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one Are Free
[A Prevail"

Sixty-Eighth Year


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

Tears, BeraVoicc
DEPENDING UPON your point of view, "The Helen Morgan E
now playing at the State Theater, is either a musical melodrE
a melodramatic musical. It depicts the exceptionally high and aby
low points in.the life of Helen Morgan, a celebrated songstress
As a melodrama, the film, like Miss Morgan's life,,is either
down. The plot is hackneyed and a familiar one to movie-goei
might recall "I'll Cry Tomorrow," the film about Lilian Roth, a
singer turned sot.
Many of the dialogue sequences are composed of nothing b
most worn movie cliches. Ann Blyth, portraying Miss Morgan, is

OCTOBER 17, 1957



A Dedication Is A

eginning, Not A Completion

LN ONLY HOPE, now, that the cere-
les are over, that the educators and
1 leaders who spoke so eloquently-.
in dedicating the new North Campus
ve and Aeronautical laboratories com-
nselves fully to the ideals they ex-=
ften, when the speeches are finished
gone has gone home, the work of build-
asidered completed and the "milestone"
ered reached, providing good reason for -
tion of effort. Until some crusader
ong and points out that the present
are obsolete and that they need not
>bsolete, progress in further building
s slowed to a trickle or stopped com-.
fort that. lies behind the two buildings
re dedicated should be 'applauded; the
.on of the state's industries in doing
n simply paying the required taxes for
n ought to be recognized. The work of
nts, tne state Legislature and Univer-
inistrators should be praised.
pplause, praise and acknowledgement,
enough to insure that the "great be-
we have made".will be a beginning aid
mpleted accomplishment. Two labora-
ye been finished, but there are others
onstruction and more on designers'
boards. Will these be finished as-
,s they must be,' and if they are, will
a become obsolete for lack of continu-'
energetic effort?
ATIONS can be dangerous; they imply
etion. Even as President Hatcher said
seen a dream "now, at least, partly
he had ,to add that the Legislature
appropriated enough. funds for future
This is enough demonstration that
o time for a relaxation of effort by
Icerned. Russia's demonstrated superi-f
nany of the engineering fields in which
icans have believed ourselves the lead.
d makeit clear that we need not only
e work laid out in the past few years,
nd our planning as well.

In existing physical facilities for engineering
instruction, the University is second to none,
and the Automotive and; Aeronautical labora-
tories show evidence that it can excel in this
field as well as keep up. Whether or not this
leadership will continue is a question that will
be answered only by those who have brought
the University this far.
The challenge is far greater than simply to
raise funds to construct buildings; it is also
to provide the sort of education which will give
us the "technological statesmen" that Chan-
cellor Clifford Furnas of the University of
Buffalo. said the future would require. This
is the greatest challenge, for the excellence
of a technical training program, in itself, can
do no more than provide us with human
IT IS TO BE regretted that an engineering
student can' still receive a degree with only
shallow experience in the liberal arts; he has
electives to be sure, but these can be taken in
fields nearly as technical as his major. The
superior student will, if he has ambition, en-
large the scope of his education by "outside
reading," but often the amount of time required
for preparation of work in his major will pre-
vent this.
Graduating students who will become great
men as (vell as great scientists or engineers will
require changes in the educational prograins
which can iot be accomplished overnight. If
the administration of the engineering college is,
as acting-Dean Stephen S. Attwood said at the
dedication luncheon, planning on not only
graduating more engineers but the best engi-
neers as well, these changes will be made.
Without continuing progress in the improve-
ment and expansion of facilities, the milestone
we have reached is insignificant; without a sin-
cere dedication on the part of educators to
supplement the new laboratories with a proper
educational presentation this milestone will be





!l 91 1T*+ wASH~t6--+rt,, .*r .

Khrushchev-Modern Hitler


I Vigilant Generatio n

WASHINGTON-While the na-
tion's capital is paying hom-
age to the beautiful Queen of our
leading Western ally, the Western
world is haunted by certain omi-
nous similarities between Khrush-
chev's tactics in 1957 and Hitler's
tactics in 1937. It was in 1937-38.
that Hitler started taking over,
Austria and large hunks of Czech-
oslovakia purely by psychological
He did it by exhibiting the might
of the Nazi army, by showing fcr-'
eign diplomats motion pictures of
Germany's military might, and by
subversion inside Austria and
Czechoslovakia. He didn't have to
fire a single shot.
'Today, 20 years later, awe of the
Russian ICBM, amazement over
the Sputnik, plus savage warnings,
from the Kremlin are doing the
same thing for Khrushchev.
In the past week, the Arab world,
much of it previously pro-West,
has started swinging into the
Soviet orbit. Here are the swings:
* * *

Swing No. 3-Col. Nasser has
recently been making noises about
a friendlier Egyptian policy toward
the United States. But one week
after the launching of Sputnik
and' 70 hours after Khrushchev
unloosed his savage verbal blast
against Turkey, Nasser landed
troops in Syria to support Syria
against Turkey.
All of this fits into a pattern-
a pattern all too similar to that
which Hitler used to terrorize cen-
tral Europe shortly before the start
of World War II.
Last month, Allen Dulles, head
of Central Intelligence, whose job'
it is to know what's going on in-
side Russia,. stated publicly that
there was ferment inside Russia
and that Khrushchev seemed to be
.in trouble. He expbcted another
political purge.
. * * *

us comment has been directed to
i from. all corners in recent years
the article on this page today.
a is a favorite one for campus deb
merican Mercury Magazine, a m
has invited students to write in, ans
ether or not "the youth of today .
thetic,. conformist generation."
Indictment is that college students
:ofessorsY are apathetic or vocally s
ssues which should prompt respon
by and acute society. Though I be
some truth in this contention, I be
.ation has been exaggerated and
great extent the lack of expression
n this and other campuses- and a
ion-results from what I believe t
I of.reconsideration of personal be
sm - the political philosophy w
and spirited the country from
Lon-is now being called into ques
r and its emergent communism'
harder to believe that man is r
hat man's progress-spurred by s
d psychology-has no bounds, and
te is the refuge of freedom. Libera
ioisy faith, something fit for impa
s, something you felt you could t
peed ahead with, ,so pething which
'ican as the Star Spangled Banner.

Much ingly dependent upon government and the ir-
this responsible bureaucracy which runs/it. Man,
, in- Instead of becoming free as the Liberals guar-
The anteed, is now more shackled and dependent.
ates. The tragedy of the war turned minds more
o n g than ever in search of God and away from the
wer- scientism and psychology which the Liberals
.. is say will save us.
In short, Liberalism without a place to go is
(and not Liberalism. The only place economic Lib-
ilent ' eralism can lead us today is toward socialism
se in and this offers nothing. Political Liberalism has
lieve some cleaning-up action to do in the big busi-
lieve ness, labor' and civil rights areas, but, in the
not latter, the impatience and big government of
Liberalism can best be restrained. Thus, what
that this country needs now is more consolidation
cross and less evolution. There is only one area, but
to be a large one, where Liberalism can revive itself.
liefs. This is in the international area where the
hich Liberals" traditional concern for the poor,
the hungry, illiterate, downtrodden, hind-most half
tion. of mankind could manifest itself in a passion-
have ate' internationalism. But this call has rallied
eally few adherents for nationalism most commands
cien- allegiance in today's world.

SWING NO. 1-President Cha-
_moun of Lebanon, hitherto a
staunch friend of the United
States and no friend of Syria, now
is backing Syria and wants to re-
nounce the Eisenhower Doctrine.
This reversal came about one week
after Khrushchev launched his
Sputnik and 48 hours after Khru-
shchev, growling viciously at Tur-
key, warned that Turkey would not
stay alive more than 24 hours in
case of war.
Swing No. 2-Simultaneous with
Lebanon's rightabout-face, King
Saud made a statement which just
'about tore up the Eisenhower Doc-
trine. Saud had been wined and
dined by Eisenhower, receives his
total income from American oil
companies, has no reason to love
Russia. Yet he lined up with Syria,
a country which is becoming al-
iost wholly dependent on the

OTHEIt ADVICES I picked up
in Europe and the Near East bear
this out. khrushchev not only has
the old Kremlin leaders against
him,'but the bureaucrats. Further-
more, his much-ballyhooed farm
program isn't clicking. Reports on
crop failures are staggering.
A dictator of Khrushchev's cali-
ber, especially one who drinks 21
martinis before dinner, is capable
of doing desperate, dangerous
things-if he becomes overconfi-
dent, or if he.is pushed to the wall.
i Russian scientific advances have
made Khrushchev cocky. The poli-
tical situation at home might make
him desperate. I don't like to be a
pessimist, but where the future of
the free world is concerned, it's
much better to be ready than late.
FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover was
relaxing with Vice-President Nixon
and Gen. Nathan Twining, the
Joint Chiefs chairman, the other
day in the basement of Tom Webb,
Washington representative of Tex-
as Oil millionaire Clint Murchsion.
Suddenly the voice of Arkansas
Gov. Orval Faubus blared over the

radio and launched into a scathing
attack on Hoover.
The G-man squirmed in his
chair, then flushed as Faubus's
voice assailed him as a "Gestapo
Nixon and Twining were chuckl-
ing at Hoover's discomfort when
the radio voice lit into Nixon, who
had befriended the Negroes during
the civil rights debate.
'Twining was still grinning when
he, too, came under attack. He was
singled out as the nation's top
military man, technically in com-
mand of Federal troops in Little
Finally, the voice . lashed out
again at Hoover.
"I'll bet," the radio boomed,
"That Hoover is getting drunk in.
some cellar right now."
The three dignitaries, who had
been sipping cocktails in Webb's
basement, looked startled. Then
they caught on to the practical
joke. The "broadcast" had been,.
faked at Webb's instigation by
Gordon McClendon, Texas radio
executive, who did a perfect imita-
tion of Governor Faubis.
* * *
issued a "protocol" warning
against tinny renditions of the
Star-Spangled Banner and the
Queen's Anthen '(God Save the
King) by outdoor bands . . . The
White House had "no comment",
on a London newspaper query
about how the Eisenhowers would
address their royal guests during
their four-day visit. Apparently
Ike and Mamie hadn't made up
their minds.
,The State Department hopes
there won't be any corny, un-pro-
tocolish ad libbing by members of
Congress as in 1939, when former
Congressman Nat Patton of Texas
loudly greeted the King and Queen
of England (Elizabeth's parents)
as "cousins."
(Copyright 1957 by Bell Syndicate Inc.)

into the difficult role of playing
the innocent country girl who
comes to the big city and makes
good. Given this all too familiar
role and many unfortunate lines,
the quality of Miss Blyth's per-
formance suffers considerably.
The same may be said for Paul
Newman. He plays the tough guy
who is Miss Morgan's lover, neme-
sis, and guardian angel. Newman's
lines and the character he por-
trays are so stereotyped that in
many places his sincere efforts
look foolish.
* * * .
FORTUNATELY, the movie has
its high spots; there are enough of
these to maintain an audience's
interest. Newman and Miss Blyth
do have some wonderful, moving
scenes which they execute with
considerable skill.
Perhaps the outstandingpart
of~ the film is, the music. Many
famous tunes are sung by Miss
Blyth. The actual voice belongs to
Gogi Grant who gives a magnifi-
cant performance of the tunes
that Miss Morgan made popular;
such songs as "The Man I Love,"
and "Bill," plus many others that
have been ,old-time favorites of
the American public.
* * *d
THE FILM'S background is the
colorful atmosphere of the twen-
ties, which provides the humor of
"The Helen Morgan Story." A cast
of bootlegging, cigar s m o k i n g
mobsters, and traditionally irre-
pressible flappers doe much to
alleviate the slower moving parts
of the drama.
Unfortunately, t h e characters
from the twenties are trite. They
are the same old people who have
appeared in many other movies.
While they are enjoyable, they add
to the overall feeling of unorigi-
nality that plagues the film.
This movie is not recommended
for alcoholics as there is a very
painful withdrawal scene. How-
ever, it 'is recommended for high
strung coeds seeking vocal and
emotional catharsis.
--Fred Marus
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(Continued on Page 8)

to the
The Difference .
To the Editor'
THIS LETTER is written to re:
to the column,. entitled ":
Caught Off Vanguard," publisi
in the October 13 issue of '3
Daily and bylined James ElsIr
In the first paragraph, Mr.
man states "Sufficient facts
available now" to criticize 1
shortcomings brought to light
Sputnik's . succesful ascensi
Then he proceeds to lst seve~i
unflattering comparsons betwe
Russia and America which,
taken for apparent worth, wo'
indlicate' that our scientists hi
been goofing up. But a closer ev
uation of available facts is nec
"sary to gain a true picture of re
tive progress.
Since I know very little ab
A-bombs and H-bombs, I
quote another of Mr. Elsma
statements: "We run second in
air transport . . ." What is app
ently meant is that since ,
Soviets have had an operative
airliner in regular commer
service for some time now, they
ahead of us in this field.
* * *
is greatly changed when one c
siders that the Russian airlil
carries fewer people a shorter
tance with less speed and us;
more fuel than any other jet a
liner in the world today, flying
The reason that the Uni'
States appears to lag behind in
own jet airliner development
in our competitive system of p
duction. When an airplane is bi
in America for commercial pi
poses, it must be able to hold
own in a competitive marke
that it, its designers must be a
to say to prospective customers,
will carry just as many people j
as many miles and with comf<
safety, economy, and spee co
parable to any "other simi
Yes, their plane is in the air
and ours is only in initial asse
bly, but ours will be economical
operate as well as fast, dependal
and comfortable. It is e sier a
quicker to design an unetonomi
but otherwise perfectly sound A
plane than it is to include cost
weight control at the design sta
And having worked at Doug
Aircraft for two summers on
DC-8 jet transport, I feel quali
to speak as I have.
* * *
ments are minute and trivial, b
hope it has become more clear
you what the difference betwi
Soviet and . American progi
should imply. The TU-1&4 is
powerful propaganda weapon s
ply because most people do:
take into account the differe
between totalitarian and free cc
petitive societies and product
systems. In other words, compi
tion produces quality at th
pense of all-out speed.
As far as the Soviet earth sal
lite goes, it is unfortunate compi
tive society saw fit to quiT
among its own members and the
fore lose the tremendous ril
advantage it once had-over Rus
As noted, this is not true comp
tion, especially since Project vi
guard was not made' up on o
competitive basis among1
branches of the Service. The S
iet's successful launching of
satellite means two things:t
have a powerful three-stage roc
probably capable of carrying
atomic warhead an3'where in

world in a couple of hours,
their satellite is strangely er
and heavy compared to our 22-
supersensitive, highly compact i
sion. But again, its propagar
value is terrific, even- though
coded- messages may be mer
American cigarette commere
played back through a tape
-Reed Jenney; '5
POWER is seldom more disp
sionately evaluated than in
social registers which, each seas
coldly reshuffle their rankings,
The newly-released SocialI
that dictates Washington prot
is no exception: Sherman Ada


UT FOR THOSE who, after the war, noisily
held the ,nature of man to be good, Dachau
.nd' Buchenwald and Hioshima confronted
;hem. For those who noisily hailed "big govern-
nent," now comes a realization that in bigness
'esides a latent power that could trample more
reedom than it protects. This big government
n an age of scrapping nationalism is all too
eady to label its citizens either chauvinists or
raitors. This big government reaches into a
nan's pocketbook and his private life. The New
deal of social security has made men increas-
Editorial Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
ONNA HANSON ........... Personnel Director
'AMMY MORRISON ....... Magazine Editor
DWARD GERULDSEN .. Associate Editorial Director
WILLIAM HANEY.............Features Editor
OSE PERLBERG ........ ......Activities Editor
AROL PRINS.. ......Associate Personnel Director
DAMES BAAD ..,... ...:.~.. Sports Editor
RUCE BENNETT ............Associate Sports Editor
OHN HILLYER .............Associate Sports Editor
HARLES CURTISS ...... . Chief Photographer
i?. -.. .. 0.4-

silence of the campuses is to an extent a
result of a scarcity of real issues. I believe that
the reason the Young Democrats and Young
Republicans on this campus don't do much
battle is because their parties (both wings of
both parties) disagree on few basics.
Some apathy on the part of students results
from a rather understandable revulsion with
politics, its power gamesmanship and its petti-
,ness. Though, for a while, students and the
populous of this country tolerate bad situations
in government they will have the ballot and still
use it to effectively remove unwanted situa-
tions. Togreat extent, it is this distrust of too
much power in one party that presented the
President with a Democratic Congress. Despite
Gallup polls, the electroate still keeps the
parties and politicians guessing with their
vigilance and their ballots. On this campus,
Student Government Council does not affect
the average student much, but when it does,
student apathy will certainly turn to vigilance
and concern.
Much of student silence can be attributed, I
think, to a more sophisticated realization that
boisterous debates on campus serve little prac-
tical purpose; they don't solve the Little Rock
crisis. Better, students adequately inform them-
selves of the crisis-I believe this to be gen-
erally true-by -news media, discuss it suffi-
ciently in conversation and make up their
minds as to the propriety of the actions of their
elected representatives. Granted, people are
becoming media-dependent, and possibly not

'Faculty, A rise-Take Up Our Challenge'

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following
article is a reprint from the Ohio
State University Monthly. The "Lan-
tern" referred to in the' article is the
Ohio State Lantern, the student
%A related editorial by a Daily Senior
Editor appears on this page,)
AS THE cacophony of com-
mencement oratory slowly died
in the distance last spring, it be-
came apparent that the Class of
'57 was fair game for the critics.
Gist of the charges: too much
silence, too much conformity, too
great a desire to merge into the
faceless crowd.
President Abram S a c h a r of
Brandeis University found' fault
with "a growing cult of yesman-
ship" in which "security becomes
a craven disguise for servility."
President A. Whitney Griswold
of Yale foresaw "a nightmare pic-
ture of a whole nation of yesmen,
of hitch-hikers, eavesdroppers and
peeping Toms, tiptoeing offstage
with their fingers to their lips."
THE CHARGES were heard and
weighed by Lantern Reporter Fritz

as he is said to be. The senior, in
all humility, must be greatly dis-
turbed when he hears his pro-
fessors bemoan his dumb silence
and glorious contentment.
"When he is criticized for his
silence he can humbly reply that
few of his professors have been
articulate personages of reaction
themselves. Few have taken strolls
outside their ivory towers and
fought the battle against the
blindman's - bluff game of con-
formity they push the graduate
"The senior is told to shake off
his dullness, rise to insurrection,
throw off "his heavy knapsack of
conformity. But from where has
he inherited his color and driving
enthusiasm to plunge and rebel?
"In four years he has seldom
heard the theme that the fairest
measure of a University's great-
ness lies in its production of non-
"THERE HAVE BEEN few noisy
crusades launched from the Uni-
versity outside the classroom to

graduating class. But the Univer-
sity has no 'Great Issues' course
to orient student thinking on his
great task of leadership.
"Most professors have lost faith
in us, andrshow us little enthusi-
asm to help us recall our ideas and
beliefs. Summing up the lack of
enthusiasm of the Class of '57 is
perhaps a strong indictment of the
faculty's leadership and their in-
fluence onus."
The article in print, Reporter
Nothacker and the rest of the staff
waited for responses to pour in as
they set about to get out the next
issue. There :was no response.
It was more than Lantern Editor
Art Radwin of Far Rockaway,
N. Y. could stand. He let loose
with an editorial blast under the
heading, "Speak Up, Professors."
".. We'd like to hear sorne of
these educators speak their minds,
once in a while. If professors were
more frank and critical, maybe the
Class of '57 wouldn't be so'silent.
* T *s
"TO TRY TO GET a professor

"'Too controversial; don't know
enough about it; talk to' Dr. X,
he can tell you more than I can;
read about it in the papers';-
these were some of the answers we
got from reluctant professors.
"Ohio State seems to have its
own peculiar problem, along with
other state universities. Ohio State
represents the State of Phi , and
is supported by the state, with all
its conservatism. Employees of
Ohio State must conform, for the
state dislikes non-conformity and
will hire only those who go along
-or at least pretend to go along.
* * *
have their doubts and criticisms
of the existing state of affairs, and
we are confident there are many,
keep their mouths shut-out of
fear. Everyone watches his p's
and q's about criticizing the wrong
people or practices, and the ball
rolls merrily along.
"But when they see the silent,
conformist monster they h a v e
reated fhn educatorec hom in.

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