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Student Draft Deferment

WHEN THE first draft of this editorial
was being set by the linotype operator,
a bulletin came over the teletype machine
saying that the Trytten plan for selective
deferment of college students had been ac-
cepted by President Truman.
In the original version, this editorial de-
fended the plan and urged its immediate
adoption. Since Truman's approval, the
issue has changed somewhat, but the
question of public acceptance is yet to be
settled. In the light of what little has
been said so far, acceptance won't come
There actually hasn't been a great deal of
public opinion expressed on the Trytten plan.
On campuses, it has been discussed with
one's roommate in a low hopeful voice, or
else with bitterness, as the average may be.
What has been said in the newspapers has
been mostly condemnatory; the little public
comment which favored it has been made
In a defensively apologetic tone of voice.
Quad Tenants
Halls) announcement that West Quad
will be housing 400 to 500 "boys" on April
13 has evinced a collective moan from the
Quad's residents.
Apparently the Quad is going to be swarm-
ed with sojourners in connection with the
49th Annual Older Boys Conference.
Residents are now protesting this direc-
tive vehemently. Petitions are being cir-
culated. Adams, Winchell, and Wenley
houses have debunked the whole idea.
Rumors are mounting that one house is
planning to lock its mattresses in cloets
before its members leave for the spring
The Board has admitted that "even though
your room contract states that the Univer-
4ty reserves the right to use your rooms
during recesses, the request met with a
greatdeal of opposition from the Board and
was approved reluctantly."
Nevertheless, the plan is going into effect.
Immediately after the announcement, resi-
dents of the Quad were informed that they
wduld have to toss their belongings into their
narrow closets during the recess. A gentle
reminder was attached: "Students who leave
their rooms in condition which requires extra
service will be charged $2.00."
/ Aside from the inconvenience and its
$200 tag, the residents have not yet been
assured that the sojourners will be held
lh rle in the event of theft or misuse of
ter personals.
Perhaps the residents have a case.
Vrtainly the have been subjected to
ther rough treatment and have had
little to say about it.
Of course; they realize that their protests
will go for nought, but they are hoping that
--as the Board explained-"this case will
not constitute a precedent or the establish-
ment of policy for future requests of this
-Cal Samra
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

Admittedly it is a difficult subject to dis-
cuss with any feeling of confidence simply
because allegiances are so uneasy. It is hard
to be objective: a mother with a son in col-
lege might accept it without reservation,
while a mother with a son in Korea opposed
it heartily. We all are concerned in one way
or another-until now I was scheduled to be
drafted in June.
Perhaps the easiest thing to do is to de-
clare the Trytten Plan unfair on moral,
physical, and ethical bases. This is the gen-
eral tack followed in most newspaper criti-
cisms. The usual conclusion to such an ap-
proach is the one given by Mr. Borns in
these columns last week: " ... it should be
rejected and a more equitable solution
Exactly. Let's jump off the raft in hopes
of finding a speed boat on the bottom of the
Granted that this plan is far from perfect.
Few systems which aim to categorize people
are. Possibly the only honest way to decide
who goes and who doesn't would be to con-
sider each student's case individually. I get
visions of draft boards throwing up their
hands in despair, saying, "Well then, we just
won't draft anybody." Or, more likely, "it
doesn't really matter who we draft."
So insted of concerning merely the quali-
ty of the plan, the problem settles into
the routine question of whether or not stu-
dents should be deferred at all. And with
the posible exception of a few benevolent
old West Pointers and others of similar
bent, most people would agree that for the
future good of the country and the pres-
ent ood of the schools some students must
be referred right away.
Needless to say, it is encouraging to see
that the draft officials hve fully recognized
this, and have proceeded to institute a plan
to accomplish it. We can only hope now that
the public will recognize it too, and realize
that while perfection is seldom achieved, a
positive effort usually does more good than
harm. The Trytten Plan represents such an
-Chuck Elliott.

r tr a Ile te
TOMORROW is election day and here in
Ann Arbor probably only a handful of
conscientious citizens will pull themselves
out of the spring doldrums long enough to
cast their ballots-even though an entire
new city government is to be elected.
Even more discouraging, however, is the
likelihood that the percentage of eligible
students (supposedly the bright young
citizens of today) who will vote will
be even lower.
Certainly students should have a greater
interest in tomorrow's election than in any
previous Ann Arbor municipal election. For
during the past few months the Ann Arbor
City Council has given every indication that
it does not have the best interest of the
students at heart. Its passage of a new zon-
ing ordinance which prevents student groups
from building new homes or remodeling their
present quarters except within a rather nar-
row area should be adequate proof of its
failure to consider student housing problems.
Of more immediate interest to a larger
number of students is the underhanded
move by the local Rent Advisory Board to
end rent controls here in Ann Arbor. Al-
though the Rent Board members are not
elected, their action reflects on the en-
tire municipal administration and students
should have a big stake in the election of
this administration.
Even if students are completely oblivious
to local municipal affairs, however, they
still should have a special interest in to-
morrow's election, since two members of
the Board of Regents are to be elected.
Every student should be particularly con-
cerned with the election of these Regents
since they will be participating in the con-
trol of many matters directly affecting
student life here on campus.
The conclusion is obvious. Every eligible
student-as well as every local resident-
has a responsibility to vote in tomorrow's

The Week's News
Tug Week

The Daily welcomes communications from its readers -on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writex
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

'Dems & Reps .. .
To the Editor:
I ALWAYS used to smile indul-
gently at the old saying about
one Democrat being worth ump-
teen Republicans. But this week I
read about Republican F'ed Alger's
speegh urging the re-election of
the GOP candidates in order to
"preserve the existing balance of
power in the state educational sys-
My, I thought, this is a fine
compliment to Democratic Regent
Murray D. Van Wagoner. I knew
that "Pat" was a dynamic fellow
but I never realized before that the
Republicans viewed . hin as an
equal match for their seven Repub-
lican members on the Board of
Nor had I ever heard a Republi-
can who equated Dr. Connor
Smith, the lone Democrat on the
Board of Agriculture with all five
> of the Republican members.
But just as I was beginning to
take Mr. Alger's high regard for
Democrats seriously, I recalled that
there are no Democrats at all on
the State Board of Education and
there is jiobody to balance off the

Superintendent of Public Instruc-
At this point I had to readjust
my thinking to conclude that this
Republican was not using the term,
"balance of power" in the tradi-
tional sense of the term. In fact, I
finally decided that Mr. Alger must
have accidentally used this respec-
table term to mean really a pre-
ponderance or totality of power in
the men of his own party.
I seem to remember recently
reading somewhere some deroge-
tory things about this type of
philosophy. Guess I'll have todo
some research on this before I go
to the polls between 7 a.m. and 8
p.m. tomorrow.
--Tom Walsh
Acclaim . .
To the Editor:
Critic Extraordinary and par
excellence. A fearless reviewer, a
sincere analyst and a forthright
-Saul Goldberg,
Joe Epstein,
Evan Schwartz,
Al Weinman,


-Daily-Bill Hampton

College Boys-1951
. * * *








cent press conference

Truman's re-
statement, in



which he came out flat-footed against crime,
reflected the anguished concern of the Dem-
ocratic Congressional leaders. They are
convinced that both the Kefauver and Ful-
bright committee investigations have had a
downright murderous political effect. Thus
Truman's statement praising the work of
the Kefauver committee was a rather belated
attempt to place the Truman administration
squarely on the side of the angels.
There was, on the other hand, no praise
for the work of the Fulbright committee.
Certain Democratic leaders had urged Tru-
man to get on the side of the angels here
too, by adopting Senator Fulbright's pro-
posal as his own, and appointing a dis-
tinguished commission with wide investi-
gative powers to examine the moral stan-'
dards of government.
The object would be to neutralize at least
in part the political effects of the Fulbright
revelations of moral sleaziness in the Ad-
ministration. These worry the Democratic
leaders at least as much as the Kefauver
revelations of the intimate connections be-
tween crime and the big city Democratic
machines. But Attorney General McGrath
opposed the commission idea. Truman him-
self heartily dislikes Senator Fulbright. And
above all, Truman is still obsessed with the
notion that his whole Administration is as
pure as the driven snow. Thus nothing is
likely to come of the proposal, at least as
far as Truman is concerned.
* * * *
jEANW7:L E, both investigations are like-
ly to go on-and on and on-in one
form or another. The Democratic leaders
would of course dearly like to bring the
horrid ordeal to an end. But the Republi-
cans are not likely to vote to end investiga-
tions which they are unanimpusly convinced
are crucifying the Democrats. And Demo-
crats, whatever the Congressional leadership
may wish, are far from eager to seem to
vote in favor of sin.
Thus, although Senator Kefauver him-
self will no doubt bow out, some sort of
Looking Back




At The Michigan . .
and Marilyn Maxwell
TRYING TO REMAKE "Sorrowful Jones,"
probably Bob Hope's most successful pic-
ture in the last five years, Paramount has
not done a very good job.
They have the same original story source,
Damon Runyon; the same atmosphere, New
York's seedy racetrack gentry; and even the
same Mr. Hope, unvanquished by the years.
Somewhere along the line, however, a half
dozen other writers got in the way, and ap-
parently carried away the spirit of the task,
made it the same as not only "Sorrowful
Jones," but all Hope's other pictures besides.
Virtually all that escapes the formula pat-
tern are a few Runyonisms like calling
Marilyn Maxwell, Hope's girl, by the name
of Brainy Baxter, and referring to Jane
Darwell as an "old doll."
The problem confronting Hope is that he
must get ten thousand dollars together
by Christmas in order to pay off a nasty
gambler. He sets up a Santa Claus racket in
New York which pretends to solicit money
for an old ladies' home. Obstacles like the
law and another gangster who wants to
muscle in are handled in the usual ways.
Hope finally resorts to a female impersona-
tion at the end, and possibly the closest
thing to a funny scene is where he steals the
clothes off a store window mannequin.

crime investigation will be going on for
months. As for the Fulbright investiga-
tions, a jurisdictional battle between two
Senate committees, to decide which one is
to inherit Senator Fulbright's mantle, is
already in prospect. Senator Clyde Hoey,
Chairman of the tSubcommittee on Gov-
ernment Expenditures, wants to carry on
where Fulbright left off, by investigating
the defunct Maritime Commission. So does
Senator Edwin Johnson, Chairman of the
Commerce Committee.
This eagerness to take over is understand-
able, because the Maritime Commission has
for a long time exuded a rich and peculiar
odor. Another agency on the list of likely
prospects is the Civil Aeronautics Board.
If only a fraction of the rumors about po-
litical shenanigans in the C.A.B. are true,
this also should provide some very fruity
probing. In this , case, however, the Re-
publicans may not be so eager for the
fray, since a number of Republican Senators
have been extraordinarily responsive to the
desires of Pan-American Airways, whose
remarkable political influence would cer-
tainly come under scrutiny.
#* k* * #
AT ANY RATE, months of klieg-lighted,
headline-catching investigations are now
apparently inevitable. In many ways, this
is a welcome prospect. The moral sleaziness
which has been attacking the Amei'ican
political fabric needs holding up to the
light. If President Truman continues, to
take the line that any man he has ever
appointed to offffice is automatically the
soul of honor, he will be committing politi-
cal suicide, as his Congressional leaders are
fully aware.
Even so, these investigations, past and
future, should be viewed in their proper
perspective. The fact is that the United
States cannot be destroyed either by crim-
inals with big city machine connections
or Iby influence peddlers with friends in
key agencies.
It seems to be a law of nature that a
moral blight descends on this country after
all its big wars. It is only necessary to look
back to the Grant and Harding administra-
tions, after the two other great wars which
this country has fought, to see that this is
so. Indeed, what has so far come to light
seems all the more unappetizing because it
has been by comparison so petty and un-
imaginative. In any case, in the end the
country will survive its gamblers and influ-
ence peddlers, just as i survived its Albert
Falls and Jim Fisks and Boss Tweeds.
Yet the survival of the nation is now
nevertheless for the first time at stake. This
is the fact which the klieg lights, the tele-
vision, and the atmosphere of high drama

H OPEFUL ICONOCLASTS were themselves cast down last week
-when the Student Legislature came through to uphold the Tug
Week tradition.
Around the World . .
KOREA-As the week opened, the Allies were still rolling forward
all along the front and had driven most of the Red forces out of
Korea, MacArthur sanctioned the crossing of the 38th parallel if
necessary, although the UN itself had reached no political decision
on the matter. South Korean troops advancing up the eastern sector of
Korea found the crossing necessary and captured a half dozen North
Korean towns. Suddenly, the Chinese, who had been withdrawing in
the face of the slow but effective Allied advance, turned about and
offered strong resistance along the central front. They began massing
fresh divisions and rejuvenating old ones all along the 38th parallel.
Their night convoys streaming south were called the heaviest of the
At the same time, the usually silent Peiping radio went on the air
and insolently scoffed MacArthur's offer to meet the Red commander
in the field and negotiate a truce. Although the Allied advance con-
tinued in spite of the stubborn resistance, speculation about a Chinese
counter offensive ran high. By week's end one thing was clear. The
Communist high command in Moscow had no intention of letting the
Korean war peter out, but intended to keep the UN fighting on the
bloody Asiatic penisula as long as the Chinese were willing to do battle.
BIG FOUR TALKS-After weeks of haggling, the Deputy Foreign
Ministers, meeting In Paris to set up anagenda for a proped Big Four
Foreign Ministers conference, appeared to be making headway.,Wed-
nesday, Soviet Deputy Andrei Gromyko backed down on his demands
that the demilitarization of Germany be the only topic for Big Four'
discussion. He agreed with the Western deputies that the rearmament
of. Big Four nations should be considered.
The deputies hopefully sat down Thursday to draw up and approve
a final agenda. The day ended, however, with the Western representa-
tives requesting further advice from their governments. Then, as has
happened so many times In the West's post war dealings with the
Russians, the two days of concord proved only illusory. Gromyko rose
Friday morning and denounced the North Atlantic Pact and demanded
its inclusion in the agenda. The West, disappointed but not completely
surprised, patiently went back to work.
LA PRENSA-Alberto Gainza Paz, editor of the Argentine news-
paper La Prensa, remained in exile in Uruguay this week. His paper had
been seized by the Peronist Argentine government. Throughout the
Western Hemisphere, protests against Peron's blatant violation of
freedom of the press resounded. Invited earlier in the week to be a
guest editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gainza Paz said yesterday
that he had decided to stay in Uruguay until freedom of the press
is restored in his country.
MISSING PLANE-The search for the U.S. Transport Globe-
master II, missing with 53 American airmen in a storm over the At-
lantic, was called off Friday after a week of unsuccessful search.
* * * *
National . .
DRAFT DEFERMENTS-The long-awaited word on deferments
for college students fially came through yesterday. For the complete
story, see page one of today's paper.
CRIME QUIZ-The natin's crime leaders continued to make
headlines all week as the Kefauver Committee set up shop in Wash-
ington and watched the war on crime gather momentum elsewhere in
the nation. St. Louis betting commissioner James Carroll was charged
with evading income tax laws. Former New York Mayor William
O'Dwyer was called before a Brooklyn grand jury while his friend,
former Water Commissioner James Moran, was charged with perjury
by another grand jury. The committee itself cited Frank Costello for
contempt along with 12 other witnesses. Five major cities began their
own belated investigations. Pleased with the results, the Senate ex-
tended the life of the Crime Committee until April 30. But the odds
were being quoted in favor of the city-by-city hearings going on until
well into the summer.
FOOD PRICE CONTROLS-In a move to curb soaring food prices,
Price Director Michael V. DiSalle last week clapped on a new "per-
centage mark-up" system of price controls. The system provided a
list of percentages Jwhich grocers may use to calculate their price
Local .. .
RENT CONTROLS-The Washtenaw County Rent Control Board
thought that they had news of their action kept pretty well under
cover. But Thursday it leaked out. They had voted, in a rough Monday
night meeting, to lift Ann Arbor rent controls, and they were apparent-
ly frightened that public reaction would set in before its approval by
Federal Housing Expeditor Tighe Woods. They were right. No sooner
had the news broken than a wave of protests arose from students and
townspeople. The matter can no longer be fought on a local level, as
it has been in the past. If rent controls are to stick in Ann Arbor, it is
now up to Tighe Woods.
-Chuck Elliott, Leonard Greenbaum and Rich Thomas

(Continued from Page 2)
Events Today
Westminster Guild: 9:30 a.m., Sem-
inar in Religion. 5:30 p.m., Supper.
6:30 p.m., Committee reports on com-
munity problems. Election of officers
for next year.
Canterbury Club: 8 a.m., Holy Com-
munion. 9 a.m.,* Holy Communion
followed by a student breakfast in Can-
terbury House. 5 p.m., Evening Prayer
with sermon by the Chaplain, followed
by student dinner at Canterbury
House. A talk will be given on the
opportunities of working -with the un-
derprivileged children in England. Rev,
Mr. Koonz will show movies on his re-
cent trip to England. Everyone is wel-
Michigan Christian Fellowship: 4 p.
in., Lane Hail (Fireside Room). Leith
Samuel, M.S,, L.Th., English Lecturer,
wil speak on the subject: The Impos-
sibility of Agnosticism.
Lutheran Student Association: 5 p.m.,
Zion Lutheran Parish Hall, supper. 7
p.m., Program. Speaker: Prof. Gerhard.
Lenski. "Church and Social Problems."
Roger Williams Guild: 10 a.m., Bible
Study in the Guild House: "Hebrews."
4:30 p.m., The Chiir will present Men-
delssohn's Oratorio "Eliah" in the
Church. There will be no Guild meet-
ing or supper. Members are urged to
attend the "Elijah."
Congregational - Disciples - Evangeli-
cal and Reformed Gulid: 6 pm., Sup-
per at the Congregational *Church.
Followed by a student forum on ave-
nues of Christian growth.
Wesleyan Guild: 9:30 a.m., Breakfast
Seminar in the Pine Room. 5:30 p.m.,
Supper: Worship and Program: "The
Meaning of Events in the Far East," by
Senator Walter E. Judd, 7 p.m. in the
Inter-Guild meeting, Lane Hall, 3-5
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting, 2 p.m.,
League, All those interested are in-
U. of M. Hot Record Society presents
a LIVE JAM SESSION. No admission
charge. Everyone invited.
IZFA: General meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
League. Movie from Israel. All are
Sigma Rho Tau, The Stump Speaker's
Society: Training Night: 1. Practice in
the "Hall of Fame" and "Project"
speeches. 2. Discussion of the future
Ypsilanti Woman's Debate. Tues.,
April 3, 7 p.m., 2080 E. Engineering Bldg.
All studente in the Engineering College
are welcome.
Coming Events
Michigan Actuarial Club: Tues., April
3, 4 p.m., Room 3A, Union. Mr. Richard
Roeder will speak on "Self-Adminis-
tered Pension Plans."
Science Research Club: Meeting, 7:30
p.m., Tues., April 3, Rackham Amph-
theater. "Mechanism of the Electro-
lyte Inbalance in Uretero-Sigmoid
Transplantation," by Dr. Jack Lapides,
Surgery. "The Problem of Rabies in
Michigan," by Dr. William Preston,
Women's Research Club: Meeting,
"The Library of the University of
Michigan Law School and Its Research
Facilities for International and Foreign
Law." Mrs. Lilly Roberts, Associate
Bibliographer of Legal Research Library.
Mon., April 2, 6 p.m., Hutchins Hall.
International Center: Tea for visit-
ing Japanese deans andaprofessors,
Mon., April 2, 4:30 p.m. Japanese ex-
change students and students and fac-
ulty of the Center for Japanese Studies
Zoology Department and Phi Sigma,
co-sponsors: Dr. Louis W. Hutchins,
Director of the Bermuda Biological Sta-
tion, will speak on "Research at the
Bermuda Biological Station" on Mon.,
April 2, 8 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater.
Electrical Engineering Department
Research Discussion Group. Open meet-

ing, 4 p.m., Mon., April 2, 2084 E. En-
gineering Bldg. Mr. Nelson W. Spencer,
Engineering Research Institute, will
present "Rocket Borne Instrumentation
for the Measurement of Ambient At-
mospheric Pressure and Temperature."
English Journal Club: Prof. Myer H.
Abram of Cornell University will speak
on Coleridge's "Defection: an Ode,"
Mon., April 2, 8 p.m., East Conference
Room, Rackham Bldg. All those in-
terested are invited.
The Chinese Student Club presents
Cecilia Chang, soprano from the East-
man School of Music on Mon., April 2,
8 p.m. First Methodist Church. Social
hour following the recital. Nominal
fee charged. Everyone invited.
Women of the University Faculty:
Weekly tea, Tues., April 3, 4-6 p.m.,
Club room, League.
Pre-Medical Society: Meeting, Tues.,
April 3, 1:30 p.m., 1300 Chemistry Bldg.
Speaker: Dr. J. N. Spuhler of the In-
stitute of Human Biology. "Human
Genetics." Elections of officers for the
forthcoming year. All members and
interested students are urged to at-
La P'tite Causette: Meets Mon., April
2, 3:30 p.m., League.
A.S.: Meeting, Mon., April 2,.7:30
p.m., 1042 East Engineering 'Bldg.
Speaker: Mr. W. Hatcher, Piaseeki
Helicopter Corp. "Military Aspects of
Transport Helicopters."
Hillel: Reservations are now avail-
able for Passover meals. Phone 3-4129.
Quarterdeck: Meeting, Tues., April 3,
7:30 p.m., Union. Movies.






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