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Fifty-Sixth Year

Medicos Fight Health Insurance

Dallin Warns Against Staus QuQ Ante

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Housing Shortage
"M ICHIGAN technique,"' according to News-
week is being duplicated by colleges all
over the United States. In Veterans Village, the
University manages to house 78 of its 2,000 en-:
rolled veterans; in counter-parts of it on cam-
puses throughout the nation, other colleges have
found at least a partial solution to an increas-
ingly serious housing problem. And at this point
colleges are grasping eagerly at anything which
will help to extricate them from a situation which
is forcing them to turn away hundreds of stu-
dents. One western university has even assigned
students to oversized linen closets.
In their attempts to start new buildings, col-
leges are held back by everything a lack of over-
all policy can cause, from high costs to a shortage
of seasoned lumber. Mass production of pre-fab-
ricated parts, which seems to be the easiest so-
lution to a problem which affects almost every
hamlet in the country, is starting only very
That the situation is grave almost everyone
admits, but so few are trying to do anything
about it that experts estimate that we will not
begin to have enough living space for the next
six years. An earnest effort' on the part of
government and builders is most decidedly im-
-Mary Ruth Levy
Caf eteria
A CAFETERIA on this campus operated under
the direction of the University but by the stu-
dents and for the students is one of the primary
aims of the Veterans' Organization.
Such a cafeteria is not an impossibility.
Many large Universities of comparable size
have on their campuses cooperative, student-
operated, and strictly non-profit eating places.
Aside from the financial advantage for the
student of such an eating place, any large, ef-
ficient, and good restaurant in Ann Arbor would
be welcome. There are more students than ever
before eating all meals in restaurants this term.
Complaints, other than those of high prices,
would merit another restaurant on the campus.
Michigan did have a cooperative, non-profit
cafeteria called the "Wolverine" located on State
Street, but it closed during the war.
The Veterans' Organization would like to
have the "Wolverine" open again for the bene-

fit of the veteran and the student. This cafe-
teria would help to lower the cost of living on
campus for the veteran and student, and in
addition the campus would benefit by having
just one more place to eat.
-Lois Iverson
Debate, Delay
WE READ in the papers that the executive
committee of the United Nations Preparatory
Commission spent one hour and a quarter debat-
ing whether to postpone the committee's delib-
erations another day.
We hope that perhaps they will spend that

WASHINGTON.-Just a few minutes before
word came of the paralyzing General Motors
strike in Detroit, President Truman was asked
at his news conference whether he was hopeful
about the Labor-Management Conference which
he had called in order to bring a new era of in-
dustrial peace. Truman baffled listeners by re-
plying that he was still optimistic.
On the way out of his office, newsmen
thought they found the answer to Truman's
puzzling cheerfulness. Hanging on the wall
was a newly framed parchment making Tru-
man a life member of the "Optimists Interna-
Med ical Raid
THERE' are politics in almost everything these
days-even health. And behind the Presi-
dent's important, progressive message to Con-
gress on national health appear to be some back-
stage politics.
The Hill-Burton bill now before the Senate
was eased out of committee, some senators sus-
pect, in order to get in ahead of the Truman
health program.
Most essential part of the Hill-Burton bill
is that it siphons off $375,000,000 from the
Federal treasury and puts it largely under
control of the so-called "hospital crowd,"
namely the American Hospital Association,
the Protestant Hospital Association, the
Catholic Hospital Association, with their ally
the American Medical Association which did
most of the behind-the-scenes lobbying.
Interesting fact was that the Hill-Burton bill
lay quietly in the Senate committee on educa-
tion and labor until Sept. 6, when President Tru-
man announced that later he was going to send a
special message to Congress recommending a na-
tional health program.
Until then, the authors of the bill, Senator Lis-
ter Hill of Alabama and Senator Harold Burton
of Ohio (now Supreme Court Justice) had done
little or nothing to push it.
Hill Wakes Up
BUT suddenly, after Truman's Sept. 6 an-
nouncement, the medical lobby got busy. Put-
ting the heat under Democratic Senator Hill,
they arranged for him to cooperate with arch-
Republican Senator Taft of Ohio, and jacked
the bill out of committee over the protests of
committee chairman Jim Murray of Montana.
Senator Murray, who always has favored a
national health program, was put in an embar-
rassing spot. He favored several portions of the
Hill-Burton bill, among them a survey of the
Current Movies
. at the Michigan
Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith and Robert Alda
in "Rhapsody in Blue;" a Warner Brothers
production, directed by Irving Rapper; pro-
duced by Jesse L. Lasky.
HERE is the big cinema-musical event of the
~ year: the life of George Gershwin, whose
music captured better than any other composer's
a lilt and spirit we like to call American.
In the running-time of one film, Warners have
done remarkably well in doing justice to his
many works. Anything less than a full perfor-
ance of the "Rhapsody" would be sacrilege, of
course, and in addition you'll hear "An American
in Paris" and a somewhat hacked-up "Concerto
in F." His scintillating show-tunes are more
sketchily presented, but are still an adequate
representation. Most notably lacking, is the
music from "Of Thee I Sing."-
As for the dramatic portion of the film, it is
interesting, if largely fictional, biography, with
a morbid interest in Bronx family life. Rob-
ert Alda, as Gershwin, is an important new
star. The statuesque Alexis Smith, as an expa-
triate divorcee whom Gershwin loves and loses
in a Paris interlude, is especially outstanding.
Miss Smith's special beauty has escaped the

Hollywood touch to remain individual, and she
even looks good in some of the 1920 gowns
whipped up for her to wear.
Joan Leslie, as the other woman in Gershwin's
cinema life, is something else again. Her dancing
is gauche, her acting amateurish, and her rendi-
tion of "Embraceable You" is about as exciting
as Shirley Temple singing "Baby Take A Bow."
It would be more gentlemanly to chalk up her
appearance to bad photography, but it's obvious
that to appear so thoroughly unattractive must
have taken considerable time and effort on Miss
Leslie's part.
, (it the St(aLe
"Abbot and Costello in Hollywood;" an MGM
production, directed by S. Sylvan Simon.
T HE title tells all that's necessary to 'know
about this item, but if it does nothing else it
at least whets one appetite for the recently-an-
nounced comeback of the Marx Brothers, who
left the field of zany comedy arid and barren
after their retirement.

country to see where hospitals are needed, and
the general idea of a federal subsidy of $75,000,-
000 a year to states, communities and non-profit
crporations to build hospitals where they are
But here is the chief joker in the bill. This
Federal money is to be allocated not by the
Federal government which raises it, but by
an outside council on which the American
Medical Association lobby and the so-called
"American hospital crowd" would appoint a
majority of the members.
In other words, the Federal government,
after putting up the money, would have the
privilege of sitting by and watching private in-
stitutions dole it out without any authority
over how the money was used.
It is also the same principle at stake in the
U. S. Employment Service, whereby the U. S.
government puts up the money and the 48
states have the privilege of spending it-with all
the lush political patronage that goes along.
Building up a local political machine at the ex-
pense of the Federal government is the fashion
these days in Congress,
Interesting thing to watch will be whether
the Senate now rushes the private hospital bill
through, or waits to consider Truman's com-
prehensive health program for the benefit of
the entire country.
(Copyright, 1945, by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
State's Rights
[HAT one misses most in Congress right now
is a sense of the moment. The Senate, for
example, has chosen this unlikely hour to join
the House in voting to split up the United States
Employment Service, and to return its compon-
ent elements to the States. There may be good,
theoretical reasons for breaking this agency up
someday into forty-eight bits; for smashing it
against the side of a wall, in a tinkling tribute
to State's rights. But why do it right now?
The Army announcesithat 1,000,000 men will
be discharged during November, and at least
1,000,000 more in December. The rate of dis-
charge is at its peak, and the United States Em-
ployment Service is scheduled to be disrupted, to
be reduced to fragments and particles, at just
the moment when the country is to be flooded by
a tidal wave of job-hunters. It is hard in the
face of such facts to avoid the conclusion that
Congress is legislating in a kind of ideological
fog, drearily fighting ancient battles, and pay-
ing for too little attention to the details, the
needs and circumstances of the hour.
There is no mention of State's rights in Ec-
clesiastes, but surely the lesson that to every-
thing there is a season, and a time to every
purpose under the heaven, would seem to ap-
ply in this field, too. Or do States' rights know
no season?
S HIScurious Congressional indifference to tim-
ing shows up on the question of prices, too.
Congress has been goading the executive side for
years to give up federal food subsidies. To con-
tinue subsidies beyond next June would requir
a new appropriation bill; and this Congress,
which will pass nothing in accord with Mr. Tru-
man except the time of day, has made it clear
that it will put through no such bill, and so Mr.
Truman is quietly dropping subsidies.
The butter subsidy has already been aban-
doned, and the price of butter is up five to six
cents; subsidies on milk, cheese, beef, pork, lamb,
etc., will vanish by next spring. The Wall Street
Journal reveals that two federal agencies have
filed confidential reports predicting that the na-
tion's grocery bill may go up 10 per cent by next
summer as a result.
Back to the question of timing: The wage-
price issue is explosively hot right now; and
for government to select this hour in which to
light an economic time bomb, set to go off
next spring, and to reinflame the whole issue,
just in case we shall have managed to reach a
settlement, is to show an incredible indiffer -
ence to the flow of events, to questions of when
and how and why.

Again, one has the feeling that Congress, in
exerting its pressure against Mr. Truman, is pro-
ceeding ideologically, in a bitterly subjective,
timeless mood.
One sometimes wonders why advocates of
State's rights should want to have their pet
doctrine tested at such a poor moment, and
under such adverse circumstances. They are
being very brave, surely, or perhaps even
reckless, in subjecting their dogma to the
strains outlined above. But the opponents of
federal planning have been caged for twelve
long years, and they have come out roaring;
they will not let themselves be curbed by a
President who seeks to remind them timidly
that the weather isn't right, that perhaps it is
wrong to try to go camping in December, or
ice-skating in August. They are defying the
winds and the elements, shouting their belief
exultantly; and they do not intend to spoil
their hour by glancing out of the, window, or at
the clock, either.
(Copyright, 1945, N. Y. Post Syndicate)

Department of Political Science
THE CELEBRATED auto-da-fe of
books that illuminated the be-
ginning of the Hitler era looks puny
in comparison with the burnt-offer-
ing of 1945. A whole library of post-
war planning disintegrated in the
Terrible Light of Hiroshima. Those
reputations that survived, need care-
ful nursing and indulgent treatment.
Because David Dallin's study of
The Big Three (Yale University
Press, 1945) is solidly historic rath-
er than programmatic, it remained
immune against The Bomb. He
did not need it to discover that our
thinking in terms of Big Three, or
Big Two is already dated, war coal-
itions being what they are. And
his preatomic prediction that sec-
ondary powers like France or Aus-
tralia will soon join the big league,
agrees, in effect, with our current
conviction that the inevitable ac-
quisition of atomic energy by all in-
dustrial nations, small or large, will
greatly level down the distinctions
between major and minor powers.
Mr. Dallin's reputation is founded
on works highly critical of the Sov-
iet regime. So we will not be sur-
prised. that he doubts Stalin's readi-
ness to reject Lenin's concept of
- ,I-
EDITOR'S NOTE: Letters to the editor
must conform to the Daily's code of ethic
and must be signed. Letters exceeding 400
words are subject to being cut at the dis-
cretion of the editorial director.
Vacation Plea
To the Editor:
IN THE article on Christmas vaca-
tion in Saturday's Daily, Dr. Rob-
bins was quoted as saying that there
are a great many objections to a
longer vacation. Whatever these ob
jections may be, I doubt that they can
be so great as the objections to our
present betwixt-and-between vaca-
tion. I come from Philadelphia, and
though' my troubles probably aren't
shared by the majority, they must be
shared by many who live at a dis-
tance. I leave Ann Arbor at 3:30,
Friday afternoon, arriving home
about 10:30 the next morning. I
spend most of Saturday recuperating,
enjoy Sunday and Monday, get nicely
into the spirit of Christmas Day, and
leave home at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon
to catch the 6 o'clock train back for
Ann Arbor. If I wished, I could wait
and take the slower 1:15 a.m. train,
go to New York and take a train
from there, or come back a night
later and cut my two Thursday
morning classes, but none of these
alternatives change the fact that my
vacation doesn't give me time to do
more than get tired out. If I want
Christmas at home (and who
doesn't?), it costs me $28, or $7 for
each day of my visit. It's worth it or
I wouldn't be going, but wouldn't it be
much more worthwhile if I had more
time at home?
The University is so disturbed by
the number of people who come
back to school sick that I heard one
of the deans suggest last year that
we just have a Christmas day vaca-
tion and then have some time be-
tween semesters. It seems to me
that it would be much more pra-
cical to have a longer holiday so
we would have time to spread our
fun out and relax a little before we
came back to school.
-Shirley Hastings

ABOUT this business of Democracy
and human rights, often comes
the query-as one sees the shallow-
ness and miserable selfism of these
crowds of men with all their minds
so blank of high humanity and as-
piration-then comes the terrible
query and will not be denied, "Is not
Democracy of human rights humbug
after all? Are these flippant people
with hearts of rangs and souls of
chalk, are these worth preaching for
and dying for upon the cross?"
Maybe not-maybe it is indeed
a dream; yet one thing sure re-
mains-but the exercise of De-
mocracy, equality, to him who, be-
lieving, preaches, and to the peo-
ple who work it out-this is not a
dream. To work for Democracy is
good, the exercise is good-strength
it makes and lessons it teaches-
gods it makes, at any rate, though
it crucifies them often.
-Walt Whitman, Collected Works

world revolution and to forswear any
further advance. The only hope the
author holds outfor a peaceful solu-
tion is "an internal rebuilding of
... those absolutist political systems
which still remain . . . by forces
within them." This is a very slim
chance indeed, but it should not be
discounted altogether. Dr. Dallin's
emphasis however is on the side of
pessimism. And if we accept Halford
Mackinder's theory, which he re-
produces with unqualified praise, the
outcome is already settled.
Here is the gist of the prophecy
which the British founder of Geo-
politics (popularized and distorted by
the German Haushofer) made in
"Who rules the Middle Tier (the
belt of nations between the Baltic
and the Adriatic) commands East
Europe." (The region between the
Volga and the Elbe.)
"Who rules East Europe com-
mands the Heartland." (East Eur-
ope and Northern Asia.)
"Who rules the Heartland com-
mands the World-Island." (Euro-
pean continent plus Asia plus Af-
"Who rules the World-Island
commands the World."
With the Russian Empire strad-
dling the Elbe in the West and the
Balkans in the South, the main
prerequisite to Mackinder's One
World is fulfilled. The rest seems
only a matter of time.
It is difficult to reconcile with this

view Dr. Dallin's own more hopeful
conclusion. In the author's words:
"You may possess your part of the
(European) continent, perhaps a lit-
tle more than your part. You cannot,
however, possess half of Europe; if
you do, the unwritten law of Europe
prescribes that you must take all the
rest. . ." Napoleon and Hitler, the
ones who tried for all the rest, have
failed. "Today," Mr. Dallin finds, "it
is still possible for the Soviet Union
tL retreat in Europe to the limits of
national Russia... Tomorrow may be
too late" to make concessions with-
out losing face. And "ultimate defeat
of the expanding power becomes cer-
How certain? Napoleon was de-
feated by a world coalition that could
harness the forces of nationalism
against the ideas of the French rev-
olution and arrest their march for a
generation; Hitler suffered the same
fate although, holding the "Middle
Tier" he had Mackinder on his side.
But the revolution he perverted is
still virulent in Europe's body.
Any new "holy alliance" intent
on mere restoration of the status
quo ante is headed for trouble be-
cause the demarcation line between
the two opponents does not run
along the Elbe but across all na-
tions. Any Western coalition would
have to fight it out on the line of
social issues, no longer merely po-
litical or moral; and social issues
are apt to contain more explosive
force than even atomic bombs.


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bers of the University. Notices for the
Bulletin should be sent in typewritten
form to the Assistant to the President,
1021 Angell hall, by 3:30 p. m. of the day
preceding publication (11:00 a. m. Sat-
VOL. LVI, No. 20
To the Members of the University
Senate: At the meeting of the Uni-
versity Council on Monday, Nov. 19,
,he following resolution was adopted.
Resolved : That the Calendar Coi-
nittee be given authority to advance
he. examination period at the close of
the spring term to provide an oppor-
tunity for the Alumni Association to
hold a Victory Reunion preceding
Commencement day June 22, 1946.
Engineering Faculty: Five-week re-
ports below C of all Navy and Marine
students who are not in the Prescribed
.urriculum and for those in Terms 5,
6 and 7 of the Prescribed Curriculum
ire due in Dean Emmons' Office by
Dec. 8. Obtain report cards from your
lepartmental office.
Engineering Faculty: Five-week re-
oorts on standings of all civilian En-
gineering freshmen and all Navy and
Mvarine students in Terms 2, 3, and 4
>f the Prescribed Curriculum are due
Dec. 8. Report blanks will be furnish-
ed by campus mail and are to be re-
Burned to Dean Crawford's Office.
The W. J. Hammill prize of $100
will be awarded for the best essay
concerning the pertinence and mod-
ernity of ideas found in classics of
thought and literature in the fields of
history, economics and political sci-
ence. The contestants for the prize
may choose any one of the following
topics: 1. Theories of relationships
between human ecology and political
systems; 2. Relationships between
political systems, ethical values, and
the concept of personal property; 3.
the individual and the state. Lists of
books that shall form the basis for
the discussion of these topics will be
supplied contestants. The essay is to
be between ten thousand and twenty
thousand words. The contest is open
to any undergraduate of the Univer-
sity of Michigan, and essays must be
submitted by March 15, 1946. Con-
testants are requested to consult with
any member of the committee on
awards before writing the essay.
Joseph E. Kallenbach
William B. Palmer
Palmer A. Throop
Eligibility Certificates for the Fall
Term should be secured before Dec. 1,
[rom the Office of the Dean of Stu-
Choral Union Members in good
standing will please call for their
courtesy tickets for the Jennie Tourel
concert on the day of the perform-
ance, Nov. 27, between the hours of
9:30 and 11:30 and 1 and 4, at the
offices of the University Musical So-
ciety, Burton Memorial Tower.
Tickets will not be issued after 4
Charles A. Sink, President
To All Heads of Departments:
Please notify the Information Clerk

All Student Organizations desiring
space in the 1946 Michiganensian
should contact the Michiganensian
business office between 2 and 5 p.m.
or 2-4561, line 338, after 7 p.m. This
must be done this week. All or'gani-
zations that have already received
centracts should return them as soon
as possible.
Tau Beta Pi Members: All return-
ing undergraduate members of Tau
Beta Pi who are interested in re-
establishing contact with the Michi-
gan Gamma Chapter please get in
touch with:
Frederick Gehring
311 Lloyd, West Quadrangle
Ann Arbor.
Registration Blanks: Students who
took blanks from the Bureau of Ap-
pointments are reminded that they
are due a week from the day taken.
After that time a late registration
fee of $1 must be charged.


Tickets for the Mme. Pandit lecture
tomorrow night will be placed on sale
today at 10 a.m. in Hill Auditorium
box office. Mme. Pandit, noted In-
dian leader of the Nationalist Move-
ment, will be presented at 8:30 p.m.
tomorrow evening as the second num-
ber on the current Lecture Course
and her subject will be "The Coming
Indian Democracy." Holders of Sea-
son Tickets are requested to use the
Owen Lattimore ticket for admit-
tance as Mme. Pandit and Mr. Latti-
more have exchanged speaking dates
in Ann Arbor.
Lecture: Paul Hagon, former Ger-
man and Austrian trade union labor
leader, and author and lecturer on
the subject, "European Labor in the
Post-War World," on Friday, Nov.
30, 4:15 p.m., Room 101 Economics
'uilding, under the auspices of the
Workers Educational Service. The
le^ture is open to the public.
A cademic Notices
Seminar in physical chemistry will
meet on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Room
410 Chemistry Building at 4:15 p.m.
Mr. John Biel will speak on "Elec-
tronic Structure and Reactions of
Acrylonitrile." All interested are in-
Make-uap Final Examination 51,
52, 53, and 54 will be given Friday af-
ternoon, Nov. 30, in Room 207 Econ-
omics Bldg. at 3:00.
Seminar In Applied Mathematics
and Special Functions: Tuesday, Nov.
27, 3 p.m. in Room 312 W.E. Professor
G. E. Hay talks on the Design and
Operation of Differential Analyzers.
Visitors are welcome.
Jennie Tourel, contralto,' will give
the fourth concert in the Choral Un-
ion Series tonight at 8:30 in Hill Au-
ditorium. The program will consist of
compositions by Stradella, Rossini,
Debussy, Chabrier, Faure, Rachmani-
noff, Moussorgsky, Gretchanioff and
Chanler and Bernstein.
A limited number of tickets are
available at the offices of the Uni-
versity Musical Society in Burton
Thffcovvnl Tnuvr. and'Iat the box of-


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