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AS STUDENTS tramp to the polls today
to cast their votes for campus offices,
some of them are going to face some pretty
tough decisions.
Maybe they thought the lemon drops
passed out by one candidate were pretty
tasty. Then the cinnamon balls came out
in huge quantities. They were pretty good,
too. But someone had to dish out candy
canes and got the voters all confused.
The taste-test for candidates is no longer
a simple matter. How can a student cast
his vote for the lemon-drop candidate with
an easy conscience when his tongue is still
dripping with the candy kiss passed out by
a competitor?
Some dead-heads might object to this
whole process of familiarizing candidates
with voters as somewhat unsavory. There's
the item of added expense to the candi-
dates. Maybe next year the only candi-
dates who'll stand a chance are the ones
with rich uncles who own candy stores.
Then too, some may feel that a piece of
candy is a pretty mediocre bribe for some-
thing as important as campus political
Frankly I'm completely without scruples
myself. I'm going to wait until late this
afternoon to cast my ballot. And I don't
mind telling you, the candidate who passes
out the 72-pound chocolate Easter bunnies
will get my first place vote.
-Jo Misner.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

Era of Intelligence
" Y ROOMMATE is a swell guy," con-
fided the grizzled campus campaigner
to the innocent-looking freshman. "So if you
have nothing better to do, get out and give
him your vote, won't you?"
Mentally chalking up another vote, he
turned away-only to be stopped dead in
his tracks eby the high-pitched voice be-
hind him.
"What does he stand for?" asked the
freshman defiantly.
Similar conversations in dormitories,
classrooms, and fraternities indicated a
campus-wide trend last week. And, a few
hours after the polls opened yesterday, cam-
paigners and voters alike realized that cam-
pus politics were emerging from the confu-
sion of the past into the Era of Intelligent
True, the transition was far from being
complete. There were still visible traces
of bloc voting--and many invisible ones.
Candidates continued to resort to time-
worn but effective jelly-bean and bubble
gum seduction-and there were takers.
But the barrage of publicity and informa-
tion that poured from the Student Legis-
lature, The Daily and from the lips of the
candidates themselves had served its pur-
Polling places became centers of campus
activity as students, armed with the Elec-
tion Committee's "Know Your Candidate"
booklet and The Daily's special election
page, voted quickly and efficiently for
candidates whose qualifications they knew.
With a record-breaking vote almost a
certainty, all signs point to the fact that
the new Student Legislature will be the
most truly representative student organiza-
tion in the University's history.
--Leon Jaroff.

the by-word of the new Irish republic,
although not in a capitalistic sense.
As far as the revamped, independent
Irish state is concerned now, it's "out!"
with the English language and long live the
archaic Gaelic tongue. Quoting President
Sean T. O'Kelly (and a thousand par-
dons to staunch believers in the spread-
ing afar of the English language), "the
winning of the Republic would be an
empty victory if the Irish lost their
And it appears that the O'Sheas and
Clanahans have lost their head, to boot.
In an all-out effort to reinstate Gaelicism,
citizens paraded Dublin streets bearing "Boy-
cott English newspapers" placards. Several
signs came right to the point and ordered
that since the King was dead, the language
tie with Britain should be erased imme-
The proposed linguistic revolution stems
from an upsurge of patriotic fervor occa-
sioned by Ireland's complete independence,
following 780 years of rule by the British
crown. Now that we're free for good, they
feel, why not do this up brown aild stamp
out all remaining vestiges of English influ-
ence here?
Nevertheless, jubilant merrymakers
failed to reckon with one hitch in plans
for a totally unionized Ireland-six coun-
tries in Northern Ulster Province are still
keeping allegiance to their neighbors
across the English Channel. Prime Minis-
ter Costello tried to soothe the blow when
he proclaimed that in order to hold their
privileges, Ulsterites must place defense
and foreign matters in the hands of an
all-Ireland regime.
Whether or not Ulster continues to hold
out apparently will not dampen spirits of
the "return to the Gaelic language" stal-
warts. The obsolete triphthongs, character-
istic of old Gaelic, might appear once again
if free Irishmen persist in abandoning the
language they have been speaking for so
many years.
It'll be a tough grind-in fact, die-hards
will not only be compelled to relearn a diffi-
cult tongue, but Gaelic dictionaries must
be taken down from dusty attics to enable
the people to master a whole new set of
spelling rules. The task, therefore, should
be Herculean in its proportions, and by the
time citizens are tearing shamrocks from
their, hair in sheer distress, maybe they'll
realize that the King's English is a lot
easier-and more practical, after so many
years-after all.
-Donald Kotite.

"Anchor Man on the Freshman Squad" -Daily--Bill Hampton


Prayer Chamber

APPARENTLY the kid-gloved wielders of
world destiny, scoffing at such over
practical ideas as effective world govern-
ment, education and cultural reciprocity,
have decided to take a new and giant risk
in .the game of world understanding: They
will award their official, if insipid, recogni-
tion to the existence or a Supreme Being.
This week, designers of the new U.N.
headquarters in Manhattan were instruct-
ed to work out some sort of plan for an
inoffensive "prayer chamber," not exactly
a church, or even a chapel, but some
simple, unpretentious place suitable for
the simple thousands who have written
Dr. Lie requesting a room in which to pray
for the guidance of world diplomats.
Thus far, the plan has received no official
disapproval. Evidently, these diplomats are
indifferent, perhaps even receptive, to th
idea of a sanctum for those who would pray
for them.
'But experts are wary. In regard to the
physical characteristics of the room, the
architecture, they demand, must be ex-
tremely cautious. Nothing dare be done that
would offend any of the widely divergent
world religions-an understandable precau-
Also understandable, and indeed un-
fortunate, is the double care that must
be taken lest the official, or unofficial,
antagonism of the Russian government
toward religion be molested. In other
words, the new "prayer chambers" should
be suitable for the meditation of the athe-
istic pilgrim, conducive to thought on any
subject, whether reflection upon St. Au-
gustine or mourning the late Cominform.

Unfortunately, because all the atmosphere
of a chapel will be excluded, and with it, the
desire to worslip in a place of worship, the
chamber may very well be a barren room,
lacking beauty and even worshippers.
And who knows? To avoid the tender
toes of the most militant atheists, the de-
signers may merely set off an open plot in
the surrounding area, where worshippers
may kneel, sans altars, vestries, stained glass
and seats. But that too would be amid
shocking evidence of God-trees, sky, and
grass, all offensive, religious, sectarian
It is a step, this de jure recognition of
God, but a sad, faltering one. Still, no non-
sectarian prayer at' UN meetings, despite
the pleas of most nations.
In the celestial idealism of world gov-
ernment, when human destruction or sur-
vival may rest upon the success of its
workings, when lives by the millions are in
the hands of a few, those few could well
afford to call upon a supreme being for
guidance, not only as a recognition of
their own inadequacy, but as a comfort
to the world populace, to whom the whole
business is quite serious, and finally in the
spirit that something, by chance, might
come of it.
As a concession, the new "prayer cham-
ber" is just that-nothing more. But to
the thousands who will use it, it is a very
important concession, hinting that what
it concedes to may prove the unique basis
for world cooperation and international hu-
-George Walker.


For a Safe Germany

aIERA MICHELES DEAN, writing from
Berlin in the April 15 "Bulletin" of the
Foreign Policy Association, goes into the
question of finding pro-democratic groups
in Germany that we can, as the saying goes,
work with. The prospects are unappetizing.
There are the youth, who grew up be-
lieving in Hitler, only to have him ex-
plode in their faces, and they are now
tired and cross. The women are submis-
sive; they "take" politically, from hus-
bands and fathers, and since German hus-
bands and fathers are not exactly polit-
ical geniuses, as the last thirty or forty
years show, there is not much hope for in-
dependent action in that direction. There
are eleven million German "expellees" who
have been put out of Czechoslovakia, Hun-
gary, Poland, etc.; these have not yet been
organized, but their real interest lies in
going home, rather than in building a
democratic western Germany; what they
probably would want, mostly, if organized,
would be a nice, short war.
Only when we come to the German trade
unions do we find some hope; here, at least
is a group which is anti-Nazi, anti-Com-
munist and aniti-nonsense. But here, finds
Mrs. Dean, we come upon a snag. The snag
is that this group "has least appeal" for
those members of our Military Government
who want "untrammeled" free enterprise
in Germany and -are against all leftist

We endanger, rather than save our-
selves, by the tight little conception that
it is our job merely to organize the world's
right wing into a pushing match against
Communism. Actually, we need friends on
the left more than we need friends on the
right. We have plenty of those. Quite un-
realistically, we pamper ourselves and snag
ourselves, when we try to set up a world
policy in the image of the most un-
questioning kind of domestic economic
preconception. But how can we go about
broadening our approach? How can we
even get enough sensitive and perceptive
officials appointed, in the present atmo-
sphere of pompous suspicion and righteous
It is a tragedy, because a revived Ger-
many, especially needs policing at higher
than ordinary levels. A strong UN could do
it externally; a strong liberal social current
could do it internally. Failing the one, we
must, at least, have the other, if a new
Germany is to be a safe Germany. Without
either, we are compelled to build Germany
up while tying it down, to create complicated
structures of regulation, trying to do with
fences and bits of string what can only
be done by the emerging hopes of men.
(Copyright, 1949, New York Post Corporation)
New Books at General Library
Ernst, Morris and Loth, David--The People
Know Best. Washington, D.C., Public

ly competent cast gave to La Belle Aven-
ture last night a great deal more success
than it deserves.
The play which dates back to pre-World
War I days shows its age most unbecomingly
and with the possible exception of the first
act, the play suffered much from its static
However, the excellent cast transformed
the play into a completely entertaining
evening for the audience. The main fault
seemed to be that many of the participants
who acted well, spoke poor French.
There were two notable exceptions, how-
ever, Barbara Boucher and Delores Lazich,
who played Helene and the Comtesse re-
spectively. As a young woman engaged to
marry one man and in love with another,
Miss Boucher gave a truly touching per-
formance with just the right amount of
sentimentality. And as her aunt, Miss Lazich
lent a delightful flavor to her role of the
blase, faithless "comtesse" that easily made
her the star of the evening.
Harriet Peebles, Ruth Letzter, Richard
Burns, Leslie Rose and Michel Johnson all
offered sound performances in routine
While the play was not of the best, the
cast was and they made La Belle Aventure
really just that for its audience.
-Herb Rovner.
® Chapeaux
It Fits, Too .. .
Man from Mars Radio Hat will presently
be on the market, a brain child of the Amer-
ican Merri-Lei Corporation, of Brooklyn,
which makes party goods-paper hats, nut
cups, horns, razzers, and such . . . (the hat)
in shape resembles an ordinary pith helmet.
Two radio tubes protrude, hornlike, from the
front of the dome. Between them is a plastic
tuning knob. A five-inch ring antenna juts
out behind, and a single earphone projects
downward. The rest of the apparatus is in-
side the crown, held in place by a card-
board flap, except for a wire with a plug
on one end, which connects with a seven-

(Continued from Pae 3)
Academic Notices
Aerodynamics Seminar, Aero.I
Eng. 160: Wed., April 20, 4-6 p.m,
1508 E. Engineerng Bldg. Topic
Diabatic compresble flows with
Botanical Seminar: 4 p.m. Wed.,
April 20, 1139 Natural Science
Bldg. "Development Anatomy and
Regeneration of 1levea brasilien.
sis' by Thomas J. Mi:ik. Opent
Physical Inorganic Chemistry
Seminar: Wed., April 20, 4:10 p.m.,
1300 Chemistry Bldg. Mr. Edwin
Benjamins will discuss "Uranium
Hydride" and Mr. Henry HabgoodE
will review "The Determination off
Dipole Moments from Microwave
Wildlife Management Seminar:
Dr. G. A. Amnmann, Game Biolo-
gist of the Michigan Department
of Conservation, will present an il-
lustrated talk on the recent at-
tempts to introduce Ptarmigani
into Michigan. 7:30 p.m., Wed.,I
April 20, Botany Seminar Room,
1139 Natural Science Bldg. All
wildlife students are expected to
attend and anyone else interested
is invited.
Preliminary Ph.D. ExaminationY
in Economics will be held during
the week beginning Mon., May 2.
Each student planning to takej
these examinations should leave
with the Secretary of the Depart-
ment not later than Fri., April 22,
his name, the three fields in which
he desires to be examined, and his
field of specialization.t
Students who expect to do di-
rected Teaching in Elementary
Education during the fall semes-
ter, and who have not filed appli-
cations, should do so at once in
2509 Univ ersity Elementary
Concert: The Women's Gleec
Club, under the direction of Miss
Mtarguerite V. Hood, will present
a Spring concert at 8 p.m., Wed.,'
April 20, Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
tre. The Dance Workshop, direct-
ed by Dr. Juana de Laban, will1
also perform on the program. The
Glee Club will sing a group of Eliz-
abethan madrigals, folk and art
songs, and a group of songs from
the Gibson Girl era. Soloists will"
be Doris Kays, Patricia Herman,
and Charlotte Boehm.
Events Today
Research Club: 8 p.m., Rack-
ham Amphitheatre. Annual me-
morial meeting, celebrating the
two hundredth anniversary of
the birth of Johann Wolfgang von
Goethe. Papers: Prof. Henry W.
Nordmeyer, "Goethe and Human
Values." Prof. Harley H: Bartlett:]
"Goethe as a Scientist." Members
of the Science Research Club and
the Women's Research Club aret
A.S.M.E. field trip to the Ford
River Rouge plant: Wed., and
Thurs., April 20 and 21. Busses
will leave E. Engineering Building,
12:30 p.m. All those wishing to go
must sign the list on the A.S.M.E.

bulletin board. Cost to members,
50c; non-members, 75e.
AiEE-IRE joint meeting will
present Mr. George B. Savirs of
Westinghouse Corporation who
will discuss "Strateovision." 7:30
p.m., 348 W: Engineering Bldg.
U. of M. Radio Club W8AXZ:
Open meeting, 8 p.m., I-M Bldg.
downstairs golf range. Guest
speaker, Mr. Tom Talpey, EE
Dept. Lecture and demonstration'
of Electronic Golf Ball Machine.
United Nations Council: Special
urogram on UNESCO. under the
leadership of Prof. William Clark
Trow, chairman of the Michigan
Preliminary Committee for
UNESCO, 7 p.m., University High
School auditorimn. Faculty-stu-
dent panel. Members and interest-
ed students are invited.
The Film Study Group will show
'The Thief of Bagdad' --1928 Ver-
sion with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.,
Lane Hall, 7 p.m.
West Quad Radio Club: Meet-
ing, 8:30 p.m., Open house sched-
ule will be drafted. Joint meeting
with W8AXZ begins at 9:15. All
members please attend.
U. of M. Sailing Club: Meeting
of all regular and probationary
members, 7 p.m.,311 W. Engineer-'
Sociedad Hispanica: Meeting, 8
p.m., Hussey Room, League. Fa-
ther Kern, of Detoit, will speak
on the legend of "La Virgen de
Ullr Ski Club: Special Meeting,
7:30 pm., 35 Angell Hall. Official
elcctions. All members are urged to
Modern Poetry Club: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., E. Room, League. Marsh
Campbell will lead a discussion of
Hart Crane's poetry.
Graduate Coffee Hour: 4 p.m.,
3201 East Engineering Bldg. Dr.
L. L. Kempe, Bacteriology, will
discuss the topic, "Disposal of In-
dustrial Wastes."
Coed Folk and Square Dancing:
7:30 p.m., W.A.B. Bring dues.
Westminster Guild, First Pres-
byterian Church: Informal tea
and talk, 4-6 p.m., Russel parlor,
church building.
Roger Williams Guild: Weekly
"chat" and tea at Guild House,
4:30-6 p.m.
Michigan Christian Fellowship:
Bible Study, Book of Acts, Chapter
IX, 7:30 p.m., Upper Room, Lane
Wesleyan Guild: Record Tea, 4
p.m., Wesley Lounge.
U. of M. Dames Bridge Group:
Meet in the Henderson Room,
League, 8 p.m.
Women of the University Facul-
ty: Tea, 4 to 6 p.m., club room,
Rm. D, League.
Coming Events
Phi Beta Kappa: Annual Initi-
ation, Thurs., April 28, 5 p.m., fol-
lowed by banquet at 6:30 p.m. Dr.
James B. Conant, President of

Harvard University, will speak at
the banquet on "Science and Com-
mon Sense." Reservations should
be made at the office of the Sec-
retary, Hazel M. Losh, Observa-
tory, by Tues., April 26. Members
of other Chapters are invited.
The biennial Open House for
the College of Engineering: Fri.,
April 22. Classes will not be held in
the College of Engineering on that
The Political Science Round
Table will meet as scheduled
Thurs., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Rack-
ham Bldg. Graduate students in
the Department are expected to
attend. Wives are invited.
Graduate Student Council Meet-
ing': Thurs., April 21, 7:30 p.m.,
West Lecture Room, Rackham
Bldg,; Dr. Travers and Dr. Angell
will discuss the Graduate Exami-
nation Program.
Recreational Swimming-Wom-
en Students: Union Pool every
Saturday, 9 to 11.
American Ordinance Association:
Meeting, Thurs., April 21, 7:30
p.m., 301 W. Engineering Annex.
Mr. Harris, Vice-President of Ar-
gus (Cameras), Inc., will speak on
"Optical Fire Control Instruments
and Conversion From Peace to
War." Field trip, Tues April 26,
Tour of Argus plant. All persons
must be at Argus main gate by
1:15 p.m.
Student-Faculty hour: Thurs.,
April 21, 4-5 p.m., Grand Rapids
Room, League, Germanic lan-
guages department will be guests.
Cosponsored by Assembly and
Panhel associations.
International Center weekly tea
for all foreign students and Ameri-
can friends, 4:30-6 p.m., Thurs.,
April 21, International Center.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society:
Full chorus and principals re-
hearsal, Thurs., April 21, League.
Phi Eta Sigma: Meeting of all
January initiates, Thurs., April 21,
4:30 p.m., Union.
Committee for Displaced Stu-
dents: Meeting, Thurs., April 21,
7:30 p.m., Russian Tea Room,
League. Sponsorship and scholar-
ship reports.
Planning for Fall semester D.P.
students coming from European
D.P. camps must be completed by
May 1.
U. of M. Rifle Club: Big Ten
postal match, Thurs., April 21, 7
p.m., ROTC range.
Deutscher Verein: Meeting,
Thurs., 8 p.m., Union. Student
participation program and popular
German recordings.
I.R.A.: General membership
meeting, Thurs., April 21, 7:30
p.m., Union.

UWF: Meeting, 4:15
Thurs. April 21, Union.


U. of M. Dames Drama Group:
Final dress rehearsal for the skit
which will be presented at the
Spring Dance by the U. of M.
Dames Drama Group, 8 p.m.,
Thurs., April 21, Basement, 1472
University Terrace Apartments.
Roger Williams Guild: Members
planning to attend Michigan Stu-
dent Christian Convocation, April
30, hand in registration blanks as
soon as possible to Faith Whitnall
or at Lane Hall.

Well! So you've already engaged

Up to now I've resisted all pressure

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