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Seventy-Third Year
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.

"Never MindThe Fine Print, Son ?How Would You
Like To Win That Girl?"

Kennedy NATO Policy
Aimed at Two Groups

Detroit Freedom March
Lacks Militancy, Hatred

DETROIT IS glowing with pride in the
wake of its highly successful "Walk to
Freedom," which brought thousands of Ne-
groes into downtown Detroit Sunday for a
protest march and rally. Civic and religious
leaders are hailing it as a precedent-setter and
a milestone toward racial equality.
It was indeed an impressive spectacle. People
unused to enjoying the slightest human dignity
walked with pride, their full status as human
beings recognized-for one day, at least.,
And they walked in peace. The air of
genuine goodwill which prevailed amounted to
more than the mere absence of overt violence
-the atmosphere was also free from the feel-
ing of repressed hatred, from the I'd-start-
something-if-I-only-dared attitude which might
be expected from people who have been given
plenty of reasons to be bitter. Even the white
man who caused a minor at one point, it turns
out, was not looking for trouble-he simply
sought a chance to speak to Rev. Martin
Luther King.
The "Walk to Freedom," in itself, was a
success. But its most basic purpose was to
instill in the people present an enlightened
militancy, a feeling of solidarity and purpose,
so they may be constructively and actively
participate in the civil-rights revolution which
is beginning to sweep this nation.
WITH THIS in mind, it is important to set
aside the gushy statements of local dig-
nitaries and to try to determine just what
last Sunday's events indicate and what they
do not.
THE POST OFFICE takes America one step
closer to 1984 Monday when the ZIP Code
-a five digit number for every post office and
zone in the country-goes into effect.
This number like the all digit telephone
number is designed to expand and speed service
by codifying people. It joins the social security
and driver's liscense number as a part of
American life.
Proliferating technology and people make
such unromantic and unindividualistic devices
necessary, but they should not make the gov-
ernments and corporations that institute them
forget that people are more than numbers.
-P. S.

They do not necessarily indicate grass-roots
militancy among Detroit's Negroes. To join
the "Walk to Freedom" required absolutely no
courage and very little commitment. It was
eminently respectable and rather enjoyable to
participate in, and it was clear that many con-
sidered it simply a unique way of spending a
Sunday afternoon in a city which doesn't have
much else to offer.
To assume that the 125,000-250,000 people
who marched would be willing to stand up for
their rights under truly adverse conditions is
wishful thinking. Facing the South's fire hoses
and jails or the North's more refined social
and economic weapons is a lot different from
marching with a good-natured group of people
behind a half-dozen VIP's.
The march did, however, underscore the
tremendous influence Rev. Martin Luther King
has among Negroes-a position won, not
through a charismatic personality (his speak-
ing manner is good but not inspiring) but
because his activities have become virtually
legendary. And because what he advocates
coincides so well with Negro attitudes and
aspirations, King has come to personify the
civil-rights movement.
KING'S POWER is important-for with his
acceptance as symbolic leader of the move-
ment comes acceptance of his philosophy: the
difficult blending of militance and anger with
non-violence and love which is necessary to
keep the revolution constructive rather than
vindictive. In the atmosphere of the march and
the reaction to King a remarkable under-
standing of-and agreement with-this philos-
ophy was evident.
To declare that color is, or should be, ir-
relevant to the way a man acts and is treated
by others is a simple and true principle. To
take a society where this principle has never
been practiced, where its antithesis has be-
come central to many basic institutions, and
to change this society, is a staggering task.
Even if all prejudice could be banished im-
mediately which now exists will require effort
and sacrifice from both white and black.
Marching in a parade is only a symbolic act:
if it does not spawn more - courageous and
decisive action, the sound and fury will have
signified nothing.

speeches must have been pre-
pared as a series which was to
reach a logical and dramatic cli-
max in West Berlin. At the airport
near Cologne and in his press
conference at Bonn, Mr. Kennedy
talked to the Old Guard in Ger-
many. He did his best to convince
Dr Adenauer and his followers
that the United States in general
and he as President are reliable-
which for the Old Guard means
that not only are we prepared to
defendaWest Germany with nu-
clear arms, but also that the
United States will give West Ger-
many the veto on any negotiations
about Germany.
After this opening phase of re-
assurance to the Old Guard, the
second phase took place in the
address on Tuesday at the Paul-
skirche in Frankfurt. Here the
President was calling upon the
liberal opposition, which Dr. Er-
hard represents, to look abroad
across the English Channel and
across the Atlantic Ocean.
In the third and climactic
phase, at the Free University in
West Berlin, the President him-
self looked across the iron cur-
tain. In words that derive from
Pope John, the President looked
forward to "reconciliation" and
then, assuming to speak for the
West, said that, provided the Com-
munist states do not interfere with.
freedom of other states, "we are
not hostile to any people or sys-
But the real difficulty in mak-
ing a western policy for the uni-
fication of Germany and of Eur-
ope is not that these problems are
vague and distant and shrouded
in the fog of Eastern Europe and
Communist Russia. The real dif-
ficulty is that there is an un-
resolved conflict in the Western
Alliance over whether the initia-
tive shall lie in Paris, with the
support of Bonn, or in Washing-
Because the President was
acutely aware of the fact that his
leadership of the West is chal-
lenged, he could not and did not

go beyond ideals and his general
assurances to any kind of defini-
tion of the policy which might
achieve what he is talking about.
The fact is that there can be no
definition of a European policy
without an understanding with
General de Gaulle. For there is
not the smallest evidence that the
cheeringGerman crowd means
that there is in West Germany
the will or the power or the poli-
tical courage to challenge General
de Gaulle's primacy on the western
continent. And even if there were
such an inclination on the part
of the German's, France's strategic
position and economic power are
such that she is an essential part-
ner in any Western Alliance.
The President, who was walking
a slippery path, was sure-footed in
Bonn and Frankfurt, and he was
bold in Berlin. But there is less
doubt than ever that a serious
discussion of transatlantic affairs
will have to lie between Washing-
ton and Paris.
BEFORE SUCH a discussion
could become profitable, the Presi-
dent will have to dispel the idea 1
that our conception of Europe and
the Atlantic Community is bound
in the end to prevail over the
false ideas of General de Gaulle.
It is intoxicating to believe that
the tides of history are with you,
that you are the wave of the fu-
ture. But history is not often a
sure thing, and men living amidst
it rarely know which way it is
General de Gaulle, who has now
acquired a very important follow-
ing all over Western Europe, may
not be, as the administration likes
to think, a mere voice of the past.
For while his haughtiness and
elegance are by modern standards
archaic, his judgment about the
cold war and his estimate of the
role of alliances in the nuclear
age may be prgphetic.
For myself, I have come to
think more and more that the
revival of the Western Alliance
depends upon a very good under-
standing of the new ideas that
are coming out of France.
(c) 1963, The Washington Post Co.

Conservatives Revolt at Illinois

A Modest Proposal

A MAJOR TREND in the Twentieth Century
has been the steady move toward speciali-
zation. However,,our citadels of learning have
not kept pace with this trend. The problem
with which we are concerned is the result of
this anachronistic attitude. It is time our
universities climbed aboard the bandwagon.
It is time our' universities joined hands with
the twentieth century. It is time the athletic
and academic programs were integrated and
Now, just how would this be accomplished?
First, it must be determined into what cata-
gories the various athletic spectacles fall. We
would suggest the following: Football, it is
commonly conceded, has been refined to a
science. Since Iowa State University is the
school most responsible for the teaching of
science in the state, all football would be
"taught" at Iowa State. Wrestling, swimming
and fencing are still considered to be arts;
therefore, these sports would be performed at
our liberal arts school, the University of Iowa.
Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any
educational contests, so State College of Iowa
will have to do without. Basketball doesn't
seem to fall into any category and would be
allowed a painless death. It is believed this plan
would go a long way toward eliminating these
unnecessary intra-state squabbles.
OF COURSE, the rest of the academic cur-
riculum would have to be altered to con-
form to the new standards of specialization.
However, this would be no problem; it would
not be the first time that academic policy was
determined at the gymnasium by a group of
sweatshirt clad gargantuans standing beneath
a barbell; it would, in fact, be a positive boon
to the state of Iowa, nay all mankind. Con-
sider what this would mean. All liberal arts
would be taught at SUI. All sciences would be
taught at Iowa State. SCI, confined to teaching
only "teacher training" courses, would soon
wither and die on the vine at a tremendous
savings to the taxpayers of this state.
The possibilities of this type of arrangement

are many. For one, additional revenues would
accrue to the State due to the increase in
gas tax revenues that would result from stu-
dents having to travel between Iowa State
and the State University to complete their
full course requirements.
For another, Iowa State could now build a
football stadium of a hundred thousand capa-
city with a three story press box complete
with waitresses. The list of advantages is gnd-
It is time in this age of specialization that
the academic community get in step with the
modern world. It is ridiculous in this day and
age to tolerate any longer this needless dupli-
cation. Under the plan described above a new
era can be envisioned for college athletics and.
academics as coaches and professors forget
their old antagonisms and march together arm
in arm down the paths to those halls of ivy
in the knowledge that they are taking part
in the shaping of the minds and the arms and
legs of tomorrow's leaders.
THE ANN ARBOR City Council has been
called to take action upon the problem of
housing discrimination.
The council has been presented with a
variety of suggestions, resolutions, and pos-
sible ordinances. These range from the stand
of the National Association for the Advance-
ment of Colored People and others for a strong
ordinance covering almost all housing, to the
stand of the Ann Arbor Real Estate Board
that this is strictly a moral issue, not legis-
The major problem of the council in the
drafting of an ordinance is that they are more
interested in the protection of property in-
terests than in solving the problem.
This attitude has been expressed by Mayor
Creal. His position is, "I will support a fair
housing ordinance so long as it protects every-
one." This is like the fat man who wants to
lose weight, but doesn't want to stop eating.
In short, the council would like to solve the
problem, if it could be done without changing
the present situation.
The council does not seem to realize that any
venuin nsolution of housing discrimination

(Editor's Note: This article on the
"conservative revolt" at the Univer-
sity of Illinois first appearedin.,the
current Isue of "National Review"
magazine. It. is reprinted here from
the "Summer Illini," the summer
newspaper, at Illinois. One of the
authors was president of the Con-
servative Coordinating Council dur-
ing the past year and the other
was a council member and a Daily
Ilmini columnist.)
characterize the upsurge of
the Right as the proliferation of
subversive groups which either
paint.eswastikas or try to ban
books from libraries, what is really
causing hypertension in the over-
extended capillary system of the
Establishment, is the rise of con-
servatism in the nation's colleges.
In the past Liberalism looked
on the campus as its empire, where
it placed its proconsuls, recruited
troops for further expansion, and
tolerated all shades of opinion
from Marx to Samuelson.
Initial rebellions in the pro-
vinces were documented by, M.
Stanton Evans in his' "Revolt on
the Campus." The winds of change
continue to blow,' as evidenced by
the hurricane damage suffered by
NO ONE talks any more of
"Super-Mac." Because of the
Profumo scandal? The Blue Streak
and Skybolt fiascos? The Common
Market blackballing by Charles
de Gaulle? Thedefense policy in
disarray? The sagging economy?
Growing unemployment? .. . Well,
it is all these and more. Now the
British tailoring industry accuses
him of threatening their business
by telling an interviewer: "I
always wear the same suit. When
it wears out, I tell my tailor to
send another of the same kind."
"Merchant Tailor," mouthpiece of
the tailoring trade, deplores the
fact that the "top people are
some of the worst-dressed mem-
bers of our community." Citing
Macmillan's sloppy dressing as re-
flecting the deteriorating habits
of the British upper class, it notes
that the publishing tycoon Prime
Minister in his role of a good
House of Common's man has even
been known to wear patched
pants. It is clear that the rot is
now eating away at the very seat
of power.
-Peking Review
Yankee, No
A MEDIEVAL approach to taxa-
tion was proposed last week by
Lester Pearson's Canadian govern-
ment. During the Middle Ages, it
was common for countries to levy
special taxes, to be paid only by
Jews. Pearson demands special,
and much higher tax rates for
foreign-owned companies. (For
"foreign-owned," read "American-

the Liberal installations at the
University of Illinois.
* * *
felt as securely in control at the
huge Champaign-Urbana campus
as did the Belgians in the Congo.
The student newspaper carried
ultra-Liberal student columnists,
and Walter Lippmann and Pogo
as representatives of Right-wing
thought. Readers were regularly
bombarded with pleas for various
causes in the name of World Opin-
ion; the prevailing cosmology al-
lowed for the existence of two
absolutes-the absolute virtue of
the United States National Stu-
dent Association (NSA) and the
absolute evil of the House Un-
American Activities Committee
(HAUC). Conservatism was rep-
resented to be an alien force in
an ethos of sports cars and free
The shot heard round the
Champaign world was fired when
a group of "reactionary" student
senators succeeded in getting the
question of Illinois' membership in
NSA put to a vote. When that
revolt was crushed successfully,
the Lord Norths of central Illinois
settled back into their policy of
salutary neglect of radical opinion.
Mutterings again were heard
during the 1960 election, when
John F. Kennedy campaigned in
Champaign. "Kennedy Go Home"
signs were disturbingly evident,
and the hoots and catcalls sug-
gested that the masses were not
in step with the elite. These fears
were confirmed when a poll of
students showed ah2-to-1 prefer-
ence for Nixon.
During the 1960-61 school year
the group of campus conservatives
who had led the unsuccessful at-
tempt to withdraw from NSA
formed the first conservative poli-
tical party in recent Illinois his-
ALTHOUGH the Illini Party, as
it was called, was shortlived, it
laid the groundwork for future
conservative organizations. The
following fall a number of prom-
inent student conservatives formed
the Conservative Coordinating
Council. Francis Graham Wilson,
nationally known political scien-
tist and conservative, became the
group's sponsor. Other prominent
faculty members joined' the Coun-
cil-a permanent group of ad-
visers to the changing student
membership of eight.
First victory for the council
came with the Great Debate series.
National Review editors William
Buckley, Frank Meyer and Will-
moore Kendall spoke in the de-
bates, along with William Henry
Chamberlin, David McCord Wright
and Gerhart Niemeyer. Attend-
ance at the oratorical duels as-
tounded the campus, reaching a
peak of 3500 when Buckley debat-
ed Carey McWilliams Jr. The
council shrewdly anticipated vic-
tory, and broadcast the debates to
5000 residents of the University's
dormatories. Even the student

Ill) was running for re-election
against pacifist Robert Wilson, in
congruously dubbed "fighting
Bob." The Cuban crisis intensified.
the jellification process that had
been softening local Liberal spines,
and produced great Liberal en-
thusiasm for Wilson.
Conservatives reacted with de-
termination to see Springer re-
turned to office. Champaign bub-
bled with political activity as cam-
pus Liberals , and conservatives
plunged into the contest. The re-
sults showed a gratifying 3-to-2
margin for Springer.
Another sign that the Liberal
hegemony was in peril came with
the surprising election of council
member Jim Hendrick to the pres-
idency of the Student Senate-a
result greeted in Liberal kaffee-
klatsches with the same enthu-
siasm that George III showed for
the Boston Tea Party.
The growth of conservatism has
forced organization of a new con-
servative group-the Illini Con-
servative Alliance-which will al-
low all campus conservatives to
join-unlike the council. The al
liance wil serve as the acting en-
tity, with the council serving as
the board of directors.
It would be premature to pre-
dict a complete transformation of
the political situation at Illinois.
The Old Order is shaken, but it
continues on, sustained by its own

Adrian Messenger's
List Listless,.

THERE'S NOT much to recom-
mend in "The List of Adrian
Messenger," but any movie which
can feature Kirk Douglas playing
Chopin, and cast a detective who
refers to the future as "the veiled
land of things to come," can't be
all bad. It can come fairly close,
For instance, take the plot:
Adrian Messenger is killed, leav-
ing his best friend with a list of
people, apparently unconnected
to each other. each of whom is
simliarly killed in a planned acci-
dent. The problem is, in arche-
typal detective style, to deduce
from the scanty clues who is the
murderer (a master of cunning
disguise) and why, and to do it
more brilliantly than the mind
can follow.
the word for it when the clues
turn out to be things like the
probability that a writer would
refer to his manuscript as his

"Emmas" (ms.-get it?). The
stars are as unlikely as the clues:
Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster,
Robert Mitchum and Frank Sin-
atra all take mystery parts, each
disguised as someone irrelevant
(the motif of the film, apparent-
ly). Their unrecognizable dis-
guises are undestandable: who
would want his fans to know he
had appeared in this one. A most
curious touch is a little epilogue
wherein each character unmasks
and winks at the audience' know-
This movie is filmed in the high
British manner, which means that
the men change clothes more of-
ten than the women and, the
principals all speak as if they
were eating asparagus, except for
Kirk Douglas, who spends his
time ducking into phone booths
and peeling bubble gum off of his
nose. Which is a lot of bubble
gum. The cartoon is about a crook
named Yeggs Benedict and at
least he doesn't wink knowingly.
-Dick Pollinger



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