Text for Daily Trojan, Vol. 37, No. 127, May 14, 1946
Tuesday, May 14, 1946
Southern California DAILY TROJAN
WILLIAM IRVING GRIFFITH Editor
DICK MITTLER Business Manager
Sports Editor..............Lucien Gandolfo
Feature Editor..............Jerry Goldman
Women's Editors...........Joyce Greenberg
Assistant Editors..........Ginny Brumfield
Associate Editors..............Carl Gebhart
Don Goodall Erwin Newton Dick Thomason
Desk Editor ............................................................. Manuel Mireles
Reporters *......-...............Lucy Odell, Betty Snider, Bob Barnes, Terry Ragan, Bill Freeman, Frances Wall-
erstedt, J. C. Dodson, John McGowan, Bob Fogarty, Bob Smith, J. L. Collins, Jim Reid. Copvreaders......................Robert Hager, William McNeil, Jim Reid, Bob Smith, Bob Fenton, chuck Lauisr,
F6&tui*0 ....... i,________ PUflinc Polizzi, Anns. Drills.
Oklahoma' Scores Hit In First L.A. Showing
by Dick Eshleman
Why is “Oklahoma!” recognized as a turning point in the history of musical comedy? Why is its mere mention enough to drive ticket buyers into a frenzy and to give the Theater Guild financial security for years to come?
The answer to these questions can be found in a trip to
the Biltmore theater during the
Trojans Turn Super Sleuths Nab Pachukes
Editorials and features in the Daily Trojan reflect the opinions of the writers. They in no way represent student or university opinion. Unsigned editorials are expressions of the editor.
Kreond class matter July 20. 1»4S. st the twat ofrie« st I/os Anreles, Cal.. under the Aet sf Msrch X, 1*7*. Pu datlj eirept Saturday and Hundax dortos the academic year at SS3I tniversltr avenue. Los Anielea 7. Cal. Hubseru.tlon
li Pfr yrar.______—^■—■
Troy Faces a Wide-Open Election
Political bombshells fell right and left on the Trojan campus yesterday, and left the coming election campaign in a perfect state of flux as members of the row tried to regain their composure following several surprise moves at the nomination assembly and staid observers tried to hazard a guess on the outcome of what looks to be a wide-open election.
That the row is split for the coming election was made rather apparent yesterday. That ISA is still in the fight, and willing to gamble to the end, was proved beyond a shadow of a doubt.
If anything, the ISA cause looked better than ever this morning. Nothing significant happened at the assembly which would seem to discourage the ISA standard-bearers. The rather feeble applause given ISA candidates was nothing more than an indication that Bovard was packed with org men and women.
And the thing that ISA had been hoping for, a break-up in the 28th street element, occurred in significant fashion. Two candidates representing two large houses on the row threw their hats in the ring.
Startling moves happened so fast during the drawn-out noon assembly that the assemblage was presented with one new situation after another. Perhaps the most unbooked for happening of the entire business was that which found red-hot presidential candidate Jack Nichols pulling a fast one and swinging his support behind dark-horse Frank Snyder, Kappa Alpha. After scorning an alleged TNE group on the campus, which supposedly vanished following last years’ election debacle, Nichols called on the students to support an impartial candidate, Snyder.
Most of the campus bigwigs were visibly shaken. One example: Jim English, well-known wheel in the Sigma Nu house (same house as Nichols) expressing his opinion of Nichols’ move by stalking out of the auditorium.
Meanwhile, after removing himself from contention as a potential student body president candidate, Nichols moved into different territory—the race for AMS president, for which he will be opposed by Joe Holt, prominent Sig Ep. Nichols, following his nomination by Wally Flannagan, Sigma Chi, again
current run of what Ls billed as the show's “national company.” HISTORY-MAKING
The Richard Rogers-Oscar Ham-merstein II show is history-making mainly because it departs from all the accepted tenets of musical comedy production. This is expressed in the designation of “musical play’’ and in the fact that nothing that takes place on the stage is traditional or routine.
Based on Lynn Riggs' play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” the show strikes out on new ground by taking its origin directly in the history and folkways of a pioneer section of the
MUSIC INTEGRAL PART
Even the music and dancing, so often merely adornments to the old
voiced disagreement with machine politics, and pointed to the AMS post as indication that TNE was going all-out to win a “lucrative” job.
Observers were uncertain just where the musical, are in this instance “anti-TNE ’ faction was headed. It had can- integral portions of a dramatic didates up for the two choicest plums in the composition. There is no singing for coming election. Both Nichols and Snyder the sake of showing off vocal chords are notoriously anti-machine. The question and no dancing of set pieces with
was whether both these gentlemen, apparently sincere in their beliefs, were not shadow-boxing a non-existing opponent.
no logic in the plot.
Each song is an expression of
character or situation and the plot
.. , „ is advanced with almost every bar
Backers of Jim Mitchell, Kappa Sigma of music and every rhythmic step
and so-called machine candidate, claim that Ught ^ she-d on the basic char_
he is the fraternity candidate. This claim acter of each personage in the show
would appear to have some value when it is through the notes and music they
remembered that Mitchell was voted upon sing. Prime instances of this trend
and approved by 18 of the 20 campus social are Ad<> Annies “I Cain’t Say No”
fraternities at an open fraternity meeting anc* ^ie villain Juds barbaric
held a week ago. At this meeting four other “Lonely Room.”
candidates were placed in front of the group UNUSUAL DANCES
for consideration: Jack Nichols, Sigma Nu; The dances are not tap and soft-
Joe Holt, Sig Ep; Jim Mitchell, Kappa Sigma, shoe routines, but character ballets
and Frank Snyder, Kappa Alpha. On the and folk steps adapted with great
initial ballot Mitchell was given 16 votes, f,rtI tr?’ ^ AgnJs de.Mm.e T^!e,?et‘
u i 1 ii U » jo a i n«u__tin8s balance of pictorial and dra-
Nichols 1, Holt 2, and Snyder 1 Holt con- matlc ,tyllzatIon that „ „e
ceeded his votes to Mitchell; Snyder was ada- for a play of this character mant. Nichols, despite being president of There is no feeling or plot being his house and thrice invited to attend, did twisted for song cues or of illogical not put In an appearance. and meaningless situations cooked
So the second-guessing continues. The up merely to “plug” a pretty song, presidential and AMS candidates of ISA, Dick But this does not mean that “Okla-Gilson and Bill Murphy, appear hot and cold. Gilson is known to be capable and a hard worker. Murphy is unknown. The ISA-ers will pull no row votes. Their fate rests on the turnout of the non-org registrants, which number about 2300. Their fate, too, rests on the amount of independent support that the Greek candidates,
Snyder and Mitchell, on the one hand, and Holt and Nichols on the other, are able to corral.
The chances of the Greek candidates are pretty much tied up in their ability, individually, to pull a majority, one way or the other, of row support, and their success, collectively, in grabbing off non-org votes. It is a Well-known fact that the 2300 independent voters do not see eye-to-eye on several matters, and ISA has drawn forth the ire of not a few non-org people. It is upon the decision of the non-ISA non-orgs that the chances of the frat men rest.
—Peter Q. Sideliner
of the superior ability of Rogers and Hammerstein and of the lasting quality of such songs as “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” "People Will Say We're in Love,” and ‘‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.”
Tirebiter's True Identity Revealed
This is a Ti rebiter story to end aU Tirebiter stories—until the next Urns.
i s^ranSe case of Tirebiter, alias George, alias PrincJ
junior detective badge almost any the well-known dog Of the SC campus, has come to licrh^ day for his meritorius service be- Although often spoken of in the Daily Trojan Tirebiter haj yond the line of duty, when two lived a double life heretofore unknowii to but a few nennu
young pachukes were arrested and From the Los Angeles animal licensing bureau BlacL
imprisoned on suspicion of robbery. I-----, th# _ aiacicle
Juvenile delinquency has dropped 10 per cent since last Sunday night. Credit goes to Marvin Altschuler, commerce major, and his buddy. Atschuler expects to receive his
homa’s” music is not beautiful or too serious. Musical history of the past three years is ample evidence
Hyers Decries Long-Numbered License Plates
Crime can be thwarted by mathematics!
Capturing bank robbers, hit and run drivers, and all other criminals who usually use long black cars ln their “profession” would probably hit an all time high if license numbers were shorter.
This could be accomplished via simple algeberic formula, according to Dr. Donald H. Hyers, head of the mathematics department.
Dr. Hyers’ calculations prove that it would be possible to have about two-thirds of the licenses of California’s passenger cars contain four or less figures, while the remaining third would only have five figures.
How would this be done? Merely by using all the possible combinations of the 10 numerals. At present all the potentialities of the alphabet are not being put to use, causing the license numbers to be complicated with too many figures.
For instance, under the new system licenses would appear like this: A, B, AB, BA, A2B. These figures would never exceed four in 1,874,161 cases, according to Dr. Hyers’ figures. There are only 2,553,367 passenger cars in the state, according to the Los Angeles Automobile club.
After we had parked our car and had walked a couple of blocks toward the show, Frank (his friend) and I noticed a smooth maroon convertible coupe. Naturally being interested, we stopped and exchanged ideas on when we were going to own such a beautiful job.” “Finding the line at the show too long, we decided to postpone our entertainment, and began walking back to our own car. We were almost to the niaroon convertible again when I noticed the wind-wing was broken.”
“ ‘Hey Frank.’ I said, “something's wrong here. That window wasn’t broken' before'.”
Frank agreed with him, and they noticed then two pachukes sauntering away from the car with an expensive fur-trimmed coat. Frank and Altschuler followed the culprits around the comer where they I “ditched the coat behind a mailbox.” The two boys jumped in their car and headed down the street.
Our heroes, Altschuler and Frank, i followed them until they saw the pachukes stop. Then they hurried to the police station two blocks j away and gasped to the desk sar-geant, “We just saw a robbery.’’ “Where? Get your coat Mac,” and according to Altschuler, in less
McGuire Plays Mute in Drama
by Leo Moulton
Speaking only nine words in the entire film, Dorothy MoGuire has attained new dramatic heights in her outstanding portrayal of a mute servant girl in the much discussed “Spiral Staircase.”
A murder mystery, “The Spiral Staircase,” is Miss McGuire's picture from beginning to end. Her expressions of the heart-rending emotions of a mute are perfection throughout and the two most touching scenes are those in which she tries to speak; one in a moment of terror and one in bliss only to find that she c-nnot. SUPPORTING CAST Supported by Ethel Barrymore, Elsa iAncaster, George Brent, Gordon Oliver, Kent Smith, Sara Allgood and Rhonda Fleming, Miss McGuire has done her best acting to date in a role that Hollywood said no actress would dare to da Ray Webb’s music provides an excellent and eerie background that
time than it takes to tell, they were i belps to freeze the emotions and
thaw them again at the proper
in the car, speeding to where they had last seen the delinquents.
Altschuler suddenly saw them and yelled to the policemen. The officers were out of the car and across the street frisking the pachukes. From here the heroes left as the suspected robbers w’ere taken into custody by the officers.
Senate Act to Curb Power of J. L. Lewis
By United Press
An anti-Lewis bloc of Republicans and southern Democrats opened a drive for strong strike-control legislation today as the Senate began debate on a wild version of the house-approved Case bill.
The “get labor legislation now” coalition, confident that
~ , it has the votes to write its own bill, agreed to sponsor an amendment by Senator Harry F. Byrd, D., Va.,
Conference Called To Plan Housing
by United Press
Congressman Clarence Lea told a statewide forest-to-market lumber conference today that he believes costs will pass a $25,000,000 appropriation for access roads within two or three weeks.
The conference was called by Oov. Earl Warren to plan emergency measures to improve highway •onditions leading into California forests. He said the state is ready to launch the greatest home building program ever undertaken by a ■ingle state, but it is hamstrung by bottlenecks.
The governor also suggested that the state highway oommission review its program to see whether it can step up activities to facilitate speedy delivery of lumber for critically needed housing.
which would outlaw the demand of UMW boss John L. Lewis for a soft coal royalty to finanoe a miners’ health and welfare fund.
It also tentatively approved in principle amendments which would require compulsory mediation of labor disputes, set “cooling off” periods of 60 to 90 days before strikes could be called, ban secondary boycotts, and make unions liable for breach of contracts.
If enacted, the proposals would impose on labor the strictest regulations in recent trades union history.
Byrd contended that any “surrender-’ to Le\ ’ royalty demand would destroy the private enterprise system and demanded that his amendment be adopted.
If congress says such a royalty, exacted under such conditions, is illegal.” he said, “it would do a great deal to take John L. Lewis off his high horse.’’
Chinese Need Contributions
Swedes Return to Homeland Aboard Liner Drottningholm
by Tim Sullivan D. T. Foreign Correspondent
(This ls the first in a series of letters from a former Trojan abroad.
More will be fortheominr.)
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 23—(Special to the Daily Trojan—delayed)—An excited, flag-waving crowd welcomed the arrival of the Swedish-American liner “Drottningholm” today in her first regular commercial sailing to Gothenburg since 1939. The banners of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, unfurled in the crisp
Intended to replenish supplies in two schools at Kiu-Kiang, China, the current drive sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota, national professional music fraternity, beckons not only to students in the School of Music, but to all students of Troy to contribute new or used written music. Musical instruments, phonograph records, song books, or any item, in short, which can be used in the teaching or studying of music are needed.
A large box labeled “Music for Chinese Children” is now available in the hall of the Music building for the donation of these items. Students who have nothing to contribute to the drive can buy manuscript paper in the Bookstore of the Student Union and place it in the box at any time.
Situated on the Yangtze river below Hankow in wartorn China, the Rulison school for girls and the Nast school for boys will be sent Troy's contribution in June. The latter institution is the oldest Methodist school in China, and most of its facilities have been destroyed during the war. *
Further activity of this school depends upon our replenishing their losses, and financial aid is almost nil.
Albums of pieces, books on music, and musical note paper are all easily available to SC students at nominal prices. The box must be filled by June.
northern breeze, blew their message of “vilkommen” to the 800 voyagers from America, as the ship's four-|pie^ orchestra played the Swedish I national anthem.
I Aboard the “Drottningholm” was no ordinary thrill-seeking throng of American tourists, the passengers musical being almost without exception Scandinavian Americans en route
“home” to visit their families, many for the first time in 30 or 40 years.
EAGER PASSENGERS All was chaos on the ship as the people stood around in queues resembling an American “nylon line” waiting to declare their money and to get their passports validated in order to be free to go ashore—where the even more difficult task of going through the Swedish customs and trying to find their baggage awaited them. A small group of l&othenburg n e wT s m e n clustered around a white-haired Swedish professor just returned from Duke university, and fired questions at him. j
getting the car cleared made a visit to the ration board at home seem like a holiday excursion by comparison. First, one must deposit 500 Kronor (a Kronor is about 25 cents in American coin) as a sum to be forfeited if the auto is sold in Sweden. Then 40 Kronor disappears into the palm of an auto inspectors hand; another 130 Kronor vanishes as you Join the Swedish auto club and take out obligatory insurance.
For 17 more Kronor, orie gets red and white Gothenburg license plates, plus the following pep talk from the officials:
“Are you going to drive your car yourself?’’
“Yes, I am.” Whereupon the auto official becomes very serious and says sternly. . . . “then you must be careful not to have too many drinks.’’
When, after four hours of sweat- j which, they may turn their backs ing it out with (and shelling it out) !on college work and just loaf in the to the various customs and automo- '5un- Quite an inducement to boast
Carnegie institute announces a schedule of such manly sports as bridge and chess . . . The popular idea of college athletes is bound to change with the circulation of such trends.
At Texas State College for Women the dean has issued the following orders for students, in view of the housing problems making it necessary for the women to live far from the campus: No talking to men on sidewalks—No unnecessary telephone calls—Burned-out street lights shall be reported immediately.
• • •
Indiana University chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, journalism honorary, has become the recipient of the typewriter of the late Ernie Pyle, famed alumnus of that institution.
Stanford reports the loss of a famed trophy when seven men, wearing Stanford colors and flying Jackets, calmly entered the Indian sanctuary and drove off with the relic. Subsequently, red paint has been appearing mysteriously on prominent objects about the Berkeley campus.
* * *
Oregon State reports that ‘'men are showing reluctance to enter advanced ROTC training leading to commissions in the Reserve.” Come, come, men; no military spirit?
At Compton college lower division honor students are being rewarded with a “ditch day,” during
The nature of the story is such that the reviewer cannot reveal more of the plot for fear of bringing down the wrath of the moviegoer detective.
Making the theater rafters ring with female shrieks and making even the stoutest heart contract in the most touching scenes, “The Spiral Staircase" is currently playing at the United Artists, Guild, and Fox-Wilshire theaters.
bile authorities, we at last become
As the crew prepared to unload free to move about in Sweden.
There is but one additional finan-
the automobiles from the hold of the ship, the writer of these lines experienced some uneasy moments when the stevedores began to har-rangue among themselves as to the best way to attach the lifting apparatus to his car. After half an hour of haggling and experimentation, my 2800 pounds of Plymouth convertible was finally hoisted 200 feet in the air where it dangled precariously for a few moments, at length coming to rest on Swedish soil about three hours before its owner was able to break through the customs red tape and get ashore.
Finding our luggage and getting it oked by the authorities proved to be less difficult than expected, but nations
pus have been taken off the forbidden list. Next thing you know they’ll be listening to Slim “O’Vout” Gaillard.
grades, n’est-ce pas?
For- the first time in the history of Mills college, smoking in halls rial reverse. We (my wife is along j and the wearing of slacks on cam-too) drive to a Shell gasoline station and fill our tank (they drained it on the boat because of the fire hazard) and pay $6.75 for 15 gallons. There is one consolation— four months ago the samj amount would have cost $13.50. Atemy other items, however, cost less in Sweden than in the United States.
At 9:30 p.m.—the ship docked at 1 p.m.—my wife, a Swedish cousin, and myself ventured out into Gothenburg’s traffic, in which bicycles are, more numerous than autos. We made our w’ay—on the left side of the road—to the Palace hotel, where a filet mignon steak and plenty of butter indicated that the Swedes are eating better than most European
Full Octave Chromatic Pitch Pipes
' of Music
822 West Jefferson
Arcs to Light Street Dance
“Yank at Eton” scenes will furnish tlfe atmosphere for an arc-lit street dance on campus Friday night, May 31, when the ASSC offers one of its first affairs to bring together, not only all university students, but students from UCLA as well, according to Jackie Boice, ASSC social chairman.
Proceeds from the dance and concessions will go to the National Cancer Relief association and will be allotted to Los Angeles for the fund for the construction of a local hospital for cancer relief.
Shirley Goedike’s orchestra will furnish 25-minute medleys followed by 5-minute intermissions, during which specialty acts will provide entertainment. Miss Goedike, an alumnus has been affiliated with the bands of Freddy Martin and Dave Rose.
Admssion to the dance will be 25 cents. Hot dogs and favors will be sold at the various concessions along the street.
the Good Humor man dog’s licenser, and an SC trative Officer, who wishes to re| main anonymous, comes the folio* ing history.
The anonymous lady said tha Tirebiter, whom she knows Prince, was formerly owned by SC neighbor but that when thd soldiers first began to come to university at the beginning of war Tirebiter, “fell in love with tfc marching soldiers and pract deserted his home.”
“His owner then deserted since he never came home but mained on the campus instead.” that time Davy, the SC gardner, came fond of the dog and took of him.
“Davy, really takes care of him.l and has done so for years now, continued Mrs. X.
The Los Angeles animal bureau, with whom the dog is llc^ ensed until next summer, *aid he is part airedale and part man shephard. His color is brown and black but a few hairs on his back indicate he isj getting old, about 5 years.
Blackie furnished the evidencal that Tirebiter has become a favorit of those of the row, who know him I as George. He is carted back and] forth daily from the row and the| campus. They even show their I affection by buying him ice cream. | CHANGED TATICS With the passing of time, Tire-| biter becomes more and more peculiar, by comparison, with his felloe beings. Although he has chased and bitten tires since he first to SC, of late he has changed tactics. Formerly, he was play in his approach and silently wer through the routine, but now he at tacks with viciousness and muc barking. Blackie attributes this the fact that Tirebiter was hit cently and knocked unconscious one of his playful chases, and the fore learned a hatred of the tires that were once his playmat Jealousy is another of Tirebiter’i characteristics. Mrs. X states thaf he does not like other dogs on tt campus (understandable). UNHAPPY “In spite of all his admirers, he still an unhappy dog,” stated X. “He has no true home or a true master. He just goes biting tires, eating ice cream, and waiting for the tire that is got to bite back—permanently.”
Barbers To Better Serve You
CARL'S— It's Better Food
Where Flower Meets Figueroa at 38ih
Delicious Food Delightful!/ Served .in Pleasant Surroundings On the Edge of the CAMPUS