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Published every morning except Monday two-party system, albeit a silly and
during the Universit yyear by the Board in
Control of Stuneat Publications, occasionally vicious system. We
Member of .Western Conference Eitorial believe 'this can, perhaps, be
Association._achieved by, leading our poiic,
The Associa Press is exclusively en- ans to ape the constructive fea-
dited to the usF for' republication of all news
dispatche credited to it or not otherwise tures of national politics as well as
credited in this paper and Athe local news pub- the graft ,nd corruption.
lshed herei. Abr With this in view a battle might
Entered at the postoflice at Ana Arbor,
M ihigan, s second class matter. Special rate be waged around the Student coun-
of postage granted by Third Assistant Post- cii this spring to elect its new
waster tisspineral.eec is e
SubariptionSy. carrier, $4.O; by mail, personnel on a basis rather of
Oices: An$ Arbor Press Building, May- issues and ability than of person-
yard Street. 1 alities and social prominence of
Phones: Editorial, 4925: Business, 2r2r4.
opposed fraternities. The council,
EDITORIAL STAFF if it continues the rejuvenation it
has experienced this semester, may
Tglephone 4925 soon arrive at an importance
MAINAGINO EDITOR equivalent to its true function of
KENNETH G. PATRICK interpreting student opinion to the
o. ,. . .... Nelson J. Smith administration. Given able leader-
city Editor.............. Stewart Hooker ship this year, the council might
News Editor. f..... .Richard C. Kurvink
nts Edir.-.......... W. Morris Quinn easily acquire enough power to

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SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1929
THE TESTIMONIAL BANQUET
Since President Little's resig-
nation last January, the , student
body of the University apoears to
have been nore in sympathy with
him" than for many months. The.
casting of shadows on the student
body by the auto ban and its en-
forcement, the liquor investigation

give those high-powered caucuses,
which our politicians take so seri-
ously, reasonable grounds for
enunciating a party platform.
Then the parties might stand or
fall according as they modified or
did not modify the auto ban, rath-
er than according to their success
in keeping members whipped into
line.
It might here be pointed out that
parties winning votes for the ex
cellence of their platforms and the
ability of their nominees rathe
than for the social- prominence o:
their supporters would have a
raison d'etre other than vain glory
for the victors. The result o
1 course would be bigger and better
politics-not an unmixed blessing
but a reasonable compromise witi
the present ridiculous situation.
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TO RELIEVE SUFFERING
In view of the terrible famin
which is every .day claiming mor
victims in disease-infected China
the China Famine Relief organiza
Lion of America is attempting t
gather funds to alleviate the suf
fering there. Twelve million men
women, and children in the prov
inces of Northern China have al
ready starved, and eight millio
more are faced with the most dir
privations.
Not least important of those or
ganizations assisting in raisin:
funds for this worthy cause is th
Tolstoy league of the University
China, ravaged by plagues, civi
war, brigandage, and disease as i
is, needs everyone's help. Amer
ica has never failed to respond t
a call of charity, and it should no
now.

A Test For Idealism
Those who have watched the building up of a unified sentiment
for a University Theatre-which should fulfill more completely the de- 3
mands which ,have been made of Play Production and should carry onE
into wider fields the excellent laboratory work which Play Production i
has done this year-have undoubtedly felt that the culmination of -
the Play Production season and the most coherent expression of the'
University Theatre need lay in the production of the winner in the
full-length play contest. That this sentiment is fully justified by the}
progression of events since last fall is fully realized by the Division of
English which has sponsored the contests for one-act and full-length
plays. As a result, this announcement of the postponement of produc-
tion is made in sincere disappointment. .
The disappointment is no less sincere because it comes from a soberI
review of the factors and difficulties involved in production this spring.
Unanimously the members of the Division have been interested in the
production of amateur-written plays, and the enthusiasm with which
the various problems of casting, financing and directing have been at-
I tacked seemed to guarantee a production, but a full examination of
I the problems, particularly of the factor of student activity so shortly
before the examination period, showed the practical impossibility of
arranging a production that would have doneany sort of credit to
the Play Production group without seriously embarrassing students in
their preparations for the final examinations.
Considering these circumstances, it would seem to have been
eminently the proper thing for the members of the Division to have
decided. The inevitable disappointment resulting may -find consola-
ton in the wisdom of not stretching the capacities of the group under
Director Windt beyond the point of reasonable expectation.
. As far as the production in the fall is concerned, it is the hope of
Director Windt to be able to offer both the plays in public presenta-
tion, without charge. If expectations from the "Beggar on Horseback"
are realized this will be possible; Director Windt is unwilling to exploit
the interest in student-written plays for the advantage of Play Produc-
f tion's treasury, however much Play Production may have been respon-
sible for the success of the student efforts. But however that may be,
a the care which will be possible in the fall for matters of production guar-
y antee that the plays emerge, splendid entertainment, fully in the
f tradition of fine performances which Play Production' has built up this
r year.
;, 'And those who carry the ideal of the University Theatre can carry
h their enthusiasm, somewhat modified by good sense, into next year-at
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GOOD PROFESSORS!
(From The Daily Northwestern)
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and otherrt the President's -planks A±rominen roiessor as
had alled forth loud protests up... ed the board tosketch the qualities
an the part of those out of favor that it thinks the average under-)
with them. As is always the case, graduate expects in a good profes-
those who were sympathetic to his sor. An absurdly simple task, he

ideas, or at least to some of them,
were overshadowed by those who
protested.
But with the news that Little
was retiring, student opinion again
turned toward the chief, and since
that time; it has been the desire
of the great majority of the stu-
dents, in some way to say farewell
to a President, who even - though
his policies rarely coincided with
those of the students, was per-
hops in closer touch with them
than any other man.
Toward this end, the various stu-
dent organizations on the campus
are planning the Testimonial ban-
quet on the night of May 23. It
will be the last and the only chance
that the students of' the University
will have a chance to meet Dr.
Little, and bid him farewell. To
this end and to make it a student
affair, only students will be ;al-
lowed at the banquet.
Favorable response to the invi-j
tations to this banquet is merited.
It is the student body's last chancei
'to pay tribute to the President who
has headed the University for a
share of their college careers. It
is decidedly not a profit-making
affair, as. the price of the tickets
will barelr pay for the dinner and
for the incidental expenses. It will
also express the real feeling of the
student body, and prove, if possi-
ble, that the words of the Univer-
sity concerning the retirement
have not been false.
PEANUT POLITICIANS
The peanut politicians are with
us late and soon. Scheming and
campaigning they lay waste their
powers, but no one can deny that
their game of "vote our ticket and
we'll fix you up later" has its po-
tentialties for pleasure. Friend-

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was answered; an interview with
three or four students, chosen at
random, would uncover the lot of1
requisites.
A populai professor possesses
personal glitter (not the "It" of the
student), initiative, pleasant domi-
nation, dignity (but not aloofness),
galvanism, a ready sense of the
humorous, unquestioned erudition,
patience, and pungent wit. He is
an entert titer-a showman, no
less-, is not conscientious about
grades, rarely failing anyone (and
then only the socially ostracized),
seldom bothers with a roil call,
injects subtle (but not too subtle)
anecdotes into his lectures, is
biased concerning neither sex, is
never more than discreetly angry,
has a smile for every occasion and
every person, and is author of at
least a six-inch shelf. The pro-
fessor we admire and like is never
disturbingjy critical. although we
do learn something), nor is he ever
too preoccupied with his own af-
fairs to, show concern about us;
he humors the class in everything
of consequence, is able to authori-
tatively qiscuss any trivial matter
that rises, is a compelling and
powerful orator, must be so inter-I
esting and instructive in his lec-
tures as to render an intelligent
reading of the text unnecessary,
and must not slight student affairs.
Assuredly not an educational Si-
mon Legree, he pleases with easy,
infrequent tests, frequently cuts
class (premonitory, of course) andI
dismisses his class early. He is in-
formal but absolutely never fa-
miliar or risque and is an all-I
round model prototype for man,
father, or husband; he is an es-
tablished linguist, knows some-

continuation wnicn is tieLes o any sncere ueansmn.
R Leslie Askren-
STUDENT RECITAL-Reviewed by W. J. Gorman
It is difficult to convince an audience of one's subjectivity, that
is, of one's intelligence and sympathy of expression, with such thrice-
familiar compositions as the "Pathetique Sonata," "Hark, Hark the
Lark," and "Nccturne in F sharp major." Miss Crisswell, in her recital
Thursday night, failed to do so. She had not the finesse of under-
standing and interpretation to give the "Pathetique" a good rendition.
The fluency, unity, and whole effect of the first movement was seri-
ously damaged by a too bold gradation of intensity in the passage
just after the Grave, a too great separation of tempi of Grave and
Allegro, and by a badly muddled playing of the principal theme.
The Rondo, too, suffered from a shaky establishment of intensity and
a confused, uneven intonation of melodic material.
In the Bach Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, Miss Crisswell was
content with a dynamic monotony and a perfectly even pace of
rhythmic line which made the piece altogether too colorless. In this
second group- in the Bach, in the Schumann number, and probably
in. the choice of a Chopin Etude with a very inconsequential bass, she
revealed a weak left hand. The Chopin Nocturne was more sympa-
thetic, the difficult embellishments on the melody being very correctly
played.
The last group of short modern compositions, notably the Palm-
gren, was much better. In these pieces, Miss Criswell revealed an
enthusiasm and a vision that may very possibly develop into near-,
artistry when her style is more free of the nervousness and flightiness
vhich characterized this recital.
Philip Culkin assisted Miss Criswell in two short groups of songs.
In all of them, but more especially in Schubert's Heine song "Ihr
Bild," he proved himself the possessor of =a powerful, flexible, and
strongly emotional voice. *
THE FRENCH PLAY-by James Eppenstein
It is very sophisticated, this delightful comedy from the pen of
Robert de Flers and G. D. de Caillavet. Sophisticated, and yet so thor-
oughly enjoyable as to give offense to no one. It was presented Thurs-
day evening in such a way that none of its fun was lost upon the audi-
ence.
Much credit is due Prof. Rene Talamon for his tremendous ability'
in play production. The staging was excellent; the accessories were well
planned, to the minutest detail; the play moved smoothly and swiftly.
* **
"GRANITE"-Rehabilitated
"Granite;" by Clemence Dane and Comedy Club's coming opener
of the new Women's League Theater, has been grossly maligned. It
has been very unfairly identified in the advance publicity given it in
this column, and the editor, without compulsion from any rabid Come-
dy Clubbers, but with a vast feeling of decided inferiority at being
unable to identify the nature of a dramatic piece of writing( however
much unread) takes this occasion to apologize to the Club and to
replace' the aspersion with a more accurate description of the play.
"Granite" was called esoteric. Esoteric is a bad word; to the uninitiated
it does not mean something which is unintelligible to the uninitiated.
But calling "Granite" esoteric, the fruit of a Little Theater taste, is
like calling it "the over-ripe fruit"' of an emasculated (at times) art.
"Granite" is essentially not that. It is more nearly an over-expression
of a too hardy taste for melodrama. It is raw stuff, not at all mushy.
It is stark. Very stark. Its virtue lies in being produced starkly-
a study in stark emotions, piled pile on pile to make a melodramatic
mountain of theatrical experience. As such it would seem very foreign
from the "over-ripe fruit" sort of thing.
The reason for the origin of the mistaken idea in the publicity
is one that may have interest, for those who have followed the course
of criticim in this column. It lies in the fact that it has been made
a matter of policy not to read the plays which have been billed locally,
at least not before reviewing them. This decision is thoroughly bad. It
prevents very accurate analysis of production. Last year, to cite one
example, the script of "Seventh Heaven" was available-and read, too.
The fact that Phyllis Loughton as the emaciated gutter snipe, Diane,
received so favorable a review as she did was evidence of her dramatic
ability triumphing over severe physical handicaps. Criticism of "The
Queen's Husband", particularly of the part of Eric VIII, is an example of
another case in point. From one point of view-the point of view of 1
one who has analized the play along certain very definite lines-the
interpretation of the hen-pecked Eric was very bad. From another
point of view, that of Mr. White himself who chose his own interperta-
tion, it was very good-thoroughly good.
Therein lies the impasse. Profound criticism would accept no-
body's interpretation. Student criticism, however, must accept its
limitations. Hence the error in identfying the nature of "Granite"
from the random impressions of others.
But whatever the nature of "Granite", assurance of a good produc-
tion can be held out on the strength of dirction by Paul Stephenson,
who was in the original production directed by Boleslavsky for the
American Laboratory Theatre in New York, and on the strength of a!
small but capable cast.
An announcement of considerable moment to those interested in
the University Theatre comes in the form of a letter to this department.
"The two plays, Leila by Dorothy Ackerman and City Haul
by W. R. Thurnau, tying for first place in the three-act play
competition, will receive public performance in the fall as the
opening event of the Play Production season. This decision was I

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