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%E8DAY, 'FEBRUARY 17, 1931
When President Ruthven's state-
inent setting forth the status of
fraternities in the eyes of the Uni-
versity and civil authorities of Ann
Arbor was issued last week follow-
.ing the spectacular raiding of five
fraternities and arrest of 79 stu-
dents, it was naturally expected
that the University would act
against the parties implicated in
the liquor raids. In spite of its
logic-chopping and straddling, this
statement specifically left the way
open for administrative discipline.
While the question of the justifica-
tion of this attitude is admittedly
debatable, the fact remains that
the administration is the final au-
thority on the subject; if students
object to a view as meddling and
unfair, they are free to withdraw
from the University.
On the basis of this attitude,
whether right or wrong, the Senate
committee on student afairs was
warranted in giving the situation
its attention. Since the administra-
tion had undertaken the responsi-
bility of dealing with the situation,
and because the raids were given
tremendous publicity, the Senate
committee was justified in its ac-
tion, that is, save in its extreme
severity. The committee apparent-
ly felt that social probation was
:not adequate for the situation;
seeking a greater punishment, it
used the precedent of closing up
the fraternity houses and added
the prohibition of pledging and ini-
tiating. Presumably, much of this
severity was to appease the public
conscience, and as such was an un-
warranted burden upon the fra-
ternities. The closing of the fra-
ternities can reform only through
the effect of the financial burden
thus imposed; overhead expenses
coitinue, alumni who in most cases
own the houses are made appre-
hensive, the students are scattered
to rooming houses, where, in the
light of President Ruthven's search-
ing dictum, the fraternity men will
be under less University surveil-
lance. The results of such a proce-
dure are doubtful.
Presumably, the Senate commit-
toe felt constrained to act thus se-

drinkers and muckers generally.
In view of this, the committee prob-
ably thought the situation called
for summary and effective action.
But in thus playing up to the in-
flated and distorted public concep-
tion of the problem, they inadvert-
ently appeared to justify many of
the private conclusions which had
been fostered by the bloated pub-.
licity. Further, the wave of sensa-
tionalism may also have induced
the committee to act with more
haste than was compatible with a
completely dispassionate and com-
prehensive view of the situation.
The second reason for such ac-
tion follows from the same publici-
ty source, but proceeded more di-
rectly from the administrative offi-
cers of the University who for the
past year have been concerned with
the fortunes of the University in
the legislature, who have had their
minds and hearts so centered in the
prejudices of Lansing instead of in
the actual problems of the students
that they have become somewl~at
ludicrous in their efforts to walk
the thin ice of appeasing the de-
sires of the legislators, without get-
ting their feet wet. The Senate
committee, working at the problem
of disciplining the five fraternities
without the hindrance of these two
factors, might achieve a different
The manner in which notoriety
given student misconduct can bring
discredit to the University never
has so clearly been illustrated as in
the events of the past week. The
situation created largely out of thin
air was altogether unfair to the
University;tdrinking among its stu-
dents has been rapidly declining
for the past several years and this
University is one of the "driest" in
the country. Despite the occurence
of events which lend themselves
easily to painting the expected pic-
ture of college students as boister-
ous, ill-behaved idlers, these same
students quietly and seriously gc
about securing an education in a
business-like manner.
There are only two really signifi-
cant things which engaged the Uni-
versity unduly the past two weeks
not that liquor was found in fiv
fraternity houses where 79 stu
dents were sleeping, but first, tha
some 9,000 students have taken thi
hardest set of examinations eve
given here, and second, that th
Ann Arbor police chose the mos
spectacular and least effective wa
of meeting the liquor problem, suc
as it exists. If they honestly hop
to apply the sponge to Ann Arbor'
remotest dampness, let them dea
adequately and courageously wit
the sources of supply.
I Editorial Comment
(From the Grand Rapids Press)
Net effect of the "padlocking" o
five fraternities at the University o
Michigan because liquor owned b
some member or members wa
found in them:
Members, including at least nin
entirely innocent students out o
every ten, will rent rooms elsewher
in Ann Arbor, presumably in priv
ate homes where they will be im
mune from any police disturbance
no matter what they buy or drini
Fraternity houses will be close'
down, forcing a score of student
and others out of employment, per
haps obliging some working stu
dents to give up their college ca
reers. These affected employees -
waiters, dishwashers, etc.- had c

course nothing to do with the liquc
and are not fraternity members.
Alumni at a distance, actual own
ers of the fraternity houses in mol
cases, will take steps to see the
members retain their affiliation an
loyalty, and pay dues until ne>
September when the houses ma
Drinking members of other fra
ternities, taking warning, will mov
liquor supplies to private rooms oc
cupied by freshmen and some old(
Drinking will be more surrepti
tious, but no reason will exist the
it should be any less prevalent.
A spirit of halfbaked revolt wi
be encouraged by the feeling of in
justice arising from this raid upo
houses properly regarded by str
dents as their homes, a raid cor
ducted without any p r o o f c
thought that liquor was being so]
at the houses or from them, bi
merely upon the basis of possessio
by a small minority.
Punishment of the many for tl
sins of the few never sits we]
1 When the punishment is of colleg
youth and the primary fault lies e
the door of federal, state and loci
authorities who have permitted a
easy and cheap flow of liquor t
reach Ann Arbor without adequat

L OFF! *
Here we are again fellows! Fresh t
and bright after our little layoff s
and all set to go on the nice new e
semester. Goodie Goodie goodie t
goodie goodie.w
1 * * * .
It will be of deep interest tou
the followers of this column tos
know that the Editor thereofn
has been signally awarded for
his noble efforts on behalf ofd
the University's reputation and
the comfort of the student bodyf
as a whole. He now has four (4)
lectures in Newberry Auditor- u
ium each and every week in-
stead of only two as previously.
This, of course, will mean twicet
as much space devoted to it ina
this department. NOW will you
help do something about it? t
Here comes the reverberating1
echo of the late unpleasantness1
brought on by the jealousy of thee
A. A. Police. As you all know byr
now, fearing that all the townf
liquor would be consumed beforet
the Firemen's and Policemen's Ball,
they cleaned up on the pre J-Hop
stocks of five 'Frat Houses' in thet
vicinity evoking the folloiwng com-
ment from one of the injured par-
ties.(Not the J-Hop).
Listen swabs and you shall
Of the midnite ride for a keg
of beer
Which stopped at the Eta Eta
- And found some whisky, gin,
and Rye.
Cops lined them then against
the wall
And searched their lodgings
- one and all
- And, finding liquor did prevail
They hied them straightway to
e the jail
,t J. A. Bursley, Dean of Power
e Wrecked the J-Hop within the
r hour
e No more liquor, no more girls
t Who said life was one mad
y whirl?
h * * *
e To all of which I reply 'CAVEAT'
s EMPTOR'. Which, literally trans-,
l lated means-Anyone who patron-
h izes green bootleggers deserves all
he gets.
.0* -* *
This whole business only goes
to confirm a suspicion that has
o been growing in my mind for
some time that there should be
a State Board for the Examina-
f tion of Bootleggers to see that.
f such outrages are not contin-
med Michinan could make itself'

Rachmaninoff is Loo old a man,
oo mature a man to be merely
atisfied with an indulgence of an
exquisite sensibility to pianistic de-
tail (as Brailowsky more or less
was.) Yet no pianist with less visi-
ble effort (with such a minimum of
wrist and arm flourish) display
such a knowledge of the keyboard's
magic as Rachmaninoff.
Rachmaninoff is too rigorous, too
deep an intellectualist to be merely
the fastidious aristocrat of digni-
fied tastes and gracious sensibility
playing with insouciant ease and
undeniable correctness (that Iturbi
more or less was.) Yet it is difficult
to ever find Rachmaninoff lacking
the essential virtues of the Iturbi
Again, Rachmaninoff has been
too long a performer to exploit
youthful bravura in a general en-
thusiasm for the "physicality" of
performance as Horowitz, despite
h i s classic intellectualism, un-
doubtedly does. Yet no pianist's
rythms are more consistently vital,
forceful and stirring than Rach-
I think that this Rachmaninoff
fusion of severalavery important
things (which I have tried to brief-
ly, loosely suggest) explains why it
is always so intensely interesting to
come into contact with Rachman-
inoff as a musician, why his Ann
Arborarecital last week was soex-
citing. He is a great pianist, prob-
ably the greatest. Great meaning
possibly that his long experience as
a performer he has fused into his
style the essence of several possible
approaches to pianistic literature
together with some equally validl
personal elements. Outstanding a-
mong the more personal things (in
these Horowitz seems to be his kin)
are: a stern virility displaying it-
self in a hard incisiveness of tone
and firmly wrought rythms; a rigid
intellectualism, displaying itself in
his structural foresight, his insis-
tence on lucid architecture, his
preoccupation with wholes at the
expense of only indicating his in-
tentions as to the details.
I personally feel a little discom-
fort to see this great style applied
so consistently to Chopin and Liszt
(his Detroit and New York recitals
fast year were all Chopin-Liszt).
JHe makes them both into sterner

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uc. II11AI Ig uilac1a
the laughingstock of the coun- ;
try fast enough by having such
things like the Newberry Aud.
around without the extraneotfs
assistance of a couple of guys
who never even went to school
here and have no right butting
in on a local industry.
* 4 *
When I think that brave policemen
At my house have yet to call
Seeking liquor in my basement-
It's a fine world after all!
It is this department's business
to point out at every opportunity
just what a foul disgrace the New-
berry Auditorium is to our fair
campus. It also wishes to mention
that something might have been
done about it between semesters but
. * ** *
Say, I just pulled a funny on
the bookstores! I sold them a
book for a course they don't
give any more. Of course they
may be able to use it for some-
thing else if they want to cheat,
but I bought that Dictionary
for a Rhetoric course and con-
sidering the mark I got, I guess
it couldn't have been a very
good one anyway.
*- *; *
Spring is approaching apace-
also Ann Arbor I might add. The
Pherret reports the first sign of it
observed so far- he says he saw
a B & G Boy casting amorous eyes
at a shovel yesterday. He didn't
state whether it was a snow shovel
or the kind they dig those entranc-
ing ditches with but I hardly think
that matters.
* * *
We understand that Play
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stuff than they deserve, giving their
writing a clarity, boldness, saliency,
compactness, strength and signifi-
cance which are rather more per-
sonal with Rachmaninoff than with
either Chopin or Liszt. The basic
naivete of these compositions makes
his intellectualism just a little il-
legitimate; something extra being
undeservedly s u p e r i m p o s ed. In
greater contexts (such as the Ham-
merklavier S o n a t a, as Herbert
Schwartz suggested at the time of
his recital here two years ago) his
style would be magnificently rele-
vant. Such performances would be
the greatest of the age. And Rach-
maninoff owes them not so much
to us as to himself.
The series of concerts sponsored
by the Chamber Music Society of
Ann Arbor was continued last night
by a trio of French musicians,
Madeleine Monnier, Marcel Grand-
jany, and Rene LeRoy playing re-
spectively cello, harp and flute.
There was enough significant i
novelty in the evening to compen-
sate for the rather lengthy and
rather sad section granted the 'cel-
list who was hardly effective for1
very long in any one of her num-
bers and most unconvincing in the
attempt at virtuosity in the Mosz-
kowski Tarentelle. The 'cellist's
share in the Rameau trios was
somewhat uncertain too.
But the Harp and Flute combin-
ation (both of them competent
musicians of good taste) introduced
a lovely Sonata by the greatest son
of J. S. Bach, extremely sensitive
melodically and in the Allegro a)
clear anticipation of the Mozar-
tean esprit. Numbers in their sec-
ond group included some effective
emotionalisation by Charles Widor
(clearly written for this combina-
tion since it exploited its possibili-
ties more effectively than any other
number on the program), a popu-
lar Indian Song in a caret dynamic
construction; Ravel's early piano
piece "Pavane Pour Une Infante
Defunte" which split very delicate-
ly into a lyric line and a harmonic
setting with the two tone-quali-
ties also nicely relevant to one an-
other; and finally Rimsky-Korsa-
koff's popular incidental piece "The
Flight of the Bumble Bee," which,
curiously enouwh nromidd a





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