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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By CRAWFORD YOUNG strictions, a by-product of size, are less ob-
Daily Managing Editor trusive.
BY WAY OF a postscript to Tuesday's note On the other hand, fraternity selection
to rushees, it would seem appropriate to policies have certain other ramifications.
temper the remarks of the Greek apologists Certain of them still embrace rigid dis-
with a few observations emanating from crimination policies; others are bound by
lengthy, if not always intimate, fraternity national clauses that they are at present
membership. powerless to purge themselves of. Reli-
In the heat of the scramble for the 600 gious barriers have visibly crumbled in
r so males enmeshed in the rushing pro the last year; this much is heartening,
orssoe s sbut any reduction in the racial walls ap-
cesses, there seems to be a chronic and pears distant. Bigotry is a rotten stand-
probably inevitable tendency towards un- ard of selection.
due embellishment of the benefits to be
derived from association with one of the There also seems to develop a centrifugal
44 brotherhoods. To the rushee already tendency towards uniformity-social, in-
perplexed by the multitude of value judg- tellectual and/or political. Lack of diversity
ments thrust on him, with every phone call is a stagnating rather than a stimulating
bringing a new dilemna, it becomes a dif- situation.
ficult problem to successfully separate Affiliation can in no sense be considered
truth from tripe. an intellectually traumatic experience. Too
Perhaps the chief justification for frater- often an almost inpenetrable fog of com-
nities is that over the years they have prov- placency settles over the house. Were it
ed to be a reasonably successful social liv- not for the timely invention of the auto-
ing unit. By maintaining enough vestiges of mobile, it is dubious whether the exalted
the home as most college students knew it "bull sessions" would ever vary their con-
before they put away childish things, the templation of the id and its expression.
fraternity house provides a useful alterna- The rather narrow confines of the frater-
tive to the highly institutionalized dormitary nity house are too often the limits of a
living arrangements, where similarities to member's campus experience and perspec-
the home are rather rudimentary. tive.
Through restricting the membership in If this editorial has served to make any
numbers, a group of manageable size is cre- rushee more wary of much of the hogwash
ated. Over the course of the year, it is pos- served up by the fraternity system during
sible to become personally acquainted with this bi-annual period, it will have achieved
most of those who whisper the same Greek a certain purpose. In no sense do I mean
words in darkened rooms. Day to day living to categorically condemn fraternities, but it
is a trifle more comfortable, though a mite is important to realize that they often sail
more expensive in the fraternity house. Re- under false colors.

MATTER

OF FACT:

The Politics of Confusion-and
Art of Character Assassination

By STEWART ALSOP
ST. LOUIS-It is amusing, and sometimes
rather revealing, to try in the imagina-
tion to explain an American political situa-
tion, like that here in Missouri, to a Euro-
pean visitor.
W. Stuart Symington, formerly Presi-
dent Truman's Secretary of the Air Force,
is the Democratic candidate for the Senate
here. He won the nomination over the
public opposition of the President.
("Then, of course, Mr. Symington is op-
posing the Truman administration?" "No,
certainly not. You're getting it all wrong.")
Symington is a close friend of the Repub-
lican candidate for President, Dwight D.
Eisenhower. He deeply admires Eisenhower,
and has consistently supported the interna-
tional policies for which Eisenhower stands.
("Then naturally Mr. Symington wishes
that Gen. Eisenhower will be elected?"
"Heavens no. He is strongly supporting
Eisenhower's opponent, Gov. Adlai Steven-
son.")
Throughout his Senate service, the Re-
publican incumbent, Sen. James P. Kem,
has bitterly and consistently opposed just
about everything Gen. Eisenhower stands
for. Kem even voted against the North
Atlantic Treaty.
("Then, one assumes, Kem is opposing
Eisenhower and Eisenhower is opposing
Kem?" "Don't be silly. When Eisenhower
was in St. Louis some days ago, he roundly
endorsed Sen. Kem, and Sen. Kem is, as we
say in this country, hanging onto Eisenhow-
er's coat-tails for dear life.")
At this point, the imaginary European
visitor is presumably cross-eyed with con-
fusion, yet the situation described above
(which is of course perfectly clear and sim-
ple to any American) is nevertheless inter-
esting, in that it is typical of a peculiar
phenomenon of this campaign. Like a num-
ber of other Republican candidates of the
famous "class of 1946" (Sen. William Jenner
of Indiana, for example, or Harry Cain of
Washington) Sen. Kem's hopes of re-elec-
tion are squarely based on two premises.
The first is that the immensely popular
Eisenhower will sweep the country, and
sweep Kem back into the Senate in the
process. Kem is therefore seizing every
possible opportunity to identify himself
with Eisenhower-with whom, of course,
he has virtually nothing in common.

The second premise is that the voters can
also be rendered cross-eyed with confusion,
so that they will conveniently forget Kem's
voting record. Kem has therefore attacked
Symington on so many fronts that the un-
fortunate Symington, -who has never before
had first-hand experience of an election,
sometimes seems a trifle punch-drunk.
One can hardly blame him. It must be
an unpleasant experienee for a man of
hitherto distinguished reputation to find
himself simultaneously pictured as a
blood-soaked war profiteer, a "golf-play-
ing crony of Communists," and the cho-
sen agent of British international bankers.
These three charges against Symington
provide typical examples of a political
technique which is now widely practiced.
The object of this technique is simply to
confuse the voters, to raise "the big doubt"
in their minds.
Symington sold his stock in the Emerson
Electric Company, of which he had been
president, when he enteredpublic office. He
did so in order to avoid charges of favoring
his old company. But the stock had in-
creased in value during Symington's term
as president of the company-and so Sym-
ington is a war profiteer.
Symington is a crony of Communists, as
well as a blood-soaked capitalist, because a
Communist, one William Sentner, once
headed the Emerson union local. Symington
of course never played golf with Sentner.
But, as president of Emerson Electric, he
did deal with Sentner on labor matters. Le-
gally, he had no choice. Such fine points,
however, do not concern Sen. Kem, and
they are not likely to concern Sen. Joseph
R. McCarthy, whom Kem has invited to
campaign for him in Missouri.
Symington is the stooge of British in-
ternational bankers because he once
rented a house from a British banker, one
Sir William Wiseman. Wiseman is sup-
posed to have selected Symington as his
chosen instrument to "punish" Kem for
his "pro-American" record. Actually, Sy
mington never laid eyes on this "sinister
figure."
If the sort of thing described above be-
comes accepted practice in American poli-
tics, it will soon be impossible to persuade
men of reputation and principle to run for
public office. And this is not amusing.
(Copyright, 1952, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)

Ike at Columbia
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following Associated
Press dispatch appeared in 1949, following a
sharp editorial criticism of Dwight D. Eisen-
hower by the Columbia University student
newspaper. Eisenhower, then president of Co-
lumbia, did not comment on the editorial. The
AP dispatch is reprinted here merely as an item
of interest.)
NEW YORK-(P)-Columbia University's
student newspaper has opened up with
some caustic comments about the univer
sity's president, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In an editorial, the Columbia Daily
Spectator leveled its main fire at a speech
Eisenhower made last week before the St.
Andrew's Society at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel.
"If the speech was a trial balloon," the
newspaper said, "we think public reaction
will soon flatten it."
The general, in the speech, said he thought
too much emphasis was being placed on
personal security at the expense of indivi-
dual liberty. He was quoted as saying per-
haps people wanted champagne when they
should have "hot dogs and beer."
The student editorial commented:
"Being content with beer and hot dogs
has never been part of the American tra-
dition we know. The one we know assures
any citizen that he may some day eat
champagne and caviar, and in the White
House at that. We don't know, of course,
but we are willing to bet beer and hot
dogs weren't on the menu at the Waldorf-
Astoria last Wednesday night, either."
The editorial said, "We gather the gener-
al believes the American people are unduly
obsessed with a desire for security to the
detriment of their personal liberties." The
paper added that protection from foreign
aggressors "is only one kind of security."
"The American people have and still do
seek other securities," the editorial said.
"For one thing, they want continued secur-
ity against the type of economic liberty
which frustrated for so long minimum wage
and hour legislation, the formation of la-
bor unions, collective bargaining and which
still denies the Federal Government the
means for regulating child labor.
"For another thing, Americans today
want security against the type of liberty
exercised by State and Federal loyalty re-
view boards. The quest for securities of
this nature can hardly lead to the "sloth-
ful indolence" which the general de-
plores."
The campus paper referred to Eisenhower
as the man "who doubles as president of
the university." It noted his "many trips
away from the campus" and added that
'perhaps in the near future our chief officer
will have the time to meet some of us ..:"
DORIS FLEESON:
In Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS-Democrats in this state
have little real hope of beating big,
honest Ed Thye, a former governor, for re-
election to the Senate. "Nobody's mad at
Ed," they mourn.
What they are trying hard to do is to
beat the drums so loudly for Governor
Stevenson they can elect with him their
candidate for governor, Orville Freeman.
Freeman, a close associate of Sen. Hubert
Humphrey, will be remembered by TV
fans for his "point of order" demands in
the seating fight at the national conven-
tion.
When, later, he arose and nominated
Senator Humphrey, one reporter declared:
"He can talk. I thought all he could say
was 'point of order'."
A big enough Stevenson-Freeman vote,
comparable to the nearly quarter-of-a-
million pluralities achieved here in 1948 by
both President Truman and Senator Hum-
phrey, could conceivably rescue Thye's young
opponent, Williams Carlson. Carlson is an
interesting combination of a Scandinavian
name (a vote-puller in Minnesota) and a

Catholic-before entering politics he was a
sociology professor at St. Thomas College.
Thye is simply too well known and popula'r
for a novice.
This is one state where President Tru-
man is more than welcome. After one
good look at General Eisenhower's excel-
lent crowds here last week, Senator Hum-
phrey flew to Washington where he did
two things-he told Democratic headquar-
ters he couldn't make the 18-state tour
they lined up for him bceause he was
needed at home, and he begged Mr. Tru-
man to come in and pour it on in his
1948 manner.
The President made a start this morning
at Breckenridge, a junction point where 500
people turned out for him at 7 a.m. Minne-
sotans hope he will come back for a tour of
the Iron Range, Duluth and vicinity where
the steelworkers have promised to declare a
holiday for him.
"How can you do that, Mike?" a Demo-
cratic emissary asked an Iron Range la-
bor leader. "Easy," was the answer. "Just
tell us Truman's coming."
Democrats are by no means sure that
Governor Stevenson enjoys such popularity
with labor and other blocs. They are the
more determined to keep Mr. Truman on
the road.
(Copyright, 1952, by the Bell Syndicate)
"EVERY SORT OF'energy and endurance,
of courage and capacity for handling
life's evils, is set free in those who have
religious faith. For this reason, the strenu-
ous type of character will on the battlefield
of human history always outwar the easy-

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XettePJ 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
editors.

D

ON THE
WASHINGTON
MERRY-GO-HOUND
WITH DREW PEARSON

WASHINGTON-The Eisenhower-Nixon talk was an extremely
healthy thing from the point of view of Republican harmony,
because signs of bad blood had been developing between the two top
GOP running-mates.
Newspapermen covering the Nixon trip either ignored it or
played the story down. However, Nixon's aides were boiling at
Eisenhower for even entertaining the thought that he be dropped
from the ticket. That was why Nixon deliberately ignored the
General's telegram requesting him to see him "at once."
Instead, the potential next vice-president of the United States
flew not to the Eisenhower train but to Missoula, Mont. And when
newsmen queried the Nixon entourage in Los Angeles as to why he
wasn't going to see Ike immediately, Nixon's press secretary James
Bassett bluntly replied: "We are going to Montana."
Nixon's strategy was first to show that he was not a boy
candidate to be pushed around; second, to let public sentiment
build up in favor of keeping him on the ticket.
Furthermore, it was no accident that Nixon asked his listeners to
send telegrams to the Republican national committee, not to the Gen-
eral. He knew its members, most of them professionals, would be
much more sympathetic. Also Nixon's staff made it all too clear to
the newspapermen around them that they bitterly resented the Gen-
eral's telegram from Cleveland that "my personal decision will be
based on a personal conclusion."
PERSONAL MEETING
PRESS SECRETARY Basset has been one of the most zealous Nixon
aides, and was one of those who virtually took the telephone away
from his chief in Portland, Ore., to tell Senator Seaton of Nebraska
aboard the Eisenhower train that Ike advisers should get some back-
bone. This was why Bassett was brought into the picture when the two
candidates finally met at Wheeling.
Originally it was arranged for Eisenhower and Nixon to meet
in rooms 782 and 784 in Wheeling's McClure hotel. Mrs. Eisen-
hower and her elderly mother, Mrs. Dowd, were down the hall in
rooms 790-792, while the security guard was in room 780 next to
the General. However, when the two candidates learned of the
crowds outside the hotel, the two men went to the special train
instead.
There they talked for an hour. They did not, however, discuss
the $18,000 expense fund which had set the politics of the nation
almost on its ear. Not a word was said about it. Their main decision,
was to concentrate the campaigns on what they decided to call the
"big three"-Korea, Communism and corruption.
BETTER PRESS RELATIONS
ONLY WAY IN which the $18,000 fund was touched upon indirectly
was because Eisenhower had been provoked at Nixon for not
clearing his first statements. He urged closer press cooperaiton. And
since Ike had an early whistle-stop appearance, Senator Seaton of
Nebraska paternally insisted he go to bed.
NOTE-There have been other cases where the president and
vice-president, though members of the same party, clashed. Most
famous is probably the case of Calvin Coolidge and Vice-President
Charley Dawes. Dawes was even suspected of arriving late for an im-
portant tie vote in the Senate in order to thwart his chief in the
White House.
(Copyright, 1952, by the Bell Syndicate)
[DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETINI

Dawson Backers.. ..
To the Editor:
H AS THE scope of your interest
. in the present political cam-
paign been limited to watchifig the
hamming of some politicos on TV?
Are you vitallyinterested in the
welfare of the country, as well as,
your own welfare? I challenge you
to meet a man tonight who would
be a welcome addition to our Con-
gress in anyone's book. His work
as a government administrator has
given him both the experience and
insight in foreign and national
policy that his opponent lacks.
Here is your chance to help place
a good man in government. He is
John P. Dawson who is that out-
standing law professor of the Uni-
versity of Michigan Law School.
The law students know him bet-
ter than most students on campus.
Ask any law student about Jack
Dawson. Ask them about the great
strides he has made in the field
of law. Ask them about his dyna-
mic personality, his extraordinary
ability to grasp the full scope of
problems and intelligently discuss
their solutions. After you have
asked any law student about this
truly great person, then decide
that your work for him be your
contribution to the constant bet-
terment of this country and its
government.
It matters not what school you
are in, what party you are closest
to, or how little time you have.
Plan now to be in Rm. 3R in the
Michigan Union at 7:30 p.m. to-
night. Listen to Jack Dawson for
yourself. Then if you have a few
hours some evening to help him,
you will be doing your part in this
great election year.
-Marvin L. Failer, '53L
Irate MSC Student*...
To the Editor:
Re: Ed Whipple's "Sports Slants,"
Sept. 27.
As I SAT here in one of the
dormitories of your fine school,
I could hardly find room for com-
plete agreement with Ed Whip-
ple's article in the Saturday issue
of the college paper. I hope you
have sufficient perseverance to
struggle through a letter from a
State student, as I see much room
for improvement in your lines of
thought.
Although Mr. Cohane may not
fully understand "The Michigan
State of Affairs," I am inclined to
doubt whether you understand
them any better. During the many
decades when the University of
Michigan had an iron hand in the
scholastic and athletic doings of
the state, very little complaining
was heard from any of the other
educational institutions. Now that
your position is being threatened
by what you try to regard as a
"cow college" you are trying to
degrade M.S.C. in every way pos-
sible.
Any school that wants to go
into big time football has a right
to do so.
Dr. John Hannah has done a
wonderful job of building M.S.C.
into one of the best schools in the
country, as you so reluctantly ad-
mit, and he is going to continue
to do so. By your references about
cow colleges, you seem to think
that no agricultural schools have
a place in institutions of higher
learning. A typical prejudiced re-
mark from a fallen coward. There
are many newspapers that are
gloating over Michigans recent
topple in football. And justly so.

. . Politics and Prosperity
... Through the eyes of two cartoonists
"Can't Stand The Altitude, Eh, Boy?"

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The New Bible .,..
To the Editor:
WE ARE now in receipt of the
Revised Standard Version of
The Holy Bible.
Before the fires consuming the
discredited King James Version
have blazed too brightly, and be-
-fore the new commodity, borne
aloft by theologians and scholars,
has been consecrated on the altar
of Modern Science, let me say at
least one "hosanna" for the 1611
Version.
For all its faults and all its er-
rors, the King James Version has
served Protestant Christendom
well for some 340 years, and will,
I hope, continue to do so. Scholars
of as great reputation as the now
celebrated 31 Translators are still
quite willing to say the King James
Version of the Bible is more con-
sistently great literature than any
other book in the language.
While that alone is quite a sig-
nificant bit of criticism, it does
not begin to suggest that as a
primer for future literary artists
the King James Version was un-
surpassed until at least 1850. Near-
ly every literary figure of lasting
significance up to that time re-
veals in his work his familiarity
with the 1611 Version. Certainly
this has not been an unimportant
function of the Ring James Ver-
sion.
This influence might have per-
vaded to our own day had it not
been thatfor the most part, Eng-
lish-speaking peoples became too
lazy, intellectually and morally, to
read the Bible. The difference in
language the current translators
have emphasized so continually
had little to do with disuse of the
Bible; those who lived during the
first half of the 19th century
spoke more like we do than they
did like the peoples of the first
half of the 17th century.
I hope such influence as the
Ring James Version ultimately
had does not follow this publish-
ing event. If it should, future lit-
erary artists familiar with the RSV
may sound like the authors of
textbooks: well-grounded in se-
mantics, but lacking in all that
truly significant and important
imprecision.
Does Shakespeare go before the
31 next?
-R. C. Gregory
Sixty-Third Year
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R

CRRENT MOVIES

At The State ...
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE, with Gene
Kelly and Pier Angeli.
PERHAPS the most striking thing about
this picture is the fact that Gene Kelly
neither dances nor tries to sing. While his
singing could easily be forgotten, somehow
it doesn't seem right that he shouldn't kick
up his heels just a little bit. After all, as
this picture will testify, he is primarily a
dancer; his acting usually appears to be
just a concession to the script writers.
"The Devil Makes Three" is set in the
picturesque area around Munich and Salz-
burg, and concerns the attempts of the

Kelly portrays an army captain, a nice
American sort of hero just bursting with
kindness and optimism. He consistently re-
fuses to believe (1) that a former friend
(Pier Angeli) has become, through force of
circumstances, a call girl in a Munich bar;
(2) that she is involved in a new Nazi up-
rising; and (3) that such an unrising even
exists.
The truth of it all comes to him when
he is finally captured by the new crop of
storm troopers and taken to their head-
quarters, ironically located at Berehtes-
gaden. When the light has dawned Kelly
becomes the very picture of anxious activ-
ity, and practically single-handed routs
out the Nazis and chases their leader (who
might easily be taken for the escaped Mar-

(Continued from Page 2)
Michigan Sailing Club will have an
open meeting at 7:15, Michigan Union.
Movies, refreshments. Everyone invited.
Michigan Crib, pre-law society, first
meeting tolay at 8 p.m., League. Dean
Stason of the Law School will speak
on pre-law courses; Jerry Warren,
freshman law student, will tell of his
first days in Law School; Al Kidston
will speak on the Case Clubs. Everyone
cordially invited.
La P'tite Causett'e will meet today
from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the North Cafe-
teria of the Michigan Union.
Alpha Phi Omega. Everyone interested
in joining the Alpha Phi Omega Na-
tional Service Fraternity is invited to
attend an open meeting from 7:30 to
8:30 p.m. in the Union. All active mem-
hers please attend. Dean Walter will
be guest speaker. Refreshments.
Generation Drama Staff will meet to-
today at 4 o'clock in the League coffee

Building, 1429 Hill Street. There will
be refreshments and entertainment,
Inter-Cultural Outing, Sat. and Sun.,
Pickerel Lake. Leave Lane Hall, 2:00
p.m., Sat. Phone Lane Hall, 3-1511J Ext.
2851, for reservations by Fri. noon.
International Relations Club. There
will be a meeting of all old members
at 7:30, Rm. 3N, Union. An ele'tion of
president and the planning of a pro-
gram will take place.
Arts Chorale and Women's Glee Club.
Regular rehearsal 7:00 p.m., Lane Hall.
New members welcome,
Coming Events
UNESCO Council organizational meet-
ing, Fri., Oct. 3, 8 p.m., Main Lounge,
Madelon Pound House, 1024 Hill St.
Speaker: Dr. Preston W. Slosson, "The
History of Nationalism." All interested
students, faculty, and Ann Arborites
cordially invited.

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