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"Darnedest Game ,I Ever Saw"

Sixty-Seventh Year

"When Opinions Are Free
Truth Wll Prevail"

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.
Lecture Committee Study
Justified Despite Student Apathy

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DePaur Opera Gala
A Mxedlessing
LEONARD DePaur has traded his famous Infantry Chorus in for a
somewhat more mixed group of singers, several soloists, and an or-
chestra. This organization, named DePaur's Opera Gala, presented
last night a program of music not often heard in Ann Arbor.
"Four Saints in Three Acts", by Virgil Thompson, with libretto by
Gertrude Stein, is an unjustly neglected work. Even the long playing
record of Four Saints, which was released by RCA a few years ago,,
has been withdrawn. But for all its obscurity and musical simplicity,
Four Saints. is a composition which deserves attention; it is all very
The performance of Acts I and III of Four Saints heard last night
compares favorably with the recording mentioned above; the soloists'
were all excellent, and the orchestra managed to be not conspicuously
" * s
ACT I, SCENE 3 of Carmen Jones did not fare quite so well. This
work is somewhat adulterated at best, what with so many hands in the
pie. The music is by Bennett-Hammerstein-Bizet; the script by Ham-

IESPITE the paucity of cries for revision
of the University's parental lecture ban,
there are basic principles which any study of
the ban should consider.
In order to use University facilities, any off-
campus speaker must be cleared by the Lec-
ture Committee, a five-member faculty board
with two non-voting student members. This
board, through an informal procedure, deter-
mines the degree of "safety" or advisability in
student organizations' requests to bring speak-
ers to campus.
Since the origin of the Lecture Committee,
there have been few cases in which an organ-
ization's request has been refused. It is also
true that the student body has not been par-
ticularly concerned about the powers of the
Lecture Committee.
Nor has there been any sentiment in favor
of bringing a speaker to campus whose past
utterances might render him "unsafe" in the
eyes of the Committee. It is even doubtful if
an organization could be found that would
sponsor such a speaker, let alone ask the Lec-
ture Committee for permission.
BUT THE FACT that there is no apparent
desire to have a change in present pro-
cedures does not mean there is no need for a
change. Change can be supported from two
standpoints: questionable setup and procedures
of the present committee; and the inconsis-
tency of the ban with educational philosophy.
The workings of the present Committee have
for the most part been informal and unorgan-
ized. When decisions are made with regard to
speakers, the whole committee is not always
consulted. Often, one person makes the deci-
There also is no provision for rotation of
membership on the Lecture Committee, a prin-
ciple which has been applied in other Uni-
versity committees and which has constantly
supplied these committees with fresh ap-
proaches to their respective areas. Several of

the members have been on the Committee al-
most since its inception.
While the faculty has been fortunate enough
to receive representation on the Committee,
rotation or not, the students have no effec-
tive means of expressing their opinions. If
there have been any meetings this year, the
students have not been informed of them.
What they would do when they got there is
doubtful since they have no vote.
Thus the setup and procedures of the lec-
ture Committee are open to question. As for
the Regents by-law which provides for the
Committee, there is also need for serious study.
THE UNIVERSITY must necessarily be con-
cerned with its stature as a public institu-
tion supported by the taxpayers of the State
of Michigan. It must constantly prove that it is
serving the interests of the public.
But we would suggest that there is greater
question as to whether it is serving his public
interest by restricting unpopular, controver-
sial, unsafe viewpoints than when it does not
restrict these views. A temporary submission
to public hysteria, in this case, concern over
subversives, may lead to permanent impait-
ment of the University's internal well-being
and external prestige.
It is precisely during times of conformity
and agreement that a University should exer-
cise its responsibility in seeing to it that tem-
porarily unpopular social, political and reli-
gious views have an outlet for expression.
RESTRICTIONS upon speakers imposed by
the Lecture Committee indicate more the
immaturity of the Committee and the Uni-
versity than that of the student body they are
seeking to sterilize.
We hope that the current study of the Lec-
ture Committee justifies itself on these grounds
and not on the apparent lack of concern by the
student body.

Giant: Made in Texas by Texans'

'New Republicanism' Shown

rHERE WAS LITTLE new or sensational in
the President's State of the Union address
yesterday, and there was little in it that was
highly controversial. It can be much more
easily criticized for what it failed to say than
for what it said.
The President renewed his request for auth-
orization to send troops into the Middle East,
a valuable tool of our diplomacy as far as it
goes. As meaningful affirmation of this coun-
try's 'willingness to use force as a means of
alerting a possible aggressor to our intentions,
the "Eisenhower Doctrine" is an important if
overdue extension of the much-berated "con-
tainment" policy initiated under President
But, as Dean Acheson points out, it fails
to offer a solution to some of the very pressing
problems of the area, including the blockaded
Suez Canal, the Arab-Israeli hostility and the
problem of possible subversion of several im-
portant Arab governments.
On the subject of disarmament, the President
said he is "willing to enter any reliable agree-
ment which would reverse the trend toward,
ever more devastating nuclear weapons," an
interesting study in the importance of context
in understanding statements. Had there been
any advance excitement over this remark, it
might be taken as a timely reversal of Presi-
dent Eisenhower's intransigent stand during
the campaign on the subject of limiting nuclear
weapons tests. However, in the absence of
such a tip-off, it seems reasonable to conclude
that the President's definition of the word "re-
liable" is as broad as ever, and that seismo-
graphic and air-sampling data are still not
considered sufficiently reliable as inspection
THE PRESIDENT'S civil rights recommen-
dations are the same ones he presented in
April of last year. The difference this time is
that he is allowing Congress some time to con-
sider them. And while a civil rights commission

and division in the justice department, right
to vote legislation and permission of govern-
ment suits in civil courts to protect civil rights
would all be constructive steps, omission of
the problems of employment and segregation
are lamentable.
The President's opposition to the "Powell
Amendment" may disappoint those to whom
Congressman Powell so enthusiastically rec-
ommended Mr. Eisenhower's re-election. The
amendment, which would withhold school-aid
funds to districts practicing unlawful segre-
gation, is objectionable only' because of its
fatal affects on any school bill to which it has
been attached, and the President's remarks
failed to include any discussion of the merits of
denying funds to districts which defy court de-
segregation orders.
The biggest surprise of the speech was the
President's request for a citizens' commission
to inquire "into the nature, performance and
adequacy of our financial system." While its
importance depends on the actual recommen-
dations, should such a committee be established
it could lead to historic improvements in our
monetary system to the many new credit-
creating agencies in the economy, e.g. pension
funds and insurance companies, which con-
stitute a growing loophole in our system of
combatting inflation through credit control.
ON THE WHOLE, then, the President's pro-
posals deserve enactment by the Congress,
though few should be considered adequate to
the problem they were designed to meet. They
represent the "New Republicanism" of the
Eisenhower Administration, a very timid sort
of liberalism at best. But if the proposals lack
the imagination and foresight we could have
expected had the President not been re-elected,
they represent an amazing modernization and
liberalization of Republicanism as we had come
to know it.

SOMETIMES, and then but
rarely, an artist hits upon a
theme that touches life in the
hinterland of the heart. One of
the ways of doing this-and .one
of the best, perhaps-is that of
tilting the dark earth as a back-
drop for the antics of the micro-
scopic creatures that dwell upon
Man, thus shown, is then put
into a more proportional perspec-
tive as the clay creature who was
spawned forth and shall someday
return to the vast, indomitable
womb from which he sprang. The
science of optics has its own be-
witching 'wiles and, from the clay
forms silhouetted in this perspec-
tive, there emerge the beings liv-
ing for this little time to be stud-
ied-laughed at and with-feared
and pitied.
Such a story of life and the
earth, such a screening of the
seemingly endless panorama of
Texas and the six-foot pygmies
who mock its size; this is the
stuff that has gone into and comes
out of the movie called "Giant."
It is full of the blood of life, the
agony of hope, and the despera-
tion of fear.
It is not always easy to say that
just this or that went toward mak-
ing a movie what it finally ends
up in being. For, of all the com-
municative mediums, the film is
most admixed with a conglomera-
tion of the various arts and crafts.
* * *
THERE WAS Edna Ferber who
managed to crowd quite a few gi-
ant Texans between the pages of

a book, and ended up with a men-
agerie that almost breathed and
walked upon the sagebrush pages.
It was not a great book, as litera-
ture goes, but it carried a social
message well within the scope,
and far beyond the size, of "The
Grapes of Wrath."
The screenwriter with an equal-
ly gifted pencil who adapted the
novel to the eyes of the camera,
and emerged with a script closely
akin to the awesome, pounding
slowness of Greek-like tragedy.
The people who played the roles
and submerged themselves within
the characters. James Dean's
brilliance shone through. Eliza-
beth Taylor didn't let her beauty
interfere with the story. Rock
Hudson displayed a hitherto much
needed discipline, And Mercedes
McCambridge, in a lesser role,
gave to her acting an almost flaw-
less precision.
The cameramen who helped to
tilt the earth, and shot the story.
* * *
DIRECTOR George Stevens who
proselytized a script, character
roles, and the state of Texas into
one brilliant whole that will
probably outlast San Antonio.
And, in so doing, he welded to-
gether a social document that
beamed in one straight ray upon
the personal pride and lack of so-
cial conscience that vastness of
land and greatness of wealth can
instill in the minds and hearts of
And last -- but certainly not
least - we suppose that credit
should be given to the Someone or

the Something who could make the
mistake of creating Texas and
Texans, and still retain the tech-
nical ability to keep the earth
spinning on its axis.
We still remember, after having
driven from Galveston to Dallas a
few years ago, the many signs
pasted on the cars proclaiming,
"Made in Texas by Texans." The
reverence with which Texans dis-
played those signs gave one the
queer feeling inside that either
God was a greasemonkey, or else
all Texans were gods.
ALL OF WHICH brought a wry
smile to our lips when, during one
scene in "Giant," a brawling,
drunken herd of Texans were lift-
ed out of their stupor and brought
to dinner by a cattle call.
Mr. Stevens, the director, had
better watch out. For, during that
final call, all of them are liable to
be wearing signs pasted on their
backs proclaiming, "GIANT" -
made in Texas by Texans for
the Angels."
But don't you all miss the movie.
All of the scenery, the vastness,
and the bigotry and intolerance
are there. Take along an extra
box of popcorn, and try to remem-
ber that not all Texans are as bad
as they seem. They're just frus-
trated with trying to fill boots big
enough to fit the land.
And, if the movie really bothers-
you-well-just look in the mirror
for a while and have a heart to
heart talk with your own con-
-Roy Akers

merstein-Halevy-Milhac, Merimee.
amount of non sequitur was bound
to emerge. And so we have ob-
viously Spanish melodies occa-
sionally interspersed with Ham-
merstein, put into the mouths of
itinerant workers.
Carmen Jones serves one useful
purpose: it gives us some idea of
what Opera Comique is really
like, sincehwe can understand
most of the soken dialog. But
unquestionably it is the music of
Bizet, and not the manipulations
of the other partners in this com-
posite production, which sustains
the interest in Carmen Jones.
Soloists Lawrence Winters, Inez
Matthews, Joy McLean and Luth-
er Saxon were all in good voice,
although the occasionally off-ker
orchestra left something to be de-
sired. The attempt to present
Carmen Jones in an idiomatic per-
formance, but with white tie and
tails and evening gowns was not
entirely successful, and it might
seem that some more suitable
choral work could have been se-
A condensed Porgy and Bess
completed the program. Here Miss
Matthews and Mr. Winters sang
all the solo parts, with choral and
orchestral accompaniment.
The performance was overall
quite satisfactory, although some-
thing of the spontaneous enthu-
siasm usually generated by this
opera was missing.
* * *
ALTHOUGH Mr. DePaur has
assembled a talented group for
this Opera Gala, and many of his
singers are quite outstanding, the
overall effect is not nearly so sat-
isfactory as the Infantry Chorus,
which could be accepted without
reservations. Still, the Opera Gala
hasbrought music to audiences
which they might not otherwise
have had the opportunity to hear.
-David Kessel
AMONG the notable films of
the modern era, certainly The.
Wages of Fear deserves special
mention. Without any of the Hol-
lywood-type psychological devices,
without wide screen pandemon-
ium or 3-D or extra sound tracks
or an expensive cast of bored but
beautiful faces, Wages of Fear
creates an almost unbearable at-
mosphere of tension and suspense.
When this film was shown in
Detroit last spring, I saw for the
first time an audience genuinely
shocked as they were by the much
publicized "Bad Seed", where the
main shock was the irreparable
damage done to the plot by the
well-meaning manipulations of
self-conscious Hollywood rewrite
men; but shocked by ninety min-
utes of really brutal drama.
For it must be admitted that
the objective of Wages of Fear is
the creation of nervous tension.
There is no judicious use of the
cuttingknife to spare the audi-
ence any anguish. It is all there
on the screen, even at the risk
of mass wreckage of nerves.
* * *
THE FILM tells of a group of
desperate men trapped in a South
American village because they
lack money to get out. They have
all come to this place to escape
something or someone, but even-
tually the desire to escape the
endless monotony of the village
becomes predominant and out-
weighs all other considerations.
When an American oil company

in the area offers a large cash
prize for driving two trucks
loaded with nitroglycerine over
treacherous roads to an oil fire
300 miles away, the volunteers are
amazingly numerous. And the
journey is an adventure into pro-
longed suspense which defies de-
* * *
English subtitles help clarify
the multi-lingual script, since
Italians, Frenchmen, Germans,
and Americans speak in their own
languages. This provides a wel-
come relief from the Hollywood

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lice Department.
Russia: Fri. afternoon, at Coffee Hos
DeWitt Baldwin will give the third of
his series of informational talks on
conditions in Russia as he oberved
them last summer. "Political and Ro-
nomic Conditions in the U.S.S.R."-
4:30 p.m. in the Lane Hall Library.
Freshman Laboratory Playbill aus-
pices of the Department of Speech at
4:15 p.m. today in the - Lydig
Mendelssohn Theatre. Moliere's TIiC
HIGH-BROW LADIES and the couch
scene from Act I of Chodorov's O,
MEN! OH, WOMEN! Open to the pub.
lic without charge.
First Laboratory Playbill, auspices 4f
the Department of Speech, at 8 p.m.

ind theLydia Mendelssohn Theatre Fri
and Sat., Jan. 11 and 12/ Act I 'Of
PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward,
HELLO, OUT THERE by WJiliah Sarm-
yan and the premiere production o-
HEADS OR TAILS, by David Lloyd,
Grad. All seats reserved. Tickets are
on sale at the Lydia Mendelssohan
Theatre box office.
University Symphony Orchestra, Choir
and Band will perform at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11, in Hill Auditorium, in
conjunction with the 12th Annual Mid-
western Conference. Symphony Or-
chestra, under the direction of Joseph
Blatt. will play Strauss' Don Juan.
The Michigan Singers, Maynard Klein,

Coordinating Committee Reports

MSU Tactics Questionable

MICHIGAN STATE has won its fight. Future
football games with Michigan, at least
through 1960, will be on a home-and-home
The annual battle between the intra-state
rivals will be held at MSU every other year for
the next four seasons. That's what was decided
in this week's Big Ten schedule meetings in
St. Louis.
And once the precedent has been set, it's
unlikely that the schools will ever return to
.&t . ft l . n d
RICHARD SNYDER .......................... Editor

football power. Especially since the Spartans
will have an enlarged stadium seating 78,000,
they deserve an even split in future games.
No pne can deny that the old arrangement
was unrealistic in these days when Michigan
State has become the equal of Michigan in
the four-to-one advantage that Ann Arbor
enjoyed in previous years.
WHILE NO ONE can condemn State for
fighting to bring more of the Michigan-
MSU contests to East Lansing, there is much
question over Michigan State's tactics.
Big Ten schedule meetings have always been
secret affairs. The give-and-take necessary to
evolve a satisfactory schedule for all schools
has never permitted discussion of the issues in
public. Michigan Athletic Director H. O. "Fritz"
Crisler has always followed the standard of
nrorerinevd b-ntering the meetings without any

Daily Staff Writer
A report charging the lack of an
existing general awareness of
and interest in the international
community on the part of the Am-
erican student was heard by Stu-
dent Government Council Wed-
The report was a preliminary
work of a coordinating committee
of major campus organizations
concerned with American and in-
ternational student relations, and
set out to explore the problems
and their possible solutions in the
!field of American-International
student relations.
"A more desirable understand-
ing between American and foreign
students, a more equal basis of
cooperation, and . . . a unity and
cohesion among existing organi-
zations" appear to be the commit-
tee's goals.
Bob Arnove, committee chair-
man, told the council that per-
haps SGC had been lending its
name to certain projects while
the International Students Asso-
ciation had bee- supplying the
manpower and v &,k hours.
Although some SGC members
felt this was not the case, Arnove
maintained there was an aloof at-
titude, at least a lack of under-
standing on the part of SGC and
other student organizations.
He sugegsted that SGC work
closer with the coordinating com-
mittee on various projects. claim-

It calls for a further revision of
the NIA and enumerates the tasks
of the coordinating committee:
"To achieve the necessary per-
sonal contactshbetween foreign
and American students, to estab-
lish equality of work, to serve as
a forum, to initiate policies, to
suggest, to interest the student
body and organizations . .."
The report concludes with the
promise that such a revised coor-
dinating committee "can be a
means of eventually meeting the
problems . . . Much depends on
SGC's leadership; success, on or-
ganizational efficiency."
OTHER THAN throwing a few
small lights on an old situation,
this report serves to dredge
through the same problems that
have been recognized on this cam-
pus for some time.
The problem area, if it can just-
ly be called that, has long been
known. But no organization seems
to be making any progress toward
alleviating the situation.
The problem here, as Arnove
noted briefly, is student apathy--
on the part of American students.
However, this newly-revised co-
ordination committee, with the
all-important "organizational ef-
ficiency," may be the solution. It
at least appears to be an energet-
ic group from which a good deal
may be expected.
* * 5,
--- . ....1

late next week or very early in
Method of procedure for the
committee will be decided upon
then, with possibilities of all-stu-
dent expression of opinion
through briefs, hearings and for-
* *
TOM SAWYER, Education and
Social Welfare Committee chair-
man, has prepared a brief of com-
mittee activities similar to the re-
cent one published by' the Cam-,
pus Affairs Committee.
One subcommittee is consider-
ing honor systems, studying them
in action at other schools and
possibilities of their adoption to
the University. They are also con-
sidering a student, faculty and
administration committee to lookI
over the program.
Another subcommittee is exam-
ining library hours, replacing a
similar committee under Campus
Student representation on fac-
ulty committees is also being
looked at, with more study of the
committees promised.
ONE OF THE more important
groups, the Academic Counseling
Committee, is said to be working
with literary school officials in
making "various short range
changes and improvements in
A Student Leadership Training
Conference is planned for three

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