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Seventy-Sixth Year

The Green Berets' GIoe Returns

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Summer Program Has
Limited Attraction

SOON IT WILL BE TIME to pre-register
for summer term, and students plan-
ning to soak up some intellectual nourish-
ment will find the course offerings slim,
especially for the spring half of the term.
There will be some beginning courses
available in many departmerits, ,but soph-
onores and juniors will find few interme-
diate or advanced courses in the cata-
What are the reasons for this dearth of
available courses in the summer?
-Many students cannot afford to spend
the summer in Ann Arbor either because.
of financial need or because of the need
for a change of pace from the often stul-
tifying academic atmosphere and grueling
pace of any university.
-Many faculty members, engaged in
research projects, writing books or trav-
elling welcome the opportunity for a vaca-
tion, especially during the summer
months. The vision of four months spent
in an academic grind accompanied by Ann
Arbor's sticky climate probably repulses
faculty members as well as many stu-
-Salaries for faculty members during
the summer trimester are not commen-
surate with fall and winter pay scales;
there is ,a fractional 'reduction. In com-
bination with the factors cited above,
there seems little incentive for a profes-
sor to spend the summer in an uncomfor-
table environment with lower pay and
little of the cultural life which makes
the rest of the year more tolerable, and
even enjoyable.
BUT THE UNIVERSITY must convert its
operation to a full trimester system,
which means that the summer term must
attain standing commensurate with the
other trimesters. Obviously, one strong in-
centive to attract more and better facul-
ty to remain in Ann Arbor over the sum-
mer would be a salary increase at least
equal to pay received for other trimesters.
Some of the problems will be solved if
more intermediate and advanced courses

can be offered ,thus attracting more up-
perclassmen seeking to gain or make up
However, there are still some disad-
vantages for the student in spending the
summer here. For many, it will be a fi-
nancial drain. For others, a full-time aca-
demic career throughout the year is be-
yond their interests or desires.
The University thus faces a seemingly
insoluble problem. in achieving equal
standing in the eyes of both students and
faculty for the summer trimester.
ONE WAY to improve the situation
might be to offer special incentives for
students who remain during the summer.
Perhaps an independent reading pro-
gram, for credit, could be offered. The se-
lection of worthwhile paperback books in
Ann Arbor has vastly increased, thanks
to the Centicore bookstore. In conjunc-
tion with his departmental adviser, up-
perclassmen might prepare reports based
on a reasonable reading list which should
bear some resemblance to the individual
student's year-round course of study.
Thus, a history major with a special
interest in the Civil War might easily find
15 or 20 valuable primary source books
which could serve as the basis for an ex-
tended paper or even, in some cases, for
a senior honors thesis. For this summer
reading, the student would receive a rea-
sonable number of credit hours.
In order to attract the student to Ann
Arbor, such independent reading pro-
grams would have to be closely linked to
discussion sections which would hope-
fully be less formal and more free wheel-
ing than the typical classroom situation.
Such programs as described here are
already being developed in some depart-
ments. In an effort to solve the summer
trimester problem, the University should
take steps to set up such a program which
could easily be adapted to the individual
student's needs and desires.

HEWAR IN Viet Nam has
brought about death,Ndestruc-
tion, and lately much debate. At
last, however, it has produced a
record album, one which should
provide interesting and exciting
listening for all patriotic Ameri-
Now selling like hotcakes at
your corner dispensary is an al-
bum recorded folk lore known as
"Ballads of the Green Berets." The
single forty-five from which the
album title comes has already
leaped to the top of many popular
charts, and rightly is should.
The album tells of the exploits
of our special fighting forces in
Viet Nam.
In "~'I'm a Lucky One," the
singer croons "Mah friendsaretall
dead" to the background of mer-
rily twanging guitars and the
humming, in gay time, of back-
ground singers. "Mah friends they
all died for freedom's cause," he
sings on the way to a merry fade
out. At long last we've brought
war to the point where we can
compose rock dnd roll songs about
It has been reported that the
Highway Safety Department has
recruited thirty-one traffic victims
to compose songs due for release
some time next August.
CONSIDER THE noble senti-
ment that the singer expresses
when he croons "When I'm gone,
I want my son to wear the green
beret." At last we have put to
music that noble tradition Ameri-
cans have had in passing down
their trades from father to son.
There are, however, distressing
rumors from Viet Nam that the
North Vietnamese peasants are
not, in fact, planning on passing
down a fighting tradition but are

rather training infiltrators in the
art of farming. Perhaps a new
song will be issued soon to brand
this plot as the subversion of our
culture it really is.
On the album's cover is a pic-
ture of the artist, Staff Sargeant
Barry Sadler of the green berets.
Bedecked in his beanie, and an
open-collar khaki shirt which is
laden with medals, Sgt. Sadler
looks determinedly into the fore-
boding battlefield which has pro-
duced the inspiration for his bal-
lads. Ruggedy handsome, Sadler
looks like a combination of Elvis
Presley, Dwight Eisenhower, and
Roger Staubach. Boy Scouts, 4-H,
and all-Americanism ring in the
Accompanying the album to
some radio stations is a govern-
ment booklet sponsoring Green
Beret try-outs. The corps is glori-
fied beyond all doubt. Among the
many advantages is that "By the
time you finish the eight-week
Special Forces demolitions course.
you'll know all the answers, some
of them classified, as to where's
the best place to blow up an oil
refinery? A rail yard? A foot
bridge? A dam?" Sign up and be
the first kid on your block to be
taught how to ruin a country.
IN THE ALBUM, such melodies
as "Saigon" and "Troopers Lam-
ent," which make a valiant effort
at depicting how a lonely soldier
finds solace in the country's larg-
est living town, flow out from the
plastic as only a singer from the
classic Presley - Husky - Fabian
school can make them flow.
On one hand such a record is
objectionable because it treats a
very tragic situation in a distress-
ingly off-hand manner. The songs
it sings about the war are in the
tune and tone of songs one would
hear in everyday pop trash. The
southern-mid-western twang, the
easy rhythm, the forced rhyme are

all part of songs obviously written
by someone in Nashville or Tin
Pan Alley or some other recording
No one would object to hearing
the songs anyone would naturally
sing in war time. "Over There" or
"When Johnny Comes Marching
Home Again" are of the genre that
one feels he can legitimately asso-
ciate with a people expressing
themselves in a real, if abnormal
trived and unnatural-an exploit-
ation of public sentiment. Perhaps
we could revive wars of days gone
by with such old favorites as "The
Battle of the Bulge Boogie," or
maybe the "Bull Run Bounce" or
even the naplam peasant polka.
But if the effort is objectionable
as art, it is even moreso as culture.
In an article in yesterday's New
York Times, a former Green Beret
fighter criticized U.S.,policy in its
training of those forces in what he
termed "methods of torture to ex-
tract information." Special Forces
group is most noted for its ferocity
and effectiveness as 'guerrilla
The argument of whether or not
such a fighting force is "neces-
sary" in itself is here irrelevant.
What is important is that such a
fighting force, distinguished or
not, should be glorified for com-
mercial purposes. That such an
effort should be so extremely suc-
cessful in the process is a sad
comment on the American state of
THE PUBLIC willing to spend
money to sit through a crew of
mediocre tunes merely because
they deal with an army at war is
the same public which listens every
day to the casualty statistics and
applauds them when deaths from
the north are three and four times
as great as those from the south.



Not, of course, that one or two
hundred men have died, but
rather one or two hundred
This, I suppose, comes with be-
ing at war, but that a very ugly
segment of that ugly struggle
could be successfully popularized

in such glib terms tells of a ra'-her
macabre and dangerous sense of
The makers of the "Green
Beret" album could have at least
supplied a casualty score card for
those who take the album serious-
ly and would like to sing along.

Letters: Greed Motivates Local Bar

Viet Nam Is Important,

JT WAS WITH A SHOCK that comes only
from the revelation of truth that I
watched George Kennan deliver his testi-
mony before the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, today on television. Mr. Ken-
nan, you are a scholar on Eastern Eu-
rope, the Soviet Union, a respected author
and an intellect of great stature. You are
experienced in diplomacy and no doubt in
the ways of the world.
Yet today I watched you say, with a
calmness and a blandness rarely seen,
that the Vietnamese war is not our war,
that Viet Nam is unimportant.
Editorial Staff
JUDITH FIELDS .......Personnel Director
LAUREN BAR . .Associate Managing Editor,
JUDITH WARREN .:....... Assistant Managing, Editor
GAIL BLUMBERG ............... Magazine Editor
TOM WEINBERG ............. Sports Editor
LLOYD GRAFF .........Associate Sports Editor
PETER SARASON .......... Contributing Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Carney, Clarence Fanto,
Mark Siiiingewnth, John Meted"t, Leonard Pratt,
Harvey Wasserman, Bruce Wasserstein, Charlotte
DAY EDITORS: Babette Cohn, Michael Heffer, Merle
Jacob, Robert Moore, Roger Rapoport, Dick Wing-
Blum, Neal Bruss, Gall Jorgenson, Robert Kilvans,
Laurence Medow, Nell Shister, Joyce Winslow.
Dreyfuss, Susan Elan, Shirley Rosick, Robert Shiller,
Alan valusek.
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Rick Feferman, Jim La-
Sovage, Bob McFarland, Gil Samberg, Dale Sielaff,
Rick Stern., Jim Tindall, Chuck Vetsner.
Published daily Tuesday through Sunday morning.
Business Staff
CY WELLMAN, Business Manager
ALAN GLUECKMAN ............ Advertising- Manager
SUSAN CRAWFORD ....Associate Business Manager
JOYCE FEINBERG ....,........ Finance Manager
MANAGERS: Harry Bloch, Bruce Hillman, Marline
Isuelthau, Jeffrey Leeds, Gail Levin, Susan Perl-
stadt, Vic Ptasznik, Elizabeth Rhein, Ruth Segall,

Viet Nam may be unimportant to you
and it may be insignificant in the eyes
of history. Its people may be poor and ig-
norant. But Mr. Kennan, the fate of na-
tions is wrapped up in that poor wretched
country and certainly the lives and free-
doms of these starving people are not un-
Perhaps you are being "practical," Mr.
Kennan, but we'must be able to live even
with our practicality.
There is a deep split in this nation over
.Viet Nam. It is not unimportant to our
boys dying there and certainly it is not
unimportant to the 29 people who sat-in
at the draft office; Unimportant, Mr. Ken-
IR. KENNAN, any war is our business. It
is not so much the killing involved,
nor the butchering; nor the destruction.
alone, but rather the results of the war.
Wars are a way of solving international
problems and attaining nationalistic as-
pirations in a way that is final and de-
cisive. We cannot, as the most powerful
nation on earth, allow major changes to
take place in the international power
structure without making sure that we
are protected, in a sense being "practi-
cal." Mr. Kennan, your attitude is dan-
gerously close to those who said it was not
our business in 1917, in 1941 and 1951.
I realize that hindsight always makes
prophets of us all, but doesn't one learn
from history and historians?
You mentioned that our policy should
be to defend' the four-England, U.S.,
Ruhr Valley, Japan-of the five great in-
dustrial centers in the world now tied
to us politically, economically and social-
ly, and in this policy, Viet Nam does not
SELF INTEREST will lead us only to de-
struction as it has led others before us.

To the Editor:
WHILE NOT conversant with
the semantic ramifications of
the current Bar Association-OEO
controversy, I would like to com-
ment upon the allegations made
by John Hathaway in the Feb. 5
Daily concerning the past and
present role of the local bar in
meeting the legal needs of the
The impression sought to be
created by the letter is that the
Washtenaw County attorney are
motivated only by the highest of
selfless considerations, devoted to
helping the impoverished and pri-
marily responsible for establishing
the present legal aid clinic. I
would submit that this picture is
not painted with the brush of
reality. On the contrary, it has
been my understanding that the
events of the past several years
illustrate the real impelling mo-
tivation of the bar to have been
the preservation of the financial
status quo, or, more succinctly,
Hathaway posits the conception
that the present legal aid clinic
is almost solely the creature of
the efforts and interest of the
bar, and that, prior to the clinic's
inception, the local lawyers did
an adequate job coping with the
legal problems of the poor through
each attorney's individual charit-
able effort. Neither assumption
represents the true state of facts.
The clinic is the product of a con-
tinuing effort by a small group
of law students, led by Lucy
Marsh, '66L, and was accomplished
over the monumental initial in-
difference and partial opposition
of the local bar. The Michigan
Supreme Court order allowing law
students to practice to a 'limited
extentwas pushed through the
judiciary with the bulk of work
necessary being done by the stu-
dents. That the organized bar,
with all its undoubted good in-
tentions, had previously been un-
able to provide any effective rem-
edy to the ever-increasing legal
problems of poverty is evident in

the number of cases handled by
legal aid in the first three months
of its existence alone.
THE BAR, which by its own
fiat controls the Board of Trus-
tees, has been and is now exercis-
ing its power to defeat the asic
purpose of the program: that the
people who need but cannot af-
ford legal services be helped by
law students, who in turn benefit
from the experience. Unrealistic
financial eligibility standards for
assistance have been imposed by
the attorneys on the board. A
single man earning only $50.00 per
week is precluded from help be-
cause he is considered overly pros-
perous. Indeed, the clinic to date
has been forced to reject almost
as many cases as it has been able
to accept. Financial assistance for
the clinic from the bar has been
inadequate: e.g., their contribu-
tion this year was exceeded by
that of the Lawyers Club, the
latter funds deriving, of course,
from the students themselves. The,
underlying, rationale behind these
and other instances of the local
attorneys' shortsightedness is that
the clinic shall not be allowed to
participate in any activity which
could conceivably result in , the
loss of a fee to a practicing law-
yer. It should be seen that the
notion that the people seeking
legal aid assistance could or would
provide a lucrative source of rev-
enue for local lawyers is patently
absurd. The position of the bar in
the present controversy-refusal
even to discuss any measure which
might dilute their absolute con-
trol over the clinic (and inciden-
tally, perhaps, publicize same)-
is indicative of the "protect our-
selves at any cost" attitude of the
Washtenaw Bar.
Aside from the financial desire
to control the legal aid program,
the bar has evinced a basic failure
to recognize and understand the,
real legal difficulties faced by the
poor. Ordinary lawyers have but
infrequent contact with those who
cannot afford their services. There

is simply insufficient money in-
volved to warrant the same degree
of interest in the poor client by
the practicing lawyer as he re-
ceives from the student. An illus-
tration of this occurred recently
in an Ann Arbor court when a
member of LAS obtained an exon-
eration of a student accused of
shoplifting after the attorney ad-
vising had recommended a guilty
plea. The bar is presently thinking
only in terms of the money or
control it might lose; little con-
sideration is given to the needs
and personalities of the repre-
sentative legal aid client. As long
as the bar, in the person of Mr.
Hathaway, continues to indulge
itself in semantic obfuscation and
sanctimonious self congratulation,
no real progress toward a deeper
understanding can be reached.
It is unfortunate that the Law
School has lacked the courage
and/or initiative to establish the
clinic on its own. The school's
desire to avoid conflict with the
bar is not surprising. However, it
is now considering a proposal
which would, by bailing the clinic
out of its present debt, compound
its original nonfeasance by re-
lieving the local lawyer of the
onus caused by their obstinacy in
blocking the receipt of OEO funds.
ONE CAN only hope that the
bar may find the strength to
reassess its assumptions and begin
a period of real cooperation with
the clinic. The Washtenaw County
Bar Association has nothing to
lose; the people of Washtenaw
County have much to gain.
-George C. Coggins, '66L
Placement Listings
To the Editor:
H THE IRONY of it all. The
Daily, eternally vigilant guar-
dian of student civil liberties, has
been instrumental in perpetrating
a heinous crime against the Civil
Rights Act of 1964.
I refer you to the Daily Official
Bulletin for Wednesday. Under
the heading "Placement" one
finds no less than four announce-
ments of job openings which spe-
cify that only men need bother
to apply. Highly questionable in
view of the fact that employers
are no longer allowed to dis-
criminate on he basis of race,
creed, or sex, except when oneof
these factors is critical for the
performance of the job. But, look
at the jobs: sales, security analy-
sis, banking positions. This is an
obvious case of illegal discrim-
ination on the part of the com-
pany which drafted the notice, the
placement bureau which passed on
the notice, and lastly, The Daily
for printing the notice.
be forced to turn in their ACLU
membership cards, and be given a
dishonorable discharge from the
New Left. Let's be more careful in
the future.
-Charles A. Adamek, '66

thought and interest. He must
have long hair and a beard, so
that he can justly represent the
University to the citizens of the
state, who add so much to the
financing i.e. paying his salary. He
must have no working knowledge
of business planning and organ-
ization, as this purely capitalist
syndrome may align him too
closely to the Regents. He would
also have to have free insight into
educational philosophy, as the
years of study necessary to gain
such a degree may cloud his
awareness of student needs.
After the new President is in
office, we can all trust him, and
work with him and certainly ac-
cept him, because whether or not
we voted for him wouldn't make'
any difference at all. Naturally, if
the Regents fail to see the obvious
wisdom behind our thoughts, and
appoint a President from the out-
side, we must revolt and rebel and
force his resignation, so that
everybody in the world could be
able to see how intelligent, how
reasoning, and how informed all
the University students are. Be-
sides, we may get our pictures in
Life magazine.
-Craig Kirby, '66
T'Hooft and 'Sinners'
To the Editor:
Goodman quoted Visser t'Hooft,
executive secretary of the World
Council of Churches, as saying,
"Don't talk morals to me, you're
an American." Goodman implies
that the comment referred to
American actions in Viet Nam. If
this is typical of Visser t'Hooft, I
sincerely doubt that he should
continue as executive secretary to
the WCC.
collegiate Press Service
zilians have never been prais-
ed for their organizational tal-
ents but their lack of organiza-
tional ability played a part in the
major cultural setback in Latin
America during the past year.
It took a normally quiet event
like the,- Rio International Viol-
in and Piano Competition to real-
ly point up the problems. While
international music competitions
are usually very dignified affairs,
this one often approached the far-
The event had been postponed
from the drier month of August,
to November, when the humidity
and heat are so great that violins
will not stay in tune for an en-
tire performance. The e v e n t
stretched out three and a half
weeks instead of the planned two,
and a third of the judges had to
leave before the finals and left
the Brazilian president of the jury
with the power to cast the votes
for the missing judges.
Like buildings here which stand

Assume that t'Hooft had both
the ability and 'right to judge
American actions in Viet Nam.
Under this assumption the state-
ment is still not justified, for
t'Hooft first judges an individual
by the actions of his government
(pray that God is not so stern a
judge!) and second, after judging,
decides that the sinner cannot
"talk morals" to him.
If the general condemnation of
all Americans for our national
policy seems absurd, how much
more so when the individual is
Paul Goodman who disagrees pub-
licly and at length with the policy
for which he is being condemned.
If the refusal to let the sinner
"talk morals" seems doubtful, how
much more so when we remember
that St. Paul worked out his
salvation "in fear and trembling,
lest after giving advice to others
I myself might not be found
wanting." One doesn't have to
equate the United States or Paul
Goodman with St. Paul to see the
point. If only the sinless could
"talk morals" this planet would be
singularly silent on moral issues.
Finally, let us not make the
mistake that t'Hooft has made.
Let us not pronounce moral judg-
ment on his statement to Good-
man. Perhaps he had the best of
intentions. We may, however,
judge the nonmoral implications
of his remark-that here is a rash
man who, whatever his intentions
tends to isolate the "sinners" who
are guilty by association with their
government. I therefore question
t'Hooft's qualifications for his post
not because he has done moral
wrong, but because he has spoken
rashly and imprudently. Such
traits are not desirable in the
executive secretary of the World
Council of Churches.
-James A. Martin, Grad
o ld War
bassy threatened a diplomatic in-
The three finalists in the violin
competition were asked to give a
concert without pay to raise mon-
ey on the night before they had
to compete in the finals. Then,
because there had been no pub-
licity, they played to a half-empty
In addition to the disorganiza-
tion, bribery and intrigue entered
into the piano competition, accord-
ing to reports from the partici-
pants. They charged that the Rus-
sians bought the piano prize, and
that the Brazilians were forced to
sell because of their financial
straits. A French girl -the ac-
knowledged favorite--played bril-
liantly in the semi-finals but was
awarded fifth place. The crowd
protested so violently that the
judges had to slip out the back
door. The papers the next morn-
ing gave the best coverage and the
highest praise to the "fifth best
In the finals were two Russians
and two Americans, who, in Cha-
veton's opinion, "could not give




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