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Friday, May 1 1, 19~73

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Summner Daily
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Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan

A glimpse through art at
the soul of 'the enemy'

Friday, May 11, 1973

News Phone: 764-0552

Resi1dency ruling
may prove costly
WE ARE IN AGREEMENT with Washtenaw County Cir-
cuit Judge William Ager for what we consider a cor-
rect judicial decision in striking down the current Uni-
versity residency requirement for out of state students.E
At the same time, however, we are gravely con-
cerned that the practical effects of the ruling, if it is
upheld by higher courts, could force an undue increase
in college expenses for many lower and middle class in-
state students. Many of these students even now are at-
tending the University by the skin of their financial
The residency requirement declared unconstitutional
defines state residency as living in the state for six
months without full-time attendance at the University,
limiting individuals to a maximum of three hours credit.
Ager in effect countered this by ruling that whether or
not a person is a full-time student is irrelevent to their
residence status.
'tHE IMPLICATIONS are only too clear. If the ruling
stands. there are almost 8.000 out-state students who
will be eligible to file for residency, and under such sta-
tus, could each nay $700 per semester less in tuition to
the University. This means that the U' could lose as
much as $12 mittins nor year.
Given such fiaures. the Univercitv. faced with such a
massive loss of income. wolld undoubtedly have to re-
sort to additional tuition increases (bevond the five to
seven percent increise already nronosed for fall.)
Currently, no unisions are being made which would
effectively heln to offset increased student financial bur-
dens which could be created by this ruling. The Univer-
sity's Financial Aid denartment is already straining its
resources at current levels of need. and would find it dif-
ficult to help meet additional needs.
"THE RULING is being appealed and the issue may not
- be settled for many months to come. We can only
hope that in that time period, the State or Federal gov-
ernment will study the situation and be prepared to meet
increased in-state student needs that may arise from
this ruling.
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HE COLORS struck me when
I walked into the Union gallery
Wednesday night for the opening of
Medical Aid for Indochina's (MAI)
Vietnamese art exhibit.
Strange oriental prints fairly
danced across the walls, glowing
with life in joyous hues striking a
violent contrast to the drab, dis-
mal, dispairing Vietnam depicted
in years of evening news broad-
c asts.
The opening- the first eventain
afoor-dav series of "Vietnam
Week" cultural happenings - at-
tracted a respectably sized and di-
verse audience of the young, the
old, the serious and the just plain
:urious. Various MAI representa-
tives, both local and national, flit-
ted around, eager to discuss and
explain the exhibit and what they
are trying to do.
chris parks
The bulk of the exhibits - prints
in the traditional style - were col-
lected in Vietnam specifically for
the special American tour which
began here this week. Other items
were on loan from anti-war activ-
ists who collected them on tours
af Hanoi shd North Vietnam. Pete
Seeger donated a long single-string-
ed instrument -and Noam Chomsky
lent out a small lacquered vase.
ALTHOUGH EACH stop on the
show's tour will feature a small
auction, it is not expected to be
a money maker. The primary aim,
according to the organizers, is to
educate. They hope that through
exlaosure to Vietnamese art, Amer-
icans may become acquainted with
neoole they had known for years
"nly as "the enemy."
The collected prints and other
assorted objets d' art are from a
very distinct culture - clearly
oriental but just as clearly n o t
Chinese or Japanese.
Vietnamese art is something al-
together different. There is little
-if the thin, pale delicacy of tradi-
tion-l Chinese painting. T h e s e
paintings - especialy the tradition-
al prints - are almost incandes-
cent. Color explodes in outrageous
hties o yellow, red and gold. rhe
bloes have a startling purplish cast
and the greens, u4 strength unfamil-
iar to those used to western art.
THE PRINTS seem to surge
with life. Warm, fleshy characters
abound in renderings which em-
ahasize motion. Two prints show
pudgy, sumo-style wrestlers. Oth-
ers show couples fighting and var-
ios processions and ceremonies.
And everywhere are animals -
a reflection, so I am told, of the
pantheistic Vietnamese culture
which holds that animal souls and

Daily Photo by TERRY McCARTHY
"THE ORGANIZERS ... hope that through exposure to Vietnamese
art,- Americans may become acquainted with people they had
known for years only as "the enemy."

human souls unite in a universal
The animals even look like peo.
ple. Tigers, pigs, dragons - all
have the same warmth and person-
ality as the human characters.
Often the use of animals is sym-
bolic. A brilliant-orange p r i n t
depicts a sow with piglets - sym-
bolic of good fortune. A marching
rooster, stunning in bold reds and
golds stands for honor and glory
and a peacock in dazzling blues
and purples peace and properv.
Many exterior influences merge
to give the exhibit considerable di-
versity. Social and political protest
is a theme in several - a reflec-
tion of the Vietnamese long his-
tory of foreign rule.
One delightfully hums-tus print
depicts a wedding march with mul-
tihued mice presenting a mouse-
bride and assorted gifts to a cor-
pulent, reclining cat. Tlie cat, ste
are told, is a sarcastic symbol of
the corrupt Chinese feadal lords to
whom the peasonts (the mi. s)
must pay tribute.
ALTHOUGH THE, prints strock
me as the strongest and :iost in--

pressive part of the exist other
forms and styles of Vietnamese art
There -are a number-of bamboo
scrolls - a strange melium which
projects a shadowy, almost ghast-
ly sensation.
Tiny colonial-period paintings of
street scenes and architectur show
a strong French influence. And the
stridently political modern posters,
although they lack the charm and
humor of the traditional prints,
share their unique sense of color.
The display continues througis
Sunday with special presentations
of various aspects of Vietnamee
It's something you shotuld see -
a bright flower in the imiddle of
a bomb crater, with an effect some-
what akin to that of the marals one
occasionaly sees on the walls of
ghetto buildings -- remnants of
summer art projects.
ITS AWFULLY hard to'e apa-
thetic about the, slaugihter of a
people once you've glimps-d their
soul. This exhibit offers a peek at
the Vietnamese soul -- happy, joy-
ous and vibrant. And that, i guess,
is the whole point.


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