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Sixty-Ninth Year
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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

"Merrily We Roll Along"

Quintet Presents
Unusual Selections

ESDAY, JULX 22, 1959


Both Sides Fumble
In 'Garme of Smiles'

1 THE SUICIDAL little joust between Rus-
sia and the United States, many an un-
endly gesture has been made and many a
gative attitude has been shown. Lately how-
er, a strange new trend has been visible, and
e era of the Great Smiling Face is apparently
This is plainly seen in the various cultural
d educational exchanges either proposed or
eady in operation, in exhibitions of art,
ck meets, touring ballet companies, visits
Im parties like the one headed by University,
esident Hatcher this spring, and most prom-
ntly, by the sightseeing tours of Comrades
koyan and Koslov.
Clearly, the Americans and Soviets are mak-
g an attempt to understand each other'
rough friendly communication,.rather than.
terms of nuclear weapons.
NDOUBTEDLY, most of this is of great,
some say immeasurable, value. However, it.
unfortunate that the visits most publicized
;hose of Mikoyan and Kozlov-were perhaps
e biggest flops. Mikoyan received worse treat-
nt, in terms of eggs thrown, than did Koz-
, but neither can claimi the establishment
much better American-Russian relations. In
,t, a good deal of resentment might very
11 have been promoted. Certainly, better men:

could have been chosen for public relations
In Richard M. Nixon the American govern-
ment apparently thinks it has the powerful
man who can succeed where Mikoyan and Koz-
lov failed. The government is quite mistaken,
however, and Nixon's forthcoming trip to the
Soviet Union promises to be nothing less than
NIRON IS NOT the most exuberant and
pleasant of Americans, as South Americans
who stoned him on his good' will tour last year
will testify. He is neither the man to talk to
the Russians and Khrushchev in the hard mili-
tary terms they might understand, nor is he
the man whose smile is going to enchant a na-
Nixon's trip can be an important one. But
with 80 newsmen tagging after, there is some
doubt as to whether anything worthwhile will
emerge from the two-week affair, perhaps not
even a presidential nomination.
Nixon's trip may be the most important step
America has taken in this Smiling Era. Much
good or much harm can come of it. Much good
is hoped for, of course, but it will only emerge
if the Vice-President displays no little good
will, and a great deal of statesmanship and
courage. Such a display may be too much to
hope for.

Quintet presented an enjoyable
program of seldom-heard music
Monday night at Rackham. Both
the quintet and its invited guests,
Larry Teal on the Saxophone and
Clyde Thompson on the bass viol,
performed more than competently.
The main interest of the evening
was the selection of works which
were performed.
Unfortunately your reviewer
missed the first worn., "Divertisse-
ment" by Gerald Hartley. Like all
but one of the works presented, it
is a multi-movement affair, the
tendency to fragmentation, being
apparently inescapable in wind
ensemble literature.
The next work was a three-
movement "Suite" by Charles Le-
febvre. There is not too much to
say about this work except that
the first two movements seemed
heavy and academic, the third
more idiomatic, the whole was
rather 19th-century and the least
interesting work of the evening.
* * *
THE NEXT WORK, whatever its-
merits, certainly was not conven-
tional. Jorgen Bentzon's "Raccon-
to" for flute, alto saxophone, bas-
soon, and bass viol must have been
composed for some unusual combi-
nation of circumstances .
However this may be, the piece
uses the pdssibilities of the com-
bination satisfactorily, and the
themes 'have. the "once. upon a
time" quality suggested by the
title. In the middle the saxophone
delivers himself, of a ,longish ca-
denza, following which the themes
of the first section return in due
The "Five Easy Dances" of Denes

,.Q.aze' s.1#jq $'4sTr ? ' Sr' 'pos. .

Agay and the "Rengaines" (nine of
them) of Andre Souris were both
examples of typical woodwind
slapstick - unexpected accents,
staccato chords, and assorted
squeaks and squeals. The Agay
pieces were based on modeth popu-.
lar dances, including a seductive
Tango, while the Souris pieces were
modeled after more traditional
forms. The best of these to my
thinking was the mock-passionate
love-song of the bassoon In the
4, .
THERE IS no Baroque literature
for woodwind quintet, but if there
were, it would sound like Mlhaud's
"La Cheminee du Roi Rene." These
seven pieces convey the spirit of
the old suite" in delightfully mood-'
ern, urbanev and above all French
terms. The quintt played these
with all the transparency they de-
Last on the program, for some
reason, came the most pretentious-
work, a "Sextet for Alto Saxophone
and Wind Quintet" by Leon Stein.
As the name suggests, the saxo-
phone predominates, although the
chamber music spirit is maintained
throughout. The work is intricately
written, but somehow fals to leae
a lasting impression.
Many thanks to the quinet for
presenting these unusual works.
-John Denton
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be sent in TYPEWRITTEN form to
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Schools of Education,; Music, Pubic-
Health, and Business Administration:
Tentative lists of seniors for August
graduation have been posted on the
bulletin board in the firsthfloor lobby
Admin. Bldg. Any changes therefrom
should be requested of the Recorder
at Office of Registration and Records,
Window No. A, 1513 Admin. Bldg.
For nLecture, Linguistics Institute,
Thurs.;.-July 23, 7:30- p.m., Rackhank
Amphitheater. "Four Basic Postulates,
Bernard Bloch, Prof. of 'Ling., Yai
The University summer Session Band
outdoor concert on the diagonal near
Haven Hall, Wed., July 22, 7:1 p.m.
Hill Auditorium in event of rain.
Music Education Lecture: Mr. John
Kendel, Vice-President, of the, Ameri-
can Music Conference in Chicago, il
lustrated lecture on various phases of
Music Education. Multipurpose nn.
Undergrad. Library, Thurs., July 2.,
at 4:15 p.m.
(Continued on Page 5)


Writer Disputes Picture of German Universities

Dispart bat Similar

Associated Press. News Analyst
'WO WORLD FIG URES of great disparity,
both of them leaders of their people in a
culiarly personal way, have within recent
ys adopted the unusual tactic of resigning.
iblic office in order to emphasize their true.
iblic power.
One, David Ben - Gurion ,of Israel, who
lopted for himself the name of the lion, has
ssed his three-score and ten.
Steeped in the Hebraic' traditign, familiar
rough constant reading with the world's
eat philosophers, his gurs have been logic
1d persuasion, yet he has not shrunk from;,
iysical war.
'HE OTHER, Fidel Castro of Cuba, not quite
33, has not yet entered that time of life
hen men are expected to display their great-
t wisdom. With the beard frequently asso-
ated with eccentricity, he is built in the mold.
the revolutionary, and his guns have, been
Yet he, too, since adolescence, has been grop-
g for a philosophy, vague in spots as to its
onomic applications, but obviously involving
e individual dignity and economic well being
lesser men. For 12 years he has been an ac-
re revolutionary, in the Dominican Republic,.
Colombia, and finally as'leader of the six-

year movement which ousted dictator Batista
and made Castro the ruler of Cuba.
Some of Castro's theories have brought ac-
cusations that he is a Communist, which he
heatedly disavows, and which objective ob-
servers discount.
ON THE OTHER hand, nobody has accused
old David Ben-Gurion of being Communist,
although he has sponsored commune-type set-
tlements as the first step toward establishment
of many of the immigrants in Israel and as a
means of. developing the nation's undeveloped
areas. He lives in one of. them when "at home"
Ben-Gurion's recent resignation as Prime
Minister is different but akin to Castro's. He
met criticism in his cabinet because he chose to
keep Israel's arms industry going even by sell-
ing supplies to West Germany, where so many
of his constituents were persecuted under the
Nazis. He beat his critics in Parliament, then.
resigned to force from office his dissident asso-
Now he -heads a caretaker government, is
expected eventually to form a new'one.
Castro, to date, seems only half-resigned.
But he has obtained the resignation of Cuba's
provisional President and installed another
who says the revolutionary leader is still Pre-
mier. No one questions that he is still the boss.
Ben-Gurion and Castro. Two disparate men
who use unusual but similar tactics.

To the Editor:
YOUR FRONT PAGE article of
Thursday, July 16 gave such a
misleading and erroneous account
of German university life today
that I feel obliged to set the score
straight, having studied four years
(1954-1958) at the University of
In the first place there was
mention of an "unusual intellec-
tual problem" in Germany today,
namely that no courses are taught
at the universities dealing with
German history after 1914. Pro-
fessor Davis may have taken a
trip to: Germany but apparently
he has not taken one- to the 10th
floor of the stacks of the main
library of the University of Mich-
igan, for there he would have
found current catalogues of most
of the outstanding German uni-
Assuming that Professor Davis
has just returned from his trip,
we find the following courses be-
ing offered during his stay in
The Totalitarian System of
National Socialism (Bonn).
The Totalitarian State: The
Germany of National Socialism,
1936-1945 (Hamburg).

Contemporary Political His-
tory, 1933-1945 (Munich).
More Recent German Consti-
tutional History, 1808-1955
Studies in the History of Ger-
man Jewry since 1933 (Berlin).
* * *
courses are being offered at all on
the LNazi era by German profes-
sors because a great number of
the pertinent documents were
confiscated by the American army
and are available only in Wash-
ington, D.C.-
Professor Davis continued that
the students he talked with were
not "really much interested in the
modern period."
When I was a student in
Heidelberg I attended a course
given in 1955 by Professor Fuchs
on the history of the years just
prior to World War II. It was
given in the largest classroom of
the university which seats some
200 students.
* * *
ON JANUAY 30, 1958 there
was a special program offered by
the University of Heidelberg as a
reminder of that fateful day in
Berlin 25 years before. The audi-

torium of the university was
jammed; I remember distinctly
for I had to stand along with
many others. Tape recordings'
were played of speeches. by Hit-
ler, Goebbels, and Goring. I shall
never forget the expression on
the faces of those young German
students, many of them hearing'
these voices for the first time.
In closing it must be pointed
out that the, whole article was
misleading because in Germany
there are no "student leaders"
and no campus "activities" in the
American sense of the word. The
Germans have preserved a strange
medieval notion of the university.
They seem to consider it a place.
where students should learn some-
thing from books and professors.
Gary S. Johnson
German Department
Goddess ,,.
To the Editor:
RE: Certain editorials of July
10, 15, and 16:'
0 Goddess of the Inland Seas,
Can it your noble fancy please
To be assaulted by a one
Whose writings all good sense
doth shung sne

All progress to him evil seems,
Of ugly hulks and worse he
Fresh paint and bricks fill him
with dread;
He thinks the campus spirit
He raises for the Rifle Range--
A pile of planks grown gray
with mange--
A bitter, cynical lament
In hopes of seeming eloquent.
The Alpha Gamma Delta place.
He thinks a hideous disgrace
Its newness views with great
Its very purpose thinks a waste.
In every change- he sees no use,
But showers it with vast abuse;.
An antique campus he desires,,
The primitive alone admires.
To end at last his shrill protest.
I have a plan I might suggest:
All building projects now suppress,
Make Michigan a wilderness!
James Berg, '60
P. S.:
BUT LEST these lines should
seem unkind,
I'd have the reader bear in
They flay not "R. J.'s" shallow
But rather, merely what he writ..


doth shun?


But rather, merely what he writ.

Old San Juan Forms Hub of Urban Network

'Fact-Finding' and Steel


AMONG THE MANY big questions posed by
the steel strike perhaps the most important
is what should be the role of the Federal gov-
ernment. For there is much confusion about
this. The strike is taking place just as Congress
is working on a law for the regulation of labor
unions, a law which calls for comprehensive
and far-reaching Federal intervention 1$ the
internal affairs of the unions. Yet on the steel
strike there are many, including now the Presi-
dent himself, who want no Federal intervention
and wish to see the issue settled by the test of
economic power.
THE PRESIDENT'S views on intervention in
the steel controversy have crystallized only
recently. A month ago, at his press conference
of June 17, he was asked this question by Mr.
Raymond P. Brandt of the St. Louis Post Dis-
patch: "Both the steel management and the
steel unions are using self-serving statistics
which are in great conflict. Is there any way
that government can bring out some impartial
figures on profits and wages and productivity
so that people can understand the issues and
make their own decision?"
The President answered Mr. Brandt, saying,
"Well, I think you have asked about the most
intelligent question on that particular question,
particular matters; and I haven't thought about
it in this paricular way . . . I don't know
whether this would be helpful or not, but I'll
take your suggestion and have it studied."
Last week, at his press conference on July 15,
the President had had the matter studied. He
had learned that "as far as a fact-finding board
is concerned, I believe that all the facts are
pretty well known ... In all our reports, in the

reports that are published, how is the public
to know, how is Congress to know, how are
newspaper editors to know, which of the facts
are important and relevant? The task of finding
the facts that matter and of judging how they
matter is a semi-judicial function. It cannot
be done without a specialized inquiry by trained
If there is no impartial tribunal to find the
facts, then there can be no such thing as an'
enlightened public opinion. And if there is no
enlightened opinion that can be brought to bear
upon it, a strike of this magnitude must become
a test of power in a whirl of propaganda and
of prejudice.:
WHEN THE PRESIDENT rejected the idea of
a "fact-finding" which he had thought
rather well of a month before, he affirmed a
new doctrine: "I believe that we have got
thoroughly to test out and to use the method of
free bargaining." Where great andvital in-
terests are involved how much free bargaining
do we really believe in?
In the steel controversy today, the companies
happen to have the stronger bargaining posi-
tion, their customers have large stockpiles,
public opinion is stoutly opposed to another
round of'Wage and price increases. The union
appears to be far frop solid within itself.
But this favorable balance to the companies
will not always be the case, and I wonder
whether it is wise and prudent for them to set
it up as a "principle" that in these great con-
troveries involvin gthe national interest the
issue shall be decided by .a contest of power?
I do not believe it is true, as has been said

CLAN JUAN, P. R.- Metropoli-
2tan San Juan is less a city
with suburbs than a network of
cities of more or less the same
size, over seven miles across.
Farthest out from the center
lies Rio Piedras, home of the
beautiful University of Puerto
Rico campus.
Adjoining Hato Rey is largely
Santurce, where I live, ranges
from a Gold Coast of fine hotels
to squalid slums. Miramar is resi-
dential and commercial.
* s *
PUERTO de Tierra is industrial
and commercial, with a large
warehouse district.
None of the cities, or sections,
is really very interesting.
But the hub of the system is
Old San Juan, founded in 1521
and loaded with atmosphere. It
actually lies on an island, just off
the shore of the main island.
The old city is surrounded by
fortifications, most spectacular of
which is the Morro Castle. Con-
struction of El Morro began in
1533 -- the castle was not proven'
obsolete until an American can-
nonball penetrated the thick out-
er wall.

THE BUSINESS section of Old
San Juan and most of the sight-
seeing points of interest are
crowded into a small area, rough-
ly seven blocks square.
Casa Blanca, ancestral home of
Ponce de Leon's, family, is now the
,residence of the Army coin-
mander in Puerto Rico.
La Fortaleza, for 400 years the
seat of government here, now
houses Gov. Luis Munoz Marin.
Within its walls is one of the
most beautiful gardens I've Aver
seen. From its walls there s a
marvelous view of the harbor.
San Jose Church is probably
the oldest church in continuous
use in the hemisphere. It once
housed the remains of Ponce de
Leon, now buried in the cathedral
a few blocks away.
* * *
THE CHURCH and the cathe-
dral contain vaulted ceilings
which are among the few exam-
ples of medieval arcitecture in
the Americas.
Also of interest to the tourist
are many of the shops which line
the narrow streets. Many of the
items sold there turn out to bear
"Haiti," "Mexico" or even "Japan"
marked on the bottom, but others
of course are products of Puerto
Rican handicraft,





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