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His father, Admiral Wiren, commanded the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in 1904. In 1914 he was made commandant of the naval reserves of the Baltic fleet with headquarters in the Kronstadt fortress, where he was slain the first day of the revolution.

His elder son, Alexis, was a lieutenant in the Czar's navy and later held a commission in the navy of democracy. Kerensky sent him to Tech to be a student of naval architecture. After graduating he became instructor for his alma mater. Last summer the embassy ordered him to take up his present duties; ordered him, for he like many other students is considered a reservist and owing the embassy obedience.

While working first for Russia, they are all imbibing the American spirit and institutions which they will carry over the sea. They hope later to open an immense field for American commerce.

George R. Wiren, a brother of Alexis, is now at the Institute studying to be an architect. He, too, was an officer in the Czar's navy and stuck to his post until Kerensky fled. In 1918 he suddenly left his studies, at the command of the embassy, presumably, though he doesn't say so. He was found next in Siberia giving such help as he could with the army of Admiral Kolchak in the campaign against the Bolshevists. Wiren previously had been navigating officer in Kolchak's staff, while the latter was commanding the Black Sea fleet in 1916. He had to flee for his life after the downfall of the Siberian republic and Kolchak's evacuation. With difficulty the young man got back to Boston and resumed his course.

Alexis Wiren officially acts as secretary to the naval attache under Bakhmetieff in Washington. In an interview with the Boston Sunday Advertiser in the national capital he said his hope was to accomplish the rejuvenation of the Russian nation by evolution rather than by revolution.

"Russia's greatest need is education," he said, "and my plan for the restoration of the nation lies in technically preparing students who are in America so they may return with practical American knowledge and apply this to Russia's needs. Then she may take her rightful place among powerful nations.

"When the revolution developed in Russia, the men who were here by orders of our government were compelled to work at anything to earn their living. They appealed to the embassy for assistance.

"The ambassador allocated some small funds left over from uncompleted war contracts, and as a result about thirty students are now being educated in American colleges and universities. Some are at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I graduated from the last named school in 1919, and since that time my effort has been to organize a Russian Students' Christian Association, much after the plan of the Young Men's Christian Association.

"There is not, and will not be, any political aspect to this campaign. It is wholly economic and humanitarian.

"Our intellectuals and scientists have been beaten in this vast

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PROGRESS IN ATHLETICS

Recent activities of the Advisory Council-bars lowered on T awards a boathouse for the crew-and other news of interest

Ar the December meeting of the Advisory Council on athletics, the passing of a motion to slightly lower the bars for insignia awards to cross-country men, the final approval of the Athletic Association plans for a separate treasurer, and the discussion and action concerning the securing of a graduate manager were the main points of interest.

A letter of Major Briggs was referred to, concerning our very stringent rules of insignia awards, and the question was brought before the council as regards the advisability of making these a bit more lenient. The matter was considered from all sides and Mr. George Brown of the B. A. A., who was present at the meeting as a visitor, when asked concerning his idea, expressed his belief that in the present form the rules were much too strict. At present any man to win his "T" must place twelfth or better in the I. C. A. A. A. A. or fifth place or better in the N. E. I. C. A. A. meets. Finally a motion was passed to the following effect: That a man to win his "T" must be one of the first fifteen per cent of the number of starters in the I. C. A. A. A. A. or one of the first ten per cent in the N. E. I. C. A. A. That is ten or fifteen per cent of the number of starters is taken as the case may be, and the man must place ninety per cent or better than the others to win his "T."

Plans for the organization of a boat club at the Institute are well under way and have been approved by the Advisory Council on Athletics. It is the purpose of the club to promote interest in rowing of all kinds at the Institute among the undergraduates, alumni and faculty, and to provide equipment in the form of single and double sculls, wherries, tubs, canoes, etc., so that students can get a chance to use the ideal water conditions available in front of the Institute buildings. It is also intended that the club shall co-operate with the Technology Rowing Association and provide the crews of the Association with quarters in the B. A. A. boathouse. This boathouse has been used by the crews of the Institute for several years and, while the number of Institute men using it has been rapidly increasing, the number of B. A. A. members interested in rowing has been correspondingly decreasing.

This situation has led to the necessity on the part of the B. A. A. of closing up their boathouse or selling it. It is ideally located for the use of the Institute, being sheltered sufficiently by the Cottage Farm Bridge so that a shell can be launched from it even though the Basin is too rough for rowing, and quiet water can be found upstream. The B. A. A. has been anxious to sell their boathouse to the Institute and negotiations have been opened with Mr. Albert Creiger, chairman of the

upheaval. They have been murdered or starved because they have been neutral in their political views. The average life of the young officers was only a few days.

"Professor Kryloff, widely known as a mathematician, was seen in 1919 in Petrograd in rags. There are no longer teachers, either young or old; the young have been killed and the old starved or mentally incapacitated from long suffering.

"Something must be done to help Russia take her place in the sun. My campaign will be waged to educate as many students along technical lines as possible. Mechanical engineers will enter automobile, tractor and harvesting machinery plants, railroad shops and general machine shops. When they have mastered those trades they will be fitted to teach what they know and develop the vast industries of our great Russia.

"Many of our boys are trying to escape to allied countries where they may be able to complete their education.

"Great Britain is taking care of a number of Russian youths in England. There are at least forty technical students in America who need help. My plan will include a clearing house of these students after they have finished at the various schools.

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George R. Wiren, the younger of the brothers, looks much older than his years, but his heart is young and his spirit unbroken by the tragedies in which he has been a leading actor.

Tall and fragile, courtly in demeanor yet shy in conversation, his face marked with an old man's lines, young Wiren is plainly an idealist, but also a practical visionist. His abandonment of the rifle for the tools of the architect shows him to be keenly practical as well as tirelessly energetic.

"It is not to the rebuilding of Russia alone that I look forward," he says. "It is to help all Slavic peoples that we are working. All must go forward together. It is for a Pan-Slavic union we work - perhaps even a loose political union such as England and her dominions have may

come.

Alex Dedouloff, in the same class as Wiren but training for a civil engineer, was a lieutenant in the army. Their classmate, Alexander G. Nikolsky, who is specializing in electrical engineering, made a name for himself in arctic exploration.

Another electrical engineer in the making at Tech is Gregory M. Loukianoff, '22; Alexander P. Popereff, '22, takes engineering administration.

Four will graduate in June: Nicholas Ottens, civil engineering; Michael V. Sacharoff, Michel P. Sinelnikoff and Alexander A. Skortgroff, mechanical engineering.

Vladimir Pertzoff, '23, is studying biology and public health. V. Korvin-Krukovsky, '21, is taking a course in airship designing and construction. He was an expert pilot. Boston Advertiser.

MOVIES FOR SCIENTIFIC EDUCATION

Prof. C. E. Turner of Course VII active in new movement

At a recent private showing of a new type of motion picture, at the Institute of Technology, a movement was inaugurated which is likely to work improvement in the field of visual education, and particularly in public health and sanitation. The showing was arranged by Prof. C. E. Turner of the Department of Biology and Public Health, and was under the auspices of the newly-formed "Society for Visual Education." Three sets of films were shown, one of which included living bacteria and other micro-organisms photographed on motion picture films through the compound microscope.

The exhibit was in Walker Memorial Hall before members of the faculty of the Institute of Technology, local dental and medical schools, together with prominent educators and public health officials of Greater Boston. Before showing the films Professor Turner briefly described the "Society for Visual Education" as a national organization of American educators, formed to advance the cause of visual education in general and to promote motion pictures in particular, with special emphasis on public health and sanitation subjects. It does not propose to displace text books, models, maps or other educational means, but to supplement them. It makes it possible to teach the same amount of knowledge in a shorter time or more in the same time. It definitely plans to provide material which will make the mass of children of the present capable and useful citizens of tomorrow.

The first film shown illustrated the formation of a glacier by means of a remarkable blackboard drawing interspersed with actual outdoor photography. The second picture was one of the history of the films produced under the direction of Prof. William C. Bagley of Columbia University, and presented the story of the settlement of America by the British and Dutch. The last three pictures were on the subject of health and sanitation. They were prepared under the direction of Professor Turner and introduced living bacteria, the organism which produces diphtheria, the way in which the remedy, antitoxin, is manufactured at the Massachusetts State Laboratory and the need of prompt treatment of the disease, while the final film showed the methods of disposing of sewage in Boston and Brockton.

Professor Turner was assisted in the production of these health films by Dr. V. C. Vaughn of the University of Michigan, Simon Flexner of the Rockefeller Institute, E. O. Jordan of the University of Chicago and Dr. M. J. Rosenau of the Harvard Medical School.

A feature of special interest in connection with the showing of the films was the introduction to the audience of four children who had "starred" in the various films. They were Dorothy Redmond, Astrid

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