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"What I Really Want Is A Few Jars Of Instant Science"

Elyr fidiigaw Daily
Sixty-Eighth Year

"When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

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



Economics Club, Roundtable
Can Serve Campus Interests

rJ7HIS UNIVERSITY was witness last week to
more political activity than probably has
been the case all semester long. Two events
held the spotlight.1
First, the appearance of Norman Thomas, a
leading Socialist, was an important step in the
effort to bring men of controversial opinions to
the campus. Students and faculty turned out
in large numbers to hear him and went away,
we are sure, none the worst for having done
so. While we would have preferred to have
heard him speak more about the beliefs he
holds, the topic of his address and the ideas
and questions he presented were enough to
challenge the thinking of any student or fac-
ulty member present.
The Economics Club, which brought Mr.
Thomas to campus, is to be commended for
its efforts. This group, and the Political Science
Roundtable, might well make a useful contri-
bution to the cause of discussion and debate at
the University by bringing more speakers such
as Mr. Thomas-although not necessarily of
the same political bent-to campus. Even
though these groups, being. composed primarily
of graduate students and faculty members,
would usually prefer to sponsor men who are
experts in a certain restricted area of the
subject the club is concerned with, it would
seem that the occasional sponsorship of men of
general interest-such as Mr. Thomas-would
not be out of order. The task of arranging for
such spea'kers might well be assisted by the
considerable resources of the faculty of the
economics and political science departments.
The other event of last week-the debate
between the Young Republicans and the Young
Pemocrats-did not come off quite so well as
the Thomas visit but was, nevertheless, a most
encouraging event.
This is one of the few, and certainly the most
noteable efforts of any sort that either club
has undertaken all year. Although the results
were disappointing for a variety of reasons, the
debate indicates the two groups have not died
completely and holds the possibility for similar
and better planned activities in the future.

HOWEVER, the debate last week was ham-
pered by the large crowd that filled the
room where it was held and made for a hot,
stuffy evening-a situation hardly conducive to
close concentration on a political discussion.
This problem, we are sure, can be easily cor-
Of a much more serious nature was the
difficulty presented by the speakers and the
topic. Only one of the speakers appeared well
prepared or sure of his material. The deficiency
of the other speakers in' this area made for
some rather silly remarks and unconvincing
However, we have a feeling that this appar-
ent unprepardness was basically an outgrowth
of the most serious problem-the much too
general nature of the topic debated. It was:
Issues that the country will face in the Novem-
ber elections, including military, economic and
educational problems and, we would add, any-
thing else the speakers happened to grasp
on. As it was planned, the topic was more
appropriate for a panel discussion than a
It has always been our understanding that in
a debate something is resolved with the speak-
ers arguing yes or no to the resolution. Such
,an approach by the two groups in the future
will probably prove more successful than the
method employed last week.
What to resolve should be no problem. Any
of the topics touched on during last week's
debate would prove excellent. On the national
scene there is in progress the great debate
over defense prepardness, the outcome of which
will be reflected in the November congressional
elections. In Michigan there is shaping up one
of the best political battles in recent years
with the Republicans going all-out to defeat
Gov. G. Mennen Williams and-so the GOP
claims-Walter Reuther in the fall state elec-
The issues are abundant and the time is
ripe-now it is up to the Young Republicans
and the Young Democrats, and any other
groups on campus, such as the Political Issues
Club, to capitalize on these events.


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'The Quiet American'
-nnocence A broad
"THE QUIET AMERICAN," currently holding forth at the State
Theatre, is a fast-moving mystery, a love story and an editorial,
all rolled into one.
The story revolves around two principle characters, who provide a
study in contrasts. The "Quiet American" of the title is a wide-eyed,
idealistic ambassador of good will named Pyle, played by wile-eyed,
boyishly handsome Audie Murphy.
His opposite number is a passionately cynical English newspaper-
man named Fowler (Michael Redgrave). Fowler practically makes a
career of detachment. He has no polities, no god, and no restraining
ties, either real or spiritual. The one soft spot in his invulnerability is
(Phuong (Giorgia Moll), his lovely Vietnamese mistress. Even his love


Big Doings in Ypsilanti

Universities and Plant Capacity,

NEW INTEREST in putting school on a year
around, four-term basis, may be the sanest
approach to the irresistible tide of expansion
anybody has yet to offer.
If schools remain unwilling to limit enroll-
ment and raise standards, and state schools
especially fit in this category, use of a summer
session which could increase capacity by about
20 percent, seems to be the best answer to the
desire of maintaining quality education.
For class size could remain the same with
the increase, there would not be any more
people on campus at a give time, and current
facilities would be no more taxed than they are
There is also in the program a fuller "utiliza.-
tion of plant capacity" a distinct appeal to our
pragmatic, tight-fisted state legislatprs.
However, such a program might help to
change the entire tenor of a University, and the
possible drawbacks are great enough to be
Leisure time, the summer vacation, has been
a major inducement for the teaching profession
in an area where salary has not been much
of a force. With the ridiculously low pay of
our .professors, it takes on truly great impor-
tance, Under a full year program in which
salaries would even be raised commensurately,
a great many qualified people may turn to
other more financially remunerative occupa-
tions. Or perhaps they will turn to other uni-
versities, where they can get the vacation.
The summer vacation also serves many as a
most valuable time to do research. Not only can
the summer be a necessary opportunity for

concentrated study, but a long vacation pro-
vides the opportunity to carry on research a
great distance from the university. This is
often necessary. With only sabbaticals, which
are often under fire anyway, as an opportunity
for protracted absence from the University for
study, the quality of research must deteriorate,
and with that the reputation of the school.
THE THIRD PROBLEM is of a more emo-
tional nature, perhaps one which may be
called resistance to any kind of change. One
distinguishing feature of a university has been
its leisurely pace, which provides for an oppor-
tunity to do some real thinking.
Already the large university is often criti-
cized as a factory, mass producing students who
are presumably educated, but more probably
are not.
This charge will have even greater validity
to an institution which runs at a full gallop
all year around- to "maximize plant capacity"
and turn out more students than ever before.
. However, all this really can only become a
plea for limited enrollment. For if enrollment
is to be increased at the present rate, it is
still better to spread the mob through the
school year, rather than pile students into
already overcrowded classrooms for 9 months
a season.
. And further, perhaps any program which
will win approval of state legislators, help the
University get needed funds and at the same
time not do any more violence to some basic
concepts of education than is being done now
should be encouraged.

BACK IN freshmen days, when
we were quad-cloistered and
daily beset by beef birds, there
was a strange legend going around
concerning the city of Ypsilanti.
At least once a week, someone
would say, with a sly grin, "Hey,
wha do you say we go to Ypsi one
of these nights?" Breath would
quicken, senses would reel at the
Somehow or other, Ypsilanti
meant wild times and high pleas-
ures. "Ypsi girls are very fine
girls, heave-away, heave-away!"
we would sing, little realizing the
college ditty was penned around
the turn of the century, when
things might have been different.
And so we dreamt of the day we
would prowl the Ypsi alleys in
search of adventure and winking
* * *
WELL, MAYBE it was the quad
food, or maybe it was those mixers
at Alice Lloyd that led us to be-
lieve a veritable Casablanca lurked
a few miles away.
Since that wide-eyed time, we,
like most of us, have been to Ypsi.
Casablanca it is not. In fact, Ann
Arbor it isn't, yet. Not that they
roll up the streets at dusk, but
they don't dance in them either.
Ypsi does boast one notable en-
terprise, though, and it's called
Eastern Michigan College. The
thriving school has a small but
active theatre department, which
leads us to believe that something
does happen at night in Ypsi,
after all.
Three faculty men work on plays
while the rest of the Speech Dept.
handles the forensic action. We
spoke to one of the triumvirate,


one George Bird, whose official
title is Technical Director.
The drama activity resembles
ours on a smaller scale. Four ma-
jor productions are given in the
course of a year, three of them
full-fledged three-act plays and
the fourth a group of student
directed one-acts. According to
Bird, they have already done "An-
drocles and the Lion" and "Hedda
Gabler" this year, with "The Man
Who Came to Dinner" and the
one-acts still to come.
The shows are produced in
Roosevelt Auditorium, which seats
540, but a new theatre is being
built onthe campuswhich will
seat, oddly enough, 400. Art for
art's sake, maybe.
BIRD EXPRESSED some regret
over the fact that original student
plays have never been done in
Eastern Michigan. "We certainly,
would like to, but as yet no student
plays have come to our attention,"
he said. The outlook may brighten
with the addition of a playwright-
ing course to the curriculum, a
good possibility in the near future.
The outlook there is similar to
the Uuniversity's regarding choice
of productions. "We try, in four
years, to give the students plays
of all periods and all kinds," Bird
explained. Experimental plays,
such as "The Skin of Our Teeth"
have been produced successfully.
Saroyan's "The Hungerers, an-
other avante-guardish work, has
been put on the Ypsi boards.
The department is most fortu-
nate, as opposed to our situation,
in lack of competition. There are
no other theatrical groups on the
campus to harry the box-office.
"We're building audience at-

tendance pretty well," Bird said.
"Not as well as we'd like, of course.
Since we do the only productions,
there is a lot of interest. We have
cornered the market. There used
to be a senior musical show with
original scripts, probably whipped
up the night before they played.
Not too much has been done in
the musical category by the group,
but they have shown signs of a
new interest in the form. The
music department did get together
with the speech school a few years
back for a production of "Finian's
Rainbow," and last year Gilbert
and Sullivan's short "Trial by
Jury" made its way to the foot-
* * *
ALTHOUGH the Eastern Michi-
gan setup is naturally of less
scope than our own, there is one
way in which Bird feels they have
improved matters. Here, although
there are some exceptions, the
speech department plays are cast
from people in speech courses.
"We do something quite differ-
ent," Bird said. "We make it pos-
sible for everyone to participate.
Casting is open to the entire
school, although we have over onej
hundred kides in the theatre pro-
It should be added here that the
numerous theatrical groups inthe
University-MUSKET, G&S, Civicj
Theatre and so on-do provide
opportunity for the non-Speech
student to fulfill his dramatic as-
pirations. We're not defending,
just pointing out.
In any case, Ypsi is just a short
drive from here. It might be inter-
esting to see how their produc-
tions stack up against ours.

for her, however, is purely practica
at one point; "I don't care about
her (Phuong's) interests. I want
The setting is Indo-China in
1952. Pyle, the pitifully naive
American do-gooder, is running
around Saigon and vicinity spread-
ing charity and friendship for a
United States mission, and getting
involved with everything, including
the war and P owler's mistress.,
Characteristically, he is scru-
pulously fair about everything.
Rather than take sides with either
the Communists or the French, he
tries to create a "third force"
between them.
In the matter of love, he is so
naive as to be comical. He falls
in love with Phuong the day he
meets her, but his overgrown sense
of fair play leads him to inform
Fowler of this fact before he tells
the girl, or even sets eyes on her
a second time.
FOWLER IS, however, a good
sport about it -superficiallyat
least-and even goes so far as to
act as interpreter for Pyle when
he proposes to Phuong.
The mystery comes in when
Pyle is suspected of unwitting in-
volvement in a couple of local
bombings. This suspicion leads
Fowler to help arrange the assas-
sination of Our Hero at the hands
of the local Communists. In this
undertaking, Fowler is more than
a little influenced by his jealousy
over Phuong, and he plays nicely
into the hands of the assassins.
WE ARE NOT left in any sus-
pense about the fate of the quiet
American, because a bit of the end
is transplanted to the beginning,
and ,our first introduction to Pyle
is as a corpse.
The love story plays gingerly
with the touchy subject of inter-
racial love and marriage. Compli-
cations are neatly avoided, how-
ever, since Fowler is-until it is
too late-unable and unwilling to
marry Phuong, and Pyle, though
able and willing, expires before he
can realize his plans.
In the course of the action, the
film takes a good many none-too-
subtle cuts at America and Ameri-
cans. In the tharacterization of
Pyle, we have the well-meaning
but somewhat foolish American
do-gooder; in Fowler, we have the
"typical" . Briton, looking with
lofty and sarcastic disdain on
things American; and along the
way, we get a fleeting glimpse of
the stergotyped American-abroad
-brash, confident, only superfi-
cially interested in things "for-
IN THE END, the movie goes
a bit further than the Graham
Greene novel from which it was
rather freely adapted, and tries
feebly to retract the nasty im-
pression of Americans which it
has striven so hard to create.
The dead American is cleared of
all, even unwitting, blame for the
bombings, and the misguided Eng-
lishman, though stillfundamen-
tally unchanged, is transformed
from a villain into a pathetic
figure. He loses everything im-
portant he ever had or wanted,
ends up sobbing, "I wish someone
existed to whom I could say I'm
Overall, "The Quiet American"
is well acted, well directed, and
has an interesting, if not new or
profound story line. It provides a
bit of insight into attitudes toward
Americans abroad-not too favor-
able and not always easy to laugh
off. This is a film highly recom-
mended to members of SGC's pro-
posed Southeast Asia delegation.
Special added attractions on the
program include a very funny
Mister Magoo cartoon, and an
even funnier preview of a coming
"top hit," a searching story of the
trials and tribulations of adoles-
cence, suggestively titled, "Eight-

een and Anxibus."
--Edward Geruldsen

1 and selfish, for as he tells Pyle
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Prehistory at the University of Bare-
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titled "Paleolithic Painting in Spain"
on Tues., Feb. 11. in Auditorium A of
Angell Hall, at 4:15 p.m. The lecture Is
sponsored jointly by the Department of
Anthropology and the Department of
Fine Arts.
Sigma Xi presents Dr. Walter'J. Nun-
gester, Chairman, Dept. of Bacteriology
speaking on "Tumor Immunology."
Wed., Feb. 12 at 8:00 p.m. In Rackham
Amphitheatre. Refreshments will be
served. Public Invited.
University Lecture, sponsored by the
English Department. Mr. Robert Graves,
British poet, novelist, and critic, will
read, and comment on, poetry on Wed.,
Feb. 12, at 4:10 p.m., in Rackham Lec-
tureHall. All interested persons are
invited to attend._
The Baroque Trio, Nelson Hauenstein,
flute; Florian Mueller, oboe; and Mari-
lyn Mason, harpsichord, will perform
the second Ann Arbor program of th
current academic year at 8:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 11, in the Rackham Lecture
Hall. The concert will include Trio-
Sonata in C by Johann Christoph Pe-
pusch; Sonata in D for Oboe and Harp-
sichord bymThomas Vincent; Trio Son-
ata in A minor by K..E. Bach; Sonata.
in C for Flute and Harpsichord by J. S.
Bach; Sonata Ia chiesa a tre by Tom-
maso Albinoni. The general public will
be admitted without charge.
Academic Notices
The Extension Service announces the
following classes to be held in Ann Ar-
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University Elementary School. 8 weeks.
$13.50. Teaching Assistant Rosemarie M.
Nagel, Instructor.
7:00 p.m. (Mechanical Engineering 2, 1
hour of undergraduate creit). 3313 East
Engineering Building. 16 weeks. $45.00,
Kenneth C. Ludema, Instructor.
AFRICA 7:30 p.m. (Political Science
W160, 2 hours of undergraduate credit),
117 Business Administration, 16 weeks.
$27.00. Asst. Prof. Henry L. Bretton, In-

p.m. (Psychology 51, 2 hours of under-
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7:30 p.m. (History 14x, 2 hours of un-
dergraduate credit). 170 Business Ad-
ministration. 16 weeks. $27.00. John P.
Spielman. Instructor.
PAINTING 7:30 p.m.415 Architectur#
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Registration for these classes lnay be
made in the Extension Service office at
1610 Washtenaw Avenue during Uni-
versity office hours or in Room 164 of
the School of Business Administration,
from 6:30 to 9:30 the night of the class,
The Extension Service announces the
following classes to be held in Ann Ar-
bor beginning Wed., Feb. 12:
Creative Drawing and Color Sketch-
ing, 7:30 p.m., 415 Architecture Building
16 Weeks. $27.00. Assoc. Prof. Gerome
Kamrowskl, Instructor.
The Design and Development of





Ballet Displays Zest, Finesse

A Civilian Rocket Authority?

THE "LOGIC of a coordinated space pro-
gram" outlined by Ann Arbor's William Kent
may suffer somewhat from Kent's overenthusi-
asm, but as logic is worth serious thought.
The need for such a program is obvious. The
rather humorous explosion of the Air Force's
Atlas Friday after that- branch of the service
had been seen in newspapers all week explain-
ing the malfunction of the Navy's Vanguard
underlines it. As Kent pointed out in a recent
Daily interview, failure of a rocket cannot be
attributed to "the myriad of components, any
or all of which might fail," since "any modern
multi-motor aircraft consists of a much larger
number of components, to which thousands
upon thousands of passengers entrust their
transatlantic lives year in and year out with
a perfectly normal calmness."

Kent concludes, and h'is point is a valid one
to which aircraft manufacturers subscribe, that
if the same propulsion unit were used in various
types of rockets as the same engines are used
in various types of airplanes, manufacturers
could "benefit from the collective experience of
all the others using the same power plant."
This could easily cut down on failures of im-
portant launchings, for as Kent said, each fir-
ing "simultaneously tests the propulsion unit to
be used with it." While this is not literally
true-stationary tests are made-his point is
again valid.
THE SECOND POINT in the coordinated
program advocated by Kent calls for a
civilian government rocket authority. Since
the Civil Aeronautics Board has demonstrated
past difficulty in achieving safety in the air
lanes, for example, a new agency might do
better. None the less the interservice rivalry
which has finally given us a satellite doesn't
seem like much of a way to put up space plat-
forms or to go to the moon, since such projects

ANN ARBOR responded grate-
fully to a cultural treat all too
rare in these parts when the
National Ballet of Canada appear-
ed at the Michigan Theater last
night. The group was sponsored
by the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet.
Youthful zest and enthusiasm
highlighted the performances
throughout. It is pleasant to report
that sprinkled liberally in the ex-
uberance and energy was .a good
deal of technical finesse.
Much of the solo dancing was of
superior quality, but I feel tihat a
good deal of further work with
the ensemble is necessary to bring
about the unified work so neces-
sary in a real corps.
* * *
the very poor coordination in the
opening numbers. This amounted
almost to sloppiness, which should
be corrected before it becomes 'a
The Canadian National Ballet
is only in its eighth season and it
is amazing to see the progress
they have made from year to year.
I was quite favorably impressed
in the very excellent overall im-
provement in the male contingent
of the company as compared to
last year's performance here.

cap of approaching the classic
ballet with no strong experience
or esprit.
With this in mind, one can com-
pliment them on their average
work in this great ballet. The
opening "Pas de Dix" revealed the
weakest moment of the entire
evening. It was in this movement
that the lack of good coordination
was most notable.
The solo work of David Adams
and Lois Smith in this opening
dance was pleasant and gave inti-
mations of the far better dancing
they did later. . -
The "Rose Adagio" featured Lil-
ian Jarvis as the ballerina. She
gave a performance marked by
clarity and precision, if not per-
Miss Smith and Mr. Adams were
again featured in the beautiful
"Aurora Pas de Deux," in which
Miss Smith executed a stunning
The " leeping Beauty" excerpts
closed with the massed "Mazurka."
This suffered most from the fact
that there was no real corps de
ballet, and ten or twelve people
will not suffice. Another major
problem which seemed to hamper
many of the dancers throughout
this part of the program was the
cramped conditions on the too-

dancing was graceful and affective
throughout. While she may not be
among the great ballet' artists of
our time, Miss Franca has proved
herself to be a great pantomime
artist. The torture of losing her
young lover was expressed very
Donald Mahler, recovering from
the nerves which seemed to beset
him in the first section, gave a
strong performance as the you;ig
man. Lilian Jarvis again revealed
her immense talents and beauty
as the young girl.
The ensemble proved to be far
better in this work and the danc-
ing on the whole seemed much
more at ease. The choreography
of the solos in the opening part
of the woik was awkward and
purposeless, but improved as it
went on.
THE FINAL offering was the
most delightful and spontaneous
of all. The music of Schumann's
piano cycle, "Carnival," was em-
ployed in this re-creation of some
scenes from commedia dell' arte.
David Adams revealed an im-
mense sense of humor in the de-
lightful and difficult role of Har-
lequin. He was given the evening's
most enthusiastic reception for
this performance. Lois Smith was
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to the

Tearful .*
To the Editor:
HE LETTER to the editor in
Thursday's Daily suggesting
higher resident tuition brought
tears to my eyes and to those of
fellow graduate students who are
residents of this fair state of
Our hearts bleed for this noble



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