said that the
researchers have found that by
Irradiating meat with x-rays or
gamma rays it is possible to ster-
ilize the female trichina with a
radiation level low enough so
that no changes In the flavor or
food value of the meat occur.
He called trichinosis "not a ma-
jor public health problem, but a
totally unnecessary one."
PROF. GOMBERG noted that
there is a surprising incidence of
the disease in this country. He
cited a 10-year study made by
Gould which revealed that 25 per
cent of Detroiters had trichina
encysted in their bodies when they
died.
The only way they could have
picked up the larvae was to have
eaten contaminated food, he said.
* * *
THE SCIENTIST listed three
points at which the cycle of trich-
inosis could be broken:
(1) By protecting hogs from get-
ting the disease by eliminating
garbage feeding of hogs or, by re-
quiring that the garbage be cooked
to kill the trichinosis parasites.
(2) By killing the trichina
when the pork is being process-
ed by the meat packing compan-
ies. At present this would be pro-
hibitively expensive.

(3) By thorough cooking of all
pork. Prof. Gomberg pointed out
that if pork is cooked until it is
white or gray, with no pink color
left, there is no danger of getting
trichinosis from it.
He said that the second possi-
bility is a similar idea to that of
pasteurizing milk; a method of
protecting the consumer in spite
of any accidents that might occur
during the course of production.
And he added that one third of
all American communities, includ-
ing Ann Arbor, still garbage-feed
their porkers. "Farmers complain
cooking garbage would reduce its
value in fattening the hogs, while
adding to the cost of feeding
them," he said.
Garbarge feeding is especially
common on the east and west
coasts, Gomberg pointed out.
"There is, a continually replenish-
ed herd of about a million hogs
with trichinosis in New Jersey,
and these little pigs go to market,"
he explained.

ematics and other undergraduate
departments.
"As the result of long study of
the problem, the Army depart-
ment designed a new curriculum
called 'branch general' as con-
trasted with 'branch specialized,'
which had previously been in ef-
fect.
"The new branch general pro-
gram is designed to give training
of a higher academic nature toG
college students in military mat-
ters. After the student graduates
from college he will be given spe-
cialized training appropriate to
his branch of service in technical
schools operated by the Army."
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