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year by the Board in Control of Student Publications.
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publication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise
credited in this paper and the local mews published herein.
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Offices: Ann. Arbor Press Building, Maynard Street, Ann Arbor,
Vichigan. Phones: Editorial, 4925; Business, 21214.,
EDITORIAL STAFF -
Telephone 4925
MANAGING EDITOR
RICHARD L. TOBIN
News Editor............................... David M. Nichol
City Editor ........ ................. ........... Carl Forsythe
Editorial Director ....... Beach Conger, Jr.
Sports Editor.;...................... .. Sheldon C. Fullerton
Women's Editor.........................Margaret M. Thompson
Assistant News Editor........................ Robert L. Pierce
NIGHT EDITORS
Frank B. Gilbreth J. Cullen Kennedy James Inglis
Roland A. Goodman Jerry E. Rosenthal
Karl Siffert George A. Stauter

handsome of face, and at least semi-wealthy. Men
at Columbia/ university prefer smart, intelligent
women, regardless of beauty in face or figure (the
hypocrites). Barn~rd college co-eds favor moneyed
men who have culture, good looks, and a sense of
humor. Their second choice calls for a man who is
an accomplished conversationalist,* not particularly
handsome, but at home with his thoughts and books!
These are typical; we could go on indefinitely with
college 4fter college.
The farm would be seventh heaven for Colunbia
men. Itt would be hell for the women whose views
we have exposed. That is, of course, if any of this
sort of hokum meant anything.
CAMP US OPINIION
Letters published in this column should not be construed as
expressing the'editorial opinion of The Daily. Anonymous com-
munications will be disregarded. The names of communicants
will, however, be regarded as confidential upon request. Contrib-
utors are asked to be brief, confining themselves to less than 300
words if possible.
An Engineer And Where His Dues Go

BO O KS ,Now you cae have your
shoes repaired at lowest
prices. Soles from 50c THESE MERCHANTS ARE WORTHY OF
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Brian W. Jones

Stanley W. Arnheixn
Donald F. lankertz'
Edward C. Campbell
Thomas Connellan
Robert S. Deutsch
Albert L. Friedman

Sports Assistants
John W. Thomas
REPORTERS
lred A. Huber
Harold F. Klute
John S. Marshall
Roland Martin
Henry Meyer
Albert H. Newman
E. Terome Pettit
Prudenne Foster
Alice Gilbert
Frances 'anchester
Elizabeth! Mann '

John W. Pritchard
Joseph Renihan
C. Hart Schaal,
Brackley Shaw
. Parker Snyder
Glem "R. Winters
Margaret O'Brien
Beverly Stark
Alma Wadsworth.
Josephine Woodhams

Miriam Carver
Beatrice Colline
Louise Crandall
Elsie Feldman ,

Charles A. Sanford I To The Editor:

BUSINESS STAFF,
Telephone 21214

CHARLES T. KLINE......................Business Managet
NORRIS P. JOHNSON.................... Assistant Manager
Department Managers.
Advertising.........................-..--.Vernon Bishop
Advertising Contracts..... ........Harry R. Begley
Advertising Service........... ....... ......Byron C. Vedder
Publications ..............................hWiliam T. Brown
Accounts......'....r.. .............. Richard Stratemeir
Women's Business Manager . ............. ..Ann W. Vernor'

'3rvil Aronson
Gilbert E. Buraley
Allen Clark,
Robert Finn
Donna Becker;
Maxine Fischgrund
Ann 'GallrneYer
Katherine Jackson
Dorothy I aylin

Assistants
Arthur F. Kohn
Bernard Schnacke
Grafton W. Sharp
Virginia ,McComb
Caroline Mosher
HIelpa .Olson
1Je eh Schmude
May Seefried

Donald A. Johnson, II
Dean Turner
Don Lyon
Bernard H. Good
Helen Spencer
Kathryn Spencer
Kathryn Stork
Clare Uiager
Mary. Elizabeth Watts

During the past few weeks, the class treasurer of
the senior engineering class has attempted to collect
from all Senior engineers class dues of five dollars.
He has met with no small amount of success due to
a statement in The Daily and otherwise posted viz:
. >.those who have not paid their dues by Friday,
March 18, 5 p.m., will not be permitted to secure
commencement programs; their names will be ex-
cluded from the class announcements; they will not
be privileged to secure their cap and gown through
the Cap and Gown memorial of 19,31 at the reduced
rates." In other words-what few benefits and
privileges accruing from be6bming a Senior are
denied those who cannot produce the five dollars.
I believe the class dues should 'be paid, but I also
believe that the amount should be reasonable and
that I know for what I am paying. Attempts to gain
some statement from the treasurer as to ,what was
the basis for the rate made drew nothing but a few
wise-cracks and speers. I believe too, that the treas-
urer, for the information of the class, should be re-
quired to post conspicuously an authorized budget of
the debts and expenditures that it is or will be re-
quired to meet. Finally I have also a sincere belief
that the five dollar rate is much too high. A very
large percentage of the class cannot afford this
amount I am quite sure. I know that I cannot, when
in addition I have'to pay my diploma fee, as well as
the added ecpenditures I am privileged to make once
having paid my five dollars.
The Secretary's office states that the approximate
number of engineers graduating in June is 190. Con-
servatively speaking, of this number possibly 160 will
manage somehow to pay their dues. This means
that there will be some 800 dollars in the class treas-
ury. Do you not believe that we have a right to know
where this money is going?
Furthermore, the treasurer's job is to receive and
spend the money. Must he limit his activities to a
certain date, aftee which he feels that he may refuse
to accept dues9 When the literary college only
charges two dollars, our dues seem too high.
An Engine r.

NIGHT EDITOR-JERRY E. ROSENTHAL
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 1932
Deferred Rushig and
'Hot-Boxing
CORNERING a likely freshman and subjecting
him to a barrage of high pressure sales1talk on
the subject of a certain fraternity has been called
"hot boxing" and is frowned upon by administra-
tive officials and fraternity amen themselves in their
more reflecting moments. The elimination of' this
abuse from the rushing system was one of the
main talking points for the deferred pledging idea.
Is it logical that deferred pledging should bring
about the elimination of this evil, and how far has
ift been elininated in this first year of the "noble
experiment?"4
The setting up of rules specifying the day and
hours when freshmen can visit fraternities, speci-
fying whether upper classmen can take freshmen
places outside the house, prescribing what they
shall talk about to the freshmen, in short tho whole
mass of administrative minutiae which such a
system entails, must ,necessarily cause confusion
and distrust in the minds of freshmen and active
members alike.
. More than three quarters of the boys rushed at
any house know at least one member of the chap-
ter through previous t hometown connection or
otherwise. Can you tell a freshman, who is con-
fused and possibly a little upset, that it is against
the rules fdr him to have a private conversation
with this friend with whom he may have been
intimate all his life and expect him to do otherwise
than laugh in your'face? This regulatio alone is
so unreconciled with a man's fundamenta instinct
that it 'inust inevitably break down. Even admit-
ting, that these unauthorized contacts are not
numerous, they. are easily enough to start the word.
going ardund that the rules are being flaunted.
After this the administrative structure must inevit-
ably crumble.
That this system instigated on the campus by
a small group of alleged reformers and carried out
by a number of cheerfully unthinking campus
organizations, has failed completely is clear. What
next, remains to be seen
5U

'ONE WAY MO HEAVEN,' by Coun-
tee Cullen (Harper & Brothers,
1932) $2.00. (Review Copy Cour-
tesy of Wahr's Bookstores).
A REVIEW.
By John W. Pritchard.
With all the sincere vigor and
rough polish of his poetic gems,
Countee Cullen, negro poet, pro-
duces'this, his first novel of which
we know.
The style, although nothing ex-
traordiilary, is marked by touches
of vigor, humor (usually rather lu-
gubrous humor, at that), and beau-
ty that distinguishes its writer as
being above all things a poet and
a student of his race.
As in so many fine works, plot is
almost entirely sacrificed for char-
acter study. And many of the
characterg are so very amazing that
one would be highly inclined to
consider them imaginative, if one
had not read the note at the out-
set: "Some of the characters in
this book are fictitious." And we
would be inclined to qualify this
statement, if we may be permitted
to deduce a few things from the re-
alistic nature of most of the char-
acter portrayals: those characters
which are not rewrites of definite
personalities are obviously true hu-
man types.
In "One Way to Heaven," Mvtr.
Cullen introduces us to a side of
life that perhaps never before has
ben revealed in literature, except in
a factious vein. That is the life of
the high caste, wealthy negro of
1 fashionable Harlem. And we see
a most remarkable sight: a rather
free intermingling of educated ne-
groes and equally educated whites.
It is not a distasteful sort of mis-
I cegenation, either, although it is
motivated by a nunber of reasons:
bohemianism, the desire to "slum,"
the interest of a white student in
the black race and vice versa, and
a genuine liking which exists be-
tween individual members of the
white and black elemeits.
Constancia Brandon is perhaps
the outstanding character of the
novel, although supposedly the is
of secondary importance. She was
a negress who was practically white
in color; many tim'es she had pass-
ed for- a white person. She was
"the mirror in which most of Har-
lem delighted to gaze and see itself.
She was beautiful, possessed money
1 enough to be willful, capricious and
rude when she desired to deviate
from her usual suave kindness; and
sshe was not totally deficient in
brains... she had never experienc-
ed any racial disturbances or mis-
givings, atributed her equanimity
on this score to one English grand-
father, one grandfather black as
soot, one grandmother the color of
coffee and cream in their most fe-
s licitous comnbination, one creole
grandmother, and two sane par-
r ents." And she proved her misce-
genistic nature by the startling ex-
pedient of having- the author of
The Menace of the Negro to Our
American Civilization" lecture be-
e fore a meeting of her colored, and
a few of her white, satellites.

But what we have outlined above
s is only the more startling portion
of the novel. The main theme (and
perhaps we have erred to mention
it as truly secondary in importance)
concerns; Itself with the story of
Sam Lucas, handsome, one-armed
I negro vagabond who makes a liv-
ing by "working a racket" at color-
ed revival meetings, and Mattie
Johnson, a black beauty who was
converted to Christianity through
Sam's trickery.
e'Sam's particular forte was a nov-
el one, indeed. In the midst of a
church service, when the time for
confessions of faith had come, he
would stride to the altar, his empty
sleeve evoking the commiseration
of the congregation. Kneeling be-
fore the altar, he would drop be-
fore the astonished eyes of the
congregation a razor and a pack of
cards, and then would proceed to
. burst into heart-wracking sobs. His
performance ordinarily netted him
several weeks' free board and lodg-
ing from the members of the flock,
after which he would move on to
another locale. And it Was upon
this act of sacrilege that poor Mat-
t-_ igna r eP af its fraudulent n-

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Publicity from impresarios )on grand opera stars
at times is a bit boring and even laughable-"but occa-
sionally one runs across some material which speaks
well for the star and is worth re-publishing. Such a
thing is the feature on Goeta Ljungberg, Metropoli-
tan donna, who will make her debut in Ann Aybor
on the, May Festival/program, in the March Musical
Digest.
Madarne Ljungberg, whose name, by the way is
pronounced as if with a "Y" instead of "Lj", since her
debut with the Metropolitan last month, has re-
mained 'a woman of mystery inasmuch, as little is
known f her experience and past training. It is in
this article that a little of this sought-after knowl-
edge is to be found.
- We read: "Goeta Ljungberg, a newcomer who was
born in north Sweden very soon showed that she and
the theatre would get better- acquainted. On her
eighth birthday the Queen of Sweden visited her
school, heard her sing, gave her five'crowns (squan-
dered on candy) and told her she 'had gold in her
throat." Since then eight has been heir lucky num-
ber. At sixteen, i.e., twice eight, she entered th
Stockholm High School for Singing, then went on to
the school of the Stockholm Royal Opera. Made her
debut as Elizabeth in that house. But not confined
to German roles. Could do Italian parts too, such as
Santuzza. Spent several seasons in London, where
people liked her, and where she created the title role
in Eugent Goossen's' "Judith." Then to the Berlin
State Opera, where she made her debut as Elsa.
"Subsequently most central European opera
houses heard her in Wagner festivals, singing all
three Brunljildes. . . . Admits she is superstitious and
con 'nues to keep two horseshoes on her dressing
tabl, to fear black cats and the number thirteen
to blowson a silver coin before she makes an entrance
and to be jubilant if she actually puts on a stocking
inside out. (Never cheats, though). Once threw
away a gold ring into the Mediterranean because it
had the number 13 engraved on it.
"One thing sie doesn't leave to chance, her figure
strenuous Swedish exercises every day with swim-
ming, riding, skating and, ski-ing, keeping her in
trim. Since she came to New York, however, her
open-air activitieshave been limited to taxi-rides
between her hotel and the opera house."
Despite the foregoing didactic piece, Madame
Ljungberg is still a woman of mystery but it is not
unlikely that by the time she has become more
familiar with other than New York a'tdiences she will
be as the other donnas with their usual goldfish
privacy-or perhaps she may choose to remain a
"womai) offmystery" as her Swedish ponfrere Miss
Garbo. J. E.'R.
Why not weave a little child interest into the

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NOT SO BAD
(Oregon State Daily Barometer)
Quite often we hear from our fellow students and
others that fee costs on the Oregon State campus are
not in keeping with the ideas of those same students.
The charge for graduation on this campus is five
dollars, collected from each senior before becoming
a candidate for a sheepskin, which carries with it
all the, rights, privileges, etc., of a college degree.
At the University of British Columbia graduation
fees have been reduced from twenty-five dollars to
fifteen dollars. It is said that-this fee will cover all
expenses incidental to the issuing of diplomas and
hoods, and should come as a great boon to the mem-
bers of the graduating classes.
From the above data those of 14s who are seniors
at Oregon State may, in worn-out jargon, "thank
our lucky stars" we are members of this student body
when we take into consideration the present eco-
nomic situation.--E. D. A.
HOW MANY GET THE TYPE?
(The Stanford Daily)
If anyone doubts that mate-choosing is one of

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