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Sixty-Sixth Year


Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only. This must be noted in all reprints.

Two Views On Converting
Tyler, Prescott To Men

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First Concei-n Is
Sub-Standard Living
SWIFT AND well-conceived action by Resi-
dence Halls Board of Governors offers as-
surance the University is doing everything
possible to avert future housing crises.
Tuesday's meeting was significant. The Board
approved major decisions which will permit
rapid moving-ahead with a much needed wom-
en's dormitory. They went firmly on record as
favoring coed residence halls and laid ground-
work for construction of a coed dorm in the
near future.
Debate on whether to make the new dorm
coed or for women exemplified the committee
system at its best. As the vote indicates the
Board was fairly evenly divided on the question.
The way in which the Board tackled the
problem and the three hours of sincere dis-
cussion preceeding final vote inspired confi-
dence in the decision reached. Every possible
consideration was given to the ideal of coed
dorms and to students views, particularly con-
cerning conversion of Tyler and Prescott. In
the end it was with reluctance the Board tem-
porarily ended coed living on campus and even
then not until committing themselves to con-
struction of a coed dorm as soon as possible.
PRIMARY CONCERN of the Board was, as it
should be, the serious plight of students
forced into crowded and sub-standard living
It was largely this concern which led to final
decision. As Dean Re, put it, this is an emer-
gency and we have to provide housing for as
many as possible as promptly as possible.
Problems of site and location might have
been circumvented. Justifying additional cost
Involved in a coed unit-cost which might have
jeopardized future construction, was not pos-
Strongest objections to the Board's action
may be anticipated from East Quadrangle.
Once the decision to build the new dorm for
* women had been reached, the reconversion of
Tyler and Prescott was a foregone conclusion.
WITH UNDERGRADUATE ratio of one ard
a half men to each girl and a present
housing ratio of about one to one it would
have been unthinkable to create 1,000 addi-
tional spaces for women and none for me.
As a matter of fact serious consideration
was given to returning all converted men's
houses-and the Board is committed to return.-
ing Victor Vaugnn and Fletcher if the 'need
Outrageous prices, sub-standard living and
unsanitary conditions are being endured by
many men students this semester-students
who were unable to get into residence halls.
ALTHOUGH the Board plans to ask the Re-
gents for authorization to begin planning
of a small men's dorm, it is not certain authori-
zation will be granted. Thinking in terms of a
small unit for men at the present time is very
much 'of a dream-certainly not near enough
a reality to help alleviate conditions in the
near future,
The 266 spaces created by reconversion will
alleviate severe hardship and imposition' for
that many men-hardship far more deserving
of consideration than the inconvenience of
The Board was fully cognizant of student
opinion in East Quad and will do everything
possible to ease the transition. But it was just
not feasible to retain coed living in East Quad

Editorial Staff
Dave Baad .......... ...Managing Editor
Jim Dygert ...................... ... City Editor
Murry Frymer .. ......... Editorial Director
Debra Durchslag .................... Magazine Editor
David Kaplan .................... Feature Editor
Jane Howard ..... ................. Associate Editor
Louise Tyor .................. ... . Associate Editor
Phil Douglis ............................ Sports Editor
Alan Eisenberg ...... ... .. Associate Sports Editor
Jack Horwits................. Associate Sports Editor
Mary Hellthaler ..................Women's Editor
Elaine Edmonds ............ Associate Women's Editor
John Hirtzel .......,.............. Chief Photographer
Business Staff
Dick Alstrom..........Business Manager
Bob Ilgenfritz ............ Associate Business Manager
Ken Rogat ...................... Advertising Manager
Marty Weisbard ....... ................ Finance
Jerry Puscb . ..... . Circulation Manager

Action Means Blow
To Michigan House Plan
TUESDAY NIGHT, the Michigan House Plan
was the victim of a new setback, due to the
shuttling back and forth of Prescott and Tyler
The decision to build the new dorm for wom-
en was one born of emergency. There was and
still is definitely a desperate need for more
housing on campus.
But little has been said about the worth of
coed housing. Certainly, since so many people,
including the Residence Halls governors, are in
favor of it in principle, there must be some
definite advantages to the arrangement.
From a purely superficial standpoint, it has
been said that coed living raises the general
level of behavior, dress and language. This is
But coed living has less tangible advantages
IT PROVIDES a great opportunity for men
and women to meet naturally, as they
will after graduation. This means that friend-
ships between the sexes can be established
without the somewhat superficial atmosphere
of a first date.
In the past few decades, women have gained
a place in a man's world and it becomes in-
creasingly more important that the two sexes
meet and understand each other. The arrange-
ment at East Quad has been a highly success-
ful pioneer movement here in this direction.
But the desperate housing situation will soon
change all that, and Prescott and Tyler will
go back to the men.I
Votes taken at residence halls around cam-
pus showed a variety of opinion on the subject.
The girls on the Hill were about evenly
divided in opinion, with the exception of
Stockwell, which showed a slight majority
against coed living.
BUT ARE Hill residents qualified judges?
They have never lived in a mixed dorm,
and cannot possibly know either its advantages
or disadvantages.
On the other hand, a referendum taken in
East Quad last week showed an overwhelming
90% majority in favor of the arrangement.
The people who voted have lived in the dorm
under the present arrangement, some of them
for three years. This certainly indicates that
those who have experienced coed living are in
favor of it.
Those who live in Prescott and Tyler do not
seem to agree with Dean of Women Deborah
Bacon in the matter of lack of facilities. The
pressing and washing arrangements are satis-
factory from a resident standpoint. Poor loca-
tion of the lounges doesn't seem to deter any-
body from using them-they are just as crowd-
ed with bridge foursomes (mixed) and conver-
sational groups as those belonging to the men.
Possibly the aspect of reconversion that is
most important is also the most neglected.
What happens to house spirit?
In .the past, residents of the Quad women's
houses have been very active in Quad and
campus activities. But why work for the house
if you are to be shoved into some other dorm
in the middle of your campus career? A house
officer in her junior year may find herself a
complete nobody in a house full of strangers
in her senior year.
Too, why should freshmen and transfer
women students want to live in East Qad,
knowing that their tenure there will be pre-
carious, to say the least?
THE GIRLS from Chicago House In West
Quad are faced with this same problem.
They will be moved out as soon as the Couzen
Addition is completed.
And what about the girls in Victor Vaughn
and Fletcher? There is a possibility that, if
the need arises, they will be moved out to make
room for the men.
No one can argue with the fact that men
need housing as badly as women, but it is
indeed unfortunate that the campus housing
problem must be solved at the expense of sev-
eral hundred coeds.
Soon, the Board of Regents will be asked by
the Residence Halls Governors to authorize

planning of a small men's unit on this campus.
Woulddft it be a good idea to speed up plan-
ning and construction of the men's unit so that
the reconversion wouldn't be necessary?
New Books at the Library
Hano, Arnold-A Day in the Bleachers; New
York, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1955.
Harrow, Benjamin -- Casimir Funk; New
York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1955.
Herring, Hubert-A History of Latin Amer-
ica; New York, A. Knopf, 1955.
Klein, Alexander-The Empire City; New
York, Rinehart & Company, 1955.
Klibansky, Raymond & Mossner, Ernest-

Per feet
In S tar'
A FAMOUS movie star, whose
career is on the decline from
his constant drinking, hears a
young girl sing with a band; his
formation of her career, her rise
to stardom, and their love is the
story of "A Star is Born."
The actor senses the little some-
thing extra in the girl's voice
which means greatness. He tricks
his studio into hearing her and the
girl's own talent carries her to star-
dom. Their love is not able to
make life whole for the man and
he leaves the girl's life so that
she can continue it without the
great shadow of his own person-
The film is an excellent balance
of technical and emotional ap-
peal. Hollywood is caught by
camera angles, blazing color,
whirling crowds, and all the trivia
that make up the life of an indus-
try and a city that has made a.
fetish of human beings..
EMOTIONALLY, the perform-
ance of Judy Garland as the girl
who achieves stardom is as char-
ged and moving as that voice of
hers which can make an audience
respond to its very sincerity and
warmth, note by note, at her will.
She sings each song in a special
way and with its own meaning.
From "Swanee" to "The Man Who
Got Away" to a wonderful take-off
on the motion picture production
number, her personality and voice
somehow combine to make all the
songs satisfying and important to
The man who shapes her life,
the actor over the hill from 20
years of drinking, if over-played
for emotionalism, could have ruin-
ed the film. James Mason as the
actor is superb.
talks to her about her voice as be-
ing like seeing a great fighter,
when he is pushed from her side
at the premier of her first movie,
and when he throws back his head
in their darkened studio and
laughs in deepest joy with her-!
Mason is a man truly in love.
As the publicity man who has
saved Mason's reputation for 10
years while hating him all the
while for the actor's success, Jack
Carson drives his performance
home in a scene where he baits
the actor to violence just after
Mason has left a sanitarium. He
is the bitter, small man taking
his vengeance on -one already de-
feated to the extent that you
actually dislike him.
But it is Judy Garland who
makes the film a real emotional
experience, with her face of a
trusting child and her magic
--Culver Eisenbeis
The absence of heroes or irre-
placeable men in either party
should force the voters to center
their attention on the working of
our institutions and the program
for our parties.
-The Reporter


Find Geneva Spirit' Dead

PRESIDENT Eisenhower has not
been given the full impact and
would be distressed if he knew it,
but his Administration has decided
that the "Geneva Spirit" is dead.
This verdict was reached by the
National Security Council. Ex-
actly one week ago at a meeting
in \the White House with Vice
President Nixon presiding.
The verdict was based partly on
a sober estimate made by Allen
Dulles, brother of the Secretary
of State and head of Central In-
telligence, that the cold war is
continuing, that the present Rus-
sian leaders cannot be trusted,
and that Russia would be able
to triple her defense budget with-
out any protest from the Russian
ited the President in Denver, how-
ever, did not acquaint him with
this grim outlook. Though he spent
25 minutes 'at the hospital, Dulles
confined himself to general re-
marks about East-West problems.
He was fearful of upsetting the
President's recovery; also, he him-
self has never been as optimistic
as Eisenhower about the results
of Geneva.
Some members of the White
House staff do not go along with
Dulles and the National Security
Council regarding the pessimistic
state of the world. Harold Stas-
sen, in charge of disarmament,
still has genuine hopes for world
peace. However, with the Presi-
dent away, it's the Pentagon and
the Dulles brothers who are call-
ing the foreign-policy tunes.
* * *
ONE COMMITTEE of Congress-
men who took a trip to Alaska
this fall worked so hard that they
could hardly go fishing, according
to Rep. Leo O'Brien, New York
"Jim Utt (R) of California and
Rep. Gracie. Pfost (D) of Idaho
had to get up at 5:30 one morning
to get in some fishing." reported
O'Brien. "There was a hearing
scheduled for 8:30 a.m. that day.

"They came back with one fish,1
about as big as a sardine. Gracie
was rather proud of it, though,
and when I told her to catch an-
other one and make herself a pair
of earrings, boy, did she get sore!"
* * *
REPUBLICAN money - raisers
weren't letting their right hand
know what their left hand was
collecting until this column re-
cently published the secret quotas
set for each state to raise and the
amount collected. As a result,
State Finance Committees were
able to compare their assessments
against other states for the first
Indiana, for example, discover-
ed that its $65,227 quota was up
in the same bracket as the big
states, such as New York, Cali-
fornia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio,
Michigan, New Jersey and Massa-
chusetts. -
Promptly the Indiana Republi-
can Citizens' Finance Committee
got out a confidential letter to
GOP business and professional
men, pleading for $1,000 apiece
to meet the quota.
S* * *
"INDIANA is classed with the
'Big League' states in amount of
assessment as it has been high in
rank with regard to Republicans
elected to office in each cam-
paign," the letter explained. "How-
ever, the opportunity which our
ranking gives us to be heard at
the council table in Washington
has always been forfeited because
of our financial record. The pat-
ronage accorded to Indiana has
been insignificant. The informa-
tion set forth above comes from
Drew Pearson's column, a copy of
which we enclose."
The letter goes on to warn that
"winning the election this year is
much more important than is gen-
erally conceded. This is particu-
larly so in light of the merger of
the CIO with the AFL, and the
possibility that a Labor candidate
for President may run on the De-
mocratic ticket in 1956. It is our
obligation to do all we can to cre-

ate and consolidate Republican
strongholds in Indiana in prepara-
tion for next year's battle."
To avoid any violations of the
corrupt practices act, another
warning was printed in big type
across the bottom: "All checks
should be drawn on individual, not
corporate, accounts."
thur Summerfield is quietly lining
up his postmasters across the
country to back him in a bid for
the Vice Presidency. While other
GOP hopefuls have their eye on
the Presidential nomination, Sum-
merfield is shooting for the No.
2 spot. At a meeting of the na-
tion's postmasters in Detroit, Sum-
merfield pressured key postmas-
ters to politick for him in their
home districts. Since he's their
boss, they could hardly refuse.
Summerfield may. find himself on
the Congressional carpet for us-
ing the Postal System to further
his own political ambitions. Con-
gressmen, sore at the way he high-
pressured them to vote for higher
postal rates, mdy jump at a chance
to crack back at him.
(Copyright, 1955, Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

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 2 p.m.
the day preceding publication. Notices
for the Sunday edition must be in
by 2 p.m. Friday.
General Notices
The University of Michigan Blood
Bank Association has arranged to have
a Red Cross Mobile Unit at the Student
Health Service on Oct. 24, 1955, to take
care of staff members who wish to con-
tribute a pint of blood and thus be-
come members of the Blood Bank with
Ithe privilege of drawing upon the bank
for themselves and their immediate
families in the event blood is needed.
The Unit will be at the Health Service
Basement from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00
noon, and from 1:00-4:00 p.m, Staff
members who are interested should
contact the Personnel Office, Ext. 2619
Room 3026 Admin. Bldg,
Blue Cross Group Hospitalization,
Medical and Surgical Service Programs
for staff members will be open from
Oct. 10 to Oct. 21 for new applications
and changes in contracts now in effect.
Staff members who wish to enroll, or
change their coverage to include surgi-
cal and medical services, should make
such changes at the Personnel office,
Room 3012, Administration Building.
New applications and changes will be
effective Dec. 5, with the first payroll
deduction on Nov. 30.
The Scandinavian Seminar for Cul-
tural studies is designed for mature
students interested in living and study-
ing in Northern Europe for a year.
Through individual study projects in
adult education, physical education,
teaching, agriculture, the cooperatives,
government, music, arts and crafts, and
social sciences, each member of the
seminar gains specialized knowledge of
one or more aspects of Scandinavian
life within the general cultural frame-
work. For further information and
scholarship applications, write to The
American-Scandinavian Council for
Adult Education, 127 East 73 St., New
York 21, N. Y.
Tickets are now on sale at the offices
of the University Musial Society, in
Burton Tower, for the performances of
the "Messiah," Dec. 3 and 4, and for
the Chamber Music Festival, Feb. 17,
18, and 19.
The following student sponsored
social events are approved for the
coming week-end:
October 20: Delta Sigma Delta.
October 1: Alpha Omicron P, Co-
zens Hall, Michigan Christian Fellow-
ship, Palmer and Angell, Stockwell
Hall, Winchell House w. Q.
October 22: Allen-Rumsey, Alpha
Delta, Phi, Delta Chi, Delta Tu Delta,
Delta Theta Phi, Gomberg House, Nu
Sigma Nu, Phi Alpha Delta. Phi Delta
Phi, Phi Rho Eigma, Sigma Nu, Theta
Xi, Winchell House W. Q.
October 23: Phi Delta Phi.
Dr. Laurie Campbell, Supervisor in
Physical Education in the Department
of Physical Education, will speak to
the Women's Physical Education Club
today at 9:00 in W.A.B. Her topic wil
be "Elementary Education in England."
Psychology Colloquium & University
Lecture: Dr. Donald Hebb discusses,
"Alice in Wonderland; Psychology
Among the Biological Sciences." Fri.,
Oct. 21, 4:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hal
Open to the public.
Norman Cousins, Editor of Saturday
Review, will speak to the Michigan
Association of Junior Colleges on "The
Information Crisis in America." Uni-
versity faculty invited.
Academic Notices

Preliminary Examinations in English:
Applicants for the Ph.D. in English
who expect to take the preliminary
examniations this fall are requested to
leave their names with Dr. Ogden, 1634
Haven Hall. The examinations will be
given as follows: English Literature
from the Beginnings to 1550-Wed.,
Nov. 16; English Literature, 1550-1750,
Sat., Nov. 19; English Literature, 1750-
1950, Wed., Nov. 23; and American
Literature, Sat., Nov. 26. The examina-
tions will be given in Angell Hall,
Room 3023, from 9 to 12 a.m.
All Graduate Students in the Depart-
ment of* Botany who have not taken
or have not yet passed the Qualifying
Examination will have the opportunity
to take it during the Fall Semester,
Tues., Oct. 25, 1955 at 7:00 p.m. in room
2033 Natural Science.
Economics 51, 52, 53, 54: Students
who have incomplete records because
of absence from final examinations see
Mr. Peterson 206 Economics Bldg. Fri.,
Oct. 21.
Doctoral Examination for William
Peter Allen, Bacteriology; thesis: "An
Investigation of the Anticryptococcal
Properties of Normal Serums," Thurs.,
Oct. 20, 1564 East Medical Building, at
2:00 p.m. Chairman, W. J. Nungester.
Doctoral Examination for Byron Lou
Groesbeck, Psychology; thesis: "Per-
sonality Correlates of the Achievement
and Affiliation Motives in Clinical Psy-
chology Trainees," Thurs., Oct. 20, 7611
Haven Hall, at 3:30 p.m. Chairman,
E. L. Kelly.
401 Interdisciplinary Seminar in the
Application of Mathematics to the:
Social Sciences Thurs., Oct. 20, at 4:00-
5:30 p.m. in 3401 Mason Hall. W. Tan-
ner will speak on "Optimum Behavior
in a Communications Situation."
Se,,,i a nAned ,M ,thm cwl




To The Editor--


Clarification ..



by Dick Sibler


I H5TOpy.


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1 .

To the Editor:
37 HIS letter is written in refer-
ence to an account in Sunday's
Daily entitled "Police Raid." I
would like to at this time clarify
the situation.
Contrary to the implication
which was brought forth in Sun-
day's Daily, no charges were pre-
ferred against the fraternity or
any of its members. However, the
erroneous contents of the article
are not the main point of my con-
cern. The most disturbing ele-
ment, to my mind, is the deroga-
tory .implication that Phi Sigma
Delta was engaging in any illegal
or illicit conduct.
Realizing that we are in a
strictly residential neighborhood,
we are at all times cognizant that
any party or gathering which we
might have will affect our neigh-
bors' interests to the utmost. We
therefore contacted each neighbor
in our immediate vicinity to in-
form them of our party plans. We,
at this time, sincerely informed
them that if even one of our
neighbors should object to our
party plans, that we would elimi-
nate certain plans which might
cause them disturbance. No neigh-
bor objected.
The implication in any article
entitled "Police Raid" which con-
cerns a fraternity party is that
some form of illegal or immoral.
activity was taking place. Ann
Arbor and University officials both
agreed, without question, that
such was not the case. There
was, too, no question as to our

might be located in a heavy resi-
dential area and which was hold-
ing a party on Saturday night.
University and city officials were
asked to come to our house and
after they arrived found nothing
to indicate or imply any illegal ac-
tivity on the part of Phi Sigma
-Herb Schneider, '56
Smacks of Racism..
To the Editor:
T HE Daily cannot be held re-
sponsible for the fact that a
group of fraternity men choose to
flaunt their ignorance and 'their
arrogance in publicizing what
they call a "Meet Me in Africa
But The Daily is responsible for
the caption on Friday's front page
- a caption which repeats and
makes light of an insult to the di-
verse peoples of Africa, an offense
to every African student; a pretty
low sort of insult, however unin-
Would it be overstating the case,
to say that the statement, "The
ferocious pair grimaced and grunt-
ed in true African style" (quoted
from the caption), smacks of
racism? Such a phrase would be
more at home in the fulminations
of a Gerald L. K. Smith than in
the pages of a liberal college daily.
The peoples of Africa have a
tough enough struggle ahead, to
guarantee the independence and
development of their countries.
Let us not allow ignorance, racist
stereotypes, and the smug arro-
gance which a too-comfortable
living breeds, set up further ob-









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