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TIE MICHIGAN DAILY

CIINIENMA
THE WELL-WROUGHT ERN, with a
cast which, according to its own an-
nouncement "has chosen to maintain a
reverent anonymity."
MERELY AS the first product of Ann Ar-
bor's only film-makers, The Company,
this movie ought to arouse considerable in-
terest. But The Well-Wrought Ern can
stand entirely on its merits as a film, too,
as was indicated by the enthusiastic recep-
tion it got the other night at a private preli-
minary showing. Those who attend the film's
world premiere -- Friday at the Student
Arts Festival - will see a coherent piece of
workmanship which acquires more meaning
the more you think about it.
The story concerns a man who is told
that he is inevitably dying of Graves' Qis-
ease, and it relates his efforts to reject life
with its temptations in order to set down
the truth within him in his poetry. All this
is narrated by the sound-track monologue;
Meanwhile, the camera records a series of
ludicrous scenes that drew guffaws fromthe
audience last Friday.
The whole movie thus takes on some-
thing of the paradoxical atmosphere of
an old Chaplin film - comical and tragi-
cal at once. As in the poetry of John
Donne, from whose work the title of the
movie is taken, The Well-Wrought Ern's
esthetic success is based on the unity of
two apparently incompatible elements.
The best example of this is Ern Malley's
final line, which comes at the cimax of,
his long struggle to finish his poem: "I
have split the infinitive!"
With a complex plot of this sort, and
somewhat primitive technical equipment, the
producers could hardly have indulged in
much photographic viruosity; but the pho-
tography is well handled to record the ac-
tion without getting in its way - which is
fine, since the acting is one of the best
things about this picture. Especially in the
part of Malley, The Company has an actor
who ca nportray an extremely well-wrought
Ern. -Philip Dawson.
ART
THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM Print Annual,
a selection of 63 American prints, which
will be on view at the University art museum
in Alumni Memorial Hall until March 22,
represents a bewildering variety of skill-
fully handled techniques. It seems to me
that in my high school days when I visited
print shows, there used to be only wood-
cuts, etchings, and lithographs. But here
there are more than half a dozen other
printing methods, including the serigraph
and the cellocut.
The serigraph is, roughly, of piessing
the ink or color onto the paper through
a silk screen, usually with the help of a
roller. For the parts of the print not to
be colored, the corresponding parts of
the silk screen are "waterproofed" (or
inkproofed). Each color normally takes
another screen.
The cellocut, a personal invention of Boris
Margo, is technically beyond my ken. But
in his print, the Son, Margo has produced
a really remarkable fusion of visual and
tactile sensations so that the clearly marked
undulations of woodgrain shifts into soft
colors and soft shapes as they play against
the scraggly, crumbly block of the skeletonic
etching--like forms and the smooth-surfac--
ed bright red crescent.
In a way, Margo's print stands as a
motif for the whole exhibit, for the clear
and marked trend towards abstraction be-
comes stronger in America each year-an
abstraction based on great technical skill

and inventiveness. Colors too seem to be
used more vigorously and richly, without
the hesitancy and muddied confusion of
those struggling with the problems pf yet
unmastered form.
In this respect, I was particularly delight-
ed with Antonio Frasconi's Don Quixote and
Rocinante, a wood-cut enlivened with silver
and black over dark blue, red and orange,
yet handled in such a way that everything
sparkles, everything clashes. The light blue
nets, full of the feel of the warp and woof
of cloth, are remarkable not only for their
convincing skill (I thought they were a col-
lage, at first) but for their high sense of
elegant grace.
Among the more realistic representations
I found Benton Spruance's lithograph
"World of One's Own" particularly pleasing.
Through the drugstore window, we see four
big-headed little people, each closed in his
little glass phone booth, each with a tired,
glazed-over look on his face, each in com-
munication with the world outside and yet
sealed off from it. There is a lot of the feel
of a big city in this picture, and in a sense
it is more of a social document than the
million words in a big Sunday paper.
On the debit side of the ledger, I was
somewhat disturbed by the serigraph by
Abraham Hankins called Billboards. It is
simply a collection of small rectangles,
each with its own picture, and each with
only the most tenuous connection with the
whole. Hankins is by no means the first
to do this sort of thing, and I think the
trend is dangerous. In an era when most
artists place so little reliance on repre-
senting specific subject matter, we cannot
..Cf.«]'4. hr y.i v y~i rna n rt tx -mY "

Forest? Forest? WHAT Forest?

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Lectures

-Daily-Allen Jackson
/ette,'4 TO TIHCE EDITOR
The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not in good taste will
be condensed, edited, or withheld from publication at the discretion of the
editors.

Coca-C l onization ...
To the Editor:
COCA-COLA is such a part of
the American landscape that
some people, and among them Mr.
Cocacola himself, confounds Am-
erican civilization with it.
The statement presented to the
French Government by the com-
pany to obtain the permission to
sell their product in France is as-
tounding. They do not want to
make any kind of profits . . . No
no no no no . . . They just want
the French people to enjoy an hy-
gienic, refreshing, strengthening,
American and democratic bever-
age. In brief, they want to carry
civilization into this removed cor-
ner of the uncivilized world.
Convinced of the greatness of
their mission, they insisted heav-
ily and even threatened to reduce
the ECA allocations (some share-
holders being members of the Sen-
ate) if we refused to understand
what our interest was. But the
Gallic tribe, after holding a war-
meeting, rejected the holy liquid
and choosed to go on living on
their native beverage: wine, an
horrible natural juice, made out of
fresh grapes and FERMENTED!
We can only pity them.
-Claude Meillassoux
** *
Ind(1o-Ch inal Policy ...
To the Editor:
I AM confident that the com-
petence of Max and Virginia
Dean willinot change much the
foreign policy of the Department
of State, but it may mislead some,
readers on the real aspect of the
problem of Indo-China.
The question of Indo-China is
a matter of broader significance
than a pure colonialistic war as is
implied in their letter and so, can-
not be solved by the simple expe-
dient suggested.
On one hand it is a manifesta-
tion of the struggle between East-
ern and Western ideologies. The
choice here, is between Bao-Dai
and Ho-Chi-Min; to refuse help
to the former is to settle down the
latter. The French policy of sup-
porting Bao-Dai is along the line
of the American policy, and unless
Max and Virginia want Indo-
China to become communist, their
statement is inconsistent.
On the other hand, it is the gen
eral policy of Great Britain, Neth-
erlands and France that their for-
mer Eastern colonies be made in-
dependent. It is believed that no
guarantee of independence and

free choice by the people of their
form of Government can be satis-
fied in the present state of disor-
der and internal struggle. It is the
reason why France has and lost,
soldiers now in Indo-China.
That the capitalists confound,
these purposes with theirs or try
to take advantage of the present
rituation is regrettable but must
not conceal the actual grounds of
the problem.
-Claude Meillasoux
DAILY
OFFICIAL
BULLETIN
(Continued from Page 2)
Wed., Mar. 15, 130 Business Ad-
ministration School, 4 p.m. For
further information call at the
Bureau of Appointments, 3528 Ad-
ministration Bldg.
Bureau of Appointments: In-
terviews for positions in the De-
troit Public Schools, Wed., Mar.
15, Bureau of Appointments. El-
ementary teachers, vocal music,
commercial, English, mathematics
and home economics teachers for
the secondary schools are needed.
Contact the Bureau of Appoint-
ments immediately for an ap-
pointment.
Anyone interested in teaching in
Detroit will have an opportunity
to learn procedures for applying
and to get further information
concerning positions there. Mr.
George Baker, Director of Person-
nel will speak at a special group
meeting, 4 p.m., Wed., Mar. 15,
231 Angell Hall.
University Community Center,
Willow Village:
Sun., Mar. 12, Village Church
Fellowship (interdenominational) :
10:45 a.m., Church and Sunday-
school; 4:30 p.m., Study and dis-
cussion; 5:30 p.m., Pot-luck sup-
per.
Mon., Mar. 13, 8 p.m., Univer-
sity Wives' Club-Musicale. Water-
color class.
Tues., Mar. 14, 8 p.m., Wives'
Club. Elnor McGregor will speak
on Home Decoration.j
Wed., Mar. 15, 8 p.m., Ceramics.
Organization of Modern Dance
Class, Great Books.
Thurs., Mar. 16, 8 p.m., Ceram-
ics. Choir.
Fri., Mar. 17, 8 p.m., Lenten
Service.

University Lecture, "Religion in
the World Crisis," DorothyI
Thompson, author and journalist;
auspices of the Religion in LifeI
Week Program. Music by theI
Men's Glee ;Club. 8:30 p.m., Mon.,c
Mar. 13, Hi1l Auditorium.
University Lecture. "Civil Lib-
erty and Deniocratic Loyalty." Dr.t
Donald Meiklejohn, Department oft
Philosophy, University of Chicago;
auspices of the Departments of1
Political'Science and Philosophy.
4:15 p.m., Tues, Mar. 14, Racknan
Amphitheatre.
Academic NoticesI
Bus. Ad. 73 (Insurance-Fischerf
and McOmiber). Examination, 9
a.m., Tues., Mar. 14, Rm. B, Hav-
en Hall. j
Aero. Eng. 160 (Section I), In-
troduction to Non-Linear Systems.
Mon., Mar. 13. Wednesday meeting
will be held as usual.
Mathematics Orientation Semi-
nar: Mon., Mar. 13, 3 p.m., 3001
A.H. Mr. Norman will continue his
talk on "a solution by Besikovitch
of a minimum problem in geo-
metry."1
Physical - Inorganic Chemistry
Seminar: 4:07 p.m., Wed., Mar. 15,
2308 Chemistry. Speaker: Dr. W.
Wayne Meinke will briefly review
books on nuclear chemistry. Mr.
R. J. Weaver will discuss "Elec-
trode Reduction of Complex Ios."
Graduate Students. By action of
the Executive Board of the Grad-
uate School the Graduate Aptitude
Examination is no longer a re-
quirement for the master's degree.
Mathematics: Prof. Paul Erdos
will give a six-weeks course in ele-
mentary analytical number theory.
Students who. have had a course
in funct pns of a complex variable
are qualifi.,~to enroll for one hour
credit. No knowledge of number
theory will b~e presupposed. Organ-
izational meeting; 4 p.m., Mon.,
Mar. 13, 3017 Angell Hall.
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts, Schools of Educa-
tion, Forestry, Music, and Public
Health:.
Students,, who received marks of
I, X, or: "no -report" at the close
of their last semester or summe'
session of attendance, will receive
a grade of E in the course or cour-
ses unless this work is made up
by March -13, Students, wishing
an extension-of time beyond this
date in orc1er to make up this work.,
should file, a petition addressed to
the appropriate official in their
school with Room 1513 Adminis-
tration Bldg., where it will be
transmitted..
Concerts
Program of Contemporary
American Music, presented by Al-
pha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota,
National Professional Music Fra-
ternity for Women, 8:30 p.m.,
Mon., Mar. 13, Hussey Room,
League. Compositions by Robert
Palmer, Edward Turechek, A.
Louis Scarmolin, Richard Hage-
man, Wilfred Roberts, and George
Wilson. The public is invited.
Events Today
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Student
Club: 5:30 p.m., Supper. 6:10 p.m.,
Program. Speaker: Rev. Alfred
Klausler of Chicago.
Roger Williams Guild: 10 a.m.,
Guest speaker: Dr. Milton Froyd,
Colgate Rochester Divinity School,
Rochester, N.Y. 6 p.m., cost sup-
per. Speaker: Dr. Robert Smith.

Dubuque University on the sub-
ject: "Prayer."
Canterbury Club: 9 a.m., Holy
Communion followed by Student
Breakfast. This is the corporate
communion, an opportunity for all
Episcopal students to make their
pledge to the church's program of
"Advance." 5:30 p.m., Supper and
meeting at Canterbury House. Dis-
cussion on ideas for future pro-
grams i Rev Burt will lead a dis-
cussion on "Christian Law: Is It
to Be Kept, or Broken?"
Westminster Guild: 5:30 p.m.,
"Meals for Millions" supper. 6:30
p.m., "Religion in Life," Dr. V. T.
A. Ferm, College of Wooster.

SUNDAY, MAkCH H , 1958°
Lutheran Student Association:
4:30 p.m., Choir practice. 5:30
p.m., Meeting and supper. 7 p.m.,
Program: Speaker, Dr. Everton.
Unitarian Student Group: 7 p.m.,
Discussion: "Unitarian Utopias"
with Rev. E. H. Redmnan as dis-
cussion leader.
Congregational Disciples Evan-
gelical and Reformed Guild: 6
p.m., Supper at Memorial Chris-
tian Church. Dr. Milton Froyd,
director of research, Colgate Ro-
chester Divinity School, guest for
Religion in Life Week, will speak
on 'Pychological 1tequisites for
Christian Living."4
Wesley Foundation: .9:30 a.m.,
Breakfast Seminar. 5:30 p.m., Sup-
per, Social Hall. 6:30 p.m., Wor-
ship. Dr. Jones will speak on "Sci-
ence and Religion." I
Michigan Christian Fellowship:
4:30 p.m., Lane Hall (Fireside
Room). Dr. Robert Smith, Profes-
sor of Philosophy, Dubuque Uni-
versity, Iowa, will speak on the
subject: "Religion in Life."
B'nai 'rith Hillel Foundation:
Grad Mixer at the Foundation,
7:30-10:30 p.m.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation:
Open Meeting at the Foundation,
2:30 p.m. Attendance required for
those. desiring positions on next
year's Council. All committees will
meet following the open meeting.
I.Z.F.A.-Hillel: Hebrew Circle
meeting, Union, 11 a.m.
U. of M. Hot Record Society:
Live jam session featuring Dixie
and Bop, 8 p.m., League Ballroom.
No admission charge.
General Semantics Study Group:
Open meeting, 3-4.30 p.m., In-
ternational Center memory of
Korsybski who died last week. Film
of Korzybski teaching workshop-
seminar.
Grad Outing Club: Meet at
Rackham,r. 2:15 p.m., for hiking,
supper, charades.
Coming Events
Religion in Life Week: Mon.,
Mar. 13.
4 p.m., Seminars: "The Chris-
tian Faith and Its Contemporary
Alternatives," Dr. V. T. A. Ferm,
East Conference Room, Rackham
Bldg. "A Philosopher's Apprbach
to Faith," Dr. Robert Smith,,West
Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.
5 p.m., Daily Chapel Service -
A series on "An Interpretive
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Big-Time Politics

DID YOU KNOW that the Young Demo-
crats of the University are conducting
an investigation of unsanitary rest room
conditions around campus?
Did you know that the Young Progressives
have moved to abolish the Union's "Dis-
criminatory" rule that no women may enter
its halls through the front door or eat in the
cafeteria?
You didn't? Well it's true, and skilled po-
litical observers have interpreted these moves
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of TAe Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: JIM BROWN

as being based on purely political motives
(national elections are only nine months
away, you know) and as shrewd attempts
by these two major parties to capture the
women's and rest room's votes for their res-
pective organizations in 'the 1951 Congress-
ional campaign.-
Let me suggest a project for the Young
Republicans to execute which would cap-
ture both blocs of votes, for their party
and at the same time cut its two oppo-
nents off without a farthing.
Why don't the Republicans conduct an
investigation on the discriminatory problem
which exists in the men's rooms of every
single building on and off campus.
1-Maybe they can find some dirt in a
corner, and
2-The women can't get in there either.
-Rich Thomas

Fifty-Ninth Year
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Greeks vs. Independents

John, something drastic has got to be
done to end this Pixie nonsense-
Yumph.

MY ROOMMATE and I were about to en-
ter our room in the East Quad yester-
day when the low cry of an animal in mor-
tal pain reached our ears.
We turned and looked down the hall.
A friend of ours was leaning against
his door and sobbing uncontrolably.
Being men filled with compassion for our
fellow creatures we walked over to him and
offered our commiserations.
He looked at us with tear streaked eyes.
"I'm just a number on my door," he slob-
bered, "just a number on my door."

He shook his head as if we didn't under-
stand. "They don't count after today," he
explained, and the tears rolled down his
cheek. "I should have joined a fraternity.
Didn't you read Brown's editorial in The
Daily?"
I nodded knowingly. We tried to steady
the racked shaken body. Then my roommate
began talking.
"Don't you realize," he said, "that frater-
nities are based on selective grouping, that
they foster discrimination, that they may in
some cases create a false feeling of super-
iority?"

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