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page Four


Thursday, February 7, 1957

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Punch Magazine



An Editorial Revolution Has Achieved A Striking Change

'As Many Avenues of Satisfaction

As Possible' Is Recomr

By Psychology Prof. Cutler

Daily Staff Writer
A British humor magazine re-
cently departed from the tra-
dition of portraying on its cover a
beak-nosed, hump-backed little
man and his dog to depict instead
a darkened city street lighted byI
four giant neon signs, "Food,"
"Drugs," "Beauty" and "Gas."
The magazine was Punch, and
the issue was devoted to a satiric
look at America, a departure from
Punch's usual weekly comment on
things British.
Included in the contents was "A
Map of The United States Empire
And Spheres of Influence and In-
filtration," with shaded areas of
the world map indicating the

Scattered drawings on the map
showed United States cultural in-
fluences as: -Cola, money,
Time Magazine, movies, baseball
and jazz.
A hymn, "Congregational," be-
gan with the first stanza:
"God of the U.S. way of life,
Lord of our far-flung
export trade,
Who saw us settle Europe's strife
' With mercy and with
Marshall Aid-
Lord God of Dollars, bless us yet,
Lest we forget-lest we forget!"
Featured in the issue was the
complete, illustrated four-page
text of "'Kity, Wake!' Adapted
from Anton Chekhov's 'The Sea-
gull' By R*ch*rd R*dg*rs and
Osc*r H*mm*rst**n II."

'Slugs Count?'..
A cartoon showed a cowboy on
the open road, singing and
playing a guitar while his foot
worked a pedal, pumping air into
the flat tire of his.long, low, new
model car.
Another depicted a hold-up --
the robber's weapon a rolled-up
Sunday edition of the New York
Times, held over his head.
A middle section was devoted
to six pages and the cover of the
"Redigested Digest" ("Articles of
lasting comfort"). Among the
contents: "Can Slugs Count?"
(Wall Street Journal), "Inside the
Greater Intestine" (John -Gun-
ther), "My Dog Taught me to
Pray" (Mae Hagger) and a three-


page book section, "War and
Peace" (Count L. Tolstoy).
This is followed in Punch's
American issue by Alex Atkinson's
"Handy Guide to U.S. Faiths
(Supplementary List)" and "Tour-
ist's Guide to American Money."
("In Ike We Trust" appears on
each coin and part of the com-
mentary reads, "The dollar should
never be given as a tip. Waiters
sneeze at it.")
The five chapters of "'The Last
of the Americans' by J*m*s
F*n*m*re C**p*r present modern,
rock-and-roll Americans in a
colonial approach..
Contents .
ALTHOUGH limited to satire of
the United States, the Nov. 7
issue of Punch is nevertheless in-
dicative of the magazine's content
during the past two years.
The first 10 to 20 pages of the
magazine are devoted to adver-
tising, as well as the same number
at the back of each irsue.
This leaves the center section,
the magazine itself, free from ad-
vertising, and the page here are
numbered consecutively from issue
to issue.
The magazine beginz with the
week's "Charivaria" (replaced in
the American issue by "Transat-
lantivaria" in Time's style of
People in the News), a series of
short comments on the week's
happenings and selected news
Prominent in each week's issue
is the full-page political cartoon,
often anti-Eden or anti-Dulles.
Others are anti-Nasser, anti-Suez,
anti-Eden and anti-Dulles.

The bulk of the magazine is a
collection of short, humorous arti-
cles by P. G. Wodehouse, Alex At-
kinson and numerous contribu-
tors, which are, for the most part,
satiric in nature.
Each issue has its poetry, also
light and humorous. #
The main section of Punch con-
cludes with "In the City," "In
the Country" and "Essence of Par-
liament," in which the week in
government is examined with at-
tention to those items which are
not usually covered or covered
prominently in the newspapers.
A second section of criticism
examines the week's offerings in
literature, theater, films and tele-
Comparison . .
P UNCH'S list of contents brings
to mind The New Yorker, per-
haps the closest American maga-
zine in format and content to the
British publication, although the
two magazines serve two different
purposes and are quite unlike each
Punch is basically a humor
magazine; its short articles and
cartoons set out to entertain while
a short section is left to inform
readers of the merits of new pro-
ducts of the arts.
New Yorker, on the other hand,
is a guide and a running history
of the big city; its stories and
cartoons set out to entertain while
a larger section is devoted to the
week's events and reviews of
books, films and plays.
Punch has no real short stories,
See CHANGE, Page 23







Daily Staff Writer
"PEOPLE OUGHT to have as
many avenues of satisfaction
open to them as possible and one
of these avenues is to have fun
with ideas," Prof. Richard L. Cut,
ler said, as he leaned back to light
a cigarette.
"Students have the responsibil-
ity to cultivate an ability to act
and think independently," Prof.
Cutler continued. "As faculty
members we can do a great deal
to open student's P . - pleas-
ure involved in intellectual stim-
ulation and exploring beyond the
superficial level requird cdto get
The clinical psychologist be-
lieves that students are too grade-.
conscious and don't realize there
is much more to be gained from
the University than a 3. average.
"And I don't mean being a better
bridge player," h u l peo
Becoming more serious, he
pointed out that, "People post-
pone intellectual activities and
emotional independence until they
get their degree or are economic-
ally independent and finally they
are dead.
This becomes a habit of post-
ponement and people become con-
formists-just living vegetables."
THE PROFESSOR asserts the
college students wants in-
dependence in social life and yet
wants to be told what to learn and
"The University trys to control
a student's social life but wants
the student to find out for him-
self what is worth learning."
The psychology instructor paus-
ed as he thought of his philosophy
of teaching. "Actually, I don't
teach, I just try to talk to people
and get across to them the enthus-
aism I feel towards psychology and
what goes on between humans so
they can try to live their lives in
Prof. Cutler doesn t require at-
tendance in his classes He strong-
ly feels that if he can't find
enough material to interest the
stu~dents, they should be able to
come and go as they wish.
"I never lecture from notes. But
afterwards I write down what I
have said so I know what to ask
on exams," he said laughingly.
Prof. Cutler is currently teach-
A dvances
(Continued from Page 16)
old programs. They cannot im-
prove the entertainment or quality
of the programs.
If the present trend continues
just think of what-you may be see-
ing on television in 1970.
Gino Prato will be challenged
for $32,000,000 on the biggest and
most popular program in all tele-
vision. If both Gino and his chal-
lenger correctly answer this ques-
tion they will be back trying for
$64,000,000 next week. But look
around and see the progress tele-
vision has made in the last two
You are sitting in the middle of
your living room. There are wall-
size three dimensional television
sets on all four walls. You feel
as though you are right in the
isolation booth with Gino. Gino
is thinking about his answer. The
thinking- in - the - isolation-booth
music is coming from all sides of
the room. And of course every-
thing is in breath-taking'telecolor.
But let's not take such a pessi-
mistic attitude as to what will
happen to television in the future.
As someone who looks jistlike
Doris Day would say-"Que sera,
sera; que sera sera."

ing Psychology 51 and a graduate
seminar, plus -nig on several
research projects and publishing
a book on elementary statistics.
Under a grant from the United
States Public Health Service for
psychotherapy studies he is work-
ing on a sub-study involving child-
ren who have been more or less
successful in establishing their re-
lation to their environment and
their reaction to offers of help
and sympathy.
He hopes to relate this to the re-
lationship between patients and
therapists in psychotherapy.
Graduate stude.its in clinical
psychology are placec in clinics
and hospitals during internship.
Another of Prof. Cutler's many
duties involves public relations as
a coordinator between these ag-
encies and the University.
Prof. Cutler is also doing re-

... fun with ideas


search on personality theory and
development. He has recently com-
pieted a study on minority group
prejudices and is preparing it for
ALTHOUGH a clinical psychol-
ogist, Prof. Cutler is in the
process of writing a book on ele-
mentary statistics.
"Statistics has something valu-
able to offer the beginning social
science student, but most students
are deprived of this because of an
cmotional block against mathe-
matics. I hope to overcome this by
showing many avenues to under-
standing statistics and help them
to get over their antagonisms."
Prof Cutler became interested in
psychology as an undergrac:ate
at Western Michigan College be-
cause he liked people and wanted
to contribute to society. He came
to the University for his graduate

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