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c1 0 3 44@i6gan &Ball
Sixty-Sixth Year

"Tote Dat Barge! Lift Dat Boycott! Ride Dat Bus!"

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must b e noted in all reprints.
New Teacher Code Battle
Not Over yet
FINAL WORDS have been spoken on the could a high school teacher lacking advanced
proposed alteration of the Michigan teacher knowledge inspire pupils to progress in some
certification code, and the fire has burned scientific field, since he would not be inspired
down-but not all of it. himself? In fact, how could he even stimulate
The whole idea, as conceived by the five-man the student toward a college career?
subcommittee of professional educators for the Admittedly, smaller schools in the state, with
hundreds of Michigan's young people, exempli- relatively few people going on to college, might
fies the trend of society toward conformity, the benefit from a mass of teachers who understood
everyone-is-equal melting pot, toward wanting method and could get a certain amount of
no one to stand above the crowd. material into the heads of their students.
Not that the certification code doesn't need But larger schools have clinics and facilities
revising-the present one was drawn up in to take care of individual abilities and segregate
1935, put in effect in 1939. pupils according to their mental levels. And
And Michigan has certainly changed enough more from these schools graduate intending to
to warrant some' revisions in a plan which continue study in college.
affects its future generations. Are we to sacrifice the minds and talents of
Changing teachers into here machines is . larger-school students on the altar of con-
noth answehowvern. rnformity and regimentation? Should we lose
not the answer, however, them because they had teachers who were
The only good provision in the new code equipped only with a hard crust of methodology
was its requirement of a bachelor's degree for as the basis of their teaching knowledge.
a temporary certificate. With the regimentation the teacher-student
Right now, anyone can take courses. for two would have in his college studies (he would
years, and if he doesn't want to be bothered have virtually only 20 hours of free choice or
with more study, can still go on to teach. electives), the students he eventually taught
But the proposed course of study for obtain- would be limited just as he had been.
ing the degree is entirely in the wrong direction.
ALL THESE things and more have been put
WTITH THE proposed requirements, a teacher- before the four men on the State.Board of
to-be would literally be saturated with Education at the informal hearings. They were
nothing but teaching method in the 50% in- battered from all sides with fiery protests, and
crease of education courses. lie would never promised to go back to Lansing to delay deci-
know what it meant to explore, to reach ad- sions for "a long long time." The objectors
vanced thought on any subject. breathed sighs of relief and went home to cool
In the "broad area of concentration" that off.
would abolish majors and minors, agriculture But it isn't time to cool off yet. The code
was considered more important than mathe- will not go to the people in a vote, even through
matics, home economics more than English, the state legislature.
librarianship more than the sciences. It's all up to the four men who were behind
Granted these subjects have importance. But the new code from its genesis five years ago.
the student with 30 instead of the present 54 They know they will have a fight on their
hours would never get past the introductory hands if they ratify the change.
courses in anything. Yet, the objectors must not forget their
As was pointed out at the code hearings, no half-won battle within the next few months
one has ever criticized an American teacher for of delay. It would be too easy for the State
knowing too much about his, main field. The Board to pass -the revisions now that most of
scientists we need at this time do research the fire has died down.
primarily at colleges and universities. How --ADELAIDE WILEY
1 : Invitation to Confusion

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Structural Problems
Hurt My Very Own
STRUCTURAL difficulties and character problems overwhelm the
possible good points of "My Very Own," a play by Beverly canning
which won the Major Drama award in the 1955 Avery Hopwood contest.
Last night's Speech Department production was executed creditably
enough, but the faults in the writing mark the play as unsuccessful.
The theme of the work is, broadly, possessive parent vs. rebellious
children. It is a theme that has graced other plays in the past and
served well as a basis for thoughtful drama. But Miss Canning has not
created anything that is distinguished from other such plays.
The plot concerns the efforts of a proud and demanding matriarchal



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Arabs Playing Own Game



THERE is at present strong support in Con-
gress for a variety of constitutional reforms,
all of which have to do with the Presidency.
The Senate will be voting this week on several
amendments dealing with the Electoral Col-
lege and how the popular vote for President
should be counted. There is in the background
the.revised version of the old Bricker Amend-
ment to limit the treaty-making powers of the
national government. And there are in the
works a number of bills to clear up the un-
settled question of what happens if the Presi-
dent is disabled.
Of these three subjects, it may fairly be said
that only on the last one is it both desirable
and urgent to act now. The Bricker Amend-
ment is not only not needed but might well
prove-' extremely embarrassing to the Presi-
dent. As for the reform of the Electoral Col-
lege system, the fact is that though a theo-
retical case can be made for reform, there is
no agreement among the reformers on what the
reform'should be.
The leading proposal now before the Senate,
the so-called Daniel-Mundt Amendment, proves
on its face that Congress is not ready to deal
with the question. This amendment would not
institute, a new system of voting for President.
It only sounds as if it might if one does not
look at it carefully. All that it really does is
to invite each of the forty-eight state Legis-
latures to do what those Legislatures have now,
and have always had, the right and power to
do. The Daniel-Mundt Amendment is not in
fact what it purports to be-a new and better
system of electing the President.
IT OFFERS each state Legislature a choice
of systems. Sen. Daniel in Section 2, offers
each state Legislature the right-which it al-
ready possesses-to order the electoral vote
divided among the three leading candidates
Editorial Staff
Dave Baad..... .................. Managing Editor
Jim Dygert ..... ......................City Editor
Murry Frymer ...................... Editorial Director
David Kaplan..................,..... Feature Editor
Debra Durehslag ....M.........Magazine Editor
Jane Howard .......................... Associate Editor
Louise Tyor .......................... Associate Editor
Phil Douglis ............................ Sports Editor
Alan Eisenberg ................ Associate Sports Editor
Jack Horwitz...............Associate Sports Editor
Mary Helthaler.................... Women's Editor
Elaine Edmonds.............Associate Women's Editor
John Hirtzel, ...................... Chief Photographer
Business Staff
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in proportion to the popular vote. Sen. Mundt,
i Section 3), offers each state Legislature the
right-which it has always had, and has in
fact at times used-to let the electors be chosen
like Senators and. Represetatives-two at
large and the rest by Congressional districts.
Sen. Mundt also offers the state :Legislatures,
--though:nothing is said about it--the right to
keep the general ticket system provided . they
also elect their Representatives at large.
So far as I can make out, as to how the
popular vote shall be counted, the one and
only thing the amendment changes is to pro-
hibit a state from electing its representatives
by districts and its electors on a general ticket.
If the state wanted to have the general ticket
system for electors it would-like New Mexico
and North Dakota today-have to elect its
Congressmen on a general ticket. The tempta-
tion to do just that would be strong, especially
in the smaller states because with all the elec-
toral votes counted as a unit, the state has a
greater impact on the choice of President. The
best proof of this is that for more than a cen-
tury all the states have voluntarily adhered
to the general ticket system. The reason they
have adhered to it is that this system gives
them their greatest political weight.
Whatever may be said in favor of the Daniel
reform, the Mundt reform or any of the other
proposed reforms, nothing can be said in favor
of a constitutional amendment to invite each
state Legislature to consider before each presi-
dential election how it will have the popular
vote in its state counted. That, however, is
what the Daniel-Mundt Amendment really
does. It decides nothing. It merely invites
and incites the majority party in each state
Legislature to tinker with the system in order
to help shape the result of the election.
Thus the system of electing Presidents, which
is now stable and uniform by general consent
throughout the nation, would become variable
and unsettled. A close nitional election could
come to depend on whether a particular state
Legislature had for that election picked one
system rather than another.
Congress is quite evidently not ready to pro-
pose a reform of the electoral system. For
what is now before it in the Daniel-Mundt
Amendment is in fact an elaborate pretense.
It covers what is simply a passing of the buck
to the forty-eight state Legislatures.
(1956, New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, Inc.)
New Books at the Library
Button, Dick-Dick Button on Skates; Engle-
wood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, 1955.
Ekirch, Arthur E. Jr.-The Decline of Ameri-
can Federalism; N.Y., Longmans, 1955.
Fitzgibbon, Constantine-29 July; N.Y., W.

Sinking Boat .. .
To the Editor:
SKIMMING over "Letters to the
Editor" the first article "Diplo-
matic Blackmail" by a reader at-
tracted my attention to the fallacy
of his interpretation.
The Arabs are neither request-
ing nor inviting world powers to
play ball with them. They have
experienced mixed games, it cost
them their liberty in their own
hands. They feel that time has
come to play their own game the
way they want it. However, on the
other hand, their opposition to
Western policy should not mean
their favor of Communist policy.
The prime factor in rising the
anti-Western feeling is the diffu-
sion of the many hundred thou-
sands of refugees of various classes
into the surrounding countries.
The Western powers could have
gained the support of seventy mil-
lion Arabs who by turn would have
formed a concerted wall against
the Communist tide.
The boat of Peace is sinking
steadily in the huge water of the
troubled Mid-East sea. It is never
too. late to introduce the essential
-Waleed Karachy, '59
Plea for Sanity-...
To the Editor:
MR. Geofferey de Deney's article
in Sunday's Daily was excel-
lent: I wholeheartedly agree! He
very eloquently expressed the same
things that I've been thinking for
the past two years. I sincerely
hope that coeds, and college males
as well, will heed Mr. de Deney's
advice, but I doubt it. Pointing out
the ridiculousness of their attire
and actions to most collegians only
drives them to something more
ridiculous. Why is it that so many
American college students feel that
they have to be so obnoxiously dif-
ferent than other people; why
don't they just act like human
P.S. Does Mr. de Deney have a
body guard to ward off indignant
-Ed May, '56E
Consider the Cost.. ..
To the Editor:
WISH to state, at the beginning,
that this letter is in no way
intended to be an apology for the
South. The South, as a whole,
needs no one to apologize for its
actions. It is merely a reply to the
somewhat assinine letter of a Mr.
Hoff appearing in the March 24
Several points were brought up
by Mr. Hoff that are not only
false, but also biased. The points
are these:
1. Mr. Hoff states that "justice,
morality and even the law are
100% against the beliefs and prac-
tices of the South." This is not
so. It is a moot point as to whether
integration is legal. If one inter-
prets the Con-tihifnan n o-rnwa .r

them like human cattle into slav-
ery . . . " Perhaps Mr. Hoff has
overlooked the point that a great
deal of the slave trade was carried
on by Northern interests. In this
sense, it would seem that the New
England shippers were as much to
blame for slavery as the Southern-
ers, and that Mr. Hoff and his
ancestors are as responsible as the
Southerners and their ancestors.
There are two other factors in
M.r Hoff's letter that are particu-
larly obnoxious. One is his elevat-
ing the integration issue into poli-
tics even though it is widely ac-
cepted that it should be kept out
of that field. Mr. Hoff has a legiti-
mate point in believing that Negro
inequalitiy is a base for much Com-
munist progaganda. However, while
advocating integration by Federal
troops, Mr. Hoff fails to recognize
that the South, right or wrong, is
against forced integration. And
being against it, the use of Federal
troops and/or radical means in
enforcing integration will hardly
help the South feel any sense of
unity with the North..-.
Mr. Hoff refers to Southern in-
justice in the Till case. In answer
to this may I ask, what are, courts
but men? And when men cease to
make mistakes, then this world will
be perfect-a goal in a far distant
future. If Northerners can ques-
tion the Southern courts, why can-
not the Southerners question the
Supreme Court? .
Almost 100 years ago the War
Between the States came to an end
at Appomattox C.H. The people
who caused this war-the North-
ern abolitionists and the Southern
fire-eaters-are long since dead,
but not in spirit. Let al you who
sling names and insults at your
fellow Americans, who advocate
forced integration, Federal troops,
die-hard legal cases, and all you
who cry that any form of integra-
tion is subjugation ask yourselves
one question-is the cost warrant-
-Fred Miller, '59
Linguistic Troubles . .
To the Editor:
IN re: "Our Homespun Politics"
(Daily, March 23, p. 4).
I don't know why "college men"
don't go into politics, but a good
reason why "college man" Frymer
shouldn't is his inability to use our
language. In the fifth paragraph
from the end, writer Frymer says
that Mr. Stevenson's stand on seg-
regation is not. much "different
than" the President's.
Poor grammar is more than mere
oversight in a newspaper. It is
alarmingly indicative that some-
thing basic is not being taught
somewhere, and that you, in a posi-
tion which imposes some responsi-
bility on you for the language you
print, eitherhdon't care about it
or can't tell the difference,
Perhaps "college man" Frymer
might do well to become "educated
man" Frymer before sympathizing
with Adlai Stevenson as an equal.
-Robert Dunlap, '58L
Thanks From JCP.. ..

campus project: "Rising High"
provided an opportunity for the
junior women to utilize their par-
ticular talents in ar atmosphere of
fun, and also gave them a chance
to meet others in their class and
work with them towards a common
end.. Working on any activity or
class project gives us a chance to
grow and develop, thrcugh meet-
ing new people and learning to
work with them. This, I feel, was
accomplished by those who worked
on "Rising High," and perhaps
this was a large factor in the suc-
cess of the show.
Every girl who worked on "Ris-
ing High," whether in a cast, crew,
or production capacity, can be
proud of her efforts, for to her, we
owe the success of J.G.P., 1956. So,
Junior women, hats off to you for
a job well done! Please accept our
congratulations and our thanks
for helping to make "Rising High"
a show we'll never forget!
-Nancy A. MacDonald, '57
General Chairman,
Junior Girls' Play
Hospital Volunteers .. .
To the Editor:
WEWERE very pleased to see
that The Daily brought the
problems faced by mental patients
to the attention of its readers. Mr.
Taub deserves congratulations on
his article of last Tuesday (March
Volunteers at Ypsilanti State
Hospital help relieve hospital rou-
tine with games, outings, and
group activities. They share pa-
tients' interests and encourage pa-
tients to take an active interest in
The Young Friends' Fellowship
has begun a volunteer program to
Ypsilanti State Hospital, and found
great satisfaction in the work. We
would welcome anyone who is in-
terested in a Saturday afternoon of
service at the hospital. Transpor-
tation will be provided.
If interested please call Sonya
Gray at NOrmandy 2-2218 between
five and seven o'clock.
--Sonya Gray, '57
Maritn David, Grad.

grandmother and her troubled but
equally possessive daughter to re-
tain the loyalty of the two chil-
dren of the third generation.
* * * .
girls and they are torn between
the desire for self-assertion and
the conformity that leads to se-
curity in the home life. Further-
more, Beth has an additional
problem in that she believes her
defiance of the family will may
lead to the breakdown, and pos-
sible destruction, of her mother.
The problem is a big one, but
the manner in which it is presented
keeps it from becoming vital and
alive. Unfortunately after this
theme is stated, the majority of
the play is a static repitition of
the basic conflict as well as a
repeated assertion of where the
opposing characters stand. What
little fluctuation there is is achiev-
ed finally by plot device rather
than believable solution.
In spite of the importance of
the clash to the protaganists of
the play, it is difficult to work
up any concern for them, mainly
because they are painted with
such broad and one-dimensional
strokes that they become wooden
figures instead of actual people.
The opposition, consisting of the
grandmother and mother, is a
completely one-sided affair. We
learn of possible reason for the
latter's attitude, but of the grand-
mother, who is the original con-
trolling force, we learn nothing.
She is simply presented as a bad
one and the long speeches she
offers give no insight into the
possible reasons for her strong feel-
ing. This is a basic weakness of
the play, for it forces us to ac-
cept the major problem without
having any real understanding of
THE PROBLEMS are surmount-
ed by contrivances which can only
be called pat. An outside char-
acter appears in the final act to
untie the knots, and a series of
telephone calls from an off-stage
figure serves to. decide one final
obstacle. Finally, the author gives
the important figure of the moth-
er every motivation and oppor-
tunity to change her philosophy,
and indeed, it seems she will. She
remains true to her guns at the
close, however, and it is never made
clear why, especially after the
series of internal crises that reveal
to her the harm her mother-the
grandmother-has done.
The actors have some difficult
problems to work with and in cer-
tain cases they do extremely well.
Laurry Webber, as an aunt who
sides with the girls, brings under-
standing to her role and keeps her
performance interesting. Kath-
erine Fodell, and Shirley Tepper,
as the daughters, and Wandalie
Henshaw, as the mother, strive
mightily to bring compassion to
their roles and make, at least, a
commendable effort.
Edward Andreasen's opulent
Victorian setting is in' key with
the mood of the play, if perhaps
a bit overwhelming.
Miss Canning has obviously the
meat of a good play. Unhappily,
the final execution of it is not as
thoughtful as it could have been.
-David Newman
In Broad Terms
Our present immigration law
legalizes procedures which, al-
though aimed at the apprehension
and deportation of aliens illegally
in the United States are couched
in such broad terms that they en-
danger the civil rights of native
born citizens.
-Immigration and The
United States

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Events Today
My Very Own, 1955 Hopwood Award

Play of the Department of English,
written and directed by Beverly Can-
ning, Grad., will be presented by, the
Department of Speech tonight at 8:00
p.m. in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Theatre Forum:. East Conference
Room, Rackham Building, 4:00 p.m.
today. Leslie Stevens, author of the
new drama, The Lovers; and Gayle
Stine, co-producer with The Playwrights'
Co., will lead the forum discussion on
Broadway theatre. Open to the pub-
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