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Former Daily Man Gives
Impressions Of Army Life


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Editorial Staff

Hervie Hauler .
Alvin Sarasohn .
Paul M. Chandler
Karl Kessler
Miltn Orshetsky
Howard A.-Goldman
Laurence Mascott
Donald Wirtehafter
Esther Osser
Helen Corman

. . . . Managing Editor
. . . . Editorial Director'
. . . . . A City Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
. . . . Associate Editor
* . . . Associate Editor
. . . . . Sz-4 Editor
. . . . .Women's Editor
S . . . Exchange Editor

Business Staff

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Irving Guttman
Robert Qilmour
Helen Bohnsack
Jane Krause

The editorials published in The Mici-
gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represent the views of the
writers only.
'Ste ps Toward
Price Control '
* ated a price-control authority. The
Office of Price Administration and Civilian Sup-
ply has been set up by executive order with Leon
Henderson as its director. According to press
eports OPACS must "take all lawful steps nec-
essary or appropriate."
1. To prevent price spiraling, rising costs of
living, profiteering and inflation resulting from
marketing conditions caused by the diversion
pf large segments of the nation's resources to
the defense program, by interruptions to normal
sources of supply, or by other influences growing
put of the emergency.
2. To prevent speculative accumulation, with-
olding, and hoarding of materials and com-
3. To stimulate provision of the necessary sup-
ly of materials and commodities required for
civilian use, in such manner as not to conflict
with the requirements of the War, Navy and
other departments and agencies of the govern-
ment, and of foreign governments, for materials,
articles, and equipment needed for defense.
4. To distribute equitably the residual supply
pf such materials and commodities among com-
peting civilian demands after military needs
have been met.
AR-REACHING, indeed, is the power of the
new agency. Already it has stabilized the
price of steel at the level of the first of this year.
The unfortunate question of authority for price-
fixing has, however, also already risen. The
Steel industry itself is considering contesting
he action, and many Congressional leaders have
bxpressed their preference for Congressional ac-
tion on price-fixing rather than control through
the executive. Of course, the new agency, for
enforcement of its rulings, will be able to depend
on threats based on Section 9 of the Selective
Service and Training Act and Section 120 of the
National Defense Act calling for the placement
of compulsory orders with the commandeering
pf plants that do not comply, and Section 1 of
Title 49, U.S.C., giving the President power to
delegate priority to certain traffic in transporta-
tion during war emergencies.
3 The most important thing, nevertheless, is
whether the new governmental agency is a step
in the right direction. Numerous experts have
asked for a price-fixing authority. In addition
Po Henderson, Bernard M. Baruch has long
been an advocate of some such plan. Under the
new set-up the spectacular rise in prices of
all commodities evidenced in war-time can be
stopped. The threat of inflation which like-
wise always accompanies the rise in prices will
be mitigated. Hoarding will also be prevented
through the control OPACS will exercise over
the distribution of supplies for the civilian
PERHAPS even more important than any
probable benefits and at first sight uncertain
is the attitude of Labor towards the new price-1
fixing policy of the Administration. It would
seem that Labor would oppose the establishment
of a ceiling on prices for fear it would cut off
wage increases. However, Sidney Hillman, Asso-
ciate Director of OPM, has said that Labor ap-
proves price-controls because it realizes rising
living costs devaluate wages. The only possible
threatening and impassable objection to the new

This is the second in a series on selective service
inpractice, written by a former Daily man now in
the army.
PERHAPS the less any man now in the army
says about the Induction Centers the better
for him and for those he might wish to inform.
The adjustment from civilian to army life i
not by any means an easy sort of thing for most
men to accomplish quickly and as a result the
new soldier who finds himself for the first time
under military discipline is not the best quali-
fied nor the most impartial reporter.
Little things like the derisive cries of older
soldiers at the new group just off the train, the
way one of the two-month-soldiers always yells
"They can't do it to you," at the arrivals, the
incessant cries of "Jeep" which the trainee will
hear incessantly until he is fitted with a uni-
form of his own-these are the things that stick
in the memory after the more unpleasant ad-
justments have been made and army life has
become a matter of course.
The new routine starts immediately. There
are preliminary physical inspections as the in-
ducted group gets off the train. There is the
business of the first army meal and the dawning
of a realization that while the army supplies
first class food its preparation may be good or
bad depending on the ability 'and experience of
the mess sergeant. And the first person with
whom the new soldier tries to ingratiate himself
is probably that same mess sergeant.
The first morning brings with it the uncom-
fortable knowledge that five forty five is an
hour that actually exists. More than one selectee
has known of it heretofore solely by hearsay.
People invariably ask "what it feels like to get
up at five in the morning." There isn't any
answer to that question which can be printed in
a respectable newspaper. For a long time it
doesn't feel very well and it's best to let the
matter go at that. But after a month or so the
new soldier wakes up then even when he is on
leave. Habit is still entirely relative. In other
words a soldier gets used to anything if you
keep him at it long enough.
This new army is a democratic army so every-
body helps to do the work. The business of po-
lice duty (which has nothing to do with law
enforcement) is likely to be brought to the new
soldier's attention immediately after his arrival
at camp. Police duty is called 'cleaning up'
everywhere but in the army. It is surprising
how careful a man can become about throwing
away cigarette butts after he has had to clean
up the company street the next morning. If one
wonders how Winthrop Rockefeller or Sidney
Parley Notes
A "bull-session deluxe" . . . the Student Sen-
ate's 11th annual Spring Parley . . . two days of
talk and smoke of faculty and students alike
on matters of current import.
An-added feature .. . students in the various
professional schools are receiving special invi-
tations to attend this year's meetings . . . all for
the purpose of stressing diversified campus rep-
resentation . . . dormitory leaders are also ex-
pected to attend in large numbers.
In between the two panel sessions is another
new feature . . . a Parley dinner . . . the speaker
has not as yet been announced .. . he will, how-
ever, be a well-known figure in Michigan politi-
cal circles . . . scene: Union Terrace.
Parley will center around theme of the pres-
entrconflict . . , Title: "The Student Looks at
War and Peace" . .. biggest discussions expected
to involve questions of convoys and post-war
reconstruction . . . more than 600 from all cor.-
ners of the campus are expected to attend.
Personalities . . . heading the panel on do
mestic issues will be the most popular membe
of the faculty . , . Prof. Mentor L. Williams of
the English department . . . back from Detroit
for the discussions will be Tom Downs, former
law student and veteran of several past Parleys.
Helen Corman . . . serving as "boss" of an-
other Parley . . . this time with Bill Todd . . .
Law School student and frequent contributo
to The Daily columns, Fred Niketh . . . Sum-
mary of Parley discussions, feelings, etc. to be

given after last panel by political science pro-
fessor, Harold Dorr.
To the Editor:
I consider this May 2nd election for the Stu-
dent Senate the most important of its career.
This year the Senate instituted and continued
many projects. It conducted a labor survey'
for those who must earn or supplement their
expenses, scheduled several parleys with faculty
participation, and endeavored to obtain scholar-
ships for those who deserve and need them. This
election is decisive, because it must put over con-
scientious and representative candidates, who
are vitally interested in furthering its functions
and extending its influences. There is no longer
any cquestion as to whether or not a student sen-
ate should exist. It is our responsibility to see
that it goes forward in continuing credit to the
student, body and to our university.
Bill Ellman,
Co-director of the Student Senate election

Kingsley feels about this kind of
be best to write to them direct.
ever heard of liked it, but it has

THE FITTING of a uniform is an afternoon's
job. It is the duty of the commanding officer
to see that his men are warmly and comfortably
clothed. It is the duty of the quartermaster
department to clothe men quickly from available
stocks. That there is not more conflict than)
there is between these two worthy aims is a
matter of wonder to each successive selectee as
he passes down the line where underwear (well,
it's warm anyway), socks, shirts, trousers, shoes,
and, a variety of other things are handed to him.
You feel a little different as you step out of
the building with a uniform on for the first
time. There's a sense of permanence to you
army experience that you hadn't felt before.
Always before it was a little unreal. You ac-
tually felt that "it couldn't happen to you" even
though it was happening. But with the uniform
on your back and with the suddenly changed
appearance of the boys who were with you, you
suddenly realize that you're in the army for a
year, that these clothes or others like them are
going to be your standard dress, that from now
on you've got a job from which you can't resign
until the ;year is over. You definitely are not
your own man any longer. It's a strange feeling.
About this same time you get your vaccination
and your shots against typhoid. Neither is pain-
ful and almost everyone recognizes their neces-
sity as a health precaution. It wouldn't do any
good if you objected to these inoculations but
almost nobody objects. The reason is too ob-
After these preliminary steps have been taken
the new soldier gets his first taste of drill. The
mild-mannered sergeants who have been so
co-operative up to now suddenly develop the
voices of enraged bulls and nothing the soldier
does seems to be right. It takes quite a while
to learn that "BAHRANN-MARCH" means to
take one additional step in the direction in
which you are moving and then turn sharply to
the right. It takes a while but it generally is
learned. When the men have been in camp a
week (if they stay at the induction center that
long) they can march more 'or less together and
they have an idea of where and when they are
supposed to turn or halt. Which, as one officer
remarked, is something even if it isn't much.
By the time this much has been done to the
ex-business man, teacher, student, worker or
what have you, he is usually, but not always,
shipped off to another camp where his tenure
will be more permanent. Where he is sent de-
pends partly on the army's needs, and accommo-
dations and partly on the results of the soldier's
intelligence test scores and the interview he is
given to determine his abilities and desires.
Many disappointments arise from the fact that
for many trades and professions the army has
no need. A lawyer who earned four hundred a
month is quite likely to become a basic soldier
next to a ditch digger. On his other side will
be either an opera singer or a school.teacher.
This army is literally full of singers and school
CARPENTERS, plumbers and welders are a
step, up the ladder from the singers and
teachers. Their talents are in urgent demand
in the army just now and as a rule their pay is
hiked as soon as the first four months are over.
Trained mechanics and graduate engineers are
also almost sure to be rated as specialists. But
the poor lad who couldn't quite get the hang of
drilling and who earnestly confided to me that
he majored in English is likely to have difficulty
making either a rating (as a specialist) or a
non-commissioned officer's stripes. The army,
like most employers, is primarily concerned with
the employee's value to it. His value in another
line is entirely irrelevant. This is likely to cause
some small disquietude in the breasts of the
intelligentsia but, almost in the nature of things,
it cannot be helped.
~E Tht
Rob tSneU

WASHINGTON-The President has taken no
public stand on the Vinson anti-strike bill, but
he dropped a clue to his attitude during his
luncheon with AFL chief Dan Tobin.
The genial, white-thatched boss of the team-
sters' union is one of Roosevelt's closest labor
friends. Also, one of the most outspoken. He
bluntly denounced the bill as a reactionary at-
tack on labor, and warned the President that if
it became law it would have a bad effect on the
defense program.
"You can't legislate a working man into stay-
ing on a job if he wants to quit," Tobin argued.
"And that's just what this bill amounts to. It
is neither constitutional nor necessary. I realize
that a strike can be a serious hazard to the de-
fense program, but restrictive legislation against
unions isn't the answer.
"Furthermore, the mediation board you have
set up is performing splendidly. It has settled
every major strike turned over to it without de-
lay. What more can Congress ask? Actually,
this strike situation isn't as serious as some
anti-labor congressmen want the country to be-
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work it would
No soldier I
to be done.

by mascott
WE DON'T KNOW how you spent
vacation but we do know that
our vacation consisted of dodging
sleep and thumbing cars. Ours was
a long nightmare of seeing eight
states, countless prospective employ-
ers. hitch-hiking in the rain of Illi-
nois and the heat and wind of Mis-
souri. We did gain some valuable
knowledge, however.
This Kansas City (Mo.) is a pe-
culiar town. The first settlers must
have searched all through Missouri
and Kansas, found the spot with
the greatest hills and most terrific
wind and there built a town.
Kansas City (Mo.) is a city of
great hills, great winds and great
illusions. The populace there still
gets a cheap thrill everytime it
hears "Home o the Range,"
ert Louis Stevenson's about
milady's skirts and the wind? Broth-
er, go to Kansas City.
We also learned that all the lead-
ing bus companies maintain hand-
some terminals in all the major ci-
ties of the U.S. and that anyone,
including a hitch-hiker, can walk
into the terminal, use all the facili-
ties, wash, shave, etc., check his
stuff for only a dime, and can sleep
in the waiting room. We are proud
to announce that there was a cute
little blonde in the St. Louis termi-
nal who smiled at us-but "what
dod hath wrought, let no man tear
asunder ."
the urge to travel comes upon us.
That urge usually reaches a climax
at final time and explodes the day
after the fast final. But we, who
will graduate (we hope) this June
hung up our hitch-hiking thumb
with this Easter Vacation trip. I
was a +good thumb and it took us all
over Canada, the U.S. and part of
Mexico, but the stark reality known
as permanent employment now
writes a harsh "30" to our travels
with the big "M" sticker and the
little typewriter case stuffed with an
extra shirt, an extra pair of socks
a toothbrush and a razor.
But to all those who at this time
feel the way we do-who feel Just
a bit fed up with "formal" educa-
tion and very muchsdisillusioned
and very much confused as to the
future and very much disgusted
with world conditions and with
the stupidity and horror every-
where-why not hit the road this
summer? You may as well see
America first, before you see Eur-
ope and death.
YOU can get a drive-away to th
West Coast rather easily from
any of the agencies in Detroit. O
you can just "bum" all the way
Take Route "10" to Seattle or "20
to Portland or "30" or "40" to Sa
Francisco or just follow "66" to Lo
Angeles. You can hitch-hike during
the day and if the going is bad, ride
freights at night.
When you hit the West Coast
there's a lot of things to see and
a lot of things to do. For ex am-
ple, you can stand all afternoon in
front of the Broadway-Hollywood
(plug) on Hollywood Blvd. in
Hollywood and watch the women

in shorts or in slacks stroll by.
It's better than a burlesque, the
women are much more beautiful,
and it's free. And Aimee Semple
MacPherson always puts on a good
show and the Chinese food in L.A.
or in 'Frisco is always good and
always cheap.
'OSTS are not too high. If you'r
a fraternity or co-op man yoi
can hit all the college campuses and
stay there for free. Then you can
always pull up to a used car lot a
night, find the oldest but most com
fortable Cadillac and curl up in it
rear and sleep. You can wash up a
filling stations and bus terminals
If you have money you can buy food
and if you haven't you can alway
talk business with some restaurant
proprietors in which a deal is made-
so many washed dishes for a meal
The missionsIn' L.A., especially, are
extremely hospitable and, if you work
it right, are good for several free
It's really a swell country and
it doesn't require too much money
to see. People on the whole are
rather friendly, especially to inno-
cent looking, wide-eyed college
boys from the East. And when
you cross the country, when you
see the bad lands of the Dakotas,
the great plains, the Mississippi,
Sun Valley and Coeur-d'Elaine in
Idaho, the Dalles in Washington
and Oregon, Bonneville Dam and
the Columbia River Valley, the'
fruitfulness of the San Joaquin
Valley, San Francisco from the
Oakland Bay Bridge, or Los An-
geles from the top of Mount Wil-


VOL. LI. No. 141
Publication in the Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University.
honors Convocation: The Eigh-
teenth Annual Honors Convocation
of the University of Michigan will be
held Friday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m.
in Hill Auditorium. Classes, with
the exception of clinics, will be dis-
missed at 10:45. Those students in
clinicalclasses who are receiving
honors at the Convocation will be ex-
cused in order to attend. The facul-
ty, seniors, and graduate students are
requested to wear academic costume
but there is no procession. Members
of the faculty are asked to enter by
the rear door of Hill Auditorium and
proceed directly to the stage, where
arrangements have been made for
seating them. The public is invited.
Alexander G. Ruthven
Notice to all Members of the Uni-
versity: The following is an extract
of a by-law of the Regents (Chapter
III-B, Sections 8 and 9) which has
been in effect since September, 1926:
"It will hereafter be regarded as
contrary to University policy for any-
one to have in his or her possession
any key to University buildings or
parts of buildings if such key is not
stamped as provided (i.e. by the
Buildings and Grounds Department).
If such unauthorized keys are
found the case shall be referred to
the Dean or other proper head of the
University division involved for his
action in accordance with this prin-
ciple. Any watchman or other proper
t representative of the Buildings .nd
Grounds Department, or any Dean,
department head or other proper
University official shall have the
right to inspect keys believed to open
University buildings, at any reason-
able time or place.
"--For any individual to order,
1 have made, or nermit to be ordered
.or made. any duplicate of his or her
University key, through unauthorized
channels, must be regarded as a spe-
cial and willful disregard of the safe-
ty of University property."
These regulations are called to the
attention of all concerned, for their
information and guidance. Any per-
son having any key or keys to Uni-
versity buildings, doors, or other
locks, contrary to the provisions re-
cided above, should promptlysur-
render the same to the Key 'Clerk a
the office of the Department o1
Buildings and Grounds.
Sophomore, Junior and Senior En-
gineers: Mid-semester reports fo
grades below C are now on file and
open to inspection in the office of th
Assistant Dean, Room 259, West En.
e gineering Building.
A. H. Lovell, Assistant Dean
. Staff Positions in the Residence
Halls: Students who are interested in
n applying for staff postions in th
s Men's and Women's Residence Hall
g for the coming University year wil
e find application blanks available i
the office of the Director of Resi-
dence Halls, 205 South Wing. Appli
cations will be received for Women'
Residence Halls assistantships fronr
graduate and professional students
juniors and seniors. A limited num
ber of graduate counselorships an
undergraduate staff assistantship
will probably be open for the com
ing-year. Applications will be receive
for Men'ka Residence Halls assistant
ships from graduate and professiona
students, and from men who will b
seniors during the coming Universit
Present Staff Assistants, Assistan
Resident Advisers, Resident Counsel

e ors, and other student members o
u the Residence Halls staffs for mer
d and women should inform thei
n House Directors or Resident Adviser
t at the present time if they wish to b
- reappointed to their Residence Hall

staff positions
year 1941-42.

for the University
Karl Litzenberg

Wanted at Once: Men students who
are willing and able to do inside and
outside work, such as housecleaning,
painting, yard and garden work. I
have a considerable number of odd
jobs listed at the Employment Bureau
available to young men who wish to
earn some extra cash.
Apply to Miss Elizabeth A. Smith,
Employment Bureau, Room 2, Uni-
versity Hall. Telephone 4121, Ext.
May Festival Tickets: All unordered
May Festival tickets are now on sale
over the counter at the offices of the
University Musical Society in Burton
Memorial Tower. In due course a
limited number of standing room
tickets for individual concerts will
also be placed on sale.
Candidates for the Teacher's Certi-
ficate for June 1941 are requested to
call at the office of the School of
Education, 1437 UES, this week (no
later than Friday) between the hours
of 1:30 and 4:30 to take the Teacher
Oath which is a requirement for the
All, manuscripts for the 1940-41
Hopwood Contests must be in the
English Office, 3221 Angell Hall, by
4:30 p.m. today. Manuscripts sub-
mitted after that time will not be
R. W. Cowden
A representative of Allis-Chalmers
Manufacturing Company will give an
illustrated talk on Thursday, April 24,
at 5:00 pm. in Room 229, West En-
gineering Bldg., to Senior Engineers
interested in employment with this
Company. Interviews will be held on
Friday, April 25, in Room 221 West
Engineering Bldg.
Change of Address: Students who
have moved since the beginning of
the second semester are urged to
report their new addresses to the
Office of the Dean of Students at
Office of the Dean of Students
Attention All Seniors of the College
of Literature, Science, and the Arts:
Senior class dues must be paid be-
tween April 23 and April 30. This
is necessary for any senior's name to
appear in Commencement announce-
ments. Dues may be paid in Angell
Hall lobby between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
f Advanced R.O.T.C. Students: Com-
mutation checks available at Head-
quarters Thursday, April 24, between
the hours of 1:30 and 4:15 p.m.
r Advanced Corps students of 'the
I ROTC and Reserve Officers can ob-
e tain their Military Ball tickets at
- ROTC headquarters starting Thurs-
day afternoon, April 24; the sale will
be continued through Friday and Sat-
urday. The remaining tickets will
e go on sale to basic students Tues-
a day, April 29, also at ROTC head-
e quarters.
l All scripts for next year's Union
n Opera are due Monday, April 28. $100
- will be - paid to the authors of the
- script that is choserl.
n Summer Work: The following coun-
, sellor positions are open, most of
- them in Michigan camps. Students
d who are interested should call at the
s Bureau of Appointments and Occu-
- pational Information at once. Hours
d 9-12, 2-4
-5 waterfron-t_ men, 4 waterfront
l women, 1 woman- Phys. Ed. -major
e with R.C. Water Safety Inst. and
y handicraft, nature study counsellors,
4 handicraft men, riding counsellors
t both men and women, camp doctors,
- camp nurses, 1 sailing counsellor for
f girls' camp, 1 canoeing and boating
n counsellor for girls' camp, head coun-
r sellor, man, for Jewish camp in New
s York, Scoutmasters for provisional

e troops and Unit Leaders for Girl
s (Continued on Page 6)


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