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football and all other sports, a
slightly smaller award being given
to athletes engaged in any sport
but that played on the gridiron.
In view of these facts, the "M"
club called a special meeting on
Tuesday to find the concensus of
opinion among former winners of
the varsity "M" concerning a
change in the policy of awards.
Favorable comment on the subject
led observers to believe that Michi-
gan will soon have a standardized
letter for all her major sports.
We believe that such a standard-
ization would not only be a fair
method of handling the present
athletic situation but it would also
encourage a growth of interest in
such sports as have only become
prominent in intercollegiate circles
in more recent years. The result of
such a standardization would cer-
tainly aid those events which re-
ceive less bally-hoo than football or
basketball to gain their rightfu
prominence in the athletic world
Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than ;oo
worms of possible. Anonymous co.Ai-
mnications will be disregarded. The
names of communicants 'will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of The Dwtily.
To the Editor:
I am not the sort of person whi
throws up his hands in holy hor
ror and laments the dirtiness o
rmmIp nnliti. I. Jnsider then

- usic and Drama'
A Review by William J. Gorman A Review by Dalies Frantz
Assurance in the quality of the It would not be to the point in
experiences he had to offer and an the least to compare the merits of
educationalist's enthusiastic desire
that, it be communicated prompted the various existing arrangements
Dr. Moore's admonitions to the aud- of the Bach Passacaglia and Fugue
ience to exert its attention and in- in C 'minor. Three great conduc-
telligence. All he said he gloriously tors-Toscanini, Stowkowsky, and
justified. King David proved the Stock-have turned their hands to
most thrilling choral work perform- the transcription of this piece for i
ed here in years. Because of the the modern orchestra; and then
score's intricacy, interpretation of there is always the original by Bach
it is not a matter of faithfulness for the organ.
but of creation. Toscanini has dressed Bach a la
Dr. Moore's comprehension of the italienne; his is perhaps the most
work, one felt, was complete; his virtuosic of the three transcrip-
direction masterly. Not only was i tions. Stowskowski is an organist,
1 there at all times last night a pre- and probably of the three he has
. vailing trustworthiness in the tech- remained nearest the spirit and in-
nical sense but clarity, balance, and tentidon of Bach's work. He has
profound feeling for the work's dra- I transcribed this piece with the or-
matic expressiveness. Not only so- gan in mind, the result being a con-
loists but the chorus seemed to have ception of the whole work as a com-
insight into the composer's inten- position, an architecture as it were,
tions. Never was there merely the I in which no part is independent of
smugness of the letter; effects, any other part, no variation exists
some more worthwhile than othersI unto itself alone, and all distract-
were always indicated and generally ting elements-devices which tend
achieved. Ito destroy the long line of the com-
Honegger's achievement is some- position-are religiously evaded.
what more difficult of definition. Mr. Stock's interpretation, which
o By a subtle admixture of polyton- is obvious in both his composition
alities of the modern cult and dis- and performance, is that of a man
- arming diatonic simplicities he has who sees the whole only in terms
Smanaged to forge an idiom-not of its parts. His Passacaglia and
m inottromanic not contemp- Fugue is not, like Stowkoski's, one
- orary-but neo-archaic, suitable to long breath; it is a series of short
- the expression of an early Hebraic ; ones; he plays for more climaxes,
g religiosity, absorbing in its demands and necessarily, because of their
G on the senses and the imagination. frequency, they are of less inten-
o Architecture in the conventional sity. Perhaps the final climax is
i sense the work hasn't; but its de- less thrilling-and it certainly is
velopment is organic. Honegger that-because of just this fact. Or
{ works not by the elaboration that my opinion may be unjust because
the oratorio mold calls for but by of thefact that the Festival or-
condensation and arrangement. He chestra is a considerably reduced
n speaks in headlines, achieving a one in point of view of numbers.
d brevity of dramatic essence that al- Certainly this must be considered.
of lows in the. total for a richer ex- One felt"in last night's perform-
- perience. ance a less serious mood; this may
t. The chorus is used strikingly, be accounted for in part by the un-
h much of the writing for it, like the usually fast tempo i which the
7e first Psalm and the Song of Vic- whole work was played, especially
or tory, calling for little more than the fugue, and the frequent chang-
s. j concise, expressive shouts. The mel- es of tyrxpi during the variations.
t- odic lines for the solos are pure Because of this emphasis on detail
k- and simple. In the orchestral (one might almost call it embellish-
il , background, Honegger's craftsman- ment) the constantly reiterated
b- ship is brilliantly employed. Here
to there is no scintillating impression- the time. May I add that these are
ism but a studied attempt at pro- observations and are not meant as
re viding dramatic atmosphere. The criticisms. The performance, if not
Smusic.lo'r orchestra is all subtly inspiring, was impressive.
is mpictorial as in the Incantation as Bach seldoi, if ever, suffers by
of in the first Shepherd Song, the In- I comparison regardless of circum-
cantation, and the March of the stances. But after Honegger's
-Philistines It is an ingenious, King David and the Passacaglia

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Night Editor: CARL S. FORSYTHE.

campus po tucs. 1cuilc 1Ct
as merely a game made up by a lo
of ambitious boys who aren't in
terested in studies and who ar
looking for a good way of amusin
themselves. If the boys want t
cheat at their own game, they hav
the privilege of doing it, just a
much as a man playing solitair
enjoys the privilege of dealing o:
the bottom of the deck.
But when any political factio
utterly disregards all by-laws an
rules of order for the purpose o
railroading through their particu
lar ticket, I feel moved to protes
A most regrettable instance of suc
irregular conduct occurred in th
nominations made this week f
Student Council membership
When the constitutionally appoin
ed nominating body was deadlock
ed, the president of -the Counc
declaring that he acted under Rob
ert's Rules of Order, proceededt
appoint a special nominating com
mittee, the members of which we
so divided that the president him
self had full power to make h
own nominations. The ideac
rules of order permitting the pre
ident of an organization to ma]
his own nominations for that bo
is utterly ridiculous.
Campus politics have come to a
unfortunate impasse when b
means of such mock nomination
a majority of all the studentso
the campus are deprived of repr
sentation in the Student Counc
because the president of that bod
as the head of a small politic
clique, undertakes to virtually a
point members of his own machi:
to Council positions.
Simple fairness demands th
nominations for Student Coun
memberships be reconsidered.

Several years ago, prominent
members of the University athleticI
association discussed the'possibility
of standardizing the varsity and
reserve athletic awards. No defin-
ite action was taken and since that
time the matter has smouldered,
unnoticed, except for an occasional
remark by one or more of those in.
charge at the administration build-
Tuesday night, at the Union,
members of the "M" club met for
the express purpose of discussing
the advisability of standardizing
athletic awards, and favorable
comment on the question resulted.
Definite action was, however, post-
Michigan is the only university
in the Big Ten Conference which
makes a distinction among her nu-
merous varsity awards. Varying'
sizes of the "M" are given to del
serving athletes at the closing of
each sport season because of the
type of sport involved, and not be-
cause the amount of hard work and
training which each requires. '
Years ago, when such sports as
wrestling and hockey were hardly
considered "major" sports because
of the lack of intercollegiate com-
petition, the University made regu-
lations concerning the size "M" to
be awarded for each activity. In
the interim, however, every Big Ten
school but Michigan has come to
the conclusion that an athlete
works as hard in one sport as in
another, and that the competition I
in all of the recognized "major"
sports warrants a standardization
of awards.
At other Conference schools, as,r
for example, the University of Chi-
cago, all sports are "major" sports
and the award is a standard "C",
with an old English letter for re-
serve athletes. At Iowa and Wis-
consin, standard "I's" and "W's" are
given deserving performers with

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Editorial Comment I
The British Government has
spoken. And by its decree John
Masefield, probably most eminent
of living poets, has succeeded the
late Robert Bridges as "Poet Lau-
reate in Ordinary to His Majesty."
An ancient office, for it was created
by Charles I for Ben Johnson; but
today with how modern an occu-
pant. Like his predecessor, John
Masefield fills a supreme position
in British literary circles; like him,
Masefield lives on the wooded
height of Boar's Hill, overlooking
that other forest of gray Oxfo'rd
spires and glittering domes. Yet
one was a scholar par excellence, a
little aloof and austere; while the
other is an unconventional lyric
writer of sea and countryside. The
one wrote for the discriminating
few, the other records the common
thoughts and ideals of the many
whose lives he has intimately
Only the other day The Christian
Science Monitor was asking whether
there could remain in this machine-
ridden world a quiet niche to spare
for a poet laureate. Was the post
outworn and meaningless? Well,
that query is hereby withdrawn as
gracefully as may be. Reassurance
has come to Masefield hmiself, who

thrilling score that Dr. Moore in-,and Fugue, both audience, orches-
troduced so notably. One would tra. and chorus approached the
like to ask for its repetition in a Magnificat in a more or less ex-
hausted,;or at least fatigued, con-
One was throughout grateful for 1 dition: the orchestra less, the audi-
Paul Leyssac's superb declamation. ence more, the chorus obviously
His voice was resonant, sonorous, most of all. I think had the order
and dramatic. There was rever- of performance been reversed the
ence for the force of simplicity in 'Bach would have been more suc-
his-reading; he gave clarity and cessful. Yet with such a' sincere ap-
sensitive phrasing. The eloquence proach and in the face of honest
of simple language did the rest. The achievement where so difficult a
arrangement, I think, impressed score is concerned, one hesitates
everyone as an improvement on the to be too critical. But since I have
strain and artificiality of recitatif not utterly dispossessed myself of
or the grand style eloquence. critical faculties I could not help
Miss Haydn's ' voice pleased ex- observing certain facts.
ceedingly. She sang the difficult, The soloists, except in the case
very high music with superb ease of Ethyl Hayden, left something to
and purity. Her task in the several be desired. King David had doubt-
arias in the score is largely the less worn out a great many of us.
projection or superimposing of Some attacks of the chorus were a
spirituality on the occasional riot- bit hesitant but these were quick-
ous sensuality of the religiosity. She ly forgotten in splendid finales.
did it very beautifully with a sus- The chorus number en forme de
tained ethereal tone-quality and fugue, sicut locutus, was perhaps
easy vocalization. In the Alleluia least effective in point of view of
chorus at the end of the Second the possibilities of this composition.
part she proved her voice's power. Yet the music was well performed
The purity of Miss Haydn's voice, and not disappointing. Only ac-
its-.eomplete lack of floridity, points customed as we are to shorter pro-
definitely-as indeed her career grams and less intense ones, a
does-to oratorio as her field. I1pointof musical satiety was reach-
Dan Gridley's tenor was adequate ed and response was slow. One
and always intelligent. It was cannot thank Dr. Moore adequate-
hardly thrilling. There is a mild- ly for having presented such a
ness, perhaps a strain, in his tone- splendid group of compositions on
quality and vocalization and at- , this second Festival program.
tack. His voice lacks variety too. There was not a dull moment any-
Merle Alcock rendered the initial where, even when somebody gig-
pastoral very sensitively. gled after certain astonishingly
The Choral Union chorus, though [voiciferous. choral ejaculations.
necessarily imperfect from its im- And certainly satiety is something
perfectly proportionate constitu- to be proud of when achieved on
tion, was much better this year. Bach and Honegger.
Their approach to rhythms wasl _
more solid and more certain. There FOURTH FESTIVAL PROGRAM
was a lack of clarity in the inner OVERTURE, "Fingal's Cave"
voices for the more intricate chor- Mendelssohn
uses; and a similar lack of effec- ARIA, "Vision Fugitive" from
tive dynamic contrasts. But, on "Herodiade" Massenet
the whole, the chorus seemed vital- Richard Bonelli
ized by the energy of Dr. Moore's "SCENE BY THE BROOK" from
mood-a mood one insists on call- "Pastoral" Symphony Beethoven
ing creative rather than merely , ARIA, "Plus grand dans son ob-
interpretative. scurite" from "La Reine de
o Saba" Gounod

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