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Bipolar Thaw

Sixty-Seventh. Year

To The Editor

as -
hen Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"



Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.


Russian Election Observers
Deserve Reserved Welcome

THE UNIVERSITY is host today to three visi- On the other hand, though these gentlemen
tors whom we greet with mixed emotions. The are our guests and should be treated as such,
Russian delegation sent to the United States we do not forget that they represent a Soviet
by the Soviet government to observe the car- government whose aircraft and tanks are shoot-
paign and election are here to confer with ing down Polish and Hungarian patriots who
various members of the university community. would free themselves from foreign domination.
In one sense, that they have come is good Though they. may show an interest in the
and is indicative of an encouraging trend in substance and procedure of our elections, we
international affairs. The more contact┬░Ameri- do not forget that voting in the Soviet Union
cans can have with Russia, and vice versa, the is a meaningless mockery of the practice of
easier and sooner the barriers of misunder- democracy. Though they talk of international
standing will be broken down, and we hope that cooperation, we do not forget that they are
our guests learn something about Americans the delegates of A government imbued with a
during their stay at the University. philosophy of world domination.
The United States may have its faults, just
as any other nation, but nowhere in the world E DO NOT forget that a basic tent of this
can men hold their heads as high in freedom DOOTh forge that basrctn of thisvery
and ignty a thy cn. hre.We hpe his philosophy is the destruction 'of the very
and dignity as they can here. We hope this political system which they have come to osten-
point gets across. sibly observe and to learn something about.
AMERICANS, too, can learn much from the If our Russian guests are sincere in their
Russian visitors. In this day and age of efforts to know America and Americans and
mass propaganda, both internal and external, to transmit'this knowledge to the Russian peo-
misconception upon misconception cloud the ple, we bid them welcome. But they might
impressions of people in other parts of the remember that we greet them with expressed
world. The Americans who have the opportunity reservations.
to meet with the Russians may find that they -RICHARD HALLORAN
aren't such bad guys, after all. Editorial Director
Presidential Not Only Campaign

- -
'Cadillac' Tops in Entertainment

AS THE 1956 presidential campaign .draws
to a close, and the candidates finish their
last major speeches, one issue still remains
unresolved with many voters.'
While voters may have made up their minds
on the U-bomb proposals, the farm problem,
or the administration's role in the Middle East,
some may be neglecting the significance of
the coming congressional campaigns, over-
shadowed by front-page issues.
Political columnists and cartoonists picture
Eisenhower as the winning candidate, yet lost
without a Republican Congress.
And, while chances for an Eisenhower vic-
tory m y ie in a few key states, chances for
a Republican Congress rest with many voters
who "like Ike," but also like their Democratic
Congressional candidates.
Perhaps. an extreme example of this split
alliance is Cora Brown, Democratic state rep-
resentative, who gave her support to Eisenhow-
AMONG Republicans, refusal to vote a
straight party ticket certainly has justi-
fication; yet, the party programs and party
responsibility also deserve consideration.
Only with a Congress of the same party can

the blame or the praise of an administration's
programs be properly placed.
In this campaign, both Republicans and
Democrats take credit for programs which may
have been proposed by the administration, but
which may have received a fair percentage of
Democratic votes.
What is more important, however, is the
party programs, which Eisenhower supporters
endorse when they vote for the party's candi-
IN THIS light, it seems strange that Eisen-
hower supporters would also vote for a Con-
gressional candidate who would oppose the ad-
miiistration's policies.
Voting for a favorite Democratic congress-
man may show considerable interest in local
affairs, but may also partially defeat the vot-
er's purpose in choosing Ike as Chief of State.
Both these views carry good points, but
what carries the most significant point with
many Republican voters is not only whether
Ike will win, but to what extent his victory
will be achieved.
Without a Republican Congress, this victory
would be only half-won.

DIRECTOR Richard Quine has
proved himself one of Holly-
wood's more capable chauffeurs by
driving a theatrical venture titled
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" off of
the New York stage and onto a
soundtrack with nary a dent in
the fender. "Cadillac," thanks to
the efforts of Paul Douglas, Judy
Holliday and Abe Burrows who
has adapted the original script by
George Kaufman and Howard
Tiechmann, turns out to be a
flashy. convertible. #
Essentially, the film is a riotous
comedy which attempts to prove
that the 'little people' of the coun-
try really do have something to
say about 'big business' and this
point is made in a most enjoyable
manner. As Laura Partridge, a
ten-share stockholder, Judy Holli-
day. once again exhibits the envi-
able talent which won her so much
acclaim in "Born Yesterday." Her
comedy is about as subtle as a
nuclear weapon and just as devas-
tating. As always, she displays
the perfect sense of timing which
enables her to get maximum re-
sponse from every single phrase
and gesture.
* * *
AS MR. McIVER (a sort of semi-
disguised Charles E. Wilson) Paul
Douglas is alternately gruff, rude,
sympathetic and amusing. He
serves as perfect foil for Miss Hol-
liday's schemes.
The plot of "The Solid Gold
Cadillac" has been fairly well-
preserved with some of the spicier
moments and language deleted in

compliance with the Hollywood
Code. The action centers around
the minor hurricane caused by
Miss Partridge when she attends
a stockholders' meeting and com-
pletely upsets the dull routine by
interjecting a few pointed ques-
tions. The crooked Board of Direc-
tors (all excellently portrayed)
find her remarks rather embar-
rassing and decide to force her into
a laissez-faire attitude by appoint-
ing her Head of, Stockholder Rela-
* * *
Board and fortunate for the com-
pany that Miss Partridge takes her
job seriously and begins to create
a great deal of interest in organi-
zational affairs. She creates so
much interest in fact that the
Board holds a special meeting and
decides to send her on a good will
tour of the country in order to
keep her out of their hair. But
Miss Partridge is not to be fooled
and stops off in Washington to
level with McIver, the ex-president
of the company, who has been em-
ployed by the Defense Depart-
There follows in quick and de-
lightful succession, some amusing
moments in a Washington hotel, a
federal court hearing, and a stock-
holders' meeting in which Miss
Partridge's conscientious corres-
pondence with minor shareholders
definitely pays off.
Yet amidst all the comic com-
plexity individual identities are
never lost or degraded. Each char-

acter, McIver, Laura, the Board
members, and other employees
manage to emerge as well-defined
and extremely' human personali-
In spite of its name, there is
little of the aristocratic about this
non-cinemascope "Cadillac," yet it
has more horsepower than many of
the more expensive 1956 Holly-
wood models.
-Mary Lee Dingler
Stock Market
OILS, coppers, chemicals and
some steels paced a continued
stock market rise on expanded
volume yesterday.
Gains among international oils
ran over $4. Other pivotal issues
advanced fractions to $1 or so.
Aircrafts, however, took losses
as the prospect of U.S. involve-
ment, directly or indirectly, in the
Middle East conflict appeared
more remote.
The oils were early pacemakers
as brokers reported sentiment
that the long dispute over the Suez
Canal would be resolved soon and
the situation stabilized.
Further gains were made by
oils with big resources in the Mid-
dle East when an international
rumor that Presdient Nasser of
Egypt had resigned swept Wall
This was accompanied by re-
ported heavy buying of oil stocks
by "smart money" from Switzer-
land and Amsterdam.

Show Solidarity
To the Editor:
W EWHO at one time or another
have experienced the terror of
the communist power, would like
to express our indignation at
fraternization of any kind withj
the Soviet policy makers.
In our eyes, the three communist
representatives who are expected
in the city of Ann Arbor on the
3rd and 4th of November, and who,
through their posts in Moscow en-
joy enormous authority in the
Soviet Union and its Satellites, do
represent the oppressors of the
people behind the Iron Curtain. In
this time of the naked revelation
of the Soviet colonial policy, of the
heroic patriotism of the Hungarian
people, and of the restlessness
among the satellites, we feel it our
duty to stand at the side of the
oppressed rather than to counte-
nance their oppressors.
Peace is a word of a profound
significance and there is no doubt
in our hearts that all men on earth
are entitled to it. But as long as
the totalitarian government, whose
power stems from violence and
force only, is treated as an equal
to our own free-chosen American
government, there can be no per-
manent peace on earth. We should
'not forget that fostering good rela-
tionship with the Soviet govern-
ment,, means only one thing, a
refusal to admit that this Soviet
government is not the government
of the people, but of few criminal
elements and their faithful con-
spirators. And if we are honest
with ourselves, then even those of
us who at times fell for Soviet
smiles, should by now be able to
realize with all straight-forward-
ness the true nature of communist
People behind the Iron Curtain
of whom many of, us once were,
look toward the star of freedom
which we enjoy in our America.
Polish and Hungarian students
who so nobly and heroically sacri-
fice their young lives for a part of
that freedom which we have in
abundance, look for our under-
standing. But what do we give
them in return? . . . While they
lay down their lives for freedom,
we are engulfed in the squabbles
of everyday life.
Let us show our solidarity to
those whose destiny it was to die
for the common cause of liberty,
freedom and peace.
Let us demonstrate that the
ideal of our own liberty, attained
for us by our fore-fathers, has
not vanished from our hearts!
This week, we feel that through
a written or 'spoken expression of
protest against the arrival of the
three Soviet communist policy
makers you will perform your
mild share in the struggle of the
Hungarian students for freedom.
-Vera Fenerli
-C. Grant Pendill
and 12 others
Sympathy Expressed .. .
To the Editor:
AFTER seven long, long years
may I publicly express my
sympathy to the 'student, faculty
and townspeople would-be buyers
of tickets for sings, dances, plays,
concerts, etc. who come to the Ad-
ministration Building only to find
student activities windows un-
manned at hours well-advertised
by posters, newspapers and the
air waves? Since my protests have
been only cries in the wilderness,
I, suggest that the inconvenienced
turn their epithets, however, to-
ward committee chairmen and
members of the same. Good luck!
(Mrs.) Dorothy E. Legg
Receptionist, Gen. Adm. Bldg.
Open Immigration .
To the Editor:

SOMETIMES we Americans may
* feel that our political conflicts
are not always fought on the high-
est level or with the most honor-
able weapons, but the recent news
from Poland and Hungary should
make us conscious of how singu-
larly fortunate we are to live in a
land of relative freedom and de-
cency. In a few short days an
election will have terminated,
probably without any violence
worth mentioning in any part of
the country, and it will not be fol-
lowed by "confessions" or execu-
tions. How this must make those
Soviet "observers" of American
politics now in this country open
their eyes!
Other aspects of the anti-Rus-
sian revolt fill us with more mixed
feelings. We sympathize with the
heroic Poles and Magyars, as we
did in 1848 and on other occasions
in the past, but we are as powerless
to extend material aid now as we
were then. Our good intentions are
frustrated. We may cherish hopes,
but they have not yet ripened into
certainties. We have thus far been
unable to liberate even northern
Korea; how much more to set free
people who live under the very
wing of the Russian eagle.
One thing at least we can, and
should, do; and that is to open a
wider gate for the refugees from

Misuse of Office? .
To the Editor:
N ORIENTAL movie, "Vaga-
bond" was shown the other day
on the campus: The sponsors of
the movie deserve congratulations,
as it gave the students here a
rare opportunity.
It is to be regretted, however.
that they should have used the
name of the International Stu-
dents Association for the purpose
of publicity as well as seeking co-
operation from a number of stu-
dents. Such misrepresentation,
whether deliberate or not, may be
construed as a willful abuse of
the office of the President of ISA
who also happens to be a member
of the national- club sponsoring
the movie. It does not enhance.
to say the least, the prestige of the
office or the ISA.
One would wish that the Presi-
dent of our Association, like
Caesar's wife, always remains
above suspicion.
-S. S. Shah
-B. C. Desal
'Gold Dust Twins'?.. .
To the Editor:
A SPORTS article, entitled
" 'M' profile . . . Willie Smith,"
appeared in the "Michigan Daily"
of October 27, 1956. In this sports
feature, a passage appeared which
referred to footballers Willie
Smith and James Pace at the
"Gold-dust Twins."
In referrring to these two ath-
letes in this manner, Mr. Paul
Borman has shown small regard
for the feelings of these two fine
athletes or the feelings of mem-
bers of the racial group which
these men represent. Suh a car-
icaturization is a decided dis-
service to the athletes involved:
also, to the university with its
generally fair - minded faculty,
student body, and supporting cit-
Perhaps Mr. Borman made use
of his caricaturization without
comprehending its implications. If
that was the case, let him be re-
minded that the lareless use of
symbols and language in the press
can cause immeasurable harm in
the realm of human relationships.
Adoulphus Thompson, Grad.
Editor's Note: The term "gold dust
twins" is an already acknowledged
sports term and in absolutely no way
reflects on character. It is a compli-
mentary term used to denote out-
standing athletic value combined
with such a common factor as close
friendship or the same home town.
On Edits and Such .. .
To the Editor:
DURING the past few days, there
has arisen a minor huff about
the actions of a few hundred stu-
dents, who, rousing themselves
from the much-discussed student
apathy, roamed the campus in
costume demanding guns for
Arabs, etc.
Although the demonstration was
variously attributed to tension re-
lease, goofing off, and role play-
ing, it is curious to note that the
usual upholders of the good have
temporarily left their cloisters to
publish indignant protests.
While the nature of the student
demonstration may have been less
praiseworthy than, say, a spon-
taneous rally demanding a dorm
rent increase, still it has served
a useful purpose.
A large number of police, Uni-
versity officials, SGC politicians,
Daily editorial writers, and per-
fectionists have been idle lately
on this apathetic campus, and It
is good that these people should
be provided with an incident to
discyss debate, and deplore.
-David Kessel
Watch That Bie! . .
To the Editor:

IF THIEVERY is an inherent
human weakness the people of
this campus area should take some
strength increasing pills. It is
shameful in this age of the so
called intellectual collegg student
that we should have such a large
amount of stealing. We complain
about the bicycle problem but the
stealing of bikes is certainly not
the answer. Students I know are
afraid to leave their bikes in the
racks unattended. Even if the
bike is locked the thief will man-
age to take some removable part.
The answer to this problem, which
hits many people who can't afford
another bike, is more adequate
police protection. The:bike owner
must help himself and be more
vigilant and make sure his bike
is chained when he leaves it. We
must remember that this is not the
set of the movie bicycle thief but
a college campus.
-Alan M. Weinberg, '58
No Ear Plugs Wanted...
To the Editor:
I STRONGLY disagree with the
letter which you published in the
Sunday, October 28 Daily, entitled
"Ear Plugs, Anyone? . ."." The
caroling of the carillon bells atop
Burton Tower is both beautiful,



Cornell Pledge Encouraging

ONE OF the saddest aspects of fraternity
discrimination is that it is often forced on
fraternities that would prefer to choose their
members freely. Students seldom have the
right to decide for themselves who they want
to live with -- fraternity membership is de-
termined by "national policy."
And sadder still is that rather than defend
their right to determine with whom they shall
live, fraternity members instead of fight stu-
dent government and university efforts to in-
sure that right.,
Thus, it is particularly encouraging to note
that the Cornell Student Council has pledged
its support to any social organization that re-
sists efforts from without to enforce discrim-
ination. (Cornell's IFC and Panhel presidents
were on the committee which drew up the
Cornell Student Governmhent is moving in
the right direction.
Sigma Kappa, which served as the impetus
for Cornell's action, is a good example of fra-
ternity discrimination forced on member chap-
ters by the national.
4r M r' Zan Daily
Editorial Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
GAIL GOLDSTEIN..............Personnel Director
ERNEST THEODOSSIN..............Magazine Editor
JANET REARICK......... Associate Editorial Director
MARY ANN THOMAS................Features Editor
DAVID GREY......................... Sports Editor
RICHARD CRAMER...........Associate Sports Editor
STEPHEN HEILPERN........Associate Sports Editor
VIRGINIA ROBERTSON.......... .. Women's Editor
JANE FOWLER............Associate Women's Editor
RLINE LEWIS..............Women's Feature Editor
ERNON SODEN................Chief Photogtapher
Business Staff
DAVID SILVER, Business Manager
MILTON GOLDSTEIN.....Associate Business Manager
WILLIAM PUSCH .................Adertising Manager

Sigma Kappa national has so far exhibited
only bad faith and impudence. It was largely
the national's attitude which prompted Cor-
nell to act. Cornell students, including the sus-
pended Sigma Kappa chapter, decided that
their rights as students were more important
than the national officers.
That sort of student feeling hasn't been evi-
dent here. With the exception of SGC, which
has been moving patiently and strongly to-
ward a fair disposition of the case, students
have been slow to realize that the actions
of Sigma Kappa's national officers, both the
suspensions and the high-handed manner in
which they were executed, are an insult to
PROMINENT though it has become, Sigma
Kappa is only an example of-a much deeper
problem - the unwritten agreement to dis-
criminate, the racial and religious bias based
on "policy" and "tradition."
The unwritten agreement is the bias clause
gone underground for public relations. It pre-
vents the local group from choosing its own
members and is insidious in its hypocricy and
The unwritten agreement, refusal of soror-
ity alums to give needed recommendations to
girls of the wrong race or religion, and other
pressures designed to restrict membership
should outrage the sense of moral justice for
which students are supposed to be searching.
They should get students mad. Instead of de-
fending the right of nationals to impose mem-
bership restrictions, as they so often do, stu-
dents should be hollering for the right to live
with whom they want.
FEW STUDENTS look at it this way. First
loyalty goes to the national - what's left,
to the University.
Although IFC has dealt with bias clause
problems, neither IFC nor Panhel have de-
voted attention to the moral implications of
these other forms of discrimination.


'Bullfight' Powerful Documentary

" ULLFIGHT"is a remarkably
Bpowerful and thrilling docu-
mentary account of a sport and
an art which has alternately
shocked and excited Americans
in the past few decades.
The material in "Bullfight" is
made up largely of black-and-
white newsreels (from 1895 to the
present) and organized into three
segments: a brief historical view
of bullfighting, a step-by-step
analysis of the ritual and the
fighting, and a long look at the
work of Manolete, the world's
most famous and beloved mata,
dor. The tone throughout is one
of realism with an emphasis on
pictorial detail; and the narra-
tion, for once, seems less obstru-
sive than the usual breathless and
"isn't-this-quaint" commentary
that generally accompanies docu-
mentary films.
* * *
THERE IS, of course, something
implicitly fascinating in the dan-
gerous and rhythmic dance duel
between man and beast and some-
thing quite horrifying in the sight
of a great and powerful animal
finally sinking in defeat. Exactly
what this "something" is "Bull-
fight", fortunately, does not try
to explain too fully; and the an-
swer, which has never been really
concretely formulated, is still best
found in the shots of Manolete

fighters that Hemingway cap-
* * *
THERE IS a. flamenco back-
ground to make everything much
more Spanish and the photogra-
phy has that c quality of "being
there," which is undoubtedly what
the producers intended. Only
when it forgets the fighting and
romanticizes the fighters does
"Bullfight" lose some of its fas-

In addition, ,there is also the
feeling that this picture was pre-
pared especially for Americans:
the emphasis upon the killing
(never allowed on the American
screen before) and a tendency to
shock sometimes. As D. H. Law-
rence once observed, Americans
may hate bullfighting but they
feel compelled to witness it be-
cause "That's life." Indeed, he
may have been right.
I -Ernest Theodossin



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