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TIIE MICHIGAN DAILY

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FIVE THOUSAND UNIVERSITY women
swim in a Saturday night bath tub.
Sounds ridiculous? But that's about
what women's swimming facilities at Bar-
bour Gym amount to. Back in 1897 when
the 20-feet square tank was built, it filled
the needs of the 200 coeds at the Uni-
versity admirably.
But that was over half a century ago. In
the intervening decades since then, changes
gradually crept over campus. The popula-
tion, indeed, increased-considerably. New
buildings rose, including the I-M Building,
one of the finest men's athletic plants in
the country. And in the I-M Building was
built one of the best swimming pools any-
where.
The Union, too, was built-with an ex-
cellent swimming pool. University men, in
short, were doing fine-which we're not ob-
jecting to in the least.
For women, the Women's Athletic Build-
ing was erected. But the fact remained that
coed swimming needs had been forgotten
somewhere along the line. Women were
still handicapped by a pool dating back to
dark Victorian ages.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
ire written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: BEN ZWERLING

And they are today. In the out-grown,
once-condemned Barbour pool, only eight
classes can be safely held each week. The
Union has generously donated use of its
pool, but this can't accommodate the ter-
rific demand for facilities.
Coed enthusialni for aquatic activities
is at its peak, according to Dr. Margaret
Bell, chairman of the department of phy-
sical education for women. The skillful
Michifish, who performed at the Tpion Open
House Saturday, are examples of this en-
thusiasm given a chance.
But hundreds of other women have never
had that chance.
The WAA has long had a swimming
pool fund. The Michigras last year raised
more than $3,000 for it, and 50 per cent of
this year's receipt will be earmarked for
the fund.
For years now, plans have been drawn
up for a new women's athletic plant, includ-
ing a sizea ble swimming pool. They've been
dusted off from time to time, then shelved
as other also necessary building projects
got the go-ahead sign instead.
The need for a new women 's swimming
pool is self-evident. It's time that these
plans got priority in the University's build-
ing schedule.
It's the women's turn now.
-Mary Stein

The
City Editor's
SCRATCH
PAD
ASARESULT of the Supreme Court's de-
cision to apparently outlaw any kind of
religious teaching in public schools future
generations will continue to grow up in
ignorance of one of the most important
aspects of life.
In the past, bigotry and sometimes god-
lessness has been forced on the American
people because of the absence of relig-
ious education in public schools. Citizens
grew up knowing only facts about their own
sect. Or even worse they were never exposed
to any kind of religious knowledge and had
no affiliation.
Here at the University of Michigan more
than four-thousand students have no relig-
ious preference, according to figures at the
Student Religious Association.
Perhaps they are numbered among the
agnostics who believe that ultimate truths
are beyond human understanding. Or per-
haps they believe in a higher power but
find no organized sect to fit their needs. But
more likely they have no religious beliefs be-
cause of ignorance.
Disregarding specific beliefs it must be
recognized that religion is every bit as im-
portant as Social and Physical Sciences and
the Humanities. But by turning their backs
on religion Americans neglect this vital field.
We have never had a chance to learn the
basic beliefs of other sects except from a
negative standpoint as taught by our own
church.
Each of the great state universities should
offer courses in some kind of comparative
religion. A course which would survey beliefs
held by the various protestant sects, Juda-
ism, Catholicism, and the various eastern
religions.
By their narrow interpretation, the United
States Supreme Court has ruled out any
move of this kind. Surely our founding fa-
thers had no desire to cut Americans off
from religious education when they con-
structed the amendment separating church
and state. The high court should take this
into account if the ruling comes up for re-
view.

BILL MAULDIN

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never find another customer like him."

out of, Ali-we could

WASHINGTON WIRE:
No Predicti ns

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

By IRVING JAFFE
WASHINGTON-One of the most uncom-
fortable men in Washington during
these days of erratic price fluctuations is
Ewan Clague, chief of the Bureau of Labor
Statistics.
Clague's job is to record and correlate
price and wage data. .His Bureau's num-
erous reports constitute the standard ther-
mometer by which labor, industry and gov=
ernment leaders assess the health of the
economy from week to week.
Once a month Clague, a chunky, some-
what boyish person of quiet, unobtrusive
movements, meets with reporters at a news
conference. Most of the time, he solemnly
announces in advance that he will make
no predictions and will answer only those
questions which seek factual information.
Sometimes the solemnity of this announce-
ment is broken by a wistful half-smile and
the recollection, spoken, it seems, as much
to admonish Clague himself as much as to
amuse his listeners, of the amount of crit-
icism which descended on him the last time
he went out on a limb of prognostication.
And each time, despite the reminder
that he will not make predictions Clague
finds himself wandering dangerously near
the shadowy border line between interpre-
tation of yesterday's data and conjecture
about what tomorrow may bring. Often

as not, warming up to his subject and
facing "loaded" questions of reporters who
are bent on extracting some kind of sweei-
ing statement, he will go over that bound-
ary.
When Clague held a news conference after
the recent slump in the commodity markets,
he was especially determined at the outset
to stay strictly within the realm of ascer-
tained factual data. But the reporters who
crowded in unusually large numbers into
the conference room were even more de-
termined to get a statement which could
enliven the headlines about the price break.
The questions twisted and turned, the
verbal traps were laid, and, most fatally,
Clague himself became more and more
enthusiastic about his subject. Soon com-
parisons of the current market slump with
post-World War I commodity breaks led
inevitably to considerations which might
affect future developments-qualified re-
marks, not sensational, but predictions
of a sort, nevertheless.
The conference broke up with a good-
natured quip from a reporter, "So, you're
not going to tell us about the future?"
Clague laughed along with everyone else,
and seemed resigned to the fact that he
never would be able to leave that crystal
ball home.

Wanted--One Hal

UDGING by his present assertions, there
are few men in history so firmly con-
vinced of their own political wisdom as is
Charles de Gaulle.,
The man seems to think that the fact
of his having been the leader of the or-
ganized French resistance against the
Nazis is the only qualification the people
should consider in their choice of a na-
tional leader. Having failed to convince
a majority of the French people of the
merits of such qualifications, De Gaulle
has suddenly decided that it is time he
placed himself above politics.
His new political organization is not a
party, but a rally - a popular, self-en-
gendered movement, he maintains. Grant-
ing this much, we are then left with the
conclusion that DeGaulle's recent appeal
for the sending of U.S. Arms to France was
not made on a party basis atall, but was
simply a suddenly lowering of his vision
from ideals to armaments.
And his statement that the present
ITS
HAPPENS ...
* Faint Buzzing
Hark!
EVEN THE STAID medical profession has
its lighter moments. This one happened
during a conference of departmerft "X.
The patient was complaining of partial
deafness. During the examination the doctor
asked, "Do you hear anything now."
"Yes," answered the patient, "I hear a
high-pitched whistle."
A hush fell over the room as the doctors
pondered the significance of th2 whistle to
their diagnosis.
Then, everyone heard the v histle. It was
nothing more than a leaky radiator valve.
All Even
ONE DETROIT newspaper has had con-

French regime is too weak to face the
situation is not to be construed as being
of a political nature at all; it is appar-
ently a revelation from that omnipotent
wisdom to which he has special access.
Everything but the truth seems to have
been revealed to DeGaulle. It takes a spe-
cial talent for blindness, to characterize
as weak, a government which has not flin-
ched from imposing upon itself the most
rigid measures of control and austerity in
an attempt to restore its economy to self-
sufficience.
Perhaps the rigid economy can be relaxed
enough to buy DeGaulle a pair of glasses
or a halo, however. It just might help him
get free of his load of misguided convictions.
But it isn't really likely.
-Pat James
SchoolAd
REPRESENTATIVE TABER has one nice,
plausible excuse for his meager appropri-
tions for foreign aid, sitting right under his
nose-in the form of a public school.
Taber has only to read the National Ed-
ucation Association's report on the money
on which schools must subsist, and he'll
find some good material. This report shows
that the cost of living has risen 86 per
cent since 1940, education appropriations
have grown only 65 per cent.
What this means, in effect, is that the
school systems of our nation are 20 per
cent less able to buy materials for running
good schools today than they were in the
meager school financing year of 1940.
As a solution todthe problem, the Associ-
ation proposes federal aid to educational
institutions. It sounds logical, Represen-
tative Taber. What about it?
If you want to pinch pennies on Europe
and spend our money on ourselves, aiding
hard-pressed school systems is a satisfactory
way to soothe our corporate conscience.
-Fran Ivick
BELIEVE IT TO BE of particular import-
ance that the scientist have an articu-

TOPFLIGHT contemporary artists con-
tribute to the Museum of Art's best show-
ing to date, "The Painter Looks at Peo-
ple," now on exhibit at Alumni Memorial
Hall's South Gallery. On loan from the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the
show is a splendid collection of oil paint-
ings depicting an artistic version of some
characters in the American scene.
Perhaps it's the subject's resemblance to
J. Parnell Thomas which influences us, but
William Gropper comes closest to carrying
off top honors with his picture entitled,
"The Senate." Placing his masses to form
a rhythmic composition with excellent color
and lighting, Gropper catches the pompous
senator in a typical "America for the Amer-
icans" scene in that august chamber.
Eyecatching in its vibrant color is "Feast
of Pure Reason." In a satirical study of the
cop, the politician and the businessman (or
so the asides identify them), Jack Levine
distorts the figures of the men in an in-
teresting composition emphasizing facial ex-
pression.
"Don't Cry, Mother," a stimulating paint-
ing by Philip Evergood, distorts perspective,
abstracts objects, uses brilliant color, to
serve as a background for its main sub-
ject matter. The haunting figures of the
mother and children are played against
this to convey the desperate mood of pov-
erty.
Max Weber is up to his usual excellence
in one of the few abstract pictures in the
show. "The Two Musicians" is a nice in-
terrelation of shapes in grayed greens and
rose, with slight pattern as contrast to com-
plete the rhythmic effect.
Although different from his usual dynam-
ic style, Orozco's "The Subway" is an in-
teresting comment on the commuter's life.
Executed mainly in dark tones, with only
the white of the poles for a contrast to en-
hance the design, it well depicts the gloomy
aspect of machine movement.
The exhibit as a whole is important in
two respects. With the exception of one
work, "Afternoon Wind" by Louis Eilchem-
ius, (and that could scarcely be termed
contemporary), it is representative of the
finest in practically every current painting
technique. Secondly, it is an unusual col-
lection because of its dominant social theme
-each artist has interpreted our present
society in his own style to present a stimu-
lating commentary on the American way of
life.
--Joan Katz

(Continued from Page 2)
interview women for positions as
waterfront director and swimming
instructor, canoeing instructor,
camperaft instructor, cabin coun-
selors. For appointment call at
201 Mason Hall or call extension
371.
Work in Forestry: There is op-
portunity for men to work at white
pine blister-rust-control work in
the forests of California during
the summer vacation. Supervisory,
technical, and laboring jobs are
available. For further information
call at Bureau of Appointments,
201 Mason Hall.
Academic Notices
Concentration Discussion Series:
Wed., March 10
Psychology-231 Angell Hall,
4:15 p.m.
Prof B. D. Thuma: Require-
ments for Concentration in Psy-
chology D G MT P
Prof. D. G. Marquis: The Place
of Psychology in a Liberal Educa-
tion
Prof. E. L. Kelly: The Voca-
tional Implications of Psychology
Mimeographed material con-
cerning this field of concentration
may be obtained at either the De-
partment office or the Office of
the Academic Counselors, 108 Ma-
son Hall.
Political Science 273: There will
be no meeting of the seminar in
public personnel administration
today. The guest speaker is ill
and unable to attend.
Seminar in Applied Mathmat-
ics will be held Thurs., March 11,
at 4 p.m., in Rm 247 W. Engineer-
ing. Mr. Paul F. Chenea of the
Department of Engineering Me-
chanics reports on attempts to
solve a "Problem in Elastic Plates
Arising in the Breaking of Ice on
Lakes."
Geometry Seminar at 3 p.m. in
3001 Angell Hall. Professor Anring
will discuss "Desargues' Theorem
-One Flight Up."
The Physical Inorganic Chem-
istry Seminar will meet today in
Rm. 303 Chemistry Building, 4:05
p.m Mr. Edwards will discuss
"Energetic Atoms"; and Mr. Good,
"Surface Films and Flotation."
Events Today
Radio Program:
2-30-2:45 WKAR--The Hop-
wood Room-Dale Boesky, Mary
Wank, Dan Waldron, Freshman
Award Winners.
2-45-2:55 WKAR-The School
of Music-Miss Dolores Di Loren-
zo, Pianist.
5:45-6:00 WPAG - Today's
World and Local Problems-Rob-
ert Ford-"Michigan's Tax Prob-
lems."
The Engineering Council will
hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Rm.
243, W. Engineering. Election for
the office of secretary of the
Council will be held. All new dele-
gates and recently appointed rep-
resentatives are encouraged to at-
tend
Italian Language Conversation1

U. of M. Flying
meeting, 1042 E.
Bldg., 7:30 pm.

Club: Open
Engineering

Group: Coffee hour, Michigan
League Cafeteria, 2-4:30 p.m.
Meeting of the Men's Rifle Club
tonight in the R.O.T.C. Rifle
Range. Team competition will be
started. New members are wel-
come.
La p'tite causette today at 3:30
in the Michigan League.
Outlines of Jewish History:
Rabbi Herschel Lymon will hold
his weekly study class on the Out-
lines of Jewish History at 4 p.m.,
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation All
students invited.
Quadrangle: Quadrangle will
meet"today instead of March 15, as
stated in the announcement.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon: 12 noon,
Rm. 3056 N.S.
Square Dancing Class, spon-
sored by the Graduate Outing
Club: 8 pjm., Lounge, Women's
Athletic Bldg. Small fee. Everyone
welcome.

Coming Events
Alpha Phi Omega: National
Service Fraternity. Meeting of all
old members and all men interest-
ed in pledging this semester, 7 p.m.
Thurs., March 11. Michigan Un-
ion.
American Ordnance Association:
8 p.m. Thurs., March 11, Rm. 304,
Michigan Union. Prof W. G. Dow
will speak. on the subject, "The
V-2 Rockets in the United States"
(illustrated). Captured German
technicolor movies and a black
and white film covering opera-
tions at Ordnance's White Sands
Proving Grounds will be shown.
ROTC students, local industrial-
ists, and students or faculty mem-
bers of the technical colleges are
invited.
Foresters' Club Meeting: Stanley
G. Fontana, Director of the De-
partment of Conservation of Mich-
iga'n, will speak on Thurs. evening,
March 11, 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 2082
Natural Science Bldg. Anyone in-
terested may attend.
The Graduate History Club will
meet Thurs., March 11, at 8 p m.
in the Clements Library. Prof.
Clark Hopkins will speak on "Con-
tributions of Archaeological Ex-
cavation to Our Knowledge of the
Hellenistic World." All graduate
history students are invited. Re-
freshments.
International Center weekly tea:
Thurs., 4:30-5:30 p.m. Hostesses:
Mrs. 'H. L. Pickerill and Mrs Ab-
dellatif Aly.
Union Opera Committee Writers
may pick up and return scripts to
Box "L" at the main desk of the
Union. The next meeting will be
Wed., March 17, 4:30 p.m. in Rm.
302 of the Union.
The Young Democrats will meet
at 7:30 p.m., Thurs, March 11, in
the Henderson Room, Michigan
League.

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 discretin of the edi-
torial director.
* * *
A rrab-CL!Irj"stijana
To the Editor:
"ARAB" is a word implied to a
certain people that lived, still
living and will live forever in this
ciertain part of our world. In re-
gard to you unbalanced statement
or misunderstanding, I would like
to emphasize to you Mr. Smith
Jr., that Arabs have lived in Ara-
bia before Christianity came to
this world, so when we say we are
Arabs before we are Christians.
dont be surprised, for this is the
fact. Saying we are Arabs be-
fore Christians hasn't got any-
thing to do with the matter of
love . . .
Anyhow Mr. Amir wasn't talk-
ing in view of the Bible, but in
view of Rev. Lettell's statement
that Christianity cannot exist un-
der the Islamic pressure. To ghat
I would like to comment the fact
that all Arab countries are formed
by Moslem Governments except
Lebanon; we still find hundreds
of Christian Missionaries exist-
ing and enjoying their work in the
Arab world without any interfer-
ence from any government. They
would not have been tolerated all
these centuries if theire was such
an opposition against Christian-
ity.
-Sami Mukhtar
Miske Somewhere
To the Editors:
IN THE DAILY on March 9, Mr.
Merle E. Smith, Jr., was re-
ferred to as "Miss" Smith, in a
letter by Wadi S. Rumman. Either
Mr. Rumman or I have erred.
Merle is my room-mate.
-Allen E. Swartz.
Palestine Home
To the Editor:
To Mr. Wadi S. Rumman:
FROM THE standpoint of Chris-
tianity, all men are children
of God by reason of creation,
though all men are not Sons of
God in a redemptional sense; God
made of one blood all the nations
of the earth; therefore, for Arabs,
or Americans, or Tibetans to wel-
come Displaced Persons, Jew or
Gentile, white or black, into their
country, would be "Christian."
But on what basis do the Arabs
speak of Palestine as "their"
country? The Jews, under Joshua,
conquered Palestine about 1300
B.C., ruled it until about 70 A.D.,
and lived there in the majority
until about 1096 A.D. The League
of Nations, recognizing the Jew-
ish people's historic claim to the
land, gave the Arabs freedom in
six Arab states, and gave the
Jews only one per cent of the
Middle East territory which the
Allies had freed from Turkey. Mr.
Lapin, Mr. Homan, and many
others, have stated in this col-
umn the facts about the White
Paper of 1939, the partition of
1922, etc., so that it is obvious to
anyone of average intelligence,
and reasonably open mind, on
which side the right lies in regard
to claim to the land. The Arabs
conquered Palestine about 634
A.D., and controlled it until about
1081 A.D.
As to the charge of Zionist "im-
perialism" - Imperialism implies
the dominance of one country
over another, and usually exploi-

tation; the Jews have no country
except Palestine, and therefore
cannot possibly "imperialize" it.
To distinguish between Jews
and Zionists may be valid, and
even useful; but, over 80 per cent
of American Jews are in favor
of a Jewish national home in Pal-
estine. About 90 per cent of the
Jews in Europe wish to go to
Palestine.
-sMr. Merle E. Smith, Jr.
Face Reality
To the Editor:
F WE ARE TO CONTINUE our
leadership and prestige among
the nations of the world we had
better come down to earth and
view our position as it is instead
of what we would like it to be.
"Uncle Joe" has never attended
college in the U.S. He is extremely
realistic and no philanthropist, as
his last four grabs (Rumania,
Hungary, Bulgaria, and Czecho-
slovakia) aptly show. Unless Uncle

Joe is halted by a stronger man
than himself lie runs wild. Today
Uncle Sam is unequivocally the
strongest man in the world; yet
he is somehow confounded and
misled. The national state system
has been functioning for 300 years
---functioning by peremptory as-
sertion of the stronger man and
compliance of the weaker. Unless
Uncle Sam has a more workable
plan to replace the national state
system let him comply to it. I for
one have notdesire to have the
positions of the two men inter-
changed.
We however, expend our energy
in assailing Communism. Had we
dispatched a decent contingent of
troops to Western Poland, Hun-
gary, and Czechoslovakia. Russia
could have done no more than
continue her perpetual squaxt-
ing. The people of these countries
could have dispensed with their
fears of Communism and settled
down to an expected specious
reproval of the outsiders.
As it is we have given Eastern
Poland to Russia, Eastern Ger-
many to Poland, and allowed the
hammer and sickle to imbed
themselves so far westward that
Leipzig, formerly in the center of
Germany is now in the Russian
zone. Outside of decadent Spain
we have, apparently, the smallest
part of Europe. We have honored
our realistic friends with the val-
uable agricultural East, and also
Silesia, the most important min-
ing center of Europe outside of
the Ruhr. Isn't it time to impor- ;
tune Washington for more Amer-
icans fn Europe, soldiers or other-
wise. For what reason should we
believe that the "Man of Steel"
is less voracious than the paper-
hanger.
n-Robert Johnson.
Team PcPeformance
To the Editor:
YOUR SPORTS ARTICLE on
March 7 covering the Big
Nine Championship Track Mee
at Champaign displays rather
poor taste as well as a failure to
ascertain the facts.
Although the spotlight in track
and field is usually directed at the
individual performer, Michigan's
track teams have always been
noted for their performance as a
team. The team deserves credit
for every point earned, and in the
same way will accept the blame
for every point lost.
In a relay race, almost never
is a baton "dropped" by one man.
Either it falls as the result of a
collision with gn opponent or as
the result of a bad pass (also
probably aided by a collision). In
track, as in baseball and football,
there are "fumbles," usually at-
tributed to an individual athlete.
Does not the spotlight burn
brightly enough on the victim of
such an accident, without the
press branding him as "the goat?"
In the Conference Track Meet,
the baton was accidentally
knocked to the grounds by an
opponent. Let's forget the int:-
dent. There are more relays in the -
near future at which Michigan
can demonstrate their strength.
With proper respect to Ohio
State's great team, let's give the
Wolverine track men credit for
what they have accomplished-
putting Michigan back into the z
race for the Big Nine crown. They
werenin it all the way at Cham-
paign. -.
-James A. McFadden.

Fifty-Eighth Year

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