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October 29, 1922 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily, 1922-10-29

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Facing The New Era d The age is one of change,ofGdras The Deisha. ns .Mr.Shan dramat-
that we must standardize, that the is in every action. His wonderful
(Qontinued from Page One) overwhelming demand for higher ed- athletic build, his height and breadth
ty reader on the term "intellectual ucation cannot be refused; granted (Continued from Page One.) make him devoid entirely of any sug-
aristocracy". The expression, ambig- that we must manufacture Fords, let the musical numbers were specially geation of effeminacy. He is alve, i-
uous to one who failed to read care- us not in our democratic zeal overlook composed for the dancers, "Valse tensely so. He bounds across the
fully the article in which it was used, the Cadillacs and the Pierce-Arrows, Brilliante", by Mana Zucca, danced by stage-the intensity of feeling is made
means not an aristocracy of wealth, who lead the van. The danger of Miss St. Denis, and the "Valse in A magnetically apparent. He is su-
which is no aristocracy at all, nor yet standardization is the danger of re- Major", by Mischa Levitski, danced by perb.
a aristocracy of social standing, duction to a type, of an intellectual Miss Betty May. The supporting company is a s ex-
which is an aristocracy of arrogant dead-level with no high points to re- And now for the personages, celent. The work of Miss Martha
stupidity, but precisely what it con- oleve the monotony. This danger can dancers themselves, withot whic Graham stands out strikingly. She is
notes, an aristocracy of intellectual be obviated if we are to adopt and there would be no story, no Deni- slight, hot she boa the grace of Miss
ability. jA man is not an intellectual maintain a clear-visioned attitude to- shawn. First of all, it is recognized St. Denis herself. The girls of the
king because he is the son of a systems ward the entire situation, unpreju- that the type of dancing whih they company are perfect little dancing
of chain stores, nor is he an intellec- diced, and uninfluenced by pitiful mis- ptray and teach at Denihaw figures, light and young, capable of
ttal serf because he roses to college coicetioss of Amerin ideals, the highest that is known in tie adapting themselves to any, situation
with seventy-five dollars in his pocket. --world. It is the true aestetic dAncc called for by the nature of the dance.
Both moen interviewed pointed with INT lYEWINC MAR(OSSQN ing, the creation of art in rhythmic It is thus, that the art of Denishawn
pride to the accredited school system music and the interpretation of the ssows itself, and as a thing to ie
as a proof of their contention that in- ! --highest in human emotions. It is wondered at.
competents are not being admitted to (continued from Page 2) universal, and is an end in itself, not -
our colleges. The flaw in this argu ball Great sOldiars and famous pub- a means to an end.
ment.,as Professor .Weney recently liiists are siply human beings. Thiey Given AEI " IT t
pointed out, is that when the accred- have som interest, and sill tihat i- (w 's I wvs told that America was a free
left only the technique of the per-
iled selh~ot syst'nm was pitt into ef 'erst yon ears dissent prejudice antitetiqe ftr ir corntry,
feet, high school .tarandarrswe sfarf even rsterize opposticun to your pur- fosermer to briisg out the most that can But I found many of its rsubstantial
higtser. tlru,,s hey re, today. , 'fit hat;.1 ┬░be realized in dancing as an art. And
time, said e, mny high school ch One of the most sti the technique is surely not lacking. Terrried by e advertiseents
eors could be found who were quite isns ieft by Mr. Mrcossonu, asi.de s n. Desis heroelt, the founder ito believing it was immoral
competent to teach in universities, troin his outstanding self-conlidenee and originator of the work, is an ab- To wear a straw hat
whereas now many of the teachers isr ad mastery of a situation, is his in- solute mistress of grace, of poise, of Later than September 15th.
High schools are insufficiently eqri- lense energy. This, coupled with ihis ease. Her movements are in perfect Wis men know
pod even for the positions they hold, almost uncanny grasp of internation- rhythm with the music-every muscle Thi'sre is no such thing as a free coun-
It is also true, es Professor Wetley at political situatitns and his cam- is under perfect control, She is gra- try-
agreed, that students of more than felling personality, no doubt accountso cious and stately; she rather floats There never will be.
average ability, if they are so disposed, in large measure for his success as than dances. She is a vivid, poetic -From Christopher Morleys
can and frequently do elect course, an interviewer of great men. figure, "Translations from the Chinese."
for which they never buy text books,
in which they attend only about one-
half the meetings of the class, and for
which they receive anywhere from a
"C" to an "A" grade. It is a plan
case of sliding through on the skid-
way of a low standard.
The final proof of our intellectual
slavery is the tedency tomass
thought that controls student activi-
ties in America-individual instances-
are futile, and it is not the purpose of -
this discussion to particularize-but - nn igeuiesiy ntecuty
in no single university in the country, % 5
I believe, can there be found the free
scholarly atmoapher. of the English - -
or German schools. This is attributa
ble directly to the anomalous situation '- _ i t
which we have been discussing pro 1P19 . -6
and con-the fact that the u iversities __ rss- ,
of the country are being swamped by i
the influx of eager thousands. Educa-
tion, whether we wish it or not, is fast
becoming a standardized product. III >I
In handling this problem the state '
university is obviously compelled to I
work under a set of circumstanceshcarnofudinnedwd
whith are not found in an endowed i
college. Being a state university, sup--
ported by state taxes, it is necessary -
to concede the right of every individ-
ual in the state, provided he meets the 1
prescribed requirements, to secure an
education within its walls. The en-
dowed college or university can place
restrictions, making the entrance ex-
amination so difficult as to eliminate
any. who are not intellectually supe- r
rior, but the state university must
face the problem from a different an- 7
gle. Conceding the justice of stand-
ardized education in a standardized
era, the bald fact still stand that
there is a strong minority of students
of really superior capacity who are
hampered by restrictions framed to fit -
their intellectual inferiors, and it is F ASHION plays a new role. Demure, quaint and modest is her manner.
for these that provision must be She makes mysterious capital ohalf-glimpsed ankles, plays prim and
made. It is from this class that na-
tional leaders of high calibre spring, proper to the hoyden of summer, suggests rather than reveals charsm, and re
and it cannot be pushed aside by the calling all her subtle arts of coquetry, proves anew that age-old truth
misled conception that all minds are'f
equal. A solution must be reached. woman ii most perfect when most womanly.
European universities, and several
of our own eastern schools, have In
operation a system whereby an indiformal wear - for the MODISH dresses for all occasions - nothing
vidual, upon demonstrating his supe- -W could be more practical or stylh than
rior capacity, becomes a so-called ''many informal yet dressy functions of the
honor student. He is freed from the seasqon Milady should have one of these semi- frocks of Poiret twill, tricotine, or eponge, witg
hampering intellectual restrictions formal dresses. Fashioned of chiffon velvet, can- their graceful draperies and unique trimmings.
placed upon the general student body; ton crepe, or other soft material, with their Foreign motifs have been used effec velyIfor em-
he is, in effect, segregated with others Bertha collars, their basque bodices and flaring broidering many of the frocks i rin colors and
like him, and allowed to go ahead with skirts they are quaintly demure yet quite sophis- metallic cloth adorns many. These frocks are
his collegiate work at as rapid a pace ticated. charmingly becoming.
as he is able.
This should be a plan worth try-
ing. It has the advantage of giving

the intellectually superior free rein in
the pursuit of an education, without
violating 'in the slightest the demo-
cratic purpose of the state university.
The honor class would be open to allI
who by the quality of their work
showed themselves competent to do
advanced work-no taint of favoritism
could be detected, because every.stu-
dent would have the privilege of work-
ing to capacity.

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