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TEsMDAY, OCOBE 10, 190

"Why Wait, Students Say
As Enlistments Spurt Up

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The prime question bothering
students of draft age in Ann Arbor
is "How do I get a commission?"
So say Sergeant Norwood
Boaday and Sergeant William
Long, of the Army and Air Force
recruiting service. And, the ser-
geants add, even though none of'
the questioners has been awarded
an immediate commission, a good
many of them have come back to'
enlist anyway.
* * *
ACCORCDING to the records of
Ann Arbor's recruiting office, en-
listments are roughly six times last
year's figures for University stu-
"Last year we recruited about
five students between June and
October. This year the number
is easily over 30," said Boaday.
"And that doesn't include navy
or marines," Long added.
Examining the records closelyj
the recruiters noticed that four
University students had dropped
out after the start of classes and
had enlisted. "Cases like that are
generally having a rough time
financially or scholastically," ex-
plained Bftday.
* * *
BOTH THE sergeants agreed
that, it was the combination of
events in Korea and the increased1
draft that had caused the jump
in University enlistments. They
explained that before the draft
had been expanded, enlistments
among university students had,
been "atough nut to crack."
"Now the students figure that
they will be going in sooner or
later, so why not go in now

and get it over with," Long said.
"This way they can take advan-
tage of the right to choose their
branch of service and the armed
forces vocational schools."
This last factor seems to be the
deciding influence, even though
many of the students are discour-
aged when they find out that .the
army has no commission waiting
for them.
Only qualified professional men
get immediate commissions. But
all students with two years of col-
lege behind them are eligible for
officer candidate school.
* * *
SO FAR Ann Arbor has had
little difficulty in filling its en-
listment quotas. The only prob-
lem, the sergeants said, was get-
ting the veterans to come back
into the service. Only about 25
per cent of the total enlistments
has been veterans. The sergeants
had a double-barrelled explanation
for this.
"Most of the vets," they said,
"are just getting set in civilian
life. They've just married or just
left school and so they don't
want to upset their lives again."
"And then the married ones
know that the draft can't touch
them yet and so they're not wor-
rying about it as much as the un-
married ones are. If the draft
boards are authorized to take mar-
ried men, there ought to be an
increase in the veteran enlist-
ments," they said.
"But the student enlistment rate
is way up," they concluded hap-

There are more to plays than
learning lines, as members of the
Student Players, campus dramatic
organization, can testify.
Working on their coming pro-
duction of "Light Up the Sky," the
Moss Hart three-act comedy,
they've encountered more than the
usual difficulties.
FIRST OF ALL, the flats owned
by the organization, along with
some other of their equipment,
were stored in University Hall this
spring. Returning to campus this
fall, Don Hawley, '51, of the Play-
ers, found workmen already tear-
ing the building down. 'Mid falling,
bricks and timber he lugged out
the equipment, but it was a close
Burt Sapowitch, '51, producer
and president of the Players,
explained that the muslin-cov-
ered frames are a permanent in-
vestment of the group, to avoid
the expense of renting them for
every play, and that the loss of
them would be "disastrous to
our group."
The current predicament of the
Student Players is the lack of a
decent place to build their set. At
present they are hazarding con-
struction at the ROTC rifle range,
but they expect to be fired upon
at any time. Associate producer
Bill Webb, '51, moaned, "We've got
to build this set in a big hurry,
too. Any volunteers will be wel-
* * *
THE SET, designed by Hawley
this summer, represents a hotel
suite in Boston's Ritz-Carlton Ho-
tel. "It's an impressionistic one,"
he explained. "It couldn't be ab-

. * .

-Daily-Burt Sapowitch
IF I'D A' KNEWED YOU WAS COMIN'-Alice Jean Harris,
'52Ed, finds it quicker to seek out beau Morton Gottesman, '51,
than to wait for his phone call to fight its way into her dorm.
Gottesman is about to give up the battle against the women's
dorm phone "system."
* * * *
W ens DormPhones
Frustrate U Males, Coeds

-Daily-Burt Sapowitch
STAGE BUILDERS-Don Hawley, '51, left, and Tom Barnum
work on one of the flats used in the stage set for the Student
Players' coming production, "Light Up the Sky." Hawley is thea
set designer and Barnum is the stage manager.
* * * * * *

solutely realistic because of the
cost involved."
The group has had a break or
two, because of the wrecking go-
ing on around campus. They've
carried off some of the remains
from University Hall for the set,
but the doors, according to pro-
ducer Sapowitch, "are too heavy
to be practical."
Even The Daily has helped, to a

small extent. Some of the wood in
which the new press was crated
has been pressed into service.
" 'Light Up the Sky' will run
from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 in Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre," Sapowitch
said hopefully, "but just to make
sure, we're going to get dog-tags
for the stage crew, at least 'til
we get out of the rifle range."

Campus men and women are
despairing over the phone service
in women's dorms.
Men complain they must set
aside a whole evening to call the

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Listeners can escape commer-
cials and gain knowledge merely
by tuning in to WUOM, which re-
ports and interprets almost every-
thing of national and internation-
al interest, with particular em-
phasis on University activities.
At 1 p.m. each Monday, Wed-
nesday and, Friday the station
broadcasts the political science de-
partment's popular international
politics course, which explains
current world developments and
their relation to international po-
original program can be heard at
7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Devoted
to tracing the history of various
industries, this series began last
week with a report of the rise of
the paper industry in America.
The speech department's An-
gell Hall Playhouse is broadcast
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Tonight's
production will be adapted from
an article in June's American
Mercury entitled "Meet Me at
Grand Central." The play will
present the history of New
York's famed Grand Central
Among the dozens of other en-
tertaining and educational broad-
casts originating in the WUOM
studios are the many world news
reports based on WUOM's 24-hour
Associated Press service. The aid
of faculty authorities is often so-
licited to obtain interpretation of
the news.

girls of their choice on Observa-
tory Street. Women claim it's all
but impossible to get a call out be-
tween 7 and 10 p.m.
* * *
ONE MICHIGAN male waxed
eloquent describing the ordeal of
penetrating the great stone dor-
mitory walls by telephone.
"You call the dorm number at
least five times and find it busy,"
"Then you finally get a ring;
and it rings and rings and
"When the dorm operator does
answer, you give her the room
number and the floor phone is
busy," the disgruntled man con-
tinued. "You have to hang up and
start all over again."
* .* *
dormitories questioned said it was
just as hard to call out of the
One coed complained, "It
sometimes takes an hour to get
a call out between 7 to 10 p.m.
It's easier to walk over to see
the person you want to talk to."
A campus casanova wailed,
"There are dozens of frustrated
women sitting home weekend
nights because dozens of frustra-
ted men can't call them to get a
IN DEFENSE of the dormitory
system, Francis Shiel, business
manager of the residence halls,
said that the telephone company
has taken tests which show that
more switchboards are not needed.
"We do need more floor
phones," he added, "and we
are working on that now; but
we simply have nowhere to put
Shiel admitted there are empty
phone booths in Lloyd Hall, but
insisted that if phones were put
into them, service would not be
equal in all the dormitories.

SL Begins Move Into New Building
* * * *

Plagued By
By The Associated Press
Americans just hate to stand by
quietly and see things drifting
from bad to worse.
If they think the country is go-
ing to hell, they do not withhold
this information from their neigh-
bors. And they write dear-sir-you-
cur letters to their Congressmen.
* * *
SO IT ISN'T surprising, in these
uneasy times, that some Ameri-
cans have an itch to take pen in
hand and begin:
"Dear Joe-"
Harold E. Stassen did it last
week. Henry A. Wallace did it in
1948. Since Mr. Stassen and Mr.
Wallace are prominent political
figures, it is possible to imagine
that they had an added Incen-
tive for their letters to Joseph
Stalin. But the itch is felt by
obscure citizens as well.
The State Department dis
courages these earnest people
and quotes the Logan Act to
The Logan Act was passed on
Jan. 30, 1799, and is still. on the
books almost unchanged. This law
prohibits any U.S. citizen, without
authority of the U.S., from getting
in touch with a foreign govern-
ment-directly or indirectly-with
intent to influence that govern-
ment in relation to a dispute with
the U.S.
* * *
one was ever convicted of violating
this law but the State Department
implies that there could always
be a first time.
The Logan Act was named after
Dr. GeorgeLogan, but he was not
a member of Congress. Here is
the story:
In 1798, when John Adams was
President, we came periously
close to war with France. Re-
lations were broken off. George
Washington, then 76 years old,
was yanked out of retirement to
command the army.
Adams sent three men to France
to smooth things over. They failed.
Adam's Party, the Federalists,
whooped it up for war. Vice-Presi-
dent Thomas Jefferson's Party,
the Republicans (not the present
Republican Party) was friendlier
to France, and opposed war. Feel-
ings were bitter.
*a* .
IN THE MIDST of all this, a
wealthy; benevolent, well-meaning
Quaker from Philadelphia, Dr.
George Logan,'decided to try for.
peace. He went to Paris a his own
expense. The French hailed him as
a dove of peace. He came happily
back to the U.S. in November,
1798, bearing verbal assurance that
France would negotiate.
The Federalists were furious.
They were convinced that Lo-
gan had been sent to France by
the Republicans. Secretary of
State Timothy Pickering rebuff-
ed Logan. Gen. Washington was
curt to him.
Pickering was so angry that he
induced Congress to pass .- you
guessed it, the Logan Act.
Ten years later, when Pickering
was a senator from Massachusetts,
the situation was reversed. The
Republicans had come to power.
We were drifting into war with
Pickering sent messages to Eng-
land in an indirect effoft to per-
suade George Canning, the foreign
secretary, to lay off America. This

seems to historians to have been
a clear violation of--yes; the Lo-
gan Act.
Harold E. Stassen, the later-day
Republican, no doubt is familiar
with the George Logan story. He
certainly knows all about the Lo-
gan Act, for he told Stalin very
clearly that he only sought world
peace and was not trying to in-
fluence Russia in relation to any
dispute with the U.S.
Nevertheless, if he visits Stalin,
perhaps a new political slogan will
be in order: "George Logan rides


The Student Legislature began
its move into a new office building
when the cabinet held the first
student government meeting in
the structure yesterday afternoon.
With its secretariat planning to
move from the present SL room in
the Student Affairs Office, Ad-
ministration Bldg. by the end of
the week, SL's occupancy should
be completed.
* 4 *
LOCATED at 122 South Forest,
across the street from the women's
tennis courts, the. building is in
good condition.
A large white clapboard struc-
ture, it has 11 rooms. The rooms
will be used by committees and
the SL cabinet and secretariat
with one ground floor room re-
served as a student activities
Enthused about the new office
building, SL president George
Roumell, '51, said, "This building
can prove to be a great boon to
student government on the cam-
"With all the committees meet-
ing under one roof, problems of
coordination will be much easier.
The secretariat should function
much more easily."
* * *
A FORMER nurses' residence,
the building was donated by the
University for SL's use this sum-
In its meeting, the cabinet
heard a report from Roumell on
the meeting of the Big Ten stu-
dent government presidents held
in Evanston this weekend.
At the meeting, the presidents
established a permanent organiza-

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celebration of the first cabinet m
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tion, the Big Ten Student Presi-
dents Association. The association
will meet next December.
The association was set up to
provide a means for the Big Ten
governments to get together and
discuss common problems and get
an exchange of ideas, Roumell re-
ported. To further this aim, the

-Daily--Jack Bergstrom
egislators (left to right) Dave
y Watkins, '52, and Len Wilcox,
andy corn from Pris Ball, '51, in
neeting held by the SL in its new




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presidents scheduled a stu ent
government conference for Big
Ten schools, to be held some/time
next spring. l
Pris Ball, '51, recording secre-
tary, announced that house groups
planning to have homecoming dis-
plays who have not yet notified
the SL should get in touch with
her at 2-3279 sometime today.



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