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The Weather
Partly cloudy Thursday and
Friday; mioderate temperatures.

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Fraternities Should Band
gether; Special Session
Congress Needed.



Rules May
Be Revised
Council Begins Movement
To Permit Freshmen To
Live At Houses In Sec-
ond Semester
To Be Discussed
At Next Meeting
A uIn mn i I n terfraternity
Council Not To Object;
Sees Financial Help To

An Editorial

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred
with their bones."
This quotation will perhaps justify us when we are accused of
kicking the Student Council corpse in the following editorial. We
are remembering the evil; the good has been interred.
In his annual report to the President, released recently, Dean
Joseph A. Bursley states that the large majority of the students is
not interested in a student council or in student government.
This is true at Michigan.
What is responsible for the change in the point of view of the
undergraduates here? It is the blundering, do-nothing policy of last
year's and this year's Council.
The reign of incompetency, which had been more or less uninter.
rupted since the inauguration of the Council, was brought to a head
in September of 1931 when five lame duck councilmen, fearing a loss
in campus prestige, took it upon themselves to reverse a decision
which had been made by the student body in an all-campus vote.
The dictum of the students had been clear. They had stated by
a ten to one majority that they did not want a Student Council as
such but preferred to increase their representation on the Senate
Committee on Student Affairs, which is the body that really governs
the undergraduate.
But this would have thrown the five lame ducks out of a job; it
would have taken an activity away from the list that runs beside one's
picture in the Michiganensian.
So the lame ducks decided that they would continue the Coun-
cil; they decided that they would appoint the seven new members,
instead of letting the campus elect them; and they decided that, be-
fore the seven new men were admitted, they would hold an election
of officers.
This was an exceedingly clever political maneuver. There were
four officers to be elected. The five men were eligible for election.
All but one was sure of campus fame.
Edward J. McCormick, Washtenaw political boss, was elected
president and the seven new members were picked."
And McCormick tried to be a good president. He did his best
to make the Council a non-political organization. But he failed.
The reason McCormick failed was that he could not get the
other members to co-operate with him. He had had the constitution
of the Council revised in a futile attempt to keep politics from in-
fluencing the members' actions; he had run off four honest class
elections; he had started work on a new plan of student government;
he had dropped the foolish enforcement of "(pot-wearing"; he had
gained caste with the administration
But McCormick's rise was short lived. March 17, Saint Pat-
rick's day, was to be the date for the election of new members to the
Student Council. The election was all-campus. McCormick's consti-
tution revision was to go into effect. The Couicil was facing a crisis.
Could it run off an honest all-campus election without a leak?
The campus spot-light was focused on McCormick. It was his
debut. But he forgot his lines.
The election was one -of -the crookedest ever held on the Michi-
gan campus. The results had to be thrown out, and by the time there
was another election, the student body had lost interest.
For the remainder of the semester, the Council did nothing of
importance. It brought several speakers to Ann Arbor, where there
were already many speakers. It. drew up -the new plan of student
government. It held the spring games ad because of improper man-
agement allowed a fatal accident to occur. It decided that freshmen
would have to wear "pots" only up to the time of Fall Homecoming.
Joseph Francis Zias, another political boss, took up the reins
of the dead student government horse where McCormick had drop.
ped them. He shouted giddap! The horse did not move. So he
dropped the reins.
Nevertheless, there was work to be done. There were class
games, freshman smokers, and pep meetings to be held. There were
freshmen attending the University who were not sufficiently hum-
bled.'There were "pots" for the freshmen to wear.
The 1932 Council went on record as opposing the action of their
predecessors in regard to shortening the period that the first year stu-
dents were required to appear in their "traditional pots" and issued
an ultimatum that freshmen who did not obey the rules would be
ineligible for participation in extra-curricular activities. The fresh.
men refused to obey. The Council had failed again.
During the Homecoming week the Council sponsored a pep.
meeting that was attended by only 100 students, and class games that
were a complete fizzle. The class elections this year dragged along
for months. The usual discussion was held about a holiday on the
Friday after Thanksgiving but nothing was accomplished. Again the
Council failed.
The favorite alibi of the organization is that it has not the power
to do anything constructive and therefore can only attend to its
trivial duties. We point to the fact that there are many needy stu-
dents on the campus that the Council could have aided by some sort
of a campus community fund. However, because they did nothing, a
special committee was appointed to handle the situation.
And so, as Dean Bursley has said, the students have lost in.
terest in student government. Naturally they have. At the present
time interest runs high on election day and then rapidly wanes to
nothing. Students like to be elected to the Council. It means another
activity in the 'Ensian and the folks back home are proud of their
To every problem there is some sort of solution. The Council is
not all bad. It is true that its name is bad, but some of its members
are sincere. If the-sincere members would get rid of the insincere
activity grabbers who have caught their boat and are willing to go
down in it; if the Council would realize that the average underrad.

uate is not a rah rah boy" whose prime interest in life is to see un.
enforcable "traditions" enforced; if the Council would make itself a
body representative of the students; and if the Council would make
itself the official student mouthpiece, there would be an excuse for
its existence.
But, if the Council refuses to do these things, we recommend
that the duties of holding pep-meetings and class games be trans-
ferred to the underclass committee of the Union, where the mem-
bers are willing to work.
The $800 received yearly by the Council to carry on its "activi.
ties" could perhaps be made into some sort of scholarship.
In several years, the blundering, do-nothing policy might be for.
gotten by the student body, dead traditions might be buried, and
interest in student government might be revived.

Urge Changwe
In Council's
Leaders Of Student Body
Favor Drastic Shake-up
Or Complete Abolition
Politicians Alone
Are Served, Claim
Zias Defends Governing
Body; He Says Powers
Have Been Usurped
Drastic reorganization or abolish-
ment of the Student Council is the
action which ought to be taken
against that body, according to opin-
ions of a number of students who
were interviewed last night.
The Council has no worth-whip
function as it exists now, was a point
brought out by most of those inter-
viewed, and a total reorganizatio'
was the remedy suggested, if the
Council is to continue in existnece
Huss Favors Reorganization
John Huss, '33, recording secretary
of the Union, favors a reorganizatior
of the Council. "It is not performing
the function which a self-governin
student body deserves," he said.
"Ivan Williamson, '33, retired cap-I
tain of the football team, said that iti
was his opinion that "the Student
Council isn't much good."
"As the Student Council exists at
present, it is one of the most impo-
tent, useless organizations on the1
campus," according - to Beach Con-
ger, Jr., last year's editorial director
of The Daily. .
McKay Lashes Council .
Edward S. McKay, '33, editor of
Gargoyle, in a written statement to
The Daily said:
"Much to the surprise and dismay
of. a few old graduates and a minor-
ity of .juvenilely self-important un-,
dergraduates, who would like to see
the worn-out traditions of child-play 1
and student ,el f vraxltnt .con-
tinued in all°ag 'wh toi no loger
needs them, the student body has
grown up. It is my belief that the
only remaining functions of a Stu-
dent Council here are of such a rou-
tine nature that they could be car-'
ried out by an well-chosen ex-officlo
committee of student leaders. If
should like to see the responsibility1
placed in the hands of such a group.
-"The only notable achievement of
the Council in the past four years has
been to train a few highly-skilled
ballot-box stuffers for the game of
professional politics."
There is not suffcient power. andf
prestige in the council to attract 1
capable men to run for office, ac-
cording to Evelyn Neilson, '35L, pres-
ident of the Pan-Hellenic Associa-
tion, who believes that there is noF
need for its existence in its present
Zias Answers Attacks
Charles Rogers, '34, president ofE
Alpha Nu, stated that since he has
been on the campus he has not wit-
nessed any good that the Council has
done, other than to serve politicians.
"I see no reacon for continuing it,"
he added.
"It is recognized that the position
of the Student Council as its exists at
present is not an effective one," said
Joseph Zias, '33, president of the
Council last night, "but I believe
that this is a result of the unsatis-
factory relation between the Univer-
sity Administration (dean of stu-
dents) and the students.
"I agree with the dean of students

when he says that the lare majority
of the students are not interested in
the Student Council and in student
government, but I attribute this to
the trend of the passed years which
has seen the complete renoval from
student control of all student activi-
ties and conduct. The Council has
suffered usurption of its rightful
powers until now it remains emascu-
lated. Under. such conditions it is
only natural for a student body to
become apathetic."
Washtenaw County Fair
Gets $2,000 From Board
The request for a $2,000 grant to
pervisors ; yesterday voted to appro-
priate $2,000 to assist the Washte-
naw County Fair, and went on record
as favoring; a -vote on the continued
support of the fair by the people of
the county at th'° April election. -
The county governing board of su-
continue maintenance of the fair

Doubt Is Cast
On Disposal
Of Keller Case
Bond Of $10,000 May Be
Reduced By High Court
If She Cannot Pay
May Be Tried By
December's ju r y
Three Torch Slayers To
Be Brought From Prison
If Trial Is Held Here
Disposition of the case of Kather-
ine Keller appeared in doubt here
yesterday as Sheriff Jacob B. Andres
had not received commitment paper
from the supreme court. Bond of
$10,000 was set for the girl but her
inabilty to pay may result in a re-
duction of the bail by the high court,
according to Circuit Judge George W.
If the girl is unable to meet the
bond set by the court, she will be
.confined in the local jail pending a
new trial. Judge Sample said that, if
Prosecutor Rapp desired, the case
could be heard in the immediate fu-
'ure by the December jury, still sit-
Ling. Prosecutor Rapp was waiting
for a copy of the court's opinion be-
ore deciding on whether to call the
-rial now or at the March term of
.ourt. It is also within the power of
Judge Sample to dismiss the case.
Sample Would Hear Slayers,
Judge Sample said that if Miss
Keller were brought to trial here he
would demand that the state send
Fred Stone, David Blackstone and
Frank Oliver, confessed torch slayers,
here to testify. The three arenow
confined in.Marquette prison where
they are serving four life sentences
In sentencing Miss Keller as an
"accessry after the fact" °in the
Ypsilanti torch murders, Judge Sam.l
ple had indicated that he would rec-
ommend her release when she had
served ne-half- of her eive-year tei1g!
if her conduct warranted his doing
so. Miss Keller has served a little
more than one year but Judge Sample'
refused to comment upon whether he
would extend leniency at this time.
Testimony "Irrelevant"'
The ground upon which the Su.
preme court set aside the original
decision was that irrelevant testi-
mony pertaining to Miss Keller's past
life had been introduced to prejudice
the jury. She was arrested at the;
time when Fred Smith, David Black-
stone and Frank Oliver, confessed
torch slayers, were given four lifej
terms apiece in Marquette prison. It
was alleged by the prosecution that
Miss Keller had known of the mur-
der without informing the authorities
and that she had sheltered Smith
and washed his blood-stained clothes.
Michigan State College
Seeks Football Coach
The Michigan State College adminis-
tration today was casting about for
a successor to James H. Crowley, in-
imitable horseman of the gridiron
who resigned as head football coach
last night to accept a post at Ford-'
ham University.
President Robert S. Shaw said he
expected to make as "speedy dispo-
sition of the matter as possible," in-
dicating that Crowley's successor will
be named not later than March 1,
He. said he hoped to have a man se-
lected that would "continue the ath-

letic program and the football pro-
gram on the same high plane-it now

Fund Drive Will
Start On Monday;
Goal Is $IO,OO(

Procedure In
Criminal L a w
Prof. Sunderland Aids In
Study; Talks At New
Haven Bar Meeting
Increased efficiency in criminal law
procedure in Federal district courts
is hoped for as a result of research
and analysis being done by Prof. Ed-
son R. Sunderland of the law school
In conjunction with Dean Charles E.
Clark and. Prof.'Thurman W. Arnold,
of the Yale law college.
Professor Sunderland spent a large
part of December in New Haven with
Dean Clark and Professor Arnold
studying exhaustive information that
has been collected by research work-
ers in eleven typical United States
district courts. With the aid of a Aol-
lerith machine countless statistical
arrangements were made and an-
The report which the three men,
make, including. detailed recommen-
dations for new methods of. proce-
dure and official court recording, will
be published by The" American Law.
Institute. This organization is creat-
ed for the study and restatement of
law, and is. endowed for more than
$1;000,000. Its president is George W.
Wickersham and its director, William
Draper Lewis.
While in New Haven Professor
Sunderland addressed a ,joint lunch-
eon meeting of the New Haven
County Bar Association and faculty
and students of the Yale law school.
The subject of his talk- was "Discov-

Direct Appeal To E
Undergraduate Wil]
M a d e; Campaign
Continue A Week
Send-Off Dinner
Planned For Sun
Honorary Societies
Help In Atteipt
S we11 Resources
Assisting Students
Announcement of a direct a
to every undergraduate for c
butions in support of the St
Good Will Fund was made yesi
by Chairman John H. Huss,'
he bared plans for a weeklong
to commence Monday. A $10,00
has been set.
Meeting with members of th
cutive committee has outlined
in which Ann Arbor has been
ed into districts -to be canvass
members of honorary societie
other student organizations.
group will operate during the
as a team under their r'espectve
tains and reports of contrib
made will be published daily.
The campaign wl be foi
opened in a send-off dinner
held Sunday night in the.U
Speakers will be announced late
students participating in the
will be called upon to be prese

Haven Bar Association termed Pi
fessor Sunderland's address a "v,
uable contribution to the literati
on the subject."

their it


will bt
for li

'Anna Christi.e'
To Aid Studen ts
Play To Be Presented By
Hillel Players Jan. 13,
14 At League Theatre
Proceeds from the production of
"Anna Christie" to be presented Jan.
13 and 14 in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre by the Hillel Players will be
donated to the Hillel Foundation
Loan Fund for students, Morton
Frank, '33, president, announced last
Ticket sale for the show, at 50
cents for all seats, will begin tomor-
row at the box office of the Lydia
Mendelssohn theatre from 11 a. m.
to 7 p. m. and continue until the
show, is over. Frank said.
Climax of Drive
The play will climax the drive for
funds for needy students that has
been conducted for-the past three
weeks under the direction of Abner
Friedman, '34. More than $2,000 has
been distributed during the past two
years, Dr. Bernard Heller, director
of the Foundation and chairman of
the Ann Arbor Communtiy Chest
drive, announced last night.
The play "Anna Christie" by Eu-
gene O'Neill, according to E. Morti-
mer Shuter, former director of the
Union opera who is directing the
show, tells the story of "dat ole devil
sea." The play, originally entitled
"Old Chris" after the sailor-father of
Anna, developed the regeneration of
Anna to a pure-in-soul mate of Irish
Burke, tempestuous suitor.
Defends Matt Burke
In defense of the strength of the
Irish stoker, Dramatic Critic Arthur
Ii. Quinn has said, "Matt Burke is
just the kind of man who might help
Anna in her upward struggle. He is
the compound of two qualities which
the Irish of his stamp possess-a wor-
ship of the purity of women and a

S ta t e Legislature
Opens New Session
LANSING, Jan. 4.-(P)--The fifty-
seventh legislature officially opened
its regular session today with the
greatest rush of governmental eco-.
nomy-measures in history.
As soon as the House had com-
pleted the formality of organization,,
Rep. Gus T. Hartman, of Houghton,
and Verne J. Brown, of Mason, start-
ed shuffling bills proposed by the
late legislative commission for in-
quiry into state governmental costs
into the files. In all 95 measures were
introduced. Combined they provide
for an estimated $5,000,000 annual
reduction in the state budget. Scores
of proposals were included, as limit-
ing the University and Michigan
State College to mill tax collections,
reducing the state police personnel,
abolishing the state securities corn-
mission and setting up a centralized
budgeting and financing system. All
were in strict accordance with the
program made public by the commis-
sion two weeks ago.
An occurrence of the opening ses-
sion that appeared to carry signifi-
cance was that partisan lines were
strictly adhered to on truly party,
matters, but members of the Demo-
cratic majority seemed to be willing
to Join with the Republicans on

lcitations to fraternities,
Vulcans, Sphinx, Triangles, the IT
terfraternity Council, the Studen
Christian Association, Sigma Delta
Chi, the two freshman luncheon
clubs, the Union underclass commit-
tee, and Kappa Tau Alpha are othe:
organizations which have volunteer-
ed as the teams. Heads of these
groups are requested by Chairman
-uss to notify the Union of mem
bers who will be unable to attend thi
send-off dinner Sunday so that a
definite estimate of the attendance
may be made.
Villiam Elliot Chairman
. William Elliot, '33, is the chairman
of the executive committee which i
handling the drive. Other members
are Robert Saltzstein, '34, Jule Ayers
'33, Charles -Burgess, '34E, Cecil Can
ti'ill, '33E, and Catherine Heesen, '33
The goal of $10,000 was set in an
effort to adequately build up loan
funds which have been depleted
this year to take care of the need
of some 500 students who are a
present listed as seeking employ
ment and are unable to find it. In
addition to adding to the loan fund
the Good Will treasury will advance
aid which has been found necessar
in individual cases.
Arrangements are being made t
have the used clothes which hav
been donated to the fund cleaned ani
renovated and Chairman Huss asked
yesterday that students with dona
tions of clothes to be made get i]
touch with Union committeemen a
soon as possible.
Curtis To Talk Before
Chicago Astronomy Club
Prof. Heber D. Curtis left yesterda:
for Chicago where he will addres
the Chicago Astronomical Society
this evening. He will show motion pie
tures of the recent eclipse, taken a
the McMath-Hulbert branch obser
vatory of the University of Michigan
to illustrate his talk.
Friday night he will give an addre,
at the Ryerson Library in Gran
Rapids, accompanied by motion pie
The McMath-Hulbert observator
devotes its time to the taking of as

Gargoyle Liberates Another
Skeleton; Result-A Contest

Gargoyle, the ever-present funny
magazine of the campus, has pulled
another skeleton out of the closet,
Result: a prize contest.
Here is the way it happened.
Tom Powers, Gargoyle's versatile
art editor, got tangled up with some
symboliam when he designed the
cover for the January issue, which
goes on sale today. Of course, Powers
knew what he was drawing. But it
seems that at least one of the stu-
dent intelligentsia couldn't see the
The cover presents Dr. Sigmund

staff lacks taste, reserve, reverene,
or just plain intelligence. Ordinar-
ily, Gargoyle doesn't mind. But when
somebody thinks a good, sound sym-
bol is nothing but a pink elephant
--well, that's too much for the edi-
So Edward S. McKay, the manag-
ing editor, announced last night that
he would support his magazine s in-
tegrity by proving that the cover pic-
ture is not too obscure for a college
audience. To do that, he's offering
a free subscription to Gargoyle for
each of the three best interpreta-
tons of the picture. If you know your
symbolism, and have nightmares oc-

Smoking Remnant Of
French Liner Adrift
CHERBOURG, France, Jan. 4-(P)
-The magnificent South Atlantic
liner Atlantique tonight drifted a
smoking wreck in the English Chan-

War Debt Problems Start
Uproar At Washington
WASHINGTON, Ja-n. 4- (P}
Pent-up feelings on war debts touch-
ed off an uproar of debate in the

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