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VOL. LIX, No. 67 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1948
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Retiring SL President Greets New
Representatives at First Meeting
"This coming year is one of decision for student government at
the University," Student Legislature President Blair Moody told
newly-elected legislators last night.
Greeting the new student lawmakers at their first meeting,
Moody emphasized that the success of the Student Legislature de-
pended on the work of the individual members-not just the officers.
AT THE SAME TIME, Moody congratulated the retiring law-
makers and his cabinet for what he called "The great strides taken
by student government here in the past year."
Moody and his cabinet will step aside to make way for
* * *
The newly-elected Student
Legislature got through a volume
of routine business last night in
spite of several parliamentary
The lawmakers approved ex-
penditures totaling $300. Som
$107 of this will go for the pur-
chase of keys to be presented re-
THE SL ALSO voted to request
the National Students' Associa-
tion to hold its annual Summer
convention in Ann Arbor. Some
700 delegates from throughout
the nation will attend the con-
fab if the NSA accepts the invi-
Three SL members, Dorothy
Priestley, Arlynn Rosen and
Rosemary Schoetz were named
to the League's interviewing
Ralph Sosin was appointed to a
constitutional committee working
on the proposed Michigan For-
um, a speaking group modeled on
the Oxford Union.
NSA COMMITTEE Chairman
Arlynn Rosen reported local thea-
tres were willing to show anti-
discrimination movies furnished
them by the SL.
The legislators learned that the
"student experts" plan of giving
course content advice to fresh-
men and transfer students had
struck a University snag.
University officials are unwill-
ing to continue to bear the costs
of the program which was
launched last semester, according
to Bill Gripman.
The Campus Action Committee
will probe the situation, he said.
PARIS - (P- Britain told the
United-Nations she had inform -
tion that Jewish armed forces had
violated the borders of Trans-
Jordan at least twice.
BRITAIN indicated neither of
the incursions was sizeable or sig-
nificant, but warned she has a.
treaty of mutual assistance with
Trans-Jordan which requires her.
to aid the little Arab kingdom in
case of attack.
The British report was
was promptly denied by Israeli,
representative Aubrey S. Eban,
who called it both "unfortunate
Britain's warning that she
stands by her ally, King Abdullah
of Trans-Jordan, game as an au-
thoritative Trans-Jordan source
in Cairo reported the monarch
will be proclaimed ruler of a
United Trans-Jordan and Pales-
tine Monday. ,
* * *
RUSSIA has charged Britain is
trying to build Trans-Jordan into
"a powerful Near East puppet" at
British delegate Harold Beeley
told the Security Council's seven-
nation Palestine committee the,
information he was relaying was
"of serious concern to the United
Winter Has Come,
I !; vP. WP. ithv.rtnrlri
'r the election of new officers Jan.
31 of the new members plus
the 18 incumbents attended the
meeting in a voting capacity. One
of the new members, Robert Her-
husky, '51A, was absent. /J
They also heard Treasurer Dick
Burton explain the duties of the
cabinet, and member-at-large Al
Maslin stress the importance of
maintaining the enthusiasm gen-
erated by the election campaign.
Maslin warned that failure looms
for the student government un-
less members work at their jobs.
AS THE CABINET members
spoke, the lawmakers chatted be-
tween themselves and frequently
left and reentered the room.
Moody also reported that a
special SL committee had met
three times with a group from
the faculty Senate in an effort
to work out a solution to the
speakers' ban .He said a report
had been submitted to the Re-
Moody did not reveal details of
the report but said "you all know
that we are opposed to the speak-
ers' ban." According to Moody, de-
tails of the plan could not be re-
leased because the Regents would
think the Student Legislature was
bringing the pressure of public
opinion to bear on them.
LEGISLATORS ALSO approved
a move to overhaul student elec-
tion procedure. A five-man com-
mittee was named to probe the
election machinery and was di-
rected to report its findings in
Among the problems this
group will study is the possibil-
ity of scrapping the present sys-
tem of proportional representa-
tion in voting, elimination of pe-
titioning and a districting sys-
tem for campus elections.
Committee members include
Chairman Bill Miller, Howard
Johnson, Knight Houghton, Jim
Jans and Dick Burton.
LEGISLATORS also heard Bill
Gripman explain that he had tak-
en an all-campus "postcard ref-
erendum" on his proposal to re-
store school spirit through class
games and revived traditions.
Gripman sent letters to every
living unit on the campus ex-
plaining his plain and asking that'
a vote be takenin the house and
the results returned to him via?
postcard. lie said the results
would be tabulated in time for
next Wednesday's meeting of the
Jet Iaii (.ra4e
Air Force jet plane crashed atl
Fort Richardson in a gigantic
flash of orange flame.c
The craft piled into the districtl
engineers' warehouse, which was
swept at once by the blaze.
Frees Air Arm
man 12th Army Group - desper-
ately needed to defend Nanking-
was reported to have broken out
of a Communist trap which held
it fast for two weeks on the Su-
There also were contradictory
reports over whether the bigger
Suchow garrison of 250,000 men
still is trapped, as the Commu-
* * *
A FRONT LINE dispatch said
this force again is moving south
against "some resistance."
A big break for the govern-
ment in the battle to save Nan-
king was the break in the
Clear skies loosed the Air Force
bombers and fighters - the gov-
ernment's best weapon - which
carried out a storm of raids of the
type which saved Suchow when
the Reds first assaulted that bas-
tion in November.
THE PLANES were grounded
by wintry weather while the Com-
munists captured Suchow, 211
miles northwest of Nanking, and
wove a net around the 12th Army
group and the withdrawing Su-
Associated Press correspon-
dent Harld Milks in a dispatch
from the front quoted military
sources as saying the 12th
joined up yesterday with the
,ixth Army group from the
south near Kuchen, about 130
miles northwest of Nanking.
He wrote from Pengpu, head-
quarters for the new Hwai River
line. Pengpu is 25 miles south of
HE SAID Pengpu anxiously
awaited confirmation from the
field of the junction. Gen. Liu
Chih, commander-in-chief of
East China forces, was believed to
have gone north to meet Gen.
Huang Wei, commander of the
12th Army group.
The 12th Army Group was
brought up from Hankow more
than two weeks ago in an effort
to save the situation around Su-
It promptly fell into a trap set
by wily Gen. Liu Po-Cheng, com-
mander of the Communist armies
of central China, south of Suh-
sien, which is about 30 miles
northwest of Kuchen.
Plan Today for
Students interested in working
on the newly-approved Foreign
Summer Study Plan or in taking
advantage of its provisions will
meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the
The Executive Committee of the
Literary College reported favor-
ably on the program, and present
plans call for another faculty
committee to study putting it into
The plan is novel in that stu-
dents would not be enrolled in
foreign universities, but would
study individually "in the field"
on a selected subject as directed
by a traveling supervisor.-
Eight hours of credit will be
in U. S. Charged
NEW YORK - (R) -"Man-
hattan Episode," a real-life
story starring Errol Flynn, end-
ed its New York run with the
screen actor paying $50 for
kicking a cop in the shins.
Flynn, who showed up in
court a day late, explained that
he had failed to appear at the
propert time because he had
overslept after sitting up all
night worrying about the af-
At Least 10'
THREE'S A FAMILY-In the Oosterbaan home, Coach of the Year Bennie can always find his two
best fans, wife Delmas and daughter Anna. Four-year-old Anna has already learned all the words
of P'The Victors."
* * *
Cool Customer? Not Bennie
By BEV BUSSEY
Sports Feature Editor
Bennie Oosterbaan, referred to
by the late Fielding H. Yost as
"Mr. Ree-laxation," is not, in
reality, the cool customer he's
supposed to be--"he's nervous as
This comes from no less an
authority than Delmas Oooster-
baan, wife of Michigan's Coach of
IN HIS QUIET home on Shad-
ford Road, Bennie lets his hair
down. According to the Mrs., he
doesn't believe in showing his
feelings in front of other people.
lie worries constantly. Two
minutes after one game's over,
he starts thinking about the
next. Even a couple of weeks
after the end of the season, he
has an emotional hangover that
eventually jazzles out by it-
Mrs. Obsterbaan has learned,
however, to take everything in
stride. .In fact, she has spent the
last 16 years perfecting the art of
being "a coach's wife" and still
maintaning her mental equili-
SHE NOW takes lightly the
things her better half does.
During the season he gets very
little sleep. In the middle of the
night, Benni always gets hun-
"He'll trip over his shoes and
bump into every picture lined
clown the staircase wall. Upstairs
I can hear him rummaging
through the icc-box or looking for
the cocoa in the cupboard," sle
)URING Tl midnight "raid ,
the Oosterbaans' four-year-old
daughter wakes up. So they car-'
ry on brief "through the wall"
Bennie knocks and says, "Go
to sleep, Anna." And she raps
back, "You go to sleep, too,"
During the season, that's about
the only time they get a chance to
long practice sessions, and mov-
ies to keep him occupied. He has
dinners to attend and speeches
to make throughout the state.
Mrs. "Bennie" smiled when she
said "I wonder what it's like to
be married to a nice, steady ditch-
BUT, SHE married a man who
began to coach immediately upon
graduation. It happened this way.
"We had both signed up for a
geology course called Gems and
Precious Stones," she remem-
It was a snap for Mrs. Ooster-
baan. She wound up the course
with an "emerald" from Bennie.
(And Bennie did all right, too--
he wound up with the "gem" of
* * *
THEY HAVE always lived in
Mrs. Oosterbaan, rather than
establishing an athletic museum
for the numerous trophies her
husband won;, has fixed up a
bright, comfortable home with
antique furnishings in every
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Federal funds for workers' edu-
cation will probably - be provided
by the 81st Congress-and if they
are "I don't think the University
should qualify because of the ir-
responsibility it has shown," Ar-
thur A. Elder told Americans for
Democratic Action last night.
In reply to a question on the
future of the University's pro-
gram, the former director of the
Workers' Educational Service said
he is hopeful but not optimistic."
ELDER, WHO is president of
the Michigan Federation ot)
Teachers (AFL), explained that
the former program "was shut
down without reference to the
group it was supposed to serve"
and the reorganized program
"will be satisfactory to those who
shut it down."
He reiterated statements
that .the Regents' decision to
revamp the workers' courses
was made without adequate in-
vestigation and without con-
sulting the program's advisory
(Labor leaders have also
chargedthe decision was prompt-
ed by General Motors employe
Adam K. Stricker's criticism of
the courses as "Marxist.")
ELDER SPOKE on "The Scope
of Worker's Education." In de-
scribing the British workers' edu-
cation services, he pointed out
that manual workers are well-
represented in the House of Com-
,They are able to hold their
own there, in spite of a lack of
college education, because Brit-
ain has a well-worked-out sys-
tem for providing educational
services to workers in their off-
hours, he explained.
Elder contrasted the British
system, a "voluntary association
of individuals and organizations
working through local authori-
ties," with U. S. workers' educa-
tion, which "has been developed
BUT THE University's program
was similar to the British idea be-
cause it worked through local
groups, he said.
"The important thing is to
establish a relationship with
the workers," Elder explained.
This also helps the University's
public relations, he pointed out.
* * *
ASKED IF labor groups will
try to get representation on the
Board of Regents at the spring
elections, Elder said he had heard
It "would be good for the
State and good for the Univer-
sity, too," he said. Labor rep-
resentatives are "very sympa-
thetic to larger needs."
"That will be illustrated in the
next couple of months."
Editor Isaac Don Levine, confi-
dant of former Reds, told Con-
gressional spy investigators he
knows at least 10 Soviet rings op-
erated in the United States.
Levine told the House Un-Amer-
ican Activities Committee he
thinks there "are many more than
REP. McDOWELL (Rep., Pa.), a
committee member, remarked:
"Some of us feel there were
132 in the United States."
McDowell did not go on from
Levine, editor of Plain Talk
Magazine, appeared before the
committee to expand on previous
testimony about his relationship
with Whittaker Chambers, who
describes himself as a former
courier for a Red underground op,
erating in America before the
"I BELIEVE," LEVINE said,
"Mr. Chambers dealt with only
10 per cent and I think that is
only a liberal estimate.
"Papers were rifled from 30
or 40 departments and shipped
in dozens and dozens of special-
ly constructed suitcases to Mos-
cow. They were shipped from
MexicoCanada and Europe."
As Levine testified,-the commit-
tee's chief investigator, Robert E.
Stripling, told reporters he was
going to New York tomorrow to
appear before a grand jury in-
quiring into espionage.
* * s
STRIPLING SAID the grand
jury had asked him to come.
The New York jury has been
questioning Chambers and Alger
Hiss, former State Department of-
ficial named by Chambers as a
leader of a pre-war Communist
Hiss has disputed Chambers'
Speaking with an accent, the
Russian-born Levine told the
House group that Chambers held
back stolen U.S. government doc-
uments from Soviet agents as a
safeguard "in case of any horror"
to himself or his family.
* * *
THIS MAY BE the explanation
of the mystery of why Chambers
failed to disclose earlier the "top
secret" papers which were turned
up in a hollowed-out pumpkin on
his Maryland farm last week.
Among other incidents, Levine
related details of a inner and
evening interview between Cham-
bers and former Assistant Secre-
tary of State A. A. Berle, Jr., Sept.
Chambers, self-described one-
time Communist courier, went to
Berle, Levine said, to lay before
the government evidence he had
of a Soviet spy ring operating in
Committee investigator Robert
E. Stripling asked Levine whether
Chambers ever had told him he
had documentary evidence to back
up his spy ring story.
"Yes, sir," Levine replied. "He
told me there was such evidence.
He mentioned microfilm and in a
general way spoke of documents
without going into detail."
To Aid iM Rush
Two special trains will leave
Ann Arbor next Friday afternoon
to accommodate University stu-
dents homeward bound for the
The New York Central System
has announced a westbound spe-
cial to Chicago will leave at 1:05
p.m. and an eastbound special
World News At A Glance
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON-Secretary of State Marshall today was reported
recovering satisfactorily from the operation which removed a kidney.
PARIS-The UN Political Committee approved a resolution
endorsing the Republic of Korea which has been set up in the
American zone after elections supervised by a special United Na-
The vote was 41 to 6, with the Soviet bloc alone opposing.
* * * *
DETROIT'--Michigan Bell Telephone Co. settled a long contract
dispute with union representatives of more than 10,000 switchboard
operators and accounting employes.
Terms of the one-year agreement include wage' increases of $4
to $6 a week, immediate reinstatement of 22 long-suspended cmployes
and a no-strike. clause,
NEW BETA BULL:
Humphrey Gets Etiquette
Pointers at Ruthven Tea
Humphrey, the Beta bulldog,
will welcome the social lions of
the ceampus dogworld at a recep-
tion this afternoon, bolstered by
some timely tips on etiquette he
gathered at yesterday's Ruthven
te a .
Anxious to receive Iis13 3fra-
ternity dog guests in true Emily
Post style, Humphrey decided to
drop in and see how the Ruthvens
PARTING H1S teeth and slick-
inar hn.1, t hs fin,' hP rlt'or.v~vi Rflat
on how the reception was run.
(E3)fore leaving, Humphrey got
some etiquette tips for his own
party from Barbara Ream, '99,
who masterminds all Ruthven
* *. *
"THE GUESTS all ought to
meet the chaperone, but be sure
each dog has a license before you
introduce him to the dogcatcher,"
The "Open Doghouse" will get
underway at 5 p.m. today. Pho-
CAIIRO-The Palestine Arab government turned thumbs down
on making King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan ruler over Palestine.
WASHINGTON-President Truman will lc asked to umnire the
mounting row betwecn Marshall Plan offi ?a s and the Maritime
* * *
'SERIOUS STUDENT A TTITUDE'
Facuity Rating G es Off Without Hitch
Evaluation programs in the lit-
seriously. "If the questionnaires
STUDENTS were pleased with