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"If They Start Comparing Grocery Bills We're Sunk"

Seventieth Year

Moving 'Nun's Story'
One of Year's Finest

When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

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

Y, OCTOBER 16, 1959


Urban Renewal Needs.
More Constructive Approach

IT IS POINTLESS to argue further the bene-
fits of the government-subsidized Urban Re-
newal program vetoed by Ann Arbor's mayor
last June.
But some attempt should be made to devise
a workable alternate plan.
Mayor Cecil 0. Creal proposed an alternate
plan when he vetoed the federally-supported
program in June. Committees of architects,
bankers, builders and other interested citizens
were to be appointed by him to a citizens' com-
mittee for voluntary rehabilitation.
Committee members were to encourage resi-
dents of the blighted area to repair and reno-
vate their homes. Banks or a private loan fund
would give people funds when they..needed
them. Everyone was to be encouraged to paint,
his house and fix his yard. A blighted area
would become habitable and pleasant.
UNFORTUNATELY, this plan has all the
characteristics of a jolly barn-raising party.
In the mid-nineteenth century, barn-raisings
worked. Kind, interested neighbors could-and
did-work together to help a friend build a
barn, or rebuild a house destroyed by fire. All
it involved was hard work and Christian char-
It did riot involve sums of money larger than
a, city could afford, party politics, fear of ra-
cial integration or protection of real-estate in-
terests. The problem of urban rehabilitation
Frankly, the city cannot afford to sponsor a
rehabilitation program. Federal agencies are1
not overly anxious to spend their money. They
would not have approved Ann Arbor's Urban
Renewal plan if it could have been done with-
out federal aid. Even an attempt at city-spon-
sored rehabilitation would 'involve an increase
in taxes.
HE ENTIRE Urban Renewal prpblem .has
been a party-splitting issue for many
months. The six-to-five City Council vote in
favor of the Urban Renewal resolutions which
the mayor vetoed included three Republican=
votes. When an attempt to override the veto
became clearly futile, they switched their votes

and thereby went on record as being in favor
of Urban Renewal but recognizing the futility
of trying to push through a government-sub-
sidized program.
SO WHEN the mayor, leader of their politi-
cal party, proposed an alternate plan, they
were obliged to go along, rather than seem to
oppose a substitute.
So far the plan has produced a chairman
and neighborhood groups making surveys that
no one knew about. In fact very few people
know anything about, what is happening but
the mayor.
Taking a less harsh tone, one is forced to ad-
mit that the plan is the mayor's, the commit-
tee he appoints will be his, and it need be re-
sponsible to no one but him. But the evasion
and doubletalk he gave at last Monday's meet-
ing to Council members asking about what ac-
tion had been taken on the problem is hard
to justify inthe highest elected official of the
Admittedly, a comprehensive plan that would
effectively organize all elements of the com-
munity in such a program takes a great deal
of time. But a neighborhood survey to find out
what needs to be done seems pointless when
the problem has been a matter of public rec-
ord for at least three years.
THE MAYOR will present a report to the City
Council some time in November. If it con-
tains evidence of serious thought, constructive
suggestions for improvement that go beyond
painting houses, a workable scheme for fi'nanc-
ing the plan, and sincere interest in improv-
ing the area for the benefit of the people living
there, the mayor and the people he chose to
work with him are to be commended.-
If it does not, the City Council will have to
take action.
Urban rehabilitation is important to Ann Ar-
bor. Too much time that could have been spent
for other things has already been wasted in
emotionalism. A rational, disinterested ap-
proach is needed.

4THE NUN'S STORY," in the
capable hands of Fred Zinne-
mann, turns out as one of the
most beautiful, moving offerings
Hollywood has created in years.
It is exquisite pageantry, dra-
matic intensity and superb cine-
iatography wrapped into a pro-
found package. The story of the
girl who enters the convent and
then discovers that she is not cap-
able of being the perfect nun she
desires, is emotional drama at its
Audrey Hepburn portrays with
great sensitivity Sister Luke, the
worldly nun to whom obedience to
the holy order is too difficult a
task. Her handling of the role is
almost faultless; she carries all of
the emotion, the tension and
struggle of a nun trying to find
serenity in her chosen life through
a series of memorable facial sym-
phonies. Since the habit is worn
by Miss Hepburn almost through-
out the film, all of her expression
must be conveyed through the
face. She performs admirably.
Peter Finch as Dr. Fortunato,
the Congo physician who knows
Sister Luke better than she knows
herself, is more than adequate for
the role. The remainder of the
cast is above average, and the
drama moves sometimes,- slowly,
oftimes more stately, to the final
crushing moments.
* *-*
THIS PICTURE is more beauti-
ful to behold than any in this
reviewer's memory. The color pho-
tography is superb. From the sub-
tly multi-colored stones of the
Brussels convent to the lush
heartland of the Congo-the color
camera captures it all. Especially
memorable are the interior scenes


of convent life, which have ex-
tremely, subdued coloring. The
movie frequently is beautiful in its
austerity; sometimes glorious in
its luxuriance.
"The Nun's Story" is transfer-
red almost unchanged from Kath-
erine Hulme's best-selling book.
The film captures the subtle ten-
sion and movement which the
book often misses.
The story of the nun struggling
with her conscience is potentially
overpowering drama. The film
reaches memorable dramatic
heights. ,
Totalling the results: Audrey
Hepburn makes a beautiful nun:
the mother superior is statuesque
and awesome. The film is perhaps
the best of the current season.
-Robert Junker
'A geltika'



Herblock is away due to illness

Copyright,959, The Puitter Pubishi C0.,
SL Louis Post-DisPatch



Prospective Candidates See Good Meeting

Daily Staff Writer
AWAVE of election fever seems
to have rolled over the campus.
Instead of the usual one or two
students who mistake the Council
room for the meeting place for
Homecoming or pep rallies and
soon leave, the room was almost
filled for the meeting Wednesday
night. Though it would be nice to
assume that they were all inter-
ested constituents, many probably
Women's rush or Sigma Kappa
wasn't being discussed. Only the
routine business that occupies
much of SGC's time was on ,the
agenda. About the only conclusion
that can be reached is that many
in the audience were prospective
candidates for seats on the Coun-
cil. This in itself is a good sign
that many people are interested.

IN MANY WAYS it was a good
meeting for prospective candidates
to attend. For the most part the
meeting was orderly; and even
though no world-shaking issues
were discussed, enough routine
business was brought up, and taken
care of in a business-like manner.
to give a fairly favorable impres-
sion of the Council.
Much of this good impression
was caused by a discrimination re-
port complied by members of the
SGC Committee for Student Af-
fairs. Unlike the usual committee
report, with its hasty thrown to-
gether aspects, this showed
thought. Over a year was spent
sending out the questionnaires,
compiling the replies and writing
the report.
This discrimination report is not
one that should be merely praised

then placed in the files. The in-
formation about the conditions in
other universities is of great value.
But possibly the most important
aspect of the report are the state-
ments from university officials
telling how they managed to re-
move written and unwritten dis-
criminatory practices of their fra-
ternities and sororities.
THE PROBLEMS of discrimina-
tion has also been under study by
a SGC committee. But it, the com-
mittee on the 1949 ruling, seems
to have.disappeared into the walls
of the Student Activities Build-
ing without leaving any tangible
solutions. Perhaps this report is
needed to provide the committee
with ideas applicable to the Uni-
Even the discussion of the Regu-

The Customers' Unneeded Needs

THE HIDDEN persuaders have had a hayday
since the motivational research units pre-
dicted that the year of '60 would be ripe to sell
Ads gleam and glisten from Life magazine
pages rivaling their overchromed subjects
themselves. Chevy threatens from a full page
spread, "if you can drive this one and not
want it, you're a born pedestrian-;" Chrysler
taunts from its laquered page, "Exciting Es=
cape! . . . this lion-l4earted call to the open
road;" while Cadillac avers, "In a realm all
its own . ..
For every walk of life, now there is a car.
For manufacturers have bent backwards to
create one for every possible need, taste, and
then some.
AND HERE lies the problem. Does the con-
sumer create the demand for the product,
or is it largely created by Madison Avenue
,Theoretically the manufacturer takes his cue
from what the consumer needs and supplies
him with it. But in practice, it seems that
manufacturers realize buyers' needs are ill
determined and open to suggestion. Contrary,
to conventional economics, the manufacturers,
by making their prodcts attractive enough
and by boosting them with skillful advertis-
ing, can create in the customer a totally new
I Summit Dr
Associated Press News Analyst
THE UNITED STATES is beginning to put
the brakes on Britain's headlong rush to-
ward a summit conference.
There have been repeated expressions in
Britain that Khrushcbev is in a mood which
should be investigated before it has any time'
to evaporate.
Prime Minister Macmillan appears to believe
that the re-election of his party was in good
part due to public confidence in its foreign
policy and its near approach to the summit,
and is anxious to carry on the popular effort.
There are differences in viewpoint which,
though they will not ultimately affect concert-
paglia i 91anuo '93Ua.9aIuoo aGt ! , Oga pal
States to go a little slower.1

and unnecessary need or needlessly increase
one already in existence.
This year Detroit auto manufacturers are
striving with all their might to make car sales
soar. They have put out an array of autos
bound to tempt anyone who likes cars at all-
which includes practically everyone of driving
age. Smaller cars, bigger cars, more chrome,
less trim, more room inside, less bulk outside,
station wagons, imported cars, basic trans-
portation, or luxury on wheels--anything, any
one could want will be on display at the neigh-
borhood auto dealers.
RESEARCH HAD the cue, manufacturers pro-
duced an endless variety of cars, and Madi-
son Avenue is pushing them. Such strident
motivation is bound to persuade Middle Class
Harry, whom the research boys say will have
a few extra dollars this year, that he just has
to have a new car.
But if more people drive to the new car deal-
er in their perfectly good '58 models than walk
there, manufacturers and advertisers will have
accomplished only one thing-gross waste.
And when advertising stimulates purchasing
above and beyond any normally determined
need, the economic picture is distorted, and the
general public may find itself in a capitalistic
puppet state with hidden persuaders pulling
the strings that dictate their needs.
i Slowing
Their chief emphasis is on Berlin.
The United States, on the other hand, has
for months been pursuing a Berlin policy di-
rected at something it believes to be more
Washington puts, its chief emphasis on ob-
taining even an infinitesimal start on disarma-
ment. President Eisenhower is talking again
about the world economic progress which could
be made with the funds now going into military
preparations. Khrushchev played this point
heavily in his grandiose appeal before the
United Nations.
THE UNITED STATES is starting some dis-
cussions in the United Nation designed to
bring the force of world opinion to bear on the
President Eisenhower has a' commission at
work looking for suggestions, and this com-
mission will not report until after the first of
the year.
Thus, being less sanguine than the Bh-itish
about the Berlin issue, and being determined to
take the time necessary for thorough prenara-

Peace, Prosperity Major Factors.

lations Booklet, while it was dull
at times, was handled in such a
way to be fairly painless. If the
whole Booklet had been discussed
at one meeting or if unlimited de-
bate had been allowed on any one
word change the boredum - and
futility-would have been unbear-
able. But through the use of sug-
gestions and recommendations in-
stead of motions the ideas of the
Council were heard and discussed
without much meaningless debate.
THE JOINT International Stu-
dents Association-SGC essay con-
test is basically a good idea, 'if it
is handled properly. But its tim-
ing was 'so poor as to be unbeliev-
able. The suggested topic of "What
can be done to improve the rela-
tionships between international
and American students", seems to
be almost a slap in the face follow-
ing the scheduling of 'Hilleliapop-
pin' on the same night as ISA's
Monte Carlo Ball.
The main reason that ISA did
not want any other student ac-
tivities on the night of their dance
is that they were hoping to im-
prove the relationships between in-'
ternational and American stu-
dents. Since the essays are not due
until next spring, it seems that
even if the announcement for the
contest were held off for another
week,, things would have been
much better.
But even with the essay contest,
the meeting was one that can
serve as a fine example of student
government. The horseplay and
the meaningless debate was held
to a minimum. All in all, a good
show for the candidates.

" A NGELIKA"is one of those
melancholy Teutonic imports
of lugubrious intent and incalcul-
able dullness. The director has
taken an empty story and simply
drenched it with all the 'damp
dank darkness ofha German mau-
soleum; the result is very nearly
"Angelika" (the word "is from
the middle German "Angeilch,"
meaning anguish) concerns a
lonely girl who is dying. Maria
Schell (known in America for her
leaden frown) takes the role, play-
ing it with that peculiar hangdog
expression which cleverly conceals
from the audience the problem of
whether or not she is crying.
But this, is picky since there i
no real problem involved-her cry-
ing jags occur at such neatly
periodic intervals. Her long and
lingering illness (in which some
critics have discovered a symbolic
parallel to the film itself) is finally
cured by a dedicated and rather
occultish, young doctor-one Stef-
an Haulm.
* * *
STEFAN IS a pithy fellow who
spends the' very best and sweetest
hours of youth -vacillating between
his Vesalius texts and his Verdi,
arias. One of Stefhan's more mem-
orable scenes, the one in which
the most hair is ripped from his
head, occurs, naturally, in the
laboratory. There he sweeps away
his homunculi, looks askance, at
his philosopher's stone and shrieks
"I must isolate those wretched
germs somehow, I must."
These three characters may well
represent, the pinnacle of the
drama, yet, they are surrounded
by such a swarm of "minor" char-
acters that the audience is literally
stricken by the author's fecundity.
MOSES FINLEY, a few years
ago, wrote a brilliant book in
whichhe tried toirecreate the
"world of Odysseus" through a
consideration of the values, hints
and allusions which he picked out
of the Homeric poems. "Angelika"
begs for a similarly clinical ap-
preciation in terms of the social
One would find, I guess, that the
society which produced such a
movie holds certain basic aspects
in common with the society which
has been producing, for some years
now, the horror films. It is not
"escapism, not vulgarity, not a
fear of the bomb, not even plain
stupidity." It is something further
and even more malignant. I don't
know what.
-Eli Zaretsky




Daily Staff Writer
ON TUESDAY a new British
parliament will meet for their
first session in order to elect a new
Prime Minister, and the man who
had most to do with determining
the composition of that Parlia-
ment will soon be at its head
again. This man is Harold Mac-
The Conservative victory might
not have been a landslide, but it
did increase their parliamentary
majority from 68 to 107, leaving
no doubt as to the will of the
British voter. The only question
remaining is what caused this un-
precedented third term for an
English polit cal party to remain
'in office.
The major factor appears to
have been the normal inertia felt
by a satisfied population. England
is enjoying the highest standard
of living it has yet attained. There
appeared to be no benefits to be
gained by changing the group
that had been in power when this
height was reached.
THE SECOND major factor was
the question of peace in the world.
A parallel can be drawn between
this and Eisenhower's two elec-
tions, the first with a promise to
end the Korean conflict, and the
second following the Geneva sum-
mit meeting. Macmillan has made
himself the symbol that Nehru
once was. He is the mediator, the
man who is going to brings the
United States and the Soviet
Union together at last. The La-
borites had nothing to compare to
However, the main reason for
the defeat that Labor suffered
goes back much further, to the
first post-war Conservative victory
in 1951 when the Conservatives
more 'or less stole Labor's fire. By
denationalizing only the steel in-
dustry, they gave the appearance
of actually accepting the policy of
nationalization. The fact that the
industry that remained national-
ized, coal and railroads, had been
losing money for their former
owners was not too loudly nro-

down in their party convention
that in the end they didn't want
it banned either, this distinction
Outside of his party loyalties,
there was really no reason for the
average Briton to vote for Labor;'
there was no reason to let a good
thing go and as a result they
The only conclusion that one
can draw is that the British are
rapidly approaching the American
political of two nearly indistin-
guishable parties. The time for a
change is when times get bad and
when times are good there is no
need for this change.

Gaitskell claims that the flame
of Socialism burns as brightly as
ever. It must be admitted that
such a flame is quite difficult to
detect. Any last remnant of a
distinctive character that the La-
bor party had was lost when
Bevan, the one radical with any
backing, deserted his group after
being offered a place in thgegov-
ernment in the event of a Labor
victory. Until Labor again can
show that it has a program that
is definitely it own, it can only
wait until bad times befall the
Conservatives. But, if they wait
too long they might possibly lose
out to the lowly Liberals.

Dance Sponsors Complain About 'Collectors'

To the Editor:
A TTENTION Souvenir Hunters:
The recently popular collec-
tor's items, Playboy's Prance
dance posters, will temporarily be
off the market. The inebriated
little poster Playboy who periodi-
cally appeared on the Diag in the
last week has enjoyed great popu-
Unfortunately, we have, experi-
enced such great demand for these
artful masterpieces that we find it
impossible to supply all our greedy
consumers. We therefore find it
necessary to request that our cus-
tomers wait patiently until either
production can meet all demands
or until our consumers grow up!
It is indeed unfortunate that a
few students will attempt to pre-
vent the entire student body from
learning of an all campus event.
The Playboy's Prance is not the
only activity which has been
stifled by the selfish collecting of
posters. Homecoming signs and
other announcements have also
disappeared. Since these posters,
particularly those on the Diag, are
the major advertisement for these
events, their destruction results in

would cost hundreds of dollars.
Can You Afford This???
-Playboy's Prance Sponsors
Obligation .. .
To The Editor:
WOULD LIKE to thank Mr.
Blood for his kind interest in
my article. I hope that this letter
helps to answer the questiops he
raised in his letter to the editor of
October 10.
I am sorry if I have implied that
I desire the "abandonment of co-
existence in favor of fighting, etc."
My intended meaning was that I
no longer consider peace, per se,
as the most important thing in
life. The most important is that
we, as individuals and as a coun-
try, always 'strive to fulfill those
goals that we hold as our moral
I am not against peace and
peaceful coexistence. I believe that
we should pursue them with all the
resources at our command. But, if
and when the time ever comes that
our pursuit of a peaceful existence
comes into conflict with what we
regard as a moral obligation, I
hope we have the strength and
courage of spirit to turn and face

ference we should all stick up for
each other's school. The So. Cal.
student newspaper said that the
Big 10 was just 10 big rich schools
and nothing else, they also said
Michigan could be and should be
playing high school teams.
Let's stick together, not knock
each other. So So. Cal. beat Ohio
State. That doesn't mean that the
Big 10 is finished. Look what the
Big 10's done to the other so-

called top teams -.Northwestern
walloped Okla. Purdue trounced
Notre Dame. Let's keep the Big 10
the No. 1 conference it is. The best
teams in the United States are and
always will be: 'MICHIGAN,
-R. A. Allen
Medina, Ohio



agreement or
the uncertainties
ups and downs o

believe that some sort of an
n Berlin is possible, removing
which have accompanied the
sf Soviet pressure for the past

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