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R 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.
SGC Fumbles Ball
On First Pla
GC's ACTIONS Wednesday night were both detract from their ability to attract students to
laudable and lamentable. them. Likewise they will be anxious to support
For one thing, the Student Government took any scheme which will improve their drawing
a big step toward facing a controversial cam- abilities. To say this is no reflection on the
pus issue. It has now indicated unanimously it officers of the organizations. The more realis-
will consider the rushing situation next semest- tic among them do not deny it.
er. The argument that the four-group commit-
After Council President Berliner outlined 50 tee will consider the problems of fraternity and
years of precedent to establish SGC's jurisdic- sorority rushing separate, was irrelevant. The
tion over rushing questions, all 17 members proposed seven-member committee was equal-
indicated their approval of a study of the ly well qualified to handle the two problems in
campus rushing program. The controversial ay w ai o hawdftr
question became one of procedure, and on that any way it or SGC saw fit.
the Council fumbled the ball seriously. Concern now, however, must be with the
It rejected a motion that the problem be future. Often the best way is kill a proposal
refered to a seven-member committee to in- is to send it to a committee. But SGC seemed
clude representatives of the four housing sincere in its desire to tackle the problem di-
groups and SGC. Instead, the study commit- rectly, and proponents of the deferred rushing
tee will solely represent Assembly, Pan-Hel- or pledging scheme will not let the Council
lenic, IHC and IFC, the four groups directly ignore the committee's report when it is made
concerned. next March or earlier.
This was unfortunate and, in fact, incon-
sistent. By its decision to consider the prob- HOWEVER, it is to be expected its report
lem at all, SGC recognized rushing as an all- HOWEd es
campus issue. And surely the interests of the ment, two against. But the votes will be far
high-school students who will come to Michi- m enlteneag an theyvould befarh
gan in future years to face the rushing dilemma more enlightened than they would be if the
are separate from the interests of either pre- four were asked to decide today, and they will
8ent affiliates or present independents. be able to present the council with facts and
arguments intelligently supporting their views.
YET IN establishing the four-group study Then the decision will be the; Council's. The
committee, SGC seemed to be denying this only chance for direct student expression of
very principle. While SGC will ultimately de- opinion on the rushing issue will come in mid-
side the issue of deferred rushing or pledging, November with the SGC elections. Five seats
mindful of all three interests-indepen- on the Council will be contested, and only
dents, affiliates and future students--only two one present member is seeking re-election.
will be represented on the study committee. Candidates might well be selected with an
It was argued in the meeting that the four eyeon the coming rushing decision, as it will
groups are made up of Michigan men and wo- be the first and hence the most important test
men, that they will always try to keep the of SGC's potency on campus.
general interest above that of their own or- If SGC is to do more than approve the con-
ganization's. This is quite a bit to expect. stitutions of jazz clubs, it must have convic-
The officers of the affiliate and independent tions on the rushing and other questions and
organization's have spent three years living in be willing to carry them through. Only then
and representing their particular systems, can it gain essential popular support and en-
They naturally feel that they have chosen thusiasm.
well, that their system is best. Quite naturally, Otherwise, Student Legislature had better
and with the best of motives and intentions, move over and make room in the graveyard of
they and the groups they represent will be unsuccessful student governments.
repelled by a scheme which might in any way -PETE ECKSTEIN
Murry Frymer -
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Readers Query: Taste or Politics?

Enjoyed It...
To the Editor:
T1HIS LETTER is written in crit-
icisc of Mr. Baad's analysis en-
titled "Pre-Game Band Show
Leaves Sour Political Taste." Al-
though I can see the point of Mr.
Baad's article, I don't think that
many people would have agreed
with him at the time of the per-
I have often seen members of
the Democratic Party honored by
spectacles such as the one we
witnessed at the pregame show.
After all, such shows, I have
never heard a person "cry" as Mr.
Baad did.
I, as did all the other students
sitting near me, enjoyed the pre-
game show immensely. Not one of

last Saturday maes me think that
the editor has a sour taste in his
mouth naturally.
The President of the United
States holds his office by a vote
of the people, and a tribute to
him at any time, especially by
such a neutral organization should
in no way be interpreted as a pol-
itically inspired "deification."
Such thought never entered the
minds of the members of the
band. I myself wonder if the edit-
or would have cried "foul" if a
Democrat had been the object of
the tribute.
--John Hitchcock, '58
Lack of Responsibility..
To the Editor:
T SEEMS to me that the reason
for the sour taste of the Man-
aging Editor of The Daily toward
the pre-game show of the Univer-
sity Band is the fact that the
presidential office is not now oc-
cupied by the Democrat The Daily
supported in 1952 and has contin-
ued to support notwithstanding
the American voters.
There seems to be a lack of
civic responsibility on the part of
The Daily editorial board, sup-
posedly representing the views of
the entire campus, when they can
publicly take to task the Univers-
ity Band for honoring the man
who is President on his birthday
and who is recovering from a near
fatal heart attack. Why cannot
The Daily for once forget its polit-

THERE'LL probably be more than 40,000 stu-
dents at the University by 1970, and like it
or not, there's not much that can be done about
The point is that the people of the state of
Michigan have a vested interest in the school,
and as Clyde Vroman, 'U' Director of Admis-
sions puts it: "Who is to decide which of their
sons and daughters will or will not be edu-
Director Vroman, whose had the job since
freshman admissions to the University were
centralized under one office in 1949, finds him-
self in the center of a much-debated subject
these days.
Should the University be selective, can it
be selective, and if it isn't, is there any danger
to academic standards?
THE UNIVERSITY is selective, and, accord-
ing to Director Vroman, one of the two or
three most selective state universities in the na-
tion. The average student attending school
here today was roughly in the top 25 per cent
of his high school class. Non-residents of the
state, Prof. Vroman estimates, were even high-
er, about the top fifth.
The fact that the University can be this
selective often draws raised eyebrows, since
the school does receive most of its funds from
public supdport.
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 Horwitz ,.............,.. Associate Sports Editor
Mary Hellthaler ...................... Women's Editor
Elaine Edmonds ........... Associate Women's Editor
John Hirtzei ..................... Chief Photographer
Business Staff

"Actually," says Prof. Vroman, "there is
no state regulation requiring us to admit every
high school graduate, as you find in some other
states (e.g. Ohio). We feel when we admit a
student he should be able to succeed on our
educational level. This we find usually to be
about the top fourth of the high school class."
Still, there are schools in Michigan which
can handle almost any Michigan high school
graduate. Junior and community colleges, and
small state supported colleges take up a huge
Michigan State University, according to Di-
rector Vroman, will accept most students in
the top 75 per cent of their class.
OF COURSE, how these percentages will stand
up in another twenty years is the chief
Right now, educators are aware that present
elementary school enrollment is enough to
double the college enrollments by 1970. This is,
of course, based on present economic conditions,
and wars, depressions, and such can make an
entirely new story.
This is one of the reasons educators will give
for "not being sure" what to do about the crisis
-maybe it won't come. But if it does come as
expected, the University has one choice - to
accept more and more.
If there is to be any cutting, it will probably
be the out-of-state students. In this Septem-
ber's freshman class, the non-residents com-
prised 900 out of 2900, roughly one-third. Again,
this may raise eyebrows in the state. Should
we educate "non-citizens" before our own?
DIRECTOR VROMAN looks at this in a reci-
procal manner. If we don't accept out-
of-staters, what about the Michigan boy' or
girl who would like to go elsewhere?
So we get right down to the crux of the
matter. Students pay only about 15 per cent
of the administration's annual cost. The big
slice comes from the legislators and, in turn
from the public. If they want 40,000 or 60,000j
students in attendance here, there'll be that
Actually, there shouldn't be much difference
in the standards, unless size weighs them down.
The double enrollment will simply typify twice
as many people wanting to attend.
Of course, it's somebody else's problem where
to put them -all, and how to educate them to
some extent.

Scraping the Barrel...
Io the Editor:
IS THE Daily Managing Editor
scraping the barrel on suitable
topics to write about? Or could it
be beeause of the low state of the
contents of the barrel, the editor
has regressed to making the so-
called "mountain out of an ant-
... Sour political taste, indeed.
I felt no "sour taste permeating
through the colorful half-time
scene." In fact I was pleasantly
surprised by the beautiful colors
of the bands and the splendor of
the whole show. The pre-game
ceremonies gave me no particular
impression of the band or the
school having a biased view to-
wards politics.
In fact, to the contrary, reading
your editorial has me wondering
whether the editor himself is
... Isn't it right that we should
spend time honoring the President
at that hour of his misfortune?
I think so. Not only that, but if the
President should have been of any
other party, I doubt very much if
it would have made a difference.
--Marvin Resnikoff, '59
To the Editor:
IN REFERENCE to Baad's edit-
orial of Oct. 18, I ask, "Must
The Daily be so hard-hearted as
to inject a political note into the
pre-game show for Ike? Our na-
tional leader, not a common poli-
tician, was being honored."
--Carl Werner, '58
How About It?...
To the Editor:
ONCE again the Student Gov-
ernment of the University is
holding elections. An all campus
election calls for all campus par-
In years bygone it seemed that
the candidates running have been
from a rather select group-the
undergraduate student in L.S.&A.,

In Books
Shelly Smith, Harpers.
Two old ladies with the unlikely
names of Mr. Rampage and Mrs.
Roach uneasily inhabit the old
home at No. 5. As petty annoy-
ances grow into festering griev-
ances it gradually becomes clear
what Is going to happen In the
A neatly written history of this
peculiar, perilous menage, the book
carrys the promise of an evening
of absorbing reading.
** *
Coles, Doubleday.
Charles and James Latimer,
heroes of the earlier Coles novel,
"Brief Candles," have returned,
but things don't seem quite so
happy. The two men, ghosts out
of the last century, materialize
here and there over Europe as
they traipse through a plot whose-
humor doesn't have the same suc-
Manning Coles, one of mystery
fiction's top cloak-and-dagger
writers, disappoints in this current
excursion into the spirit world. We
will welcome his happy return to
more mundane "pursuits."
ston Graham, Doubleday.
Mysterious circumstances sur-
rounding his brother's death in a
Dutch canal bring Californian
Philip Turner to Amsterdam.
There a search begins to uncover
the hidden truth in the matter.
The Amsterdam background is
extremely interesting. But an un-
convincing and unsympathetic
treatment of the hero detracts
from what otherwise amounts to a
colorful adventure.
by Patrick Quentin, Simon &
The clever plotting characteris-
tic of the Quentin books is present
in this top-drawer thriller about
a man with a nightmarish problem
involving his two wives. Bill Hard-
ing's ex-wife is charged with mur-
der and he can provide her with
an alibi. But confessing thus to
having been with her, he will
alienate his second mate.
Toward the end the plot nearly
twists out of the author's hands,
but everything is expertly resolved
in a satisfactory solution. This is
one of the season's best.
* * *
Hocking, Doubleday.
The poisoning of jolly barmaid
Flo Collins in her Paradise pub
pleases as many folks as it puzzles.
Because, Flo, it seems, was making
the most out of slips of the lip
and overheard conversations
among her patrons.
The solution to the mystery of
who put the lady blackmailer out
of the way emerges only after a
rather tedious and tardy explora-
tion in to the supect's alibis. But
on the other side, colorful dialogue
and a final surprise save for the'
story a passing grade.
GLAR, by Michael Gilbert, Harper.
Choir director Liz Artside (of
whom we'd like to see more) runs
into a series of burglaries and a
big explosion that rocks the peace-
ful English countryside. Son Tim,

wartime Secret Service agent, is
soon in the thick of things, too.
Their collaboration just manages
to thwart the scheming culprit.
Paced a little faster than the
average British whodunit, author
Gilbert's seventh and top-rank
mystery turns into a subtle cliff-
hanger at the end. A tight plot
and some imaginative writing
make it highly recommendable.
* * *
Carey, Doubleday.
Almost all the relatives at the
reunion picnic had substantial
motives for killing overbearing,
abusive Uncle Maurice. So the
question of who put the '22' bullet
in his head is a real puzzler. Quiet,
efficient Deputy Sheriff Wilson,
however, wades into the compli-
cations and nails his man.
A very readable book, but the
plot is old potatoes and the solu-
tion - of the same vintage -
hardly makes it all worthwhile.
4. * *
BEAST IN VIEW, by Margaret
Millar, Random House.
With an unmatched record of
"experimental" psychological mys-
teries to her credit, Miss Millar
turns to examine still another de-
ranged female mentality. The ac-
tion of the story is swift, borne on
the frantically beating wings of
the heroine's mental chaos, a con-
dition deftly depicted by the au-
A jarring revelation at the
novel's climax labels this off-beat
work as a genuine "tour de force."
. *

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VOL. LXVII, NO. 23 ,
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
the privilege of drawing upon the ban
for themselves and their immediate
families in the event blood is needed.
The Unit will be at the Health Service
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-.It is expected that the Directory for
1955-56 will be ready for distribution
about Oct. 27. The chairman of the
various departments and directors of
other units will please requisition the
number of copies required for Univer-
sity campus use. Requisitions should
be sent to the Purchasing Department
and delivery will be made by campus
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able by payment of 75c at the Cashier's
Office, Main Floor, Administration
Business concerns or individuals not
connected with the University desiring
a Directory may purchase a copy at a
cot of $2.00.
Student Government Council: Sum-
mary of action taken at the meeting
of October 19, 1955._
Calendar: Plans for Olympic Dance
November 19 dropped by co-sponsors,
Sigma Alpha Mu and the Michigan
Reported: Big Ten Student Presi-
dents' Conference, Nov. 11, 12, 13, Michi-
gan State University; West Point 7th
Annual Student Conference on U.
Affairs, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, to be attended
by Tom Bleha and Deborah Town-
Resignations: From Student Govern-
ment Council: Ed Velden; Administra-
tive Wing Coordinator: Sandy Hoffman.
Appointments: Speakers' Bureau Co-
ordination Committee - Bill Adams;
Administrative Wing Coordinator, Frank
Vick; Office Manager, Al Williams;
Orientation Director, Robert Trost; To
University Committee on Student Hous-
ing and Environmental Health-Donna
Netzer; To University Conduct Study
Committee, Edith McClusky, John Ser-
bis - with Bill Adams as an alternate.
Named to this Committee by the Vice-
President of Student Affairs: Taufiq
Khoury, Chris Reifel, William Jentes.
Approved: Expenditures under $15
on authorization of sub-committee
chairmn or committee chairman; over
$15 on authorization of committee
chairman. Reactivation of Hot Record
Society to be known as Old Time Jazz
Society; constitution accepted.
Adopted Unanimously a motion pro-
viding that the study of any problems
that may arise in connection with the
acquisition of new sorority and frater-
nity members be assigned to the Pan-
hellenic Association and the Assembly
Association, and the Interfraternity and
Inter House Councils respectively
that these groups would report back
to the Student Government Council
with recommendations on mutual and
campus wide difficulties in this realm
for the latter's consideration no later
than the first week in March.
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 Hall.
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. Fri., Oct. 21,
10:00 a.m., Rackham Lecture Hall.
Academic Notices
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.
Faculty, College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts: Freshman five-week
progress reports due Fri., Oct. 28, in
the Faculty Counselors Office for
Freshmen and Sophomores, 1210 Angell
Graduate Students in Linguistics:
Preliminary examinations for the doc-
torate will be given Nov. 11 and 12.
Students intending to take the exami-
nations at that time should leave their
names with Professor Marckwardt no
later than Mon., Oct. 24.
Doctoral Examination for Sidney Ep-
stein, Psychology: thesis: "An Experi-
mental Study of Some of the Effects of
variations in the Clarity and Extent of
a Supervisor's Area of Freedom Upon
His Supervisory Behavior," Fri., Oct. 21,
7611 Haven Hall, at 3:00 p.m. Chairman,
N.R.F. Maler.



us, and we were bipartisan, even
thought that the show had a sour
political taste.
-John Nott, '59.
Outrageous .. .
To the Editor:
IT IS amazing to see how people
react when the shoe is on the
tther foot. It seems as if I can
remember a few years back when
two other gentlemen occupied the
White House. In each case, people
claimed that they were beyond the
pale so to speak. Some even went
so far as to condone those cute
little poison pen letters that one
of those gentlemen used towrite.
I believe that each of those
gentlemen received numerous hon-
ors, were made honorary fratern-
ity brothers, and the like. In fact,
I understand that the name of
one of those men is to be spoken
with reverence and awe. To con-
sider him as a mere mortal, sub-
ject to human errors, is supposed
to be sinful. Do not speak to us
about the diefication of the man!
As to the band's show last Sat-
urday, I believe that those, who
planned the show, had no desire
to make a god out of a sick man.
Rather it was their intention to
pay tribute to the man, who holds
the office of President of the
United States, and to express the
hope, of most of us, that he re-
cover from his affliction quickly.



ical bias and join with the rest
of the nation in wishing the Presi-
dent a "Happy - Birthday" and
hoping that he will get well soon?
--Gerald A. Fix '57L
To the Editor:
I AVING READ your editorial of
October 18 and vehemently
disagreeing with it, I feel in-
clined to express my criticisms of
it. The Managing Editor's objec-
tion to the skit put on by our
Marching Band saluting the Presi-
derk on his birthday is ridiculous.
The President of the United
gfnt qha % T Pmnr53- _nah

Dick Aistrom .........................Business
Bob flgenfritz ............ Associate Business
Ken Rozat ...................--AdvAtisin



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