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Forum for Artistic Expression

Generation, the inter-arts mag-
azine, is more than a mere collec-
tion of photographs, p o e ins,
stories and plays put together in
an interesting format. It is 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 artistic1
dialogue throughout the campus,
aiming ,to make the arts and ar-
tistic expression an integral part
4 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 ofI
"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, but it is certainly
more available for th'ose 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-
Critcis beomesbot anin-derogatory label. If one is going
tellectual and emotional weapon o
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 actua
editing of a small magazine,
Generation provides unlimited op.
portunities for learning the tech
niques of layout composition
proofreading, advertising, and cir

Gargoyle Pounds the Funny Ron
Into Reluctant, SubmAiission
By AVIVA KEMPNER you might appreciate the type of But 5,000 readers probably can- President Harlan Hatcher's
He: "Do you believe in free humor offered in the Gargoyle, not be all wrong. Beside the usual on the history of the Great L
love?" ,the campus humor magazine pub- trash, it includes topical humor The Garg is given full free
r lished twice each semester. satirizing campus events and to write the captions for the
bill?" If not don't worry. The contents newsworthy happenings. vertisements that appear in
of the magazine is not limited to One issue was devoted entirely This freedom allows the Gai
- Definition of a stuffed olive these quickie punch lines. Sati- to the University's Sesquicente.n- maintain a love-hate relation
A pickle with a tail light rical stories and essays, cartoons, nial celebration. Included in the with the local merchants
captioned photographs, and other the more they are insulted,
Ha! Ha! If you're laughing then humorous devices are also em- issue was a ri thatdw more they like the ads.
ployed in this never ending at- Other good material comes
tempt to tickle the student's using other magazines as a so
funny bone A 1964 Gargoyle parody, eni
s eopHowever, sucn attempts in the Tyme, represents one of their
past have bombed out in more attempts yet. More obvious
ways than one. Twice, in 1950 and a the Gargoyle's use of de
p em comic strip satires and com
a waterspout) was banned from cials we would like to see.

Of Year s Personalities, Hap

The University presents the
image of an enormous, amorphous t
lonely institution. There are thef
drab, gray and white walls of
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 mutilat.'"
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-I
trum of our lives as living, sensi-3
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 t'o their own liking
while chalking up another Big Ten
victory. There is the registration
line extending in its tradition past,
the chemistry building on the last
day before classes. There are the
fun, excitement, and great ex-

pectations as men and women dent publications in the country.
from all over campus rush the There are all of these ways in
Greek system. There is the novel- which we have expressed our eino-
ty, planning, and participation tions and our characters. These
associated with the amazing Mich- are only a few of the aspects of
igan weekends - Homecoming, each of our lives which are so
Winter Weekend. vividly and meaningfully captured
There is the dedicated professor on the pages of Michigan's annual.
who passes months at a- time test- Still, these are not what make
ing out a single hypothesis, blaz-
ing a path to the discovery of a the Michiganensian great, what
new medical cure, an outstantiing make it the one book which is
historical finding, a new legal 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 eythy whsnh
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. I applauded, performed, w r i t t e n,
There are the dormitory govern- prayed, lost, and loved during this,
ments and campus organizations. I 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-k
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
monthly digest of current happen-
ings in the fields of science, math-
ematics and engineering. But the

Technic is not completely tech- Practice of Student Power" April,
nical in nature. Some examples of 1967.
the diversity of 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 will
consider joining the staff. The
Technic presents an opportunity
for the engineer with a literary
StC 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
II 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.


Offset Offers Diverse Format
In New Perspeetivev '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' 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-
e That means simply that there
I 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 last year'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 itoo much of
the time, work done by researchers
is known only to their colleagues
or readers of professional maga-
zines. 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 so
single minded, right? So Offset is
not only a magazine, it's a unique
opportunity to broaden your hori-

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-
tivities Building.
As Paul Louis Couries once said,
... To speak is a good thing, to
write is better, to print is an ex-
I cellent thing." So why not come
do an excellent thing?




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