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S'HE MI CHI ' :'%13ATEY'

Freshman Week ?s i j!

4TH~ MiCHINtAtLY~ ~'reshiiian Week Issue

Publlaed every morning except Monday
duAlng the University year by the Board in
Control of Studest Publicatlons.


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ltor ............. ... Nelson J. SmithI
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Sports Editor ........... W. Morris Quinn
Women's Edito1 .............. .Sylvia S. Stone
Telegraph Editor-........ ....George Stautei
Music and Drama.............., R.L. Askren
Assiatant City Editor........... Robert Silbar
Nilght Editors
V~eph E. Howel Cbarles S. Monroe
onald J. Kline Pirce Rosenberg
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George C. r idley

ate any motor vehicle." To have """-"-"""" """ """"--.---s--s sc sex)R3*-t--s.."-.....S--S--t--s. .--o-.-a-t-ssrr s P
this accusation of immaturity
thrust thus upon them is excusably,
irritating to men and women who usic ardirama
have proved their seriousness of _"--------"__---~---------------------------,----.------------------------ _-------"-----------------------
purpose and who cannot, by any iMATINEE AND NIGHT: A melodramatic thriller, "Nightstick," mostly
about cops and grooks, in Mendelssohn Theatre, beginning at 3:15
misuse of the words, be termed and 8:15 o'clock.}


Financial Problems of a Freshman

'sophomoric' or 'juvenile.' It is
these persons, moreover, who have
not attempted to violate the ban,
though it has been bluntly insult-

MONDAY: And all week, "The Spider," a thriller of murder in a vaude-
ville house, in Mendelssohn Theatre.



Paul L. Adams Donald E. Layman
Morris Alexande? Charles A. Lewis
C. A. Askren Marian McDonald
Bertiam Askwit 1 Henry Merry
Louise Behyme' Elizabeth Quaife
Arthur Bernste'~a Victor Rabinowitz
Seton C. Bowe JosephA.eRussell
Isabel Charles Anne Schell
L. R. Chubb Rachel Shearer
Frank E. Cooper Howard Simon
Helen Domine Robert ,. Sloas
Margaret Eckels Ruth Steadman
Douglas Edwards A. Stewart
Valborg Egeland Cadwell Swansen
Pobert J. Ifeldman ;lane "Thayer
Marjorie Follmer Edith Thomas
William Gentry Beth Valentine
Ruth Geddes Burney Willams
David B. Hempstead Jr. Walter Wilds
Richard Jun g* George 1;. Wohigemuth
Charles R.Kaufman Edward L. Warner Jr.
Ruth Kelsey Cleland Wyllie

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ernor Davis
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Marion Kerr
Lillian Kovinsky
Bernard Larson
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I. A. Newm~an..
Jack Rose
Carl F. Schemm
George Spater
Sherwood Upton
Marie Wellstead.

Freshman Week Issue
This issue of The Daily is edited
and published with the view of pro-
viding for the members of the class
of 1933 an introduction, in a meas-
ure, to the manifold activities of
the campus. Two aims have tem-
pered the publication of this spe-
cial number: first, to give an accu-
rate and representative idea of The
Daily as its is published throughout
the year, and second, to embody in
it material of particular interest
and applicability to incoming stu-
dents. Accordingly, the contents
hereof may be taken as typical.
As metropolitan newspapers re-
flect the current history of the out-
side world, so The Daily fulfills it-
self on this campus both by pub-
lishing the news of the University'
and by presenting the happenings
of the world at large through the
agency of the Associated Press, of
which The Daily is a member.
Thus it is a pleasurable task to
anticipate your coming to Ann Ar-i
bor, and to welcome you into the
life of the University. You may be
sure that Michigan awaits what-
ever of ability and courage you may
be willing to exert in her behalf.
Needless to say, you will find that
the occasions for these exertions
will be tantamount to the hearty
greeting itself that now awaits you.
When you have become immersed
and integral in the activities of the
school, it is certain that the at-
tendant reward may be counted as
one of the "durable satisfactions of
, Y :'Y _ 4 ' - - .
Yesterday's proclamation from
the office of the automobile dean
with regard to the ban in summer
* school is encouraging, though not
completely satisfying. It recog-
nizes two of our fundamental ob-
jections to the ban as it existsat
the present time: to wit, that it
works an injustice to students in
professional schools, and that it
deprives juniors and seniors in
good standing of a legitimate and
deserved recreation.
During the coming summer ses-
sion, to be exact, the auto ban will
not apply to "those who engage in
professional pursuits during . the
regular academic year"- a class of
persons comparable, surely, to
those who attend the University's

ng to their sense of responsibility. A letter to this paper some weeks
With these responsible students ago propounded the critical judg-
n mind, undoubtedly, President ment that the calibre of Broadwayc
Little promised when the ban was shows was little better, or none at'
naugurated that it would be grad- all, than local amateur dramatic1
ually relaxed as it became possi- offerings. There is always libertyt
ble to control that element of the to differ with that judgment; if
student body in whose hands auto- Broadway can do no better, then Is
mobiles might be aangerous. It Mohammeds of dramatic criticisml
seems to The Daily that what fear might just as well come to Ann
of God can be thrown into a stu- Arbor's mountains. But if the let-9
dent body of heterogeneous psy- ter intended to mean sincerity, not
chologies, has already been thrown. calibre, the compliment .is thor-,
A few will always rebel against oughly deserved.1
authority, but the vast majority Moissi, to the Play Production
have complied graciously, if not group who visited him, insisted,
willingly, proving that the ban has that they do his, more difficult,
demonstrated its enforceability. version of "Redemption." They
We ask that steps be taken to had planned Barrymore's easier
extend the summer leniency on one. They could achieve the dra-
professional students to the regular matic heights in it, he said, if they
academic year, and that the "lim- approached them simply and sin-
ited recreational privileges" be ex- cerely. The production in "U"
tended gradually to juniors and Hall Laboratory bore witness to the
seniors in good standing. We also soundness of his advice. But sin-
hope that students in the summer cerity has been the characteristic'
session will not so abuse the priv- of all the campus shows this year.
ileges they have been granted as The actors have approached their
to jeopardize the success of this parts honestly, and the plays
modification program which we chosen have for the most part
deem reasonable, justifiable, and in been straightforward theatrical
the best interests of the University. fun, as "Take My Advice" was, or
equally frank problem plays, of.
which "The Constant Wife" was
STUDENT GLIDING representative.
The students of the University The sincerity of approach of the
who conceived and organized the actors is undoubtedly the reasons
Michigan Glider section deserve for some memorable moments in
great credit for their efforts and campus acting. In "The Cassillis
accomplishments. Not only was Engagement" Helen , Workman's
theirs the first club of this nature scene withthe honorable silly-ass,
to be formed in the United States, Geoffrey, who had given her "no
but they have already built and re- encouragement," remains one of I
built two of the touchy ships the most sensitively done bits of,
without outside assistance, besides the year. In "Diplomacy" "Bobby"
having trained 50 men to navigate McCurdy's sketch of acid tongued
them. Lady Henry was the finest picture
As a club, these students have of high comedy-unique during the
done more for gliding than any of year as well as unique in Miss
a score or more of such organiza- McCurdy's career. In passing it
tions now in existence in this na- may be added that Miss McCurdy
tion. Located in a strategic posi- possesses what is undoubtedly the
tion at the University, the club will finest enunciation among amateurs
send out students who will organ- on the campus--a failing in others
ize other clubs in their home town, which the Speech, department
and will thus spread the sport of might well make it its duty to cor-
gliding. The students here have rect in future years.
overcome almost insurmountable Still in the field of comedi,
obstacles and even personal oppo- George Johnson deserves extraor-
sition in their efforts to build up dinary credit for his work in "To'
their club.
their club.r d The Ladies." The pathetic quality
Their excellent results deserve a 'egv i oeybsns s
round of sincere hand-clapping. I nty in the Chaplin tradition
while his talent for giving tragedy
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES an ironic gilding of comedy places
No one will dispute that the fac- him surely among the ranks of
ulty committee of the Big Ten act- the few "actors" on the campus.
ed in pursuit of a correct principlemIn commenting on Johnson it
whe thy ote toout Iwafrom seems a pity that his work for
the conference for hiring athletes. Mimes could not have received
Professionalism should not taint !more careful and intelligent coach-
intercollegiate athletics, and we ing. In "The Queen's Husband"!
may assume that before casting he was lamentably bad.
their bombshell the committee In Take My Advice" Alfred Fos-
weighed carefully the evidence of ter's part as the young son stands
professionalism that came into out as an example of what can be
their hands. It would seem, how-I done with a stupid part when in-
ever, that before taking drastic ac- telligence and a good sense for
tion against one university, the "theater" are put to work on it.
committee might first have re- ! In spite of its triteness is still re-
viewed the whole conference sit- mains vital locally to suggest that
uation and drawn a warning line. even a small part can be made into
It is no secret that athletes are something good if it is conceived of
being subsidized through college.,as being just a little more than
First a promising football player mere, line-reading. George Priehs
has his way paid through college stands out remarkably for his abil-
by his father; no rats are smelled. Ity to do this; witness his chaplain
Another high school star may be part in "The Marquise."
financed by his uncle, and the cloak Another rather small part extra-
of consanguinity completely hides ordinary well done was Marguerite
any incipient professionalism. del Toro's as the boarding house
Then a next-door neighbor, who keeper in Evreinof's "The Chief
happens to be a loyal alumnus, Thing" which the Harris Playesr
sends a quarterback down to his did. The talent for broad style
Alma Mater. Subsequently a fel- pantomime which Mme. del Toro
low townsman, who does not know brought to her part made it the,

the boy except by reputation, will only thoroughly genuine interpre-
forward him prepaid to the old col- tation in the cast of this fastastic-
lege for athletic purposes. Still, in ally conceived Russian comedy of
the technical sense, there is no pro- the make-believe in life.
fessionalism here. In "The Constant Wife" one part
A more dubious case arises' when stands out, perhaps particularly4
fraternity alumni pool funds to because it showed the extraordi-
bolster the prestige of their house nary development possible in a
with prominent athletes, financed short time. The player I have in
sub rose, no matter where they mind is Mildred Todd. In Doro-!
come from. This practice is gen- thy Ackerman's "Outside This-
erally frowned on but not penal- Room" she did a colorless bit as
ized. And then there are the uni- one of the daughters of the Swiss
versity athletic associations that household; in "Redemption" she
find, or make, for good athletes did the important part of Masha,
snap jobs which carry stipends all Fedya's Gypsy sweetheart only
out of proportion to the work done. adequately; but in "The Constant
Here is a method of keeping good Wife" she played the silly little
material off yet on the payroll flirt delightfully,, giving it a charm
which is employed commonly by that took the part quite out of the
Big Ten universities and surely de- low comedy of its writing, and es-
serves investigation quite as much tablishing herself as a sensitive
as Iowa's infraction in the next interpreter of character.
degree. It seems unduly harsh that It has been remarked before in

cated wife. It seems a far cry fromI
the Comtesse Karenin in "Re-
demption" to Jordan's wife in
"Granite." But versatility has
been one of Miss Tennant's chief
talents; Comedy Club were count-
ing on that when they faced this
season last fall. Now the Titian
Florence has added a strong tal-
ent for emotionalism to her stock
in dramatic trade.
One of the oustanding "finds" I
of the year was Edna Mower. Be
ginning with last year's Junior
Girls Play, for which she wrote
considerable music, her dramatic
talents were discovered in Play
Production's activities-in what
might be called the pre-laboratory
work, the burlesque skits the
group have put on privately. Here
her comedy talents were discover-
ed. In the second showing of
"Outside This Room" Director
Windt went iconoclast and cast her
to do the character part of Ma-
dame Blackman. Her extraordi-
nary success in this led to the part
of the mother in "The Constant
Wife" which she made second only
in importance to Florence Ten-
nant's work, and then to the part
of Mrs. Cady in "The Beggar On
Horseback." As Mrs. Cady her tal-
ent? for pantomime, her keen sense
of tempo, and in general her un-
derstanding of comedy technique,
combined to make hers the out-
standing part in a fascinating
A similar find has been Trues-
dale Mayers, whose work as Fedya
in "Redemption" established him
as a charming personality, sensi-
tive to the spi'ritual values in the
character he was playing. His
range of characterization seems
more limited than Miss Mouer's-
limited to the use of a gentle and
suggestive charm, -b*t he is equal-
ly sure with her ifa his technique
within that range.
Productions As Whole
Reviewing the erings of
Mimes, Comedy Clu +rf"and Play
Producton as a whole suggests
some interesting problems. What
ought the campus be offered, any-
The more or less general answer
to this auestiopi often seems to
have been; "Givethem muck." It
would be un fair to characterize this
year with that phrase, and yet it
has not been wholly untrue,
judged by the rather idealistic
standards which may be set up for
University audiences.
Comedy Club started the season
with "Diplomacy." This needed a
type of director unobtainable lo-
cally; it also needed a type of act-
ing that has never been successful-
ly achieved here. It flopped quite
resoundingly, though it was good
producing material. Then follow-
ed "Take My Advice," a silly do-
mestic comedy obviously done to
appease previous disappointment
and make a little money. It was
not importantenough to do either.
With "Granite" Comedy Club saved
the situation. A splendid cast and
excellent-direction compelled audi-
ences to applaud in spite of a bad
play. "Granite" was a fine vehicle
for Stephenson; "Diplomacy" was
the better 'play.
Mimes did "The Marquise"-like
"Diplomacy," too high comedy to
be within student reach; "To The
Ladies,"-so low tha.t students sud.-
denly discovered they could criticize
it; "In the Next Room," an only
adequate thriller; and "The
Queen's Husband," notable for Ken
White's eccentric comedy. Mimes
talked of Galsworthy; produced

Sherwood and Coward-but not so
well that we could wish they had
tried Galsworthy.
Play Production ran a wider
gamut; "The Cassilis Engagement,"
a not outworn social problem;
"The Constant Wife," no less top-
ical; "The Little Journey"-an
opener that was in no way prophetic
of the distance Play Production
would go; a bill of one-acts, from
Maeterlinck to O'Neill; six student
written one-act plays; "Redemp-
tion," where sincerity retrieved
what bad acting there was; and
finally closing with "The Beggar
On Horseback," an excellently done
-which seems to put Play Pro-
duction at the top of the heap, and
Comedy Club coming next, though
only by the grace of Paul Stephen-

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