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Sxty-Ninth Year

"And What Do We Do About These Darn
Eisenhower Republicans?"

ben Opinions Are Free
Truth WU Preva.U"

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily ex-press the indivIidual opinions of stag riters
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

AY, NOVEMBER 19, 1958




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Kirchner Interesting
But Unsuccessful
THE STANLEY QUARTET played its second concert of the Fall
Semester in Rackham Auditorium last evening. Featured were the
Quartet Opus 18. No. 2 of Beethoven. the Quartet No. 2 (1958) of
Leon Kirchner (commissioned by the University of Michigan). and the
Quartet in F of Ravel.
The charming Beethoven Quartet opened the concert. It suffered
slightly from uneven playing, imprecise attacks and problematic intona-

3R 40

'U' Moves in Right Direction
With Required Deposits

. ...

A STEP toward concrete planning was taken
by the University last week when it adopted
the policy of requiring enrollment deposits
from all accepted applicants to the school.
The $50 deposit toward first semester tuition
fees, which will be asked of all first year stu-
dents at the University, will stabilize both the
number of freshmen and transfers entering
the school at a much earlier date.
The previous policy of the University was
to accept applicants as soon as possible, but
to set no particular date for notification of
their actual enrollment intentions.
The only time the applicant committed him-
self at all was when he sent in a $20 deposit
on his room. At best, this sum was often just
enough to make the student think twice about
withdrawing his application.
CONSEQUENTLY, the University was unable
to accurately predict the size of the fresh-
man class or to definitely plan its housing un-
til late in the summer. Last year the 'U' ac-
cepted 4,500 applicants, of which only 3,000
finally enrolled.

The new policy will force the applicant to
make his choice of college definite by the end
of the spring and will enable the University
to start work on housing arrangements at an
earlier date.
MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, the University will
have a more concrete idea of the number
of enrollees to expect and will thus be able
to use this figure in their legislative bargaining.
Vice-President William Stirton and his staff,
which works on the U's request in Lansing,
will be able to say to the legislators, 'We have
x number of students coming and thus, we
need the funds for x number of students.' If
the request is presented in this more conrete
manner, it is less likely that the legislators can
reduce the funds which are absolutely needed
. . as they have done in the past.
The University is to be commended for be-
ing the first Michigan tax-supported school to
adopt the deposit plan policy . , . this step
toward concrete planning is a step in the right


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tion. On the other hand, it was
Stanley Quartet, even among the
full-time professional ensembles,
can achieve.
The Kirchner quartet was the
most interesting and least suc-
cessful wvork on the program, in-
teresting only because it has been
heard less often than the Beetho-
ven or Ravel.
Kirchner is one of the few
younger American composers who
has received significant public
recognition. However, despite
magazine statements, his Second
Quartet is neither properly com-
plicated nor intellectually well
conceived. It is only an excessively
thick sound-texture.
The first movement (Allegro) is
introduced with a five note theme
which promises to lead us through
some interesting development. but
fails. The thick sound-texture only
obscures the theme's less attrac-
tive and completely unimaginative
The second movement (Adagio)
is slight improvement. Here Kirch-
ner has used some good string
harmonics and real contrasts of
volume and range. But the writing
is still very thick.
IN THE THIRD movement (Al-
legro) we are again promised
something exciting. The thematic
ideas are not really distinguished
but the rhythmic gestures gener-
ate energy and a feeling that the
movement might drive forward.
Although this did not happen, it
was possibly the fault of the per-
formers. Kirchner. carefully speci-
fies a wider dynamic range than
was played. In the middle section
of the movement he uses clusters
of repeated notes marked to be
played "slow to fast" in an im-
provisatory manner. Had the re-
peated clusters been correctly
played the tight accumulated
sounds of this last movement
would have achieved a much
broader dramatic scale.
To close the program, the Stan-
ley Quartet gave an unusually
warm performance of the Ravel
Quartet. Not since the days of the
old Paganini Quartet has an en-
semble achieved the delicate con-
trasts and subtle shifting of in-
strumental colors. Very fine.
--Gordon Mumma

spirited in conception as only the
T IS DIFFICULT to conceive
what foolish notion prompted
the production chiefs at Metro to
film "Torpedo Run" after they had
examined the cliche-ridden sce-
nario of Richard Sale and William
Wiston Haines. Evidently, since
they invested over a million dollars
in the venture, they thought "Tor-
pedo Run" had great possibilities,
and the marquee at the State is
shining testimony of its existence.
Unfortunately the film does not
glisten at all, and the wveary movie
goer can only chalk this motion
picture up as another entry in the
seemingly endless line of sprawl-
ing, colorful, Cinemascope fiascos.
BRIEFLY, the film concerns the
efforts of a submarine skipper
(Glenn Ford) and his executive
officer (Ernest Borgnine) to de-
stroy the most lethal sub in the
Japanese fleet. That Ford and
Borgnine will succeed is evident
from the beginning. That Ford
and Borgnine will clash is equally
evident, and that Ford and Borg-
nine will settle their differences
peaceably-that too is fortunately
evident. The only factor which
i sn't evident from the outset is the
length of time Ford and Borgnine
will take. And that brings us to
the most admirable quality of the
film. The running time is not
much over ninety minutes.
The weaknesses of "Torpedo
Run" are typical of the weaknesses
of all the aforementioned Cinema-
scope fiascos in that the plot
wanders aimlessly, the humor is
heavy, and for the most part, the
direction lacks inventive spark or
Artistic quality. There is a sequence
at the end, however, which is done
well and deserves comment here.
Director Joseph Pevney has shot
some effective footage showing the
abandonment of a submarine,
-Marc Zagoren

A Place for Everything


FOR THE FIRST TIME all University classes
will be dismissed so that students may
attend a religious event, C. Gray Austin, As-
sistant Coordinator of Religious Affairs proudly
said recently.
He was referring to what will happen at
1O:40 a.m. today when classes will be halted
so that, presumably, students will go to Hill
Auditorium to hear the president of the Ameri-
can Council of Education discuss the provoca-
tive topics, "Religion in Today's University."
Not just one class, but two classes will be
disrupted because of this lecture. Twenty min-
utes of a fifty minute 10 a.m. class and the
whole of the 11 a.m. class. But it goes even
further. Student who have a hard time getting
up for their eight and nine o'clocks, which
includes practically all of them, are going to
feel even more inclined to remain in bed, when
they know that one or two of their morning
classes will not be held in full.
APPARENTLY, those who decided that stu-
dents would be better off attending this
discussion than classes, areunder two false
impressions, One is that no student would dare

to miss a class to attend a lecture which might
particularly appeal to him. And that now that
he has no class to attend, he will gallop over
to Hill to sit and listen to a lecture, which
may or may not be as interesting as the class
he just escaped from.
And if this did happen, it would be a spec-
tacular sight to see more than 20 thousand
students, plus faculty and administration jam-
med into the University's largest auditorium
which holds approximately 4,200 people. How-
ever, there should be little worry on this score.
Rather, the Union will have many more than
its average number of coffee drinkers, the
library will be full to overflowing with mid-
term cramers and the dorms and fraternity
and sorority houses may even schedule an early
To be sure, religion has some place at a state
university for many students. For others, it may
have no place at all. However, it is completely
out of place for classes to be dismissed so that
some students can attend a portion of a con-
ference on religion.

SStassen Remains Inscrutable


C A Sha

By Richard Taub
i bbyA ffair

in national politics for two
decades-and he is the man no-
body really knows. He is a large,
still-faced total mystery-a char-
acter who when repeatedly run
over not only refuses to lie down
but even denies that the truck
ever passed his way at all.
It is far easier to assess the sig-
nificance of Stassen's latest "dump
Nixon" movement-which he pro-
claimed after visiting President
Eisenhower-than to understand
in a human way the author of this
The question as to what Stassen
has accomplished poses no great
riddle. He has dropped a very
noisy brick on the steps of the
White House-and on the large
and sensitive toes of the Republi-
can National Committee. At least
a majority of that committee's
members are neutral - neutral,
that is, in favor of Vice-President
Richard M. Nixon's nomination for
President in 1960.
* * *
THE HARM DONE to Mr. Nixon,
however, is certainly far less severe
than that done to the nervous
systems of the Republican pros.
These are now in a recurring state
of astonished exasperation. They
can't figure out Stassen any more
than anybody else can, and this
annoys them no end.
If Mr. Nixon's ambitions have
been little damaged, it is possible
that a tiny jar has been suffered
by Governor-elect Nelson Rocke-
feller of New York. For Stassen's
famous list of the four "possibili-
ties" who could win the Presidency

for the Republicans was resplen-
dently headed by the name Rocke-
feller and thunderously silent
about the name Nixon.
Mr. Stassen - to Mr. Rocke-
feller's pained embarrassment, this
correspondent is informed - has
climbed upon a Rockefeller band-
wagon before there is either a
wagon or a band. Thus, while
everybody understands what Mr.
Stassen is trying to do, it is hard
to find anybody who understands
how he expects to do it.
The problem is this: so far as
eye and ear can discern, Mr.
Stassen's present active supporters
could caucus in any telephone
His most recent sortie before
this had left him wounded on the
fields of Pennsylvania - some
would have thought mortally
wounded considering that he lost
by 2 to 1 in his try at the guber-
natorial nomination.
* * *
MOREOVER, even before this
disaster-or, rather, what would
have been a disaster to anybody
but Stassen-he had been allowed
to end by resignation his services
to the Eisenhower Administration.
He had been, somewhat inappro-
priately, the President's chief ad-
viser on disarmament.
And before this setback, Stassen
had, of " course, challenged Mr.
Nixon's renomination as Vice-
President in 1956 and had been
left dazed and bleeding by the
roadside at the San Francisco
All this, however, has not for a
moment dashed the spirit of this
indestructible, this unsinkable,

man. For the most interesting
thing about Stassen is more than
politically interesting-it is hu-
manly interesting.
He has repealed some of the
natural laws governing the human
personality. Defeated, he simply
and totally denies the fact of de-
feat. Embarrassed, he simply and
totally denies the fact of embar-
rassment. His inner resources
against the slings and arrows are
incredible. When President Eisen-
hower pulled a very small rug from
under his feet at San Francisco,
Stassen, without moving a facial
muscle, went out to the convention
hall and almost prayerfully in-
toiied a blessing upon Nixon's
* s *
Those who saw him at the time
close up tried in vain to discover
how Stassen felt at what had
happened to him. It was impos-
sible; it was as though nothing
whatever had happened.
In his broad, absolutely opaque
face there is not a chemical trace
of any emotion-no sadness, no
anger, no resentment, no discom-
fort. He is armed, surely, as few
men are armed by an unshakable
sense of inner rightness-over-
laying the most profound absence
of a sense of humor in American
At a cocktail party the wife of
one of the correspondents present
remarked in a routinely social
way: "Governor, you must come
to dinner some time."
"I should be willing-," Stassen
replied solemnly, "so long as it is
understood, in advance, that it will
all be off the record."
(Copyright, 1958, by United
Feature Syndicate, Inc.)


IN REVERSING Student Government Coun-
cil last Saturday, the Administration won by
sheer weight what could not be won by either
intellectual or moral honesty. After four years
(perhaps longer) of letting SGC think it had
the right to control an area (recognition of
sororities and fraternities), the administration
suddenly reversed itself and rammed its opin-
ions down student throats. It was a shabby af-
It does not matter here whether or not stu-
dents should have the right to recognize sor-
orities and fraternities, perhaps they shouldn't,
but this kind of decision is not made toward
the end of an issue on which students have
worked so conscientiously for two years. What
makes the matter even more reprehensible is
that students were only trying to enforce a
University regulation.
The whole issue is not a matter of "rights" in
one sense. The administration runs the Uni-
versity and probably has the "right" to do any-
thing it wants. But the administration of a
greatdAmerican university ought to be com-
mitted to a policy which does not embrace
this concept of authority.
THE "you have power only when you agree
with us" concept is fine for a totalitarian
state, but really does not belong to a demo-
cratic one. The administration ought to be
bound, although it does not think so at this
point, by some rules, which fall into the gen-
eral category of fair play. This is especially
true if it is also committed to producing good
citizens, a commitment so frequently enunciat-
ed by our administration.
This concept should outlaw quite clearly any
arbitrary act by the administration and re-
quire from them a kind of honesty rarely to
be found outside a University. It means that
when they say students are given wide re-
sponsibility, they show this by more than mere
words. It means that they are committed to
obeying spirit of any regulations establish Ai
by the University.
Student minds have little room to grow when
they are held down by a crushingly paternal
rHE ADMINISTRATION did great violence
! to democratic precepts Saturday morning.
It is true that students only have the power
to withdraw recognition from sororities when

There are also provisions which say that SGC
cannot do anything at all which is contrary
to regental policy and administrative prac-
tice. Students naively thought that this limi-
tation did not mean "power only if you agree;"
because this in reality is not power at all. Stvt-
dents didn't know that they were being led
(more properly controlled) by a paternalistic
administration which would step on their heads
(probably for "their own good") the minute
they stepped "out of line."
The Board in Review simply stepped in and
emasculated SGC. But the losers looked good.
They looked good simply because they were
being honest. But the winning side couldn't
marshal a reasonable argument. Dean Rea
pointed out that he felt sorry for National
Sigma Kappa (the Board in Review is not to
say whether or not it thinks the Council ac-
tion is "right.") Dean Moore kept pointing out
that the Regents did notrwant SGC to have
any power, and that a kind-heartel adminis-
tration was responsible for any crumbs SGC
did pick up. (Although Vice-President Lewis
was requested to give his opinion about this
problem, Prof. Lionel Laing, chairman of the
committee which wrote the plan, was not avail-
able for his interpretation). Dean Bacon talked
in circumlocutory metaphors which boiled
down to the "only if you agree with us" inter-
pretation. It was a "fact" that Sigma Kappa
was not breaking the rules, she said, becauc
the administration said so. And because SGC
did not take this "fact" into consideration,
they were wrong. And Dean Lovell just sat.
there and didn't say a word. Students coul*
not have been too proud of those who claim
to be responsible for them.
THE FUTURE of SGC at this point is up
in the air. The Council will appeal to the
Regents, but it is highly unlikely that the Re-
gents would ever reverse an administrator be-
cause they have a different concept of dele-
gative authority.
The administration at this point has placed
a limitation on the Council which is great.
For under this precedent the administration
can stop the Council from doing anything the
administration doesn't want it to do. Interest-
ing concept of student "government."
However. there is much SGC can do in non-
Controversial areas. This action mayt force the
Council into considering academic problems
which should be its prime concern anyway.
Since the faculty is not administration. it is

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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.
eneral Notices
Regents Meeting: Fri., Dec. 12. Com-
munications for consideration at this
meeting must be in the President's
hands not later than Dec. 3.
The next Polio Shot Clinic for stu-
dents will be held Thurs., Nov. 20, only
In Rm. 58 (basement) of the Health
Service. Hours are 8:00-11:45 a.m. and
1:00-4:45 p.m. Proceed directly to base-
ment, fill out forms, pay fee ($1.00)
and receive injection. It should be
noted that the 4th (booster) shot

should be obtained approximately on*
year after the 3rd.
A tea for international students will
be held, Thurs., Nov. 20, 3:30 to 5:30
p.m. at Mosher Hall.
Illustrated Lecture: "The DEW Line
(distant early warning liner)" by Mr.
Louis A. Dorff, Military Systems Engi-
neer, Bell Telephone Laboratories. 4:00
p.m., Wed., Nov. 19, Aud. A, Angell
The English Journal Club will spon-
sor a talk by John Hagopian, instruc-
tor in the Dept. of Eng. Lang. and Lit.
Wed., Nov. 19, 8:00 p.m., Rackham As-
sembly Hall. Mr. Hagopian will discuss
"Psychology and Literature."
Lecture, auspices of the Dept. of
Chemistry. "Application of Hanging
Mercury Drop Electrode." Prof. Victor
Kemula, Warsaw, Poland. Wed., Nov.
19, 5:00 p.m., Rm. 1200, Chem. Bldg.
(Continued on Page 5)

Financial Problems Face Colleges, Students

By G. K. Hodenfield
Associated Press Education Reporter
W ASHINGTON - For years,
American college students
have been getting a long, free ride
toward their education.
A student at a state-supported
college or university generally
pays about one-fifth the actual
cost of his education. At more ex-
pensive private schools he pays
less than half. The average for all
students is one-third. The schools,
public and private, have been
picking up the rest of the tab.
But with booming enrollments
and higher costs hitting them, the
colleges can plainly see this sys-
tem can't be continued.
HERE IS the grim situation:
This country now has more
than three and one-half million
college students. By 1970, it is ex-
pected there will be at least six
million, possibly seven.
The combined annual budgets
of the more than 1,800 colleges
and universities now runs about
three billion dollars. By 1970, ex-
perts figure the total will be at
least six billion dollars.
A vast outpouring of federal aid
is being given quite a ride. but it
doesn't appear to be a complete

solutions. College officials are
swinging to the view that hope
lies in a combination of the three
partial solutions: ibcreased tui-
tion rates, federal aid and in-
:reased alumni support and more
foundation grants.
They feel tuition rates must be
raised, and that students and
their parents must go deeply in
debt if necessary to pay them.
They speak now of loans, possibly
backed by low-cost life insurance
policies, with repayments spread
out over a long period.
They also feel that stepped-up
federal aid in some form or oth-
er is necessary if college facili-
ties are to be expanded to meet
the rush of students. The states,
too, they say, must shoulder a big-
ger share of the increased costs.
Alumni support has long been
a good source of revenue, although
only an estimated 20 per cent of
the graduates do the supporting.
Old grads can look for bigger and
better fund raising campaigns.
Corporation gifts, and grants
from foundations, have become
increasingly important. However,
many experts think there are still
:ast pools of financial reserves to
be tapped in this area.
** *

the private colleges. To charge
the student the full cost of his
education, Dr. Ludlum said re-
cently, would be to break faith
with the philanthropists who have
endowed these schools with more
than three billion dollars and
would also mark a basic change
in the philosophy which has guid-
ed the private schools.
Those who feel students and
their parents should be willing
to go deeply into debt to help ab-
sorb the higher costs of education
consider this debt a blue chip in-
BUT THERE are cons as well as

pros to this argument. For ex-
ample, women students aren't go-
ing to take kindly to the idea.
Coming out of school already
saddled with a big debt is going
to make husband-hunting a much
tougher proposition.
And a college education, even
with a potential value of $100,000,1
may not look so attractive to par-
ents or men students, either, when
they consider the years they'll
spend paying off the debt.
The ones who have really suf-
fered over the years have been
he college teachers. President
Eisenhower's committee on edu-

cation beyond the high-school put
it bluntly:
"The plain fact is that the col-
lege teachers of the United States,
through their inadequate salaries,
are subsidizing the education of
the students, and in some cases
the luxuries of students' families,
by an amount which is more than
double the grand total of alumni
gifts, corporate gifts and endow-
ment income of all colleges and
universities combined."
The committee figured that col-
lege teachers, by working for the
low salaries they have long ac-
cepted, are contributing more
than 800 million dollars a year to
the students of their schools -
more than $3,500 per teacher.
teachers have been leaving the
campus for better-paying jobs in
The Carnegie Foundation for
the Advancement of Teaching
says nearly 300,000 college teach-
ers will be needed by 1970, but
that only 300,000 to 400,000 are
likely to be available.
The Educational Policies Com-
mission of the National Educa-
tion Assn. says higher faculty sal-

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