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Trite Brotherhood?

A CONSPIRACY has begun at Amherst-a
conspiracy against the one phase of fra-
ternal life which is based on double-talk and
not on the principle of brotherhood which
underlies the fraternity system.
Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi be-
lieved in the principle. They insisted on
pledging and initiating a Negro into their
chapter despite the amassed sentiment of
their national organization in opposition:
For this the chapter had its charter re-
voked. But it has not stopped them. The
chapter announced it will continue with
the initiation, and its alumni council,
meeting last week, failed even to discuss
the situation, seemingly giving tacit ap-
proval to the chapter's action.
The local chapter of Phi Psi says that be-
cause of the fact that the fraternity system
as it is established at Michigan provides for
all races and groups, this chapter was in
agreement with the action of the national
This sounds like the beginning of the
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

argument expressed by the white suprem-
acists of the South. It rationalizes that
because there are equal facilities for the
different groups, no effort should be made
to make them one united body. It says
that the personal desires of the Alpha
chapter are not to be considered, although
the membership voted unanimously to
accept the Negro student into its ranks.
The action of Amherst has struck a blow
at the disease which threatens to decay the
fraternity system. It is because they are a
group united by common interests that they
are a fraternity. This is the idea behind the
fraternal system. They have not been lim-
ited in their choice of brothers by artificial
restrictions put on them by an outside force.
If the brotherhood idea is to continue, it
must grow, just as the nation is growing
under the interpretations of our courts and
the stand of our president on the ques-
tion of civil rights and racial and religious
We believe that the idea of brotherhood,
of which the fraternity system is but one
phase, will develop if given a chance and
not hindered by arbitrary limitations.
It has as much a place in the constitution
of a fraternity as it has in the constitution
of our country.
-Al Blumrosen
Don McNeil



WITH THE CORDIAL extension of
Thanksgiving Day invitations to foreign
students on campus, the stereotyped Amer-
ican version of hospitality has taken on a
new and finer meaning in our university. For
too long, the main root of college sentiment
has been centered solely in the welfare of
its native students, with marked indifference
as to the spreading out of the foreign wel-
come mat.
Now it is evident, for a weekend at
least, that this attitude has been re-
vamped to give foreign students a real
flavoring of democratic tradition. To
maintain that our exchange classmates
will appreciate the plan's endorsement is
a masterpiece of understatement. Such a
move, insignificant as it may seem, should
go far in cementing amicable relations
between these students.
Although the situation may appear rela-
tively unimportant, it is actually far from
that. The festivities planned by Ann Arbor
civic groups, student religious societies and
Greek organizations, will enable representa-
tives of 46 foreign nations, having at the
least one more year of study here, to secure

'S Turkey
a more helpful insight into the American
besides partaking of the traditional tur-
key-and-cranberry feast, a year-round for-
mula for the enlightenment of foreign men
and women is definitely in order. Increases
in activities designed for their behalf have
been proposed repeatedly, but only politicians
cling to the patter of little feats. Words are
of no avail, but with the advent of these
Thanksgiving Day invitations, new hope
emerges for creation of a coordinated intra-
student setup.
We know they are our friends, but can
we, normally self-satisfied with the edu-
cational and social privileges we consider
inherent, feel certain how we stack up in
their eyes? The only way to eliminate all
traces of skepticism is to show them that
here we mean business, and that in a
state university, as typical a slice of good
-fellowship that exists in the country, in-
terest in their acclimation runs high.
This Turkey Day deal is a beautiful start-
er; let's hope the idea isn't killed just as
-Don Kotite.

(Editor's Note is written by Managing Editor
Harriett Friedman.)
THIS UNIVERSITY'S student body has
handed opponents of student self-gov-
ernment the best argument they've had in a
long time.
The current election petitioning debacle
could be taken as a sign that students here
simply do not understand what responsibility
By presenting illegal petitions, candi-
dates not only showed no respect for the
"rules of the game," but for rules which
had been laid down by their fellow stu-
dents, and laid down, not just for the
fun of it, but to make elections really re-
flect student opinion.
Evidently students think that signatures
are required on petitions only to make it
more difficult to run for office. But any
candidate who believes himself competent
to hold office, should be intelligent enough
to realize that the petition requirements are
set up as one way of insuring real represen-
First of all, the demand for 75 or 150
signatures is a method of having candi-
dates show that their election is really
desired by some portion of the student
Second, the requirement that petitioners
obtain the signatures themselves, was set
up to make sure that a candidate at least
was seen by that many voters, and by the
voters who supposedly want him in office.
On a campus this size, without a party
system, ordinary nominating procedures
are impossible, and except for major cam-
pus figures, personal knowledge of candi-
dates is just as difficult. So with the
hope that at least 150 people would meet a
candidate and, in effect, nominate him,
student governing boards formulated the
present petition system.
Unfortunately almost all candidates ig-
nored the whole business and went about
their merry way, having friends pass peti-
tions around in classes or just stop some-
one along the street, and say: "If you're a
student, sign here."
The whole petition mess could undoubt-
edly have bad effects on plans for more
student self-rule. When one considers the
constant chafing at University-imposed
controls and the coupled demands for stu-
dent rule, the action of these students in
disregarding their own decisions is simply
My own opinion is that those candidates
who failed to show enough interest to collect
their own petition signatures, from the pro-
per school groups and then check them for
authenticity, no longer merit consideration
for office.
But perhaps this year's mistakes will serve
as a lesson. We can only hope that future
candidates will act sufficiently in good
faith to prove that students are capable of
handling their own affairs.

"The Big Puish On Washington Had A Setback Too"
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Letters to the Editor ...

Of Cars and Democracy

F OR YEARS; 'American journalists, broad-
casters and politicians have told Euro-
peans that political freedom is "the main
thing," but there seems to be a new gen-
eration of propagandists who believe we can
save Europe's people from Communism by
telling them how rich we are, over here.
As a defensive argument, the line that
American Capitalistic workers are not the
prisoners of starvation that the Kremlin
might want them to be does very well.
It shows that in the Worker's Paradise.
the laboring man must slave for perhaps
18 hours to buy what the American work-
er can get by the productive labor of one
But this is as far as the argument goes.
Any further attempt to exploit American liv-
ing standards as an appeal to pure material-
ism is dangerous. We cannot simultaneously
claim that the United States is a fine place
because we have democracy and at the same
time assert that it is the car in every
garage that makes America God's country.
The "New York Times" of Nov. 14 has
an interesting bit about a railroad engineer
recording a talk for a "Voice of America"
broadcast to Germany. The article says
he is "the latest of many American work-
ers and professional men to be heard in
Department of State broadcasts in an
attempt to convince German working and
professional men that freedom of speech
and a car in the garage are worth the
entire collected works of Karl Marx, com-
plete with slogans and brass bands."
This may sound like a compromise be-
tween "idealism" and "materialism," al-
though the equation: "free speech plus car
equals complete edition of Marx plus slogans
plus brass bands" may be puzzling. But
really it is just confusing, because later in
the article a "Voice" official explains that
the short talks "confine themselves to facts
about the standard of living of the labor
union member and the doctor, lawyer and
school teacher in the United States."
Are we now going to say that political
freedom is just a means toward a higher
living standard? Are we going to invite
Europeans to look toward us as a rich
relative, a sort of "Uncle Shylock" who can
outbid Communist competitors in the mar-
ket of good will? How long can we expect
any people's support if we say we are,
better because we are richer?
The second simple explanation is that the
United States has the raw materials and
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and Free Enterprise should neither be pre-
sented as something that will give you three
square meals a day, nor yet as an abstract
concept that is fine even if you starve while
enjoying it, but rather as a way by which
people will be best off in the long run, both
physically and spiritually.
-John Neufeld.

Looking Back

The Board of Regents made the following
appropriations: 262 yards of matting for the
Law Library; $300 for a refrigerator; and
$300 to repair the ice house. The total cost
of running the University for the previous
year was $551,471.72. $328,406.39 was received
from the state, $213,266.81 from earnings,
and $177,373.62 from student fees.
A front page editorial deplored the lack
of student contributions to the United War
Work Campaign. It pointed out that Mich-
igan has contributed more men to the army
than any other college. After producing the
best football team in the country despite the
influenza epidemic, the slackening off in
war work was surprising, the editorial de-
Play Production issued private invitations
only to their production of "The Intruder."
The Coliseum, after being closed for three
years due to damage caused by fire, was
ready to reopen with a refurbished interior.
The local chapter of the American Vet-
erans Committee started a survey of the
student vets cost of living as a preliminary
to renewed pressure for government subsist-
ence increases under the GI Bill.
-From the Pages of The Daily.
A TRUMAN NEW DEAL, to take shape in
1949, will center around subsidies and
social - insurance programs, more than
around new controls for business. Low-rent
public housing, aid to education, bigger old-
age pensions, health insurance, insurance
against disability, all are,-high on the list.
There is to be something for everybody,
from cradle to grave. Costs, eventually, will
be high as programs are enacted and grow.
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'Rest of World'
THE PLEA by Dr. Herbe'rt V. Evatt and Mr.
Trygve Lie to the Big Four powers to
get together and make peace is of historic
Most American commentators have re-
acted to the Evatt-Lie proposals with rath-
er startled expressions. They seem to won-
der where that noise came from. It came
from the world, my lords. It came from
the very world which we consider we are
saving, and which the Russians, too, say
hotly they are saving--but it is a world
which doesn't really want to be "saved"
by anybody; it just wants peace.
"There is no question," says a New York
Times report from Paris," . . . that the ap-
peal reflected the general feeling of many
nations not directly involved in the Berlin
And it is a wonderful thing to hear "the
rest of the world" speak up, to see a new
force developing in world affairs, with peace
aims of its own. It is a fearful piece of bus-
iness to have the world divided between just
two conflicting tendencies, and we have
been a little pert and a little smug in ac-
cepting this pattern, in welcoming it and
even gloating over it.
But the initial American comments on the
Evatt-Lie proposals are, I find myself com-
pelled to say, very disheartening.
One editorialist moans that the trouble
with the Evatt-Lie statement is that it
doesn't take sides. Obviously, he says, our
cause is better than Russia's, and the
Evatt-Lie communication should have re-
flected that fact, and should not have
treated us and the Russians on equal levels.
One must be pretty far along in anger
to feel that every statement made in this
world, plus, perhaps, the testimony of the
stars in their courses and the daisies in
the field, must be testimony on our side.
Another essayist complains that new Big
Four conversations would bypass the United
Nations. One wonders when this dreary
chestnut is going to be dispensed with. One
can "bypass" the UN to make war; but
there is no such thing as "bypassing" the
UN to make peace.
What has happened, perhaps, is that we
have so convinced ourselves that we speak

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program of songs and operatic
arias by Cavalli, Handel, Legren-
21, Pasquinia Mozart, Faure, Zan-
donai and Verdi. and Cecil For-
syth, Randall Thompson and Vir-
gil Thomson.
Tickets are available at the of-
fices of the University Musical So-
ciety in Burton Memorial Tower
during the day; and at the Hill
Auditorium box office on the night
of the concert at 7 p.m.
Museum of Art, Alumni Memo-
rial Hall: Contemporary Paintings
from the Albright Art Gallery;
through Nov. 24. Daily 9 a.m.-5
p.m.; Sundays, 2-5 p.m. The pub-
lic is invited.
Events Today
Student Faculty hour: 4 p.m.,
Grand Rapids Room, Michigan
League. Music school will be
guests. Co-sponsored by Assembly
and Pan-hel associaions.
International Center weekly
tea for all foreign students and
American friends. 4:30-6 p.m., In-
ternational Center. Hostesses:
Mrs. Arthur Dunham and Mrs.
Harold Wethey.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society:
Rehearsal for "Yeoman" for all
the chorus and principals, 7:15
p.m., Michigan League. Room will
be posted.
Arts Chorale: Work meeting, 7
p.m., Rm. 506 Burton Tower. Meet-
ing will adjourn in time for the
Pinza Concert.
Tau Beta Pi: Dinner meeting, 6
p.m., Michigan Union.
La p'tite causette: 3:30 p.m.,
Grill Room, Michigan League.
U. of M. Radio Club: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., Rm. 1084 E. Engineering
Bldg. Tour of radio station WHRV
near Ypsilanti.
Alpha Phi Omega, Service Fra-
ternity: General meeting and elec-
tions, Michigan Union, 7 p.m.
U. of M. Rifle Club: Firing, 7-
9:30 p.m., ROTC range. Executive
Winter Carnival:
Mass meetings for all persons in-
terested in working on the Win-
ter Carnival, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Rm. 3S, Michigan Union.
Committee for Displaced Stu-
General meeting, 7 p.m., Tea
Room, Michigan League.
Agenda : Committee policy, Sub-
committee rpots Financial re-
port, Publicity, PlaIcemnent of first
three students.
AVC meetin: 7:30 p.m., Michi-
gan Union. Election of Correspond-
ing Secretary, and formation of

Council, Student Religious As-
sociation: Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Lane
University of Michigan Dames'
D~ranma Group will meet at the
home of Mrs. James Livingston,
417 Eighth Street. Mrs. La Verne
Pitcher is transportation chair-
man, phone 2-7483.
February 1949 graduates in Engi-
The Firestone Tire & Rubber
Company Representatives will pre-
sent a sound film at 5 p.m. in Rm.
229 W. Engineering Bldg. This is
preliminary to their interviews in
the Department of Mechanical
Engineering on Fri., Nov. 19, and
in the Chemical-Metallurgical En-
gineering Department on Mon.,
Nov. 22, but is open to all those
interested in seeing the film, "The
Building of a Tire." Interviews are
arranged in the respective Depart-
Coning Events
Mr. Thomas D. Perry, author
and woodworking consultant, will
speak on Modern Developments in
Wood Utilization, 11 a.m. Fri., Nov.
19, Kellogg Auditorium. Students
in the School of Forestry and Con-
seryation are expected to attend.
Others interested are invited.
Graduate Outing Club meet
Sun., Nov. 21, northwest entrance,
Rackham Building for ice-skating.
Sign supper list at Rackham
checkroom desk before noon Sat-
urday. All graduates welcome.
Business Education Students:
Get-together for students major-
ing or minoring in Business Edu-
cation, 4 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19, Rm.
267 Business Administration Bldg.
History Department Tea: 4-6
p.m., Fri., Nov. 19, Rackham As-
sembly Hall for faculty and grad-
uate students of the department.
Faculty and students' wives are
cordially invited.
Sigma XI: The Council wishes
to extend a cordial invitation to
members of other Chapters of the
Society, who are now associated
with the University of Michigan,
to affiliate with the local chapter.
This may be done by notifying the
Secretary, 402 South Wing; Tele-
phone: Extension 2535.
Deutscher Verein "Pops" and
Dance: 8:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19,
Schwabenhalle. Public invited.
TWickets in German Office, 204
Univ. Hall, and at door.
German Coffee Ifour: 3-4:30
p.m., Fri., Michigan League Coke
Bar. Students and faculty mem-
bers are invited.
Roger Williams Guild: "Open
House" at 8:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19,
Guild House.
I.Z.F.A.: Regional Seminar, Nov.
26 through Nov. 28. For infor-
mation and reservations call John
Hofman 2-7786.
Delta Epsilon Pi, Hellenic Club:
Final meeting before the Conven-
tion to be held Thanksgiving week-
end in Ann Arbor, 7 p.m., Fri., Nov.
19, Rm. 3-B Michigan Union. All
students of Greek descent and
Phil-Hellenes are invited.

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 arereceived 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.
s . .
Re: Discourtesy
To the Editor:
We, the undersigned residents
of Strauss House in the East Quad
wish to register a hearty protest
against the letter submitted to the
Daily by the girls of 1108 Hill St.
Miss Joyce Buna, Miss Marjorie
Berger and Miss And Others were
very careful to mention only those
facts about the pin serenade which
would incriminate the clean-living,
hard -working, red-blooded Strauss
Housers in the eyes of the world.
Let the facts be shouted to the
rooftops. Had it been known that
the odd assortment of noises which
came floating into our windows
around 12:30 a.m. constituted a
pin serenade, we would have grit-
ted our teeth and suffered in si-
But with the tremendous assort-
ment of post midnight serenades
to which we have been subjected
recently, we find it very difficult
to distinguish between any type
of serenade, pin or donkey.
To the young lady who hap-
pened to be pinned on that mem-
orable evening, we wish to offer
our heartiest congratulations and
deepest apologies.
BUT, to the remainder of those
who engage in nocturnal choral
activities, we scornfully snarl our
defiance. Let it be known that any
serenading after 11:59 p.m. will be
drowned out in an avalanche of
Strauss House fury.
However, if it becomes absolutely
necessary to conduct a pinning
serenade in the vicinity of the East
Quad after this deadline, Strauss
House humbly offers the services
of the famed Strauss Serenaders
who concentrate in quality and
not volume.
-L. E. Johnson and 23 other
Strauss House residents
To the Editor:
Having lived in the East Quad
last year, I cannot miss this oppor-
tunity to take a dig at the girls in
1108 Hill Street who caused me
and many others living in the East
Quad to lose many and sundry
hours of precious sleep. In your
Letter to the Editor today, you al-
lege that the boys in the East
Quad marred a traditional per-
formance of the Sigma Chi song,
rendered on the occasion of one of
you being pinned. It is most mirac-
ulous! There must be hundreds
and hundreds of you living in that
house, or else you have a pin
turn-over of about one a week
for each of you, for scarcely a
night passed last year when there
was not some serenading going on
outside your house. Surely you
girls are not that fickle, or am I
Almost every night last year, at
11:00, 12:00 or 1:00, (it did not
seem to make any difference to
you) the singing commenced. I
might add that usually the word
singing was a gross overstatement.
Whatever you call it, there is no
question that you kepthhundreds
of fellows in the East Quad awake.
Even those who were not in bed
and were studying found it im-
possible to do so.
No girls, it isnot the residents
of the East Quad who were rude
-it was YOU! If you would limit
the serenading to only those times
whendsomeone actually did get
pinned, I'm sure the boys across

the street would understand. But
when it happens every night-
well, you just can't blame them for
trying to drown you out.
Here's hoping for future har-
mony across Church street.
-Lewis R. Williams, Jr.
. *
To the Editor:
In the Ann Arbor News of No-
vember 15 there appeared the fol-
lowing excerpt from a UP dispatch
from Paris.
"Top representatives of the
United States, Great Britain, and
France will meet here tomorrow to
decide how to reject the latest
peace offensive in the cold war."
Our statesmen should be highly
commended for taking this cour-
ageous stand against the insidious
attempts of the UN to force peace
down the peoples' throats.
I am quite sure that we all real-
ize. what a successful peace offen-

sive will mean. It will strike, for
instance, a terrible blow to the
munitions and aircraft industries.
Their profit margins will be great-
ly reduced, if not completely wiped
out. This alone will seriously un-
dermine our beloved free enterprise
A successful peace offensive may
force our government to spend the
15 billion dollars, which it is now
expending on armaments, on such
useless and wasteful projects as
housing, old age pensions, educa-
tional benefits, highways, parks,
recreational facilities, and public
health. This will destroy individu-
al initiative and make our people
Furthermore, the end to the cold
war will bring an end to the draft.
Just think, then, of all the unem-
ployed generals and colonels we
will have to look after. President
Truman cannot possibly hire all of
them to walk his dogs.
Our statesmen, therefore, should
be congratulated on their ability
to grasp these fundamental prob-
lems. We can be sure that unless
the insignificant minority who
want peace protest against this
wise policy of our leaders, the cold
war will continue and perhaps
even grow hot.
-Ed Shaffer
No Review
To the Editor:
I looked vainly through last
week's papers for a criticism of the
recital given by Paul Doktor, vio-
list, and Marian Owen, pianist. It
was one of the outstanding recitals
I have heard in Ann Arbor and
deserved recognition.
-M. Jean Harter
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Although the
faculty andastudent recitals given
under the auspices of tihe Music
School provide some of the best
musical programs in Ann Arbor, The
Daily finds it impossible to review
them because of their frequency and
To the Editor:
I read in yesterday's Daily that
Mr. Ezio Pinza fought for six years
in the Italian Army in World War
II. As far as I know, Italy started
fighting in 1940 and quit in 1943.
It also said, and this is really as-
tonishing, that after discharge,
supposedly 1946, he toured for five
years which makes 1951, and as
we are living now in 1948, it makes
me wonder how the hell he got
away with it.
It occurs to me that Mr. Pinza
fought his own World War, some-
time, maybe in between both
World Wars, and then he started
singing for five years.
-Domingo Arteaga
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of a
typographical error, World War I
became world war II. The error was
corrected in the story in yesterday's
Daily. Our humblest apologies.)

firy- iha
Fifty-Ninth Year

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expects you.
Suite 13- Okay, Hold I The Doctor and I are here in secrecy. But

Horrors! A front page story!

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