THE MICHIGAN DAILY,
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1953
THE LINES ...
By CAL SAMRA
Daily Editorial Director
r HIS EDITORIAL is based on the bold,
perhaps foolhardy, assumption that col-
lege students are rational animals.
Last year about this time, several hun-
dred impulsive students ran wild on
campus for some six hours in what was
to be the spark to a chain reaction of
panty raids around the country. Public
reaction, it may be recalled, was severe.
Congressmen, flooded with letters from
indignant constituents, made threatening
gestures against the student deferment
program. Selective service officials frown-
ed. Newspaper and magazine editorials
demanded that those responsible be ship-
ped en masse to Korea.
Today, the future of the student defer-
ment plan is in grave doubt. Of late, it
has been coming under sharp criticism from
both Congressional and Selective Service
quarters. Under these precarious condi-
tions, another outbreak of panty pilfering is
very likely to be the death blow to the stud-
ent deferment system.
Those whose volatile souls are being tick-
led by rising temperatures ought to be aware
of the grave consequences of any such out-
burst this spring. It's no longer a laughing
FEW THINGS are more deplorable on a
college campus than an arbitrary decision.
Friday, the Regents announced a $50
a year dormitory rent hike. Whether this
increase is justified on the basis of infla-
tionary pressures is not the question. The
important thing is that Quad student re-
presentatives were not consulted on the
If the Inter-House Council officers are
worth their salt, they should address a point-
ed protest to the Administration for this
stark bit of railroading. The rent hike af-
fects too many students to be passed off on
dorm residents without a challenge.
This isn't a stockyard or a penitentiary,
though sometimes one wonders.
RUSSIAN EXPERTS are going to find
difficulty in interpreting the significance
of Georgi Maenkov's resignation as secretary
of the Soviet Communist Party.
The secretariat of the party has usually
been the cynosure of political power in
the Soviet Union, arising, as it does, from
the wealth of patronage at its disposal. It
seems strange, then, that Malenkov would
forsake it, particularly in light of the fact
that the machine he built up on the foun-
dations of the secretariat elevated him to
the premiership upon Stalin's death.
It is even more difficult to understand how
N. S. KhruJichev managed to worm his
way into the job as Malenkov's successor.
-n the recent past, there had been a great
deal of hostility between the two, and many
Russians experts had predicted opposition
on the ambitious Khruschev's part to Malen-
kov's succeeding Stalin.
Perhaps it portends some trouble ahead
Perhaps it means that Premier Malenkov
will not be as powerful as Stalin in the Soviet
scheme of things.
Perhaps it doesn't mean a thing.
But, at any rate, one thing seems to be
certain. Khrushchev has fallen heir to a
formidable amount of power, and must now
be regarded along with Malenkov and police
chief Laventri Beria as a kingfish in the
party set-up. If there is such a thing as a
triumvirate ruling Russia, this is it. Grizzled
V. M. Molotov seems to have fallen by the
ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS:
Thanks to the Electricians
"No Leash For This One?"
THE ACADEMY AWARDS, presented an-
nually in Hollywood, are one way of de-
termining which are the best movies of
the year. Last Thursday, the Academy, ever
arriving at a fresh conception of their re-
sponsibilities, hit television to demonstrate
how they recognize the most creative per-
sonalities in their business. The demon-
stration was sponsored by NBC and was
advertised in advance press releases as the
greatest battery of talent ever assembled.
The producers from the start of the
show were plainly concerned with the
importance of being brief, and if there
was one unifying theme to the show, it
was that of impending midnight (EST).
There was no attempt to conceal this
haste from the audience who were early
made aware that this was primarily a
television show in which time might be
found to pass out awards. An auxiliary
audience had also been assembled in New
York to keep the applause going on both
The masters of ceremonies of the coaxial
coup were Bob Hope and Conrad Nagel,
respectively located in California and New
York. Their job was to keep Oscar winners
moving between spotted RCA-Victor com-
mercials. The award winners themselves
displayed immediate co-operation; several
actually forgot their statuette in obtaining
directions from Mr. Hope as .to which stair-
way they should leave the stage from.
Tail-coated leading men and no-non-
sense glamor girls made the presentations,
proceeding in and out of the wings at re-
gular intervals to go through the difficult
business of reading the names of the peo-
ple nominated for the various awards.
Dignity seemed to be the keynote here.
Dore Schary, who gave the screenplay
awards, spoke sepulcharally, but hurriedly
about the "aloneness" of the writer. Walt
Disney, "who commissioned so much beau-
tiful music for his films" gave the music
awards and was forced to laugh indulgent-
ly at himself when he stumbled over the
names of four straight composers. Claire
Trevor permitted herself a smile of justice
triumphant when "Breaking the Sound
Barrier" got the best sound award.
All considered, it went fairly smoothly
except for an occasional blunder by the pic-
ture monitor, which kept getting the wrong
people in focus. A couple times Conrad
Nagel's voice boomed forth in the Holly-
wood auditorium saying: "I didn't know we
still had it, Bob." Actually the only time
it proved necessary for Mr. Nagel to have
it was when a little, bald-headed man in
New York won an award for a one-reel docu-
mentary. The New York audience unleashed
a storm of applause for the man whom the
camera followed all the way up to the stage
where Nagel greeted him as if he were a
long-lost relative. No California winner
received such a response.
Indeed, many of the California winners,
possessing a foresight perhaps the tele-
vision watchers lacked, had not appeared
for the ceremonies. In their absepce,
proxies accepted their awards and often
applause for the proxy, whose identity was
announced first, engulfed the name of the
actual winner. Piper Laurie, smiling pret-
tily, was a proxy for an English writer
who won a screenplay award. Mrs. An-
thony Quinn was Proxy for her husband
who won an acting award. She said she
was sorry Tony couldn't be present but she
would certainly get him on the phone and
tell him he had an Oscar.
John Wayne, Western star, was proxy for
two winners: John Ford, best director, and
Gary Cooper, best actor. He gave two long,
rather belligerent speeches in accepting the
awards, the second of which expressed his
irritation at not having been given the role
for which Cooper won the award. In spite
of this, he said, he and Coop were buddies
and he admired Coop very much.
The climax of the evening came with the
best actress award to Shirley Booth of New
York. Miss Booth stumbled on the way to
the stage, but bounced up into the warm
embraces of Conrad Nagel and Frederick
March (called Freddie by Nagel.) March
who suddenly rushed in from the wings
had apparently been provided by NBC solely
for the eventuality that Miss Booth would
win, and not in vain as it turned out.
The final award, that of best picture,
was prefaced by a nostalgic backward look
at past winners who were revolved past
the camera with Oscars in their laps. They
tried to look like sad photographs in an
album but did not succeed very well. The
best picture award finally went to "The
Greatest Show on Earth," an above-aver-
age Technicolor feature produced by Ce-
cil B. DeMille. Mr. DeMille, who had
been quoted in the past that he believed
the Academy Awards were frivolous, nev-
ertheless accepted the Oscar with modesty
and gave most of the credit to the "actors
and electricians." He seemed to feel the
way the stars had risked their lives in
making the picture deserved some notice
(presumably beyond picture spreads in
That was about it. The show started up
again after midnight when Charles Brackett,
president of the Academy and producer of
Marilyn Monroe pictures, came back to pre-
sent some special awards. But it was late
and I missed the rest.
06 , , Pr11h(RS " f .
/ettep TO THE 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
Lawton, 'Varsity' Author,
Recites Parable of Success
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Lawton, prominent alumnus who wrote the lyrics
to the song "Varsity," was a Daily night editor in 1911. An author, he wrote
"Hurry Up Yost in story and Song." A poet, he conceived "Up There on
Stadium Hill," "Roses that Blossomed in the Snow," "Yost through the
Years," and others. He is now a successful businessman.
This is the fifth in a series of articles by prominent Daily alumni re-
evaluating their college life in terms of their later experience.)
By J. FRED LAWTON
Daily Night Editor, 1911
IF I COULD have my life over again, I would go to Michigan, take
a straight lit course, write operas, edit the Michigan Daily, and
Gargoyle, with Sphinx and Michigauma thrown in. Also, I would
marry the same girl who danced with me there in Ann Arbor. We
just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.
The literary course was the keel in my boat. But the extra-
curricular activities and fraternity life brought success later in the
so-called cold, cold world. My parents sent me to Ann Arbor to take
a two-year literary course and then medicine (my Dad being a
doctor) but medical ambitions flew out the window on the wings
of lyrics for Michigan's first four operas, and short stories for the
I think it was the freedom to meet and know people, all kinds of
people, fraternity brothers, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, boys from
New York, California, Alabama and Canada that gave me enjoyment
after graduation, in selling life insurance, later becoming general
agent of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company for Michi-
My advice to youth today is to diligently pursue a chosen course
of study, but also to flavor the "main Course" with the salt and
pepper of outside activities which develop personality, such as class
offices, stage acting, after dinner speaking, and most of all meeting
and knowing folks.' One who takes this advice will not only be
successful, he will meet the best people and will be a loyal alumnus.
Here is a true story to illustrate my point: I knew three young
engineering students, al members of the same fraternity.
Their names were Al, Bill and Carl. Al and Bill were honor
students. They wore Tau Beta Pi keys. They knew their calculus,
and stress, strain and resistance. But they took no part in student
affairs and had no interest in meeting people. On the other hand,
Carl was rated just a fair student, with comfortably above passing
marks. He spend too much time, they said, in class politics, toast-
masters club, dramatics, and Student Council affairs.
Carl organized the Frosh-Soph rush and represented the stud-
ents on faculty boards. He was specially interested in the Cosmo-
politan Club, made up of students from foreign countries. I re-
member his saying he learned a lot there. But just before examina-
tions Carl studied hard. If he got stuck he called in Al and Bill.
They answered correctly every question. Pretty soon, Carl was 4
"crammed" and ready for the tests, which he always passed, thanks
to Al and Bill.
Now the scene changes. The three engineers (not musketeers)
graduate. Years later, I called to see Carl and arranged to sell him
a substantial life insurance policy. He is now head of an engineering
and architectural firm. He said he was borrowing $100,000 from the
bank for a new building project.
Finishing my business, I said, "Say, Carl, do you ever see Al
or Bill?" He replied, "Sure, would you like to see them?" He pressed
a button on his desk, and said to the girl who entered, "Send in Al
Well, that's about the story. Al and Bill came in. They wore
white coats and green eyeshades. Carl said, "These two guys are
the best draftsmen in Detroit. Couldn't do without 'em. When I
get stuck they always have the answer!"
Carl is a prominent alumnus. Al and Bill seldom visit Ann Arbor.
AN AUDIENCE of small boys and girls
histily stuffed cowboy guns and paper
airplanes into pockets as Ken Rosen came
out to open the third production of the Ann
Arbor Children's Theater.
The play was David Shepherd's highly
original adaptation of the German folk-tale,
In the common version of the legend a
miller's daughter is condemned to "death
by beheading" unless she spins a pile of
straw into gold. Rumpelstiltskin, a troll
from the mountains who keeps his name
a secret, spins the straw for her in return
for the girl's promise to give him her first-
born child. After an appropriate length of
time Rumpelstiltskin returns for the child.
However, he agrees to give it up if the mil-
ler's daughter can guess his name. The
baby's mother finally guesses and the troll
David Shepherd has rewritten the story in
a contemporary tone. Using the resources of
modern technology, he created a Rumpel-
stiltskin who doesn't spin gold ("that's old
stuff") but manufactures it on a gadget-
atomic, no doubt-called a resinator.
The transformation of the straw into
spaghetti-like strings of gold is one of the
most delightful moments in the play evok-
ing a warm response from parents and chil-
Conscious of current psychological
thought, David Shepard is careful not to re-
ject the lonesome dwarf. Instead of just let-
ting him disappear at the end he "inter-
grates him into the group "by having him be-
come the baby's teacher.
But as St. Exupery once said, "All grown-
ups were once children, although few of
them remember it." Even the imaginative
Mr. Shepherd obviously suffers from be-
ing grown up. Quite often the dialogue
lapses into a type of cjeverness that five
to twelve year-olds could hardly be expect-
ed to understand. At the beginning of the
play the queen says that if the kingdom
gets any poorer "we'll soon be walking
around barefoot and painting each other's
pictures on cave walls." The adults in the
audience smiled while the children looked
as if they thought "these grown-ups are
certainly very odd."
At other times only the older children were
amused whereas the smaller ones looked
bored. This, however, is not the fault of the
author. Rather it is the policy of the theater
which is to blame. By trying to produce plays
that will appeal to a wide age range they
always alienate half their audience. Perhaps
it would be better to produce different shows
geared to various age levels.
In spite of a few mistakes, however, the
,Ann Arbor Children's Theater is a worthy
experiment and deserves our participation or
support.- -Sue Messing
Campaign Rules . .
To the Editor:
THE STUDENT Legislature has
taken no action so far to en-
force residence hall rules govern-
ing electioneering, and I could
hardly blame them if they did not.
The rules as they stand are so
different and complex that a can-
didate finds it very difficult to
present his platform and get his
name before the public.
In Thursday's Daily, Virginia
Voss states that Reeves House,
South Quad, permits only posters
of South Quad candidates. This is
not true! Reeves House permits
a candidate to display posters in
designated spots-there is no lim-
it on size or number of these pos-
Nevertheless, this is not a criti-
cism of Miss Voss or her article.
Her mistake only further points
up the confusion that exists con-
cerning these rules, and again
brings up the question;Are these
In general I say no. At a uni-
versity where most students pride
themselves on their awareness and
thought of the world around them
you would think that they would
take every opportunity to inform
themselves of all issues and per-
sons on whom they were to pass
judgment. You would think that
these students would want to
know as much as possible about
the candidates for their own stu-
dent government. If so, then you
would think that if a candidate
went to the expense of printing his
platform, and distributing copies
of it directly to the rooms of the
electorate, he would be doing them
a favor, and if his platform was
good they would vote for him. I
think this is the case. It worked
for Bob Perry last year.
Therefore, I feel that in order
to have a better informed elec-
torate, the individual houses
should relax their rules to allow
a wide-open election.
-James De Land
Reeves House, South Quad
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily's in-
formation was taken directly from a
mimeographed sheet supplied to can-
didates by the Inter-House Council.
Campaign Rules ..
To the Editor:
IN THE Wednesday and Thurs-
day issues of the Michigan Daily
I have seen an incomplete and
therefore inaccurate description of
the rules of Huber House regard-
ing Student Legislature campaign-
ing in our house.
It is the belief of the men who
formulate the rules that the true
basis of campaigning should be a
platform, or the recommendations
of friends. We tried to meet these
needs in formulating our rules.
Our rules state that no posters
may be placed on our bulletin
board or plastered over the lounge.
We have followed a policy of re-
serving the bulletin board for
house business and do not have
space for other literature. We also
want our house to present a good
appearance and object to having
posters detract from the appear-
ance of our lounge.
We feel that these rules provide;
a basis for campaigning on meriti
and thus are fair to both the
candidates and the men in the
President, Huber House
* * *
On McCarthy.. ..
To the Editor:
FINALLY feel compelled to
write the Daily after reading
those blatant semi-truths appear-
ing in Friday's "Letters to the
Editor." In the letter to which I
am referring Senators McCarthy
and McCarran were accused of
acting in a manner which is not
in the best interests of this coun-;
In answering the charge against
the McCarran Walters Immigra-
tion Law I will merely ask that
the critic break down and criticize
the act article by article and see
if it isn't for the most part a rea-
As for Senator McCarthy, he
has been the recipient of one of
the most organized smear cam-
paigns that the Communist party
has ever endeavored. Sound like a
paradox? Well, since McCarthy
has launched his battle against_
disloyal elements, the Communist
party has done everything in its
power to discredit him. They claim
people have been slandered by
him--off hand I can't think of
one person who has been unjustly
accused, but I do know of many
who have been dismissed fromj
government by loyalty boards in$
their own departments, many of
whom were first named by Mc-
Carthy. As for the accusation that
he won't accuse anyone except on
the Senate floor, where he enjoys
Senatorial immunity, I would ad-
vise anyone who voices that pop-j
pycock to read any of the books
that McCarthy has written; the
accusations in these have no par-
Since the Communists launched
the smear against McCarthy,
many people have joined them in
their unholy crusade. Among the
ranks appear vociferous liberals,
vote-worried Trumanites, many
honestly mistaken people, and
some who just like to write let-
ters to the Editor.
Rosenbergs .. .
To the Editor:
IT IS INDEED most unfortunate
that there are still some people,
like Mr. Sam Manzo, who are so
narrow-minded that they are un-
willing to accept the American
way of trial by jury, and must
needs-resort to name-calling and
In regard to this gentleman's
letter of March 18, I would like to
ask by what standards (othei than
his own one-sided ones) he deems
Judge Irving Kaufman "incom-
petent" and a "legal nonentity."
Would he have said the same thing
about any judge who disagreed
with him? I also question his
statement about "ordinary citi-
zens" on the jury. It seems to me
that the Americans who are citi-
zens are "ordinary citizens" who,
by right of this privilege can reap
the henefits therof
DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN hm
At the State...
I LOVE MELVIN, with Debbie Reynolds
and Donald O'Connor.
APPARENTLY THE ideal of movie come-
dies is approached closest by this tech-
nicolor splash: all song and dance and no
story. In this case there is some small thread
of pretense which does its best to tie the
whole thing together, but there is really no
reason to consider it any more than a mu-
Debbie Reynolds is supposed to be a young
chorus girl, struggling to keep her family
happy and a very stuffy young man from
marrying her. Donald O'Connor is supposed
to be the assistant of a Look photographer
with ideas about Debbie Reynolds. The little
plot revolves about his attempt to get her
picture on the cover of the magazine.
Miss Reynolds is a very ttlented young
woman, dances capably, and overcomes
the lack of a good voice through her man-
ner of singing. She is, I suppose, intended
to be a typical American working girl, but
this doesn't at all get in the way. Donald
O'Connor is a better dancer, and gets some
fine sequences to show off his ability. His
acting, like Miss Reynolds', is kept at a
minimum, fully in line with his dramatic
limits. There is nothing to distract from
the pure happiness and joy which the film
attempts to capture. Admittedly the in-
tellectual appeal is practically nonexis-
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Lutheran student Association. 7 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gustafson will pre-
sent a music program.
Wesleyan Guild. 9:30 a.m. Discuss
Class 'Understanding the Christian
Faith'-Intercesso sPrayer. 5:30 p.m.
Fellowship supper. 6:45 worship and
program. Rev. Erland J. Wangdahl will
give the sixth of the Great Affirma-
tion Series-We Believe in the King-
dom of God.' 8:30 p.m. Bible Study
Gamma Delta, Lutheran student
Group. Supper program at 5:30 p.m.
"Biblical Manuscripts and Their Dat-
ing," Professor James Zumberge and
Professor George Mendenhall, speakers.
Michigan Christian. Fellowship. Rev.
D. H. MacLennon, Pastor St. George's
Angelican Church, Hamilton, Ontario,
will speak on "Facing the Cross" 4
p.m. in the Fireside Room, Lane Hall.
Everyone is invited. Refreshments.
Informal Folk Singing Session on
Sun., March 22, 8 p.m. at Robert Owen
Co-op House. Everybody invited.
Gilbert and Sullivan. Pinafore re-
hearsals tonight: principals at the
Union, chorus at the League. 7 p.m.
Graduate Outing Club. Meet at 2 p.m.
northwest entrance of Rackham for
Tickets for Pirandello's provocative
comedy, "Right You Are If You Think
You Are" go on sale at the Mendelssohn
box o'ffice tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
Presented by the Department of Speech,
this amusing play on a new translation
by British author and critic Eric Bent-
ley, will run thru Saturday evening.
Students may obtain choicest houseseats
at a specially reduced rate for Wed. and
Thurs. performances. Tickets are also
on sale for the forthcoming opera
"Madame Butterfly," running April 16,
17-20, 21 and "Deep Are The Roots," on
April 22 thru 25. Box office open daily
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 47th Annal French Play. Le
Cercle Francais will present "Le Tar-
tuffe ou l'Imposteur," a comedy in five
acts by Moliere, on Wed., April 29, 8
p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
Motion Picture. Ten-minute film,
"The Snapping Turtle," shown Mon.
through Sat. at 10:30, 12:30, 3, and 4
o'clock and on Sun. at 3 and 4 o'clock
only, 4th floor, University Museums
SL announces that the oowingis
the tentative list of the Candidate's
Open Houses for the beginning of the
week. Notices will appear every day
during campaigning. All candidates are
invited to attend.
Monday, March 23
5-6 p.m. Alpha Xi Delta, informal, Al-
pha Epsilon Phi, informal
7:30-8:30 p.m. Alpha Gamma Delta.
Tuesday, March 24
5-6 p.m. Chi Omega-Combination
6:15-7:15 p.m. Mosher Hall, informal;
Hinsdale, E.Q., informal
Wednesday, March 25
5-6 p.m. Alpha Delta Pi, combination;
6:15-7:15 p.m. Jordan Hall, informal
Any candidate may call Louis Olmsted
at the Delta Gamma House for permis-
sion to speak at dinner there. They will
have no other open house.
with DREW PEARSONI
WASHINGTON-One of the most import-
ant political tugs-of-war in the nation
is going on undercover in California right
now between two young men who have their
eyes on the White House. They are: Vice
President Richard Nixon, former junior
Senator from California; and young Bill
Knowland, senior Senator from California.
The tug-of-war is perfectly polite and
so far chiefly involves patronage. But be-
neath the surface, some of the followers
of the two men are getting hot under the
collar-especially the young, aggressive
group which put across Dick Nixon.
Senator Taft and offered a partnership if he
would swing California's huge bloc of votes
to Taft. Knowland said no. He stuck by
his friend, Warren-the man who appointed
lim to the Senate.
TODAY KNOWLAND is reaping his re-
ward. He and Warren are running the
politics of California, and Dick Nixon is on
the sidelines there. The new Vice President
isn't showing any outward concern about
this, but his cohorts are showing plenty.
But behind all this is the vital question of
who will control the state of California when
it eomes time to elect a governor two years
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