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NegroUniversity Invited
Into Scholarship Trust

$500 PRIZE:
Don Harris Wins Award
For Ballet 'JohnHenry'

Adds Several1 'U' Cellist Wins Award at Tanglewood


For the first time in the history
of American education, a Negro
college, Fisk University in Nash-
ville, has been invited into the
Rhodes Scholarship Trust.
July 29, Courtney Smith, Ameri-
can Secretary of the Rhodes Trust,
requested that Fisk University
name an administrator who would
begin representing the campus in
the coming fall competition.
Before then, Negroes had been
limited in competition for Rhodes
Scholarships, since the awards

were only made at outstanding
white or interracial institutions.
Fisk U niversity President
Charles S. Johnson commented
that the progressive movement on
the part of the Rhodes Scholar-
ship Trust will be an encourage-
ment to exceptional men alreadyl
studying at Fisk and an incentive
to outstanding high school gradu-
ates who wish to compete during
college matriculation.


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Don Harris, '52SM won a $500
award when his ballet "The Leg-
end of John Henry" was perform-
ed this summer in Louisville.
The award was given by the
Louisville Orchestra in conjunc-
tion with a grant by the Rocke-
feller Foundation. Each year, 40
works are commissioned from mu-
sicians in the United States and
foreign countries. Ten awards are
given to student composers, and it
was one of the student awards
which Harris won.
Part of the award entails four
performances of the work by the
INew Funds Aid
Twenty University faculty mem-
bers were granted $70,800 with
which to conduct research utiliz-
ing some form of atomic energy,
according to Ralph A. Sawyer, di-
rector of the Michigan Memorial-
Phoenix Project.
The Phoenix Project is a pro-
gram of study of the peacetime ap-
plications and ramifications of
atomic energy. Its activities in-
clude the current sponsorship of
92 research projects, including
the 20 new ones, in departments
throughout the University.
General grants will enable Har-
ley H. Bartlett, director of the
botanical gardens, to continue his
research on the post-glacial chron-
ology of the Aleutians. His work,
begun in 1948, depends to a large
extent on the radio-carbon dating
of archeological specimens and or-
ganic samples from various sites.
Henry J. Gomberg, assistant di-
rector of the Phoenix Project, and
Sylvester E. Gould, research as-
sociate, will press their research
on the control oft richinosis
through the exposure of pork to
radiation. Having proved the meth-
od successful in earlier experi-
ments, they will consider now its
commercial feasibility and after-
Prof. Felix G. Gustafson, of the
botany department, will study the
entrance of radioactive cobalt and
zinc into plants by way of their
leaves. His experiments have in-
dicated the possibility of applying
necessary nutrients directly to the
leaves-a technique that would be
of great value in sandy areas
where plant food is washed away
before it is absorbed by the roots.
The Housing and Home Finance
Agency has approved a loan of
$750,000 to John Carroll University,
at Cleveland, to be used in con-
structing a dormitory.

Louisville Orchestra, as well as a
recording of the piece. The first
performance was conducted on
July 3 by Robert Whitney. The last
performance took place two weeks
Sylnphony Performs Work
On July 10, Thor Johnson and
the Cincinnati Symphony Orches-
tra played the ballet on a program
of American music. The recital was
given in connection with the 33rd
national convention of Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia, tie national music
The Cincinnati performance was
done with dancers as well as the
Orchestra. R o bin Squire, '54,
did the choregraphy and danced
the female lead, the role she took
when the ballet was performed
here last May during the Midwest-
ern Music Symposium. Jim Stas-
heff '56SM danced the title role in
Cincinnati and Ann Arbor. Other
roles were taken by dancers from
the Ann Arbor production as well
as some from Louisville.
On the day of the Cincinnati
performance, Stasheff sprained his
wrist during a rehearsal, and it
was feared that he would be un-
able to dance that evening. Even
with a bandaged wrist, the lifts in
the ballet were thought to be too
strenuous for safety. As the time
of the recital drew nearer, Stas-
heff removed the bandage and de-
cided to assume this role. His per-
formance drew critical plaudits
for a fine job.
Harris Background
Harris started playing the piano
at the age of six in his native
St. Paul and when he entered the
University in 1948, had a firm
background and a deep interest in
While on campus, ie wrote a
number of musical works in addi-
tion to carrying a full-time pro-
gram. "The Legend of John Henry"
is his first orchestral work. His in-
terest in music led him to write
many concert reviews and feature
articles for The Daily.
Harris concluded his Masters
program this past June and is now
tentatively enrolled in the Uni-
versity working towards his Doc-
torate. During the summer, he
studied composition at the Berk-
shire Festival in Tanglewood,
Mass. with the noted composer
Lukas Foss.
With the money of the Louisville
award, Harris hopes to be able to
spend some time in Ann Arbor
just composing. At present he is
interested in doing some violin
work and further dance works.
As for a goal in mind, all Har-
ris has to say is, "more music."

To Faculty
Dean Earl V. Moore of the School
of Music has announced the ap-
pointment of 13 new members to
the School's faculty for the fall
Music Education instructors will
be Edythe Albert and Sally Mon-
sour. Miss Albert taught Music
Education at Bemidji State Teach-
er's College in Minn. and Miss Mon-
sour held the same position at Rol-
lins College in Winter Park, Fla.
Two School of Music graduates,
Patricia Arden '53 and Lois Gau-
ger '54, will be instructors in piano
this fall.
Paul Bryan, '48SM, a member
of the music faculty at Duke Uni-
versity and Edward Chudacoff, '51
SM, will be instructors in Theory
and Theory-Composition respective-
ly. Chudacoff recently completed a
year in London on a Fulbright
Don Krummel, '53SM and Rob-
ert Preston, a teaching fellow in
the School of Music will be instruc-
tors in Music Literature.
Curtis Graduate
Eugene Bossart, a graduate of
the Curtis Institute will be on cam-
pus this fall as a lecturer in Vocal
Literature and Accompanying. Aft-
er private coaching of artists from
the Metropolitan, La Scala and the
New York City Opera Companies,
he became exclusive accompan-
ist for Christopher Lynch in 1946
and held that position until 1950.
From 1950-52 he was accompanist
for Gladys Swarthout and appeared
as accompanist and soloist on the
Firestone Hour from 1946-1952.
Clyde Carpenter, a graduate of
Northwestern University and the
Eastman School of Music in Ro-
chester, N.Y., will be an instructor
in French Horn. He has played
the French Horn with the Rock-
ford, Portland, Evanston, Wilming-
ton and Kansas City Philharmonic
Orchestras. He taught previously
in the Kansas City Conservatory
Frances Greer, soprano of the
Philadelphia and Metropolitan Op-
era Companies, will be a lecturer
in Voice. Miss Greer is a graduate
of Louisiana State University and
hast oured extensively throughout
the United States and Europe,
Florian Mueller, a graduate of
the American Conservatory of Mu-
sic in Chicago, will be a lecturer
in oboe and wind instruments. He
was the first oboist with the Chi-
cago Symphony Orchestra from
James Salom, '52SM, a member
of the International Symphony Or-
chestra, will lecture this fall on
percussion. instruments. He has
taught previously in Chicago and
New York and was the head of
the music department in the cen-
tral High School, Valley Stream,

Camilla Heller '55SM won the
$125 Piatagorsky award this sum-
mer at the Berkshire Festival in
Tanglewood, Mass.
Every year the music faculty of
the Festival gives a $250 'cello
award out of the fund established
by cellist Gregor Piatagorsky.
This year the award was split be-
tween a cellist from New York
and Miss Heller.
W h i 1 e at 'Tanglewood, she
played first chair in the orchestra
for four weeks out of the six week
season, performing under such
conductors as Jean Morel from
New York's Julliard School of Mu-
sic and Charles Munch, conductor
of the Boston Symphony, as well
as numerous student conductors.
Chamber Groups
Some of her spare time was
spent in chamber music classes
and participating in a quartet that
performed Beethoven's Quartet op.
71 and Mendelssohn's Octet for
Miss Heller, a native of Apple-
ton, Wis., has been playing the
cello for 11 years. She started play-
ing while still in grade school, un-
der a teacher from the Lawrence
College Conservatory.
Her musical background was fur-
ther enhanced by her family, all
of whom played musical instru-
ments at one time or another. Her
oldest sister plays the violin, a
younger sister the viola, a brother
the bass fiddle, her mother con-
ducts and plays the piano and her
father plays the flute.
Five of her summers, from 1948-
52, were spent at Interlochen and
for the last two summers sheh as
been studying and performing at
Fall Elections
To Be Topics
Of Discussions
Highlighting the Positive Citizen-
ship course this fall will be the
discussion of elections and their
importance in American politics.
.Mrs. Charles A. Fisher, super-
visor of this extension program in
Ann Arbor, announced that spe-
cialists from the political science
department and from the Institute
of Social Research will lecture
about the coming fall elections.
Coordinating the course is Ralph
T. Jans, lecturer in political sci-
ence and research associate in the
Institute of Public Administration.
Members of the political science
department to speak will be Prof.
Henry L. Bretton, Prof. George A.
Peek, and Prof. Ferrel Heady.
Gerald Gurin, study director of'
the Survey Research Center will
be one of the lecturers.
The role of American politics
will be discussed at the first lec-
ture on- Thursday, September 30.
Congressional campaign issues,
foreign and domestic, is to be the
subject of the following two lec-
tures. Other topics to be dealt with
are state election candidates and
campaign issues, public opinion
surveys and a summary and analy-
sis of election returns.
Sessions of the course, which
meet at 7:30 p.m., on Thursdays
in the School of Business Admin-
istration will be followed by a
question and answer period.



... winner of famed Piatagorsky award

Tanglewood. At Interlochen, she
played in the orchestra, the cham-
ber groups and was soloist on sev-
eral occasions. Her greatest inter-
est in the cello came from the sum-
mers spent at Interlochen.
Campus Performances
During her stay on campus, Miss
Heller has performed in numerous
composer's forums, scholarship
quartets and last winter appeared
with the Toledo Symphony Orches-
tra, playing Boccherini's concerto
for cello and orchestra. A cello
major, Miss Heller is the pupil
of Oliver Edel.
At the end of October, she will
be giving a recital, a graduation
requirement in the School of Mu-
sic, accompanied by William Dopp-
man '56SM.
Her plans for the future are still
indefinite, but she intends to keep
on playing the cello and someday
hopes to play professionally or
Naval Reserve
List Openings
Lt. W. F. Danielson of the Naval
Security Group Division 9-12 an-
nounced that this unit of the Naval
Reserves has 25 openings in a
pay status for naval reservists
who have transferred from other
areas and students who are inter-
ested in joining the program.
The reserve division enlists men
between the ages of 17 and 18 2
who may work their way up to
communications technicians rank
while fulfilling military require-
Division members will meet in
uniform each Tuesday from 71:30
to 10 p.m. at North Hall and will
receive a full day's pay for each
meeting attended. Men already in
the Naval Reserves may be placed
in pay status immediately by
transferring to this division.
Meetings consist of classes in
military training which promote
advancement in rating.
Men may obtain further infor-
mation by contacting Lt. Daniel-
son any Tuesday evening at North

perhaps teach. Other plans also
include recitals and the possibili-
ty of remaining here for a Masters
"What I'd really like to do," said
Miss Heller, "is to be able to make
a good recording and play a great
deal of chamber music."
Music School
See Europe
Two School of Music professors
are now at opposite ends of their
Fulbright studies; one has just
left for Europe and one has just
Prof.Wiley Hitchcock is now
starting a year's study abroad in
the University of Florence, Italy.
A professor of Music Literature,
Hitchcock plans to make research
trips to Italian libraries to study.
the oratorio in Italy in the late
17th and early 18th centuries.
Prof. Louise Cuyler has returned
from a year in Brussels, where she
studied the music of the Low Coun-
tries in the 15th, 16th and 17th
While in Belgium, she became
interested in the Stellfield Library
in Antwerp; a library that is one
of the three greatest private col-
lections in Europe. During the
course of the summer, the Univer-
sity1 purchased the Stellfield col-
lection for $100,000 with the aid
of the Michigan Alumnus Fund.
Appoint Ingram
Hosptal Chaplain
The Rev. G. Steven Ingram has
been appointed assistant chaplain
at University Hospital.
He replaces Rev. Richard J. Leh-
man, assistant chaplain in resi-
dency at the Hospital for the past
year and who has just been ap-
pointed full-time chaplain at the
Gowanda State Homeopathic Hos-
pital, Buffalo, N.Y.



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