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Parties for SL

Pro . .

WHILE STUDENT Legislature has been
struggling to get a toe hold on the
Michigan campus, the efforts of private or-
ganizations, and petty politicians have left
the student body dissatisfied with the make-
up and work of that governing group.
Because of the flurry of bloc-voting
charges and counter-charges every elec-
tion, the long range view of what the leg-
islature can do and what the students
want it to do has been entirely overlooked
as the politicos count the number of in-
dependents or affiliates that have been
elected and proclaim a triumph for one
group or the other.
In the suggested party system, the labels
would disappear as they should, since they
are no more nor less than a minor form
of the prejudiced unintelligent voting that
goes on in governmental elections on a state
or national scale.
To say that there is no split in campus
politics on important issues is to ignore
such things as the 27-17 vote on the dis-
crimination proposal last spring, or the
narrow vote by which the Legislature de-
cides each year to make NSA delegates
an appointive job instead of an elective
These are only two of the problems on
which the student body never gets to vote,
since they are argued and decided by a
group of 50 students who weren't elected be-
cause of how they stood but where they
came from.
There are other issues yet to be settled:
The Tug of War, ticket distribution, cal-
endaring of events, the liquor ban, the
question of who should represent the stu-
dent body on the Student Affairs Com-
mittee, and the Board of Athletics, as
well as how they are to be chosen.
In fact, there are many students who be-
lieve that a little more interest in the
Student Government would be preferable
to tugs of war and they have very few ways
of knowing before they vote whether or not
the candidates agree with them.
Party platforms mean party responsibility'
and the inevitable answer at the polls in
the next election to whether or not the
students are satisfied with the work the
party has done.
-Don McNeil.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

SCHEMES for putting more pep in campus
politics have probably been voiced at the
University since student government was
organized. Current interest in the project
centers on proposals for the inauguration
of a party system. Their proponents sug-
gest that aligning candidates on issues,
rather than incidental factors such as resi-
dence, will prove a panacea-or at least
a shot in the arm-for election apathy.
But I think that lumping candidates
together on a liberal and conservative
basis would probably prove an artificial
and meaningless arrangement.
Issues of fundamental importance, such
as the political speakers' ban and racial dis-
crimination, have generally broughthno
abrupt cleavage in campus opinion. This
is not a sign that most students do not
think about these problems. Agreement on
certain basic principles can be expected in
a group of fairly intelligent people bound
together by common interests and restric-
tions. When differences of opinion have
occurred on these issues, the line has gen-
erally been drawn between the informed
and the uninformed or prejudiced.
On the other hand, platforms based on
such pseudo-issues as rah-rah or women's
hours would not prove very illuminating to
the student voter. Even if two groups would
agree temporarily to take opposite stands
on these side-issues, such a stand would
mean little more than a platform pledging
enforcement of the law of gravity.
Some basic difference in view point
which would affect a candidate's stand on
each one of these points will be a neces-
sary factor in the orientation of two
groups about opposite poles. Otherwise,
liberal and conservative labels would be
meaningless. In the absence of signifi-
cant and continuing differences, party
responsibility is out of the question.
And in the absence of such differences,
would-be student legislators, unless their
candidacy is purely selfish, will resent the
adoption of a party label. Most of them, 1
think, recognize the terms "liberal" and
"conservative" for what they often are-
mere substitutes for thinking.
There is no easy way out for the stu-
dent voter. Pre-election meetings and open-
houses can prove worthless without his
backing. And even an intelligent, informed
and active SL can do little without a con-
current interest on the part of the electorate
it represents.
-Jo Misner.,

City Editor's


indiscrimination is going

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In Georgia, it is currently running at
And Georgia's Governor, Eugene Tal-
madge, doesn't like it. He says that the
state cannot afford to back up the "sep-
arate but equal" policy on discrimination
that has been receiving lip service in the
south for years.
* *
THE SUDDEN realization that discrimina-
tion is expensive came after the Na-
tional Association for the Advancement of
Colored People filed suit in Atlanta's Fed-
eral Court to force officials in one county to
provide equal schooling for Negro and
white children.
Talmadge said the state couldn't afford
separate but equal facilities and it is easy
to see why. The Associated Press report-
ed that the cost of equalizing educational
facilities in Georgia is around $200,000,-
Georgia will fight the case in court, but
precedent is against them. In similar cases,
the Supreme Court has-held strictly to the
"equal" part of the policy.
The Governor is right. Georgia is not a
rich state. It cannot afford the luxury of
But the white supremacists are caught in
the web of their own policies. If they want
discrimination, they must provide equal fa-
* * *
IF MR. TALMADGE and his ideological
bedfellows had bothered to study the
report of the President's Committee on Civil
Rights, they would not be surprised. Among
other things, the Committee emphasized
that discrimination of any kind was un-
Maybe this dollar and cents view of dis-
crimination will be more effective than all
the verbal pressure that has been applied
in the past. It is sure to have more
weight in the South than the mere exposi-
tion of simple ideals of human dignity.
The first hearings will . be held Nov. 10.
It will be an education in itself to see if the
supremacists can wiggle out of this one,
or if the combination of law and economics
will be too much for them.
Tax Loophole
WASHINGTON - Congressman Walter
Lynch of New York bluntly informed
the big life insurance companies at a closed-
door session of a Ways and Means Sub-
committee last week that the gravy train
they have been riding for the last three
years had reached the end of the line. A.
loophole in the tax laws, enabling the com-
panies to escape billions of dollars of in-
come taxes, is going to be closed.
Furthermore, Lynch warned the insur-
ance executives that they might as well
quit protesting about paying up retro-
active taxes.
"These obligations due the government are
going to be collected one way or another
-and I mean retroactively," Lynch served
notice at a closed-door meeting.
He offered the insurance tycoons either
of two alternatives:
1.-A "stopgap" bill, pending revision of
the tax laws, requiring the companies to
pay taxes on all above 92 per cent of their
income from investments for the years 1948
and 1949. (Under a tax law formula written
in 1942, tax exemptions on investment in-
come have amounted to 100 per cent'in the
last three years.)
2.-If the companies don't want to make
retroactive payments for two years under
this bill-already introduced by Ways and
Means chairman Doughton of North Car-
olina-Lynch proposed that they pay up
for all three years (1947, 1948 and 1949)
under a so-called "average valuation" for-
This would amount to an across-the-board

lowering of tax redurtions for all insur-
ance firms, without regard to surpluses in
reserve funds.
However, the insurance execs, led by
A. J. McAndless of Lincoln National, Fort
Wayne, Ind., vigorously objected to both
proposals. They were ni no position to
make retroactive payments of any kind,
they insisted, since the money that nor-
mally would go toward the tax payup al-
ready had been distributed as dividends.
"Well, make up your minds," replied
Lynch. "You may as well realize that you
can't ride free any longer."
When McAndless protested that the life
insurance firms were not prepared for such
a sudden blow at their reserve funds, and
that retroactive payments would endanger
the stability of a number of companies,
Lynch shot back:
"Why, you've been put on notice as long
as two years ago, when you first dis-
cussed your exemptions with the Treas-
ury Department. You've known all along
that you would have to make good on

"Great Little Watchdog -C t All The Help"
- I
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
libele~ous letters, ad letters hih fo any reso are at in good tareti wi l

At the State...
WHITE HEAT . .. James Cagney, Virginia
Mayo, and Edmund O'Brien.
THIS IS A MOVIE that will win no cita-
tions from the parent groups of- the
nation, but that does not prevent it from
being an intelligent, extremely well-made
Its morality, or rather amorality, is rem-
iniscent of Dashiell Hammett's novels, "The
Red Harvest," and $106,000 Blood Money."
James Cagney, a slightly demented
killer, must set some kind of record for
the number of executions. But refreshing-
ly enough we are not preached at. The
film makers assume we do not need to be
told that murder is not nice. They are
content to tell us the story of a gunman.
Actually "White Heat" is a documentary,
but we are not slugged with that fact either.
It employes the documentary method, but
without flashbacks, without introducing us
to real-life bureau chiefs, and without at-
tempting to convince us that we are seeing
a drama "from the files" of something or
We are introduced to Cagney, then to the
Treasury Agents investigating his crime. An
agent is planted in Cagney's mob, enabling
us logically to follow the activities of both
Cagney, as the gunman with the mother
complex, is credible but nowhere near
as frightening as the demented killer Rich-
ard Widmark portrayed in "Kiss of
His particular abnormality is probed only
in a superficial fashion. We are told about
it, then shown its manifestation in action.
Action, not psychology is the foundation
of this film, so don't expect anything more
than melodrama, but rattling good melo-
-Kirk R. Hampton.

At the Michigan .. .
MY FRIEND IRMA, with Marie Wilson,
John Lund, Diana Lynn, and Don de
A HARMLESS bit of frou-frou, the movie
centers on the intrigues of Irma's shift-
less boyfriend and her millionaire-hunting
roommate. Irma's function in the plot
seems to be the balling up of her friends'
schemes through her unbelievable stupidity.
The result is that most of the characters
run around like chickens with their heads
cut off, trying to keep up with the pace of the
show; however, when Irma's inanity comes
to the fore, the movie bogs down in pon-
derously detailed treatments of her weak-
Bearing the major burden in the show
is Diana Lynn, as the roommate who tries
to hook her wealthy boss, Don de Fore.
But difficulties arise when Irria's boy-
friend, John Lund becomes the agent for
singer Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis:
Miss Lynn quickly falls in love with Mar-
tin and is torn between luxury with a
stock broker and happiness with the
singer. Meanwhile, Marie Wilson, as Irma,
is listening to quiz programs in hopes she'll
win enough to make it possible to marry
and support Al.
Trimming to the above complicated plot is
provided by Jerry Lewis' comedy, which con-
sists of face-making, walking around in
gaudy shorts, and a squeaky voice. In the
background are the landlady and Professor
Kropotkin, both hangovers from the radio
serial which was responsible for this comedy
of situations. With its fairly sprightly dia-
logue, and a faithful rendering of the char-
acters created in radio, "My Friend Irma"
is, surprisingly enough, relatively amusing.
--Fran Ivick.

Daily Style ...
To the Editor:
IN A CRITICAL analysis of The
Daily as a student publication,
as one of the best daily college
publications in the country, a snag
was discovered during a recent
discussion here in the dormitory.
The consensus granted The Daily
a position in good favor, generally,
with the characteristics of good
professional journalism.
But we were at a loss to ration-
alize the single amateurish flaw
noted in a majority of articles
and feature stories: infinite, per-
sistent, unchanging references to
the source. Viz., ". ....," she
notes: ". .. . ," he declared; " . ."
was added; feels, comments,
cheers, moans, asks, says com-
plains, and on-on-on.
A brief survey of the Style Book
of The Daily, some questions of a
Daily reporter, and good reasoning
failed to justify mediocrity. in a
paper with a noteworthy reputa-
tion for good style, etc. So it is
necessary to credit quotes? So a
newspaper must be aware of suits
resulting from misquotation? So
The Daily cannot be held respon-
sible for incorrect facts? Report-
ing precludes editorializing; if
credit is once given to a source
for information in an article, it is
assumed that any other informa-
tion in quotes or in line with the
first topic being discussed is also
to be credited to the original
source unless otherwise stated.
Conclusion? The Daily should
uncover a more mature, easier-to-
read, more creditable method of
keeping within the ethical boun-
daries of newspaper writing. Ican
predict an Unseen Audience with
much more interest and much less
-Barbara A. Johnson
(EDITOR'S NOTE: we agree with
Miss Johnson that a story which was
not attributed so often would be
more readable. But we are respon-
sible for everything that goes into
print and an unattributed statement
stands byeitself as factual matter. It
cannot be assumed that every un-
qualifiedstatement belongs to the
person who is being interviewed.)
U.S. Responsibility *. .
To the Editor:
WE SHOULD like to correct the
impression given by the arti-
cle in Saturday's Daily concerning
the conference on "The U.S.-Its
Real World Responsibility." The
article reported that Bill Hunting-
ton of the American Friends Serv-
ice Committee had supported Tru-
man's four-point program as "a
means of encouraging opportuni-
ties for U.S. investments in for-
eign countries." This, from the ar-
ticle, seemed the major point of
his talk.
Perhaps the reporter's informa-
tion was erroneous, or perhaps
this is another example of taking
a sentence out of its context, but
we wish to point out that Bill
Huntington's main thesis was not
the Truman plan, but rather the
hope that the U.S. could present
to the world a positive, creative
idealism which would prove that
we were interested in the good of
all people - and not in simply

working for American "invest-
ments" and selfish interests.
He pointed out that our policy
today seems, to others, aimed only
at the negative goal of defeating
communism. "We must show the
world," he said. "that we are sin-
cerely interested in working for
the United Nations-and not in
having the UN work for the U.S."
Our major world responsibility,
he stated, is to help create a real
world government, based not on
organization alone-but on a true
world community of spirit.
This stress on U.S. responsibili-
ty for the good of all peoples-not
just those labelled American-we
feel, was the main conclusion of
the entire conference. n our dis-
the entire conference. In our' dis-
Soviet-American relations, in our
discussion groups on U.S. policy
toward China, our use of economic
advantages, our attitude toward
world refugees and problems at
home which effect our world repu-
tation, this same theme kept re-
curring, we agreed that our mo-
tiviation must change from self
interest to a sincere appreciation
and concern for people of alllands
and that we must continually seek
for methods of expressing this
One can't help but understand
the fear and suspicion and screwy
ideas Russians and Americans
have about each other when one
sees the tendency of news, even in
the well-meaning Daily, to be dis-
Our one hope is that this week-
end conference aided those who
attended to return to their cam-
puses with a sincere conviction to
work for real peace-not a Com-
munist peace and not a U.S. "Ro-
man"-type peace, but a peace
which will allow everyone to love
God and man more.
-Marion Gyr
John Gyr
Carlene Bagnell,
Members of the Young
Friends Fellowship
* *I *
'Include Me Out'...
To the Editor:
AMONG THE players who go
regularly or occasionally to the
weekly Union or League bridge
games there are many who are
members of the American Con-
tract Bridge League. Membership
in the ACBL is necessary to secure
recognition of rating points won
in these tournaments. An elabor-
ate structure of rating points,
master points, Junior, Senior, Na-
tional, and Life Master ranks has
been built up by this organization
to whet the appetites of the bridge
Recently the membership of the
ACBL voted in a mail ballot to bar
Negroes from membership. Appar-
ently the country club players and
the Lily-whites were afraid col-
ored fingers might soil their plas-
tic cards. To mumble "majority
rules" is to acquiesce in and con-
done the ghetto-izing of American
May I urge ACBL members on
campus to reflect when that mem-
bership renewal card comes
around at the end of the year? Are
your master points and your em-


Publication in The Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University. Notices
for the Bulletin should be sent in
typewritten form to the Office of the
Assistant to the President, Room 2552
Administration Building, by 3:00 p.m.
on the day preceding publication
(11:00 a.m. Saturdays).
VOL. LX, No. 32
Student Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to stu-
dents from 4 to 6 o'clock on Wed.,
November 2.
To Instructors of Engineering
Freshmen: Five-week grades for
all Engineering Freshmen are due
in Dean Crawford's Office on Fri.,
Nov. 4. Report blanks will be fur-
nished by Campus mail.
Representatives of the Ford Mo-
tor Company will be at the Bureau
of Appointments on Thurs., Nov.
3, to interview applicants for the
Ford Field Training Program.
Men 20 to 26 years of age, gradu-
ating in the February class from
the Literary, Engineering, or
Business Administration schools in
the upper 25% of their class are
eligible to request an interview.
For further information please
call at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments, 3528 Administration Bldg.
The Civil Service Commission of
the State of Michigan announces
an opening in the Water Resources
Commission. Candidates must be
graduates in civil engineering. Ad-
ditional information may be ob-
tained at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments, 3528 Administration Build-
The United States Civil Service
Commission announces an exam-
ination for Patent Adviser which
requires a bachelor's degree in en-
gineering or physical science plus
one year experience or a master's
degree in the same field. A law
degree may also be substituted for
experience. For additional infor-
mation call at the Bureau of Ap-
pointments, 3528 Administration
The Detroit Civil Service Com-
mission announces examinations
for Student Technical Assistant
and Junior Architectural Engineer.
Additional information may be ob-
tained at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments, 3528 Administration Bldg.
International Center Weekly
Tues., Nov. 1-8:00 p.m., Medi-
cal Roundtable, Film, Discussion
on Parasites by Dr. G. R. LaRue.
Wed., Nov. 2-4:30 p.m., Ameri-
can Etiquette Discussion. 7:30
p.m., Bridge Instruction. 8:00
p.m., Instruction in American Ball-
Iroom Dancing.
Thurs., Nov. 3-7:30 p.m., Cam-
era Club. 7:30 p.m., Polonia Club.
7:30 p.m., Chess Class.
Sun., Nov. 6-6:30 p.m., Sunday
Night Snack. 8:00 p.m., World
Affairs Roundtable Discussion.
Topic: Are the Capitalistic Coun-
tries Neglecting the Arabic Na-
tions? Film.
University Community Center:
'Willow Village
Tues., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Bridge party.
Open to all.
Wed., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Badminton;
Bridke and beginners; and Cer-
Thurs., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Wives' Club
Skit Group; Ceramics; Water-
color and textile-painting; and
Dr. Karl Stern, Chief of the Ge-
rontological Unit of the Depart-
ment of Psychiatry, McGill Uni-
versity, will give an address "The

'Oldster' in Home and Family
Life," Rackham Lecture Hall,
Wed., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., in connec-
bossed certificates worth more to
you than showing elementary re-
spect to your fellow Americans-
If not, join me in asking the ACBL
to "include me out" of their ev-
clusive ranks.
-Dave Saletan
* * *
Liberal Education*...
To the Editor:
MAY I SECOND the comments
of George Flaridis on Charles
Dixon's letter to the editor (Oct.
27, 1949.) I think it is a subject
with which we are all deeply con-
cerned. Perhaps if you invite stu-
dent comment on the subject a
full dress discussion of the whole
issue may be possible. Perhaps
many of the meaningless gripes so
often heard might be turned into
more rewarding channels.
-Joel Halpern.


tion with the Twentieth Annual
Parent Education Institute. Open
to the public without charge.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Gor-
don Edward Hansen, Physics; the-
sis: "The Potential Constants of
the Ethane Molecule," Tues., Nov.
1, E. Council Rm., Rackham Bldg.,
2 p.m. Chairman, D. M. Dennison.
Mathematics Colloquium: -Tues.,
Nov. 1, 4:10 p.m., 3011 Angell Hall.
"Asymptotic behavior of class
numbers of algebraic number
fields," by Prof. Brauer.
Engineering Mechanics Semi-
nar: Professor J. Ormondroyd will
discuss "Dynamic and Elastic
Stresses in Icebreakers," Wed.,
Nov. 2, 4 p.m., 101 W. Engineering
Bldg. All interested persons wel-
Preliminary Examinations in
English: Candidates for the Ph.D.
degree in English who expect to
take the preliminary examinations
this semester are requested to
leave their names with Dr. Ogden,
3230 Angell Hall, before Nov. 1.
The examinations will be given as
follows: English Literature from
the beginning to 1500, Nov. 23;
English Literature, 1500-1700, No-
vember 26; English Literature,
1700-1900, Nov. 30; and American
Literature, Dec. 3.
" Concerts
Concert postponed: The pro-
gram of concertos and arias by
School of Music students, original-
ly announced for Thursday eve-
ning, Nov. 3, in Hill Auditorium,
has been postponed until a later
date, which will be announced, as
soon as possible.
The Cleveland Orchestra, George
Szell, conductor, will give the
fourth concert in the Choral Un-
ion Series Sun., Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.,
Hill Auditorium. The following
program will be heard: Cherubini's
Overture to "Anacreon"; Bartok
Concerto for Orchestra; and the
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D
Tickets are available at the of-
fices of the University Musical So-
ciety in Burton Memorial Tower.
Stanley Quartet. The first in a
series of programs by the Stanley
Quartet, composed of Gilbert Ross
and Emil Raab, violinists, Paul
Doktor, violist, and Oliver Edel,
cellist, will be presented at 8:30
p.m., Tues., Nov. 1, Rackham Lec-
ture Hall. It will be opened wit
Mozart's Quartet in D major,
575, followed by Quartet No.
Op. 43 by Wallingford Riegg
and will close with Shube
Quartet in A minor, Op. 29.
The general public is invite
Events Toda
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'The Den feld Story


WASHINGTON-tehind the drama of the
relief of Admiral Louis E. Denfeld, sev-
eral grave issues have been pretty suc-
cessfully concealed. The most important of
these is the nature of the duty owed to
the civilian chiefs of the armed services by

Shortly thereafter, the storm broke with
Captain Crommelin's first public statement,
which was almost certainly the planned first
move of a planned attack concerted by the
whole naval aviators' group.
When Crommelin passed out these docu-
ments tothmenr sSedet outth dcu-t


Occupational therapy, Barndby. As Gus improves
his skills, his confidence will return. He'll lose his

It's all a matter of self-confidence.
As I told a patient of min~eonce-

We haven't got room for a ghost.
He'd keep my father awake nights-

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