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V-U W UWV-MA A W T irw-r II

For Subsistence Raise

'UDENT VETERANS in Michigan want
and need a subsistence increase.
en delegates from veterans organizations
chools scattered throughout the state are
ag sent to Washington this week to testify
ore the House Committee on Veterans
airs in support of the Rogers Bill,
. 870.
Vith them will go thousands of question-
res filled out by veterans on at least nine
apuses whose expenses have outstripped
ir monthly $65 or $90 checks.
No isolated cry by a single pressure
oup, this delegation will represent some
student organizations throughout the
tte who agreed unanimously that an
crease is necessary.
survey at Flint Junior College taken
week indicated that 91.6 per cent of
veterans in school there were unable to
on their present allotments. Bill Haydon,
sident of the University Veterans Organi-
on estimates that the tabulations for
1 Arbor will be even higher.
'inety-seven per cent of the Flint veterans
ored the increases set forth in the Rogers
which would give $100 a month to single
rans and $125 to married veterans with
additional for each dependent.
few people who catagorize .themselves
>ractical idealists cry that the veterans
"on the march" to pressure the govern-
it into more money for themselves.
Many of us find a great deal of differ-
e between veterans' bonuses which we
pose and this subsistence increase. Last
nester a number of veterans were com-
itorials published in The Michigan Daily
written by members of The Daily staff
d represent the views of the writers only.

pelled to withdraw from the University
because they were not financially able to
continue. The vast preponderance of vet-
erans today are feeling the pinch of rising
prices on a fixed income group.
"That's easily fixed," says the theorist,
"let the veteran draw upon his savings, re-
ceive help from home, or work part time."
For that group which made money in the
service or who can receive help from home,
that is fine. It is scarcely a secret that many
veterans are going to school today who,
because of their economic status, would not
otherwise be able to do so.
If Flint JC is at all typical, 93 per cent
of all student veterans will have to seek
employment in the future to remain in
school. Sixty-four per cent have already had
to seek employment and of those working,
63 per cent find that it impairs their school
Many veterans have a sense of urgency
about completing their education which
makes carrying a reduced program while
working a discouraging alternative.
In August, 1945, fourteen months after
passage of the original bill, the Veterans
Administration ruled that the subsistence
allowance was not a bonus or pension but
an assistance to veterans returning to
Five months later subsistence allowances
were increased 20 to 23, per cent because
the original allotments were inadequate to
aid the veteran at the then existing price
From the time of that increase, January
1, 1946, to the present, the cost of living has
risen more than five and one-half times the
amount of the rise on which the original
increase was based.
The Rogers Bill will provide badly needed
subsistence increases to student veterans in
keeping both with the original intent of the
law and the interpretation of the Veterans
Administration. -Tom Walsh

Oppose 'Selfish Gain'

ns First'

WIDESPREAD campaign has just been
completed by the member groups of the
ichigan Student Veterans Conference to
licit cost-of-living questionaires from vet-
ans on their respective campuses. With
ie results of this survey in hand, the Con-
auations Committee of the Conference is
nding a delegation of ten student veterans
Washington to pressure for the passage
the Rogers Bill to increase subsistence
yments paid by the government.
According to Gen. Omar Bradley, Ad-
ninistrator of Veterans Affairs, the pur-
lose of the Servicemen's Readjustment
et "is to provide an opportunity to each
eteran whose education or training was
aterrupted by reason of his entrance in-
o the service to resume his education . .
and thereby obtain knowledge which pre-
umably he could have obtained but for
is service in the armed forces."
In addition the Veterans Administration
ys a subsistence allowance amounting to
i5 per month to veterans having no de-
ndents and $90 per month to those with
pendents. These allowances are to help
e student pay for his travel, board, lodg-
g, and other living expenses..
Admittedly $65 a month is not sufficient
D independently support a student at-'
ending school under the bill. However,
is specifically stated by the VA that
his allowance is not a bonus or a pen-
on, and that it is only intended to help
meet expenses and not be the veteran's
)tal support.
In scattered areas all over the country
rC chapters took an active part in the
empt to defeat proposed state bonuses
ually supported by the American Legion.
their forward-looking programs they
dged themselves not to form a special
erans pressure group that would attempt
obtain special legislation for veterans at
e expense of the general public.
Now the University of Michigan AVC has
ned hands with other Michigan veterans
;anizations and turned its back on these
>gressive ideals. They ask that student
erans, who represent far less than 20% of
ex-GI's, be given special consideration
ther improving their advantage over
Zer veterans and the general public.
Most students meet all their expenses
; the present time with the help of just
ve or ten dollars a week additional from
ame. Others have part-time employment
few days a week that brings in the same
nount and helps them pay for their
om and board. It is very much like the
-e-war situation, except that now the
ivernment is paying all their tuition and
bit extra besides.
9t a time when every effort in the na-
ni is being exerted to reduce our national
at and lighten the future load of taxes
ourselves, it is foolhardy indeed to pres-
e recklessly for selfish gain. Rather, as
icated and intelligent veterans, it is we
o should set an example for others and
use to make a doormat out of the AVC
dge, "Citizens first: veterans second,"
rely because momentary gain is involved.
-Walter Dean

Vs. Rogers Bill
IN THE NEAR future Congress will be ask-
ed to pass on the merits of the Rogers
Bill advocating increased subsistence pay-
ments to veterans attending college under
the G.I. Bill. Currently veteran delegates
from colleges throughout the nation have
been asked to testify before a House com-
mittee as to the adequacy of present subsis-
tence payments. Their testimony, coupled
with cost-of-living surveys made on college
campuses, is expected to show that present
payments fall short of monthly living costs.
Many congressmen, eager to get the
veteran vote, have come out in favor of
increasing payments. Most of the veter-
an's organizations are solidly behind the
plan. Even the local chapter of the AVC
favors increased subsistence payments.
This is a surprising move from the AVC,
an organization which has thus far turned
"thumbs down" on most veteran's "grab"
proposals which have been advanced.
There is no doubt that present payments
to student veterans fail to meet living costs.
But was the G:I. Bill designed to cover every
expense incurred by the veteran attending
college? One million veterans attending col-
lege now have tuition and book costs paid
for them, plus the major portion of their
living expenses. They are far better off than
the other 13 million veterans who served
their country and have now returned to civ-
ilian life.
Oft heard is the cry that men whose edu-
cation was interrupted by the war have
missed out on choice post-war jobs while
finishing their education. Is is not also
true that those other veterans who spent
several years away from their jobs have
missed out on the promotions which would
have come to them in the normalcourse of
Yet most student veterans lean heavily
in favor of this latest move to increase
subsistence payments. They seem to have
lost their perspective while in the armed
services. These protesting student veter-
ans want the government to take complete
care of them. The army saying "you nev-
er had it so good" would seem to apply to
these unhappy veterans crying for more
money. They don't seem to realize that- as.
students they are far better off than the
other millions of veterans who receive
none of these special benefits.
-This continued insistence that the go-
ernment "take care of them" is to be de-
cried. The intelligent student veteran must
realize that he already occupies a far bet-
ter position than his former brothers in
-Dick laloy
ON THE BASIS of all the evidence to date,
- - is it quite fair to -take at face value the
picture of America the menace that is some-
times handed about among our friends
abroad? The picture shows us with our eyes
reduced to slits, our foreheads lowered, our

The City Editor's
WHEN A COED cries in public, it's usually
nobody's business but her own. But
when a lot of coeds have busted hearts all
at once, it's an occasion for something more
than sympathy and sentimental pleasan-
Yesterday, the annual dose of the bitter
pill was administered to a group of coeds-
who didn't receive a bid from the right sor-
ority or received none at all. The day be-
fore, a group of would-be fraternity men
got the same treatment.
Of the 412 coeds who originally signed up
for rushing, 329 turned in preference slips
and 273 were pledged. For fraternities, 450
signed to rush, approximately 340 submitted
preference slips and 298 were pledged. Part
of the annual difference in the number who
start rushing and those who indicate pre-
ferences is due to the fact that some rushees
aren't "asked back".
It is useless to devote a lot of space to the
reactions of the disappointed students, since
all that has been well-covered by news-
papers and magazines in the past. Suffice
it to say there were grim faces around
campus last night and Monday night-at
the same time that luckier people were sit-
ting down to pledge dinners.
The considerable campus bloc which per-
enially laughs at fraternity and sorority an-
tics will say, "What the hell? Why did they
want to become Greeks anyway?" Faculty
members who have seen this sort of thing
happen year after year will reflect that
wearing the pin isn't a requisite for a suc-
cessful college career and that probably
Greek letter societies are "over-emphasiz-
But this is small consolation for the new
crop of campus "have-nots," which,'fortun-
ately, is one of the smallest on record for a
peacetime year.
THE POINT IS THIS: Is it a healthy thing
to allow the existence in a university
community of groups which select their
members for social graces?-values which
aren't very important in a university scheme
of things. Anyone who has been through
the rushing melee can tell you that good
looks and/or fast chatter are paramount.
Fraternities and sororities will say that it
is their inalienable right to set themselves
apart and to choose their members as they
please. But how benefical to a university
community is a system whereby some are
accepted and others are barred on the basis
of false values?
Fraternities and sororities can make out
a pretty good case for themgselves, since they
provide their members with good living con-
ditions and help counteract the tendency of
the individual to feel that he is lost in a
vast student sea. In fact, part of the im-
petus to their growth originally stemme.
from the fact that the University in the past
failed to provide for these essential needs.
But in 1947 it is pertinent to ask whether
these services now provided by fraternities
and sororities couldn't be as effectively pro-
vided if the chapter houses were owned and'
operated by the University. The fact that
the glamor and the "brotherhood" would be
lacking do not seem to be important con-
As for the students who got the "not'
wanted" treatment Monday and yesterday
and the others who got it in past years,
fraternities and sororities themselves will
have to take the responsibility. They can't
tell these people not to take it so hard be-
cause it isn't important. For if it isn't that
important, there's no reason why fratern-
ities and sororities should continue to exist.

PARIS-This city makes a brave show of
living normally. A "Radiodiffusion"'
track stops on the street to conduct side-
walk interviews. One knows that a number
of the people on the sidewalk are probably
undernourished, but as they say, the show
must go on. It is all so very western and
electronic and the Parisians docilely step up
to the microphone and tell their names and
occupations like good little children of the
radio age, and nobody mentions the unmen-
It is like the fashion openings, at which
evening gowns are offered for a thousand
dollars; but production is low, say American
experts, because the work goes slowly in un-
heated sewing rooms. This mixture of elec-
tronics and hunger, of fine gowns and cold
fingers, is bizarre. It is like the coal stoves
in the grand living rooms of the Avenue
Foch. In the end you get the odd feeling
that an inaccurate copy of Western Civili-
zation has been made here by someone who
doesn't really know the details and has got
things rather mixed up.
(Copyright, 1947, New York Post Corp.)

Special Functions Seminar: 1
p.m., Wed., March 5, Rm. 340 W.
Engineering Bldg. Professor Rain-
ville will speak on a set of polyno-
mials related to those of Laquerre
and Legendre.
Seminar in Applied Mathema-
tics (Math. 348): 3 p.m., Wed.,
March 5, Rm. 317 W. Engineer-
ing. Professor Hay will speak on
"The Compatibility Relations of
Seminar in Reiativity: 3 p.m.,
Thurs., March 6, 3001 Angell Hall.
Professor Rainich will talk on A
Unified Theory.
Faculty Recital: Charles Vogan,
Instructor in Organ, will play
the fourth in a series of organ
programs at 8:30 p.m., Thurs.,
March 6, Hill Auditorium. He
will be assisted by the University
String Orchestra under the direc-
tion of Gilbert Ross, in Three
Sonatas for Organ and Strings by
Mozart. Other compositions by
Purcell, Willan, Franck,aBoellman,
and Jongen, will be heard on the
program. The general public, with
the exception of small children,
will be admitted without charge.
Paintings by Charles Farr and
Gerome Kamrowski of the faculty
of the College of Architecture and
Design, Rackham Galleries, cur-
rent through March 14. Gallery
will be open from 10-12 a.m., 2-5
p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
Conservation of Michigan Wild-
flowers, an exhibit of 46 colored
plates with emphasis on those pro-
tected by law. Rotunda Museum
Building. 8-5 Monday through Sat-
urday. 2-5 Sunday. Current
through March.
Ev~ents Today,
University Radio Programs:
2:30, Station WKAR, 870 KC.
School of Education - "Literary
Traditions and Customs," Fred S.
Dunham, Associate Professor of
2:45, Station WKAR, 870 KC.
School of Music - William Klenz,
Assistant Professor of Violoncello.
3:30. Station WPAG, 1050 KC.
Campus News.
Seniors in Architecture and De-
sign who will graduate in June or
August will meet at 5 p.m.. Rm.
101, Arch. Bldg., to elect class
"The Campus Construction Pro-
gram" will be the subject of an
A.I.A. sponsored address by Mr.
Lynn Fry at 4 p.m., Architecture
Auditorium. The public is invited.
Michigan Wolverines meet at
the League. The room number will
be posted on the League bulletin

Dr. Harry F. Ward, of the Union
Theological Seminary will speak
on the subject, "Some Common
Mistakes About Russia," at 4:15
.m., Rackham Amphitheatre; aus-
pices of the Russian Cicle. The
public is cordially invited.
Delta Sigma Pi, professional
Business Administration fratern-
ity; 7:30 p.m., Rm. 321, Union.
Business meeting.
Underwriters: Movie party, 8:30
p.m. Meet in League Lobby. Reg-
ular luncheon meeting at noon,
Russian Tea Room, League.
Michigan Dames Book Group:
8 p.m., home of Mrs. Reed Varner,
1470 University Terrace, Apt. 124.
Seminar on the Sociology of Re-
ligion: 3 p.m., Lane Hall.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
Forensics Committee, 3 - 5 p.m.
Everyone interested is invited.
Coming Events
Radio Club: 7:30 p.m., Thurs.,
March 6, Rm. 220, W. Engineer-
ing Bldg. Mr. J. F. Cline, W86SP,
of Electrical Engineering staff,
will speak on "How Harmful Are
Standing Waves?" Everyone in-
terested cordiallyinvited.
Interesting Sound Film showing
scenes of radio proximity fuse in
action will be shown at 4:30 p.m.,
Thurs., March 6, Rm. 348 W. Engi-
neering Building; auspices of the
Physics section of the Department
of Engineering Research. Students
.and faculty are invited.
Camp Counsellors' Club: Crafts
workshop meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Thurs., March 6, W.A.B. All wom-
en interested, whether they have
had camping experience or not
are invited.
Gargoyle Circulation Staff and
Salesmen Meeting: 5 p.m., Thurs.,
Gargoyle office. first floor of Stu-
dent Publications Bldg. Tryouts
Sign Gamma Epsilon: Special
meeting 12:15 p.m., Thurs.
Alpha Phi Omega: Short special
meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thurs., March
6, Union, to make arrangements
for the Legislature election. Those
who cannot attend are requested
to call Sidney Zilber, 2-4401 before
the end of the week.
Phi Delta Kappa: Meeting and
coffee hour, 4:10 p.m., Thurs.,
March 6. Smoking Lounge (Rm.
2432), University Elementary
International Center: Foreign
students, their friends, and inter-
ested persons are cordially invit-
ed to the informal, weekly Tea,
Thurs., March 6, International
Center. Tea starts promptly at
4:30 p.m.
Committee on Cooperation: 8
p.m., Thurs., Lane Hall.
Baha'i Student Group: 8 p.m.
Thurs., 1400 Granger Avenue.

To the Editor:
I don't know whether or not
you'll print this letter, and if you
do I'm far from convinced that
it'll do any good. But there are
some points to the situation out
here in the Village that need stat-
ing - that is my purpose.
Most of the University students
are living: out here because they
have no other place to go. If We
had used what the Village gave
us and .had made no changes of
our own we'd be living in squalor.
I believe that the FPHA authorit-
ies will agree that in practically
every case a fairly comfortable
place to ,live was devised almost
solely through the individual fam-
ilies efforts at painting, varn-
ishing, etc.
On the other hand, we have re-
ceived little from the FPHA be-
yond a set of shaky walls, poor
maintenance, and slow service. We
put up with this because most of
us realized the inherent diti-
culties in running a development
of this size. But really, gentle-
men, this latest little gem is a
bit too much! I heartily agree
with Mrs. Wilson when she stated,
in effect, that taking away our
electrical appliances "will be the
straw thats reaks the camel's
back." Let us examine the causes
for the action of the FPHA
Recently they stated that there
have been too many fires. That
is quite possible. But one can't
very well cause a fire (with elec-
trical appliances, of course), un-
less one engages in ."amateur"
wiring or else substitutes 30 amp-
ere fuses for the ones intended
to be there. The very fire in-
spection that is going to be used
to enforce the FPHA's order could
pick up offenders in this respect.
Perhaps that too many fuses
have been blown is bothering
those in charge. Again - fair
enough. But why punish those
of us who have blown no fuses
and have not tampered with fuse
boxes for the misdeeds of the few
who erred through negligence?
Why can't they investigate and
find out how many of these blown
fuses welrecaused by faulty wiring
when the Village was built? It
would be just as easy to punish the
real offenders as it is going to be
to enforce this blanket "punish-
I think that the University's
stand in this matter is deplorable.
It is stillat least partly their re-
sponsibility to provide us with de-
cent places to live, and it seems
to me that they have blindly
"backed the play" of the FPHA's
action in this case. It's all very
well for Mr. Glassberg to blihly
state that we'll just have to adjust
ourselves to the situation, but I,
for one, want to see a lot more
light thrown on it first.
Philip G. Whelan
The Baker's Wife
To the Editor:
Re: The Baker's Wife
Miss Bagrow's criticism of the
French production showed a defi-
nite lack of perceptive ability. Her

To the Editor:
simplifies the Jewish case for
Palestine, as many do, by resting
it upon the Balfour Declaration.
Naturally, it is easier to oversim-
plify than to painstakingly ana-
lyze the tremendous constitution-
al and ethical idealism of the Bal-
fours and Wilsons. How well we
all understand the 'sanctity of
The Balfour declaration was is-
sued for Jewish help against Ger-
many in the first World War. Af-
ter the war, the Allies dismem-
bered the Ottoman empire, set up
several Arab states, and promised
them eventual independence. Since
the Allies were dispensing favors
to the Arabs which they had not
deserved, it was thought reason-
able to give the Jews Palestine
as a National Home. The leading
Arab spokesman, Emir Feisel,
readily agreed to this. Thus, the
Balfour declaration was incor-
porated in the mandate, the man-
date was signed by members of the
league at San Remo, the United
States signed a treaty with Brit..
ain in 1924 making itself a signa-
tory to the League, and the Jews
received a promise, the Arabs the
reality of states.
In conclusion, we should be
wary of arguing from the premise
that the majority, by virtue of its
numbers, is in the right. 600,000
Arabs immigrated to Palestine be-
cause of free Arab immigration
since World War I; if there was
free Jewish immigration, as the
mandate provided, then there
might be double the number of
Jews today. Then', I wonder,
would the spokesman for the
rights of majorities be so vocifer-
ous - if there was a Jewish ma-
jority and Arab minority? That
is why it is not so much a question
of who is in the majority, but
who should be by right, and who
was prevented from becoming one.
Harvey Schrier
* -i~uTx~

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