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Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less thai. 300
words if possible. Atonymous com-
munications 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 Daily.
My attention has been called to
as vicious a bit of proposed legisla-
tion as is the proposed limitation
of the University's mill tax-it is
House Bill No. 360 introduced by
Representative Philip C. Pack of
Ann Arbor.
The announced purpose of this
Bill is to prevent fraternities from
"escaping taxation." Whatever may
be the University's stand upon fra-
ternity taxation it can not well let
this challenge go wihout attention.
Unless the University officials
and the Board of Regents are asleep
they will vigorously oppose this
Pack Bill-it goes too far! It at-
tempts to meddle with the domestic
affairs of the University and with
matters beyond the jurisdiction of
the Legislature. I believe the Bill
is unconstitutional for it attempts
to control the discretion vested in
the Board of Regents by the State
Constitution. The Board of Regents
'is made the highest -form of juris-
tic person known to the law, a con-
stitutional corporation of indepen-
dent authority, which, within the
scope of its functions, is co-ordinate
with and equal to that of the legis-
lature (167 Mich. 450). The Board
of Regents has independent control
of the affairs of the University and
1its property. It is thus constitu-
[tionally impossible' fr the legisla-
ture to pass any valid law which
would prevent any students, or
organization of students, from
occupying as a dwelling any build-
ing owned by the University-if the
Board of Regents so authorized
such occupation.
This Pack Bill does not purport
to prevent fraternities deeding their
property to the Regents, nor to
prevent the Regents from accepting
such deeds in trust for the very
fraternities so deeding. No law
could behpassed which would pre-
vent that, for constitutional rea-
sons I shall not attempt to set
forth in full. See, however, Consti-
tution Article XI, Section II, pro-
Ividing that "all property given b
individuals or appropriated by th
state for educational purposes shal
be and remain a perpetual fund
which shall be inviolably appropri-
ated and applied to the specifc
objects of the original gift, gran
Sor appropriation." So if fraternities
deeded their property to the Re
gents for educational purposes, i. e.
in trust for the housing of thei.
student members (and housing stu-
dents would be an educational pur-
pose, especially since the suprem
court has held a golf course is)
no power on earth can prevent th
Regents accepting such trust deeds
nor could the properties then be
taxed, or meddled with in any way
by anyone except pursuant to th
original trust deeds.
Pack's Bill isa futile attempt a'
gaining him vote popularity i
Washtenaw County, but it is a
dangerous thing to allow the legis-
lature to even think it can meddle
with the internl affairs of the
University "by passing a statute.
Northwestern University allots cer-
tam sections of its dormitories to
certain fraternities, but this Pac
Bill would attempt to prevent the

University of Michigan from doin
the same thing in the future, thus
} hamstringing the.Board, of Regents
The University;of Pennsylvania and
other universities have accepted
such trust deeds from fraternities-
and many states exempt fraternity
property from taxation-while this
Pack Bill attempts to prevent the
fraternities giving their property tc
the University!
Notice that the Pack Bill attempts
to exempt from its provisions
"clubs, societies and organizations
which shall be open to every stu-
dent upon application and the pay-
ment of an admission fee of not
to exceed $25, and withou$ other
discrimination of any nature except
that of the sex of the applicant.'
If this Bill should become a valid
law it would close every dormitory
now operated by the University
which is' "open to every student
upon application, and without other
discrimination of any nature excep,
that of the sex of the applicant.'
Discrimination is necessary for the
successful operation of any dormi-
tory, but this Pack Bill would ham-
string the University in operating
these girl dormitories! No doubt
about it!
I should think that the President
of the University and the Board of
Regents would resent Pack's Bill
much more than the Interfrater-

critic as from the layman), ask
some interesting questions. One "
would know first how far hisa
achievement is one of musical com- t
petence, how far it is the result of 1
hero worship. More important, one
would know (assuming the' pre-t
eminent ability) just what that abil-
ity is, how much it is shared byr
other great conductors and how fara
it is unique.C
Probably there are enough extra-
neous events to contribute to, and

Mr. Toscanini's phenomenal suc-
cess, his universal acclaim (enthus-
iasm is as extravagant from the



About B ooks*
Gunn: Harcourt Brace: Review
copy courtesy Slater's Book Store.

Members of fraternities and sor-1
orities were asked yesterday to sup-
port the annual drive for funds for
the Fresh Air camp for under-'
privileged children at Patterson
Two weeks from today members
of student organizations will ask
men and women on the campus to
"buy a tag"; in an effort to raise
the University contribution for the
Fresh Air project.
The camp was founded in 1921
by Louis C. Reiman, then on the
staff of the Student Christian asso-
ciation, to benefit young boys of
limited means and limited oppor-
tunities for outdoor life, who might
derive tue healthful and recrea-
tional benefits of two weeks in the
open air which they rarely enjoyed
in their crowded life of the city.
Since that time more than 3,000{
boys have been given renewed vigor
from outdoor exercise and play,
through the generosity of students,
faculty, alumni and friends of the
But the camp has done more
than provide an outlet for the
energy of underprivileged youth
who get their only opportunity for
fresh air, swimming lessons and
three meals a day at Patterson
lake; it has afforded a means of
stimulating University men to an
interest in intelligent leadership
among boys.
Since its inception, the camp has
been directed by six University
graduates, all of whom were varsity
athletes in their undergraduate
days, and who' were thus qualified
to instruct in the benefits of physi-
cal exercise.
More than 100 University stu-
dents have been associated with the
camp as counsellors, as well as men
from Hope, Oberlin, and Indiana
Universities. Moreover, from the
leadership derived at the camp
have developed a number of suc-
cessful camp executives, including
Prof. L. M. "Larry" Gould of the
Byrd expedition, Homer H. Grafton,
founder of Camp Wigwasati in On-
tario, Can., and Reiman, director of


in some cases even determine aa
conductor's success. So may his 13
mannerisms and perhaps none the
less those of his following. So mayr
his appearance and his history. Buts
this is a case where, granted the 1
contributing force of all these ele-
ments, the musical result itself re-
mains to be accounted for. It is one
of those fortunate coincidences
when the uniqueness of a reputa-;
tion coincides with the uniqueness
of a man-fortunate because thee
reputation supplies the attention to
what might otherwise pass without
special notice.c
Most obviously there is the unre-
lenting steadiness of this conduc-
tor's beat; but then we have Kous-
sevitzky and Stokowski (when he
wants #). Then there is the matter
of orchestral balance. But who is
more careful of this than Stokow-
ski? One might go on to enumerate
the factors of orchestral1 perform-
ance and find that all of them have
been attended to by the important
leaders. The difference of course
does not lie in how much attention
is given to these things but in the
kind of attention, in the purpose for
which it is given, in the results to
which it is necessary.
Mr. Toscanini's greatness is his
ability to achieve profoundly affect-
ing musical results by increment
and interaction of the casual and
the commonplace. His playing de-
mands no hectic, mysterious set-
ting. He is saying as he conducts:
"Look how simple and natural this
is." But when he is through the
hearer is only aware of how inevit-
able -it all was. As one often feels
at the end of a Chekhov short story
or one of Shakespeare's tragedies,
one cannot tell what made it all so
important, why the tremendous
climax should have been so easy
to accept.
Yet everything that this man
does contributes to this result. His
rhythm is not the rhythm of primi-
tive insistence: it is no end in itself.
It is the logic of his action. Each
tphrase, as it is molded, is a care-
fully chiseled attitude of exper-
ience; it is said as the human voice
would say it if it could. That is the
function of his orchestral balance,
of his phrasing, his emphasis. The
evenness of the beat is the easy
coherence of these attitudes. No
distortion is necessary to his ex-
pression because he finds room for
natural flexibility within metro-
nomic limits.
It would be ridiculous to maintain
that no one else approaches these
accomplishments or that Mr. Tos-
canini himself is consistently suc-
cessful. But there is enough uni-
. formity in his style to indicate a
purposeful sensitiveness in this
direction even as other conductors
show consistency of purpose in
other directions.-Some music may
be more aptly communicated by a
harder, less sensitive rhythmic line:
the rugged force of Beethoven's
Eroica was occasionally lost by a
too gentle inflection. It should be
remembered, however, that per-
formance also involves judgment
and it is not so certain that even
Beethoven is right when a choice
is to be made between his reputa-
tion and his music, profane as this
may sound. A string responding to
all vibrations may not displace
Sitselfas much as another for any
particular one.
It is strange that the protagon-
ists of current movements which
profess restraint and temperance
should be unaware of their greatest

exponent. But he too is probably
unaware of them and their nega-
tive doctrines. The critic may dis-
cover what must not be done. The
artist realizes it by his instinctive
knowledge of, what he must do.
Herbert S. Schwartz.
Beginning tonight and runningI

Fresh as sunlight and the salt
ea air, and as ruggedly simple as
he Scotch fishing village about
which it is written is Nell Gunn's
Morning Tide." The story is told
s it is seen through the eyes of a
hirteen year old boy who has an
unusual gift of insight into human
beings and their ways. The plot is
rot elaborately woven, the charac-
ers are notparticularlycbrilliant,
and the stern rocky coast is a
rather forbidding setting, but the
author has imparted a note of sin-
cerity to the whole which marks
the book as outstanding.
"Morning Tide" is more a series
f episodes than a connected story,
and is concerned with the events
n the lives of the MacBeths, a
Scotch fisher family. Hugh, the lad
who is the connecting link in the
narrative is a more or less ordinary
schoolboy, but Mr. Gunn's skill de-
picts all the incidents of his life in
such a sympathetic fashion that we
seem to feel his terrors his dreams
and his emotions. Life at thirteen
is a complicated matter for the
smallest details loom up immeasur-
ably and the delights are as num-
erous as the pains.
The two sisters Grace and Kristy
form an unusual contrast for one is
darkly and beautifully interesting
while the other is wholesome and
blonde, with a certain charm which
is more appealing than her lovelier
sister's. They both love the same
man, the irresponsible Charlie, who
seems to love them both in turn,'
with a calculated passion, which
veils a cruel streak .underneath his
undeniable attractiveness.
Somberly beautiful in some pass-
ages and full of the dry humor
which is a peculiarly Scotch con-
tribution, "Morning Tide" is a
11 - 'mm ' m


worthy book. 1vi. U B.
1066 AND ALL THAT: by W. C.
Sellar and R. J. Yeatinan: E. P.
Dutton: Review copy courtesy of f
Slater's Book store.
Scrambled history in its most
hilarious form is presented in the
extraordinary volume entitled "1066
And All That." It purports to tell
all the history you can remember,
and probably does at that, for
among the delicious bits of foolery
with which it abounds, are contain-
ed one hundred and three good
things, five Bad Kings and two (2)
genuine dates.
The humor is positively inspiring
and will cause you to go around for
days with a glint in your eye, pes-
tering your friends with selected
passages. It would make an excel-
lent gift for a sick friend, your his-
tory professor, or your little nephew
Freddy, providing he is not too im-
Beginning with the Roman con-
quest in 55 B. C. (that's the only
other date the authors bother you
with) and supplemented with amaz-
ing questionaires at the end of each
chapter, the book is consistently
funny, and it would take heroic
measures to keep from laughing
aloud. Quotation is almost impos-
sible because it is hard to find any
one selection which is funnier than
another, but the highlights are
King Hengist and his wife (? or
horse), King Charles the First (or
was it the bsecond?) and his Divine
Right theory, and Queen Victoria
who was good and plural but not
"1066 And All That" is as instruc-
tive as two history courses and
three times as entertaining. You
will be your own worst enemy if
you don't read it. M. O' B.
Social problems for various rea-
sons seem to be getting more and
more attention in book form. On
the spring list of the Houghton
Mifflin Company there are quite a
few books dealing with various
problems from various aspects. M.
Ilin is represented with a book "New
Russia's Primer" a story of the five
years plan which is translated by
George S. Counts and Nucia P.
Lodge. It has been chosen as the
April Book-of-the-Month. Then
there are "Pan-Sovietism, what it
means to America and to the
World" by Bruce Hopper, and such
books as "America the Menace" by
George Duhamel, "Economic Be-
haviour" written by a series of
prominent economists, and books
on various historical subjects in
modern light.
Morris Cohen prominent Ameri-
can philosopher and a firm up-


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Who's Who at the Festival
LILY PONS, French coloratura soprano created a sensation when unheralded she made
her Metropolitan Opera debut on January 3, last. Since then she has appeared
in several major operatic roles and the furore has continued. To appear at the
Ann Arbor and Evanston Festivals she was obliged to cancel her return trip to
Paris enroute to South America. (Ann Arbor debut).
IGNACE JAN PEDEREWSKI has been a world figure for more than two score years.
He loves to play in Hill Auditorium and on his last two visits said that "it is the
finest concert hall in the world." To play at the Festival it was necessary for him
to postpone his return to Europe.
WALTER WIDDOP the eminent opera singer of the British National Opera Company
is recognized as an outstanding tenor and his coming to America constitutes an event
in the season's musical activities. His Ann Arbor engagement is due to the courtesy
of the Cincinnati Musical Festival association where he will make his American
CHASE BAROMEO is a product of the School of Music, who later spent several years
in Italy in further study, and for several years was leading bass at LaScala, and in
South American opera houses. For three seasons he has been a member of the
Chicago Civic Opera Association.
NELSON EDDY was "discovered and first taught by the great David Bispham who
predicted an outstanding career for him. Eddy has fulfilled that prophesy for he
has sung under the most critcial musical auspices and has won commendations
right and left. (Ann Arbor debut).
FRED PATTON, concert and operatic bass has received the most flattering encomiums
for his virtuosity. He is referred to as "outstanding solo light of the concert" . . .
"Whose magnificent bass voice and splendid musicianship entitles him to a front
rank place." He is an American whose success has been gratifying to his country-
men. (Ann Arbor debut).
RUTH BRETON, American violinist. "Took us all by storm" said one Chicago critic,
while Olin Dowes said: "Eloquent without pretense." Her debut was made with
the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and her success was soon repeated elsewhere in
Europe. (Ann Arbor debut).
PALMER CHRISTIAN is known from coast to coast and abroad as one of the dis-
tinguished organists of the day. His services are continually in demand and each
year he flits about the country in concert performances or playing with the great
of season tickets (six concerts) begins
Up to that time mail orders will be filled in sequence.
PRICES-$6, $7, $8
(If Choral Union Festival Coupon is presented, deduct $3
from above prices.)

HILDA BURKE is a leading soprano of the Chicago Civic Opera Association where she
has excelled in many major roles. Her voice is beautifully artistic and is handled
with ease and poise. She is always a favorite, performer because of her sincere and
efective art. (Ann Arbor debut).
CYRENA VAN GORDON is not a newcomer to Ann Arbor for she has thrilled Fes-
tival audiences before although not in recent years. She is a leading contralto of
the Chicago Civic Opera Association and has made a profound impression in many
major roles. She is at the zenith of a mature art and is a most welcome addition
to the roster of' any list.
ELEANOR REYNOLDS after making a fine record with the Chicago Civic Opera
Association, during the past several seasons has won great distinction with the Staats-
opern of both Berlin and Vienna. She is a dominating personality possessing mu-
sicianship of highest order. (Ann Arbor debut).
FREDERICK JAGEL is an American tenor who has made an eniviable career at the
Metropolitan Opera House. His voice is to rival that of Martinelli. As a singer of
important roles he has won the plaudits of discriminating musicians and critics.
(Ann Arbor debut).
THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION is one of the largest and oldest permanent
student choral groups. During its more than half century of existence it has per-
formed at Choral Union and May Festival concerts practically all of the larger as
well as many of the smaller compositions.
THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has been an annual visitor at Ann
Arbor May Festivals for the past twenty-seven years, having played first at the festival
of' 1905. It has had but two permanent conductors, Theodore Thomas, its founder,
and Dr. Stock.
THE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL CHORUS adds a youthful touch to the festival activ-
ities which 'is indeed wholesome and desirable. The boys and girls through their
annual festival performances not only provide stimulating entertainment for the pub-
lic but individually and collectively derive an inspiration for musical culture which
molds their entire lives.
EARL V. MOORE is recognized as one of America's outstanding choral conductors as
well as a musical director of distinction. As a program builder he has attracted the
favorable attention of concert goers, and as a conductor he has won the admiration
of lovers of choral music.
FREDERICK STOCK may be regarded as the "Dean of American orchestra conduc-
tors." Having come up through the ranks as an orchestra player his is a sincere
mastery of all of the intricacies of orchestral performance, and he possesses an
almost uncanny ability to crystalize the beauty of the composition to be performed
with the abilities of his players.
ERIC DELAMARTER, Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, comn-
poser, -and organist of attractive musical proportions. Dr. Stock and his great band
of players are fortunate in having so able and versatile a musician as second in
JUVA HIGBEE possesses varied musical talents. As Supervisor of Music in the Ann
Arbor Public Schools after having previously won distinction in other similar ca-


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