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Carnival of Foreign Affairs

Mature Women

To the Editor:
N REGARD to the proposal for upperclassmen
privileges drawn up by the House Presidents'
Association, I would like to point to what seems
to me to be the principle of the matter: that
the women on the University of Michigan cam-
pus, and on others, too, are not permitted to
think for themselves on a matter of great im-
portance to them. The material gain of golden
minutes is not the principle.
Since the University is an institution of
learning and we enroll here for that purpose,
we should have the right, not the privilege, of
exercising considerable discretion on matters
pertaining to our personal life and conduct.
The present system assumes that women are
of inferior intelligence and are not capable of
thinking for themselves. Women's part in the
recent war has shown that this is not true.
If there are parents who send their Jane here
believing this institution to be a nursery
school where Jane will be mothered and cared
for for four years, I believe it is high time that
we call their bluff. This is no place to perpetu-
ate parents' shirking of their duty of home
Another point to be made is that after four
long years of having been dependent on some-
one telling me to be in at a stated hour- and
without knowing exactly why-I will find my-
self foot loose and fancy free. At this time, I
presume, I am now supposed to be capable of
thinking and deciding accurately on these mat-
ters. But what if through these four years has
been built a huge backlog of resentment which
possibly could take precedence over my better
judgment-judgment which I have never been
allowed to use?
Therefore, I say, let's support this proposal
and supplement it with enlarged and improved
advisory service. Let's cast out the mother
guardianship, and recognize the maturity and
capabilities of the individual.
-Betty L. Boyd
* * * *
Liberal Movement
To the Editor:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1946, may well turn
out to be one of the most important days in
the history of the liberal movement in Michigan.
There are two main things which may be decided
that day: whether restaurant owners can con-
tinue to flout the law and discriminate against
Negroes 4in their establishments, and whether
fascist-like methods of physical terrorism can
be used successfully against those who fight for
How did these two basic problems come to a
As part of its campaign to see that the Diggs
Civil Rights law is enforced, the American Youth
for Democracy picketed Barlum Hotel in Detroit
for refusing to serve Negroes in theircoffee
shop. On Saturday, October 20th, an AYD test
group again entered the coffee shop. This time
they were served, however their dishes were al-
lowed to pile up on the table because "they were
contaminated because Negroes had eaten off
Later in the day, at the behest of the man-
agement, the waitresses walked out and the cof-
fee shop was closed for several hours.
Monday a delegation of seven AYD leaders
went to the office of the hotel owners, at the lat-
ters' invitation. After half an hour of fruitless
discussion during which the owners were very
arrogant and showed no desire to do anything
but intimidate the delegation, one of the owners
insulted a girl member of the committee. Her
husband advised her to leave so that she would
not become provoked. As she started to leave
another insulting remark was made; her hus-
band then also started for the door saying
"damn it, let's get out of here." As if by signal,
the doors were flung open and four thugs (the
common term is goon) entered. The AYD com-
mittee, including four girls, were slugged, kicked
and knocked against the furniture in good storm
trooper style.

Recognizing the fact that such actions must
be met by quick mass action on the part of peo-
ple who do not believe in the methods of Hitler
and Bilbo, the AYD state leadership has called
for a mass mobilization to picket the Barlum
Hotel at 12 noon this Saturday.
That's why truck loads' of people from Ann
Arbor are going into Detroit. That's why MYDA
and IRA are mobilizing their entire memberships.
That's why this letter is being written.
How many people are there on this campus
who believe in democracy and racial equality
strongly enough to do something about it? If
you want to join the picket line call Cohen or
Goodman at 6284. If you will be in Detroit meet
us on the picket line.
-L. Cohen
K Goodman
for MYDA Executive Board
Democratic Test
To the Editor:
THIS nation of ours faces at present a very
grave test. A test even more difficult than
was its task of remaining free during the first
quarter of the nineteenth century. The test of
American Democracy to with-hold its lease on
life in the midst of segregation; dual standards
of citizenship, based on color, religion and any
other convenient criterion seems to call for an
impossible finesse.
American democracy, as the realist would say,
is a misnomer and differs very little from the
political and economic policies of a totalitarian
state, with respect to the deep South. We can
hardly say that undemocratic activities exist
because of the prevalence of an active animal
zeal and lynch tolerance. The average southern
White man's cloak of inferiority can be found
only in his refusal to accept the challenge of
universal freedom minority found within his
midst. This fear of facing reality is causing ig-
norance, intolerance and injustices to spread
on a vast scale.
One of the fundamental evils of this genera-
tion is its tolerance for such inconsistencies.
To say that American democracy ends in a para-
dox for many individuals is not quite incorrect.
To know that nine million Negroes are econo-
mically castigated just gives one side of an ugly
picture found through the south. However, to
know that under the century-old voice of the
University of Michigan's cry for enlightenment
there are still several establishments just a few
steps away who told a couple of university stu-
dents, literally we don't serve "you people."
Such an attitude is too much of a compromise
with ignorance to survive; or is it? Many of
us have been thinking for somewhat longer
than eighty years now, since Lincoln's emanci-
pation that theseincorrigibles would give up the
fight. But they still live and they still fight. The
question is, therefore, what can be done, even
as a partial eradication, in an attempt to les-
sen these dastardly manifestations of Hitler-
ism from further enveloping a people desirous
of peace and progress.
Admitting that a partial eradication would be
only a compromise denotes sympathy. But we
may ask if we have time to criticize other indi-
viduals of nations when chaos threatens to de-
stroy our civilization. Can we afford to talk
about democracy as ideal and direct our ener-
gies toward the perpetuation of "Anglo-Saxon"
exclusive rule in the presence of other people
who would like to share.
-Charles S. Conley
Election Judgment
To the Editor:
DO NOT, at this time, wish to write' a brief
or even attempt a defense of Truman's
shocking political blunder and evasions. Square-
ly, they are, in the main, indefensible.
And yet, if we as intelligent voters are to ex-
ert a maximum of progressive influence on the
national political scene and not at the same time
be misled, it becomes essential that we grasp

the existing political situation clearly and in its
Therefore, we must also place the blame
squarely on all other groups and individuals re-
sponsible for the present dangerous, inflam-
matory muddle our country finds itself in.
Obviously, our judgment must of necessity
rest heavily in those Republican reactionaries
(of the Senator Taft, Wherry, etc. stamp) that
consciously and maliciously emasculated an ef-
fective price control policy and now cry "wolf"
and call names.
Clearly, men of such character and political
narrow interests must be reckoned with on
election day. Hence (and it cannot be too strong-
ly emphasized, lest we fall into another politi-
cal pitfall after November) it becomes the essen-
tial duty of each voter to help cleanse Congress
of its political obstructionists and reactionaries
regardless of the party labels they wear.
Every effort should be made to acquaint our-
selves with each candidate's voting record and
thereupon shall be judges.
Let each of us use our ballots wisely; and
scrupulously exercise our independent political
judgment on election day. Only through the use
of such methods will we elect candidates to be
proud of. The importance of the coming No-
vember elections demands that we know the
voting record of the man we vote for.
-George Antonofsky
* * * *
Sacred Portals
To the Editor:,
Why are women being allowed to use the front
doors of the Union? Have they revoked the
Union House Rule which states that "All women
whether or not escorted by members or guests
must enter and leave the building by the North
Entrance or the South Tower Entrance in the
International Center?" And where is the door-
man mentioned in Michiganetiquette who "is ...
at the front door to detour you (the women)?"
It seems that one of Michigan's time-honored
traditions is being forgotten.
-William Barr
Robert Patch
Robert Turunen
Bruce Wark
Eugene Zientek
* No More Normalcy
We've Been Waiting for It
ONE of our associates was brought up rather
abruptly this week. This person went into
his usual State Street drug store for a cup of
coffee ("going out for coffee" is the phrase fa-
vored). The clerk brought it and charged him
ten cents instead of the usualfive.
There must have been something compelling
about the amazed expression our friend came
up with, because the clerk said,
"Everybody else has inflation."
* * *
Sent Through Channels
IT IS UNTRUE that we read other people's mail.
However, the following letter, addressed to
the University of Michigan, came to our atten-
tion recently.
On September 24, 1946, we forwarded a
package, containing one tie, to Mr. - in
your care. We were -instructed to make the
package in care of Michigan Daily, but un-
fortunately, our shipping department neg-
lected to do so.
We learned that Mr. - has not received
this tie and if you are holding it for some
reason, please see that is is properly delivered
to Mr. -. Thank you very much for your
courteous cooperation and we are enclosing
a stamped envelope for your convenience in
letting us know what disposition has been
made of this package."
The letter, replete with a note from "Flossie
Quackenbush, Business Office," reached Mr.-
who took one disgusted look at the tie and sent
it to his father.

Familiar Difficulty
AS the students poured into class, after
Adm. Nimitz's speech, the professor said,
"As an instructor, I appreciate your coming:
As a human being, I don't understand you."

THE traveling carnival in which
the foreign affairs of the world
are, so to speak, conducted, has
reached New York, after a so-so
season in Paris. As always, a change
of city brings a rash of speeches,
statements, words of wisdom by peo-
ple getting off boats, etc., and so
there have been utterances by Tru-
man, Byrnes, Bevin, Molotov. These
have not, to put it gently, been very
exciting; nobody has said anything
fresh, or novel, or vigorous, and as
the tired teams square off to resume
their grappling, the only apparent
change is a change of setting. It
wears, by now, the air of an old
And yet there is, in the very
dullness of current utterances a
certain promise. If we have done
nothing else in the last year, we
have at least rid ourselves of a
number of sophomore excitements.
It is hard, now, to remember the
mood of a year ago, when the allies
first fell out. We had a kind of
chipper belief, then, that if Mr.
Truman w o u ld only make a
"tough" speech against Russia he
could blow the situation wide op-
en. He did it, but nothing blew
open; and nobody beligves any
more that tough speeches will solve
anything. This is the year in which
tough speeches have become bor-
We then went on to a blissful per-
iod , during which we felt that we
could solve our problems by simply
outvoting Russia in the Security
Council; We accounted it a high,

providential circumstance that we
were in the majority, an accident
which would save the world. That
one has run its course, too, and Mr.
Truman put it away in lavender on
Wednesday when he said: "The ex-
ercise of neither veto rights nor ma-
jority rights can make peace secure."
Finally, we have tried, and now
laid aside the Byrnesian gadget of
mobilizing the world press and world
opinion as at the powerless Paris
conference. No new device has come
along to replace this one, and so the
one real novelty about the forth-
coming sessions of the Assembly and
the Council of Foreign Ministers is
the absence of any strategic concep-
tion pointing toward a quick, easy
victory by a brilliancy or a force
play. We are, for the first time, fresh
out of gadgets.
But there have been changes on
the Russian side, too. Russia has
during the last year, somehow lost
the ability to panic the intellec-
tuals of the world by setting up the
cry that she is being violated. She
has (as Taine said of one of Field-
ing's heroines) raised that outcry
rather too often, by too many
roadsides, for it to continue to be
entirely convincing. Her position
has changed fundamentally during
this last year, from that of a na-
tion seeking security to that, of
one which has, in her own terms,
attained it. Perhaps that is the
reason for the friendly smiles (as
uniform as if they had been agreed
upon in caucus) with which the
members of the Soviet delegation
greeted the press when the Queen
Elizabeth docker.

There exist, then possibilities for
agreement, which did' not exist a
year ago, when we were entranced
with our gimcracks, and when Rus-
sia felt less secure than she does
now. The atmosphere is more sober,
more realistic, and that is why the
very dullness of current diplomacy
pronouncements is, so to speak,
newsworthy. It is beyond our power
to change past events, but it is well
within the power of both sides to
arrange the future in such a way
that the jockeyings of this hysterical
year will be seen, in perspective, to
have been merely a struggle for bar-
gaining position rather than the pre-
liminaries to a greater quarrel.
(Copyright, 1946 N.Y. Post Syndicate)
Witch Hunt
JOHN TOMPKINS, in his recent
Sletter to the editor, implies that
liberal organizations should join
with the Hearst press in a witch
hunt against Communists. While I
do not wish to defend Communists
or Communism, I do wish to defend
the right of all human beings to
hold any political belief, be it Fascist
or Communist. and their right to ex-
press their beliefs freely.
The purpose of liberal organiza-
tions, as I see it, is to fight for a
better democracy. This is also the
best way to offset Communism,, for
once America is rid of racial and re-
ligious prejudice, and once all Amer-
icans are well-fed, well-housed, and
well-clothed, the Communists will
lose their main talking points.
-Walt Hoffmann


Publication .n The Daily Official Bul-
letin is constructive notice to all mem-
bers of the University. Notices for the
Bulletin should be sent in typewritten
form to the office of the Assistant to the
President, Room 1021 Angell Hall, by 3:30
p.m. on the day preceding publication
(11:00 a.m. Saturdays).
VOL LVII, No. 29
The Parking Problem: The co-
operation of all concerned, both stu-
dents and faculty, is earnestly re-
quested in the present parking emer-
gency, so that all may benefit in so
far as that is possible.
The University Council has laid
down certain rules which attempt to
regulate parking in the restricted
areas on the campus. These areas
are plainly marked to indicate that
only those cars bearing parking per-
mit plates may park in these areas.
The rules provide that those with the
rank of instructor or above and those
on the administrative staff to whom
the privilege is accorded may obtain
the proper plates at the Information
Desk, Room 1, University Hall. To
date 850 plates have been issued;
the number of spaces available on
the campus in the restricted areas is
approximately one-half that number.
This situation in itself creates one
problem. When holders of permits
park their, cars carelessly, taking
more room than is necessary, and
park so as to prevent any possibility
of exit, the problem is aggravated;
and when those having no parking
plates park in restricted areas, the
whole system of control breaks down.
The driving permits, issued to stu-
dents by the Office of the Dean of
Students, do not entitle the holder to
park in any restricted parking area,
except for those students who are
physically incapacitated to whom
campus permit plates have been is-
It is the sincere hope of the com-
mittee, to which the University Coun-
cil has delegated the responsibility of
administering the rules with respect
to parking, that a thoughtful respect
for the rights of the others may ease
the problem for all.
Robert C. Angell, Walter Roth,
R. P. Briggs, Herbert C. Watkins
University Committee on Parking
Change in Examination Period. On
recommendation of the Deans of the
several schools and colleges, the ex-
amination periods for the current
academic year have been changed to
the following dates: First semester,
Mionday, Jan. 20, through Friday,
Jan. 31; second semester, Saturday,
May 31, through Thursday, June 12.
Principal - Freshman Conference:
The annual Principal - Freshman
Conference will take place on Thurs-
day, Nov. 14. Instructors of classes
which include freshmen are request-
ed not to schedule bluebooks for the
morning of Nov. 14, in order that

freshmen may be available for con-
ferences with their high school prin-
Students who have not yet called
for their identification cards must
do so today. This is the last day
they willbe distributed outside Rm.
2, University Hall. Hours of distri-
bution are:
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Students who have not had their
pictures taken as yet, please report
to Rm. 7, Angell Hall, and have this
taken care of before Tues., Oct. 29.
Office of the Dean of Students
School of Education Faculty: The
October meeting of the Faculty will
be held on Mon., Oct. 28, at 4:15 p.m.
in the University ilementary School
Faculty, College of Literature, Sci-
ence, and the Arts: The freshman
five-week progress reports will be
due Sat., Oct. 26, in the office of the
Academic Counselors, 1 0 8 Mason
Charal Union Ushers please report
Mon., Oct. 28, at 7:40 p.m. for the
Dorothy Maynor concert.
Academic Notices
The preliminary doctoral examina-
tion in chemistry will be held at the
following times: Organic Chemistry,
Oct. 29; Physical Chemistry, Nov. 1.
Anyone wishing to take one or
more of these examinations should
consult with a member of the Grad-
uate Committee in Chemistry.
Mathematics Seminar on Dynam-
ical Systems will meet Mon., Oct. 28,
at 3:00 p.m. in 3201 Angell Hal.
Prof. Rainich will speak on Integral
Mathematics 300: The Orientation
Seminar will meet Mon., Oct. 25, at
7 p.m. in Rm. 3001 Angell Hall. Mr.
Keeler will discuss the Decomposition
of two Unequal Spheres into Equal
Dorothy Maynor, Soprano, will ap-
pear in an extra concert Mon., Oct.
28, at 8:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium.
Program: numbers by Bach, Mozart,
Schubert, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Du-
parc, Dvorak, Schumann and Mahl-
er, as well as several Negro spirituals.
Tickets, at popular prices, are on
sale at the offices of the University
Musical Society in Burton Memorial
Events Today
Open House: The Congregational -
Iisciples Guild will observe Open
House, following the game, at the
Guild House, 438 Maynard St.
A homecoming program and sup-
per honoring alumni will be held
in the Methodist Church immedi-
ately following the game.
Open House this afternoon and
evening at the First Presbyterian
Church sponsored by the West-
minster Guild. Alumni, parents and
finrl c aria u1,rflntvinhifnr,,nnorl 1>1 i.

Comning Events
A. B. Magil, who recently covered
the Conference of Progressives in
Chicago for the New Masses, will
speak at 5:00 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27, in
Robert Owen House, 1017 Oakland.
His subject will be "Issues at Stake
in the Coming Election." Everyone
is cordially invited.
The Sociedad Hispanica invites you.
to meet to listen to records and for
informal Spanish conversation, on
Mon., Oct. 28, at 4:00 p.m. in the
Michigan League. See the bulletin
board (lobby) for room.
Xi Chapter, Delta Sigma Pi, will
hold formal initiation in Rms. 321,
323 and 325 of the Union from 2:30
to 4:00 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27. The reg-
ular business meeting will be held
in Pin. 302 of the Union at 7:30
p.m., Mon. Oct. 28.
The Wesley ChoirWvill meet Sun-
day at 4:00 p.m. in the Lounge. We
need more men, especially tenors.
Tryouts for the Mikado will be
held by the newly-organized Gilbert
and Sullivan Society Monday at
7:00 p.m. in the Michigan League.
The tryouts are open to all students.
If you have any Gilbert and Sullivan
scores, bring them with you.
The Ball and Chain Club will hold
its regular meeting at 7:45 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 28 in the Grand Rapids
Room of the League. All veterans'
wives are cordially invited to, attend.
W HATEVER else the United Na-
tions does or does not achieve at
this session, if it can accomplish
anything toward restoring the
world's faith in it, it will have done
-New Republic
Afit4tgau I1j
Fifty-Seventh Year
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Opposal to Veterans' Bonus

HE VETERANS bonus proposal which will
face us on the November ballot deserves our
wholehearted disapproval and opposition.
Petty politicking in the state legislature this
summer resulted in this ill conceived and
wholly inadequate amendment which would au-
thorize the state to issue bonds amounting to
$270,000,000 to pay bonuses of up to $500 to for-
mer service personnel.
The most dangerous weakness in the present
amendment is the utter lack of an adequate
method of financing this tremendous sum which
will run the state heavily into debt. This move
to pass the buck on to the voters instead of
waiting until this fall when a method of fi-
nancing the proposal could be devised was la-
beled as a "political manipulation" by Lewis G.
Christman of Ann Arbor, sole state legislator to
oppose the measure. At the time Christman ex-
plained that in five years the veterans will con-
stitute 30 per cent of the wage earners who will
have to repay nearly $400,000,000 if the bonus
now under consideration is granted. He also
pointed out that the bonus would be unfair be-
cause 100,000 Michigan men are still in the
The basic issue which proposed Amendment
Number Three raises is: "Is paying a bonus to
the veterans a desirable thing?" There are very
few of us indeed who could not use the four or

it will be free to turn down any future requests
of real value.
Vastly more sensible than the bonus plan is
a proposal set forth this summer by the Ann
Arbor AVC chapter which would have the state
set up a revolving fund which would make loans
at very lowest interest rates available to veter-
ans for buying homes or farms or starting their
own small businesses. If the people of the state
want to give the veterans something, here is a
project of distinct and concrete benefit to them.
We, the veterans on campus, must take the
initiative in opposing the passage of the amend-
ment. The average voter, misled into believing
that he is going to help the veteran, will proba-
bly support the amendment. It is our respon-
sibility, as individual veterans who will soon be
"paying the bills," to explain the weaknesses of
the measure to our friends and families and
work for its defeat. If we don't, nobody else
-Tom Walsh

* * *


Didn't Want It, Anyway
THE OLD ARMY GAME is still following us
around in civilian life. About the time that
we received a discharge certificate wetpaid the
U. S. Army fifty cents for two miniature pho-
tostatic copies of the same.
Yesterday the "proper authorities" returned
our application for terminal leave with the no-
tation that this photostat which they issued is
not official . . . they now demand a full sized
Contributions for this column are by all members of
The Daily staff, and are the responsibility of the
editorial director.



.~ #~Th-o

'Baxter is critical of our educational system. L
He develops the theme that we should teach the
child- Not the subject- Hmm. If it weren't '
such a radical idea, it would make sense . .

But he also makes a plea for the return of '
the dunce cap. And other out-moded ideas-
In the last two pages of his report- He's
kidding us. But maybe we can surprise him.


By tearing up these pages. '
We don't have to be kidded
into making ,wise decisions.
We're progressive, too ...

a~1h mc/ey


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