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Hell Week And Michigan...
Election Stupor ...
Sharing The Wealth .. .


Wednesday and Thursday.



Admits Hit,
Run Crime
Rorabacher, Local Former
Sophomore, Confesses
Killing Farmer
Prof. Decker's Son
Is Passenger In Car
Driver To Face Charge
Of Negligent Homicide
In Monroe County
Charles M. Rorabacher of Ann Ar-
bor, 27 years old, until this semester
a University sophomore, was charged
with negligent homicide yesterday in
Monroe after he had confessed driv-
ing a car which killed Ed Larrow, a
LaSalle farmer, carried the body
nearly 12 miles, and dumped it into
the road.
After waiving preliminary exam-
ination, Rorabacher, who owned the
car, was released on $1,000 bond fur-
nished by Prof. Arthur J. Decker of
the engineering college. Prof esor
Decker's son, Arthur, Jr., a member
of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity,
was a passenger in the hit-and-run
Rorabacher stood mute yesterday
when he was arraigned before Judge
John Faucher in the Monroe Munici-
pal Court and bound over to the April
term of the Circuit Court for trial.
Decker, 22 years old, a special engi-
neering student here until he dropped
out at the beginning of the 1934-35
year, was not held.
Advised To Confess
On the advice of Professor Decker,
young Decker and Rorabacher drove
to Monroe early yesterday and con-
fessed striking and killing Larrow.
They admitted having drunk some
beer before they left Ann Arbor Sun-
day night, and told Prosecutor
Francis T. Ready that they had been
drinking near the spot where Lar-
row's body had been found. Whiskey
bottles ina nearby field verified this.
Meanwhile, based on the statement
of a Toledo motorist, who saw the car
strike the man, that it bore a Uni-
versity of Michigan driving permit,
Sheriff Jacob Andres, together with
Dean Walter B. Rea, had been sys-
tematically searching all student cars
registered with the University. They
finally found the car, a maroon 1932
Chevrolet coach, in the Henderson
garage. The permits had been re-
moved, it was washed, and Rora- .
bacher told attendants that the dam-
age to the hood and fender was caused
by a collision with a telephone pole.,
Reputedly Fast Driver
Sheriff Andres was enroute to arrest
Rorabacher when he heard of the con-
fession at Monroe. It was learned here
that Rorabacher, who was employed
in a gas station, had the reputation
of being a fast driver.
Rorabacher and Decker told Joseph
B arley, Monroe County sheriff, that
they accidentally hit Larrow, who was
thrown by the impact between the
hood and fender of the car. Rora-
bacher said he became panicky, drove
on, "with some idea of getting the
man to a doctor," and when the body
fell off into the roadside, sped on be-
cause he was "afraid."
The witness, a Toledo motorist,
was in a gas station when he saw the
car carrying "what apparently looked
like a body on the fender" pass by. He
traced it, and in spite of the fact that
it was driving without lights, saw what

he thought was a 1934 University of
Michigan permit. The car was dirty
and the license obscured, but the wit-
ness said be believed the number to
be W-6706, which turned out to be
correct. The number of the University
tag was 316.
Followed Car
Rorabacher said that he did not
kngw that he did not have to keep
the University permits on his car.
The Toledo man followed the car
and saw the body fall off when the
automobile swerved sharply to the
right. The car instantly speeded up,
he reported, and was lost in the dark-
ness. He notified Monroe sheriffs, who
had already been informed of the
accident and were on the trail of the
"death car."
Sheriff Andres identified the car in
the garage here by the marks left by
the University tags, and by a single
blood spot on the hood which had
escaped Rorabacher's notice. Dean
Rea, who had been checking car after
car, was just ready to interview Rora-
bacher, whose name was next on the
list, when the sheriff notified him that
he had found the sought-after auto-

University Changes Student Political
Philosophy, Senior Survey Reveals

The political philosophies of 120
seniors out of more than 200 inter-
viewed has been definitely affected
by their three and a half years as
undergraduates here, results of a
recent survey conducted by The
Daily reveal.
ighty-two seniors stated that their
political views were not affected.
The number of liberals far out-
weigh the radicals and also hold a
good majority over the conservative
element. Ninety-five of the seniors
interviewed said they are liberal, 72
are conservative, 30 are radicals, and
10 are reactionary.
The seniors were also asked in the
questionnaire how their philosophyI
had clanged since entering the Uni-
versity. More than 60 per cent of
the group said that they had changed
from conservative to liberal.
Ten questions were asked the group
and the questionnaires were distribut-
ed through sororities, fraternities,
league houses, The Student Christian
Association, and the League Assem-
bly, in order that diversified opinions
might be obtained.
To the question, "Do you feel that

restrictions placed on student's liber-
ties by University regulations are just,
too strict, or should be extended?"
101 answered that they believed Uni-
versity regulations just, 88 said they
were too strict, and 16 wanted the
regulations extended.
In instances where "too strict" was
underlined, g e n e r a 1 complaints'
against University regulations were
directed at the following restrictions:
liquor in fraternities, hours for wom-
en, general fraternity rules, auto ban,
compulsory class attendance, and
The average wage that the seniors
believe they should receive immediate-
ly upon graduation was $41, while they
admitted in the second half of the
'same question that on an average they
would'receive only $25.37.
Evidently some of the '35 graduates
aren't going hungry very long, for 26
of them said that they were "cer-j
tain" of a job after graduation, 119
said they had "connections which I
believe will lead to a position," while
53 said they had "no chance" for a
job immediately upon graduation.
When asked to name the five in-
structors from whom they learned the
most, the seniors had a difficult time

making up their minds, voting for a
total of 205 instructors.
The 10 who stood out in the voting
were Preston W. Slosson of the his-
tory department, Prof. Leonard L.
Watkins of the economics department,
Professors O. J. Campbell, and How-
ard Mumford Jones of the English
department, Prof. James K. Pollock
of the political science department,
Prof. Louis A. Strauss of the English
department, Prof. Robert C. Angell of
the sociology department, Prof. Wal-
ter B. Pillsbury, chairman of thepsy-
chology department, Prio f es sor s
Dwight L. Dumond and Arthur L.
Cross of the history department, and
Prof. Robert C. Briggs of the eco-
nomics department.
The 10 courses which the seniors
selected as those likely to be of prac-
tical value after graduation are: eco-
nomics, political science, psychology,}
sociology, English literature, modern
history, speech, education, French,
and journalism.
On the age-old question "Have you
been 'mass produced' at this Univer-
sity," 112 of the interviewed said
"yes," 93 said "no."
Those answering the question af-
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40th Session
Of Academy To
Convene Here
Expect Large Attendance
At Sessions of Three
Day Meeting
Michigan's contribution to research
in many fields of knowledge will be
brought before members of the Mich-
igan Academy of Science, Arts, and
Letters when several hundred as-
semble here tomorrow, Friday and
Saturday for their fortieth annual
meeting. All addresses and section
meetings will be open to the public.
Hundreds of people are expected to
attend the session, according to re-
ports received from Prof. L. J. Young
of the School of Forestry and Con-
servation, secretary of the Academy,
who said that of about 1,000 mem-
bers of the Academy, 300 are on the
Discussions of the Academy will
deal with anthropology, botany, eco-
nomics, sociology, forestry, geography,,
geology, mineralogy, history, politi-
cal science, language, literature,
mathematics, philosophy, psychology,
sanitary and medical science, and
zoology, according to the program.
The Academy will be officially
opened by a one-hour meeting of the
section of anthropology tomorrow at
2 p.m. in Room 3024 in the University
Museums. A discussion by R. Clyde
Ford of Michigan State Normal Col-,
lege on Indian specehes and an il-
lustrated talk on excavations in the
Hopewell mound group near San-
dusky, Ohio, by Emerson F. Green-
man of Ohio State Museum, will be
the features of this meeting.
The first day of the session will be'
closed by the annual reception for
the members and guests at 8 p.m. in
the University Museums,hand under
the honorary chairmanship of Mrs.'
Alexander G. Ruthven.
The other 12 departments will open
their conferences Friday Morning and
P. S. Lovejoy of the division of land
use planning, Michigan Department
of Conservation, will act as president,
of the entire three-day session of the
Academy and will deliver an address
on "Ecological Engineering" at the
annual dinner in the Michigan Union
Friday evening.
Harold S. Patton of Michigan State
College is vice-president of the for-
tieth annual meeting.

Northwestern Will
Substitute Travel
For Speech Study
EVANSTON, Ill., March 5 -(P)-
Europe will be the laboratory and
its theatres the lecture rooms for
Northwestern University's new col-
lege course in the school of speech.
Students enrolling in "contempor-
ary European theatre" courses next
summer will substitute travel for
textbooks and sail for England on
June 25, the University announced
There they will begin a course of
study that will take them to the capi-
tals of Europe and all famous thea-
tres and festivals on the continent.
The class will be in charge of Garrett
H. Leverton, professor of dramatic
production and director of the Uni-
versity's theatre. Students taking
the work pleasure cruise will be of-
fered six hours college credit. Seven
countries will be visited.
Ruteven Leaves To
Confer With Alumni
President Alexander G. Ruthven
will leave Ann Arbor today to go to
Boston and Schnectady where he will
confer informally with alumni of the
President Ruthven is scheduled to
speak to the University of Michigan
Club of Boston on Thursday night
and the University of Michigan Club
of Schnectady on Friday night, be-
fore returning to Ann Arbor. Topics
for the speeches have not yet been
He will arrive here again late Sat-
urday night.
Young Democratic Club
Elects Shook President
The Young Democratic Club was
organized at a meeting last night in
the Union. The following officers
were elected: Richard L. Shook, '35,
president; Harold Parker, '35, vice-
president; Dorothy Roth, '36, sec-
retary; and Byron Gallager, '36L,
At its meetings the organization in-
tends to discuss political and govern-
mental subjects of current interest.j
"We plan to get members high up
in the national Democratic organi-
zation to speak here on the campus
throughout the year," Shook said.

Plans Made By
Churches For
Period Of Lent
Union Service Of Music,1
Meditation Will Mark
Ash Wednesday
Services of music and meditation
commemorating Ash Wednesday will
be held at 8:15 tonight under the
auspices of the Ann Arbor MinisterialI
Association at the First Congrega-
tional Church, State and East Wil-
This union service will embrace
members of all Protestant churches
and will open the period of Lent
which extends until Easter Sunday, I
April 14.
Music will be provided by the Meth-
odist choir under the direction of Al-
Bert Taliaferro, '35SM. The 45-minute
program will also feature a period of
Preceding the union services, the
First Presbyterian Church will hold
its regular Wednesday service at 71
p.m. at which Iev. William P. Lemon
will deliver the first of a series of4
six consecutive weekly lectures on thej
religious message of great literature.
"The Plays of Aeschylus" will be the
subject of the first address, which will
be followed on successive Wednesday
nights by addresses on: "Dante's Di-
vine Comedy," "Shakespeare Our1
Contetmporary," "Milton's Paradise
Lost," "Goethe's Faust," and "Brown-
ing's Ring and the Book."
Reservations for supper at 6 p.m.f
at 30 cents will be received at the First
Presbyterian Church during the day.j
A series of Sunday morning ad-
dresses on the general topic "The?
Paradoxes of Jesus" will be featured
by Reverend Lemon beginning this
Sunday morning at 10:45 with the
topic "The Revelation of the Obvious."
Succeeding topics in the series will
be: "Happiness of Misery," "Survival
of the Unfit," "Ignorance of the Edu-
cated," "Supremacy of the Servant,"
and the final in the series, which
will be delivered on Easter Sunday,
"Dangers of Safety First."
Pope Pius Begins Fight
Against Cult Of Nudism
VATICAN CITY, March 5.-- )~
Pope Pius today urged Rome's lenten1
preachers to combat with all their
strength and eloquence "the new cult
of nudism."
Calling attention to the "paganized
life of today," the Pontiff said, "its
wantonness surpasses, on many occa-
sions, that of ancient pagan life.
" is called - with a horrible word
and with horrible blasphemy - the
cult of nudity."
Announce Issuance Of
FERA Checks Thursday
The February FERA checks will
be issued to students receiving
Federal aid Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, it was announced yes-
terday by Harold S. Anderson, cost
accountant of the buildings and
grounds department.
The buildings and grounds of-
fice in the storehouse, from which
the checks will be issued, will be
open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
those days, Mr. Anderson stated.
A special FERA notice came out

War Clouds
Threaten In
Balkan Area
Civil Strife Continues In
Greece As Neighboring
Nations Form Forces
Rebels Retreating,
Government Claims
Bulgaria, France, Turkey
Alert in Powder Keg
Of Europe'
SALONIKA, Greece, March 6.
- (Wednesday) -(P) --Plunging
through deep mud under black
skies the Greek government
troops were slowly advancing
their positions in the Sturma
River area early today, prepara-
tory to driving hard-ridden rebel
forces toward Stres.
The determined government
troops traversed hist e soil to
carry out the 24-hour ultimatum
of Minister of War George Kon-
dylis to "surrender or be crushed,"
and to break the back of the rev-
lution inNorthern Greece.
The rebels were believed to be
on the point of surrender.
ATHENS, Greece, March 6.-
(Wednesday) - () - The Greek
government early today claimed a
smashing victory against the
rebels in Macedonia, announcing
the Greek fourth army, after a
thundering artillery attack, had
captured the Macedenian town
Stres, 45 miles northeast of Salon-
(By Associated Press)
Troops marched again in the Bal-
kans, perennial powder keg of Eu-
rope, Tuesday as civil war raged in
Bulgaria strengthened her border
guards, France sent one destroyer to
the Piraeus and held two cruisers
ready, while Turkey, it was learned,
has maintained large forces of troops
in Turkish Thrace, near the Greek
and Bulgarian border, for the past
Britain and Italy had to suspend
international air service into Athens
as the Greek government banned all
civil aircraft.
ATHENS - Gathering its forces for
knockout blows of their rebels' land
and sea contentions, the Greek gov-
ernment received reports from its war
minister that the revolt would be
crushed within two days. Rumors in
Athens said ex-Premier Eloutherios
Venizelos, asserted leader of the re-
volt, was preparing to flee from Crete.
VIENNA - Unconfirmed reports
thai Turkish troops were gathering on
the Greek frontier caused apprehen-
sion in the Austrian capital.
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Bulgaria's for-
eign minister, Kosta Bataloff, ex-
pressed surprise and cohcern at re-
ports that Turkey was mobilizing
troops on the Thrace frontier and ex-
pressed the hope the action was not
"directed at Bulgaria."
CANNES, Jrance-Friends of Gen-
eral Nicholas Plastiras, veteran Greek
revolutionary, received reports that he
was at Drindisi, Italy, awaiting to sail
for Greece.
VIENNA -Possibilities of armed
conflict between Balkan nations as an
cutgrowth of the Greek civil war
caused excitement here today.
News arrived that Turkish troops
were concentrating on the Greek fron-

Fights Grecian Revolt

--Associated Press Photo.
Pr emier Panaya ti Tsaida ris (above)
of Greece was responsible for calling
cut armed forces in efforts to quell the '
revolt which gripped the nation on two{
Abandon Hope For
Holmes' Recovery
WASHINGTON, March 6 - (A') -
Oliver Wendell Holmes was sinking
so rapidly tonight that there were.
fears that he would not be alive at
A late afternoon visit by his physi-
cian was followed by this report from
Howe, a former secretary:
"Every symptom indicates that he,
is sinking."
All hope for Holmes' recovery was
abandoned today after he lapsed in-
to a coma. The great jurist, however,
was suffering no pain. Those at his
bedside said he was going toward
the end like a boat drifting swiftly
and smoothly downstream.
Holmes' 94th birthday is only three
days away, but early tonight it
seemed that death was only a mat-
ter of hours, not days.
From this time last week when it
was definitely known that the former
justice had bronchial pneumonia,
concern has grown steadily. Once
or twice the patient rallied and joked
with those around him, but the vital-
ity which carried him through severe
wounds during the Civil War and onI
through the years began to ebb.
Alpha Ni Will Debate
'Brand New' Question
Gentlemen prefer blondes - every-
body knows that. But do blondes pre-
fer gentlemen?
That is an entirely different ques-
tion and it will be answered tonight
when it is debated by Alpha Nu, hon-
orary men's speech fraternity, and
Athena, honorary women's speech
group. The debate takes place at 7:30
p.m., in the Alpha Nu room, 4001
Angell Hall.

Faculty Expresses
Disapprobation Of
Hell Week Practiice


'Fratres In Facultate' Of
Fraternities Surveyed
For Opinions
Present System Is
Condemned By All
Fourteen Are In Favor Of
Modification While Six
Ask Abolition
An almost unanimous disapproval
of Hell Week practices at this Uni-
versity was expressed last night by 20
prominent "fratres in facultate."
Of the faculty men who are also
members of local fraternities inter-
viewed last night, 14 were in favor of
modification of Hell Week programs,
while 6 declared themselves in favor
of abolition.
A summary of last week's hazing
programs in the various fraternities
revealed unofficially that three pledges
suffered injuries during and imme-
diately following the hazing. It is re-
ported that one student was treated
for a bad thigh bruise, caused alleg-
edly by paddling, immediately after
the Hell Week in his fraternity was
over. Another was treated for water
on the knee, suffered from a bad fall
during his "long walk." The same
student was also reported as having a
temperature of 101 degrees when
The third case attributed to Hell
Week activities was a second tempo-
rary mental maladjustment. No med-
ical attention was necessary, accord-
ing to reports.
Methods 'Too Extreme'
Dean Henry M. Bates of the Law
School, expressing himself in favor
of abolition of Hell Week, stated "It is
an abomination and a cowardly per-
Prof. Arthur L. Cross of the history
department stated. "As it is now,-it is
a form of arrested mental develop-
ment. I do not object to a mild form
of initiation which does not involve
humiliation or pain to the initiate and
does not deprive him of sleep or at-
tendance at classes," Professor Cross
stated, "but I see no excuse for some
of the extremes to which fraternity
men have gone in the past."
"I think Hell Week is a survival of
childish traditions," Wilfred B. Shaw,
director of alumni relations, stated.
Randolph G. Adams, director of
the William L. Clement Library, who
favored abolition of Hell Week, said:
"It is silly and pointless. It gives a
lot of cowardly men an opportunity
to jump on a lot of helpless men."
Dignity Is Needed
"The aspects of Hell Week which
are physically harmful and humiliat-
I ing, and which make for a loss of
time, should be summarily abolished,"
in the opinion of Prof. John L.
Brumm, chairman of the journalism
department. "Hell Week as a time
of discipline which teaches the ini-
tiate self-control and a moral re-
sponsibility to his house has a real
value. It should not be perverted to
break the initiate's spirit or his body."
Prof. Ernest F. Barker of the phys-
ics department said "I would like to
see the dignity of initiation empha
sized over the irrelevant horse-play
now practiced."
"Hell Week should be civilized,"
Prof. Morris P. Tilley of the English
department stated.
'Easing Up On Hikes'
In the opinion of Herbert G. Wat-
kins, assistant secretary of the Uni-
versity, "If a man grows up to be 19
or 20 years old and hasn't learned
to take care of himself and to con-
duct himself properly, you can't teach
him by beating and humiliating him."
Prof. William G. Smeaton of the
chemistry department said "I am op-
posed to Hell Week. .From observa-
tions of students whom I have had in

an-y classes for more than 30 years, I
have found it harmful."
Quotations from instructors who
did not wish their names used are as
follows: "I believe that freshmen
- should be made to feel their place by
ridicule rather than by chastisement."
"I am in favor of easing up on
long hikes."
Another said, "I am in favor of ini-
tiations controlled by student and
faculty committees as is done in other
- Among those who declared for
modification of Hell Week practices
besides those above-mentioned, were:
Professors Robert C. Angell, Henry

Dr. Dorr Attributes Light Vote
To Apathetic Attitude Of Voters
By JOHN M. O'CONNELL Election campaigns in England, he
The light voting which has char- explained, are short and occupy only
acterized most of the recent elections, about 10 days immediately before the
both of a national and local nature, election. Thus, Dr. Dorr said, the
was attributed in part to the people's people in general are still infected
attitude toward the ballot by Dr. H. with the enthusiasm of the politicians
M. Dorr of the political science de- and go to the polls in large numbers.
partment yesterday. One recent instance of the trial of
According to Dr. Dorr's belief, most a short campaign cited by Dr. Dorr
people regard the ballot or the right was the Republican campaign in the
to vote in much the same way they presidential election of 1932. In that
regard a raincoat or an umbrella. year, although the party convention
That is, it is something to be used was held early in the summer, the
only when an emergency arises and party leaders decided to soft-pedal
at other times it can be stored away their campaign until a few weeks be-
and forgotten. fore the election. There is a ques-
Dr. Dorr also advanced two popu- tion, however, of whether the party's
lar beliefs to account for the lack of defeat can be entirely attributed to

tier, and was followed almost imme- Upholding the affirmative of the
ciately by a dispatch from Sofia in question, "Resolved, That Blondes
which the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Prefer Gentlemen," are Jean Green-
expressed astonishment and concern wald, '37, Grace Gray, '37, and Elea-
over that report. nor Blum, '35, member of Athena.
It was confirmed by Kosta Batoloff, Taking the negative for Alpha Nu are
the Sofia diplomat, that Bulgaria Paul Von Bergen, '36, Fred Neal, '37,
also had strengthened her guard along and Ralph Danhof, '36. The partici-
the Greek border. pants will speak in the order named.
Wheeler Sees No Likelihood Of
Iinternational Trouble In Greece
A map showing theaterritory involved sea-coast, and therefore maintains a
in the dispute appears on page six of large navy. The proportion of navy
this issue.
vessels that remain, loyal to those
By MARSHALL D. SIULMAN joining the forces of sedition ought to
No international consequences are determine the outcome of the revolt.
to be seen in the Grecian revolt at the "It appears that in the naval ac-
present time, according to Prof. Ben- tion centering about the Souda Bay,
amin W. Wheeler of the history de- Crete, the fleet of the revolution, de-
partment. spite the fact that it includes the
"atin..inlcruiser Averoff, pride of the Greek
"Factional, regional, and economnic navy, gave way befere the superior
motives alone are responsible for the navesvefath egorent. p
insurgency which has led to a series "It is significant that the Averoff
-of land, sea, and air engagements be- was helpless before the bombardment
tween government forces and those from the air by five bombing planes.
under the direction of Eleutherios It is of course true that the Averoff
Venizelos, 71-year-old statesman and Iis 35 years old and perhaps not as able
former prime minister," Professor to meet air attack as the newer battle-
Wheeler stated. ships."

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