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Porter Finds;
U' Campus

Katherine Anne Porter would
like to join an archaeologists' ex-
pedition, uncovering buried cities
in Peru or Egypt.
She'd enjoy working as a land-
scape gardener too, and confesses
a third suppressed desire to play
the harpsichord. But this school
year finds the distinguished short
story author teaching English
classes as a University visiting
professor and writer-in-residence.
* * *
MISS PORTER describes her
stay in Ann Arbor as an "exciting,
stimulating and pleasant one. It
seems," she added, "that all of us
here are running to catch the very
last bus to eternity. You know?"
Campus apathy? Other critics
may deplore the student body's
sluggish indifference to every-
thing, but Miss Porter will take
issue with them. "Sometimes,"
she smiled, "I wish they would
show a little apathy, but instead
there's a leaping vitality, just
short of hellishness!" Her stu-
dents impress her as "very much
alive, interested and ready to
throw the ball back at me when-
ever I toss it out."
Famed among her classes for a
remarkably contagious chuckle,
Miss Porter has particularly en-
joyed Ann Arbor's music and con-
cert facilities, libraries, and the
"superior English department."
There's just one regret: it's hard
for her to write in this atmosphere.
* * *
FOR MAXIMUM writing con-
centration she requires complete
solitude and plenty of time-"as
little as one evening for some of
my shorter articles, but weeks or
even months for the longer ones."
She describes herself as a more
or less liberal person, with too
many "little tendencies to bolt" to
fall into the conservative category.
McCarthyism, to her, is almost as
dangerous as Communism.
"When I've been called upon to
defend books that never should
have been written in the first
place," Miss Porter told one of her
classes, "people have scoffed at my
literary taste. But it's not a mat-
ter of taste, it's one of principle:
defending free speech and the
right of free publication."
Next year Miss Porter will re-
turn to New York, where she ex-
pects to "sit around the house and
write." Her periods of "sitting
around," however, don't sound
very sedentary: she is constantly
busy with such projects as a thir-
teen-week radio series where she
reads her stories aloud, making
recordings of her writings and
frequent trips to writers' confer-
ences and seminars.
"You see," she explained, "al-
though writers can't operate on
overstuffed stomachs, we've still
all got to eat. You know?"
Oxford House
Plan Delayed
(Continued from Page 1)
ritory (Oxford street branches off
Washtenaw) were trying to pre-
serve the residential nature of the
"However," said Watkins, "they-
're going to lose out in the end.
The number of residences is al-
ready comparatively few. It's most-
ay fraternities, sororities, churches
and businesses."
* * *
FOURTEEN students were to
take part in the experiment with
a new group moving in every se-
mester. The men would have put
in three to five hours a week ans-
wering questionnaires, being inter-
viewed, and taking part in group

discussions as their contribution to
the study.
The experiment will be carried
on next fall if a suitable residence
is found.

--Dauy-nuck Kelsey
Four Student Lawyers Gain
Finalist Spots in Competition

On the basis of their perform-
ance in last night's semi-final
round, four Law School juniors
won finalist spots in the annual
HenryiM. Campbell Competition
in April.
Arguing a hypothetical case be-
fore a mock U.S. Supreme Court,
the team of Davis M. Roach and
Donald G. Black gained the de-
cision over Ira A. Brown and
David R. Macdonald. In another
courtroom Richard C. Hostetler
Panel Views
Theory, Arts
(Continued from Page 1)
"In the good old days," he
said, "a slip of the tongue re-
sulted from trying to pronounce
a word that was too complicat-
ed." Now he cited subconscious
reasons are given for these slips.
This perplexity, the philosopher
claimed extends to matters more
serious. As an example, he pointed
to the conscience, "formerly a cer-
tain still voice that told one what
was wrong. Now he said "the voice
is the superego."
* * *
REFERRING to the works of
Emmanuel Kant. Prof. Henle said
that when an individual was con-
templating some sort of act he
need only think within himself to
determine a "maxim on which he
was acting." If he would be willing
to have everyone act on this max-
im then his action was right. Un-
der this theory he said, "if you
were honest with yourself you
could at least tell if the maxim youI
were using were right or wrong."
With the development of the
psychoanalytic theory every act is:
"a compromise of conflicting ele-
ments of personality." A person
might be operating under any one
of a half dozen maxims, he said.
Psychoanalysis, has made the
problem of ethics more difficult,
he - concluded. "We are left with
the problem of working out the
goal of life in a more complicated
Forum Slated
Selections from the works of six
University music students will be
featured in a composers' forum at
8:30 p.m. tomorrow in Aud. A, An-
gell Hall.
Among the original composi-
tions to be played are "Three Yid-
dish Songs," by Elaine Friedman,
'54; "Serenade for Violin and Pi-
ano," by Fred Fox, Grad.; and
"Nocturne" and "Toccata," selec-
tions for the piano by Gordon
Sherwood, Grad.

and William G. Warren joined
forces to defeat the respondents'
Robert B. Fiske and Martin S.
- * * *
SPONSORED BY the student
managed Case Club, the student,
lawyers were chosen for the con-
test on the basis of their high
scores in four previous mock
trials; two freshman contests, a
junior fall term case and the re-
cent quarter-finals. Students en-
tering the Case Club as freshmen
are divided into 16 clubs where
they study and practice courtroom
procedure. Through this organi-
zation the field is narrowed down
for the Campbell Competition
which highlights the school year.
This year's case involved a
Constitutional question on liter-
ary censorship raised by a hy-
pothetical book publisher who
was attempting to prevent a
prosecuting attorney from cir-
culating a list charging certain
books as being obscene.
Decisions were made on the
basis of the brief and the oral
Dance Club Today
The Modern Dance Club will
provide a floor show at the Inter-
national Students Association tea
from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at the
Rackham Bldg.
The tea, sponsored by the I.S.A.
and the International Center, is
open to all students of the Univer-

Of Marine
Corps Listed
(Continued from Page 1)
Open only to seniors or grad-
uates, Officers Candidate Class
accepts men with degrees be-
tween 20 and 27 years of age
and consists of an intensive ten-
week training period after which
a candidate will receive his com-
mission and begin three years of
active service.
In both these courses commis-
sions awarded are the rank of sec-
ond lieutenant, for which a person
is paid a minimum salary of $270
per month.
According to Maj. Grover C. Wil-
ed study, which was to examine
unit, the attrition rate is very low
among candidates in both these
programs because of the careful
selective process.
However, if a candidate does dis-
enroll from a program, his only
obligation is to serve two years of
active duty in the Marine Corps.
In the case of PLC, he will first be
placed in this branch's reserve
where he will receive a non-com-
missioned rank higher than pri-
vate, and can serve indefinitely
until he is either compelled to full-
fill his two-year service obligation
laid down by national law or is
ordered in by a national emer-
gency command.
Further information may be ob-
tained from Maj. Williams, Rm.
260, North Hall.
WUOM Series
Starts Today
Beginning at 9 p.m. today a new
weekly series entitled "Crises in
Education" will be broadcast from
The series will consist of trans-
cribed student forums on topics
such as "Does co-education affect
our standards of learning?" "Does
a high school adequately prepare
the student for college?" and sim-
ilar points of interest to the stu-
Students from the University of
Michigan and other colleges
throughout the country have been
invited to take part in these dis-
The first round table discussion
will deal with the subject "What
academic freedom means to the
student." Recorded during a visit
by students of the University of
California to the Michigan cam-
pus, it will feature the following
speakers: Jack Allmen, '57E and
Dudley Chapman, '56 of the Uni-
versity, and Stanford Lyman and
Carey McWilliams of the Universi-
ty of California.

from the pre-primary, primary or
later elementary levels, practice
teachers- in the elementary pro-
gram are assigned one class in
an Ann Arbor or nearby school.
Students may teach either the
whole morning or afternoon
during either their junior or
senior year.
Those on the high school level
spend two hours a day teaching
in two subjects. One hour must
be in the student's major field,
with the other selected from one
of his minors or a related subject.
WHILE THE high school prac-
tice teachers go on to teach in y
only a few subjects, those in the
elementary program must be pre-
pared to take over all phases of
the school day. Training in music,
art and physical education ac-
companies that in the more aca-
demic subjects. All are fitted to
step into any type of school.
Seminars and scientific meth-
ods courses are elected along
with practice teaching, giving
the students a chance to com-
pare problems and consolidate
what they have learned during
teaching. Heading these pro-
grams are William H. Mills, ele-
mentary and Prof. W. Robert
Dixon, secondary.
Starting out gradually, students
have a chance to get used to the
particular classroom situation be-
fore actually beginning to teach.
Working with small groups or just
observing occupies the first few
days, with students eventually as-
suming responsibility for conduct-
ing the whole class. Regular
teachers remain in class to super-
vise, with reports and conferences
scheduled to let the student know
how he is working out., i
The key problem for the stu.
dents seems to be discipline, ac-
cording to Mills. As one student
put it, "When the regular teacher
leaves the room, the students take
it as a signal to misbehave. Then
you have them all hanging from
the chandeliers and what can one
do?" she queried.
However, students often con-
sider practice teaching the most
valuable part of their educational
experience, and ask for more of it.
"The test of a good teacher,"
Mills added, "is when he can get
down and play games with the
children on their level and still
maintain their respect."

Gained by Practice

Nearly 100 University students
are finding out first hand how it
feels to be a teacher.
The students are practice teach-
ing as part of their requirements
for a teacher's certificate, with
duties ranging from supervising
chemistry labs to buttoning first
graders' coats. As the laboratory
part of their training, all pros-
pective elementary and secondary
school teachers spend one semes-
ter in an actual teaching situation,
putting into effect the theories
and principles they have been
learning for the past two or three

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