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The World Collapses,
Harry Belafonte Sings
THE WORLD- came to an end last night at the Michigan Theatre:
Harry Belafonte sang, Inger Stevens smiled and Mel Ferrer scowled.
"The World, the Flesh and the Devil." like the paperbacks with
inviting covers, is not all its title implies. The love scenes are restricted
to holding hands, and this comes only at the end of the picture. Al-
though they are presumably the last people on earth, Ralph Burton

DAY, MAY 23, 1959


An Educational Program
For a Changing World

AMERICA'S third oldest college, little St.
John's, might today be of relatively slight
importance in the widening framework of
education, were it not for the creation - twen-
ty-one years ago this week - of the school's
famous four-year program in the Great Books.
An anniversary is an appropriate time to
commend the school for taking the lead in
this area. But a twenty-first anniversary con-
notes a little more: a maturation, perhaps.
Even though the program has been highly
meritorious thus far, and while a similar pro-
gram is ,unfortunately lacking at the Univer-
sity, it would seem an even broader develop-
ment of the original St. John's idea is required.
The whole of American education in gener-
al has seemingly reached a juncture in its
history also. Not only have its material fac-
tors - numbers of students, size of physical
plant -expanded considerably in the past
decade, but so have the not so material ones.
More than ever before, American education
faces the challenge of producing a student
capable of coping with, if not setting straight,
a distorted planet.
ST. JOHN'S tales to meet this challenge by
offering a four-year program focusing on
the study of 100 selections from W e s t e r n
thought, including the works of philosophers,
novelists, and scientists. The program is cog-
nated with courses in languages, laboratory
science, and mathematics.
The St. John's plan, or better, a variation
thereof, would be an effective educational in-
strument by which the student here could bet-
ter prepare for his complex future. The Uni-
versity presently offers a two-semester course
in Great Books, and while the course is a
good one, it does not provide a sufficiently ex-
tensive survey of great ideas. An expanded
program of some sort would sophisticate the
student through an assimilation of literature,
science and the arts, best obtained by direct
contact with the world's thinlers.
The objection to such a program expressed
by one University dean, who said that it would
be impossible to hit upon a list of books pleas-;

ing to everyone, is nonsense. Some readings
would be recommended by nearly everybody
involved, and any list prepared by a commit-
tee of University scholars selected from vari-
ous departments, would be of some value. Such
a committee would have to be permanent, so
that the list could constantly be re-evaluated.
It might be difficult to collect a staff capable
of offering such a program. However, consid-
ering the quality of the University faculty
compared with that of other institutions; such
a difficulty seems surmountable.
MEANWHILE, as American education ex-
pands, the earth, in many ways, is grow-
ing smaller. Due largely to communication im-
provements distant points have grown near,
and the world is no longer stiffly partitioned
into an East and West. Although psychologi-
cal' and cultural dissimilarities still exist, geo-
graphic lines of demarcation have faded con-
Strangely enough, however, American schol-
ars seemingly ignore the importance of im-
pressing in a student an impression of the
world as an entity, not an easily; divided com-
Recently, the University has taken steps
toward improving this condition, particularly
in the creation of the Asian Studies Commit-
tee. But the University could well increase its
offerings in Eastern culture by including East-
ern thought in a'Great Books of the World
Even St. John's, for all its commendable ef-
fort, fails in this area, (as does Wayne State
University's newly-conceived Monteith Col-
lege, dedicated to developing in its students
the heritage of the West).
A world heritage, rather than a solely West-
ern one, amounts to an expanded view of truth
in all its shadings. Given a broader conception
of the St. John's plan, given the dignity of a
fully liberal education, the American student
might be aided in attaining a free, broadly
mature viewpoint sorely lacking in modern


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Progress at Geneva

Sen.Hum i
THE BACKERS of Senator Hu- And, .finally, the po
bert H. Humphrey of Minne- Humphrey strategists
sota for the 1960 Democratic Pres- stares into the brig]
idential 'homination have deter- danger in two other
mined on the biggest gamble of flatly and 'directly chi
the pre - convention campaign. combat another forme
Though they do not care to put who is also a liberal
the matter quite so strongly, even leader, Harry S. Tr
in private, the plain fact is this: Truman is plainly, if n
they are staking everything on one backing Senator Stua
roll of the dice. ton of Missouri for t
Knowing quite well that their tion); and 2) It nec
strategy has it perils, they have draw a sharper line be
decided to present Senator Hum- party old-timers who a
phrey as "the" Roosevelt New "Truman men" and th
Dealer in the field of aspirants. "Roosevelt men."
Their risks are plain. Their strat- Even so, the Hum
egy is, in military terms, like com- reckon that on balanc
mitting every last resource to a more to gain than to lo
massive counterattack in full haps they do, indeed
awareness that if it fails the whole New Deal cast was bo
war is lost then and there, case to be put on Hun
But their candid conclusion is record is essentially a
that for Humphrey it must be all one. He is an official
or nothing. Deal splinter movem
Franklin D. Roosevelt is 14 years Americans for Democr
in his grave and this is a new And his campaign ma
political world with different prob- of the most authentic{
lems from those he met so long Dealers, James H. Row
ago. Since his death a spirit of * * *
accommodation, of moderation, MR. ROWE, now aI
has swept the Democratic party. attorney, was a mem
* * *inner-inner FDR brain
THE OLD Roosevelt New Deal- White House assistantt
ers are for the most part no long- ident. He has remaine
er in power anywhere, either in and unapologetically
public office or in the party. Too, Roosevelt doctrines in
Mr. Roosevelt of course made sequent years in which
powerful enemies with long mem- ma and party memorie
oies. The image of Humphrey as erally shifted away
the man who seeks frankly to e Roosevelt era.
the heir to FDR will, beyond doubt, Moreover, the late
stir up these enemies again, widow, Mrs. Eleanor R

hrey's Gamble

(Belafonte) and Sarah Crandall
(Miss Stevens) avoid playing
Adam and Eve.
This platonic brave new world
may be a letdown to those who
expected more. In fact, it may be
a disappointment to those who
expected anything. There are only
three characters in the picture
and one attempts to steal the
show. Belafonte looks most con-
vincing when he grits his pearly
teeth, least believable when he
sheds a tear or raises his voice in
anger. Miss Stevens gets a B-Plus
for an inviting smile and Ferrer,
playing the villain, is menacing.
The plot is an amalgam of
themes guaranteed to please ev-
eryone from the director to the
director's wife. After the Enemy
has destroyed the world with nu-
clear radiation, Ralph Burton digs
his way out of a Pennsylvania
coal mine, where he has been
buried for five days, registers sur-
prise at the world's demise, grabs
a convertible and drives to New
York. There he settles in a cozy
apartment and plays with radio
sets, telephones and e1e c t r i c
trains. He meets survivor number
two, Sarah Crandall, but his in-
tentions are pure because of
theme B: he is a Negro and she
is a white-Anglo-Saxon-Protes-
But the villain arrives to save
the audience from boredom, and
complete the eternal Hollywood
triangle. Ferrer as Thackeray, the
third survivor, manages a few
good lines in his role as an ideal-
ist turned sour.
Entertainment is the theme of
this picture, in spite of its at-
tempt to teach brotherhood or
warn of the dangers of not dig-
ging an atomic shelter. Miss Ste-
vens as Sarah is entertaining, but
not because ofeher acting. She is
enjoyable scenery and seems to
sulier no trauma over the loss of
New York City. Students with
nothing better to do than study
for exams will shed no tears over
the end of the world as long as
Inger Stevens keeps smiling.
Conclusion: "The World, the
Flesh and the Devil" is harmless
for adults and the kiddies will
love it.
-James Bow
The Daily Official Bulletin is an
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.
SATURDAY, MAY 23, 1959
VOL. LXIX, NO. 168
General Notices
Seniors: Graduation announcements
may be picked up at the Student Org.
Office in SAB, Mon., Wed., 1-5. Bring
(Continued on Page 5)

YOU CAN begin your entertain-
ment 'early by approaching the
State Theatre head on - for on
the marquee is the pronounce-
ment, "It's Michign Week. Hor-
rors of the Black Museum." With
this unusual but significant ph.ase
dancing before your work-weary
eyes, you too may donate 90 cents
to the Hollywood Welfare Fund
and subject yourself to "Hypno-
"Modern science has perfected
an ancient art to put you in the
picture." As explained in a lengthy
prelude to the festivities, Hypno-
Vista works through the power of
suggestion. Red will indicate heat
to your subconscious, blue will
make you cold. "You'll feel the
chilling fog, You'll feel the,pierc-
ing blade. You'll feel the acid vat
of death."
With all due ,respect to the
wonders of science, I don't believe
I was hypno-vised, but my leg fell
asleep if that proves anything.
THE FILM comes with hot and
cold running blood, a mad scien-
tist, his Jekyll-Hyde assistant,
Scotland Yard and beautiful,
chesty young victims in low, cut
dresses. Also in the reels are a
flat-chested young woman, an old
hag and a Mad Scientist's doctor.
I counted five slayings, not in
cluding the worthy destruction of
Mad Scientist and Jekyll-Hyde,
but I could have missed some
more when I went for a walk in
the lobby to wake up my leg, Even
so, a rapid calclulation tallies one
death every 12 minutes - thus
showng the cinemascope and
"blood-curdling color" at their
best advantage.
For a horror movie, "Black Mu-
seum" isn't very horrifying. De-
spite the urging of the doctor in
the prelude to "Scream when you
want to;" no one screamed. But
some laughed. Maybe they weren't
hypno-vised either.
* * *
AS WITH MOST horror movies,
the acting was somewhat on a
par with Shirley Temple's Story-
book. Beautiful Young Girl Vic-
tims, however, seem to have been
selected by their measurements,
which should be of interest to at
least a segment of the audience.
One portion of the film is de-
voted to Mad Scientist's mistress
doing a sexy dance in a red dress.
Following the Hypno-Vista theo-
ry, the red would indicate her
gown was a made-over electric
What makes the film worth-
while despite an abundance of
trite lines are the murders, which
tend to be new and original. En-
tertainment for the family; bring
your tear gas and brick dust,
-Thomas Kabaker

licy of the
;ht face of
ways: 1) It
hallenges to
er President.
uman. (Mr.
ot officially,
rt Syming-
he nomina-
tssarily will
tween those
are basically
ose who are
phrey men
e they have
se, and per-
. A certain
ound in any
mphrey. His
a New Deal
of the New.
rent called
atic Action.
,nager is one
of the New
e Jr.
nber of the
n trust as a
to the Pres-
.d absolutely
faithful to
all the sub-
party dog-
es have gen-
from the
Aosevelt, has

been saying markedly good things
of Humphrey--kinder things, by
far, than she has said for any
other hopeful. Efforts, indeed, are
now being made to bring Mrs.
Roosevelt and also former Gov.
Averell Harriman of New York
openly into Humphrey's support.
Rowe himself, oddly enough, did
not initiate the decision of the
Humphrey camp to run the Sena-
tor as a mid-century FDR. He has,
however, concluded it is a wise
decision and it will form the basis
for all his future sorties in seeking
to gather up convention delegates'
for Humphrey.
* * .
THE ANALYSIS of the Hum-
phrey people is about this: Hubert
Humphrey never would be given
the nomination anyhow by a con-
vention determined on a "moder-
ate" candidate. Such a convention,
in common sense, would turn in-
stead to Senator Lyndon B. John-
son of Texas, Senator Symington
or Senator John F. Kennedy of
Humphrey would never, In any
case, be acceptable to the conven-,
tion's conservatives - and cer-
tainly never to those from the
South. Thus, far more even than
any of his rivals, he is barred from
playing any kind of waiting and
hoping game. He must sharply and
clearly - and early and often and
bluntly -identify himself and
seek the sort of delegate strength
really open to him. He must do
this even at the cost of alienating
other,yandrmore iffy, strength.
(Copyright 1959, by United
Features Syndicate, Inc.)


A8 A PUBLIC spectacle, the Geneva confer-
ence is still in the prelude to the negotia-
tions. But this prelude is of great importance.
For it is dealing with a momentous question:
Shall the Four Powers assume, when they come
to negotiate about Berlin and other matters,
that for all practical purposes the partition of
Germany is permanent?
Mr. Gromyko's tactical moves and his pro-
posals have been designed to emphasize the
partition by building up the prestige of the East
German state. Mr. Gromyko knows as well as
we do that-his package of proposals is not going
to be accepted. But as in the incident of the
seating of the East German delegates at the
conference, he has been working to create the
impression that the West, which is not unani-
mous about German reunification, is accepting
the partition.
The task of the Westerners has been to pre-
vent the coming negotiations about Berlin from
taking place with all the world assuming thait
the idea of reunification has been scuttled.
THE ISSUE was stated candidly on Tuesday
by the French Foreign Minister, M. Couve
de Murville. Dealing with the Soviet proposal
for a peace treaty with the two Germanys, he
said that "such a treaty would do nothing to
solve the problems facing us; or rather, it
would do one thing only: set the Four Powers'
seal on the division of Germany."
He came immediately to the crucial point:
"Even if . . . reunification is not yet possible,
we see no ;reason at all for taking part in a
solemn international act which would preclude
it forever, and could have no other result than
drive the German people to despair."
The Westerners know, of course, that their
package plan is not going to be accepted by the
Soviet Union and they know too that the re-
unification of Germany is not possible in the
foreseeable future. Moreover, it is no secret
that in the Western alliance there is powerful
opposition to German reunification, and that,
as one Frenchman has put it: "It is like this.
We all pray to go to heaven but not too soon."
Nevertheless, the Western powers are right to
insist that nothing be done at Geneva or at the
summit to preclude the idea of eventual reunifi-
cation. Thus, M. Couve de Murville is un-
doubtedly right in saying that if the Allies
accept partition it would drive the German
people, or at least some of the boldest among
them, to despair. The ground will be prepared
for clandestine conspiracy between West Ger-
man and East German nationalists. Out of that
might come anything-a German civil war, or
a German deal with Russia. But in any event

it would mean the end of Western influence in
a reunited Germany.
ONCE THE GENEVA conference has estab-
lished the principle that there will be no
"solemn international act which would preclude
it (German reunification) forever," the prelude
will be over. The time will have come for nego-
tiation about Berlin. Here there appears to
exist a serious problem of Allied policy.
There are those who believe that the West
should stand firm on the status quo, refusing
any change of any kind. They regard any
change as a change for the worse. They do not
believe our position can be improved but only
that it can be weakened. This is at least the
first attitude of the Bonn and the Paris govern-
ments. They profess to think that if we stand
firmly on the absolute negative, Mr. Khrushchev
will give up and give in.
This is an arguable position. But it can be
argued better if it is not accompanied by the
innuendo that the British and the Americans,
who want to negotiate with the Soviets, are
less brave and less noble and less realistic than
are the Germans and the French. It would serve
the cause of Allied unity greatly if the innuendo
were omitted from the off-the-record briefings.
The other point of view holds that the West-
ern position in West Berlin is weak and needs
to be strengthened, and that it should be a
prime object of Western policy to strengthen
and improve the position in Berlin. The weak-
ness of the Western position is notorious. West
Berlin is an island within a Communist state,
and thiswisland is defended against invasion
and conquest by the threat, which only the
United States could carry out, of waging a
total nuclear war.
THIS IS AN adequate defense against the
conquest of West Berlin. But it is not a
defense at all against harassment-just enough
to become intolerably annoying and not enough
to justify a total nuclear war. The morale of
the people of West Berlin' cannot be counted
upon to endure forever harassment for which
there is no remedy.
The West has, therefore, a vital interest in
negotiating a new statute for Berlin, one which
spells out its rights of access and reaffirms its
right to a military presence in West Berlin,
and is the formal commitment of the Soviet
Union and of the East European states.
In my view, we shall miss the bus if we do
not get a new agreement about Berlin. If it is
possible, this agreement should be worked out
before there is a summit meeting, or at the
least there should be a good concrete private
understanding that it will be worked out at the


Cabinet Asks Constructive Approach to IHC

To the Editor:I
AN EDITORIAL by Bruce Cole
that appeared in The Daily
of May 17 commented on the diffi-
culty that the IHC Presidium is
experiencing, and mentioned that
". . . ..little of any importance
was done at the (last) meeting,.
and many people said it was a
completely wasted evening."
First of all, four motions were
passed providing services to the
men of the Residence Halls: 1) a
recommendation that Fall Orien-
tation Group be composed of men
from one house or part of one
house, as opposed' to the current
situation in which men are chosen
at random from anywhere in the
Residence Hall System. 2) a
recommendation that part of staff
training programs at the begin-
ning of each year be devoted to
Student Government-Staff Con-
ferences, in which there are speci-
fic discussions concerning the role
that staff should have in student
government and the responsibility
they niay have in carrying out a
house government plan.
3) a motion passed recommend-
ing that telephone service in Men's
Residence Halls be extended until
11 p.m. and 4) a motion increasing
the scholarship program of the
IHC so that four scholarships of

such as ".... many people said it
was a completely wasted evening."
The general consensus of opinion
of those present was that in terms
of constructive action taken, it was
a good meeting.
We. of course, are interested in
expression of opinion concerning
IHC and its action, that appear in
The Daily; the only thing we ask
is that these opinions be based on
some semblance of fact, that ru-
mors be eliminated as far as
possible from these articles, and
that all opinions be of constructive
nature rather than the destructive
course they have taken of late.
-Executive Cabinet
Inter-House Council
Honoraries . ..
To the Editor:
WHAT IS the use of Michigamua
and the other honoraries of its
I have nothing against honorary
organizations per se, but to me
they have nothing to offer unless
they recognize significant ac-
complishment that would other-
wise go unnoticed. Phi Beta
Kappa is a good example of a
worthwhile honorary.
The value of the Nobel prize for
literature is that it recognizes ac-

nized by the campus. It' only re-
ceives honor from the stature of
the persons it humiliates.
I watched Michigamua initiation
on the Diag, and the cry of the
initiators was "make them heap
humble." If the purpose of Michi-
gamua is sincerely to honor, why
does it humiliate accomplishment
instead of honoring it? When
honors are handed out in mature
society, no one feels he has to rub
any noses in the dirt before he

bestows recognition upon accom-
plishment. Why should it be that
way here? For the sake of "tradi-
I understand that last year a
person on this campus was offered
Michigamua and refused to join,
and for this he was, to an extent,
ostracized. I salute him. He had a
more genuine idea of honor and
recognition than does Michigamua
and its brothers.
Alexis A. Panshin, '62

Senimore Says

Donkeys *
To the Editor.
IT SEEMS to me that the three
legislators who replied to Mar-
tin Gold's letter concerning the
funds which the University is not
receiving are equally donkeys. It
may be , that I am only keenly
aware of and disgusted by petty
politicians and their empty re-
marks, but the three letters writ-
ten respectively by Lewis G.
Christman, State Senator, George
Wahr Sallade, State Representa-
tive, and James F. Warner, State
Representative, strike me as too
obvious examples of side-stepping.
Lewis G. Christman indicates
that he is only one of 144 Legis-
lators and implies thereby, wheth-
er he realizes it or not, that he
can hardly be held responsible to
help solve the current cash crisis
or have any opinions on the mat-
ter. May I remind Mr. Christman,
tritely, that if we all felt similarly,
no one would vote and our proud
democracy would perhaps totter.
Mr. Sallade answered by stating
profoundly that whatever will be,
will be, and he's for it all the way,
I feel no comment on this logic is
An dAMr W . Ar' anm,.vA b


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