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niversity year

Music and Drama


at AssociaUon.
led to the use for re-
4 it or not otherwise
ished herein.
., Mfichigan, as second
ed by Third Assistant
ard Street, Ann Arbor,
ss, 21214.

A Review

............Beach Conger, Jr.
.Carl Forsythe
.David M. Nichol
. .....Sheldon C. Fullerton
targaret M. Thompson
....Bertram J. Askwith
........Denton C. Kunze
............. .Robert L. Pierce
W.William F. Pyper

J. Cullen Kennedy
Jerry E. Rosenthal
rge A. Stauter

Charles A.


]irackley shaw
Parker Snyder
Ford Spikerman
Alfred Stresn-Reuter
William Thal
Glen Winters
Charles Woolner
Margaret O'Brien
Eleanor Rairdon
Aarjorie Thomson
Anne Tobin
Alma Wadsworth
Josephinxe Woodharns

............Business Manager
-.--..-..--........Assistant Manager
artment Managers
. ernon Bishop
...... ....Robert 1B. Callahan
William W. Davis
.... Byron C. Vedder
...........William T. ]Brown
.Harry I. Begley
...........Richard Stratemneier
....... nn W. Verner
ard Freehling Thomas Roberts
ert Greenstone R. A. Saltzstein
iKeyser Bernard E. Schnacke
ur 1. Kohn Grafton . Sharp
ard H. Good Cecil E. Wech

Y7ESTERDAY afternoon-without her group, which h
I understand is integral with her major concep- o
tions-Martha Graham proved herself with simple s
effectiveness an excellent artist. a
The startling thing about Miss Graham as and
artist is her clarity and directness. She is clear, for t
example, about the things she dislikes. The feeling f
of dislike, taken in itself, is probably not ever very t
clear. Miss Graham has studied the things she had n
a feeling of dislike about. She studied them untild
she has actually absorbed them into herself. She
reaches the point of knowing just what the feeling t
of dislike implied. She is then able to validate her t
feeling of dislike by reference to the objects of it.o
That is a very full artistic process, I think. Miss t
Graham completed it seemingly at least six times t
yesterday. We all dislike the Four Insincerities (Pet- I
ulance, Remorse, Politeness, Vivacity) and the simi-
lar insincere- simplifications (Optimism and Pessi-
mism). But few of us have explored that dislike so
Iwell. Few of us are as clear as she as to the mannerX
in which people are insincere. Consequently, those.
four dances were very iliYminating and valuable ex-1
periences. I don't believe those four dances were
caricature (they have been called that). She has
merely brought into bodily terms all the implications
of those four emotions pettily felt. They are in no
sense sarcastid. Understanding is away beyond 'sar-<
casm. There is no need to be witheringly sarcastic I
when you, can represent so fully. In fact, they weren't1
even satire if indignation is necessary to satire. There
may originally have been indignation when particu-
lar (women) were observed; but that disappeared in1
process of understanding the general emotion. I am
trying to suggest that these dances-too easily dis-
missed as ingenious, clever-really reveal a quite full;
artistic process, as thorough a vindication of the7
Dance as an art as any dances seen locally.
Again, Miss Graham is very clear about\ the thingsy
r she herself feels, the-things deep in her nature which
she feels to be valuable to us. She has a deep, mature
feminine sympathy for Adolescence-for its "divine
awkwardness," its feeling. for what-is-to-come. She
knows the restlessness of Adolescence-the restless-
ness which in moments becomes subdued into an
ecstasy like no other ecstasy-the ecstasy of the bud.
Miss Graham's sensitivity to the qualities of that
complex state of mind is deep and clear. She artic-
ulates her sensitivity in precise forms which evoke in
us a sympathy and understanding of -it that ctuld
be given only by very great words or very great music.
It probably couldn't be done in painting.
Her explorations into primitive religion promise
to be illuminating. They were not very clear for me
in the first experience. Anthropology tells us that
the primitive hypostatised the things he feared, then
worshipped those hypostatizations and thus reduced
e his fear. It is extremely questionable whether many
Y of us can understand that. Such a dancer as Miss
d Graham can illuminate things like that. For she
, has a sensitive body. And the body probably hasn'tI
c changed. The body is probably alone capable of un-
derstanding "Primitive Mysteries." And we, if we
t become trained observers of the art of dance, can.
become sensitive in our bodies to dancers.
Miss Graham's recital vindicated the opinion of
g the importance of the Dance which she expressed
9 in these columns some time ago. W. J. G.

Helen Olsen
Marjorie Rough
Mary E. Watts
29, 1931

1 Offices

volumes of the Michigan
ist three years reveals the
political appointments by
amounted to 753, 846, an
ol years 1928-'29, 1929-'30
vely. These students wer
, and 174 committees.
ties cannot be carried ou
ry assistance of this larg
emen is indeed amazing
lay lament the increasiing
es and political appoint
>y the national legislature
re doubt seriously whether
amount of work they d
cople they represent, Con
ndle to the Michigan stu

Ie seems a shame that all this
raternity party excitement should
ceur right in the midst of a hot
pell like this. We're so confused
bout the whole business that we;
lon't know whether we're going
o cast our influence for Bursley,
or the Interfraternity Council, for
he Judiciary Committee, or what-
tot. We are seriously thinking of
levoting all our time and power1
n supporting a resolution to keep
he Varsity swimming team out of
he Intramural Pool for the rest
Af the year. We are told, though,
hat the recent action against fra-
ernity open parties is, among oth-
er things, an infringement of pow-
er, detrimental to student morale,
unconstitutional, and contrary to
he law of hot pursuit. Its all very
vrague and wonderful and it will
keep the Alumni away from the
house parties. Maybe its not such
a bad law after all.
We are personally conducting a
campus-wide inquiry a b o u t the
mysterious set of pipe railing along
the curb on East William St. next
to the Congregational Church. Some
say that the railings are to protect
the g ass, but there isn't any grass.
Others inform us that people who
wait for the bus on that corner are
supposed to stand between the two
pipe railings. Frankly this is not'
being done. As far as fan discover
the rails are being utilized only by
the school-children as play-ground
equipment. A number of intricate
gymnastic stunts can be performed
on these pipes, such as hanging by
two hands from one pipe, hanging
from two pipes with two hands, and
hanging from either one or two
pipes with only one hand. Some of
the younger generation practice
these exercises so diligently that
they have to wash their knees
nearly every night.
* * *
(After reading a High School
* ** *
Suggestions for the Senior
memorial have been varied and
profused. Willy Zorn points out
that a gallon of nitro-glycerin
f and a match would be useful.
Ho, Ho! Oh you willie!
* * 0
While seaking to a friend, Lucy
Purkiss remarked that she worked
all day Saturday morning! What a
day! That surely is putting in the
time, Lucy!
What could be more excit-
ing on a hot dtay than to be in
a crowd when one of the boys
smack a home run, and while
enthusiastically j u mp i n g up
and down, your foot go through
the bleachers?
* * *
While speaking of Eugene Mand-
nerscudd on a hot day last week,
Leo Mitzner announced that he was
a she! Ahhhhhh Lo! What we
Everyone is wondering just
who it is that Miss Sturm is so
anxious to see just at one
o'clock every day, in the second
corridor, just back of the stair-

way near room 304. We wonder
what Mr. Sylvester is blushing
* * *
Irving Bloomstein: "Put a caret
before the 'and' to show that it is
z compound sentence."
,Archy Heppenstahl. "Why not
pout a cucumber?"
It certainly did not look like
hard times around here on
Wednesday, May 5. The spring
dance was a gay affair and lots
of those present commented on
the enjoyable time they had.
Everybody should thank, the
"W" club for their fine work in
sponsoring this all-school af-
fair! Please, "W" club, keep it
up, and can't we have some
ae goes on his knees) quite so ab-
ject. And then, a very bad error of
the director's, none of his lines
from the couch in the last sene
were audible. Miss Loomis played
the last scene in which she hypno-
tizes the Captain with reminis-
cence very well. In matters of tempo
and interplaying, the whole produc-
tion is at present very rough.
Some director some day ought to
take this -play, strip it of its pre-
tence at realism and produce it ex-
pressionistically. Produce it, that is,


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BEFORE COLLEGE CLOSES we must greatly re-
duce our large stock of Men's and Women's Fine Shoes
and the New Cut Prices that we have put on our entire
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No more cleaning inconvenience at all!
Ever heard of the Sani Em-Tor? No? Well, our men are
glemonstrating it now. It's simply the best household
cleaning device man ever fashioned. It does things that
have always been done by hand before. It disinfects as it
cleans. It washes and purifies.
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ical offices have been limited in num-
mly essential ones recently at the Uni-
5 of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This
vas taken in an effort to clean out what
idents termed a "vicious" political sys-
ich undermined the campus. That the
n system is "vicious" is a questionable
but it unldoubtedly is somevhat inister
et. Interest in ,lections is lim'ited to
number of students who hold member-
one of the political factions, which
'ship is rewarded after victory by one
love "committee" appoin tments.
lbstantial reductio in the number of
tees would lperhaps evoke a more ex-
expression of student opinion in cam.-
ctions. The senior class, with all its
s, is in need of committees, but it cer-
not Incessary to create identical con-
ill each school of the UnLiversity. The
junior class set a record last year with
>ointments, whjle the present senior
is close behind with Ill. A limitation
littee appointments to those absolutely
I, which are few in nunber, would go
learing up the politiwal complexion of

A Review.
S TRINDBERG'S horrible Dream of Unfair Women
suffered terribly, of course, by comparison with
"Electra." It is horribly imperfect art. The process
which produced it was too violent. From the many
available facts about his domestic life, it is clear that
"The Father"-as nearly all of his plays-is merely
frantic self-dramatization. Women made Strind-'
berg bleed. He screamed. "The, Father" is just one
continuous scream of pain. And for some, it may be
unendurable and repelling.
But the scream has, I think, both rythm and
meaning. That is, it is effective theatre (its crescendo
is engrossing even though we could predict all the
content of it); and Strindberg puts his point of viev
with terrific force. We are held by the play's over-
emphasis, dragw by the fury of Strindberg's sex-'
obsessioi; and intellectually rewarded by flashes of
piercing, hate-directed insight into an eternal topic.
But the problem.of expressing Strindberg's agon
in three dimensions is peculiarly difficult. The diffi-
ulyarises partly from the fact that under the in-
fluence of the currentdramatic practice ofdthetime-
which had been stamped by Ibsen's realistic innova-
tions-Strindberg forced his dark visions into natur-
alistic forms. The method was perverse. Strindberg
had anything but the temper of a naturalist. He had
the poet's vigour of immediate apprehension. He ex-
pressed those apprehensions over-emphatically, fur-
iously. He was just affirming himself. He never hac
attained to the calculating, discriminating calm of
the naturalist. He never had the talent for arranging
the prosaic, the normal, the verifiable that Ibsen had
But he used Ibsen's method. And difficulties in pro-
ducing him arose out of that. Laura in "The Father'
is not a woman; 'she is just a scream, Strandberg':
projection of all he feared and hated in women:
their relentless cunning, their fiendishness, and their
colossal lack of scruple.. Miss Rich, trying yesterday
to make Laura "real" (as she was more or less forced
to do since the drama pretends to naturalism) dis-
torted Strindberg's meaning, I think. She credited
Laura with a contriving intellect; Strindberg meant
her to have only ferocious instincts. Strindberg
meant Laura, I think, to be more involved in the
battle, gloating at each blow. Miss Rich mnade her
cool and more or less withdrawn, manipulating the
battle. Apart from this point of interpretation, Miss
Rich was excellent. Her disdainful intonations, in
particular, were admirable. ,

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The Auto Ban Experiment
EIII recent step taken by the Dean's office
in permitting students to drive cars as soon
their final examinations are over is a step;
the right direction in the spirit of the auto
1. Although. announced by Mr. REA as an
>eriment, it has already been heralded by
usands of students as an indication 'of fu-
e relaxation.
If this be' the pr.evailing opinion, the stu-
tts are taking[ the wrong attitude. Instead
A relaxation, a new privilege has been grant-
Ihem, which vwill perhaps be accorded them
manently if they observe the regulations
Crning the driving of cars at this time.
merly students were not permitted to drive
s freely until after all examinations had'

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dining-rooms of American
colleges, eating clubs and fra-
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Bran Flakes, Rice Krispies,
Wheat Krumbles, and Kel-
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Also Kellogg's Kaffee Hag,
Coffee-the coffee that lets
you sleep.

ALMOST a fraternity man. Almost a class
leader. And on the tough college corses, he
almost made the grade. What was wrong?
Loss of energy, listlessness, lack of appe.
tite are signs of constipation. Personalities
are clouded. Class and campus life are
seriously handicapped.
But you can banish constipation so-easily.
Just eat a delicious cereal. Kellogg's ALLJ
BRAN. Two tablespoonfuls daily are guaran.
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