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

)AY, OCTOBER 17, 1963


Higher Education Must
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MICHIGAN'S higher education system,
faced by increasing enrollment pres-
sures and a cost squeeze, has sought many
different solutions, but often they are
#'makeshift. Greater state support and
leadership are needed if Michigan is to
maintain and expand the second best
state higher education system in the
United States.
A Detroit News survey, entitled "Michi-
gan's Crisis in Higher Education," re-
views Michigan's public and private-sup-
ported colleges and universities and finds
them in disarray as the various institu-
tions cope with monumental problems.
These reflect the lack of coordinated
planning and public support.
Enrollment pressures combined with in-
adequate financial, support confront all
institutions. A Michigan Coordinating
Coucil for Public Higher Education study
estimates that overall enrollment will
climb four per cent this year in private
institutions and six per cent in public
ones. By 1970, the estimate predicts a 53
per cent increase in private colleges and
universities and 79 per cent in public
ones. Iast year 182,000 students were en-
rolled. Three hundred eighteen thousand
may be attending the state's higher edu-
cation institutions by 1970. How well will
its colleges and universities be prepared to
educate them?
,THE UNIVERSITY has taken the road of
. quality education and graduate study.
It has stiffly limited enrollment in recent
years, perhaps to its political detriment.
Increasing pressures are being placed on
potential, out-of-state undergraduate stu-
dents. Recent tuition raises have hit the
out-of-state students hardest and, at
least for next year, a ceiling has been
placed on the number of such students
Further, through such experiments as
the residential college within the literary
college, the University will try to avoid
mass education.
Michigan State University, on the other
hand, has chosen mass education. It is
now larger than the University and its $40
million budget request for next year is
pegged on a 31,000 student enrollment.
This is 3,000 larger than the .University's
projected enrollment figure.
Last week its faculty approved a contro-
versial Educational Development Plan for
efficiently mass - educating s t u d e n t s.
Michigan State emphasizes television and
large classes in its teaching. Classes over-
flow and space is at a premium.
from a commuter-oriented city college
into the second most important center of
graduate instruction. Half of its new stu-
dents this year entered graduate pro-
grams. Of all the state's major universi-
ties, Wayne is building most rapidly, mov-
ing from old semi-dilapidated houses to
modern, beautiful classroom and research
structures. However, faculty salaries have
only risen 7.4 per cent, compared to 13.9
per cent in the Big Ten.
A heavy enrollment crush has also hit
State Board of Education universities.
Thirteen hundred more students are at-
tending Eastern Michigan University this
year. "Students tolerate crowded classes
and labs because they have no choice. If
they could go somewhere else, more com-
fortable, they would," EMU President Eu-
gene B. Elliott laments. Similar situations
have hit the other board-run universities
and state-supported colleges. With the
exception of newly-opened Grand Valley
State College, all are suffering from space
and appropriation deficiencies.
MEANWHILE, private colleges and uni-
versities, heavily dependent on tuition
and gifts, are experiencing a drop in en-
rollment as their tuition rises. This trend
adds financial pressures to these institu-
tions and enrollment pressures at the
cheaper public-supported ones. University
of Detroit President Laurence V. Britt,
S.J., looks for state aid, mainly scholar-
ships to private-college, students; to help
solve this dilemma. He points to states like
Illinois and New York which provide such

At the bottom of the system lies the
ever expanding community colleges. Ap-
proximately 40,000 students attend these
two-year institutions. These schools pro-
vide technical education and develop
those students who would not otherwise
succeed in higher education.
Community colleges are popular in
Lansing for the state only partially sup-
ports them. However, they are becoming
less popular with the local voters. This
year, Oakland and Jackson County voters.
refused to approve millage boosts design-
ed to finance new junior colleges.
The expanding community colleges,
however, are ambitious. Some wish to em-
ulate the privately-supported Spring Ar-
bor Junior College which is now a full-
fledged, four-year college. Others wish to

"crisis" pidture and is attempting to de-
velop a master plan for higher education.
The coordinating council has launched
similar efforts. Yet some measure of con-
fusion remains and the public has not be-
come concerned with higher education.
The "blue-ribbon" committee has done
little, but delegate its responsibilities in
the first six months of existence. For the
first four, the group lacked the necessary
funds. Then it delegated its work to a 12-
man interim committee which delegated
it to a program director of the Upjohn
Foundation who delegated it to his assist-
ant-someone only tangentially familiar
with higher education and its problems.
After about six weeks of study, Harold
Smith, now executive secretary of the
committee, prepared an interim report
which was accepted by the interim com-
mittee, but returned to the interim body
by the full "blue-ribbon" group. Charles
Harmon of Booth newspapers speculated
that the report recommends $25 million
more in higher education spending than
some committee members wanted. But
this speculation is unconfirmed. Mean-
while, the interim report, designed to help
Romney plan next year's higher educa-
tion budget, is fast becoming overdue.
BACKBITING among state-supported
colleges and universities has hindered
educators' presentation of their needs.
Powerful Sen. Frank D. Beadle (R-St.
Clair), chairman of the pace-setting Sen-
ate Appropriations Committee, summed
up the legislative attitude:
"Higher education's persistent ap-
peals for more funds haven't been
very convincing. They weren't con-
vincing when I came to Lansing (in
1951) and with some reservations, I'd
say the Legislature still doesn't un-
derstand the educators' program.
"There are so many areas to learn,
so many complexities that the suspi-
cion exists that administrators are
seeking to do more than they have
been asked to do.
"We've tried for years to convince
them that they should get together on
their requests, present some kind of a
formula that legislators can under-
stand, but they haven't.
"Higher education has had to com-
pete with the budgetary requests of
all state agencies. This is just a fact of
Beadle's succinct statement puts many
of the state's higher education problems
in a nutshell. Michigan's fiscal resources
have been limited in recent years and the
competition for an adequate share has
been intense. Yet, educators have failed
to bring order to their own house and more
importantly failed to energize crucial
public and legislative support.
THE "BLUE-RIBBON" committee is
Romney's half-hearted attempt to meet
the public relations problem. The lacka-
daisical approach to its study thus far has
cast doubt about the value of its role in
drawing up a higher education master
plan which the Legislature seeks, but par-
ticipation on the committee has commit-
ted its members to support whatever re-
port it submits. These influential people
thus are being turned into boosters for
public-supported higher education.
The coordinating council is making
some progress, on the other hand, in or-
dering higher education, but often it lacks
incisiveness. It has settled the speaker is-
sue and moved toward uniform account-
ing. But in the development of a flexible
scheme for higher education, the group
has been lacking. It has failed to solve
the Delta mess, and a report of its spe-
cial committee on medical education rati-
fied past decisions without preparing for
the future.
Dangerous inter-institutional jealousies
still lurk. If these cannot be cast aside,
some non-educator group, such as the
"blue-ribbon" committee or the State
Board of Education under the new Con-
stitution, may seize the planning initiative
and botch it. Independent educator con-
trol of higher education has always been
cited as a reason for the state's success in

higher education. Now coordinated inde-
pendence is needed.
WITH VOLUNTARY coordination as a
technique, the state's publically sup-
ported institutions, must now convince
the public and Legislature of its needs.
Beadle has clearly indicated that all im-
ages have failed. A basic appreciation of
higher education is needed in the state,
not a gimicky one. There is no easy an-
swer to this problem, but hundreds of dis-
appointed parents may provide the stim-
ulus in the next few years.
Meanwhile, the colleges and universi-
ties should speak out now for more reve-
nue. Fiscal reform provides such an op-
portunity. So would an open debate of the
governor's higher education budget in-
tentions. His failure to consider an ade-


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HE MISER" is exceedingly
generous as entertainment.
Moliere's engaging farce opened
last night at the Lydia Mendels-
son Theatre. This production,
presented by the University of
Michigan Players and directed by
Prof. William Halstead, proved
that "The Miser" can still be great
fun, although it is almost 300 years
The merry spirit of this particu..
lar production is revealed at the
very outset of the play by the ap-
pearance of all the characters in a
musical pantomime. This dance is
presented in the tradition of the
commedia dell'arte, a stylized form
of comedy popular in France dur-
ing the 17th century, when Mo-
liere wrote his plays. The second
act of "The Miser" is a superb
example of this stylized manner
of broad humor and satirical ex-
aggeration. Unfortunately, this
style is not consistent throughout
the evening.
* * *
THE ROUSING musical opening
is followed by an equally amusing
introduction of the two pairs of
lovers. This delightful pace then
begins to lag-somewhere around
the time Cleante's servant lists
the conditions of his loan - and
never picks up again until the be
ginning of act two. However, from
this time on, the production is a
never-ending whirlwind of laughs.
James Patterson turns in an
outstandingly humorous perform-
ance as Harpagon's (The Miser)
impassioned, foppish son, Cleante.
His stylized acting, is all in good
taste. An interesting contrast is
made by Christopher Reynolds as
Valere, who is in love with Har-
pagon's daughter. As Valere, Rey-
nolds gives a fine caricature of the
"oh so careful yes-man," a char-
acter bearing close resemblance to
the modern day "Madison Avenue
man." Jennifer Harmon is very
appropriate as the winsome, flit-
ting maiden, Marianne. David An-
derson, as the scheming servant
LaFleche, and Robin Duval, as the
boorish but good-natured Master
Jacques, both present excellent
comic portraitures.
On the other hand, both Jeanne
Lucas, as the calculating match-
maker, Frosine, and Steve Wyman,
as the avarious Harpagon, held
back too much, especially at
the beginning. This accounts par-
tially for the slow-down in act
one. The part of Haripagon was
farcically conceived by Moliere.
However, Wyman, at first, plays
him more in the realistic vein than
in the sweeping style of the com-
In Wyman's interpretation Har-
pagon's stinginess and frugality is
not very funny. We cannot laugh
at these traits and thus cannot feel
any sympathy for this foolish old

man. He is only humorous when
he is mugging or mimicing the
other characters around him. Har-
pagon should be a mixture of the
comic and the pathetic. Wyman
finally achieves this blend in the
second act, especially when he dis-
covers his treasure box has been
stolen and we see him talk about
money as though it were his lover.
JEANNE LUCAS'S Frosine lacks
a saucy, mischievous air so that
the scene between Harpagon and
her, when she tells him how at-
tractive old men are to Marianne,
is not as effective as it should
have been. On the other hand, the
ring-stealing scene in the second
act is so devastatingly funny and
excellently timed, it is the high-
light of the evening.
The satirical style is topped by a
happy ending in the Gilbert &
Sullivan tradition of unbelievable
-Richard Asch
WALT DISNEY long ago discov-
ered the secret of producing
criticism-proof movies. Simply re-
move any or all pretentions at be-
ing serious. There is always a mes-
sage, of course, but who can argue
against such controversial state-
ments as "War is Bad" or "Man
should try to be good?" It's like
spitting on the flag to attack Dis-
ney anyways.
And so the only course left is
to judge the value of his films by
their success at providing enter-
tainment. Using this criteria, "20,-
000 Leagues Under the Sea," now
showing at the Michigan, is a rip-
roaring, unqualified success.
EVERYONE has fond moments
recalling the joys of his youth. But
seldom is one able to re-experience
them successfully. A delightful ex-
ception lies in the world of Captain
Nemo. This movie is as much fun
now as it was six years ago.
How could it be otherwise? First
there's James Mason as the brood-
ingest Bach player that ever sailed
beneath the sea. Mason manages
to create active dislike in every
member of the audience for Nemo
while maintaining its sympathy.
Kirk Douglas has a ball, but who
wouldn't on that fantastic ship?
Peter Lorre also is often quite
amusing even though given strong
competition by a seal named Es-
-Hugh Holland




working for Committee Seats

Magazine Editor
student-faculty government?
Since Student Government
Council's passage last year of the
much talked about Kaplan plan,
and its appointment of students
to implement the plan, student-
faculty government has taken a
back seat to other student issues
and campus concerns. Even can-
didates running in the recent SGC
elections soft-pedalled the plan,
and were sadly in need of a
"progress report" on the state of
student -faculty government at the
SIXTEEN graduate and under-
graduate students have been
charged with implementation of
the spirit of the Kaplan Plan,
which envisioned an 4deal Uni-
versity community in which stu-
dents and faculty would work to
solve problems of mutual concern.
Its supporters, alarmed by the
increasing size of the University
and its effects on both the aca-
demic and non-academic exper-
ience, hoped to shift the burden
of decision making from the ad-
ministration and give the job to
those who are most directly ef-
fected by the decisions-students
and faculty.
The students now meet once a
month as members of SGC's Com-
mittee on the University. This ses-
sion, as outlined last Monday, will
be given to reports from each of
the sixteen on their success or
lack of success in pursuit of their
major, and most personal tasks:
to secure permission to sit in on
meetings of subcommittees of the
University Senate.
The Senate is the official gov-
erning body of the faculty in Uni-
versity-wide academic matters,
and its influence is limited. Aca-
demic decisions relating to a single
department or school are not made
in this body, but rather in the in-
dividual academic units of the

University. But the sixteen pio-
neers see the body as a structure
through which to work, as a first
The 'pioneers," moreover, inter-
pret their role in different ways,
with some members being primar-
ily interested in the particular
work of the committee, and others
more interested in a long range
goal of student government.
They are all, however, aware of
THE HOPES inspired by the
Kennedy administration's new
look at the moon race can, how-
ever, be- shattered overnigl]t by a
renewal of military hostilities in
any sector where capitalist and
Communist interests clash. Cuba,
in particular, is the place to watch.
It offers an obvious opportunity
for the Cuban exiles and the ever-
ready semi - autonomous CIA.
There is no need for Mr. Kennedy
to prompt them; he has only to
avert his eyes.
-The Nation

the assertion of Prof. William
Kerr, chairman of SACUA (Sen-
ate Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs) that he does not
consider student seating on fac-
ulty committees a step toward dual
THE CHAIRMEN of seven of
the eight faculty committees have
'been contacted by students. A
number of faculty committees have
not yet held their first meeting,
but their committee chairmen
have all pledged to include the
question of student seating on the
first agenda. A number of chair-
men in response to student request
have said they do not personally
object to the observers but wish to
receive formal and final approval
from their committees. Five of the
seven committees have received
such assurances.
A current slow-up, then, is
largely because most faculty com-
mittees are not yet in operation,
and it is expected that by the end
of the month the sixteen mem-
bers of the Committee on the
University, currently drifting, will
either be sitting in on faculty
meetings or without a job.


'Bell' Shows
A Witch's world

System Overloads

and South Quadrangles and
Fletcher Hall is not as good as it
could be.
There are about 2500 students
and staff living in these three
residence halls. The phone equip-
ment requires the use of operators
and has only five operators. With
one operator for every 500 resi-
dents, it is sometimes difficult to
make a call at most any time, and

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usually difficult to make a call on
a weekday evening.
Dials have been installed in,
South Quadrangle in anticipation
of conversion to centrex next sum-
mer. Next fall, students and staff
will be able to dial their own calls.
Meanwhile, the five operators have
to do the dialing, while handling
incoming calls.
* * *
THE DELAYS that result often
cause irritation and anger. After
waiting five, ten, even twelve min-
utes without getting an operator,
few people are in a jovial mood,
Unless a person has learned to
read or study while waiting, the
delays are wastes of time.
Blaming the operators does no
good, for they do not cause the
problem but rather share in it.
When they see attention-getting
methods .used, they put off those
callers in order to serve first the
more patient. The operators are
as much irritated as the residents
although few residents realize this.
The source of the problem is a
system that in an age of commu-
nication, delays and limits com-
munication. While the University's
residence halls are fortunate in
having many room phones-many
if not most universities do not
have them-the system could be
improved. It will be greatly im-
proved next fall through direct
dialing, but in the meanwhile there
is frequent and justified discon-
WHAT IS NEEDED is an assess-
me nt of the cost in money
and time of installing equipment
that will enable more operators to

HERE ARE those in our society
who may think it is silly to
make a movie about witches. But
I think it's cool to make movies
about witches in especially New
York City.
"Bell, Book, and Candle" is the
late John Van Druten's delightful
tale of what happens when witch-
es fall in love. Now love is -com-
plicated enough if you happen to
be human, so imagine the prob-
lems when you have to go to a
"mail order sorceress" to have the
spell broken.
THE CAST is excellent. It would
be hard for a movie to fail when
it has collected at, one fell swoop
Hermione Gingold, Jack Lem-
mon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanches-
ter, Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak
and Pyewacket.
The script is fine for what it
tries to do. Van Druten has woven
pure fantasy around the spires
of New York.
It begins with Gillian (Miss
Novak) wishink for something dif-
ferent for Christmas. So, natural-
ly, she asks her Siamese cat-her
"familiar"--to give her the man
upstairs. She tries to hook Shep
(Stewart) with traditional femi-
nine wiles, but his impending mar-
riage forces her to call upon the
supernatural for aid. It's sort of
hard to think of Kim Novak as
needing potions to win her man;
but, that's poetic license for you.
SHE WEAVES a spell around
Shep and gets caught in it her-
self. You see, witches aren't allow-
ed to fall in love, or else they'll
lose their powers. And even though
Gillian is a child prodigy-
early classes, young witch clubs-
she falls prey to the law of "the
movement" and becomes a human
being. She confesses she is a
witch and tragedy appears inev-
But, love conquers all and the
moral is maybe it's better to be a
human after all. (Which is a good
thing because they don't tell you
how to become a witch.)
Since escape is the purpose of
the movie, it must be judged ac-
cordingly. And this is pure es-

To the Editor:
1' WOULD be

fascinated to dis-

cover how William Litant of the
Mental Health Research Institute
arrived at the conclusion, attribut-
ed to him in The Daily of Oct. 10,
that the situation in South Viet
Nam is "parallel" to that existing
in Korea a decade ago.
And if he did indeed state. as
reported, "That country (Korea)
was laid to waste, and we did it,"
who does he mean by "we?"
Or is this all just a case of
"Physician, .heal thyself?"
-David Ward, Grad
Charity ...
To the Editor:
ONCE AGAIN, organized charity
is besieging us with the plight
of those who have become needy
and ill as a result of capitalist
conditions. The extent of the need
as portrayed by the proponents of
charity demonstrates how little of
the producible abundance accrues
to the working class which pro-
duces that abundance. Further-
more, social acceptance of doles
as a way of, life destroys enter-
prise and self-esteem, qualities
which the supporters of capitalism
claim to value.
The need for charity will grow
and grow in spite of social security,
pensions and other pain easing
gimmicks until such time as the
workers of America organize to
make the tools of production the
property of all the people and take,
hold and operate them for the

a bigger part. But he
cut out for the role of
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to the

is actually
the impish

THIS MOVIE is syave, enter-
taining, delightful and full of
joie de vivre.
-Malinda Berry


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