THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1953
'U' RODENTS ANIMALS HOME:
Wild Racoons Invade City Via Sewers
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By JOEL BERGER
Racoons running rampant . . .
With the encroachment of win-
ter, young racoons from the out-
skirts of Ann Arbor have been
sighted throughout Ann Arbor.
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NONE OF THE tame racoons in
the zoo behind the University Mu-
seums have broken loose, the izoo's
curator said yesterday. "Mine are
all present and accounted for."
According to Prof. Emmett T.
Hooper of the zoology depart-
ment, the animals, whose black
and white facial markings make
them look like bank robbers, are
often found in cities this time
Most of the small creatures are
looking for a home for the winter,
Prof. Hooper continued. "They
have been thrown out of their
own habitats by older racoons.
"The only reason they are found
in town is that they are trying
to get to the woods on the other
side of Ann Arbor," he said: "Wild-.
lifers are individuals, too. They
are looking for homes,". Prof.
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ACCORDING to a local police
sergeant, the racoons have en-
tered the city mostly through
storm sewers. Many local residents
have reported to the police seeing
the racoons during the night, but
few have been spotted in daytime.
Prof. Hooper claims the ra-
coons have evidently entered the
sewers along the Huron River,
walked in and kept right on go-
ing until they were inside the
The omnivorous mammals do
not 'hibernate during, the long
winter months, the zoologist ex-
plained. They spend the winter in
hollow trees or logs when in the
wildernesstbut racoons who wan-
der into the city are content to
live in a garage or' some other
During this season, Prof. Hooper
said, many forms of wild life -are
found in the city. "Muskrats often
are found here in the fall, but I
haven't heard of any being sighted
yet," the professor added.
PROF. ALFRED M. Elliott of
the zoology department mention-
ed the appearance of racoons dur-
ing the night was news to him.
"However, a friend of mine just
told me that he found an opossum
in his basement the other even-
ing," Prof. Elliott said.
Prof. Hooper mentioned the
sudden appearance of the ra-
coons did not surprise him, as
last year was an up-season for
the bushy, ring-tailed animals.
Due to this, many have had
to search for new stamping
Meanwhile, In Chelsea, Mrs.
Donald Bpyer, wife of a county
conservation employe, said that
hunters and trappers would not
be able to go after the furry crea-
tures until later in the fall.
"The hunting season doesn't
open until October 20, and the
trapping season opens December
1," Mrs. Boyer stated, quoting a
conservation manual. "Both sea-
sons close on December 31."
In the meantime, racoon-lovers
the city over can search diligently
for the animals, as the dictionary
says "its amusing ways cause it
often to be kept for a pet."
Builder To Be
The Washtenaw County Board
of Supervisors is scheduled to meet
at 10:30 a.m. today to name the
firm which will build the new
Work on the $3,250,000 project
is scheduled to begin one week af-.
ter the board has named the win-
ning bidder, Architect R. S. Ger-
ganoff of Ypsilanti said yesterday.
For Parents Set
Second of a series of seven lec-
tures sponsored by the Public
Health Nursing Association titled
"The Layette and Supplies," will
be given at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow
for the expectant parents class.
The class, taught in the Child
Health Building, 1135 East Cath-
erine Street, is directed by Mrs.
Two Hillel Posts
Open to Students
Positions of publicity director
and educational coordinator are
still vacant on the Hillel Student
Council, according to council
Open to any student, the posi-
tions will be effective until May,
1954. Chairmanships will entitle
members to voting positions on
Hillel's Student Council.
RACOON BEHIND BARS-This tame racoon ponders the life
of freedom he could be living outside of his pen in the University
zoo. His more fortunate brethren have been spotted all over
town by alert racoon-watchers. Probably entering the city through
numerous sewers leading to the Huron River, the racoons have '
been searching for winter shelter. The tame animal above has
given up freedom for security.
Ward Speech To Open Confab
Comparing Education Today
Students interested in taking
Wolverine Club special trains
to see Michigan's football team
play Minnesota, Illinois or Mi-
chigan State may obt'ain infor-
mation concerning the trips at
4:15 p.m. today in Rm. R-S of
Those unable to attend to-
day's meeting may purchase re-
servations for any of these trips
from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning to-
morrow, in the Administration
Bldg. Payments may be made
To Be Noted
The School of Natural Resources
will celebrate its fiftieth anniver-
sary by holding a three-day alum-
ni reunion starting Thursday.
Members of the University of
Michigan Foresters' Association
and their wives are scheduled to
register Thursday in Rackham
Bldg. and Friday in Rm. 2052
Natural Science Bldg.
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TO KICK-OFF the three-day
celebration, the Association has
planned an Alumni Association
meeting for Thursday afternoon,
and an informal get-together in
the evening in the Union Ball-
Friday's activities for the for-
esters and their families will
commence with a pancake
breakfast at the Congregational
Church, 608 E. William St.
President Harlan Hatcher will
preside at the University Convo-
cation at 10:30 a.m. Friday in
Richard E. McArdle, '23NR,
chief of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Forest Service will,
address the Convocation. His to-
pic is "Public Service in Forestry."
Three seniors in the architecture
college have been awarded the
first annual Smith, Hinchman
and Grylls tuition scholarships in
architecture for the 1953-54 aca-
demic year, University officials
Receiving the awards are James
W. Bauer, Donald M. Lawrence
and Robert M. Vogel. The scholar-
ships are for senior and sixth-year
students interested in building
PAN fOWI PO-POLSKI?
First Course in Polish Introduced
Both a new language and a one million people in the United ton Oaks Researe]
new instructor have been intro-
duced to University students by
the Slavic language department.
Polish I is now being taught
.by Prof. Thor Sevcenko, a native
of Warsaw, Poland.
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"POLISH culture," claims Prof.
Sevcenko, who also teaches Rus-
sian language and literature, "is
the most westernized of all Slavic
cultures." Since approximately
Sydn ey Cha pmnahi
To Lecture Today
States speak the Polish language
at present, the study of Polish
may be of special interest to those1
students of Polish descent, Prof.j
Prof. Sevcenko has been "as-
tonished" at the ability his Pol-
ish section has shown in grasp-
ing the newly-introduced lang-
As are most other languages at
the University, Polish is beingj
taught through the use of the
phonograph and recording ma-
chine. Records have recently been
made in Polish, and they will soon
be available in the language lab-
oratory. Within a short time,
for Byzantine Studies. He also
taught Byzantine and ancient
history for two years at the
University of California in
Later he returned to Dumbar-
ton Oaks to continue studies on
Byzantine and Slavic relations.
As a result of his research, Prof.
Sevcenko has written numerous
articles for scientific magazines.
Due to associations with several
large Universities, Prof. Sevcenko
is quite used to campus life. Since
his arrival on campus Dr. Sevcen-
ko has felt "very much encour-
aged" by the University.
Heiter Villa-Lobos. celebrated
Brazilian composer. has been in-
vited to compose a string quartet
for world premiere performance
by the Stanley Quartet, it was re-
Prof. Gilbert Ross, first violin-
ist of the quartet, said the com-
position is scheduled for delivery
to the quartet about December 1
and will be given its first perfor-
mance during the quartet's sec-
The new quartet will mark the
first musical composition that has
ever been commissioned the South
American composer by the Uni-
Sydney Chapman, visiting pro- Prof. Sevcenko intends to con-
fessor in solar and terrestial phy- duct the entire class in Polish.
sics, will give the first in a series * *
of 12 lectures on "The Earth's At- POLAND, Prof. Sevcenko says,
mosphere" atr4 p.m. today in Rm. "possesses a great literature." If
1400 Chemistry Bldg. enough students show an interest
Prof. Chapman's address is en- in the language, more advanced
titled "The Lunar. Tide in the courses will be offered next year.
Earth's Atmosphere," Sponsored "This is just a beginning," com-
by the departments of astronomy, mented the professor.
aeronautical engineering, physics Prof. Sevcenko came to this
and geology, future lectures in the country in 1949 after obtaining
series will deal with the earth's his doctorate at Prague and
magnetism and Aurora Polaris. Louvain in Belgium For a year.
Organizational m e e t i n g of
World University Service, a group
formed to aid homeless, sick and
under-nourished students will be-
gin, at 7:30 p.m. today in Lane
Formerly called World Student
Service Foundation, WUS is com-
posed of students around the;
world, including both those who
are able to help others and those
who need financial and cultural
aid for education purposes.
Square dancing will be featured
in entertainment following the
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W.E.F. Ward, deputy education
adviser in the British Colonial Of-
fice, will open a two day confer-
ence on Comparative Education
with an address at 4:15 today in
Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
Ward will speak on "The Work
of the British Colonial Education
A PANEL OF four educators
consisting of Ward, Ed Pfau, Jr. of
Michigan State College, W. Ray
Smittle of Wayne University and
Ronald Anderson instructor in the
history departmhent, will discuss
"The Adaptation of Western Edu-
cational Ideas in Japan," at 8
p.m. -today in the Rackham Am-
phitheater as part of the confer-
A meeting on current research
in comparative education will
open the second session at 9:30
a.m. tomorrow in the Michigan
Union. N. J. Kaul, Grad., will
open the meeting with an ad-
dress. on "Theses and Disserta-
tions about the Indian Educa-
tion at the University of Michi-
Fred Kerlinger of Wayne Uni-
versity will discuss "Dissertations
about Education in Japan," and
"A Field Trip to Africa" will be
the subject of an address by Ed-
ward Coleson of Huntington. Col-
lege in Huntington, Indiana.
Following a luncheon in the
Union a panel discussion of the
"Place of Comparative Education
in the Social Foundation Program
for the Education of Teachers"
will be featured.
To Sponsor Rally
Srailly for students in the Col-
lege of Engineering sponsored by
all engineering societies will be-
gin at 8 p.m., tomorrow in Rack-
University President H a r 1 a n
Hatcher, Dean George Granger
Brown of the engineering college
and Leland I. Doan, president of
Dow Chemical Company and
member of the Board of Regents,
will speak at the rally.
Members include Carl Gross of
Michigan State College, Peter
Donchian of Wayne University and
George Browne, dean of the
School of Education at the Uni-
versity of Melbourne. Prof. Claude
Eggertson of the education school
will act as chairman.
"The Centralized System of
Education in the Australian De-
mocracy" will be discussed by Dean
Browne at 4:15 p.m., tomorrow in
Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
Nurses Enrollme t
A record enrollment of 158 wo-
men, first-year students in the
University School of Nursing this
fall, was revealed yesterday.
The enrollment exceeded last
year's record of 151 freshmen. To-
tal enrollment in the school this
fall is 445.
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So our hero, undismayed, uncorked a
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received a similar Telegraphic Tribute
to the Sterling Qualities and Gridiron
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tenth day with "Witherspoon knows
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his father is considering endowing a
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in the New Athletics Building.
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