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Bone of Primitive Man
May Aid Anthropology

The recent discovery of a 10,0O<
year old human rib, the first
known remains of a primitive
American man, may give anthro-
pologists a better picture of an-
cient man on this continent, a
University anthropologist said yes-
Prof. Volney H. Jones of the1
anthropology department found
South Africa
To Be Topic
Of Seminar
Thirteen student, church and,
civic groups will sponsor a semi-1
nar on South Africa lasting from
9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.
The program will be held in
the Wesley Foundation Lounge of
the First Methodist Church.
REV. HOMER JACK, minister of
the First Unitarian Church of
Evanston, Ill., will lead the semi-
nar. There will be a talk by Prof.
Gerald S. Brown of the history
department on "The Historical
Background of the Present Crises."
Eduardo Mondlane, an African
student at Oberlin College will
comment on the problem follow-
ing an African style luncheon.
A panel discussion on the is-
sues at stake in South Africa
will be held in the afternoon.
Members of the panel include
Prof. Chester B. Slawson of the
mineralogy department, Lutch-
mana Naidoo, an African stu-
dent, Mondlane and Rev. Jack.
Rev. Jack spent four months
touring 13 countries in Africa dur-
ing the spring of 1952. He was the
guest for two weeks of famed med-
ical missionary Albert Schweitzer
in his jungle hospital in French
Equatorial Africa, and then spent
five weeks studying race relations
in the Union of South Africa.
He was one of the first Ameri-
cans to interview leaders of the
non-violent defiance campaign in
South Africa and first to accom-
pany a group of African volun-
teers defying the apartheid (seg-
regation) laws.
Foreign Students
To View Dances
Demonstrations of the Lindy
and the Charleston, American as
they are, will figure prominently
in tonight's reception for new
foreign students to be held from
8 p.m. until 1 a.m. on the third
floor of the Rackham Bldg.
The reception is sponsored by
the International Student's As-
"Paula and Carla" are slated to
show how these dances are done,
as the main feature of the exten-
sive floorshow. Dances by the Jap-
anese and Spanish-French groups;
accordian music by Yoram Goren,
'55; a skit, "Pilgrim's Retrogress"
and programs by representatives
of Hawaii, the Philippines, Thai-
land and Vaughn House will com-
plete the floor show.

the discovery "encouraging" and
said he hopes other diggings will
be done in the discovery area.
THE RIB, remains of early
American Folsom man, is the only
remnant of its period yet found.
Uncovered by a New Mexico post-
man in the clay of a water hole,
the bone is only silghtly different
from those of modern man.
The professor commended the
alert observation of the post-
man and praised amateur an-
thropologists in general, describ-
ing them as the "minutemen"
of his profession. He said that
they have made many import-
ant discoveries in the fields of
archeology and anthropology.
Prof. Jones said Folsom man
has heretofore been known only
by his camping places and uten-.
sils. He explained that no graves,
usually the principle source of in-
formation about primitive peo-
ples, have been found because the
dead of this period were probably
buried in mud.
It is logical that Folsom man's
structure does not differe great-
ly from our own, he said, because
our earliest ancestors came from
Europe via the then dry Bering
Strait when already past the prim-
itive stages of their development.
He called them America's "first
immigrants," adding that Ameri-
can Indians, present-day descend-
ants of Folsom men, resembled
them in their roving manner of

An elevator shaft on the
north side of the Natural Sci-
ence Bldg. is finally going to
get an elevator in it after some
30 years of being empty.
Workmen bustling about on
the roof of the building are
now erecting a penthouse to
house the elevator's machinery.
The reason given by Botany
department officials for the
long empty shaft was,"We just
never got around to it."
Prof. Douglas Morgan, chairman
of Northwestern University's de-
partment of philosophy, described
the use of picture images as sym-
bols to the Acolyte Society yes-
terday in the Rackham Bldg.
Using Picasso's dove as an il-
lustration of "Pictorial Metaphor,"
Prof. Morgan told the philosophy
discussion group that French Com-
munists used Picasso's dove as a
sign of Peace, a pictorial metaphor.
He contrasted this with the
language metaphor which he
said is a symbol in the literary
In the discussion following the
lecture, Prof. Morgan noted that
a cross is a symbol of Christian-
ity to many people.
He demonstrated with drawings
how many Americans think of a
simple cross as a symbol of Christ
and a double barred cross, for TB
or TV.

Causes Cited
For Revision
Of Charter
Ambiguities and overlapping au-
thority have been cited by Prof.
Arthur W. Bromage of the politi-
cal science department as reasons
for revision of Ann Arbor's 64-
year-old city charter.
Local townspeople will have a
chance to submit their city char-
ter to revision by a 9-man study
committee April 6, when the is-
sue will be put on a ballot.
Prof. Bromage, who is also a
city alderman, said some revision
is necessary to define more spe-
cifically the city's home rule pow-
ers and to clarify responsibility
between executive boards, com-
missions, and the city council.
* * *
AT PRESENT, he explained,
there are four levels of authority
in every city department.
"Approval of charter revision
does not mean a new form
of government," the professor
stressed. "In the past, efforts to
modernize the charter have
failed because townspeople felt
revision would mean commit-
ment to the city manager type
of government."
Three deeply-rooted traditions
in Ann Arbor would work against
adoption of the city manager
system which now operates in
more than 80 Michigan cities,
Prof. Bromage said. These are
partisan nomination elections for
city councilmen and mayor, di-
vision of Ann Arbor into wards
and the use of pluralrexecutives to
run departments.
"Although I do not advocate
any particular form of govern-
ment for Ann Arbor, the city
might well choose to adopt the
Chief Administrative Officer plan
now used in many California
cities," Prof. Bromage said.
"This plan provides for a single
executive who would co-ordinate
administrative functions and re-
lieve the city council of time-con-
suming details. The officer would
be responsibleto a mayor and sub-
ject to approval by the city coun-
cil," he explained.






The harried Rare Book Curator
looked helplessly at General Li-
brary Director Warner G. Rice.
"We've just received a collection
of Anthony Trollope," she said.
"Where do we put him?"
* * *
WHAT TO DO with Trollope is
one of a multitude of problems
facing a library staff which for
several years has been plagued
with severe space limitations.
In attempts to house the Li-
brary's 1,512,382 volumes, book
storage facilities have been
taxed to the limit, according to
:. Rice.
Rows of volumes are stacked
like dominoes on the floor next
to permanent. shelves. Formerly
empty closets are lined from floor
to ceiling with reference mater-
ial. Stacks still crowd attics where
charred books stand in testimony
to minor fires several years ago,
BUT WHERE to put books is
,r' _ M. only half the problem. In spite of
the new Social Science Library in
Mason Hall, study hall space is
,still inadequate, Rice said.
Paint-up,, fix-up projects and
improvement of lighting facili-
ties have been instituted to make
severcieable what space the Li-
brary has, but it has become ob-
vious to both library personnel
and the administration that new
space must be provided.
With this in mind, the Univer-
sity has listed expansion of library
facilities as the No. 1 item on its
capital outlays budget request
currently before the State Legisla-
.. .. }. ture.
More than four million dol-
lars out of the total $7,640,000
request is being asked for a giant
library construction program.
)F THEM The book storage problem, ac-
VIAGED cording to President Harlan H.
Hatcher's outline, would be solved
by construction of a central serv-
ice and stack building on the
North Campus. Planned to house
500,000 volumes, the stack building
would take care of library over-
flow and books now' temporarily
stored in the Health Service at-
tic and the basement of the Edu-
. R cation School Bldg.
Undergraduate study facilities,
one of President Hatcher's primary
concerns, would be concentrated
,S by in a new undergraduate study unit
on the main campus.
SM I TH The overcrowded library has be-
come a campus-wide worry, and
administrators feel that in asking
by the huge construction sum, they
A VOSS are "making minimum requests
consistent with sound educational



Effective Teaching Methods
Discussed by Education Group!


Teaching students instead of
teaching a subject should be the
main objective of education, a
group of University professors de-
cided yesterday at the semester's
first College and University Teach-
ing Forum.
The panel included University
vice-president Marvin L. Niehuss,
Dean George G. Brown of the en-
gineering college, Prof. Claude Eg-
gertson of the education school,
Prof. Kenneth L. Jones, chairman
of the botany department and
Prof. Albert H. Marckwardt of the
English department.
* * *
THEY POINTED out that the
teacher today is trying to arouse
the student's mind as well as in-
ject him with the purposes and
objectives of the courses.
A two way system of commu-
nication between student and
teacher and between teacher and
subject matter is necessary if
Cercle Francais
Elects Officers
Le Cercle Francais officers for
the spring semester are Frank Hal-
pern, '54 BAd., president; William
Baird, '53, vice-president; Lillian
Bickert, '55, secretary; Gordon A.
Neufang, '53, treasurer and Ron-
ald Witt, '54, social chairman.

the material being taught is to
be thoroughly absorbed by the
pupil, the panel members ex-
They added that by discussing
the objectives with the class the
teacher is often able, through stu-
dent suggestion, to achieve this
system and present a clearer pic-
ture of the function of the partic-
ular class.
The teacher must first make
sure that the course is original in
presentation and does not bear the
earmarks of his own previous
courses, the educators said. By
thinking through what the course
intends to do and having a clear
idea of what must be accomplished
the teacher will be better able to
let the students visualize his ob-
The panel said that institutional
and social objectives have overly
permeated the field of college
teaching today. This has caused
the development of inner resoures,
mental capacities, self reliance
and intellectual curiousity to be
often over-balanced by the more
popular belief that the college's
main task is thedevelopment of
skills and techniques aimed at
eventually making the student a
useful member of society.
It has become more apparent
during the last few years that the
teacher must help form an intel-
lectual environment into which
the student will presently be en-
tering, the panel concluded.




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