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Promotion People Prove Peskiest

We do

everything from teas to

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* * *

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Anything for talking, elbowing,
thre'atening or bamboozling their
way into the shaky confidenceof
anyone on or off campus who will
do them a favor, is the battle cry
of three of the peskiest men at the
THEY'RE Cliff Rodgers, Tom
Cramer and Neale Traves, only
three of this year's army of pro-
motions men ballyhooing every-
thing from the Union Opera to
selling a horse to Henry Kaiser.
It's tea at the Leauge with
campus dignitaries for one big
campus gag, and it's tease for
wangling black lace unmention-
ables out of University women
for their acts, displays and
stunts that are constantly hit-
ting the public between the eyes.
"You have to keep agitating
everyone you know or you won't
get your product over," Rodgers
said, explaining their technique.
* * *
ALL THE TROUBLE they go to
usually pays off. "The way things
are going with tickets for the
Opera, we're going to have to
sneak in," Traves quipped.
On campus things are easy,
Rodgers said, "but when you
start promoting things out of
town, the going gets rougher
and rougher, so instead of work-
big all afternoon and all night,
we work 24 hours a day."
And half the town knows all
about it. If the trio isn't inter-
rupted in a movie with a stunt,
they find a subtle hint of this or
that "colossal, stupendous cam-
pus show" on their toast in the
morning and in their beer at night.
* * *
THERE'S NO discrimination
about whom they heckle, whether
it be the president's secretary on
how to give a tea or the auto
plant at Willow Run for a broken-
down stagecoach.
Of course many of the tran-
sactions cost a little something.
But free or expensive, everyone
seems to be willing to help them
and have fun in the process.
After a while, however, their
victims reach a saturation point
and, Cramer lamented 'We've
gotten that 'unwanted' feeling
every place we go."
WHEN THEY get a new job
they try judiciously to avoid the
people they bothered at first.
But some people they can't
avoid. They're the editors,
business managers, reporters
and ad writers for The Daily,
Ann Arbor News, University
News Service and all the Detroit
"It's these people that are our
life blood, and you have . to treat
them gently if you want to get
something out of them," Cramer
* * *
WHEN THEY'RE not hounding
the life out of someone at the
weirdest hours of the day and
night, they're dreaming up some-
thing new to spring on the un-
suspecting public.
They don't seem to have much
trouble fitting some of the foot-
ball players for the chorus in
everything from dainty size 12
shoes to hand-made falsies.
"Not when you have friends
of friends," Traves confided.
So when you pick up a towel
or cup of coffee and see some-
thing about "See This!" or "Hear
That!" or "DON'T FAIL TO GO
TO THIS HERE," you'll know
that one of the species known as
promoters was there before you.

Ice Rescue
LANSING - (P) - A Haslett
man who learned life saving in
high school saved a fisherman
from drowning in Park Lake near
John Harden, 38, of Park Lake,
broke through the ice while re-
turning from a fishing trip. Harold
Ray and several neighbors living;
nearby shoved a ladder out on
the ice and fished Harden out of;
the water.

-iJaiy-burt bapowitcfl
PESKY PROMOTERS-This trio of the vast species on campus known as homo promotus, are
engaged in their favorite pastimes: left to right, Cliff Rodgers, threatening; Tom Cramer, demon-
strating; and Neale Traves, commanding the hapless night editor what, where and how much they
want in The Daily to ballyhoo their current project.

Germans Not
Convinced by
Job Shortage Is
Blamed by Huber
German young people are not
convinced that democracy is the
"right way" because they have
never really seen democracy at
work, according to Hans Huber,
a member of the Heidelberg city
Huber, who also is a county
judge in Mannheim, is one of
seven German legislators current-
ly visiting the University as part
of the State Department's cul-
tural exchange program.
* * *,
PRESENT-DAY economic prob-
lems brought about by the war
and the post-war occupation of
Germany - have been a major
cause of German youth's lack of
appreciation of democracy, Huber
"An acute shortage of jobs
for college trained young people
has discouraged German stu-
dents very much, he added.
This lack of jobs was caused
largely by the effects of the war,
along with the over-crowded con-
ditions in western Germany, ac-
cording to Huber.
* *.*
cally destroyed most of Germany's
cities, along with nearly all her
industrial facilities," he said "and
the policy of destroying facilities
for making war materials has also
seriously hindered the rebuilding
of German industry, thus making
the employment problem even
The German college student,
having grown up in an atmos-
phere of authoritarian govern-
ment, has thus found his first
contacts with government by
democratic nations to be rather
unpleasant," he noted.
"These students naturally make
comparisons between present-day
conditions and pre-war condi-
tions," Huber said. "Unfortunate-1
ly, the present doesn't look
so good in the light of such com-
* * *
HE ADDED that "the natural
tendency is for young people to
blame the democratic nations for
such conditions. They therefore
wonder how democracy can be
such a good way of life."
Huber praised the State De-
partment's cultural exchange pro-
gram as one of the best ways to
acquaint his countrymen with the
virtues of democracy.
Case Clubs
List Winners
The Case Clubs of the law school.
have announced the semi-finalist
winners for the junior class com-
petition and designated Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday as the
dates for the freshman class fin-
Winners for the junior class
competition are Lawrence J. Full-
er, William Milligan, Charles
Myneder and Theodore Troff. The
finals for these students will be
held May 2.
Freshman class finals will pit 12
men against one another at 4:15
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and

Thursday in the Practice Court
Room at Hutchins Hall.


-Daily-Alan Reid
STUDENT PHOENIX LEADER-Mary Lubeck, '51, chairman of
the student Phoenix Drive, leafs through a campaign poster pad
at his desk in the Phoenix Drive office. Lubeck eats, sleeps and
drinks Phoenix Project about 24 hours every day.
* * ,, * -
Lubeck Lives Phoenix
Project 'Roundsthe Clock
4 4

Doom ERP,
Woods Says
European Recovery Program is
doomed to failure as long as Con-
gress insists that it help Europe,
defeat Communism, and under-
write the American economy, at
the same time, Prof. Elsworth P.
Woods of the political science de-
partment of Western Michigan
College said yesterday.
Speaking before a meeting of
the political science and history
club on "Problems of European
Aid Program," Woods stated that
ERP difficulties are due to the
congressional pressure groups that
rewrote the law.
the Maritime, steel and farm lob-
bies; combined, with legislators,
who admitted knowing nothing
about Communism, and insisted
that ERP become a political and
economic weapon of the Ameri-
can people are responsible,"
Woods stated.
"Truman's original message to
Congress clearly stated that
ERP was meant for European
economic recovery only.
"But in running the gauntlet
of Congressional approval, a very
different three fold objective ap-
peared, which went over and above
economic aid," Woods asserted.
"Probably the entire issue was
based in a bi-partisan foreign po-
licy, whose existence was ques-
tionable, coupled with the fact
that the president was a Democrat
and Congress had a Republican
majority," Woods felt.
IC Discussion
"The Role of Poland in Eastern
Europe" will be discussed at the
weekly roundtable at 8 p.m. today
at the International Center, fol-
lowing a typical Polish dinner
prepared by students of the Po-
lonia Club.

Latest in the newsslanting trial
of G. A. Richard is Sen. Harry
Bridges' charge that the radio
owner is being "singled out for a
Federal hearing because he is an
administration critic.
Richards, owner of WJR in De-
troit, KVIPC in Los Angeles and
WGAR in Cleveland, is being tried
in Los Angeles for advising mem-
bers of his staff to present the
Roosevelt family unfavorably in
the news.
* *
BRIDGES (R-N.H.) charged
that the Federal Communications
Commission "at the request of
James Roosevelt has invoked sel-
dom-used powers" against Rich-
ards, whom he described as a
former New Deal supporter who
broke with the party in 1940.
The Republican Senator be-I
lieves Richards is being "singled1
out while other station opera-
tors are given complete free-
dom to support the party line of
the Administration in violation
of the Communications Act."
It is logical to assume that al-
most any political party in of-
fice would neglect to complain
about news broadcasts slanted in
their favor. In fact, they would
probably ignore newsslanting pro-
pensities unless they were struck
by the one-sidedness of the broad-
casts-the wrong-sidedness.
This is not the point.
It is true that Senator Bridges
is a " Republican and it is rea-
sonably correct to assume that
Senator Bridges would not com-
plain were the case reversed.
* * *
BUT THERE IS a bigger issue
at stake.
According to reasonably re-
liable surveys, the radio is the
most popular method for the
swift-moving modern Ameri-
can to acquire his news. It is
brief, to the point, less imper-
sonal than the newspaper and
if he wants an interpretation
of the day's happenings he has
only to turn the dial.
But the important thing is that
if this is the ONLY way many
Americans get their news - and
Litchield To T alk
Prof. Edward H. Litchfield, of
the public administration depart-
ment at Cornell University, will
give a University lecture, "The
East-West Conflict in Germany,"
at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Rack-
ham Amphitheatre.

this seems to be the case - the
radio as well as the newspaper
has an obligation to present the
news as factually and as honestly
as possible.
* * *
THE RADIO should not be a
vehicle for political parties or
sympathizers of political issues to
voice their opinions through care-
fully chosen words or vocal im-
plications under the guise of ob-
jective news reporting. Only if a
political speech is announced as
such or if. a news broadcaster is

called a "commentator" is this
right recognized.
Actually, it is not Richards who
is on trial. More, it is a question
of whether the current Admini-
stration should sanction a pro-
administration news broadcast and
not an anti-administration one.
The issues at stake are - or
at least should be - the presenta-
tion of news fairly and squarely
against the right of any station
owner to slant that news politi-
cally or otherwise, intentionally
or unintentionally.


"I live the Phoenix, Project 24
hours a day and enjoy every min-
ute of it," Mary Lubeck, '51, chair-
man of the Project's student drive,
said contentedly.
There is ample evidence to sup-
port his working hours claim.
* * *
MARV SPENDS every weekday
afternoon at his desk in the Phoe-
nix Project office in the Adminis-
tration Bldg., as well as two morn-
ings a week and very often Sat-
urday mornings to boot.
The 21-year-old junior from
Cleveland doesn't consider it a
full day unless he has held two
or three conferences with stu-
dent Phoenix leaders, about the
same amount with alumni Phoe-
nix leaders, explained the Pro-
ject's aims to a dozen or so inter-
ested persons who happen to
wander into the office, and pol-
ished off a husky pile of paper
work in the spare moments.
"I believe in the Phoenix Pro-
ject deeply," Lubeck said.,
"This belief has developed over
a period of several months during
which time I've studied it thor-
oughly and gained an insight into
it," he continued.
This insight, Lubeck explained.-
is based on trying to look into the
future objectively and considering
what will happen when the Proj ect
is set up and running at high

to teach people not to be afraid of
the atom, not to think the atom is
inherently bad," Lubeck comment-
When the Phoenix Project is
reverted to the back portions of
his mind, Lubeck admits he is
addicted to reading detective
stories. Concerts, lect~ures and
movies -especially movies-are
his other favorite pastimes.
Lubeck is not certain what he
hopes to do for a living-"Maybe
it will be fund raising," he re-
marked, jokingly.
Mar has been member of the
Student Legislature for a year. He
is also former president of Phi Eta
Sigma, freshman honor society,
former prexy of the Cleveland
club, a member of Sphinx and
former vice president of his fra-
ternity, Pi Lambda Phi.
LUBECK SAYS the part of his
Phoenix work he has enjoyed most
is talking on the Project before
such groups as the National Exec-
utive Committee and Panhel.
"I'm not naturally a good
speaker," he admitted, "but
when k talk about the Project,
sorething takes over, and I
seem to instill the audience with
some of my enthusiasm for it."
beck added. "They are all doing
the best- job possible.'"
"If things continue as they have,
I have no fear that the Project
will fail to meet any goal," he said
"I really enjoy working with the
student executive committee."






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Soup to Dessert


SL Candidates Inaugurate
SpringElection Campaigns


(Continued from Page 1)
candidates include Thomas
Auch, Harry Criel and Robert
Erf for president; and Judith
Davies and Ronald Foulds for
Candidates for the Athletic
Board seats are Paul Anderson,
Bill Konrad, Jerome Segal, Don
McEwen and Jim Scala.
* * *
AMONG THE 59 Student Legis-
lature candidates are David Bai-
ley, '51, Pris Ball, '51, Gene Bohi,
'53, Margie Brewer, '52, David
Brown, '51, Phyll Butterfield, 51Ed.,
Marty Chandler, '51A&D, Doug
Cdtler, '52, Tom Dudley, '53, Bill
Eggleston, '52, Jim Fitch, '51, Hugh
Fleetwood, '50, Chuck Good, 52E,
Hugh Greenberg, '51, Adele Hager,
'51, Jack Howner, '51, and How-
ard Hartzell, '51.
Other SL hopefuls include Jack
Hetkkenea, '52F&G, George Irving,

'51, Charles Jaquith, '51, Henry
Jarethi, '51, Morris Katz, '51, Jan
Klein, '51, Jeff Knight, '51, Allen,
Krass, '52E, Jerry Kremer, '52,
Diana Lehde, '51, Ted Laird, '51E,
Arlene Lange, '52E, Barry Levey,
'52, Ray Litt, '52E, Paul Malkus,
'51, Leah Marks, '52. Bill McIn-
tyre, '51, and Doris Hellekey, '52Ed.
The list continues with Jim
Moran, '52, Al Murphy, '51, Jim!
Nesbitt, '51, Len Newland, '52,
John Osmundson, '51, Spence Par-
sons, '51, Jay Pike, '51, Alex Popp,1
'51SM, Nancy Porter, '52, Ed Rei-
fel, '51, Jere Rich, '51, Loretta
Roche, '53, George Roumell, '51,!
Herb Ruben, '51, Robert Schemm,'
'51, Judith Sinclair, '52, Audreyl
Smedley, '51, Jim Storrie, '51E, and
Dallas Turley, '51.
Other SL candidates are Henry
Tyson, '51, Hal Ward, '52, Spiderl
Webb, '52, Richard Webber, '52E,
and Leonard Wilcox,, '52.

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