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Administration Worries About
Busy Signals Too

O ANYONE trying to telephone the women's
dorms, especially those on the Hill, the
constant repetition of "Sorry, that line is busy,"
is a source of annoyance.
The phone situation bothers the administra-
tion too.
According to Leonard A. Schaadt, Business
Manager of Residence Halls, the administra-
tion is well aware of the situation and working
constantly to alleviate the problem."
In Stockwell there are 25 corridor phones,
two pay phones and one student government
phone, averaging out to one phone per 14 4/5
girls. Mosher-Jordan combined have 23 cor-
ridor phones, four pay phones and one stud-
ent government phone, averaging 16% girls
on each phone. Alice Lloyd has 25 corridor
phones, four pay phones and one student
government phone, with an average of 18 3/5
girls a phone.
COMMENTING ON the possibility of in-
stalling more corridor phones, Schaadt said
that such a move seems infeasible, because
of financial difficulties and also because the
present line system and switchboards can't
accomodate any more.
Situations in East and West Quads are bet-
ter than those on the Hill, as each house has
its own switchboard. Of course, the South
Quad setup, with a phone in each room, is
the best on campus.
The switchboards are set up to give maxi-
mum service, as one does not receive a busy

signal upon dialing the residence hall number
unless every phone on every corridor is being
FIVE FULL-TIME and three part-time
operators are employed by the residence halls.,
Only three stations can operate at one time,
however, and these are used at the most
crowded hours of the day-noon to 10.:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10:30
p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
A limit of three minutes per call has been
put into effect, but the operators don't always
enforce this rule.
Students may not have private phones in
their rooms because the telephone company,
from which the residence halls rent their
equipment, hasn't enough of that equipment
to handle such a situation.
Schaadt also reports that the telephone com-
panq has always been very cooperative,- and
that this fall they have brought in experts
from Detroit to make a survey of the prob-
lem and offer possible solutions.
"WE HAVEN'T been able to come up with
a satisfactory answer yet, but with the pre-
sent investigation sponsored by the telephone
company, we hope to arrive at a solution in
the near future," Schaadt said.
The frustrated phoners on campus are hop-
ing for a rapid solution, too.
-Carol North

SpeakUpSL* Are You
For the Birds?

ALTHOUGH THE Student Legislature has
heard repeated urgings to consider issues
of the greatest student interest, it has chosen,
for the most part, to ignore the advice.
The student strike at Alice Lloyd further
accentuates this problem.
WHEREAS THE Legislators have involved
themselves in such problems as faculty dis-
missals, the driving ban, the housing situation,
and severance pay, all bringing relative un-
concern from the student body, the "beef bird"
insurrection has been brewing.
Finally at their evening meal Wednesday,

the residents could wait for SL no longer. The
girls attempted to take the situation into
their own hands by striking against the "glop
of breaded stuffing rolled with thin slabs
of beef."
NO DOUBT, SL is planning to avoid this
issue just as it did the Bermuda Shorts con-
With its usual indifference to real student
issues, the Legislature members show no signs
of changing their course.
Nor do the dieticians at Alice Lloyd.
-Murry Frymer

She Knew You Could Be
Un'- Without the Other

WASHINGTON - New York news-
papers last month featured front-
page stories calling attention to
the fact that it was exactly 25
years since the tragic 1929 stock-
market crash that precipitated the
Hoover depression. After recalling
the billions lost to big and little
investors all over the U.S.A., they
noted that the Stock Market had
climbed back to the , same high
peak of 1929 and speculated wheth-
er another crash could happen.
Here in Washington, meanwhile,
a Senate subcommittee has been
digging out some possible answers
to that question.
Given not one cent of funds by
Senator Jenner of Indiana who
holds the purse strings on Senate
probes, the Langer-Kefauver Com-
mittee has pieced together an
amazing story of how some of the
safeguards erected to prevent an-
other stock-market crash have
been ignored.
These safeguards included:
1. Creation of the Securities and
Exchange Commission to police
the Stock Market and protect the
2. The Public Holding Corpora-
tion Act which required big utili-
ties to ditch the rule of Wall
Street. Electric light and power
companies, under the Holding Cor--
poration Act, were to be bossed
by the local people who bought
the power and paid the electric
light bills.
However, here is what the Lan-
ger-Kefauver Committee found.
Wall Street Rule-The Securities
and Exchange Commission, sup-
posed to police Wall Street, now
appears to be working, in part,
with Wall Street. Significantly, the
SEC Chairman appointed by Presi-
dent Eisenhower is Ralph Demm-
ler, Pittsburgh partner of the Dave
Reed Law Firm.
Just how Eisenhower picked him
to head up the vital agency sup-
posed to protect the investing pub-
lic remains a mystery. For his
senior partner the late Senator
Reed of Pennsylvania, fought the
SEC, also battled against the Hold-
ing Corporation Act which the SEC
is supposed to enforce.
The Reed-Demmler Law Firm
represented the Mellon interests
plus various Pittsburgh banks and
it's difficult to understand how a
man picked from this background
could enforce the SEC laws with
any great enthusiasm.
At any rate here is how the
SEC operated in regard to the
Mississippi Power and Light Com-
pany, which is part of the Dixon-
Yates combine now being awarded
a lush government power contract
by direct authority of Eisenhower
himself, despite the opposition of
the TVA Authority and a Majority
of the Atomic Energy Commission.
On September 22, J. D. Stieten-
roth, long-time secretary-treasurer
of the Mississippi Power and Light
Co.. telegraphed the SEC that a
statement filed with the SEC re-
garding the Mississippi Power and
Light and its parent company,
Middle South Utilities, was false.
"I desire," he warned the SEC,
"to withdraw each and every fi-
nancial figure and any and all
data which are included in both
registration statements."
This should have been a red
light to the SEC to hold up the
sale of stock proposed by Middle
South Utilities and Mississippi
'Power and Light. The name of
the law establishing the Securities
and Exchange Commission is "The
Truth-In-Securities Act" which re-

quires registration of bond and
stock sales to the public to be
Yet here was a telegram from
the secretary-treasurer of Missis-
sippi Power and Light that the
registration statements were not
truthful. Despite this, the SEC did
absolutely nothing. The stock flo-
tation was OK'd next day.
Quizzed about this by the Lan-
ger - Kefauver committee, SEC
officials admitted that they sent
no one to Mississippi to probe the
charges made by Stietenroth. In-
stead they ignored his telegram
and let the allegedly "false" stock
flotation be issued.
SEC on the Griddle
Cross-examined as to whether
it was not the job of 'the SEC to
prevent false statements regard-
ing the flotation of stock and bond
issues, here is how Chairman
Demmler of the SEC ducked:
Mr. Sidney Davis, counsel for
the Langer-Kefauver Committee:
"Is it fair to say, Mr. Chairman,
that one purpose of the Securities
Exchange Act is to protect in-
vestors by requiring that a full
and accurate disclosure be made
in a prospectus to the public be-
fore shares can be issued?
"Chairman Demmler. I think the
statute speaks for itself, Mr. Da-
"Mr. Davis. Is my statement cor-
rect, sir?
"Chairman Demmler. I think
perhaps we had better read from

WAY BACK WHEN, somewhere around the
fifth grade, I remember an unusual teach-
er. She was not only smart, but also intelli-
But it took until now for me to appreciate
her exacting meticulousness about words. She
taught English. She insisted not only on the
exact word at all times, but also on the exact
prefix or suffix on every word that had one
or the other.
She would know how to handle the present
confusion, misinterpretation, and downright
stubborn misunderstanding. But, alas, she lies
dead, buried under the weight of misused, mis-
leading prefixes.

"Long Life"

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YES, SHE would have solved everything. She
would have changed the name of the House
Un-American Activities Committee to the
House Anti-American Activities Committee.
You see, to her, being un-American (whatever
that is) and being anti-American would be
two quite different things.
As I said, she was also intelligent. She would
next have obliged every good American, nay,
every American, to carry his dictionary where-
ever he went if he did not already know it by
-Jim Dygert

Review Plight...
To the Editor:
WHATEVER could have influen-
ced you, at this crucial time,
to publish the detestable book re-
view of Glory, God, & Gold, index
and all, which escapes the epithet
"naive" only by virtue of being
abyssmally stupid. Even with our
limited knowledge of literary mat-
ters, without even adjusting the
eyes for fine focusing, high power,
we can spot errors of both gram-
mar rhetoric and confusion of the
two which would greatly disturb
a grader of freshman papers.
What nonsense this is. ". . . a
book ... depicts history not as a
succession of . . . but as the ac-
tions . . ." etc. What sort of gram-
matical construction of this to be
spread on the hitherto unstained
pages of The Daily? "Formless
names?" Whatever are formless
names? Can a name have form?
Can a name "populate" a book?
Assume "realistic proportions?"
Another passage from this inept
review relates the tale of the "first
hen-pecked husband to cross the
Rio Grande and the poor man's
wife . . ." Whose wife was that?
Was she the hen-pecking wife of
this notorious character from out
of the West, the first hen-pecked
man, or was she the wife of some
beggar? Beerman is not clear about
that at all. What of that "day
before yesterday," when the ato-
mic bomb was detonated? I know
of no atomic test scheduled for
any day before yesterday. Possibly
Beerman has knowledge of atomic
tests not revealed to the public.
Must he not come forth with this
information, preferably u n d e r
However, we quickly pass over
the intervening paragraphs of this
childish exposition and strike a
droll passage wherein it is claimed
that there is an "all-American
team chosen to tell the all-Amer-
ican story." Certainly the tabloid
approach to history which Well-
man has evolved to suit his pur-
poses hardly qualifies him for a
place on the all-American team,
whatever that may be.
Let us pray for more valuable
reviews in the future; otherwise
The Daily may lose the fine repu-
tation built up by other far more
capableband competentreviewers.
-J. Philip Benkard
Quad Donation . ..
To the Editor:
THE EDITORIAL written by
Joel Berger, concerning stud-
ent reaction to The Daily's fund-
raising campaign for the survivors
of last week's Monroe Street fire,
has caused widespread resentment
among the residents of South
Quadrangle. We wonder if Mr.

Berger, who is, himself, a resident
of South Quadrangle, is aware
of all that was done by the mem-
bers of his residence hall to aid
the victims of the fire at that
time. Their actions were hardly
those characteristic of men inac-
tivated by introspection. These
men were responsible in a large
degree for the saving of life and
property; Mr. Berger was either
unaware of this fact, or else he
deliberately chose to ignore it in
favor of a more sensationalistic
approach to reporting.
However, facts are facts, and
not only can they not be ignored
by a good newspaperman, but
they should not be twisted by him,
even if his motives are ultimately
in the interests of worthwhile and
necessary charity. The facts, in
this case, are so much more in-
spiring and could have served his
purpose so much more effectively,
that it seems the facts had better
be presented in their true light,
so that these survivors need not
suffer a lack of help, merely be-
cause Mr. Berger's misguided ef-
forts have alienated many who
were most eager to help in any
way they could. The facts are
The quadmen did indeed get
out of bed in "the wee hours" of
the night, but not to watch a
house burn down; they got out
of bed so that they might better
extend a helping hand to a house-
ful of people who were badly in
need of help. Many quadders
manned hoses; many entered the
burning house in an attempt to
save whatever could be saved.
They raised ladders so that those
living on upper floors could es-
cape-this was done before the
fire department arrived. This
sort of action hardly implies non-
chalance, or a purely morbid in-
terest. The behavior of the quad
men was in every sense useful,
practical and intelligent; their in-
terests were purely humanitarian.
In the light of this information,
with which Mr. Berger was ob-
viouslyhunacquainted, it would
seem that perhaps an apology is
due to the men of the South Quad.
If Mr. Berger showed as much in-
terest in his residence hall as he
would have us believe he shows
in charitable pursuits, his facts
might be straighter and the help
he seeks might be more readily
-Robert Burgee
Leo Roach.
Dick Light
Jack Knaggs
Frank Rizzo
Suimner Elwell
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The above letter
was accompanied by a $45 donation
to the Daily Fire Relief Fund from
the men of Huber House.)

Strange Contrast in Soviet
Internal, External Policy
(Editor's Note: The author of the following article is studying in the
United States as a Fulbright Exchange student from Germany. As a war
correspondent in the German Army, he spent- five years as a prisoner-of-war
in the Soviet Union.)
IT SEEMS THAT the external and internal policies of the homeland
of that Proteletarian paradise, the Soviet Union, can be seen as a
hydra with multi-colored tentacles. Recent tactics of the Kremlin and
its instrument for foreign affairs, the Cominform, include fraterniza-
tion with different types of political or cultural organizations in various
countries. Local Communist parties follow a consistently anti-Commun-
ist line when they feel they can destroy democratic goals of these
nations. But the Soviets cannot escape the fact that the Western World
is more and more able to compare the internal and external policy of
the Kremlin.
The flags under which local Communist parties sail are localism
and nationalism. Behind these two flags, however, waves the guiding
hand of the Communist Manifesto. And nothing could ever change its
long-term aims.
Recently during discussions of the German question, without doubt
there was one most crucial question foremost in the European mind:
will the acceptance of a sovereign West Germany destroy the hope of
a peaceful reunification of the nation presently split up between the
Western and Eastern camps? Is there some way to solve this modern
riddle of the Sphinx in the near future. The policy of West German
government chief Konrad Adenauer follows one path: as long as an
authoritarian state exists where human rights are flagrantly disregard-
ed, the derman people will maintain no trust in a Soviet proposal for
an all-German election or a free unified Germany.
This strongly anti-totalitarian attitude clearly adds up to hard-
ship for millions of East Germans who must live under a Communist
government, and also for masses of West German refugees from the
East. But the majority of the West German people hold fast to the line
of this policy. They are confronted every day with the results of So-
viet "peace-loving" tactics. Stories of refugees from all the Iron Cur-
tain countries conflict with Cominform pamphlet reports distributed
in 69 languages all over the world.
Two years ago, in East Germany the Communistic Youth
Organization "Freie Deutsche Jugend" did feel they had the upper
hand and arrested with the help of the Soviet and East German
Secret Police thousands of young Christian Youth, closed their
club houses and forced the anti-communlistic Youth underground.
But today, after the German issue has become more and more
a delicate matter in the Kremlin foreign policy, the young Chris-
tian Youth not only can move relatively freely but the FDJ is
trying to build a more cooperative bridge to the Christian Youth
movements. They try to join Christian Youth meetings, offer speak-
ers and other help. Whatever this policy may have as its goal,
the Christian Youth movements are careful, resentful. Why? They
know best that still hundreds of their comrades are in forced
labour camps, that behind this friendly face of the Communistio
Youth there is a definite tactic which cannot mean anything else
than a temporary hiding behind this mask.
Whatever twists may occur in the Soviet propaganda intended for
foreign countries, the real viewpoint of the Soviets is revealed In the
policy of their own political party organizations in the Soviet Union,
This year the 12th Congress of the All-Soviet Leninist Young Com-
munist League, the Congress Report of the Central Committee tells
us about the latest stands of this most important instrument of Com-
munist education:
"A few words about the atheistic upbringing of young people and
about anti-religious propaganda. It must be admitted that anti-reli-
gious propaganda has fallen off seriously in the Young Communist
League and that here and there it has ceased entirely. Some YCL per-
sonnel are inclined to underrate the harmful influence of the church'
on young people and children. There are no grounds whatsoever for
such complacency. The facts show that some young men and women are
influenced by religious ideology. The problem is to end indifference to
the work of the church amoung our young people in every way and
to fully reinstate YCL anti-religious propaganda."
When we consider that the Young Communist League I a con-
trolled arm of the Communist government, and that it holds a
powerful military as well as a political and educatidnal ax over one-
fifth of the earth's surface we can imagine how strong every one
of their Congressional decisions can be. Its anti-religious views are
not only expressed in words, or in advice, but are also transformed
into action, as we can realize by anti-Semitic purges during 1952
and 1953 and the anti-clerical purges in satellite countries in re-
cent years.
The Committee report abounds in glorious words about the "un-
beatable Soviet youth, the most splendid weapon of the proletarian
revolution." No scientific field, no discovery made in the last few years
was not invented or solved by Soviet youth or their fathers. The words
go on interminably. But the same passages of self-criticism show us that
we don't work with human machines when we deal with the "Com-
munist Youth," but with young people, who either belong or don't
belong to the YCL, with or without reason. The idea that among the
non-joiners are the enemies of the Soviet society is expressed over and
over again. But the YCL Committee makes a distinction between those
who harm their fatherland and those who are just lost little sheep who
should be guided back into the arms of the "most glorious youth or-
ganization of the world." The former are classified as enemies, for
which there is no place in a proletarian paradise. These are children

of Christian families, children whose parents serve time in a con-
centration camp for some political crime (in Soviet eyes that of anti-
Communism) or children with relatives who have escaped to the West.
But what about the lost sheep?
From the same report:
"There is yet another question which must be discussed ... We
cannot overlook the fact that some young people still harbor ves-
tiges of the accursed capitalistic 'past in their minds. These ves-
tiges manifest themselves in indolence, a slovenly attitude toward
work, violations of labor and state discipline, and loose living. To
our shame there are still Soviet young people who are contaminated
by vices of the past-hangers-on who lead empty, parasytic lives.
Loudly-dressed people in Tarzan haircuts, so-called "zoot-suiters,"
roam the main streets of Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi, Yerevan and
a number of cities. They do not work or study, but spend -the eve-
nings in bars or heckling girls. Who are they? How do they live and
by what means? Whop are their parents? Who are their comrades?
It is our duty not to content ourselves with condemning this phe-
nomenon in general terms but to deal with each and every one of
these young people. The YCL must proclaim relentless and deter-
mined war against all kinds of "zoot-suiters," aristocrats and other
parasites and hoodlums. All of them must be forced to work, and
to work honestly and behave as befits Soviet People."
George Orwell's "1984" is a fantastic book. God grant that the kind
of educational policy it depicts will never be used in the countries of
the Western world. But my feelings lie with the Russian youth who
must grow up under such a totalitarian machine, and I hope that more
and more of the Western people make the distinction between the
"glorious Soviet youth" and the enemies of this regime. Here we under-
stand Adenauer's policy, and we cannot agree with a mild view that





Interpreting the News

Associated Press News Analyst
THERE HAVE BEEN strong indications for
several years that the extremist blocs at
both ends of the American political axis have
been losing strength to the center.
For a long time Congressional action has
been dependent on the coalition votes of inter-
party blocs. In 1952 the Republicans gained
control of both houses by tiny margins. Now the
Democrats have done the same.
These narrow divisions in Congress, however,
since they are the sum total of individual and
only slightly related local election contests, are
less indicative than the extreme closeness of

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of Student Publications.
Editorial Staff
Eugene Hartwig... ..................... Managing Editor
Dorothy Myers........................City Editor
Jon Sobeloff........................ .Editorial Director
Pat Roelofs......................Associate City Editor
Becky Conrad................... Associate Editor
Nan Swinehart.........................Associate Editor
Dave Livingston..........................Sports Editor
Hanley Gurwin................ Associate Sports Editor
Warren Wertheimer..........Associate Sports Editor
Roz Shiimovltz...................... Women's Editor
Joy Squires..............,Associlate Women's Editor
Janet Smith.................Associate Women's Editor
Dean Morton.......................Chief Photographer
Business Stafff
Lois Pollak....................Business Manager
Phil Brunskl..............Associate Business Manager
Bill Wise.......................Advertising Manager
-Mr Jean Monnok .... ....Fnnce Mana..

the decisions in so many of the individual con-
tests themselves.
Elections have been decided by handfuls of
votes in numerous areas.
ONE IS almost tempted to say that no
greater benefit could come to American politics
than to keep the politicians of both parties
constantly aware that they are walking a
tight-rope, subject to ruin by the least bobble.
That is a fundamental of the two-party sys-
tems which has not always worked because of
violent swings in public sentiment from time
to time, leading to party overconfidence and
laziness in government.
But there are dangers, too, when party con-
trol of government is so narrow that it has no
real mandate, and responsibility is too much
divided. It leads to indecision just as surely as
does that bane of European political systems,
a super abundance of parties. It also leads to
buckpassing. When there is fault in govern-
ment, it leads to difficulty for the public in
placing the blame.
to get to work with the new leaders of Con-
gress in order'"to get the business of the coun-
try done indicates that he is taking his new
difficulties philosophically.
In one respect, the situation gives him an
opportunity to prove whether he is a great
President. It puts upon him and his adminis-
tration the responsibility of presenting to Con-
gress only such proposals as have been worked
out so carefully that their need is apparent.
It places upon Democratic leaders the res-
ponsibility for seeing to it that no truly bene-
ficial legislation falls victim to partisan ex-



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stoner of Education in Prussia prior to
the Nazi era.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for William
Nathaniel Wasson, Education; thesis:
"A Study of Direct Measurements of
venous Pressure in Rest and During
Exercise," Fri., Nov. 5, East Council
Room, Rackham Building, at 10:00
a.m. Chairman; P. A. Hunsicker.
Admission Test for Graduate Study
in Business: Application blanks for the
Feb. 3 administration of the Admis-
sion Test for Graduate Study in Busi-
ness are now available at 110 Rack-
ham Building and 150 Business Ad-
ministration. Application blankstare
due in Princeton, N.J. not later than
Jan. 20.
L.ogic Seminar--Fri. nv .5 4:00 n.m.

Hall, at 9:00 a.m. Chairman, C. H.
Stanley Quartet, Gilbert Ross and
Emil Raab, violin; Robert Courte, vio-
la; and Oliver Edel, cello; will present
the second program in the series of
Sun.hafternoon concerts:covering the
Beethoven Quartets at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7
in Rackham Lecture Hall. The program
will include: Quartet in A major, Op.
18, No. 5; Quartet in F minor, Op. 95;
Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130. The
concert is open to the public without
Styles in Chinese Painting, Nov. 3-23;
Museum of Art, Alumni Memorial Hall,
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on weekdays, 2:00
-5:00 p.m. on Suns. The public is in-
Art Exhibit, Rackham Galleries. Chet


says: "Well, maybe the Soviets are
ed in this type of work is invited to
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" will be pre-

really not so bad after all."
-Peter Kalinke
Library at Lane Hall, Fri., 4:15 p.n .
Grace Bible students will be the Guild

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