THiE MICilGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 195 1
IKE A DOG worrying an old bone, Stu-
dent Legislature Wednesday night spent
re tan two hours wrangling needlessly
er the aged outside representation issue.
The general uselessness of the long de-
ate points out a major flaw in SL pro-
Most of the obstruction as usual came
)m a small group of legislators. Endless
iendments and procedural motions which
ould have been settled in committee was-
I the time of the Legislature.
Dave Belin presented five amendments to
e original motion as drawn up by Wally
arson and approved after considerable
idy by the Campus Action Committee.
lin is a member of this committee, but
i not (because of a conflicting class) at-
id any of the meetings. Although he had
good reason for missing the meetings, he
ould have found some way of presenting
s suggestions to his committee.
Bob Perry also put on the floor a time-
nsuming amendment. Perry, likewise a
Amber of the Campus Action Committee,
d for some reason refrained from making
s suggestiotn to the committee where it
This represents a distortion of proper
egislative 'procedure. The parliamentary
naneuvering in effect found the SL act-
ng as a committee of the whole needlessly
oing the job which the Campus Action
,ommittee by all rights should have hand-
ed. When the motion is brought on the
loor, SL should be prepared to act with-
mut being tied up with amendments from
Most of the legislature was properly in-
nsed at the obstruction of the small, long-
Lnded clique-several new legislators took
.e floor to rebuke those responsible. Pos-
bly it would be in order for the Chair
follow the illustrious traditions of former
peaker of the House "Czar" Joe Cannon
id refuse to recognize those who have al-
ady had their say on the issue, or abrupt-
cut off speakers who stray from the point.
What made the shenanigans seem even
ore ridiculous is the fact that the motion
essentially innocuous. It invites members
,various campus groups to attend SL
eetings and speak on issues pertaining to
ie activities of their organizations.
Such questions may arise once or twice
a semester-presumably these outside del-
gates will not be tempted to many meet-
ngs that do not concern them. As they
annot vote, it does not in any sense
>roaden representation. Possibly it is of
some use in making better contacts be-
tween these groups and SL, but aside
from that, it seems to accomplish little.
SL should remember that a large segment
f the campus has not been sold on its val-
e, as is attested by widespread apathy to-
'ards many SL activities. The legislature
iould avoid disillusioning its supporters by
ich a performance as that of Wednesday
"But You Wiped Out Communism- Remember?"
WHILE THE RECENT relaxation of the
freshman eligibility rules will be hailed
as a victory for the opponents of Univer-
sity paternalism, a closer examination of
the situation will reveal that the dropping
of these restrictions will be no gain to the
students in the long run.
The original purpose of the regulations
barring first semester freshmen from par-
ticipation in extra-curricular activities
was to assure the student at least one se-
mester to make the precarious transition
from high school to college.
The adjustment the student must make
in his new surroundings is one of the most
difficult and strained he has yet made in
his limited career. For most students there
is the new experience of making his own
decisions, social, financial and academic. In
addition he is suddenly encountering a whole
new world of people and experiences.
Certainly one of the greatest transitions
the student must make is the academic one.
Many high school students are able to
achieve the highest grades with compara-
tively little study involved. However, they
are in for a rude awakening upon their ar-
rival on the campus when they discover that
things are a little different in college.
These students must not be distracted by
outside activities in their struggle for read-
If freshmen are allowed to participate in
outside activities, many students who found
time in high school to join four or five clubs,
edit a publication and perhaps run for stu-
dent office will naturally be motivated by
their own ambitions and by pressure from
friends to try to continue where they left off..
Taking steps like this, before he has had a
chance to organize his time between study-
ing and activities may prove fatal to a stu-
dent's college career.
This coming year, especially, when the
difference between a few C's and D'S may
mean the difference between remaining in
college and marching off to the service,
everything should be done to encourage
scholastic progress, rather than place dis-
tracting temptations in its path.
SAC's action in trying to satisfy the de-
sires of campus groups is commendable, but
I think that for the protection of the indi-
vidual student, this is one rule that should
stay on the books.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: ZANDER HOLLANDER
* * *w
THE REMOVAL of the ban on first-semes-
ter freshman participation in activities
is merely the continuation of a trend that
has been going on for some time at the
Eligibility rules have been rendered in-
creasingly lax by the administration ever
since their introduction. The denial to in-
coming students of an immediate oppor-
tunity to take part in extra-curricular af-
fairs has been shot full of holes by the
granting of expedient exceptions.
From the beginning, sports were wide
open. University officials found this neces-
sary for building up the varsity teams to the
highest peak of performance possible in the
few years afforded.
It soon also became evident that the
marching band could profit by an influx of
new talent before the start of the football
season. Both of these exceptions were prob-
ably ruled for the benefit of the University's
Later, it was conceded that numerous
other groups made major contributions to
the top-level standing of Michigan's extra-
curricular activities. For example, last fall,
the Arts Chorale and the Glee Club were
freed from the eligibility plan.
At that time, the Gilbert & Sullivan so-
ciety, dramatic groups and publications
were the only organizations which were
denied bolstering by new students.
According to past practices, then, it would
seem that the new freedom is justified. Cer-
tainly, the groups which now join the ranks
of those which have had special eligibility
privileges play an equal role in serving and
entertaining the University and the public.
In other words, the new move is merely
the culmination of a series of actions which
have considered discrimination against
groups of an equal plane of importance.
To oppose the lifting of the ban on all
organizations is to oppose the exceptions
which have been made in the past.
There is some support for this. The
semester-long orientation period undoubt-
edly becomes more complex with the in-
troduction of organized outside interests.
However, there is considerable doubt that
it becomes completely confusing.
An activity has a number of very impor-
1) It gives the student an opportunity to
constructively apply an interest.
2) It may often contribute to the student's
3) It helps the student get a firm footing
in college life by building self-confidence
and gaining the knowledge of giving and
4) It is a means by which the student may
serve the University.
5) In all cases, it is a broadening and ma-
turing social experience.
An activity also takes time. It may limit
the quality and quantity of academic
achievement. It may give the student a
false sense of values and emphasis. It may
bring scholastic downfall to new students.
However, it is unlikely that a large
amount of students not equipped with the
capacity for balancing the curricular and
extra-curricular will succumb to the acti-
vities urge during the first months of
their college career. It is more likely that
most of the students who immediately
try out for an activity will have a real in-
terest in it and will drop it if it is found
detrimental to their transcript.
Students who flunk out the first semester
owing to over-indulgence in non-scholastic
fields have done it just as easily by artici-
pating in non-organized activities. With
the doors of major campus groups closed
to them, they have taken part-time jobs,
joined social groups, engaged in private en-
terprises or just wasted their time.
The trial run will disclose what they will
do under the "new" plan.
But the past shows a large degree of
successful adjustment in the many groups
that have enjoyed this privilege for some
time. And a safe guess would be that the
complete sweeping-away of the old regula-
tions will not result in any appreciable dif-
ettet6 TO THE EDITOR
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
Neptune Film Society..
To the Editor:
ON T IE
with DREW PEARSON
The Weekend in Town
THE FINAL FLING
Draft deferments tests, 9 a.m. Saturday
at Waterman and other places for those who
Jon't think they have militaristic tendencies.
RING AROUND THE MOON, second of-
ering of the current Drama Season, starring
Lucille Watson and a wheelchair. Daily
eviewers adjudge it "an evening's entertain-
nent." Donald Buka takes the role of twins
bly, andsGrace Kelly, cast to type, is beau-
if ul. Last performances at 2:30 and 8:30
The RFC's New
SENIOR BALL, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in
the Union Ballroom, with harmonious Hal
McIntyre and accomplices. Theme is "Our
College Days" with murals of past four
years and predictions for the next few.
BLUE BOOK BALL, a semi-annual affair,
from 9 to 12 p.m. Saturday, also in the ball-
room. A University-sponsored project to
flunk the deadwood out. Frank Tinker's
* * .
WASHINGTON-A prominent Spanish industrialist now visitingn
South America has a word of warning for the statesmen of the t
West: Don't count on effective military collaboration from the Span- u
ish army under the Franco regime, with or without modern equipment. f
The industrialist, a lifelong monarchist and supporter ofs
Franco's Fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War, revealed that r
the current wave of strikes in that country is the first step in as
compaign carefully planned by the underground resistance move-o
"And don't make the mistake of labeling it 'Communist agita-v
tion'," he added. "'m contributing to the strike fund; so are a large
number of factory owners and businessmen throughout Spain. Every-
one except active Falange party members is agreed on one thing, re-r
gardless of politics: Franco must go."E
This informant explained that the strategy and schedule for the
present strikes were drawn up almost two years ago, but not put into
effect until resistance leaders had made certain of enough sympathiz-
ers in the army and national police to ensure that there would be no
mass slaughter of workers.
"The ironic fact is that they were making slow progress
among the military," he said, "until the talk began abroad about
bringing Spain into the Atlantic Pact. You see, we Spaniards
have a highly developed sense of the ridiculous; asking us to1
fight for democracy under the leadership of Franco is just tool
much to keep a straight face over."
Referring to his own change of political sympathies, the indus-
trialist admitted frankly that it was based largely on business con-
siderations. He said it was almost impossible to conduct any private
enterprise under the present regime, due to excessive state controls,
arbitrary and inequitable price-fixing, and constant interference by
the government-controlled unions.
"Of course you can buy off the Falangist union leader by giving
him a piece of your business," he added, "but the first bite is never
the last, so that way lies eventual ruin."
Despite his personal convictions, the industrialist estimated that
"at least 70 per cent" of Spaniards today are pro-Republican.
"However, only a. few extremists want to see Franco violently
overthrown. What everybody is hoping and working for now is
the restoration of the monarchy under a liberal constitution, at
least as an interim arrangement. The United States could help
decisively to bring this about, if she would, just by seeing to it
that the Franco government receives no direct assistance, eco-
nomic or political, during this crucial period.
"If that were done, and we succeeded in changing the regime,
Spain would be a grateful and stanch ally, within the limit of its pos-
sibilities. As things stand now, though, you couldn't find a more un-
* * * *
-RIDGWAY VS. RHEE-'
GEN. MATTHEW RIDGWAY sent an important cable to the De-
fense Department this week regarding his problems with President
Syngman Rhee and Korean troops.
President Rhee has insisted that Korean troops be organized as
independent units and fight completely on their own. General Ridg-
way, on the other hand, has found that Korean troops fight well when
closely integrated with U.S. troops but break and run when organized
as independent units. Each time the Chinese have struck recently,
they have aimed their chief blows at the South Koreans.
Therefore, General Ridgway asked the Defense Department
to help him straighten out this problem with elderly, crusty Presi-
dent Rhee, who argues that if Korea is to defend itself in the fu-
ture, its troops must learn to fight independently.
Secretary Marshall immediately got in touch with the State De-
partment, secured its cooperation toward informing President Rhee
that his troops must be integrated, at least until the crisis is over.
* * * *
-BLOCKING THE COMMUNISTS-
ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL Jack Redding has given the
nation an illustration of what can be done regarding the Chinese
Communists diplomatically when you really get on the ball.
Last winter Redding attended a meeting of the Universal Postal
Union at Cairo, where the Chinese Communists won an important vic-
tory. Despite the objection of the Unitied States and much to Red-
ding's disgust, they were seated as a member of the Union.
However, another meeting of the Postal Union was scheduled
for May 21 at St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Redding immediately
got busy. He notified the anti-Communist friends of the U.S.A.
that we would like to see them attend the St. Gallen meeting and
vote with us against China. As a result, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia
and Brazil,.which had not participated before, showed up.
And this week, thanks to Redding's alertness, the Postal Union
voted 10 to 6, with three abstaining, to boot Communist China out of
the Postal Union.
(Copyright, 1951, by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
AM EAGERLY watching the ac-
tivities of the Neptune Film So-
iety, gleefully anticipating its
resentation of "The Birth of a
ation." If it succeeds I foresee
evolutionary progress in educa-
onal method. Not only will the
tudent be permitted to know of
Lhe evils in our society but also to
ee, smell and feel those evils. But
et us not stop there. Let the stu-j
ent also experience and enjoy
hem by producing them in a1
Now then, toward the quicker1
chievement of the latter stage
n our education I propose that
anyone who is interested contact
ie to assist in the formation of
he Slanderous and Obscene Film
Association. The purpose of the
O0FA will be to procure and pre-
ent all films and parts of films
which have not passed the censors.
These morsels will be presented
or educational purposes only. The;
most sexy scenes, all the more
valuable for their psychological in-
erest, may be reshown in slow mo-
ion upon the request of the audi-
ence. Of course, and I reiterate
with emphasis, of course, these
howings will be accompanied by
purely objective talks by promi-
nent and asexual persons.
For those of you who feel that
his project would be too great-an
undertaking let me voice the well-
ounded hope that we will get full
support from the NFA. We shall
narrow our field of activity to en-
ightening and entertaining the
student with sexual immorality
only so as not to interfere wtih our
brother organization, the NFA,
which is working on the racial pre-
So let's get behind it, kids!.-Let's
make the SOFA the springboard
for ventures in better, more inter-
-Francis R. Dixon
* * *
To the Editor:
HAVING BEEN overlooked as a
potentian Indian fighter, hav-
ing been ignored as a potential
acorn, I must protest against the
latest indignity which has been
heaped upon a head already bow-
ed by persecution.
Pinnacles, tapping a total of 500
non-entities, did not approach my
portals with the anointed cactus
tipped ramrod. The implication,
which I can refute: I do not have
a pointed head.
-D. Eugene McNeil
* * *
Birth of a Nation .
forget, then. We have found this
the best way to end discrimination
against our people.
Executive Board: NAACP
To the Editor:
I WISH TO register strong dis-
agreement with the tone of
Dave Thomas' editorial on "The
Birth of a Nation" yesterday. It
left the impression that most of
those opposing the film's showing
are merely "self- dramatizers"
making much noise without pro-
found conviction. The flippancy
and red-baiting of the piece are
The Neptune Film Society is in-
terested in a full and useful dis-
cussion of a disturbing problem.
In the process, we do not want to
see our opponents maligned and
Those who oppose showing "The
Birth of a Nation" act, in general,
from deep moral conviction. Their
opposition takes place against the
background of America's greatest
disgrace: our treatment of the
Negro people. They have several
points of great import and perti-
nence to make. They deserve to be
heard with respect, and attention,
and to have their case judged on
I do not believe it permissable
fox anyone to light-heartedly take
one or another position in this con-
troversy. The issues are complex
and many-valued. Therefore, noth-
ing is contributed by intemperate
and superficial statements on
I have stated that it is necessary
to pay a great price to prevent cen-
sorship over the educational pro-
cess. Unless we feel in our very
guts just how great is that price
as in this case, a personal decision
in favor of showing "The Birth of
a Nation" here has no value or
meaning. It represents a shrinking
of the moral issue involved.
The decision to show Griffith's
vicious film is not one which I have
made easily. I believe that every
person of good will who agrees
with me cannot but come to his
conclusion on the basis of a pro-
found moral conflict.
Those who are in opposition
must of necessity be treated cour-
teously, with great consideration
for their intense conviction and
sincerity and with a full under-
standing of their position.
In the meantime, we shall con-
tinue our efforts to show "The
Birth of a Nation" in the next few
Neptune Film Society
THE RED SHOES, still dancing their way
into the hearts of people who have seen it
twice already, returns to the Orpheum for
a stay. This loudly acclaimed technicolor
masterpiece has garnered three academy
awards, miles of rave notices since it first
THE BLUE ANGEL, featuring that leggy
grandmother who makes you want to be the
big bad wolf, Marlene Dietrich. Presented
at Hill at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Sat-
urday by the SL Cinema Guild. This is the
story of a night club entertainer and a pro-
fessor, always a dangerous combination. The
review review on this page tags it "A classic
study of disintegration and sex."
To the Editor:
rP E NAACP feels that the Nep-
tune Film Society has no valid
reason for bringing "Birth of S
Nation" again to campus. The
Negro people do not appreciate the
efforts, and they deplore the meth-
ods, of those who would fight dis-
crimination in this manner. True
equality can only exist when we
stop thinking of racial equality as
a controversial issue, but as what it
is, a universal truth.
We believe that our Supreme
Court has, by its interpretations,
granted to no one the freedom to
libel and slander or to humiliate
and degrade human lives.
It is claimed that a university
society can digest such hate-ridden
distortions of fact as this film with
no ill-effects. We feel that a uni-
versity society, especially where so
few individuals are aware of the
problems of the Negro people, is
in no way immune to the prevailing
attitudes toward Negroes in Ameri-
ca. The movie serves to reinforce
racial beliefs which might eventu-
ally have died, away. Too many of
us know that education has little
to do with basic attitudes towards
We take issue with those who
would equate the Jewish and
Catholic problems with the Negro
problem. In the former cases are
involved men's principles and be-
liefs. The Jewish people and those
of the Catholic faith can look back
on their history with pride thai
they have been able to retain their
beliefs uncorrupted, through cen-
turies of persecution.
But, the American Negroes hav
had to fight to forget much of theil
past. We don't like to be reminde-
by ads showing Negroes as butlers
or maids, by radio shows, by hun-
dreds of things in every day life .
. . and now, by "Birth of a Na-
tion".- . . . that society, centurie
ago, defined for us and our child.
ren a rigid little hole in her abun-
Let us, and our white friends
THE RFC's new chief, Stuart Symington,
has given his agency a dose of exactly
the kind of medicine it needs.
Mr. Symington learned that the head of
the Minneapolis office of the RFC, E. M.
Rowlands, rented warehouse space from one
government agency and then leased- it to
another at a personal profit of more than
$36,000. On receiving this information, Mr.
Symington checked it for accuracy. But he
did not bother to see whether Mr. Rowlands
had committed an illegal act. It was enough
for Mr. Symington that it was "improper"
and of that the new RFC head was "dead
certain." Whereupon he fired the inside
tracker in Minneapolis.
President Truman could have saved him-
self no end of the criticism which has piled
up mountain high if he had only been willing
to fire out the Rowlands as their pretty
rackets came to light in the RFC and else-
where in the executive departments.
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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mate ruin during the past few weeks leaves
no doubt in the minds of observers on the
spot that they will continue to race ahead
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TRIO, W. Somerset Maugham's follow up
to "Quartet which appeared here last year,
has its last showing locally at the Michigan
today. Three short stories, The Verger, Mr.
Knowall, and Sanatorium, with the latter
taking the honors.
GO FOR BROKE, a bang-banger of the
"Battleground" type, takes over the Michi-
gan for the rest of the weekend with Van
Johnson and a supporting Army.
THE THING continues to haunt the State
through today, managing a strong feeling
of suspense with a flying saucer, a walking
vegetable, air force foul-ups, a sexy, sweater-
wearing secretary, and Hollywood's unusual
conception of a reporter.
FRENCHIE, a Western that never juts
from the usual pattern, finishes the week-
At Hill Auditorium
THE BLUE ANGEL with Marlene Die-
trich and Emil Jannings.
THIS CLASSIC study of disintegration and
sex, which served to give Marlene Die-
trich an international audience, will prob-
ably be shown for a long time to come. In
spite of technical difficulties, the film has
a quality that few modern efforts can equal.
La Dietrich is marvelous. Appearing
somewhat fleshier than she is today, her
performance as an earthy nightclub enter-
tainer radiates more sex than any five cur-
rent Hollywood sirens. The famous legs are
almost always in evidence. However, she is
the star by reason of billing only. It is Emil
Jannings' picture. His impressively poig-
nant portrayal of the professor who deterior-
ates under her influence is a masterpiece.
A consummate actor, Jannings never falters,
My toupee! Everyone
i on television has to
-Well, we can't let a few ordinary little mishaps mar
your picnic, can we? No use crying over spit milk-