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)AY, AUGUST 4, 1959
NIGHT EDITOR: THOMAS HAYDEN'
The Coming Pastime:
Hurling the Invective
IE POLITICAL conflict over state taxes
will probably reach its climax this week.
i tragically, after seven months on the verge
much-needed tax reform, the Legislature
probably pass an intolerable plan centering'
md a sales tax increase.
'he situation is similar to that of the student
) goes into a final examination with hopes
h, then suddenly is thrown into confusion
the questions, and stumbles out after three
rs, having bungled his conclusions hope-
hings are now too confused for blame to be
olutely attached to -any individual or group.,
vvever, when the paralysis which has locked
Legislature for so long finally is relaxed,
ry charges will be thrown between Repub-
,n and Democrat., Among the charges anti-
ted, those which seem to be most valid, are ,
The tax struggle was far more than a
ged but intelligent debate over economics.
it were intelligent, the two parties would
line up, so solidly behind their special tax
ns. Since they do line up so tenaciously,
s obvious the debate is primarily a political
with the economic future of the state of
higan at stake.
More specifically, it has been to an amaz-
extent a personal feud between a liberal,'
-spending, ambitious Governor and a core
onservative, resentful Senate Republicans.
)R YEARS the GOP has tried to knife the
Governor, while he has repeatedly used'
mn as whipping boys. The Republicans have'
won the battle and forced the Governor and
his party into near submission.
3) The Republicans have been guilty of pro-
tecting a rich minority and paying"no attention
to either the needs of the state as a whole or
to the sensibilities of economics.
4) The Governor should have explicitly stated
what tax program he favored months ago,
instead of indicating he favored a personal in-
come tax, then dodging an explanation of the
5) If a sales tax is the major part of any tax
package enacted, that package will be ex-
tremely objectionable and inadequate.
A sales tax increase merely burdens those
who are least able to pay-the low-income,
large family groups. And in an emergency,
e.g. a recession, when tax returns are needed'
desperately, the sales tax will bring in increas-
ingly smaller funds.
IN THE MEANTIME, the state is losing sev-
eral thousand dollars per day in extra pay
to legislators and loss of, taxes which could be
collected if a program had been enacted
months ago. All that remains is a shambles,
and this perhaps is of greatest significance.
If, out of the insanity, the public comes to
realize that something is defective about the
Legislature, that reapportionment of the state's
districts really is desirable to people other
than political scientists and should be seri-
ously considered, and that the state's ancient
constitution might bear revision, perhaps the
present session of the legislature has indirectly
served a valuable purpose.
INTERPRETING THE NEWS:
The Power of Fear
By J. M. ROBERTS
Associated Press News Analyst
IREMIER KHRUSHCHEV is reported to have
referred to Vice-President Nixon as a rep-
sentative of panic stricken .capitalises.
Whether the quote is accurate, and whether
:yone is actually in panic, there is no question
at fear plays a constant role in today's inter-
Khrushchev has just used Polish fear of a
surgent Germany to obtain ashow of soli-
rity from an Eastern European state, with
s policy on Berlin.
Because of fear, the Western nations are
ending billions and billions of dollars an-
[ally to deter the Kremlin from substituting
it war for cold war, and to be ready if the
terrent fails to work.
On the Soviet side there is both real and
'HERE IS REAL FEAR of a revived Ger-
many, deeply instilled in a nation which
st between 15 and 20 million people to Hit-
's invaders, and of an outstate world long
ttagonistic toward the Russian revolution-
There is synthetic fear, used -by the Soviet
rulers as a political force to get the people
to submit to mobilization and austerity.
Although they seem to ooze confidence, there
must be fear among the Soviet leaders that the
cause of liberty will continue its historical role,
eventually placing the dignity .of the human
spirit above the requirements for a dictatorial
and monolithic state.
There: is fear among the capitalist nations
that the Soviet Union, developing economically
as all nations with great natural resources
must develop, will be accepted by under-
developed peoples as an example of a short cut
to prosperity. This could produce a political
result affecting the world balance of power-
and the security of not only the West, but of.
all peoples who, once entangled in the Com-
munist economic process, would find them-
selves also bound to the Soviet chariot.
All of this need not be taken as cause for
The record is full' of human progress pro-
duced by conflict. Nobody knows yet what
harvests for good or bad will be reaped from
war-produced atomic power.
(Printed below are the minutes
of the Michigan State University
Student Congress which prompted
the original letter from the mythi-
cal "Rosemary Weeb." These are
offiial minutes of MSU's student
government and have been reprint-
ed in full.)
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
May 13, 1959
THE SECOND meeting of the
Spring Term Extra Session of
the All-University Student Con-
gress was called to order by
Speaker Lowell Brigham at 8:50
p.m. in Rm. 328 of the Student
Chief Justice-elect Ron Minth
swore in new Congress members.
Roll was taken. There were 49
members present. Absent were
Reps. Wallace, Roberts and Breed-
Rep. Martinen moved that Rep.
Errett be barred since his appoint-
ment had not been formally ap-
proved. He was ruled out of or-
der since no one objected at the
time and the approval had been
tacitly given. Rep. Martinen ap-
pealed of the Chair. Chair sus-
tained by a- vote of 32 to 16.
There were no further nomina-
tionsfordSpeaker. The ballots
were passed out and collected by
Reinhard. Schumann and tRih-
ard Holmes, appointed teller and
assistant, respectively. First bal--
lot - Plapp; 37; Gronauer, 12,
Bryce Plapp was elected, receiv-
ing gavel from Speaker Brigham.
* * *
NOMINATIONS were opened
for Speaker Pro-tern. Larry Camp-
bell was nominated by Paul Mat-
lock. Second by Dick Swope. Dave
Gronauer was nominated by Pete
McPherson. Nominations were
closed. First Ballot: DeMuro, 8;
Herbert, 10; Campbell, 13; Gro-
nauer, 16. Second Ballot: DeMuro,
2; Herbert, 10; Campbell, 15; Gro-
nauer, 21. Rep. DeMuro withdrew
in favor of Rep. Gronauer and
moved to accept the Speaker Pro-,
tem ballot on a, plurality. Rep.
DeMuro's motion passed. Rep.
Herbert withdrew in favor of Rep.
Gronauer. Third Ballot; Camp-
bell; 18; Gronauer, 26. Gronauer
Nominations were opened for
Secretary. Patti Shirtum was
nominated by Don Creyts. Sec-
onds were made by John Martin-
en, Barbara Whipple and Jane
Bingham. Speaker Plapp closed
nominations. First Ballot: Mac-
Laurin, 28; Shirtum, '19. Nancy
MacLaurin was elected.
President Livingood requested
that past Speaker Lowell Brig-
ham, past Speaker pro-tem Lyle
Summerix, and past Secretary Di-
ane DeMuro be given a standing
Speaker Plapp. appointed Rep.
Merrill as temporary Clerk.
Rep. Toth moved to have a
short recess. Defeated.
PRESIDENT L i v i n g o o d an-
nounced that Campus Chest is
trying to get permission to col-
lect in the dorms. He also an-
nounced that Greek Feast will be
held Saturday, May 1 at the
Delta Sigma Phi house and that
there will be a softball game Sat-
urday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. AUSG
against Lushwell at Landon Field.
He urged members toattend.
The President asked that the
appointments of Richard Holmes
for Administrative Vice President
and William Aldridge be approved.
Rep. Creyts moved to accept the
appointment of Richard Holmes
and William Alderidge .for Ad-
ministrative Vice-President and
Treasurer respectively. Passed.
Resolution No. 1 was introduced
by the Rules and Procedures Com-
mittee. Rep. Errett moved that
each change in the rules of Reso-
lution No. 1 be acted upon singly.
Rep. Errett moved that Rule 2
be changed to read : This Congress
shall be the Ninth Congress, 1959-
Rep. Errett yielded the floor to
Rep. MacPherson. Rep. MacPher-
son moved that Rule 16 be changed
to delete from the second sen-
tence the words: "with leave of
the Congress and the names of
the members absent without leave
of the Congress." Now to read:
"The Secretary shall call the roll
at the opening of each meeting of
the Congress. The names of the.
members absent shall be entered
upon the minutes." Passed.
Rep. MacPherson moved that
Rule 7 be numbered Section 2 of
Rule 5, with all consecutive num-
bers being changed. Passed.
* * *
REP. McPHERSON yielded the
floor to Rep. Brown.
Rep. Brown moved that Rule
24 be changed so that the word
"Secretary" be changed to "Clerk."
Now reads: "When a motion is
made and, when necessary under
the rules, seconded, it shall be
stated by the Speaker or read
aloud by the Clerk before being
Rep. Brown moved that Rule 26
be deleted. Passed.
Rep. Brown yielded the floor to
tee appointments to the Congress
by the next regular Congress
Rep. DeMuro yielded the floor
to Rep. Gronauer.
Rep. Gronauer moved that
Rules 36 and 37 be interchanged.
. * * *
REP. GROUAUER moved that
the fourth sentence in Rule 38,
"The committee shall have no
administrative or executive func-
tion," be deleted. Passed.
Rep. Gronauer moved that Rule
50 be changed to read: "A Con-
gressman shall receive an absence
for not attending regular Con-
gress meetings." The next two
sentences shall be deleted. It shall
continue to read: "Onehalf ab-
sence may be given for failure to
attend committee meetings upon
request of the committee chair-
man. Excessive absences shall
consist of four unexcused absences
in any one Congressional year. No
Congressman may receive more
than one absence in any one
meeting. A Congressman receiv-
ing any excessive number of ab-
sences shall lose his seat and a
vacancy in his district shall be
ann o u n c ed by the Speaker.
Rep. Gronauer moved that part
c of Rule 51 be changed to read:
"Criteria for a valid excuse shall
be determined by the Leaves and
Absences Committee." Sections
1-4 of Part c be deleted. Passed.
Rep. Gronauer moved that Rule
45 be amended to read: "Bills
shall be compiled with consecu-
tive numbering beginning with
the first regular meeting of the
new Congress and ending with the
last meeting before the next new
Congress is elected." Passed.
Rep. Gronauer moved that Rule
48, part b be amended to read:
"Bills shall be known as ordin-
ances when passed by the Con-
gress. Ordinances shall be num-
bered consecutively beginning with
the First Regular Meeting of the
new Congress and ending with the
last meeting before the next new
Congress is elected." Passed.
Rep. Errett moved to delete
Rule 52. Passed.
Speaker Plapp asked for amend-
REP. GRIFFLER moved to
amend Rule 21 to insert after part
c: "Minutes shall be read by Sec-
retary, approved by Congress."
Rep. Haenni moved to change
word "Recommended" to "listed"
in Rule 37. Passed.
Rep. Cowden moved to delete
the first sentence of Rule37 sub-
stituting: "Committee chairman
and Vie-Chairman of standing
committee shall be elected within
the committee itself." Passed.
Rep. Shirtum moved to recon-
sider the last vote. -Passed.
Rep. Eckstrom moved that Rule
37 read: "Committee Chairman
and Vice-Chairman shall be those
people recommended by Commit-
tee on Committees and subject to
approval by Congress." Passed.
Rep. Head moved to accept the
Preamble and Resolution No. 1 as
amended and those rules not dis-
* * *
NOMINATIONS for Commit-
tee on Committees.
Rep. Griffler nominated James
Rep. Toth nominated Paul Mat-
Rep. Eckstrom nominated John
Rep. Doyle nominated Richard
Rep. Campbell nominated Pete
Rep. Schumann nominated John
Rep. Brown nominated Bill Er-
f.Anr. nhn ai A a mnv.,aA On
all Representatives become fa-
miliar with Parliamentary Proce-
Rep. Gronauer announced that
there would be a meeting of the
Committee on Committees after
adjournment of Congress.
A motion was made, seconded,
and passed that the meeting be
The meeting was adjourned at
(Following is the letter sent to
Michigan State University student
government secretary Nancy Mac-
Laurin from "Rosemary Weeb." Us-
ing official Student Government
C o u n c I stationary, Miss Weeb
claimed to be secretary to SGC's
president Ron Gregg. Gregg has no
Miss Nancy MacLaurin
THE "MINUTES" of the "Sec-
ond Regular Session of the
Ninth AUSG" have just reached
us. Beyond question, it is the fin-
est and incidentally, one of the
most hilarious satires on student
government that has appeared in
WHO IS Rosemary Weeb?
This is what Student Government Council has been trying
to find out for over a month now. Some clown, using official
SGC stationary and signing herself "Rosemary Weeb," wrote
Michigan State University's Student Congress an unflattering
letter at which MSU's Congress Speaker Bryce Plapp Was properly
Speaker Plapp's reply, with a copy of the phony communica-
tion sent by Miss Weeb, was sent to Jo Hardee, '60, SGC executive
vice-president, and to Dean of Men Walter B. Rea. Miss Hardee,
who had not known of the Weeb letter, wrote to Speaker Plapp
explaining that this letter was not an official SGC action, that
in fact it was no SGC action at all.
"We regret that some person has used the name of our
organization to ridicule or degrate student government or to
insult members of it," Miss Hardee's -letter said in part.
THE DAILY has obtained a copy of the MSU Student Congress
minutes which prompted Miss Weeb to write her original
letter and copies of the correspondence between Speaker Plapp,
and Miss Hardee. These documents, which are printed here, were
not released for publicationby SGC but were obtained from other
The Daily would appreciate any information about the
writer of the letter who signs herself "Rosemary Weeb." We agree
with Speaker Plapp that "a careless letter should not sever rela-
tions between two great universities."
Certainly the wits at MSU must
have worked ,overtime to dream
up this remarkable bit of writing.
We have a few people here who
occasionally write up a satire on
our own proceedings, but there is
no dquestion but that you have
One minor point: a few of the
names you used, like "Livingood,
Plapp, Wong'" etc., seemed, on
the face of it, a trifle too unlike-
ly, in the opinion of our public
relations director, who; thinks
himself a judge of humor. But
the executivecommittee is in-
clined to agree with your writers.
* * *
WE HOPE, though, that you
don't send this publication to any
alumni or faculty who might take
it seriously. Needless to say, if
anyone in any position of author-
ity even dreamed for one minute
that this was not satire, that stu-
dent governments actually spent
their time on such preposterous
nonsense, it would be all over.
What a pity that there are
people who might lack the in-
sight they ought to have.
Congratulations, again on an
extremely amusing bit of writing.
The Council is onlynow recover-
ing from complete laughter.
Secretary to the President '
(Following is the text of the let-
ter sent from Michigan State Uni-
versity vice-president Bryce V.
Plapp to SGC's president regarding
the letter' from Miss Weeb. A copy
of this letter was sent to Dean of
Men Walter B. Rea:)
Student Government Council
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
AM enclosing a copy of a letter
we received June 8 from your
secretary, Rosemary Weeb She
seemed to find the minutes of our
May 27, 1959, Congress meeting
very funny. However, we did not
take her letter in very good hu-
We would suggest that you
check the correspondence sent out
by your government more care-
fully, since this is a reflection on
it. This letter was not in good
taste as it actually insulted mem-
bers of the All-University Student
Government who have names "a
trifle too unlikely." It also showed
a complete ignorance of student
government procedures and re-
Of course, I don't really believe
'that you dictated this letter as it
certainly is not of university cali-
ber. I am also certain that you
know the purpose and value of
exchanging minutes and would
not ridicule or degrade a student
government on the basis of its
I know that you will agree with
me that a careless letter should
not sever relations between two
I wish you success in the com-
ing year and hope that a spirit of
cooperativeness will prevail be-
Bryce V. Plapp, Vice-President
(Following is the text of the let-
ter sent from SGC Executive Vice-
President Jo Hardee to MSU stu-
dent government Vice-President
Aryce V. Plapp. Misa ardee is the
highest student government officer
on campus for the summer session.)
Bryce V. Plapp, Vice-President,
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Dear Mr. Plapp:
IHAVE Just received your-letter
of July 17, 1959 with the com-
munication from a Ros e mar y
Webb who claims to be the Sec-
retary of our Student Govern-
ment Council President. As we
have no Rosemary Webb connect-
ed with our organization (as a
matter of fact, we have no Sec-
retary to the President), I can-
not imagine who could have sent
this letter. Certainly, in no way
should it be considered an offi-
cial communication from the Stu-
dent Government Council nor
representative of its view of stu-
dent government or of its sense.
We regret that some person has
used the name of our organiza-
tion to ridicule or degrade stu-
dent government or to insult
members of it.
You .at Michigan State know,
as we do here, that student gov-
ernment must receive and be will-
ing to accept a great deal of criti-
cism, both valid and of the type
included in the letter signed by
Rosemary Webb. We regret deep-
ly that someone at our University
has chosen this tactless and taste-
less manner of criticizing a stu-
dent government that , he or she
has obviously not had the oppor--
tunity to observe or to appreciate.
Very truly yours,
AT THE MICHIGAN
Hitchcock Comes Up with Another
ALFRED HITCHCOCK has done
it again. "North by North-
west" is the Hitchcock genre from
start to finish. If you like this
method of presentation, you have
an evening of humor and sus-
pense ahead of you which will
take a long while to forget.
Hitchcock can, and does, pre-'
sent a mystery story in a com-
pletely cold-blooded manner. Ev-
ery detail has its place; nothing
is irrelevant, nothing is ever
wrong. It is this touch, of the
master that makes "North by
Northwest," or any Hitchcock
film, the greatest of possible
The old formula is still work-
ing. Take settings no one else,
ever thought of using (in this
case the Mount Rushmore Na-
tional Monument), add a first
class mystery script and a com-
petent cast and you have a Hitch-
cock film. Throughout humor And
suspense go hand in hand and the
climax is always worth the build-
HITCHCOCK uses ordinary lo-
cations and turns them into dens
of terror. The cities of New York
and Chicago, a cornfield, a train
-these are the stamping grounds
of the mystery which, ends of the
great stone nose of Thomas Jef-
ferson ' at Mount Rushmore.
Cary Grant, as the mis-identi-
fied counterspy who is pursued by'
By WILLIAM S. WHITE
REPUBLICANS nationally are feeling a small
but genuine lift in hope in the breezes
blowing in from far Hawaii.
The GOP pros certainly are not madly dainc-
ing in the streets. But they are not quite so
gloomy as they had been since the roof. fell in
on them in their party's last test before the
voters, November's Congressional elections.
For the Republicans are undeniably the net
winners from Hawaii's recent election, its first
as our new 50th state, True, the Democrats
took two of Hawaii's three new places in Con-
gress---its single seat in the House of Repre-
sentatives and one of its two Senate seats. But
the GOP captured the real prize, the governor-
ship. And Republicans took control of the
Hawaii State Senate, which will confirm the.
hundreds of appointments to state judgeships,
boards and commissions to be made by the new
Republican governor, William F. Quinn.
These hundreds will form the first en-
trenched political and bureaucratic stronghold
in Hawaii. They will be there for .a long time;
they will be influential for many years to come.
S O, THE DEMOCRATS have won most of the
honors, but the Republicans have won most
of the spoils. hawaii proves that the Demo-
cratic mastery of Congress, which has been
evident since 1954, is on a still-rising arc..
There is practically no chance, looking realis-
tically at the news from Hawaii, for the Re-
publicans to regain either house in 1960. There
is, however, an obviously better chance now for
the Republicans in next year's struggle for the
1 aying 'Aloha7/
more or less controls the handing out of jobs,
public contracts and the like. *
Alaska, the 49th state, went Democratic all
the way. But Hawaii has gone Republican
where it counts the most.
. Publicly, of course, partisan hurrahs and
counter-hurrahs are in much different tones.
But all the foregoing is an accurate summary
of what politicians here in both parties actually
believe, and privately say.
What is also privately admitted is this:
Three or four years ago all concerned thought
Hawaii would go practically totally Republican
once she became a state. Three or four months
ago, all concerned assumed it would go practi-
cally totally Democratic.
THUS, THE MARKED recent improvement in
Republican prospects-out where the hula
long preceded the hula hoop-is getting a good
deal of cold examination 'In Washington. Many
local considerations no doubt were involved.
Nobody here claims either to analyze or to
weigh these. But there is a lively suspicion
among the more realistic Deniocrats that the
Hawaii returns must indicate at least a slight
rise in general Republican strength.
The probably reason most discussed is that
President Eisenhower's "anti-spending" cru-
sade has done the Republicans more good
than most ever thought it would. In confidence,
several Democrats concede that it looks that
way. One authentically partisan and liberal
Democrat, Senator Richard Neuberger of Ore-
gon, concedes it out loud.
Neuberger's view may well be conditioned by
the fact he is supporting the President on one
AT THE STATE:
'Gun Hill' Nothing
But Same (Yaw n) .Plot
espionage agents across the coun-
try, as always turns in a fine per-
formance. He -is a master of so-
phisticated comedy and at the
same time a sensitive dramatic
actor. This suave, aging man is
still one of the best arciund.
Eva Marie Saint, one of the
most beautiful women around,
can also act and she turns in an
A-l portrayal of the woman
whose real identity one i never
quite sure of. James Mason is still
masterful, even in his bit part.
THIS FILM is superbly aided
by the color camera, which cap-
tures all the beauty of the loca-
tions Hitchcock has selected. From
the opening screen credits (which
are artfully done) to the great
stone faces at the end, the color
is as breathtaking as the mystery.
And Hitchcock offers another
mystery in each film. Where is
the grand oldman himself? ?Snce
he takes a walk-on role in every
film, Hitchcock fans have for
years felt incomplete unless they
have been able to 'spb~t him on, the;
screen. Here his' ten-second ap-
pearance is more obvious than
most, but you. still have to keep
your eyes open.
Totalling the results: Add five
points each for script, color, Grant
and Saint. Add twenty-five points
for Hitchcock. Add another point
each for the Tom and Jerry car-
toon and the newsreel (which
shows folksy Khrushchev at his
best). A bonus point can be added
if Hitchcock is spotted.
Advice: Spend your time watch-
ing the picture' and not adding,.
H OW CAN Kirk Douglas collapse
with weariness one moment,
in the next gun down a saloon-
full of hombres with another bad
hombre slung across his shoulder?
He can't, we know, but you must
be tolerant. Kirk can show emo-
tion only by sagging all over the
landscape, display rock-hard cour-
age only when sufficiently weight-
ed with unconscious criminal.
"Last Train from Gun Hill" is
as expertly fitted to his talents as
his skin-tight shirts are to his
frame. The movie is a waste of
time. What little talent it is pos-
sible for Anthony Quinn to insert
is effectively cancelled by Kirk
and Carolyn Jones, neither of
whom should ever appear in the
The story is set in the days of
the dying frontier, but the idea is
Quinn, an old buddy of Kirk's,
has a spread bigger than "Giant,
owns the town, etc. His hellion son
rapes and murders the Cherokee
wife of Marshal Douglas. (The
best acting is thus killed off in the
first three minutes, as if to make
you all the madder.)
Revenge -- under the law, you
understand-becomes Kirk's weary
duty. Problem is, the Quinn bar-
ony is in another legal jurisdic-
tion, complete with kept sheriff
and cheroot-smoking gunnies.
Kirk meets Carolyn (Quinn's in-
amorata) on the train to Gun Hill,
from which the last train departs
at nine for Kirk's peace-loving
community. You know at once,
then, the job is. tut out for him.
He gets so pooped at it, you fear
for his success.
But, by all that's dogma in
third-estate westerns, he does it!