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SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1941


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Editorial Staff

Emile Gele .
Robert Speckhard
Albert P. Blaustein,
David Lachenbruch
Bernard Dober .
Alvin Dann
Hal Wilson
Arthur Hill
Janet Hiatt
Grace Miller

. Managing Editor
. . . . Editorial Director
* . .. . City Editor
Associate Editor
. . . . Associate Editor
Associate Editor
* . . .Sports Editor
. . . Assistant Sports Editor
. . . .Women's Editor
Assistant Women's Editor


H. Huyett
B. Collins

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The editorials published in The Michi-
gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represent the views of the
writers only.
Haisley's Disnuissal1
Is Unjust Action ...,
DENMARK, and by Denmark we
mean Ann Arbor's Board of Public Education.
Otto W. Haisley was dismissed as superinten-
dent of Ann Arbor's public schools at Wednes-
day's meeting of the Board in what appears to
be a violation of better judgment and the public
By a five-to-four decision the Board voted,
amidst the boos and groans of assembled towns-
people and students, not to renew the contract
of the man who for 17 years has guided the city's
public school system to a position in which it is
today respected as one of the nation's finest.
r"HE BOARD as such has not given its reasons
for the action. Individually, however, accusa-
tions have been leveled. Mrs. Martha Huss, one
of those who voted for the dismissal, charged
Mr. Haisley with overriding the School Board in
the choice of the Slauson Jurior High School
site, and "protecting" a former School Board
treasurer, Grove Ray, found guilty of misappro-
priating school funds fifteen years ago. She
also charged him with coercing teachers, an ac-
cusation closely allied to a statement by another
Board member, Mrs. Flora Ward, that she rep-
resented an element in Ann Arbor's population
which she indicated was in opposition to the
Superintendent's "educational policies."
All of these allegations break down when
confronted with fact. The assertion that
Haisley overrode the Board in the choice of
a 'site for the Slauson school is refuted by
the statement of Mrs. George Walterhouse,
Board member at the time of the incident,
who said that the Board and not Mr. Haisley
had made the selection. Moreover, the Board
itself is the policy-making agency, whereas
the superintendent is purel an administra-
tive officer whose powers are limited to rec-
The charge that Haisley "rotected" the
former treasurer of the Board seems incon-
sistent with the fact that it was Mr. Haisley
who insisted, over the mild protests of the
Board members, that an audit be taken of
the yearly million-dollar school budget. It
was the audit that exposed the $12,000 de-
faultation by Mr. Ray.
The best testimony that Mr. Haisley hasnot
coerced the teachers was rendered by the spon-
taneous protests of the teachers present at the
Wednesday Board meeting against the Superin-
tendent's dismissal. Mr. Glen Mills, formerly
of Ann Arbor High School faculty and now in
the University speech department, echoed the
sentiments of those teachers when he said,
"In my five years as a member of the faculty, I
have never heard any word whatsoever against
Mr. Haisley in regard to his honesty, fairness or
efficiency. I am supported in this belief by the
majority of the public schools' faculty who see
in this arbitrary and unfair dismissal without
trial the makings of a dangerous precedent,
s which is not only undemocratic, but because of
the feeling of insecurity it would give, is con-
dusive to inefficiency and possibly graft."
The opposition to Mr. flaisley's "educa-
tional policies" seems to rest chiefly on the
grounds that it is too "modern" and that
inc.runti in 1aiinc fnf the elmentarv

Regarding Ann Arbor CPT
To the Editor:
regarding the Ann Arbor Air Service and the
University's CPT course contained in the edi-
torial of May 15 and the letter from a former
Ann Arbor Air Service instructor on the follow-
ing day may lead to some unwarranted and un-
just actions. The experience of the instructors
in the course has been impugned, and the acci-
dent of last Saturday has been used as a spring-
board to stir up dire misgivings in connection
with the Federal flight training program here.
Mr. Behrman's account reveals his lack of
knowledge of the principles inherent in heavier-
than-air flight, but he may be forgiven this
much more easily than for his failure as a jour-
nalist to check facts. As for the "Flight In-
structor," his is as intriguing a misstatement as
has arisen in the welter of rumors connected
with the accident. He should know better than
to state that the plane was "fifty feet in the air
with a solo student, stalled and spun in on top
of another one off the runway." A little reflec-
tion on the fact that no one was injured, that
the first airplane landed right side up on its
wheels, and that' damage was confined to its
wing tips, the propellor and the fuselage near
the empennage, should have made plain that
this was no case of "spinning in." That blood-
chilling term of the airmen is hardly applicable
here, for when a ship hits the earth in a spin-
even from the relatively low altitude of 50 feet-
it doesn't stand a chance of landing on its
wheels, and the pilot can conclude that he is
being kept by a Higher Power for some noble
work if he doesn't find himself being assembled
a la shovel.
THE PERSON figuring most prominently in
the accident of last Saturday and those who
were present give this version. Just after take-
off down the runway was begun, the student
pilot felt his ship veer to the right, with its left
wing high. Presumably a gust of wind caused
this, as sometimes is the case, but directly be-
fore him loomed another airplane standing at
the edge of the runway waiting for him to pass.
Because of marshy ground, it had not been
taxied at a safer distnce away from the solid
runway and its abetting area.
Believing he could not avoid "ramming" the
other ship, the student pulled the stick into the
pit of his stomach in an effort to clear it. As a
matter of fact, his ship did takeoff, indicating
that he had some measure of flying speed, but
his landing gear scraped the right wing of the
parked airplane as he passed over. Instantly he
was pivoted around to the right, his low right
wing digging into the forward edge of the other
ship where the wing meets the fuselage, and in
this completely reversed position, his ship slid
to the ground, lighting on its wheels and sheer-
ing the left wing of the other plane.
THE ACCIDENT was partly the fault of the
student, of course, but he was not guilty of
attempting a takeoff without flying speed. He
had no other choice if he were to avoid the
parked ship. The accident was also made possi-
ble by the position of the second airplane so
close to the runway, and therein lies the crux of
the whole controversy over the series of acci-
dents at Ann Arbor Airport. To move further
away from runways is to invite a bout with the
mud (remember the Army planes!), and so
ships taxi closer to the runway than is entirely
safe. Ann Arbor has agreed to widen the run-
ways, but is progressing with the work at a pace
which seems to be barely on a grain-by-grain
The Civil Aeronautics Authority has warned
that the program will be terminated at, Michi-
gan if these runways are not widened, and it is
not difficult to foresee that the University will
lose this very valuable program if these condi-
tions are not fulfilled.
As for the instructors, I have always found
them competent, interested in my problems, and
sincerely devoted to flying. This applies to the

operators and the men who maintain the ships
as well.
The only factor that can't be eliminated in
flight training is student carelessness and over-
confidence-especially after a few hours of solo
flying have given some students the conviction
that they are well on the way to becoming Roscoe
- Dean Baker, '36
brand this endeavor with the easy stigma
of "modernism" is to fail to realize the sig-
nificant place of education in society.
Mr. Haisley has not dictated how the instruc-
tion of elementary reading should be carried out.
He realizes a question is best left to
those trained in the field; and it is his general
policy to allow the individual teacher the maxi-
mum responsibility consistent with a well-bal-
anced program of education. That his policies
have been well considered is indicated by the
fact that the entire public school system of Ann
Arbor is widely respected and, in particular, that
the average reading ability of elementary stu-
dents here is a full half-year above the recog-
nized national norm.
TMr.Haisley's long service and devotion to
the education and well-being of its youth, is
strikingly borne out by the petitions signed by
1,046 Ann Arbor citizens supporting the Superin-
tendent. This represents nearly half of the
qualified School Board electors, and others are
rallying to his support under the leadership of
a Citizens' Committee which has successfully

. May Festival
* Final Exams
body else is-allow me to inject my 15 cents'
worth into the discussion.-
First of all, let me say that I Have nothing%
against May Festivals. And let me add that Ic
enjoyed immensely the Philadelphia Orchestra'sE
performance in the 1941 Festival. I also likedc
Miss Maynor. No one feature of the FestivalI
was-as our esteemed music critic, Mr. Karl-t
strom, has written-"ungood." I do, however,t
have a bone to pick with the audience.c
The first Festival Concert of the season, as
you may have noticed, featured one Mr. Law-t
rence Tibbett, a baritone. This Mr. Tibbett sangc
with a certain amount of skill and his voice wasc
even good enough to be differentiated from that2
of the baritone singing in the church choir.
BUT when Mr. tTibbett finished his last sche-
duled song at Hill Auditorium, an overwhelm-
ing burst of applause, reminiscent of 10,000t
riveting machines being tested during a severer
thunderstorm, rewarded him for the little effortc
he appeared to have expended.a
Completely taken by surprise, Mr. Tibbett
stumbled over the chairs and bassoons andc
musicians for ani uncountable number of cur-
tain (ails, which resulted in two meager en-s
cores. Then, when he could sing no more, he
chose to (it hurts me to say this) blow kisses
0) at the audience!
UT you can't blame Handsome Larry for this.
He must have been stunned by the terrific1
applause. Most of the other artists were too.
The audience couldn't have liked the stuff that
much. My conclusion is that Ann Arbor audi-
ences will applaud anything to get their money's
worth-even if it hurts.
Incidentally, I've discovered why most May
Festival vocalists close their eyes when they;
sing. They can't bear to see people suffer.
IAL WILSON, new Daily Sports Ed., is a mira-
cle of clairvoyance. From his Sportfolio last1
week: "We wouldn't know Porter's Cap if wet
met her hauling a milk wagon down State Street,
but nevertheless she's our choice to cop the;
Preakness." Well, as you know, Porter's Cap
didn't even place. And, incidentally, Mr. Wilson,
wait till football season!
Whirl away home, Harold.
IT WON'T BE LONG before people in this Uni-
versity will be studying again--for finals are
icumen in, as Chaucer would say. Which, of
course, reminds me of a true, true story.
The finals in Economics 51 were being held.
Room 101 in the Ec Building was filled to ca-
pacity with humanity, yet it was mortuary-
quiet, save for the scratching of a rusty pen-
point somewhere in the northeast corner of the
A young instructor stood proudly, arrogantly,
his back to the blackboard, watching for some
inconsiderate student, who, through his dis-
honesty, would uproot the entire system upon
which modern education is built. His discerning
eye finally met with a clue. There was a young
fellow in the very last row who was staring at
the ceiling. Then leisurely, he would reach into
his pocket and pulled out a large and ancient
pocket watch. He would stare at it for a few
minutes, then return it to his pocket and write
like mad on his examination paper.
turned his gaze to the ceiling. He slowly
traveled his eye to the faculty man in the front
of the room, then dug into his pocket for the
watch again, scrutinized and returned it and
wrote furiously for a page and a half.
The istructor's ego did flip-flops. "I. L. will
give me a merit badge for this," he thought.
Impatienty, but nonchalantly, he sidled his way
to the rear of the room as the insignificant stu-
dent looked at his watch once more and

scrawled rapidly. When the instructor reached
the back of the room, the student had already
replaced the watch in his trousers pocket.
The instructor stood directly behind the stu-
dent. After a pause of about a minute the stu-
dent slowly reached into his watch pocket. The
instructor drew in a deep breath. The law of
diminishing returns had never even made him
this happy! He watched carefully, closely, dis-
cerningly over the student's shoulder. The cul-
prit slowly removed the timepiece from his
pocket and drew it cautiously to the desk top.
riHE INSTRUCTOR craned his neck in tor-
tuous anticipation of the delights to come.
The student pressed the spring which released
the cover of the old-fashioned dial. The in-
structor could see it clearly. Pasted over the
face of the watch was a piece of paper on which
was inscribed the message:
Go-to &*%(?
Physical Force Does Not
Alone Comprise Victory
I would not have it supposed that physical
force and its reactions comprise the secret of
our victory (in 1914-18).
Without this physical force . . . we could not
have won. But should we have had this physical
force if there had not stood behind it-never
more strong than in the darkest hours-the
moral conviction that we were in the right?
Great mistakes were made by the generals
and politicians. Lives were thrown out on a
staggering scale.
But still the will to win persisted and pre-
wqnni ltr ne of the inniate. unchallenaable

A Student 'Bill Of Rights'
As Others Committee on Academic Freedom of the American Civil
SLiberties Union sets forth a manifesto of rights and
__________ responsibilities of college students.
From a survey-'What Freedom For American Shidents'-published April, 1941, by ACLU

THIS STUDY sets forth the relation between student
'"rights" and university authority. It raises the
question as to what extent a college in a democracy may
properly limit the freedom of students. It is based up-
on the assumption that a college should offer the high-
est degree of freedom consistent with education. Edu-
cation itself requires freedom as well as responsibility.
The teacher who is not free to follow the search for
truth is not a true scholar. The student who is obliged
to accept and not inquire is not a genuine student. This
conception of the relation of students to teacher lies
at the heart of any college or university which professes
to be a center for free inquiry and expression. Its impli-
cations also require freedom for students outside the
classroom to pursue their own interests both in college
and public questions.
A college operates as a community and, like other
communities, requires rules, or practices so sanctioned
by traditoin as to be equivalent to rules. Those rules
to be successful must reflect the varied responsibilities
involved-to democratic society at large, to the partic-
ular commonwealth within which the college exists, to
administrative requirements, and to education as a pro-
cess of growth and of experience in citizenship.
While it is quite impossible to lay down rules for
uniform application in colleges of all types, it is ob-
vious that the sharp differences revealed in this survey
are due not to necessity but to varying pressures, fears,
and habits. They represent differing responses which
differ in part because of attitudes of college president,
faculties and trustees, and in part because of the lack
of any clear concept of student freedom and responsi-
bility in relation to education.
Sets Forth Staindards
N ATTEMPTING to set forth certain standards which
in our judgment should be observed, we have drawn
upon the best practices already existing in one college
or another. The practical suggestions which cover the
points raised by our survey are not intended for blanket
application, but as a statement of policies essential to
democratic freedom. 'Their application must of course
vary with different types of colleges and within existing
general frameworks of student, faculty and administra-
tive relations.
1. The policy of every college in relation to student
activities outside the classroom should be set forth in.
definite terms, and accepted by the college community.
To leave complete discretion in such matters solely to a
college president, executive officer or faculty committee
is to risk putting the determination of critical issues
in too few hands influenced by the accidents of the
moment, or by the pressures inevitably surrounding a
particular crisis when it arises. Democratic decisions re-
quire representation of all interests involved, with au-
thority and responsibility clearly fixed.
2. A college's stated policy should make clear that
students are free to organize associations for political,
religious, social and other purposes. Student organ-
izations may properly be required to register with the
college authorities their names, purposes, by-laws, offi-
cers, activities (and where not too burdensome, mem-
bership). Secret societies may of course properly be pro-
hibited or regulated.
3. Student associations should be permitted to take
the name of the college and to use their names in all
activities on college property consistent with the pur-
poses of the various organizations. Restrictions may
fairly be placed on the use of the college name by any
association when its activities extend beyond the college
campus, such as participation in picketing and in dem-
onstrations and parades; but such restrictions in order
to reflect the judgment of the college community should

be made and enforced only by student councils or joint
student-faculty committees.
Use College Property
its primary use for instruction should be
made available to any registered student organization
carrying out its stated purpose, in accordance with the
regulations for the use of college property. Any veto
power reserved by a college administration over the
use of college property by student organizations on the
ground of speakers or program should be exercised
only in consultation with a student-faculty committee.
Where permission to use college property is denied,
no student organization should be disciplined for hold-
ing meetings off college property.
5. As a general principle no control should be exer-
cised by college authorities over the subjects or out-
side speakers chosen by student groups; but if any
control is exercised it should be in accordance with the
proviso in paragraph 3.
6. In institutions where it is thought desirable to
have faculty advisors for student organizations, such
advisors should be chosen or approved by the student
organizations themselves. Where joint committees of
students and faculty supervise student affairs, the stu-
dent members should be selected by the student council
or by representatives of student organizations.
7. No disciplinary action should be taken against
college students for engaging in activities off the cam-
pus such as campaigning for political candidates, pick-
eting in labor disputes, participating in public demon-
strations, etc., provided such students do not claim
to be representing the college.┬░Every precaution should
be taken against misrepresenting the college to the
outside public and to impress on students their obli-
gations to their institution's repute as suggested in
paragraph 3.
-8. College students should be permitted to publish
such newspapers or magazines as they wish, subject to
provisions for registering with the college authorities
the name, purposes, and editors. No censorship in ad-
vance by the college authorities should be exercised over
the contents of any publication. If student editors
should abuse their responsibility by improprieties or
indecency, or fail to live up to responsibilities accepted,
disciplinary action should, be taken either by the stu-
dent council or council of student organizatiops or a
student-faculty committee. In colleges where student
publications are under supervision of a joint student-
faculty committee or faculty advisors, disagreements
between student and faculty members should be re-
ferred to the college faculty for final decision.
Student Editors
9. THE BOARDS or committees of students re-
sponsible for each publication should be free
to select editors without control by the college author-
ities or faculty (subject to provisions for faculty ad-
visors wherever they exist). A student editor should be
removable only by the student board, or by majority
vote of a student-faculty committee where it exists, or
by a majority vote of the faculty when appeal is taken.
10. Where a system of genuine democratic student
government exists with control over student activities
outside the classroom, a Student "Bill of Rights" or
specific rules may be superfluous. For such a system
presupposes student control-or joint student-faculty
control-over all the matters set forth above. The suc-
cessful systems of student government obviously should
be extended to all colleges, both in the interest of the
smoother operation of the college community and of
serving democratic processes.



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WASHINGTON - About ten years
ago Clarence Streit was covering
Geneva for The New York Times.
It was his special job to report on the
League of Nations, often a very dis-
couraging assignment.
Month after month he saw prob-
lems affecting the welfare of man-
kind come before the League - white
slave traffic, opium control, the in-
vasion of Manchuria. Month after
month he heard statesmen represent-
ing one country or another rise to say
that the paramount interests of the
statesman's government would not
permit him to concur.
heard the warning that the dic-
tator nations sought to dominate the
earth. He heard this warning grow
from a whisper to a roar. And once
while it was growing he sat down
with a pencil and paper and added up
all the resources and wealth of the
democracies and compared them with
the wealth of the dictatorships.
The comparison was astounding.
The democracies controlled more
than one-half the worlds territory,
70 to 90 per cent of the world's re-
sources, more than half the world's
population. They controlled every raw
material except silk, which was in the
hands of Japan. Their power was tre-
The dictatorships, on the other
hand, controlled next to nothing.
Their resources were pitifully weak.
THEREFORE Streit concluded that
the cause of all the world's fear
of flit-nrqw mo marelr that the de-

ing dictatorships grew in prestige
and power.
English Speaking Union
It was about that time tnat Clar-
ence Streit became definitely sold on
the crusade to which he has-now ded-
icated his life - union between the
English-speaking democracies of the
In Europe Streit gradually became
convinced that the peoples of Ger-
many, Italy, and southern Europe did
not have the basic background for
democratic government. Servants in
Austria, for instance, fell on their
knees and kissed his hand. Therefore
the hope of the world, he concluded,
lay in cooperation between Great
Britain, the United States, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and South
AND with the United States, in the
opinion of many people, now bal-
ancing on the edge of war, Streit has
been especially active on Capitol
Hill and with various members of the
Administration, urging that now is
the time to set the peace machinery,
for the post-war period. The United
States, he argues, must not now
make the same mistake of Woodrow
Wilson in not exacting an advance
pledge from Britain regarding the
terms of future peace.
League Like 13 Colonies
However, the main point this cru-
sading young newspaper man drives
home to his audiences and in his talks

SATURDAY, MAY 1'7, 1941
VOL. LI. No. 162
Publication in the Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University.
Seniors: The firm which furnishes
diplomas for the University has sent
the following caution: Please warn
graduates not to store diplomas in
cedar chests. There is enough of the
moth-killing aromatic oil in' the aver-
age cedar chest to soften inks of any
kind that might be stored inside
them, resulting in seriously damag-
ing the diplomas.
Shirley W. Smith
To the Members of the University
Senate: The second regular meeting
of the University Senate will be held
on Monday, May 19, at 4:15 p.m. in
the Rackham Lecture Hall.
1. Questions concerning the codifi-
cation of the By-Laws of the Board
of Regents raised in a request from
several members for a special meet-
2. Hospitalization Plan, Vice-Presi-
dent S. W. Smith.
3. New Education Fellowship, Vice-
President C. S. Yoakum.
.4. Statistics on Enrollment, Regis-
trar I. M. Smith.
Louis A. Hopkins, Secretary
To All Members of the Faculty and
Administrative Staff: If it seems cer-
tain that any telephones will not be
used during the summer months,
please notify the Business Office,
Mr. Peterson. A saving can be effect-
ed if instruments are disconnected
for a period of a minimum of three
Herbert G. Watkins

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