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"Look-Things Are Pieking Up"

Sixty-Ninth Year
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This rncs t be noted in all reprints.

Y, MARCH 5, 1959 *


Proposed Requiremnents Chane
WouRestrict Students8

.4 .

Sibelius H ighlights
THE NATIONAL Symphony Orchestra last night gave a concert
which improved decidedly as it progressed. Those who were patient
enough to wait were well rewarded.
Opening with the "Lenore" Overture No. 3 of Beethoven, the
orchestra soon displayed the troubles which were to plague it during
most of the first part of the concert..
The flutes seemed to be the weakest part of the orchestra and
even relatively exposed solo passages were often not projiected enough
to be heard.
The wdodwinds differed with the strings throughout the first
three numbers as to pitch and rhythmic interpretation, and the trum-

'HE EMPHASIS is on control in 4the recent
Srecommendations to change literary college
iurses and methodology. .
Perhaps the outstanding facet of both the
cial Science. and the Natural Science corn--
ittee reports is the trend toward spelling out,
most item by item, precisely what every well-
Lucated student must know, with a precision
at apparently leaves no room for individual
Students who enter the University under the
oposed requirements will have limited free-
>m of ehoice even within the distribution
oupings. And, after accounting for concentra-
m requirements, they will probably have less
Lance to take "fun courses"-less chance to
Ern something just because they've always
ten curious about It.
But increases in the Natural Science, and
obably the Humanities requirements will leave
e student too little time to investigate any
Ilds except his concentration and the broad,
oad, broad courses designed specifically for
stribution requirements. In particular, also,
.e proposal to require some social science dis-
LbutiOn courses to be taken In the junior and
nlor years will eliminate part of the chance to
anch out at a higher level.
'URRENTLY, students when fulfilling their
distribution requirements, have at least the
iportunity to select from a variety of courses
thin the fields. The new requirements would
strict even that choice.
The Natural Science recommendations, in
articuilar, lay out a program of study so re-

stricted, and so general, that the opportunity to
choose a particular interest is all but eliminated
The proposed Social Science changes, while
not so extreme, still follow the same trend. The
division of courses into groups dealing with
large and small social units, even if it Is a
valid categorization, tends to force students Into
a particular path. And the Study Committee
also 'recommended curtailing the number of
courses which would be accepted in fulfillment
of the requirements.
MORE AND MORE, the dominant considera-
tion in planning distribution requirements
seems to be methodology, rather than subject
matter. Both reports emphasize, over and over
again, the necessity of teaching the methods
and providing "an integrated view" of the field.
There seemed little or no concern for the neces-
sity of learning about the subject itself; facts,
it appears, have fallen into disrepute.
Yet the increased breadth which the com-
mittee advocates would seem to seriously en-
danger the actual process of learning material;
it is possible that a course could become so
broad as to leave the student with an empty
framework of methods anid theories which have
no facts to fill it. Certainly, this could be
avoided; but thle danger Is there.
SIt is possible to argue that the college has
both the right and the responsibility to insure
that students will develop a diversified program.
But it is unnecessary to force diversity into the
constricted pattern now being contemplated.
lRequirements should not become restrictions.

pets got off to an overly loud start
rather overblown repetition of the
famous off-stage trumpet call.
Probably better unified in quality
than any other whole section, the
strings nievertheless s ii f f e r e d
lack of quantity of sound, espe-
cially in the basses.
Debussy's "La Mer," the first
of two substitutions on the pro-
gram, received .a -satisfactory
reading,:but seemed to lack the
Impetus needed to create the
proper mood for this classic of
impressionism. ,,
THE FIREBIRD excerpt, sub-
stituted for Petrouchka selections,
was competently done, but with..-
out the spark and drive necessary
to realize the excitement of this
-After intermission the orches-
tra presented its finest offering in
the Sibelius Symphony No. 1.
Here there was a precision of
technic and a unity of interpreta-
tion that was rather noticeably
missing from: the other numbers'.
The prize for the evening's per-
formance must .go to the French
horns, who throughout the even-
carried their voicesaover the or-
chestra with an accuracy and
confidence not heard by this re-
viewer in many of the finest sym-
phony orchestras.
In the Sibelius, one had the
feeling that an understanding ex-
isted not only among the players,
but also between the players and
the conductor, and still more im-
portantly, between the group as
a whole and the music itself. No-
where did Howard Mitchell have
to pull expression from the or-
chestra. The mood and style were
set and continued through each
section giving tis m usic a flow
-John Christie

in the Beethoven, climaxed by a

to the

To the Editor:
LET US ALL "r'ally 'round the
the flag" of University regula-
tions which is being waved by Mr.
H. 0. Crisler, and we shall all
manage to lock as ridiculous as the
characters in a recently popular
book and movie. I am, of course,
referring to the Board in Control
of Intercollegiate Athletics' rejec-
tion o the Dtroit Lion's proposal
rejection was based on the pro-
posal's violation of the University
regulation which prohibits use of
facilities for non-educatlonal pur.
poses. Under this policy how was
the building of the 'Michigan Sta-
dium justified in the first place?
Perhaps the University Is about
to lay clsaim to having the onl
tion1al facility in the country.
It would be a welcome relief to
see the Uiversity come down from
everything from integration to
finances. Since the University has
already thrown its moral consider-
ations aside by building the sta-
dium, why not approach the future
with reality? Rental of the sta-
dium to the Lions could produce a
sizeable revenue-money which is
desperately needed because of the
financial difficulties of the State.
Money which the University could
drect to the expansion of our
--Fred Channon, '59E


EmlyrsGi frmLgilto

An1 EXal e

NIE USE of "silent savers" in the Under-
graduate Library is over. Mrs. Roberta L.
miston, director of the library a'nnounced
gently that all books left open on chairs
.d desks to "save" seats will be removed and
short note asking student cooperation in
Lying the problem will be placed in them.
The cost will be negligible but the results
[1 be gratifying to students who have long
illked the practice.
Another example of the library's respond-
i to student opinion is the return to regular

hours that took place last September. Due to
budget cuts, Undergrad hours had to be cur-
tailed, but, when valid student objections were
raised, the library listened, returning to long-
er hours. In this case, there was considerable
expense involved.
In both1 instances, the library responded to
student demand, both by spending more money
and taking more time. In both instances, serv-
ice in the library was improved. Other branches
of the University might take their cue from the

(EITR'gS NOTE: This is the sec-
ond of a series on labor legislation.
Today's article describes the effect of
the 194 Tft-Hartley Act on emloy-
Daily Staf Writer
aimed primarily at changing
some of the inconsistencies of the
Wagner Act-a pro-labor measure
-ge employers a number of
Employers no longer needed to
union" shops. Management, unde
the 1947 law, could actively cam-
paign against proposed union or-
ganization of workers and unless
threats, force, or promises of
benefit were included, the em-

1wers Tha Bloomin he

...Tara a

ployer could not be declared guil-
ty of unfair labor practices. The
previous Wagner Act calle al
ployer against unions "an unfair
labor practice"94 a , mpee
could not be forced to reinstate
or pay back wages to employees
discharged "fo'r cause." The pro-
vision was intended to end the
alleged practice that union acti-
vities were often taken as ex-
cuses for loafing, wasting time,
and breaking rules.
.WHEN VETOING the bill, Pres-
ident Truman expressed his fear
that the provision would be used
as a pretext to fire union em-
ployees at the slightest provo-
cation. The National Labor
Relations Board has, for the most
part, refused to allow this pro-
vision to be so distorted.
The Act also prevented em-
ployers from forming company
unions to circumvent affiliation
with a national union. ,
AN EMPLOYER who helped
one union gain a majority in order
to block another union from gain-
ing acceptance In his shop was
merely given a "cease and desist"
order under the Wagner Act. The
Taft-Hartley Act attempted to es-
tablish uniform treatment of
unions and thus employer dom-
ination or assistance in any form
was generally held to be illegal.
The new act also gave em-
ployers the right to petition for
an election whenever a union

'HE SENATE was recently divided over a
perennial problem, highlighted by flowery
bates and blooming ignorance.
The battle raged over the choice of a floral
Lblem for the United States.
It all began when Sen. Gordon Allott (R-
10.) brought in a resolution urging the Senate
uniite behind the carnation. His principal
gument was the carnation's long history of
Dwth on American soil.
But Senat'or Kenneth B. Keating (R-N.Y.)
ase for the rose and poopoohed Allott's asser-
in. He noted that the rose has been growing
the United States for millions of years.
Sen. Allott was not to be out-argued. The*
se, he observed, is "a fragile flower," especially
Ited for feminine wearing.
"But here in the carnation Is a flower which
Ly be worn by both men andc women, particu-
ly by men, with confidence in its ruggedness,
ftlty, t stability, its virility."
'HEN A dark-horse-eaten candidate arose-

"Grass sustained the buffalo," declared Sen.
Thurston B. Morton (R-Ky.). "What would
happen to the patient cattle-the gentle sheep
-the loving horse" without it?
Obviously .$en. Morton, who wanted to have
his chicken-pot-pie and eat It too, favored a
little local coloring in the Seniate; he's from
"the bluegrass state."
.Up jumped Sen. Paul H. Douglas (D-Ill), the
big wheel of the corn-tassel bloc, "amazed to
hear a eulogy to grass.
"Nothing could be more beautiful that a field
of corn in full flower," he began. Corn "kept
the Pilgrims alive" and "when people are in
trouble, they turn to corn."
Thie carnation "is wonderful and has senti-
mental value-particularly at funerals," ob-
served Sen. Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R-Iowa)-.
"Stability and utility," he contrasted, are the
adivantageous qualities of corn.
Actually, the whole debate's full of the latter.

OVER THE Democrats' decision Democrat known to
Oto go West for thelr 1960 Na- spondent now refusin
tional Convention in Los Angeles the jovial chorus:
ther e hangs a small cloud that Is here we come!" Indee
much troubling the party's more of the Democratic Nal
candid and realistic professionals. mittee to meet in I
Privately, they are facing up to seems clearly sound
the unpleasant fact that geo- jective balancing of a
graphical accident will offer un- ations.
due room for the possibility of In the first place, C
some nasty scandal in connection now by all odds t
with the expenses of the dele- Democratic state, q
gates. The plain if little-known from the fact that it
truth is that no Democratic Na- Pennsylvania for seco
tional Convention ever meets total votii~g strength.
without a nagging fear among * * *
party leaders that some delegates SECOND, the De'mo
will later be found to have ac- has clear need for ex
cepted tainted expense monley new salients in the F
from the camp of one or another only in the light of i
of the party's Presidential as- few . significant positi
pirants. urban East last Nove
However much the Democrats California has becor
have overstated their claim to be Inant on the Pacific sl
the party of "the common man," York has been for
there are certainly always more years on the Atlantic
poor delegates to Democratic con- is more than merely 0
ventionis than there are poor dele- is a vigorous tail ppote
gates to GOP conventions. And to wag a very large dc
poor delegates are simply more the Pacific Coast.
likely to accept financial assist- Again, though this
ance. not mentioned in
**presss releases, it is p
WHAT NOW raises special dan- vious that California is
ger is the circumstance that Los source of legitimate
Angeles is a long way from the strenigth to the Demo
homes of most of the prospective coming Presidential
1960 convention delegates. The Most any Eastern id
vast majority of them - and only .because of habit
they will number more than a extremely poor bet
thousand altogether -- will need Democratic fund-rais
to travel 1,500 miles upward to passes the hat amoi
and from the convention city, called fat cats.
All this is not to say that Los The California fat C
Angeles should never have been other hand, are not
chosen. Nor is any prominent solely contributors to

makes a recognition demand. Pre-
viously petitioning for an election
was permitted only when two or
more competing unions were In-
Employers may also sue unions
for breach of contract under the
law. Although union leaders
gloomily had forecast law suits
ithat damage suits havehdeclined
in number since 1950.

. . . veto fears not shared


this corre-
g to join in
'd the vote
tAonal Coin-
.os Angeles
on any ob-
11 consider-
~alifornia is.
hie premier
uite apart
is tied with
nid place in
cratic party
panding its
'ar West, if
bs loss of a
ons in the
ne as dom-
ope as New
a hundred
Seabord. It
ne state; it
ntlally able
og, which is
is certainly
erfectly ob-
a rich new.
crats in the
uistrialist, if
,is still an
when any
ing group
ng the so-
~ats, on the
the GOP.


TEHAVE a new idea for ending Michigan's
tax stalemate.
WVe offer it with some tongue-in-cheek atti-
Xe but our plan has at least as much merit
anything originating in official Lansing.
Dur proposition:
[mmedlate resignation from office of every
~mber of the Legislature except Lt. Gov. John
ssuance by CGov. Williams of a call for
~ca e e ti n In ev r H ous e in S en t

Increase. Democrats don't want to take any
chances on the people approving a higher sales
tax, but they would like to put on the ballot a
constitutional amendment to lift the debt ceil-
ing from $250,000 to $50 million.
IF A PEOPLE'S mandate is what official Lan-
sing wants, our plan provides the ideal way
to obtain it. Senators and representatives would
have to go back to their constituents to explain
e qialen to va referendum on Wilims tax
olices Itwia s imposse to baeeingl sc n-

SGC lan xamied
Daily Staff Writer
UST WHAT SGC can and cannot touch is probably the most im-
portant problem currently facing University student government
and its solution may make the difference between the life and death
of student responsibility.
Brought to a head by the as-yet-unresolved Sigma Kappa case,
the issue has recently been delegated to a special committee for a
thorough going over.
* * * *
KNOWN COLLECTIVELY as the Student Government Plan Clari-
fication Committee, the select group includes three administrators,
three faculty members and three Council members. It was instituted
by a Regental resolution asking Vice-President for Student Affairs
James A. Lewis to "work with the appropriate student and faculty
organizations to report any suggestions for clarifications of changes
which seem necessary and desirable."
the Ceounl fo a esettve intepgou whowod1 e able to y

They are a newer breed, and their
money is quite as good at the
bank as is the money of the old
GOP industrial breed in 'the East.
* * *
SO THE LOGICAL position now
taken by the Democratic pros is
not to buck at the selection of Los
Angeles for 1960 but rather to
forearm against any financial
hankey-pankey among the dele-
gates that the Republicans later
could call "the mess in Call-
To this problem, and In, this
spirit, some of the ablest Demo-
cratic professionals are giving the
most earnest attention and- care.
A delegate is not a public official
And there is no way 'In law to.
oversee his pocketbook.'
The way out now being dis-
cussed Is to find some means by
which the Democratic National
Committee or the pgarty's various
state committee organizations
might guarantee in advance 'the
pure source of travel funds of
all the delegates.
The Daily Official Bulletin Is am
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