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"What Do You Make of It?"

SieIir&gaz atIg
Sixty-Seventh Year


"When Opinlons Are Free
Truth Wt 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 Evaluation:
Need for Broader Scope

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Quartetto Italian
Live Up To Fame
of two early Italian chamber sonatas, Prokofieff's Quartet No. 2,
and Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74.
The first of the many remarkable things that one noticed when
the group began to play Vitali's Capriccio (1669) was the lovely {tone of
the ensemble. It was warm, velvety and mellow. As the work progressed,
one began to sense that this beauty of tone had a core of occasional
driness which was, nevertheless, pleasant, like the after taste of certain
Italian red wines; a quality which might be called body.
THE GROUP IS, first of all, well-mannered and civilized, playing
with an urbanity and polish which made even a work like the Second
Quartet by Prokofieff seem like an object of high style and elegance.



NITIAL meetings of the Student Government
Council evaluation committee indicate ap-
parent disagreement over committee function
between Vice-President Lewis, who set up the
committee, and some committee members.
Difference of opinion seems to be over the
scope of the committee's work. While Mr. Lew-
is apparently believes it is not the job of the
committee to come up with suggestions for
change in the Council plan - even if it thinks
change is needed - several students have ex-
pressed the opinion that the value of the evalu-
ation report dopends on specific recommenda-
tions where necessary.
If the committee, after study, finds that in-
creased Council membership, for instance,
would make for greater effectiveness, it is felt
that such a recommendation should be in-
cluded in Mr. Lewis's report to the Regents.
WE BELIEVE the evaluation committee
should have this prerogative.
Certainly, nobody denies Mr. Lewis's re-
sponsibility to the Regents with respect to SGC.
The Regents instructed the Vice-President for
StudentAffairs to implement the Council plan
for a two-year trial period. and to report on its
progress. Their "inability to delegate these re-
sponsibilities without also holding the right
to appraise, modify, or suspend said delega-
tions" as those granted SGC is understandable.

We believe, however, that Mr. Lewis has un-
necessarily limited the scope of the evaluation.
His charge to the evaluation committee, in his
letter to committee chairman Laing and at the
first committee meeting, is not broad enough
to allow for more than a superficial examina-
tion of the Council's two-year existence.
The committee has been asked to confine
its work to answering the two questions: Has
the SGC plan worked? And is it what we ex-
pected when the plan was adopted?
W E BELIEVE that this is a good beginning
for any evaluation, but it is only a begin-
ning. To be comprehensive and thorough in its
evaluation, the committee must take the furth-
er step of recommending what improvements
can be made if there are areas - and we be-
lieve there are - in which the Council has not
been effective or has not functioned as ex-
pected when the plan was adopted two years
If the evaluation committee believes that
there is justification for a large Council mem-
bership, it should be able to say so. Its failure.
to do so would mean an incomplete evaluation.
We are confident Mr. Lewis will realize the
value and the necessity of specific recommen-
dations for better implementing the concepts
behind Student Government Council.


JetBFighter PlentySa

Bigtime Football Here To Stay

IT IS NOW open season on football players.
Complaints against college football, rather
subdued before the roar of thousands of hap-
py football fans during the football season, are
now blossoming forth in their faithful annual
The one cure suggested this year for this
"monster" of the campus is the same one pro-
posed last year and the year before that and
the year before that. It is, of course, deempha-
However, there are some good reasons why
college football should and will stay basically
the way it is now.
For one thing, it provides a large dose of
happiness for a large number of people. Last
season an all-time high of 566,093 people saw
the Michigan home games.
Few, if any, were forced to go. Thousands
more heard the games on the radio.
Few, if any, were forced to listen. The Sun-
day papers carried extensive word and picture
accounts of the games.
Few, if any, were forced to read.
The people went, listened and read because
they liked the 1956 brand of college football.
INTEREST on campus was so high that even
a pep rally drew thousands of students. It
is clearly evident that no other organization
or event on campus comes even close to match-
ing football in interest. No other event so binds
the student body together. No other event so
moves emotion that a few cry in both victory
and defeat.
Not only were the games important to the
students and alumni but to thousands of citi-
zens who have never attended the University
or attended a Michigan game. They were ex-
citing to many whose daily work is boring and
unrewarding. They were important to people
sick at home and in the hospitals.
Many of Michigan's staunchest supporters
are those whose only identity with .the Uni-
versity is through the football team.
For any number of people no other Saturday
of the year can provide the enjqyment of foot-
ball Afternoons.

Perhaps no other single feataure better sym-
bolizes the spirit of Michigan as "The Victors."
Yet, great as it is, it would sound rather sad
being played while a professor enters the class-
room, textbook in hand.
But it does sound inspiring being played be-
fore a large crowd in a large stadium when our
big-time college team takes the field. Few peo-
ple would care to see the fraternity I-M team
playing in the Stadium, including the frater-
nity brothers themselves.
FOR A NUMBER of years now, this univer-
sity as well as others have made extensive
moves to win public support and public funds.
Certainly the public has some say in the oper-
ation of the college.
There is no public demand for'football de-
emphasis. Rather the interest shown would in-
dicate that they are generally satisfied with
college football as it now functions.
Furthermore, the realities of the situation
must be faced.
The students, alumni and fans of many large
universities want winning teams. But the sup-
ply of good football players is limited. This
desire for winning teams and the shortage of
top-flight players means the tough recruiting
for players will continue. Money will continue
to be an inducement for enrollment.
A colleges' declaration for purely amateur
football while money is being passed under
the table makes the college a king-sized hypo-
crite in the public eye.
As long as money is being paid, let's make
the payment above the table with some at-
tempt to control the situation.
P OTBALL LOVERS are making no attempt
to destroy or weaken text-books, music
clubs, dramatic clubs or any other aspect of
college life. Football is an addition to, not a
detraction from, college experience.
Fortunately, big-time college football is not
about to go small-time, nor should it.

IF ANY WIVES or mothers are
worried about their menfolk
being jet Air Force pilots, they
ought to stop worrying. My wife
was worried too about my taking
a ride in an Air Force fighter-in-
terceptor. But I have concluded
that in peacetime they are even
safer than commercial planes. And
I think anyone viewing all the
safety precautions taken by the
Air Force would agree with me.
I went out to Andrews Air Force
base the other day to get some idea
of how well the Atlantic Coast was
protected. I figured the best way
to do this was to see for myself
and take a ride in a jet fighter.
The Andrews Base is headquarters
for the 85th Air Division, which
guards the eastern U.S. from New
Jersey to North Carolina, and
which is part of an amazingly ef-
ficient network of warnings, in-
cluding Canada and Mexico and
even extending out to sea, in which
the Army, Navy, and Civil Defense
all participate.
It's something every American
should know about, though it took
me longer to learn about it than
I expected, thanks to the fact that
the Air Force won't let you fly in
a jet without a rigorous physical
which lasted half a day, plus a
training course in handling a para-
chute, a Mae West, a lifeboat, and
emergency landing. This is one
reason I say you are safer in an
Air Force plane than in a com-
mercial plane. You can get out in
case of emergency.
* * *
FRANKLY I had a hard time re-
membering just when you use the
sea-marker, where to find the sig-
nal mirror and the whistle for use
in calling rescue ships, whether to

use the smoke flares at night or
the red flares in the daytime, or
vice versa; and how long to leave
the charcoal tablets in your rub-
ber pail of sea-water before you
can drink it.
"You don't eat the shark repel-
lent, no matter how hungry you
are," insisted Sgt. James Muldoon,
the rescue instructor. "It makes
the sharks sick, and you won't like
it either. When they get it in their
gills they go away."
However, I was able to remem-
ber the chief details about bailing
out. The parachute is strapped on
so tight you almost 'have to sit
stoop-shouldered. And when you're
in the mood to bail out you pull
a lever to tighten it up even more,
then pull a trigger, and you shoot
out into the air. After you fall to
10,000 feet the parachute releases
automatically. You just don't have
to worry about it.
Of course, if you insist on worry-
ing, there's a safety manual re-
lease which you can use yourself
in case the automatic release
should forget to work.
"What happens if I pull the
trigger by mistake before the air-
plane canopy is removed?" I asked
flight instructor Lt. J. B. Ledbet-
ter, Jr.
"Then you shoot right through
the canopy. It won't hurt you.
Your helmet will punch a hole in
* * *
THE HELMET, built like a foot-
ball player's, was indeeda well-
built covering. Attached to it was
the most frustrating gadget of all,
the oxygen mask. Because of the
high altitudes you have to use the
mask at all times. Inside the mask,
right under your nose, is a tiny
microphone. A wire connects it

with the front cockpit, enabling
me to talk to Capt. Ben. C. Murph
as if he were alongside me in a
Washington sitting room.
It also enabled him to talk to
the ground and to other planes in
the air. I could listen in on such
Air Force jargon as- "mattress,"
meaning the cloud layer below;
"blankets," meaning the cloud
layer above; "pigeons," meaning
the direction home; "oranges
sweet" - good weather- and "or-
anges sour" - bad weather.
To show how the 85th Air Divis-
ion goes into action in case an
unidentified plane apears off the
Atlantic Coast, Captain Murph
took me aloft in an F-94 C Star-
fire in a simulated "scramble." A
scramble is the quick getaway of
fighter jets when the alarm is
sounded. The pilots can get from
their bunks into the plane and
aloft in five minutes.
In this case the R-94 C in whch
I rode became an enemy plane
and two F-86 D's simulated knock-
ing us out of the skies. It was a
very exciting maneuver.
THE CHIEF thing that worried
me during the intercept was Lt.
William Gorman of Emporia,
Kans., pilot of the escort F-94 C.
He kept so close to our port side
that I thought our wings were go-
ing to touch. The Air Force calls
this "holding hands." I didn't feel
that romantic about it. Of course,
you realize I was worried for Lt.
Gorman's safety, not for my own.
After it was all over, Lt. Karl
Sanders of Sherman, Tex., Gor-
man's Radar Observer, cheered me
up: "It's much safer that way. If
you get too far away from each
other you might get lost in the
(Copyright 1957 by Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

This work emerged under their
utilizing faintly Central Asiatic folk
into a suavely witty and light
hearted exercise.
Ultimately, the entire communi-
cation seemed romantic, with even
the seemingly primitive rhythmic
patterns becoming an object of
good humor. The result was a tour
de force of string playing (and
there were some very difficult
passages). ,
FINALLY one was most im-
pressed by the musicianship of the
Verdi Life
"VERDI", the Orpheum's attrac-
tion this weekend, is what is
known in literary terminology as
a "fictionalized biography"
A little retouching of the facts
is by now expected of movies
dealing with the lives of famous
figures, but this time the story
follows an equally famous plot.
Verdi based one of his most
popular operas, "La Traviata," on
Dumas' "Camille"; it is somewhat
startling to discover that he based
his life on it as well. Thus the
boiling of plot leaves a residue
of sugar that is too much super-
The events of Verdi's life are
considerably less an attraction
than his music, and fortunately
the picture does provide a good
deal of the latter.
As the emphasis necessarily
falls on the early part of Verdi's
life, high spots from seldom-heard
operas such as "Nabucco" and
"Ernani" are offered. There are
a glimpse of "Falstaff", full arias
from "Othello" and "Rigoletto",
and exactly what one would ex-
pect to hear of 'Il Trovatore&"
and "Aida."
DURING SCENES from the later
operas, the composer himself is
virtually forgotten and he and
his wife are shown growing older
and fatter in their plush-lined
The singing does not suffer, as
the acting does, from the dis-
concerting effects of the dubbing
in of English speech while the
performers are making Italian lip
movements. Those who have seen
many Italian movies are no doubt
used to the unnatural results of
this linguistic mis-mating, but as
the libretti here go blessedly un-
translated, the dubbing is not ob-
vious. The voices, too, of Del
Monaco, Gobbi, and Irene Genna,
while not bathing the listener in
stereophonic sound, come through
gloriously on a clear sound track.
Although this film is hardly
likely to send anyone to the li-
brary for a Verdi biography, sales
of opera recordings will probably
enjoy a brief flurry.
-Roberta Hard

treatment as a light weight work,
material, but all of it transmuted
group-their shaping of the pro-
gression.of the music; keeping it
alive and moving; manipulating
the tension and moments of re-
laxation with masterly control.
It was this that made their per-
formance of the Beethoven Quar-
tet the high point of the evening.
In the first movement, they made
each pause, each phrase count,
making the tension mount until
the arpeggio passages, struck pi-
The reading was vigorous and
manly; but one occasionally felt
a need for a certain roughness in
tone (a stringency). The lovely
tone of the Quartetto sometimes
has a tendency to too much
The slow movement, played es-
pecially slowly, was also especially
smooth. The close of the third
movement and the transition to
the fourth was subtly articulated
to realize the drama. In this var-
iation movement, and especially in
the final variation and the coda,
Signor Borciani's violin-playing
was remarkable in the rightness
of tone, phrasing and virtuosity.
* a
WHEN YOU come right down
to it, it must be more difficult to
live up to a reputation than to
build one up. The Quartetto Ital-
iano came up to our high expec-
tation with glory.
-A. Tsugawa
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p.m. Friday.
University Lecture: Dr. Charles F.
Hockett' Prof. of Linguistics, Cornell
University, will speak on "Human
Language and Animal Communication"
Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Aud. C, Angell Hall,
sponsored by the Dept. of Anthropol-
ogy. Open to the public.
Academic Notices
Rotating Seminar in Statistics (Uni-
versity of Michigan with Michigan
State and Wayne State Universities)
will meet in Room 3201, Angel Hall
on Sat., Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. Papers
presented will be (1) "A Theorem Con-
cerning the Existence of Stationary Ab-
solute Probability Distributions for a
Markov Chain," by Prof. S.T.C. Moy,
Wayne State University; i2) "The In-
variance Principle and a eneralia-
tion of the Hunt-Stein Theorem," by
Prof. Oscar Wesler, University of Michi-
Philosophy 34 final make-up Wed.,
Feb. 20. 2:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2208, An-
gell Hall.
English 298: Mr. Cowley's section will
meet Thurs., Feb. 21, in 1006 A.H, at
7:30 p.m. Students in this class should
consult with Mr. Cowley at his of-
fice (2626 H.H.) to arrange conference
Language Exam for Masters Degree
In History, March 1, 4:00 p.m. 439 Ma-
son Hall. Sign list in History office.
Dictionaries may be used.
History Make-up exams, March 2, 9-
12 a.m., 429 Mason Hall. See your in-
structors for permission and then sign
list in History office.
Coming Events
Phi Delta Kappa. Omega Chapter will
meet Tues., Feb. 19. at 8:00 p.m. in

the west Conference Room Rackharn
Building. Prof. McKeachie of Psycholo-
gy and Prof. Garrison, Director of
Television, will speak briefly and lead
a discussion on "Implications of TV
for Education." Refreshments.
Placement Notices
The following camps will have rep-
resentatives interviewing for personnel
in Room 3G of the Union, Wed., Feb.
20 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Camp Conestoga, LeonidasdMich -
need general counselors; riding In-
structors; nurse; and assistant arts &
crafts supervisor. Facilities are avail-
able for married couples.
Camp Naheln, Ortonville, Mich. -
men and women to be general coun-
selors, waterfront specialist, arts and
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Reaction to Gromkyo Shift

Unscrupulous Men Need Censorship

Associated Press News Analyst
REACTION in world capitals indicates a lack
of solid information on which to base an as-
sessment of the latest assignment switches in
the Russian government.
One interesting point of speculation is
whether there has been a downgrading of
Dmitri Shepilov, who has been foreign minis-
ter for a relatively short time, or whether there
has been a downgrading of the Foreign Min-
istry itself.
The return to prominence of Andrei Gro-
myko as foreign minister marks achievement
of a goal to which his whole political life has
' been pointed.
Whether it means that his old sponsor, V. M.
Molotov, and the other remaining Stalinists
are recapturing some of their power from the
Khrushchev "soft liners' remains unclear.
.It may mean a return to the tough line of
Stalin, or that Gromyko will chiefly execute
policy laid down by the Central Committee
where Shepilov will devote himself to its for-
UROMYKO has been the tactician rather

things stirred up in the Middle East. It was
Shepilov who touched off the latest Middle
East crisis through the arms deal with Egypt.
At the time of Shepilov's appointment to
succeed Molotov it was connected primarily
with Khrushchev's campaign to woo President
Tito of Yugoslavia back into the International
Communist fold. That effort failed.
Shepilov recently announced a new approach
to the Middle Eastern problem designed to take
some of the edge off the Eisenhower plan. The
West, instead of being impressed, looked upon
it as totally propagandistic and rather childish.
THE HIERARCHY could hardly hold against
Shepilov personally, however, since notes
to other nations and a speech before the Su-
preme Soviet are produced in collaboration
with the whole government.
Marshall Tito indicated after his visit to
Russia last fall that there was a conflict for
power among the Stalinist and anti-Stalinists
in the Kremlin, but predicted the "soft line"
would win eventually. That was at a time
when the Russian action in Hungary was being
interpreted as a result of Stalinism.
Since then Khrushchev has revised and soft-
ened his anti-Stalin line in public, and some
nhaara-- ots fa-n ar f - n offr f

Morals and Obscenity...
To the Editor:
HERE ARE complications in
the two-part article by Mr.
Elsman which should be pointed
out as unwarranted. And in the
light of the subject of his article,
it is most important that this be
In the first part, Mr. Elsman
quotes Judge Hand as saying,
"... the word 'obscene' should in-
dicate the present critical point
in the compromise between candor
and shame at which the com-
munity has arrived here and now."
This is well-said, and could 'be
a definitive stand on the meaning
of obscenity. But when Mr. Els-
man concludes that "this indicates
the Court holds morals to be rela-
tive," I must rush to point out
that this does no sucI thing, un-
less Mr. Elsman wishes to identify
morals and obscenity; and he does
not indicate this wish.
Obscenity may be a moral ques-
tion, but it is not the whole of
morals. The moral principle usual-
ly associated with obscenity is that
"weo ught not use. read write .

of style: Mrs. Smith always follows
the Parisian styles but from year
to year this style differs. Further,
styles from generation to genera-
tion are now modest, again im-
modest. But the principle remains
that the wearer should wear
modest styles, whatever these be.
Hence, although the styles may
change, and our conception of
what is modest or obscene may
change, this by no means implies
that our ideas of what is moral
or immoral change. The difficulty
and relativity is not with what is
moral, but with what is obscene.
In the second part, Mr. Elsman
hints that until we find conclusive
proof that obscene literature leads
to juvenile delinquency, there is
no confirmed platform upon which
to base a program against it. He
quotes Inspector Bullach as point-
ing out a connection between ob-
scene literature anddelinquency,
and evidently Bullach considers
this enough to work on.
To expect conclusive evidence of
a scientific nature is like analyz-
ing the smoke before yelling
"Fire!" By the time confirmed
knowledge is available, more harm

form of governmental censorship,
or of a type of the recent comic
book code, adopted by the pub-
lishers themselves.
Of course, the latter is the de-
sirable option. But there will al-
ways be with us unscrupulous men
willing to make a filthy buck, and
they ought to be stopped.
But how? And by 'hom? These
are the questions which must be
solved, not so much the question
"should there be censorship?"
Every right, be it religion, as-
sembly, the press, or what have
you, has limitations.
We cannot, for instance, toler-
ate the assembly of people plot-
ting to overthrow the government
by force. We cannot tolerate a re-
ligion which practices common
marriage, or "family marriage," as
it is called. So we cannot tolerc'
a press which is prejudicial to the
interests of mental and moral
As Mr. Elsman ends his article,
"Two questions . . . are good for
evryone to keep in mind-if cen-
sorship is necessary, who should
do it? Further, where is censor-
ship leading?" These questions are

Midwest Athens...
To the Editor:
A WORD of praise for James Els-
man, '58, and his recent docu-
mentary essay on the Freedom of
Obscenity. I must confess that of
all his arguments, I was especially
moved by his astute observation
that the head of the Detroit Police
Censorship Bureau is a graduate
of Michigan State.
Small wonder that the "tyran-
nous" bureau has become a "Min-
istry of Culture" controlled by
p r u d i s h shynress," "organized
Christianity," "pressure groups,"~
and other "cheerleaders."
I was particularly pleased when
I saw Ann Arbor referred to as the
"Athens of the Midwest." Let me
add with genuine pride that this
is also the County Seat!
-Rrank Gunter, Spec.
What Expected?...
To the Editor:
their meeting on 13 February;
wrha t mwill th SGCaccent as oh.


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