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Delay in Hiss Trial

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"I'm Afraid Things Are Getting Better"

CQitEo4s Thte

AN ANSWER to the question of who told
the biggest lie of 1948 has been delayed

Retrial of the Alger Hiss perjury case, .
which was scheduled to begin in New
York this week, has been postponed be-
cause of a request from Hiss that the
trial be moved to Rutland, Vt.
The basis for the request, Hiss said, is
the "excessive publicity given the first trial,
which precludes the possibility of a fair trial
in New York." Mr. Hiss has a very valid
claim here.
The six-week period of the first trial
was an all-out holiday for New York news-
papers. Screaming headlines, editorial
reports on proceedings which the by-lined
writer had not bothered to attend, and
"revelations" of testimony which never
reached the jury's ears made the trial
more spectacular than a three ring circus.
Press treatment twice during the trial
brought forth comment from presiding
judge, Samuel Kaufman, decrying "trial by
publicity" and its interference with the
function of the courts.
Such an atmosphere is certainly not

conclusive to cool appraisal of evidence.
In fact, we doubt that the New York news-
papers left 12 people in that city who could
honestly take an oath to the effect that
they had no prejudices on the case.
Justice might well be better obtained in
Vermont due to the probability that a Ver-
mont jury, in this case, would be fairer than
a New York jury.
A New England farmer is likely to be
slow to condemn and shrewd in his judg-

And in spite of the complexity of the case,
it seems to us that a Vermonter's keen per-
ception might knife through bombast and
recognize deception which would leave New
Yorkers badly fooled.
New York newspapers would certainly
not relish having such juicy copy taken
from under its nose and moved to a rela-
tively peaceful community.
But we are inclined to agree with Mr. Hiss
that a fair trial is most possible in a climate
which has least room for sensationalism.
-Roma Lipsky.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Miss Lipsky covered the
Hiss trial for The Daily last summer.)

'School Spirit'

HE DEANS OF TWO colleges have ap-
parently agreed that "school spirit,"
when it merely produces practical jokers; is
no spirit at all but simply a nuisance.
Dean Crowe of Michigan State and
Dean Walter of the University, in placing
25 pranksters on probation for painting up
each other's campuses, seem to have given
them justice.
And the Student Legislature's invitation
to the MSC Student Council, to confer on
prank-preventives is a hopeful move. But
while they're at it, the legislators might
consider ways of stopping the frosh and
soph rallies which they have so successfully
For class spirit, like school spirit, ought to
spring from pride in the attainments of the
group, not from an inordinate desire to raise
And: I find it impossible to discern any
essential difference between the rah-rah
friends who led 500 wild-eyed freshmen
around the campus Monday night, and
the pranksters who smeared paint on cam-
pus buildings two weeks ago.
It is true that Tug Week has so far ac-
complished no property damage; but then,
the damage "school spirit" does is not to
property but to people.
-Phil Dawson.

TUG WEEK, "school spirit," or rah-rah is
However, the opening ceremonies were
marred by under-spirited youths at the West
Quadrangle. When the freshmen were gath-
ering in the court to march to the initial
Tug Week rally, complete with band and
strained chords, nasty men shouted nasty
un-rah-rahish words at them.
Some said, "Let's get some studying done."
Others cried, "Go back to bed." And some
even dared to thunder, "Shut the hell up!"
These are the type of people who no doubt
cause many to say, "Michigan has no school
spirit." They are the ones who destroy the
high purposes of Tug Week.
But what is school spirit anyway? If it is
running around tooting tin horns, and
shouting "On brave old Michigan," then I
must admit that I too have no school spirit
-don't even want any.
In place of wasting time with noise it
would seem better to do something a little
like work. A job well done or at least at-
tempted, whether it be in the form of class
work, extra-curricular work, or work around
the dorm or house, produces real school
-Vernon Emerson.

"scoop" yesterday when, at least 10
hours before any other paper in the nation,
it announced the $3,000,000 grant by the
Kresge Foundation to the University.
It may appear odd to Daily readers
thats uch a newsworthy story escaped the
attention of the Associated Press, United
Press, and other wire services until much
later in the morning.
But, even more strange, how could The
Daily have missed one of the biggest news
stories to come out of Ann Arbor in many
a day?
THE EXPLANATION involves "release
dates," a "gentlemen's agreement," and
an unfortunate lack of journalistic integrity.
It all started Monday night at a press
banquet given by the University.
Correspondents from national mag-
azines, wire services, newspapers and radio
stations had received invitations to the
banquet several days before and it was
obvious to all that an important an-
nouncement was forthcoming.
As was expected, what President Ruth-
ven announced HAD news value, $3,000,000
worth-tempting bait for any newspaper
man. But there was one qualification at-
The University News Service requested
that the news not be released until 10 a.m.,
This was a blow to The Daily, which
has a 2 a.m. deadline. It meant that no
news about the gift could be carried until
today's issue.
But The Daily observed the release date,
as did every other newspaper and wire
service-except the Detroit Free Press, which
apparently felt that a scoop was worth more
than its reputation among other news gath-
ering agencies.
RELEASE DATES are understandably im-
portant in newspaper work and there
is a gentlemen's agreement that they are
never intentionally broken.
For instance, during a political cam-
paign, newspapers often are sent; copies
of a speech before it is made. This en-
ables the political analysts to have inter-
pretive articles ready to go to press as
soon as the speech is actually made.
Of course, it would be highly improper
for any of these papers to have news of the
speech on the streets before they are ac-
tually made. For this reason, a release date
which coincides with the conclusion of the
speech is included on the copy.
In the present situation, University News
Service had agreed with the Regents and
with officials of the Kresge Foundatioi.l
that the release date would be 10 a.m.,
Tuesday and had so instructed the mem-
bers of the press.
The Free Press, by its irresponsible action,
has exhibited a lack of integrity which, if
characteristic of all newspapers, would de-
stroy public confidence in the press.
Up To You
STUDENTS WHO complain that they an-
not get to know their professors would
do well to get acquainted with the Union-
sponsored student-faculty coffee hours.
These coffee hours are held from time
to time on Wednesday afternoons in the
Union's Terrace Room, one of the more
pleasant campus meeting places.
Each coffee hour honors a different de-
partment of the University. Students taking

courses in the spotlighted department are
invited by the Union to attend the coffee
hour and meet with the department's fac-
ulty members in an informal atmosphere.
With the friendly aroma of coffee per-
meating the air, and none of the normal
classroom's frigid formality, these sessions
provide a magnificent opportunity for the
discussion of the problems that come up
in various courses.
However, the success of these events de-
pends in the long run on student interest.
No amount of coffee hours can provide
personal contact between students and
their instructors unless people attend
The Union has provided the opportunity;
it is up to the students themselves to take
advantage of it.
-Paul Brentlinger.

T EIS F tL3 I ti ~ ~ouY
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Letters to the Editor-
The Daily accords its readers the State University owns and oper-
privilege or submitting letters for ae tlatsvnIoorkol
publication in this coluni. Subject (t o
to space limitations, the general pol- edg-e to date) cafeterias open to
icy is to publish in the order in which
they are received all letters bearing all students, Michigan, two. The
the writer's signature and address, average price of a complete meal
Letters exceedingr3s words, repeti- in an OSU cafeteria-55c; average
t~ous letters and letters of a defama-
tory character or such letters which in Michigan cafeterias-95c. These
for any other reason are not in good averages are our own figures com-
taste will not be published. The avrgsreorwnfuescm
editors reserve the privilege of con- piled by the simple expedient of
densing letters. purchasing similar meals in both
of the universities' cafeterias with-
in the last five month period.
utr4otwmical (Tews .We respect the bigness of the
To the Editor: University of Michigan, the tower-

Continued from Page 2


Washington y-o-Round


WASHINGTON - The public now knows
what happened when Admiral Arthur
Radford testified at an open session of the
House Armed Services Committee. But they
don't know what happened at the closed
door session which preceded his testimony.
After Admiral Radford read his confi-
dential statement-later repeated in the
open session-of gripes against the Air
Force and Defense Secretary Louis John-
son, Congressman Paul Kilday of Texas
remarked to him:
"Admiral, I am disappointed that you did
not come here with an affirmative state-
ment of what the Navy can do, instead of a
criticism of what the Air Force can do."
"I'm just the leadoff man," replied Rad-
ford. "Later on we'll have some witnesses
on the affirmative side."
"That's my point," shot back Kilday.
"The Navy has chosen to lead off by crit-
Editorials published in TheMichigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
[Looking .Back]
MICHIGAN, as compared with ten of the
country's largest universities, had the
highest number of teachers per students with
a ratio of 14.4 students to every faculty
** *
Tickets were being sold to a unique per-
formance of the out-of-town game with the
Michigan Aggies. The plays were to be
flashed on a football-shaped graph with a
system of lights from information received
over Western Union. The name of the player
in action lighted up, the bottom of the
graph showed the kind of play and at the top
were indicated the quarters and yardage.
* * *

icizing the other fellow, instead of telling
us what the Navy can do and how much
you need in surface ships, submarines and
air power.
"It's obvious to me that you want to pro-
mote all this discord, which must be of no
little comfort to a potential enemy. I'm for
ending it right here and now, without letting
this committee be used to carry on such.
.bickering at an open hearing."
Secretary of the Navy Matthews didn't
open his mouth until after the committee
overrode Kilday's protests and voted 9 to
6 to give the admirals an open hearing.
Then he remarked to Chairman Carl Vin-
son of Georgia, who sided with the ad-
mirals: "The responsibility is now yours."
"Mr. Secretary," interposed Kilday, "You
might as well cancel out your court-martial
of Captain Crommelin. He is not promoting
discord any longer. This committee has
taken over for him after the vote today."
THE SUDDEN DEATH of Senator Bert
Miller of Idaho may hold up displaced
persons legislation until next year.
The bill removing religious discrimination
from the displaced persons act was supposed
to come up for Senate debate this week, but
now the judiciary committee will be expected
to attend Senator Miller's funeral in Boise.
Since this is the committee handling
the displaced persons bill, it may prevent
the bill from reaching the floor at all.
However, there is one thing the Senate
ought to know. The evening before Senator
Miller died, as one of his last wishes, he told
Senator Magnuson of Washington that he
wanted to vote for the displaced persons bill.
Undoubtedly Senator Miller would have pre-
ferred to have his colleagues stay in Wash-
ington and vote to aid thousands of refugees
who are still alive, than mourn over him in
(copyright, 1949, by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
Britain now has two atomic piles operat-
ing and Canada, one. Britain may soon make
its own bomb. Furthemore, Britain holds
contracts for half the uranium production
of the Belgian Congo, could tie up America's
supply if she wished. Edgar Sengier, head of
Belgium's properties in upper Katanga, is
now en route for talks in the United States.
This area produces 60 per cent of all the

After the regular enrollment, a
late registration fee of $1.00 is
charged by the University.
On Mon., Oct. 17, at 4:10 p.m. a
meeting will be held in the Rack-
ham Lecture Hall for those inter-
ested in GENERAL placement.
On Tues., Oct. 18, at 4:10 p.m. a
meeting will be held in Rackham
Lecture Hall for those interested
Those interested in registering
in both divisions are invited to at-
tend both meetings as different
material will be covered in the two
Presidents of student organiza-
tions, chairmen of committees,
and managers of publications and
projects are charged with the re-
sponsibility of certifying the eli-
gibility of students serving with
them in extracurricular activities.
Eligibility list forms may be se-
cured in the Office of Student Af-
fairs, 1020 Admin. Building, and
are due Oct. 14.
Fraternities without houses who
are participating in Interfrater-
nity Council rushing activities
must call for rushing forms and
instructions at the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs, 1020 Administration
Building, between 4 p.m. and 5
p.m., Wed., Oct. 12.
Bureau of Appointments:
The Wayne County Civil Service
Commission announces an exami-
nation for the position as Person-
nel Assistant. This is a training
position open to students in pub-
lic personnel administration or in
the personnel field in engineering,
law, or accounting. Students who
will receive their degree by June
1950 are eligible. Applicants must
be residents of Michigan. Age lim-
its, 21 to 28. Closing date for filing
applications, Nov. 30.
The United States Civil Service
Commmission announces openings
for Junior Professional Assistant,
Junior Management Assistant, and
Junior Agricultural Asst. The clos-
ing date for applications is Nov. 8.
Junior Professional Assistant in-
cludes openings for economist,
mathematician, social science an-
alyst and statistician, and several
of the sciences. Junior Agricul-
turalhAssistant includes all the
natural sciences applying to agri-
culture and forestry. Students
who will receive their degree by
June 1950 may apply. Age limits,
18 to 35.
Additional information may be
obtained at the Bureau of Ap-
pointments, 3528 Administration
The Detroit Civil Service Com-
mission announces an examina-
tion for Technical Aid. Filing pe-
riod expires Oct. 21. Additional
information may be obtained at
the Bureau of Appointments, 3528
Administration Building.
University Lectures in Journal-
ism: The lecture by Floyd J. Mil-
ler, which was cancelled October
5, will be given at 3 o'clock today
in Rm. C, Haven Hall. Mr. Miller,
publisher of the Royal Oak Trib-
une and delegate to the Inter-
American Press Association, will
address journalism students and
other interested person on 'A Re-

port df the Inter-American Press
Congress of 1949." Coffee hour.
Academic Notices
Notice to all freshmen who
missed any or all of the tests giv-
en during orientation week, Sept.
23 and 24:
The make-up examination for
all who missed any part of the
tests given Friday afternoon, Sept.
23, will be given on Thurs., Oct.
13, Rackham Lecture hall, 7 p.m.
The make-up examination for
all who missed any part of the
tests given Saturdayrmorning,
Sept. 24, will be given on Wed.,
'Oct. 12, Rackham Lecture Hall, 7
Students who missed the entire
testing program will be required
to report for both testing sessions.
Doctoral Examination for Har-
ry James Aroyan, Chemical Engi-
neering; thesis: "Vapor-Liquid
Equilibria in the Hydrogen, N-Bu-
tane System at Temperatures.
from 75 to -200 degrees F and
Pressures from 300 to 8,000 pounds
per square inch," Wed., Oct. 12,
3201 East Engineering Bldg., 3
p.m. Chairman, D. L. Katz.
Makeup examinations in His-
tory: Oct. 15, 9-12 noon, Rm. C,
Haven Hall. Students must con-
sult with their examiners and re-
ceive written permission to take
the desired examination.
Makeup examination for Philos-
ophy 33 (Logic) and Philosophy 34
(Types of Philosophy) will be held
this Thurs., Oct. 13, 7 p.m., 1020
Angell Hall.
Preliminary Ph.D. Examination
in Economics will be held during
the week beginning Mon, Oct. 31.
Each student planning to take
these examinations should leave
with the Secretary of the Depart-
ment not later than Sat., Oct. 15,
his name, the three fields in which
he desires to be examined, and his
field of specialization.
AE 160 SEMINAR meets in 1504
E E on Wed., Oct. 12, 4:15 p.m. Mr.
K. Segal from the Aerophysics
group of the Aeronautical Re-
search Center at Willow Run Air-
port will speak on "Problems in
fluid dynamics in the upper atmos-
phere." Visitors welcome.
Chemical Colloquium: Dr. C. C.
Templeton will speak on "Water-
Salt-Organic Solvent Systems,"
1400 Chemistry, 4:15 p.m., Wed.,
Oct. 12. All interested persons in-
Engineering Mechanics Semi-
nar: The second of a series of
seminar meetings sponsored by
the Engineering Mechanics De-
partment will be held Wed., Oct.
12, 4 p.m., 101 W. Engineering
Bldg. Mr. Robert W. Peach will
discuss "A Solution of a Plate
Problem by Relaxation Methods."
All interested persons welcome.
Museum of Art, Alumni Memo-
rial Hall. Jazz by Matisse: Hay-
ter's Five Personages: "1848" -
Life Photographs, weekdays 9 to
5, Sundays 2 to 5. The public is
Phi Iota Alpha presents an ex-
hibit on the "Spanish American

is in a bigness state. Like a
TV housewife in a block of radio-
owning better halves, it leads the
pack. It can and does boast of a
bigger stadium, bigger football
team (?), bigger campus, more and
newer buildings, more social activ-
ities, more professors, (new or
ancient), higher enrollment, and a
higher HCL. It is this last bigness
that we object to and which we
think should be eradicated by the
use of the University's bigness in
its facilities and organization.
We note via The Daily's cog-
nizant reporting that some stu-
dents have surmounted the high
food price problem by opening a
co-op cafeteria. The success of
their venture is admirable and also
serves to point up two principles:
1. That this same group of stu-
dents can only help a small por-
tion of those students beset with
the high food pricing so popular
2. If a small group can be suc-
cessful in driving down the cost
of meals, how much more success-
ful can a bigger organization, with
more facilities at its command and
opportunities for bigger bulk buy-
ing, be. An organization such as
the huge, huge University of Mich-
igan perhaps?
Having attended Ohio State
University for lo these last three
years, we are in a position to com-
pare the handling of this problein
by two ifferent universities in two
adjacent states. We find Michigan
suffering in comparison here. Ohio
Book and a discussion about
"Spanish American Literature,"
by Dr. Enrique Anderson Imbert,
7:30 p.m., West Gallery, Rackham
Building. Everyone welcome.
Events Today
Sigma Xi: 8 p.m., Wed., Oct. 12,
Rackham Amphitheatre. Speaker:
Prof. Carl L. Hubbs, from Scripps
Institution of Oceanography (Uni-
versity of California), La Jolla,
Subject: "Marine Mammals of
the Pacific Coast." Refreshments.
Modern Dance Club: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., dance studio, Barbour
Gym. Auditions for the interme-
diate and advanced group.
Tea 'n Talk: 4-6 p.m., Russel
Parlor, Presbyterian Church. Spe-
cial guest: Rev. Harold Viehman,
Associate Director of Student
Work, Presbyterian Board of
Christian Education, Philadelphia,
Graduate Outing Club will pat-
ronize the Coed Folk and Square
Dance Club which meets at 7:30
p.m., Women's Athletic Bldg.
Student-Faculty Coffee Hour
with English Dept. 4-5 p.m., Ter-
race Room, Union.
Americans For Democratic Ac-
tion (ADA): 7:30 p.m., Union.
Nomination and election of offi-
cers. New members invited.
West Quad Radio Club: Meet-
ing, 7:30 p.m. in the "shack" on
the 5th floor, Williams House.
Undergraduate Psychology Club:
Organizational meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Baptist Studentes: Informal
"Chat" at the Guild House, 4:30 to
6 p.m. Refreshments.
Michigan Christian Fellowship:
Prayer meeting, 7 p.m., Upper
Room, Lane Hall; Bible Study,
Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter
two, 7:30 p.m.
Orthodox Student's Society:

Meeing, St. Nicholas Orthodox
Church, 7:30 p.m. Refreshments.
New and former students invited.
Complete chorus and cast re-
hearsal of Tug Weeks 'Soph Sa-
4-6 p.m., ABC Room, League.
7 p.m., ABC Room, League.
Open House at Rev. DeWitt C.
Baldwin's home, 517 Oswego, 7-10
p.m. All students invited.
(Continued on Page 5)


WE ADMIRE the courage of the editor of
the Daily Pennsylvanian, student pub-
lication of the University of Pennsylvania.
He wrote an editorial criticizing the presi-
dent of the University, Harold Stassen, for


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