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THE MICH

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ember of the Western Conference Editorial Association.
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ffices: Ann Arbor Press Building, Maynard Street, Ann Arbor,
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EDITORIAL STAFF
Telephone 4925
MANAGING EDITOR
RICHARD L. TOBIN
Sditor ... .«.. .........................Carl Forsythe
r Direotor ..............................Beach Conger, Jr.
Editor ...*...........................,David M. Nichol
SEditor.. ....................ah .Fullerton
en's Editor....... ................Margaret M. Thompson
taut News Editor ... ................... ... Robert L. Pierce

kB. G llbreth'
nd A. Goodman
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NIGHT EDITO
J. Cullen Kenn

RS
nedly James Inglis
Jerry E. Rosenthal
George A. Stauter

Sports Assistants
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r J. Myers
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REPORTERS
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illiams Carpenter Henry Meyer
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e Crandall Elizabeth LoAg
Feldman Frances Mancheste
.ee Foster Elizabeth Mann

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Charles A. Sanford
John W. Pritchard
Joseph Renihan
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Margaret O'Brien
Hillary Rarden
Dorothy Rundell
Elma Wadsworth
Josephine Woodhams

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Department Managers
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May Seefried
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Helen Spencer
Kathryn Stork
Clare U nger
Mary Elizabeth Watts

NIGHT EDITOR-GEORGE A. STAUTER
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1931

A New Note
in College Football
COLLEGE football again is the target for cri-
ticism. Professionalism in college sports, and
the characterization as "regrettable" in regard to
our "national psychology" of athletics, have been
the basis of discussions about the greatest of cam-
pus sports. Lately, however, rebellion against the
"big business and showmanship" trend in football
has flared up among college students of the mid-
west. Simultaneously, the number of football fatal-
ities of the past season, twice greater than the year
previous, has been brought before the public. One
contemporary even goes so far as to employ the
word "murder" in describing this year's heavy
record of deaths.
The agitation which comes at this time of the
year, however, strikes a new note. Not only is
criticism leveled at the losers, but the winners are
also coming in for a share of the attacks. It is with
significance that we read the editorial of The Daily
Nebraskan, undergraduate newspaper of the Uni-
versity of Nebraska,1 which declares that "The
football team has become nothing except an ad-
yertising agency for the University" and pleads
for reform of intercollegiate athletics, particularly
football. It is significant because the Missouri
Valley Conference title resides there.
In the first place, college football-a spectacle,
if anything-should be made safer. This already
has beenx advocated by some of our contemporar-
ies. There is need for an overhauling of the rules,
especially those which give impetus to plays such
as the 'flying wedge." Then college football should
be relegated to a position other than 'that which
it now enjoys. It is wholly out of proportion to
things academic. It has attempted to move along
at the pace it established during the prosperity
period. ' Athletic officials have made drastic reduc-
tions in their budgets because of a drop in gate
receipts. Student interest has waned, for it is not
the interest, the "hysteria," of a few years ago. The
excitement one occasions at a football game is, in
most cases, due not to the students, but alumni,
who cling to the spirit of other days and refuse to
see it die.
Football within certain prescribed limits, as in
the Western Conference, the Missouri Valley Con-
ference, the Pacific Coast Conference, and the like,
should be endorsed, since these groups are of such
standing that there has come about a rivalry
natural in color. Football teams who spend most
of their time in parlor cars in making transcontin-
mtal journeys are not in the real sense representa-
:ive of the school. There is no natural rivalry. It
has become over-emphasized; and the attendant
>ublicity is of such scope that it has become nau-
eating. The team-if it wins all its games-is
not a national champion; it is nothing more than
a "advertising agency," not indicative of the
:ademic worth of the school it represents.
We believe that football at Michigan is taken
.t least in a sensible manner. There are few inter-
ectional games. Trips t3 the East, playing such
eams as Harvard and Princeton, are seldom made.
Rules require that we play five confe'rence teams
ach year, and no more than eight games in a sea-,
on. A football team in the Big Ten cannot, then,
roam" the country and collect the dollar for its.
xchequer. Those schools who have reduced bud-
ets at the expense of other sports, in which the
nany suffer at the expense of a few, are to be con-
emned. A more sane method of conducting thisJ
port is to be desired.

1O OEKS I
SCARAMOUCHE THE KINGMAKER, By Ra-
fael Sabatini. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.
420 pp. $2.50.
"We are here to rescue a whole people from dam-
nation, to recover a throne for its rightful owners,'
and to bring back to France the best of her children
who have been driven into exile." This in part is
the task which again brings into the light of current
fiction the glamorous Scaramouche, Rafael Sabatini's
most dramatic character.
Scaramouche, Andre-Louis Moreau to his asso-
ciates, "The Paladin of the Third Estate," to all who
remembered his dynamic campaign which resulted
in the establishment of the National Assembly, turns
his purpose agairn to the pointing of his heart. Seem-
ingly without regard for his important position as a
Representative and member of the National Assembly
we find him now working with even greater zeal for
the monarchy and the destruction of the Revolution
he had had a part in making. The motive for such
reversal in cause is to be explained by his conviction
that by no other means may he, the illegitimate son
of Mme. de Plougastel, win the hand of -the adored
Mlle. Aline de Kercadiou.
The tale has its beginning with Andre-Louis using
his credentials as Representative to bring Mlle. Aline,
Mme. de Plougastel, and M. de Kercadiou, Lord of
Gavrillac, uncle to Mlle. Aline and the godfather to
Andre- Louis, safely out of France to the Court at
Coblenz.
The Court at Coblenz had as its nucleus of im-
portant personages the two brothers of Louis XVI,
the Compte de Provence and the Compte d' Artois,
and his uncle, the Prince de Conde. Here the hope-
ful royalists put themselves at ease in their misfor-
tune with the enjoyment of a glittering though
contracted Court routine. Amidst such activities
Andre-Louis, still the Citizen, was both ill at ease and
unwelcome except for the friendship of one "mon-
archist to the marrow of my bones," Colonel Jean
deBats.
It was after and as a result of the forced refusal
of Mle Aline's hand in marriage that Andre-Louis
offered his services, together with a plan for the
restorationof the monarchy, to de Bats.
The scene now shifts to Paris where one is rapidly
drawn into the movement of events, becoming a
confidante to the carefully laid plans of Scaramouche
and Colonel de Bats. Much excitement attends the
efforts of the little band of royalists as they go about
their movements to restore the monarchy. The guil-
lotine is constantly dropping heads into the basket--
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette both go by that way.
Each narrow escape is followed by more drastic cam-
paigns-finally Andre-Louis holds information which
brings them to the threshold of certain success. In
the meantime, back at Coblenz the Prince takes ad-
vantage of tl e, absence of Andre to force his atten-
tions upon Alne. Acting on the report of Aline's
seduction by the Prince, Andre without consideration
for the men with whom he had been working wrecks
the cause at the very -moment it was to triumph.
History itself made it necessary for the author to
resort to such a climax giving de Bats reason to
condemn Andre-Louis as "a man who is. without
loyalties to any but himself, a man who is now a
Royalist, now a Revolutionary, now a Royalist again,.
as suits his own personal ends; just consistent only
in that all the time he is Scaramouche."
What happens hereafter is even more exciting. A
most surprising array of climaxing situations bring
one to the last pages with a feeling that had fate
been any different there would have been lost to this
thrilling tale a heart-gripping finish. Sabatini again
proves very skilful in embellishing with historical
sequence a plot of romantic adventure so gripping
that it stands out as something far above ordinary
literary endeavor. C. W. Steltzriede.
SCJREEN JREFLECTIf NSJ
AT THE MAJESTIC
For some reason movie magnates, or whoever it
is plans the talkies, fail to see that technical perfec-
tion needs a good story to back it up. "Frankenstein"
is very unsatisfying for this reason. No one could ask
for better horror than Boris Karloff presents as the
manufactured monster. We have seldom, if ever,
heard better grunting. Since his dialogue is limited
to inarticulate emissions, he is much less inane than

any of the other players.
This dialogue is a pretty sore point with us. Sweet
nothings have been passe for years and years, and
Colin Clive, creator of the beast, has some of the
most foolish love speeches to make that we have ever
heard outside a Janet Gaynor picture. There is a
place, too, where he has to say something like, "Now
I know what it feels like to be God."
But don't let this keep you away. That technical
perfection referred to in the first sentence is really
good. All through the picture there are scenes where,
if you can forget what the characters are saying, the
splendid photography will give you a swell thrill. The
laboratory sequence, where the monster is given life;
the several stirring battles and murders, and the
ultimate destruction of the monster are all very, very
good.
Incidentally, something evidently had to be done
to lengthen the picture, so there are some places that !
look a lot like a news reel, with peasants dancing
around. A major operation ought to be performed,
and a double feature presented-"Horrible Tale of
Manufactured Man," and "Festival in German Vil-
lage."

OASTED ROLL
WHEE.>
Hello Murr, hello Papa, Hello
Aunt Jane out in Syrac.use, this is
Johnny Finny talking onnerradio
and I am five years old today tee
hee heeeee alright Johnny thank
you very much and now look who's
here! Oscar the Wonder Horse.
Come on Oscar and tell the folks
about it.
* * *
Wal, stranger, it's like this:
A travelling salesman got stuck
out in the country and had to
stay overnight at a farmer's
house. The farmer didn't have
any daughter. I guess that
ought to disappoint a whole lot
of you birds.
And, speaking of travelling sales-
men, I see where the forum on Un-
cle Joe the Burzle-Wurzle managed
to collect a total attendance of one
hundred and three rabid partisans
who expressed their undying hatred
of the administration by listening
to a speech. You've got to hand it
to those boys, they will undergo
anything for their Cause.
DAILY POEM
See the Dean's head bowed in
sorrow.
Bent and broken by his fall.
Cheer up, Joe, you hate the job
and
It's a fine world after all!
Student uprisings are a lovely
sight anyway. For years we have
watched the fellows gathering in
groups about the corners of the
campus and discussing their wrongs.
These little groups invariably ooze
with threats to go and tell the leg-
islature that the President of the
school is a dirty old grafter and
that three professors are known to
have beer in their cellars.
* * *
These threats always seemed to
us to be exceptionally mean-spirit-
ed. We don't see why any one
should want to arouse the jealousy
of the legislature by stories of beer
in peoples' cellars.
* * *
And as for the graft-can
you imagine any good, first-rate
grafter wasting his sweetness
under a bushel on a campus
where money is too scarce to
build a decent sized entrance
into the basketball games or
hire competent photographers
to get the pictures for Speak-
easy identification cards? Of
course not, you silly. Not even
you could.
* * *
YVONNE FAGAN DEPT.
.Personal: Will the party who
brought up the subject of Yvonne
Fagan in the first place kindly
come around to the office between
four o'clock any afternoon and get
what's coming to him? No ques-
tions asked.
* * *

We see where the football
season ended to all intents and
purposes with Army and Navy
bringing it to a delightful cli-
max. As far as we are concern-
ed, it ended back last month
some time when the Big Ten
put over a conspiracy to let
Michigan share in the title. We
expected to hear any day now
that all the basketball teams
will default the title to us this
year just to make things look
nice. Maybe they won't have
to, though. Basketball always
was a mystery to us, and we
haven't a n y way of telling
whether our team is any good
or not. If we could tell, we
wouldn't. Mr. Tillotson h a s
enough trouble making expen-
ses without having us spoil his
attendance by taking all the
suspense out of the game. It's
too bad some of our other
sports commentators can't pro-
fit by our attitude and stop let-
ting the beans out of the bag.

BEFORE YOU VISIT
the FOLKS BACKHOME

Of course, you're all looking forward to spending the
holidays at home. And I don't blame you. It's a treat

indeed, after being awray so long.

There'll be plenty

of hustling and bustling to get everything ready. Fare-
wells to say. Well-wishes to extend to student-friends.
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a little time now to get together your clothes that need
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Colin Clive does better than might be expected,
mainly because you can't bury Colin Clive. Mae
Clarke is merely an uninteresting clothes horse, and
John Boles chiefly runs around and says "what a
situation this is," if you will allow figurative language.
There are three short features besides the news
reel. Harry Lauder sings about "I Love a Lassie," in
one of them. R. A. G.
A FACT A DAY
A hen owned by Fred Spieth of Richmond, O., laid
an egg with a "trap door," which consisted of a loose
flap in the shell attached to a membranous hinge.

And that, children, will be about
all for today inasmuchas we have
to be off to go to Detroit-anybody
has to be off to go to Detroit these
days-and there really isn't much
time to think up things to spoil
your fun for the day right now.
We trust you enjoyed the basket-
ball game and take this opportun-f

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