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Pattern of Support

revealing "adequate" facilities for 12,500
students after completion of the present
building program, coupled with a predicted
enrollment of 20,500 for the fall semester, is
a pointed indication of how much the Uni-
versity still needs from the State.
Part of the badly-needed relief from over-
crowded classrooms will be provided for by
a two-story building with thirty-two class-
rooms and 4,300 square feet of laboratory
space - to be built at federal expense.
The administration has also revealed that
additional residence halls must be con-
structed within the next five years if the
University is to maintain satisfactory stand-
ards of residential life. In the past these
have been self-paid for, however, and it is
unlikely, that the state will be asked to con-
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

tribute to them now. This means that the
University is going out of its way to save
taxpayers' money in this instance.
It is interesting to note that the Univer-
sity, with all these and many more needs,
has asked the State for an appropriation
equivalent only to $373 per student as com-
pared to the $750 per student that the Uni-
versity of Illinois is expecting from its state
No one can doubt the importance of Prov-
ost Adams' statement that "There must be
a pattern of support for higher education
in the state corresponding to that of sur-
rounding states if it (the University) is to
hold its position in the national education
The age-old problem of expressing the de-
sire of the governed is left to the citizens
of Michigan and to those interested in main-
taining the University's standards. Letters
froin the thousands of the state's citizens
here to their Lansing representatives are
in order now as a reminder, that support
of the University means support of a service
to all Michigan citizens.
-Lida Dailes
q rise
of domestic prices. But this will not be so
serious, if the other, entirely preventable
dangers can somehow be warded off.



Pre-e eeti*(

WASHINGTON, May 3-The danger to the
United States today (a very real, very
grim danger) is that the pattern-setting
crisis in domestic and foreign affairs will
almost certainly occur in the next eighteen
mnonths. These are also the eighteen months
before the Presidential election, when even
the wisest political leaders habitually be-
have like moose in the rutting season. And
it is already apparent that this misfortune
of timing will adversely influence decisions
on the great issues in which the national
welfare and perhaps the national survival
are directly involved.
If the worst happens, three crisis, closely
interrelated, will come in rather rapid suc-
cession. First, there will be a labor crisis,
when the government loses control of the
coal mines on June 30, and John L. Lewis
can have his full-scale strike at last. Second,
the coal strike will usher in the widely anti-
cipated shakedown, recession or depression
in this country. And third, the slow and
painful effort to bring order out of post-
war chaos in the rest of the world will thus
be stopped dead. This must result from
the combined effects of still more stringent
coal starvation, bad times in the United
States and the world-wide shortage of dollar
exchange which is already inexorably de-
Neither President Truman, nor the gov-
ernment economists nor the Republican
wiseacres have the vaguest notion what to
do about the danger of an economic shake-
down resulting from the present inflation
Use of Our Assets
States of America must take account of
its assets and figure them for what they
are worth in helping to win the battle for
life. One of our assets, not to use too refined
an expression, is money; and when the
House of Representatives cuts our foreign
relief fund from $350,000,000 to $200,000,-
000, it cuts us off from the use of our own
,strength. In effect, it ties one of our arms
behind our back. To have it and not use it
is almost the same as not having it.
Another of our assets, and a greater one,
is democracy; but here, too, the obsessive
fear of using what we have shows itself. We,
the free nation, prepare to work with a de-
crepit. monarchy in Greece, just as we, the
rich nation, prepare to cut 43 per cent from
a carefully-determined minimum figure for
foreign relief. We might almost as well be
poor and undemocratic, so far as the view
which a number of people are going to ob-
tain of us is concerned.
Not to use what one has is almost like
not being what one is. One wonders what
sort of victory can be won in foreign affairs
today by being untrue to type. The fact of
our wealth is just that, a fact, and one of
the merits of Mr. Wallace's proposal for a
many-billion dollar reconstruction fund is
that it includes and embraces this fact;
it calls on the eagle to be an eagle, and
not to pretend to be a fish. In a world in
which communists use communism, and
socialists use socialism, democratic capital-
ism might reasonably be expected to use
democracy and capital; but it is one of the
contradictions of our approach to the world
that we seem to want to do it some other
It means that from now on we are going
to try to do it the mousy way, playing it
safe and small, trying to protect ourselves
by shoring, up little reactionary governments
here and there, and cutting costs on the to-
tal endeavor by pinching where we can on
foreign relief. Whatever the differences be-
tween Truman and the Republican majori-
ties in Congress, this will be the net of their
joined efforts, a strargely coherent com-
bined operation.

Onl1y Knight'
W"[HAT WE are witnessing in this country
today is the self-abasement of the re-
sponsible leadership of both of our two great
political parties. They are girding them-
selves to go to the country next year on the
issues of un-Americanism and Communism.
The Democratic and Republican parties are
in a race to persuade the voters that each
s the only true knight who will protect them
from the evils of Communism.
Americans of future generations will look
back upon the America of today and mar-
vel that we could have permitted this thing
to be done to us, just as we regard the Salem
witchcraft trials and hang our heads in
shame. Last year, the Republicans, having
been out of power for many years, became
desperate. They were willing, after the man-
ner of politicians, to promise anything, to
make any accusation that might bring votes.
On the issue of Communism, they expended
themselves to the point of spiritual bank-
Of course, for reasons of their own, in
this country little men, men without a poli-
tical principle or a moral scruple, had been
building up fears of Communism in the
minds of the thoughtless. And they had
succeeded to a degree that was surprising
in a country that we hope does not contain
more than a normal number of morons.
It takes only one maniac in a theatre
screaming "fire" to send everyone scamper-
ing to the exits, temporarily maniacs them-
selves, trampling to death the hundreds
who have fallen while seeking safety. The
election last fall in many parts of the
country was just such a performance. The
Republicans screamed "Communism" while
pointing their accusing fingers at their Dem-
ocratic opponents. The voters marking their
ballots under the flagellation of fear, achiev-
ed a party success that even the Republican
leaders had not anticipated. Perhaps some
had not even wished for so overwhelming
a victory.
The Republicans know why they won and
so do the Deiocrats. Moreover, the Repub-
licans foresaw an even greater political
achievement in 1948. They believed that
they had an unbeatable issue which was
theirs alone. However, they neglected to
copyright it. They were to discover, to their
dismay, that President Truman, on behalf
of the Democratic Party, had neatly taken
their dishonest issue away from them. The
Republicans might blather about "Com-
munism" at home in a Congressional elec-
tion. What President Truman did was to
shout "Communism" right in the face of
Russia itself. Hurrying to Congress on March
12, he asked for $400,000,000 to lend to
Greece and Turkey, to oppose any further
spread of Communistic imperialism in that
area. He did not put it in this precise lang-
uage but this is what he meant. Russia
knows what he meant and so do the Re-
publicans in the House and the Senate.
President Truman so cleverly outflanked
the Republicans on the issue of Communism
that they had no recourse except to make a
sharp turn to the right and give him what
he wanted. They gave even at the expense
of the United Nations, which was by-passed
as they were outflanked.
(New York Post Syndicate, Copyright 1947)
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detention camps in Palestine. News Item)

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Letters to the Editor...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because The Daily
prints EVERY letter to the editor
(which is signed, 300 words or less
in length, and in good taste) we re-
mind our readers that the views ex-
pressed in letters are those of the
writers only. Letters of more than
300 words are shortened, printed or
omitted yet the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
Survey Techniq e
To the Editor:

catastrophic. Equally catastrophic would
be a sudden world-wide shortage of the dol-
lars with which every other nation is buying
desperately needed food and equipment for
reconstruction in this country. Neither the
coal strike nor the dollar exchange crisis
needs to occur. But at present, both are
being invited rather than prevented. It is
this which makes the future seem so omi-
nous to the rather small group of Adminis-
tration officials who have not fallen into
the habit of mumbling nervously, "Suffici-
ent unto the day is the evil thereof." The
more alert are already predicting that ex-
change difficulties will cause even Canada
and Mexico to put controls on their imports
from this country. But despite their appal-
ling implications, these forecasts fall on
deaf ears.
The political causes of this paralysis in
the, face of great dangers have become all
too obvious in the labor debate now going
on in the Senate.
The conservative Republican cry is for
an omnibus labor bill, in one package in-
cluding both severe and moderate amend-
ments to the existing laws. Whatever mea-
sure passes the Senate, it must be blended
in conference with the'House labor bill.
The blend must be a punitive measure.
This President Truman will not sign. And
a Truman veto is actually what $he con-
servative Republicans want. Even so sensi-
ble a man as Senator Taft has pointed out,
with ill concealed glee, that the President
will then have the "blame" for the failure
to pass labor legislation at this session.
Nor is this the worst of it.
A clause in the Senate bill on which the
whole Labor Committee achieved unanimity
(even including Senator Pepper) was the
clause imposing a sixty-day cooling-off per-
iod and giving the government other powers
to deal with such nation-wide strikes as
that threatening in coal. This clause is the
essential baby which the more conservative
Republicans expect that the President will
have to throw out with the unwanted bath.
And the blinder and more short-sighted of
them are actually planning, after the Presi-
dent has sent his veto to Congress, to press
their supposed advantage further. The gen-
eral idea is that the President will then be
forced to choose between a humiliating re-
traction of his veto, or a Congressional re-
fusal to grant him powers to deal with the
hopeless intransigeance of Lewis and the
coal operators. That will be playing with
fire indeed.
IN OTHER AREAS also, signs of petty
electoral politics are now cscernible to
the informed eye. The pressure upon Sen-
ator Vandenberg from the more stupid Re-
publicans, who want to break down the bi-
partisan foreign policy, results from the Re-
publican fear that President Truman is
gaining political benefits from this vital ar-
rangement. Equally, the Administration's
reluctance to strengthen the bi-partisan for-
eign policy is not uninfluenced by the belief,
common throughout the Democratic high
command, that Senator Vandenberg is a
likely Republican candidate. The annoyance
shown when Senator Vandenberg unilater-
all? offered his United Nations amendment
to the Greek-Turkey aid bill was plainly
given an extra edge by this expectation.
Then Senator Irving Ives of New York
has offered a version of the New York State
fair employment practices act, which must
be reported from the Labor Committee of
the Senate. It is already being whispered
that if Senator Taft approves this bill, as
he must do, it will tend to break his hold on
the Republican delegations from the South
- an event most agreeable to Governor
Thomas E. Dewey. And so it goes.
In big issues and in small, Presidential
politics is already beginning to influence

(Continued from Page 2)
chanics: The Engineering Me-
chanics Department is sponsoring
a series of discussions on the
Plasticity of Engineering Mate-
rials. The discussions of this se-
ries will be at 7:30 p.m., Ties.,
May 6. Rm. 402, W. Engineering
English 148 (The English Bible)
will meet until further notice in
the West Gallery of Alumni Me-
morial Hall.
W. R. Humphreys
Inorganic - Physical Chemistry
Seminar: 4:15 p.m., Tues., May 6,
Rm. 303, Chemistry Bldg. Prof.
L. O. Brockway will speak on "Val-
ence Electrons in Metals."
Special Functions Seminar. I,
p.m., Wed., May 7, Rm. 3003, An-
gell Hall. Mr. Sangren will con-
clude his talk on Rice's polynom-
Concentration Advisement Se-
ries: During the coming week five
departments of the Literary Col-
lege will hold concentration ad-
visement meetings. Sophomores
and freshmen seeking assistance
in choosing a field of concentra-
tion are urged to attend these
meetings and to ask questions.
Speakers will attempt to make
clear the nature and scope of a de-
partmental area of study, its rela-
tion to a liberal education, and
its professional or vocational sig-
nificance. The program for Tues-
day, May 6, is as follows:
Economics Department, 35 A H,
4:15 p.m.
Prof. William Haber: Econom-
ics as a field of conentratio.
Prof. Margaret Elliott Tracy:
Econoniics as a field of.concentra-
tion for women.
Prof. William Haber: Occupa-
tional opportunities for concen-
trators in economics.
Zoology Department: 2231 A H,
4:15 p.m.
Prof. A. F. Shull: Professional
and vocational significance of zo-
Student Recital: Constance
Coulter English, student of piano
of Joseph Brinkman, will present a
recital in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of
Bachelor of Music at 8:30 p.m.,
Wed., May 7, Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre. The program will be open
to the general public.
The Museum of Art: Drawings
by Maur-ice Sterne and Paintings
by Pedro Figari. Alumni Memor-
ial Hall, daily, except Monday, 10-
12 and 2-5; Sundays, 2-5; Wed-
nesday evenings 7-9. The public
is cordially invited.
Events Today
University Radio Program:

Frederick Muehl, author of "The
American Sahib."
Range Firing canceled. Range
firing scheduled for the Men's
Rifle Club each Tuesday evening
and Wednesday morning is can-
celed, effective May 6, for the bal-
ance of the semester.
Graduate Education: F i n a
meeting, 7:30 p.m. East Confer-
ence Room, Rackham Bldg. Dean
Edmonson will lead the discussion
on "The Improvement of Teacher
Education .in .the .G r a d u a t e
Pi Kappa Lambda: Meeting, 4
p.m. School of Music.
A.S.C.E.: Mr. Raymond C. Daly
construction superintendent *for
George Fuller and Co., will speak
on "What Contractors Expect from
Graduate Engineers," 7:30 p.m.,
Michigan Union. Plans for picnic
will be made. All interested in-
Town Hall Committee meeting,
4 p.m., Fireside Room, Lane Hall.
Polonia Club, 7:30 p.m. Inter-
national Center. Discussion of
plans for Polish Night. All mem-
bers requested to attend.
Square Dancing Class: Spon-
sored by the Graduate Outing
Club, 7:45 p.m. Lounge, Women's
Athletic Bldg. Everyone welcome.
A small fee will be charged.
Karl Marx Society: 7:30 p.m.,
Rm. 316, Michigan Union. C. E.
Griffin, Fred M. Taylor Professor
of Business Economics, will speak
on "Karl Marx on the Develop-
ment of Capitalism." The public
is invited.
Christian Science Organization
7:30 p.m. Upper Room, Lane Hall.
U. of M. Chapter of Intercollegi-
ate Zionist Federation of America:
Nomination of officers and illus-
trated talk on "Jewry Throughout
the World," 7:30 p.m., Hillel Foun-
Coming Events
Lecture. Prof. L. A. White of
the Department of Anthropology
will lecture on "Current Trends
in Social Evolution," 4:15 p.m.,
Wed., May 7, Rackham Amphithe-
atre; auspices of the Graduate
Student Council. The public is
Spring Parley Committee. Plan-
ning group, 5 p.m., Wed., May 7.
Michigan Union. All organiza-
tions interested urged to send rep-
Engineers-Civil, Aero, Marine,
Mechanical and Electrical: Thurs.,
May 8, 7:30 p.m. Union. Com-
modore C. E. Dickeman, Superin-
tending Civil Engineer in the
Great Lakes area for the U. S.
Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks
will talk on "The Navy Civil En-

conducted a poll Tuesday with
the following purpose (to quote
The Daily): "The student body
will register its opinion of Pres-
ident Ruthven's ban of MYDA to-
The April issue of Fortune has
an excellent article entitled "Sur-
vey Pitfalls." It cites four' im-
portant warnings when reading
public opinion polls, two of which
are: (1) "Conclusions cannot be
based invariably on the answers
to any single question." (2) "The
same question differently worded,
might have produced different re-
suts." The article cites an actual
case which involved asking almost
identical questions of two similar
Sepresentative grous the ques-
tions differing in wording only,
not in meaning. The results of
the survey were practically re-
versed in the two groups.
I am surprised that the refer-
endum results, as the question was
worded, were only 3 to 2 in sup-
port of the Student Legislature.
I wonder if the results would not
be reversed if the question had
been worded, "Do you' support
President Ruthven's stand in with-
drawing University recognition
from MYDA?"
-Fred A. Erb
Boed will (We System
To the Editor:
For the past month or so, 75 per
cent of the space devoted to Let-
ters to the Editor has been dom-
inted to devotees and antagonists
of the Hare System.
Nothing new has been said in
the past three weeks. In spite of
the repetitious, inaccurate, and
unauthoritative nature of the ma-
jority of these letters, it is my be-
lief that a large number of your
subscribers could now qualify as
superduper experts on the Hare
System. In short, I'm BORED.
Please print this letter in place
of the next scheduled one on the
Hare System.
-Donald C. Dilley
Explaining NSO
To the Editor:
SO FAR the approach of Michi-
gan students to a National
Student Organization has been
mostly characterized by apathy
and misunderstanding. This is
extremely disheartening to those
of us who are acquainted with
the great benefits which will re-
sult from the organization of ail
college youth in America toward
common goals and ideals,
Michigan students have recent-
ly been disturbed by wha many
believe to be an arbitrary use of
power on the part of the admin-
istration in banning an organiza-
tion without a hearing by the
Student Affairs Committee. A
more liberal group has been great-
ly disturbed over what they term
an encroachment on Academic
Freedom. Regardless of where
we stand on this issue, though
perhaps a few of us think a uni-
versity would be only a glorified
high school, .Michigan students
are pretty well agreed that as
students of a university we should
have a voice in affairs such as
this, which affect us more vitally
than they affect anyone else.
Today we have no effective
voice for the expression 'of these
desires. Though we may hold
rallies and referendums these iso-
lated expressions of our desires
will have little effect upon the
University administration or the
state legislature. This has not
only been true of our school but
is becoming increasingly a fact
across the nation. The American
students need a body which can
centralizeour isolated actions and
express our concerted opinions.

A National Student Organiza-
tion can become such an instru-
ment. With the power of the
entire American student opinion
behind it, an NSO can mobilize
action against the forces which in-
fringe upon our right to a free
and democratic education. Such
an organization will become an
integral part of our academic and
extra-curricular life on all cam-
puses throughout the country,
making it possible for students,
themselves, to have a true voice in
the policies of their universities
and colleges.

This influence is calculated to
extend to all areas of college life,
such as: academic programs them-
selves by exchange of valuable
scientific and cultural informa-
tion between universities both here
and abroad as well as student ex-
change itself, elimination of sub-
sidization of sprts, democratic
legislatures on all campuses, high-
er academic standards, elimina-
tion of discrimination on account
of creed or color, and numerous
projects for the betterment of
student facilities.
--George Shepherd
To the Editor:
I NOTICE in your May 1 edition
a headlined article on an
MYDA - "the poor unrecognized
campus organization"--meeting.
With my happiness at seeing this
subversive organization banned I
assumed you would devote the
colunn of your paper to pertinent
news. MYDA with its thirty-five
members was getting far more
publicity than any large organiza-
tion on this campus before the
ban and surely since it is no long-
er an official group of the U. of
M. you can find enough news on
campus without printing their un-
official meetings with headlines.
I wonder how The Michigan Daily
eversobtained enough news to
publish a daily paper before this
communistic organization was
dreamed up.
Yours for no more MYDA news.
-Bill laskamp
EDITOR'S NOTE: The news item
referred to above ran ten lines long
low on page six under one of The
Daily's smallest headline sizes.
Re. Constitution
To the Editor:
"IT IS TIME we quit worrying
about our freedoms and re-
membered our responsibility to
the constitution," So spoke Mr.
Bill Wake in his letter of April
What does one reply to this?
. Is it ever time to "quit worry-
ing about our freedoms?" Is it
time when an authoritarian has
deprived us of them?
More shocking is that Mr. Wake
should refer to "our responsibility
to the Constitution" for is it not
that self-same document which
guarantees these freedoms? His
two clauses are not contrary but
complementary. The author of
that phrase should read the Con-
It is peculiar, ironic, perhaps
even significantathat those who
shout loudest about our Consti-
tution are the first to deny the
benefit of its provisions to those
that disagree with them.
Now, this is by no construction
a defense of MYDA. But we re-
call What the Virginia House of
Burgesses said when it responded
to the British action in closing
Boston harbor. (This item is es-
pecially recommended for those
who see fit to glorify and sanett-
fy our "founding fathers.")
Said the fathers of Virginia
"When the freedom of one of our
sister colonies is endangered, we
cannot ourselves long remain
That was not and this is not
to condone the Boston Tea Party
or NWYDA.-'Nuff said.
-Robert Greene


At The State .
Sinbad the Sailor (RKO), Douglas Fair-
banks, Jr., Maureen O'Hara,
SOMEWHERE in our faded memory is the
feeling that these technicolor sorties in-
to the Arabian Nights were at one time
much better than this latest offering. We
might be wrong. They might all have been
this dull. Nothing more exciting happens
than Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., convincing the
world of what a grand guy his father must
have been. While Fairbanks overacts, every-
one else just sits around (or stands, as the
case may be) and looks bored. Miss O'Hara
leads the field in this. The Greek fire defi-
nitely outdistances her for acting honors.
At The Michigan . .
Boomerang (20th Century), Dana And-
rews, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Sam
20th Century has learned in the past few
years that fine movies can be made from
cold facts. This one has only one concern:
to follow the case of a murder from the
crime to the final court room scene. It pre-
sents a neat cross section of city govern-
ment and townspeople. It builds up a per-
fect case and proceeds to tear it down in an
engrossing manner. The main characters
are portrayed by men who know how to
act. It can hardly be placed in the class
of escape entertainment, but it is a fine
motion picture,
-Joan Fiske

Fifty-Seventh Year
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Mary Brush.......... Associate Editor
Ann Kutz.............Associate Editor
Clyde Recht...........Associate Editor
Jack Martin.............Sports Editor
Archie Parsons..Associate Sports Editor
Joan Wilk.............Women's Editor
Lois Kelso .. Associate Women's Editor
Joan De Carvajal.. Research Assistant
Associated Collegiate Press,

5:45 p.m., Station WPAG, 1050i gineering Corps." Appointments
Kc. Education for Unity Series- for interviews regarding commis-
"The Newspaper and International sions in the CEC may be made at
Understanding," Wesley H. Maur- the meeting. All interested engi-.
er, Associate Professor of Journal- neers invited.
5:55 p.m., Station WPAG 1050 Student Legislature: 'l:30 p.m.,
Kc. Asia Supplement-Mr. John (Continued on Page 5)


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