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"I Said Last Year That Things Would Bottom Out"

Sixty-Ninth Year

"When Opinions Are Fre*
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Merely Tedious
THIS FILM is not likely to give anyone what they expect. For Na-
thanial West fan, "Lonelyhearts" is like the book only in title.
For sex fans, the scantily clad wench with bed who appears in the
theatre front advertisements does not appear anywhere in the movie.
Even the spirit of the 1930's is missing. This production has television,
nuclear physics, big auto fender fins, and hula-hoops.
Young and helpless Montgomery Clift is hired by an old cynical
newspaper manager to handle the Lonelyhearts column of a typical
conservative Chronicle. This conflict of personalities is supposed to
carry us through the dramas Within a stilted and self-conscious dia-
logue there is some attempt to be
intellectually and socially signi- AT THE CAMPUS:
ficant. But "dreams are the pillars -




Another Vew: Student Governments
Aren't Really Worthwhile



NOW THAT ALL the furor of the SGC elec-
tion has somewhat diminished, it is perhaps
a good time to evaluate the purpose of student
government on this campus. Questions include:
What is the system of student governing pro-
ducing? -How much does the average student
know and care about self-government? And,
finally, why the multiplicity of governments
on this campus?
Thus far this year, the major issues before
SGC have been the worn Sigma Kappa dispute
(in which the Council found that it can freely
wield power only if it was in accord with ad-
ministration policy), and the recent "vital"
decision concerning Spring Rush for women.
Otherwise, the Council has busied itself with a
multitude of affairs that seldom attract the
attention of any but the best informed students.
Despite the efforts of a conscientious presi-
dent -and a few capable Council members and
committeemen, little has been achieved other
than personal agrandizement of the member-
MAKING THINGS even worse, the student
body knows little about the Council's ac-
tivities and cares less. This was sho\vn in the
record voting low of the recent election in which
six of the seven candidates elected received
organizational backing.
These individuals were elected, not neces-

sarily because of any superiority in their plat-
forms, but rather because of backing from
groups such as the fraternity system or The
Daily. Not that this support is improper, but
this merely points to the fact that these are
really mere popularity polls, and that the stu-
dent body is ignorant of issues.
THERE CAN BE even less said for the gov-
ernments of the campus residence halls.
All too many of these, IHC, Assembly, the Quad
Councils etc., have an even more difficult time
in finding a cause to function. While such mat-
ters as whether or not to have parsely on the
salads, or whether to pay for the IM bowling
league are undoubtedly serious issues to' a few,
it sometimes seems that these groups are just
searching for a rationale for existence, when
such a rationale does not now exist.
Since a basic postulate of government is that
governing is ultimately possible only through
the power of enforcement, why not discontinue
the game of "play" government that students
now endorse? Turn back the functions of gov-
erning to its ultimate source, the administra-
tion. The combined budgets of the various gov-
ernments-in-miniature could then be diverted
to more useful purposes. Or, (an even more
radical idea) the funds could be left in the
pockets of those who presently foot the bill, the


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Hyde Park 'Saboteurs 'Defended.

Insults Unnecessary

IS ANN ARBOR the site of a great university
or a playground?
In the past the University has been the
scene of panty raids, effigy hangings and other
examples of immaturity. But these seemed in-
significant last Tuesday as angry Arabs took
turns hurling insults at Gideon Saguy, a con-
sul from Israel. Following his lecture Saguy
permitted questions from the floor, in hopes
of clarifying some. of his points for members
of the audience.
But the questions and statements asked were
not intended to clarify but to insult. Saguy was
asked "if the Jews were such good people why
have they been kicked out of so many coun-

tries," and "why did you kill Count Folk Ber-
Only his ability to keep his sense of humor
and the actions of the president of the Inter-
national Students Association, P. Krishnamur-
thy, '59, kept the meeting from sinking to a
still lower level.
There should be no need for speakers' to
ward off insults from university students.
There is a strong possibility that potential fu-
ture speakers will be inclined to escape insults
entirely by refusing campus speaking engage-
ments. If this becomes the case, a valuable part
of a college education will be lost because of
a few immature students.

For Raiders Only

LAST WEEK'S disturbance at Yale University
was one of a number in the school's history.
The last major outburst took place five years
ago. According to the Yale Daily News, it
started among three ice cream truck drivers
who quarreled over a parking space. Soon ice
cream and fists went flying. Nobody was hurt
except : the students.
However, instead of laying down the law to
the students the officials let things slide. Re-
lations between students and residents became
worse and worse until they finally exploded in
last week's disturbance.
As a result, "to soothe the residents" the
whole undergraduate body was placed on gen-
eral probation. This carries the threat that

the next time any student publicly misbehaves,
he will be expelled from the university.
AND IN ANN ARBOR, every spring, or even
earlier, students inaugurate their annual
disturbing rites. In the past the University has
looked the other way and has declined to mete
out penalties to these students.
This year, however, student judiciary groups
placed on social probation four girls who en-
couraged panty raiders. Three men were placed
on disciplinary probation and one was fined.
The University has prided itself on keeping
-up' with the standards set by private Eastern
Future panty raiders should note the recent

Khrushchev Backs Down

To the Editor:
THIS IS IN reply to a letter
written recently by Judy Mar-
golis condemning Mr. Bentwich
and Mr. Parker for their speeches
at "Hyde Park." These two U of M
students were called ". .. rude and
stupid . . ." for expressing their
opinion on our SGC.
I would like to know what Miss
Margolis thinks the purpose of a
"Hyde Park" is on our campus. It
seems obvious that it is there for
the purpose of intelegent voicing
of students' opinions; it offers us
a chance to express our basic right
of freedom of speech. Since when
are there strings attached to this
right? 'Since when must a person
present an entire plan of action
with every comment? Have we lost
the right to point out defects?
As Miss Margolis pointed out,
both Mr. Bentwich and Mr. Parker
are students from other countries.
They both have wide experience
and broad backgrounds. Comments
on our form of student government
from students who have witnessed
other campuses and other forms of
student government should be wel-
comed and encouraged, not con-
I have had the privilege of hear-
ing both Mr. Bentwich and Mr.
Parker speak in the p.ast. They
both have shown common sense
and excellent judgement. Their ad-
dition to SGC (as Miss Margolis
sarcastically suggested) would be
a boon to our campus. It is an
insult to their integrity to accuse
them of speaking ... just to get
(their) name in print." Mr. Bent-
wich and Mr. Parker do not de-
serve such a harsh insult, especi-
ally when justly exercising their
freedom of speech.
It is not surprising to me that
Mr. Bentwich's penetrating sar-
casm and Mr. Parker's eloquence
attracted more of an audience
than SGC candidates. What they
had to say was as much benefit to
student government on our campus
as any candidate's speech. And
their oratory was a welcome relief
in an uninspired campaign.
Thoughtful criticism should al-
ways be commended and not con-
demned. It may be more "pleasant"
for all concerned, as Miss Margolis
suggested, if the two gentlemen
were indeed to occupy themselves
in other ways, but the campus
would be the loser.
-Elliot Tepper, '62
Sabotage ? .. .
To the Editor:
IN ANSWER to Judy Margoliss,
question, did I come from my
country to criticize idly? I feel an
integral and active part of this
campus regardless of my national-
ity. I did and do participate in
campus affairs; not ini SGC mat-
ters, however, because I believe
that this body should be dissolved.
SGC Unique: We have many
organizations on this campus
which do "constructive" jobs, or-
ganizing discussions, plays, de-
bates, etc. . .. SGC does just as
well in holding seminars or form-
ing SBX. However, SGC tries to do
that and more. It is supposedly a
"legislative" and "representative"
body, and as such it has hardly
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"governors" were delegated some
power to time a few activities?
Representation: Where? At the
Administration? Our deans and
faculty are domineeringly oppres-
sive .. . however, if we would look
hard we would find that by just
walking through their open door
and talking to them we can tell
them about any personal or uni-
versity problem. Anyway, do we
vote for representatives who are
guided by a principle, a party-line,
or for Mary-from-the-end-of-the-
corridor! What are the big issues
we have to present the vice-presi-
dent with? These issues, if exist-
ing, I suspect, were discovered
after Mary was elected.
Big Issues: The issue of Sigma
Kappa was not segregation or bias
clauses. Many Greek Houses with
written or unwritten clauses were
not even mentioned. The whole
matter looked like a game or an
exercise in Constitutional Law. I
realize that SGC had no power to
act even against one victim soror-
ity at a time, but by choosing one
scape goat it (very legally!) devi-
ated from any issue of "non-dis-
We should share and participate
in any "constructive" job, SBX,
seminar, or play. There is no ap-
parent reason to uphold any "gov-
erning-representative" body; let's
dissolve it, and have other organi-
zations on campus guide the "con-
structive" activities-today' under
-Michael Bentwich, Grad.
Nasser . .
To the Editor:
RECENTLY, President Nasser has
been making himself a cham-
pion of anti-Communism and a
hero of democracy. This has been
demonstrated by. accusing Iraq's
Premier Kassem of Communism,
dictatorship, and -anti-Arab-na-
It is rather unfortunate to hear
President Nasser making these ac-
cusations. I would like to remind
President Nasser and his mogth-
pieces of a couple of facts that he
is, most certainly, aware of. Ever
since his arms deal with the Soviet
bloc, President Nasser has been
branded as a dictator and a Com-
munist puppet in the Middle East.
These accusations seemed in many
circles, and at least to President/
Nasser himself, fictitious and un-
Yet, we see Nasser playing the
same game against Kassem. The
other fact is-the motive behind
accusing Kassem of anti-Arab-na-
tionalism. President Nasser is very
well informed of the role played by
Iraq in the Arab national move-
ment, and certainly he is well in-
formed of the potentials of the
Iraqi role under its present regime.
I am not taking the position of
defending Kassem, but I would
like to make a few points simply
clear. In the first place, President
Nasser should be bait to himself.
Beinga victim of false accusations,
lie must think twice before attack-
ing others on these grounds.
In the second place, I am ques-
tioning the genuineness of Nasser's
anti-Communist claims and his
pledge to the freedom of the world.
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neutralism" and side with the free
Finally, on the situation in Iraq:
It is rather necessary to state that
Iraq is fairly rich in its natural
resources and is considerably able
to finance its vital reform projects,
whic his not the case in most of
the neighboring countries. The sig-
nificance of this is that Iraq is not
liable to fall under pressure of
loans and grants whether from the
East or the West.
Besides this, the history of the
Iraqi people is'full of heroic battles
against foreign domination, no
matter what nature. Therefore, it
is apt both to the West and to
President Nasser to choose a path
that helps to preserve the inde-
pendence and integrity of Iraq,
rather than pressuring it into un-
desirable environments.
-I. Essaid
Music .
To the Editor:
MR. LOGIE charges in his letter
of March 19th, that a WCBN
listener has one style of music pre-
determined for him during the
evening hours. He really means
that WCBN does not play out-
and-out rock and roll after 8 p.m.
on weekday nights as commercial
stations do. Other types of music--
popular, classical, -mood, study-
are all offered during a normal
weekday evening. %
The issue involved in the recent
cancellation of an evening show
was not the type of music played,
but the time at which it was
broadcast. WCBN does play rock
and roll music at certain other
times during the day. We do not
censor rock and roll music as such,
but we do suggest that it be played
at certain times. Our announcer
was not fired. An alternate broad-
cast time was suggested for the
cancelled show, but arrangements
were not concluded.
It is not dictatorial censorship or
overaggressiveness to enforce cer-
tain music classifications. It is a
protection to the listener, who will
not hear rock and roll music on
WCBN at 9 a.m. Sunday while he
is preparing to leave for church.
He will not hear rock and roll
music weekday evenings while he
is trying to study.
Our programs are especially
tailored to college audiences, and
the recent programming concepts
and changes which WCBN has
adopted have received phenomenal
response from a steadily growing
--Dick Nohl, Chairman
WCBN Board of Directors

that hold up our lives" followed
by "Vox populi is, in the main, a
grunt" just sounds awfully tedious.
* * *
of crazed men do not create terror,
and the contrasty black and white
does not create suspense. Every-
one has heard four letter words
before and seen slick Hollywood
implications of adultery.
Heroically, however, Monty does
not compromise his idealistic prin-
ciples, and although he sheds a
few tears now and then, all may
rest assured that everything ends
The newsreel (we don't see
many of these anymore) has ev-
erything a proper newsreel should:
Anti-communism, Hawaiian danc-
ing girls, new weapons of death,
and the Pope. A very shaggy Dis-
ney preview, and (fair warning!)
a wretched, wretched cartoon.
-Gordon Mumma
BEFORE THE musical felt that
ooneeded a message, Holly-
.wood produced a number of de-
lightful if not overly engrossing
"comedies" characterized by sen-
timentality and slapstick.
It's well-known that the best
setting for a musical is in either
show business or college. "Where's
Charley?" breaks no rules; the
camera eye is therein focused on
the epitome of the university -
Oxford. And a very unscholarly
view it gives. This Oxford is the
Oxford of almost-Edwardian 1892
England, the age of gracious liv-
ing, the age, of good manners. It
is this feeling for propriety that
gives rise to even therpossibility of
a plot: Charley and roommate in-
vite two young ladies to lunch in
their room; such a meeting must
have a chaperone.
Of course this was before Deans
of Women were heard of; but
Charley's aunt, the millionairess
Dona Lucia, would do. But Dona
Lucia doesn't arrive on her ap-
pointed train, and complications
set in. Luckily, amateur actor
Charley happens to receive his
transvestite costume for the up-
coming Union Opera that very
noon. In order to save the day and
the girls' reputations, he dons the
dress and impersonates his aunt.
The situation is pregnant.
ALL SORTS of things happen.
A real villain, complete with mus-
tache and opera hat but no cape
- the girls' guardian - enters,
chiefly to obstruct their engage-
ments. The aunt arrives, but get-
ting wind of the preceding, as-
sumes another name and watches
all with -the flicker of a smile. The
smile on her face may well be the
only one in the theater for the
complications of Charleysauntitis
soon turn into a chronic disease.
The situation bears few comic off-
spring, and they are stillborn.
Things are slow, especially in a
dance number in which "Dona Lu-
cia" explains how- she made her
pile. The clowning is sophomoric,
and the paper-thin plot is jagged.
But there is a combination of a
few scenes and talents that save
the film: Frank Loesser writes
songs that are occasionally better
than those of the Versificator;
Charley's girl is named Amy,
hence rubberlegs Ray Bolger's
excellent five-minute song-and-
dance to "Once in Love with
The fifteen-minute sohrt sub-
ject, "Lament," based on a Garcia
Lorca poem, is tres gauche. Bo-
hemians must see it; it is
crammed with essence. All others

should go fifteen minutes late.
-Fred Schaen

WITH A heavy hand I must
sacrifice a palm."
These words of Albert Schweit-
zer, distinguished Nobel Prize
winner, more than any other, best
express the philosophy of the great
humanitarian. The compelling bi-
ographical film of Schweitzer's life
opened last night at the Campus
It is different to account for the
reason why this Jerome Hill-Erica
Anderson offering possesses its
intense beauty as well as generates
siugh extreme warmth. However,
-curious as it may seem, its unpre-
tentious way of dealing with it
subject material, as well as the
technical weaknesses in the film
itself, best seem to account for its
extraordinary strength. This rather
interesting paradox occurs. pri-
marily because the modesty of the
film best demonstrates the modesty
of the man.
It was Schweitzer's great love
for life coupled with his belief
that "man belongs to man" which
formed him to forsake the security
of his Alsatian home of Gunsbach
to travel to thedark regionsof
French Equatorial Africa and the
village of Lambrenne. Here, he
sought to bring the necessary med-
ical attention to the natives, not
because he felt that in doing this
he would be showing the white
man's concern for the native, but
rather to demonstrate the white
man't responsibility to help his
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WHILE THE FILM itself offers
an excellent background of the-
life of Schweitzer, it is most effec-
tive when it follows the dis-
tinguished gentleman through n
average day. Through this,. the
film provides its greatest insight
into the character of the man him
self as well as revealing an infinite
number of every-day occurrences
that may be considered the quin-
tessence of life. Examples of this
are the child feeding from the
mother's breast, the doctor per.
forming a delicate operation, the
triumph of health over sickness.
The producers of the venture
are certainly to be congratulated,
for their film mastery integrated a
quality of sentiment into its docu-
mentary form with distorting
Echweitzer's life or his concepts.
As a result, the emerging portrait
is truly worthy of the man.
--Marc Alan Zagoren
The Daily Official Bulletin U tan
official publication of The Univer-
sity of Michigan for which The
Michigan Daily assumes no edi-
torial responsibility. Notices should
be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
Room 3519 Administration Build-
ing, before 2 p.m. the day preceding
publication. Notices for Sunday
Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
VOL. LXIX, NO. 123
General Notices
Graduating Seniors: Order gradua-
tion announcements Mon.-Thurs.,
March 23-26 and Tues.-Fri., April 7-10
in basement of S.A.B. 1-5. Announce-
ments must be paid for when ordered.
Special Meeting of Univ. staff, wives
or husbands. "A Special Report on the
Status of The Univ. of Mich." President
Hatcher. Mon., March 23, 4:1 p.m.,
Rackham Lecture Hall.

Nila Magidoff, lecturer. Mon., March
23, 8 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. "My
Discovery of America." Under the aus-
pices of the Slavic Dept. and the Rus-
sian Club.
The Univ. of Mich. Symphony Band,
William D. Reveli, conductor. Concert,
Hill Aud., Sun., March 22, 4:15 p.m.
Coeston by Handel, Hindemith,
Creston and Schuman. Open to the gen-
eral public without charge.
Recital Postponed: A recital by Mu-
sic Education Students announced for
Mon., March 23, postponed until Fri.,
April 10.
Student Recital: Paul Topper, vio-
linist. Aud. A, Angell Hall, Sun., March
22, 8:30 p.m., in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the degree of Mas-
ter of Music. Assisted by Sandra Mills,
pianist, and by ElnoreCrampton, vio-
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Associated Press News Analyst
SEVERAL recent statements and his latest
renunciation of May 27 as a crisis date in-
dicate that Nikita Khrushchev is postponing if
not moving completely away from a showdown
over Berlin.
Khrushchev may have had an ulterior mo-
tive in his substitution of reasonableness for
threats as his major line at his Thursday press
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Prime
Minister Harold Macmillan are conferring this
week over the unified front which the Allies
wish to present at forthcoming negotiations
with Russia.
Macmillan wants to sell President Eisen-
hower a little softer line than the President
has followed until now. Not softer with regard
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to the major allied objective, which is to main-
tain their occupational position in West Berlin,
but softer toward the approaches to the nego-
tiations themselves.
In a general way, the President thinks nego-
tiations can be conducted only with German
reunification as an ultimate objective. Mac-
millan thinks worthwhile progress toward bet-
ter relations may be possible while still ac-
cepting the impossibility of any early reunifi-
The tone of the Khrushchev remarks tends
to support the Macmillan view. Indicating not
so much that Khruschev has really changed
his mind, but that he considers it good policy
to help Macmillan's approach to President,
CONSIIPERABLE attention has been attract-
ed by Khrushchev's acceptance of the legal
right of the Allied occupation derived from the
German surrender in 1945. However, this may
not mean anything in the approach to settle-
ments, since the presence of Russian troops
in East Germany is predicated upon these same
One thing Khrushchev made clear is that
even his threat of a separate peace with East
Germany, and his claim that this will vitiate
the Allied rights, is not permitted to interfere
with his own troops.'Their presence, apparent-
ly, will be accepted by the treaty, if one is fi-
nally produced.
THAT LEAVES "disengagement" still subject
to East-West negotiations. Khrushchev
knows now. as he ny not have knnwn when

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City Editor

Associate Editor

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ALAN JONES ........................ Sports Editor
BEATA JORGENSON .... ... Associate City Editor
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SI COLEMAN ......... Associate Sports Editor
DAVID ARNOLD................Chief Photographer
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