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"These May Be A Little Harder To Execute"

Sixty-Ninth Year

'he Opinions Are Fre
Truth Will Preva"

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DAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1959


Tacit Support of IHC
Inaccurate, Member Says

Fletcher Hall Should Remain
As Women's Housing Facility

'HE RESIDENCE HALL Board of Governors
will decide at their March meeting whether
reconvert Fletcher Hall into a men's housing
it. The problems, brought out in the Board's
eliminary discussion at the February meeting,
veal a lack of completeness in the University's
sidence hall system.
Fletcher Hall is the only residence hall unit
iere' the student may pay for room only, thus
abling him (or her) to find a meal job to
ovide board. As this .setup is unique in the
sidence hall system, it is understandable that
th men and women have a real need for this
Pe of housing.
An obvious long range solution is the building
more units of this type. But the present issue
s in who needs this type of housing the most.
'he most important factor by far is one of
obility. -A man is freer to rent a room and
yve a meal job, thus deriving the'same finan-
Al benefits as if Fletcher Hall were a men's

unit. An undergraduate woman, however, must
live in University approved housing and Flet-
cher Hall is one of the few ways a room without
board arrangement can be arranged.
Supporters for the reconversion of the hall
argue that it was originally a men's housing
unit, and the men should be able to have it if
they want it. The fact remains, nevertheless,
° that the woman need this kind of housing
more/than the men do. Men have a choice of
living in residence halls or an apartment; on
the whole, the women do not.
The women's lack of mobility, due to the fact
only senior women are usually given apartment
permissions, 'and especially in the light of the
Dean of Women office's announcement of
fewer apartment permissions next fall, would
seem to give them the greater need for this
type of housing.

A Gift to Istruction?

SENIOR CLASS GIFT of 1959. What will it be?
Tentatively, the Senior Board (32 members
composed of the four officers of the eight un-
dergraduate colleges in the University) has
decided to order a mace'from England for use
at graduation ceremonies, and at other times
for display in the administration building.
Traditionally a mace is carried in the cere-
mony. The special mace would have an eight-
sided face, with each face depicting one of the
Nice thought, but really of what 'use?
Seniors at Northwestern recently voted to use
their annual class gift of $4,000 "to provide
added rewards for promising young instructors
to encourage them to stay at Northwestern."
Why not do something similar here?
CONTRAST MONEY for faculty salaries to
two recent Senior class gifts at our Univer-
sity-the lovely fountain between the Adminis-

tration Building and the Union, and the "sculp-
ture" presented last year to stand magnificently
in the lobby of the undergraduate library. Even
the $1,500 to $1,800 annually collected from
seniors here- though a small sum-would be
more than welcome-and might become tradi-
Education - and the University have been
criticized as has the quality of the individual
instructor. A contribution to encourage good
instructors is necessary, and it would prove that
the students are actually interested in promot-
ing higher education.
And who -knows even bigger things might
come of it. A similar move by the Northwestern
senior class to two years ago encouraged three
alumni groups, to solicit over $50,000 for faculty
Associate Personnel Director

Domestic Spending Edges Foreign

Student to Student

BROTHERHOOD WEEK now ending empha-
sizes an opportunity on campus many
American, students often overlook.
The University is unique in that it attracts
many international students each semester .. .
and unfortunately very few Americans utilize
the facilities for meeting them.
Approximately 1,450 international students
and. about 450 visiting scholars are at the
University this semester representing almost
every free nation in Europe, Asia, Africa and
South America. The majority have their own
national clubs which are coordinated under
the International Students Association. Many
use the facilities of the International Center
for guidance and recreation .., in almost every
instance American students are invited and
encouraged to pgrticipate in these activities.
However, only aIvery small minority do.
The advantages to be gained .from these
activities are many. Some of the international
students at the University are destined to be
the future political, scientific and educational
leaders of their country. They are in the United
States not only to gain an academic education,'
but also to meet Americans and learn from

them at first hand the structure and thinking
of this nation.
The more these students can learn from
the people of the United States the better pic-
ture of America they can take back to their
country . . . and consequently promote better
future relations between their naton and Amer-
BUT THE ADVANTAGES are not only for the
international student. The American can
gain a firmer impression about far-ajay places
from meeting their citizens, something which
is not always found in the classroom. -
Today's news is filled with incidents arising in
many underdeveloped countries. Fuller under-
standing of concepts underlying these conflicts.
such as nationalism, can best be achieved by
talking to those who are most involved in the
international issues. Discussion with interna-
tional students can give the American student
a better yardstick for measuring the effective-
ness of his own country's actions.
Adherence to the message of Brotherhood
Week should bring both individual and national
benefits of a year-round nature.

Daily Staff Writer
EARLIER this week, President
Dwight D. Eisenhower joined
other Republicans in charging
that the Democrats are starting a
wild spending spree that may
throw the budget billions of dol-
lars into the red.
This charge has just been the
latest in a long line of charges and
countercharges that have followed
the highest peacetime budget ever
offered to Congress. Practically as
soon as the details of budget were
made public the cries of "politics,"
and fears of lack of money for
national defense, were voiced in
Democratic quarters throughout
the country.
THE BASIC FEAR of the Dem-
ocrats and also of some Republi-
cans, is that the Administration,
in the interests of a balanced bud-
get, is willing to make cuts in
such fields as conventional wea-
pons, manpower and even guided
missiles. Leading defense experts,
when called before Congressional
committees, claimed that even
with the increasing power of the
Communist nations, the United
States would still hold a safe lead
in total destructive power.
Statements such as these did
not impress the Democratic Con-
gress as much as recent Soviet ad-
vances in unmanned missiles.
Many Congressional leaders have
declared that they will increase
the military defense budget to
help meet the growing Communist
Attempting to swing public
opinion in support of his budget,
President Eisenhower has repeat-
edly hinted thatif the Congres-
sional expenditures 'do not exceed
his requests he would support a tax
reduction in 1960. Other Republi-
cans have gone even further and
promised a tax cut if the budget
is balanced.
THE 'DEMOCRATS, realizing
the political implications of this
since 1960 is an election year, plan
to offset their increases in certain
parts of the budget with cuts in
programs that are close to the
President's heart. One such area
is foreign aid. Some experts in
Washington predict the President
will be lucky if his foreign aid
program is not cut by more than
a billion dollars.
But even if the Democrats would
keep the national budget at the
77 billion dollar level as proposed
by President Eisenhower there is
serious doubt that the budget
would be balanced.To offset ex-
penditures, the Administration
has estimated that the govern-
ment would get 77.1 billion dol-
lars in taxes and other income.
Several factors make this figure
unrealistic. The estimate is based
partly on the hopes that the na-
tional economy would improve
enough to pour 10 billion more
tax dollars into the Treasury.
Even if this happens, the chances
that the budget would be bal-
anced are dimmed by the Demo-
crats' statements that they will not

the public works projects such as
airport and housing construction
as well as increases in welfare
projects. On the other hand many
Republicans feel that the main
thing at the present time is to
help the rest of the world and
thus United States national se-
curity with more foreign aid.
But with his repeated requests
for economy and bone slashing,
President Eisenhower only con-
tinues to undermine the already
precarious position of his favored
sections. vry statement he is-
sues about "big spending" only
serves to give the Democrats an-
other reason to cut down on his
request for foreign aid which is
about 800,000 dollars higher than

Congress has allowed in previous
* * *
THE LARGE Democratic ma-
jority in Congress, combined with
the decreasing influence of a
"lame duck" President makes a
combination that President Eisen-
hower is going to find almost im-
possible to overcome in trying to
push his budget requests through
the Senate and the House. Recent
Democratic speeches saying that
they wish to have a balanced bud-
get, indicate that foreign aid and
other of the Administration's re-
quests are going to be cut in favor,
of the Democratic preference for
more support to be given to a re-
covering, but still weak economy
at home.

To the Editor:
IN REGARD to your front page
article in yesterday's 4 issue
of The Michigan Daily I would
like to clear up a few points which
are misleading to the reader.
This article concerns the "tacit
support given the report submitted
by. IHC President Robert Ashton
to- the members of the Residence
Halls Board of Governors." It
states in part that none of the
members of the praesidium ex-
pressed approval or disapproval
with either the report or the man-
ner in which it was presented. This,
I feel, is an erroneous statement.
Immediately after the reading of
the report to IHC last night I my-
self questioned seriously the nature
of the report. ,and expressed my
dissatisfaction with the manner in
which it was presented, not only
to the board but to the council it-
self. I feel that the letter was
overly sarcastic and contained an
overdose of cynicism, and its atti-
tude was one which I felt caused
more antagonism than was neces-
sary or desired by the majority of
the men in the Residence Halls
While it has been observed that
the report contained many "per-
sonal feelings and observations"
peculiar to thewriter, I feel that
it is inmportant to remember that
Mr. Ashton is stillrthe president
of an organization designed to
serve the best interests of more
than three thousand men, and his
action can do much to influence
decisions made by the University
Administration, and the attitude
toward the student held by this
body. I seriously doubt that the
wording or the manner of the re-
port was designed with these in-
terests and attitudes in mind, and
suggested at the meeting that it
mightshaveabeen possible for the
report, if deemed necessary, to
have been written in a more com-
patible and diplomatic manner.
I did not, however, question the
material included in the report as
I felt that more information was
necessary before one could ade-
quately appraise the validity of
the case as it was presented.
I know that the men of our
house, as well as the men in the
rest of the Residence Halls system
are anxious to further pleasant
relations between themselves and
the administration, and that any
action on the part of one of these
men which destroys or hinders this
amicable state would not be ac-
cepted with "tacit support."
-Sam Corl
President; Taylor House
Irritation .
To the Editor:
A AM at last driven to comment
on some of the recent nonsense
on the editorial page.
At first I was shocked that a
man as addicted to the habit of
stock-phrases-and worse, stock-
thinking-as Assistant Dean Cross,
could be on the University payroll.
But on reflection, I realize that
this is not an unusual phenome-
non; there are at least a half-
dozen people,at /all levels of the
University hierarchy, who are
equally unperceptive and who en-
gage in the Foot-Swallowing Act
equally as often.
Likewise, I am compelled to re-
taliate when someone writes to
The Daily indignant that anyone
dares to attack his neat little sys-
tem of values-so indignant that
he denounces one of our most per-
ceptive and most articulate faculty
members (David Bordua, sociology
department) with the proclama-
tion that Bordua's arguments are
"uneducated generalizations
far too irrational to be taken seri-
ously." Ignorant, defensive out-
bursts such as this raise doubt as
to the success of a college educa-
tion, after all; in developing a
sense of responsibility for what
one says. But then, so many of the
"parents" of our little academic

family furnish the model for such
behavior, that one cannot really
blame the students for imitation.
But perhaps the most irritating
recent Letter to the Editor was
about draia criticism. I was es-

pecially pleased with reviewer Miss
Willoughby's criticism of Williams'
play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and
especially disturbed with mechani-
cal engineer M. Ramaswamy's ex-
cited attack on review and review-
er, which appeared in these col-
umns shortly after.
I am afraid that the public is
coming to think that any book or
play which is made into a movie
must be "good." Or perhaps that if.
Arthur Miller endorses a play, it
is tantamount to insulting Marilyn
Monroe if we do not take his word
for it.
If Mr. Ramaswamy wishes to dis-
agree with a reviewer, it is cer-,
tainly his privilege to do sd, but to
brand the very competent Miss
Willoughby an insensitive adoles-
cent is not only mistaken, it is in
poor taste. In short, Mr. Rama-
swamy seems to be surprised thy4'
a drama critic should, in fact,
criticize. I think we are a little
past the stage of "If you can't
say something nice, don't say any-
thing at all."
-Lawrence J. Gusman, '59
"THE LONELY, th resigned, the
desperate" are the people who
sit at the separate tables of a sea-
side hotel in winter. These people
may know the facts of life, "but
they don't like them" or them-
For this screen version of his
stageplay, Terrance Rattigan
created characters who cannotr
know others because they do not
know themselves. They are afraid
of life, which Ratigan manages to
equate most frequently with sex,
or they are contemptuous of it, or
they misuse it.
"There is no refuge from your-
self" may be an old message, but
it remains one that people fail
to comprehend. Another ancient
theme is that people, normal ones,
seem to need love for a complete
life. This film soft-sells the notion
of togetherness, but at its end no
one is in doubt as to what product
he is supposed to buy. 1
Yet the conclusion is not the
beaming "happy clinch," but the
hopeful glow of mutual need con-
trolling, if not erasing, fears and
self-pity. Suggested is the possi-
bility that the warmth of human
understanding may conquer the
snobbery of the self-righteous and
the impotence of the self-doubting.
RITA HAYWORTH as the beau-
tiful woman afraid to grow old
alone and incapable of using her
beauty except as a weapon man-
ages to act her role and her age.
Burt Lancaster is only slightly less
convincing as a roughly-handsome
hulk whose problems are larger
than his appetite for Irish Whisky.
A fraud and degenerate, but the
most honest with himself is David
Niven as the "Major." Sybil (De-
borah Kerr) looks much of the
time as though she interpreted the
direction "look repressed" to mean
"look compressed." She is con-
sistent in her performance, 'how.
ever, and does not blossom in the.
last reel into a full-blown siren as
sometimes happens in films of this
Wendy Hiller has the most curi-
ous role of all as the manager of
the hotel. With a few conveniently
timhed words, she manages the
"nasty old man" (Niveri) and the
repressed girl into the beginnings
of a normal, relationship. In ma-
neuvering Hayworth and Lancaster
back into marriage, she manages
herself out of a future husband.
Either she is a symbol of the
kind of live someone can give when
they care more for another's need

than their own or she is the most
unbelievably charitable woman
alive. No one, including Miss Hill-
er, seems to shed any light on
which' interpretAtion is correct.
Heavily as the advertising for
this film concentrates on its sexual
themes, this' is not a bedroom
story, but a dining room drama.
The separate tables are symbols
of the loneliness of people and one
senses the enormous effort that is
needed to cross the room and join
another as lonely as himself.
--Jo Hardee
(Continued from Page 3)
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Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., De-
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ICIBM Implications;

Associated Press News Analyst
APPROACH of the .time when the United
States will be able to strike targets any=
where in the world with home-based ballistic
missiles has raised speculation involving grave
political as well as defense situations.
People had no real concept of the implica-
tions when Britain began to use coal to make
and run machines for commercial production.
Eli Whitney's cotton gin helped to start a
civil war which changed the face of a nation.
Trying to win World War II, the United
States produced a power which promises to
revolutionize transport and industry, and which
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Editorial Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
Associate Editor
DALE CANTOR................Personnel Director
JEAN WILLOUGHBY......Associate Editorial Director
ALAN JONES .........sports Editor
BEATA JORGENSON.......... Associate City Editor
ELIZABETH ERSKLNE....Associate Personnel Director
$I COLEMAN .............Associate Sports Editor
DAVID ARNOLD,............Chief Photographer


has created political problems almost beyond
Existence of the ICBM has many implications
not directly connected with the actual deter-
rence or making of war.
Two speculations immediately aroused are:
Will the ICBM eventually eliminate the need
for American military bases abroad?
Will it encourage isolationism in this country?
Britain enforced the Pax Brittanica, or British
Peace, between the Napoleonic and First World
Wars, with bases around the world.
They also were designed to promote colonial-
ism, and contributed to the widespread anti-
Western feeling in Asia and Africa which is
causing so much trouble today. In spite of its
entirely different motives, some of this smut is
now rubbing off on America.
Russia protests fear of the bases and blarpes
them for'forcing her into a warlike attitude.
Their elimination, she claims, would permit her
to approach world cooperation in greater safety.
It's hard to see, however, how she would be less
fearful of the same danger merely because it
is based farther away, even if she is sincere in
her protestations, which is doubtful.
ELIMINATION of the bases would contribute
to greater trust of the United States by some
of the non-committed countries such as India.
But it would also end one of the great war
deterrents-the knowledge on the part of the
intwrnatnnvio nmi itsthat an aftxltack o

Associated Press Newsfeatures Writer
WASHINGTON - Almost any
married couple would feel
right at home in the Senate these
For the Senators are arguing
over that desirable, elusive, often
controversial commodity: money.
Or, more precisely, the money in
the federal budget.
One fact seeis obvious: What
with one thing and another, in-
cluding wars both cold and hot, we
have lived beyond our income.
As we husbands know, that's
only the beginning. What-- and
who - got us into this mess? Was
it the new dress for that stupid
formal party? Was it the set of
golf clubs? Was it the piano, which
brought on, alas, the added burden
of piano lessons?
In no time at all, you can pro-
duce charges, counter charges and
-why can't women be more rea-
sonable about money matters?-
Except for the tears, that's been
the story in the Senate. There
have been speeches, speeches at-
tacking speeches, statistics, statis-
tics disproving statistics.
One thing is clear. No one wants
to be identified as a free wheeler
at the public trough, especially
with an election coming up m
THE TWO PARTY leaders in
the Senate have stressed this
Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-
Tex.): "I want to save every little
penny I can."
Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.): "I
have learned from long, frugal
experience that one must do with
what he has."
With such penny pinchers
around, the , question naturally
Who pinches hardest? The Re-
publican administration? Or the
Democratic controlled Congress?
While these questions were being
endlessly debated, the argufiers,
being politicians, were occasionally
reminded of a little story, fortu-
The fiscal situation of the gov-

mound of earth. We will just dig
the hole deeper!" (laughter).
Johnson said the arguments re-
minded him of a poor school
teacher who tried to land a job
in the hill country during depres-
sion days. He had made a good
impression, and was getting along
fine when he was asked: "There is
some difference of opinion in our
community about geography, and
we want to know which side you
are on. Do you teach that the
world is round, or do you teach
that the world is flat?"
The applicant was undaunted.
"I can teach it either way," he
said. (laughter).
Sen. John Williams (R-Del.)
said: "I do not wish to get into
the argument as to who killed cock
robin. I am sure a great many
people feel that neither political
party has strained any muscles in
cutting government expenditures."
And Sen. Jennings Randolph (D-
W.Va.) chimed in with:
"Mark Twain once said, in a
New Year's resolution, 'I am going
to live within my income this year,
even if I have to borrow money to
do it'."'
In the meantime, pay your taxes,
early. Every penny will be needed,
for pinching purposes.





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