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Trter~ny ATTIT1.161T MCI NDIL

Forum for Artistic Expression

Gargoyle Pounds the Funny Bon
Into Reluctant Submission


E ,

Generation, the inter-arts mag-
azine, is more than a mere collec-
tion of photographs, p o e m s,
stories and plays put together in
an interesting format. It is a a
group of highly talented individ-
uals seeking to improve and be-
come involved in the cultural life
of the University community.
Generation is an activity con-
cerned with stimulating artistic
dialogue throughout the campus.
aiming -to make the arts and ar-
tistic expression an integral part
of our society. But at least in one
sense, this process paradoxically:
results in a desire that Genera-
tion not be labeled "art;" that it
not receive the deadly blow of
"acceptance;" that it not receive
the castrated respectability of a
Renoir print that hangs in the
bedroom or of Beethoven at tea.
One of the commonest crimes
committed against the individual
is the choking of his awareness
of his own potentialities. This is,
in part, a social crime. But it is,
unfortunately, too much of a sui-
cide. As a forum for artistic ex-
pression, Generation wishes to
stimulate an excited involvement
in human activity. It begins with
the optimistic belief that man is
more nearly capable of living well;
of being more nearly aware of the
dignity (and possible dignity) of
his existence.
One may doubt whether every-
thing in the immediate world is
discernible, .put it is certainly
more available for those who are
willing to discern it. The cultiva-
tion of a desire to observe the na-
ture of man's existence with the
combined talents of "scientific
dissection" and "artistic diges-
tion" so that a wholeness of con-
sciousness, is achieved seems im-

perative to the human process, do so, however, would be a mis-
and should be one of the major take. At most, it is optimistic
efforts of education. idealism. But that need not be a
Criticism becomes both an in- deatry at ne ns be
tellectual and emotional weapon' derogatory label. If one is going
to combat those forces either ir- to make the claim for the impor-
relevant to or destructive to that tance of artistic expression, one
educational process. Generation must also be willing to say why
wishes to become involved in the he finds it important. And so, it
activity of learning, helping to is with perhaps optimistic ideal-
produce such critical facilities. ism, but also with an enthusiastic
It is possible to construe the sense of responsibility, that Gen-
above as hot pretentiousness. To eration begins its nineteenth year.

The staff of Generation is far
from being a "closed circle" of
friends. The interests are varied,
and positions are available to any-
one who shows enthusiasm, ex-
citement, and competence. For
anyone interested in the actual
editing of a small magazine.
Generation provides unlimited op-
portunities for learning the tech-
niques of layout composition,
proofreading, advertising, and cir-


He: "Do you believe in free
She: "Did I ever send you a
Definition of a stuffed olive:
A pickle with a tail light
Ha! Ha! If you're laughing then

Michiganensian Pres ents Kaleidoscope
Of Year's Personalities, Happenings
By JENNIFER ANNE RHEA | pectations as men and women dent publications in the country.
The University presents the from all over campus rush the There are all of these ways in
age of an enormous, amorphous Greek system. There is the novel- which we have expressed our emo-
ely institution. There are the ty, planning, and participation tions and our characters. "'hese
_ I Uccnni ^- "Wi v ifh 1'1a ""iI" " ""iV.iL._1 ^,^ ^iiy ^f o^r ^of ^ "" ' ( '

you might appreciate the type of But 5,000
humor offered in the Gargoyle, not be all v
the campus humor magazine pub- trash, it it
lished twice each semester. satirizing
If not don't worry. The contents newsworthy
of the magazine is not limited to One issuE
these quickie punch lines. Sati- to the Uni
rical stories and essays, cartoons, nial celebr
captioned photographs, and other
humorous devicesare also em- issue was
ployed in this never ending at-
tempt to tickle the student's
funny bone.
However, suen attempts in the
past have bombed out in more
ways than one. 'Twice, in 1950 and
1961, the Gargoyle (which means
a waterspout) was banned from
campus because it contained ma
terial too off color for censorship
Ever since 1961 (known as the
bad yearfor national humor mag-
azines which are plagued by a
high mortality rate) the revived
Gargoyle has been trying to avoid
its previous fate. Often times
along the way it has also advoided
being funny.
Issues usually contain stolen
jokes, picturps with captions that
read like pornography, and per-
sonal attacks on people that
makes one wonder how the Gar-
goyle also avoids a libel suit.
- - - _


drab, gray and white walls ofI
biulding after building, the grave,'
carbon-copied faces that march
day in and day out across cement
"thoroughfares," the always-pres-
ent paper clip, notebook, "bic"
pen, Monarch "review" book, and
the monotonous drone of the ad-
ministration as it broadcasts its
favorite million-dollar tune: 'At-
tention! Student 770 995 5, 'do not
bend, spindle, fold, or mutilate.'"
However, there are times-rare
to be sure-when the University
drops its intellectualized defense
mechanisms and becomes, instead,
a warm, emotional, empathetic
"being." One of the finest of these
times is when, as the snows of
March recede, and the tiniest buds
of the maple trees appear, the
pages of the most humanized,
~nostalgic volume on campus are
revealed. This is the occasion of
the Michiganensian yearbook.
Breathes Life
cutting through the milieu, the
Michiganensian personalizes that
"lonely institution," and breathes
life into those "carbon-copied"
faces. It moves across the spec-
trum of our lives as living, sensi-
tive students, faculty, and admin-
istrators to reveal the ties that
each of us has formed here during
our year.
Through this photographic, cap-
tioned kaleidoscope, we can turn
to any page and feel a wonder-
land of memories - some happy,
some sad-tingle in our minds.
There are the pomp, color,
cheers, and fascination of the
Wolverines as they manipulate
the pigskin to their own liking
while chalking up another Big Ten
victory. There is the registration
line extending in its tradition past

assoclawa wicn Lne amazing ivuen- I are only a, iew of Lne aspects of

igan weekends - Homecoming,
Winter Weekend.
There is the dedicated professor
who passes months at a time test-
ing out a single hypothesis, blaz-
ing a path to the discovery of a
new medical cure, an outstanding
historical finding, a new legal

each of our lives which are so
vividly and meaningfully captured
on the pages of Michigan's annual.
Still, these are not what make
the Michiganensian great, what
make it the one book which is
never- resold. The element which

perspective, or an engineering has created this status is the
technique. There are the finest commonness, the empathy which
of musical presentations by the commonnesse eypthy whith
students and 'faculty which thou-{all feel expressed by the presenta-
sands of admirers enthusiastically tions on every page.
attend. There are the dramatic For no matter where we look,
presentations that rival some of we are reminded that regardless
the nation's best. There are the of our individual differences, we
vitalized and active political clubs have all laughed, cried, cheered,
on campus. applauded, performed, w r i t t e n,
There are the dormitory govern- prayed, lost, and loved during this,
ments and campus organizations. our year. Humanization - that's
There are some of the finest stu- why the Michiganensian is valued.


Keeping in Step with Science

Although primarily oriented to-
ward the engineering community,
the Michigan Technic serves as a
valuable source of information on
the vital technological advances
reshaping our world. To the pro-
fessor teaching Aristotle or to the
football star studying physical ed-
ucation, the Technic may not seem
immediately relevant, but with an
interesting format and a concern
that flows with the mainstream of
campus life, the Technic is a pub-
lication which should not be
Basically, the Technic is a





the chemistry building on the last imonthly aigest o current happen-
day before classes. There are the ings in the fields of science, math-
fun, ' excitement, and great ex- ematics and engineering. But the

Technic is not completely tech- Practice of Student Power" April,
niical in nature. Some examples of 1967.
the diversity 6f the articles that There is another side to the
appear in this journal prepared by Technic, and that is its role be-
Michigan engineers include: yond the campus. Having been
"A Discussion of Student-Fac- selected as the best engineering
ulty Interaction" October, 1966; college publication, the Technic is
"A Left-Handed Philosophy for sent to all parts of the world -
Business Management" and "The South America, Europe and the
Psychology of Danger" February, Soviet Union.
1967; and "The Theory and How should you as freshmen,
then, view, the Technic? If you
are an engineer, perhaps you kill
consider joining the staff. The
Technic presents an opportunity
for the engineer with a literary~
rl i'' i or artisically oriented mind to ex-
press himself and get some satis-
faction out of something besides
just his academics.
If you are an engineer, but
working on the Technic is just not
for 'you, perhaps you will at least
pick it up. It doesn't matter what
your field of specialization is, the
Technic covers them all. Besides,
today's engineer cannot afford to
be just an expert in his own field.
He needs some knowledge, if only
a familiarity, with the other disci-
plines that he doesn't study in
If you are not, an engineer, pick
up a copy too. The editors have
always encouraged article submis-
sions and letters of opinion from
Technic all students, not just engineers.

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Offset Offers Diverse Format
In New Perspectivev Arty Mag'


The cover is a hopscotch of
green and blue across half the
page. Above, the jet black words
The Offset Perspective penetrate
the stark white ground.
'Mmmmm," you say, "another
arty mag." Okay, but turn the
page, because inside is what's
really happening.
You see, Offset Perspective
isn't just an "arty mag." Accord-
ing to Michael Handelman, Off-
set's editor from 1965-67, it is an
"opportunity for all the scholarly
and informative products of the
University to present themselves
together to an unspecialized aud-
That means simply that there
It something for everyone ... the

engineer and the Anthro enthu-
siast as well as the major in Ele-;
ments of. Satire in Eighteenth
Century French Literature.
Poetry and original literary
works find their way into the
magazine often enough - tradi-
tional as well as avant garde. But
there are, also things that are just
plain interesting. For example,
witty philosophizing abounds in a
recent article on ancient coins by
Theodore Buttrey, professor of
Greek and Latin.
Offset also includes articles on
current happenings in the Uni-
versity community. A history of
the activities of the University
Musical Society' complete with
pictures started lasteyear's issue
out on a colorful note.
In addition, Offset fills a unique
function not covered by other
campus publications. Research is
a perpetual activity carried on at
the University. But too much of
the time, work done by researchers
is known only to their colleagues
or readers of professional maga-
ziines. The old dictum, "publish or
perish" is true enough, but only
professionals get to read the pub-
That was true until Offset, any-
way. The staff seems to feel that
most of the work being done could
be interesting to everyone, if it
were prepared for an unspecial-
ized audience. We're not all soI
single minded, right? 'So Offset is
not only a magazine, it's a unique
opportunity to broacen your hori-
The magazine is published every
October under the advisory capa-
city of the Honors Council. How-

ever, this doesn't mean that the
staff is restricted to Honor Stu-
dents. Everyone is welcome. Un-
solicited contributions are wel-
come, too. They in fact make up
a good percentage of the material'
the magazine publishes. The rest
consists of articles prepared espe-
cially for the magazine by stu-
dents, faculty, and staff, as well
as material soon to be published
in books and journals.
Any contributions-poetry, fic-
tion, essays, articles, or drama-
can be taken to 1210 Angell Hall
or room 2521 in the Student Ac-1
tivities Building.
As Paul Louis Couries once said,
".... To speak is a good thing, to
write is better, to print is an ex-
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