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Attitude On Re-admission Cases

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Hervie Haufler
Alvin Sarasohn .
Paul M. Chandler
Karl Kessler
Milton Orshefsky
Howard A. Goldman .
Laurence Mascott
Donald Wirtchafter
Elther Osser
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To the Editor:
AN HONEST, thorough approach to an under-
standing and appraisal of the re-admission
cases demands that we carefully examine the
position of the Men's Judiciary Council as ex-
pressed in the editorial page of Tuesday's Mich-
igan Daily.
In essence, the Council argued: That the
"Expulsion" of 13 students from the University
of Michigan was necessary to maintain the
legislature's appropriations; and, further, that
it is now politic that the "right" of freedom of
speech and the "right" to know the charges
preferred be sacrificed to the greater end of
holding these appropriations and keeping the
University of Michigan "in existence for the
thousands that are to come."
We believe that this position is based upon
questionable assumptions and incomplete rea-
THE COUNCIL assumes: (1) that the causes
of the reduction in appropriations were the
"free tongue" and "free pen" of two per cent of
the student body; (2) that it is the will of the
people of Michigan that these twin rights should
be abrogated in their University-rights which
form the cornerstones of the democratic process
and which are deeply embedded and explicitly
stated in the constitutions of both the state of
Michigan and the United States.
The Council takes the red-scare headlines
"splashed across the Detroit papers" 'and the
scattered, hysterical speeches of isolated mem-
bers of the legislature as indicative of the posi-
tion of the entire legislative body. It is pertinent
to remind the Council that the last two presi-
dential elections proved conclusively that the
American press does not accurately reflect the
opinions of the American people. Realizing that
there has been a reduction, we nevertheless feel
that this crucial question must be answered:
Was the fear of a free clash of political opinions
the sole motive for all or most of the votes to
slash the appropriations? Intellectual honesty
demands that the Council thoroughly investigate
the reasonableness of this major assumption.
ORE FUNDAMENTALLY, however-would
such a position on the part of the state legis-
lature, as is entailed in the first assumption, be
consistent with the desires of the people of the
state of Michigan? On this question we take
unqualified issue with the Council. We are
firmly convinced that the people of this state
do not intend and never have intended that the
funds which they contribute be used to enforce
particular political attitudes on those who receive
the benefits of these funds. For the people are
insistent that the democratic process can work
only through the free expression and conflict
of all political opinions. Let us point out again

that this insistence is explicitly stated in the
state and federal constitutions; and that the
nature of the democratic process assumes a func-
tional relationship between the elected repre-
sentatives and the body politic.
Even within the limits of these questionable
assumptions the argument of the Judiciary
Council is incomplete: it assumes the University
to be a static concept that remains unchanged
despite the crumbling of the twin cornerstones
upon which it is built. If ideals are to be sacri-
ficed for "business" reasons, let us clearly under-
stand what kind of University we are trying to
"save"; let us agree as to what are the best
interests of Michigan and her student body.
We believe that the functions of a University
are: to provide the conditions whereby the truth
can emerge through the full and free clash of
all opinions on all subjects; and to provide the
training ground whereby men become versed
in the democratic way of life. To suppress aca-
demic freedom is to make impossible the ful-
fillment of these two obligations; to negate the
purpose for which the University was established.
THESE ARE NOT idle notions and we are not
setting forth a "parade of imaginary horri-
bles." If the administration does not clarify
its position and grant the students an open
hearing or at least explicity publish the charges
against them, it becomes plausible to assume
that the students were refused re-admission on
political grounds. "If the reasons are political,"
our conception of a University demands that
we take issue with the Council in its "whole-
hearted" approval of the administration's action.
And if these are the reasons, no student is se-
cure in his status if he uses the fruits of his
education to assist him in ,analyzing the struc-
ture of his society for the purpose of examining
public policy. For what are the criteria that
determine whether a student who expresses
political opinions should be re-admitted? More-
over, the implications of such a policy on the
freedom of faculty expression, inside and out-
side the classroom, is obvious.
Condemned for this action by many leading
educators and intellectuals throughout the na-
tion, the University is suffering more than an
attack upon its reputation. Our heritage of
liberalism is at stake-a tradition expressed so
well by President Ruthven on a number of occa-
sions in the past. It is necessary to remind the
Council that this state University, as part of the
"democratizing" influence of the west, has been
,a liberalizing force on the older universities of
the East. The failure to grant these students
an open hearing and to list the charges against
thgem strikes hard at this heritage; it weakens
the roots of the democratic process.
Harold D. Osterweil
- Edward R. Fried,

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The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
Good Sportsmanship
On The Gridiron.. ..
Cornell University authorities in re-
versing the referee's decision and giving Dart-
mouth full and unreserved credit for winning
their annual fotball battle after viewing mo-
tion pictures of last Saturday's game marks
another milestone in the broadening of inter-
collegiate athletic relations.
It took true sportsmanship on Cornell's part
to make such a gesture. For the winning of
that contest meant everything to the 4ig Red.
As the seconds slipped away in the final period
with the gallant Dartmouth eleven holding a
slim 3-0 margin, the Ithacans visualized all their
hopes of an undefeated season-of a magnificent
national gridiron championship>-crumbling be-
fore the charge of 'the inspired Indians. Then,
with but six seconds remaining, Cornell scored on
a disputed pass play. Many fans and experts
maintained that it was fifth down, that Dart-
mouth should have received possession of the
ball on its own 20-yard line.
THE MOTION PICTURES substantiated this.
Immediately Cornell officials, who were un-
der no compulsion to do so, wired Dartmouth
congratulating the Indians on their fine game
and conceded final victory.
A decade and a half ago an amazing com-
bination of a gridiron converted into a veritable
sea of mud by a steady, driving rain, of two
valiant football teams, and of the courageous
sportsmanship of Northwestern University of-
ficials resulted in an almost identical incident.
It was back in the fall of 1925-the year when
the Wolverines and Coach Fielding H. Yost
boasted one of the mightiest of their mighty
gridiron juggernauts-that fate threw together
these strange circumstances which ultimately
formed the basis for the long-standing tra-
ditional rivalry between Michigan and North-
A HEAVILY-FAVORED Michigan team invad-
ed Chicago's Grant Park Stadium on Nov.
8 of that year for a tilt with a supposedly weak
Wildcat eleven. On a victory path to the West-
ern Conference crown, the Wolverines never be-
lieved for a moment that Northwestern would
prove to be more than just another, victim of
its high-powered attack, which had previously
crushed all opposition.
On one of the worst gridirons two teams
ever had to perform, however, the fighting
Purple team edged out the Maize and Blue in an
unbelievable upset, 3-2. Both elevens found-
ered about in treacherous, slippery mud, slime
and mire. Vast areas of the turf were com-
pletely submerged beneath large lakes of water,
which had collected as a result of the torrential
More than 400 towels were used to wipe off the
mud-caked elusive ball, which was repeatedly
fumbled. Since neither team could make any
semblance of an offense operate efficiently, both
resorted to punting at every opportunity.
a field goal, Michigan two on a safety.
But the score of the game has long since been
forgotten by most football fans. It is the un-
precedented action taken by Northwestern of-
ficials that will live in athletic annals.
Soon after that memorable, muddy clash a
telegram signed by the captain and coach of the
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WHEN I CAME in last night, I had no more.
idea of what I was going to write a column
about than I have of the Capablanca chess gam-
bits. You will remember I told you there would
be times like this. But one thing leads to another,
and soon I was wandering through the build-
ing talking to the people who work late around
here and one of them said why don't you write
about sports writers? And I said, by my soul
that is a good idea. Is that really his name,
or is it Casablanca or Casabianca? He plays
Sports writers are the most naive people in
the world. I don't mean all of them-I am only
kidding, Mr. Gallico-but the great middle class
of sports writers, those who neither fall out of
the press box, nor fail to appear in the press
box before game time, are a race starry eyed,
and firmly entrenched in the belief that there
are still heroes in this mundane world. They
grow up next to a sandlot baseball field, and by
the time they have reached the ripe age of
eighteen are picking a list of twenty-five winners
every week, none of which wins unless the of-
ficials make a mistake.
THEY HAVE ONLY two attitudes towards
sports events. One is where they yell like
a freshmen or a band member every time a
third string back fights off tacklers and plunges
down the field all the way back to the line
of scrimmage, and the other is where they
turn to the nearest NBC man and say "got a
match?" just as the fifty yard field goal gets
caught in a gust of wind so even the. old grads
in the end zone don't know if it'll make it.
They say things in headlines like "thinclads"
or "spikemen" or "Hoytboys" (sometimes spelled
hautbois) or "cinder shovers" (this last is just a
suggestion) when all they mean is track men.
They say so-and-so ran roughshod over such-
and-such. They refer to the University of Illinois,
to agricultural colleges such as the one in East
Lansing, Michigan, or Texas, as the aggies, to
Northwestern University as the Purple, and to
University of Chicago as "what'd you say?" They
start columns off, I have one here beside me,
with phrases that go way back to the grand
days of the flying wedge and "Stover at Yale."
makes no claim for any share in them, but re-
gards it as a privilege to be even for a few
minutes placed in a class with the University,
of Michigan's team."
THUS IT WAS that Northwestern renounced
all claim to the Conference crown which
had been a Wildcat dream for 25 years, and for
which a just claim might have been advanced
since the Purple had lost but one other contest.
As great as was the courage Northwestern dis-
nlaved that muddv an n nn the ardirnn_ it was

They say "Hats off to old Cornell" with a choke
in their feeble voices. They will not know what
I mean by "Stover at Yale", a book 'that every
red-blooded American boy should read before
he reaches twelve years.
Sisters of the Rich, the poor little lambs
who have lost their ways, the people who wear
overcoats in shower rooms, the guys with the
pencils who want to know where Joe Zut, the'
flailing flash from Pittsburgh went to high
school, when there is another guy there with
a camera to take a picture of Joe Zut, and Joe
Zut wants to have his picture taken so he can
send it to the chorus girl he supports on the
salary he earns working as a waiter at a fra-
ternity house. They are the people who edge
up to Bill Stern at dinners or in announcers'
booths the country over and say, "Mr. Stern, do
you think my voice is all right for sportscast-
ing?" and Mr. Stern says "What?"
They are the guys who will yell two blocks to
attract an athlete's attention, make him wait
because he thinks there may be some sort of
publicity in it for him, and only say to him when
they catch up, "Nice game Saturday, boy." But
they will not leave the athlete's side for the rest
of the afternoon. That old second baseman
complex crops up, and they will sit for hours
drinking beer beside him while he drinks milk,
honest coach, and discuss the rest of the boys
on the team, always remembering that this man
is, of course the best thing around the field any
THEY ARE THE GUYS who when they are as-
signed to cover baseball will say they are
the best goddam football writers in the country
and it's only discrimination by the boss keep-
ing them from the work they were born to. And
if they are transferred to 'football they will
start reading up on squash racquets and start
singing the blues about the rotten breaks they
are getting having to go down to the stadium
every day when they could be sitting in the press
box of a nice sweaty squash court covering
something they know better than any man on
this paper.
They are the "laddies" who frequently print
things in "quotes," such as "the Hoosier Ham-
string" or "Glutz dove for the 'bag' but didn't
quite beat the 'ump' to the decision." They are,
the "wiseys" who have so many names for a
boxer, tanker, splasher, canvasback, mittman
(not Matt Mann), leather swinger, that even
the official records are a little hazy as to just
what happened to Johnny (the "Scotch Wop")
in Carson City, Nevada, in 1910. They are the
coiners of phrases, they are the spawners of
slang, they are the Monday guessers, the bleach-
er coaches, the city room cynics. They are the
"fellows" who never win cigarettes in the score-
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Report cards are being distribut-
ed to all departmental offices. This
year for the first time special green
cards are being provided for fresh-
men reports. Green cards should be
returned to the office of the Academic
Counselors, 108 Mason Hall; white
cards (reporting sophomores, juniors,
and seniors) to my office 1220 Angell
Midsemester reports should name
those students, freshmen and upper-
class, whose standing at midsemester
time is D or E, not merely those who
received D or E in so-called midsemes-
ter examinations.
Students electing our courses, but
registered in other schools or col-
leges of the University, should be
reported to the school or college in
which they are registered.
Additional cards may be had at
my office, 1220 Angell Hall.
E. A. Walter, Assistant Dean
Cofege of Architecture, School of
Education, School of Forestry and
Conservation, School of Music: Mid-
semester reports indicating students
enrolled in these units doing unsatis-
factory work in any unit of the Uni-
versity are due in the office of the
school or college on Saturday, No-
vember 23, at noon. Report blanks
for this purpose may be secured from
the office of the school or from Room

4, University Hall.
Robert L. Williams
Assistant Registrar
The University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Information
has received notice of the following
Detroit Civil Service Examinations.
The examination date is noted in each
case. Applications must be filed on or
before one week prior to date of the
Plumber, November 28, 1940.
Plumbing Inspector, salary $2,640,
November 28, 1940.
Policewomen, salary $2,000, Novem-
ber 30, 1940.
Transportation Equipment Opera-
tor,; salary $.78 per hour, December
21, 1940.
Complete information on file at the
University Bureau of Appointments
and Occupational Information, 201
Mason Hall. Office hours: 9-12 and
The Institute of the Aeronautical
Sciences Journals and Aeronautical
Reviews are available in the Aeronau-
tical Library in the East Engineering
Building and the West Engineering
Academic Notices.
Transfer Music Education Students,
Graduate and Undergraduate: Com-
prehensive examination in Vocal and
Instrumental Methods and Pfactice
Teaching, 1:00 pJn. Saturday, Novem-
ber 23, Room 608, Tower, for valida-
tion of transfer credit in the above
David Mattern
Bacteriology 111A (Laboratory
Course) will meet Monday, November
25, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2562 East
Medical Building. Each student
should come provided wih a $5.00 Hy-
gienic Laboratory Coupon procurable
at the Cashier's Office.
English 1, Section 48 (Halliday).
Bring materials for impromptu to
class on Saturday, November 23.
Choral Union Concert: The New
York Philharmonic Symphony Orch-
estra, John Barbirolli, Conductor, will
give the fourth program in the Choral
Union Concert Series on Sunday
afternoon, November 24, at 3 o'clock
sharp, in Hill Auditorium.
The public is particularly request-
ed to be seated amply on time since
the concert will begin promptly and
will be internationally broadcast.
Exhibition: Paintings by Ozenfant
and drawings by William Littlefield
are now showing in Alumni Memorial
Hall, afternoons 2:00-5:00 until Nov.

shown in the thikd floor exhibition
room of the Architecture Building.
Open daily 9 to 5, except Sunday,
through November 27. The public is
University Lecture: Dr. Imre Per-
enczi, formerly of the International
Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland,
will lecture on the subject "War and
Man Power" under the auspices of the
Department of Economics on Thurs-
day, December 5, at 4:15 p.m. in the
Rackham Lecture Hall. The public
is cordially invited.
Events Today
Art Cinema League: The French
v rsion of the film "Crime and Pun-
islment" will be shown tonight, Fri-
day, and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Tick-
ets may be purchased between 10:30
a.m. and 8:45 p.m. at the Lydia Men-
delssohn box office. For reservations
call 6300.

International Center: The
day afternoon. tea and the
classes will be dmitted today.



WHAT they're talking about over
cokes this week:
Dorothy Thompson's enthusi-
asm . . . that trumped up "ro-
mance" yarn in a Detrapaper
aboutEvy and Ruth and Tom and
Margot .. . . the new report that
Dies' agents are going to pay our
village a little visit . . . . those
drunks at last Saturday's game ...
. . .and the difficuiiy of obtain-
ing pasteboards for the OSU fra-
cas .... the new "beer" law in the
city .... where it may take a draft
registration card to obtain afore-
mentioned fluid.
THE EFFORT to bring Sally Rand
to the campus for an address on
"Salesmanship" . . . . and the reti-
cence of the University officials to
discuss same subject . . . . the au-

Co mig Events
The Public Health Students are
havjng a Thanksgiving dance, Fri-
day, November 22, 9:00-1:00, in the
Rackham Building. All professional
students are invited to attend.
Varsity Glee Club will not rehearse
during its usual rehearsal times this
week because of the holiday and the
Sunday symphony concert. Next Week
there will be a special rehearsal on
Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Social Service Field Trip to Ann
Arbor social service agencies is sched-
uled for Saturday, Nov. 23. Inter-
ested students should be at Lane
Hall at 1:15 p.m.
Coffee Hour at Lane Hall, Friday,
4:00-5:00 p.m. All students are wel-
Saturday Luncheon Group meets at
Lane Hall, Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
Informal Graduate Dance on Sat-
urday, Nov. 23, from 9-12 p.m. in the
Assembly Hall of the Rackham Build-
ing. Come with or without partners.
Bridge and refreshments. Admission
charge. All graduate students and
faculty welcome.
Bethlehem Evangelical, Reformed
Student Guild will have an evening of
folk dancing Friday, Nov. 22, under
the direction of Mrs. Werner Strie-
dieck, at 8:00-10:00 p.m., the Parish
Hall gymnasium. All members are
cordially invited. Refreshments. The

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