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Political Football

Seventieth Year

hen Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevai"

Yeoman G&S Music
H E EO ECN oc the Guard ' is probably. Gilbert and Sullivan's
best work. It makes an attempt at something more profound than
comic opera. t atempts a bit of tragedy and almost succeeds.
The local Gilbe and Sullivan Society opened their four-day run
of "Yeomen" last night with a greatly uneven performance, which had
a few really fine moments and many of lesser note.
A campus g-oup has many handicaps in any presentation of this
type. Obtaiing a good orchestra, a very essential ingredient is diffi-
cult wih various music school restrictions. And obtaining the voices

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


Grand Rapids College
Constructive Ideabut...

E STABLISHING an independent, state-sup-
ported four-year college in Grand Rapids
would benefit both the local area and the al-
ready established state universities
Reports show percentages of area students
attehding colleges are lower than the present
statewide averages. This is ascribed to lack of
a state college in the area. Costs of the large
universities are too high 'for many students
who would attend college if a less expensive
one were available in the local area. The col-
lege would also improve cultural standards and
Crisis Habitual
COMES THE middle of the month, the state
administrators mete out precariously found
funds. Each month the state treasury is
drained to a new low. And at the middle of
the month mention usually comes of $6.5 mil-
lion owed to universities - payments held off
beyond the time they are due.
University officials inevitably reassure us
that the money will come. Sometimes it is re-
ceived before the end of the month, sometimes
it isn't But the state can hold off University
payments a half-month beyond the time they
are due, since the University meets its major
payroll, and greatest expense, at the end of
the month rather than the middle.
D ELAYED payments were once news. They
aren't any more. ,Even the "perilous" $37
iilion net cash low presently charged to the
treasurer is hardly newsworthy. There have
been "new lows" almost every month, start-
ing with $87,927,000 on the payless payday
may 7.
The cash crisis becomes routine. As one Uni-
versity administrator has suggested, the crisis
Is no longer a crisis - seeing as crisis implies
trouble which is immediate, then passes. Fi-
nancial troubles too may pass, but they have
bee nwith us so long the administrator sug-
gests the "crisis" be called an "interval" in-
"Time of conditioning" is an even better
description. For the state and the University
have become conditioned to the cash troubles
during this interval. They'no longer react to
delayed payments, treasury lows - they mere-
ly proffer empty hands, according to some dim
sensation along the spinal cord.
Nehru Views I
HAD A TALK with Prime Minister Nehru
two days after the fateful Chinese attack in
I remark that it is an anxious time for him
and all of us. He answers, smiling, that all his
years of public life have had anxious moments.
I ask what form Indian resistance to the Chi-
nese aggressions is likely to take. He bridles a
little at the "likely"; how can he say before
the event? Then he parries my question by
launching on an explanation of the whole
frontier situatioi.
It runs in the now familiar terms: how barren
the Ladakh area is, with no blade of grass
grgwlng, warm at mid-day, so cold at night
that the patrols must build underground bunk-
ers, sometimes it takes months to get at some
spot. Put there are nuances of emphasis as
Nehru talks about it. The MacMahon Line, he
ekplains, is the Northeast frontier; that is
where the Longju trouble was, and where the
Indian army had some strength. Ladakh was
on the Northwest frontier, where the Army had
not expected much to happen.
WHAT IT amounts to, although Nehru does
not say it explicitly, is that the Chinese
struck at an unexpected place and an unex-
pected time, in an unexpected way, with unex-
pected force. There is almost an element of
hurt that they should have moved so brutally
into an area where it made no sense for them
to be
I press him again on what the Indians in-
tend to do about it. He answers, politely but

firmly, that of course they will take the mea-
sures that it is for them to decide upon - the
clear hint being that it is his business, not that
of a newspaperman, and he isn't going to tell
THIS BRINGS us to the question of the na-
ture of the Chinese threat and the char-
acter of their intentions. I ask his view of it.
He speaks of how curious the Chinese are in
laying claim to territory. Once they have made
a claim they never abandon it: if they have
the power to carry through with it, they do;
if not, they continue making the claim anyway.
This is not what I am after. Nehru keeps
talking of Chinese traits, while I want him to

give economic benefits, from direct college
spending and increased attractiveness to in-
PERHAPS the biggest advantages do not ac-
crue to the Grand Rapids area at all. A
state supported college would obviate need for
one of the big universities' establishing a
branch; and neither would a big university
have to grow bigger to accommodate increased
demand from the area, due if nothing else to
population growth.
(It has been pointed out that establishing
the independent Grand Rapids college would
cost no more than a branch or large expan-
sion at one of the big universiti'es, a selling
point to the Legislature which must meet ex-
panding educational needs as economically as
The present state universities might grow
bigger without much difficulty, but there is a
definite question as to whether any advantage
is gained by it. The resources of the Univer-
sity, for instance, are already- immense, and
the addition of a few thousand students would
not bring great gain here.
And it is conceivable that addition of any
more students, no matter how bright, would
be harmful.
ON THE OTHER HAND, a new college would
eliminate all these difficulties, because it
would take up the immediate surplus of ap-
plicants and have the potential to grow large
enough to handle almost all of the Grand
Rapids area students. The more state-support-
ed universities, the smaller each needs to be.
And with cost factors equal, the state can af-
ford to look at an educational problem from
a purely educational standpoint.
A branch of a major university is perhaps
impossible in Grand Rapids anyway, because
conflicting University and Michigan State Uni-
versity alumni groups might detract from the
efforts of the parent, though this is always
disclaimed by administrators. And a college
of its own, rather than a step-child, would
perhaps furnish a program more fitted for
local needs.
No matter what the benefit of the plan, how-
ever, it can be said that a college is not imme-
diately around the corner. State financial
problems, if nothing else, will slow the plan;
but its ultimate desirability cannot be ques-

77 -

Herblock is away due to illness

Copyright, 1959, The Pulitzer Publishing CO.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cordura Not Promised Land

tor theop t roles is eqully
as challen *
tors who can compete in the
unique G&S genre of archaic Sat-
'ire. This particular cast had only
two of these rare specimens, Ger-
shom Morningstar and Ty Mc-
Moningstar a vter!an of five
hold his nose
high better than anyone the So-
ciety has seen in recent years. His.
voice cracks just at the right
point and his almost pompous
bearing is a pleasure to behold.
In addition to this, he doesn't
have a a vo tice.
As Jack Point, the strolling
ester, who loses hs love and ends
as the tragi fiue, he gave his
usual fne perormance. Whl
he is perhaps bet er cast as the
haughty, well-bred Englishman,
he nonekss portrayed the jes-
ter superbly.
* * *
McCONNEL, in his first major
G&S role, proved to be a top-
flight performer. His voice is 'iot
especially well-trained, but he
demonstrates the magical acting
ability which is necessary to suc-
cessfully present any Gilbert and
Sullivan wor k.
As Colonel Fairfax, the con-
demned man who escapes execu-
tion and goes on to steal the jes-
ter's wench, he carried a major
share of the vocal work and was
rather admirable at it. ,
The rest of the cast varied from
good to not very good at all.
Karen Decker as Elsie May-
nard ,the girl who eventually gets
Fairfax, displayed a voice which
was among the best in the east.
On the highest notes, however,
she displayed a rather disturbing
tremolo. Mary Carolyn Shaw as
Phoebe Meryll had adequate stage
bearing but her voice often failed
to carry the necessary fourteen
rows. What was heard was pleas-
ant, however.
* * *
ally below par, but the brass sec-
tion deserves special mention for
a job wel done. The set was effec-
tive and the lighting, just slightly
less coordin'ated than it should
have been, was stiiking.
The larg chorus, once the G&S
strong point, was not nearly so
good in quality or training as in
past years.
The performance does not rank
with G&S efforts of two seasons
ago, but "Yeomen" is a fine work
and well worth the ticket price.
While not the best, it is good
clean fun and extremely enter-
--Robert Junker

Film Tosca
P ERHAPS Hollywood and Sam-
uel Goldwyn (in this case,
Rome and Carmine Gallone) are
unsurapssed at creating panorama
and massive sets, but opera be-
longs on the stage. The staging of
opera often depends upon the
imagination, but the music is
alive and is never as electrifying
and thrilling as when it captivates
the audience of the Met.
"Tosca" captivated the small
audience at the Campus Theatre
(which is certainly a far cry from
the Met). Here, then, is an excep-
The sets were grandiose as is
the style of the cinema, but the
music was all there.
Maria Caniglia has truly one
of the xWost magnificent voice I
have heard in a long while. (She
must be exclusive property of La
Scala!) She has an amazing range
which is pure pleasure for the ear.
* * *
OF COURSE, she was never
seen as her voice was dubbed in
but the role of Tosca was beauti-
fully rendered by Franca Duval,
Howeyer, Scarpio (Afro Poll)
with his resonant baritone was
ideally sinister and Mario Cavara-
dossi (Franco Corelli) is quite
handsome. Even though Senor
Corelli is quite charming, the role
left something to be desired..
May I here award laurels to
Cinecitta Productions for creat-
ing such a compelling motion pic-
ture from such a tragic tale.
TRUE, OPERA does not belong\
on the screen, but "Tosca" lent
itself quite nicely to cinemascope
and stereophonic sound. The color
was superb. The ballroom scene
in Act II was grand, and Giacomo
Puccini (bless his romantic, lyric,
dramatic music) has given the
world of opera a real gem.
Sorry to shatter all the 'hopes
of those who are used to reviews
which abuse the whole medium of
cinema (it's not TN, is it?) but
this movie was good. In fact, it
was very good. In fact, the only
genuinely displeasing time came
at the end of Act I (the splendid
scehe in the church) when the
horns and tympani resounded
with a smashing F Major chord
K.. and were fiat!
-Karen McCann



Ladakh Attack
nality of silence ,if it might lead where he
doesn't want to go.
I change my tack, and try to approach the
Chinese from the direction of the Russians.
Didn't the Ladakh attack, I ask, prove the
failure of Khrushchev's mission to Peking? He
thinks not. While Khrushchev didn't wholly
succeed, he says, you cannot say with assur-
ance that he failed.I
He is careful to say that he does not know of
his own knowledge that there is a Russian-
Chinese rift, but it makes sense to say that
while each of the two countries depends on the
other - and China especially needs Russian
economic help - each also has its own con-
cerns and interests.
I TAKE this as a hint that the Russians do
not take the Ladakh attack as deliberate
China policy, so I follow it up. Was the at-
tack just an accident, I ask? He answers that
the Chinese soldiers may have taken up their
position in Ladakh months earlier, and sat
there waiting, and the Indian patrol appeared,
and the Chinese attacked.
Thus the clash may have occurred without
any direct orders being given for it from Pe-
king. Nehru suggests that conceivably the
Chinese Cabinet didn't know the episode would
occur, and may have been as surprised as any-
one else when the news came.
I made a mental note of the main drift of
this: Nehru talked with me after the Ladakh
massacre but before the Chinese threat to
scrap the MacMahon line in the Northeast if
India did not give way in Ladakh. Clearly at
the time he did not exclude the theory that
it was all an accident and might not recur.
Obviously he has changed his view since,
WEGO ON to a discussion of the role of
Asian opinion. I ask whether one of In-
dia's weapons might not be to organize Asian
opinion and isolate China in Asia. He objects
to my use of "organize," and thinks it is char-i
acteristically American. I waive the word and
ask him to talk about the fact, and he is em-
phatic that Asian opinion has lined up with
India and is already a factor in the contro-

IN FOOT-HIGH red letters, the
makers of "They Came to Cor-
dura" announce the deep ethical
significance of their film. This
1916ish Western in Army uniform
concerns the eternal questions,
"What is Courage? What is Cow-
Just in case the audience misses
this point the first time, it is spe-
cifically stated, implied, insinuat-
ed, and shouted for the remainder
of the picture. Little of the action
depicting the long, hard journey
from heroism to degradation to
real courage is hardly more subtle
than the repeated announcement
of purpose.
Cordura is a U.S. Army base in
the "wind, sand, and silence" of
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sentatives and members of the Re-
gional Selection committee will speak
briefly, and answer questions concern-
ing the criteria for selection, the na-
ture and purpose of the interviews, the
choice of schools, and the kind of in-
formation and creientials submitted
by each candidate which will most
clearly indicate to the Foundation his
or her qualifications for a fellowship.
Opera Tonight: The Dept. of Speech
and the School of Music present the
Donizetti opera, -"Don Pasquale, 8:00
p.m. Trueblood Aud., Frieze Bldg. Tick-
ets $1.00. general admission unreserved
seating. Box office open from noon.
Bette Davis and Gary Merrill will
present their. new stage production,
"The World of Carl Sandburg" Thurs.,
Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. in Hill Aud. as
the second number of the Platform
Attractions series. Tickets are now on
sale at the Aud. box office, 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. Students are offered a special
reduced rate on all tickets.
Astronomy Dept. Visitors' Night. Fri.,
Nov. 20, 8:00 p.m., Room 2003 Angell
Hall. M. Peter Boyce will speak on
"The Face of the Sun." After the lec-
ture the Student Observatory on the
fifth floor of Angell Hall will be open
for inspection and for telescopic obser-
vations of Double Star and Orion Neb-
ula. Children welcomed, but must be
accompanied by adults.

Pancho Villa's Mexico. Traveling
toward it are five heros, nominees
for the Congressional Medal of
Honor, the Awards Officer (Gary
Cooper) who had turned coward
at his fist battle, and an American
woman charged with giving aid
and "comfort" to the enemy.
* *
FOR COOPER the trip is a
Quixotic quest for the true mean-
ing of courage. By the final
scenes, he has become a kind of
Moses leading some very naughty
children to the promised land of
inward strength through deserts,
bandit attacks, and some of the
most unlikely dialogue ever writ-
The ageless Cooper is his usual
long-in-the-saddle, but woefully
short-in-the-talent self. Fortu-
nately, his very appearance con-
vinces the audience of a strength
which his bumbling words deny.
"De-glamorized" R i t a H a y-
'worth is the noble, though wicked,
lady who has had three husbands
and innumerable "friends" includ-
ing some who had recently been

shooting at the United States
Army. As the lone woman on' a
forty-mile trek, she creates the
usual amount of furor with the
usual amount of ' effort - one
lifted eyebrow and a few mur-
inured monosyllables..
* * *
wood stand-bys (Van Heflin, Tab
Hunter, Richard Conte) play the
questionable heroes, one of whom
is a blackmailer, one a murderer,
and one a West Point lieutenant
with a regulations booklet view of
honor. These men perform their
roles with a casual competence
that overshadows both Cooper
rnd Miss Hayworth's contribu-
"They Came to Cordura" is, at
best, a trite rewriting of innu-
merable Westerns. It's "conver-
sion" scene reeks with improba-
bility and sentimentality. Its mes-
sage is too obvious, its characters
too unlikely. Its actors, glamor-
ized or not, are uninspiring.
'--Jo .Hardee

e r

To The Editor:
in Saturday's Daily calls at-
tention to a magnificent oppor-
tunity now being presented to Ann
Arbor: that of being the home of
one of the outstanding theatres
of the nation, a theatre with
Tyrone Guthrie as artistic direc-
tor. Whether Ann Arbor is chosen
as the location for the 'new thea-
tre' depends mainly on how much
we want to have it here and on
how much we show our enthusiasm
by working to make the project
Miss Leventen's use of the word
"commercial" may be misleading.
The new theatre is to be set up as
a non-profit organization and is in
fact envisaged as an educational
Actors - including some of the
greatest-would come here to gain
experience in a variety of roles
under superb direction. Such an
experience is now denied to actors
in this country. Over the years
the educational 'aspect of the thea-
tre is expected to expand, with
'young actors, designers, techni-
cians, coming to the theatre to de-'
velop their talents.
** *
THE USE OF "local talent," re-
ferred to by Miss Leventen, is
meant in terms of playing bit roles
and of aiding in minor aspects of
technical production and promo-
tion. The theatre would be pro-
fessional in all its central aspects,
drawing on the very best talents
Mr. Guthrie's stature in the
4theatre is eloquently described by

Review. . .
To The Editor:
JN TODAY'S issue of your paper
I find my friend John Hagopian's
review of "Generation," and there
is one thing to which I'd like to
call his attention (and yours):
IHe is perfectly free to accept or
reject Gottfried Benn, as well as
any poet, particularly if he gives
reasons; but it shocks me to see
him contemptuously dismiss him as
if he weren't even worth discuss-
ing. Certainly John knows better
than that.
Also, he might have been some-
what less casual in his irony on
"expressionism". Labels, collect-
ive definitions, movements etc. in
literature are always open to ques-
tion, and maybe that's what he had
in mind; but anybody familiar
with contemporary European lit-
erature knows that the label "ex-
pressionism" is a useful term to
designate a very rich and creative
galaxy of artists, like Benn him-
self and Trakl or Heym (whose
Savonarola John rightly admires,
while he seems totally oblivious to
the greatness of Trakl).
And I don't quite see why he,
resents "Generatidn" 's effort to
be so good in its way as to invite
perilous comparisons with famous
On the other hand I'm happy to
see he appreciates Kennedy's and
Camp's poems, while he might
have been less harsh toward Hunt's
effort to recreate in English the
levity and humour of Jacques Pre
-Glauco Cambon
English Department
Epithets . .
To the Editor:--

and stimulating for the very rea-
son that it pulled no punches. And
-we must remember that it was a
criticism based purely on opinion
. with no pretension to knowledge
of all the subjects covered,
NowMr. Newman is antagonistic
to this sort of criticism. He evi-
dently feels that so long as Mr.
Hagopian doesn't know about the
entirety of his subject, he has no
right to give his opinion on its ap-
pearance in a student publication.
Furthermore, Mr. Newman chides
the critic for a lack of "construc-
tive criticism."
* * *
HAVEN'T TE editors (and past
editors) of Generation passed the
stage where criticism must be ad-
ministered with a pat on the head,
where negative opinions must be
softened with recommendations for
improvement? That Mr. Hagopian
did pan parts of Generation seems
to me the very essense of instruc-
tive criticism for the young adults
which we presume to be. It should
be a strong stimulation for reap-
praisal, for rejection or affirma-
tion of our goals, rather than a
Casper Milquetoast type of guid-
Mr. Hagopian read the maga-
zine, looked at the pictures, and
gave his reaction. For this his
article was termed a "sea of offal."
This very inability to accept, or
reject, criticism without resorting
to name-calling, seems to me 'n
immature weakness in the student
body, or in the staff of an "in-
dependent" student publication.
-Georgialee Whitehili
Too Late
To The Editor:
EASY COME, easy go." - Old
American Folk Saying.

but why the public was not aroused
in 1953 (before the big money
shows went on the air) when the
first charges of quiz show rigging
were made.
Maurice Zoltow, author of the
book It Takes All Kinds, appeared
on "Strike It Rich" in 1953, Sev-
eral months later Mr. Zoltow wrote
a news article for syndicated con-
sumption on how he was told the
questions used on "Strike It Rich."
At this time, you may recall, the
New York City Grand Jury was
investigating the show, not be-
cause it was rigged, but because
thousands of vagrants were ar-
riving in New York and trying to
get on the show.The Grand Jury
also was concerned whether or not
"misery" was proper fare for T.V.
entertainment. Mr. Zoltow was not
alone. Several other contestants
wrote that questions asked on the
show were the ones used in the
warm-up. The M.C. of the show
later stated that it was not right
to embarrass the guest stars who
were trying to win money for
needy letter writers. The case of
"Strike It Rich" is not unique:
SEVERAL HAVE claimed the
old audience participation show
"Can You Top This" was also re-
hearsed, although it claimed spon-
"Stop The Music," the grand-
daddy of big money quiz shows,
often cropped up in the news for
calling on the air those who wrote
nasty letters to the show. Also a
well known commentator gave the
name of the mystery tune on his
To claim that "Truth Or Conse-
quences" or "People Are Funny"
did not screen contestants is pure
naivte. "True Or False" and the
"Rixyv-Pnur Dollar Question" let

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