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the professional ranks were dis-
armed by the resignation of Presi-
dent Little and in the subsequent
months of duress and uncertainty
as to future administrative policies,
the faculties have suffered a deple-
tion hardly comparable in degree
to any previous period of the Uni-
versity's history. These losses were
augmented by an unusual number
of unfortunate deaths among Mich-
igan's most scholarly and beloved
In keeping with the proiises of
President Ruthven when under-
taking the duties of his position
last fall, these appointments go far
toward filling up the lamentable
gaps in the teaching ranks. While
in some instances the new men do
not excel their predecessors in ex-
tent of reputation or recognition
accorded their academic abilities, it
is interesting to observe that
younger men who have exceptional
capacities and brilliance, both as
teachers and conductors of re-
search, are given 'preference over
men who stand higher in their
fields. This may be construed as
indicating a very praiseworthy
tendency to turn over Michigan's
vast facilities for investigation to
men of exceeding promise in the
knowledge and hope that through
availing themselves of these oppor-
tunities they will achieve for them-
selves and their University a place
in the scholastic sun.
Of such stuff have many Michi-
gan faculties of the past been
moulded, faculties whose member-
ships included the country's most
notable teachers. We welcome these
new members in the hope that their
success as authorities in their fields
will be excelled only by their
perspicacity and willingness as
teachers and that they will heave
a shoulder to the Michigan pro-
fessorial tradition which had too
long shown vast signs of faltering.
Michigan's present gubernatorial
situation reminds one of a recent
assertion before the Lawyers' Club
on Founders' Day that crime, in-
justice and political graft are the
direct results of an old-fashioned
law code attempting to solve the
problems of the modern era. That
unwieldy piece of political flypaper
which makes possible such un-
necessary delays in the ascendency
of either one man or another to
the office of governor is at least
being studied by a body of able
lawyers and eminent judges whose
first dutie* will be to explain to
an anxious state just what is wrong
with her judicial system.
It is not that either man in the
present gubernatorial recount is to
blame, for neither can speed up the
machinery of the recount by a mere
wave of his hand. It is rather the
fact that, as never before, the
blemishes and faults in our present
system of state law and entangling
procedure stand out in a bold relief.
Few realized the complications
which a recount would include
when news of the closest race for
governor in Michigan's history first
spread itself over the state. There
are few who are not thoroughly
disgusted by this time after waiting
for weeks for the answer to the
question, "Just who will oppose Mr.
Comstock in the November elec-
Our point is not a criticism of

either candidate; it, is rather a
word of praise for the men who are
now' taking the law-code of our
state apart in order to determine
why it isn't ticking the way it
should and what should be done to
remedy the. situation. It remains
only for such instances as the re-
count to bring out the absolutel
unwieldiness of our "modern"I
0 0
1Editorial Comment I




About Books


My, my, only two more days and
it will be Saturday again (Special
to those who have Saturday classes,

Gide: published 19A by
Knopf: Price $2.50.
French critics, Jacques



--only three more days until Sun- and Albert Thibaudet, assure us
day). It certainly is wonderful how that Gide is the deepest influence
the prospect of week-ends enlivens nyra
the outlook. Pretty soon now it will in contemporary French literature.
-~K net- - i1h B',- k- l id

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Thomas E. Hastings
Harry R. Begley
William Brown
Richard H. Hiller
Vernon Bishop
William W. Davis
H. Fred Schaefer
Joseph Gardner
Ann Verner
Alice McCully
Dorothy Bloomgard
Dorothy Laylin
Josephine Convisser
ernice Glaser
Hlortense Gooding

Byron V. Vedder
.Erle Kightlinger
Richard Stratemeier
Abe Kirshenbauin
Noel D. Turner
Aubrey L. Swinton
Wesley C. Geisler
Alfred S. Remsen
Laura Codling
Ethel Constas
Anna Goldberg
en Virginia McComb
Joan Wiese
Mary Watts
Marian Atran
Sylvia Miller

DAILY 11:30 to 1:00
r 25c
5:30 to 7:00

be only a month or so until Christ-
Another banner in the morn-j
ing paper (Ann Arbor's fore-
most morning sheet) has met
my astounded gaze. It seems
that someone has been sucked
in to buying the old barn back
of the Union at last. What
could be more deserving of
notice. I think that if any real
money had changed hands it
would be worthy of a special
S * *
The graceful thing for some loyal
member of Mimes to do would be
to dash around to the Ann Arbor
Sewer Commission or whoever takes
care of such things and have them
condemn the place. I'will say, in
connection with their calling it a
laboratory,-it has all the appear-
ances of one as regards the number
of broken bottles, the condition of
the paint, and the general atmos-
., *
The Rolls Artist, having
nothing better to do, has taken
to reading the papers, and finds
that someone else is arranging
more freshman mixers. From
the looks on the faces of most
of those I have seen gazing
askance at the room-numbers
in A. H., this is entirely super-
flous, not to mention unkind,
* * *
Jed-writes in to say that he
wonders how long it will be before
we will be having lights out rules
now that our rushing problems and
traffic worries are all so ably cared
for by our elders.
* * *
What are you kicking about,
Jed? They still let us smoke
don't they? - Do they? - cross
out one, take three steps to
the right and fill in blank space
with a picture of your favorite
movie actress.
* * , *
Jake-tells me that if you are
too poor to afford concert tickets,
-as who isn't?-You can get quite
as good an effect by visiting the
Study Hall in A. H. one of these
days (I'm told people do some-
times) and listening to large num-
bers of coeds chewing their gum
,in varying keys.
Dear Dan:,
I-Iave you observed the painters
working on the Law building? They
started on the windows at the
north side last spring, and now they
have worked around to the south
side. By the time they get the rest
of the way around the building-
oh, say next spring sometime-the
north side windows will be ready
for a new coat. Heh! and people
talk about the unemployment situ-
Committee on These and Those.
a * *
If those guys don't think
there is an unemployment situ-
ation I'd like to ask them why
they think I am sitting here
writing this bilge, thats all. I'd
just like to ask them.
* * *
Dear Dan Baxter:
I take my fingerly operated type-
writer in hand to record for your
edification the fact that, facing
page 33 of volume six of the En-
ciclopedia Italiana, there is a full-

page illustration of a bunch of ripej
Yours for bigger and better gobs
of perfectly useless information,
* * *
Aside from deducing that the
author of the above had a port-
able typewriter, I was at a loss
as to his identity until I put
the Pherret on his trail. He tells
me that the gent is a professor
who teaches math. or The
Ethics of Roman Band Instru-
ments or something. All I can
say is that he has a different ,
volume of the Encyclopedia
Italiana from mine, - not to
mention spelling it differently.
* * *

_ ._

n ur ei m a in a spendti aricel
in the June Bookman has- contri-
buted the only suggestive American
interpretation of Gide. From an
examination of the work of Thomas
Mann and Andre Gide, Burke
reaches a negative attitude or tem-
porary acceptance of the present
chaos of values that has extraord-
inary interest on its own right. Its
accuracy as interpretation of Gide
I should like to question.
Of Gide, Burke says in my sum-
mary the following: Gide's work is
characterized by experimentalism,
vacillation, a distrust of all sys-
tematisation'in the realm of value
and a consequent attempt to
humanize that state of cautious
doubt (clearly a common contem-
porary experience). His art then,
Burke says;purposely confines itself
to the problematical as a corrective
for the too facile assertion of vari-
ous Certainties, such as the one
with "the deceptive allurement of
tradition" (i.e. Humanism).
It is a strikingly ingenious inter-
pretation of Gide. It seems to fit
his most important novel, The
Counterfeiters, a d m i r a b1 y. For
there, surely, is an unresolved in-
tricacy of values; a set of males
and females each savouring some
elegant perversion; with never an
implied judgement from the author.
But Burke's thesis seems quite
less valid in the light of The Imi-
moralist, Gide's first novel, just now
translated. And, I might add, in
the light of Gide's public defences
of sexual inversion, and the exqui-
site delight with which he details
his famous trip to Algeria with
Lord Alfred Douglas and Oscar
In The Immoralist, Michel is
awakened by a near-experience of
death from the somnolence of a
contented Calvinism and his stu-
dies in archaeology (which means,
if one knows Gide's "symbolism,"
that he les .ailed to tend to his
sexual orienation) to the delights
of sensation. ls intellectuality now
seems utterl futile to him. The
solution is the utter affirmation of
the senses. Returning to Normandy
he pushes geyond good and evil
into the fields at night where he
cavorts with the coarsest help on
his farm. His wife, who had nursed
him, falls ill with tuberculosis.
Though he caresses her with tender
pledges of affection, Michel grad-
ually takes her from village to vil-
lage, killing her. Though professing
grief, he finds immediate consola-
tion in an Arab boy.
The outline of the story should
not be unfamiliar to American
readers. We have often seen the
meeting of two human bodies given
the significance of the gravitational
shift of two unhinged stars. Puri-
tans finding resolution in utter
paganism are almost types in con-
temporary literature. The most
annoying thing about Anderson
and D. H. Lawrence, both of them
artists, was that they dissipated
the contemporary problem with
just such sex myths.
Gide is similar. The inversion one
can label "continental." In addition,
he has surrounded his story with
all the fin-de-siecle glamour of the
cult of sin (the Arthur Symons
version of Baudelaire, the early
Huysmans, the nasty elegance of
Wilde, etc.)
By a masterly use of insinuation
and a superb finish to his prose
that gives the illusion of sincere
precision in analysis and which dis-
guises the actual distortion of the

novel's contours, Gide has almost
succeeded in "making Michel's
whole conduct legitimate." That
this was his aim he somewhat self-
consciously denies in the introduc-
As I see it, a character that is
no more than a "case" (Gide's own
personal case indeed, as one learns
from his autobiography) is being
seductively urged on the reader. I
can see in The Immoralist none of I
the studied vacillation that Burke 1
so admires in Gide. But rather,
offensively clear admiration for his
character, the immoralist. The
whole texture of the book has a
testamental accent. There is the
same urging, seductive, prophetic
spirit one finds so obnoxious, be-


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Night Editor-BEACH CONGER, Jr.



Signs that Michigan may even-
tually be relievdd of her sometimes
aggravating elephantine condition
were apparent in the enrollment
figures published in Tuesday's
Daily. These facts showed that'
the University had experienced a
healthy decrease in membership of
roughly 7.4 per cent under the
number of persons enrolled at this
time last year. But of pertinent and
gratifying significance is the fact
that over 85 per cent of this de-
crease occurred in the Literary col-
lege registration. It was; further
revealed that in this college one-
third of the registrants were
women, showing a striking increase
of their enrollment since the time
several years back when they were
only one-fifth of the Literary col-
lege's population.
. Inasmuch as virtually the same
number of freshmen were admitted
this year as formerly, the decrease
of enrollment was largely in the
upper classes. While it may be
argued that in these months of de-
pression and economic bamboozle-
ment the falling attendance may
be attributed to financial reasons,
it is our hope that the decrease is
due to a sharpened sense of dis-
crimination on the part of the ad-
ministration regarding those who
have cluttered up the classes of the
Literary college without serious
academic intentions. Such weeding
out, as we have earnestly and re-
spectfully suggested in these col-
umns on many occasions past,
would: be a most efficacious and
immediate cure for numerous Liter-
ary college ailments.
What we have in mind when we
suggest a pruning out of undesir-
ables is not the ruthless sort of
reducing which (speaking allegoric-
ally) may be had by a vigorous
shakedown, but a persistent dim-


- - -

(From the Daily Cardinal)
"Fraternities," says Pres. Robert
G. Sproul of the University of Cali-
fornia, "are important in develop-
ing individuality as well as in
supplying color and enthusiasm
Certain outside influences are
continually decrying the 'mass pro-
duction' system of the university,
and it rests with the fraternities!
to remove this stigma."
"I," he concluded his recent
speech to the interfraternity coun-
cil of his university, "have no
desire to head a university of
grades and papers and reports and
mechanical functions, but a desire,
to head a university of human


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