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Elymlodiigan Bil
Sixty-Seventh Year


'Ruddigore' Well Done
In Every Respect
THOUGH it smacked more of bloodless satire than of "ruddy gore",
the Gilbert and Sullivan production at Lydia Mendelsohn auditor-
lum last night was a delight. Well staged and well acted, for the most
part, "Ruddigore" may be definitely counted a success.
The satiric melodrama, or melodramatic satire - take your pick-
spoofs anything and everything British, proper, and Victorian. Com-

"When 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.
Stevenson Retains Obligations
To New Democratic Party

ALTHOUGH Adlai Stevenson suffered a stag-
gering defeat at the hand of President Eis-
enhower, his capacity for service to the nation
is far from over.
This election was not a choice between the
lesser of two evils, for both candidates were
men of integrity, capable of raising the stan-
dards of American politics. It would be fair to
conclude that our government would be in safe
hands no matter who won.
Adlai Stevenson is too great a man to be
allowed to fade into political oblivion. In his
present position, as titular head of the Demo-
cratic party he has a real obligation.
IT TOOK Governor Stevenson four years to
rid the Democratic Party of the machine-
laden Truman, De Sapio leadership, and put
the reigns into the hands of the up and coming,
young; element.
This new blood is the hope of the Demo-
cratic Party. Mr. Stevenson, as its leader, has
an obligation to keep party leadership out of
hands of the corrupt "I told you so-ers". If
he fails, it will spell political doom for the

Realizing that his unprofessional tactics in
the 1952 campaign led to defeat, this campaign
was conducted under the influence of the big
party politicians. This approach also failed.
Therefore, he must take this opportunity to
once again assert his independence, and re-
vert back ot the intellectual high-road approach
he stood for before the campaign.
THE ELECTION results are a great tribute
to an individual, not to his party. This is
evidenced by the fact that for the first time
since the- initiation of our modern two party
system a president lost both houses of Con-
gress. A large segment, perhaps the majortity,
of the voters continue to have Democratic
leanings. Now is the time that forceful lead-
ership from the new, progressive, dynamic,
element in the Democratic party is most needed.
In his concession speech Governor Stevenson
stated his supreme confidence that "our cause
will ultimately prevail, for America can only
go forward.' It is up to. him to see that the
Democratic party goes forward and does not
lose the vision of his "new America."

State GOP Outlook Bleak

IE results of Tuesday's election finds Mich-
igan Republicans with practically riothing
to cheer about and staring into a bleak future.
The smashing victory of Gov. G. Mennen
Williams over Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo left
state Republicans stunned. They had counted
on Cobo's administrative achievements and
President Dwight D. Eisenhower's popularity
to thwart Williams' bid for an unprecedented
fifth consecutive term.
Instead, the handsome, bow tied governor
not only won by more than 280,000 votes but
also carried all five state ticket running mates
back into office over one of the best Republi-
can tickets ever presented to Michigan voters.
Had Williams not been running, the Cobo tick-
et would have probably won.
For the first time in several years, the Re-
publicans had an excellent campaign organiza-
tion. They turned out record Republican votes
in both Wayne County and outstate. However,
Williams' popularity, combined with the strong
influence of UAW leader Walter Reuther in
Wayne County, turned out even more Demo-
cratic votes.
REPUBLICANS are now shouting for state
chairman John Feikens' head. Feikens led
the Republicans to defeat in the spring elec-
tion, one they generally won. He was counting
on this state election to win re-election next

year. Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield
warned Feikens at the Republican National
Convention that his future would hinge on the
election results.
The only bright spot for the Republicans
came in extending their hold of the state legis-
lature that cost the Democrats two seats in
the House and one in the Senate. The victory
assured the Republicans of a 61-49 hold on the
House and a 23-11 lead in the Senate. The
results point to another two years of strife be-
tween Williams and the Republican-dominated
During the last two years Republicans were
hard-pressed to block much of Williams' legis-
lation in the House, where a small bloc of
"Young Turk" Republicans occasionally sided
with Democrats.
T HE WILLIAMS performance could not help
but stir speculation on his political future
which is widely credited to include plans to
take on Republican Sen. Charles E. Potter in
1958 and thereby give the Democrats control
of Michigan's two senatorial positions.
All evidence shows that no matter who heads
the Republican party in Michigan the Demo-
crats will have priority, over the state execu-
tive offices for several years as long as Wil-
liams is still on the political scene.

Forums, Freedom, Football

plete with an etiquette book and a
play with everything from ham
to hisses. Full of nonsense and
unintelligible songs, it moves from
the peaceful country village of
old Rederring to the echoing halls
of Ruddigore, with typically Gil-
bertian rapidity and ease.
Sweet Rose Maybud, darling of
the village is played sparklingly
well by Lynn Tannel, a veteran of
the Society's productions. Al-
though she, as well as many of the
other characters in the first act,
is engaged in an almost constant
struggle with the orchestra, her
voice is sweet enough and her face
innocent enough for any ingenue.
THE TWO male leads of the
play, John Klein and Herbert
Start, were not, however, quite so
effective. Klein, as Sir Ruthven
Murgatroyd, begins the play dis-
guised as Robin Oakapple, a young
farmer who is languishing in his
shy passion for dear Rose. Beg-
ging Start, his foster-brother Dick
Dauntless, to woo her in his place,
he loses his love and, at the end
of the act is forced to reveal his
true identity, as an accursed but
soft hearted villain to the shocked
inhabitants of the town.
Mr. Klein can act and his enun-
ciatory powers are remarkable, but
unfortunately his voice doesn't
seem to carry. Mr. Start, on the
other hand, is blessed with a voice
but little acting talent. Together,
however, they make a good pair
and the resultant combination is
pleasing enough to make the view-
er forget any individual inade-
The comic characters in the
play are happily endowed with
both singing and acting abilities.
Miss Marian Mercer, a lead in the
forthcoming MUSKET production
of BRIGADOON, gives Mad Mar-
garet, a sort of poor man's Ophe-
lia, an interpretation that is both
perceptive and hilarious. She dis-
tributes flowers gaily over the
stage with a completely unin-
hibited abandon and provides an
extraordinary foil for Sir Despard
Murgatroyd, who is also hilarious-
ly played by Dave Newman. These
two steal the show, as well as any
scene in which either one of them
happens to appear.
* * *
THE SCENERY and staging are
colorful and appealing. A chorus
of over-eager "professional brides-
maids," the unmarried girls of old
Rederring, are almost constantly
on the stage and ready to produce
at any moment, a number of stan-
zas on the pleasures of nuptial
Their best contribution to the
action is a sort of frantically con-
rolled sailor's hornpipe in the first
act, but both they and the men's
choruses are very well directed
and co-ordinated throughout the
play. Their pronunciation of the
nonsensical lyrics In the show is
understandable as well as spir-
The overall effect of the show is
one of color and of gaiety. In the
words of one of the choruses,
however," . .. my opinion doesn't
really matter." See it for yourself.
It's a treat.
-Jean Willoughby

Daily Staff Writer
STUDENT Forums are an actu-
ality at last.
Specified in the original Stu-
dent Government Council Plan,
but up to now ignored, Forums
are tentatively planned for once
a month. SGC members will dis-
cuss issues of concern to the Coun-
cil pro and con, and then debate
will be thrown open to the floor,
allowing students to express their
The first one, on "Is There a
Need for Student Government?"
will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29
in the Natural Science Auditorium.
Much as we're in favor of the
forum plan, the topic picked for
the first one is not a particularly
good one. There are few people
who will argue against the need
for student government, though
many might debate its functions
and jurisdiction. To hold true to
the original forum plan, the topic
should have been one more in
line with an issue SGC is facing
at present.
On Dec. 5, the Council will con-
sider Sigma Kappa. Wouldn't it
have been a better idea to debate
this question, which has so much
significance here at the moment?
* , *
National and International Af-
fairs Chairman Anne Woodard
read a letter from the Student

Council at the university in Graz,
These students, so close to the
Russian rape of Hungary, have set
up a group to aid Hungarian stu-
dents and refugees in their fight
for liberty. They collected money,
food, medical supplies and clothes,
which they gave to the Hungarian
Red Cross. At the border, which
they could not cross, they impro-
vised hospitals and temporary
homes for refugees. They need
money, and are asking American
University students for it.
In general discussion, Council
members offered two suggestions:
1) that SGC express its feeling
concerning the Hungarian Stu-
dents to our United Nations dele-
gation and 2) that the Council
not act until they receive more in-
formation on what is specifically
Last year's National Student
Association Vice-President for In-
ternational Affairs Clive Gray is
going to the revolution-torn area
to gather information.
Hungarian students and their
European friends have nowhere
else to turn for help but students
in the United States. Though we,
like students the world over, are
poor, we are probably a good deal
better off than most European stu-
dents. 'Hungary has lost this round
of its fight for freedom, but the
fight is universal and will go on.
And students are the ones who

should be most concerned about
the outcome of the battle.
* * *
weeks ago, SGC this week passed
a resolution against football games
over Thanksgiving vacation.
In agreeing with a resolution
passed by the Big Ten student
body presidents ("In the interest
of the students of the member
schools of the Big Ten, the presi-
dents of the student governments
of these schools vigorously protest
to the appropriate athletic boards
the future scheduling of football
games on the Saturday following
Thanksgiving Day."), SGC also
requestednthat the Board in Con-
trol of Intercollegiate Athletics
reconsider this scheduling and
that they make an effort to ini-
tiate a more satisfactory schedule
for future games.
Since football schedules are al-
ready worked out, at least tenta-
tively, as far in' advance as 1959
or '60, it seems likely that Thanks-
giving football games will be with
us for a few years. Also, the Ath-
letic Board, while not vitally con-
cerned with student opinion, has
probably given consideration to
such games, mainly because of
the profit loss they produce.
Now that football is Big Busi-
ness, Mammon reigns supreme.
And if he couldn't persuade the
Athletic Board to reschedule 'its
games, it seems doubtful that Stu-
dent Government Council can.

Union Jack, the characters fill the
Msic for
LAST night's concert by the
University of Michigan Sym-
phony Orchestra in Hill Auditor-
ium presented music for the un-
inhibited music lover. It was not
enough to grasp the architecture,
unravel the philosophy, or re-
call the genealogy of the composi-
tions. In all these aspects the 5th
Symphony of Tchaikovsky and
the tone poem "Don Juan" of
Richard Strauss could be called
rather unrewarding.
One has to possess an almost in-
toxicated enthusiasm towards the
barest muscial event in order to
comprehend these masterpieces
of the Romantic century. A pluck-
ing of the strings, a somber pro-
gression for the brass choir, or a
turn for the clarinet - these mi-
nute details of the web of sound,
if thought to be utterly worth-
while in isolation, will render the
work as a whole then so much
more meaningful.
* * *
element, however, the apprecia-
tion of which is fundamental in
the hearing of music such as "the
aforementioned. This is the simple
matter of melody.
Singable tunes, song-like themes
are not to be relegated to musical
comedy and the hit parade only.
They are not necessarily unsophis-
ticated, crude and out of place
in symphonic music. Let us not
be schizophrenics when listening
to the art of John Jacob Niles
and Harry Bellafonte on one and
to the works of Beethoven on the
other hand. There must be a uni-
fying continuity in our approaches
to these arts.
The Tchaikovsky work is full of
various kinds of tunes, stringed
one after the other, some medi-
ocre, some exquisite.
* * ,
FROM THE timid opening of
the Symphony No. 102 of Haydn,
the orchestra slowly found its
way into good ensemble, mellow
tone, and spirited interpretation.
"Don Juan" was well done, but
"Don Juan' was well done, but
the Tchaikovsky wasprobably bet-
ter. One would be tempted to
point out a few especially memor-
able spots or praise certain solo
players, but that would run coun-
ter to the goals we are trying to
The University Symphony Or-
chestra is a respectable ensemble
with a skilled conductor. Will it
be unfair to expect from it active
membership in the contemporary
musical scene by taking upon it-
self to offer its contribution to the
propagation of the new music of
our own America of today?
-Avo Somer
The Daily Official Bulletin is an of-
ficial publication of the University of
Michigan for which the Michigan Daily
assumes no editorial responsibility. No-
tices should be sent in TYPEWRITTEN
form to Room 3553 Administration
Building before 2 p.m. the day preced.
ing publication.

General Notices
Anyone who has rooms to rent for
weekends, contact the Union Student
Student Government Council.
Summary of action taken at meeting
of Nov. 7, 1956.
Approved: Minutes of previous meet-
ing. Plans for Nov. 9 Pep Rally. Lec-
' ture series, Dec. 10-14, sponsored by
Michigan Christian Fellowship. Glee
Club spring tour, April 5-14; Seattle,
Portland, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, San
Diego, Albuquerque, Chicago.
' Mechanical Engineering Club granted
recognition. American Rocket Soci-
ety, Student Chapter, granted recog-
nition, subject to approval of con-
stitution in one week's time.
Announced: Student Forum, Nov. 29
"Is there a need for Student Gov-
Adopted: Motion - Student Govern-
ment Council recommends to the
student body that each member give
serious consideration to goals and
principles of Moral Rearmament and
encourages the presentation of its
plays on the University campus; and
that the Campus Affairs Committee
bearesponsible for the practical im-
plementation of this motion includ-
ing selection and'approval of physi-




Demonstrations vs. Forums


THROUGH the suppressed and censored news
of riots, revolt, and conquest in Hungary
comes a report, showing feelings of Hungarian
college students and what they think fellow
American students should do regarding the cur-
rent conflict. The report quotes a letter from
members of a national Hungarian revolution-
ary student council of The Technical Univer-
sity of Sopron. It read:
"Dear Friends:
"We thank you with full hearts for the
sympathy and support you have shown for
our fight for freedom against Soviet ag-
gression and communist despotism. For you
sons of the free world, it is almost impos-
sible to imagine the diabolical world of in-
quisition and torture or oppression, or
murder, or the lies to which we have been
"Help us with your words, your demon-
strations, your petitions, your resolutions."
The letter was signed "J. Hegedues," for
students of the Technical University of Sopron.
Monday, two days after the letter was written,
Sopron was over-run by Soviet tanks and oc-
cupied by Russian troops.
ONE wonders how American University stu-
dents will respond to such a message. Help-
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 FOW"ER............. Associate Women's Editor
ARLINE L'WIS...............Women's Feature Editor
JOHN HIRTZEL ....................Chief Photographer
Business Staff
DAVID SILVER, Business Manager
MILTON GOLDSTEIN.....Associate Business Manager
WILLIAM PUSCH..................Adertising Manager

ing Hungarian students by "words . . . peti-
tions . . . resolutions" is all well and good,
even though such action may not stir up feel-
ings and incite United States government to
interfere in Hungary and aid the cause of the
revolution. Forum-type meetings which thor-
oughly discuss the stiuation and generally edu-
cate participants and spectators to the actual
state fo affairs would be better and have a
definite place in the University community.
The point to be seriously considered is that
of demonstrations. Can demonstrations con-
cerning the Hungarian situation serve a useful
Zechariah Chafee, Jr., author of "Free
Speech in the United States," claims "Outdoor
public assemblies have a special function in
the field of expression that is fulfilled by no
other medium . . . the informal character of
the outdoor meeting is often of advantage in
developing questions and answers - one of
the best ways of forming public opinion.'
Outdoor assemblies are democratic and do
create a useful purpose in giving rise to the
free flow of diverse opinions concerning some
pre-determined subject.
FREQUENTLY, however, what starts out as
a rational public meeting or demonstration
soon develops into an emotional harangue, a
harangue which can get out of control, thus
benefiting no one. Such riotous meetings serve
little purpose except to cause damage and hard
feelings; they have no place in American uni-
versity communities.
Rational meetings, discussing issues with
use of reason, are to be encouraged. Let's have
more of them.
New Books at the Library
Bellonci, Maria - O Prince of Mantua; The
Life and Times of Vincenzo Gonzaga. Trans-
lated by Stuart Hood; NY, Harcourt Brace,
Blesh, Rudi - Modern Art U.S.A., Men, Rebel-
lion, Conquest 1900-1956; NY, Knopf, 1956.
Botein, Bernard - The Prosecutor; NY, Si-
monSchuster, 1956.
Chase - Guides to Straight Thinking; NY,
Harper, 1956.
Tnil T-rrv Caph y n-. Phil a

Manners, Complacency, Imperialism Deplored


Good Manners?
To the Editor:
T IS ALWAYS a rather precar-
ious thing, in matters which
generate some heat, to speak of
good manners, tact and' tasteful-
ness. Yet I must voice my rather
sharp protest against the behavi-
or of nearly all concerned in the
recent matter of the treatment
accorded recent visits from Russia.
So far as I can gather, these
were official guests of the United
States and of the University (or at
least of the Political Science dept.)
It is quite beyond my comprehen-
sion of civility, therefore, that
they were accorded such ill-treat-
ment by the hosts. Nothing, of
course, can be said against those
people who demonstrated against
them; it is their right and privi-
lege. But certainly, the University
could have prevented the demon-
stration on the campus and in the
Union. Surely, one does not invite
guests, and the nsit by idly while
they're being insulted in one's own
There is also the matter of the
editorial written by one of your
editors. In general, your policy of
permitting any one of your edi-
tors to write whatever he pleases,
is a good policy. I'm afraid, how-
ever, in this instance, that a seri-
ous blunder was made. The edi-

r to speak for anyone but himself;
yet, the tone of his edtiorial was
such that he clearly gave the im-
pression he spoke for many. ho
are these many? I am quite sure
he did not speak for me.
I do not agree we should have
greeted the Russians with "cool-
ness and reservation". I do not
have to agree with someone in
order to be polite and tactful; par-
ticularly if it is someone whom. I
hope to teach by my own example.
It is only because Mr. Halloran
believes the Russians to be incor-
rigible in every sense of the word
that he behaves as he does. His
proof of this consists only in the
regurgitation of all our cold war
The fact is, however, that things
have changed - in Russia as well
as here. The change is, of course,
still not what we should like; but
then, there is no reason why we
have to like the Russians, or they
us - all we need is to keep our-
selves from acting upon a zeal to
destroy them and us. And this -.
we may still believe - can be best
accomplished by talk. But how
can we talk if we insist only upon
shouting and insulting?
-Philip W. London
(Ed. Note: With reference to Read-
er London's charge of speaking for
others, it is pointed out that Daily
editorials express the opinions of the
writer only. No editorial writer pre-

of its corollaries, is no doubt re-
peated a thousand times a day in
the kept press of North America,
and in my seven years of Daily
reading I have certainly seen it
many dozens of times.
To me it is irresponsible, and I
suggest that a writer who uses it,
in this case Halloran, be prepared
to demonstrate just how we have
more "freedom and dignity" than,
specifically, the people of Norway,
Sweden, Denmark, Britain, Bel-
gium, France, Switzerland, Aus-
tralia, New Zealand, Mexico, Uru-
guay or Israel.
What justifies this smugness?
The Smith Act, the McCarran
Act? Denial of basic freedoms and
insults to dignity by congressional
inquisitors? The firing of teach-
ers? The reign of Jim Crow?
Can we hold our heads high for
the 30 million citizens living in
families making less than $2000
a year? For the right-to-scab
laws? For the domination of our
economic life by huge, mergerized
What dignity is served by mono-
lithic advertising and public re-
lations firms which blanket the
land with vulgar billboards and
the mind with puerile inanities?
Is it in the interests of freedom
to spend tens of billions of dollars

cency, no doubt in many cases
without knowing what they do.
-Jack Danielson
Unashamed Record .. .
To the Editor:
IN HIS letter to the editor, Tom
Boulton was trying to denounce
his fellow citizens for attacking
the United Kingdom on its bar-
barian action against Egypt. This
denunciation does not concern me
at all. But as an Egyptian, I was
extremely shocked by his saying,
"We British need not be ashamed
of our record in the Middle East in
the past, nor need we be ashamed
of our present action.''
As regards their record in the
past, I need not show that the
present explosive situation in the
Middle East is the outcome of
their so-called unashamed record,
a record which reflects the at-
tempts to stop an old "Empire"
from fading, a record which clear-
ly shows the thinking of a sick-
minded Government that is still
trying to live in the Victorian era.
So, I would like to awaken this
fading "Empire" from its sleep
before it is too late.
As regards their present action
in Egypt, I would like to remind
the United Kingdom and the so-
called "big power" France that
their influence in the Middle East
is conmnletlv finished. The Evn-



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