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THE MICHIGAN

DAILY

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izations draw men from every type
on the campus. They thus increase
the range of acquaintances of
every man who tries out, both
widening his experience and bene-
fitting him socially. Further, the'
practical knowledge gleaned while
competing for the executive offices
of the various activities quite sure-
ly proves of sound worth.
It is expected that this year's
freshman class, held inactive and
ineligible for a semester, will be
ready and eager to answer the
calls for tryouts that will be issu-
ing from the various organizations
on the campus within a few days.

..Music, andDrama
TONIGHT: The Mimes offer "The Marquise" by Noel Coward, in Mimes
Theater, beginning at 8:30 o'clock.

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Editorial .Comment

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Mary Chase
Jeanette Dale
Vernor Davis
Bessie Egeland
Sally Faster
Anna Goldberg
Kasper Halverson
George Hamilton
TackHorwich
Dix Humphrey

Assistants
Marion Kerr
Lillian Kovinsky
Bernard Larson
Hollister Mabley
I. A. Newman
Jack Rose
Carl F. Schemm
George Spater
Sherwood Upton
Marie Wellstead

Night Editor-JOSEPH E. HOWELL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1929
NEXT!
Two unfortunate coincidences
have conspired to bring President
Coolidge's name under considera-
tion for the presidency of this Uni-
versity. First is the fact that he
will be hunting a job about the
time President Little steps out.
second are his personal qualifica-
tions: he is untroubled by danger-
ous originality, his utterances have
the happy quality of saying the
safe and mediocre thing, and he
is full of deference to the majority
opinion toward which he cherishes
a..perfunctory loyalty. There in the
brief compass of a proverbial nut-
shell we have the prerequisites for
n extended tefm of office in Ar
Arbor.
But those partisans of Mr. Cool-
idge who are booming him for the
presidency of Michigan should con-
sider, among other things, the lat-
ter's feelings, Imagine the world's
foremost disciple of prosperity face
to face with a Republican guberna-
tor who could afford only a million
and a quarter a year for education-
al improvements, even when a -Re-
publican legislature could see a
four-million-dollar need in the five
millionsi asked. Imagine ari ex-
president of the United States,
kept waiting an hour in the ante-
room of a governor-a courtesy that
Lansing extends to obscure peti-
tioners, lesser office-seekers, and
presidents of the State university.
And then imagine the man whose
idea of exercise is a half-hour ride
on an electric hobby-horse consult-
ing the best interests of the largest
athletic plant in the country.
.But more impossible still, try to
conjure up an image of a Vermont
sense of humor tackling such petty
annoyances of University adminis-
tration as fraternity jealousy of
drinking privileges, therdemands of
students to drive their cars, and
that fecund butt of administrative
excoriation, The Daily. No, a Ver-
mont sense of humor couldn't do it:
Boy, bring on the next victim!
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THE FRESHMAN STEPS OUT
Permitted for the first time thus
'ar in their university career to
participate in extra-curricular ac-
tivity, the members of the class of,
1932 will begin this week in corn-
petition for positions in campus or-

"WITH THE COURAGE OF HIS
CONVICTIONS"
(The Nation)
An able, outstanding, liberally
minded university president was
Clarence C. Little of the University
of Michigan, whose resignation has
just been accepted by its regents.
For four years he tried to work
with the machine which has made
of Michigan one of the most rigid
of our great State educational in-
stitutions. He failed, and no more
discouraging news. has come out of
the college world for some time
past. The lesson of it is that here
is another place where a man of
charm, distinction, intellectual
courage, and advanced thought in
the field of teaching is not wanted.
It is said that he went too fast;
that he was too far ahead of his
time; that he .wanted to introduce
Eastern college methods into the
Western college world; that he was
too outspoken. The truth is that
he believed in birth control and
said so, with the result that the
Catholics in the State rose in arms
against him. He did not believe in
the narrow nationalism of the
Daughters of the American Revo-
lution, and he said so, and there
were the inevitable vindictive re-
plies. He thought that respect for
the law should be upheld on the
campus, and therefore he invited
in the prohibition officers to dis-
cover violations of the Volstead law,
if they could, and that made the
students angry. He opened the
university to all kinds of opinions,
and that was resented. In other
words, he was a reformer with the
courage of his convictions, and he
paid the price in this reactionary
age.
Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to he brief,
confining themselves to less than 300
words i possible. Anonymous com-
munications will be disregarded. The
names of communicants will, however,
he regarded as confidential, upon re-
qu st. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
THE STUDY OF GERMAN
To the Editor:f
Although Germany was defeated
in the Great war, she is still in ex-
istence, and German civilization is
am .Iong the foremost in Europe.
S-ermany is great in literature, sci-
Se~n,, art, philosophy, and music.
i, 1he art of writing history as well
as in educational theory and prac-
tice she is preeminent. As for
thoroughness in every branch of
human activity one may doubt
whether any country can equal her.
Perhaps the greatest contribu-
tion by Germany to the advance-
ment of the world was the Protest-
ant Reformation ushered in. by
Martin Luther. Among the coun-
tries which, outside of Germany,
accepted the Reformation most
readily were England and America.
As for literature, yesterday it was
Goethe-not inferior to Homer and
Dante-, it was Schiller, Lessing,
and Heine. In philosophy it was
Hegel, Kant, Schopenhauer, and
others; in music it was Mozart, Bee-
thoven, and Wagner. Today it is
Einstein, Emil Ludwig, Feuchtwan-
ger, Thomas Mann, and Count
Keyserling.
The greatest psychoanalysts,
Jung, Freud, and Adler, although
not Germans, w.write their books
in the German language.

As regards German-American re-
lations it may not be generally
known that from 12 to 15 million
persons of German descent helped
build up our country. There is an-
othir fact that one is apt to for-
get, namely that a goodly number
of our best scholars received their
training in German universities.
As a token of gratitude and esteem,
the recent gift of $500,000 to Heid-
elberg university tells its own tale.-
Incidently it may be noted here
that in Europe German is studied
more extensively than any other

"THE MARQUISE"
A Review by R. Leslie Askren
Mimes, with "The Marquise" as,
the opener of their stock season,
have done two. things wonderfully
well, and one lamentably badly.1
The combination of the three, for
the first two acts at least of Noel
Coward's charming comedy, almost
compelled a not at all blase critic
to leave the theatre. But not
quite, principally because the repu-
tation that Mimes have built up
and the fine writing with which
Coward has purveyed his piece on
the charming artificialities of court
life forever revived hope that the
show would pick itself up in the
not too distant future and prove
somewhat amusing. It really could
be if given half a chance. The re-
vival occurred in the last of the
second act and carried through to
the last.
The lamentable situation is un-:
inspired students trying to do high
comedy when they should stick to
melodrama, or at least the
straighter forms of drama. Perhaps
"The Marquise" is a fair index of
Mimes' abilities under the present
circumstances of only mediocre
student talent. Mr. Shuter's suc-
cess could go no further than pro-
viding a gorgeous st and magni-
ficent costumes-the original cos-
tumes, it is said, though the pro-
gram said nothing. Certainly it
did not extend to directing, nor for
that matter, to casting.
Outstanding for performance is
preeminently Dick Kurvinck who
gave magnificent grace and sparkle
to his interpretation of the cour-
tierly Esteban de Santaguano. His
version was distinctly consistent
with the lines which playwright
Coward had given him, something
which could not be said for Mlle.
Rankin as La Marquise, nor for
Norman Brown, the unwisely lov-
ing Jacques Rijar. Miss Rankin's
conception of her role is certainly
the one most within her range but
it brings serious inconsistencies
without compensating with any-
thing approaching the charm
which Billie Burke gave. Miss
Thelma Lewis as fatuous Adrienne
who rebels against conventional
marriage of convenience can only
be judged as inadequate,-which is
most damning, but yet most true.
James Cash is an iiteresting
study of a proper interpretation
,marred by limited capacities. His
I idea of the role is indisputable but
he cannot make emotion real. It
becomes borcsome because his
voice has no range. And his stiff-
ness of bearing violently belies his
younger reputation as a hell raiser
and the marquise's final profession
of love for him. A Puritan is
strangely unlovable, even in spite
of himself. As foil to Esteban and
la Marquise he had his merits,
however, particularly with Miss
Rankin's interpretation which
made the charming courtesan a
much more scheming, crafty per-
son than one might suppose from
some of the lines.
From this point of view Coward's
play becomes Comedy of Manners
with brittle artificiality and immor-
ality for the play's sake, rather
than high comedy with more subtle
motivation for such realities as
childien and similar embarrass-
ments to passionate love.
George Preihs again, as Father
Clement, made much out of noth-
ing, while Tremble in. the role of
the faithful Hubert did rather bet-
ter than his employer at times.

Charles Marcotte as Miguel, just
another illegitimate and not at all
in love with the ditto Adrienne,
was most illegitimately stiff and
wooden. The appalling puritannical
fruit of a delightful paganism, and
the audience insisted on laughing
where they really should not have.
Kurvink makes the show worth-
while, not the least o. his fine
points being his legs which are
distinctly in the period, while the
setting design and the furniture
combine to round off an evening of
very mixed pleasure.
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RACHMANINOFF CONCERT
Sergei Rachmaninoff, the distin-
guished piano composer, will be
heard for the second time in Ann
Arbor, on Wednesday night, Febru-!
ary 13, when he will give a recital

engagements with the leading sym-
phony orchestras as soloist and
visiting conductor.
The popularity of his music, sym-
phonic, choral, for the piano, and
for the voice have also aided him
in securing a suddenness of recog-
nition which has hardly been ac-
corded to any other musician in i
recent years.
Mr. Rachmaninoff is chiefly
noted as a pianist for his fine in-
terpretative and imaginative abil-
ity. Whether he is employing his
powers upon a transparent, ancient
piece, a many voiced sonata of
Beethoven, a tone-poem of Chopin,
a pictorial or lyric fancy by a fel-
low Russian, his playing is a mir-
ror of the chosen music. Ann
Arbor should be especially interest-
ed in hearing some of his own com-
positions which will be doubly in-
teresting for their merit and the
illuminating interpretation their
own composer will be capable of
giving them.
The program which he has
built for his Ann Arbor concert will
appeal, to the artistic minded. It
follows:
Sonata, No. 14............ Mozart
Allegro
Adagio

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Allegretto
(a) Sonata, D-minor....
(b) Sonata, C-major....Scarlatti
Carnaval ...............Schumann
Preambule-Pierrot-Arlequin
Valse noble-Eusebius-Florestan
Coquette - Replique - Sphlynxes
Papillons
Lettres dansantes-Chiarina
Chopin - Estrella - Reconnais-
sance
Patalon et.Colombine-Valse al-
lemande
Paganini - Aveu - Promenada-j
Pause
Marche des Davidsbundler
(a) Nocturne..........
(b) Valse................Chopin
(c) Ballade.. .
(a) Moment Musical.Rachmaninoff
(b) Liebesfreud......
...........Kreisler-Rachmaninoff
"JARNEGAN"
Holding the boards for the bal-
ance of this week at the Shubert
Lafayette is Jim Tully's "Jarne-
gan," as dramatized from the novel
by Charles. Beahan and Garrett
Fort. Richard Bennett and the,
complete cast from New York make

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the show an exact if sensational
interpretation of Tully's occasion-
ally lurid ideas. The only excep-
tion is Joan Bennett. Before her
father was successfully hounded
into accepting the role of Jarnegan
the young lady spent some nine
months futilely wandering from
one movie casting office to an-
other. "Once an extra, maybe a
star"-but the charming Joan did
not get even so far. Then came her
success as Daisy with Daddy Rich-
ard. This time the movies offered
so much that a Broadway success
seemed piddling, financially speak-
ing. A sober mind would have ac-
cepted the offer; she did. The show
carries on with only Bennett pere
to represent the family, another
dancer actress daughter, Barbara,
having deserted spinsterhood to
marry tenor Morton Downey. She,
however, was not in "Jarnegan."
The virtue of the sensational ele-
ments in "Jarnegan" is the -con-
trast they afford in the struggle
that goes on in the character Jar-
negan, poet-bum, and movie direc-
tor extraordinary.
Tulley boasts exact drawing from
life throughout the show with the
single exception of Jarnegan who
is a compgsite of three men-one is
tempted to suppose, Jim Tully,
Tully, and Jim.
R. L.A.
DALIES FRANTZ CONCERT
Dalies Frantz, talented young
pianist, will again appear in con-
cert this evening in the auditorium
of the School of Music. Mr. Frantz
has appeared twice previously this
year, one in a full Brahms program,
and later on a Sunday afternoon
concert ii Hill Auditorium. His
program this evening will include
works of Bach, Beethoven, and
others.
Mr. Frantz has just returned
from a series of six children's con-

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in the Choral Union series in Hill certs in Kansas City where he play-
Auditorium. ed with Mr. Guy Maier, his teacher.

The appearance of Mr. Rachman-
inoff will undoubtedly be pleasing1
to Ann Arbor concert goers. His
reputation as a composer andt
pianist has steadily grown in this

This week he will make his debut
in Boston as well as playing in
Detroit, Springfield, New York, and
Brookline.
Probably one of the most bril-

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