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the same on examination papers in as
nearly identical form as possible for
12 to I4 years. In the least advanced
courses, they should now be engaged
in something more critical, intensive
and perhaps creative. Proof of the
effectiveness of such a plan may be
found in the admissions freely made
by seniors that their most interesting
and worthwhile work has been done
in .the preparation of difficult theses.
TILE ALUM UNIVERSITY
The plans for the "Alumni" Univer-
sity, suggested by President Clarence
Cook Little several months ago and
made public at the national alumni
dinner on January 21, indicate that'a
comprehensive program for strength-
ening the ties of the graduate and the
University is being launched, func-
tioning and coming to conclusion in
the Centennial of 1937. '
President Little did not present a
detailed plan of what the University
should do for the alumnus and the
alumnus for the University but,
rather, outlined generally the pro-
gram of growth and expansion which
will be followed. The program has
two divisions: the more or less phys-
ical expansion program and the plans
embracing the plans for increasing
alumni activity, Included in the first
are dormitory units, new funds for re-
search, a School of Fine Arts, an Ad-
ministration building, the Burton
Memorial campanile, an observatory,
a , University theater, a restaurant,
and a University chapel for rest and
prayer. In the second are the projects,
for the development of the Extension'
division, the establishment of a
"junior" Michigan similar to secondary
school units, and a general tightening
of the actual and practical bonds and
I not just those of sentiment which tie
the graduate to his University, which
in his undergraduate days was a far
more vital 'institution to him.
Obviously, the proportions of such
a program require considerable effort
to get it under way. The nine years
until 1937, allow time enough to com-
plete the projects in the most efficient
manner. It is not likely that all aims
will be realized but many will be, for
the improvement and strengthening
of what is perhaps the best known
and strongest of the state Univer.-
ON THE THRESHOLD
Yesterday the second semester, with
all the shiny gloss of a thing new,
started. It leaves behind it all the
accomplishments and failures of thea
first half of the year, and brings with
it all the promise of a freshly wiped
slate It means that there is not a
single unfavorable grade recorded in
a single class book;,and it presents
also the prospect of at least two
months of the best kind of weather in
which to study. .
There is something different about
a second semester-something which
gives it added color for being ar-
ranged in climatic order with spring
and graduation at the opposite end.
There is something unique is beingi
allowed to start completely afresh
and there is something almost inspir-
ing about the middle of the academic
year-the time of year that sees the
University and its students at the
start of a new chapter-on the thres-
their first audience the fact that they
are a very capable group. Heterogene-
T H E A T E R ous in talent and experience, the or-
B o K s ganization shows an approach to
J5 0 I-Ch"'S aity that is creditable to the Odiroctor.
* * *
In the second bill, "Cradle Snatch-
ers," was seen a (lever comedy of sit-
Tyersnations and lines, noteworthy for
T-ONIGHT teiRockfordPlayerss e of the most i
., . ..._ , . som ofthe ostquestionable, artifl-
present "One of the Family"ill the
cial. and just Plain low wisecracks II
Jame 0. Brown
James B. Cooper
Charles K. Correll
Bessie V. Egeland
E. J. Hammer
Carl W. Hammer
Hal A. Jaehn
J ames Jordan
T hales N. T'enington
WN. A. Mahafly
Francis 1. Patrick
George Ml. Perrett
Alex K. Scherer
Herbert E. Varnum
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1928
Night Editor-ROBERT E. FINCH I
MORE AND HARDER THESES
During the past semester upper-
classmen' at Antioch College, Yellow
Springs, Ohio, have participated in
self-directed class work under anj
elective system. They have attended
no lectures nor class meetings; they
have met with the teacher no more
than once a week, when reports on
individual work are submitted and
advice is received.
In some courses, the -student re-
ceived a syllabus which he followed
wihout help; in others he prepares
his own syllabus. The only require-.
ment is a passing grade in the ex-
amination given every five weeks.,'
Without doubt this autonomous
program of study has been conceived
and discussed in many forms. At
Antioch it seems to have been satis-j
factorily applied for the first semes-
ter. Scholastic grades have not been
lowered and both students and teach-
ers have expressed great pleasure
with the system.
By arousing the intellectual 'curiosi-
ty of the student, it cannot help but
be an improvement over the generally
recognized program in which student
initiative is so rare and superficial. If
the student is forced to dig out knowl-
edge for himself instead of having it
merely- thrown at him three times a
week he will certainly learn more. Be-.
sides, the average student will prob-
ably find that the subject is no longer
boresome but rather is so interesting
that it merits further attention.
Whitney theater at o'clock. 'that anyone would have nerve enough
to try to put over. But the interest of
"ONE OF THE FAMILY"
A eiy e h Pathe play, and in this case the striking
A review, by Kenneth U. Patrick wr fMs aeHladPto n
Even a bucket has a hole at the top. work of Mrs. Kate Holland Patton and
If Professor Jack can break down and Robert Henderson, brought the per-
confess that he is ignorant of "Young formance far enough ot of the depths
Woodley," I can take a chance and of pure silliness to putitover.
admit that I have never heard-and In this show particularly, the local
God permit-of Kenneth Webb or talent merits attention A selection
"One of the Family." It would be of some of the leading actors and,
kind to run on like this forever, but actresses from campus productions,
I not just. We all like the Rockford chosen perhaps on somew , differ-
Players, but running sores should be ent standards from those w' have
treated promptly and with dispatch, resulted in the leads of some recent
hence. Mimes attractions, has prpduced for
The play was undeniably the thing. the Rockford Players a supporting
In fact it was just another one of group of no mean ability. Roberty
those things. Maybe we're wrong, Wetzel and Sam Bonnell, although
but the people in back enjoyed them- still on the campus, have really grad-
selves immensely It can hardly be uated from the amateur into the
denied that campus reviewers are "semi-pro" class, and William Bishop
queer birds, and no sensible person is a perforner of proven ability with
will listen to them. Frances ;Dade The Players
wears the cutest clothes and her Bos-F
tonese slang isn't a bit stagy. Cer-
tainly Bob Henderson improved great- English farces," the sophisticated
ly on his usual sbtle self, and display- "Aren't We All," was decidelly charm-
ed an unlooked for agility in pum- ing as an amusing show, a clever set
meling and cocktailing about the stage of lines, and an appealing satire on
to the tune of breaking glass. And I some of our more ordinary yet more
really think his voice is much more ridiculous social conventions.
becoming whe'n he pitches it 'way Mrs. Mansfield, versatile and con-
down low like that, Glenn Hunter in vincing, with the lack of affectation
profundo. Maggie the maid was rath- that comes from true ability and ex-
er wistful and lonely, and the smooth- perience, was delightful as Mary
ness of her tones supplied a basis for Frinton. Charles Warburton, as the
the main theme of a sonata-like qual- consummate English gentleman of
ity. Holman Faust did a notable ren- leisure and amorous adventure, did
dition of both his roles, dashing off ample justice to the clever dialogue.
the stage in one character and com- Miss Royton appeared to excellent
ing right back in another so quickly advantage, as did Robert Henderson.
that I imagine very few people knew It will be no less than a confession
that he was taking two parts, He Who of intellectual laziness and lack of
Got Slapped and Beggarman. Velma just plain appreciation of good enter-
Royton kept us hilarious by her al- tainment if the return of the students
most serious rendering of her lines- to their regular routine does not
the' burlesque was but finely notice- bring enthusiastic audiences to The
able. And Charles Warburton was a Players in their future works.
veritable Arliss. Honest. * * *'
Lest any reader should mistake this UHE ST. OLAF LUTHERAN CHOIR
vein for destructive criticism, let it be A review, by )Larian Welles.
said that George M. Cohan was never The St. Olaf's choir presented a
more aptly parodied in the theme of wonderful program. It was a monu-
the great American comedy. The au- ment to a conductor who can so con-
thor has created a delicious satire, a trol every personality in a group of
bitter burlesque, and his only real fifty or more, that they merge in 'one
fault is probably that of overestimat- perfect chord, as in the final note of'
ing the intelligence of his audience. i "How Fair the Church of Christ Shall
Inevitably some will fail to appreciate Stand" from the Hymnbook of Schu-
his wit. Now read this backwards mann. F. Melius Christiansen is that
and go down and support the Women's director. His personality did not so
League. much seem to dominate as to unite in
* * * ' harmony all the members of the choir,
THE NEW YORK SYMPHONY and the result was orchestral varying
A review, by Harold May from the deep notes of the violas to
It is sad to have to be lukewarm the higher, lighter tones of the violins
about a farewell appearance of such and flutes. He represented the macs-
a man as Walter Damrosch, especial- tro-organist playing upon his human
ly with such an orchestra as the New keys and yet, having played the notes,
York Symphony orchestra, and it is he depended upon the trueness of his
still more sad to have to be lukewarm instrument to fulfill his plans And he
about the first Ann Arbor appearance was never disappointed.
of such an author as John Erskine. There was little solo work but the
It is difficult to determine whether on-e instance of it brought high ap-
or not it was the fault of the orches- plause and justly. The high merit
tra or of the conductor that the con- of the work of the choir never depend-
cert failed to reach any great heights, ed upon any individuals, except the
however the orchestra was balanced director: it was perfect symphony of
correctly, and it seemed to respond harmonious personalities and' voices,
quite well to the least of its conduc- blended into sacred lullabies, folk
to's commands melodies and hymnbood tunes. It is
The magnum opus of the program difficult to express the high praise
was the Brahms Second Symphony; which is due this 'group of singers.
it was tuneful and beery to a fault, $* * *
but it had its moments, good and bad. THE JEAN GROS' MARIONETTiES
During the first movement it seemed A review, by Vincent Wall
as though the piece was going to
amount to something after all, the nismaedaby ho fate sttnding
most impresarios who have sponsored
conductor built up a wonderful cres- marionette performances in Ann Ar-
cendo but to no purpose, each sectiolt bor, Play Production and Direction
kept going it own independent way brought the Jean Gros' French
through the score after that. The Marionettes here for two perform-
second movement of the symphony ances last Thursday. The result was
was a beautiful soporific. "St. Fran- quite encouraging, since the box office
cis Preaching to the Birds" (Liszt, ar- held its own, and "The Blue Bird"
ranged by Mottl) Was a descriptive demanded the respectful interest of
thing rather than an analytic and de- that group of drama patrons to whom
serves no powerful punditing. Of the experiment is never dull.
"Spanish Rhapsody" (Chabrier) the "The Blue Bird" is idmirably adapt-
only thing to be said is to suggest, ed from the limitations which the use
like the Princess in The Cabbala, that of puppets quite, naturally circum-
certain pages might be taken a little scribes, and Maeterlinck's continued
faster. affirmation of the good, the true, and
John Erskine, who played a Schu-( the beautiful was given an interesting
mann Concerto, when he could be interpretation by the gargoyle figures
heard above the accompaniment of the which represented Tyltyl and Mytylj
orchestra, only did one thing more to and Bread and Fire and Cat and Dog
prove the contention of Max Beer- and the Fairy Berylume.
bohm (or was it H. L. Mencken) that The fanatasy and allegory 'is of I
there is a great deal of affinity lie- course grotesquely long; it is obses-
tween the man who paints and the sed with weight, and proud of its own.
man who writes. length; but it was reduced to the
* * * average play length by some judicious
THE ROCKFOR) PLAYERS cutting. In short, although rather I
Reviews, by Philip C. Brooks. long, the evening was proved to be.
The Players, basking in their pride quite satisfying. .
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Yet particularly for such colleges
as Michigan the plan seems to be car-
ried too far. It would be silly to for-
feit an hour lecture by such men as
Professors Cross, Wenley, Frayer, and
Hodges or an hour of class discussion
under 'such men as Dean Humphreys,
Professors Reeves, Reed and others
for the same amount of time in thel
Despite the details, however, the
promotion of further individual work
would be beneficial. In many lecture
courses, the student is required to do;
so !ittle that his actions become me-
chanical. For upperclassmen, the
paucity of work required in some!
classes for a passing grade is abso-
In many courses, juniors and
seniors might well be required to
submit more and harder theses. The
work which is completely annotated
The recently announced decision of
the University authorities to provide
a program of intramural athletics for
the Summer session is both reason-
able and sound. It provides a program
of athletics and athletics facilities at
a season of the year when the weather
is extremely adaptable to certain
sports, and it provides further athletic
facilities for the large number of
school teachers whose sedentary win-
ter professions prevent them from se-
curing regular exercise during the
other months of the year.
Just why this facility was M2ver
provided before is rather difficult to
see, though of course the summer stu-
dents pay no blanket athletic tax. If
intercollegiate athletics are to reach
their professed goal of "Athletics for
All" there is no reason why the sum-
I ner students should not have the
same facilities as those of the winter
session-from the broader ground.
The adoption of the new system
follows closely lines of criticism con-
sistently urged by The Summer Daily
throughout the last summer session.
It follows also the broader and more
worthy viewpoint which is fast com-
ing into general acceptance-at least
at Michigan-and as such it deserves
only the heartiest commendation.
Willie Thompson has determined to
change the six pointed English star
on the Chicago flag to a five pointed
American one. It probably won't
make any differnce to most of his
followers who will see ten stars most
of the time even after the change.
You can go to
You can go abroad with all
your expenses paid if you will
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new members. You may se-
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