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For the Better...

JTS interesting- to note, on looking back,
that the administration's ideas on what
students should or shouldn't do have
changed somewhat since a year ago. The
changes are for the better, on the whole.
That is, University policy, as it now
operates in the area whose center is aca-
demic freedom, shows some decrease in
the chronic fear of the State Legislature
that used to afflict our administrators.
Freedom and fear, most people agree, are
incompatible. At a time when practically
everything that's going on in Washington
is based on fear rather than genuine desire
for freedom it's encouraging to be able to
list the following:
The University has recognized that active
participation in politics through local stu-
dent clubs can be a significant part of mod-
ern university education.
President Ruthven last May came out
strongly in favor of education for labor at a
time when the University workers' education
service was under political attack and it
would have been much easier to hedge or to
discontinue the program altogether;
The Student Affairs Committee's power
Editorials published in. The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

was increased last year, thus giving students
more to say about University policies;
A University professor is now running
for political office without being fired (as
has happened elsewhere)-in fact a lot
of other professors are working like beav-.
ers for his election.
The trend here seems to be away from
regulation based on fear of what people may
do and toward the realization that students
and faculty can guide their own actions
intelligently-in other words, replacement
of "Do we dare allow this?" with "Why
In line with this general movement, here's
what we still have to work on:
We still have a lot of special restrictions on
women and two deans' offices-a Dean of
Students and a Dean of Women, as if women
were special or inferior creatures;
We still have a rule "preventing" the con-
sumption of liquor by students, even though
everyone knows students drink and even
though the University of Wisconsin has for
some years sold beer in its student union;
We still have a rule against political
speeches in University buildings;
We still haven't any system for student
evaluation of faculty. It looks like a long
and difficult agenda. But these restrictions
are what remains of a shell that former
University administrators have been build-
ing around themselves over a period of
Once started, the process of outgrowing
the shell should be rapid.
-Phil Dawson.

No War Cry
in the military strength by the five great
powers does not on the surface sound
like the cry of a nation preparing for
war. Andrei Vishinsky appealed to the Unit-
ed Nations general assembly to ask for a one
third reduction of the armed forces in a
year in his speech last week.
In his first address to the new session
of the U.N., Vishinsky outlined a program
of banning the atomic weapons "as in-
tended for aims of aggression and not for
those of defense." Both the atomic ban
and the disarmament plan was to be con-
trolled by the Security Council.
The Western Powers turned on their us-
ual cold reaction to the Soviet proposal, sim-
ilar to one made last January. But they
admitted that Russia had made a timely
and effective propaganda thrust.
Their refusal to consider the proposition
is based on the following positions-
1. That universal disarmament must be
accompanied by international inspection un-
der the supervision of a United Nations
agency. Russia has not agreed to this.
2. The disarmament program would be
controlled by the Security Council-of which
Russia is a member. So Russia could duck
out any time she wished.
These bases for non-acceptance of the
arms reduction plan hardly seem valid.
Since Russia made the proposal to the
United Nations general assembly she
would necessarily have to abide by that
body's decisions if the program were to
be carried out.
But Russia made the first stab in a peace
offer, so the Western Powers must refuse
it to retain their prestige in the cold, cold
-Janet Watts.

News Of The World

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Historic Crisis_?

who would make peace in the world to-
day is that he must believe in the reality of
the crisis. This may seem an odd state-
ment right now, with every active and pro-
fessional voice on earth bellowing crisis at
top decibel. But there is a difference be-
tween merely admitting there is a crisis, and
fully admitting that the crisis is real, that
it is historic, that it was probably unavoid-
able, that it cannot be waved away by a
flip of the hand.
One can start at either end of the equa-
tion, but to start at the further, those who
follow the Russian position and who feel
that the West is needlessly alarmed by re-
cent events in Europe, that it is uncouth
of the West to react to these events, that
the West should take something for its
nerves and laugh it off, do not really
admit the deep historic reality of the
Ivorld erig sand to this degree they put
themselves outof position as peacemakers.
They are not making peace, they are only
using the crisis to prove that Western
capitalism wants to make war, and that
is very different from peacemaking.
In pursuit of this propagandist goal, such
argufiers shade off into unreality, -as when
they declare that Western industry prefers
making munitions to making peace-time
goods, though much the same voices used
to say during the late war that Western
industry was delaying the victory because
it preferred making peace-time goods to
making munitions. Those who will not admit
that the crisis is truly historic, that the West
must in point of fact react to the Russian
rise, and be profoundly unsettled by it,
cannot make peace, they can only make
In the same way, those in the West who
feel that Russia should turn its face to the
wall and be quiet, that it should give up its
fears, that it should, in a well-bred way,
ignore the atomic bomb, does not admit

that what has happened in Eastern Europe
during the last thirty years has really hap-
pened, that a massive uneasy new interest
has risen in the world. Such persons do not
try to solve the crisis, they try to use it as a
hokus-pokus which may, if handled right,
make the enemy disappear. They are not
trying to make peace, they are trying to
make magic.
But it is peace we must try to make,
an imperfect peace if you like, between
conflicting realities, each of which has
the right to exist, and the right to be
afraid. And those who would deny these
rights to either side, those who find the
moralities of the situation extremely easy,
the rights and wrongs uncomplicatedly
clear, to that degree deny the reality, the
real reality, of the crisis, and render
themselves helpless to solve it. The peace-
maker will be the one who understands
just how real this crisis is, its historical
validity, its unavoidability, and he will
try for the imperfect, useful answer, for
an outcome untouched by perfectionism,
magic or disdain.
The U.N., more than any other agency, is
qualified to take this approach. But to do
so it must rise above the crisis, it must
detach and separate itself from the contest-
ants, as much as it can, and speak up for
the realities with the same vigor with which
each contender now speaks for itself. There-
fore the suggestion is repeated that the,
U.N. should instruct the West and Russia to
make peace in Berlin, that it give them a
limited time, say thirty days, to do so and
report, reminding each side in the sternest,
most objective terms, of the dangers of fail-
ure. Only thus can the U.N. force us all
to focus on the realities, only thus can the
U.N. become the channel for the world's wish
for peace. And only thus can the commca
anguish of mankind find expression on a
level equal to that enjoyed today by self-
justification, anger and fear.
Copyright, 1948, New York Post Corporation)


At Lydia Mendelssohn .


"THE IDIOT," with Gerard Philippe and
Edwige Feuillere.
FOR THREE REASONS, we went to see
this French screen play anticipating
something noticeably above the average
movie. It is among the many well-received
foreign efforts, it is an adaptation of the
Dostoyevsky masterpiece, and it comes to the
campus with a remarkable background of
"rave" notices.
We looked for something exceptional-
and that is exactly what we saw.
Although it would be well to approach
the Lydia Mendelssohn with an idea of
the original story and a passing under-
standing of French, the picture is, never-
theless, immediately striking. Even to the
linguistic and literary layman, it is obvious
that the acting in this picture is un-
The title role is played by Gerard
Philippe with a depth of understanding and
an emotional realism seldom found in do-
mestic productions. In the part of man so
filled with humility, sympathy, and simple
wisdom that he is considered mad, Philippe
gives a characterization that is unforgettable
-almost haunting.
Edwige Feuillere, in the part of a wom-
an lost beyond redemption, presents a
character of violently contrasting emo-
tions-evoking contempt, horror, and
eventually pity. She is vividly colorful
against the drab, materialistic setting for
the tragedy. Philippe is simple and humble
in a world of confusion and false pride.
As previously intimated, the subtitles are
not entirely adequate, and one might wish
that some of Hollywood's technical prowess
might be shared overseas. Still, when inspired
acting is brought to bear on a great story,
the result can hardly be less than sensa-
-Bob White.

(Continued from Page 2)
Nov. 1, Raymond Gram Swing-
"History on the March"; Nov. 10,
Rebecca West--"Famous Trials";
Nov. 19, John Mason Brown -
"Broadway in Review"; Feb. 24,
Cornelia Otis Skinner - "Wives
of Henry VIII"; March 3, Eve
Curie - "France-Struggle for
Civilization"; March 10, Herbert
Agar--"England Today."
,Lecture: Jean Stoetzel, Profes-
sor of Social Psychology at the
Uniyersity of Bordeaux and Di-
rector of the French Institute of
Public Opinion will speak on
"World Crisis and European Opin-
ion," Fri., Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., in
Kellogg Auditorium; auspices of
the Survey Research Center.
Academic Notices
Correction: Students, College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts:
Courses may not be elected for
credituafter the end of the second
week. Friday, October 1 (not Sat-
uriday, October 2, as previously
reported), is the last day on which
new elections may be approved.
The willingness of an instructor to
admit later will not affect the
operation rule.
The Seminar in Applied Mathe-
matics: 4 p.m., Thurs., 247 W. En-
gineering Bldg. R. V. Churchill
will speak on "Introductions to
Sturm-Liouville Expansions."
.Makeup Examination, Econom-
ics 51,52,53,54: Thurs., Oct. 7, 3
p.m.,'207 Economics Bldg. Any
student expecting to take this ex-
amination must leave his name
with the departmental secretary
before the examination.
Mathematics Seminars: The
following seminars have been or-
ganized in the Mathematics De-
Topological Groups (Prof. Sam-
elson), Mon., 3 p.m., Room 3018
Lie Groups (Mr. Rabson), Tues-
day, 3 p.m., Room 3209 A.H.
Geometry (Dr. Leisenring),
Wednesday, 3 p.m., Room 3001
DifferentialmGeometry (Prof.
Rainich), 1st meeting Wednesday,
Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., Room 3001
Banach Spaces (Prof. Hilde-
brandt), Thursday, 3 p.m., Room
3014 A.H.
Applied Mathematics (Prof.
Churchill), Thursday, 4 p.m.,
Room 274 W.E.
Topology (Prof. Wilder), Thurs-
day, 4 p.m., Room 3010 A.H.
Algebraic Numbers (Prof.
Brauer), Thursday, 4-6 p.m.,
Room 3201 A.H.
Orientation Seminar (Prof.
Rainich), Thursday, 7 p.m., Room
3001 A.H.
Probability (Dr. Woodbury),
Saturday, 10 a.m., Room 3004 A.H.
Statistics (Prof. Craig). Those
interested are asked to leave their
schedules and preferred hours
with Prof. Craig.
Events Today
Tau Bet Pi: Meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Rm. 3505, E. Engineering Bldg.
International Center weekly tea,
4:30-6 p.m. Hostesses: Mrs. Wil-
liam Geifel and Mrs. Josephine

U. of M. Varsity Band: First
meeting of the semester, 7:30 p.m.,
Harris Hall, Rehearsal once a week
until the end of football season;
thereafter, twice a week. Open to
all students interested in band
Michigan Union Opera Com-
mittee Meeting: 7:30 p.m. Thurs.,
Sept 30, Rm. 3-A, Michigan Union.
Persons interviewed last spring
who were not contacted person-
ally are invited.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society:
Full rehearsal of principals and
chorus, 7:30 p.m., Michigan
League. Bring eligibility cards.
American Ordnance Association
meetin: 7:30 p.m. Rackham Am-
phitreatre. Mr. R. L. Biggers,
President of Chrysler Corpora-
tion's Fargo Division, and indus-
trial associates will present col-
ored moving pictures of a Carrier
Task Force Maneuver and War-
time Automotive Testing.
La p'tite Causette: 3:30 p.m.,
Grill Room, Michigan League.
Zeta Phi Eta, Speech Arts:
Business meeting, Rm. 4203 Angell
Hall, 7:30 p.m. Bring eligibility

To the Editor:
TOM WALSH, "AVC member,"
seems either to have failed to
inform himself of all facets of this
little gem of disruption in AVC, or
he is taking advantage of a situa-
tion to do a little name calling. In
his letter published in The Daily
of Sept. 25, he used Daily quot.a-
tions of "party line resolution,"
"packed," and "hard core."
Mr. Walsh, during a phone call
on the evening of Sept. 25, ad-
mitted he had not read the text
of the resolution; that, as he
stated in The Daily, he was not
present at the meeting, and that
any additional information he re-
ceived came from Mr. Babson,
who, having made the charges of
Communistbpacking, can be ex-
pected to be biased.
I would like to ask Mr. Walsh
to substantiate his charges that
the resolution was party-line, that
the twenty-six persons who voted
in favor of it were either packed
into the meeting or, by voting for
the resolution, automatically be-
came supporters of Ed Schaffer.
Mr. Walsh in his fourth para-
graph also states that when the
vote was taken only about forty
! members were left. This implies
that many had left, leaving the
reader to judge how many, for
Mr. Walsh also lists the member-
ship as being over 100. Mr. Walsh
must know from his infrequent
presences at meetings that around
40 members is normal attendance
at the meetings that are not elec-
tion meetings.
The possibility that some mem-
bers still believe that membership
in AVC, a non-political organiza-
tion, should not be decided on po-
litical grounds does not seem to
have occurred to Mr. Walsh. That
a fairly large majority of the
membership at a normal meeting
thought so, seems in Mr. Walsh's
mind to categorize that majority
as Communists.
Mr. Walsh, this is a serious
charge, one for which I am sure
you have ample substantiation. If
you will name those 30 supporters'
of Ed Schaffer who were packed
into a meeting to push through
a party line resolution, I am sure
you will be doing the AVC a great
service; one that will be almost
as great as attending meetings and
taking part in the activities of
AVC. If you feel the importance of
maintfimng AVC, I am sure you
will be happy to again become a
member in action as well as in
nain "'= -Paul Williams.
* * *
To the fdhtor:
tion', was raised by William
Young in- his letter of September
25; and -that is, should AVC talk
civil liberties, or should AVC act
civil liberties.
In other words, is it more ef-
fective as, a political tactic to dis-
cuss what is wrong with the Uni-
versity ;n (on speakers under
Federal" indictment) or to actually
fight the. ban? Certainly it is
correct to discuss civil liberties,
but a discussion should lead to
action, and from a tactical point
of view, now is precisely the time
to institute action.
As co-chairman of the AVC
committee to fight the speakers
ban I would like to summarize
the plan of action which we are
Last year AVC passed a resolu-
tion protesting the ban, but no
furtherraction was taken. This
year AVC was to have sponsored
a forum concerning civil liberties
and the indictments of the twelve
Communist leaders. The University
refused to allow one of the in-
dicted Communists, Carl Winter,
to speak at the forum. When the
news was given to the member-
ship at the last meeting, we felt
that if AVC held the forum, we

would become a party to the sup-
pression of civil rights, since a
basic concept of democratic jus-
tice has been violated. Namely, a
man is innocent until proven
guilty in a court of law.
Rather than hold a forum pro-
testing such a ban, AVC felt that
a better tactic would be to cancel
the forum and publicize the rea-
sons for so doing. In other words
we would tell the student body:
"We are very sorry that we
cannot hold the forum because the
University, through its undemo-
cratic ban refuses to allow an in-
dicted man to defend himself. It
is the University and not AVC
which is responsible for calling off
the forum, because we refuse to
become a- part of the University's
suppression of speech and demo-
cratic justice."
An analogous situation would be
the refusal of Henry Wallace to
speak before segregated Jim Crow

audiences. I'm sure all liberal
minded people supporters and
non-supporters of Henry Wallace
respect him for such a stand.
We in AVC did not, as Mr.
Young states, vote to cancel the
forum because of motives other
than civil liberties. 'We cancelled
the forum because we thought it
would be the best method of dra-
matizing, and waging an all out
fight to allow indicted men to
speak and present their case.
-Eddie Yellin.
* * *
To the Editor:
AS AN ELECTED member of the
executive board of the Uni-
versity chapter of the AVC I wish
to repudiate the charges made by
Chairman Babson and others that
the past meeting was packed by
Communists and their sympathiz-
ers. I formally challenge any per-
son to specifically name in print
those persons whomnthey accuse
of being either "Communist, Com-
munist sympathizers, or cohorts of
Mr. Ed Shaffer." Furthermore, I
contend that anyone who states
that this past meeting was delib-
erately packed is misrepresenting
the facts, deliberately or other-
Apparently, there are some peo-
ple who have difficulty believing
that an issue can be voted upon
on the basis of its merits or weak-
nesses, regardless of who does not
support that issue. In this case, a
small minority within AVC are
using an issue of civil rights as a
means of maintaining their dim-
inishing power. The meeting of
the University chapter of AVC
last Wednesday was a reflection
of the disgust of rank-and-file
membership in the violation of
civil rights by the minority lead-
ership of AVC nationally. How-
ever, a small block of local mem-
bers who uphold the reversal of
AVC principles by their ruling
clique, in national AVC, on find-
ing themselves defeated by the
majority membership of the chap-
ter, have chosen to adopt the tqc-
tics employed by the national mi-
nority in dragging a red herring
across the trail.
I charge that those members
who have issued a call for packing
at the next meeting are destroying
this chapter of the AVC as well
as contributing to the destruction
of AVC as a national veterans or-
I wish to issue a call to all mem-
bers of this chapter of the AVC
to attend the next meeting for the
purpose of letting your voice be
heard on these vital issues con-
fronting our organization. I call
for all members to attend, regard-
less of how you stand on these
--John H. Sloss.




A.V.C. . Executive
meeting 4:30 p.m., 3rd
igan Union.

floor Mich-

Young Democrats meet
p.m., in Michigan Union.


Deutscher Verein first meeting
of semester, 8 p.m., Michigan Un-
Afternoon Tea Dancing, 3 p.m.,
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation.
B'nai B'rith Hlillel Foundation
Football Practice: 3:30 p.m. every'
day. All men students invited.
European Club: First meeting
of semester, 8:15 p.m., Interna-
tional Center. All European stu-
dents invited.

Fifty-Ninth Year

Student Religious
Council will meet at
Lane Hall.

7:30 p.m.,

Dunn's Dilemma

S PAUL, MINN.-Mr. Roy Dunn, best
known nationally as Minnesota's Re-
publican National Committeeman, is a po-
litical landmark of this city. He is well-made
for a landmark, being a huge, craggy-faced,
slow-moving, slow-spoken man, with an ap-
pearance of assured authority that is only
enhanced by his manner of being a solid
farmer at a county fair.
Back in the 1930's, when the Farmer-L4-
borites took over Minnesota, Roy Dunn per-
suaded the state's almost hysterical business-
men to keep cool and let him handle the
situation. He handled it with great effi-
ciency, using funds contributed by the quak-
ing business groups for a successful cam-
paign to recapture the state legislature. He
has controlled the legislature ever since, al-
though Harold Stassen would certainly have
liked to break his power if possible.
Roy Dunn's constituents are still the Min-
nesota farmers who elect him and his
faithful followers to the legislature, and
the Minnesota businessmen who pay the
Republican party's bills.
In a way, this is a very happy time for
Roy Dunn. The departure of Harold Stas-
sen to the larger opportunities of Penn-
sylvania has left a vacuum in Minnesota.

dilemma which also afflicts many compar-
able but much less likable Republican po-
As is natural in view of his background,
Roy Dunn strongly favors the New Deal's
farm programs, while taking a highly con-
servative position on labor, power and other
great domestic issues. In the same way,
many Eastern Republican leaders are relia-
tively amiable toward labor, but ungenerous
to the farmers and conservative about power;
and Northwestern Republicans are progres-
sive about power and reclamation policies,
friendly to the farmers, and violent about
Roy Dunn's dilemma can be simply
stated. If the issues listed above and the
others like them were submitted to a free
vote by the Republicans presently in Con-
gress, shifting majorities would give the
victory to the conservative point of view
in each case. The effect in Minnesota
would be, primarily, further impairment
of the government farm programs, along
the lines of the grain trade lobbyists' raid
on the Commodity Credit Corporation at
the last session.
In other words, their party's coming to
power will confront men like Dunn with
an unpleasing, largely unexpected choice:

Looking Back

The recorders office announced statistics
show that literary college students have a
19-1 chance of passing their courses. 95 per
cent of all grades given the previous semes-
ter were D or better. Journalism, fine arts
and music were called pipe courses.
The engineering council voted unani-
mously to amend its constitution and abolish
all existing class offices in an attempt to
eliminate all abuses from class elections.
Daily columnist Larry King offered a plan
for evading the auto ban: Get a taxicab
license and permission from Dean Rea to
earn your way through school as a cabbie.
Put a card "flat rate cab" in the window
and seat your date in the back. At destina-
tion remove card and chauffeurs cap and
join young lady.
COVERNOR DEWEY has made his posi-

Foreign Student Football Orien-
tation program, sponsored by NSA
and ISA, 8 p.m., International
Center. Mr. Howard Leibee of the
Physical Education Dept. will ex-
plain the game of football with
the aid of the Rose Bowl movies.
The public is welcome.
Inter-Racial Association: Open-
ing meeting, Michigan Union, 7:30
p.m. Nominations of officers and
business of I.R.A.
Coming Events
Society for General Semantics:
Meet at 3 p.m., Sun., Oct. 3, An-
gell Hall steps.
Delta Epsilon Pi, National Hel-
lenic Fraternity: First meeting of
semester, Fri., Oct. 1, 7:15 p.m.,
Rm. 3D, Michigan Union. Students
of Hellenic descent and Phil-Hel-
lenes are invited.
German Coffee Hour: Fri., 3-
4:30 p.m., Michigan League 6oke
Bar. All interested students and
faculty members invited.

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