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Seventy-Third Year
Truth Will Prevail"
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. Thi smust be noted in all reprints.

Majority Of One

Laurence Harvey
Film Excellent



How To Play SGC, s
The Game, of Party Politics

game, that is, as long as you play by the
Every Wednesday night all 18 players
gather around a big table in the Student
Activities Building and with broad smiles an-
nounce the start of the Wednesday night
fights. They sit on comfortable cushioned
chairs, dress up in jackets and ties or skirts,
and pretend they are doing important things.
During meetings they alternately listen to
what is going on, look at their watches, and
pass notes to each other. Note passing re-
leives much of the boredom, which builds
up rather rapidly at meetings.
Because decisions are made outside of meet-
ings, boredom is inevitable.. .
On some questions the conservative major-
ity decides what SGC will do, and the liberal
minority tries to frustrate it, or even to do
the : opposite. On other questions the path of
action is so obvious that both sides, after
the traditional plethora of haggling, decide
what they could have decided to do without
any debate.
Members' opinions do not change by what
they hear at meetings, for their opinions are
set by the block they belong to. Debate is
completely useless, except that it looks nice
to observers, gives everyone practice in par-
liamentary procedure, and fools assorted
people into believing in the democratic pro-
STEVEN STOCKMEYER is the dealer at the
moment. He uses a marked deck, but this
is not grounds for condemnation, because
everyone else would too if he were the dealer.
It's part of the game, one of the unwritten
rules which, as we all learn sooner or later,
are much more important than the written
Notice please that the game is played in
the Student Activities Building. You learned
in kindergarten that student activities was a
fancy label for play-games. This is not meant
to imply that SGC is exactly like hopskotch. It
isn't. SGC is almost big-time. SGC is much too
sophisticated a game to be played by third
It takes skill, a certain degree of a certain
type of intelligence, a spirit of adventure, a
drive for power, a desire for fame or infamy),
and the ability to take what you give out
without flinching, just in case it comes flying
back in your face.
UNFORTUNATELY for Dealer Stockmeyer,
it came flying back in his face, through
no fault of his own, for he was playing the
game. It was the other side, the liberal, that
forget the rules. In the true gamey spirit,
Stockmeyer showed his ability for taking it
without flinching. He passed the strength-of-
character-and-nerves test admirably, and
when he becomes Governor of Michigan a
while from now, he will be well prepared with
an excellent background.
What happened, what did Stockmeyer do,
so that it all came flying back at him? No-
thing that Machiavelli, Boss Tweed, Napoleon,
Caesar, Huey Long, and every efficient poli-
tical boss known to history would object to.
Others would object, but they are the old
fashioned idealists, the puritans, the moralists,
who never act realistically. They are the ones
who have yet to throw ethics out the window.
Stockmeyer played the game. He made a
deal, and didn't keep it. Under the agreement,
the liberals would allow him to be re-elected

president, when they were in a position to
stalemate the election, if he would allow a
liberal to be elected treasurer (banker) and so
place a liberal on the executive committee
(one dealer, two assistants and one banker.
The liberals fulfilled their part, Stockmeyer
did not. (It's all in the rules.)
THE LIBERALS, consternation abounding,
forgot the rules, and remembered ethics.
They began talking, and explained the whole
mess in public. This perhaps was the only way
they could get back at Stockmeyer, but the
air-the-dirty-linen-in-public approach has al-
ways been frowned upon in political circles.
Maybe in an unexplained idealistic moment,
the liberals expected something to result from
exposure of the truth. It hasn't yet. But
there is no reason why it shouldn't. It's
about time for the student body to express
Finally there are concrete facts that show
all who take the trouble to look that some-
thing should be done. What has just hap-
pened should not be given the opportunity
of happening again, even if it means tossing
all 18 players out of the SAB, closing their
game ,room, and setting up a new student
T CAN BE DONE. SGC Is one of the least
representative college governments, and
this is its main failing, the reason it becomes
a game. SGC members feel little contact with
their constituents, and indeed, hardly know
who their constituents are. No one runs for
SGC on programs or qualifications especially.
You join one of the two blocks, adopt its
aims, and let the candidates do the rest.
What with the marvelous Hare system, the
voter is seldom even sure whom he voted
Students have successfully protested gov,
ernments on other campuses.
Currently, at the University of Chic4o,
a newly formed political party is threattn-
ing to oust the one in power. The latter aent
a message to Kennedy protesting his adion
on Cuba without first polling student :ody
sentiment. It turned out that the students
were in favor of Kennedy's action. For this,
and this alone, a new party may control the
student government shortly. And eve if it
does not, the students have exercises their
privilege and indeed, obligation, and the
student government has learned a valuable
Currently, at the University of Pennsylvania,
one Otto Schmick won a majority of votes for
President of the freshman class. Otio doesn't
exist; he was a protest vote over poor election
procedures, which do not allow students to get
to know the candidates. In the men's stu-
dent government elections, several anarchist
parties have been formed in attempts at
abolishing the government, which they main-
tain is nothing more than a spokesman for
the dean.
Something similar should happen here. We
need that something badly, a voice from the
students, so that student government, if no-
thing more, will no longer be a private game,
and SGC members will no longer feel that
too few students give a damn about what
they do to behave as they should. But hope-
fully, a protest would accomplish much more,
and establish something approaching demo-
cratic representative government on this cam-

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"IF YOU were a paid Soviet
agent, you couldn't be doing
anything worse for this country
than what you are doing now,"
Senator Thomas Jordan (James
Gregory) tells Mrs. Johnny Iselin
(Angela Lansbury), the wife of
a McCarthy-type Senator and who
is the Lady Macbeth behind her
husbands political career. Senator
Jordan is not as far from the
truth as he thinks, and he is soon
found with a bullet through the
side of his head.
"The Manchurian Candidate," a
quite faithful adaptation of Rich-
ard Condon's novel of four years
ago, is the story of Raymond
Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a Medal
of Honor winner who returns from
Korea as a hero. He has been
cited for bravery, for leading his
men behind enemy lines and cap-
turing a group of enemy soldiers.
This, of course, is not the truth.
He has been brainwashed by the
Red Chinese, made into an assas-
sin who will operate on two trigger
mechanisms which the scientists
from the Pavlov Institute in Mos-
cow have taught him; "How about

passing the time by playing a
game of solitaire?" and then once
the red queen comes up, he is
ready for instructions. It takes
a while before we discover what
his mission is, why they have
done this to him.
* * *
CAPTAIN Ben Marco (Frank
Sinatra) does the discovering.
They were both on that mission,
which they were all brainwashed
to forget. But Marco finds his way
through the maze of Shaw's step-
father-"I have here in my hand
the names of 207 card-carrying
. '-and his mother, who is
pushing her husband for the Pres-
idential nomination, and most of
all, why she is pushing him and
what part her son plays in the
whole game, until the final scene
at the Convention at Madison
Square Garden, and a very inter-
esting twist ending.
To tell any more would be to
ruin the enjoyment. John Frank-
enheimer's direction has moulded
a fine film which I recommend
without reservation, and there are
few of those.
-Steven Hendel


Little Symphony

Pakistanis Break Promise

To the Editor:
AT THIS TIME when the In-
dian and Pakistani leaders
have decided to negotiate the out-
standing disputes between the two
countries, it pains me to write
this rejoinder to Mr. Faruqa's
letter published last Wednesday.
He talks of Kashmir and the
Indian promise of plebiscite made
in the United Nations but forgets
the Pakistani promise made in the
same august body vis withdrawal
of all troops from the now illegally
occupied part of Kashmir. He for-
istani promise was a prerequisite
gets that fulfillment of the Pak-
to the fulfillment of the Indian
He talks about Sheikh Abdullah
but forgets the score of Pakistani
leaders rotting in jails under the
marshal law regulations. Not only
has the Kashmir government
charged Sheikh Abdullah before
the regular courts but also he has
been given the freedom to pre-
pare his defense in consultation
with lawyers of his own choice. In
fact he is being defended by a
British lawyer of international re-
HOW CAN he talk of elections
when his own country has not held
a single election on the basis of
adult universal franchise?
At least there were elections (he
calls them mock) in Kashmir.
-Krishan K. Gakhar, Grad
Friends . .
To the Editor:
ON HALLOWEEN two signs
haning from a post at 1416
Hill Street disappeared. The signs
read as follows: "Ann Arbor Meet-
ing for Worship, Sunday 11 a.m.
Visitors welcome."
These signs were made a few
years ago at considerable cost in
time and effort by volunteers in
our group. We hope it will not be
necessary for us to make new
signs, for we feel there are many
other worthwhile ways of using
our time and energy.
Once before, a few years ago
and also on Halloween, our signs
disappeared. A letter similar to
this was written to The Daily,

and soon afterward our signs re-
appeared in this rightful place.
We hope history will repeat itself.
-E. Wendell Hewson
Chairman, Property Committee
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
To the Editor:
"The Extraordiiary Common-
place" makes one mistake concern-
ing the editorializing of Southern
college newspapers. During the
Ole Miss incident, few of the col-
lege newspapers in the South were
derelict in their duty. The excep-
tions are found in the small state
and private schools that rarely
editorialize about anything.-
Newspapers at Tulane, Emory,
Georgia Tech, University of Texas,
Vanderbilt, Rice, South Carolina,
LSU, LSUNO, Davidson, North
Carolina, Miami, FSU and Uni-
versity of Florida carried editorial
comment of one sort or another
as soon after the riots as publica-
tion schedules permitted.
Melvin Meyer was by no means
the only college editor to be
threatened or attacked for the edi-
torial stands taken by a college
paper. The Hullabaloo has been
under continual attack since the
early part of the school year by
various extreme rightist groups.
Luckily, the attacks have never
reached the vicious proportions
that Meyer has experienced.
* * *
lane administration has with-
stood demands that I be ex-
pelled, ignored assertions that the
paper is "Communist infiltrated,"
and halted illegitimate complaints.
I feel that most Southern papers
are equally as fortunate. Freedom
of the Southern Collegiate press
is not all that it should be. Per-
haps it does not even approach
the freedom enjoyed by The Daily.
But I believe that Zweig should
have his facts straight.
The present atmosphere lends
itself to an easy indictment of
anything Southern. The South is
definitely behind in many areas.
But in this particular instance,
Zweig was mistaken when he said

"most Southern college newspapers
were. editorially silent" on the
Ole Miss incident. Zweig even for-
got the courageous endeavors of
Sidna Brower, editor of the Ole
Miss Mississippian who still has
not heard the last of the vicious
and often obscene attacks for the
editorial stands that the Missis-
sippian has taken.
-Dean M. Gottehrer
Editor, Tulane Hullabaloo
SNCC ...
To the Editor:
THE ARTICLE, of December 9,
on Friends of SNCC's Saturday
drive throughout the Ann Arbor
community, misrepresented the
aim of the drive. The focus of
the drive is two-fold: one, to keep
the voter registration project in
Mississippi alive and two, to keep
the "Mississippi Freedom Fight-
ers," that are now starving be-
cause they tried to register to
vote, alive. It is our belief that
anyone who is suffering like the
22,000 people in Laflore, Missis-
sippi, for the right to vote, is a
Freedom Fighter.
There are starving people all
over the world; we did not chose
to aid Laflore, Mississippi solely
on this basis, although it is a
sufficient reason for anyone to
receive aid.
Rather we chose to aid these
people, because of our firm belief
that it is through such communi-
ties and through such projects
that our democracy will become
a living reality, not just on parch-
ment, but in practice. It is im-
portant to us, to SNCC, and most
of all to the people in Laflore,
that this project, with this goal,
will carry on a campus drive dur-
ing this week. The drives for
Mississippi are not taking place
on a nationwide level. To date,
there are drives only in Chicago,
Detroit and Ann Arbor.
To all those who have helped,
and who will help-Thank You.
-Helen Jacobson
Administrative Vice-Chairman
Ann Arbor Friends of SNCC

R ACKHAM Auditorium was only
about half full Sunday after-
Thor Johnson responded to en-
thusiastic applause at the end of
his program by leading the Chi-
cago Little Symphony in the
"Sleighride" dance, K. 605, by Mo-
zart. It is a light work, a not-too-
well-known work, and a thorough-
ly charming work.
Thor Johnson usually appears
in Ann Arbor in the shadow of Eu-
gene Ormandy. He is, like the
opening bid of one no trump,
clearly defined, adequately versa-
tile, and strictly limited.
* * *
AS WITH the bid, his limita-
tions are part of his potential
assets. He has a good sense of or-
chestral color and the general ver-
tical balance of music, but in the
horizontal dimension he is less apt.
Though his phrases are sufficient-
ly defined, the acompanying fig-
ures plod lifelessly.
Though he balances gross rhy-
thm changes between sections, the
minor variations which give indi-
viduality to a performance are
missing. In short, his performances
are just performances; they are
not Thor Johnson performances.
These qualifications restrict him
to the old warhorse department
in direct competition with strong-
er personalities, but for unusual
works or familiar works in unus-
ual settings they are advantages.
* * *
OF THE latter category is Hay-
dyn's Symphony 83, the opening
work. It is revealed as a beauti-
fully constructed work, with the
long first movement development
section, characteristic of late
Haydn, which presaged the future
enlargement of symphonic form.
The ensemble of 20 players played
superbly in this work and through-
out the afternoon.
Handel's Concerto in B flat major
for harp displayed the incredible
talents of Lise Nadeau. She has
great dexterity, fine control of
dynamics and damping, and a good
variety of tone. Unfortunately,
the work is rather weak.
One would tend to conclude
from this work that a harp con-
certo is impossible, but Mozart
did it. But then, Mozart wrote a
bassoon concerto, two even. But
then, Mozart was Mozart.
* * *
the first half of the program was
the Fantasy, Chorale, and Fugue
by Wallace Berry, currently of the
local Music School. Most acces-
sible of the three movements is
the first. It can be described as
four minutes preparation for a
single note. It begins with a purr-
ing dissonance w h ich echoes
through the registers and colors
of the ensemble. The successive
appearances are thinner and clear-
er with growing interstices of sil-
ence, one of which precedes the

final sound a long, pure flute note.
Never has a single note sounded
so satisfying, so complete. It is a
close without equal: outstanding
for its daring simplicity; stunning
in its impact.
* * *
THERE IS not space to, discuss
in detail the second half of the
program, which consisted of pieces
by Eichner, second rate Haydn;
Graener, second rate Brahms; and
Tircuit, second rate.
It is a pity for the ensemble and
soloists played well, I think. The
concluding Mozart encore, short
and light, outshone all three.
-J. Philip Benkard
F I PROPERLY discern the dis-
tinctive way in which a univer-
sity best serves society, the cru-
cial self-denying ordinance be-
comes this: The University should
not identify itself in aim or as-
piration with any outside group
or institution, be it business, la-
bor, social interest or government.
To use an older figure drawn from
the days when the church was
looked to for the kind of higher
criticism now owed to society by
the university, there is need for
something like "a wall of separa-
tion" between the university and
the states. When the state affords
financial assistance to the univer-
sity, as it will and must on an in
creasing scale, that aid must be
given for the right reasons, not
because the university can furnish
short-run dividends by way of
technical devices or weapons, or
propaganda, but because unbiased
and uncompromising cirticism is
indispensable to the health of a
society. Critical appraisal of pub-
lic policy can only be shortsighted
and superficial when pure knowl-
edge lags.
* **
CONCEIVABLY this should
cause us to have some second
thoughts .about a phenomenon in
which university administrators
and professors are likely to take
considerable pride, the increasing
use of university faculties as man-
power tools for high public office
. . . A university's only sufficient
reason for making its professors
available for public service is that
they will return better equipped
for effective teaching and imag-
inative scholarship.
-Harry W. Jones
Professor of Jurisprudence
Columbia University Law

The Lurking Dragon

AS OF THE MOMENT, it appears that a
nuclear test ban treaty will not be signed
at Geneva. The 17 nation disarmament con-
ference has told the United Nations that "it
has proved not possible to reach agreement
on the cessation of nuclear tests in the brief
period of two weeks since the resumption of
negotiations," even though there remains hope
for progress after the conference's year-end
But suppose-just suppose-that somehow dif-
ferences were reconciled, a plan emenable to
both sides proposed and accepted, and nuclear
tests were halted forever. Suppose disarmament
were even started. With the horrible nuclear
sword of Damocles removed, the world would
be looking forward to everlasting peace for the
first time in decades.
A villain would still be lurking in the back-
ground, though. According to the best intel-
ligence reports available, the starving people
df Red China may have their very own atomic
bomb within the next two years. Terror would
be on the prowl again in the form of a red
dragon. The long dreamed of peace would be
in jeopardy even before it had really begun.
Editorial Staff

EVEN IF a test ban were not negotiated, even
if tensions ran still higher, even if the
world situation deteriorated beyond imagina-
tion, a bomb in the hands of the red dragon
would serve only as a catalyst in provoking
world events.
With Red China excluded from the United
Nations, its affiliated agencies, the Geneva
disarmament conference and at the same time
stalking the Indian tiger, there is no leash on
this dragon.
There is no communication between it and
the outside world. Its 700 million people, a
quarter of the world's population, are isolated
from the rest of the people on this planet
and especially those in this country.
CHINA HAS SAID that in a nuclear war,
she could afford to lose up to 200 million
of her population and still come out of the
halocaust without irreperable damage. She
has no feelings of Khrushchevian "peaceful
co-existence" to say the least. She is willing
to go to great lengths to achieve her aims-to
spread the gospel of communism, raise her
people from the miserable heap of peasantry
in which they now live. It is a country feeling
great internal and external pressures to prove
her place in the world. And one way to raise
her prestige, she feels, is through the acquisi-
tion of nuclear power. Red China may be a


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