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New Committee

[AST WEEK student leaders of most of
the large, representative student organ-
zations (including the Legislature, Student
?eligious Association, AVC, The Daily) join-
d with members of the faculty to form a
:ommittee for Academic Freedom.
The purpose of this group is to "inform
he (University) community of any threat
o freedom of thought and assembly in the
iublic schools of Michigan."
"We are not trying to cover up for any
campus group but are, concernei with .
academic freedom-not hysterics," Raskell
Coplin, chairmin of the committee was
quoted in a Detroit newspaper.
Since the campus settled down to exams
hree weeks ago, there has been a lot of
lectricity crackling over this state's cam-
uses. A great many persons have spoken
harply, and have been answered bitterly.
kccording to the Detroit papers, "Reds,"
Communists," and "subversive groups"
bound in the state's schools; they are about
o be routed out, it seems.
In the midst of confused reports concern-
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

ing President Hannah's action at Michigan
State College, recollections of post-World
War I red-baiting, and uncertainty as to
the University's position, many persons from
center leftwards have, become panicky.
Many others from center rightwards have
smirked, and broadcast innuendoes.
The calm, reasoned statement of the new
Committee for Academic Freedom in the
midst of this is reassuring. Such a com-
mittee, with its broad, representative base
should keep any "investigation" from get-
tirig out of hand.
If an investigation of "subversive
groups" on this campus is undertaken, it
might well do much to inform the public
of the true character of Michigan stu-
dents and faculty. Such an inquiry could
define "Communist" and "subversive." It
would have to distinguish the American
who speaks and writes what he thinks
from the American who speaks and writes
according to a professional propaganda
line. We believe at least 99 per cent of
. the campus is in the first category.
But whether this University is searched
for "Reds" or not, the presence on campus
of a group with the stated purpose of keep'-
ing clear-headed throughout should curb
excess from either' "reactionary" or "left-
ist." The campus can take pride in its new
Committee for Academic Freedom.
The Senior Editors


R ETIREMENT this semester of Dean of
Students Joseph A. Bursley marks the
end of a career of more than a quarter of
a century of service to the University. Ap-
pointed in 1921 by the Board of Regents
as the nation's first "dean of students,"
Mr. Bursley was commissioned to serve as
"friend, counselor and guide to the student
body With general oversight of its welfare
and its activities."
Dean Bursley can have the satis-
faction of having made a success of an ad-
ministrative post withoit precedent, one in
which he helped the University to handle
effectively the problems of expansion. His
increasing duties were reflected in the
growth of his office to one of the largest
and most busy on the campus.
At The Daily, we knew the Dean
through his ex-officio membership on the
Board in Control of Student Publications,
and as chairman of the Student Affairs
Committee, but these were only two of his
many official positions. He also served
with the University Senate, Council, Con-
ference of Deans, Board of Directors of
Residence Halls; in almost any case where
the University dealt with student prob-
lems during his tenure, Dean Bursley help-
ed form and administrate the policy.
Chairmaning one of the first committees
that produced the Michigan Union building
was another of Dean Bursley's tasks. He
lead in the campaign which raised the re-
quired funds, and later headed the building
committee. For a number of years he served
as the Union's financial secretary, and was
also an ex-officio member of the Board of
The Office of Dean of Students which was
copied by universities all over the United
States will always be identified with Dean
Bursley at Michigan. Perhaps this was
among the considerations which led to re-
naming the post at his retirement.
ITHE DIFFICULT JOB of taking over where
Dean Bursley left off belongs of course
to Dean Erich A. Walter who heads the new-
ly-created Office of Student Affairs. A mem-

ber of the faculty since 1919, Dean Walter
was assistant to the Dean of the College of
Literature, Science and the Arts from 1938
to 1945; last year he was appointed Associate
Dean of the college. In these posts he super-
vised the academic work of literary college
students, served on the Administrative
Board, and supervised the granting of schol-
arships, to mention a few of his duties.
In the literary college, Dean Walter was
constantly in contact with students and
their problems. This works undoubtedly
provided the most practical type of back-
ground experience for his new job.
In both the retiring dean and his suc-
cessor the University has been blessed with
the very best kind of administrative official,
men who serve the interests of our institu-
tional leviathon while protecting the individ-
ual student from being crushed by the muon-
ster. Our congratulations to them both.
-Milt Freudenheim
Whereas Dean Joseph A. Bursley has
faithfully served on the Board In Control
of Student Publications for twenty-six
years. During this long period giving gen-
erously of his time and patience for the
just solution of difficult problems, always
standing for honesty, fair play, moderate
words, temperate action, and considera-
tion for divergent points of view, and
Whereas the benefits from Dean Bur-
sley's performance of his duties in main-
taining the best in academic tradition and
its finest interpretation in the student
publications of this University have been
very great.
Be it resolved, that the Board in Con-
trol of Student Publications take this oc-
casion to thank Dean Bursley for his loyal
and disinterested service to the University
on this Board and that this expression of
grateful appreciation be spread upon the
minutes of this meeting.
-Board in Control of Student Publications
(Resolution adopted unanimously, Fri-
day, Jan. 81, 1947.)}

(Stewart Alsop is en route to the Mediterran-
ean to write about the tihnalet c nditiofs in
Palestine, Iran, Greece and other Middle East
hot spots. nis first dispatehes are due soon.
Meanwhile, Joseph Alsop covers the nation
from Washington.)
WASHINGTON-Soviet Foreign Minister
V. M. Molotov provided the Council of
Foreign Ministers in New York last Novem-
ber with a foretaste of the tactics which
Secretary of State George C. Marshall will
shortly meet in Moscow. Toward the end of
the New York meeting, he approached the
French representative, the able Couve de
Murville, and suggested a neat pre-Moscow
The terms of the deal were simple. In
view of their commitments to their Polish
puppets, the Soviets are on record as de-
siring to maintain the present eastern
frontiers of Germany. Molotov has, how-
ever, already publicly attacked the cession
of the Saar region to France, to which
Britain and the United States are com-
mitted. At the same time, the Soviets are
asking for reparations from Germany out
of the eurrent German production, which
would require a substantial increase in the
Germian level of industrey. The French are
passionately opposed to any strengthening
of the German industrial potential. Molo-
tov made it plain to Couve de Murville that
if France would support the Soviet Union
on the reparations question, the Soviet
Union would support France on the Saar.
Both, he hilitatd, would "gain stre~gth
by these changes of front.
The overture, obviously intended to lay the
groundwork for Franco-Soviet mutual sup-
port on other points, evoked no response
from Couve de Murville. Nevertheless, it
must be regarded as a deeply significant
straw in the wind.
With their natural fear of Germany, it is
difficult to imagine the French ever quite
coming round to the Soviet view on rep-
arations. But it is not impossible that they
will support a severe reparations policy
which does not involve any substantial rise
in the level of German industrial output.
After all that France has suffered at Ger-
man hands, it would be tempting to take
the position that the Germans ought to
pay for war damages, however dreadful the
consequences within Germany.
THUS FAR, only the French position has
been defined. The State txepartmet and
Foreign Office are both still at Work ham-
mering out the American and British posi-
tions. But it is already apparent that Mos-
cow is likely to differ from the other post-
War conferences, in that anything like the
relative unity which the Western powers
showed at Paris will simply not exist. M s-
cow will be a sort of basket of eels, in Which
all the occupants are differently but almost
indistinguishably inter-coiled. The task of
Secretary of State Marshall at this, his first
effort of the sort, will be to find his way
about among the eels. The Molotov over-
ture to Couve de Murville suggeststhat the
chief Soviet tactic will be to promote the
maximum of complexity in the coils in the
Meanwhile, it is also necessary to note
an apparent shift of Soviet policy toward
Germany which, if maintained, will make
a Franco-Soviet rapprochement more diffi-
cult. Up to and through the delivery of
Molotov's statement on Germany in Paris
last July, the major emphasis of Soviet
policy in Germany was political.
First priority was accorded to the effort
to shepherd or drive the Gernans into
the Soviet system. That is why Molotov
gave great prominence to his demand for
a strong, integral greater German Reich,
and played down his contradictory demand
for $10 billion of reparations.
This was a sort of high point. The British
and Americans then countered the Soviet
political propaganda with unification of the
Anglo-American zones, a less passive atti-
tude toward Soviet political warfare, James

F. Byrnes's historic Stuttgart speech, and
other ensuing moves. At the same time, the
Soviet's puppet German party, the Socialist
Unity party, showed unexpected weakness
even in the Soviet zone. From mid-summer
until about mid-December, therefore, the
Soviets shifted their emphasis. The Social-
ist Unity party was all but cast off.
According to highly authoritative but
not fully confirmed reports, a reversal oc-
curred with the visit to Berlin six to eight
weeks ago of Marshal Beria, whose con-
trol of the Soviet Secret police and inter-
ior ministries makes him one of the most
powerful members of the Politburo. No
one knows precisely what occurred when
and if Beria was in Berlin. But it is rea-
sonable to suppose that the same sort of
disagreements exist among Soviet govern-
ment agencies as among the agencies of
other nations
At any rate, there followed a sharp return
to the old line. Centralization of Germany,
the greater Reich, support for the Socialist
Unity party, the Soviet Union as the friend
of Germany-these are the notes now be-
ing struck once more by the Soviets in Ber-
lin. If the demand for maximum centraliza-
tion is not being made for bargaining pur-
poses, it will divide Russia from France.
And the return of the old line will also
further entangle the eels in the Moscow
(Copyright, 1947, Ne York Tribune, Inc.)

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Because The Daily
prints EVERY letter to the editor
(which is signed, 300 words or less
in length, aid in good taste) we re-
mind our readers that the views ex-
pressed i lctters are those of the
writers only. YLetters of' more than
300 words pr shortened, printed or
omitted oft the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
* * *
'Infernal iMeddliiig'
To the Editor:
Student Legislature into the al-
leged football ticket mapipulations
was in itself almost too much to
stomach, but now, after reading in
the January 14 Daily about the
visit to the Gach Party Picture
Service Shop by a so-called "rep-
resentative" body to demand rea-
sons for his charging "excessive-
ly high prices for campus func-
tions," and to inquire into the
manner in which he conducts his
business, I am thoroughly and ir-
revocably aligned against the stu-
dent government as conducted by
the University of Michigan Stu-
dent Legislature.'
Why doesn't this bunch of self-
appointedeguardians of the physi-
cally weak and mentally infirm
mind its own business and stop

Capr. 1147 by Unted feature Syndcafe, Inc.
Ini. Req. U. S'. Pat. Off.-MJ rights reserved


"Better cancel my reservation. Terrible flying weather."


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(Continued from Page 2)

Letters to the Edi

this infernal meddling
tions which in no way
I wish to go on reco
equivocably denouncing
of "haloed hierarchy" a
sentative of mine, no
basic organizational c
policy .vil1 I desire its I
tion in the future.
-Donald 1
About Si

permission of the Committee
Student Affairs.


Physical Disability. Students
excused from gymnasium work on
account of physical incapacity are
forbidden to take part in any pub-
lic activity, except by special per-
mission of the Committee on Stu-
dent Affairs. In order to obtain
such permission, a student may in
any case be required to present a
written recommendation from the
University Health Service.
General. Whenever in the opin-
ion of the Committee on Student
Affairs, or in the opinion of the
Dean of the School or College in
which the student is enrolled, par-
ticipation in a public activity may
be detrimentalto his college work,
the committee may decline to
grant a student the privilege of
participation in such activity.
Special Permission. Special per-
mission to participate in public
activities in exception of Rules IV,
V, VI, VII, VIII may be granted
by the Committee on Student Af-
fairs only upon the positive rec-
ommendation of the Dean of the
School or College to which the
student belongs.
Discipline. Cases of violation of
these rules will be reported to the
proper disciplinary authority for
Officers, Chairmen and Man-
agers. Officers, chairmen and
managers of committees and proj-
ects who violate the Rules Gov-
Activies may be directed to appear
before the Committee on Student
Affairs to explain their negligence.
E. A. Walter
Director, Office of Student Affairs
Pre-Medical Student Registra-
tion for Professional Aptitude
Test: Students who did not take
the Professional Aptitude Test
during January, but who are plan-
ning to enter medical schools dur-
ing 1947, must register for the
next administration of the test.
Students should register in Rm.
110, Rackham . Building, before
noon on February 14. The test will
be given from 9-12 noon and 1:30-
4 p.m., March 7, East Lecture
Room, Rackham Bldg.
Women students attending the
AVC Music Festival on Tuesday,
Feb. 11, have the usual one-half
hour late permission after the
program ends.
College of Literature, Science
and the Arts, Schools of Educa-
tion, Forestry, and Public Health:
Students who received marks I, X
or 'no report' at the close of their
last semester or summer session
of attendance will receive a grade
of E in the course or courses un-
less this work is made up by March
10. Students wishing an extension
of time beyond this date in order
to make up this work should file a
petition addressed to the appro-
priate official in their school with
Rm. 4 U. H. where it will be trans-
Graduate Fellowships and
Scholarships: February 15 is the
final date on which applications

for such awards can be presented.
Blanks may be secured from the
Office of the Graduate School un-
til that time. No applications will
be considered if received after
February 15. All persons now hold-
ing Graduate Fellowships who
wish to apply for renewal for
1947-48 should call at the Gradu-
ate School for the proper form be-
fore February 15.
Detroit Armenian Women's
Club Scholarship: The Detroit
Armenian Women's Club offers a
scholarship of $100 for 1947-48.
One man and one woman of Ar-
menian parentage from the met-
ropolitan district of Detroit are
eligible. Application must be
made before May 15, 1947. Fur-
ther particulars may be had at the
office of P. E. Robbins, 1021 An-
gell Hall.
Those interested in teaching in
Redlands, California: John Brani-
gan, Superintendent of School,
Redlands, California, will be in the
office of the Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Informa-
tion at 9 a.m., Mon., Feb. 24, to'in-
terview candidates for vacancies
in kindergarten, all elementary
grades, general science, English
and social studies, band and or-
chestra. Call 4121-Ext. 489 for
Aeronautical, Mechanical and
Civil Engineering Seniors: Mr.
Allen T. Schwab of Gruman Air-
craft Engineering Corporation will
interview students on Wed., Feb.
12, Lobby office, East Engineering.
If interested, please sign inter-
view schedule on Aeronautical
Bulletin Board.
University Community Center
(formerly West Court Commun-
ity Building), 1045 Midway, Wil-
low Run Village:
Tues., Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m., Church
Nursery Mothers' Meeting; 8 p.m.,
General Meeting, Pooperative
Nursery; 8 p.m., Organization
Meeting, Extension Classes in
Spanish and French, at Ross
Thurs., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Art-Craft
Fri., Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m., Bridge
and Open House. Music for danc-
Freshman Health Lectures For
It is a University require-
ment that all entering freshmen
take; without credit, a series of lec-
tures on Personal & Community
Health and to pass an examina-
tion on the content of those lec-
tures. Transfer students with
freshman standing are also re-
quired to take the course unless
they have had a similar course
elsewhere. Upper classmen who
were here as freshmen and who
did not fulfill the requirements are
requested to do so this semester.
These lectures are not required
of veterans.
The lectures will be given in
Room 25, Angell Hall at 5:00 p.m.
and repeated at 7:30 p.m. as per
the following schedule.
Lecture No. 1, Mon., Feb. 10
Lecture No. 2, Tues., Feb. 11
Lecture No. 3, Wed., Feb. 12
Lecture No. 4, Thurs., Feb. 13

Lecture No. 5, Mon., Feb. 17
Lecture No. 6, Tues., Feb. 18
Lecture No. 7 (examination),
Wed., Feb. 19.
Please note that attendance is
required and roll will be taken.
Required Hygiene Lectures For
All first and second semester
freshman women are required to
attend a series of health lectures
which are to be given the second
semester. Upper-class students
who were in the University as
freshmen and who did not fulfill
the requirements are requested to
do so this term. Late enrollees
must turn in a Class Card to Mrs.
Looman at the Health Service.
Satisfactory completion of this
course (or of P.H.P. 100; elective,
3 hours credit) is a graduation re-
Lecture Schedule
Section I-First Lecture, Mon.,
Feb. 17, 4:15-5:15, N.S. Aud.
Subsequent Lectures Successive
Mondays, 4:15-5:15, N.S. Aud.
Examination, Mon., Mar. 31,
4:15-5:15, N.E. Aud.
Section I1-First Lecture, Tues.,
Feb. 18, 4:15-5:15, N.S. Aud.
Subsequent Lectures, Successive
Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15, N.S. Aud.
Examination, Tues., April 1,
4:15-5:15, N.S. Aud.
University Lecture: Mr. Charles
Sterling, Research Fellow in the
Department of Painting of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York and Visiting Professor
at Columbia University, will lec-
ture on the subject, "French
Portraiture from Fouquet to
Cezanne," (illus.), at 4:15 p.m.,
Tues., Feb. 18,. Rackham Amphi-
theater; auspices of the Depart-
ment of Fine Arts. The public is
cordially invited.
University Lecture: Padraic Co-
lum,. poet and dramatist, will
speak on the subject, "The Poetry.
of William Butler Yeats," at 4:15
p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, Rackham Am-
phitheatre; auspices of the De-
partment of English Language and
Literature. The public is cordially
University Lecture: Professor
Aaron J. Sharp, University of
Tennessee, will lecture on the sub-
ject, "Disjunct Areas of the De-
ciduous Forest in Mexico and
Guatemala" (illustrated), at 4:15
p.m., Fri., Feb. 28, Rackham Am-
phitheatre; auspices of the De-
partment of Botany.
A cademic Notices
Graduate Students: Preliminary
examinations in French and Ger-
man for the doctorate will be held
on Friday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.
in the Amphitheatre of the Rack-
ham Building. Dictionaries may
be used.

To the Editor:
IT IS GOOD to hear the
through the words of
Sanchez y Escribano, but]
der how many will believi
Men find truth to be a c
companion to get along W
is so much simpler to igt
and to pint and say "'t
I was told early in my
to show my ignorance by
ing-others may not have r
such worthy advice. Prot
.has spoken, and has made
itatements concerning pa
are ot based on truth. Y
Prof. Aiton has never eaten
ears and bread for any e
time-he has nver seen
spilt-he has never see th
from a rifle when it Was 1W
him for no reason aU
never heard sirens sarul
bombs fall. No planes haN
machineg untiedhispei e
should we be off ed by
says? No, I would not ct
him for not speaking the
rather, for speaking when
ignorant of the truth.
He has heard of chutrchi
were burned.- I watched
burn, and I have no reg
would ask Prof. Aito, wl
rifles doing in the hands of :
If that is Christianity, thel
an unbeliever. When churci
come an evil, their destruc
a good, and why should i
slandered for doing good?
Who is this Prof. Aiton w
judge a man by his clothes
he heard of Guernica? I
heard of Malaga? In fact
does he know about Spain
he forget the men whoi
more? Yes, he can . . . b
because no evil has been d
him, but I was born in Ms
I grew up in Madrid, and
Spain-and if I love Spain
love the man who brought
and hunger to its people.
Aton can-I can't.
So when we say that 'rar
the Church are evil, we 8
Communists, unless a Corn
is one who believes in tru
are not unbelievers, but ti
lievers in decency and Ind
ent thinking. When will
outgrow their childish mlii
try to understand instead of
ering us to cover up their
-Luis de la 'I
corder, School of Business E
istration, Tappan Hall.
.Algebra Seininar: 3201
Hall, 4:15 p.m. Friday. On
tion meeting. Prof. Thn
talk on Lattice Theory.
Seminar in Relativity:
day, 4 p.m., 3001 Angell Ia
Seminar inEngineering
ics: The Engineering Me
Department is sponsoring
ies of discussions on the p
of Engineering Materials,
p.m., Wed., Feb. 12, Rm. 4
Engineering Bldg.
Forestry 194 will not i
Wednesday, Feb. 12, or F
14. If you are enrolled and
attend the opening sessior
day, Feb. 10, at 8 a.m., ple
(Continued on Page 5)

French Freedom


PARIS-Each country has its own kind of
freedom like its own kind of bread.
French freedom is intensely personal, and
takes the form of an immense contest of
ingenuity between the individual and the
government. Paris turns off its electricity
during daylight hours two days a week to
save coal. It has also long been a French
custom to charge a much lower rate for
electricity consumed late at night, when
demand is low, than during the day. The
French meet this complicated challenge
typically with a household heating invention
called the "Cumulateuri" a machine which
in some fashion stores electricity during
the night when rates are cheap and gives
it off in the form of heat during the day,
including days when the current is cut.
One hears that the cumulateur will be made
illegal, but one feels also that that will be
only one more chapter in the serial story.
It is like the way Parisian traffic police-
men go home for lunch, leaving the streets
unattended in the busiest time of day; it
is not that they do not respect the traffic
problem, it is a question of the individual's
right to have his lunch. This a country
of very individualistic people. A French
apartment house owner will not, for ex-
ample, pay for halU lights; the cost is ap-
portioned and billed to the tenants. The
tenants in turn refuse to pay for lights for
who knows who to use; they install an in-
vention which leaves the lights on for ex-
actly three minutes after you push a but-

each. This, plus 26 francs for the gas, would
allow legal gas to conipete with illegal, and
bring in some revenue. But the whisper
along the boulevards is that the black mar-
ket will craftily cut its price to 40 francs,
and undersell the government.
It must not be supposed that all this
makes the French cold; they have an exhil-
arating respect for each other, and it is
heartwarming to watch a conversation be-
tween, say, a professional man and a work-
man. It reminds one of life in a small
American town; there is a kind of equality,
an organic lack of difference, certainly no
difference at all on the level of ideas.
G001D FOOD flows to those with money
and in a side street not far from where
I live, a woman bakery owner asks her cus-
tomers for their surplus bread tickets and
there is a poor young man in the neighbor-
hood she explains, who has been living on
nothing but bread for two weeks, and she
wants to help him by giving him. more
bread. There are other such stories in Paris.
And suddenly something happens; the taste
of freedom changes, and French newspapers
break out with nervous appeals to French-
men to moderate themselves and resist their
impulses lest inflation involve the country
and starve the poor. And one thinks of the
English, who feed their poor, but have so
bound themselves with restrictions in doing
so that they may not paint a house or build
a hen roost or nail two sticks together with-
out permission.



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