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U.S. Precision Dazzles French Guests

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Daily Associate Editor
America's push-button precision
is amazing.
At least it is to two young
Frenchmen who are' taking a
grand tour of the United States.
Frederic Sacco, a lawyer, and
Fernand Brambilla, a law school
senior at the University of Aix
Marseilles, have stopped over in
Ann' Arbor on their west-to-east
Jaunt of the country.
SO FAR, although they have
come allthe way across from Cali-
fornia, the thing that has im-
pressedthem most is the Ford fac-
tory, especially seeing the final
product come off the line.
"A man pushed a button, and
he was off. It seems that every-
thing in America runs that eas-
But the most startling thing was
that in the factory everyone ex-
pected the car to run.
"In France,".he explained, "peo-
ple wouldn't be so confident."
and Brambilla, is the approachi-
bility of a presidential candidate.
"No manof importance would
walk through crowds in Europe
unprotected," they said. The two
saw Adlai Stevenson when he
was In Los Angeles. "It appeared
that anyone could shake his
As for the campaign shenanigans
themselves, the two visitors think
Lecturer Tells
British Feeling
Toward U.S.
"Europe looks at America in var-
ious ways and has misconceptions
about you just as you do about
Europeans," Prof. John A. Haw-
good, of the University of Birming-
ham, England, declared yesterday.
Sponsored by the history de-
partment, Prof. Hawgood's talk
was a first-hand observation of
the way Europeans look at Amer-
MOST SEVERE British criti-
cism of Americans comes from
either Communists or fellow trav-
elers, Prof. Hawgood pointed out.
And much of what they say is
generally disregarded by the pub-
He also termed Aneuran Bev-
an's brand of criticism as "tac-
tical"-designed to attack one
of the main policies of the dom-
inant Attlee wing of the Labor
Party and thus gain control.
"But if Bevan ever became Prime
Minister, I feel certain that he
would be as pro-American as the
present government is," the quick
witted professor emphasized.
"Britains look upon Americans
as brothers .. . and are not en-
vious of your country's position of
dominance," he noted.
The main source of American
criticism, Prof. Hawgood claim-
ed, is France "which is-in a path-
ological state caused by their de-
feat In the last war.-
"All they have left for which
they don't have to apologize is their
culture and civilization, and that
,explains why they feel offended
at having to accept American aid
and will oppose any American
custom," the noted expert on mod-
ern history explained.
Whittaker To Tour
Upper Peninsula
Prof. Wayne L. Whittaker, sec-
retary of the University medical
school, will tour the Upper Penin-

sula from Monday, Oct. 13 through
Saturday, Oct. 18.
He will appear before high
schools, colleges, University alum-
ni clubs and luncheon and civic
groups to outline opportunities in
the medical profession and related
fields of nursing, medical technol-
ogy, and physical therapy.

'University Stu~dic
il ingS on W
S kippers Handle Dinghies, Ice Boats;
Club Conducts Weekly Shore School

nts Enjoy
!zitmore Lake

-Daily-Alan Reid
EFFICIENCY FAILS-Visiting Frenchmen Frederic Sacco (right)
and Fernand Brambillo find that American mechanical efficiency,
which has thrilled them during their tour of the United States,
is not always foolproof. The source of their dissillusionment is
the hardly-ever working peanut machine in the Student Publica-
tions Bldg.

the American people are too en-
thused over individual men.
"They argue over personalities,
but don't seem to worry when the
issues are skirted."
* * *
ALTHOUGH they both like Ike,
the two went to both the Young
Republican and Citizens for Ste-
venson meetings Wednesday.
"There is no real parallel to such
groups as these in France.
"University political groups
are always rocked by disunity.
A peaceful meeting like those
held Wednesday could never take
place at home.'
As for their general impressions
of an American university and its
students, the travelers revealed
that a few myths were removed by
their visit here.
"We always had the idea that

American students were interested
only in football and parties. The
ones we have met seem to be work-
ing hard.
SCHEDULED to leave Ann Ar-
bor today, Sacco and Brambillo
will go on to Washington and oth-
er points east, then back to France.
Having tried all forms of cross
country transportation, they will
probably rely mostly on their fa-
vorite mode, the bus. Unlike most
American travelers, they think bus
travel is grand, especially for "see-
They had the poorest luck with
the famous American automobile.
All set to buy one in Los Angeles,
they took it out on a trial run.
"Then another car smashed into
us," they explained, "So we took
the car back. We like the bus bet-
ter anyway."

They call a rope a sheet, a
halyard, or a pennent, they have
no qualms about women compet-
ing on an equal footing with men
and they are very satisfied with
the way they are spending their
four years in Ann Arbor.
They hitchhike to Whitmore
Lake in all kinds of weather and
they get a great thrill out of
building, repairing and sailing
twelve-foot oversized rowboats
known as D-T dinghies. When the
lake freezes over in winter they
stow the dinghies, haul out one
of their two ice boats and go skim-
ming over the ice at speeds rang-
ing up to 80 miles per hour.
THEY ARE members of the
University of Michigan Sailing
Club, perhaps the most unique
student group on campus-or on
the lake.
The club makes no pretence of
being educational. In its own
words its purpose is "to promote
interest and activity in small boat
sailing with a true Corinthian
If a student is interested in
sailing small boats, the club
wants him to join. Skill and ex-
perience is not necessary.
For the neophyte in the fine
art of sailing, the club holds an
excellent shore school once a week.
Here he is taught the fundamen-
tals of sailing, rules of the road,
nautical nomenclature, knot-ty-
ing and other pertinent material.
Simultaneous instruction is given
on the boats themselves. Achieve-
ment tests are given periodically
and when a member achieves the
rating of "skipper" he or she can
be considered a first class helms-
IN ORDER to achieve these pro-
motions club members must pass
the following tests:

A. Swim 50 yards and stay
afloat 10 minutes.
B. Tie the following knots:
a) Square knot
b) Bowline
c) Half hitch
d) Clove hitch
e) Figure eight
f) Cleat a line
C. Nomenclature of the dinghy.'
A. Be a qualified crew
B. Be able to
a) short splice
b) eye splice
c) whip a line
C. Properly maneuver a boat
in a strong breeze to the satis-
faction of the examiner.
D. Must be able to dock the
boat and be able to pick up a
floating object.
E. Must know how to rig the
boats properly and take proper
care in handling and stowage.
F. Must know the proper pro-
cedure in case of a capsize.
G. Must be familiar with the
Rules of the Road as prescribed
by the club.
MANY women are active in the
group. It is perhaps the only sport
in the country where the fair sex
can compete with men from other
As for finances, the dues are
nominal and there is no initia-
tion fee. The group is self-sus-
taining and receives no outside
At the moment it is working on
a plan to purchase a new fleet of
dinghies molded from tough fiber-
glas. These new craft are faster,
easier to handle sand cheaper to
keep up than wooden dinghies.

THE CLUB maintains a boat-
house and a dock on Whitmore
Lake. The quarters, though not
luxurious, are adequate for the
group's operations. The boathouse
is the center for repair work and
nautical bull sessions.
Members insist there is never
a dull moment. They sail in re-
gattas all over the country and
when they aren't competing with
other sailing clubs they hold in-
tra-club regattas.
Last weekend they played host
to seven other sailing clubs in the
Annual Michigan Fall Invitational
Regatta. The lake was a bit chop-
py and six capsizes were counted
in a couple hours, but no one seem-
ed to mind too much and they all
had fun.
Bob Allen, who happens to be
commodore of the group, was one
of the top skippers of the day, but
first place in the regatta went to
four excellent sailors from Rhode
Island. The Wolverines finished
third behind defending champion
Saturday, fresh-water sailors
will go at it again when they nav-
igate with other sailing clubs at
the University of Cincinnati.

LOW HEAD ROOM--When the boom (wooden rail running per-
pendicular to the mast) begins to swing sailors instinctively strive
to duck under it and maintain their balance at the same time.
Sailing dinghies is trickier than it looks because they have a high
center of gravity and are sensitive to slight changes in wind
velocity and rough water. In calmer weather the trick is to keep
the boat moving by taking advantage of the slightest gusts of



Education Board Reaffirms
Non-partisan Meeting Ruling


In answer to a suggested change
by David Firestone, Grad, the Ann
Arbor Board of Education Wednes-
day reaffirmed a policy that no
partisan political meetings may be
held in public school buildings.
No Block-M Stunt
No Block-M section stunts will
be presented at the Michigan-In-
diana football game Saturday,
Wolverine Club official Jack Gray,
'55, has announced.
However, the flash cards will be
used during half-time Oct. 25 at
the Minnesota homecoming game
and Nov. 1 at the Illinois game,
he said.

Firestone, reportedly active in
Democratic party circles, suggest-
ed that in cases where the opposi-
tion party accepts an invitation for
a political two party gathering,
such as debate, the meeting may
proceed so that "the community
may have an opportunity to be-
come informed on at least one side
of the controversy."
The petition for a rule change
followed a request by Firestone for
use of a high school auditorium for
a Citizens-for-Stevenson meeting.
After the Board's ruling, Fire-
stone's suggestion that they study
his request further was agreed to,
although Trustee Ashley H. Clague
said that "such a policy cannot be
changed overnight."

CALM BEFORE THE RACE-All is peaceful on the Whitmore Lake dock of the Michigan Sailing
Club as sailor at right makes last minute check before casting off to join the rest of the fleet in an-
other race. Rough weather cut the number of scheduled races from 16 to ten Saturday, but level
of enjoyment remained high as six capsizes and ultimate victory by four Rhode Island seamen high-
lighted weekend's events.

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ON THE LEVEL-Girl on boat at left (or is she out of it?) is leaning back as far as she can to keep the craft from heeling too much. Situations like this require a great
deal of skill and prove a big challenge to man's ability to master wind and sea. A false move by either the girl or her sailing companion will result in an unwanted bath
for the two of them. The crowd at right, all skippers and crew members for teams representing several midwestern schools, seem interested in the proceedings. Several
times last weekend their silent glances turned into good natured shrieks of laughter as one boat after another capsized to the embarrassment of crew and skipper.




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