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Seventy-Third Year
. Truth Will 'revail"
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily ex press the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
SGC Must Deserve,
Achieve More Power


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'ITH THE= FALL Student Governmen
Council elections just around the corne
perhaps this is an appropriate time to discus
the role and philosophy of student governmen
at the University. This topic will be one of thl
paramount issues of the election, and it
vital that those who vote, not to mention th
candidates themselves, have an understandin
of what is involved.
The first point to be realized is that ther
are only two principal reasons for a stron
student government. The first is to give stu
dents a training ground for citizenship, n
only for those who will be active in studen
government, for these are but a very few, bu
for all of those to whom student governmen
is responsible. This constituency consists o
the entire student community of the University
and by keeping itself informed of the activitie
of its student government and intelligentl
exercising its voting rights in elections an
referendums, it is supposedly learning the rol
of the citizen in a democracy.
The second major reason for student govern
ment is the philosophical argument that thos
who are being governed should have a voic
in their government. This is only democrati
theory and applies, for those who believe i
it, in all circumstances 'excepting when thos
governed do not appreciate their responsibility
i.e., children, the totally uneducated and th
insane-circumstances which obviously do no
apply to college students.
IT IS IN THIS LIGHT that we must examin
our Student Government Council. How vali
are these justifications for strong student gov
ernment on our campus? It is clear that th
first reason, training for citizenship, is very
weak. Perhaps those on the Council gain val
uable experience, but the overwhelming major
ity of students pay no attention to SGC, and
their voting behavior is hardly illustrative o
good training for democratic citizenship.
It might be argued that SGC has so little
power that there is no reason why anyone
with the exception of an elite group of stu
dent leaders, should be concerned with the
activities of the body. While this certainly i
valid, it is the sad truth that no matter how
powerful a governing body may be, there ar
only a very few who are interested in it.
Witness the many polls which have shown
the ignorance of the American people to the
activities of the . Federal government. One
recent survey In Chicago found 83 per cent
of the adult community not knowing who th
candidates were for the United States Senate
in Illinois.
Su ervision
AS A PART of the general reorganization of
Student Affairs, new supervisory position
for the Womah's League, Panhellenic Asso-
ciation and Assembly Association have been
created, These positions can help to facilitate
the day-to-day functioning of these organ-
izations and be a general boost to any planning
they may undertake. By placing recent Univer-
sity graduates who have worked with these
groups in their undergraduate years in this
position, more responsibility may develop on
the -students for expanding and broadening
their organizations' scope.
The result of giving these groups more re-
sponsibility and autonomy should be the aim
of the Office of Student Affairs. Allowing more
responsibility for decisions at the student level
will make it possible for them to have greater
freedom to make their own advances as well
as their own mistakes. .
These positions can, however, merely place
the old administrative control with different
people. Instead of realizing the aim of greater
student freedom, it may merely place control
In a closer and more intimate source.
THE ADMINISTRATION claims that the new
student responsibility is of a strong and
broad scope. Yet it seems that mere handling
of small financial matters and irrelevant plan-
ning does not in itself imply that these groups
will ever be able to test their own strength.

The supervisory positions may degenerate into
a sounding post from the organization to the
administration which will hamper the student.
responsibility it claims to be promoting.
P ANHEL, ASSEMBLY and the League can
and should perform more services for Uni-
versity women. They need .to enlarge their
horizons and adapt to a changing University
in fostering a greater sense of usefulness and
purpose. The direction in which they are to
develop belongs in the hands of the student
officers who were appointed or elected to these
positions to do these things. The administrative
advisors must not be allowed to usurp extra
power and undermine any suggested forward
progress .
These supervisory positions should not be
accepted passively by these organizations and
should not cause them to lose the very initiative

. ' .

t FORTUNATELY for those of us who value
r, democratic principles, the second argument
s for a strong student government does not
disappear so earily. People who do not care how
t they are ruled do not disenfranchise those
e who do, regardless of how few there are who
is care. As long as there are enough people to
.e make up a student government, there is
g enough reason for a strong Student Govern-
ment Council.
It is indeed unfortunate that neither the
e Regents and administration, from whom Coun-
g cil must receive most of its power, nor many
- members of Council themselves who fail to
ot perceive the role Council should play, choose
t to minimize its strength.
t There is, however, little point to urging the
it granting of more power to SGC by the ad-
'f ministration. Not only has this topic been
y, discussed time and again on this page with
s negligible results, but the fact of the matter
.y is that SGC does not deserve more power
d until its own attitude changes considerably.
le Members must realize they are the ones
who must take the initiative in securing more
- power for SGC, and they must put their own
e house in order so that they would not make
e a mockery of the idea of responsible student
c government.
n Nor are these idle phrases with no substance
e or justification. The following are just a few
, examples of the type of thing which SGC must
e cease to do if it is to responsibly accept more
t power:
IT MUST STOP wasting its meeting time as
e it did, for example, by watching the Swain-
d son-Romney debates at its last meeting.
- It must stop spending so much time de-
e bating when a members is talkingto no one
y but himself. This is so true now, as evidenced
- by the consistent blocking of votes in the same
- manner on issue after issue, that one can
d predict without any occult powers the out-
f come of almost every vote. It becomes easy,
after a short while, to believe that SGC mem-
bers feel compelled to talk only so that it seems
as if they really have a reason to meet.
-' It must be more responsible in respecting its
e duties. Such things as leaving a Council seat
s unfilled for an entire semester cannot be
e It must act with more care in many of its
duties. Although the full story cannot now be
told, it is clear that SGC has made a number
n of significant mistakes in its handling of fra-
e ternity and sorority membership statements.
e It did not even obtain desperately needed legal
counsel until last week, though it has been
e involved in complicated issues of law for well
over a year.
- T IS TRUE that in all but possibly the last
two cases it really matters little what SGC
behaves so poorly. After all, were it not for
wasting all the time it does, SGC would have
little reason to meet every week. It must be
f made emphatically clear, however, that these
s actions could not be tolerated if SGC were to
become meaningful.
On the question of initiative, again a number
of examples can be sighted of Council either
handing away its power or refusing to assume
power in many cases where it is both possible
- and desirable.
,Perhaps the most profound example of the
giveaway of Council power is SGC's recent
appointment of seven of its members to Vice-
; President for Student.Affairs James A. Lewis'
new advisory board. Regardless of the merits
of such a board, the function of its student
members-to offer student opinion to him-is
clearly a function which belongs to SGC, as
it is set down in the Council Plan, SGC's
constitution. The appointment of SGC mem-
bers to the board can only be construed as a
wholesale sellout of Council power.
A VALID QUESTION might then be to ask
what Student Government Council might do
to meaningfully increase its power. Again a
lengthy list is possible, but here are a few
SGC could submit many more issues (none
have been submitted so far) to a campus refer-
endum. Not only could SGC then be sure of
expressing the feelings of its constituents but
it would have the weight of their votes behind
what it said. This is something that it clearly
does not now have.
SGC could speak out more often on off-

campus issues. Although the true desirability
of making such statements is somewhat ques-
tionable, they would help to arouse student
interest, and the hopeful result would be
greater participation in. SGC elections, thus
again increasing SGC's mandate to take action
in the name of student desires. Though it was
earlier shown that hopes along this line were
quite limited, any improvement at all would
be very worthwhile.
SGC could investigate and make known its
views on such issues as co-educational housing
and the current experiment in quadrangle liv-
ing taking place in East Quadrangle.
IF THE PRINCIPLES of democracy are to be
applied at the University, neither the student
community nor SGC members now and in the
future can continue to allow the litti e game f

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Goldorskhy Production
Comes as Surpris
THE GOLDOVSKY Grand Opera Theatre production of Verdi's
La Traviata last evening in Hill Auditorium, if a more or less
mixed blessings, came as rather a pleasant surprise.
That the prelude should serve as background music for a tableau
vivant was rather a dissappointment. For me, the sentimental theme
scored for divided violins contrasted against the brilliant subject used
for the ball as the curtain rises, is one of the truly exciting moments
of the evening, and seemed lost for no good reason.
* « *
WITH THAT OVER, things brightened considerably. First honours
go to Boris Goldovsky, whose reading of the score, if sometimes a
little inelegantly aggressive, was in the main forceful and electric.
Likewise, he was responsible for the restoration of Alfredo's
cabeletta to "De'miei bolenti spiriti" and of several bars at the end
of the act both of which seemed
pedestrian in the extreme and CINEMA GUILD:
would probably never have been
missed. * "
In the third act, the gypsies Sensitive
were severely curtailed, but as they
are unsatisfactory as regards
quantity, which is excessive, and
quality, which is poor, they were Or jfra a
well done.


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Censor Motions Inconsistent

* * *
TURNING TO the Violetta of
the evening, Francesca Roberto,
we find a similar dualism. Her
big voice was uneasy with the
first act coloratura, but as she
moved into the sustained dra-
matic passages of the latter acts
she more and more dominated the
stage. The second act belonged en-
tirely to her.
Her musical phrasing was well
nigh flawless, and her beautiful
enunciation of the English text
with its built-in hideousness rncie
it seem almost a new language. I
was disappointed however that the
dramatic promise she showed early
in the evening did not develop
more. Her "Addio del Passato"
was of the same stuff as the
"Sempre Libre," and the character
remained one-dimensional. Her
Vioietta had plentGy of panache,
and enjoyed perfect health
throughout the evening.
Eric Davis as Alfredo made what
he could of a rather thankless part
and a smallish voice. Neither his
aria in the second act nor the
denunciation scene in the third
carried the authority the music
Sherrill Milnes was wooden and
pretentious; his plea to Violetta
in the second act would not have
persuaded anyone, much less a
woman desperately in love and
The sets were simple and hand-
some. The decision to move the
period forward was a good one,
simply to eliminate the traffic,
direction of crinolines in a con-
stricted space. And through it all;
the emphasis remained in proper
focus, on a score whose emotions
remain after a hundred years as
valid as they are moving.
-Michael Wentworth

young French boy trapped by
the ironies of life is realistically
and starkly told in Truffaut's film
of several years ago, "The 400
Blows," showing tonight and to-
morrow at the Cinema Guild.
It is a timeless portrayal of
eternal human fears, the terror of
a sensitive school-boy thought-
lessly and cruelly treated by par-
ents and teachers. Confused and
miisguided as he is, he winds up
in a school of correction, placed
there for observation by his par-
ents who claim they cannot handle
In the most moving moment in
the film, the boy escapes from the
confines of the school. Breathless,
he runs for what seems to be
hours down a farm road until he
finally reaches the ocean. He walks
on the sand until he reaches the
ebbing waters, stands there still
wearing his shoes. Suddenly, with
an excellent use of photographic
technique, the camera focuses in
on the boy's startled face, the
film ends with a still shot of the
emotional moment when he real-
izes the waters offer no escape
but are themselves part of the
trap of life.
'* *


S TUDENT Government Council
unexpectedly passed ahmotion
Wednesday condemning the sus-
pension of publication of The Col-
lege Clamor at Flint Community
Junior College two weeks ago.
The adoption of the protest mo-
tion was surprising on at least
two counts. Since the advent of
the "cold war" between the liberal
bloc and the newly aligned con-
servative bloc, it has been virtual-
ly impossible for SGC to take a
strong stand in motions of student
It is also surprising that SGC
was willing to take a relatively
strong stand on a situation on
which the body had limited in-
formation, when local issues have
been refused meaningful support
due to the same lack of informa-
The simpliest explanation as to
why a motion which slapped ad-
ministrators, expressed confidence
in student competence to publish
a newspaper, and cited the action
as incompatible with freedom of
expression and academic freedom
passed, is that one member of
the so-called conservative bloc,
Interquadrangel Council president
Robert Geary, left the meeting
long before the motion came to a
Also, Fred Battle switched from
the conservative bench and voted
in favor of the motion. This was
counterbalanced, however, by
Women's League president Mar-
garet Skile's abstention. These
factors averted the usual seven-
seven tie, which would have de-
feated the motion.
« * *
A FINKE - BROWN coalition
tried to delete the essence of the
three-part motion. (The motion
stated the facts, enumerated the
principiles and criteria for SGC
action and made a declaration
of protest.) Michigan Union pres-
ident Robert Finke attempted to
remoave the principle section,
which would have left the motion
without a rationale for action.
Finke argued for the deletion on
the basi that he believed there
was no intention to censor the
newspaper arbitiarily. He said,
"Dean Lewis Fibel made no clear
and conscious effort to harm the
publication maliciously." Finke
said it was an unfortunate mis-
take. He, along with Thomas
Brown, questioned the capability
of students to publish a news-
Finke also raised the point that
the Council lacked insufficient in-
formation to make a decision, but
other Council members seemed to
discount this point.
* * *
DAILY EDITOR Michael Olin-
ick countered Finke's mistake-
theory. Olinick questioned why, if
the move had been a mistake, the
error was not admitted by the
Flint administration. He asked
why students at Flint JC are tak-
ing the case to court and why
local lawyers are volunteering
their assistance to the students.
Robert Ross pointed out that
the business community of Flint
is supporting the Clamor and have
e v e n offered the newspaper

tion (suspension) that is compat-
ible with a belief in freedom of
expression and academic freedom.
"That the proposed policy for-
muluated by Dean Fibel for the
continued publication of the
Clamor (under his direction) . is
totally inadequate. The proposed
policy leaves too broad an area
open for the use of censorship."
S* * *
THAT SGC would take this
position on an issue at another
campus, but take a much weaker
position on the actions of the
Board in Control of Student Pub-
lications concerning The Daily
seems inconsistent and irrespon-
Last May SGC gave milk-toast
affirmation to the principle that
"students, given proper training
and guidance, can be trusted to
manage a great newspaper with
maturity, responsibility and good
Apparently, SGC must have
more faith in the students at Flint
JC than at the University because
in the Clamor motion SGC asserts
"that students are competent to
publish a newspaper with ability
and merit, and further, that stu-
dents are competent to accept and
manage the responsibilities that

this entails." The inconsistency of
these two motions is insulting to
the quality of the University.
* * *
IN THE Daily motion SGC re-
fused to take a position "as to
whether or not there was a viola-
tion of freedom of the press in,
the controversy over the appoint-
ments to senior editorial positions
on The Michigan Daily." Certain-
ly, SGC had a greater opportunity
to collect data, make first-hand
observations of the conditions and
evaluate the people involved in
The Daily controversy than it has
in the Clamor case.
Nevertheless, SGC did make
timely protest in response to a
serious limitation of students'
rights and editorial freedom. The
motion was not diluted so that it
said nothing as has often been
the case when members attempt
to make the motion totally accept-
able for both liberal and conserva-
tive Council members instead of
addressing the motion to the issue
Next week Council has two more
opportunities to take a stand on
significant issues - the Michigan
State University lecture policy and
the firing of Colorado Daily editor
Gary Althen.

EXCELLENT performances are
given by all the cast but especially
endearing are the French chil-
dren whose delighted faces are
captdred by the camera as they
watch a Punch and Judy slow.
The picture is in the French
genre of movies about the human
plight; like many other French
films, it .makes use of dark-light x
images and a haunting, music-box
tune repeated at differing tempos.
Yet despite its faithfulness to the
French film trend, it escapes all
traces of stereotypesand is an ex-
cellent, sensitive portrayal.
-Marjorie Brahms

'Ju les and Jim' U niqe
FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT'S "Jules and Jim" dissects with unique force
and sensitivity the delicate relationships of two men and a woman
who "play with love and lose it."
Jules, a young German, strikes up a friendship with Jim, a French-
man, in 1907 Paris. Their growing friendship, adventures in sensation,
and humorous search for women, ultimately leads them to ~Catherine,
who embodies the smile which they worshipped in an ancient statue.
After a series of irresistably delightful experiences, Jules marries
Catherine and takes her to Germany. The three are reunited after the
war, and the entangling psychological ties are complicated when

Swainson Gains Support

THE SECOND television debate
marked a reversal of the bam-
paign styles of incumbent Gov.
John B. Swainson and his Repub-
lican opponent George Romney.
Romney dropped his aloof, non-
partisan stance to become an al-
ley-cat fighter in the tradition of
the Senate conservatives.
Meanwhile, Swainson became all
sweetness and light, presenting his
programs with a minimum of barbs
and a maximum of positive appeal.
Romney reiterated the old Re-
publican line that Swainson was a
tool of the state AFL-CIO. He as-
serted that the governor "marched
step-by-step with a special inter-
est leader." Later, he more strong-
ly hammered home his point de-
claring, Swainson "marched down
the road with state AFL-CIO Pres-
ident August Scholle."
* * *
ROMNEY STROVE to identify
the state's ills with Swainson's sub-
servience to Scholle, a man who
does not have Michigan's interests
at heart and whose evil designs
will ruin the state. This is a stand-
ard Republican campaign tactic,
first applied to Walter Reuther
while G. Mennen Williams was
governor ° and now hurled at
Scholle in the Swainson era.
Romney seemed to be sacrificing
the slight inroads he has made in
the ranks of organized labor. Per-
haps, he feels this flank is secure
and he can concentrate on round-
ing up some recalcitrant conserva-
tives who disapprove of Romney's
playing footsie with unions.
However, in an election where
all polls and predictions indicate

inclination for partisan gut-fight-
ing, the governor has continuously
gained strength and could well be
He scored a major victory in
the face of a hostile audience at
the Detroit Economics Club when,
abandoning name calling and a
negative approach, he dealt in spe-
cifics about his record and pro-
gram. He made Romney, with his
generalities about leadership and
fiscal reform, look vacuous. Swain-
son continued this tactic on the
following night in the first of the
regularly scheduled TV debates
and followed this up in thesecond
Meanwhile, he has seasoned his
positive approach with visits by
President John F. Kennedy, key
cabinet members and congressional
leaders and by making judicious
reference to the heroes of the ur-
ban voter.
THE CHANGE of the governor's
picture from a frown to smile on a
Detroit billboard-a move which
Romney bitterly complains about
-is symbolic of the Swainson posi-
tive, soft-sell approach.
Romney's campaign has seem-
ed to run out of gas. He can not
discipline his party-especially
running mate Clarence Reid who
declared his opposition to Romney
fiscal reforms-and there Is a sub-
stantial bloc of conservative voters
cool to Romney and his moderate
The tide has turned to Swain-
son, but in this tight election it is
too soon to tell. Either candidate
could make a rash statement that
will swing a small group of voters.
to the opposition. Chief John-

Catherine reveals that in ways she
loves both men. This situation
leads to the bittersweet tragedy
which the viewer anticipates but
* * *
THIS SIMPLE story could be
sordid and common if it were not
for Truffaut's cinematic skill and
sense of humor which make the
plot intensely significant and nos-
talgically charming. For example,
the superficial physical aspects of
the three characters are immed-
iately defined by the careful ex-.
ploration of their mobile faces in
conversation. To emphasizer the
stunning quality of the girl's face,
all motion is momentarily stopped
to allow the viewer an .opportunity
to see an isolated instance of the
beauty which the men in the film
call "a true woman.,"
In a similar fashion fast moving
shots of ground and trees intensify
the changes in the love affairs as
enchanting, egotistic Catherine
(Jeanne Moreau) drifts back and
forth between the two friends.
The innocent atmosphere of pre-
World War Paris and the vigor of
World War I are captured by the
combining of old newsreels with
scenes which attempt to duplicate
the lighting and effect of the
newsreels. Although this method
is mostly successful, it would have
been more so if the film were not
in Franscope.k
"Jules and Jim" is Truffaut's
third film, which strangely has
been released in the United States
before his second work, "Shoot the
Pianist." His much honored first
film, "The 400 Blows," is now at
the Cinema Guild making this
weekend an unexpected "Truffaut
Festival" giving cinema enthu-'
siasts an opportunity to view the
work that started the New Wave

Y OU CAN'T go too far wrong in
buying a Rembrandt or even a
Bronzino, but collecting paintings
of young contemporary artists is
certainly no ground for the un-
educated eye. It seems totally un-
realistic to imagine a high-power-
ed financial mogul making the
grade as an equally high-powered
collector of these contemporary
paintings. Yet Roy R. Neuberger
manages to very nimbly mix the
two. A selection of Mr. Neuberger's
collection of contemporary Ameri-'
can paintings has been generously
lent to the University Museum of
Art and is currently on exhibit.
A number of the paintings are
representative of New York big-
timers Gottlieb, Guston and Ratt-
ner, before they made their big
splash (so to speak). It is some-
times staggering to note the
changes in their style since the
days of the WPA.
* * *
IT IS intriguing that a school
such as the abstract expression-
ists which is unabashedly unintel-
lectual in its " approach and pro-
fesses a complete disregard for
technique could produce as facile
a draftsman as William de Koon-
There are what some call
"happy accidents" that abound in
contemporary paintings. No one
takes advantage of these wonder-
fully informal liberties any better
than de Kooning.


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