THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1950
CAGE FOUR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1950
George Bernard Shaw, self-acknowledged
king of the modern English theatre, died
Wednesday night at the age of 94. There is
no one to assume his throne. The irascible
old wit, during his sixty years as a play-
wright,, suceeded not only in creating a mod-
ern and intellectually respectable drama, but
also in endearing himself to the world. His
consummately acid disposition made the stu-
died insult a thing of wry beauty, and he
delighted in using it at every opportunity.
In his later years, Shaw assumed an al-
most legendary standing. The very mention
of his name brought associations of Shaw
as a vegetarian, as a Fabian socialist, as a
fiery old recluse, as a misogynist, and above
all, as a colorful and eminently intelligent
The ancient and disrespectful sage will
not be forgotten any more than Shakespeare,
whose rightful successor he typically con-
sidered himself to be. Although he is no
longer around to heap recognition on him-
self, the rest of the world will happily as-
sume this job.
Or listen . . ..Or make it possible for your
fellow students to share their ideas with
each other and with the nation's political
and cultural leaders.
The Michigan Forum is your chance to
do something big, something good, some-
thing that will last long after you've closed
your last textbook and become that most
anoftymous of all animals, an alum.
The Forum is beginning its second year
of operations. And while it's in its infancy,
the Forum needs your help if it is to sur-
vive and grow.
The Michigan Forum is based on the plan
of the Oxford Union, which has long brought
the leaders of English public life to.Oxford
to debate side by side with students on the
major and minor issues of the day.
Topics will not always be political. Liter-
ature, sports, movies-whatever interests
students will be fair game at the Forum.
To add freshness to the programs, every
other debate will be on a topic.which won't
OHWashington Merry GoARound
WITH DREW PEARSON
-CLEVELAND - The hot and hectic Ohio
Senatorial campaign has now boiled down
to a battle of labor versus capital, the farm
belt versus the city. This class-warfare angle
is unfortunate, because the. issue goes much
deeper and involves the future leadership
of the Republican Party.
The Ohio race is not merely a race be-
tween a. hard-hitting GOP Senator who had
the courage to espouse the Taft-Hartley Act;
and a nice but colorless Democrat who cham-
pions labor. Actually the issue is also whther
the Republican Party is to beome once
more the progressive party of Lincoln and
Theodore Roosevelt, or whether it is to lapse
back to the international creed of the Mc-
Kinleys and the Herbert Hoovers.
The fact that this basic issue is not de-
fined inr the Ohio Senatorial race is partly
the fault-of the Truman high command. For
the truth is that Truman's political ad-
visers originally wanted Taft to win. They
figured that he would be much easier to beat
than Eisenhower in the race for the White
House in 1952; therefore, it was better not
to run a strong Democrat against Taft this
' But whereas the White House failed to
grasp the basic issue in Ohio, Arthur Van-
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are 'written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: RON WATTS
EVENTS Oi' INTEREST ABOUT CAM-
A preparedWolverine team will come to
grips with Champaign's highly-touted Illini
tomorrow at the stadium. Kickoff at 2 p.m.
William Shakespeare's fairy-land comedy,
"Midsummer Night's Dream," presented by
the speech department. The Little Symphony
Orchestra will play the Mendelssohn score,
while Ann Arbor youngsters cavort as elves
and pixies. At 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. See review tiis
Third in the regular Choral Union Concert
Series, George Szel and his Cleveland Or-
chestra will present a program at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday at Hill Auditorium.
The world of 2050, complete with giant
robots, will loombefore dance partners at
"Capitalistic Capers," presented by the busi-
ness administration school. Carlton Ryding's
six-piece band will play from 9 p.m. to 1
alm. today at the League Ballroom, resplen-
dent with a fuchsia-chartreuse color back-
THE BICYCLE THIEF, termed by many
critics the best movie of 1950. Director De-
Sica runs through the emotional gamut from
A to Z. Presented by the Student Legisla-
ture Cinema Guild, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
today and tomorrow at Hill Auditorium. See
review this page.
JAMAICA INN, starring Charles Laughton,
is the Orpheum's weekend offering, starting
today. The beloved English actor is cast as
as a schizophrenic gangster, called his
*' * *
ALL ABOUT EVE, with Anne Baxter and
Bette Davis, tells of an aging actress and
her limelight-usurping understudy. Top-
notch dialogue. Tomorrow and Sunday at
denberg, who worked beside Taft for years,
grasped the issue long ago. Vandenberg once
summarized this to me during the height of
the first inter-party battle over the Mar-
"Taft is so able, so tireless and so head-
strong," said the ,Senator from Michigan,
"that he carries the McCarthys, the Ma-
lones, the Jenners and the Kems right along
with him. That pack of isolationist jackals
meets with Taft almost every night to plot
against me and the Marshall Plan. I am
not sure whether I can lick them."j
Vandenberg did lick them in that particu-
lar fight. The Marshall Plan, which had
more to do with defeating European Com-
munism than any other factor, was passed.
But Vandenberg is old and sick now. He
makes no pretense of trying to hold a whip
hand over the "pack of isolationist jackals"
whom he used to lick when it came to cru-
cial votes on the bipartisan foren policy.
(Copyright, 1950, by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
"THE BICYCLE THIEF"
The man whose bicycle is stolen in "The
Bicycle Thief" is the powerful embodiment
of the "common man." In particular, he is
the European man faced, in the midst of a
disintegrating post-war economy, with the
need for a job. That's the focus of the first
scene of the movie ... on the job. Anxiety
and frustration are the rhythmic key emo-
tions. ELmpathy with the man who gets the
job and can't hold it because he loses his
bicycle creates a silent tension pitch as high
and sharp as a scream for action.
The man has a true nobility. Without
stereotyping, without saccharinity, the movie
carefully, beautifully, completely touches on
his deep, implicit love for his wife and little
boy. The silent eloquence of facial expres-
sion, body movement,*music and camera em-
phasis at the precise moment make an ele-
mental human poetry of the father-son re-
lationship. Telling use of silences and of the
people themselves as actors gives all of the
"people themselves as actors gives to this
story of a city laborer all of the monumental
reality of the French farm film, "Farre-
bique." When the man, for instance, tells
his child of the theft of the bicycle without
which he cannot keep his job alternates shots
of his face and the child's face filled with
a strangely adult understanding convey more
violently than words the deadly gravity of
the situation. They are equals, and their
communion passes the power of words. Later,
the man in his anxiety strikes the child un-
deservedly. Camera play abetted by silence
allows the eye to comprehend to the full
their slow, unworded reconciliation through
gesture, glance, walk and position.
Over the man tower the old imponderable
circumstances of office, bureaucracy and un-
seen control. He is the bottom point of an
inverted pyramid of forces, some of them
corrupt, all of them impersonal, wayward,
fateful. The man is honest, but he is small,
infinitesimal compared with the high, broad
weight of the pyramid. He is alone. He ap-
peals to each of the forces that might lead
him to the bicycle again: to the business,
to the law, to superstition, which has taken
the place of religion by default, to the gang,
and, finally, to the thief himself. Business
is impersonal; the law is distant and busy;
the blackmarket is a secret unto itself, tacit-
ly allowed by law; the superstitious experi-
ence is degrading; the gang is merciless;
and the thief escapes all retribution.
At the end of the day the man returns
dome, empty-handed. No bicycle, no bread.
"Is work a right or a privilege?" is written
large on the screen in the terms of his search
and his honorable failure. The final terrible
blow which ends the film by impelling the
mind forward to a resolution it cannot face
is the simple last shot of the man and his
child walking slowly homeward. His honor
be revealed to the speakers until the meet-
ing. This is calculated to make the de-
baters think on their feet.
The first Forum debate of the year will
be held Tuesday. The subject is one which
is vital to nearly all of us: Resolved, That
Students Should Be Given Special Consider-
ation Under a Peacetime Draft.
Each of the four speakers will talk for
10 minutes. Then they will quiz each other..
Following this, the session will be thrown
open to the audience. All pertinent and im-
pertinent questions and opinions will be wel-
After the debate, the audience will vote
on the resolution, with the results of the
voting to be published. Those attending will
also have'an opportunity to write down their
comments on the debate and on the speak-
You can help the Forum in any of three
ways: as a debater, as a Forum member, or
as a member of the audience.
Debaters need no previous experience. A
quick tongue and a sense of humor will come
in handy, however.
Forum members will arrange the debates-
choosing topics, obtaining speakers, public-
izing the meetings. Any student who is eli-
gible for extra-curricular activities may be-
come a Forum member.
Anyone interested in any phase of the
Forum may contact Audrey Smedley at
3-1561 for further particulars.
The Forum is beginning humbly. Its
first meeting will feature an all-student
panel, although plans are already under-
way to have prominent outside speakers
here for a debate before Christmas. And
though the Forum must begin modestly,
that doesn't mean it can't begin with spar-
kle and wit and life. With a topic as con-
troversial as the drafting of students, the
first session promises to crackle with
strong opinions strongly expressed.
As interest and participation grows, the
Forum will be able to guarantee the au-
diences to draw top speakers here. The first
important speaker's name will cause others
to come. Sooner or later someone is bound
to make a speech that will arouse the whole
nation's interest, be it on Russia, the GOP or
old age. Then the Forum will be on its way
to winning the respect and interest of the
In years to come, Michigan alumni may
well have reason to look with pride on
the Michigan Forum, a place for students
and the nation's leaders to exchange opin-
ions and learn and grow.
But for 'this to happen, work is needed.
Time is needed. And you are needed.
At Lydia Mendelssohn ..
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM pro-
duced by the Speech Department, directed
by Valentine Windt.
THE OVERALL impression of this initial
production of the Speech Department's
1950-51 season is one of carefree enchant-
ment and hearty burlesque. With great
skill the group has captured the spirit of
Shakespeare's fairy world of the witching
hour. Aided by excellent performances by
Reid Shelton as Oberon, King of the Fairies,
and by John Waller as the prankster spirit
Puck, the kingdom of imagination qnd fancy
is given free reign throughout.
To say that these two actors excelled,
however, is not to detract from the re-
mainder of the cast, all of whom did
extremely capable jobs in the roles as-
If fault is to be found in the production
it lies in several questionable interpretations
of minor characters, in the use of Men'del-
ssohn's Incidental Music and in the tedious
pacing of action.
Midsummer Night's Dream is one of
Shakespeare's best comedies and as such
needs little if any of the extranleous charac-.
terizations that were added to the English
tradesmen, the tailor and the joiner. If
addition was thought desirable it could
have at least been in good taste. The final
scene df the players is also stretched a bit
too far. It could have been depended more
on Shakespeare rather than on Abbot and
Mendelssohn's Incidental Music has an
apt title. For twenty minutes after the
curtain time and preceding the curtain
opening The Little Symphony plays the
overture. The composition does redeem
itself, however, by adding greatly to the
mood of the fairy scenes.
The drag in action is due tp proper.cut-
ting of Shakespeare's text without equal
subtraction from Mendelssohn's score. There
are therefor several musical interludes dur-
ing which the action comes to a complete
halt while the light crew displays its ver-
satility at changing the backdrop into a
continuous galaxy of color.
The subsequent slow pacing tends to sep-
arate the three subplots. rather than weave
them into the unity for which they were
An odd inconsistency lies in the costum-
ing. The Athenians parade before a back-
ground of Ionic columns while clothed
splendiferously in Elizabethan dress.
"I've Shrewdly Managed To Get Him To Join Us"
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Alpha Kappa Kappa
Alpha Rho Chi
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Tau Delta
Lambda Chi Alpha
J. Raleigh Nelson House
Phi Alpha Kappa
Phi. Delta Phi
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Gamma Delta
Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Sigma Delta
Phi Sigma Kappa
Pi Lambda Phi
Sigma Alpha Mu
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DAILY- OFFICIAL BULLETIN
The Daily welcomes communications
from its readers on matters of gen-
eral interest, and will publish all let-
ters 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 tasteI
will be condensed, edited or withheld
from publication at the discretion of
To the Editor:
AFTER THE appearance of the
two articles on the Philippine
fund fiasco, I though that the
matter would quickly die. The
mistake was made two years ago
by a legislature composed of al-
most entirely different personnel,
and student government has cer-
tainly made tremendous progress
since the incident.
In addition, it was the Student
Legislature itself which uncovered
the error, and measures have been
taken which guarantee against
the recurrence of such a debacle.
However, yesterday's attack by
a member of SL on Jim Brown,
Daily managing editor, in my
mind is uncalled for and in ex-
tremely poor taste. The Philippine
fund blunder cannot be placed on
any one former legislator except,
perhaps, those in the office of
treasurer from the time of the de-
bacle until last spring, when the
misallocation was discovered.
True, the. SL has done and is'
doing a lot of extremely worth-
while things for the students at
Michigan, but when there is a
misappropriation of funds by any
governing body, that error deserv-
I agree withnArnold Miller (and.
almost everyone else not on the
Daily) that the story was grossly
overplayed and further believe
that the headlines and editorializ-
ing of the article were misleading
to one unfamiliar with the situ-
However, I do not condone in
any manner whatsoever the per-
sonal slurring attack on Jim
Brown. While on SL, Mr. Brown
proved himself to be a fine legis-
lator, and his excellent coverage
of SL activity last spring certainly
is an outstanding example of his
confidence in student government.
If the 27 members elected this
fall are as capable as Jim Brown,
the continued progress of sound
student government will be as-
sured. Vive l'SL!
Cabinet Member of SL
* * *
To the Editor:
IT IS TOO BAD that such friends
of the Student Legislature as
Hansen, Oberreit and Miller felt
compelled to drag an irrevelant
issue into the Daily's description
of the Philippine fiasco.
They seem to be pinning some
faith in logic which runs, or
rather rambles, like this:
Brown was on the Legislature.
The Legislature fouled up.
Brown is now editor of the
Therefore, Brown should be
very careful to see that nothing
bad about the legislature is print-
ed while he is Editor.
Could this be one point where
a little dishonesty would be a
good thing, gentlemen?
Anyone who tries to view the
function of a newspaper in will,
if he is not suffering from well
directed personal stings, admit
that one thing a paper must do
is keep the governing officials on
their toes. It might be hackneyed,
but it is not far wrong to say that
a newspaper should, and some-
times does act as a "Watchdog."
For years the Daily has taken
this function on itself. Just ask
t h e Administration. Whenever
editors felt that the University
was in the wrong, they have not
hesitated to say so. What reason
could there be for drawing the
line on student activities?
The Daily has been, and I be-
lieve still is, pro-student govern-
ment, in that editors have confi-
dence in student leadership. This
does not mean that if student
government gets its wires crossed,
The Daily should keep quiet
Former legislator and present
Daily Editor Brown undoubtedly
knew he would walk into state-
ments like those which appeared
in Thursday's Daily. It took guts
for Brown to say "I made a mis-
take along with the rest of the
legislature," and he should be
commended for saying it and still
coming through with the "Ex-
Incidentally, Gentlemen, a bet-
ter definition of Expose without
quotation marks would be "Tell-
ing the public that which . they
should know, but did not know."
.In this case, The Daily has ful-
filled its function successfully.
-Al Blumrosen .53L
Ten-Cent Programs .. .
To the Editor:
tified-has been the general re-
action to the recent arrest of seve-
ral student vendors of ten-cent
football programs. Many guesses
have been hazarded as to the real
reason for the action. The Daily
letter by Mr. Leonard Sandweiss
last Sunday did a neat job of ty-
ing this abuse in with the over-
all picture of student exploitation
which has long since become a
"way of life" in Ann Arbor.
But one thing surprises me; and
that is that no one seems to have
smelled a rat in the police action
itself. Is the Ann Arbor Police De-
partment (or any city police de-
partment, for that matter) so pa-
ternally benign as to make a reg-
ular practice of going about ar-
resting groups of people just to
give them a lecture on the error
of their ways? You can bet thatI
if a law hasyactually been violat-
ed, it is not typical police pro-
cedure to lecture the culprit and
turn him loose. Of course the
charge that the students were dis-
rupting traffic is just too silly to
be accepted as the real reason for
the arrests. And it is my guess
that the charge of not having .a
vendor's license was just too thin
ice to walk on comfortably ac-
counting for the "generous" atti-
tude of the police in letting the
students off "easy."
Perhaps some of those law en-
forcement officers-their chief at
least-were uncomfortably aware
of an Amendment passed by the
City Council at its meeting on
September 5 of this year. Accord-
ing to the Ann Arbor News (Sept.
6, p. 15), that Amendment states
that "any person engaged in the
selling of goods on private pro-
perty only on football Saturdays
shall not be deemed to be engaged
in business as defined and pro-
hibited in the original ordinance."
True, the Council had refresh-
ment stands specifically in mind
when it passed this Amendment.
But it would seem that the pro-
gram vendors would be money
ahead if they just rented one of
those auto parking spaces on a
Main Street lawn and stayed off
Of course, it hurts Mr. Crisler
and theAthletic Administration
("The taxpayers don't give us a
penny") to have competition for
their ridiculously nigh-priced pro-
gram. But do the police arrest
super-market proprietors for un-
derselling neighborhood markets?
The next three Sturda-s are
football days in Ann Arbor. We
hope to see enterprising students
out with their econonically-priced
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Theta Delta Chi
Zeta Beta Tau
Nov. 5 -
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Rho Sigma
Students interested in examina-
tions for positions relating to Jun-
ior Management Assistants in-
cluding Junior Social Science As-
sistants, U.S. Civil Service, see
bulletin board, Political Science
Department. These examinations
are for students interested in ca-
reers in the Department of State.
Presumably the passing of the ex-
aminations would establish civil
Faculty, College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts: Meeting,
Mon., Nov. 6, 4:10 p.m., 1025 An-
1. Consideration of the minutes
of the meeting of Oct. 2, 1950.
2. Consideration of reports sub-
mitted with the call to this meet-
a. Executive Committee - Prof.
B. D. Thuma.
b. Executive Board1 of the Grad-
uate School - Prof. F. K.
c. Deans' Conference - Dean
3. Services available in the Eval-
uation and Examinations Division,
Bureau of Psychological Services.
Dr. E. J. Furst.
4. Discussion:' Courses open to
6. New business.
University Lectures in Journa-
lism: Blair Moody, of the Detroit
News Washington Bureau, will
lecture before a journalism as-
sembly Fri., Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Rack-
ham Amphitheatre. S u b j e c t
"Building Strength for Freedm."
Open to the public.
Music of 17th & 18th Centuries,
played by the String Orchestra,
conducted by Gilbert Ross, 8:30
p.m., Mon. Nov. 6, in Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre. The program
will include compositions by Pur-
cell, Geminiani, Bach and Mozart,.
and will be open to the general
public without charge.
International Radio Round Ta-
ble: Auspices of International
Center and WUOM. Discussions
are held every Friday at 2:30 p.m.
on WUOM and are broadcast on
the Voice of America to foreign
countries. Subjects for discussion:
Peace and the Atomic Energy-
Students interested in partici-
pating in the programs may con-
tact Hiru Shah, Moderator of the
Roundtable, 2-1644 or Charles Ar-
nade, Organizer of the Program,
Modern Dance and Ballet Clubs:
(Continued on Page 6)
To the Editor:
PROCEDING from our theory
that representative govern-
ment requires the participation at
the polls of every qualified voter,
the Young Republican Club has
collected informatiop on absentee
voting regulations from all of the
As a follow-up to the booth
which we maintained on campus,
on the eighteenth and nineteenth,
we will be happy to provide,. to
any person, needed information on
the, absentee balloting procedure,
at any time before the Novemhber
7th election. Such information
can be obtained by contacting the
writer at 609 East University.
Young Republican Club
Individualism .. .
To the Editor:
ALL THIS talk of 'individualism'
and 'society' and 'the state'
and 'the leader' - as if these can
ever exist in such total isolation
from each other! Yes, there is a
latent nihilism in communism
and fascism and monarchy; but a
one-sided embhasis upon sheer in-
dividualism or a static individual-
ity can lead to a nihilistic dogma
from which there is even less
chance of escape. The herd instinct
can assert itself in innumerable
So democracy is the perfect syn-
thesis of individualism, the state,
society, and leadership? Well then,
put aside all this fancy terminolo-
gy for a moment, take your eyes
off the paper, and look around
* . . How democratic is democracy?
Perhaps we could stand, if noth-
ing else, a few elementary lessons
-E. W. Menzel Jr.
To the Editor:
I WISH TO congratulate Leonard
Greebaum on his review of the
French film "Fric-Frac". I found
it balanced, thoughtful and ac-
As a matter of fact, it was just
the kind of review I would have
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Janet watts. ...... Associate Editor
Nancy Bylan. ... ....... Associate Editor
James Gregory.......Associate Editor
Bill Connolly...........Sports Editor
Bob Sandell.....Associate Sports Editor
Bill Brenton....Associate Sports Editor
Barbara Jans...... .Women's Editor
Pat Brownson Associate Women's Editor
I Bob Daniels..... .... Business Manager
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Bob Mersereau....... Finance Manager
Carl Breitkreitz... Circulation Manager
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Look, Mr. O'Matley! I caught it!
And~it was dragging something-
Launcelot McSnoyd! I might have known.
... Look, McSnoyd, you and your clownish
feathered friend are interrupting a very
Soitainly I got a treasure, kiddo. And
I'm consoining myself with it right now-