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"When Opinions Are Free
Trutb 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.

SGC on Editorial Freedom:
Fallacy in Basic Thinking

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'Back From Eternity'
Has Level of Suspense
ONE HANDY, stand-by formula for a motion picture plot since
Hollywood started making films has always been: take a group of
people, put them underunusual conditions, stir well, and see what
happens. "Back From Eternity" tries it out in the jungle.
An airliner is caught in a severe tropical storm and is forced to
make 4 crash-landing in "one of the most isloated areas of the world."
Not only is the area unexplored, but it's unexplored for a good reason-
an unfriendly tribe of headhunters live there.
** * *
THE PASSENGERS and crew of the airplane are an unusual group.
There is 9, good good-girl and a god bad-girl, a rich boy with bad
manners and a detective with worse manners, a racketeer's assistant
taking care of the boss's little boy, a professor and his wife, a drunken
pilot, and an assassin.
Stir well and throw in a pinch or so of nervous head-hunters and

THE DAILY'S function as a newspaper was
called into question Friday by Student Gov-
ernment Council.
SGC's resolution "disapproving of The Daily's
action" in endorsing five candidates for Council
posts was allegedly not a question of The Daily's
As The Daily realizes its own right to express
its opinion, it also recognizes SGC members'
right to their opinions. There are, however,
fundamental fallacies in the thinking on the
Council's censure action.
Of basic seriousness is the fact that a govern-
mental organization, albeit a student one, is
attempting to make a stab at freedom of the
press-this in spite of claims to the contrary by
backers of the resolution.
]TIE RIGHT of the press to comment objec-
tively and editorialize responsibility on the
actions, ideas and stands of any individual,
public organization or government has always
been a tenet of democracy. To the end that
the press exercises this right responsibly and
accurately, slander and libel laws have been
But no democratic government is on good
grounds when it questions editorial freedom
outside the limitations of libel, slander and
good taste.
If SGC does not-as it claims-question the
right of editorial freedom on the part of the
Senior Editors of The Daily, what does it ques-
tion? Nowhere has SGC clearly stated what
is being disapproved.
.Does it question the Senior Editors' integrity?
Their sincerity? Their motives? Their respon-
sibiilty? Their accuracy? Their journalistic
If so, why does SGC not state specifically how
it believes The Daily has violated its editorial
rights? Why does it not state why the backing
of competent Council candidates-in the opin-
ion of the Senior Editors - is an abuse of that
right? What is the danger in the "precedent"
of backing such candidates?
BEFORE PASSING the censure resolution,
SGC rejected repeated pleas for answers to
these questions. Instead it self-righteously
called for a "re-evaluation" by the Senior
If the Senior Editors believed now or at any

time that there is any question of right to
back candidates or of the ability to do so
responsibly, accurately and fairly, this "re-
evaluation" would have been made before
publication of the editorial and it would not
have appeared.
Tuesday's Senior Editorial was published
toward the end of good government, in the
belief that good government can be had only
through the election of competent representa-
tives. In this respect, The Daily not only has
the right, but a responsibility, to express its
opinion in SGC elections if it is to fulfill its.
function in the community of commenting
about and stimulating thinking on topics of
concern to the University.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY, guided by its Senior
Editors, will continue to comment and edi-
torialize responsibly until a reasonable pre-
sumption is raised as to its inability to do so.
Then, and only then will there be a re-
evaluation, not at the command of student
government, but on the initiative of The Daily
and its editors.
Editorial Director
Michigan Marching Banc
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Deserves 'Well Done'
THE MICHIGAN Marching Band is so well-
drilled, spectacular, and musically outstand-
ing that it gets much deserved praise.
At the end of the home season, however, we
would like to add our note of appreciation.
For seven Saturdays, \ichigans fans have been
treated to rousing and colorful pre-game, half-
time, and post-game musical shows. Putting on
these extravaganzas takes careful, painstaking
planning, hours of hard practice, and a willing
spirit by all concerned.
The results certainly give evidence of the
effort put into each Saturday's performance.
Indeed, we sometimes wonder, with a bit of a
guilty conscience, if we go to the Stadium to
see the ball game or to be entertained by the
At the end of the season, then, a word of
thanks. Well Done, Band,
-R. H.

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Soviet Volunteers in the Middle East

THE President's statement about
Russian "volunteers" in Egypt
cannot fairly or reasonably be in-
terpreted as an attempt to avoid
American responsibility and to
pass the buck to the United Na-
tions. There are no doubt men
in Washington who would like to
do just that. But it could not be
done in this case even if we want-
ed to do it. For if the UN allows
a force of Russian volunteers to
be organized in Egypt and Syria,
it will be a disastrous blow to the
United States. But it would be a
fatal blow to the United Nations.
So we must read the President's
statement as a call upon the
United Nations to seize the prob-
lem which has been brought into
the open by Egyptian and Rus-
sian declarations about volun-
teers: What would be the position
of the UN if, after demanding
Russian withdrawal from Hungary
and British and French with-
drawal from Egypt, it allowed a
Russian army to enter Egypt and
Syria? The President is entitled
to say that he is going to work
through the UN because he has
a right to insist that the issue is
one which the UN cannot evade.
* * *
IT GOES WITHOUT saying that
the trained military personnel
that Nasser and the Soviet gov-
ernment have been talking about
are not in any true sense of the
word volunteers. They could not
be recruited, equipped, and trans-
ported to Egypt except by the So-

viet government. It is inconceiv-
able that the Soviet government
would not have the final say as
to how, where, and when they
were to be used. There can be no
doubt that, once established in
the Middle East, this Russian
force would have the power to
make and to unmake the Arab
governments, and thus to dom-
inate the whole region.
The question is not one which
can be disposed of by resolutions
which do no more than to ex-
press an opinion. The question is
w h e t h e r, Great Britain and
France having withdrawn from
Egypt, the UN, will permit Rus-
sia to enter Egypt.
* * *
THE LATEST reports available
as this is written suggest that both
in Cairo and in Moscow there is
a disposition not to plunge ahead
with the volunteer business. The
President's first warning must
surely have had something to do
with this. Moreover, as the with-
drawal of the Anglo-French forces
is assured, there is no reason
which the Soviet government can
publicly avow to justify the send-
ing in of its own so-called vol-
This is a very considerable gain.
But we have no right to suppose
that the Soviet government is,
therefore, giving up the idea of
creating a Soviet military force
in the heart of the Middle East.
There is much credible evidence,
uncovered through the capture of
Egyptian documents and an ex-

amination of the captured Rus-
sian munitions in Egypt, to indi-
cate a strong probability that a
Russian military base is being
prepared. The evidence indicates
that military supplies have been
shipped into Egypt to await the
later arrival of the volunteers,
that is to say of the Soviet per-
FOR THE MOMENT is may be
that the occasion has passed when
the Soviet government will move
a great mass of volunteers into
Egypt. But the world must reckon
with the probability that such
personnel will be coming, never-
theless, coming quietly and in
small numbers over a period of
This means that the United Na-
tions police force has a long tour
of duty ahead of it. It will have
to do more than to supervise the
British, French and Israeli with-
drawal. It will have to do more
than to deal with the Arab-Is-
raeli border problems.
There is a great vacuum of
power in the Middle East which
was created by the original with-
drawal of the British from Suez
in 1954. Nasser has tried to fill
that vacuum. But Nasser's Egypt
is not a great power, and Nasser's
role in the history of the Middle
East has not been to create the
Pan-Arab empire he talks about.
His role has been to open the door
of the Middle East to the Russian
1956 New York Herald Tribune Inc.

you have the standard possibilities
to the
Something to Say . .
To the Editor:
THE SPEECH assemblies which
supposedly provide the speech
student with some insight into
speechmaking from the technical,
as well as ideological side have this
year exhibited an extreme incom-
Anyperson or persons who de-
sire to use the time and attention
of an audience must have some
justification. They must have
something to say, and they must
be able to say it. It must be crea-
tive in the .sense that it provides a
springboard for new, meaningful
thought and action. Only thus will
an audience communication be
achieved. Nothing can, of course,
be done by muddled expression and
all speech requires the tools of
effective technique. But it must
never be forgotten that the core
of any speech lies in what it says.
From the above standpoint the
two assemblies can be said to have
provided nothing in the way of
stimulus for thought. The first
lecture under the hypocritical and
misleading title: "Thoughts on a
Great American Institution," pro-
vided no semblance to any mental
activity whatever; it became a
favorable but rather corny and
repetitious recital of the index of
the "Congressional Record."
The more recent debate was
equally dismal. One wonders what
is consequental in the topic:
"Should Semi-Professional Foot-
ball be Permitted at State Univer-
sities," when either alternative
presents the same picture of 'ex.-
F.B.I.' enforcement agencies pre-
venting football from becoming too
big. The meaningfulness or cre-
ativeness of such a question in an
academic institution is not evi-
Let us hope that the future
course o the speech department
will be set towards more meaning-
ful activities. It is also hoped that
they will select their performers
with at least some regard for tech-
nical competence, which has not
been demonstrated so far.
-Olgerts Puravs, '57
One Remaining . .
To The Editor:
fegarding the editorial of Thurs-
day, November 15, we of the
J.G.P. Central Committee would
like to correct your statement
"An old institution meets its de-
mise in the opening of tonight's
sophomore show." The idea of
student-written, student directed
I programs has long been exis-
tent. "
Junior Girls Play has been pre-
sented every year since 1904 and
it is the only "student-written
and student-produced" show with
this record on the University of
Michigan campus, including the
Union Opera.
Contrary to any other show on
campus this year, J.G.P. will be
a full length musical comedy that
has an original script and music.
The show will be presented at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in
March and we sincerely hope that
you will be present to enjoy an
old "not-forgotten" tradition in
Junior Girls Play.
-J.G.P. Central Committee

of a first-rate or third-rate picture.
If you can't tell what's going to
happen or who's going to get his
within the first ten minutes,
chances are favorable for a pretty
exciting show.
There's only one interesting
character in "Back From Eter-
nity," and that's Rod Steiger's
assassin. Apparently a scholar of
some kind, the assassin has taken
a shot at a local dictator and un-
fortunately missed, managing only
to kill the minister of war. He is
being brought back by the detec-
tive to be executed.
* * *
STEIGER is an actor of much
ability and creates a character
that shows up most of the others
pilot is at least underplayed, and
as only standard. Robert Ryan's
pilot is at least underplayed, and
Gene Barry's rich boy is exactly
what you might expect.
Happily for Miss Ekberg, none
of her luggage was damaged in
the forted landing and she is able
to sport her well-stocked wardrobe
even in the jungle. This is fortu-
nate, since neither her dialogue nor
her delivery are rewarding.
"Eternity" does build up a level
of suspense that in part overcomes
some of the film's lesser acting ef-
forts . Rod Steiger's performance is
- sure and helps immensely in bring-
ing some distinction to an other-
wise ordinary film.
-Culver Eisenbeis
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 sentin TYPEWRITTEN
form to Room 3553 Administrato
Building before 2 p.m. the day preced.
ing publication.
VOL. LXVII, NO. 50 e
General Notices
Thanksgiving Holiday. All offices and
service departments of the University
will be closed on Thanksgiving Day,
Nov. 22, and will resume operations o
Fri., Nov. 23. Heating Plant and emer-
gency maintenance operations will op-
erate on the regular holiday basis.
League House Payments: Payments
for board and room for the second
half of the fall semester are to be
made by Mon., Nov. 19 in all League
Student Recital by Howard T. How-
ard, French Horn, assisted by Nlita
True, piano, Sheila McKenzie, violin,
Robert Rickman and Jean Harter,
violas, and Harry Dunscombe, cello,
8:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18, in Aud. A,
Angell Hall. Compositions by Ravel,
Donato, Haugiand, and Mozart; open
to the general public without charge.
Composers Forum Program, 4:30 p..
Mon. Nov. 19, in And. A, Angell Hall.
Compositions by Boris Blacher, Don-
ald Foster, Alexander Post and Sey-'
mour Aitucher, performed by George
Crumb, Donald Foster, James Ed-
munds, piano;, Sally Baird, flute;
william Donahue, clarinet; Sheila Mc-
Kenzie and Marjorie Crampton, violin,
Robert Rickman, viola, and Cynthia
Kren, cello. Open to the public.
Special Carillon Recital, 12:15 noon,
Tues., Nov. 20; Milford Myhre, graduate
student in the School of Music, and
five members of the percussion nec-
tion of the Michigan Band under the
direction of James Salmon, will per-
from three 18th Century Flemish
marches, and Victory Rhapsody by Per-
(Continued on Page 8)

Solving Parking Problem

WE HERE IN ANN ARBOR can little affect
the giant problems of the day - the Hun-
garian bloodbath and the Suez maelstrom - but
let us at least solve the local problems within
our sphere, problems like the scarcity of park-
ing space.
Blame for the present lack of parking space
within the campus vicinity can be leveled at
three places. First, student complaints have
failed to reach the ears of the powers that be.
Second, the administration, trying to wrestle
with a university which is growing like a 15
year old boy is finding it difficult to be far-
sighted, the short-run crises being so legion.
Third, the City hasn't thought it their respon-
sibility to be sympathetic with student prob-
First, Karl D. Streiff, administrator of student
driving, said, "We haven't been getting com-
plaints on sufficient student parking and this
off ice doesn't recognize that students have
parking problems."
Two other University administrators and a
City official remarked that they recognized a
parking scarcity for both students, faculty and
residents. Why hasn't Streiff been informed
of it? He is the man most directly concerned
with student driving problems.
Blame for this should consist of an indict-
ment of methods by which student opinion can
be expressed on this campus, not of Streiff.
SGC has not issued a word about its work in
this area, if it is doing something. Whether
students have been hesitant to take the prob-
lem to the Council or whether the Council has
failed to act on student complaints is not
known. Either case would point up a short-
coming in SGC.
Editorial Staff

ECOND, what the administration is doing
isn't clear. Streiff revealed the University
has no special student parking lots now, won't
have any this year and isn't planning any yet.
Francis C. Shiel, administrator of faculty
and staff parking, said University policy has
been to use some property only temporarily for
parking, then to build on it. This has resulted
in the loss of 500 spaces in the last year-140
for the Undergraduate Library and 360 at the
site of the new women's dorm.
Does this mean that what parking facilities
are left on this campus now will be soon liqui-
dated in favor of new buildings?
That parking needs are here to stay should be
noted well by the administration. There will
be no excuse for any parking lack on North
Campus. Now is the time to make permanent
plans for it.
Student drivers will pay More than $12,000
of this year's student driving fees which are
earmarked for a parking facilities reserve. No
plans have been made yet to spend this money
although a glaring shortage exists. Would it not
be farsighted to begin spending this money now
to alleviate a constantly deteriorating situation?
SjTUDETS can expect a statement concerning
student parking facilities soon from Vice-
President of Student Affairs James A. Lewis.
He's a plugger for student needs and we can
expect something satisfactory from him.
Third, the city hasn't been particularly sym-
pathetic with student problems and perhaps
they shouldn't be. Talk now is that they* will
expand their ban of on-street parking between
the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Some say this
will apply only to the campus area. This should
not be tolerated by students. SGC should have
a representative plead our case before the Ann
Arbor City Council immediately before they
pass a motion which would aggravate an al-
ready intense problem.
That is the problem. The solution-awareness
and action by SGC and the University adminis-
tration, plus understanding by the City.
WE REGRET that Tito continues to maintain
that he must approve the Soviet slaughter
of Hungarians these past two weeks. But the
political bombshell Tito has now exploded
increases the likelihood that the death of the
Hungarian martyrs will not have been in vain.
For all that Tito exaggerates the role of "re-
actionaries" in the Hungarian revolution, he has
told the world that revolution is a struggle of
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'Jack'-This Year's TV Giant

Daily Television Writer
A YEAR AGO last May, Show-
case Productions Inc. made
television magic with their pre-
sentation of "Peter Pan." At that
time they were assisted by a little
boy who never wanted to grow up,
a little star by the name of Tink-
erbell and a mean old pirate cap-
Last Monday night this same
group once again created tele-
vision magic. This time they had
the assistance of another little
boy, a cow, a bag of beans, a bean-
stalk and a mean old giant.
"Jack and the Beanstalk" was
one of the finest productions ever
seen on television. It was by far
the best original musical to ever
be presented for the televiewing
public. And it out-Trendexed Am-
erica's most popular television pro-
gram, "I Love Lucy."
* * *
JOEL GREY played the title
role and finally was able to prop-
erly show off his talents. Grey has
been in television for some time,
but never previously had the
chance to demonstrate his musi-
cal-comedy abilities. He was on
the "Comedy Hour" a few times.
And he was under exclusive con-
tract to ABC for a while and never
did one show for them during their
entire association. It seems that
they couldn't find a proper out-
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both "Peter Pan" and "Jack and
the Beanstalk." His portrayal of
the peddler last Monday night
hightlighted this show as his char-
acterization of "Captain Hook"
did for "Peter Pan" in its two
television showings.
* * *
FOR ONCE, an original musical
for television had good original
music. The reason for this is quite
simple-they hired two of the
firest songsmiths to write it.
Helen Deutsch wrote the lyrics
(and also the television adaptation
of the story). Miss Deutsch wrote
both the book and lyrics for "Lili"
and has written such movies as
"I'll Cry Tomorrow," "The Glass
Slipper," "King Solomon's Mines,"
and "National Velvet." Jerry Liv-
ingston composed the musical
score. His credits include "Wake
the Town and Tell the People,"
"Mairzy Doats" and "Baby, Baby,
Jack and the Beanstalk should
be one of those television pro-
grams that are repeated each
year. It has the same inherent
factors as the others in this group,
a story of fantasy that appeals
both to adults and children.
* * *
IT IS in this field that televis-
ion may finally bring some com-
petition to Walt Disney. Some of
the best shows have been of this
variety, and they have proven very
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You Trust Your Wife?" will exit
if no new sponsor can be found.
And "The Most Beautiful Girl in
the World" not only will set the
record as being the most publi-
cized shortest running show in the
history of television. It will not
be seen, at least for the present
This was the show that was built
up by the producers of the "$64,-
000 Question" as being "this year's
big quiz show." The top prize was
to be $250,000. It was supposed to
start in September, but was post-
poned because they couldn't find
a proper emcee. Finally the pro-
ducers picked their own Hal March'
and the show was to begin a few
weeks ago. But because of the
many political programs they de-
cided to hold off the premiere.
Now they have decided to forget
about the whole idea. Which may
be the best thing that has come
out of all of these "big" decisions.
BUT ALL is not so cheery from
the quiz show front. CBS has an-
nounced that "You're On Your
Own," a new type of audience par-
ticipation show will begin on De-
cember 22. Participants' rewards
are based on their own resource-
fulness-not on their knowledge
of any particular subject. The an-
swers to all questions are to be
found somewhere in the television
studio-in a directory, telephone
book. record album. etc.. all of


by Dick Bibler


Editorial Director

City Editor

GAIL GOLDSTEIN..................Personnel Director
ERNEST THEODOS'.IN.............. 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
ARLINE LEWIS..............Women's Feature Editor
JOHN HIRTZEL ...................Chief Photographer
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