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'Bull Ring' Offers Discussion Groups

In 1949, two University profes-
sors felt a need for a serious dis-
cussion group on campus to off-
set departmentalization.
As a result, Prof. Austin War-
ren of the English department and
the late Prof. Carl D. LaRue of
the zoology department founded
The Bull Ring, which met weekly
at a local restaurant.
Faculty and Students
"The Bull Ring," membership
cards read, "is a group of faculty
and students seeking to re-estab-
lish the great chain of being in
nature, hoping to create an intel-
lectual community in which each
may assert his degree by ability
rather than by administrative de-
For three years the group flour-
ished, then declined. In 1953 The
Bull Ring ceased to exist.
Today The Bull Ring is . again
flourishing, chiefly through the
efforts of two men, Jack Kelso of
the anthropology department and
Myron Simon, '50, of the English
Right Idea
"Kelso got the idea," Simon ex-
plained, "to have a discussion type
of seminr that you don't get in
classes?' In trying to form a dis-
cussion group, Simon came up with
the idea of re-forming the extinct
Bull Ring.
"Before the holidays we were
drawing 60 -to 65 people without
any advertising at all," Simon con-
tinued. The group assembles Fri-
day nights from 9 p.m. to mid-
Kelso and Simon emphasize that
anyone who is interested in serious
discussion of worldly problems is
welcome at 111 W. Huron St. on
Friday nights. The only charge
is 25 cents to help pay the rent
for the evening.
Informal Gathering
"This is just a very informal
gathering," Simon went on. "As
long as people want to come down
for some serious discussion and
a cup of coffee, we'll stay open."
As in 1949, the motive for the
group is the departmentalized
University TV
Carries Show
On Medicine
Two topgallant presentations,
both productions of University
Television, highlight the WPAG
programi listings for today.
The University of Michigan
Television hour at 7:30 p.m. pre-
sents the story of the conquest of
diabetes, with a special discussion
of the symptoms, diagnosis and
dietary demands of the disease.
Dr. Holbrooke Seltzer, of the de-
partment of endocrinology, assist-
ed by a nurse and a dietitian from
the diabetes clinic, will stage a
demonstration of the technique of
self-injection when insulin is nec-
The historical half of the pro-
gram presents early American
music, with Revolutionary and
New England psalms and songs
, being sung by a group of Michi-
gan singers dressed in authentic
18th Century costumes.
The special guest of history host
Howard Peckham, director of the
William L. Clements Library, will
be Prof. A. P. Britton of the music
Later, at 8:45 p.m., Mr. Ted
Band, field director of the Michi-
gan Aleutian Expedition describes
the present, past, and makes a
few predictions about the future
of the Aleutian Islands and their
Discussing "Islands of Promise"
on Michigan Report, Mr. Band will

bring to the screen interesting cus-
toms of the peoples and the unique
combination of glaciers, active vol-
canoes and semi-tropical flowers
in a land so far north of the
The pictures are the result of
a trip to the Aleutians in 1955.

-Daily-Jere Sweeney
THE BULL RING-Friday nigbts at 111 W. Huron St. are filled with an air of intellectual dis-
cussion as this group meets. Problems and questions of every kind are discussed in round table

character of the University. As At the meetings of The Bull
Simon said, "There's an awful ten-Ring, members of the faculty and
dency to get lost in your own de- students, most of whom are in
partment." ,graduate schools, meet and dis-
University's Grade to Gather
For Class Reunions ihis June


On June 14, 15 and 16, more
than fifty classes of the University
will return to Ann Arbor for re-
These reunions are held every
five years after the class has been
graduated and take place on the
week-end immediately preceding
commencement, according to Har-
old M. Wilson, Secretary to the
Class Officers Council of the
Alumni Association.
Each class, Wilson said, handles
its own reunion week-end with the
Alumni Association acting as a
service group to handle banking.
bookkeeping, typing, and distribu-
tion of information.
Outlets of Group
The Alumni Association func-
tions through its publication, The
Michigan Alumnus of which WiS,
son is Managing Editor, the Alum-
nae Council, the Clubs Council, and
the Class Officers Council.
It is this last group that handles
the major part of the work in-
volved in coordinating the indi-
vidual classes. It is composed of
officers from every class-approxi-
mately 1000 in all, Wilson said.
The Executive Committee of this
group which has nine members
and on which Wilson functions in
an ex officio capacity, directs the
work of the Council. The Class
Officers Council meets in Ann Ar-
bor each March, while the Execu-
tive Committee holds several meet-
ings during the year.
In taking charge of paper work,
the Alumni Association makes it
easier for the class officer to func-
tion. Many classes maintain their
own treasuries in the Association
-ranging from $0.17 to $6,000.
Classes Pay Dues
As a partial payment for these
services, the Central Alumni As-
sociation derives some dues from
the individual classes, and 150
classes have maintained a perfect
record of dues payment-some for
over half a century, Wilson de-
Most classes maintain a five-
year reunion plan, Wilson con-
tinued, but some of the older
classes often meet every year.
"There is no standard pattern," he
said, particularly since most years
do not have, for instance, the class
of 1927, but rather six or eight
classes in one year.
This gathering of all of the den-
tists, or all of the engineers from
one year provides a "more memor-

able reunion for them," Wilsonc
said. 1
'Distinguished Alumni' Awardse
During the weekend, there ares
various scheduled activities anda
events for each individual class.t
"Distinguished Alumni" awards
are given, and the oldest alumnusa
is determined.s
Wilson said that it was amaz-e
ing to see some of the older people1
who return for the reunions. Wil-t
liam H. Parry, '01L, from Newark,
New Jersay, who "should be back
this year," according to Wilson;f
was at his class reunion in 1951.t
"On Friday morning, he wente
down to Ferry Field and ran twoa
miles in 17'45". Then he trotted k
back up State Street for break-Y
fast in the Union," Wilson re-c
called, smiling. "Parry was 731
at the time."E
An exception to the system of
having many classes each year was1
in 1909 when most of the classess
baaled together to form the class.
of 1909. One of the members of
this class was Fred Zeder, who
was once president of Chrysler
Bagpipers Pipe For '09
Zeder arranged for a group of
Scotch bagpipers to play at eacht
of his classes' retinions and the
tradition persists. The "Kilties"
march up State Street, and mem-
bers of the class are attired in4
white yachting caps, blue jackets,
and cream-colored, trousers.

cuss such questions as, "Are the
social sciences really sciences?"
Another problem\ that has been
discussed is that of literary criti-
cism and the lengths to which it
has been going.
However, there is no one dis-
cussion in which everyone is occu-
pied. The Bull Ring is composed
of, many small groups which one
joins and leaves at random.
Simon compared The Bull Ring
of today with those of 1949 and
1950. "The people are more sober,
quiet and academic today," he
said. "The Bull Ring of 1949 was
a turbulent, vigorous sort of
He also pointed out that there
are many fewer political discus-
sions today than in 1949; that
everyone seemed to keep these be-
liefs to himself or merely mention
them in passing.
Invites Lecturers
Another feature of The Bull
Ring is that it invites visiting lec-
turers and professors in for an
evening. Kenneth Burke, the
author and critic, and S. I. Haya-
kawa, the educator and writer,
have been among those who ac-
cepted, the invitations in the past.
"If things like the Bull Ring
exist only in a modern university,"
Simon concluded, "perhaps that
is an indication of our present

West Fears
Will Return
DALLAS, Tex. (A) - Even the
slightest whisper of a breeze stir-
ring powdery soil in field furrows
brings scowls from farmers and
ranchers throughout the South-
west these days.
From Texas to Wyoming and
from Kansas west through New
Mexico one of the worst dust
storm seasons in years may be on
the way.
In Texas alone five million acres
are ready for the scouring winds
that usually come in late winter
and early spring.
Rain Only Cure
The only cure is immediate rain-
fall-but there's none in sight.
"We're really ripe for it- and
we're going to get it," predicted
Texas State Soil Conservationist
H. N. Smith.
"There is less green in the way
of vegetation than at any period
in recent years. This year there
is nothing to keep the soil from
State Rep. Ray Ballard of Chey-
enne Wells, Coo., called much of
eastern Colorado a "powder keg."
Gone With Wind
"Give us two windy days and the
wheat is gone," he said. Some
parts of the state have had only
"two little rains" since October.
Strangely enough most of south-
eastern Colorado, which gave birth
to the famous "Dust Bowl" of the
mid-30s, is in better shape now
than other areas. Better crop
cover is the reason.
Harold Hutton, president of the
State Board of Agrilulture, said
most of Oklahoma is virtually a
layer of powder-dry dust that will
start blowing almost any day, un-
less it rains quickly.
Long Drought
The last appreciable moisture
was late last September and early
October. Five and six inches of
dry top soil have developed since
then, Hutton said.
George E. Van Eschen, Weather
Bureau climatologist in Albu-
querque, N.M., said New Mexico
appears to be in for one of the
worst dust storm seasons in years.
"When the winds come, they're
going to start moving some real
estate," he warned. "We've had po
winds so far but they come in Feb-
ruary or March - or sometimes
late in January."
Eastern New Mexico has not had
any "decent moisture" since Octo-
Kansas in For Losses
H. L. Collins, Kansas federal
crop observer, said conditions are
ripe in Kansas for heavy losses to
wheat if high winds return before
there is any additional moisture.
The topsoil is powder dry and
every day without moisture in-
creases the danger.
Collins said there had been no
appreciable rain or snow, outside
of the north portion, for several
Senate To Meet
Women's Senate will meet at
4:00 p.m. today in the Henderson
Room of the League.
All interested in the Senate are
requested to attend the neeting.

;. _.
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With the U.S. Antarctic Expe-
~dition (M-It's all but impossible
to tell the ladies from the gentle-
men among the cute little natives
of the dolce white and lonely land1
at the bottom of the world.
This is one of the bits of in-
telligence gathered from a visit
with a small party from the ice-
breaker Glacier to a huge penguin
rookery near the base of Mt. Bird
on Ross Island, off the antarctic
continent. -
The party from the lead ship of
the U.S. antarctic expedition is
believed to be the first to visit
the rookery since a British expe-
dition in 1917.
Adelles and Emperors
This giant maternity ward is es-
timated to have some 50,000 Ade-
lie penguins. Adelies are the small
model, averaging about 18 inches
in height. The larger Emperor
penguin, which stands about 40
inches, is harder to find.
On the way across the bay ice
to the mountain, we passed sev-
eral of the walking dinner jackets
out looking for food. With the
white breasts, black backs and
waddling walk, they look more
like mechanical toys than birds.
They move as if they had been
wound up.
Whether a male or female and
just try making up your mind,
the penguin is sociable only up to
a point. While a penguin may be
a curious ham, and while it may
waddle to within a few feet of a
human- and show off, it doe not
like to be touched by strangers.
Try to touch it and it will
squawk like a wounded chicken
and belt you with a flipper or nip
you with a sharp beak.
Not Golddiggers
Apparently the way to a pen-
guin's heart is not paved with mink
or diamonds but with pebbles. Mal-
colm Davis, curator of birds at
the National Zoological Park in
Washington and another member
of the party visiting Mt. Bird,
gives this picture of a penguin
One penguin circles another,
trumpeting and holding its flip-
pers outstretched. The circling
penguin then offers the other some
pebbles. If they are accepted, then
the penguins are legally married.
But we still don't know whether
it's the male or female that sup-
plied the dowry. Even the ex-
perts can't decide.
When walking, penguins hold
their flippers out for balance.
They also travel on their stomachs,
propelling themselves by digging
their toes into the ice and pushing.
They look as if they are sleigh
riding without sleighs.
stretches across a red-black ridge
Penguin Nursery
The . rookery on Mt. Bird
stretches across a red-black ridge
of volcanic ash, with penguins
standing only a foot or two apart.
As we picked our way among them,
the birds became very protective,
howling and nipping atour legs.
In an incubation period of about
40 days, the parent penguins al-
ternate sitting on the eggs. They
also alternate as baby sitters after
the chick is hatched.
While one stands guard at the

(Continued from Page 4)
ched Polygonal Girder Space Frames withj
Column Supports," Wed., Jan. 11, 305
West Engineering Bldg., at 2:00 p.m.'
Chairman, L. C. Maugh.
Doctoral Examination for Franz
Samelson, Psychology; thesis: "Group
Pressure and Incongruity in the Cog-
nitive Field as Determinants of Con-
formity," Wed., Jan. 11, 7611 Haven
Hall, at 10:00 a.m. Chairman, Daniel
Doctoral Examination for Mary Vir-
ginia Alexander, Education; thesis:
"The Relationship between the Muscu-
lar Fitness of the Well-Adjusted Child
and the Non-Well-Adjusted Child,"
Wed., Jan. 11, East Council Room,.
Rackham Bldg., at 2:00 p.m. Chairman,
P. A. Hunsicker.
Doctoral Examination for Seymour B.
Chatman, English Language and Liter-
ature; thesis: "Structural and Lexical
Distributions of Function Words with
Substantives in the Paston Letters
(1440-1460)," Thurs., Jan. 12, West Coun-
cil Room, Rackham Bldg., at 2:00 p.m,
Chairman, A. H. Marckwardt.
Doctoral Examination for John
Thomas Dempsey, Political Science;
thesis: "Control by Congress over the
Seating and Disciplining of MerAbers,"
Thurs., Jan. 12, 4621 Haven Hall, at 3:00
p.m. Chairman, J. E. talilenbach.
Events Today
Third Social Seminar of the Michigan
Chapter, American Society for Public
Administration, Jan. 11, at 8:00 p.m. in
the Ann Arbor Room of the Michigan
League. Thomas H. E. Quimby will dis-
cuss who adminsters the Workmen's
Compensation Act. Discussion and re-
Near East Research, Club, Wed., Jan.
11 at 8:00 p.m., East Conference Room,
Rackham. Michael Marmura will speak
on, "The Qur'an and the Jahiliyyah
Student Affiliate of the American
Chemical Society presents "Rubber from
Rock" and "What's a Silicone," two
films shown by H. J. Baecker of the
Dow Corning Corp. Samples of various
silicone products will also be displayed.
Wed., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Room 1300,
Chemistry building. Open to public.
Coming Events+
Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of
the American Association of University
Professors at 8:00 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 12,
West Conference Room, Rackham. Topic,
for discussion: "If the University's
enrollment doubles in the next five
years, what do you see as the implica-
tionsand consequencesfor the instruc-
tional program?" Panel members: E.
Lowell Kelly (Moderator), Roger Heyns,
W. Wallace McCormick, Warner Rice,
and Robert R. White.

nest, the other goes down to the
sea for food, usually shrimp. Then
he or she digests the food, returns
to the rookery and regurgitates
the food into the chick's mouth.
The penguin chick matures in
three or four months. He then
goes to sea for two years, follow-
ing the shrimp north. Penguins
frequently travel beyond the Ant-

arctic Circle, which means ai
of more than 600 miles. Al
two years they return to mate i
hatch their eggs in the rookery
which they were born.
Davis says these unusual bi
are amazing swimmers. They c
travel as fast as 60 m.p.h. i
dive for, food at great depths

Birds Dumbfound Antarctic Explorers


San Diego, Calif.--Teacher Needs fc
February and September, 1956: memer
tary (kindergarten through 6th); Jul
for High; Senior High.
For additional information and ar
pointments call the Bureau of Al
pointments, 3528 Administration BldI
NO 3-1511, Ext. 489.
Representatives from the followin
will be at the Engineering School:
Wed., Jan. 11:
Deere and Co., Moline, Ill., - B.
and M.S. in Mech., Ind., Metal, Civi
Elect., Applied Mech., Foundry, an
Thurs., Jan. 12.
Garrett Corp., Airesearch Mfg., Lc
Angeles, Calif. - all levels in Aeo:
Elect., Math., Mech. and Physics fV
Research, Devel., and Design. U.S. cit
zens. Summer and regular.
American Seating Co., Grand Rapid
Mich.--B.S. and M.S. in ElectI, Engr
Mech., Ind., and Mech. E for Researcl
Devel, Design, Const, and Sales.
Sangamo Electric' Co., Springfiel
Ill. - all levels in Elect., Ind., Instri
Math., Mech., Eng. Mech., Metal., Ph:
sics, and Science, and Chem. E. f
Research, Devel.,' Design, Productio
and Sales. U.S. citizens.
Fri., Jan, 13:'
Sperry-Farragut Co., Div. of Spero
Rand, Bristol, Tenn. - all levels ;
Aero., Elect., Instru., Mech., Math
Eng. Mech., Naval & Marine, Physic
and Science for Research, Devel., D
sign, and Production.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denve
Colo. -- all levels. of Civil, Conat:
Elect., Materials, Mech., and Engr
Mech. for Research, Design and. Cox
For appointments contact the Engr
Placement Office, 347 W. E., Ext. 218
Representatives from the followir
will be at the Bureau of Appointment
Tues., Jan. 17:
Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass, Fibers Cc
Toledo, Ohio-men in LS&A and BusA
for Management Training.
Thurs., Jan..19:
Chase Manhattan Bank, New Tor
New York-men in LS&A and Aceti
Econ., Corporate Finance, Money an
Banking, for Training Program in It
vestment and Credit "Analysis, Branc
Platform Operations, Corporate Tru
Administration, Personal Trust Admil
Foreign. Arranxgements Analyuis an
Commercial Banking.
For appointments contact the Burea
of Appointments, 3528 Admin. BidI
Ext. 371.
A special meeting will be heldfo.,
students interested in obtaining sun
mer jobs in camps, resorts, or in i1
dustry. Those interested should re ist
with the Bureau of Appointmentsi
this special meeting In Angel! lHa
Aud. C, Wed., Jan. 11, at 4:00 p.m.
you would like the Bureau to assn
you in obtaining a job this summ
it is urgent that you be present at th

N\o tices

Hillel Foundation: Assembly meeting.
tonight, 7:00 p.m., Hillel.
Beginning and intermediate classes in
Hebrew instruction, tonight, 8:00 p.m.,
Religious Committee meeting, today,
4:15 p.m., Hillel.
* * *
Interguild: Professor John Reed will
speak on "Christianity and Intellect-

Placement Notices
The following schools will have rep-
resentatives at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments to interview teachers.
Tues., Jan. 17:
Lansing, Mich.-Teacher Needs for
September, 1966: All Fields.
Thurs., Jan 19:
Fri., Jan. 20:
Sat. (morning), Jan. 21

DuPont Co. of Canada, Ltd., Montre
offers Regular and Summer- Emplk
ment Opportunties for graduating ai
undergraduate men and women. T:
positions open to men. are in Finae
and Control, Chemistry, Engineerir
Math., Sales, Technical Service, a
Personnel. Positions open to wom
are in Technical Service Work, Researc
and Secretarial Science,.:
For information contact the Bure
of Appointments, 35289 Admin. Bld
Ext. 371.

Once a class passes its 50thAn- C d
niversary, its members become Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
part of a group known as the *

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Emeritus Club. The group nc v
numbers approximately 4000 alum-k
ni who ,if they are present in Ann
Arbor during a reunion week-end.
are honored as members of the
Another incident Wilson re-
membered was in 1952 when two
members of the Dental class of
1882, one of whom was still prac-
ticing, returned seventy years af-
ter graduation. In addition, they
were charter members of Delta
Sigma Delta, professional dental
fraternity' which was founded at
Not only do classes hold re-
unions, but they also undertake
various projects, and publish news-
letters, sometimes as long as fifty
pages. This sort of thing, Wilson
said, "helps sustain the loyalty,-
the link, between the individual,
the class and the University."

Junior Interfraternity Council: Offi-
cer elections for spring semester posi-
tions, 'tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Crib, Pre-Law Society: Or-
ganizational meeting, Rm. 3K, Union,
Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m.
* * *
Michigras: Campus Publicity meet-
ing, tonight, 8:30 p.m., Michigan Union.
* * *
Student Government Council: Travel
International Committee will meet in
the League Lobby on Jan. 12; Consult-
ant, Ray McCarrus; Information booth
for students planning trips to Europe.
* * *
UlIr Ski Club: Meeting in Rm.
3R, Union, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. to discuss
ski trips between semesters.
WAA: Co-recreational Badminton
Club will meet tonight, 7:00 p.m., Bar-
bour Gym.
Women's League: Women's Senate
will meet today, 4:00 p.m., Henderson
Room of the League.

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