The Minnie Untermyer Memorial Theatre at the Hebrew University, gift of Samuel Untermyer of New York, will be completed in time for the opening of the academic session in October, according to an announcement by Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. Plans provide for a seating capacity for 2,200 in the amphitheatre which overlooks a panorama of the Dead Sea and the mountains of Transjordania.
“Mr. Untermyer has provided funds,” said Dr. Rosenbach, “for a stage with adjoining rooms, which will replace the former wooden platform from which the late Lord Balfour dedicated the Hebrew University in April, 1925. Formal dedicatory exercises of the new stage will take place in connection with the inauguration of the forthcoming scholastic year at the Hebrew University.”
An expedition under the joint auspices of the University of California and the Hebrew University, to be undertaken in Turkey is also announced by Dr. Rosenbach. Dr. A. Eig, custodian of the Herbarium of the Hebrew University, will be in charge of the expedition. Members of the Department of Botany of the Hebrew University will explore parts of the taurus and the anti-taurus mountains, gathering botanical material in those regions.
A number of applicants for entrance to the Division of Biological Studies which was opened at the Hebrew University last fall, had to be refused admission owing to lack of space and equipment, according to Dr. Rosenbach. Only twenty-two students could be admitted for work in biology this year, with one hundred forty-eight enrolling in the Faculty of Humanities and eleven in the Einstein Institute of Mathematics, according to the report just issued by the Registrar of the University.
“Practically one-half the one hundred eighty-one students now enrolled at the Hebrew University,” said Dr. Rosenbach, “received their education in Palestine, while the remaining half represent over sixteen different countries including students from the United States and Canada.”