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Seventy-Tbird Year
EDITED AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNDER AUTHORITY OF BOARD RN CONTROL OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
Where Opinions AeFree STUDENT PUBLICATIONS BLDG. ANN ARBOR, MICH., PHONE NO 2-3241
Truth Will Prevail"'
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
ESDAY. OCTOBER 22.1963 NIGHT EDITOR: EDWARD HERSTEIN

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Rabb Views Role of APA in the U'

Conference Committee
Should;Report to SGC

STUDENT GOVERNMENT C O U N C I L
should ask the chairman of the Con-
ference on the University Steering Com-
mittee to make weekly progress reports.
Tight SGC controls would undoubtedly
limit the potential of such a conference;
however, Council should take steps to
make sure the wheels are turning.
The second Conference on the Univer-
sity was postponed last week because
hazy lines of authority in' the steering
committee made it difficult to cope with
an almost incredible series of misfortunes
and a wall of active administrative disin-
terest which the Conference encountered.
THE "FATE" FACTOR entered at the be-
ginning of the semester, when every-
thing was running smoothly except for
the procurement' of the keynote speaker.
Efforts on the part of Prof. Otto Graf,
director of the Honors Council, to invite
Paul Goodman during the summer had
been unsuccessful. Two letters written in
care of Goodman's publisher had not been
answered.
Committee member Richard Simon then
called the publishing house, whose
spokesman denied any knowledge of the.
letters. The committee then decided to
gamble and invite Goodman again. In two
weeks his refusal was received.
By then it was too late for letters, say
Simon phoned Prof. Richard Hofstadter
of the Columbia University history depart-
ment who indicated that he was interest-
ed in speaking, but who requested a let-
ter of confirmation. His name soon leaked
to the press. Two days later, Hofstadter
wrote the steering committee he had
changed his mind.
RED-FACED, and in a tight spot, the
committee decided to invite what it
considered a good speaker, rather than
trying to attract a well-known one. It
asked Carey McWilliams, Jr. and he ac-
cepted.
Perhaps weekly reports would have
forced clear thinking earlier, so these
frantic last-minute heroics could have
been avoided.
The loosely structured committee fail-
ed the chairman on more than one occa-
sion.

A FULL WEEK was lost when the person
delegated to interview students for the
discussion groups simply did nothing.
After the interviewing was over, the per-
son in charge of notifying the 104 students
finally selected to participate in the dis-
cussion did not fulfill his responsibility,
and no letters were sent. Many faculty
members were not notified of the Con-
ference, although in the middle of Sep-
tember, each committee member had
agreed to speak to three or four people.
THE TIGHTER CHECKS enforced by
progress reports would have meant ear-
lier discovery of these blunders.
SGC Executive Vice-President Edwin
Sasaki appointed Diane Lebedeff chair-
man of the steering committee, and then
bowed out of the picture, leaving her to
dig up a competent committee. This would
have been fine had there been, an ocean
of eager, willing workers floating around
the campus who had not already commit-
ted their time elsewhere. All but three, or
four members of the steering committee
were sent there or referred from organi-
zations, which deemed the project wor-
thy.
THE ADMINISTRATION was unforgiv-
ably apathetic toward the conference.
President Hatcher was invited last May,
and at that time, agreed to attend the
conference, and to introduce the keynote
speaker.
However, last week his secretary noti-
fied Miss Lebedeff that he would be en-
gaged in some official function or other in
Texas next weekend. No chairman, and no
committee can do anything about that
kind of treatment.
ASSUMING that that does not happen
again, the Conference on the Universi-
ty has tremendous potential. Its purpose
of better communication is an essential
one in a university of some 27,000 stu-
dents. An imaginative steering committee
can present a program which has lasting
effects, if it is not shackled with tight con-
trols.
However, a floating'ad hoc committee is
always in danger of losing its direction. A
simple weekly report would eliminate this
deadly danger. -CARL J. COHEN

To the Editor:
UNACCUSTOMED as I am to
public writing, as artistic di-
rector of the Association of Pro-
ducing Artists I feel tempted to
indulge in that unforgivable sin:
a reply to the "press,"-a sin be-
cause the work itself is the only
honest and final definition. But
The Michigan Daily is "edited and
managed by students of the Uni-
versity of Michigan" and thus I
feel we owe to APA's sponsor some
particiipation in the "Making Much
Ado about 'Much Ado'."
It is, of course, wonderfully
exciting that one of our produc-
tions could stimulate such interest
and concern as to warrant such
impassioned letters as Mr. Fried-
man's and such a headline in your
paper. But there is one great
danger in the content of Mr.
Friedman's published reaction. It
implies the need for artistic cen-
sorship of what the student and
community audiences are to see.
It also implies an imposed "suc-
cess formula."
I am speaking of what I under-
stand to be Mr. Friedman's atti-
tude, not his right to like or dis-
like, agree or disagree with what
he sees. In Mr. Friedman's letter
he seems to say that the APA had
no "right" to produce a production
of "Much Ado about Nothing" that
varied from the accepted concept
of the play. If functioning artists
are to play a part -in the life of
this campus and this community,
they must be expected to disrupt
as well -as confirm. That is the
nature of art. That is its function.
And we will-we must-fail as
well as succeed to do so.
I AM CONFIDENT that the ad-
ministation of the University does
not expect of APA the "easy suc-
cess" nor the "predigested hit"
nor the "conventional interpreta-
tion." Nor do I think the com-
munity or students expect this of
us. If the University and the Ann
FABLES:-
Right
As Rene
IF ONCE you don't succeed, try
try again. "Three Fables of
Love," now showing at the Cam-
pus Theatre, is the latest in the
new foreign film rage: episode mo-
vies. It proves conclusively that too
many cooks spoil the mirth.
The early bird catches the worm
and thus the first of the three fa-
bles. Titled "The Tortoise and the
Hare," it proves that what's here
today will be gone tomorrow. The
story deals with a clever wife who
surprises her husband and his mis-
tress by accommodating them in
every way. Rossani Brazzi is the
duped husband but don't be too
harsh, you can't tell a man by his
farce. The second of the three,
"The Fox and the Crow," demon-
strates conclusively that you
should let sleeping dogs lie for
their bark is decidedly worse than
their bite.
HOWEVER, a stitch in time is
aptly applied by the master him-
self, Rene Clair. In the third and
final segment, "The Two Pigeons,"
Leslie (Gigi, L-shaped Room) Car-
on and Charles (Shoot the Piano
Player) Aznavour prove that two
heads are better than fun, and
steal the show.
The situation is simple enough,
two strangers become locked in
an apartment for a weekend and
act on the hope that love conquers
all obstacles. The magnificent
switching of viewpoints as directed
by Clair are as effective as they
are hilarious. The care and talent
prove conclusively that as ye sow
so shall ye reap.
However, whereby Caron and
Aznavour are jolly company,
"Three Fables" is a crowd. As in

all the episode films, the bigger
they are the harder they fail. And
sadly but surely, the first two
fables fail. However, if you're will-
ing to spend the time needed to
separate the single grain from the
chaff, it's as Clair as the morning
star.
-Hugh Holland

Arbor community expect to have
a truly active, productive and re-
alistic professional theatre in their
midst, they must demand only the
highest standards of accomplish-
ment, but they must also face the
fact that' such standards cannot
be met constantly nor consistently.
If they could, they would not be
standards of any breadth nor
height.
While the APA does provide the
audience here with experience
("School for Scandal," "The Tav-
ern," "Ghosts," "Midsummer
Night's Dream"), it is also our
job, our obligation, our respon-
sibility, our privilege and pleasure
to initiate certain productions into
our growing repertoire while in
residence here. Naturally those
productions will not be as "ful-
filled" as the others. The Univer-
sity and its audience would cer-
tainly feel cheated if we gave them
only the previously tried and prov-
en true.
WHEN WE OPENED "School
for Scandal" nearly three years
ago, for the first time, it ran
three hours, contained two inter-
missions, certain jokes of an ar-
chaic, undigestable anti-semitic
nature, etc. Since then the pro-
duction has undergone change and
growth. It was a considerable hit
in New York before it played here.
I venture to say that "Much Ado"
will undergo something of a sim-
ilar growth and some time from
now Ann Arbor audiences and
the University willaproudly claim
that the production was initiated
in the repertoire while we were
in residence here.
This is, of course, no reason for
the current audience to accept im
perfections, inadequacies in the
production in its current state. I
dare say we can, ourselves, find
far more wrong with every pro-
duction we do than hias ever been
found wrong by our audience or
critics. But if we tried to please
all the people all the time, we
wouldn't be worth the time, energy
and money you all spend to have
us here. We certainly must have
the "right" to experiment and
grow if you are to benefit from
an active program of theatre.
WE HAVE BEEN extremely
pleased and rewarded by our re-
sponse here in Ann Arbor in terms
of box-office and critical recep-
tion. We will endeavor to live up
to it and better our record. This
season in Ann Arbor the APA will
perform two productions that have
been previously "tried out" suc-
cessfully in the repertoire and two
that have not-and Ann Arbor
may dislike or like what has work-
ed before. That is the nature of
audiences. That is the nature of
creative work. That is all part of
the adventure.
But please no outrage if a pro-
duction does not conform to the
content of next week's lecture. No.
I take it back. Outrage canthelp.
It can help the audience. It can
help the theatre. It can help the
teacher. It can help the student.
The nature of the theatre is to
set up an "argument." We speak of
the "argument" of the play. We
now speak of the argument of the
production. We admit there is
virtue in argument by going to the
theatre. That is perhaps why a
professional theatre company is a
healthy addition to the academic
world.
I AM TOUCHED by Mr. Fried-
man's reaction of praise (by con-
trast) to my own production of
"Midsummer Night's Dream," for
what he liked some others have
condemned. While he liked what
might be called the simplicity and
directness of approach (my in-
tention), others have been out-
raged that I don't utilize all the
opportunity for "spectacle" (so
traditional with that play), the
fact that I cut all the other fairies
including the famous Mustardseed,
Moth and Cobweb, and that I

don't employ that wonderful mid-
19th century romantic score by
Mendelssohn which some (not I)
find so fitting.
As for Mr. Baldridge's produc-
tion of "Merchant of Venice" last
season-it attracted more healthy
controversy locally and nationally
than any other production we have

"Hey, Guess What- People From China Have
Been Escaping To MY Country "

done here. I have personally been
in "Merchant" twice and seen it
three times-read it often. Mr.
Baldridge's production was arevel-
ation to me.
Miss Eva Le Gallienne, certainly
one of the few authorities in this
country on the theatre of tradi-
tion, found that production truly
exciting. We, Miss Le Gallienne
and I, regard it as a success. But
we are old traditionalists and like
our theatre disconcerting.
* * *
IN THE SHORT TIME that
"Much Ado" has been playing, it

student must act in his role as a
student in the total community.
Only by recognizing that the Uni-
versity as an institution in many
ways reflects society at large and
cannot be an isolated island of
academia, can he engage in
meaningful activity that will pre-
pare him to become later an ef-
fecitve and democratic partici-
pant in his community.
We regret that Mr. Sutin did
not consider this vital ingredient
of Voice philosophy in his an-
alysis of Voice concern with the
University. The Voice Retreat in

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tions of the platform all deal in
part with University problems. In
the section on civil liberties, the
platform explicitly states objec-
tions to any law limiting freedom
of speech, which would include
the speaker restrictions and loyal-
ty oaths which Mr. Sutin men-
tions.
It might be necessary to add
here that such a statement im-
plies willingness and a commit-
ment to act whenever we find
that these rights, such as free
speech, are being violated. This
section also includes Voice's posi-
tion in relation to the Office of
Student Affairs. The purpose of
the platform was not to present
a historical account of the OSA
and the brevity of this section
was in keeping with the spirit of
the rest of the document.
IN THE area of ,civil rights
Voice members are studying dis-
crimination in employment in Ann
Arbor and on the University cam-
pus. This is a very important as-
pect of student welfare and of
great concern to every student
here. We are also working on
housing both in the city and on
the campus, and are planning to
work in the area of admissions to
find out why there are relatively
so few Negro students in the Uni-
versity.
Mr. Sutin's remarks on the sec-
tion dealing with student-faculty
government are unclear, but he
seems to have misunderstood our
statements. The platform did not
intend totsuggest that this group
is now in a position to govern. It
did assert that our vision of stu-
dent-faculty government is one
in which there would be joint
governing of University affairs
that directly and indirectly con-
cern students and faculty.
* s s
WE ALSO urge Mr. Sutin to
read carefully our statement on
the recent Student Government
Council election as evidence that
we have by no means "given up"
on SGC. We believe that the elec-
tion of Tom Smithson and Howard
Schecter-the two candidates en-
dorsed by Voice-on the first bal-
lot, reflects that at least part of
campus opinion supported Voice's
position on the elections. We con-
gratulate Smithson and Schecter
on their election and fully intend
to cooperate with them and others
in trying to strengthen SGC.
It is our hope that the coming
speaker programs and action pro-
jects will prove that Voice has
not deserted the campus and will
continue to provide the dialogue
and debate so important to stu-
dents. This dialogue is important
as a means of educating and in-
forming students about the issues
that concern them-the Issues of
the world of which they, as stu-
dents, are a part.
-Voice Executive Committee
-Nanci Hollander, Chrm., '65
-Barbara Steinberg, '65
-Stan Nadel, '66
Robert M. Martin, Grad
-Barry Bluestone, 16
-Carol McEldowney, '64
-Dick Shortt, '66.
Dem Bums...
To the Editor:
IT SEEMS that 20,000 of us
heathens from Brooklyn made.
a hell of a lot more noise during
the old Dodger games at Ebbets
field than 100,000 Michigan-ers
during "the most exciting game of
the year."
When we figured "dem umps
waz blind," it meant war between
the fans and them. This may seem
rather barbaric, but somehow,' I
think it helped "Dem Bums."
-David B. Cohen, Grad
Obsessed
I HAVE warned and will continue
to warn that nuclear weapons

are not the cause of tension in
this world, that if all were to dis-
appear magically overnight, the
tension would remain so long as
world Communism remains dedi-
cated to aggression and obsessed
by its irrational vision of man as
mere cog in the machine of
history.
-Barry Goldwater

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THE LIAISON:
Union Troubles
Gloria Bowles, Magazine Editor

has grown, changed and become
enriched. It is unfortunate that
the local critics come to the "pre-
view" or the "opening night" of
a new production, as they do not
see the show that the majority of
the audience will see. But ,that is
the nature of reporting.
As an actor in the "Much Ado"
production I have found it highly
exciting to be in and grow with.
With every performance'I find
audiences accepting the point of
view. And let me say that even
in instances when I as artistic
director of the company have dis-
agreed with the interpretation of
one of our directors, I would fight.
to the death to ensure that each
of these artists has the right to
express his concepts and see' them
ultimately fulfilled in performance.
As a theatre person, I finally
ask only one thing of an audience:
"Are they bored?" Like it or not,
Mr. Friedman, they don't seem
bored from night to night. So I
suppose you will have some stim-
ulating questions to answer in
your classes in the days to come.
Enjoy. Question. Hate. But above
all: question. As'long as there is
question there is argument. As
long as there is argument there is
a need for theatre.
-Ellis Rabb
Artistic Director,
Association of
Producing Artists
Voie . ..
To the Editor:
WE HAVE read Philip Sutin's
editorial analyzing the Voice
platform with interest, and al-
though Mr. Sutin made several ac-
curate observations, we feel that
several points need clarification.
Voice has in no way renounced
University concerns nor do we
intend to reduce our role as a
campus political organization.
However, we have tried to relate
the University to the society at
large and make students mpare
of the integral relationship /be-
tween-them. Voice is firmly com-
mitted to the philosophy that the

September was an attempt to de-
velop an awareness of the rela-
tionships that exist between the
University and the "real world,"
and provide a basis for a campus
program which would concern
University students.
* * *
THE PLATFORM is an attempt
to clarify our philosophy rather
than state specific programs. This.
is due partially tothe limitations
of space. But, more significantly,
we believe the Voice platform
should be a statement of prin-
ciples and visions, a general
guidepost around which specific
programs can be constructed to
meet the specific demands and
needs of the time.
In other words, a successful
and meaningful program must be
flexible to allowrfor adjustments
to changes in priorities; and for
this reason, a rigid platform vis-
a-vis programs is stultifying
rather than progressive.'However,
this might be the proper place to
explain some our programs for
this year.
Beginning Oct. 24 and lasting
for eight consecutive Thursdays,
Voice will sponsor a Documentary
Film Festival in the Multi-pur-
pose Room of t1e UGLI. The
films will concern labor unions,
freedom, rides, migrant workers
and peace. We are also planning
a series of speakers and seminars
on University reform and a sim-
ilar series on Negro history.
WE APOLOGIZE for the unin-
tentional omission of the student
"Blue-ribbon" Committee from
our platform. It should be known,
however, that Barry Bluestone, a
member of the Voice Executive
Committee, was the person who
originally suggested this commit-
tee to Gov. Romney and is now
working very actively to make it
an' effective and purposeful group.
More Voice members plan to ex-
press themselves on this commit-
tee which we recognize as one of
the most important developments
in current University reform.
In addition to a section on
University reform, the other sec-

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THE TRADE UNION movement in this
country, it is generally agreed, is in
trouble.
The number of union members in the
total work force is down. The majority of
those workers who do hold union cards do
not remember the union and company
"goon" squads which faced each other less
than 25 years ago. The worker takes his
union membership for granted; a back-
ground of labor peace, with no major
contract strike for several years, has made
him complacent.
The worker has little knowledge of la-
bor history, although he now benefits
from the advances made in the last 20
years. In addition,. the corporation is vol-
untarily doing for the employe what the
union used to force the company to do.
In fact, the wise corporation executive
gives many hours of thought to those re-
forms and benefits which will make his
work force happy, and he hires personnel
and industrial relations experts for that
purpose. The progress made by the cor-
poration and the advances which can be
traced to the union are becoming indis-
tinguishable in the worker's mind.
Members of union and management
have founded closer working relationships
on the basis of a new mutual respect. This
closer relationship between local manage-
ment and local union leaders is often de-
fensive: each feels alienated from the
large corporation or the offices of the
international union.
IN ADDITION, a large body of plant com-
mon law and the arbiter or the umpire'
has replaced the local in settling griev-
ances, and one of the more important
bonds between local union leader and un-
ion member has been weakened.
More importantly, groups such as the
Industrial Union Department of the AFL-

on new areas of activity. Those areas are,
primarily, labor education, and the devel-
opment of programs which will help solve
the problems of the unemployed and of
automation.
IHE;UNITED AUTO WORKERS' is an out-
standing example of a union which is
attempting to combat3what is described
by Clark Kerr, president of the University
of California, as "the phenomenon of a
great social institution remaining virtual-
ly unmoving on a plateau while sciety all
around it keeps growing and changing."
The UAW is moving. It may, for example,
use the 1964 contracts to wage an attack
on unemployment. Instead of working for
more benefits for the worker who already
has a job, the UAW may push for places
for the over four million out of work.
This is one area in which unions can re-
capture a lost interest, and increase mem-
bership.
An all-out attempt to organize the un-
organized need not end with the unem-
ployed; but the progress made in securing
equal job opportunities for Southern Ne-
groes should lead to increased Negro
membership.
THE UAW and other unions recognize the
importance of public relations, and the
very active Community Relations Depart-
ment of the UAW is a product of this con-
cern.
So are the UAW distributed movies be-
ing brought to the campus in a seven-
week film series sponsored by Voice poli-
tical party. The UAW films deal with so-
cial issues, and a number of films are di-
rectly related to the labor movement. The
UAW also has an internship program
which gives scholarships and jobs to stu-
dents interested in working in the labor
field and the union has established a new

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