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Alabama Students Default

AT MICHIGAN and at almost every other
campus in the country student elections
are decided on the basis of personality or
group affiliation. But at the University of
Alabama last week students voting for pres-
ident of that school's Student Government
Association had a decision of national im-
portance to make.
When they cast their votes they had a
choice between three candidates. Two advo-
cated the usual better distribution of foot-
ball tickets, increased intramural sports,
area representation on the student council.
However, Morrison B. Williams, son of a
liberal Montgomery publisher, came out
with a platform advocating the admission of
Negroes as students and the utilization of
Negro instructors in the classrooms of the
More than half the Alabama campus
turned out for the election, one of the larg-
est and most exciting in the school's history.
There were but 174 votes between the two
non-controversial candidates, who came in
first and second. Williams was separated
from the second-running candidate by 1,674
Williams defeat was of course to be ex-
pected, but the margin by which he lost
surprised even the Alabama "political ex-
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

perts" according to the school's paper, the
Crimson and White.
However, in an editorial commenting on
the elections the Crimson and White said,
Williams' platform was morally ideal-
istic . . . admission of Negroes goes beyond
religious equality to the laws of southern
tradition. The editorial went on to say
that the students must first be educated
to mixed education, "for the system of
racial segregation was not born in a day
or a year and cannot be expected to evap-
orate" in that time.
Daily editors had a chance to discuss
civil rights with the Crimson and White's
editor when she was here for the college
newspaper convention in February. At
that time she was certain that anyone
ladvocating admission of a Negro to her
university would be "tahed and feathered."
At least this didn't happen to Williams.
Admittedly, he went a little too far in
advocating admission for both students and
instructors. But what the Alabama editor
and the students don't seem to realize is that
admission of Negro students would be one
of the best methods for gradual "evapora-
tion" of prejudice.
The Crimson ahd White editor couldn't
see Negro students at her university be-
cause she had only known Negroes as do-
mestic servants. But unless subsequent
generations of students at the University
of Alabama do attend classes with Ne-
groes, they will only continue the southern
tradition, instead of using their education
to help break it.
-Joan Katz.


Makm Tradition

TODAY is an important one in the history
of the 1948 Union Opera-all the men
and women on campus interested in writing
words, music or arrangements will gather
at 7:15 p.m. in the journalism newsroom in
Haven Hall to begin the all-important job
of transferring the show from the script to
the keyboard.
As the show enters its second formative
phase, a word of congratulations is in order
for the many students who have worked for
the last 13 months readying a script worthy
of the, color, brilliance and tradition that
WAS the Union Opera of old.
At tonight's meeting, the author of the
winning script will be introduced, and he
in turn will introduce his show. Mimeo-
graphed copies will be distributed and each
prospective tunesmith will find there's a
spot for his or her specialty, be it ballads,;
chorus music, or stein songs.
The field of competition is wide open. Ev.;
ery individual student or team has an equal
chance to place their number in the final
score because only the best songs submitted
will be used-no two people will write the
music for the whole show. Women are just
as welcIne to-join-in. as men, in fact it's the
only chance they'll get to horn in on a tra-
ditionally all-male production.

The possible musical results of tonight's
meeting are limitless. Such great songs as
"The Friar's Song," "Bum Armee" and
"When Night Falls Dear" all began the
same way-all were written for Union Op-
The music begun tonight is certain to re-
ceive nation-wide attention. Many famous
musicians including Fred Waring have
shown great enthusiasm in reviving the Op-
era and have offered all possible support.
Tonight's the night-YOUR night- to
get in on the musical ground floor of the
Union Opera of '48, a production which will
continue to grow in campus importance
from now until it is produced early in De-
cember. Good music is vital to the success
of the show and there is no reason to think
that in a student body of 20,000 there
aeren't students who can write music coin-
parable to that turned out in the old days
when 11,000 was a big crowd at the Uni-
If you can write songs, rhyme words,
make musical arrangements or just whistle
a tune, be in Haven Hall at 7:15 p.m. and
help shovethe Union Opera back up on top
where it belongs.
-Harold Jackson

City Editor's
T SEEMS AS IF editorial writers are al-
ways looking on the dark side of things.
They are continually "viewing with alarm"
or "deploring" or leveling a verbal blast at
someone who displeases them. I think that
the pundits have been missing a bet lately
in not taking a look at the brighter side of
the world's political picture.
For example how long has it been since
either the Russians or the U.S. have really
unleashed a broadside at one another?
There have been the usual petty mut-
terings, but nothing really insulting for
a long time.
And that. war talk which hit a peak just
after Truman's St. Patrick's day talks seems
to have died down. For a while most of
the male students around campus were
keeping one eye on a textbook and the other
on the headlines expecting a draft call 4ny
Now things have eased up somewhat. We
even have the odd situation of the Secre-
tary of the Army asking Congressmen to
hold back on the number of groups for the
Air Force.
This fellow Magidoff, just back from a
decade of covering the Soviets for various
U.S. news media, says there is no war
talk among the Russian people. They are
concentrating all their resources on re-
building their war devastated homeland,
he says.
* * *
NOW MAYBE I am just kidding myself.
Perhaps the mighty lawmakers in both
countries are just resting after their efforts
at politicking in Italy. Who knows, perhaps
the USSR will let the summer slip by peace-
fully while they hatch some new dark plot
to keep the Western Nations on edge.
Still, it's mighty pleasant to check over
the Associated Press teletype machine in
our office and watch it contentedly tick
forth ordinary news stories instead of ex-
citedly spewing war scare items. I know it
up his paper each morning without shudder-
Perhaps this is just the lull before another
storm of international crises-but I'm en-
joying it.
What Counts
j HE OTHER DAY several members of
the English department, as is their
wont, were relaxing over coffee and cream
in the League. One of the younger mem-
bers was recounting the trouble he was cur-
rently having with his writing:
"I haven't been able to do a thing lately,"
he said, "Yesterday I spent all afternoon
and evening writing in the Library. But all
I could get down on paper was three para-
"Well," replied a well-known professor,
somewhat of a perfectionist, "Were they
good paragraphs?"
Didn't Cost a Cent
ILLUSTRATING the ravages of inflation
one of our professors told us a story the
other day.
It seems that one fellow was telling his
friend that he had just acquired a bull-
dog worth $50,000. His friend, astonished
said, "Where in the world did you get a

$t 0,00.0 dog?
The reply was, "Well, you see, I traded
two $25,000 cats for it.
* * *
Reader Kites Editor
W E HAVE received a correction of an
item that appeared recently in this col-
umn. Exerpts follow:
"On the editorial page of The Daily, April
21, . . . the editor related the story of the
driver who, although in the right, apologized
to the driver of the opposite car, who inci-
centally was in the wrong. (Man bites dog.)
"But, said the editor, his slight wonder-
men' became clear when he saw that the
apologizer was a non-com of the local
ROTC unit and the 'apologizer' was a lieut-
enant colonel of the same unit. There the
story ended. QED (Man bites dog who bites
" . . We located the non-com and the
officer involved and found . .. that the edi-
tor failed to include the reply of the heut-
enant colonel. It ran something like this-
'My fault entirely sergeant. I must have
been day dreaming,' (Man who bites dog
who bites man who bites dog.)" End correc-
Thanks, friend.
* * *
Not the Calibre
"I don't know-do you think Stassen
will make the Student Legislature?"
k' 'lrr Fo *r


Avoiding the Necessary

AT A TIME when common sense diplom-
acy is needed badly, confusion exists
among our policy makers as to what the
prime aim of our foreign policy is or should
be. This confusion has sapped the vitality of
our foreign policy and is the cause of its
general ineptness. The Kremlin's policy and
methods are clear-cut. We seem to be grop-
ing in the dark.
Broadly speaking, our foreign policy is
dedicated to stopping the westward drive of
communism while putting the world back
on its economic feet. But, here's a more
evaluative question: Are United States ef-
forts to stop Russia motivated by a desire
to save the peoples of the non-communist
world from enslavement, or by a desire to
save its own skin at all cost?
Although we would like to save both
Europe and ourselves from destruction,


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indications so far are that we are concen-
trating mainly on the latter aim. It's true
that our foreign appropriations call for
the distribution of food, clothing, " and
money to countries endangered but not
; et taken over by Russia. However, we
have shied away from any suggestions of
military alliances that would commit us
ixi Europe in event of further Soviet ag-
We are unwilling to back Europe with
the very element that coupled together with
economic aid might save Europe from com-
munism-military power. American dollars
alone didn't decide the Italian election. In-
caluable assists go to the Vatican and
Italy's own preparedness against com-
munistic monkeyshines at the polls.
DOLLARS PLUS military backing is the
best method for salvaging Western
Europe. A half-way policy that refuses Eur-
ope the military support that is needed to
complement economic aid will probably re-
sult in the communistic overthrow of all
Europe and the conversion of this country
into a narsenal. The resultant power equil-
ibrium would be dangerously unstable at
But, if we go by the theory that saving
Europe is saving ourselves and form a
military alliance with Britain and West-
ern Europe now, we could preserve the
present East-West boundary lines and
maintain a power balance unfavorable to
Naturally, military intimidation is always
dangerous. Yet, it's a better risk than slow-
ly backing up before Russian threats, hop-
ing for the advent of some miracle to clear
the air. Miracles don't happen in power
politics, and appeasement seldom leads to
anything but war.
-George Riviere
GOVERNOR DEWEY sharply chastises the
administration for not having known
in advance about the recent trouble in Bo-
gota. We can assume that his own spies
gave him ample warning of the disasters

(continued from 'age 2)
University of Michigan, 4 p.m.,
April 29, East Conference Room,
Rackham Bldg. Sponsored by Al-
pha Kappa Delta. The public is
The fifty-fifth Annual May Fes-
tival consisting of six concerts will
take place Thursday, Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday, April 29, 30
and May 1, 2. The Philadelphia
Orchestra will participate in all
First Concert-Thursday, 8:30
p.m. Eugene Ormandy, Conduc-
tor; Bidu Sayao, soprano.
Second Concert-Friday, 8:30
p.m. All-Mozart program. Alex-
ander Hilsberg and Thor Johnson,
conductors. University Choral
Union; William Kincaid, Flutist;
Virginia MacWatters, Soprano;
Nell Tangeman, contralto; David
Lloyd, Tenor; James Pease, bari-
Third Concert-Saturday, 2:30
p.m. Alexander Hilsberg and Mar-
guerite Hood, conductors; Festival
Youth Chorus and Mischa Elman,
Fourth Concert-Saturday, 8:30
p.m. Eugene Ormandy, conductor;
Leonard Warren, baritone.
Fifth Concert -Sunday, 2:30
p.m. All-Rachmaninoff program.
Thor Johnson, Conductor; Uni-
versity Choral Union; Anne Bol-
linger, soprano; David Lloyd,
Tenor; James Pease, Baritone;
and Leon Fleisher, Pianist.
Sixth Concert - Sunday, 8:30
p.m. Eugene Ormandy, Conductor;
Cloe Elmo, Contralto.
For detailed programs inquire
at University Musical Society,
Burton Tower, Ann Arbor. Tick-
ets, if available, will be on sale
through Wednesday, April 28, at
the Musical Society offices; and
beginning Thursday morning
through Sunday at the box office
in Hill Auditorium.
Official program books with
analyses, text of numbers, etc.,
will be on sale in the lobby of Hill
Auditorium preceding each per-
Programs will begin on time,
and doors will be closed during the
performance of numbers.
Carillon Recital: 7:15 p.m.,
Thurs, April 29, by Percival Price,
University Carillonneur. Program
to include compositions and ar-
rangements by Jef Denyn: Ar-
rangements for carillon of J. B.
Martini's Gavotte, I. J. Plyel's
Sonata 5, and a group of old Flem-
ish folk songs compositions for ca-
rillon, Prelude, Andante cantabile,
and Ave Maria.
..Student Recital: Jacqueline
Rosenblatt, Pianist, will play com-
positions by Bach, Schumann,
Ravel, and Chopin, at 8:30 p.m.,
Wed., April 28, Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre, in partial fulfill-
ment of the requirements for the
degree of Bachelor of Music.
Miss Rosenblatt is a pupil of Helen
Titus, and her recital is open to
the general public.
Events Today
Radio Program
2:30 p.m. WKAR-The Hop-
wood Room-Programs of inter-
views with student writers, pro-
fessors and guests. Conducted by
Edwin G. Burrows.
2:45 p.m. WKAR-The School
of Music - Michigan Concert
Band, Professor William D. Re-

Letters to the Editor


p.m. WPAG - Today's
and Local Problems-Pro-
James Pollock, "The Or-

ganization of the Executive
Branch of the Federal Govern-
Delta Sigma Pi: Professional
Business Fraternity will present
to students of the. School of Busi-
ness Administration, a "job panel"
consisting of Prof. Paton on Ac-
counting, Prof. Blackett on Sta-
tistics, Prof. Riegal on Industrial
Relations, Prof. Gault on Retail
Selling, Prof. Phelps on Foreign
Trade, Prof. Waterman on Fi-
nance, and Prof. Rodkey on Bank-
ing, at 8 p.m. Room 316, Michigan
American Society of Mechanical
Engineers: 7:30 p.m. Natural Sci-
ence Auditorium. Speaker: Mr. R.
C. Sollenberger, executive secre-
tary of the Conveyor Equipment
Manufacturers Association, Wash-
ington, D.C. The talk will be sup-
plemented with a film especially
prepared for undergraduate engi-
Institute of Aeronautical Sci-
ences: Special meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Room 1084, E. Engineering Bldg.
Film: Douglas Skystreak D-558.
Guests are welcome.
Student Legislature Agenda--
Wednesday, April 28
Cabinet Report:
Recommended by-law that legis-
lators whose current term is ex-
piring tonight serve ex officio un-
til end of school semester.
Recommendation that the next
meeting be May 11 instead of May
Social Committee Report:
Including May 5 Fresh Air
Camp Party report.
Varsity Committee Report:
Tennis court fee report.
25c football program report.
Campus Action Committe Re-
Including election committee re-
N.S.A. Committee Report:
Plans for choosing delegates to
Cultural and Educational Com-
mittee Report:
Progress on speakers.
Publicity Committee Report:
Freshman theme report.
Graduate Education Club: 7:30
pm., East Conference Room,
Rackham Bldg. Chairman, Dean
Union Opera Music Committee:
Meeting, 7:15 p.m., Journalism
News Room, second floor, Haven
Phi Lambda Upsilon: Annual
Spring Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Michi-
gan Union.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon: 12 noon
Room 3055, Natural Science Bldg.
Messrs. Richard Strong and Stew-
art Wallace will speak on "A Re-
cent Field Trip to the Iron
Ranges" (illustrated).
La Sociedad Hispanica will pre-
sent movies of Mexico (color and
sound), to be shown by Dr. New-
man and the Detroit Mexican
Consul at 8 p.m., Room D, Alumni
Memorial Hall. Admission free.
U. of M. Flying Club: Open
meeting, 7:30 p.m., 1042 E. En-
gineering Bldg.
Scabbard and Blade: 7:30 p.m.,
(Continued on Page 5)

The Daily accords its readers the
privilege of submitting letters for
publication in this column. Subject
to space limitations, the general pol-
icy is to publish in the order in which
they are received all letters bearing
the writer's signature and address.
Letters exceeding 300 words, repeti-
tious letters and letters of a defama-
tory character or such letters which
for any other reason are not in good
taste will not be published. The
editors reserve the privilege of con-
densing letters.
* * *
Iarshall Plan Upheld
To the Editor:
(IHARITY, it seems, is always an
unfortunate occurrence: for
one thing, its motives are so of-
ten misinterpreted. In a letter to
The Daily, Bill Carter of the
Ralph Neafus Club claims the
Marshall Plan is "American Im-
perialism" designed to get "more
markets for American invest-
ment." Let's examine these
We propose in the next year
alone to give Western Europe $5,-
300,000,000, in food, raw materials
and outright financial grants.
There will be more billions later.
Probably only a small part of this
outlay will ever be repaid. For the
foreseeable future, Western Eu-
rope will not have a large enough
surplus to repay as much as it
The keystone of the European
Recovery Program is "recovery,"
not "relief." It doesn't aim to pour
in dollars just so Europeans can
buy American products. It aims to
attack economic misery at the
source-to rebuild factories and
farms and to stabilize currencies
so that European nations can help
It's hard to see how the Mar-
shall Plan will get "more markets
for American investment" when
the plan will help Europe to be-
come less dependent on us. If
helping Europe produce more food
and goods is "American Imperial-
ism," we ought to have more of
If Mr. Carter were to visit Eu-
rope, as I did last fall, and see
the conditions of inflation and
dire want there, he would be less
apt to attribute sinister motives
to our charity-if he won't do it
on the facts of the Marshall Plan
-Clayton L. Dickey, '47.
Union Door Policy
To the Editor:
THE OTHER DAY, a woman,
heavily laden with baggage,
was seen climbing the long steps
in front of the Union. Upon arriv-
ing breathlessly at the summit,
she was informed by the door-
keeper that she, being a woman
(whatever crime that is!) could
not be permitted to enter through
the front door. She must instead
retrace her tired way down the
front steps, to lug her baggage
all the way around to the side
What sort of foolls rule the
Union? Is their thinking so me-
dieval, and their pride so pre-
cious, that they feel compelled
to exert this last vestige of their
manly mastery over women? ...
-Arthur Ross.
S * * *
Cites Atricle
To the Editor:
old Jackson who, according
to his editorial of April 23, wants
to see labor leaders jailed, I would
like to quote excerpts from an ar-
ticle "The Right of Workmen to
Strike" by William Cullen Bryant
which appeared in the New York
Post of June 10, 1836.

"Sentence was passed on Satur-
day on the twenty men who had
determined not to work-.
"What was their offence? They
had committed the crime of unan-
imously declining to go to work
at the wages offered to them by
their masters-'
"They were condemned because
they had determined not to work
for wages that were offered them!
Can anything be imagined more
abhorrent to every sentiment of
generosity or justice, than the law
which arms the rich with the legal
right to fix, by assize, the wages of
the poor? If this is not SLAVERY,
we have forgotten its definition.
Strike the right of associating for
the sale of labour from the priv-
ileges of a freeman, and you may
as well at once bind him to a
master, or ascribe him to the soil
-Punish by human laws a 'deter-
mination not to work,' make it
penal by any other penalty than
idleness inflicts, and it matters
little whether the task-masters be
one or many, an individual or an
order, the hateful scheme of slav-

ery will have gained a foothold in
the land-"
I also suggest that Mr. Jack-
son read section 1 of the thir-
teenth amendment to the Consti-
tution which says:
"Neither slavery or involuntary
servitude, except as a punishment
for crime whereof the party siall
have been duly convicted, shall
exist within the United States or
any place subject to their juris-
--Ed Shaffer.
Gives Up
To the Editor:
0K YOU WIN. I toss in the
towel. 'I must not be living
right since my name consistently
brings out the worst in the Daily
type setters.
On Wednesday, April 21, 1948,
my statement to The Daily con-
cerning my candidacy to the S.L.
was printed erroneously under the
name of Harry D. Evans, another
candidate. Two telephone conver-
sations with Editorial staff mem-
bers failed to bring about a cor-
In today's Daily (April 23), my
letter to the editor not only in-
cluded a very misleading error
within the context of the letter
("Many students fallaciously con-
sider the S.L. to be an important
body-" the word is IMPOTENT
not important.), but credit was
given to Harold Edward GRANT,
instead of Harold Edw. EVANS.
Yours for ever graver errors,
-Harold Edward Evans.
* * *


Fifty-Eighth Year




LES CORBEAUX by Henry Becque. Pre-
sented by Cercle Francais. Directed by
Charles Koella.
TAKE A MUSTACHE-twirling villain, an
old homestead surrounded with cred-
itors, an old widow, and three young and
innocent daughters, and you'd generally
wind up with a clear-cut case of melodrama.
But Henry Becque added a few new twists
of his own and came up with the sombre
tragedy presented by Cerale Francais last
We find Vigneron's little bourgeoisie fam-
ily happily celebrating the engagement of
Blanche, one of the three daughters, and
the success of their father's factory. But a
shadow falls over the happy scene as Vig-
neron dies, and his wife and children are
left to the mercies of his unscrupulous part-
ner. Blanche's engagement is called off and
the circle of "vultures" gradually close in


Purpose of Sidewalks
To the Editor:
APPRECIATE the feeling of
Mr. Tumin in regard to the
fertilizer needed on the University
lawn. One thing I can not under-
stand, however, is how any
amount of fertilizer-and seed-
can provide a good lawn when
students insist upon cutting across
the lawn.
I would like to cite one of the
many examples of this. Last week
the section of "lawn" between the
sidewalk and curb on the East
Washington side of the League
was plowed up, fertilized and
seeded. By the evening of the fol-
lowing day, this area was so
trampled that no grass seed would
have a chance.
Sure, the University should have
a nice lawn, but it isn't going to
get it by spending any amount of
money on fertilizers and seed.
These are needed to be sure, but
what is needed more is for the
University students to have
enough sense to walk on the side-
-Audrey Coates.

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