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Sewslny-Tbird Year
Trutb Wil Prevail"
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in a reprints.
Legislators Ask a Lot
To Get a Little
T APPEARS that the political philoso- heard about what the group was doing,
phy of "ask a lot-get a little" has some he came out in opposition to the group's
proponents in Michigan's Legislature. plan to revamp the entire document. This
These legislators, members of a special was not an unusual move on the gover-
House committee proposing amendments nor's part, since the constitution is his
to the new constitution, apparently feel baby, and its success is probably one of
that it's alright to say one thing and the major reasons for Romney's political
mean another, as long as they end up success.
with what they want. For some reason, Romney's blast at the
The group originally drafted proposals committee, and his vow to fight it with
that would have changed 100 sections of every means at his disposal brought not
the document. Recently, the group's co- only attention to the group, but also ad-
chairman, E. D. O'Brien, said that the ditional support. Last week, when the
bipartisan committee had never wanted committee seemed to have much of the
the 100 changes it proposed, but that support necessary for the passage of
these suggestions merely represented a many of its proposals, it decided that it
starting point. was time to reveal its true intentions and
The group now asks only for passage of narrowed down the proposed amendments
amendments concerning the election of to those pertaining to elections.
the Legislature and county and townshipS
officials, and it seems that this was all 0 IE AID tat oersod
it wanted originally. his approach to the problem of
It proposed wholesale changes in the amending the constitution. This is true-
cnIutin ose elfrhe aeinhepeople thought that the group meant what
constitution merely for the attention it said when it called for "necessary"
that they would draw to the group. For changes in many sections of the new doc-
when.Gov. George Romney, who helped to ument. Outsiders failed to see that the
write the constitution and whose support committee never wanted passage of all
for it was instrumental in its passage, the things it originally proposed, only for
some of them
It must have been apparent to the
Strategy committee that the governor would oppose
any wholesale changing of the constitu-
THE UNITED STATES government has tion, and if threatened with the possi-
at last revealed the strategy that will bility, would be happy to end up having
enable us to win the war in Viet Nam. the document change as little as possi-
To quote the Associated Press: "In the be.
opinion of Washington authorities, theT
outbreak of large-size guerrilla attacks THE COMMITTEE'S SCHEME seems to
have worked, for Romney will prob-
since the coup is not altogether bad. This ably support, or at least not attack the
is because the Reds can be hit more easily fewa tso poposedaby the
by government forces when they present few amendments now proposed by the
rgern t etts ,,e House group. However, the use of what
arger target." seems to be deliberate falsehoods by the
committee in order to achieve its goals
BEFORE LONG, if the present trend con- was unethical.
tinues, the targets will be so large No matter what is said of politics and
that anyone will be able to hit them. The "political practices," the state legislators
only trouble is, no one seems to have shouldn't have to rely on trickery and
thought too much about the problem of seemingly outright deceit to obtain what
defeating these ever-expanding units aft- they think is in the best interests of
er they've been spotted. Michigan's citizens. If their ideas aren't
Oh, well, perhaps by then we will have in the best interests of the state, then
the advantage of having small, highly they shouldn't be working for their pass-
mobile forces that will be difficult to hit. age.
Begging the Issue

Residents Hit Oxford Criticism

To the Editor:
DURING the past semester
three editorials have been
written bemoaning the fate of
the Oxford coed. According to
these articles her rights have been
severely trampled on by the Uni-
versity, Assembly, and anybody
else close at hand. She could not
stay at Oxford over Thanksgiving
vacation, her privacy was invaded,
by inspectors, and she was forced
to keep her room open for three
hours last Sunday for an open
First of all, Oxford is a resi-
dence hall with apartment type
living, not an apartment house. It
is under University policy. The
girls, have hours, and they do not
pay rent. They make reguar hous.
ing payments.
But they have many privileges
and freedoms that are not afford-
ed to girls in other residence halls.
The girls are not harassed at clos-
ing time by housemothers hand-
ing out late minutes. Men are al-
lowed in the rooms from n'n un-
til closing. The apartments are
supervised well but not overbear-
ingly by two young coulas. The
rooms are larger and newer than
any other residence hall. In all
they are set up for responsible,
mature young women,
* * *
OXFORD was not kept open at
Thanksgiving vacation because
not all residence halls are kept
open at vacations. This .s not such
a big catastrophe in other dorms
-an inconvenience, yes, but cer-
tainly not a special torture de-
signed exclusively for Oxford girls.
The University remedied this to
some extent at Christmas time by
allowing a number of girls to re-
main during the three week vaca-
As for the girl's privacy being
invaded, the rooms were tnspectei
by sanitation inspectors and U-
versity officials. This was done in
the interest of the University in
order to preserve the building for
future use. This is any landlords'
They found refrigerators which
had never been defrosted and had
mold in them. Several bathrooms,
where sanitation is of the utmost
importance, were filthy. Such use
or abuse will limit the useable
years of the building.
Many girls were disturbed by
not being told when these inspec-
tors were coming. They were told
at the beginning of the yea that
periodic inspections would be
made. They were not announced
since this would destroy the pur-
pose, which was to see if the girls
kept them clean. If the girl's pri-
vacy was infringed upon, that was
unfortunate, but in case Miss
Koral is not aware of it, the rooms
in the dorms are checked every
other week.
AS FOR the Open House which
Miss Koral terms the "most bla-
tant infringement upon the pri-
vacy of Oxford women," while it
was inconvenient, it must e real-
ized that Oxford is a showplace
for the University because of As
newness and uniqueness, and for
this first year, at les,, many peo-
ple are going to want to see it.
In spite of health inspections,
forced open houses, and other
such "infringements,' Oxford'has
it all over the other dorms.
-Priscilla Keyes, '64
Oxford Apartments
-Susan Joyce, '64
Oxford Apartments
(Miss Joyce and Miss Keyes false-
ly contend that the purpose of the
inspections would be negated if
they weren't announced ahead of
time. If warning residents would
negate the purpose of the inspec-
tions, then the only apparent ad-
vantage of surprise inspections is to
embarrass untidy students. Keeping
the apartments in sanitarly condi-
tion, not embarrassing students,
is the objective of the University
-M. E. K.)

'News' Policy...
To the Editor:
WOULD again like to ask The
Daily to make mention of the
failure of the Ann Arbor News to
cover adequately local civil rights
Early Friday morning, I left a
press release at the News an-
nouncing that the Ann Arbor Area
Congress of Racial Equality
(CORE) was sponsoring a dem-
onstration on Sunday at the Ann
Arbor home of Congressman
George Meader to protest the
congressman's concerted efforts to
wreck the civil rights bill before
the House and to urge him to vote
for strong civil rights legislation.
I have left similar releases at the
News announcing the recent Mon-
day night picketing of City Hall
by CORE and the NAACP.
* * *
LATE FRIDAY, after reading
my copy of the News, I called the
home of the City Editor and asked
why there was no mention of the
forthcoming demonstration in the
paper. He said he had read the
release, but the "News had a pol-
icy of not printing announcements
of such demonstrations before-
hand." I asked why a demonstra-

"Well, you know that groups often
announce things, but never do
them." I reminded him that
CORE had announced and carried
out over 25 public demonstrations
in Ann Arbor since June 3, 1963.
The City Editor then informed me
that I was keeping him from his
dinner which .was getting cold. I
apologized for interrupting his
meal and hung up.
* * *
I STILL do not know why the
News did not consider the an-
nouncement of a demonstration to

carry the whole burden of the
ending, with the result that the
final image of Heathcliff's and
Catherine's ghostly figures walking
arm in arm into the distance be-
comes ludicrous, laughable, and
eminently hissable.
Not only have producer Sam
Goldwyn, director William Wyler,
and their cohorts crippled their
artistic aspirations by throwing
away the bulk of their material,
they dealt themselves fatal blows
with the witless script, ludicrous
acting (with one exception: Lau-

"It's A Gift"

Why, when so much good cinema
lies buried in the vaults, must such
things be exhumed, and why must
The Daily's reviewer aid and abet
the crime through perfuntory gen-
eralities about romanticism vs.
--John Remmers, Grad.
To the Editor:
THIS LETTER of protest repre-
sents one small cry in the night
against the wholesale profanation
of everything that is sacred in the
literature and criticism of our cul-
ture. Mr. Hyman's review of the
production of "Wuthering
Heights" convincingly manifests
a basic failure to distinguish be-
tween twosvery distinct art media
as well as a myopic critical in-
That the movie adheres faith-
fully to the book is questionable
even if we disregard the second
half of the work as Mr. Hyman so
easily does. The structural in-
tricacies, the second generation
and the ultimate reconciliation of
the elemental passions in Hareton
and the younger Cathy have been
neatly dropped out to allow a more
simplistic unification of focus in
the movie.
Emily Bronte's "Wuthering
Heights" has undergone the in-
evitable exorcism that most liter-
ary works are prone to before
the dissecting eye of Hollywood.
Therefore, it seems to me that
any comparative evaluation of the
two media requires not the pedes-
trian judgment of how closely the
movie follows the original plot
lines, but rather how well the cine-
matic techniques have been em-
ployed to capture the essence of
a work, or more correctly how suc-
cessfully is the original source
used in the creation of an entirely
new work of art.
* * *
not "pulverize the slice of life re-
alism , i simply passes beyond it
to a macrocosmic realm of reality.
To see Heathcliff as a man beset
by vindictiveness and the personi-
fication of evil which is not quite
evil, is to root the stcry in a re-
ality b1xunded by time and space.
Those same elemental passions
imaged by bhe mors, which the
camera insistently explores, make
Cathy part of the Heathcliff blood
and raie the story beyond good
and ,vil and indeed vindictiveness.
It is not that I question 3 our right
to priounice ve dict n whether
the movie is unashamedly roman-
tic or the reting urkderstandably
maudlin whatever these terms
mean, but in any event, Mr. Hy-
man, your readers deserve a criti-
cal perspective that makes the at-
tempt to pierce bey'rd the pack-
aged mdatitudes and journalistic
jargonese of most.
.-1.Miehtel Iaufman, Grad.
Fraternities.. ..
To the Editor:
YOUR distinguished publication
is indeed blessed to have on its
staff a gentleman as knowledge-
able and authoritative on the sub-
ject of fraternities as Mr. Graff.
His editorial (which would have
been more appropriately entitled
"It Takes a Man Like Me to Quit
Fraternity Pledge Follies") clear-
ly shows the sincere and objective
familiarity with the entire frater-
nity system of 45 houses gained
through rushing a limited number
of them and through pledging and
quickly depledging one of them.
The thought that Mr. Graff

could have retained any lasting
bias or bitterness from such an ex-
perience is, of course, reprehen-
We must overlook the fact that
the "famous Greek institution the
TGIF" takes place with consider-
able frequency in other foms of
private housing, and that similar
festivities, minus the beer due to
the University's kind paenal
guidance, are frequent in the hal-
lowed, ivy-covered residence halls.
It is, of course, a unique problem
of the Greek system that "grades
are important, but education s
IT IS axiomatic that a fresh-
man pledges a fraternity soley for
the status wh:!ch it offers him. For
what other reason could he con-
ceivably want to move out o the
intimate, unregimented residence
halls and yet forfeit the opportun-
ity to wash his own dishes and
floors in an apartment?
The fact that juniors and se-
iors of many fraternities live in
apartments because their houses
are physically incapable of hold-
ing them, the fact that sacrificing
a limited amount of personal lib-
erty is imperative for living any-
where other than in a state of na -
ture, the fact that conformity is a
serious dilemma relevant to our
entire society, end the fat that
Mr. Graff tends to confuse his
short relationship with a high
school counterpart of a fraternity
with his equally unsuccessful one
at the University, all are incone-
quential in this regard.
The campus is extremely fortun-
ate that Mr Gaff, unscarred by
his horrendous skirmishes with the
fraternity system, has donated his
perceptive talents to us through
the medium of your newspaper.
On behalf of all ofhus, "cool" and
otherwise, I thank him.
--Mitchell Stengel, '65
Treaties ..
To the Editor:
( WISH to applaud Robert Hip-
. pler's courageous editorial deal-
ing with the removal of the
American military base at Guan-
tanamo. Mr. Hippler has' ap-
proached the problem at last
with needed rationality. He re-
fuses to stoop to such low, emo-
tional exhortations as "bitter-
ness," "bitterness," "bitterness,"
"bristling military base," "we
have absolutely no right," "en-
slaved Cubans," "hostile base."
Instead, Mr. Hippler remains
aloof, viewing the whole with his
cold, objective eye.
Mr. Hippler maintains that our
treaty with Cuba is invalid, being
established with a previous re-
gime. Mr. Hippler, you don't know
how many international problems
you have cleared away with th,
sweep of your mighty pen.
We can now pull out of Viet
Nam, Formosa and South Korea,
all treaties were made with form-
er governments. If the leaders ob-
ject, we need only show them
Hippler's editorial. And Germany
-evacuate, for Stalin is dead.
And Panama-cease and desist.
While we're at it, does anyone
feel like defying the Constitution
this afternoon? Well, come on.
It s only a meaningless piece of
paper signed 36 governments ago,
So, as the sun slowly sinks into
a world of anarchy, tyranny and
abuse, we say a fond farewell
and thanks to Robert Hippler,
Nero andkChamberlain, sitting,
fiddling out their ungrounded re-
alism from the cornice of the
buurning Parthenon.
-Daiel R. Campbell

IT SEEMS AS THOUGH the University
has found a neat way of stating its po-
sition on local matters without being too
committed: simply let a University ad-
ministrator send a letter to a city coun-
This method was unveiled Monday
night when Councilman Wendell Hulcher
finally announced that a letter he receiv-
ed from Vice-President for Student Af-
fairs James A. Lewis recommended
changes in the controversial fair housing
These changes w o u ld definitely
strengthen the ordinance, but to just
what degree is still being debated.
THE QUESTION here though is not the
proposed amendment, but rather of
the responsibility among the University's
Councilmen Paul Johnson and John
Laird raised a major question Monday
night when they asked whether the Lew-
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Editorial Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
BARBARA LAZARUS............Personnel Director
PHILIP SUTIN ............National Concerns Editor
GAIL EVANS .................. Associate City Editor
MARJORIE BRAHMS .... Associate Editorial Director
(iLORIA BOWLES.................Magazine Editor
MALINDA BERRY..............Contributing Editor
DAVE GOOD.....................Sports Editor
JIM BERGER............ .. Associate Sports Editor
MIKE BLOCK.............Associate Sports Editor
BOB ZWINCK ............ Contributing Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: H. Neil Berkson, Steven Hailer,
Edward Herstein, Marilyn Koral, Louise Lind, An-
drew Orlin, Michael Sattinger, Kenneth winter.
Butcher, John Bryant, Laurence Kirshbaum, Richard

is-to-Hulcher communication was to be
taken as University policy or merely a
personal preference on the part of Lewis.
Such a question has significant bear-
ing on the fate of the amendment, since
it would be much more meaningful if
Lewis' stand can be considered University
policy. The voice of the University would
lend considerable weight to the amend-
Neither Hulcher, nor anyone else at the
council meeting could answer the perti-
nent question. Lewis is in Washington and
cannot be reached. And no else at Lewis'
level has offered an answer. In fact, no
University administrator intends to an-
swer this question.
did attempt to explain the situation.
That was President Harlan Hatcher. He
carefully skirted the issue by saying that
Lewis was acting in his capacity as vice-
president for student affairs.
Then he quickly added, in order not to
give the wrong impression, that no meet-
ings were held on the matter and that
Lewis does not have the power to set
University policy.
The evasive tactics of University offi-
cials to avoid saying that Lewis' letter was
a University policy statement is a shrewd
and cute piece of politicking. It's also a
safe method of politicking since there is
no definite commitment on the Universi-
ty's part.
This is rather interesting in light of
happenings last year in the month of
February. At that time the University was
being pressured by local civil rights
groups to make a public policy statement
endorsing a fair housing ordinance for
the city. The University never did give an

protest the activities of Michi-
gan's own Dixiecrat Representa-
tive worthy of print. In any event,
some 50 people did consider the
demonstration worthy of their
participation. I thank them, The
Daily, and local radio stations
which did report that a demon-
stration was planned.
-J. Alan Winter, Gad.
To the Editor:
YOU say you couldn't sleep Sat-
urday night either? If you live
within a three block radius of the
University's Thompson Street
Parking Structure, there was prob-
ably a definite reason. The still-
ness of the night was broken at
4:55 a.m. Sunday morning by the
continuous blare of 12 klaxons-
another false fire alarm.
Last spring this foolery was a
quite popular sport especially dur-
ing the frustrations of exam time.
Then it required over 30 minutes
before the courageous guardians
of campus property arrived at the
scene, had the necessary keys, and
located the fire alarm fuse box.
Sunday it reuired exactly six-
teen minutes to restore restful si-
lence - a rather long time con-
stant for any security system,
What more important matters did
the Security Patrol have at that
hour anyhow? Punching time
clocks perhaps? With such a long
reaction time one wonders how ef-
fective the Security Patrol would
be in a real crisis.
WHY MUST all 12 horns be
sounded in a concrete structure
where dager to life or property
because of fire is so minimal? An
immediate solution would be to
disconnect 11 horns, for one horn
would be quite sufficient to sound
ar alarm.
A more permanent solution
would be an alarm signal at the
police or fire department which
would be far more effective and
quiet, would render a near zero
probability of future false alarm,
and furthermore would let the
boys at Quonset Hut No. 1 drink
their coffee.
-David L. Ross, '64E
'Absurdities' ...
To the Editor:
HAVE thus far suffered The
Daily's film criticism in silence,
but Michael Hyman's incredible
review of "Wuthering Heights" is
so full of absurdities that I am
compelled to speak out. While I
agree that most of today's "social-
ly conscious" slice of life films are
tiresome affairs indeed, Mr. Hy-
man proposes a poor alternative,
for the feeble, watered-down and
impersonal Hollywood-type ro-
manticism of the film "Wuthering
Heights" is unrelated to Emily
Bronte's powerful and highly per-
sonal novel.
Mr. Hyman intimates that he
has read the novel and must real-
ize therefore that the entire second
half is missing from the film; what
then is meant when he says the
film "adheres faithfully to the
book"? If he means it is faithful
to its mood and spirit, he is wrong.
By jettisoning the final half of the

rence Olivier occasionally man-
ages to suggest the Heathcliff of
the novel), irritating music and
colorless direction.
Who can blame the audience for
laughing when the action and dia-
logue periodically descend into
ludicrousness. Catherine's alterna-
tions in mood between her wild,'
abandoned love for Heathcliff and
her attraction to the more civi-
lized ways of the Grange are de-
picted in cliche terms. She be-
comes merely the Poor Little Farm
Girl who yearns for expensive
clothes and high society. Edgar
Linton, as played by David Niven,
is made to appear only a vain and
foolish snob, as is Catherine after
their marriage. We are never made
to feel the sinister way in which.
Heathcliff exerts his influence over
the Linton family, because it is
never detailed adequately.
THE COMPLEX personal rela-
tionships of the novel are gone,
and with them the overtones of
perversion (Hollywood has always
been better at presenting themes
of perversion in its gangster films
than in its attempts at "quality").
And, in the absence of psycho-
logical subtlety , and power, the
theme of the consequences of good
flirting with evil and the empty
fruits of vengeance falls to pieces,
and we are left with a mere tear-
jerker, a "four handkerchief pic-
ture," as they used to say.
"A raere example of art in mo-
tion" indeed! There is more true
cinematic art in every minute of
Hitchcock's least thriller than in
this piece of literary vandalism.



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