THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1950
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MEN SIT; SEATS SUFFER:
Friction Keeps Union Carpenters Busy
By HARRY REED
A definite relation exists be-
tween the seat of Michigan men's
pants and the constant tap-tap-
ping coming from the sub-base-
ment of the Union.
For far down in the sweltering
depths, beneath innumerable criss-
crossing water and steam pipes,
the Union maintains a full time
carpentry shop, repairing the
chairs and other furniture of the
building which the relaxing male
population wears out.
"CHAIRS FROM the main lob-
by, especially those near the win-
dows and doors, come down about
every three or four years," Bill
Strech, one of the four carpenters
employed, explained. "They take
quite a beating, in spite of the
janitors moving them around ev-
ery once and a while."
"We retie the springs, shift
the padding about, and reuphol-
ster them," he added.
Along with its task of repairing
the easy chairs from the Union's
many guest rooms, the carpentry
shop's work includes a daily stint
at keeping the billiard room's cues
in line and maintaining the 22
pool and billiard tables in top
"It's funny, but there's one
table, number 13, that wears
out quicker than all the rest,"
Strech said whimsically. "It's
right in the middle of the room,
and we've had to re-cover it
twice as often as any of the
"Furniture lasts about twice as
long in Pendleton library as it
does in the lobby, and of course
the guest room furniture outlives
everything," Strech remarked.
THE FOUR MAN staff isn't re-
stricted to repair work in the'
shop; they also take care of emer-
gencies, cases such as people lock-
ed in rooms and keys that jam or
break off in locks. Right now one
task awaiting the crew is trying
to grow some hair on the deer's
head which graced theentrance
to the taproom for so many years.
The Union shop is equipped
with band saws, table saws, elec-
SITTING PROBLEM-Bill Stretch, of the Union's second base-
ment carpentry shop, repairs one of the chairs worn out by
hard sitting Michigan men. Four men work full-time keeping up
with worn Union furniture.
* * * * * *
.tric sanders and other modern
equipment, but all large scale
jobs are left to the University
According to Strech, the winter
months are the hardest on Un-
ion furnishings, because of the
'water and mud which are deposit-
ed on the chairs by relaxing men.
Students with carpentry prob-
lems, such as homecoming dis-
plays, play scenery or the like
have long marked the union
basement shop as a haven for
sound advice and occasionally a
likely source of a necessary piece
of scrap material.
"One thing you learn in this
job," Strech said, "is never to be
surprised at anything. We're ready
to do any job at a moment's no-
Ann Arbor's fire losses for the
fiscal year 1949-50 flared up to
$730,436, five times the previous
high for the city, according to
figures released by Fire Chief Ben
The largest single fire, and the
one which made up the bulk of
the total, was the Haven Hall fire
in June. Final estimates on the
losses from that blaze totaled
Zahn pointed out that this.
was only the material damage
s of the Haven Hall fire, and could
not include the loss of invaluable
documents, papers and research
The fiscal year quoted was the
Period from July 1, 1949 to June
30. 1950. The largest blaze besides
theHall fire occurred at Montgom-
°ry Ward Co. in May.
The previous high for a year's
fire damage was set in 1947 when
property valued at $152,000 went
up in smoke.
Arraignment of Robert Stacy,
former teaching fellow who con-
fessed setting the Haven Hall fire
June 6, may be set for tomorrow,
according to Leonard Young, Sta-
Police said that they had been
"visited" by Zelda Clarkson, who
reportedly tipped them off before
Stacy's arrest. She would presum-
ably be the state's witness in the
event that Stacy pleads not guilty.
* * *
The Ann Arbor City Council
has voted to appoint a commit-
tee to examine the rent control
situation in Ann Arbor. Federal
rent control is scheduled to be
lifted Dec. 31, unless Congress
acts to extend it.
Controls will expire here on
that date also, unless the Coun-
cil decides to extend it. Because
there is some difference of opin-
ion on whether it should be ex-
tended, the committee will study
both sides of the matter.
Labor troubles and .difficulties
in obtaining materials have been
given as reasons for the slow pro-
gress of the Veterans Administra-
tion hospital now being construct-
ed on the outskirts of Ann Ar-
The building, which was begun1
last spring, is reportedly only about
Huss To Talky
The first in the extension ser-
vice's series of six weekly lectures
on "Positive Citizenship" will begin
at 7:30 p.m. today in Rm. 131 of
the Business Administration Bldg.
John Huss, director of the Mich-
igan Municipal League, will speak
on "State-Local Relationships."
Future lecturers will be Prof. Ar-
thur Bromage, of the political sci-
ence department; N. G. Damoose,
city manager of Ypsilanti; Prof.
Robert Ford, director of the Bu-
reau of Government; Marvin Tab-
leman, of the political science de-
partment; and John Iglauer, as-
sistant director of the Michigan
Highlighting the activities for
the 1950 Homecoming weekend
will be an informal all-campus
dance, a pep rally and over 75
Claude Thornhill will handle the
musical obligations for "Autumn
Maize" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sat-
urday at the Intra Mural Bldg.
Hugh Greenberg, general chair-
man of the dance sponsored by the
Student Legislature, exclaimed
that Thornhill's aggregation has
designed a program that will
prove satisfying to any kind of
* * *.
AS AN ADDED service for those
who are too busy to contact es-
corts, SL will run a date bureau
from 3 to 5 p.m. each day, George
Roumell, SL president, revealed.
Following out the theme of
"Autumn Maize," the hard-
woods and backboards of the IM
building will be transformed in-
to an array of autumn colors,
punctuated with pumpkins,
Free Movie Slated
A free movie entitled "Music"
will be shown at 4:10 p.m. today in
Kellogg Auditorium as the second
in a series of eight films sponsor-
ed by the Audio-Visual Education
COED ADMIRES 'ENSIAN-Virginia Byers, '52, smiles after
examining the artistic photography which appeared in the 1950
issue of the Michiganensian, the campus yearbook. Sales of the
1951 issue began this week at the Student Publications Bldg.
New Federal Credit Controls
Generally OK-Prof. Musgrave
LAWN DISPLAYS, TOO:
Dance, Pep Rally Will
Highlight Homecomi ng
corn shocks, apples and a large
moon. Cider will be served.
SL will open the doors of "Au-
tumn Maize" to all students,
alumni, guests and students from
Wisconsin. Tickets may be pur-
chased each day from 1 to 4:30
p.m. at the Administration Bldg.,
Herb Ruben, ticket chairman,
* * *
MORE THAN 75 fraternities,
sororities, league houses and resi-
dence halls will combine inspira-
tion and carpenter ability to con-
struct Homecoming lawn displays.
The displays will be visited
Saturday morning by a group of
judges. They will meet at the
League at noon to select the
winners, which will be an-
nounced in the Stadium between
halves of the game.
A pep rally has been scheduled
for Friday night in' front of the
Union. Varsity cheerleaders and
the Marching Band will lead the
rally down State Street to Ferry
Dawson Lays Defeat of Greek
The Greek government won its
war against the Communists be-
cause of the heroism of the Greek
soldiers, according to Prof. John
Dawson, of the Law School,
Democratic candidate for Con-
Prof. Dawson gave as further
reasons for the victory "the wis-
dom of those who planned and
arranged United States aid," and
the fact that Marshall Tito broke
with the Soviet Union, thus stop-
ping arms shipments from Yugo-
slavia to the guerrillas.
The refusal of the Communists
to disarm after the war, Prof.
Dawson said, was not the only
cause for the emergency in 1947.
He attributed it also to the ex-
tent of the wartime destruction,
)nd to the government's lack of
"THE MOST significant aspect
of the war," according to Prof.
Dawson, "was the closing of the
Prof. Dawson said that specu-
lation on a large scale had in-
terfered with recovery, and add-
ed that the Greek spirit of indi-
vidualism was too great for com-
plete cooperation, but stated,
"Most Greeks have the willing-
ness to work, but they need or-
"The Greeks are a wonderful
people," Prof. Dawson concluded.
"They believe in all the things we
believe in in this country. If they
have any fault, it is that they be-
lieve in them too sincerely."
YR Ballot Booth
Young Republicans will operate
a booth on the diagonal today
where voters may send for ad-
sentee ballots, according to Lyle
Thumme, Grad., chairman of the
YR campus action committee.
New credit controls imposed by
the Federal Reserve Board Mon-
day are generally desirable, ac-
cording to Prof. Richard Mus-
grave, of the economics depart-
The controls will achieve their
purpose if they cause the demand
for durable goods to decline, Prof.
"HOWEVER, THERE is a defin-
ite limit to the extent of such a
program of controls as they tend
to become inequitable," he said.
"Tightening of credit restric-
tions tends to discriminate
against the little fellow. Those
Who have small incomes depend .
on credit buying fa'r more than
those with higher incomes.
Therefore, controls hit the small
income brackets the hardest,"
Prof. Musgrave explained.
Recognizing this, the Federal
Reserve Board placed a sliding
scale of controls on mortgages, in
which the restrictions increase
proportionally with the amount of
the mortgage. Prof. Musgrave
pointed out that this offsets the
inequity posed by straight across-
THE GOVERNMENT faces the
problem of cutting the demand for
durable goods. In durable goods
consumer demand competes with
the expanded defense program.
The government wants to check
demand in these crucial fields
rather than cut down overall de-
mand, Prof. Musgrave noted.
He suggested that a system of
graduated excise taxes on some
durable goods would be a more
equitable solution than credit
With a system of excise taxes,
the discrimination against the lit-
tle fellow inherent in credit con-
trols would , be avoided, because
the purchase would be taxed
whether it was bought on credit
or not, Prof. Musgrave concluded.
An international debate on wo-
men's rights will be held at 4 p.m.
today in the Rackham Lecture Hall
between a British team and the
University's varsity debate squad.
Members of the British team are
Ernest Alwyn Smith, University of
Birmingham, and Gwynn Wil-
liams, University College of North
Wales. The University debaters
will be Nafe Katter, Grad., and
Lloyd Kaiser, Grad.
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