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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 1956

THE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNDAY, MARCH 4,1956

PLANS TO AID COUNTRY:
Venezuelan Studying Under Contraet
By CATHARINE RAMBEAU
In twelve months, Taylor House's°
David Guerra will return to his
native country of Venezuela to
ulfill a two-year contract witha
he Venezuelan government.
Two and a half years ago, Guer-
a was given a scholarship
rom the Venezuelan Corpora-j
ion of Development, an organiza-
ion which corresponds somewhat
o our country's Tennessee Valley :.
Authority. In exchange Guerra"
wil, upon returning to his coun-
ry, work on government-sponsor-.
ed electrical projects.
The 21-year-old student was
born in Tariba, and after attend-z
ing grade school there, moved with
f is family to Caracas.

Organization Notices
Congregational and Disciples Guild: welcome, tonight, 7:00 p.m., Lutheran
Professor Preston Slosson will speak on Stundent Center at Forest and Hill.
"Current Trends in Theology," tonight, * * *
7:00 p.m., Memorial Christian Church, Marketing Club: Movie-Ben Franklin
Hill and Tappan Streets, in "Selling America," Mar. 5, 3:00 p.m.,
* * * Rm. 141, Business Administration Bldg.
*0 *
Deutscher Verein: Short skit, Euro- Michigan Christian Felowship: Rev
pean travel slides, and refreshments, Robert Murray, St.ae James Episcopal
March 6, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 3A in the Church, Dexter, Michigan, will speak on
Union, "The Meaning of Faith," today, 4:00
Episcopal Student Foundation: Buffet p.m., Lane Hal* *
supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by a group Student Religious Association: Folk
discussion on "Sacramental Living" at dancing at Lane Hall, March 5, 7:30-
7:00 p.m., today, Canterbury House. 1:000 p.m., in the recreation room. The
* * * Swedish Hambo will be featured. In-
Hillel Foundation: Basic Judaism struction for every dance and begin-
class, Mar. 5, 8:00 p.m., Hillel. ners are welcome.0
Cultural Committee meeting, Mar. 5, * * *
4:15 p.m., Hillel. Unitarian Student Group: Dr. Bag-
Student Zionist Organization will chi will speak on "Religions of India,"
sponsor Israeli folk dancing, tonight, tonight, 7:00 p.m., Uitarian Church on
7:00 p.m., Hillel. Washtenaw Avenue.
Sunday night Supper Club followed * * *
by film, "Song of the Negev," and record Westminister Student Fellowship:
dance, 6:00 p.m., Hillel. "Who is the Presbyterian Pope?". to-
night, 6:45 p.m., Presbyterian Student
* * * Center,
La Petite Causette: Meeting, Mar. 5, *
3:15 to 5:00 p.m., South Cafeteria, Un- Young Republican Club: Meeting,
ion. March 5, 8:00 p.m., Union. Professor
* * * Henry L. Bretton of the Political Science
Lutheran Student Association: Mar- Dept. will speak and moderate an in-
tin Luther film, no charge, everyone formal discussion.

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Venezuelan Education System
"Our educational system," Guer-
ra said, "differs from yours in that
our high schools are divided into
two cycles. The first, lasting four
years, is standardized throughout
Venezuela, Everyone attending
takes the same courses."
About 80% of the students en-
tering this phase of the education-
al system finish the entire four
years. Those who do so may then
take a specialized course for a
year, in one of three fields: phy-
sics and math, biology and chem-
istry, or literature and philoso-
phy. Again, about 80% finish this
'prep school,' as it is called, and
go from there to a university.
Guerra came to the United
tates immediately after finishing
is special course in physics and
math, for which he received a
bachelors degree. This degree, giv-
en by the Department of Educa-
tion in Venezuela,,is considered an
achievement but does not com-
pare with a B.A from a univer-
sity.
Came to America
Guerra came in 1952 to join his
family, as his father, a pilot, was
based at New York City. He studied
English at Queens College for sev-
eral months, and in January of
1953 transferred to Hillsdale Col-
lege in Michigan.
Then, two years ago, he trans-
ferred to the University.
"I had several reasons for do-
ing this," Guerra said. "Mainly it
was because Michigan's reputation
is well-known in Venezuela, and
it has such a good engineering
school. Also, I had many friends
and countrymen studying here."
"Why did I choose to come to
an American college in the first
place? Well, Venezuela is, as you
know, undergoing very rapid ex-
pansion.
Industrial Expansion,
"The development of the oil in-
dustry in the past few years has
made us the second larger exporter
O'Connor Talk
Frank O'Connor, Irish author
and critic, will speak on "The Rise
and Decline of the Novel" at 4:15
p.m. next Tuesday in the lecture,
hall of Rackham Building.
The lecture is sponsored by the
English Department.

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DAVID GUERRA
... from Tariba to Caracas to Ann Arbor

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of oil in the world. With this new
and very large industry, my gov-
ernment is making money.
"Consequently, it is interested
in developing the, country, and
we need a great deal ofutechnical
knowledge'to do so. So the gov-
ernment has been giving many
scholarships,,r particularly to en-
gineers, and sendirig students to
European and American universi-
ties to learn modern methods in
the various fields."
Guerra added that Venezuelan
development is being aided by a
great number of Americans work-
ing in the country, with 32,000 in
Caracas alone.
Little Basic Difference
Guerra said that at first he no-
ticed a great deal of difference be-
tween Venezuelan and American

ways of life, but that''"most of it
is only on the surface. As far as
day-by-day activities go, they are
alike."
The only real social difference
he still notices is the difference in
the girl-boy set-up.
"At home, there is no such thing
as 'dating,'" he said. "If a boy
meets a girl and becomes inter-
ested, he gets to know her through
someone else, preferably a member
of her family. Once you have been
invited to her house for a party,
you can return as often as you
like. But you are never able to
take her to the movies by your-
self. This might seem a handi-
cap, but the pursuit itself can be
as much fun as the informal dat-
ing arrangements here."

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