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"The Critics Don't Like It"



' i

Z, Mlr~gan 4ally
Sixty-Ninth Year

"When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.




Phoenix Project Forges
Atoms for Peace

THIS FALL marks the tenth anniversary of technical assistance to underdeveloped coun-
the Michigan-Memorial Phoenix Project tries desiring to conduct peaceful atomic ex-
and one of the most worthwhile and unusual perimentation.
contributions of students and alumni to the In the past two years that the Project has
University. had the ICA contract University experts have
Briefly, the Project is an institution to study traveled to 13 countries to assist setting up
the means for the peaceful uses of atomic en- nuclear research programs - principally, ac-
ergy. It is dedicated to the faculty, students cording to Prof. Kerr of the nuclear engineer-
and alumni of the University who died in the ing department, to those countries who are
Second World War. preparing to build or purchase their first
It is unusual in that all the funds for the atomic reactor.
project have been donated privately: both
from individuals or from organizations, such BUT THE ICA contract does not give funds
as the Ford Foundation which donated the to run experiments at the Project; only to
Project's reactor., Similarly all the studies and implement the distribution of knowledge of
experiments performed by the Project have peaceful uses of atomic energy - the original
been financed with donated funds. goal of the Project.
In other words, the Project is not a state- This year will see the use of the last of the
supported child, subject to the whims of the funds donated with the Project's buildings for
state legislature - like the Human Resources actual experimentation. The University's De-
project scuttled by Lansing this spring - but velopment Council has taken charge of rais-
% private project, given to the University and ing further funds for research and it is to be
paid for as a memorial gift. hoped that they can reach and exceed their
goal. If necessary the fund-raising should be
THIS IS the strength and beauty of the enlarged to an all-University project.
memorial and also the weakness. At the mo- The Michigan-Memorial Phoenix Project
ment there is only one subsidized unit at t. must not be allowed to falter. It is lasting con-
Project - a contract with the International crete proof that out of the hell and atomic
Co-operation Administration. ICA is part of ashes of world war a newer and brighter way
President Eisenhower's Atoms-for-Peace pro- of life can be forged for mankind.
gram, and the Project's tcontract is to providePHILIP MUNCK
Gov. Almond's Actions

IL &'IL"
O' ltleS 4d'

SCallenge to Democrats

New Twist Fails
To Enliven Old Plot
"NEVER LOVE A STRANGER," finishes an ample three day run at
the State Theater today. It probably won't furnish much entertain-
ment for anyone except the most homesick New York freshman, since
it is average modern Hollywood all the way, and does not even offer one
the unique experience afforded by being part of an Ann Arbor audience
at a "monster" show or film of equivalent artistry.
All who have seen a gangster movie will find little. that's new in
"Never Love A Stranger." Harold Robbins, producer, and author of the

novel, has attempted to add a more
modern sociological explanation for
the development of a gangster
than simply the "poor orphan boy
who wants money and power,
shines big-shot Slick's shoes, is
made one of Slick's boys, rubs out
Slick, becomes important but un-
happy, and finally is bumped off,"
routine. The twist is this. A poor
Catholic orphan is kicked out of
the orphanage when it is dis-
covered that he's Jewish.
* * *
THE CONFLICT raised by this
discovery eventually drives the
honest orphan hero to a life of
big-time crime. The hero, John
Drew Barrymore, snarls convinc-
ingly at those who attempt to im-
pede his rapid progress toward the
inevitable, violent destiny-death.
It is evident (to Hollywood)rthat
the hero is a victim of circum-
stances-the boy's criminal life is
the result of his cruel ejection from
the orphanage, although before
this he spends his time playing
pool or pushing numbers.
Julie, the slightly tarnished but
almost ever - faithful girl of our
hero, expresses the answer to the
problem presented by his life as
she caresses their illegitimate child
a few months after her boyfriend's
death. "All he needed was love,"
says she.
THE FILM attempts to empha-
size the cyclic nature of life
through a quotation which ex-
presses the thought that life is
both the beginning and the end.
This is emphasized by a shot of
the hero as a baby, and by the
fade-out scene of Julie and her
Little need be said about the
acting. Lita Milan, as Julie is
It is futile to complain 'about
the average Hollywood film;
simply don't go if you expect any-
thing more. However if you have
never seen the original Gerald
McBoing Boing U.P.A. cartoon,
here's your opportunity.
-Dan Wolter
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(Continued on Page 5)

Associated Press News Analyst
Charles de Gaulle's new con-
stitution holds out for France a
prospect of governmental stabili-
zation which she has not enjoyed
for years.
For the future, much will depend
on precedents which will now be
Eighty-eight years ago, after the
reign of Napoleon III, France tried
to make sure that she would never
again fall under the power of one,
man. In that effort she established
a parliament which was never able
to coordinate the powers of hun-
dreds of men.
Now she is to have a President--
presumably de Gaulle-with great-
er powers than any since that last
emperor. He has drawn the consti-
tution, and will himself have wide
power to interpret it. The voters
have said that they trust him to
do so properly, in the light of their
known love of liberty and with
care for the preservation of democ-
But this is a pei'sonal trust,
granted without foreknowledge of
the stresses which are to come. It
cannot foresee the type of national
emergency which would make- the
powers of the presidency, by his
own interpretation, transcendent.
ANOTHER outstanding result of
the referendum is the defeat of
the Communists. De Gaulle has
succeeded in arousing millions of
voters who, disgruntled over one
or another of democracy's seeming
failures, went along with the small
hard core of Communists in order
to register dissatisfaction. These
negative voters have offered one
of the most dangerous political
manifestations in both Italy and
France since the war. De Gaulle
seems to have shaken them out of
that role.
No one can yet foresee the effect
on France's overseas position from
the defection of French Guinea.
By refusing the new constitution,
she cut her economic as well as
political connections with Frence.
Other similarly placed territories
avoided this drastic step, but
nationalism is by no means dead
among them.
The large vote for de Gaulle in
Algeria came as something of a
surprise, but by no means marks
the end of France's troubles there.
In spite of the fact it was pro-
duced under French guns, it does
tend to support the long-standing
French claim that most Moslems
would prefer peace in association
with France to constant warfare.
De Gaulle, who so far has
avoided definite commitments re-
garding Algeria, will now have to
get down to cases there.

OV. LINDAY ALMOND of Virginia appar-
ently has a little maverick blood in him.
Gov. Almond stood by his principles and re-
fused to join with Polish diplomats in cele-
brating the 350th anniversary of the first
Polish settlers at Jamestown, Virginia. Need-
less to say, this did not exactly cement friend-
ly relations with the Poles . . . something the
United States has been attempting to do for
three years and 90 million dollars.
This is the same Gov. Almond who says he
will shut down Norfolk, Virginia schools rath-.
er than allow mixed classrooms.
While it .is commendable that the governor
is a man of his convictions it is lamentable
that he seems to manage to do the very things
that make his country look bad in the eyes
of the world.

The Governor's other stand for segregated
classrooms, even at the cost of no classrooms
at all is. equally ridiculous. Our only hope of
removing this cancer from the already pock-
marked face of Uncle Sam is that the people
of Virginia will not stand, by and allow state
closing of the Norfolk schools which would
put 13,000 students out of classrooms.
Although Almond asserts that state senti-
ment is overwhelmingly in favor of separate
white and Negro classrooms, perhaps the
people of Virginia will have the vision, fore-
sight, and intelligence to understand what
their governor apparently cannot - segrega-
tion is contrary to basic human rights, wheth-
er these humans be white or Negro.

WASHINGTON - The nasty di-
lemma of the United States in
the Formosa Strait has presented
a high opportunity to the Demo-
crats to providecreative assistance
to the President...
The most powerful of them are
aware of -this. And, it may be
predicted, when Congress returns
in January our China. policy will
come under a constructive review
intended to find a way forward
rather than to catch scapegoats.
The central problem is to de-
velop a policy, in our relations
with the Nationalist regime, of
Chiang Kai-shek and with the
Chinese Communists, that will:
* .*
United States, who seem deeply
divided and deeply confused.
Draw our Western allies-Brit-
ain in particular-far closer to
us in Asia.
Reduce that part of our com-
mitment to Chiang that is merely
Strengthen both our determina-
tion and our ability, however, not
ever to see Formosa fall to the
The real need, in short, is to
prepare what we have never yet
had-a strictly rational approach
based upon practical American and
Western interests. But, as though
all this were not quite enough,
many complex and passionate bar-
riers must be broken down before
we can even make a start.
First of all, it must be recog-

nized that never on a foreign issue
have we had the emotionally em-
purpled public and private parti-
sanship that so long has cursed
us over China.The right-wing Re-
publicans years ago made bitter
attempts to prove that the Demo-
cratic administrations of Messrs.
Roosevelt and Truman deliberately
turned mainland China over to
the Communists.
This was the silliest of parti-
san melodrama. Nationalist China
was lost by Nationalist China, and
by nobody else-and all that is
water over the dam, anyhow.
* * *
done. For the irrational violence
of those who love Chiang far too
much has been matched by the
almost hysterical vehemence of
those who hate and scorn him be-
ybnd all reason.
The all-out Chiang people are
really arguing that he ought to be
permitted to involve us in major
war, if only for his own purposes.
The all-out Chiang antagonists
in substance are really contending
that because Chiang himself is an
ally of doubtful value we should
just give up the whole show to the
It seems not unreasonable to
suggest that the truth lies some-
where in between - and maybe
even about. as follows:
1) Chiang himself is certainly
not so useful an ally as, say, the
British in any case, and we must
not do anything in his aid that will

leave us naked and alone in the
Western alliance.
2) Formosa, all the same, is
truly vital to Western security.
3) Just as it was irresponsible
to destroy public confidence in the
old Democratic civil and military
leadership so it is irresponsible now
to do the same thing to the current
Republican leadership.
4) Because we simply cannot let
Formosa go, we cannot afford pub-
licly to throw Chiang to the wolves.
Whatever he is otherwise, he does
at present representd Formosa;
Formosa is power and prestige;
this power andwprestige is indis-
pensable to our Asian allies from
Manila to Seoul in Korea to Tokyo.
* * *
must keep the position of power-
Formosa-without mortally alien-
ating our Western allies and in
such a way as not to destroy the
position of prestige with our East-
ern allies.
All this defines the, emerging
challenge to the Democrats. No
doubt it is a very hard thing. But
it will not be impossible, granted
adult magnanimity on both sides
in wiping the partisan slate clean
and in calm, sensible planning for
the future. What is needed is to
look at the thing for what it is,
a great security problem, and not
merely as an opportunity either
to canonize or to smash John Fos-
ter Dulles.
(copyright, 1958, by
United Feature Syndicate; Inc.)


JUST INQUIRING . . . by Michael Kraft
A nother Universtiy?

ALTHOUGH they undoubtedly had other in-
tentions, the Regents at their meeting Fri-
day helped to indirectly light two of higher
education's recurring problems.
The question of expansion and maintenance
standards were implicitly raised when the
Regents took another step towards opening
Dearborn Center by appointing University Vice-
President William Stirton as Director. In 1956
the Regents accepted the Ford gift of land and
money for construction of the new campus
and the buildings will be ready for use next
fall. But thanks to a legislature which talks
about the advantages of students going to col-
lege in their own community and reduces ap-
propriations for the state's higher education
facilities, operations at Dearborn will not begin
until September, 1960. In the meantime, Stirton
will assemble a staff and organize the Center's
cooperative program.
Stirton's remarks during interviews after his
appointment was announced were rather inter-
esting, not only for their description of the
cooperative work-study program, but also be-
cause he stressed the problem of academic
standards. There has been some concern that
the growth of community colleges, along with
the development of branches by the University
and Michigan State University, will result in a
general, overall lowering of educational stand-
THE DIRECTOR of the University's Dearborn
Center emphasized that admission stand-
ards will be "at least as high" as those on the
Ann Arbor campus.
There seems little question that unless there

is a complete reversal of trends and society's
needs, the demand for a place in classrooms
will continue to exceed the available space.
Of course, high admission standards are only
part of the problem; finding and retaining a
good faculty is one that grows increasingly
difficult in view of the comparative scarcity of
those going into teaching and the abundance
of attractive offers from business and industry.
But the state legislature, by and large finds
it easy to overlook the question of maintaining
standards in its embracement of a "solution" to
the question of how best to expand facilities
and accommodate the increasing number of
those who want a college degree. Whether or
not they get an education along with the
sheepskin is a problem still apparently ungrasp-
a4le in Lansing.
But those in the Legislature do see community
colleges as a way to take care of the state's
future educational needs for expansion. And for
once, Gov. G. Mennen Williams agrees with
the legislators, for in a speech last week, he
called the community college a large part of the
answer to the state's "overwhelming'' educa-
tional problem. "It's much cheaper for the tax-
payers than the expansion of the big universi-
ties and it is much cheaper for the parents
because the students can live at home."
THERE IS MUCH to be said for halting the
expansion of the state's three large uni-
versities before they grow even larger. Size in
itself may not be a danger as President Harlan
Hatcher asserted last year, but the weight of
administration and the crushed vitality result-
ing from big departments and little intellectual
interchange is another danger to educational
standards. '
Much is also being said for the community
colleges. But the tendency to regard them as the
solution is also a danger. Community colleges
can absorb only part of the rising number of
applicants because to a certain - extent, they
create their own demand. The Dearborn Cen-
ter, the Flint College and . MSU's Oakland
branch, along with the new community colleges
may provide educational facilities for those
who might otherwise come to Ann Arbor or go
to Lansing. But also, by bringing college within
communting distance, they stimulate students
who otherwise might not apply.
THIS IN ITSELF may be good, but to expect


Lewis Show: An Experience in Variety, Humor

WILLIAM and Ethel Lewis are
engaging in a new wrinkle of
Togetherness by holding a joint
exhibition of their work -- paint-
ing and pots respectively - at the
Forsythe Galleries in the Nichols
Arcade. The idea has possibilities
but the present version is rather
too uneven. To combine ceramics
and paintings in a combined or
related exhibition is tricky - the
atmosphere for setting of the one
is not often good for the other --
and in this case the lack of vi-
tality and scope in the pots (fly-
ing saucers, pierced and saucers,
decorated) is completely 'over-
whelmed by the paintings.
Mr. Lewis' paintings - oils and
watercolors - are an exciting ex-
perience. Art is an appeal to the
senses and not the least of Mr.
Lewis' appeals is to the sense of
humor. "Memorial to a Layer
Cake" is a solid, weighty piece
which reminds one of some of
Hartley's mountain studies - the
same solidity and quiet dynamism
is apparent. "Afterthoughts on
Liverwurst" leaves no doubt as to
the quality of thoughts, and a
soaringly, ethereally lovely piece
is called "There Isn't Any Reason,
It's Just Our Foreign Policy."
Usually such titlings strike one
as being pretentious, deliberately
obscure and esoteric, or simply
nonsensical. In this . instance,
however, one is delighted by and
completely enchanted with a wry,
piquant tongue-in-cheek sense of.

his work and his values that he
loses his sense of proportion. The
results are utter, grinding bore-
dom and sterility. Mr. Lewis need
never fear this particular fate-
* * *
TO PLACE this much emphasis
on a sense of humor, only one as-
pect of a comparatively small
part of the entire show, may seem
an exaggeration. It is, rather, a
very telling and important aspect
of Mr. Lewis' work, and defines,
in a sense, a quality that is found
in all the pieces shown. This is a
quality singular to Mr. Lewis and
one that one would hope to see
more often. It would seem, from
the works shown, that Mr. Lewis
is not overly concerned with a
particular style, with a particular
area of expression or with a par-
ticular content.
It is obvious on even the most
casual viewing that Mr. Lewis has
a point of view peculiar to him-.
self, but it is not a narrow, one,
nor is it expressable in only one
style or mode. There seems to be
an ability to see the world in its
exciting variety (not in terms of
a particular stylistic mannerism)
and an ability to discuss this
world in a variety of ways.
Nor, happily, is Mr. Lewis "in
the school of" or "after the man-
ner of." It is possible, if one
chooses, and probably one will, to
see elements and bits which are
reminiscent of all sorts of things
--the trains in "Trr adv Wil-n

IT MIGHT be possible to call
Mr. Lewis a romantic (indeed, it
has been done), if it were neces-
sary to give him a tag or put him
in a niche, and if one were willing
to qualify one's meanings for the
word sufficiently. Certainly the
effete, languishing attributes of
the romantic are not in evidence
anywhere, although a near Vene-
tian quality and voluptuousness of
color can be seen. There is, in one
sense, a tendency to idealize, to-
represent more dramatically than
in reality, but this is saved from
bombast or the sheer baroque by
a fine and virile sense of design
and appropriateness. There is
great tenderness in many of the
pieces (particularly in "A Long
Way From the Ocean" - a rich
and haunting landscape of farm

land in, one wants to assume, an
early spring thaw), but it is not
sloppy or sentimental. Nor are
the satiric works simply bitter.
Not of least interest is the va-
riety in the technical virtuoity of
tie pieces. Not only are the works
vigorously and delicately rend-
ered, but the variety of styles is
stimulating and not the least self-
conscious, or, rather, not overly
* * *
A NUMBER of the paintings
deal with seascapes - mostly
battle ships and various harbor
scenes. As a group these evoke for
us a nostalgia for the world of
Teddy Roosevelt and the Great
White Fleet and the, in retro-
spect, security and solidity of that
Especially interesting in this

group is the large, violet and rose
"Vicksburg Bluff" which shows
some several harbor craft in a
dramatic swirling of smoke and
haze and thin, clear light. "Sea
Monuments" and "West Coast,"
semi-abstractions rendered in
rich, low-keyed colors, have a
firmness and dynamism of struc-
ture and concept that is electri-
fying. "West Coast" is also, and
almost paradoxically, strongly
reminiscent of the finest Chinese
or Korean painting with its ex-
quisite brush work so strongly
used and so perfectly controlled.
One of our favorites, "August,"
is particularly notable for its
clear, Venetian sense of light.
The present showing, after
opening last night, will continue
until October 17.
-David Guillaume

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City Editor

Associate Editor

DALE CANTOR... ...............Personnel Director
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