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TUESDAY, MAY, 23, 1939


Failures Mark
Student Trials
At Self-Ruling
Abolition Of Men's Council
Climaxes Third Attempt
At Self Government
(Continued from Page 1)
1933, provided for the admission of
ex-officio members who would repre-
sent powerful factions on the cam-
pus. Many compromise measures were
downed by the students and finally
the matter was left to the discretion
of a faculty committee headed by
President Ruthven.
On June 1, 1933, the Michigan
Daily splashed on three columns of
its front page the story of the creation
of a new "Undergraduate Council
With Ex-Officio Honorary Group
Members." This started, the era of
another new deal in student govern-
ment, embodied in a plan which car-
ried the approval of President Ruth-
ven's committee.
1933 Membership
Membership of the 1933 council
was compoVed of the presidents
of Michigamua, Druids, Vulcans,
Sphinx, Triangles, Tau Beta Pi, Mor-
tarboard, Wyvern, the Union, the
League, Interfraternity Council, the'
managing editor of The Daily, and
several elected men.
After a year of existence, this
measure of student government also
faced the displeasure of campus
opinion. Student participation in
their government was said to be lack-
ing, and the National Student League
held a series of meetings in an effort
to find a solution to the difficulty
One faculty member branded the
Council as "super-honorary group
which should adopt three Greek let-.
ters for its name instead of deluding
citizens of the state with the delusion
that it really is a representative
Three survey Polls
Three survey polls were taken on
the subject in 1935, all of them re-
vealing a lack of student interest in
the Undergraduate Council. Finally
a committee was appointed to again
seek a way to end campus indiffer-
Months of preparation, argument,
.and discussions were finally culmin-
ated on April 16, 1935 when the Con-
stitution of a new Men's Council was
formally adopted. It effected only a
few radical changes, and provided for
both ex-officio and elective members.
Eight elective members were to be
chosen by a campus vote by schools
and colleges. Its powers were limited
to those mentioned, in the Constitu-
This was the organization that pro-
vided University student government
until the shake-up last week.
(Govern me ntcd
Bureau Works
On TaxStudy
Tucked off on the second floor of
Haven Hall is the 25-year-old Bureau
of Government,a vital department
of the University since 1914, and to-
day an important research agency
of public and social administration'
One of the finest governmental
libraries in the country is located in
the .Bureau, containing some 6,000
books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
Miss lone E. Dority is supervisor of
the library.
'The Bureau itself is directed by Dr.
Robert S. Ford. It cooperates in the
teaching and other activities of the
Institute of Public and Social Ad-

ministration. During the past year
it has made two research studies for
the Governor's Tax Commission.
Other research work during 1939
has included a report for the Nation-
al Tax Association, and a general
program of study of public finance
and taxation in Michigan. A grant
from the Charles S. Mott Foundation
has been given to the Bureau of Gov-
ernment particularly for purposes of
conducting investigations into state
This Mott appropriation will make
possible research into such subjects
as tax administration in Michigan,
relative tax-paying ability of local
units of government, the taxation as-
pects of social security, and the dis-
tribution of the combined tax bur-
den among various groups of tax
For twenty years the Bureau of
Government was organized as a divi-
sion of the political science depart-
ment. It was later set-up as an in-
dependent department, and in the
last few months has been placed as
a division in the Graduate School.
The Bureau's research work is evi-
denced by the publication of several
bulletins. Two of these which are
available for popular distribution are
"Taxing Intangibles - the Problem
and NMethods" and "Financing Michi-
gap's Government."

Toast masters Strive To Make
Postprandial Speeches Better

Annual Awards
Given By Hillel

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 P.M.;
11:00 A.M. on Saturday.


Epsilon Phi Wins
For Most Work'

TUESDA, MAY--,-1-3

- -
Toastmasters, oldest campus honor society, toasts to itself . . . in
water. Left to right, Don Treadwell, '40; William Armstrong, '40;
Robert Golden, '40; Stan M. Swinton, '40; George Fink, '40, retiring
president; Guy Conkle, '39L; John Thompson, '39; David Laing, '39;

Charles Quarles, '39.
* ,
Toastmasters, the qldest honor so-
ciety active on campus today, boasts
some of the most interesting tradi-
tions and ceremonies of the Univer-
sity's varied organizations.
Indicative of the spirit of the or-
ganization is its toast, which precedes
the opening of every meeting: "Con-
ceived in frivolity; nurtured in good
fellowship; dedicated to the cultiva-
tion of wit and the graces of a gentle-
man." This toast-by-water, sets the
keynote of the monthly meetings, at
which impromptu speeches provide
both the educational and entertaining
features of the program.
The avowed purpose of Toastmas-
ters, to encourage and develop bet-
ter after-dinner speakers, is furthered
by the impromptu speeches, both seri-
ous and humorous. They vary from
politics to professional opinions,
which are assigned by the toastmas-
ter of the meeting, one of the group
appointed by the president.
Members Need Keen Wit
Unlike most other societies on cam-
pus, Toastmasters selects its members
from all schools and colleges. The
type of student selected needs as pre-
requisite only a keen wit, ready
thought, and must, show a desire to
improve himself as a conversationalist
and after-dinner speaker.
Toastmasters is antedated among
Michigan societies only by Owls, or-
ganized in 1863, and active until the
World War. Founded in 1897, Toast-
masters led an active career and was
highly regarded on campus until 1921
when it passed out of the picture for
a period of 13 years.
On March 9, 1934, a number of
undergraduates were initiated into
the society by a group of alumni in-
terested in reviving the traditions of
the old Toastmasters Club. Since the.
fanfare of its re-birth in 1934 at a
dinner in the Union, the society has
again taken its place among Michigan
honor organizations.
Cowgill Is Founder
The original idea for the society is
supposed to have originated in Ypsi-
lanti. Paul A. Cowgill, '97, now of
Portland Ore., was then attending:
school there. Having received a box
of cookies and other delicacies from
home, Cowgill, perhaps to improve his
credit and standing among the other
boys of the house, invited a group of
them in to partake of his newly-
acquired larder. After the last crumbs
had been consumed, he asked each of
his guests to make a short speech.
The affair was well-received, and
out of it grew the nucleus of the or-
iginal Toastmasters Club. When Cow-
gill later came to Michigan to con-
tinue his school work here, he brought
his brain child along.
Shows Today Continuous
Starting 2:00-4:18-6:39-9:00

, ,
Its start at Michigan was not aus-
picious. Prof. Fred N. Scott is re-
ported to have remarked that the or-
ganization wouldn't last but a few
months, at the most a year. With-
out the benefit of faculty advice nor
the sanction of University officials,
the organization nevertheless. grew
until it had earned itself a spot among
campus societies.
Tries To Escape Rut
The reason for its success was stat-
ed in a message to the initiation cere-
mony by Merlin Wiley, former at-
torney general of Michigan: "Toast-
masters tries to get out of the rut of
the conventional, orotund, super-dig-
nified, crusty, stiff-kneed, and icily-
regular, splendidly nil method of
running a dinner and banquet."
Officers elected for next year are
Jack Gelder, '40, president and Rob-
ert Golden, '40, secretary-treasurer.
T. Hawley Tapping, alumni secretary,
is faculty sponsor, and the faculty
roster includes Prof. Charles Vibbert
of the department of philosophy, Prof.
Donal H. Haines of the department
of journalism, and Prof. R.D.T. Hol-
lister of the department of speech.
Included among its alumni are:
Gen. Nathan William Mac Chesney,
minister to Canada under President
Hoover, S. Emory Thomason, pub-
lisher of the Chicago Times, Dean
Chauncey S. Boucher of the Univer-
sity of Chicago, and Paul B. Blan-
chard of New York City, right-hand-
ed man to Mayor LaGuardia.
NLRB Appoints Two
Law Students To Staff
Two graduate students in the Law
School, Herbert Galton and William
Little, recently received appointments
to the review section of the legal staff
of the National Labor Relations
Board in Washington, D.C.
Advisors Meeting Planned
An important meeting of all fresh-
man orientation advisors will be held
at 4:15 p.m. in Room 318 of the Union,
according to Port Brown, '41E, Or-
ientation Advisor.

Alpha Epsilon Phi received the cup
given annually to the affiliated or-
ganization which has done the most
work for Hillel at the organization's
traditional banquet held last Sunday.
Phi Sigma Delta and Phi Sigma Sig-
ma won second and third prizes, con-
sisting of books of their own choos-
Keys were presented to 11 seniors
for outstanding work in Hillel ac-
tivities during their four years in
college. The recipients of this award
include: Nathaniel Holtzman, Ber-
nard Rubiner, Bernard Weissman,
Maurice Simon, Norman T. Kiell and
Robert Gottsegen. Other winners
were: Dorothy Arnold, Evelyn Sager,
Madeline Betty Myers,. Goodwin
Ginsberg and Rhoda Foman.
Additional Keys
For work in the Hillel. Players
Group, the Foundation gave addition-
al keys to Harold Gast,"'39 Madene
Betty Meyers, '39; Betty Steinhart,
'40; Sidney Steinhart, '41; Myrtle
Prussin, '40; Harold Goldman, '40;
and Harry Boch, '39.
Nathaniel Holtzman, outgoing
president of the Hillel Council, read
the honor roll containing the names
of those who had done a great deal
of work for the Foundation. Robert
Perlman, '39; Myrtle Prussin, '40;
Robert Kahn, '40; Jane Sanger, '40;
Martin Dworkis, '40 and Lucille
Flaum, '39 were among those men-
tioned -
Others Cited
Others on the list include Zelda
Davis, '40; Sidney Steinhart, '41;
Betty Steinhart, '40; Theodore Leibo-
vitz, '40; Ruth Pollock, '40; Phyllis
Melnick, '40 and Jean Tenofsky, '41.
Samuel Grant, '40; Irving Zeiger,
'41; Susan Keil, '42; Philip Rosen-
blum, '40E; Marvin Reider, '39; Jane
Klein, '41 and Judith Frank, '40 were
also mentioned.
Council Measure
Permits Beer Sale
In Cam.pus Stores
Loud huzzahs reverberated from
the Ann Arbor foothills six years ago
today as the Common Council, con-
vening in City Hall, passed a hotly
contested measure giving four cam-
pus drugstores the right and privilege
to sell beer.
Confusion ruled the meeting as
Alderman Max Krutsch impatiently
awaited his turn to speak after being
ruled out of order. Even though the
Council chairman had ordered him
to be seated, the bewildered Krutsch
remained standing, asking again and
again if he were still out of order.
The chairman, growing weary of
the Alderman's growing perplexity,
finally gave him the floor. Alderman
Krutsch maintained that beer was
not intoxicating.
Bitter argument waged back and
forth and in a vote, decided by the
Chairman's ballot, beer selling was
open to four campus drug stores.

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1939 ,
VOL. XLIX. No. 169
Seniors: The firm which furnishes
diplomas for the University has sent
the following caution: Please warn
graduates not to store diplomas in
cedar chests. There is enough of
the moth-killing aromatic oil in the
average cedar chest to soften inks of
any kind that might be stored inside
them, resulting in seriously damaging
the diplomas. Shirley W. Smith.
Student Accounts: Your attention is
called to the following rules passed
by the Regents at their meeting of
February 28, 1936:
"Students shall pay all accounts
due the University not later than
the last day of classes of each semes-
ter or Summer Session. Student loans
which fall due during any semester
or Summer Session which are not paid
or renewed are subject to this regu-
lation; however, student loans not yet
due are exempt. Any unpaid accounts
due at the. close of business on the
last day of classes will be reported to
the Cashier of the University, and
"(a) All academic credits will be
withheld, the grades for the semes-
ter or Summer Session just complet-
ed will not be released, and no tran-
script of credits will be issued.
"(b) All students owing such ac-
counts will not be allowed to. regis-
ter in any subsequent semester or
Summer Session until payment has
been made."
S. W. Smith, Vice-President
and Secretary.
First Mortgage Loans: The Univer-
sity has a limited amount of funds
to loan on modern well-located Ann
Arbor residential property. Interest
at current rates. F.H.A. terms avail-
able. Apply Investment Office, Room
100; South Wing, University Hall.
Strident Loans: There will be a
meeting of the Loan Committee on
Monday, May 29, in Room 2, Univer-
sity Hall to consider loans for the
summer session and the year 1939-
40. Applications for this meeting
must be filed in the Office of the
Dean of Students on or before Thurs-
day, May 25.

senior; please present identification
card when applying for tickets.
Herbert G. Watkins.
LaVerne Noyes Scholarships. Hold-
ers of LaVerne Noyes Scholarships
now in the University are reminded
that if they desire togbe considered
for scholarship assignments next
year, they must file an application.
Blanks for this purpose will not be
sent out, but may be obtained from
Dr. Frank E. Robbins, Assistant to the
President, 1021 Angell Hall, and
should be returned to him after they
have been filled out.
To The Members of'the Guard of1
Honor. A meeting for the purpose of
instruction and drill of the Guard of
Honor for the Commencement Day
Exercises will be held at Waterman
Gymnasium, Thursday, May 25, at
4 p.m., under the direction of Dr.
George A May.
L. M. Gram, Chief Marshal.
Notice to N.Y.A. Applicants: Stu-
dents who feel they will need finan-
cial assistance through the National
Fountain Pens
302 S. State St.

Youth Administration next year
should leave their summer addresses
with Miss Elizabeth A. Smith, Room
2. University Hall, before the close of
this semester.
All Speech Concentrates and Grad
uate Students in Speech please call
at 3211 A.H. at one of the following
hours this week to complete con-
centration records:
2-3 Tuesday
3-4 Wednesday
2-4 Thursday.
William P. Halstead.
Senior Lit Finance Commitee: The
following members are asked to meet
at the League at 3:15 p.m. today.
Colburn Cherney, Chairman
Bailey Brown
Virginia Osterman
Myron Wallace
Allan Michelson
Margaret Thornhill
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