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Published-every morning except Monday
during the University year by the Board in:
Control of Student Publications.
Members of Western Conference Editorial
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Entered at the postoffice at Ann Arbor, To the Editor:
Michigan, as second class matter. Special rater
of postage granted by Third Assistant Post- Many of us have listened with patience and forbearance to the semi-
nmaster General
Subscription by carrier, $3.50; by mail, fanatical outbursts from Mr. Angell in what was no doubt intended to be
$4.00. an attack on the question of providing increased seating capacity at the
Offices: Ann Arbor Press Building, May- an~dn nresdsaigcaaiya h
nard Street. football games. As The Daily very properly pointed out, it was after all
Phones: Editorial, 4925; business, 21214. o at n roelepootall;f ubjec thateis no
only a rather bitter attack on intercollegiate football; a subject that is not


at present open to debate.

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Michigan tak es I his opportunity I
to welcome to Ann Arbor the
bests of the Inited States Naval
aca demty, alullani, and friends.
Regardls of tile result of the
ginle,'iwe trust that ihe midship-
wten vill Ile recelied with that
saute spirit of sportsm anshil) and
liapitiality that has always char-
acerized the :iiddle West.
Colonel William Mitchell's denun-'
ciation of the conduct of the United
States air force started as a crusade
against incompetency and negligence
in the handling of a service vital to.
the safety and defense of the United.
States. It bids fair to end in a mazet
of technicalities and quabbles over
constitutional points, wish Congress-
man Frank Rteid. Mitchell's counsel,'

I am writing in hopes that I may be able to correct several impressions
that seem to have been created by Mr. Angell's efforts, and those of a like
nature which have followed.
These are first: That Mr. Angell presents the viewpoint of the faculty.
This is quite untrue, as he no doubt would testify. It would be impossible
for any one to present anything that might be termed the faculty opinion,
as there are entirely too many to be of one mind. I would venture however
that the number of faculty members who subscribe to his or similar opinions
would be relatively insignificant.
I am unable to grant even that Mr. Angell is sincere himself, as it is
well known that his actions are not consistent with his published beliefs.
For example, he does not hesitate to attend some of these public spectacles
to which he so vigorously objects. In doing so he participates in the so-
called "demoralization of the University" and worse yet deprives some other
person of the opportunity to witness the game. It appears to be entirely
proper for Mr. Angell to attend these contests, and yet he would deny Bill
Jones, a loyal alumnus of this University, living, let us say, in Grand Rap-
ids, the same privilege. His logic is indeed hard to follow.
Mr. Angell would have us believe that if the seating capacity of the
present stadium is materially increased, the academic future of the Uni-
versity is doomed. We fortunately do not need to travel far to seek an
answer to such an absurd statement. Ohio State has just done this very
thing, yet no one has been able to detect any signs of their decay. Illinois
has done likewise and seems to be none the worse off. Harvard, Yale,.
Stanford, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and some others all have greater seating
capacity than Michigan. Many others are about to increase their facilities
to a considerably greater extent than anything we have here, and do not
appear depressed at the prospect of their academic and- scholastic death.
Such an argument is obviously ridiculous, but I am not surprised he
1has nothing more convincing to offer.
Mr. Angell would deny the right of the taxpayer to attend these games
or at least would make no provision for him, which amounts to the same
thing. There are not many so short sighted, as to agree with this, but sup-
uose we grant for the moment that he is justified in excluding them. He
surely must radmit the right of an alumnus to attend athletic contests of
his University. In connection with this, the following table is unusually
significant. This data has been obtained from the best available sources
and will be found to be conservative:
Approximate Approximate Number of Number of
Number of Stadium Seats per Seats per
University Enrollment Living Seating Student Alumnus
Alumni Capacity
Cornell.........5,500 32,000 40,000 7.28 1.25
Princeton ..... 2,412 14,000 42,000 17.45 3.00
Yale ............5,413 38,000 77,000 15.00 2.03
Harvard ..... 9,310 39,000 45,000 4.83 1.15
Illinois........ 12,092 34,000 75,000 6.20 2.21
Ohio State ....10,547 70,000 6.63
Chicago....... 13,000 14,000 31,000 2.38 2.21
Syracuse .......6,397 15,000 20,000 3.13 1.33
Wisconsin .. 11,893 10,000 45,000 3.78 4.50
Michigan.......12,500 61,000 43,000 3.44 .70
Average 7.40 2.21
This table clearly shows that in the nine typical universities given
above, an average of 7.4 seats are provided for each student. It further
shows that on the average, 2.21 seats are provided for each alumnus. It
may be said that some schools have gone to an extreme in this regard, but
the average of them all can under no circumstances be regarded as anything
but moderate. On this basis, let us see how Michigan compares with the
very moderate average figures we have arrived at. Here we see that
against an average of 7.4 seats per student for the other representative
schools, Michigan provides but 3.44 seats. As against an average of 2.21
seats per living alumnus for the other schools, Michigan provides but .70
eat. Less than one seat.
I If Michi an is to me1rely comniu iin tfh~e av~r f theYctvsli s

A review, by Clarice Tapson.
It's all over now, but it was glorious
while it lasted-it referring to some
two and three quarters hours of the
most enjoyable entertainment spent
at the Whitney theater last night wit-
nessing the much hei-alded produc-
tion of "The Rivals."
It was all so good that it is hard to
begin telling about it, but in view of
Mrs. Fiske's prestige but of her
handling of the most entertaining role
in the play, that of Mrs. Malaprop, it
seems well to begin with her. She was
simply priceless. With a voice that
would lead one to believe that she was
a hale and hearty man, she bellowed
the delicious faux pas of the Malaprop
to a house that was appreciative, to
say the least. Truly, she seemed the
very incarnation 8f Belinda's "majes-
tic ruin." It is to be hoped that the
reception given Mrs. Fiske last even-
ing will serve to erase the peanut-
shelling episode entirely and eternally
from her mind.
James T. Powers as Bob Acres,
the ridiculously funny coward, simply
romped through his part. His make-
up was a thing a laughter and he gave
his role all that could possibly be ex-
pected of it. His yellow satin suit
in the third scene of the second act
is an unforgettable visual experience.
And in his weaker moments he had
a knee trouble strangely reminiscent
of Leon Errol.
Sir Anthony Absolute was in the
hands and person of Thomas Wise,
beloved as Don Marquis' "'Old Soak".
Mrs, Fiske

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g ueyI vlilal17L 1U1Uy p A 11 O 1eraCigeOI tre rent, which Is
suppor ing one doctrine, and the court surely not too much to expect of 'a university which is accustomed to lead
itself supporting another. in most other respects, a seating capacity of from 92,500 to 135,000 must be
When the colonel first began his ex- provided. If these figures seem large and even staggering, we must re-
posure of navy dlepartment inefficiency member that whether we like it or not, we have a large family and it takes
in re:ard to the air service, he cap~ ioom to accommoC4ate them. It is extremely likely that the very moderate
t ,dpOpular approval. The American proposed increase in the seating capacity would soon be inadequate. It
public admires the man who knows would, however, surely be a step in the right direction.
th truth and is willing to speak it' These figures are based on the assumption that only provision should be
regardless of the cOlseqelce. ButImade for the students and alumni. Now if it should be ,allowed that a few
the present bickering over what right of the citizens should be admitted. or some of the alumni should desire to
the Pr esidnt e the Unitedl States has bring their families or guests, we can see at once how very reasonable the
to) f- ~ -rtgirlthe over-enthusiastic'
(olcn i-martlosing foer-thusiasti Iproposed increase is really found to be. The criticism, if any, would be
rolonel isst losing for the dle enase that no provision has been made for the continued growth of the alumni and
the popular support that has accom- student body.
panied its fight thus far. It looks a Another fact that has a very important bearing is found in the state-
great deal like the last stand for a ment that there are 22,631 alumni living in the state of Michigan and within
man wie is.guilty and has not other easy reach of Ann Arbor. These alone, with their families, would require
def fense to offer. almost the entire present seating capacity, leaving nothing for students,
What the public expects facts and Iother alumni, faculty, and visiting students.
figures proving to all who are inter- Objection has been ma(le to the size of the crowds at the games. After
ested that the air service of the all, everything is merely relative and if I might cask the question, What is a
United States was woefully misman- crowd? Were it possible, owing to favorable topography, to have 100,000
aged and neglected by the officers
people witness games from, let us say, a hillside, it would probably not
who were in charge. If Mitchell is excite a single comment so long as they stood outside and paid no admis-
able to accomplish this, no court- sion. However, if it should be suggested that seats be provided for them at
nartial inI the world could convictE
hin-or ublicth orinionould ot a charge, then we hae all sorts of wild talk of the evil effects of public
him--for public opinion would notI spectacles. It is clearly not the crowd to which Mr. Angell and others of
permit any -men to be punished for his kind object, but something quite different which they alone best under-
tlling t: t t(,ifor the betterment of
the t~ulr. Ifi' Mitchell cannot sup-
The arguments of the evils of increased publicity due to increased
port his charges, then he should e seating capacity have been heard. It is lard to see how any longer ac-
Lom, 1 a lo oer thesuthrintyncounts of gaines could be published than is now customary, and newspapers
Long discussions over the authority certainily would not publish stories more than once, no matter how large
of' th" reidn and flowery speeches
conmreirug President Coolidge with the crowd. There is, after all, no relation whatever between stadium
the czarin ofrussia and the Stuart capacity and publicity. Centre college a few years ago got probably more
morch of England will not help, publicity than any other college, and yet their stadium would probably not
Inahs ily gconstitutional authori- seat over 10,000. There are oth'er examples along the same line if it were
ties seu t agree that the President, necessary to mention them.
ilt lVascomm~nder in chief j In conclusion, let me say that nothing of value is ever obtained without
1 th arm: an:d navy, as stated in the opposition in proportion to its value. There are some who delight in
constitution, mar order a court-mar- backing an unpopular cause, and if they pose as martyrs to any extent, they

Mrs. Malaprop in "The Rivals"
We say person meaningly, for if ever
a man was form-fitted to a role, he
was to that of Sir Anthony. He blus-
tered with more effect than the north
Chauncey Olcott as Sir Lucius 0'-
Trigger was given opportunity to sing
some of the Irish. songs tlfat always
make his appearance a delight.
And the rest of the cast was fine,
even down to the servants. This was
a real all-star cast.
"The Rivals" is probably the best
known of the comedies of manners so
I popular in the eighteenth century.
The reason for this is very obvious.
It is just as funny now as it ever
was. It must be, because it seems as
if it couldn't be any funnier. When
a really good cast dons the wigs and
costumes of this play, it simply can't
The play was laid in three acts and
10 scene,, and the men behind the
scenes must be complimented on the
neatness and dispatch with which
they handled the changes. However,
somebody didn't prop up the tree in
the King's Mead scene quite strongly
enough. Sir Lucius almost tipped it
over. But that's only a trifle in such
an evening's entertainment.
And so we are left with mixed up
memories of Mrs. Malaprop's "Female
cemetery" for training young girls,
with Bob Acres' "quietus" apd snug
Westminster resting place, of Sir An-
thony Absolute's purple-clad legs, of
Lydia's and Julia's boudoir confidden-
ces, and, best of all, with "Mrs. Fiske's
simpering over her love affair with
Sir Lucius."
A critic who is also an actor is al-
ways in danger of smashing his eggs.
Observing the evident amusement of
its audience over "Engaged," Tiny
Tim next door decided that it might
be well to capitalize such enthusiasm
and produce another W. S. Gilbert
war-horse, this time in favor of Com-
edy Club. Unfortunately, however, he
was not quite enough showman to re-
alize that in the theater one must
never repeat, and that imitation of a
success always breeds failure.
A ndlagain, it is equally as u nc'alcu-

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