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THE MICHIGAN

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tors which carry the matter of the
student and his relation to the Uni-
versity a step farther. Several con-
ditions which already exist have
been already exploited on this page
and these recent comments help to
show the impending breakdown of
the present cramped attitude of
students and educators.
Illustrations were cited in the
convocation of schools in which the
students were freed of routine and
were left to pursue studies without
Classroom exercises and without
constant contact with instructors.
This is similar to the system which

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was introduced in a few of the
Eastern schools last year - the
practice of "vagabonding" through
the university. Initiative in all of
these cases is left entirely to the
students and in the convocation
the general theme of greater init-
iative of the student was approved
in many of the papers delivered.
The fact that "the average good
student can secure more actual
knowledge from his own reading
than from an equivalent amount of
time spent in the classroom was
stressed by an educator. But one
feature is lost sight of in the ur-
gence of self-initiative. The true
function of the teacher should tend
toward guidance. Methods of ar-
riving at various points of interest
that the student has picked for
himself should be pointed out and
developed by the moral instructor.
The ideal education, as has been
upheld before in this column, is
only a means to the end, and not
the end in itself. The educator
,cannot train the mind of the in-
dividual who has come to him for
tutelage, neither can he form the
habits and attitudes of the student.
These attitudes and habits can
be formed only by the individual
and here, again, initiative of the
student comes to the fore in the
controversy of the most productive
means of benefiting from a liberal
education.

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With no more fraternity house
robberies reported in the last week
or so, the campus has resumed its
usual complacency as far as noc-
turnal thefts are concerned.
Until more depredations are
committed, fraternities will refuse
to safeguard their domiciles by
locking their doors and until more
money or! clothing is stolen the
student body will remain in their
lethargic attitude toward campus
thieves.
Right now is the time to act. Lock
your doors. Investigate queer
sounds at night. Cooperate with
the police.

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liernice Glaser
['Irtense Gooding
Anna Goldberg

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Helen E. Musselwhite
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THE FALL OF D. H. LAWRENCE
Collected Poems of D. H. Law-
rence; Martin Secker, London, 1928.
"Pansies' by D. H. Lawrence; Al-
fred A. Knopf, New York, Septem-
ber, 1929.
Reviewed by William J. Gorman
It was interesting, perhaps irri-
tating, to watch D. H. Lawrence
clinging passionately to the slender
tree that he called the Truth about
the world. He had extraordinary
strength and indeed found many
interesting twigs and leaves worth
examining. But he has fallen. He
is talking about his tree of Truth I
now instead of out of it.
Lawrence's fate was inevitable,
the fate of every prophet of a half-
truth, who believes it to be all-suf-
ficing. Lawrence is all on the side
of the instincts and despises all the
forms of their social manifestation.
He has ueh a passionate belief
that intellectual consciousness is
completely sterile and is such a
glutton for the physical and the
sensual that he would have us live
by perception alone. In his de-
sire for purity of perception he
would sweep away all mental con-
cepts. As John Middleton Murry
has pointed out there are only two
ultimate realities for Lawrence, the
absolute isolation of the individual,
and his emergence from that isola-
tion in sexual fulfillment. The only
sensitive awareness we need is sex-I
ual, the awareness of "the ruddy
god in our veins."
This thesis he propounded in the
"Collected Poems" from the weigh-
tiest dregs of his seriousness. He
was the poet of the, sensual world,
loving it, struggling vigorously in
the grip of its illusions. He faith-
fully delivered all his perceptions,
his mad, unrationalized, unsup-
ported intutions. The responses of
I his instincts he accepted faithful-
ly as truths of unquestionable
strength needing no corroboration!
from the mind. The intellect he
would not deign to consider unless
it appeared as an exaltation of the
instincts repeating faithfully their
records. The value of Lawrence's
message, such as it was, was his
stress on the need of a rebaptism
in the mighty river of the instincts.
The trouble with Lawrence is that
he went underwater. And although
he swam down there' and had a
glorious time, we cannot see our
way clear to accept his recom-
mendation that we try it.
Lawrence was always obviously
one-sided. But in "Collected Poems"
he is generally magnificently one-
sided. His limitation proves per-
haps the greatest source of his po-
etic strength. Lawrence has an in-
quisitorial passion, the desire to
pillage souls and to ravage their in-
ner most secrets. He can rifle the
soul of a landscape and perform the
psychoanalytic office for "birds,
beasts, and flowers." He persist-
ently busied himself with the de-
sire to get under and into the souls
of the supposedly soulless. There
is something charming in this,
something childlike, the boy who
tears an alarm-clock apart and
finds the secret of the infinite. But
Lawrence's violent probings and
dissections have produced poetry.
That is the important thing about
the author of the "Collected Poems"
-he is a poet.
Lawrence does have the power of
entering into an object, coinciding
with it. If his experience hasn't
yielded him a solution it has given
him some extraordinary vivid com
munions with all sorts of life. He
has found the crucifications and ex-

altations of sex, the primeval dra-
ma, in every realm of nature from
elephants to violets. He has the
quality of sensuous divination that
Blake had. He does apprehend the
sensuousness of things with more
sublety than the ordinary cultivat-
ed intellect. There is no denying
the vitality of his impressions; they
are crude and queer but striking.;
He has opened up a new and richer
world of sensation.
His technique is, of course, ques-
tionable. There is no music in his
capricious rhythms and the shap-
ign imagination that gives form to
poetry is utterly denied him. But.
he has devised a kind of chant to
suggest the spasms and stirs of his
spirit with a lambency not present
in most free verse. His rhymical
patterns are weighty. But he has
strong feeling for the poetic per-
iod and superb control of diction as
in his prose. He too often believes
that turbulence of language willJ
adequately communicate turbulence
of emotion. But his greatest diffi-
culty is that he tries to project the

perience now, and is talking about
the implications of his experience
in chatty poems in the manner of
Ezra Pound. The poem "Basta"
is significant:
When a man can love no morej
and feel no more
and desirehas failed
and the heart is numb,
then all he can do
is to say: It is so!
I've got to put up with it and
wait.
This is a pause, how long a pause
I know not,
in my very being.
Lawrence has abandoned the
method of recording experience for
the way of the preacher. He is
imploring us now to believe he is
right. The difference in manner
in the two volumes is clear.
Lawrence's congregation will find
pleasure in this volume for its pris-
matic, sharp presentation of his
dissatisfaction and his beliefs. But
he is certainly less of a poet. His
downfall proves the futility of rail-
ing at that inevitable process of
percepts in consciousness growing,
into concepts. It speaks well for
the other 'party' around Eliot, the
cerebralists, who are attempting a
complete and well-rounded atti-
tude.
KEEPING ABREAST
OF THE TIMES
There is so much current discus-
sion anent the muddy waters that
flow about the athletic fields of
our Western Conference (barring,
of course, innocent Chicago and the
oh-so-decent Illinois) that the1
matter has found expression in our
national literature. No less than
three books within- the last three
months have been published in re-
gard to the problem that the Car-
negie Foundation has studied so
assiduously (and in most cases so
blindly) for the past three years.
The result is two novels and a book
of short stories.
Because the matter is so timely
and because there is so much spec-
ulation and opinion pro and con,
The Daily will run a special books
page Tuesday morning next, re-
viewing the recent works written
about the matter of dirty athletic
practices.,.
The books include Percy Marks'
work entitled "The Unwilling God,"
published by Harper's. Percy
Marks, you will recall, wrote that
Bible for high school seniors called
the Plastic Age, a novel of college
life, with variations. He is also the
author of A Dead Man Lies, Lord
of Himself, and similarly romantic
short stories. He is also an ex-
professor of English at M. I. T.,
Dartmouth, and Brown. At pres-
ent he resides in Scarsdale, N. Y.
Another book to be reviewed is
Pigskin, by Charles Furgeson, pub-
lished by Doubleday Doran. This,
as its name implies, is practically
devoted to a story of athletic con-
trol at a modern university.
A third book dealing with college
life is Day Edgar's In Princeton
Town, published by Scribner's. A
notice of this book has already ap-
peared in this column. The work
is a series of short stories, all re-
lating to the Princeton campus,
where, so the book relates, the un-
dergraduates sit about of a night
and sip milk and dream of a New
York night life.
THE UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN PLAYS
On sale exclusively at Wahr's

bookstores are copies of the Uni-
versity of Michigan & Play books.
These volumes contain the four
winning plays of those submitted
in the one-act play contest held
on the campus last year. We shall
say nothing of the merits of the
plays here, for that has been hash-
ed and rehashed before. But mere-
ly as a book, granting, if you will,
the good merits of the plays, it is
a volume worth buying. Its cover
is neat and wellbound and the'
script is well edited. The book will
prove a worthy possession to any-
one, for it not only provides good
and entertaining reading but also
offers an insight to a phrase of the
all-too-little creative work that is
done on the campus. With the an-,
nouncement today of the play con-
test for this year, the book will
prove an interesting example of
last year's result and an aid and
stimulus to contestants.
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THE AUTHORS
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1929
REBELLION
Prohibition and crime have been
on the rampage for the past seven
or eight years and between them
graft has grown from an infant to
a giant that is turning honest men
into criminals and communities in-
to hot-beds of corruption.
Everyone realizes this but none
seems to know just what to do
about it. Everything from govern-
ment and state control to a repeal
of the eighteenth amendment hasj
been suggested but these plans in-
volve a concerted nation-wide im-
pulse to achieve success, and na-
tion-wide interest in this direction
is almost impossible at this stage of
the business.
What seems to be the most prac-
tical suggestion for the solution of
crime and prohibition was advan-
ced by William G. Shepherd in his
lecture Wednesday ' night in Hill
auditorium. The basic idea is told
in three words: Dry Local Option.
By means of this the wet and 'dry
question would be handled indivi-
dually in each community and the
present blanket system of Federal
enforcement-or what is supposed
to be enforcement-would be aboli-
shed. The responsibility would then
rest on the comunity, and the gov-
ernment would be responsible only
in case the local enforcement need-
ed boosting.
T h e whole difficulty now, Mr.
Shepherd stated, is that the blan-
ket system does not work in all
cases. 'The dry system as applied
to New York will not work in small
towns; measures taken against the
selling of liquor in Ann Arbor are
not the same as those that should
be applied in Chicago.
If the plan 'is in all its aspects
practical the results should make
its trail worthy of serious consid-
eration. It would mean, as Mr.
Shepherd rioLnPt~d_ 1o1A~i~ri r-

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Editorial Comment

GREAT COMMON SENSE

Our only regret anent Presidentf
Ruthven's recent Saginaw speech
is that it was not delivered over the
largest broadcasting hook-up in the
country, for in our opinion it de-
serves to stand as the greatest com-
mon-sense educational pronounce-
ment of the year. President Ruth-
ven has concisely settled all the
pother in which the nation's edu-
cators have been stewing since the
era of mass education.
He said in part: "In judging the
student there are ' two groups of
values to be considered- the edu-
cational and the moral. As I see
it, the University can be entirely
responsible for the first and
little responsible for the second .
. The only business of the uni-
versity is the education of the fit."
To have this bright gem of ad-
ministrative wisdom drop from the
paternalistic, protective clouds that
have been hovering over the stu-
dent is distinctly refreshing. Its
immediate meaning seems to be
that the great majority of students
will not continue to be treated like
prep school youths for the sake of
saving a few moral weaklings from
themselves. As the President said,
"The University is not and never
can be a reform school." At last,
it seems, the University can return
to one of its original functions of
equipping students with the moral
independence they will need' to
meet the world beyond the Uni-
versity's doors on its own terms.
More refreshing still and more
significant even than these disci-
plinary connotations, we can see
hope in President Ruthven's speech
for a gradual retirement of the idea
that as many as possible must get
their degrees and an advancement
of the thesis that a degree is the
reward of initiative, earnest study,
and real academic achievement.
This is education reserved for thet
fit-not only the morally fit but the

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