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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.





An Editorial .. .

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Acting, Music Spark
Drab'Blues' Story.
JACK WEBB, television's "Dragnet" man, noted for his meticulous
directorial touches and his low-keyed acting style, has come up
with a new role in "Pete Kelly's Blues," a story of twenties' jazz
However, despite all the attention and care Webb has given his

STUDENT HOUSING has long been a
serious problem on the University cam-
pus, but not until this fall did it demonstrate
its critical state so dramatically.
Some students have actually left the
University campus to attend other schools
because they could not find a room here.
The chief cause, of course, is a contin-
ually rising enrollment without correspond-
ing increases in available student housing.
In fact, room and apartment listings indi-
cate student housing accommodations are
on the decrease.
One effect of the shortage is that of
keeping students at the mercy of the land-
lords, who must also accept some of the
blame, especially if rumors that they pre-
vent new investors from building rental
housing in Ann Arbor are true.
REGARDLESS of the immediate reasons
for the shortage, the University has
been aware for several years that enrollment
would continue to increase. Yet it has not
provided enough housing for the students
who have a right to attend the University
and whom the University is willing to ac-
cept if they have a place to stay.
The University should have built more
dormitories, or at least pushed harder to
get Legislature approval for additional self-
liquidating housing.
However, it is not too late. Although the
situation is certainly critical this year and
there are still students looking for rooms,
Director of University Relations Arthur L.
Brandon has expressed confidence that ac-
commodations would be found for all stu-
dents. But what about next year?
There will not be significant increases
in room and apartment accommodations.
The University will have only the new
Couzens Hall addition and more apartments
on North Campus to help the situation. The

Couzens Hall addition will provide room for
approximately 250 coeds, while the North
Campus apartments will accommodate about
300 married students.
IF ENROLLMENT continues to rise at its
present rate toward a predicted 35,000 by
1965, there will be more students without
housing next fall than there were this fall.
The University has admitted it will have
to limit enrollment and turn students away,
beginning with out-of-state students. This
will have the effect of lowering the Uni-
versity's standards and world-wide prestige.
The University cannot change the past
but it can still provide for the future. Some
have criticized it for tearing down houses
on Maynard, Thompson and Jefferson
Streets for a Student Activities Building,
which was also very much needed. But few
would criticize tearing down homes for 200
students to build rooms for 1,000.
The only answer is more dormitories,
quick. If the Legislature will not provide
the funds, or, approval of self-liquidating
financing, there is another source - foot-
ball funds. Assuming the University is now
preparing as fast as it can to build a new
dormitory, using football funds would allow
starting such a project much sooner.
THE ONLY BARRIER to using football
revenue for building dormitories is a
Regent by-law. This the Regents could
change, and alleviate a really very serious
situation -one that keeps students from
attending the University.
Certainly the Regents can do something
about it -- and certainly they must.
They should begin now to prepare for
the influx of students in the middle 1960s
when post-war babies reach college age.
There will be no excuse for continued lack
of foresight.



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Ike Asks Farm Income Hike

Getting the Facts

DETECTIVE Joe Friday of Dragnet fame is
a man well known for wanting to get "the
facts." Fortunately, in this endeavor, he's not
alone. We're all after the facts, the what's
and why's of everything.
A newspaper is rather singularly devoted
to this end. But the "mere facts" are not as
simple to find or understand as Sgt. Friday
might have you think. A happening is a fact.
But then so is the "why" of its happening, and,
the "so what that it did happen." These are
facts which The Daily regards as its endeavor
to find and relate.
All this takes us about half-way to the
newspaper's goal. Actually, if our under-
standing of what we see and hear were con-
tinually accurate, it would be the full job.
But it Isn't.
The same events, the same remarks, the
same "facts" can have wide variances of mean-
ing to different people. Just what does the
fact that something has happened really mean?
Here the newspaper can promise no uni-
versal truths. However, we can interpret, us-
ing all our faculties and effort to find the
"truth." And we an offer opinion, hoping at
least to' clear a path for the reader to find
his own truth.
THE OPINIONS expressed in these editorial
columns are aimed toward these ends. As a
rule, they are based upon the thinking of one
of our staff writers or. editors, and on occa-
sion, when it is felt that this thinking has
come to a common .agreement among the edi-
tors, the feeling of the entire board of "senior
But because opinion is seldom accepted

universally, the editorials do not represent the
views of "the newspaper", meaning all its 200
plus personnel. A singular opinion is as valid
and involves no compromise.
This free expression of opinion which we
feel is a most important function of the paper
does not end there.
The Daily, in addition, presents to its
readers the widely read interpretations and
opinions of Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist
Herbert Block; and the experienced, widely
read views of columnists Drew Pearson and
Walter Lippman.
AND, of course, the are also the opinions
of you, our readers. The Letters-to-the-
Editor column is open to all, subject only to
limitations of length, validity, and taste.
All together, The Daily attempts to fulfill
what we feel is our obligation to the campus
and community to satisfy the right to know.
To that end we shall continue to strive, as The
Daily has for sixty-six years, "getting the
facts" and presenting them honestly, without
Daily Editorial Director
Belated Notice That
They Never Wrote Us
Dear Students:
We've raised tuition for one and all,
It will cost you more to be here this fall-
We could have notified you of the rise,
But registration's just made for surprise!

WHITE HOUSE attaches aren't
talking about it yet, but Pres-
ident Eisenhower has finally de-
cided to ask Congress for emer-
gency legislation aimed at boosting
farm incomes just before election
Ike has made this decision re-
luctantly. He's afraid that once he
opens the Pandora box of farm
problems, all sorts of trouble will
break loose. Also, nobody around
him has what looks like a real
formula for the farmers' plight.
However, Ike has been persuaded
by his political advisers, especially
Len Hall, that vote disaster is
brewing in the Middle West unless
something drastic is done.
Secretary of Agriculture Benson
has approved the idea and has
three of his top experts busy draft-
ing proposals which will be handed
to Congress shortly after it re-
Among the proposals are two
Democratic plans which will be
camouflaged as much as possible.
One is the Brannan Plan, which
the Eisenhower Administration has
already applied to wool. The other
is the old Henry Wallace Plan
of paying farmers for taking a
certain amount of land out of pro-
ductive acreage.
* * *
ury George Humphrey is not only
one of the most potent figures in
the Eisenhower Administration,
but he has a mind of his own as
far as influence is concerned, He
not only influences Ike, but he
is not influenced in turn by Ike's
close friends.
Two of the men closest to Eisen-
hower are Clint Murchison and
Sid Richardson, the big Texas oil
millionaires, who have entry to the
White House almost any hour of
the day or night. They are credit-
ed with helping to influence the
President on tideland oil, and they
also helped to swing control of
th New York Central Railroad to.
their fellow Texan, Robert Young,
when Young was engaged in a
knock-down, drag-out battle with

the J. P. Morgan and Vanderbilt
interests then controlling the rail-
road. But when it came to race
tracks, Murchison and Richard-
son don't seem to have the same
drag. At least they don't have it
with the secretary of the treas-
The two oil tycoons purchased
the Del Mar Race Track near San
Diego some time ago, and an-
nounced they would operate it to
raise money for a boys' town in
California patterned after Boys
Town near Omaha, Nebr.
0M d
SUBSEQUENTLY, they applied
to the Treasury Department for a
tax-exempt status on the ground
that the race track was a charity.
Here they ran into trouble. In
1951, Congress passed a law, large-
ly inspired by the fact that New
York University had acquired the
Mueller Macaroni Factory, for-
bidding charitable or educational
organizations from operating busi-
nesses, such as Mueller's.
, Humphrey, however, remained
adamant. He didn't say so to them,
but he's inclined to regard a race
track operated as a cure for juve-
nil delinquency in about the same
category as a liquor business fi-
nancing a home for alcoholics.
*A * *
censored, but a wave of fanatic
religious' persecution is sweeping
American-backed Iran.

What worries the State Depart-
ment is that the sordid story may
be laid before the United Nations
on the eve of Vice President Nix-
on's departure for the Near East.
Object of the persecution is the
Bahai faith, a minority sect with a
large native following in Iran.
Few details of the atrocities
have leaked through tight Iranian
censorship. However, information
reaching the State Department
through diplomatic channels re-
1. Fanatics have destroyed Bahai
crops and livestock, looted Bahai
homes and churches. Gen. Nader
Batmanghelich, Iranian Army
chief, personally helped tear down
the dome of Bahai headquarters
in Teheran.
2. Sect members have been at-
tacked and beaten.
3. Bahai women have been ab-
ductd and forced to marry Mos-
4. The bodies of Bahai dead
have been dragged from their
graves and nutilated.
5. Official threats have been
made to discharge all Bahais in
government who would not recant
their faith.
These shocking atrocities have
been reported by the U.S. Embassy
which employs many Bahais and
has protested vigorously to the
Iranian government.
;Copyright, 1955, by the Bell Syndicate)

production, the film emerges as a
a few outstanding exceptions.
"Blues" presents some of the
best twenties decor ever put on
the screen. Unlike dozens of other
films about the "roaring twenties,"
it looks like it actually took place
in the twenties. Its costumes are
remarkably authentic, its sets con-
vincingly flashy or drab, and its
overall tone highly accurate, much
more than the traditional F. Scott
Fitzgerald approach.
There is ai opening prologue, a
bayou funeral, where the mourn-
ers sing New Orleans spirituals and
the swampwaters, grey and si-
lent, flow by in the background.
This is probably worth more than.
anything else in the picture.
ALSO, THERE is the silken rich
voice of Ella Fitzgerald and a top
notch acting job by singer Peggy
Lee in her first dramatic role, that
of a gangster's alcoholic and men-
tally unbalanced moll.
It is unfortunate that the re-
mainder of the film never reaches
this high quality. The story, as
much as there is, is confused be-
cause of poor writing transitions
and editing. It concerns a jazz
band leader who is being pressured
into paying "protection" fees to a
gangster. The characters are
never fully explained.
And so much is left to the ima-
gination, that the viewer is al-
most forced to interpret them as
stereotypes and assign stereotyped
motivations to their actions.
* * *
FOR ITS fine Dixieland music,
Miss Lee's performance, the color
and decor, plus its new and old
songs, "Pete Kelly's Blues" rates
accodlades. Too bad the same
kind of attention wasn't devoted
to the writing and editing.
-Ernest Theodossin
Mental Ills
Draw Study
In Shrike'
DEALING with a man's mental
breakdown and the history of
its cause, "The Shrike," greatly
enhanced by a fine acting job by
Jose Ferrer, foregoes arriving at a
clear-cut answer. Instead, the
placing of the actual blame, if
there is any, is left to the viewer.
The story deals with Jim
Downes, a talented but rather in-
secure theatrical director who is
the victim of his wife's ambivalent
feelings towarl him: Seeming to
love him completely and give him
the great amount of encourage-
ment he requires, Anne is actually
jealous of Jim's success in the
theatrical world. Once an actress,
she innocently attempts to inter-
fere with his career in order to
help him and succeeds in ruining
Naturally, the "other woman"
appears, but not until Jim and
Anne have separated. Anne's accu-
sation that the new woman was
the cause of her husband's diffi-
culties proves to be false, although
leading directly to her own self-
AS THE WIFE, June Allyson is
satisfactorily sweet and innocent,
but not totally effective in por-
traying a complex character. How-
ever, Mr. Ferrer's acting is out-
standing, especially when close
camera shots give him a chance
to display some highstrung emo-
tional action

Also very well done are the
character parts depicting patients
in the state mental institution to
which Jim Downes is committed.
Scenes in the hospital are espe-
cially good. The apparent normal-
ity of most of the men in the
ward in which Jim is placed makes
the veiwer realize the difficulty in
determining where the boundary
of mental illness should be placed.
As Jim is told by an orderly, it is
not the problem of the doctors to
prove the patient is mentally ill,
it is the task of the patient to
prove he is not.
S* * s
THE SITUATION this poses to
Jim, his reactions to it, and the
methods to which he resorts in
order to be released from the hos-
pital are both interesting and
Throughout "The Shrike" some
important themes are brought up

sort of overall disappointment with
Views being voiced these days
by Journalists around the coun-
*. .. In single student housing,
private enterprise has not and evi-
dently cannot keep up with de-
mand. More good housing at
reasonable prices in both fields is
the greatest single need of the
campus." (DAILY ILLINI-Un-
versity of Illinois).
". . Loyalty is a beautiful idea,
but you cannot create it by com-
pulsion and force. You make men
love their government and their
country by giving them the kind
of country and the kind of gov-
ernment that inspire respect and
University of California, Berkely,
concerning ROTC loyalty oath
"...the whole man is more
than the academic man, and ex-
tra-curricular activities make up
an important part of the differ-
Cornell University.)
". . Free secular education of
high quality is the birthright of
every American; and if for what-
ever reason the states and local
communities fail to supply it, the
ultimate responsibility has to rest
with the National Government."
(NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 22.)
The Daily is looking for re-
viewers for movies, drama, and
Meetings for prospective writ-
ers, freshman through grad-
uates, will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and 8:15 p.m. Wednes-
day in the Conference Room,
Student Publications Building.
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 (before
10 a.m. on Saturday).
General Notices
The Student Government Council will
meet Wed., Sept. 28, 7:15 p.m., Michigan
Union Room 3-B.
Lecture Course Tickets- Season
tickets for the 1955-56 Lecture Course
may now be purchased at Hill Auditor-
ium box office. Students are offered a
special rate of $3.00 for the complete
course, second balcony, unreserved. Box
office hours are 10:00 a.m.-5:OO p.m.
Academic Notices
Extension Faculty Instructors. A
meeting of all faculty members teach-
ing Extension courses will be held
Wed., Sept. 28, 3:30 to 4:25 p.m., in the
Audio-Visual Projection Room, 4051

Mr. Lean, Ext. 354, if you cannot attend.
The Extension Service announces the
following classes to be held in Ann
Arbor beginning Mon., Sept. 26: Ele-
mentary Engineering Drawing (Engi-
neering Drawing I) 7:00 p.m., 445 West
Engineering Building; Advanced Engi-
neering Drawing (Engineering Drawing
3), 7:30 p.m., 445 West Engineering
Building; Man and Culture (Anthropol-
ogy 141), 7:30 p.m., 170 School of Busi-
ness Administration; The Recorder and
its Music, 7:00 p.m., 435 Mason Hall;
Real Estate Business II, 7:30 p.m. 140
School of Business Administration;
Water Color, 7:30 p.m., 415 Architecture
The Extension Service announces the
following classes to be held in Ann
Arbor beginning Tues., Sept. 27: Art of
the Far East, 7:30 p.m., 4 Tappan Hall,
Creative Drawing, 7:30 p.m, 415 Archi-
tecture Building; Geology and Man,
7:30 p.m., (Geology 99) 1053 Natural
Science Building; Investment Funda-
mentals, 7:30 p.m., 131 School of Busi-
ness Administration; Hospital Nursing
Unit, 7:00 p.m., (Nursing 20) 71 School
of Business Administration; Psychology
and Religion, 7:30 p.m. (Psychology 55),
170 School of Business Administration;
Semantics and General Semantics I,




Litle Students Toil
To Outwit Big 'U'

Murry Frymer-
5 4
On Building the Appetite

The screaming students have
departed, the roped off basement
labyrinths are being dismantled
and the left over forms are in the
wastebasket-registration is over.
Award for unsung-heroes-of-
the-week has to go to the patient
members of the faculty who
stamped classification cards and

"TAKE ADVANTAGE" are the two words
freshmen have been hearing continually
for the past week ,and other freshmen have
been listening to for, well, as long as there
have been freshmen and upperclassmen to ad-
vise them.
It's really a misleading bit of advice be-
cause it sounds so simple. You can talk about
the classes, the lectures, the concerts, and the
cosmopolitan Environment. You can talk about
the accessibility of the other sex, the parties,
the dances, and the games. You can talk
about the activities, the professors, the time-
consuming 'bull' sessions, and the opportunity
for study.
All of this makes a nice little package,
which wrapped with a word to the wise: "take
advantage" can be presented as a gift to any
freshman and be well appreciated.
THE TROUBLE IS, of course, there are limits.

the case, taking advantage of learning and
study may seriously curtail the benefits of
activities, and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The situation can get hopelessly frustrat-
ing, even after a 'value' scale has been
achieved, and the individual is doing what he
wants to 'most'. The 24-hour day is too short,
the seven day week too slim to gray even all
this; the university unmercifully continues to
swamp the student with more, to offer so
much of which the student feels he should
take advantage, but can't.
So the often-discouraged student wan-
ders through your years, looks back to see
what he's missed, then tells the new frosh:
"take advantage."
IF THERE'S an answer to it all, it is perhaps
one of moderation. The new student should
permit himself to 'taste' of a wide variety, in
order to broaden his appetite. A value system


by Dick Bibhir


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tried to explain why the MWF
section at 10 was closed.
Theirs is the most thankless of
Jobs. Not an easy matter to sift
through the thousand old excuses
(there really aren't any new ones
left) and pick the few that legiti-
mately deserve consideration.
FOR EXAMPLE, its strange that
almost all students work from 8-9
in the morning and on Saturdays.
They get indignant when asked to
supply verification of their em-
"Don't you trust me?" one angry
student demanded after being
asked to bring a letter from his
employer. The econ professor pat-
iently explained, in an exasperat-
ed tone of voice, that 300 students
had already claimed Saturday
morning employment in the same
* * *
OF COtMRSE it works both ways.
Sections "completely packed" one
minute may be suddenly reopened
when a defeated student has turn-
ed his back ten minutes later.
Freshman, a little confused by
the whole thing, generally end up
meekly accepting whatever it left.
Upperclassman, one registrar


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