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PAGE TWO THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1953

A Postscript
A FEW YEARS AGO, a member of The
Daily staff authored an editorial en-
titled "A Note to Miss Snead," in which
he discussed some of the glaring deficien-
cies he recalled in his own pre-college edu-
cation, for the benefit of Miss Snead, his
grade school "auditorium" teacher. With a
large percentage of Miss Snead's profession
now. on campus it seems appropriate to
offer this "Postscript."
HAVE watched you sitting next to me
in my history class, Miss Snead, busily
taking notes, earnestly attending to lec-
tures. You display little of the boredom,
preoccupation and stifiled yawns of many
of my undergraduate contemporaries.
Yet, I fear, Miss Snead, that summer's
end will find you stuffing your notes in a
heavy leather briefcase and hustling back
to a school system which tolerates mechan-
ical lectures in blind patriotism, propagan-
da and distorted history.
You stand out more strongly in my
grammar and high school memories, Miss
Snead, than the many mentors who tol-
erated a youthful curiosity and even en-
couraged one.
But you, Miss Snead, in the grade school
"auditorium"-and later in high school his-
tory and civics, seem, in retrospect, to have
set the tenor of my education.
For the required number of years I pledg-
ed allegiance to the flag mechanically, sang
the Star-Spangled Banner obediently and
off key, learned by rote, history and phil-
osophy-entrusted to memory as I would
a list of dates or the conjugations of Latin
verbs.
One day in an eleventh grade English
class you asked for volunteers to debate
the negative side of a question as to the
greatness of Julius Caesar's contribution
to the world and only one in a class of 35
raised a hand.
That that one student delved into books
not found in your high school library and
came up with a winning argument which
tested the cult of hero worship was not
defeat for you, Miss Snead.
Twelve years of being taught by rote with
the why of things ignored and "how to
think" sadly slighted, the great portion of
the 450 students who graduated a few Junes
later will probably never be jarred even
slightly from the shell education has fash-
ioned for them.
I ask myself the why of you Miss Snead.
Yo1 are a thousand individual types and
cannot be classified into old maids who
don't care, sweet young things who are only
waiting for the right man to propose and
really aren't interested.
You have been educated by many teach-
ers like yourself, Miss Snead, and you
tolerate an educational system which puts
you in the position of custodian, not teacher.
You may seem to be many and upon closer
inspection I might find you to be compara-
tively few but I shall never intrust my child
to your unthinking, non-caring mind, Miss
Snead.
--Gayle Greene
.Peace And
Unemployment
ONCE AGAIN the frightening unsteadi-
ness of prosperity in a capitalistic econ-,
omy looms in our midst. The recent cries
of a "threat of peace" heard in the black,
cold shadows of Wall Street were an un-
pleasant reminder that war Is profitable
and peace perhaps not even desirable to
many. Now we may be able to witness

firsthand the unemployment of thousands
with no immediate sign of reemployment as
aircraft production is curtailed because of
smaller defense needs.
That we can survive prosperously and
handle surplus labor and goods only by
periodic wars, either on a full scale or
partial level has long been a characteristic
and a criticism of an unplanned economy.
The U. S. has experienced several eco-
nomic cycles in the 20th century. Some
instability is, of course, necessary for
progress, but certainly starving thousands
and a threat of another depression bol-
sters the need for some regulation and
fore-planning.
Government ownership, or even regula-
tion by the government, is given the label
of "leftist policy" by capitalists during pros-
perous eras, usually when war production
rules the business world; but, ironically,
England has shown that labor change-over
and unemployment are handled with much
less disaster under such a program.
Twenty years ago, President Roosevelt
had to resort to seme degree of government
control and regulation of the economy, and
fortunately for our country, we were saved
from a much worse period of depression.
That government regulation of production
and labor should be resorted to only when
the trouble is here, is indeed paradoxical;
we should not be prepared to give it a label
and toss it aside, for it may be the answer
that is taking us thirty years to learn.

+ DANCE +

Truce Talk

MAT(R OF FACT
By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP

AN OLD BALLET dressed up unrecogniz-
ably except for the music provided con-
siderable provocation for New York ballet-
omanes this season when Claude Debussy's
"Afternoon of a Faun" was resurrected with
new choreography by Jerome Robbins. The
New York City Ballet Company, producers
of the revival, allowed the choreographer an
extreme amount of freedom in deviating
from tradition, and the results have aroused
no end of either indignation or rabid praise
from enthusiasts of the art.
In the early days of this century, "After-
noon of a Faun" was the private property
of Nijinsky, the now legendary dancer whose
career was stopped short because of insan-
ity. Debussy had written the work while
inspired by Mallarme's poem, and the story
in its original form concerned the "reveries
of a faun around a real or imagined en-
counter with nymphs." In 1912 when the
ballet was premiered, the choreography of
Nijinsky was along traditional lines, though
its story and dance adaptability even then
caused a scandal to the Parisian audience,
an audience who seemed always to be scan-
dalized by Diaghileff productions anyway.
But in its new form "Afternoon of a Faun"
represents more than just a controversy in
which the public can greedily take sides, it
becomes a challenge to the dancer, whether
his art shall be one of movement, of emo-
tions vitalized through spatial projections,
or of representational gymnastics even
though exhibited with beautiful and grace-
ful artistry..
Briefly Robbins has objectified and
made more realistic the Faun story. The
symbols formerly being a faun and nym-
phs are now two dancers, a male and a
female. In other words the sexual re-
lationships have become less distanced by
substituting the reality of a dance studio,
decorated only with a mirror and a barre,
for the fantasy of an imaginary garden in
which mythical animals are playing.
In both cases the phantasmagoric mood
of the music is of course retained in the
dance, and this coupled with the slow,
dream-like, and light though deliberate
dance motions of the new version, keep it
with an atmosphere of fantasy, though of
a lesser degree than the original.
The dance begins with the male lying on
the floor admiring his body, only to be in-
terrupted by the appearance of the woman,
who, after doing a few exercises to remind
us that this is a dance studio, proceeds to
likewise admire her body. The ultimate re-
sult is a mutual admiration of each other's
bodies, and after some graceful interlock-
ing of torsos, a few lifts into the air, ,and a
dramatic kiss, the dancers take leave of
each other, and the ballet ends with the
male having returned to his original posi-
tion lying on the floor.
Evidently this more obvious represen-
tation of the story is supposed to have
more meaning to a modern audience than
the removed symbols did. This is un-
doubtedly so, as no one could have miss-
ed the point. Also it appears to want to
idealize our own private fantasies and
dreams, with the idea that these fantasies
and dreams are not so private after all,
and will be more enjoyable when done by
A A A ** ^ A tA C II
Architecture Aunditorium.i
QUARTET, By W. Somerset Maugham
"QUARTET" IS A good deal better than
the movies around State Street this
summer. It is better than either of the
Maugham films produced after it. "Trio"
and "Encore" had blurred over my memory
of "Quartet" and I had forgotten just how
good the film really is.

The introduction by Maugham himself
is not at all obtrusive and Maugham's suc-
cinct summary of the critics' opinions of his
stories makes it quite worthwhile. Having
seen him on the Riviera in one of his other
films, I welcome him back to his library.
The first story, "The Facts of Life," is
about a young man who comes out quite
well from his short trip to the Riviera, and
he owes his success to disobeying the sage
and experienced advice of his father. His
father tells the story to some members of
the club, and although we see him but for a
few short moments, his character is delic-
iously formed.
Maugham's characters are his strong
point, and because the last two stories
pay more attention to character than
"The Facts of Life" or "Alien Corn," they
were more enjoyable. The inventions of the
kite lover and his mother in "The Kite" are
equalled only by the colonel in "The Colo-
nel's Lady." These characters are fully
developed.
Maugham's economy is always present,
and his shift in focus from plot to char-
acter in these last two stories is a happy

professionals who can do it up to perfec-
tion.
This last may also be so. And the fact
that our personal fantasies are the root of
all artistic creation is one in which this
critic is wiling to let the psychologist solve,
and when they reach some conclusive find-
ings either way, to accept them.
But by itself this is not dance. Dance is
by definition an art of movement, and
movement, likewise by definition, involves
space in which to move. Mr. Robbins
choreography did not need movement, only
suggestive gesticulation. It did not need the
dancer's space, a space large enough to al-
low a substantial variety and range of move-
ments, a space which has traditionally rul-
ed out all but the barest minimum of sets
for fear of confining movements.
It was rather the actor's space, and prob-
ably on purpose. About a quarter of the
City Center stage was utilized. But there
were no words to propel the relationships
from which the actor develops his play.
There was no formal dance structure. There
was merely the speechless, bare, pantomine
of the dancer. This was given away by the
fact that the music lent only its mood. Its
structure, carefully measured phrases, and
beautifully prepared harmonic points which
give such a rich sonority, had no bearing
with what was taking place on stage. The
musical crescendo was left unanswered by
the dancers. With such denial of the com-
poser's intent, there could either be a con-
flict of forms, or as in this case, an amor-
phous organization given substance only
superficially by the story line.
And without the dance interest that
could be engendered by juxtaposition of
movements, of rhythmic patterns, or as a
complement to the music, there was noth-
ing left but a story of seduction told by
going through the motions, not by danc-
ing them. It was static, depicting arrest-
ed moments, much like the works of a
painter, or sculptor. But the dance, to
avoid monotony and purposelessness, must
be constantly moving. It is basically a
non-static and dynamic form. Where
time, and movements in space through
time as a measure of structure, is irrele-
vant to the painter, the dancer cannot
get along without it.
As "Afternoon of a Faun" now stands it
could be a sketch for something yet to be
developed, but as a finished product it is
not dance-worthy. Though brilliantly exe-
cuted, it is nothing. If meant to be a dance
version of what the painter can do, it is
here also unsuccessful. Taken as such it
reminds one of one of those publicity pho-
tographs with some prominent personality
posing as Mona Liza or Olympia.
The dancer may, surely be challenged if a
production of this type leaves the experi-
mental stage and becomes the fashion. The
stakes are the survival of an art. But that
this may happen seems fairly doubtful.
Messrs. Kirstein and Balanchine, creators
of the New York City Ballet Company, have
shown excellent judgement in the past, and
under their direction the future of our
foremost ballet company should not be in'
any great danger.
-Donald Harris
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order for him not to give up the one for
the other. But the pianist is shown to us as a
man who thinks of himself as a pianist and
not much else.
On the other hand, it is perfectly be-
lievably that the kite lover would prefer
jail to the support of his wife since she
dislikes, nay, hates kites. In the printed
story, the lover remains in jail. In the
film, the wife is converted.

For the most part, the film shows the
stories to their best advantage. The acting
is more than competent. The kite lover, his
mother and the colonel, again, come off the
best, and if one has not read the stories,
he would hardly know whether the credits
should go to the actors or Maugham.
The Walt Disney cartoon showing with
"Quartet" has an historical interest. It is
remarkably different from the cartoons we
have come to expect from Hollywood. Rather
than a story, it is a musical ballet in pastel
colors. Unlike the best of the Disney car-
toons, the animals, Donald Duck, Mickey
Mouse, and Goofy, are treated as if they
were humans. Had their animal qualities
been utilized, the cartoon might have been
amusing.
-Eleanor Hope
ABOUT THE only thing to point out this
week in regard to the Korean truce
talks is that Eisenhower has accepted the
Truman-Acheson "peace without victory"
policy and that this is now supported by
Republicans who would have impeached
Acheson for proposing it. Indeed, it is dif-

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AS THESE words are written,
the Korean pot is boiling
hard, and the highest American
policy-makers frankly confess
they have no idea what the final
results will be. It is time to note,
however, that the results may be
vastly more serious than most
people imagine.
The present position is curious.'
Assistant Secretary of State Wal-
ter Robertson, an able and court-
ly Virginian, has been sent to Se-
oul to persuade President Syng-
man Rhee to cooperate in the
Korean truce. Robertson has a
personal letter from President
Eisenhower to President Rhee,
and other, less publicized means
of persuasion.
But the fact remains that Syng-
man Rhee fell into the hands of
the Japanese when he was a much
younger and more malleable man,
and they could not persuade him
with bamboo rods to break his
knuckles. The State Department
and White House are maintaining
a facade of confidence that Ro-
bertson will somehow succeed
where the Japanese failed. It will
be a considerable diplomatic feat
if he does.
For one thing, Rhee has moreE
power at his disposal on the spot
than do Robertson and Gen.
Mark Clark. London has been
r a t h e r pointedly reminding
Washington of the Egyptian
crisis in war-time, when Sir
Miles Lampson made ex-King
Farouk see the light by sur-
rounding his palace with tanks.
But Rhee is no Farouk, and the
comparative strength of the
South Korean and other UN
forces is very different from the
comparative strength of the be-
draggled Egyptian division and
the British Army of the west-
ern desert.
Gen. Clark has officially advis-
ed Washington that a ROK divi-
;ion is now fully equal to an Am-
erican division. There are nine-
teen ROK divisions, as against six
American divisions. The ROK
commander, Gen. Paik Sun Yut,
has been so sympathetic to Ameri-
can policy that there is a ques-
tion whether Rhee may not try
to supplant hit. In any case,
again according to the report from
Seoul, Rhee now has the South
Korean forces thoroughly under
control and ready to obey his or-
ders.
Furthermore, the chief lever
that Robertson and Gen. Clark
are assumed to have-the threat
to cut off the supplies of the
South Korean forces-is not quite
so strong as it looks. The Korean
government has been permitted,
under normal military procedures,
to accumulate no less than forty-
five days of supplys for the ROKs.
A month and a half is ample time
for the Rhee strategy, of fighting
on against the Communists until
our own forces are again embroil-
ed.
The other half of Walter Ro-
bertson's problem is Syngman
Rhee's personality. Rhee is
brave, obdurate and very aged.
A man nearly eighty who has
long been nursing a fixed idea
is not very easy to persuade.
In the autumn of 1950, when
victory in Korea seemed to be in
sight, one of these reporters spent
a couple of hours with the old
man. Even then, when the pros-
pect of victory made a theme ra-
ther pointless, Rlee kept harping
on the terrible mistake made by
President Benes of Czechoslovakia.
Assembly Hall, It will include works
by Respighi, Mozart, Chopin, and Shu-
bert, and will open to the general pub-
lic. It is being played in partial fulfill-
ment of the requirements for the de-
gree of Master of Music. Mr. Berry is
a pupil of Joseph Brinkman.
Faculty Concert. Emil Raab violinist,

and Benning Dexter, pianist, of the
School of Music faculty, will be heard
at 8:30 Tuesday evening, June 30, in
the Rackham Lecture Hall. Their pro-
gram will include Beethoven's Sonata
in G, Op. 96. Stravinsky's Duo Concert-
ant, and Faure's Sonata in A, Op. 13.
It will be open to the general public
without charge.
Exhibitions
Museum of Art. Museum collections.
General Library. Best sellers of the
twentieth century.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Gill-
man Collection of Antiquities of Pales-
tine.
Museums Building, rotunda exhibit.
Modern Mexican village ceramics.
Michigan Historical Collections. Mich-
igan, year-round vacation land.
Clements Library. The good, the bad,
the popular.
Law Library. 'Elizabeth II and her
empire.
Architecture Building. Lithographs by
students of the College of Architecture
and Design.
Events Today
Motion Picture, auspices of the SL
Cinema Guild W. Somerset Maugham's
Quartet. 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., Architec-
ture Auditorium.
International Punch Hour, 4:45 to 6
p.m.Sponsored by the office of the

If Benes had only defied Cham-
berlain at Munich, he kept saying,
if Benes had only fought Hitler at
that time alone, then the British
and French would have been for-
ced to join the war in the end, and
Czechoslovakia would then have
survived.
Rhee has made no secret of this
idea of his, or of his absolute op-
position to any interruption of the
fighting in Korea until his coun-
try has been reunited. The con-
tinued partition of Korea, he has
repeatedly said, will only produce
the same sort of results as the
partition of Czechoslovakia at
Munich. The State Department
and intelligence services have now
compiled a somewhat rueful dos-
sier of his statements on this
point.
On the other hand, there is
very little doubt that Rhee mis-
takenly believes the inflama-
tory proclamation of the Asia-
first republicans, and was en-
couraged by these men in his
extreme course of action. Now
that the chips are down, and the
question is whether great addi-
tional American sacrifices are
to be made, the Asia-first re-
publicans are notably silent. The
encouragement they gave to
Rhee was false encouragement
-cheap political talk, which
they did not mean to back up
by deeds.
Maybe Robertson will succeed.
He is about to enter on his nego-
tiations and there may be a result
before this report is printed. The
outlook, if Robertson fails, is both
dark and chaotic; for no truce is
possible without Rhee's coopera-
tion, and any attempt by Rhee to
fight on alone will inevitably lead
to a major disaster in Asia. Even
if this kind of divisive and des-
tructive development can be
avoided, the squeak has been too
narrow. We should at least learn
the lesson that people may mean
what they say, even when we do
not think they make sense.
(Copyright, 1953, N.Y. Her. Trib., Inc.)
Interpreting
The News
By J. M. ROBERTS JR.
Associated Press News Analyst
W INSTON Churchill has adopted
the idea that now, when the
weakness of Russia's political' po-
sition in Eastern Germany has
just been so forcefully demonstrat-
ed, is the time to push for negoti-
ations on the unifcation issue.
The British Prime Minister was
the first to reply to the appeal for
action on this score addressed by
Chancellor Adenauer of West Ger-
many to the Big Three Allies. He
went no farther than to remind
Russia in Oblique fashion-with-
out actually marking the Kremlin
in on the letter-of the proposals
made by the Allies last September.
Russia had then proposed nego-
tiations. The Allies asked if that
meant they were willing to pro-
gress through free all-German
elections. The approach fell apart
right there.
What Russia wants is a reuni-
fled but neutralized Germany,
with avenues of Russian coer-
cion and infiltration remaining-
open. The Allies want a reuni-
fied Germany free to join, as the
West Germany republic has
agreed to do, the Western Euro-
pean defense program.
There is no prospect of either
side getting what it wants. What
Churchill has done is merely to
suggest that Russia bring up the
reunification issue again. There
my, however, be a more direct
Anglo-French-American move in
the offing, for which Churchill's
letter to Adenauer opens the way.
It need not be predicated on the
hope of immediate accomplish-
ment of unification. It could hard-

ly prove out, if it were. But the
Allies might make an important
positional maneuver by accepting
one of the several Russian offers
of negotiation, then drive the Reds
into a hole by basing their whole
position on the demand for elec-
tions and establishment of a truly
autonomous German state.
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