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Rain or Shine?

Smlr4lgat Blly
Sixty-Seventh Year

When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

How Not To Write
A Psychological Novel
"THE SANITY INSPECTORS," a novel by Frederich Deich, is an
excellent example of how not to write a psychological noval.
The story itself is a good one and the food for thought is there but,
unfortunately, Deich was unable to successfully link the two.
The thread which is supposed to tie this series of case studies to-
gether is a running argument between a German psychiatrist and hisi
clergyman friend. Theirs is the search for the answer to this question:




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

SGC: Some New Ideas
To Go With a New Building

ESPITE Student Government Council's re-
cent move to the brand new Student Activi-
ties Building, Council members have brought
with them few new ideas and no imagination.
The usual "dishwasher dullness" of Council
meetings has not been helped any by the
carpeted, indirectly lighted Council rooms. Little
has been dealt with this year that has called
for any kind of mental challenge or imaginative
SGC's big claim to fame is the Sigma Kappa
issue. But the responsible way in which the
Council handled this problem gives vent only to
the observation that it was forced to think.
For Sigma Kappa's discrimination came to
SGC's attention because the issue could not be
dodged. The Council had to face the question
of possible violation of University regulations.
If it had not, the administration would.
With few exceptions, SGC has been operating
this way since its inception-changing course
every day, determining the angle of the Council
rudder on a day-to-day basis. The Council has
few goals toward which it is striving. It has
become a directionless, drifting student govern-
ment in the midst of a directionless, drifting
student body.
PART OF THE REASON for this mental
floundering is undoubtedly the lack of inter-
est and concern for SGC from the student body.
But there is more to it than this. Ironically,
many SGC members have given credence, by
default, tothe view that student government
is merely another arm of the administration.
Much of the Council's activity has originated
in the minds of various administrators. Indi-
vidual Council members have come to rely
less on their own creative faculties-and more on
those of the Vice-President for Student Affairs,
the Dean of Women and the Dean of Men.
Seldom have they been discouraged from
doing this, and frequently they have been criti-
cized by administrators for not consulting with
the administration. But the primary deficiency
still lies in SGC. Council members have the
power to use their own imaginative resources.
It is only their fault if they do not.
Any student organization obviously does not
know all the answers to the various problems
confronting it. Particularly is this true of SGC,
many of whose functions were previously exer-
cised by the administration. But students are at
least capable of realizing the confines of their
knowledge and seeking counsel from adminis-
trators when necessary. This is not wrong.
BUT WHEN students neglect thinking for
themselves above and beyond administrative
considerations,'which definitely should be taken
into account, they are not only weakening the

pulse of student government, but are missing
out on its chief value. If students do not formu-
late and express their own opinion, if individual
members are afraid of tackling problems with
enthusiasm and imagination, the philosophy of
student government is a meaningless one.
Another reason for Council listlessness is
the administrative details which bog down
meetings. .SGC has carried on most of the
functions of the old Student Affairs Committee.
The details of approving constitutions, recog-
nizing organizations and calendaring events
necessitate taking much time.
But these details do not have to be performed
by the Council as a whole. If the Council
would delegate these details to a cabinet-type
body, it would have more time to devote to
larger and most abstract problems. It could still
maintain its authority by acting as an appeal
boardswhich could stay cabinet action at the
request of any Council member.
THE DANGER faced by the Council is not
caused by any subtle, external force. It is
the result of the inactivity of Council members,
If SGC is to pull out of its mental slump, if
it is to be concerned with some of the larger
problems of the University, if it is ever to
mature it must formulate a philosophy of
action, a modus operandi. It must have several
goals toward which to strive. It must have
Until SGC itself stops to think where it has
been and where it is going, there is little likeli-
hood that it will gain the respect of the student
body or the attention of thinking candidates.
W ESUGGEST that SGC apply its imaginative
resources to the following areas:
1) Effects of increasing enrollment on aca-
demic standards;
2) University community's failure to utilize
the International Center;
3) Discrimination in campus living units
and local businesses;
4) Political apathy among University stu-
5) Special programs for the advanced stu-
6) Faculty-student liaison;
7) North Campus development as it per-
tains to students;
8) Evaluation 'of the role activities should
play in the University;
9) Curriculum recommendations;
10) Residence Hall staff policies and pro-

"What is normality in an abnor-
mal world?" But this thread wears
thin and soon breaks under the
strain of superfluous and unrelat-
ed stories.
For example, chapters 15 to 18
(some 30 pages of this 275-page
book) contain four individual
cases-unrelated and unexplained.
By the time Deich returns to this
question of normality, the reader
has forgotten what was said con-
cerning it in the previous pages.
* * *
THE STORY evolves this way:
The author is a court psychiatrist
with the German Air Force in It-
aly during the second world war.
Robert Vossmenge, also a psychi-
atrist with the Air Force, is being
court-martialed-on what grounds
will not be revealed for to do so
would spoil the story.
Due to the extreme difficulty
and near impossibility of one psy-
chiatrist examining another, the
author asks Vossmenge to put his
thoughts in written form and this
statement will substitute for the
usual examination. The book is
this story which Vossmenge tells.
Vossmenge relates his life story
both as a civilian psychiatrist and
a military doctor. Throughout his
life he and his friend, Pastor De-
genbruck, carry on a series of ar-
guments over Christianity, faith,
and morality. The events, cover
both the period of the rise of Naz-
ism in Germany and the war it-
self, but as was pointed out before,
this theme is ofen lost amidst
what seems like an endless num-
ber of psychopaths, lunatics and
At one point, the two becolne
involved in a very tense and
thought-provoking discussion of
the morals and ethics of the Nazi
policy of sterilization. The argu-
ment reaches a peak but then is
life hanging fire-along with read-
* * *
THIS BOOK is good, if for no
other reason than the zany pa-
rade of mental cases which march-
es through its pages. From "power-
crazed generals to harmless old
women," they pass in and out of
Robert Vossmenge's office-and his
If you are in the market for
some light and enjoyable reading
which may arouse a little emotion-
al response but won't tax your
thinking processes, read this one-
but don't expect too much.
-Ann Rudesill
New Books at Library
Churchill, Winston S. - The
New World. A History of the Eng-
lish Speaking Peoples. Vol. 2; NY,
Dodd, Mead & Co., 1956.
Han Suyin - . . and the Rain
My Drink; Boston, Little Brown,

With Great Pleasure We Announce-

Daily Television Writer
NEXT Saturday the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences
will present their Emmy Awards
for outstanding achievement in
Today the Michigan Daily is
announcing its awards for out-
standing achievement in televi-
sion. These awards are not a pre-
diction of the outcome of next
Saturday's presentations. They
are simply the true opinion of the
Michigan Daily's huge television
writing staff.
The categories used are basic-
ally the same as are used by the
Academy. Thesescategories are not
all inclusive, and so many fine
shows and stars are not included
because they do not fit into any
one specific category. This is the
price that is paid for the glory of
giving 'awards.
- * *
BEST NEW Program Series of
1956: "Ernie Kovacs Show".
Best Series Half-Hour or Less:
"Person To Person".

' 4 1

Best Series One Hour or More:
"Caesar's Hour".
Best Public Service Series:
"Wide Wide World".
Best News Commentator: John
Best Continuing Performance
by a Comedienne in a Series:
Edith Adams.
Best Comedian ini Continuing
Performance on a Series: Sid
Best Actress in Continuing Per-
formance in a Dramatic Series:
Loretta Young.
Best Supporting Actor: Art
Best Supporting Actress: Aud-
rey Meadows.
Best Male Vocalist: Perry Como.
Best Female Vocalist: Dinah
* * *

Silvers Show".
Best Individual Dramatic Show:
"Requiem For a Heavyweight".
Best Panel Show: "To Tell The
Best Variety Program: "Ed Sul-
livan Show".
Best Male Personality in Conr-,
tinuing Performance: Edward R.
Best Female Personality in Con-
tinuing Performance: Dinah
Best Children's Program: "Dis-
Best Single Show of the Year:
"Secret Life of Danny Kaye"-,
* * *
THE SECOND annual Michigan
Daily Television Awards have
been announced, six days earlier
than those of the Academy.
To the winners go our sincerest
To the losers we would just like
to say that with all of the people
giving out awards for outstanding
achievement in television this
month, you're bound to win some
type of award from someone.

The Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publication for which the
Michigan Daily assumes no editorial
responsibility. Notices should be sent
in TYPEWRITTEN form to Room
3553 Administration Building, before
2 p.m. the day preceding publication.
Notices for Sunday Daily due at 2:00
p.m. Friday.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 1957
General Notices
President and Mrs. Hatcher will hold
open house for students at their home
Wed., March 13, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Urgent notice to all Lecture Course
ushers: You are reminded that the lec-
ture by General Wedemeyer which was
originally scheduled for March 5 has
been cancelled, and that Manson Bald-
win will lecture instead on Tues.,
March 12. Please make every effort to
be present at this lecture.
Schedule for SGC Open Houses:
March 10: Delta Upsilon 5:00 1331 Hill
Street; Chi Psi 6:10, 620 S. State Street,
Lambda Chi Alpha 6:20, 1601 Washten-
March 11: Chi Omega 5:00 1525 Wash-
tenaw; Helen Newberry 5:00 432 S. State
Street; Victor Vaughan 5:45 111 Cather-
ine; Sigma Phi 5:30, 426 N. Ingalls;
Psi Upsilon 6:00, 1000 Hill Street; Sig-
ma Chi 6:00, 548 S. State Street Chi
Psi 6:10, 620 S. State Street; A. K.
Stevens, 6:15, 816 S. Forest; Gomberg
House, S.Q. 6:45, 600 E. Madison; Zeta
Tau Alpha, 7:00 826 Tappan; Triangle,
7:30 100 Oakland.
Hanson Baldwin, military analyst of
the New York Times, will be pre-
sented Tues., Mar. 12, 8:30 p.m. in
Hill Auditorium as the next number
on the Lecture Course. Baldwin is re-
placing Gen. Wedemyer and the We
meyer tickets will be honored for ad-
missions. Tickets are on sale tomorrow
and Tues. at the Auditorium box of.
Exchange Lecture, auspices of the
Department of English Language and
Literature. "James Thurber: The Prim-
itive and the Innocent." Robert H.
Elias, professor of English, Cornell Uni-
versity, 4:10 p.m. Tues., March 12, Aud.
A, Angell Hall.
English Journal Club. Prof. Robert
H. Elias of Cornell University will
speak on "Thieodore Dreiser" to the
English Journal Club on Tues., March
12, at 8:00 p.m. in the East Conference
Room, Rackham. Discussion following
talk. All graduate students invited.
Student Recital: Patricia Martin,
flute, assisted by Patricia Sternberg,
oboe, Jean Harter, viola, Beverly Wales,
cello, and Mary Alice Clagett, piano,
harpsichord and celesta, 4:15 p.m.,
Sun. March 10, Ad. A, Angell Hall.
Presented in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of Bache-
lor of Music, the recital will be open to
the general public. Miss Martin studies
with Nelson Hauenstein.
Organ Recital: Mon., March 11, 8:30
p.m., Hill Auditorium. Robert Noehren,
University Organist, will perform Pro-
gram X in the series of 16 covering the
organ music of Bach: Prelude
and Fugue in D minor, Trio-Sonata No.
3 in D minor, Toccata, Adagio and
Fugue in C major, and eight chorale
preludes. Open to the general public
without charge.
Stanley . Quartet Concert: 8:30 p.m.
Tues., March 12 in the Rackham Lec-
ture Hall: Haydn's Quartet in D ma-
jor, Op. 76, No. 5, Quincy Porter's
Quartet No. 8 (Commissioned by the
University of Michigan and dedicated
to the Stanley Quartet), and Beethov-
en's Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op.
131. Open to the general public with-
out charge.
Academic Notices
Faculty, College of Literature, Science
and the Arts: The freshman five-week
progressreports will be due Wed.,
March 13, in the Faculty Counselors

Office for Freshmen and Sophomores,
1210 Angell Hall.
Mathematics Club: Tues., March 12,
at 8:00 p.m. in the West Conference
Room Rackham Building. Prof. J. J.
Blum will speak on "Diffusion in Con-
strained Enzyme Systems."
Placement Notices
Beginning with Mon., March 11, the
following schools will be at the Bureau
of Appointments to interview for tea-
chers for the 1957-58 school year.
Mon., March 11
Monroe, Michigan - Elementary;
Special Education (Mentally Retarded);
Junior High Math; English/Speech/
Latin; English/Social Studies; English;
Boys Physical Education; Girls Physi.
cal Education; Senior High Chemistry;
Vocational Education (Electricity, En-
Tues., March 12
Warren, Michigan - All Fields. ,
Wed., March 13
Plainview, New York - Physics;
Chemistry; Advanced Math; Art; Home
Economics; English; Citizenship Edu-
New Hyde Park, New York - English;






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Best Staging: "Your

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Quiz Program: "Twenty-
Situation Comedy: "Phil

A Course in Comparative Religion?

LOOKING BACK at Campus Conference on
Religion one could say it was a mild success
-that is, more successful than in previous
years. The five major events throughout the
week drew a total crowd of nearly 1500. Exhibits
in the Union lobby were well scrutinized. In
all, those relatively few who attended the
programs found the offerings interesting and
thought provoking.
Perhaps more important than the public
programs were the noontime luncheons'where
faculty members, religious educators, church
leaders and students assembled to discuss vari-
ous religiously-oriented issues, one being the
curriculum at the University.
Since, the student-faculty panel discussion
on Tuesday evening the question ha& been de-
bated whether the University should offer a
different program in religious education. The
most definable issue is whether the University
should offer a survey course in comparative
religion. We think it should.
THIS COURSE would attempt an informative
approach to four or five of the world's major
faiths-perhaps Christianity, Judaism, Islam,
Hinduism and Buddhism. Content-wise there
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would be an emphasis on the factual content
of the basic tenets, liturgy; customs, and
hymnody of each faith.
Comparative religion should be offered at.
the freshman-sophomore level. Possibly it could
be offered as an alternative to Philosophy 2, the
history of philosophy, as a credit course toward
the Mathematics-Philosophy requirement. It
would be unwise to require even an informative
course in -comparative religion, however, at a
state university.
. Two schools of thought exist as to who
should teach such a course. Some hold that a
religion doesn't have significance if taught as
a set of facts. You need the "song' of the
religion along with the words, they say. Others
say the job requires a religious neutral that no
prejudices be introduced in the instruction.
Both opinions seem misconceived. As to the
first, the course has no business inculcating or
evangelizing. Practically, there wouldn't be time
to penetrate that deeply into each faith. The
second argument overlooks that there are cer-
tain agreed-upon tenets of each: faith which
can be presented neutrally by a religiously com-
mitted person.
If some of the "song" of the religions is
wanted-and it could add considerably to an
understanding of the faiths-it could be done
in a sensible way. Resource people or visiting
lecturers representing each faith can be
brought in or field trips to various churches
could be encouraged.
SOME BELIEVE the University now offers a
sufficient selection in the area of religion.
A concentration program in religious studies
which includes over 20 courses in various de-
partments is enough, they say.
Sadly though this offering doesn't meet the
demand. For pre-clergical students the program
is a fine one, but for the rest of us there
isn't time to take specialized courses in classical
history or an anthropology course in primitive
religion. A limited number of hours can be
accommodated in four years.
Finally, those who have been involved in the

Life Is Different at Free University of Berlin


(Editor's Note: The following is the
first of a two part series written by
a University student now at the Free
University of Berlin as an exchange
BERLIN is a tense city split up
into two occupation zones, each
with its own government, econ-
omy, schools, newspapers and ide-
ologies, and perhaps the most dif-
ficult city in the world right now,_
to know completely.
The Free University itself was
a disappointment at first, for
though the catalog is packed with
courses, most of them turned out
to be conducted on a surprisingly
elementary level. Even advanced
seminars in literature seemed
sophomoric. Instruction in Ger-
man literature is not on a par
with instruction of English at the
University of Michigan. In ad-
vanced seminars on Rilke and
Hoffmansthal, for instance, little
more than paraphrase the poets
is done.
What with the liberal German
system of education-no attend-
ance taken, nc exams, no grades-
the student tends to do most of
his work at home, or not at all.
The serious student therefore
has a lot more time in Germany
than li America to devote to his
special interests. He never attends
a course unless he feels he will
get something out of it, never un-
dertakes a paper on a subject that
does not intrigue him. He audits
courses far outside his field if he
happens to find them stimulating
-he has time fLr this-but any
special work he does is limited to
the type of learning he will retain
for life.

along for their years than their
counterparts in the U.S.A.-and
the rest, being considered unfit for
university education anyway, are
left alone to amuse themselves
any way they like.
Berlin is a magnificent city to
amuse oneself in and German
students of all mental brackets
know how to go about it.
IN FASCHING season, almost
every night there are costume
parties, private or public, with
wild dancing, elaborate decora-
tions and free-flowing barrels of
wine and liquor. (Berlin is very
tefinitely not a dry town.)
Men come dressed as anything
from elephants to Adolph Hitler,
girls come in bathing suits or pa-
jamas-anything goes.
On the whole, Germans are in-
clined to be conservative people.
To Americans they even seem
inhibited at first, with their strict
:ules of conduct, their formal
manners, their careful reticence
with anyone they don't know.
Perhaps it is because of this
outward austerity that when the
time comes to cut loose, all the
carEfully-hidden inner springs of
the Germanic temperament seem
to erupt with such fury. There is
nothing casual about German
At all such parties, as well as in
dance halls and cabarets, the only
music one hears is American-
mainly jazz. (This is the case in
most of Europe.) It is sung by
American singers or by Germans
with perfect American accents.
Rock 'n Roll is all the rage here--
so' much so that you hardly ever
see a gentle fox-trot now.
Almost all Germans speak Eng-

An elderly man wanted to know
whether an American Negro would
"dare to walk down Fifth Avenue
in broad daylight," and a student
asked me whether we publish any
classics in other than comic-strip
questions were meant seriously.
Germans may regard America as
the land of milk and honey, but
some of them don't credit Ameri-
cans with much intelligence, cul-'
ture or human dignity.
Communist propaganda prob-
ably has a lot to do with their
ideas, for a tremendous amount
of calculated mis-information
manages to seep through from the
East Zone to the West.
Will Germany, if reunited, be

likely to start another war? That
can be answered with an extreme-
ly emphatic "no." Germans today
are ardently pacifistic. They suf-
fered terribly both during the war
and after it-far more than is
realized. They suffered so much
that they can never forget it,
and even now almost any conver-
sation is liable to evoke references
to "The Bad Times:" the bombing
raids which for years forced young
and old out of their beds night
after niight to seek refuge in cold
cellars, and to the long starvation
period after the fighting was over,
which took its toll in several mil-
lion German lives.'
When the Germans say they
don't want another war, they say
it with tears in their voices, and
they mean it.



by Dick Bibler

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