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City Editor's
THE DAILY survey which appears on the
front page today should shock no one.
The facts have been plain on campus for
a long time.
But I can almost hear some fraternity
men screaming that we had no business
unearthing this particular set of statistics,
and some independents screaming that we
are touting the rule of the fraternities over
the campus.
So we had better take them one at a time
and see what the score really is.
FRATERNITY MEN have no complaint
coming. The mere fact that they con-
trol on the average of 77 per cent of each
campus organization certainly casts no bad
reflection on them. In fact it makes them
look pretty good, when compared with the
members of The Daily's club of last year,
the Student Apathy Club.
One of the not-too-happy features of this
set of Statistics is that it may lead to ru-
mors that certain fraternities -try to perpetu-
ate themselves in certain organizations-but
you have to show proof before you start
slinging this kind of accusation around.
AS for the independents-well,'let's face it.
If they can't do more than blow off
steam before campus elections, they might
as well close up shop. But my colleague
across the page does a thorough analysis of
their activities.
rrO DEAL with the mass of enraged peo-
ple, both Greek letter and independent,
who will undoubtedly converge on The Daily
offices today will be very interesting.
We will simply tell them that we
picked out this set of facts because they
are pertinent to the present situation on
We felt that a few facts should be inserted
into the mass of words that IFC' and AIM
have been throwing around for weeks. We
have presented the facts.
The campus is completely free to draw
whatever conclusions it desires from these
At the State .. .
THIEVES' HIGHWAY, with Richard
Conte, Lee Cobb, and Women.-
LIKE YOUR MEAT RARE? Try this; it's
There's a great deal of entertainment val-
ue in the portrayal of human violence. When
convincingly presented, it affords the audi-
ence a primative enjoyment which most
people seldom experience. "Thieves' High-
way", whatever its shortcomings in other
matters, does a good job of bringing human
violence to the screen.
The general effect, while lightened with
a happy conclusion, leaves the movie-goer
exhausted, with a long series of fist fights,
stormy love scenes, bludgeonings, stormy
love scenes, dramatic car crashes, stormy
love scenes, and a final knock-down-drag-
out battle between trucker Richard Conte
and gangster-fruit broker Lee Cobb.
The two first hook horns in Conte's at-
tempt to revenge his father, who has lost
his legs as a result of Cobb's unscrupulous
greed. Conte in his turn is battered and
rolled by Cobb henchmen, meanwhile ally-
ing with former Cobb employee Valentina
Cortesa, who is the most blatantly sexy fe-

male to hit the screen in a long time.
The crash of the partner's car, and the
ultimate fist-fight between Conte and Cobb
are the most impressive sequences in the
film, nearly equalling the violent drama in
"The Champion". The basic plot, the char-
acterizations, and the technical cohesiveness
of the film are somewhat spotty; neverthe-
less, "Theives' Highway" packs a terrific
emotional punch for anyone who has two
hours to spend away from the books.
-Fran Ivick
At the Michigan ..
EASY LIVING ...Victor Mature, Lizbeth
Scott, and Lucille Ball.
PURPORTING to be a "story of profes-
sional football," this picture ingeniously
manages to run its dull course without a
single decent football shot.
It is the half-baked story of pro-hero
Victor Mature (really a wonderful fel-
low, kids love him, his teammates adore
him, even his best friend's wife is crazy
abut him), and his twin troubles, a bad
heart and a likewise wife.
Lizbeth Scott, the wife, pitches all of hub-
by football stars earnings into an interior
decorating business in an effort to keep
from being just a dull Mrs., but alas as
two of the other characters in this opus re-
mark, she has no talent. As the film de-
velops it is quite likely that you will agree.
Lucille Ball, a victim of unrequited love,
and Sonny Tufts, the best friend, also wan-

Grads' Vote
THE 6,426 STUDENTS in the graduate
schools of the University can wield a lot
of power, but they are barely noticeable in
many student affairs. And one of the big
reasons they are such a tiny voice is that
most of them don't know they can take an
active part in undergraduate life.
Not only can they hold office in such
organizations as Student Legislature and
The Publications Board, but they can vote
for candidates dunning for these offices,
in addition to the Athletic Board. In fact
the only candidates they cannot vote for
are J-Hop hopefuls whose election is con-
fined to juniors.
If all the graduates, who include law stu-
dents, medical and dental students and
other post-professional persons, would vote
in the elections Monday and Tuesday, Stu-
dent Legislature would have a bigger stu-
dent representation. With this bigger back-
ing, the Legislature would have a stronger
hand in its battle for a bigger voice in both
student and administration affairs.
Last year a voting booth was put in the
Law Quad, and only 200 votes were re-
ceived here. But anyone can vote, and
voting places this year will be as con-
venient as possible.
Booths will be set up at the Law Club,
Union and League, Angell Hall, Bus Ad
School, Engineering Arch, General Library,
Waterman Gymn and Couzens' Hall, and,
on Tuesday, at the Women's Athletic Build-
--Peter Hotton
Camnpus Kygmy
mies (cartoonist Al Capp's rotund little
beasts which love to be kicked) has been
Any person or organization on campus,
nowadays, who happens to be feeling in an
aggressive mood just steps up and takes a
boot at "those dirty, discriminating fra-
ternities," or better yet, at its "antedilu-
vian" committee, the IFC.
It's great fun, and if you haven't done so
yet, try it. The AIM has, the Young Pro-
gressives have, the CED has, in fact, anyone
who's anybody around the University has
gotten in several good licks.
By doing this we can drive affiliates back
into a shell and force them to defend prac-
tices which they otherwise might reject. We
can humiliate, antagonize and embarrass
Let's not have anyone offer any con-
structive criticism. Let's not try to under-
stand the fraternities' discrimination prob-
lem, which happens to be a problem of our
whole society. Let's agitate.
Everyone line up for a chance to assault
discrimination. We don't have any preju-
dices, let's give it to the fraternities, but
-Rich Thomas
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
md represent the views of the writers only.

Giten late
WHEN THERE is griping to be done, you
can't beat the campus Independents.
Never off guard for a moment, the typi-
cal Independent can be relied upon to
spot any infringement of his rights and
tell the world about them in no uncer-
tain terms.
But when he has a concrete opportunity
to improve his lot, the typical Independent is
conspicuously absent.
When campus organizations call for new
membership, the Independent discovers
that there is some undone homework or a
new movie in town.
When all-campus elections are held, the
Independent usually waits until the last
moment to vote (if he considers voting at
all) and then decides that it is more impor-
tant to finish that last hand of bridge.
* * *
THE INDEPENDENT-Affiliated survey
which appears on the front page of to-
day's Daily indicates that the Independents
reap what they sow-23% of the member-
ship of the average influential campus or-
It is hardly difficult to predict the re-
action of many Independents to the sur-
vey. There will be grumbling, vague com-
plaints about "bloc voting," and uncom-
plimentary remarks about Greek-letter
But, if past records are any indication, the
reaction will fizzle out at this point. The
great blanket of apathy will again descend
upon the quadrangles and the women's resi-
A striking example of the Independents'
indifference occurred this week when the
East Quadrangle conducted a political
"rally" during which various candidates
for election introduced themselves and
their platforms.
Of the 1600 men in the Quadrangle, ap-
proximately 50 attended the "rally." Many
of these confessed later that they felt ill-
at-ease-outnumbered as they were by the
candidates. u
MEANWHILE, the fraternities and sorori-
ties are moving quietly and efficiently to
get out their vote. Rumor has it that there
will be some "bloc voting" among the affili-
ated houses and that, in general, affiliates
are being urged to vote for affiliates. But
perhaps it is for the best.
Even the most diehard Independent
must admit that, without their affiliated
members, a large number of campus or-
ganizations would fold like wet paper
Independents had better brace themselves
for quite a beating next Monday and Tues-
day-or turn out in droves to express their
In any event, there will be no excuse on
Wednesday morning for the Independent
who discovers that affiliated candidates have
swept the elective offices, scratches his head
and blankly inquires,
"Wha' hoppen?"

"What Say We All M~ove Into The 20th Century?'-


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The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters whichsare signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not in good taste will
be condensed, edited, or withheld from publicationat the discretion of the

Continued from Page 2
Alpha Delta Phi
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Kappa Kappa
Alpha Kappa Psi
Alpha Sigma Phi
Delta Chi
Delta Sigma Delta
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Tau Delta"
Greene House, E. Q.
Kappa Nu
Lambda Chi Alpha
Lloyd House
Michigan Christian Fellowship
Phi Alpha Kappa
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Gamma Delta
Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Rho Sigma
Phi Sigma Delta
Phi Sigma Kappa
Pi Lambda Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Chi
Sigma Nu
Stevens House
Tau Delta Phi
Tau Epsilon Rho
Theta Chi -
Theta Xi
Williams House
Winchell House
Zeta Beta Tau
Zeta Psi
Women's Physical Ed. Club
The Highway Planning Com-
misssion of Harrisburg, Pennsyl-
vania has a need of civil engineers
with at least eight years of civil
engineering experience, four of
which may be substituted by a
civil engineering degree. The work
will be of about six to eight months
The Oak Ridge National Labor-
atory of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is
interested in reviewing applica-
tions for employment.Students
with B. S. degrees in Metallurgy
and who are in the top 15% of
their class may apply.
For additional information
please contact the Bureau of Ap-
pointments, 3528 Administration
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Rob-
ert Warren Stevens, Economics;
thesis: "Partial Equilibrium in the
Theory of International Econom-
ics," Sat., Nov. 19, 105 Economics
and Panhellenic should not waste
any time.
Last spring the past president
of Panhel called a meeting of
house presidents and interested
persons to discuss the question. I
attended this meeting, where
varying sentiments on these mat-
ters were aired, although nothing
was decided as to future policies
of Panhel.
However, the meeting was a
start. I should like to know that
more meetings of this nature are
being held.
-Virginia I. Beabes, '49

Bldg., 9

a.m. Chairman, C. F. Rem-

Washington Merry-Go-Round

Bankruptcy .. .
To the Editor:
Students who have wondered
why the Bus Ad School is spon-
soring a Bankruptcy Ball on the
hobo theme rather than the tra-
ditional Capitalists Ball:
1-As a warning not to fall into
the depths of insolvency-it can
happen to you.
2-As an incentive to hit those
bluebooks-after Friday nite, of
3-And after disregarding the
first two points to show you just
how it feels to be a bum!
-Lillian Bartlett.
'Arbitrary, Officious..'
To the Editor:
tioknbhas been frequently at-
tacked because of its excessively
paternalistic attitude in regulat-
ing the lives of its men and women
students. But like a row of for-
bidding stone monoliths impervi-
ous to rational considerations, they
have swept all opposition aside.
Monday morning two students
were expelled from the university
on the grounds that two women
students were found in their
rooms. It was learned in the course
of the proceedings that the inci-
dent was innocent in character.
During the disciplinary commit-
tee's proceedings, one of the two
students was castigated in a man-
ner which showed a complete lack
of respect for the student and his
personal situation.
The punishment invoked - in-
volving social disgrace and the dis-
organization of the students' lives,
may have grave consequences for
them, and istcompletely out of
keeping with the offense commit-
ted.Recently, when a number of
fraternity men were guilty of the
same act, no action whatsoever
was taken against them as indi-
'This is not the only gross in-
justice. It - must be known to
everyone on the campus that such
unauthorized mixed parties take
place everyday. The rule has no
place in an adult community -
within the framework of a society
which loudly proclaims that the
individual must be answerable
only to himself in his private life.
This principle is based on the
sound idea that our people are
capable of assuming responsibility
for their own acts.
But if the rule is to exist, it
should be enforced in such a man-
ner that a few people are not made
the scapegoats for the group as a
But there is a deeper issue at
stake. This issue is the deplorable
failure of the University Adminis-
tration to recognize its obligation
to promote student welfare-be-
yond thef negative and punitive
measures it takes. In this case, one
of the students is subject to psy-
chological strains which make his
expulsion from school a serious at-
tack on his welfare. The least that
could be expected of the disciplin-
ary committee would be an in-
quiry into the probable effects of
expulsion. Is it University policy
to injure a student in his effort
nt wholesome adjustment?

their brilliant political maneuver
in transforming the campus fight
against discrimination into a po-
litical football. Apparently they
have learned their lesson in prop-
aganda well. Unite the majority
with ill feeling against the minor-
ity through the use of a contro-
versial subject, and then channel
the majority's action along a di-
rected line. What more noble sub-
ject could be used than discrimi-
nation in uniting the majority of
independents against the minority
of fraternity men in order to win
support for independent candi-
dates? After all, bloc voting may
be an insufficient method of pack-
ing the Student Legislature. Cer-
tainly recent European history
offers an excellent example to
draw from of discrimination be-
ing used successfully to first unite
and then guide the actions of the
masses. It matters little that fra-
ternities are doing a good job of
fighting discrimination, the im-
portant point which was realized
was that fraternities are national
organizations with each indivdual
chapter being limited in its sphere
of authority, making revisions of
policy a slow and cumbersome
process. Consequently, fraternities
were an excellent choice to use as
pawns in their Machiavellian
brand of the game of politics
through which absolute control of
the Student Legislature might be
accomplished. It is evident that
the AIM's logic is irrefutable. Some
fraternities have discriminatory
clauses, therefore all fraternities
are undemocratic, and since the
Student Legislature must be a
democratic body, it must be com-
posed only of AIM endorsed can-
didates. Again, congratulations
AIM Executive Cabinet. Your sin-
cere regard for the welfare of the
University of Michigan is truly
-Otto Reisman
IFC Action
To the Editor:
I HAVE BEEN following with in-
terest The Daily's coverage of
the activities of the Interfratern-
ity Committee on Discrimination.
In one of the recent issues I
note that the proposal offered by
this committee to work in indi-
vidual houses for removal of fra-
ternity's discriminatory clauses by
putting pressure on the national
organizations will be referred to
the houses on the Michigan cam-
I am hoping that the majority
at least will approve this motion
which Dick Morrison, '5d, has in-
troduced. Though the approval
of this motion alone certainly
doesn't guarantee that great re-
sults nor rapid progress will be
made in eliminating these dis-
criminatory clauses from fraternity
constitutions as it will depend on
the hard work of individuals, I
still believe that a step is being
made in the right direction.
While on this subject, I suggest
that the Panhellenic organiza-
tion at Michigan might take a
cue from their male counterparts
and begin a campaign for the
same purpose.
Although the Panhellenic group
of which I was a member during
my years at Michigan does not
have any discriminatory clauses

Doctoral Examination for John
Robert Beyster, -Physics; thesis:
"An Experimental Study of Beta-
Gamma and Gamma-Gamma An-
gular Correlations," 2 p.m., Fri.,
Nov. 18, East Council Room, Rack-
ham Bldg. Chairman, M. L. Wied-
Events Today
Wesleyan Guild: 8 p.m., Hay-
ride. Meet at the Wesleyan
Westminster Guild - Harvest
Party: Church recreation hall at
8 p.m. Wear old clothes.
B'nai B'rith Ililel Foundation:
Friday evening services followed
by a talk by Dr. Mischa Titiev of
the Anthropology Dept. on the
"Racial and Cultural Implications
of Judaism." 7:45 p.m.
SRA Coffee Hour: will be held
4:30 to 6 p.m., Lane Hall.
Canterbury Club: 4-6 p.m. Tea
and Open House for all students
and their friends. 8 p.m. Hayride
for all members and guests.
Lutheran Student Association-
Party, 8:30 p.m. at the Student
Center, 1304 Hill. Please bring
used or new clothing, non-perish-
able food, or money contribution,
to be used in packing boxes for
Film Program for students,. fac-
ulty, and the a general public.
Farmer-Fisherman - Norway and
Ports of Industrial Scandanavia-
Sweden: 4:10 p.m., Kellogg Audi-
torium, sponsored by the Audio-
Visual Education Center and the
University Extension Service. No
charge for admission.
University Choir: Full rehearsal
today 3-4 p.m. Bring money for
Brahms collection.
Exhibit halls of the University
Museums will be open to students
and the public, 7 to 9 p.m. Motion
pictures: "Reproduction among
Mammals" and "Our Animal
Neighbors," 7:30 to 8up.m., 3024
German Ooffee Hour: 3:15-4:30
p.m., League Cafeteria. All stu-
dents and faculty members in-
All Graduate students are in-
vited to attend the Turkey Trot,
a mixer dance, 8:30 to midnight,
Rackham ballroom. Refreshments.
Coming Events
Wesleyan Guild: Sat., 5:30-p.m.,
Hamburg Fry in the Pine Room.
Saturday Luncheon Discussion will
meet at 11:30 in Lane Hall. Res-
ervations can be made before 6
p.m., Fri., at Lane Hall.
Scalp and Blade: Buffalo and
Erie County Students: There will
be a meeting of Scalp and Blade
Fraternity on Sun., Nov. 20, at 7:30
p.m., Rm. 3A Mich. Union.
Sigma Alpha Iota: Pledging will
take place Sun., Nov. 20, at the
home of Mrs. Lucking in Barton
Hills. Actives will meet at the
League at 7 p.m. Pledges will meet
at the League at 7:30 p.m. Trans-
portation will be provided.
The Cercle Francais: Next meet-
ing, Mon., Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Michi-
gan League. Group photo of mem-
bers to be taken for the Ensian.
Songs; coffee. Faculty and mem-
bers cordially invited.

tr. g~tt tI1

Reply to Silver

, R

LOS ANGELES-While President Truman
has been preaching civil rights for the
South, he has practiced exactly the same
kind of vote discrimination toward groups
of Young Democrats as he has criticized in
southern States.
The national convention of Young Dem-
ocrats in Chattanoogathis week illustrates
this vote discrimination, and also high-
lights the fact that the Young Democrats,
once a live.-wire, progressive organization,
in many states has become a Charley
McCarthy for Democratic bosses some-
times bought and paid for.
The throttling of Young Dems is not ev-
erywhere Truman's fault. But definitely at
Truman's doorstep can be laid a flagrant
case of vote denial-this one in California.
In that state the Young Democrats of
California, Inc., has disintegrated into a
group of about 100 jaded party hacks who,
in effect, have sold the letterhead of their
organization to any political faction that
would reward them with jobs. When Da-
vid Price and Edwin T. Thayer of the Cal-
ifornia Young Dems were given jobs by
George McLain of the California Old-Age
Pension Group, the Young Dems promptly
lent their letterhead to promote McLain 's
old-age pension plan.
As a result, a rival group of Young Dems
-"The California Young Democratic Clubs"
has mushroomed up to 4,000 members, in
contrast to fewer than 100 members for the
old regulars. And on July 8, the new group
officially applied for recognition by Wash-
ington. Their application was signed by Mrs.
Edward Heller, Democratic National Com-
mitteewoman; James Roosevelt, National
Committeeman; and Oliver Carter, Califor-
nia Chairman of the Democratic State Com-

dues is supported by the State committee-
men and gets official recognition. But in
the case of California, the White House
mysteriously intervened.
Perhaps, however, it wasn't so mysterious.
For Matt Connelly, secretary to the Presi-
dent, got a phone call from George Luckey,
California cattleman friend of Mr. Truman's,
asking that the new Young Dems not be
This was on July 8, and the application
of the new group has cooled on ice until
this week.
Roy Baker, national chairman of the
Young Dems, has ordered recognition of the
new California group. Bill Boyle, chairman
of the Democratic National Committee, had
promised recognition on Sept. 14. The Los
Angeles County Central Committee voted
189 to 1 for recognition. But, thanks to
White House intervention, 100 old and shop-
worn "Young Dems" continued to represent
the entire state of California until this week,
while 4,000 new members remained out in
the cold
S* *
THE TWO GREATEST entertainment pal-
aces in the world are controlled by go-
ernment officials. Secretary of Commerce
Charles Sawyer owns a majority interest in
Coney Island, and Ambassador to Egypt
Stanton Griffis acquired control of Madison
Square Garden in 1933 . . . . The Interstie
Commerce Commission kept its tongue in
cheek when it ordered the railroads to c~t
down passenger service by 25 per cent on
coal burning lines. What the railroads didn't
realize is that the Commission over-stepped
its authority. The law under which the order
was issued limits the Commission's Emer-
gency powers to freight carriers . . . . The

To the Editor:
R. AL SILVER espouses the
struggle against discrimina-
tion, warns the well-intentioned
not to be side-tracked by the neg-
ativism of anti-Communism and
then goes on to present anti-Com-
munism as a MODUS VIVENDI.
Unfortunately for certain indi-
viduals, the Communists, their
"fronts" and a long list of mis-
guided individuals and organiza-
tions, sometimes involving most
of the United States; seem to con-
cern themselves with basic prob-
lems of discrimination, housing,
peace, etc.
These avowed aims are, topara-
phrase Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and
other self-styled custodians of li-
beral thought, just a means of
promoting the -cause of the Soviet
Union (radio program, "Meet the
Mr. Silver applauds the people
of Harlem for having "the good
sense to kick Communist Ben Da-
vis out of his job as a New York
City Councilman in the recent
Apparently the people of Har-
lem had had the bad sense pre-
viously to elect and re-elect Davis.
They had been misguided by such
trivialities as rat holes (housing),
jobs for "qualified personnel"
(discrimination) and other things
not worth mentioning.
If only somebody had been there
to teach them what every news-
paper editor knows as gospel truth,
they would have risen up in pa-
triotic wrath and sent Davis back
to - Moscow.
If I too, may presume to speak
of "man", allow me to say that
social inequality and injustice
breed, not labels, the meanings of
which are no longer clear to the


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