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Seventy-Sixth Year
EDITED AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNDER AUTHORITY OF BOARD IN CONTROL OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

The Frat with a Six-FootHousemother

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1965 NIGHT EDITOR: LEONARD PRATT
Freedom of Speech:
'U' Takes Close Shave
LAST YEAR Berkeley students protest- did they discover that it had in fact been
ing the limitations on free speech im- illegally posted. The paramount question
posed by the administration there shook here is: Why did the administrators con-
the foundations of the U.S. academic fer during the time they thought the sign
community. Yesterday around noon, Uni- was legally posted?
versity officials were seriously consider- The issue was not one of "bad" lan-
ing taking down a student sign in the guage. The point of the poster was made
Fishbowl because it was "offensive." in conventional English. Therefore it is
The sign claimed that American sol- obvious that the allegations of the poster
diers were committing war crimes in Viet and the arrow pointing to the recruiting
Nam. To substantiate that claim, the sign desk were the causes of conference on
quoted from the. Nuremberg trials as to the sign.
the nature of war crimes. A red arrow
pointed at an armed forces recruiting NOW THE QUESTION is to what ex-
desk which was situated nearby in the tent did those "offensive" aspects of
Fishbowl. the sign warrant considering taking it
Some faculty members complained down? If a similar sign were put up when
about the sign and a few even threatened the recruiters were not here there cer-
to tear them down if the administration tainly would not have been any official
did not do so. reaction on the part of the administra-
Crowds milled about the sign in the tion.
Crows mlledabot th sin inthe Therefore it was the presence of the
Fishbowl and Ann Arbor police, who were Trerei asthe resneoftge
called to the scene by officials in the Of- and the arrow pointing at
flee of Student Affairs, were busily tak- them which made the political message
of the sign "offensive" enough to war-
ing pictures of various students until J. oft sign "ensive"mnoughato war-
Duncean Sells of the OSA asked them to rant a high level administrative confer-
sts h Ahm ence yesterday and although it would not
have resulted in official reaction a week
MEANWHILE, the administration rolled ago.
Now the question is why administrators
into action. A conference of top level were thinking of redefining the limita-
University officials including Vice-Presi- tuhecase
dent for Student Affairs Richard Cutler, oons put on student free speech beause
Vice-President for Acadamic Affairs Allano
Smith, Dean William Haber of the literarySHOULD WE BE GRANTED freedom of
college, and Associate Dean William Hays sOULDtWeU erNTEDofreeomof
of the literary college convened at 11 speech at the University only so long
in the miorning and lasted in some form as no one is deeply offended?
Should speech be free when the issues
until the late afternoon. and comments are innocuous and censor-
The administrators conferred from 11 ed when our comments are piercing on
until early afternoon on the assumption important issues?
that the sign was legal. Only after that Should the attitudes of the military
and politicians define our freedom of
*r [* {t "expression?
"Wherenopinions are free, truth will
prevail." If the army or offended pro-
Editoal Staf fessors think the sign in the Fishbowl
ROBERTr JOHNSTON, Editor is incorrect they should have pointed out
LAURENCE KIRSHBAUM JEFFREY GOODMAN
Managing Editor Editorial Director why and not tried to get signs torn down.
JUDITH FIELDS .................. Personnel Director torn down.
LAUREN BAHR..........,Associate Managing Editor
JUDITH WARREN .......Assistant Managing Editor When people called up administrators
ROBERT HIPPLER .......Associate Editorial Director to complain about the sign, the response
GAIL BLUMBERG..........Magazine Editor t opanaottesgtersos
LLOYD GRAFF.............Acting Sports Editor from officials sholud have immediately
NIGHT EDITORS: Susan Collins, John Meredith,
Leonard Pratt, Peter Sarasohn, Bruce Wasserstein. been, "Sorry but the University does not
DAY EDITORS: Robert Carney, Clarence Fanto, Mark limit the student's freedom of political
Killingsworth, Robert Moore, Marvey Wasserman,
Dick Wingfield. Sec.
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: Alice Bloch, Mere-
dith Eiker, Merle Jacob, Carole Kaplan, Robert
Klivans, Lynn Metzger, Roger Rapoport, Neil Shis- EVENTUALLY the University officials
ter, Katherine Teich, Joyce Winslow, Charlotte took a'courageous stand by letting the
Wolter.tokaorgossadbletnth
students keep the sign up even though it
CY WELLMAN, Business Manager was illegal and there was considerable
ALAN GLUECKMAN ............Advertising Manager pressure to take it down.
JOYCE FEINBERG................,Finance Manager But between 11 yesterday and the
SUSAN CRAWFORD . Associate Business Manager
MANAGERS: Harry Bloch, Bruce Hillman, Jeffrey early afternoon, the University, to para-
Leed, Gal Levin, Susan Perlstadt, Vic Ptaznik, phrase one administrator, nearly became
Liz Rhein, Jean Rothbaum, Jill Tozer.PY
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By ROGER RAPOPORT
WHAT FOLLOWS is a true
story. A freshman who had
just completed his first night's
rushing called The Daily one night
this week.
He wanted to know if there was
a Phi Upsilon Kappa fraternity.
A quick check in the student
directory revealed that there is no
Phi UpsilontKappa fraternity at
the University.
The freshman seemed somewhat
dumbfounded and proceeded to
tell the following story.
HE HAD BEEN walking down
Hill St. on his way to visit several
fraternities when a car screeched
to a halt, the door sprang open
and a boy leaped out.
"Hey, you haven't seen anything
until you've seen the most pro-
gressive fraternity, Phi Upsilon
Kappa. Come on with us," the
boy said.
The freshman went along for
the ride. The driver proceded to
turn off his headlights, and sped

around the corner and down
Washtenaw.
The car pulled into the drive-
way of a small house right in the
midst of fraternity row.
THE FRESHMAN reported be-
ing somewhat amazed at the
couples jerking on the porch of
the house and the party going on
inside. He walked in to find a
large group of guys clad in such
varying attire as football uni-
forms, track suits, athletic sup-
porters, and pajamas. One boy was
drinking beer out of an athletic
trophy.
A huge fire was roaring in the
fireplace. At the time a motor
scooter tire was burning.
The freshman was quickly in-
troduced to the housemother-"A
6 ft. tall woman with long red
hair who immediately threw her
arms around me and kissed me."
Then he was shown around the
house . . . toilet paper strewn
about, the mattresses in the bed-
rooms overturned, the kitchen a
complete shambles.

One of the boys guiding him
around pointed to a small sterno
stove and remarked, "Here's
where we cook our meals for 70
guys."
The freshman said that when
he shook hands with one boy he
ended up with a handful of raw
hamburger.
HE WAS THEN shown a pic-
ture of the new fraternity house
that was about to be built.
The picture showed an ultra-
modern structure located on a lot
next to Burton tower. "It will
have 60 individual rooms, a swim-
ming pool, tennis courts and
solarium," explained one boy.
"It was designed by a very
famous Japanese architect named
Yamaha," another boy told the
freshman.
About this time one of the boys
came over to the freshman and
said, "You know I think the guys
around here kind of like you, let's
go downstairs."
The freshman was taken down
to a pitch-black basement where

he could barely make out the
formns of a group of boys.
"Alright you guys," said the
boy, "How many of you here want
this guy in Phi Upsilon Kappa."
Not a sound was heard.
"How many of you don't want
him?"
A tumult arose.
Suddenly he turned to the
freshman and said, "Congratula-
tions,. you are in."
THE FRESHMAN was mobbed
by the other boys in the room.
Then he was given a sweatshirt
with Phi Upsilon written on it in
lipstick.
Then the freshman went up-
stairs where by this time a guitar
case was burning in the fireplace.
He was handed an invitation to
come back. "Don't open this until
you leave," one of the boys coun-
seled him.
The freshman walked outside
leaving the huge party behind.
He opened the note which read,
"We love you."

Later in the evening a Univer-
sity administrator stopped by to
call a halt to the event.
STILL LATER, an Interfrater-
nity Council officer appealed to
the better judgment of the boys
staging the hoax.
It was indicated later that none
of the boys staging the hoax were
actually fraternity members.
"I indicated to them that this
was not exemplary of the frater-
nity system," explained the IFC
officer.
The boys cooperated.
The IFC officer believes that
the less publicity about the Phi
Upsilon Kappa hoax the better.
"This doesn't help boost the
fraternity system," he explained.
Nonsense. The boys who staged
the Phi Upsilon Kappa rush
should be credited for finally
painting a true picture of fra-
ternity life.
Let's hope the University's real
fraternities follow the Phi Upsilon
Kappa tradition and start run-
ning honest rushes too.

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The Philosopher Who Forgot To Think

By PETER R. SARASOHN
NOT ENOUGH people today
think-I mean really think.
Oh there are some that like to
believe they think but they really
don't, believe me.
I know a "thinker." We met
when we were neighbors in West
Quadrangle.rPrimarily, he was a
philosopher-that is he philoso-
phized a great deal.
For instance, what used to bug
me was that when ever I had 50
derivations, a 1000 word English
paper or five chemistry experi-
ments to write up for the follow-
ing day, he would invariably barge
in with the usual "Do you actually
believe there is a God?" or "Can
you prove you exist?" or "Are you
absolutely positive that two plus
two equals four?" and other
thought-provoking questions.
As freshmen we concentrated
our rhetorical efforts on sex, poli-

tics and religion. As sophomores
we concentrated on sex and poli-
tics. As juniors and seniors we
had finally realized the truly im-
portant thing in life-sex. And we
concentrated and concentrated on
it. What is man coming to, you
ask? Nothing, I answer, that he
is not now and hasn't been in the
past.
BUT ONWARD. My friend was
a philosopher. I was just a fresh-
man, but we remained friends
through the year and for our suc-
ceeding years at the University. He
was also an atheist-and a most
devout one at that. Before com-
ing to the University he had visit-
ed many different churches and
talked with many priests, minis-
ters and rabbis-and even a couple
of monks and nuns.
They had all damned him to
the best of their ability after
speaking with him. After he died,
they assured him, he would go
directly to the inferno of Hell.

Since he didn't believe any of this
he naturally wasn't too upset at
the news.
He was a true atheist, trying to
convince everyone that God didn't
exist anywhere. Some of the re-
ligious fanatics (those that went
to church each Sunday after the
first semester) got very upset.
Then it happened. I saw him
one day the next year looking
very sad. It seemed that he had
just proved God did actually exist
and he did not enjoy it one bit.
His misery, however, was short-
lived. The following year he was
back in his usual form. He finally
had been able to reprove that God
actually didn't exist. He was happy
again.
Then it really happened. He
switched his major to Chinese
pottery. I was, needless to say,
quite shocked. Then I heard the
reason why. He had proved that
you can't prove whether or not
God exists, and he felt his whole
life was shattered. A brilliant mind
washed down the drain-or into

a Chinese pot. What a loss to
humanity!
TODAY a common phrase is "we
live in a complex world." There
are too many who accept this and
use it as an excuse to ignore the
vital intellectual responsibility of
being a University student. In
other words, they take the in-
tellect out of education.
The intellect, I should say, is
an amorphous glop that gives us
the power to question-to ques-
tion our English professors, our
resident advisors, the policies of
our government or university, our
mothers-and most important,
ourselves, instead of blindly ac-
cepting what they say.
This is a tremendous respon-
sibility and many hide from it.
They run to their off-campus
apartments and hide behinid the
pseudo-responsibilities of cooking
the dinner or cleaning the bath-
room floor.

THEY LACK the guts to identify
with any ideology (using the term
loosely) for this would mean they
might have to defend themselves
sometimes. Furthermore, they
then condemn flatly anyone who
does align himself with a group
professing some ideology, calling
him a beatnick or frat-rat.
Political groups at the Univer-
sity provide the student with a
ready forum for ideas. To a dif-
ferent extent, the fraternity sys-
tem allows the student to act
within a defined set of ethics. No
matter how undefined this code
is, it is still apparent enough to
be able to characterize some as
"fraternity" and some as def-
initely not.
The University is certainly not
entirely composed of "the silent
generation." The new movement
away from silence to involvement
is small but growing and perhaps
will continue to the point when
the word apathy will be struck
from the "handbook of collegiate
terms."

}V

Viet Nam: Politicians Must Think the 'Unthinkable'

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By WALTER LIPPMANN
NOT VERY long ago our atten-
tion would have been centered
on the news of General Charles
de Gaulle's press conference last
Thursday, the German elections
next Sunday, the coming British
financial measures.
We can now see that, as com-
pared with the spreading con-
vulsion in Asia, the problems of
Europe are manageable, quite
thinkable, within the realm of give
and take.
In Asia, on the other hand, the
margin of safety is very thin,
there is not even the beginning of
a meeting of minds, and a catas-
trophe is possible.
OUR RELATIVELY secure
Western world extends from Aus-
tralia and New Zealand through
the Americas to the limits of
European Russia. Beyond these
limits on both sides are the erupt-
ing masses of Asia which may
threaten Australia and do in the
long run challenge Soviet Siberia.
The central drama of our age
is how the Western nations and
the Asian peoples are to find a
tolerable basis of coexistence. To-
day we do not have even the rudi-
ments or an understanding by
which Europeans and Americans,
Russians and Chinese, Indians and
Pakistanis, would be willing to live
and let live.
But at least we are in a position
to realize that there is no mortal
conflict within the Western world.

BUT BEHIND this argument in
Western continental Europe there
is a larger agreement on and pros-
pect of a greater European com-
munity extending from Paris and
London and Bonn and Rome to
Warsaw and Moscow, within which
the partition of Germany can
eventually be resolved.
In this perspective, the outcome
of the German elections is not
likely to raise decisive issues. The
difference between the Christian
Democrats, who are ceasing to be
intransigent cold warriors, and the
Social Democrats, who have ceased
to be Marxists, is not of much
political importance. Nor is the
problem of the revision of NATO
in the light of the developments
since it was founded nearly 20
years ago.
There is no reason to doubt that
the Western alliance will survive,
and that it will survive in a form
which is acceptable to France. For
France is the geographic key to
Western defense.
IT IS IMPORTANT, I think, to
play down the differences in the
Western world-including our dif-
ferences with the Soviet Union-
because of the transcendent im-
portance and danger of Asian-
Western relations.
No one of us, I think, h'as as yet
been able to comprehend how
much the relations have changed
in the 25 years since World War
II. Virtually the whole structure
of power, as it existed in 1940, has

been destroyed, and there is as yet
no new equilibrium of power to
replace it.
Our Vietnamese war is a result
of an attempt to find a basis of
order in Southeast Asia to replace
the French imperial system. The
horrendous Pakistan-India war
marks the crumbling of what the
British were able to leave behind
them in the subcontinent. The
dissolution of Malaysia is still an-
other case of the breakdown of a
replacement for the old imperial
system.
IT MUST BE evident now that
the United States cannot alone,
with its own resources and its
own stock of intelligence and wis-
dom, provide a replacement for
the old system of law and order
which has collapsed. The dom-
inos are falling. We are obviously
not the policeman of mankind.
The size and complexity and in-
scrutability of the problems of
Asia are great, and they will tempt
us to look for some simple "sur-
gical" remedy.
There is no such simple remedy.
For we are confronted with what
is almost certainly the greatest
human upheaval in the history of
mankind.
We shall have to think out a
new order of human relationship
between the Asian world and the
Western world, and that will com-.
Pei us to think about a lot of
things which politicians generally
today regard as unthinkable.
(c)1965, The Washington Post Co.

"I Say The U.S. And Russia Are On A
Collusion Course I"

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The Collector'--Overrated or Unfairly Criticized?

To the Editor:
A Pox upon Michael Juliar for
having adopted the philosophy
of the freshman film reviewer,
i.e. that strong criticism is a suit-
able substitute'for good criticism.
Although "The Collector" does
not live up to the flood of praise
which its distributors have show-
ered upon us (as few productions
ever do) it is still a very good
film, and not worthy of Mr.
Juliar's omniscient wrath.
We must recognize from the be-
ginning that the theme of "The
Collector" is a difficult one. In
less competent hands than those
of William Wyler, or with a small-
er reserve of talent than the lead-
ing combination of Samantha
Eggar and Terence Stamp, the
film would have been a farce. The
vast majority of the people who
see it, however, will agree that it
is interesting, meaningful, and
highly entertaining.
IF SOME of "The Collector's"

ever well put together, is some-
thing else again.
-William Clark, '68
Lack of Taste?
To the Editor:
HASN'T ANYONE lately picked
up a copy of the current Lit
School Announcement and im-
mediately felt that somehow there
was a complete lack of the proper
dignity and taste on the cover?
I realize that "a book can't be
told by its cover," but I also know
that a substantial amount of time
and effort is devoted to designing
an impressive frontispiece.
When a prospective student
looks at the catalogue of the
oldest and largest unit in the dis-
tinguished University of Michigan,
he first expects to be hit with
a similarly distinguished cover.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY (with
no malice toward him), our young
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Scholarships?
To the Editor:
E. HILDEBRANTS sugges-
tion for $1000 scholarships
certainly shows imagination. Hil-
debrant said in a recent letter
that "you personally can sup-
port a $1000 scholarship for
only two dollars a year. Carry
a few pennies in your pocket, and
when you see an expired meter,
drop one in. If luck is with you,
each penny will prevent a ticket
from being issued, and thus have
the effect of a five dollar con-
tribution to someone's education.
Two hundred pennies will be
equivalent to a $1000 donation.-
Before we all rush to the bank
for our supply of 200 pennies, let

us reflect on the case of one who
did as Mr. Hildebrant suggests.
I CAN'T RECALL the details,
but last year a letter appeared in
The Daily describing the sad fate
of those who would help their
fellow citizens in Ann Arbor.
The writer of this letter de-
posited an appropriate coin in an
expired meter. only to find him-
self confronted shortly thereafter
by two of Ann Arbor's finest, who
informed him that his charitable
act forced them to regretfully
place him under arrest. The
charge: plugging a meter!
The surprised Samaritan was
then transported by the helpful
men in blue to a place of justice,
where he was offered the alterna-

tive of a fine.
He chose the fine, which, I be-
lieve, amounted to $20 or $30. If
memory serves, he then returned
to society with the dubious dis-
tinction of being able to tell all
his friends that he was now a
convicted felon.
THEREFORE, lest we become
a campus of meter pluggers,
let us all give further thought to
Mr. Hildebrant's suggestion, with
the aim of neutralizing this con-
flict between brotherhood and
justice, so that rather than merely
shifting the financial need brought
on by the demands of justice onto
other shoulders, we can indeed
finally crack the parking ticket
barrier.
-Fred K. Herr, '66

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