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4I Think I Begin To Get The Idea"

Sixty-Seventh Year

"When Opinions Are Free
Truth will Prevail"

'Lust' Popularized
ANYONE expecting biographical truth from MGM's "Lust for Life"
is in for *n obvious disappointment. In the theater facts are often
rechanneled from truth, like silk from a cocoon, to make drama. In
Hollywood, where everyone likes nylon butterflies, facts are generally
ignored to make melodrama. Such is the case in this film about painter
Vincent Van Gogh.
"Lust for Life," based on Irving Stone's fictionalized novel, does
very little about tidying up the public misconception of Van Gogh.

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

Stanford Legislature
Railroads Student Editor

STANFORD UNIVERSITY Student Legisla- body-that freedom is lost and the system
ture last week approved a controversial collapses. This is the case at Stanford. Any dis-
by-laws change providing for recall of the gruntled minority group, with the cooperation
Stanford Daily editor by a three-fourths vote of an obviously hostile Legislature, can take
of the Legislature on petition of five per cent, action against The Daily for the expression of
of the student body-400 people. an unpopular opinion.
The editor is a member of the Student A student newspaper admittedly cannot en-
Legislature, a wing'of the Associated Students. joy editorial freedom on a par with the pri-
All other members of ASSU are subject to recall vately owned press. As an organization which
also, but only by two-thirds vote of the student exists at the indulgence of a college or univer-
body, sity, it must necessarily accept some degree of
The Daily editor, nevertheless, was singled regulation by that institution.
out for special removal procedure. The resolu-
tion was passed, and the entire Daily staff THAT CONTROL, however, should not be in
promptly shut down and walked out. They the hand of student government. Such
promised to return only if and when the legis- control gives a small body of young legislators
ldtive shackles are removed. power over information which should be avail-
Under the circumstances, the walkout is able to the whole student population, including
completely justified. information about itself.
The'Legislature's action has every appearance When the student newspaper cannot report
of a deliberate, calculated railroading of the freely on and constructively criticize student
editor. The conduct of the entire affair has been government in the interests of improving that
deplorable, government, the welfare of the entire student
body is threatened.
THE METHOD by which the action was insti- John Cardoza, the Stanford legislator who
tuted, however, is secondary to the principle authored the measure in question, summed up
involved.. The Legislature's action violates the the rationale behind it with the statement that
basic right of the freedom of the press. One of the new rule will serve "to keep him (the Daily
the functions of the press is to inform the editor) on his toes."
public, without fear of retaliation for publicity In the American political system, the reverse
unfavorable to a segment of that public. is, or should be, true. A primary function of the
Similarly, the press has the right to comment American press is to keep government "on its
freely, through its editorial columns without toes."
fear of punishment for the expression of un- The only fair and sensible course for the
popular opinions. Stanford Legislature is to correct its mistake
When a supposedly free press becomes an and rescind the legislation.
arm of a governmental body-any governmental -EDWARD GERULDSEN
'Rise Roe om Board Rates


Shrinking Man'Reaches New Low

ATREND of, rising room and board rates,
apparently destined to continue, threatens
to cause a debacle of the Residence Halls' edu-
cational responsibility and turn them into
second-rate hotels for freshmen.
The Residence Hall financing system is self-
liquidating, that is, the resident pays for its
operation, administration, maintenance, and
expanlsion. Only utilities are supplied by the
University and these. amounting to $40 to $50
per student, may. be added to the bill if some
legislators in Lansing have their way.
All these costs are rapidly rising, with no end
in sight. The University plans to continue
increasing enrollment, which will require more
dormitories to be financed, in turn, by more
money from students. A $50 increase two years
ago was primarily for this purpose.
Now there is talk in the money-conscious
legislature of forcing the University to raise
fees (commonly referred to as tuition), by
drastically cutting next year's appropriations.
A tuition raise would, indirectly, cause a room
and board increase by allowing the University
to increase its salary budget forcing the Resi-
dence Halls to follow suit.
HOW MUCH can the future student be
expected to pay? "Public education" is be-
coming an hyprocriscy and the University's
apparent philosophy of mass education is
liable to become mass education 'for people
with large bank accounts.
The Residence Halls, in attempts to save
money to meet the basic costs, will have to dis-
continue laundry, maid and other services and
will have to reduce their educational staffs, al-
ready inadequate, all to the detriment of the
admirable Michigan House Plan.
Further, residents will move out as quickly,
as possible in an attempt to live better for the
same amount of money or live the same way
for considerably less. Predominately freshmen
dormitories will result, with a vacuum of stabil-
ity, continuity, and maturity now provided by

Dormitories without upperclassmen, with-
out services beyond the most basic, without edu-
cational staffs can only be huge hotels provid-
ing, at best, tolerable living. Certainly the Resi-
dence Halls will not provide even a small part
of the student's development.
AS LONG AS self-liquidation in its present
form exists, the University and the state
can expect diminishing returns from the Resi-
dence Halls system. Eventually we believe they
may become, with the exception of providing
food and shelter, next to worthless.
Maybe the point has been reached where the
state can no longer afford mass education. Or,
more probably, maybe the University has reach-
ed a point where it will have to develop a
completely new concept of financing that would
have all students paying only part of University
The Students' Calendar:
Only Themselves to Blame
NOBODY LIKES the present calendar. Com-
plaints about the shortened Christmas vaca-
tion, returning to school at the end of a week,
and a "lame duck" session before first semester
finals have been heard all year.
But the effect of these gripes was dissipated
at Thursday night's Student Government Coun-
cil Forum sponsored to discuss the calendar
and give students an opportunity to express an
opinion. Only sixteen people, including several
members of the calendar committee were inter-
ested enough to attend.
A wide variety of factors need to be con-
sidered in developing a calendar and many solu-
tions are possible. Student thinking on the
matter should be considered. But if students
won't take the trouble to make that thinking
known, and don't like what they get, they have
only themselves to blame.

THE STATE Theatre boasts two
new films for the upcoming
weekend. The combination of
Kelly and Me and The Incredible
Shrinking Man is a fortuitous one,
since the banality of the first is
a perfect compliment to the in-
sanity of the second; producing
an altogther charming effect.
The Me of Kelley & Me is fat,
balding Van Johnson, who has
finally broken free of the Esther
Williams motorboat films and now
co-stars with a dog, This dog is
a typical television dog; very
bright for his age, always clean,
and celibate, to all appearances.
After a lengthy introduction,
Van and this dog find themselves
making a film out in Hollywood.
It is a very bad film, almost as
bad as Kelly & Me, but not quite.
After a dreary while, a French
Russian turns up claiming the
dog is his. It is all very confus-
ing. Eventually the dog dog-trots
500 miles after Van Johnson and
licks his face with disgusting fa-
Piper Laurie is somewhere in the
film also, very uncomfortably
scratching fleas.
* * *
CREDIBLE you will talk about it
for years to come, or so we are
told in the advertising, is this
Shrinking Man bit. It would be
amusing to speculate upon the
mentality of people who would talk
about this film for anything more
than fifteen minutes after they
leave the theatre, but this would
be out of place.
Instead, consider the I. S. Man,

himself. The unfortunate fellow
was riding in his brother's motor-
boat with a girl who presents fur-
ther proof of the well-known in-
verse brain-bosom ratio. She goes
below for a beer, and he is en-
gulfed by a radio-active mist. A
few months later he is sprayed by
an insecticide, and right away he
starts to shrink,
He is annoyed. His wife is very
annoyed. His doctor is agog. The
California Medical Research Cen-
ter, an organization apparently
made up of movie prop men, sur-
veys this shrinking varlet and af-
ter a series of misbegotten medi-
cal tests, it is found that Inc.
Shrink is wasting away because
of something on his paper chroma-
tograph. Evidently the combina-
New Books at Library
Marshall, S.L.A. - Pork Chop
Hill: the American Fighting Man
in Action - Korea, Spring, 1953;
NY, W. Morrow, 1956.
Morgenstern, Sam. ed. - Com-
posers on Music; NY, Pantheon,
Ommanney, F. D. - Isle of
Cloves: a View of Zanzibar; Phil.
& NY, Lippincott, 1957.
Roosenburg, Henriette - The
Walls Came Tumbling Down; NY,
Viking, 1957.
Schmitt, Gladys - A Small Fire;
NY, Dial, 1957.
Smith, Shelley - The Lord Have
Mercy; NY, Harper, 1957.
Still, Bayrd - Mirror for Goth-
and Wrona expire next November
am: New York... ; NY, New York
Univ. Press, 1957.

tion of radioactivity and insecti-
cide was too much for his nitro-
gen balance.
A serum is eventually developed
to stop this insidious shrinkage
when he is some 36 inches high,
but it doesn't last. Soon he starts
shrinking again, lives for a time
in a doll house, chases off a cat,
and falls into the basement.
His wife thinks the cat ate
him, so she moves off to search for
someone her size.
Shrinking man loses no time in
setting up basement housekeeping
in a match box. But after killing
a spider with a hat pin, he walks
through the window screen and
declares that he has solved the
riddle of man's purpose in the
universe, at least on a micro scale.
The main difficulty with this
sort of film is in the maintaining
of some proper perspective. The
audience is never quite sure how
tall Mr. Shrink is, since his height
seems to fluctuate from scene to
scene with all the irregularity of
class average. Thus he is seen
climbing with difficulty up a five
inch curb, then in the next scene,
towering over a 35-inch female
midget. Some problems of per-
spective were bound to crop up
with a subject of this sort, and
they are mostly not solved very
* * *
WHILE SOME very well done
science-fiction films have been
released lately, this one is typical
of the "Let radiation do it" school
of thought; it is good for a laugh
but not much else. Kelly & Me is
good for nothing.
-David Kessel.

It does even less to explain what
an artist Is, what he tries to do,
what art is and what art is for.
But to be fair, this film must
be judged solely as melodrama,
never as biography.
"LUST FOR LIFE" concentrates
exclusively on Van Gogh (Kirk
Douglas), who is a moody and
lonely young man who wants to
do something for humanity. What,
he does not know. He has diffi-
culty in expressing himself in
words and a career as preacher
ends unsuccessfully. He turns to
the canvas; it is then that his
loneliness begins to grow: no one
really understands him and no
one is able to enter the emotional
desert that is his life.
He finds fragmentary happiness
with a prostitute (Pamela Brown)
who leaves him. He becomes a
friend of painter Paul Gaughin
(Anthony Quinn), but they argue
and Van Gogh begins the prelude
to insanity by cutting off his ear.
In the meantime he paints with
amazing fury,
It is almost impossible not to
sympathize with this portrait of
a human being, one isolated by
his own strange vision and exist-
ing in an alien world. In its melo-
dramatic, way, "Lust for Life"
achieves a feeling of horror and
intensity; it is moving because its
hero is a bizarre and grotesque
man who needs love and never
finds it.
But always, there is the feeling
that "Lust for Life" only water-
skis over the vast sea that is hu-
man life. Its final impression is
one of pity for its image of man
lost in a world of ignorance.
*I * *
KIRK DOUGLAS plays his role
with impassioned violence, and
within context he is immensely
effective in a naturalistic, brutish
way. The others are only on mo-
mentarily and little is done to
create much individual unique-
The color photography and
CinemaScope do wonders with the
European landscapes; and far
more than the film itself, Van
Gogh's paintings show him with
power and magnificence. As with
any artist, the creations are the
final reward and the ultimate
t "Lust for Life" was made for a
sensationalistic public. Yet, there
are scenes that transcend sensa-
-Ernest Theodossin
Stock Market
By The Associated Press
rp'E STOCK market ended a
sluggish week today with an-
other irregular session.
The pick-up in demand for auto
and drug issues late in the day
put some of these stocks on the
upside. But the rallying tendency
was not contagious enough to im-
pel the previously lower market
to anything but a mixture of gains
and losses.
The extent of these price move-
ments among key stocks was
mostly held within a point's range.

The Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publiction 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,
General Notices
Evaluation of Student Government
Council. The - committee recently ap-
pointed by Vice-President Lewis to re
port to him an evaluation of Student
Government Council invites recognized
student organizations to express their
observations on the structure and fun-
tioning of SGC (under the plan
adopted two years ago) at an open
hearing, Thursady, March 21, 3:00 p.m.,
Room 3003 Student Activities Building.
If such organizations can supply copies
of their statements to the committee
members, the work of the committee
wouldbe greatly facilitated. These
copies should be brought to the secre-
tary of the committee, Deborah Town-
send, 2017 Student Activities Building.
If duplication facilities are not avail-
able to such groups, an attempt will
be made to provide for them if the
statements are brought to the secre-
tary by March 20, 1957.
To Instructors of Engineering Fresh-
Five-week grades for all Engineering
Freshmen are due in the Secretary's
Office, 263 West Engineering Building
on Mon., March 18.
Academic Notices
School of Business Administration
Students from other Schools and Col-
leges intending to apply for admission
for the summer session or fall semester
should secure application forms in
Room 150, School of Business Admin-
istration. Applications should be com-
pleted and returned as soon as possible.
Seniors: College of L.S,&A., and
Schools of Business Administration, Ed-
ucation, Music, and Public Health. Ten-
tative lists of seniors for June gradua-
tion have been posted on the bulletin
board in the first floor lobby, Adminis-
tration Building. Any changes there-
from should be requested of the Re-
corder at Office of Registration and
Records window Number A, 1513 Ad-
ministration Building.
Architecture and Design students may
not drop courses without record after
5:00 p.m. Wed., March 20.
Architecture and Design students
who have incompletes incurred during
the fall semester, must remove them
by Wed., March 20.
Kothe-Hildner Annual German Lan-
guage Award offered- to students in
courses 31, 32, 34, 35, and 36. The con-
test, (a translation competition from
German to English) carries two sti-
pends of $45 and $30 respectively, and
will be held from 2-4 p.m., Wed., March
20. Students who wish to compete
should apply at the erman Depart-
ment Office by Mon., March 18.
Concentrates in Psychology interested
in entering the Senior Honors Course
for 1957-58 should contact Prof. R. W.
Heyns in Room 1012, Angell Hall before
March 25.
Results of the language examination
for the M.A. in history are posted in
3601 Haven Hall.
English 150 (Playwriting) will meet
Tuesday, March 19, at 6:55 p.m. in
Room 1429 Mason Hall.
University Lecture in Journalism.
Paul Shrinkman, Washington corres-
pondent for Central Press Association
and Commentator for WASH and
WDON, will speak on Mon., March 18,
at 3:00 in Rackham Amphitheatre. His
topic will be "Behind the News in
Doctoral Examination for Margery
Roberta Ross, Education; thesis: "In-
fluence Affecting the Development of
Undergraduate Social Work Education
in Seven Michigan Colleges", Mon.,
March 18, East Council Room, Rack-
ham Building, at 2:30 p.m. Chairman,
H. C. Koch.

Berkshire String Quartet of the Uni-
versity of Indiana will be heard at 8:30
Tuse. March 19 in Rackham Lecture
Hall, performing Haydn's Quartet in
G major, Op. 54, No. 1, Fuleihanet
Quartet No. 1, and Beethoven's Quartet
in E-flat major, Op. 127. The group in-
cludes Urico Rossi, first violin, Albert
Lazan, second violin, David Dawson,
viola, and Fritz Magg, cello. The con-
cert will be open to-the general pub-
lic without charge.
Organ Recital by Robert Noehren,
University organist, 8:30 p.m. Mon.,
March 18, in Hill Auditorium. The All-
Bach program will include Fantasia in
C minor, Fugue in G major, Trio-
Sonata No. 4 in E minor, Prelude and
Fugue in A minor, and seven Chorale
Preludes. Open to the general public
without charge.
Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Mu-
sic Fraternity for Women Annual Con-
temporary American Musicale Sun.,
March 17, in Aud. A, Angell Hall, at
8:30 p.m. Performers will be Helen
Mendelson, Pat Martin, Linda Reck,



Notes on Daily and SGC, integration, Germany


Makarios Back to Cyprus?

Associated Press News Analyst
G REAT BRITAIN has finally achieved some-
thing she has been wanting-a face-saving
means of getting Archbishop Makarios back to
Cyprus for the resumption of negotiations over
the future of the island.
The.British exiled the archbishop to the Sey-
chelles Islands in the Indian Ocean a year ago
Editorial Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
Business Staff
DAVID SILVER, Business Manager
MILTON GOLDSTEIN ... Associate Business Manager
WILLIAM PUSCH.............. Advertising Manager

when they discovered that he was the active
planner for Cypriot terrorists.
Since then the British have drawn up a new
proposed constitution for Cyprus offering it a
greater degree of home rule.
BUT LEADERS of EOKA, the terrorist move-
ment which has union with Greece gs its
objective, refused to come forward to negotiate.
None was willing to risk the political onus of
compromising with the British on any point.
Unlike the Algerian situation, where there
are a large number of moderate Arabs and
Berbers who would welcome compromise with
the French so they could go about their business
without interference from the terrorists, the
Cypriots of Greek descent are a fiery lot.
Very few of them are active terrorists, but
they lend a willing cloak of support, making
a cleanup extremely difficult.
When they could get no one to discuss their
new constitution, the British realized that they
had made a mistake in deporting Makarios.

Berlin Story . .
To the Editor:
LET ME be permitted to com-
ment on Miss Striker's more
important statements (Daily, Mar.
12) as a former Free University of,
Berlin student who studied four
years at the FUB.
She refers to the liberal German
system of education: no atten-
dance, no exams, no grades. She
forgot to mention the most impor-
tant thing: viz. that everybody
who takes the final exam has to
undergo certain mandatory pre-
vious examinations which are not
to be compared with the puzzle-
like multiple-choice questions in
I personally like the American
system better. On account of that
"liberal" system at the FUB I had
to work like a madman in order to
pass the diligence exams at the
end of each semester and the vor-
pruefung after four semesters. My
German final exam after four
years of university studies con-
sisted of a thesis (which I had to
get one semester in advance), six
5-hours-exams which covered the
main courses of all four years,
six 2-hour-oral exams which also
covered the main subjects of the
entire previous studies.
In Ann Arbor you receive your
Bachelor of Arts automatically
after taking the credit hours ad-

it really Communist propaganda
or is it the fast import of Holly-
wood movies, rock'n roll-Elvis-
records, superman comics, 18-
year-old GI's who drink and love
with their prostitutes in the Tanz-
bar Rio in Berlin-Zehlendorf and
have a little thrashing once in a
Is it really Communist propa-
ganda or is it Americans all over
the Continent who just take pic-
tures and pay a little visit to the
East Sector instead of writing and
making propaganda for your real-
ly great American achievements
in all areas of cultural, social and
political life?
I am very sorry that an untrue,
compromising and entirely sub-
jective picture about Berlin was
Erhard 0. Lippmann
Dorm Integration . .
To the Editor:
THINK university administra-
tors can learn a lesson in cour-
age and social responsibility from
the Board of Education of New
York City.
The University is afraid to vio-
late the prejudices of narrow
minded people. Unless a student
comes here with a very strong
desire to have a roommate of a
different race or religion, he will

city students will be upset for a
while by having to change
schools; many irate parents will
protest, and many legislators will
threaten. But the educators who
proposed the plan have courage!
The difference between the Uni-
versity Administration and the
New York City Board of Educa-
tion is not only a matter of cour-
age but even more a matter of
fulfilling an obligation as an edu-
cational agency.
Michigan prefers to wait until
the bigots, the fearful ones and
the ones who don't care miracu-
lously change their attitudes. The
New York group recognizes that
changes in attitudes do not occur
by means of spontaneous genera-
Rather, they occur in response
to changes in the environment
and the experiences of the people
holding the attitudes. The task of
the educator is to build the en-
vironment and to provide the ex-
periences which will fostor devel-
opment of attitudes valued by the
The cause of integration can-
not lose if it is vigorously pur-
sued. Its oponents must over-
come one of the strongest Ameri-
can values i.e. all men are so-
cially equal and should be treated
accordingly. It is time for the
University Administration to

jective news reporting doesn't
exist" and the "story reflects
somewhat the judgement and
views of the reporter."
Also, he says "reporters should
have no vested interest in stories
they cover," and in reporting,
"fact shades gradually into opin-
Mr. Marks has very aptly stated
the case for exclusion of the Daily
Editor from the SGC. While I per-
tainly agree that censorship is out
of the question, I also believe that
the presence of the Daily Editor
on the Council affects the cover-
age of the meetings.
The Editor's remarks and ar-
guments seem to find their way
into front-page reports and head-
lines much more than the other
members. '
The rationale for original in-
clusion of the Editor on SGC was
that he was a "campus leader"
and "well-qualified." While there
is no doubt that he is at the top
of the extra-curricular journa-
listic heap, this does not neces-
sarily mean he is an especially
qualified SGC member, ready to
assume all the administrative, as
well as legislative obligations.
He certainly does not fulfill the
requirements of either being
elected by the campus or repre-
senting a large segment of the
campus as the other seventeen
members do.




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