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Regents Should Approve SGC
On Experimental Basis

THE STUDENTS have spoken. The SGC pro-
posal has been approved by 5,102 votes to
1,451 for SL, or around seven to two.
The vote was taken at the request of the Re-
gents, and it is on their shoulders that the
decision now rests. Surely the Regents will
consider the overwhelming support for SGT;
over SL sufficient student backing to warrant
approval of the plan.
They should approve SGC at their Friday
meeting if possible. Student government will
not be able to function with any pretense of
effectiveness using a vehicle in which the stu-
dents have demonstrated so little confidence,
and the sooner the attempt is ended, the better.
But the Regents must do more than just ap-
prove SGC. If it is to have a chance to succeed
they must encourage it and give it support
correspondent with that expressed by the stu-
dent body. They must recognize its leadership
of student opinion and respect the differences
between that opinion and their own.
ing' SGC, presented several points which
should be clarified by the Regents Friday. One
was that the SGC plan as approved is not a
constitution but merely the broad outlines of
one. Once set up, the Council should have the
power to draft a full constitution along the
lines of the SGC plan.
Perhaps the most important of SL's sug-
gestions is that SGC, if found impracticably
small and short on help, should be allowed to
expand its elected membership and provide for
whatever appointed agents are needed to carry
on a wide program of student service. Such
service, while not an inherent part of student
government, is essential if SGC is to keep its
name constantly before the campus as an or-
ganization working for the benefit of the stu-
dents. SL's present activities along the service
line should be retained, not passed off to other
organizations, and in fact augmented if SGC
is to gain a reputation as an organization work-
ing all year for student welfare and not suffer
the loss of prestige that proved so fatal to SL.
'THE POSITION of the very controversial Re-
view Board deserves clarification by the
Regents. Certainly it should not be able to do
more than overrule action by the Council when
It is in conflict with announced Regental pol-
icy or postpone action when there is serious
question as to that policy. Review by the Board
should be subject to review by the Regents at
the meeting immediately following such action,
since the Board of Review will only be acting
as an agent, attempting to clarify the Regents'
At Friday's meeting the Regents should make
clear that the Review Board's powers shall not

cover expressions of opinion by the SGC no
matter how they may conflict with administra-
tion or Regental policy, nor would those powers
cover any reasonable action to influence that
The limit on the time during which the Board
of Review may announce its intention to veto
Council action is essential to the effectiveness
of SGC and is a proper assurance against com-
plete stalemate between the Council and the
Board. It is one of the few concessions to stu-
dent opinion in the Review Board plan and
should be retained despite Regental misgivings.
As to the problem of financing the organ-
ization's activities, a student tax of a nominal
sum collected at registration out of tuition fees,
much as Union and League finances are now
handled, has been suggested. A student tax
passed the student body by a two-to-one mar-
gin last spring, and the Regents should make
clear that SGC will be allowed to take advan-
tage of this method of finance.
IN APPROVING SGC, with whatever modifi-
cations or clarifications, the Regents should
keep in mind that the vote for the plan was,
largely negative in nature. It was less a vote
for SGC than a vote against SL, and many who
had serious misgivings about the structure of
SGC voted for it simply because there was no
third choice on the ballot, namely further study
of the question.
For this reason it is important to recognize
from the outset that the next two years of
SGC will be experimental. The plan must be
initiated with the understanding that it will
be subjected to complete restudy after the two-
year trial period suggested by the Laing com-
mittee. There will no doubt be a great amount
of inertia then, a tendency to let sleeping dogs
lie, no matter how unworkable SGC may prove.
At that time SGC should not be allowed to
make the decision on its own perpetuation, es-
pecially if there is strong student sentiment
against it. Nor should the Regents place them-
selves in the position of not allowing revision
of a plan which may well prove itself impotent
in expressing student views.
INSTEAD THE Regents should indicate Fri-
day that within two years after the estab-
lishment of SGC there will be held another all-
campus referendum on the question of con-
tinuing SGC. In the meantime, students, ad-
ministration and Regents should keep a close
eye on the operation of SGC. Specific altera-
tions in theplan must be ready to present to
the students after the trial period. More rea-
sonable alternatives should be presented than
were offered in the recent poll, so that in two
years, unlike last week, the voice of the stu-
dents may be clear as well as loud.
--Pete Eckstein

Ike's Idea -
To Turn
WASHINGTON - President Ei-
senhower got a lot of private ad-
vice as to how to handle Joe Mc-
Carthy's bitter attack, but he, him-
self, made up his own mind what
to do.
Those who saw Eisenhower in
his press conference after McCar-
thy's barrage never would have
guessed how sore Ike was when
McCarthy blistered him. White
House friends say the President
was purple with anger, though he
did not say a word.
One of the advisers, Foreign Aid
Director Harold Stassen, urged that
Ike speak out, name names, and
call the score on McCarthy's vari-
ous phony pronouncements regard-
ing communism.
Stassen reminded Ike that Dean
Acheson, when secretary of state,
had f i r s t ignored McCarthy's
charges of communism in the State
Department, figuring t h a t the
American public would not be tak-
en in by them. But McCarthy's
Hitlerian tactic of repeating the
same chargeover and over again
eventually sank home and few peo-
ple realize today that McCarthy
has not named one Communist
in the State Department.
Stassen reminded Eisenhower
that his administration should not
make the same mistake.
The President listened carefully,
but decided otherwise.
The President also listened care-
fully when Republican Chairman
Leonard Hall discussed the "Mc-
Carthy crisis" before Ike met with
newsmen last week. Hall, who has
leaned toward McCarthy in times
cast, felt Joe should be appeased
and not be permitted to bolt the
But Eisenhower did not appear
overly impressed with Chairman
Hall's discussion. He listened, but
did not even tell Len what he in-
tended to do.
South American Prosperity
Secretary of the Treasury Hum-
phrey, returning from the inter-
American conference in Rio de
Janeiro, told friends:
"If I were only 25 years old, I
would go to Brazil by the next boat,
working my way if necessary, and
I guarantee youaby the time I'was
40, I would be a millionaire"
Humphrey's brief trip to South
America convinced him that Latin
America is on the threshold of
phenomenal industrial devel-
opment. He suggests that, if Amer-
ican businessmen are wise, they
will put more investment dollars
south of the border than in other
parts of the world.
The economic progress of some
of these nations, Humphrey says
privately, will amaze the world in
the next 20 years.
The House Committee on Un-
American Activities will soon pub-
lish a sensational, but tragic, re-
port on "neo-Fascist and h a t e
groups," a subject the committee
has ignored for almost 10 years.
Communism, during that period,
offered better headlines.
The report singles out the Na-
tional Renaissance party for possi-
ble prosecution under the Smith
Act; and also blasts the hate-ped-
dling paper "Common Sense." This
is the first official suggestion for
applying the anti-subversion stat-
ute to a Fascist group during the
act's 15-year history.
The committee found that "the
program and propaganda of the
National Renaissance party is vir-

tuatly borrowed wholesale from
the Fascist and Nazi dictators,"
The little Hitler in charge is a
"young fanatic," James H. Ma-
dole, of 10 W. 90th St. ,, New York
City, whose sneering boast is that
"what Hitler accomplished in Eu-
rope, the National Renaissance
party s h a 11 yet accomplish in
The party is replete with a "uni-
formed elite guard in the Nazi
style," the report goes on, though
a bolt of lightning has replaced
the swastika as the party symbol.
The committee sums up NRP's
aimsas "preservation of the white
aryan race by gradual deporta-
tion of the unassimilable, the de-
nial to Jewish people of citizen-
ship, professional and poli-
tical posts and the right of inter-
While avowedly anti-Communist,
NRP isn't above sweet-mouthing
the Red line when it serves its
purpose. It praised the anti-Semi-
tic purges in Prague two years
ago and agrees with the Commu-
nists that "the economic and poli-
tical ambitions of a small coterie
of Wall Street bankers" are push-
ing the U.S. into war. And it has
high praise for "the superbly effi-
cient totalitarian economic sys-
tems of the Communists."
"Common Sense"
Second target of the Un-Ameri-
can Activities Committee report is
the anti-Negro, anti-Semitic hate

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Resurrected DeMille Tale
No Longer Spectacular

At the State..
Reap the Wild Wind with Ray Milland, John
Wayne, and Paulette Goddard.
rPOSE EXPECTING to see a Cecil B. DeMille
"mighty spectacle" will be disappointed with
Reap the Wild Wind. DeMille's 1942 effort is
about as "spectacular" as a Grade B Cinema-
Scope film. The fight between two men and a
giant squib, which stunned movie audiences 12
years ago, has been duplicated many times since
with much more exciting visual effects; and the
then-startling underwater Technicolor photog-
raphy seems foggy when compared with the last
three Esther Williams' musicals. The result is
that only the story can hold interest, and it is
a pretty weak affair at that, serving as a ve-
hicle to exhibit lush Technicolor shots of the
1840 Florida Keys.
Partially based on a Thelma Strabl novel,
Reap the Wild Wind is about sailors and sal-
vaging crews who clean up the sailors' wrecked
ships. But it is mostly about Stephen Tolliver
(Ray Millard), a gentleman with fists, and Jack
Stuart (John Wayne), a rough-and-tumble ex-
captain. Both men are engaged in a struggle for
Sixty-Fifth Year
Edited and managed by students of the University of
Michigan under the authority of the Board in Control
of Student Publications.
Editorial Staff
Eugene Hartwig,................Managing Editor
Dorothy Myers..............................City Editor
Jon Sobeloff..........................Editorial Director
Pat Roelofs. ............. Associate City Editor
Becky Conrad..........................Associate Editor
Nan Swinehart................Associate Editor
Dave LUvingston......... ......Sports Editor
Hanley Gurwin.................Associate Sports Editor
Warren Wertheimer.............Associate Sports Editor
Roz Shilmovitz............ ... Women's Editor
Joy Squires............ Associate Women's Editor
Janet Smith................Associate Women's Editor
Dean Morton.......................Chief Photographer
Business Staff
Lois Pollak.....................Business Manager
Phil Brunskill.............. .Associate Business Manager
Bill Wise........................Advertising Manager

power and for Loxi Claiborne (Paulette God-
dard), a tart, saucy, Southern belle who only
needs to utter one "y'all" to make both strong
men tremble. There is also an auxiliary ro-
mance between Drusilla Alston (Susan Hay-
ward), a real "yammy, yam crinoline gal," and
stalwart Dan Cutler (Robert Preston), brother of
wickey, crafty, King Cutler (Raymond Massey),
who deliberately plans ship wrecks so he can
make money.
FOR THE first hour or more, these six have a
great deal of fun being nasty or nice, what-
ever their character demands. Even the audi-
ence might enjoy the humor that DeMille in-
jects into his characters (e.g., Loxi shocking
Charleston society by singing saucy sea chants,
Loxi and Jack trying to get married against
Stephen's objections, Stephen spanking Loxi).
But suddenly the mood changes and for the
second hour everything is very elemental, pas-
sionate and melodramatic: brother against
brother, stolen kisses, waterfront brawls, ship
wrecks, financial panics-,-the whole thing de-
generates into a sensational court trial in which
King Cutler grimaces so viciously that there
can be little doubt he is a very, very wicked
man. Somehow the trial's fate depends upon
whether Drusilla's shawl (she drowned in a ship
wreck) can be recovered from the ocean bot-
tom. Thus the Squid enters.
FORTUNATELY, all but two of the illustrious
sextet die. This makes for a happy ending
and leaves behind no unrequited lover or crafty
The only reason for viewing this resurrected
sea tale is possibly a historical one: as a gage
to the development of the motion picture spec-
--Ernest Theodossin
New Books at the Library
Evans, Bergen-The Spoor of Spooks, and
Other Nonsense, New York, Alfred A. Knopf,
Koestler, Arthur-The Invisible Writing, New
York, The Macmillan Company, 1954.
O'Hara, John-Sweet and Sour, New York,

Vote of Thanks ...
To the Editor:
THIS IS an open letter to the 800
people who worked in the SL
All-Campus Elections as polls at-
tendants. We wish to express our
great appreciation and also that
of the Legislature for the magnifi-
cent job that you did.
You manned ballot boxes faith-
fully in bitterly-cold weather; some
of you stayed with the booth for an
hour or more than was necessary
because your replacement didn't
appear; you enthusiastically en-
couraged voters even though you
and the ballots were drenched. You
were, to a great extent, responsible
for the vote of 6,500 because you
observed above and beyond your
responsibility under the worst phys-
ical conditions.
With true gratitude, we thank
-David Levy, '57
SL Elections Director
** *
Of Hats and Hats . . .
To the Editor:
IT SEEMS there is a man on your
staff who definitely does not
belong within 20 feet of a type-
writer, let alone on a campus news-
I have been reading Mr. Theo-
dossin's reviews for quite some
time now and have not been im-
pressed by any one of them. "But
that's all right," I said. All critics
appear a little eccentrically high-
hatted at times. However, in the
December 9 edition of The Michi-
gan Daily the epitome of insult
was reached. Mr. Theodossin's
comments of the Michigan Union
Opera, "Hail to Victor," were
slanderous, provocative, and com-
pletely without justification. I
attended the opening night per-
formance of "Hail to Victor" and
I might add that I haven't spent
a more enjoyable evening at the
theater in quite some time. Grant-
ed, there were several rough spots
in the show and some of its jagged
edges need a little constructive
trimming, but no error so great
was made to justify the abusive
criticism heaped upon the show
by Mr. Theodossin.
In the future I suggest that Mr.
Theodossin take into considera-
tion the feelings of a few of the
men on this campus before he
proceeds to push their faces in the
mud. The men of this year's Un-
ion Opera have devoted many
hours of rigorous planning and re-
hearsals to the production of
"Hail to Victor." My hat goes off
to these men. However, Mr. Theo-
dossin, as per usual, I see you are
still wearing yours.
-Larry Rosen, '57
s *
Dull Polish ...
To the Editor:
MR. THEODOSSIN'S review of
the Union Opera was aptly S-
lined "Mass Confusion."
However, the confusion was Mr.
Theodossin's, and not the casts's
nor the writers.'
At the beginning of the review,
Mr. Theodossin led his readers to
believe that the story of "Hail To
Victor" was "often very dull," be-
gan slowly," and "ended in .
mass confusion."
Gradually, he began to pardon
Frymer's book and lyrics, and Mc-
Donough's music.
The review's grande finale jour-
nalistically sang praises of the
writers' material, whilst at the
same time, it panned the cast, who,
according to Ivr. T, only 'need
"polish, polish, polish."

now existing in miserable circum-
stances, while misguided philan-
thropy builds museums and statues
in their annihilated ancestors
memory. Thousands upon thous-
ands of Cherokees, Navajos, and
other Indian tribes are starving
while Seven million dollars which
would certainly help feed, educate
and clothe some of this multitude
is being used in such a pathetic
Perhaps in the final analysis the
most ironical statements in the
entire article were those in which
Professor Volney H, Jones Curator
of Ethnology and President of this
misguided enterprise, stated that
this project would increase the In-
dian's "pride" in their own tradi-
tions. I fail to see how such a
project can instill pride in the In-
dians. Instead it is a certainty that
the Indians will deeply resent the
twisted logic of the Great White
Father's newest adventure. Cold,
hungry men do not take pride in
tradition; they only feel anger for
the fat, well-clothed men who
suggest building statues contain-
ing balconies in the arms with
money thatcould better buy food.
It is a pity that such intelligent
men do not have common sense
enough to realize that such a pro-
ject is placing the "cart before
the horse." To take a people's
country, place them on reserva-
tions to starve, and then raise
statues and build parks under
their very noses is the height of
-Shirley Ann Powell, '55L.S.&A.
** *
Fire Inspection.
To the Editor:
I WAS quite unhappy about the
caption on the article by Lee
Marks which said, "Chi Psi Guilty
of One Violation." While we are
all glad to see that something is
finally being done about fire in-
spection, I believe that it should
start where the majority of the
trouble lies. That is, in the many
privately owned rooming houses.
I fear that after the inspectors
have covered the sorority and
fraternity houses, the whole in-
spection program will slack off
once again.
The rooming houses are by far
the most frequent and overt vio-
lators of the fire regulations. So
let's take the bull by the horns
and start at the beginning be-
fore we have a recurrence of the
Monroe Street episode.
-W. Peter Kramer, '56

Knowland Puts President
In Unfortunate Spot
A FEW YEARS AGO I would have felt differently than I did last
Tuesday morning in London when I had the good luck to see the
state opening of Parliament and the tribute to Churchill in West-
minster Hall. Anyone at any time would be fascinated by the splendor
and brilliance of the ceremony in the House of Lords, and deeply moved
by seeing full juttice done publicly to the great man. But for an Am-
erican today there was also, I could not help feeling, a poignant re-
minder that something at home, which in infinitely precious, is in
danger of being lost.
That something is a loyalty to the enduring nation which is so com-
pelling that it keeps party politics, and the competition for votes and
for popular applause, in their proper place. That proper place is well
below, and far apart from, the high concerns of the state in its dealings
abroad and, at home, in the administration of justice. Churchill, in
his speech replying to Mr. Attlee, spoke of "that characteristic British
parliamentary principle, cherished in both Lords and Commons 'don't
bring politics into private life'." The principle,,so an American can feel,
is broader than that. It is not to let politics invade every nook and
cranny of public life until the whole institutional framework of the
nation is submerged and overwhelmed by ambitious and quarreling
The British have their own way of applying the principle that the
nation is above politicians and voters and the tides of opinion. Their
way is unique, the product of their, own history, and impossible, of
course, to duplicate. But the principle itselft does not depend upon
having a radiant Queen to play the central part in an ancient rite.
It depends upon the things for which Lincoln on the eve of the Civil
War was reaching in the closing paragraph of his first inaugural add-
ress. "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though
passion may have strained, it must not break, our bonds of affection.
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and
patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad
land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as
surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
It is not necessary, as our own history has shown, to have the
pomp and circumstance of a monarchy and of an hereditary aristocracy
in order to remember that there is a limit beyond which political pas-
sions must not go, or they will break the bonds of affection which
hold the nation together in time of trouble. Our American unity has
been a plainer one than is the British: it has been made up of respect
for the principles and the usages and, above all, for the spirit of the
IT IS THAT respect is now so gravely jeopardized. For what we call
McCarthyism has begun to have something of the smell and sound
of insurrection. The offense of this man is not only his contempt of the
Senate but his contempt for those bonds of affection, for those mystic
chords of memory, which make it possible for men to be free, and to
differ, and yet to be one people. He has come into our midst not in
order to unite us against our enemies but in order to divide us among
ourselves. He claims for himself the right to treat all who oppose Mc-
Carthy as the enemies of American, and to contend, with the approval
of his own infatuated supporters, that to keep McCarthy within the
bounds of law and order is to betray the country.
SEN. KNOWLAND, who is a civilized man and a likeable one, said on
Wednesday in announcing that he would not vote to censure, that
"certainly we must . . . continue the power of the Senate to conduct
investigations into the Executive branch of the government .We
have a constitutional obligation to do that, and we must resist with all
the power at our command, and it is a substantial power, an effort to
curtail to the slightest degree that power of investigation." Just what,
it may fairly be asked, does the Senator mean by "curtail?" For this is
a government of equal powers, and if the Senator's words are to be
taken as meant at face value, he was proclaiming that the rights of
Congress are, as against those of the Executive and the'Judiciary, un-
limited rights. For if they cannot be curtailed "to the slightest degree,"
then they are absolute and unlimited.
What, I would like to know, is the Senator's constitutional philo-
sophy? It is a serious question. For if he means what his vehement
words say, he is claiming that Congress alone is the judge of how far
it may go with the investigating process, that the Executive has n
right and duty to defend his own constitutional prerogative.
THE CLAIM, as Sen. Knowland sets it forth, is unconstitutional, in
violent opposition to the spirit and the meaning of the Constitu-
tion. The right of Congress to investigate is not uncurtailed It is cur-
taled by the prerogatives of the Executive in dealing with his consti-
tutional responsibilities. The claim that Congressional investigation
cannot be curtailed to the slightest degree would mean, if it were
taken serously, that Congress could read every paper in the Executive
branch, could listen to every telephone conversation, could put its
agents into every conference. There is no such absolute right under the
American system of government and the President would be false to
his own oath of office if he allowed Congress to exercise such uncur-
tailed right.
It is ominous-ominous for the spirit of constitutionalism in this
land-that the leader of the administration party in the Senate should
make such a claim to unlimited power. For if he means to enforce that

claim, as his support of McCarthy indicates that he does, then we
must look forward to implacable political warfare within the govern-
This is hardly the way to unite our people, and to give them the
resolution and the confidence to meet the ordeal abroad about which
Sen. Knowland is so rightly, though often so unwisely, concerned.
(Copyright 1954, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)











(Continued from Page 2)
Titration of Antiserum and its Applica-
tion to Anti-Tumor Serum," Dec. 15,
1566 East Medical Bldg., at 3:00 p.m.
Chairman, W. J. Nungester.
Doctoral Examination for Martha Te-
rosse Boaz, Library Science; thesis: "A
Qualitative Analysis of the Criticism of
Best Sellers: A Study of the Reviews
and Reviewers of Best Selling Books
from 1944 to 1953," wed., Dec. 15, East
Council Room, Rackham Bldg., at 4:00
p.m. Chairman, R. H. Gjelsness.
Faculty Recital Cancelled. The pro-
gram by Helen Titus, Associate Profes-
sor of Piano in the School of Music,
previously anounced for Tues., Dec. 14,
in Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, has
been cancelled.
Christmas Concert by UNIVERSITY
CHOIR, Maynard Klein, Conductor, 8:30
p.m., Wed., Dec. 15, in Hill Auditorium.
Soloists: Phyllis McFarland, soprano,

speak on, "Contemporary French Pol-
Congregational-Disciples Guild. Tues.,
4:30-5:45 p.m. Tea at the Guild House.
Varsity Debate Team. No meeting of
the Debate Squad Tues., Dec. 14. All
students are invited to view the tele-
vision debate in the Trueblood Room,
3227 Angell, at 7:30 p.m. Mon.
Deutscher Verein's annual Weihn-
achtsfeier Tues., Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.,
Christmas trees, Santa Claus with
Christmas party in the Union Ballroom.
gifts for the children, community sing-
ing, folk dancing, and refreshments.
Five films: "Merry Christmas," Boys'
Choir of Vienna; "Beautiful Bavaria,"
"Christmas Rhapsody," "Harmonicas,"
and the story of the writing of 'Silent
Night." Adults 35c, children 15c, mem-
bers free.
Co-recreational Badminton Club will
meet tonight in Barbour gym at 8:00
p.m. Bring your own shuttlecocks. The
ladder tournament is still open.

Christmas Vespers will be held in the
sanctuary of the Presbyterian church
at 5:10 p.m. this afternoon.
Coming Events
La Sociedad Hispanica will combine
with LE CERCLE FRANCAIS for the an-
nual Christmas party Wed., Dec. 15, at
the Union at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment,
refreshments, and caroling iafterward.
Michigan Dames: The Bridge Group
will meet Wed., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the
League. Short discussion about chang-
ing the time of the meeting. Members
are asked to bring a deck of cards.
Mrs. Hunter, Group Sponsor will helpe
Research Club. Dec. 15, at 8:00 p.m.
in Rackham Amphitheatre. Papers will
be presented by H. R. Crane (Physics),
on, "Dating the Past by Means of Ra-
dioactivity," and by Russell H. Fifield
(Political Science) on, "The Armistice
in Indochina." Open to members only.
Episcopal student Foundation. Stu-


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