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Seventy-Second Year
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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.

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1962


Open Regents' Meetings:
A Must for Voters and Critics

gents last April smiled coyly and voted to
open their formal sessions to the public. And
everyone hoped that after years of secrecy and
a certain detached position the Regents occu-
pied, that the decision-making processes by
which the University ultimately is run would
be revealed.
However, it didn't happen quite that way.
The Regents instead receded behind their closed
Thursday and Friday morning meetings and on
Friday afternoon left the public the scraps and
outcome of their debate.
At the informal meetings-where the debate
takes plce-the business of the University is
transacted. Vital issues are discussed (some-
times heatedly, we're told), and decisions are
made. But the public is allowed neither to see
nor hear any of this.
IN THE FRIDAY afternoon sessions, the Re-
gents are a smiling and unanimous crew.
Every issue, regardless of importance, is con-
sidered in the same manner and attitude. It's
stock treatment: an item is brought up, a mo-
tion is made, this is followed by a couple
frowns\ and an innocuous question or two, then
the "tense" atmosphere is broken by someone
cracking a joke, and without a demure the
motion is passed.
What has happened since April? The people
most affected by the Regents are left complete-
ly in the dark and The Daily can only guess by
piecing various tidbits of information together.
Major issues like the revisions in the Office
of Student Affairs can be discussed for several
meetings until an obscure decision is reached,
and perhaps months later some final action is
AN ISSUE can be debated and a decision
can be reached, only to be held back until
a more auspicious public relations moment.
This seems to be the fate of the Estep com-
mittee's report on the University speaker policy.
The report was submitted some months ago,
but was kept undercover, supposedly to make
sure the state legislators wouldn't be riled up.
And after the Lansing people went home, the
Regents proceeded to inspect the recommended
changes. For two months they have sat on their
It is a current rumor (one of many about the
closed Regents' meetings) that although a de-
cision was actually reached last week, it will be
neither announced nor acted upon until Sep-
tember or October.
passed on major issues in five minutes with
almost no discussion, and then dawdled over
lesser ones.
The first full-year academic calendar was
passed after only two questions were raised-
the effect of the calendar on varsity athletics
and summer graduation. The Regents did not
discuss the faculty nor the stduents nor the
funds for trimester.
Moreover, they spent more time discussing
MSU Center
islature controls the pursestrings."
This rather ominous comment was directed
at the members of the Trustees of Michigan
State University by state Senate Majority
Leader Lynn O. Francis (R-Midland) after the
Trustees voted to continue the controversial
Labor and Industrial Relations Center.
(The Legislature ordered that the center be
disbanded. The MSU governors, however, have
decided to rename the LIRC the School of La-
bor and Industrial Relations and place it under
the College of Social Science. The school will
supplement the Center's activities with formal
courses of study, leading to university degrees
in labor and industrial relations.)
THE DECISION of the MSU Trustees involves
a great deal of courage. The Legislature has
in the past used its power to appropriate funds
as a sickle over the heads of the state universi-
ties. Witness the trouble Wayne State Univer-
sity had in getting its funds the year it revoked
its stringent speakers ban. And, there is little
doubt that MSU will find some of its funds
sliced off next year.

Yet, MSU only did what was necessary to
preserve its academic freedoms. As MSU Presi-
dent John Hannah puts it, "If we didn't take
this action, they could tell us who to hire and
what to teach."
Why doesn't the Legislature test the legality
of its decision in court. Precedent in this state
plus the autonomous set up of the governing
Boards of state universities indicates that the
law-makers would have great difficulty in win-
ning their case. Attorney general decisions and
ccurt rulings have time after time been in favor
of the universities in cases similar to this one.
The Legislature doesn't want to stick: its neck
out, that is, it doesn't dare.
NSTEAD, the legislators are taking the cow-
ard's way out. Instead of bringing the whole
business out into the open, they are going to
bide their time until next spring when appro-

the University's policy on duplicate diplomas
(which policy they found slightly ludicrous)
than they had on the implementation of full-
year operations.
BUT, REMARKABLY, despite the too-polish-
ed actions, the almost rehearsed responses
and questions and answers, the monotony of
the session, people wish to attend the meet-
ings, anyway perhaps just to get a peek at
what a Regent really looks like. Or perhaps to
make sure they aren't merely the invention of
some administrator wishing to slough the blame
onto somebody else.,
'To insure that the number of people who at-
tend the meetings doesn't exceed the number
of seats available, a pass system has been es-
tablished by the Regents.
Under the system, the session is open, but
only to those who have passes. The Regents'
Room seats about 40 people, leaving 25,000 po-
tentially interested students and 1,200 ,faculty
members definitely out of the meeting and in
the proverbial cold.
GRANTED, this has not been a problem yet,
but could conceivably become one, if the
Regents ever do consider a major issue at the
open meeting. Several hundred interested spec-
tators would be denied the chance to attend the
meetings merely because the Regents desire not
to leave their rooms for one of the University's
auditoriums or large meeting halls.
A desire that the Regents do as they said
they would and open their meetings-not just
open the decisions, the end products, but the
actual meetings-does not necessarily mean
that everything they discuss should be told to
anyone who wants to know.
These are naturally certain areas which
ought not to be discussed in public.
standards, the Regents should not discuss
their investments or the sale or purchase of
University property. This is usual protection
against speculators influencing costs.
And obviously personalities should be con-
sidered behind closed doors.
But this leaves a wide spectrum of vital is-
sues in which students, faculty and others con-
cerned with the University are interested.
People who ponder the actions of the Re-
gents are concerned with the general philoso-
phy of the University. They are concerned with
the general outline and philosophy of the Uni-
versity budget, greatly affected by the im-
pending full-year operation and by the changes
in the Office of Student Affairs and speaker
policies at the University.
The more effect they have on the Regents'
decisions, the more concerned and informed the
public will become.
AND IN DISCUSSING these areas openly the.
Regents and the administration will put
new pressures upon themselves. For they will
no longer be protected by the secrecy of their
meetings: they will have to justify themselves.
Such pressures from the outside could lead
to difficulties and delay needed reforms, yet at
the same time it could force the University to
be more articulate in its decision-making and
more exact in its actions.
There are no great forces holding back open
Regents meetings-it is merely a matter of will
and conscience,
The Thursday as well as the Friday meetings
can be opened, the passes dispensed with, the
standard meeting and reaction ended. And a
brief executive session could handle those mat-
ters which would have to be discussed in pri-
THE REGENTS are, for many purposes, the
University. Their policy, their philosophy,
will become the models for the schools and col-
leges and for their people.
Further the Regents have a public responsi-.
bility both to the University community and
that state's citizenry that elect them. Secrecy
shields this responsibility, for the unanimous
chorus presented at formal sessions hides the
authors of Regental policy, it opponents and
its modifiers.
Open Regents meetings therefore not only
enlighten the University community about ad-
ministrative policies, they serve to fix respon-
sibility for the Regental constituency as well.

Neat Work'
THE VETERANS Readjustment Center is
entering its final month of existence now,
and patients are in the process of being trans-
ferred to other institutions far less skilled and
far less equipped to handle the extremely
painstaking and delicate cases of psychia-
trically disturbed war veterans.
It is pointless, of course, to say that the state
Legislature destroyed something good when it
closed down the VRC, that somehow harsh nar-
row-mindedness, the insensitive refusal to un-
derstand or even sympathize with the down-
trodden, helpless plight of fellow human be-
ings. have once again emerged triumphant, as

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Bergman's Best
Query .Death
THE BERGMAN FESTIVAL continued at the Campus today wAh what
are probably his two best movies, "The Seventh Seal" and "Wild
There is a common theme between these two movies-death. What
is it? Why is it? How does one face it? Fortunately for the more
optimistic members of the audience this theme forces the inclusion
of its opposite, life. What is it? Why is it? How does one face it?
Both films had in the titles the simple statement, "a film by Ingmar
Bergman." The films show it. Almost every major part of the concep-
tion and completion of the films was done by Bergman and the result
is an almost perfectly integrated effect. One in which there is never
the clash of a writer and a director, or a director and a producer. It
takes talent to make this integration work, when it does its unbelievable,
* * * *
ANOTHER COMMON FEATURE of these two movies is the casts.
Bergman's usual core of actors is here and as always is good, tn fact
There is a common theme in these movies but the treatment and
feeling behind them is completely different.
"The Seventh Seal" finds many of its sources for allegory in the
Book of Revelations, namely various legitimate prophecies of the
second coming. If you happen to know the Book of Revelations the
similarities may be interesting but they are not necessary. A couple
named Mary and Joseph who live in a hay filled wagon with their
little son will give all the information needed.
* * * *
IN THE 14TH CENTURY a man named Antonius Block and his
squire return from the Crusades only to find that Death, with all the
glory and none of the humanity that Claude Raines was ever able to
give him, was waiting for them here too in the form of the Black
Plague. Block and Death play a game of chess for life, while the
church and populace use the pawns of humanity to play a similar
game with God. Block must lose, for Death is everywhere. Humanity
must win for life is everywhere.
The search is for knowledge. The only answers are in faith and
* * * *
DEATH IS THE HOME we must all enter, so the seven angels that
came out with their seven trumpets when the Seventh Seal was opened
die in the home of the guiding angel.
Bergman has perfect control of his imagery both vocal and visual
throughout the entire film. He manages to bring together his two realms
of reality, life and death through the use of an actor and juggler,
Joseph, who can see both. See both, report both and live. Thus they
can exist side by side on the screen and yet only the dying and the
juggler can see Death.
There is one other common characteristic in these two movies.
Both of them center on the quest and the life of one main character.
This main character during his travels (through life, to be totaly
obvious) manages to suck in around him all the various characters of
life, the humor, the bitterness, the innocence, the youth, the guilty,
the aged.
"WILD STRAWBERRIES" is probably one of the most complete
and succinct movies of life and death ever made. One of the major
ways Bergman manages to achieve this effect is total timelessness.
The old man being prepared to die, Isak, lives in a world without time
for one day. A world in which he can live in the past, the present and
the future.
One of the first scenes in the movie presents Isak in an empty and
ruined street, looking at a clock without any hands, finding that his
watch has no hands.
He sees a man with no face for his life has been faceless.
This 'movie treats the theme of death with much more life and
In a way its theme is more to live life and not avoid it rather
than to not avoid death. But its really the same thing. Only this one
ends with the acceptance of life, rather than death, and with the
acceptance of life comes the acceptance of death.
-John Herrick
Abortion 'Inconceivable'


Daily Staff Writer
Special To The Daily
NMILES-In spite of a scattering
few hot contests about the
state, people are generally apa-
thetic about the coming August
7th primary.
Only one statewide office will
see any primary contest. Three
GOP hopefuls are vying for the
office of lieutenant governor, with
no one having a clear edge. Sen.
John H. Stahlin (R-Belding), crip-
pled by his support of a state in-
come tax, is facing former Lt.
Gov. Clarence Reid of Detroit, who
normally carries a heavy vote in
that area, and constitutional con-
vention delegate Rockwell T. Gust
(R-Grosse Pte.), who, though rel-
atively unknown, is mounting a
vigorous campaign.
Stahlin has been receiving some
statewide publicity through a libel
suit against him by Detroit con-
servative Richard Durant. Stahlin
charged that Durant and others
have hamstrung the Wayne Coun-
ty Republican Party, rendering it
quite ineffective. He also linked
Durant with the John Birch So-
** *
this, but Stahlin finds that the
outstate voters, if they have any
opinion in the ruckus, generally
agree with him.
Meanwhile, the only Republican
congressional contest is in the
Fourth District, where veteran
solon Clare E. Hoffman of Alle-
gan is retiring after 28 years in
the Capitol. Speaker of the House
Don R. Pears (R-Buchanan) had
announced his candidacy last
year, and since then he has been
joined by con-con delegates Lee

Boothby (R-Niles ) and Edward
Hutchinson (R-Fennville) and St.
Joseph attorney Chester J. Byrns.
Byrns, scion by marriage to the
Whirlpool fortune, has been cam-
paigning loud and long, and finds
active support throughout the dis-
trict. Boothby, self-styled spokes-
man for the conservatives of the
district, has also plastered the
countryside with his material.
Both are virtual novices, Byrns
never having run for office and
Boothby only just recently.
PEARS and Hutchinson however
are different. The Speaker has a
long record of service in county
and state offices, and Hutchinson
served many years in the Legisla-
ture, before being defeated in 1960
for lieutenant governor in the Re-
publican primary.
Observers call the race very
close, but say Pears is the man
to beat. The Speaker, Boothby,
and Byrns all hail from Berrien
County, the most populous of the
six in the district. Hutchinson is
from Allegan County, and many
say this "isolation" will give him
an advantage over the other three.
In Detroit, Congressman John
D. Dingell (D-Mich) is opposed by
State Rep. Frederick Yates (D-De-
troit), who must think he has a
good chance to win, for his House
seat in Lansing was quite secure.
* * *
there are no more primary con-
tests than usual, but the outcome
of some may be surprising. In the
Senate, con-con delegate Garry
Brown (R-Schoolcraft) will run
Sen. Carleton Morris (R-Kalama-
zoo) right to the wire. Philosophy
is not really an issue, since the
two men see eye to eye in most
matters, but many voters are more
than displeased with Morris.
Rep. John D. Bowman (D-Rose-

ville), sponser of the controversial
ban on city income taxes for non-
residents, is a cinch to replace re-
tiring Sen. George H. Steeh (D-
Mt. Clemens) and Rep. Lester 0.
Begick (R-Bay City) will certainly
step in for Sen. Lynn O. Francis
(R-Midland) who is running ,for
state supreme court justice.
Sen. Frederic Hilbert (R-Way-
land), a sometime GOP moderate,
has strong opposition from gaso-
line dealer Robert Irwin of Alle-
ban, an outspoken conservative
and the man he defeated in 1960
by less than 100 votes.
Longtime GOP campaigner Jack
Stiles will undoubtedly win the
nod to replace retiring Senate
President Pro-Tem Perry W.
Greene (R-Grand Rapids). Sen.
Clarence F. Graebner (R-Sagi-
naw) is also retiring but the suc-
cessor is as yet unclear.
,* * *
IN THE HOUSE, several-incum-
bents are usually upset, but a few
are certainly in trouble. Income
tax supporting Rep. R u s s e 11
Strange (R-Clare), Rep. Lester J.
Allen (R-Ithaca) and Rep. Floyd
Wagner (R-Cassopolis) all face
strong opposition. Many con-con
delegates are opposing incumbents,
but one, David F. Upton (R-St. Jo-
seph) is almost a shoo-in to re-
place Speaker Pears.
So in general, the electorate has
been somewhat uninterested in
politics-until 10 days ago, that is.
On that day the State Supreme
Court handed down its apportion-
ment edict, which everyone admits
confused the election no end.
And that very action could
throw a monkey-wrench into the
primary. Many smug incumbents
could very well find themselves
without a job. Scholle vs. Hare has
become the unknown quantity in
Michigan. The question is, which
party will put it to work.

Traces Still Appear from Nazi Past

Daily Staff Writer
W EST GERMANY has been a
constant trouble spot since
the end of the Second World War,
and the West has committed it-
self to defend the area regardless
of the costs. In the last fifteen
years the price we are paying in
money and tension has risen con-
But what is the nature of this
government and the people the
United States is defending. Re-
cent reports from Europe indicate
that, contrary to popular thought,
the Nazi influence and even Nazi
thinking has not been eradicated
in Germany.
Many members of the present
parliament have rather dubious
pasts. There is, for example, Wen-
zel Jaksch, a social-democratic
member of the Bundestag. De-
spite the democratic label on his
political leanings, recent speeches
indicate that he has not reformed.
In a speech to the Union of Ex-
pellees and Landsmanschaften, of
which he is a vice-president, he

the government is that so many
Germans were Nazis that it would
be impossible to run the govern-
ment without including some of
them. Adenauer has chosen one of
these as his closest advisor, Hans
Government officials have op-
posed a debate in the Bundestag
on the danger of Nazism. They are
afraid of the many awkward facts
about the strength and role of neo-
Nazi organizations in German poli-
tical life, the army and schools.
NOT ONLY is the presence of
ex-Nazis in the government an
open secret, but it has also been
acknowledged that many of those
who received their learning in the
Hitler years are now in charge of
educating the youth of the coun-
The effort to reform the educa-
tional system of Germany was one
of the least successful enterprises
of the occupation authorities. Re-
cent returnees from Germany,
among them a former Harvard
president, James B. Conant, have
reported that the children of that

ashamed to having been party to
such a monstrous organization or
they still have sympathies along
that line and are afraid to express
Reports on German reactions to
"The Diary of Anne Frank," the
Eichmann trial and The Rise and
Fall of the Third Reich indicate
that German youth is learning the
facts for the first time and is jus-
tifiably horrified.
The responsibility for the pres-
ent presence of Nazi influence does
not lies solely with the Bonn Gov-
ernment. The denazification of
Germany did not really touch the
basic foundations. In their effort
to align Germany with the West
and have her for a strong power
in NATO, they reestablished many
of the former Nazi trusts such as
Messerschmidt, Krupp, Heinkel,
* * *
THIS IS NOT to say that the
present German government is a
Nazi one or even that there is a
possibility that it will go Nazi in
the future.
Yet, what professors, school

To the Editor:
defense of abortion and euth-
anasia in $he cases of deformed
children due to the use of thali-
domide during the early stages
of pregnancy, the author pre-
supposes that the mother and
father have the right to de-
termine whether or not their
child will be born. It seems in-
conceivable that in the present
phase of an "enlightened" society
that it can be seriously contended
that one human can go on claim-
ing a property interest in the life
of another.
It matters not whether that
life which hangs in the balance has
come into existence but for the
interference of one who falla-
ciously contends that because his
emotional, financial or social sta-
tus will be lowered by the exist-
ence of that person, he has the
right to prevent the birth; or once
the birth is accomplished, to end
the life because the life is dis-
tasteful. There is no such right,
only the assurance that the life
will die quietly,
* * *
THE AUTHOR even has the
audacity to call upon democracy
as a justification. Children have
a right to equality and if they
can't be equal then, by scalpel,
they won't be!
Your writer cites the fact of
economic drain on the economy as
reason for terminating the life
of children that are suspected of
being deformed. She wants a so-
cial deoderant, an antiseptic
existence with no emotional prob-
lems of being associated with the
deformed. There would be, in this
society, no drain on our sources
for care and education of those
that are unable to help themselves.
A society that is cleansed of emo-
tional problems, financial problems
and the necessity of helping one-
another would be a darned un-
interesting place to live.
Our problem is how to live with
the deformed child, not to make
sure it doesn't live with us.
Marvin J. Hirn, 63L

some pro-Zionist students on cam-
pus, and have conveyed to the
reader their' un-informed point of
view, or what might be an inten-
tional subversion of facts about
the much improved state of con-
ditions in Egypt since the Revolu-
IN COMMENTING on the ar-
ticle appearing in the July 27th
issue, I would only like to inform
the writer that it is not true that
"there is not enough food to go
around," and that she needs to
refreshen her information by look-
ing up some factual information
and data by spending a few hours
in the Library, instead of sitting
idle in the Michigan Union hour
after hour, and then going and
commenting on world affairs in
such an unsensible way. And
granted that her statement is
true, it seems to be worthwhile
for a certain country and its
people to sacrifice a little in or-
der to achieve a much more hu-
mane-respectful aim in the near
future, and no matter how much
any person tries to deny it, it
is a fact, which is like a spike in
the eyes of certain countries, that
Egypt has risen to be a world
power and to defy them when need
-Hiyam Abudabbeh, Grad
The Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publication of The Univer-
sity of Michigan for which The
Michigan Daily assumes no editorial
'esponsibility. Notices should be
sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
Room 3564 Administration Bulding
before 2 p.m., two days preceding
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1962
General Notices
Following are the foreign visitors who
will be on campus this week on the
dates indicated. Program arrangements
are being made by the International
Center; Mrs. Clifford R. Miller.
Japan, July 3..1
Mr. Taizo Inokuma, Tokyo Univ.,

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