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Editorials printed in The Michigan Dail ex press The individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This us/ be noted in all reprints.
Lal Bahadurr Shatri.
In Metnoriami
HE WAS A MUCH SHORTER man tralism and her responsibilities in the
than his famous predecessor; he Third World. He broke with dignity and
seemed feeble, excessively polite and grace the crisis in his country's a4ri-
meek in appearance compared to other culture even when the U.S., demon-
Indian leaders and, indeed, to world strating its discontent with his inde-
leaders such as those he encountered pendent views on the crisis in Viet
in Tashkent. His 110-pound, 5'2" figure Nam, but its food-relief plans on a
did not seem to point towards a life of monthly basis and postponed his plan-
effective public service. ned visit-which will now never occur.
Thus, the impression came and per- He withstood the persuasive appeals
sisted for some time that Lal Bahadur of advisors and refused to permit de-
Shastri was ineffectual, excessively velopment of an atomic bomb even
timid and scarcely equal to the famous while his borders were constantly un-
example set by Jawaharlal Nehru, der pressure. And while he, as did his
whom he succeeded in 1964 as Indian adversary, made war over Kashmir, he
premier. And as Shastri began to con- concluded an agreement to reestablish
tinue after Nehru, difficult enough in peace there only hours before he died.
Itself, India had to face grave interna- Today most Americans ask more
tional and agricultural challenges whether his successor will be able to
which further shook his tormented establish the just and lasting peace
country. Shastri died seeking. But in honoring
But despite such nearly unbearable the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri
pressures, Shastri displayed remark- one turns to the past, to the words of
able grace, and emerged as a courage- another great Indian whose words have
ous and capable leader in his own great meaning today:
right in a country full of misery and
a world full of peril. "HOW HAVE WE PLAYED our part
One finds some indication of the in this brief interlude that draws
quality of the man not only in his re- to a close? I do not know. Others of a
cent public pronouncements-instrue- later age will judge. By what standards
tive though they be-but also in an act do we measure success or failure? That
which took place nearly a decade ago, too I do not know. We can make no
when he resigned 1s post as minister complaint that life has treated us
of railways in Nehru's cabinet because harshly, for ours has been a willing
his conscience made him feel morally choice, and perhaps life has not been
responsible for a rail tragedy in which so bad to us after all. For only those
over 150 passengers died. can sense life who stand often on the
verge of it, only those whose lives are
HE DISPLAYED the same sense of not governed by the fear of death. In
moral responsibility in his actions spite of alj the mistakes that we n.t;ht
after he became premier. He refused have made, we have saved ourselves
to join in an alliance with the United from triviality and an inner shame and
States - despite increasing intimi- cowardice. That, for our individual
dation by the Chinese-because he be- selves, has been some achievement."
lieved it would compromise India's neu- -MARK R. KILLINGSWORTH
UMSEU Must Be Bargaining Agent

IT'S THAT TIME of the year
again when, with the regularity
and steadfastness of purpose of
o many lemmings, most of the
freshmen girls at the University
uive up half their waking hours
and commit most of their emo-
tions to going "Greek."
This past weekend they were
out in full force, looking like so
many misplaced o r i e n t a t i o n
groups, marching in the sub-
freezing weather to spend their
forty minutes graciously smiling
and being smiled at throughout
each of the 23 gleaming sorority
houses at the University. All in
all, it makes an interesting pic-
ture, if it does indeed tend to
train the social atmosphere of
the campus during this first
With all the enthusiasm in the
world, however, and all the de-
sire, warmth and ability to smoke
an infinite number of cigarettes,
there are some girls who are

just not going to make DG's or
Kappas, no matter how much
everybody seemed to like them
at the houses which didn't invite
them back.
Following in the line of the
immortal raconteur of American
society as well as University
sorority life, my dear mentor Peter
R. Sarasohn, let me recount an
interesting event which happened
just this weer to a couple of
slightly misplaced girls from In-
attractive half blonde named
Sarah fmost of her friends call
her Jo-Jo, but she thought that
this might be a little bold for the
first days of rush) whose mother
was a Theta during her hey-day
as the reigning queen at the Uni-
versity of Calgery in Canada (for
any Thetas who don't yet know
about that chapter, take heart-
it's a comer). The truth is that
Sarah was 4a genuine belle of her
class, given the rush by half the
guys at school, and genuinely en-

joying her notoriety and suffering
through that period every attrac-
tive freshman undergoes when
she learns the joys and evils of
hard liquor. Sarah went into rush
with all the confidence in the
world-not only was she a legacy,
but also lovely in her own right,
witty, intelligent and well dressed.
Another girl from her home-
town, however, did not have quite
the same outlook as Sarah. This
girl was a bit too shy to really
make it, yet her hunger for status
was as great as the most social of
her friends. Thus she paid her
money and got her rush card.
Ellen was the kind of girl who
you could talk to for an hour
and a half and then not remem-
ber her name when you said
goodby-she had that kind of look
about her that you instinctively
feel sorry for, except invariably
you forget who she was before
you could feel enough sympathy
to go out of your way for her. But
there she was, in there slugging
with the best of them, hopeful

that maybe she might hit a hot
streak and come out of the whole
thing with a pin for the collar
of hor coat.
Bu funny things happen at the
University. in part because the
University is so big nobody knows
who anybody else really is and in
part because the University is a
naturally funny place if your sense
of humor is sufficiently mis-
directed. Ellen and Jo-Jo not only
came from the same city, but also
had the same last name. This in
itself isn't catastrophic, except
that somewhere lurking about the
Univrsity is a perverted math
major who is responsible for pro-
gramming the IBM cards with
which the girls get informed about
their relative worth on the social
market. Seems as if this guy was
not overly hot for sorority girls
and also that he had a feeling of
immense power and went wild
with his card punch. When he
saw the results coming back for
Jo-Jo (who was being lured not,
only by the big three, but also the

lesser five as well as everybody
else on campus) and then saw
poor Ellen's desirability (a couple
of the co-ops kind of liked her
when she wandered in by mistake,
also she was big with the House-
mothers Association, but even the
worst of the sororities were giving
her only a passing glance>. his
sense of compassion was aroused.
BOOM, QUICK as a flash his
punch was playing the role of
social equilizer, the great god
everybody waits for but never
seems to find. Through the blips
and quirks of his machine he did
it, passing it off as a justifiable
mistake, Ellen became a heroine
to the girls on her floor on the
dorm, being asked back to every
house that everybody wanted (as
Jo-Jo, poor elegant Jo-Jo now
well as those two co-ops), and
has no recourse but to secretly
curse all the sorority girls on the
street and try to find a good
roommate for a double next year
in Stockwell.

War Hits Close to Home in Columbus, Ga.

COLUMBUS, Ga., is a city of
taabout 125,000 inthe west cen-
tral part of the state. It appears
to be a prosperous town, with a
much higher percentage of $50,000
homes than one would except in
a city of its size, and it boasts
two daily newspapers, although
both are under the same owner-
Columbus is the site of the
headquarters and main plants of
the Royal Crown Cola Co., Tom
Houston Peanuts and several tex-
tile mills which provide jobs for
the city. Located on the Chatta-
hoochee River, newly made navig-
able from the Gulf of Mexico to
Columbus, the city is proud of its
newly, although as yet quiet, port
facilities. The town is fairly typi-
cal of the growing industrial "New
But there is another side to
Columbus. The city feels the ef-
fects of the war in Viet Nam per-
haps harder than any other town
in the country.
Located just to the south of
Columbus is Fort Benning, Amer-
ica's largest military establish-
ment. The fort is the home of the
United States Infantry Corps and
contains the infantry school and
the special forces school. Until
recently, it also housed the First
Cavalry Division, now stationed in
Viet Nam.
THE ABSENCE of the First
Cavalry is striking at Fort Ben-
ning. In the area of the fort pre-
viously occupied by the division,
long rows of garage stalls stand
empty. Barracks are half deserted.
The area looks like a sort of mili-
tary ghost town.
The loss of the First Division
has h~urt Columbu"ndtiilmcally.
The division is largely composed
of career soldiers and many of
their wives and families lived in
town. When the unit was shipped
out, many of the dependents left
to live elsewhere. Others remain,
waiting and hoping.
According to a local real estate

agent, at this time last year, there
were virtually no rental units
available in the city. Families
were housed in motels for as much
as six weeks awaiting completion
of homes. Currently there are
over 1500 units for rent with few
takers. Most of the vacancies are
in the Fort Benning area, where
attractive buildings stand at less
than 50 per cent occupancy.
The presence of the military es-
tablishment deeply affects Colum-
bus. About every tenth man in
downtown Columbus is in uniform.
Fort Benning "passes" on car
bumpers are almost as prevelant
as E-stickers in Ann Arbor. Some
stores on Broadway, the main
business thoroughfare, have signs

in front offering easy terms to
town towards the war is one of
"We have to support the boys
over there." At Fort Benning,
many of the barracks have print-
ed signs saying "Win in Viet
Nam" posted over the doors. A
Christmas display in front of a
chapel reads "Peace on Earth ...
With Honor."
Both daily papers give heavy
treatment to the war-in Colum-
bus, the activities of the First
Cavalry are local news. At least
half of the front page is daily
devoted to news from Viet Nam.
"The Columbus Ledger" is prob-
ably the only paper of its size em-

ploying even a part-time Viet Nam
Editorially, both papers take a
"hard line" on the war-opposing
negotiations, branding the com-
munists untrustworthy and unfit
to negotiate with. The 30-hour
Christmas truce was attacked as
foolish, and the proposed New
Year's truce hotly opposed.
Despite all of this editorial vitu-
p ration and the superficial signs
of public support, one gets the
impression that beneath it all.
the citizens of Columbus would
just as soon see the war end to-
learned and even more quickly

forgotten. The prewar fear of
Communism was drowned out at
the end of World War II by a
national chorus of "Bring the boys
home." The stalemated, incon-
clusive settlement of the Korean
conflict did not raise great na-
tional indignation, although only
a few short years earlier, Presi-
dent Truman's recall of Gen. Mac-
Arthur caused a furor, An end to
the war in Viet Nam would likely
meet with similar reaction, even
in Columbus. Meanwhile, the city
watches the war with great. in-
terest. The most frightening thing
to an Army wife remains a West-
ern Union man.

Misinformed U.S. Aided Castro sRevolt

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first
in a series of five articles which I
did while ins iami over Christmas.
'They are a series of interviews with
Cuban refugees, concerning their
attitude toward, the United States,
Americans, the present situation in
Cuba and their predictions for fu-
ture developments. These articles
also discuss the present situation
in Miami.
day. Dec. 26, 1958: "'Rebel
Leader, Fidel Cagtro's insurrection
in Cuba was definitely communist
inspired.' Senator Jose Gonzales
Buente, said during a press con-
ference at the Buban Embassy.
'Rebel barracks captured by gov-
ernment troops invariably con-
tained communist literature and
much of this literature referred
to Chinese Communist Movement
M.. oscow radio frequently gives
reports of the rebel chieftain's
activities while ignoring the gov-
ernment side of the issue.' . . .
Senator Buente was eager to take
the opportunity to try and cor-
rect some of the misconceptions
which Americans and Canadians
had gained of the Cuban Revolt.

TE UNIVERSITY has long been in a
position of patriarchal authority over
both its student and non-academic em-
ployes. This may be changed with the up-
coming efforts of several adult unions to
seek representation of University em-
ployes under a provision in the Hutchin-
son Act. The University of Michigan Stu-
dent Economic Union has long shown in-
terest in seeking recognition as a bar-
gaining agent before the University for
students employed by the University.
The difference between adult employes
whose occupation is wrapped up in their
relationship with the University and stu-
dents whose services to the. University
are transient and seemingly of minor im-
portance is one of degree and not kind.
One situation for which there is a defi-
nite need for responsible organized repre-
sentation of student economic grievance
is the unsettled sit-down dinner contro-
versy which came to a head at Stockwell
Hall last semester.
Sit-down dinners are meals at which
student waitresses serve their seated fel-
low-students, rather than cafeteria style.
The popularity of= Sunday noon sit-downs
is great with many of the residents of
Stockwell but the dinners are a cause of
Most Be Done
throwing, water bomb dropping and
firecracker hurling from the heights of
University Towers, it has become appar-
ent that some form of regulation is,
needed to control "Sniper Heights" and
similar high rise developments.
Since tall apartment houses seem to
be the wave of the future in Ann Arbor,
it would seem that the problem of stu-
dents dropping dangerous projectiles will
increase in the future.
Presently it is practically impossible to
reprehend a person who throws a water
bomb at some pedestrian from the six-
teenth story of University Towers be-
cause of legal restrictions on entering
apartments without a search warrant.

unrest among the girls who must spend
additional time serving and clearing the
WHILE THE NUMBER of sit-downs at
other dormitories was decreased -
Mosher and Jordan voted to retain only
one per month-a plurality of the girls at
Stockwell, in an opinion vote, favored re-
ducing the sit-downs from four to two-
per-month. Nothing has yet been done.
A committee of girls chosen to repre-
sent the fifty-odd student kitchen work-
ers at Stockwell have had their request
for fewer mandatory sit-downs met with
non-committal promises for future in-
vestigation and consideration which have
not materialized. The tactics of the resi-
dence halls' administrative chain is ig-
noring those who cannot effectively deal
with the Establishment seem to have
worked well in this instance in discour-
aging the girls and 3making future efforts
appear barren of fulfillment,
One can sympathize and agree-with the
administrators' philosophy of 'sit-down
dinners as signal efforts to keep creep-
ing impersonalization out of undergrad-
uate life and prevent Stockwell from be-
coming "a hotel and not a residence hall."
Certainly sit-downs with their pleasant,
relaxed atmosphere are conducive to gen-
teel manners and civilized dining.
But at what cost to the individuals
who for economic necessity have no
choice but to work under conditions for
which they are tacitly denied effective
channels for redress of their grievances!
Administrators for all their talk of breed-
ing and socially refined conduct are not
practicing what they preach.
THE SPIRIT of fairplay and rational
considerations which they hope the
residents will pick up from the sit-downs
has apparently not rubbed off in their
uncooperative dealings with the kitchen
The fact that the individuals protest-
ing their treatment will shortly leave the
residence hall and the affair might die a
natural death (if it hasn't from apathy
already) is no reason to suppose that if
the situation is not remedied now, the
administrators will not be encouraged to
use such tactics on other occasions.
It is an unfortunate state of affairs

'Far from spearheading a "popu-
lar" movement, Castro's activities
stemmed from a personal desire
for power and an insatiable per-
sonal ambition,' the senator -aid
... According to the senator. the
rebel leader had been a trouble
maker ever since his student days.
His answer to the government's
promise that it would make any
sacrifice to bring about peace had
been that there could be no solu-
tion accept by war and bloodshed."
Fivetdays later, the senator's
predictions had proved corr'ect
and Fidel Castro took power over
Seven years later, Senator
Buente snow Mr. Jose Gonzales
Buente, resident of Miami, Flor-
ida), recalls wa'nings given as
early as 1953 to the Mexican,
Nicaraguan, Panama and United
States governments concerning
Castro's affiliations with Com-
munism. U.S. Ambassador to Cuba
Earl Smith had met withPresi-
dent Eisenhower as well as John
F. Dulles to discuss the situation.
However. "both were too involved
with international affairs to give
the problem much attention," the
ex-senator- said.
Prior to Castro's take over, the
island was given little concern by
the U.S., except as an attractive
vacation spot. and an important
trade outlet for sugar. According
to an high ex-official of the Cu-
ban government (who wishes to
remain anonymous), "Many Amer-
icans were also misinformed about
Cuba at this time and were living
under the misconception that

Cuba was an improverished and
underdeveloped country. On the
contrary, the living conditions of
Cubans before Castro were among
the cleanest, most comfortable
and of the highest standards of
any country in this hemisphere."
Herbert Matthews of the "New
York Times," were misinformed
and deceived about the aims of
Fidel Castro and as early as 1957
editorials in favor of Castro's
policy began to appear in nation-
wide newspapers.
Raoul Menocal, presently a
banker in Miami; formerly Mayor
of Havanna, Minister of Com-
nierce, Senator, and member of
the House of Representatives;
spoke of the psychological effects
on the Cubans of the misinforma-
tion held by Americans before
1948. "Cubans have always been
tied to American opinion," he said.
"In the minds of Cubans, when
Americans made good statements
about Castro, Cubans respected
this. As Americans tended toward
Castro, so did Cubans who even-
tually began to give Castro finan-
cial aid and moral support. Al-
though there were Americans who
were correctly informed about
Castro's Communist affiliations,
they either wished to ignore it or
did not want to become involved.
Now Cuba has become a world
proolem linked to all international
problems . .. while Cuba is under
Castro there can be no consolida-

Letters:* Smugness?

Misinformed Americans left a
blatant mark again in April, 1961
with the Bay of Pigs invasion.
According to Theodore Sorenson,
President Kennedy was misin-
formed by Allen Dulles and the
CIA about American strategy in
Cuba; as a result, the promise of
American support to the Cuban
forces was unfulfilled and the
Cubans were defeated. "This," said
Menocal, "was the Cubans' last
chance to free the island by them-
selves; next time, they will have
to have the help of Americans."


To the Editor:
THE DAILY is to be commended
for having tried for so long
to give its readers commentary
and criticism on films playing in
AnnArbor. But not until it began
publishing the reviews of Paul
Sawyer did it reallyenrich the
movie-going experience of the
Where the writer's pieces tended
to detract from (or even spoil) the
film-viewing experience of the
reader, Mr.aSawyer's definitely
adds to that experience. His
thoughtful, insightful article on
Chaplin's "City Lights" brilliantly
set the work of Chaplin in the
context of the total experience of
the country and culture that pro-
duced it. Rather than stumbling in
attempts to raise himself to the
level of the work being comment-
ed upon-which happens to many
reviewers faced with a truly ar-
tistic work-this reviewer wisely
chose to fulfill his responsibilities
to the public by sketching, in
profound terms, a meaningful
setting for Chaplin's gem.
This particular reader (and I
suspect most others) gained from
that choice, in both understanding
Chaplin's art in general, and in
appreciating the experience of this
-Paul Bernstein, '66
To the Editor:
LLOYD GRAFF, "T a k i n g a
Swipe at Big Ten Smugness"
in Thursday's Daily, made some
rather u n g e n e r o u s comments
about the Big Ten's nonconfer-

collegiate athletics. It is disap-
pointing to hear Micihgan's pro-
posal to make Big Ten athletic
scholarships contingent on finan-
cial need voted down 9-1 every
year. The chant, "We're number
one!" (not emanating from Tus-
caloosa). can be translated: "We
have the best football team em-
ployed by any college in the
However, the financial situation
is no more disgraceful than the
athletic grading system. The Big
Ten is about average in borth de-
partmentV. Other conferences have
much higher limits on athletic
scholarships, while even theefIvy
L e a g u e competes fiercely for
promising athletes. A student with
good scholastic qualifications may
find a good recommendation from
his football coach more helpful in
getting into Dartmouth than one
from his principal, A school
doesn't have to give athletic
grades to be accused of it. "Big
Time" athletics condemns by as-
"DOC" LOSH's A-B-C curve
may not exist, but a suprising
number of people have heard of it
and are willing to believe it with-
out asking questions. State's play-
e'sare said to be able to do any-
thing with a football but auto-
graph it.
A final condemnation of "Big
Time" athletics is that it creates
a warped sense of values. The
pressure on schools to win usually
results in a hunt for a coach who
will produce a winning team, even
though he may be a Woody Hayes
or a Bear Bryant. The loss of a
big game may be more detrimental

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