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Sixty-Sixth Year

"Boy-Look At Em Cor"


Stunning Performance
Sparks 'Carnival'.
A stunning performance of Jean Anouilh's impudent and urbane
comedy "Thieves' Carnival" opened the second Dramatics Art Center
season here last night.
This is not like the realistic drama that has predominated the Am-
erican stage for years but a highly intelligent and civilizet spoof, an
exercise i nimprobabilities, a combination of delusion and enchantment

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SGC Puts Off Responsibility
Until Next Spring

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IF STUDENT Government Council had not ac-
cepted the responsibility of investigating fra-
ternity and sorority rushing Wednesday night,
it would have lost the rest of its meaning as a
student government, and even as a student
That it did decide to go ahead with a study
of rushing is an encouraging thing. Yet, it
hardly seems as if SGC should be given much
credit. It was more a case of the Council being
forced into something it did not want to ac-
cept than it was a case of accepting responsi-
In fact, SGC rather neatly sidestepped the
responsibility by entrusting the study com-
pletely to the four housing groups-Interfrater-
nity Council, Inter-House Council, Assembly
Association and Panhellenic Association.
SGC will not have to face any real responsi-
bility on the issue until the committee composed
of the heads of the four housing groups reports
back next March. Whether the Council will
do anything worthwhile at that time is an in-
teresting speculation. For they now have
plenty of time to figure out how to sidestep it
HE COUNCIL, by itself, would never have
touched the problem if it had not been pre-
sented by an ex-officio member. Will it always.
be necessary for an ex-officio member to ini-
tiate significant steps in order for the Council
to consider them?

It should not be the function of these mem-
bers to spark the Council to take steps toward
solving serious campus problems. This is right-
fully the function of elected members. Until
we get elected members who are willing to
accept such responsibility, even though it means
subduing for the sake of the overall good their
immediate loyalties to fraternities, sororities, or
what have you, SGC will not be much.
On this most recent issue-a study of rush-
ing-most of the elected members were not
even willing to accept responsibility when it
was thrust in their faces, let alone be eager
to accept it. They voted to keep SGC out of
the problem until March 1.
Yet, something concrete and constructive was
accomplished. The four housing groups, espe-
cially the frateriiities and sororities, would
never have agreed to studying the problem if
they hadn't been forced to do so by SGC, or,.
rather, by an ex-officio member. There was
doubt beforehand that SGC would be willing
to accept the responsibility, but the important
thing was to get a study started, not neces-
sarily an SGC study.
The issue is now before the housing groups,
who will no doubt find it difficult to be as ob-
jective as they should be. But we shall know
in March just how well they can accept respon-
sibility, as well as how meaningful SOC really
Daily City Editor

Memories of Carlos Davila

U'-City Cooperation Possible

ONE of the most unfortunate results of drawn-
out debate, such as the closing of Thayer
Street, is that the disintegrative factors usually
receive the greatest emphasis.
In the Thayer Street haggling, lack of under-
standing and cooperation between University
officials, Ann Arbor city council members, and
townspeople appeared in local papers far more
often than elements of cooperation, which were
just as noticeable.
It is strange, then, that expected opposition to
the closing of the street on the part of local
business interests and' neighborhood residents
never materialized. The 83 signers of a petition
opposing closing of Thayer Street never raised
an objection at the meeting before final vote
was taken.
THERE appear only two explanations for this
behavior. The first is that people in Ann
Arbor have become reluctant to raise their
voices against the University, because of awe
or fear of the University's towering financial

position. This appears highly dubious, for many
townspeople conduct correspondence with local
papers, linking their names with opposition
stands, and also sign petitions against Univer-
sity action.
This leaves the explanation that there is
simply a greater cooperation between the city
and University than some people are willing to
acknowledge. As Alderman C. J. Trummel ex-
pressed at the council meeting, the debate was.
"a remarkable display of genuine and obvious
effort to solve a common problem."
The disgruntled. sounds issuing from mouths
of citizens convinced the University ignores the
city's wishes have been reduced to subdued
whispers of former shouts.
Moreover, although the situation is still
tense, and the vocal chords which formerly were
active in angry protests, are still not relaxed, if,
the memory of the cooperation in this signifi-
cant debate remains, further cooperation is cer-
tain to be forthcoming.

A GREAT MAN lay dying. He
did not know it. The world
did not know it. And for a time,
the world, unknowing, did not
seem to care. The October sun
Ziltered in through the blinds of
the bedroom and fell on his bed.
Children's voices came up from
the street below. The play-by-
play account of a football game
droned on from a near-by radio.
The world, busy with its own joys,
its own pain, paid scant attention
to the death struggle of a man
who had helped make history in
the Western Hemisphere, whose
life for a generation had been in-
extricably interwoven with the
ups and downs of peace and war
in" the Americas.
Carlos Davila's eyes still burned
bright as I sat beside him. They
seemed even brighter because the
sockets were deep, his face drawn,
his body emaciated. He had been.
sick a long time. He did not look
like the dapper little Ambassador
who had solved a world-famous
social contrbversy by escorting
Dolly Gann, sister of the Vice
President, in to dinner ahead of
Alice Longworth, wife of the
HE WAS Chilean Ambassador
then. That was a day when the
world had little to worry about-

no depression, no European wars,
no encroaching Communism in
Asia, no foreign aid-just the fact
that the Hoover Administration
would not decide who should sit
where at dinner until after Carlos
Davila, following two futile meet-
ings of the full diplomatic corps,
grasped the bull by the horns and
Dolly Gann by the arm, and solv-
ed it for them.
He always hated to have me re-
call that he had once been the ar-
biter of a social crisis, and I did
not recall it to him on that Oc-
tober afternoon. We talked of
other things - simple things -
old friends-poignant things. -
DAVILA DIDN'T mention it, but
I knew he well remembered how
most Latin-American Presidents
leave office only after protecting
their financial future. He did
not . . . He had give Chile 100
days of honest, vital reform-re-
form which still remains; had
come to the United States to work,
scrimp, save the rest of his life.
I know because I sometimes ad-
vanced him the railroad fare be-
tween New York and Washington
... And now in the autumn of his
years, for the first time since he
left the President's Palace in San-
tiago, he had security. A year ago
he had become head of the Pan

American Union .. , and he was
"There is so much to be done,"
the old man sighed, "and so little
time to do it." The October sun
was sinking, his life was ebbing,
and he did not know it. His great
ambition was peace; to bring more
unity between the United States
and Latin Americans. He had
worked at this so hard that in
Chile he could not run for Presi-
dent again. Chileans considered
him an adopted gringo-too good
a friend of the United States. Yet
the State Department considered
him too avid in his devotion to
Pan America.
THE 4OLD MAN was asleep now
... the football game was almost
over. The October sun was faint
and feeble as it filtered in through
the latticed window. I remember-
came crowding back .. . How I
had gone to the White House in
1940 to get a plane to take his
wife, dying of cancer, back to
Chile, back to her native land.
And now her husband, dying from
the same dread disease, lay very
quiet while the final football scores
droned in through the window
and children played outside in
the street.
American peace.
(Copyright, 1955, Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

played to professional perfection by
exceedingly pleasant surprise to
see a local stage so full of anima-
tion and controlled by such a com-
petent cast.
Anouilh's plot is, at best, a
cleverly contrived introduction to
an illusionary frolic at times it
even serves as an impediment to
the gaity. It concerns three thieves
who gain entrance to the villa of
a wealthy French lady in order
to steal the family pewels, una-
ware this worldy woman knows
their identity. The resultant f arc.
ical situations are accompanied
by a tender love interest between
the youngest thief and the young-
est niece of the hostess.
* * *.
IT IS the author's characters
and dialogue that are outstanding
for he has given us a fanciful and
fascinating group of individualists
who articulate their observations
on a variety of topics in a hilarious
manner. Sidney Walker, as the
leader of the rascals, grimaces and
gestures magnificently and his al-
lies, Victor Kuring and Ric Lavin,
are equally splendid.
As the highly sophisticated mad-
ame, Margaret Bannerman cap-
tivates all with her throaty suave-
ness and her two nieces, Ann Gre-
gory and Elaine Sinclair, are beau-
tiful and irresistible. John Bar-
dach and Jay Lanin, as a zany fa-
ther-son conspiracy, are excellent
and Ralph Dischell is superb as
the incompetent, emotional and
foolish friend of the family.
* * *
PERHAPS A note, of caution
should be 'introduced for there is
a debit side to the festivities. Mr.
Anouilh at times takes himself
too seriously and seems to be con-
cerned with an underlying moral
that is never successfully commun-
icated. His implication is that
life should be lived in an exciting
and audacious manner, but we
should still remainresponsive to
love and similar basic emotions.
When he insists on such subtleties
the action and actors bog down.
Fortunately the lapses are infre-
The sets are really charming
and enhance the proceedings im-
mensely as do the colorful and
engaging costumes. Joseph Gis-
tirak has directed with a sure hand
and has caught the pace and style
the comedy demands.
-David Marlin
With Fun
"GET MARRIED first and worry
about it later."
That's the tenet "Cocktails in
the Kitchen", the British comedy
which opened yesterday at the
Orpheum tries to prove. Whether
you agree with this philosophy or
not, you will still find "Cocktails"
a bright, and sometimes sparkling
Done with the usual British
deftness, the picture tells the story
of a young, bright-eyed couple who
start out along the road of mar-
riage with just a little money, a
fair amount of courage, and an
awful lot of laughs.
* * .
THEY STRUGGLE along, over-
coming one adversity after an-
other, carrying on bravely, until
finally, at the end they lift pp
their heads and proudly declare
to the world: "A young couple's

marriage should stand on its own
two feet", without having to be
subsidized by loving parents. Ann
Arbor audiences will no doubt find
much to take inspiration from in
Quite apart from any inspira-
tional messages "Cocktails in the
Kitchen" has much to offer in
the way of comedy. It is packed
full of funny situations, some of
which were perhaps overworked,
and the bits of slapstick were
wonderfully underplayed.
Dirk Bogarde, who will be re-
membered as the sensitive young
medical student in "Doctor in the'
House," and Susan Stephen, one
of England's more shapely young
actresses, are charming as the in-
nocent young couple.
* * *
THEY GO from the dilemma of
keeping the finance company
wolves from their door to the more
banal problem of a leaky ceiling
with a lightness of heart that is

a rollicking crew. It is a novel and
Great Film
A SMAL, unpretentious and
honest fim called "Marty"
has joined the rare group of mo-
tion pictures that can be termed
It is written by a television writ-
er named Paddy Chayefsky and is
likely to be a top contender for
the Academy Award. If it does
not win, it will be a gross mistake.
"Marty" is the story of two
people, both plain, unmarried and
ordinary. The protaganists of
the film come as close to being
real people as you are ever likely
to see in a picture. With extra-
ordinary sensitivity and under-
standing, Director Delbert Mann,
author Chayefsky, and actors Er-
nest Borgnine and Betsy EA
have brought truth and genuine
beauty to the art of the film.
The plot concerns the love af-
fair of a man and woman who
had been subjected to pain and
disappointment all their unhappy
lives because they were unattrac-
MARTY IS a butcher in the
Bronx, the only unmarried son of
a large Italian family. We see
his meaningless existence: he
spends his nights with a group of
men like himself, all in their thir-
ties, all unwed, all on a continual
frustrated quest for love and se-
Their lives are empty. Each
Saturday night is another time of
despair and frantic search which
always ends in disappointment.
The homelife is no better. Mar-
ty is plagued by his mother, by
his relatives, "When you gonna
get married, Marty? When you
gonna find yourself a nice girl and
settle down?" His anger and re-
sentment are ineffective, and his
strong feeling of inferiority only
succeeds in making him realize
that he is a "fat, ugly man." Only
in some deep part of him is hope
and this hope never dies.
* * *
AT A CROWDED ballroom,
where men come looking for pick-
ups and girls come for the same,
Marty meets a girl who is like him.
Clara is a mousy, unattractive
school-teacher, rapidly approach-
ing spinsterhood. She, too, has
almost lost hope. They meet, and
something wonderful, indefinable,
and touchingly beautiful develops.
The love and loveliness that are in
them suddenly appear, and there
comes a shy, delicate love for each
"Marty" is, in a certain manner,
a slice-of-life. There is no sham,
no phony glamour, and no blissful
attitude. It is the. story of many
people who are unwanted and un-
loved. It is ,a study of relation-
ships between the coarse and the
fragile. It isreal, and in the med
lium of motion pictures, that is ex-
-David Newman
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No N ew Yalta Theories


Associated Press News Analyst
THE PENTAGON report and General Mac-
Arthur's reply leave us just where we were
with regard to Russian participation in the
Japanese war and the price paid for it by the
The fact is that Roosevelt and Churchill
acted on military advice in trying to get Russia
into the war. The price they paid, in territory
that wasn't theirs and concessions of Chinese
rights without consulting China, can be argued
about all night. The military reports and Mac-
Arthur's statements do indicate that many
believed Russia would enter and take what
she wanted regardless of the concessions, and
that if the Allied leaders were giving away
something they didn't own, they also were
merely giving away something Russia was going
to have anyway.
Editorial Staff
Dave Baad .......................... Managing Editor
Jim Dygert ..,............................ City Editor
Murry Frymer ...................... Editorial Director

The implication, by omission of some of the
facts, that Russia entered only at the last
moment to seize unearned benefits, after fail-
ing to relay Japan's surrender feelers to the
Allies, is a distortion. Russia, for her own
reasons, didn't relay news of the Japanese
feelers, and it is quite possible she didn't want
peace before she could get to the front. But she
did enter the Far Eastern war three months
after the German surrender, as she had agreed.
THE MAIN failure of the Allied leaders was
in ignoring the fact that the things for
which Russia asked their approval were part
of a formula, made blatantly public over a long
period of years, for Communist conquest of all
As for the political gambits of the Mac-
Arthur-Democratic dispute over pre-Yalta and
post-Yalta details, neither side seems to have
made much hay. MacArthur still says he fav-
ored Russian participation immediately after
Pearl Harbor, cooled off on it by 1944 when
things were going to suit him in his own war,
and was merely pursuing the Yalta verdict in
his references to Russian entry thereafter.
The Pentagon report doesn't show that he
was asked or gave his advice directly in connec-
tion with Yalta, as the Democrats implied, and
he says he wasn't and didn't. As for what he
might have said had he been asked, we have
his word that he didn't want Russia then, and
you can't go behind that. The record shows
other military leaders were warming up and
then cooling off about Russian participation
from time to time, too.
Hindsight frequently interferes with what
historians select as the most pertinent part of a
given record, as well as with personal recollec-
tions of attitudes at given times. That makes
humans, but not liars, out of those involved.
All we can be sure of is that if Russia had
done what she was going to do anyway, without
Allied approval if necessary, the world would
have had notice, a year or so before it did, of
what it should have known all the time about
her postwar intentions.

Predicts SGC Wil l Realize Mistake


To the Editor:
PREDICTION: Before March ar-
rives, SGC will realize they
made a mistake by not passing a
motion which would allow them
a voice in solving the problem of
Deferred Rushing.
Some persons voting for Miss
Frank's motion, supported it be-
cause it was the best means for
getting little or nothing accomp-
lished in this area. Others who
naively believed that assigning
the matter to the housing groups
would aid its solution will discov-
er that the Fraternity House Pres-
idents, who certainly will review
any proposal of the study group,
will not give their blessing to any
recommendation which might be
constructive. Without determin-
ing whether Deferred Rushing will
benefit the newly arrived rushee,
it certainly won't benefit the fra-
ternities because the potential.
rushee would have a semester to
look around and be more objec-
tive in his decision whether to
Historically, the stand most ac-
ceptable to IFC is, "do nothing."
In the fall of 1951, IFC was given
the opportunity to handle the
problem of fraternity restrictive
clauses and accordingly appointed
a most competent study commit-
tee who agreed on a proposal
which they expected to recom-
mend to SL; but only after ap-
proval by the Fraternity House

to fraternities, the Fraternity
Presidents Conference will never
let it get back to SGC. Rather,
someone will present a substitute
to the effect that the problem can
be most adequately handled
through "extensive counseling and
education." And SGC will start
from scratch after many wasted
months; unless a majority of the
members are happy to have the
issue buried.
The groups most directly affect-
ed cannot be objective and they
will approach the problem with-
out regard to the help some other
system might give the rushee.
I am sure Dave Baad did not
present this matter because of a
feeling that Deferred Rushing
would give the fraternities much
needed aid; but you can be cer-
tain that anything approved by
the Fraternity Presidents confer-
ence will aid no one except them.
. -Mike McNerney, '57L
Public Protest. ..
To the Editor:
I WOULD like to register a pub-
lic protest against what I con-
sider to be a gross injustice done
to a group on this campus. Some
nights ago some girls did some
publicity for I-HOP in East Quad
and even-horror of all horrors-
had the audacity to chant a slo-
gan near some of the windows,
enabling some of the more in-

livered a lecture on the grave sins
involved in waking people up and
keeping them from studying. May
I revive an already much com-
mented-upon subject to make this
one observation-I think that the
1,00 men who ran like a herd of
elephants through the halls AND
ROOMS of the girls dorms on the
night of Sept. 30 no doubt kept
quite a few people awake and in
an atmosphere hardly conducive
to sanity, let alone study.
This when viewed in conjunc-
tion with the gentleman's own ra-
ther ludicrous pursuit of , these
girls bring to mind an adage about
people who live in glassshouses.
Seems to me I hear the sound of
splintering glass from the direc-
tion of East Quad.
-Irma Hopp, '57
Movie Guide
with Dirk Bogarde; (Orpheum);
British comedy; see review to-
Frederic March, Gloria Graham;
(Architecture Aud. tonight); Elia
Kazan drama of Communist cir-
MARTY with Ernest Borgnine;
(Weurth); famous realistic come-
dy-drama brought back again;
see review.


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