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Progressive Movements On Campus
Are Menaced By New Dies Demand





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isible Stop Signs
R't Be See


ceived severe lacerations of the head
early Saturday morning in an automobile col-
lision at the corner of Hill Street and Oakland
Avenue. Other occupants of the two cars were
indeed fortunate in escaping injury. But the
accident. was very understandable and, more
important, preventable.
The greenish. gray roadster in which the
woman was traveling was tearing up Oakland
Avenue bend in the., direction of the campus.
It approached Hill Street, a stop street, at a
speed no faster than most local cars travel in
Ann Arbor-about 45 miles an hour. A -dark
sedan was traveling west on Hill Street with
the right-of-way. The cars collided with a ter-
rific impact. The sedan' crashed into the street
sign on the right and the roadster swerved into
the stop sign on the far side of the crossing,
stopping the flying car's forward motion. At
least one stop sign did some good. But stop signs
aren't made for that purpose.
Stop signs are supposed to tell drivers to stop
(or at least drive cautiously) as they approach
a right-of-way street. But most Ann Arbor
stop signs don't have reflectors and can hardly
be seen at night.. It may be claimed that the,
corner was well-lighted.- An. investigation
showed that the corner lamp is approximately
14 feet behind the stop sign that didn't stop
the speeding roadster. So that didn't help very
Certainly accidents cannot be prevented in the
future without the cooperation of careful, con-
scientious drivers.
But inadequate highway markers, which have
made many Ann Arbor crossings virtual No-
Man's Lands, certainly do not help the situation.
This is difficult to explain in a town where
expert highway testing laboratories are located
-in the most motor-conscious state in the
Accidents will continue to happen until local
citizens and local authorities join hands in a
concerted drive to make Ann Arbor streets safe.
Positive action is imperative: visible highway
markers must replace the many inadequate ones
now in use; speed limits must be enforced; and
above all, automobile drivers must drive sen-
sibly, when means abiding by local ordinances,
respecting the other fellow's rights, and for-
getting about trying to emulate Barney Old-

IN the midst of all the preoccupation with
affairs overseas, a number of tragic incen-
tives to war are being overlooked here in the
homeland. Probably the one of most immediate
concern to the student body at the University
of Michigan is the latest demand about to be
made by the Dies Committee. That organiza-
tion is now to ask for another appropriation from
Congress for the purpose of investigating 'leftist'
activities in American universities, weeding out
those students who are attempting to influence
student opinion through any sort of progressive
journalism or organizational work.
Whether the majority of students at Michigan
imagine themselves to be in sympathy with the
activities of the Dies Committee or whether
they are simply ignorant of them, one thing is
certain: each student whatever his sympathies,
will be affected by any such investigation, if
not directly, then indirectly by witnessing the
general suspension of his friends, or (if he be
friendless) by the obfuscation and final oblitera-
tion of cultural progress here at the university.
FOR the direction of a successful attempt to
abrogate civil rights takes on a certain in-
variable pattern. The first step is to weed out
the communists. These are then identified with
radicals' and these in turn with 'left-wingers.'
But the term 'left-wingers' is so broad that it
comes to mean anyone advocating a single liber-
al or progressive view. Consequently, those who
are the exponents of culture and progress are
silenced from fear.
The progressive college paper, which had been
working in the interest of the student body as
a whole, is 'purged' or silenced at once-natur-
ally. All organizations active for the maintain-
ence of democratic rights are suppressed be-
cause the term 'democratic rights' means rights
for everybody, including those who do not see
things the same way you do. It is found that
the Jew has been active in the preservation of
those rights, since he 'is constantly reminded
that it is the 'alien' who bears the brunt of the
first anti-democratic attack: so the Jew is identi-
fied with communism (if you doubt it, talk with
supposed 'liberals' on the campus and marl
their statements anent the 'racial' problem) and
his loss of educational privilege becomes effec-
tive. For different, but obvious reasons the
Negro follows suit. And concomitant with all
this the faculty is 'investigated,' the curriculum
is altered, and the students are regimented and
drilled in a scholastic desert.
THE studeit who answers 'impossible!' or even
'improbable' to this is either failing to sense.
the trend of public feeling right here in the by-
towns of Michigan, since this war started, or is
idealizing the intellectual and emotional stabil-
ity of the American people to the point where
he imagines nothing can occur to them such as
occurred to the people of Germany. Yet let
him review a modicum of the tomes that cover
the shelves of our library and witness the level
of scholarship Germany attained before 1933!
Educational stability means very little when
economic forces come into play.
On the other hand, the student who concedes
that this threat is an actuality but refuses to
fight it on the ground that the forces of opposi-
tion are too great is failing to consider the power
of mass action against such a threat, no matter
how forbidding. But mass action cannot be effec-
tive unless organized. This has long been the
purpose of the American Student Union-to
fight for the preservation of those ideals that
make college worth while. (Anyone who has
seen the curriculum of the University of Heidel-
berg as it is today cannot but rejoice that he
is attending a university which upholds the
principles embodied in the Bill of Rights.)
Since the new appropriation demanded by the
Dies Committee and the announced intention for
which it is to be used, it becomes imperative that
each of us do something to retain those privileges
and those ideals. We cannot do this by mere
formal disagreement. It must be done by group
For me, at least, Miss Skinner's acting expunged
the memory of the little girl, her beauty, the
memory of the lady. She peopled the stage with
a whole host of characters and amazingly enough
those shadowy people were sometimes the ones
to emerge and dominate the action. In her
most sustained effort "Liebestraum," she was,
throughout, a good woman and a good wife

moving through the joys and sorrows of domes-
tic life but the character who is most completely
drawn is the husband thta we only see through
her eyes. She was sometime sentimental but
she clothed sentimentality in a hard cloak of
verisimilitude that made- it palatable. All the
sketches in which she appeared were written by
herself and it is a tribute to her ability as a
playwright that she captured her characters in
this one, as in the others, at their most telling
and revealing moments. She has a feeling for
the dramtically effective gesture and word but
it is not always the obvious one. She combined
the subtle and the obvious with skill.
Her completely comic sketches particularly de-
lighted her audience but there was often a sharp
vein of satire running through them that made
something more than just comedy. Her "Visit-
ing Lady Lecturer" and her "Homework" were
especially enjoyable for this reason.
There is one aspect of Miss Skinner's art that,
though common to all acting, appears in her
work in a particularly pure form. That was the
way in which she handled her body in gaining
her effects. Her grace of movement was, at
times, that of a dancer but she could sink into
the heavy, stodgy movements of a lady lecturer
or the jerky nervousness of a young girl with
complete naturalness. All good actors exhibit
this ability but when Miss Skinner is alone on
the stage there is nothing else to distract the

action. A vacuous intellectualism never got any-
body anything more than that which those who
act wanted them to get.
RECENTLY the ASU has been reviled by num-
erous students on campus as a red' organi-
zation (with all that term connotes) with aa
sorts of queer intentions up its sleeve, intentions
it fails (they say) to make explicit because if it
did it would no longer remain an officially sanc-
tioned organization of the University of Michi-
gan. Such statements are made less through
willful calumny than sheer ignorance. There is
no room here to record the platform of the
ASU, but two major contentions of that body
should be sufficient to merit its endorsement.
(1) It opposes any and all attempts at the sup-
pression of the individual's rights as those rights
were expressed in the Bill of 1799. (2) It is abso.
lutely opposed to the United States involving
itself in a European or an Asiatic war. Hence it
opposes all those undercover tricks which, while
seeming to be peace-preserving, are actually the
first steps that any nation takes toward war.
Now, if the rest of the platform of the ASU
does not negate these points, the intentions of
the organization would seem to coincide with,
rather than contradict, the desires of the large
majority of us. But it is a dangerous business
to accept on hearsay the objectives of the ASU
or any other organization of the kind. As far
as possible, direct contact is the best sort of
By Young Gjulliver
Ann Arbor, Mich.
November 21, 1939
Jonathan Swift, Esq.
Dear Daddy,
Please accept my apologies for not having
written you for such a long time. A lot has been
happening in the world, and I know you want
to keep posted.
Last Friday was Black Friday here in Ann
Arbor. Black Friday is an old tradition at
Michigan: it is the night when the freshmen
and sophomores run around town pulling each
others' pants off, and acting in general in a
very unscholastic fashion.
N that same Friday, in Prague, Czecho-
slovakia, which is a little farther from Ann
Arbor than Berkeley, California, college boys
rioted too. The main difference between the
two riots was that the Czech students were
fighting for their lives with their bare hands
against armed Nazi troops.
Ydung Gulliver was all excited about the
column he was going to write. Here was the
opportunity for a terrific piece of irony. You
can imagine, pop, what a rotten feeling it was
to open Sunday's Daily and see that Mr. Q.,
known to nodding acquaintances as Two-Ticket
Morty, the man who could chisel passes from
a statue, had written a very good column on
that very subject.
But there is a lot more that could be said
about students in 1939, and your brainchild
might just as well take up where Morty Q left
off. Shooting a dozen students in cold blood
and propping them against the dormitory wall
as an object lesson was not all that the Nazis
did; they closed the Prague universities for the
next three years. That is plain proof that the
students, unarmed as they are, constitute one
of the strongest threats to fascist rule.
COLLEGE students have not been spendira
all their time learning about life; thous-
ands of them have risked everything in an
effort to improve the conditions of life for the
masses of the people. American students have
not been outstanding in this respect, but stu-
dents in every country in Europe, in India, in
China, have asserted themselves as leaders of
the people, consistently fighting against any
attempts to impose totalitarian rule on their

Gulliver used to have a Chinese friend in Ann
Arbor who had been a member of the famous
Chinese student movement. Yang had some
amazing stories to tell. He used to describe
how the college boys would conceal revolution-
ary leaflets in the flowing sleeves of their coats
and drop them on the street as they walked
along. If you were caught with these leaflets in
your possession, it meant instant death; stu-
dents were caught daily, and were immediately
executed on the streets.
In our country such heroism has never been
required of college boys. As a matter of fact,
dad, young men who are studying at American
universities are generally looked down upon.
Maybe they've done a little to earn their reputa-
tion aEs silly fools. It isn't so long ago that
students at a nearby college ducked an Ann
Arbor minister in the lake because they thought
he was a radical. And it isn't so long ago that
students were recruited to serve as strike-
BUT American college boys are learning.
They're learning that education is worth
fighting for. They're learning that fascism
means war, it means death, it means no mor(4
universities. They're learning also that they
must actively participate in the struggle for a
npacefil, demoertiic America. that the nreser

WASHINGTON - There is much
wailing and gnashing of teeth thesea
days among New Dealers. The Presi-
dent, greatest spender of them all,
has sent blunt orders down the line '
that all estimates for the new bud-e
get must be pared to the bone.
The boys just don't know what to
make of it. They expected economyY
demands from Congress, but forY
Roosevelt to wield the ax has cut
them to the quick.
And they know he isn't kidding
because of what he already has donet
to WPA. He has quietly ordered itse
new appropriation slashed to $1,000,-
000,000-a cut of $500,000,000 under
the current budget. If anywhere near
this percentage of economizing is
imposed on other major appropria-
tions, then the budget he will sub-
mit to Congress in January will
amaze his critics.
It also will be in line with the
advice given him by the Democratic
congressional leaders.
They have urged him to cut every-
thing but national defense sharply.
If Congress wants to boost his fig-
ures, that will be its responsibility.
But the Administration, they insist,
should be on record for a balanced
budget in order to meet Republican,
campaign attacks.
Judging from the cries of anguish
among his New Deal intimates, the
President is definitely acting on this
Supreme Court Battle
THERE was a touch of the old
Supreme Court fight in what
Roosevelt said about the late Justice
Butler, but you had to hear the
words read aloud to get it.
Newsmen at Steve Early's press
conference asked if the President
had any comment to make on the
death of the Supreme Court Justice.
Early had anticipated that, and was
ready with a statement from the
He read it aloud in a quiet voice,
but when he came to the line about
Butler's philosophy, there was an
unmistakable emphasis laid upon one
word, which loaded it with meaning.
his complete frankness,"
Early read, "in the expression of his
philosophy . . . commanded my re-
spect.". Early emphasized the word
"his", an emphasis which was doubt-
less not his own but the President's.
It left no doubt that the President's
"respect" applied only to, Butler's
frankness, not to Butler's philosophy.
American Horse Sense
HERE are two worth-while quotes
by two worth-while Americans:
Norman Davis, ex-envoy for dis-
armament and now head of th Red
Cross: "Waging peace is much more
difficult than waging war."
Lloyd Stark, Governor of Missouri:
"We need our opponents to keep us
at our best. In the two-party sys-
tem lies our best guarantee that this
shall never be a totalitarian state."
Inland Waterways
THE ouster of Major General T. Q.
Ashburn as head of the Inland
Waterways Corporation was no sud-
den convulsion. It was the climax
of a long behind-the-scenes row be-
tween the retired army officer and
Commerce. Department officials.
First blow in the feud was struck
by Ashburn, who hotly resented hav-
ing his agency put under the De-
partment in last summer's govern-
ment reorganization. He had been
his own boss for years and didn't
like being subordinated.
At the first meeting of his board
after the transfer, Ashburn took the
offensive by reading a legal brief
challenging-the legality of the shift.
To Assistant Commerce Secretary
J. Monroe Johnson, two-fisted South
Carolinian who was getting his first
close-up of the Inland Waterways
Corporation, this seemed a deliberate
affront and he told Ashburn so in
so many words.

Thereafter, Johnson lost no time in
jdigging into the affairs of the Cor-
poration and quickly uncovered three
interesting items: (1) that in addi-
tion to his $10,000 a year salary,
Ashburn was getting $5,000 for per-
sonal expenses; (2) he had a gov-
ernment yacht that cost $20,000 a
year to operate; (3) that IWC barge
and river hands were up in irms
over low pay and poor food.
On orders of Secretai'y Hopkins,
Johnson put the ax to the expense
fund and the yacht. Ashburn was
White House Appeal
E renewed his attacks on the
legality of the transfer, going
over Hopkins' and Johnson's heads'
directly to the White House. But
this move was thrown for a loss by
ani opinion from Attorney General
Murphy holding that the President
did have the power to make the
Meanwhile. .ohnson had started

Drew Pecrso
Robert S.Alme

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 1939 h
VOL. L. No. 50 0
Hospitalization Groups Announce- i
ment. A series of meetings has been i
.rranged for the purpose of giving i
publicity to the arrangements avail- t
able to members of the University i
staff through group hospital associa-d
tions. These meetings will be held t
on the dates stated below.
The meetings will all be held at 4:15
p.m. at the Natural Science Auditori-
um. In order that all interested may
have an opportunity to hear the state-e
r.ients of Mr. Mannix and to ask ques-o
ions and to participate in the discus-
ion the University staff has beend
entatively divided into groups for
these meetings as stated below. How-
ever, any person who finds the datet
.assigned to his group inconvenient n
ill be welcome to attend with any
ne of the other groups.
At each of these meetings, alsot
there will be present either Dean A.C.
urstenberg or Vice-President James
I. Bruce, or both, to give informa-
ion with respect to arrangementsr
thus far not entirely complete for2
furnishing group medical service. S
Nov. 21: Faculties of Engineering,I
Architecture, Medicine, and Dentis-
Nov. 22: Faculties of Law, Gradu-
te School, Forestry and Conserva-
tion, Education, Pharmacy, Music,
and Business Administration.t
Nov. 24: Staffs of the Libraries,
'Museums, Hygiene and Public Health,I
hysical Education. Extension. Michi-.
an Union and Michigan League.
Nov. 27: General administration, all
clerical employees (offices may close
t 4:10 p.m. or as required), Build-
ings and Grounds, Stores, and Dormi-
Nov. 29: Health Service, University1
1-xospital, and any others omitted from
this schedule.t
Shirley W. Smith.1
Apparatus Exchange: The Regents
at their meeting in March, 1927, au-.
thorized an. arrangement for the sale
of scientific apparatus by one de-
partment to another, the proceeds
of the sale to be credited to the
budget account of ' the department
from which the apparatus is trans-
Departments having apparatus
which is not in active use are advised
to send description thereof to the
University Chemistry Store, of which
Prof. R. J. Carney is director. The
Chemistry store headquarters are in
Room 223 Chemistry Building. An
effort will be made to sell the appara-
. tus to other departments which are
likely to be able to use it. In some
instances the apparatus may be sent
to the University Chemistry store on
consignment and if it is not sold
within a reasonable time, it will be
returned to the department from
which it was received. The obJect
of this arrangement is to promote
economy by reducing the amount of
unused apparatus. It is hoped that
departments having such apparatus
will realize the advantage to them-
selves and to the University in avail-
ing themselves of this opportunity.
Shirley W. Smith.
To All Faculty Members:
1. Life Annuities or life insurance
either or both may be purchased by
members of the faculties from the
Teachers Insurance and Annuity As-
sociation of America and premiums
for either life Annuity or life Insur-
ance, or both, may be deucated at
the written request of the policy-
holder from the monthly payroll of
the University, and in such cases will
be remitted directly by the Univer-
sity, on the monthly basis. The
secretary's office has on file blank
applications for annuity policies, or
ife insurance policies, and rate books,
for the convenience of members of
the University staff desiring to make
use of them.

2. The Regents at their meeting of
January, 1919 agreed that any mem-,
her of the Faculties entering the serv-


is medical examination may, at his
wn expense, purchase life insurance
rom the Teachers Insurance and An-
auity Association at its rate. All life
nsurance premiums are borne by the
ndividual himself. The University
snakes no contribution toward life
nsurance and has nothing to do with
he life insurance feature exbept that
t will if desired by the insured, de-
duct premiums monthly and remit
he same to the association,
7. The University accounting of-
fices will as a matter of accommoda-
tion to members of the faculties or
employes of the University, who de-
sire to pay either annuity premiums
or insurance premiums monthly, de-
duct such premiums from the pay-
roll In monthly installments. In the
ase of the so-called "academic roll
the premium payments for= the
months of July, August, September,
and October will be deducted from
the double payroll of June 30. While
the accounting offices do not solicit
this work, still it will be cheerfully
assumed where desired.
8. The University has no ar-
rangements with any insurance or-
ganization except the Teachers In-
surance and Annuity Association of
America and contributions will not
be made by the University nor can
premium payments be deducted ex-
cept in the case of annuity or insu-
ance policies of this association.
9. The general administration of
the annuity and insurance business
has been placed in the hands of Sec-
retary of the University by the Re-
Please communicate with the un-
dersigned if you have not complied
with the specific requirements as
stated in (3) above.
Herbert G. Watkins, Ass't Secy.
Faculty Members and Staff: Special
Employment Time Reports. must be
in the Business Office on Wednesday,
Nov. 22, to be included in the roll for
Nov. 30.
Edna G. Miller, Payroll Clerk
Househeads, Dormitory Directors,
and Sorority Chaperons: Closing
hour for Wednesday, November 22,
is 1:30 A.M. and for Thursday, No-
vember 23, is 11:00 P.M.
Jeannette Perry,
Assistant Dean of Women
Teacher's Certificate Candidates for
February, June and August 1940: Reg-
istration with'the Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Information,
ihich is required before a certificate
iay be issued, is now taking place.
As a' late registration. fee of $1 is
charged after Nov. 22, candidates for
940 are urged to consult the DOB
notice of the Bureau and to enroll
Diploma Applications: Graduate
students who expect to be recom-
mended for higher degrees to be
conferred in February, 1940, should
place on file a blue diploma applica-
tion by November 25. These forms
are available in 'the office of the
Graduate School, Rackham Build-
Attention is called to the fact that
today is the last day that registration
material may be obtained from the
After today a late registration fee of
$1.00 will be charged. Blanks may
be obtained at the Bureau, 207 Ma-
son Hall, hours 9-12 and 2-4.
The Bureau has two divisions:
Teaching and general. The general
division registers people for positions
of all kinds other than teaching.
Both seniors and graduate stu-
dents, as well as staff members, are
eligibleato enroll. Only one registra-
tion is held during the school year
and everyone who will be available
in February, June, August, or at any
other time during the year, should
enroll now.
University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Infor-

A cademic Notices
English 153: Copies of "Fifty Best

-Norman A. Schorr


ce of the University since Nov. 17, [American Short Stories," edited by
1915, may purchase an Annuity from O'Brien, are to be found in both An-
,he above-named Association, toward gell Hall Study Hall and the Hop-
the cost of which the Regents would wood Room.
,nake an equal contribution up to
Five per cent of his annual salary All Music Education students, both
not in excess of $5,000, thus, within graduate and undergraduate, will re-
the limit of five per cent of the salary ,port at a short meeting to be held
doubling the amount of the Annuity tonight in the School of Music Audi-
purchased. torium immediately following Choral
3. The purchase of an Annuity Union rehearsal.
omder the conditions mentioned in
(2) above is made a condition of em-Co erts
ployment in the case of all members Twilight Organ Recital: Palmer
of the Faculties, except instructors, Christian, University organist, will
whose term of Faculty service does give a recital on the Frieze Memorial
not antedate the University year Organ, in Hill Auditorium, Wednes-
1919-1920. With instructors of less day afternoon, Nov. 22,'at 4:15 p.m.,
.han three years' standing the pur- to which the general public, with the
2hase of an Annuity is optional, exception of small children, is invited
4. Persons who have become mem- to attend without admission charge.
bers of the faculties since Nov. 17,
1915 and previous to the year 1919- Exhibitions
1920 have the option of purchasing Exhibition, College of Architecture
annuities under the University's con- and Design: The best 100 posters
tributory plan. submitted in the 1939 National Pos-
5. Any person in the employ of the ter Contest on the subject "Travel",
University may at his own cost pur- sponsored by Devoe & Reynolds Co.,

In the bright lexicon of every budding young
commentator on the arts virtuosity usually is
a term of mild censure but virtuosity as Cornelia
Otis Skinner conceived it last night at Hill
Auditorium supplied her large audience with
almost all of the matter and the trappings of
the drama. Her program ranged from the
near-tragic to the screamingly comic and if
her comedy was more effective than her serious
efforts it was largely because her audience
lacked the ability to make the swift transitions

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