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SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 1951


Party Politics Ruin Plans


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For Campus Convention

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Party politics ruined plans for
a mock political convention at the
University of Cincinnati, a cam-
pus leader charged there last week.
A local politician had requested
the convention be "fixed" so that
Sen. Robert A. Taft would win the
South African
Leaders Plan.
For Opposition
ca0-()-Opposition groups risked
civil strife in the sweeping plans
they laid this week to thwart Re-
publican minded Prime Minister
Daniel Malan's efforts to rewrite
South Africa's constitution.
Ranking anti-government chiefs
disclosed they were taking steps
'1. Mobilize hundreds of thous-
ands of their white supporters in
a folded-arms movement-a sort
of passive resistance campaign-
which might paralyze industry
and commerce.
2. Hit back if the Government
uses force to impose policies which
the opposition considers uncon-
* * *
THE QUESTION of force might
come to the fore if the Govern-
ment should attempt to shut down
Torch Commando, a militant or-
ganization of war veterans, on
the ground its activities were sub-
versive. Malan has publicly ac-
cused Tordh Commando, the op-
position's strong right arm, of be-
ing Communist tinged.
The Prime Minister warned
Friday his government will not
hesitate to use the police and,
as a last resort, the armed forces
to avert chaos. Nationalist news-
paper organs have charged the
Torch Commandos are secretly
stockpiling arms.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the
10 million non-whites of South
Africa, prepared their own civil
disobedience campaign to defy the
white man's strict race laws.
The constitutional storm sweep-
ing the 42-year-old Union of
South Africa is a dramatic cli-
max to the Malan gove nment's
policy of apartheid (pronounced
apart-tate), or racial separation.
The idea was to sort out the 10
million Negroes, Indians and col-
oreds into tight social, economic
and political compartments where
they would live under the guard-
ianship of 2/ million whites.
Student Work
T'o BeHeard
Five student composers will hear
their music played at a Composer's
Forum to be held at 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, in the Rackham Lec-
ture Hall.
The compositions to be heard
are three "Sonata for Violin and
Piano" by three individual com-
posers - Rov ;Yttrehus, Grad,
Donald Harris, SM, and George
B. Wilson, Grad.
Kark Magnuson will play his
own composition, "Three Move-
m Yents for Piano." Alexander
Smith's "String Quartet in C
sharp" will conclude the program.
Prof. Ross Lee Finney, of the
school of music, will direct the
forum, which is open to the public.

presidential nomination, he re-
* * *
DESPITE administration talk of
"doubtful educational value," this
was the real reason for the uni-
versity banning the project, he
"We had started out to put
on a student example of the
ideal workings of democracy.
It. suddenly became real back
rooms politics. We had in store
for us a first rate example of
political influence dictating de-
cisions," he commented ang-
The official university state-
ment had noted the convention
might take more time than it was
"The proposed operation of a
party convention appears to be
of very doubtful value in return
for the tremendous amount of
time and work which would be re-
quired. It might easily be detri-
mental to the regular work of
students," the official statement
LANDLORDS who continue to
allow coeducational rooming in
houses around the University of
Chicago campus are going to be
declared out-of-bounds U. of C.
deans announced last week.
Going back to a policy which
has not been in effect since
World War II, the deans de-
clared, "The university does not
approve of co-educational hous-
"Certain things are socially ap-
proved and certain things are not.
Maybe we're old fashioned. But
the administration believes that
appropriate housing is one of its
Students who use unapproved
housing will be subject to investi-
* * *
HAZING charges have been lev-
eled against the Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity at the University of
North Carolina.
Although both the local IFC
president and the Phi Gam presi-
dent have denied the charges, the
case has been presented before the
state governor (under provisions
of a state anti-hazing law) and
the university administration.
No action has been taken on the
case, however. In an open letter to
the governor, the Daily Tar Heel
editor suggested that he might,
"Take an especial interest in a
law which has been consistently
violated and consistently ignored."

First Year


The Rev. James Robinson, pas-
tor of the Church of the Master
in Harlem, will speak on his
experiences during a recent
tour through European and
Asiatic countries at 7:34 p.m.
tomorrow at the Presbyterian
Church on Washtenaw and S.
Truman Asks
St. Lawrence
Truman tried again yesterday to
get Congress interested in the St.
Lawrence river power project and
The idea of opening a seaway
from the Great Lakes to the At-
lantic has been discusged for 50
years, but Congress never has ap-
proved it.
The current plan is to spend
818 million dollars to build the
Seaway and also a big electric
power plant on the river between
the U. S. and Canada, with the
two countries sharing in the proj-
Truman wrote Chairman Con-
nally (D-Tex) of the Senate For-
eign Relations Committee and
Chairman Buckley (D-NY) of the
House Foreign Affairs Committee
"We need the Seaway and the
power. We need them as soon as
the necessary work can be built.
The best, the simplest, and the
quickest way is through 'legisla-
tion by the Congress. I strongly
recommend that your committee
and the Congress complete action
on this vital matter."
He wrote that Canada is pre-
pared to go it alone on the Sea-
way project.

ONCE BOOKS-NOW SPEECHES-Last year, President Harlan H. Hatcher would have been working by night on one of his books.
But his new garb of office forces the scholar-president to channel his energies into the duller task of speech writing. And curious chil-
dren, Robert, seven years old, and Anne Linda, five years old, are'not the least of his distractions. President Hatcher interrupts his work
to explain the intricate functionings of the typewriter.


Speeches and meetings, a flock
of visitors to greet, then another
round of the same, interspersed
with student teas, football games,
inaugural ceremonies, and Christ-
mas carols-this was President
Harlan H. Hatcher's panoramic
recollection of his first half-year
as University chief executive.
Far-flung speaking engagements
have occupied a substantial por-
tion of the 54-year-old educators
energies, with appearances from
San Diego to Boston. "A glance at
the March to May calendar shows
it's not over yet. It 'is, despite its
ordeals, a stimulating experience,"
he said.
March, University birthday
montb and traditional occasion
for alumni gathering around the
country, means for President
Hatcher trips to Jackson, M-
waukee, Lansing, Saginaw and
Fort Wayne,
In addition, a special trip to
address a joint session of the
State Legislature on March 19
was made. The greying scholar-
president, in receiving the hon-
or from the Legislature, enter-
ed a unique class with Gen.
Douglas MacArthur and Re.
Charles Potter (R-Mich.), only.
other dignitaries to receive such
legislative invitations this ses-
The new president has won a
reputation for indefatigable energy
in his six months here. Besides
acquainting himself with the Uni-
versity's detailed operations, he
has conferred frequently with ad-
ministrative officers and with
faculty members on policies and
procedures, and with students on
current problems.
Despite the relentless whirl of
obligations, President Hatche
professes satisfaction with his new
"In particular," he added,
leaning back behind the tidy ex-
panses of his big desk in the
southeast corner of the second
floor of the Administration
Bldg., "we like the many con-
tacts we have with students."
"The children appear to have
made the big adjustment from life
in a residential section to the Pres-
ident's home on campus," Pres-
ident Hatcher said. Robert, seven
years old, and Anne Linda, five
years old, are in second grade and
kindergarten respectively in Uni-
versity elementary school.
"But I haven't been getting
much writing done here, the one-
time author admitted. "I have sev-
eral projects at the nebulous stage-
I'd like to go back to one day,
"It's my feeling everyone with
the University should be directly
in touch with the educational
process, and should have an oppor-
tunity to carry on some academic
work," he concluded.
By Crawford Young
Pictures Courtesy
'U' News Service


TWO PRESIDENTS CONFER -President Hatcher is "briefed"
by retired President Alexander G. Ruthven on the myriad duties
of office of a University chief executive.

FAMILIAR SCENE-President Hatcher peers through the orna-
mental foliage as he takes a position on the speaker's stand to
address an alumni group. The new administrator often averages
three speeches a week during a forensic fall.




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