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"Well,,I Guess We're All Ready For 'Em Now"

OUT, A 1 rd4x Bapt Date
Sixty-Ninth Year
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or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

DAC's Ionesco:
Restrained but Welcome
WHO AND WHAT is Eugene Ionesco? A Roumanian-born dramatist
who writes in France, he has been hailed as everything from "the
poet of double-talk," and a "formidable avant-gardist" to a charlatan
and trickster. The question arose last night at the Lane Hall Theatre
as the newly-revitalized Dramatic Arts Center presented M. Ionesco's
first widely popular play, "The Bald Soprano."
Perhaps the truest and most entertaining way in which to con-
sider him is as one of the most theatrically imaginative writers of our
time. Whether his "message" is a mere slam at the British petit bour-
geois, or a deploring glance at the lack of true communication and
presence of conformity in the lives of all of us, he presents it in a

[URDAY, APRIL 18, 1959


The Queens College Controversy:
A Test of an Institution

Q UEENS COLLEGE in New York City is in
danger of undermining that institution's
and other universities' claim to intellectual
The Faculty Committee proposes to dissolve
the two Queens College newspapers in favor
of a revised publication with a paid student
editor and increased faculty supervision.
If the Aensorship motion is passed, then the
papers would be placed in the same position
now "enjoyed" by the Brooklyn College news-
paper. To prevent' this step, editors of the
four other municipal college newspapers have
launched a formal protest.
Some years ago, the Brooklyn newspaper
printed a story that the Brooklyn Catholic In-
stitute termed "biased against Catholics." And
the Institute asked that all stories have "pre-
publication censorship."
PON THIS PRETEXT, the administration
took control of the newspaper. Now the
publication has no freedom at all. True, the
editorials are the "opinions of the staff," but
only after 'the professor in charge has care-
fully edited them to "insure that they hurt
no one." The mere fact that they are read by
the 'faculty influences editorial content and
scope. Sometimes what a paper is unable to
print is a truer ,indication of censorship than
what meets faculty approval. I
Tuesday, the proposal to revamp the Queens

College newspaper goes before the Faculty
Council which can either pass or defeat this
President Harold Stokes has been equivocal
about this matter. An editor of one of the
City papers launching the protest describes
him as being afraid to take any definite stand
for fear of stepping on someone's toes. He
predicts that Stokes will let himself be drawn
along with the crowd, and will not throw in
his weight against the motion.
T IS UP to the Faculty Council to show the
real nature of its academic concern. Sub-
jecting newspapers to administrative control
contradicts the purposes of education for it
indicates that the faculty is more concerned
with the social graces of keeping students
from stepping on other people's toes than en-
vouraging them to think and to examine crit-
ically, whether in print, the classroom, or
"real life."
Administrators will admit that the student
retains little of the factual information that
has been given to him throughout high school
and college. But they generally agree that a
student should leave a university or college
with the ability to read critically and formulate
his own opinions.
Their attempt to revise the school papers
merely defeats their avowed purpose.


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riotous, loony and original man-
IWhen we stop laughing, we
should have the horrible realiza-
tion that here is a disgusting and
grotesbue truth. Important to this
is that the wild and distorted
mode of presentation of ideas be
matched by a wild and distorted
*9* *
THE PLAY, a maniacal though
biting attack on the London sub-
urbia version of America's own
organization automaton, was given
a performance which only occa-
sionally met the wild and hilarious
pace demanded by Ionesco's idiom.
Only when Tom Kind as Mr.
Smith tells a story solely using
gestures, and when the wild melee
of non sequiturs and truisms .are
delivered through faceless white
masks, did the production catch
the play's true spirit. Director
Philip Diskin seemed to feel that a
play demonstrating the vapid
monotony of English life could be
played in a monotonous manner.
It couldn't.
The production was weakened
by its lack of speed, gearing of the
show to the tone and style of
Eugene Ionesco. The performances
of Kind and Raeburn Hirsch as
the Smiths and Diskin and Mari
Stephens as the Martins, though
at times. genuinely funny, still
seemed below the comic attitudes
of the maid (Betty Ellis) and the
Fire Chief (Paul Marchese) who
themselves seemed a trifle unsure
as to exactly what their, purpose
was in the play.
The visual and sound effects by
Milton Cohen and Gordon Mumma
were spectacularly presented in a
kaliedescope of fantastic color, de-
sign and audio manifestations. Al-
though these, too, suffered from
length and repetition, the experi-
mentation used here and the good
albeit mild fun generally pre-
sented make the return of the DAC
a welcome one.
-Allan D. Schreiber

Mfans ion
THE CURRENT Metro screen
translation of W. H. Hudson's
"Green Mansions" has quite a
colorful history attending its pro-
duction; a history spanning over
two decades. The property which
at one time or another was an-
nounced for filming by practically
every major American studio was
abandoned at least half a dozen
times because of insurmountable
"Green Mansions" is that type
of literary property which either
bursts forth as a bit of cinematic;
magic or wilters as an unforgive-
able bore. Unfortunately the cur-
rent production of Hudson's novel
deteriorates into the major disas-
ter of the year. Miss Hepburn
tripping barefooted about the
jungle with Anthony Perkins
stumbling clumsily behind just
does not constitute the arresting
drama and impassioned entertain-
ment Metro hoped it to be.
The Cinemascope entry credited,
to Dorothy Kingsley recounts the
tale of Rima, child of the forest.
Somehow Rima has encountered
the wrath of Sessue Hayakaya and
for the bulk' of the picture is pur-
sued by his tribe until at the
climax of the film they chase her
up a tree in the heavenly garden.
There she is burned to death in
lovely Metrocolor.
But somehow (chalk this up to
Hollywood magic) she returns at
the fadeout to join her.lover in the
beauty of the dawn. This unique
and touching scene is followed by
the traditional fade out which in
turn is followed by the melodic
but not very Michigan hiss.
--Marc Alan Zagoren


Messing Up Education

ALABAMA Igeislators have new-found hope
in their battle against integration.
Each year for the last decade, the legisla-
ture has appropriated funds to the privately-
operated Negro school, Tuskegee Institute.
Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington,
Tuskegee today has an enrollment of over 2,000
and provides practical training for many trades
and industrial occupations, as well as agricul-
ture and home economics, education and nurs-
The variety of curricula offered at Tfuskegee
makes it advantageous for the legislature to
help support the private institution, makes it
advantageous for the legislature to help sup-
port the private institution, rather than in-
creasing the scope of any of the state-
controlled Negro institutions:
But under the pressure of the integration
orders, segregation-minded legislators have
been casting about in desperation for some
legitimate means of keeping the schools "sep-
arate but equal." Governor John Patterson
has advocated closing the public schools if'
necessary to forestall integration. At the same
NOW that spring has definitely sprung and
the balmy breezes are again carrying the
aroma of fertilizer across the Diag, the time has
come for the University Plant Department to
take a peek at the thermometer.,
Steaming radiators and hot air pipes are a
bit incongruous with Florida-type temperatures
and opening a window above a register to avoid
suffocation is a waste both of manual and heat
In the interests of the budget and pure ani-
oral comforts, it is time to turn off the heat.
--Jean Hartwig

time, some legislators have suggested using the
Tuskegee appropriation as precedent for ap-
propriating state funds for other private
schools, namely, schools "for white students
The plan, still tentative, runs something
like this: the legislature will appropriate all
or part of,,the Tuskegee request, with the un-
derstanding that some taxpayer would contest
it in court as unlawful use of state funds. The
complaining taxpayer would try to bring in a
federal question with the idea of taking it ul-
timately to the United States Supreme Court.
SHOULD THE Supreme Court rule the ap-
propriation unconstitutional, segregationists
could tell the Negroes, "We tried to give 7ou
the money, but the Supreme Court wouldn't
let us." But, if the Supreme Court approved
the allocation of the funds for a private Negro
institution, then the legislators would construe
it as an endorsement of the use of tax money
to support other private schools.
The legislators figqje they have a fifty-fifty
chance of coming out ahead, while the Negro
students are sure to lose. The worst the state
schools can do in this situation is to break
even. If the Court rules the appropriation un-
constitutional, then Tuskegee loses the funds
but the public schools are only back where
they started. If the Court rules in favor of
the legislature, they can close down every pub-.
lic school in the state and open private schools,
using the Tuskegee precedent, and allocate
state funds to the new schools, which would
be for "white students only;"
It is unfortunate that Tuskegee Institute
must bear the brunt of this experiment in re-
sistance, by the Alabama legislators. But it
might not be a bad thing if the school lost
its money, and the state of Alabama was
forced to keep its politically dirty fingers out
of the pie of private educational institutions.

Nixon Ado
WVASHINGTON - Vice-President versy, and the soundes
Richard M Nixon has put jection to him is the f
away one weapon-his old mastery might be a divisive f
of producing useful headlines built White House. To be th
upon intense controversy within that kind of symboli
the nation. He is now brilliantly degree; always harmfu
employing another and a softer dential contender. To
tactic, in new circumstances. that lighit in 1960, in
He is progressively drawing fa- world, probably would
vorable attention by persuasion him.
and calm reasonableness, where
he used to demand it by loud THUS, GIVEN thisa
threshing about in the national potential weakness, w
scene. He is a world away from the doing to strengthen h
Nixon who, only short months ago, He is presenting him
led a hotly partisan GOP Con- ever-mellowing public
gressional campaign because this he is doing a good job
seemed the only possible way to staying out of the par
stir the Republican sluggards. ing that used to occur
* * * most endlessly. He is e
TO WATCH Nixon these days, ing out of such infight:
approve him or disapprove him, is is ,among the Republ
to watch a truly virtuoso political unlike the Democrats,r
performance. The fact that his that their true antagon
antennae to public moods and each other but rather1
changing public attitudes are ex- tion party.
traordinarily sensitive has, of He is accepting only
'course, long been obvious. What is' speaking engagement
now striking is the way in which these all are in marl
Nixon-who underneath is a curi- level, and preferably
Qusly lonely and one-man operator demic, surroundings. H
-is using those fabulous antennae ing of big matters like
to master his great problem for Court; his tone is muc
1960. of a man who is alreac
On all form, on such "gut" facts and more interested in
as his present control of much of than in a party. He is
the regular GOP organization, he erous things, even abou
is the distinct favorite for the ocrats.
1960 Presidential nomination. These things arer
The Vice-President's vulner- Nixon, whatever his fa
ability lies in this: He came up phoniness in him. Bu
strictly via the route of contro- the kind of remarks

t single ob-
'ear that he
orce in the
nought of as
is, to some
l to a Presi-
be seen in
i a perilous
be fatal to
as his basic
what is he
is position?
nself as an
figure, and
of it. He is
rtisan fight-
apy him al-
qually stay-
ing as there
never forget
nists are not
the opposi-
a very few
s, and of
kedly high-
even aca-
Ee is speak-
e the World
ch the tone
dy President
n a country
saying gen-
it the Dem-
meant; for
ults, has no
ut they are
he never

Vew Role
would have uttered until Rocke-
feller began to breathe genially
down his neck. For the Vice-Presi-
dent, until lately, has been in the
rock-'em, sock-'em school of poli-
tics. One of .his old models in the
school was a man not overfond of
him, Harry S. Truman.
But Nixon now follows the basic
techniques not of Truman but of
Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt
maintained power largely by tying
himself close to great all-national
issues. This, and not merely his
famous personality, enabled him
to sustain a quite illogical coali-
tion between conservative South-
ernkplanters and Detroit auto
* * *
NIXON, in sum, is now becom-
ing what he always would have
preferred to be, an issue politician
as distinguished from a personality
politician. This probably explains
his improving place in the polls.
He has decided that the public
is already a bit tired of the "old
faces"-including Nixon's. And he
knows ghat in any personality con-
test with Nelson Rockefeller he
would be fighting in the wrong
field. He is, therefore, moving to.
force Rockefeller to engage him in
quite another field-the field of
largely impersonal issues.
The odds are at least even that
before it is over Rockefeller will.
find himself playing in Nixon's
(Copyright 1959, by United
Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

'Radical' Replies

Concerning the executive Session

World- Law Still Goal

Associated Press News Analyst
WHEN THE LEAGUE of Nations was disin-
terred after World War II so the United
Nations could take over some of its functions,
the name of the Permanent Court of Inter-
national Justice was changed, not without
irony, to the International Court of Justice.
'Permanence had not been found to be a very
applicable word when applied to machinery
designed to provide for peaceful settlement of
international disputes.
The idea of a world court to which nations
could take their disputes grew out of an old
practice, that of submitting matters to arbi-
tration. But no fundamental conflicts such
as the cold war have ever been handled that
Indeed, insofar as major matters are con-
cerned, the postwar court has more often ap-
peared somewhat like a trustee in bankruptcy
rather than a living and decisive factor be-
tween nations.
Nevertheless, some American statesmen have
always advocated peaceful settlements under
a code of international law, before an inter-
national court of objective judicial bearing.
THE IDEA, though not a practical approach
to its implementation, has received new im-
petus under the advocacy of President Dwight

Now Vice-President Richard Nixon has sug-
gested that all future international agreements
should contain clauses for submission of inter-
pretative disputes to the world court, with the
signatories binding themselves to accept the
court's decision.
Under such a system, presumably, the pres-
ent argument over Berlin would be submitted
to the court. Khrushchev, for instance, could
argue that times have changed the status of
Berlin, while the Allies might reply that per-
haps there had been change, but not as much
as the Russian dictator tries to make out. Then
the court would decide just what the status
of Berlin should be, and everybody would be
bound to follow its decision.
That is an overdrawn picture, of oourse.
IN THE FIRST PLACE, many international
agreements which the world tries to live by,
or fails to live by, are merely understandings
between men who later die or pass out of posi-
tions of responsibility.
The thoughts of dead men in a dead era
offer little evidence upon which judicial de-
cisions can be based.
In these days specific agreements, which
could then be made subject to judicial rather
than unilateral interpretation, have proved im-
possible among the nations that are really

Daily Staff Writer
WITH THE appointment on
Wednesday of Richard Ugo-
retz to the vacant Student Gov-
ernment Council seat, the last act
of this year's tragi-comedy star-
ring Mike Fishman and the Coun-
cil has probably been concluded.
Dramatically, the ending was too
anticlimactic to be really effective.
At the meeting, Scott Chrysler
presented a petition urging Fish-
man's appointment that he said
was signed by over 1,100 students.
The Council then went into execu-
tive session and emerged, as ex-
pected, with Ugoretz's appoint-
ment confirmed.
THE MOVE to executive session
was wise. It was customary pro-
cedure before in similar situations.
Obviously, it was not designed to
deny the campus its proper repre-
sentation on the Council. Previ-
ously, consideration of Fishman's
election violation had been carded
on in public, and there was no rea-
son to believe that since then any
new and startling information had
been turned up which we being
kept from the campus. Further,
the Council made careful provision
to obtain any pertinent informa-
tion from constituents present at
the meeting so nobody with any-
thing to say was unjustly silenced.
Such action should have been
taken at the start of the incident.
TTad the Council mnved into x-

ing their vote on other things
which they were either afraid or
unwilling to say in an open session.
Then too, it would have saved
Fishman the personal discomfort
and harm incurred when his name
and actions were dragged out into
the open. The same end result,
with the same preservation of
SGC's integrity, would have come
about had discussion of the prob-
lem remained private, and Fish-
man's reputation would not be
further endangered.
For the Council, the issue would
not have been inflated beyond its
true importance had it been han-
dled quietly; and the Council
would not have become embroiled
in a rather fruitless and legalistic

discussion of why it couldn't seat
-and later on, appoint-Fishman.
Ex-Council president Maynard
Goldman said when the issue first
arose that "A deliberative body
clearly has the right to determine
its own membership." Further
comment, protest and analysis
which has hurt SGC's reputation
at a bad time, all of which be-
came more and more sophistic as
time went on, would have been
unnecessary had the issue been
disposed of in a quiet, tasteful
The Council has an obligation to
the campus, but this does not in-
clude hanging out its dirty laun-
dry for all to see for no useful

To the Editor:
I WOULD like to thank Mr. Ohl-
son for the honor of being
labeled a radical. However, Mr.
Ohlson shows a certain naivete in
his use of the term. A genuine
radical would not take the time
nor the effort to go to the state
legislature or petition the Presi-
dent which are, after-all, demo-
cratic methods. Mr. Ohlson worries
about the function of a university
and whether I am "a serious
student desirous of gaining an
education." I see the function of a
university to be to provide a-meet-
ing-ground for the free exchange
of all ideas. My conception of edu-
:cation is that I should become
aware of as many ideas as is pos-
sible, and that I should apply
those ideas outside of the class-
room. Is not the purpose of the
"serious studnt" to earn to apply
his knowledge? He fears that the
University is becoming "a haven
for the radical fringe," and says
that the "proper authorities should
take appropriate action quickly"
to ferret out all who are dissen-
tors from his norm. Who are the
proper authorities and what is
appropriate action? He worries
about the reputation that I and
other "radicals" are giving the
University. Universities rarely be-
come great or gain secure reputa-
tions because of the ideas which
they censor but rather by the
encouragement they give to free
and open discussion. In summing
up. Mr. Ohlson believes me to be a
radical because I am for desegre-
gation in both the North and the
South. If this be radicalism, let
us make the most of it!
-Terre Bissell, '60
Bantus . ..
To the Editor:
AFTER . reading Prof. Israel-
stam's comments on the prob-
lems of South Africa I felt he
rather meant to say, "Before you
judge the Union of South Africa,
learn all the sides of the problem.
and' live there for a time. Then
you will become most confused
and lost." It appears he got your
staff writer confused; otherwise
I should think Prof. Israelstam is
just a bundle of inconsistencies
and an intellectual mediocrity.
I am praying for the day when
some honest South African white
would tell the following facts to
the nutside wnrld.:

to join trade unions or stage a
strike in support of legitimate
wage deinands.
4) That it is high treason In
South Africa for any *person, be
he whit., colored or black to talk
of the rule of law, civil rights or
5) And the ,most 'interesting of
all, that the University of Wit-
watersrand was the first to put
the Bantu Education Act into ef-
fect by asking the African medi-
cal students, some of them
seniors, to withdraw from school.
I wish to tell Prof. Israelstama
that it is a plain untruth for any-
one to claim that the Bantus have
a higher standard of education
and better health standards than
any black race in Africa. He
should also note that he is talking
to a well-informed and civilized
people at the University of Michi-
L. A. K. Quashle
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All applicants for the doctorate who
are planning to take the May prelim-
inary examinations in Education, May
27, 28, 29, 30. must file their names with
the Chairman of Advisers to Graduate
Students, 4019 University High School,
not later than May 1.
Doctoral Examination for Richard
Campbell Faulkner, Chemical Engi-
neering; thesis: "Experimental Deter-
mination of the Thermodynamic Prop-
erties of Gases at Low Temperatures
and High Pressures," Mon., April 20,
3201 E. Engrg. Bldg. at 3:15 p.m. Chair-
man, D. L. Katz.
Doctoral Examination for John Henry
Holland, Communication Sciences; the-
sis: "Cycles in Logical Nets," Mon.,
April 20, 2216 AngellrHal at 4:00 p.m.
Chairman, A. W. Burks.
Student Recital: Muriel Greenspon.
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