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'URDAY, MARCH 31, 1951

Undercover Action

Board has displayed a great lack of
rernmental responsibility in not announc-
that it has decided to recommend rent
control for Ann Arbor,
Whether or not decontrol is justified,
irpressing the news that the board has
eted on the matter certainly is not. One
oard member said that word of the meet-
g was kept undercover so that the pub-
c would. not become stirred up needless-
. If people had become heated about
he action, they might have put some pres-
ire on the board.
rhroughout the country the rent issue
s been a hot one. In Ann Arbor interest
s dropped off in the past months. The
ard feels that rental housing is adequate.
d with the possibility that many land-
ds are getting above ceiling rates, the
'itorials published in The Michigan Daily
r written by members of The Daily staff
d represent the views of the writers only.

board has decided to recommend that
Washington remove controls.
Possibly the board is correct in its as-
sumptions. But, as one board member point-
ed out, no real study of the problem has
Ieen made. In the past such actions have
only been taken after investigators from
the Detroit rent office had made a thor-
ough study.
That !decontrol of the Ann Arbor area
would be discussed at the meeting was un-
known to some of the members. The labor
representative - who speaks for the lar-
gest tenant group in the city-was absent.
And according to members of the board, the
meeting itself was one of high feeling.
After the decision was made the presi-
dent of the city council was not even in-
formed of the action. Word finally got
out Thursday thanks to some alert re-
porting by WPAG's Otis Hardy.'
There does not seem to be any excuse for
keeping news of the board's action from
those most vitally affected. When a govern-
ment body acts in the manner that the
rent board did, there is no justification in
saying that the people have any place in
the government.
-Vernon Emerson



)TN-The newly rebuilt Rhine bridges
are newly chambered, to be blown up
in if need arises. The British, French
i American occupetion forces are being
Lbat-trained and tactically re-disposed
>e ready to defend the Rhine line against
armies of the Soviet empire. Rein-
:ements for this purpose are already
ring into Germany. There is only one
ect in this picture of active preparation.
1n plain language, even if Germany is
be abandoned to a second devastation,
e rest of Western Europe cannot be
illy successfully defended on the line
the Rhine in this age of the new
apons. This central fact, admitted by
ery general staff in Europe, transforms
erything that is being done now into a


Ibsen. Presented by the Arts Theater
Club at 209 East Washington.
BY THIS TIME it has become a little re-
dundant to point out that the Arts The-
ater group has been industriously at work
these past months demonstrating that it is
not impossible to find excellent drama,
well-produced, in Ann Arbor. I shall never-
theless once more remind those of you whoy
have not yet investigated the group's activi-
ties to do so. The Master Bulder is as good
a place to begin as any.
The play has to do, briefly, with an
aging builder whose reach has always ex-
ceeded his grasp, and who finds that he
has built at'the expense of others. Being
by nature a thoughtful man, this realiza-
tion results in a great deal of introspec-
tion about whether or not the goal is
worth the race; whether the good he has
done in the world can be genuinely good
if others have been hurt in the process.
Clustering about this more or less central
problem are such issues as the builder's r
responsibility to his wife and to his em-
ployes; to his God; and to himself.
A familiar enough theme, Lord knows, but
no less ponderous because of it. The in-
evitable result is, of course, much talk, much
defining of emotions, much self-analysis.
Happily, the Arts Theater group appear able
to do this sort of thing with life and vitality,
and with the maximum of variety in char-
acters which do not easily lend themselves
to variety.
Dana Elcar, who bore the heaviest burden
as the builder, was as clear cut and precise
in his performance as anyone has the right
to ask. As his wife, Bette Ellis was properly
bemused and other-worldly. Also partici-
pating, but in briefer roles, were Jerry Le-
pard, Pat Newhall, Strowan Robertson, and
Warren Pickett, all of whom acquitted
themselves with delicacy and perceition.
Sonya Raimi, who was Hilda Wangel--a
sort of alter-ego to the builder's soul-search-
ings-I found something below class aver-
age. In a role filled with innuendo and
entendre she delivered her part from the
surface; from the obvious. The result was
simplicity where there should have been
complexity; frankness where there ought to
have been ambiguity. Either a fault in di-
rection or interpretation, this was never-
theless too bad, because the role is an im-
portant one.
Direction was by Strowan Robertson, who\
delivered here one of the best packages the
group has yet turned out. Set and lights
were by Jerry Lepard and Warren Pickett,
and Joyce Edgar was responsible for prop-
The Master Builder is, in total, an
imaginative and engrossing production, ex-
cellently acted, and produced on a level far

makeshift and a stopgap. Furthermore,
every general staff in Europe, conspicu-
ously including the French, also firmly
agrees that a substantial German con-
tribution is needed for the more advanced
and sounder Western defense on the line
of the Elbe.
These unpleasant truths in turn explain
why a single question now dominates the
European scene. Do the Western Europeans
really want to defend themselves enough
to make the heavy effort to rebuild their
power, and meanwhile to defy the Soviet
menaces End threats intended to deter
them from this vital task?
* * * *
THIE QUESTION ultimately turns upon
the problem of the German contribution,
which is essential to complete a solid West-
ern defense. Hence preventing the German
contribution is the object of all the Soviet
threats and menaces. An empire of hun-
dreds of millions of people, with upwards
of 10,000,000 men actually under arms,
cannot after all be hysterically alarmed by
the recreation of ten or fifteen divisions
by an amputated nation of 50,000,000. The
Kremlin's true purpose is not to keep Ger-
many disarmed,-but to keep the whole West
British, French and German attitudes
will give the final answer to the great
question. Speaking first of the German
attitude exhaustive cenversations with
Chancellor Adenauer, the opposition lead-
er, Dr. Schumacher, and almost all the
other leafing Germans directly involved,
have convinced this reporter that few
matters have been so persistently mis-
represented. Undoubtedly the spirit of
neutralism-,-of , 'ohne' mich" or "count
me out"-is strong in Germany today as
it is elsewhere in Europe. Of course this
spirit will triumph if the Western allies
convince the Germans they have nothing
to fight for. But if the Western Germans
have a country to defend, they will de-
fend it.
As to the conditions of a German con-
tribution to Western defense there is, first
of all, complete agreement in principle be-
tween Chancellor Adenauer and his great
socialist opponent Dr. Schumacher. The
Germans must be granted political equality.
They must be granted military equality.
And the Western, forces in Germany must
be strengthened, to form a screen behind
which the creation of new German forces
can more safely proceed.
Dr. Schumacher, who has been making
valuable political capital out of this issue,
specifically denounces the "neutralization"
of Germany. His line is rather to proclaim
that the three conditions are not being and
will not be adequately met. Since he wants
to come to power and finds the issue useful,
he may be expected to attack any bargain
Chancellor Adenauer makes. But the satis-
faction of Dr. Schumacher is less important
than the satisfaction of the German people.
* * * *
(HANCELLOR ADENAUER clearly believes
that if the allies are willing to grant to
Germany genuine political and military
equality, the German people will be satis-
fied. In the embryo defense establishment
that the Chancellor has formed, headed by
the miners' leader, Herr Blank, and Gen-
erals Speidel and Heusinger, it is even esti-
mated that a volunteer force of 200,000-
or just about enough for twelve German
divisions-can be raised in Germany the
day after equality is granted.
The trouble is that equality is not being
granted at the moment. The political ne-
gotiations have bogged down. On the mili-
tary side the best French offer to date is
the Pleven plan. For reasons which must
be examined on another occasion, this is
anathema in Germany.
In short, all is on dead center at the
moment. Perhaps, in the end, neutralism
will triumph in Germany, partly because
of the Western allies' delays and indeci-

THIFIRST experiment with tightened
enforcement of fraternity rushing rules
fizzled to an end Wednesday night, as the
IFC Executive Council dismissed charges
against the last three "dirty rushing" sus-
As it turned out, evidence was not suf-
ficient to w =' fining the three. But
the fact that final consideration of these
cases took place a month after rushing
concluded points out a major flaw in the
new enforcement system.
By this time, it is a matter of indiffer-
ence to the campus whether the fraterni-
ties are fined or not-rushing is now a
dead issue. Presumably, the IFC is not col-
lecting fine money to add to their already
bulging coffers, but only to encourage oth-
er houses to play fair in rushing. A fine
now would be completely forgotten by the
time the IFC declares open season again on
independents, and would hence have been
useless even if one of the fraternities had
been guilty.
The delay was essentially due to pro-
crastination by the Executive Council,
which is empowered to judge the cases
brought before it by the Enforcement
Committee. The council stuck to a bi-
weekly meeting schedule despite the ob-
vious need for quick action on rushing
violations. Sigma Alpha Epsilon kindly
arranged their violation just before a
meeting, but other fraternities were less
In most other respects, the IFC policing
of rushing was a success. This year "dirty
rushing" was the exception rather than the
rule. But the future effectiveness of the
program has been threatened by the leth-
argy of the Executive Council. If the frater-
nities can count on IFC inactivity, then
there will be little fear of being caught
cheating on the rushing rules.
The experience of this semester has shown
that, if the new system is to be prevented
from degenerating into as much of a farce
as the old, the Executive Council must as-
sume the responsibility of taking immediate
action on rushing violations.
-Crawford Young
A Lesson
APPARENTLY the United States has
learned something from its own and
other countries' efforts to do business with
dictators or with men who act like dictators.
Edward G. Miller, Jr., assistant secretary of
state for inter-American affairs, has ex-
pressed himself as "deeply concerned" over
the closing of La Prensa, Buenos Aires news-
paper, and has said North American public
reaction to this is bound to limit the ability
of the United States Government to con-
tinue positive efforts for cooperation with
That cooperation within the last year has
included a $125,000,000 credit to Argentina
through the Export-Import Bank to furnish
dollars for unpaid United States creditors of,
the normally wealthy South American coun-
try and so to facilitate trade between Argen-
tina and the United States.
But where freedom of persons and ideas
is encroached upon, freedom of enterprise
and trade does not long flourish. The
maneuvered assault on La Prensa for its
independent attitude toward President
Juan Peron is a threat by example to the
right of peoples to a free press anywhere.
The subterfuge of working through gov-
ernment-dominated so-called labor unions
while the 1,300 actual employees of La
Prensa petition for its reopening only re-
calls the Nazi tactics of Dr. Robert Ley,
under whom German labor organizations
were contorted into servitors of Hitler.
With such methods those who love the
principles of individual liberty can find little
in common.

-Christian Science Monitor

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The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not in good taste will
be condensed, edited or withheld from publication at the discretion of the

"Please - One Guessing Game At A Time!"

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To the Editor:
REGARDING THE article in
Tuesday's Daily about the1
two young ladies from Chicago
who are desirous of being invited
to entertain some of the local
residents, Miss Watts remarked,
"The invitation probably will nev-
er come.".
We the residents of the third
floor of Adams House wish to take
issue with that statement and
announce to all concerned that
there are still some red-blooded
Michigan men who would genu-
inely appreciate a generous view
of feminine pulchritude which is
so sadly lacking here on campus.
Therefore, we take this opportun-
ity to cordially extend an invita-
tion to the Misses Orlando and
Arbor to display their art here
on campus.
-Bob Schmidt
Bill Broecher
Chuck Averill
Dale Diener
David Weaver
Warren Russ
Harold Hilsinger
Daniel Fogel
Steve True
Stuart Orman
John Sweetland
A. Wayne Slawson
Donald Schade
Robert Buechner
Neil Bernstein
Dale Clark
Daniel Palmer
Thomas Buck
Bruce Thornton
O. A. Miltner
Joseph Tardiff
James Hilbrt
Ralph Smith
Amourous Garg ;.
Dear Daily:
A Mother's Protest. . ..
To the Editor:
EVER SINCE my daughter en-'
rolled at the University of
Michigan a year ago last fall I
have been a loyal subscriber of
The Michigan Daily. During this
period, one summer included, I
have not noticed one instance of
the sort of libidinous, licentious
and pornographic journalism as
that which appeared on the front
page of your Mar. 27 issue. Until
you disgraced yourselves by print-
ing those two obscene pictures of
burlesque women and the accom-
panying suggestive story, I firm-
ly believed that The Daily was
one of the best papers in the
country. I can no longer feel this
now and am seriously considering
cancelling my subscription even
though it has two months to run.
Not only do I think it outrage-
ous of you to insult the minds and
bodies of my daughter and her
friends in the dormitory with an
article of this nature, but it seems
to me, with so many of our young
college men being sent to Korea,
that plain common sense and
good taste should prevail in The
Daily at least. You have sadly
disappointed me.
-Mrs. Williams

Spelling .

. .

To the Editor:
N YOUR feature on Luis Child
in Sunday's Daily you men-
tion the name of his county (and
mine) no less than five times.
And every last time you misspell
it!! This has been going on in
your paper for months and I've
charitably attributed it to the us-
ual "typographical error," up un-
til now. But this is going too far.
For your information, the offi-
cial name of the northernmost
country in South America is Co-
lombia. With an "o," not a "u."
For a college newspaper, that's
not too good. I'm sure you'll find
no justification in "common us-
age." You are thinking of the Dis-
trict of Columbia, British Colum-
bia, Columbia University, Colum-
bia the gem of the Ocean, or
something else. Definitely not the
Republic of Colombia.
And while you were at this
business of misspelling, you went
all the way. You didn't even get
the name of the principal char-
acter right. His name is Child,
not "Childs." But what really
takes the $64 is the little word
"Bolikenionos." After much re-
search, I found out you meant
the 1947 "Juegos Bolivarianos,"
or Bolivarian gamnes. Somebody
at the Daily better get on the ball.
-Roberto Valenzuela, '53E
* * *
Hair Trouble....
To the Editor:
tor in the issue of the Michi-
gan Daily for March 29 contains
the following sentence: "I think
we are all convinced that Heifetz
is one of our leading artists today,
and regardless of what Mr. Gross
says we don't have to get our
dandruff up just because we don't
agree with him."
Fortunately readers who do not
have dandruff will not be at all
disturbed by Mr., Gross's musical
critiques. Those who are afflicted
with dandruff will be under obli-
gations to Mr. Gross if the dand-
ruff falls off as it rises.
-Eugene S. McCartney
* * *
Arts Festival .. .
To the Editor:
WISH to give a personal vote of
thanks to the Inter-Arts Union
for the results of their effort on
the Student Art Festival. I found
that it had much to offer the par-
ticipants, both in entertainment
and pleasure, and in enriching the
experience in the art forms repre-
sented. On the debit side is the
fact that more of the campus did
not share it. A full weekend of
events may have contributed to
this. However, the Inter-Arts
Union should find it encouraging
that at least one ex-student will
leave home Easter weekend and
travel 100 miles to come to the
Festival, and that a graduating
student will also accept a blanket
invitation to come 'back for next
year's program.
From my point of view, all the
programs had a lot to contribute,
although they were not uniform
in quality. The pane discussions,

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VOL. LXI, No. 126
Men Students: Applications are now
being accepted by the Inter-Coopera-
tive Council for rooming or boarding
for both the summer and fall semes-
ters. For information write Personnel
Chairman, 1017 Oakland or call, 22218
JUNIORS in Mechanical and Indus- 1e
trial-Mechanical Engineering: Quite
a few companies are sending represen-
tatives to interview Juniors for sum-
mer employment 1951. Notice is caled
to the Mechanical Engineering Bulletin
Board at 225 W. Engineering Bldg.
Proctor & Gamble Company wish to
have preliminary application blanks
sent in early in April, for May I inter
views. Submit applications by April 5.
Interview schedules are posted about a
week in advance of date of interviews.
University Community Center, Willow e
Run Village: t
Sun., April 1, village Church Fellow- n
ship (interdenominational) 10:45h
Church and Sunday-schol; 4:30 Di- s
cussion Group; 5:30 Pot-luck Supper. p
Mon., April 2, 8 p.m. Fashion Show *
Tues., April 3, 8 p.m., Wives' Club -
Home Fashion Show.
Wed., April 4, 8 p.m., Choir Practice. 0
Thurs., April 5, 8 p.m., Ceramics. I
Academic Notices
Set Theory Seminar: Mon., April 2, C
3 p.m., 2016 Angell Hall. Dr. Frank n
Harary will speak on "The Stone Repre- g
smtation Theorem of Boolean Alge- h,
bras." * i
Doctoral Examinationfor E. James
Moore, Geologist; thesis: "Determina- a
tion of Crustal Structure by the Dis- c
persion of Rayleigh Waves," Mon., April
2, 4065Natural Science Bldg., 3 p.m.
Chairman, J. T. Wilson.
Doctoral Examination for Alfred S.
Ray. Economics; thesis: "The Problem
of Economic Development in Backward
Areas with Special References to Iran,"
Mon., April 2, 105 Economics Bldg., 3
p.m. Chairman, C. F. Remer.
University Lecture, auspices of the
Department of Psychiatry and the
Neurosurgery Division, Department of
Surgery. "Some Neurophysioogical Me-
chanisms Underlying Consciousness and
the Higher Integrated Functions of the
Brain." Dr. Herbert H. Jasper, Neuro-B
physiologist, Montreal Neurological In-
stitute, Mon., April 2, 4 p.m., University
Hospital Amphitheater.
University Lecture, auspices of the T
Department of English. "The Poet as
Creator." Meyer H. Abram, Associate
Professor of English, Cornell University
Mon., April 2, 4:15 pam., Kellogg Audi-
torium. Prof. Abram is the author of
"Archetypal Analogies in the Language
of Criticisni."
which never did descend to the
level of saying nothing at all and
at least once reached a high pitch
of excitement, were surprisingly
At a University as large as this,
the works of the various people
contributing to the Festival are
often obscured in the crowd or
confined to their individual com-
partments of study. Then the
Inter-Arts' Union's role in making
this work available to a larger seg-
ment of the crowd enables many
of us to realize and enjoy the crea-
tive things being done which we
might not otherwise even know
I hope that next year's Festival
will hve even more to offer, with
more art work of a broadened
-Pam Wagner
* ' *
To the Editor:

WAS interested to read in The
Daily last week that one of our
IRegents. Mr. Bonisteel, was invit-
ed by a State Legislature commit-
tee to discuss the University's bud-
get with them.
This was certainly a courteous
gesture and also a well timed poli-
tical move since Mr. Bonisteel is
a candidate for re-election Mon-
I am sure, however, that I was
not alone in thinking as I read the
article how much better it would
have been for the University if
we had read that the entire Board
of Regents, as the elected political
arm of the University, had taken
the initiative of going to the Leg-
islature to insist on adequate ap-
propriations for the University.
Perhaps what we need is to
elect the two Democratic candi-
dates Monday to provide a shot in
the arm for the remaining six Re-
-Leah Marks

At The Orpheum .. .
DULCIMER STREET, with Richard At-
tenborough Alastair Sim, Tay Compton,
and Stephen Murray.
IF MID-SEMESTER exams are getting you
down, a good antidote is Dulcimer
Street, which is humorous, entertaining,
and absolutely unrelated to academic mat-
No. 10 Dulcimer, in London (circa. 1939)
as you undoubtedly suspect, is tenanted by
assorted representatives of what sociologists
call the "upper-lower class," with several
verging on the "lower-lower." Young Percy
Dobbs swipes a car from which an unwant-
ed girl friend falls out, leaving her dead and
him implicated. The girl of his dreams takes
up with the policeman. who is after him.
The landlady settles for a crafty medium,
and the unattached lady upstairs tries to
steal the milk, as she happens to come in
about that time of the morning. Events
improve as they go, especially when the
"Save Percy Dobbs" movement is organized.
Although this writer can profess no pri-


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