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WEDNESDAY, 31ARCH 12,1947'


5Student Opportunity

fEADLINE for Student Legislature peti-
tions Is 4 p.m.'tomIrrow,
Here is a rich student opportunity to
make life on this campus more agreeable.
The Legislature has taken steps this se-
mester to solve some of our big campus
problems. With the selection of a new
Legislature comes the chance to obtain
new views, to face new campus problems,
and to continue our present student gov-
ernment, which is less than a year old to-
We hope that a lot of students will be
interested enough to take an active part
in this important activity. Gripers should
not be content to write letters to The
Daily, or to mull over camPus problems
in bull sessions. They have an opportun-
ity to put their ideas into action, once
they're elected to the Legislature.
\aDuring the present school year, the Leg-'
lature has:
Sponsored the homecoming dance with
Elliot Lawrence and his band.
Handled redistribution of football tickets.
Sponsored pep rallies.
Established a permanent student book
Fdf/orials nl>)ished in The Michigan Daily
are writ/en by iembers of 'ihe Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

Initiated the plans for faculty evaluation
by students.
Established a Men's Judiciary Council.
Sponsored Norman Granz's "Jazz at the
Sent delegates to the National Student
Organization Conference in Chicago.
Established a central committee to co-
ordinate charity drives.
Drawn up plans to be submitted to the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics
for better seats at football games next year.
lature are:
To approve and coordinate all campus
social functions for the social calendar.
To supervise all campus elections.
To initiate service projects affecting more
than one school or college in the Univer-
To hear suggestions and complaints from
students and to initiate solutions.
To mediate for students in questions con-
cerning athletic events, student conduct
and social activities.
In addition Student Legislature repre-
sentatives serve on the Student Affairs
Committee, Union Executive Council, Uni-
versity Veterans Council, Student Book Ex-
change, Men's Judiciary Council, and Town
Hall Forum.
If this list looks slim to you, if you'd like
to see the Student Legislature take an even
fuller part in campus government, here's
your chance. Run for the Student Legis-
-Paul Marsha

T he
City Editor's

A nswer to Extrernists

ACTION of the Student Affairs Commit-
tee yesterday in approving the consti-
tution submitted by the Karl Marx Society
should answer extremists of both right and
left "wings" who claim democratic prin-
ciples to be hypocrisy.
Faced with mounting public pressure (re-
Pected on the campus) for summary ban-
ning of any group countenancing commun-
ists, the SAC reaffirmed American princi-
ples of free study in sanctioning the Society.
Furthermore, the committee's action comes
on the heels of a Wayne- University de-
cision banning a similar group there.
Tl.he Karl Marx Society constitution as
approved by SAC pledges no political ac-
tivity, no national affiliations, and mem-
bership "open to all students, regardless
of political affiliation or belief." The So-

ciety is to "study the simpler . . . teach-
ings of Marxism."
For both the Marxists and their oppon-
ents, as well as the uninformed vast ma-
jority of us, open discussion of the prin-
ciples ostensibly motivating the dominant
political parties in great sections of Europe
and Asia can only lead to better under-
standing for all concerned. While commun-
ists and communist-sympathizers can be ex-
pected to enter into such discussion as a
matter of course, students who regard Marx-
ism with, apathy or worse should also take
advantage of the Society.
Obviously democracy's most earnest de-
fenders can benefit by knowledge of the
principles of its attackers.
--Milt Freudenheim

U.S. Policy in Greece

PRESIDENT TRUMAN will deliver a mes-
sage to Congress today outlining his
proposals for United States action in the
Middle East, namely Greece and probably
The President's message must be looked
at without any fanciful illusions as to its
implications. Indications point to the Pres-
ident asking the British to retain their
troops in Greece with half the proposed
HOSE OF US who went to Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre last night with any
partonizing notions of what a local produc-
tion would do with Mozart's "Marriage of
Figaro" were treated to a combined eye and
ear opener.
Play Production, The School of Music and
the UniversitySymphony Orchestra joined
forces and the results were a dazzling, fin-
ished performance with an added freshness
and intimacy few metropolitan companies
could hope for.
Special credit and praise are due Valen-
tine Windt and Wayne Dunlap who under-
took the task of coordinating these three
groups into a smooth 'Working unit.
Mssrs. Windt and Dunlap not only pre-
sented a full scale production, but presented
it successfully in English that was intelligi-
ble, never ludicrous and enhanced the opera
It is unfair to dismiss the cast with the
few lines that follow below but everyone
of them performed with professional caliber.
The principals sang and acted with a
poise and polish that were a joy to behold.
Far and away my favorite was Miss Rose
Derderian who sang the role of the Countess
with a lovliness and dignity that won me
Henry Austin was a wonderfully effort-
less and urbane Figaro. Miss Dalisay Aldaba
did Susanna with great charm, although she
was, at times, lacking in volume. Laurence
McKenna and Carolyn Street Austin were
particulary happy choices as the Count and
Cherubino respectively.
In the supporting roles, Robert Sill as
Bartolo,Barbara Lee Smith as Marcellina,
Robert Holland as Don Basilio and Norris
Greer as Don Curzio were thoroughly satis-
Mr. Dunlap and the orchestra performed
creditably throughout.
--Marry Levine
THE MAINTENANCE of Greek indepen-
dence and territorial integrity is up to

American loan being used to equip the
Greek Army, probably with the aid of Amer-
ican weapons.
It is pretty obvious why the Greek gov-
ernment needs the British army and aid
from the United State to bolster its own
military forces. The Greek government is
being imposed on the Greek people.
The present Greek government is notable
for suppressing civil liberties, imprisoning
political dissenters, and packing the army
with traitors who sold out the Greek peo-
ple during the war. Two years ago, British
troops entered Greece "to maintain order,"
an old British habit. They have not suc-
ceeded, and "maintaining order" has be-
come a more expensive proposition than the
British can afford.
What the, British and present Greek gov-
ernment want now is for America to foot
part of the bill. And of course there is the
perennial fear that if the British move out
and the Americans don't move in, the Rus-
sians will.
If American money is not enough to bol-
ster up the Greek Army and help the British
to the point of "maintaining order," then
what happens? If we can't pay others to
fight for us, we shall have to fight our-
sel ,es.
The choice in Greece does not have to
be between a semi-fascistic government
and a Communistic one. The United States
has no business in Greece unless it is aid-
ing a democratic government chosen by
the people, not a government that is be-
ing imposed on them by a band of traitors.
The third article of the Atlantic Charter
guarantees respect for the right of all peo-
ple to choose their own form of government
and restoration of "sovereign rights and
self government" to those "forcibly deprived
of it."
Unless President Truman reserves our aid
to Greece to principles in line with this, he
will be committing the United States to a
dangerous and undemocratic course of ac-
tion which will indicate to other nations
of the world that we are not to be trusted.
-Eunice Mintz
DESPITE their elaborate precautions to
protect the nation from "dictatorship"
by limiting presidential tenure to two terms,
the fashioners of a proposed constitutional
amendment or this purpose left a loophole
large enough to admit a coach-and-four.
There are other Roosevelts abroad in the
land. One or more of them or their pro-
gency might some day be President. Sure-
ly this would be just as horrifying to the
two-termers as three or four terms for a
President named Jones, Brown or Robin-

THERE'SA GROUP of eight people you
seldom hear about and probably never
sea around here, but they happen to be the
most influential members of the University
The "group" is the Board of Regents, two
each being elected biennially for eight-year
terms by the people of Michigan. They are
empowered, among other things, to "elect
a president and appoint such professors and
tutors as may be necessary" and to "pro-
vide for the keeping of meteorological
tables." But in general they control every-
thing connected with the University ex-
cept the ends of the purse strings held by
the legislature at Lansing.
The Regents meet once a month in a
special room next to President Ruthven's
office in Angell Hall. Usually they're here
for a long weekend, attending the regular
Board meeting, holding committee meetings
and carrying on other University business.
An inspection of the present Board re-
veals that 100 per cent of-them are U. of M.
graduates. A further inspection reveals
that two are lawyers, two are businessmen,
two are engineers, one is a surgeon and one
is a leader in Detroit civic groups.
Three Regents were prevented by illness
from attending the Board's last meeting held
Feb. 28. The five members present dropped
in at The Daily "open house" after luncheon
at the Union with University administrators.
For most of the staff it was the first glimpse
of the Board, much less the first opportun-
ity to shake hands and talk with the mem-
Thumbnail sketches of the public-spirit-
ed citizens who run the University, as gain-
ed at the "open house," are these:
Mrs. Vera B. Baits, '15, of Grosse Pointe
Park - a very congenial person who quick-
ly sizes up your interests and talks off the
Mr. Otto E. Eckert, 12E, of Lansing --
shows a great interest in students' problems
and ideas.
Dr. Charles S. Kennedy, '13M, of Detroit
- soft-spoken, puts you at ease and lets
you do the talking.
Mr. Harry G. Kipke, '24, of Ypsilanti -
sizes up a situation quickly by query and
Mr. Roscoe O. Bonisteel, '12L, of Ann Ar-
bor - responds readily to your queries and
encourages you to express yourself.
The other members of the Board are Mr.
Alfred B. Connable, Jr., '25, of Kalamazoo;
Mr. Ralph Hayward, '17E, of Kalamazoo;
and Mr. J. Joseph Herbert, '17L, of Manis-
The thing about this University's Board
of Regents is that although the members
are elected on a partisan ballot, they have
not let political scandal blot the record.
There have been no Rainey cases, as at the
University of Texas, nor have political con-
siderations affected the appointment of fac-
ulty members, as happened recently at the
University of Wisconsin.
In fact, a distinguished U. of M. alumnus
said in a letter to this writer that "thece
is no doubt that the greatness of the Uni-
versity is due to the devoted and untiring
efforts of successive Boards of Regents,"
U.S. Influence'
TEHRAN, March 11-If President Truman
acts to meet the Greek emergency, he
will only be giving official recognition to the
developing American role in the Near and
Middle East. It requires only a few weeks
of travel in this part of the world to rea-
lize how utterly dead is the happy pro-
vincialism of America's past. The plain
truth is that the United States is already
up to its neck in the whole area, although
most Americans are blissfully unconscious
of this significant fact. Iran illustrates what
has happened very clearly.
For years Iran was a special British bail-

iwick. It's still an immediate British inter-
est, simply because without Persian oil the
whole British economy would be wrecked.
Yet it requires no extra-sensory perception
to note the growing preponderance of Amer-
ican political influence in this country. The
first case in point is that of capable young
American Ambassador George Allen. Dur-
ing the Iranian crisis, contrary to the Mos-
cow radio, Allen pulled no invisible strings,
controlled no Iranian puppets. Indeed the
decision to move the Iranian army into
Azerbaijan came as a complete surprise to
him. Yet he rather than England's John
Holier Le Rougetel played the most vigorous
part in opposing any impairment of Iran-
ian sovereignty by the Soviet Union.
Allen's role is but one straw in the wind
among many. An eleven man team of engi-
neers from Morrison-Knudson, an Ameri-
can engineering firm, is now making an ex-
tensive survey to determine how the re-
sources of Iran can be exploited to raise
the living standards of the people.
And so it goes.
(copyright, 1947, New York Herald Tribune)

tY F I \I
Copr_ l94T by l~nited Fe tur yciacIc

Letters to the Editor...

(Continued from Page 2) }
University Lecture: Professorf
Heinz Hopf, of the Federal Insti-
tute of Technology of Zurich,
Switzerland, will lecture on the
subject, "Ends of spaces and
groups and their relation to alge-
braic topology." at 4:15 p.m., Fri.,
Mar. 14, Rm. 3017, Angell Hall;
auspices of the Department of
Ernest J. Kump, Architect, San
Francisco, California, "What an
Architect Shouldn't Know," 4:15
p.m., March 12, Rm. 102, Ar-
chitecture Bldg.
Music Lecture: Merle Montgom-
ery, specialist in music theory, will
give a lecture- demonstration in
the Rackham Assembly Hall at
4:15 today, on the Schillinger Sys-
tem of Musical Composition, used
by prominent composers. Open to
the general public,
Professor Al K. Snelgrove, De-
partment -of Geology, Michigan
College of Mining and Technology,
Houghton, Michigan, will speak on
"Geological Exploration inrNew-
foundland" at 11 a.m., March 15,
Rm. 2054, Natural Science Bldg.
A cademic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Don-
ald Olcott Niederhauser, Chemis-
try; thesis, "Film-Forming Con-
stituents of Crude Petroleum Oil,"
Wed., Mar. 12, 3 p.m., East Coun-
cil Room, Rackham Bldg. Chair-
man, F. E. Bartell.
Algebra Seminar: Fri., Mar. 14,
4:15 p.m., 3201 A.H. Dr. Eberlein
continues on Boolean Rings.
Seminar in Applied Mathemat-
ics (math. 348) will meet at 5 p.m.
"Wednesdays, Rm. 317, W. Engi-
neering. Please note the change of
At the next two meetings, March
12 and 19, Prof. Opatowski will
speak on "A Theorem of Jacobi
and Its Application to Compres-
sible and Rotational Flows"; also
on "Bi - dimensional Rotational
Flows of Compressible Fluids in
Seminar in Mathematics of Rel-
ativity. Thurs., Mar. 13, 3 p.m.,
3011 A.H. Prof. G. Y. Rainich will
continue to discuss "A Unified
Special Functions Seminar: 1
p.m., Wed., March 12, Rm. 340, W.
Engineering. Mr. Arena will talk
on Bateman's K-function.
Drawings of the human figure.
March 7 through March 27, Main
floor, Architecture Bldg.

through March 30. The public is
cordially invited.
Events Today
University Radio Program:
2:30 p.m., Station WKAR, 870
KC. School of Education-"Social
and Family Life," Mr. Warren R.
Good, Instructor in Educational
2:45 p.m., Station WKAR, 870
KC. School of Music-Joseph
Brinkman, Professor of Piano.
3:30 p.m., Station WPAG, 1050
KC. Campus News.
American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, student branch. Open
meeting; address, "Power Plants,"
Mr. A. C. Pasinin, of the Detroit
Edison Company. 229 W. Engi-
neering Bldg., 7:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Education Club:
Open meeting, 4:15 p.m., UES li-
brary. Professor Wingo and Mr.
William Morse will lead the dis-
cussion on "Do Teachers have the
right to strike?" Refreshments.
Scabbard and Blade: 8:30 p.m.,
Michigan Union.
Delta Sigma Pi, professional
Business Administration fratern-
ity. Smoker, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 304,
University Famine Committee:
4:30 p.m., Lane Hall. All members
and those interested are urged to
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
Meeting of the Forencis Commit-
tee, 3 p.m. Everyone interested is
Coming Events
U. of M. Section of the Ameri-
can Chemical Society: 4:15 p.m.,
Thurs., March 13, Rm. 151 Chem-
istry Bldg. Dr. C. M. Suter, As-
sociate Director of Research, Ster-
ling-Winthrop Research Institute,
Rensselaer, N.Y., will speak on
"Recent Progress in Sulfur Chem-
istry." The public is cordially in-
American Institute of Chemical
Engineers: 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Mar.
13, Seminar Room, E. Engineering
Bldg. Address, "Chemical Engi-
neering You Won't Learn in Col-
lege," Mr. R. H. Samis, Plant Sup-
erintendent, Sharples Chemical
Economics Club: 8 p.m., Mar. 17,
Rackham Amphitheater. Prof. H.
J. Wyngarden, Chairman, De-
partment of Economics, Michi-
gan State College, "Social Science
Courses in the Basic College in
Relation to Economics." Econom-
ics and Business Administration
staff, graduate students, and oth-
ers are cordially invited.

TDITO's NOTE: eause The Daily
prints I=lvft\e letter to the editor
(which is signed, 30 words or less
in length, and in good taste) we re-
mind our readers that the views ex-
pressed in l.iters are those of the
writers only. Letters of more than
300 words are shortened, printed or
ontted A the discretion o the edi-
loril dir'ernor.
To the Editor:
SHOULD LIKE to take this op-
portunity to state the present
position of MYDA in view of the
recent controversy and the investi-
gation scheduled to begin on this
campus. During the past weeks,
our organization has been subject-
ed to an almost unprecedented at-
tack. The entire campaign of Gov-
ernor Sigler has been character-
ized by irresponsibility of state-
ments and at no time has there
been any concrete definition of a
"subversive" group.
The charges leveled against the
AYD have been that they are a
"Communist front" organization
engaging in "subversive" activities.
This would imply that the organ-
Pation advocated one program and
carried out another 'behind the
Let's apply this to MYDA on
our own campus:
The following is taken from the
Preamble to the Constitution of
American Youth for Democracy:
The AYD is an independent,
progressive organization of youth.
united irrespective of sex, color,
national origin, religious or politi-
cal belief.
Through education and action
we work for a peaceful, secure and
happy life for every young Ameri-
can worke, student, veteran,
farmer; for full employment with-
out discrimination; for free and
equal educational opportunities at
all levels; for the satisfaction of
all youth's social, cultural and rec-
reational needs.
In carrying out this program,
we have worked, in many instanc-
es, with other campus groups. At
a time when no other campus
group was considering it, MYDA
carried out a campaign on the sol-
dier vote; we fought to end dis-
crimination in the armed services;
we were among the first to carry
out an anti-poll-tax campaign.
Further application of what we do
to act on our program will be seen
in our picket lines around the
Barlum Hotel in Detroit which
broke racial discrimination in that
hotel; it may be seen in our for-
ums, discussions, and petitions in
which we asked the U.S. to break
relations with Franco Spain, etc.
At present, we are carrying on dis-
cussions and action working to-
ward the solution of the acute
campus crisis. We are supporting
and trying to clarify the need for
federal aid to education as ex-
pressed in the Murray-Morse-Pep-
per bill. We are supporting the
demands of the veteran for in-
creased subsistence.
Where does the charge of "sub-
version" hold up? The closest that
Governor Sigler has come to defi-
nition has been that he announces
the fact that Communists have
participated in AYD. There has
never been, nor will be, any denial
of this. If Communists, or anyone
else, wish to support the program
we present, we do not question
their sincerity. By the same rea-
soning, the other campus groups
such as AVC, IRA, Daily, Lawyer's
Guild, etc., are liable to the same
attack as MYDA because our or-
ganization has worked with them
on the majority of its campaigns
in the past months.
Letters to The Daily have asked
why AYD opposes an investigation
if it has nothing to hide. We would
definitely support an investigation
by a reputable group such as the
American Association of Unive-
sity Professors, but the nature of

the present state investigation
committee would indicate that it
is incapable of conducting such an
objective investigation. An objec-
tive investigation reaches its con-
clusions after the investigation,
not before. The Callahan com-
mittee has already stated that the
AYD is a 'front" organization.
We can look at past experience
to judge this case. The Rankin
Committee is similar to this, and
is characterized by an indiscrim-
inate use of contempt charges,
as in the case of Prof. Shapley o
Harvard, and of branding inno-
cent people as "Reds" in order to
create an atmosphere of hysteria
and push forth partisan political
purposes. Yes, there's subversive
activity in Michigan. The vicious
$1,000,000 campaign to kill the
FEPC has gone by unnoticed and
the present bill has been taken
from the ballot because of the
technicality of its being untitled.
The subversive scare has covered
up the fact that Gov. Sigler is
ignoring his pre-election promise
to support the FEPC and his ne-
glect of real campus needs.

We are in the university to
learn and we will be able to find
an important lesson if we watch
how such a committee works.
There will be techniques of slan-
der' and unproved allegations,
We feel that our program is
worthy of the suppot of Michigan
st udents. AIYDA meetings have
always been open to ANY student
at any time. Our publicity is al-
ways clear. The basic question
is whether any group of students
ito be made the object of ir-
responsible attack merely because
they support a liberal program,
We are confident that the student
body, once they are in possession
of the facts, will understand and
support our opposition.
We are, at the present time,
continuing our campaign on FEPC,
and urge everyone to write their
iepresentatives imnmed iately, be
they Republican or Democrat,
asking joint-sponsorship of the
new TITLED bill which is to be
presented next month. MYDA is
working as part of the Ann Ar-
bor FEPC committee to bring
about a mass protest of the kill-
ing of FEPC.
I hope that this will serve to
clarify our position in the fight
for academic freedom.
-Harriet Ratner
President MYDA
To the Editor:
"scratched" to the surface by
the City Editor is fraternity and
sorority pledging. Conceded is
the fact that many deserving in-
dividuals were probably not in-
cluded in the final bidding. How-
ever, there remains one aspect of
the situation which was completely
disregarded in the Scratch Pad's
attack on pledging. That is this.
Disappointment is not something
peculiar to fraternities and soror-
ities alone. The world is overflow-
ing with disappointment. Can em-
ployment seeking be condemned
because one fellow gets the job
and several others get dishearten-
ing refusals? Can any phase of
life be condemned because there
are "bitter pills" . that must be
taken along with it? Perhaps
there are some valid arguments
against the pledging system.
But it doesn't seem proper that
the system should be attacked be-
cause there lies within it the prob-
ability that some disappointment
will arise. Disappointment is uni-
versal. One need not look far to
find concrete evidence of this fact.
Consider the University marking
system. The Lit School Announce-
ment says, "Students whose total
records are below a "C" average
at the end of the semester will be
asked not to register again . .
Now, who can challenge the dis-
appointment resulting from being
suspended from the University be-
cause of several low grades? And
yet, can any individual be judged
on his final marks any more dis-
criminately than he can be judged
on his "good looks or fast chat-
ter"? The City Editor labels the
latter "false values." It appears
that there are a lot of "false val-
ues" by which individuals are jud-
ged if we pause for consideration.
So why limit the dishing out of
"bitter pills" to fraternities and
sororities? Let's remember that
before we have finished our lives
in this up-side-down world we all
will have been forced to swallow
a lot of "bitter pills."
-Ted Kidd, Jr.

Conservation of Michigan Wild- A technicolor film, "Hannibal
flowers, an exhibit of 46 colored Victory," will be presented at
plates with emphasis on those pro- Rackham .Amphitheater, Thurs.,
tected by law. Rotunda Museum Mar. 13, 2:15 p.m., under the joint
Building. 8-5 Monday through Sat- sponsorship of the Department of
urday. 2-5 Sunday. Current Visual Education and the Depart-
through March. ment of Military Science and Tac-
throgh Mrch.tics. This film depicts the task
of the Army's new Transportation
Willow Run Village Art Show Corps in getting there "the firstest
University Community Center with the mostest."
1045 Midway
Willow Run Village The industrial motion picture
Crafts and paintings by Village hyellow Magic," a technicolor film
residents on exhibit at the Uni- with sound concerning the pro-
versity Center, Assembly Room, (Continued on Page 6)

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