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THE MICHiGAN DAILY SUN

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MANAGING EDITOR
RICHAeD L. TOBIN
................................. David M. Nichol
.. ........ ......... ...........Carl Forsythe
-eCtor ............................Beach Conger, Jr.
r .............................Sheldon C. Fullerton
itor ..........................Margaret M. Thompson
ws Editor ...... ............ Robert L. Pierce

his. findings in detail, while the uninterested mem
bers look at their watches and wait for refreshment
or wish they were somewhere else.
Perhaps the members would look at their watche
even if the problem was important. But they fee
justifiably bored when several hours are spent dis
cussing some trivial problem that never affecte
anyone until the activities committee happened upon
it. Is it worthwhile to engage in such activitie
simply as an excuse to hold irksome meetings an
to make others think that the honorary is active
We think not, but leave it with the banquet speaker
and incoming presidents to decide.
What are the problems confronting the problem
solving heads of the world in any field? Any boar
of directors, board of trustees, any business man o
any private individual has, essentially, no potentia
problems excepting those of present and future exist
ence and management. A board of directors doe
not look for obscure problems because it wants t
have more meetings and look busy.
It should be sufficient problem for honorary or-
ganizations to do their required work to perfectior
before pondering irrelevant matters. There is th
objection, of course, that without activities they
appear to be only mutual admiration societies, bu
the business of grappling with time-killing projects
does not actually change this situation. If the hon-
orary president must have something to keep him
busy, let him first solve the problem of cliques and
politics in his organization. With this done, mem-
bership wil become truly a signal of accomplishment
and its attainment an inspiration to underclassmen

NIGHT EDITORS
Gilbreth J. Cullen Kennedy James
>lawl A. Goodman Jerry E. Rosenthal
Karl Seilhi(t George A. Siamivs

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Sports Assistants
Jores John W. Thomas
REPORTERS
Arnheim harold F. Klute
Tllankertz 1lh S. Marshall
Campbell PomId Martin
unellan I I u'ry -Meyr
Deutsch Albert 11. Newman
luher ]J. Ierome 1eilit
rver Prmlence Foster
olin Ale t(illert
ndal F-ran:ee ]Mvl a;nch ester
man Elizabeth Mann

Charles A. Sanford
Joln W. Pritchard
Joseh Reihan
C. hlart Schaaf
ijrack-y Shaw
Paiker Snyler
GrimN R. Winters
Margaret (O'Bri-n
NBverly Stark
rlma w1 l swodrh
Josephine wood hams

STUDENT GOVERNMENT?

BUSINESS STAFF
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Department Managers
g .... ........................Vernon Bishop
ig Contracts........................... arry R. Begley
ig Service.................. ........ 13ron C. Vedder
)ns ........ .. .................Wiliam ''. Brown
..' ....n.'..................li.hrd. Stratemeir
L'usiness MWanager ...................... Ann W. Vernor

Asmistanits
ison Arthur F. 1ohin
Bursley l erna d S hoacke
k { ralton W. Sharp
in
:ker Virginia MAlcComb
schgrund Caroline Mosher
ever Ifelen Olsonl
Jackson 1 clearSchmnude
'in M 'a efrir d

JonaldI A. Johnson, II
1 ean '1'uriur
Don Lyon
Bernardi. Good
Hlelen Sfncer
Kathryn Spencer
athiryn Stork
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'ay ay 0ee Ic ary m e ats
IGHT EDITOR--GEORGE A. STAUTER
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 1932

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(The. Daily Cardinal)
The failure of student government may be a con-
clusion too quickly drawn by some who read too
much into the demise of the interfraternity council.
The fact that a group of individualistic fraternity
representatives have admitted their incapability to
govern themselves should not loom as a big enough
argument for the downfall of the entire system of
student government. /
As unsatisfactorily as they did administer it, the
duty of enforcing rushing regulations, we must admit,
was a more difficult job than that of any other stu-
dent organization. And the conclusion that student
regulation and enforcement of rules is a failure can-
not be denied. If there are to be rules and regula-
tions, their epforcement, in order to accomplish the
restraints for which they are set up and to inculcate
respect for the law, should be administered by- some
other body than students themselves.,
But student government includes a larger func-
tion than the enforcement of rules. It includes the
undertaking of'special projects, such as publications,
debates, forums, concerts, theatre presentations, etc.,
and in these their own administration is sufficient.
The fact that The Badger, The Daily Cardinal,
and The Octopus are published, that three or four
plays are presented with student casts in Bascom
theatre each semester, and the fact that high class
concerts are sponsored by student organizations
should -be -sufficient to refute any indictment that
the university student is entirely incompetent to
perform certain educational functions in his own
government.
SAMPLE QUESTIONS

)vating the

st tution

atter of political importance to the entire
tion faces the state legislatures at this time.
orris amendment, or th& Lame-Duck amend-
s now before the states for ratification.
en, the Constitution was first adopted,
rtation facilities were so inadequate for the
r that ample time had to be allowed for
ssmen to reach Washington, as well as
gers bearing electoral votes. Consequently,
"short" or "lame-duck" session, Congress-
ho had been defeated in the November elec-
ontinued to legislate from December until
They also had a voice in the choice of a
nt, should the election be thrown into the
and obviously could not represent the will
r constituencies.
s proposed amendment, by changing the
f Congressional meetings and terms to Jan-
of every year, corrects this defect in the
ive system, a hang-over from the first years
nation's existence.
ile this part of the proposed amendment
m stressed above all others, the sections
with disputes in presidential elections de-
s much attention. No provision had ever
wade in case a President-elect should die
his inauguration. Nor had any provision
nade in case one of the candidates from
the House might choose a President be-
f no majority vote in the electoral college.
>rris bill takes care of such an emergency.
entire amendment brings part of the Presi-
election machinery up to date, and should
ied by the state legislatures at once. With
>litig1 of the electoral college, the entire
would be made more representative of the
the people and make the Constitution the
nt molded to the trends of thought of the
its founders intended it to be.
ACTIVITIES OF HONORARIES
(The Purdue Exponent)
pril, 1930, an editorial writer for the Expon-
an a series of articles analyzing a number
hen stagnant honorary organizations on the
. each ending with a conclusion that the
ation either was or was not worthwhile. The
ied away, and since that time nothing hasl
id upon the subject. -
aver, the policy was established early this
giving more publicity and larger headlines
activities undertaken by honoraries. But
out the entire year there has been almost
irtunity to apply the policy, for few, if any,
les have engaged in any projects of interestl
their own membership.
e this is the season of initiation banquets and
s of next year's presidents, this moot subject
more, timely. The topic is often us.ed by ban-
eakers, and too often gets no farther than
i a new angle we ask, "Must an honorary,
ation necessarily engage in activities?" There
ny reasons why no work is necessary. The
g president is charged by the banquet speak-
outsoing president with the trite exhortation
better next year." Accordingly, the president,
)mmittee appointed by him, begins castingI

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sand Drama
el ALL GOD'S CHILLUNS
d A review, By Robert henrierson.
n I like negroes.
Much.
d I.like their rich rare voices. I like
their free loose bodies, their in-
stinct for rhythm, their quality of
concentration and their powerful
sense of show and the theatre. All
of them have that throated hearty
r emotionalism; they know, no doubt,
more about acting than the rest of
us can ever know. Someday I hope
to have the priviledge of presenting;
o the Othello of Paul Robeson. And if
we are lucky in attracting that
great artist we will have a sensa-
tion on our hands. It is Martha
Graham-herself on a straighter
track than anyone else I know-
t who has said, "America's great gift
s to the arts is rhythm; rich, full,
unabashed, virile. Its two great
fountainheads are the Negro and
the Indian, each as dramatically
contrasted as the land from which
they spring. The art of the negro
is toward freedom, toward forget-
fullness, often Dionysiac in its
abandon and the raw splendor of
f its genius."
But to fawn before the negro, to
accept bad diction and slovenly
stage business, to condone confused
and fumbling direction, is as stupid
as to sit cold and superior before
all the warm, direct talent he can
give us. The negro himself laughs
at the silly sentimentalism of the
dilletantes who grow hysterical in
praise of his cheapest wares. They
' even hate us, as they hate a poseur
like Carl Van Vechten.
The negro can be as bad as a
bad white actor. And he can be
better than the good white player
because he is instinct with the pas-
sion and earth-to-earthiness which
alone makes real art. "Art!" My
god.
Off in his nether grave Avery
Hopwood must be savoring his last
amusing joke. I know little of the
Hopwood awards save that they are
grotesquely large and in high dan-
ger of being as ridiculous as pigs-
is-pigs. I suspect Mr. Hopwood
smiled a bit, out there on his Ri-
viera pazza, as he left a strange
will in favor of a campus he
thought well-lost. The cirocco side-
cars must have tasted doubly good
as he sipped them down and put
his solemn signature to a solemn
fund to foster the new, the original
and the radical.
Out of this fund in creative writ-
ing has come Miss Price, a negro
herself, with three negro plays that
are promising and full-flavored and
rich in vitamine-D. Last night they
were produced, amidst difficulties,.
in the laboratory theatre by an all-
negro cast and before a charming
unsympathetic University audience.
If the audience was difficult, in
fairness, it was not entirely their
fault. In the first piece, which I
saw the negroes play at the dress
rehearsal with flow and vitality,
they were plainly frightened. The
comedy was "The Bright Madallion"
and in it Miss Price strove to com-
press, loosely and naively, her whole'
negro race-its spirituals, its mob
flavor, its superstitions, its brutal-
ity and poignancy. None of this
came through-which is no real
fault at all. With a large cast and
constant shifting sense of actionI
it calls for an expert direction and

a beautiful child-like setting. It!I
calls, of course, for the peasant
poetry that made "The Green Pas-
tures" a first hall-mark in the
American theatre. ,This means
much more time and skill in stag-
ing that the negro company, under
difficulties, could give it last night.
This means, too, that a fine start
has been accomplished, and tha<
Miss Price has caught a fantastic
simple idiom that can someday
make her a very exciting authcr .
The final play, "The Eyes of the
Old," was achievement. It tells a
tight, compressed story of a grand-
mother and mother, and a young
daughter who runs off with a no-
count nigger to live again the tra-
gic, ruined life her parents have
completed before her. She starts
sleeping and eating like ll poor
sinners since time began.'T e whole
play has form and a fine circle to
its simple picture of life repeating
itself. Perhaps it is the beginning
of the answer to that ironic gift.
of Mr. Hopwood.
It was more than a fine thing to
stage Miss Price's plays; more than
a mere performance to bring these
colorful negroes to the University.
It means that the plays have a
chance to come before an audience,
without which there can never be
any real creation in the theatre.
Personally, I know ft means a mem-
ory, full-flavored, of the angels in
white sheets; of the wierd negro
irkonne" zin e p vnn , pvnifi

(Purdue Exponent) ,
Last autumn, President Robert Maynard Hutch-
ins of the University of Chicago started a group of
students to work in an educational system entirely
di'eren.t from the type used in the larger universi-
ties of this country. Since that time the members o
this group have worked as they pleased, studying of
loafing according to the way they felt. No one forced
them to do more than they wanted to do, although
it was understood that the students would try tc
get a college certificate in two years or so, and ther-
do specialized work in one of the 'VDivisions." Thos
interested in educational progress all over the coun-
try have waited with interest for the event whic-
was announced last week at Chicago. After length3
studies, the Board of Examinations issues a set of
nearly one thousand questions which are samples
of the four comprehensive tests to be given later
The work covered last autumn will be included in
the samples, but the real tests, to be answered in six
hours, will be for the whole year. These will be
offered in June, September, and December. Student,
who fail may try again as often as they wish, but
the first repetition carries a fee of $5, subsequent
ones costing $10 each. Following the four examina-
tions there are further tests over two of the foul
fields the college work covers, plus other requirements
before the college certificate award is made. The
sample questions in the four fields are based on
lectures, conferences, and readings.
Whether or not college students will work on their
own initiative when such a loose schedule of study
is outlined is a question which will soon be answered
when the results of the sample tests are made public.
Perhaps the outcome of this experiment will be that
more and more universities of this country will adopt
that plan of study which allows the brilliant students
to advance as rapidly as they desire to do so and
which also permits the slower groups to get as much
as is possible out of their studies without being rush-
ed. Undoubtedly the cost of additional examinations
will eliminate those who are neither slow nor fast
but who will not study the required amount of time
in order to absorb the subjects in which they are
supposed to be interested.
AND WHAT THEY DISCOVER
(Kansas State ColIegin)
And another faculty member just yesterday dis-
covered a little book entitled "The Age of Reason"
written a number of years ago by a fellow by the
name of Paine. The same f. m. discovered also, with
a little reading in the book, that Brother Paine had
a philosophy worth some consideration.
Funny though, the things these faculty members
wil discover, once let alone. Most of us cannot re-
member having read a sixth grade history without
having read something about "The Age of Reason"
or "Commonsense,' written by the same Paine. Or
perhaps later we came across a reference to the
dickens Paine stirred up among some of the old
Quaker fathers when we were reading early Ameri-
can literary history.
These faculty members do discover things.

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