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... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Beach Conger, Jr.
. Carl Forsythe
.David M. Nichol
.Sheldon C. Fullerton
...... .Margaret A. Thompson
.........Bertram J. Askwith
............enton C. Kunze
.Robert L. Pierce
.William P. Pyper

J. Culloeq Kennedy
Jerry E. Rosenthal
A. Stauter

Charles A.
S. Townsend

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Brackley Shaw
Parker Snyder
Ford Spikerman
Alfred Stresei-Reuter
William Thal
(lien Winters
Charles Woolner
Margaret O'Brien
Eleanor Rairdon
Marjorie Thomson
Anne Tobin
Alma Wadsworth
Josephine Woodhams

"CAB SIR?"
(From the Minnesota Daily.)
A CONDITION now existing in Minneapolis at the
present time affects in no small degree the Uni-
versity student quite as much as it does the Minne-
apolis citizen. The reference is to the recent mini-
mum rate law ratified by the city council. The mini-
mum law, as is well known, set the minimum charge
at a point which was almost twice the prevailing
rate at the time the law was passed. Before the
ordinance went into effect, it was possible for a
student to ride from the city to the University, in a
comfortable and well-kept taxicab, for seventy-five
cents. The charge made by drivers of the same cab
company for the same journey is now a dollar and
a quarter.
Obviously, there is no reason for such exorbitance.
Independent cab companies who formerly provided
service at lower, rates did not complain of insuffi-
cient business. Patrons of these companies did not
complain of insufficient service, or of unsatisfactory
riding conditions. Where, then, was the occasion
for the increase?
The city council of Minneapolis has evidently lost
sight of the fact that its first duty is to the citizenry,
rather than to the corporate interests. If the council
is able to see much farther than its collective nose,
it should be able to see that the new minimum rate
law will serve only to force smaller companies into
bankruptcy.
If, however, the city council feels itself unable
to deal with the situation, there is always the ex-
pedient of the other legislative body whose efforts\
could be centered on this problem. The state Legisla-
ture,-if it so chose, could enact a statute which spe-
cifically states that no municipal body in the state
shal ratify a proposal having to do with minimum
taxicab rates. And the Legislature ought not of right
fear the passage of such legislation. What body do
both the Legislature and the city council serve: the
corporate interests, or the people themselves?
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Music;and Drama
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AsED POLL
RESURRtECTION
Uncle Daniel isn't half as dead as
that story the other morning might
have led you all to expect and hope.
H is right now in the process of
being yanked unce r oniously from
his bed by a lazy editorial director
to write a lousy Rolls colun at
11:30 at night. if you are wise you
will take a day off of this and re-
sort to the edits. I am told they
are interesting tonight.
It seems that the boys are in
'kind of a turmoil over the lat-
est administrative fiasco. If
anyone had come and asked
me, I could have told them that
no good would ever come of a
proposition that was put over
the way that new Interfratern-
ity Judiciary ,Committee was.
They only had a majority of
one after the slickest railroad-
ing program the University has
ever seen had cleared away.
Not one man out of five among
those who voted for it had any
idea of how much power they
were actually getting skined
out of.
* * *
At that, the only thing that pre-
vented complete and disastrous
success of the plot was the fact
that, they tried such a hairbrained
proposal for their first official act.
* * *
DAILY POEM
See the Campus Politicians
Kicking, screaming as they fall
Into "pits of their own digging.
It's a fine world after all.
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R-CULLEN KENNEDY
V, MAY 28, 1931

Closed Party Question
onflicting announcements regardihg
'nity matters were made yesterday
vhich have caused no little discussion
mpus, most of it in opposition to the
en. The two stories were those re-
he new fraternity "honor system,"
etion banning open parties.
remedy exists for those houses that
vor this latter action? That group in-
arly every general fraternity on the
Under the constitution of the Inter-,
Council, five houses may call a meet-
group. If this were done, expression
n on this new action could be heard,
:ussion could take place which would
-easons for taking this step. Since the
1 houses are punished if outsiders
uble at their parties, it remains with
orbid their members to have outside
if they cannot invite such persons as
embroil their houses in trouble with
rsity. A vote on the matter in plenary
the Council !would override the ac-
he comittee, according to the presi-
tement.
idiciary committee of the council, as
implies, was intended to have juris-
ver fraternity discipline, subject only
vision of action by the Senate Com-
a Student Affairs. Therefore, one
ically assume that the Council alone
power to make the regulations as
g the conduct of the fraternities for
ittee to enforce. Yet the "honor sys-
)osal apparently comes from the Uni-
Iministration. And it will, according
diction of one student who expressed
n the plan, make "90 per cent of the
iars, and the other 10 per cent stool-
Nothing is more repulsive to the
tudent than to be required to report
is of his fellow students. It is con-
is code of honor.
ears, however, that ihe above action
:essary in view of the steps taken by
ary Committee Tuesday night. The
ion, evidently, for the honor pledges
solve fraternities from the disciplin-
n due to objectionable behavior of
at their parties. But that the judi-
mittee should take this action is sur-
Legislative power belongs to the
s a whole. The disciplinary power
ranted to [he committee. Consequent-
overstepped its bounds in making
which has met with opposition in
y all, the fraternity houses.-
, it appears in both cases that limits
etion have been overstepped by the
* question. Because of, the intense
to both plans, which became appar-
'day morning, the best move would
five necessary houses to request the
to call a meeting of the entire Coun-
e, discussion of the matter would

STRINDBERG'S "THE FATHER"
A Preview.
SOPHOCLES "saw life steadily and saw it whole."
Strindberg was probably wholly mad. The juxta-,.
position this week of "The Father" and "Electra" is
a very bold, very interesting piece of program-making
Naturalistic tragedy is rarely given such a test as it
will be given this afternoon when the structure and
tone of Greek tragedy will be so vivid in our minds
The presentation of "The Father" should make an
exciting second event in the Festival.
The American theatre has hardly got the proper.
perspective on Strindberg. To a great extent there g
merely a rumor of a Swedish madman who hated
all women ferociously, marrying three or four of the
wretched -things and writing many violent plays about
them to prove it. He is generally disimissed, I think,
as depressing, extreme, very ugly.
The position is wrong. Strindberg was mad; he
had several obsessions which, so to speak, he plugged
as dramatic material. But in his rich temperament
certain elements from the spiritual ferment of the
modern era were mingled with peculiar intensity. And
though his art is nearly fifty years old, it still re-
mains surprisingly vital and relevant. He kept faith
with himself as an artist in a way that is peculiarly
modern. He was an arch-subjectivist. His artistic
method was autobiography. He insisted on revealing
all the antimonies of his soul. Those were so violent
that in his dramatic practice this strenuous, disson-
ant spirit revolutionized some of the pet conceptions
of the aesthetics of drama, and cracked most of the
dramatic conventions.
Principally, he was influential in creating a new
type of tragedy. He found life static, oppressive. He
saw in himself that the conflict between duty to the
social compact and duty to oneself could seldom be
so resolved as to allow the great noble gestures of
the previous tragic traditions. "There are dishar-
nionies in .modern life that cannot be resolved," he
said.' To present this awful tightness in such a man-
ner that an audience could see and understand was
the only conceivable sense in which the modern
tragedian couldp romise something approaching the
Aristotelian purgation.
His early play "The Father"-dated 1887-illus-
trates all this. There is no liberating action in this
play. It is definitely depressing. Life is pictured as
a hideous struggle' in a setting of diabolical ferocity.
He pictures the terible struggle of sex-with its cur-
ious interplay of love and hatred, its awful intensity.
The care and training of their daughter becomes the
problem over which the Captain and his wife, Laura,
rant. The Captain is intensely moral; he feels his
mission of paternity to be an important one and most
of his motives in the struggle are honorable. Laura
is amoral; she constantly smashes at the Captain's
integrity of character. Failing, she undermines the
,one thing he is clinging to. By poisonous suggestion
she implants in the Captain's mind some doubt as
to whether he is really the father of the child. She
plays cruelly on his nerves until this doubt becomes
an idee fixe. The Captain becomes a maniac. The
woman has tortured him unfairly.
It is a horrible, powerful play. In certain of its
aspects it leaps from its naturalistic context and
predicts the methods of expressionism. Strindberg
wrote of it in the famous Preface to "Miss Julia":
"Not long ago they reproached The Father with
being too sad-just as if they wanted merry trage-
dies. Everybody is clamoring arrogantly for "the joy.
of life." I find the only joy of life in its violent and

HIGH SCHOOL BULLETIN
The latest development at the
treat Michigan Grade School Uni-
iersity For Backward Children ap-
dears in the form of a noble at-
;empt on the part of the Campus
Fraternities to rectify the wrong
they did when they listened to rec-
artendations from the great facul-
ty-politician combine that did them
dirt.
And let that stand as the les-
son for the day-Always read
over a new constitution before
swallowing.
* * *
Which gives a wonderful oppor-
tunity to start another campaign,
tamely-DOWN WITH THE IN-
ERFRATERNITY COUNCIL!
People have led me to believe
that the mystery about LITTLE
YVONNE FAGAN is as deep as
ever. This scarcely seems pos-
sible. It must be that my suc-
cessors are just terribly-terribly
negligent and that's that.
* * *
DOWN WITH THE FRATERNITY
COUNCIL!
* * *~
Rolls has, after much solititation
by the solicitor general and others
of his kidriey, decided to come out
with a brand new feature in the
form of a real service for its pat-
rons. It has been brought to our
attention that good blotters are
verry verry scarce indeed these days
and that this is causing serious in-
convenience to many of our read-
ers. Realizing" as we do that there
is nothing Worse than no blotter,
we are now making an attempt to
remeely'the situation~ by providing
something that is. The result of
our machinations is the following
radical invention. A ROLLS BLOT-
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all there is to it, and very handy
it should prove to be too.
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ROLLS BLOTTER
And, before closing, may I mere-
ly mention the fact that I HATE
Newberry Auditorium.
* *
Then, after mentioning That,
(Namely: I HATE NEWBERRY
AUD?) I feel justified in closing
and returning to the yearning

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