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MUSIC SCHOOL:
'Pasquale' Performance
Much Fun, Well Done
"WHEN AN OLD MAN takes a young wife, he looks for pain and
woe." This is the theme and moral which Donizetti's comic opera
"Don Pasquale" sets out to prove - and does so quite successfully. Last
night, the Department of Speech and School of Music combined forces
to bring this light-hearted opera to the Ann Arbor public.
There is much; humor and wit in Donizetti's music, and last night's
cast quite happily communicated this spirit and fun to a receptive
audience.
Don Pasquale, a pompous man of 60 decides to take a young, in-m

DAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1959

NIGHT EDITOR: KENNETH McELDOWNEY

Colliege Co-ordinator's
Role Confused

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WHAT WILL a co-ordinator for the state's
nine tax-supported colleges and univer-
ties do? Two assumptions of his role are
irrent.
Co-ordinator for the state's three major uni-
rsities plus six smaller institutions implies
job no less than heroic, calling to mind a
an who would be a sort of super-president.
egislators picture a powerful co-ordinator.
Last spring Sen. Elmer Porter (R-Blissfield)
troduced a bill to set up a commission on
igher education which would "co-ordinate'
udget'requests in particular and higher edu-
ction in general. The proposed commission
as many-powered, having authority to set
budget formulas" for the schools, enrollment
icreases, and "new departments, degree pro-
rams and certificate programs."
PHE BILL was used essentially as a "big
stick" to hurry efforts of the Council of
tate College Presidents along "togetherness"
nes. It worked, as Edgar L. Harden, chairman
the presidents' council and head of North-
n Michigan College, indicated Monday: "We
re doing this (attempting to select a co-ordi-
ator) at the request of the Legislature. It has
iggested at various times we ought to get
>gether. We believe the executive we choose
iould be able to assess the road education
lust trvael."
Harden's statement implies the co-ordinator
ill be the primary person to assess, and set,
he aims of higher education in the state. A
owerful role for the co-ordinator is also sug-
ested by statements calling his first job the
rmation of a joint nine-institution budget
quest to the Legislature.
The co-ordinator Harden mentions seems to
e pattetned after the Legislature's concep-
on. According to the Legislature, such a man
needed to prevent "duplication" and "com-
etition" between schools.
IERTAINLY such problems should be over-
come. And the Council of State College
residents' is not set up as an administrative

organ. Last November the Council announced
it would attempt to form a joint capital outlay
request to send to the Legislature. In Decem-
ber, it added, work was beginning on a joint
operating budget request.,
Joint requests would appear in the near fu-
ture, it was indicated at that time. They have
not yet appeared, and University President
Harlan Hatcher said recently he does not see
joint requests emerging soon. Obviously, some-
one besides a once-a-month collection of col-
lege presidents is needed to oversee such work
in order that something be accomplished.
President Hatcher seems to view such "over-
seeing" as research, rather than supervision.
Thus, although he sees a joint budget request
as a major aim for the co-ordinator, it will
come as' an "evolutionary process down the
road," he said. He sees it evolving after data
from the colleges and universities is set up on
one statistical basis.
HE POINTS out the Council is in the process
of developing an office of information and
research which will become a permanent agen-
cy to "carry on where the Russell reports on
higher education in the state left off."
The office, in other words, will collect data,
do research on higher 'education, and advise
both the institutions and, the state. In regard
to joint budgets, it would provide a means of
totalling and perhaps evaluating the import-
ance of separate requests. But, "of course, no
one can say what certain schools should ask-
this would require fundamental changes in the
constitutions of the schools," President Hatch-
er has said. So "overseeing" would mean mioro
accurate totalling.
The co-ordinator will head this research
agency. Therefore, it may be assumed, he will
be head of research and information. Such a
role seems out of line with the co-ordinator's
function as pictured by the Legislature and re-
cent newspaper stories-a job entailing setting
"budget formulas" or at least compiling a joint
budget request rather than totalling one.
--NAN MARKEL

lerblock is away due to illness corl9Ki ,Th eflfhO t shlu C**

SGC IN REVIEW:
Shows Symptoms of Illness

French Testing Poses Problems

THE RECENT controversy aroused by France's
efforts to break into the "atomic club" of
he United States, Great Britain and Russia
has disillusioned many over-optimistic observ-
rs about a possible disarmament and nuclear
est ban agreement. A month ago, all the
nflated talk about the summit meeting, world
peace and international goodwill, might very
easily have brought about a belief that the
world was heading toward a solution to the
problem.
But this hopeful picture has been reduced to
a, more realistic perspective in the last few
weeks. One cannot help but wonder whether
France would really insist on spending the vast
amounts of money and effort required to ex-
>lode an atom bomb if she actually believed
here was an early hope for renunciation of
atomic weapons by all countries.
To think that France is willing to pay such a
high price merely to gain' "atomic" prestige
oefore the summit conference takes place would
be naive. She is. looking at the situation from
a more long-term point of view. She is inter-
sted in obtaining this weapon, which the big
hree already possess, in order to increase her
power and influence in the world.
FRANCE could not very easly be censured for
her aspiration to become an atomic power.
For this would mean censuring also the United
States, Great Britain, and Russia.
But, in order that the gain in prestige and

power be lasting for France, her atomic test
program must not be discontinued. Otherwise,
her atomic attempt would turn out to be a
short-lived, certainly unprofiitable venture. So,
while France cannot entirely be blamed for
her attitude, it nevertheless does put a rather
discouraging note into the coming summit
talks.
In addition, one particularly dangerous con-
sequence is that France might be opening the
way for the smaller, less powerful nations to
gain possession of nuclear weapons also. We
are all aware of the great tension and unrest
in the world since the time when nuclear
weapons were first developed by just the two
great powers. Imagine what would result if
many nations of lesser significance also had
atomic weapons! In such an atmdsphere, it
would be easy for a small quarrel between two
relatively small countries to involve the entire
world in nuclear war.
Whether or not France is censured by the
United Nations is really immaterial. Nothing
is going to stop her from following through on
this project into which she has already put
such effort and which she must complete if
she is to retain any status as a world power.
But such action, which she is virtually com-
pelled to take in a world already dominated by
the "atomic" powers, will merely make her
situation - and the rest of the rest of the
world's-only more precarious.
-SHERMAN SILBER

By KENNETH McELDOWNEY
Daily Staff Writer,
STUDENT Government Council
was ill Wednesday night.
Though the meeting was con-
stantly interrupted with coughs
and sneezes the real symptoms
were ineptness and inexperience.
From the incredible number of
changes in the agenda to the con-
fusion of the committee-of-the-
whole discussion on calendaring,
the entire meeting seemed to be a
concerted attempt to destroy all
confidence in SGC.
Probably the worst part of the
meeting was the 50 minutes that
was spent on discussion and clari-
fication of the questionaire which
will be sent to some 5,000 students
on campus. About the only part
of the whole motion making sense
was the part that stated that the
purpose of the questionaire was to
"determine student opinion on a
variety of subjects of concern to
the Council, to be used as a guide
in determining policies and pro-
gram."
* * *
AFTER THAT, with amend-
ments; counter-amendments,
friendly amendments and the like,
the Council members took turns
babbling as the constituents left
the meeting. The main problem

with the report seemed to be a lack
of time spent \in compiling the
needed information. As a result the
report was slowly picked to pieces
by the members of the Council.
When the eager new members
of the Council saw that only $50
had been appropriated to pay for
postage and mimeographing, they
hastily scribbled figures and came
up. with their own estimates. As
no one, including the person giv-
ing the report, knew exactly what
rate would be charged the figures
ranged from under $50 to over
$100.
Finally even the amount of
postage was solved by the Council.
Now that the compensation for the
United States Post Office was de-
cided the Council creaked into the
final three hours of the meeting.
* * *
THE DISCUSSION on calendar-
ing was equally mishandled. The
idea of moving into a committee
of the whole may be desirable in
certain instances but not in a
situation such as this. The unin-
formed Council slowly made their
way through the 15 minutes that
had been alloted to the discussion.
When the time was up the still
uninformed Council, in somewhat
of a daze, moved on with the rest
of the agenda.
The basic problem of the entire

meeting seemed to be a lack of
direction and experience. Perhaps
as the Council proceeds through
the semester some of the problems
will be cleared up. It seems that
the responsibility for this inex-
perience rests not with the mem-
bers of the Council, as was sug-
gested by Roger Seasonwein, '61,
executive vice-president, but with
the executive council.
Many things could have been
cleared up during the meeting if
sufficient planning had been spent
on matters other than the com-
mittee-of-the-whole.
One thing that must be changed
is the present system of the
agenda. When an agenda is pub-
lished at the beginning of the
week, the Council members should
go over it and obtain knowledge on
the various subjects to be brought
up.
* * *
EVEN IF A Council member had
bothered to do this, it would not
have been to his advantage. Out of
an agenda of 16 items, 12 were
changed on the very night of the
meeting. This completely defeats
any concept of an informed Coun-
cil member.
In place of a committee-of-the-
whole, more committee meetings
should be held outside of the regu-
lar Wednesday night meeting. In
outside committee meetings, the
more informal atmosphere would
provide a chance for Council mem-
bers to become more informed and
offer any suggestions they might,
have.
IF THIS is not feasible, perhaps
a new method in which the re-
ports would be given out the meet-
ing before they are to be discussed.
In this way, the members would
have a chance to look it over and.
give it more consideration. Under
the system used on Wednesday
there was not even a written re-
port.
Though these are only two small
points, they are an example of the
type of changes that must be made
to enable SGC to function more
like a Council and less like in-
dividuals seated around a table.

nocent girl for his wife. Because
nephew, Ernesto, his good friend
Dr. Malatesta decides to play a
prank on Pasquale and teach him
a lesson.
** *
PASQUALE has forbidden Er-
nesto to marry the lovely, poor
Norina. To aid the young lovers
to the altar and still have the
blessings and money of Pasquale,
Dr. Malatesta tells Pasquale he
has found the perfect mate for
him, his sister who has been liv-
ing in a convent.
Instead of bringing his sister,
he brings Ernesto's beloved Nor-
Ina in disguise as a timid, simple,
shrinking female. Pasquale is de-
lighted, and a mock ceremony im-
mediately takes place uniting the
two in wedlock
.* * *
MUCH TO his horror he finds
that his timid wife becomes de-
manding, hires dozens of servants
and spends his money for clothes,
carriages and other little pleasan-
tries. In a desperate attempt to be
rid of her, he consents to let Nor-
Ina marry Ernesto because his
wife, actually Norina, has said she
wouldn't live under the same roof
with Ernesto's loved one. Young
love triumphs.
Bob Dennison, as the plump,
bright-eyed Pasquale was con-
vincing but occasionally seemed
to exaggerate some of his stage
actions. On stage through most of
the opera, he was successful in
maintaining a comic spirit
throughout the performance. Dr.
Malatesta, who prescribed the
trick to be played on his friend
was well brought off by David
Smalley. Where his voice occa-
sionally failed to project the
words, his fine sense of timing and
good acting compensated to pro-
ject the mood and humour of his
role.
* * *
PERHAPS the most sparkling
portrayal in the production was
Judith Hauman's realization of
Norina, the clever and beautiful
lady in love with Ernesto., Her
voice was clear and pure and
every word got across the foot-
lights.
She did a praticularly good job
on the lyric, rhythmical aria in
the first act which laughs fond-
ly at men completely enraptured
by love.,
Richard Wrentmore as Ernesto
did his best job in a duet with
Norina in their love scene in the
garden. His voice had a pleasing
tenor quality but was not always
easy to hear "and many of his
words were difficult to understand.
* * *
THE ORCHESTRA under the
most able direction of Josef Blatt
seemed to be well rehearsed and
was very precise in accompanying
the soloists and the chorus. They
didn't overshadow the light arias
and were very confident in the
overture.
The small chorus, made up of
Norina's newly hired servants
made two brief appearances in
the second and third acts. They
didn't play a vital part in the un-
folding of the plot but added sev-
eral bright choruses to the comic
confusion.
The sets were very simple and
the colors a little garish. They
lacked imagination and didn't es-
pecially do anything to heighten
the production..
Last night's performance of
"Don Pasquale" was much fun,
quite adequately done.
-Charlotte Davis

he has threatened to disinherit

FOR THE record let it be said at
the outsetthat there is much
which is highly commendable in
the screen translation of James
Lee's "Career." Based on the suc-
cessful New York play of a season
or so back, the Hal B. Wallace en-
try arrived yesterday at the Mich-
igan.
First of. all there is a startling-
ly brilliant performance by Shir-
ley MacLaine who is cast as the
dissipated daughter of a Broad-
way producer. Although her life is
admittedly cluttered with lovers,
bourbon and analysts, Miss Mac-
Laine's wonderfully perceptive
performance always suggests that
this tipsy gamin-like creature has
a far greater capawcity to love
than any of her more sober but
remarkably ruthless cohorts,
afforded an excellent opportunity
And Miss MacLaine is ably as-
sisted in her endeavors by an im-
pressive assembly including such
professionals as Dean Martin, An-
thony Franciosa and Carolyn
Jones. While their characteriza-
tions were not as broadly drawn
and fully developed as that of Miss
MacLane, they are nevertheless
afforded an excellant opportunity
to demonstrate their considerable
talents. More often than not they
are able to create a surging elec-
tricity which breathes life into the
static direction and cliche-ridden
scenario of the piece.
AND THIS brings us to the
debit side of the ledger. Mr. Lee
has prepared a screenplay which
leaves the audience curiously de-
tatched from the proceedings. And
director Joseph Anthony has done
practically nothing to remedy the
situation by giving the film its
necessary focal point. Furthermore
Mr. Anthony has ineffectively em-
ployed many of the film-making
techniques of the forties to give
greater local coloring,
But even with its shortcomings
"Career" is a film well worth see-
ing. When it is able to fulfill its
potential it is a scorching drama.'
And when it slackens to a mediocre
piece, as it all too often does, there
is usually Miss MacLaine about to
give "Career" its essential verve.
-Mare Alan Zagoren
DAILY
OFFICIAL
BULLETIN
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official publication of The Univer-
sity of Michigan for which Te
Michigan Daily assumes no edi-
torialresponsibility. Notices should
be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to-
Room 3519 Administration Build-
ing, before2 p.m. the day precedig
publication. Notices for Sunday
Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20. 1959
VOL. LXX, NO. 52
General Notices
Opera Tonight: The Dept. of Speech
and the school of Music present the
Donizetti 'opera, "Don Pasquale, -800
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 product4on,
"The World of Carl Sandburg" Thurs.,
Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. in Hill Aud. as
the second number of the Platform
Attractions aeries. 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
Hal. Mr. 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.
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
League).

FebruaryATeacher's.CertificaterCan-
dilates: All requirements for the
teacher's certificate must be complet-
ed by Dec. 15. These requirements in-
clude the teacher's oath, the health
statement, and the Bureau of Ap-
pointments material. The oath can be
taken in Rm. 1439 U.E.S. The office is
open from 8 to 12 and 1:30 to 4:30.
Students Planning to work for the
Office of Registration and Records at
Spring registration in February 1960
are urged to receive their academic ad-

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'Career'
Falters

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PLATFORM ATTRACTIONS:
World of Carl, Sandburg
Illuminated by Stars

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INTERPRETING THE NEWS:
De Gaulle and Russia

By 3. M. ROBERTS,
Associated Press News Analyst
HERE is worry in some quarters over what
may happen in Charles de Gaulle, having
:en a hard line toward a summit confer-
e and any Allied compromise over Berlin,
ins to extend his idea that the threat from
viet Russia and international Communism
s lessened.
De Gaulle said last week that some of the
ng had been taken out of Communism. On
other occasion he said there was less need
integration of Europe's armed forces under
.TO than when "the free world was placed
der an imminent and unlimited menace."
EditorialStaff
THOMAS TURNER, Editor
-r.T V V n T snZi!7!r T WWMme

T HE QUESTION is whether these statements
are more a part of his attempt to regain
top position for a France allied with, but in-
dependent of, Britain and the United States,
or of his thinking about the true condition of
world affairs.
Instead of having France's continental mili-
tary forces under NATO command, de Gaulle
feels that his country's dignity demands an
independent national command cooperating
but not under Allied orders.
Supporters of NATO insist that this con-
cept is outmoded, and that the continent's de-
fense could not be guaranteed under modern
needs for instant action if an Allied command
had to depend on obtaining cooperation in-
stead of being able to act immediately in an
emergency.
VJ7HEKEY of Nikita Khrushchev's peace of-
fensive has been to convince the world that
it is under no threat from Soviet arms. The
key of Soviet foreign policy for years has been
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A T HILL Auditorium last night,
a near-capacity audience was
captured and transplated to the
"World of Carl Sandburg." It was
an enchantingly varied world of
"high nonsense" and "morbidity"
of keen perception and warm
humor,
Sandburg is always a sym-
pathetic and sharp commentator
on human life and action from
birth to death. He is, in the best
sense of the word, humane.
The difficulty of dealing with
such a living poet without becom-
ing overly sentimental was gen-
erally overcome. Transitions be-
tween poems, many of which are
as yet unpublished, were intelli-
gently written, fitting in mood and
executed with ease.
BETTE DAVIS and Gary Mer-
rill with the assistance of Clark
Allen read, enacted and sang
Sandburg selections with - a mini-
mum of gross action and a maxi-
mum of sympathy both for the
content and character of the
poetry.
Merrill showed the greatest
sensitivity to the mood of Sand-
burg conveying the nuances and
the gentleness of the poet as well
as his occasional outbursts. Mer-
rill's sense of timing was excellent
and his stage presence magnifi-
cent. He had a rare naturalness
of manner necessary for the un-
affected poetry of Sandburg.

much in keeping with the mood
of Sandburg's "Songbag" collec-
tion. His readings were less com-
petent, but still adequate.
Simple settings, music and per-
formances were integrated into a
genuinely charming portrait of the
artist as the forever observing,
inquiring mind. Sandburg as pre-
sented last evening was, as he
would like himself to be, "Always
the Young Stranger."
-Jo Hardee

Regents Ponder SGC Plan

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