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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 1936

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Publication Department: Elsie A. Pierce, Chairman;
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man, William Spaller, Richard G. Hershey.
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ilied Advertising Manager.
Social Security
And Pay Envelope Slips...
editorials on certain flaws which
competent students of public affairs (not par-
tisan observers) have pointed out in the Social
Security Act in its present form, particularly the
danger of a huge forty-seven million dollar re,
serve fund, and certain inadequacies in the se-
lection of and payment to beneficiaries. As it
stands, the Act is far from perfect; nevertheless,
criticisms such as it is receiving in these pay
envelope notices is calculated to have a certain
political effect rather than to improve the pro-
vision of the Act.
These notices are circulated by the Republican
National Committee in the pay envelopes of la-
borers all over the country. 'Without even con-
sidering the question of the legality of such im-
plicit coercion of workers, withouttouching upon
the ethical propriety of the use of such a medium
for propaganda, without protesting against the
obvious reason for the circulation of these slips
now, several months before the Act goes into
effect, still, without questioning any of these as-
pects, we believe the circulation of these slips
dangerous because the basis of condemnation of
the Act in many of them is misunderstanding
perhaps deliberate. Consider the following
sample pay envelope slip, as quoted in The New
York Times:
PAY REDUCTION-Effective January,
1937, we are compelled by a Roosevelt "New
Deal" law to make a 1 per cent reduction
from your wages and turn it over to the
government. Finally, this may go as high as
4 per cent. You might get this money back
in future years . . . but only if Congress de-
cides to make the appropriation for this
purpose. There is NO guarantee. Decide be-
fore Nov. 3, election day, whether or not you
wish to take these chances.
This isn't so much different from the out-and-
out compulsion of Pennsylvania workers exposed
by the New York Post, except in its subtlety. The
basis of its criticism, implicitly, is that (1) this

is a Roosevelt job; (2) a part of your wages are
going to be turned over to the government; (3)
whether you get it back depends on the caprice
of the Congressmen; (4) if you vote against
Roosevelt, you will have to pay part of your wages
for old-age and unemployment benefits.
No mention is .made of the fact that the
employer will pay -an equal amount, that the
employee is to receive benefits, that no matter
which man is elected President, a Social Security
program cannot be- financed without a deduc-
tion of wages} any more than private insurance
policies can be given away,
These omissions are best answered- by rep-
resentatives of labor itself. Perhaps in the fol-
lowing excerpts of a statement by William Green,

per month. These payments will begin Jan. 1,
1 942.
"Because this is not merely an od age as-
sistance measure, but instead a form of old age
insurance, beneficiaries are required to pay a
small percentage of their earnings, beginning
Jan. 1, 1937, into a fund created by the Federal
Government out of which future annuities will
be paid. Employers of labor will be required to
match the amount paid by the workers into this
annuity fund ...
"It provides a plan by which the worker is en-
abled to help provide and create his own security
for old age. Benefits will be paid him as a
matter of right. The element of charity is elim-
inated. The plan is a simple one. Summing up,
it provides that wage earners in industry and
their employers shall, starting with Jan. 1, 1937,
begin to create an annuity fund out of which old
age benefits will be paid the workers when they
reach sixty-five years of age. It will be held in
trust by the Federal Government.
"Nothing could be offered as a more sure and
safer guarantee of the protection of the fund than
to have it held in trust and secure by the work-
ers' own government. It is similar to the Retire-
ment Act now in effect for government employes.
The American Federation of Labor favored the
enactment of this law. It supported it when it
was passed by Congress. It provides for the pay-
ment of old age benefits and enables workers to
retire on an annuity when they reach sixty-five
years of age. This is a form of legislation for
which workers have petitioned and prayed for
during many years.
One fears that the severity of the Republican
attack is directed against any unified Social Se-
curity program. (It ought to be mentioned, by
the way, that although these envelopes call the
Act a perpetration of the New Deal, "Only 18
Republicans in the House finally voted against
the measure; 77 voted for it. In the Senate only
5 Republicans voted against the bill, while 14
voted for it."-N.Y. Times).
The Republican criticism is not constructive;
it offers no alternative plan or program of fi-
nancing; and the only apparent point in its pro-
gram-that it shall be governed by the states
themselves rather than by a unified national
organization-is not convincing.
Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contributions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked
to be brief, the editors reserving the right to condense
all letters of more than 300 words and to accept or
reject letters upon the criteria of general editorial
importance and interest to the campus.
Made Some Mistakes
To the Editor:
Here is the best example of "Frosh Fog" that
has reached my ears. Said member of the class
of '40 leisurely slept through two periods of
Physics Lab. and at 10 o'clock he went to a
lecture that he ought to attend tomorrow. In-
stead of going to Math the foolish frosh raced
down to Waterman Gym and sat around in his
sweat suit and wondered why no one came
around. To top things off he went to the Union
the same evening instead of attending his night
English recitation. -Yay, '40.
For Roosevelt
To the Editor:
Here are my reasons why I shall vote for
President Roosevelt:
1. Because the Republicans did nothing for
2. Because President Roosevelt did everything
for recovery-with magnificent results.
3. Because Governor Landon makes only
promises of what he intends to do if elected
There are those who think that recovery from
the depression would have taken place without
any of the legislative enactments under President
The answer to that opinion is: Of course, we
might have recovered but it is equally true that
we might not have recovered. In other words
that opinion is a mere assumption. On the other
hand we know for a certainty that as the result

of the activities of the federal government in
power, recovery has taken place. Why prefer an
assumption to a certainty? And why not give
credit to whom credit is due?
There is a lot of talk and writing about spend-
ing by the national government, and high taxes.
But why object to paying high taxes when so
magnificent a result has been achieved, namely,
recovery from the worst depression the United
States has ever suffered?
As for spending, did we not, for instance, spend
spend huge sums in Europe during the World
War? Does Europe not still owe us $11,000,000,-
000? Even if the government had spent as great
a sum, would the money not have been well spent
in view of the great result achieved? One may
well ask whether that far-off war in Europe was
of greater importance to us than recovery from
the depression at home.
--M. Levi.
On Housing
To the Editor:
The housing situation at the University of
Michigan is bad. A great number of students
realize this directly. Extreme crowding exists in
many houses, making single rooms at reasonable
prices difficult to find. Sanitary conditions are
often surprisingly poor, as are heating, lighting
and ventilation. This is due, of course, to the
rundown condition of many houses whose owners
have no funds for repairipg or remodeling. The
cold, gloomy, attic room remains and multiplies,
injuring the work of many and generally darken-
ing their lives at college.

****** IT ALL
w By Bonth Williams
HAVING but recently attended a meeting of the
interfraternity council and listened to a ha-
rangue which lasted for too long a time, a ha-
rangue which was prefaced by George Cosper's
motion to send the president of the council to
the National Interfraternity convention prepaid,
and then having sat in on a political caucus,
my head is in such a fog that I submit for today's
pearl, this epic by a man in a stupor.
Gems from Purgatory:
FROM out of the chaos which is neither heaven
or hell I send to the waiting earth these
memoirs of a life misspent, the tale of a soul
chained in eternal darkness, living the life of a
spider in a wine cellar, always sober, and tortured
by the smell of stale liquor. Once I was a jour-
nalist and now I am an immaterial nothing,
which is about the same damned thing. And
as I sit dreaming of the warm fires of hell, and
fearing the cold purity of heaven, I have in-
scribed into the darkness the awful thoughts
which besiege me, and let these verses which
follow be as my scratching in the ever-fresh con-
crete of time.
You who fear the torture of hell on earth,
Hark to the mournings of a guy in the know,
Better be something than nothing at all,
Just a shadow cast adrift in limbo.
I long for the days of sin on earth,
I long for the stinking drunks of yore,
I weep for the passing of better days,
For the happy days I know no more.
I sit and I weep, but
And here the tale ended-Skole'. to the Limbo,
so the tale ended.
it has often occurred to me
as I sit through the night watches
in my lonely corner of the waste basket
next to your desk
that if all the cockroaches had the souls
of poets as i do and all poets had
the souls of cockroaches as so many do
that the world would be a much simpler
place to live in
because then we would all know how we
really stand
all of which reminds me that i saw
last night and she was staggering
drunk again
and i said to her mehitabel why do
you drink so
archie little frazzle of flesh
she said i drink to forget
to forget what mehitabel
i said and she answered
to forget that i am
not all
that a cat should be
to forget .
that i once was a lady
and lived on cream
and purred
next to warm fireplaces
i drink also she said to
that i once was a queen of
archie little bug
and to forget caesar and
anthony and at this
point mehitabel
let drop a bitter
nothing adequate has arisen to take their place.
Instead we have merely witnessed a scramble to
substitute other houses for them. These houses
are badly located and often fall far short of rec-
ognized standards of health and comfort. For
example, former assistant dean Wahr's report on

housing shows that 900 rooming houses were ap-
proved in 1927, but only 725 in 1934. Today it is
worse. In short then, the University has grown
in all directions, in buildings and enrollment-
but housing facilities have declined.
The University has long recognized the need
of a permanent solution-dormitories for men
and women at low rates. As early as 1921 Pres-
ident Burton could say, "Every effort will be
made in the immediate future toward the erec-
tion of dormitories for men." His successors
have echoed him in this. Dean Bursley recog-
nizes the same need and has done what he
can. Yet there have been no real results-no
dormitories for men have been built. Why?
To say the least, the problem is a complex one.
It involves the appropriation of money. It is the
responsibility of the Regents and the President
to demand aid from the state. The Michigan
State College, and the normal schools at Ypsi-
lanti and Mount Pleasant have built dormitories
with state funds.
There has never been a genuine drive for
dormitories and better housing by those who
need them and suffer by their absence-the great
mass of students here. When students have act-
ed in the past, several cooperatives have been
established. This is good and should be en-
couraged and extended, but it is not enough, it
is no permanent solution. We'see that the pro-
posals which the university makes are not
forceful enough, do not have the strength and
vitality of a mass demand. It is this strong
student mass, pushing an intelligent program
year after year, that is needed. Such a drive
would awaken the officials to our needs.

Theatre Versus Novel
Detroit Federal Theatre of the U.S.A.
WPA work program, Mrs. Hallie Flana-
gan, National director, presents IT
CAN'T HAPPEN.HERE by Sinclair Lewis
and John C. Moffitt. Staged and di-

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The Student Alliance
"third-party" forum at
night in the Union.

will present a
7:45 p.m. to-
Prof. 'H. J.

1 rected by William Beyer. Sceneryand enforced solely with the purpose of
costumes designed 'y Sephen Nost-
fogel. At the Lafayette Theatre. peventing fires. In the last five years,
Regardless of success or failure the 15 of the total of 50 fires reported, or
production of Sinclair Lewis' drama- 30 per cent, were caused by cigarettes
tization of his novel by the WPA Fed- or lighted matches. To be ef-
eral Theatre would be of great im- fective, the rule must necessarily ap-
portance in the American theatre. rply to bringing lighted tobacco into
And it is certain to be much discussed or through University buildings and
for some time. The reasons are that to the lighting of cigars, cigarettes,
it is controversial in subject matter, j and pipes within buildings-includ-
was abandoned by the moving picture ing such lighting just previous to go-
industry for reasons never completely ing outdoors. Within the last few
explained, opens the second season of years a serious fire was started at
the increasingly important govern- the exit from the Pharmacology
ment-subsidized theatre--the first in building by the throwing of a still
the United States. lighted match into refuse waiting
removal at the doorway. If the rule
The dramatiziation of a novel is al- is to be enforced at all its enforce-
ways difficult. But in putting It ient must begin at the building en-
Can't Happen Here on the stage, Sin- trance. Further, it is impossible that
clair Lewis has attempted an almost the rule should be enforced with one
impossible task. Dodsworth on the class of persons if another class of
stage was episodic and halting, a play persons disregards it. It is a dis-
of character, the idea in the novel not agreeable and thankless task to en-
completely brought out. In the latter force" almost any rule. This rule
novel character was inport;nt and against the use of tobacco within the
interesting but the idea was the real- buildings is perhaps the most thank-
ly important thing. In the drama- less and difficult of all, unless it has
tization idea and character or surface the winning support of everyone con-
interest are continually striving for cerned. An appeal is made to all per-
uppermost hand. The idea comes out sons using the University buildings-
only haltingly and at times with pain- staff members, students and others-
ful naivete. The background of the to contribute individual cooperation
possible social and economic condi- to this effort to protect University
tions under fascism cannot be treated buildings against fires.'
at all. And the steps by which the re-
gime might be set up are almost dis- Teus t othC ner e of De
regarded; their implication entirely request of the Conference of Deans
so. The horror of th accomplished Shirley W. Smith.
situation and its vast implications- I Notice to the faculty of the College
so minutely explained in the novel- of Literature, Science and the Arts:
are only a faint reflection of what The five-week freshman reports will
they are in the novel. And all of the be due Oct. 31, Room 4, University
characteristic biting satire and wit of Hall. E. A. Walter,
Sinclair Lewis are lacking. One can Chairman, Academic Counselors
easily imagine his disgust with the
movies when they gave up doing a 1937 Mechanical Engineers: Will
version, his desire to reach a larger you kindly report to Room 221 at
audience. But it is questionable your very earliest convenience to fill
whether reaching the audience is val- out a personnel record card.
uable if they reached ineffectively H. C. Anderson.
through a play which could not ex-
plain his idea in the terms of the f Teacher's Certificate Candidates: A
theatre. Early reports stated that he I special meeting of all students in the
had written a new play freely around School of Education, College of Lit-
the basic idea of the novel-had not erature, Science and the Arts and
attempted to copy it literally. These Graduate School who expect to be
reports were not accurate. He fol- candidates for the teacher's certifi-
lows the tangled thread of plot as well cate within the next two years is
as any play could. But that is not called for Monday afternoon, Nov. 2,
enough. at 4:10 p.m. in the University High
As to the idea of producing the play School Auditorium. Important prob-
simultaneously in 15 cities at the same lems relating to the certificate will be
time. I think the production by the discussed, application blanks will be
Detroit Project proves that the idea distributed, and opportunities for
was not a good one. It is way be- students to ask questions will be
yond the abilities of the actors Mr. given.
Beyer had .at his disposal. Some are Physical Education for Women:
grounded in a style that most people Tests in archery, tennis, golf and
thought passed out of the theatre a badminton will be given on Friday
couple of decades ago. Others seem afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone
to have had little previous training or desiring to take these tests to sign
experience. They have been directed up at the Women's athletic building.
as well as they could be, I suppose, Swimming test will be given at the
through the difficult tangles of the 1Union on Saturday morning from 9
script. They could have played it to 11 a.m. Those wishing to take this
ntuch faster, that would have helped, test, are asked to report to the pool
and they probably will pick up the at that time.
tempo after a few performances. It _that__m
is possible, too, that the play will i
look better then than it did last night. University of Michigan Band: All
So it will be discussed again here students mterested in enrolling in the
later. first regimental band please report
However, the production was far to Morris Hall Tuesday, Nov. 3, at
and away better than last year's open- 5 p.m. Members of this band will be
ing play, Liliom, both in direction and I given opportunity to "participate in
ingpla, ilim, ot indircton ndseveral engagements during the cur-
acting. But neither play should be eralyeagemF ntsrdringrton-
done by this company at their present rent year. Mor isfurther informtion,
stage of development. They need from 4 to 5 p.m.
simpler scripts and scripts in which
enthusiasm and energy can somewhat Cornelia Otis Skinner Program:
take the place of technique. And in Miss Skinner will open the Oratorical
any play they may do they need to Association Lecture series on Thurs-
be disciplined into pace. The whole day evening at 8:15 p.m. in Hill au-
company has a sincerety,-perhaps ditorium. Her program will include
their greatest asset and it is a very numbers selected from the following
important asset; one lacking in so list:
many theatre organizations in Amer- Nurse's Day Out"
ica today. They work with a certain "Sunday Driving"
ensemble. One feels that the com- "An American Girl on the French
pany is working together for a com- Telephone"''
mon end-not at cross purposes-but "Monte Carlo"
they do not know how to make their "Paris after the Armistice"
unified effortai because their meth- "The Vanishing Redman"
ods and training nave been so differ- "Being Presented"
ent. "A

McFarlan will speak for the Social-
ists, William Weinstone for the Com-
munists, and Byron Heisse of Michi-
gan State Normal College for the
Farmer-LaborParty, Everyone is
invited .
Under the auspices of The Hop-
wood Committee, Paul Engle, Ameri-
can poet, will give a reading from his
poems and discuss his poetry tonight
at 8:15 p.m., in the Lydia Mendel-
ssohn Theatre. Tickets are on sale
at Wahr's; The Hopwood Room, 3227
Angell Hall; and The Theatre Box
R. W. Cowden, Director.
The Hopwood Awards.
Alpha Nu Literary Society will hold
its final meeting for tryouts tonight
in its room on the 4th floor of Angell
Hall at 7:30 p.m. Speeches should be
from 3 to 5 minutes in length on any
subject. All men students are eligible
to tryout.
Chemical and Metallurgical Engi-
neering Seminar: Prof. D. L. Katz
will be the speaker at the Seminar
today at 4 p.m. in Room 3201 E. Eng.
Bldg. His subject will be "Research
on the Production of Crude Oil."
Freshmen Glee Club: Important
meeting, election of officers. All
freshmen who joined at beginning of
semester are urged to be present, 4:30
p.m., Michigan Union.
The State Street Caucus of the
Freshman Class will meet in Room
325 of the Union at 7 p.m. torhght
for the approval of nominees for
class offcers. All freshman men and
women, both affiliated and independ-
ent, are urged to attend.
Scabbard and Blade: Regular meet-
ing tonight, 7:30 p.m., Michigan
Union. Room posted.
Cercle Francais: The first meeting
of the year will be held tonight at
7:45 p.m. in the Cercle Francais room
on the fourth floor of the Romance
Languages Building. It is very im-
portant that all old members be
Athena: Please note that tryouts
will be held tonight at 7:15 p.m. in
the Alpha Nu room, fourth floor of
Angell Hall. All members must be
present. All tryouts may secure in-
formation through Grace Gray,
phone 6923.
Zeta Phi Eta: There will be a meet-
ing tonight at 7:30 p.m. Room will be
posted on League bulletin board. All
members are expected to be present.
Quadrangle: Meeting at 8:15 p.m.
tonight. Prof. Arthur S. Aiton will
speak on: The Spanish Crisis.
Mimes: There will be a meeting of
the Book Committee of Mimes at 4:30
p.m. this afternoon at the Union.
Forestry Club: Meeting tonight at
7:30 p.m. in Room 2954 N.S. Prefor-
I esters are urged to attend. Bring
your dues.
New York Students: A meeting of
the proposed New York State Club,
which is now in the process of or-
ganization, will be held in the Michi-
gan Union in Room 319 this evening
at 7:30 p.m. All men and women
students interested are invited to
Catholic Students and their friends
are invited to attend a party tonight
from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the audi-
torium of the Chapel.
Faculty Woman's Club: The board
will entertain the Newcomers Group
at a tea at the home of Mrs. Edward
H. Kraus from 3 to 5:30 p.m. this

Michigan Dames: Book Group will
meet tonight at 8 p.m. at the League.
All new Dames are cordially invited.
Coming Events
The Observatory Journal Club will
meet at 4:15 Thursday afternoon,
Oct. 29, in the Observatory lecture
room. Dr. A. D. Maxwell will re-
view the paper "The Determination
of Orbits" by Paul Herget. Tea will
be served at 4 p.m.
The Peace Council will meet Thurs-
day, 8:15 p.m. at the Union, Room
302, to complete plans for Armistice
Day. Attendance is urged.
Fraternity Independent Party, '40
Engineers: Will meet in Room 304 in
the Union at 7:30 p.m.Monday, Nov.

Publication in the Bulletin is constructive notice to all members of the
University. Copy received at the office of the Assistant to the President
until 3:30; 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The scenery was not worked out for
the quickest shifting or to help the
director in his working out of the
business of various scenes. It seemed
to be getting in the way of the actors'
and to hamper the director in his
attempt to clarify a difficult script.
It was often tasteless in appearance,
lacking in design, and executed in the
old-fashioned painted technique. The
designer's problem was not easier'
than the dramatist's or the direct-
or's. One feels he has solved it
least well in this particular produc-'

A Lady Explorer)
"The Calais-Paris Express"
"Sailing Time"
Tickets are on sale at Wahr's State
Street Book Store. Please make your
reservations as soon as possible.
Academic Notices
Psychology 31. Lecture Section I:
For the examination today, stu-
dents with initials A through Q go to
Natural Science Auditorium, and
those with initials R through Z go to
1025 Angell Hall. Bring 6x9 blue-

tion. books.
But however unsatisfactory the
performance in actual accomplish- Economics 51: Rooms for the hour
ment one cannot help feeling that the examination on Thursday at 2 are
whole idea of the Federal Theatre is as follows:
a good one and that will ultimately Aldrich and Simmons' sections,I
head in the right direction. Much 101 Ec.
of the best work in New York has Danhof and C. J. Anderson's sec-
been of the very first rank, and espe- tions, N.S. Aud.
cially the things of experimental na- G. R. Anderson's sections, 1025 A.H.
ture. There is no reason why the Dufton's sections, 231 A.H.
Detroit Project cannot in time be of Luchek's sections, 205 M.H.
tremendous importance in the cul--
tural life of the city. Exhibition

The party personnel will be chosen.
All '40 Independents and Fraternity
men are urged to attend because of
importance of meeting.

CALENDAR Annual Ann Arbor Artists Exhibi-

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