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"Peace! Separate Peace! Piece by Piece!"

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the Professor's Charge:
Colleges Are Becoming 'Playgrounds'


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'Hoe' M h
'orse 's Mouth
Opens on Campus
LATEST of the new assortment of imported goodies is "The Horse's
Mouth," out of Britain by Joyce Cary, with Alec Guinness as
screenwriter and star.
This is, more than anything, the story of artist Gulley Jimson,
extortionist-impressionist, and a dangerous man when there are murals
to be painted.
At film's start, Jimson is fresh out of prison after some minor
crime against humanity, and he'strikes out for his house-boat studio
for new adventure. An art student now appears on the scene; he is
to Jimson as Nicklausse is to Hoffman, only nearly not so much. After
a quick money-raising phone threat to one of his patrons, Jimson
starts all over again fighting the d-dirty fffphilistines with canvas and
S. . .
BY DEVIOUS subterfuge, Jimson invades the posh apartment of
Sir William Beeder who is leaving for the colonies to shoot pheasant.
One' wall of this palace cries out for a mural of the raising of
Lazarus, and so the family silver is pawned and the paints and
models pour in. Meanwhile, a seedy sculptor drops his slab of

°. '

Exaggerted ...
COLLEGE LIFE has numerous -faults but an
article in a recent national magazine has
few valid points. The author neatly treats
some campus activities as both causes and
The Saturday Evening Post article tries
to show that pranks, contests, automobiles, and
marriage are responsible for anti-intellectual-
Ism, the United States' scientific demise, and
the possible extinction of man.
Unfortunately the article, because of its
exaggeration will probably serve only to arouse
anti-collegiate feelings among some public
minded, but ill-informed citizenry and aid the
cause of those unwilling to help finance public
0 SAY that "status hunger, tradition, lust,
stereotyped dissipation, love, solid achieve-
ment, and-.plain good fun" can be sometimes
called "college life" is a misnomer. (Voodoo
was also included in the above list but the
applicability escapes one).
The list might also be applied to American
life in general . . . in fact to life in general.
The student union comes in for its share
of criticism and is neatly dumped in the trash
with a paragraph of blares, clinks, clatters,
clicks, creaks and splashes that aparently de-
scribe the "morning until night" activities of
most or all or lots of students.
Perhaps the most ridiculous point in the
article is that married students somehow are
at fault for tear-stained pillows, predatory
single females and a myriad of, other sins.
The author asks that "cheap, pleasant, sub-
sidized living" for married students be with-
held until the head of the family reaches senior
status. This would serve two purposes. It would
remove this "cheap subsidized living - an
abnormal condition which the young couple
cannot expect to find later on as a tempta-
tion to Impulsive teenage marriage"
It would also, according to the author, not
"obstruct love so deep and true, although
young, that it is determined to find a way."
It was not mentioned in the article that
married students have higher point averages
and tend to be much more serious in their
academic efforts than their single contem-
THE ARTICLE looks at the current scientific
education crisis and points out that we are
getting left behind.
The nation needs motivation and it Is doubt-
ful if the answer lies in merely disbanding fra-
ternities and sororities, banning cars, or mak-
ing young married couples live in tents.
The author, who now teaches at Indiana
University, blames the lack of spelling and
literacy and motivation in some college stu-
dents on those who "knocked their brains out
the night before the Sophomore Twitch, the
Winter Willies, the Monumental Maul, the
Greek Tweak, or in short, goofing off."
The author takes activities from half a dozen
campuses and groups them together with their
clever names in such a manner as to infer that
all campuses have all of them and that college
life is one big circle of Dad's Days, First Flings,
Mammoth Brawls, Hawaiian-hoop contests,
Chereokee Chugalugs and Pajama Parties.
NUMEROUS solutions have been proposed to
solve the education crisis. Many of the an-
swers are valid. It is unfortunate that one of
the greatest mass circulation magazines in
the world has disseminated such a shallow
and imperceptive article. It is doubtful if the
public interest has been served.
For some reason, in his listing of the ills
at the other Big Ten schools, the author failed
to mention Michigan even though he was a
student here and also a Gargoyle editor. Ap-
parently the University isn't a playground ...
and perhaps writing styles do become habit
forming. ,
Cou gh, Cough,
Goo, Goo

BABY FOOD companies ought to pay ex-
pectant mothers for not smoking while
Women who smoke when they are pregnant
are likely to have smaller babies, medical re-
searchers at Birmingham University in Eng-
land reported recently.
Of 1,000 new mothers questioned, one-third
smoked throughout their pregnancy.
"The third who smoked, however little, had
babies nearly half a pound lighter than those
of mothers who did not smoke, which is a lot
considering the average weight is seven and
one-half pounds," Dr. R. C. Lowe, in charge
of research, said.
He said it appeared to be a question of nu-
trition, with smoking upsetting the exchange
If, smoking mothers mean smaller babies,
smaller babies have smaller digestive tracs,

Justified.. .
A BIG TEN university professor has struck at
the basis of the current crisis in higher
education with an effective argument for re-
turning large state supported institutions to
their original status, that of providing educa-
The author's main objection to current Big
Ten university life concerns the great stress
given the "second" curriculum, extracurricular
activities, affiliated groups, and "goofing off."
His plea is for a return to a stress on education
and eliminating many of the distractions which
hinder academic achievement at Universities.
His article is significant for Its failure to
mention the University. He does not complain
that the University, like most of the Big Ten
schools, supports students driving automobiles,
elects a profusion of campus kings and queens
or engages in the more frivolous pursuits of
college life.
B1UT HIS ARTICLE does implicitly condemn
.the University on other points: its mainte-
nance, of a fraternity and sorority system, its
dances and extracurricular activities, its Union,
its snap courses. A general condemnation of
this type can serve a useful purpose: it can
point out facets of University life which have
outlived their usefulness.
In these days of ever-growing pressure for
college educations among all classes and levels
of American society, the universities must cater
to only the serious college student. There is no
room for the student who desires four years
of parties, activities, and as little work as
possible when there are thousands of serious
students who could better utilize the academic
The University, or any university, supports
campus foppery when it recognizes and sup-
ports needless diversive activities. The serious
student should come first in the university's
thinking, and planning. Everyone recognizes, of
course, that certain extracurricular activities
are worthwhile. Any activitiy which is educa-
tional or contributes to development of judge-
ment and maturity can be justified. And a cer-
tain number of dances, celebrations and the
like are needed to make student life more thani
a concentration camp experience. Yet justifiable
criticism can be leveled against those areas
which have outlived their usefulness in the
modern concept of a university.
FRATERNITIES and sororities are such ana-
chronisms. There is validity in his obser-
vations about fraternities which isolate top men
(actually, just some of them) in an atmosphere
of "drinking, dating and Don Juanism." Im-
mediate critics will point to all-campus averages
in which fraternities are approximately equal
to residence halls. But this comparison fails to
note that residence halls are largely composed
of freshmen whose averages are somewhat lower
than those of upperclassmen, and upperclass-
men comprise the fraternities.
The strong emphasis fraternities place on
joining activities, on social events, cultivation
of the proper "graces" and occasionally, drink-
ing, all take time which could be spent further-
ing intellectual growth, in pursuing the pleas-
ures, more than occasionally sensual, of life.
The primary reason for maintaining greek
organization seems to be lack of suitable hous-
ing to replace them, for their emphasis is not
on furthering academic life. They do have one
point in their favor, offering living arrange-
ments for a small, compatible group. But as
fraternities exist now, this benefit is far out-
weighed by the time-consuming, anti-intellec-
tual pursuits which seem to be their raison
The professor is worried about the ability of
the nation's colleges to develop competent
scientists and intellectuals for the world strug-
gle with Russia. A look at a Big Ten college
on any weekend easily justifies his fears.
Fraternities was declared not valuable in
the recent poll conducted by The Dartmouth.
We fully agree with this position and hope that
discussion of this issue .will be initiated by the

houses concerned.
In 1937, a committee of the Board of Trustees
reported to President Hopkins that in its opin-
ion national affiliations were not a constructive
force in the life of the undergraduate and
therefore should be abolished. There were only
two dissenters to this report, and they were
significantly the oldest members of the com-
mittee. This demonstrates that there has been
a great change in the role of national fraterni-
ties within a lifetime. And it cannot be said that
the vote of 1,614 students is not a true indica-
tion of the support of the undergraduate body
The fact that the percentage for disaffiliation
grew with each class is probably the most im-
portant outcome of the poll. The young fresh-
man is still reeling in illusions of "Joe College"



stone through the floor and be-
gins work on a statue of Earth,
jMourning for her Sons in the
apartment below. Shortly after,
the entire establishment begins to
resemble Art School on Sunday
afternoon before projects are due,
with concurrent chiseling and
painting going on and the slab of
stone gets smaller and smaller
while the mural gets bigger and
The Beeders come home to a
most curious surprise, but Gulley
is by then after bigger game: the
immense wall of a decrepit church
seems to need a mural, too. Al-
though the wrecking crew is
standing by, Jimson recruits every
available artist to pitch in and
help race the demolition crew.
* :
IN SO MANY ways, "Horse's
Mouth" is a far better weapon
against the d-dirty, fffphilistines
than Tati's "Mon Oncle" which
all too often makes its points at
the expense of story and humor.
Cary and Guinness are effective
forces for the argument that indi-
viduality is the thing and beyond
that lies the "Sovereign People
and Common Humanity and the
Average and the Public and the
brainless eyeless wicked spawn of
the universal toad . ."
So the cunning reader should
be able to deduce that "The
Horse's Mouth" is for artists,
craftsmen, carpet-baggers, the
Duchess of Blackpool and me, but
not for housemothers, sorority
alumnae, or the E R.I.
-David Kessel


New Liberals
:, X
POLITICAL liberalism in both at any rate, he is serv
parties is long on good ideas and something else as
for spending public money for the giving valuable warnir
public good, and sometimes for the liberals that more and
public safety as well. who are not necessari
But political liberalism generally aetionaries are tiring o
is short indeed on willingness to notion of trying to d
face up to a plain, if unhappy, most everybody with
fact: when money goes out money anybody much to pa
has also got to come in, unless much back.
government is to become a kind of * * *
spending-happy, grinning farce. A DEMOCRATIC
This built-in tendency toward Washington, Sen. Rich
irresponsibility is the greatest ger of Oregon, is hav
single long-term weakness of the try for similar motives
liberals, whether Democratic or has asked Congress to
Republican liberals. And it is, to by about three billion
reasonably detached people, the fore it approves mo
best single argument for preserv- more unemployment b
ing conservatism a as counter- other inherently desira
force. Neuberger wants to
* * body at least a little bi
LIBERALISM, in a word, often raise Federal gasoline
comes close to the classic defini- he would allow the
tion of the demagogue. This fel- Department to life pos
low, being bravely consistent, al- sensible levels. And h
ways votes for all appropriations hit some of "the in
and against all taxes-except, of proposes excess-profit
course, those on corporations and
the rich.K
This small lecture having been KURDISTAN:
duly entered into the record, it is'
possible to report that two youngN
politicians are now trying to do
something about it all. And while
they no doubt will fail in their By TOM HENS
ultimate objectives they are mak- Associated Press Newsfea
ing genuine contributions to rea-
son in the current budget debate. THE NEXT major c
A liberal Republican, Governor chronically crisis-r
Nelson Rockefeller of New York, is die East may1well cen
trying to persuade the New York- shadowy mountain lan
legislature to put on large new never existed as a sove
state taxes to pay for the new It's called Kurdistan
welfare programs he is proposing. the Kurds.
He is having very hard going. But, What is Kurdistan?

Pay Own ay

ving candor,
well. He is
ng to fellow
more voters
ly black re-
f the liberal
o much for
iout asking
ay anything
liberal in
ard Neuber-
ing his own
s. Neuberger
raise taxes
dollars be-
)re housing,
benefits and
able things.
soak every-
it. He would
taxes and
Post Office
3stal rates to
he wants to
terests." He
s levies on

the arms makers and reductions
in the tax write-offs long guaran-
teed the oil industry because of
the highly chancy nature of its
Congress is perhaps even less
likely to do all this than the New
York legislature is likely to let
Rockefeller slap on new taxes to
the degree he wishes. But Neuber-
ger, a liberal of the liberals, is
determined at all events to force
his own fellow liberals into some
self-examination. If he is able to
do only this much he will be con-
His view, and it seems perfectly
sound here as in Albany, is that
the voters have pretty well come
to know a hack from handsaw; or
that anything that is any good will
cost somebody something. He even
suspects that the people know that
consistently supporting in Con-
gress the most madly "liberal"
programs, and simultaneously cry-
ing out for lower taxes on "the
little man," is not really liberal.

Sid-East Crisis?

atures Writer
risis in the
idden Mid-
ter about a
nd that has
ereign state.
- land of

Compromise. Required

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last
in a series of four articles dealing
with past and present national labor
Daily Staff Writers
THAT OLD political standby, the
compromise, may be called on
in the current fight to get a labor
reform bill through congress dur-
ing this session.
In order for either the Demo-
crats or the Republicans to get any
kind of a measure through Con-
gress they will probably have to
water-down the bills they really
want. Acceptability will be the
keynote. Without it there may be
no legislation at all and to some
congressmen's way of thinking a
mediocre bill is better than none.
The proposed legislation, which
wRil soon receive judgment in the
nation's capital, falls into two
main areas which are represented
by two opposing bills. One, the
"Administration's bill," as Senator
Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) spon-
sor of the bill, calls it, would revise
parts of the Taft-Hartley Act.
Goldwater's bill calls for protec-
tion for employers against black-
mail picketing by hoodlums to
force shop owners to recognize an
unwanted union. This measure also
proposes greater powers for the
Labor Department which at pres-
an+ ha n arnhnriytoarr

Yet Goldwater has been notably
unsuccessful and Mitchell has in-
dicated that if a compromise is
necessary he will not insist on
having picketing and boycott
measures in the bill.
Kennedy too has indicated that
he is not inflexible. Appealing to
the hesitant Republicans, he an-
nounced that he will present an-
other bill to Congress this year.
This one will deal exclusively with
proposed amendments to the high-
ly controversial Taft-Hartley Act.
Labor has attempted to throw a
balance of power too. Andrew Bie-
miller, AFL-CIO legislative direc-
tor, testified in front of the Senate
labor sub-committee on labor-
management reform legislation-a
committee which is headed by
Kennedy-charging that the pro-
posed Goldwater bill is "evidence
of the same anti-union hand
which appears in the Taft-Hartley
STILL ANOTHER alternative
proposal may come from Senator
John L. McClellan, Arkansas
Democrat. McClellan indicated
that he may propose a measure
somewhat stronger than that of
his Democratic contemporary,
whom he supported last year, but
weaker than that suggested by the
Known as the "Taft of today's
A-p. " PIffnf1nnla t. ,ramn-

Kurdistan is about 50,000 square
miles of snow-capped peaks and
fertile valleys sprawled across
northern Iraq, northwestern Iran
and southeastern Turkey and in-
cluding a corner of Syria.
A line, slightly bent to the out-
side, drawn from Mt. Ararat, past
Diyarbakir in Turkey, down to
Kermanshah in Iran and back to
Ararat would be as good a boun-
dary for Kirdistan as any yet de-
The Kurds are a fierce, proud
and independent people who have
inhabited the land for more than
4,000 years. They are devoted
Moslems but non-Arab. There are
perhaps four million of them.
* * *
THEY'VE been fighting foreign
domination since the Biblical days
of Sumer and Assyria. There have
been about a dozen Kurdish re-
volts against Turkey, Iran and
Iraq since World War I.
The Kurdish tribesmen, short.
stocky and fiercely mustached,
will have no truck with Arab
nationalism. Their consuming pas-
sion is an independent Kurdistan,
carved out of Iraq, Iran and Tur-
How could the Kurds provoke a
Middle East crisis?
Communist influence is strong
amor.g the Kurds. The vast ma-
jority of them, of course, are not
concerned with Communist ideol-
ogy. But they are willing to accept
help from most any source in the
drive for independence.
SOVIET RUSSIA was behind
the abortive "Kurdish People's
Republic," set up at Mahabad in
Iran during the hectic days that
followed World War II. Iran, with
western support, erased the pup-
pet state.
The Kurdish national hero,
Mustapha Barzani, probably is a
Communist. When the "People's
Republic" failed in 1946, he fled
to the UTS.S.R. and became an

WHEN ONE goes to the theatre
to see James Stewart, Kim
Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione
Gingold, Jack Lemmon, and Elsa
Lanchester in Hollywood's version
of a successful John Van Druten
comedy, he goes expecting at very
least an upper-mediocre film.
"Bell, Book, and Candle" tries to
give him the least he expects.
The basic plot situation is one
that could very easily be developed
into scintillating comedy: a bulg-
ing underground of witches in
Manhattan occupies itself with
hexing telephones and selling
remedies for "female troubles,
male troubles, hollow heels, and
thrumps." One of the crew of
hags-well, hardly a hag-is Gil-
lian Holroyd (Kim Novak), who
feels she is getting into a rut by
being different, wants to meet
someone with whom she can be
hum-drum. So she conjures up
Shep Henderson (James Stewart),
a book publisher; and for the rest
of the evening, Gil is precisely
what she desired to be.
Those who go to the movies to
see Kim Novak will and will not be
disappointed; she is in most of the
scenes, but the audience Sees very
little of the real her.
MR. VAN DRUTEN, and the
Hollywood script i men, however,
were not interested in making
their play or movie into comedy.
As they see it, "Bell, Book, and
Candle" is another love story in
pictures, dedicated to the thesis
that witches are human. Gillian
pays no attention to her witch-
craft except to spellbind Hender-
Of much more comic interest is
the sub-plot centering about an
alcoholic author (Ernie Kovaks)
writing a book on Manhattan
witches. The author and Gil's
brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon), a
male witch-called a warlock, as
we are told at least five times-
manage to relieve a great deal of
the boredom caused by the boy-
meets-witch plot. Kovacs brings
much more to the part than he
contributes to television,
Hermione - Gingold and Elsa
Lanchester, as two of the most
weirdly wonderful perfectly-cast]
witches possible, carry the ma-
jority of the film on their brooms
-and they sweep us off our sleep-
ing feet. Miss Lanchester is given
ample time to display her talents,
and she does so superbly; the job
done by Miss Gingold is so bril-
liant one wmises she hadi aDneared

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VOL. LXIX, NO. 111
General Notices
Summer Housing applications for
graduate and undergraduate women's
housing will be accepted from women
now registered on campus beginning at
noon, Mon., March 9, at the Office of
the Dean of Women on the first floor
of the Student Activities Bldg. Appli-
cations will be accepted for residence
halls and supplementary housing,
University Lecture in Journalism: Ted
Smits, general sports editor of The As-
sociated Press, Mon., March 9, 3 p.m.,
Rackham Amphitheatre, "The Chang-
ing Face of Sports."
Proam of American Music Alpha
Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota annual
program of American Music, Aud. A,
Angell Hall, March 8, 8:30 p.m. Com-
positions by Bernard Rodgers, Aaron
Copland, walter Piston, Don Gulls,
Bernhard Hleden, and Florian Mueller.
Student Recital: Dean DePoy, bass-
clarinet, Aud. A, Angell Hall, Mon.,
March 9, 8:30rp.m., in partial fulfil-
mnent .of the requirements for the de-
gree of Master of Music. Assisted at
the piano by Ruth Biggerstaff, by
clarinetists Joan Austin, Malcolm Dan-
forth and Sharon Anderson. Compo-
sitions by Beon, Gade, Driessler, Lad-
nirault, and "Suite for Four in D
minor" by Florian Mueller will be per-
formed for the first time,
Student Recital: Alexander Lesueur,
flute, Sun., March 8, 4:15 p.m., in Aud.
A, Angell Hall, in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the degree of
Master of Music (Wind Instruments.)
Accompanied by Ann Staniski, pianist,
Kenneth Holm, English horn. Compo-
sitions by Hoiby, Schubert, Honegger,
Loellet, and Prokofieff.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Clinton
Frank Jefferson, Mineralogy; thesis:
An Investigation of Reactions Involved
in the Preparation of Ferrites," Mon..
March 9, 4065 Natural Science Bldg.
3:00 p.m. Chairman, L. S. Ramsdell.
Placement Notices
Mon., Tues. and Wed., March 9-l1:
Hardware Mutuals Casualty Co.,
Grand Rapids, Mich., has immediate
openings for Claims Aduster and Sales
position for the Ann Arbor area. Pre-
fer law background, but not necessary.
Fri., March 13:
State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of
America, Worcester, Mass. Location of
work: Midwest. Graduates: June, Aug.
Men with a degree in Liberal Arts or
Business Administration for Midwest
Group Sales Offices - Group Con-
Mon., March 16:
The University -orMichigan Research
Institute, Ann Arbor, Mich. Location
of work: Ann Arbor. Graduates: June,
Aug. Men with an M.S. or Ph.D. in
Physics, or Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Tues., March 17:
Northern Trust Co., Chicago, I11. Lo-
cation of work: Chicago, Ill. Men with
any degree in Liberal Arts (especially
Economics,) or Law for work in the
following departments: Commercial
Banking, Investment Portfolio Man.
agement, Trust Administration, Bond
Merchandising, Operations and Admin-
The Kroger Co., Livonia, Mich. Loca-
tion of work: Midwest and South.
Graduates: June, Aug. Men with a de-
gree in Liberal Arts or Business Ad-
ministration for Training Program.
Roche Laboratories, Orchard Lake,
Mich. Location of work: Great Lakes
Div. Graduates: June, Aug. Men with
any degree, science background would
be helpful, for Medical Service Rep-
YWCA, Lansing, Mich. Graduates:
June, Aug. women with any degree in
Liberal Arts or Education.
Buffalo, N. Y. - The Buffalo Board
of Education has authorized admin-

istrative and supervisory examinations
to be given to at proved candidates in
Buffalo on- Sat., May 9, 1959. Applica-
tions will be accepted until March 20,
1959. The vacancies are: Supervisor of
Education for Mentally Retarded; Su-
pervisor of Music, Science, Foreign
Language, or School Food Services;
Principal of Elementary School; Assist-
ant Principal of Secondary School
(General); Assistant Principal of _Ele-
mentary School; Assistant Principal of
Secondary School (Technical). In ad-
dition to listing all required courses,
semester hours, and grades on his ap-
plication, each candidate must have
complete transcripts forwarded by his
college or university to reach the Su-
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