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Gloomy Future for Fraternities
Seen by Conference Delegates

FirstWounded Fro French Africa Smile

Little Lady Searches in Vain
Among Burned Bodies for Son

"There was nothing but bad news
for fraternities at the National In-
terfraternity Conference in New York
City," H. Segar Slifer, general secre-
tary of Chi Psi fraternity, said yes-
terday upon returning to his home
here; after his three-day conference.
Although the conference was di-
vided into seven discussion groups,
the main topic was the fraternity's
relation to the war effort, Mr. Slifer
Service Delegates Atteid
Representatives of the Army and
Navy; as well as many of the coun-
try's prominent educators, were in
attendance at the conference and
most agreed that by next summer,
not only would many small colleges
and their fraternities be closed, but
few fraternities at large universities
would have enough men to keep their
dining rooms open, he said.
New Rules Recommended
To help safeguard the fraternities,
said Slifer, the conference adopted
unanimously a resolution, addressed
to all colleges, universities, fraterni-
ties, and local interfraternity coun-
cils, that war conditions and expecta-
tions affecting the induction of stu-
dents into military service make mod-
ifications of rules affecting pledging
and initiation desirable.
The conference recommended that
all regulations regarding deferred
rushing and pledging, and probation-
ary periods of scholarship before in-
Bands Present
Varsity Night
(Continued from Page 1)
As guest soloist, the band will then
bring to the front Corp. Julian Levi-
ton, formerly a concert pianist but
now wearing the khaki at Fort Custer,
who will play four short numbers as
his part of the program.
Not to be outdone by the men, the
University Women's Glee Club, under
the direction of Bill Sawyer, will fol-
low Corporal Leviton with a few short
songs before the campus talent con-
test really gets under way.
A real contest it will be, too, with
a $25 War Bond waiting for the win-
ner. The contest ball will get its initial
push from Peter Farago, '43, and his
accordian, and will then be kept roll-.
ing by blues-singer Marjorie Hollis.
Tap-dancer Bob Vibbert, '43, will
keep the program on a musical theme
momentarily, but that will be all for-
gotten when magician Henry Vinke-
mulder, '44, takes the stage-prob-
ably to make it disappear entirely.
Closing number on the variety
show, but not entered in the talent
contest, will be the Band's own Bar-
ber Shop Quartet, the "Meta-Four,"
made up, of Don Wallace, '43SM, Paul
Liddicoat, '44SM, Charles Thatcher,
'43E, and Bynum Weathers, '46SM.
Put directly into the Bands' treas-
ury in the past, Varsity Night pro-
ceeds this year will be loaned to Uncle
Sam in the form of War Bonds, which
will be put aside for the use of the
University Bands of the future.
The community singing, previously
scheduled for the program, has been
pushed aside by the size of the rest
of the program, band business mana-
ger George Irwin, '43, announced yes-
terday, although it is possible that
the audience will be asked to join in
the singing of "The Victors" at the
end of the program.
"Technic' Names
Smith Editor

itiation into fraternities be suspended
for the duration.
Slifer quoted Wilbur Bard, New
York attorney and a past national
chairman of the conference, who
pointed out that the fraternity would
share the fate of liberal education
and will be "one of the casualties
of the war."
At this conference Dean Joseph
A. Bursley was again elected educa-
tional adviser of the conference. This
is a position which Dean Bprsley has
held the past four years.
Convoy Life
IS Revealed
by Seltzer
(Continued from Page 1)
are not just to unload and buzz
right out on another run but that
there is some work to be done on
the craft. This will cause us to lay
over for a whole week. And after
seven days of waking up every~
morning to find us still glued to the
dock I begin to wonder whether I
signed to work on a salt water ves-
sel or a houseboat.
At long last on Sunday the 21st
we bid adieu to the happy little
collection of beer joints which is
Blank, N. J., and move back to
Staten Island to form a convoy.
And at dawn Monday we start mov-
ing down the Jersey coast in the
company of other assorted tank-
ers and freighters and even one
tugboat bound for Miami.
Did I say moving? I mean barely
moving. The goat-grabbing thing
about traveling in convoy is that
the speed of the whole ensemble
must necessarily be that of the
slowest cqnstituent and in these
days of numerous fatalities among
merchant shipping there are some
tin cans afloat which look and
function as though they have been
dredged up from the bottom of the
sea and pressed into service. Now
the ship I'm on is a pretty speedy
outfit and, when she is really trying,
can kick up a 17 knot wake behind
her. But since there is one kiddo in
our group who would pop her pis-
tons trying to make eight knots our
convoy spnds the entire day mosey-
ing down 100 miles of Jersey coast
at a five knot rate. Gus Sharemet
"could function as an inter-ship
communications corvette this day.
Four days later our coterie of ships
leaves another port and swings
south and either we have a tail wind
or somebody scuttled that one bark
because we are now ripping along
at an e nvigorating eight knots. Now
that we are finally out to sea the
crew becomes very happy and since
there are only two things which
make a seaman happy-women and
money-and there are no women
aboard except a female cat, it must
Galens Drive
to Aid Children
in Hospitals
(Editor's Note: This is the first of
a seriesofrthree articles dealing with
case histories of children at the Uni-
versity Hospital. which your contribu-
tions to the Galens drive will aid in
keeping active and happy.)
Because of the tendency for de-
pendence on others and a likelihood
of feelings of self-pity and inertia,
each of the several hundred boys
who yearly attend the Galens work-
shop presents an entirely different
problem to the shop instructor.

Every afternoon many boys, and
several girls, come to the workshop,
some in wheel chairs, some in beds,
some on crutches and a few free of
any encumbrances, to'given vent to
their natural enthusiasm and occupy
their time while confined in the hos-
Harry, aged 12, was in the hospital
several weeks and spent every after-
noon possible in the workshop. Lim-
ited in his activities by his physical
condition, he, nevertheless, exhibited
an enthusiasm and interest which
made up for his shortcomings.
While in the hospital he learned to
use an electric saw, learned a great
deal about types of woods and their
uses and learned to assemble wooden
* * *
Bob H., aged 3, has been so im-
pressed with the activities of the
workshop during his stay, that he
says he intends to be a workshop in-
structor "when he grows up."
He takes his work seriously and
sets high standards for himself-
never, like the other boys, having to
be told to go over anything he has
done. Coming from a country school,
all the patient, careful work that
Bob has learned has all been under
the direction of the Galens workshop.

BOSTON- (YP)- A silent file moved
slowly, hugging the brick wall that
led to the door of the northern mor-
tuary, where the bodies of many of
the 470-odd .victims of Saturday's
Cocoanut Grove night club fire lay
Stunned by their own grief, those
waiting scarcely turned when a little
old lady, wrapped peasant-style in
shawl and kerchief, shuffled toward
the door. A police sergeant stepped
forward to meet her.
"My Sammy," she faltered, "he
didn't come home. He always comes
"Do you think you could identify
him?" asked the sergeant.
"He's my Sammy," she responded
After a brief conference, she was
ears there is another factor which
makes us a jolly bunch of tars. In
every convoy one ship must of
course be the boss or flagship. The
commodore ship they call her be-
cause the commodore, the man in
charge of the entire convoy, rides
aboard her and from her bridge
toots maneuvering orders to the
other vessels. Well, we are the com-
modore ship this time and as such
we take the lead position in the
third of five columns which signi-
fies that off both port and star-
board beams we are flanked by two
ships and thus our most vulnerable
surfaces are admirably protected.
Our bow alone remains exposed to
the possible skulduggery of enemy
mines but this menace is trivial
compared to subs so that relief
runs rampant among the crew. And
after the first couple nights I even
stop wondering as I roll into my
bunk whether there will be alarm
bells that go jingle jangle jingle in
the middle of the night.
To Be Continued Tomorrow

ushered to the garage where the bod-
ies lay, row on row. At the sight, the
old lady turned away.
"Ill tell you what he looks like.
Maybe you could tell then if he is in
But when her description was con-
cluded, the sergeant slowly shook his
head. "I'm afraid I couldn't tell," he
She stood confused. "I have nobody
else. What will I do?" Then she shuf-
fled away.
A man stepped forward and offered
her a seat in his automobile:
And there she sat as the gray after-
noon dimmed to twilight and dark-
ness fell. The silent line moved on,
and on.
At last, the little old lady slipped
out of the 'car-and shuffled away
from the faint radiance of the
dimmed out street light-and on into
the shadows to the west end flat to
which Sammy had not returned.
Cadet Examiners
to be Here Dec. 7-9
The Aviation Cadet Examining
Board will be in Ann Arbor on Dec. 7,
8 and 93to give mental and physical
examinations to those interested in
pilot, navigator or bombardier train-
Men, 18-26, both married and single
are eligible for the air crews of the
Cadet Corps.
The Board will not meet on campus
this year, but will meet at the Elks
Temple, South Main Street, where it
will give two exams daily. One exam
will be given at 9 a.m. and another at
1 p.m. each of the three days. Appli-
cants should be in the office of the
board not later than 0 minutes be-
fore the ekaminations begin.

Still able to smile, first American wounded from the French North African invasion are shown in Wash-
ington where they arrived aboard a train specially pre pared for them. Three weeks ago they took part in the
British-American invasion. They arrived at a "port of embarkation" and started on their journey to hos-
pitalization at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington.

be money and it is. It works like
The regular pay for the common
seaman is a mere bagatelle. Ordin-
ary seamen in the deck department
and messmen in the steward's divi-
sion get $87.50 a month. Wipers in
the engine department do a little
better with $99 but that $11.50 in-
crement goes for beer to restore the
weight they sweat off in the 150
degree boiler room. So that during
peace time a merchant mariner has
little opportunity of becoming a
Mr. Moneybags.
But there's a war going on. And

there are submarines. And hence
there is a war bonus paid to every
crew member, said bonus being
100% of the monthly pay based on
$100 a month if the regular wage is
less than that figure.
There's a catch to it of course.
This bonus is paid only while the
seaman is "at sea," that is while
his ship is on the firing line for
Fritz's torpedoes or airplanes or
mines. When the vessel is in port
or in protected waters there is no
bonus and hence no joy among the
seamen. These characters are so
constructed that they much prefer

to take a chance and make the ma-
hoska than play it safe and make
no dough, even though two days af-
ter they are paid off 95% of them
are grubbing coffee-and money
from the other 5 per centum. The
more berserk of the money wor-
shippers will even sail the dynamite
and T.N.T. ships to get the extra
15% explosives bonus and all I can
say is how is man ever to be taught
to recognize and appreciate the
dignity of man when there are some
of the species selling themselves
right out for a cheap 15%?
Besides the clink of gold in our

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There is no shortage of electricity in this area.
Other things are scarce. Tires are not to be had; a pound of coffee is a real prize;
it is no disgrace to wear a well-darned stocking; there are not enough buses or street
cars at the rush hour: sugar is rationed; but you can have what electricity you
need, even at the electric 'rush hour in the early evening.

Perhaps we were just lucky:

Our judgment could

have been

wrong; we have been wrong befot. But more than five years ago we raised the
money and placed the orders for the first of the three big new turbines that make
us pretty sure no% that electricity will not have to be rationed here.



Reorganization of the editorial
staff of the Michigan Technic, engi-
neering magazine, was announced by
retiring editor-in-chief Bill Hutcher-
son, '43E, when he named his suc-
cessor Keith Smith, '43E, today.
Sidney Shell, '44E, will continue as
editorial director, and Freeman Alex-
ander, '43E, will remain the business
manager. Kenneth Moehl, '43, and
Bill Jacobs, '43, have been appointed
assistant editor and feature editor,
Stanley Stiansome, '44E, will be the
new author of "Briefly," a monthly
feature of the magazine.
The new editor, Keith Smith, said
that the December issue would be the
largest Technic ever published and
would contain articles concerning
"WQmen in Engineering." He said
that the staff would continue to stress
interesting makeup with the in-
creased use of pictures.
Dr. Maier Will Conduct
Leadership Forum Series
The first in a series of five weekly
discussions in leadership conducted
by Dr. Norman R. F. Maier of the
psychology department will begin
Thursday in the small ballroom of


so it is with coal for our power houses.

No shortage has developed but just the same we have enough coal on hand to last
many months at full .tilt if our supply should be cut off. That stock of coal cost us
six million dollars but electricity is too vital a thing to take chances on.





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