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Greeks vs. I
THE INAUGURAL Michigan Forum De-
bate on the independent-affiliated con-
troversy succeeded very well in bringing to
light the alleged good and bad points of the
fraternal system. But although the debate
was ostensibly on the topic "Affiliated or In-
dependent: Their Opposing Points of View,"
many students left the meeting convinced
that only one aspect had been discussed-
what's wrong with the affiliated system.
Many affiliated students will readily
admit that there are glaring faults in
their fraternities and sororities-that they
are based on selective grouping, that they
foster discrimination and that they may
in some cases create "a false feeling of su-
But does the University's present dormi-
tory system offer an adequate substitute?
One of the focal points in Wednesday's de.
bate was the charge that when a student
confines himself to a rigid group of 40 or 50
individuals in a fraternity or sorority, he
loses his individual personality.
One might ask, however, just how much
individuality is promoted in a dormitory
housing 1600 men, or even in a house of 20
men-in a dormitory where a large majority
of the residents never meet more than a
handful of students living on their own
floor. The tremendous difficulty which dorm
councils have in drawing out even a quorum
for house meetings seems to stand as mute
testimony that many students living in the
huge residence halls do not consider them-
selves individuals in a democratic unit, btt
merely boarders in a huge apartment house.
It is true of course, that dorm councils
such as that in the West Quad have made
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
.C .- N.IEMA
At Architecture Aud. ...
LAURA, with Gene Tierney, Clifton
Webb, Dana Andrews.
"LAURA" typifies the who-dunnit-and-why
films in which Hollywood excels. Sus-
pense builds up from the opening scene to
reach several climaxes during the course of
the picture. Personalities and motives are
examined with something more than Film-
land's usual bland stereotyping, and the re-
sult is a cast of characters which stimulate
interest beyond the confines of the plot.
There is the usual array of possible
murderers and suspicion is made to center
on first one, then another. Instead of pick-
ing a butler out of thin air and by devious
reasoning pinning the rap on him, how-
ever, characterization is sufficiently es-
tablished so that there is but one person
capable of the crime.
"Laura" differs from most murder mys-
teries in that the big "surprise" comes in the
middle, not the end of the film. Admittedly
this makes the conclusion somewhat anti-
climactic, but there is enough interest gen-
erated to keep you fairly close to the edge
of your seat to the end.
Although Gene Tierney is not exactly
my idea of the warm, spontaneous kind of
person Laura is supposed to be, she does
extend herself way out of her usual cold
potato category.
Her main function, though, is to comple-
ment Clifton Webb as the dandified esthete
who "made her what she is today." His are
the best lines, and also his the most complex
and provocative character. Vincent Price

transcends the rather mediocre writing of
his part to make the weak, spoiled playboy a
convincing character.
-Frederica Winters
Fire Drill
WEST QUADDERS filed out of their vari-
ous houses enmasse one rainy night
last week clad in whatever attire they wore
or could quickly put on.
A fire signal, sounded through the quad's
alarm system, was the reason for this hasty
evacuation-the first evacuation of its kind
in the building's history.
Whether or not the fire drill was of any,
value is a debatable question, but it has
served to focus attention once again on
the danger of fire hazards. The Univer-
sity's concern about this ever-present men-
ace is laudable, but it seems to have been
misplaced, overlooking entirely the sources
of greatest danger.
If the University feels that fire drills are
necessary, why aren't they conducted in ev-
ery rooming, fraternity and sorority house
occupied by students? Why isn't every an-
cient wooden escape ladder condemned? And
why doesn't the University hold fire drills in
Tappan Hall, Haven Hall, Mason Hall and
the Romance Language building where the
fire threat is emminently greater than it is
in steel and stone West Quad?
--Bob Vaughn

great strides in promoting the welfare of
dorm residents and in stimulating interest is
house and campus activities. And the Resi-
dence Halls officials have done nearly every-
thing possible to make students feel that
they are individuals in a home, rather than
just another name in a 1600-student direc-
Nevertheless, these sincere and hard-
working student and University leaders
have not made the majority of the dormi-
tory residents feel that they are really im-
portant-or even significant individuals in
the dormitory system.
We readily admit the faults of the present
affiliated system and most certainly can not
defend many of its present principles and
practices. But it seems obvious that a stu-
dent's desire to join a fraternity or sorority
stems from a natural desire to assert him-
self as an individual, rather than r-nain
merely a room number on a dormitory docr.
If independent students believe that the
affiliated system should be eliminated, they
should realize that there must be an ade-
quate substitute for those students who feel
that they can only retain their individuality
in a small compact group-students who
might feel completely ostracized in a dormi-
tory of 1600 people.
At present, the University Residence
Halls do not provide this substitute. It
may be possible that if present dormitory
houses are reduced to their prewar size
and student interest is stimulated by a
broad social and intellectual program,
students may no longer feel the necessity
of joining a fraternity or sorority which is
blighted by the practice of religious or
racial discrimination.
But until that time, independent students
might well consider the inadequacies of
their own system, as well as the failings of
affiliated groups.
-Jim Brown
Library List
Andrews, Marshall, Disaster Through Air
Power New York, Rinehart & Company, Inc.,
Bristow, Gwen, Jubilee Trail New York,
Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1950.
Clay, Lucius D., Decision in Germany New
York, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950.
Duffus, Robert L., Non-Scheduled Flight
New York, The Macmillan Company, 1950.
McKenney, Ruth, Love Story New York,
Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950.
Vidal, Gore, A Search For The King New
York, E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1950.

'p ____________________ _ .___________________________

The Weekend
EVENTS of interest around campus
UNION OPEN HOUSE, featuring water
ballet, indoor sports exhibitions, preview of
Union Opera, campus talent. Special note to
coeds: feel free to use the sacred front door.
1 to 5 p.m., tomorrow.
U. of M. SYMPHONIC BAND, conducted
by Prof. William D. Revelli, and guest con-
ductors Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman, Percy
Grainger, Henry Fillmore, and Dr. Frank
Simon. The University Choir will assist in
the performance of perennial band favorites.
8 p.m., today and tomorrow at Hill Audi-
* * * .
conducted by Fritz Reiner. Reiner should get
the most possible from the orchestra. Pro-
gram includes Paganiniana. 7 p.m., Sunday
in Hill Auditorium.
HOCKEY vs: U of Western Ontario. Pos-
sibility of setting a new 'U' record for wins
per season. 8 p.m., tomorrow at the Coliseum.
GYMNASTICS vs.: MSC. Looks promising
despite Gordon Levenson's injury. 8 p.m.,
tomorrow at the IM Building.
LAURA, with Clifton Webb; Dana An-
drews, Gene Tierney. 7:30, 9:30 p.m., today
and tomorrow at Architecture Auditorium.
See review this page.
* * *
ONE NIGHT OF LOVE, with Grace Moore.
Pre-Grable type musical with some good
voices. Through Sunday at the Orpheum.
* * *
Barbara Stanwyck. Today and tomorrow a4
the Michigan. See review this page.
* * *
JOLSON SINGS AGAIN, with Larry Parks.
Entertaining if you ignore the plot and con-
centrate on the music. Today and tomorrow
at the State.
Peck. Academy Award nominee. Sunday at
the State.
* * *
thy McGuire. Sunday at the Michigan.
MILITARY BALL, glittering with gold
braid. Intermission square dancing. Frank
Tinker's orchestra. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., today aj
the Union.

'Daily Reviewer'



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The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not in good taste will
be condensed, edited, or withheld from publication at the discretion of the

New Plan for Assembly

Pro . ..

IN LINE with the recent League consti-
tution revision, Assembly, the indepen-
dent women's organization, is preparing to
do some housecleaning of its own.
At present, house presidents are sounding
out the feelings of the co-eds they repre-
sent to get a concensus of opinion on the
form this constitution should take.
One of the plans which has been sug-
gested is direct election of the president
and vice-president of the group.
There are several reasons for advancing
this proposal, all of which deserve careful
Assembly officers have long been claiming
to be representatives of independent women.
But this is at best a meaningless and non-
existant claim unless the officers are ac-
tually elected by the women they try to
represent. A system providing for the in-
direct election of officers is a step towards
this, but a direct election serves the function
even better.
If a college education is to in any re-
spect prove a training and learning place
for its students to be better citizens of
democracy, it is up to the organizations
on a college campus to put democracy
to practice as often and in as many
groups as possible in their own college
Objection to this system has been raised
with the statement that people will be vot-
ing for candidates they don't know, and
that apathy will result in a small turn-out.
But near 100% voting can easily be se-
cured by having secret balloting within each
house, conducted by the house president
who could bring the sealed box of ballots to
the League the following day to be counted,
And a direct election would make it neces-
sary for candidates to go to the houses
(speaking at meetings, teas, or mealtimes);
thus all independent women would have
the dual opportunity of meeting the people
who are to hold the executive offices as well
as selecting them.
This method of course brings up the
problem of a multitude of candidates with
no opportunity for everyone to meet all of
them. A solution for this - and the same
solution the League is using to prevent its
Board of Representatives from having to
select from overly large numbers of candi-
dates - would be to have an interviewing
board review all applicants and nominate
not more than two or three for each office.
One of the chief problems of both
Assembly and the League is gettingbin-
active co-eds to join into activities. A
system of direct election would do much
to encourage new people to enter acti-
vitie , by evin-' themn more.knowviedo'g andr

election of Assembly officers would be
democratic in appearance only. It simply
would not work, for two major reasons:
1-An informed electorate would be vir-
tually impossible if every woman in every'
dorm and league house voted in elections.
Candidates for Assembly posts would have
to make exhausting rounds of the 32
league houses, seven major dorms, and
several other independent women's resi-
dences if they wished to make their views
and aims known.
A mass meeting of all independent women
to meet their candidates would be just as
impractical from past experience with such
sparsely-attended gatherings.
2-Getting out the vote would be an al-
most impossible task. Voting within wom-
en's residences at house meetings, the
only assurance that all women would
vote, veers away from democratic prac-
tice. An authoritative leader within a
residence can easily, even unconsciously,
swing her house's vote. ,
Public ballot-box elections would be im-
practical: issues and personalities are not
"hot" enough in an organization like As-
sembly to draw the spirited vote of a large
percentage of independent women, however
desirable such a display of enthusiasm
might be.
I doubt whether Assembly elections either
could or should be on the scale of Student
Legislature campaigns. It is hard enough
to stir up interest in an SL campaign. To
attempt to put Assembly elections on this
basis would be not only false but ridiculous.
An alternative proposal would use a
system of representation of all women which
is already set up-the Board of Representa-
tives created to elect League officers. This
Board, with representatives directly elected
by independent women in proportion to their
numbers, would also elect Assembly officers.
The Board members could readily be
informed of candidates' qualifications.
They could then vote with full knowledge,
without bias, and without the completely
unnecessary complications that would: be
introduced by separate election machin-
ery. The ends of democracy would be more
fully served.
Democracy with a small "d" looks fine in
print, but the true test of democracy is how
it looks in practice. Independent women
have the choice between real representation
on their Board of Representatives -- the
kind of democracy that works, and an un-
workable theory masquerading under the

Sororities .
To the Editor:
JAMES GREGORY wrote a news
story about my novel, "Take
Care of My Little Girl", and an
accompanying review of it in a re-
cent issue of The Daily. As an
alumna of '45, I would appreciate
the opportunity to add a few re-
marks to his.
The novel is a short, satirical
presentation of college sororities.
Whatever its merits or demerits,
the subject itself is worth discus-
If a freshman about to enter
college feels constrained (by her
family or friends or by her own
idealism and curiosity) to investi-
gate social fraternities, she ought,
by all means, to further her inves-
tigation by pledging whichever
group appears to be most congen-
ial. The 'over-all advantage of any
one group over another is deter-
mined largely by the number of
divergent opinions and personal-
ities contained in that group.
Without difference there is likely
to be stagnation. Similarity can
breed a kind of self-satisfied ig-
norance, a thwarting of growth.
I think too many sororitiy and
fraternity people learn to echo,
not to experiment, to conform ra-
ther than to define.
To me, the subject of sororities
is important because I believe sor-
orities encourage limitations. It is
doubly tragic because people do
not enter into membership with op-
en eyes and minds so once a mem-
ber, they are afraid to risk the dis-
approval of the group. I think sor-
orities are following old patterns,
out-dated mores. If college women
today saw their institutions as
they exist, without a halo effect,
they might be less bothered by
criticism and more eager to do
something to remedy their inade-
quacies. They would investigate
their racial and religious antago-
nisms, for example.
As a writer, I am grateful for
all reader-reaction, favorable or
unfavorable, but from a self-
avowed critic I would like a recog-
nition of the varied aspects of my
subject. In his capacity as a
Daily critic, Mr. Gregory has an
obligation to exhibit fair-minded
journalism on an adult level, just'
as I must attempt to profit from
his critical conclusions. The writ-
er and the critic are mutually res-
ponsible, a point that Mr. Gregory
seems not to have considered. Lit-
erary criticism entails not.only an
evaluation of style but of subject.
Dean Walter's remarks, it seemed
to me, were an example of respon-
sible criticism.
Incidentally, I have wondered if
Miss Cupples, in her statement in
Mr. Gregory's news article ("Peggy
Goodin is Casey to a T") was mis-
quoted. As far as I know, Nancy
Cupples and I have never met. At
any rate, it's unfortunate that she
is unacquainted with the legend
and the facts about certain Sisters,
including Casey, who preceded me
in Chi Omega, however flattering
it may be to think that I've in-
herited such a fabulous mantle.
My own recognition of sorority
short-comings came too late in my
senior year. That year I won (to
the sorority's chagrin and to my

'own surprise) the Chi Omega So-
ciology Prize for an essay entitled
"A Critical Evaluation of Social
Sororities," judged by the Univer-
sity sociology department. The
prize money was spent on a soror-
ity celebration at the P-Bell. I
must have been a "misfit" even
then, but my under-developed con-
science led me to stay safely on
the side of the angels.
If Mr. Gregory hadn't seen fit
to publicize my past sorority af-
filiations, Chi Omega would have
had no Rushing embarrassment.
In fact, they would have had no
connection with me or with my
book. I asked my publishers to de-
lete the name of Chi Omega from
the dst-jacket and from all pub-
licity, and to date, no other re-
viewer or book-seller has revealed
it. Obviously the Chi Omegas have
no direct relation to the Queens.
Chi Omega is simply part of the
sorority system.
I would like to thank The Daily
for airing a provocative subject.
-Peggy Goodin, '45
Champions . .
To the Editor:
N THE LIGHT of recent events,
I propose that Michigan's coach-
es no longer concentrate on team
championships, but embark on an
all-out campaign (or Champaign)
to produce happy young cham-
pions and record-holders.
-Tom Keenan
* * *
The Alternatives .. .
To the Editor:
EVEN THOUGH the present
Russian - American crisis is
grave, peace will still result if
either of two possibilities occi.
The first is an effective world gov-
ernment (which we are now trying
to organize). The second is a bal-
ance of power condition - with
each side afraid to make the ini-
tial move.
As to world government: there
are at least two potent reasons
why it never will be realized, at
least for many years to come. To
begin with, people are still too
nationalistic to allow their own
state to become actually subordi-
nate to any world organization.
True, nationalism is not nearly so
strong as it used to be, and may
practically disappear eventually.
But, even if it does, we still will
have to contend with our growing
fear of the Russians. Admittedly,
as long as fear of the atom and
hydrogen bombs is greater, a
world government will be possible.
But, we are soon to reach a point
(if we have not done so already)
of fearing the Russians more than
the bombs. When we do, such a
union no longer will be acceptable.
Further, fear of the Russians is
concrete; fear of a totally destruc-
tive war or bomb is so unbelieve-
able and so far beyond our under-
standing that we may never really
try to band together against it.
As to the balance of power
theory: it is very possible that
the world eventually will be split
up into two equally powerful
camps. However, here again sev-
eral pertinent factors create doubt
that such a condition will ever

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Three to five years teaching ex-
perience is required of applicants.
Women 25 to 40 and men 25 to 50
years of age will be considered.
Contact the Bureau of Appoint-
ments immediately for further in-
formation' and appointments.
Approved Student Sponsored So-
cial Events for the Coming Week-
March 10: Couzen's Hall, Delta
Delta Delta, Graduate Student
Council, Martha Cook, Wenley
March 11: Alpha Delta Phi, Del-
ta Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon
Pi, Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Tau
Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Chi Phi,
Delta Sigma Delta, Delta Tau Del-
ta, Hillel Foundation, Internation-
al Students Assoc., Lloyd House,
Muriel Lester Coop House, Nelson
House, Phi Chi, Phi Delta Chi,
Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Tau,
Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Nu, Sigma
Phi, Theta Chi, Theta Xi, Tri-
angle, Trigon, Zeta Beta Tau.
March 12: Phi Delta Phi.
Lecture, auspices of Alpha Kap-
pa Kappa Medical Fraternity.
"Psychosomatic Problems in Medi-
cine." Dr. Walter C. Alvarez, Mayo
Clinic, tonight 8 p.m., Rackham
Academic Notices
Astronomical Colloquium: To-
day, 4:15 p.m., Observatory. Speak-
er: Dr. A. Keith Pierce, of the
McMath - Hulbert Observatory.
Subject: Modern Developments in
Diffraction Gratings.
May Preliminary Examinations
in Education: All applicants for
the doctorate who are planning to
take the examinations will notify
the Chairman of the Committee
on Graduate Studies in Education,
4019 UHS, immediately.
Two Band Concerts, Hill Audi-
torium, Fri. and Sat., Mar. 10 and
11, 8 p.m., University Symphonic
Band, William D. Revelli, Conduc-
tor, honoring the American Band
Masters Association, meeting in
Ann Arbor for the 16th annual
conference. Edwin Franko Gold-
man, Erik Leidzen and Henry Co-
well are among the guest conduc-
tors who will take part in the two
concerts. Both are open to the
Events Today
University Museums F r i d a y
Evening Program: Exhibits in the
Museums Building, open from 7 to
9 p.m. Motion pictures: "Water
Birds," "Thrushes and Relatives,"
and "Home Life of the Ruby-
throated Hummingbird," 7:30 p.-
m., Kellogg Auditorium, auspices
of the .University Museums,
through the courtesy of the Audio-
Visual Education Center. Exhibit:
"Water Colors of Michigan Mam-
mals," by Richard P. Grossenheid-
er. Rotunda, Museums Bldg.
Wesleyan Guild: 8-12 p.m., WSSF
Dance at Lane Hall. Tickets in
Guild Office or Lane Hall.

B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
Sabbath services, 7:45 p.m. Fire-
side discussion led by Dean Hay-
ward Keniston, College of Litera-
ture, Science and the Arts. Topic:
"Your Professor . . . . Friend or
WSSF Open Meeting for stu-
dents interested in soliciting for
WSSF, 7:15 p.m., Lane Hall.
SRA: Coffee Hour, 4:30-6 p.m.,
Lane Hall.
U. of M. Theatre Guild: Audi-
tions continue tonight for cast of
Ben Jonson's "Volpone." 7:30 p.m.
Canterbury Club: 12:10 p.m.,
Holy Communion followed by a
luncheon: 4-6 p.m., Tea and Open
House for all students and their
friends; 5:15 p.m. Evening Pray-
er and Meditation.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
Membership Committee meeting,
4:15 p.m., at the Foundation. All
solicitors requested to turn in
money collected.
C.E.D. Meeting, 4:15 p.m., Un-
Coming Events
Union Opera Ushers: Male stu-
dents are needed to work as ushers
for the Union Opera's "Lace It
Up," to be held at the Michigan
Theater, Wed., Thurs., and Fri.
nights, Mar. 29, 30, and 31. Tuxe-
does are required, but not stiff
shirts. Anyone interested in work-
ing one, two, or all three nights,
call the Union, 2-4431, ext. Union
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting, Sat.,
March 11, 1 p.m., 500 BMT.
Tuesday Play Reading Section
of Faculty Women's Club will meet
Tues., March 14, 1:45 p.m., Lea-
Russian Circle will meet Tues.,
Mar. 14, 8 p.m., International
Women's Glee Club will rehearse
Sat., March '11, 4 p.m., League.
Attendance compulsory.
Social Research Group Meeting:
Sun., Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m., Union.
Speaker: Mr. Mort Furay, Regional
Director, United Public Workers
of America. Topic: Research
Needs of Labor Unions.
Saturday Luncheon Discussion,
12:15, Lane Hall. Call Lane Hall
for reservations by 6 p.m., today.
U. of- M. Sociological Society:
Party, 2 to 5 p.m., Sat. Mar. 11,
307 Haven Hall.
ISA Open House, Sat., 8-12 p.m.,
International Center.,-pm.





Graduate Mixer: 8:30
Rackham Assembly Hall.



German Coffee Hour: 3:15-4:30
p.m., Michigan League Cafeteria.
Westminster Guild will attend
dance at Lane Hall sponsored by
Baptist Students will have Open
House and informal recreation,
8:30, at Guild House.
Geological - Mineralogical Jour-
nal Club: 12 noon, 3055 N.S. At
12:30 p.m., room 2054, Dr. Clar-
ence L. Moody, Division Geologist
for the Ohio Oil Company, and
president-elect of the American
Association of Petroleum Geolo-
gists, will speak on "Coastal Plain
Igneous Rocks."
I.Z.F.A.: Executive council meet-
ing, 4:15 p.m., Union.
obtain. Americans have never lost
a war and do not realize what it
means to' be beaten and subfti-
gated. Partially as a result, a tir-
rible myth of invincibility has
been developed in this country.
Our fear of losing a war may not
be strong enough to make us a
willing party to any relationship
of this type. Therefore, such a
fine equilibrium may never be
reached. And, even if it is, the
day will come probably when the
balance will be upset.
-Hessel E. Yntema, Jr.

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