Crisler, Prof. Plant
By FRED KATZ
Associate Sports Editor
Michigan Athletic Director H. O. "Fritz" Crisler and faculty
representative Prof. Marcus Plant of the law school last night
squelched reports of a so-called "power struggle" between Western
Conference athletic chiefs and faculty groups.
Both men said a lead story in the "Daily Northwestern" last
week was without basis in stating that Big Ten athletic directors
were prepared to dominate Conference athletic policies at the
Prof. Plant Replies
Prof. Plant said in rebuttal: "I'm Just positive that no one in
the league is opposed to faculty control. I'd stake my reputation on
"Although an athletic director and representative from the
same school have sometimes disagreed on matters, I know that
there's never been any dissension or cleavage between the two
groups as a whole," he said.
Crisler was in full accord.
"There's no one I know of who won't vote for faculty control,"
Crisler said he believed that faculty control is essential at all
Concept Not Organic
The concept of faculty jurisdiction is not organic to all col-
legiate athletic conferences, but was the basic premise upon which
the Big Ten was founded in 1896.
In fact, seven charter members originally designated themselves
as the "Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives," and
it is still the official name despite the two popularized labels.
The report from the Northwestern campus was based on sup-
posed recommended changes made this fall in Conference bylaws
by a special committee. The changes, the "Daily Northwestern"
said, were to shift the power from the faculties to the athletic
But the composition of the three-man committee itself would
indicate that the group had no intentions of diminishing faculty
domination. The committee was composed of two faculty repre-
sentatives. Ohio State's Dean Wendell Postle and Purdue's Dean
Verne Freeman, and only one athletic director, Crisler.
Said Prof. Plant: "Postle and Freeman are the senior members
of the faculty representatives and have held their positions for
nearly 20 years. I certainly can't see where they would get together
to scuttle their own rights."
Crisler explained that the purpose for the committee meeting
was to review and study the language of legislation written in the
Hope for Definition
"We hoped to get, as a result of the meeting, a sharper defini-
tion of faculty control, certainly not to eliminate or reduce its
jurisdiction," the athletic director said.
"There has been interest through the years to clearly define
what the original intent of the founding fathers was," Crisler
continued. "When the constitution was first established, institutions
Seventieth Year of Editorial Freedom
VOL. LXXNo. 58 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2,1959 FIVE CENTS SIX PAGES
Rep. Green Predicts
; House, Senate Defeat
Of Proposed Bill
LANSING ()-The Legislature'
rode off in all directions yesterday
as it entered the 12th month of its
record long cash crisis session.
The nearest thing to a concrete
development was a decision by
minority Senate Democrats, out-
numbered 12 to 21 by Republicans,
to bring in a payroll tax bill to-
Sen. Harold M. Ryan of Detroit,
Democratic leader, was vague on
what he expected the move to ac-
complish in the face of announced
opposition by the Republican cau-
In the House a bi-partisan tax
compromise committee. formally
recommended a payroll tax to the
Republican and Democratic cau-
cures. They stalled any decision.
Rep. Allison Green of Kingston,
GOP floor leader, predicted. the
payrolf tax would never pass the
House, let alone the Senate.,
Without the 100 million dollar
levy, or new revenue from another
source, the state will wind up the
fiscal year next June 30 with an1
accumulated' general fund deficitI
of up to 167 million dollars, theI
bi-partisan investigators found.
No New Revenue
Meanwhile, .the. Senate heard
that rio new revenues at all are
needed to get the state through
After hearing this 'from Sen,.
Clyde H. Geerlings (R.Holland),
taxation committee chairman, it
adopted without debate his sug-+
gestion to shelve the 731/2 million
dollar GOP nuisance tax package.
The four bills were returned to
Geerlings' committee for "reevalu-
State Controller James W. Miller'
called Geerlings' revenue estimate
"fantastic." Geerlings himself ac-
knowledged "there may be some
bugs In there."
"He's really going through the
stratosphere," Gov. G. Mennen
Williams said. The Governor added
Geerlings was "misinformed or
In the midst of all this, the
State Administrative Board, in an
emergency meeting, solemnly
drained down the general fund
balance to zero to meet Thurs-
day's $4,40,000 bi-weekly payroll,
and to pay other obligations.
Miller said the action left the
state 83 mllion dollars behind in
meeting ics bills.
Set To Start[
Mass meetings for women's rush
t will be held at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
today at Rackham Memorial Bldg.I
This year's mass meeting will
By DONNA MOTEL
Final arrangements for the bi-
partisan debate on the Michigan
tax crisis will be presented to Stu-
dent Government Council at its
7:30 p.m. meeting tonight.
The debate, which is jointly
sponsored by the Michigan Union
and the Council, will be held at
7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Multi-
Purpose Room!of the Undergrad-
The original plans for the de-
bate were approved at a previous
Senators Clyde H. Geerling (R-
Holland), chairman of the State
Tax Committee; Paul C. Younger
(R-Lansing); George C. Steen (D-
Mt. Clemens); and Basil Brown
(D-Detroit) will serve as the de-
Prof. James K. Pollock, chair-
man of the political science de-
partment, will moderate the pro-
"The debate has been planned
at this time because of the great
interest in this matter and its im-
portance to the students of the
University and the citizens of the
state of Michigan," SGC member
Lynn Bartlett, '63, said.
The type of tax plan that is
passed will have an important ef-
fect on . the future programs and
facilities to be offered by the Uni-
versity, Bartlett said.
Perry W. Morton, '61, of the
Union's executive council said the
debate would touch upon possibil-
ities of future settlement of the
financial sitation and the effects
which it has had on Michigan
Each debator will be given 10
minutes to present his basic argu-
ment. After stating his point of
view, the debator will then'have a
two-minute rebuttal. The rest of
the time will be devoted to a ques-
tion and answer period with ques-
tions invited from the floor.
In other business, several ideas
of the Council members will be
taken up. Two of the ideas repre-
sent an attempt to better the rela-
tionship between the student body
and the Council. These are the
suggestion box and the setting
aside of one meeting each semes-
ter for the grievances of the stu-
A START - The Washtenaw County Republican Committee last night held their annual kickoff dinner. At the speaker's table were
many of the leading Republicans of the area. Though the speeches made dealt with the serious Michigan tax crisis, the general mood
of the dinner was one of a lighter side. Electric "Victory" trains and political arrangements of old songs added to the air of congeniality.
Republican Dinner Aims for Congenialty
By JEAN SPENCER
"You don't expect any work at
a dinner like this-what you aim
for is congeniality, people meeting
the folks they will work with in
This remark by a member of the
state Republican committee de-
scribed the prevailing convivial
mood at the Washtenaw County
Republican Committee Kickoff
Dinner last night.
At the speaker's table were some
of the county's leading Republi-
cans - Sen. Louis Christman of
Ann Arbor, state Representatives
George W. Sallade of Ann. Arbor
and James Warner of Ypsilanti,
national Rep. George Meader and
Stanley Thayer, chairman of the
Comment on Future
Christman and Warner, who
came in from the state legislative
session in Lansing, commented on
the probable future of the tax
problem. Both stressed the lengthy
nature of legislative procedure.
"There are many facets of this
jewel to be examined," Christman
said, "what will it yield, what will
it gain, exemptions, inclusions -
and most important of all, what
effect will it have on the political
chances for the coming year?"
The legislature is now consider-
ing form of payroll tax, he con-
tinued:. One of the problems
encountered is framing a tax pro-
gram broad-based enough to in-
elude corporations as well as peo-
ple who live solely on income from
investments, he noted.
Warner predicted that state
revenues this year would be $65
This is to remind you there
are 15 of them left before the
million over last year, "including
the $10 million windfall of the use
"I don't like the deficit any more
than anyone," Warner asserted,
adding that "any appropriations
we vote will be fulfilled and the
deficit will be made up."
Thayer mentioned that the din-
ner this year is the earliest ever
held to initiate a Republican cam-
paign. After the buffet supper
Christman, Meader and Thayer
Favors Income Tax
Sallade spoke in favor of a state
income tax as a solution. "A state
income tax is inevitable in Michi-
gan and state officials who say it
is not are nit carrying out their
function of adequately informing
the people of the state's needs,"
There can be no doubt that
Michigan's fiscal crisis deepened
almost to the point of no salva-
tion when the Legislature did not
succeed in putting an increase in
the sales tax up to the voters.
Sallade feels ,that the Republi-
can concept of the use tax, which
"was clearly called unconstitu-
tional right from the start"'will
handicap the Republican cam-
paign in 1960.
The banquet's theme was cen-
tered around the Republican Vic-
tory Train, and the speaker's table
sported an electric train on an
elliptical track to carry out the
Some of the ladies on the com-
mittee entertained the group with
arrangements of old songs featur-
ing new words suitable to the occa-
The dinner's theme song was
sung to the tune of "The Wreck
of the Old '97"-better known cur-
rently as "M.T.A." of Kingston
MUSKET To Run Through Saturday
All the excitement of a carnival will invade Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre tonight for the opening of MUSKET's "Carousel."
Productions of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, prepared by
University students under sponsorship of the Michigan Union, will also
be staged tomorrow at 8:45 p.m., Friday at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday
at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The company will perform before full houses Friday and Saturday
nights. "A few tickets for tonight, tomorrow and the matinee may
still be purchased at the theatre box office," general chairman Richard
L. Asch, Grad., said.
Cast as Carnival Barker
Playing leading roles in the show will be Jerry L. Lawrence,
Grad., as braggart carnival barker Billy Bigelow and Diane S. Franjac,
'60Ed., as Julie Jordan.
The plot unfolds as Billy marries Julie but consequently loses
his job at the carnival's carousel because its owner, Mrs. Mullin
(portrayed by Susan E. Heller, '61), is jealous of Julie. Finally Billy