Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

May 14, 1948 - Image 4

Resource type:
The Michigan Daily, 1948-05-14

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.



FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1948

Keep th
Smith, a man who lived among students
for many years and at his death put a
million dollars worth of faith in them will
long be remembered.
Although Mr. Smith specified that the
fund which he set aside for deserving stu-
dents carry no name in his honor, we can-
not easily forget one whose thoughtfulness
was so forcefully brought to light.
During his 11-year sojourn at the Union,
Mr. Smith became a keen and kindly ob-
server of human nature. He cared about
how students felt, and understood and ap-
preciated tleir problems. He could recall his
own student days at the University, where
he received a law degree in 1896.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
:re written by members of The Daily stafff
and represent the views of the writers only.
01 .l

e Trust
Evidences of this un 6erstanding are
found in the provisions of the fund. He
wrote that he wanted no student regarded
as a charity case; but rather that his gift
should provide "a fair opportunity to de-
serving young persons."
Except for rewards, of merit and scholar-
ships, he desired that arrangements between
students and regents in awarding loans be
considered confidential.
Mr. Smith showed his unlimited faith in
students when he wrote that he did not
wish obligations of repayment to be so
heavy as to discourage or handicap stu-
dents. He was confident that "the appre-
ciation of a successful person of good
character" would be enough assurance of
We of the student body can only hope that
we may remain worthy of Mr. Smith's trust
-and that of President Ruthven, who de-
clared his confidence that generations of
Michigan students will continue to merit,
Mr. Smith's faith.
-Mary Stein

Mundt Provisions

]ESPITE the sincere fight on campus to
explain the Mundt anti-subversive ac-
tivities bill, few students know what this leg-
islation is attempting to do. Through the
guise of catching Reds, the Mundt Bill is an
attempt to limit the minority viewpoint.
Here are the pertinent provisions set to
trap Communists and a lot of other people:
1. They cannot seek or accept public of-
fice without revealing membership in Com-
munist organizations.
2. After 30 days of passage, they cannot
hold any non-elective Federal office or em-
3. They cannot apply for a passport, re-
new a passport or even use passports already
issued them.
4. Communist and Communist-Front or-
ganizations must register with the Attorney
General and supply all information down to
cellar sizes.
5. They must stamp "Disseminated by
Blank, a Communist organization," on all
their outgoing mail.
6. They must repeat the statement on
every radio broadcast.
The next question is: Who is a Communist
-what is a Communist organization-what
is a Communist-Front organization? Who
is going to undergo this suppression? The
Mundt Bill figures all that out too-in terms
so loose, anyone with the slightest rosy tinge
will go before the chopping block.
If any of these qualifications fit, your po-
litical goose is cooked:
1. If your policies happen to coincide
with those of a foreign nation or foreign

2. If you advocate principles and tactics
of Communism.
3. If you receive financial or other forms
of aid from a foreign nation or foreign or-
4. If you have gone to another nation for
instruction concerning Communism.
5. If you report your activities to a foreign
(Further interpretations of these clauses
is put in the sole hands of the Attorney Gen-
eral, who has full power, without interfer-
enc hfrom anyone, to determine the "facts"
of the case.)
To be a Communist or Communist-Front
group, all you have to do is:
1. Withhold information of membership,
2. Follow policies similar to that of
3. Withhold statements of finances,
sources of moneys.
4. Act in ways that effectuate policies of
(Any or all of these indicate the conclu-
sion that the group is "under Communist
control, or is instrumental in Communist
world movement," the bill states.)
Anyone, or any group, who shares any
views, on any subject with Communists,
comes under the Mundt Bill. Anyone critical
of any part of our system of government or
its operation, as communists are so strongly,
is liable for prosecution. That could include
anybody-you, me or any presidential can-
--Craig H. Wilson

City Editor's-
BECAUSE most newspaper men take a
kind of quiet pride in their job of keep-
ing the public informed, they are pretty sen-
sitive about criticism of their integrity.
And they are even more sensitive about
attempts to restrict their access to the
sources of news. Most newsmen figure that
anyone trying to impede the flow of infor-
mation to the public is "covering up" some-
thing unsavory.
Take the recent State Legislature con-
tempt investigation of an alleged Com-
munist at Michigan State College for ex-
ample. Playing along with a headline-
hunting legislator, the lawmakers ousted
newsmen from a session of the Legislature
while they figured out a way to try the
suspected student.
It mattered little to these lawmakers that
the state constitution stated that all sessions
should be open to the public. They resorted
to a legal device to "cover up" their obvious
confusion in handling a case of this kind.
In addition to alienating the press they gave
the people of the state a pretty good idea of
the type of men who were "serving" them
in the state government.
RIGHT NOW the Congress of the United
States is seriously considering a bill to
make newsmen liable to fines and a jail sen-
tence for making public so called congres-
sional "secrets." Who is going to decide
what is a "secret" and what is not? Under
this bill the congressmen themselves would
make this arbitrary decision.
It's shocking that lawmakers would even
consider a bill of this type which violates the
free press concept set forth in the consti-
With the exception of information which
should be withheld for reasons of national
security, there is no excuse for holding up
governmental news. This govenment is
founded on the idea that the people are
sovereign. They elect representatives to
run the government for them. And the
people have the right to know exactly what
kind of a job their elected representatives
are doing for them.
If a lawmaker even harbors the thought of
keeping secret his governmental actions he
has lost his right to represent the people.
At Hill Auditorium.
VOLPONE, with Harry Baur, Louis Jouvet
and Charles Dullin. Directed by A. Hertz.
student requests, has selected the
French film, "Volpone," for its final pres-
entation of the season and I don't see how
it could have made a happier choice.
This classic satire, which, incidentally,
was adapted for the screen several years
ago by Jules Romains and Stefan Zweig,
sets off at a brisk pace and maintains it
right up to the last frame. Taking the evil
consequences of greed as its theme, the
action delineates the shady antics of Vol-
pone, a knavish miser, and his crafty heu-
tenant, Mosa-to say nothing of the nest
of money-minded rogues who surround
them-in a fashion that ought to keep you
thoroughly amused all evening.
Harry Baur, in the title role, is perhaps
more effective than ever before, turning
from wrath to grief to what have you with
the facility of a magician. Louis Jouvet, as
Mosca, has less occasion for such versatility,

but his performance is pretty substantial, all
the same. The other members of the cast
seem to have caught the spirit of these two
and they handle their several picturesque
roles with the utmost relish.
Technically, the film approached the
standards set in its other divisions and even
the subtitles, for once, managed to keep up
with the action. This, considering the tempo
of the action in the present instance, rep-
resents quite an accomplishment. All in
all, "Volpone" is a gem and I don't think
you should pass it by.
Finally, I should like to extend my con-
gratulations at this time to the Art Cinema
League for having brought a good deal of
fine entertainment to the campus through-
out the semester and for simultaneously
sponsoring some very worth-while organiza-
-Kenneth Lowe.

. ' *,.,

r 4
INV "'y,,' .e



(Continued from Page 2)



Recognlze Judea First

Letters to the Editor...

T WILL BE a dreadful thing if the United
States is not the first of the great powers
to recognize the new Jewish state in Pales-
tine the moment its existence is formally
proclaimed this weekend.
We ought to keep a boy waiting at the
telegraph office for the news, with a recog-
nition statement in his pocket, ready for
dispatch. I don't know if Western Union
carries numbered recognition-of-new-nations
statements, like Mother's Day greetings, but
if it does, we ought to send them all, from
one to one hundred.
THE COMIC SPIRIT was ably caught by
the company and securely held by the
audience last night, as the Gilbert and
Sullivan Society presented their second pro-
duction HMS Pinafore.
Top flight singing and excellent charac-
terization overcame the slightly unpolished
orchestra work which at first threatened to
undermine the effect of an otherwise near
perfect performance. However, under direc-
tor Rex Wilder, the orchestra perceptibly
improved after the first few numbers.
Top singing honors in the production go
to Joyce Edgar for her presentation of a
quite unconventional, but nevertheless en-
chanting Buttercup. The usually buxom
and middle-aged peddler woman was trans-
formed by Miss Edgar into a delicate and
lightly satiric dancing girl-a pleasant, if
unprecedented change. The part was sung,
danced and acted with skill, wit and no
little musical talent.
Archie Brown made a convincingly love-
lorn Ralph, but lacked the keen wit of Dick
Roussin as Captain Corcoran and George
Boucher, as Sir Joseph. Mpsically, all three
were outstanding, with the Captain partic-
ularly shining in the duet with Dick Dead-
eye, the Bell Trio and the Finale.
The "verminous" Deadeye, achieved the

For this is going to be exactly the kind
of state we say we want to see more of in
the world. It is going to be free. It is
democratic. It is, as the world well knows
by now, a satellite of no foreign nation. It
is advanced in agriculture and, consider-
ing everything, in technology. Its basic
political concepts are Western. If we don't
recognize Judea, who are we going to ree-
ognize? How good do you have to be?
It will hurt us very much in the world if
we decide to be petty, and to withhold rec-
ognition. For the world won't know what to
think. We have already established that we
don't like satellite governments, tied to others
by visible or invisible bonds. But don't we
like free ones, either? What do we like?
* * * *
ACTUALLY, the establishment of a free
Judea in the Middle East is a tremen-
dous break for us. What could be better,
from the long-range view, than the estab-
lishment of a free nation in that area, one
which is determined to break with past tra-
ditions of intrigue, and of dealings in na-
tional favors.
The establishment of a free Judea marks
the end of the era of E. Phillips Oppenheim
in that part of the world, and the beginning
of the era of Thomas Jefferson. We, as
democrats, should rejoice; it is like the suc-
cessful transplantation of a cutting, far
It is true that the New Judea is, to a cer-
tain degree, showing its love for indepen-
dence by rejecting our plans for various
forms of non-independence, such as trustee-
ship, etc. But it is also true, I think, that no
new nation is ever formed without making
somebody cross, and if, in this case, it hap-
pens to be us, we ought to be big enough to
externalize and objectivize our feelings, and
to understand that, on balance, we have
,gained. For the fact that the new Judea
dares to cross even us for the sake of being
born, is an absolute guarantee that no na-
tion will ever be allowed to make use of
this new little country, or to dominate it, or
to base itself upon it. It is a pity that we,
Itcause of last-minute indecision and short-
sightedness, had to become involved in the
test,'but the test remains valid nonetheless.
It would be big, and very American, to

calculating machines in Room 302,
Michigan Union, Monday, Tues-
day and Wednesday, May 17, 18
and 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All
persons interested are welcome to
visit the exhibit.
Architecture Building: Photog-
raphy by Roger and Patti Hollen-
beck; through May 28.
Museum of Art, Alumni Memo-
rial Hall: Prints by Lovis Corinth
and Creative Design and the Con-
sumer, Container Corporation o
America, through May 16; Water
Colors by John Marin, through
May 25. Tuesdays through Sat-
urdays 10-12 and 2-5; Wednesday
evenings 7-9; Sundays 2-5. The
public is invited.
Atomic Energy, exhibition pre-
pared by the editors of LIFE mag-
azine, Rackham Building, through
May 29.
Events Today
3:30 p.m. WKAR-On Campus
Doorsteps, Dr. Margaret Bell,
Health Service.
5:45 p.m. WPAG-Music Frater-
nities and Sororities, Phi Mu
8 p.m. WPAG-H.M.S. Pinafore
(Gilbert and Sullivan).
Visitor's Night, Department of
Astronomy: 8-10 p.m. Angell Hall,
for observation of the Moon and
Saturn. (The last in the series of
Visitor's Night will be held May
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society
presents H.M.S. Pinafore, Patten-
gill Auditorium (Ann Arbor High
School) 8 p.m. Tickets on sale at
U. Hall and at the door.
School of Music students and
others interested in the problems
andtechniques of music in the
feature films are invited to a lec-
ture-demonstration on the sub-
ject, 2-4 p.m., Rackham Amphi-
Geology and Mineralogy Jour-
nal Club: 12 noon, Room 3055,
Natural Science Bldg. Dr. F. S.
Turneaure, Department of Geol-
ogy, will speak on "Mineral De-
posits of the Eastern Cordillera of
Bolivia." All interested are in-
International Center's Instruc-
tion classes in American Ball
Room Dancing: 8-10 p.m., Room
302 Michigan Union. Final meet-
Sigma Delta Chi, national pro-
fessional journalistic fraternity.
Initiation, 4 p.m., Fri., May 14,
Michigan Union. Banquet, 6 p.m.,
Masonic Temple. Speaker: Prof.
John L. Brumm.
Wallace Progressive: 4:15 p.m.,
Room 305, Michigan Union.
Program: Plans for State
Conference; discussion ofrviolence
against Progressive Party mem-
bers; plans for part-time summer
work for the Progressive Party;
report from Student Coordinating
meeting called by Student Legis-
lature; and report from Detroit
Wallace Rally.
German Coffee Hour: 3-4:30
p.m., Michigan League Coke Bar.
All students and faculty members
SRA Coffee Hour: 4:30 p.m.,

Lane Hall. The Unitarian group
will be special guests. Everyone in-
Women of the University Fac-
ulty: Informal Tea, 4:30 p.m.,
Club Lounge, Michigan League.
In charge: members from the Of-
fice of the Dean of Women and
Physical Education Department.
Roger Williams Guild: Work
party, 8:30 p.m. to help clean the
Guild House. Students interested
in hearing Muriel Lester meet at
the Guild House at 8 o'clock. Re-
freshments at the Guild House
following both events.
Coming Events
Open house tea in honor of
Muriel Lester, 4-5 p.m., Sat., May
15, Muriel Lester Cooperative
House. Students and faculty in-
Association of University of
Michigan Scientists: Meets Mon-
day, May 17, 8 p.m., Rackham
Theatre. Program: three short
films on atomic energy, and a dis-
cussion to be led by Prof. G. E.
Uhlenbeck. The public is invited.
Cornedbeef Corner: 10:30 p.m.,
to midnight, Sat., May 15, Hillel
Foundation. The Corner closes to-
morrow for the year. All are in-
Graduate Outing. Club: Meet
for canoeing, 2:30 p.m., Sun., May
16, northwest entrance, Rackham
Bldg. Sign up at Rackham check
desk before noon Saturday. All
graduate students ,welcome.
THE GROWING disintegration
of the Nationalist Govern-
ment, and the rise of a formidable
opponent in the person of Gen. Li
Tsung-jen, should combine to
make Chiang Kai-shek more
amendable to the United States'
pressure for basic reforms.
This should be the more so be-
cause Gen. Li became popular by
advocating such reforms-re-dis-
tribution of the land, discharge of
incompetent and corrupt officials
and party leaders, and strengthen-
ing of the military.
Li is the first man in years to be
spoken of by any consirerabe
number of the Chinese as a possi-
ble replacement for Chiang. His
election as vice-president, over
Chiang's opposition, makes him a
formidable opponent. How hope-
ful his rise to influence really is,
however, is not yet entirely clear.
Though he is a reform leader he
is also a military hero, and with
the backing the commands from
the Army there is always the dan-
ger that he could turn into a man
on horseback.
While the United States may
well prefer a wait-and-see atti-
tude toward Gen. Li and the
movement he represents, it could
point to this movement, and to
the worsening economic and mili-
tary position of the Nationalist
Government, in representing to
Chiang that he can no longer
safely defer the reforms which this
Government has long been com-
mending to him.
-St. Louis Post Dispatch
THE DETROIT police depart-
ment is screening all comic
books for indications of Commu-
nistic teachings, sex, and racial
discrimination. While the inves-
tigators are at it, they might ex-
amine the things for traces of
-The New Yorker.

The Daily accords its readers the
privilege of submitting letters for
publication in this column. Subject
to space limitations, the general po-
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 cor-
desing letters.
* * *.
Republican iA swer
To the Editor:
ON BEHALF of the Young Re-
publican Club of the Univer-
sity I should like to reply to Mr.
Joseph Cote's letter of May 11.
Recently the YRC decided to
sound out its members on certain
important issues of the day. The
results of this sounding were to
be forwarded to those persons in
whose hands rest the task of for-
mulating the Republican plat-
form. The one purpose of this
move was to let the Republican
Party know just where we, the
University members, stand.
Mr. Cote promptly concluded
that this was just another ex-
ample of "Republican insincer-
ity." It would seem that either
his letter was written without an
honest inquiry into the purpose
of the endeavor or under the be-
lief that because our title bears
the womrd "Republican" that we
must not express our own beliefs
and desires.
Turning now to his attack upon
the Republican Party, I question
the wisdom of assuming from
Rep. Gearhart's statement that
the idea there expressed is that
of the party. He points to one
isolated statement (the source of
which Mr. Cote does not disclose)
and goes on to assume that such
is the feeling of the Republican
Party as ,a whole. Certainly Mr.
Cote realizes that the isolated
statement of a single party mem-
ber does. not necessarily repre-
sent the feelings of the party. If
such were the case the Young
Demo.crats might find their time
well -,occupied explaining why
statements by Senator Bilbo and
others do not represent the true
Democratic platform.
--Jack W. Warren,
(Vice-Pres. YRC.)
Different Impression
To the Editor:
'M SURE IT IS your constant
desire as it is mine to improve
the standard of The Daily and
hence would be very grateful if
you would publish the following
letter, correcting, as it does in my
opinion, a very ambiguous im-
pression left by your Saturday
In covering the Spring Parley,
and especially the Neal East
Panel, it is very regrettable that
your correspondent should have
turned so important a problem
into the cheapest kind of pub-
The description of this meet-
ing is in my opinion, completely
unjustifiable. It was-as it was
intended to be-a very informal,
stimulating and at times even
illuminating discussion-thatit
became a little heated at times-
seems to credit its participants
only with the utmost degree of
sincerity. It certainly was not that
ignoble free-for-all which your
correspondent described; to give
such an impression, would be an
insult to both the theme of the
discussion, as well as to its par-
Lastly-and gravest of all-do
I consider the misinformation it
contained. Your correspondent
seems to have missed the most
salient points in the discussion
and even did not find-that far

at the bottom-there is a common
ground for agreement. The hope-
lessness of the situation-as he
described it-must certainly have
given many people a wrong im-
pression-a thing which I'm sure
was without any intention and
which it. is in the interest of
everybody concerned to correct-
-Dr. M. Weinrab.
* * *
To the Editor:
T IS APPARENT that if the
pending Mundt Bill becomes
law our hitherto unquestioned
right to. criticize and dissent po-
litically and to interchange social
ideas in an atmosphere free from
the threat of disloyalty will be
seriously limited.
The interests of a small group
of undemocratic men in our gov-
ernment will have been served
and the political freedom which
has enjoyed preeminence in our
long struggle toward individual

freedom will have suffered a se-
vere curtailment.
Equipped with a legal rationale
for political intimidation, the men
who espouse the Mundt Bill and
who are ironically the most belli-
cose in the cry for the preserva-
tion of Americanism will com-
pletely divest themselves of the
real responsibilities which demo-
cratic Americanism entails; Amer-
icanism means, despite their cries
of "disloyalty," corrective social
and political legislation such as
that which would insure minority
groups, the economically under-
privileged, and especially the Ne-
gro people complete social and
political equality in our land.
The Mundt Bill is an attempt
on the part of undemocratic men
to censure discussion and impugn
as subversive any person or group
of persons-not only members of
the Communist Party-who refuse
to submit to the ideological deg-
radation which obedience to such
a law would entail.
A witch-hunt putting to shame
the efforts of the Thomas Com-
mittee will be the consequence
of the bill if it is made law;
and a witch-hunt gains impetus
like a snowball rolling down hill,
so that eventually anyone who
criticizes the witch-hunt itself is
swept in its path. If a man will
became politically suspect for sup-
porting Henry Wallace, or for es-
pousing the civilian control of
atomic energy, then I believe a
great many people will have diffi-
culty in being conscionably
We should inform the congress
of our opposition to the Mundt
Bill now, not at a later date
when dissension may become au-
tomatically "disloyal."
-Francis X. Crowley.
To the Editor:
IN THE AD SECTION of another
paper, a party advertises two
rooms for rent. That, in itself, is
quite interesting nowadays, but
what is even more so surprising is
a sentence that reads: "No for-
eigners, children or pets." As a
foreigner, I am pleased to see that
my kind is classified together with
such delightful creatures as chil-
dren and pets. But I do not be-
lieve that the ad really has a
flattering connotation. I am not
too shocked at the idea of the
existence of anti-foreign people
in the U.S. All countries have
them and I don't believe that (es-
pecially here) those friendly in-
dividuals represent more than a
small group. Yet, some measure
of good taste ought to prevent
them from putting their attitude
in print. This is really un-Amer-
-Edwin Yahiel.
Fifty-Eighth Year

0 1




Edited and managed by students of
the University of Michigan rader 'the
authority of the Board in Control of
Student Publications.
Editorial Stafff
John Campbell.......Managing Editoa
Dick Maloy...............City Editor
Harriett Friedman .. Editorial Director
Lida Daises .......... Associate Editor
Joan Katz.............Associate Editor
Fred Schott......... Associate Editor
Dick Kraus.............Sports Editor
Bob Lent ......Associate Sports Editor
Joyce Johnson.........Women's Editor
Jean Whitney Associate Women's Editor
Bess Hayes .............. Librarian
Business Stafff
Nancy Helmick......general Manage
Jeanne Swendeman......Ad. Manager
Edwin Schneider .. Fiance Manager
Dick Hait......Circulation Manages
Telephone 23-24-1
Member of The Associated Press
The Associated Press is exclusively
entitled to the use for re-publication
of all news dispatched credited to it a
otherwise credited in this newspaper.
All rights of re-publication of all other
matters herein are also reserved.
Entered at the Post Office at Anna
Arbor, Michigan, as second-class mal
Subscription during the regular
school year by carrier, $5.00, by mail-
Associated Collegiate Press


Looking Back

From the pages of The Daily
Fifty Years Ago Today:
Spanish - American War enlistments
brought a new problem before the Board of
Regents, for already one hundred University
men and two professors had joined the
armed forces. The Board stated that there
was n noeessity for 'nnera enlitment. hut


Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan