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Tuesday, J u l y 9, 1968


TuesayJul 9-196

A look at
bWild in ythe Streets"
by Daniel Okrent

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What is it that makes a film
The question, because of its
complexity and the number of
factors involved, is almost impos-
sible-even unreasonable-to an-
swer. Acting, script, direction, mo-
tive, achievement of objective,
literary unity, pictorial attractive-
ness, innovation are all contribut-
ing factors, and never will one
film score well in each.
In fact, some films do horribly
in the great majority of cate-
gories but, because of one redeem-
ing quality, still emerge with
high grades.
One such film, despite a host of
drawbacks (some incredibly glar-
ing). is Wild in the Streets. An
improbable product with an un-
likely theme, it' succeeds in only
a very few categories, but its ac-
complishment in these is so great
that all of its embarrassing de-
ficiencies can be excused.
The acting is a joke, the direc-
tion over-kicky, the screenplay a
corny put-on, the idea trite and
hard to swallow.
But the combination of these
four normally disasterous "attri-
butes" mixed together in some
wierd blend of tongue-in-cheek
humor and heart-in-stomach
rage, goes down easy because it
goes down so damn hard.
Director Barry Shear is from
the stable of American Interna-
tional pictures, the company that
created the whole Beach Blanket-
Hot Rod genre, and since then has
been attempting to develop an
audience for that era's current
counterpart: the teeny bop-psy-
chedelic-turn on-freak out.
Wild in the Streets is definitely
in the mold, but Shear seems to
know something that few of his
counterparts at A-I, save Roger
Corman (St. Valentine's Day Mas-
sacre, Creature from the Haunted
Sea), are aware of. He sees the
truth of the teenies.
Shear's film lifts the worst of
this teeny-boppiesm and drops it
into a political context. Grass-
smoking, baby-making, "entour-
age"-sporting, guitar-strumming,
pop idol Max Frost (Christopher
Jones) is the leader of Califor-
nia's unbridled youths as he takes

them to political power through
the threat of riot.
"We're 52 per cent" of the pop-
ulation; he croons to his under-25
"troops," and his accountant, a
less-than-credible kid who plays
bass guitar and graduated from
the Yale Law School at 15, tells
him that that's enough to take
over the country.
In concert with a sickeningly
obsequious congressman (Hal Hol-
brook) who is trying to capitalize
on Max's movement, the "troops"
get the voting age lowered to 15.
As well as the mandatory age
requirement f o r congressman.
And senators. And the president.
When, of course, Max moves
into the White House, the action
doesn't stop, but it does start to
sour. Everyone over 30 is forced
into concentration camps, and is
fed LSD daily, while slack-shirted
guards maintain law -and order.
Eventually, the eight-year-olds
plan the inevitable countercoup
to wrest control from the "old"
Now, these last nuances of the
plot might tend to destroy the
good that went before it. But,
like occasionally jarring cliches
that mar the first three-fourths
of the film, it can be overlooked.
This is so because there is too
much good for this intruding bad
to diminish to any great extent.
The four qualities which I men-
tioined earlier - the acting, the
direction, the screenplay, the idea
-are the heroes, and would be in-
advertant were it not for the way
they mesh together.
Christopher Jones resembles a
somewhat mindless, terribly con-
ceited pop idol, a spoiled child who
is playing this part in the film be-
cause he wants to push forward
an otherwise dull career. But this
negative facet of Jones' personal-
ity is tapped beautifully here. This
is exactly what most celluloid pop
stars are like in real life. He is
playing himself.
Shelley Winters, as Max Frost's
mother, overplays her suburban-
nag stereotype. But, again, most
suburban-nag stereotypes over-
play their own lives. Similarly,
Diane Varsi as an acid freak who
is the first of the "troops" to
make it to Congress (she wears a

Jerry Rubin-ish tri-corner hat-
and very little else-on her first
day on the floor of the House)
has all the mindlessness that the
role calls for.
Shear, who performed his first
coup in choosing this bunch to do
the acting, exploits them won-
Interweaving some color news-
reel footage from, Oakland's in-
duction center riots of last Octo-
ber, he has the cops bashing the
right heads at the right times.
He fast-cuts the musical num-
bers to get in the motion of the
not-bad band, and he builds up
to the "taking of Washington"
scene with some steadily increas-
ing intercutting to TV news re-
ports of the growing size of the
youth movement that is sweeping
the country.
But perhaps the best mani-
festation of the picture's theme
comes across in an incredibly hon-
est script. Max Frost has no for-
eign policy because "if there's no
foreign policy, man, there can't
be no wars."
Shelley Winters tells an inter-
viewer that "if my son is para-
lyzing the country, I'm sure he
has reason to do it."
And even the cortege of creeps
that surrounds Max (Richard
Pryor as Stanley X the anthro-
pologist drummer is the best)
speak with all the wisdom of self-
evident Truth.
And, as it is, the teenies take the
country. They do it because they
are "right." Because "everything
that is wrong with the world is
that way because the old men
have done it." Because they "want
it." Because they "can use it."
Because beneath this dubious
logic, it is finely portrayed that
the even queerer sense that nor-
mally prevails in government and
politics in the United States of
America, 1968, is at least as wrong
as they are.
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Not only is the Administrative Board,
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e l Provisional Procedures of
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student's relationship to the College.
Under this two-fold mandate, the Col-
lege has chosen to refrain from estab-
, lishing procedures fashioned merely on
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scriminal kind, while at the same time
it has incorporated in its procedures
the basic guarantees recognized as in-
herently appropriate to the constitu-
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ulty or staff, or a registered student
who initiates a complaint falling with-
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ter his complaint with the Chairman
of the Administrative Board. The Chair-
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particulars, specifying the nature and
circumstances of the alleged miscon-
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provided in the Faculty Code B 7.03
and B 7.06. The Dean may invite the
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1. Governing Faculty:
"Except as hereinafter provided, the
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administrative head to delegate, power
over any specific case of misconduct to
any of the aformentioned disciplinary
bodies." (Regents' Bylaws, section 8.15,
para. 2).

"The Governing Faculty of the Col-
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of the College except to the extent that
such affairs are hreinafter placed in
charg of the, Dean and Executive Com-
mittee . . . It shall exercise such other
powers as are ordinarily, exercised by
school or college governing faculty."
(Faculty Code, A 2.01 (b))
"The several administrative officers
and subordinate authorities of this
College shall have power to make such
rules and regulations as shall be nec-
essary and proper for the administra-
tion of their duties and functions .
All such rules and regulations shall be
stated in writing, compiled by the is-

suing authority and filed with the Sec-
retary to the Faculty. He shall from
time to time, but at least once each
year, report all such rules and regula-
tions to the Executive Committee and
to the Faculty." (Faculty Code, A 2.01
2. Dean:
"The authority vested in this Faculty
by the Regents to hear and determine
cases of discipline of a non-academic
nature is delegated to the Dean of this
Colleg. He may refer such cases to any
properly constituted University author-
action: provided, however, that, in case
the alleged misconduct is penalized by
suspension or expulsion the student
(Continued on Page 6)

Automatic Stick Shift

After to these many years our humble
little bug has gone automatic.
Gone is the clutch.
Gone is the wifely whine, "It's cute, but
I can't drive it."
Gone is an era of Volkswagendom.Sniff.
And in its place?
A Volkswagen you can drive all over
town without shifting.
Only on the highway do you shift.
Once. (This is an economy move.Which,
after all, is still the name of the game
But you 'do have a choice in the mater-
you can drive it the easy way (described
above). Or you can start out in low and
take it through the gears like a regular
stick shift.
The automatic stick shift is an option:
you pay a little more.
But you do a little less.


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Last 2 Days

McCarthy backers ponder action


By The Associated Press
Democrats opposed to the pres-
idential aspirations of Vice Presi-
dent Hubert H. Humphrey are
considering staging what they call
a "national primary" prior to the
Aug. 25 Democratic national con-
vention Allard D. Lowenstein said
Lowenstein, a backer of Sen.
Eugene J. McCarthy, was a prime
mover here of the "dump John-
son" campaign against the Presi-
dent last winter and an organizer
of the Coalition for an Open Con-
vention that met two weekends
ago in Chicago.
He said the "primary" would be
conducted by mail or at polling
booths set up around the country
and would be designed to demon-
strate that a Humphrey candidacy
could not win the presidency.
"There is nothing inevitable
about the nomination of Hubert
Humphrey unless we opt out, and
decide we don't want to fight, and
that we will not do," Lowenstein
told a group of students at the
City College of New York.
Lowenstein said that if the vot-
ers were presented with a choice
among Humphrey, Republican
Richard M. Nixon and independ-
ent George Wallace, "it could pro-
duce the unraveling of the whole
democratic process in this coun-
He predicted trouble in slums
and among military draftees.
Meanwhile, in Washington Sen.
Eugene J. McCarthy says flatly he
would not become an independent
presidential candidate if 'he loses
the Democratic nomination - but
that he could support a fourth
party drive by someone else.
McCarthy also indicated Sunday
he may abandon his announced
hopes of going to Paris to learn
firsthand from North Vietnamese
diplomats the prospects for settle-
ment of the Vietnam war.
The Minnesota Senator again
refused to say he could support
Vice President Hubert H. Hum-
phrey as the Democratic presiden-
tial nominee and said he could
support a fourth party drive un-
der specific conditions.
But McCarthy said with no res-
r _ __-I

ervations he would not be the
candidate heading such a ticket.
Earlier, he had said he would not
"lead" a fourth party effort.
Humphrey, meanwhile, said he
would support McCarthy if the
Senator became the Democratic
presidential nominee.
Republican Nixon said he will
have the edge in November be-
cause the Democratic convention
"will go the way of the bosses"
and Humphrey will be nominated
"over the objection of a majority
of the Democratic voters."

In other political developments:
-New York Gov. Nelson A.
Rockefeller, GOP presidential bid-
der, said the Johnson adminis-
tration's "lack of a national trans-
portation policy is a drag on the
economy and an aggravation to
-Third party presidential can-
didate George C. Wallace said it
now appears he will be on the
November ballot in every state ex-
cept Ohio, and said he will con-
tinue to fight to get on Ohio's

Haber cites joys, tribu
during literary colleg

-The Gallup Poll reports -he
Democratic Party is presently
showing great strength at the con-
gressional level - 58 per cent
support to 42 per cent for Repub-
licans - after losing 47 House
seats to the Republicans in 1966.
-New Jersey Gov. Richard J.
Hughes, chairman of the Demo-
cratic National Convention cre-
dentials committee, says he ex-
pects McCarthy delegates from
Connecticut "and some other
states" may stage a walkout.s
I ation0nS
e career
Planning, Arthur M. Ross. Haber
will help Ross familiarize himself
with the state's economy and its
relation to University finances.
In addition, he will assist in
long-term academic planning.
He will be working with Vice
President for Academic Affairs
Allan F. Smith and University
deans and department heads on
problems involved in the recruit-
ment of Negro faculty.
In recent weeks he has been
President Fleming's representative
on student-faculty committees
working on proposed by-laws,
growing out of the Report on De-
cision-Making in the University.


(Continued from Page 1)
classroom knowledge in work with
the mentally disturbed and cul-
turally deprived.
Student support for these
courses, he says, indicate a "strong
desire for education relevant to
one's surroundings."
He also notes that national em-
phasis on mathematics and the
sciences has contributed to strong
University departments in these
But he feels that international
scientific competition and a desire
for immediate relevance in educa-
tion have caused a "dangerous
neglect" in the humanities. He
maintains that departments in
philosophy and languages and lit-
erature have often been given
lower priority than they merit.
"Students want relevance," he
says. "But on the other hand, it
would be a sad thing if all of lib-
eral education were based only
on today's relevance. Why then,
would we study Plato? We need
to discover the relation of the past
to the present, and the present
to the future.
"We live in a period of multiple
revolution - in science, technol-
ogy, in education and living
standards and even in morals. The
best education for adjustment to

this revolution is some under-
standing of historical and philo-
sophical values, not only to pre-
pare one to make a living but to
enjoy life."
Haber would like to see every
student receive a four-year educa-
tion in liberal studies "and not
worry about making a living until
the fifth and sixth year."
In his new post as an adviser
to the University president and
executive officers, Haber will in-
deed be involved in "budget-
making and personnel." One of
his primary jobs will be to work
with newly appointed Vice Presi-
dent for State Relations and


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