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:a '04,r mtrhigau Daily
Seventy-Sixth Year

When a Crowd is not for Theatre

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The Cops Should Be Kept
Away More than Once

Staudenmeier didn't attend Wednes-
day's experimental film showing-he was
asked not to by a high University offi-
First, we would like to compliment that
official, who shall remain unnamed, for
his foresight.
It seems he was the only administra-
tor who realized that a riot would likely
accompany a new confiscation or even
the presence of Ann Arbor police, and
that it might be a better thing to point
this out before, and not after, the fact.
BUT SECONDLY we would like to ask:
Why does it take a crisis to bring
proper action?
It is significant that the Ann Arbor po-
lice were willing to waive their concern
for our "obscenity" laws in the face of
a possible riot. It is also quite signifi-
cant that an administrator was willing
to break with tradition to keep the po-
lice off campus in the face of that same

If it is right that the police stay off
campus, and if it is right that the "ob-
scenity" laws are either out of place in
an experimental film setting or just plain
silly to begin with, then wouldn't the sit-
uation have been much healthier if
someone had thought of these things be-
fore we were faced with riots?
IF THE UNIVERSITY is willing and in-
deed has the power to keep the police
-off the campus in order to avert an "in-
cident," then we should expect it to do
the same in the future-not for the sake
of keeping things quiet, but for the sake
of protecting the interest and rights of
the University community.
Hopefully, last Wednesday's unofficial
action will become official University pol-
icy from now on. It would be a good be-
Editorial Director

OBSERVERS viewing the mob
scene that raged about the
ticket booth at Wednesday's pres-
entation at Cinema Guild are apt
to come to the conclusion that
this is representative of student
This is not the case, especially
in view of the orderliness of such
affairs as the sit-ins and teach-
ins of last month. These were the
same students who are patient in
lines at registration and the MUG.
That is what made the incident
at Cinema Guild so frightening.
This crowd of students became a
serious and dangerous mob, in no
mood to fool around.
Devotees had been waiting in an
orderly line since pior to 5, but
a sudden Pavlovian response to an
influx of students from the sever-
al entrances set off a chain reac-
tion. The frenzied mob engulfed
the ticket seller and sales had to
be halted several times.
AS I STOOD there, being inun-
dated by the mass, I heard curses;
more than once I heard threaten-
ing cries of "knock that guy's
block off" which I hadn't heard
since high school.
There were times during which
my feet were not even touching
the floor, support being provided
by the sweaty bodies surrounding

BUT THE FILMS ended, some-
what abruptly and without inci-
dent. The crowd left rather dis-
The principal critique heard
upon leaving the performance was
something Ake, "I was disappoint-
?d, where was all the sex they
The crowd was composed main-
ly of males. I followed packs of
six and eight boys to South and
West Quad, and their comments
indicated they had but little ap-
preciation for the content of the
films which were shown-"they
weren't even all in color."
mal urges, not cinemotographic ef-
fects or aesthetic visual composi-
tion which constituted the appeal
of these films. Reason was aband-
oned in that sea of humanity in
favor oflibidinal urges.
Acts of violence occur easily
when a mob gathers in a situa-
tion rirident with unnatural ten-
sion. The mood of the mob Wed-
nesday was such that there was
no more guarantee a riot would
not occur with the proper spark
than there was in any non-uni-
versity community anywhere. An
angry, uncontrolled mob is a dan-
gerous mob under any circum-

me on all sides. Svmeone was is-
suing constant warnings about
I was attacked by a no-doubt
otherwise sensible female who in-
flicted several swift kicks and
proceeded to demonstrate succes-
ive forms of karate and elbow
flailing as she smashed through
the crowd. As she slapped down
her money for tickets, the anxiety
in her face disappeared and she
turned back to the crowd she had
just rammed through and plead-

ed, "You're disgusting, don't push."
THE CROWD expected a good
show, both from the Ann Arbor
police and the Cinema Guild. One
could almost hear the hisses from
the fans waiting for Lieutenant
Staudenmeier and his boys.
Gate crashers were never quite
so physical as they were last Wed-
nesday. Students who would not
even cut into a quad meal line be-
gan charging like wild animals
as the auditorium neared capaci-

The films started early to ac-
commodate a third showing. The
audience was tensed, waiting for
the sudden silence of a confisca-
tion, waiting to jump the police as
they made a fast retreat to the
station house.
The police may have been there
all right, even though they had
been warded off by a University
official, several people hinted that
they knew at least two who were
wearing plain clothes to fit into
"the crowd."


Letters: Vietnam and the Burning Bodies

Chasing the Many Saucers

CH OUT, PEOPLE! The science fic-
on programs you see on TV may
not be so fantastic after all.
Until now, the team of scientists work-
ing for the Air Force's Project Blue Book,
a project charged with analyzing and
classifying unidentified areial phenom-
ena, has been able to discount most re-
ports of unidentified flying objects as
obvious frauds, providing some rational
Something has now come up to stump
the experts. But will they give up? Cer-
tainly not!
Dr. J. Allen Hynek, chairman of the
astronomy department at Northwestern
University and head of the team analyz-
ing pictures of a flying object over Lake
St. Clair, Mich., taken by two teenage
brothers earlier this month, said last
week that "in all honesty, at this mo-

ment, I cannot call them a hoax." But he'
added that complete analysis of the pho-
tographs will be made for the next two
or three days.
THOUGH MANY consider all this fuss
about flying saucers to be ridiculous,
the Air Force obviously disagrees. In ad-
dition to Project Blue Book, the physics
department of the University of Colorado
received a $300,000 grant from the Air
Force last October for a15-month study
of unidentified flying objects.
If some of our country's greatest as-
tronomers are willing to devote so much
time and money to find out if flying
saucers do really exist, who are we to
doubt that it is possible?
LONG LIVE Ray Bradbury!

To the Editor:
DR. ERICH FROMM, in a re-
cent Human Rights Day speech,
What threatens us is not
only that a nuclear holocaust
mighthdestroy all civilizattion,
but that we are already now de-
stroying civilization before such
a holocaust occurs"..
He refers to the increasing in-
difference to life and the brutali-
zation of man, and sees the war
in Viet Nam as thesultimate step
in desensitizing ourselves to de-
"How," asks Dr. Fromm, "do
we expect our young generation
to respect life, if they witness
daily destruction taking place with
the consent of their elders?"
AN ELOQUENT example of the
insensitivity and callousness dis-
played by our country's leaders
was shown by juxtaposed articles
on page one of the Ann Arbor
News of Wednesday, January 18.
President Johnson is shown beam-
ing and presiding over the festivi-
ties of "Operation Big Daddy"
which got the White House social
season "off to a rollicking start":
dinner, entertainment by the cast
of "Hello Dolly," dancing the frug,
kisses from Carol Channing, and
a cake with candles.,
Right next to this picture of
the Great Society at play, we
read the headlines: "Bombers Sear
Jungle Hideouts"; and "U.S. Edi-
tor Sees Bombed Schools."
Villages are burned, homes de-
stroyed by fire bombs, women
and children are burned by na-
palm and white phosphorus, huge
areas of jungle are defoliated and
Ignited. "It looked just like the
Fourth of July," a military spokes-
man is quoted.
son is aware of it, organized gaie-
ty and celebration at the White
House, with symbolic candle-
flames atop the festive cake, is a
refined, sophisticated version of
ancient orgies carried on by the
light of the burning bodies of vic-
tims and dissenters.
-Mrs. Frances S. Eliot
To the Editor:
torial concerning marijuana, I
would like to say that for once I
would like to read a public editor-
ial by any college student that
would uplift and benefit the hu-
man race.
It seems to me that as soon as
you youngsters hit college, you
seem to forget all the good things

which have been taught to you at
home. If you have parents, how
do you think they feel when they
see their son advocating one of the
most degrading weeds known to
You say that it is not habit
forming. That statement I chal-
lenge. You say that it does not
promote any more anti-social be-
havior than alcohol. Is there any
one more anti-social than a drunk-
ard? Would you want to be pub-
licly associated on the street with
a sot? From the cocktail to the
gutter is a short step.
Perhaps you should take time
out from your self imposed task of
glorifying drugs to a study of the
real facts. What class of man fills
our jails and mental hospitals? Is
it the sober, hard-working man or
the person you seek to further de-
SO LIQUOR is mildly addictive,
is it? Well, .I have news for you
young man. Doctors say it is al-
most impossible to kick the liquor'
or drug habit.
I am getting fed up with intel-
lectuals, so termed, handing out
their personal opinions, without
any actual research at the tax-
payers' expense. I am sure that
before long the public will come
to the realization that they are
spending their money educating a
group of men who will be a detri-
nent to not only their colleges,
but to the entire nation and world.
;We have seen riots at Berkeley
by Communist inspired leaders;
we have seen riots at Columbus,
supporting Communist agitators;
we have, it is alleged, seen i our
Lord, Jesus Christ, burned in ef-
figy on the campus at Oberlin;
we have seen Princeton University,
once the seat of Christianity, al-
lowing the United States traitor
Alger Hiss to speak to students.
This is just a drop in the bucket.
YOU, MY FRIEND, are living
in the best country in the entire.
world, and instead of trying to
further debauch its decent people,
with such an article as you wrote,
you should get down on your
knees and ask God's forgiveness.
Perhaps you think God is dead.
Well, if you do, perhaps you may
have time to reflect on how drug
addiction might affect your par-
ents, or any family member.
Always bear in mind that most
reported rapes are caused by ani-
mal brutality, while most robber-
ies are committed by drug addicts
(including the alcoholic) who need
money to buy the very thing that
will destroy them. This might well
include cigarettes.
MAY I ADVISE you to check

your figures with the FBI for a
better estimate of the horrors of
drug addiction! For my part I
cannot understand why the future
leaders of America make such fools
of themselves. Poe was a dope ad-,
dict. Burns was a drunkard. If
you smoke marijuana you too may
become an intellectual, for which
I am thankful I am not. I was
taught that if I played with fire,
t would get burned, and I do
hope you will be man enough to
study the facts, and then be fair
enough to retract your unproven
-Anna Cartwright
Columbiana, Ohio
To the Editor:
WITH ALL DUE respect for Pro-
fessor Fiedler, whose social cri-
ticism and articulation of it I
value, I would like to expand on
his theme in Wednesday evening's
As might be expected, Professor
Fiedler's audience consisted of pre-
disposed believers (myself among
them) who were able to have their
thoughts and feelings about the
university's flight from education
(to vocational training) verbalized
and expounded for them. To this
extent, UAC should know that Pro-
fessor Fiedler's entire visit did not
realize its potential.
The reception that he might
have received in various profes-
sional schools and colleges (from
faculty and students), not to men-
tion the city of Ann Arbor, would
have been very interesting. Must
a visiting professor always be left
on stage for people to come to?
Why cannot arrangements be made
(or forced) so that he can come
to an audience which will be more
than a coterie of autograph-seek-'
ers and devotees? Extolling the
humanist tradition and values to
liberal arts students is, at best,
equal to an address from Henry
Ford II to business administration
THE PROBLEM undoubtedly is
much broader than this, and it
engulfsbothstudents and facul-
ty. Instead of the constant mewl-
ing about failures of and threats
to the university, why cannot the
students and faculty go to the off-
campus world with their message?
After all, that is where Chief Kras-
ny, Governor Romney and the
rest of the world lives.
It may not be too much to hope
for, and certainly not to be my-
optically dismissed, that the off-
campus world might be made to
appreciate our case for education.

Most assuredly, law suits, sit-ins,
grumbling editorials, and the like
will hardly help matters. And, in
this regard, Professor Fiedler's in-
timation that hedonism, drug-tak-
Ing, obscenity, and the great un-
washed are positive symptoms of a
sub-cultural revolt back to educa-
tion falls somewhere between the
incredible and the fatuous. If ed-
ucation's salvation lies in that di-
rection, then I submit that edu-
cation is not worth saving.
tinue piling brick upon masochist-
ic brick, walling the university off
from a world which does not un-
derstand education to begin with.
Moreover, both the students and'
the faculty should know by now
that they cannot rely on admin-
istrators to breach the gap. For
one thing, the latter do not see
the chasm and thus can hardly
be blamed if their press releases
are patently insipid and smug. And
in all fairness, to blame the ad-
ministration only provides cover
for the failure of students and fac-
ulty to meet their social responsi-
Perhaps the real crisis in the
university is that the faculty and
the students do not give a damn
about the fact that the public does
not give a damn about education.
Taxpayer-voters want tangible and
immediate returns on their invest-
ment, whether a wonder drug or a
profession for their son or a suc-
cessful son-in-law: and the uni-
versity, by its vacillation between
self-sated ennui and corporate ego-
ism, routinely delivers the goods.
WOULD IT BE too absurd to
have a Professor Fiedler, or a pres-
ident of SGC, or any member of
the faculty or student body, ad-
dress a Kiwanis Club, PTA ( or
Policemen's Benevolent Society?
Are not the public relations off i-
cers in the university evidencing
failure when most of the press
releases that reach the public are
issued from the Ann Arbor Police
If education, as an end in itself,
is worth salvaging from the head-
long rush into training and serv-
ice, then both 'faculty and stu-
dents should begin by educating
the off-campus world. Our failure,
to date, is verified in this past
week's headlines.
-D. J. Guth
To the Editor:
JT MIGHT not be amiss to men-
tion a criticism of Leslie Fied-
ler which occurred to me and to

a numb r of students I talked to.
It is this: he suggests --never
states-that the most exciting, or
significant, path for young people
today is that of the drop-out; the
sexually polymorphous mutant, the
student who by way of protest
withdraws from participation in
university life into drugs, etc. Yet
he himself, father of six, holding
down a good academic job, hardly
practices-or apparently, at least
for any length of time, has prac-
ticed-what he preaches.
Isn't he, for all '(or with all)
his warm humanity, piping the
unwary down a path he has not
trod? His inconsistency at this
point explains, I suspect, the lack
of clarity in his thought which
has been much commented on, and
it vitiates the validity of what he
says, his encyclopedic knowledge,
brilliant insight and charisma (is
it the charisma of an artist
manqu?) to the contrary not-
-John A. Bailey
Assistant Professor
Department of Near Eastern
Languages and Literature
We Quit
To the Editor:
WHEREAS; The Student Gov-
ernment Council has failed to
represent our views on the two
most important campus issues,
namely student power and the
abolition of ranking for male un-
dergraduates and,
Whereas; we do not feel that
the Student Government Council
has any reason to become involv-
ed in the legal struggle between
the Cinema Guild and the city of
Ann Arbor,
Therefore: We as members of
the student body of the University
of Michigan sever all ties and al-
legiances to the. Student Govern-
ment Council and no longer rec-
ognize its right to represent us in
dealings with the University ad-
-John E. Chosy, "70
-Mark E. Bowles, '69
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Literary College Counselling

erary college has scheduled a series
of information sessions for sophomores
choosing a field of specialization.
In the past, these sessions have been
sparsely attended. They shouldn't be.
The meetings stand to benefit all soph-
omores--from those who decided upon a
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NIGHT EDITORS-Meredith Eiker, Michael Heffer,
Robert Klivans. Laurence Medow, Roger Rappoport,
Susan Schnepp, Nell Shister.

major as freshmen to those who are still
totally undecided.
For the knowing, the meetings should
clear up any uncertainties about routine
questions of requirements so that the
time spent with a department counselor
during pre-classification may be used for
more complex questions.
FOR THE BEFUDDLED, the offerings of
several departments should give direc-
tion to previously unchanneled thinking.
Schedules of the meetings are avail-
able in the junior-senior counseling of-
fice for any sophomore who didn't re-
ceive one by mail.
It's worth your while to attend.
Gate Help
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for
Lt. Eugene Staudenmeier. In response
to his recent seizure of an experimental
film, Cinema Guild enjoyed a record tri-
ple sellout at Wednesday's showing of
"Scorpio Rising" and other experimental
Rumor has it a large Detroit theatre
chain is considering hiring Staudenmeier
for similar appearances-to bolster sag-
ging gate receipts.
WE RECENTLY received the following
letter at The Daily from the course
evaluation chairman at Andrews Univer-
sity in Berrien Springs, Mich.:
"We are setting up a course and
teacher evaluation system for the first
time this vear .nd we are interested


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