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Disguised Discrimination?

NIGHT THE Ann Arbor City Council
will go to bat on an issue which may well
decide the fate of several student housing
groups-the proposed "Double A" zoning
'Under this plan all campus clubs, re-
ligious groups, League houses and affili-
ated groups would be prohibited from
building new houses in the area bounded
by Hill St. on the south and Oxford Rd. on
the west.
On the surface the proposal seems to have
some merit. It is true that such houses
occupied by University students have al-
ways been frowned upon by local residents,
partly because of the noise and late hours
kept by students and partly because it is
claimed that such residences tend to lower
the value of the surrounding properties.
But a closer scrutiny reveals that some of
these arguments do not hold water. Although
student groups who had planned to build
in the area would possibly cause some dis-
turbance, the land on which they propose to
build new homes is generally concentrated
in one small area which is fairly well iso-
lated from private homes.
It should also be pointed out that in
areas where League Houses, fraternities
and sororities are already located, the
value of the surrounding property has
not fallen. In several instances it has ac-
tually risen, according to some local real
estate men.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

An even nastier rumor as to the motives
behind the proposed ordinance has been re-
ported. According to some sources, the plan
is distinctly aimed at various religious
groups such as the Hillel Foundation who
might possibly plan to build student homes
in the area at some future date.
Clothed in the very respectable dress of
an attempt to protect the property rights
of individual land owners, the ordinance
might conceivably be an attempt by a group
of bigoted individuals to discriminate
against minority racial and religious groups.
The constitutionality of such a move would
certainly deserve careful scrutiny.
But regardless of the motives behind it,
the ordinance is unfair in other respects.
At least two fraternities are definitely known
to have purchased future building sites in
the restricted region, which, if the new rul-
ing is passed, would be completely useless
to them.
It is argued by proponents of the ordi-
nance that student groups should expand
their housing facilities in an area closer to
the campus-nearer to the center of ac-
tivities. This, of course, is to be highly
desired. But exactly where, might we ask,
should they expand? Nearly all of the land
in the vicinity of the campus is already
filled or owned by the University and
very few student groups could afford to
tear down existing buildings and -con-
struct new ones.
If the ordinance is passed, a number of
existing student groups face a dismal fu-
ture. A future crammed into one small,
over crowded area. And for some groups who
as yet do not have houses, there isn't much
of a future at all.
--Jim Brown

Edifice Complex
SAN FRANCISCANS have at last hit upon
a way to beat the infamous California
fog: They might rebuild their city-above it.
A San Francisco architect has finished
preliminary plans for a building a mile
high, a celestial structure that would con-
tain living quarters for 400,000 persons,
1,000 stores, 50 schools, 50 theatres, 20
churches and a museum.
Though the building might solve many
a housing problem, Mayor Elmer E. Robin-
son refused to comment on its possibilities,
and the architect sadly admitted that his
dream structure would probably never ma-
Just what life in the mile high city would
be like is hard to imagine.
Very probably, some of its inhabitants
would pass their lives never once stepping
out of the third dimension.
The busy executive will rise in the
morning, walk a few steps into the hall,
press a button and zzip!-step into a
small, de-pressurized cubicle. "Market
Story," he would say to the hack operator,
and in a few minutes he would be in the
midst of the financial district, 400 floors
above the ground. In the evening, Busy
Executive could ride an omnielevator to
Central Park, up on the 20th floor, or
drop down to the restaurant district on
the strato-cumulous level.
Life for inmates of the building would be-
come only a series of ups and downs, though,
complicated by the peculiar problems of the
Skyscraper Age.
What if the elevator operators struck?
What third floor businessman would think
of climbing each day to his 400th story
And what about the 10,000 m.p.h. rockets?
Say the pilot of the New York-San Francisco
express leveled off to land at a mile instead
of a mile and a half.
Residents of the top stories would have
to accustom themselves to a gentle swaying
when the winds were strong. Skyscraper
sickness would be a common ailment.
Little children would grow up with a
sort of curious attachment for the build-
ing-what psychiatrists would probably
call an edifice complex.
And at the thought of another San Fran-
cisco earthquake, we shudder.
No-give us the wide open spaces of
New York, Detroit, and conventional cities.
Man was never made for such high living.
-George Walker.

The Little Foxes That Spoil The Vines
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AMA Propaganda

Letters to the Editor -

IF ONE LISTENS long and deeply to the
propaganda of the American Medical As-
sociation, he is liable to develop insomnia
nights because of the fear of impending
dictatorship in the United States.
He is told that if the Murray-Dingell
bill passes we will have "Socialized" med-
icine. (Quotes around Socialized for em-
phasis) They expect, of course, that all the
bogey man stories we've heard since
childhood about Socialism will be enough
to scare us out of two weeks growth and
Mr. Dingell out of too many votes.
But right here at Michigan we have a
very good example of the way in which the
Murray Dingell Bill will work-the Univer-
sity Health Center.
You'll hear all kinds of jokes about Health
Service especially from people who've never
been there, but when the humor is tossed
aside you find a smooth working organiza-
tion which keeps more people on their feet
than the' average doctor manages to do.
As for the Socialistic threat, we can't
help noting that among those who have
decided to rely on the old family doctor
for medical care there hasn't been a
one of them compelled to attend our local
health group.
That leaves the prerogative pretty much
with the students, as the Dingell Bill would.

do with the people. You WON'T HAVE to
go to a Socialized lhalth center for care.
You won't even be thrown in a concentration
camp for not doing so.
When it comes right down to it, the
AMA hasn't been able to find any real
grounds on which to base their fight.
They are so unsure about that fight in
fact, that a lot of the local groups are
having trouble getting the doctors to
contribute $25 dollars to the propaganda
fund-an indication that perhaps not all
of our MD's are with their organization
in this drive.
It is going to take a lot more than cliches
to keep the poorer class families which
have seen their children die of Tuber-
culosis, their fathers of heart trouble and
their mothers of cancer, from backing an
effort to give them security at least from
the bodily troubles of this old world of ours.
We wonder if bureaucracy will be any
worse than the AMA faux pas of last week in
announcing an Ann Arbor death by salt
poisoning and scaring half the local lithium
chloride users out of their wits, when no
death was known and the AMA didn't even
have the name of the doctor who reported
-Don McNeil.



A If LA a -fIr


MENTIONED BEFORE this Navy veteran
who lives, with his wife and two children
on the fourth floor of a lower East Side
tenement. Their rent is $'18 a month. But
the poor get only expensive bargains. This
man doesn't want to spend $18 for a vermi-
nous flat; he would like to spend $43 in a
housing project. The difference in rent
would be made up, in part, by the fact that
he wouldn't have to buy ice for an old ice-
box, and that electricity and gas would be
thrown in. Most of all, he says, he would
feel more like coming home at night, and
sitting in the place, and having friends over,
which aspirations, do not seem to him un-
reasonable on an income of $60 a week.
But he can't get a sixty-dollar living
standard for his sixty-dollars. It isn't for
sale. The result is that for the last three
years he has been forced to live in his
eighteen-dollar bargain which isn't a bar-
gain. He is rather bewildered by the fact
that at $60 a week in New York a man
can look up from his radio of an evening to
see a parade of mice, and maybe rats, cross-
ing his living room floor.
$ * *
The apartment is indescribable, so I
won't describe it, except to say that it is
so small you don't believe it, and that
everything in it has peeled and flaked
to so dingy a uniformity that it is a little
hard to tell where the walls end and
where the floors and ceilings begin. The
rooms seem to have lost their square
shape, in sheer decay. One child, a boy of
not quite two, spends his time climbing,
up bedposts, on tables, chairs, even the
walls; never having had enough space
in which to Jearn to play horizontally
IA . -GdA.r 11 .A ! d. 141 ..1ed in Ill a~ ber -

a feeling that here you work hard, you
stick to your job, you get up to sixty per,
which isn't so bad, and then, because of the
housing shortage and high prices, you find
you don't get the things that all your life
you had understood came with sixty dollars
a week. I've heard this particular kind of
disappointment expressed more than once
during the last few days.
One family I looked in on lives on the
edge of the lower East Side. Their house
is an elevator building, and they pay
$48.50 for an apartment with one bed-
room, which their child occupies. Hus-
band and wife sleep in the living room,
which has a daybed, and two chairs. These
articles of furniture touch the walls and
each other. One chair gets sunlight part
of the morning. The husband is in a
field connected with decorating; his great
interest is in the arts. And among the
economies he has had to make is to give
up the occasional purchase of art books
and magazines, to cut out visits to the
theatre, and entertainment of friends of
like mind. When a family of culture finds
itself being cut off from the cultural life
of our age, something, I think, is hap-
pening to living standards.
It is not horror cases I have been invest-
igating, just normal families, with normal
incomes and normal problems. I think we
have long owed ourselves such a look
around, as a fill-in for those moments
when we are tempted to talk a little too
loosely about living standards, and about
what we mean to do with and for the rest
of the world. In that spirit I am to go on
with the story.
(Copyright, 1949. New York Post Corporation)

THROUGH THE efforts of the National
Student Association, a collection of art-
work by college students from all over the
country is now on view in the main corridor
of the Architecture School.
The preparation of this travelling ex-
hibit shows the NSA's recognition of art
as one of the "common meeting grounds"
for college students. It is a reflection,
too, of the increased appreciation of art by
the present college generation. Local
manifestations of this have been seen in
the greatly increased enrollment in fine
arts courses in the last year and in the
huge demand for University-rented art
With a willing organization and a "ready"
audience then, it is disappointing that the
art work does not at all come up to even
amateur standards. The exhibit includes a
few prints, a number of temperas and
water colors, and a drawing or so. None of
the works is particularly impressive; some
are really very poor.
Lack of originality is one of the worst fea-
tures of the collection, marring all but a
few of the works. There is "Harlequin" by
an Iowa State student, remarkably similar
to a Picasso of a similar title. The influence
of Cezanne is very apparent in "Berkeley
Landscape" by a University of California
Technical deficiencies likewise mar the
exhibit. Best example of this is probably
"Her Mind's Eye," a pastel drawing which
attempts the surrealistic, but achieves the
ridiculous. "Weekend" is equally inept..
Excellent technically, but without any real
feeling for the subject is "Negro" by a La
Crosse State Teacher's College student. The
very detailed "Market Place" is also rather
superficial. It would be fine for a travel
booklet illustration perhaps.
A few of the sketches are somewhat
more successful. "Rain in Colorado" is
nicely handled by a University of Colo-
rado student. There is a central tree,
however, which interferes with an other-
wise excellent arrangement.
Two Concordia College students are in-
cluded with somewhat similar works.
"Tracks, Poles and Fall Sky," although a
perfectly adequate sketch, does not come up
to the more loosely executed "Spring Eve-
ning," notable, too, in color and design.
Of the abstract works in the show.
"Boxer" by a University of America student
is most satisfying. Etchings by Mt. Mary
College students show a good realization of
the medium.
There is a complete lack, however, of
anything outstanding in the entire ex-
hibit. This blame can hardly be put on

in the office to interview students
Monday and Tuesday, February
28th and March 1st. They are in-
terested in engineers, physicists,
chemists, and mathematicians.
There is a greater demand for
graduate students than for sen-
iors, but both will be interviewed
for further information and ap-
pointments at the office, 3528 Ad-
ministration Bldg.
Summer Employment: Oppor-
tunity for men with B.S. in Elec-
trical Engineering, or B.S. in some
other field and experience in elec-
tronics, to work in abstracting and
classifying of electronic patents
during this coming summer. For
further information call at Bureau
of Appointments, 3528 Adminis-
tration Bldg.
The Michigan State Civil Ser-
ice announces the following ex-
Forester 1: Seniors with one
summer's experience.
Account examiner 11: Account-
ing majors.
Additional information may be
obtained at the Bureau of Ap-
pointments, 3528 Administration
Mathematics Lectures: Profes-
sor K. Kuratowski, Visiting Lec-
turer of the American Mathemati-
cal Society for this year, will lec-
ture today and Friday, Feb. 24
and 25, 4:15 p.m., 3017 Angell Hall.
Topics: Thursday: "The Modern
Concept of Infinity." Friday:
"Topology of General Function
Cornelia Otis Skinner: Tickets
are on sale today from 10 a.m.-
8:30 p.m., Auditorium box office.
This is the 4th number on the
1948-49 Lecture Series.
School of Forestry Lecture:
Mr. H. F. Nixdorf, of the No-
Sag Spring Company of Detroit,
Michigan, will speak on "Springs
in Modern Furniture Construc-
tion," 7 p.m., Feb. 24, West Lec-
ture Room, Rackham Building.
All furniture students are ex-
pected to ~attend and other stu-
dents, particularly those following
the Wood Technology Curricu-
lum are welcome.
Student Recital: Norma Swin-
ney Heyde, Soprano, will present
a program at 8 p.m., Thurs., Feb.
24, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre,
in partial fulfillment of the re-
quirements for the degree of
Bachelor of Music. Mrs. Heyde is
a pupil of Arthur Hackett, and
her recital is open to the general
Events Today
Prof. Kirk Bryan of the Dept. of
Geology, Harvard University, will
deliver two addresses: The first,
entitled "The Antiquity of Man in
North America," will be presented
in the Natural Science Audito-
rium, 4:15 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 24.
The second "Polygenetic Soils and
Climatic Changes," will be deliv-
ered at the Geological-Minera-
logical Journal Club meeting, Fri.,
Feb. 25, 12:00 noon, 3054 N.S. All
interested persons are invited.

Gilbert and Sullivan Society:
Rehearsals for all chorus mem-
bers and principals for "Patience,"
women at 7 p.m., Michigan
League; men at 8 p.m., Michigan
League. Stage construction work-
ers are especially needed, and are
requested to attend the 7 p.m. re-
hearsal. Please bring eligibility
Forester's Club: Meeting, 7:30
p.m., Natural Science Auditorium.
Prof. V. H. Jones of the Anthrop-
ology department will speak on
"The Woodslore of the American
Indian." Short business meeting
and a discussion of plans for
spring. Refreshments.
American Chemical Society Stu-
dent Affiliate: Organizational
meeting, 1300 Chemistry Bldg.
Michigan Crib, Pre-Law Socie-
ty: Meeting, 7:45 p.m., Architec-
ture Auditorium. Mr. Edmund Le-
vine, Assistant Prosecuting Attor-
ney, Washtenaw County, will
speak on "A Prosecuting Attor-
ney at Work."
International Center weekly tea
for all foreign students and Amer-
ican friends, 4:30-6 p.m., Interna-
tional Center. Hostesses: Mrs.
Ruth Buck and Mrs. Arthur Hack-
U. of M. Sailing Club: Business
meeting, 7 p.m., 311 W. Engineer-
ing Bldg.
U. of M. Rifle Club: firing, 7-
9:30 p.m., ROTC range. DCM
Qualification match at 8.
Pershing Rifles Meeting: 7 p.m.,
R.O.T.C., State Street. Matters of
organization and administration
will be dealt with. Be in uniform.
U. of M. Radio Club: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., 1084 E. Engineering
Bldg. Business meeting and issu-
ing of membership cards for
spring term.
U. of M. Theater Guild: Organi-
zational meeting, Michigan
League. Bring certificates of eli-
La p'tite Causette: 3:30 p.m.,
Grill Room, Michigan League.
Alpha Phi Omega: Meeting for
members, 7 p.m., Michigan Union.
Pledge smoker, 7:45 p.m.; all in-
terested students invited. It is es-
sential that all old members ap-
pear promptly at 7.
S.R.A. Electorate will meet at
7 p.m., Lane Hall.
U. of M. Young Republican
Club: 7:30 p.m., Michigan Union
(check board for room).

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
foraany other reason are not in good
taste will not be published. The
editors reserve the privilege of con-
densing letters.,
* * *
Pot vs. Kettle
To the Editor:
REGARDING the gibberish that
was spread all over your pages
last week by Bud Weidenthal,
your associate sports editor, who
seems to have acquired The Daily's
habit of talking and not saying
Mr. -Weidenthal, with all the
righteous dignity that an under-
graduate associate sports editor
can muster, hurls the charge that
the State News and the Detroit
Free Press have "been engaged in
a concentrated effort to defame
the dignity and purposes of the
Michigan athletic department. and
Fritz Crisler, its director ..."I
"Tht University of Michigan.,
screams Bud in hurt rage, " . .
has been famed for its purity and
high standards." Bud slyly men-
tioned our long-defunct Jenison
scholarships and accuses our ath-
letic office of directing the verbal
barrage against Michigan.
How old Bud can deduce that
our athletic office is behind it all
from his ivory tower down in Ann
Arbor, I don't know. In fact, while
working as a representative for
the State News and the Free
Press, I was refused comment by
anyone in that office on the U.
of M. situation.
Blustering Bud, for all his verb-
iage, doesn't come right out and
deny the U. of M. is mercenary
in its football .dealings, He's just
mad at the S$ate News and the
Free Press for telling everybody
about it.
Bud mutters about the Spar-
tan's ingratitude to the "school
that has carried them under their
wing. Uh huh, just like an old
vulture.The only reason that you
scheduled MSC in the past is be-
cause we can fill your stadium,
and not for any altruistic motives.
Incidentally Bud, I've always paid
when I went to MSC-M games,
despite your bland statement that
Spartans get in free.
Let's not have the pot calling
the kettle black. Who do you
think you're kidding?
-David A. Rood.
Distasteful Answer
To the Editor:
IT HAS BECOME both proper
and necessary, with the hys-
teria such as it is today, that peo-
ple of the sincere conviction that
peace with tht Soviet Union is
possible and imperative defend
themselves against stupid and vi-
cious attacks by those who have
become pawns in the game of
hate. Thus I find that, distasteful
though it may be, I am forced to
answer David W. Peterson's letter
in which charges and insinuations
were leveled at myself and two
First of all, Mr. Peterson states
that I ridiculed President Tru-
man's refusal to talk peace with
Premier Stalin outside the United
States. Ridicule is not the correct
term Mr. Peterson; mockery would
be more appropriate; mockeryof
the entire concept, which is our
foreign policy today, that peace
and agreement with the Soviet
Union is an evil that must be
fought off in the name of "democ-
racy." Yes, it is mockery of the
characterization of any attempt


Easy Entry
To the Editor:

,OH, TO BE Clifton Keen'.
daughter! For there at th
Minnesota -Michigan basketba
game amidst the hordes of stu
dents brandishing their I.D. card
emerged C. K.'s daughter. Upo
announcing her identity, she wa
respectfully permitted by the Littl
Caesar of. the ticket gate to sa
past the throngs of waiting stu
It hardly seems fair that at Uni
versity sponsored athletic even
crowds of students are turne
away while general admissio
ticket holders and privileged char
acters are admitted.
By the way, who is Clifto.
-Doris Norman.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Clifton Keen L
the coach of the wrestling team an
of 150 pound football. Faculty -em
bers and their families are entitled
to reserved seats at sports events.)


by the Soviet Union to enter into
discussions and peace talks as a
"peace offensive," as if peace were
a detestable and undesirable
Of course it must be realized
that an agreement with the Soviet
Union would be,. to certain inter-
ests in this country, a disastrous
turn of events, for if peace were
to be achieved tomorrow, millions
of dollars invested in the Cold
War and the armaments program
would be lost.
And is Mr'. Peterson aware of
what a halt in our military pro-
gram would mean at this time?
Aside from all the profits that
would be lost, the country would
have to face an unemployment
situation that would add to the
already alarming rolls of three
million jobless. As Dr. Harry F
Ward pointed out the other night
our foi'eign policy can pass th
point beyond which there is n
turning back, beyond which ther
is not even a chance or a hope fo
peace, and we are fast approach-
ing this point. We will create
situation in which we will hav
to go to war in order to forestal
economic chaos at home and th
cessation of profits here anc
abroad that are being derived fro
the Cold War.
As for your contemptible snip
ing as to vhat side I would figh
on in a new war. I would like t
point out to Mr. Peterson tha
most scientists are of tht opinio
that death is imminent to al
who take part in any future war
on any side. As for myself, I wil
fight when my conscience permi
me, when I know that I am figth
ing for something I believe.r
my country right or wrong; m
country right!
-Al Fishman.


Democrats: Business
7:30 p.m., Michigan Un-

porte, on the Parker Collection of
Japanese Prints, the Museum of
Art, Alumni Memorial Hall, Sun.,
Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m. The public is
German Coffee Hour: Fri., Feb.
25, 3-4:30 p.m., Michigan League.
All students and faculty members
are invited.
Young Progressives: Member-
ship meetinfi, Tues., Mar. 1, Mich-
igan Union. All members are
asked to attend.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
Sabbath Evening Services, 7:45
p.m. Rabbi H. Lymon conducting.
Westminster Guild of the First
Presbyterian Church: "Hoe Down"
party, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 25, social
hall, church building. Round and
square dancing. Wear jeans and
plaid shirts. Refreshments. Small
fee will be charged.

Fifty-Ninth Year
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joining and working actively in
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