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March 20, 1960 - Image 12

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Student Life Differs
In Degree Not in Kind
(Continued from Preceding Page) its passengers around campus as
Great Playwright, then a Visiting a link to downtown was regarded
Writer on campus, was enlightened almost as a social menace by
an the social mores of the times,-shocked townspeople when student
o"thesocil es oft,"thetimes. dates openly held hands on the
"The bull eleP'hant," the Great owl run after a traveling musical
Playwright asserted in his simply- or vaudeville bill at the Whitney.
furnished second - floor roomo
around on Oakland Ave., "will kill HERE WERE no hi-fi's, but
any other beast in sight before th THere were windup phono-,
Exhibitionism, it almost seems, graphs and jazz, or syncopation.
has replaced this mistaken Puri- The latter was practiced by stu-
tanical, or pachydermous, reti- dent trios, quartets and quintets-
cence, on the Diag, in the corridor the bass viol added to tenor sax,
and even in the classroom. The cornet or trombone, drums and
Arb once served a functional pur- piano made it a posh ensemble for
pose. So did those cold stone class the better - heeled Greek letter
memorial benches, lately derided parties.
by a Daily writer. One working-his -way -through
The old streetcar line that jolted senior taught himself to play the

The New Cultural Mecca of An
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts Begins To Rise

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piano by ear and hired himself
out for a-frat dance to tide him-
self over till the next check from
home. He couldn't read music,
could play only in the key of C
and as piano player, dictated to
his trap and sax players only those
contemporary numbers he had
memorized. Requests he responded
to by taking a cigaret break.
Waring's Pennsylvanians and
Gene Goldkette packed the Ma-
jestic on their annual campus
visits but Paul Whiteman with his
all-white grand piano and 27 play-
ers hung the SRO sign on the
formidable doors of Hill Audi-
After unexpected football vic-
tories Ann Arbor's constabulary
guarded movie entrances but sel-
dom prevented the favorite frosh
and Joe College pastime of Rush-
ing the Show, a hoary ancestor
of panty raids.
STUDENT hangouts were sparse,
and catered to a self-selecting
clientele. Home of the Beats of
that day was La Carmignole, a
spider-webby firetrap reached by
an outdoor cellarway off the alley
on Williams just below State.
Bobbed-hair coeds in knee-length
skirts and cloche hats sat at rough
plank tables lighted by candles
stuck in wine bottles and tried to
get their dates to discuss Proust
while slugging tea.
Independent men of the Chimes-
Union Opera-Red Seal Records
axis preferred a Chinese joint up-
stairs over a State Street book-
store, where many a plot to save
the nation for culture was hatched,
or they frequented a soda parlor
across from the courthouse where
real Italian spaghetti was served.
Women couldn't enter the Un-
ion from State Street and pre-
ferred to stay at Bill & Mert's, a
counter-service greasy spoon where
you'd meet male friends to indulge
in the one distinctive Michigan

ration -- toasted rolls. Bill or
Mert would run a breadknife side-
wise through a thick slab 6f sweet
roll, brown each half under the
broiler and plaster each with but-
Today's 32-24-32, diet-conscious
coed would recoil at the sight.
PERHAPS AS BIG a difference
as any is marked by the rela-
tive locations of the President's
Office and the University Admin-
istration. Instead of the 'Salmon
Loaf,' they occupied one range of
corridor on the ground floor cen-
tral wing in dingy U. Hall, tucked
ignominiously behind Angell Hall.
Even then change was in the
offing. Henry Ford the elder grad-
uated with the Class of '26, and

the University expectantly award-
ed him an honorary Doctorate in
Mechanical Engineering. But, last
year the new automotive lab was
ceremoniously inaugurated on
North Campus without the ex-
pected Ford gift to replace the
ancient lab which formerly occu-
pied the Undergraduate Library
Chimes, lately altered from a
semi - literary monthly imitating
Mencken's American Mercury to
the Time-New Yorker emulative
Sunday magazine section of The
Daily, and The Michigan Journal-
ist, fresh hatched, "both cam-.
paigned vigorously against Hurry
Up Yost's campaign for Stadium
They lost.

LIE THE Phoenix, the Lincoln
Center for the Performing
Arts is rising from the ashes of the
brownstones to take its place as
the cultural mecca' of America.
The New York City center will
house the Metropolitan Opera
House, the New York Philharmonic
Orchestra, a dance theatre pre-
sumably to be used for the New
York City Ballet, a repertory thea-
tre and the Julliard School of
The question arises whether the
project will really contribute any-
thing to the arts in America, or
if this cultural center will simply
house the same old institutions in
new buildings.
Part of the problem will lie in
the success of the new auditoriums
and whether they will increase
cooperation among these organi-
The New York Philharmonic is
scheduled to move into its new
quarters in time for the 1961-62
season - one year too late, for
Thomas Kabaker is a junior
in the literary college and a
Daily night editor.

Carnegie Hall is to be demolished
at the close of the present season.
In the interim, the orchestra
will use the Hunter College Audi-
torium and will pray that the new
building is finished on schedule.
WHAT WILL this new home
mean to the Philharmonic?
For one thing, it will have fewer
seats than Carnegie Hall.
Research has shown that people
are larger than before and need
more space to be seated comfort-
abliy. But architects feel that to
enlarge the auditorium would
sacrifice acoustic excellency and
the orchestra's management has
decided to seat fewer persons.
Smaller capacity in the auditorium
--smaller capacity for box office
But the concern for good acous-
tics points out a far greater prob-
lem in moving into a new hall.
Poor acoustics, practically speak-
ing, could destroy a performing
orchestra. A hall with acoustical
problems makes the music inaudi-
ble or distorted in parts of the
If the inner voices, the fine
shadings of the music, are blurred
in the new building the blow to

The New Metropolitan Opera hous
the orchestra would be tremen- perform in a "dead" auditorium, ANC
dous, the Philharmonic 'is pretty well a
Mr. Bernstein is restoring the sunk. The greatest orchestra in ing is
Philharmonic to its former status the world is not of much value if progr
as one of the world's great or- it can't be heard to good ad- seem,
chestras, but if his orchestra is to vantage.



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