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Watch Harold Stassen

H AROLD STASSEN is a fare phenomenon
in American politics: a politician who is
both shrewd and enlightened. Even before
the San Francisco Conference setting up the
UN, at which he was an American delegate,
Stassen was cautiously putting forth the
view that a united world has the best
chance of being a peaceful world.
So much for Mr. Stassen's enlighten-
ment. There must 'he at least a half-
dozen politicians in this country who have
grasped this elementary fact. It is Stas-
sen's shrewdness which is worth watch-
ing. Although the nation's newspapers,
always inimical to any man who might
minimize the war news, have already be-
gun taking swipes at the Minnesotan, he
is in a strong position. Judging from the
tenor of his statements recently, he knows
Stassen is politically strong for at least
four good reasons. The Republican domes-
tic record since the GOP rise to dominance
in 1946 has been pretty well botched. Ev-
erybody knows that we do have a very nasty
inflation, that we don't have the housing
we were promised, that the "across-the-
board" tax cut promises were absurd and can-
not be met this side of insanity. Many peo-
ple remember resentfully the Lilienthal in-
cident; there must even be a few mice who
secretly dislike the national red-baiting hys-'
teria, although Democrats are also impli-
cated in the latter. This GOP situation
puts Mr. Stassen, always primarily interested
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

in foreign affairs, in a good spot. Here are
the four reason~s:
First, on the basis of the Republican rec-
ord in domestic affairs outlined above, it
would not be politically wise for any candi-
date to point to it proudly. On the con-
trary it would (and will undoubtedly prove
to be for certain thick "statesmen") be po-
litical hari-kari.
Second, the big guns in the GOP would
not take kindly to a campaign knocking the
Party domestic record. Certainly none of
the Congressmen implicated would like such
criticism; neither would the Republican big
money, in the Tribune Tower for example.
Third, Harold Stassen, fresh from his
world tour on which he spoke personally
with 120 national leaders from Joe Stalin
down, has somewhat of a corner on for-
eign policy issues.
Fourth, there is what we have called
Stassen's enlightened attitude toward
world affairs. This may not appeal to the
boys behind the editorial desks, but it does
appeal to the little guys like me who are
afraid of atoms. It appeals to us so strong-
ly that we are still listening to Henry Wal-
lace, who has been officially discredited for
Stassen's statements in yesterday morn-
ing's papers indicate that he's well aware
of all this. He endorsed the sainted bi-
partisan foreign policy, yet managed to
criticize Truian's handling of it. "I rec-
ognize the futility of a negative policy of
simply being against something. I feel
it is imperative that America develop a
positive, constructive approach to improve
the standards of living and form of gov-
ernment and individual liberties of peo-
pie all over the world," he said.
Asked if he considered the Truman policy
a negative policy, he replied, "I do."
-Milt Freudenheim

Prices and Whimsy

SOME MUTTERING has begun in the bus-
iness community to the effect that Pres-
ident Truman's meek little drive for lower
prices may cause a recession. The idea is
that consumers, and merchants, too; may
stop buying, waiting for lower prices to
show up; this may cause a slump and it
will then all be the President's fault. This
argument is additional proof of the sound-
ness of the Grafton Theory, previously ad-
vanced in these columns, which holds that
Serious Lapse
OF ALL MEN, Governor Thomas E. Dewey
almost missed the latest Communist
Special. This was a serious lapse on the
part of a man who every morning grooms
his brains as he does his person, while look-
ing intently into the mirror to discern if
he can see the reflection of a President.
However, he just managed to jump aboard
the observation car of the Special where he
found President Truman and Senator Taft,
Senator Bricker, Senator Vandenberg, Gov-
ernor Warren, among others, peering from
the windows hoping to catch sight of the
first communist. The Governor proceeded
to read a prepared statement in connection
with signing a bill outlawing strikes by pub-
lic employees.
Said he, with what was left of his breath:
"Every weak government is game for the
Communists who conspire to weaken it and
then use its weakness to destroyit and put
a dictatorship in its place. One of their
most useful devices is the strike which par-
alyzes government, for when government
stops functioning then their small well-dis-
ciplined minority can take over. The fate
of nation after nation all over the world
still hangs in the balance. There cannot,
there will not, theremust not be any such
paralysis of our government, in our state
in our nation."
So much for as fearless an exhibition of
chest-thumping as the country had seen in
many a day. This is not the first time that
Governor Dewey has been aboard the red
hunt flyer, but in recent months he has
been so singularly silent upon this issue, that
many began to suspect he was really devot-
ing his time to being governor of New York.
There was, of course, his Boston speech in
the 1944 campaign in which he made the
charge that "with the aid of Sidney Hillman,
the Communists are seizing control of the
New Deal."
But back in 1937, just 10 years ago when
Mr. Dewey was anxious to capture the job
of district in New York City, he apparently
was not ungrateful for Communist support.
In that year the Communist-influenced
New York locals of National Maritime Union,
United Shoe Workers, Fur Workers and
Painters' Union endorsed the promising
youth from Owosso, Michigan, and sent
the comrades about to electioneer for him.
Dewey accepted this Communist support so
eagerly that it began to worry former Pres-
ident Hoover-then on the lookout for pros-
pective presidential timber.
I am not too movedby Mr. Dewey's change
of heart. Many of us in the battle against
Communism could have told him that there

there is something about the debate on
prices that brings out a touch of whimsy
in many of its participants.
Apparently the price issue affects so
many people, so much, that it is almost
impossible to stick to reality in handling
it. The new thought seems to be that
the best thing to do is not to talk about
high prices; even though it may be cost-
ing a $50-a-week man $75 to live de-
cently these days, perhaps if no one men-
tions it, he may not notice it.
The idea that our troubles are due, not
so much to high prices, as to the fact that
we have a President who talks about them,
must take its place as a capricious contri-
bution with that other popular theory of
the moment that what we need is more
production; a notion which makes more
than one business man today, looking over
his crowded stock room, laugh like a wild
Another whimsical situation is developing
in Washington where, according to the New
York Journal of Commerce, conservative
government economists (and there aren't
any others, these days) are privately rub-
bing their hands in glee over recent wage
increases. These gentlemen are described
as feeling that the current11-tol5-cents-an-
hour pattern of pay increases may help to
save the situation, by putting enough buy-
ing power into the hands of the public to
come near closing the "gap" between in-
come and available production at present
Now, of course, hardly anybody stands up
and says this publicly, because such a state-
ment would do too much violence to the
myth that our real trouble is high wages.
These myths have a charmed life, and are
zealously protected, because without them
one might have to say something that really
bears on the subject. The Washington econ-
omists have made the astounding discovery
that more money in the hands of the public
is actually a help in a touch-and-go econom-
ic situation; but, judging by past perform-
ance, one may expect that in most of the
discussion of the issue, this discovery will
be treated as highly confidential, in fact as
a kind of state secret, not to be blurted
If you add together some of the con-
servative panaceas that are being current-
ly proposed, you get a picture of something
like this: The way out is, first of all, not
to talk too much about high prices, or
about the danger of recession, and for the
President perhaps even to stop trying to
push prices down to where people could
afford to pay them.
Second, we ought to increase production,
even though the new problem, as almost
any retailer will tell you, is not production,
but prices. Third, we ought to curb labo
unions and get or keep wages down, there-
by insuring that there will be less spend-
ing money in the hands of the public.
When one looks upon this towering struc-
ture of wilfulness and unreality, one is al-
most forced to admire it; it creates a kind of
esthetic effect by its pure grim, unyielding
perfection; it is like a wonderful natural ob-
ject. As to whether it is the proper ap-
proach to the technical problem of selling a
lot of goods in an extremely complex econ-

City Editor's
PEOPLE who have been crowding into
Washtenaw County Circuit Court in re-
cent days, plus readers of Detroit and Chi-
cago papers, are probably wondering why
The Daily hasn't been carrying the top sex
yarn of the year.
For the benefit of the uninstructed, a case
involving two former University students is
now being tried in Judge James R. Break-
ey's courtroom. The case has been mak-
ing hotxcopy in newspapers around the coun-
try as well as providing entertainment for
those local residents and students among
us who are chronically bored and find high
life as recounted from the witness stand
most interesting.
A Chicago paper last week carried the
story on page one and dressed it up with
a picture of one of the principals involved.
But The Daily, which is published less than
a mile from the scene of the trial, hasn't
carried a line.
The reason is this. Back in 1940, the
members of The Daily staff drew up a Code
of Ethics. One of the provisions of this
code provides that:
"Sex crimes shall not be discussed in the
news or editorial columns of The Daily."
In the case vaguely referred to above( for
more concrete reference, see Chicago ar/J
Detroit newspapers), a sex crime is alleged,
and therefore the case is going unmentioned
in this newspaper.
Although present Daily staff members
had no part in the drafting of this pro-
vision, they readily subscribe to it. In
fact, staff members constantly exercise a
sort of self-censorship. As a result, many
"racy" stories are deliberately withheld
from publication.
Just this year, there was the case of a
group of students who were bitter after re-
ceiving a communication from a minor Uni-
versity official. After careful checking by
a staff member, it was found that the bit-
terness was the result of a misunderstand-
ing of the communication. It was the sort
of story that most tabloids would eat up;
but at the request of both parties, it was
not published.
There have also been stories concerning
why students and faculty members leave
school, why student protests never get any-
where, why this action is taken and another
is not taken.
The thing about all these stories is that
they aren't in keeping with the spirit
of The Daily's Code of Ethics, even though
there's no specific provision in the code that
would bar them from publication.
So if readers sometimes think The Daily's
as gray as The New York Times-that's the
* * * *
BACK IN NOVEMBER, we were hearing
about a system that couldn't be beat. The
system was the method by which veteran
students are paid $65 or $90 monthly, as
the case may be.
At the time, the statement (which eman-
ated from an official of the Treasury Depart-
ment) sounded pretty ludicrous. A major-
ity of the veterans on this campus hadn't
received a single check for the fall semes-
ter, and many were in arrears for the sum-
mer session and the preceding spring semes-
But for the past two months, the sys-
tem has worked out pretty well. Every
veteran I've talked to received his March
check before the start of spring vacation;
and despite 'the fact that the VA ran out
of funds last week and had to request a
deficiency appropriation, April checks
have been arriving on time in Ann Arbor
at better than the usual rate.

So at last the system that can't be beat
has become something more than a mouth-
ful of words, and quiet now reigns where ex-
GI gripes formerly deafened.
(CC to the Treasury Department.)
THROUGH the complete text of the Stal-
in-Stassen interview, which Mr. Stassen
has now made public, there runs a striking
atmosphere of sweet reasonableness and
calm. The interview took place on the eve-
ning of April 9. A few blocks away from
the Kremlin, at that time, the Council of
Foreign Ministers was settling into the hope-
less deadlock in which its deliberations fin-
ally ended. At Lake Success Mr. Gromyko
had just been tearing our Greek-Turkish aid
proposals to ribbons and raising the dis-
armament issue in a way which seemed to
leave little hope for any agreement on the
control of the atomic bomb. Soviet press
attacks upon the immoral and imperialistic
West were rising toward that climax of
ferocity which they have since attained.
Yet the generalissimo of all the Russias smil-
ingly discoursed upon the easy possibility
of "co-operation" between the Soviet and
American systems; upon the good chances
for ultimate establishment of an interna-
tional control of atomic energy, and upon
the undesirability of "calling each other
-The. New York Herald Tribune

(Continued from Page 2)
Academic Notices
Algebra Seminar, Fri., May 9,
4:15 p.m., Rm. 3201, Angell Hall.
Dr. L. Tornheim will speak on
Hilbert's Theory of Fields. This
topic presupposes elementary Gal-
ois Theory and is background ma-
terial for Prof. Brauer's course on
representation theory this summer.
Seminar in Applied Mathemat-
ics: Wed., May 7, Rm. 317, W. En-
gineering Bldg., 3 p.m. Dr. W. M.
Kincaid will speak on the sub-
ject, "The Hodograph Method in
Subsonic Compressible Flows."
Graduate Students in Education.
The preliminary examinations for
the doctorate in the School of
Education will be held on May
27-28-29 from 2 to 5 p.m. Any stu-
dent desiring to take these pre-
liminary examinations, should no-
tify my office, 4000 University
High School, not later than May
Clifford Woody,
Chairman of Graduate Advisers
Concentration Advisement Ser-
Psychology Department, Wed.,
May 7, 231 Angell Hall, 4:15 p.m.
Prof. Martha Colby-Psychology
as a field of concentration.
Prof. E. L. Kelly-Clinical psy-
Prof. Norman Maier-Industrial
and personnel psychology.
Prof. Angus Campbell - Social
Prof. Burton Thuma-Psychol-
ogy in teaching and research.
May Festival Concerts will take
place as follows :
Thursday, 8:30.. Philadelphia
Orchestra; Helen Traubel, soloist;
Eugene Ormandy, conductor.
Friday, 8:30. "Missa Solemnis"
(Beethoven); Regina Resnik, so-
prano; Anna Kaskas, contralto;
Frederick Jagel, tenor; John Gur-
ney, bass; Philadelphia Orches-
tra; the University Choral Union;
Frieda Op't Holt Vogan, organist;
Thor Johnson, conductor.
Saturday, 2:30. First half: Song
Cycle from the Masters; Philadel-
phia Orchestra; Festival Youth
Chorus; Marguerite Hood, con-
ductor. Second half: Isaac Stern,
violinist; Alexander Hilsberg, con-
Saturday, 8:30. Philadelphia Or-
chestra; Ezio Pinza, bass; Eugene
Ormandy, conductor.
Sunday, 2:30. Philadelphia Or-
chestra; Robert Casadesus, pian-
ist; Eugene Ormandy, conductor.
,Sunday, 8:30. Philadelphia Or-
chestra; Ferruccio Tagliavini, ten-
or; Alexander Hilsberg, conductor.
"Te Deum" (Verdi); University
Choral Union, Thor Johnson, con-
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 Archaeology:
Current Exhibit: "Life in a Roman
Town, in Egypt, 30 B.C. - 400
A.D." Tues. through Fri., 9-12, 2-
5; Sat., 9-12; Sun. 3-5.
Events Today
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.
Pi Tau Pi Sigma, Signal Corp
Fraternity. X7:15 p.m., Rm. 100,
Military Hdqs. Bldg.
Alpha Kappa Psi, professional
business fraternity. 7:30 p.m.,
chapter house. All members are
urged to attend. 8 p.m., pledges
meet at chapter house.
Delta Sigma Pi, professional
business administration fraternity,
will sponsor a talk by Mr. Ken-
neth Meade, director of technical
employees, General Motors Cor-
poration, who will speak on "Op-
portunities for the College Grad-
uate in Large Corporations," 8
p.m., Rm. 319-21, Union. Actives'
business meeting following talk
by Mr. Meade: Election of officers.
Pledges meet 7 p.m., Rm. 319-21.

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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, atd in good taste) we re-
mind our readers that the views ex-
pressed in letters are those of the
writers only, Letters of~ more tha
300 words are shortened, printed or
ormitted at the discretion o the edt-
torial director.
To the Editor:
complains that the thirty-five
member MYDA rates too much
newspaper space:
How is it that little Palestine
seems to disturb the United Na-
tions so much these days?
And to the editor who answered
Mr. Flascamp with an 'Aw, we
didn't either write so much about
it.'-The proper reply is that an
important matter merits much at-
-Ralph A. Ralmi
Op pose MYDA Bai
To the Editor:
T HE UNITARIAN Student Group
wishes to express its concern in
the recent banning of MYDA from
the campus of the University of
We have considered the situation
and have concluded that the pro-
cedure followed by the president
of the University was at fault. Any
such action should have been tak-
en by the Student Affairs Commit-
tee which is the supposed au-
thority on such matters; and even
then, only upon the presentation
of clear and definite charges
against MYDA, and with the op-
portunity given its members for an
open hearing at which to defend
The Unitarian faith supports no
particular political organization,
but upholds free speech and equal
opportunity for the expression of
all opinions. We feel that label-
ing is not sufficient basis for in-
dictment; that any group be it
Communist, Democrat, Republi-
can, or Prohibition, is entitled to
its Constitutional rights of free
speech and assembly unless there
is conclusive evidence of sub-
versive action against that Con-
We also deplore the iifluene of
undue politicalrpressure in cases
of this sort, such as the recent in-
cident at Wayne University where
the school was reputedly threat-
ened with the discontinuation of
its funds.
Copies of this letter are being
sent to Dr. Ruthven and the mem-
bers of the Board of Regents of
this University.
-Ann Sugar, President
Unitarian Student Group
(lamrps n Labor
To the Editor:
T RUMAN, Vandenberg, and the
Big-Business dominated Con-
gress are putting the clamps on
labor despite skyrocketingacorpor-
ate profits for the last year. Free
speech, our Constitutional heri-
tage, is being revoked. We are to as-
sist British imperialism in forcing
an unwanted puppet on the noble
Greek people who fought so hard
for democracy. We are even, in-
credible though it may sound, go-
ing to send hundreds of millions of
dollars of American taxpayers,
money to Fascist Turkey who
fought against the Allies in World
War I and was of considerable
harm to us in World War II; who
is notorious before the eyes of
God for enslavement, torture, and
massacre of millions of people;
who gives no rights to minorities;
who is ruled by one and only one
party, HALK; who repudiated her

treaty with us as a defeated enemy
nation 25 years ago and rose to at-
tack a brave little ally of the U.S.,
and devour her territory and has
since thwarted all efforts to cor-
rect this monstrous crime.
All this and more is Turkey. Yet
Truman has the gall to stand be-
fore the American public and pic-
ture her as a freedom-loving and
democratic nation deserving of
our aid and sympathy. Do our
leaders consider us such utter fools
as this?,
Does Vandenberg not realize the
hypocrisy of his basic argument
that we must save Truman's face?
Any future power-seeking Presi-
dent need only have the foresight
to make a premature announce-
ment of his policy and Congress
must apply the rubber stamp of
approval. His transparent amend-
ment and attempts to picture mili-
tary reinforcement of Fascist re-
gimes as not wrecking the UNO
are beneath my dignity to discuss.
But we should not talk about
these things now that we have sold
our soul to Standard Oil, now that

Jeffersonian democracy is no long-.
er a living ideal to our leaders, not
that the people are to be kept as
ignorant as possible of the inter-
national situation by our national
hysteria propaganda and the
American "kept" press.
-George Adomian
'Pottage Sellers'
To the Editor:
the Negro so eagerly hawking
his birthright among pottage sel-
lers. Under deprivation, torture,
and humiliating servitude, the
Negro race proved itself capable of
superhuman patience and forti-
titude. Fresh from the jungle and
a civilization arrested in a primi-
tive stage, the Negro became an
example to his white master.
Today the Negro people are at-
tempting to erase this excellent
record by petty exhibitionism.
They disown their heritage and
history, and want to become like
white men. Realizing that the
white man would most probably
become surly and brutish in slav-
ery, they would have us believe
that they too were surly and
brutish, treacherous and incorrigi-
ble. This is a gross distortion of
values. We know that the average
Negro slave made the best of his
lot, and observed the religion of
his master more faithfully than
did he himself. If the white man is
slow to recognize the virtues of his
darker brother, that is the fault of
the white man. If the Negro be-
comes headstrong and rash he will
gain nothing.
The Negro has no just cause for
feeling shame. Almost every race
has, at some time in its history,
suffered slavery. The shame is
ours. The Negro must rise above
our ignorant bigotry as his ances-
tors rose above slavery. He must
learn to tolerate our gracelessness.
The problem of racial superior-
ity or inferiority is a fallacious
one and exists only in the minds of
the uninformed. Virtue is not de-
termined by the color of a man's
skin, an~d the man of virtue does
not advertise his qualities. A mili-
tant self-justifying attitude is de-
feated at the beginning.
Today we are all enslaved by
the potentialities of the split-atom
combined with learned fools, iso-
lationists, nationalists, and blun-
dering greed. Someone must lead
the way to human brbtherhood.
Why not the Negro?
Rutherford Minton
To the Editor:
THE MEMBERS of the Robert
Owen Co-operative house
unanimously resolve that the ac-
tion of President Ruthven in ban-
ning a duly recognized student or-
ganization without a public hear-
ing and without producing specific
charges or evidence that the or-
ganization has performed any dis-
service to the University or per-
formed any act inimical to the
University's educational responsi-
bilities, be protested, as such ac-
tion is a denial of the basic civil
rights of every student and sets a
dangerous precedent for arbitary
suppression of student thought.
(Copy of resolution sent to Pres.

Student Legislature.
Grand Rapids Room,
League. Agenda:
1. National Student
tion Convention.
2. Campus election

7:30 p.m.,
of union

3. Action on referendum.
4. Approval of committee chair-
men appointments.
5. Report on racial discrinina-
tion in athletics.
6. Eligibility cards.
Scabbard and Blade: 8:30 P.M.,
Rm. 100, Military Headquarters.
Spring Parley Committee. Plan-
ning group, 5 p.m., Michigan Un-
ion. All organizations interested,
urged to send representatives.
Sociedad Ilispanica announces
that winners of last year's schol-
arships to the University of Mex-
ico will conduct an informal meet-
ing to answer questions of those
planning to travel or study in
Mexico this summer. Meeting,
Rm. 108, Romance Languages
Bldg., 4 p.m. Anyone interested
may attend.
Michigan Dames Book Group
meet at the home of Mrs. Warner
Patterson, 1003 Berkshire Road,
8 p.m., Mrs. Arthur Allison and
Mrs. Arthur Kurtz will give re-
Coming Events
Engineers-Civil, Aero, Marine,
Mechanical and Electrical: Thurs.,
1May 8, 7:30 p.m. Union. Com-
modore C. E. Dickeman, Superi-1
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-
gineering Corps." Appointments
for interviews regarding commis-I
sions in the CEC may be made at!
(Continued on Page 6)

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