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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1928
Night Editor-PAUL J. KERN
SUMMER TRAINING CAMPS
Young men between the ages of 17
and 24, good moral character, and
good physica condition-these are
qualifications of entrance to the gov-
ernment military training camps for
citizens. Once again the call is being
issued for the Michigan quota of 1878
men to fill Camp Custer, Fort Brady,
and other areas in the neighboring
The existing system of citizens'
military training camps is not only
the finest of its kind in the world,
but it serves a twofold purpose to the
country. With both extremes of mil-
itarism and pacifism cast aside, a
policy of moderate preparedness is
generaly acknowledged to be wise.
The army as a profession is admitted-
ly declining because of its inadequacy
-in wartime the body is too small,
and in peacetime it is unnecessary.
With the preparation afforded by such
a system of training camps the United
States can never be totally unpre-
pared for what may arise overnight.
As for the influence of the training
upon the young man, the pacifist may
calm himself as the militarist mayy
well avoid elation. As they have done
for six years, the C. M. T. C. camps
will give their students a fair picture
of military life, its routine, its drill,
its rifle practice, its tactics, its atti-
tude toward the individual in peace
and in war. On occasion by means of
a sham battle, it will give an intima-
tion of actual warfare on which
the imagination may build.
The wholly unimaginative, but care-
free individual may be enamored with
the prospect. Yet, the pacifist may
give him up without a struggle. In
event of hostilities, he would be
among the first to enter the army if
he had not already done so.
To the person at all thoughtful, the
training will present the satisfactory
mean viewpoint. It will make him
appreciate the horror and futility of
war as it will also lead him to un-
flinching support of necessary pre-
Then too, the program of training
benefits the individual from the phys-
ical standpoint. Summers may very
well be spent in building up the vital-
ity which the stresses of the winter
months have worn down. The camp,
instituted at a time usually spent in
been heaped upon the institution at
various times is well deserved. But
the strain of such a venture is con-
siderable, and works a hardship upon
the backers in forcing them each year
to attempt something new and more
startling in the way of presentations.
One such slip is liable to undo the
work that each of the preceding years
has served to build up, and in this
light it is interesting to observe the
program that has been prepared for
the 35th annual May Festival this
It is customary and usual to be able
to point back to any of the past mu-
sical festivals and say that here a cer-
tain artist made a startling debut, or
that there the greatest of the modern
musicians appeared for the first time
in Hill auditorium. It is these things
that serve to spread the renown of the
affair. Truly great names in the mu-
sical world have made frequent ap-
pearances in these past programs,
and to outsiders it has appeared al-
most miraculous that such moderate
prices suffice for tickets. Last year
was no exception, and probably set a
higher May Festival standard than
ever before. But this year there are
but two names on the roster of at-
tractions that are much other than
ordinary, according to average stand-
ards of criticism. True, something
unforeseen may developto place the
undertaking on a footing with those of
the past. It is a creditable thing that
a new organ is to be dedicated in Hill
auditorium, but this single occurrence
cannot save the present program from
a severe slip in the estimation of out-
An interesting development in the
field of cooperative buying and mark-
eting, which field promises to ma-
terially alter the economic system of
America within the next decade or so,
is the recently growing organization
of cooperative oil distributing sta-
tions through the Middle West. In
Illinois alone in the past few years 17
such stations have been established,
while Nebraska and Minnesota have
also witnessed the growth of the sys-
The project seems to be prospering,
and quite likely it will experience a
continued: growth, for the principle
of cooperative buyingisahsound one,
and with the market assured the man-
agers of the system need fear no ann-
noying contingencies or financial ex-
tremity. With proper governmental
protection, from unfair methods by
large oil companies, the pan of the
community oil station will certainly
spread; and may, in time, enter other
industries as well. The idea has cer-
tainly passed the experimental stage
in some portions of the West.
With all the roads leading to the
village of Detour, Michigan, blocked
with mammoth snowdrifts, the name
of the hamlet seems rather ironical.
Thus far the University college is
four committees and eighteen confer-
ences behind the Alumni university.
OUR NEGLECTED ,READING
If college does not leave the student
with enough leisure to read the books
he should read-or those he would
like to-it would not seem to be any
inherent weakness in the collegiate
system that makes this situation true.
For, out of five peope asked by the
Inquiring Reporter of a great Chicago
journal, an accountant, a chocolate
dipper (whatever that is), a foreman,
a motorcycle driver and a real estate
broker, only one, the last named, con-
fessed to reading to the amount and
quality that a man or woman with a
university education should be reason-
ably expected to read.
The admitted neglect of general
reading by the average undergraduate
can only be laid to indifference to the
matter or gross squandering of time
available in trivial pursuits.
The student has the advantage in
time and facilities for reading over
the employed person who is confined
to an office or factory from eight to
ten hours per day and whose laeisure
is limited to three or four hours at
home after the days' work. Classes
rarely average over four hours per
day, and granting the generous period
of three hours study for the succeed-
ing day's work, the college man and
woman has the advantage of one to
three hours of leisure time over his
Heywood Broun, the New York
critic frankly asserts that he derived
a great deal more from his indepen-
dent reading while in Harvard than
from attending lectures and perform-
OAT - LL
BEING A SENIOR, and having no
classes this morning we proceeded
to demonstrate the correct procedure
for a student about to graduate from
THE FIRST THING we did was to
go over to the Recorder's office and
request to see a copy of our record.
They are very kind over there and al-
ways produce the records without
laughing. We were informed that we
had 105 hours and slightly more than
120 honor points.
FROM THIS WE quickly deduced
that we only need 15 hours of credit
to win a sheepskin. Finding this to
be the case we walked over to the
boys in Angell hall, who are taking
money and proceeded to pay our class
FOLLOWING THIS WE went to the
other booth and ordered a dozen an-
nouncements of graduation. Yes, we
admit it, we are the model senior.
* * *
THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS COST
fifteen cents apiece, but in the long
run they are the sort of investment
which should pay large dividends.
Each announcement, carefully mailed,
should bring back a fountain pen, at
ATHLETICS FOR ALL
The basketball game was a huge
success. Although they outweighed
the opposing team more than ten
pounds to a woman, the Tappan Ter-
riors were defeated by a big margin.
The referee made a notable con-
tribution to the rules of basketball.,
When undecided as to whether a goal
had been thrown before or after the
whistle, she called it a draw, and al-
lowed the goal to score a single point.
WE HEAR RUMORS that there is
going to be a debate in Hill auditori-
um next Tuesday. More about this
subject will appear later.
AT THAT THE campus movie is to
show on that day. Perhaps there will
be a double bill and then no one will
IT SEEMS THAT we made some
mistake in the paragrapl above, but
it would have been a good idea. The
campus picture is Monday night.
* * *
TONIGHT: The Rockford Players
present "Hedda Gabler" at 8 o'clock
in the Whitney theater.
* * * .
"IAD FOLK OF THE THEATER,"
by Otis Skinner; New York: Bobbs-
Merrill company; $3.0.
(Courtesy of the Print and Book Shop)
Turning author once again-en- I
couraged no doubt by the success of
his "Footlights and Spotlights"-Otis
Skinner has presented his admiring
public with a new brain child. And it
seems to this critic that here is some-
thing that might even take precedencej
to his histrionic fame. His book is a
series of ten potraits of famous Thes-
pians who trod the boards of Drury
Lane and Covent Garden during thej
respective reigns of David Garrick
and Sheridan. It is very well done,
and the portraits are limned in quick-
ly and cleverly. The style is that
which has been popular of late in
similar biography: flippant, witty and
When anybody who is famous in
one profession or who has attained
the public spotlight in one way or
another produces anything literary,
it is usually rather sceptically receiv-
ed. There are so many "ghost wri-
ters" hacking out biographies and
memoirs in an attic garret that most
reviewers are somewhat incredulous.
There is no supposed internal evi-
dence in "Mad Folk of the Theater" to
indicate that it is Mr. Skinner's work;
but it is commonly believed to be
from his own pen, and the literary
world is inclined to believe him inno-
centtuntil proved guilty in this case.
But if there may be some slight
doubt as to its origin, there can be
none as to its veracity and merit.
There are entertaining sketches,4
anecdotes and scandal told ofsThomas
Betterton-"His Majestic's Servant";
Mistress Nell Gwinne-born in a
bawdy house and later mistress of
Charles II, and one of the greatest
comediennes to grace Drury Lane;
the adventures and misadventures of
the beautiful George Anne Bellamy;
Jamcs Quinn, the Broddingnagin Fal-
staff of the period; the "delectable"
Dora Jordan; Tate Wilkinson, an
eighteenth century barstormer; and
finally the three madmen who give the
book its title - George Frederick
Cooke, Edmund Keane and the elder
Booth. In short it is very amusing
and intelligent portraiture.
-By Vincent Wall.
THE STUDENTS' RECITAL
A review, by Nicholas Pickard.
At the performance in the auditori-
um of the School of Music last night,
the household Gods of the pianoforte
successfully withstood| the assaults of
their lesser rivals. That the given
compositions of Bach, Beethoven and
Chopin were excellent is not to be de-
nied, but withal they were closely
pressed by a Scriabin etude and a
short composition of a certain Jensen
of whom I confess myself to have
been hitherto totally ignorant, but
whose "Will of the Wisp" impressed
me immensely. Mr. Conklin's hand-
ling of the two Scriabin preludes and
a. Chopin nocturne was excellent, par-
ticularly enjoyable was the nocturne,
which happily departs from the over
delicate sweetness, which is only too
apt to characterize Chopin nocturnes.
Miss Backus did exceedingly well with
three Chopin preludes as did Miss
Coote with some short sketches of
Moscowski and Rubenstein. The tech-
nique of the others was quite satisfac-
tory although lacking the finish which
was felt in the interpretations of Mr.
Conklin and Miss Backus. As a whole
the recital was very much to the
credit of the class of work done in
* * *
The recent production of O'Neill's
dramatic unicorn, "Strange Interlude"
has perhaps some prophetic signifi-
cance when compared with the wildly
popular Hemingway horse d'oeuvre,
"Men without Women." Hemingway
started it by imposing on his short
stories the limitations of the one-act
play, and except for the pale pink
Menckenism of G. D. Eaton's who be-
lieves that"he has crucified his story
on the cross of his ,style, this literary
tour de force has received widespread
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please call at our office we will
tell you something of interest.
BUT NOT TODAY
The grass on the campus should
certainly be fragrant this spring. It
has enough cause to be.
* * *
This Sounds Like A Dirty Crack
It pains me to bring up these trifles
but I simply can't help noticing that
from the present appearance of our
gorgeous campus, or what have you,
that the University authorities are
evidently planning a corn husking bee
as a great get-together event for the
freshmen next fall. This is a serious
matter and ought to be brought to the
attention of cultivated minds at least.
J. Tilllngham McNasty.
* * *
THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE
I come from Kansas where the tall
corn grows, but we wait until May
before we plant it. And then we don't
spread it broadcast. I don't think the
campus soil will grow corn anyway.
Maybe the B and G boys spread it for
the benefit of the birds. Could you
enlighten us as to its purpose?
Big Hearted Sam.
* * *
IT SEEMS THAT many of our con-!
tributors are all wrought up on the
subject of what has come over our
campus. Well, we have only bolted
three out of four classes in the last
FROM DARTMOUTH COMES the
news that student has refused a bid
to Phi Beta Kappa. Well, maybe he
was crazy and maybe he believed
what he said.
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