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VOL. LX, No. 130



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Sentenced by
Prague Court
10 Imprisoned
For Revolt Plot
PRAGUE - (JP) - The Prague
state court sentenced one Roman
Catholic clergyman to life im-
prisonment and nine others to
lesser terms yesterday on charges
of treason, spying for the Vati-
can and plotting an armed revolt
against the Communist govern-
Jan Mastilak, director of a
Moravian theological institute,
drew the top sentence in this first
mass trial of Catholic priests in
Czechoslovakia since the Commu-
nist coup in 1948.
THE FIVE-JUDGE tribunal sen-
tenced the others-including two
abbots and a Jesuit provincial-to
terms ranging from two to 25
years. In addition, most of the
defendants were fined and de-
prived of citizenship rights for 10
years. Mastilak and two others
The official Czech n e w s
agency announced the verdicts.
Western newsmen were unable
to gain admittance to the hear-
ing, which opened Friday with-
out advance notice. They were
told either tickets were not
available or there was not
enough room in the court.
By the news agency's accounts,
Mastilak pleaded partly guilty
Saturday and "describednall his
activities in an innocent light,
' much more innocent than his pre-
yious (pre-trial) statenents in-
dicate." Four of his co-defendants
were reported to have pleaded
guilty, two partly guilty and three
* * *
THE VATICAN newspaper L'Os-
servatore Romano sdid all 10 have
the "homage of the Catholic and
civilized world."
Religion Study
Course Hailed
By Frankena
A. Lauds Columbia's
Curriculum Change
Columbia University's decision
to offer undergraduate courses in
t religion next fall was lauded yes-
terday by Prof. William Frankena,
chairman of the philosophy de-
partment, as a "great step in
broadening liberal education."
Columbia announced recently
that beginning next September '36
courses will be taught by outstand-!
ing scholars in the major faiths
of Protestantism, Roman Catholi-
cism, Judaism and Eastern Ortho-
* * * I
As one who advocates a similar
program at the University, Prof.
Frankena said that all universi-
ties are recognizing the need to do
something about the "religious il-
literacy" that exists today, and!
this is the best way to do it.
"These courses should be
taught to get students closer to
religion-its beliefs and activi-

ties, and not to make them more
religious," he said.
"Of course such a program is
more feasible in a private institu-
tion than at a state university," he
The Rev. DeWitt C. Baldwin,
program director at Lane Hall
also recognized the difficulty of
instituting such a program in a
state university.
* * .*
"BUT," he said, "it is very sig-
nificant that a great university
is offering such a program at this
"I feel that this may have re-
sulted from the recognition by the
faculty and trustees of Columbia
that most of the world disorder of
today is due to moral breakdown,
and that this is part of the answer
to the problem of understanding
religion," he declared.
This indicates the growing feel-
ing of appreciation of other faiths
besides our own that is necessary
to be interculturally intelligent, he
gFn ci n PP ti ta nn - '

Phillips Rival
Found byForum
Wernette Agrees To Debate Subject
Of "Capitalism vs. Communism"
Prof. J. Phillip Wernette, of the School of Business Administra-
tion, yesterday agreed to debate with avowed Communist Herbert J.
Phillips on a Michigan Forum debate program, tentatively scheduled
for April 25.
Dave Fraser, '51, chairman of the Forum committee, revealed
yesterday afternoon that the debate topic has been changed to
"Capitalism vs. Communism" and that both Prof. Wernette and
Phillips have agreed to participate in the Forum program.
"ORIGINALLY the debate was to have been on the question

Book Center
Planned For
An expanded student book ex-
change will be established next
fall in Rm. 18 Angell Hall, ac-
cording to a report presented to
Student Legislators last night.
The used book exchange, which
previously has operated from a
small room on the Union's third
floor, will be able to handle a
much larger volume of books,
Keith Biers, '51, varsity commit-
tee member explained.
"WITH a much larger room to
work with, and a central location,"
Biers said, "the new book exchange
should be able to more ade-
quately serve student needs."
Although the Student Legis-
lature has done most of the
4 ground work in obtaining the
new location, the Interfraternity
Council will continue as actual
operators of the book exchange,
In an attempt to redraft its
proposal for calendaring of Uni-
versity events by an SL commit-
tee, the original of which was re-
jected by the Student Affairs
Committee, current calendaring
organization, the SL adopted the
following changes:
First, the SL Calendaring Com-
mittee will make its decisions as
to which organizations should
have which specific nights for
proposed events, but instead of
these decisions being final (sub-
ject only to appeal to SAC) the
SL committee will serve only as
an advisory body, making recom-
mendations to SAC for their con-
Housing Plan
OK'd by Group
WASHINGTON - (P) - Repre-
sentatives of the Senate and
House reached an agreement last
night on a multi-billion dollar
housing bill after nearly 12 hours
of continuous committee discus-
The measure is a sort of catch-
all bill dealing with a wide variety
of government housing activities.
Rep. Spence (D-Ky), chairman!
of the House banking committee,
said he hoped to win house appro-
val of the measure tomorrow be-
fore the representatives go home
until April 18 for an Easter recess.
Among other things, the bill
provides for:
1. $2,250,000,000 for the Federal
Housing Administration to carry
on its mortgage insurance pro-i
2. $300,000,000 for loans to col-
leges and universities to provide
housing for college students and
faculty members.

-'Should Communists be allowed to
teach in colleges and universities?"'
Fraser pointed out, "but we were
unable to find a member of the
faculty who would debate that
Prof. Wernette, however, had
earlier expressed a willingness
to debate a question on the rela-
tive merits of the capitalis~tic
and Communist systems and af-
ter checking with Phillips in
New York, the Forum commit-
tee revised the debate topic.
The proposed debate plans were
immediately submitted to Stu-
dent Legislature last night and'
were unanimously approved by the
A PETITION to hold the debate
will now be submitted to the Uni-
versity Lecture Committee this
morning and will probably be
acted upon when the committee
meets Saturday, Fraser explained.
"We feel that we have an ex-
cellent debate topic and two
very good speakers," he added,
"and I see no reason why the
Forum program shouldn't be
approved by the Lecture Com-
Phillips, who was fired by the!
University of Washington last year
because of his membership in the
Communist Party, was the center
of a storm of controversy last
week when he was barred from
speaking at Wayne University by
President David D. Henry.
President Henry branded Phil-
lips an "enemy of our national
welfare" and charged that "Com-:
munists are dedicated to violence,!
disruption and discord."
* *, *
came a member of the University
faculty a year ago last fall, is a
former president of the University
of New Mexico. He is now Director
of the Bureau of Business Re-
search and editorial director of
the "Michigan Business Review."
Although the two student
speakers who will participate in
the Forum program with Prof.'
Wernette and Phillips have not
yet been selected, Fraser was con-!
fident that his committee would
be able to secure two competent
student debators within a day or
IFC Offers
Discipline Plan
The Executive Committee of the
Interfraternity Council has rec-
ommended to the University Dis-1
ciplinary Committee that Phi
Delta Theta Fraternity be placed
on social probation until June 3
with the further recommendation
that the sentence be suspended,
according to IFC president Jake
The action came as the result
of a recent report that three Phi!
Delta Theta pledges hazed an ac-
tive member in his room, Jacob-
son added.

School Cite
Buildings Wanted
By Music School
(EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the
fifth in a series of articles describ-
ing the needs of the various schools
and colleges of the University and
the extent to which they will be
satisfied if the University's $13,-
870,000 appropriation request is
granted by the State Legislature.)
With a combined enrollment of
nearly 1300 fulltime students, the
architecture college and the music
school have requested 1950-51
operating budgets totalling
$189,000, for faculty expansions
and more adequate laboratory
This figure represents slightly
more than one per cent of the
$13,870,000 in operating expenses
the University has asked the State
Legislature for the coming year.
It is part of the University's
$2,500,000 hike over the present
operating appropriation.
* * *
CITING MORE -top-notch fac-
ulty members as 'the College of
Architecture's most pressing need,
Dean Wells I. Benett noted that
the school is "terribly cramped -
things are way below pre-war
Addition of at least two full
professors and three assistants
and instructors is necessary for
maintenance of the "direct
contact" method of teachers and
lab students, he pointed out.
The faculty currently numbers
Dean Bennett stressed that the
700-odd student enrollment is
twice what the building and pre-
war-sized staff can serve properly.
He mentioned one seminar class
in particular, normally fitted for
15 students, which has grown to
more than four times that size;
"even by adding another pro-
fessor, the situation there is far
from ideal."
The college's $130,000 request
for 1950-51 includes an item for
more building space. Failure to
grant this may mean elimination
of several classes, he said.
"We are now doubling up on
tables in most sections, and one
class is even meeting in the corri-
dor," he explained.
* * *
ASKING $58,800 for equipment
and faculty salaries, Dean Earl V.
Moore of the School of Music
placed an auditorium for public
concerts at the top of his list of
As part of a new plant for
which the school last year put
in a request to the Legislature,
this auditorium would relieve
the necessity for scheduling re-
citals and concerts in other
campus buildings, he declared.
In line with the gradual in-
crease in senior and graduate-
level students, Dean Moore plans
to hire eight additional profes-
sors and instructors to comple-
ment the present staff of 68.
HE NOTED that graduates, al-
though not nominally members of
the undergraduate School of Mu-
sic, are still serviced by this
Expansion of the undergraduate
program to include more students
from other schools is also in or-

der, he said. A lack of satisfactory
practice rooms, coupled with the
short staff, has blocked this ex-
tension, he added.
Specifically, the school need 70
more practice rooms and about 50
additional pianos to maintain high
standards, Dean Moore explained:




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Union Board
Okays New
Membership Will
Have Finial Vote
Far-reaching amendments to the
Michigan Union Constitution were
dumped into the laps of student
members late last night by the
Union Board of Directors.
Nine of the amendments were
endorsed by the Board. The tenth,
calling for popular election of the
Union president and secretary, was
handed on without endorsement.
* * *
ALL THE amendments will be
submitted for acceptance or re-
jection at a special meeting of
Union student members. May 10
was tentatively set as the date for
this meeting by Union secretary
Robert P. Seeber. '5BAd
The amendments endorsed by
the Board call for:
1. Increasing the number of
vice-presidents from six to seven
and changing the method of
electing vice-presidents "so that
they will be more representative
of the student members." Vice-
presidents serve on the Board of
2. Elimination of the chairman
of Men's Judiciary Council' from
the Board.
3. Changing the composition
of the "selections committee"
from three students and three
faculty or alumni members to
five students and two faculty
or alumni members. The Dean.
Sof Students would remain as
chairman without vote.
4. Revising the means by which
student members can request a
general meeting for constitutional
revision. The new method would
call for a request from at least five
percent of the members. At pres-
ent 200 members can petition for a
5. Making five percent of the
student members constitute a
quorum at a general meeting. At
present 400 members constitutes a
6. Other changes largely of a
technical nature.
* * *
for campus-wide election of the
president and secretary will be in-
troduced by the Board "in order
to give students a chance to de-
cide if they want the two officers
elected," according to Union
President Bill Wise, '50 BAd.
Election of the Union president
and secretary was first called for
in a petition signed by 236 stu-
dents and submitted five weeks
ago by Herb Leiman, '50.
Candidates Asked
To Clear Status
Candidates running for all of-
fices in the campus election April
26th and 27th, who have not yet
cleared their eligibility and met
requirements of the SL Citizenship
Committee, should report between
3 and 5 o'clock today to the SL
offee, 1020 Administration Build-
ing, according to Leonard Wilcox

IwaCity J Ury
Frees Bednasek-
University of Iowa Senior May Be
Allowed To Reregister Next Term
IOWA CITY, Ia.-(P)-Robert E. Bednasek was acquitted yesterday
of the charge he murdered Margaret Anne (Gee-Gee) Jackson, 20
years old, because she didn't love him any more. '
Less than 23 hours after it received the case, a jury of four women
and eight men found the 24-year-old University of Iowa senior inno-
cent of any crime.
* * * *
THE STATE CHARGED he strangled the blonde coed during
a rendezvous in the "Empty Arms" men's rooming house last Dec. 11.
* * * t ne of the jurors said the

...Not Guilty
**4 *
Iowa Student
Ends Ordeal
(Special to The Daily)
IOWA CITY, Ia. - Red-eyed
exhausted Robert E. (Benny) Bed-
nasek slumped to the floor yester-
day when he heard a jury of eight1
men and four women pronounce
him not guilty of the murder of
his college sweetheart.
A psychology professor ran to
Benny immediately after the ac-
quittal and told him to stay here
and finish his education. "This is
where your friends are," he said.
Bednasek's parents were not in the'
courtroom. His father was too
weak to make the trip yesterday,
and his mother waited for him in
the defense attorney's office.
His ordeal over, Bednasek drove,
to the attorney's office with a!
priest who had taken communion
with him each day since the trial
began. As he pinned on his Sigma'
Phi Epsilon fraternity pin, whichl
the prosecutor had taken from
him early in the trial, he sobbingly
told his fraternity brothers he
could never repay them for what
they had done for him. Bob Car-,
penter, his lifelong friend, and his
fraternity brothers had been with
Bednasek since the trial started.



"turning point" was Bednasek's
own "truth serum" story that
the coed's death was "a tragic,
horrible accident." He said the
jury didn't even consider the
state's request that Bednasek
pay on the gallows as "a cold-
blooded murderer."
The jury's first ballot was 7 to
5 for acquittal. When the jurors
retired Tuesday night, three men
still were holding out for a man-
slaughter conviction. The final
ballot which gave Bednasek his
freedom came soon after the jury
took breakfast yesterday.
in an emotion-swept courtroom
scene, Bednasek went with his
mother to Trinity Episcopal church
where he took Holy Week com-
Bednasek told newsmn:
"I'm so happy but I still can't
believe the girl I loved is gone."
He received with joy the word
from Dean Walter Geotsch that
"like any other student" he may
apply for registration in the Uni-
versity at the beginning of the'
next academic session.
However, Dean Goetsch said
that before Bednasek could be re-
admitted to school he would have
to appear before the University's
d!iscipline committee to answer
for "admitted violations of the
university's rules and regulations."
University rules do not allow
women in men's rooming houses
and also prohibit liquor in student
living quarters.
Rapids to "sit at homeand think
it all over," Bednasek said he
wants to return to school but he
doesn't know where. He said fi-
nances may be a problem.
W. Elmer Jackson, socially
prominent member of the Iowa
Board of Parole, was not present
when the case reached its climax.
Jackson had testified against Bed-
nasek. He had called his pretty
daughter-an only child-the in-
nocent victim of "a one-sided ro-
mance" which ended in violent
World NewMs
By The Associated Press *
SHEFFIELD, Eng. - The Bri-
tish Labor government boosted
its overall majority in the House
of Commons to four last night by
winning a special Parliamentary
election in the Neepsend division
of this cutlery and steel city.
* *
HONOLULU - The Navy's
flying boat, the Marshall Mars,
exploded yesterday and burned
a mile off Pearl Harbor, but the
seven crewmen aboard escaped
administration is seriously con-
sidering proposals to send surplus
American food to famine-ridden
areas of Communist China where
official reports indicate millions
face starvation, Secretary of State
Acheson said yesterday.
* * *
WASHINGTON - President
Truman has decided to name

Claims They
Can Back Up
His Charges
Must Persuade
Them To Appear
WASHINGTON - Senator Mc-
Carthy made tentative arrange-
ments yesterday to produce next
week the mystery witnesses he says
will identify Owen Lattimore as a
It all hinges, the Wisconsin Re-
publican said, on his ability to per-
suade his sources to appear before
the Senate committee inquiring in-
to his charges that the State De-
partment is infested with Reds.
* * *
HE SAID HE will go to New
York to see the witnesses. If they
consent to testify, their day on the
stand will be Thursday.
The agreement was reached
after McCarthy had failed to
meet a deadline of noon yester-
day for delivery to the commit-
tee of the evidence on which he
bases his accusation against
Lattimore and his other charges.
It developed at the same time
that President Truman's loyalty
review board is after the McCarthy
data, too, and wants the commit-
tee files as well.
* * *.
countered a demand for his evi-
dence with the offer to bring up
his supporting witnesses. The ar-
rangement to do that was made
at a conference between him and
Chairman Tydings (D-Md.) of the
Senate Foreign Relations subcoi-
mittee investigating his charges.
But e cCarthy got a qulek
turn-down from Tydings on a
request to be allowed to cross-
examine Lattimore today when
the Far Eastern expert will tes-
tify in formal denial of McCar-
thy's charge that he has operat-
ed as a Soviet spy in the State
Lattimore, a Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity professor, has called the
charge an "unmitigated lie" and
termed McCarthy a "madman."
Court Upholds
Convctions Of
Red Lawyers
court of appeals upheld today, iS
a 2-1 decision, the contempt sen,
tences given defense lawyers for
the 11 Communist party leaders
convicted of criminal conspiray.
U. S. Attorney General J. ow-
ard McGrath now will decide when
the six men--including ugee
Dennis, a Communist Party official
who acted as his own lawyer-
must go to jail.
Themlawyers undoubtedly will
ask to remain free until appeals
in the conspiracy case itself have
been decided.
Judge Augustus Hand and Je-
rome Frank voted to uphold the
sentences, imposed by Federal
Judge Harold R. Medina last Oct.
14-the day the 11 Communist
leaders were convicted of conspir-
ing to teach overthrow of the gov-
ernment by force.
Medina, in passing sentence, ac-
cused the lawyers of "working In

shifts" to harass him.
He imposed six-month sentences
on Dennis, Harry Sacher of New
York and Richard Gladstein of
San Francisco. George W. Croc-
kett, Jr., of Detroit, and Abraham
J. Isserman of \Newark, N. J., got
four months. Louis McCabe of
Philadelphia got 30 daysj
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Sad Saga of Main Street Suds Parlors Traced

"... Back to Joe's and the Ori-
ent. "
That's the line to the popular
song, shouted by thousands ontu-
multuous football Saturdays, bel-
lowed at countless reunions and
serenades, always a favorite when
university students clink amber
glasses and loosen saturated vo-
cal chords.

"Thank God It's Friday Club."
With a little searching through
the smoke, daily, not weekly, pa-
trons could be found expound-
ing their views of the minute,
and formulating various sorts of
devilish pranks to plague Uni-
versity officials.
Faculty and professional men of
the town had an exclusive "Town
and Gown Club" upstairs, the

and the table top was ripped off
and a new one ordered.
His art ban had the usual result,
however, and in less time than it
takes to quaff a cool one, word of
the incident spread. Before long,
even the most unsteady patrons
were drinking left-handed and
carving with their right hands.
, * * '
ation was honpeleg .and then fin-

did its-,best to slake campus thirst.
* *' *
ACCORDING TO its present
owner, Willie Heston and other
greats of Yost's "Point-a-minute"
team did a great deal of their
training there.
The two places did a roaring
business in spite of University
disapproval, until the dark and
infamous day of May 1, 1918.

The Orient degenerated first into
a poolroom, then a barbershop,
neither of which had any parti-
cular appeal to thirsty students.
Joe Parker sold out, and a
dime store, selling nothing
stronger than runny jelly-beans,
marks the spot today.
In 1948 George Kiros and Joe
Roy bought the Orient's location

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