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Qr ganizations
Explain Work
At Freshman
Union Smoker
Future Activities Men Hear
Advantages Of Popular
BMOC's Varied Life
Meeting Featured
By 'Mud-Slinging'
Three hundred freshmen attend-
ing the Activities Smoker yesterday
at the Union enjoyed the unique situ-
ation of 11 prominent organization
BMOC's bickering for their services
in the midst of a mutual "mud sling-
ing" duel.
The annual smoker, whose purpose
is to acquaint the freshmen with
campus organizations, was opened by
Toastmaster Robert Sibley, '42E,
president of the Union. Sibley
stressed the importance of extra-cur-
ricular organizations to successful
university life and related the many
advantages of the BMOC.
Introduced by Toastmaster Sibley,
Burr French, 42E, invited freshman
engineers to write for Technic, point-
ing out the practical experience
Union Slings Mud
Jack Grady, '42BAd, told prospec-
tive staff men that the Union has
everything to offer that a freshman
could desire and started the "mud
slinging" by deriding publications.
Representing Congress, all-campus
independents' organization, Norton
Norris, '43, stated that Congress
helped to integrate students into
campus activities and asked for sup-
port of class of '45.
Answering the derogatory remarks
aimed at publications, Al Owen, '42,
spoke for Michiganensian offering
the enticement of practical work and
beautiful women. Ralph Mitchell,
'42, extended an open invitation to
join the Gargoyle staff. Emile Gel,
'42, managing editor of The Daily,
told of the journalistic opportunities
offered by the editorial and sports
staffs, and Dan Huyett, '42, business
manager, described the excellent sales
training given those on the business
IFC Is Open
Don Stevenson, '42, president of
IFC, urged fraternity men to strive
for positions on the Council during
their sophomore year. "Mimes," re-
presented by Bob Titus, '42, invites
those interested to participate in the
Union Opera.
Seeking support for the newly
formed "Wolverines," Bunny Craw-
ford, '44, asked the freshmen to help
in creating a strong school spirit.
Stu Park, '42, speaking for the Var-
sity Band described the excellent op-
portunities offered talented students.
The program opened with several
songs by the Varsity Glee Club and
movies of the Michigamua initiation
were shown.

Fleeing Nazi Warships
EscapeBritish Forces
Much Harassed German Capital Ships Run Gauntlet
Of Terrific Bombing By Channel Defenders

Victory Book Campaign Opens Drive

(By The Associated Press)
Britain officially announced today
that her planes and destroyers scored
direct hits on three big Nazi warships,
the 26,000-ton battleships Gneisenau
and Scharnhorst and the heavy
cruiser Prinz Eugen, in a furious run-
ning battle in Dover Straits yesterday
during which 42 British planes and
18 German fighters were lost.
This great naval-air battle, which
apparently was continuing today af-
ter the German units escaped into
the North Sea, temporarily overshad-
owed the desperate plight of Singa-
pore where latest dispatches said the
Japanese were only two miles outside
the island city Thursday night, but
that the British were counter-attack-
ing in some places.
British Take Pounding
In the British-German channel
battle the British appeared to have
taken the worst pounding in prelim-
inary official reports. But poor visi-
bility and a heavy smoke screen
erupted by the German units con-
cealed whether any of them were
mortally stricken.
The big warships, escorted by
clouds of German planes, and de-
stroyers, torpedo boats,nand other
units, slipped out of Brest, the French
harbor where they have long been
laid up and exposed to British air
When the British sighted them
shoving into the Channel, they swung
into action. Dover's shore artillery
also began shelling the Strait; Ger-
man land batteries in France retali-
Destroyers Lost
An indication that the British also
lost some of their destroyers was in-
dicated in the communique which
"Casualties in our destroyers were
not heavy."
When last sighted, the Germar
ships, according to the communique
"had become separated and were
making for ports in the Helgoland
Bight. Further reports from our
forces are awaited."
The British lost 20 bombers, 16
fighters and six other planes in the
attack which lasted for hours, and
with darkness closing over the Strait
it looked as if the German ships
would reach the safety of their North
Sea ports.
While Singapore was dying very
Fire-Eaters Swallow
Blaze At 935 Dewey
Boy Scouts and Daily reporters
ate smoke last night as they lent
their meager assistance to the Ann
Arbor Fire Department to help put
out a blaze in the home of Miss
Katherine Kempfer of 935 Dewey St.
The fire, which began shortly after
9:00 p.m. yesterday, is believed to
have originated in a pile of mat-
tresses and other materials being
saved for the Red Cross.

hard, forcing from the enemy an ad-
mission of a "fierce resistance" in
which British warships were partici-
pating, the Imperial lines holding the
approaches to the Burma Road scored
a pair of significant victories in that
Japs Hurled Back
There, the Japanese were hurled
back both in the Paan and Martaban
sectors along the Salween River, in
areas about 80 airline miles from
Rangoon. At Paan, said the British
Command, the enemy was so thor-
oughly beaten down that he had
temporarily abandoned operations;
before Martaban, it was added Japa-
nese troops fled in disorder, th'row-
ing their guns away as they ran.
In the Dutch East Indies, which
are next in line for full-scale enemy
assault now that Singapore is slowly
being knocked out, fighting appar-
ently was inconclusive although the
silence from Borneo and Celebes was
not reassuring.
In the Philippines-where, inci-
dentally, General MacArthur's his-
toric stand was saluted in a British
broadcast from dying Singapore-the
War Department in a morningcom-
munique disclosed that the enemy
had occupied the island of Masbate
in the center of the archipelago and
from this it seemed likely that his
ultimate plan was to throw a con-
trolling line clear totMindanao in the
far south.
Little On Luzon
OnrLuzon itself, this communique
reported, there was again little activ-
ity; again the invader was tirelessly
reorganizing for his long-expected
major assault.
Of the Russian front, yesterday's
specific information was slight. From
what was available it appeared that
the Red armies still were advancing
generally but that the Germans were
hitting back very hard in an effort
to hold the areas in which they now
Blood Donors
Donations Appointments
To Be Made At Union
Blood donations-over 1,000 stu-
dents promised; 76 have kept that
Such is the story that came out of
the Union yesterday. And it leaves
at least 920 male students yet to keep
the pledge they made to the soldiers,
sailors and marines in our armed
The pledges can be kept, appoint-
ments for donations can be made
from 1 to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow
at the Union. Officials of the Red
Cross and the Student Defense Com-
mittee hope-and expect-to be.
swamped with eager donors at that
The donations are actually to be
made Feb. 17 and 19 under the direc-
tion of trained physicians at the
Women's Athletic Building.
Those students who are under 21
years of age are urged to write home
immediately for permission to give
their blood. It was pointed out by
Mrs. Malin of the Red Cross that
while such permission may not be re-
ceived in time for this particular
drive, another opportunity to donate
blood will be offered in the near fu-
ture. She emphasized that a large
and continual supply of blood plasms
is needed.
Murphy May Head
Good Will Mission
To Irish Free State
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.-(P)-As-
sociate Supreme Court Justice Frank

Murphy, lifelong advocate of Irish
freedom, may head a mission to the
Irish Free State in a move to "nor-
malize" Irish - American relations,
government sources said tonight.
The project, which has President
Roosevelt's tentative approval, is still
under study and must clear State De-
partment and diplomatic channels.
The mission's ultimate objective

Japanese Suffer
Stiff "Ship Lo'sses,
Marshall, Gilbert, Makin Islanids Dealt
'Terrific Blow' As U.S. Navy Destroys
Huge Amount Of Enemy Equipment
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.--(A)-The Navy Department announced to-
night that the recent Pacific Fleet raid on Japanese bases in the Marshall
and Gilbert Islands had resulted in destruction of five enemy warships,
including a converted aircraft carrier, and 11 auxiliary vessels and that
numerous shore installations had also been destroyed.
The fact that the raid had been made on the Japanese naval and air
bases previously had been announced but information given out tonight
constituted the first disclosure of the terrific blow dealt the Japanese.
In addition to the wreckage of ships and shore establishment, the Navy
said, the enemy lost 38 airplanes including 21 bombers. American losses for

Using "A Book For Every Soldier" as its campaign slogan, the
Victory Book Campaign was inaugurated yesterday in the first floor of
the main library. The drive will continue until Sunday. Boxes for
collection may be found in all the city libraries and other strategic
campus points. Students are asked to keep in mind the demand for
history, technical and biographical books as well as fiction. In the latter
field, authors Jack London and Zane Grey are Army favorites.

Highway Body
To Hold Annual
Meeting Here
Road Engineers To Discuss
Problems Feb. 18-20;
Van Wagoner To Speak
Michigan highway engineers will
climax another year of progress next
week when they meet to discuss mu-
tual problems at the twenty-eighth
annual Michigan Highway Confer-
ence to be held Feb. 18, 19 and 20
in the Union.
Heading the speakers' list for the
three-day " gathering will be Gov.
Murray D. Van Wagoner and Uni-
versity President Alexander G. Ruth-
ven, as well as more than a score of
other highway men from state and
county highway departments.
Special Symposium
New developments in the field of
highway construction and mainten-
ance will be discussed in a special
symposium scheduled for Wednesday
afternoon, followed by talks on black-
top surfaces and strengthening old
Dean Ivan C. Crawford of the Col-
lege of Engineering will preside over
the luncheon meeting, at which
President Ruthven will speak.
The morning session Thursday will
be in charge of Prof. John S. Worley
of the transportation engineering de-
partment, and will take up highway
capacity, access roads for industry
and traffic engineering for war pro-
duction transport.
Three independent meetings will
be held Thursday afternoon, discus-
sions having been scheduled for traf-
fic officers, county road commission-
ers and members of the State High-
way Department.
Leading Speakers
Leading speakers on' the banquet
program Thursday evening will be
Governor Van Wagoner and State
Highway Commissioner G. Donald
Kennedy, after which five engineers
will receive special awards for 25
years of consecutive active service
in the development of Michigan
The conference will close Friday,
with the annual meeting of the Asso-
ciation of Road Commissioners and
The conference is under the direc-
tion of the College of Engineering, in
cooperation with the State Highway
Department, the Michigan Associa-
tion of Road Commissioners and En-
gineers and Michigan State Police.
Ford Toolmakers Quit
Strike To Resume Jobs
DETROIT, Feb. 12. -() - Em-
ployes of the Ford Motor Company
tool and die shops returned to their
jobs today after five days of sporadic
shutdowns that resulted in a loss,

Student Senate
To Investigate
Rent Situation
Also Votes To Inaugurate
Campaign For Letters,
Donations To Selectees
Not a single opposition vote was
cast yesterday in the Union as the
Student Senate moved to approve an
investigation of the rent situation in
women's League Houses.
The survey, to be conducted by the
Senate Service Committee, will probe
complaints of excess rentals charged
coeds. The question of student house-
cleaning under these conditions will
also be taken up.
The Senate Defense Committee re-
ceived unanimous approval in its
plan to open a campaign for letters
and gifts to University men now in
the armed forces. This drive will be
launehed in the near future.
Another unanimous accord was
given a resolution backing the Vic-
tory Book campaign for service men.
Seven senators also went on record
as willing to participate in the cur-
rent blood donation appeal.
President Bob Krause, '43BAd., re-
ceived the final unanimous approval
of the evening when he told the Sen-
at that action was being taken on a
service man's scholarship fund. He
announced cooperation with the
Michigan State's Student Senate in
this plan, first of its kind on any

for the action, first offensive stroke
by American forces in the Pacific,
totaled 11 aircraft and some person-
nel casualties.
The enemy's ship losses, the Navy
said, consisted of one converted 17,000
ton aircraft carrier of the Yawata
class, one light cruiser, one destroyer,
three large fleet tankers, two sub-
marines, five cargo vessels and three
smaller ships. Several other ships
were badly damaged.
Jap Plane Losses
Jap airplanes destroyed were two
large seaplanes, 15- fighter planes, 11
scout bombers and 10 additional
In addition to those which the
Navy described as having been de-
stroyed in the main actions in the
Gilbert Islands, the official an-
nouncement also disclosed that at
Makin Island in the Marshall group
American forces destroyed' two en-
emy patrol planes and badly dam-
aged one auxiliary vessel while a
third enemy patrol plane was de-
stroyed at sea.
The raids were conducted against
Makin, former British island which
the Japanese occupied the day they
attacked Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, and
the following islands in the Gilbert
group which Japan originally ob-
tained under mandate after the
World War:
Jaluit, Wotje, Kwajalein, Roi (in
the Kwajalein Atoll) and Taroa in
the Maloelap Atoll.
Roi Destruction
In summarizing destruction to
shore establishments the Navy said
that at Roi two hangars, ammunition
dumps, fuel stowage, all stores and
warehouses and the radio building
were laid waste.
At Wotje the entire shore installa-
tion was turned into wreckage. It
had consisted of two hangars, oil and
gas stowage, shops and store houses,
two anti-aircraft batteries and five
intermediate coastal guns.
At Jaluit, the raid was conducted
in a heavy rainstorm. The official
communique disclosed that despite
this handicap American aircraft at-
tacked two enemy auxiliary vessels
and badly damaged one of them.

.British Claim
Line Holding
In Singapore,
Imperial Forces Report
New Counter-Attacks
To Cover Retreat
BOMBAY, Feb. 12.-P)-The Brit-
ish line in Singapore extends "from
the naval base in the north to the
center of the island, to Tanglin in
the south," the Singapore communi-
que said tonight.
The British reported successful
counterattacks on the Japanese left
The communique relayed here by
"At 7:30 a.m. today Japanese mili-
tary bombers with a fighter escort
fought an unsuccessful engagement
against our air force over Malaya.
Fighting Continues
"Heavy fighting continues in the
western and northern sectors. In the
north of the island enemy activity
has been intensified.
"Enemy air activity ceased during
the night, but was resumed early this
morning. The enemy attack was sup-
ported by dive-bombing and ma-
chine-gunning as well as by medium
"The British line extends from the
naval base in the north to the center
of the island to Tanglin in the south.
"From Sungei Sunya the line runs
north. Counter-attacks by our troops
have been successful on the left flank
of the Japanese."
Evacuation Covered
Meanwhile, London reports that
the British Imperial line on Singa-
pore, still beating off the enveloping
Jisaster, four times counter-attacked
.he Japanese invaders today, three
of the charges breaking but one of
them accomplishing its apparent ob-
jective of covering the continued
evacuation of women and children
and the removal of portable military
At 3:30 p.m. British time (10:30
a.m. Eastern War Time, Thursday)
the Singapore station was calling
"The Japanese are endeavoring to
obscure the real position on the
island of Singapore behind extrava-
gant claims.
"We are not only going to fight.
We are going to win. We shall emerge
from this struggle."

' 9)

New War Board Survey:
University Poll Will Determine
Summer Session Enrollment
By WILL SAPP a year ahead of the old two-semester
Laying groundwork for its war- plan.
born summer semester, the Univer- Mh ng.l .p
sity of Michigan took steps yesterday Michigan high school principals
to determine the number of new stu- been asked to expla the U-
dents that may be expected to enroll versity's three-term plan to their se-
this June when Michigan's year- nior classes and report back to Regis-
around schooling plan begins "for the trar th after the studet hav
duration. had time to discuss the acceleration
Principals of Michigan's 600 ac- plan with their parents.
credited high schools and 100 selected The information obtained in the
preparatory schools outside the state survey will be made available to other
are being surveyed to determine: educational institutions in the state
1. How many students they will upon request, University officials
graduate this spring, said.
2. How many of these expect to go The Regents' questionnaire to Uni-
on 'to a college or university. versity students eliciting student
3. How many expect to enroll in the opinion and course desires on the
University's summer term this June; summer term will be distributed soon.
and how many of those planning to The five page question blank will be
enter Michigan will enroll in the lit- used as a guide, as far as possible, in
erary college and the engineering the formation of the third-term aca-
college. demic program. No calendar for the
Registrar Ira Smith said that he summer semester has been an-
was preparing the survey under the nounced as yet.
authority of- the University War As most high schools will not grad-
Board. which suhmitted the original uate their seniors until the first week

More Time For Comedy:
State Will Switch Time-Local
Cocks May Explode In Attempt

With the passage yesterday of a
bill through the state legislature
turning Michigan's clocks back to
normal Eastern Standard time,
starting at 2 a.m. Monday, Ann Ar-
bor may find that time marches on,
stands still, or staggers in an alarm-
ing manner.
For, following the announcement
of the legislature's action, City Coun-
cilmen in Detroit expressed the opin-
ion that they would maintain pres-
ent "war time" if there is a legal way
to do it, and local officials, though
unable to give more than personal
opinions, recalled that the city fol-
lowed Detroit during the last war
and may well follow suit again now.
According to an Associated Press
story the situation may be further
complicated by the fact that "spon-
sors conceded that the state law
would apply only to state and local
agencies, and that industries in in-
terstate commerce and Federal agen-
cies would remain on the present fast
time schedule, unless and until the
Interstate Commerce Commission
orders otherwise." And the ICC has

institution, but as incorporated in the
state constitution, it is provided that
it shall be governed by a Board of
Regents. It is an independent body,
subject to the decisions of the Re-
gents, and not to the state.
Thus, if the Ann Arbor Council
voted to go with Detroit, the Regents
would have to decide whether to fol-
low the city, follow the state, or;be-
gin another new time table of their
own invention.
Further, it is believed that the
University's position would be gov-
erned more by policy than by legali-
ties, so that would leave the Regents
in another hole from which they
would have to extricate themselves
Then, if this were not enough, a
time here not in line with that of
the state might cause the citizens of
Ann Arbor to lose an hour of their
time every time they stepped on
state property. Just a minute at the
Secretary of State's office to buy li-
cense plates will cause an hour's loss,
and you might be late for dinner.
mlm fia l ... r -l"% .ilr Ann Ar-s-

William Weston
To Discuss Fungi
Here Wednesday


Speaking on "Fungi and Fellow
Men" at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in the
Natural Science Auditorium, Dr. Will-
iam H. Weston. Professor of Crypto-
gamic Botany at Harvard University,
will present his lecture in entirely
non-technical language and attend-
ance need not be limited to botany
and zoology students.
Known as an exceptionally able
speaker, Dr. Weston has done a great
deal of platform work, doing much
to popularize fungi through his lec-
tures and also as the author of num-
erous papers of fungi, particularly
those which attack the grass family;
Dr. Weston has spent many years

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