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Seventy-Fifth Year

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The Student: Fogotten Part of the University

Where Opinion Are ee.420 MAYNARD $T., ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Truth Winl Prevail

NEWs PHONE: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

by H. Neil Berkson

Selection of Ray Bliss
Portends Republican Revival

of a leader. Not until the 1968 national
convention will a person be designated
again as GOP spokesman. Until then the
party must muddle along with a multi-
focal leadership.
Gerry Ford will be heard from the Capi-
tol, as will Everett McKinley Dirksen.
From the governors' mansions across the
nation periodic pronouncements will em-
anate from the lips of the Scrantons,
Romneys and Evans. And from the wilds
of Arizona, a certain former senator will
try to make his voice heard above the
static through a thrice weekly column
of fact and fiction.
EVEN THOUGH no one will be THE
spokesman for the Grand Old Party,
someone should be minding the store at
Republican National Committee head-
Until yesterday the relevant question
was not whether. Dean Burch would be
replaced, but when and by whom. As Sen.
Hugh Scott pointed out, no man can be
an effective national chairman if his par-
ty is divided against him.
Both questions have now been answer-
ed.Ray Bliss, the experienced state chair-
man of Ohio, will replace Burch this
Bliss is acceptable to all wings of the
badly split party. He is noncontroversial.

He is willing to devote full time to the
task of rebuilding a badly demoralized
GOP. In short, he is a professional who
will leave the limelight to elected offi-
cials like the party's congressional and
gubernatorial leaders.
BLISS' DESIGNATION signifies the be-
ginning of a period in which ideology
will be divorced from the national com-
mittee's functions, except insofar as it de-
cisively affects the prospects of victory.
He is a technician who carries out the
policy of others.
Bliss is an organization man of proven
ability, having led Ohio Republicans to
victory in six out of eight elections dur-
ing which he has been chairman. Ohio
was the only large, industrial, Midwest-
ern state that Nixon carried in 1960.
With Ray Bliss as national chairman
the Republican Party will have the foun-
dation of a solid organization for its
comeback attempt in 1966. With his or-
ganizational leadership the Grand Old
Party will make significant strides in the
direction of again becoming a viable com-
petitor for the Democrats.
ONLY UNDER a victory-oriented pro-
fessional like Ray Bliss will the Re-
publicans be able to play their role as
the loyal opposition and play it effec-

LAST FALL'S ISSUE of Daedalus, the journal of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was devoted
entirely to "The Contemporary University: U.S.A." Ar-
ticles examined university administration, the role of
foundations, the politics of the research establishment,
continuing education and various divisions of instruction.
Everything came under a microscope except the student.
Higher education seems to be forgetting him.
The widespread debate about the direction of the
American university is primarily a business discussion.
Issues of finance and organization are significant, but
when they outweigh educational issues the university
might as well close its doors.
Today's student-particularly the undergraduate-
finds himselfalienated fromtheuniversity experience.
In many cases he is the product of a sadly jaded
background-one which teaches him to be "on the make"
-but the university is reorganizing to support rather
than challenge him.
ONE ADMINISTRATOR calls this university "de-
cadent." Why? Because the heart of the University-the
curriculum-is retreating to standards of mediocrity. In
too many instances' professors run superficial courses
with a minimum of preparation, a minimum of creative

assignments and a stifling reliance on exams as the
sole standard of measurement.
This is unfair to some professors who do care about
communicating with their students. They are not the
rule, however. The bulk of the faculty pays homage to
the status quo-rarely revising the procedure or content
of courses.
Revision is not a self-evident value, but the curricu-
lum is currently so out-of-touch with its students that
revision is necessary. The curriculum is at least two
years behind: freshman-sophomore courses generally
belong in the high schools; junior-senior courses would
be good at a lower level; an upperclass student who
wants a challenge will usually look for a graduate
This inertia is partially a function of the size of
the University, but it is the least-studied problem of
size. Yet no area of University shortcomings (there are
many, as there are many successes) has such a direct
connection with the shortcomings of its students. If
the student cannot find meaning in the classroom, the
University most likely has failed him.
THE STUDENT has been reduced to a product, and
in some cases, a byproduct, of the great academic

institutions. That his role has become ambiguous-some
people argue that the University should eliminate under-
graduate education-is understandable; higher educa-
tion at all levels is in a stage of redefinition. But,
perhaps because of his transience, he is getting the
least attention.
He shouldn't be. It's time to examine the problems
of education from a student point of view.
THE LITERARY COLLEGE is now patting itself on
the back for a singular show of benevolence: the
faculty voted unanimously Monday to raise the number
of class-free days before exams from one to two.
The added 24 hours won't do much to take the
pressures out of trimester. The three-term calendar was
wrong from the start and will continue to be wrong
until it no longer exists. The faculty opted for this
calendar in opposition to an administration preference
for quarters. The reason: an unwillingness to accomplish
the thorough revision of courses the quarter system
would require.
If the University must operate year-round, the
quarter system deserves re-examination on a better
basis than befor.e.


Reader Hits Attach on
Sorority Rush in Story

"Uh - Don't Start Reading Any Continued Stories"

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The Reel Story at Notre Dame

for its exploits in football, recently
gained nationwide attention for two
events off the gridiron.
The first took place on November 14
after the Notre Dame-Michigan State
football game. A band of Notre Dame stu-
dents attacked the Michigan State Uni-
versity Marching Band, causing over $700
in damage. They dumped a shot put into
a baritone, broke clarinets and ripped
uniforms in an orgy of destruction.
More recently Notre Dame made the
front page for gaining an injunction
against a new 20th Century Fox movie,
"John Goldfarb, Please Come Home," be-
cause the film allegedly would cause "im-
measurable and irreparable injury" to the
school's name.
The movie is about a U-2 pilot named
John Goldfarb who crashes in an Arab
country ruled by King Fauz (Peter Usti-
nov). Fauz is angry with Notre Dame be-
cause his son didn't make the football
team, so he forces Goldfarb to coach his
football team, which is to play Notre
Dame the next day. The night before the
game the Notre Dame players are weak-
ened by an orgy of food, drink and belly
dancing. They lose the game 34-29.
Michigan State Band fiasco and the
injunction on "John Goldfarb, Please
Come Home?"
Managing Editor Editorial Director
Subscription rates: $4.50 semester by carrier ($5 by
mall); $8 yearly by carrier ($9 by mail).
second class postage paid at Ann Arbor. Mich.
Published daily Tuesday through Sunday morning.

Notre Dame's protest about the movie
doesn't seem logical. After all, none of the
Notre Dame players depicted in the film
fall into mortal sin. As the 20th Century
Fox officials put it, "The film is just an
innocent satire."
Then why did the Notre Dame adminis-
trators get an injunction from the New
York Supreme Court and follow with a
suit claiming exploitation of the Notre
Dame insignia?
The explanation is that Notre Dame
wanted to cleanse its public image, tarn-
ished by the Michigan State Band fiasco.
HERE WAS JUST the break the motion
picture executives were looking for: a
suit would be great free publicity and in-
sure a profit on the $4 million movie.
Everyone knows that a book banned in
Boston is sure to be a best seller every-
where else. A film banned in New York
will be a hit in the rest of the country--
once 20th Century Fox's lawyers success-
fully appealed the absurd decision.
Notre Dame went to court and the re-
sults couldn't have been better for the
university or for Fox. In his decision up-
holding the ban, New York State Supreme
Court Justice Henry C. Greenberg called
the movie "ugly, vulgar and tawdry."
Better yet, to the joy of Notre Dame
officials anxious to win back the school's
good name, Greenberg said, "An educa-
tional institution which has won large
public prestige by hard effort and at high
cost ought not, against its will, have that
prestige diluted by the commercial use
of its name."
SO NOW Notre Dame's image is restored,
and 20th Century Fox will make a sub-
stantial profit on the film.
A real Hollywood ending.

To the Editor:
WITH A SNEER on his lips and
sarcasm on his mind, Laur-
ence Kirshbaum takes pen in hand
and prepares to attack sorority
rush which began Friday night.
Maybe he begins a year in ad-
vance, maybe an hour before press
time, but the result is the same:
an article including times, dates
(second set, by the way, began
on Tuesday, not today) and a few
cryptic comments on the side.
The article appears on sched-
ule. It has front page, not edi-
torial, billing in The Daily cn
the first day of mixer parties.
Question: What have you gain-
ed, Larry Kirshbaum?
-Judy Rote, '66
'U' Expansion
To the Editor:
HEAR! HEAR! to Kenneth Win-
ter's editorial of January 10
on the dilution of general educa-
tion with expansion at the Uni-
Reprint this article at regular
intervals (perhaps once daily
would be enough), and some ac-
ti on may be the result.
-Edward L. Medzon,
Department of Microbiology
Movie Price hike
To the Editor:
IT IS an acknowledged fact that
prices in a college community
are higher than those in most
other cities. However, the recent
increase in the admission to Ann
Arbor theatres seems entirely un-
justified and directed solely at
taking advantage of a lite:aily
captive audience.
In other communities where the
price of movies is $1.25, first-run,
double-feature movies are offered.
We realize that in a community
like Ann Arbor double features
would be impractical, but we can
see no valid reason for a price
increase like that which took place
over the Christmas holidays.
We feel that if our opinion is
shared by others, some action
should be taken again>t the But-
terfield monopoly.
-John Gleysteen, '68SM
James Ritchie, '68
Dale Flook, '68E
Brian Melzian,'68NR
Sam Chappel, '68
To the Editor:
movies over the past couple
months: one during Thanksgiving
vacation ("The Outrage") and
one tonight ("Rashomon").

They were the same story. "The
Outrage" was set in the American
Southwest and the bad guy was
Mexican sotherwiseuthe two movies
had the same sequence of scenes
(the rainy outpost, the trial, the
woods), the same characters in
all three scenes and identical end-
ings. Even the details about the
knift with a stone-studded hend'e
were common to both.
I'm mildly curious about who
borrowed from whom: West frmn
East or East from West?
-Bryant Avery, Grad
EDITOR'S NOTE: West borrowed
from East. In the early fifties, the
Japanese film director, Akira Kuro-
sawa made "Roshomon." It won
many awards, much critical praise
and opened the cinematic eyes of
the West to the unrecognized artis-
tic progress in motion pictures
that had been taking place in the
East. Hollywood director Martin
*Ritt admitted in making "The
Outrage" that his film was an
English language version of the
Kurosawa success and was intend-
ed to be so from its first concep-
A ttitudes
years have seen not only a
change in the public image of the
scientists, but an equally profound
change in the scientist's attitude
toward himself and his work. The
soul-searching among scientists of
the Manhattan Project, as that
endeavor reached its culmina4ion,
is too well evidenced in subse-
quent events to need retelling.
There has been a marked willing-
ness in recent years to enter the
public service, sometimes even at
a considerable personal sacrifice.
What is now emerging, I believe,
is an era in which the scientist
will achieve increasing .;tature as
a human being because he is will-
ing to look beyond the immediate
results of his scientific endeavors
to their social consequences. He
recognizes that even though he
cannot presume to advise man-
kind with finality on the vaues
that are most acceptable for our
world, at least he may be able to
help point out the probable con-
sequences of pursuing alternative
courses according to one or an-
other set of values. And he re-
alizes that he, in common with
men generally, will be deeply af-
fected by the course that is
-Glenn T. Seaborg
Chairman, U.S. Atomic
Energy Commission, in
Chemical and Engineering

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RECENTLY things have been
going badly for us in the Far
East and in Africa. Not that they
were going well before. The pros-
pect in South Vietnam has never
peen good except in the official
communiques. And the Congo has
been going from bad to worse ev-
er since the United Nations was
compelled for lack of money to
withdraw 'its peacekeeping forces.
But during the summer, when
most of our attention was on the
election, the government in Sai-
gon, with which we are deeply
entangled, began to crumble. In
the Congo the Adoula government,
which we were supporting, fell
apart, and we found ourselves en-
tangled with Moise Tshombe, wi o
is to allof Africa, except the white
minority in the south, like red
rag to a bull.
THESE two unhappy entangle-
ments are the centers )f the in-
fection from which spring the
fever of anti-Americanism in the
non-white world. U.S. information
libraries have been gutted and
burned in Egypt and Indonesia.
Gen. Nguyen Khanh, our most re-
cent special favorite and protege
in Vietnam, has deemed it to his
personal advantage to rake an
anti-American line.
In the United Nations we have
been talked at with a language of
violence hitherto unheard of in
time of peace. As this article is
being written, it is touch and go
whether or not there is now an
anti-American majority in the
General Assembly of the United

mat to think that we would be
intervening in a Congolese civil
war or that we would have armies
in Korea and Southeast Asia. Our
farthest commitment in the Pa-
cific was in the Philippines, and
virtually all Americans were hop-
ing that the granting of independ-
ence to the Philippines would have
the happy result of reducing our
military commitments.
THE SERIOUS trouole we are
in today lies in the soft regions
where we have accepted responsi-
bility since the end if the second
world war. These are the soft
regions of Asia and Africa where
the old colonial systems have col-
lapsed-the Belgian, the French,
the British (almost but not quite ),
the Japanese, the Netherlands.
The Portuguese African empire is
in great jeopardy.
We have let'ourselves be sucked
into this vacuum of power on two
We have done so with the high-
est motives, by allowing the ide-
ology of the cold war to take
precedence in our minds over our
own national interests. We have
staked our prestige, a great deal
of money and many American
lives on the effort to provide gov-
ernments which would resist and
repel the revolution which is
sweeping the undeveloped world.
AS A RESULT, we have be-
come grossly overextended- i i re-
gions where we have no primal y
vital interest. We have scattered
our assistance to such a degree
that we help everybody a little
and nnhndv enough Moreover, we

being are not involved in South-
east Asia or in Korea and never
have been. A primary vital inter-
est is one which can be promoted
and defended by calculated, not
suicidal means.
By this criterion we have been
committed far beyond our primary
vital interests and far beyond our
military and political reach eince
the end of the second world war.
We cannot put Africa and Asia
in order according to our ideals
of order. We are in trouble in
these regions because we have
over-reached ourselves and are
facing issues for which we do not
have enough trained and experi-
enced personnel. There is no true
national support for these ven-
IF IT IS said that this is isola-
tionism, I would say yes. It is
isolationism if the study of our
own vital interests and a realiza-
tion of the limitations of our
power is isolationism. It is isola-
tionism as compared with the
globalism which became fashion-
able after the second world war.
What of it? We are clear about
our vital interests in Europe and
in the Americas. In the outer
zones of our post-war entangle-
ments it is time to tell ourselves
that there is much at stake and
that we must be guided not by the
hot ideologies, but by a cool ex-
amination and calculation of the
national interest.
(c) 1964, The Washington Post Co.



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