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Irving Binzer
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Vernor Davis
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Dix Humphrey
Marion Kerr
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Jack Rose
Carl F. Schemm
Sherwood Upton

Agnes Herwig e YMarie Wellstead
Walter Yeagley
Perennially the so-called question
of deferred rushing arises at the
University. In the past the matter
has been almost entirely in the.
hands of the innocuous Interfra-
ternity council; but this year, by
a strange twist of fate, the Senate
Committee of Student Affairs has
taken the matter in hands and defi-
nite action of some variety or an-
other is likely to be taken.
That the present system of rush-
ing has flaws is not to be denied;
but that any plan of long-deferred
rushing has equivalent flaws is
likewise unequivocal. For the sake
of brevity it may be well to list
these disadvantages which a plan
to defer rushing until after spring
vacation would have, since most of
them need no explanation:
1. In a University the size of Mich-
igan close supervision of rushing
by the administrative authorities
is impossible, putting a premium
of dishonesty under any system
of deferred rushing.
2. By postponing all pledging un-
til after spring vacation, frater-
nities would be reduced from four
classes to three, which would
mean a serious weakening of
the fraternity system that needs
as much continuity as possible.
3. By postponing pledging from
September until April, the defer-
red rushing plan would mean
that the most desirable freshmen
would be in a position to twist
the tails of fraternities during the
entire year. It would mean a
constan strain on the fraterni-
ties, on the other hand, to be
continuously "playing up" to
these men.
4. The plan would mean that the
freshmen themselves would be
unsettled during an entire year
in an attempt to impress proper-
ly the fraternity they desire.
5. It presents no advantage over
the present plan because any
freshman who really wants to,,
can wait now until the end of the1
second semester before pledging3
6. From a purely commercial?
standpoint the plan would be un-
fair to houses which plan on
freshmen to finance their dining
room. If there are 60 fraternitiesj

fraternity at any time. Under
the present system he has more
than a semester on the inside of.
the fraternity before he is re-
quired to make up his mind. Un-
der the proposed plan he will
have nothing more than a year
of heresay and a month of knowl-
edge on which to act. The ad--
vantage of the proposed scheme
is not clear on that basis.
If a long deferred plan presents
all these difficulties, then, and the
present system is unsatisfactory it
follows that some middle course
would probably be advisable. The
sororities at the present time have
a plan which has avoided most of
the unpleasantness of the fraterni-
ty system, and which has not
brought with it the evils of long-
deferred rushing. Quite likely a
rule which would prevent more
than three engagements with the
same man on the part of any fra-
ternity, and which would prevent
any pledging until the end of a ten-
day period would clear the situa-
tion vastly. It would mean, at least,
that the present "Pound them on
the head and drag them in" policy
would be at an end.
Whatever the final plan, how-
ever, if any plan is finally adopted,
such a scheme must take care lest
the present fraternity rushing sys-
tem be thrown from the frying pan
into the fire, if it is in the frying
pan now. Certain it is that the
project which will defer rushing
until the end of the first year is not
totally good on the face of things.
The Saturday night dances in
fraternity houses on the week-ends
of football games have returned,
and from the standpoint of the
new regulations imposed by the of-
fice of the dean of students, ap-
pear to be successful. As the Uni-
versity requirements have made
closed dances necessary for these
nights, the holding of the great
majority of dances on last Friday
night has brought out an interest-
ng phase of campus life and has
showed that an open dance is more
popular at this time of the year.
Last year, no dances were al-
lowed for the nights of football
games. This year, permission was
granted to hold these dances by the
Senate Committee on Student Af-
fairs after it had accepted the rec-
ommendations of the Interfrater-
nity council. These were: that the
dances should be strictly closed,
that the chaperone must be a mem-
ber of the University senate or a
parent of a member of the active
chapter, and that the house presi-
dent make a full report concerning
the party after it was over, includ-
ing suggestions for improvement in
handling the situation and an ac-
count of what took place.
The week-end of the Indiana
1 game showed that Friday night
dances were due to be more popu-
lar, and this fact was brought out
more emphatically last week-end
of the Wisconsin game when the
town took on a real football atmos-
phere for the first time this fall.
The present rule, however, is the
best for this year. If the frater-
nity wants friends present, the
dances may be held on Friday
night. Saturday night too often
sees unnecessary exuberance on the
part of both alumni and students.
I Campus Opinion

Contributors are asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than 300
word it possible. Anonymous com-
munications will be disregarded. The
names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
To the Editor:
If there must be an era of re-
form in this University, it seems
only fair that there should be a
reform in administration as well as
participation. The football season
has arrived again and the usual
ticket confusion has arisen. In the
past many complaints have beenI
made, but never any strong enough,
seemingly, for the Athletic associa-
tion has never bothered to answer.
We understand why bond-holders
should have good seats, but we
wonder how many. We realize the
right of the M club. We believe
that the visitors should have the
best seats. We accepted with resig-
nation the poor seats we received
as freshmen and again as soph-
omores.We understand why foot-
ball men should be granted manyl
good seats. However, we are doubt-+
ful as to the number of seats that
are really used by the above classes.
We do not believe that any- alum-
nus claims the right to a better
seat than we. We do not under-
stand why outsiders can, a day be-
fore the game, purchase tickets,

Get that directory!
They get the dollar; you get
the directory!
* * *
A beautiful mustard colored work
of art to insert between your
Shakespeare and Balzac.-
* * *
Now you can find her name
and address.. Phone her one for
* * *
Four years on the campus and
our name has been right every
tim.e Fear must have been struck
into the hearts of the Directory
* * *
We've already memorized
three pages of the directory.
wanta hear--Smith, Smith,
Smith ....
* * *
Here's to the frosh, so entranced
by the pretty directory saleslady
that he bought four copies of the
accursed book.
* * *
Now that the directory is out,
what does it direct us to? - Merely
lots of unheeded phone calls and
blind dates.
Joe Zilch said that he liked read-
ing the advertisements instead of
the names, cause they weren't so
hard to pronounce.
a* *,*
"Now we've got you, Faculty,"
chimed in Dumb Dora-" We
know what the * means.. No,
we'll never smile at you again."
S* * *
Now that the directory's out, we'll
never go near the S. C. A., even if
their lists did get us that good
* * * *
Only two deaths have been re-
ported from students whose names
have been omitted.
* * *
One look at Helen Newberry's list
of inmates tells us immediatelyl
why'the phone is always busy.
No, it's because there's only one
phone to a floor.
* * *
We hope that somebody in
our house buys a directory.
* * *

Tonight: Comedy Club present
Sardo's "Diplomacy" in the
Mimes Theatre, at 8:15 o'clock.
A review by Kenneth G. PatrickI
With an opening curtain that has
never been surpassed for technique
by any other production on the
Whitney stage for years, the The-
ater Guild production of the Hey-
ward play of intense negro life
made its bow to an Ann Arbor aud-
ience yesterday. It is not to be
wondered that "Porgy" has made
the deep impression upon seasoned
theater-goers that it has. The
thrilling, surging, sobbing under-
current of emotion carries with it
those on the near side of the foot-
lights and holds their attention
with unwavering effect. What the
Pulitzer prize "In Abraham' Bo-
som" only began to do, "Porgy"
does with completeness and show-
manship that is refreshing and
There is little attempt on the part I
of the actors to put words andl
phrases across to the audience!
They are content with presenting a
panoramic effect, a huge jumble of
mouthings,aimprecations, dances,
spirituals and flashing emotional-
ism. At no point in the series of
nine scenes does the tension lag-
there are not telling dramatic
weaknesses. In "Porgy" one sees
a further sign of the return of the
true function of the theater-the i
representation of experience that is
strange, true, gripping, and funda-
mental. There is no separation of
the actor from the whole scene. Op- !
portunity is not given the auditor
to indulge in vague conjectures re-
garding the offstage personalities.
Rose McClendon and Frank Wil-
son, carrying the roles of Porgy and
Serena, doubtless deserve praise for
their work, but it is extremely dif-
ficult to separate individuals from
the picture of Catfish Row in its]
conglomeration of almost savage
character and portrayal. This is
the highest praise that a mere
member of the audience. can give
the play. Most effective use of
stage effects in the setting of the
negro quarter and play of light and
shadow in the seance-like singing
groups, crooning and shouting over
bodies lost in the hurricane,
serves to set off the really small
amount of action with vivid reality.
However it is the great undertone
of life in Catfish Row that leaves
its mark upon the observer, not the
interplay of the human events. The
whole play is like a savage sym-
phony, each small section of which
is unintelligible by itself, but which
blends perfectly with the rest.
* * *
A review by R. Leslie Askren
Comedy Club have again man-
aged, in spite of the competition of
Iprofessional attraction, almost to'
pack the Mimes theatre with an
enthusiastic and appreciative audi-
ence for Sardou's "Diplomacy." Last
night's production was by way of
being a notable triumph for the
club in a number of different di-
Beset by innumerable difficulties
in obtaining a script early enough
in the Fall to make a conscientious
production possible; seriously
troubled with the inevitable prob-
lem of fitting a number of almost
unknown new members into a dif-,
ficult play, and unable to secure
enough theater practice-in spite
of Mime's kindness-Comedy Club
have managedbyheroic methods of
direction and rehearsal to put on a C
really smooth and accurately 'click-
ing' performance of "Diplomacy."
Credit for really fine dramatic
work must go particularly to
George Preihs for his extraordin-
arily fine performance as Baron
Stein, to George Johnson for his
keen comic sense in the role of the
silly-ass, Algy Fairfax, to Robert

l Adams for his work in the last act
whereby he pulled himself out of a
bad hole and gave an interpreta-
tion with the finnesses which the
part demanded. Among the much-
too-fair actress Lorinda McAn-
drew's interpretation of the "heavy"
Comtess Zicka and Lillian Setchell's:
handling of the "beautfiul but
dumb" Dora part were the out-
standing bits. Leone Lee as the
French maid in conspiracy with her'
mistress played an exceedingly ap-
pealing part.
Among the principals two play-
ers, in spite of very uneven perfor-
mances deserve comment. Charles
Peake, as Julian Beauclerc, only at
times seemed able to grasp and
convey the youthful sincerety and
awkward passion the part required.
When he did he made the young at-:
tache a very appealing figure. At
other times he seemed confused,
unsure of himself, and his perform-
ance was correspondingly stiff and
unreal. Thurston Thieme as
Count Orloff possesses as marvelous
Russian accent. Poor casting makes
his interpretation of the Russian
spy somewhat of a travesty, but his
efforts show an understanding of
the demands of the part in spite of
his handicaps.
The ensemble of the play itself

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dear li'l book.
* * *

one for all
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Yellow hardly seems appropriate.
Considering all the potent informa-
tion betwixt those them there
covers, red would be more suitable.
* * *
What's the extra quarter for?
Wasn't the price outrageous
enough last year?
* * *
Think what else you could
buy for a dollar. Two tickets
for the Wisconsin. Yes, and
think what you couldn't.
* * *
* * *
A Drama
Student rushes up to "jolie
femme," giving away smiles with
a directory: Gotta-directory? Here's
the dollar. (Turning anxiously,
fearfully, to where his name should





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* * *
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* * *
All freshman classes were excused
last Monday because the frosh
hadn't yet returned from their
seats at the Wisconsin game.
Tillotson plans to use tem-
porary stands for the Illinois
game Saturday. Well, anyway
the senior class will be able to
sit together.
* * *
It would be nice if the Tillotson
family, clan, and relations would
have a reunion in California thisf
coming Saturday so that the fresh-
men could at least be allowed in
the stadium.,
* * *
Oh, tell us, oh, tell us, has
Cora dropped from the porch
down that nickel yet?
* * *

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