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Delegates Face Great Task

have thrown those same words from pillar to
post, and any group from sorority alumni clubs
to the YMCA has conducted panels centered
around those words.
In the midst of war, 46 nations are preparing
for a future" permanent peace-no more tem-
porary truces between bouts. Representatives
from these 46 nations are meeting in San
Francisco "to prepare a charter of a world
organization to preserve the peace."
To get back to those three words-they, and
the idea behind them, mean more, perhaps,
than any phrase in recent history. They
mean that there are men of all kinds and
nationalities who really want perpetual peace
and who are willing to work to get it.
These men will not be preparing for today.
That's spilled milk. They're preparing for
a tomorrow when the world will no longer be
a jigsaw of continents and countries, when eco-
nomic and political boundaries will be no excuse
for agression, when great and small will equally
know the meaning of justice, and when wars
will be records in history books rather than in
daily newspapers.
Of course, it's idealistic, and it's a dream
man has cherished for centuries. But this
ideal and this dream can and will be realized;
now is the time.
Bettyann Larsen
T HAS BEEN SUGGESTED that we threaten
reprisals against the Germans for mistreat-
ment of our prisoners; that we warn them
we shall kill one male German in the nearest
German town for each of our men done to death,
and burn the town besides. These suggestions
do credit to the feelings of those who utter
them, and I am for them, but they probably
would not work. The giggling Nazi boys of
sixteen who burned 1100 civilian slaves alive in a
barn at Gardelegen last week would not be
deterred by threats. On the whole, these boys
would rather enjoy being put to death, as mar-
tyrs, and if we had it in us to torture them, they
would, in a way, relish that too; for that is the
kind of world in which they live.
It is all familiar to them; this is their kind
of thing; this is the way they think the world
goes, anyhow; and it is the kind of world
they like.
The problem of what to do with the Germans
cannot be solved on the narrow scale of re-
prisal and criminal punishment. When we
think of punishing the Germans, we think, really,
of how Americans would react to punishment
for crimes they knew they were guilty of; we
understand the American moral sense; we know
how Americans would react. But when we enter
Naziland, we are in a world which (except for
a few older people) is emotionally different
from ours, a world of emotional immaturity, of
emotional illiteracy.
Our soldiers feel that already. They know
they do not speak the same emotional language
as the SS guards, who built themselves a.rustic
settee and table near the multiple gibbet at
Buchenwald camp, so that they might drink
their wine and have their meals while watch-
ing the hangings. In the larger sense, it is as
impossible to punish such people as it is to
talk to them; for they are like evil and depraved
children, one side of whom has never grown up.
No communication is possible with them; not
even the communication of death.
In a milder way, our soldiers feel this also
at such, towns as Halle, where Germans come
in to complain loudly because the gas has been
turned off, and where they are angry at us for
breaking "senselessly" into their town, and for
making so much noise. Ordinary punishment,
to such people, would merely be another in a
list of incomprehensible disasters. They would
not know what we were talking about when we
sentenced them.
I am for executive of war criminals, but let
us not delude ourselves that this action will
have any salutary effect on the main body
of the German peonle; it will be as mysterious
to them as if it were a proclamation in Chi-
nese. The only punishment that is adequate

for the German people is to force them to grow
up, to grow out of their evil immaturity.
But growth takes time, and self-examination;
it involves forcing the Germans to face the
facts of life, to begin to realize that the cruel
and childish "solutions" they have found for
themselves do not answer.
In some way, to my mind, punishment of the
Germans seems to involve making the rest of
the world more successful; to make the giggling
Nazi boys realize that they are failures; to feed
the French, and to do well at San Francisco,
while the puzzled evil Nazi faces look on.
It involves setting Europe on its feet, indu-
strializing it, changing the economic balance
forever, while the Germans, watching, come at
last to realize how irrelevant parades and
murders are.
This is punishment on the historical scale,
not to pluck an eye from the wrong-doer, but
to give him a new eye, with which to see, in
time and through the long lean years, what
wrong-doing means.
(Copyright, 1945, New York Post Syndicate)

THERE WAS a great deal of huff-
ing and puffing at Town Hall
Thursday night, but nobody succeed-
ed in carrying out the threat of blow-
ing the house down. Neither did any-
body succeed in sandbagging its walls.
For the most part this was because
nobody was just sure what was in-
volved in the issue-the attackers
weren't positive as to just what they
were attacking, and the defenders
were equally confused as to what
needed defending and how they
should defend it.
The whole system and the prob-
lems created by it are for the most
part extremely petty, but the fact
remains that a great many people
are continually being angered or
made miserable by them. However,
the mere abolishing of sororities and
fraternities will not relieve the situa-
tion, because the principle grounds
for objection are conditions which
result IN, not FROM, the fraternity
Exclusiveness Common
Exclusiveness, for instance. Rare-
ly does a sorority exhibit as much
snobbishness as does a dormitory
clique. The only difference be-
tween them is that in one of the
barriers are intangible while in the
other they are formally published
by an initiation ceremony, a pin,
and an address. The same is true
of religious and racial discrimina-
tion. In this respect the fraternity
system is but a reflection of the
policy of this state-supported, sup-
posedly democratic university, for
such discriminatory considerations
guide the selection of University
students, dormitory residents, and
even faculty members. A great
many evils attributed to the sys-
tem, it must be agreed, are human
rather than institutional, and this
has been demonstrated on cam-
puses where fraternities have been
abolished, only to have the same
difficulties grow up under the
names of clubs and even informal
cliques. And girls who are obnox-
ious about their sororities would be
equally insufferable in independent
Raison' d'Etre ..-
To my mind there is one reason
worth mentioning for the existence
of sororities on the University of
Michigan campus: the comfortable
home, congenial group of com-
panions, and good food which most
houses provide. This, I think, is
THE important function of a sor-
ority and any attempt to make it
anything more is entirely unwar-
ranted. All these glorified con-
cepts of the Idea of a Phi Alpha
Tau (commonly known as "frater-
nity spirit") as existing on a trans-
cendental plane and diffusing a
warm and fraternal glow through-
out all the Chosen Few are utter
nonsense, and, I hope, died with
the founders.
It is inevitable that any student
body numbering as large as 9,000
should break down into small groups.
Dormitories like Stockwell neither
facilitate nor permit this-besides,
the difficulties of cooking for 500
girls (in charity I am assuming that
that is the reason) are apparently
so overpowering that the food is fre-
quently offensive to the point of being
Suggests Small Dorms ...
If the University were to cancel
its .post-war order for more Stock-
wells and build instead a system of
small dornitories there would be no
need for sororities and they' could

be abolished with little or no loss
to the campus. But as things stand
the sororities are the only houses,
(outside of the few small dormi-
tories which we do have, the Co-
ops, and the few pleasant, well-
managed league houses which the
campus boasts) which offer girls
attractive, comfortable places to
live among their friends, and until
something is produced to take their
place they will continue to fulfill
thisverynecessary use on campus.
Leave the function of a sorority at
its obvious, practical one instead of
dragging in mystic communion, and
there's nothing left to get worked
up about.
If sororities are regarded as oc-
cupying this position on campus and
nothing more (which is actually the
case, although their importance is
frequently exaggerated and exalted
by both sorority women and inde-
pendents), and if rushing rules are
improved so as to eliminate some of
the more objectionable moral char-
acteristics there is no reason why
there should be any problem-or fric-
tion at all-especially while the OPA
maintains its building restrictions and
the University plans bigger and bet-
ter Stockwells.


VOL. LV, No. 130
Publication in the Daily Official Bul-
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Candidates for the Teacher's Cer-
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office of the School of Education, 1437
University Elementary School, on
Wednesday or Thursday afternoon,
April 25 or 26, between 1:30 and 4:30
to take the teacher's oath. This is
a requirement for the certificate.
Candidates for the Teacher's Cer-
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has been posted on the bulletin
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Room 1431 University Elementary
School. Any prospective candidate
whose name does not appear on this
list should call at the office of the
Recorder of the School of Education,
1437 U. E. S.
Seniors in Aeronautical, Civil,
Electrical, and Mechanical Engineer -
ing: Mr. R. Alvarez of Chance Vought
Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut, will
interview seniors graduating in June
and October, 1945, on Thursday, April
26. The company has openings in
Aerodynamics, Structures, Drafting.
Instruments, Electronics, Materials,
and Spotweld. Interviews will be
held in Room B-27 East Engineering
Building. Interested men will please
sign the Interview Schedule posted
on the Aeronautical Engineering Bul-
letin Board. Descriptive material and
application blanks may be obtained
in the Aeronautical Engineering Of-
Permission to attend the perfor-
mance of Il Trovatore on Thursday
night, April 26, may be granted tc
women students by house heads.
Students shall return to their resi-
dences immediately after the per-
formance is over.
Biological Station: Applications are
now being considered for the 1945
session of the University of Michigan
Biological Station, held from June
23 to August 18, near Cheboygan,
Michigan, 285 miles north of Ann
Arbor. A full enrollment is indicat-
ed. Persons with college credit in
Botany or Zoology are permitted to
apply. If you wish to apply, you
should do so before May 1 to insure
full consideration in choice of cour-
ses and cottage. Information ma
be secured at the Summer Session
Office, 1213 A. H., or at the Biologi-
cal Station Office, 1073 N. S. Appli-
cations are available at the latter
A. H. Stockard
The Phi Sigma regrets that Dr.
Baxter's talk, scheduled for today.
has had to be postponed indefinitely.
Food Sanitation: The first of the
current series of lectures on food
sanitation will be given this evening
in the amphitheater of the Rackham
Building at 7 pm. CWT. The speak-
ers will be Melbourne Murphy of the
University Health Service and John
Veenstra of the City Health Depart-
All persons concerned with food
service to University students are
asked to attend the present series if
they have not attended previously.
The general public is cordially invit-

University Lecture: Mr. Thomas
Whittemore,Director of the Byzan-
tine Institute, will lecture on the
subject "The Mosaics of S. Sophia"
(illustrated) at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday,
May 1, in the Rackham Amphithea-
ter under the auspices of the Depart-
ments of Greek and History. The
public is cordially invited.
Academic Notices
Students, College of Engineering:
The final 'day for DROPPING
be Saturday, April 28. A course may
be dropped only with the permission
of the classifier after conference with
the instructor.
Students, College of Engineering:
The final day for REMOVAL OF IN-
COMPLETES will be Saturday, April
28. Petitions for extension of time
must be on file in the Secretary's
Office on or before Wednesday, Ap-
ril 25.
Faculty College of Literature, Sci-
ence, and the Arts: Midsemester re-
ports are due not later than Satur-
day, April 28.
Reinort cards are heing distributed

semester is D or E, not merely those
who receive D or E in so-called mid-
semester examinations.
Students electing our courses, but
registered in other schools or col-
leges of the University should be
reported to the school or college in
which they are registered.
Additional cards may be had at
108 Mason Hall or atE1220 Angell
Hall. E. A. Walter
College of Architecture and Design,
Schools of Education, Forestry and
Conservation, Music and Public
Midsemester reports indicating
students enrolled in these units doing
unsatisfactory work in any unit of
the University are due in the office
of the school or college by April 28th
at noon. Report blanks for this pur-
pose may be secured from the office
of the school or college.
Organ Recital: Mary McCall Stub-
bins, guest organist, will appear 'at
3:15 CWT, Sunday afternoon, April
29, in Hill Auditorium. Her program
will include compositions by Pachel-
bel, Frescobaldi, Bach, Liszt and
Sowerby, and will be open to the
general public without charge.
Events Today
A.I.E.E.: Meeting today in the Un-
ion. Mr. H. A. Strickland, Chief En-
gineer of Budd Induction Heating
Company, will speak. Refreshments.
Botanical Journal Club will meet
in Rm. 1139 Natural Science Build-
ing today at 3 p.m. (CWT). The fol-
lowing will be reviewed: Muenscher,
"Aquatic Plants of the United
States" by Norrine Mathews; Japers
on the physiology of water molds, by
Betty Linthecum; Karling, "Brazil-
ian Chytrids", by Helen Simpson.
All interested are invited. F. W.
Sparrow, Chairman.
Chemistry Colloquium will meet at
3:15 p.m. in Rm. 303 Chemistry Buil-
ding. Dr. E. L. Jenner will speak on
"Acid - Base Strength of Organic
Compounds". All interested are in-
Phi Beta Kappa: The Annual Ini-
tiation Ceremony will be held in the
Michigan League Chapel at 3:15.
Professor Herbert A. Kenyon will
address the initiates. All new mem-,
bers are expected to be present.
Mortar Board will meet at 6:15
this evening. All members must be
present. There willbe no excused
Inter-Racial Association meeting
6:30 p.m. Union. Prof. John F. Shep-
ard of the Dept. of Psych. will speak
on "The Psychological Aspect of
Race Relations". All members and
friends are urged to attend.
Alpha Kappa Delta: There will be
a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home
of Prof. A. E. Wood, 3 Harvard Place.
The topic "Sociology in Education"
will be introduced with remarks by
faculty members and a student, and
then thrown open for group discus-
New members who have not yet
been initiated are invited to attend.
Coming Events
Tea at the International Center,
every Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m. Faculty,
foreign students, and their American
friends are cordially invited.
Junior Girls Play: "Take It From
There" will be presented in Lydia
MVendelssohn Theatre in the League
at 6:30 CWT Thursday and Friday
at 7:30 CWT Saturday. Thursday's
performance will be exclusively for
junior and senior women, while the
other two performances will be open

to the public. Tickets for the public
performances will go on sale at 1:00
p. m. CWT Wednesday in the theatre
box office. The price will be fifty
cents, including tax.
Come Join the Folk Dancers: All
desiring to learn leadership in Euro-
pean and American Country Dancing
are welcome as guests or new mem-
bers to an informal non-sectarian
group every Thursday at 7 p.m.,
Unitarian Church. Students, faculty,
and the public is invited.
XI Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta
will have a guest reception Thursday
evening, April 26, at 7:00 p. m. in
the East Conference Room of the
Rackham Building. All members and
alumnae are cordially invited.
Phi Beta Kappa: The Annual Ad-
dress of the Alpha Chapter of Michi-
gan will be given in the Rackham
Amphitheater on Thursday, April 26,
at 7 p.m. Dr. Howard Foster Lowry,
President of the College of Wooster,
will speak on "The Enemies of Lear-
ning". The address will be followed
by a recetion for the initiates in the
Assembly Hall. Please note that this
event will take the place of the usual
initiatonn hanrmt All memher of


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