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Poor Michigan Man
To the Editor:
An Open Letter to the Members of
Theta Chapter, Alpha Phi Sorority
Dear Miss Phi:
It was with considerable alarm and regret
that I read in the Daily of Oct. 18, the laments
of your sorority concerning the amorous inade-
quacy of that emotionally morbid and intellec-
tually harassed creature, the Michigan man.
Poor devil! Alas that, even as "goofy" as he is
reputed to be, he should have stared at an Alpha
Phi. That in itself should be a symptom of his
sorry state of mind. Torn between the heart-.
rending task of keeping the home fires burn-
ing with his correspondence, and at the same
time urged on by that old biological demon,
feminine proximity, it is small wonder that the
entire male population of the university is iot
suffering from dementia.
So the Michigan woman wants something
different, something off the beaten track from
Union to Bell to Arboretum. Admittedly the
Union is too damn' respectable, the Bell tqo
stuffy, and the Arboretum too populous. The
League is out too, as far as that goes, what with
taxi dancers and stags milling about on the
floor. But far be it from the Michigan man not
to make progressive changes wherever possible.
Might I suggest an alternate route, from the
Armory to Flagen's to the Stadium, over which
route I will offer to take any suitable represen-
tative of your house on the night of Saturday,
Oct. 21, 1939, to secure her approval or disapprov-
al of it. The congenial atmosphere of the
Armory will, I am sure, inspire the Michigan
men to dance in a manner which the University
women have never suspected of them. Also, I
imagine that the average Alpha Phi would be
rather surprised at the number of self-centered
Michigan men who find solace from campus woes
in the charming company of those girls who in-
habit the Armory. Tall, pipe-smoking, crew-
haircutted Yale old men! Phooey. Come out of
your sorority houses, girls, come to the Armory,
and see the Michigan man in his true self, not
as the poor, browbeaten youth who walks the
campus staring at the Alpha Phi's in search of
a friendly face.
J fe e w io*WY V'e
Among the ironic tragedies of modern war-
fare is the fact that the fairest odays are the
foulest along the front. The full moon is not a
To the Editor:
The average Michigan man admittedly dis-
claims having had handed down to him grains
of salt collected by his ancestory on the historic
voyage of the Mayflower. Some Michigan coeds
seem to be'dissatisfied with the supply of salt in
Ann Arbor. Presumably these women would like
to go to school in the East, and perhaps become
attached to one of the Four Hundred families.
If this be the case, I wonder why they haven't
enrolled in one of the many two thousand dollar
a year riding academies of the Atlantic seaboard,
so that they would be able to see the tall boys
with crew cut and pipe more often. Could itbe
that most Michigan sorority women are daugh-
ters of ordinary professional men, teachers and
social climbing tradespeople, and are not prop-
erly fitted, financially or socially, to keep up with
the Stork Club Merry-Go-Round?
The weekend of Oct. 28 will be very disap-
pointing for Yale boys. Michigan men should
get as big a laugh as the Eli are sure to watch-
ing the sorority girls put on the "dog."
-A Student of Life
branches of the Government during
thefirst few years of the New Deal
were Agriculture, because the plight-
of the farmer was a matter of major
concern; the Treasury, because taxes,
gold and the dollar constantly were
before the nation; the Interior De-
partment, which handled the public
works program; Justice, which had
to defend New Deal legislation before
the Supreme Cgurt; plus the Labor
and Commerce Departments and the
new relief agencies.
For six years New Deal emphasis
was placed upon the civilian and
domestic branches of government.
but today all that is changed. Euro-
pean war is the reason. Today, most
important branches of the Govern-
ment are the State, War and Navy
By some quirk of fate, also, it is two
of these three Departments which,
just at the time they are needed most,
happen to be the weakest in the Gov-
Today the Navy is enjoying the
largest peace time appropriation in
the history of the country. Yet it is
limping along with only an acting
Secretary of the Navy who has been,
ill part of the time.
During the six years of the New
Deal, the Navy was under the com-
mand of Claude Swanson, sometimes
so ill that he had to be oarried out,
of Cabinet meetings. Amazing fact
is that since Swanson's death, Roose-
velt has considered appointing as
Secretary of the Navy Harry Hopkins,
another very sick man. Hopkins has
been too ill to give much attention
to running his Commerce Depart-
In fact, some of the President's
friends almost believe that he is
keeping the Navy leaderless for the1
specific reason that he wants to bel
Secretary of the Navy himself.
Paul R. Park
Ganson P. Taggart
Harriet S. Levy
DAILY OFFICIAL BULL
NIGHT EDITOR: ROY BUEHLER
[he editorials published in The Michigan
ly are written by members of The Daily
Ef and represent the views of the writers
ANN ARBOR, apparently, is a town
where neither drivers nor pedestri-
ans have any fear or respect for life or death.-
They seem to think that people can run into
cars and cars into people without injury. This
reckless abandon poses a unique traffic problem.
A policeman kept tab on the number of cars
and people that heeded the caution light hang-
ing over the street in front of the Union. He
had been on duty for five hours, and, during that
time, only four cars and about twice as many,
students had paid any attention to it. Both
drivers and pedestrians went sailing through
with apparent disregard for each other. It is
amazing that someone does not reach the other
side of the street with a body full of fenders:
Other bad crossing spots apparently do not
seem to bother anyone, but, like the Union cross
road, give the City- Council and police head-
aches. People cross the intersection at North
University and State in every conceivable fashion.
Another troublesome spot is the intersection of
North University, Washtenaw and Church,,:
opposite the Dental school. At night this spot'
is especially dangerous sfhce the nearest street-
light is about fifty yards away-too far to give
any real warning.
,City authorities and the police force have long
been hunting for a solution to this traffic prob-
lem. The drivers content themselves with cursing
the pedestrians who make human traffic haz-
ards out of themselves, and the pedestrians
shouting their condemnation and defiance at the
drivers who hinder their comfortable jay-walk-
ing. But none of this helps the situation.
The prohibition of parking on main streets
would help a great deal. It would ease the
,congestion and make it far safer to cross the
street. But even that would not -solve the entire*
problem. While panaceas are not to be expected,
there is one corrective that might ease the situa-
If those who drive and walk would inaugurate
a self-carried out "courtesy campaign," not the
fanfare and parade type, but one in which every
person quietly takes his part, if drivers would be
more respectful of those crossing' the streets, and
if pedestrians-would exercise more common sense
and courtesy before they venture onto the street,
perhaps a saner and safer traffic situation might
A little altruism in the traffic problem can go
a long way toward making Ann Arbor streets
-Winston H. Cox
lore for lovers but a lamp to
light the way of bombers.
And a high sun in the skies
means greater mobility for
mechanized units. When na-
ture does her best the worst
of man is put on show. Bleak
days and winter nights seem
more appropriate for slaugh-
ter, but these are the very
conditions under which a
great offensive may break down. Up rises a red
and giddy sun at dawn and troops go over the
top behind the barrage of the big guns. Man
thrusts aside all the brightest gifts of existence in
order to kill and be killed.
To be sure, after fields have been fiercely con-
tested the landscape itself takes on the look
of nightmares. And when the earth and all the
groves are shattered it may seem a little easier
to leave the world behind in a last attack.
Trees are piteous as victims of shellfire. Their
very tenacity makes them targets for a tdrture
which leaves them skeletonized against the sky.
After days and even weeks of pounding some
part of the stump will still remain or the bony
finger of a single branch continues to beckon as
in the days when it offered shade and shelter.
The scarred earth becomes a dirty chalk-white
along the Western Front, and when the wind
blows or high explosives fall a greasy geyser, like
water from a ditch, splashes high in the air. But
man has yet ho weapon whichcan deface the
sky for more than fleeting minutes.
They have bright stars in France, and at this
time of year the bowl above the fighting men is
far more blue than the uniforms of the poilus. I
first saw planes in action on the British front,
and the afternoon was one to fill anyone from
the city with the excitement which comes when
the ceiling is high and sunlit.
And suddenly I saw the white buds burst many
thousands of feet above our heads. First these
blossoms were single, and then they were
grouped close to form a huge flower like a'
chrysanthemum. The anti-aircraft guns were
pinning a machine within their far-flung petals.
Perhaps the plane drew clear or was lost in the;
middle of the deadly bouquet. Beyond the gar-
den of the guns two other machines were in com-
bat, and it was not possible for artillery of either
side to participate, since they dived and rolled,
too rapidly for any marksman to wing a foeman
without endangering a friend.
All I could see was the quick spark of machine-
gun fire, and this was no more than a lightning
flash, hardly as big as your thumbnail. The
sound of it remained inaudible. These men had'
sailed up and up into an element once reserved
for the figures of mythology. But now the geni-
us of mortals had made it possible for human
han a o l yi f n in rl na ,L+.. r
To the Editor:
The appearance of the Yale football team in
the Michigan Stadium on Oct. 28 will be one of
the highlights of Michigan's football history.
Only once before has the Blue team come west,
which it did several years ago to play the Uni-
versity of Chicago, a gesture to honor Coach
Alonzo A. Stagg.
Yale comes west once again to meet Michigan
in a fine spirit of sportsmanship and friendship.
In recognition of this feeling Michigan will, I
am sure, want to do everything to show her ap-
Therefore let there be an entire absence of
booing and other examples of poor sportsman-
ship, which I regret to say is not always lacking
during football games in the Stadium.
Thousands of Yale Alumni from the Middle
West will be on hand to see their team give
their all, so let's show them that we of Michigan
understand true sportsmanship in its truest
I should like to make a suggestion which I feel
sure will help in impressing the alumni from the
effete East-that there is real spirit at Michi-
gan. I think that most of us agree that the sing-
ing of the Yellow and Blue and Varsity and The
Victors is not all that it could be, due largely to
lack of leadership.
Let's get the Varsity Glee Club to come out
between halves to lead the singing accompanied
by Michigan's fighting band. This has been done
ion occasions in past years, and the results were
well worth the effort. By all means let us have.
the Glee Club.
-C. B. Du Charme, '06
AMERICAN industrial production in many
fields has shot suddenly upward during re-
cent weeks, even though consumption has re-
mained at about the same level. Obvious reason
for the rise is the expectation of big war orders
from Europe, plus the supposition that they'd
best buy heavy stocks at once, while prices are
relatively low, and be prepared for big business
when Europe begins calling for supplies.
But, going by some significant recent indica-
tions, there is a very good chance that the
manufacturers who have been planning on a
major war boom taking place soon will be fooled
-and that the "war prosperity" balloon may be
In the first place, it is a certainty that our only
war customers will be England and France-
Britannia rules the waves, and the German mer-
chant marine has been almost entirely driven to
cover. Britain has been preparing for this war
for a long time. The result is that considerable
time must go by before she will have to face a
shortage of any important material asset.
* * *
In the second place, the allies must husband
their slender gold possessions. They haven't any
money to spend foolishly. That means Britain
will exhaust to the utmost the resources of that
empire on which the sun never sets, before she
makes any big purchases elsewhere. And the
British empire (taking it for granted that h.
fleet will be able to keep the trade lanes open,
and hold down losses from German submarine,
battleship and air attack to a minimum) is ex-
ceedingly rich in almost everything that is neces-
sary to the maintenance of a country in either
war or peace. To a considerably lesser extent,
this is also true of the French empire. And what
the French lack will, as long as possible, be sup-
plied them by the British.
The effect of the war so far has been harmful
to American business. England and her posses-
sions normally constitute our largest single
foreign customer. The 'outbreak of hostilities
caused an immediate drop in British imports
from this country.
* * 4, .
There is one obvious exception to this-and
the exception is arms. If the embargo is re-
moved, we may confidently expect the munitions
industries to boom. Britain is not only able to
produce adequate war materials, even though a+
the resources of her great manufacturing es-
tablishments are today being given to supplying
her soldiers with the weapons of destruction. If
you have airplanes, rifles, shells, or machine
guns to sell, you have no need to worry about your
future business-you will probably receive more
FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 1939
VOL. L. No. 23
To The Members of the University
Senate: There will be a meeting of
the University Senate on Wednesday,
Oct. 25, at 4:15 p.m. in the Rackhain
The Senate Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs will hold a meeting on
Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 4:10 p.m. Mem-
bers of the University having topics
which they wish to be considered by
this committee will please send them
to the chairman.-
C. W. Edmunds.
Aeronautical Engineering Seniors
and Graduates: Those obtaining eith-
er bachelor's or master's. degrees in
Aeronautical Engineering in FebrU
ary, 1940, should fill out the De-
partment personnel records before
Nov. 1, 1939. If a student is unable
to obtain his photograph by this
date, he should turn in his record
and supply the photograph later.
Blanks for this purpose may be ob-
tained in the Department of Aero-
nautical Engineering Office, B-47
East Engineering Building. It is es-
sential that personnel records on all
students be on file in the office, in
order to supply the manufacturers'
with accurate and complete informa-
Eligibility Cards: Saturday, Oct. 21,
will be the last day on which eligibili-
ty cards will be signed, according to
Roberta Leete, Chairman of Merit
System Committee. All girls inter-
ested in working on any League
Committee must have a signed eligi-
bility card. These' cards can be ob-
tained at Room 4, University Hall,
and can be signed at the League every
day this week from 3 to 4 p.mn.
University Elementary School Li-
brary Hours for today: Service
will be restricted to the hours from
11-12 in the morning and from 4:15
to 5:30 in the afternoon. The regu-
lar Saturday hours 8-12 and 1-3,
will be maintained on Oct. 21.
War Mud Throwing
In contrast to the Navy, the War
Department today suffers from the
fact that there are two virtual Secre-
taries, each one intent on running
One is mild, innocuous, charming
little Harry Woodring, one of the
nicest secretaries of War ever to try
coping with the generals. The other
is dynamic, hard-hitting, restless
Louis Johnson, who as Assistant
Secretary never is happy unless he
is summoning war councils or mobil-
Second result is that major War
Department decisions go 'across Roo-
sevelt's desk. He has to be the arbiter
between Woodring and Johnson.
Thus he becomes Secretary of War
as well as Secretary of the Navy..
Service Men At Top
Also it means that the generals,
except for majorhdecisions, realy
run the War Department, and a cen-
tury of experience has proved that
the American system of having a civ-
ilian in charge of military affairs
by all odds is the best.
Politics is as rife in the Navy
Department as on Capitol Hill. The
younger officers and the enlisted men
are tops, but the higher-bracket offi-
cers are stagnant. For the most part
they have reached high position by
influence. They are the men who
have pulled wires, have money, and
whose wives dine out with the right
Admiral -Leahy, the one really big
man in the Navy, has retired, and,
Admiral Stark, who replaces him as
Chief of Operations, is the martinet
type who allows 15 minutes a day
for each admiral to report, and would
scarcely interrupt that routine if t'he
whole Navy Department were under
Naval Politic s
Until recently, personnel assign-
ments were under Admiral Adolphus°
Andrews, whose specialty was wel'l-
tailored suits and a knack of getting
in with the President. There are 15
battleships in the .Navy, all prize
commands, and every Captain in the
Navyekowtowed to Adolphus and
played politics in order to get a
Biggest jolt given to the U.S. Navy
in years has been the sinking of the
British battleship Royal Oak and the
airplane carrier Courageous, plus the
maiming of other heavily armored
British warships. For years the
American admirals have sat aromnd
the General Board solmenly swear-
ing that the battleship was invincible.
She could withstand all sorts ofpun-
ishment, they said. She could be
hit by airplane bombs or submarine
torpedoes, but she could not be sunk.
General Billy Mitchell of the Army
Air Corps tried to tell them differ-
ently. So did the late Admiral Mof-
fett, head of the Navy's air services
and such civilians as Secretary of
Engineering Mechanics I Review.
Any student desiring to review the
portion of E.M. 1 covered to date may
attend the meeting in Room 401 West
'ngineering Bldg. this evening from
7 to 9 p.m.
E.E. 71 Interior Illumination De-
sign, will not meet today. For the
session on Monday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m.,
study chapter six in the textbook and
solve Problems 10 and 11 in that
Professor Kenneth T. Rowe wild not
meet his classes in English today.
Ch. E. 29, Section 1, 'will meet to-
day at 1 p.m.
E. S. PettyJohn.
'German Make-Up Examinations:
The make-up examinations for Ger-
man 1, 2 and 31 will be given on
Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 to 12 a.m.
in Room 306 U.H.
No student will be allowed to take
this examination unless he presents
a written permit from his instructor
at the time of the examination..
Exhibition by Ann Arbor artists,
under the auspices of the Ann Arbor
Art Association. Alumni Memorial
Hall, open until October 26 on Sun-
day afternoon, 2-5 p.m., Oct. 22.
An Exhibit of Southwest Indian'
Pottery and Painting will be shown in
the Central Galleries, on the Mez-
zanine floor, of the Racrham build-
ing. The exhibit will be open daily
until Oct. 21
Women's Swnmin, Chub: There
will be an organization meeting and
tea for those who wish to join the
women's swimming club today at 4
p.m. at the Women's Athletic Build-
ing. Those who can not come but
want to join the club are asked to call
Sally Corcoran at 2-2591
Stalker Hall: 7:30 p.m. Bible class
led by Dr. Brashares at the church.
9 p.m. Group leaving for a scavanger
Swarthmore Club: Organization
meeting of Swarthmore Club will be
held this evening in the Michi'
gan League at 7:30 p.m.
The Lutheran Student Association
will have a hay-rack ride this
evening at 8 p.m. All students
intending to go are asked to be at
Zion Lutheran Parish Hall promptly
on the hour. Games and refresh-
ments will close the evening at the
Parish Hall. It would help the com-
mittee if ou would call 2-3680 or
7228, if you did not make your reser-
rations on Sunday evening.
Hillel Meeting: All students inter-
ested in learning the Yiddish lan-
guage are requested to attend a
meeting to be held at the Hillel Foun-
dation today at 4:30. Mr. M. Raden,
of Detroit, will lead the class.
Conservative Services will be held at
the Foundation tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Fireside Discussion on the
theme, "Men o1 Books Which Have
changed My Thinking" will be ledby
*Mrs. ;Isaac :Rabinowitz, instead f
Prof. Richard E. Fuller, as previously
announced. A social hour will follow.
Freshman Round Table: Miss Mux-
en, Counselor on Vocational Guid-
ance, will discuss the topic, "For
What Are We Preparing?" at the
Freshman Round Table, Lane Hall,
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. All
fres~hnen men and women are in-
The Angell Hall Observatory will be
open to the public from 7:30 to 10
on Saturday evening, Oct. 21. The
moon, and the planets, Jupiter and
Saturn, will be shown through the
telescopes. Children must be ac-
companied by adults.
The Pi Lambda Theta tea which
was tentatively scheduled for Oct.
24 will be held Oct. 31 in .the Rack-
Graduate Outing Club will leave
the northwest entrance of the Rack-
ham Building at 2:30 p.m. Saturday
for its annual outing at Camp. Ta-'
coma on Clear Lake. Reservations
must be made. Call 5572 between 8
and 10 p.m. Thursday orFriday.
ayride for Congregational students
and their friends . Wagons wil leave
Plgrim Hall, 68Es William 'St.,
about 8pm. Saturday, Oct. 2 Lots
of fun,.games and refreshments. Call
2-1679 for reservations.
Phi Delta Kappa will hold a fellow-
ship luncheon Saturday, Oct. 21, at
1:15 p.m. at the Michigan Union. Dr.
Habib Kdrani, Professor of Compara-
tive Education in the American Uni-
versity of Beirut, Syria will speak.
Members of other chapters who are
now on campus are especially invited
Change in Sunday Program. Dr.
Habib Kurani, 'who was '0 have
spoken on Nov. 26, has consented to
speak at this earlier date in. order to
make it -possible for us to hear Dr.
Edgar Fisher, Assistant Director of
the Instittue of International Edu-
cation, on Nov. 26. Dr. Iurani is Pro-
fessor of Comparative Education and
Registrar of the American Univer-
sity at Beirut, Syria. He will speak
on "Some Obseervations on Compara-
The Lutheran Student Club will
meet at Zion Parish Hall on Sunday
at 5:30 p.m. There will be a fellow-
ship hour from 5:30 until 6 p.m. when
a dinner prepared by the ladies of the
church will be served. Dr. ERockey
from Detroit, who has been very ac-
tive in student work, will address the
Tolerance For The . Pacifist, .
One of the more heartening features of the
present intellectual. atmosphere is the increased
respect with which the .out-and-out pacifist . is
regarded. Whether it be held for secular or reli-
gious reasons, the pacifist's, position has been
given a much more forceful expression and has
received a much more considerate 'hearing in
1939 than it did in 1917 or 1918.
How long this will prove- the case- none- can
say. There- "are indications that it may not be
for long. The pacifists may be driven under-
ground again. -The only certainty is that 'when
Those persistent house of commons
interrogators have spoiled one of the
best stories of the war. It isn't every;
day that a German U-boat comman-
der wirelesses the first lord of the
British admiralty the position of a
torpedoed English ship. One did.
Nor is it mere routine for the British
navyto capture absubmarine eom-
mander who thus had distinguished
himself. The navy didn't.
Winston Churchill has been com-
pelled to admit to commons that he
had been misinformed, that a check-
up :revealed the German officer was,
not among British prisoners. But if
the first lord of the admiralty is to
be denied the last laugh, he still in-
sists on the final word. "On the other
hand," Mr. Churchill went on, "the
statement in a German broadcast
that the officer who sent the mes-
sage was the same one who sank the
Cerebes is erroneous. No such ship
exists on the British register."
One battle of propaganda has been
fought to a draw.
-St. Louis Star-Times
Chapel Service Club: All mi
bers of St. Mary's Chapel wl,
terested in acting as ushers
or choir members are asked t
a smoker in the Auditoriur
Chapel on Saturday afternc
21, between 2:30 and 5 p.m.
conclude our organization p
listen to the Michigan vs.
game. Refreshments will be