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As Student Of Lighting Effects
Artist Presents Effective
Character Portrayals
J. W. Zellner, spoken of as the
"Protean Characterist," who will
present his "Flashes from Life and
Literature" on Monday night, Dec.
10, in Hill auditorium as the third
number of the current Oratorical
association program, is one of the
most interesting artists"of a de-
cade. He presents his characteriza-
tions in full costume, with an aver-
age changing time of 30 seconds.
Holding that true art should con-
ceal art, Zellner makes all of his
changes behind the scenes: A care-
ful student of lighting, both por-
trait and theatrical, makes it possi-
ble for him to present each figure
in a distinct lighting effect def-
initely suggestive of thenmood and
atmosphere of the scene.
Program Is Unique
His repertoire for this season
composes a program of startling
uniqueness. Drama, romance, and
the colorful incidents of history are
recalled by his characterizations of
"Socrates," "Mephisto," "Benedict
Arnold," "Moses," "John Brown,"
and "Faust."
A fine sense of dramatic values,
together with long years of care-
ful research and authoritative
study of the physical and mental
characteristics of the people he
portrays, have made it possible for
Zelner to present them with faith-
ful correctness to the most minute
Zellner, it is reported, make por-
trait sketches - in pencil and in
color as a preliminary study for the
preparation of new characters. He
works many of them out in life-
size busts in clay in order to at-
tain a more accurate feeling of the
expression and makeup.
The dramatic material presented
is for. the most part original or
carefully dramatized from original
sources. Each number is a finish-
ed feature in itself: a distinctive fig-
ure, carved out with careful skill,
and finally animated by the power
of voice and action.
Changes Behind Scenes
Changes are effected from be-
hind a silk curtain. Dull lights
are arranged to hold the attention
of the audience during these
changes as the artist explains the
nature of the next number while
arranging costume and makeup.
Sixteen characters of distinction, in
full costume, appear in rapid suc-
cession within an hour and a half
and run the gamut from slap-stick
comedy to the, finest heights of
drama. The longest change re-
quires 40 seconds although some
take no more than six or eight!
The Faust-Mephisto transforma-
tion is made in a moment. And in
many of the characterizations
there is no noticeable wait. Usually
there is scarcely time for a relapse
between the conclusion of one
number and the appearance of an-
other, totally different.
Zelner's production may be said
to mark a distinct departure from
all other forms of dramatic en-

tertainment. For elaborateness of
setting, richness of costuming,
splendor of color and lighting,
variety and distinction of char-
acters, swiftness of movement and
uniqueness of presentation, his
number is different from any other
on the American platform of the
Wood Will Address
International Forum
Prof. Arthur E. Wood, of the so-
ciology department will be the fac-
ulty speaker at the next interna-
tional forum to be held at 4:15
o'clock tomororw afternoon in
Lane hall. He will lead an infor-
mal discussion on immigration.
Several foreign students will be
asked to give their experiences in
regard to that subject.
Th foium is the third of a series


Tryouts for students who will be,
second semester freshmen during
the spring semester, and who will
be scholastically eligible for partic-!
ipation in public activities, will be
held beginning with the first week
of the new semester by the editorial!
and business staffs of the three
major student publications located;
in the Press. building.
Students interested in availingI
themselves of the opportunities of-;
fered by the three publications, The
Daily, campus newspaper, the Gar-I
goyle, campus humor monthly, and
the Michiganensian, annual publi-
cation of the senior classes are be-
ing urged to satisfy all eligibility
requirements this semester and to
plan to try out in February.
Those second semester freshmen
who follow this program will find
themselves in the best position not
only to gain the business or editor-
ial experience in which they are
Negative Trio Will Go To Columbus
And Meet Ohio State
On Thursday
Michigan's affirmative Varsity!
debate team will meet a team rep-
resenting the University of Indiana
in Hill auditorium on Wednesday
night, December 12, Prof. James M.
O'Neill, head of the Speech depart-
ment, announced yesterday.
The negative trio will go to Co-
lumbus, Ohio, where they will en-!
gage the affirmative team of Ohio
State on Thursday night, Decem-
ber 13. Both contests were origin-
ally scheduled for December 13, but
inability to secure Hill auditorium
on that date necessitated holding
the debate here a day earlier, ac-
cording to Professor O'Neill.
The teams, which were chosen
from the members of the Speech 81
classes, are: affirmative, Ormond
J. Drake, '30Ed., Howard Simon, '30,
and Paul Franseth, '29; negative,'
Lawrence Hartwig, '31, Paul J.
Kern, '29, and Stanley Dimond,I
The question which will be con-
sidered in the debates is Resolved
that the Senate of the United
States should ratify the Paris Pact
without reservations.
Because the contests are less'
than two weeks away, the teams
will be compelled to put in some,
intensive practice during this short
period, Professor O'Neill stated.
Other members of Speech 81 willj

most interested but also to gain
recognition in that field as a cam-
pus activity.
Under the system followed by
these publications under the super-
vision of the Board in Control of
Student Publications, after a try-
out period, qualified students are
advanced to the position of staff
members. From the junior mem- i
bers of the various staffs, the Board
selects managing editors and busi-
ness managers in the spring of
each year.
These managing editors and busi-
ness managers form the executive
heads of the publications and in'
turn choose from among their
sophomore staff members the per-
sonnel of their upper staffs. It is
from these upper staffs that the
appointments are made by the
Board to executive positions. In
addition to their importance to the
publication, these positions rank
among the highest obtainable in
campus activities.
As such, the business staffs of
the three publications offer ex-
tended opportunities for experience
in the fields of business manage-
ment, accounting, bookkeeping, ad-k
vertising, and distribution prob-
lems, whle the editorial staffs offer
opportunities for the writing of
humor, literary and music and
drama criticisms, straight news,
editorialsandrmore dignified ex-
pository matter.
Coolidge Sends Congratulations
And Message Of Good-Will
To New Executive
(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30-Presi-
dent Coolidge today sent a message
to provisional president Emilio Por-
tes Gil, of Mexico, saying:
"Upon the occasion of your in-
auguration as provisional president
of Mexico, I wish to express my
sincere good wishes for the success
of,your administration and for the
prosperity and happiness of ther
people of Mexico."
(By Associated Press)
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 30-Emilio
Portes Gil is provisional president
of Mexico to serve one year until
a regular president is elected. He
took over the reigns of govern-
,~~~~ ~ dnr edic ni 1rar hip Ad-

Aileen Yeo, '30, And Paul Kern, '29,
Lead Four Hundred Couples
In Grand MarchI
Amid tall and stately standards
filled with russet giant 'mums,
softly shaded lights and glaring1
spot-lights, and gentle swaying of
plumelike wall decorations, four
hundred couples danced to varying
music last night in the Union Ball-
room at the sixth annual Pan-I
Hellenic ball.'
The ballroom was gorgeously dec-
orated in rich harmonizing colors
of autumn, and the soft tones of
Iforest green, burnt .orange, russet,
k bronze, and amber, all formed aj
fitting background for the bright-
ly hued eveiing gowns.;
All attention from the very first
bu~rst of syncopating music was
centered on the orchestra, which1
sat enthroned in a floral pit of
dark green cedar boughs, studded
with yellow pompoms. Around
the walls, covering the panels, were
huge fan-like clusters of deep red,
green, and natural plumes of grass
specially imported for the occasion I
by way of Florida from Argentina.
Groups of palms and ferns werei
clustered in spaces along the walls,
and tall Spanish urns and Italian
oil vases were also filled 'mums and
placed along the walls..
A huge bunch of the grassI
stretched gracefully up over the
fireplace to the ceiling.
The different windows of the
balcony were decorated pictur-
esquely in a Spanish motif, and
several contained real Spanish
street lights. The chaperones''
booth was also effectively screened
with palms and vases of the giant
The grand march formed about'
11 o'clock and was led by MissI
Aileen Yeo, '30, general chairman+
of the event, and Paul J. Kern, '29,,
her partner.
The couples entered the ball-
room in double file, marchedto the
(Continued on Page Five)
All principals, teachers, and
executives of private schools of
southeastern Michigan have been
invited to attend a conference to
be held by the Inspection Division
of the Department of Public In-
struction and the University on
Tuesday, December. 4, at the City
College of Detroit. The morning
session will begin at 10 o'clock and
the afternoon session at 1:30
Those men who will speak on
he conference program from the
University are: Ira M. Smith,
Registrar, on "From High School to
College"; Prof. Charles S. Berry, of
the School of Education, on "Edu-
cation of Exceptional Children in
E the Smaller School Systems"; Prof.
. B. Edmonson, of the School of
I Education, on "Training Pupils in
SHigher Education"; and Dr. George

Crrother, nversityhigh school
inspector, on "The Deficiencies andj
Excellencies of Schools as Re-
vealed in the Inspectors' Report.''
Judging from the reports from
those in attendance at the pervious,
I conferences held this year, the
conference committee believes that
this special meeting for private
and parochial schools will be of
1value to all.

By way of celebration of their
overwhelming victory over the
sophomores in the annual Fall
games, the first incidentally of any
freshman class since the present
junior class began its unbroken
record in the fall of 1926, mem-
bers of the class of 1932 will assem-
ble at an all-freshman banquet to
be held at 6:15 o'clock Wednesday
night, Dec. 5, in the ballroom of
the Union.
Tickets for the affair are now on
sale and may be secured either at
the main desk in the lobby of the
Union or from Union committee-
men. The price is $1.25 a plate.
Three speakers have been se-
cured for the evening and it is very
possible that a fourth will be added
to the program although the pos-
sibility of this event has not been
determined as yet. Announcement
of any change in the program will
be made at a later date.
Prof. Fielding H. Yost, director of
athletics and professor of the
theory and practice of intercolle-
giate athletics, will be the principal
speaker of the evening, according
to present plans. Professor Yost,
in addition to being known from
coast to coast for the football
teams and record which he "has
built up at Michigan, is a popular
speaker, being regularly listed by
the Alumni association and other
bodies for speeches.
Kenneth Schaefer, '29, recording
secretary of the Union and presi-
dent of the senior literary class,
has been selected as the student
speaker to address the freshman
gathering. Prof. Waldo Abbot of
Public Sale Of 1928 Union Opera
Tickets To Continue
All Next Week
. Ticket applications for the Ann
Arbor performances of "Rainbow's
End," the 1928 Michigan Union
opera, will be securable to all stu-
dents and outsiders next week, it
was announced late yesterday by
the opera management.
"Rainbow's End," which is the
23rd annual Union opera, will open
Dec. 10, at the Whitney theater,
and will continue its run at the
Ann Arbor play house for six days.
It will then leave on a tour of 14
cities, including Detroit, New York,
Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati,
and Chicago.
Performances in Ann Arbor will
be given in the evenings from Dec.
10 to 14, inclusive, and at a matinee
Saturday, Dec. 15. These are the
only offerings made by the opera
in Ann Arbor, as it does not play
here following the tour of eastern
and western cities.
For the local performances, tic-
ket applications will be available
next week. Men students of the
University and outsiders can se-
cure them from 2 to 5 o'clock in
the afternoons of Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, and
7, at the main desk in the Union
A special sale for women stu-
dents will be had from 2 to 5
o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Dec.
4, at the box office in Hill audi-
torium. A general sale for every-
one will be had from 10 to 5 o'clock
Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Whitney
I theater. Prices for the Ann Arbor
performances range from $3 tc
This year's opera is being con-!
ducted on a more magnificent scal'
than any of the recent productions.


the rhetoric department, "roast-
master" of Sigma Delta Chi's an-
nual gridiron banquet for the past
two years is to act as toastmaster
for the affair.
Music will be furnished during
the meal by the Union orchestra.
The Omer-Loomis orchestra, as it
is known, is under the personal di-;
rection of "Bill" Suthers and plays
regularly each Friday and Satur-
day night at the Union member-
ship dances.
Additional tang will be added to
the evening's program by songs
and yells of Michigan and of the
class of 1932, honoring the class
triumph in the annual contests
with the sophomores.
If the banquet proves to be .a
success and is fully accepted by the
class, it is planned, according to
William E. Nissen, '29, president of
the Union, to make the dinner an
annual affair.j
Brevity Of Last Bulletin Gives No
Comfort To Those Anxiously
Awaiting Good News 7
(By Associated Press)3
LONDON, Nov. 30.-The brevity
of tonight's bulletin on the condi-
tion of King George gave little
comfort to an anxious empire, fol-
lowing, as it did, upon a statement
today that it was not impossible
for his illness to enter anacute
While Sir Humphrey Ralleston,
offered his consultative opinion to
the earlier bulletin, tonight's bul-
letin was signed only by Sir Stan-.
ley Hewett and Lord Dawson of
Penn. It said simply "that the,
condition of the King shows no
change this evening."
More informative was the state-
ment of the afternoon, reading:
"The inflammation of the lung
and pleura shows some improve-
ment. The temperature is slightly'
lower. The time of possible exacer-
bation of the infection, it must be
noted, has not yet been passed and
in any case, progress must be slow."
This summarization of his Maj-
esty's condition after ten days of
struggle against a heavy cold and
pleurisy was issued after a longer
examination than usual and after
consultation with another expert
for the first time in the case.
There was evident disappoint-
ment among the crowd gathered
outside Buckingham palace when
the brief message was posted to-
night. There was comment that no
information whatever was given as
to what sort of day the royal pa-
tient had had.
The fact that the evening bulle-
tin was issued promptly at the ac-
customed hour was interpreted as
a good sign. The anxious British
publicis beginning to realize to
the full that, as the new bulletin
warned, the progress of the case
must be slow.
l Semi-official word that his Maj-
esty was a little better in all re-
spects this morning forestalled any
alarm that the unexpected con-
sultation with Sir Humphrey
(By Associated Press)
DETROIT, Nov. 30.-Ray Miller
?of Chicago, scored a technical
knockout in the seventh round
-over Jimmy ,McLainin of Los An-
geles, in a scheduled ten-round
bout here tonight.




Neophytes Ducked And Forced To
Run Gauntlet Of Royal Police;
Are Introduced To Captain
(By Associated Press)
U. S. S. MARYLAND, Enroute To
Guayaquil, Ecuador, Nov. 30.-
With the equator behind us, the
Hoover good-will ship tonight was
approaching Guayaquil, Ecuador,
its next port of call.
The president-elect and Mrs.
Hoover today enjoyed watching
King Neptune and his royal as-
sistants carry out an initiation of
those on the battleship crossing
the equator for the first time. He
and his wife more than a quarter
of a century ago made their first
trip across the equator and since
then have been known in the par-
lance of the sea as "shell backs."
King Assembles Family
For the initiation today, the
mythical sea kinghad assembled
his royal family and the queen,
the royal princess and the royal
baby, occupied places of honor as
those being initiated were put
through the, ceremony. This con-
sisted in taking bitter pills, a
throat spray, electric shock, , and
splashing of lamp black and crude
oil, and then a ducking in a tank
by the "royal bears." The novices
were finally forced to run the
gauntlet of royal police lined up in
double column down the deck and
applying batons vigorously.
The king and royal court as-
sembled on the forward deck for
a grand parade to the quarter deck
were the whole party was intro-
duced to Captain Kimberly, com-
mahding officer of the Maryland,
and the Hoovers as they paraded
back. The procession included two
coffins, one bearing a marine of-
ficer, the other a naval officer.
They proceeded to the forecastle
deck for the initiation.
Son Is Included
Allan Hoover, son of the presi-
dent-elect, was required to march
with his neck and wrists in stocks,
as were some. of the officers. Half
a dozen newspaper correspondents
who were equipped with morning
clothes for the South America visit,
were summoned as honorary pall-
bearers, marching in full regalia,
but they were given an opportunity
to change into old clothes before
sentenced by the royal court to re-
ceive "the whole works."
Ten members of the Hoover par-
ty were first initiated. The royal
court then attended to seven hun-
dred and fifty of the battle ships
officers and sailors who were
crossing the line for the first time.
Bird Club Members
Arrive For Meeting
Approximately eighty-two mem-
bers of the Wilson orinithological
club, and the Inland bird-banding
association, which are holding joint
annual meetings at the University
Museum, registered for the open-
ing session yesterday, it was an-
At the morning session yester-
day, the delegates were welcomed
by Dr. Alexander G. Ruthven, di-.
rector of the University Museums.
William L. Lyon, of Waukegan, Illi-
nois responded to Dr. Ruthven
The annual dinner of the two
organizations took place at the
Michigan Union, last night.
Today's sessions will be occupied
with another series of short bird
talks. Among others, Dr. L. R.
Dice of the University Museum will
address the members on the Meth-
ods of Expressing Relative Abund-
ance, Dr. Walter Koeltz, also of the

Museum staff will speak on. the
Systematic Status of the Gyrfalcons,
and Professor Ned+Dearborn of the
School of Forestry will speak on
Pet Birds and illustrate his talk.
To Distribute J-Hop
Applications Today
Applications for JJ-Hop tickets

be required to do any research work' ment today and p pely g su-
which the teams desire in order ministration to a continuance of
that the debaters may spend their the policies of President Plutarco
time in improving their delivery. Elias Calles whom he succeeded.
The judge for the debate with' He made special mention o1 his
the University of Indiana here has hope of continuing a mutual under-
not been selected as yet, according standing with the United States.
to Professor O'Neill. The ceremony of administering
the oath of office took less than
half an hour. The grandstands in
Coaches To Attend the national stadium were filled
* with more than 20,000 persons.
Conference MeetingwPortes Gil and President Calles
arrived with the escort of the
Coach Fielding H. Yost, and presidential guard. The salute of
other members of the Michigan twenty-one guns sounded as they
cnahin staff will attend the entered the arena.

schedule conference of the Big Ten
to be held Dec. 7 and 8, at Hotel
Sherman in Chicago, it was an-
nounced yesterday by the Athletic
The schedule conference is an
annual meeting of the coaches of
the Western conference schools to
arrange contests between the varl-
ous schools.

( by Associated Pr'tess)
Lower Michigan, partly cloudy.
Saturday, slightly colder in south-j
east portion; Sunday increasing
cloudiness, probably followed by
rain, somewhat warmer Sunday in
southeast portion.

Presenting the new ideas whichItypes or cycles of plays. These
the Revolution inculcated in the were the historical, the mechancial,
Russian drama was the subject of ! and the political and social ad-
j ,ustment plays. These have been



the lecture delivered by Prof. Hallie p resented by the numerous groups
Flanagan, director of the experi- concerned with the theater fr Opea Settings Are
mental theater at Vassar' college, the accomplished actor to the blue Stig r
yesterday afternoon in Natural blouses who work in the factories Almost Completed
Science auditorium under the title during the day and act in the eve- e
of "The Russian Revolutionary ning.
Theater." Mrs. Flannagan dealt almost I The settings for "Rainbow's
The Russian theater has verit- wholly with the newly developed End," said to be the most specta-
ably become prominent in the last radical trend of the theater in cular and elaborate ever used in a
three years, Professor Flanagan Russia. In order to identify this Michigan Union Opera, are prac-
said, so prominent that it today field she explained that the Rus- tically finished, it was announced
occupies one sixth of the stage sian theater has devided into two yesterday. Fred Redman,' master
space of the world. ( separate channels. The conserva- carpenter of Mimes, and his asso-
"Sweeping everything aside the tive headed by Stanislavski who di- ciates, have been working to the
'war crushed the Russian theater rects in the Moscow Art Theater j utmost to complete the scenic ef-


Lieut. Leonard S. Flo will be the
guest of honor at the dinner at
ywhich there will be present city of-
ficials, merchants, and all those
interested in the advancement of
aviation upon his return here.
Mayor Edward W. Staebler and
Frank B. DeVine, president of the
Ann Arbor Flying club will be the
speakers, it was announced yes-
Messages were received concern-
ing Lieutenant Flo from Havana
where he now is, recovering from

return trip since he is in a much
improved condition now. It has not
been decided whether the return
flight will be a non-stop one or not.
Should Lieutenant Flo find it ad-
visable to attempt such a flight, a
much larger representation of his
home town may be expected to
meet him than was present at his
After the plans for Ann Arbor's
tribute to its own "Lindy" had been
announced publicly, a telegram was
dispatched to Lieutenant Flo at
Havana as follows:

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