T THE MICHIGAN DAIL.Y
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25. 100
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THOMAS L. STOKES:
Big Dough &
WASHINGTON-It is an axiom that pow-
er, long held, has a slowly disintegrating
influence. Among dther effects, the desire
to keep it results often in compromises with
Suggestive are scenes that help to create
Such as that vast feast here the other
night of Democratic bigwigs-and such little
wigs as could dig up a hundred bucks, and
some of the latter sitting so far away they
could hardly see Harry Truman at bat at
home plate at the head table. The earnest,
the sincere and the faithful were there, and,
as they bit into those steaks rushed by
truck from a big hotel kitchen miles away,
it all must have seemed a bit incongruous
if they thought of the hamburger folks they
serve and represent, who are so numerous.
But, incongruous as anything else, were the
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: JANET WATTS
TAKE CARE OF MY LITTLE
Peggy Goodin. E. P. Dutton &
New York. 189 pages. $2.50.
"IT'S A FILLED BOOK," the bookseller
remarked as we discussed "Take Care of
My Little Girl." This, she explained, is pub-
lishers' jargon for a book with relatively
few pages-one which is made to appear
longer by the insertion of blank pages here
and there. "I don't see how they can ask
$2.50 for it," she confided.
Nor do I think that "Take Care of My
Little Girl" is worth the asking price. But
my reasons are much less materialistic than
the bookseller's: Not only is there nothing
on the book's blank pages, there is little of
worth on the printed ones.
Peggy Goodin has chosen a subject
worthy of Sinclair Lewis in his prime-
college sororities-and attacked it with
the style and penetration of a high school
senior writing an English theme. Soror-
ity women themselves can well lament
her failure, since good satire carries a
flattery all its own.
Miss Goodin obtained her local color here
at the University, where she was a member
og Chi Omega a few years back. This fact,
and the thinly-veiled' references to local
scenes, give the book a certain novelty val-
ue for University students. But there must
be more to a novel than novelty.
Apparently hoping to carry the book with
her humor and social comment, Miss Good-
in has provided only a skeletal plot. Liz Eric-
son is a small-town girl but the daughter
of a Queen, the Queens being a mythical
sorority at a mythical university, Midwest-
ern. When Liz comes to Midwestern as a
freshman, she is immediately pledged by
the Queens. All goes well until, as the blurb
on the book's jacket lisps, "Liz begins to sus-
pect that some of the rules of the game do
not quite adequately cover all of the issues."
Liz finally depledges. But not before she
learns the major tenets of Miss Goodin's
catechism: Sorority women are shallow
snobs. They never think for themselves,
but have this done for them by alumnae.
Fraternity men are stupid, racially bigot-
ed drunks. College-run dormitories are
heaven. Living in a basement-la vie de
Boheme-is even more wonderful than
living in a dorm.
Although the truth of these statements
has not, as far as I know, been positively
established up to this date, my criticism
of the book cannot center on Miss Goodin's
social views, to which she is certainly en-
titled. It is the way in which the author ex-
pounds her views that makes "Take Care of
My Little Girl" a mediocre little novel.
Getting back to Sinclair Lewis-the first
chapter, describing Liz' home town and fam-
ily life, is a poor imitation of the scribe of
Sauk Centre. There are references to the
local country club, Kiwanis, Rotary, hired
girls, etc., etc., in the Lewis vein which was
long ago mined out.
Even Miss Goodin's attempts at minor
humor-the cracks, the puns, the droll
observations that play an important part
in the success of any satire-fail to come
off. Often she is merely cruel where she
meant to be clever.
Miss Goodin is fairly successful when she
pokes fun at certain sorority customs. She
manufactures amusing sorority song titles
for the Queens: "Swing the Scepter, Sis-
ters" and "Crown Her Gently, Gently." She
notes the numerous fines imposed by the
Queens, such as a fine for missing cocoa
parties. There is a grim humor to the Grand
Highest Queen's yell after a chapter meet-
ing: "Cocoa party- in the kitchen. Everybody
come to the cocoa party!"
The characters are sketched in with a
blunt pencil, and seem to exist only as ve-
hicles for Miss Goodin's anti-Greek views.
the Democrats I
"fat cat" sort who also were there. They
are rallying about the party in power, for
it is the source, for the time being, of favors
of all kinds, such as military contracts.
* * *
BIG MONEY, indeed, now is sidling up to
the Democratic Party.
On the other hand, af course, no one is
fooled by the mock humility of the same
"fat cat" sort who gathered a few nights
before at another big hall with lots of
earnest, sincere, faithful Republicans to
show their interest in the "common peo-
pie"by listening to speeches about Abe
Lincoln and eating a dollar box supper.
There were false fronts at both places.
But, since the Democratic Party is now in
power, it is the atmosphere of that feast
that is important. It is a proper question
to ask whether the cost of political campaign
contributions from the nouveau-Democratic
rich is, in the end, taken out of the hides of
* .* *
O BE SPECIFIC, is there any connection
between that banquet scene and a spirit
of compromise lately noted among Demo-
crats in high places and in Congress toward
"the special interests" which now, as always,
are active to get something for themselves?
Such as, for instance, big oil and the
more amenable attitude in the Senate
toward the bill, up for decision this week
there, which would deprive the Federal
Power Commission of regulatory authority
over interstate sale of natural gas which
it long has exercised to protect the con-
sumer. It would open the way to hike
rates of the 40,000,000 consumers-quite
a large segment of "the people" about
whom both Democratic and Republican
stump speakers declaim so righteously.
Big oil, which owns a big share of natural
gas reserves, and which now is making
handsome profits, should be able to do ev-
en morehandsomely by this gadget.
This bill, or variations of it, has been
kicking around for four years. Twice the
House has swallowed it, but up to now the
Senate would not even let it on the floor.
* * *
A VERY POWERFUL Democratic figure is
chief sponsor of the current measure,
Senator Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma.
Senator Kerr, who is an oil man him-
self, knows the problems of the oil and
gas industry, and can be most persuasive
about the need of this bill, and can explain
how the bad features of previous bills have
been removed, and how it is designed only
to let the FPC do what Congress originally
intended it should do about natural gas. It
is now reported about the Senate that he
has satisfied President Truman who op-
posed the natural gas bill of the last ses-
But the Oklahoma Senator has not satis-
fied some Senators, including such newcom-
ers as Senators Douglas (D., Ill.) and Ke-
fauver (D., Tenn.) who will stage an uphill
battle to beat it.
* * * .
SPEAKING OF OIL, another measure spon-
sored by oil interests that also has- been
kicking around a long time is moving for-
ward again. Just the other day a House
Judiciary subcommittee approved a measure
to give control of oil-bearing tidelands to
the states instead of the federal government.
The banquet atmosphere is very conducive
to good fellowship.
(Copyright, 1950, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)
PSYCHIATRISTS may be overestimating
their own powers.
Suspicions of this first began when a
psychiatrist analyzed Whitaker Chambers
at Alger Hiss' trial. The psychiatrist, a
witness for the defense, testified that
Chambers was mentally ill. This illness
supposedly kept him from telling the truth
because Chambers really believed his own
lies. This brilliant analysis was made after
weeks of watching Chambers in the court-
Suspicions increased when Carol Paight,
who murdered her cancer-stricken father,
testified that she did not remember a thing
about the murder. A psychiatrist came to
her rescue by testifying that it is possible to
repress all memories which are painful to
remember. Carol Paight might very pos-
sibly have forgotten the "incident."
Now, Dr. Klaus Fuchs, prominent Brit-
ish physicist has confessed to transmitting
information about the atomic bomb to the
Russians. But a person cannot even con-
fess to a crime any more. Dr. Ralph S.
Baney, psychiatrist, after reading the con-
fession stated, "The confession itself has
to be looked upon with suspicion."
It has always'been a recognized fact that
an analysis should be made after long study
of the patient. Psychiatrists are making
themselves look extremely silly by trying to
do in a day what should be done in months
of serious study.
ity sister. But all these are drawn in a single
By AL BLUMROSEN
"THE AFFAIR of Dr. Sullenberger" has
provoked more rumors and vague
statements than you can shake a reporter
A list of the rumors is enough to make
anyone who is interested in learning the
truth wince and give up. While the wheels
of justice are grinding swiftly toward Dr.
Sullenberger's trial for assault and bat-
tery against Mrs. Louise Philpot, let's take
a quick look at some of these rumors.
I-That Dr. Sullenberger has not been
discharged from the hospital or that he has
been discharged and then rehired in anothe
part of the University.
II-That the hospital destroyed copies of
The Daily on the days when stories about
the incident appeared.
III-That the Doctor was fired, but only
after some high level back-biting in the
IV-That the whole situation regarding
hospital employees is very touchy.
V-That Mrs. Philpot is a trouble maker
and was really responsible in a good measure
herself for the incident.
THERE IS a partial list of rumors. Some
of them are undoubtedly unfounded,
but they have come to us from several dif-
ferent sources. We tried, but have not been
able to check on their validity or inaccuracy.
These rumors have persisted for almost
two weeks now, mainly because the au-
thorities at University Hospital have been
unwilling to dispel them.
Prime offender here has been Philip Olin,
personnel director of the hospital. Shortly
after we returned to school, the inevitable
student delegation went to see him, to con-
front him with some of these rumors. He
refused to see them.
I talked to him later and all he had was
an official "No comment." He felt that every-
thing had been said in the two Daily stories
and that there was no point in raking the
issue over the coals any longer.
This, it seems to me, is very bad public
If some group or newspaper wants to know
the score, if they present a rumor for veri-
fication or denial, it is far better for the ad-
ministrator to take a little of his precious
time out to explain, and explain again, put-
ting forth all the facts in their proper or-
der until the situation is cleared away.
Hospital authorities evidently feel that
by clamming up, they can quell any dis-
cussion or investigation of the matter
which is unfortunately embarrassing to
them. But their position is not sound.
They defeat their own purpose. Their own
silence is conducive to further investi-
gation, because, rightly or wrongly, it
indicates to the average person that the
hospital is hiding something.
I hope they are not, and that they will
vigorously deny or explain away all the
rumors listed above very soon.
As for Dr. Sullenberger, he has been
guilty of the same sin of omission. When
the story first broke, we attempted to get
his side. We will print it now if he will
talk to us. But Dr. Sullenberger has re-
fused to comment.
And in so doing, has given a vivid illus-
tration of his temperment..
It happened this way:
After we printed the first report about
the alleged attack, we received rumors that
the doctor had been fired, then reemployed
by the University to do research.
Trying to check on this rumor, I called
Dr. Sullenberger at his home and asked
him about it. First, he said it was "none of
my business," and when I pointed' out that
the affair was already public property, he
muttered something about the "trash" that
we had been writing and branded us "a
bunch of dirty Communists."
I disagreed and he hung up.
More poor public relations.
* * *
NVOW, we have two activities taking place
in regard to the episode. The doctor's
trialnon charges of assaultand battery is
coming up and student groups are trying
to get Mrs. Philpot's week's pay back. (She
was laid off for a week without pay after
The central issue at the moment is not
the fact that Mrs. Philpot lost her week's
pay, but that the case for assault and
battery is settled fairly and that the law
against such forms of violence is enforced.
In this light, the fact that Mrs. Philpot
is a Negro and that Dr. Sullenberger is
from somewhere in the South is completely
irrelevant. The law cannot and should not
take this into consideration.
But above and beyond the law involved
here are some moral judgments on the part
of the hospital. Dr. Sullenberger has been
fired, and fairly, I think. An institution
like the University should have no place fcr
a man as socially inept as the doctor ap-
pears to be, despite the fact that there are
a lot of people who respect him as a person
and as a surgeon.
The hospital has also deprived Mrs. Phil-
pot of a week's pay. This may be vindicated
when Dr. Sullenberger makes his defense at
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fraternity members; but they
should be well-qualified students,
working towards degrees, who
show promise of becoming valu-
able citizens in their future com-
The Delta Delta Delta Commit-
tee on Awards shall be the sole
judge of the respective merits of
the applicants. The successful
candidates will be notified after
May 15, 1950, and the scholarships
will be forwarded to them at the
beginning ofrthe term for which
the awards are made.
Applications blanks are avail-
able at the Dean of Women's Of-
fice, until March 15, 1950.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Graduate
Fellowship Award: Women stu-
dents are informed that informa-
tion on Kappa Kappa Gamma
Graduate Fellowship Award of
$500 is available in tie Dean of
Women's Office. It is available to
any woman student not over 30
years of age who has received her
bachelor's degree, or will obtain
it prior to July 1 of where a chap-
ter of this fraternity is located.
Applications will be received in the
Dean of Women's Office until
March 1, 1950.
Doctoral Examination for Man-
ville W. M. Sloane, Anatomy; the-
sis: "The Diencephalon of the
Mink: The Nuclear Pattern of the
Dorsal Thalamus." 9 a.m., Sat.,
Feb. 25, 4556 E. Medical Bldg.
Chairman, R. T. Woodburne.
History 50, Section 5, Wed., at 1
p.m., will meet in Rm. 110 Tappan
Mathematics Orientation Semi-
nar: 3 p.m., Mon., Feb. 27, 3001
A.H. "Factoring of Polynomials of
More than one Variable." Prof. G.
Graduate Students expecting to
receive the master's degree in June
must file diploma applications
with the Recorder of the Graduate
School by March 2. No student
will be considered for the degree
unless he has filed such applica-
Student Recital: Jacqueline Ro-
senblatt, pianist, will be heard in
a recital at 8:30 p.m., Mon., Feb-
27, Rackham Assembly Hall. Pre-
sented in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of
Master of Music, it will include
compositions by Bach, Mozart,
Stravinsky, and Brahms. Open to
the public. Miss Rosenblatt is a
pupil of Joseph Brinkman.
SRA Council Retreat. 2 p.m.,
Freshmen and New Students:
Michigan Christian Fellowship in-
vites you to a sleigh ride party.
Meet at Lane Hall, 7 p.ni.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
"Hatchet Hop," Lane Hall, 9 p.m.1
Admission free. Refreshments. Ev-'
U. of M. Rifle Team. Shoulder
to Shoulder match with the Uni-
versity of Detroit. Transportation
will leave at 12:15 p.m. from ROTC
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Open
dance, "Festiva Baile," 9-12 p.m.,
"Club 211," 211 S. State St. Every-
one invited, and requested to dress
according to the Spanish theme.
U. of M. Hostel Club. Portage
Lake, Skate or Hike. Meet at Lea-
gue at 12, with lunch. Call leader,
Bob Duval, 2-0609, about trans-
U. of M. Hostel Club. Square
dancing at Jones School, 8:15-11
p.m. Everyone invited.
Sociedad Hispanica: Open house,
International Center, 8 to 12,
sponsored by the I.S.A. All mem-
International Students' Associa-
tion: Open House, 8-12 p.m., In-
ternational Center. All American
and foreign students invited.
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting, 1
p.m., 500 BMT. Interested persons
Michigan Society for Quality
Control: Rm. 35, Union, 7:30 p.m.,
Mon., Feb. 27. Dr. J. H. Toulouse,
Chief Engineer, Quality and Spe-
cifications Department, of the Ow-
ens-Illinois Glass Co. will speak on
"Quality Control in the Glass In-
dustry." All interested are invited.
Social Research Group: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 26, Rm. 3-S,
Union. Topic: Employee relations
with union and with management
in a large corporation. Speaker: W.
W. Charters, Survey Research
Ballet Club: The Club will not
meet on Mon., Feb. 27, as many
members of the Club will be at-
tending The Ballet Russe de Mon-
te Carlo at the Michigan Theatre.
All are urged to attend the follow-
ing meeting, Mon., Mar. 6, 7 p.m.
The Residence Staff Institute,
Spring, 1950, for staff members of
women's residence halls, sororities
and League houses, will be held in
the League, Wednesday mornings,
March 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 10 a.m.
General topic of all meetings:
Operation Beacon: Second organ-
izational meeting for all students
from Commonwealth of Nations
and British Dependent Empire,
2:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 26, 3R, Un-
U. of M. Hot Record Society:
"Old Time Jazz Revival," League
Ballroom, Sun., 8 p.m. Everyone
U. of M. Theatre Guild: Meet-
ing and election of officers, 2:30
p.m., Sun., Feb. 26, League.
Grad Outing Club: Meeting,
Sun., 2:15 p.m., northwest en-
trance of Rackham for skating,
hiking, coasting (with or without
sleds). All grads invited.
Inter Guild Council: Meeting,
2:30 p.m., Sun., Lane Hall Library.
"You Fellows Mind If We Start The Ball Rolling?"
ACV$? rNATIONS '
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Student Rights . .
To the Editor:
HOWEVER divergent' may be
our roles in the University
community and our attitudes to-
ward student activities, all of us
should be able to agree on the
fundamental idea of a student bill
Three years ago students from
schools throughout the country
who founded the National Student
Association adopted such a "Bill
of Rights" in an attempt to define
the status of the student in the
Such a definition, once agreed
upon by the University communi-
ty and adopted by the school as a
basic policy declaration, could be
a tremendous step in eliminating
many of the tensions which exist
between students and the school
The NSA Bill of Rights, while it
provides a statement of ideal ob-
jectives, has provenhimpractical
in the sense that it has not been
adopted by many college admini-
Consequently the Student Legis-
lature's Bill of Rights Conference
from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lane Hall
this afternoon will be consider-
ing the problems involved in a
Student Bill of Rights with a view
to reaching policy conclusions
about the major areas in which
student and administration dif-
ferences occur. In addition to a
basic policy declaration which can
be sugested by students, faculty
and administration members as a
Regents by-law and also proposed
to the NSA Congress this summer,
the conference will be concerned
with implimentation of this policy
declaration on our own campus.
The Conference's goal should be
of interest to every member of
the University community. Every-
one is welcome to participate in
* * *
To the Editor:'
I WAS JUST terribly impressed
by Mr. Mcllhenny's letter in
Saturday's Daily. I was glad to
see that somebody has finally sug-
gested what we should do about
these people who are tarnishing
the name of Michigan. All last
year I watched with growing ap-
prehension the subversive activi-
ties of those groups who are trying
to undermine our American Way
I don't think the Medical School
discriminates unfairly and besides
I don't think that the Young Re-
publicans ought to let themselves
be drawn into such a thing. You
can't legislate tolerance. My Uncle
George says that Republicans who
let themselves be drawn into
things are not much better than
traitors to their country and to the
American Way of Life. We must
all stick together. Like Mr. McIl-
henny says, we are taking part in
the biggest robbery in the world.
I believe in complete freedom of
opportunity because I don't believe
in Communism or any other un-
I think, Mr. Mcllhenny, that we
ought to take some real concrete
action against these subversive mi-
norities which are giving our
school such a bad name. After all,
a good reputation is the most im-
portant thing for an individual or
a university to have. We ought to
do something about these people
who don't believe in the American
idea that real democracy is be-
lieving what everybody in the ma-
I want to know, Mr. Mellhenny
what I can do to help!
To the Editor:
[N GERMANY before the war
the citizen who saw something
wrong with the country could ease
his conscience by saying that it
was not his responsibility but the
Fuhrer's or the Party's. Here,
however, things are rather differ-
ent; every citizen is his own Fuhr-
er and what happens in the coun-
try is, in a sense, his own doing.
The people who, according to Mr.
McIlhenny's letter in Saturday's
Daily, are giving the University a
bad name with big business have
seen things which look wrong to
them. They feel their responsibil-
ity and are trying to remedy the
situation, as he pointed out, by
impressing their view on "a vast
number . . . the laggards, the do
nothings, (and) the uninterested."
This has always been the way to1
get something done in a demo-
cratic state; almost every change
has originated with a relatively
small group, and it seems likely
that in our republic this will con-
tinue to be the rule. Even the
American Revolution and the Re-
publican Party, two movements in
our history of which I am sure
even Mr. Mcllhenny approves,
were conceived by a few people.
The small number of "very ac-
tive people" carry on their activi-
ties at considerable cost to them-
selves for they are cutting them-
selves off from that "future of
great promise" with "high incomes
and high living standards" which
big business offers. As Mr. Mcfl-
henny has said, "Big business does
not like the pinks, it does not like
the extreme liberals, it wants men
and women whom it can trust to
further all of its interests. It will
not hire people who are apt to be
rabble rousers . ." These little
bands are devoting time and en-
ergy to their various political ac-
tivities with much less hope of
material return than Mr. MI-
henny's "robbed," who do nothing
but keep their noses clean that
they may present themselves pure
and shining at the employment
office of some great corporation.
The groups on the list and all
the others Mr. Mcllhenny hasn't
heard about yet are an essential
part of the democratic society and
I admire and applaud all of them.
Opportunity State.. .
To the Editor:
ORCHIDS TO The Daily for pre-
senting the pros and cns of
the "Opportunity State" explo-
sion! I'd like to add a few pen
A period of watchful waiting is
advised for observers who are in-
clined to dismiss the YR's "Op-
portunity State" as another term
to be bandied around by the poli-
Judging by the reaction of a
good many independents and level
headed Democrats we've talked to,
the "Opportunity State" mani-
festo is already a going concern.
The title was affixed after the
platform was written and unani-
mously endorsed by the club. So,
it is not a "term to replace the
platform so badly needed by a
I should suggest further that if
the "Opportunity State" truly out-
socializes the welfare staters, we
shall in being consistent have to
class even Senator Robert A. Taft
of Ohio as a socialist. He, too,
suggests federal-state health and
federal assistance to education
programs and backed the Housing
Bill. Important distinctions are to
be made, however.
Those are inaccurate, who
charge "me too" at the progres-
sive Republicans who are con-
sidering our social and economic
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