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Seventieth Year

Men's Rush- Some Came Running'

"When Opinions Are Free
Truth Wih Prevail"

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or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.



University Fails To Grapple
With Issues in Its Future

ONE MUST ACCEPT the inevitable. The in-
evitable is President Hatcher's speech on
"The State of the University"-an appraisal of
the past year and a general foresight into the
Monday night President Hatcher did not
grapple with issues. Enrollment will increase:
he did not even intimate why it should increase.
The state has "potential for support:" what
kind of support will it give the University? A
"pilot program" was set up at Dearborn this
fall: why only a pilot program?
He hit on one thing, but a conception rather
than an issue. The University is growing into
a complex of Institutes-these signify more
and more emphatic attention to research and
advanced study. The Institute of Science and
Technology and the new post of Vice-President
in Charge of Research embody moves in this
SOON THE MYTH of the University as a
school for undergraduates will be shattered.
The reality is already a thing of the past. In
the last decade the graduate student propor-
tion has jumped from 33 to 39 per cent, and
the statistics do not even take account of space
and the attention devoted to research-graduate
study. "The University's orientation has
changed;" President Hatcher said that himself.
The President had to give the 750 faculty
members in attendance something to think
about. It took tact - and grace to place the
emphasis on increasing research, rather than
hurting faculty members feelings with talk
about University quality.
He said the past year is "one of the most
severe the University has experienced." But he
did not say the future is likely to be difficult

too. The extent of state's "potential for sup-
port" is not apparent at present. So little
money is in the state treasury that the Uni-
versity's October installment has not yet been
Still at the edge of the financial cliff, it will
be many months before the state can pay up
its debts and build up a backlog out of its
newly acquired use and business activity tax
funds . . . if the use tax is declared constitu-
tional. As it is, the University may still see
several late payments.
Hatcher's bland statements on enrollment,
which may increase "possibly 200" next year.
Growth will be "carefully controlled," primarily
because the University cannot finance ram-
paging extension. If the money was there,
would the University grow a little less care-
fully? The President does not say, he does not
face the opposition which worries that aca-
demics may become a package deal in educa-
It is also frightening to note that President
Hatcher twice called the Dearborn Center a
"pilot program" in his Monday night address.
The 1959 Dearborn program was first called
a "pilot program" when the 33-student enroll-
ment was announced. In the few releases on
progress at Dearborn since that time, it is
again referred to as a "pilot program." The
term hints of apology. Was the President
apologizing too?
True, the "State of the University" report
is inevitably a reassurance and an idealistic
forecast. What does one do about the inevit-

-Doilv -David Crrnwell
Madison Avenue Techniques and Rushing

Personnel Director
"HARD SELL" the inclusive
term which advertisers apply
to certain salesmanship pitches,
may be applied to the campus
phenomena of rushing.
Throughout a very concentrated
yet subtle campaign of open
houses, smokers, dinners and in-
dividual meetings, affiliated men
try to sell rushees on the merits
of their particular fraternity.
Several hundred undergraduate
men are presently being subjected
to this hard sell process. This

group, predominantly freshmen,
has been getting their first im-
pressionistic view of the "Greek
way" this past week.
During meetings at the various
houses, a rushee has learned that
food may be better, that social
possibilities are very promising
and" that living expenses are on
a plane with University housing.
* * *
ALONG WITH the tangible
benefits, he will also discover that
through a fraternity he will meet
and make lifelong friends. That
within his house will be not only
acquaintances but some intimate

contemporaries - the terms fra-
ternalism and brotherhood will be
mentioned quite often.
He will be on the receiving end
of this campaign until he or that
particular house decide that they
aren't suited for each other.
At that time a choice must be
Fraternities will make a highly
subjective selection of whether to
"bid" or to "drop" an individual.
Rushees will be faced with a
more meaningful decision. Disre-
garding the possibility of picking
between several houses, the most
decisive verdict he will render is


Center Looks at Peace

THE WORLD'S best known problem - one
felt by all '- is the threat of global war and
destruction. This threat offered the major im-
petus in the creation of the Conflict Resolu-
tion Center here last June. But the Center's
social scientists will investigate more problems
than that of war.
War In itself is by no means new with mod-
ern times; rather it is an age-old human occu-
pation. What is new today, however, are the
stakes involved by war; for with the progres-
sion from crossbows to A-bombs, the effect of
warfare has become increasingly more devas-
Clearly today's world leaders are clearly
aware of this danger; and they are handling
any threat of war with kid gloves. The recent
meeting of Ike and Khrushchev would not have
happened even twenty-five years earlier. The
cordial meeting of the two was an open declar-
ation that both nations will make every effort
to avert world destruction.
And underneath, most people take solace
from this realization. That they may be blown
off the face of the earth in the next year is
a constant fear - as yet, however, it is not a
crisis. In fact, there are many who regard it
as a bluff.
IN LIKE MANNER, the Conflict. Resolution
Center has enough faith in the endurance of
civilization to devote a major portion of their
research to the implications of world peace -
a problem that, unlike war, is new and unique.
For although there have been peaceful eras
in history, we now realize that continuing peace
is the only way that history can go on. So be-
sides the problem of how to attain peace, the
Center will grapple with what to do with it
if and when we get it.
The Center recognizes that absence of war
will necessitate a major human readjustment;

for war now fulfills certain functions, such as
providing employment. The fear of unemploy-
ment and depression resulting from peace and
disarmament is a major source of anxiety in
capitalistic countries such as. ours, and the
Center will seek substitutes for the functions
that wars have served.
Another cause of anxiety about peace is the
fear that without war as an internal unifier,
nations will fall apart at the seams. The Center
will study nations that have long been at peace,
such as Sweden, to discover if the absence of
a war-stimulated morale has brought new co-
hesive forces into being.
The Center will also study the effect on the
individual of long-term peace. What will it do
to creativity? Perhaps lack of conflict will mean
boredom and dullness. What effect will it have
on mental stability? Perhaps frustrations re-
leased in war will now have no outlet.
EVERLASTING peace will probably not be ob-
tained by the subordination of all nations
under one power; history has shown that this
way is not too effective for long periods of
history. So any peaceful order that is attained
will mean a limitation on nations' military
power, foreign relations and ways of settling
disputes. The Center will study the implica-
tions of establishing such a system as well as
the means for creating it.
A final block in the path to peace is our very
inability to visualize a world perpetually at
peace. The idea of an unfamiliar world gives
rise to fear - even reluctance - as to how
one will fit in. The Center realizes that this
fear will be another cause for a major human
readjustment in a peaceful world.
It appears then, that the weightier side of
the Center's war and peace problem may very
well be peace.

Homecoming Procedure Disputed

To The Editor:
7th letter to the editor from
the residents of Henderson House,
I am prompted to write describing
a similar injusticeraccorded my
own house, Allen - Rumsey. Our
petition was accepted by one of
the Homecoming officials at five
o'clock on September 28: it was
later dated October 1, three o'clock,
and grouped with all others ac-
cepted before that time. We were
not told that ourdisplay would be
prejudged by the committee, and
that the acceptance time had little
to do with priority. It has been the
procedure in past years to date
the petitions as they are received
and to reject only those whose
theme duplicates a previously ac-
cepted design.
To further aggravate the injus-
tice of the new system, we were
not notified that our theme had
been duplicated in a petition
which was turned in two days
later. The committee apparently
decided that they did not need
more detailed information regard-
ing the two displays, but that they
could fairly determine the better
from the six lines of brief descrip-
tion and the. sketch included in
each petition. This rather blind
procedure was made even more
suspect by a member of the Home-
coming Committee, who, after con-
siderable hedging, admitted that
the committee had examined de-
tailed plans of our opponents' dis-
play, submitted in addition to their
THE QUIETUS came, however,
when we finally insisted upon ex-
amining the opposition's docu-
ment. Even to the eyes of objective
observers, their display exhibited
the wit and artistic sense of a ten-
year old.
There is but one more unfor-
tunate similarity between our ex-
perience and that of Henderson
House: we were both rejected in
favor of affiliated groups with
members on the Homecoming com-
mittee. I hope the apparent dis-
crimination was merely coinci-
dental, and that Homecomings of
the future will be handled with
greater justice and competence.
-Thomas McConnell, '60
Deranged . .
To The Editor:
WE CANNOT escape being mildly
disturbed, to say' the least, by
the fact that this university has
lately begun to play friendly host
to mentally deranged individuals.

Orientation . .
To The Editor:
A N EDITORIAL appeared in The
XI' Michigan Daily on October 8,
1959, by Thomas Kabaker attack-
ing the orientation proposals re-
cently made jointly by IHC and
Assembly. I believe a reply is in
The motivation behind the ori-
entation statement is twofold: 1)
to follow the concepts of the Mich-
igan House Plan, and 2) to provide
a cohesive elment in the form of
living groups. Plainly, this is ,to.
benefit the freshman and not
"raise the quadrangles' and dormi-
tories' prestige."
We do not propose to erect an
Iron Curtain around the freshmen.
The statement is aimed at social
orientation only. Even if the all
campus social orientation were to
be eliminated entirely the fresh-
men would not be kept from out-
side contact. We do not, however,
wish to entirely eliminate this pro-
OUR AIM is not to have 100 per
cent returnees every year. If we
had over 40 per cent of the men
returning we would not be able
to accommodate the new fresh-
men. We must, then, do our best
(Continued from Page 3)
sics; MS: AE, CE, EE, EM; PhD: AE,
CE, EE, EM. All degrees in Physics.
Feb. grads only. Citizenship required.
Missile Div., Downey, Calif.: BS: AE,
ChE, EE, E Phys. & ME; MS: AE, ChE,
EE, Instru, ME & Met.; PhD: AE, ChE,
EE, Instru., ME, and Met. All degrees
in Physics, Feb. and June grads. Citi-
zenship required.
Rocketdyne Div., Canoga Park, Calif.:
All degrees: EE, ME. ChE, CE, AE, Gen-
eral Engrg., Physics & Math. Feb.
grads only.
Oct. 16, 1959
Burroughs Corp., See above.
Monsanto Chemical Co.: See above.
North American Aviation: See above.
Student Part=-Time
The following part-time jobs are
available to students. Applications for
these jobs can be made in the Non-
Academic Personnel Office, Rm. 1020
Admin. Bldg., during the following
hours: Monday through Friday, 1:30
p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Employers desirousof
hiring students for part-time work
should contact Jim Stempson, Student
Intrviewer. at Ext. 2939.

for those men who will be living
in the residence halls for only one t
year. This is what we hope to ac-t
complish through more effectivet
implementation of the Michigan r
House Plan.I
I feel we have an excellent pro-
gram for those men who do re-
turn to the system for a second 1
year. Our academic program,
especially, is of high quality, fea-t
turing faculty guest speakers andt
excellent library facilities. Just thet
opportunity of living with such at
widely diversified group of men isi
a highly educational experience.
The issue should not be whether
IHC or Assembly are capable ofI
-running an effective orientation
program, but, can the individual{
houses? From my limited experi-
ence in Williams House and West
Quadrangle I feel that we are
more than capable of running a
highly successful program, cer-
tainly more successful than the
chaos of a freshman mixer at the
U -Art Brown, President
Williams House, WQ
Books . . .
To the Editor:
I WOULD like to take this op-
portunity to congratulate, the
local book store retailers for their
unceasing concern on behalf of
the students of the University of
Their concern travels past all
limits as educational middlemen,
to a distinct counter-myopic cru-
sade. Or so I gather when the
only available soft-coverhedition
of "The Grapes of Wrath" was
large-typed, wide-spaced and
modernly decorated.
May I add, however, that this
edition (Compass Books) sold
for $1.95, while less-encompassing
printings have been sold for $.50
(the price of my English profes-
sor's copy).
Again, I salute the local book
store retailers, for doing their
part to "hold the price line."
-Alan Bernstein, '62
Pleasure * * *
To the Editor:
Thomas Piatkowski's informa-
tive account of his Polish summer
in the Sunday Daily Magazine. He
discovered there some of the bru-
tal facts of Russian exploitation.
But his conclusion that those facts\
renire the abandonment of coex-

between affiliation and independ-
* * *
EACH TERM is accompanied by
a maze of connotations and a few
mental images. Rumor has it that
one group may have perpetrated a
myth about the other (i.e., beer
drinking, partying fraternity man
as opposed to a boorish independ-
Investigation bears out that a
segment of each social sphere is
there not out of individual choice,
but through some influencing ex-
perience. A quick decision by his
freshman roommate may have
prompted an individual to pledge.
Similarly, an unfortunate en-
counter in one or several houses
tional solution of branding all
may drive a rushee to the irra-
fraternities under a common neg-
ative label.
He may have decided that the
ultimate goal is to be in a fra-
ternity - the reasons behind it
unknown. He may move in the op-
posite direction - reasons again,
is that he is now cast into differ-
ent circles and may find his habi-
tation revolting. Personal intellec-
tual development linked with ac-
tual experience in certain situa-
tions can result in startling indi-
vidual changes.
This freshman-turned-sopho-
more may discover that the bond
between his fraternity brothers
isn't as real as it seemed one year
ago. He could, as an independent,
also become aware that all affil-
iates aren't obnoxious conformists.
Sadly, these flashes of realiza-
tion come only after pain of some
sort. And even then, change is
slow in coming. He has become set
in his ways and too unwilling to
strike a new course.
Sometime about his junior year,
he discovers that it might have
been better to consider all sides
of the question before moving one
way or the other.
But then it is too late.

School Aid
Not Enough
(EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the
fourth and final article in a series
from the Associated Press dealing
with constructive attempts to com-
bat juvenile delinquency.)
Associated Press Education Writer
JUVENILE delinquency is every-
body's business.
Directly or indirectly, everyone
shares in its costs.
No one can stand aloof from its
And, says a research study pub-
lished by the National Education
Association, "All citizens-the gen-
eral public and lay and profes-
sional workers-must get into the
There is no one cause for delin-
quency, and no one cure. A child
learns at his mother's knee, and
in the school. But he also learns
in the alley, on the street corner
and on the playground-if there is
THE SCHOOL, with its large
army of trained youth workers,
can play a vital, strategic role in
the battle against delinquency.
But it can't do the job alone-it
needs the help and cooperation of
the youngster's family, the police,
the courts, and all community
William C. Kvaraceus, director
of the year-long NEA project, em-
phasizes that "the family is one
of the most important influences
in the life of an individual, and
few parents are willfully negligent
or have any wish to raise a delin-
quent youngster. . . ." But some
parents, the report says, just aren't
able to cope with their children.
Although there are many hard-
to -reach parents, with negative
and even hostile attitudes toward
the schools and schoolworkers, it
is essential to get their coopera-
"Many of these parents need,
more than anything else, some
feeling of understanding and ac-
ceptance on the part of the school
and the community," the report
says. "When school and family
work closely together, a promis-
ing result is likely. But when
school and family are in opposi-
tion, an entirely different climax
may be in the Offing."
The school cannot live in isola-
tion from the police and the courts.
If it does, it is failing the young-
ster in trouble, and handicapping
the professional workers who ae
trying to help him.
* *- -
report, "most-if not all-com
munities attach a stigma to police
contact and juvenile court appear-
The report offered these guide-
The schools, courts and police
must share their information, in
an effort to determine the nature
and extent of the local delinquency
A full-time liaison perso should
be employed to work with both the
court and the school.
The schools, police and courts
must work together in determin-
ingthe causes of truancy, and de-
ciding what can be done about it.
They also work together in de-
veloping educational programs for
the prevention and control of de-
"By sharing information through
joint study and planning," the re-
port says, the schools, legal agen-
cies and courts can do much for a
youngster's present and future

There is the same urgent need
for cooperation between the
schools and other community







l i ..... - --

In the Lion's Den

EXPOSE himself to a press conference
at this moment, as Secretary Herter did
on Tuesday, was the rough equivalent of walk-
ing into the lion's den.
Mr. K. has come and gone. Mr. K. has been
to Peking. The great issues of life and death
have been talked about, and the main agree-
ment reached has been that there shall be
more negotiation, talk without time limits and
without precision, without threats but with-
out promises. This basic agreement requires the
use in public of vague formulae, in which no-
body has to dot his i's and cross his t's.
HE ALLOWED himself to be drawn into a
line of questions about Mr. K.'s visit to
Peking, about the relations of Russia and
China, and about our views of where Russia
stands in relation to China. These are among
the most interesting questions in the world
for table talk and for irresponsible newspaper
writing and for private official consideration.

viet relations with Peking. These commen-
taries cannot possibly soften the Chinese posi-
tion. They cannot fail to embarrass the Rus-
sians. Surely the right official policy is silence,
and the utmost reserve and discretion.
Apart from this Chinese scratch, Mr. Herter
did extremely well, most particularly with the
question of Berlin. The crucial problem of
Berlin, which was not solved at Geneva, is
how to find a basis of negotiation which in-
sures the security of the community of West
Berlin. Except, it would seem, for Mr. Acheson,
there is a general recognition that the situa-
tion is abnormal.
This abnormal situation has to be main-
tained in substance until the two Berlins are
reunited and become the capital of a reunited
Germany. But to maintain this abnormality
for a long period offtime, perhaps for a genera-
tion, we cannot stand pat upon the old texts of
the occupation period. These texts did not fore-
see anything like the present situation enduring

'Blue Denim'.Rps
Crackles, and Flops
"BLUE DENIM," now playing at the State Theater, is the latest Hol-
lywood attempt to perpetuate the teen-age tragedy myth. As Sam
Butler once said, "Youth is like spring - an over-praised season," and
the movie tries its best to prove it. The cards, of course, are stacked,
or, to put it another way, the denim is dirty. Viewers over eighteen, or
over the hill, don't stand a chance.
The plot centers around the Bartley family: Malcolm, Jesse, Lillian,
and Arthur. It lacks only organ music to provide that final, soap-box
opera touch. We need not concern ourselves with Lillian, however. She's
not only eighteen, but she gets married to a dentist, Axel by name.
Arthur (Brandon DeWilde), Lillian's younger brother, is not -quite
so fortunate. He falls in love with Janet (Carol Lynley), and as a result
Janet gets an ideal chance to peruse a book on pregnancy. This is
probably to be expected, since her father is a college professor.
* * *
ARTHUR'S PARENTS, played as convincingly as possible by Mac-
Donald Carey and Marsha Hunt, are the usual middle-class clods, un-
sensitive and unimaginative. Arthur is the typical middle-class teen-
ager, with a bleeding heart.
I see that I have forgotten to mention Hector. Hector is an old
dog who gets gassed, literally, before the picture begins. He had be-
longed to Arthur, but had been disposed of by Malcolm, without hav-
ing first asked Arthur's permission. And if Daddy sneaks around kill-
ing dogs, what will he do to Arthur and Janet, now that she is pregnant?




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