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Editorial Chairman . . . ....George C. Tilley
City Editor.......,.......Pierce Rosenberg
News Editor... . .Donald J. 3 i ne
Sports diti...... dw ard L..Warne, Jr.
Women's Eitor..it, -ir \I .!arjoric Follmer
Telegraph dT .or .Cassamn A. Wilson
Musicrand IDrama. ..' lliam 3. Gorman
Literary E ditor....... awrence R. Klein
Assistant C ity I dam Robert J. Feldman
Night Ediitors-E Iditor ial Board Members
Frank E Cooper henry J. Merry
William C.(rGentry Rober t L. Sloss
Charles R .K 1 \\alter W. Wilds
Gurney Williams

university training should be "a
preparation for a life of indepen-1
'nit judgment and responsibility"t
Id not for "a life ordered from1
withott." Cigarette smoking, het
be ieves, is a question to be judged
solely from its social and physicalz
aspects and effects, and not at allt
from a moral point of view.
Here is a president who knows1
his student body. He realizes that1
any iron-bound rule against smok-c
ing would start almost every wom-<
an in the university puffing furi-
ously whenever she thought shes
could get by. Understanding
psychology, these administrators
k'n.ow that any arbitrary attempts
curb youth will meet with violent
resistance. The reaction to the pro-
hibition amendment is no more
than an example of this.
If presidents of universities wish
to stop certain undesirable prat-
tices, or members of the W. C. T.
T. want to stop everything, or
members of the Anti-Saloon league
would like to stamp out drinking,,
they will find people much more
willing to stop bad practices if left
to think the matter out for them-
selves than if clubbed into it.
President Righmire is to be con-
gratulated on the wisdom of his
administrative policy.

venture,.knows why the days are
long in summer, short in winter.
One of my students - one of the
best men I have had, too-thought
that the sun was "many light
years" away from the earth. One
may have small Latin and less
Greek, but he ought to know theI
distinction between stars and
planets-still more, I should say,
between stars and satellites. I am
convinced on an unannounced ex-
amination on such simple and im-
portant questions as these our stu-
dent body would not average 30
per cent.
I do not wish to make fun of tft
ignorance of students. It is a
cheap sport, and the matter is
serious, pathetic, and somewhat
disgraceful. In the popular mind
it reflects upon the College and its
faculty. The undergraduate wil'
present in this matter a ready alibi
(American just now for excuse)-
he isn't supposed to know why the
moon changes shape, for he hasn't
"taken" astronomy. Just how goo,
an excuse is this? It will not be
understood by those people whos.
money supports the college. Every-
day people may be ignorant, buw.
they regret it. They do not expeci
it in people who have had an ex-
pensive education. I could proper-
ly say they do not like it.


Music And Drama
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Bertram Askwith L ester Mfay
Helen Bar eDavidaM.yNichol
Maxwell Bauer W illiam Page
Mary L. Beliynmer Isoward II. Peckham
Benjamin If. B erentsoullIugh Pierce
Allan H. Berk man Vietor Rabinowitz
!Arthur J. Bernstein Julio 1). Reindcel
S. Beach Conger J cannie Roberts
T1honmast. Cooley .l) A. Russell
John 11i. Dcnier Lvsephi Ruwitch
Helen Domir! William P1. Salzaruilo
Margaret Eckls Charles R. Sprowl
Kathearine Ferrin S. Cadwell Swanson
Sheldon C. Fullerton )inc Thayer
Ruth Geddes Margaret Thompson
Ginevra Ginn Ricihard L. Tobin
Jack Goldsmith E lizabth Valentine
Morris Ce overmnan Harld 0. Warren, Jr.
Ross Gusti'ut(CharlIes White
Margaret Iarrig G. Lionel Willens
David, B. Hempstead John ;. XWilloughby
J. Cullen Kennedy Nathan Wise
Jean Levy Barbara Wright
Russell E. McCracken Vivian Zimit
Dorothy Magee


Ann Arbor greeted the homecom-
ing with some soggy samples of1
typical weather, and many students
will now have a great opportunity1
to give those Christmas slickersE
and hip boots a trial.
The Illinois student who shot his
mother and father while home for
vacation must have found things
extraordinarily dull.
From England comes the news
that there is a national tendency
to drink less beer and more tea
in Great Britain. Its the other way
around over here.
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Telephone 21214
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Department Managers
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Business Secretary--Mary Chase
Assistants 1
Byrne M.Badenoch' Arvin Kobacker
Tames E. Cartwright T,awrence Lucey
Robert Crawford Thomas Muir
-Tarry B. Culver George R. Patterson
Thomas M. Davis Charles Sanford
Norman ltliezer Lee Slayton
James Hoffer Joseph Van Riper
Norris Johnson Robert Williamson
Charles Kline William R. Worboy
Laura Codling ' Sylvia Miller
A gnes Pa--is ~ len E . Musselwhite
Bernice Glaser. iteanor Walkinshaw
Portense Gooding Dorothea Waterman
w+#le McCully
Nirht Editor-ROBERT L. SLOSS
TUESDAY. J,,i TA Y 7. 1r90

The Daily Joins the rest of the
campus in mourning the death on
Christmas day of Professor Ralph
H. Curtiss, director of the Univer-
sity observatories and head of the
astronomy department. The pas-
sing of this great scientist and
teacher is at once a tragedy to the
many here who knew and loved
him, and an irrepairable loss to the
As head of Michigan's famous
astronomy department, Professor
Curtiss ably carried on its high.
traditions of scientific achievement.
Professor Brunnow, who o rganized
the department in 1850, was - a
world famous astronomer; Profes-
sor Watson, who succeded him at
the invitation of President Haven,
discovered several new asteroids;
and Professor Hussey, who died
only two years ago, did notable
work in astronomical expeditions.
Professor Curtiss' special field was
the study of spectroscopic analysis
of the evolution of stars. In the
prosecution of this study he design-
ed several new astronomical in-
struments and came to be recog-
nized as the leading authority in
his field. His untimely death at
the age of 49 is not only a tragic
loss to his friends and to the Uni-
versity: it has cut short his bril-
liant researches and left unfinished
a life work of incalculable impor-
tance to the science of astronomy.
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Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than Soo
words if possible. Anonymous comi-
ni"ications will he disregarded. The
names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
rr'.u t I.tPrs publish s h 5h hieo lh
construed as expresisng the editorial
d opinion of The Daily.
To the Editor:
Tn its administrative activity
there are two general plans whichl
the University may follow. It may
offer its courses to anyone wishing
to take them, without any concern
no esl-ctions made by individ-
lii sitdet,: or the combination ,
seq uences. aid educational results.l
It may on the other hand, and in
fact it does, exercise more or less
supervision over elections, for it
Iseems justified in specifying the
performance for which it will be-
stow its baccalaureate benison. In
this supervision the University has,
f suppose, some ideal of an educa-
tion, and some idea of' a standard
to which the successful candidate
for a degree must conform. It is
not clear to me, nor has it in fact
ever been explained, how far our
supervision of the elections of lit-
erary students ought to extend.
But from the group regulations it
appears that even the specialist. in
Romance languages must have a1
little science, and the would be
chemist a little history. Such be-
ing the case, it seems that complete
and complacent ignorance of a
subject fundamental alike to
science and to history ought to be
deplored. If the University is to
exercise in this matter of choosing
subjects any constraint at all, it
should require of all literary stu-
dents a little study of astronomy.
I cannot advance for the justi-
fication of this contention all my
arguments at once, but only with1
some sort of decency one after an-
other, and I beg to be heard for the
little time I shall require to set
them forth.
Among our students there is the
most amazing ignorance of the
make up of the solar system, and
the causes of the largest, most ob-
vious and most important of na-
tural phenomena. One of my stu-
dents, a sophomore engineer,
learned with surprise that the sun
was the center of the solar system,
a position he had assigned to the
earth. Another, who had been a
teacher, supposed the various
planets to be in one ring, like beads
Ion a string, about the sun, whose.
vibrations up and down through
the plane of the ring gave rise to
j. changing seasons. Hardly any-
one in my classc --I have inquired
repeatedly - knows why the new

I have now raised, as the reade t
perceives, a very large question
Should the University be-can itc
be - responsible for the general;
education of its graduates? It ap-r
pears to me that in acceptingc
money of the state and the mone
of the parents of minors and ir-
responsible children, it has assum-
ed some measure of that respon-
sibility. The case of the Germar
universities is somewhat different
They discharge very well the re
sponsibility of giving, in courses ii
mechanics, what is to be knowr
about mechanics. They do not ac-
cept any responsibility about
whether or not Johannes Re
should elect mechanics. But with
us the literary freshman is as clay
in the hands of the patter, and w
have established our group re-
In order to show that astronomy
ought to be studied it is not suffi--
cient to show that we are ignorant
of it. It is necessary also to show
that knowledge of it is necessary
or at least desirable, and, I suppose
more desirable than that compet -
ing, or conflicting, subject which
Astronomy will displace. I see nov
that someone may be able, if any
able man is willing, to destroy m
argument by a reductio ad absur-
dum. For it could be maintained
that our ignorance extends to ana
,omy as well as to astronomy, arc
o chemistry and to geology, an',
i could be argued that knowledge
of geology, or of all sciences, i
desirable and necessary. I am not:
an astronomer and I ask the for-
bearance of the protagonists of
other sciences until I have said
about that science what little more
I have to say.
The study of astronomy has tak
en the leading place in deliverin=,
men from ignorance and darkness.
The History of Astronomy is the
history of human enlightenment
Astronomy was the first science, ii
any science can claim to have been
first, and in its study was laid th:
foundation of those applications
of mathematics to nature which
have given rise to physics and
chemistry - or at least to great
parts of physics and chemistry. No
one ignorant of astronomy can
have any conception of what hu-
man progress has been and is. It
has meant more to culture in the
wide sense than' any other subject
the curriculum can offer.
If a.student should study astrono-
my, what course should he elect?
I have advised students in this
matter, and some of them have
been diappointed. I do not accept
such a verdict as the final word
upon a course, but it seems to me
that before the beginning student
is given lessons in the textbook he
might hear, and better still see, a
little about night and day, the sea-
sons, the phases of the moon, the
paths of the planets among the
stars, eclipses of the sun and moon,
and be given questions and nu-
merical exercises on these things.
It would not take long to give a
little of the history of astronomy
in its relation to civilization. One
might in this way lighten ignor-
ance a little and even hope to
arouse enthusiasm.
Is it not a great pleasure to
know even the little astronomy
represented by Bode's Law and
1Kepler's laws? It is enlightening
to learn how Gallileo tried in vain
to measure the velocity of light,
and how Roemer succeeded by mak-
ing use of the moons of Jupiter

A Review' by William J. Gorman.
Miss Frederick has continued her
raditional indifference to the
uality of her supporting cast. Her !
eading man, just as was the case
n her "Scartet Lady" production
f last year, is entirely unworthy o:
he affection Noel Coward's play
nakes her show for him; and the
est of the cast is merely adequate.
'his type of flaw in professiona
aroductions is a most frequent
ource of annoyance and certain-+
ne of the more potent argument
n the impetus of the Little The-
tre movement. For the over-zeal-
aus sincerity of the more 'arty' of
he amateur productions at least
esults in real effort to meet the
roblem of casting.
Such an unbalanced cast as the
resent production displays make
real experience of the play im-
')ossible. There is nothing in the
lot substance of Coward's play to
stimulate interest; that is invari-
.bly true of shim. Nor in this par-
ticular play is there smart writing
to compensate. Coward writes
"scenes." In this play, they hap-
oen to be love scenes - brilliant,
,tirring ones, the 'real thing.' These
rumerous love dialogues are never
clearly motivated. But they are there
-vivid theatre. Even the most
asty reading of the play would
┬░eveal that those scenes constitute
ll the substance the play has and
hat production should be planned
But the man opposite Miss Fred
,rick was a huge, lumbering awk-
yard fellow, very timid about
swooping Miss Frederick into his
.rms. The result was that the il-
usion was never possible; our visu-
LI perception of the male's lack of
;race destroyed all the effective-
aess of the lines. Irritated, in the
back of our consciousness were mut-
erings to the effect that "Pauline
E'rederick has better taste tha1
.hat." Coleridge's "willing suspen-
;ion of disbelief," to be serious
about it, was impossible. Our judge-
.ents on the "lovingness" of Miss
Frederick's leading man is alm I
.nstantaneous. We don't have a
-hance. The production makes us
,eel miserable. We were fookin;
.orward to the love scenes. It w,
he old story of "the sfar's the
Ching," an old trick of the profes-
.onal theatre.


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on some of the above mentioned.







Do not wait until
the price advances
to $5.50


At the Press Building



Palmer Christian, university or
anist, is renewing his series C.
'ednesday afternoon recitals with
:n unusually interesting and var-
.ed program. The first number is a
'antasie Dialogue by Leon Boell-
man, a contemporary French com-
)oser. This number will make good
ise of the magnificent ensemble
'f the Hill Auditorium organ for
as original scoring was for organ
- nd orchestra, and the solo tran-
acription is still definitely orches-
rral in character.
There are three more contempo-
:ary compositions, new to follow-
;rs of Mr. Christian's recitals, the
allegro movement of Maquaire's
symphony for organ, the Medita-
tation in a Cathedral of Enrico
Sosi, and a Pastorale by the veter-
an American composer, Arthur
Kreutzberg and Georgi, dance
.artists of the German expression-
stic school, continued their Amer-
ican tour during vacation triumph-
antly, receiving enthusiastic ec-
claim in Indianapolis and Chicago.
The intelligent minority in Ameri-
ca interested in the present renais-
sance of the art of dance with con-
comitant shedding of the flowing
veil aspect of the sentimental bal-
let tradition, sees in the tour of
this noted pair of dancers the most
potent influence for good in some
time. Great pains are being taken,
consequently, all over the country
to make the scope of their appear-I
ance as wide as possible.
An exceedingly unfortunate clash
of dates may damage the successj
of their recital here. The first
night of their appearance, Thurs-
day, is the night of Choral Union
concert, two events with an almost
identical audience. Fortunately,
their engagement holds over until{
Friday night of this week.}
The Chamber Music Society of
Ann Arbor is presenting Tuesday
of next week The Morgan Trio in



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"Acceleration, rather than structural changes, is the key
to an understanding of our recent economic develop-
ments."-From the report of President Hoover'%
Comnnittcc on Reccnt Iconomic Changes


Whether or not women smoke
has come to mean little to the ave-
rage person, and President George
W. Rlghtmire, of Ohio State Uni-
versity, has sensibly handled the
matter. Appealed to by various or-
ganizations referred to him by
6ovdrnor Cooper, President Right-
mire -e nied that while he disap-
rcoved o f ~waue e .en re n and
ex resY -- > U I \3lo2 tha


ESTRDAI' the rumble, creak, and plod of cart and
oxen. To-day and to-morrow the zoom of airplanes. Faster
production. Faster consumption. Faster communication.t
Significant of electricity's part in the modern spccding-up
process is the fact that during the last seven years, con-
sumption of electric power increased three and one-half
times as fast as population.
Gene ral Electric and its subsidiaries have developed and
built much of the larger apparatus that generates this power
as well as the apparatus which utilizes it in industry and in



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