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Can University Coeds
Be Trusted?

"Close Man With a Razor, Isn't He?"

ALONG WITH "beef birds," bermuda shorts
and the driving ban, the subject of wo-
men's closing hours is one of perpetual contro-
But whether or not a student is in favor of
the hours, he must admit that there are times
when a 10:30 curfew is uncomfortably confin-
Perhaps the University feels that we are not
mature enough to decide for ourselves the best
time to come in. Perhaps the Administration is
trying to uphold a good moral reputation.
However, it must be remembered that "where
there's a will there's a way" and that there is
more than one way for coeds to escape the re-
strictions of dormitories after closing hours.
THEY CAN sign out for home, receiving
overnight permission, or they can neglect to
sign out at all. These methods both have the
same drawback. When a woman uses either of
them, she must stay out the entire night.
If the University feels that completely abol-
ishing closing hours would be too radical a
move, it might consider a more conservative re-
formation of the plan.
Granting the desirability of liberal control, a
proposed revision would follow the present rules
with one exception.
Recognizing the need for a certain measure
of freedom on week-nights, the plan incorpor-
ates a specified number of automatic late per-
missions per semester, averaging to about one
a week. The nights on which these would take
effect would be left to the individual resident.
IN THIS WAY, coeds would be able to enjoy
themselves occasionally during the week with-
out having to call a halt to their evenings when
ten o'clock strikes.
The women would be allowed a certain
amount of freedom and opportunity to exercise
individual judgment, both of which are im-
portant to the process of learning and matura-
tion which is reported to be the primary pur-
pose of the University.

The Administration would feel satisfied, too,
because they would be living up to their tradi-
tional motherly attitude by imposing limits on
the number of late permissions allowed.
It should be noted that currently a coed is
able to receive permission to come in later than
the week-day curfew-but only for a good rea-
son. Destination and reason for the request
must be explicitly stated and the whole opera-
tion is under the rather formidable title of
"Special Late Permission."'
VERY FEW coeds take advantage of this
technicality, as the excuses of "I feel like going
out" and "I had a big test today" would hardly
be considered sufficient. However, in reality
these are the main incentives for wanting to
stay out late.
Last year, a student representative body ap-
proached the Administration with a request for
permission to formulate such a plan of revi-
sion. The students were brushed off with the
statement that women are satisfied with the
present regulations.
The Administration's assertion was based on
a questionaire filled out by University women
which indicated that they considered the pro-
posed number of "late pers" to be sufficient.
However, coeds were unaware that a plan for
week-day permissions was under consideration
and they thought the question referred to
weekend 1:30's, of which a liberal number were
THE PROPOSED PLAN has worked satis-
factorily all over the country at Universities of
which, incidentally, many have later regular
closing hours than Michigan.
Schools which have found the plan effective
are Michigan State and Ohio State.
No, the Administration would never go so
far as to abolish women's hours. But perhaps it
would consent to treat coeds as the mature
individuals University students should be, and
place in them a small measure of trust and
-Lou Sauer

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'U' Uses Authority Wisely;
Bias Clauses Fading

WAY WAS officially cleared Monday for Uni-
versity pressure on fraternities and sorori-
ties to remove their bias clauses. Any apprehen-
sion by University officials that such action
would be unconstitutional for one reason or
another was removed by the Supreme Court re-
fusal to make State University of New York's
ban on national fraternities and sororities, "a
federal case."
The Supreme Court refused to review the
State University of New York resolution which
in- addition to banning national fraternities
and sororities, asked elimination of all 'artifi-
cial criteria' in the selection of members. The
State University decision came when affiliated
groups claimed they couldn't remove their bias
clauses because their national groups wouldn't
let them.
State University fraternities and sororities
appealed the decision first to a special three-
Jurdge federal court and then to the Supreme
Court. Both courts claimed the question was
not a federal issue.
ALTHOUGH the Supreme Court decision re-
moved all doubt about the legality of such Uni-
versity control over fraternities, that actually
isn't the question involved in the membership
restriction situation. Interfraternity Council
officials here don't deny the University's right
to legislate toward removal of bias clauses, but
have only questioned its advisability in the ex-
isting situation.
However, since the University does have su-
pervisory power over campus social organiza-
tions and since it advocates removal of bias.
clauses (its refusal to admit new fraternities
and sororities with bias clauses demonstrates
this) some ask why it doesn't use its right and
outlaw membership restrictions in University
affiliated groups? Many idealistic factions on
campus advocate such a move. They blame the

University for its apathy and refusal to take
its rightful responsibility in this situation.
THIS IDEALISTIC viewpoint is not realistic.
The University is aware of its responsibility and
is opposed to the bias clauses still existing ini
10 of the University fraternity constitutions.
However they believe that change toward re-
moval of membership restrictions is better ac-
complished by voluntary action from within
fraternities than by coersion from without.
As long as there is gradual progress from
within fraternities for ending discrimin'atory
clauses the University position is difficult to
criticize. Fraternities are too closely tied to
their national organization economically and
from an organizational standpoint to suddenly
convert themselves into local units.
UNIVERSITY fraternities are gradually elim-
inating membership restrictions. Last summer
Delta Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha and Zeta Beta
Tau dropped bias clauses. Acacia nearly suc-
ceeded and Phi Delta Theta may be well on
its way to removal. It has to be admitted this
is an excellent record of progress in a field so
cluttered with predjudice and tradition.
If fraternities continue to work successfully
toward bias clause elimination there will be
no need for University officials to emulate the
State University of New York's administration.
The University by giving fraternities an op-
portunity to rectify their own defects is dem-
onstrating its confidence in the country's col-
lege students. If the trend toward bias elimina-
tion bogs down in a few years then it will be
the University's responsibility to intervene. At
present, ideological leadership in the form of
condemnation of bias clauses seems to have
motivated University fraternity men to take
their own action on this issue.
-Dave Baad

No Humor...
To the Editor:
'G THOSE of us who believe
that Jesus Christ is the Son
of God and became Man in order
that we might better save our
souls, the attempt to glorify the
ridiculing of Christianity is in ex-
tremely poor taste. We see noth-
ing humorous in calling Christian-
ity the "... most deadly enemy of
people and morality in our mod-
ern world," nor isrthere anything
funny about a "cross turned up-
side down" and we fail to see the
joke in "hearing confessions"-an
integral part of the Catholic reli-
gion. It is too bad that the news-
paper on the campus of one of the
finest universities in the world has
to devote three columns to trash.
And the article is no more than
-Harry Cargas
Biown Article .. .
To the Editor: 1
Y OU HAVE hit a new low.
It may be that your three-
column spread on "Pope Innocent
III" (Daily for November 9) is such
subtle humor that my myopic and
literal comprehension missesthe
whole point of the story, but I
think the article shows incredibly
poor taste.
I do not dispute the existence of
Mr. Russell Brown; I do, however,
wonder why Mr. Brown's inanities
have become a proper subject for
several inches of type in The Daily.
As a Protestant of some twenty-
two years standing, I find much in
the "Innocent" article which I am
sure will offend my Catholic
friends; I know it offends me.
--James A. Sellgren, '54
* *~ *
Arms and the Man.. ..
To the Editor:
WE HAVE written this letter to
right what we think an unin-
tentional wrong on your part.
A few weeks ago at the opening
of the new Dramatic Arts Center
you printed a review of "Arms and
the Man." The review was honest.
Its author, though he damned the
play, wished the company all suc-
cess in the future. Many of us, if
we had not seen the play, were
ready to agree, for the reviewer
confirmed our secret fears.
But since that reviewer shook
his judicious head, something im-
portant seems to have happened.
Sunday night's performance was
a complete delight. The acting was
first rate, the direction intelligent,
the pacing just right. The com-
pany demonstrated that Shaw,
whether his ideas are old hat or
not, remains as good in the the-
ater as ever. In short, when acted
by a group as sensitive as this one,
he compels us to laugh and accept
him as contemporary.
And the company managed to
produce its effect against heavy
odds. The house was less than half.-
filled, properties were makeshift,
costumes ingeniously fitted of un-
likely materials. The very theater
building, the old Masonic Temple,
looked too respectable ever to
house anything so raffish as dra-
But by the time the play had
been going half an hour, the au-
dience was completely with it. Our
temporary embarrassment disap-
peared, and we very soon realized
that this was a real theater. This
feeling is not an everyday feeling
at all. Glossier actors than these
often fail to achieve it.
If the production once was stiff,
It is not now. You will do the chil-
ly crowds waiting in line to get in-
to the flicks a favor to let them
know that there is something else
to do over the Ann Arbor week-
--Franklin Dickey
Allan Seager

Fire Fund . .
To the Editor:
T IS TRULY a shame when out
of 110 or more housing groups
on campus, only $50 has been col-
lected for the relief of the fire
victims. I'm sure even as ridic-
ulously low a sum as $5 from each
group would hurt no group, and
would produce a gianti step toward
recovery. Perhaps the group re-
presentatives (IFC, IHC, Panhel,
etc.) could suggest this to their
members. Perhaps it only needs a
little more organized effort.
However, it is also a shame when
The Daily allows an "Editorial"
of the calibre that appeared on
Nov. 3 to be printed.
I personally never like to see
discriminatory practices, especially
in editorials. How effective is it
when you chastise the community,
then try to put over that one group
in that community is especially to
blame? Are not the other groups
inclined to feel they are "better"
or partially absolved?
Although I have deliberately
"cut" the following quote, I be-
lieve it sums up the two and
one-quarter paragraphs which
preceeded it in the editorial, yet
points up what has angered me.
"Yet absolutely no interest has
been shown by the quadmen, in-
cluding South Quadders who got
out of bed in the wee hours of
the night. . . "
Don't you read the paper you
write for, Mr. Berger? Who did
the victims praise for aid given?
Didn't you observe, Mr. Berger?
or don't you believe, in that re-
quisite for a good reporter. For
surely you yourself live in the
South Quad. You must not have
been awake to write:
"But still nothing concrete in
the form of donations . ."
Concrete donations, Mr. Berger?
Ask some of the Quad men who
fruitlessly tried to connect several
sections of the ill-designed equip-
ment here for use some ten to
fifteen minutes before the fire de-
partment answered the "3 minute
call." Ask Chuck Blankenship
how it feels to be second man on
a hose and follow an asbestos clad
fireman into the flames - ask if
his blisters have healed yet-or
if they caused him to quit during
the rest of that long night. Ask
other Quad men how difficult it
is to handle a hose when you're
soaking wet in freezing weather.
Don't ever ride a group, Mr.
Berger-it's composed of individ-
uals-nor praise another, either
directly or indirectly, on the basis
of five per cent participation (3
out of 60 Greek groups)-the sta-
tistics are too low.
William Russell, '58
* * *
Sixty-Fifth Year
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Teletihon NO 23-24-1

Mendes-France Popular,
Practical Leader,
THE GOVERNMENT of Mendes-France thinks of itself, and is
thought of by its supporters and its enemies, as engaged in in-
augurating a new order of things But it is still in the preparatory
phase, still clearing the ground, organizing its position, selecting its
men, and preparing to act.
Its principal activity thus far has been in foreign affairs, and the
motive of that activity has been to dispose of the searing issues that
have so weakened and so divided the French people, have so much pre-
vented them from attending to their urgent domestic and national af-
fairs. Mr. Mendes-France has had great success in his foreign policy,
and by a general agreement it has won him much the strongest popular
support enjoyed by any Prime Minister in the post war years. But this
success is a mere preface to the business of his government which is
to bring about a modernization of the French economy and a purge
and a revival of the French democracy.
,* * *
TN ORDER to concentrate on that task he had first to reappraise and
and to revise drastically the French position abroad. By last spring
the French position abroad was in the greatest disorder. There was the
urgent threat of a military catastrophe in the Far East which might
well have been followed by a disintegration of the Atlantic alliance
in Europe. France was enormously overextended by commitments which
she had neither the means nor the will to carry out. Thecountry was
incapable of fighting a war in Indo-China which was so costly and so
indecisive and, at the same time, of maintaining in Europe an army
sufficient to keep the balance of power with a rearmed Germany.
This menacing insolvency, which unwisely the United States refused
to help correct, had to be cured in order to, avert "a general disaster
and before a national revival and reconstruction could be undertaken.
Mr. Mendes-France has gone a long way towards restoring the solvency
of France in her foreign relations. He has done this by liquidating
fle Indo-Chinese war and in Europe by persuading Britain to enter the
continent in order to maintain and regulate a balance of power in
Westtrn Europe. By these two great acts the deficit, though it is not
yet closed, has been reduced, one may hope, to manageable size.
France still faces grave problems in North Africa. But her general
position in the world is stronger than it was, and within herself she
is not for the time being torn by issues of foreign affairs. These are
important achievements. But they do not, of course, solve the problems
which manifest themselves, on the one hand, in the large Communist
vote and, on the other hand, in the chronic instability of French public
finances and of the parliamentary system.
NOW THE government is, I repeat, only in the preliminary stage of
its action. The question I have been studying in Paris was whether
one could find and state the general lines, the controlling principles
and the main forms, of Mr. Mendes-France's policy. This is not easy to
do. For Mr. Mendes-France, whom I met first in 1944 and have often
talked with before he came to power, is very far from being a geieral-
izer. He is not a man with a doctrine or an ideology, a propounder of
principles and formulas. This makes it harder to write about him, and
impossible to sum him up neatly. His mind is empirical and his style
is to be pragmatic, specific and practcal about the particular problems
of France. Although he is a highly educated man, he is not in the least
what-in the derogatory sense of the term-is called an intellectual.
When he diagnoses a French problem he sounds, so it seems to me, not
like the professor of medicine lecturing on general principles but like
the family doctor who has konwn the patient since he was a child.
For these reasons it is not possible to fix him in one of the stereo-
typed catagories, to say for example that he is of the right or of the
left. As a matter of fact his support runs all the way across the assem-
bly and all across the country. It is to be found in big business and in
the left wing trade unions. It runs from the Gaullist right through the
Socialists on the left, and such is his hold on the French working class
that he is undoubtedly the most formidable challenger that the Com-
munists have yet had to deal with.
* * * *
T HIS EXTRAORDINARY popular strength, which he means to
use to promote the internal reform of France is very interesting in-
deed. It comes-so it would seem-not from any material benefits he
has been able to confer on the mass of the people. It comes from the
style of his political behavior. There is a popular feeling that at last
France has a government that knows how to govern and has the will
to govern, that it is not going to be deterred by anybody at home or
abroad from acting decisively and conclusively. this sense of being gov-
erned, of standing again on hard ground, of having at the center of
things a man of lucid purposes and firm resolution, is the secret of his
immense popularity and prestige..
It is an interesting and a significant bit of evidence that conven-
tional democratic politcians, who think they must bribe the people rath-
er than to give them good government, may not understand the people
after all.
(To be Continued)
(Copyright 1954, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)


Mar ginal
WASHINGTON. -- The Demo-
crats may have a harder time
keeping their hairbreadth maority
in the Senate than anyone realizes.
When the Senate reconvened for
the special McCarthy censure ses-
sion, Charles E. Daniel, interim
Democratic senator from South
Carolina, a close friend of Ike's
friend, Jimmie Byrnes, was having
his picture taken with Vice Presi-
dent Nixon.
"I want you to know," he
beamed, "that you can count on
me. I want to work with you in
every way possible.
"And the man who's coming up
to succeed me is the same way,"
he added, referring to senator-
elect Strom Thurmond." "You can
work with him, too."
"That's fine," enthused Nixon.
"When he comes, you send him
around to me. We'll give him a
royal welcome."
New Citizens
Two hundred and fifty new
American citizens gather in the
inter-department auditorium in
Washington today to take what for
them is a momentous oath. To ml-
lions of others it will pass by un
noticed. But to these 250, plus
other groups around the U.S.A. it
will be one of their most important
steps since birth.
For they will renounce their al-
legiance to one country and take
an oath of allegiance to a new.
Today they become citizens of the
United States.
This ceremony takes place about
once a month without most native
Americans paying much attention
to it. In New York today, 8,000 new
citizens take the oath; other groups
in other cities.
And while it will attract no head-
lines, the Women's Bar Associa-
tion, the Advertising Council, the
Sertoma Clubs, and other public-
spirited organizations are cooperat-
ing to solemnify the occasion and
welcome these new Americans.
Today, for instance, the Adver-'
tising Council in Washington will
present each new citizen with Ar-
thur Goodfriend's stirring book
"What is America?" while the
Sertoma Club (service to mankind)
will present copies of the Declara-
tion of Independence. Unfortunate-
ly, funds were not available to
make a similar presentation to the
8,000 taking the oath of citizenship
in New York.
On previous occasions, the DAR.
B'nai B'rith and other groups have
entertained the new citizens at
small receptions immediately after
the naturalization ceremony. in a
quiet, unpublicized, constructive
type of citizenship which will pre-
vent communism far more than
the witch-hunting scaremongering
of Joe McCarthy.
Stevenson's Grandfather
Adlai Stevenson seldom refers to
his grandfather, who was vice
president of the United States in
the administration of Grover Cleve-
land. But the other day Adla, and
advisers 'were in ex-Sen. William
Benton's suite at the Savoy Plaza
Hotel in New York when they re-
ceived a telegram from Vice Presi
dent Nixon demanding that 'Adai
retract his statement that Nixon
was following the Communist party
Advisers offered Stevenson all
sorts of suggestions for a reply to
the man the Democrats now call
"McNixon." Finally Stevenson

"Well, I suppose I could reply
as follows: 'Dear Mr. Nixon: I
have now received two telegrams'
Congress will dig into politicking
inside the railroad retirement
board b by two Eisenhower ap-
from the vice president of the
United States. The first was from
my grandfather. Sincerely yours,
Adlai Stevenson.'''
He did not, however, send the
Politics With RR Money
One of the first investigations
when the Democrats take over
The RR Board was set up to
administrate the pensions of raile'
road workers and is operated by
the money withdrawn each week
from railroad workmen's salaries.
It is not a political organization.
However, after Eisenhower ap-
pointed as new chairman, Ray-
mond J. Kelly of Chicago, former
Michigan commander of the Amer-
ican Legion, things began to
change. He was followed by Frank
C. Squire, another Chicagoan, and
together they have proposed re-
moving 10 administrative posts
from civil service to . make room
for worthy Republicans.
As an excuse for this politcal
gravy, the rumor has been spread
that there is a "cell of 10 known
Communists in the railroad retire-
ment board office .
Chief spreader of the rumor is
Harold Rainville, listed as "spe-
cial assistant" to Senator Dirksen
of Illinois, though he actually
works for the Republican Commit-




At Architecture Aud... .
CHIEFLY through spirited performances from
Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan, I Was a
Male War Bride manages to overcome some
of the most cliched comedy situations turned
out by Hollywood in the last three decades.
Produced in 1949, the film employs the then-
current problem of what happens to. foreign
males who marry American WACs. The prob-
lem is no longer either very fresh or interest-
ing; but the cast plays it for all its worth,
and through sheer force of dermination drives
across numberous laughs.
Henri Rochard (Cary Grant), a French army
officer, and WAC Lt. Catherine Gates (Ann
Sheridan) are sent on a secret mission in
West Germany, bribing a black market artisan
to work for the French. However, they are so

But some of the intended humor is just a
little too "old-hat." For instance, the unmar-
ried couple, through Fate's whims, find them-
selves locked in a single bedroom. For over ten
minutes, the script writers drain this situa-
tion for all its worth.
Then there is the problem of the honeymoon
night: they can't find a vacant bed. Some of
Henri's complaints will probably strike even
the most sophisticated movie viewer as in poor
taste and essentially unhumorous.
OTHER SCENES feature the run-away jeep
(thank you Keystone Cops), the love scene in
the haystack (reminiscent of It Happened One
Night), and the police arrest bit where the
heroine allows the hero to work himself into
a complicated position. The whole affair de-
generates to a very low point when Grant is
forced to become a female impersonator.

(Continued from Page 2)
Christian Science Organization Testi-
monial Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Fire-
side Room, Lane Hall.
Lane Hall. Lecture by Rabbi Abba
Hillel Silver, spiritual leader of The
Temple, Cleveland, Ohio. Topic: "Eth-
ics-by God or Man." Thurs., 8:30 p.m.
Auditorium A, Angell Hall. Skeptics'
Corner, "Ethics-by God or Man." Room
439, Mason Hall. Prof. William Alston,
discussion leader. Thurs., 4:15 p.m.
La P'tite Causette will meet Thurs.,
Nov. 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the
right room of the Michigan Union
cafeteria. Venez tous et parlez fran-
Episcopal Student Foundation. St.
dent Breakfast at Canterbury House,
Thurs., Nov. 11, after the 7:00 a.m. Holy
The Political Science Round Table
will meet Thurs., Nov. 11, at 7:45 p.m.
in Rackham Amphitheater. Panel dis-
cussion-"Europe on Either Side of
the Iron Curtain." Prof. James H. Mel-
sel, Ulrich Straus, Zander Hollander,
and Heinz Kohler. Prof. Daniel Wit
will moderate; Hans Guth and Emilio
Stanley will participate.
The NAACP will present Prof. D. R.
Pearce of the English Dept. in a dis-
cussion of "The Negro in Literature."
Thurs., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Aud.
"C" Angell Hall.
The Congregational-Disciples Guild:
Thurs., 7:00 p.m., Bible class at the
Guild House. Fri., 7:15 p.m., meet at
the Guild House to go to Pep Rally,
returning later for games and refresh-

First Baptist Church. Thurs., Nov.
11. 7:00 p.m. Yoke Fellowship in Church
Prayer Room.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Princi-
pals meet tonight as per schedule iii
back of Hill Auditorium, Room 215.
Coming Events
Hillel: Fri. evening services at 7:15
p.m., followed by speaker.
School House Hop, sponsored by the
School of Education. Fri.,, Nov. 12 from
9:00 p.m. - 12 a.m. at the University
Elementary School Gymnasium. Stag
or drag-25c per person-boy and girl
Wesleyan Guild. Fri., Nov. 12 "Turkey
Trot" couple dance in the lounge, 8:00
p.m. SOc a couple.
Episcopal Student Foundation. Can-
terbury Club, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 12,
at Canterbury House. Mr. John Peat-
ling, Assistant, St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, Saginaw, will discuss "John
Wesley and the Methodists."
SRA Coffee Hour, Lane Hall Library,
Fri., 4:15 p.m. The Hillel Foundation
will be Guild host,
Newman Club square dance Fri., 8:00
p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at the Fr. Richard
Center. A professional caller will be on
hand. Refreshments.
Michigan Actuarial' Club. Hubert.
Vaughan. Fellow of the Institute of Ac-
tuaries, past President, of the Actuar-
ial Society of Australasia, will speak
on "Some Recent Developments in
Interpolation" at 3:00 p.m. in Room

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