SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 198 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Set Designs GIh
By MARY LEE DINGLER
Sets, props and costumes have
an annoying habit of presenting
perennial problems to Curtiss
A member of the Dramatic Art
Center's professional staff, the
native Californian has supplied
technical as well as dramatic as-
sistance to theater groups from
San Francisco to Portland.,
Tall, thin and sharp-featured,
Cowan is convinced theater-in-the-
round poses some unusual prob-
lems for the designer.
"Usually," he. said, "you use
some kind of backdrop to present
a character in a friendly or antag-
onistic light. The absence of such
backdrop makes it increasingly
difficult to convey impressions."
Crossing his legs and resting his
elbows on top of a card table,
Cowan explained arena theater
was limited by such factors as the
need for transparent scenery.
However, he added, the shape of
the stage and the see-through
scenery offered a number of artis-
After working as an art director
on a Hollywood sound stage, Co-
wan joined the Dramatic Arts
Center because it is a professional
group presenting an unusual var-
iety of plays.
In a clipped conversation, Co-
wan observed, "Most professional
off-Broadway theaters off er good
performance, but present only
Cowan, whohdislikes the cons-
tant use of the same forms or
symbols in art or set design, said
Hollywood "is much more guilty
of the stock, staging approach
than the legitimate stage."
He stressed the need for a de-
signer to set the mood and charac-
ter of a play, "by freeing its per-
sonality from the written page"
A designer must, strive for creat-
ivity and refrain from clamping
his personal style on every play,
An artist or designer whose style
is always immediately recognized
is not a success, Cowan concluded.
Fraternity Buying Association
has announced a change in their
retail food market.
Instead of. purchasing from
Pittsfield Market, FBA will now
order from Jack's Market. The
purpose of using a retail market
is to allow fraternities to supple-
ment orders given monthly to
Reason for the change, accord-
ing to Hank Aughey,.'57, president
of the Stewards Council, is lower
Pro fessors .
Two University professors, ap-
pearing Thursday on a television
series, agreed that Japan is vital
to the West in the cold war.
In discussing the problem, "Why
is Japan of Grave Importance to
the United States?" Prof. John W.
Hall and Prof. Robert E. Ward
said the ideals of the Western
world, their types of government
and beliefs, have been planted in
Japan and are being tested there.
Militarily Japan and the islands
above and below her would be of
tremendous importance for air and
naval bases, Prof. Ward comment-
Both professors emphasized the
industrial capacity and. potential
of Japan. "Along with Manchuria
it is one of the most industrial
countries in Asia;" Prof. Ward
Prof. Hall said land area and
population are the two biggest
problems .facing the country.
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Economies grad Program
Gets Data, Predicts Trends
Grad Psychology Course
Treated In UniqueManner
By MARILYN WOOD
"Graduate instruction in indus-
trial psychology is treated 'in
unique fashion at the University,"
Prof. Floyd C. Mann, of the psy-
chology department said recently.
"Emphasis here is on a social
basis of personnel psychology,"
Prof. Mann commented. Students
spend the first two years on cam-
pus getting theoretical training
and during the third and fourth
years begin research internship
for practical training.
*"They integrate the first two
years of training tohpractical use
in real problems," he continued.
The psychology department dis-
tinguishes between the graduate
student's field of professional spe-
cialization and the major subject
in which he concentrates.
Students specialize the last two
years in fields as teaching, clinical,
counseling and industrial and per-
sonnel. The professional speciali-
zation involves on-the-job train-
ing of skills and the knowledge of
A major subject of concentra-
tion is a field wlhich offers sub-
stantial theoretical knowledge,
Prof. Mann said. "We want stu-
dents not to simply be trained in
For Next Year.
The University Museum is
making plans for the presentation
of .future exhibits featured at a
special opening after the first of
One will be a plastic display of
a drop of water, showing the var-
ious micro-organisms which are
to be found in Michigan pond
Also to be featured at the spec-
ial opening will be a diorama of
an African landscape.
An exhibit in process at the pre-
sent time is a display on skin
structure, which will show the an-
atomy of skin and structrues pro-
duced by it.
Other exhibits will include one
of skeletons of vertebrates, which
will show different skeletons and
stress their functions.
the field of psychology, but to un-
derstand behavior in relevant sci-
"The trend is to include in psy-
chology courses a greater empha-
sis on the application of psycho-
logical principles to problems con-
cerning human relations," the
psychology professor said.
According to Prof. Mann, grad-
uate courses in psychology are de-
signed to insure an understanding
of measurement, social, personnel
and industrial psychology and to
encourage greater familiarity with
other relevant behavioral sciences.
Five students will be admitted
into the graduate course in indus-
trial psychology each year, Prof.
"This year's group is the first
one since the personnel psychology
concentrate has been broadened
and revitalized," he continued.
Four new courses which. have
been added to the schedule are
Human Relations Research in In-
dustry, Applied Social Psychology
in Industry, Psychology of Man-
agement, and Survey of Personnel
Prof. Mann has administrative
responsibility for the development
of personnel and industrial psy-
chology. He is assistant program
director in the Human Relatiois
program at the Institute for Social
Faculty concerned with the
graduate program include, besides
ProK. Mann, are Prof. Norman R.
F. Maier, Stanley Seashore, and
In their first group effort, 548
members of the Junior Inter-Fra-
ternity Council and the Junior
Panhellenic Association will col-
lect funds for the Muscular Dis-
trophy Association at 6:30 p.m.
The pledges are scheduled to
meet at one of four rendezvous-
the League, Rackham Hall, the
business administration building
or the Administration Building.
Members of the Ann Arbor Jun-
ior Chamber of Commerce, who
conceived the plan, will drive the
canvassers to assigned locations.
The group will then split into
couples, each covering a designat-
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The Bureau of Public Health
Economics in the Public Health
School is studying medical facili-
ties in Michigan.
Using funds from the State Of-
fice of Hospital Survey and the
U.S. Public Health Service, the
survey is to determine the need
for additional nursing homes,
chronic disease hospitals, and
treatment centers for the chroni-
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By DAVE TARR
The economy of the United
States is going to continue at its
present high level in 1956 accord-
ing to Prof. Daniel B. Suits of
the economics department.
The basis for this forecast comes
from a model of the U.S.-economy
constructed several years ago in
connection with the graduate pro-
gram in economics of which Prof.
Suits is in charge. And this "fore-
caster" is only one part of a pro-
gram rather unique in colleges.
Known formally as the "Re-
search Seminar in Quantitative
Economics, the program works to
specifically test economic theories
and to gather concrete facts about
economic markets-to place" real
flest on the skeleton of economic
theory," as Prof. Suits puts it.
The Seminar seeks to accom-
plish three basic objectives: meas-
uring economic relationships, test-
ing abstract theories against cer-
tain factual markets and forecast-
ing economic action.
One aspect of the graduate stu-
dents' work has been to predict
the economy of the United States
a year in advance using the "eco-
nometric" model of the U.S. econ-
A model for this purpose was
developed in 1951 by Arthur S.
Goldberger and Lawrence R. Klein
and has been used since to predict
economic behaviour for the com-
Prof. Suits said the model "has
hit it on the nose" in 1953 and
1954, even forecasting the slight
recession last year. The recovery
seen this year was predicted but
not to the extent which developed.
The report for next year was
recently given to the Conference
on Economic Outlook, attended
mostly by business men, which is
sponsored annually by the econom-
ics department. The report says
it possible there may be some
increase over the current high
Klein, now a lecturer in eco-
nomics on leave of absence at
Oxford University, established the
graduate program in 1950 under a
grant from the Ford Foundation.
Prof. Suits is handling the Seminar
while Klein is in England.
This work can lead the Seminar
into different and interesting
fields. On an experimental basis
they are accepting work for busi-
ness firms that have "problems
sufficiently interesting and objec-
tive to be of value in the primary
work of the course."
Onions, Cars and Watermelons
A report on the forecast of
watermelon prices has .been done
and work with the onion and
automobile markets has just been
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