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Seventieth Year

'hen 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, NOVEMBER 13, 1959


Williams' Speech Stirs
Crowd, Not The Senate

"Oh, Well, I've Been Thrown Out of Better Joints"
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[HE CROWD awaiting Gov. Williams' speech
Wednesday in the Union ballroom mur-
iured in quiet, expectant and passively curious
nes. Ann Arbor school people and Uiversity
dministrators and faculty sat in chairs knot-
ed at the floor's center. Students and latecom-
ig officials grouped in informal fringes. All
ad obviously attended at the sudden insist-
ice of quick publicity and out of curiosity
ather than the desire to be informed. An ad
b attitude prevailed, like the seemingly im-
ulsive nature of the governor's decision to
arnstorm the state.
The godlike, almost inhuman, figure of Gov.
Tilliams kneaded the passive crowd in an hour
ad a half to the point where one questioner
pouted, "If we can't dump on Mr. Sallade
R-Ann Arbor) or on the Governor, who do
e attack?" Another, so thoroughly convinced
' "education's peril," felt called upon to ask
hether state schools could legally close down
they had no money to operate.,
Whether Williams' other talks throughout
ie state will similarly stir his listeners re-
ains to be seen. His over-six-foot appearance
self must bring awe. His bull neck, bald spot,
ad altogether human features tell listeners he.
like them, that he too is humanly conscien-
ous, unsure, cutting and humble. It seems
rilliams as a figure before the public must
ir a reaction.
FHE GOVERNOR presented the complex
problem simply, because "I honestly believe
2e future of education in this state is in dire
eril and I cannot, in good conscience, remain
lent about it." He said the Legislature lacks,
5 to $40 million of meetings the expenses
has already set for itself, approximately $403
illion. Apparently when he heard Senate Re-
iblicans propose the $70 million taxes "which
ould deliberately fail by $40 million to raise
ifficient money," it "became clear" to him the
iference would come out of the schools.
Alarmed, and seeking action because he is
man of action, Williams went out to tell the
School aid - public school aid, that is, not
>propriaiions to higher education - comes
om two general sources, the school aid fund
id the general fund. Williams explained, "Be-
fuse the school aid fund does not provide suf-
cient money to pay out the school aid for-
ula of $205 per child less deductible millage,
le Legislature has promised that it will ap-
opriate later an amount from the general
nd to make up this difference." However, the
5 million difference hire is what the Repub-
can tax plan will not pay, he said, since it is

the only expenditure cut which can be made
under law. The supplement, not due till spring,
is the sole expense not yet appropriated.
WHAT ABOUT the colleges( and universities?
The Governor laid it on the line - the
crowd could hardly help but be agreeable. Sim-
ply again, he said universities would receive
appropriations if Republicans maintain prom-
ises to continue the state services the Legis-
lature has already set. But static financing, at
best, is in store for the future. "Even (in 1960-
61) when you get a full year of revenues from
the proposed new tax, you will have $396 mil-
lion revenue rather than $403," he pointed out.
In other words, the increased tax returns pro-
posed for 1960-61 would not even meet expenses
set this year, let alone allow for the "growth
The speech created understanding. It also
provided entertainment, as Sallade marched
up to the rostrum and "welcomed" the Gov-
ernor, saying he "didn't object at all" to the
Governor's appearance before his, Sallade's
constituency. Subsequent sallies between the
Governor, Sallade, and questioners showed the
crowd the reality of the political entanglements
in the state capital. All in all, a fine presenta-
AND, IT MAY BE added, 'an action in trend
with the political times. On a lesser scale,
Williams' three-day tour reflects Roosevelt's
fireside chats, Eisenhower's television appear=
ances. Reaching out beyond Legislative intri-
cacy to the "folks" who intuitively must feel
the imminence of the threat and the sense of
a certain solution, this has recently been the
statesman's way.
The tour reflects statesmanship on Williams'
part, also purposeful action where in the past
few months he has been criticized for inaction
and purposelessness.
Nevertheless, a member of a stirred audience
must criticize the Governor's appearance here
and throughout the state. Thousands of let-
ters to legislators from thousands of swayed
listeners will not influence the Republican sen-
ators who remain at the crux of the impasse,
and the "peril to education." Several properly
stirred, well-placed businessmen-Harlow Cur-
tice and George Romney, for example - would
be much more effective and may possibly rep-
resent the only group which could be effective,
Were Williams to make such an appeal, it
might in the long run be more "appealing" to
all concerned with the state's problem than
the present tour will be,


WITH ENOUGH bounce to hurl
a satallite into orbit, the Soph
Show blasted off last night and
was two and a half hours of musi-
cal fun.
This year's show is the 1943 mu-
sical comedy, "One Touch of
Venus" by S. J. Perelman, Odgen
Nash'and Kurt Weil. These three
greats in the theatre world cooked
up a frothy souffle about a statue
of Venus which comes to life when
a timid barber tries his fiancee's
engagement ring on it.
True to being the goddess of
love, Venus goes crazy over the
barber because he is so unheroic.
Complications arise when his
highly strung bride-to-be comes
back to town and the goddess' fol-
lowers want her to return to her
t* *s*
UNLIKE MANY other older mu-
sicals, "Venus" is still lively and
engaging because of its ribald dia-
logue and lilting songs.
In the title role, Sue Brecken-
ridge is devastating. She has the
stage presence and poise of the
original Venus-Mary Martin. Miss
Breckenridge sings, dances, acts
with great flair and is all around
simply wonderful.
Joni Prooslin as the secretary in
the art school is the queen of the
acid quip. When she bursts into
song, her powerful voice entrances
the hearer. Her song in the second
act, "Very, Very, Very" is a comic
As the perplexed barber, Ralph
Ryback is extremely funny. What
he lacks in the way of vocal en-
dowments was more than ade-
quately made up for with his en-
thusiastic 'delivery,
* * *
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In-law) is properly dragon-like.
Harold Diamond, a Freudian
physician, provides a hilarious few
minutes in the jail scene.
The physical production pro-
vided by Faith Lubin and Neil
Bierbower is simply stunning.
Their fragmentary settings are a
triumph of skill and imagination.
The only point that one could
quibble over is that the modern
paintings in the art school aren't
sufficiently esoteric.
The joint directors, Josie Kasle
and Stephen H. Vander Vort, kept
the staging simple but effective.
Their only sin was one of omission.
The music called for chorus move.,
ment which was not supplied.
The only thing that was un-
pleasant about the show was the
seemingly interminable waits be
tween scenes. They destroyed the
flow of this otherwise well paced
--Patrick Chester
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VOL. LXX, NO. 46
General Notices
New University of Michgan Graduate
Screening Examinations in French and
German. All graduate students desir-
ing to fulfill their foreign language re-
quirement by passing the written exam-
ination given by Prof. Lewis (formerly
given by Prof. Hootkins) must first pass
an objective screening examination.
The objective examinations will be giv-
en four times each semester (i.e., Sept.
Oct., Nov., December, Feb., March, Ap-
ril, and May) and once during the
Summer Session, in July. Students who
fail the objective examination may re-
peat it but not at consecutive admin-
istrations of the test (e.g., Sept. and
'Oct.) except when the two adminis-
trations are separated by more than
35 days (e.g., Dec. and Feb.),
The next administration of the ob-
jective examinations in French and
German will be on Wed., Nov. 18 in
Aud. C, Angell Hall at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Within 24 hours after the examinations
the names of students who have passed
will be posted on the Bulletin Board
outside the office of Prof. Lewis, the
Examiner in Foreign Languages, Rm.
3028 Rackham Bldg.
Students desiring to fulfill the Grad-
uate School's requirement In French
and German are alerted to an alternate
path. A grade of B or better in French
12 and German 12 will satisfy the for-
eign language requirement, A grade of
B or better in French 11 and German 11
Is the equivalent of having passed the
objective screening examination.
Opera Tickets: Mail orders for tickets
to "Don Pasquale," the operatic jewel
by Donizetti, are now being accepted.
The opera will be presented Thurs.,
through Sat., Nov. 19-21, in the True-
blood Aud., Frieze Bldg. Tickets are
$1.00, general admission unreserved
seating. Checks payable to Play Pro-
duction. Mail orders to: Playbill, Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor.
The Stearns Collection of Musical In-
struments will be open on Tuesdays
and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. Enter at
East Circle Drive (across from the
Choral Union Members please call for
courtesy passes to the concert by the
Pamplona Choir from Spain today -
during the hours 9:00 to 11:30 and
1:00 to 4:00 at the offices of the Uni-
versity Musical Society in Burton
Tower. The concert' is scheduled for
Sunday, Nov. 15'at 2:30 - but passes
must be picked up on Fri. as indicated
Students, College of Engineering:
The final day for dropping courses
without record will be Fri., Nov. 13. A
course may be dropped only with the
permission of the classifier after con-
ference with the instructor.i
The final day for removal of incom-
pletes will be Fri., Nov. 13. Petitions
for extension of time must be on file
in the Recorder's Office on or before
Fri., Nov. 13.




After Israeli Elections

THE IDEAL reviewer of the new
issue of Generation would be
Charles van Doren. For a suffi-
cient fee, he could grimace, con-
tort, sweat, and otherwise make
everyone believe that the occasion
was of sotme importance. Perhaps
it is. After all, eight editors, fifty-
three sub-editors, ten artists, and
other contributors have concen-
trated their talents to produce less
than fifty pages of text.
Thus the buyer is getting the
services of nearly two people per
page at a cost of less than one
cent per page. That would appear
to be a bargain in any country.
But I wish I knew exactly what
Generation was, so that I could
accurately evaluate it. Is it a lo-
cal student publication in which
apprentices in the crafts of arts
and letters are trying out their
talents? Or is it an international
journal, modeled roughly on Bot-
teghe Oscure, the Paris Review,
and Contact?
If it is the former, ,it succeeds
admirably - it is probably the
best student magazine within- a
radius of 200 miles. If it is the lat-
ter - well, let us not even think
about it! But the editors should,
for as it stands Generation lacks
definition, has no identifiable
character, and seems to be striv-
ing ineffectually to be all things
to all men.
THE CURRENT issue contains
three stories and a critical essay,
all by seniors, and a dozen poems
and translations, all by graduate
students except for the contribu-
tion by Geoffrey Hill, visiting lec-
turer~from Leeds. And, with excep-
tions that will be duly noted, there
are some blobs, wiggles andksquig-
gles that pass for art 'work.
The first of the stories is Joe
Dassin's "Morning Glory and
Olive Bottles," a Nelson-Algrenish
undevine comedy in which an in-

different and impassive Dante
(CI") is led by an incest-trauma-
tized Virgil ("Willy") - Willy and
Joe, get it? - through the sewery
labyrinths of his home town to
the "Cosmos" bar where he is to
meet a grotesque variation on
Paolo and Francesca.
This is a brutal, tough Paolo:
"he'd stick his hand inside . .
Then when opens the hand . .
bang! the bottle bursts." His treat-
ment of his adulterous wife and
two-timing friends is of the same
order. The dialogue is good, sus-
tained, hard-boiled realism (ex-
cept for Willy's astonishing refer-
ence to himself as "the unvan-
quished"), and there is some hi-
larious comedy, though it wavers
uncertainly between subtlety and
*C *
AL YOUNG'S "Sweets" is less
successful, and its straightforward
realism has no overtones of the
mythic and the Freudian. Sweets
is a Negro Studs Lonigan, an ado-
lescent dope addict just out of
high school, supported by a tiny,
overworked, long-suffering moth-
er. His chief interest is in raising
money for "pot" and visiting a
teen-age slut who makes "the sun
come out in his groin." The lan-
guage is brittle and telegraphic,
the plot stale and sordid. I hope
that the novel-in-progress, of
which "Sweets" is chapter one, is
never finished.
"Broken Stems-Dead Flowers"
by Merrill Whitburn is an attempt
at lyric fiction, and though the
story has more fine things in it
than anyone has a right to expect
from an undergraduate, it finally
delivers less than it promises. An
imaginative, precocious little boy
undergoes rites de passage, is ini-
tiated to evil and death in the
world - or so the body of the
story seems to be suggesting. The

iEW DELHI-The dramatic victory of Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion and his Mapai
arty in the Israeli elections last week must be
t alongside the earlier defeat of the Labor
arty in the British elections. Both are demo-
atic socialist parties, yet one suffered a severe
,feat while the other achieved an impressive
What makes the contrast even stronger is the
ct that the -British Labor Party ran against.
ily three others while Mapai had to run
ainst 23 other parties. To have won close to
I per cent of the vote against a fleld including
ro other labor parties as well as two liberal
rties and an extreme nationalist party is
mething for the books. And for Mapai to
ive improved its position in Israel's parlia-
ent, the Knesset, at a time when a flood of
w immigrant voters is sweeping in from
orth Africa and the Arab countries makes the
ctory a memorable one.
'OR ME WHAT happened in England and in
Israel sheds considerable light on the
rength and weakness of socialism. In highly
dustrialized countries, especially in Europe,
is losing its appeal. In the still underdeveloped
untries of the Middle East and Asia the
cialist program and emphasis, whatever the
rty label, has meaning and a future. To put
differently, state ownership and enterprise-
ich don't make much sense to people in an
:ustrialized society where investment capital
available-make much more sense to people
a society where only the state can assure the
cessary capital in crucial industries.
If I am right in this idea it means a lessen-
i importance for socialism in advanced eco-
mies that already have a welfare state of
e kind or another and a growing importance
r socialism in economies that are trying to
hieve industrialism and welfare at the same
It means one other thing-that in Asia, Africa
d the Middle East the effective weapon
ainst both communism and extreme racial
tionalism is likely to be a practical, hard-
aded welfare socialism such as Prime Min-
er Ben-Gurion symbolizes in Israel. Some-
nes, as in Burma, this welfare socialist
>gram may be headed up by a military

is one of the facts of life that we shall have to
accept in this part of the world, as President
Eisenhower will see when he arrives here.
THERE ARE SOME other conclusions to be
drawn from Ben-Gurion's victory. For one
thing he avoided the mistake of the doctrinaire
socialists who are still afraid of patriotism.
'Ben-Gurion learned how to combine his labor
party program with a confident and sometimes
even swaggering nationalism. I note that the
extreme nationalist party, Herut, kept its hold
on second place but failed to make the big
gain it hoped for. Herut was held in check
largely, I think, because it found the task of
playing itself up as super-nationalist a hard
one when Ben-Gurion was so good a nationalist.
Along the same line Ben-Gurion, who holds
the defense portfolio himself, has managed to
combine his socialism with an impressive mili-
tary strength and a firm foreign policy. If
someone like Ben-Gurion had been in power
in India I am convinced that India would not
today be so vulnerable to Chinese aggression.
I say this although it is probably heresy to in-
voke the name of Ben-Gurion in a country
which has no diplomatic ties with Israel and
where only one major newspaper carried a few
sticks of type about the election results.
FINALLY there is the quality of Ben-Gurion's
own leadership. He has made mistakes, and
the Israeli people know it, but they also know
that a man who takes the risks of. leadership
is one who can ride out crises and meet each
new challenge with imaginative strength. This
is why they cling to his leadership even at 73
and have given him a chance to form a new
coalition cabinet with greater bargaining power
than he had before.
Ben - Gurion has been called an Israeli
Churchill. It might be better to see him as a
more democratic version of de Gaulle, with
something of the same authority, the same
stubborness, the same combination of strength
and flexibility and the same unquenchable be-
lief in his people and tradition and their great-
Unlike de Gaulle, however, Ben-Gurion has
shown a capacity to pick and build younger
men who will succeed him. This is the "young

ending, however, is an anti-cli-
mactic discovery that the boy's
parents are engaged in the battle
of the sexes at a tavern.
Gottfried Benn, the late Ger-
man "expressionist" poet, never
raised the pitch of my interest to
the studying point - he seemed
from a distance to be some curious
hybrid between D. H. Lawrence.
and Robinson Jeffers. Ann Doni-'
ger's essay on him does little to
disturb my indifference - or add
to my enlightenment. To be told
that "the neo-classical style which
he adopts is somehow more appro-
priate to the new reality from
which he draws," or that "the
conflict (between inward and out-
ward reality) itself seems some-
how reconciled" in "Palau" testi-
fies, perhaps, to the refinement of
Miss Doniger's intuitions, but
doesn't tell the reader much. -
Sustained passages of her essay
read like a parody of German
(and, incidentally, one would,
hardly know from Miss Doniger's
undocumented use of E n g 1i s h
translations that Benh was a Ger-
man poet) geistesgeschichte criti-
cism: "For Benn there is no ques-
tion of the kind of thought that
might enlarge consciousness be-
yond the bounds of selfhood; it is
the feeling that does so, intoxica-
tion and vital impulse. Like Hegel,
all his theories ..."-but enough !
* *' .*
THE BEST things in Generation
are the poems - and they, of
course, aren't uniformly good. Jay
Hamburg's "Ghetto" is an inter-
esting bit of contrapuntal terza
rima in which the form is much
too intrusive and the horrbr much
too abstract to be an effective ren-
dering of the experience. But
though he lacks John Wain's ease
in handling terza rima, he has
much more power and is obvious-
ly on his way to mastering a form
which he may some day use° to
good purpose.
Joe Kennedy's satirical elegy on
the death of a ghostwriter is a
small masterpiece, a perfect poem,
a true joy - I wish he had writ-
ten it all by himself. (Congratu-
lations, Dallas Wiebe !)
It alone is worth the price of
the whole issue.

Of the three expressionistic
poems translated from the Ger-
man by Rosmarie and Bernard
Keith, only Georg Heym's "Savon-
arola" seems worth printing - in
German or English! Jacques Pre-
vert is a kind of verbal cartoonist
- a Jules Feiffer with words -
and, though I don't know the ori-
ginals, I feel, certain that John
Dixon Hunt hasn't mastered the
light touch in English that simply
mu t have been there in the
French. (Why wasn't the French
* * *
JAMES CAMP'S "An Edict from-
the Emperor for a Ceremony with-
out Carols" is a good poem about,
I think, the second crucifixion of
Jack Christ on the launching pads.
Camp captures with a fine com-
mand of irony a sense of horror
at the meticulous, insensitive pre-
cision of scientists while ole men
fumble "dirty snow for charred
remnants of roses." .
I have read Geoffrey Hill's
"Doctor Faustus" very slowly five
times - and I don't get it. I
think I could work it out in time,
but this review has a deadline.'
(Isn't it astonishing that a twen-
ty-seven-year-old poet already has'
an "early" and a "late" period?)
- 4' * *
NOW ABOUT the art work.
Why does Generation persist in
presenting black-gray-white pho-
tographic reproductions of works
that simply cannot communicate
the quality of the originals and
that have little or no intrinsic
merit 'in themselves? Meredith
Dawson's "Portrait," for example,
does arouse my curiosity: I would.
like to see the canvas, but as it
appears on page twelve of Gener-
ation, it is meaningless. The same
is true of Phyllis Green and Ann
Hall's work.
Drawings are another matter,
but those reproduced are scarcely
worth the trouble. The story illus-
trations are uniformly awful, as
is the cover. Surely, A & D stu-
dents can provide a better selec-
tion of art, if there must be art
in Generation. I don't think it's
desirable or necessary.
--John V. Hagopian
English Department



The Pamplona Choir from Spain will
be presented in the fifth concert in
the Choral Union Series, Sun., Nov. 15
at 2:30 in Hill Aud. The Choir, under
the direction of Luis Morondo, will pre-
sent an interesting program of musics
by four great Spanish Polyphonic com-
posers; excerpts from Carl Orff's "Ca-
tulli Carmina;" as well as Spanish and
ancient Basque songs. Tickets are
available daily at the offices of the
(Continued on Page 5)


KudosI . ..
To the Editor:
RE MR. TOOMIN'S criticism of
the late George C. Marshall
which appeared in The Daily of
Friday, Nov. 6; I feel it necessary
to interject these comments:
1) Can the General MacArthur,
whom he refers to as a strategist
par excellence, be the same Doug-
las who over-ran his supply lines,
vastly underestimated the strength
of the enemy, and thus caused the
disastrous winter retreat of 1951,
during the Korean War? Certainly
he is referring to some other Gen.
MacArthur, for this gentleman
was eventually relieved by the
President after making adeter-
mined attempt to ignite WW III
through an armed attack on Com-
munist China, an attack our gov-
ernment had no intention of sanc-

ly corrupt, ineffectual, and unpop-
ular Chiang Kai-Shek regime --
How can Marshall ever be exon-
erated for not teaching Chiang
how to be honest, effective, and
popular, and how to correctly use
the more than adequate supply of
arms which we had already sup-
plied to his forces? After all,
Chiang had only twenty years of
control in China in which to learn
how to govern the country which
by 1947 he had led down the road
to utter chaos, a condition upon
which any revolutionary group,
and especially the Communists,
dwell. Clearly, Chiang was the
man to restore order in China .. .
To. Mr. Toomin let me say,
"Kudos!" on an objective epitaph
to one of America's finest men,
George C. Marshall. I can hardly
wait to read what he thinks of
Sandy Gelman. '60

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