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(By Hamilton Cochran) 1
The spotlight of investigation hav-
ing been focused directly upon the
dark spots of Ann Arbor's rooming
situation, it is evident that the con-
ditions revealed by the housing com-
mittee are not so black as was first
The name of "rank profiteers"
seems to have been used rather in-
discriminately of late by students
who have had disagreements of* any
kind with their landladies. Naturally,
the rooming house keepers resent this
term and are anxious to justify them-
selves in the eyes, of the University
at large.
Col. John Bursley, to whom the
thankless job of settling the bitter
feuds between students and land-
ladies has been assigned, has suc-
ceeded in the majority of instances in
settling these controversies, to the
satisfaction of 'both parties. To do
this, it has been necessary for him
to use considerable tact and diplo-
macy. Freshmen who think nothing'
of breaking their verbal contract must

be shown the light, and irate land-
ladies must be pacified.
Complaints Come Early
When the great stream of new stu-
dents began pouring into Ann Arborp
during the last few days of Septem-
ber and complaints began-to be heardl
from both landladies and roomers,
the University authorities found it
necessary to establish the housing
committee.' Every afternoon now the!
two rooms reseryed by the committee
for its hearings has been filled withl
underclassmen and rooming house
keepers awaiting their turn to pre-
sent their complaints to Col. Bursley,
and his assistants.{
. In the ante-roomo sit the waiting
parties, the landladies -on one side
and the students on tije other. They
eye each other unsmilingly and sus-
piciously, as if each was trying tol
"put something over" on the other.
A call comes for the party in question
and they go in before the committee.
Minutes pass, verbal battles rage,
suggestions are made. Finally, peace
negotiations are under way, with Col.
Bursley acting as mediator, and soon

the contending parties leave, smiling gle room in her house. They seemed
and satisfied. very much satisfied with the place,
It seems that the new men coming although one of them mentionedthat
to the University either do not under- the room- was"a little too small for
stand that the rooms they engage are their drawing boards. One morning
to be held for the entire semester, or a few days ago the landlady went up-
else they willfully break their con- stairs to do the room work, and found
tract with the landlady. that both students had fled, taking
Disappear in Night with them all their telongings in
One woman stated that she had two' suitcases. The woman stated that
freshmen engineers occupying a sin- the neighbors told her that they
The Michigan Politician of the Future

heard the two boys go out in the mid-
dle of the night. She said that she
knew that they were in other rooms
somewhere near the campus..
Some of the students who have
made charges of profiteering certain-
ly seem to have grounds for their as-
sertions. One student declared that
he knew of a man who was charging
three students $12 a week for a single
room. He stated that the rooming
house in question was very old and
in a dilapidated condition.
"The room," he said, "is most poor-
ly furnished, with no comforts of any1
kind. The only furniture in the roomt
is a double bed that has a terrible
sag in the middle, a broken-down cot,
two straight-backed chairs and an an-
cient dresser. There was no clothes
space in the room when the students
came, but now the landlord has pro-
vided some kind of a- makeshift
Another case brought to the atten-
tion of the committee was that of a
University student and his wife. TheI
young couple occupied a small room

on the third floor under the roof
a certain rooming house and we
paying $8 a week and did the roc
work themselves. Both the map a
his wife are working their w
through school and are having a ha
time to make both ends meet. Tb
had no way to do their own laund
work, and in order to have access
the bathroom it was necessary to
to the floor below. The student to
the committee that he could obtain
much better room at another plE
for $4 per week, but that his lan
lady would not let him move unli
he got another couple to occupy I
Some Prices High
That excessive prices for rooms a
being charged by some unscrupu-
rooming house keepers is shown
the fact that $8 a week was bei
charged to two students for the i
of a very small single room.
When the students complained
the landlady that the rent was t
high for the. quality of the room, s
immediately lowered the price to





(By West H. Gallogly) students; of the approximately
you students from the various thousand students who possess


(By Byron Darnton)
"The proof of the pudding is in the
eating thereof." That is the trite way
Ben Franklin or Benedick or some-
body told us that you can't set a value
on anything until you use it.
All of which seems quite away from
the subject of the Michigan Union.
But last year was the first year that
the Union spent in its new home, and
it Is worth while to inquire if the
first year was a successful one. And
then we reach the question, "Was the
Union used?"
A few years ago we heard a great
deal about the need of an adequate
Union building. Now we have some
information on how great that need
Opening Year Active
The year of 1919-1920 opened with
but 40 per cent of the Union facilities
completed. Not until spring vacation
did the workmen clear away their
tools. and turn the whole building
over to, the members. So the year
was not a full one by any means.
But it wa's an active one.
In the fall of 1919 the University
faced an unprecedented enrollment.
Students flocked to Ann Arbor as they
never had before. This demanded
some concerted action to relieve the
housing situation, and the Union as-
sumed the duty of finding rooms for
these students. Within two weeks
1,700 rooms were found for 2,900 men,
and 2,900 men is considerably more
than one-fourth of the entire student
But the Union was interested in
more than just getting shelter for
Michigan men. It wanted to involve
every one of them in some student
activity. It wanted to utilize every
bit of material that was available in
order that student affairs at this Uni-
versity might be representative, ef-
ficient, and well regulated. To that
end the card index system was de-
vised, a system by means of which
all the talent of the University-might
be kept on tap to be used when
Regisfrnation Successful
Cards to the number of 18,691 were
signed by 5,246 members at this regis-
tration, and these cards were used
whenever men were wanted for Union
activities. There was never any
doubt as to locating an electrician, or
a singer, or even a "hoola dancer."

All that was necessary was to look
in the file.
And they use men at the Union.
They uge more than any organization
on the campus. Last year 828 of
them were mixed up in some activity
or other. This means that one in
every seven of the members did more
than lend his "moral support." The
system is representative, it calls
forth the efforts of students from
every school and college. When but
1,088 appointments are made from
828 men it becomes apparent that the
tendency is against duplication. The
Union idea does not favor elevating
the few while the many stand by and
sing hallelujahs.
So Michigan men are using the
Union as a place to give service. And
they are also using it as a place to
obtain amusement. Just 205 smokers
(Continued on page three)
Footlight Fever
(By Chet Hess),
When the famous William said,
"The play's the thing," he reckoned
without the movies. But how was he
to know that the public would some
day be surfeited with clicking cam-
eras, venomous vampires, curly-
haired cuties. bandolined blondes and
sickly scenarios?


. (By Leo Hershdorfer)
"Hours-9 to 12 and 2 to 4.
except Saturday and Sunday."


This legend, behind which lies a
wonderful tale of service and aid to
Michigan men and women, confronts
one as he approaches the entrance
to the modest little house on North
Ingalls street, adjoining the rear of
Hill auditorium, to which the oflicial
name of "University Health Serv-
ied" is applied. Modest, indeed, for
its history, though not a very lengthy
one, is from beginning to end a tale
of faithful, painstaking devotion and

tion with the work of the department
of physical instruction, while a course
of six lectures for freshmen, dealing
with the general phases of hygiene
and sanitation, is being delivered by
Dr. Warren E. Forsythe, director of
the institution.
What are the functions of the
Health service? Specifically, to care
for the health of the student body,
as has been stated before, but lik'
Great Britain and - her possessions
"the sun never sets" on the work of
the never tiring Health service. On
week days, during office hours, six
physicians are in regular attendance,
dili atly ntte din to the divers

Seven years ago, in the fall of the UI1genLly aLinLWebvW
complaints of students. Some come
year 1913, in answer to the constantly in to have cuts or bruises bandaged,
increasing demand for a separate to procure ,medicine for colds, while
building to care for the health of the the majority of other cases vary from
student body, which prior to this alarming sneezes to the more danger-
time had been in the hands of a small ousinfluenza.
faculty committee on sanitation, and oudenza.
acting on resolutions presented by Students who find y difficulty in
the Michigan Union, the Board of Re- studying because of eye troubles are
;ents authorized the establishment examined there by an expert optician'
nR an ~v .dtte anniAntrnt from the University hospital and, if

states of the Union making any ar-
rangements for voting in the coming
presidential and state elections? If
so, fine; if not, take heed: the Repub-
lican club of the University has
opened offices at 222-224 Nickels Ar-
cade and has invited both Republicans
and Democrats to come and cast their
vote by mail, if the live, of course, in
the following states, where the absent
voters' law is in effect:
Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mich-
igan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jer-
sey, New York, North Carolina, North
Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,
and Wisconsin.
- The real American spirit of true
citizenship has already shown itself
in a large degree among the Michigan
Stage agazine
Features Photos
Of Opera Stars
(By L. L. N.)
In the October issue of the "Thea-
ter Magazine" appear three pictures
from the Mimes' thirteenth annual
production, "George Did It." There is
a picture of Craig Ferguson, who ap-
peared so wonderfully as one of the
old-fashioned town girls in the first
act. George Loud, as one of the "Folly
Girls," who assisted John "Sandy"
Wilson in the presentationof his own
number, "You're In It," appears in a
photograph that would do justice to
the prettiest girl on the campus. In
a circle inset is a photographic re-
production of Philip Ringer and Mat-
thew Lamport, whose duet dance was
the hit of 'the show, and will be re-
membered for some time to come.
It has been some time since pic-
tures of any production staged at
Michigan have appeared in the Thea-
ter Magazine, and these pictures
stand as a mute tribute to all con-
cerned in the production of Michi-
gan's thirteenth offering, "George Did
It." Especial praise is due Mr. E.
Mortimer Shuter, whose able direc-
tion and painstaking care was in
most part responsible for the com-
plete success of the play.

franchise, one thousand have alrea
written home for ballots.
Republicans Strong
According to the present trend
voting, officers of the Republican c
believe that, of the approximately
thousand voters upon the campus, I
thousand are Republicans. This f
is particularly due to the reason t]
the majority come from the North(
states, there being very few South(
states wherein there exists the abs
voters' law.
About fifteen hundred campus vo
will go to Ohio, and, because of
inevitably close race which will ex
in this state between Harding a
Cox, it is not at all unlikely that th
votes will hive weight in the fi
During the last month the pr
dential candidates have laid mi
stress upon the issue of the Leag
of Nations; Cox apparently anxioum
accept the document, while Hardin
flatly against its adoption. While
League of Nations with other app
ently important national' issues f
nish talking material for both can
dates, it is almost certain that ",w
is said or who says it" will have v
little influence in changing the ve
in the United States. The affair ]
practicallydbeen cut and dried by
people, and, as far as the actions
the candidates having any chang
influence, there is little doubt. '
question is more or less one of p
Michigan Ticket
The questions of Michigan dese
considerable thought by those s
dents exercising the right to the W
verine ballot. Running for Goveri
there are Attorney General Groesbe
Republican, and former Gover:
Ferris, Democratic. As usual, th
are a few amendments to be v
upon, the parochial school amendm
probably demanding the most 'att
tion. The object of this amendm
is to do away with religious prim
schools. If passed it 'will particul
ly hit the Catholic and Adventist
stitutions, because of their gi
number. The proposal adopts an
direct method of abolish-ing tb
schools by restricting the time gii
to religious education to a few hot
The other amendments are in sh
(Continued on page Four)

After all, W illiam had a pretty o a s ie r al Un1111s t p yicians. V
straight tip, for who would rather see of several University physicians.
the villain's neatly waxed mustache Name Changed
bristle' in preference to hearing the The name, Infirmary, was soon
click of his teeth as he hisses his vile changed, however, and the little
epithets? If we don't like Gwendo- building became known as the Health
lyn's bangs as she flits before the service, a most fitting appellation, in-
footlights, or the way Clarence deed, for in the word "service" _lie
emotes, we have only to drop our eye- the real aims andaideals of this or-
lids and listen. ganization. It is a part of the Uni-
But if we close our eyes during the versity administration, and although
performance of a silent drama that independent of any other department,
happens to be optically displeasing, often has been, and always is, willing
we often hear nothing butpapa read- to co-operate with other schools or
ing. the titles to little Paul, or the departments of the University, when-
protestations of some outraged in-, ever the occasion arises.
fant. At any rate, whether we be at In fact, at the time of this writing,
the mercies of reel people or real examinations of men in Waterman'
people, we always run a good chance gymnasium and women in Barbour1
of sitting in front of the man who gymnasium are being conducted byI
(Continued on Page 2) Health service physicians in conjunc-

found necessary, are fitted with

glasses; others seek advice concern-
ing proper ventilating and lighting in
their study and bedrooms.
Service Gratis
The service is free, and all medi-
cine and incidentals are supplied
gratis, as this is covered by an annual
fee of six dollars included in the pay-
ment of tuition, which is really nom-
inal in comparison with the benefits
received. In addition to this, stu-
dents who require it are, with the
approval of some member of the
Health service staff, entitled to nec-
essary hospital accommodations for
sixty days. Or, perchance, if a stu-
dent should be taken ill at night, or
at any other time other than the reg-
(Continued on Page Four)

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