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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 1943

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Fifty-Fourth Year }

LABOR IS MADE GOAT:
Responsibility for Impending Inflationary Crisis
Should Be Placed on Washington, Not Workers

GRIN AND BEAR IT

By Lichty

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NIGHT-EDITOR: BETTY KOFFMAN
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
'LIGHTS OUT':
New Plan Formulated
In Undemocratic Way
A PLAN FOR AN 11:30 p. m. "lights out" af-
fecting all coeds in dorms, sorority houses,
and league houses was placed on a trial basis last
night.
Already bearing the stamp of approval of
leaders.of Pan-Hellenic,.Assembly Board, and
Women's War Council it was presented as a
complete surprise to house presidents at a
meeting yesterday afternoon.
Three purposes were given for the selfimposed
curfew::
1. It is to. prove iLt womeun Orry
through such a program desined for etheir
own good.'
Z. It aims to keep the health of women
students at a high level; considering the;
limited facilities of Health Servie fr civil-
ian uses.
3. It is to conserve fuel and lights.
THE PLAN is not copnpulsory. It is strongly
recommended that all women students co-
operate with the decision of Pan-Hellenic, As-
sembly Board, and Women's War Council;
Objections to the proposal already in effect
on an experimental basis are on the grounds that
neither members of the Assembly Board, Pan.-
Hellenic, nor the house presidents voted on the
mattet.
The final decision is to rest with a vote of
the women student;, but few of the women had
a voice in formulating the plan.
It is hard to believe that a plan supposedly
designed by studentsand to be executed by
them was drafted and put into effect in such
an undemocratic manner. The mass of Uni-
versity coeds had no voice in a plan 'made for
their own benefit."
It is hard to believe that campus women are
mot as concerned with problems of their own
health and fuel shortages as are Assembly Board,
Pan-Hellenic Association, and the Womens War
Council.
-Evelyn Phillips.
FORD POLICY:
Treating Men Unfairly
Results 'in Plant Walkout
TYPICAL FORD policy of days supposedly long
past was again perpetrated 'Tuesday in the
events which culminated in a walkout of 4000
workers at the Ford River Rouge plant.
Harry Roberts, a foreman in the production
foundry, for the third time in several months;
struck down one of the workmen under him,
during an argument last Friday. The fact that
Roberts is a holdover from the strong-armed-
straw-boss era is not in itself a reflection on the
Ford Motor Company. But the fact that on each
successive offense this man was not in any way.
disciplined according to the set penalties as pro-
vided by the company's "Rnles of Conduct,"
justifiably infuriated high union officials as well
as the 4000 workers.
Moreover, on each day following Roberts' last
fisticuffs encounter, according to union officers
in a telegram to Undersecretary of War Robert
P. Patterson, high supervisory officials of Ford's
paraded him through several departments calling
the attention of the workers to the fact that

THE WHOLE QUESTION of whether there is
to be run-away inflation in this country or
not is rapidly coming to a head-and it's beginning
to look as though the laboring man is going to
be the goat. Faced, on one hand, with an out-
dated means of keeping wages at a non-infla-
tionary level (the Little Steel formula) and on
the otherwith the prospect of steadily increas-
ing food prices (because Congress is adament to
the President's plan for giving both the farmer
and the consumer a fair deal through subsidies)
the laborer has the choice of keeping his mouth
shut and sacrificing his standard of living to the
needs of war or resorting to the traditional strike
threats to obtain what he wants and, in the
majority of cases, actually needs.
This has all been hashed over a great many
times and the great majority understand what
inflation would mean. But the thing that's hard
for the worker to see is why some workers in
certain industries and certain sections of the
country should be less favored than others. The
average coal miner felt that he was underpaid,
felt that if something drastic wasn't done he
would be -left holding the bag and the bag
wouldn't be very full. So he struck and won his
fight. Probably the wage adjustment decided
upon was just and will not in itself affect the
economy very seriously.
However, other underpaid workmen, seeing
that the miners finally won their battle, de.
cided that was the signal for them to start
pressing their demands (in many respects
equally. as well-founded). Now we are faced
with the prospect of a series of strikes and
disorders all over the country. All of which
will make the average American think that
unions are absolutely without principle and
that their creed is "Us for us and nobody else."
In fact, one citizen of Detroit felt so strongly
about the part the unions played in the recent
election that he wrote one of the most prejudiced
letters to a Detroit paper that we have ever read.
He said in part: "The insolence and independ-
ence of union members, including restaurants
and hotels, will one day have to meet with the
righteous indignation and wrath of the people,
who are tired of being pushed around, insulted
and abused by one of our present-day most un-
American and vicious institutions, i. e., the
unions.
"T TALL GOES TO SHOW what happens when
people in high places listen to and heed the
stupid, unreasonable, undemocratic demands of
irresponible, stupid persons, who by the wildest
stretch of the imagination cannot be called Ar-'
ericans, and all that the time-honored, respected
term stands for. They are just plain radicas,
to put it mildly, who would render asunder all
ARMISTICE ikAY: 77
2Mistak es of Last War
iust Not Be Repeated
A TODAY is Armisticd Day, this is a good
time for us to take tine out to look over the
world situation and see just what is the signifi-
cance of this day.
During the last war the American people
looked forward only to the armistice We,
wanted only to hurry up and get the war over
with.' We were not concerned about correcting
those undesirable factors which had helped
contribute to the war. We were set on going
back to our old smug security as soon as pos-
sible and we didn't care what happened to the
rest of the world.
Now we are in the middle of World War II.
We will make the same mistakes after this war
if we again wait until the armistice is signed
before we start planning for the post-war world.
Too many of us are thinking of the future in
terms of that new car we've wanted so long and
being able to get all the butter we want. We
will be to blame if 20 years from now the world
is again at war. We must see that the second
armistice day is not as meaningless as the first.
-Doris Peterson
WAR CHEST:

Civilian Students Still
Neglect Responsibility
THE UNIVERSITY WAR CHEST drive is now
within $2,000 of the goal set for it.
University students are, however, not respon-
sible for this.- Martha Cook Building contributed
over $40, which was collected in two days. But
other students have shown an almost studied
neglect of the drive. Are students already too
busy to organize house solicitation committees?
Or don't they want any part in an organization
which relieves suffering throughout the world?
Service men on campus have shown by their
contribution of over $600 that they recognize
what the War Chest is doing in helping our
soldiers overseas, in giving relief to the suffer-
ing peoples of Europe and in giving aid on the
home front. If service men consider this their
responsibility, civilian students must share the
responsibility as well.
Contributions can still be turned in the Pro-
fessorM. H. Waterman, 108 Tappan Hall; Pro-
fessor H. M. Dorr 2034 Angell Hall, or to Pro-
fessor I. H. Walton, 4B East Hall.
-Barbara Herrington
uninterrupted production of the war essentials,
hQ u*'virm' labor its one notent means of

that which has made our nation so great, to
satisfy their own stupid, greedy, selfish inter-
ests."-
Now that's putting it rather strongly, to say
the least, and most unions do not come any-
where near measuring up to the gentleman's
description. By far the greater percentage of
them have lived up to their no-strike pledge
and intend to keep on doing so. But in the
few situations where conditions are not up to
par the worker felt that he was justified in
bringing his case before the public.
This editorial is not an effort to absolve the
working-man from all blame in the present
crisis, but merely an attempt to point out that
if certain things had been done in handling the
wage vs. cost-of-living problem we would not
now be on the verge of inflation. If living costs
had been kept down, if there was one central
board in Washington to handle labor difficulties
instead of the ten or more we have today, if
Congress was not so susceptible to the demands
of the high-price and inflationary blocs, if the
President's well-thought-out plan of appeasing
both producers and consumers through subsidi-
zation and if a flexible plan for adjusting wages
to actual living costs instead of to a percentage
of what was earned before the war, labor would
have no legitimate grievances and would get on
with winning the war.
But until these things are done labor feels it
has no choice but to fight for the rights which
it has worked so. hard to obtain and to put its
side of the story before the public in the only
way that seems to do any good, through creation
of disturbances and demands for a better deal.
-Ray Dixon
I'd Rather
Be -i;Right
By SAMUEL GRAFTON
NEW YORK, Nov. 11.-We are all so clear now
on foreign policy that we positively shine. We
vote for the brave new world, 85 to 5. Almost
nobody is wrong, nobody. This is the greatest
epidemic of clarity that has ever struck us. We
have never been all so well straightened out
simultaneously.
But on the home front, unfortunately, we are
not only being unclear at the moment; we are
being deliberately unclear, resolutely unclear.
We are being ,muggy, on purpose,
Tr,,TOO I iCE I IEp
Congress kefuse 'tV konsid-Ir 'an appeal for
'subsidies 'to keep thdB pric .klown. Having
voted for a brave new world anow intends to
let food pries skyro llet, a4 Uts peculiar and
.. eQl'Lcontiyt 4p tS Name .
-,.Sjmultanaausly- £odgress runs. like .a mad
thing from 'a proposal to increase taxes -by
$10,00,000,000. On the question of subsidies,
Congress is being nice to the farmer, who
wants his price .increases. On the question of
taxes, Congress is being nice t the taxpayer,
who wants no higher taxes. But the combina-
tion of the two nicenesses is a nastiness. For
the taxpayer will pay out just as much in in-
creased food prices as he would have paid in
new taxes, except that neither he nor the
Treasury will have anything to show for it.
If $10,000,000,000 more is to be taken from
the American pocket, it should obviously go
toward paying the cost of the war. $9,000,000,-
000 would. then represent a clear improvement
in our national cash position. As the plan now
stands, the $10,000,000,000 will be burnt up in
price increases, it will be shriveled in the heat of
inflation. The average American citizen, wrecked
as a consumer, will then be comforted with the
assurance that he has been saved as a taxpayer.
A gentle Congress will not have taken away from
him the money he will no longer have anyway.
A POCKET OF NONSENSE
The whole thing is a panic flight from reality.
We are straightening out our relations with the
rest of the world, but not our relations with our-
selves. Our foreign affairs are falling into order.

But if we do not watch out, this nation is going
to become a pocket of nonsense in a world of.
sense.
It will be a case of undisciplined we in a
disciplined world. The results are already
showing in a flood of demands for wage in-
creases. The better the labor leader, the
sharper his sense of community; the more un-
tenable will his position become with his own
union. The reasonable men will lose their
power and the unspeakables will thrive.
A Congress which has let the war solve its
economic problems for the last four years ob-
viously intends to let inflation solve them for
the next four. It has lived in the frying pan, now
it propose to make itself cozy in the fire.
THE MOOD OF EVASION
The mood is a chipper, heedless mood, a will-
ingness to go to hell in a wheelbarrow so long as
there are good chances for re-election along the
way. It is the mood of evasion. Everybody is
going to have his own way; the farmer will have
his higher prices, the worker will have his higher
wages, the taxpayer will avoid rate increases,
the Congressman will be re-elected and only
the Treasury will capsize.
We feel we must make sense in the world,
iAt hat were not under the same comnul-

IL0u/he 6ditor
Tradition Upheld,..
' W HILE there may oe th;se on The
Daily who decry the lack of a
"place to go to meet their friends."
there are some who find ample op-I
portunity on the Michigan campus.
There are campus "hangouts" on or
near the campus where they go after
a class to have a coke or play a game
of bridge. There are the very ex-
cellent Union facilities if fellows de-
sire a little masculine company. And.
of course, there is the League, with its
week end dances, to add immeasur -
ably to a week end with their friends.
And, as if that were not enough,
there are movies, plays, concerts at
Michigan throughout the year.
Where is there a better opportunity
to meet one's friends than at the
concert?
But no, we have been warned in
ominous tones that Michigan has no
facilities for what is obviously meant
to be a chance for boy 'to meet girl.
Or, better still, a place where boyI
can take girl, and both can have a
good time with their friends.
AND SO Martha Schmitt, a Daily
writer. conveys to her readers and-
mine the idea that the only reason
'we like the beer at the P-Bell is
because we haven't any place else to
go. Ah, well . . .
As for me, I wish to uphold the
traditions of the "Bell"' and the
flavor of its beer. I also want to
let it be known that while one ed-
itorial writer may not like the idea
of. drinking beer. . I do'!
Martha Schmitt has a good ideat
. the only trouble is, she dealt
in specific cases. Why not leave
the P-Bell out of her editorial, and1
campaign for a meeting place for1
fellows and girls who just do not like
beer? It's more sensible, promotest
more friends, and conveys the im-
pression that we are here to improve{
the world. not criticize it. An other-
wise good editorial was ruined by
this lack of taste.
-Al Raymond
Here Again
N REFERENCE to my previous
letter, and to the reception it re-1
ceived, may I suggest that you mis-
directed your readers' attention in an
effort to obscure your colleague's
fault. Granted that I referred to the
"enumerated points for reform," but
that phrase was dnly one part of 'a
complete thought. Taken alone, that
isolated phrase is misleading. May I
point out that the complete thought
was "..you cannot help noticing
the extreme similarity in (all) ideas,
especially in the enumerated points
of reform.'
If you had pondered this a trifle
longer, I feel confident that you

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.464
Why do you always have to tell your friends I'm in kindergarten Mom?
It's a course in orientation or transitional training!'
would have noted that I implied Credit was not given Mr. Brown here
that ALL of Miss Andrews' ideas where it was due.
were similar to Mr. Brown's, al- IOn page 495, in the paragraph im-
theu gh you attributed only PART mediately preceding section VI, Farl
of them to his article. In reality, Brown wrote the following: "A pro-
Valerie Andrews' article was only cession of Negro leaders and a few
a resume of some of Mr. Brown's white leaders constantly visited City
less saient and noticeable ideas. Hall beseeching the Mayor to take.
heed and to do comething about the
For ea p oleain th irst' and third imipencing uph1ieaval." Again, in her
pa' h page 488 of the No- second paragraph, Valerie Andrews
vember Harper's, Earl Brown wrote: plagiarized Mr. Brown's article: "In
". . The most remarkable thing June, shortly before the race riots
about the Detroit riot is this: the occurred, when a procession of Negro
possibility of such an outbreak had leaders and a few white leaders visit-
been foreseen for more than a year ed the City Hall beseeching the
before it occurred; . . . In a city Mayor to do something about the im-
swollen with a mushroomed popula- pending upheaval, why did Mayor
tion, where shelter was almost un- Jeffries fail to take any positive ac-
obtainable, the Negro population had tion')
become steadily more resolute in the Herein I have provided glaring
determinaticn to overcome discrim - e ince f oe po viyedrgwrin '
ination; . " Miss Andrews wroteevience of one f your writers
nhearticle that "Temostre- plagiarism. My evidence may be
in her confirmed by other readers' letters
iarkaslething abtheDoit if anyone has taken the time to
an outbreak had en osuch read Mr. Brown's piece and write
anore tbak h ea before - ce . to you; but better yet, you your-
ince fhang in the ar efveSsollen self should read the article and
ctyhad ben r g etail ,comparethe aforementioned pas-
t pgiaris t p t f. . sages to Valerie Andrews' article.
That is plagiarism inits purest form. - fair pres..endeavors to correct I
SN PAGE 494, in the first 'paa- errors.

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graph of se'tio n 1A, Iai-l i$o'wO V'-li -e oi'ce is yours. Will yoU
wrote, "An editor of .a Polish; Daper not ;cpcee yol' error and tho
told of anti-Negro liandbills being ianif~Q6syour fairness?
distributed oi the steps of St Flo- -tE vin L. Rasmussen, Jr.
rian's Church in HamtLramck during.
the Sojourner Truth riots. . ." And (4,tor rNotc hait Mis'Andrews'-
again, Miss Andrew: wrlote in her efi outran li~"r is cretion is not to be
denied. Mr. Rasmussen's zeal is also
article, that "Anti-Negro hanc ii.s "not to be- denied. With all due .respect
were being distributed on the steS Of to both Mir. Brbwn an( the tetermined
St. Florian's Church in Hamtramck Mr. Rasmussen, we "concede" the,
during the Sojourner Truth riots." point ?t issuej

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THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 1943
VOL. LIV No. 9
All notices for the Daily Official Bul-
letin are to be sent to the Office of the
President in typewritten form by 3:301
p.m. of the, day preceding its publica-
tion, except on Saturday when the no-
tices should be submitted by 11:30 a.m.i
Notices
Because of production delays, Fac-
ulty Directories will not be available
for distribution on Thursday, Nov.
11, as promised. There should, how-
ever, be a supply on hand by noon on
Nov. 12 at the Information Desk in;
the Business Office.
Herbert G. Watkins,,
Assistant Secretary
Job Registration will be held in '
Room 205 Mason Hall on Tuesday,
Nov. 16, at 4:15 p.m. This applies to
February, June and August grad-l
uates, also to graduate students or
staff members who wish to register
and who will be available for posi-;
tions within the next year. The
Bureau has two placement divisions:
Teacher Placement and General
Placement. The General Division in-
cludes service to people seeking posi-
tions in business, industry, and pro-
fessions other than education.
It is important to register NOW
because employers are already ask-
ing for February and June graduates.
There is no fee for registration.
University Bureau of Appointments
and Occupational Information
Senior Mechanical, Electrical, Met-
allurgical, and Industrial, Engineers:I
Mr. J. I. Onarheim of Allis-Chalmers
Manufacturing Company. Milwau-
kee, Wis., will interview seniors of
the above divisions, Friday, Nov. 12,
in Room 218 West Engineering Buil-
ding, for positions with that organi-
zation.

illustrated, in the Amphitheater, sec-
ond floor of the University Hospital,
on Friday, November 12, at 1:30 p. m.
under the auspices of the Hygenic
Laboratory. The public is cordially
invited.
Academic Notices
Mathematics Seminars: The fol-
lowing seminars in mathematics will
be conducted during the fall term by
the staff members named: Statistics,
Prof. Craig, Wednesdays at 4:00
p.m. in 3010 Angell; Topological
Groups, Prof. Ambrose, Wednesdays
at 4:00 p.m., in 3201 Angell; Applied
Mathematics, Prof. Churchill, Mon-
days at 4:00 p.m., in 319 West Engi-
neering; Geometry, Profs. Thrall and
Rainich, Thursdays at 3:00 p.m., in
3001 Angell ; Topology, Prof. Steen-
rod, Fridays at 4:30 p.m., in 3201
Angell; Normed Rings, Prof. Hilde-
brandt, Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m., 3014
Angell; Orientation, Prof. Rainich,
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.,' 3001 Angell.
{4
Biological Chemistry Seminar will
be held on Friday, Nov. 12, at 4:00
p.m., in Room 319 West Medical
Building. "Iron Problems" will be
discussed. All interested are invited.
Please note change in time.
Make-up examinations in History
for the Spring and Summer terms,'
1943, will be given on Friday, Nov.
26, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in room D, HH.
Students desiring to take the exami-
nation must have the written ap-
proval of their instructor and should
secure this permission well in ad-
vance of the date of the examina-
tion. A. E. R. Boak
Physics 37, one hour problem
course, meets Friday at 10 in Room
202 West Physics Building. Text,
"Problems in College Physics," avail-

Concerts
Messiah Concert: The University
Musical Society announces that the
traditional annual performance of
Handel's "Messiah" will take place
Sunday afternoon, Dec. 19, at 3
o'clock. The following will partici-
pate: Agnes Davis, soprano (New
York); Lillian Knowles, contralto
(New York); William Miller, tenor
(Chicago); Wellington Ezekiel, bass
(New York); Palmer Christian, or-
ganist; The University Choral Un;r-
ion; a special "Messiah" 'Orchestra,
and Hardin Van Deursen, Conduc-
tor.
Tickets are now on sale at the offi-
ces of the University Musical Society
in Burton Memorial Tower as fol-
lows: main floor 60c, first balcon~y
50c, and the topbalcony 30c (includ-
ing tax).
Faculty Recital: Palmer Christian,
University Organist, will present a
recital at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.
14, in Hill Auditorium. His program
will include compositions by Baer,
Andriessen, Widor and Jongen. The
public is cordially invited.
Events Today
A.S.M.E. meeting tonight at 7:30
at the Union. The movie "King Cot~-
ton" will be shown.Everyone in-
vited. Refreshments.
The A.I.E.E. will meet tonight at
7:30 in the Michigan League. Dean
Lovell will discuss the national or-
ganization and the activities of the
American Institute of Electrical En-
gin eer's. There will be motion pic-
tures on "Laying Another Submarine
Power Cable," by the Okonite Co.
Institute of the Aeronautical Sci-
ences: A smoker will be held tonight
at 7:30. in Rm. 302, Michigan Union.

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