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Seventieth Year of Editorial Freedom


Showers likely during day;
good flying on Wednesday.

VOL. LXIX No. 55




Conlin Proposes




Tax Plans



Legislator Prepared To Introduce
Personal-Corporate Income Taxes
By The Associated Press
LANSING-A Republican House member proposed a new approach
Monday for solving Michigan's cash crisis along personal-corporate
income tax lines.
Rep. Rollo G. Conlin (R-Tipton) said he was prepared to intro-
duce bills to carry it out within 24 hours if "substantial bipartisan
support" appeared. He said such support is not now in sight.
"However conscious we are of the unpopularity of taxes, I think
by now we should be aware that nothing less than a broad-based tax
will solve fiscal problems of this magnitude," he said. Conlin's proposal
" came as the tax stalemate, now


Convention Brings
Caucuses, Parties
Convention Marks Unofficial Start
Of Serious Presidential Efforts


. reports job increase

job Offers,
On Increase,
"The number of job offers to
University engineering students is
definitely up from last year,' en-
gineering college placement direc-
tor Prof. John G. Young reported.
"More companies recruiting this
year report increased requirments
and more jobs than last year," he
Prof. Young said the increases
in demand come primarily for
"quality men in research and de-
velopment work," both in com-
mercial and defense fields.
In contrast to this year's in-
creased recruiting activity, there
is a decrease in students' desire
to be interviewed, Prof. Young
Has Little Effect
"I think this is because of the
lush job situation, unlike last fall
when 'they had the recession
freshly in mind."
"The steel strike," he continued,
"coming mostly between recruit-
ing seasons, seems to have had lit-
tle effect on recruiting. It certainly
didn't affect the automobile in-
dustry; it is recruiting much
stronger than last year, and so is
the aircraft industry."
Salary offers have also gone up,
he said. "From experience we ex-
pect them to go up more during
the year-about five per cent at
Johs Down -
"In 1958, jobs were definitely
down," Prof. Young amplified.
"Offers were hard to get for fel-
lows in the lower half of their
Starting salaries of last year's'
recruits increased about six per
cent for bachelor's and master's
degree holders and 14 per cent for
holders of doctorates, compared to
the previous year.
In terms of dollars: bachelor's
degree, $508; master's, $598; and
doctorate, $821, Prof. Young com-
Kentucky '
Students Riot
At No Holiday
LEXINGTON. Ky. (M--Howling,
chanting University of Kentucky
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focused in the Republican Senate
caucus, entered its 40th week.
GOP senators will return Tues-
day to try again to decide between
their 731-million-dollar nuisance
tax package and a corporate-
profits tax, possibly combined with
a personal income levy.
The state was nearly 90 million
dollars in debt and its treasury all
but bare.
Prepare Bills
Conlin said he was prepared to
again offer bills, like those the
House approved July 26, calling
for an income tax rate of 2 per
cent on individuals, 5 per cent on
corporations and 7 per cent on
Coupled with the new taxes
would be repeal of existing levies
on business activities, intangibles
and corporation franchises.
The plan would net a gain in
annual revenues of about 130 mil-
lion dollars a year.
Stuck hi Committee
The bills passed the House four
months ago but are stuck in the
Senate Taxation Committee.
Conlin said that because of the
slapse of time the bills in the
Senate would require substantial
amendment and that it might be,
better to make a fresh start.
In addition, many voices have
been raised in discontent against
the Republican $74 million nui-
sance tax. Last, week legislators
received .letters of criticism from
Tax Criticized
A drift toward accepting a flat
rate tax on personal and corporate
incomes on a temporary basis has
been building up among Repub-
lican Senators other than Conlin,
it is reported.
This stems from sharp criticism
of the nuisance tax package by
some areas of business which
would be hardest hit.
The tax contains new or higher
taxes on services, beer, liquor and
Refused Appeal
Friday Republican Senators ap-
pealed to Gov. G. Mennen Wil-
liams to support their tax, but he
refused, telling them the package
was inadequate without a firm
offer to release the Veterans Trust
Fund included.
Since Conlin's plan would bring
in $130 million rather than the
$74 million offered by the nuisance
tax, it is more likely to win favor
from the governor, and from the
Democratic votes which he con-
When Williams. was in Ann
Arbor he told educators that the
form which a new tax would take
no longer mattered very much to
him, so long as it provided funds
to relieve the state's "peril."'

CONVENTION CLIMAX--Over 2,000 Young Democrats, conven-
ing in Toledo last weekend, listened to the former president criti-
cize the Republican administration.

SGC ExpressesConcern on Tax Crisis

Student Government Council has
drafted a letter to send to Michi-
gan legislators expressing concern
over the tax crisis.
The letter, written by the SGC
executive committee, will be sent
to all Michigan legislators, Gov.
0. Mennen Williams and certain
executive department heads.
Student concern and the ur-
gency of a "speedy and equitable
solution" are outlined in the letter,
Oath Vetoes
Nmber 17
Seventeen colleges and univer-
sities are boycotting the Federal
student loan program in protest
against a loyalty oath requirement,
the United States Office of Edu-
cation disclosed Monday.
It said 12 institutions, which
originally participated in the pro-
gram, have withdrawn because of
their objections to the oath.
They are Harvard, Yale, An-
tioch, Oberlin, Amherst, Benning-
ton, Sarah Lawrence, Goucher,
Grinnell, St. Johns of Maryland,
Reed College of Portland, Ore.,
and Wilmington College, of Ohio.
Five other well-known schools
refused from the :outset to par-
ticipate because of the loyalty
oath, it said. They are Princeton,
Haverford, Byrn Mawr, Swath-
more and the University of Rich-
The Office of Education said
that about 1,370 other institutions,
enrolling 88 per cent of the totalj
college student body, are partici-
pating in the program.

which will be sent out before
Nancy Adams, '60, SGC ad-
ministrative vice-president, said it
urges the legislators to take "a
positive approach" to the problem
confronting the state. She added
the student body is certainly not
expert on the tax problem but the
Legislature should be aware of
student concern.
Stresses Importance
Miss Adams stressed the oppor-
tunity in this- action to educate
the student body in government
and the responsibility of students.
John Feldkamp, '61, SGC presi-
dent, commented it was the feeling
of the Council that the letter to
the Legislature would be more
conspicuous by its absence.
The increasing concern was evi-
dent at all levels of the student
body, he added, and it had reached
a point where, as -official repre-
sentatives of student opinion, it
was necessary for the Council to
express reaction.
Considered Action
At the last meeting of the Coun-
cil a motion was passed author-
izing the executive committee to
draft the letter to the state legis-
lative and executive branches ex-
pressing student body concern.
This SCC action coincides with
two motions passed at the Michi-
gan National Students' Association
Regional meeting held here Nov.
Authorizes Officers
In the general session the as-
sembly authorized the regional
officers- to send a letter similar to
The assembly also established a
sub-commission to compile a list
of all current material on the tax
problem; it will be sent to all

Michigan area colleges and uni-
Express Concern
SGC's official letter reads as
"As the official-representative of
the 23,000 students of the Univer-
sity of Michigan, Student Govern-
ment Council expresses its deep
concern over the present state
financial crisis, and we sincerely
trust that you, the elected repre-
sentatives of the. people of the
State of Michigan, and the group
responsible for the financial well-
being of our institution, will reach
a speedy and equitable solution for
the present situation.
"The tax crisis hampers the Uni-
versity's educational aims by creat-
ing an atmosphere of uncertainty.
Thus any long-range planning is
greatly .hindered. In several in-
stances, qualified staff have left
and the recruiting of new staff of
equal competence is difficult. Fur-
thermore, the remaining staff can-
not operate in all cases at fullest
potential. Thus the present quality
of University education is difficult,
to maintain, while future improve-
ment of quality is becoming im-
possible. The financial crisis will
also adversely affect the outstand-
ing academic reputation which
the University now maintains. The
establishment of such, a reputation
is the result of a continuing effort
on the part of all segments of the
educational community, however,
within a short period of time, this
reputation can easily fall.
"We, as students, are acutely
aware of this situation, and are
greatly concerned with the welfare
of the University and the quality
of our education. We realize that
a solution may well be imminent,
and we trust 'that, this being the
case, it will be one' which per-
manently resolves the problem."

. . . looks over field

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The 1960 Pres-
Idential campaign figured promin-1
ently in the recent Young Demo-
crats national convention. Miss
Moore, attending the convention,
presents some of the contrasting1
The same problems that plaguedj
the Young Democrats' presiden-
tial election last weekend - too
many candidates of more or less
equal strength and bitter disputer
over civil rights - show signs of :
cramping the senior Democratic
1960 White House bid. - l
In three days of intensive par-
tying, caucusing and just plain
politicking, the YD's (many sport-
ing gray temples, bald spots and
paunches and over one-third also
serving as delegates or alternates
to next year's senior convention)
elected a cautiously uncommitted
president and approved a definite-
ly liberal platform.
As the convention unofficially
marked the opening of serious
Presidential campaigning, senior
Democrats had their ears to the
ground in search of clues as to
Pole To Pla
Piano Here
Jan Smeterlin will give the sixth
concert in the Choral Union Series
at 8:30 p.m. today in Hill Aud.
His piano recital will include,
"Sonata in A minor, Opus 143" by
Schubert, "Paganini Variations,
Opus 35," by Brahms and "Sonata
in F major, K. 332" by Mozart.
A selection of Chopin composi-
tions . .. "Mazurkas," numbers 20,
17, 23 and 25; "Valse in A-fiat,
Opus 64, no. 3;" "Berceuse, D-fiat
major, Opus 57" and "Scherzo"
will complete the program.
Smeterlin, who has not played
in the United States for five years,
is currently making . a six-week
concert tour. He first came here in
1930 and made annual tours until
Smeterlin was born in Bielsko,
Poland, and first began studying
piano at the age of six. Motivated'
to study law at the University of
Vienna by family opposition to a
musical career, he secretly joined
a piano class. Soon after, having
been awarded a state music prize,
he was sent to London and Berlin
for demonstration recitals, and
became well known as a pianist.
His concert is sponsored by the
University Musical Society, at
whose box office in Burton Tower,
tickets may be obtained.

the issues and candidates for next
Wooed and won by an Eastern
bloc spearheaded by New York,
Pennsylvania and New Jersey the
South threw its support in the
junior presidential race to a
Pennsylvania "liberal" whose civil
rights views were "tempered."
As the North's eight-year-old
and until now reigning liberal
caucus remained undecided until
the last minute on which of their
four candidates to support, the
East-South coalition campaigned
vigorously on a platform favoring
domestic unity above immediate
integration, and won the presi-
The rest of the slate went to
Southerners, for the first time in
Platform Liberal
In contrast to this essentially
conservative YD administration,
a platform of liberal resolutions
favoring more centralized govern-
mental control gained the dele-
gates' approval.
A particularly strong human
rights plank called for increased
federal action to outlaw poll taxes
to withhold all federal aid to seg-
regated schools, to cancel housing
loans to contractors displaying
racial bias and to impound voting
records of Southern states where
Negro suffrage has been contest-
Labor movements in general
commended, any type of nation-
al sales tax vehemently opposed
and home rule for the District of
Columbia advocated.
Despite visiting dignitaries op-
timism that any one of the Dem-
As Young Democrats crowded
into a Toledo elevator Thurs-
day night, they began compar-
ing souvenirs from various
The Hawaiian delegation of
four had distributed thousands
of baby orchids; Washington
state, apples; and the District
of Columbia, tea bags reading
"Taxation without Representa-
A passenger turned to one of
the Michigan delegation, asked,
"What are you giving away,
The chagrined reply: "Noth-
ing. We can't afford it."


. .."too liberal?"
FOR 'U':
Bus Lines
To Councifl
Last night's working committee
session of the City Council re-
viewed the possible establishment
of bus lines for University students
and heard a report of suggested
action on neighborhood and hois
ing improvement in north-central
area of Ann Arbor.
John Marshall, head of the
recently-formed City Bus Co. has
proposed special bus lines running
to State St. from three University
residence areas.
Buses would run Monday
through Friday from 8-11 and
from 12-5. They would leave on
the hour from the corners of Uni-
versity Terrace and Observatory,
Vinewood and Geddes, and Wash-
tenaw and Brockman.
Plan Satisfactory
Guy C. Larcom, city, adminis-
trator, said the plan is satisfactory'
to University officials.
Larcom is to obtain definite in-
formation on rates for the service
before the Council meets next
The Council also heard a report,
from J. Gordon MacDonald, chair-
man of Mayor Cecil O. Creal's
Committee for Voluntary Rehabili-
tation. .

Mass Exodus Calls for Special Treatment

Students get special treatment in Ann Arbor, especially at
vacation time.
From the cab companies, they receive precedence over all other
requests: "city business", is brushed aside for students "in a real
effort to get them home in time for Thanksgiving dinner," a repre-
sentative of a local taxi concern said.
And a travel agent, who noted his business rose more than 350
per cent during the vacation rush, said that airlines, sympathetic to
student indecisiveness, give his agency "blocks of space-although
students are fun to work with, they can't ever make up their minds,
deciding at the last minute to cut classes and take an earlier flight."
Flights Heavily Booked
Flights are so heavily booked that in some cases, "we're not even
taking names for waiting lists!" he added.
Generally, they all manage to get on a plane," he commented.
"Most have difficulties only in getting the particular flight they
want; talking them into another time, we manage to get them all
home somehow."
"There won't be anyone standing" was the optimistic appraisal

ocrats' eight likely candidates
could win the Presidency hands
down, none seemed to please a7
majority of the close to 2,000 con-
Out in front were Adlai Steven-
son and Massachusetts' Sen. John
Kennedy, but both would be seri-
ously handicapped, d ele ga t e s
Stevenson, while slowly accum-
ulating an impressive number of
first-choice and even more sec-#
ond-choice ones, has his twice-
ineffective record behind him,
delegates noted.
As for Kennedy, his fate evi-
dently rests with the South. It.
likes' his conservative stand on
civil rights - his willingness to
consider the Southerner's point of;
view on integration - but dele-
gates saw little chance that the
Catholic could swing the solid
vote of the "Bible belt."
Speculation among Southern
delegates pegged him for the most
likely Democratic nofninee.
Views Cause Trouble
Other hopefuls ran into trouble
because of their political views.
In spite of Sen. Hubert Humph-
rey's powerfully persuasive per-
an m.. e- - n-it:Pttya ..ar

Conducts Survey
MacDonald has met with neigh-
borhood groups and conducted a
survey of substandard housing in
the city's north-central area of
the city. The report was based on
results of that survey.
MacDonald and Creal recom-
mended the establishment of a
non - partisan Neighborhood Im-
provementrCommittee for the
north-central area.
The committee of 15 to 25 peo-
ple would work on solutions to
present problems of sub-standard
housing and try to develop a work-
able plan to rehabilitate and main-
tain other dwellings at accepted
Housing Comes First
Problems involving commercial
enterprises, zoning and traffic
would be given secondary priority
until the immediate housing dif-
ficulties are solved.
An Advisory Committee on
Neighborhood Rehabilitation, com-
posed of bankers, realtors, archi-
tects, builders and others with
similar professional interests would
be appointed by the mayor, with
the advice and consent of Coun-
cil, to give professional and tech-
nical advice to the Neighborhood
It was also recommended that
the Council establish the office of
Housing Coordinator under the
direction of the city administrator
to implement, the work of the
Neighborhood Committee and to
provide liaison and continuing


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