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THESQUABBLE over Michigan State's
probation understandably has not been
a quiet one, but the noise became a little
too loud when the State Senate added its
unanimous voice Thursday.
Acting on a resolution introduced by
Jackson Sen. Haskell L. Nichols, the Sen-
ate gave a quick, undisputed vote of con-
fidence to MSC, placed on a year's pro-
bation by the Big Ten Sunday because
of the Spartan Foundation's action in
subsidizing athletes.
Putting aside proximity, pressure or what-
ever motivated the Senate's action, the re-
solution and Sen. Haskell's accompanying
statements represent something inappro-
priately considered from the legislative
sphere. Michigan State's prestige has not
been damaged to the extent that a resolu-
tion of confidence, in effect backed by the
whole State, is warranted. Since the Legis-
lature has not had a chance to investigate
technicalities of the Big Ten decision, the
prestige element looms as the main reason
behind the move.
In a speech accompanying proposal of
the resolution, Sen. Nichols reiterated one
of the more superficial arguments ad-
vanced against the Big Ten action-"jeal-
ousies have gone far beyond the realm of
fair play." If inter-collegiate jealousy did
figure in the Big Ten decision, Michi-
gan State's errors still stand and any
Legislative action might better take the
form of encouraging Commissioner Wil-
son's bunch to see whether Spartan Foun-
dations .exist elsewhere.
It.is reported that Sen. Nichols intends to
demand an apology from the Big Ten if the
commission doesn't volunteer one. Such an
action, like the resolution the Senate has
already passed, can only perpetuate jealous-
ies the State is overtly trying to eliminate.
This is no way to clean up athletics.
-Virginia Voss
-Angell Hall
WHEN THE Angell Hall addition was be-
Ing built, the problem of how to pro-
vide for the free flow of persons up and
down the stairways in Angell and Mason
Halls was apparently neglected.
Thousands of students are annoyed ev-
ery day by the congested central stair-
ways in the buildings between classes. In
some instances, it takes five minutes to
get from the ground floor-in Angell Hall
to the first floor. In Mason Hall, it some-
times takes ten minutes to go from the
first to the third floor.
Besides being annoying, the crowded stairs
are dangerous. If a student should stumble
or trip In the congestion, he could easily be
seriously hurt by the milling, pushing stu-
dents going to classes.
It is also unfortunate that when the
architect designed the addition, he placed
four large auditoriums adjacent to one
another in Angell Hall. When classes end,
the congestion in the corridor is tre-
Students can conceivably alleviate the
problem by avoiding the central stairways
whenever possible. Those having classes in
the auditoriums in the Angell Hall addition
would help by leaving the building by the
south end rather than via Angell Hall or
the east side of the building.
-Eric Vetter

"Y)'YE THINK th' colledges has much to
do with th' progress iv the wurruld?"
asked Mr. Hennessy.
"D'ye think," said Mr. Dooley, "'tis th'
mill that makes th' water run?" - F. P.
Dunne, Colleges and Degrees.


"Heil, Comrade"


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At Lydia Mend elssohn..
FAUST, by Charles Gounod
N MAINTAINING an opera workshop, the
University faces one problem which is
non-existent in resident opera companies.
This is a rapid turnover of singers, and cer-
tainly if the same singers could be retained
year after year, the function of an opera
workshop would be destroyed. For this rea-
son varying degrees of perfomrance are to be
expected, just as in each year's football
team. Last night's production of Faust was
not of the same high calibre as have been
previous productions.
The opera, itself, is one of the musical
theatre's greatest box office attraptions.
Combining tuneful music with a most popu-
lar, dramatic legend, it is, so to speak, a
"natural." Stylistically it represents the nine-
teenth century, the romantic movement.
Here is man of diminutive stature in his
surroundings, unable to give battle, a slave
to fate relying on the crutch of faith which
he both adores and is tempted to disobey.
As pure music it falls short. It is too dis-
cursive. The dramatic recitative inherited
from German romanticism, the melody a leg-
acy from his own French opera, the pattern
of selections into arias, duets, and larger en-
sembles, a bequest from Italian opera, and
the unauthentic use of chirch modes, all this
naturally makes the work hybrid.
But it cannot be dismissed this abruptly.
For even though it does not exemplify a
work molded from a composer's personal
style, it remains a work of an era's style, a
manifesto of romanticism much like By-
ron and Delacroix.
What hampered the production the most
last night was the tenor. Jack Hamil, who
portrayed the leading role, has not a mature
voice. His pitch was too uneven and his

tone too weak. Consequently in ensembles
he was inaudible, and in solos he was unable
to project. This also impeded his stage ap-
The show-stopper was Robert Kerns who
sang the role of Valentin. His singing of
"Even Bravest Hearts" and the death scene
in act three, scene one, served notice that
he deserves much more. He sang with con-
vincing drama and a wide range of vocal
The main brunt of performance was on
Dolores Lowry who appeared as Margue-
rite. And with very lyric vocal equipment
she carried it admirably. Unfortunately
however the stage director had her under-
play the last act, and where her inner
torment and struggle came through vocal-
ly, it did not in her acting. But in singing
the "Jewel song" and "Spinning song,"
her acting composure greatly compli-
mented the lovely tones of her singing.
Douglas Stott as Mephistopheles turned
in a very respectable performance. His bass
tones were very resonant, but as the devil
he could have been more evil, and less sly.
Not to be forgotten is Mary Ann Tinkham
who, as the young boy Siebel, displayed a
real dramatic voice. She also deserves bigger
roles in the future. Vivien Milan played Mar-
tha, Marguerite's maid with the comical
promiscuity necessary to the role.
The settings were for the most part ef-
fective. But there could have been greater
contrast between the market-place and tav-
ern scenes, and the church and prison cell
scenes. Although there was contrast in light-
ing, there was none in the colors of the
sets. The orchestra performed well consid-
ering that it probably had very little re-
hearsal time. All in all the production was
well worth the effort, if only for Mr. Kerns
and Miss Lowry
-Donald Harris

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and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length, defamatory or
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Architecture Auditorium
DARK VICTORY, with Bette Davis and
George Brent
W ITHOUT denying the fact that this is
an exceptionally fine movie, it must be
admitted that most of its greatness is due
solely to the acting abilities of Bette Davis.
The story itself tends to be highly sentimen-
tal, and the supporting cast is quite weak.
George Brent as a brain surgeon, supplies
little more than a firm shoulder and a com-
forting collie dog manner, leaving most o1
the work for his leading lady.
Miss Davis portrays a giddy and viva-
cious debutante who learns that she must
undergo an operation to cure an unusual
brain disease. After her recovery her doc-
tor discovers that she has only been tem-
porarily relieved of her malady, and that she
has only a few months to live. Suppressing
the information, he finds that she is in love
with him, and they become engaged. The
debutante, who settled down a bit after her
operation, becomes aware of her fate, and
goes off again in a wild whirl of parties,
hiding her love for the doctor until the fu-
tility of her life suddenly presents itself. The
two are married, and she dies "peacefully
and finely," if a little melodramatically.
Certainly this story lacks a good deal to
be really inspired, but it is an amazing ve-
hicle for Miss Davis. She has the oppor-
tunity to show how accurately she can cap-
ture the intricacies of personality in such
complex character, no matter how weak
it may really be; for her part she is ex-
cellent, and- if there are spots where she
seems to be failing, it can only be that the
role is almost incredible in itself. The scenes
in which she is vehement and vicious, in
which she is playfully adolescent, and in
which she must heroically resign herself
to death are truly great pieces of acting.
-Tom Arp

At the Orpheum. . .
Tierney and Cornel Wilde -
IN SPITE OF a few trite moments, Leave
Her To Heaven is a tensely absorbing,
suspenseful film.
Based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams,
it is the story of a woman who must com-
pletely envelop those she loves. Systemati-
cally, she alienates first her father and then
her husband, from any relationships she
feels may compete with her for their love.
Provocative references are continually
made to Ellen's relationship with her
father. Because these suggestions are
never developed we are left only to won-
der what sort of a man it was that allowed
his daughter to fall in love with him and
therefor predestine her to fail In any
future relationships. A few more hints
about the father might have made the
daughter a more believable person.
Gene Tierney as the sinister Ellen is thor-
oughly hateful. Her human moments are
too rare to evoke any pity for her. This
consistent lack of humaness in her charac-
terization is one of the factors which pre-
vents this film from being a first rate drama.
A typical Hollywood court scene is another
detrimental touch.
Cornel Wilde as Ellen's husband and
Jeanne Crain as her sister both turned in
admirable performances. Miss Crain, how-
ever, could have strengthened her role by
displaying a wider range of emotion. Her
steady sweetness was calming but did not
allow her distinctive or highly original char-
acterization. ,
Vincent Price was unfortunately limited
by the role of a stereotyped district attor-
ney, while Gene Lockhart, Mary Phillips,
and Ray Collins formed a fine supporting
-Sue Messing

WASHINGTON-It is too bad that the Eisenhower administration's
new Far Eastern policy has been revealed piecemeal and by
seepage. The design is both bolder in conception and more astute in
detail than anyone realizes except a few insiders. And at the risk of
repeating some facts disclosed in this space, the design is well worth
examining as a whole, which is the only way to understand it fully.
The most discussed part of the design is the scheme of "disen-
gagement," as Secretary of State John Foster Dulles calls it. In
Korea, the American infantry are to be withdrawn from the battle
line, and replaced by South Koreans. In Indo-China, the anti-
Communist native army is to be greatly expanded-probably
doubled-in order to reduce the burden on the French.
The most obvious results of "disengagement" are a prospective
reduction of the American casualty rate in Korea, and the increase
of Western strength in reserve. American divisions are actually to be
deployed out of Korea, certainly to Japan, perhaps to the United
States. But any re-deployment of the French forces in Indo-China
will certainly be impossible for a long time to come; while in Korea,
the South Koreans will continue to need support by American artillery
and other special branches of the ground forces, plus full air and
naval support. The military results will be less important than the
political and psychological resuts.
Such diverse observers as former Ambassador to Moscow George
Kennan and Admiral Arthur Radford have insisted for many months
that the Kremlin would never end the Korean fighting, so long as it
was costing the Western Alliance a great deal more than it was cost-
ing the Soviet empire. Secretary Dulles is reported to have said the
same thing another way, asking, "Why should it worry them, when
they have their second tam pinning down our first team?"
The first-fruit of disengagement will be to revolutionize this
hopeless pattern. The Chinese effort in Korea is very great. Even
the Soviet effort is far from inconsiderable. Under the new
scheme, the Chinese and the Soviets are no longer to be rewarded
for their effort by the spectacle of the flower of the American
ground forces peripherally bogged down in Korea.
It is hard to think of anything that is more likely to disconcert
Peking and Moscow, than finding, one fine morning, that they are
fighting South Koreans instead of Americans. It is quite impossible to
think of anything, except the most risky and costly offensive effort,
that is more likely to make Moscow and Peking reconsider their Kor-
ean program.
The planned major build-up of the Indo-Chinese anti-Communist
armies will also give Peking and Moscow distasteful food for thought.
The Asiatic Communist high command has no doubt been counting
heavily on the additional divisions now being trained in South China
for the Indo-Chinese Communist government. The new Indo-Chinese
Communist forces will not only counter-balance these new Com-
munist divisions. It is hoped they will also end the long Indo-Chinese
Here two ugly questions arise. Will not the Chinese armies in-
vade Indo-China, if the native Communists are pushed to the wall,
just as they invaded Korea in similar circumstances? And will not
they launch an all-out offensive in Korea itself, if they find no one
but South Koreans in the line?
These two questions had a major influence in paralyzing our
past policy. Our own Chiefs of Staff have powerfully emphasized
them. They are grave questions. Only the other day an escaped mem-
ber of the Indo-Chinese Communist government, Pham Le Bong;
brought a warning that the Chinese had already promised their Indo-
Chinese colleagues to intervene in case of need.
To answer these questions is of course the real purpose of the
new Formosa policy, so falsely reported as "unleashing Chiang
Kai-shek." Chiang will continue his pinprick coastal raids. As
his forces are strengthened, he may even try to take back some
of the coastal islands that the Chinese Communists hold very
lightly. But the real purpose of strengthening Chiang Kai-shek's
forces and position is to provide a serious threat on the Chinese
Communist flank.
Viewed as 'a whole, this new design admirably combines pru-
dence, ingenuity and courage. It proves the value of an effort by
fresh minds to end the old "posture of paralyzed tension."
(Copyright, 1953, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)

Fraternities ...
To the Editor:
I AM a Negro, I am a Catholic, I
am a foreign student. Yesterday
I was in high school and there I
learned many beautiful things
about my country. Yesterday I was!
in Europe and- in Asia. I heard
many beautiful thigs about your
country and I learned to admire
your democratic ideas. Today I
walk on your campus and am
shocked to find that many Ameri-
can students tolerate, support, and
join a fraternity with a bias clause.
It is difficult for me to believe that
true Americans would sacrifice a
democratic idea just to join a fra-
ternity that will give them a good
-Willie B. Hackett
. * *
Rosenbergs ..*.
To the Editor:
WITH LIFE or death for the Ro-
senbergs in the hands of the
American people, it is necessary
that we-the American people-
act now to secure clemency. We
must inform the president of our*
feelings; we must do so by every
means at our disposal, by letters,
telegrams and telephone calls. As
long as there is any serious doubt
of their guilt as has been expressed
n Life Magazine and by such per-
sons as Dr. Harold C. Urey and
Dr. AlbertrEinstein, their death
must be prevented. The fact that
this severe punishment will set a
precedent in our courts of law hor-
rifies the students of the entire
world. To bring these facts to light
this past weekend we distributed
to the faculty copies of a proposed
advertisement which contains such
statements as this of Dr. Harold
"Dear Judge Kaufman: I am
writing 'to urge you to change the
sentence of death imposed on Eth-
el and Julius Rosenberg to a les-
ser punishment. ... I found the
testimony of the Rosenbergs more
believable than that of the Green-
glasses. .. . I am amazed and com-
pletely outraged by the unequal
punishment which has been given.
For the same crime Ruth Green-
glass is never brought to
trial though she admitted her
guilt under oath; David Green-
glass gets 15 years imprisonment;
Morton Sobell and Harry Gold get
30 years inprisonment; and Ethel
and Julius Rosenberg get death.
Only the last two took the witness
stand and maintained that they
are innocent, and they were con-
victed on testimony which I do not
believe is conclusive beyond a rea-
sonable doubt.... I strongly urge
a careful reconsideration of this
You can make your opinions
known by conveying them to Pres-
ident Eisenhower, and by assisting
in placing the advertisement in the
newspapers, so the entire commun-
ity can have the opportunity of
reading the statements of fore-
most scientists, lawyers, church-
men and educators.
-Val Birds
Jack Harper
Lois Taft
May Kimuro
Sandra Smith
Academic Freedom . . .
To the Editor:
ACADEMIC freedom is the free-
dom to seek and teach the
truth. This freedom should not
be abused to withhold and con-
ceal the truth.
This rules out the communist
by definition, because the com-
munist doeshnot have the free
conscience that allows him to
think for himself. This also rules
out those sympathizers and "lib-
erals" who have not the mental
preception to draw the line of
loyalty this side of the Kremlin.
The line between the questions,

"is your allegiance to the United
States first?" and "are you or

have you ever been a communist?"
is not so fine that any American
should have any doubts about his
Those persons, especially in the
field of education that refuse to
answer this question or sympa-
thize with those people that re-
fuse to answer it are the people
that abuse the very principle of
academic freedom.
We had an example of this
abuse on our campus last Sunday
when Dr. Kirtly Mather, a profes-
sor from Harvard spoke to a group
of students in the Methodist
Church lounge. He construed
academic freedom as the right to
withhold facts from a congres-
sional investigation on the grounds
of "poor" memory; he construed
academic freedom as the right to
conceal from inquiry a person's
past and present political affili-
ations. In effect he was defending
the teaching of distorted facts
and truths.
This is not in logical agree-
ment with the definition of aca-
demic freedom as the right to
teach and seek truth. The very
academic freedom he pretended to
defend he bent to his own end by
advocating the concealing of facts
and the continued teaching of
truths and facts by persons who
had not free consciences to teach
facts as facts nor the mental pre-
ception to draw the line of policy
this side of the Kremlin.
-Ronald E. Seavoy
MSC Affair ..
To the Editor:
newspaper. Concerning the
Michigan State College football
scandal, The Daily handled the
affair with a judicious blend of in-
sight, impartially, and friendly
Your editorials were tempered
with the tact and good taste
which, I feel, is the impression
that only a fine newspaper can
--Michael M. McKone

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A Panorama of the Saar Basin



by Dick Bbler

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last in a series
of three interpretive articles on the troubled sit-
uation in the Saar basin.)
THE SAAR is a country where dull black
slag heaps, great chimneys belching
yellow smoke and geometric mine derricks
alternate with rolling green hills, imposing
black forests and fields of grain. In the
towns Medieval churches, timbered German
houses and the spartan look-a-like homes
of the industrial workers mingle with a
sprawling complexity of factories and ware-
The major industrial centers are not
unlike mining towns of Pennsylvania ex-
cept that here 80 percent were left in
desolate ruin by the war. And still the
scars remain making the countryside a
lingering no-man's land.
Ylsa f'h 1,.._-.,_ _ .slnsmevs_.v_, r.

a prevailing spirit in this contested bor-
derland. A successful attempt has been
made for reaching hands .cross the bor-
ders on an intellectual level. Opened four
years ago in the converted barracks of
the Nazi Wehrmacht, proudly calling it-
self the European University of the Saar,
the school has a faculty from ten differ-
ent foreign nations and uses French and
German exclusively on a level of parity.
The 1,200 students, mostly Saarlanders
but including several hundred French and
Germans, are under the administration of a
rotating rectorship-a Frenchman and a
Saarlander each hold the office for an al-
ternate term of two' years. At the cross-
roads of a devastated continent, students
are being taught to recognize the problems
of .Europe not from a nationalistic view-
point but from a European one.
Illiteracy in the Saar is virtually zero.

food liable to include the piece de resis-
tance of a cordon bleu chef; but he does
justice to a weiner schnitzel or sauer-
kraut and in between meals buys giant
pretzels from sidewalk vendors and con-
sumes said delicacy en route to home or
job. About five thirty in the afternoon lie
seems to develop a craving for a small
snack and be he dressed in dignified
tweeds, homberg and equipped with brief
case or more casually attired in leather
work jacket, he and his wife and their en-
tire family may be seen devouring ten
inch sausages, scantily clothed in two inch
This gastronomical indulgence satisfac-
torily explains a pair of signs I had noticed
in a Saarbrucken bus. The first in German
reads "38 Sitz Plaize" the second in French
"39 Places Assis." Obviously, only 38 Ger-
mans could possibly squeeze into the same
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chestra concert, on the day of the per-
formance, Mon., Mar. 2, between the
hours of 9:30 and 11:30 and 1:00 and 4:00
o'clock. After four o'clock no passes
will be issued.
Summer Employment. Ford Motor
Company, of Dearborn, will have a rep-
resentative at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments, 3528 Administration Building,
Tues., and Wed., Mar. 3 and 4, to talk
to interested male students about sum-
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conjunction "with their 50th Anniver-
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