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Editorial
Greetings
To '44

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VOL. Ll. No. 1 Z-323 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1940

PRICE FIVE CENTS

2500To

Participate In Orientation

Week

British Ships Shell
West African Port
In Seizure Attempt

Troops Led By de Gaulle
On Dakar, French Post,
Are Reported Repulsed
Indo-China Force
Resists Japanese
(By The Associated Press)
British naval guns last night
shelled the port of Dakar, French
West Africa, inflicting untold casual-
ties after that Vichy-ruled port re-
fused to surrender upon demand of
Gen. Charles de Gau'lle, leader of
the Frenchmen still fighting Ger-
many.
French Government advices said
General de Gaulle, who is under a
death sentence by the Vichy govern-
ment, was aboard a British warship
off Dakar, along with four troop
ships packed with soldiers ready to
land and take over.
At 6 p.m. yesterday it was indi-
cated at Vichhy that British war-
ships had been unable to land any
of their expeditionary force of British
and Free French troops at Dakar
and the battle still was raging.
Japs Continue Invasion
Japanese troops. fought their way
into French Indo-China in the Far
East.
Bent upon outflanking Chinese re-
sistance through French Indo-China,
they already had obtained "limited"
French agreement to the' dispatch
of troops, but French Foreign Legion-
naires and native troops either had
not received word of the agreement
or chose to resist.
Japan's use of French Indo-China
as another means of encircling China
aroused speculation in Tokyo as to
the reaction of third powers, espe-
cially the United States. Foreign of-
fice spokesmen emphasized Japan
had no "territorial design" on Indo-
China, and the Japanese army and
navy was represented as ready to
counter any "uncalled for interven-
tion" by third powers.
Return Promise
British bombers attacked Berlin
early today in the longest sustained
raid yet on the Nazi capital, carry-
ing out Prime Minister Winston
Churchill's recent promise "don't
worry-they'll get it back."
Bombs fell in Central Berlin, as
British planes flew over the city for
more than three hours. There were
no immediate reports of bomb dam-
age, however, and no fires were visi-
ble from the roof of the Associated
Press office.
London underwent its seventeenth
successive night of German air siege
following a radio message of encour-
agement from King George VI.
King Is Bitter
The King was particularly bitter
about the torpedoing of a Canada-
bound refugee ship in which 293
persons, including 83 evacuated chil-
dren, lost their lives. He called it a
"foul deed."
News of the sinking, attributed to
Germany, caused much public clamor
for retaliatory raids on German
cities.
Friers Returns
From A 6,000
MileJunket
NEW YORK, Sept. 23.-(IP)-Rob-
ert Friers, University of Michigan
graduate, who arrived here today on
the liner Santa Elena, claims the
title of the world's champion hitch-
hiker, with a total of 114,000 miles
traveled by thumb in 12 years.
"That doesn't include water trav-
el," said Friers. "Traveling by boat
isn't hitch-hiking."
Friers, returning from a 6,000-mile

junket through Mexico, Central
America and Colombia, is enroute to
his home in Sagniaw, Mich. He plans

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Action Seen
Near On New
ArmoryHere
Regents To Submit Plans
To War Department
For ROTCBuilding
Present Facilities
Termed Inadequate
Application for a new military and
naval ROTC armory is expected to
be filed with the War Department
by the University Board of Regents
this week, President Ruthven an-
nounced at a press conference Satur-
day.
Old plans for an ROTC armory are
avail'.e for fr vrrk by the
Advisory Committee on Military Af-
fairs, the resident professors of mili-
tary and na-Nrl science and tactics
and their a.. =stants. The combined
grc ups met yesterday for considera-
tion of the plans and found them
inadequate in size and type of facili-
ties offered.
Inspect State Plant
Advisory Committee Chairman L.
M. Gram, professor of civil engineer-
ing; Col. F. M. Brennan, acting pro-
fessor of military science and tac-
tics, and Capt. L. A. Davidson, pro-
fessor of ntval science and tactics,
went to East Lansing after yester-
day's meeting to inspect the ROTC
armory of Michigan State College.
They were to return last night and
were expected to have a report ready
tomorrow.
Facilities to be included in the
armory are offices, class rooms and
drill floors, offering complete hous-
ing for all military and naval train-
ing activities at the University.
Cites Inadequacies
"Present facilities for ROTC work
have long been admittedly inade-
quate even for a much smaller unit
than we have this year at the Uni-
versity," President Ruthven con-
tinued. "With the advent of naval
training and an expected increase 4n
army ROTC enrollment, new class-
roms, drill floors and offices are im-
perative."
Although no more meetings of the
advisory board and the army and
navy officers have yet been set, it is
expected that work on location of the
building, its size and plans and esti-
mates on its cost will be completed
quickly.

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President Greets Freshmen

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Ruthven Stresses
Duties OfLiberty
Freshmien, Transfers Kept Busy
By Introduction To Campus
An audience exceeding 2500, including approximately 1700 members of
the class of 1944 and more than 800 transfer students, heard President
Alexander Grant Ruthven, in a speech last night in Hill Auditorium, warn
students against taking the privileges of democracy for granted.
Meeting for .the first time as a class, freshman men and women ap-
plauded President Ruthven when he stressed in a short speech the obliga-
tions of citizenship, and voiced the hope that the University will turn out
not only scholars and practitioners, but worthy citizens as well.
Pointing out that freedom of speech and action still exist in this
country, and in this University, the President said, "at the same time, we
trust you will not interpret the freucom that you find here as license to
-repay the hospitality of the state

TO THE CLASS OF 1944: The privilege of entering the University of
Michigan should be more precious and full of meaning to you of the
class of 1944 than to any of your predecessors. An institution for unre-
stricted learning, maintained by a free state, in a free country, is, unfor-
tunately, a much rarer thing in this world today than even a few short
months ago.. I is for you, who are newcomers, and for us, who greet
you and wish you good fortune, to value what we find here, to make the
most of it, and to strive, day in and day out, for the preservation of those
treasured traditions of American democracy of which the very existence
of this University is a symbol.
--ALEXANDER G. RUTHVEN.

TOM HARMON

By HAL WILSON
After a fortnight of grueling, wear-
ing, tearing pre-season practice, 35
rugged Wolverines will enplane from
Detroit at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow on
the first leg of their 2,500 mile air
jaunt to Berkeley, Cal., where they
will open Michigan's grid season
against California's Golden Bears Sat-
urday.
The potentialities of this Wolverine
squad are virtually unlimited. But
potentialities do not pay off on the
playing field-not unless they ex-
plode into dynamic gridiron reality.
Definitely an "if" team, this eleven
could develop into one of the greatest
ever to perform for Michigan, as it
has pledged itself to do for Fielding
H. Yost who retires this year from
his Athletic Director's post, or mere-
ly into another college football team.
Seniors Predominate
Upon several factors depends the
Wolverines' 1940 success. It will be
a senior team that steps into the
Bears' Memorial Stadium Saturday,
for seven of the probable starting
combination will be opening their last
campaign for Michigan. Senior
teams are notoriously lacking in the
drive and determination from which
championship outfits are molded.
Another more tangible considera-
tion is the reserve problem. Michi-
gan's first string will be admittedly
good, perhaps great; but modern foot-
ball juggernauts are built on the
basis of "three deep at every posi-
tion." The Wolverines' reserve
strength is yet untested. Numerous
promising sophomores as Well a
some reserves of 1939 are on hand.
Chief sore spots on the team will
be the center and tackle berths which
were stripped of regulars by gradu-
ation. Bob Ingalls has. thus far
handled the pivot position, vacated
by last year's Capt. Archie Kbdros,
in convincing manner, but behind
him stand only Ted Kennedy, a
tough but inexperienced junior and
sophomore Clarence Hall, recently
shifted from end to center.
Has Four Tackles
Crisler has four husky tackles in
the thick of the fight to fill the gap-
ing holes left by the graduation of
Joe Savilla and Bill Smith. Veteran
Ruben Kelto and Al Wistert, sopho-
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New Officers Elected
By Sigma Delta Chi

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Milton Orshefsky, '41, and Wil-
liam H. Newton, '42, were elected
treasurer and secretary, respectively,
of the Michigan chapter of Sigma
Delta Chi, national professional jour-
nalism fraternity, at a special meet-
ing held yesterday afternoon.
Members gave a vote of thanks
to Harry M. Kelsey, former secre-
tary-treasurer, who has left the Uni-
versity to enroll in a naval reserve
training course.
Plans to enter co-sponsorship of
football rallies in cooperation with
the Union and the Undergraduate
"M" Club were discussed at the meet-
ing, The chapter plans to provide
a speaker for each rally, picking
alumni members who are prominent
sports writers for wire services or
metropolitan newspapers.

Willkie Plans
Campaign Talk
In Ann Arbor
GOP Nominee Will Speak
Monday At The Request
Of Backers In City
Wendell L. Willkie, former utili-
ties magnate and 1940 GOP presiden-
tial nominee, will roll into Ann Arbor
at 2 p.m. Monday during his tour of
the state to present one in a
series of "train platform" talks.
Because Washtenaw County has
always been a Republican strong-
hold it was believed by many that
Mr. Willkie would not make an ap-
pearance here. However, a message
requesting his presence was written
by Reardon Peirsol of the Independ-
ent Men for Willkie Club recently,
and the candidate decided that he
would give a short talk here en route
to Detroit.
Mr. Peirsol's Willkie Club, located
on North Washington St., is at pres-
ent only one of the candidate's or-
ganizations in town as a group of
University students have also formed
a Willkie-for-President Club on North
University.

Campus Vote
For President
To Be Polled
Congress To Hold Straw
Vote Registration Week;
Blaustein Is Chairman
Congress will launch its fourth
year of service to independent men
on campus when it conducts its All-
Campus Presidential Straw Poll dur-
ing registration week.
The Poll will be conducted from
7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday
and Saturday at the entrance to
Waterman Gymnasium. Every stu-
dent on c ampus will have the oppor-
tunity at that time to cast his ballot
for candidates on either the Demo-
cratic, Republican, Socialist Prohi-
bition or Communist tickets.
Chairman of the Straw Vote com-
mittee is Albert P. Blaustein, '42,
Gordon Andrew, '42, will take charge
of counting the votes.
But this vote is by no means the
most important activity sponsored by
Congress. It is but one unit of a
highly integrated program for the
coming school terms outlined by Pres-
ident William H. Rockwell, 41, and
Secretary - Treasurer David Panar,
'42E.
But before the first ballot is cast,
Congress has already swung into ac-
tion, for intensive Orientation Week
plans have been formulated. Con-
gress will maintain an information
desk on the main floor of the Union.
The organization will sponsor a mix-
er for new men students Friday even-
ing in the Union. Motion pictures
will be shown and Rockwell will ex-
plain Congress' activities in a short
talk.
As the year progresses, Congress
will inaugurate a Discount Card pro-
gram. These cards will entitle stu-
dents to discount on laundry, dry
cleaning and shoe repairing.
The Organization Committee, un-
der the chairmanship of Richard

F ro sh Tell
Of First Day
ImpressionsF
By CHESTER BRADLEY
Approaching bevies of chattering
slightly self-conscious girls and
groups of half-swaggering, half-
abashed fellows, the Inquiring Re-t
porter collected the reactions and im-
pressions of various members of thel
Class of '44, as they convened for
their first formal convocation lastP
night on the steps of Hill Auditorium.
Betty McKenzie: "Frankly I'm not1
enthusiastic about Freshman Week
-too much walking. I'm a little
frightened of the size of the place,
but I'm meeting a lot of nice people.
I think Michigan men are wonder-
ful. They can certainly hand out
a very good line."
Byron Avgerinos: "Everything's1
swell. Accommodations in the dorm
are better than I expected. This
"four-out-of-five" theory seems tof
make sense-so far. But I've seen
only a few coeds up to date."
Betty Dunn: "The first time I saw
the campus I cried. I can keep hap-
py as long as there's a crowd of
people. I'm worried. I haven't found
a room yet."
Meredith Parfet: "Oh, it's very ex-1
citing-so many interesting things all1
planned for us, so many new people1
to meet. I haven't had much oppor-
tunity to meet Michigan men. That'st
why I'm looking forward to the
mixers later in the week."
Russ Downey: "It's wonderful here.
I'm finding the orientation programt
very helpful. I think this is one of1
the best college campuses in the Mid-1
west from the standpoint of beauty.
I like the dorm, and I'm looking for-
ward to the "get-acquainted" pro-j
gram tomorrow night."
At the same time the Inquiring
Reporter interviewed two advisers for
their opinions of the new crop of
freshmen.
Jane Willett, '42: "Remarkably as-
tute lot this year. They don't stand
around and gape at the campus lum-
inaries at the Parrot. They use
their maps instead of asking a lot of
unnecessary questions. They don't
even complain about filling out reg-
istration material. So, brain trusts
and beauties-they look pretty prom-
ising around here."
Prof. Emswiler
Suffers Stroke
Prof. John Edward Emswiler,
chairman of the mechanical engin-
eering department, was reported
critically ill last night after a severe
stroke.
Professor Emswiler has been on
leave of absence for the past year
because of ill health.
Born Feb. 13, 1880, in Lebanon,
Ill., Professor Emswiler graduated
from Martinsburg, Ohio High School
and received a B.Sc. degree from
Ohio State University. He joined the
teaching staff of the University in
September, 1906, and was made
Chairman of the Department of Me-
chanical Engineering when Ander-
son was appointed dean.

with ingratitude."
Cites Social Obligations
"We would like you to remember
that enrollment in the University
does not relieve you of the social ob-
ligations which are imposed upon
very person under our form of gov-
ernment, and self-discipline no less
than freedom is an essential of the
democratic process," the President
added.
A similar note was struck in
speeches by Dean of Women Alice
C. Lloyd, Dean of Students Joseph
A. Bursley, Prof. Philip E. Bursley,
Director of Orientation Period who
acted as chairman, and Kenneth W.
Morgan, Director of the, Student Re-
ligious Association, who opened the
program with a talk on the religious
needs of students, and the meaning
f real education.
Good Fortunes Stressed
Speakers were unanimous in re-
minding the new students that they
were very fortunate in times such as
these to be attending a University
instead of fighting a war as their
contemporaries in Europe and Asia
were. The need for a well rounded
education, including academic, so-
cial and cultural factors, was also
stressed in the speeches.
Freshmen came to the assembly
after a day of Orientation activities
which began at 12:30 p.m. yesterday
when men and women met their
student advisors in the Union and
League ballrooms respectively. Fol-
lowing distribution of necessary
printed material, groups began a
series of trips to points of interest
on and about the campus.
Each group of both men and, wo-
men has its individual schedule for
trips through the University Library,
the Health Service Plant, audiometer
tests and consultation with the fac-
ulty academic counselors. These ac-
tivities will extend through Friday
of this week. Registration and classi-
fication will also be handled by in-
dividual groups.
Engineers Differ
There are 52 groups of freshman
men, including 20 groups4 of fresh-
man engineers, two groups of fledg-
ling architects, and one group each
of freshman pharmacists, physical
education majors and musicians. The
program for freshman engineers dif-
fers slightly from that for the mem-
bers of other colleges. An assembly
for the class of '44E will be held to-
morrow afternoon in Room 348 West
Engine Building, and a special mixer
for engineers will be held Thursday
night in the main dining room of the
Union.
Freshman women will go through
the same program as the men as far
as trips about the campus, health
examinations and registration and
classification are concerned. Gen-
eral activities include a style show
and talks by Jane Grove, '41, WAA
president,tand Dr. Margaret Bell, of
the Health Service, which will be
held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Palmer
Field.
Plan Parcel Party
An assembly at which the League
Council will be introduced and activi-
ties discussed will be held at 7:30
p.m. tomorrow, in the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre. Thursday and Fri-
day at 8 p.m. receptions will be held
in the League ballroom at which
freshman girls may meet Dean Alice
Lloyd and take part in dancing and
a parcel party designed to facilitate
acquaintance-making. Half of the

Freshman Interest Is Centered
On Question Of Coeds' Beauty

By A. P. BLAUSTEIN
Jack Brennan's ghost hovered
about Hill Auditorium last night
while more than 2,500 freshmen and
upperclassmen discussed heatedly
the validity of the phrase he made
famous: "Four out of five women
are beautiful and the fifth one comes
to Michigan."
Opinions, as was to be expected,
differed widely on the question but
it was only the sophomores in the

ing and the opposite view seemed to
be held by those less attractive. It.
was quite apparent moreover to the
casual observer that the girls dif-
fered on every item save one-they
all like saddle shoes.
Except for the few residents of
Stockwell Hall who were met by the
rumor that silk stockings and high-
heeled shoes would be necessary for
the occasion practically every coed
was bedecked in the traditional col-
lege garb of skirt, sweater, anklets

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