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T11E -MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY, NOVEAMER 1!7, 1948-

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'New Life' and Normalcy

CAMPUS LIFE is undergoing the most
drastic change it has seen since the be-
ginning of the war.
As the last of the veterans watch their
remaining time on the GI Bill dwindle
away to nothing, and new students come to
Michigan fresh from high school, the
whole atmosphere changes.
No longer are freshmen catapulted into a
society composed of people with two or three
year edge in age and experience.
When I came to campus, everyone else
on the floor of the Dorm was a veteran,
and the atmosphere reflected it.
It was more subdued, more purposeful.
The vets had been around and, in general,
had little use for that thing called "Rah,
Rah."
The non vet got his fill of war stories,
learned a lot from his older buddies and
generally acquired their distaste for "Rah,
Rah."
This was in 1946. By last spring, the shift
was already apparent. The younger, non-vet-
eran students were already beginning to
rebel from the seemingly staid position of
their older classmates.
Arguments over the merits of class spirit
and tradition, degenerating usually into the
question of whether military service did any
good began to appear. Youth was making
its comeback.
In the classroom too; where for two
yeap professors had been teaching men
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: FREDRICA WINTERS

and women who knew what the score
was, the difference became obvious.
One day last spring, a slightly bewildered
professor told me about an experience he
had in a political science class which typified
this trend.
He had been talking about the interest of
Alexander Hamliton in a monarch systei
and one of his freshmen students stood up
and said, "You shouldn't teach things like
that, you might undermine our faith in de-
mocracy."
Of course this is extreme, but it indicates
the trend.
An interest in school spirit, looked down
upon by a good number of the veterans
rose among the younger students. The
student Legislature took cognizance of it
and, early this fall, commissioned the Var-
sity Committee to investigate the possi-
bility of reviving tradition and class spirit.
(Sixty miles away, Michigan State was one
jump ahead. Freshman caps had returned.)
By next fall, the campus will be close to
pre-war normality. Freshman caps, tradi-
tions and class spirit will be on the up-
swing. Within two years, "Black Friday" will
return to plague the frosh, who will love it.
Having been "brought up" in the atmo-
sphere of post war veteranism, it is hard to
get used to the resurgence of tradition here.
But pro and con arguments are futile.
Younger students mean a younger, and
more immature campus.
Five years hence, the "new life" will be
the only life that Michigan students
will know.
And so, with misgivings engendered by the
campus atmosphere of the last two years, we
gill watch the change, and hope that it does
not deprive college life of the things that
we have come to know.
-Al Blumrosen.

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ART

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WELL-KNOWN styles and "names" in
modern art are featured in the current
exhibit of "Contemporary Paintings from the
Albright Art Gallery" now on view at Alumni
Memorial Hall.
Although fairly representative , of the
trends now prominent in contemporary art,
the works included in the Museum of Art
cannot, in several cases, be considered the
best of the artists who produced them.
However, because most of these paint-
ers work in sequences of style, this diffi-
culty is not as great as it might other-
wise be. Students interested in studying
modern art can at least gain some idea
of their general type of work.
Nevertheless, one does not like to have
Kandinsky judged by "Cosmopolitan" or
Klee by "Child Consecrated to Suffering."
Likewise, "Still Life" by Braque and "La
Musique" by Matisse are certainly not the
most satisfactory examples of these artists'
work.
On the other hand, Kuniyoshi's "I Think
So," though clearly representative of this
painter's technique, is a far better work
than most of his exhibited in the Whitney

Museum's retrospective show held in New.
York last spring.
This is not to say that adequate repre-
sentation is not given to most of the other
artists included. Miro's well-known "Car-
naval d' Arlequin" is among his most de-
lightful, and Chagnall's "Russian Village,"
one of this artist's best fantasies.
Rouault, selecting a model somewhat dif-
ferent from his usual religious and circus
subjects, produces a penetrating character
study in "Portrait of Mr. X" which gives full
expression to his style.
Two other portraits are especially notable
for their lively characterizations-Julian
Levi's "Margaret Boni Playing the Recorder"
and Isaac Soyer's "Rebecca."
Two French artists, Derain and Masson,
base excellent works on forest subjects. The
former's "Woods Near Castle Gandolfo" has
the delicate effect of a pastel, coupled with
the stronger technique possible in oil. Masson
combines tempera, oil and sand for an in-
teresting textural design in "In the For-
est."
Paintings by Feininger, Shahn, Rattner
and Graves, also help to continue the gen-
eral high level of Museum of Art exhibits.
-Joan Katz.

Only Faltered.
IT IS TOO EASY to look at the results
of the French elections and assume that
the next leader of. the republic will be Gen.
Charles DeGaulle. There even seems to be
a prevalent feeling of security that the Com-
munists will be decisively defeated in the
election. But here we pause to wonder.
The electors who named the MPF to
the French upper house are at most as
undemocratic as our antiquated electoral
college system and in fact as unrepresen-
tative as the British House of Lords. The
electors are, for the most part, the repre-
sentatives of local government officials,
and, with their higher salaries and securer
positions, they are less susceptible to the
influences of Communism than the people
who feel the pinch of inflation and star-
vation.
When we voice the wish that we would
like to see the present government of France
continue, we are expressing our own per-
sonal wants and not necessarily those of the
French people. The coalition of Premier
Queille hangs on by its shoestrings and the
blessing of the Marshall Plan.
But the French people are beginning
to wonder and to question. The miners
strike was a good example. Contrary to
what some newspapers would have you
believe, the strike was not entirely a Com-
munist proposition.
At the New York Times magazine points
out in an article, many of the miners were
socialists and some unaffiliated politically.
These, especially the Socialists, consider that
their party has betrayed them. They have
seen the inflation spiraling ever higher and
yet, their own government proceeded to elim-
inate the minimum wage and put controls
on wages. Also many miners were put on
piece-work basis, which leaves their earn-
ings to the mercy of the foremen.
Frenchmen too, are beginning to question
why the biggest results of the Marshall
Plan that they have seen have been the guns'
and tanks with which their government
broke up their strike and killed several mi-
ers.
No, France is not secure either for the
middle of the road or the right wing. It is
rather in danger of swinging to the left
unless something is done to assure the
French people that we are trying to help
them.
The cold war goes on and the march of
Russian influence to the West hasn't been
successfully stopped in France. It has only
faltered.
-Don McNeil.
I'D RATHER BE RIGHT:
Build to What?
By SAMUEL GRAFTON
YESTERDAY I speculated for about seven
hundred words on what would happen
if we were to change the basis of our for-
eign policy, from the idea that we must
hastily prepare against the danger of war
with Russia, to the entirely different idea
that Russia can't make war upon us, even
if she should want to, because she is too
battered, too poor and too weak.
(I admit it is a novel idea that there
is no real prospect of war. Yet, as I point-
ed out yesterday, certain modern mathe-
maticians have done rather wonderful
things by chucking out such well-estab-
lished ideas as Euclid's notion that parallel
lines can never meet. They have thus built
a non-Euclidean geometry which has, in
its own way, been useful to the world.
What I propose, speculatively, is a kind
of non-Euclidean foreign policy, built on
some other basis than the commonly ac-
cepted one.)
In the first place, if we were to decide that
war, for practical reasons, is not a real
danger, in spite of Russia's admitted malice

toward Western capitalism, we would under-
go an important social reorganization. The
influence of the soldier in our society would
go down, that of the social philosopher
would go up. That is perhaps not a bad
thing in the case of a world struggle between
conflicting social systems.
The funny thing about a program of
outright and sturdy military opposition to
Russia is that it cripples us in our fight
against her. Strangely enough, it doesn't
let us fight fair, with all we have. The big
hullaballoo about rearming comes nearer
making us tie one hand behind our back
than it does to making us genuinely
stronger, in a world historical sense.
But there is something else. If we would
change the basic assumption of our foreign
policy to the novel idea that there is going
to be peace, we would find it much easier
to fight for peace. If we believed there was
going to be peace we could, for example,
yell for disarmament, we could scream like
banshees for it; but it sounds kind of silly
to yell for disarmament at a time when
you are also yelling for arms. When you
build a foreign policy on the assumption
that there may be war, the policy you so
construct kicks back and strengthens the
assumption on which it is based.
Haven't the militarists of this world al-
ways done something like that, build force
on the basis of fear, until the force thus
built up makes the world so uncertain
and uneasy that the fear finally becomes
justified? My non-Euclidean approach
proposes relaxation and confidence in-

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Letters to the Editor .

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The Last Republican

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building on the day you have
signed for. Those wishing to take
the trip may still sign for any day
at the A.S.M.E. bulletin- board.
Agenda for Student Legislature
Meeting: 7:30 p.m., Grand Rap-
ids Room, Michigan League.
Cabinet Report
1. Report on Carson and Oxford
Union.
2. Procedure for making mo-
tions.
3. Political Speakers Ban.
4. Public Speaking Place an-
nouncement.
Old Business
1. Student Affairs Committee.
2. Stipend to Legislature presi-
dent.
3. Marriage Lectures.
Culture & Education Report
1. New non-credit course.
2. Report on course on psychol-
ogy of prejudice.
3. Faculty rating.
4. Roberts Rules class.
5. Segregation in housing.
6. Town Hall.
Social report
1. Organization of committee for
next semester.
2. Legislature party.
3. New activities.
NSA report
1. WSSF.
2. IS Day.
3. Student Experts.
4. Board in control of student
publications.
5. Faculty grading.
6. Student Loans.
7. Discrimination.
8. Advisors for Regional NSA.
9. Publications Clinic.
Campus Action
1. New members on Better Busi-
ness Bureau Committee.
2. List of organizations.
3. Student wages.
Varsity report
1. Pep committee.
2. Sendoff for Ohio State game.
3. Open meeting for basketball.
Public relations report
1. Election publicity.
2. Work with other committees.
New business
1. Non-credit music lit course.
2. Bylaw on absences.
Varsity Debate: Meeting, 7:30
p.m., Rm. 4203 Angell Hall. Dem-
onstration debate on college ques-
tion, and team members will sign
up for series of practice debates
for final varsity tryouts.
U. of M. Student Branch of the
Society of Automotive Engineers:
7:30 p.m., Rm. 209 W. Engineering
Annex. Members urged to attend.
Men interested in becoming mem-
bers invited.
English Journal Club: 7:45 p.m.,
East Conference Room, Rackham
Bldg. Professor Denkinger, of the
Romance Languages Department,
will discuss "The French Critical
Position on the Problem of Poetry
since the end of the 19th Century."
Modern Poetry Club: 7:30 p.m.,
Russian Tea Room, Michigan
League. Discussion of W. H. Au-
den's latest poem.
United Nations' Council: 7:30
p.m., Michigan Union. Prof. Trow
will speak on UNESCO. All are
welcome. Members are urged to
attend.
Institute of Aeronautical Sci-

ences: 7:30 p.m., Rm. 1042 E. En-1
gineering Bldg. Mr. Donald Frey,
Engineering Research Institute,
will speak on the subject, "High
Temperature Metallurgy."
A.S.C.E., Student Chapter:1
Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Rms. 3KLMN,
Michigan Union.
Mr. O. A. Cuthbert, Engineer-Di-
rector, County Road Association;
of Michigan, will speak on theE
subject, "Highway Engineering."
Sigma Gamma Epsilon: Special
business meeting 12:30 p.m., Rm.
3055, Natural Science Bldg.
Inkwell staff and all students
wishing to try-out for the staff.
Meeting to planttheunext issue,1
4:15 p.m. Student Lounge of the
School of Education.
Flying Club: Board meeting, 7
p.m., Rm. 1300 E. Engineering
Bldg. General meeting, 7:30 p.m.,1
Rm. 1042 E. Engineering Bldg. Dis-..
cussion of Air Meet.
West Quad Radio Club: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., Radio Room, fifth floor,
Williams House.
Student Religious Association:
Social Action Department: 1
p.m., Lane Hall.
World Student Service Fund
Committee: 4:15 p.m., Lounge,
Lane Hall.
Council, Student Religious As-
sociation: Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Lane
Hall.
Westminister Guild: Birthday
tea, 4-6 p.m. at the church parlor
honoring all guild members having
birthdays in the month of No-
vember.
Roger Williams Guild: Weekly
"chat" and tea at the Guild House,
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Young Democrats: Meeting,
Room 3-D Union 7:30 p.m. Profes-
sor Dawson will speak on "YD and
the Future."
University of Michigan Dames'
Bridge Group: 8 p.m., Hussey
Room, Michigan League.
United World Federalists: Gen-
eral Chapter meeting, 7:30
p.m., Henderson Room, Michigan
League. Agenda: Report from del-
egates to the UWF Nat'l. Conven-
tion.
United World Federalists: Ex-
ecutive Council Meeting, 7 p.m.,
Henderson Room Michigan
League. Meeting before General
Meeting.
Coming Events
The University Concert Band
will begin its schedule of daily re-
hearsals Mon., Nov. 22, at 4:15
p.m. There will not be a rehearsal
this Wednesday evening.
Mr. Thomas D. Perry, author
and woodworking 'consultant, will
speak on Modern Developments in
Wood Utilization at 11 a.m., Nov.
19, Kellogg Auditorium. Students
in the School of Forestry and Con-
servation are expected to attend.
Others interested are invited.
Student Faculty Hour: Thurs.,
Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Grand Rapids
Room, Michigan League. Music
school will be guests. Co-sponsored

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.
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Buried
To the Editor:
In reply to Comrade Carter's let-
ter, I am impelled to state: We
should drive the Communists un-
derground, and then pile dirt on
top--six feet of it.
-Jasper B. Reid, Jr.
Credit'
To the Editor:
REGARDING your write-up of
the Williams-Greene game,
credit is due. It is true that Bob
Patton is a great football player,
but the pass that was written up
as being from Patton to Fancett
was really thrown by that great
master of aerials, Al Levitt. Also,
a pass that you say was thrown
from Patton to Robbins was really
caught by that potential All-
American end, Don Cooper. Hop-
ing that these corrections will not
hurt the feelings of your reporter,
we remain,
-Robert Patton,
Don Cooper,
Al Levitt and others.
Knocks But Once
To the Editor:
Now that the elections are over
and we have a Democratic Gov-
ernor which makes the Regents
willing to consider the question of
student political activity, let's
make the most of the opportunity.
Editorial comment Saturday in-
dicated that the "Michigan For-
um," an adaptation of the Oxford
Forum idea may be the students'
answer to the Regents' ban on po-
litical speakers.
Like many others, I am highly,
enthusiastic about Dean Walter's
suggestion, both because the
Michigan Forum may arouse in-
terest in issues among the student
body and because it offers a pos-
sible channel through which they
may be considered.
However, it is not, and should
not be considered in any sense a
substitute for the removal of the
political speakers ban.
Apparently the Forum could be
established without any action by
the Regents. But regardless of
this, we still have the basic prob-
lem that no other campus group
can invite the campus to any of
their meetings to hear a "political"
speaker.

By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP
WASHINGTON-Senator Robert A. Taft
is one of those exceptional politicians
who are also symbols. He stands for old-
school Republicanism as George W. Norris
used to stand for American progressivism,
and Henry Wallace now stands for the
moonstruck Left. It is more than ordinarily
significant, therefore, that a good many c
his colleagues think Taft may abandon the
Senate Republican leadership in the next
session, and perhaps even retire from the
Senate when he comes up for reelection in
1950.
Taft did most of the thinking and most
of the homework for the Republican Sen-
atorial rank and file of the 80th Con-
gress. Thus the end of his leadership
would be a major event in any case. If
he is really considering a progressive with-
drawal from active politics, his decision
may be taken as marking the end of an
era of American life.
It must be added at once that Taft left
this country for his European trip without
disclosing his plans. No one here knows for
certain what he proposes to do in the pe-
culiarnnew circumstances created by Presi-
dent Truman's victory, for which Taft was
even less prepared than most. None the less,
there are several different reasons why this
remarkable man, one of the strongest per-
sonalities in American public life, might now
choose to leave the political stage on which
he has long played such a conspicuous part.
In the first place Taft's term of service
as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy
Committee is drawing to a close. He cannot
continue even as a member of the polhpy
committee without a change in the Repub-
lican conference rules. And if he seeks the
formal title of Minority Leader, in succes-
sion to Wallace °'H. White of Maine, he will
be strongly challenged by a considerable
group of younger Republican Senators.
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for the leadership who would enjoy strong
support-Lodge and Knowland are them-
selves the most obvious possibilities. And
their moderate-progressive Republicanism
is now close to being the dominant school
of thought in the Senate.
This, for Taft, must be the central prob-
lem. He set out, in 1938, to rebuild the Re-
publican party as it used to be. No one has
worked harder, or has shown more char-
acter and determination. Yet his whole
effort has ended in flat failure all the same.
If the election means anything, it means
that the electorate will never again support
the kind of Republican party that ruled
this country from the death of Abraham
Lincoln until the election of Franklin De-
lano Roosevelt. Taft has little patience with
the new-fangled Republicanism of Vanden-
berg, Lodge and Knowland. It would be
logical for him to consider bowing out. And
if he does so, the older Republicanism will
lose its last articulate, respectable and in-
tellectually powerful advocate.
Meanwhile, whatever Taft's choice may be,
the mere fact that he has a choice to make
speaks volumes about the probable char-
acter of the 81st Congress. The new Con-
gress may contain many survivors from the
old, but as the move for a new Republican
leader clearly suggests, they are going to
behave differently this time.
Copyright, 1948, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.
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by Assembly and Pan-hel associa-
tions.
Winter Carnival:
Mass meetings for all persons in-
terested in working on the Win-
ter Carnival, Thurs., Nov. 18, 5
p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Rm. 3S, Michi-
gan Union.
U. of M. Rifle Club: Firing, 7.
9:30 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 18, ROTC
range. Executive meeting.
Organizational meeting for an un-
dergraduate physics club: Thurs.
4 p.m. All physics concentrateq
with a junior or senior standing
are invited to attend. Meet in Dr
McCormick's office, 2nd floor
Randall Laboratory.
Alpha Phi Omega, Service Fra-
ternity: General meeting and elec.
tions, Michigan Union, 7 p.m
Thurs., Nov. 18.
International Center weekly tea
for all foreign students and Amer-
ican friends. 4:30-6 p.m., Thurs,
Nov. 18, International Center
Hostesses: Mrs. Arthur Dunhan
and Mrs. Harold Wethey.
Deutscher Verein "Pops" ani
Dance: 8:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19
Schwabenhalle. Public invited
Tickets in German Office, 20
Univ. Hall, and at door.
AVC meeting: Thurs., Nov. 18
7:30 p.m., Michigan Union. Elec
tion of Corresponding Secretary
and formation of committees.
Hillel Foundation: Dogpatcl
Stomp, Sat., Nov. 20, 8-12 p.mr
Blue Jeans. Members free.
University of Michigan Dames
Drama Group will meet at th
home of Mrs. James Livingstor
417 Eighth Street, Nov. 18. Mrs
La Verne Pitcher is transportation
chairman, phone 2-7483.

If each campus organization
were, able to promote its own pro-
gram before open campus meet-
ings, the Michigan Forum would
serve as a focus for major issues.
"Freedom of political discus-
sion," when confined within the
limits of a single channel of ex-
pression, is really not very much
freedom after all. Your "freedom"
is still subject to control, either
directly through the organization
or more subtly by regulation of
the Forum's topics or speakers.
Last summer the Student Leg-
islature requested authority from
the Regents to approve meetings
having political speakers.
If the Regents are now sincere-
ly interested in the question, let-
ting the SL approve the political
speakers might prove an accept-
able solution.
A single channel for discussion
is little better than none. Whoso-
ever controls that channel, will
control to some extent the access
to information and the thinking of
Michigan students.
-Tom Walsh
Another Ride
To the Editor:
I note, with considerable irri-
tation, that our sports staff has
once again been taken for a ride
by the greatest comic character of
our times, and is thundering
mightily in answer to the lilting
sallies tossed in our direction by
the famous hero of song and story,
Frank Leahy. I hereby nominate
the staff as the outstanding col-
lection of suckers in modern times.
It would be of far more interest
to we spectators at the Saturday
Afternoon Relays if Our Boy Ben-
ny were relieved of the pressure of
this rivalry so that he could try
out some of next year's team
against a few of these "buffer
states." It also might make a few
of the "buffer states". feel a little
more kindly toward us.
At any rate, we should cease this
remote-control warfare and de-
clare the Bard of South Bend the
hands-down champion over our
sadly tattered aggregation of
word-warriors.
-Frank Meiners
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Off the Field
To the Editor:
The entire campus is proud of
our marching band and rightly so.
The recent successful drive for an
OSU trip to repudiate unfortunate
journalism by Life is good evi-
dence of our pride in the band.
But one suggestion can be offered.
The band's performance could
fhave been added impetus if the
football team would stay off the
field until the band is finished.
Michigan's great football team
might well show some good man-
ners as well as athletic ability.
-James Kern

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50 YEARS AGO TODAY:
"The Nut of Literature and Its Kernel"
was the subject announced for consideration
at the Philosophical Society's weekly meet-
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The Good Government Club made at-
temnts to aet Theodlore Rosevelt to lecture

BARNABY
John! This Mr. Merrie who bought the
old Hegdisch estate must be mad. He

Mr. O'Malley! Mr. Merrie is getting
somebody to exercise Gus the Ghot!

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