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Prof. Sweet
Much of the traditional tortire
involved both for the student and
teacher of elementary Latin is
being swiftly erased by Prof. Waldo
Sweet, of the Classic studies de-
Within the last ten years, Prof.
Sweet has developed a linguistic
approach to Latin, a method used
previously only in the modern
languages. His system is currently
in use at the University and to
some extent in other colleges and
high schools.
The most remarkable aspect of
Prof. Sweet's class in Latin I is the
swift, informal flow of Latin con-
versation between the students and
Brisk Tone
In a brisk conversational tone,
the jaunty professor, complete with
crew cut and bow tie, addresses
questions in Latin based on a read-
ing assignment to the class. A swift
verbal give-and-take follows dur-
ing which the students respond
and Prof. Sweet rewords the ques-
tions to provoke grammatical or
vocabulary changes in the stu-
dents' answers.
This emphasis on actually speak-
ing the language, even though it
it 'dead,' is the key point of Prof.
Sweet's approach to Latin. "The
speaking of a language, whether it
be French or German or Latin, .
paves the way best to the reading
of the language," the dynamic
Latinist declared.
To implement class work, Prof.
Sweet's students are required tow
drill in the Language Laboratory.P
The professor's basic premise
that "all languages areidifferent" b
distinguishes his method from s
I hi

reaches 'Spoken' Latin

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Will be on campus
February 26 and 27

Iacement interviews in the following areas:

ATOMIC REACTOR -- One of the largest atomic reactors in
the nation is the University's Ford reactor on North Campus,
currently used ii experiments involving atomic energy. The core
in which the reaction occurs may be surrounded by a water jack-
et which absorbs some of the heat of the.reactor. The reactor's
atomic power may, be used for the production of electricity so
important to industry. It is also valuable to scientific research,
medicine, and agriculture.
Neutron Discovery Begins
Research in Atomic Energy


(Editor's Note: This is the sixth in
a series of articles concerning the
atom, atomic energy, its utilization
and the important scientists who
contributed to the advancement of
the Atomic Age.
With the discovery of the neu-
tron man was confident that his
knowledge of atom structure was
The door was then opened to
the discovery of atomic energy it-
self, and the age of atom reactors
gave evidence of quick entry.
Following Ernest Rutherford's
experimentation with the atom
nucleus and the discovery of the
neutron, great progress was made
in the field of atomic research.
Two German scientists split the
atom nucleus. This was accom-
plished by striking a neutron into
the heavy uranium nucleus.
Unlike beryllium, of preceding
experiments, the uranium nucleus
divides when the neutrons smashes
into it.
When the nuclei of fissionable
materials such as uranium divide,
the split sections are violently
thrown apart from each other due
to the repelling action of like
It is still a mystery to science
why these particles should remain
in such close contact with each
other. When the split halves fly
apart their movement produces
knetic energy, generating heat.
But even stranger is that when
the atom is split, the shattered
nucleus throws off a neutron which
in turn splits another nucleus
which releases another neutron
making the action a continuous
one. A reaction such as this is
referred to as a chain reaction.
When a number of such reac-
tions are initiated andpermitted
to continue uncontrolled, heat is
produced by billions upon billions
of nuclear divisions with the re-
lease of alpha and beta particels
and lethal gamma rays.
The tremendous temperature rise
causes a rapid expansion of air
creating thousands of tons of de-
structive pressure. This is a mere
hint of what occurs in an atom
The minute particles of which
everything that exists is com-
posed, can be geared to produce
such violent and disastrous re-
actions with which people .of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were
suddenly 'acquainted' in August;
of 1945.
If the chain reaction is slowed

down, erasing the possibility of ex-
plosion, the heat energy of the
atom can be used to generate elec-
trical power very efficiently.

This can be done in the familiar standard language teaching prac-
symbol of this age-the atomic re- tices. "A language ought to be
actor, such as the University's Ford taught in terms of itself and not
reactor on North Campus. in a constant comparison to Eng-
Let us consider a simplified lish," Prof. Sweet insisted.
atomic reactor to better under-D
stand how it functions. . erences
"Mostlanguage teachers acknow-
Outwardly the 'atomic oven' is ledge the differences between
very deceiving when we compare languages, yet go right ahead and
the size of the core, the section teach Latin grammar on the basis,
of the reactor in which chain of its similarity to English rather
reactions occur, with that of the Ita t otat"Po.Set
outside bulk. But this size is due to rmarked contrast," Prof. Sweet
the need for thick walls of con- r k
crete, lead, or graphite to shield "Often these similarities are
the researchers from radiation. pseudo-similarities which only
The reactor is honey-combed on serve to confuse the student when
one side with lead-capped tubular he inevitably runs across the
holes which may be opened to in- differences between languages."
sert rods of uranium or other fis- Prof. Sweet keeps translation toI
sionable materials into the reactor a minimum and refers to English
core. grammar only occasionally to con-
Other Bars vey a difficult principle.
Other bars may also be inserted He prefers to have his students


-Daily-Charles Curtiss
PROF. SWEET-Popular Latin teacher explaining the course
to his class in his novel style.
When asked if the study of.Latin arfoused the interest of the Uni-
Tas declining in schools today, versity Classical studies depart-
Prof. Sweet replied, "Heck no! It's ment.
een said that more people are During the summers of 1951 andj
tudying Latin today than ever 1952 a workshop was set up in
efore since the fall of the Roman which Prof. Sweet taught his
mpire, allowing, of course for teaching method to teachers from
opulation increase, all over the country.
"And Latin should not be Prof. Sweet joined the Univer-
aought of as in competition with iyfclyn193itrdig
ae mdern lanuage," Pof.sity faculty in 1953, introducing
he modern languages," Prof. his system here, while the other
weet added. professors in his workshop "spread
"As the knowledge of the mod- the gospel" so to speak, to other
rn languages increases in impor- universities and high schools.
ance in the modern world, then

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Bendix Aviation Corporafion1

South Bend, Indiana

,importance of Latin increases with
it. Any serious student of French
must take Latin sooner or later
and vice versa." .
Prof. Sweet first came to the
University iu 1950 toastudy on a
grant from the Rockefeller Foun-;
dation. At that time, he lectured
on his linguistic method and

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1f a different substance which acts
to control the reaction. Some are
of the metal cadmium which ab-
sorbs neutrons, thus slowing down
the reaction,
The core in which the reaction
occurs may be surrounded by a
water jacket which absorbs some
of the heat of the reaction.
If this water is circulated around
the reactor core and piped through
a boiler it will bear sufficient heat
to convert the boiler water to
steam, which may be used to turn
turbines which produce electricity.
Thus atomic power may be used
for the production of electricity
used daily, the electrical power so
important to industry.
The electrical power generated
is amazingly cheap when theI
amount of fissionable material!
used in the reaction is considered.
More Prizes

paraphrase a passage from Latin
into Latin rather than to do
straight translation.
Prof. Sweet has also reduced
such tediotis memorization as aulo,
amas, amat, and requires instead
that his students learn brief, often
humorous sentences taken from
Latin poetry, fables or proverbs.
He uses these sentences for gram-
mar drill.
For example, in order to learn
the connotation of the subjunctive
case Erasmus' advice is used: "Af-
ter three days both fish and guests
begin to smell bad lest the fish
is salted or the guest is a special
friend." Also on the subjunctive,
Prof. Sweet drives home the max-
im "Dum vivimus, vivamus" or
"While we live, let's really live!"
Union To Sell

Annual accelerated course in
modern Hebrew for college
students and graduating high
school seniors, at beautiful 75
acre coed camp in New York's
Hudson Valley; complete sports
7 week session, July- August,
$185; including room, board,
tuition (some scholarship help
available) write:
ULPAN, Student Zionist Organization
342 Madison Avenue, New York 17

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ably be your biggfest job during the morf4l
TO help you make this important choice
The Torrington Cornpany has prepared
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'write to The Torrington Company, Divi-
sion of Industrial Relations, Field Street,
Torrington, Conn.
Plan your interviews-re ember that your
Placement Office staff carefully screens
companies that visit your campus to in-
sure that each has an outstanding reputa-
tion and offers many fine opportunities.
Your task is to determine which companies
have openings that are most suited to you.
We thank those of you who have already
expressed an interest in Torrington, the
professors who do such an excellent job
of preparing you for your future work, and
the staff of the Placement Office who al-
ways extends us every courtesy and con-

February 28
Division of Industrial Relations
Field Street, Torrington, Conn.
Manufacturers of anti-friction bearings, sewing ma-
chine, knitting machine and surgical needles, pre-
cision metal parts, industrial fasteners, wa ging
miachines, bicyicles and cycle parts, school funiture.

But the utilization of atomic
energy has many more prizes to
offer man. , FatrILady
In the nuclear reactor isotopes
can be manufactured which are Trip L
important in scientific research
medicine, agriculture, and indus-
try. Tickets for Union theater trips.
In the reactor fissionable materi- to see "My Fair Lady" in Detroit
als can be changed to other will go on sale from 2 p.m. to 5
materials by the controlled split- p.m tomorrow in the Union Stu-'
ting of the nuclei, or by the addi-
tion of neutrons as Plutonium, a dent Offices.
fissionable 'man - made - element The trip ticket will cost $5.25.
which has been used in the atom and two trips are scheduled-one
bomb was first produced in the on March 26 and the other on
atom reactor. April 2.
Yes, this is truly an Atomic Age, There will be 117 tickets avail-
and it is up to man to use . its able for each trip to see "My Fair
advances to better civilization in- Lady," which features English ac-
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