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Shifting Responsibility


Fifty-Eighth Year

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DEAN ERICH A WALTER, of the Office
of Student Affairs, announced last week
that it is as yet undecided to what purpose
the proceeds of the movie "Henry V" will
be put, but intimated that another Univer-
sity scholarship might be established.
Following this, Assistant Dean of Students
Walter B. Rea revealed yesterday that a re-
peat performance of the movie is being
scheduled, and also said that the purchase
of a real movie screen to replace the "bed
sheet" now in use is being considered.
With all due respect for scholarships
and the fine principles behind them, this
writer feels that the time is ripe to sug-
gest that an even more suitable purpose
for the money might be found - a pur-
pose which was obviated by the showing
of the film itself. Briefly, the money could
be used to replace the present unsightly
white sheets with a real motion picture
screen and to do something, if possible,
to improve the Hill Auditorium sound sys-
Comments during the showing of "Henry
V" and afterward clearly indicated that
p something must be done about this situation
if the University is to continue showing
professional motion pictures at or near reg-
ular commercial prices. Complaints were
very numerous by the audience that, al-
though the movie itself was very fine, it
was impossible to understand more than a
small part of the sound track. There is
nothing less enjoyable than a sound movie
in which the patron is forced to strain in
order to understand even what is occurring
on the screen.
The encouraging increase in the num-
ber and quality of films being exhibited
at Hill Auditorium makes imperative the
scrapping of the makeshift sheet in use
at present and the purchase of adequate
In regards to a new sound system, the
installation of a really modern outfit would
not only greatly increase the quality of
movie showings, but would be of great as-
sistance when lectures were presented. Any-
one who has attended many lectures at Hill
Auditorium is acquainted with the fact that
all but a few very exceptional speakers are
rendered almost unintelligible at times by
the echoes reverberating throughout the

Lastly, the present makeshifts in use
not only fail to serve the students ade-
quately, but serve to lower the reputation
of the University in the eyes of those
visiting Ann Arbor as speakers. Many
leading men of the day who lecture here
see little more of this institution than the
auditorium in which they speak, and, it
must be agreed, any estimate made on this
basis would rate the University low in-
Hill Auditorium is being used more and
more as the only hall in the enlarged Uni-
versity having sufficient capacity to satisfy
the demand for seats at lectures, movies,
and other public events. In such 'circum-
stances, there is little doubt that the im-
provements outlined above are needed bad-
ly, and needed now.
-Russell B. Clanahan
ONLY ONE MARRIAGE in three these
days winds up in the divorce courts,

KNOW A philosophical grocer's boy, who
said to me the other day:
"It's funny. Couple of years ago,
when a woman used to come into the shop
and complain that we hadn't had any but-
ter for her for weeks, we used to tremble,
I can tell you."
"And now?"' I said, realizing it was my
duty to play straight man.
"There was a woman in this morning,
said she hadn't bought any butter for a
month. We didn't even blush. The boss
congratulated her, said she was a good
American, fighting high prices. Then she
said she'd served spaghetti instead of
meat six times during the past two weeks.
The boss patted her on the shoulder and
said she was doing just fine, keep it up
and in time prices were bound to come
"I see," I said. "The point you're making
is that by being too quick in giving up ra-
tioning, we've got to the same place as if
we'd kept it . .."
"That's the economic approach," said the
grocer's boy, "in which I am only moderately
interested. My point is a moral one. During
It SkX&eemsto Me]
MANY AMERICANS can't understand
why, two and a half years after the
war's end, it is so necessary that we eat
less food in order to send it to the West-
ern European countries. These people are
raising the question, "What did Europe
do for food before the war and before we
were producing such huge bumper crops?"
This, I feel, is a fair question in view
of the fact that most Americans today are
not fully aware of the serious economic
depression which hangs like a storm cloud
over these war-torn countries and threat-
ens to engulf them in the worst economic
disaster of modern times. However, there
are certain basic causes of the present
food crisis in Europe which must be taken
into consideration if a true picture of
the situation is to be had.
While working with Military Government
in Berlin during the past year I was able
.to visit Holland, Belgium, England, France
and Switzerland. It is difficult to describe
the conditions under which the farmers of
these countries must work, but the cause
of the situation arises from six years of
total war in Europe. Switzerland of course,
is not faced with the economic stranglehold
which exists in other countries, and Belgium
is recovering more quickly than the others
because of her rich colonies in Africa; but
the situation in France, for example, is ser-
ious. Here the farmers are faced with land
that has not been properly cared for during
the war, they lack the necessary fertilizer to
produce good crops, and they must resort to
old-fashioned methods in farming because
no new farm machinery is available and the
old equipment was worn out during the war
years.'Consequently, the agricultural output
has greatly fallen off from the pre-war days.
Another factor to be considered is that
pre-war non self-sufficient European
countries were able to export manufac-
tured goods in return for food imported
from other nations. Since the war did
such an excellent job of wrecking fac-
tories and disrupting all means of com-
munication in these nations, the industrial
output is far below that required to pay
for the food imports.
A third factor in this consideration is
Mother Nature, for this year has witnessed
one of the worst draughts in Europe in the
last fifty years. In Germany, the extreme
dryness of the past summer has destroyed
a large percentage of the much needed crops,
with a result that America has to ship mil-
lions of dollars worth of food into Germany

to keep the people from starving. This sit-
uation is true also in France, Belgium, Hol-
land, and Italy, although it is not so acute
as in Germany.
In addition to the factors mentioned,
there is another reason, which I believe
to be of prime importance, why America
must send food to Europe; this is the polit-
ical factor and it involves the present
struggle between the Soviet Union and the
Western Allies for control of the govern-
ments of western European states. Reports
have come in that Russia and the Balkan
countries have a substantial grain surplus
this fall and even before I, left Berlin in
August it was apparent that the Soviet
Union was holding out this surplus as
bait to countries who would become more
friendly toward Soviet international pol-
icies. When people are hungry they are
not so concerned with the politics involved
as they are in finding food.
The opinion has been recently voiced that
before the French election of the past week
the Soviet Union offered to send quantities
of food to France if the people "voted the
right way." This same line is being used
today in Italy and especially in Germany
where the people are actually on a starva-
tion diet of 1550 calories a day. But the
important factor in the French election is
that the people strongly approved of Charles
De Gaulle's anti-Communist party, and most

the war, the guilt for shortages or over-
charging used to be on our side of the
counter. Now it's on the customer's side.
If prices are high, or the customers have to
do without, it's because they're pigs and
eat too much. We've passed the hot potato
across the counter. It's a neat job in shift-
ing responsibility, I can tell you. It's what
happens when people let go of each other's
"I don't quite understand that last," I
said, as he wanted me to.
"Well, during the war, the customers
were all together. They would holler cop,
and work each other up, if we did any-
thing obviously unfair. Now they're so
alone. The woman who is broke, she just
wanders around, looking at the specials,
and she ends up with that same spaghetti
box. She's got nobody to go to about it any
The grocer's boy was becoming worked up,
and he didn't need a cue line from me to
"Also," he said, "there's this new thing,
the Marshall Plan."
"Where?" I asked.
"Never mind. I mean, this week we have
to raise the price of bread a cent, to
sixteen. Woman comes in, looks at the
increased price, and she figures, well,
that's the fault of the Marshall Plan."
"It's a good plan-" I said.
"Sh-h-h. I am in favor of western civili-
zation, hundred per cent, and I want to
save it. But my point is a simple one. Here's
the Administration, trying to make friends
for the Marshall Plan, and at the same time
it lets the food situation make enemies for
the Marshall Plan. It's a whacky setup, and
on balance it's probably mobilizing opposi-
tion to the Plan faster than it's mobilizing
support. You take this woman with the
draggy cotton stockings-"
"Who's she?"
"Comes into the store. Well, she doesn't
eat much, I can promise. First they tell
her the way for her to eat more is to eat
less, and now on top of that, they load the
Marshall Plan on her. She's carrying an
awful load, that babe in the draggy socks,
and I don't think it's fair or moral to ask
her to carry it alone, without controls,
as Mr. Truman wants her to."
"How would you sum up?" I asked.
/ "Ubicumque est, quodcumque agit, reni-
det; hunc habet morbum," answered the
grocer's boy, "which, being translated,
means, wherever he is, and, whatever he's
doing, he keeps smiling, and in his case
it has become a vice."
(Copyright, 1947, N.Y. Post Syndicate)
Tips and Tub-Thumpers
Elaborate Excuse
WKE HEARD a new excuse the other day
for getting permission to miss a class.
It seems the husband of the young lady in
question wanted to attend Henry V. In order
to do this he had to be excused from a class
and take a makeup test at the time his
wife's English class met.
Success of the whole plan depended on
the professor's tender heart because one of
them had to be at home at all times to
watch the baby. The excuse was accepted.
* * *
'Social Security'
SORS got sidetracked into a discussion
of the Taft-Hartley law recently.
He willingly answered questions of all
varieties until one woman student asked him
what would happen to a labor leader who
signed an affidavit saying he wasn't a
Communist when he actually was.
The professor thought carefully for a

moment and then answered: "Well, if he
gets caught, he'll get ten years of social
Strange Creature
PEOPLE are strange creatures, one Uni-
versity woman has decided. It happened
some time ago, but she still thinks about
it at times -
A veteran in her Ec. class was very at-
tentive to her. He waited for her . after
class, walked her home, carried her books.
It went on for weeks.
When her house decided to give a dance,
the coed invited her chivalrous friend. He
thanked her warmly, and then said, "I'd
love to come, but I'm afraid my wife wouldn't
let me."
AMERICANS are surprised at the charge
in Russian newspapers that Harry Tru-
man is out to become the ruler of the uni-
verse. We had supposed that his ambition
was merely to continue to rule this part of
-The New Yorker.


Letters to the Editor..

"I've considered


going to 'Alcoholics Anonymous,' but my press
agent won't hear of it."


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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
Angel Hall, by 3:00 p.m. on the day
preceding publication (11:00 a.m. Sat-

VOL. LVIII, No. 27


Recognized Student Organiza-
tions. In order to remain on the
list of recognized student organi-
zations, it is necessary for each
group to file a Directory Card, list-
ing its current officers, with the
Office of Student Affairs at the
beginning of each school year or
summer session. Organizations
which have fulfilled this require-
ment are as follows:
Acolytes; All Campus Bowling
League; Americans for demo-
cratic Action; Amer. Inst. of
Chemical Engineers; Amer. Inst.
of Mining and Metallurgical En-
gineers; Amer. Inst. of Electrical
Engineers; Institute of Radio En-
Alpha Phi Omega; American
Society of Mechanical Engineers;
American Society for Public Ad-
ministration; American Veterans
Committee, campus chapter;
American Veterans Committee,
Willow Run Chapter.
Arab Club; Armenian Students'
Association; Assembly Associa-
tion; Army Ordnance Association;
Canterbury Club; Chinese So-
ciety of Chemical Industry; Chi-
nese Society of Chemical Indus-
try; Chinese Students Club;
Christian Science Organization;
Club Europa; Congregational
Disciples Guild; Crop and Saddle.
Delta Epsilon Pi Society; Delta
Sigma Theta; Deutscher Verein;
Engineering Council; F. F. Fra-
ternity; Flying Club; Foresters'
Club; Galens; Gargoyle; Gilbert
and Sullivan Society.
Grace Bible Guild; Graduate
Outing Club; Hillel Foundation;
Hindustan Association; Hot Rec-
ord Society; Interfraternity Coun-
Indian Institute of Chemical
Engineers; Institute of Aeronau-
tical Sciences; Intercollegiate
Zionist Federation of America;
Intercooperative Council; Inter
Inter-Racial Association; Inter-
national Students Association;
InternationaldRelations Cluia;
Kappa Beta Pi; Kappa Phi.
La Sociedad Hispanica; Le Cer-
cle Francais; Society of Les- Voy-
ageurs; Lithuanian Club; Little
Theatre of Willow Village.
Men's Judiciary Council; Mich-
igan Christian Fellowship; Michi-
gan Daily; Michiganensian; Men's
Glee Club.
Michigan Sailing Club; Michi-
gan Technic; Michigan Union;
Michigan League Undergraduate
Council; Modern Poetry Club.
Mortarboard; Mu Phi Epsilon;
Newman Club; Panhellenic Asso-
ciation; Phi Epsilon Kappa; Phil-
ippine-Michigan Club.
Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia; Pi Tau,
Pi Sigma; Polonia Club; Profes-
sional Interfraternity Council;
Quarterdeck Society.
Radio Club; Rifle Club; Roger

Williams Guild; Russian Circle;
Scabbard and Blade; Scalp and
Scroll; Senior Society; Sigma
Delta Chi; Sigma Gamma Epsi-
lon; Sigma Rho Tau; Society of
Automotive Engineers.
Sphinx; Student Book Ex-
change; Student Federalists; Stu-
dent League for Industrial De-
mocracy; Student Legislature.
Student Religious Association;
Theta Sigma Phi; Toastmasters
Club; Triangles; Turkish Society.
Unitarian; Women Veterans
Association; Victor Vaughan So-
ciety; Veterans Organization;
Wesleyan Guild; Wolverine
Club; Women's Athletic Associa-
tion; Women's Glee Club; Wy-
Organizations which have not
filed a Directory Card by October
31 will be assumed to be inactive
for the current school year and
will be denied both the use of the
DOB for announcements and the
use of University buildings for
meetings. Directory cards are
available in Room 2, University
Honor Societies: Honor Socie-
ties are requested to submit a list
of officers to the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs, Room 2, University
Hall on or before October 31.
Groups which have already filed
this information are: Alpha Kap-
pa Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta,
Delta Omega, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi
Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi
Eta Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon,
Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.
Personal cars used for official
University business:
The minutes of the meeting of
the Regents on September 26,
1947, read, in part, as follows:
The Board voted that as of Octo-
ber 1, 1947, the rate for the reim-
bursement of employees for the
use of their personal cars on of fi-
cial University business be increas-
ed from five cents a mile to six
cents a mile.
Directories: Call Extension 696
in the Business Office and order
the number of faculty directories
needed in your department. De-
livery will be made by campus
mail when directories are avail-
able, presumably about October
School of Business Administra-
tion Assembly: Seniors in the
School (both BBA and MBA can-
didates) are invited'to attend an
assembly to be held in West Gal-
lery, Alumni Memorial Hall, Tues-
day, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Dean Steven-
son and Professor Jamison will
discuss procedures for placement.
To Faculty Personnel:
All those mhlding appointments
payable on the University Year
basis will receive their first check
on October 31. Should an emer-
gency exist in any individual case,
checks which would be collected
on October 31, may be obtained
previous to that date by coming to
the Payroll Department, Room 9,
University Hall.
Faculty, College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts: The fresh-
man five-wek 'progress reports

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because The Daily
prints every letter to the editor re-
ceived (which is signed, 300 words
or less in length, and in good taste)
we remind our readers that the views
expressed in letters are those of the
writers only. Letters of more than
300 words are shortened, printed or
omitted at the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
MYDA's Objectives
To the Editor:
WOULD LIKE to join your edi-
torial writers and their support-
ers in your columns to get "more
objective" in the MYDA-Commu-
nist argument as one writer in-
1. The organization's name and
its supporters indicated demo-
cratic ideals and representation of
Michigan youth.
2. The AYD (successor to the
Young Communist League) and
the MYDA accept Communists
and elect them to influential of-
fice knowingly and without apol-
3. The unworkable, inhuman,
evil, anti-democratic and un-
American nature of Communism
here and elsewhere has been well
demonstrated and pointed out.
4. Communist success would de-
pend on failure of free democ-
racy; its followers must oppose
democracy, openly or by subter-
5. To promote democracy here,
it is necessary to block and oppose
Communism here.
Since the organization's pro-
gram cannot do both, is it demo-
cratic as claimed, or Communist
so the "staunch fighter" can do
his stuff?
It is not necessary to have a
separate organization to promote
true democratic action. That is
of concern 'to everyone in every
organization and outside. As part
of this concern, we discuss the
MYDA and its Communists, hard-
ly representative of Michigan
We are told elsewhere that we
"must protect Communists and
alleged Communists," because they
too have rights. Well, the plan
they follow would destroy the
rights of others, so I question how
far we must go to protect theirs,
even if they were in danger of
anything except failure.
-Charles H. Buswell,
*, * , * .
To the Editor:
TO SAY THAT the American
mind is in a state of belwilder-
ment would be no startling reve-
lation. But to observe that we
seem to be in for a long run of
bewilderment and, apparently, see
no urgent need to know where we
are going-or why-should cause
some concern.
Take for example the clouded
issue of "What to do about Com-
munism?" The national picture
takes on more and more of 'the
aspects of arbitrary suppression. Is.
this "Americanism"? "Un-Ameri-
will be due Saturday, Oct. 25, in
the office of the Academic Coun-
selors, 108 Mason Hall.
Veterans who paid their tuition
this fall semester because they
lacked sufficient eligibility time,
are asked to come to the Veterans
Service Bureau, Rm. 1514, Rack-
ham Building, at their earliest
Business Administration Sen-
iors: All students expecting to
graduate in February must turn
in diploma applications in Rm.
108, Tappan Hall not later than
Saturday, Oct. 25.
Freshmen and Sophomore Men,
who are single, veterans, residents
of the State of Michigan, present-
ly living in the Willow Run Dorm-

itories, and interested in Univer-
sity Residence Halls accommoda-
tions for the Spring Semester
1948, are, asked to call at the Of-
fice of Student Affairs, Rm. 2,
University Hall, before October 31.
Women veterans who have not
received subsistence checks may
apply for loans at the Office of
the Dean of Women.
Placement: No more registra-
tion blanks will be given out by
the Bureau of Appointments, 201
Mason Hall, until after November
1, 1947. Blanks given out during
the regular registration period
are being returned this week and
we must keep the time open in
order to facilitate taking in these
blanks. Students who have
blanks out are reminded to bring
them in on the date indicated on
their envelopes.
Pre-football guest luncheons
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p m. and
after-game open houses from 5 to
7 p.m. held in organized student
(Continued on Page 5)

canism" is deemed a crime by our
government. But what constitutes
this "Un-Americanism"? If you
seek your definition in current
happenings, you can only conclude
that it is a term applied by the
current administration to those
people who at one time or an-
other have thought there might be
merit i the Communist theories.
Consequently they read Commu-
nist literature . . . some few of
them joined the Party . . . largely
in order to satisfy their curiosity
as to what Communism might
have to offer them. And now these
persons are not only ousted from
their government positions (which
might in some cases be justifiable)
without impartial trial and ex-
amination of all evidence (which
can in NO case be justified) .
but they are also blacklisted .
denied in effect the right to sup-
port themselves and their fam-
Back in the early days of la-
bor organizing it was more or
less common practice to plant un-
ion literature in the lockers of
workers suspected of union sym-
pathies. They were then summar-
ily discharged and blacklisted from
an industry which was their only
source of livelihood. This earlier
action was taken, obviously to per-
petuate the dominant position of
Management over Labor. It failed.
Now, the important points of
both these very similar cases is
not what actually happened, but
what is implied by the actions of
the group in power at the time;
namely: if a man can be per-
secuted for sympathizing with
certain persons or doctrines, the
prosecution has its precedent to
castigate him for ANY THOUGHT
that might be deemed by the
group in power to be detrimental
to their Cause. Think that over.
And, for your own sake, don't
yap smugly that, "It can't happen
in the USA." The fact that just
about anything CAN happen here
is what makes it such an inter-
esting place to be. It is unfar-
tunate indeed thattso many Amer-
icans in their efforts to look be-
yond the national borders east
and west, are so distracted by re-
flections of their own glory that
they never get to the other side
of the water . .. Now patriotism
is an admirable thing, but when
it reaches the all-consuming pro-
portions of narcissism, isn't the
object of affection liable to suf-
fer the same sad fate? Hadn't we
better start thinking of the rest
of the world (including its ideas)
not as poor relations, but as de-
serving neighbors?
Is it any wonder that the rest
of the world looks with consid-
erable misgivings for salvation
from chaos to an America whose
actions it can never anticipate-
much less predict? Wouldn't it
be considerably more intelligent
to stop making a martyred cause
out of Marx and Stalin . .. and
devote our magnificent potential-
ities to making "Americanism"
something which the world-and
Americans themselves-can un-
A little objectivism often helps
a lot. We should be genuinely con-
cerned with what other people
think of us. And we would do
well to remember that revolution
(Communist or otherwise) usually
springs from the dissatisfactions
of physical or mental undernour-
ishment . . . the former racking
Europe and the latter very prev-
alent in America today. Both sit-
uations must be alleviated. Amer-
ica is our only hope. Our actions
to date do not suggest that we
are equal to the challenge.
-Sherman C. Poteet.
'U' Food Prices
To the Editor:
WOULD LIKE to add something
to that which has already been
said concerning the food situation

here at Michigan.
Needless to say, it is difficult
to get a satisfactory meal and
stay within the limits of a reason-
able budget.
There are many factors con-
tributing to the high prices of
food, and on considering the gen-
eral level of prices it is not sur-
prising that food should be costly.
Nevertheless, it does not seem log-
ical that the price of food should
be so high at the University-owned
eating establishments. The prices
of food at the League, for instance,
are comparable with those of reg-
ular commercial establishments.
This situation seems illogical in-
asmuch as the League building is
owned by the University and pre-
sumably is not taxed. Further-
more, the management likely does
not have to bear the usual finan-
cial burden of paying for equip-
ment and for' upkeep or rent on
the building. A considerable por-
tion of the labor is done by stu-
dent workers whose pay is not
From the foregoing considera-
tions, about the only conclusion
that one can make is that the
University eating establishments
are operated so as to produce large
It is not customary for estab-




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