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OCTOBER 4, 1961


Creeping, Fisbowlism
By RICHARD OSTLING, Associate Editorial Director

Life Wasn't Always Easy On The New Frontier
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Z'S NOTE-The cupola of the Student
is Building, pictured above, whose in-
s are lined with'the names of past Daily
ors, symbolizes this new column writ-
e 1961-'62 senior staff. Appearing twice
VERTIME," will have seven contributors
Fnge widely in style, temper and subject
HBOWL is probably the biggest
ent tp bad planing you can find in
s. Armed with my 20-20 hindsight,
,lly like to meet the guy who thought
'e halls could empty their) human
,to those small corridors and take
clientele in ten minutes without
of traffic jam.'
my first impressions of how big
rsity really is was formed there,
11 o'clock lecture the first- week I
mmpus. There were hundreds of us
ound but unable to go anywhere
the flow of traffic. It got to the
-e for about two solid minutes no-
able to move, as far as the eye
And then we began to laugh-
omraderie which forms mysteriously
)up of people who don't know each
,n the same tight spot.
was literally tight. We felt like
fore breakfast. By now,' I am used
shbowl and standing in line and
ther things. But the Great Lesson
shbowl remains. You can get away
>lanning for a while, and you can
7g more and more human beings
n, but you reach that point where
is stagnated. All motion ceases
tand there and all you can do is
or cry.
admit this will never happen to
iversity as a whole. We could be
ig and there would still be a lot
ual motion going on. But I think
s beginning to' feel the effects of
glut this year, if they haven't
at 1:05 people rush toward Audi-
and you' are part of the throng.
e hurry? There are five minutes
s. begins. Once inside the door you
use you find all the seats are taken.
goes early to History of Art 102
beat the rush and get a seat. There
like a bird in the wilderness, to
oy Scout cliche, along with about
classmates. The lecture begins and
ners settle down on the floor, do-

ing penance for their sin of tardiness as they
look at Catholic paintings.
If you don't believe me, you can see it
happen for yourself this afternoon. Or Friday
afternoon. And on and on until we strt
cutting lectures or drop the course.
floor. Past the teletype and around the
corner, on your way to make you French
accent so polished that only the perceptive
can tell ... and there it is. The Great Lesson
has moved to the Language Lab.
There are three ample rooms full of those
little booths, but out here in the hall are
about 50 of your comrades waiting for that
glad day when, they can get one of them. You
stand for a while and the girl next to you
mumbles Persian phrases to herself and you
wonder why anybody would ever take Persian.
Then you leave.
You go and sit onone of those stone slabs
given by the class of eighteen-something (if
it's a'warm day) and your musings take you
back to the Fishbowl again.
just a sea of humanity. Like gazing upon
the 101,001 at the stadium from the field, be-
cause there are so many that all individuality
is lost and all those lives seem like a two-
dimensional backdrop some clever artist has
produced. J But most of the time you look
at individuals as they pass by and nod and
smile at those who were in your classes two
years ago. What incredible variety and excite-
ment when you look at a group of people
this way.!
It's the same thing in classes. Lectures are
fine if the speaker is accomplished and knows
his stuff-this more than makes up for the
impersonality of the surroundings (although
even lectures can get too big. Ask someone
who took Psych 31 last year.) This is mass
But the teacher needs to see his class as a
group of individuals in order to really get
places. That's why we have recitations. It's
hard to say how big recitations have to be
before you lose this individuality and become
part of that sea of humanity again. But it
seems that the classes creep up in size every
year and one day you realize it isn't there
any more.
Even recitations here are often bigger than
classes back in high school, and I was in one
once that had 48 members.
THIS UNIVERSITY can grow infinitely and
as long as there are small groups, to iden-
tify with it really won't matter-except that
sense of community and school spirit will
completely die. The education will still be
there, if the size of classes is kept down.
The literary college gets a little bit bigger
every year.. I suppose the faculty-to-student
ratio stays the same, but I always wonder
about those figures and think of "teachers"
confined to research cubicles-all over campus.
Even if the University has gradual growth
from year to year there Is a saturation point
which is reached. You can have enough teach-
ers to keep recitations down to 15 students
apiece and there will still be only 14 rows
in Auditorium B and only 100 booths in the
Language Lab. We appear to be saturated
this year.
THINGS MIGHT NOT be this bad again.
A lot more students returned this year
than expected and I suppose by next year the
University will have us reserve places so they
can tell exactly how many upperclassmen
there are going to be and take in just enough
' freshmen to keep things comfortable.
So, in a typically conservative' move, I am
urging a retreat. The school is now too big
for its facilities. Let's get a little smaller and
get enough faculty members to keep classes
Eventually the state may decide to expand
facilities and faculty and we can be happy at
50,000. Of course then we'll have to be called
the Pluriversity of Michigan, but that's meat
for another day.

Prospects Enhanced
For Arab Unity

SGC in Retrospect


ry important decisions tonight.
vote on rescinding its motion limit-
t and Sullivan Society to a Saturday
istead of both a matinee and evening
also vote on a motion which would
member of the Committee on Mem-
. Student ,Organizations ineligible to
ncil concurrently.
lready been shown that a Saturday
erformance of Gilbert and Sullivan's
inafore" would not seriously conflict.
irangle Christmas dances, and that
ave an organization highly regarded
in all segments of campus life.
TION on membership is unfair since
d prevent qualified people from join-
!ouncil and since- members of other
ds are not expressly forbidden from
the Council.
duty of SGC to pass the first mo-
lefeat the second if it really has the
f the campus at heart.
an excellent time for the Council's
bers to demonstrate such an interest.
important to notice how they in
cast their votes.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The author of
the following, article recently re-
signed from Student Government
Council to devote full time to her
studies in the Law School.)
Daily Guest Writer
AS ONE who has recently been
a member of Student' Govern-
ment Council, I have a very real
regard for this body; possibly more
than those who have been on it
for three or four years since there
hasn't been enough time for me
to let it become duty rather than
a joy. Because of this regard, I
have consistently made an effort
to view SGC objectively. In keep-
ing with the policy which I de-
veloped while a member of the
council, I have chosen to gloss over
our many accomplishments, ex-
cellent legislation and praise-
worthy stands and to point out
those traits of our council which
may well prove to be our undoing.
For my point of departure, I
have selected the severe criticism
which has been leveled at the
student group which spearheaded
the fight for reorganization of the
Office of Student Affairs.
This group was composed of the
1960-61 senior editors of The
Michigan Daily and three mem-
bers of the SGC Human Relations
Board. There was much distress
in council ranks occasioned by
participation in such activity of
members of an SGC related board.
Both SGC presidents during the
student study were aware of what
was happening and council con-
cern points a serious shortcoming
of SGC. We, as a body do not
pay sufficient attention to re-
lated boards. Reports are accept-
ed, often without reading them;
recommendations are made and
action taken and we were not
aware of them.
In addition, we see the Wolver-
ine Club in trouble with SGC be-
cause they went into debt over the
summer. 'he Council has now
curtailed their spending after re-
fusing to give them, a related
board, the financial aid they des-
perately needed. The Wolverine
Club is going to be a success this
year in spite of SGC, not because
of it.
The function of SGC is to rec-
ognize and protect, insofar as it
can, the status of organizations
on our campus. Our persecution
of the Union ,and The Daily last
semester was, in the light of this
function, unforgiveable. Both are
excellent student groups, and in
The Daily we have an organ for
expression of student views which
is unsurpassed by any other stu-
dent paper in the country. All we
have to do is let it speak for us.
dent group for 084 reorganiza-
tion had no right to initiate the
action it did. Critics hold that
such a function was vested in SGC
by rstudents in the 1954 referen-
dum. If it was, then SGC failed
to fulfill its role - even when the
issue was raised with vigor in
1957 and again in 1959. Obviously
some steps had to be taken; SGC
was not so inclined, so indepen-
dent students in the interests of
the student body, did.
During this past year, "in the
interests of the student body" has
been subverted to "the adminis-
tration would like . . ." This
attitude was dramatized in the
discussion raging around the OSA
group, yet is one which seems
critical to the life of SGC on this

seek to initiate and to express, is
not reactionary, it does not seek
the status quo, it does not con-
cern itself unduly about relating
with the administration. What it
does, and what SGC, as its voice,
should do is search out and de-
fine those issues which affect stu-
dents, ascertain the type of ac-
tion which most advantageously
relates those issues to them, carry
out that action fearlessly and con-
scientiously and force the admin-
istration to respond to it.
* * *
which have occurred in recent
years, the responsibility of the
student to be aware, to be con-
cerned and to act has multiplied.
We can no longer sit coniplacently
in our dormitories and read about
the Berlin crisis, the uprisings in
the East, the battle for independ-
ence in Africa, the freedom fight
in our own South and the grave
struggle for supremacy in the UN
and vaguely hope that none will
be the topic of conversation dur-
ing our coke date at 4 o'clock.
If the idea that there are areas
of local, state, national or inter-
ntional concern which do not af-
fect us as students ever had any
validity, it has none now. Every
word that Khrushchev utters,
every shot fired in Katanga, every
riot In China and every remark
tossed off by a U. S. Senator
resounds throughout the world and
directly affects us. Every worthy
stand should be commended and
every political blooper should be
criticized by us. The time is no
longer when a presidential tirade
concerns only the president; your
life may depend on it.
So when SGC refuses to con-
sider (or does so only under pro-
test) the sit-ins in Alabama, the
governor's stand on "Operation
Abolition" or the place and func-
tion of HUAC, they are hiding
their heads in the sand. But, even
worse, they are hiding your head
there too. Your obligation is to be
vocal and let SGC know your
views, to go to the meetings and
speak out. None of us on SOC
were so thrilled as when the Coun-
cil Chamber was filled' to over-
flowing during the HUAC discus-
sions, nor so disappointed as when
we found that the people who
came to the Union Ballroom for
the debate on the fraternity-
sorority bias issue could have been
comfortably seated in a quad
single. You can't sit bak and
let us express, as student opinion,
attitudes and beliefs which don't
even remotely approach yours
without saying something.
* *- *
things which affect students, a
pet topic of mine arises: foreign
students. There are 1500 students
on this campus representing every
foreign nation in the world,
every religious belief and every
political attitude. WE DO NOT
They are treated with less un-
derstanding, less affection and less
interest than the dogs on the diag.
We label them clannish after forc-
ing them, with our massive in-
difference, to associate only with
"their own." Discussions in wo-
men's dorms center around "how
to discourage a foreign student
from asking you for a date," we
set them up in ,their own private
clubs, we have given them their
f_ _J e,_ "

own personal center, they are not
encouraged to join our social clubs,
particularly fraternities and soror-
ities; and there has even been
talk of a University housing unit
especially for them.
The United States of America
and the University of 'Michigan in
all their collective humanity would
not bring these students here and
educate them solely for their own
benifit. They see something we
can derive from their presence.
These students will go back with a
favorable impression of our coun-
try and our people-ridiculous;
they will 'go back with word of
a people too proud, too cold and
too aloof to "stoop" to say hello
to a fellow human who is a guest
in their country. They will go
back with an understanding of
the western way of thought and
we will know their culture and
their politics-How? by ignoring
them? by sentencing them to an
international ghetto? The Euro-
pean student, who is extremely
like us, is the only one with whom
we associate extensively on a non-
academic basis. SGC might do well
to concern itself with this problem
andit won't even have to worry
about whether or not it is of
student concern. The answer
couldn't be more obvious!
SINCE Philip Power, Roger
Seasonwein and I resigned from
SGC there has been a lot of talk
about balance on the council,. And
every SGC member maintains that
merit should be the basis of coun-
cil membership. I could not agree
more heartily or enthusiastically.
This should be the sole criterion.'
Then why is there such a con-
scientious~effort to seed the coun-
cil with "conservatives?"
Can it be that these people
don't merit a seat? I have met
many students who espouse the
consei'vative viewpoint who are
equally competent with respect to
any SGC member we have; in any
area you wish to name. Why is
it that we have to work so hard
to "sneak in" conservatives?
And why did SOC reject two
candidates for interim appoint-
ments by stating, in effect, that
they were too qualified and, there-
fore, would prove too controver-
sial? Why were calendaring viola-
tions, which were the fault of
SGC and because' of which we
revised our entire calendaring pro-
cedure, brought up to defeat
another candidate withdiexcellent
qualifications? Why did SOC
select two people who openly op-
pose potential action by the SGC
Membership Selection committee?
And, finally,xif balance is what the
Council seeks, why were three vo-
cal "liberals" replaced with two
vocal "conservatives."
* * * ,
all sides viewed openly and in-
telligently is the key to a good
student governing body with sound
decisions. In order to have such
discussion, SGC cannot- afford to'
have all "conservatives" or all
"liberals" but a healthy nunber
of conscientious students debating
both sides. Selection of members
on the basis of merit alone should
ensure such discussion.
Our Student Government Coun-
cil is, according to students, fac-
ulty and administrators across the
nation, one of the finest in the
country. It is capable of doing
a great deal to entrench the idea
of student government and respon-

To the Editor:
IN YOUR October 1 issue the
editorial "Syrian Revolt: End
of Pan-Arab Nationalism?" ap-
peared. The writer Harry Perl-
stadt, accumulated many known
facts but he did not try to an-
swer the question. In fact, the only
statement that related to the
headline was made at the begin-
ning of the editorial: "The ob-
vious result is the destruction of
President Gamal Abdel Nasser's
United Arab Republic and a death
knell for pan-Arab nationalism."
Mr. Perlstadt did not get very
much beyond the obvious. It is
clear that the Syrian revolt might
prove to be anything but a "death
knell for pan-Arab nationalism."
The United Arab Republic did
not create Arab nationalism but
was a consequence of the strong
flux of this nationalism in the
Arab people. The destruction of a
consequence does not mean the
destruction of its cause. On the
contrary, the destruction of an
unsatisfactory consequence that
distorted the original intentions
of the cause should give new im-
petus to the original cause.
THE FORM' of the unity be-
tween Egypt and Syria proved to
be unhealthy enough to permit
a revolution to take place in Syria.
The United Arab Republic failed
also to attract other Arab coun-
tries to join the unity. Thus, it
stopped short of the ultimate goal
of Arab nationalism.
The Syrian revolt will give new
drive to dynamic Arab national-
ism. The experience gained from
the unity between Egypt and Syria
will serve as an asset to the' Arab
nationalism movenent. The new
Syrian government has already de-
clared that it is for' Arab unity.
This proves that the revolt did
not spring from so-called "Syrian
nationalism" but from the dif-
-ference in the methodology of
effecting the unity in practical
It is much better for the Arab'
nationalism movement to have a
united Syria and a united Egypt
than a "dihunited" United Arab
-Adnan Alaoui, '62
To the Editor:
editorial on Arab nationalism
made a gross factual error in his
inclusion of Turke/y in the Arab
world. Turkey is a non-Arab,,Mos-
lem, country in the Middle'East.
It is related to the Arab coun-
tries only in geographical prox-
imity and common religious heri-
tage. Turkey governed the' Arab
world for 600 years under the
Ottoman Empire..
Certainly, there is no excuse for
such an error on the part of a
writer who is attempting to- edi-
torialize on the Middle East.
-Necati Esin, Grad.
Restraint * * *
To the Editor:
hypocrisy is to cry over the
grave of your enemy. This act is
what Miss Stock (Letter to the
Editor-Oct. 3) seems to be asking,
The Daily to do.
We, on the other hand, noticed
the restraint of The Daily. The
Detroit Free Press of September
30 was far more blunt in 'its re-
porting of the story. Miss Stock
said, "If students on this cam-
pus expect to be given positions
of responsibility on various com-
mittees to help revamp Univer-
sityl policy . . . then all are going
to have to be able to accept the
fruits of our labor with equanim-
ity and perhaps even sympathy,
not the loud huzzahs. and foot

stamping of 7th graders." The
Daily did show considerable re-
In answer to Miss Stock's
charges (concerning Dean Bacon's
policies that cause the stifling of
individual' expression was."the last
of Dean Bacon's intentions"), we
feel that Dean Bacon's intentions
as shown by her policies, definite-
ly were aimed at stifling indi'id-
ual expression when it was at var-
iance with her philosophies.
-Sylvia Berliner, '63
-Thomas Kemnitz, '64
To the Editor:
CONDITIONS approach the an-
archic when the Regents of
this University feel constrained to
bow before the clamorings of non-
student hangers-on at the Union
and the immature pseudo-liberals
of analleged student government.
The resignation of Dean Bacon
is regrettable. Even more so is
the abandonment of all tradition
of objective newsgathering on the
part of the Michigan Daily, whose'
present staff members were in
swaddling clothes when Miss Ba-
con, as a participant in the.Battle

hellenic meeting last week, as were
the sorority presidents who sought
his advice. It should be pointed out
that the value of such a confer-
ence ,is manifested in the results
it accomplishes and not always
in a public "debate."
MY thanks to Mr. Lewis for
speaking to PanHel's Presidents
Council and for the aid he has
given to our sororities.
-Susan Stillerman
President, Panhellenic
Translation ...
To the Editor:
FOLLOWING is a rather rough
translation I have made of an
article, relating to the film Oper-
ation Abolition, that appeared in
the August 15th issue of Politica,
a Mexican magazine of far leftist
political orientation.
Lying Propaganda
Under the patronage of coun-
cil 4662 of the Order of the
Knights of Columbus, a moving
picture of anticommunist pro-
paganda called "Operation Abo-
lition" was exhibited the first
of August I the church of San
Patricio de Tacubaya.
The film came as far as the
streets of Bondojito in the pro-
letarian district of Tacubaya by
a sinuous enough road: It was
produced by order of the govern-
ment of the U.S. which sent a
copy to the American Embassy
in Mexico. This (the embassy)
in turn sent it to the so-called
Instituto de Investigaciones So-
ciales y Economicas (an organ-
ization that does not accept the
theories of Darwin.) and 'this
entity transferred it for exhi-
bition to the Knights of Colum-
The film refers to the protests
that occurred in San Francisco
in a session of the Unamerican
Activities Committee of the Sen-
ate of the U.S. But the sequence
of the acts was altered in or-
der to present them as a com-
munist aggression against. the
police. The falsification has been
denounced in various American
newspapers and magazines
which can not be suspected of
communism, and the National
Council of Churches of the U.S.
has put the faithful on guard
against it.
Nevertheless, knowing this, the'
American Embassy in Mexico
and its accomplices continue
exhibiting the film.
Although I am usually dubious
of the mutterings of Politica,
other actions of our' embassy in
Mexico that have come to my
attention lead me to give con-
sideiable weight .to this charge.
While the showing of Operation
Abolition by the superpatriots can
not be stopped within the United
States, this film should not be
distributed by an agency of the
U. S. government in foreign coun-
tries. If Politica's .charges should
prove to be true, immediate ac-
tion should be taken to halt the
distribution of Operation Aboli-
tion by our embassy in Mexico.
-Terry Rambo'63
"IT IS NOT difficult to imagine
what would be the consequen-
ces if, any State were to resume
nuclear tests in the existing situa-
tion. The other' nuclear Powers
would be compelled to follow suit.
"This would trigger off again
an unlimited race inrthe testing
of nuclear weapons by any Power
and in any conditions.
"The decision by any of the
three Powers to resume nuclear
tests would be difficult to recon-
cile with the commitments they
have assumed before all the mem-

bers of the United Nations .. .
"If one of' the parties violates
the commitments assumed, the in-
itiators.ofthis violation will cover
themselves with shame, they will
be branded by all the peoples of
the world."
--Khrushchev to the Supreme
.Soviet, Jan. 14, 1960
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olverine Club, in a last-ditch at-
>oost its diminishing finances, in-
the campus with a bombshell called
s, due to arrive between Oct. 15 and
1 be of two varieties-one for men,
Editorial Staff
L .tor Editorial Director
BELL .........Personnel Director
ra TF.T'm Maa.9i,.a,, Uai*,..

one for women. The kits wil contain a variety
of name-brand products such as toothpaste,
cosmetics, deodorant, and footpowder.
The club acquired the rights. to the sale of
the packs from an East Coast agent who dis-
tributes them at no charge. The club will
charge what they think they can get" for
them and keep the profits.
There is only one trouble with' th'e packs-
the calendaring and approval for the sale of
them has not yet been endorsed by Student
Government Council.
However, due to the acute financial crisis
of the club, SGC is being forced into a position
where it must approve the sale of the packs

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