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BB Better
Than Expected
HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S Le Verite (The Truth) will leave its
viewers pleasantly surprised but noticeably unsatisfied.
The large audience of men will be happy with the fleeting peeks at
Brigitte Bardot's bare bottom and surprised by the artistic techniques.
They will certainly be dismayed by the fact that, although there are
bedroom scenes and talk, the focus of the film is definitely not centered
on BB's main commodity-sex. Discerning film goers will be pleased

.Y, SEPTEMBER 30, 1961


Lewis Strikes Out,
At Panhel Meeting

IT IS A PITY when a meeting which promises
to provide an opportunity to clear the air
of controversy, just instigates harder feelings
than already existed.
Thursday at the Panhellenic Presidents'
Council meeting, James A. Lewis, Vice-Presi-
dent for Student Affairs, spoke to the presi-
dents with the intention (most people thought)
of bringing out into the open the controversy
on the Student Government Council Member-
ship Selection Committee. Instead of instigat-
ing a good discussion of the possible ramifi-
cations of the problem of eliminating bias
UNION PRESIDENT Paul Carder is usually
a man of few words at Student Government
Council meetings. But Wednesday night, dur-
ing a boring discussion on electioneering
he obliged the members with the information
that Union bylaws prohibited petitioning within
the building.
Fellow traveler Arthur Rosenbaum then
surprisingly opined that it was "shocking" to
hear that SGC candidates could not campaign
on Union premises. Carder later said that he
was sure an exception could be made this
time, and that he was sorry that the bylaw
banned SGC and other petitioning, but you
know that if we didn't have the rule we would
have 101 different petitions going around . .
This statement seems to be in general agree-
ment with the other Union policies, that, rules
and policy statements really don't mean what
they say. The much-publicized "undesirables"
policy is. applied only at the discretion of the!
general manager. The juke box installation was
only "temporary."
The, Union should either ban all petitioning
on its premises, or throw out the present rule
Seeds of

clauses and of the problems everyone faces,
Lewis instead merely tried to throw 'the fear
of the Lord into the presidents.
"If nothing else, it is a matter of courtesy
to file your reports and no longer ignore the
point," Lewis said. The use of the word "cour-
tesy" belies any basic understanding of the
situation. Lewis should realize that it is not
mere delinquency on the part of the sorority
presidents that is keeping them from moving;
the fact is that they and the whole system are
facing a crisis, and it isn't 'an easy task to
move any organization, especially when they are
as large and an entrenched as the alum groupsj
of fraternities and sororities.
LEWIS SPOKE for four minutes on the need
for sorority presidents to stop "shirkingj
their responsibility."
"It is now past the point of argument wheth-
er you have to file or not. That is no longer
the point. Local chapters must comply." Of.
course this is nothing more than the honest
truth. However, diplomacy should be consid-
ered when dealing with such a touchy subject.
THIS MEETING with the presidents would
have been the perfect opportunity for ques-
tions to have been answered and help to have
been given. However, after his unduly abrupt
talk of four minutes, most discussion was out
of the question.
One sorority president said, "Lewis left us
so stunned after he spoke; there was nothing
that could be said. I'm glad he came, because,
it was an important step towards increased
good relations between the OSA and the stu-
dents, but -none of us learned a thing we didn't
already know. At least he encouraged people
to come to him for help, but it was not handled
in the best way."
WITH THIS I heartily concur.

with theN touch of Clouzot as it is
exemplified in the skillful filming
of Mme. Bardot's cross-Paris
search for her lover which is in-
tensified by the piling of drum-
beats and fast film cuts ending in
a crescendo of music as the un-
shaven, undressed lover answers
the door with a "do-you-know-
reaching, tormented hands will
suggest Clouzot's "truth," which
fortunately is seldom directly dis-
The movie's frank discussion of
love affairs and their implications'
in a murder case is refreshing
after the recent American Puri-
tanical rage over the use of the
word "panties" in a similar movie,
"Anatomy of a Murder."
However, the defense's repulsive
droodle of ra spider (Bardot) in a
web (life) is so obvious and mag-
nified that it oan only be redeemed
in its comic relief value in a dull
court room scene.
The credits award the honors
for the script to a committee
headed by Clouzot; one would
hope that he was responsible for
the often excellent flashbacks and
not for the always tedious trial
MOST LIKELY, the rest of the
audience will be wives and dates
who will enjoy the sometimes
sticky love story leading to the
"crime of passion." The rare hu-
mor is welcome and effective. For
example, in an emotional outburst,
Mme. Bardot condemns the court
judges for sitting in their silly
robes and judging others for liv-
ing when they themselves are vir-
tually dead. The full implication
of the accusation is humorously
drawn as the judge dismisses court
and scurries out in an honestly
ridiculous robe and cap.
They will also be surprised at
the apparent acting ability of BB.
One would assume that the ma-
jority of the credit for the loud.
sensual characterization of the
heroine lies with Clouzot's careful'
However, all viewers will be
painfully aware of the unusually
slow pace which the repetitive
court scenes set for a picture of
surprising but limited qualities.
--Milan Stitt(

[S IT POSSIBLE that Hollywood
will ever learn to paint? Do
the Beverly Wilshire Boulevard
directors really imagine that af-
ter days, of walking across the
Sahara, a man's beard is precisely
shaven, that his hair is more ivy
league than ever before? If Holly-
wood must use Giotto's frescos
and Italian Renaissance paintings
as backdrop sets, in "Francis of
Assisi," couldn't somebody bother
to first check their historical
dates? Mon cher director, Michael
Curtiz= Francis lived in the very
beginning of the thirteenth cen-
"The story of a lusty, fighting,
young adventurer who exchanged'
his sword for a cross and rose to
glory." Well-sort of. Much against
his mother's wishes--she "wanted
him to be a child of God" -
Francis (Bradford Dillman) ,trots
off to war with his self-possessed
nobleman friend, Paulo, + (Stuart
Whitman) and no sooner is he in
the ioad when he hears his first
Voice. There is a battle, .a good
juicy one (Hollywood is excellent
at those), and deciding that men
should love and not fight, 'Fran-
cis deserts and is soon on his way
to Rome to receive Papal permis-
sion for the establishment of his
* * *
AND SO his story goes; you
know the rest. But one would
certainly think that with three
writers working on the screen-
play they would come up with
something more than skimmed
'The acting in this film is medi-
ocre: Dolores Hart should be a
ponytailed teenager in "Bye Bye
Birdie" and Dillman is at best
a ham of a chevalier. The whole
thing reeks of candles and violins
and chanting and bells.
Assisi is a most beautiful Um-
brian town, and the photography
isn't even good! The film quickly
becomes a highly emotional plate
of ravioli that has been served
without Its meat sauce.r.
--Margaret Klee




whimpering 'Thunder


By HARVEY MOLOTCH, Editorial Director

the most powerful man in America; in two
weeks his near-omnipotence will be passed on
to wealthy industrialist john McCone' as he
takes over America's resplendent answer to Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle-the United States Central
Intelligence Agency.
Unlike any other governmental official, Mc-
Cone will answer to no one; he will function in
complete secrecy; he will spend what The New
York Times estimates at $1 billion; he will keep
no public records. He will direct the activities
of over 10,000 employees in Washington alone
(again, by Times estimate) plus uncountable
thousands all over the globe. His duties are
largely undefined; his range of ,activlties appar-
ently without limit.'
took full advantage of its power to unite the
functions of intelligence gathering and acting
upon its own recommendations. The CIA is
organized as an authoritarian heirarchy com-
posed of a judiciary, an executive and a legis-
lature in the form of its one-man chairman.
He decides to work for the overthrow of a
government; he attempts to destroy that gov-
ernment and he proceeds to punish or imprison
those who stand in his way. Technically such
actions are supposed to occur under the direc-
tion of the National Security Council, but in
reality the CIA is in a position to ignore such
outside pressure and has done so in the past.
This role of the CIA in the -American "de-
mocracy" was most dramatically demonstrated
in the recent attempt to "liberate" Cuba. But
the repugnant Cuba fiasco reached the Ameri-
can press (in a most perverted form) only be-
cause the CIA had failed. The other great blun-
ders-the unpublicized "success" stories-have
been largely forgotten.,
The unfortunate truth is that Allen Dulles
was not at all the. bungling idiot the press has
made him out to be. He was a shrewd tactician
who blatantly disregarded the principles of the
country he was serving and could not recognize
that his actions were destroying these ideals-
and American constitutionalism along with
IN 1953, the CIA was able to overthrow the
reformist government of Mossadegh in oil-
rich Iran; the neutralist premier was flirting
with Russia. We re-installed the old monarch,
Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlev as head of a
"constitutional monarchy" which has enabled
thel Shah and a handful of chosen ones to
return to the game of exploiting the impover-
ished Iranians while amassing huge personal
A year later, our inspired master spies top-
pled Guatemala's President Arbenz because the

minding "commando-type guerilla raids on the
mainland in battalion strength" (Stewart Al-
sop, Saturday Evining Post).
N THE COMEDY of errors now called the
"Laotian situation," the CIA played a key
role in America's show of shows. First our boys
overthrew neutralist Souvanna Phouma in
preference'to militarist Gen. Phoumi Nosavan
even though Phoumi lacked the internal sup-
port needed to hold back the Communists. Thus
we later found ourselves negotiating with the
Communists, hoping that they would settle for
Souvanna who by necessity came into our good
More recently, the French were incensed at
reports of CIA backing for the right-wing
military insurgents who attempted to overthrow
de Gaulle last spring. The CIA role in Algeria
has never been cleared up, but the agency has
generated so much suspicion that almost any-
thing has become believable.
FORCEFUL OVERTHROW of governments is
only one CIA specialty; its most subtle be-
hind-the-scenes activities are no less intrigu-
ing. Under CIA sponsorship, the United States
ruined the Laotian economy with a flow of
dollar bills that the impoverished country was
not able to absorb after they were squandered
by corrupt Laotian officials. Our adamant sup-
port of Chiang Kai-Shek and other militarists
is based on advice of Allen Dulles, 1who holds
that "the countries which are the most power-
ful to resist Communist subversion are those
where the military are in power."
In fact, the views of the head of CIA play
a crucial role in all spheres of American for-
eign affairs. Intelligence data which reaches
the president's desk is a result of the interpre-
tations and opinions of one man; upon his
recommendation decision-making is based.
Thus, Dulles's sympathy for Fascists, his past
close links wiht leaders of the Hitler regime,
and his aversion to social reform has had a
great impact on the course of events in the
last eight years.
JOHN McCONE will possess the same power as
his predecessor and will probably enjoy the
same encouragement from the President and
the American people. His background as chair-
man of the Atomic Energy Commission under
Eisenhower and the unstinting praise which he
and Kennedy heaped upon Dulles indicates,
there will be little basic change in CIA opera-
Kennedy'saw nothing curious in announcing
McCone's appointment at the Naval War Col-
lege to an audience of Naval officers and per-
sonnel. No hints have been made of reorganiza-
tion, of providing a check on the agency or of

Daily staff Writer
zine, "Conservative Thunder,"
has sprung up at Wayne State
University, of all places. The open-
ing policy statements contained
the' expected barrage against col-
lectivism, socialism, liberalism and
"the loud-voiced egalitarian min-
ority on the campus," but gen-
eral absurdities, misleading im-
plications and name-calling in
the editors' rationale have reduc-'
ed the thunder to a whimper.
Quote from a pamphlet put out
by the magazine editors: "All good
reasons for education can be sum-
med up in the sentence, 'You wish
to better yourself.' There is a
minority group on the Wayne
campus who would raise strong
criticism to these reasons." Now,
from this assertion, a readert
might suspect that a liberal jus-
tification for education would be
for the student to worsen himself,
or that the betterment of the in-
dividual is ancillary to another
more important object.
The pamphlet's conception of
the liberal theory goes thusly:
"Man is made to serve society. It
is evil and selfish for a person to
use society for his own good."
Virtually no political organization
to the right of Communism and
left of conservatism degrades
homo sapiens to such an extent.
The ultimate goal of liberalism
IS to "better" the individual. The
guiding thesis behind this and
similar philosophies is merely that
the best way to better the individ-
ual is through coordinated group
action and society consciousness.
* * *
ism, the editors proceed to mis-
interpret conservatism. "Briefly,
it is based on the belief that what
is good and proven should be
kept. It is not static but ever seeks
to dispose of the institutions that
threaten men's freedom . . Every
increase of government power
causes a corresponding decrease
in individual liberty." It is con-
tradictory to say that what is
"proven" should be retained and
at the same time not be static.
Also, the right-left wing conflict
is usually not over whether what
is good should be retained, but
just what things are good, and
can they be better.
And the "good and proven" in-
stitutions often turn out to be
the most ;freedom-threatening of
all. Local government, a proven
istitution, has been seen to con-
sistently endanger individual lib-
erties (such as the right to vote
in the South) far more than a
more powerful national organiza-
tion (such as the Justice Depart-
ment), which attempts to enforce
rights which, conservatives invar-
iably agree, are guaranteed in the
Constitution. In short, if govern-
ment power attempts to guaran-
tee and maintain individual
rights, it is' not a freedom-threat-
ening institution and therefore
does not decrease individual lib-

The majority of delegates at the
United States National Student
Association congress represented
such far-left organizations as
Americans for Democratic Action,
Students for Democratic Society,
Student Peace Union and the
Young Peoples League, the maga-
zine president complains. All del-
egates at the congress, however,
were representatives from student
The crowning irony of the edi-
tors' situation is that these ster-
ling individualists had to form a
group in order to make known
their ideals.
THE MAGAZINE'S theoretical
mebalomania a n d substantive
blunders are serious, but not fa-
tal. Theories and concepts are
fuzzily outlined at best and it is
easy to see why they misinterpret
Far more disturbing is the edi-
tors' explanation of the context
surrounding the creation of their
magazine. They believe that it is
a part of a dynamic nationwide
rebirth of conservatism on uni-
versity campuses. "Conservatism is
becoming respectable again," they
claim, although one sentence later
they contradictorily cite "a group
of high-power intellectuals who
have been thinking and writing
conservatism for years."
The' truth is that there is sim-
ply' no conservative movement,
just as there is no liberal stu-
dent movement. The average stu-
dent today is just as apathetic as
he has been in the past, only his
lack of concern is cloaked under
the activities of an extremely ac-
tive minority whose characterist-
ics are applied to the whole.
The student revival is more ac-
curately interpreted as a rebound-
ing from its burial during the
McCarthy era. This is easily borne
out, for instance by the miniscule
25 per cent or so voting in Stu-
dent Government Council elec-
tions on this campus. The student
"movement" has been nothing but
a small minority, and the conserv-
ative "movement" is most likely
a slight stirring in reaction to the
liberal minority's forcefulness, not
a sweeping right-wing revolution.
* * *
JUST as there is a sound ra-
tionale for liberalism, there cer-

tainly can be a good case made
for conservatism today. But there
is absolutely no need for new con-
servative organizations to oper-
ate on the principle of blind de-
nunciation of differing concepts,
irrational name-calling and of
sneering condescention to liberal
persons. On the contrary, there
is a desperate need for conserv4-
tive groups to be sincerely toler-
ant and completely fair and un-
derstanding in their rhetoric.,
Only in such a way will the vast
majority of politically disinterest-
ed students become sensitive and
aware of vital issues.
"Conservative Thunder" by its
first policy draft miserably .fails
to meet these objectives.

Hail to the Victors

. ,another show.. . "
There' is a tingle and a ring
to the Ann Arbor air these days,
especially on campus, especially
near the stadium ...
. Hail! to the victors val-,
iant . ."
The leaves are falling and there
is more color to them, the air is
crisp, yet crisper ..
".. .Varsity, down the field..
A whistle shrieks thrice, then
voices as many times, black-
polished shoes and white spats
beat down upon the earth, and
. Hail! to the conq'ring
heroes . .
* * *
Band rushes out of the tunnel
onto the playing field grass Satur-
day and it is another season.
From a school where tradition is
proud, the band is a traditional
winner, especially in the last few
years when it alone has put the
real kick into football for the
The band is said to be the best
and watching it you believe it.
Reliable. Spirited. A little corny
at times, yes, but spirited. Spirited
so that the traditions you've been
told are Michigan suddenly are
you, too.

They play, you see glory before
your eyes-never mind the score-,
board-and your heart beats with
the drums, you shout and you
wonder where the old school spirit
has been-you believe that there
is such a thing as school spirit.
* **
EVEN TALK of a pep club -
rallies and all that - sounds sen-
sible. You buy the Michigan pen-
nant and the Michigan sweatshirt,
the Michigan stickers, the record,
the stationery, the souvenirs, the
beanie, the photo-album, scrap-
book, drinking mug, bookcovers,
book-ends, pom-poms. You forget
that you are a student but often
sit farther away than the cash
customers, you forget, now to the
220 steps per minute.
Ours is a marching band twice-
blessed - it can march and it
can play and it can do both at the
same time and sound good, too -
no small task. And when they
leave the field, you will ask them
back, with your applause and they
will come to play.
"... all hail! to the yellow and
blue. .
-Tom Hunter, '64
Intolerable ,
To the Editor:
mY Pain and my distress
Again it is not easy to express.
My amazement, my
One little maid from Graduate
School am I who must object. The
latest fling of youth cannot be
Many SGC mistakes can be tol-
erated. But not so when they de-
prive a theatre full of graduate'
students, faculty, staff and towns-
people of one of their favorite
Saturday evenings of delightful
entertaining-not to mention the
numbers of undergraduates, affili-
ated and independent, whom
quadrangle dances hardly concern.
The SGC, elected in part by grad-
uate students and responsibile for
events attended by the wider uni-
versity community, cannot allow

Those masters, Gilbert and Sul-
livan, would relish an opportunity
for meting out the justice of poetic
politcal satire. The Chorus rises.:
Oh fool, oh blind, oh rash, oh
-Anne Mooney, Grad
Oh! ..
To the Editor:
F YOU want to know,who they
They are the members of'S.G.C.
On many a law and rule,
On many a high decree
They figure in lively debate
On the university's life and fate
For ill-considered talk do not
hesitate, oh!
IF YOU think they are worked by'
/Like a legislative marionette.
You don't understand these things,
It's simply Mock etiquette.
Axd they manage to do wrong,
They can do it all year long,
Just to show you they are
strong, oh-
-James R. Hudson, Grad
-Frank and Judith Haurwitz,
To the Editor:
N THURSDAY'S edition of the
Michigan Leftist Daily was a
Herblock cartoon portraying' Sen.
Barry Goldwater as an unfeeling
tightwad. This sort of thing is
typical of this dogmatic, liberal
cartoonist who once drew Richard
Nixon climbing out of a sewer.
The Senator, who endorsed the
Newburgh Welfare Plan, does not
believe that the Government
should encourage illegitimate
births by giving unwed mothers
lavish welfare benefits for each
additional illegitimate child they
have. In New York a policeman
with ten children gets $250 a
month from the state, while it
gives a woman having ten ille-
gitimate children $800 a month.
To have one child out of wedlock
may be an accident; to have ten


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