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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY; bl CE'MBER "'16,'l 'f928

FOUR SUNt~AY; ~M~E~MBER' "1~) 'f928

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Suring the University year by the Board in
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MANAGING EDITOR
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Editor......................Paul J. Kern
City Editor............. .Nelson 3 Smith
News Editor............Richard C. Kurvink
Sports Editor................Morrit Quinn
Women's Editor ............. Sylvia S. Stone
Editor Michigan Weekly... .3. Stewart Hooker
Music and Drama......... .R. L. Askren
Assistant City Editor. Lawrence R. Klein
Night Editors
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r oseph E. Howell Pierce Romsberg
onald J. Klinc George E. Simons
George C. Tilley
Reporters

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Morris Alexander
Esther Anderson
C. A. Askren
Bertram Askwith
Louise Behymer
Arthur Bernstein
Seton C. Bovee
Isabel Charles
L. R. Chubb
Prank X. Cooper
Helen Domine
Douglas Edwards
Valborg Egeland
Robert 3. Feldman
Marjorie Follmer
William Gentry
Lawrence Hartwig
Richard Jung
Chiarles R. Kaufman
Ruth Kelsey
Donald E. Layman

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Marian MacDonald
Henry Merry
N. S. Pickard
Victor Rabinowitz
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Robert Silbar
Howard Simon
Robert L. Sloss
Arthur R. Strubel
Edith Thomas
Beth Valentine
Gurney Williams
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1928
Night Editor--GEORGE C. TILLEY
CLOSE THE UNIVERSITY
With a serious epidemic of mild
influenza sweeping the country
from coast to coast, and with sev-
eral universities in the Middle
West, including Kansas, Chicago,
and Wisconsin, to say nothing of
many smaller colleges closed
against it, it is only natural that
there should be considerable agita-
tion locally for the closing of our
own University for the same rea-
sons.
Christmas vacation, moreover,
is no more than five days in the
offing, making it, seem doubly sen-
sible to meet the epidemic in the
open and eliminate one of the
greatest sources of its strength-
the assembly of hundreds of per-
sons in closed and often crowded
classrooms.
Local health authorities, as is
only natural, have refused to ad-
mit that the epidemic is beyond
their control. At the same time,
however, enough of the situation
is apparent to indicate that there
is much more sickness and danger
of its increase than they have
chosen to make public. All of the
beds in the health service have
been filled forhdays past and the
number of cases which have been
transfered to the University hospi-
tal has been on the increase.
A number of instructors and
professors are known to be unable
to conduct classes at the present
time, and in addition there are
students who have already gone
home under doctor's orders. These
factors take no consideration of
the many lighter cases which as
yet have not developed to a suffi-
ciently serious point to bring them
before the attention of authorities.
They also ignore any number -of
cases, many of them of recent ori-
gin, in which students are contined
to beds in rooming housing and
fraternities.
Although it is true that there
have not been a large number of
serious cases, it must be recognized
that an epidemic of hard colds
and mild influenza is of particular
danger in a city such as Ann Ar-
bor whih is almost always affect-
ed by stormy weather at this sea-
son of the year.
The weather of the past two
days has been particularly indi-
cative of this situation though

realize that the maintenence of
efficient classroom work is ex-
treme difficult when large num-
bers of the students are absent.'
Such conditions seem to fairly
warrant an early closing of the
University. Action at this time
may well succeed in preventing'
the epidemic from reaching a sit-
uation so serious that it will be
spread to an even greater extent '
by students travelling to all parts
of the country the latter part of
next week.
PENNIES AND VAUDEVILLE.
Student conduct at local thea-
ters has been a problem which
managers have had to face almost
since the beginning of the thea-
ter business in Ann Arbor. That
problem was at least partially
solved recently when the local po-
lice force stepped into the picture
with somthing other than tear-
bombs and "billies," namely a fine
for misconduct levied against a
student guilty of misconduct dur-
ing a theater performance.
There is no doubt but what, that
student was guilty of not only a
breach of the peace, but of social
etiquette. It hardly becomes a
person of supposedly refined tastes
(such as college students are sup-
posed to be) to voice disapproval
of an attempt at entertainment in
such a manner as tossing pennies
onto the stage. 1En fact, disap-
proval is made no less apparent
simply by the lack of applause
than by hooting an act or disturb-
ing it in even less boisterous ways.
Disorderly conduct at a theater
not only disturbs the performance,
but is highly annoying to those
who wish to sit quietly and enjoy
the better sections of the stage
presentations. It is an. insult to
well-behaved people to have some
person in the audience conduct
himself in such a way as to dis-
turb those around him..
This not only applies to the in-
cident of the other night which
led to the arrest of a student, but
to the countless other times when
a disturbance has been created by
someone who may have been spur-
red on by the laughter of a few
people in the audience. If the
ever-ready wise-cracker could only
be made to understand how in-
sincere such laughter is, and how
little he is respected for his at-
tempts to better the act, there
would probably be much less dis-
turbance during vaudeville acts at
Ann Arbor theaters.
o-----
CQLLEGE HUMOR READERS
It is interesting to note in an
article appearing in the last is-
sue of Time, the statement that
the editors of College Humor could
still point to their survey to show
that 242 collegians out of 276 read
their publication, regularly, fre-
quently or occasionally, in spite of
the charges made by college comic
associations. These figures, how-
ever, cannot readily be accepted.
Careful consideration shows that
they were compiled under circum-
stances which are very far from
being normal.
At Michigan, for instance, the
compilation shows that 21 students
in one fraternity read College
Humor regularly, 6 read it fre-
quently, 10 occasionally, and 2 very
seldom. These figures as they
stand would not justify the state-
ment that 95 per cent of the stu-
dents read the magazine. In addi-
tion, the editors fail to show under

what conditions these figures were
obtained. The particular frater-
nity in question had received pub-
licity through stories appearing in
College Humor. It is hard to be-
lieve that the statements of this
small and unrepresentative group
can be taken as unbiased opinion
and applicable to the entire stu-
dent body here.
In answer to a questionaire sent
out by College Humor's editors,
13,025 out of 16,000 replies were to
the effect that the sender reads
their periodical at least occasion-
ally. These figures, however, fail
to state how many questionaires
were sent out and the figures are
based only upon the number re-
turned. Naturally, questionaires
were returned only by those per-
sons interested in some manner or
other in the magazine, and can
scarcely be considered as a true
base for such compilations.
In this light it does not appear
that College Humor is justified in
setting forth the results of their
survey with the weight that is
placed upon them. On the other
hand it casts a dubious shadow
upon the manner in which College
Humor has secured its advertisinf
in competition with college comic
magazines.
We see by the papers that they

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"RAINBOW'S END"
A Review By Paul L. Adams THE
In comparison with past Union Edward J. O'Brien has been stu-
operas, "Rainbow's End," which dying and collecting the short
finished its local run last night, is stories of the United States long
unquestionably superior and de- enough to understand that they do
serving of all the praise which it possess something that is distinc-
has received. For music, choruses,,tively their own, and to make his
leads, comedy, story, and all the basis of selection the finding of
rest, with the possible exception of just this thing which differenti-
the dancing it is way beyond any- ates the short story in the United
thing that Mimes has' done in the States from the short story in
past few years.-I other parts of the world. The
However, if one is to judge it by latest volume, "The Best Short
some possibilities which have not Stories of 1928*," reflects the wis-
been utilized, it can hardly be said dom of the choice and demon-
to be a perfect opera or one which strates the truth of the small
succeeding years cannot surpass. thesis that O'Brien sets up.
The opening has already been In the preface he says. "They
justly criticized for dragging but (the American short story-writers)
it is one of the most impressive who are most likely to survive are
things in the show and would be those who did not know how to
more so if the direct lighting frorr talk, but simply crossed the border
the sides was eliminated. It only line of experience in a straight
touches one or 'two figures, but line." What he means by this be-
spoils the general indirect light- comes more apparent when 'one
ing effect of the scene. This same reads the stories that he has se-
scene used at the end of the opera lected. One discovers very soon
might well be eliminated as it is that what he means is that the
out of the spirit of the finale; or stories have been taken from the
rather the egotism of the players great American scene and have
might be sacrificed by elimination been given a touch of the spirit
of the finale and a more artistic that animates that scene. They
conclusion, though not so conven- are direct and to the point, and
tional, of the play with the prayer they deal less with the innuendoes'
scene. of life than with the immediate
The straight, blue skirts of the contacts and attractions.
opening chorus in the ranch scene But it is when all of the stories
are probably one of the worst bits have been read that one gets the
of costuming in the play. They ac- full force of the impression. Then
centuate the masculine to the one sees the great American city,
point of incongruity and supply and American activity playing its
one of the best unconscious pieces part in our life as surely as the sea
of humor in the production. The ands the downs played their part
fuller lines used in the later cos- in the life and the literature of
tumes have a more happy effect England. We see emerging from
and are much more successful in these short stories a certain con-
hiding the unfeminine legs. After ception of life which is American--
one is a little more accustomed to a certain viewpoint on life that is
the choruses, the short, tight skirts struck out of experience, not vica-
would not perhaps seem so much riously but actually.
out of place, but at the very open- That there is not today another
ing, they sent the audience into man in the United States better -

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roars of laughter.
One of tie things which makes
the play linp at times is the at-
tempts at funny gags which are
not funny. This is true especially
in the first act where not a single
pun caused a laugh. The idea that
these are necessary for a well
rounded opera just because most
musical comedies have them is
wrong, and the play would ;run
better without the dialogue which
the audience is anxious to get over
for the better pleasure of the mu-
sic and choruses. In this connec-
tion, several parts have quite ob-
viously been dragged in for the
purpose of giving those personsj
parts who haye helped the play in
other ways, but do not do so by
their "comedy" acting.
But even though the red cos-
tumes were rather over done, espe-
cially to put one on a blond as in
the case of William Brown, even
though the music sounded suspici-
ously familiar in certain motifs,
even though the Pow Wow Papa
chorus was reminiscent of the cos-
tumes in the snow scene of "Front
Page Stuff," and even though the
dancing of the leads was not as
good as that of last year's
opera, this year's opera is
undoubtedly excellent. It deserves
to be praised highly, and the littlei
details mentioned in this reviewl
might be overlooked were it notl
that they have not attracted so
much attention in past reviews,
while the, praise has already been
'said.
In spite of the intention of this
reviewer to merely criticize, at
least in the case of Danny Buell,I
he succumbs to toss a bouquet be-
cause of his more than good work.
Others, and many of them, deserve
mention, " but it has been given,
and since there is not room for in-
dividual mention, let it be said
that "Rainbow's End" is a superb
opera, all deserve credit, and the
weaknesses are far over balanced
by the general character of the
show.
* * *

qualified to collect the best short
stories is patent. And the past
experience of O'Brien goes into
the moulding of this book as a very
excellent work, which every stu-
dent should at least read.
*Edited b4 Eld,:nd 0,1 icn. Owd,
Mead and ,) ( . N ew k . pia.
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A THINKING CHALLENGE
Written for the average individ-
ual, and written with an insight
which gives the reader confidence
'in what Dimnet is saying, "The
Art Of Thinking*," is both a chal
lenging and an inspirational book.
It is unfortunate that this book
I has been given the title it has, be-
cause it will frighten many people
from reading it by the thought
that it is probably dull or heavy
reading. On the contrary, the
book is one of the most fascinating
it has been this reviewer's privilege
to read in some time.
Wittily probing into our ways of
thought, our time for thought, and
our ability to think, Mr. Dimnet
reveals the appalling difference
between the average individual's
ability and his actual accomplish-
ment.
From this, he turns to aids and.
ways one may improve one's abil-
ity. He is an unicompromising
enemy of imitation, aid" if he does
preach anything, in thi; book that
is very free from that attitude, it
is the creed of originality and the
individual.
The book is in charming essayI
style.
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