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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

.9,V.MAY; . JUL Y .ยข7, 1943

State Has Imperfect Political Primaries

Fitch To Speak
On Industrial
Cooperatives

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are not perfect," he stated in "The
Direct Primary in Michigan, 1909-
1935."
"The system itself has rendered
good service. In connection with the
major offices, the primary has per-
mitted a real expression of opinion
by the rank and file of the voters.
In the minor offices the primary]
system has been as good as a prim-
itive system of county government
permits it to be.
"If the people still desire to rule,
the primary must be retained. The
primary struggles along and
achieves a reasonably satisfactory
public success. Nothing in the ex-
perience of twenty-five years of
operation of the direct primary
system would justify its abolition
and the return of the convention
system," Prof. Pollock declared.
..the perpetuation of the
elective system. in the choice of lesser
stateiadministrative officials fur-
nishes the reason for the continua-
tion of the convention system. Elim-
inate the election of these officers
and the convention system will have
no reason for existence. Eliminate
the election of members of governing
boards and administrative officials
and there is no need for a spring
3 primary and election.
"The simplification of the state-
we election system would re-
dound to the benefit of the primary
system. Equally important in its
effects in improvirg not merely the
primary but also in improving our
whole governmental system would
be a reorganization of local gov-
ernment.j
"If the principles of the short bal-
lot could be applied to our present
state and local government arrange-
ments, the voters for the first time
would be in an effective position to
control their public officials."
Another hinderance to the ef-
fectiveness of the primary is the
"multiplicity of inferior candidates
for various offices," and this is the
result of petitionsystems to place
names on the ballot, Prof. Pollock
said.
"In place of the discredited peti-
tion system which is both expensive
and subject to fradulent manipula-
tion, I propose the so-called sponsor
system. Under this plan a candidate
is nominated by "a given number of
sponsors, and the candidate merely{
files a declaration of acceptance,"
he affirmed.
Prof. Pollock's conclusions are
based on a study of data collected
for 10 years and subjected to sta-
tistical analyses. Votes cast for
14,500 candidates were included to
total 78,000,000 primary ballots and
152 general election votes.

"The Chinese Indusco," a discus-
sion of industrial cooperatives, will
be the topic of a lecture by Mr.
George M. Fitch, secretary of the
foreign YMCA at the International
Center, Shanghai at 4:15 p.m. to-
morrow in the Rackham Amphi-
theatre.
Mr. Fitch, who was evacuated from
Shanghai when the Chinese govern-
ment moved to Chunkking before
the incoming Japanese troops, has
been closely associated with the in-
dustrial cooperative movement, and
as a YMCA worker accompanied
Chinese laborers to the northwest
area.
Born in Soochow, China, of inis-
sionary parents, Mr. Fitch has spent
most of his life in China and plans
to return there after his present 'fur-
lough. He is a graduate of 'the Uni-
versity of Worcester, Worcester,
Mass.
Since February Mr. Fitch has been
touring the nations, and giving lec-
tures on northwest China which he
has studied extensively.

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Highlights
On Campus
Karl Marx Society To Meet
The Karl Marx Society will initiate
its summer program series at 7:451
p.m. Wednesday in the Union with
an informal student discussion on!
"Nazi 'Secret Weapon, the Fifth Col-j
umn."
The discussion will concern race
riots throughout the country. This
is the first in a series of alternate
weekly meetings.
Theatre Symposium
A symposium in practical theatre
for the purposes of assisting students
in various fields of research will be
held by the Department of Speech at
4 p.m. tomorrow in the West Confer-
ence Room of the Rackham Building.
Research in acting, directing, scene
design, costuming and lighting will
be discussed.
Grad Outing Club To Meet
Members of the Graduate Outing
Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. today for
a trip up the Huron River, Mr. Hoff-
man, chairman of the event said yes-
terday.
Two parties will be formed to go to
the same spot, one by canoe and the
other by hiking. Those who wish to
rent canoes must call *Mr. Hoff-iman
at 22448 before noon today.
'Townspeople Are Asked
To Give Sport Equipment
Townspeople and faculty members
who possess unused sports equipment
are requested to donate or loan it to
the W.A.B.
The equipment will be used to pro-
vide entertainment for the service
men at the Rec-Rallies and Sunday
open houses, which are being spon-
sored by the University USO and
the WAA.

Continuing a custom initiated last
year, the Post War Council will con-
duct the first summer student opin-
ion poll in conjunction with The
Daily on U. S. participation in an
international organization tomorrow.
Six students who will be stationed
at various campus posts from Politi-
cal Science 116 (propaganda and
public opinion) will distribute the
blanks. These include Lucille Christ-
man, Jack McCormick, Frank Kel-
logg, Rhee Coleman, Janet Robb, and
Pat McGraw.
The question, of the poll ;will be'
"Do you want your Congressman to

Student Opinion To Be Tested

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Church Plans
Group Service
The First Presbyterian Church will
hold a dedication and communion
service at 10:45 a.m. today. All stu-
dents who plan to become affiliate
members are asked to meet with the
session in the Lewis Parlor at 10
a.m. preceding the service.
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vote for or against the Fullbright
Resolution?"
The text of the resolution is as
follows: "That the Congress hereby
expresses itself as favoring the crea-
tion of appropriate international
machinery with power adequate to
establish and to maintain a just, and
lasting :peaces among nations of the
world,, and as favoring participation
by the United States therein.,
Prof. James K. Pollock of, the po-
litical science department will inter-
pret the results of the poll ine The
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