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acuity Grading Experiment


UST BEFORE final examinations, 1,250
- Psychology 31 students will complete the
second stage in a campus-centered experi-
By anonymously grading= the teaching
qualities of their instructors, they will fur-
nish a check on control groups set up when
they graded their teachers earlier this se-
mester, a check which will help to deter-
mine the validity of the Student Legisla-
ture's hypothesis Fiat most professors who
fail to teach properly do so because they
do not realize what they are doing wrong.
For by comparing the results of the
two questionnaires the Legislature's Aca-
demie Committee hopes to ascertain
whether instructors who have been told
that they were "sticking to the book too
closely" or "allowing class discussions to
become too lengthy and boring" by their
students will tend to have better scores
than those who were not.
THE COMMITTEE also hopes to catch
aid correct weaknesses in the grading
plan itself - to learn which questions best
secure information which can be utilized
by professors and departments in the lit-
erary college in internal improvements.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
at d represent the views of the writers only.

The question blanks, modeled after those
used successfully in other colleges, have
already been revised under the supervision
of members of the psychology department
after earlier trials in smaller classes, But
the Committee wants to make sure that the
plan it will lay before the literary college
faculty for approval will be the best it
can devise.
As now set up, their plan will work like
this: before the end of each semester stu-
dents will anonymously grade their instruc-
tors on such subjects as appropriateness of
presentation and ability to gain and keep
attention. The information, tabulated by
a joint faculty-student committee, will be
given to the departments and to the indi-
vidual instructors after students' grades
have been turned in to the Registrar's
Office. The results will not be made pub-
lic; they will serve as a basis for personal
revisions and promotion policies.
But before the plan can go into opera-
tion the faculty must give its stamp of
approval. The December agenda of the
faculty meeting was taken up with special
orders and the faculty does not meet in
January. Administrators have indicated,
however, that the plan may be discussed
during the February meeting.
It is to be hoped that the faculty will
give serious consideration to a proposal
which may well eliminate the student letter-
writing, napping and word-games from
some of Michigan's classes.
-Mary Ruth Levy



From Mexico to New York

NEWYORK--The thing about the four-
motor airplane is it takes your body
home before your mind ha' left the place
where you have been. At San Antonio the
passengers from Mexico City drink ice
water with fervor, because they have not
dared drink water in Mexico City; but they
make an excited thing about it because
they are still partly in Mexico. At Dallas,
an hour or two further on, they do it over
again with milk. Then Washington non-
stop, and in the very early morning New
York; and the buildings seem naked and
trim because nobody is sleeping on the
sidewalks, nobody is sitting in the doorways.
Then there came the matter of a pro-
fessional football game, between the Giants
and the Bears, to which I went just a week
after my last bullfight. It is easy to tell
about crowds, crowds are quite clear. This
one is interested in the melodrama of the
game, in the simple story of who is going
to win. It is happy when a penalty brings
the Giants fifteen yards nearer the goal
line. There is nothing beautiful to see in
a penalty, but the crowd, though it likes
beautiful long passes, and so on, is really
interested in the story of how the game
will come out, and it will take anything
which will help make it come out its way;
it. would accept it, gladly, if the Bears
would fall down and break their necks,
though that would not be beautiful, either.
It is a betting crowd, so that those who are
not really, deeply interested in the Giants
can still have fun because they are really
deeply interested in a hundred dollars, in
the story about what will happen to a
hundred dollars.
It is a social occasion, that is part of it,
as well as what is happening on the field,
so that nobody. in the stands is alone,
though at the bullfight many come alone,
to be undisturbed with what is happening

And when the score becomes lopsided,
many get up and leave, because when the
story is over, the thing is over; the most
beautiful thing in the world could happen
the next minute, but the story is over, and
so all is over, and they go home. They push
out of the stadium fiercely; they want to
get away, as from something dead. I saw
three fist fights, about shoving, and heard
of two others; the going home is not part
of the afternoon, as at the bullfight, it is
dead time, because the story is now over,
and they want to get on to the next thing.
Then in the evening there was political
talk, about the United Nations, about
what the United States is going to do,
and what Britain is going to do. It was
talk about how we could change the
world if we did this or if we did that, and
it was quite different from such talk in
Mexico, because we talk about what we
are going to do, while the Mexicans also
talk about what we are going to do, never
about what they are going to do, and
that makes the talk quite different.
Mexicans know that they are not going
to change the world; but we might change
it, so, again, there is an interest in the
story here, such as there is not down be-
low, where they can make little jokes about
the United Nations and about Pan-Ameri-
canism, and just sort of watch. One under-
stands now, when one sees a New Yorker
with a briefcase pushing through a down-
town, crowd; he is like a character in a
prosperous story, and he must, naturally,
get on to the next thing. But the Mexican
is not in any story in the same way, and
he takes his joy, not in wondering what
will happen, but in watching the way things
happen, in watching the torero take the
bull from the staggering horse, and in eat-
ing his ear of sweet corn outside the bull
ring afterward.
And you can see the difference every-
where, on the streets, and in the stations,
and in the faces of the people.
(Copyright, 1946, N.Y. Post Corp.)

RESIDENT TRUMAN is generous with
his Christmas presents. The last to re-
ceive a pre-holiday token was the Building
Industry in America. No more ceilings on
the essentials. All of the little builders, who
receive their go-ahead signal from the big
builders, who, in turn, receive their go-
ahead from the boys on Wall Street, can
give the veteran all he can stand. If he
can't stand too much over ten thousand
dollars, then he can sign on the dotted
line. He can mortgage away his future la-
bor power for the little home with the
white fence.
One wonders whether the big boys who
have been waiting to make the financial
kill have any conscience left. During the
past year they did not complete one single
apartment house in the city of New York.
This was dramatized recently when thirty-
seven people, of the hundreds of thousands
who live in tenement districts, perished
under a caved-in dwelling in that city.
Who is to blame? The fire department,
for failing to carry out a proper inspec-
tion, says the police department. Yes,
they are the secondary cause. We might
go just a bit further to find the real
culprits - the big boys who say what
and when dwellings shall be built.
It's not only New York City that suffers
from over-crowded conditions. Every oth-
er community, including this University
town, needs building and more building.
IT IS upon the heads of these men behind
the real estate lobbies that'the blame
must fall for the niggardly growth of every
tenement child in this country. It is they
who have blocked every effort in Wash-
ington, through one of the most powerful
lobbies there, to pass the Wagner-Taft-
Ellender bill, which would give government
aid to building.
But the Building Industry is only part
of the dilemma, the chaos which is Amer-
ica today. All of big Industry is on strike
against the little people. The financial
oligarchies fight to establish their relative
positions abroad, while production at home
is kept at a minimum. Profits have reached
an all-time high of fifteen billions for the
year (notwithstanding the Ford Motor
Company's heart-rending publicity over
their losses).
The NAM can say with all sincerity
that the working man deserves his share.
But the NAM must add its reservation.
It is al'ays within certain limits that
the man who creates this nation's wealth
deserves a salary which is just slightly
below the subsistence level.
There's a light tune going around the
waterfront these days. They even sing it
on the assembly lines.
The working man is beginning to ask
himself just where his share ends and the
NAM's begins.
-E. E. Ellis
" Joy to the World ...
Three Sure Signs
WE FINISHED up our Christmas Blue-
book yesterday, got together our Christ-
mas Reading for our New Year's Term
Paper, and prepared to leave town.
On the way out, we'd like to note the
following sure signs of 1-winter and 2-
winter in Ann Arbor:
There's snow in the air, but none on
the ground.,
It's too cold for comfort outside Uni-
versity buildings, but too hot for comfort
There's plenty of ice on the sidewalks.
. ,*

In Their Stride
THAT ICE on the sidewalks is responsible
for an odd phenomena you've probably
Down one campus walk (we'll call it the
Counter-Diagonal just to confuse people)
there's a fine icy little path every few
feet or so.
We've taken a great deal of pleasure re-
cently in watching what happens when
Student Meets Ice. A whole string of very
serious-looking young men loaded 1 down
with books walk briskly across campus.
At each patch of ice, they take a couple
of short, fast steps and then slide. All with
a very straight faced, almost business-like
Obviously we're dealing with the sincere,j
efficient, post-war student.
* * * *
Cold Protection
SAID the English professor as he made
vociferous use of a large pocket hand-
"Such a comfort to know that I've had
those anti-flu shots. I can go right on lec-
turing as if I didn't even know what a
cold is."
He sneezed again, smiling.
Contributions to this column are by all mem-
bers of The Daily staff, and are the responsibility1
of the editorial director.


Publication in The Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members 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 3:00 p.m. on the day
preceding publication (11:00 a.m. Sat-
THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 1946
VOL. LVII, No. 74
Women's housing will officially
close on Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m.
Office of the Dean of Women
Debaters: No meeting today.
During the University vacation
the General Library will close at 6
p.m. daily, beginning Fri., Dec. 20,
and will be closed all day Christ-
mas and New Year's Day. There
will be no Sunday service.
The Divisional Libraries and
Study Halls will be closed on
Christmas and New Year's Day
and will be open on a short
schedule Dec. 21 to Jan. 4. The
usual hours are 10 a.m.-12 noon,
and 2-4 p.m. Exceptions to this
schedule are as follows:
Engineering and E. Engineering
Libraries: 9 a.m-12 noon; 2-5
Physics Library, 9 a.m.-12 noon;
closed afternoons.
Hospital, 8 a.m.-12 noon; 1-5
Warner G. Rice, Director
A University regulation requires
that students leaving Ann Arbor
for extended vacation return li-
brary books before their depar-
ture. The purpose of this regula-
tion is to insure the availability of
books for scholars who wih to
use them while the University is
not in session.
In accordance with this rule,
students planning to spend th.
Christmas holidays outside Ann
Arbor must return library books
to the Charging Desk of the Gen-
eral Library (or to the Divisional
Library to which they belong) o
or before Fri., Dec. 20.
Special permission to charge
books for use outside Ann Arbor
may be given in case of urgent
need. Arrangements must be
made at the Charging Desk ifcr
books from the General Library,
or with Librarians in charge of
Divisional Libraries.
Students taking library books
fromt Ann Arbor without perinis-
sion are liable to a fine of $1.00.
Warner G. Rice, Director
Directed Teaching, Qualifying
Examination: All students expect-
ing to do directed teaching next
term are required to pass a quali-
fying examination in the subject
in which they expect to teach.
This examination will be held on
Saturday, 'Jan. 11, at 8:30 a.m.
Students meet in the auditorium
of the University High School. The
examination will consume about
four hours' time; promptness is
therefore essential.
Students Planning To Do Di-
rected Teaching for the secon-
dary-school certificate in the
spring term, are requested to se-
cure assignments in Rm. 2442,
University Elementary School on
Thursday or Friday, Jan. 9-10,

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"Might buy a bottle-if I saw you guys drinkin' one!"

according to the following sched
English, 8:30-9:30; Social Stud-
ies, 9:30-10:30; Science and Math-
ematics, 10:30-11:30; All foreign
languages, 11:30-12; All others,
and any having conflicts at sched-
uled hours, 2-3, or by appoint-
All students who have applied
or plan to apply for admission to
this Medical School in September
1947 must take the Graduate Rec-
ord Examination to be given in
the Rackham Lecture Hall on
January 11, 1947. This is true even
though the applicant has already
taken the Medical Aptitude Test
sponsored by the Association of
American Medical Colleges.
Lunchrooms have been made
available by the University to stu-
dents and members of the Univer-
sity staff who bring their lunches.
Room 316 of the Michigan Un-
ion and the Russian Tea Room,
opposite the cafeteria on the main
floor, of the Michigan League are
being used for lunchrooms.
Monday and Thursday Archery
Clubs discontinued until next se-
Participation in Public Activi-
ties: Participation in a public ac-
tivity is defined as service of any
kind on a committee or a publica-
tion, in a public performance or a
rehearsal, or in holding office or
being a candidate for office in a
class or other student organiza-
tion. This list is not intended to
be exhaustive, but merely indica-
tive of the character and scope of
the activities included.
Certificate of Eligibility. At the
beginning of each semester and
summer session every student
shall be conclusively presumed to
be ineligible for any public ac-
tivity until his eligibility is af-
firmatively established by obtain-
ing from the Ccairman of the
Committee on Student Affairs, in
the Office of tht Dean of Stu-
dents, a Certificate of Eligibility.
Participation before the opening
of the first semester must be ap-
proved as at any other time.
Before permitting any students
to participate in a public activity
(see definition of Participation
above), the chairman or manager
of such activity shall (a) require
each applicant to present a cer-
tificate of eligibility, (b) sign his
initials on the back of such cer-
tificate and (c) file with the
Chairman of the Committee on
Student Affairs the names of all
those who have presented certifi-
cates of eligibility and signed a
statement to exclude all others
from participation. Blanks for the
chairman's lists may be obtained
in the Office of the Dean of Stu-
Certificates of Eligibility for the
first semester shall be effective
until March 1.
Probation and Warning: Stu-
dents on probation or the warned
list are forbidden to participate
in any public activity.
Eligibility, First Year: No fresh-
man in his first semester of resi-
dence may be granted a Cehtifi-
cate of Eligibility.
A freshman, during his second
semtster of residence, may be
(Continued on Page 3)

EDITOR'S NOTE: No letter to the
editor will be printed unless signed
and written in good taste. Letters
over 300 words in length will be
shortened or omitted; in special in-
stances, they will be printed, at the
discretion of the editorial director.
Plea for Perspectives.
To the Editor:
INASMUCH as Perspectives was
to have appeared at 'this time
and will not, I would like to make
more apparent the situation which
we are up against.. . and, perhaps,
encourage contributors with a re-
statement of policy.
It is discouraging to honor con-
tributions from a whole Univer-
sity, one which is bursting at every
seam with student idea and ac-
tion, and find that little short of
nothing floods into our hands.
Wjhen I say the whole University,
I mean just that. I, as essay edi-
tor, am soliciting articles on any
and every subject worth reading;
it may be research or essay, witty
or thick with philosophy; it may
be in any field of thought or study,
provided it has large as well as
specific application. What I want
understood is that we do not mean
to be so literary that only the Eng-
lish department will have the nec-
essary courage to read us. Per-
spectives wants good writing,
healthy writing, but it wants to
represent as large an area of
thought andidea as possible. We
want satire and polemic. We want
scholarly and artistic work.
Perspectives wants to make the
students realize that a campus is
an open house for understanding
everywhere. It is not enough for
you or I to think our very nice
ideas in a pinch of ground in Mich-
igan. Perspectives is aiming at the
high head of event; we are event;
we are what is happening. What
students create in our physics labs
or think in our law schools or
mould in our architecture build-
ngs is worth the consideration of
all, if it is worth consideration at
We are not looking for a nod
of your head; Perspectives wants
the best you are capable of for
print ... now. That means, yes,
write your mind out, your work
out, bring it up to the Student
Publications office, second floor,
and leave your contribution with
-Cid Corman
* * *
Reaction to Houston
To the Editor:
IN HIS reply to Mr. LaPlante's
letter, John Houston, president
of the local chapter of American
Youth for Democracy, has demon-
strated a peculiar self-conscious-
ness apparently typical of "left
wingers" who don't want to ap-
pear any further left than they
have to.
Mr. LaPlante's well-intentioned
if a bit clumsily worded letter ac-
tually was not as derogatory to
AYD as Mr. Houston, with an
unfortunate loss of intellectual
perception and sense of humor,
seemed to feel. Mr. Houston, ob-
viously miffed, misinterpreted the
phrase 'an obsolete American
democratist," and proceeded to
use it as a confession by Mr. La-
Plante of his political degeneracy.
As a matter of fact, it was almost
the only clever part of the whole
letter. Mr. LaPlante's purpose in
writing it, I'm sure, was not to
denigrate AYD, but merely to
elicit a statement of political pol-
icy from MYDA, its local chapter.
It is primarily with this state-
cent that I am concerned. To me
it reveals rationalizing and dis-
sembling - poor substitutes for
Mr. Houston's logic proceeds
something like this: (1) When
AYD was founded it had a

broader basis than merely the
defunct Young Communist
League. (2) Present AYD lead-
ership, both national and local,
is chosen democratically. There-
fore, AYD is not communist.
Unfortunately, this rough syll-
ogism falls down in two places.
First of all, the fact that when
originally organized AYD had a
progressive rather than a com-
munistic basis, though it might
very easily have been true, is not
proof at all that subsequently
AYD has not become Communist
dominated. Secondly, saying that
all AYD elections are completely
democratic does not, as Mr. Hous-
ton erroneously believes, alter the
situation one iota. If a group is
predominently communistic in
outlook, then naturally if demo-
cratic elections are held, it will be
the communists who will acquire
positions of leadership. If Mr.
Houston only admitted the fact
instead of so ardently trying to
obscure it, I would have no quar-
rel with him at all.

Letters to the Editor...

I believe that any group of in-
dividuals, no matter what their
political inclinations, have the
perfect right to form any or-
ganization they desire. What's
more, they have the sacred right
-if not a moral obligation-to
say forthrightly what they stand
for. If every member of AYD
decided to stand on the rooftops
and openly proclaim to the
world that they were in sym-
pathy with communist ideals,
my respect for them would cer-
tainly increase tremendously,
doctrinal differences notwith-
However, I become a little
peeved whenever anybody at-
tempts to palm something off for
what it really isn't. Up to a cer-
tain point AYD can be called lib-
eral and progressive, with all that
the two words genuinely imply.
When it supports FEPC, anti-
lynch legislation and anti-poll tax
laws, I'm with it a hundred per
cent. But when it categorically
opposes any form of labor legisl-
tion or a realistic attitude towards
Russia, for example, and pro-
ceeds to call anybody who's for it
a "dirty reactionary," then I real-
ly get riled-but at least I refrain
from name calling. To me the
only dirty communist is one who
hasn't taken a bath.
--Robert Carneiro
Vet Benefits
To the Editor:
WHERE else in this world could
a man get the kind of educa-
tion we are getting for $27 a
month? The G.I.- Bill of Rights
was never designed to give anyone
an education nor to make it cheap-
er to go to school than to get a
job. Rather, it was originated
with the intent to help make it
easier for returning veterans to
get an education. With this in
mind, I believe that the AVC's fig-
ure of $27 a month is not bad at
It is also very' interesting to
note that this figure very nearly
represents the thirty hours a
month which both the University
and the Veterans Administration
recommends for those who are
helping themselves through school
by outside work. I know of a good
many veterans who are working
more than thirty hours a month
right now, and look upon it as a
chance to put some money away,
on top of keeping out of the red.
It seems to me that the AVC
has reversed itself from its
stand on the Michigan bonus
question. They were against it
because of its inflationary ten-
dencies, which was, to my mind,
a worthy attitude. Now, I feel,
that any increase in subsistence
will also have inflationary ten-
dencies. Take, for example,
Massachusetts where the veter-
ans bonus has been passed. How
are they going to pay for it? By
taxing liquor and cigarettes.
Veterans in that state have to
pay around fifty cents more for
a carton of cigarettes than we
do. If subsistence is raised, it
will come right back to us in the
form of taxes and higher living
costs in general.
I hope that the AVC isn't start-
ing to use the bandwagon tactics
of the older veterans organiza-
tions. And I sincerely hope that
this is not the start of a bonus
march on the Capitol.
--Terry Finh

Political Sacrifice of Mclntire

THE FAILURE of President Truman to
reappoint Vide Admiral Ross T. Mc-
Intire as Surgeon General of the Navy
means the sacrifice to petty politics of the
last man of the intimate Roosevelt group.
Admiral McIntire served as the personal
physician of President Roosevelt with abil-
ity and devotion. When he became Surgeon
deneral of the Navy, he took his addi-
tional responsible duties in his stride. He
was not only the personal physician of the
President, he became a close personal friend.
Admiral McIntire did an outstanding
job in connection with the war as Sur-
geon General of the Navy. He saw to it
that the Navy Medical Service was ready
for war. He anticipated needs that had
no precedent in our Naval history. He
was always out in front. He performed
with imagination and a high degree of
administrative ability the most tremen-
dous services that had ever devolved upon
the medical staff of the Navy. That
President Truman should have wanted
his own personal physician. is under-
standable. But that he should have failed
to reappoint and thus, in effect; should
have demoted a man of such a record
is difficult to understand.
However, the reason for this callous per-
formance does not lie too far under the
surface. It was Commodore Vardaman who
deAndrd that Ad'miral McTntire's effinient

This bill was disallowed because the trip
had been both unauthorized and unneces-
The action on this bill for expenses was
a routine matter. It never reached Ad-
miral McIntire, whose knowledge of what
happened was well after the fact. But
the gallant Commodore blamed Admiral
McIntire. Upon his accession to the Pres-
idency, Mr. Truman made this fellow Mis-
sourian his Naval Aide. At that time
Vardaman was a Captain. Soon he was
made a Commodore, following which,
despite his lack of qualifications for such
an important job, he was given a long-
term appointment as a member of the
Federal Reserve Board.
NAVAL officers, generally, who came in
contact, with Naval Aide Vardaman
made every effort to make him feel at home.
They soon discovered a narrow disposition.
He seemed particularly to hate President
Roosevelt and all of his works. He even
carried this feeling beyond the grave. He
was quite frank in expressing a particular
dislike of Admiral McIntire even after the
latter no longer occupied the office of phy-
sician to the President.
Those who had known of the hospital
incident and of Vardaman's hostile atti-
tude toward Admiral McIntire predicted
many weeks ago that the Commodore would
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