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Workers' Education Bill

SPECULATIONS and predictions regarding
the newly-elected Democratic Congress
seem to have pushed the University workers'
education program into the background.
Now that the Board of Regents has really
made up its mind to dismiss Arthur A.
Elder, director of the Workers' Educational
Service, and to revise the program of
courses for workers, the matter seems to
be closed.
But it is more than likely that the new
Congress will throw the spotlight on this
workers' education program, in a new and
embarrassing way.
Going back to the beginning of the con-
troversy about the University, one of the
things (many would say the only thing) that
prompted the Regents' decision was the tes-
timony of Adam K. Stricker of General Mo-
tors before the.House Committee on Educa-
tion and Labor.
Stricker was testifying on a bill which
would have set up a federal Labor Ex-
tension Service with power to grant funds
to universities for workers' education.
The University's program, one of the fin-
est in the nation, had been selected as an
example of what workers' education is doing
and how it's being done.
When Stricker cried "Marxism" the Re-
gents felt obliged to suspend the classes
pending investigation. But that wasn't the
only thing that happened as a result of
Stricker's charges -the predominantly
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
end represent the views of the writers only.

conservative house committee decided to
kill the labor education bill.
With a Democratic Congress in power, New
Jersey's Rep. Fred Hartley yields the chair-
manship of the education and labor com-
mittee to a perennial New Dealer, Rep.
John C. Lesinski, of Detroit, who was strong-
ly in favor of the bill during the committee
hearings last spring.
With such Republicans as Senator Irving
Ives of New York and Representative Thor
Tollefson of Washington also in favor of
federal funds for labor education, some form
of the bill is a certainty.
Under the terms of the measure intro-
duced in the 80th Congress, quite a lot of
work would have to be done before any
program could get federal funds. First,
Governor Williams would appoint a State
Board equally representative of the par-
ticipating labor organizations and educa-
tional institutions.
The State board would then be in charge
of general provisions for workers' education
within the state. It would:
1-Certify to the Labor Department who
has requested what educational services from
which universities;
2-Allocate funds to those institutions,
subject to approval by the Labor Depart-
3-Set up a full-time state administrative
4-Submit a complete budget and reports
to the Secretary of Labor.
We hope that when a Labor Extension Act
is passed, the Board of Regents will favor
participation by the University in workers'
education. The University has been a leader
in this experimental form, and should con-
tinue its past successes when federal funds
are provided.
-Phil Dawson.

New Freedom Force

ANEW FORCE for the maintenance of
academic freedom is prising from the
Olivet College fracas.
Although T. Barton Akeley and his wife
have not been reinstated and there is little
likelihood that they ever will be, a new
group to combat the forces working against
academic freedom is being formed. It will
be composed of students of Olivet and
other schools interested in the Olivet
affair and educators who have partici-
pated in the Olivet protest. Around this
nucleus, will be added a regional or even
a national organization of all who recog-
nize academic freedom as an inherent
right. This group will be completely non-
partisan. Just as the demonstrations were
executed, so will the organization-each
participant accepted on a personal basis
as representing the campus on which he
Immediate plans of the group include con-
tinuing the Olivet fight in every way possible,
studying the problem on a national basis and
taking action to prevent infringements of
present academic freedom and pushing that
freedom to places it does not penetrate to-

At present the group is aiming at an
organizational conference over Thanksgiv-
ing Weekend, probably at the University
of Chicago. A large turnout from the hun-
dreds of midwest universities and colleges
would insure the initial success of the
Some may pass off the whole idea of form-
ing the new group as just a way to let off
excess steam after being defeated at Olivet.
But the formation of this group is of even
more importance than the specific case of
the Akeleys. Here something is being done
to protect, on a large scale, a human right
for everyone.
And it was obvious from the beginning
that no right-about-face would be considered
by the Olivet Board of Trustees even before
they summarily refused to even discuss the
crisis at their last meeting,
Only when such groups as is now being
contemplated become strong and active will
the battle for academic freedom be won at
Olivet and at every other school in the na-
-Craig H. Wilson.

THE LITERARY College's new system of
upper-class counseling will almost com-
pletely end two gripes of long standing
among lit school students.
No longer will registration be a period
of suffering and loud moans about the
difficulty of getti;g to see an adviser, and
no longer will post-registration blues of
the "I-didn't-get - any -of - the - courses I -
wanted" variety be prevalent.
Why? Because according to the provisions
of the new plan, students will have the op-
portunity to discuss their prospective pro-
grams with advisers months before registra-
tion. In addition, elections will be determined
far enough in advance so that in most cases
the College will be able to make provision for
extra teaching facilities i they are needed.
Moreover, the plan will bring the stu-
dent in closer contact with his adviser.
Heretofore, it was practically impossible,
under the rushed conditions surrounding
registration for either adviser or student
to take the time necessary to discuss any-
thing but the barest essentials of signing
up for courses.
If a student tried to see his adviser dur-
ing the semester, chances were the adviser
was busy in his capacity as professor, and
again couldn't take the time to give the stu-
dent comprehensive advice.
Now, however, advisers will have reg-
ular hours, and.a central office to which
students may come for advice, or just to
discuss their academic problems and aims.
As many conferences as are deemed nec-
essary will be arranged. Students will feel,
and rightly so, that there is a genuine in-
terest on the part of the adviser to help them
achieve the maximum benefits from their
academic careers.
The Executive Committee of the Lit-
erary College has spent months discussing
and planning the new counseling system. It
deserves a vote of thanks from the student
body for helping eliminate some of the
problems inherent in education at a large
-Fredrica Winters
WASHINGTON-Some points about the
second Truman administration are clear
already. For example, the President means
to have a second New Deal if he can. But
government is people, as some sage has
remarked. In his second term, Truman
will really stand or fall by the men he
hires as his subordinates,
Very roughly speaking, this vital prob-
lem of the personnel of the new Admin-
istration may be divided into two parts,
foreign and. domestic. The foreign part
is the more iwportait, for the peculiar
reason that the campaign tensions poi-
soned the relations between the President
and his ablest men on his present foreign
and defense team. The White House cur-
rently is a constant source of rumors that
the days of Under Secretary of State Rob-
ert A. Lovett are numbered. In a lesser
degree,the same hints are given about
Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal.
And even Secretary of State George C.
Marshall's standing is being openly called
into question.
For the State Department, Chief Justice
Vinson, Averell Harriman, Dean G. Ache-
son, Will Clayton and Sumner Wells (whom
the Zionists are pressing) are the names
most often mentioned. The insiders are.
betting on Vinson if he will consent to leave
the Supreme Court. For the Defense De-
partment, a long list is offered-former Sec-
retary of War Harry Woodring; Woodring's
bitter enemy, former assistant Secretary of

War Louis Johnson, who was Democratic
fund-raiser in this campaign; Secretaries of
War, Navy and Air Royall, Sullivan and
Symington, who are all active candidates;
and the President's crony, the lame duck
Governor of Washington, Mon C. Wallgren.
The insiders seem to have no choice among
these alternatives.
In the field of domestic administration,
the problem is approximately the same,
although complicated by a political fac-
tor. The complication is that in the do-
mestic field, none of the President's sub-
ordinates had the slightest excuse for
sitting on their hands throughout the
campaign. Several of them, led by the
President's special crony, Secretary of the
Treasury John Snyder, nevertheless held
themselves rather glaringly aloof from all
the awful hurly-burly. Their line was that
they would write checks but would not
make speeches.
The complication is important, because the
hand-sitters, by an understandable coinci-
dence, also comprise most of the Truman
subordinates who have consistently opposed
the Left-wing policies on which the President
won the election. But the fact remains that
when the President returned to Washington
in triumph, Secretary Snyder was triumph-
ing right next to him in the receiving line.
There are those in the White House who
strongly oppose this tendency, urging that
if the President wants a second New Deal,
he had better hire some New Dealers. For
this reason men like Wilson Wyatt and
Paul Porter will no doubt be brought in
for such special :yobs as housing and stand-
by price control. But here again, the
betting is that the general, basic charac-

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Forbidden Fruit


IT HAS OFTEN been said that forbidden
fruit is sweeter and this axiom has been
proved once again in the student's reaction
to the setting aside of the flagpole area as a
place for discussion of current events.
It seems that the group on the diag who
argued so vehemently for several days
when their right to hold debating ses-
sions was threatened has suddenly taken
an aversion to airing its views on the
middle of the campus.
One explanation for the sudden lag of
enthusiasm for such violent argument may
be the fact that the elections are over. But
certainly no one will say that its results

"What INewsFrom The U. N. Front, Great Chief?"

Letters to the Editor

have settled every controversial issue facing
If Dean Walters had forbidden us to
congregate on campus and give our opin-
ions on various important questions, a tre-
mendous uproar would have arisen. Since
he named a place, however, where stu-
dents may go and speak freely, the desire
to take advantage of this opportunity has
not manifested itself.
We always want what is hard to get, but
when the particular privilege is tossed into
our laps, its value somehow diminishes to
such an extent that we are hardly aware of
its existence.
--Esther Kleitman.

(continued from Page 2)
Wed., Nov. 10, Rm. 3001 Angell
Hall. Mr. Seymour Ginsburg will
continue to discuss Transfinite
Ordinal Numbers.
Events Today
Engineering Council: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., W. Engineering Bldg.
Delta Sigma Pi, Professional
Business Fraternity: Business
meeting, 8:30 p.m., Chapter House.
Pledges meet at 7:30 p.m.
Institute of Aeronautical Sei-
ences: Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 3
R-S Michigan Union. Prof. W. C.
Nelson will speak on the subjects,
"Aviation Job Opportunities," and
"Some Aircraft Developments in
Great Britain." Group picture for
the 'Ensian will be taken.
All Aero students and faculty
A.S.M.: Meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Rm. 348. W. Engineering Bldg. Dr.
R. O. Fehr, research director of
General Electric, will talk on "The
Fight Against Vibration and
Noise." All those interested are in-
Phi Laumbdai Uipsilon: First s tu -
dent-faculty luncheon, 12:15 p.m.,
Michigan Union. All members in-
Modern Poetry Club: 7:30 p.m.,1
Russian Tearoom, Michigan
League. See Gerald M. Hopkins'
poems, in Oscar Williams' Anthol-
Toledo Club: Meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Michigan League. Discussion of
Operations Christmas present,
holiday rance, and election of of-i
ficers. We will also start our1r
speaker series.I
Varsity Debaters: General meet-
ing, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 4203 Angell
Hall. This meeting is for all de-
baters, irregardless of subject
Women of the University Fac-
ulty: Weekly tea, 4-6 p.m., Rm. D,
Michigan League.
Square Dancing, sponsored by
the Graduate Outing Club. 8 p.m.,
W.A.B. Everybody welcome. Small
admission charge.
Americans for Democratic Ac-
tion: Bill Shore, National Chair-
man of Students for Democratic
Action and a lieutenant in the He-
bert Humphrey campaign for U.S.
Senate, will address members on
the subject, "SDA in the Post-
Election World
Program: Election of officers,
discussion of a student co-op.fand
further plans for the semester.
7:30 p.m., ABC Room, Michigan
Westminster Guild: Church
sale and Westminster tea, 4-6
p.m. Sale in recreation hal. Tea
in second floor parlor. All invited.
Roger Williams Guild: "Chat"
and tea 4:30-6 p.m., Guild House.
Coming Events
Visitor's Night, Department of
Astronomy-Fri., Nov. 12, 7:30 to
9:30 p.m., in Angell Hall (fifth
floor), for observaltions of the

moon. Visitor's Night will be can-
celled if the sky is cloudy. Chil-
dren must be accompanied by
adults. (This is the last Visitor's
Night scheduled to be held during
the first semester.)
Gallery Talk, by Prof. Chet La-
More, College of Architecture and
Design, on Contemporary Paint-
ings from the Albright Art Gal-
lery; Museum of Art, Alumni Me-
morial Hall, Sun., Nov. 14, 3:30
p.m. The public is invited.
N.S.A. Meeting: 4 p.m., Thurs.,
Nov. 11, Student Legislature
room, 3rd floor, Michigan Union.
IFC Executive Council: Meeting,
4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 11, Rm. 2 Uni-
versity Hall.
Alpha Kappa Delta: Meeting,
7:45 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 11, at the
home of Prof. Arthur E. Wood, 3
Harvard Place. Prof. Georges
Friedmann, Director of Studies at
the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Sor-
bonne, Paris, will be the speaker.
Members who wish transportation
wall be picked np at the west door
of the Women's League at 7:40
tFta Kappa N: Dinner meet-
ing, 6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. .1, Michi-
ganr Union.
Transfer Students who are
members of Pi Lambda Theta are
invited to join the members of the
Xi Chapter in welcoming our Na-
tional Vice-president Thurs., Nov.
11, 7:30 p.m., East Conference
Room, Rackham Bldg.
Student Faculty Hour: 4-5 p.m.,
Thurs., Nov. 11, Grand Rapids
Room, Michigan League. Sociol-
cgy and Anthropology depart-
'ments will be guests. Co-sponsored
by Assembly and Pan-hel.
International Center weekly tea
for all foreign students and their
American friends. 4:30-6 p.m.,
Thurs., Nov. 11, International
Center. Hostesses: Mrs. T. Raleigh
Nelson and Mrs. Waldo C. John-
Forester's Club: Meeting, 7:30
p.m., Thurs., Nov. 11, Rm. 2082
National Science. Dr. Clover will
show movies of her trip down the
Colorado River through the Grand
Canyon. All Foresters and wives
Deutscher Verein: 7:45 p.m.,
Thurs., Nov. 11, Rm. K, L, M,
Michigan Union. Prof. J. W.
Eaton will speak on "Vocations
for modern language students."
French and Spanish Clubs are in-
U. of M. Rifle Club: Firing,
7-9:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11, ROTC
range. A prone match will be shot.
Arts Chorale: Meeting, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 11, Rm. 506, Burton
B'nai B'rith Ilillel Foundation:
Sabbath Evening Services, 7:45
p.m., Fri., Nov. 12, followed by
talk by Professor Newcombe of
the Sociology Department, "The
Social Psychologist Looks at the
Election." 8:30 p.m. Social hour.
Inter-Racial Association will
conduct a training session on the
Techniques of Action in Inter-

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, repet-
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.
* * I
Clever Idea
To the Editor:
Shapiro, who in her letter,
complained about the use of Hit-
ler's photograph in an advertise-
ment for the 'Ensian. That ad-
vertisement was one of the clever-
est ideas I've seen yet. Ceytainly
Hitler was the man who perpe-
trated the most infamous crime
in history, but that's where the
humor comes in. The contrast be-
tween what we know he did, and
what, as the advertisement called
him, "anoted German author and
lecturer," is very clever. More pow-
er to the writer of that advertise-
ment! Don't take it too seriously,
Miss Shapiro.
-Lee Bennett.
*W * *
To the Editor:
As a Wallace supporter, I would
like to dispute the statements
made by Al Blumrosen in his post-
election editorials. Now that Harry
Truman has taken a liberal stand
on domestic problems (a stand he
was forced to take because Wallace
was in the race), Mr. Blumrosen
asks all Progressives to lie down
and play dead.
Well, Mr. Blumrosen, I was re-
lieved as you were when I heard-
the final election returns; but for
very different reasons. I am glad
Truman was elected because first-
ly, his victory proves that the
American people have come to the
point where they are no longer led
by the newspapers, the radio, the
movies and the pollsters.
Secondly, I am glad Truman
was elected because it proves that
a majority of the people want civil
rights, repeal of Taft-Hartley, and
end of the Red Smear, price con-
trol, more housing. They voted for
a Wallace domestic program; voted
against do - nothing Dewey - eyed
Thirdly, the people split their
tickets, voting for men and plat-
forms rather than party symbols.
Fourth, the Siglers and the Cur-
ley Brookses and the Herberts have
been repudiated by the citizens of
the United States.
These are the reasons I am glad
Truman won the election. But my
relief at the outcome has not made
me forget Cold War Iron Curtain
Let's Get Tough Bi-Partisan For-
eign Policy.
No. Truman won't let me forget,
even for a day that all liberals,
whether they voted for Wallace or
Truman or Thomas, have to fight
together for the next four years to
force Harry S. to fulfill his cam-
paign promises.
And that is why the Wallace or-,
ganization must and will hold to-
gether now more than ever. It is
a group of citizens pledged to work
for peace, for civil rights, for the
rights of the workingman, for gov-
ernment control of monopoly in-
stead of vice versa.
-Jean Fagan
* * *
To the Editor:
Plc burial of the Progressive
Party was not unexpected. It fol-
lows merely in the wake of scores'
of other editorials written in sim-
ilar vein throughout the nation.
Why, one is moved to ask-

is it necessary for so many people
to convince themselves as well as
others, that Henry Wallace and
his movement are dead? And-
even more important- why should
anyone DESIRE to see this move-
ment dead?

The continued faith, zeal an
optimism of Wallace and his work
ers belie their "defeat"; the Wal
lace program-as essential to th
people AFTER the election, as be
fore the election-insures the sur
vival of the Progressive Party.
The syndicated journalists .aii
the cynical college reporters ca:
revile or poke fun at the name. ,
Henry Wallace and his partisant
but they cannot laugh off quit
so easily, what the Progressiv
Partty has foughtfor, and vis
continue to fight for - in thU
So long as there are yet million
in this country denied first cla
citizenship there will be a nee
for a Progressive Party. So lon
as there are millions fighting f
higher wages, there will be a nee
for a Progressive Party. So long
there are people revolted by t
crime of genocide mass murder
in Israel, Greece, China, there wi
be a need for a Progressive Part
So long as there are people in th
country who sincerely want peat
there will 6e a heed for a Progres
sive Party.
I suggest, Mr. Blumrosen, the
you look elsewhere for corpses. Tl)
Progressive Party is only now bor
and full of life.
-Sid Beinart.
* * "
To the Editor.
H APPILY, I reject the aid th'
Mr. Blumrosen offers to thi
Progressive Party. It is evidex
that his wish for an abortis
burial is based on numerous mi
He blissfully points to the fa<
that we pulled for Truman rathe
than Dewey, but does not explai
our. logic in so doing. Primarill
the campaign between the Repu
licans and Democrats was limits
to domestic frictions. Trumal
correctly sensing the temper of ti
people, advocated a very progree
sive and forward-looking policy o
domestic affairs. His acceptant
and the frank repudiation of RA
publican reaction shows that t
people definitely wish a more denr
ocratic regime. The Progressive
unfortunately, did not succeed
convincing the masses of votei
who were frightened from the Prg
gressive Party by the red-scare
who mistakenly felt that a vote fc
the Progressives was wasted, ca;
their ballot for Truman.
it is, as Mr. Blumrosen poin
out, an achievement to have sui
ceeded in forcing the adoption 3
a liberal platform by the pres
dent-elect. But the importr
thing is not the promises, b
their transference into deeds.
remains the most important tas
for all of us, not merely progret
sives, to assure the fulfillment
Mr. Truman's declarations.
Blumrosen is willing to lie dow
now and sink into the complacer
sleep that he advocates, let h'
do so alone.
-Hy Bershad.

C, 4r
Fifty-Ninth Year

Meant what They Said

PLAINLY and simply, there is a job of
work to be done in Washington. It is
not a hard job, nor a particularly com-
plicated one. The means for doing it are
at hand, and the. majority of the people
want it done. No task could start under
better auspices.
That job is to put a brake on prices,
to provide housing for those who need it,
to improve the state of our civil liberties,
to return to the modes of freedom in labor
relations, to develop the natural resources
of this country, and to strike out boldly
and affirmatively for world peace.
It is a job that is going to be done any-
way, in the slow grinding of history, sooner
or later. It would be better to do it con-
sciously, to do it quickly, to do it now. Only
thus can we set up as a rhythm in our public
business something like the rhythms of our
private business-a discussion, then a de-
cision, then an action.
But there are those, of course, who are
trying to'set up a quite different rhythm
-to make it a case of a discussion, then a
decision, then no action.

up the curious doctrine that the way to
lose an election is to have a commanding
lead. They will go to great lengths to strip
the election verdict of its meaning. In do-
ing so they come perilously close to setting
up the theory that America is governed, by
ohance and happenstance and small acci-
dent. They would rather take this dismal
view of a process that is the very basis of
our national life, than admit that a large
decision was made a week ago Tuesday.
It is impossible to agree witr those who
believe that America staggers along from ac-
cident to accident. It is healthier to believe
that America makes sense. It is safer to
believe that it meant what it said. The people
have asked, in an orderly and decent way,
for certain definite changes, and not to
grant those changes is to go a long way
toward undermining their faith in the effi-
cacy of their ballots.
It is impossible to agree with those who
it, with an assured and positive one-two-
three cadence. The order has been entered;
now let the shipping department fill it. If
the President will put . the necessary bills
together into a program, if he will give the

Group Relations, 7:30 p.m., Thurs.,
Nov. 11, Michigan Union. Dr. Ron-
ald Lippitt, Director of the Re-
search Center for Group Dynam-
ics, and Dr. T. H. Newcomb, Pro-
fessor of Sociology and Pcychol-
ogy, will speak. The public is in-
Westminster Guild Hayride: Fri-
day night, Nov. 12. Call 2-4466 for
United World Federalists: Gen-
eral Meeting scheduled for Wed.,
Nov. 10, will be held on Nov. 17.
The Roundtable scheduled for
Thurs., Nov. 11, has been con-
celed and will be held on Tues.,
Nov. 23.

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I've signed the agreement!
There! Now-now let me go !pse7

He can't get his What's wrong with
car started- Mr. Merrie? Have
-you offended him?

He signed this paper, O'Malley.
And thrust it on me. And then-

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