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11, 1956





Ex-IFC President 'Taking Life Easy'




Reclining in abig red couch on
the third floor of Pi Lambda Phi*
fraternity Bob Weinbaum, '56,
calmly directed his interview.
Former Interfraternity Council
President, Weinbaum became the
first campus leader to relinquish
the reins of leadership when IFC
elections were held March 6.
4 ~"Everyone asks me how it feels
to take life easy now-I don't real-
ly know though-it's too early to
Courier, (his friends often use
his middle name) noted, "You
know, I started off working on the
Daily. My first assignment was
to cover IM sports. It was pour-
ing out but I got the story-they
never printed it."
From the Daily Baumer (an-
other nickname) went to the IFC.
As president of JIFC during its
first year he worked closely with
IFC officers. Social Chairman his
sophomore year and Administrative
Vice-President his junior year Bob
was elected President last Spring.
"I just thought of something,"
Bob told the interviewer.
"The last three Presidents be-
fore me were married the summer
following 'their term in office."
"Well?" the interviewer enquir-
"Tradition's a good thing, par-
ticularly at a school like Michi-
gan-but precedent's important
also," he said, smiling.
"By the way," Bob continued;
"one of the things I'm often criti-
cized for is not being specific
enough-I'm only specific when I
have to be."
The telephone rang. "Wein-
baummm .. ." a fraternity brother
screamed, "telephone." He was
back shortly.
"Where were we? Listen, when
you write this up don't put in that
I'm conservative-everyone knows
it ."
An English major, Weinbaum
hopes to go to .the University's
Law School. "After that I'd like
tosettle in Arizona and practice
law out there."
One of Bob's claims to unique-
ness is that in four years at the
City Residents
Form Guild
The Ann Arbor Senior Citizens
Guild, designed as adcommunity
service project for older members
on the Ann Arbor scene, will go
into operation sometime in May.
The Guild, employing older per-
sons' knowledge and skills to be
utilized for community better-
ment, is to be housed at 439 S.
Ashley St. with a reported first-
in-the-nation program.
Panels of industrial-manufac-
turing and scientific and trades
consultants are to be created. Ob-
jects of the group are:
1. To provide a center where
older people can continue to use
occupational and vocational skills
and talents.
2. To offer older people new
educational and social activities.
3. To encourage the senior citi-
zens to use their talents in service
to the community.
As yet, no membership plan has
been worked out for older per-
sons' participation in the center.
However, no age limit has been
set on participation.
Along with business leaders, for-
mer Uiversity faculty members
are expected to work on the Guild.

Daily-John Hirtzel
THE CASUAL APPROACH-Former Interfraternity Council
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President Bob Weinbaum, tak
his interview.
University he has never attempted
to learn how to play bridge.
"Frankly it always seemed too
'Real Hacker'
Golf is one of the former presi-
dent's favorite sports, but, "I'm a
real hacker."
Summers have always been spent,
in Northern Michigan. One of three
editor-publishers of the Mackinac
Island Town Crier, Bob has worked
on the tourist newspaper for the
past several summers.
"Couldn't and a finer place to
spend the summer-extremely in-
teresting work."
The Town Crier has been de-
veloped into a weekly tabloid with
circulation of 2500. "It's entirely
owned, operated, edited and pub-
lished by Jim Wills, Jerry Prescott
and myself."
Best described as a fraternity
man's fraternity man Bob has, in
addition to his work on the IFC,
been active in his fraternity. He
was pledge president, treasurer his
Junior year and Vice-President his
Senior year.
Born in Detroit, Bob started his
extra-curricular activities in high
school-on a small scale.
"I went out for the swimming
team but I wasn't good enough
for a letter. Worked on the paper
a bit too."
He attended Highland Park
High School.
Despite his modest accomplish-
ments in high school Bob managed
to do enough at the University to
be chosen for membership in
Sphinx Hectorians (of which he
was vice-president) and Michigam-
"You might mention I like wat-
er sports. Fishing, swimming and
boating particularly," he' told the
A successful advocate of pro-
gress in IFC affairs, Bob nonethe-
less retains a strong feeling for
tradition. "This has been a school
of deep tradition for many years.
It's a shame to see evidences of
its diminishing.
"The trouble is that the aver-
age freshman coming up here
doesn't learn enough about the
traditions that have helped make
the school great."
He thought for a moment then

g lle easy now, calmlyarects
mentioned reflectively, "Your last
semester you really start evaluat-
ing all the things you have and
haven't done.
"There ought to be a time at
the end of your sophomore year'
when you stop to reflect on where
you're going but unfortunately you
,don't reflect until you've gotten
Asked if he would have done
things differently had he "reflect-
ed" as a sophomore Bob smiled
and answered "I don't think so."
Well, the interview was over but
there was still the matter of taking
a picture. "I'd rather not pose in
a tie and jacket."
We assured him he wouldn't
have to.
To Be Held
Asian-American relations will be
the topic of a conference to be
held at the University May 11.
Five Asian leaders will take part
in the discussion, one of a series
of six nationwide conferences to
be held in San Francisco, Min-
neapolis, Boston, Louisville, Wash-
ington and Detroit.
Two public sessions of the local
conference will be held. One will
be May 9 at the International In-
stitute in Detroit, and the second
will be held in the Rackham Lec-
ture Hall on campus.
These discussions will take place
under the sponsorship of the Unit-
ed Nations Educational, Scientific,
and Cultural Organization, along'
with the United States National
Commission for UNESCO.
The specific discussion topics
will try to identify the common
cultural interests of Asia and the
U.S. and possible misunderstand-'
ings between the several nations.
Taking part in the discussions
will be educational and political
leaders of Laos, India, Thailand.
Indonesia and Cambodia.

U' Research
Alloy Data
New uses for tomorrow's jet
engines, nuclear reactors and au-
tomobile turbines have been de-
vised by University engineers.
At present one hundred small
furnaces, glowing day and night
at temperatures up to 2000 degrees,
are providing essential data on
high-temperature alloys.
The furnaces, located in the
Engineering Research Institute's
High Temperature Laboratory, are
charted by a 20-man team under
the direction of Prof. James W.
Freeman, of the metallurgical en-
gineering department.
Alloy Need
"An important but unsung field,
high temperature metallurgy is
receiving increasing attention as
the demand for resistant alloys
grows," Prof. Freeman declared.
"In aeronautics," he noted, "de-
signers of rockets and jet aircraft
are confronted by the formidable
'thermal barrier', whose metals
wilt from the heat of compressed
air piled ahead of the vehicle.
Progress toward practical, low-
cost atomic power in the nuclear
reactor field hinges upon the speed
at which new and better materials
are developed, Prof. Freeman com-
Steam Power
He added that higher operating
temperatures in the steam power
field mean greater efficiency and
subsequent savings to electric con-
"By correlating the stress, time
and temperature at which failure
occurs, and by noting the rate of
elongation, the metallurgists can
predict how long the metal will
last in a given job, Prof. Freeman
A new way to produce a "non-i
strategic" super-alloy for use in
aircraft and auto turbine engines
has been also recently devised by
University metallurgic engineers.
This new super-alloy costs half
as much as the critical metal now
used and has superior properties.
"The process may make gas tur-
bine automobiles practical within
two to five years and should give
greater power or longer life to jet
engines," said Prof. Richard A.
He attributes the increased
strength and ductility of the new
alloy to the nitrogen, hydrogen,
and oxygen normally present in
the atmosphere which cannot unite
with the alloy during vacuum
melting and pouring.
Festival Week
May 3 through May 6 has been
proclaimed "May Festival Week"
by Mayor William E. Brown, Jr.
of Ann Arbor.
Mayor Brown named the week
"in appreciation of the cultural
contributions made by the Uni-
versity Musical Society in provid-
ing the May Festival each year."
He urged that all citizens join
in the spirit of the occasion and
extend every possible courtesyto
the distinguished performers who
will be in Ann Arbor as well as to
the many visitors attending the

-Daily-Peter Song
LEAGUE CANDIDATES-The following women, competing for
second vice-president of the League, are seated, Marylen Segel
and Maureen Isay. Coeds campaigning for sophomore mem-
bership on the Interviewing and Nominating committee of the
League, are standing, Sallie Steketee, Barbara Maier, Kay Yonkers,
Lucinda Hendricks and Linda Green.
U.S. Economic Growth Seen

League Candidates

175 Million
The U.S. population will grow
to 175 million by 1960 with smaller
households creating more spend-
ing units, Robert B. Smock, Wayne
University research associate pre-
dicted yesterday.
At a National Consumer Credit
Conference, Smock addressed about
200 executives of finance institu-
tions, describing the American
family and its relation to con-
sumer credit.
An important figure in the fam-
ily is the working wife, who brings
extra money to 57 per cent of the
families with no children, to 21
per cent of the households with
children under five, and to 40 per
cent of homes where the youngest
child is over five, Smock reported.
Stating that the rising divorce
rate isn't as bad as it sounds,
Smock said in prosperous times we
have divorce instead of desertion
and the percentage of married
persons has risen steadily. j
He declared the American fam-
ily unit "is undoubtedly the heal-
thiest, happiest, most efficient in-
stitution ever devised for rearing
'the independent kindnof person a
democracy depends upon-though
maybe it is too impatiently ambi-
The credit industry itself should
assume additional responsibility
for credit practices sensible for the
individual family and the economy
as a whole, Smock asserted.
Concluding, he noted, "it is
clear that the American family
is not going to change radically in
the near future. The credit in-
dustry can turn its status-striving
into effective mass consumption."
The University School of Busi-
ness Administration is host for the
3-day conference, ending today.
State and national sponsors in-
clude credit bureaus, salesvfinance
companies, banking, credit unions,
consumer finance companies, re-
tailing, manufacturing, and edu-
cation. j

Prof. Ackley
Gets Fullriight
Prof. Gardner Ackley, chair-
man of the economics department,
has been awarded a Fulbright
grant from the United States State
Department to do research in eco-
nomics at the University of Rome
during 1956-57.
He will study problems of Ital-
ian economic policy in connection
with problems of full employment
and economic development of the
country. He will be on sabbatical
from the University.


American economy as a wholeV
will surpass its 1955 records during
1956 with a, gross national product
of better than $400 billion, a panel
of five business economists pre-
dicted here last Friday.
Discussing the economic outlook
before 500 United States and Cana-
dian sales management executives,
the panel reached broad agreement
on the following points:
1. The impending Presidential
election will probably have no ma-
jor long-term effects on the econo-
my, but
2. Political factors will give tax
reduction an even chance or bet-
ter as Congress moves toward ad-
journment, and
3. Without tax reduction, some
easing of credit may prove nec-
Sponsored by the School of Busi-

ness Administration, the panel
consisted of George L. Lahodny,
market and budget analyst for
Detroit Edison; Robert J. Eggert,
market research, manager for Ford
Motor Co.; Robinson Newcomb,
Washington business consultant;
Robert Storer, vice-president of
Manufacturers National Bank, De-
troit;, and Prof. Paul W. McCrack-
en of the economics department.
Women's Senate
To Meet Today
There-will be a meeting of the
Women's Senate today at 4 p.m.
in the League. Meeting room will
be posted.

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1956are nowbeing received.
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