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"What I'm Really Afraid Of Is That He Might Forget
The Spirit Of The George M. Humphrey Plantation"

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Seventieth Year

when Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

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Schumann Work Lively;
Mozart Shows- Elegance
William Primrose, viola Victor Babin, piano
Nikolai Graudan, cello Szymon Goldberg, violin
WITH A LIVELY performance of Schumann's Piano Quartet in N-
flat major, the Festival Quartet concluded a very enjoyable series
of chamber music concerts. Members of the quartet performed nearly
all of the major piano quartets in the existing literature.
In the two Mozart quartets, E-flat major and G minor, the quar-
tet captured the charm and elegance inherent in the music. These
were the first works of this kind ever to be written.
One of the outstanding characteristics of the quartet was their
precision and control along with a sensitive understanding of the music.

Effect of Honors Program
Needs Evaluation


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THREE YEARS AGO the literary college
inaugurated a new and different educational
periment-the honors program.

many who are not selected as freshmen
later invited to join and prove to be caps
And reasoning from the answers to these q
t, - - -hn-avi~arahnwrAn stu

Since the program was a new one, it would Monsandotridence, nowanyOstun
now seem in order for the University to under- are never invited to join even though they
take a study of its value in the light of experi- sufficiently capable?
ence, rather than Just the theories and hopes And fourth, is it good or bad for the Uni
which were held at its inception. sity as a whole to single out one grotp, crea
This evaluation would not be of the type that another small cohesive group within the lI
the Honors Council is conducting as a regular University community?
part of its program, which is primarily con-IS IT NOT POSSIBLE that such compart
cerned with research within the program, but ITNOT POSSIB tt such martn
rather would be concerned with the effect of talization, even if it provides many ben
the honors program on the College and the for the honors students, may harm the unit
University. the University? And might not this possible
unity damage the effectiveness of the Un:
For no matter how good the honors program sity as a whole, no matter what good ef
Is-or can be made to be-for the honors stu- i a o n ru?
dents, this alone would not necessarily make it has for one group?
the program a good thing for the University as It would seem that these questions shoulr
a whole. weighed by the University now. It might r
the conclusion that the benefits to the ho
T HERE ARE several areas in which investiga- group more than balance the possible har]
tion could give valuable information. the whole University, but it should atl
consider this problem.
First, is it true, as many students, even thosec
in honors, seem to believe, that the mere fact HIS QUESTION has particular relev
that a person is in honors raises his grades? now, for the Honors Steering Commte
Do the instructors of honors courses and sec- concerning itself with creating more "espri
tions raise the curves in their classes too high corps" within the honors group.
only because a person is in honors and not pay This might not affect the Universitya
enough attention to the students' levels of whole, but it might equally well detractf
performance and achievement? what feeling the honors students now havo
If this is so, it would seem that the honors belonging to one institution, the Universit
program has created an extremely unjust situ- Michigan.
ation in the literary college, one in which those One of the actions the Honors Counc
students who are selected for honors are being considering taking to further this "espri
given unfair advantage in their grades. corps" is the establishment of separate hour
units within the residence halls system
OF COURSE, some allowance for the greater honors students only. This would certainly1
ability of the honors students as a group furtherance of the questionable policy of (
must be made by the instructors, but this does partmentalization, but maybe this is what
not mean, as some instructors seem to assume, University really wants.
that the entire upper half of an honors class
deserves A s.mHOWEVER, on this one occasion when it
This many may or may not, depending both its reputed conservatism behind-the es
on ability in the specific subject and on lishment of the honors program-the Un;
achievement in the course material, not neces- sity seems to know neither precisely wha
s ily membership in honors. wants nor what the effects of its action
Second, does the removal of some of the more Thus it would appear that an examinatio
able students from the regular classes hinder this area is in order.
non-honors students' education in these classes, Even if such an inquiry should turn up<
as many educators seem to feel. the fact that the program is operating jui
hoped (if anyone knows just what was ho
THIRD, how good are the methods used to for it), it will still have been valuable,
select honors students? How many are evidence is always better than theory, and
forced to drop out of the program because of better than hope.
failure to meet the academic stndards? How -ROBERT FARREL
Common Sense and Colossal Sums

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Khrushchev Lands in New Delhi

NEW DELHI-Jawaharlal Nehru
and his India are playing host
again to Nikita Khrushchev who
comes as a kindly schoolmaster to
separate a big bully of a boy from
the school paragon whose nose has
been bloodied.
What makes the visit doubly in-
teresting is the Indian practice of
a ritual of speeches in which guest
and hosts must find flowery things
to say without telling an absolute
untruth. This patterned evasion
reaches its height in Khrushchev's
visit. Everyone knows that he is
in New Delhi as a mediator be-
tween his Chinese ally and its
bruised Asian neighbors.
Everyone on both sides knows
this but nobody dares say it. So
they talk instead about the friend-
ship and love of the two beautiful
countries for each and how both
adore socialism, peace and disarm-
ament. Nehru's nonalignment pol-
icy carries with it a kind of most-
avored-nation clause by which the
visiting firemen from each nation

must get the same superlatives as
the firemen from the most-fav-
ored-nation, The result is some-
times fatuous even for seasoned
veterans of India's speechmaking
KHRUSHCHEV has an earthly
salty tang of personality which
suffers under the restraints of this
hearts-and-flowers protocol.
This was my first glimpse of
Khrushchev, since I missed him on
his American visit. I expected his
ebullient peasant energy and his
abrupt non-nonsense personality
style. But I thought this Ulysses
of summitry looked somewhat wan
from his migratory labors. As I
watched him I felt a twinge of
compassion for the victims of this
coexistial rivalry in elapsed air
I AM INTERESTED in the pub-
lic talk that will pass between
Khrushchev and the Indian lead-
ers and it is futile to guess about
the six hours of private talk be-

tween him and Nehru. But it is
worth looking at the cold logic of
the situation. Despite the wide-
spread Indian praise of Khrush-
chev's disarmament proposals he
is not here to talk of disarmament.
Russian and American plans for
a slow disarmament strip-tease-if
even that - will not affect the
Chinese whose arms are in very
tangible evidence along and across
the frontier, and who are being
largely armed with Russian indus-
trial help.
While Khrushchev speaks of be-
ing a good neighbor to India he
has also spoken of Russia's "un-
breakable ties" with Chica.
In a military showdown between
China and India, Russia could
scarcely remain nonaligned for
very long. This is not to under-
estimate the Sino-Russian strains
nor Khrushchev's anxieties about
a Communist partner who has
been on the rampage. For Khrush-
chev to be visiting India, Burma
and Indonesia is in itself an im-
plied rebuke of China's tactics.
* * *
BUT MY OWN conviction is
that Khrushchev comes to Asia as
much to prod Nehru as to warn
China. Since Russia has been help-
ing India with steel and will now
help it with machine-tools, his
prodding has some point. I suspect
that the apostle of summitry is in
New Delhi to get Nehru to join
Chou En-Lai on a summit of their
own. He must do so to cover him-
self at the Paris summit.
How Nehru can agree to this
after having been forced by the
press and opposition here to insist
on a token Chinese withdrawal as
a summit condition--that is Neh-
ru's own headache right now. Per-
haps between them they can find a
face-saving formula.

The piano part in the Mozart*
quartets is of primary importance,
and Victor Babin executed his part
with amazing clarity and bril-
liance. The phrasing was graceful
and the tone was clear and beau-
s* "
In the Mozart, the piano serves
as the solo instrument and the
strings combine as an accompani-
ment, much the same as an or-
chestra in a solo concerto. The
string players demonstrated ex-
cellent ensemble work. Even
though they are all soloists in
their own right, their styles were
well matched and they achieved
an effective unity.
THE FAURE Quartet in G
minor, which opened the Saturday
program was sometimes very ro-
mantic, sometimes a little strange
and exotic. Unlike Mozart, Faure
strives to give equal parts to all
members of the quartet and the
total effect was something less
than a brilliant work. The sound
seeied a little thick and the
thematic material was not always
easily discernible.
The first movement was rich
and mellow with flowing melodic
lines. In contrast, the second
movement was disjunct, almost
spooky at moments. The quartet
gave the work a fine performance
but the music itself did not always
seem to fit coherently together
and the individual movements did
not combine to make a well-
formed, unified structure.
The Festival quartet, in their
first Ann Arbor appearance did a
commendable Job on the series of
piano quartets, so seldom heard
on the concert stage. Although the
literature for this medium is lim-
ited, that which exists is good.
It is somewhat regrettable, how-
ever, that their programs did not
include some of the fine works of
this century. One occasionally
wonders when contemporary mu-
sic will become a basic part of the
modern repertory which is the
only way for American concert-
goers to learn, and become accus-
tomed to the music of their cen-
* * *
THE TWO Brahms quartets, in
A major and C minor, which were
performed on Saturday and Sun-
day respectively gave the quartet
an opportunity to demonstrate
their capacity for intense musical
drama, widely varying dynamic
levels and a full, rich sound. Both
of these quartets are marked by
beautiful melodies and rich har-
The scherzo movement, which
is present in both of the works is
vigorous, sometimes dance-like in
character. The performers did full
justice to these works - the wide
range of mood and passion of the
works were fully realized in their
interpretation and execution.
The C-minor quartet is a com-
plicated, powerful work which is
almost tragic in nature. The
scherzo in this work is more tur-
bulent and stormy than dance-
like, and the slow movement
which follows is the most peace-
ful. The outer movements are both
intense and very often melan-
This work was perhaps the dra-
matic high point of the program.
-Charlotte Davis

Not All
THE THREE concerts by the
Festival (Piano) Quartet in the
Rackham Auditorium this past
weekend completed 20 years of
Chamber Music Festivals spon-
sored by the University Musical
Society in Ann Arbor. Inserted in
the program announcement was
a compilation of works performed
during these past 20 years.
A study of this list, and in par-
ticular the works presented this
weekend, can serve to point out
the gloomy effect upon our Amer-
ican musical scene caused by the
non-musician businessmen who
control this "industrialized" art.
In the 20th century, when music-
making has become an amusement
to be sold like the newest appli-
ance model, one fact looms clear:
the contemporary composer is re-
garded with distrust by these
managers, and thus his music is
rarely set before the public's ears.
To be sure, a contemporary
composition does require intelli-
gent listening, i.e., a jointure of
ear and mind, but the real answer
to the understanding of such mu-
sic is available only through fre-
quent and repeated contact. While
all audiences must be given the
opportunity to "stretch their
ears," it is even more important
that a university community hera
new works. Thus our local concert
management has the duty to bring
such a thing into being.
* * *
THANKS to a growing aware-
ness of this responsibility on the
part of performers and the local
manager, we have been offered
more new and stimulating com-
positions this year than in past
The concert by the Minneapolis
Symphony, February 8, is an ex-
ample of this new awareness, for
on this night we feasted upon a
program containing two fresh
works: Roger Sessions' Fourth
Symphony and the Klee Sketches
of Gunther Schuller. What was
the audience's reaction? They
were fascinated and absorbed in
what to many was a . new and
strange vocabulary of sound.
* * *
WITHIN the scope of these
three chamber music concerts,
why did we not hear even a single
work by a contemporary compos-
er? Surely the ° Aaron Copland
Piano Quartet should have beeen
part of such a survey.
Because there are few composi-
tions for this medium, the Festi-
val Quartet could render special'
service to both themselves and our
musical culture by commissioning
and playing new works.
After the enthusiastic reception
of such a splendid concert by the
Minneapolis Orchestra, one won-
ders why the enlightened Ann Ar-
bor public did not insist that the
Musical Society permit it to hear
some fresh and challenging cham-
ber music along with the treasures
from the past.
-Kenneth Roberts

REP. ROBERT P. Griffin spoke several times
of "the dangers of federal deficit financ-
ing" during his recent visit to Ann Arbor.
Like many other people today, he seemed to
believe that one of the major problems fac-
ing the government today is its multibillion
dollar debt. In fact, he implied that public of-
fioials who make no effort to balance the bud-
get are irresponsible spendthrifts.
Common sense tells us however that no
agency would spend such colossal sums as does
the government without careful study and
BUDGET-BALANCERS often declare that the
only difference between managing gov-
ernment and personal spending is the amount
of money involved. Since a private citizen
would have financial difficulties if he is far in
debt, how, they reason, can anyone expect the
government to remain sound if each year the
budget shows a greater deficit?
Consider for a moment a man who borrows
several thousand dollars to buy a tract of land.
Now assume that after a few years he sells
the property at a price considerably greater
than the original debt plus all interest on this
debt. By investing someone else's money wise-
ly, he has made a profit for himself.
Had he borrowed the money to buy a car,
the situation would be quite different. When

he decides to sell the carghe would find that its
value had depreciated; no one would pay near-
ly as much as he originally invested. The rest
of the purchase price plus all the interest on
his debt would have to be paid from his other
earnings. The car would prove to be a costly
investment that would leave him in debt even
after it is no longer his.
In both situations this man would have an
"unbalanced budget." However, in the first his
indebtedness ultimately became an advantage,
whereas in the second it became merely an-
other expense.
GOVERNMENT investments too may give the
American people lasting benefits far more
value than their initial cost. Spending money
on arms, for instance, is necessary to build
a strong, secure nation.
Then again other expenditures will only put
future generations in debt for things they do
not profit by; for example, the duplication of
effort among our armed forces. Clearly this
kind of debt is unfair.
A balanced budget is nice, but unnecessary.
Indeed, if any cause of great benefit to the
American people must be forfeited in order to
balance our budget, it would be unwise to do
so. We should not fear debt, but only poorly
planned spending,


"The Story on Page One".. .


A T ITS WORST, "The Story on Page One" at the State Theatre
seems like a training aid for law students. At its best, it is an
absorbing film, due not a little to the fact that, by their very nature,
courtroom dramas are fascinating.
Written and directed by Clifford Odets, the characterization
reaches a competent level. The direction is only conventional while the
plot, admittedly, is of slight importance. The innocence of Rita Hay-
worth and Gig Young, indicted for murdering Miss Hayworth's spouse,
is clearly established at the beginning. That the film maintains its sus-
pense, despite this information, must ultimately be attributed to Mr.
Odets' dramatic ability.
* * * *
IT SUCCEEDS despite its many cliches. The Council for the De-
fense (Anthony Franciosa) is the typically poor, underpaid, but at
heart idealistic youth who takes the case against his better judgement.
The cross-examiner, on the other hand, is immaculately dressed, ur-
bane, and relentlessly inhuman. The judge in the manner of Joseph N.
Welch, is clearly a father image, who throws in an occasional "Objec-
tion overruled!" (much to the audience's gloating satisfaction.)
The acting, for the most part, is middle-keyed, with a few moments
of histrionic hysteria. The suspense rarely falters, and only the ending
is distinctly incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial,

Congratulations to MSU-O

"Porgy and Bess" .. .


Others and the Atom

Associated Press News Analyst
'TRANGELY enough, the United States may
now find herself under pressure from neu-
al quarters to help France's atomic program.
Among the numerous questions being asked
s to the effect of France's launching of a
odern weapons program is this:.
Can and should the United States, in the in-
rest of the world's peace of mind and to pro-
ote a test ban and disarmament give France
formation which would cut the number of
sts she will make?

TrHE FRENCH, of course, are asking what
constitutes the "substantial progress' in
nuclear development which the American law
requires before secrets can be transmitted even
to an ally.
President Eisenhower has asked whether an
ally should be denied information which the
enemy is known to have.
A direct relation can be traced between these
questions and the demands now being made
upon France for greater participation in a free
world program for the economic advancement
of underdeveloped peoples, and for coopera-
tion in re-establishing the United States trade
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SAMUEL GOLDWYN'S multi-million dollar production of George
Gershwin's folk-opera, "Porgy and Bess," currently at the State
Theatre, proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that Gershwin's music
is indestructible. It's beauty and power come through in spite of the
obstacles it must overcome. The only fault with the score is that most
of the "hit numbers" are in the first half of the production.
Although there are a few thrilling sequences-going to the picnic
and the beginning of the hurricane, on the whole, Otto Preminger's
direction is just too studied and formal. Only when Preminger's heavy
handed approach is overcome, as in the dance to the picnic and the
scenes in which Pearl Bailey exhibits her unique personality, does the
film really sparkle.
Oliver Smith, the set designer, and Irene Schraff, the costume
designer, have sinned by the overuse of their talents. Smith's Catfish
Row is a slum that never saw a cockroach. His hurricane strews debris
about in a most artistic manner.
* * * *
MISS SCHRAFF'S costumes are too well coordinated. In the picnic,
for instance, she has the chorus wearing lemon, scarlet. steele blue,

To the Editor:
Oakland is something that
Michigan State University - East
Lansing and everyone in Michigan
can be proud of. When it comes
time to consider university bud-
gets, I think that the legislators
should take a long, hard, look at
MSU-O. I think they will find
that for dollar invested, they are
getting more return per student
at MSU-O. MSU-O is what every
university should be like. As the
article states, ... they are out to
produce eggheads. Not from the
gifted and brilliant, but from any
reasonable able youngster who is
willing to work."
MSU-O didn't just happen. The
founding Foundation brought to-
gether 28 leading Americans to
discuss, "Given a clean slate, how
would you build the ideal univer-
sity for our age?" Their answers
were interesting. "Universities are
not tough enough"; "... too much
emphasis on vocational training";
"curriculums are too complex and

hard work. Emphasis is given writ-
ten work, student freedom, and
independent student study and
research. There are no social fra-
ternities or sororities; no remedial
classes; no snap courses. I bet
you don't find many extracurricu-
lar student activities either!l
Here is truly the university of
the future if the United States
plans to turn out high quality per-
sonnel to fill its professional occu-
Congratulations MSU - 0 and
congratulations to you too MSU-L
for giving birth to such a wonder-
ful child. I for one will watch your
child's development with great in-
--Tim Meno, '61
Latin America .
To the Editor:
AS PRESIDENT of the Latin
American Students Associa-
tion of the University of Michi-
gan, I deeply regret anharticle pub-
lished recently in the newspaper

have also seen the efforts made for
the International Fair and now in
the preparation for the Latin
American Carnival.
We also-regret the fact that you
did not identify the person inter-
viewed in an article which did not
represent more than a very per-
sonal viewpoint.
-Horacio Marull, President
Latin American Students Assoc,
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