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AROTC Head Almost Joined Navy

Strangely enough, the decision
of Col. Cecil W. Land to become an
Army officer was influenced by
Navy publicity.
Col. Land, commanding officer
of the University's Army ROTC
detachment, was originally en-
couraged' by his brother in 1923
to take advantage of one of two
Naval Academy openings.
After seeing his lopal congress-
man and deciding to submit ap-
plications to the Army's West
Point as well as its Navy coun-
terpart, he anxiously awaited the
results. "Those results came and
I found myself enrolled in West
Point that year," said the Colonel.
Entered Field Artillery
Graduating from the Military
Academy four years later, he en-
tered the field artillery branch of
the Army. His first station was in
Monterey, Calif., with the 76th
Field Artillery.
Col. Land's most interesting ex-
periences occurred during World
War II when he .commanded a 240
Howitzer battalion in the invasion
of Luzon. "My battalion was the
only 240 mm unit in action in the
Pacific. At one time we were giv-
ing support to three corps, with
batteries about 100 miles apart."
Abhors War Devastation
The Colonel says he was shock-
ed at the many devastating scenes
he encountered during the war.
Many cities in the Pacific were al-
most totally demolished, he said.
"For instance, in Yokahama
there were only one or two build-
ings still standing in the main part
of the city after hostilities ceased.
I hope this country never sees its

Trip Slated
For Coeds
Seven weeks in Hawaii comprise
a summer most people can merely
dream about.
For about 30 University house-
mothers and coeds, however, such
a vacation will materialize this
Mrs. Edna Strachan, Alpha Tau
Omega housemother, who is con-
ducting this campus' representa-
tion on the Seventh Annual How-
ard Tour to the University of Ha-
waii summer session, said that
housemothers who have gone in
previous summers have been high-
ly enthusiastic about the tour.
Lasting from June 20 to August
10, the tour includes about 350
women from colleges and universi-
ties throughout the United States
who spend a summer studying and
vacationing in the Hawaiian Is-
In addition to studying at the
University of Hawaii, the tour ac-
cording to Mrs. Strachan will con-
sist of excursions in Honolulu;
special visits to Pearl Harbor, the
outer islands, and native villages;
and a catamaran cruise, trips in
outrigger canoes and glassbottom-
ed boats.
On the social side, the program
will include movies, college dances,
a formal dinner dance at the Roy-
al Hawaiian Hotel, and a luau
-or Hawaiian feast-as a spe-
cial farewell.
University coeds will begin the
tour from the west coast where
they are flown to the Islands via
Pan American or United Airlines.
Upon reaching Hawaii, they will
be offered two types of tours,
Mrs. Strachan said.
One group of girls will live in
a large residence hall on the uni-
versity campus, and will be offer-
ed a type of living patterned aft-
er sororities and residence alls
on mainland campuses. The sec-
ond group will live in de luxe
apartments at the Islander Hotel
in the heart of the Waikiki Beach
Price of the tour is approximate-
ly $500. Later this month Mrs.
Strachan will show a movie on Ha-
waii, sponsored by the United Air-
lines, for interested coeds.
Osborn To Speak
To Honor Society
Dr. Harold Osborn will speak to
Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor
society, at 8 p.m. Wednesday,
March 9 in Auditorium D, Angell
Hall on the subject "Standards-A
Tool for the Young Engineer."
Dr. Osborn was former chief en-
gineer of American Telephone and
Telegraph and is now a consulting

During part of the summer the
Union will have no food facilities,
according to Union President Tom
Leopold, '55.
Construction on the addition is
now continuing after a slight de-
lay due to a slow materials deliv-
ery. Completion date has been set
for Dec. 1.
Besides the summer hiatus in
food service, Leopold added, the
fall will find only a limited amount
of service.

Two New Cafeterias
Two new cafeterias, facilitat-
ing service for 500 as well as a tap
room for 400 will be ready at the
end of the year. The latter will
be open all day, with a soda bar,
booths, music and a television set.
Work on the $112,000 shell for
two more floors atop the addition
will 'begin after the December
completion date. This space will

be utilized for increased banquet
and meeting rooms.
Seek Remodeled Lounges
Leopold also noted that a com-
mittee is presently studying re-
vamping possibilities for the two
main-floor lounges, working with
architects on proposed interior re-
visions, citing the inadequacy of
the lounges at present.
He stressed the fact that the
new additions will in no way con-

flict with the proposed student ac-
tivities center: "It is entirely for
the social needs of the Union."
Economics Club
Prof. Paul A. Samuelson of Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technology
will lecture at a public meeting
of the Economics Club to be held
at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Rack- '-
ham Amphitheater.

Summer Construction To Halt Union's Food Facilities

ham Amphitheater.

In the spring a Co-Ed's
Fancy smartly turns to

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cities and industries destroyed as
they were in other countries."
After the War, Col. Land was
on occupational duty in Japan for
three months. Returning to the
United States for a brief time, he

Panhel Plan for Pop ular Vote
On Officers Tentatively .OK'd

A plan for popular election of
Panhellenic Association officers
gained preliminary approval from
the Panhel executive board yester-
It will be presented at toior-
row's board of delegates meeting
if the method of election written
into the proposed new Constitution
meets with expected defeat. A
straw vote of sorority houses has
indicated thatits passage is doubt-
ful, according to Ginny Abbey, '55,
second vice-president.
Objections to the plan were two-
fold, Miss Abbey said. First be-
cause it provided that house pres-
idents, after discussing candidates
with their chapter members, would
cast the final votes for officers.
Second objection was thdt the
plan allowed for nominations from
the floor both on the day that the
slate of candidates is presented
and the day of the elections. Some

sorority women felt that this was
unfair to candidates' on the slate
who had to petition and be inter-
viewed by the executive board.
The new proposal would allow
nominees to be chosen only from
the people who had gone through
the regular petition and interview
Double Trouble
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (1P) -
Mrs. Carl Van Dusseldorf saw
one of her one-year-old look-
alikes gulp down several aspir-
in tablets Friday night.
Excitedly she , hustled her
twin daughters to Memorial
Hospital. But when she got
there she wasn't sure which one
had taken the tablets.
So doctors pumped out the
stomachs of both

saw a three year tour of duty
in Germany.
With Wyoming Guard
With his return from overseas,
he was detailed as Field Artillery
Instructor of the Wyoming Na-
tional Guard. There his duties ne-
cessitated covering 800 miles a
week in his inspections of the
state's artillery units, "not an un-
pleasant task in view of the beau-
tiful country and the wonderful
Prior to his arrival here, Col.
Land was with Fifth Army Head-
quarters at Chicago. Here his du-
ties were in the training and oper-
ations field for four years.
Good ROTC Participation
"I was impressed from the first
with the University's high stand-
ards," he said. "I hope to see them
stay that way for a long time." He
pointed with pride to the "unus-
ually active ROTC participation in
student organizations."
Retirement in 1957 at the end of
his tour of duty at the ROTC de-
partment will climax the 30-year
military career of Col. Land. As for
future plans, the Kansas-born of-
ficer said that his chief concern
would be supporting his wife and
four children.
"One thing's certain, -though,"
he emphatically added, "I don't
want to sell insurance or real es-


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