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Sixty-Ninth Year

Opinin Are Free
tb Will Prev&U"

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

DAY, DECEMBER 16, 1958


Report Needs Followup
For Effectiveness

"Some of These Democrats Seem To Have a
Dangerous Belief in Democracy"

IROGRESSIVE changes and continued eval-
uations should mark any 'forward-looking
ucational institution which aims to con-
aptly improve the caliber and character of its
Two years ago, with that thought in mind,
udent Government Council asked the Vice-
esident for Student Affairs, James A. Lewis,
conduct a "study-evaluation" of all phases
the counseling services at the University. It
is intended to critically examine the effect-
mess of the academic, vocational, personal
d financial counseling presently available,
:ng with presenting recommendations for the
iprovement of coordination between the vari-
s areas.
Last week Vice-President Lewis released this
port which contained a bevy of suggestions
make life more worthwhile for John Stu-
nt. The key word was "coordinataion" but
ifortunately many of the suggestions were
: nebulous to effect any solid program. The
port mentions that residence hall and aca-
nmic counseling should be more unified; it
so makes references to greater communica-
n with the student body -- another general
UT AT THE BEGINNING of the recommen-
dations, it states that many of the points
necessity are general while others can be
ecific. Perhaps, the rationale behind this idea.
is that the committee tried to compromise
o often and that they tried to unify the views
five representative areas along with the
inions independent advisors from other stu-
nt service areas when it may have been im-
Over 25 people were connected in one way
the other with the report. Some took d fairly
tive Interest, others merely nodded over rec-
amendations at the meetings. All of these

Comedy Emerges
After Brief Delay

factors proved detrimental in some way to the'
concrete content of the report.
The disappointment of members of the ad-
ministration could be traced to the inherent
weaknesses in a large committee which is deal-
ing with the almost limitless subject of coun-
HOWEVER, all is not lost. The two years of
intermittent labor will not be wasted nor
will the few feasible suggestions (information
manual on counseling services due to be re-
leased in February), if the report is used as a
starting point for future activity.
Student Government Council has been in
the background of all this work. It has main-
tained that if the report serves no other pur
pose than to make the University aware of the
weaknesses of the present system, the coun-
seling study will be a "success."
Plans call for SGC to publicize the study and
make ,he entire campus aware of its merits
and demerits. With a cross-section of student
opinion, the Council hopes to push forward for
ALL OF THE eloquently phrased recommen-
dations, when broken down into laymen's
terms and carried out by smaller and more
efficient committees could be useful. Making
the counseling services aware of the improve-
ments that are needed is also a valuable aid tbo
improving the student.
But the report, although well-written, is full
of nebulous suggestions and could serve no
other purpose than pointing to the failure of
an overloaded committee that tried to do too
much with too many people.
Student government initiated the idea -
they now have the mandate to follow up this
report with effective action. The report could
then be worthwhile, but in its present form, it
is worthless.

L AST EVENING, the depart-
ments of speech and music
came up with a fairly spirited
performance of Mozart's 1790
comic opera, Cosi Fan Tutte.
Although this opera was com-
posed shortly after Figaro and
Don Giovanni, it could never quite
compete with them, for neither
the music nor the libretto are up
to their standards. But Cosi does
reappear now and then, and is
well worth hearing because it does
contain some fragments of Mo-
zart's best music. Besides. new
horizons are always worth explor-
The music and libretto of Cosi
fit well together, except for an oc-
casional twinge. Da Ponte' story
is of two dashing young army of-
ficers who are told by Don Alfonso,
a cynical friend, that "all women
are like that (i.e. fickle)". Anxious
to put this remark to the test,
they go off to the wars, but then
secretly return in disguise. Each
then courts the fiancee of the
other, with some help from Des-
pina, a most improper servant.
This courtship is eventually suc-
cessful and then the fat is really
in the fire.
Da Ponte' libretto is never quite
clear about who finally marries
whom, but in this version, Ferran-
do does marry his original fiancee,
Dorabella; and Guglielmo, Fior-
diligi. (Don't try to pronounce
these names unaided).
S* *
FIRST PRAISES must go to
Josef Blatt's orchestra which was
in fine fettle, even the strings.
Blatt conducted from the con-
tinuo, kept the pace fast and furi-
ous, appropriately enough.
The libretto tends to pair off
the principals, and so does the
music. So, at first glance, it is dif-
ficult to distinguish.the personali-
ties and talents of the singers.
Eventually some differences do
emerge so 'that, for instance, one
can find the voice of Donald Rid-
ley (Guglielmo) a measure more

powerful and capable than the
voice of Dan Pressley who plays
Even so does the voice of Mari-
lyn Kriml (Dorabella) emerge
more flexible and brilliant than
Miss Kunst's (Fiordiligi).
On the other hand, Mr. Pressley
turned out to be perhaps more of
a singing actor than Mr. Ridley,
during the first act. Second act
found everyone less inclined to
stiff posturing. and much more
lively, so that by finale time, the
comic element in this opera was
While Pressley and Ridley even-
tually fell into the comic tradi-
tion, Judith Woodall and Jerry
Lawrence, in their roles as Des-
pina and Don Alfonse, were there
waiting. Miss Woodall sometimes
had difficulty making herself
heard, but her stagecraft is first
rate. Vocally and dramatically,
Lawrence is thoroughly at home
in his part.
STAGING OF Cosi is cleverly
managed with the aid of a dual
set of curtains, so that the switch
from "garden path" (a favorite
battlefield for comic opera heros)
to "sitting-room" can be con-
veniently done.
This "garden path" is the scene
of a finely co-ordinated ensemble
ending Act I, which comes after
an interval of somewhat slow pac-
ing. The pacing of Act II is again
satisfactory except when the sing-
ers fail to appreciate the essence
of burlesque implicit in the arias.
This essence is eventually appre-
ciated so that Act II ends on a
definitely (and welcome) comic
note, with a grand flourish of a
grand finale.
--David Kessel
Ferraudo............Dan Pressley
iGugielmno,.......... Donald Ridley
Don Alfonso.......Jerry Lawrence
Flordiligi............Irene Kunst
Dorabella.........Marilyn Krimm
Despina..........Judith Wooda

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Qss AN .+S4 l~--ac 'oxc

'U' Bears Brunt of State Crisis

FRIDAY the Regents authorized University
borrowing to meet payrolls and other ex-
enses if a check from the state is not soon
eceived. The state, which is now $5.2 million
ehind in payments to the University, has
laid its bills to those groups such as public
chools, mental hospitals and state employees
;ho cannot borrow funds.
The University, along with Michigan State
Jniversity, is under a constitutionally separate
oard and can borrow money without special
tate authorization. Thus the burden of the
tate's current financial situation falls square-
Y on the shoulders of the already budget-cut
Rep. Rollo G. Conlin (R-Tipton) chairman
if the House taxation committee and head of
he legislative study committee on Michigan's
ax structure, has predicted the state will be'
100 million in debt by July 1. When he esti-
mated the state would be "only" $65 million in
lebt last month, this included increased sales
ax receipts, which have failed to materialize.
Thus the state, in the opinion of this ex-
ert, will fall $35 million more in debt in the.
text six months. This, of course, makes the
teed for a new tax structure imperative, both
o keep the debt from rising further and to at-
empt to pay off the $100 million deficit.
A more serious state deficit obviously means

'I Want A

'1HEN WOMEN received the right to vote a
whole new era of domesticity or lack there-
, was ushered in. There has been a lament-
ble falling-off of interest in the traits men
ave foolishly believed form the nucleus of a
oman's life.
Women have .been allowed to pick up the
vet gun, the wrench, the briefcase, and the
arbon paper , , . in fact, everything but the
b. They've invaded the inner sanctum of
usiness and as one observer observed, "When
ou treat 'em like men, they resent it, and
hen you treat 'em like women, they beat you."
The result of this about-face is' that males
re now eating frozen beef pies and canned piz-
a by the truckload. They're walking the streets
I torn clothing, minus half their buttons. If it
asn't for their undaunted courage to mend
heir own clothes, American males woud prob-
bly be walking the path of life clad in animal
dns . . . the goal of women to wear certain
nimal skins being irrelevant.
The problem wouldn't be so serious if it were
erely a matter of training. However, girls,
ast don't have the desire to get acquainted
ith pots, pans, kettles and other kitchen un-
11jr £idgn Djaiil
Editorial Staff

less money will be entering state coffers, which
means the University, which may be forced
to borrow money this month to meet payrolls,
will have to borrow throughout next spring.
A SITUATION where the state cannot meet
its obligations and expects its universities to
borirow at their own expense to meet the state's
obligations is shameful and demands a new
source of revenue. The state's tax structure ob-
viously cannot support the needed services;
change seems the obvious answer.
The new tax proposal, drawn by a citizens
committee, will increase state revenues by ap-
proximately $140 million annually. Unfavor-
able opinion to this plan has already been ex-
pressed by some state legislators. Money, how-
ever, is obviously needed in great amounts to
pay the University and eight other schools.
Rep. Conlin has done the new tax proposal
a big favor by pointing -out the realities of the
state financial situation. Any defeat of the
new tax plan will have to be compensated by
some other extra revenue sources, which legis-
lators have not been able to find up to now.
While the legislators quibble, the University
might well lose a small fortune for interest on
loans made necessary only because of the
state's lack of foresight.
Girl ...
A NEW disease has struck down American
womanhood . .. Appliance Reliance, a serious
threat to the peace, contentment, and welfare
of American males. Proficiency in use of the
automatic can opener, the automatic garbage
disposal, the automatic dishwasher, the auto-
matic oven, etc., etc., has replaced that standby
of the so-called old-fashioned marriage-the
automatic wife.
"I want to make something of my life, too,"
is rapidly becoming the cry of women who want
an independent status equal to that of men.
Learning a trade and having independence is
admirable, but not when it means neglect of
domestic arts.
"Oli, I'll get married and settle down after
I've established myself," declares the cautious
bachelor . . . and bachelorette. Most of the
girls want to get married (it's better than work-
ing for a living if worse comes to worse) but
they don't want to fall into that degrading
group who moan, "Oh, I don't do anything-
I'm a housewife."
Despite sociological claims college girls are
probably not the best mates. They're often able
to draw a pay check comparable to their hus-
bands' and are well adapted socially, but while
they march triumphantly through the business
world, their male counterparts wallow in ab-
dominal gas and peptic ulcers.
W HAT'S IN the future? Perhaps a male
revolution is in order. A new order of mar-
riages . .. ho cook, no husband.
Or, if the legislature can be aroused from
their gastronomic distresses caused by their

p P2. Operating I'
COUNTLESS minds of a steel- answer the telephones
trap keenness on figures, end- Federal bureaucrats..
less cranial lobes bulging with No one inexperienc
formidable fiscal lore, are worrying technique of getting a
frantically about the government's fice on the telephone-
budget, which is to be disclosed in his personal voice-
next month in all its terrifying imagine what ,ava
bulk. Washington telephon
This correspondent has always has become. One ri
leapt backward in horror from any department of so and
implied obligation even to under- for John Jones, who
stand, much less to Teport upon, important gent there.
any kind of budget-Federal, state, The First Answerer
county, city or personal. throaty whisper which
All the same, it is conceivable not be in Greek or
that even the most ignorant in What she is saying, in
this field can occasionally stumble age, is that she will tra
upon some idea that might be of "information."
help to the sturdy characters who * *
are trying so wistfully to reduce THERE IS a peculia:
Federal spending. ing, half-ringing noise
* * * and then a voices com
SUCH A MODEST proposal is the young woman who
here offered, and by unanimous of the information end
consent it will hereafter be known phone. This is the Seco
simply as Plan A. Plan A involves en. The Second Answer
a policy of austerity so Spartan to give you Jones's exte
that even the most conservative ber. She then rings ba
economists might well quail from Answered to divulge th
the enormous sacrifice involved. The First Answerer,i
Plan A would sweep through the of having done her
Federal bureaucracy at the cost against an interloper
not simply of many heads but also reluctantly then rings
at the less measurable but grevious tension. You have thef
cost of the self-esteem of many that now you are abou
other heads that would be left. of this thing. But thisi
For Plan A would entail nothing van~ity. For when then'
less than the cruel and immediate last actually a resp
discharge of the thousands-some- Jones's very own ext
times it seems it really must be are at best only half'
millions - of young women who toilsome hill.

of the male
ced in the
Federal of-
-can readily
st industry
ngs up the
so and asks
is a fairly
replies in a
may or may
any langu-
nsfer you to
r half-buzz-
for a while
nes on from
is in charge
of the tele-
nd Answer-
rer is willing
ension num-
ck the First
is secret.
with the air
full duty
to no avail,
Jones's ex-
good feeling
t home free
notion is all
,e is at long
ponse from
tension you
way up the

For the Third Answerer turns
out to be some enigmatic young
woman who is a, telephone recep-
tionist by title but in fact is far
more than this. She is the resolute
guerdian of what is still only the
perimeter to Jones's office. In her
turn and taking her time as is her
undoubted constitutional right
(and after a good deal of earnestly
confusing conversation as to
whether' you are calling from "out-
side" or "inside") at length she
rings yet another telephone.
responds is the Fourth Answerer.
It is naturally difficult to engage
her attention immediately to the
matter at hand. But at last you.
succeed in this, and you discover
that she is in truth Jones's per-
sonal secretary.
"I'm so sorry," she says, with a
perfectly revolting sweetness. "He
mentioned that he wanted to talk
to you' and that you were going to
call up. But the fact is, he just
left the office for the day."
"How long ago?" you ask.
"Just this minute," she replies.,
As you sadly drop the earpiece
back on the hook you mentally
compute the total elapsed time
since first you put in your call. Fig-
ure it as closely as you can, and it
still comes to 11 minutes and 14
(Copyright 1958, by United
Feature syndicate, Inc.)

"0NCE UPON A Horse," the
Universal International come-
dy which quietly sauntered into
the Michigan theater Sunday
morning would do well to high-
tail it out of town immediately,
for this current attempt td satir-
ize the western is one of the few
screen comedies on record which
can boast of possessing not one
genuinely funny line. "Once Upon
A Horse" is at least as flat as
champagne served warm and al-
lowed to stand uncorked for an
hour or so.
The reasons for the film's fail-
ure to generate laughter are as ob-
vious as they are many fold. In
the first place this satire, written,
directed and produced by Hal
Kanter, is weighted down by a
group of unforgivable puns strung
loosely together which serve to
completely suffocate any verve or
originality the screenplay may
possess. A prime example of this
occurs when Dan Rown asks Dick
Martin early in the film if he

Hor Falters
From the First


Dorm Food, Discrimination Draw Comment


To the Editor:
APROPOS the food strike at the
Mosher House, Mr. Schaadt,
residence hall business manager,
was reported to have said that it
"was sort of an immature method
of getting publicity for Mosher
To find the reasons as to why a
group of students protesting
against some grievances (legiti-
mate in their opinions) should be
accused of staging the protest for
cheap publiicty, one has to delve
deep into the intricate working of
a complex human mind.
It is. indeed, a subtle art of
subtler diplomacy, well known to
all astute practical problems
(sometimes, called the "smart"
ones) to pooh pooh any incident
unfavorable to them and to make
the cause thereof appear in some
meaner and less noble light. Sil-
houetted against the meaner and
less noble light diffused by such an
artful strategy, opposition spirits
of a less sturdy and determined
nature usually succumb-for so
frail and vulnerable is the general
human spirit to fight a cause that
is sc artfully made to appear in a
mean and unheroic garb. Such a
collapse of the opposition is, in-
deed, the much wanted object
lurking in the innermost complex
of the subtle politician's mind.
Mr. Schaadt attempted exactly
this strategy when he made that
above referred statement attrib-

new hospital buildings, Stadium,
etc. I was "prouder" than ever
that my school had continued to
bq ont of the greatest on the face
o' the earth!
n order to become re-acquainted
I ubscribe to The Michigan Daily
ad have been an avid reader ever
since. But frankly, my pride is
being terribly hurt by the goings
on of these past two years. I refer
to the crucifixion of Sigma Kappa!
Why pick on Sigma Kappa! Isn't
this the same fine sorority that
was on campus in the old days?
Yes-but they had tough luck fi-
nancially back in the 1930 depres-
sion and went "off campus" and
returned only a few years ago. So--
that technically put them out from
under the protection given all
other groups who were fortunate
enough to weather the financial
storms, and put them under the
1949 rule of the Regents! r
Have the Regents taken over the
properties of the fraternities and
sororities? Or are the organifa-
tions still owned and operated by
private corporations with private
capital? Do they still pay taxes?
How about chapter meetings?
Are they open to the public? Or
do you still use that box with the
white balls and the black balls?
Let us not beg the issue. Any
thinking person today must agree
thatkdiscrimination is morally
wrong. But that is not the issue
here. As long as fraternities and
srro'i tlei-p mrv 2in r.i cato n- A

education-to achieve the liberal
end. But at this point, let the
Regents, sine die, eliminate the
-Charles S. Kent
Flattery * * *
To the Editor:
BY THE SOUND of his, letter,
printed in the December 9 is-
sue of The Daily, Jack Stevens has
a violent objection to the "legal-
ized lust" which is practiced in
front of the women's residence
halls. While I do believe that Mr.
Stevens has exaggerated the situa-

tion out of proportion, I will not
attempt to defend this tradition1
(which Life magazine thought';
wholesome enough to feature in
an illustrated article).
However, I do question Mr. Ste-
vens' postulate that the practice
of one kissing one's date in front,
of the dorms will weaken the
moral fiber of our entire nation.
"The cream of the crop" or "lead-
ers of the future," as he calls U.
of M. students, should be flattered
by Stevens' statement that their
conduct before the dorms could
permanently affect the fate of our
--Roger Pascal, '62

Senim ore Says ..
s of at 'k$10-
-4 !~'. +F -5" °' ' ~ (

plans to wrestle cows in full dress
and tails. Mr. Martin's retort to
this question is "Why not? The
cows have tails too."
BESIDES an inane script, "Once
Upon A Horse" is burdened by
completely inadequate principal
players as well. While the comedy
duo of Rowan and Martin may
prove occasionally diverting on
television for five minutes or so,
the effect of being exposed to
them for longer periods is almost
disastrous. In many ways this new
comedy team resembles Martin
and Lewis but, lacking the latters'
polish and style, their brand of
humor can become exceedingly
annoying in a very short while.
There is ont pleasing aspect to
"Once Upon A Horse's and that is
lovely Martha Hyer singing the
charming Livingston-Evans title
tune; unfortunately, that is all
that is pleasant at the Michigan
this week.
-Mare Alan Zagores

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Michigan Dailyasssumes no edi-
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Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
General Notices
Since Christmas and New Year's Day
fall on Thursdays, the University will
arrange its work schedules so that a
skeleton work forc~e will operate, on
the Fri. after Christmas with the re-
mainder of the staff off. Those em-
ployees who work on Dec. 28 will have
Jan. 2, 1959 as their day off.
All January graduating seniors plan-
ning to attend graduation exercses, Jan.
24, 1959, go to Moe's Sport Shop, 711
North University. Immediately to be
fitted for a cap and gown.
All students who expect education
and training allowance under Public
Law 550 (Korea G. I. Bill) or Public
Law 634 (Orphans' Bill) must get in-
structors' signatures no earlier than
Dec. 17, 18 or 19 on Dean's Monthly
Certification form and turn the com-
pleted form in to Dean's Office by 5
p.m. Fri., Dec. 19. The Monthly Certi-
fication for the Veterans Administra-
tion, which is completed in the Office
of veterans' Affairs, 142 Admin. Bldg.,
may not be filled in until Jan. 5, 6,
or 7.
A meeting of Student Government
Council will be held Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Council Rm. to discuss the con-
cept and philosophy of student gov.

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