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VOL. LXI, No. 62 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1950
Campus Has Many Candidates;
Issue Stirs Widespread Interest
(EDITORS NOTE-This is the first of two interpretive articles dealing with
possible successors to President Alexander G. Ruthven, who will retire at
the end of the current year.)
By JIM BROWN
Daily Managing Editor
Who will be the next President of the University?
Few questions in recent years have been so hotly debated or the
subject of such widespread campus speculation. Faculty members and
administrative officers have undoubtedly spent many hours discus-
sing the question.
HERE AND THERE small groups of faculty members are quietly
and hopefully backing favored candidates. Alumni groups all over
the country have flooded the mail with recommendations and sug-
gestions. Students discuss the matter at campus meetings and at
social engagements alike. And it has become a matter of statewide
interest-even among non-University alumni.
Just when the president will be named is another matter
for speculation. Alexander G. Ruthven, highly respected Presi-
dent of the University since 1929, will be 69 years old next April 1.
Shortly thereafter he will begin the customary year-long re-
tirement furlough prior to his actual retirement on July 1, 1952.
The Board of Regents could defer naming his successor indefin-
itely, however. This has been done at other educational institutions
in the past and certainly could be done here where we have a
capable staff of administrators and deans to supervise the Univer-
This is extremely unlikely for several reasons.
FIRST, the University is staggering under severe budgetary prob-
lems. It is faced with the unhappy prospect of losing several top fa-
culty members unless it can raise sufficient funds to keep them here.
It faces the need of expanding its physical facilities and replacing out-
moded buildings and equipment.
Secondly, the University is in the midst of its $6,500,000
Phoenix Project drive and in a long range sense, it must look
forward to seeking greater alumni endowment support. For these
reasons, a new president will be needed immediately-a man who
will be able to face these problems squarely and who may have
to cope with an even more threatening possibility-another war-
It is almost unanimously agreed, therefore, that the Regents will
not wait long in naming President Ruthven's successor. Although it is
difficult to distinguish fact from rumor, it is even reported likely that
the selection will be announced within the next three months-per-
haps shortly after the first of the year.
ALTHOUGH THE REGENTS are being extremely tight-lipped
about the matter, it is known that they have been considering the
problem for some time and have been actually surveying the field of
candidates for more than a year. Although formal interviews have
probably not been held as yet, it is generally assumed that the Re-
gents individually have contacted several of the prospective candi-
dates informally. According to one frequently circulated rumor, the
field has already been narrowed from 31 to 15.
The big question of course is who will the next president be.
Will he be a man already here on campus .or will he be some
other outstanding educator drawn from another educational in-'
stitution? Will he be a "big-name" man of the Stassen 'r Eisen-
hower type? Will he be an alumnus of the University?
Although no individual is a "candidate" for the presidency of
the University in the sense that he is running for the office, several
names have been mentioned repeatedly and it seems likely that these
men have been or still are being considered by the Regents.
Truman, Attlee Talks Stress Need
For Binding Atlantic Defenses
WASHINGTON-(/P)-President Truman and Prime Minister Att-
lee served notice on the Communist world last night that the western
powers will move urgently and "with energy" in building up Atlantic
defenses against Soviet aggression.
A White House communique announced that the President and
the British leader have reached "full agreement" on that phase of
the world crisis.1
It was the first real pronouncement of the three-day-old talks
that began Monday.
BEHIND THE FORMAL WORDS of the communique, diplomatic
experts read a determination to
seek to bind together the all-out
strength of the 12 North Atlantic
niversity Treaty nations.
It underscored the British
view-shared by many officials
eco lhere-that the number one con-
t cern must be with Europe as the
prime center of defense against
CI Soviet Communism.
W ar's~ tarc1IoHiowever, in a speech before the j
National Press Club earlier in the
By RON WATTS day, Attlee had rejected any "ap-
Nine years ago this morning in peasement" of Red China and
Pearl Harbor the inhabitants were pledged that his country will fight
waking up to a typical, sunny, behind the United States in Ko-
wakig u to tyical sunyrea "in fair or foul weather."
quiet Pacific morning-that is, it * r *
was quiet until 8:10 a.m. j AT THE same time, Republican
And then came the Japanese senators proposed that the Senate
bombers and submarines. One demand the right to pass on Tru-
hour and 15 minutes later the at- man-Attlee decisions.
tack was over. Pearl Harbor was A resolution calling on the Pres-
filled with burning, twisted pieces ident to make no agreements with
of once great battleships, Hickman the British prime minister on this
Field was in shambles and the country's course of action, exceptl
United States had tumbled over by a treaty subject to Senate rati-j
the brink of war. fication, was placed before the;
" * Senator by Senator Kem (R-Mo).
HERE IN Ann Arbor, the Uni- Twenty-three other Republicans
versity community was shocked, joined Kem in sponsoring the pro-
and yet there was no hysteria-.. posal.
THE WINNERS-Newly elected Student Legislature cabinet members (left to right) are: Bill
McIntyre, '52, member-at-large; Judy Sinclair, '52, recording secretary; Irv Stenn, '52, treasurer;
George Roumell, '51, president; Phil Berry, '52, corresponding secretary; Len Wilcox, '52, vice-pres-
ident; Pris Ball, '51, member-at-large.+
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HERE ON CAMPUS, it is thought that Provost James P. Adams
has the inside track on the job among those possible candidates who
are already associated with the University. Provost Adams, a professor
of economics, came to the University in 1945 from Brown University,
where he had served as vice-president. As provost here, Prof. Adams
is the University's chief executive officer, next to the president.
Another frequently-mentioned possibility Is Vice-President
Marvin L. Niehuss. Still officially a professor in the Law School,
Prof. Niehuss has been been in charge of the University's public
relations division and has had considerable experience in dealing
with the State Legislature.
He was named by President Ruthven to his present position dur-
ing the last war to handle the tremendous job of co-ordinating train-
ing activities and other government programs.
SOME FACULTY MEMBERS and administrators are backing
the University's other vice-president, Robert P. Briggs. A professor of
accounting, Briggs is currently in charge of the University's extreme-
ly complex financial affairs and has been faced with the difficult task
of keeping things going in spite of budget cuts by the State Legislature.
Among the faculty members who are considered possible suc-
cessors to President Ruthven, the name of Prof. James K. Pollock,
chairman of the political science department, has apparently been
most frequently mentioned.
Prof. Pollock served as a personal advisor to Gen. Lucius Clay,
commander of American occupation troops in Western Germany,
after the last war. He has spent considerable time serving the govern-
ment in an advisory capacity and is a nationally recognized political
OTHER FACULTY MEMBERS are frequently mentioned as pos-
sibilities for the President but the strength of their backing is not
known. These men include Dr. Albert C. Furstenberg, dean of the
Medical School and Prof. J. Phillip Wernette, director of the Bureau
of Business Research and former president of the University of
(Tomorrow-Possible successors to President Ruthven who are- now located
outside of the University.)
ROSE BOWL RUSH:
Ticket Sales To End Today
only a grim determination that
this country had a big job on its
President Alexander Ruthven
summed up the feeling of every-
one by saying, "The University
of Michigan takes over her bat-
tle station as she has in every
Prof. Preston Slosson viewed the'
Japanese attack as "an attempt
to end all American influence in
BECAUSE OF the time differ-
ence the continental United States
didn't receive the news of the at-
tack until late Sunday afternoon.
By Monday the real impact of the
news had taken hold.
At the Union, Lindley Dean,
assistant house manager recalled
that Monday the Union had ra-
dios installed in all the dining
rooms, cafeterias and lobbies.
"The busy movement of people
came to a standstill while the
declaration of war by Congress
was being broadcast."
"I seem to remember that the
students were concerned, but a
feeling had prevailed that it was
bound to happen sometime. They
had resigned themselves to the
situation," Dean said.
THE OWNER of a local tavern'
noted that the customers didn't
net too excited over the news.
"Many of the table conversations
were concerned with plans for
joining one of the services and
getting into the fight."
"I do remember that two or
three customers were army per-
sonnel on leave. They were the
center of all the conversation,"
he remarked. ,
To many of the present-day un-
dergraduates, Dec. 7, 1941 had
quite a different meaning than to
the older generations. "I remem-
ber that I was pretty mad because
all the war reports had crowded
DETROIT -(A')-- Heated argu-
ments over whether faulty initial-
ing of ballots should invalidate
them featured the fifth day of
Michigan's governorship vote re-
In an effort to settle them, the
state Board of Canvassers came
up with a ruling which might put
back into the tally hundreds of
ballots which have been thrown
Democratic Gov. G. Mennen
Williams meanwhile surged into
a lead of some 1,875 votes with a
net pickup of well over 700 in the
i ccount so far.
Although Kelly held his own in
Wayne County, Williams continu-
ed his steady gain outstate. Alto-
gether he picked up more than
300 for the day.
By RICH THOMAS
George Roumell, '51, was reelect-
ed president of the Student Legis-
lature last night, becoming the
first student in post-war SL his-
tory to ever repeat in the office.
Roumell was unopposed in the
election and was unanimously vot-
ed the office. Len Wilcox, '52, past
SL treasurer, was nominated forI
the presidency but declined.
last night 'she will call a meeting
of the Western European nations
in Paris next month to draw up
plans for a European army.
The announcement was made
by Information Minister Albert
Gazier, who confirmed that France
had agreed to immediate forma-
tion of West German combat
teams in Atlantic Nationforces
which would d e f e n d Europe
against Communist aggression.
Previously the French had in-
sisted on creation of a unified
European defense ministry before
using German troops. They had
also, up to now, insisted on the
pooling of Western Europe's coal
and steel resources under the
Schuman Plan as condition for
German participation in the de-
fense setup. }
The change in the French at-
titude represented a clear victory
for the United States. The Ameri-
cans want to get the Germans
into a European army as soon as
Wilcox was then nominated and
elected unopposed as the new SL
vice-president. Before holding the
treasurer's job, Wilcox served as
chairman of the public relations
r FOR TREASURER, Irv Stenn,
'52, defeated Pris Ball, '51 and Jim
Storrie, '51 BAd. Stenn was a mem-
ber-at-large on the old cabinet
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Edward V.
Sittler, former Michigan college
teacher who worked for the Nazis
in World War II, has been ordered
deported, the Immigration Service
istration's drive for a temporary
extension of the rent control law
gained headway yesterday when
the House RulessCommittee re-
versed a previous decision and
sent a 90-day extension measure
to the floor for debate.
* * *
TROINA, Sicily-Thirteen dead
were recovered yesterday from a
tunnel which collapsed from a
methane gas explosion.
The Michigan Memorial
Phoenix Project has received
pledges from 80 per cent of the
members of these additional
groups: Delta Tau Delta, Mar-
tha Cook, and Theta Delta Chi.
and past chairman of the better
Judy Sinclair, '52, was elected
recording secretary over Leah
Marks. Miss Sinclair was former-
ly secretary of the citizenship
F o r corresponding secretary,
Phil Berry, '52, was elected. He is
believed to be the first male legis-
lator to win the position since the
war. Although Berry, who defeated
Miss Marks in her second bid for
a secretaryship, was just elected to
the SL this fall, he has worked
with various SL committees for
more than a year.
* * *.
BILL McINTYRE, '52, won-the
first member-at-large position on
the cabinet in the closest election
of the evening. His margin was 24
to 20 over Miss Ball, who had pre-
viously run for treasurer.
Miss Ball, however, bounced
right back to win the 'second
member-at-large seat over two
opponents. They were Storrie,
and Dave Brown, '53.
McIntyre was chairman of the
campus action committee this se-
mester and Miss Ball completed
two terms as recording secretary
Roumell, Wilcox, Berry and Mc-
Intyre all hail from Detroit, while
Stenn's home is in Chicago, Miss
Sinclair's in Toledo and Miss
Ball's in Philadelphia.
Following the elections, Stenn,
the newly elected treasurer, an-
nounced that he and Dave Belin,
'51BAd, would like all students
with suggestions concerning the
calendaring of campus events to
meet with them at 4:15 p.m. to-
day in the Union.
Reds Still Pour
Into North Korea
TOKYO-(P)-Battling for their
lives, U.S. Marines and Infantry-
men today smashed through a
Chinese Red.trap in Northeast Ko-
With the Communists resisting
fiercely, the savage fight was
launched yesterday in a blinding
snowstorm at the south tip of
Changjin Reservoir. The attack, in
which some Americans broke out
of one trap, was disclosed only to-
day. Commanding officers did not
want to tip off approaching rein-
forcements of Chinese Reds.
* * *
ALREADY some elements have'
traversed the six blood-stained
miles of road from Hagaruat j
reservoir's south tip to Koto-but
more Reds still bar the way to the
main objective. It is the big ast
Coast center of Hamhung, close
by the port of Hangnam.
Tenth Corps headquarters
said all First Marine and Seven-
th Army Division elements on
the reservoir plateau had join-
ed forces and were fighting co-
hesively. There was no elabora-
tion as to whether this meant-
the area from Hagarnt all the
way to Koto.
Chinese Reds kept pouring into
North Korea from Manchuria,
buildingip to a 1,000,000 man
force Already the Reds have forc-
ed United Nations troops in North-
west Korea to.retreat more than
120 miles and have turned the UN
situation in the Northeast into a
fight for survival.
IN THE Changjin Reservoir sec-
tor, U. S. Marines on the west
side and Seventh Division infan-
trymen on the east side earlier
had battled through Red traps in-
to the town of Hagaru at the
There they had halted while
Marine, Navy and Air Force
planes made dawn-to-dusk at-
tacks on teen of six Chinese reg-
inents on mountain ridges.
These Reds sought to turn the
road south to Koto into a "death
At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. the
break out attack began at Haga-
ru. At 7:25 a.m. today it was dis-
closed that the first American ele'
ments had reached Koto.
FORTY-EIGHT miles south of
Hungnam across the Gulf of Cho-
sen, the American garrison began
pulling out from the port of Won-
san, presumably by sea.
, The garrison, believed to be
small, was covered by South Ko-
rean Marines still holding Wonsan
and fighting off Red guerrillas in
U.S. Eighth Army headquarters,
which disclosed the withdrawal,
said the South Korean Marines
Meanwhile Chinese Reds stream-
ed south from Pyongyang toward
a new Allied defense line in west-
ern Korea, despite scorching at-
tacks from U.S. warplanes.
* * *
Plea to China
LAKE SUCCESS -(A)- Andrei
Y. Vishinsky attacked yesterday a
13-nation appeal to Communist
China to stop at the 38th Parallel
His opposition and reported ob-
jections by - Red China's envoy
here apparently doomed the des-
BALLOTS WELL GUARDED:'
Local Recount Begins at Courthouse
I By PAUL MARX
The Great Recount of 1950 has
hit Ann Arbor.
In a well-guarded and well-con-
fused room on the second floor of
the Courthouse yesterday the pro-
cess of recounting approximately
35,000 ballots cast in Washtenaw
County, in the gubernatorial race
Nov. 7 got under way.
CARRYING OUT the orders of
Secretary of State Fred M. Alger,
state police stood guard over the
recount proceedings all day and
hosed spctial watch oUvrthe
moved down the list of the 31' pre-
cincts in the country in alphabeti-
cal order and completed the check
of eight of them before they quit
for the day at 5 p.m. At this time
Goyernor Williams had picked up
21 votes as 21 ballots marked in
Kelly's favdr were invalidated be-
cause of errors made by workers
at the polls, officials said.
* * *
THE BALLOTS had been
brought to the Courthouse by the
various township clerks who were
supposed to have kept. them under
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