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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

IIIGAN DAILY

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lublbdihd .!vry morning except Monday during the
University year and Summer Session by the Board in
Control of Student Publications.
Member of the Western Conference Editorial Association
and the Big Ten News Service.
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dispatches are reseved.
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second class matter. Special rate of postage granted by
Third Asistant Postmaster-General.
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$1.50. During regular school year by carrier, $3.75; by
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Omies: Student Publicatins Building, Maynard Street,
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Phone: 2-1214.
Representatives: College Publications Representatives,
Inc., 4 East Thirty-Fourth Street, New York City; 80
Bovlson Street, Boston; 612 North Michigan Avenue,
Chicago.
EDITORIAL STAFF
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MANAGING EDITOR .........THOMAS K. CONNELLAN
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR..............C. HART SHAAF
CITY EDITOR....................BRACKLEYESHAW
SPORTS EDITOR .................ALBERT H. NEWMAN
DRAMA EDITOR....................JOHN W. PRITCHARD
WOMEN'S EDITOR.....................CAROL J. HANAN
NIGHT EDITORS: A. Ellis Ball, Ralph G. Coulter, William
G. Ferris, John C. Hoaley, George Van Veck, Guy M.
Whipple, Jr.
SPORTS ASSISTANTS: Charles A. Baird, Arthur W. Car-
stens, Roland L. Martin, Marjorie Western.
WOMEN'S ASSISTANTS: Marjorie Beck, Eleanor Blum,
Lois Jotter, Marie Murphy, Margaret D. Phalan.
REPORTERS: C. Bradford Carpenter, Paul J. Elliott,
Courtney A. Evans, John J. Flaherty, Thomas A. Groehn'
John Kerr, Thomas H. Kleene, Bernard B. Levick, David
G. MacDonald, Joel P. Newman, John M. O'Connell,
Kenneth Parker, William R. Reed, Robert S. Ruwitch,
Arthur S. Settle, Marshall D, Silverman, Arthur M.
Taub.
Dorothy Gies, Jean Hanmer, Florence Harper, Eleanor
Johnson, Ruth Loebs, Josephine McLean, Marjorie Mor-
rison, Sally Place, Rosalie Resnick, Jane Schneider.
BUSINESS STAFF
Telephone 2-1214
BUSINESS MANAGER ............W. GRAFTON SHARP
CREDIT MANAGER ............BERNARD E. SCHNACKE
WOMEN'S BUSINESS MANAGER....................
.......................... CATHARINE MC HENRY
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS: Local Advertising, Noel Tur-
nert Classified Advertising, Russell Read; Advertising
Service, Robert Ward; Accounts, Allen Knuusi; Circula-
tion and Contracts, Jack Efroymson
ASSISTANTS: Milton Kramer,.John Ogden, Bernard Ros-
enthal, Joe Rothbard, George Atherton.
Jane BasAett, Virginia Bell, Mary Bursley, Peggy Cady,
Virginia Cluff, Patricia Daly, Genevieve Field, Louise
Florez, Doris Gimmy, Betty Greve, Billie Griffiths, Janet
Jackson, Louise Krause, Barbara Morgan, Margaret
Mustard, Betty Simonds.
FRESHMAN TRYOUTS: William Jackson, Louis Gold-
smith, David Schiffer, William Barndt, Jack Richardson,
Charles Parker, Robert Owen, Ted Wohgemuth, Jerome
Grossman, Avner, Kronenberger, Jim Horiskey, Tom
Clarke, Scott, Samuel Beckman, Homer Lathrop, Hall,
Ross Levin, Willy Tomlinson, Dean Asselin, Lyman
Bittman, John Park, Don Hutton, Allen Ulpson, Richard
Hardenbrook, Gordon Cohn.
NIGHT EDITOR: RALPH G. COULTER
Compulsory R.O.T.C.
Is Bad Medicine. ..
'T HE case of Sheldon Kaplan, bril-
iliant University of Minnesota
sophomore, who was dropped from the literary
college of the University for failure to attend drill,
is outstanding in the movement against compul-
sory military training. Kaplan, majoring in phi-
losophy, carried 18 credits of work during the last
quarter, earning 16 credits of "A" and 2 of "B"
with the exception of his failure in drill.
Minnesota officials will allow Kaplan to enroll
in the spring quarter, but all of his work since
last October will not be counted. He does not
claim to be a "conscientious objector" but rather
feels that drill is useless. He claims that he ac-
tually attended the lectures from which he was
marked absent, but that he spent his time study-
ing ether subjects, since the officer had told the
class that "he did not require attention, but mere-
ly asked that students be quiet."
The failure in any course in which the attitude
is such that the attendance is compulsory, not
beneficial, is certainly no grounds for expulsion
from a university. It is certainly evident that
any system which requires such a course, in which
little attempt is made to improve the student,
is contrary to the principles of American educa-
tion.
Whether or not military education is a good
thing, its place is certainly not in compulsory col-

lege courses. A system based on compulsion can
never succeed.

when the plump back-row chorine, who -strange-
ly enough - was in love with the director all th
time, does a Cinderella at the crucial momen
and takes the part. As a final touch Scarface n
inveigled into taking the male lead in the show-
within-a-show and everything comes out happil
with everybody in love with practically everybod
else.
Two nice fresh orchids go to Charlotte Whit-
man and Nan Diebel, in our estimation. Charotts
Whitman as the feminine lead not only has a
really remarkable voice and a graceful stage pres-
ence, but, as if that weren't enough, she looks the
part. She added a certain facile gayety to the
charm she already possesses in a happy combina-
tion which completely endeared her to the audi-
ence. In several scenes, notably that in which, a:
a chubby chorine, she prays wistfully for the love
of the director and then, in an effort to become
slim, gulps reducing pills, she displays a mixture
of mild pathos and humor so cleverly that it i:
very close to real drama. Nan Diebel, as the hard-
boiled, wise-cracking song and dance man is the
only one of the "male" element who looks as
though she were at home in pants. She timed her
lines well and they were always good for a -laugh.
Furthermore, she was consistent throughout, car--
rying off her role with a commendable nonchal--
ance and a swagger.
Other honorable mention goes to Virginia
Chapman, as the leading lady who is victim of
the unfortunate accident, which, by the way, we
regretted because it kept Miss Chapman off the
stage after the first few scenes. As Velura Velmar,
the pride of the Argentine, she makes good use of
her ability to do exaggerated take-offs, and dis-
plays the million-dollar legs adequately.
Kay Carpenter, as the sharp-tongued, elderly1
secretary, was faultless, and mention should also
go to Mary Morrison for an excellent bit part. Of
the many funny and atmospheric bits, none was
better than that involving dialogue and action
between Betty Talcott as an artist of the impres-
sionist school and Sarah Pierce as a volatile and
vitriolic critic.
Of the male roles, Beatrice DeVine had the
largest. She got better as she went along. Her
main difficulty was that she spoke much too quick-
ly and too loudly, so that many of her lines were
indistinct. Although Miss DeVine should be cred-
ited for taking a difficult role on very short notice,
her portrayal showed lack of contrast. When the
script called for excitement she unfortunately gave
her all to the detriment of any climatic pitches.
However, as the play progressed she became more
at ease.
Marie Abbot, as Scarface Joe, hardly looks the
part or is particularly convincing as a hardboiled
gangster.
Russ McCracken is to be very much congratu-
lated on the handling of his scenes in an effective
manner. The last scene opened with the audience
backstage, watching the show-within-a-show be-
ing played to a mythical audience in front, the
only thing visible to the Ann Arbor audience being
the backs of assorted sets and the stage hands and
chorus.
The pantomime (Scene 3), a series of scenes
somewhat reminiscent of the expressionism in
"Beggar on Horseback," is a highlight in the play.
Here the Garbo chorus slinks by in grotesque
masks and the much-heralded shoes and, inci-
dentally, almost stopped the show. The Rigoletto
Quartet parody is done by impersonators of such
stars as Marian Talley and Lily Pons, sitting in
steam cabinets and "griping" about it. Especially
excellent are the voices, with special mention to
Ruth Kaser. Credit for dance direction of the
pantomime goes to Miss Marie Hartwig.
One of the most successful parts of the pro-
duction was the fact that the music was good
and the singing did justice to it. There were
two hits, "Wringing out Rhythm," by Mary
Morrison and Byron Dalrymple, and "You Only
You," by S. Leon Kaye. Maxine Maynard, Mary
Morrison, and Helene Gram took honors as scrub
women in a Boswell Sisters imitation. In this con-
nection we wish to shower a few of the coveted
orchids in the direction of the Union Band, which
furnishes the accompaniment. A great deal of the
success of the show is due to the able direction of
Bob Steinle.
The training of the choruses is the product of
I the able Marie Heid, dance chairman, who also
does a very superior solo and pinch-hits in a tango
I number. -C.J.H

As Others See It

&OIEiGN ACTlOiTS
The Dickstcin bill, barrin "l r frein actors
om this country's stage and .creen s:ave ihose of
superior talent, has he laudable purpose of in-
"easing eminoyient for American p-aye.. N v-
ertheless, it is a highly undesirable manifestation
of nationalism. The educational value of seeing

foreign troups is
tributed greatly
theatre.

great, and their visits have con-
to the development of our own

Further, it can be shown that imported actors
have helped furnish more engagements for our
own players than they have taken away. Under
the terms of the bill, such priongcs as Nazi-
mova, Chaplin, Pickford, Le Gallienne, Valentino,
Lynn Fontanne, and Leslie Heward could never
have been seen by American audiences, for all
.were comparatively unknown when they came to
this country. They attained fame here, and gave
employment to hundreds of native actors in their
supporting casts, often for long engagements.
Capable as Secretary Perkins has proved her-
self. we do not believe she would relish the delicate
task of choosing between ordinary actors and
those of "superior talent," a duty that would be
hers under the terms of the bill. Nor do we be-
lieve that our motion -picture industry, which has
grown to dominate the world by preparing films
for foreign countries, would be benefited if com-
pelled to use Americans throughout its casts, save
in major roles. The Actors' Equity at present im-
poses extensive limitations on foreign actors. We
hope Congress will let well enough alone, and will
refuse to enact a mistaken measure that would
impair the American drama while seeking to as-
sist it.
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
olleglate Observer
By BUD BERNARD
A traditional stone bench is on the University
of Chicago campus upon which only varsity letter-
men and the girls they have kissed may sit. This
ought to be a good idea to suggest to Michigan
Varsity lettermen; after all, these benches on our
campus should have some practical value.
Then there was the poor frosh at Ohio
State University who always tried to date
blondes so that his fraternity brethren would
think he was a gentleman.
A rAmaster's thesis based upon a survey of extra-
curricular costs of a college education at Mar-
quette 'University reveals that the average student
spends two cents a week on books and five cents
on movies.
A PROFESSOR LOOKS AT HIS CLASS
Well, there they sit, the dumb, dim-witted
saps-
Collegiate fops, in corduroy and leather,
Their idiotic minds first fixed on whether
I'll catch them reading Ballyhoo on their laps.
---The women trying hard to look the parts
Of chic I'm-oh-so-bored sophisticates -
Some cross their legs at handsome addlepates,
And hope that another college romance'
starts.
Concerned with dances, clothes, and football
teams,
What do they care for what I have to say?
They're patronizing - there's not one who
dreams
I might be just as bored as they
Pretend to be. This is a lousy way
To make a living. Lord I earn my pay.
--University of Washington Daily
At St. Louis University Katherine Hepburn and
Lionel Barrymore were found to be the favorite
movie stars of the majority of students. Mickey
Mouse was a favorite with students of art and
Mae West rated the highest among pre-law stu-
dents.

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The Theatre
The nearest thing to a Broadway production
that this campus has seen since the times they
used to break the bank on the Union Opera hap-
pened last night at the opening performance of
the Junior Girls' Play, "Gang's All There."
It's a musical comedy of the new school, a sure-
fire plot with good music, intelligent directing, and
talent we didn't know existed. The play is by no
means the kind where one sits back tolerantly and
mentally pats the kiddies on the back, thinking
"very good for an amateur performance." It would
be excellent entertainment if you paid two-fifty
flat for a back end seat somewhere near a post.
The first bouquet we would present to Author
Jean Keller, the young lady from New York to
whom we would suggest that she get some real
men for the male parts and take her play some-

mont 1 when paid in the lump sum, but th1is con-
a scientious church-going lady, calculates the extra
amount of the extra days and adds it on. This
C am pus O plady knew nothing about the expense of using a
grill, so to reassure her I recounted my various
------- experiences, mentioning that first place where I
Letters published in this column should not be con- had/ put up 25 cents per week to cover expense,
strued as expressing the editorial opinion of The as well as those where they charged nothing at
Daily. Anonymous communications will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be re- all. When the first bill for two months came in,
garded as confidential upon request. Contributors
are asked to be brief, confining themselves to less it was about $1.35 more than th.e one of last year.
than 300 words if possible. This I thought very reasonable as two grills were
CHRISTIAN LIVING MORE then being used for cooking, but she did not share
IMPORTANT THAN IMMORTALITY my satisfaction, so I offered to bear part of the
To the Editor: expense if the other lady would also share a part.
The subject of immortality is most interesting. This she would not do, so the landlady came back
Personally, I have never had any doubt about life upon me suggesting that I pay for the two months
after "death" on this plane and there are many at the rate of 25 cents per week -which would
who share this faith but it presents a problem more than cover what we had both used! I put
difficult to prove. What I am most interested in up one bone for I had been in the place longer.
is a religion that helps in daily life. Does the My policy is "I can take it," but the other lady
church-going habit make people easier to live moved, as numerous little annoyances had been
with? My opinion is that it should, but it doesn't coming up - things too trivial to warrant time
necessarily, and space. I think I get the landlady's viewpoint,
After listening Sunday evening to the first of in these lean years, no matter what they get it
Dr. Fisher's Easter services, I turned in for the isn't enough, but what about the rest of us?
night, only to awaken in the wee small hours to When I bought buttermilk by the gallon, I
ponder this practical question: Are church-goers shared with the lady of the house, giving her the
any easier to live with than others? benefit of the reduced price. She bought the milk
When first I engaged a room in this University tickets in quantity, and charged me full retail
town, the lady charged a dollar a month for my price for what I took from her, and never admit-
privilege of using a grill. But she made a volun- ted that she got them at a reduction because of
tary reduction because I had two steamer blankets quantity, though I knew it all the time as I had
for my bed, and she deducted one week at Christ- shared with a lady I roomed with once before.
mas and another at spring vacation, and had me This experience in a home where church going
in for dinner once a week for whatever treat is such an important factor strikingly reminds me
she thought I would especially like. of another home I got into in another city - it is
Another place where I had a room the lady so different. There I soon learned that the man
made no charge for my using a grill, (this has was an avowed infidel and his wife never went to
usually been the custom) and she gave me a church. Had I known this I would scarcely have

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