THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER , 1953
Union Office Uses Mechancal Brain
By JOEL BERGER
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Add, subtract, multiply, divide,
correct mistakes-all for $5,600.
Such operations are child's play
for the huge bookeeping machine
in the Unioi business office. In
operation since last spring, the
light gray automaton has already
saved the Union countless man-
THE OVERSIZED calculating
machine contains between 35,000
and 40,000 parts. The carriage
alone is 26 inches long, while the
machine is about 18 inches wide
and three feet long.
Electrically operated, the
bookkeeper's dream is mounted
on a steel stand before which the
operator can perform almost
unlimited tasks, including letter
With no other machine exactly
like it, the mechanical genius can
be automatically set to fill out pay-
roll forms, the general ledger and
accounts payable forms, in addi-
tion to writing checks and miscel-
laneous bookkeeping operations.
This is accomplished by fitting
the machine with four different
"bars," each contaifing a special
grouping of tabulator keys, enabl-
ing the roller to travel to different
positions for different operations.
WITH 10 DIFFERENT totaling
operations possible on the' book-
keeping device, any additions or
subtractions of the 10 totals-is pos-
sible. By pressing different regula-
tor buttons, the office worker op-
erating the contraption can throw
the roller back and forth, from one
form to a duplicate form.
In addition to about 100 num-
ber keys, the pastel-colored key-
board also includes buttons to
automatically total differ e nt
combinations.which the machine
"remembers." At the bottom of
the huge keyboard, a standard
typewriter key arrangement en-
ables letters to be written, al-
though not in duplicate, as in
forms with figures.
A repairman said the Union's
pride and joy is the only machine
like it on campus, although the
Administration Bldg. has one sim-
ilar in function.
Although almost entirely hand-
made, some assembly-line work
went into the finished product, he
Powell To Give
Lawrence C. Powell, library di-
rector of the University of Cali-
fornia at Los Angeles will deliver
the second annual Randolph G.
Adams Memorial Lecture at 8:30
p.m. today in Clements Memorial
Sponsoed by the Clements Li-
brary Associates, the lectures
were named for Adams, first di-
rector of the library.
University President Harlan H.
Hatcher will open the meeting
and introduce Powell, who will
speak on "Three Loves Have I."
Admission to the lecture is by in-
vitation. Clements Library Asso-
ciates and faculty members will
also be among those present.
Following the lecture a reception
will be held for recently appoint-
dd library director Fred H. Wag-
mann and Mrs. Wagmann 'and
Clements Library director How-
ard Peckham and Mrs. Peckham.
Union-League activities cal-
endars will be distributed this
They are now available in thex
Union Lobby, Law Library,
League Undergraduate Offices,
women's and men's residence
halls and fraternities and soror-
Hammering their way throughG
a foot-thick cinder block and brick
rear wall, safecrackers broke into
two safes in a State St. food ware-
house and escaped with an esti-
mated $1,000 in equipment, ac-
cording to police reports.
The thieves opened a wide hole
in the rear wall, then pounded out
the bottom of one safe and bored
through two metal plates to get to
its contents. However this safe
contained no money.
Another safe containing only.
five dollars was forced open in
the Saturday night escapade. Two
other safes could not be opened
by the robbers.
The Sheriff's Department chief
inspector Harold Scoveraldn said
he believed the men were profes-
sionals and must have worked at
least five hours in the effort. They
apparently decided to take the ma-
chines when the later safes could
not be opened, he added.
The University Pre-Medical So-
ciety will hold its first meeting of
the semester at 7:30 p.m. in Aud.
C, Angel1 Hall.
Main speaker at the meeting
will be Prof. Adam A. Christman
of the biological chemistry de-
All pre-medical students are in-
vited to attend according to Gloria
Strutz, '54, president of the gioup.
All petitioners for the 1954 Mich-
igras central committee are urged
by Michigras co-chairman Hal
Abrams, '54, to attend a meeting
at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 3S of the
Movies of the 1952 Michiguas
will be shown, while Abrams and
co-chairman Gretchen Meier, '54,
answer questions aboat petition: rg
and explain the duti:-7 of the cen
Petitions for the 21 posts on the
central committee arc still avail-
able at the League and Union, Ab-
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As part of a series of lectures
sponsored by the astronomy, aero-
nautical engineering, physics and
geology departments, Prof.,Sydney
Chapman, visiting protessor from
Oxford University, will speak at
4 p.m on "The Solar Tide in the
Earth's Atmosphere" in Rm. 1400
of the Chemistry Bldg.
Roberta Peters To Open Public Health
SAnnual Concert Series Talk Given
Metropolitan Opera coloratura
soprano Roberta Peters will make
her local debut when she takes the
stage at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in
First performer in the Univers-
ity Musical Society Choral Union
series, the 23-year-old singer is
currently touring the country on
her third transcontinental trip.
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THE DIMINUTIVE soprano first
stepped into the international
limelight in November, 1950, scor-
ing a triumph in "Dan Giovanni"
in her Metropolitan debut when
she pinch-hit for an ailing prima
donna on a few hours' notice.
Since then Miss Peters has
performed with the company's
front-rank singers and has made
appearances in London's Royal
Opera Houst, where Sir Thomas
Beecham starred her in Festival
of Britain performances of "The
Termed a "top-notch singer" by
New York Herald Tribune critic
Jay Harrison, the soprano was
born and grew up in the Bronx
and has spent most of her life pre-
paring for a musical career.
Since it was necessary for the
potential artist to have proper in-
struction in languages, ballet and
dramatics as well as voice, her;
parents provided private tutoring
in these arts.
Following her initial triumph
with the Metropolitan Opera, Miss
Peters has piled success upon suc-
cess in appearances all over the
world and is currently seen in her
first film assignment, "Tonight We
Tickets for the program priced
at $3, $2.50, $2 and $1.50 are on!
sale from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to
4:45 p.m. daily in the University
Musical Society offices in Burton
"A lowering of the death rate.
increase in life span, and reduction
in the number of cases of commu-
nicable disease can all' be traced
to the passage of public health
laws and the efforts of the public
health worker." according to Dr.
Leonard A. Scheele, surgeon gen-
eral of the U.S. public health serv-
In R lecture yesterday before a
School of Public Health Assembly,
Dr. Scheele, '31, traced the history
of the public health movement
from its beginning in 1850 to the
present day, and explained "What
the Modern Public Health Move-
-Daily-Gerry Van Otteren
BRAIN AT WORK - In its new bookkeeping machine, the Union
business office has found the answer to many problems. In use
since last spring,- the automatic bookkeeper can add, subtract,
multiply and divide, in addition to correcting its own mistakes.
Duplcate forms are typewritten, checks .are filled out and ledgers
completed with a few flicks of a finger.
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continued. Its light colors were cycle resembles a sleek sports car,
used to eliminate eyestrain. the machine voices a slight hum
Resembling a standard adding while in operation. Then, a few
machine apout as much as a bi- flicks of a finger, numbers add up,
totals are corrected for mistakes,!
" and the machine completes its job.
Told by. Herr
Appointments to positions open-
ed last week on the Student Leg-
islature's newly-created Executive
Wing were announced yesterday
by Wing Coordinator Ron Herr, '55.
INCLUDED AMONG those nam-
ed as buyers, office managers and
assistants, librarians and radio
staff workers are Bebe Horiuchi,
'54; Robert E. Jardinico, '54; Lar-
ry Levine, '56; Helen E. Lusko, '55;
Illne Pavlone, '57; Carolyn Ker-
ner, '57; Connie Wegner, '55; Ger-
aldine May, -'57; Ellen Geideman,
'57; Iris Bandman, '57; Adrienne
Haigan, '57; Natalie Grodnik, '57,
and Carib Wenzel, '57.
Others on office and library
staffs are Kathy O'Brien, '55;
Sally Kodish, '57; Janet'Fildew,
'57; Nancy Howe, '56; Eleanor
Shaw, '56; Lois Peisachow, '57;
Frieda Zale, '57, and Leah David,
Students given committee ap-
pointments are'Grant Harris, '55;
Dick Mackenzie, '55; Bob Spath,
'55; Bruce Coleman, '55; Buzz
Newton, '55; Cece Coleman, '55;
Audrey Newton, '57; Mark Jaffe,
'57; Marilyn Spiro, '57; Linda Her-
man, '56; Ann Marshall, '57; Ann
Sterling, '57 and Margaret Conn,
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