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VOL. LXI, No. 83




Wants Price
Clamp Soon
Plans Set Up For
Control Offices
government sought to speed the
creation of price control machin-
ery yesterday, amid new indica-
tions that a general price freeze
will be ordered as soon as offi-
cials consider it feasible.
An official who was extremely
influential in last week's decision
made it clear that he is not op-
posing a freeze-but is concerned
with the timing of it.
HE OUTLINED the conditions
under which he would be willing
to risk a freeze without having a
large and experienced staff on
And he said that when the
time copies, he favors an out-
and-out freeze, rather than the
side-tracked proposal which
would have required business
firms to given 30 days notice
before raising prices.






Regen tPostGoes
To Van Wagoner
Democratic Ex-Governor Appointed
By Williams for Remainder of Year
Governor G. Mennen Williams yesterday named Democratic ex-
Governor Murray D. Van Wagoner the new University Regent, a
position vacated by the death of Ralph A. Hayward last week.
Van Wagoner's appointment will run until Dec. 31, 1951. How-
ever, according to Williams, Van Wagoner will be a candidate in the
April 2 elections for the Board of Regents. If he is victorious in this
election, Van Wagoner would continue on as Regent, his six-year
term beginning Jan. 1, 1952.
WILLIAMS DECLARED that Van Wagoner's long experience in
public service "eflinently qualifies him to help direct the destiny
of our great University."
"As governor he showed a keen awareness of the educational
needs of Michigan," Williams continued.
* * However, as governor in June
of 1941, Van Wagoner cut $227,-
000 from the University's appi 0
By New

This man declined to be quote,
by name. Nevertheless his view
are important to the public be
cause of the weight he swings i
the government on the criticF
question of price and wage con
MEANWHILE, other official
disclosed that the Economic Sta
bilization Agency expects to hav
its 13 regional offices open fc
.f business by Feb. 1.
They said no regional direct-
ors have been appointed so far,
but that some competent fede-
ral official in each of the 13 ei-
ties is being asked to serve as
acting director until a perma-
nent head is chosen.
It has already been announce(
that the regional offices will be iz
Boston, New York, PhiladelphiE
S Richmond, Atlanta, Cleveland
Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas Ci.
ty, Dallas, Denver, San Francisc
and Seattle.
enaors ill
Try To Delay
Wherry Plan
WASHINGTON -()-- Senate
administration leaders decided
yesterday to try to sidetrack the
Wherry resolution challenging
President Truman's authority tc
send American troops to Europe
without the consent of Congress,
The strategy is to put off a
real showdown until after Gen,
Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme
commander of the proposed in-
ternational army in Western Eur-
ope, returns from his present Eur-
opean tour.
* * *
BY AGREEMENT, the Senate
will begin voting next Tuesday on
what to do with the Wherry reso-
lution. The Democratic Policy
Committee of the Senate decided
yesterday to try to send it to
committee for "study."
There were reports that Sen-
ator Connally (D-Tex.), chairman
of the Foreign Relations Com-
mittee, might later offer a sub-
stitute resolution saying it is de-
sirable to send troops to Europe.
IFC To 'View
Rushing, Draft
Changes in fraternity rushing.
and initiating procedures to meet
the present draft uncertainties
will be considered tonight in this
semester's last meeting of the In-
ter-Fraternity Council.
Some revision of the tradition-
al procedure has been suggested
to deal with the situation, and will
be debated tonight by the house

Ellen Van Wagoner,' 51BAd.
i was surprised and excited yester-
I day when she received word
that her father, Murray D. Van
Wagoner had been appointed Re-
"He's always been interested in
the University," she said-"and
especially in the football team. He
followed it all the way to Colum-
* * *
ACCORDING TO his daughter,
Regent Van Wagoner took the
jaunt to the Ohio State game with
his wife and three Boxer puppies,
got stuck in a snow drift and
spent the night in a farmhouse
with 19 other unfortunates.
A cigar smoker, the new Re-
gent stands 5 feet 10 inches, "is
very jovial and gets a big kick
out of telling jokes," his daugh-
ter said.
"Dad has more time to enjoy
his hobbies now because he travels
less," Miss Van Wagoner added.
* * *
His collections range from pho-
tographs to electric trains to Box-
ers. His pictures of Germany date
back to the postwar years of 1947-
But the Regent's real interest
lies in his three electric trains, two
of which he brought back from
Bavaria. One goes under the
Christmas tree every yuletide.
His two Boxers, both German
specimans, have just finished rais-
ing a brood.
Horowitz Ill;
Concert Of f
The Vladimir Horowitz concert,
scheduled for Friday at Hill Aud-
itorium has been postponed, ac-
cording to Charles Sink, president
of the University Musical Society.
Sink reported that he received
a telegram Tuesday afternoon,
saying that Horowitz's doctors
had suggested he forego any con-
certs for at least a week. Sink
said that a new date for the con-
cert would be announced as soon
as possible.
Sink asked students to notify,
out-of-town friends who had plan-
ned to attend the concert about
the postponement.

Draft Laws
For 18 Year
Olds Opposed
Marshall Fails
To Shake Senate
backing from Defense Secretary
George C. Marshall for a draft of
18-year-olds failed yesterday to
shake hardening opposition in the
Senate Preparedness Subcommit-
r Directly, General Marshall's new
arguments were only against a
suggested compromise plan Under
which youths might be drafted
earlier but could not bebsent over-
seas until they reached 19, the
present draft age. He said that
would "hamstring" the services.
* * *
- son rejected the whole 18-year
idea, at least as a measure neces-
sary to reach present goals.
"You do not have to touch
18-sar-ods who make up that
force," he said, referring to ad-
ministration plans for armed
forces totalling 3,500,000 by
June 30.
And Senator Stennis put in:
"We are asked to leave the 20
and 21-year-old at home simply
because he has a wife, and she
may be earning more than he is.
I want more-light before I support
such legislation.
THE DEFENSE Department
says the alternative to an 18-
year draft age is to take husbands,
and perhaps fathers and veter-
Johnson and Stennis were not
alone in their stand. They only
happened to be the most vocal
in a hearing session that show-
ed evidence of sharpening temp-
For instance, Chairman Russell
of the Armed Services Committee,
of which the Johnson group is a
subcommittee, greeted the 18-year
draft proposal last week with a
comment that the idea already
had "two strikes" on it.
Since then senators have re-
orted a growing flow of messages
irom home protesting the plan
to lower the induction age.
* * *
Report About
6 'U' Draftees
Proved False
Contrary to official figures re-
leased by the University last Sat-
urday only one student has been
drafted out of the University this
And that student had not re-
quested postponement from his
local board.
This was revealed yesterday by
Richard Correll, director of the
Armed Services Information Cent-
er, following a check into the
withdrawal records.
AT THE SAME time, the Sta-
tistical Service of the Registrar's
Office issued a revised list show
ing 154 students have withdrawn
during the semester to enter the
armed forces.
Actually nine more students
have withdrawn sincesSatur-
day's compilation when the
total was 149, but four of the
earlier withdrawals were re-
Six student were originally list-
ed as drafted. Yesterday's com-

pilation, however, listed five as
drafted, 95 enlisted, 53 recalled by,
the reserves and one by the Na-
tional Guard.
A close check into the five list-
See DRAFT page 6

* * *
priation request, and then veto-
ed a $500,000 item from the final
bill which was pegged for a gen-
eral service building.
VAN WAGONER, who is at
present a consultant for a De-
troit steel company, was the+a
governor of Bavaria under thej
American Military Government
and State Department from 1947
until 1949.
His term as governor of Mich-
igan ran from 1941-42.
Born March 18, 1898 in Kings-
ton, Mich., Van Wagoner attend-
ed school in Pontiac.He entered
the University in 1917, and grad-
uated in 1921 with a degree in
highway engineering. As an un-
dergraduate, the new Regent
played varsity football, was a
member of Vulcans and was elect-
ed vice-president of his senior
elected Oakland County drain
commissioner. He was the first
Democrat in 20 years to be elected
in an office in Oakland County.
Van Wagoner was a success-
ful candidate for state highway
commissioner in 1933, a posi-
tion he held until 1941 when he
became Michigan's governor.
As the first engineer ever to
hold the governor's chair, Van
Wagoner rolled up a 200,000 ma-
jority in a state where Wendell
Willkie defeated former President
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
HE HAS BEEN former presi-
dent of the American Road Build-
ers Association, a member of the
American Society of Civil Engi-
neers and national chairman of
advanced gifts for the University's
Phoenix Drive.
Van Wagoner, his wife Helen
and their two children Ellen and
Jo Ann make their home in Birm-
ingham. Ellen Van Wagoner is a
student at the University.

The title of Bennett Cerf's lec-
tures at Hill Auditorium last night
-"Changing Styles in American
Humor"-was serious, but the way
the publisher, author and wit de-
veloped it was far from that.
Cerf put forth his thesis in two
sentences: "Americans are dis-
carding the insult in favor of hu-
mor of character. You may not
laugh as hard at this new type
of story,. but most of the time it
manages to touch your heart a
little bit."
* * S
THEN HE told some jokes. In
spite of the change in American
Attorney Files,
Stacy Appea
Of 16_Points
Robert H. Stacy's court ap-
pointed lawyer, Leonard Young,
yesterday filed a 16-point appeal
of Stacy's conviction for burning
Haven Hall June 6.
Stacy is now serving a five to
10 year sentence for arson in
Southern Michigan Prison at Jack
JAN. 23 was set as the tentative
hearing of the appeal motion here.
Circuit Judge James R. Beaky,
Jr. will then consider Young's
statement of facts in the appeal
request before sending it to the
Michigan Supreme C o u r t. If
Breakey does not act within 30
days the appeal will go directly
to the higher court where fur-
ther consideration of the case will
be given or withheld.
In his appeal Young stated
that Stacy was arrested without
warrant, and then did not re-
ceive a fair and impartial trial.
He also charged that the court
allowed extra-judicial statements
as well as "an alleged confession"
to be entered as evidence.
Historic Troopship
Gutted in Pier Fire
BALTIMORE -(AP)- The old
troopship, which took Woodrow
Wilson to Europe in 1918 was gut-
ted last night by a raging eight-
alarm fire that swept Baltimore's
south waterfront and injured five
The 40-year-old t r a n s p o r t
George Washington caught fire
shortly after flames swept down
the 1,000-foot timber pier from a
small blaze in a shack at the head
of the pier.

American Humor Funny,
Dangerous, Changing-- Cerf

FIERY TRAP-Survivor clambers from a ditch (arrow) seconds after plane crashed on a road
adjoining Philadelphia's International Airport. A second escaping passenger is dimly visible in the
flaming doorway of the plane's cabin.

humor, Cerf said, there were some
types of jokes which are always
He went on, "Take the pun:
There was once a man in Grand
Rapids whose name was Kissin-
ger. But he decided he didn't like
this name, so he went to court
and had it changed to Collins.
In time he found this name
didn't appeal to him either, so
he changed it again, this time to
"This was no good, so he chang-
ed to Smith. This went on for
weeks and weeks. Finally, it got to
See INTERVIEW page 6
the place where his friends were
cqmpletely confused. They kept
wandering around Grand Rapids
saying, 'I wonder who's Kissinger
BUT AS HIS lecture drew to-
wards its close, Cerf became se-
rious again about the subject of
humor. He declared that humor
can be a very dangerous weapon.
Cerf said that because of this,
people should study closely any
jokes they hear about a partic-
ular person or group. Sometimes
such stories are put in circula-
tion maliciously, he said.
Cerf cited as examples, the jokes
told about President Truman and
Gov. Dewey. "Someone at Republi-
can National Headquarters," Cerf
said, returning to his original jok-
ing mood, "has estimated that
jokes about Dewey were practical-
ly as great a factor in his defeat
as his speeches."
World N ew
By The Associated Press
LIVERPOOL-A sudden out-
break of smallpox added to the
problems of British medical men,
already fighting an influenza epi-
demic. Meanwhile, Detroit Health
Commissioner, Dr. Joseph Molher
warned yesterday that the epide-
mic would probably spread to this
country and the Detroit area.
* * *
EDWALL, Wash. - A twin en-
gined passenger plane carried 10
persons to their death yesterday
when it crashed ;ear a farm here.
* * *
NEW YORK-80 year old Frede-
rick Remington, father of Wil-
liam Remington, former U.S. Com-
m e r c e Department economist
charged with perjury, testified
yesterday that he knew his son
never was a Communist.

SAC Votes
To Amend
Bias Ruling
The Student Affairs Committee
yesterday voted unanimously to
allow any fraternity or sorority
"which is forced to suspend chap-
ter activities because of mobili-
zation for war" to receive official
recognition from the SAC after
the war-even though its consti-
tution may still contain a dis-
criminatory clause.
Coming in the wake of wide-
spread rumors that several fra-
ternities may be forced to close
down because of the draft, the
action temporarily shelved an
earlier SAC ruling denying recog-
nition to "any organization which
prohibits membership in the or-
ganization because of race, re-
ligion or color."
* * *
THIS regulation was set up in
May, 1949, as the step in a long
range educational and legislative
program to allieviate and remove
alleged discrimination in campus
The committee at that time
felt that such a ruling would
constitute a barrier to the pos-
sible spread of discriminatory
practices on campus, since it
would prohibit any new group
from gaining official recogni-
tion if its constitution contained
a discriminatory clause.
In voting to suspend this earlier
regulation, the SAC stated that a
"substantial injustice" would be
done to a house which might be
forced to close down because of
the national emergency and later
find itself unable to reactivate "be-
cause of factors beyond its con-
a s a
AMONG THESE "factors," ac-
cording to the SAC, would be the
inability of any fraternity or sor-
ority to campaign for removal of
its discriminatory clause in its
national organization, since its
membership would be serving in
the Armed Services.
In addition, it was pointed out
that most of the national fratern-
ity and sorority organizations may
suspend all operations-including
national conventions-for the du-
ration of the emergency if the
draft law is tightened.
Although there have been re-
ports that one or two fraternity
houses may close down next
semester, the SAC emphasized
that yesterday's action was not
prompted by any specific case
or cases.
"We simply felt that it was only
fair to suspend the old regulation
in cases where a house will be
closed down because its members
have been called for duty by the
government," one member said.
* * *
THE COMMITTEE also empha-
sized that the action had no bear-
ing on the Student Legislature's
resolution requesting the SAC to
require all campus organizations
to remove discriminatory clauses
from their constitutions byl1956.
Although the SAC did not have
an opportunity to discuss the SL's
recommendation yesterday; it did
call a special meeting on Febru-
ary 20 at which representatives

Meet Slight
Near Suwon
Nehru Says Reds
Will Study Truce
By The Associated Press
TOKYO-A fast-moving allied
combat team, paced by tanks and
fiery air attacks, jabbed into Su-
won, 17 air miles south of Com-
miunist-occupied Seoul, yesterday
to harass three Chinese Red arm-
ies massing for a new onslaught
in South Korea.
Uncovering an apparent weak-
ness on the west flank of the
Chinese forces, the Eighth Army
smashed a small Communist unit
of 100 men inside Suwon's ancient
walls, then pulled back after dusk
to defensive positions south of
the town.
Meanwhile, in London Prime
Minister Nehru told newsmen
yesterday the United Nations
cease-fire plan for Korea meets
many of Red China's basic Con-
ditions for 'a settlement and
Peiping has promised it a care-
ful study.
However, word reacped here
from Moscow even while the In-
dian leader was speaking that
Pravda had taken a long-distance
swipe at the plan. The Commu-
nist Party newspaper-the voice
of the Kremlin-declaredthe plan
a device by which the U.S. State
Department intends to gain time
in order to reinforce and reorgan-
ize the American troops in Korea.
BACK ON THE fighting front
it was the second straight day of
sharp,, aggressive action which the
Eighth Army termed "reconnais-
ance in force."
Armor led infantry entered
Osan, 28 air miles south of
Seoul, Monday, then swerved
northeast nine miles and cap
tured Kumyangang and near-
by Chon.
The whole Korean front was so
fluid that Eighth Army censors
ordered cqrrespondents to refrain
from ideftifying an units below
army Tevel.
s* s
APPARENTLY one purpose of
the Eighth Army's lightning left
jobs in the west was to throw off
balance the typically slow Chinese
buildup of an estimated 120,000
men south of the Han river,
The strikes in the west coin-
cided with the withdrawal of
United Nations forces from the
16-day old Wonju salient in
Central Korea.
American, French and Dutch
troops, in hard fighting there for
11 out of the past 16 days, plug-
ged the two best highways lead-
ing south through the snow-man-
tled Sobaek mountains.;
* * *
ed to straighten Eighth Army
lines, a communique announced
last night. It said a new phase of
the Korean war was develeping.
Eighth Army tactics in Korea
appear to be to pull back .when-
ever Communist pressure gets too
heavy. The policy governing the
hard-hitting withdrawal is to pre-
serve maximum Allied strength
while sapping the enemy.
Byrnes Calls
For Bombing
Of RedChina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -(M-- Gov.

James F. Byrnes, in an inaugural
address devotedc mainly to the
dangers of war, called yesterday
for the bombing of Communist
China, and said that if such ac-
tion is not authorized; American
troops should be pulled out of
He urged, even more emphati-
cally, that Americansoldiers and
military supplies should be sent
to shore up Western Europe.
The ceremonies inducting the.
former Supreme Court Justice and
one-time "assistant President" in-
to the governorship of South Car-
olina brought an estimated 65,-
000 people into the state house

* * *

War Jitters Affect Students

Throu i out C o u n t r y

o -

War jitters are racking the
nerves of not only University stu-
dents but students on campuses
throughout the country.
According to a recent survey

of soon-to-be-drafted students
is: "Why study to be a soldier?"
This corresponds closely with
the prevalent outlook here at
the University.
On campus one University stu-

for being jittery when their
draft status were so hazy. Their
appeals were going for nought.
The survey also revealed that
many students have already been
called into reserve units, that a

the school already had lost a
"sizeable percentage" of students
through enlistments. The student
newspaper at the University of
Florida estimated about 50 men
a week were quitting to enlist.

SOUTHERN Methodist Univer-
sity reported that there was "much
hysteria and misinformation on
the part of men faced by the
threat of changes in the draft
laz.vc " At4-VnlP Nnai~rn r Thannrt

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