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Sixty-Sixth Year

Guess -Pd Better Start Throwing
Some Weight Around, Too"

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Direction in Education:
Professors as Counsellors

LESS than one week remains before the 1956
spring semester ends; and it would prob-
ably be safe to guess that more than half of
the undergraduates have given no thought to
their academic programs for the coming year.
In fact, many juniors who will be graduated
in 1957 have but a vague idea of the field they
wish to enter, and, those who are somewhat
decided lack a knowledge of the opportunities
within these fields.
It is often argued that the college student
should be sufficiently mature to determine-
by the time he reaches his third year-his area,
of specialization and its application. But the
fact remains, he doesn't.
THIS is not the fault of the counselling
system, of University organization, nor of
the student himself; it is a combination of all
these. But the University, with its present
system of counselling, is doing little to allevi-
ate the situation.
It is disturbing to see the directionless way
college men and women plan an education;
and equally disturbing to note that no sign-
posts are provided by the University. Granted,
honors programs have been set up, certain
courses provide personal contact between stu-
dent and instructor, and there is a force of
professors employed to approve elections.
But so much more is needed than just pro-
grams for students with exceptional grades,
classwork conferences, and an official signa-
ture on an election card.
So many more questions arise; how "liberal"

a liberal education to attain, where to make
substitutions in a seemingly rigid program to
better the student's own interest, what course
within a concentration program to follow to-
ward a definite vocation?
solution lies in the faculty. Professors
are busy people, they serve on committees,
work with graduate students-and they teach.
But most of them are genuinely interested in
problems of education and in the students
they are teaching. Relatively few students take
advantage of this interest, but if a method
could be established for doing so, both student
and professor would benefit.
There are enough faculty members so that
each professor could be assigned 10 to 15
Juniors and Seniors with whom he would work
out a direction for educatio'n.
Such a difference from the present system
where a student talks to one "counsellor" for
15 minutes twice each year!
The idea seems feasible on a Junior-Senior
level; how it could be solved in the first two
years remains a question.
But even as a partial solution, there are
merits. Though it would mean a larger de-
mand on the already full schedule of the
average Professor, the understanding students'
views would benefit the faculty member in
his function as a teacher. And the gains of
the student in having someone with whom
to discuss his program would make "counsell-
ing" a consultation instead of a formality.

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Monkeyywrench in Machinery

LAST NIGHT was the first time
I had heard the University
Symphony; the experience was
thoroughly enjoyable. The pro-
gram was quite ambitious for any
nonprofessional group, involving
some not too simple music. I
should hesitate to say that the
performance ranks with those of
the top few orchestras, but it far
surpassed those of many of the
smaller civic orchestras.
In fact, it can be said that one
of the principal weaknesses is
simply one of size. The University
Symphony is not quite so large as
one occasionally desires, but this
is an easily overlooked matter.
The program opened with the
K. 361 Serenade in B flat by Mo-
zart. This work is often referred
to as the Serenade for 13 Wind
Instruments, which is the form in
which it has been recorded. Dr.
Blatt, conductor of the Symphony,
informed me after the concert that
it was originally written for twelve
winds and double bass. A later re-
vision allows the substitution of
contra-bassoon for the strings.
Hearing this work in the now un-
usual instrumentation was a
worthwhile experience. S u b t l1e
changes are effected: the "rust-
ling" of the double basses cannot
be imitated by the big wind in-
It is almost impossible to have a
dozen assorted winds playing
steadily for nearly 45 minutes
without a few minor explosions
and squeaks, but last night these
were held to a pleasingly low
level. The players seemed a bit
nervous at the beginning, hardly
surprising, and the allegro molto
of the first movement had a few
ragged - entries, but thereafter
things went more smoothly.
The performance was interrupt-
ed after the next to the last move-
ment by applause; whether it was
for the excellent oboe solos or be-
ceuse some thought the work was
over, I do not know.
In the next work, La Mer by
Debussy, the smallness of the or-
chestra was most noticeable. Since,
however, the playing was precise,
it was actually possible to discern
many of the details of the music,
often lost in reverberation when
a larger group plays. The fine cli-
max for braises and precussion at
the close was well done.
* * *
THE LAST work on the program
was the Symphony No. 4 of Robert
Schumann. This work is not so
complicated in orchestratiot as
the Debussy, but it is far from easy
to play. It seemed to me that the
frist movement of this work was
the weak spot on the program, par-
tially from lack of numerical
strength, but also because of a
somewhat shaggy development
section. After this everyone perk-
ed up.
The short adagio was lovely, the
scherzo brisk, the celebrated tran-
sition passage effective, and the
finale, in this reviewer's opinion a
stumbling block for many "big-
name" orchestras, quite convinc-
As I said last night was my first
'U' Symphony concert. I had gone
with the usual reasoning: "If it's
free it can't be good." After last
hight I should like to recommend
these free concerts highly. It was
an evening well spent.
-Phil Benard

Prevention of Auto Accidents

' NJECTURE on the effect of last Friday's
tragii automobile accident on the revised
driving regulations, scheduled to take effect*
next fall, has been in the air for the past few
As the situation now stands, the Regents have
approved a provisional reduction in the mini-
mum age limit, from 26 to 21, required of a
student to legally operate an automobile while
attending the University. There is no reason for
a change in the regulations based on this one
accident, no matter how serious it may be, and
none is anticipated
More Important, will this be a lesson to
the rest of the drivers on this campus? Little
need actually be said on this point. All the pious
editorializing on this page will not have much
effect on the hardened careless driver. What
could influence him is a good look at the pic-
tures on the front of last Saturday's Daily and
he is referred to them without further com-
ONE' wonders if there is not a more positive
step which could be taken to prevent, as
much as possible, future recurrences of Friday
night's horror. The governmental agencies for
doing this are many; but none has the resources
to put on an effective safety program.
Is it possible that the University, specifically

Student Government Council, could devise an
education and driver safety program-not one
of these poster and insipid lecture campaigns-
for the benefit of this community and the indi-
viduals in it?
The problems involved with a project of this
sort are adiittedly immense but well worth the
effort. Before a driver is permitted to register in
accordance with the driving regulations, could
he not be required to pass a test that is more
realistic and practical than the majority of
those given by the several states? Could not
his automobile be rigidly inspected for mechani-
cal flaws?' Could not the driver be given, in
connection with his physical examination for
entrance into the University, a test to determine
his physical fitness to drive?
rTHESE ARE but a few of the steps which
might be taken to provide a safer and saner
group of student drivers. It is recommended that
Student Government Council follow up its ef-
forts to adjust the driving regulations with a
program which would be of untold value to the
drivers and non-drivers of the University, and
one which would certainly indicate the willing-
ness and capacity of SGC to furnish the stu-
dent body with effective leadership.

T HE Democratic National Com-
mittee, already harrassed by a
threadbare treasury and bleak
chances in November, has de-
liberately thrown a monkey-
wrench into its own machinery.
Neal Roach, who was supposed
to arrange for the fast-approach-
ing national convention at Chi-
cago, has just resigned in a per-
sonal row with ChairmanPaul
Not only has this thrown plans
for the Chicago convention out of
gear, but it may result in a drastic
reshuffle of the Democratic No-
tional Committee, possibly even the
'exit of Butler.
* * *
The situation is so serious
that ex-President Truman sent
a page-and-a-half cable from
Europe protesting the resigna-
tion of Roach. Leslie Biffle,
another party stalwart, is also
blazing mad at Butler for letting
Roach resign; while Col. Jack
Arvey, leader of Democratic
forces in Chicago, is irked at
Butler for various reasons.
The funny thing is that the
crisis occurred over a lady-Miss
Frances Spivey, Roach's secretary.
Butler would not permit Miss
Spivey to go to Chicago to work
with Roach, and Roach refused to
work without her,
* * *
He pointed out that organiz-
ing a National Convention is a.
back-breaking job that requires
personnel familiar with who-is-
who in the Democratic Party.

He couldn't, said Roach, do the
job with, a secretary hired in
Chicago who didn't know the
score. Miss Spivey has handled
other conventions, worked long
hours in preparing for them.,
But Chairman Butler said no.
It's now the chairman's next
move. He has to get someone out
to Chicago to start organizing for
what will be one of the most im-
portant conventions in Democratic
history, and he has to do it quick.
The regular stenographer
scheduled to transcribe the
toasts of President Eisenhower
and President Sukarno of Indo-
nesia got sick at the last minute,
so hurried phone calls were made
to recruit a substitute.
Mrs. Alice Kiades of Alexandria,
Va., finally obliged, though pro-
testing that she should not leave
a sinkful of dishes, a hungry hus-
band, and two sleepy children.
"You can get back to your hus-
band by 9 p.m.," reassured officials
of the Indonesian embassy.
Looking down from the balcony
of the Mayflower Hotel at Presi-
dent Eisenhower and President
Sukarno,she found work both pro-
longed and complicated, First, the
toasts turned out to be full-dress,
$though impromptu speeches. She
had to take down every word, then
transcribe the record afterward.
* * *
"My husband will never be-
lieve this," Mrs. Kiades kept,
saying, half-aloud, as the clock
ticked past 9 p.m., then 10 p.m.,
then 11 p.m.

"My husband will never believe
this," she repeated as the clock
reached midnight and she thought
of that sinkful of dishes and the
hungry, if not irate, Mr. Kiades.
Finally the Indonesion staff
autographed the dinner menu to
show where she was, gave her a
bottle of champagne, and at 1 a.m.
the obliging Mrs. Kiades went back
to the sinkful of dishes, Mr. Kiades
did believe her.
One of the most interesting
figures in Congress who has
wielded power, both good and
bad, over the schools, the li-;a
braries, and the labor laws of
the nation, comes up for re-elec-
tion this week.
He is Congressman Graham
Barden, the charming, sometimes
crusty Democrat from North Caro-
lina, who as chairman of the Labor
and Education Committee was able
to block the minimum age bill for
months last year. He did this sim-
ply by calling no meetings of his
Congressmen, being human,
sometimes change. As they get
older they change more. That
seems particularly true in the case
of Graham Barden. ,
At one time Barden was a
rootin-tootin booster for aid to
education; also the most aggressive
House defender of the Tennessee
Valley Authority. Now he's hang-
ing back on school construction
and has completely reversed him-
self on public power.
(Copyright 1956, by Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

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Administration Building before2 p.m.
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for the Sunday edition must be in by
2 p.m. Friday.
General Notices
President and Mrs. Hatcher will hold
open house for students at their home
Wed., May 23, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Correction-Parking Lot Noa 19 on
Forest Avenue will remain open for
parking until the week of June 4.
Art Print Loan. All prints must be
returned to 510 Administration Building
(basement) by Tues., May 29. The
office will be open from 8:00-12:00 and
1:00-5:00 May 23 through May 25, May
28 and May 29. A fine of 25 cents a
day wil be charged for every overdue
Meeting of the Senior Class Presidents
in Room 302, West Engineering Build-
ing Thurs., May 24, at 4:00 pm. t
discuss the schedule and pflans for
Faculty Members and
University Employees
The Board in Control of Intercollegi
ate Athletics of the University of Michi-
gan extends to the.Faculty and to full-
time University employees the privilege
to purchase Athletic Cards,
Those Eligible to Purchase:
1. University Faculty and Adminis-
trative Officers.
2. Faculty members who havebeen
retired, but still retainr faculty privi-
3. Employees on the University pay
roll who have appointments or contracts
on a full-time yearly basis; or, if on an
hourly basis, are full-time employees
and have been employed by the Unier-
sity for a period of not less than twelve
months prior to the date of application
for the purchase of an Athletic Card.
The date shown on the Employee's Umai-
versity Identification Card shall be con-
sidered as the date of employment.
4. For spouses and dependent child-
ren between the ages of 10 and 18 of
the above groups.
Cost of Athletic Card--15.40
Purchase Date:
I. At Ferry Field Ticket Office be.
ginning June 1st,
2. Preference for location expires
August 10th.
2. Preference for location expires
August 10th.
3., Additional Season Ticket purchase
privilege (limit 2) expires August 10.
Conditions and Privileges:
1. Athletic Cards or Tickets are not
2. Ticket privileges end with termi-
nation of employment with the Univer.
stiy and no refunds or rebates will be
3.Football tickets issued on Athletic
Cards will be stamped. Faculty members
must have their University Identifica-
tion Cards; and spouses and dependents
must have their athletic cards together
with their football tickets to gain ad-
mission at the gate.
4. Faculty members and employees
who purchase Athletic Cards will re-
ceive a reserved seat at each home foot-
ball game and general admission to bas-
ketball, track, wrestling, and baseball,
as long as seats are available,
Very truly yours,
/s H. . CRISLERt
Agenda Student Government council,
Michigan Union, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Minutes previous meeting.
Officers reports: President-lash card
section;'Vice-President - International
Seminar Summer Council; Treasurer -
Financial Report.
Campus Affairs-Activities Booklet-
Rod Blackman; Football tickets, final
Public Relations-Stockholders report;
Student Representation.
Coordinating and Counseling-Alethia

requests permission to affiliate with
Phi Mu as a colony; Constitutional r-
visions-Inter House Council, Scroll
NAACP; Calendar, 2nd semester, 1956-57.
National and International Affairs-.
NSA Congress; Free University of Ber-s
liln, finances; Japan Conference.
Old and New Business,
Constituents time.
Members time.
Special meeting May 28 (Monday) 4
p.m., Room 3B, Union.
University Lecture, auspices of the
Dept. of Economics and the Mental
Health Research Institute. "~Homo Sto-
chasticus." Prof. Jacob Marschak, Yale
University. 4:15 p.m., Wed., May 23
Rackham Amphitheater.
Research Seminar of the Mental
Health Research Institute. Dr. Theodore
Schwartz, instructor in Sociology and
Anthropology will speak on "Structure
and Culture," May 24, 1:30 to 3:30, Con-
ference Room, Childrens Psychiatrie
Hospital. This is the final semInar for
the academic year.
Lecture, auspices of the Dept. of
Anthropology. "The Place of the South
African Ape-Men in Human Evolution."
Dr. J. T. Robinson, Transvaal Museum,
Pretoria, South Africa. 4:15 p.m., Wed.,
May 23, Aud. C, Angell Hall.
University Choirs, annual spring con-
cert 8:30 p.m. Thurs., May 24, Hill
Auditorium, under the direction of
Maynard Klein. The Michigan Singers
will open the program with Mozart's
Missa Brevis, with ten student soloists,
and string ensemble. After intermission
the entire University Choir will sing
Mozart's Requiem, featuring Hildred









Military Bickering

Associated Press News Analyst
I T HAPPENS every year about this time.
When Congress is studying appropriations
for defense, stories begin to come out of
Washington comparing various parts of the
defense program with each other and with
those of other countries.
We've heard it over and over again, this
bickering about ships and planes, weapons and
rpiE COUNTRY thought right after World
War II that some of it would be eliminatea
with "unification" of the services. Joint plan-
ning boards were expected to reach expert de-
cisions o nthe role of various forces in the over-
all defense picture.
They were expected to approach their tasks
Editorial Staff
DAVE BAAD. Managing Editor
Editorial Director City Editor
DEBRA DURCHSLAG ................ Magazine Editor
DAVID KAPLAN ....................... Feature Editor
JANE HOWARD ...................... Associate Editor
LOUISE TYOR ...................... Associate Editor
PISIL DOUGLIS . ,................... Sports Editor
ALAN EISENBERG ............ Associate Sports Editor
JACK HORWITZ ........,... Associate Sports Editor
MARY HELLTHALERL............. .. Women's Editor
ELAINE EDMONDS ......... Associate Women's Editor
JOHN HIRTZEL .................. Chief Photographer
Business Staff
DIOK ALSTROM .................... Business Manager
BOB ILGENFRITZ ...... Associate Business Manager

on a thoroughly objective basis. Perhaps it was
too much to expect.
Now there has been an obvious attempt
by some experts to go over the heads of their
superiors, seeking to obtain public support for
their special interests instead of accepting
plans coordinated, or in the process of being
coordinated, at the top.
THIS IS ONLY natural at a time when new
weapons are creating new concepts of mili-
tary tactics and strategy, Highly trained men,
in important posts because of special abilities,
see things being done, or not being done, which
they believe effect the success of their assign-
Gen. Billy Mitchell's crusade for air power is
the classical example of this type of thing.
This year's interservice' rivalries have de-
veloped not merely over money, but involve
basic approaches to military problems.
THEY ARE MATTERS on which the public
doesnot and cannot have the information
needed to form sound opinions. Appeals to the
public can only produce feelings, and feelings
do not provide a proper basis for decisions on
such matters.
There is a question whether even the special-
ized committees of Congress are the proper
court of last resort.
It was argued, at the time of "unification,"
that the only way to approach these decisions
properly was through establishment of a single
military service, whose success would depend
upon thorough integration, and in which the
planners would be responsible not for one serv-
ice, but for all.

Readers Comment on Variety of Issues


24 Hour Job . . .
To the Editor:
THE NEARNESS of final exams
and my chattering room-mates
are forcing me to spend more time
at the library. But studying at the
library has problems too-it seems
that they are always closing. Be-
cause going to college is not an 8-
hour-per-day job but more like a.
24-hour-per-day job it seems to
me a more realistic policy for the
University to follow would be to
keep those sections of the different
libraries which are used for study-
ing open at all times. If some one
were to figure it out I imagine that
they would find that with % of the
money being spent on the new un-
dergraduate library the University
could finance the extra staff need-
ed to keep the study rooms of the
libraries open continually for a
thousand years.
-Harley Ristad, '5'7
Good Morning, NAACP
To the Editor:
NAACP President Clarence Tay-
lor commented to The Daily
(May 16): "The YD's have invited
us to participate, but the YR's
haven't as much as said 'Good
morning' to us."
The Young Republicans are

(March 18), the YR's pointed out
that 94 Democrat members of
Congress - one-third of that
party's legislative strength-sign-
ed the infamous States' Rights
Manifesto which called for second
class citizenship for Negroes. "The
Democrat Party," we said, "is thus
an ineffectual organization for
ending segregation." Considering
that State Democrat Chairman
Neil Staebler has gone on record
as being opposed to ousting that
group from his party, we hope
that the NAACP will not continue
indefinitely to take a "non-parti-
san approach."
Furthermore, the YR's said in
their 1956 platform: "We join
President Eisenhower in welcom-
ing to the Republican Party the
increasing number of Negroes who
are becoming disillusioned with
the Democrat Party because of its
bi-polar split on the segregation
issue . .. if they choose to join us
our welcome will be urianimous.
The Democrats cannot make that
If our attitude toward the
NAACP was not clear in the past,
we wish to take this opportunity
to extend to'oit an exuberant wel-
come and an efferverscent "Good
-The Executive Board of
The Young Republican Club

sary to be aware of what causes
tension. It is important to know,
for example, how American movies
are interpreted by the Asians who
see them. To quote Dr. Djohan, "I
am so glad to learn that you
Americans are religious people
and not materialistic. I thought
from your movies that all you
were interested in was making
money. I shall go home and tellj
my people that you are not ma-
The protest among the observer-
participants against a "too rosy"
picture of our social and political
successes, illustrated the way
Americans check and balance so-
cial and political power through
the many organizations to which
they belong.
* * *
THE PRIDE of the East in their
culture was made realistically
clear when Americans spoke with
assurance about the values in
Western culture. Among other
things, we were reminded that
Christianity was germinated in
Asia, as were the other principle
religions of the world. While Dr.
Rao's emotion took us somewhat
aback, he proved himself a brilli-
ant and very knowledgeable per-
son. It seems to me that we learn-
ed a great deal about the words,,
the deeds, the ideas which cause
misunderstanding between the

The reasoning of the Asians
about their plans for mixed econ-
omies was not new but it was of
value to compare and coptrast
these plans with American capi-
talism in order to get added per-
spective of their points of view.
Seminars were held in five other
cities. The ideas from each will be
summarized in a book available
from UNESCO. It should provide
both Asians and Americans a view
of some of the causes of the ten-
sions between their countries.
-Anne C. Henderson
Simple Godsend .. .
To the Editor:
LEE Marks' lucid editorial of May
22 in which he analysed, with
admirable precision, the role of
communists in the academic world
was a godsend. The simplicity and
ease of his evaluations and the
practicability of his conclusions
were indeed welcome.
For some time now I have been
confused "by the fuzziness with
which the issues are approachced."
I had thought, for instance, that
the individual citizen and the free
academic world were morally obli-
gated to question laws which do
not seem in keeping with American
ideals or moral aims and that the
nennlenof this natinn have the re-



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