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THTE MICTHIGAN DIATTAY__ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Youth Rescued From Icy Waters After Slip Over Falls

Constitution Of West Quadrangle
Is Ratified By Student Residents


ederation Government
Formed To Stimulate
House Spirit, Activities
Another decisive step in the direc-!

tion of student government was taken
this week when the last of the eight
houses which comprise the West
Quadrangle bloc of men's residence
halls ratified the West Quadrangle
The ratification of the constitution
by the eight houses is the culmina-
tion of a plan by Prof. Karl Litzen-
berg, director of residence halls, and
months of painstaking effort by the
16-man student council whose mem-
bers are the house president and judi-
ciary council chairman of each of the
Censtitution Before Board
The constitution has been placed
in the hands of the Board of Gover-
nors of Residence Halls for action.
Established by the residents for the
purposes of promoting house spirit,
maintaining order and encouraging
social, athletic and scholastic activi-
ties, the constitution sets up a feder-
ation type of government with the
West Quadrangle Student Council
as boordinating body. Each house
elects its own president, vice-presi-
dent, secretary, treasurer, and chair-
men of the judiciary council, schol-
arship, social . and athletic commit-
At the head of the governing bodies
is the Student Council, whose leader
is Paul Oberst, Grad., Michigan
House. Robert Petteys. '43, Allen-

Rumsey, is secretary. Both men
are judiciary council chairmen of
their houses. As coordinating body,
the student council is empowered with
all original power, authority and re-I
sponsibility to enforce the consti-
tution and to provide and perpetuate
orderly and efficient student gov-
ernment." Its decisions supersede
the decision of any other house gov-
erning body in the Quadrangle. They
are, however, responsible to the di-
rector and Board of Governors of
Residence Halls.
Powers Of Council
In its effort to further integrate'
the social and academic activities
of the houses, the student council
has the power to appoint three stand-
ing committees: the social, disciplin-
ary, and finance groups. Although
the student council has primary and
final jurisdiction in controversial
questions involving two or more hous-
es, any resident has the privilege of
appealing any decision to his house
judiciary committee to the disciplin-
ary committee of the student coun-
cil. In the event that the decisions
of those bodies conflict, the decision
of the council supersedes that of the
house judiciary council.
Another feature of the constitution'
is its provision for amendment.
Amendments Inay be proposed either
by the student council or by a gen-
eral petition bearing at least 50 sig-t
natures of residents. They must be
ratified by a two-thirds vote of those
present in a meeting of three-fourths
of the houses.

Today, the series of broadcasts
from the University campus studios
will be concluded until summer. Then,
in July and August, programs will
again resume through WJR, WCAR
and WMBC.
In the "Michigan Fan Fare"
broadcast over WCAR and WMBC
at 2:45 p.in., Stan Swinton, '40, pre-
sents the season's final campus
sportscast. Then at 3:30 p.m.,
through WJR, Prof. Louis M. Eich
will describe the "University of Mich-
igan Summer Session of 1940." Donn
Chown, Grad, announces.
Meanwhile plans are fast afoot for
the "Ful Day of Broadcasting" to
be presented April 23 for the ex-
perience of students in the radio
classes. Announcers are being audit-
ed, rehearsals scheduled, programs
"built," and the day's routine planned.
For broadcasting-without bene-
fit of station hook-up-will begin
that Tuesday with an early morning
frolic at 7 a.m., and carry on con-
tinuously until 5 p.m. In the interim
between these hours, the broadcast-
ing students will present programs
"professionally"-even to the station
3030 or 7000

Lee Culp, 19 (arrow) was swept over the 25-foot falls in the Sioux River near Sioux Falls, S. D., while
seeking an advantageous spot from which to take a picture. Two unidentified men (left) and Kamel Assid
(right of rope, back to camera) threw the youth a rope and drew him from the frigid waters to safety.
Prof. E. S. Brown Explodes Popular
LegendA u Jeon s cion
4>- ____________________

In this year of an important presi-
dential, election, many legends are
floating around dealing with drama-
tic elections in the past. Not the
least of these concerns the 1820
election when, according to the March
17 issue of the New York Times mag-
azine, all but one electoral vote
were cast for Jefferson so that "none
but George Washington should ever
be chosen unanimously for the Presi-
Prof. Everett S. Brown of the poli-
tical science department exploded
this explanation of the lone dissent-
ing vote in a radio address Wednes-
day over the University broadcast-
ing station.
"It is a pretty tale, but untrue,"
Professor Brown commented. "The
vote in question was that of William
Plumer, Sr., of New Hampshire. Poll-
tical leaders in New Englatid, look-
ing forward to the Presidential elec-
tion of 1824, planned to cast their'
votes in 1820 for John Quincy Ad-
ams for Vice-President. Their ob-
ject was to show their confidence
in Adams and to prepare the public
for his election to the Presidency
four years later.
"Accordingly, Plumer wrote his
son, William Plumer, Jr., a Repre-
sentative in Congress from New

Hampshire, asking him to sound out
Adams on the plan. The younger
Plumer called on the Secretary of
State (Adams) and informed him of
the intention of the New Englandj
electors. Adams urged that no votes!
be cast for him for the Vice-Presi-
dency. Such a plan, he said, might
cause the defeat of Vice-President
Daniel Tompkins, a New Yorker. This,
in turn, might alienate Tompkins'
supporters from him in 1824, in the
event of his being a Presidential
candidate then.
"This information was sent to the
elder Plumer, who acceded to Ad-
ams' wishes so far as the Vice-Presi-
dency was concerned, but still de-
sirous of calling attention to his
friend, he cast 'his electoral vote for
Adams for President."
Professor Byrown observed that the
New York Times statement was mere-
ly another manifestation of popular
credence placed in a real legend in
American history, a legend which
started soon after the 1820 election.
He replied to the article, showing its
error, in a letter which appeared
in the March 29 issue of the Times.
In his book, "The Missouri Com-
promise and Presidential Politics,"
Professor Brown publishes letters
which ;form the basis for his con-


This correspondence, be-

tween the two Plumers, can be found
in the State Library, Concord, N.H.,
he explained.
In his radio address yesterday, Pro-
fessor Brown also discussed several
deficiencies in the Lame Duck
Amendment. He pointed out the
awkwardness and the dangers in-
volved in a situation in which a Lame
Duck president remains in office two
weeks after the new Congress has
Noting Constitutional provisions
for replacement in case of the death
of a president, Professor Brown nev-
ertheless pointed out several contin-
geneies left uncovered: "For example,
what would happen if a person des-
ignated by popular vote at the No-
vember election to the office of Presi-
dent. should die before the electors
cast their votes for him?
.Brandt Concludes- Tour
Prof. Carl G. Brandt, of the Eng-
lish, department, concluded his tour
last night of the fifth district alum-
ni groups with an address before the
University of Michigan Club of
Peoria, Ill. Included in his itinerary
were the alumni clubs of Aurora, Ill.,
Madison, Wis., and the Tri-City Club
of Rock Island, Moline and Daven-
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