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FOREST AND NORTH 'U':
Overpass Future Looks Dim
MARCH 4, 1961
NIGHT EDITOR: PETER STUART
Rush Ends Tomorrow,
And the World Goes On
By GERALD STORCH
Daily Staff Writer
THE TRAFFIC - PEDESTRIAN
problem at the intersection of
Forest Ave. and North University,
when hundreds of girls from the
hill contend with drivers for the
right-of-way, has been a signifi-
cant if unspectacular thorn in the
University's side for years.
Both Ann Arbor and University
officials have expressed concern
about the situation and in the
past have proposed various solu-
tions to the problem.
A few years ago the city offered
to install a stoplight at Forest
and North U. The University was
willing to go along with the plan.
However, Forest Ave. is a state
highway. As such, the state de-
cides if, when and where stop-'
lights will be placed. As there
are already lights a block north
and south of the intersection
(where Huron and Washtenaw
meet Forest), the highway depart-
ment apparently felt that another
light would impede traffic, which
becomes very heavy at times, and
thus vetoed the proposal.
THERE ARE OTHER reasons
why a stoplight would not satis-
factorily alleviate the quandary.
North U. is not a continuously
straight line as it crosses Forest.
It takes a zigzag path and thus
creates a very difficult area in
which a stoplight could be effec-
Secondly, the stoplight itself
creates a potential traffic hazard,
police officers feel. The danger
to pedestrians might be increased
as drivers attempt to beat the
And thirdly, when asked by the
city police if they would obey the
light, the girls in some house
councils forthrightly replied that
if there were no traffic, they would
probably walk across the street
even if the light were red.
This attitude by the group most
seriously affected by the situation,
the girls who have to regularly
traverse the heavily travelled
Thank goodness- the anguish,
The tension is past
The fever called rushing is over at last
BUT ITS EFFECTS are not. Tomorrow morn-
ing, for those who rushed and for those who
did not rush, for those who preferred and those
who did not preference, for those who began
rush and dropped it, for those who rushed and
were dropped, for those who will pledge and
for those who will not be, invited, for those
who care with all their souls and for those who
care not at all-will be hell.
No one will notice tomorrow morning if
s is still blue and spring is really on
y. No one will care about anything in
ole world but the little white cards in
il box which say, that one has or has
m invited to pledge a sorority.
OBVIOUSLY, if you are waiting 'to see wheth-
er you get a bid, the morning is critical to
the future course of your life. If you began rush
and were dropped, your unhappiness is brought
home by the joy of newly fledged pledges
around you. If you began rush and dropped
yourself, you are probably feeling quite smug
that you have avoided all the tension, but
nevertheless there is still the question which
will now go unanswered for all time-could I
have made it if I had really wanted it? If you
did not rush at all, you must be ready with
congratulations or futile words of comfort for
your best friend who did rush. ,
And if you rushed, preferenced and did not
make it, you will spend the day gazing into the
mirror and asking, "What is wrong with me?"
TrHE ANSWER IS, NOTHING.
Of course it is deflating to learn that in a
total of less than five hours exposure to you, a
particular group of girls was not so hyptonized
by the way you make small talk, wear your,
hair and hold a coffee cup that they decided
THE RIGORS OF RUSH took an unusual
turn at a recent rush party at a local fra-
Along with the usual, common mass that
presents itself at such affairs, appeared a guest
somewhat out of the ordinary. In marked con-
trast to the vests and other ivy league regalia,
he wore a beige leather jacket, grey slacks, and
two toned summer shoes.
The fact that the guest was a Negro prompted
questions of "test cases" among the members
of the fraternity.
The house president, either through experi-
ence or intuititively, being wiser about such
concerns, set his brothers straight. He said that
their guest did not appear to be. the typical
NAACP representative, as they are usually ab-
normal-"above average in all respects."
The president's enlightening lesson did not
concern the boys too much, however. The vote
on whether or not to invite their guest back
had already been cast.
It was unanimous.
you were the type they wanted for a sister for
the rest of their and your university'careers.
It 'is more deflating to think that sorority
decisions made on this basis can have a per-
manent effect on a girl's self esteem.
OF COURSE IT IS NATURAL to be disap-
pointed. We are always a little disappoint-
ed when we don't get something we had counted
on or wanted very badly. But it is terribly
wrong to interpret rejection from a sorority as
a comment on your personality. If you have
nothing more to offer than the ability to make
small talk with strangers in a marathon dose,
to look like a picture from Seventeen Maga-
zine, to evidence having swallowed whole every-
thing Emily Post ever wrote, and if you desire
to be judged by no criteria more profound than
these, you have no business being at a univer-
sity, especially this university.
This is not to say that all sorority girls are
shallow, picture book people. This is not to say
that there is no value to sorority life. But it is
very definitely to say that the standards by
which an active is able to judge a rushee are
at best superficial, and while a little grace and
polish never hurt anyone, they are largely ac-
quired arts. What is really important about
your personality, what you think about big
questions, what you think about life, what the
world means to you and what you mean and
will mean to the world will never be revealed
over a third set coffee cup, or if they are, are
not worth revealing.
WHAT IS REAL ABOUT YOU, what is the es-
sential precious thing that makes you dif-
ferent from everyone else on earth is what is
important, and anyone willing to be evaluated
at less than the worth of this essential spark is
doing herself the greatest possible injustice.
How could anyone really know you after five
hours spent under the sort of emotional strain
rush engenders? People very often make mis-
takes about the people they marry after know-
ing them for years and years. It is a matter
of luck and very little else if you get through
an evening without spilling a cup of coffee. It
is a matter of luck if you are the sort of per-
son who can breeze through 22 mixers without
ever lacking for something to say. It is a
matter of luck if your great great grandmother
belonged to a sorority in her day, and it is a
matter of luck if you are asked to pledge a
SELF-EVALUATION is a necessary and won-
derful thing. It is a continuing process
throughout our lives, and most of us grow bet-
ter and better at it as we grow older. College
years are just the beginning and the decisions
we make now about the sort of people we want
to be, while not final, are probably more cru-
cial than any we have ever made in determining
the makeup of our mature personalities.
But let us be strong enough to make these
evaluations for ourselves. Let us make them
according to our own morals and, values, but
let us make them on the basis of things that
ND LET'S NOT LET Washtenaw Avenue and
Hill Street make them for us.
To the Editor:
IN THURSDAY'S DAILY, letter-
writer Steven Hendel challenged
"anyone to give a definition of
(traditional and time-proven mo-
rality)." We accept this challenge.
"Traditional and time-proven
morality" is that mode of be-
havior which has always charac:-
terized the interaction of the two
sexes-namely, expediency. Not
only is this definition supported by
irrefutable historic evidence, but
the pragmatic consequences of this
definition are readily observable
every Friday and Saturday night
in front of the most traditionally-
oriented women's dormitories.
Although certain hot-headed re-
formers refuse to recognize the-
traditional foundations of Mark-
ley morality, these foundations are
easily discerned by the dispas-
sionate observer: the rites of Ceres
and Dionysius in Greece, the Bac-
chanalian orgies in Rome, the
uninhibited Nvassails of the Middle
Ages, and the moral tenor of the
Eisenhower Administration. In
view of these delightful prece-
dents, who can seriously question
the traditional validity of Mr.
Hendel's "osculatory exercises?"
THE "TIME-PROVEN" effec-
tiveness of this all-embracing
ethic is as obvious as are its his-
torical foundations. It is in front
of the women's dormitories rather
than in the classrooms that the
student body is motivated by the
singleness of purpose' and action
so necessary for the smooth func-
tioning of the University. Most
students believe, and perhaps not
without some justification, that
performance in front of Markley
is a more reliable indicator of
ability than performance on exam-
The Markley tradition is repre-
sentative of th, University's stead-
fast conservatism in the face of
so-called liberal influences which
would destroy the social and moral
fabric of college life.
In deference to Mr. Hendel we
submit that morality "depends on
the individual," but, at the same
time, we suggest that it reflects
on the University.
Correction Due.. .
To the Editor:
ON PAGE THREE of the March
2 issue of the "nation's top
University newspaper" I was
startled to find a headline. stat-
ing "Kenya Communist Party wins
Election Race." I was startled be-
cause in doing considerable read-
ing on politics in Kenya I have
seen no references to the presence
of a Communist Party in Kenya.
In reading the accompanying
article it became apparent that the
headline was referring to the Ken-
ya African National Union, a mass
African political party with largely
moderate leadership. KANU does
contain some extremists and some
with Communist sympathies, but
to my knowledge only the most
extremist white settlers anxious to
preserve their own monopoly on
the government. of a territory
which is 96 per cent African have
attempted to pin the label of Com-
munistic on this party which rep-
resents the nationalist aspirations
of the majority of the African
people. The white settlers are not
a group which I would expect the
Daily to support in its editorial
colunms, let alone in its news
AFTER READING the article it
seemed to me that the logical
thing for the, Daily to do was
carry a correction in the next is-
sue apologizing for its misleading
headline. However, when I called
the City Editor and suggested this
to her. I was informed that this
was against past Daily' policy. I
am not a student of journalism,
but it certainly seems to me that
when a newspaper makes a sig-
nificant error in a news article it
has a strong obligation to its
public to admit the error and is-
sue a correction.
This is particularly true when
the article in error concerns other
nations whose representatives are
naturally sensitive to any Ameri-
can misrepresentations of life in
their countries. How must our two
Kenya students at the University
feel about the Daily's inferring
that their country has gone Com-
-Arthur Wolfe, Grad.
TO THE EDITOR:
Reflects on the 'U'
street, may raise some doubts
about the cruciality of the situa-
MYRA GOINES, president of
Assembly, said that there have
been relatively few complaints by
the girls on the hill about the
problem. She attributed this to
laziness on part of the students
rather than not desiring the prob-
lem to be solved.
However, the problem is genuine.
Many drivers-have complained to
the police department about their
nerve-wracking experiences in nar-
rowly missing the pedestrians,
who are prone to barge unpredict-
ably out into traffic. Although
there have been no serious ac-
cidents in recent years, the dan-
ger of a serious injury or death
is nevertheless present.
Realizing these ominous con-
sequences, the University tried
again last year to solve the pre-
dicament. The proposal, as an-
nounced by John C. McKevitt,
assistant to the Vice-President for
Business and Finance, was to build
a type of overpass over Forest Ave.
It would be either a bridge-like
structure or a walk suspended
from a concrete shell. Bicycles
also would be able to use this
pedestrian bridge. The only catch
was that the project cost about
$150,000. With the capital budget
almost barren as it is, and with
other projects having priority, Mc-
Kevitt reluctantly considers the
overpass idea shelved indefinitely.
"This would best have solved the
problem once and for all. In ad-
dition, an overpass would have
taken excellent advantage of the
valley-like topography there. But
since funds are not available for
this use, we naturally will be un-
able to build the overpass."
* * ..
McKEVITT RIGHTLY considers
an overpass to be the best tech-
nical solution. Thus, it is too bad
that it will not be built, at least
in the near future, if the Univer-
sity is going to assumemall the
cost. The University administra-
tion knows how its bread is but-
tered. Constructing a $150,000
pedestrain overpass would convey
a connotation of ill tidings to the
general public and evoke howls
of outrage from the conservative
legislature, who would feel that
the money should have been spent
for a more academic purpose.
CITY OFFICIALS have vaguely
hinted about paying part of the
cost but have said nothing defi-
nite. City Administrator Guy Lar-
com said, however, that he was
willing to have further discussions
with University officials about the
problem. Miss Goines is striving
to create student -interest in the
matter and has discussed it with a
subcommittee of the University
safety committee. But unless the
legislature increases significantly
its appropriations to the Univer-
sity, which is unlikely, and if the
city is not willing to share the
cost of the project, the future
looks very dim for the overpass.
A UNIVERSITY PRESS that
wishes to remain anonymous
remain anonymous received a let-
ter from the editor of a metropoli-
tan newspaper which declared:
"Gentlemen: Thank you very much
for the copy of your new book. We
expect to review it in our Book
Page any Sunday now, and if it
comes out good we will send you a
-The Saturday Review
AT LYDIA MENDELSSOHN:
'Pelleas et Melisande':
Problem Opera Resolved
SAY THAT "Pelleas and Melisande" is a different opera is to
mightily underestimate it. It is practically impossible. The impossi-
bility, however, is not the usual lack of merit, but of a superabundance
of genius. It is at once a great opera and a terrible one.
The main defect, to me, is the Maeterlinck libretto, which lacks
any sort of entire dramatic focus and descends in its parts to a sing-
song boredom. It has too much of the spoken theatre, of literary con-
versation to carry its point as lyric drama.
* * * *
IN TURN, ITS GREATEST genius is the music. But here too this
becomes somewhat of a deficit. In his entre'actes, Debussy colors the
music with impressions and elaborations of the various scenes with a
palatte far greater than any at the command of a scenic artist. After
the music for the scene in the grotto withf-its superbly watery violin
figures or the scene in the vaults with its somber, wooden mystery, any
setting or any action is unnecessary, and indeed unwanted. The singers,
treated as orchestra, threading the plot through shiftings of the score
are as much illumination as is necessary. It is the concert opera par ex-
The Department of Speech and the School of Music have given the
opera a production in that spirit, where a simplicity of means implies
more than it states, and leaves the imagination free to deal with the
music. Action is kept terse and sy nbolic, and at a welcome minimum.
The settings too, except for a rather dowdy bedroom, are richly sug-
gestive rather than heavily explicit. Bits of gothic architecture, a foun-
tain, a gateway, a dome, punctuate a tentative scrim forest with a
delicacy sometimes lacking in Ann Arbor productions. Even tht cos-
tumes, except for an unfortunately coral Melisande, are far above
THE SAME CAN BE SAID for the singers, who gave an even, unified
performance. Ann Bowman's Melisande, after a slow start warmed into
a character of insouciant charm.
David Smalley's Pelleas could have been more romantic but scarce-
ly more vocally satisfying. Walker Wyatt's Golaud filled both counts.
In other roles, Edward Baird and Suzanne Roy were particularly
happy choices. The orchestra, most important, met all the cruel de-
mands of the highly difficult score.
But, why, and this is becoming perennial, was it in English? De-
bussy's art nouveau never-never land needs the musicality of French
poetry. "Ne me touchez pas?" No, "I will not be touched." Mon dieu.
[DAILY OFFICIAL, BUL :LETIN]
Foreign Aid: Strings Attached?
"Daughter And I Are All Set For The Honeymoon"
'HE DIVERGENCE OF OPINION in the Un-
ion seminar on "American Socialism versus
)viet Capitalism" points up a serious problem
the western attitude toward emerging na-
Prof. Roy Pierce seemed to find that democ-
cy could not survive in any Communist coun-
y. He. attributed this to the incompatibility.
free political opinions and the necessity of
ie set of decisions and policy for a monolithic
'HE FEDERAL .Communications Commission
announced Thursday that it was seeking
gislation to force all television manufacturers
build their receivers capable of picking up
.annels 14 through 83, the ultra-high fre-
:ency channels, as well as the present chan-
ls 2.through 13.
By this move, the commission said that it
ped to force the development of UHF tele-
lion, which has been a failure in the parts
the country where it has been tried.. The
ilure has been blamed on the small number
sets capable of receiving the UHF fre-
Aren't 12 channels of tripe enough for the
THIS THEORY LEADS to the attitude that
any country who adopts a Communistic
economy or concentrates the major industries
in the hands of the state not only has a Com-
munist or socialist economy but also will fall
Believers in this will then oppose perhaps the
only feasible solution for an underdeveloped
country to industrialize rapidly. In doing that,
they will insure the weakness of those coun-
tries, not only economically, but morally so that
they will be easy prey to Communist infiltra-
BOTH ARON KANDIE of Kenya and Pritam
Singh of India said in the discussion that
socialism or Communism seemed to be the only
economic answer for developing nations. They
believed this because they felt capitalism re-
quired an already adequate distribution of
wealth and education which their countries did
not possess and would not possess without
strenuous efforts to gain national capital.
India is democratic and "loves her democ-
racy" yet she is attempting to raise her stand-
ard of living by socialistic and Communistic
methods. She believes it can be done and if
she can do it, other nations will be heartened.
India is perhaps the greatest experiment in
modern times. Yet each nation is as important
as India and deserves aid, unreserved aid in
their efforts. The only insurance against com-
munism is strong countries.
THERE IS NO cut-and-dried answer to types
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