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Obstructionists Attack USNSA

Seventy-First Year
Iuth W1 Prevail"
ditoriars printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
Euro peanH Study ram
Merits CrflPlann

REPORT urging the establishment of a:
University foreign study program, recently
roved by the literary college, sits on the desk
Vice-President Marvin Niehuss, awaiting
versity-level action.
i its tentative stage, the program would
up a University program working in con-
tion with a French provincial 'University,
bably Strasbourg. Students are to be billeted
i families, classes are to be held in French,
,the student is to become as much as
ible, a part of the European community.
is imperative that these latter provisions
he plan materialize or the University will
e imitated the mistakes of already existing
rican foreign study plans.
EN superlative Stanford University has
failed in this respect. Students studying
er the Stanford program in Stuttgart
rted that they were enjoying a tourist's
ition in Europe. Stanfordites agreed with
ents studying in Oslo, in Vienna under the
rlin College program, and in the Munich
ich of the University of Maryland, that
course level was something similar to high
ol and certainly far below the standards
, good American university.
prime example of failure is the Institute
European Studies which brings American
lents who possess $1400 to Vienna for a
ester of beer drinking, opera going, and a
e studying. Like those under the Stanford
gram, students "learn" together, eat to-
ter, and in general, form a "little America"
in what is called "the most European city
he world."
NTRARY to European custom, class at-
tendance is compulsory at the Institute.
s is explained by the authorities as necessary
Dmpete with the marvelous sights of Vienna.
ually, the policy is necessary due to un-

selective admission methods and the fact that
students receive very little intellectual stimula-
tion from a faculty hired primarily on the
basis of English speaking ability.
Such circumstances are disastrous. Minds
which are almost encouraged to become lazy
in the classrooms remain innactive when placed
in the European environment. The worthwhile
cultural interchange between American and
European comes to a standstill or plunges to
the common superficial level at which Euro-
peans laugh.
A minority of American colleges have set
up worthwhile programs in Europe. James A.
Robertson, Associate Dean of the Literary
College, has mentioned Sweetbriar and Hamil-
ton as two institutions that have achieved
success. But at the present time, University
students wishing to study under these programs
abroad must formally transfer to the corres-
ponding American institution, be readmitted
to the University at year's end, and run the
risk of not receiving full credit for the year
spent abroad.
tHUS, there is a clear r-t need for a quality
University foreign study program. Prof.
James Gindin, Chairman of freshman-sopho-
more counseling, reports that last year he
interviewed 250 students who were interested
in studying abroad. As the University expands
and selection policies tighten this number will
tend to grow.%
At its very inception, the University's pro-
gram must be superlative, at least equal to
any existing study plan. Finances will not be
a major problem, the program is to be self-
supporting. The University's size, mammoth re-
sources, and record of academic leaderstip
should give it no alternative but to establish
the world's most rewarding program in this
vital area of education too long overlooked.

Associate City Editor
AN ARTICLE in the Oct. 11
Daily Northwestern seemed to
spell the eventual doom of the
United States National Student
Association. In a long front page
story, Hank Brown, the president
of the student body at the Univer-
sity of Colorado, claimed he had
received cards indicating disap-
proval of USNSA from 14 colleges.
USNSA is a national student
organization representing almost
400 colleges.
On the basis of words and ac-
tions of students from different
sections of the United States at
the NSA Congress this summer,
it was thought that there would,
be some discontent from member
schools over the type of legislation
passed. At the Congress most of
the unfavorable comments came
from student leaders from some
southern schools, Utah colleges
and other colleges across the na-
tion who seemed disturbed at the
areas into which NSA was moving
and at the so-called liberal stands
being taken.
* * S
Northwestern indicated that
Brown had conducted a post card
survey of student body presidents
across the country in order to
learn the feelings of their schools
toward USNSA. He said that the
poll indicated that Cornell, Dart-
mouth, Vanderbilt, Duke, Uni-
versity of Alabama, University of
North Carolina and the Jniversity
of California had dropped out of
USNSA. He also said that the
five schools of the Utah region
had indicated they wouldrwith
withdraw soon.
In addition the University of
Wyom'ing and the University of

Arizona said they would not join,
"any communist-front organiza-
tion."' This charge is ridiculous.
Instead of going in the USNSA's
constitution, membership and
stands on issues to disprove the
accusation, it might be better to
merely list the people who sent
USNSA their greetings at the Con-
gress. It's doubtful that Vice-
President Nixon, Sen. Kennedy or
Adlai Stevenson, all of whom sent
their congratulations, could be
* * *
INFORMATION obtained from
the USNSA national office con-
tradicts Brown's data. According
to USNSA, only three small schools
have indicated that they have'
dropped. None of the seven that
Brown claimed had quit USNSA
are included on the list. Even these
three were offset by three schools
that have joined USNSA since the
Of the seven that Brown said
had dropped, two, the University
of Alabama and the University of
Southern California, had not been
members for at least three years.
The inclusion of their names was
BUT EVEN more interesting
than the total given by Brown
is the manner in which the poll
was taken. On Oct. 5, the Univer-
sity of Colorado voted to stay in
NSA by a 7 to 5 vote.
As Brown's letter was not re-
ceived here until Oct. 10, it seems
reasonable' to assume that the
letter was written after the meet-
ing. Brown wrote Colorado was
considering dropping out.
Although Brown signed his name
as president of the student
government, the letter was not
written on student government

stationery, nor was Brown given
authorization to carry out such
a survey, inany of the' Colorado
Daily stories that USNSA has re-
The wording of the post card
reply is definitely slanted. The
choices were, "We have disaffiliat-
ed with USNSA" " We are con-
sidering disaffiliation with US-
NSA" "We are not presently
members of USNSA" and "We are
members of USNSA, and plan to
remain members, presently." There
is no chance to show your support
of USNSA. You can choose be-
tWeen, merely saying you are a
member at the present time or
expressing at least implied dis-
THE POLL and its subsequent
usage is one example of efforts to
negate the hard work and accomp-
lishments of sincere students. This
example is not isolated. The quote
accusing NSA of being a Com-
munist front is as unfounded and
derogatory as one in the Colorado
Daily that quoted Trigg Carey, a
member of the Colorado student
government, as calling USNSA "a
breeding ground for pimps trying
to sell a harlotry of socialistic
And at the NSA Congress this
summer many students tried to
prevent passage of legislation not
by debate, but by stalling and
walkouts. "Anything to stop a
quorum" seemed'the rule of'many
stu'dents. " Come late and leave
early, and those who want to work
won't be able to."
Unfortunately such actions do
not reflect solely on the individual
students, but on the institutions
they are associated with andstu-
dents in general. If disgracing
their colleges and /fellow students
is their aim, many are succeeding.

Jerome Hines
Operatic Fl'air Marks
Jerome Hines Recital
THERE is little that need be said about Jerome Hines' voice. It is
a capable instrument, of wide range and expyession, not at its
finest last night, but still highly impressive. Some other aspects of
last night's concert unfortunately fared less well.
A recital singer, I think, should sing in concert. By that I mean
that the gesture 'of the opera stage, or-any exaggerated gesture for
that matter, hat no place on the concert stage. Such gestures were
particularly noticeable in the arias from "Don Giovanni" and "Le
Nozze di Figaro." The catalogue aria suffered most' from a whole
repertoire of rolling eyes, confidential gestures, and gutteral laughs.
This is charming at the Metropolitan Opera, but rather distracting

CHALLENGE Cites Risks, Goals


Two Series

OBODY planned it that way, but the seventh
game almost crowded out the third debate
:m the public mind and from history. My
Ac conscience tells me this is shocking. But
atever sense of perspective and humor I
ssess corrects me and tells me the two en-
unters were one and the same, both of them
ing part of the American World Series men-
lity. Americans like a champion and they
int him to emerge from a contest in which
e pitching is crafty and the slugging hefty.
It would be a beautiful dream, of course, if
e could have about the winner on November
the same lovely clarity one has about Bill
azeroski's homer in the bottom of the ninth.
it the nation cannot solve its global or domes-
problems by cheering the electoral winner,
r can it even keep a tally of runs, hits and
rors for the two candidates as they sweat
eir way through the debates. There is an
en bigger difference: in the baseball series
e teams decide their own destiny; in the
litical debate series it is the audience which
the end decides.
As for me the moral I found in the Pirate vic-
ry and the national rejoicing over it is that
e mood of the nation is to depose the in-
mbent and crown the underdog. If I am
ht this bodes well for Kennedy.
[AYBE IT IS only a carryover of the cliff-
, hanger world series, but the third Presiden-
I debate makes me feel more strongly than
er that there should be a fifth after the
Ihave made it plain enough that I prefer
bn Kennedy to Richard Nixon-in intellec-
al stance, in bluntness, in boldness, in grace
A tautness of character, wholeness as a per-
n. The third debate, by revealing a wider
p that ever between the personalities of the
'o men and between their mental worlds,
engthened this conviction of mine.
[ thought Kennedy was at his best in his
sidling of the labor issue, with his emphasis
giving the President a variety of weapons
dealing with paralyzing strikes, and also in
s grasp of fiscal problems when he compared
e Eisenhower program with his own. He
owed courage in his stand on the oil deple-
n allowances, at a time when the Texas
to is trembling on the razor's edge.
[ spoke in an earlier column about Nixon's

concentration on cleverness. But his oil deple-
tion argument is an instance of when the clever
man overreaches himself and becomes over-
clever. Similarly his attack on Truman as cor-
rupting the morals of little children through
his invocation of hell, and the unction with
which Nixon spoke of Eisenhower as a moral
model for the young, revealed a curious under-
estimation of the audience and its sense of
humor. I hope we shall be spared a Pecksniffian
0NE THING the American people have not
been spared, and that is the inevitable
charge of appeasement of the Communist world.
Why Kennedy ever brought up the marginal
subject of Quemoy and Matsu only he and his
campaign advisers can know. It strikes me as a
thrashing of old straw, compared with the
living problems of Cuba and the Congo, of
disarmament, of a world police force. But once
it was broached Nixon saw his chance of finally
seizing upon an issue and he is beating it to
death. His efforts during the debate to bring
almost every question back to Quemoy and
Matsu had at times the overtones of high
comedy, reminding me of the old single-taxers
who could smell the single tax issue even in
a recipe for old-fashioned corn cakes.
The fact is that policy on Quemoy and Matsu
should be a matter of military expediency, not
of high moral principle. The destiny of the
free world does'-not depend on them. My criti-
cism of Kennedy would be that he wants to
establish in advance what ought to be part of
a larger bargaining package with the Chinese
Communists when the time for bargaining
comes. My criticism of Nixon would be that he
out-Dulleses Dulles both in rigidity and moral-
ism, and I fear both these qualities in American
foreign policy.
I suppose Nixon believes that he may ride to
victory on this issue. I strongly doubt it. He has
hold of the wrong end of the stick. Aside from
personalities the two themes that decide any
American election are prosperity and peace. The
current patches of joblessness and the looming
shadow of a recession have cast doubt on the
prosperity issue. But if Nixon decides to play
the hundred-fifty percent American nationalist
on the outshore islands he is in danger of
throwing away the peace issue as well, and
being left shorn of everything except Eisen-
hower's very popular coat-tails.
ONE OTHER campaign development deserves
comment-the apparent death of the issue
of Kennedy's Catholicism. I have all along
thought that the anti-Catholic sentiment
around the nation might prove the one incal-
cuable element in the election. But it may have
boomeranged, and the action of both Nixon
and Lodge in coming out for public aid to
parochial schools is evidence that they are

To the Editor:
IN response to Patrick White's
letter of the 13th on Paul Blan-
shard's talk, CHALLENGE wishes
to quote from its brochure:
"CHALLENGE will bring to the
campus to present their views,
prominent men who are actively
involved in the major issues. These
men do not consider the problems
as academic questions, but as is-
sues demanding personal involve-
ment." CHALLENGE has never
promised to bring only impartial
or objective speakers to Michigan.
Partisan speakers who are deeply
committed to social issues can
convey a sense of immediacy to
a student audience; certainly Mr.
Blanshard has stirred m o r e
thought and argument than a less
controversial speaker could have.
If, despite the efforts of CHAL-
LENGE, a speaker turns out to be
an irrational crackpot or rabble-
rouser (which Mr. Blanshard def-
initely was not), students will rec-
ognize the fact and not be de-
ceived. Besides, the determination
of who is an objective speaker
seems to be a very subjective mat-
ised is an attempt to present dif-
ferent viewpoints on controversial
issues. An attempt was made dur-
ing the summer to bring a Cath-
olic clergyman to answer Mr.
Blanshard, but none could be ob-
tained. We aretnow attempting, in
response to student demand, to
obtain a prominent faculty mem-
ber to present another look at the
separation of church and state
within the next three weeks. If
any group on campus wishes to
sponsor a speaker on any CHAL-
LENGE issue, we will cooperate
with them to the fullest extent.
As to the selling of Mr. Blan-
shard's books, it was admittedly a
mistake and will not happen
again. Although no books were sold
and two were stolen, it did violate
the principles of CHALLENGE.
We hope our word will be taken
that this did not constitute our
endorsement of Mr. Blanshard's
-Hugh Wtemeyer,
Spokesman for CHALLENGE
More Aggravation . .
To the Editor:
FOR A WEEK now I have been
considering a few comments
concerning the report in the
"Daily" of October 6, of the deci-
sion by the SGC to support the
"liquor by the glass" proposal on
the November 8 Ann Arbor ballot.
Not being fully informed as to
just what the alleged "student
drinking problem" is, I will avoid
any reference to that aspect of
the SGC action. In any case
whatever the problem may be,
find it difficult to see how the
words "intelligent decision" can be
used to characterize the possible
acceptance of the /above ballot
proposal. Since when has it been
gonsidered wise to aggravate al-
ready existing problems and cre-
ate new ones in attempting to al-
leviate another problem situation?
THE CONCERN of the bulk of
us who are actively opposing this
proposal does not involve merely
the morals of the student popula-
tion, but rather involved recogni-

city; arrests- for drinking driving
increased that year in Flint by
40%; arrests for drunkenness in-
creased 45%. Generally 'the same
results were suffered by Lansing
'the first year following its accept-
ance of such a proposal.
I think the record speaks for
itself. I for one hope the people of
Ann Arbor maintain the present
control on liquor now in existence.
--Robert R. Winkler, Grad...
Why Lectures? .
To the Editor:
NONE OF THE participants in
the note-taking controversy
seem to have realized where the
heart of the problem lies: in the
lecture system itself.
The University lays down rigidly
that classes should meet to hear
regular lectures. Now, the nature
of the lectures varies greatly; in
some cases the instructor demon-
strates things to the class, answers
their questions, and tries to draw
them into active participation in
the unfolding of the subject-mat-
ter; if successful, this method ac-
complished something which pas-
sive reading of books or notes can-
not accomplish. At the other ex-
treme, lecturers often just recite
information to an entirely passive
audience.' ,
I know nothing about the par-
ticular courses in which note-tak-
ing services are operating this se-
mester, but I do remember taking
courses from which I just got a,
set of notes copied off the black-
board; there was no pretense that
the course gave any other benefit.

WHY, THEN, were the instruc-
tors not allowed to just hand out
sheets of notes, and cancel the
bulk of the classes? Why this rigid
rule that everything must be
taught by lecture? This apparent
belief that the same method works
best for all subjects?
The reason is that in medieval
universities, before the spread of
printing, books were so rare that
students had to go to hear the
professor read (lecture) f r o m
his own oopy. This situation has
changed since about 1480, how-
ever, many of the world's univer-
sity administrations haven't no-
ticed the change yet.
--C. ,Waslutynski, Grad.
Same Old.Reviews* . .
To The Editor:
THINGS haven't changed much
in your review columns.
Returning to this campus after
an absence of eight years, I find
a critique on the play, "Darkness
at Noon," which reminds me of
the young lady who went to the
concert of the Boston Symphony
with the score in her hand and
caught many errors, so she said.
At the play this second young lady
didn't have the book in her hand,
but certainly much in mind. It's
too bad that she couldn't have
evaluated the play on its own
merits. And, by the way, after allr
these years of trying, though your
reviews are just as deprecating a~s
TIME Magazine, they're STILL
not as funny.
--Kingsbury Marzolf, Grad.

without the accoutrements of full-
scale production, and the music
per se is bound to suffer.
IT CAN BE ARGUED that these
are roles that are second nature
to him, and this is probably true.
Still, other singers of note per-
form familiar operatic roles in re-
cital without such agony of ges-
ture, and are more fully satisfying
for it. I do not claim to be fully
conscious of the theatrical intri-
cacies of "Le Tambour-major,"
and found myself less interested
in the music, minor as it may be,
than in the military tutti frutti
that accompanied it.
When he moved from opera to"
song, there was an improvement,
but the approach, if not the ges-
ture, kept its theater orientation,
often distorting the contour of the
THE HANDEL I liked better.
Except for a tendency to roll the
r's in the "Largo" from "Xerxes,".
it was sensitively done. "What.
Land Is This" was warm and
flexible, and was beautifully ac-
companied, as was the entire eve-
ning, by Emil Danenberg.
The Monteverdi "Lasciatemi
morire" was probably the most
legitimate success of the evening,
with a beautiful sense both of
structure and drama achieved with
purely artistic means.
The Boito and the Dupare were
likewise more successful, with the
latter's "L'Invitation Au Voyage"
given a superb mezza voce cadence.
The American wing, including
"Brother Will, Brother John" by'
Sacco and two Negro spirituals,,
"He Never Said a Mumblin' Word"
and "Go Down, Moses," I liked less.
As to the encores, especially the
Hugo Wolf mouse trap, the less
said the better.
-Michael Wentworth

opened its winter season of
Repertory theater last weekend
with more than just a touch of
poetry in presenting Eugene
O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet."
The poetry lay both in the script
itself and in its artful translation
into 'a living picture of old-wrld
pomposity dashing against 'the
rocks of a rough young Americ -.
With only momentary lapses the
University Players maintain the
depth required to encompass these
gigantic emotions, sorrething that
perhaps cannot be said of a major-
ity of non-professional groups. And
the director's sense of balance has
avoided exaggeration that would
distort the proportions of the per-
is .a strutting, superciois, self-
styled hero and country gentleman
who has transplanted himself from
Ireland .to the nited States of*
1828. His roots having failed to
take hold in the soil of a scorning
,American society, he seals himself
off in his own world of pretension
seemingly blind to his mundane
He poses before mirrors quoting
self-glorifying verse from Byron
and indulges in ostentations be'-
yond his -means while attempting
to hide from himself and others
the appearance of the drunkard
he frequently becomes. It is only
a profound humiliation, occasion-
ed by his own determination to
avenge his wounded pride, that
finally pierces the veil around him.
. . .
THE PLOT IS NOT complex,
but the challenge that the pro-
duction of O'Neill's play presents
is not in the story telling itself,
but in the need to portray the
many ingredients of human exper-
ience that emboss it. There is
love, ambition, pride, and despair;
seductiop, revelry and rage. The
challenge is well met by a per-'
formance that succeeds in taking
Its audience along with it through
these and more.
The scene which depicts the
transformation of (orneius Ml-
ody Is the most dynamic 'of the
play. It is successively forceful
and t e n d e r, and absorbing
throughout. Here Melody sym"
bolically kills the swaggering major
that was himself and reverts to
the Irish peasant that he basicain
is. He expresses genuine affection
toward his wife, slaps his daug,
ter, and pledges his vote for An-
' drew Jackson, condescensions to
which he would not previously
have stooped.
The genius of the playwright
successfully obscures the implaus-
ibility of the rather sudden change
of an inveterate braggart and
hypocrite into a man of humbler,
sympathetic proportions.
leading role has his finest moments
as the new man 'when he breaks
into a charming ease that delights
the audience.
The most sharply-defined char-
acterization is rendered by Alice
.Broder as the wife Sara, the
deWevoted, hard-working and un-
assuming antithes of her hus-

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