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Sixty-Sixth Year

"We Want To Prevent A Runaway Committee"

hen Opinions Are' Free,
Trutb Will Prevail'

ditorials printed in The Michigan Daily expre ss the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

fY, MARCH 14, 1956


Burden of Proof Lies
With Rushing Report Opponents

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EGARDLESS of the importance people at-
tagh to it, from point of view of campus
interest the rushing issue is one of Student
Government Council's most crucial tests.
Since the committee reports were presented
to the Council last week, SGC members have
been subjected to constant pressure from all
Sorority alumnae have met with Panhel mem-
bers, attended sorority 'meetings and are ex-
pected to attend tonight's SGC meeting in an
effort to block possible Council acceptance of
the Panhel-Assembly Committee's recommen-
dation for spring rushing.
Individual sororities have scrutinized the pro-
spring rushing report, finding loopholes to de-
fend the present fall rushing situation. Alpha
Delta Pi has a letter in this morning's Daily
and Kappa Delta has sent a similar report to
SGC members.
ALTHOUGH most of this pressure should have
been exerted when the rushing committees
were preparing their reports, the point of views
are certainly worthy of expression. Unfortun-
ately opposition packed into one short week,
has carried an aura of fright rather-than strong
logical reasoning on the issues.
This is especially true among sorority women.
'What's going to happen to our expansion pro-
jets?'; 'the smaller houses won't make their
quotas,' 'nasty rumors will affect girls' deci-
sions to rush second semester and will affect
their choice of houses,' are frequently expressed
fears. Such pessimism says little for what
appears to be the strange standing of the soror-
ity system on campus.
With increasing enrollment (to be 40,000 in
15 years) it seems more reasonable that the
A PROPOSAL for a Campus Community Chest
drive which has come before the Student
Government Council has much merit and is
deserving of that body's most careful con-
In principle, the proposal envisions c6Min-
ing all the charitable drives conducted during
the school year into one fund-raising effort.
Instead of the World University Service Fund,
the Red Cross, Galens, and numerous other
local and national charities each making an
appeal, all donations for charity would be re-
quested but once a year.
Why should the University have a Campus
Community Chest?
The primary reason lies simply in the benefit
the funds raised can bring to those who need
it. In addition, a university is a community
and students are its citizens. One of the
reasons, if not the most important one, for
which a student attends a university is to learn
good citizenship, to learn what his responsi-
bilities to the community are. What better
way than this? The University has often been
accused, and perhaps rightly so, of lacking co-
hesiveness because of its great size.
A drive such as the Campus Community
Chest would conduct with the entire student
body participating, could do much to give the
University some feeling of unity now so often
W ITH MORE than 20,000 students and teach-
ers here; it is not unreasonable to foresee
a goal of $100,000 set and reached by a Campus
Community Chest. To do this, an agreement
must first be reached with the charities con-
cerned and with University officials that this
will be the only charity fund raising allowed on



problem will be one of getting new sororities
rather than worry about the present ones fold-
To give freshmen women a one semester op-
portunity to adjust to the University before
selecting her permanent college living group is
a more important consideration.
The Panhel-Assembly committee on rushing
has defended this position and recommended
spring rushing. The Interfraternity Council-
Inter-House Council recommendation has also
recognized this philosophy in recommending
improvements of fraternities' present fall-spring
rushing system.
The burden of proof tonight will be on the
opposition to the two committees' reports. Pan-
hellenic has already prepared opposition to the
majority report for spring sorority rushing.
COUNCIL MEMBERS will have to carefully
weigh this opposition against the compre-
hensive report submitted by the Panhel-As-
sembly committee. SGC invested this commit-
tee four months ago with the responsibility to
study rushing. Panhel and Assembly met this
responsibility by appointing important leaders
in their organizations to the rushing commit-
tees and well over 100 hours were spent coming
to its conclusion.
So far the IFC-IHC recommendation seems
quite generally approved. However, warm dis-
cussion seems probable on the sorority issue.
Sororities' opposition to the majority report
for spring rushing must be based on more than
their unsubstantiated fear of declining mem-
bership if SGC members are to override the
committee's more important consideration of
the welfare of the rushee.
Charity Drive
campps. All requests, national or local, for
charitable funds must be directed to SGC who
in turn will, by a formula to be determined by
them, decide how much will be alloted from
the proceeds to each requesting agency. By es-
tablishing this procedure, SGC can assure the
student body that one time and one time only
each year will it be asked to give to charity.
Secondly, each student can be called on to
give the sum of five dollars. At first glance
this may seem to be asking for a great deal at
one time. But not when one considers that
this sum is all that is asked over the duration
of a year and can do much good in a world
which has an abundance of poverty, sickness,
and misery.
THE KEY to the success of an all campus
drive is organization. To set and meet any
high standard is never easy and this under-
taking will be no exception. But an organiza-
tion, responsible to SGC, set up to canvass the
campus and approach every student individual-
ly, can do the job.
To the skeptic who may think all this can't
be done, it might be pointed out that by using
the methods described, above, a small eastern
college with one-seventh the enrollment o
Michigan annually raises three to four times as
much as the combined total of the separate
drives here.
Lastly, SGC itself has something to gain by
sponsoring and organizing the charity fund.
Student government here has been progressing
slowly but surely during its short existence.
Taking hold of the challenge now presented by
the Chest and following through will do much
to raise SGC's stock throughout the University
community, from Regent to freshman.

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Di Roma Excellent
In Vivaldi Concert
A SMALL but enthusiastic and attentive audience heard the "Vir-
tuosi Di Roma" in one of the finest concerts of the season last
night in Hill Auditorium.
The realization that a wonderful concert was going to take place

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came with the opening number of
the concert, the "Concerto in C
minor for Strings." One was im-
mediately impressed with the
wonderful sound, flawless intona-
tion, perfect attacks, and precision
of the ensemble.
performance of the evening was
that of the "Concerto in D minor
for Oboe and Strings." Renato-
Zanfini, the oboeist, played with
wonderful technique and dynamic
control. He achieved a smooth,
silky tone that was a delightful
contrast to the "Duck Squawk" one
usually hears. Flawless breath
control and intonation werex
hibited by Zanfini in the slow
sustained second movement.
The string soloists demonstrated
their virtuosity throughout the
evening. The fast technical pas-
sages for violin i nthe "Concerti
of the Seasons" as played by Luigi
Ferro and Guido Mozzato were
very impressive. Every note in
the fast runs and turns was played
perfectly. Also impressive were
the solo passages i nthe "Concer-
to in B-fiat fob Violin, Violoncello
and Strings." In this number Ed-
mondo Malanotte played the vio-
lin and Benedetto Mazzacurati
played the violoncello.
* * *
THE CONCERT consisted en-
tirely of Concertos by Antonio
Vivaldi. A form utilizing the con-
trasted sounds of a soloist or solo-
ists and a group. The concertos
are cast in three movements which
are, respectively, fast, slow, fast
in tempo.V
In the fast movements a great
deal of technical virtuosity is ex-
hibited while the slow movements
usually consist merely of a series
of chords without any real melo-
Antonio Vivaldi introduced prog-
ramatic ideas into this form. The
"Concerti of the Seasons" made
up the last half of the program.
In these such titles as "Spring is
Here," "The Hunt," and "The
Rain" are found. Of course much
word painting takes place i nthe
course of these works. For in-
" stance, the use of pizzacato strings
to "picture" the rain.-
At times one felt that Renato
Fasano's conducting was overly
dramatic for the-size-of the en-
semble. However, the sound pro-
duced by the group soon erased
any of this feeling. Perhaps Mr.
Fasano's exaggerated movements
even help the players- to achieve
this wonderful sound. At any rate,
Renato Fasano is to be congratu-
lated and thanked for making this
ensemble available to us. It was
a pity that more people did not
hear this fine concert.
-Bruce Jacobson

Last Minute Rushing Pro-Cons

Letters to the Editor must be signed
and limited to 300 words. The Daily
reservesthe right to edit or withhold
any letter.
Publish Report . .
To the Editors: ,
Michigan Daily concerning the
Assembly - Panhellenic R u s h i n g
Committee Report, Miss Cather-
ine Rambeau made the following
The rushing system and
any changes in its proced-
ure affect directly or
indirectly almost every
woman on this campus.
Why should an important
discussion by a few, in-
volving many, be kept sec-
While Miss Rambeau was re-
ferring specifically to the fact that
a Daily reporter had been refused
admittance to a Panhellenic meet-
ing, we feel that her comment had
even broader implications than sheI
may have realized.!
Miss Rambeau is right; the is-
sues in this, as well as in the IHC-
IFC Rushing Committee Report,
are of vital importance to every
student on this campus. The re-
port, itself, represents one attempt
on the part of Assembly, Panhel-
lenic, IFC, and IHC under the di-
rection of an elected Student
Government Council to represent
and serve the needs of the stu-
dent body. The SGC decision,
based largely on the reports, repre-
sents another and even more im-
portant attempt to best serve
the students. These organizations
along with The Michigan Daily
exist for this purpose and no oth-
er: to represent and serve stu-
Consequently, we feel that it is
inadequate for The Daily to pub-
lish personal reactions to the Pan-
hellenic-Assembly report when the
students have no opportunity to
read and evaluate that report. The
thoughtful reader considers such
publication, at best, worthless

since he has absolutely no basis
on which to judge the validity of
those reactions. At its worst, he
realizes such material can reflect
perhaps unjustly on all the or-
ganizations involved.
We feel that The Michigan Daily
has an obligation to publish both
reports. We realize their length
may cause mechanical problems.
However, considering the highly
controversial nature of the issue,
we feel that the Daily's obligation
to keep the campus intelligently
and completely informed on all
campus issues far outweighs any
other consideration.
We hope that we will have an
opportunity to read and study the
report in The Daily in the very
near future.
-Mortarboard Honorary,
* * *
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The rush-
ing report is approximately 72
pages, which The Daily feels is
too lengthy for publication.)
Flaws in Report . .
To the Editor:
B EFORE SGC and the Adminis-
spring rushing issue, we ask that a
point not expressed to our satis-
faction in the report be considered.
First, we understand from the
report that no other campuses,
were consulted on this problem.
Girls that we questioned at other
campuses felt that many more left
school after spring rush than
would in the fall, because of the
six months additional tension.
Further, we ask why the committee
did not quote records from Michi-
gan's spring rushing five years
ago. We considered information
from both sources before making
our decision as a house. Those who
were here feel that it was a large
factor for the loss of Delta Zeta
and Zeta Tau Alpha from this
campus. Beth sororities blamed
the rushing system for their fail-
ure to get pledges. Most houses
were unable to consistently pledge
their quota.
We feel that now, as before,
fewer girls will pledge. After a
by Dick Bibler

semester here a girl is bound to
pick out one or two houses by
name and appearance alone, and
decide she would pledge only that
house. We feel the necessary con-
tact rules would prevent her know-
ing affiliated women as friends,
and hinder her choosing a house
because of its members, which
should be the prime consideration.
If a rushee did not fit into the
group or groups which she had'
chosen, she would likely drop rush-
ing without giving a lesser-known
house the chance it deserves. This
would affect first the two localt-
which hope to go national here,
and would also hurt several other
houses who haven't the reputation
acquired by others.
This defeats the purpose of the
influx of new sororities on this
campus, and will force those girls
who would otherwise have affiliat-
ed back into the dorms. This will
heighten the Administration's
problem with women's housing.
We want to emphasize that our
main concern is not just with our-
selves, but mainly with the feelings
of the rushees.
-Alpha Delta Pi

THE Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publication of the University
of Michigan for which the Michigan
Daily assumes no editorial responsi-
bility. Notices should be sent in
TYPEWRITTEN form to Room 3553
Administration Building before 2p.m.
the day preceding publication. Notices
for the Sunday edition must be in by
2 p.m. Friday.
General Notices
Late Permission: Because of the IH0
Ball, all women students will have a
1:30 late permission on Sat.,~March 1.
Petitioning for the Delta Delta Delta
local scholarship closes Wed., March 14
at 5:00 p.m. Applications, accompanied
by three letters of recommendation,
should be returned to the Office of the
Dean of Women by this time.
Winners of the two $125.00 scholar-
ships will be announced at League
Installation Night on April 16.
Quadrangle-March meeting postponed
until Wed., March 28.
Agenda, student Government council,
7:30 p.m. today, Room R and 8, Michi-
gan Union.
Minutes of the previous meeting.
Officers report: President-Counseling
Study Progress Report, Vice President,
Student Representation: Appointments
to Committee on Student Housing and
Environmental Health; Cinema Guild,
Sandy Hoffman.
Coordinating and Counseling: Consti-
tutions: Israeli-American Club, requesta
recognition; American Nuclear Society,
requests recognition; Panhellenic Asso-
ciation, revision in constitution; Fra-
ternity Buyers' Association, revision.
Campus Affairs: Bicycle problem, pro-
gress report; Campus drives, motion.
Activities: April 12, 13 Fresh Air Camp
Tag Day, Jr. Panhellenic and Jr. IF.'
Old Business: (Opportunity will be
given constituents to express opinions
before the Council). IFC-IHC Rushing
Study report . and recommendations.
Motion tabled, March 7 meeting: Pas-
hellenic-Assembly Rushing study Com-
mittee recommendation-It was moved
by David Baad, seconded by Tom Sawyer
to accept the recommendation proposed
in the majority report of the Panhel-
lenic-Assembly Rushing Study Com-
mittee which reads as follows:
That for the academic year beginning
1957, rushing will be held at the begin-
ning of the spring semester (1958). The
proposed schedule would include a two
and a half week formal rushing period
with pre-registration in December. (Mo-
tion refers to Panhelleni .?'sh ng.)
New Business.
Members and Constituents time.
Norman Carver, Jr., Architect, "Japan-
ese Architecture," Wed., March 14 at
3:15 p.m. in the Architecture Auditor-
ium (Room 102). Illustrated with slide
and music. (Sponsored by the Depart.
ment of Architecture, College of Archi-
tecture and Design.)
Program of Baroque Music, 8:30 this
evening in Aud. A, Angell Hall, by Nel-
son Hauenstein, flute, Florian Mueller,
oboe, and Marilyn Mason Brown, harpsi-
chord. Open to the public without
Academic Notices
Medical College Admission Test. Ap-
plication blanks for the May 5 adminis-
tration of the Medical College Admis-
sion Test are now .available at 122
Rackham Building. Application blanks
are due in Princeton, N.J. not later than
April 21, 1956. If you expect to enter
medical school in the fall of 1957, you
are urged to take the test on May 5,
Law School Admission Test. Applica-
tion blanks for the April 21, 1956
administration of the Law School Ad-
mission Test are now available at 122
Rackham Building. Application blanks
are due in Princeton, N. J. not later
than April 1, 1956.
College of Architecture and Design

freshman five-wreek grade reports are
due Mon., March 19, at 207 Architecture
Results of the language examination
for the M.A. in history are posted in the
office of the Department of History,
3601 Haven Hall.
Women Students, Advanced Golf Class.
Any woman student who wishes to
take the advanced golf class (Golf IV)
during the spring outdoor season must
be approved by Mrs. Hanley before
registering. Mrs. Hanley will be at the
women's Athletic Building on Thurs.,
March 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. to test
applicants. The class will meet Tues.
and Thurs. from 4:20-5:10 p.m. Stu-
dents in required physical education
will be given first consideration.
Interdepartmental Seminar on Ap
plied Meteorology, Thurs., March 15, 4
p.nr., Room 4041 Natural Science Bldg.
Prof. Karl F. Lagler will speak on
"Weather and Fishing."
Organic Chemistry Seminar, Thurs.,
March 15, 7:30 p.m., Room 1300 Chem-
istry Building. E. Schenker will speak
on "Sodium Borohydrides in Organic
Physical- Analytical- Inorganic Chem-
istry Seminar, Thurs., March 15, 7:30
p.m., Room- 3005 Chemistry Building.



A Sorority Dialogue
On Inevitable Topic

.two Sides to Everything

TO SIDES to everything:
The deferred rushing debate, which should
reach hysterical proportions at the Student
Government Council meeting tonight, will
probably result in no serious consequences for
anyone but SGC.
For the young student government it is a
test of strength and ability. The addition of
partisan non-officio members to the Council,
after the Student Legislature's demise, has still
not won resounding approval from old-time
government addicts on campus. If the Council
breaks up along partisan lines now, it will be
a wonderful chance to say "I told you so."
Secondly, if deferred rushing does sneak
through, there is still a question of administra-
tion veto through the use of the Review Board.
Student Legislature had much of its effort to
change fraternity-sorority practices invalidated
through administration supra-power. Is SGC
any more of a campus force? A review board
veto now would bring an early answer to the
* * *
4DLAI STEVENSON'S plaintive plea to keep

However, if somehow the party can be held
together, no matter how loosely, Adlai Steven-
son, the most conservative of all Democratic
candidates in the race seems certain of domi-
nation, and will have a powerful bloc behind
him in November.
But just how conservative is Mr. Stevenson?
Even his moderacy may prove too liberal for
the South. Or if he moves even further towards
the South, Adlai risks losing the North.
Very few politicians have had to w'alk along
a tightrope as thin as this one. No doubt
Stevenson's attempt to keep an honest un-
wavering policy will get some rationalized re-
THE UNITED defense plan among Arab
nations in the Middle East is certain to lead
to further trouble with Israel. Israeli premier
David Ben Gurion has indicated that Israel
will not attempt a preventive war. If there
were any possibility that they might earlier,
they have nothing to gain by such action now.
The United States, France and Great Britain
have pledged to guarantee the Israeli borders,


Daily Associate Editor
closed for the night and its
members had finished most of
their homework. Some of them
congregated in the kitchen, where
it was quiet ,to raid the breadbox
and heat up instant coffee.
The inevitable topic came up.
"How," asked one coed as she
wound her hair up in bobby pins,
"can you possibly even consider
spring rushing? Don't you realize
it would be the end of the whole
Greek system?"
"Where've you been getting your
ideas?" countered another. "En-
rollment here is going to double or
triple before very long. It stands
to reason that there's going to be
a corresponding rise in the num-
ber of rushees, no matter when
rushing is held."
* - *
"NOT NECESSARILY," the first
replied. "You know what happens
if there's a whole semester before
rush. Rumors go around the.
dorms. Nasty rumors."
"So the freshmen are going to
hear bigoted, biased, sour grapes
viewpoints. They're going to hear
'don't pledge the Alphas, because
they only take in their legacies.'
And 'youawon't want the Upsilons;
they're all out to lunch.' And,
worst of all, 'you won't want to
pledge at all; it's nicer to be inde-
pendent.' And so forth."
"But that happens in the fall,
too, remember. And do you think
new freshmen are going to have
nothing better to do than sit

to happen? Dirty rushing. The
would-be pledge will get distorted
impressions of different houses.
She'll be sought out by the houses
who've had recommends for her,
and she'll be swayed their way
without getting an overall viewv."
"But contact rules would be
"Changed? How?"
"The best idea yet," the de-
ferred rush-advocate said, "is to
abolish them altogether, with this
exception: affiliates couldn't go
into dormitories, nor independents
into sorority houses."
"No other holds barred?"
"None. It's asinine to think you
can separate two classifications of
people entirely for five months on
a campus like this. If you'd let
nature take its course, you might
be pleasantly surprised."
"But," put in another worried
affiliate, "don't you remember
what our alums told us about the
olden days? Girls wouldn't rush
at all, because the weather in
February was so bad, and because
they'd been talked out of it."
* * * -
spring advocate told her, "that
spring rushing would be different
now from the way it was when our
alums knew it. Rushees would be
taken around to all the houses in.
groups, like we were in the fall, to
get a fair general idea."
"Oh," said the uncertain mem-
ber. "I didn't know that. But be-
sides, we'd have to stay here after
finals and plan parties. Would
you like that?"
"No more than you would,",.the

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