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Seventy-Third Year
"Where Opinions Are Free STUDENT PUBICATIONS BT Dc, ANN ARBOR, MRTT., PI-WNr NO 2-3241
Truth Will Prevail"
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'King Richard III' Opens Festival

The North Campus Protest:
Poor 'U'-Personnel Contact

WELL, the North Campus protestors
did it. They parked over 200 cars yes-
terday morning on the vacant lot west
of the Phoenix Project to protest the new
North Campus parking regulations which
went into effect yesterday.
On the surface, the protest looks quite
simple. There are about 900 parking
spaces on North Campus. Before yester-
day, all of them were free. Starting yes-
terday, the University changed about 650
of them into "paid staff parking" spaces.
Permits for them cost $25 a year. The
University installed parking meters in
about another 150 spaces. These cost 2 /2
cents an hour, or about $60 per person
per year. Thus there are now only about
100 free spaces left on North Campus.
THE PROTESTORS have a convincing
argument as to why the parking reg-
ulations which have been enforced on
Central Campus since 1955 should not
now go into effect on North Campus.
Their argument has several main points:
-There is no need for parking struc-
tures on North Campus as there is on
Central Campus. There is plenty of space
for less expensive, ground-level lots.
-There is no student traffic conges-
tion problem -on North Campus as there
was and is on Central Campus. Most of
those using North Campus are those who
work there; it was through the efforts
of many of them that the parking lots
were built in the first place.
-Despite the large amount of space
on North Campus, there are very few
parking places besides those for which
the University is starting to charge mon-
ey. Central Campus has proportionately
more free parking than North Campus.
-Students who use North Campus re-
search facilities cannot obtain the nec-
essary parking permits, but still must
commute over distances too long for
THUS THERE SEEM to be legitimate
causes for concern on the part of the
North Campus personnel. But their con-
cern goes deeper than just the techni-
calities of the parking regulations. As
one leader said, "this is symptomatic of
the treatnent the North Campus per-
sonnel have been i'eceiving. People just
resent it when decisions like the parking
regulations are handed down from on
high. There was no discussion with the
people who are working out here. Word
didn't filter down to us about these reg-
ulations until a little less than a month
ago; they were planned four months in
Vice-President for Business and Fi-
nance Wilbur K. Pierpont has noted that
the regulations were discussed in April
in the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs. The plans were ap-
proved by a subcommittee of the Ad-
visory Committee. But the SACUA does
not publish its minutes.
Few faculty members except those on
the prowl for such information heard
of its actions. Perhaps if the committee
had had the foresight to publish, or sub-
New College
THOUGH PLANNING on it is barely
started, the residential college project
looks even more exciting than when the
idea was first proposed. Its founding
fathers are launching an intensive study
of various innovative attempts to im-
prove education, and seem determined to
take them seriously.
The important thing now is that the

college define its ideals as clearly as pos-
sible-the statements of them so far have
been rather nebulous - and determine
specific ways in which they are con-
vinced the goals can be implemented. For
once the college is set up in a shiny,
new, comfortable building with every-
thing operating smoothly, its leaders will
face the virtually irresistible temptation
to be satisfied with the fact that the col-
lege is functioning on a superficially suc-
cessful level.
Such complacency seems virtually uni-
versal in higher education. Let's hope
the residential college can remain per-
petually dissatisfied with itself.
9 _-1 :-____

mit to The Daily, a couple of paragraphs
on the changes, more North Campus per-
sonnel would have noticed what was about
to happen with their money. An addi-
tional point is that only the North Cam-
pus faculty, not students or other em-
ployes, are represented on SACUA.
PIERPONT FURTHER commented that
notices of the regulations were sent
out to all department heads, deans and
project supervisors. But the fact remains
that the vast majority of the North
Campus personnel claim that they did not
hear of the regulations until a month
ago. Why not? To say that it was their
fault is to beg the question.
The fact is that Pierpont's message
took about two months to get anywhere
beyond the various people to whom he
sent it. It was the University which was
going to charge the personnel money; as-
suming that the North Campus faculty is
not completely devoid of knowledge and
interest in the affairs of its campus, it
was the duty of the University to inform
them of the changes. Something is wrong
when such a sweeping regulations change
escapes the notice of so many people for
so long a time.
other reasons for dissatisfaction with
University treatment. Last year the Uni-
versity transferred its payroll operations
to a new IBM system. In doing so, it
changed pay days for North Campus per-
sonnel from the 5th and 31st of a given
month to just the 31st. As a result of
this, one paycheck which was to be dat-
ed the 5th was dated the 31st of the
previous month.
The result, claim the protestors, was
that everybody had an entire quarter
year's pay taxed at a higher rate than it
would have been under the previous sys-
tem. They estimate the total loss of
money for North Campus employes at a
staggering $200,000.
As one North Campus employe com-
mented, "the trouble about this and about
the present problem is that the Univer-
sity just told you the decision and that
was it."
Another employe, who mimeographed
and circulated the case against the pay
day switch, noted that "the arguments
against the change, as widely as they
were circulated, were apparently ignored."
FRANCIS G. SHIEL, manager of serv-
ice enterprises and in charge of the
parking situation on North Campus, com-
mented yesterday that "all the facts
have been aired." All the facts have not
been aired. The University refused com-
ment yesterday on the arguments of the
protestors that conditions on North Cam-
pus are radically different than those on
Central Campus, and that these differ-
ences create serious doubt about the merit
of extending the Central Campus park-
ing scheme to North Campus.,
The North Campus protestors asked
Pierpont a week ago for a two month
moratorium on the regulations, a period
in which they could discuss the wisdom
and the effects of the regulations with
him. Pierpont replied that plans would
remain the same.
action. And in an open letter appear-
ing on the front page of today's Daily,
they again ask for a negotiation period.
a time in which "all the facts can be
aired." They have shortened their request
to that for a one month moratorium.
Whatdwill Pierpont, Shiel and the Uni-
versity do? Whatever it is, it had betterl
start with at least an acknowledgement
of the protestors' pleas for negotiation.

For if the University does not establish
better contact with its North Campus em-
ployes than it has now, more trouble is
sure to come.
Au Naturel
rTHE UNIVERSITY has decided to tear
down the Jefferson Apartment Bldg.,
that lonely-looking structure trapped be-
tween the Student Activities Building
and West Quadrangle. The building, which
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"HE IRISH Hills Playhouse opened its third season Tuesday night
in a Shakespeare Repertory Festival with "King Richard III". The
heat was oppressive, the house was virtually empty and the perform-
ance ran nearly four hours. This production desperately needs to be
cut (about in half) and the pace needs to be picked up (by half again
the speed it played on opening night); the group could then begin from
this point.
The production, under the direction of Larry Nathan Burns, fea-
tured Victor Raider-Wexler in the extremely complex role of Richard.
His characterization seemed to have been taken entirely from Richard's
line "I am too childish, foolish for this world;" he was played as a
young, pouting, head-hanging child, and not the villainous charmer
which Shakespeare drew.
He did not offer any inward feeling for Richard's physical de-
formities; but rather, they seemed to be applied to the surface of his
character and were easily forgotten in moments of intensity when
he boldly used the crippled arm he'd been cradling against his body
in previous scenes.
Raider-Wexler had fine control of Shakespeare's phrasing and
language, but did a great deal of unnecessary shouting of his speeches
WITHOUT EXCEPTION the female leads, Judith Ann Holmes as
Lady Anne, Brooke Maddux as the Duchess of York, Ann Rivers as
Margaret, and Laura Seager as Elizabeth showed their youth and tack
of experience. They moved as young girls in flat shoes; they spoke
without age or maturity; and their substitute for physical energy was
contracting in the middle with a kind of vocal intensity. This is not
a substitute for honest motivation.
Dr. Robert Cagle, resident director for the group turned in a mature
performance as Lord Stanley as did Robert Jones in the role of Lord
Hastings. But, by far, the outstanding actor of the production was
George Wright as the Duke of Buckingham, whom he developed fully
and controlled with the competency of a professional actor.
The production was well costumed, and the technique of producing
on a "Transpicuous" stage (like a miniature football stadium with the
audience only in the end zones) is very effective.
THE IRISH Hills Players have undertaken a noble enterprise with
perhaps too lofty a fare, both for the area's summer cottage residents,
and, more specifically, because they have a long way to go to attain
their title: "Michigan's Largest Professional Resident Acting Compay.
For no matter how they're costumed, high school apprentice actors do
not compose a regal court nor a professional acting company.
--Janet E. O'Brien
Goldwater Federalism
An Obstacle to justice

OPENING ITS THIRD season of professional repertory theatre, the Irish Hills Shakespeare Fest
presented Shakespeare's Richard III Tuesday. From left to right are: Robert Cagle, the group's r
dent director as Lord Saunley, Phillip Piro, as the Marquess of Dorset and Victor Raider-Wexler
Richard the Third. The play will run in repertory throughout the summer season.



Newsrelsback Imagination

LOPPED ON the beginning of
every feature shown at the
Michigan and State Theatres is
that refuse of public events, the
unwanted, unneeded conundrums
of life. It is known as the news-
A Gov. Scranton may announce
his candidacy for the office of
President, which is only news to
four-year olds in this age of
avaricious television watchers and
newspaper and news minazi avn
readers. And nothing happe The
face of an enthusiastic admirer is
flashed on the screen. The camera
quickly returns to the politician
and sticks with him as though the
fate of thew h orld depends on his
every uiterance. And nothing hap-
Or someone receives an awi"rd
while the harsh light cars heavy
shadows on the wall in the back-
ground and the recipient and
friends stand stiffly at attention
for the camera. And nothing hap-
OR AN ambssadorial cii emits
some Victorian - dressed envoy
from some distant and unprounce-
able land (though not for that
baritone?.. At the top of the steps
waits, with an ambassadorial
smile, the head of state. The two
men hit it off with a handshake,
step up to the nearby microphones,
render unto themselves and their
nations some rather presumptious
thoughts and ultimately retire to
to the black tie dinner held behind
the French doors seen in the back-
ground. And nothing happens.
Or a horse race and several key
plays from collegiate games of
the past week are slipped in. And
nothing happens.
And there are several "news
shorts," forgettable in the same
vein as those in The Daily's
"World News Roundup." And no-
thing happens.
And nothing ever happens while
some soul steps in front of the
camera for a brief second, or the
camera shakes a little, and is
never out of sharp focus.

NEWSREELS have been with us
for a long time. They were initiat-
ed in France by Pathe and in 1910,
they made their first appearance
in the United States. The produc-
tion of newsreels later reached tre-
mendous proportions but has now
dropped to a level where ther are
only a few major sources of news
for the theatre.
Probably the most famous and
popular example of the newsreel
was not a newsreel at all. "The
March of Time" was a re-enact-
ment of current events that in-
terested the general public. This
was at a time when national year-
ly attendance was measured in
the tens of billions. For example,
in 1937, 88 million admissions were
sold in an average week. "The
March of Time's" popularity was
obviously based on memories-
whether tragic or happy.
* * *
TODAY there is little interest
in newsreels. They are succinctly
boring--nothing happens. Tele-
vision has shown the world how
to be on top of the news in an
interestingly visual and aural way.
In the theatre, though, where is
all the fine film footage of the
caliber shown on "The Twentieth
Century" or "CBS Reports"? What
absolute lack of imagination would
put the face of a politician on an
elephantine screen, while he
makes a vitally unnecessary
speech or accepts some vitally un-
important award?
* * *
THE PRODUCERS of newsreels
have much to learn. The only
excitement they ever generate on
the screen is in the aftermath of
tragedy when the "full ravages of
man" or "nature" are eminently
visible. One would think that
there is nothing happening except
a political speech, a political in-
spection tour, a political award or
an unpolitical tornado. Once in
a. while, the "crisis panic" hits
newsreel producers, as it does all
newspapers, and coverage of the
crisis is a little more sane and
NEWSREELS would be improv-

ed considerably if they would
cover one facet of the weeks news
in depth. By concentrating on one
subject, a small staff of writers,
editors and field cameramen-
reporters could perform a service
along the same lines as those per-
formed by television. With imag-
ination and energy, it would be
possible to go beyond this, in the
same way the cinema has gone
far beyond situation comedies and
weekly soap dramas that now
plague the TV screen.
Naturally, this is all wishful
thinking and it is not expected
that any changes will come about.
People go to the movies to see a
feature and anything else-shorts,
cartoons and newsreels-is con-
sidered free entertainment. They
don't care about newsreels, but
they will watch them because they
strike a sympathetic chord-a note
of recognition. An audience rec-
ognizes what it already knows
and is easily willing to sit through
the same news again.
IT SHOULD BE pointed out
that the State and Michigan
Theatres do not show the same
newsreels. (The Campus Theatre
as an "art" house shows no news-
reels.) Several people have com-
plained that the two theatres
show the same news but with dif-
ferent narration and with slight
film editing changes.
But the State Theatre uses
Metro newsreels while the Michi-
gan uses Universal. Either very
similar thinking, editing and pho-
tography, or collusion on the part
of the producers could have creat-
ed such similar coverage of a
week's exents.
The Ann Arbor theatres receive
their features, shorts, cartoons
and newsreels through the central
Butterfield organization. The in-
dividual theatres have little, if
any, say on what they will receive.
NATURALLY, the central But-
terfield offices determine what
they will distribute by what the
features do in previous runs in
other cities. The Michigan and
State show the more popular
Hollywood-made films, almost al-
ways along with a preview, a news-
reel, a short and cartoon to round
out the show to two hours (or
sometimes, in the case of an
extra-long feature, three hours).
Newsreels and concomitant
shorts are meant to be fillers only,
as the feature is the attraction
to the movie goer and the profit
to the theatre.

always insisted as a matter of
principle that he wants to divide
the country sharply with a radi-
cal difference between the two
parties, He is not far from suc-
Though he is opposed by a ma-
jority of the Republican voters,
only a political miracle can now
prevent him from capturing the
control of the party. If he does
capture the party, his avowed in-
tention is to remake it into a
radically new party operating un-
der the old name. The kind of
party he proposes to make pre-
sents a grave threat not only to
the regular Republicans, but to
the whole nation.
For the new Goldwater Party is
being born in the midst of the na-
tional crisis over Negro rights, and
it is impossible to doubt that Sen-
ator Goldwater intends to make
his candidacy the rallying point of
the white resistance. His man-
ager, Denison Kitchel, denied this
the other day. But Senator Gold-
water's acts speak louder, and
are meant to speak louder, than
his words.
* * *
HE DOES NOT USE the racist
appeal of Gov. George Wallace,
and almost certainly he does not
relish it. But his fundamental
principle is that the federal gov-
ernment in none of its branches,
executive, legislative or judicial,
may interfere with the governor
of Mississippi when he is dealing
with the Negroes. The white su-
premacists could ask for nothing
more than this from a candidate
for President and from a national
The nation, as a result, is con
fronted with a very dangerous sit-
uation. For if the Republicans
nominate Senator Goldwater, the
bipartisan coalition of Republi-

cans and Democrats who have
passed the civil rights bill would
be split apart. The Republican
Party would have chosen for Pres-
ident a man who not only voted
against the law, but declared that
it was unconstitutional and that
it is unenforceable except by the
methods of a police state.
The tragic consequence of such
a capture of the Republican Party
would be that Mr. Goldwater had
made it incapable of cooperating
sincerely in the observance and in
the enforcement of this extraor-
dinarily difficult piece of legisla-
tion. Everyone who does not want
to obey the law, every local offi-
cial who does not want to enforce
it, could fall back upon the Re-
publican candidate for President
for moral support.
A LAW like the civil rights law
requires the overwhelming sup-
port of all the institutions, in-
cluding the political parties, which
stand for law and order. The ra-
cial conflict is explosive, and there
are white men and there are
black men engaged in it who
would stop at nothing, at no viol-
ence to others and at no risk to
themselves, rather than let the
other side prevail. In such a sit-
uation as that there cannot be
a "choice."
All those who wish a civilized
solution of the conflict must be
joined in a vast echoing chorus in
support of the law. When the law
has been duly enacted, there can
be no "choice" as to whether it
should be observed and enforced.
If by some chance it should later
be found unconstitutional, the law
would cease to exist. Because a
Goldwater candidacy puts a stamp
of legitimacy upon passive resist-
ance to the "unconstitutional"
law, it is an imminent threat to
the internal peace of the country.
Beyond this but not far beyond
it, acceptance of the Goldwater
philosophy of federalism would be
an insurmountable obstacle to a
redress of the material grievances
of the Negro people. They have
begun to rise in protest against the
slums where so many of them
live, against the discrimination
they suffer in employment because
they are black or because, being
black, they have not been trained
for the opportunities which might
be open to them.
THERE IS, no doubt, an irre-
ducible remnant that cannot be
trained for useful employment. But
it is evident that in large part
Negroes are so poor because they
are so badly educated, and they
are so badly educated because their
parents are so poor.
The measures that may be able
to break up this vicious circle
cannot be carried out by the fed-
eral government alone. It would be
foolish to think so. But they can-
not be carried out without the help
of the federal government, and it
would be foolish to deny it.


jos hie, r. hows
ery oan BaSS
; HETHE YOU'RE a square or a folkster you'd better not miss out
on a chance o see Josh White Jr. appearing nightly at the Golden
Backed by Kenny Hodges on his superb bass, Josh continually de-
lights and amuses with his energetic entertainment, playing both six
and 12 string with ease. Ironically enough, though Josh bears little
resemblance to his famous father on most of his material, when he be-
gins "Jerry" or "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" the
patterned influence comes through.
However, the younger White seems most at home with topical
humor songs such as Shel Silverstein's "Next In Line for Liz" and Casey
Anderson's "Sweet Sidney" (which Josh does as "Big Bad Bruce") Josh
also capably handles the sweet, slow and plaintative pop numbers with
a polish and grace that reminds one of Gene McDaniels. Such songs as
"Miss Otis Regrets," "Sing a Rainbow" and "Every Night When the
Sun Goes Ir," are eclet
""""- - --" * * * *
REGARING FOLK tes. Josh is closer aligned to Leon Bibb
than the earthy Blues singers His voice is clear and mild and he uses
it with drive and polsh. While desperately lacking fill-in patter between
songs, and slightly distant at first, Josh tends to warm up as he moves
on and seems most at ease after the first "set" is out of the way.
His impromptu imitations of famous folksters (especially Bob Dy-
Ian and Johnny Cash), if collected and connected, could add areatly to

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