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Washington Merry-Go-Round

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Editorial Staff

LEmile Ge.6
Alvin Dann
David- LachenbAch
Jay McCormick
Qerald E. Burns
Hal Wilson .
Arthur 1i1
Janet Hiatt
Grace Miller
Virginia Mitchell
Daniel H. Huyett
James B. Collins
Louise Carpenter
Evelyn Wright

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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
Students' Attitude
Shows Rationalization . .
ally unfavorable, has arisen as a
result of the reprinting in yesterday's Daily of
portions of an article by Dr. Karl Litzenberg
pertaining to the lethargic attitude of college
students in connection with the present world
holocaust. In view of the antagonistic reaction
of some students it would be wise to clarify the
issue at hand and its relation to students in
the University.
The two greatest objections seem to be di-
rected at Litzenberg's statements to the effect
that the students take no interest in world af-
fairs and that change in their fun-seeking atti-
tude must be directed toward eliminating the
"endless procession of parties and dances" which
make up -such a great part of the college pro-
N RESPECT to the first, these students main-
tain- stubbornly that they are interested in
what is going on, that they read the daily papers
and listen to the radio regularly. They even go
so far as to admit that they discuss among them-
selves the problems we are facing and attempt
to formulate solutions. But how far does this
carry them toward actually showing an interest
in the situation? Maybe they do know how far
the Japs have advanced toward such and such
a, objective, and perhaps they are aware that
Washington is in a muddle as to decisions on
labor and wage policies. But too often the stu-
dents do not consider the whys in these cases;
they are content with knowing superficially
what is going on without questioning the reach
of effects of each policy.
HIS'may sound trite, but nevertheless it is
true in too many cases. We have been given
an'opportunity to continue our college educa-
tions not merely to train us for future profi-
ciency in the various professions but also to
give us the basis for material contribution both
to these professions and to the welfare of the
world as a whole. It is the students' blindness
to their very important position in formulating
policy both now and in the future which as
Litzenberg states has caused them to regard
tlhe classroom and library as "necessary but
relatively unimportant features of college life."
If; the students took their responsibility as seri-
ously as they should, and could, they would see
that what they are supposedly learning through
the classroom and library mentioned, beyond
preparing them for future usefulness, is really
giving them a basis for interpreting strategy in
such fields as geography, economics and social
adjustments, for present as well as future use.
T HE STUDENTS in great part feel that they
have been mortally wounded by seeing their
friends leave for parts unknown and by having
to speed up their studies in a shortened school
year. This is a superficial attitude, born of ra-
tionalization and defeatism. We cannot now
feel the real effects of the war. This "cry-baby"
whining isn't going to help us comprehend the
size of the situation any better.
As for the proposed elimination of "parties
and dances," we feel sure that Litzenberg did not
mean, as so many students seem to think, that
we are expected to adopt long faces and morbid
looks and feelings. On the contrary, it is clearly
evident that we must keen un both sirit and

WASHINGTON-In 1937 Franklin Roosevelt
raised one of the most controversial issues of
his nine years in office-the contention that
older mnen were not qualified to serve on the Su-
preme Court of the United States.
THAT ISSUE precipitated weeks of Congres-
sional debate and literally tore the country
apart. It split the Democratic Party, and some
of the wounds from that battle still have not
During the Supreme Court fight, the authors
of this column published a book called "The
Nine Old Men,"' which made it quite clear that
for better or for worse we concurred with the
President that older justices should give way to
younger men, just as army and navy officers
are required to retire after reaching age 64.
And having sided vigorously with Roosevelt
in the Supreme Court fight we cannot be accused
of inconsistency when we state that we think it
is equally prejudicial to the public good for older
men to retain important cabinet positions-es-
pecially in time of war.
A Supreme Court justice has vitally important
decisions to make. But he has weeks in which
to make them. He can discuss the issues pro
and con with his colleagues if necessary over a
period of months.
However, a Secretary of State, War or Navy in
wartime must make decisions affecting the se-
curity of 130,000,000 people and must make
those decisions in hours or even minutes. There
fore, if President Roosevelt believes older men
are not qualified to make much more deliberate
legal decisions, then even more are old men un-
qualified to make immediate wartime decisions
affecting the safety of the nation.
Four Old Men
T PRESENT, the President has in his cabi-
net four men over seventy or in their late
sixties holding important wartime positions.
They are:
Henry L. Stimson, 75, Secretary of War.
Cordell Hull, 70, Secretary of State.
Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy.
Jesse Jones,'68, Secretary of Commerce and
in charge of war loans for rubber, aluminum
and tin, which may mean defeat or victory.
THESE MEN are among the President's closest
friends and supporters. Some have been with
him a long time. They are men of great dis-
tinction, dignity and charm. But if the President
is correct that older men cannot function as
The Senate
Feathers Its Nest . .
THERE ARE some men in the Ameri-
can government who are willing to
jettison their own interests for the furtherance
of the war effort. Their representation in the
United States Senate could well be increased.
With a Gallup poll showing 84% of the people
against them, with nearly every newspaper in
the country finding them an easy butt
for ridicule, United States Senators spent
valuable war time before repealing their abor-
tive pension grab. The floor of the Senate
has echoed to such statements as D. Worth
Clark's "I would rather be hanged as one of a
group of 'selfish politicians' than as one of a
pack of cowards and fools." If this is indicative
of Senator Clark's total attitude towards the
emergency and the emergency legislation he is
holding up, then the choice should not rest
with him.,
Senator Maloney, who also voted for this legal
hi-jacking of the national Treasury, dropped his
principles in a hurried scramble to regain his
constituency's good graces. "Many people of the
country seem to have last faith temporarily in
the Congress," Maloney declared, "and that faith
'nust be quickly -restored." "Many people" is a
very elastic term, but no more generalized and
vague than national "faith" in Congress.
ANOTHER DEFENDER of the pension, Sena-
tor Mead, pleaded that the bill was neces-
sary so that "a poor man could adopt a career
of public service." Senator Mead's statement is
almost inflammatory, with its inferences of
loose finances and wasteful spending being nec-
essary to holding Congressional office. If a man

cannot follow the dictates of his judgment on
$10,000 a year, then his influence is more para-
sitic than constructive.
The optimism of the Senate is the most en-
couraging aspect of the entire debacle. Here is
a group of men who feel that the government
will one day be able to retire them on a lavish
pension when that government is now fighting
for its life under the guidance of a nest-
feathering Congress. The Senators should real-
ize that soaring defense bond sales have not
yielded reparation for Pearl Harbor, Manila and
Singapore. Nor is the great American sense of
humor (Sinclair Lewis' "Oh yeah" spirit or Hugh
Gibson's glib dialect comedy) strong enough to
laugh off the Normandie, the quagmire at Wil-
low Run, the delayed issuance of top priorities to
aircraft manufacturers, and the loud snores
heard from many of our military and naval
Every minute that the Senate spent on this
Big-Ender vs. Little-Ender debate means a stop-
page in legislation necessary for the survival of
America in its present form. If this ridiculous
hedging and political back-scratching continues
in the 77th American Congress, it will certainly
be unworthy of its position as the last American
- Dan Behrman

efficiently, then all the more certainly men
around seventy have not the physical strength
or alertness to prosecute an all-out war against
the most alert, ruthless and resourceful enemies
this country has ever faced.
Furthermore, whether the President was right
or wrong in his arguments regarding the age
of Supreme Court justices, it remains a fact
that some of his older cabinet members have
made mistakes of judgment regarding our raw
materials, regarding our relations with France
and China, which if committed by regular army
officer would have been court martial offenses
in any other administration.
Board Of Elder Statesmen
THEREFORE, we suggest that the President be
consistent with his Supreme Court theories
and elevate his older cabinet officers to a Board
of Elder Statesmen.
For instancb, he might take a leaf from the
book of Bernard Baruch, who did such a bang-
up job as head of the War Industries Board in
the last war. Time after time Baruch has been
offered an important defense, job in Washing-
ton; but time after time he has refused. Baruch
is 72, says he is not as strong as he used to be,
contends he can be far more useful to the war
effort if he remains independent, drawing no
salary, but free to criticize and make sugges-
tions,. So once a week Baruch comes to Wash-
ington, drops in on his old friends in the War,
Navy Departments, and the OPM and ."gives
them hell."
As a result he has made himself one of the
most useful men in the entire United States.
Equally useful could be a Board of Elder
Statesmen composed of Henry L. Stimson, Cor-
dell Hull, Jesse Jones and Frank Knox. Add to
them, Bernard Baruch with his wartime experi-
ence and Charles Evans Hughes with his experi-
ence as Secretary of State and Chief Justice of
the United States, and the nation would have a
board of advisers completely independent of
politics, completely free to criticize anything
which went wrong, capable of making sugges-
tions to the President himself.
Elder Statesman Hull
CHAIRMAN of such a board might be Cordell
Hull. Mr. Hull will go down as one of our
great Secretaries of State. His job on reducing
tariffs and pioneering for trade treaties alone
will insure him of a place in history.
In recent months, however, Mr. Hull has
lacked some of his old fire and energy. Close
friends say that the war has depressed him,
and not for months have they seen him smile.
Perhaps it was this nervousness and fatigue
which caused him to make the unfortunate
statement about the "so-called" Free French, a
statement for which he subsequently apologized
and which was a serious rebuff to the inde-
pendent governments of France, Greece, Jugo-
slavia and all the others which we are encour-
aging to resist Hitler.
Joseph Szigeti, Violinist
Tartini, Concerto D minor; Schubert-Friedberg,
Rondo, D major; Franck, Sonata A major; Dvorak-
Kreisler, Slavonic Dance in G minor; Seriabin-Szi-
geti, Study in Thirds; Lie-Szigeti, Snow; Kodaly-
Szigeti, Intermezzo from "Hary Janos"; Mompou-
Szigeti, Maidens in the Garden; Stravisky-Dsh-
kin, Russian Dance from "Petrouchka."
Mr. Szigeti's recital in Hill Auditorium last
night presented one of Ann Arbor's biggest musi-
cal disappointments of this season. The entire
performance was from beginning to end almost
completely uninspired and waned from the mon-
otony of a seemingly unvarying dynamic level.
Though possessed of a fine technique, and bas-
ically a sound musician, Mr. Szigeti has an ex-
tremely small tone, and saw away as he will in
the most difficult of bravura passages, he can-
not get beyond its unfortunately short limits.
ks to quality, his tone is very beautiful, well-pois-
ed and delicately balanced in piano and up to
mezzo-forte passages, but beyond that it losesits
focus and resonance in the artist's striving for

intensity and volume. At no point in the range
of the instrument is there present that brilliance
and lustre so necessary to fine fiddle playing and
interpretation. Much of the blame for these
faults can probably be placed on Mr. Szigeti's
extremely stiff bow arm and inflexible bow wrist;
that he is capable of the techniue he possesses
is truly amazing under the circumstances. How-
ever, he should be given credit for a solid and
even articulation and a general surety and true-
ness of intonation.
We could probably suggest some substantial
improvements in the programming, which pre-
sented all the music before intermission and
ended with a conglomerate miscellany of gener-
ally musically sterile tidbits calculated to dis-
play the artist's virtuosity. It was here that Mr.
Szigeti's lack of inspiration and real artistic vir-
tuosity was most in evidence, for the entire group
was of unvarying monotony and even suffered
technically in places.
From the standpoint of programming the high
point of the evening was the Franck A major
Sonata. It should be emphasized that this is a
sonata for piano and violin, not a violin sonata
with piano accompaniment. This point seemed
to be occasionally overlooked by last night's art-
ists. The entire sonata suffered mainly from a
too straight dynamic level, a lack of proper
shading, often poor balance between the instruct
ments and a subjugation of the piano, and too
sudden and poorly approached climaxes. What


0, 1 Now
&- _All___ -- ! .

VOL. LI. No. 100
Publication in the Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University.

Monday, February 23,
holiday for the University
ington's Birthday which
Sunday, Feb. 22.

"It's practical+
a shovel, and

enough, I'll admit, but somehow a bucket of sand,
a coil of hose don't seem exactly right to give the
Browns for their housewarming."

will be a
for Wash-
comes on

In view of the emergency, from
and after the date of this publication
all automobiles and trucks owned by
the University (excepting Hospital
ambulances), by whatever depart-
ment previously operated, are to be
regarded as pooled and under the
entire control and direction of Mr.
E. C. Pardon, Superintendent of
Buildings and Grounds. Mr. Pardon
will allocatethe use of these cars
and trucks to such University pur-
poses as are appropriate during the
war emergency and will supervise
such use to any desirable extent. The
pooling of this University equipment
is for the period of the emergency
or until further orders from the un-
dersigned or the President and Re-
Shirley W. Smith,
Vice-President and Secretary
Home Loans: The University In-
vestment office, 100 South Wing, will
be glad to consult with anyone con-
sidering building or buying a home
or refinancing existing mortgages
and is eligible to make F.H.A. loans.
Library Hours on Washington's
Birthday: On Monday, February 23,
the Service Departments of the Gen-
eral Library will be open the usual
hours, 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The
Study Halls outside of the building
and the Departmental Libraries will
be closed.
W. G. Rice, Director
Faculty, College of Literature, Sci-
ence, and the Arts: Attendance report
cards are being distributed through
the departmental offices. Instruc-
tors are requested to report absences
of sophomores, juniors, and seniors
to 1220 Angell Hall, on the buff cards
which are now being distributed
to departmental secretaries. Green
cards are being provided for report-
ing freshmen absences. All fresh-
men attendance reports should be
made on the green cards and sent
directly to the office of the Academic
Counselors, 108 Mason Hall.
Please note especially the regula-
tions concerning three-week absences,
Skillful Operation . ..
Pearl Harbor left Americans with
a deeply-disturbing sense of careless-
ness in high places but with no doubt
of American courage. Now we know,
as full reports reach us of the attack
on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands
on Feb. 1, that the Navy can plan
and act with what a naval spokes-
man at Pearl Harbor yesterday de-
scribed as "Swiss-watch precision."
The Japanese were taken by sur-
prise, their ships sunk at anchor,
many of their planes destroyed on
the ground, others shot down flying.
Our own losses were small.
This feat shows that we can strike
far into the Western Pacific. It as-
sures protection for the route be-
tween the American coast of the1
Pacific and New Zealand and Aus-
tralia. Above all, it proves the value
of attack. Before the war America
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and the time limits for dropping
courses. The rules relating to ab-d
sences are printed on the attendances
cards. They may also be found on
page 52 of the current Announce-o
ment of our College,
E. A. Walter o
Assistant Dean
Househeads, Dormitory Directors,L
and Sorority Chaperons: Closing hourS
for Sunday, February 22, is 12:30 a.m.
and for Monday, February 23, ist
10:30 p.m.
Jeannette Perry, i
Assistant Dean of. Women
The approved closing hour for wo-
men attending the Medical Ball is
1:30 a.m.
Jeannette Perry,
Assistant Dean of Women8
Identification cards for new stu-
dents who enrolled the second sem-o
ester may be obtained by calling at
Room 2, University Hall.
Seniors in Engineering and Busi-v
ness Administration: A representa-I
tive of Bethlehem Steel Company,Q
Bethlehem, Pa., will interview Sen-
iors of the several. Departments of
Engineering and the School of Busi-
ness Administration on Tuesday and3
Wednesday, February 24 and 25, for
prospective positions in steel produc-t
tion, mechanical and electrical plan-t
ning, coke and by-products, fabri-
cated steel construction, shipbuild-
ing, research, development, manage-t
Descriptive booklets and applica-i
tion forms are available in each de-
partment office. Interview time
schedules are posted on Mechanicall
Engineering bulletin board. -
Interviews will be held in Room ,
218 West Engineering Bldg.
Information regarding require-
ments and examinations for teach-
ing positions in the Toledo, Ohio,
public schools is on file at the office
of the Bureau of Appointments. All
applications for these positions must1
be in the hands of the Superintend-1
ent of Schools, Toledo, Ohio, by
March 1.-
Bureau of Appointments and1
Occupaitonal Information.
The University Bureau of Appoint-
ments has received notice of the fol-
lowing United States Civil Service
Assistant Inspector of Hulls, $3,200,
until further notice.
Assistant Inspector of Boilers, $3,-
200, until further notice.1
Physician, $4,000, until further
Safety Instructor (Bureau of
Mines First-Aid or Mine-Rescue cer-
tificate necessary, $1,800, March 30,
Further information may be ob-
tained from the announcement
which is 'on file at the Bureau of
Appointments, 201 Mason Hall, office
hours 9-12 and 2-4.
Bureau of Appointments and
Occupational Information
Academic Notices
University Oratorical Contest: The
University Oratorical contest will be
held on April 3. The preliminary
contest will be held March 13. This
contest is open to all sophomores,
juniors, and seniors. Further in-
formation may be had at the Speech
Office, 3211 Angell Hall.
All interested are cordially invited.
.adnatrc fnAunt in n iaat. All

Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Each student
must call in person to receive his
refund slip.
Exhibition, College of Architee-
ture and Design: The work of Pyn-
son Printers, consisting of books, pan-
els, labels, posters. Ground floor
corridor cases. Open- daily 9 to 5,
except Sunday, through March 2.
The public is invited.
Ann Arbor Art Association: An ex-
hibition of regional art and craft as
represented by the work of Jean Paul
Slusser and Charles Culver. painters,
and of Mary Chase Stratton and
Grover Cole. potters. The Rackham
Galleries. Open daily 2-4 and 7-9
except Sunday through March 4. The
public is cordially invited to see this
important exhibition. No admission
University Lecture: Dr. Eduardo
Braun-Menendez of the Instituto de
Fisiologia, University of Buenos Aires,
will lecture on the subject, "The Me-
chanism of Renal Hypertension"
(illustrated) at 4:15 p.m., today in
the RackharnAmphitheater, under
the auspices of the Department. of
Physiology. The public is cordially
University Leeture. Dr. A. I. Lev-
erson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Past
,President of the American Geologists,
will lecture on the subject, "Petroleum
Reserves and Discovery" (illustrated),
under the auspices of the Department
of Geology on Tuesday. Feb. 24, at
4:15 p.m. in the Rackham Amphi-
theater. The public is cordially in-
University Lecture: Yves Tinayre,
noted authority on vocal art, will be
heard in "Confessions of a Musical
Treasure Hunter" at 8:30 p.m. Mon-
day, February 23, in Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theater. His lecture is spon-
sored by the School of Music and is
open to the general public. Tickets
cm be secured by calling at the office
of the School of Music.
Mr. LeRoy Colby of the Romance
Language faculty will be the next
speaker ,in the series of lectures spon-
sored by La Sociedad Hispanica. His
lecture in English, on "Some Similari-
ties between Portuguese and Span-
ish" will be given today at 4:15 p.m.
in Room D of Alumni Memorial Hall.
All members are -urged to attend.
Events Today
International Center: The French
Round Table will meet tonight at
8:00 at the International Center.
The discussion, "Languages: Where
a Little Knowledge Is Not A Danger-
ous Thing" will be led by Robert
American Country Dance Group
will meet at 3:15 p.m. today in
Barbour Gymnasium. Men and wo-
men students interested in partici-
pating are invited to join this group.
Ballet Club meeting today at
3:15 p.m. in Barbour Gymnasium.
Men and women students with some
ballet training are invited to join
this group.
JGP Publicity Committee meeting
today in the League Grill. Come any
time between 3 and 5. This does not
include the art committee.
The Abe Lincoln Co-operative will
hold a Bond-Scholarship party this
evening, 8:00-11:30, at 802 Packard
Street. All are invited.
Outdoor Sports: Flexible Flyer
sleds are available for coasting and
may be obtained at the Women's
Athletic Building.
Westminster Student Guild will

have a six weeks Lenten Bible Course
led by Dr. Lemon. It begins tonight,
7:30-8:30, in the Lewis-Vance Par-
lors. The general topic is "How to
Know the Bible."
Westminster Student Guild: George
Washington Party in the Social Hall
tonight from 8:30-12:00. New stu-
dents are cordially invited.
Memorial Christian Church (Dis-
ciples): Tryouts for the Easter play
"Peter, the Rock" will be held at the
church, Hill and Tappan Streets,
tonight at 7:30.
Rabbi Jehudah M. Cohen, Director
of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
will speak this evening at 8:15 on
"Of Youth and Our Time," at the
Hillel Foundation, Oakland at East
University. Conservative Services will
begin at '7:45 p.m.
The J.G.P. ushering committee will
meet at 4:30 today in the League.
Bring eligibility cards.
Wesley Foundation: Open House
tonight at 9 o'clock. There will be a
group leaving the church for the
Coliseum at 7:30 and they will return
for Open House later.
Association Coffee Hour today at
Lane Hall at 4:00 p.m.
Episcopal Students: Tea will be
served for Episcopal students and
their friends at Harris Hall this
afternoon, 4:00 to 5:30.

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