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VAGV FiCAIT

TIE fI AN DAILY

Twin Cities
Commended
For Non-Bias
Get Brotherhood
Week Citations
MINNEAPOLIS - (P) - A year
and a half ago a shotgun blast
ripped through a newly-rented
home in an exclusive residential
area.
A Jewish family has just moved
in. The shotgun blast was a
neighbor's "reception." A short
while later, the Jewish family
moved out.
Since then a dozen or more or-
ganizations and individuals in
Minneapolis and St. Paul have led
a fight against such incidents.
AS A RESULT, The National
Conference of Christians and Jews
this week gives special recognition
to Minneapolis and St. Paul as
the community which has made
"outstanding strides in the im-
provement of relations between
the several races and religions and
in treatment of minorities."
The citation is made in con-
nection with Brotherhood Week.
Among the groups leading the
anti-discrimination fight are
councils on human relations in
both of the Twin Cities, local of-
fices of the NCCJ, Minnesota
Jewish Council, urban leagues,
Twin City Japanese-American
Citizens League, Minneapolis Fair
Employment Practices Commis-
sion and the governor's Interra-
cial Commission. Newspapers and
radio stations also played a part.
* * *
ONE OF THE basic moves
against discrimination was work
of the councils on human rela-
tions.
Surveys were made of civic or-
ganizations, education, hospitals,
industry and labor, real estate,:
recreation, religious and welfare
services to determine where dis-
crimination and prejudices ex-
isted.
Out of the recommendations
made, the work of other groups
and voluntary action grew such
developments as these:
Some large department stores
in the two cities have begun hir-
ing Negro women as sales help.
A Minneapolis service organi-
zation which had banned Jewish
jmembership despite a contrary
national policy opened its doors
to Jews.
* * *
THE FIRST NEGRO teacher
was hired by Minneapolis public
schools. Two Negroes were given
administrative duties in the de-
partment of education. A few Jap-
anese-American teachers also
were hired. St. Paul public schools
have hired Negro teachers for a
number of years.
In a Minneapolis junior high
school, certain groups of girls
had formed "secret" societies
which excluded Jews The or-
ganizations were disbanded and
replaced by open membership,
school-sponsored clubs.
A group of veterans began ne-
gotiating with a real estate firm
for a housing development in an
outlying area of Minneapolis. A
Japanese-American veteran was
among the group. The real estate
firm attempted to exclude him.
The veterans cancelled the proj-
ect.
COMMUNITY centers and po-

lice work halted small "riots"
among Gentile and Jewish chil-
dren in a section of Minneapolis.
An employer refused to hire a
Jew because he said he "got
gyped" when, as a youth, he
bought an engagement ring for
his girl friend from a Jewish jew-
eler. After a hearing by the Min-
neapolis FEPC, the employer
changed his hiring policy.
Cadet Age Upped
Age limits for men desiring to
enter the Naval Aviation Cadet
program have been expanded, ac-
cording to Naval Officer Procure-
ment officials.
Former age limits of 18 to 25
have been revamped to 18 to 27.
Other requirements stipulate
that the applicant be single and
have completed at least two years
of college work.

STUDENT PROFILE:
Editor Parker Sparks Gargoyle,

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP:
Bat tles Rage Pro, Con Fraternities

41

(EDITOR'S NOTE-This is the first
of a weekly series of interviews of
campus personalities whieh will ap-
rear as a regular Sunday feature.)
By ROMA LIPSKY
Doug Parker explains it this
way:
in October, 1945, he meekly en
tered the Gargoyle office to sub-
mit a story, and found the staff
singing Christmas carols. Hip
story wasn't printed, but the Garg
members discovered he could sing
bass.
"After that, I never left," he
says dryly.
AND DURING his three years
on the Gargoyle, his by-line has
become almost as familiar as the
horned caricature of Garg him-
self.
It was mainly due to Parker
that, at the start of his regime
as managing editor last Sep-
tember, the Gargoyle was
changed from a strictly humor
hmagazine to include more se-
rious literature.
"The change was made to ap-
peal to a wider audience, and to
fulfill the function of a general.
campus magazine," Parker said.
,* *~
ALTHOUGH STAFF members
claim that his job requires nothing
but posting ex post facto notices
and cutting out black polka dots,
Managing Editor Parker is re-
sponsible for everything that ap-
pears in the Garg. He coordinates
the business, writing, and make-
up departments, writes the Garg
editorials, and a large number of
the stories.
Male Garg staffers call him
the most intelligent member of
the staff, and one of the best
editors they have ever had
while the women's opinion is
that he is "cute and cuddly."
"Doug is very sweet and sin-
cere-and that's something rare
for a Michigan man," one of his
female staffers commented.
BUT IT WAS through the Wis-
consin, not the Michigan mag-
azine that Parker first gained na-
tional fame. The Badger "Octo-
pus" has three times printed
stories of his which first appeared
in the Gargoyle, without giving
him credit.
..."That may be plagiarism,".
Parker said, "but it is also a.
high compliment. After that, I.
.knew I had arrived."........
The 21-year-old senior hails
from LaPbrte, Ind. In high schoolI
he played what friends call "a

* *

EVENTS TODAY
Young Progressives - Student
Conference; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. 214
N. Fourth Ave.
ISA - Installation of ufficrs
Jinner and film; 6:30 p.m.. In-
ternational Center.

Newman Club -- Meeting;
p.m., St. Mary's Chapel.
At the State - "Words
Music."

7:30
and,

At the Michigan-" Every Girl
Should Be Married."
At the Orpheumr-"The Mozart
Story"

I

By PHIL DAWSON
One of the institutions of Am-
erican college society-the frat-
ernity-sorority system-has been
the subject of increasing contro-
versy recently.
Occasionally the battle became
national news, as when the Am-
herst chapter of Phi Kappa Psi
had its national charter revoked
for admitting a Negro in violation
cl the national constitution.
BUT MOST of the arguments
have been limited to college cam-
puses with critics calling for vari-
ous reforms in the system and af-
filiated students trying to defend
m( improve it at the same time.
The lit has raged parti(,,in1M v
t1bout the clauses in most frat-
ernity constitutions which cis-
criminate against Negroes and
other minority groups.
AT CORNELL a furious run-
ning fight has been going on
through the columns of the Daily
Sun. A Sun editorialist called on
fraternities to take action on dis-
crimination.
The IFC president replied That
it wasn't any of the Sun's busi-

Sales T O je
Tickets for the Student Legis-
lature-sponsored Jazz at the Phil-
harmonic show Friday night willI
go on sale tomorrow from 10 a m.
until 5 p.m. in the Hill Auditorium
box office.
Featuring vocalist Ella Fitz-
gerald, the Norman Grantz pro-+
gram will include Coleman Hawk-I
ins. Flip Phillips, and Tommy
Turk.

Sness,since the fraternities had
already called a meeting to
'discuss" discrimina tory claus-
es. The university administra-
tion stated its policy:
"Groups wvithin this Uiversity
are free to constitute, reconstitute
and conduct themselves in keep-
ing with their own preferences so
long as their existence does not
corrupt the spirit of the Univer-
ity's existence."

ward to continued progress in the
elimination of discriminatory reg-
ulat ions on membership."
* * *
DISCRIMINATION wasn't the
only ground for criticism of frat-
ernities and sororities.
At the 'University of Illinois
affiliated men heard a speaker
attack hazing and paddling of
pledges as "animalism" which
fights the "humanistic ideals of
1f4rLIfntruS

* * t raternit ies.-
MEANWHILE AT the Univer- And at the University of Wis-
sity of Minnesota the faculty Sen- cousin, the quarrel was purely ad-
ate committee on student affairs ministrative-whether frater!.-
was considering stating its pohey ies should have housemothers ox
of not recognizing any student or- housefellows. One answer: "Whi
ganization that categorically ex- compel fraternities to have house-
cludes individuals on the basis of mothers unless you compel soror-
race, creed, color or religion. ities to have housefathers?"
A Daily, editorialist pointed * *
out that this rule would include A WRITER for the Yale News
religious groups. Nevertheless, evidently after extensive research
the writer said, the faculty was produced an article on fraternities
wise to put the policy down on in which he demonstrated how
paper. they grew out of history.
Earlier, the fraternities and sor- He pointed out the major di-
orities had jointly asked for per- lemma facing fraternities and sor-
iodic faculty-student evaluation oiities: whether to revert to th
of their progress in getting rid of "good old days" or try to become
discriminatory clauses. The ia,;iu- and remain a functional part ol
ty committee said it "looks for- the college community.

Daily-Bill Ohuinger.
ERSTWHILE EDITOR-is blue pencil, paste pot, and cutting
shears were out of the camera's focus, but st64 recognizable is
Doug Parker, managing editor of the Gargoyle. Although most
of his time is spent in the first floor office of the Publications
Building, Parker can occasionally be found playing a trombone
or writing poetry at the Phi Delta Theta house.
mean trombone" for the school or-s at the Garg office, he has man-
chestra. His career at Michigan aged to keep up a 3.7 average, and
was interrupted for one year spent has been elected to Druids, men'sI
playing the trombone in the U.S.
Navy band. honorary society.
k 3 His plans following graduation
PARKER IS majoring in Greek, Iae still vague, but he may find
and to all questions as to why he himself teaching Latin or Greek
chose this subject, he replies, "be- next September.
cause I like it."
His linguistic ability would put Advertising Agencies
international diplomats to shame. PHILADELPHIA - Volney B.
He is familar with Latin, Greek, P PH f-staver-
Gothic, French, German, and can Palmer founded the first adver-
curse in Polish. tising agency here in 1840.
IHe is a member of Phi Delta His plan was to purchase space
Theta, where he is an active in local papers and sell it wherever
song organizer. It was Parker lie could. Gradually his clients,
who secured a copy of the "Phi asked for more and more help in
Delt Drums" with which his preparing their advertisements
fraternity won first prize in the and Palmer lent assistance until
IFC Sing in 1946. the advertising agency as it is
Despite all the time he spends known now was evolved.

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