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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1928.
Night Editor-DONALD J. KLINE
MERIT AND THE PRESIDENCY
Wednesday night, by student request
and because of student dissatification,
the men of th University will have
an opportunity to vote on a proposed
plan o f reorganization for their Mich-
igan Union. For the past two decades'
and more, since the founding of the
Union in fact, the student head of
that organization has been chosen by
popular ballot. When the school was
small, and the various candidates
were. known personally to nearly all
of their fellows, the plan doubtless
presented considerable merit.
Since the World war, when the'
student body of the University be-
came a vast heterogeneous mass,
numbering its members in the thous-
ands and tens of thousands and con-
tinuously becoming less of a single
unit, the election of the Union presi-
dent in the spring has been largely
a matter of chance. Political or-
ganizations, surprising in their scope
and influence, have been formed for
the purpose of promoting one or an-
other candidacy; and while the Union
has been singularly fortunate through
the period in constantly securing men
of high qualifications for the position
of president, the system is no guar-
antee of such happenstance, and no
surety of election by merit.
The present proposal to place the
Union presidency on an appointive ba-
sis, with the president to be chosen
by the board of directors after writ-
ten application on the part of men en-
gaged in Union work, is one which has
emanated from the student body itself.
It is in no way to be taken as an in-
dictment of the students who have
been chosen to the office of Union
president in Ie past, fortheir effic-
iency and capability has been such as
to require no brief; but it is an in-
dictment of the system which leaves to
the caprice of popular vote the elec-
tion to an office where personal pop-
ularity means very little in the line
To get the requisite 600 men to con-
stitute a quorum of the Union organ-
ization to the meeting next Wednes-
day is no easy task, as has been dem-
onstrated time and again in the past.
The vali.e of the new system over the
old, however, and the obvious advan-
tage of a system in any organization
where tjw head can be appointed on
the basis of merit is such as should
command at least a respectable por-
tion of student attention. Interest in
REVIVE BLUE KEY
Included in the recommendations
made to the Student council at its last
meeting was the suggestion that some
campus organization such as Blue Key
should be formed again, taking as its
purpose the meeting and entertain-
ing of visiting athletic teams. It need
hardly be said that the purpose of
such an organization is laudable and
that the absence of one creates any-
thing but a desirable situation. To
meet such a need, Blue Key was
founded here three years ago. It ex-
isted for one year as an independent
organization and its work was con-
tinued until the Cornell track meet
last spring by another organization
which took the same name and was
composed of th joint membership of
Sphinx and Triangles, junior honorary
societies, operating under a separate
set of officers.
More than a year, however, has
passed since the Blue Key ceased to
function. During that time the visit-
ing teams from other universities, par-
ticularly in the minor sports, have
been forced to shift pretty much for
themselves. Michigan athletic squads,
on the other hand, often receive the
best in entertainment when compet-
ing away from Ann Arbor.
This incongruity has not been due
wholly to any lack of student interest
as efforts at entertainment in the
past have met with considerable en-
thusiasm. The chief difficulty has been
that there have been no funds, what-
soever, supplied for the purpose; and
even most willing of students find it
difficult if not impossible to extend
hospitality of any sort, much less hos-
pitality worthy of a great University,
without some financial aid.
As it is, since it is athletes who re-
ceive the benefits of entertainment on
their trips away from home, it would
seem logical that the body to make
some provision for the entertainment
of visiting teams would be the Ath-
letic association. And it may well be
hoped that this organization in pre-
paring its budget for another year will
extend its program to include somef
means for the entertainment of visit-
THE HOUSTON CONVENTION
Virtually assured of a majority of
the democratic convention and enter-
ing the final weeks of the campaign
with his opposition rapidly dwindling
following the withdrawal of Senator
Walsh from the race, Governor Smith
continuesto appear more and more
the popular choice of the democratic
voters. At such a 'time, It is indeed
interesting to examine some of the
factors which are quite certain to af-
fect his chances in the Houston con-
Senator Walsh, in withdrawing, de-
clared that Smith is the apparent
choice of the party. Whether this is
necessarily true or not, it must be
at least granted that he has secured
a large support in pledged delegates
from a number of states. Then too
his active opposition has decreased
until one seldom hears any other name
mentioned with the exception of Rit-
chie or Reed. These factors combin-
ed with the fact that he will in all
probability carry his own, in the elec-
tion seem to weigh in his favor as
the logical party choice.
On the other hand, there is his re-
ligion which should not be, but un-
doubtedly will be a factor in any con-
test in which he may be entered. There
is the very obvious location of the
convention in the far southern and
western city of Houston, obviously a
hostile territory. Still it is reported
that the redoubtable "Al" is rapidly
gaining friends even in Texas and it
may be that what now seems to be
opposition may turn to support in the
final hours of the conventions. Never-
theless, there is one jinx which Mr.
Smith must meet in thq Hountyn
convention, and that is the so often
demonstrated fact that the primary
and pre-convention choice almost in-
evitably is defeated for the nomina-
tion by some lesser known selection.
The outstanding factors seem to
make Smith the Democratic choice
but as the time for the convention ap-
proaches, it hardly seems likely that
he can possibly have enough pledged
delegations to carry the necessary
two-thirds of the nominating conven-
tion at least on the opening ballots,
and without that power every cand-
idate must seriously consider the his-
tory of previous conventions which
on so many occasions have seen the
party selection pass to some other
than the popular choice.
Michigan's senior annual presuma-
bly is planning on entering active
competition with the Gargoyle before
long. Its cover page came out with
a picture of the stadium during the
Ohio game with a suitable caption
underneath- "All of the $80,000 in
IN ACCORDANCE with the practice
initiated not so long ago, and in pur-
suance of our threats to run another
colyum of contributions, we have set
aside Friday as Der Tag.
* * *
AND SO, FROM now on the old song
will go this way- Wednesday soooop,
Thursday roastbif, Friday Rolls, etc.
S* * *
BROMO SELTZER, after attending
the dedication of the new Frieze Or-
gan, contributes thus: "The organ was
* * *
THAT MUST BE one of your fast
ones, Bromo-though you are terribly
extravagant in placing a 'two-cent
stamp on that little piece.
. * * *
WE WERE AT the dedication and
thought thus: "If it had only been
* * *
BLUE FRONT, AFTER seeing the
advertisement we prepared for Murads
in yesterday's column, tacked a no-
tice on the bulletin board and gave
us the idea which is this:
* * * '
Hurt My Voice"
* * *
THAT'S NOT BAD at all, Blue
Front, see you next Friday, unless you
see me first.
* * *
(in chem. lab.)
Absorbe this, dear, for I shall be
Most absolutely formal;
The concentration of my love
Is far from, being normal.
The bubbling of your laughter
An efflorescent gas
Your eyes are blue as potash flames
When viewed through cobalt glass.
Suchrose, cane, or saccharine
Were ne'er so sweet as you;
Your gentle, scented breath I know
Is purest CO-2.
We'll raise a flocculate of kinds
And keep them in solution.
They're sure to lead a heavenly life
In such an institution.
Oh, be my efflorescent, Kate!
Be silicate for me
And you shall dwell in shining
I will not take you diamond, sir.
It's allotropic carbon.
So get the helium out of here,
For I can't stand your jargon.
Three Star Comments:
Then with a broken heart in rage
He did, this just to pique her:
He seized ten drams of HCI
And drained them from a beaker.
THAT POEM, FOLLOWING up the
one by the now immortal Yellit (whose
identity we trust is fast becoming un-
forgettable) ought to make this col-
umn better than the Inlander-for
WE SHALL CALL the author of the
the little ditty printed above, Claret.
He promises to be a regular contri-
butor. Now with Yellit, Tap Faucet,
and Claret on the list of poets, we
havera fair nucleus for something or
HERE'S ANOTHER contribution
that isn't half bad:
ABOUT KISSING, OH!
"A KISS IS a peculiar proposition
-of no use to one, yet absolute bliss
to two. The small boy gets it for
nothing. The young man has to steal
it. The old fogey has to buy it. It's
the baby's right, the lover's privilege,
and the hypocrite's mask. To a young
it signifieth Faith-to a married wo-
man, Hope-to an old lady, Charity."
WELCOME! WELCOME! London
Jack. See you, too, on next Friday,
even though it seems to use we've
heard that stuff somewhere before.
THIS WEATHER reminds us of the
sixteen men on a dead man's chest.
1 It also remindsG eorgianna of some-
THIS AFTERNOON: The third
concert of the May Festival series
in Hill auditorium at 2:30 o'clock.
TONIGHT: The fourth concert
of the May Festival series in Hill
auditorium at 8:1 o'clock.
A review by Harold May m
In an interesting and sometimes
beautiful attempt to portray the life
and death of St. Francis of Assisi, the
University Choral Union and the Chil-
dren's Chorus, with the help of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and
under the leadership of Earl V. Moore
exhibited a skill that can only come
from long and rigorous practice. The
attempt, as I said, was interesting and,
although the music was abounding in
melody and full of nuance, very little
was suggested of the Middle Ages, that
turbulent, rapid, intense, aspiring
time of a part of which St. Francis
was such an eloquent expression. The
oratorio also abounded in imitations
of the songs of birds, and other noises
-which occur in the course of a day;
this is not the way to reawaken a
period, and least of all that period
through which St. Francis' pantheism
went like a soughing flame, uniting
the whole Western world into a great
conflagration which reached heaven,
and in its fierce heat assayed that un-
certain metal, the Church. Pierne fail-
ed to catch the sublime import of St.
Francis preaching to the birds just as
did Lizst in his piece of that name;
onomatopaeia does not make for real-
ism, or, for that matter, the recreat-
ing of event experienced. Every sound
must be translated into conventional
musical symbols, and these symbols
must be used to build up the picture
not in terms of the milieu in which
it occurred, which after all can not
be fitted into logical exposition with-
out rationalizing and conventionaliz-
ing, but in the new medium, this time
an oratorio, and subject to the new
rhythm and the new conditions. In
short imitation results only in imita-
tion, and not in exposition or delinea-
tion. The oratorio consequently, while
it had beautiful parts of its own, did
not bear an accurate and historic re-
lation to its subject.
The piece, however, is massive in
its structure and exhaustive in its de-
mands, but in the hands of E. V.
Moore itsucomplexities were welded
toether into one successful whole.
There were several parts that were
notably uninspired especially in the
prologue, part II-"Francis and the
Lady Poverty," which was only saved
by the splendid singing of Merle Al-
cock as Lady Poverty. From the
Children's Chorus came the most ex-
cellent work of the evening-their
enunciation was excellent, and their
fresh light voices were a refreshing
contrast to the fuller and heavier tone
of the adult ensemble. Tudor Davies,
St. Francis, was given a part that
would have made so robust a tenor
as Caruso, himself, recoil, and al-
though it seemed at times as if its de-
fects as well as its difficulties would
surely overcome him, yet he emerg-
ed in the end still singing. Marie
Montana, Sister Clare, displayed a
pleasingly lyrical voice, but without
much power. The men to distinguish
themselves were Raymond Koch,
Friar Leon, whose voice had both
tone and volume, and Chase Baromeo,
The Leper, and the Voice of God.
A real interpretive difficulty was
that the music in no way fitted the
rhythm of the language into which
the libretto of the oratorio was trans-
lated: this difficulty was a drag on the
performances of the soloists, and a
detriment, to the enjoyment of the
FRIDAY EVENING CONCERT
Soloist: Leonora Corona, Soprano.
Overture, "La Bariffe Chiozzotte,"
Opus 32 .............. Sinigaglia
Arias: (a) "Casta Diva" from
(b) "Suicido" from "La Gioconda"
Symphony No. 4 E flat Major,
Scherzo, Allegro vivace; Andante-
"Marching Song of Democracy"
University Choral Union
(Conducted by the Composer)
(a) "In Quelle Trine Morbide"
(b) "Vissi d'Arte" from "Tosca"
Suite from "L'Oiseau de Feu"
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I ^dand he wonders why
HE WASN'T PROMOTED
I CAN'T understand why Iwasn't promoted-and
why a fellow like Smith was," muttered Bill. But
his boss explained it to him this way: eYou're a
good man, but I can't recommend you for this
bigger opportunity. You're so careless about little
things, I'm afraid you'd slip up and wouldn't make good.
Even our President has noticed your careless (garterless)
fallen socks, and insisted that I give Smith the job.
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