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VOL. LXIV, No. 155
Petition Refused
On Open Hearing
SL Sub-Commission Request
Turned Down After SAC Debate
The Student Affairs Committee yesterday turned down a last-
minute petition by the Student Legislature Academic Freedom Sub-
Commission for an "open hearing for all students and faculty mem-
bers who have testified before the Clardy committee" originally
scheduled for tomorrow.}
SAC action came after an hour-long debate in which the sub-
commission was criticized for failure to comply with procedures re-
stated by SAC eight weeks ago requiring groups to secure the com-
mittee's approval before going ahead with advance publicity on
such events.
* * * *
THE THREE suspended faculty members, Prof. Mark Nickerson
of the Medical School, Prof. Clement L. Markert of the zoology



!TY PAC 2}f~w


Generation, campus literary
magazine, goes on sale today
with stories by Leonard Green-
baum and Jascha Kessler, es-
says by Myron Simon and Don-
ald Harris, poems by Anne Ste-
venson, Harvey Gross, Jascha
Kessler, Doris Parsons, and
Richard Braun.
Copies will be on sale for 35
cents all over campus.
Natural Gas
W.ell Bursts,
Thundering into the air at 20,-
000,000 cubic feet per day, a nat-
ural gas well, believed to be the
largest in the Midwest, and larg-
est in Michigan's history, blew in
Monday on a farm west of North-






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No Decision*
Reached Yet'
On Students'
Decision on possible disciplinary
action for the two University stu-
dents who appeared as un-cooper-
ative witnesses in Monday's hear-
ings of the Clardy Committee has
been delayed for at least one day
and possibly longer.
The four-member student ad-
visory committee met last night
with University President Harlan
H. Hatcher and key administra-
tion and faculty members to hear'
the recorded student testimony,
but adjourned their meeting with-
out coming to any recommenda-
tion on the students.
* *

Close Seen
By Brandon
k Arthur L. Brandon, Director o
University Relations said yester
day that he has no definite infor
mation as to when the investiga-
tions of the three suspended Uni
versity faculty members will b
He went on to say however, tha
he anticipates that the investiga-
tions to be carried out by the deans
of the colleges concerned, would
probably be finished before th
end of this present semester.
ACCORDING to Brandon the
investigation of Prof. Clement L
Markert, Prof. Mark Nickerson and
H. Chandler Davis is already i
progress.' 'It started immediatel3
after Monday's hearings wher
their testimony became available,
he concluded.
When the investigations have
been completed recommenda-
tions will be made to President
Harlan H. Hatcher who will in
turn decide whether to initiate
procedings for dismissal of the
men or to reinstate them.
If President Hatcher decides tc
dismiss the faculty members they
will have either five or 20 days, to
request a hearing before the Uni-
versity Senate Advisory Commit-
tee chairmaned by Prof. Angus
Campbell, director of the Survey
Research Center.
This committee then makes rec-
ommendations to the Board of Re-
gents which makes the final deci-
sion on the fate of the suspended
Druids Brew
Magic Potion
From the Stonehenge circle
Aided by the witches cauldron
Mystic plans were brewed in
Many twigs were examined
Many rocks were overturned
Subjected to heat from blazing
Observed by men of knowledge and
Most decayed, were burned, were
Finally from the murky grove
From the cave where Fingal
The Order of the Mighty Oak
Causing the earth to shake and
Causing nations and cities to
All to bend the twig and sapling
And to capture the sturdy awends:
Bruising Birch Bates, Dapper
Dahoon Dombrowski, Doleful Dalia
SDutter, Guiltless Gum Giddan,
Gangling Gooseberry Gora, Grin-
ning Greasewood Grant, Jazzing
Juniper Johnson, Leafless Locust
Livingston, Loose-Limbed Lodge-
pole Love, Lucubrating Lucern Lu-
cier, Mincing Myrtle McDonald,
Matchless Mahaleb Mann, Mer-
curial Mimosa Moule, Rifle-arm
Redwood Ritter, Shepherding
Shadbush Schmidt, Sapient San-
dalwood Sobeloff, Well-Wishing
Walnut Wells, Whirling Wil-
low Winkler, Wampum-Watching
Whippletree Wise.
Hophead Lecture
"The annual Hophead lecture

department and H. Chandler Davis
of the mathematics department to-
gether with the two students who

testified Monday, Ed Shaffer, Exploding into the air with a
Grad., and Myron Sharpe, Grad, screaming noise, the 15,000,000
' were expected to be on hand at the pound pressure flung the one-ton!
meeting. The meeting will not be drilling bit and more than 4,000:
held. feet of steel cable right off the
Passed by a 10-to-four vote ground. The shrill whistle of the'
the motion rejecting th" e shooting gas 'could be heard one:
tion stated that SAC would en- mile from the well. .V
tertain a new petition for such WASHTENAW County sheriff's
an open meeting after some de- officers blocked off the gas-filled
cision has been reached on the area because of the danger of ex-
cases by the student and faculty plosion caused by smokers or
groups set up to handle them. !plparks.
Committee members arguing for The well is on the farm of
the rejection maintained it inad- Charles H. Nerreter near Eight
visable to "pre-hear these people Mile Road in the northeast cor-
before the machinery has a chance ner of Washtenaw County. Four
to go into action." Detroit investors, headed by Ed-
The machinery in question in- ward Torosian, financed the
cludes a hearing before the faculty drilling operation.j
senate sub-committee in the event Workmen attempted to measure
of demotion or dismissal action be- the gas pressure of the .well, but of
ing taken against faculty men and it destroyed a gage capable of oft
hearings before Joint Judiciary for measuring 12,000,000 pounds of Fiti
the students if such course of ac- pressure, t
tion is recommended by the Presi- During the next 10 years, the Io
dent in discussion with the four well is estimated to bring in about rou
student man advisory committee. $5,000,000 worth of natural gas, sub(
* * * R-.-. - ..

... . to )n Rep. Clardy
elde Talks
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F1 UI 1tnti(PRESIDENT Hatcher indicated
1 n she would call another meeting to-
day or tomorrow at which time a
formal policy statement might re-'
If any action is taken on the
Notes Group's Works cases, it most probably would
E take the form of a hearing on
En R oute to HearingS whether or not the two witnesses
were guilty of conduct unbecom-
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-Courtesy of Michigan State News

Students, Faculty Back
Suspended Instructors

IT WAS ARGUED that a "pre-
hearing" would infringe on the
work of the groups handling the
The other objection to the
meeting request centered around
methods used by the sub-com-
mission in bringing the request
to the SAC.
Last week SL had approved hold-
ing the open meeting tomorrow
where those University f aculty and
students who had testified could
present their views and explain
their positions taken at the hear-
A similar instance came up in
connection with the Green Feather
campaign in late March when an
ad hoc student committee secured
SL sponsorship for the project and
proceeded to publicize the cam-
paign before approaching SAC for
SAC at that time gave eleventh-
hour permission for the group to
go ahead but rebuked advanced
publicity which the students re-
leased since it gave the impression
that automatic approval of their
plans was forthcoming.
SL President Steve Jelin, '55,
said last night, "It is unfortunate
that a procedural mix-up occurred
on an issue as emotionally charged
as the investigating committee is-
sue. However, under the circum-
stances the SAC action was jus-
SAC also gave approval to an
addition to the Sigma Delta Tau
sorority house and heard members
of the Inter-Cooperative Council
report on the progress of work be-
ing done on their recently acquired
property at 803 East Kingsley.
Approval and recognition was
given the newly-organized Medie-
val Society and the merger be-
tween the Arts Chorale and the
Women's Glee Club.

j according to William R. Albers,!
who directed the drilling.
Albers believes that there are
large pools of oil beneath the gas
pocket, but the pressure of the
gas is too great to run a bit down
to drill for that oil. Desperate
workmen succeeded in capping the
roaring gas.
IWage .Dispute
Strike Called '
By Carpenters
About 200 members of the La-
borers Local 959 (AFL) voted
unanimously yesterday in favor of
a strike which may result in a3
general construction tie-up in the
However, indications are that
laborers will not quit their jobs
immediately. Lloyd Clickner, un-
ion representative, said no date
for the walkout was set and that
it wouldn't "come off in the next
few days."
* * *N
RESULTING from a dispute over
wage demands, the date for the
strike will be scheduled by the lo-
cal's executive committee, which
has not yet planned to meet.
Clickner said that mediators will
be called in before the walkout
goes into effect.
Pickets will be used when, and
if, the walkout does occur. "An
estimated 400 laborers would be
affected by the strike," said
An 11-cent settlement offered by
the Washtenaw County General
Contractors Association, which it
still sees-as a bargaining agent for
the contractors, was turned down'
by the local.


sy M'AN ing a student in giving their
Rep. Harold Velde, Chairman testimony.
the House Un-American Acti- The students, Ed Shaffer and Students, faculty membe
es Committee, (R-Ill.) flew 'Mike Sharpe, both graduate stu- members of the Universit3
o Willow Run Airport from dents in the economics depart- Several petitions are c
shington, D.C. yesterday en ment, refused to answer questions professional competence of
te to Flint where he will open on their alleged Communist Party used their positions to atte:
committee hearings today. and Labor Youth League activity
Zegarding the University's sus- on campus. BESIDES THOSE circ
sion of three faculty members Shaffer invoked constitutional prepared by personal frier
not cooperating with the sub- privileges 68 times in his 50 min-
nmittee, chaired by Rep. Kit ute appearance before the House
rdy, (R-Mich.), Rep. Velde Un-American Activities Commit-
ild make no comment. tee sub-group. H iiC 11
We don't interfere with the Sharpe delivered a 10 minute! unter 0 11
ninistration of colleges," he de- rationale for refusing to testify
red, "we are just interested in and used it on all questions per-
taining to alleged political activity.

rs, and friends are rallying behind the three
y who were suspended Monday.
irculating on the campus, testifying to the
the three and declaring that they have not
mpt to exert any political influence.
* * * *
ulating among students, a petition is being
nds of Prof. Clement L. Markert; one has
s of the mathematics department support-
-- ing H. Chandler Davis, instructor
in mathematics; and one is being
~e}e circulated nationally among ge-
neticists who have known Prof.
ee Markert.

"The committee is not similar
to a court of law," the ruddy-
faced Congressman stressed,
"and we cannot prosecute. We
just find out the facts for Con-
However we are more interested!
in subversive activity among labor
leaders than in the educational
field, he pointed out.
Concerning those who have re-
fused to answer questions at the
hearings using the Fifth Amend-
ment, Rep. Velde remarked, "A
person who refuses to answer hasI
something to hide."
"Every witness who has ans-
wered questions truthfully," he
added firmly, "has never been
If a person still refuses to testi-
fy after a bill which would grant
immunity to witnesses is passed
by Congress, then the American
people will know the truth, said
Rep. Velde.
Otherdbills now under consid-
eration will give the Subversive
Activities Control Board power to
determine whether a labor un-
ion is dominated by Communists,
the Congressman continued.
If the SACB finds this so, it
will then refer the matter to the
National Labor Relations Board
which will prevent the Union from
benefiting from the use of its fa-
cilities, he said.
* * *
ON CONTEMPT procedure, Rep.
Velde explained that Rep. Clardy
will recommend any contempt
charges to the full House Com-
mittee for a vote. If passed, the
motion will then go to the floor
of the House.
If the privileged resolution
(which means that it can be
brought up a,. any time) suc-
ceeds in getting House approval
the Attorney General will then
bring the facts before a Grand
Jury, he continued. And if the
Grand Jury votes an. indictment
of contempt the matter will be
brought before a federal district
Penalties for contempt, he not-
ed, are one year in jail and/or a,
$5,000 fine.

The most beligerant witness of the
da, ebeaedte omite oSIuspensions
imn hnt hat

usyg w at e d Ftem mascistic
methods in its investigations.
Finance Group
Hears McNeil,
Hill Lecture
"Changing Trends in Executive
Leadership" was the topic of Prof.:
L. Clayton Hill of the Business
Administration School in a talk,
yesterday before a meeting of
Michigan consumer finance man-
The annual study course on
Consumer Finance Management
Problems is sponsored by the,
School of Business Administration,
and Extension Service.
"Executive leadership is shift-
ing away from the autocratic
bossing of persons to a more
democr,.tic pattern of leading,"
said Hill. He also pointed out
that such leadership encourages
subordinates to participate in
problem-solving and decision-4
Elton B. McNeil of the psychol-
ogy department spoke on "The
Psychology of Dealing with Peo-,
He told the managers that "the
really necessary continuing effort
that you are faced with is to seeE
that in each individual case the'
person has a successful and satis-;
fying experience in his contactI
with you."

In an action closely paralleling
the situation at Michigan, three
professors at Hunter College, New
York, were suspended on April 15
by the Board of Higher Education,
on charges arising from an investi-
gation into Communist activities.
Prof. Louis Weisner, of the
mathematics department, Prof.
Jerauld McGill, of the psychology
department, and Prof. Charles
Hughes, of the music department,
were charged with "neglect of
duty" for their failure to cooper-
ate with the investigating commit-
tee, according to an Associated
Collegiate Press release.
* * *
THEY WERE given 10 days to
explain why they had not "dis-
closed all facts within their
An editorial in the Hunter Ar-
row, undergraduate newspaper,
declared, "If these men were
preaching Communistic ideology
to their students, then they are a
danger to our community.
"But if they remained true to the
ethics of their profession, then
their suspension, while legal, is
contradictory to the basic ethics
of democracy."
Case Gets Award
Dr. Lee O. Case will receive the
Phi Lambda Upsilon Award at the
honorary chemistry fraternity's'
annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. today
at the Veterans of Foreign Wars
-Memorial Hall.

Both the sophomore and jun-
ior classes of the medical school
have taken a public stand be-
hind Prof. Mark Nickerson of
the pharmacology department.
The sophomore class has pre-
pared a letter to be sent to the
University Board of Regents.
A statement supporting Prof.
Markert appears today in the
Daily's Letters to the Editor. The
letter claims 150 signatures to date,
reporting that the statement is be-
ing circulated among graduate
students in zoology, the literary
college, and the medical and den-
tal schools.
Commenting on the petitions,
Di. Albert C. Furstenberg, Dean of
the School of Medicine, is sure that
those coiducting the investigation
"will respect the students' opin-
ion." He said,
* * *
PROF. PRESTON W. Slosson of
the history department pointed
out that 'where the petition is
based on knowledge, it is very
much to the point." He was scepti-
cal, however, of the efficacy of pe-
titions based purely , on opinion.
Those coming from the depart-
ments immediately concerned, he
indicated, would be "very much
to the point."
Dean of Law School Blythe E.
Stason took a different view,
saying that the petitions "were
not particularly pertinent." Ac-
cording to Dean Stason, the
question to be answered by the
investigation is whether an in-
dividual who takes advantage of
the Fifth Amendment is a fit
member of the University com-
The professional competence of
the faculty member is only one ele-
ment of the question, he said.

Declares U'
Not Riddled
With Reds
'51 Graduate Called
As Hearing Witness
Special to The Daily
LANSING - "The universities
of this state, as well as Ohio State
University, are not riddled with
Communists," Rep. Kit Clardy
(R-Mich.) said yesterday as the
House Subcommittee on un-Amer-
ican Activities opened the second
and final day of hearings here.
Before calling to the stand the
first of four witnesses, John C.
Houston, '51L, subcommittee
chairman Clardy commended the.
University anti especially Presi-
dent Harlan H. Hatcher for co-
operation with the subcommittee.
* * *
HE ADDED that the University
is capable of handling the cases of
Prof. Mark Nickerson of the phar-
macology department, H. Candler
Davis of the mathematics depart-
ment and Prof. Clement L. Mark-
ert of the zoology department, who
were suspended from the Univers-
ity Monday.
Houston, a 28-year-old Pontiac
attorney, invoked half of the
first 10 amendments to the Con-
stitution when asked about his
alleged associations with the
Ralph Naefus Club, Ann Arbor
Town Club, National Lawyers
Guild, Progessive Party, Com-
mittee for Civil Rights, the In-
ter-Racial Association and the
Communist Party while studying-.
in the University.
When asked to identify and ex-
plain his association with former
University students mentioned by
the committee, Houston countered
with "I am not here to discuss in-
* * *
SHORTLY before, Houston had
told the subcommittee that "it is
the function of people to tell Con-
gressmen what to think, not Con-
gressmen telling the people what
to think."
Journeyman carpenter Rich-
ard A. Fox of East Lansing, the
next witness, began his testi-
mony by protesting the way his
subpoena to appear before the
group was served and made sev-
eral outbursts until Rep. Clardy
threatened him with contempt
of Congress procedures.
Appearing without a lawyer, Fox
told the committee that the pro-
cess server broke into his fath-
er's house without identifying
himself. When Rep. Clardy denied
this, Fox retorted "you're a liar!"
Richard L. Davis, of Detroit,
third witness before the investigat-
ing group, had been accused by
Bernice Baldwin during the 1952
subcommittee hearings in Detroit
of being a member of the Com-
munist Party.
Citing the Fifth Amendment, he
refused to answer this charge and
also declined to answer what name
he used when he was naturalized.
THE FORMER Canadian citi-
zen also refused to answer subcom-
mittee questions on membership
in the Young Communist League
during the 1930's, the Civil Rights
Congress in 1951 and the Michigan
School of Social Science.
As a result of his testimony,
Rep. Scherer said that "the sub-
committees will write the Attor-
ney General requesting him to

deport Davis. The group has
ample evidence to warrent this
In a statement immediately aft-
er his testimony, Davis said "the
inference has been made by Clar-
dy that my citizenship was obtain-
ed by fraud and deceit. However, I
freely and fully answered ques-
tions by immigration authorities
and the presiding judge at the
time my citizenship was granted."
Last witness of the Flint session
Harold L. Shapiro, Michigan or-

Research Building
Set for Dedication

World News Roundup

Dedication ceremonies for the
$1,500,000 Kresge Medical Re-
search Building, the largest clin-
ical research center under control
of any university in the country,
will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sat-
University President Harlan H.
Hatcher will preside at the dedica-
tion. Dr. Detlev W. Bronk, presi-

search projects was procured from
outside sources.
For the completion of the
rest of the 128 laboratories and
the installation of equipment in
them, funds are available from
organizations supporting the
projects for which the laborator-
ies will be used, according to
Robert O. Cleveland, Adminis-
trative Assistant in icharze of

By The Associated Press hours after Gen. Henri Navarre, ts 1 MKS
GENEVA -- Soviet Foreign Min- I had asked Giap to arrange evac-
ister V. M. Molotov hammered at uation of the approximately un r cks La
the proposed United States securi- 1 1,300 wounded stranded at the
ty pact in Southeast Asia yester- fortress when it fell to the Com- "In two years our entire Bill of
day munist-led rebels Friday. Rights will disappear," Prof. Henry,
The deadlocked Indochina peace * * * Owens of Michigan State Normal
talks were temporarily recessed. WASHINGTON - Secretary of College said yesterday at a meet-
The Soviet minister raised the State John Foster Dulles said yes- ing of the Young Democrats.

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