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'U' Museums Offer.

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A broad program has been-
scheduled this year by the Liter-=
ary College Steering Committee.,
Established in 1947, the com-
mittee serves as a sounding board
for student and faculty opinion on
existing campus problems,
Its 15 student members do not
have power to rule on problems,
but can bring out campus prob-
lems and make suggestions to such
organizations as Student Govern-
ment Council.
Whenever matters of particular
concern to the campus arise, the
committee holds a conference for
the entire campus. It discusses
such matters as counselling, in-'
tellectual apathy, integration of
curricula, and the:honors system.
Meets With Faculty j

-,Daily-Richadc Bloss
md Little Fishes" is the name given to the fountain at the
at the University. In the background is Burton Tower.:

Whether you are a nature lover
or a rock collector, whether you
want to study fossils or lose your-
self in Egyptian artifacts, one of
the University's museums should
interest you.
Largest although least known,
is that impressive structure on the
corner of Washtenaw and North
University known as the Museum
of Natural Sciences,
There are actually five separate
and independent museums in this
building, four of which are de-
voted to research and the fifth
having charge of the various dis-
plays open to the public. .
The Research Museum of Zool-
ogy, headed by Prof. Theodore
Hubbell of the zoology department,
is one of the largest and most com-
prehensive in the nation. It con-
tains more than 6,000,000, speci-
mens, of which Michigan fauna
are particularly plentiful.
Americas Displayed
There are several collections
covering the United States as a
whole and, in some cases, Mexico,
and Central America. "Our view
of the rest of the world is synop-
tic," explained Prof. Hubbell, "and
used mainly for comparison pur-
In the three divisions, verte-
brates, mollusks and insects, varied
research is continually going on.
Evolutional and natural history of
animals are priniary topics of in-
terest in these studies, although
each of the nine staff members is
engaged in a different phase of
Two types of publications, tech-
nical in nature, are put out by this
The Occasional Papers; of which
600 have been published to date,

to equal the pop
Arbor. Of these, a
school children." '
One interesting
fact, Reimann ren
the out-of-town
museum outnumbe
to one.
Possessing the
collection in the 1
the Kelsey Museun
located at 434 Sou
This collection 1
ed, as have many c
seum pieces, by r
tions which have
due to low funds
world situation at
The researcn ex
Roman towns in z
ed this museum to
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The committee also gets togeth-
er with faculty committees, such
as the preparatory honors com-
mittee on making. the curriculum.
more flexible,: and with Various
professors. It intends to meet' with
Prof. Robert Angell of the sociol-
ogy department this year to dis-
cuss the honors curriculum.
"We are. going to revise our
schedule to include more campus
conferences, include a faculty
member at our meetings in order
to meet in a more disciplined f ash-
ion, devise schedules, and send in-
vitations to freshmen," Leslie'
Dietz, '58, committee chairman,
"The committee should no
longer be Just an elite seeming
group known to a select few," she
Areas Dicussed
Final examinations, academic
questions, investigation of how to
get more, money for scholarships
and make them known to stu-
dents, effectiveness of teaching
fellows, and how to decrease the
discrepancy between students and
faculty are some of the topics the
committee plans for discussion
this year.t
The board is predominantly
comprised of upperclassmen and
advised by Prof. James Robertson,
Assistant Dean of the Literary'
College. No freshmen can. ,serve
on the committee. All students are
admitted by petition and inter-i
The committee may adopt a pol-
icy of 'accepting petitions twice. a
year in order to give the commit-
tee more continuity . and more
turnover of ideas and projects,,
Miss Dietz said.

realistic views pf life during th
are informative pamphlets which
appear at the rate of about 20 per
year. "The Miscellaneous Publica-
tions are larger, appear from four
to six times per year, and have
already printed nearly "100 reports.
Anthropology Shown
The Anthropology Museum, al-
though limited by small budget, is
active in four fields of research.
The Great Lakes Section studies
are prehistoric and early historic
Indian cultures around the Great
Lakes, with special attention paid
to 'Michigan.
In the Orient Section studies are
made of materials from' China,
Japan and, especially, the Philip-
pines. American Indians from' the
United States, Mexico and Peru
are the topic of study for Arche-
ology, while Ethnology studies ma-
terials from living peoples.
According to Prof. James B.
Griffin of the anthropology de-
partment, director of the Anthro-
pology Museum, the study of the
New World (American Indians,
etc.) is the field in which this
department 'most excels.
The Herbarium, under direction
of Prof. Edwin Mains of the botany
department, .is concerned chiefly
with study of the classification and
distribution of various plants.

- Showcase upon showcase show
he various- periods of the earth's
special interest in the Museum,
and spot news items.
One Sunday, for example, a
specimen of the now-extinct Lab-
rador Duck was displayed for one
afternoon only. Due to the extreme
rarity and perishability, of this
bird, the case was placed under
The Exhibit Museum, Reimann
says, is engaged at the moment in
several projects. One of the most
important of these is the rear-
ranging and modernizing of var-
ious biological and paleontological
exhibits to make them interesting
to the average student.
" New cases on the third floor of
the museum will be used for new
conservation- exehibits, as well as
those of wild life and fish.
Moreover, a new display will be
placed in the rotunda-a series of
dioramas which will act as a key.
to the museum exhibits.
Publicity Small
"Although we receive little pub-
licity," Reimann explains, "we
have during a year enough visitors

On the second floor of
seum various Roman a
such as tombstones and
household shrine are on
Also, there is a loan exh
ed "Egyptian Antiquities"
is found the wooden coff:
little Egyptian princess IV
well as statues, beads, and
of various of the 30 dynas
Chief among the scrol
"Book of the Dead," whi
up one side of the main h
museum. This is a colle
hymns, spells to secure a s
ney into the afterlife, and
drink in the world to come
According to Enoch
director, the exhibits mak
one-50th of their collecti
Research Used
The museum is prim
research purposes and
books have been publi
members of its staff as a I
tic Studies series. At prf
search is being done for
lamps and coins, but these
be published for a few ye
In the halls of the
Science Building are ma
and mineral displays. An
most interesting of these
ogical and geological disc
the collections of preciou
and the colorful agate dis
. Also notable are the
minerals and the meteorit

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Alumni keep in touch with the
University through The Michigan
Alumnus, published by the"Alum-
ni Association.
The Alumnus is published in
three editions a total of 21 times
a year.
Perhaps best known of the edi-
tions is the slick magazine issued
monthly from October to July. It
contains news about the Univer-
sity, interviews with nationally
prominent alumni, news of alum-
ni clubs throughout the world and
achievements of individuals who
have attended the University.
Publishes Quarterly
Four times a year, in March,
May, August and December, the'
100-page Quarterly Review is pub-;
Included are stories, articles,
book reviews and poetry written
by faculty members, alumni and,
occasionally, students. Texts of.
important speeches given at the
University, are. frequently printed,
in the Review.

s of Alu mrini
Each fall there are seven weekly
football editions. These four page,
papers give special features on
Michigan football as well as de-
tailed accounts of the, games.
Harold M. Wilson, '42, Alumnus
managing editor, who is in charge
of the football edition, explained
that many alumni get only brief"
reports about Michigan games
and like to read more detailed ac-,
counts. .
He said many who do live close,
enough to Ann Arbor to get de-
tailed stories of the games in their:
local papers enjoy the special in-
sight into Michigan football as a
whole, that the football edition
Established in 1894, the Alum-
nus has won many awards dur-
ing the 63 years of publication.
In 1956, it was named the best
alumni magazine in the Great
Lakes= region and one of the 10
best in the country by the Ameri-
can Alumni Counci, an associa-
tion of alumni workers from.
schools all. over the country...°

522,000 Displayed
With 522,000 specimens on dis-
play and another 200,000 stored,
the museum constitutes one of the
largest college museums of its type
in the country.
Research is done in the divisions
of. vascular plants- (Flowering
plants or ferns), briophytes (Moss,
liverworts), lichens, fungi and
algae. Special study is now being
done on the"vascular plant and
fungi of Michigan.
Peerhaps the best known of the
five museums is the Exhibit Mu-
seum open to the public seven days
a week. With Irving Reimann over-
seeing matters, the exhibit staff is
responsible for all the public dis-
Evolution Shown
The second floor Hall pf Evolu-
tion gives a picture of life through
fossils starting from the Mid Cam-
bian period. With various under-
sea dioramas, it illustrates water
life in the different periods. *
Especially interesting on this
floor are the fossil skeleton of a
dinosaur laid beneath a _ back-,
ground ihural illustrating the en-
vironment in which he lived, the
reconstructed skeleton of a masta-
don, and a special alcove showing
fossil plants.
As one (mounts to the third floor
which concentrates on Michigan
flora and fauna, one is rather sur-
prised at the guardian qf these
portals-in thedform of a live gila
monster gazing calmly from his
cage between the second and third
The third floorF while 'it, cannot
boast of real live animals' to fill
.its cases possesses some extremely
life-like stuffed animals in their
native settings.
Flora Displayed
Among the displays of, Michigan
flora was a unique display of fungi.
"Pond Micro-Life," a diorama by
Edwin Reiber formed a: fascinating
display of the micro-organisms
which inhabit ponds. ,.
The Hall of Life on the fourth
floor combines anthropology and
biology in a series of displays rang-
ing from Polynesian Artifacts to,
human reproduction and, physiol-
ogy. It also contains exhibits con-
cerning heredity and genetics and
various Indian and Eskimo cul-,
The Rotunda display, changed
about fourtimes a year, now con-
tains a colorful exehibit of sea-
In the center of the Rotunda
two new show cases form -j cir-
cular display.
In one case are to be placed
objects of seasonal interest (such
as the lily-like flower now resid-

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