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Draftee Observes
Life with the 45th
(Editor's Note: This is a third in a series of articles describing life in
the "new" Army, as seen by former Daily night editor Pete Hotton, '50. Pvt.
Hotton recently completed basic infantry traniing at Camp Polk, La., and
is currently stationed at Ft. Ord, Calif.)


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After nearly three days of enjoying the scenery of six states
through our Pullman windows, we 340 men from Wisconsin and Indi-
ana arrived at Camp Polk, La., where, much to our surprise, it wasn't
hot or sweaty or even full of snakes, but just miserably cold and windy.
And the only animals we saw were armadillos and domesticated
hogs gone wild.
At Camp Polk, named for a Confederate general and bishop of
Louisiana, we were assigned to various companies of the 45th Divi-
sion. I was assigned to Company I ("Item" in the army's phonetic
alphabet) along with men from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, New
Jersey, Connecticut, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Kansas.
IT WAS DURING World War II that the 45th was nicknamed
the Thunderbird division in recognition of its distinctive shoulder
patch, a yellow Indian thunderbird on a red triangle. Before the war,r
the insignia was an Indian swastika. When Hitler adopted the emblem,
the division switched to the thunderbird.
The nucleus of the 45th Division, comprising all commissioned
and non-commissioned officers, is the Oklahoma National Guard,
which was called to active duty in September. These men claim
they were "drafted" like any other citizen soldier, but the men
brought into the division from outside states always remind them
that they joined the National Guard of their own free will.
The new 45th, a part of the "new army", is a far cry from the old
one, according to the publicity boys and the men at the recruiting
stations. There are no bad-tempered, leather-lunged sergeants to
holler at you. You are addressed by your name and are given a chance
to express yourself and to keep your individuality. Barracks life is
"just like home," and the non-coms are like fathers and brothers to
the lowly recruit.
The lowly recruit, who knows better, however, says: "Tell
it to the Marines."
There are some differences between the "new" and the "old"
armies that are actually true. Until recently the lowest dogface was4
called a recruit instead of a buck private-he didn't get to be a buck
until he had had four months service. But he got the sarme pay-$75
a month.
* r s * ;
EVEN THIS DIFFERENCE was removed, however, when last'
January 21, President Truman promoted all, recruits to privates be-
cause he felt the term "recruit" was not dignified enough for a mem-
ber of the United States Army.
We soldiers in the "new" army get two types of clothes:
Issue clothes and clothes we can keep. But those we can keep we
must pay for, and we get an initial allowance for this purpose.
Issue clothes include field equipment, such as packs, canteens,
overcoats, field jackets, rifles, and equipment not useful in civilian
life. One issue item most of us like to take with us is the field jacket,
one of the best pieces of clothing the Army has to offer.
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ANOTHER FEATURE in the "new" army is the abolition of the
soldier's free mail privilege, which was enjoyed during the last war.
We now have to use stamps just like everyone else.
Furlough time in the "new" army is issued at the rate of
two and a half days per month, amounting to 30 days a year. Any
emergency leaves taken are subtracted from regular leave time,
but three day passes and other short leaves are gratis.
The "new" army attempted to provide for closer contact betweet
enlisted men and commissioned officers. After a short time this ex-
perimpent had to be dropped because it did not further the cause of
discipline. Fortunately, many of the officers have a good understand-
ing of the recruit's point of view because of their duty in World War
II as enlisted men.
The non-commissioned officers have closer contact with the men
and try to promote more personal relations between the recruit and
his superiors.
ALTHOUGH MANY of the National Guard sergeants have had
no regular army service or have seen no combat, others belonged to
the Rangers, Marines or paratroopers in World War II and never let
anyone forget about their exploits or that the present army is infer-
for to their old outfit.
Many of the officers, both commissioned and non-commis-
sioned earned their stripes and brass through the National Guard,
or Monday-night army, which, before being called to active duty,
trained a few hours every Monday night and went on encamp-
ments during the summer time.
A certain amount of favoritism is obvious in the outfit, and the
recruit is a nobody, not only because he is a recruit, but also and es-
pecially because he doesn't come from Oklahoma.
(To be continued tomorrow)
Land Named by Professor
As Britain's Great Shortage

Founded three years ago by a group of students<Officers of the IAU say that the Third Annual Stu-'*dance, poetry, opera and art will be presented during
who wanted an outlet for their own artistic impulses, dent Arts Festival which will be held tomorrow, Sat- the course of the festival. To aid the student artists
the Inter-Arts Union is generally credited with doing
thI er rth nohercampusllyoranizteito ingurday and Sunday on the campus will continue in this their efforts will be discussed and evaluated by means
more than any other campus organization to bring
the results of student creative ef fort to the public eye. tradition. Student-created works in chamber music, of individual criticism and faculty panels.
Y' '. / *
3 t -
~. L S " st den a t v y in he aras of e at v a t wil b
nual Student Arts Festival opens
In keeping with its original purpose of promoting interest in stu-
--dent art works and providing audiences so that a public appraisal of
-, .--. the works is possible, the IAU has planned a balanced program.
uchamber music, dance poetry, opera and art.
* * * * --a
THE FESTIVAL WILL open at 8 p.m. Friay in the League Ball
Inepigwihiroom with an address by Deaur


Hayward Keniston of the literary
college. He will speak on "Art As
Transformation of Experience."
Preceding Dean Keniston's
address two string quartets will
be played. "Quartet in G" by
George Wilson will be played
publically for the first time.
Part of the second quartet,
"Quartet in B flat" by Robert
Cogan appeared in the last issue
of Generation, an IAU publication.
* * *
BOTH WORKS are scheduled
for performance at the Mid-West
Student Symposium in Cincin-
natti and the Student Symposium
at Northwestern.
Cogan's quartet was also
played here at the Composer's
Forum in November.
For both quartets Theodore.
Johnson will play first violin,
Verne Erkilla, second violin, Dave
Ireland, viola and Jerome Jelinek,
** *
will be featured on the program,
beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday in
Rackham Assembly Hall.
Ben Jonson's "Hymn to Diana"
set to music for men's voices and
brass quintet by Donald Harris,
and directed by Joe Harris, will
open the session.
"Four Songs" based on poems
by Thomas Campion (Follow Your
Saint), William Blake (The Little
* * *

Boy Found), James Joyce (Alone), Y
and Stephen Spender (Almond
Tree in a Bombed City) will then
be presented. Music was com-
posed by Robert Cogan.
Rose Marie Jun, soprano, will
sing the "Four Songs" accompan-
ied by George Exon at the piano.
An informal discussion mod-
erated by Prof. Ross Lee Finney
of the music school will then be
held. -
The program will be concluded
with the reading of student poems
and a discussion of them led by
Prof. Herbert C. Barrows of the
English Department.
* * *
AT 8 P.M. SATURDAY in Bar-
bour Dance Studio a one-act
opera and performances by the
Ballet Club and the Modern Dance THE FESTIVAL ART EXHIBIT
Group will be presented. MEMORIAL HALL AND WIL
"Dirge" with music by Benja-
min Britten, and selections from * * *
"Winnie the Pooh" by A. A. Milne, quartet, bass, flute, clarinet,
will be the numbers done by the bassoon, trumpet and percus-
Modern Dance Group. sion. One. dancer is also used
Edward Chudacoff's one-act in the production.
opera "Circus" with libretto by
Dan Waldron, is said to contain a The Ballet Club's contribution
tragic theme, to the evening's program will be
The plot concerns ' a circus its performance of "Iphigenia in
clown who kills his beloved, a ,Aulis," a Greek tragedy of Aga-
tight-rope walker, when he can memnon and the Golden Fleece.
no longer bear the torture of the Prof. C. L. Stevenson will mod-
danger to which she is constantly erate the discussion which will
exposed. follow "Circus."
The instruments to be used
in the opera will include string A GALLERY TALK by Richard
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Wilt of the architecture college
will be presented at 8 p.m. Sun-
day, the last day of the Festival,
in Alumni Memorial Hall.
After Wilt's talk on the stu-
dent art on display a panel will
attempt to evaluate the Festi-
val through the works present-
ed over the three day period.
The panel will include members
of the faculty who participated in
the Festival; Prof. Stevenson, act-
ing as chairman, Prof. Marvin
Felheim, Prof. Barrows, Prof. Fin-
ney, Miss Esther Pease and Wilt.
All programs will be open to the
public without charge.
IAU History
Shows Range
'Of Activities
With the Student Arts Festival
about to open, members of the
IAU look back over the last three
years and point out the organiza-
tion's contributions to campus
IAU's purpose since its authori-
zation in March, 1949, has been
"to promote interest and partici
pation in student creative art
work" and "create audiences for
the purpose of securing a real
public reaction, appraisal, or criti--
cism of works for the benefit of
the creators."

"Britain is constantly faced withi
one great shortage: land," Prof
Lawrence D. Stamp, of London
University, asserted yesterday.
Spealing on Britain's problem of
town and country planning, Prof.
Stan p declared that Britain has
only one acre of land per person
Will Receive
Annual Awards
The School of Natural Resources
will hold an all-School assembly
at 10 a.m. today in Kellogg Audi-
torium at which time four annual
awards and prizes will be present-
ed to outstanding students.
The General Alumni MIemorial
Award wi be awarded to the best
all-aerunc senior in the School of
Natural Resources, while the out-
standing student in Wildlife Man-
agement will receive the Howard
M. White Memorial Award.
The Charles Lathrop Pack Foun-
~,riYin riza u ml p - C - t- 3 t

available compared to the United
States' average of about 15 acres
ier pei son.
* * *
"OUR PLANNING policy must
be guided by three main prin-
ciples," he pointed out, "use of
each piece of land in the best na-
tional interest, using each piece of
land in a many ways as possible,
and avoidng waste of a single foot
of land"
"The war forced the disperse-
ment of industries in Britain
which the planning commissions
had been attempting to effect
for years," Professer Stamp said.
"This plan became desirable
when it was discovered that the
cities were growing and contri-
buting revenue to the govern-
ment which was immediately
paid out to the unemployed in
rural areas."
The professor explained that in
planning these new industrial
areas the planners must first con-
sider what sections are most suit-I
able for industry and agriculture
and plan their city around that. He
cited the fallacy of attempting to
fit the industries into a pre-con-
ceived plan.


TAU RELIEVES that it has ful-
filled its inteuntion satisfactorily:;
through the Student Arts Festi-
But the group's activities have,
covered a broader field than sole
promotion of student art works.
The IAU constitution also pledges
that the IAU will "contribute to
the cultural and social growth of,
the students."
And IAU feels that it has ful-
filled this promise by bringing ,
to campus a new student arts
magazine, "Generation," and
outstanding plays and motion
It was the IAU that gave birA.
to Generation. The magazine had
its start in the minds of a group
of students taking creative writ-
ing courses, but it was IAU that
backed the magazine and received
University approval fo it.. '
* * *
ed by IAU on campus can be in-
cluded such plays as T. S. Eliot's
"Murder in the Cathedral," Sar-.,
tre's "Closed Session" and Obey's
"Rape of Lucretia."
These productions were accept.,
ed as outstanding by most stu-
dents and faculty members.
The IAU has aided in bringing
to campus such movies as Robert
Flaherty's "The Titan" and "My

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