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'U' Research
Center Plans
Busy Season
A rambling building of infor-
mal offices, nearly lost in the im-
posing maze of the University's
medical center, is becoming an ob-
ject of increasing national atten-
Established here in 1946, the
Survey Research Center has come
into its own. No longer a somewhat.
daring venture into social prob-
lems, it has become a highly es-
teemed and well-known research
The Federal Reserve Board, of-
fice of Civil Defense, Boy Scouts
of, America, factories, railroads,
professional associations and la-
bor unions are only some of the
groups that have used its facili-
Busy Year Ahead
The new school year finds in-'
terviewers primed for what prom-
ises to be one of the Center's bus-
iest seasons. Two large projects
and many smaller ones have Sep-
temberto June almost completely
filled with interviewing, accord-
ing to Charles Cannell, director
of the field staff which numbers
over two hundred with seven re-'
gional supervisors.
At the core of most Center
work is what is known as "prob-
ability sampling." This Is a com-
plex system based on. "random" se-
lection of dwelling units. The sys-
tem guarantees every individual
in the population an equal chance
of being chosen for an interview.
Consumer Finance Study
Economic surveys have always
been a staple of the Center's varied
activities. Prof. George Katona of
the economics and psychology de-
partments will direct the tenth
annual survey of consumer fi-
nances, conducted for the Federal
Reserve Board.
The second large-scale project
planned will deal with the Ameri-
can family. It is concerned with
the growth of the population as
indicated by birth rate.
A committee composed of Prof.
Ronald Freedman of the sociology
department, Leslie Kish, head of
the Center's Sampling Section,
and headed by Prof. P. K. Whelp-
ton of the Scripps Foundation for
Research in Population Problems
at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
will conduct the study. This will
be a joint project of the Survey
Research- Center and the Sripps
Survey Research projects are
also pending in Public Affairs and
Human Relations programs, among
other fields.

-Daily-Dick Gaskill
NEW THEATRE STARTED--Construction work has begun in
the auditorium of the Masonic Temple, 3275 Fourth Ave. to cre-
ate an arena style theatre which will seat about 300 people.
The new theatre-in-the-round will be used by the Dramatic
Arts Center, a non-profit group. Seven plays will be given this
year, under the direction of Joseph Gistirak.
Memberships are currently being sold at local book stores at
$10 for the season.
IHC Plans To Interest
Students in U' Activities

Union Tryouts
Men students are needed for
a variety of Union staff posi-
Tryout meetings for those in-I
terested will be held today at
4:30 p.m. and Thursdl2y at 7:30
p.m. in Rm. 3A of the Union,
according to Tom Leopold, '55,
Union president.
Refreshments will be served
at both meetings, and Union
activities will be explained.
Evans Again
Set To direct
Union Opera
Broadway director Fred Evans
will direct the Union Opera again
this year making his fifth straight
season with the show, it was an-
nounced yesterday by Opera Gen-
eral Chairman Jay Grant, '55.
Evans' career in theatrical pro-
ductions has included working
with showmen Florenz Ziegfield
and Mike Todd and assisting
George M. Cohan stage severa]
musical comedies.
Tryouts for Opera committees
will be held Sept. 29 and 30, Grant
also announced. Although the Op-
era-an annual musical comedy-
uses an all-male cast, Grant em-
phasized that both men and wo-
men are needed to serve on th
Opera committees.
Committees handle nearly al
aspects of production of the Op-
era, from publicfty and promotior
to preparation of advertising for
the Opera program.
Scripts for the Opera are now
under consideration, but must be
formally approved by the Opera
committee and the Union Boarc
of Directors.
Early December playing dates
for local performances of the Op-
era are tentatively planned, ac-
cording to Grant. in addition to a
Christmas roadshow tour.
Union Anniversary
Planis Announced
Tentative plans for the Union's
fiftieth anniversary celebration
on Oct. 29 and 30 were announced
at a meeting of the Union Execu-
tive Council last night.
University President Harlan H.
Hatcher and Union President Ton
Leopold, '55, will speak at dedi-
cation ceremonies for the nev
Union addition at 10 a.m. on Oct.
30-Chet Lang, vice-president o
General Electric corporation,
former Union executive council
member, will speak at a banque
at 6 p.m. A Golden Anniversar:
Ball is planned for the evening n
the Union Ballroom.

Architecture Styles Vary Near Eastern Studies Group
Inr~hi S Ho esofAV Ab r Finishes Year's Syrian Trip
tn omes of An r or-
--Putting theory into practice, a mI
Sr_1--- .-- --- - _. - -1 manor ial system in Northern Byr-

Houses are like people.t
Bold exteriors contrast the more faect the sun's raysh in summe
conventional fronts which often ter.
mask unusual interiors. Some pre- "Poor man's marble," as Prof.
sent themselves frankly, while Sanders terms it, are practical ce-
others hide behind fluted columns. ment and asbestos side-panels
Ann Arbor houses, like their in- which are fire-proof and have the
habitants, exhibit wide ranges in advantage of bleaching with age.



style. 1
An experimental steel house,'
built and designed by Prof. Walter
B. Sanders of the Architecture and
Design School, is one of the most
marked departures from familiar
residential style.
The two-level house was con-
structed for the sloping and heav-
ily wooded plot of ground which
many thought unbuildable. The
rear of the Sanders home, com-
posed almost entirely of glass,
brings nature indoors.
Occasional brightly colored pan-
els relieve the severity of the grey
r steel frame. Among the structural
innovations are corrugated steel
r shades placed at an angle to de-
Local Fireuen
IAsk Pay Inicreasej
Fringe benefits and salaries!
equal to that of the Ann Arbor
police department were asked in
a petition from the local firemen
1 which was read during Monday
evening's City Council meeting.
Bearing .the signatures of 56
officers and men, the petition asks
salaries for each rank equal with
those of the police department.

Modern, Convention Combined
Although 135 years old, the con-
ventional frame house of Prof.
Catherine Heller' of the Architec-
ture and Design School, makes use'
of the modern element inside. A
fireplace bordered with tiles bak-
ed from rare antique butter-molds
provides attractive contrast with
a white silk bubble lamp hanging1
across the room.
Escaped slaves during the civil
war period, it is believed, made
use of a concealed compartment
in the dutdh oven at the side of
the colonial fire place.
Though functional, the furnish-
ings of Prof. Heller's apartment
give a warm and lived-in appear-
ance. A rich plum color and white
now prevail in the living room,
but periodically Prof. Heller re-
decorates her home, making ra-
dical changes to fit a season or
Old houses from small to great
white-pillared ones that look ma-
jestically down sloping lawns, are
as much a part of Ann Arbor as
the new. The Wahr House on the
North Division, perhaps one of the
oldest housesin Ann Arbor, is one
of the finest examples of neo-
classic, architecture.

field session in Near Eastern Stu-
dies recently completed a year-
long sojourn in Syria, making its
headquarters a Moslem quarter in
Consisting of five graduate stu-
dents, the session was assisted and
supervised by Prof. William Schor-
ger of the anthropology and Near
Eastern Studies departments, and
Alan W. Horton, assistant direc-
Included in the scope of the in-
dividual research projects cover-
ing the major aspects of Syrian
life were the adaptation of nomads
to a sedentary existence and the

Research also covered the in-
fluence of customary law on mo-
dern Syrian legal practice, the
history of administrative reform
since the French mandate, reli-
gion in peasant communities, vil-
lage political organization, and
aspects of urban organization.
By design, Prof. Schorger said,
the standard of living maintained
in the center did not exceed that
enjoyed locally by students and
teachers. This was regarded, he
added, as uniquely untypical of
Americans by Syrian friends of
the members and was highly ap-

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A new tryout program designed
to interest students living in the
men's residence halls in Quad-
rangle, Inter-House Council, and
other campus activities will be
initiated this fall by IHC.
Opportunities for men and wo-
men in the program include ad-
vancement to committee chair-
manships as sophomores, cabinet
positions in the junior year, and
IHC or Quad presidencies for sen-
There will also be opportunities
available in radio broadcasting
and advertising with WCBN, the
Quad radio station and a member
of the Intercollegiate Broadcast-
ing System, on the new Quad
newsletter, and in many other ac-
Need for Personnel
Behind the creation of a tryout
program, Stan Levy, '55, IHC
President explained, is the need
for personnel to man the various
committees that sponsor and op-
erate Quadrangle and campus pro-
jects. At the same time, the pro-
gram would train men and women
for future top executive positions

in the Residence Halls govern-
mental set-up.
In May of 1952, a new consti-
tution established the Inter-House
Council to assist the individual
houses in their development, re-
present Quad residents to the cam-
pus as a whole, decide policy af-
fecting more than one quad and
coordinate Quad activities.
Service Programs
Since its initiation, the IHC has-
sponsored some service programs
including OperationcInquiry, a
study of the Residence Halls sys-
tem at the University.
Now composed of two represen-
tatives from each of the 23 houses
in the Quadrangles, giving it re-
presentation of approximately 3,-
500 students, the IHC is planning
to organize a House President's
Council. This would complement
the executive half of IHC made up
of the cabinet and the committees,
I and staffed through its new try-
out program.
The IHC will co-sponsor, with
Women's Assembly, the I-Hop on
Oct. 9, and will sponsor a Resi-
I dence Halls conference

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