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"We Don't Want To Leave Any Stone Unturned"

'Hedda Gabler' Exciting

hen Opinions Are Free,
Truth Will Prevail

Portrait of Depravity



Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
Human Relations Board Has
Answer to Dorm Segregation
THE RESIDENCE HALLS Board of Governors Secondly, the group recommends "A syste-
is now looking into a recommendation that matic inquiry into past practices and proposed
it state "that it considers. 'race,' religion and changes on the part of other comparable uni-
ethnic background as irrelevant criteria in versities."
roommate placement."
This recommendation, intended to clarify and THREE BENEFITS are listed in the Human
unify the Residence Halls' policy of roommate Relations Board brief for adopting a new
placement, was made by the Human Relations policy. They are as follows:
Board, which operates under the Student "1. It would allow new residents a greater
Government Council. This board has been chance for a broader educational experience; in
investigating the practices employed in deter- other words, the possible range of prospective
mining who shall room with whom, particularly roommates would be greatly enlarged.
in. regard to first semester freshmen, who are "2. There would be elimination of psycho-
required by the University to live in the resi- logical injury to those who recognize that they
Blence halls during their first year in school. were placed together on the basis of 'race,'
As areslt o it inestiatin, te Hman religion or ethnic background-.
As a result of its investigation, the HumanResi- "3. There would undoubtedly be a change in
enceHalls Board of Governors late last year, prejudicial,stereotyped attitudes. There is a
asking for the clarification of policy. It was mass of carefully collected data which indicate
hakingfrthweckthat intimate, face-to-face contacts in real life
A ny action that the Residence Halls Gover- situations with members of other ethnic and
nors will take on the recommendation will religious groups result in a breakdown of
probably not be for some time, as they wish to stereotypes."
proceed carefully with the problem, which is This, then, is the case of the Human Rela-
tions Board. It states its investigations show
certainly a very serious one. that roommates are presently being assigned
INREQUESTING the statement by the Board without any overall policy, and that these room-
mates are being placed together on the basis
of Governors, the Human Relations group's of the individual's race and religion.
brief stated that "The present policy of room- There can be no overestimation of the weight-
mate placement, in the Residence Halls is un- iness of this problem that now faces the Resi-
clear. Procedures vary in the men's and wom- dence Halls Board of Governors. It is worthy of
en's systems. In general one finds that new all the consideration that the Governors can
residents of the same 'race' and religion are gltec ata
placed together. This information has been give it:
Not only is this a significant problem locally,J
obtained by discussion with administrators in but should the University go ahead with such
the residence halls." drastic changes, it will probably have national
The Human Relations Board has a point repercussions.- One of the guests at the last
here. First, procedures do vary in men's and Board of Governors meeting, forseeing this,
" oen's dorms.Bar fGvrrsmegfsenghs,
commented that "the University should make
Applicants are asked their religion on the a front to the world by showing that these
men's application forms, while the women's things just don't matter." And this is the
forms have no such question. Secondly, anyone attitude that will win out in the long run.
who has lived in the residence halls will know ,tThere has been continued advancement in
that the number of roommates with the same this field, but even the recommendations made
religion is too large to have come about by by the Human Relations Board are just another
chance.,yteHmnRltos or r utaohr
In addition to asking the Residence Halls step toward the breaking down of all racial
G Inaddtior to s kih y n te R sidenc H'race,' and religious barriers that, unfortunately, still
Governors to state they do not consider rc, exist around us.
religion or ethnic background "relevant criteria" Undoubtedly, it will take some time to accom-
for assigning roommates, the Human Relations plish all that needs to be done, but the Human
Board asks two additional actions. Relations Board is pointing the way, The Resi-
The Board requests consultation with psy- dece Halls Board of Governors, after all the
chologists and sociologists on wording of ques- careful consideration it wants to give the prob-
tiQns in the room applications, on aid in lemfshould be ready to give unanimous support
carrying out the transition in policy, and onl to the recommendations of the Human Rela-
help in a controlled study of the results of the tions Board.
change in a few houses. VERNON NAHRGANG

VILLAINS have played a prominent role in the history of the theatre
but few have matched Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" for deliber-
ate meanness and wickedness of purpose. However, Ibsen did not
solely employ black paint but intended to create a, frustrated and
unhappy woman whose plight would engender sympathy and, under-
standing in her audience. An otherwise excellent production by the
DAC last night presented Hedda as such a cold and brutal wench as
to make first-nighters indifferent; if not gleeful, about her curtain-
ending suicide.
"Hedda Gabler" is the story of a young, emotionally unadjusted
woman, incapable of love or finding the excitement necessary to release
her inner tensions. Ibsen gives no environmental background to
explain Hedda's neuroses but introduces her as the wife of a silly,
ineffectual Acholar, incapable of understanding his much younger
Hedda regards her husband with contempt, revealing she married
him for security. Incensed with her middle class life, she sums up
her emotional problem, "I only have a gift for boring myself." This,
indeed, represents Hedda's instability for she is searching for a happi-
ness she can never have. Here is Ibsen's theme and here is his plea
for empathy. The destruction Hedda strews in her own and others'
lives only demonstrate Ibsen's conviction that such a disaster was
Besides Hedda's emotional immaturity, or perhaps as a result,
she is frigid and finds any intimacy with men revolting.
Confronted by a former suitor, Eilert Lovborg, she had spurned

U.S. Lagging in Missile Race


dent knew in advance
that the signs of his re
able. Thus, at his pr
days before he said th
trust his own feelings ra
reports. This could only
favorable report of th
decide the matter.
Moreover it stands ti
heard considerably more
the public has heard, or+
hear, about what limit
to live under.
The decision whether
been clarified for him1
could have told him ti
again. They could not,
that he could take his
making his decision. T]
it clear that he hims
health for granted, and
cide to run again-the
cal fitness to bear the
office will be not only a:
sary subject of public d
fact, has discussed thec
so frankly as has the
whether he hinself
that he is equal to the
is equal to it not as he
the past month but in
strain and stress and c
press conference Mrs. C
Press Herald made a r
Mr. Hagerty's comment
ington knows to be tru
has not recently had to
the office. No doubt he
full schedule.
But January was a com
both at home and abrc
storms that are brew.in
election campaign, and
;momentum of the Sov
and Africa.
The hardest question#
to resolve is not whet

The President's Ordeal
PLAIN that the Presi- office. The doctors have given him as good
of his latest check-up an assurance on that point as they could
covery would be favor- have. Nor is it a question of his being in-
'ess conference a few capacitated, though that eventuality is, as
at he would probably he himself has said in on'e of his press con-
ther than the doctors' ferences, a weak link in our constitutional
y have meant that the system. The doctors' report is adequately re-
ie doctors would nlotassuring on that point. The real question is
not death or disability but inadequacy, not
o reason that he has being at his best, being able to carry on the
from his doctors than routine of the office but not to supply the
could have expected to kind of energetic leadership which the world
ations he must expect situation is certain to demand.
This, it is quite plain, is the crucial point
to run again has not which the President is now wrestling ,with.
by the doctors. They
hat he must not run THERE IS ANOTHER POINT, second only to
and did riot, tell him this, which would become of critical im-'
health for granted in portance if he resolved all the other questions
he President has made in favor of running. It turns on the vice-
elf is not taking his presidency. , There can be no doubt at all
1 that-should he de- that the President would have a very special
question of his physi- personal obligation to consider without fear
e full burden of the or favor, impersonally and objectively, the
legitimate but a neces- choice of the man who would succeed him in'
liscussion. No one, in case of death or disability. He will be re-
question of his fitness quired, if he runs again, to give the country
President himself. his personal guarantee that the vice-presi-
dential candidate does in fact believe in, does
he must now make is not merely support politically, the principles
feels within himself that he himself stands for.
burden of his office, He can give no such guarantee for Mr. Nix-
has known t durimg on. It is not a question of whether Mr. Nixon
its great periods of supports the Eisenhower legislative program
risis. At Dr. White's or whether he speaks up in defense of the
,raig of The Portland Eisenhower policies. Of course he does. The
emark which, despite
everybody in Wash- question is whether he represents the central
thing which Eisenhower represents, the thing
bear the full load of which has given Eisenhower such a hold on
has had a reasonably the American people.
This central thing is that Eisenhower unites
iparatively quiet period the country and heals its divisions. This
ad, a lull before the precisely is *hat Nixon does not do. Instead
g in Congress, in the of being a national leader, he is a ruthless
from the gathering partisan. He is a politician who divides and
iet challenge in Asia embitters the people.
The country has just had a spectacular dem-
that the President has onstration of this characteristic in his speech
her he might die in at the Lincoln Day Dinner in New York.
"Speaking for a unanimous Supreme Court,"

N TESTIMONY so electrifying it
stunned Congressmen, but so
secret only the bare details can
be told, missiles expert Trevor
Gardner charged that the Defense
Department has failed to follow
up vital scientific discoveries that
could revolutionize air warfare.
He warned fervently that the Rus-
sians may be pursuing these scien-
tific concepts, thus gaining a mili-
tary advantage that could spell
disaster for the United States.
Gardner has just resigned as
Assistant Air Force Secretary in
protest against the lagging re-
search program. He was prompt-
ly summoned behind closed doors
by the House Military Appropria-
tions Subcommittee to explain his
stand. Here are highlights that
can be safely told:
1 Gardner revealed we have
broken through the scientific bar-
rier of new propulsion ideas and
aerodynamic concepts that hold
a "tremendous promise." These
could boost the range, altitude and
speed of our planes and missiles,
he said-if we are willing to take
the financial risk.
2. He charged bluntly that our
military planners "are underesti-
mating the Russians."
3. He warned that our defenses
against enemy attack have been
crippled for economy's sake.
4. Gardner objected vigorously
to the Defense Department's pri-
ority system, which puts equal em-
phasis on the intercontinental bal-
listics missile and the medium-
range guided-missile.
5. He charged that the total
Air Force budget had been danger-
ously slashed. The Air Force would
need $3 to $4 billion more than
has been budgeted for fiscal year
1957, he estimated.
Gardner insisted there was no-
thing personal in his charges. He

still counted Secretary of Defense
Wilson and Secretary of the Air
Force his friends. But he took
sharp issue awith their judgment.
Gardner, himself a Republican,
was hit by a few hostile questions
from Republicans attempting to
defend the Administration.
"The Joint Chiefs of Staff told
us they were satisfied with the
defense budget," rasped Congress-
man Errett Scrivner, Kansas Re-
Gardner waved a secret docu-
ment which he had sent to Secre-
tary Quarles, requesting more
money for research and develop-
"General Twining (the Air Force
Chief) was one of the endorsers
of this document," Gardner re-
torted. "He is the only member
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff I am
con'cerned about."
He reminded committee mem-
bers that last year they, them-
selves, "arbitrarily cut $18,000,000
off our research and development
"Would you mind striking out
the word, 'arbitrarily'?" asked
Congressman Scrivner.
"Yes, I would mind," Gardner
replied bluntly.
Gardner explained that Wilson
had assigned equal priority to the
intercontinental a n d medium-
range missiles because he feared
Russia would use her 1,500-mile
missile to blackmail NATO na-
tions. Wilson wanted to rush de-
velopment of 1,500-mile missiles
of our own and locate them strate-
'gically around Europe as a de-
Gardner argued that Soviet sup-
ersonic fighter-bombers could hit
targets with atomic bombs more
effectively than medium-range
missiles, thus could blackmail
NATO nations without using mis-

siles. In his opinion, he said, the
Russians are building a 1,500-mile
missile as one step toward the in-
vincible intercontinental missile.
The Air Force has been keeping
in the intercontinental - missile
race, he said, by the sheer ex-
pediency of lifting "big chunks of
money" from other uses and ap-
plying them to the ballistics mis-
sile. This is setting back the whole
program of modernizing the Air
Force, he warned.
Congressman Scrivner argued
that we are so short of scientists
and engineers that we cannot
spend any more money than is
now appropriated for research,
"The Air Force has made an ex-
haustive study," answered Gard-
ner. "It is using 'only 3 per cent
of the nation's scientists and en-
gineers. There is no shortage of
technical men to do the work we
want to do. Money appropriated
for research and development will
not be wasted because of lack of
qualified personnel."
Gardner also discussed the need
for a so-called missile czar. Such
a czar, he urged, should be given
statutory status, should have di-
rect access to the President and
should have complete, unquestion-
ed control over developing guided
He stressed, however, that he
was concerned about the whole
scope of research and devolop-
ment, not simply the guided-mis-
siles program. He discussed sev-
eral secret new planes and other
equipment whose development has
been held back, he charged, for
lack of funds.
After his testimony, several
Congressmen gathered around him
and praised him for his patriot-
(Copyright, 1956, by Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

and driven to drink but who now
tion of another woman, Hedda de-
termines to destroy the happiness
she envies. In addition, Judge
Brack, a'strong-willed and deter-
mined former beau, conspires to
possess Hedda, whatever the cost.
By cruel and unscrupulous tac-
tics, Hedda disposes of Lovberg,
partly for revenge and partly "to
have power over someone else's
fate." When she finds out the
beauty she envisaged in Lovberg's
death was unfulfilled and that
Judge Brack has discovered her
secret and plans to exploit his
power over her, Hedda is over-
come by her failures and the fu-
tility of hope and commits suicide.
Beth-Sheva Laikin enacts Hed-
da in a cold-blooded manner and
as a woman devoid of human
qualities. This is not the proper
interpretation but Miss Laikin is
a magnificent craftman, control-
ling her wickedness masterfully.
She leaves the audience cold with
fury and anticipating her next feat
of depravity.
DAC standbys Ralph Drischell
and Sydney Walker, as Hedda's
husband and Judge Brack, once
more turn in top professional jobs.
Bill Fletcher (Lovberg), Esther
Benson (Mrs. Elvsted, Lovberg's
inspiration), Robin Hall (the aunt
of Hedda's husband) and Mary
Jane Forsyth (a servant) turn in
excellent performances.
DAC's "Hedda Gabler" is a play
coldly calculated to keep you in
suspense, is enacted by a fine cast
and carries an exceptional dra-
matic impact. But director Joseph
Gistirak has missed the boat in his
analysis. Hedda is so thoroughly
depraved one wonders how her
husband, Judge Brack and Lov-
berg evei considered her as the
woman they wanted to love, honor
and cherish.
-David Marlin
'Game' Has
THE older woman teaches the
boy the wonders of love; then
the boy teaches the younger girl.
This is the Gallic game of love,
and the French film that tells of
it is a beautiful work, indeed.
The tone is bittersweet and the
story is highly moving, touching
lightly at times and explicitly at
others on the strange painful
movement of growing up and leav-
ing an innocent childhood.
Based on a novel by Colette,
"Game of Love" tells the story
of Phil and Vinca, two young
people becoming aware of them-
selves, each other and the mysteri-
ous new actuality of sexual love.
It comes first to Phil in the form
of a worldly sophisticated woman
who needs to recapture her youth
through the boy.
s *
WHEN THE affair threatens to
consume his innocence, she forces
herself to end it, even at the risk
of temporary hurt to him. It is
then that Vinca awakes, and the
youth, so blithe and free, is gone.
There is gladness about this, and
wonder, but there is also that sad
disillusionment that is part of
growing up.
Certainly this is a poetic theme
and it is handled with delicacy and
gentle touch. Cast in its half-
light, the picture becomes real and
yet is endowed with. an etherial
There is similarity between
Phil's two loves and symbolism in
his experience. But this does not
actively intrude. It is there if
you want to see it, but it is only a
leit motif of the plot.

* * *
young and talented actor, plays
Phil with warmth and under-


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U.S. Civil Service announces exam
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fields Agricultural Economics, Agri.
Statistics, Plant Pest Control, Biology,
Plant Science. Grades CS-2 to GS-4.
Also announced are exams for Rural
Electrification Administration; Student
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N. Y., announces a Graduate Program
leading to the degree of Master of
Science in Retailing and an executive
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has reformed due to the inspira-


TV and Broadway Happy Together

Daily Television Writer
A GREAT DEAL of comment has
been made about the rela-
tionship be.tween television and
the various other forms of enter-
tainment, mainly the movies. But
very little has been said about the
relationship between television and
the Broadway stage.
There have not been many deal-
ings between these two mediums,
but what has occurred has been
very beneficial to both. And it
has been carried on in a digni-
fied manner, not similar to the
crude method in which the movie
industry has used television.
Broadway has given television
such great shows as "Peter Pan"
and "Blithe Spirit." Surprising-
ly enough "Peter Pan" did not
have a very successful run on

Judy Tyler used to be Princess
Summerfallwinterspring on the
"Howdy Doody Show" and now
she has an important part in the
Rodgers and Hammerstein play.
And the star of the show is Helen
Traubel, who although she did not
get her professional start on tele-
vision, did debut her musical come-
dy abilities with Jimmy Durante
on TV.
There are also a few stars who
alternate their services between
TV and Broadway. Included in
this group are Helen Hayes, Ethel
Merman, Ezio Pinza, Mary Martin,
Victor Borge and Faye Emerson.
SID CAESAR is probably the
best example of an ex-Broadway-
ite who has since moved over to
television. Not too long ago Caes-
ar had a role in a Broadway show
in which he demonstrated a water-

ter the show has concluded its
New York and touring runs.
Since the cast is already com-
pletely rehearsed, costumes al-
ready fitted and props still avail-
able, there would not be a great
deal of preparation needed for
such a spectacular.
.* * *
THIS WILL not only give the
backers of the show additional re-
turns, but will also give teleview-
ers who live in smaller towns the
opportunity to see actual Broad-
way presentations.
There are two ex-Broadway pro-
ductions which are now in the
process of being groomed for TV
Both CBS and NBC are trying
to get Mary Martin to star in
"Annie Get Your Gun" on TV.
And CBS has already signed Vic-

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