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Seventieth Year

"Tomorrow Morning, Sunny - Praise Fidel - With
Rain In Afternoon - Damn Those Americans -"

Men Opinions Are Free
Truth WWI. Prevall

Noble Tradition
Nobly Performed
ONE MICHIGAN tradition which has outlived its masculine counter-
part, the Union Opera is Junior Girls' Play-and judging from last
night's performance, it is likely to continue for at least a few more years.
This is not to say'that it was a superlative production-it wasn't;
but given the limitations of an all-female cast and crew of the Class of
'61, ''What Can You Lose?" comes out with plus-marks in most places.
Some of the more obviously good aspects of the musical comedy
were (what else!) the music, one or two of the characters, and the small
band which provided accompaniment and background music.
A BRIEF PLOT resume herein follows: wealthy dowager Mrs. Rock-
amorgen decides to shelter a destitute teenager to gain an additional


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

Y, MARCH 18, 1960


The Cult of the Personal
Problem Overcomes All


HATE PSYCH, I just hate it," the girl said
to her companion as they walked through
engine arch. "I keep telling myself, it's
nyth, like the myth of the Cave, but it
sn't do me much good. I know I hate it for
ely psychological reasons."
he heydey of Freudian self-concern was
posed to have been in the mid 20's, but you
id never knout that from the extent of the
sonal Problem Cuit on campus today. The
cern for self has overcome everything but
traditional concern for scotch.
ersonal relationships have a new dimension
, with the addition of the third, interested
y. "He broke up with me at the end of the .
mer," one . girl was heard to say. "My
chiatrist will never forgive him."
EANWHILE, the psych courses are filled to
the hilt, and do-it-yourself analysis has
>me so much a national game that the
nt-garde no longer practice it. One course,
ie Deviant Individual," has influenced the
lent mind so intensely that local psycholo-
s report that a good percentage of their
ients have taken it the semester before.


RECORD LOW VOTE in the all-campus
Student Government Council elections this
eek was unfortunately no more than a dis-
ppointing field of candidates deserved.
In an effort to attract interested candidates,
he Council cut expenses and relaxed require-
ients for candidacy. All of those who ran
howed interest and willingness to work on.
udent government in varying degrees.
But in qualification for leadership, the field
as striking in its mediocrity. Experience in
dministration elected five or six candidates,
uIt experience is neither a fixed nor an. in-
illible index of value for Council members.
However, the leadership or administrative
unction of SGC won't be affected significantly
y the election. The Council will continue to
alendar events, to recognize organizations, to
gulate activities.
T IS THE representational aspect of SGC
that will suffer the setback-and this is the
:e function of a student government that
istifies it as a student group rather than a
niversity administrative committee.
It's a truism that SGC members should
present the student body, and that more is
nplied than mere proportional representa-
on. The SGC member should not be an em-
odiment of some few aspects of the typical
niversity student. He should reflect a broad
wige of ideas and interests which he can
pply to an equally wide range of situations

It has reached the point where it is im-
possible to go into Health Service for a pill
to cure a common cold without being search-
ingly questioned as to your grade point, social
life, and general state of mind.
IT IS HIGHLY POSSIBLE that this growing
concern with personal problems is at the
root of the so-called "student apathy." If you
conceive of your mind as a delicate instrument,
liable to be' disturbed, if not destroyed, by the
slightest blow, it' becomes necessary to live a
careful, even a padded existence to prevent any
possible damage. Obviously, this precludes any
participation in any student activities.'
If this trend continues campus life will be-
come a curious business. People will travel in
their own little personal boxes, containing
themselves, and their problems, chasing each
other around and around, like Proust in his
cork-lined room. And when this happens there
will no longer be any need for a student to
find a solution to the general problems of
SGC, The Daily or the University. As a matter
of fact, he will probably be out individually
solving his own.
he will encounter in government. If he can
bring experience to the governing body, it is
a corollary advantage.
T HE COUNCIL needs members who can take
a rational, objective interest in the goals
and problems of student government on this
campus. The ideal SOC member must also be
willing and able to spend time to facilitate
the working of the internal committee ma-
chinery of the Council's administrative wing.
He should be neither a mouse nor a demagogue
in debate. He should profit from his mistakes
without becoming overprotective toward his
One of the two retiring Council members
possessed many of these qualities. While his
means and manner have at times stimulated
argument and disagreement, his motives have
been consistently worthy of respect. He has
not regarded his Council membership as a
personal ornament or a tool.
If the new members develop flexibility in
implementing some of the ideas and ideals
they presented in their campaigns, they scan.
be of service to the Council and to the student
body as a whole. All six have demonstrated
potential or actual ability to do this-failure
on their part to expand their capabilities will
be a more indicative symptom of sickness in
student government than a low vote.

SGC Elections Disappointing,

tax exemption. However, said teen-
ager brings along the rest' of the
inmates from the destitute-teen-
ager-boarding home, much to Mrs,
Rockamorgen's dismay.'
As you may have already
guessed, the plot is nothing so
much as a thread - and a very
bare one - on which to string the
musical numbers. During the
course of their stay at the Rocka-
morgen manse, the almost-delin-
quents attempt to' improve their
manners, etc., and the climax of
the story comes at a grand charity
ball - I won't spoil it by telling
who discovers who is a long-lost
granddaughter of whom.t
THE PRODUCTION got off to a
fairly slow start, but picked up in
the second scene with a musical
dance number entitled "Quest
Blues," composed by Anne Wells
and choreographed by Margaret.
Hayes. The two other dance num-
bers -- "Maids' March" and "Bed-
room-Ballroom Waltz" were also
the work of Miss Wells, and were
uniformly quite good; the quality
of the choreography, however, was
a little spasmodic, and reached a
peak In the last dance number,
beautiful in. its simplicity.
* * * '
THE PLOT, such as it is, de-
pends entirely on stock characters;
and with such stereotyping, it is
probably best that the actresses
played their parts to the hilt. Some
of them managed to shine above
the others-Sonya, played by Judy
Weinberger, looked every inch the
"mad Russian;" Freyda Schultz,
as Mrs. Rockamorgen, started off
a little shaky but finished in grand
style; and Thisbe, played by Eve-,
lyn Cohler, finds true spiritual
communication with the Bard of
Avon - her part was probably the
easiest to write, since it is almost
entirely Shakespearean quotations.
Brenda Fink composed music
for all vocal numbers, and script
writer-lyricist Sue Huggard did a,
better-than-average job on some
numbers: "Green and Gold Pa-
triotic March," "Think for Your-
The play tends to fall 'down in
the last scene -- it's such a typical
happy ending that it almost makes
one leave before the finale.
Sorority pins gleamed and spar-
kled last night as Panhel beauties
ttirned out to support their sis-
ters, and while tonight's audience
might not be as glitteringly be-
jeweled, the performance is cer-
tain to be an enjoyable way to
spend the evening.
-Selma Sawaya

COMPLETE with some brilliant
political thrusts delivered with
deadly acuracy, and a' marvelous'
performance in the Alec Guinness
vein, by Peter Sellers, "The Mouse
That Roared" should be the per-
feet bonanza for those in search
of a literate, top drawer diverti-
Screenwriters Roger MacDoug .
all and Stanley Mann have fash-
ioned their well-turned piece on
the premise that there is nothin'g
more profitable in the world today
than for' a small country to de-
clare war on the always benevo
lent United States and lose. With
this very rational premise, the
Duchy of Grand Fenwik calmly
proceeds to invade New York.
lars (a thoroughly practical chap)
.is given the "carry on" 'sign by
Grand Duchess Peter Sellars (a
shade irrational but every bit a
queenly madam) to enlist Amy
Field Marshall Peter. Sellars
(wholly irrational and impracti-
cal but befitting a Hollywood
hero) to ledd the attack,
Field Marshall Sellars is first
quite hesitant to go (after all he
is also a forest watchma and the
mating season is coming up) but
after some logical reasoning where
force is equated with right, the
spectacular twenty man march
begins. The Grand Army of Grand
Fenwick leaves in a blaze of glory
and bravely sets off to -be con-
Grand Fenwick wins ' the war
(New York is underground in an
Air Raid Test) and makes off
with the Q Bomb (it takes an
H bomb just to explode it).
It is at this point that -the
merriment reaches its, highpoint.
** * * .
THE PACING of the film by
director Jack Arnold is just a'
shade short of perfection, and
there is an absolutely hilarious
scenedwhen the supposedly con-
quered army returns the victors
of the world.
. If there is anything at all to
quibble about, iti is the' wholly
unanimated acting form of Jean
Seeberg but fortunately she is
almost wholly relegated to the
background. On one occasion hlow-
ever she actually does burst forth
a genuine emotion.
But this is only a minor crit-
-cism of this delightful entry, but
it is just totally inconceivable how
"Mouse" cannot help but make
everyone roar.
-Marc Alan Zagoren

Asia and the Summit

EW DELHI-The Asian political climate has
been considerably changed by Khrushchev's
arnstorming trip to India, Burma, Indonesia,
nd Afghanistan .The biggest change is the
greement of Chou En-Lai and Nehru to meet
t Delhi in the third week of April about their
>undary war. I don't say that Khrushchev
thieved this: I do say that his trip had some-
ing to do with it. The insiders here insist
hat when Deputy Prime Minister Kozlov was
ere with Voroshilov, he suggested that an
zvitation to Chou would not be rejected. The
ming makes sense of this.
As Khrushchev got farther East from Delhi,
e grew brasher, noisier, more swaggering. In
idonesia, as in Calcutta, surrounded by a
,rgely Communist climate, he really let himself,
o. So did Indonesia's chief and dictator,
ukarno. I wish I had tagged along on that leg
f the journey. It would have been an unfor-
ettable experience to see these two political
ams, ranking up on top among the world's
emagogues, vie with each other for the spot-
ght and upstage each other like W. C. Fields
nid John Barrymore on the same movie-set.
Sukarno, confronted with the man who has
patent on summits, slipped into one of his
ivorite themes: the need for Asian representa-
on at the summit. Khrushchev, who likes to
perate in a cozy small group of leaders pack-
ig real power, was stumped by the vision of
swarming summit, crowded as a UN lobby,
LTHOUGH Khrushchev's anxiety about In-
donesia was presumably the quarrel over
e Chinese who Djakarta is expelling, he was
ore interested in spreading friendship for
ussia than for China. Russia and China have
rough agreement about spheres of Communist
ifluence in Asia. Afghanistan, India, and
epal, Tor example, fall in Russia's sphere,
hile Southeast Asia falls in China's. But there
still a struggle between them for Indonesia.
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confident about his own personal glamor gains,
Sukarno dissolved the Indonesian Parliament
as soon as his guest left. He is now absolute
ruler of the third most important country in
Asia, using his peculiar version of a "guided
democracy" to shore up Indonesia against a
Communist takeover.
As for Khrushchev, he swept through Asia
much as a woman about to give a party sweeps
through the lobby of a fashionable first-night
performance, handing out invitations to Mos-
cow to everyone who was anyone, Right and
Left-including the military strong men of
Burma and Indonesia, General -Ne Win and
General Nasution.
W HEN HE GOT BACK to Moscow, Khrush-
chev made a speech saying that his talks
with Nehru in Calcutta on his way back had
been serious and important. No one here doubts
it. It is hard to believe that their talks were
about disarmament. More likely, Khrushchev
gave Nehru some advice about how to handle
the summit talks he will have with Chou En-
lai at New Delhi.
Nehru has again a tough problem of strategy
Doubtless both the Russians and the Chinese
want him to agree to hand over the territory
the Chinese have taken in Ladakh, including
the important supply road they have built
across Aksai-Chin, in return for Chinese recog-
nition of the MacMahon Line on the North-
eastern Forntier. But this would raise an outcry
in India.
Nehru will, I think, again manage to mane.u-
ver his way out of his difficulties with his poli-
tical Opposition in India. Whether he does it
by braving their wrath and appealing to the
nation in the name of peace, or by agreeing to
a boundary commission which will blunt the
direct confronting of the Ladakh issue, remains
to be seen. My guess is it will be the latter,
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To The Editor:
LAST NIGHT as I watched the
ballot counting for the SAC
election, I thought I could hear-
since I was not disturbed by the
murmurred of vast crowds-the
crumbling of an institution.
SGC is sick; one Board member
said, "I give SGC two years; I'm
not going to run again." SOC has
made mistakes; its election polic-
ies are too idealistic and too self-
effacing to arouse the 'necessary
involvement and interest. But it
was not SGC that I saw collaps-
ing; it was American democracy,
* * *
IF TODAY'S University student
is tomorrow's leader of public
opinion, we need to fear two basic
attitudes. One is our attitude to-
ward power. The Michigan stu-
dent body seems only to respect
absolute power. There is little
realization among the students
that nobody at this University
has much real prower, that even
such successful manipulators as
Dean Bacon have to use pressure
rather than administrative flat.
Our famed "student apathy"
emerges primarily from dispairing
of having absolute power.
This attitude toward power
turns into respect for totalitarian
SECOND is the attitude toward
"involvement." The capable stu-
dent refuses his responsibilities in
SOC because he does not want to
be connected with what others
consider to be "mickie-mouse"
and "ego involvement" activities.
Only those individuals who have
a point of view to sell are willing
to pay the price.
This results in a steady lowering
attempt The Daily made to
and the steady Increase in the
amount of self-interest and big-
otry promoted by the governing
When the capable abdicate the
way is open for the totalitarian.
If SCC' dies, "Do not send to
know for whom the bell tolls . .."
-Duane P. Larychester
To the Editor:
THE RECENT action by Joint
Judiciary against Bret Bissell
in light of this candidate's en-
thusiasm and sincerity seems par-
'ticularly disappointing.
Continuously your paper carries
articles lamenting the condition
of present Student Government at
the University.
In view of this, it is remarkable
to find one candidate who has and
does sincerely work to revive Stu-
dent Government at the Uriiver-
Mr. Bissell's actions with regard
to the discrimination issue have
been highly commendable. He has
organized many worthwhile efforts
to bring this issue to the attention
n^ anatheti . strdents anrd has

From Main Street to Reality

Saint Patricks .
To the Editor:
attempt the DAILY ,made to
honor Saint Patrick's Day, inter-
esting as it was, left an erroneous
impression of the situation in Ire-
Judith Doner's article began by
stating "each Saint Patrick's Day
finds a stronger trickle of orange
infiltrating the permeable green
ranks of the marchingIrish,"
The first error is the impression
that some Irish are Orange. There
are no Irish Orange! The Protes-
tant majority of the North is not
historically Irish but Anglo-Scot.
These , are people who were
brought in by the imperialist
English to subdue the Irish. As
transplanted English outcasts,
they do not belong in Ireland,
cannot claim Irish heritage; and
the sooner they leave the better.

Hoehling; Little, Brown and
Company, Boston; 1960, 210 pp.,
T HE YEAR 1917 dawned omin-
ously on 4 rich and self-confi-
dent "United States. It was to be a
year of decision for the sleeping
colossus of the New World.
The outbreak of the Great War
in 1914 had shocked the majority
of Americans with its poisonous
gas, trench combat and "illegal"
submarine warfare.
America looked on with growing
Indignation but rejected the pleas

of Great Britain and trance to
send American troops into the
Allied trenches.
The United States' brief en-
tanglement with the Old World
power of Spain during 1898 had
been followed by a period of iso-
lationism. The imperialism of the
Spanish-American War was on
the wane but it left in its wake
a spirit of American selfrightous-
ness and bloated self-confidence.
Hadn't the United States car-
ried the blazing banner of free-
dom to the Carribean and soundly
whipped the Evil Monster Spain?

NOW AGAIN the "trumpet of
freedom" was urgently being
sounded . . . this time by the
Old World democracies. America
in the early part of 1917 was
quickly "metamorphizing into an
omnipotent 'Jack,' eager to climb
the European beanstalk and slay
the bad giant-a twentieth-cen-
tury giant who wore a spiked hel-
met, bellowed 'Achtung!' and
A. A. Hoehling, journalist and
free-lance magazine writer, has
attempted to capture this fanati-
cally patriotic atmosphere that
was to break the hard, shell of,
American isolationism and send
the doughboy "over there."
The Fierce Lambs is the story
of the first four Americans to die
in the Great Conflict. Hoeling uses
the four as focal points for view-
ing the. tide of American senti-
ment that swept the United States
into war, the angry realization
that victory didn't always belong
to the "good guys," and the re-
action at the War's end when the
United States climbed back into
its shell of isolationism.
Hoehling begins his chronicle
during January, 1917 amidst paci-
fist and anti-pacifist demonstra-
tions, mysterious fires and explo-
sions at plants manufacturing
munitions for the Allies and ur-
gent prayers for world peace. In a
factual and documentary style,
Hoehling tells the story of four
Americans who, in a matter of a'
few months, would be proclaimed
national heroes.
ALTHOUGH The Fierce Lambs
tends to become overly sentiment-
al in parts, almost nearing the
tear-jerking stage, it offers a fact-
ual and lucid insight into the
mind of an innocent and naive
America that was about to step

THE BUfJK of your article dis-
cussed the Catholic - Protestant
problem. The only real problem
is caused by the presence of an
imported non-Irish, thus non-
Catholic, population that has no
historical claim to remain on Irish
Why any man living in Ireland
and claiming to be an Irishman
would not choose to be Irish Cath-
olic is a mystery? It's rather like
an Arab living in Israel.
The practical solution to the
problem is for the non-Irish to
leave. The real Irish in Ireland
never hesitate to wear the green,
kiss the Blarney Stone and to
follow the wise leadership of the
Church. No real Irishman would
be caught'- dead in Orange on
Saint Patrick's Day, in Ireland or
anywhere else.
-Alan E. O'Day '61

The Daily Official Bulletin Is an
official publication of The Univer-
sity of Michigan for which The
Michigan Daily assumes no edi-
torial responsibility. Notices should
be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
Rpm 3519 Administration Build-
ing, before 2 p,m. the day preceding
publication. Notices for Sunday -
Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 1960
VOL. LXX, NO. 1g6
General Notices
Bicycle Control Program-All bicycles
impounded prior to JaA. 1, 1960 will
one wishing to reclaim' one i this
be sold at auction on Sat., April 9. Any-
group must do so before the begin-
niing of Spring vacation (March 26).
Persons who have lost bicycles dur-
ing the past two years are urged to
check the impounded bicycles as many
of- these either have no license or one
that has been defaced.
The Bicycle Storage Garages, located
on the south side of East Washington
St. between Fletcher and Forest, are
open Mon., Tues., and Thur., between 3
and 6 p.m. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to
noon. For further information regard-
ing the Bicycle Control Program, call
Ext. 3146.
Bivycles must be stored at the owners
place of residence during vacation,
Campus racks will be cleaned out dur-.
ing the Spring vacation. May we also
remind all bicycle owners that, to
comply with City and University regu-
lations and to protect your property,
you must register your bicycle at the
City Hall and attach the 1960 license.
Preliminary examinations in English
will be given in Rm. 2601 Haven Hall
on the following dates: Tues., March
29, 2-5 p.m., English Literature from
1550 to 1660; Sat.. April 2, 9-12 a.m.,

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