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Letters to the Editor..

Edited and managed by students of the Uni-
versity of Michigan under the authority of the
Board in Control of Student Publications.
John Campbell ...................Managing Editor
Nancy Helmick................General Manager
Clyde Recht........................City Editor
Jean Swendemen .............Advertising Manager
Edwin Schneider ...............Finance Manager
Stuart Finlayson...............Editorial Director
Lida Dailes ........................Associate Editor
Eunice Mintz ....................Associate Editor
Dick Kraus .......................Sports Editor
Bob Lent...............Associate Sports Editor
Joyce Johnson ....................Women's Editor
Betty Steward.........Associate Women's Editor
Joan de Carvajal ................Library Director
Melvin Tick................Circulation Manager
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Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
Council Meetings
A VISIT to the musty halls of the Ann
Arbor City Council would be an en-
lightening and sobering experience for any
political science student at the University.
The bumbling brew of wasted words and
hasty Judgments that 15 of Ann Arbor's
most successful citizens manage to cook
up at their bi-monthly Council meetings
is enough to make any observer anxious
to study possible methods of governmental
Consider what happened at last Monday
night's meeting-it was typical of all the
Council meetings we've observed for the past
two semesters. The Aldermen had about an
hour of important discussion to dispose of,
punctuated by the reports of 15 different
committees, but by the time the last cigar
was snuffed out, the session had stretched
out to 2 hours and 17 minutes.
The Council lost no time in considering
such items as the proposed $10,000,000 Vet
Hospital and renewal of a seven-year bus
franchise. Despite a scolding from President
Cecil Creal about spur-of-the-minute de-
cisions the Council immediately passed for
first reading ai ordinance aimed at keeping
Communist speakers out of city parks. No
one even considered until afterwards that
the proposed ordinance in the opinion of
the city attorney also restricts student
rallies, the annual Knights Templar parade
to church, and practically every other tradi-
tional gathering in the city.
Important business over which the Coun-
cil lingered included:
1. The substitution of the word "now"
for "new" in page 459 of the minutes of the
proceeding meeting-no opposition.
2. The passing of a scale of rates for one
parking lot only to find that a different
scale already was in effect on another lot.
Next a motion was made to change rates
on the second lot; two substitute motions
were in turn offered, seconded and then
withdrawn. Final decision was to rescind
the ORIGINAL motion-elapsed time, 22
3. Motion offered to move a table and 12
new chairs from the City Planning Commis-
sion office into the Council chambers. Ex-
pert testimony solicited from the City En-
gineer and the head of the Planning Com-
mission. Speeches made by four Aldermen.

Motion finally passed-elapsed time, 14
Following Monday night's meeting, the
observation that the Council "seems to
spend too much time on little things and
too little time on the big ones" was made
by Vals Kurtiz, a visiting authority on
government from Turkey who has spent.
the past four months observing Ann Ar-
bor's city government.
While it remains to be seen whether any
action will be taken on this criticism as
well as others recently directed against
Council efficiency, students ought to pay the
Aldermen a visit just for "kicks."
Council Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. the
first and third Monday of every month in
the Council chambers, located on the sec-
ond floor of the City Hall.' The spectator
behoeare har- the atmonnherei s siffy

WASHINGTON-In the speech-makings
of the last forty-eight hours, Secretary
Marshall represents the substance, and Pres-
ident Truman, the shadow. Marshall was
substantial, because he was discussing all
too grim realities with men who know these
are realities and mean to do something
about them. In President Truman's other-
wise admirable performance, there was
something shadowy, because he was urging
Newsreel Bias
JUDGING FROM the yearly summations
of newsreel companies of the events of
1947, it appears that the studios are more
interested in causing news to be made
than in objectively presenting the actual
In one year-end news roundup, now
showing at a local theatre, this tendency
is pronounced in their presentation of the
"Cold War." This particular news revieW
devoted half of its film to explaining why
1947 was a "year of division" between the
Anglo-American and Russian interests in
the world. Moreover, other important news
was inadequately treated to make way for
thsi chronicling of the "conflict."
In the film Russian statesmen in the UN
were invariably presented shrieking, or in
other unattractive poses, while nothing was
said of the more violent speeches on the
part of American diplomats. All through
the film the Russians were presented to
the audience in an unfavorable light:
Not only were the photographs selected
in such a way as to build up anti-Soviet
feeling in American minds, but the movie
continued with a representation of the
map of Europe with a wall dividing what
were called the Russian-dominated Bal-
kan countries, from poor little Greece and
Turkey and the rest of Europe. The com-
mentator explained that the United States
was sending aid to Greece and Turkey to
keep the Russians from grabbing the
This emphasis on possession of the Bos-
porus is strongly reminiscent of the causes
of World War I.
However, the newsreel company did not
satisfy itself with tieitig up the alleged
"Cold War" with World War I; it had,
to hit on something more recent. There-
fore, it proceeded to show pictures of sol
emn-faced Washington officials plotting
foreign aid campaigns, following these shots
with the most startling part of the whole
This climax came when the map of Eu-
rope and Asia, still with its iron curtain,
was flashed back on the screen. Added
to the previous maps were arrows striking
against the wall, showing where American
aid was making advances against the Rus-
sians. This shot was composed just as were
maps showing progress of the Allied offen-
sive against the Nazis were during World
War II. Thus the newsreel cemented in
the minds of the audience, that we have
another war going on, even though no one
is yet fighting.
We are not at war, and the American
people supposedly want to keep out of
war. In view of this, there is no justifi-
cation for the newsreel companies to as-
sociate the Russian situation to either of
the past wars, which is precisely what
they strove to do in the year-end news
The film mentioned above was not an
unbiased account of what happened in 1947,
it was not even a thorough report. It was
an attempt to aggravate the present situa-
tion so that more spectacular events would
occur in 1948.
Newsreel companies should concern them-
selves with making good complete docu-
mentary films of the actual news, and let
the people who make the news decide fcr
themselves which course the world will take.
-Fran Ivick.

At Kellogg Auditorium
Fonda and Dana Andrews.
EVERY ONCE in a while a picture steals
out of Hollywood without much fanfare
and turns out to be thoroughly commend-
able. "The Killers" and "Kiss of Death"
come to mind and so does the picture at
hand. This is somewhat surprising, since
"The Ox-Bow Incident" is both a western
and a psycho-drama, two forms that have
been customarily treated without much re-
Its success is due largely to the fact that
the scenarists have never strayed very far
from Walter Van Tilburg Clark's original
story, which was a straightforward study of
the consequences of irrational and emotional
behavior. The motion picture has captured
the shocking aspects of a lynching mob evern
more convincingly perhaps than did the
novel, and the closing scenes, which estab-
lish the innocence of the mob victims, are

upon an obstinate Congress a course of ac-
tion which the Congress neither understands
nor wishes to pursue.-
The time has gone by, however, when
the Republicans could be sure that ,their
candidate, no matter how stodgy or un-
acceptable, would occupy the White House
after next November. For those interested
in the political future of the United States,
President Truman's message on the state
of the Union therefore possessed a more
than shadowy import. For it told the kind
of thing he wants. And if he is re-elected,
he will be able to transform a good deal
of what he wants into laws of the United
In all his proposals-for tax revision and
inflation control, welfare legislation, re-
sources conservation, labor policy and social
security-Truman has now come clearly
down on what may be called the New Dea?
side. This is the result partly of the Pres-
ident's own inclinations, partly of the com-
petition of Henry A. Wallace and partly of
the recent victory of a tiny band.This victory
was the turning point. The real struggle over
the way Truman would go occurred last No-
vember, when he requested Congress to re-
store controls and rationing in defiance
of the almost unanimous opinion of his
Thus there was little opposition within
the Administration to the present message,
although the row over it would haveraised
the White House roof six months ago. Even
the Treasury, always friendly to business,
interposed only the mildest objections to
raising the corporate profits taxes. This
means, in effect, that the President is at
last making his own domestic policy, on
moderate New Deal principles. This must
not be supposed to imply, however, that the
President's moderate New Dealism is of the
Roosevelt brand.
Truman may become personally more
and more a New Dealer, but his adminis-
tration grows, in other ways, less and
less like the New Deal. For two years, the
Maritime Commission has had a most
un-New Dealish aspect. The same trans-
formation seems likely to occur at the
Civil Aeronautics Board, as a result of the
distinctly forcible retirement of Chairman
Landis. The President is perfectly sincere
in what he says. But what the President's
words will mean in terms of actual per-
formance if the President is re-elected
must inevitably be something a little
Truman has, in fact, arrived at a kind of
queer governmental compromise which
might actually work out very well. He pro-
poses New Deal policies. His own party in
Congress may hate his proposals, and many
of its members do. But if Truman is re-
elected in November, many of these policies
will go onto the statute books. On the
other hand, the men to administer the pol-
icies are chosen from the opposite camp,
so that the method of administration is
temperate, to say the least. It is not such
a bad recipe for a regime intended to be
both middle-of-the-road and reasonably
(Copyright, 1947, New York Herald Tribune)
At the Michigan...
THE OTHER LOVE, with Barbara Stan-
wyck and David Niven.
THE OTHER LOVE is a cellophane
wrapped version of How oo Have T.B. and
Enjoy It. High in the picturesque mountains
we find Barbara Stanwyck as the brilliant
pianist seeking the cure amongst sunshine,
terrace dining rooms and frequent costume
changes. But too much milk and sunshine.
plus David Niven's stoicism toward her fancy
for him sends her fleeing down the moun-

tain for a brief whirl with LIFE before
the cough catches up. A fabulously rich ,Man
of the world is conveniently willing to catch
the bills, but it's too good to last, even for
Hollywood and we needs must up the moun-
tain for the climax. There are a few dra-
matic moments, but they are sadly over-
shadowed by the deathless dialogue and
peoples' emotions hanging out all over the
place. P. S.: Bugs Bunny.
-Gloria Hunter.

No. 4: "A civil war is a fight between Russia and America on
somebody else's property."

(Continued from Page 3)
The Univ rsity Musical Society
will present MYRA HESS, Eng-
lish pianist, in the Choral Union
Series, Saturday, Jan. 10, 8:30
p.m., Hill Auditorium. She will
play the following numbers:
Adagio, G major, and Toccata, D
major (Bach); Drei Klavier-
stucks (Schubert); Sonata, Op.
111 (Beethoven); and Schumann's
Albumblatter, and Carnaval, Op.
A limited number of tickets are
available at the offices of the Uni-
versity Musical Society in Burton
Tower daily; and. after 7 p.m. on
the night of the concert in the
Hill Auditorium. box office.
Recital of French Songs: Prof.
Arthur Hackett, of the Voice De-
partment, School of Music, will
give a recital of French Songs on
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 4:10 p.m. in
Rackham Assembly Hall; auspices
of Le Cercle Francais. The public
is invited.
Office Machines Exhibit: The
School of Business Administration
is sponsoring an Office Equip-
ment and Business Machines
Building on January 9. The ex-
hibit will be open from 10 a.m.-9
p.m. Special features of the show:
and HELLO BUSINESS, 9 p.m.,
Jan. 9.
Architecture Building: Taliesm
and Taliesin West, from Life Mag-
azine Photographic Exhibits. Jan-
uary 5-19.
Museum of Art: PRINTS BY
January 18. Alumni Memorial
Hall: Tuesday through Saturday,
10 to 12 and 2 to 5; Sunday, 2 to
5; Wednesday evening, 7 to 9. The
public is invited.
Museums Building, rotunda.
"Art of Melanesia." Through Feb-
ruary 29.
Events Today
Art Cinema League and the IRA
present Henry Fonda and Dana
Also "Boundary Lines," a short on
racial discrimination. Friday and
Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Kellogg Audi-

torium, Dental School. Tickets onj
sale at University Hall, 10-noon,j
anid 1-4 p.m.
Institute of Aeronautical Sci-
ences: Annual banquet, 7:30 p.m.,
Masonic Temple. Tickets.$1.25 per
member, $1.75 for non-members.
Tickets may be secured in Rm.'
1507. new E. Eng. Addition.
Delta Sigma Pi, professional
Business Administration frater-
nity: Informal initiation, 7:30
p.m., Rm. 324, Michigan Union.
Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity: 8 p.m., Rm. 305,
Michigan Union. All members are
requested to be present. The pro-
gram for the Spring Semester will
he adopted.

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.
IRA Support
To the Editor:
ATIO' is in full support of
Student Legislature committee on
racial discrimination. This com-
mfittee is continuing the fight
against racial discrimination in
barbershops which was started by
In view of the existing policy
of refusing to serve Negroes in
the many barbershops in Ann Ar-
bor, we urge the student body to
patronize only those barbershops
that were not picketed anld pref-
erably those that do not discrim-
inate against Negroes. We feel
that by your adoption of this pro-
gram you are actively rejecting
racial "discrimination.
-IRA Executive Committee,
Hanny Gross, chairman
Operation. Subsistence
To the Editor:
MAY I take this opportunity to
clarify the aims sought by
Operation Subsistence.
No member of Operation Sub-
sistence. believes at this time that
the GI. Bill was intended to pay
for the complete cost of veterans'
education. What we of Operation
Subsistence, however, do desire is
immediate action on the part of
Congress to raise subsistence al-
lowances consistentwith the dizzy
spiral of prices. Of course, we are
in strong support of price control
-as we are of rent control. Had
price control been maintained and
the purchasing power preserved
of our fixed incomes, we would
not now be in the squeezed posi-
tion of seeking an increase in
order to remain in school.
In short, what we want is for
$65 and $90 checks to once again
become $65 and $90 in terms of
actual purchasing power as they
were when the G. Bill was orig-
inally enacted. Clearly this is a
responsibility that lies with Con-
gress - all that Operation Sub-
sistence is doing is clarifying the
desperation of the needs and
dangers confronting the entire
government educational program.
About our other two points.
which, our critics carefully never
mention -- Operation Subsistence,
alarmed at the critical housing
situation confronting both veter-
an and non-veteran students,
passed at their recent state-wide
conference in East Lansing reso-
lutions in support of a state low-
cost housfing program. Our dele-
gation is planning a visit to the
governor to urge the launching
of such a housing program and in
the event Congress fails to reck-
on with rent control, we shall
simultaneously requestasuch a
state rent control bill. We are al-
so deeply interested in helping
improve'-the general educational
facilities for veterans and non-
veterans - particularly with a
view toward removing all vestiges
of segregation and quota systems.
These are our aims. We take
them with us to Washingtotn on
Jan. 12 and 13, and for them we
ask the support of all individuals
-veterans and non-veterans -
genuinely concerned with the
problei of preparing students
adequately trained for the gi-
gantic challenge of assuming the
democratic responsibility so ur-
gently necessary to a post-war
world without war or fear of eco-
nomic depression.

-George Antonofsky
High Prices
To the Editor:
FOR NEARLY four months now
I have paid the high prices
charged at the West Lodge Cafe-
teria because I thought the Uni-
versity was in some way justified
in charging such exorbitant prices.

Roger Williams Guild:
House at the Guild House,
12 midnight.


Today my New Year's hopes
were dimmed by a new price rise
which the Cafeteria gave students
who are trying in every way pos-
sible to make ends meet in order
to finish school. All this comes
as we are being urged as patri-
otic Americans to fight inflation
which now threatens our very ex-
istence. Suppose every business
man raised his prices 25 per cent
as the Cafeteria has done - the
net result could only be another
1929, but twice as bad this time,
Thi'4 question is immediately
raised: Is the University opeat-
ing the West Lodge Cafeteria at
excess profit or is it padding
someone's pocketbook at the ex-
pense of the students who are
its very lifeblood? The answer
to this can only be had by pub-
lishing an accurate audit of the
financial transactions of the West
Lodge Cafeteria. Since the man-
agement of the Cafeteria would
probably snub such a request as
"unorthodox," how are we to
know the boost is necessary?
Certain fallacies in manage-
ment of the Cafeteria can be
quickly noticed by any person
using common sense: 1) The ex-
cess of employees at the Cafeteria
most certainly has found its way
to the customer's pocketbook with
this 25 per cent price boost; 2)
The portions of food served at
the new price (and the old prices,
too) in no way attempt to give
the customer his money's worth;
and 3) Serving of half-spoiled
desserts and salads is a menace
to health.
Even if the Cafeteria pays the
maximum to wholesalers and re-
tailers for the raw foodstuffs they
are still making a profit of300
per cent, excludi'ng cost of prep-
aration, and even when that is
considered the remaining profit
of 125 per cent could certainly
cut costs if passed along to the
done to stop this parade of mis-
consumer. Something must be
demeanors against the students.
--John D. Tielfer
To the Editor:
delayed because my daily work
is too arduous. Ask yourselves
this question: "How accurate is
the news we're publishing?" You
may recall I wrote the bantering
letter anent Baltage Balloons. At
the same time I must confess .I
do hanker to own one. So I wrote
to Detroit and a letter dated Dec.
6 reached me.
There are many false stories
float in the American press to-
day. I have sometimes written in
to the Detroit News for further
information on an article I saw
only to find they can give no
further details and cannot con-
tradict what is obviously of
doubtful veracity. If you eve
find out where I can obtain a nice
barrage balloon I will be surely
grateful to you!
-Thure Rosene
Arab Leader
to the Editor:
PERHAPS those interested in
the recent letters to the editor
concerning Zionism would like to
know something about the most
verbose of the Arab representa-
tives: Mahmoud El-Gamal, of the
Arab Council. The two points he
seems most interested in defend-
ing are 1) the Arab war contri-
bution, and 2) Arab democracy.
In his letter of Jan. 6, he quotes
Winston Churchill praising Egypt
for declaring war on the Axis. I
would say the Egyptians picked
the right time to do so - by the
last months of the war most pe-

ple knew who was going to win.
And if you want to quote the ex-
Prime Minister, how about his
speech to Commons in September,
1939; wherein he called the ex-
clusion of the Jews from Pales-
tine "a black and irremovable
stain" on Britain's honor?
All right, so Egypt did declaje
war - long after they had been
invaded. Where was Mahmoud
El-Gamal during that invasion?
By his own admission, at home,
listening to Rommel's guns com-
ing nearer, and laughing to see
the Jews evacuating so hurried-
ly, or buying themselves fezzes.
"Were you in the army?" I asked
"Which one?" was the reply.
"But your country was being
Mahmoud shrugged his should-
Then there's the one about de-
mocracy (in a country where
three-fourths of the population
is kept illiterate.) I asked Mah-
moud what he intends to do up-
on returning to his country.
"I will become Minister of Pub-
lic Works," he said.
"Isn't that an elective posi-
"Yes," he replied, "but my
father is a senator."
Mahmoud Pasha has been try






Kindtai Nihon Kenkyu Kai:
Meeting, 8:30 p.m., Hussey Room,
Michigan League. Color slides of
Japan, taken in '46, will be shown.
Anyone interested is invited.
SRA Coffee hour: 4:30 p.m.,
Lane Hall. Members of the Theol-
ogy Forum will be special guests.
Everyone welcome.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation,
Friday Evening Services: 7:45
p.m. Followed by a Fireside Dis-
cussion led by Prof. Mischa Titiev
on "Racial Types among Jews."
Refreshments and social hour. All
students are invited.
Coming Events
Conference on Workers' Educa-
tion: Evaluative and planning
conference with reference to the
University of Michigan's activities
in workers' education, Saturday,
Jan. 10, 10 a.m., Michigan Union.
Members of the staff now engaged
in such work, as well as represen-
tatives of the University adminis-
tration, of the advisory commit-
tees, and of the organized labor,
will attend. Others interested are
Graduate Outing Clug: Meet for.
winter sports at 2:30 p.m., Sun.,
Jan. 11, northwest entrance,
Rackham Bldg. Sign up at
Rackham check desk before noon
Saturday. All graduate students
are welcome.
Inter-racial Association Mixer:
Sun., Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m., Michigan




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