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Sixty-Eighth Year

"When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

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



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'Raintree Count
Grade-A Entertainment
"RAINTREE COUNTY" is a period and costume piece done in color
and on wide-screen. But here the similarity to the usual quality
of this breed ends. This screen adaptation of the popular novel by the
same name is first-rate entertainment.
Set in Raintree County, Indiana, during the Civil War, it records
the flight into insanity of Suzanne (Elizabeth Taylor), a Southerner
turned Northerner by virtue of marriage. Suzanne got her man (in this
case, Montgomery Clift) via the most insidious of all lies. She told him
she was pregnant.
Blessed with a neurotic'mother, Suzanne had had enough trau-

Peaceful Co-Existence
Of Religion, Social Sciences


1HEN Prof. Kenneth E. Boulding asked for
"peaceful coexistence" between religion and
ie social sciences; he hit on what is perhaps
ne of the most troublesome problems facing
day's students.
Throughout their academic careers, students
re preached the merits of objectivity. The
-called "scientific method," taught ad nau-
um from high school on, deals in cold
nalysis of experimental data checked and
oss-checked, with "experimental groups" and
control groups" to insure the complete reli-
bility of every proof.
Religion, perforce, cannot base its claims
1 evidence-f , any reliable sort. What pioofs
ave been attempted throughout the centuries
ave fallen far short of their goal, and the-
logians are little closer now than they have
ver been to surety. Religion is of necessity
ased on faith alone.

FAITH, BY ITSELF, may move mountains;
but it is incapable of seriously denting
scepticism which has been ingrained during
hours and hours of instruction.
On the other hand, religion is one of those
cradle-to-the-grave processes from which it
is impossible to escape, even if one wished to
do so. We are born, grow, live, marry, and die
within the confines of our parents' religion.
That, too, is deeply ingrained.
The conflict, when it begins, can be traumatic
in the extreme. The inner warfare induced by
what Prof. Boulding called the two "subcul-
tures" is often resolved only by choosing one
at the expense of the other. And both are worth
In Prof. Boulding's view, they are -not only
worth keeping; they must be kept.
By insisting this is possible, Prof. Boulding
may have gone a long way toward helping
students to resolve this conflict.

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Michigan House Plan

increased criticism. The administration has
et up a committee to re-evaluate the House
?Ian; the House Plan has met increasing scorn
y the members of the Inter-House Council;
,nd the turnover of residents in Residence Halls
ias been increasing.
The irony of the criticism of the House Plan
s that it has never been fully implemented.
3ne of the central concepts of the House Plan
s that the Resident Advisors are to be members
>f the faculty. This has only been true in a
elatively few Instances. The House Plan does
ot merely mean that fairly mature men serve
.n this position; it is important to the House
?Ian concept that the Resident Advisor be
aculty members.
if the primary function of the Resident Ad-
isor was to serve as a captain of a precinct
police station, if his function were to supervise
he staff assistants while patroling their beats
ip and down the corridors, any mature man
ould serve. This line of reasoning is not
ntirely facetious; under the mutilated version
f the House Plan, now generally in practice,
his function is, if not the sole function of the
Resident Advisor, at least his primary one.
It is probably safe to assume the Residence
alls were planned to be more than internment
amps for freshmen. But at present, this is the
najor role of the system. This system of mass
iving does have one great value in that it

forces the student to live in fairly close associa-
tion with a wide variety of people coming from
different cultural backgrounds. It also has a
related advantage in that it gives every student
a common, unified experience with the rest of
the student body-one of the few he receives.
B.UT THESE ARE the intrinsic values gained
from any type of forced community living.
It would appear that the University would
seek to amplify this natural education into
a more meaningful experience. Just having an
older man to supervise discipline - and the
house elections-is not enough. Neither is the
plan of having slightly older-and academi-
cally proccupied-student staff assistants act
as "big brothers."
The Michigan House Plan concept calls for
faculty to serve as Resident advisors because
they are able to, or at least are more likely to
be able to, stimulate the students intellectually
which, presumably, is why they are at college.
In the comparatively few instances when
there have been faculty in the Residence Halls,
not only has there been some degree of intel-
lectual stimulus, but also the whole tenor of
life in these houses has been on a higher, more
mature level.
Rather than changing the House Plan, an
attempt should be made to implement it.

Insurance and Tax Relief

WASHINGTON - It will be ex-
tremely interesting to see
what happens to Sen. Clinton An-
derson's drive to let distressed in.-
dustries get tax concessions simi-
lar to that urged for the undis-
tressed insurance companies.
The New Mexico Democrat,
himself an insurance man, has
warned colleagues:
"We have been told in the past
that we cannot go at tax revision
on a piecemeal basis. Yet now the
life insurance companies, which
have one of the finest lobbies in
Washington, come along and want
piecemeal legislation which would
give them tax concessions of
"The insurance business is
booming. If they are going to get
piecemeal legislation, why not
some piecemeal legislation for the
auto industry, which is in a
ANDERSON also proposed that
if the insurance companies are
going to get piecemeal tax relief,
there be piecemeal legislation-
giving, apersonal tax exemption
of $650 to each family, plus re-
moval of thectransportation tax,
plus a lowering of the rate on the
first $1,000 of earned income to
help small taxpayers.
It will be interesting to see how
Senate leaders, who have been
urging measures to revive the
economy, operate backstage for
or against the big life insurance
The ouster of Maj. Gen. John
"Bidet" Ackerman, 13th Air Force
Commander in the Philippines,
for his decorating binge, revealed
only part of our military decorat-,

ing in the Pacific. The Navy has a
case of its own involving Adm. W.
B. Ammon, Commandant of the
Marianas, whose ambitious wife
has kept the island of Guam in a
dizzy whirl of decorating, and
Every woman likes to "change
things around" when moving into
a new home. However, the changes
charming Mrs. Ammon has made
since she and the admiral took up
residence at "Flag Circle" on
Guam would make the average
taxpayer's wife, who is footing the
bill, green with envy.
One of her more famous projects
is facetiously known as "Opera-
tion Jackhammer." Mrs. Ammon,
according to other Guam resi-
dents, didn't like the coconut
palms planted by Adm. Chester
Nimitz on the driveway in front of
"Flag Circle." Apparently they
weren't dignified enough. With
her husband's approval, the trees
were cut down and replaced by
Royal palms - which are taller,
statelier, and minus coconuts.
THE WHOLE JOB required two
weeks of sweating toil by Navy
personnel and cost the taxpayers
around $1,500. Since Guam) is a
coral island, jackhamniers had to
be used to drill holes big enough
to accommodate the replanted
The admiral's lady also has en-
gaged in rather extensive interior
decorating. She has had her liv-
in groom and sun-parlor furni-
ture done over at least three times
-at an estimated $2,000.
Mrs. Ammon also wanted some
ornate oriental lamps which were
not stocked by Guam merchants
or the Naval Exchange. She bought
them in Hong Kong.

It took six months for the gov-
ernment to finish equipping and
remodeling her quarters, at an es-
timated cost of over $10,000. This
included an expensive Chinese
lattice-work partition between the
living and dining rooms. The Am-
mons also went in for a sizable
gardening and renovating pro-
gram around the officers' club,
the admiral's guest house, and his
Refurnishing, painting, etc: ran
to over $20,000. These improve-
ments all became property of the
Navy and were not in violation
of regulations. However, the dec-
orating splurge did not make for
good morale among other Naval
personnel on Guam.

* * *


'Passing the Counseling"

CRITICISMS of the literary college's academic
counseling service have run the gamut from
"hopelessly inadequate" to "definitely worth-
less." Many an academically frustrated student
has blamed his failure, in turn, on the failure
of his faculty counselor to "clarify his educa-
tional objectives" as the literary college's
announcement explains. The hapless student
sometimes consoles himself by assuming that
the counselor's only real function is interpre-
tating the catalogue of courses offered by the
literary college. And if he is among those
disappointed students who suddenly discover
all counseling appointments gone at the semes-
ter's end, he may even complain about the
serious lack of counselors that has caused him
academic planning difficulties.
While these criticisms may have some merit,
they are a poor excuse for clouded "educational
objectives" and blunders in the proper choice
of courses for graduation on the part of the
student. No educational counselor is infallible.
Especially a part-time counselor whose personal
counseling contact is limited to six hours a
week. No student can expect to have his entire
college career planned for him during the
course of several 15-minute interviews. Fur-
thermore, the individual who believes that a
faculty counselor can understand and have a
working knowledge of the multitude of courses
offered by the literary college is due for a
The popular' conception that a faculty coun-
selor is the ultimate authority in matters of
Editorial Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
DONNA HANSON ... Personnel Director
CAROL PRINSK................... Magazine Editor
EDWARD GERULDSEN .. Associate Editorial Director
WILLIAM HANEY .................. Features Editor
ROSE PERLBERG ................ Activities Editor
JAMES BAAD ........................ Sports Editor
BRUCE BENNETT ............ Associate Sports Editor
JOHN HILLYER ............ Associate Sports Editor
DIANE FRASER .......... Assoc. Activities Editor
THOMAS BLUES .......... Assoc. Personnel Director
BRUCE BAILEY ................ Chief Photographer

curriculum choice is a fallacy. The student
who limits his consultation experience to one
man, sometimes not even an authority in the
field of the student's interest, demonstrates a
definite lack of initiative. A cure-all, the faculty
counselor, has been substituted for this quality
that marks a University student. As one mem-
ber of the literary college steering committee
aptly put it, "Some students now demand that
the answer to all their academic trouble be
waiting in a little glass house for them."
administrative instrument through which
further consultation can take place. The stu-
dent's professor, instructor or even fellow stu-
dent can sometimes better advise on the prob-
lems a certain area of study may hold. Teach-
ing felldows, having the dual role of student
and instructor, could possibly remedy the prob-
lem of selecting the proper courses. Students
interested in attending graduate school could
especially benefit from such an experience. But
installing a teaching fellow in a small cubicle,
complete with secretary and office hours, will
not increase his knowledge of the courses
offered by the University. A student could ob-
tain the same information in the instructor's
own office . .. without being subjected to the
formality that usually is associated with the
words "faculty counselor."
The basic reason for the literary college's
supposed failure in this area lies in the stu-
dent's attitude of "let someone else do the
thinking and planning.' This intellecual apathy
cannot be used as a valid reason for condemn-
ing the present counseling service. A study
presently being conducted by the literary col-
lege may result in some definite changes. The
counseling rooms may be expanded, more
counselors may be added to the present staff
and more extensive consultations offered. But
the fact still remains that the extent and
worth of a student's education lies within the
will and ability of the student. Only he can
decide what his educational goals are. The
faculty counselor may suggest, test or even
compel but he can never replace student
initiative. In the final analysis, the burden
of choosing an educational objective rests on
the shoulders of the student. When he rejects
this burden and substitutes intellectual apathy,
he can hold no one but himself responsible for
his educatinnal misiudgement.

IT'S A LONG time between now
and the 1960 presidential conven-
tion, but Governor Harriman of
New York is already trying to
make a secret compact with Cali-
fornia Democrats to control the
He has sent word to Pat Brown,
Democratic candidate for govern-
or of California, and to Paul Ziff-
ren, Democratic committeeman in
Los Angeles, that the two biggest
states in the Union, New York
ornate, oriental lamps, which
and California, have enough dele-
gates to dominate the convention
if they stick together.
Harriman did not ask the Cali-
fornians to support him for Pres-
ident. What he wanted was a pact
to guarantee a Liberal Democratic
platform on such problems as
school integration and labor. He
also wants to make sure that the
South does not pick the Demo-
cratic candidates.
(Copyright 1958 by Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

matic experiences by the time she
mal women.
Despite her increasing maniac
behavior and her transparent ly-
ing, her husband displays un-
requited love in the face of the
inviting green pastures nearby
(Eva Marie Saint). Even when
she runs away to the South with
their baby, Montgomery calmly
joins the Union Army and just as
calmly shoots his way Southto
the "sanitarium" to which she has
been committed.
"Raintree" is blessed with solid
acting and some interesting char-
acterizations. It may be one of
Liz Taylor's last pictures. She has
only two commitments left, and
one of these is to make "Don
Quixote" for her husband.
Appropriately enough, she is
finishing up with a smash. Her
performance in this picture has
won her an Academy Award nom-
ination and it is worth every inch
of the little silver monster. As the
demented Suzanne, she displays
great range convincingly.
w * *
IT IS GOOD to see Montgomery
Clift on the screen after so pro-
tracted an absence. While his role
is definitely secondary to Miss
Taylor's tour de force, he per-
forms with his usualecompetence.
Eva Marie Saint appears in a rolej
far below her capabilities. She
does it well, but one wonders why
she did it at all.
Surrounding this trio are some
excellent character parts played
by Agnes Moorehead and Walter
Abel. Here again, the roles are
beneath the capabilities of the
* * *
AS IF ALL of this were not suf-
ficient, we are treated to some
good action scenes and interest-
ing set work. The motley attire of
Sherman's marauders is repro-
duced, along with other little
touches intended to capture the
flavor of the period. Occasionally
the camera is off-focus in order
to produce some soft, mood-catch-
ing effects.
"Raintree" arrived on the lo-
cal scene a bit earlier than ori-
ginally scheduled. This prematuri-
ty is due to the failure of "Sing,
Boy, Sing" to attract anything
more than perhaps four hundred
frantic fourteen-year-olds. This
occurence may be the beginning
of a trend beneficial to Ann Ar-
bor moviegoers.
.-Paul Mott
Well Sung
Orchestra presented Mendels-
sohn's oratorio Elijah in Hill Audi-
torium last night. It was a per-
formance marked by strong choral
singing and excitement.
Mendelssohn's Elijah is a work
of spotty quality marred by some
of the Romantic era's worst ex-
cesses. But despite its bad ele-
ments, this work contains many
moments of tense emotion and real
beauty. Few choruses match the
superb warmth and subdued
beauty of "He Watching Over
Throughout the performance,
the chorus shone strongly as they
poured forth volumes of tone of
fine quality and more than ade-
quate technique. The Elijah does
not make the demands upon the
contrapuntal abilities of the choir
and thus it is better suited for such
a large group than are such works
as The Messiah.
Maynard Klein's sensitive direc-
tion brought out the best from the

choir and orchestra and full credit,
must go to him for the many vir-
tues of this performance.
Among the soloists, the base
part of Elijah stands out as the
longest and the most important.
In the hands of a bass or strong
baritone with tremendous dra-
matic powers, this. part can be
most impressive.
Philip Duey sang the role with
musicianship and excellent artistr3
in the lyric passages. However, the
big vocal quality demanded is not
in Mr. Duey's voice any longer.
* * *
vealed her magnificent artistr3
and interpretative powers. Among
the soloists, she was the only on
who sang with real insight as to
her place in the story being re-
lated. The formidable aria, "Hear
veIrael." nroied a little too much

Berton Roueche. 177 pp. Boston:
Little, Brown and Company.
SOME of the finest journalisti
writing and medical reporting
is included in Berton Roueche's
The Incurable Wound, a collection
of six "narratives of medical de-
As in his previous book, Eleven
Blue Men, Roueche begins each
essay with the case history of a
rare or unusual medical case,
often one from the files of the
New York Department of Public
Health, and then discusses the
history and instance of the disease,
-fnalady or a pertinent drug, finally
concluding with the outcome of
the individual case-which often
involves the tracing of the cause
of illness to its surprising and
enlightening source.
In his first book, Roueche made
use of the most spectacular cases
involving leprosy and various
forms of poisoning, among other
maladies. As a result, The Incur-
able Wound is concerned with the
more common problems, with am-
nesia, the dangers of - aspirin,
rabies in bats, home poisoning,
occupational poisoning and the
effects of cortisone.
But each of these problems is
handled with the best of journal-
istic skill, with the transmission
of medical knowledge that goes
beyond the superficial, and yet
employs medical terminology un-
derstandable to the layman.
In "Ten Feet Tall,' after a short
lecture on cortisone and ACTH
as hormones and their medical
uses, the author related the terri-
fying experiences of a housewife
whose husband suffers symptoms
of a manic-depressive psychosis
while under contisone treatment.
An essay on aspirin describes
the history, uses and dangers of
the commonest of medicines so
vividly that anyone reading it will
never be table to take another
aspirin without a feeling of aware-
ness of what he is doing, a feeling
of understanding the power of the
Four more essays round out
this volume of well-researched,
carefully written "narratives of
medical detection" that will amaze
and instruct each reader in turn.
-Vernon Nhrgang
The Daily Official Bulletin is an
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sity of Michigan for which the
Michigan Daily assumes no edi-
torial responsibility. Notices should
be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
Room. 3519 Administration Build-
ing, before 2 p~m. the day preceding
publication. Notices for Sunday '
Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
General Notices
An especially important meeting of
University Varsity Debaters will be held
on Thurs., March 13 at 4:00 'p.m. in
Room 2040 Frieze Bldg. At this time
plans and assignments for the annual
Michigan cross-Examination tourna-
ment will be discussed. The Tourna-
ment will be held on Fri., March 28;
five colleges will participate, the de-
bating to be done before University
speech classes. Preliminary to th
Tournament, a series of practice de-
bates on the question of requiring
membership in a labor organization as
a condition of employment will be con-
ducted; all debaters are urged to at

to get details and becoule active 14
the tournament preliminaries.
Women's Hours: Women students will
have 1:30 a.m. permission on Sat. night,
March 15.
D e t r o I t Armenian Women's Club
Scholarship. A scholarship of $200 to
available to men and women of Ar-
menian descent who reside in the
greater Detroit area and who will have
completed one year of college work by
June. Applications are available at
the -Scholarship Office, S. A. B. Appli-
cations must be filed by April 30.
Panel Discussion, auspices of East
Quadrangle Council. "The Road to Sal-
vation." Panel participants: The Rev.
Eugene A. Ransom, director, Wesleyan

was nine years old to fell ten nor-




Ski Club Takes Honors


Unsung Heroes .r.s.
To the Editor:
THIS LETTER probably has no
more chance of being printed
than the original article which
was much more important.
This past weekend a group 'of
University students participated
inintercollegiate competition and
as of this date, The Daily has seen
fit to completely ignore the re-
sults of this meet. Instead, The
Daily has been printing articles
bemoaning the losses of Michigan
teams and devoting space to such
things as the results of a tennis
match in Egypt.
This is not only unfair to the
people who participatedin the
meet, but also is a complete dis-
regard of journalism principles in
depriving students of information
that pertains to their university
and should be published in the
University paper.
The Michigan Intercollegiate
Ski Association races were held
at Boyne Mountain and the Uni-
versity was renresented at that

meet, the Michigan team beat a
Michigan State team which went
to the NCAA meet at Dartmouth
and individually beat some of the
top skiers in the Midwest.
Second, the University was
this entailed many hours of work
host for the meet this year and
for the meet chairman and his
group. There were also many stu-
dents who were proud enough of
their school and their sport to go
up and work on the meet both
days in anything but ideal weath-
er conditions to insure that the
meet would be staged as the Uni-
versity would be expected to put
on a meet.
Outstate newspapers saw fit to
cover the meet. But the Daily
sports staff is so wrapped up in
their losing teams that when some
very game competitors do form a
winning team, The Daily com-
pletely ignores their endeavors,
This meet may not have en-
gulfed the whole student body, but
it did involve the University and
deserves adequate coverage, and

esting stories I have ever read.
I speak of the story by Mr.
Michael Kraft in this Tuesday's
Daily, the story on the present
economic situation in which a
number of our faculty members
were interviewed for their opin-
This is one of the best pieces
of writing that I 'have seen in
which the comments of professors
were reported with the care that
was due them.
My compliments for a good job
and best wishes for continued good
--Robert Kelso, t
Professor Emeritus
addition .
To the Editor:
JN YOUR article on a student
integration committee in Tues-
day's Daily, your reporter failed to
include Elaine Harris' name as
the fifth person working in the
interests of dormitory integration.
Elaine and I have been working



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