THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, October 12, 1968
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National Company: Not just ballet
By ERIKA HOFF
Andrea Vodenhal has got to be one of the most beautiful
dancers in the world today. And she and her husband, Eugene
Collins, are the mainstays of the National Ballet Company.
But, excluding a few corps members who have been with the
-company since its formation and continue to hang on, the entire
company is of the highest caliber. It is one of the best in the
Last night at Hill Aud. the National Ballet opened with the
classical Swan Lake to the music of Tchaikovsky. Miss Vodenhal
was exquisite as Odette. Technically, she is perfect: but she does
much more than just dance. She acts. Through the medium of the
dance, Miss Vodenhal conveys emotion eloquently.
The male role ir Swan Lake does little more than complement
the female role; Eugene *Collins underplayed exactly. In the adagio
Miss Vodenhal and Collins dance together perfectly.
The pas de deux from Le Corsaire displayed each of these
dancers brilliantly. Unlike many pas de deux, this was not a r....,
competition. Each dancer sparkled in his own right. >
The male variation consists of repeated difficult leaps and
turns, but it requires more endurance than technique. Collins
exploited the showy choreography to its fullest. The effect was
Concerto Barocco was the only modern ballet performed.
George Balanchine's extremely intricate choreography requires
very difficult dancing for even the corps de ballet. But the chal-
lenge was well met.
The National Ballet has an unusually strong corps. Because
the company is very small, many first rank soloists dance corps
roles, and the accumulated experience is evident.
Although this is Anita Dyche's first year as a principal dancer,'
she performed the demanding lead role of the Balanchino capably.
As her partner, Frederic Strobel was adequate.
Raymonda, the last number, was anti-climatic. Miss Dyche
sparkled in the, leading role, but her partner, Jean-Paul Comelin, >
danced sloppily. At times, no two dancers on stage were together.
The pattern of the ballet was lost in 'the confusion,
But the worst player in last night's performance was the :.
audItorium. 11111 was fnot designed for the ballet. It epitomizes all
the horrible conditions a touring dance company might encounter.=
There are no real wings or a heaven to accommodate the least
elaborate set. The floor is so bad that last night the Company put
down its own vinyl flooring. naiy-Larry Robbins
But despite the less than perfect accommodations, the National
Ballet put on a first-rate performance. The National's mainstays
A SENSE OF BELONGING
Personality: The key to the new co-op
By RICK PERLOFF handle the over-all plan of the opposed to the regular pattern of will have exterior stairs opening
There is a hershey wrapper and building. four doubles and four singles. up to an interior entrance which
a bunch of weeds in the very spot In terms of architecture, variety In addition, a corridor and a wraps around an interior court.
where the steps of the North Cam- is the crucial factor in the co- blocked-off emergency-only door The houses are staggered and
pus cooperative will someday lie. operative, for it is variety which separates the houses from each slopes surround the sides, with
But that isn't the story by any is hoped will create an atmosphere other so that at meal time co-opers diagonal cedar panels placed all
means-the blue prints for the of intimacy and a sense of belong- can go to the dining hall without around wherever there aren't win-
new Inter-Cooperative Council ing. entering another house and with- dows. The second and third levels
Co-op have been completed and it In fact, each of the 18 twelve- out going outside. are extended about a foot and a
is expected to be ready for oc- man houses is not quite like any It is hoped this will further the half with the lines clear-cut and
cupancy right on schedule, in fall, other. Each house is painted in a personality of the individual hous- sharp-looking.
1969. slightly different color and the es. John Achatz, who is in charge The building will seem to be
The co-op, which will be located locations of the rooms are a little of the project, emphasizes the di- moving with shadows created in
on Broadway and Gilbert Court, different in each house. All the versity and uniqueness above any- part by a birch hemming finish
is being designed by the archi- houses in the corners of the thing else. The design provides for a view
tectural firm, Lane, Reibe and building. for example, contain six But the anything elses are cer- of all North Campus from the win-
Weiland; Tampold and Wells will single and three double rooms as tainly impressive. The cooperative dows in the courtyard,
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Ypsilanti student organization
tries to conquer white racism
By ROBERT KRAFTOWITZ
"To educate white students into
some sort of realization of white
racism is the general purpose of
United Student Awareness," says
Matt Locricchio, general chair-
man of the relatively new Ypsi-
USA is comprised of 30 mem-
bers, mostly Eastern Michigan
University students. Two are pro-
Founded in April of this year,
the group's original purpose was
brief and to the point : end white
racism in Ypsilanti. Storm the
Since then, however, they have,
revised their goals along a more
"Our original goals were too
beautiful, too idealistic," Locric-
chio says. "You can't tell students
that we are United Student
Awareness and that our purpose is
to end white racism. It's too much
too entrenched an evil to be
tackled by a small organization."
"If you can take a group of
whites and not necessarily change
their minds, but educate them to
make them aware of bigotry, that
is enough," he adds.
In educating Ypsilantians, USA
members relize they ' need first-
hand knowledge of current racist
practices. The organization gains
this information through infil-
tration" of dormitories, fraterni-
ties, and other places on the EMU
"We struck gold right off the
bat," Locricchio remarks. "We
heard reports that an off-campus
beauty shop was discriminatory, so
we set up a test case.
"A white girl working for us
made an appointment on a day
when she was told that all ap- semnate the eyidence they find so
pointments were open. A black as to arouse and sometimes upset
girl than went in personally to otherwise apathetic Ypsilantians,
make an appointment for the Locricchio says. In line with this,
same day. the group is holding lectures twice
"She was told that the shop was a month on the history of white
booked solid for that day," Lo- racism, its local manifestation and
cricchio says. "When she asked for how to fight it.
an appointment during the next Recently, USA proposed a
several weeks she was told that program which would prepare an
they were all filled up because of incoming black student for cam-
standing appointments." pus life so that he will start col-
USA went to the police with the lege ±on an equal basis with white
evidence and began picketing the students. Courses such as basic
store.' After an abortive attempt composition will be offered to the
to get action from the Human Re- students prior to their coming to
lations Council in Ypsilanti they the university.
took 'the case to the state level Noting their success, EMU's stu-
and were able to get a legal deci-
sion. Since then, any enterprise
which is proven to be discrimina-
tory in the state of Michigan faces
revocation of their license.
In a study conducted on the
hiring of EMU's faculty members,
USA discovered that "there are
presently 600 members on EMU's
faculty, of which five are black,"
Locricchio says. "The only excuse
we got was that the blacks don't
apply for the vacancies."
A major task of USA is to dis-
dent senate invited USA to be-
come a campus organization. How-
ever the offer was declined be-
cause the group feared that ad-,
ministrative control would limit
In his own speculation on USA's
future, Locricchio senses a further
modification of their philosophy.
"We're a non-violent group, but if
we see that an ultimate goal is to
be realized, we'll go as far as pos-
sible, even if it means working
outside the law."
-i twon toeike those wretched
buildings in the city when they
get old. It'll be rough and natural.
It'l be slick," says Achatz, who is
very proud of the three-dimen-
Bot Hatch of the architectural
firm agrees that it would re-
semble the Law Quad in terms of
effect and feeling generated. "But
we won't have that Gothic archi-
tecture," he notes.
The houses, which are located
on the second and third floors,
contain a commons lounge and
a kitchenette. In fact, there is
space in the bathroom for several
people to shave and wash up while
others can use the bathtub. "You
can almost fit the entire house in
there," Achatz says with a grin.
The houses themselves contain
comparativelypse few people, but are
small for a proe It was found
the working and living relation-
ship was best with 12 people,
rather than 17 as was tried in
Waterloo, or eight which failed
Twelve is just right, student
planners of the new co-op feel,
and the number is indeed impor-
tant because in a co-operative stu-
dents themselves run the house.
They take care of cleai-up, meal
preparation, financing and general
The first floor contains office
space, mechanical facilities, a
television anteroom and a music
practice and listening rooms.
Tran Van Din h slaps U.S. policy
By JIM BEATTIE
Blasting U. S. foreign poliey
in Vietnam, Tran Van Dinh,
former South Vietnamese acting
ambassador to the United
'States, said last night the Paris
peace talks were doomedato
failure unless the bombing of
the North were stopped.
In a speech at Ann Arbor's
First Congregational- Church,
entitled "Paris Peace Talks -
What Do the Vietnamese People
Want?" Tran stressed that the
bombing of the North is regard-
ed as a moral problem rather
than a political or military one,
and therefore, President John-
son can not possibly use it to
bring about peace.
Tran appeared in Ann Arbor as
part of his four year series of
speeches at more than 200
American universities, designed
to present to the U.S. a picture
of the situation in Vietnam as
he and his fellow Buddists see it.
Speaking before a crowd of
about 100 persons, Tran said
that the Vietnamese people
wanted three basic things:
* "The people want national
independence." This he defined
as the. absence of all )foreign
troops,. including American,
Chinese,. and all, others.
0. "The Vietnamese seek the
unity of all of their people in-
cluding both the North and the
South." He noted that in the
Constitution of 1967, "the first
article says there shall be only
one country of Vietnam, and
there can b°, no compromise on
* "All Vietnamese seek social
justice," which he said "must
include a rational distribution of
the wealth and a fair share in
the running of the country for
the people in the villages."
But Tran said "this does not
mean democracy in the Ameri-
can sense. Instead of personal
privileges, this means a collec-°
tive security for the Vietnam-
Each village" he continued, "is
its own political, religious, and
social unit, which has its made-
up families." Thus, "the Saigon
government made a grave mis-
take when it abolished the vil-
lage procedures for the election
of its own officials."
In the same way, he noted
} that the U.S. pacification ef-
fort could not possibly succeed,
since it attempts to break up
the villages and the families.,
"Instead of making friends"
Tran said, the pacification pro-
gram only makes enemies for
Tran, who has written numer-
ous articles in American periodi-
cals, also blamed the U.S. for
the destruction of almost the
entire Vietnamese countryside.
He noted that "almost ninety
per cent of Hue (his home city)
had been destroyed." If the U.S.
could have declared Hue to be
an open city, as it did in the
cases of Paris and Rome in
World War II, then America
could have gained the respect
of the Vietnamese, but instead
the U.S. military operates with-
out any compassion or reason."
"To end the war," he went on,
"the Americans must recognize
the existence of the National
Liberation Front as an actual
group which has direction,
rather than as just a puppet of
In response to the U. S. con-
tention that the NLF is just a
puppet of the North, he queried,
"What is wrong with being a
puppet of the Vietnamese rather
than a puppet of the United
He also predicted that "the
war has come to the point at
which the U. S. can no longer
operate tactically." To make his
point, he compared the with-'
drawal of American troops to
enclaves such as Khe Sanh to
the last move of the French
generals in 1954.
And he asserted that the army
would be in trouble "because it
has no mobility," despite its me-
chanical sophistication. He said
that mobility can only be
achieved through a popularity
with the Vietnamese people
which the Viet Cong has and the
U. S. army does not.
For a solution of the war, he
charged the American people to
change the entire direction of
its foreign policy, "because it
will do no good to end the Viet-
nam war if the U. S. then fights
a war in Burma and another in
"To do this," Tran said,
"American domestic policy must
be changed, for foreign policy is
only a reflection of it." And the
way to effect the change was
"to continue to work for men
such as Eugene McCarthy."
Since in his estimation "New
American political system can
Hampshire proved that the
American political system can
work," he said "people must
continue to establish grass roots
opposition to the war, which
could save this country and per-
haps the entire world."
TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 8 P.M., Multipurpose Room, Undergrad Library
"THE UNIVERSITY IN AMERICANK SOCIETY-
AN END OF IDEOLOGY!"
1, 3, 5, 7,9 P.M.
MICHAEL NOVAK suggests that the university is to
our society what the church once was. "Radical stu-
dents turn upon their professors as protestant re-
formers upon complacent and poweiful medieval
churchmen. ... The students protestants are .saying
that the old doctrines are wrong, the theories are
inadequate, the professors are blind to too many
realities of life, The reformation is theoretical as
well as practical. We have to revise our conception
of knowledge and of the role of science, our view of
ourselves and of the world. The issues involved, in
fact, sound like metaphysical or theologic'9l issues."
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Dr. Novak, for the post three years Professor in Humanities at Stanford University, is now
Chairman of the Common Humanities Seminar at the experimental campus of the State Uni-
versity of New York at Old Westbury. His books include A New Generation, The Open Church,
and Belief and Unbelief. With Rabbi Abraham Heschel and Robert McAfee Brown he authored
Vietnam: Crisis in Conscience. His articles appear in Commentary, Harper's, New Republic,
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