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Novelist Banning Blasts
'Pictorial Prostitution'

I Exchange Student Gives View of Berlin University

* * *

-Daily-Alan Reid
LECTURER-Rabbi Abraham Cronbach (right) talks with Prof.
Kenneth Boulding of the economics department (left) and DeWitt
Baldwin, Director of the Student Religious Association.
Cronbach Calls Defense
RationalZation for War

"Pictorial prostitution."
That's the description novelist
Margaret Culkin Banning gave as
the purpose of "girlie" magazines
sold on newstands before a House
inquiry committee studying alleg-
ed salacious literature in the Uni-
ted States.
"These magazines are not for
fun, nor play, nor beauty, but
simply issued for straight provo-
cation," Mrs. Banning said in her
testimony. In addition, Mrs. Ban-
ning charged that buyers of these
magazines surreptitiously remove
the covers before taking them
JUST WHO reads the magazines
was posed to the manager of a lo-
cal store that carries a rather wide
variety of the denounced maga-
zines. He said that college and
high school students are mainly of
the "literary" type who come into
the store and browse through the
magazines while older men do most
of the buying.
In line with this, Prof. Roger
Heyns, of the psychology depart-
ment, said that students looking
at the magazines in stores are
probably in a conflict situation
as to whether to buy the maga-
zine or not."
It probably would be embaras-
sing, Heyns continued, for a fel-
low to walk into a dormitory or
fraternity with a couple "girlie"
books because of the ribbing he
would get.
Heyns also commented that the
magazines probably serve as ado-
lescent vicarious sex satisfaction
but wasn't sure if they were de-

Editor's Note: This is the first in a
series of articles written by Philip
R. Nielsen, who is a graduate in busi-
ness administration. Nielson spent a
year as an exchange student at the
Free University of Berlin.
The student government at the
Free University of Berlin is with-
out question the most powerful in
Germany and probably in the
whole world today.
During the Berlin blockade of
1948, a courageous handful of stu-
dents and professors, who could no
longer bear the tyranny of ideo-
logical thought-control exercised
by the Soviets at the famous Hum-
bolt University in East Berlin,
founded under the most trying
circumstances imaginable a new
University dedicated to the motto:
Libertas, Veritas, Justicia.
Because of their indispensible
contribution of perseverence and
maturity of planning, the students
won the right to sit on every im-
portant policy-making organiza-
tion of the Free University, such

as the Board of Trustees, the Reg-
istrar's Office, the Scholarship
Committee, the Employment Com-
mittee and the Foreign Relations
Committee with full and equal
voting power. The conscientious-
ness, resoluteness and seriousness
of purpose with which the student
government at this university
functions far excells the calibre of
typical American student extra-
curricular activities.
4 *s
AN ELUCIDATION of a number
of the problems facing the student
leaders at the Free University in-
dicates the struggle of the youth
in German universities to develop
a sense of student responsibility
and self-government.
First of all, contact between
students is difficult to achieve.
There are, for example, no dor-
mitories or housing units for
groups of students and no stu-
dent newspaper or campus ra-
dio station.

alumni to this city university are
an unknown and foreign tradi-
tion. Students are, for the most
part, mere registration numbers
in the University immatriculation'
. . .
THERE IS ALSO a great short-
age of money among members of
the student body. More than 50
per cent of students at the Free
University live on scholarships
amounting to DM 80.00 per month
(approximately $20.00) and rent
takes half of this sum. Nearly 40
per cent of the students are pen-
niless refugees from the Soviet
Zone of Germany, and it is prac-
tically impossible to find part
time work in Berlin.
A latent fear of participating
in organized group activities, no
doubt stemming from tragic ex-
periences under political charla-
tans in recent German public
life, prevails.
A genuine and definite; basis for
group living and community life

is sadly lacking. The old, contro-
versial and colorful "Korporation-
en"-student drinking and duel
ling clubs-are banned at the
Free University, but no positive
substitute stands ready.
FURTHERMORE, a limited
number of students run the stu-
dents government and there is a
tendency not to change personnel.
All those working for the more
important Executive Branch re-
ceive salaries from which they are
able to exist. There is naturally
little desire to relinquish these
lucrative posts, so those outside
the group in office tend to feel the
system is closed and regard the
leaders as paid university em-
ployees, not as their elected repre
Leastly, there is among Free Uni-
versity students a degree of apathy
toward student politics based prob-
ably on the traditional German
philosophy of believing that poli-
tics are made only by political
leaders and parties-not the peo-

"The Russians act as a scape-
goat for the frustrated acts that
have plagued this nation," Rabbi
Abraham Cronbach told a meeting
of the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Those who control the military
have rationalized this into the cry
of defense, Rabbi Cronbach said.
* * *
"THE TREND of rivalism has
led to war because nations always
feel they have to retaliate for in-
justices," he continued.
Iabbi Cronbach speculated on
whether the American people
have lost faith in the principle
that by open and free discussion
the truths of theddemocratic way
of life become self evident.,
"The role of the pacifist is to
work constructively for coopera-
Hanlon To Deliver
Health Talk Here
"The Misery of Man and What
To Do About It" is the subject of
the public Delta Omega lecture to
be given at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the
School of Health Auditorium.
Delivering the lecture will be
Dr. John J. Hanlon, associate di-
rector of the Health and Sanita-
tion Staff of the State depart-
ment's Technical Cooperation Ad-

tion between nations," Rabbi
Cronbach said. "In doing this he
must be careful to hold no scorn
or revenge toward anyone."
IN A DISCUSSION on the ques-
tion of an effective pacifist pro-
gram, many of the group felt it
was the duty of FOR members to
work in the area of influence to
point out the false pretenses that
a number of people have for war.

'The Birds' Thespians To Trip
Lightly_26 Feet Above Stage

-Daily-Don Campbell
*. * *
the education school, said the ma-
terial is undoubtedly provocation
but added that much that goes on
radio, television, night clubs and
the stage is the same.
Morse doubted if many college
or army men haven't looked at
this type of magazine and said
it is probably part of our cul-
ture today.
The author of such novels as
"Prelude to Love," "The Case for
Chastity" and "Too Young to Mar-
ry," Mrs. Banning qualified as an
expert witness because of her re-
search for a recent article entitled
"Filth on the Newsstands."
The conclusion of the House
hearings resulted in a committee
resolution opposed to censorship
at this time of magazines but call-
ing for stricter laws regarding the
transportation of obscene matter
across state lines and postal offi-
cials'. procedures in barring such
material from the mails.
Bicyclists Warned
To Display Lights
Bicycle riders were given an-
other warning yesterday by Po-
lice Capt. Roland Gainsly to put
lights and reflectors on their bikes
as well as licenses or run the risk
of being ticketed for violating city
traffic 'laws.
An increase in bike accidents in
the past couple weeks has caused
the police to step up enforcement
of the regulations. In addition,
Gainsly said, the onset of bad
weather makes it especially nec-
essary for bike riders to display a
light in the evening.
Bicycle licenses may be pur-
chased at the City Clerks office in
the City Hall for fifty cents.

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Secondly, support or
contributions by private

groups or

"Breathtaking" is the word for
the stage set of "The Birds," ma-
jor speech department production
opening Wednesday at Lydia Men-
delssohn Theater.
The 45 dancers and actors who
will appear in the jazzed-up ver-
sion of Aristophanes' 2,500-year-
old zany farce-satire wil trip light-
ly over ramps and wooden towers
as high as 26 feet about the stage
floor during the play's four night
S* * .
AT ONE point in the production,!
the elevator in the center of the
stage (usually used only between
acts to transport props) will be at
the bottom of its 20 foot shaft. A
little later,, one cast member, sup-
ported only by a hidden wire, will
gracefully rise 30 feet from a four

foot platform to the iron-grid ceil-
Conscientious University offi-
cials, noting the 54 foot vertical
area within which the wild ac-
tion of the comedy takes place,
have arranged for special insur-
ance for the cast.
In "The Birds," Aristophanes
has his slap-happy comedy team of
Pithetaerus and Euelpides leave
the frauds and bores of human so-
ciety to find a better life among the
Tickets for the novel speech de-
partment offering go on sale to-
morrow at the Mendelssohn box
office. Prices are $1.20, 90 cents
and 60 cents, with a special 50 cent
student rate for Wednesday and
Thursday nights.

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