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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY APRIL 24, 1931

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Published every morning except Monday dur-
ire; the jiiversity year by the Board in Controll
of Student Pulbi iations.
Member of Western Conference Editorial Asso-"
ciation.
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the use for republication of il news dispatches
credited to it or not otherwise credited in this'
Japer and the local news published herein.
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gan, as second class matter. Special rate of
postage granted by Third Assistant Postmaster
General.
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Offices: Ann Arbor Press Building, Maynard
Street. Phones: Editorial, 4925; Business, 21214.
EDITORIAL STAFF
Telephone 4925
MANAGING EDITOR
Chairman Editorial Board
HENRY MERRY
FRANK E. COOPER, City Editor
News Editor... ... ..G......urney Williams
Editorial Director..............Walter W. Wilds
Assistant City Editor........Harold 0. Warren
Sports Editor............ . Joseph A. Russell
Women's Eclitor......... ...Mary L Behmyer
Music, Drama, Books.... . . Wm. J. Gorman
Assistant News Editor : .... Charles R% Sprowl
Telegraph Editor ......... ..corge A. Stauter
Copy Editor ..................Win. E. Pyper
NIGHT EDITORS
S. Beach Conger Charles R. Sprowl
Carl S. Forsythe Richard L. robin
David M. Nichol Harold 0. Warren
John l}. Reindel
Sports Assistants
Sheldon C. Fullerton J. Cullen Kennedy
Charles A. Sanford
REPORTERS

mittee on student affairs. It holds
that the idea will result in more
efficient and harmonious direction
of students affairs first by provid-
ing common ground for faculty-
student legislation, second by mak-
ing less important, if not junking
entirely, the ludicrous sort of
political chicanery that has mud-
dled important student activities,
and lastly by satisfying the present.
need for unpretentious and efficient
handling of student needs.
Campus Opinion
Contributors are, asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than. 30
words if possible. Ar"nymou5 Co-
munications will he 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.
To the Editor:
In Tuesday morning's music and
drama column, Mr. Friedberg made
the following statement: "For some
reason, Mimes have not thought to
divulge the names of their princi-
pals. Whether this is to be taken
as a commentary on campus dra-
matics or as a pure accident re-
mains to be seen on Wednesday
night."
One would assume that Mr. Fried-
berg read The Daily, since he is a
member of the staff. The complete
list of the cast for "The Perfect;
Alibi" appeared twice in The Daily,
Thursday, March 26, and Friday,
April 10, both times ,on the front
page. The list also appeared in the
Ann Arbor Daily News the after-
noon before Mr. Friedberg's remark-
able statement.
James Yant,
President, Mimes.

Music and Drama______H

THE PERFECT ALIBI

A Review.

For those who are still a little
doubtful as to whether the author
whom Dorothy Parker calls Whim-
sy-the-Pooh could write a good
oozy melodrama-the report must
be that "The Perfect Alibi" is not
so oozy and, except for the second
to the last scene, flat and dry. Milne
is a little whimsical in turning the
tables-that is, letting us in on the
murder and making the cast solve
it. The idea is plausible. But it is
difficult. It yields the good scene I
mentioned; but it also forces him
to write the dullest second act in
the history of mystery-dramas (a
Scotland Yard juvenile conducts a
dull examination while his fat
father, the familiar Dogberry type,
makes warm comments). There's
nothing more to say about the play
except to ask the everlasting ques-
tion: why precisely did Mimes want
to do this particular third-rateI
play?
The production shows care. That
is, it constantly reveals that it had
a director. Mimes, I think, should
stick to the policy of having direc-
tors-outside directors. There were
none of the customary Mimesian
loose ends (loose ends in the pro-
duction, with the play so dull, would'
have made the evening unbearable).
Scenes that required intelligent
building were intelligently built. The
guest director did his job well.
The outstanding flaws in the pro-
- -; _ - nai-rlfl

Vhomas M. Cooley
1_Mortcn Fraiik
Frank B. Gilbreth
Saul Friedberg,
Roland Goodman
Morton Helper
]3ryan Jones
Wilbur J. Meyers
E'ileen Blunt
Nanette iembitz
Elsie ;Fel dman
Ruth Gallmneycr
Emily (. Crimes
Jlean Leiv
Dorothy Magee
Susan Manchester

Robert L. Pierce
Richard Racine
..Karl Seiffert "
.Jerry E. Rosenthal
George A. Stauter
.lohn b'.'Thomas
John S. Townsend
Mary McCall
Cle Miller
Margaret O'B~rien
jh: ianor Rairdon
Anne Margaret Tobin
NI argaret empson
Claire Trussell

BUSINESS STAFF
Telephone 21214
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KASPiR I. flALVtkSON, Assistant Manager
Department Managers
Advertising......... . Charles 7. Rline
Advertisi i"-................ ...hoiias M. D~avis
Advertiing"...........,William W. Warboys
ServiceN...................orris J. Johnson
Public-ation.............Robert W. Williamson
irculatio............Marvin S. Kobacker
Accounts. y.............rhomas S. Muir
Business Secretary............Mary J. Kenan

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3warrY R. m glev
Verion Bishop
Wili ain BrQxvn
Rtobert (Caliaban
aWillin W. Davis
Miles Iloisington
Erle Kightlinger
Ann W. Vernet
11a r ian Atr4 n
Ifelen Bailey
JosephiineConvisser
Maxine Fishyrund
Dohy LeMire
Dorothy Lpvli

Assistants
Noe] D. Turner
Djon. W. Lyon
William Morgan
Richard Stratemeier
Reith Tyler
Richard H. Hiller
Byron C. Vedder
Sylvia Miller
Ihelen Olsen
Mildred Postal
Marjorie ]ough
Mary E. Watts
Jlohaiina W~.ise

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 1931
Night Editor - JOHN D. .REINDEL
CORRECTING THE STUDENT
GOVERNMENT MYTH
There has been forthcoming fromI
certain quarters such doubt regard-
ing The' Daily's view toward the
proposed amalgamation of the Stu-
dent council and the Senate com-
mittee on student affairs as would
warrant a further clarification of
our attitude. For some time, The
Daily has held that the current
machinery for dealing with student
affairs has been complex, unsuited
to existing needs, and ineffective in
operation. To the relief of this de-
plorable situation, The Daily pro-
posed a plan whereby the Student
council and the Senate committee
would be unified, yet without sacri-j
iicing either faculty or student
potency in dealing with campus
concerns.
Shortly before the Spring Holi-
days, the reorganization committee
of the Student council proposed the.
organization of an agency along1
similar lines, but added two supple-
mentary bodies-a student admin-
istrative body to handle routineI
affairs and a student-faculty disci-
plinary committee of first instance
whose acts would be subject to final
<rcview by the new existing disci-
plinary committee.l
Now while the details of thesel
two plans vary considerably, theyI
are identical in principle and aim.'1
The fact that The Daily's proposal
*was intentionally sketchy in detailt
presupposed that some allowance
for practical exigencies would have
to be made. Such discrepancies be-!
tween the plans, therefore, merely if
represent the more practical andz
immediate advantages of the Stu-t
dent council's organization over ourc
own. It is true that their plan is'
lacking in a desirable simplicity, in I
fact does notlaing to eliminate bulky
administrative machinery; yet itc
does embody the original aim ofa

editorial Comment duction were probably casting diffi
culties. Whitney Dixon looks like a
o- ---.good Dogberry. But he talks-I con-
(New York Herald-Tribune) lude from several parts-like Whit-
How We Use College Men ney Dixon, slightly nervous because
Yal' he can't talk like anybody else-a
Yale's discovery that the earning Constable (Austrian or English) for
power of the class of '26 four years instance. Then there were some
after graduation averages about awful moments when William Dick-
$3,000 a year is the latest of many ert was tryig to talk like an effemi-
similar statistical contributions to nite English major.
the problem of what a college edu- Kathryn Kratz and Robert Wells,
cation does for one. But it is more individually and to one another,
interesting because the analysis is played very competently. Milne
more detailed. The incomes are wrote them some strained artificial
tabulated in twelve classifications, banter in the first act; and they
Rearranging these in the order of struggled through. But in the first
earning power, one *arrives at the scene of the third act, he has them
depressing conclusion that sales- progressing, nervously and excited-
Smanship offers the highest rewards ly, through an intricate maze of
to college-trained men-in their possibilities and actualities to a so-
early years at any rate-and so lution of the murder. Fine rythms
Imay be expected to lay the heaviest and climaxes in the interchange
claim upon the energies and talents were realized here. Moments of
of those on whom we lavish the ex- tense whispering, tastefully handl-
' pensive apparatus of higher educa- ed, would have made for even more
tion. interest in the scene. William Mul-
Five of these classifications show roney was very successful all the
average incomes above the average , time. Anthony Swarthout was very
' for the whole. "Finance (sales)" dull as Carter. His posture was very
leads the list with an average in- similar to that of the butler-who
come of $4,155. It puts some acid was in character. His self-conceit
into the jest about bond-selling was rather the erect, haughty con-
college men. The remaining four ceit of an English gentleman than
are: manufacturing (sales), com- the more supple conceit of a crim-
merce (non-sales), c o ii me r c e inal gloating in his logic of evil.
(sales), public utilities (sales). Thus Mr. Swarthout's conception and
salesmanship and commercial bus- execution lacked flexibility. He es-
mess earn the better-than-average sentially spoiled the last scene, for
incomes in the earlier years after example, with his rigidity and lack
graduation; the less-than-average of ingenuity in voice, mask, and
incomes go to the youths who have gesture.
devoted themselves to technical W. J. G.
work,- other forms of business man-!
agement and .the professions-ac- FACULTY RECITAL
Itivities generally rated more pro- Thelma Newell, violinist, and
ductive and socially desirable. e Th Louise Nelson, pianist, of the facul_
seven groups .earning less than the ty of the School of Music, will ap-
average are, in order: manufactur- pear in a sonata recital Sunday af-
ing (technical), p u-b Ii c utilities ternoon, April 26 at 4:15 o'clock in
(technical), finance (non-sales), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Thel
manufacturing (non-sales), public general public is invited to attend
utilities (non-sales), law and edu- without admission charge but is
cation, the last showing an aver- frespectfully requested to be seated
age income of $2,084. on time and for obvious reasons re-
Put in another way, it appears frain from bringing small children.
that the most highly rewarded Miss Newell is a graduate of the
function is salesmanship, followed 1 violin department of the School of
by technical work, with general Music and after several years of
production or management last. successful professional accomplish-
Within each of these three func- ments, both as teacher and concert
tional groups the most highly re- artist, with headquarters in Detroit,
warded occupation is finance, with she was induced to join the faculty
manufacturing second and public of the School of Music two years
utilities last. Commerce does not ago. Since then she has continued
fit into the scheme, but the desig- her public performances not only
nation is obviously too broad. The in Ann Arbor, but elsewhere in the
table also contains a "miscellane- State of Michigan, always with
ous" classification. These incomes, great success. In addition to being
which must be earned by the doc- I a solo performer of splendid ac-
tors, journalists, public servants complishments, she is an ensemble
and countless o t h e r specialists, artist of creditable ability.
come out very slightly above the Louise Nelson is also a graduate
average for the whole. of the School of Music, having com-

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TONIGHT: In the Mendelssohn
Theatre, beginning at 8:15, a
piano recital by Frank Bishop,
with the following program:
T or,;,i. ... . . . .. . .......... Fscher
l'nlud' .iI Fuuc .in M inoir......Bach
I elde l jand Vuogu in C sharp M iinor Bail
I ini S'nai . . ........... .. eethoven
sa''. ...........................C.. hopin
Pantasie in F Minor. . ... . .. .. . Chopin
a hdrale Engloutie . ..........ebussy
Sc uiiltias ......................lbeniz
Sixt h h psody .................A iszt
That the plans for an annual fes-
tival of professional drama inaug-
urated last May have realized them-
selves seems to be delightfully
shown by the almost unbelievable
promises Mr. Henderson has re-
cently made for this May. To repeat
them again, from May 25 to June
27, six plays will be given: Sopho-
cles' "Electra"; Strindberg's "The
Father"; Silvara's "The Caprice";
Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the
Man"; Noel Coward's "Private
Lives" and Congreve's "Way of the
World."
There is not much need to insist
on the merits of that choice. The
repertory has brilliant balance: one
of the greatest of Greek tragedies
is shown with one of the finest of
naturalistic tragedies by an author
who has been one of the deepest
influences on modern drama but is
seldom produced; the best comedy
of manners in all literatures (rarely
produced because there are few
actors adequate to Congreve's mar-
vellous prose) is followed by the
latest comedy of manners (Noel
Coward's comedy which is enjoying
a splendid run in New York at the
present time and will be given its
first production elsewhere here).
And finally, as a concession to the
fact that May and June are warm
months, the repertory concludes
with Silvara's play, recently tried
and proven by Alfred. Lunt and
Lynne Fontanne, and one of Shaw's
most incisive romantic farces.
Foremost among the players be-
ing brought here is Blanche Yurka,
who will play the title role in Elec-
tra and the Lynne Fontanne role
in "Caprice." Miss Yurka, perhaps
most widely known for her lurid
work in "The Squall," has done
much more respectable work, in-
cluding The Woman in Toller's
"Man and the Masses," Gina in her
own production of "The Wild Duck,"
an important role in the Theatre
Guild's "Goat Song" by Werfel.
Martha Graham of the Danee Re-
pertory Theatre, one of the finest
solo dancers and choreographers of
the day, will direct the chorus in
"Electra." Tom Powers, star come-
dian of the Theatre Guild and re-
cently noted for his amazing deliv-
ery of the longest single speech in
the history of drama as King Mag-
nus in "The Apple Cart," will play
opposite Violet Heming in "Arms
and the Man," "Private Lives," and
"The Way of the World."
At least three of the productions
announced promise to be extremely
significant events in the theatre.
They are to alternate with three
which promise sure-fire entertain-
ment. Mr. Henderson deserves con-
gratulations for persisting in his
idea until he can make such an ex-
citing announcement as that. Ap-
proval and support of it locally
should be spontaneous.
LILY PONS

The young coloratura, who has to
meet an urgent first night audi-
ence here next May, seems to show
every promise of being brilliantly
satisfying. She has just made her
third record for Victor and it must
be one of the finest soprano rec-
ords in the catalogue. Mme. Pons
sings two Gilda arias from "Rigo-
letto," the opera in which she made
her debut in New York. The arias
are "Caro Nome" (which she is to
sing here) and "'tutte Le Feste."
In them she seems to have all Gal-
li-Curci's ease and fluency, all of
her purity of tones, and more than
her warmth.
Olga Samaroff makes a piano rec-
ord of considerable interest this
month. On the one side is her own
piano adaptation of J. S. Bach's
Organ Fugue in G Minor-losing
some of the volume and magnifi-
cence but contributing to its clar-
ity.
SIBELIUS-STOKOWSKI
The recent American interest in
the music of Jan Sibelius is pene-
trating the recording companies.
Columbia has done the first two
symphonies. And now Victor issues'
as its record-of-the-month for May
the "Swan of Tuonela" played by
Leopold Stokowski and orchestra at
cheir very best. This piece is taken
from one of Sibelius' most popular

providing an agency capable of Of course, figures like these are,
achieving direct and cooperative tantalizing rather than significant.
action by faculty and students. In The experience of one class in one
brief, while our original plan was college can tell little, while many
avowedly ideal, hence revolutionary, factors would tend to change the
the present plan of the Student relative standing a few years hence.
council is more than a step in the But these statistics fall into so in-
direction of stabilizing campus teresting a pattern that one would!
affairs-it is a proposal which, if ;like to have a wivipr onmniloir

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Albert Lockwood.
successfully in the
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of study under
After teaching
School of Music
concert perfor-
last year abroad
and travel, re-

turning to resume her duties at the
School of Music, last fall. She is a
solo nerformer of attractive aristrv

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