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SAY, OCTOBER 2, 1959
NIGHT EDITOR: JEAN HARTWIG
Jews Pause To Celebrate
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TONIGHT the 10 million Jews of the world
will pause to celebrate Rosh Hashonah, Day
The holiday which signals the start of a
new year - the 5,720th in Judaic history -
marks the beginning of a 10-day period of
penitence ending on Yoni Kippur, the Day of
According to the liturgy which has developed
for this holiday, man's name is "inscribed in
the Book of Life for a new year" ,on Rosh
Hashonah, and on Yom Kippur his fate is
sealed. What an individual's position will be
in the eyes of God dependsupon how faith-
fully he atones for his transgressions during,
the past year.
%Y THE.DAY of Judgement man reviews the
events during the past year and ascertains
where his Muistakes were made. While individ-
pally judging their activities, Jews will also
focus on the future and seek Divine guidance
for the. days that are to follow.
Throughout the course of these prayers is
evident the sense of necessary humility to the
Force that fashioned the entirety of existence
and being. According to scholars of the me-
dieval period, Rosh Hashonah is the day of
awe on which the fates of not only men but
nations are decreed.
Basically, these are the elements from which
the service evolved. The additions to the liturgy,
the expansion and development of new ex-
pressions of faith were composed by prophets
and scholars during the years after the de-
struction of the Second Temple in 586 B.C.
WHEN THE JEWS were dispersed to various
parts of the world, new influences inter-
vened and caused religious leaders to express
their emotions in different ways.
In the context of a modern society, the no-
tion that prayers of such complete submission
to a Higher Authority were composed by schol-
arly people seems a trifle incongruous. The
deeply-felt sincerity and humility of a people
intimately connected with their religion is
something that seems to be absent today.
Religion, during the days when most of the
Judaic liturgy was composed, occupied the
major part of the life of a people almost en-
tirely isolated from the rest of the world.
To be pious, in the definition of an Eastern
European Jew, was not only to follow the pre-
scribed laws and rituals but to lead a. contin-
ually moral existence. The ultimate aim was
"the good life" temporally.
RELEGATING religion to a restricted part of
existence was inconceivable. Belief in God,
learning His ways, respecting His laws, obeying
His commahdments were integral parts of life,
-if not life itself.
The liturgy grew up about these concepts.
Rosh Hashonah was the period for examina-
tion; the time to work emphatically for for-
giveness occurred during the 10 days of peni-
tence from Rosh Hashonah until Yom Kippur,
the Day of Atonement.
Many religious commentators regard that
day as the holiest one of the year. For certain
Jews it is the last chance to obtain. forgiveness.
MONG THOSE of a more orthodox orien-
tation,. Yom Kippur is the one day when
Jews devote themselves entirely to prayer.
Fasting was not uncommon as a means of doing
penance and is still practiced among many
Jews throughout the world.
On the eve of this Day of Atonement a
prayer heard only on that day is chanted. Com-
posed in the eighth century, the Kol Nidre
prescribes a formula through which an indi-
vidual may redeem himself.
In this prayer, an individual recognizes that
certain vows he had made were violated. But
along with the knowledge that his oath has
been broken, man communicates his desire to.
be at peace with God and his fellow men.
DURING THIS weekend and for the next ten
days, Judaism as a religious way of life
takes stock of the past and gears for the fu-
ture. With few exceptions the ostensible man-
ner< of prayer is quite uniform.
But unless the words have meaning, unless
the individual"is sincere in his evaluation of
himself and desire to choose a correct course
in the year to come, the holiday and what it
supposedly stands for becomes a mockery.
Judaism looks to Rosh Hashonah and Yom
Kippur as important cross roads in life. Re-
fleeting on the past, one can be guided to a
It is a 'new year.
"IN SPITE of everything, I do
still really believe that people
are good at heart." After two years
in hiding from persecution and
possible death, a fifteen year old
girl can write these words.
"The Diary of Anne Frank,""
produced by the Ann Arbor Civic
Theatre, is an incredibly touching
mixture of hope, tragedy, and in-
spiration in the midst of horror
at the evil that men do. Such a
wide span of exlotion is difficult
to portray, especially since there
have been so many professional
productions of this p o i g n a n t
, In the face of such competi-
tion and despite the handicaps
imposed on any company by the
almost infinitesimal stage of the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, the
amateur cast did a highly com-
AS HIS FIRST stage appear-
ance, Zeke Jabbour portrayed Mr.
Frank, the ever patient, sever
gentle father. Jabbour handled
this difficult role with admirable
stage presence and ease, although
some of the nuances of the role
were not conveyed.
His first appearance failed to
convey the sense of the disillu-
sioned, almost defeated man that
is necessary as a backdrop to the
following scenes of gay, near-ad-
As Anne, Raeburn Hirsch, for-
merly of New Zealand, appeared
at first to over-act and be too
consciously using "theater voice."
However, as the play progressed,
Miss Hirsch gained a better bal-
ance between the character of an
adolescent and the highly pro-
found thoughts of a girl as re-
markable as Anne Frank.
THE FINAL SCENES between
Anne and Peter Van Daan (Thad
Curtz, Jr.), are touchingly tender.
The irony of young people discov-
ering a meaning for life just be-
fore they are to die is skillfully
Perhaps, the two greatest scene-
stealers were the selfish Mrs. Van
Daan, whose flirtatious advances
to Mr. Frank are equalled only by
the vehemence of her "discus-
sions" with her husband, and Fred
Cullette's portrayal of the dentist
One flaw in the entire produc-
tion was the emphasis on the
comedy aspects of the script. In
"The Diary of Anne Frank," the
value of the comic scenes and lines
are primarily as contrast torthe
seriousness of the situation or as
revealing the basic conflicts in
personality which plague the
Jews in hiding,
Whether this was the fault of
direction or of the inability of
particular actors to manage the
nuances of their roles, a very fine
production would have been
greatly improved had all the
subtleties and ironies of this' com-
plex play been fully conveyed.
Herblock is away due to illness c i S Lous Post-Dispatc.
SGC IN REVIEW:
Changes in Council Plan Gratifying
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1959
VOL. LXX, NO. 10
Regents Meeting: Fri., Oct. 23. Com-
munications for consideration at this
.meeting must be in the President's
hands not later than Oct. 13.
Political Science 271, presently of-
fered in Rm. 2446 Mason Hall on Fri.,
2-4, has been relocated in Rm. 3409
An Analysis of the Science of Cul-
ture" will be the topic of the discus-
sion held as a part of the Summer
Reading and Discussion program Fri.,
Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Honors Study
Lounge of the Undergraduate Library.
Prof. Leslie white of the Anthropology
Dept. will lead the discussion. The
program is open to the public.
The American Baptist Student Fel-
lowship is having a "work party" at a
an Ypsilanti Church. "Wear old clothes
and meet at theBaptist -Student Cen-
ter at 7:00.
Summary, of Action taken at meet-
ing of Student Government Council,
Sept. 30, 1959.
(Continued on Page 5)
By KENNETH McELDOWNEY
Daily Staff Writer
THE OUTCOME of the SGC
meeting on Wednesday was
both surprising and gratifying.
As the meeting started with
both the new SGC plan and the
Regulation Booklet on the agen-
da, an eight or nine hour session
might not have been a too unrea-
sonable estimate. But at 12:30, the
meeting was over and a rational
approach to the new plan had
As David Kessel, Grad., pointed
out there are many small things
in the plan that are objection-
able to one member of SGC or an-
other, but to ask that they all be
changed would be largely hope-
less and self-defeating. By mere-
ly recommending 'one or two
changes as was done, the chances
are much better they will be con-
sidered in a favorable light by the
OF THE TWO changes, by far
the most important is the one
dealing with the Committee on
Referral. Though the Committee's
members can never be assumed to
be impartial, at least with the rec-
ommendations made by SGC there
ommendations made by SGC it is
far more likely that they will be.
One could never expect people
such ascthe president of SGC, the
Vice-President for Student Affairs
and the Deans of Men and Wo-
men to take a strictly unbiased
viewpoint toward actions that in
many cases would involve either
themselves or the functions of
their office. It-would not be fair
to set up a situation in which their
decisions could be questioned as to
With the composition as ap-
proved by SGC, representation
from all parts of the University
is still assured. In reality the
members of the referral commit-
tee, as recommended by the Coun-
cil, would be more representative
of the University community than
the old group.
If the referral committee Is,
adopted as recommended by SGC,
it would be able to serve the best
interests of not only student gov-
ernment, but other sections of the
University community as well.
THE OTHER amendment would
delete a rather meaningless func-
tion of SGC. This was the func-
tion, giving SGC the right to "re-
activate and deactivate student
organizations." As was explained
in the meeting, the reactivation
part is really nothing more than
the recognition of a new student
organization - a function which
is already SGC's. On the other
hand, the deactivation of a stu-
dent group merely happens when
it allows its.charter to run out.
The deletion of this function
might help to clarify the plan. But
it must be also taken into consid-
eration that the Regents will have
to weigh both this change and
that of amending the composition
of the referral committee. They
might feel that both should not
be done. SGC could have helped
its cause more by merely amend-
ing the referral committee compo-
sition . and throwing all of its
weight behind it.
WHEN THE recommendations
are sent back to the Plan Clari-
fication Committee for a final re-
view, there is no way of knowing
how they will be regarded. SGC
has already acted in good faith
by accepting many sections that
they did not favor in the interest
of having some kind of a plan. It
would provide a good start for th
new plan if the faculty and ad-
ministrative members of the Com-
mittee go along with the two
changes which were recommend-
This would demonstrate the
good will that is going to be need-'
ed if SGC is to perform a signifi-
cant service to the students and
not merely to be a group to sched-
ule dances and occupy offices in
the Student Activities Building. A
plan, no matter how perfect, can-
not hope to work if a group con-
cerned with it feels it has been
done an injustice by one of the
And, of course, it is hoped that
the composition of the referral
committee as recommended by
SGC will be accepted by the Re-
'I A m a Camera' Light
Hazing Shouldn't Hurt
WITHIN THE past two weeks, fraternity
hazing incidents have made headlines all
over the country.
A University of Southern California student
pledging Kappa Sigma fraternity, choked to
death while trying to swallow a large piece. of
Although fraternity members denied having
misinformed the ambulance crew at the recent
inquest, police said the pledge's life might. have
been saved if the crew had not been misled.
Members, they claimed, told the rescuers the
boy had suffered a spasm; they mentioned
nothing about the meat.
"all the cases directly related to physical
stresses or symptoms brought on by fraternity
Consistent with Cornell policy, the names of
the students and the fraternities were not re-
leased. It was reported, however, that at least
three houses were involved.
Cornell's Vice-President for Student Affairs
issued a statement saying "Cornell University
will not tolerate. hazing which results in in-
dignity or injury to students."
Nevertheless, one student has died and six
have required medical treatment because of
careless and uncalled-for hazing requirements.
With men's fall rush starting Sunday and
pledging following soon after, the University
needn't add its name to the infamous list.
-NORMA SUE WOLFE
IN ADAPTING JohnVan Druten's
highly successful "I Am A Cam-.
era" to the screen, director John.
Collier has provided us with an
amiable and agreeable motion pic-
Consider the delightful scene be-
tween Lawrence Harvey and Julie
Harris in a Berlin cafe; Mr. Harvey
is a struggling young writer and
Miss Harris is some sort of naive
femme fatale who has taken up
residence with him.
Together they do not even have
sufficient funds to pay for the next
month's rent. However Miss Har-
ris, who has had a bit too much
to drink that evening is gaily sam-
pling' the most expensive caviars
while guzzling an additional seven
or eight champagne cocktails. And
when it comes time to pay for this
delightful extravagance Miss Har-
ris gaily proceeds to seduce some.
AT CORNELL University, six students re-
quired medical attention as the result of
fraternity hazing. A report issued stated that
AS OTHERS SEE IT:
(Editor's Note: In the spring of 1958, students
at Cornell University rioted, partially because of
regulations on apartment living contemplated by
University officials. The problem of off-campus
living, however, has apparently not yet been solved,
as this exchange editorial from the September 29th
issue of The Cornell Daily Sun reveals.)
ONE OF THE major spurs to student discon-
tent over the, past two years has been the
apartment regulations imposed by the Univer-
sity. They were fundamentally involved in the
rationale behind the student demonstrations
during the spring of 1958.
The philosophy behind the apartment regula-
tions is confusing. The University believes it
owes some responsibility to the parents of any
Cornell coed. Parents send their daughters to
the University evidently on the assumption that
the' Administration will endeavor to protect
them from the consequences of immorality. The
University has encouraged this attitude by es-
tablishing rules governing the use of apart-
ments and informing parents of these rules.
MALE STUDENTS view the situation from an
entirely different point of view. Privacy is
a much sought after yet rarely found delight at
Cornell. The dormitories provide little privacy,
what with the large number of students and the
inevitably close contact involved. Fraternities
provide little better accommodations. Men who
seek primarily the enjoyment of a little privacy,
therefore, often seek apartment living as their
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Writer Condemns Khrushchev's Talk of Peace
wealthy nearby gentleman into
picking up the sizeable tab for her.
* * *'
THIS SEQUENCE is rapidly fol-
lowed by another of equally reck-
less abandon. While Mr. Harvey
suffers from a bothersome -virus,
Miss Harris conducts some sort of
wild brawl to which a number of
guests have been invited for the
express purpose of trying to cure
Mr. Harvey with their homemade
One guest firmply believes that
the only cure involves dumping
him alternately into tubs of boiling
and freeezing water. This failing,
another guest promises results by
strapping Mr. Harvey into a make-
shift electric chair for a bit of
~stimulation. Although this does not
cure the gentleman, the devastat-
ing explosion which follows puts
an end to the evening's orgy.
Although a good deal of the film
is quite entertaining, it should not
be implied falsely that "I Am A
Camera" represents a fine example
of high comedy. Unfortunately
there are a number of moments in
the proceedings when the action
becomes remarkably dull.
* * *.
INDEED, THERE is very little
in the first third of the film that
is especially amusing. Besides,
there is a bit of unnecessary mor-
alizing in the final reel which con-
tributes only an uneveness to t1f
Miss Harris is an irresistable
actress on the screen, and brings
alternating tartness and warmth
to her role to give the film to pos-
sess the necessary buoyancy and
titillation. Mr. Harvey's perform-
ance also is commendable and he
sustains the airiness of the piece.
Although "I Am A Camera" bs
its shortcomings, on the whole it
is a film well worth seeing.
-Marc Alan Zagoren
la tions Confused
that the University can do nothing about en-
forcing its own rules.
This is a paradox. The apartment regulations,
however severe they may be, can not be en-
forced. A survey taken by the Women's Student
Government Association last year revealed that
more than half the women surveyed admitted
they had violated the apartment regulations
during the .previous academic year. Approxi-
mately one half of the women polled believed
that women "should be allowed to visit men's
apartments under any circumstances."
THE WOMEN, then, disregard the apartment
regulations. And the University cannot en-
force them; for it would require at least a 200
man police force, assigned only to inspecting
apartments, to enforce the rules at all. What's
more, the women who visit apartments, as well
as the men who live in. them, believe that they
are responsible enough, at this point in their
lives, to decide the course of their social life.
Whatever evil can come from a relaxation of
the apartment rules can not be stopped; the
resulting good would be enormous.
What is (the solution? Regardless of the de-
sirability of assuring the parents that. their
daughters will be protected, the Administration
is incorrectly implying to every parent that this
job can be done. And yet the Administration
knows full well that no program of enforcement
will ever work. The obvious result is that
To The Editor: ,
WE WISH to welcome the Soviet
Mr. Nikita K. on his trip
through the United States, a land
symbolic of liberty and of famous
men, successors of Washington,
Lincoln and Jefferson. We are
pleased that the American people
have received him with restrained
'interest and above all subdued
hope. We are thankful that no
disagreeable incidents have be-
fallen him, and that he has been
received in a courteous and re-
spectful manner befitting the dig-
nity usually afforded to foreign
Chiefs of State.
This greeting of Mr. K. by the
American people is justified by
common norms of etiquette usual-
ly accorded diplomats and offi-
cial guests. In addition, it is a
recognition of the power of the
Soviet Union which cannot be
wished away. Since the start of
the century the Soviets have
achieved great material progress
especially in the scientific field.
The Soviet Union which Mr. K.
represents, apparently does not
want war because it knows that
war will only lead to mutual de-
struction. It professes an initerest
in solving its problems with the
rest of the world, provided it is on
the terms of skillful demagogues
like Mr. K.
MR. K. ARRIVED in the United
he is being shown this country,
'in a closed car, surrounded by
cops,' arguing that a free passport
does not imply such restrictions.
He has carried his mission as the
champion of liberty to the very
threshold of the United Nations.
On the American scene he has
'called us 'comrades' and has said
that the only wish of the Russian
people, unexcelled in the conquest
of space, is to share this achieve-
ment with their American brothers
and to shake hands with them on
Now we ask ourselves: can we
trust in the sincerity of such
statements? Can we, by, any
chance, believe in the Communist
societies behind the Iron Curtain,
where the leaders of any opposi-
tion party such as Trotsky, Beria,
Bulganin, Malenkov, etc., have
been exterminated or forced into
public 'confession' of 'errors' and
degraded? According to Mr. K.
life seems to be better in his
country, but may we call a coun-
try' free where thousands upon
thousands of persons are cross-
ing the frontier daily in search
of refuge in the Allied zone, and
where many more would probably
cross if they were not stopped by
the fire of machine guns and Red
bayonets? Can we possibly be-
lieve in the sincerity and honesty
of the Soviet Union, a nation that
does not permit opposition, and.
that liquidates opposition through
to emerge victorious in the Russian
political struggle. These qualities
of his are indeed deceiving, but
we cannot trust ourselves to fall
prey to his demagogy. That is not
the way to deceive a civilized and
democratic country. We ,consider
it an indignity to profane the
meaning of the word 'liberty' be-
fore respectable institutions such
as the United Nations and we rer
pudiate it, as many conscientious
people did before when represen-
tatives of Batista, Rojas Pinilla,
Peron, Perez Jiminez and Trujillo
is really interested in bettering its
Congress of Panama . . . If Russia
tried to talk about liberty in the
relations with the rest of the world
it should use other more convinc-
ing and more adequate means
such as cultural exchanges, liberty
of press and radio, commercial
trade, artistic performances, etc.
By facilitating the entrance of
tourists in its territories, Russia
would allow them to admire the
great freedom which the Russian
people enjoy, if indeed they can
point to any tangible freedom at
all! There are thus many real
means of contributing to a better
understanding between people.
We are pleased also to know
that Mr. K has observed some of
the weak spots in our social or-
ganization - such as integration,
juvenile delinquency, the high
percentage of divorcies and even
historian of the French Revolu-
tion, Lefebvre: "Liberty is by no-
means an invitation to indiffer-
ence or to irresponsible power;
nor is it the promise. of unlimited
well-being without a counterpart
of toil and effort. It supposes ap-
plication, perpetual effort, strict,
government of self, sacrifice in
contingencies, civic and private
virtues. It is therefore more diffi-
cult to live as a free man than as
a slave, and that is why men so.
often renounce their freedom; for
freedom is in its way an invitation
to a life of courage, and some-
times of heroism, as the freedom
of the Christian is an invitation
to a life of sainthood."
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