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'A rsenic' Hilarious,


Macabre Production
IN THE THEATRE of the thirties and early forties, the wild lur
farce was an extremely popular form. People running, doors si
ming, whistles blowing and ladies screaming made organized bed
into an art. One of the best pieces to. emerge from this era was
seph Kesselring's three-act madhouse, "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Last night, in a fast and furious production, the Speech Dep
ment gave it the full treatment. The show had its one problem,
the end result was a rollicking and hilarious evening of theatre:
A brief chronicle of the plot will show the germs of the probl

8, 1957


Red Tape, Not Red Scare,
ills Plans for Polish Speaker

iN THE HEELS of the tremendous success
of Carl Sandburg's appearance and talk on
npus, it may be a little sacrilegious to ex--,
ass 'a little regret over the way in which it
s finally decided he would be asked to speak.
The choice before the students planning In-
nationa Week eventually came down to
ndburg or a representative of the Polish
egation to the United Nations, who had ten-
ively agreed to speak. With the political
zatipn in Poland somewhat of a mystery,
t possibly representing a hopeful trend in
stern European politics, a speech by an of-
al; of the Polish government might have
wen very interesting. But he would un-
ibtedly have been a Communist, at least in
ne, and this raised questions as to his ac-
tance by the University Lecture Committee.
William West of the International Center,
ed on behalf of the students planning the
gram in phoning the secretary' of the lec-
e committee, Prof. Carl Brandt. According
West, Brandt indicated that the Lecture
mrmittee would quite probably approve the
aker as long as the administration - spe-
cally President Hatcher and Vice-President
rton - approved.
Brandt says he doesn't remember the conver-
ion, which was, of course, informal and un-
icial. Since the Lecture Committee is an
onomous group responsible to the Regents,
I not to Dr. Hatcher, Brandt, as well as
.er members of the Lecture Committee, said
ently they do not see why it would be neces-
y to get administration approval.
Vest then called Vice-President Stirton, who
aembers the call, but only vaguely. He says
did not realize he was being contacted for'
official opinion, and he sees no direct con-
-tion between his job and the approval of
akers and has no desire to move into that
a. But he recommended Sa'ndburg, either
ause he wished the Polish official wouldn't
invited, which West emphasizes, or because
thought (correctly) the University commu-
y would enjoy Sandburg, which Stirton em-
isizes. However, Stirton went about recom-
riding Sandburg over the Pole. As a result
the conversation with Brandt, Stirton, West.
I the students thought it would be very
cy to invite the Pole, since Lecture Com-
tee approval to them seemed doubtful. Be-4
ise it was important to schedule someone
initely and soon, the students decided to
n up Sandb'urg and forget about the more,
itroversial Pole.
HE QUESTION is not which of the speakers
would have been a more appropriate key-
er for International Week - that choice
s for the students planning the, program to
ke. Nor is it a question of Lecture Commit-
rejection of a speaker - it was not asked
approve anyone. But there 'is a question as
whether the selection of speakers should be
result of the free choice of sponsoring
paps as to which would be the most inter-
ing and appropriate.
n this case the st'udents weren't able to
ke a really free; choice. Had they not been

discouraged by the prospect of a great deal
of red tape and wrangling - however unre-
alistic that prospect may actually have been-
they might well have invited the Pole to speak.'
But they were discouraged when Prof. Brandt
indicated that President Hatcher and Vice-
President Stirton might have to approve the
speaker, as well as the Lecture Committee. And
they were discouraged when Stirton recom-
mended Sandburg, whether or not he actually
predicted administration disapproval, as West
They uidoubtedly should never have been
referred to Stirton in the first place. As the
man in charge of legislative relations, he prob-
ably has an official - though not necessarily a
personal - bias against controversial speakers.
And there is no reason for, the Lecture Com-
mittee--which is directly responsible to the
Regents - to consult with the administra-
tion before approving speakers. To do so only,
increases the possibility that they will be
THERE IS little indication that the Lecture
Committee would actually have rejected the
Pole had he been invited.
But the problem is that not enough pros-
pective sponsors of speakers are clear on the
rather simple procedures required to get
speaker approval: Sponsoring organizations
need merely pick up a petition at the Office of
Student Affairs in the ,Activities Building, fill
it out and return it. Routine approvals are
handled personally by Prof. Brandt, but if
serious issues are involved they may be re-
ferred to the whole committee, which can be
convened in a matter of days. There is no ban
on speakers for their political beliefs, but
merely a Regental requirement that organi-
zations guarantee that the outside speaker
will not violate- the "recognized rules Hof hos-
pitality" or advocate subversion, and that the
lecture "shall be in spirit and' expression
worthy of the University." Urging modification
of the governnient by unlawful means or "con-
duct which violates the fundamentals of our
accepted code of morals" are prohibited. While
these provisions - especially the more vague
ones - represent a possible threat to academic
freedom here, they would, if interpreted liber-
ally, bar few serious speakers from'coming
The biggest obstacle to freer expression is
not the Regents by-law, and not even the Lee-
ture Committee's interpretation of it, but sim-
ply the spectre of administrative difficulty and
lack of understanding of the committee's op-
erations. Brandt's conversation, as described
by West, only contributed to these.
. Almost all groups are' worried about planning
events well ahead of time and of being sure
about the acceptance of a speaker, and pro-
cedural confusions and informal opinions,
much morethan any actual rulings or even
policies of the Lecture Committee, have proven
again to have deterred the sponsors of a speech
who would rather be "safe than sorry.".

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Inter-Service Feud Flares

over guided missiles flared up
sharply during the closed-door
briefing which Pentagon officials
gave Senators Russell (Ga.),
Johnson (Texas), Democrats; and
Bridges (N.H.), Republican.
Richard Horner, Air Force as-
sistant secretary in charge of re-
search, was describing the Air
Force's anti-missile missile, the
Wizard. He explained that this
was part of the Air Force's Air
Defense Mission. Whereupon Dr.
William H. Martin, Army research
director, leaped to his feet and
shouted: "I would like to dispute
Martin started to protest, but
Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy
cut him off. "This is neither the
time nor the place foran inter-
service wrangle," said the ew
secretary of defense gruffly.
Dr. Martin meekly took his seat,
and the Air Force spokesman con-
tinued briefing the Senators.
EARLIER, Lyndon Johnson had
compared the Sputnik launching
with his heart attack. Lyndon told
the closed-door group: "My doc-
tor told me if I hadn't had this
warning and done something
about it, I would have had a much
more serious attack later."
He said that the Sputnik should
alert the nation in the same way
that his heart attack alerted him.
It was better to have a warning,
he said, so long as it wasn't fatal.
Each service was allotted one
hour to brief the senators. How-
ever, the Army spent two and a
half hours and made powerful

claims for jurisdiction over ballis-
tic missiles.
Senator Russell sided with the
Army. At one point, he bluntly
asked the Air Force why it was in
the ballistics business, which he
considered the Army's field.
"I understand all the Jupiters
have been successful and only
'part of the Thors have been suc-
cessful," Russell declared at one
point. He demanded to know w)hy
the Defense Department had been
"holding back" the Jupiter.
The Navy, for its part, told the
senators it was dissatisfied with
the Vanguard program, had never
liked it, and had been forced into
THE AIR FORCE claimed all
its missile projects were on sched-
ule. Regarding, the Thor, it
claimed all the failures had been
purely mechanical and that noth-
ing basically wrong had been dis-
covered. On the other hand, some
of the Jupiter's failures had been
caused by basic malfunctions, the
Air Force claimed. The Air Force
also argued that its Thor was a
production-line model, whereas
the Jupiter was hand-built.
Undersecretary of D e f e n s e
Quarles did most of the speaking
for the Defense Department re-
garding the Sputnik. He made no
attempt to belittle the Soviet
achievement. Sputnik, he said,
was launched from a point east
of the Caspian Sea at a 65-degree
angle. This required far more
power, he told the senators, than
we would use to launch our Sput-

nik at Cape Canaveral at a 35-
degree angle.
It's impossible to' exaggerate,
the alarm felt in the Pentagon re-
garding Russia's latest Sputnik.
The alarm is based on the fact
that Sputnik II is of such size-that
it could become an electronic spy
on every military installation in
the United States.
ie dog-carrying Sputnik is
probably peaceful enough. But the
next could be equipped with in-
struments able to locate all United
States defense installations and
spy on our military movements.
Sputnik, can communicate is
findings every four hours by se-
%cret code to Moscow. It could re-
port on what it sees'in the United
States, in NATO, or anyplace else
in the world..
OUR SCIENTISTS also figure
that Sputnik might even locate
our secret stockpile of atomic
bombs. If so, Ruslia. would hiave
the most priceless secret in the en-
tire United States, and would be
able to strike at this stockpile first
in case of war. Even if we moved
the stockpile from place to place,
Sputnik'stelectronic brain would
be able to spot the change.
That's why there have been
such urgent conferences inside the
Pentagon on how, to shoot down
Sputnik. Though the White House
is worried about our lag in
launching a satellite, the Penta-
gon is more worried about find-
ing a way to shoot down any elec-
ectronic espionage satellite which
the Russians may launch next.
(Copyright 1957 by Bell Syndicate Inc.)

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is about
cheerfully poison 12 elderly men
(to release them from their lone-
ly empty lives) and bury the
bodies in the cellar.
One of their nephews, a weird
monster who has a murder record
stretching from Indiana to Mel-
bourne, and a face that has been
plastic-surgerized to resemble
Boris Karloff, arrives on the
scene. He brings with him a fresh
corpse and a grizzly assistant
named Dr. Einstein (first name,
The nephew's nasty ways shock
the old gals, and soon they are
having conflicts in the burying
of their respective victims.
* * *
ALL THIS is augmented by an-
other member if the household
who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt,.
blows a bugle in the middlesof the
night, shouts, "Charge!" all the
time and insists he is digging the
Panama Canal in the cellar. In
short, the stage is full of nuts.
The timing and the pacing
were just right - fast and funny.
The trouble was that occasionally
it became difficult for the actors
to sustain this feverish kind of
comedy without losing the neces-
sary spontaneity.
When this happened, one be-
came aware of the actors working
like mad to be funny, sweating
their laughs, and falling into sheer-
decibles and acrobatics. It oc-
curred a few times last night and
took some of the quality away.
* * *
BUT MOSTLY, the show was
smooth, slick and stylish. The
audience never stopped laughing
and the play never stopped mov-
ing. The acting was rightly broad,
and director Jack E. Bender
showed a farcical flair that is
The high honors go to Valerie
Schor and Patricia Marthenke, as'
the lovable ladieswith the homi-
cidal bent. Together, they looked,
like the Trilon and the Perisphere,
or a female Mutt and Jeff. And
together they displayed brilliant
control, subtlety, and style as they
romped about the stage.
They alone never had to resort
to the rolling-eye and broad ges-
ture to get laughs. They got them
and they deserved them.
Herb Iline, as tbe hero and
only sane fellow in the piece,
showed fine timing and a smooth
way with dialogue that made his
performance really ingratiating.
Occasionally he was guilty of fall-
ing into bombacity when -it could
have been toned down, but for the
most part he played with insight
and wit.
* * *
NORM HARTWEG, as the ma-
niac nephew, started off a bit too
hoody and loose-limbed - more
Brando than Karloff. But by the
second act, he legan to get the
sinister feeling across and his per-
formance reached a high level of
macabre humor.
Credits, also, to Phillip Smith
at Einstein, Paula McConnell as
a forthright miss, and Ezra Hen-
don and Robin Ollivier as two
cops, one friendly, the other gar-
-David Newman

two jolly Brooklyn spinsters who
to the
To the Editor:
THE DAILY, and in particular its
sports department, has taken to
grumbling about the sad condition
of student spirit on the Michigan
campus. It seems, however, that
The Daily itself could do with a
little pumping up in this regard.
Tuesday morning, for example,
readers of the sports page were
treated to a two-column press-
agent photo of somebody named
Eddie LeBaron, whose claim to
fame on this particular occasion
was that he had suffered a "slight
concussion" in a professional foot-
ball encounter between Washing-
ton and Cleveland.
Of what possible concern cans
this bey to' the vast body of Wol-
verine fans? ISurely, last Saturday's
crucial game with Iowa must have
produced enough action photos
and how-and-why analyses for a
dozen pertinent dope stories:
* , *
MOREOVER, the same sports
page contained not one but two
accounts of how Texas A&M man-
aged to maintain its No. 1 national
ranking. The story fdr Ann Arbor
fans happened to be that Michigan
was now in the No. 11 spot, but
this was nowhere mentioned, pre-.
sumably because the Associated
Press didn't bother to list more
than 10 teams on its regional wire.
A simple phone call to; theA?
bureau might have given The Daily
the coverage it lacked.
Perhaps the flesh was willing.
But the spirit just wasn't there.
-Bob Sheldon, '59
Ashamed. . ..
To the Editor:
AS AFOURTH generation alum-
nus of the University, I was
deeply ashamed of the indignities
inflicted last Saturday upon the
marching band. The program of
transcendently vulgar popular
. music bore no relation to the tra-
ditions of the University.
That the prestige of the Univer-
sity was lent to a drummer, who
has served a prison term on a nar-
cotics charge isnot as humiliating
as the superficiality of his qetual
Theapplause with which this
debauchery of a long tradition 'of
scholarship was apparently greet-
ed suggests that the faculty and
administration must have aban-.
doned their position of intellec-
tual leadership.
Perhaps the whole:situation jus-
tifies a national survey, reported
in one of the alumni publications,
which assigned a distinctly sec-
ondary status to the University of
-. B. Reid, Jr., '51

Democratic Victories Qualified

)EMOCRATS, locally and across the nation
were hailing Tuesday's landslide re-election
f Mayor Wagnbr in New York 'City and the
ecisive re,-election of Gov. Meyner in New Jer-
ey as indications that voters are -dissatisfied
ith the administration's economic policies-as
ell as our apparent scientific lag behind the-
tussians, especially in guided missiles.
They' also are pointing to the fact that there
ere no indications that Negro voters had
elped Republican candidates in any of Tues-
ay's contests as a result of President Eisen-
ower's use of 4federaltroops to enforce court-
rdered integration in Arkansas. Many observ-
rs had- expected the GOP to pick up support
n this quarter because of President Eisen-
ower's use of federal troops to enforce inte-
ratibn of Little Rock's Central High School.
Democrats are also joyful about capturing
number of local victories in what are con-
idered GOP strongholds in smaller cities in
pper New York and in Pennsylvania.
IHE REPUBLICANS, including the Presi-
dent have shown definite concern over their
rospects in 1958 for regaining control of Con-
ress and are beginning to realize the work
:at they have ahead of them.
Especially disheartening to the GOP has
een the loss of the traditionally Republican
ew Jersey State Assembly to the Democrats
>r the first time since 1937, and by the big-
est margin since 1912. Along with this came
he re-election of Mayor Wagner of New York
y a record plurality and-the loss of many lo-
al elections' in traditionally Republican up-
-ate Pennsylvania and New York.
-Actually, however, the plight of the Republi-
an Party is not as bad as the Democrats might
ke to believe.
It is true that events of the last month have
aused party prestige to dwindle somewhat
mong the citizens because of rising costs of
ving and spectacular Russian achievements

Neither of these were directly the fault of
the administration, but Democrats pounced on
both issues with determination, and, the tem-
porary decline of popularity of the adminis-
tration ensued.
THESE SITUATIONS, however, along with
what were mostly local issues, caused a
somewhat bleak picture when the results were
The GOP lost no significant national or state
posts in the elections. Their poor showing in
traditionally Democratic New York City was
almost a certainty, and their failure to .beat
Gov. Meyner, a well-known figure and middle-
of-the-roader with ,upport from Republicans
as well as Democrats, was no upset.
The Republican Party still has an excellent
chance to regain Congress in '58 and to elect
a President in 1960.
Off year elections have often proved poor
measures of either party's -strength in the past,
because too many things can happen before
the next general election. This looks like the
case again this year.


SGC Candidates Show Little Interest in Meettngs

Sandburg Speech
Informal, Candid

Daily Staff Writer
CANDIDATES for Student Gov-
ernment Council are showing
remarkably little interest in Stu-
dent Government Council.
With the exception of the in-
cumbents. SGC candidates
haven't bothered to attend meet-
ings. Last week, only one candi-
date managed to stay for the en-
tire meeting, and he is on an SGC
Wednesday night, there could
not have been more than two
hopefuls at the meeting, and none
were there for any length of time.
It seems that anyone running
for the Council would show some
interest in the organization's pro-
teedings; especially the week be-
fore elections.
* * .**
THE DAILY seems to have be-
come somewhat of an issue during
the campaign.
Joe Collins, Council president,
has told many groups that the
Daily is "immature" for devoting
so much space to criticizing the
Council and not enough to all of
SGC's activities.,
He also thought The Daily was
"immature" (he was referring to

similar to Collins'. The Daily criti-
cizes the Council too much, he
M ort Wise also _wants to see
The Daily publish more informa-
tion on SdC. However, he thinks
the failure of The Daily to do this
is "SGC's fault."
Joe Collins' announcement at
the meeting Wednesday night
that he was going to meet with
the deans of men and women
"probably on Tuesday or Wednes-
day," brought a rather strong re-
action from the Council.
A great many people objected to
such a move. Janet Neary and
Ron Shorr were already planning
to meet with these people on
Thursday- after the meeting.
Collins said the plan was to in-
crease communication and to get
the deans' ideas about different
matters. He felt it would be very
valuable to him.
* * *
JEAN SCRUGGS thought com-
munication could be better ef-
fected if those meetings were aft-
er Council meetings, so the deans
could be told what the Council
did. "You can't always know what
the Council is going to do before

Through such action, Eckstein
said, "you begin to let people think
things fall within thei jurisdic-'
tion, when in fact they do not."
Some might think, after an opin-
ion was asked of them, that we
would be "duty-bound to accept
their opinion."
In members time, 'Collins said;
this reflected a "lack of trust" of
the Council president on the part
of the members.
Collins also' warned the Coun-
cil about making rash statements,
especially when there is "an audi-
ence present." Jo Hardee had said
earlier that "If we terminate com-
,mittees because they don't do any-
thing, we'd soon be committee-
Collins pointed up that a great
many groups do do things and.
work quite hard.
* * *
sented the Council with a report
on the University Lecture Com-
mittee. This year, because of the
efforts of SGC, two students have
voting rights on the committee.
He said he thought the mem-
bers of the committee "very re-
ceptive/ and cooperative." When
asked about the committee's at-

time. Almost'all of the reports had
been dittoed up and passed out
several days before the meeting,
so that Council members had had
an opportunity to read them.
This prevented long, drawn out,
dull reports, which are usually
read word for word. And the re-
ports were quite thorough too.
Unfortunately, onily 13 of the' 18
voting Council members were
The Council decision to look
into the Summer Placement pro-
gram is commendable. The pro-
gram is rather extensive now,
with listings of thousands of sum-
mer jobs for students.
However, as Drake Duane ex-
plained, costs are going up for
students, and summer job oppor-
tunities should be maximized.
In fact, the Student Activities
Building Board's decision to set
up the summer placement office
in the SAB is indeedk a signpost
of growing interest in this area.
* * * .
THE COUNCIL decided not to
have an Academic Freedom Week
this year. It had made this de-
cision last year, but thought it
should look into the situation
Many felt that the Forum pro-

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Summary, action taken at meetini
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held November 6, 1957.
Approved minutes of previous meet
Approved activities: Nov. 2, Turkish
Club, Hungarian Rhapsody's Program
8 p.m., Lane Hail (Interim action, Exec
Corn.); Nov. 6,. India Student Assn.,
Shanta Rao Indian Classical Dances
7:30 p.m., Hill (Interim Action); Nov
13, Inter-House Council and Assembly
IHC-Assembly) Sing, 7:45 p.m., Rack-
ham; Nov. 14, 15, 16, Soph Show, 8:0
p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn; Nov. 19, In
ternational Students Assn., movie, 7:3
p.m., Rackham Amphitheater.
Approved Jan. 11 for social events.
Accepted report on Residence Hail
financing including recommendation
that this report terminate the activity
of the Residence Hail Finance Commit
teep and be turned over to the Student

CARL SANDBURG'S speech Tuesday night
was interesting not only in itself but for
\vhat it revealed about speeches in general at
the University.
It showed speeches can be given which will
interest more than just an esoteric group. It
was evident, too, that students did not come
to Sandburg's speech because it was one in a
speech series to which they had already sub-
scribed. They came because they wanted to see
Sandburg's reputation brought them to Hill

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