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Published every morning except Monday
wuring the University year by the Board in
Control of Student Publications.
Member of Western Comference Editorial
The Associated Press is exclusively en-
titled to the use for republication of all news'
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise
credited in this paper and the local news pub-
fished herein.
Entered at the pnstoffice at Ann Arbor,
Michigan, as second class matter. Special ratea
of postage granted by Third Assistant Post-
wfaster Genera.
Subscription by carrier, $4.o; by mail,
Offices: Ann Arbor Press Building, May-
nsard Street.
Phones: Editorial, 4925; Business, 2s11.
Telephone 4925
Editor... ........ ......Paul J. Kern
City Editor.............. .Nelson J. Smith
News Editor............ Richard C. Kurvink
SportsEditor.................Morris Quinn
Women's Editor............. Sylvia S. Stone
Editor Michigan Weekly....J. Stewart Hooker
Music and Drama.........R. L. Askren
Assistant CityLditor...Lawrence R. Klein
Night Editors
Clarence N. Edelson Charles S. Monroe
Joseph E. Howell Pierce Rosenberg
onald J. Klinc George U. Simons
George C. Tilley
Paul L. Adams C. A. Lewis
Morris Alexander Marian MacDonald
Esther Anderson Henry Merry
C. A. Askren N. S. Pickard
Bertram Askwith Victor Rabinowitz
Louise Behymer Anne 'chell
Arthur Bernstein Rachel Shearer
Seton C. Bovee Robert Silbar
Isabel Charles Howard Simon
L. R. Chubb Robert L. Sloss
Frank E. Cooper Arthur R. Strubel
Helen Domine Edith Thomas
Douglas Edwards Beth Valentine
Valborg Egeland Gurney Williams
Robert J. Feldman Walter Wilds
Marjorie Follmer George E. Wohlgemuth
William Gentry Robert Woodroofe
Lawrence Hartwig Joseph A. Russell
Richard Jung. Cadwell Swanson
Charles R. Kaufman A. Stewart
Ruth Kelsey Edward L. Warner Jr.
Donald E. Layman Cleland Wyllie
Telephone 21214
Aiwistant Manager-RAYMOND WACHTER
AdvrtiingDepartment Managers cee
Advertising.......... ..Alex x K. Scherer
Advertising...............A. James Jordan
Advertising ............. Carl W. Hammer
Service ...............Herbert E. Varnum
Circulation .................George S. Bradley
Accounts............. Lawrence E. Walkley
Publications...............Ray M. Hofelich

Irving Binzer
Donald Black tone
Mary Chase
Jeanette Dale
Vernor Davis
Bessie Egeland
Helen Geer
Ann Goldberg
Kasper Halverson
George Hamilton
Agnes Herwig

Jack Horwich
Dix Humphrey
Marion Kerr
Lillian Kovinsky
Bernard Larson
Leonard Littlejohn
Hollister Mabley
Jack Rose
Carl F. Schenm
Sherwood Upton
Marie Wellstead

Night Editor-DONALD J. KLINE'
Sphinx, suspended from activity
for an indefinite period, has been
told by University officials that its
initiation methods do not meet
with official approval. Lacking
evidence that any members were
sufficiently under the influence of
liquor during the recent initiation
to warrant their being dropped
from the University, the Senate
committee did the next most dras-
tic thing in its power and dropped
Aside from the question of
whether or not the committee was
justified in taking such punitive
action on the basis of the facts,
several inconsistencies !have long
been present in Sphinx initiations
that have been open to question
and correction.
The incident in which three
neophytes of the society were
scalded during the initiation proc-
ess was at best an unfortunate one.
Some ordeal, unquestionably, is
desireable to impress the cardinal
virtue of humility upon. the initi-
ates, but the public announcement
of the honor being conferred
upon them should not be allowed
to take the form of public torture.
Sphinx initiations in. the past,
however, have never been so bad
or so destructive as to be deserving
of total abolishment or even of
complete revision. The ceremony,
characterized by pistol shots and
erratic capers through the city's
streets has rather been one of the
most picturesque and memorable
of the college year.
No one will deny in the face of
recent events that the society
merited a rebuke. But the Senate
committee has cured the disease
by killing the patient-rebuked an
evident lack of caution by remov-
ing the society, and swept away at
the samo time an organization de-
signed to foster good fellowship
and service to Michigan.
Wrathy powers might have been
offended by anything less than
suspension for Sphinx, but punish-!
ment via supervision would have!
come closer to fitting the crime. As
the matter stands now, Sphinx,
promising a more dignified initi-
ation, cannot justly be denied its
petition for reestablshment.

particularly modified by the first
paragraph of the accompanying
news story which read in part,
"The entire 22 members of Sphinx
society, junior literary class organ-
ization of the University of Michi-.
gan, were suspended today by the;
senate committee on student af-
The statement, of course, is anl
obvious misrepresentation of fact
based upon an equally obvious mis-
understanding of the decision of
the senate committee. In this in-
stance, the error was totally un-
necessaiy and decidedly to be re-
gretted. That it should be the sec-
ond breath of fact as well of jour-
nalistic ethics committed by the
Tribune in as many stories con-
cerning the meeting of the com-
mittee, moreover,- places the mat-
ter in a decidedly serious light.
Twice in the case of the Sphinx
investigation and at least on one
other occasion in the past three
months, the Tribune has carried
stories from Ann Arbor based, per-
haps, upon some kernel of truth
but so grossly exaggerated and
distorted to preclude all possibility
of even the most informed reader
discerning between the truth and
error of statement.
Any code of newsl aper ethics or
journalistic policy which author-
izes or seeks to justify such acts of
sensationalism cannot be denounc-
ed too loudly nor its practices too
often condemned. They and the;
acts which they seek to uphold are
a disgrace to newspapers and
newspapermen everywhere. The
sooner they are repudiated the bet-
ter will be the situation for all
Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked 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 regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should nut be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
To the Editor:
In your editorial on December
6th under the title "This Dormitory
Problem" you make certain state-
ments in regard to the proposed
location of the dormitory for wo-
men in relation to the University
Hospital which, to put it mildly,
are highly insulting both to the
management and the personnel of
that division of the University. You
"The University hospital,
through its necessary func-
tions, attracts large numbers
of men of a very low and de-
spicable sort, many of them as
employees. On several occa-
sions in the past it has been
necessary to call police protec-
tion to prevent the molestation
of nurses in the short' distance
between the hospital and the
present nurses' home. The
new dormitory is planned
equally close to the! hospital in
a location even more remote
from the general course of
traffic. If our present dormit
tories are bothered by window-
peepers in the shadow of the
campus, if women have been
repeatedly molested in the vi
cinity of the hospital; is it
wise on any grounds to place a1
dormitory of 500 girls in the
proposed location?"I
My association with the hospital
has been pretty intimate and I

have had occasion to be there at
every hour of day and night. Ii
have furthermore taken the trou-
able to inquire of every one who
would be at all likely to have in-
formation on the subject and I feelf
warranted in saying that your
statement to the effect that the
University hospital attracts "large
numbers of men of a very low and
despicable sort, many of them em-
ployees" has no warrant in fact.
It is true that the nurses have
been annoyed by, men but it is not
true that these men have been re-
lated to the hospital in any way.
Since you have raised the question,
I feel required to state the facts,
which are as follows:
During the autumn of 1926, the
nurses of the hospital were so
much annoyed by University stu-
dents that it was necessary to ask
for a special police officer who was
stationed in the neighborhood of
i the nurses' dormitory between. the
hours of 7:00 and 12:00 p. m. Thisl
officer succeeded in preventing
niurses from being annoyed by stu-j
dents. He was on duty for six or
eight weeks during the autuimn
months. The same situation re-
curred for a time during the au-
tumn of 1927 but ceased after the1
auto ban went thoroughly into ef-
T a m enr- r t.n aupt 1o-n +c.-nEpr f'knvn

No, boys and girls, you won't find
a pot of gold at Rainbow's End-
but Mimes will.
* * *
Of course, when such famous
contemporaries as B e n n i e
Oosterbaan and my next--col-
umn neighbor and the manag-
ing editor think a show is
"great," why should I disagree?
But then, they didn't pay for
their tickets.
* * *
But how can they justify the
exit one chorus tried to make
through the wall of an adobe hut?
To me the choruses looked like a
run-down clock!
* * *
Gorious In Rcluse


General Review, By I. Leslie

Make Your

William Mortan Lewis, Jr.
Wonder what the Ann
Arbor cigar stores will do when
the Opera leaves town?
From here we procede to our
muscular leading lady. If Kunte
Rockne ever sees him, he'll be in
Notre Dame next year. He side-
steps like Red Grange. His legs
look like Charlie Paddock's, and
when he first came on the stage,
he ran just like Charlie Paddock
. with a thorn in his foot. And
keeping up the football metaphor,
"Buster" is triple threat man: he
can do anything but sing, dance
and act.
In short, the Opera is done E
There are three good songs in
the show: Mexicana, Fly Aaway,
and Wonderful Girl. There is noth-
ing jazzy enough about the others
to turn red litums "blue."
The pride of the previous re-
viewers, who saw the show
gratis, is George Johnson, sec-
ond male lead. He is a pinch
hitter. Bill Day, campus bad
boy, once had it, but the son
that shone in the Day has
been eclipsed by the black in-
tervening cloud of faculty
Too Good For Opera

Before an audience distinguish-
ed much more by their hungry zeal:
for authoritative music than by
physical good health, Fritz Kreis-
ler appeared to play his way
through a fascinating program of
classical music to a finale figuring
a number of his own arrangements
for the violin.
Ann Arbor, as usual, acted in ap-
palling bad taste in the matter of
tardy arrivals. There seems little
excuse for interruption of a pro-
gram after the first fifteen min-
utes-unless one considers the ex-
traordinary eagerness for encores
as in some measure compensating
for early rudeness. But arrivals
forty-five minutes late are as dis-
gusting as the gallery gods who in-
sist on encores long after they
have had their honest money's
But Kreisler remained the gen-
tleman throughout and gave his
best to. a program that offered
rare opportunities for exhibiting
his brilliant virtuosity. Ithwould
be exaggeration to say that he in-
terpreted the spirit of his music
with the same fidelity that he
played it. He is too much at ease
on his instrument to have to fight
out the musical essence of his sub-
ject-and this in face of his ex-
traordinarily sympathetic treat-
ment of the Schubert Rondo. But
if his-concert was not an emotion-
al, nor even an intellectuals expe-
rience, it was fascinatingly a study
in violin technique of which Kreis-
ler is ackknowledgedly master.
Playing the final three Caprices o'
Paganini he seemed most satisfac-
torily occupied. Brilliant things,
they called for a sureness and fa
cility that no other number on the
program offered so completely and
he did himself thorough justice.
This struck the keynote of his con-
cert and brought to a close a mar-
velous exhibition.
Calmly, with no fuss, Fritz
Kreisler proceeded to give a dein-
onstration of phenomnenal violin
playing last night at Hill Audito-
rium. The flawless quality of his
tone, the sensitive flexibility of his
bowing (the two are by no means
unrelated), his obvious musical
awareness, all attested the mastery
of the man. There was no hard
work. Whatever may have once
been difficuly had beensovutterly
vanquished that all signs of effort
were obliterated.
If one accepts Kreisler as the
superby finished artist nothing
more is to be said. His phrases
are so carefully molded, the pre-
cise intensity he desires so deftly
produced, and everything so well-
balanced that one hesitates to say
anything that might be construed
as suggesting improvement. Indeed,
the problem of evaluating Kreisler
is the problem of evaluating a
class of greathmusicians, or rather
of choosing between two classes.
Both are so undeniably great that,
it would be insolence to dictate to
either. Kreisler has the company
of such men as Toscannini, Casas,
Heifetz and Bauer. All the qual-
ities mentioned above characterize
these men. They are all conscious-
ly aware of every note they play.
But there is another type of mu-
sician whose musical doings, al-
though they may once have been
thought over, are no longer on a
conscious level. Their expression

is not quite so easy. Vestige of
the tremendous emotional cost of
their articulateness still betrays
itself,.in their music. The machin,
ery of their musical expression is
not so well oiled. Among the vio-
linists Elman is one of these, Pad-
erewski and Rachmaninoff among
the painists, Mengelberg and Muck
among the conductors. Beethoven
is their composer, Mozart belongs
to the others.
The reviewer's symnpithy goes to
the second group. For him, a
least, there was, despite its finish,
too much going on at orie level m
the performance last night. Let us
admit that much of the muilasic was
written so. Our reason is con-
vinced but the f<act remains that
we were bored, as we woulid ncot
have been hard the artist been
more unreasonably excited and less
obviously and continuously the
master of the situation. In strange
corroboration of these observa--
tions the most successful perfor-
mance was that of the Adagio in
the Viotti Concerto where the


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What The Opera Needs
* * *
What the show really heeds is al
toe-dancer who can toe-dance and
a few versatile female roles that
play the piano, dance, sing, and act
like women,.., like last year's
show, just for example, you k-now,
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