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Fifty Years Of Continuous Publication


The Vice-President
Speaks For Labor. .

VOL. L. No. 150









Trackmen To Meet
Notre Dame Today;
Nine Defeats Ohio


Will It Stay That Way?

'Publications Body

Fill Discuss


At Meeting Today

Wolverine Baseball Squad
Swamps Buckeyes, 13-5,
In First Series Game
Illini Tennis Squad
Will Meet Varsity
The Wolverine track team will set
out this morning for South Bend,
where it will encounter one of the
stiffest tests it will have to face in
the current season's outdoor cam-
paign - a dual meet with the Fight-
ing Irish of Notre Dame which gives
every indication of being one of the
closest contests of the year.
Michigan will go into the meet
rated slightly the underdog to the
powerful Irish aggregation, which is
ranked by many as the strongest cin-
der squad in Notre Dame's history.
But from the way things shape up,
it looks as though the two teams will
be racing neck-and-neck down to the
final event, the feature mile relay, on
'which will probably hinge the winner
of the meet.
Everything points to the mile relay
as being the highlight of the meet,
for it was in this event at the Drake
Relays last week that Notre Dame
surged 'to victory after the Wolverines
had fouled out on one of the turns.
Michigan had already defeated the
Irish quartet in two indoor meets this
year, however.
Wolverine Coach Ken Doherty will
not decide on which men to run in
this event until it is time for the lead-
off runner to advance to the start-
ing blocks. Al Thomas, Bobby Barn-
ard, Warren Breidenbach, Bob Ufe .
and Jack Leutritz have all been prac-
ticing baton-passing during the past
week and Bob Reutter may also get
the nod to action in the feature race
of the day. But with Barnard slat-
ed to carry the Wolverine colors into
the low hurdles only a few minutes
before the final event starts, it seems
very likely that the quartet which
will face the Notre Dame Drake Re-
lays champions will be composed of
(Continued on Page 3)
Nine Trounces
Buckeyes, 135
(Special to The Daily)7
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 2. -
Michigan's rampaging baseball team
continued to annihilate all conference
competition as they walloped the
Ohio State nine by the score of 131
to 5.
In the last three games the power-
ful Wolverine teams has scored 30
runs and made 35 hits for a total of
54 bases to establish themselves as
one of the favorites for the Big Ten
Little Davey Nelson was leader of
the varsity's attack with two doubles
and a home run to his credit. Davey
was followed closely in his quest for1
batting laurels by Catcher George
Harms who banged out a double and
two singles in five trips to the plate.
The game was not only marked byI
the Wolverines' heavy hitting' but
also by the Buckeyes' poor fielding.
The Ohio State lads made a total
of six errors to aid the visitors whoe
needed little help in overcoming the
Maynard Stoddard, who was on
the mound for the Wolverines, was
not in the best of form as he allowed
(Continued on Page 3)1
Netters Meet Illni
Local tennis fans will get their first
look at Michigan's vastly improvede
tennis team this afternoon when the
Wolverine netters clash with a greenI
Illinois team in the first home meet
of the year. The contest is scheduled
for 2 p.m. at Palmer Field.t
On the basis of records thus far,
the locals should be favored to take

their third Big Ten victory today. I

Early Returns
Show Election
Of 4 Senators
Rodney, Russell, Davis,
And Zimmerman Secure
Posts As 2,345 Vote
2,345 students voted yesterday in
the Student Senate Election, and by
one o'clock last night four students,
two Dorm-Independents, one Michi-
gan Party member, and one non-par-
tisan were declared elected.
First to be counted in was Ray S.
Davis of the Michigan Party. Fol-
lowing him on the first count were
Samuel B. Russell, 42, Dorm-Inde-
pendent, and John F. Zimmerman,
'43, non-partisan. In the counting
of second place ballots, Dorm-Inde-
pendent Marvin B. Rodney, '42, was
Thirty-nine candidates vied for 18
student Senate posts to be filled in
the election yesterday. Fourteen of
these ran under the Michigan Party
banner, 13 as University Progressives,
four under Inter-Guild sponsorship
and one under the banner of the
American Student Union.
Two contestants ran as dormitory
representatives, both of whom were
elected by one o'clock last night.
Three were on the ballot as inde-
pendents, and one, already elected,
used the designation, non-partisan.
hThe election was conductedunder
the Hare System of choice voting,
sometimes known as the Single
Transferable Vote, the voter marking
the figure "1' in front of his first
choice for student senator, "2" in
front of his second choice.
Honor Society
To Meet Today
Brumin To Give Address
At Initiation Banquet
Honoring their new initiates, Phi
Lambda Upsilon, honorary chemistry
fraternity, will told a banquet at
6:30 p.m. today at the Union.
Prof. J. L. Brumm of the journa-
lism department will be the speaker
for the evening, speaking on the sub-.
ject "Discovering the Future." He
will be introduced by toastmaster
Prof. L. C. Anderson of the chem-
istry department.
Following Professor Brunm's talk
a welcome address will be given the
new initiates by Charles 0. King,
Grad., and Douglas Lyttle, '41, will
make the response for the initiates.
In addition to the honors to be
paid the initiates, John C. Sheehan,
Grad., will present awards to Charles
E. Erickson, '42, and to Robert T.
Wallace, '42E, as the most outstand-
ing members in chemistry and chem-
ical engineering respectively.
Initiates being honored tonight are
Cruzan Alexander, '43L, Leo B. Bich-
er, Jr., Grad., John F. Bruesch, Grad.,
Joseph H. Burckhalter, Grad., John
B. Data, Grad., Harry G. Drickamer,
'41E, Robert F. Edgerton, Grad.,
Richard E. Field, '41, Harry Freund,
Grad., Maurice Griffel, Grad., 'Arno
H. Heyn, Grad., Walter James Hor-
ton, Grad., William G. Jackson, '41,
Derland Johnston, Grad., and Jerome
Karle, Grad.
Other initiates are Martin W. Kis-
el, '41, Gerald H. -Kissin, Grad., Jo-
seph Kleiman, '41E, Kenneth Louis
Kreuz, Grad., Blaine Beverly Kuist,
'41E, Fred Kurata, Grad., Leonard
D. Kurtz, '41, Elmer Leininger, Grad.,
Werner M. Lillienfeld, Grad., Douglas
Lyttle, '41, N. William MacNaughton,I
Grad., Hugh o. McCormick, Grad.,

Peter Meshkoff, Grad., and Julius

An Editorial...

Addition Of Two Faculty
Men And Two Voting
Alumni Will Be Issue

Apparently prompted by news that the Board of Regents intends to "pack" the Board in Control of
Student Publications with new faculty and alumni members, a prankster made a perilous journey yesterday
down from a second story window to paste a piece of paper over the word "Student" in "Student Publica-
tions," the inscription over the entrance to the Stud pnt Publications Building. That made the inscription
read "Publications University of Michigan."
Today the Board in Control of Student Publicati ins meets to consider the Regents' new by-law.
Faculty, Students Voice Disapproval
OfPu blications Board 'Packing 'Plan

Protests against the proposed
"packing" of the Board in Control
of Student Publications have been
coming in steadily to The Daily from
all quarters on campus. Reproduced
below are some of the most represen-
tative opinions:
Prof. Dewitt Parker, Ch irman of
the Philosophy Department: "In my
opinion, The Michigan Daily is an
excellent student paper, and I'm err-
tirely content with it as it is. I see no
need whatever for a change in its
Prof. ,.ohn I Brunin, Chairm; it
of .ournalism Department: "Be-
lieving that a widespread tolerance
is the only quality which can save
our democracy from defeat during
this time of conflicting views, I
should regret any authoritative
action to limit the free expression
of opinion at the University of
Michigan. If it is proposed to in-
crease the number of faculty mnen-
bers on the Board in Control of
Student Publications for the pur-
pose of outvoting student repre-
sentation on the Board, it would
appear that convictions are to de-
pend for justification less on their
merits than on the votes they can
"There pay be marked differ-
ences between faculty and student
opinion, but democracy requires
that a free people or a free uni-
versity shall risk what it may be
ieedful to risk in avoiding any-
thing which has the appearance of
intolerance or censorship.
"Youth may make many mis-
takes, but to try to determine its
coincidences by arbitrary direction.
will not serve the high purpose of
a university-to preserve a free
competition of ,ideas. The cure for
misadventures in thinking is better,
thinking-not more votes."
Prof. Edward W. Blakenman, Ieli-
gious Counselor: "I am in favor of a
50-50 representation of faculty and
students in control of the Michigan

move closer to its progressive alum-
ni and student constituency. (3) Be-
cause spiritual and :religious values
thrive only in academic freedom. (4)
Because one faculty man has as much
influence as two students, therefore
there has been faculty control all
along. And Michigan has produced a
great college newspaper."
* * *
Prof. Mentor Williams, English De-
partment: "In view of the responsi-.
bility as shown by The Daily in the
last two years and in view of the
record.it has rnade among other col-
lege papers the nation ovgr, this
action is inexcusable."
* * *
Prof. Richard C. Fuller, Sociology
Department: "I do not believe that
the students should have complete
control of The Daily, nor do I
think that the paper should be
doibina ted by faculty and alumni.
It Seems ±o me that the present
organization of the Board affords a
dcmocratic balance which should
not be disturbed.
Prof. Louis Karpinski, Mathe-
"I am opposed at any attempt
whatsoever to legislate against the
students in an undemocratic way.
I believe that putting a majority of
faculty representatives or outsiders
on the board would be a strictly un-
democratic-procedure. If ever the
University needed to, be careful to
preserve in every way within its walls
democratic processes and institutions
that time is the present.
Prof. L. G. Vander Velde, History
I)epartment: "I frequently disagree
with The Daily, but I am a ways in-
terested in it as an organ of student
opinion. If the change in the compo-
sition of the Board in Control of
Student Publications means that The
Daily is 'lo become an organ express-
ing not what the students think, but
what the faculty would like to have
them think, the real function of the

Professor Paul Henle, Philosophyf
Department: "As long as I have
known anything about it, The Daily
has been an excellent paper, not
merely by undergraduate stand-
ards, but judged by any criteria
whatsoever. /This is not to say ihat
I have always, or even generally,
agreed with its editorial policy.
"I do not see, however, that a
change in the Board of Control is
needed, or that it is likely to im-
prove The Daily; while I do see that
it may easily do harm, almost cer-
(Continued on Page 2)
Students Speak
Harry G. Drickameir, President of
Senior Class, College of Engineering:
'With an 8 to 3 ratio, the position of
a student on the Board becomes some-
what ridiculous. If the University
wants an administration controlled
paper, it seems hypocritical on their
part to retain these last vestiges of
student self government in the pub-
'ications building.,"
Tom iHarman, number 98: "The
Michigan Daily will be a better news-
paper if the present ratio of four
faculty members to three students
is maintained on the Beard in Con-
trol of Student Publications."
** *
Charles Heinen, Secretary Michi-
gan Union: "The move to pack the
Board in Control is, in my opinion,
ideologically unsound, practically
unfair, and tactically insulting to
the intelligence of the Student
"Threatening students, attempt-
ing to state the student point of
view with an overwhelming of non-
sudent control is certainly coercion.
It can lead to nothing but non-
thinking and sycophancy, certainly
not aims of our democratic ideal.
"Practically, it is very unfair that
a group of men who have been as
thoroughly conscientious and as
thoroughly successful in present-
inz al sdes of evern,,estio na

"packing" of the Board in Con-
trol of Student publications centers
around two conflicting theories of
the student members' role.
Proponents of the Administra-
tion's measure to extend the older
generation's voting power from a
four-to-three ratio to an eight-to-
three ratio believe that the students
should never do more than advise.
The students will be expected to
inform the Board as well as they
can the opinion of the campus on
issues that come up from time to
time, and although they have a
vote they are never to have any
hope of actually controlling the
Board. Student members are not
to think that they may have their
own way on any point on which
they may happen to differ with
the faculty members,
This is not an overstatement of
the situation. It is almost exactly
what Prof. Axel Marin, who head-
ed the committee which drafted the
revision, and Prof. Edson R. Sun-
derland of the Board in Control,
have told us.
TE SECOND, the present type
Board still gives the faculty
the controlling vote. If this fight
is described to you as a struggle
between faculty men and students
for control of the Board, then it is
a misrepresentation. The faculty
will control the Board on any issue
whose control by them is impera-
However, a four-to-three ratio is
not so great that the students must
always dismiss any hope of having
their way, for, if they can con-
vince one or two of the faculty men
that their stand is right, then that
stand will prevail.
You may ask how this arrange-
ment has worked out. The answer
is simple. This year the faculty
men voted ina block for the week's
suspension of two Daily editors.
The student members opposed the
measure, but the older men had
their way.
We say that that is fair enough.
Undoubtedly there will be times
when the'faculty men will see dan-
gers that students may not see,
and we agree that, when all four
men are convinced of the presence
of these dangers, they should have
their way.
We also say that there are times
when the students are right. And
we also say that The Daily has be-
come a good paper because it is a
STUDENT paper,
THAT IS THE FIGHT as we see it.
How it is decided will mean in
large part whether Daily staffs of
the future will have the courage to
think for themselves. The decision
will determine whether The Daily
is to remain a student paper or is
to become an uninteresting, unread
house organ.
Austin Ranney
Wins Contest
Austin Ranney of Northwestern
University last night won the $100
first prize in the fifty-first annual
contest of the Northern Oratorical
League held in the Rackham Amphi-
Second place, with a prize of $50,
went to Winston Oberg of the Univer-
sity of Minnesota, who spoke on "The
Life Stream of the Nation." Honor-
able mention was given George I.
Meisel of Western Resere University,

Students, Faculty
Register Protest
(The Daily City Editor)
A rising storm of protest was ex-
pected to roll in from the campus to-
day as the ,Board in Control of Stu-
dent Puplications convened in a tense
meeting' to consider a proposal that
would leave Daily policy virtually in
the hands of the faculty.
The Board was to meet at 9 a.m.
to consider a resolution that would
make its corporate laws conform to
a by-law approved by the Regents
which would "pack" the board with
more faculty and alumni members.
Student Vs. Faculty Control
Although meeting ostensibly to
consider this "technicality," it is an-
ticipated that the Board meeting will
be devoted to a heated discussion of
student versus faculty control of
The Daily.
As far as the actual resolution is
concerned, most persons on the cam-
pus believe that the Board will take
one of three "possible actions:
1. It may refuse to vote on the reso-
lutioepjrely,.ndclinstead ask Uni-
verstiy officials for a new hearing
on the, subject.
2. It can pass the resolution, and
pave the way for the Regents' con-
templated "packing" proposal.
3. It can defeat the resolution, and
thus give rise to a confusing legal
situation wherein the board members
refuse to change their corporate laws
to conform to the wishes of the Uni-
versity, even though the Regents hold
the power of appointment and dis-
missal over them.
Will Appoint New Editors
Some time today the Board will
also appoint new editors in all publi-
cations for 1941-42, ordinarily their
most important task of the year.
At the present time there are seven
voting members on the board, three
students and four faculty. The pro-
posed change would add two faculty
members and give two alumni mem-
bers voting powers.
President Ruthven met with some
of the faculty members of the Board
at a special meeting in his office last
night, but no University announce-
ment has been made yet concerning
the reorganization pln.
Students and faculty have united in
protest against the "packing" since
The Daily repo'ted yesterday that
the Board of Regents was about to
make public the new by-law.
Leaders Submit Statement
Many campus leaders have submit-
ted statements attacking the proposal,
some of which are printed elsewhere
in The Daily.
Other groups of faculty members
were thought to be organizing to ask
for a new hearing on the entire sub-
ject of student publications.
Early yest'erday an unidentified
prankster climbed through a second
story window, a perilous journey, and
covered with a piece of 'paper the
word "Student" in "Student Publica-
tions" over the doorway to the Stu-
dent Publications Building.
The covering was later removed
with sponge and water by a Daily
Cissell Advocates
Balanced tard
In protest against the proposed
plan for adding faculty members to
the Board Prof. James H. Cissell, of
the engineering college, issued the
following statement last night:
"As (the representative organ
of the University, I believe that the
Michigan Daily should be controlled


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