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W HAT MR. NIXON is running
is less a government than a
league of contending teams. Yes-
terday Attorney General Mitchell's
team had a record like the Orioles
(59-25); Secretary of Defense
Laird's like the Dodgers (49-34);
Secretary of State Rogers like the
Phillies (37-45); and Secretary of
Health, Education and Welfare
Finch's like the San Diego Padres
Assistant HEW Secretary James
Farmer plays for - the Padres.
James 'Farmer may be the noblest

playing for a losing team

man of his generation I know; and
if you have a friend on a team
that loses two games out of three,
it is a relief when your paths cross
the day after a win. Farmer came
to New York off a win; Gov. Mad-
dox of Georgia had denounced the
Administration for citing his state
for racial discrimination in ts
schools. Last week, Sen. Thur-
mond of South Carolina was grat-
ified by the Administration's tol-
erance of his state's racial dis-
crimination in its schools. You
score the games Finch's team plays

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 1969'


HIvers1 0 Syrd-
Inthe ,stu d ents' interest

THREE AND ONE-HALF years ago, a
conservative, Republican-dominated
Regents gave its unqualified, unadorned
"no" to a proposal to establish a Univer-
sity discount bookstore.
Today and tomorrow, the Regents -
now somewhat more liberal and Isome-
what less clearly controlled by the Re-
publidan party - will again take up
the question.
And while the personnel involved,
among both the Regents and the Execu-
tive officers, has changed considerably
since January 1965, 6the issues involved
in the bookstore proposal remain sub-
stantially th$ same.'
By establishing a University-sponsor-
ed bookstore, the Regents can provide
students with at least a four per cent
discount on textbooks and. other educa-
tional materials.
In addition to'. this discount (which
materializes because the University need
not charge state sales tax on educational
supplies), such a bookstore would run on
a non-profit basis and books w o u 1 d
therefore be still less expensive.
Despite this potential saving for stu-
dents already burdened by the bludgeon-
ing cost of education at the University,
several 'of the vice presidents have ex-
pressed serious doubts about the priority
which creation of a bookstore s h o u 1 d
They claim, with some justification,
L ovel Rita?
ALAS, IS nothing sacred anymore-not
even a new Schwinn 10-speed racer
or a nice shiny black Roll Fast bicycle?
Apparently not. For the meter maids
have ,started ticketing them, too. Just
the other day, one of the ladies of the
blue spied two bicycles standing quietly
against Mark's coffee house and deftly
placed the familiar violation notice in'
the respective wheels of each bike.
What will be next? Rumor has it that
Dr. Scholl is working on a special stick-
to-the-flesh ticket for illegally parked
feet. Pedestrians beware. Your toes maybe
Suntnier Staff
MARCIA ABRAMSON . .......... Co-Editor
CHRIS STEELE..... ................... Co-Editor
MARTIN HIRSCHMAN .. Summer Supplement Editor
JIM FORRESTER ......... Summer Sports Editor
LEE KIRK .........Associate Summer Sports Editor
ERIC PERGEAUX ........ Photo Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Nadine Cohodas, Martin Hirsch-
man, Judy Sarasohn, Daniel Zwerdling.
Harris, Judy Kahn, Scott Mixer.

that the $250,000 needed to
stock the bookstore could be put
use on some other project.

to better

i L-
L p.

IT IS; DIFFICULT, however, to under-
stand why these vice presidents in-
sist on demeaning the value of the dis-
count which the bookstore would pro-
vide. With the p6tential of saving stu-
dents up to $15 a year, for an indeter-
minate period of time, the $250,000. ini-
tial investment seers well worth t h e
short postponement of other capital pro-:
A recent study of 11 college bookstores
demonstrates' that no additional subi-
sidy of the proposed University s t o r e.
would be needed. Furthermore, most of
- the stores sampled were earning substan-
tial profits while offering a discount of
the sales tax and, in some cases, addi-
tional discounts.
But more dismaying than this strange
sense of priorities is the underlying lack
of concern for the interests of students
which has in the past been evidenced on
the bookstore question.
JN 1965, FOR :EXAMPLE, the decision
on' the bookstore was obviously in-
fluenced by the concern of the Regents
for the possible 'losses which would be
incurred by local bookstores with t h e
creation of a less expensive University-
run operation.
This time, the Regents will be faced
with documents quite similar to those
available to them in 1965. The Ann
Arbor Chamber of Commerce, for exam-
ple, has authorized a re-drafting of the
same report which they issued ;in 1965.
And another brief will be submitted by
a group of local bookstore owners.
On the other side, students have again
this year expressed their overwhelming
support for the creation of a bookstore.
In 1965, this sentiment became manifest
in the large number of signatures which
were. collected on 'bookstore petitions.
* This year, students voted overwhelm-
,ingly to support a $1.75 one-time tuition
assessment for the creation of a book-
store. Unfortunately, this would not pro-
vide sufficient revenues for a full-scale
operation, but couldeasily be augmented
with the use of undesignated funds.
IT IS CLEAR that the interest of the
. students must take. precedence over
the profit-motivated whining of local
business. Other universities have been
saving money for their students f o r
years after only a minimal initial book-
store allocation. The Regents have waited
all too long to follow their goodexample.

by the reaction of Southern poli-
ticians to its results; it is still
playing about .330.
FARMER'S LIFE always brought
him a measure of disapproval
from conventional people; and the
measure turns out to be not much
smaller when he was at a New
York press conference explaining
his connection with Mr. Nixon.
The journalists went at him fairly
hard and he bore it with the
equanimity, the calm and the
slightly rotund honesty we have
always come upon in him. He
looked, indeed, exactly las he had
one day in the Kennedy Admin-
istration when we saw him in
Mississippi going off to Parchman
and the state prison farm for the
crime of being a freedom rider.
Farmer seemed to feel no incon-
gruity between these scenes and
probably ought not to feel any:
n a t i o n a 1 administrations are
pretty much the same to him.
Parchman under one Presideht
and an Assistant Secretar'yship
under another being each a kind
of prison and the test in each be-
ing one of pride.
Upstairs in the Columbia Fac-
ulty Club, he had addressed a
conference of school superintend-
ents and made it plain that he
felt nothing unusual in common
with his present warden and no
real duty to him except good
manners. He opened with warm
expressions of support for the
student uprisings. He listened to
a question plainly deficient in
high expectations for the Admin-
istration and answered calmly:
"I find a mixture. There are some
people in the Administration who
are concerned, some apathetic and
some negative. I cannot measure
the proportion 'of each of the com-


DOWNSTAIRS HE was asked if
he already felt like a beleaguered
liberal in Washington, and he an-
swered that he was accustomed to
being beleaguered. We will, he
went on. have trouble in this
country until we .order our pri-
orities: he continues, unchanged,
saying the same things in office
he did out of it-and with no larger
visible chance of having them
Still he goes on acting as he
always did. There is no higher re-
spect possible than arises when
you see the man who goes out

every day doing all he can for a
losing team. James Farmer plays
in a league where the rules are
changed or 'the game is called
whenever his team gets a lead,
and where the umpires are either
blind or biased. And play he will,
and finish the season giving as
much of himself on the last day
as he did on the first. Jim Farmer
has spent his life in leagues load-
ed against him like that and he's
never yet quit on the team or
himself. He never will. Jim Farm-
er is a man.
(c) New York Post


* .


There were some outstanding
elements in the. Junior Light
Opera's premiere production of
N. Richard Nash's musical Wild-
cat last night. Like the leading
lady, for instance.
Though the show was obviously
amateur in essence, filled with,
a predominantly high school cast,
Carolyn Fleming as Wildcat Jack-
son was a source of constant en-
joyment through her facial ex-
pressions, strong voice, and will
to put on a show. Her strong alto'
voice dominated throughout the
show - often unfortunately dom-
inating her male lead, James Kal-
liel as Joe Dynamite.
However, Kalliel also has a
good quality voice, that perhaps
with training could product more
character and style in his singing:
Wildcat is the story of Wildcat
Jackson who wants to strike oil
and help her sister Janie "g a i n
confidence over a limp in her
walk. Her counterpart and op-
ponent is /Joe Dynamite, who
wants to make his sidekick Hank,
a Mexican, happy in his home-
Yet both of them, against the
backdrop of the oil boom in New
Mexico, discovers that they are
looking for their own .happiness
and eventually find it with each
The love theme is very similar to


Hey loo k it over!

broken into smaller groups, and
each of these when acting individ-
ually were good. Almost outstand-
ing were children led by Thomas
Hulce. Their production number of
"Tall Hope" was honest and be-
Each individual character role
is good, from the flighty Countess
to the sincere Hank played by
Nicholas Jacquez. Jacquez has
a clear dynamic voice and re-
acts well with the other charact-
ers in the show.
The Junior Light Opera has
allowed people who enjoy putting
on a production, to put on a show.
And it is their interest and ob-
vious belief that "the show must
go on" that keeps the show on.
There is overriding enthusiasm
in what each of the performers is
doing, particularly in the pro-
duction numbers of "Hey Look Me
Over" and "Give a Little Whis-
Junior Light Opera's production
of Wildcat, which runs through
Saturday evening in Trueblood
Aud., gives high schoolers an op-
portunity to become involved in
the theatre over the summer
The leads rotate between twp
people, evcluding James alliel
as Joe Dynamite, to afford more
people the chance to perform.
Hopefully this evening's cast, and
particularly this evening's' Wild-
cat, will equal last night's.


Annie Get Your Gun as the theme comes individpally a song unto it- The dance number, which were
between the two leads is one of self. rare, were well staged, but were
competition rather than love. Yet the dramatic portions were executed largely by an untrained
However, the story line is brok- not sappy as usually occurs in this chorus, causing the stage to look
en by the uneven running of the type of production which shows like a melange of people. How-
scenes. Each individually is well that the leads' had a good under- ever, a chorus is basically present
staged, yet few flow smoothly to standing of what they were per- as a backdrop of voices singing
the next. This makes the pro- forming. And there was laughter together - a feat which was not
duction definitely one of h i g h as Wildcat physically defeated the captured by this group.
school caliber, as each scene be- 'tough-man' oil drillers. However, the chorus itself was


'Hogan's Goat



nice drama

for a summer 's night


Arts Editor
After comparing the "grim foolish-
ness" and "foolish simpleness" that
had been gracing the Broadway
stage in recent years, one New York
critic was so moved by the o f f
Broadway opening of Hogan's Goat,
that he exclaimed across the top of
the Sunday Times, "All is not lost."
And comparing the University
Players' presentation of Hogan's
Goat last night to the fluff and
stuff of the Broadway touring com-
panies participating in last semes-
ter's PTP program, it is easy to see
why the notoriously nonchalant skep-
ticism of the New York critic was so
exuberantly broken.
While the new forms of the thea-
tre attempt to force the audience
into the characters and literally onto
the stage through nudity, contro-
versial topics and techniques drawn
from the politics of confrontation,
Hogan's Goat adopts a much more
convention approach. And it is
because of its conventionality that
it succeeds.
At times almost bordering on a
soap opera, Hogan's Goat reveals the
emptiness and buried emotions of
two men who vie for public office.
As the program aptly describes, it
is the stuirlv of the "disordered

is highly linear, one situation build-
ing upon the next, as tight as the
neighborhood clubs of that time,
all moving for the final tragic blow.
Yet by skillfully working the old
theatrical conventions to a sharp
edge, Hogan's Goat, honestly exam-
ines the blind sacrifices demanded
by politics and the unknown tragedy
that can result. And playwrite Wil-
liam Alfred is not afraid to tastefully
use the oft sneered at techniques of
melodrama andssentimentality to pull
the drama out from the situation.
The curlish Irish dialect Alfred
employs, although at times hard to
follow and often overly flourished,
adds tight poetic imagery and color
to the stark 'play of emotions. Often
the roggish Irish humor results in a
strange set of homilies:
-Priesthood is a marriage to a
partner that is always right
-There's more snots than noses in
this world
--And the whore's line: I'm only
a mother superior to those shepards.
Michael Gross as Matthew Stan-
ton, the man torn between love,
patience and compassion and his
resentments, impatience and rage,
tends to place a great deal of em-
phasis on 'the later qualities to the


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