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THE SUSPENSION of The Daily Pennsylvan-
ian Saturday is just one more in a growing
series of incidents this academic year involv-
ing attempts to control, and sometimes sup-
press, the college press. While only a few papers
are involved, they have some of the largest
and best college papers. Attempted interference
stems from an attitude of many administrators
and some students-a college newspaper should
be a bland, non-partisan, non-critical paper
with its focus restricted to the linits of the
campus. This attitude is dangerous, because it
not only subverts freedom of the press, but it
runs contrary to the concept of a university
as an educational institution.
Not all the interference takes the same form,
anid not all the complaints are the 'same. The
Daily Pennsylvanian, according to its editor,'
was suspended primarily because of a front
page editorial advocating the abolition of the
men's, student government. The next day the
student government held an illegal secret meet-
ing at which a resolution was passed advocating
the susper sion of the Daily Pennsylvanian.
That afternoon the Dean of Men suspende
the paper, citing the student government's mo-
tion as the reason.
Last November, The Colorado Daily had trou-
ble from a different source. The Rocky Moun-
tain News, a Scripps-Howard paper in Denver,
criticized the Colorado Daily for not paying
enough attention to "Homecoming festivities,"
concentrating instead on issues like Cuba, Red
China' and United States foreign policy. It
urged the Board of Student Publications to
"bring some sense to these editorial distor-
The New Mexico 'Lobo was involved In a
similar situation. Its editor, Marc Acuff, was
accused of letting his paper be used for "the
discredited mouthings of Communists" by the
New Mexico professional press. The situation
resulted In a second paper being started on
the campus which reflected the views of the
critics both on and off the campus.
Other papers involved in interference inci-
dents included the Ohio State Lantern, which
was urged by the Student Senate not to take
sides in an upcoming Senate election; The San
Francisco State Golden Gator which was for-
bidden by the president of the college to publish
a story; and .The Brown Daily Herald whose
criticisms of student government resulted in its
being labeled "a scantalsheet" by the Pem-
broke Student Government Association.
N GENERAL the reasons for Interference are
in two categories: the ratio of on campus-off
campus nws reported in the paper, and criti-
The Governors
MAYBE IT IS a good thing that meetings
of the Residence Halls Board of Governors
are not open to the public. If they were,
students would be disgusted by seeing how little
their ideas count.
A case in point was the board's gag 'on the
final report turned in by former Inter-Quad-
rangle President Tom Moch. His 12-page state-
ment contained carefully thought out criticisms
and analyses of the most important phases of
the residence halls system.
But, in postponing consideration of the report
until its next meeting, the board refused to
make the document public during the inter-
vening period. The members argued that Moch's
treatise should be examined by the board before
the student body should view it. Citing the
women-in-the-quads issue as an example, they
complained that public dissemination of a
controversial subject will only incite strong and
unwelcome pressure groups.-
WELL, IT WOULD be more reasonable to
assert the opposite: that the board should
not discuss a matter as vital as the re-evalua-
tion o fthe basic structure and value system
of the halls in a vacuum, but rather in an
atmosphere of understanding what the student
opinion, if any, appears to be. More specifically,
'the board's fear of "pressures" is almost an
outright admission that the members suc-
cumbed to them in the women visiting hours
issue. If that decision was really the result of
the board's only viewpoint, then there is no
reason whatsoever not to release pertinent in-

Moch had something to say in that report.
It was something that has needed saying for
a long time. The fact that the board delayed
its availability to the campus for a month, and
the fact that the board may take action (or-
no action) on the recommendations without
first awaiting the ideas and comments of its
constituents, can only be viewed as another
sorry chapter in the history of the administra-
tion's distrust of students.

cism of various university personnel and insti-
Just about every college paper has been cri-
ticized by those who think the student's con-
cern, and consequently that of the college pa-
per, should be limited to what is going on
around the campus. The chief reason for this is
the claim that students do not have enough in-
formation to editorialize adequately or com-
ment on international and national affairs, and
that this is the job of the professional press.
This reasoning is fallacious. First of all, the
straight news that is presented is usually from
the Associated Press or United Press Interna-
tional and, therefore, professional reporting,
The reason for its inclusion is simple: the Un
Uiversity is an educational Institution. This edu-
cation is not limited to what the student learns
in the classroom. What happens in Cuba or Laos
affects the student as a member of the world
community and is as relevant to him as any
formula learned the classroom. The case against
inclusion can only be made if one assumes that
education takes place in a social vacuum.
The case against students editorializing on
international affairs is equally invalid. Stu-
dents on a campus paper are among the best
informed on campus with access to numerous
news sources and references. Due to a long in-
terest in the area, the student has usually done
much outside reading on a subject, and he has
access to professors and foreign students to
supplement this information.
Furthermore, the newspaper has an institu-
tionalized way that insures an open forum of
ideas; the letter to the editor. Some college
papers broaden this forum concept by allow-
ing different staff members to present their
views in editorials under their own names.
(This is the practice followed by the Daily.)
A newspaper that does not run interpretatives.
on events is forfeiting some of its responsibil-
ity, because many readers do not follow the
news from day to day and thus can't under-
stand events as they occur.
THE CRITICISM and evaluation of univer-
sity personalities and institutions by college
papers is also fully justified for educational
and ethical reasons. A university is not a per-
feet institution. University personalities are not
perfect human beings. When they make mis-
takes there is every reason why they should be
criticized. Indeed, they must be criticized if the
university is to function in'the best possible
manner. The student is a part of the Univer-
sity community and as a member of it, he has
the right to voice opinions as to Pow it should
be run. The process of education is not served
by someone (in this case the student) accept-
ing without question the opinions and actions
of others, (in this case the administration and
faculty). Students undergoing the educational
process in the classroom are urged to question
what they learn and to seek to improve on it.
There is absolutely no reason why this proced-
ure should not be followed in the educational
process outside the classroom.
THE STUDENT PRESS has a number of uses.
It is a forum of student opinion. It serves an
educational function and points out mistakes
in the way the University is run and suggests
corrective measures.
What it definitely is not, or at least should
not be, is a tool of a special interest group
either on or off the campus, whether that
group be conservatives who are against an edi-
torial in favor of Castro or a university ad-
ministrator who is against editorial criticism
of a campus institution. Yet all the incidents
mentioned at the beginning of this article stem
from the attempts of these interest groups to
establish limits to the attention of the college
press. Sometimes these attempts will only en-
gender some bad will against the paper as hap-
pened at Colorado (where it also generated
some good will). Sometimes it will result in the
formation of a rival paper as at New Mexico.
Sometimes the paper will be suspended as hap-
pened at Pennsylvania.
It is disquieting to see groups in our society
who purport to be democrats attempt to sup-
press freedom of the press by making a college
newspaper hew to a certain line. It is even
more disqieting to see university administra-
tors and faculty members, ostensibly democrats
committed to academic freedom and the values
of an open education, actually shut down a pa-

per because they see something wrong with a
campus institution. For those students who are
satisfied with the amount of freedom they now
have, these incidents involving the censorship
and suppression of the student press shous
serve to remind them that students are not
always free.
ACCORDING to Democratic National Chair-
man John M. Bailey, the recent space
journey of Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. sym-
bolizes "the imagination, energy and know-
how" of the Kennedy administration.

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Campus Discusses Motivs frDtn

Supply and Demand.. .
To the Editor:
TH IS IS directed to those foolish
enough to think that the only
motive for dating girls is sex. Such
a proposition scalded the pages of
The Daily last week.
In asking the question "Why do
Boys Take Out Girls" Mr. Patter-
son evidently has forgotten that
it "takes two to tango!" Certainly
a girl may represent a mother
image. Is this any more abnormal
than a boy representing a father
image? Or aren't intelligent girls
supposed to have father images?
Also a girl may want to be the
blunt of a man's misdirected di-
Perhaps, Mr. Patterson, intel-
ligent girls have their needs too.
Indeed, it is true that frustrated
sexual drives and ideoloized rela-
tionships have culminated in many
misguided and inappropriate mar-
riages. However, if a boy marries
"as a means to his goal," then
logically when his goal is achieved
there should no longer be any
reason to marry! I have no sta-
tistics on how many men marry
their premarital mates but would
venture to say that it would be
above fifty per cent.
** *
NEXT WE SEE that boys do not
have to date-males are better
companions." Obviously, Mr. Pat-
terson has never lived with the
same fellow day in and day out
for any prolonged period. Women
are better companions because
their psychological makeup is
much different from men. Psycho-
logical studies have shown that,
up to a point, the more diverse
the partners of a relationship are
(provided of course they have sig-
nificant grounds for commonality)
the more stimulating their re-
lationship. Furthermore, the man
who thinks males are more inter-
esting than females is the abnor-
mal one, not the converse. You
can play tennis with your skill-
ful roommate; I'll take a clumsy,
girl any time.
"Male companionship is cheap-
er," a cats companionship is
cheaper still (it can feed itself-
e.g. mice, and is far more affec-
tionate and considerate and quiet
and . . .)-since when have we
measured our companions on how
much it costs to go out with them.
Is an inexpensive girl more popu-
lar than an expensive one?
"Men have seen more of the

world, and have correspondingly
more to say." Even if this state-
ment were true (and that is
doubtful) is the correlation that
the more sophisticated we are, the
more conversant we become, ne-
cessarily true? Actually the op-
posite seems more credible.
CERTAINLY, intelligent girls
are in a minority (as are intelli-
gent boys) and the forces of sup-
ply and demand operative at this
University put a premium on the,
former, but this should appreci-
ate rather than deprecate male in-
terest in the opposite sex. Like-
wise, from psychology we should
know that the more the University
puts bans on 'private conversa-
tions" of the intellectual variety
with women, the more desirable
these conversations become.
No, Mr. Patterson, sex is not the
only reason boys date, just as it is
not the only reason that girls do.
Sex can play an important part in
a relationship, it can beautify it
or make it vulgar, depending upon
the attitudes of the participants.
But to make it the only goal of
the relationship is to put women
on a scale with food, or drink-in
short to make them all prostitutes,
whose only function is to satisfy
the sex need. Only by viewing wo-
men as having diverse needs which
motivate them to date and by rec-
ognizing that they; can fulfill our
diverse needs; as we fulfill theirs,
can a mature relationship be
Max L. Reben, '83
mist .
To the Editor:
N OUR opinion, the "letter" by
Blake Patterson was a moronic
miscegenation of half-truth and
three-quarters English. Its author,
equally adept at mangling facts
and language, wasted his readers'
time by a heavy-handed belabour-
ing of the obvious, while making
short shrift of facts which any of
the more urbane members of the
university community know to be
incontrovertibly true.
As an instance, Patterson holds
the sophomoric, absolutist view, so
unfair to the profound intellectual
and companionable qualities of the
American female, that the per-
petuating force behind the widely
practiced custom of heterosexual
dating is immediate gratification
of man's primordial urge, which,
as he so inaccurately observes,

cannot be satisfied "by man or
Writing in the calmest and most
dispassionate of tones, admittedly
difficult to maintain when dealing
with a subject generating so much
heat, we are convinced that Mr.
Patterson is tooting on the wrong
horn. Although he has spent sev-
eral years in the worldly toils of
a large university, the harsh light
of experience has apparently not
yet dispelled the fuliginous mists
of fancy in which he has no doubt
wandered since puberty.
* * *
EVEN THE most casual reality-
testing will immediately convince
the incredulous that the average
Michigan coed is an undefiled,
pristine vessel of maidenly virtue
whose virginal breast fills with
mingled dread and loathing when-
ever the subject of sex is broached.
This characteristically glacial fri-
gidity makes her a poor sexual ob-
ject indeed, and, in fact, either of
the alternatives Mr. Patterson so
obligingly offers us is to be pre-
ferred, as anyone whose experience
has transcended the narrow con-
fines to which that gentleman has
restricted himself will testify.
In fine, our conceptions of that
rare creature known as woman
originate with the fond tender-
ness reflected in our mother's face
as she forced cold pablum between
our drooling lips, and, as we de-,
veloped, werenmore fully formed
by the evidences of self-sacrifice,
purity, and, above all, intellectual
attainment which were manifest
everywhere in our relations with
that sex. It is to elevate and per-
fect his soul, and, coincidentally to
find level-head platonic compan-
ionship, that man seeks out wo-
man. To intimate anything less is
an egregious and foul besmirching
of his motives and of the charac-
ter of his object.
Martin M. Orenstein, '62
Edward C. Hansen, Grad.
Coin Flipped...
To the Editor:
WE WOULD like to comment on
on Blake R. Patterson's letter
in Friday's Daily. Mr. Patterson
states that "the motive for dating
girls is sex." We think that he is
right as far as he went, but he
only viewed one side of a two-sided
We feel that the girl's motive
for dating boys is sex. Girls, hav-
ing at least the same drives, also
posses an overt sex drive. The
poor, innocent, naive, innocuous,
lamblike fellow, who dates purely
to conform with acceptable social
norms, is often confronted by a
girl exhibiting marital intentions,
She does this because her sex drive
can not be fulfilled in pre-marital
relations; this is socially unaccept-
able for the female. Therefore, she
seeks marriage as a socially ac-
ceptable outlet for this drive.
Mr. Patterson goes on to say
that, "boys ... use girls as mother
images." This is not the whole
story. The fact of the matter is
the girls PRESENT themselves as
mother images. This is because
propagation of the species is an
innate, required function. They
WANT to be mothers!
Therefore we can only conclude
that the male is being duped by
the conniving female. "A man
chases a girl until she catches
-Aaron Grossman, '63
-Sam Marwit, '63
To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to write you my
opinon on Friday's "letters to
the editor" essay. I think that it
consists of a lot of supposedly
shocking "facts," which do not
tell us anything new and which
are not presented as to make any
point or sense.
I think that everyone is aware
that the motive for dating between
boys and girls is sex. I do admit
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reach a goal which they could not
reach before marriage. Why this,
should be an "abnormal reason for
dating" I do not know, since the
boy in question seems to be striv-
ing towards a very normal goal.
One can only credit him with
The third and fourth paragraphs
of the essay seem to be governed
by a strong negative feeling to-
wards girls. In these paragraphs;
the writer exposes the girl as so-
cially inferior to man, and seems
to say that the only duty or utility
a girl has is to provide sex for the
man. In making this point the
writer does not emphasize even
this small service which woman is
able to render to man, but he,
rather points out all their social
* * *
THE READER is left wondering,
as to the usefulness of women al-
together The writer also presents
a 'very egotistical view by not even,
mentioning the possibility that the
girl would maybe like to have their
non-physical affections provided,
for by a dog, just as much as boys
do?? I have never taken a girl to
a dance for the "sake of rhythm
and movement," and I think that
every boy will readily confess that
he goes to a dance in order to hold
his girl in his arms.
After reading the essay "Why do
Boys Take out Girls," I was not
able to draw any conclusions. The
author tells us nothing new, I
hope, in stating that the reason
boys and girls get together is be-
cause they are physically different.
But this is not my criticism of the
I will not ask the author whether.
he might sometimes enjoy the
conversation of a girl more than
that of a boy. I am rather ques-
tioning the author as to the point,
of his- essay, which I could not,
perceive, because he emphasizes
sex but generally de-emphasizes
-Thomas Klenbaum, '65
Take to Heart . .
To the Editor:
WE WOULD like to express our
agreement with Mr. Patter-
son, except we feel he has for-
gotten two other important rea-
sons why boys date girls.,
The first and greatest reason is,
granted, the sexual. drive. How-
ever, social status and personal
satisfaction are other factors
worth considering.,

For a boy to appear at a social
activity with a girl who creates a
favorable impression upon those
present is a means of increasing
his social prestige among members
of his own sex.
As far as personal satisfaction
is concerned, a boy who associates
with a group of friends just as
intelligent and athletic as he often
dates a girl to satisfy his desire to
feel superior.
However, these reasons for dat-
ing 'need not apply only to boys..
Girls may date for the same rea-
sons. Many girls also refuse dates
because of lack of sexualsattrac-
We were impressed by Blake Pat-
terson's letter and are taking it
to heart, and advise that other
girls do the same.
-Marianne Leonard, '65
-Jane Schember, '65Ed
answer ...
To the Editor:
MISS SCHUMAN'S letter clouds
its discussion with the open-
ing paragraph concerning intel-
lectuality and emotionality. Her
remark that ". . . boy meets girl
is too often an emotional exper-
ience" plays upon the lightning-
struck-when-their-eyes- first - met
invention of cheap literature. A
boy seldom becomes emotional on
first meeting a, girl; he doesn't
know her well enough to feel more
than a sexual attraction.
Miss Schuman made another
error by bringing love into her
argument. I did not intend to
'discuss the notion of love, nor
did I mention it in my letter.
Also, I did not assume or con-
clude th'at "the feminine mind is
worthless." I know that this is
not true.
Many readers have asked what
I meant by "sexual satisfaction."
I purposely left its definition un-
stated, because I feel that the
degree of physical intimacy ap-
propriate is an individual matter.
For some, it may only mean hold-
ing hands.
I intended to show that sex
was one necessary part of dating;
it is usually not the only objective.
A girl who offers no sexual stim-
ulus cannot expect to be dated
for the things which a young man
can, obtain elsewhere; she should
expect just those courtesies which
he affords' his male companions.
-Blake R. Patterson, '62E


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Engineers: "Interviewing Workshop"
will be conducted by Prof. John G.
Young, director, Engineering Placement,'
Service, Mon., Feb. 26, and Tues., Feb.
27 at 4:00 p.m., in 311. West Engineer-
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Science 160 final for the fall term will
be given on March 1, from 2:00 to 5:00
p.m. Report to 4611 Haven Hall.
Agenda, student Government Coun-
cil, February 28, 1962. 4:15 p~m. Coun-
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Approval 'of Agenda
Minutes of previous meeting
Standing Committees:
Ad Hoc Committees and Related
Officer reports: President, leters; Ex-
ecutive vice President, interim action;
Administrative vice President; Treas-
Old Business: NSA Standing Com-
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Special Business: Office of Student
Affairs Study Committee Report (Com-
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New Business: Freshman Orientation
Members' Time
Philosophy 429 will not meet on Tues.,
Feb. 27. It will meet Wed., Feb. 28 at
4 p.m. in 447 Mason Hall.
The University of Michigan Blood
Bank Association, in cooperation with
the American Red Cross. will have its
regular Blood Bank Clinic on March
28, 1962. The Clinic hours are 10:00
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p.m. Any full-time or part-time reg-
ularly employed staff member of the
University interested in becoming a
member or renewing his membership
should contact the Personnel Office,
1028 Administration Bldg., Extension

Trio Gifted, inspired
THE UNIVERSITY Musical Society's 22nd Annual Chamber Music
Festival concluded Sunday afternoon with an excellent concert
by the Beaux Arts Trio of New York. In the hands of this gifted
ensemble, problems of balance, technique and interpretation seemed
incidental and were soon forgotten by the audience. Inspired music-
making was the order of the day, as Menahem Pressler, pianist, Daniel
Gullet, violinist, and Bernard Grenhouse, cellist, combined to present
works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms.
Beethoven's first published work, the Trio in E-flat, Opus 1, No. 1,
opened the program. From the very beginning, the performers' im-
peccable ensemble was apparent. Particularly impressive in the first
movement was the balance in sound between the piano a.d the
stringed instruments, a balance which was maintained throughout
the afternoon. Mr. Pressler's singing tone and expressive phrasing
were outstanding in the second movement. A Scherzo which was
played almost too fast, and a broadly humorous Finale concluded the
The program continued with Ravel's Trio in A minor, written in
1914. Ravel's cross-rhythms, freely-resolving harmonies, and arresting
color effects, all stock-in-trade of the 20th Century composer, sounded
quite daring after the relatively conventional Beethoven piece. Sharp
contrasts between movements, and sometimes within, pervade the
work. In this context of complexity and change, the Trio's third
movement, "Passacaille," stood out by virtue of its unity and structural
simplicity; the Trio's sound was nowhere more beautiful.
THE CONCERT CONCLUDED with a compelling performance
of Brahms' Trio in C major, Opus 87. The music of Brahms is thick-
textured and rich in detail; too often performances of Brahms tend to
overemphasize detail at the expense of structural coherence. But the
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