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'SATUR DAY I-MA h14 .9 W29

Published every morning except Monday
diing the University year by the Board in
Control of Student Publications.

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nard Street.
Phones : Editorial, 4925; Business, 21214.
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Editor......................Nelson J. Smith
City Editor............I. Stewart Hooker
News Editor........... Richard C. Kurvink
Sports Editor............W. rMorris Quinn
Women's Editor...........Sylvia S. Stone
Telegraph Editor ...... .... ..George Stauter
Music and Drama.............R.L. Askren
Assistant City Editor.......... Robert Silbar
Might Editors
Joseph E. Howell Charles S. Monroe
Donald J. Kline Pierce Rosenberg
Lawrence R. Klein George E. Simons
George C. Tilley

Paul.L. Adams
Morris Alexandei
C.. A. Askren
Bertram Askwit"i
Louise Behyme
Arthur ernsteva
Seton C. Bovee
Isabel Charles
T.. R. Chubb
Frank i.Cooper
Helen Domine
Margaret Eckels
Douglas Edwards
Valborg Egeland
Robert J. Feldman
Marjorie Follmer
William Gentry
Ruth Geddes
David B. HempsteadJ
Richard Jung
Charles R. Kaufman
Ruth Kelsey

Donald E. Layman
Charles A. Lewis
Marian McDonald
Henry Merry
Elizabeth uaife
Victor Rabinowitz
Joseph A. Russell
Anne Schell
Rachel Shearer
Howard Simon
Robert L. Sloss
Ruth Steadman
A. Stewart
Cadwell Swanson
Jane Thayer
Edith Thomas
Beth Valentine
Gurney Williams
Jr. Valter Wilds
George E. Wohlgemuth
Edward L. Warner Jr.
Cleland Wyllie

Campus Opinion
Contributors aresasked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than 300
words i possible. Anonymous com-
munications will be. disregarded. The
names of communicants*will, however,
be regardedas confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should nut be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
To The Editor:
We have been hearing so much
in condemnation of the students
who participated in that unfortu-
nate affair of Monday, that it does
not seem amiss to put in a word
of defense for the students.
Of course, the participants in
"that disgraceful act of rowdyism'
should have known that such ac-
tion would be instantly condemned,
as it was. However, a plea of ex-
tenuating- circumstances may be
advanced. When the cheer leader
announced that there would be a
show at the Hill if we won, I am
sure that few if any of the stu-
dents contemplated rushing the
Michigan theatre. However, when:
the game was "in the bag", anc
Michigan was leading its opponents
by twelve points, he announced
that there would be a free show
at the *Michigan or the Majestic,
and the crowd cheered.
After the game, some, of the stu-
dents went to the Hill, and others
went to the Michigan. To theiL
surprise, they were informed that
they were not to bd admitted, that
there was a show in the Hill for
them, and that the announcement
that the Michigan was to be open
to them was unauthorized. Mean-
while the crowd increased in num-
bers, and started to jeer at the
manager of the theatre. Unexpect-
edly, and without provocation, one
of the Ann Arbor police, who ha(
been in the theatre all along, came
out and discharged tear gas into
the faces of the students. Wha
followed, we all know, and regret
While we admit that the action
of the mob was unjustifiable, we
also maintain that before con
demning them, the self-appointed
judges should first have acquainted
themselves with both sides of the
C. AXINN, 30.


active dislike for students in gen-
(3) An all occasions of student
gatherings, where enthusiasm
might prevail, the theatre manage-1
ment has provided police, clubs,
and tear gas with which to en-
couraged violence.
In conclusion, we believe that the
principal fault in this unfortunate l
affair lies with the theatre man-z
agement. The students who par-
ticipated in the violence were not
giving an expression of their own
personalities. Inherently, they are
not "Rowdies" and "Thugs". They
were only .victims of mob psycho-
logy. Their natural enthusiasm
was diverted into violence by the
way in which they were met at the
Michigan Theatre. The action of
the discipline committee will pre-
vent recurrences in the near fu-
ture. The only permanent remedy,
however, lies in the power of the
theatres. We are sure that any
whole hearted attempt on the part
of the theatres to create a feeling
of goodwill between themselves
and the student body would be
highly profitable to them. As it is,
the breech between the students
and the theatres has been widen-
ed, the University has been brand-
ed as "A Training School for
Rowdies" and three students have
been sacrificed to this blond policy
because, along with 3000 others
they lost their individuality in the
mob spirit.
W. K. WRIGHT, '29E.
J. C. ADLER, 129E.
R. L. JOHNSON, '29E.
To the Editor:

MusiC And Drama,
o- o
present "To The Ladies", by
George S. Kaufman and Marc
Connelly, in Mimes Theatre, at{
2:30 and 8:30 o'clock.
* * *
It is the critic's privilege to make
as many friends or enemies as he
pleases, and he must be able to
enjoy his enemies as much as he
enjoys his friends-which rhetori-
cal sigh has be.en occasioned by
objection to certain critical prin-
ciples which have been used this
The objection comes that the re-
viewer of a stage presentation has
no business extending his critic-
ism beyond the immediate inter-
pretations on the stage. What
this means is that a critic can only,
criticize the actors, the set and the
lighting, and that the director, as
he interpret's the author's play, is
immune to criticism--than which,
nothing is more mistaken.
A critic of a novel must accept
the author's conception of his
characters, of the situation and of
the denouement; - or, he may re-
ject it. In either case, he is deal-
ing with the author directly. A
dramatic critic, like a music critic,
is confronted with an intermedi
ate interpreter, the director or con-
ductor. A dramatist conceives a
play, writes it, and immediately it
disappears into the black and
white of print until the director
reconceives it, with the dialogue,
and stage directions as guides, and
ses it on the stage, with actors em-
bodying his conception and en-
riching it with their own inter-


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A battle of considerable signifi-
cance to the student body will be
waged next week around the Stu-
dent Council's proposed amend-
ment to its constitution that will
remove the veto power of the Sen-
ate Committee on Student Affairs.
As at present constituted, the
legislative and judicial actions of
the council are subject to the veto
of a faculty body. The Senate
committee, while three men and
two women students are party to
its deliberations and decisions;,in
cludes a faculty majority sensitive
to the opinions of the chair which
is filled by the dean of men.
This situation is largeiy respon-
sible for the pusillanimity of the
Stundent Council which has caused
that body to lose its function as
an organ of student government
and its prestige before the student
body. A fear of faculty disapproval
has hindered the actions of the
council, and the consequent lack of
results has .sdeterred the students
from using the council as an inter-
mediary between themselves and
the administration.
In other words the council, which
Is in theory a representative body
for student government, has for
some time been more sensitive to
faculty opinion than to student
The proposed amendment, how-
ever, must pass the Senate commit-
tee, whose veto it removes, before
becoming effective. Still there is
hope. Dean Bursley has often ex-
pressed his willingness to turn
over to the students more power of
self-government if they would take
The amendment should be passed
to give the council a free hand in
representing student opinion as it
exists, instead of as the adminis-
tration would like to have it exist.
This should not be contrued as a
wail against faculty oppression, but
as a statement of the situation
which has evolved through several
years due to lack of vigorous lead-
ership in the council.
By proposing the amendment the
council has indicated a desire to
create some excuse for its exist-
ence or quit. It should not quit.
There is a fertile field of useful-
ness ahead if it can regain its

To the Editor:

In order to exonerate the Uni-
* versity, the Discipline Committee
has taken the only action possible
in suspending the students ap-
prehended in the recent riot. An.
example had to be set.
However, this does not remove
the underlying cause of the vio-
lence. We feel that this violence
is due primarily to the long stand-
ing animosity which exists between
the student body and the theatre
management. This is demonstrat-
ed by the fact that no violence oc-
curred until the police, who had
been stationed by the theatre man-
agement, fired tear gas into the
crowd. It will be recalled that vio-
lence in the past has always been
preceded by some act of antagon-
ism on the part of the theatre
In every case, in the past, the
University has received a "black
eye" because of these riots, the
students have been labeled as
"thugs" and "rowdies," while little
attention has been called to the
real cause of the riots. As the stu-
dent body comprises the principle
source of revenue for the Butter-
field interests in Ann Arbor, we
feel that the theatres have not
taken sufficient steps to correct
this situation.1
The management will say that
they have done all that could be
expected in order to prevent these
occurrences. For example, when
faced with the loss of student pat-
ronage, Butterfield donned his red
knickers and long white beard and
announced that he would give a
free show to the students after
each championship won. This was
not however a whole-hearted ges-
ture toward the creation of good,
will between the students and the
theatre, and even the students
could recognize the Baron in his
disguise. The free shows which
were given were works of art. The
music was the best obtainable and
the acts were very clever. All this
has been done at a great loss to
the Butterfield profits.
In spite of all this, the students
in general seem to feel that they
are not getting a square deal fromj
the Butterfield interets. There
are three principal reasons for this
(1) Butterfield has acquired a'
complete monopoly of Ann Arbor
theatres and the general attitude.

dI Granting that the recent thea- Ipetatn. Of curse te irector
eter rush was a foolish gesture onI pretation. Of course, the director
Stheaer ofshttattshewsturnondoes not always impose his ideas
Sthe face of it, that thei'e was no n his cast, or frequently his
Sjustifiable motivation for it, and ception of the play differs radical-
that property was destroyed, there ly from that of the author.I
n still remains the action of the Iy fo hd eauthor.
Ann Arbor police department to it would certainly seem that
e account for. There was no in- discussion of these vagaries was
- tent on the part of any of the critical material, along with the
mob to do any physical violence to play itself; the former to be
anybody nor did it happen in this judged as interpretation, the lat-!
e case. When four or five of the po- ter as creative work.
lice force and one theater usher R. L. A.
got their hands on one of the stu- * *
dents in particular they were not CAMPUS DRAMATISTS
conteit with merely detaining him Outstanding in its importance as
by taking him into the theater but an event in campus dramatics, and
they proceeded to beat him up un- student play writings is the presen-
til he was hardly recognizable. ttion next week by Play Produc-
there is sufficient evidence to prove tion of the four plays which re-
that he offered no resistance to cently won the one act play con-
ttheir taking him in. If the police test. This important lies, not so
are'not maliciously intent on tak- much in the four pays themsellves,
ing every opportunity 'of wreaking 'although ;they are all exceptional-
their undisciplined fury on stu- ly fine pieces of craftsmanship for
dents merely because they are such, young Olaywrites, but in the fact
they must prove it for the evidence that the events leading up to their
certainly lies in that direction. presentation, and the actual pro-
Even the report of the Disciplinary ductions mark the first step to-
Committee reads:-"Police officers ward ~ much needed play work
were guilty of lack of judgment. shop.
The first tear gas bomb seems to If the four evenings next week
have been uncalled for." arc as uccessful, as the earlier
The aforesaid facts seemed to eliination contest, and there is
have little weight with the Univer- every rason to believe they will
sity authorities. Police charges be more. so, it will mean a distinct
were .not made in the presence of step toward such a work shop.
the defendants nor were the de- .The productions of the plays,
fendants told what they were. An and the final selection of the wi-
extreme penalty has been handed jing drama on Friday evening,
out to three students, one of whom will be a much more elaborate and
wad an honor student with but carefully done affair than the
nine hours necessary to graduate. elinination presentation. Sinc
Previous conduct, character, and the end of hst semester, tie four
constructive activities on the cam- authors have carefully re-written I
pus had no part in the investiga- their plays with a view to improv-
tion of the committee. These three ing them and corcmng flaws
were made to pay as an example which were revealed by th elimi-
for the deeds of the three thou- nation contest.
sand whose "line of demarcation" In the field of hilarious comedy,
from those out in front was slight. "The Joiners" by Arthur Hinkley,
The President of the University is a distinct success. Depicting a
whose word apparently has little group of malcontents who are de-
weight with the faculty assured sirous of forming a new lodge, theI
the defendants that if they would play, under a mask of humor, bril-
plead guilty to the charge of dis- liantly satirizes the lodge spirit as
orderly conduct in the justice seen in small owns, and in the
court they would merely be put on United States for that matter-"A
probation by the University. Con- lot of boys wanting to play."
sidering the crime committed, the "Outside This Room," by Dor- t
treatment at the hands of the po- othy Ackerman, belongs to a dis-
lice, previous records, and above inctly different type of drama. It'
all the unity of purpose of the isc slightly reminiscent of Maeter-
three thousand it seems that that linck, but has a well done charac-
punishment would have been suf- ter and situation element which is I
ficient. If the destruction of prop- outside the Maeterlinck school. The
erty and rioting are inherent play is an extraordinary exposition
characteristics of an entire stu- of a rather large group of isolated
dent body as the local police, characters. In spite of certain ele-
townspeople, and even some mem- ments of mood which are slightly
bers of the faculty seem to think, unreal, the author has depicted her
the suspension of every participant characters and the things whichE
in Monday night's affair would motivate them with splendid clar-
not be too great a punishment. ity and realism. R. Leslie C
That six men should suffer (three Askren's Passion's Progress" is of
of them suspended) for the acts still a different type. It is a play
of hundreds is not merely so logi whose charm lies in the brilliance
t cal. As such it appears more read--I of the lines, the wit, and to a lesser
ily as the1 result of a medieval the- extent in the characters and the
ory of punishment for crime. situation. It it a society play done i
Looking at the entire affair in with an artfully light touch be-
its broadest aspects, it is quite ob- neath which there constantly lurks
vious that the administrative offi- a more subtle irony.
dials would have made a much One of the interesting things
more constructive contribution to about the four plays, is that each


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