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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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fraternity man is "compensated" for the dip in
his scholastic record by the other benefits which
he receives from membership in the organization,
it cannot be denied that the student who gets good
grades gets more out of his college life in most
cases than the one who does not.
The fraternity men of the junior class have a
slightly lower average than the independents, but
they have recovered from the ill effects of pledging.
We firmly believe that there is no reason why a
student's work should fall off because he has been
taken into a Greek-letter society. If anything, the
house ought to encourage him to a full use of the
opportunities which are afforded here.
Aside from the fact that fraternity pledges act
as a dead weight on the house if they fail to make
their grades and cannot therefore be initiated or
take part in campus activities, and aside from the
fact that University authorities, viewing the scene
from an academic standpoint, are inclined to
judge fraternities harshly on this point, the houses
themselves, for their own good, should correct this
situation of their own accord.
" And there is always the danger that reform in
this respect, if it does not arise spontaneously from
within the houses, may be forced on them from
outside.

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enthal, Joe Rotlbard George Atherton.
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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 Brndt, Jack Richardson,
Charles Parker, Rooert Owen, Ted Wohigemuth, Jerome
Grossman, Avnr, Kronenberger, Jim Horskey, Tom
Clarke, Scottv Samuel Beckman, Homer Lathrop, Hall,
Ross Levin, Willy Tomlinson, Dean Asselin, Lyman
$lttman, John Park, Don Hutton, Allen Ulpson, Richard
Hardenbrook, Gordon Cohn.
NIGHT EDITOR: JOHN C. HEALEY
Find ing A Substitute
For Swngout.. .
T HE SENIOR CLASS, the Under-
graduate Council, and a special Un-
dergraduate Council committee are now working
their collective minds on the problem of a sub-
stitute for Swingout. The work will have to be
accomplished with rapidity--with a good deal
more rapidity than has so far been shown- if any
plan is to be presented by May 1, the deadline
set by the Senate Committee on Student Affairs
which will either approve or disapprove the Coun-
cil's plans.
At the present moment the Council is function-
ing with a slowness of pace equalled only by the
apparent lack of interest upon the part of officialsI
and members of the senior class. There were only
five members at the recent special Council meeting
called to fix upon a substitute plan, and none of
them seemed to have a particularly competent idea
of what to do.-
As for the officials of the senior class, they have -
met the problem by being both completely inactive
and completely mute. However, this may be excus-
able. They may have forgotten that they are class
officials.
What can be done in the way of a substitute for
Swingout, one of the very few genuinely popular
traditions of Michigan of the past few years?
First, we believe that the marching is an essen-
tial part of the ceremony. We feel. that seniors
want to appear in their caps and gowns and
want to parade in them-- and we also feel that
the campus wants to see them parade. But in order
to march, it is psychologically necessary to have
some place to go. That much is obvious.
In the past the parade has ended in Hill.Audi-
torium, where the President of the University has
given an address. This has not always proven satis-
factory.

The day is one for the about-to-graduate class
and we believe that the activities should be con-
fined to members of this class. The talking, we
think, should be by outstanding members of the
senior class who have arrived at a state where they
ought to be able to take whatever their classmates
care to give them.
With this plan, the traditional significance of
the day will not be forgotten, and it can be a day
for the seniors, without any futile attempt at
decorum.

The Theatre -
"WITH BANNERS FLYING"
In Review
Tardily, as per tradition, the opening curtain
of "With Banners Flying" came up last night at
the Whitney Theatre. Two hours and a quarter
later, the curtain came down. The banners were
still flying, but they were a trifle tattered.
The first scene opens in a convocation at Hill
Auditorium. It's all very wilI, but refreshingly wild.
It keeps the brain turning over at a great rate .
a Marx brothers production with plenty of sure-
fire lines by William Brownson who deserves con-
gratulation.
The plot is laid in a strangely topsy-turvy
University where R.O.T.C. men and Socialists are
fighting it out for power, but nobody seems to
know just exactly what power consists of. It all
starts when President Rutabaga leaves for Egypt,
"Little Egypt," as he so fondly puts it. The Univer-
sity is left in charge of Feeling A. Boast, the vet-
eran football coach, whom we find putting chor-
uses of hirsute stenographers through their paces,
sleeping in the presidential office, and drawing
football diagrams on the walls.
"Atrocities" are committed by the Socialists to
gain their ends. Typical atrocity: The changing
of Division street signs for the confusion of the
Common Council. Through it all runs a love-
theme to end all love-themes in which turning
points take place with comic abruptness. The re-
turn of President Rutabaga to the University
brings a happy issue and the final chorus finds
company and audience chanting "The Victors."
The book is laudable in that the production is
entirely about Michigan and of Michigan. The
satire is brilliant and biting; typical is the satirn-
zation of the agitation by university women for
later hours. Dean Alice Freud and IDr. Pill frown
upon the affair and the women applaud the atti-
tude vigorously,
Conspicuously lacking on the opening night was
that abandon on the part of the company neces-
sary to pound home the lines with sufficient force
. the extra something that puts a show across
with a bang.
The women's chorus and the football chorus
were stop-the-show hits. A direct refutation
to the ancient statement of "Our handsomest girls
are men" were the bow-legs and dead-pans of the
chorus . . . flanked by wigs that flopped like a
spaniel's ears in the dance-routines. The tango
chorus rated top in the dancing . . . save possibly
for the elephantine maneuvers of the ungainly
football lasses (lads).
Thief of the show was William A. Cutting, who,
in the non-essential role of Hermann Haufenmist,
the Dutch boy with brain-atrophy, wandered stu-
pidly through the production in search of his Nell.
William Dickert, as Dean Beersley and Dean
Ellis Freud put the satirical character parts across
with a punch. Frank M. Brennan as Nell was sat-
isfyingly ingenuous, while J. Gordon McDonald as
Scrofulous Epidermis was not scrofulous enough
but adequate.
Thomas Connellan as Claret Moselle, the hero-
ine, was utterly charming and winning. Her seduc-
tion of Epidermis was excellent, but his (Claret's)
singing voice was a trifle shaky.
In general, the acting was characterized by over-
restraint as contrasted with the under-restraint
of the audience. It is to be expected that after the
first night, the characters will lose the gingerly
manner in which. in many cases they tackled their
parts.
The music for the production was excellent and
extremely unusual for a college show. Mr. Peterson
merits a good deal of applause on the score.
The timing of the music and scenes was ragged.
Long pauses into which music should have been
scored may be laid to opening-night difficulties.
Unfortunate also was the fact that there were not
enough powerful voices in the production to put
the numbers over. Or quite possibly, most of the
soloists did not trust their voices to the needed
volume. Another case of over-restraint.
Altogether, the show needs loosening up. It lacks
spontaneity and abandon which it may acquire in
succeeding nights. As a satire and a commentary
on campus movements and personalities, it is well
worth seeing. The banners are still flying, and
maybe one of these nights they will flap in the
wind.

ILMPDEN AT DETROIT CASS
"RICllELIEU - A Review
By JOhN W. PRiTCHARD
SIR EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON wrote this
play. The fact that Sir Edward penned his
exotic but tightly-conceived teeter-tauter melo-
dramas in the middle of the last century should
+ fal+riafn'c k 2C tA conmlete a tin-off a to the

Art Reviews
ARCHITECTURE EXHIBIT
AN EXHIBIT of 97 architectural drawings is
being shown in the jury room of the College
of Architecture under the auspices of the Asso-
ciation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The
University very fortunately has the privilege of
viewing the exhibitions of both the Eastern and
Western circuits being made by the Association.
An effort is made to complete each circuit in a
year, so the students may keep informed of the
work done by other schools. Due to this desire to
cover the entire United States in a year, the ex-
hibitions are necessarily short. The work will be
on display only tonight.
The exhibitions represent seventeen leading col-
leges and universities including the Universities of
Michigan, California, Southern California, Illinois,
Cincinnati, Ohio State, Harvard, Cornell, and
many technical schools. The majority of the
plates have been prize-winners.
Every conceivable problem is in evidence; resi-
dences, libraries, beach clubs, state capitals - in
short, every phase of architecture.
Unusually fine rendering of harmonious mono-
chromatic color schemes and others in strong
contrast make the exhibition striking and ap-
pealing.
One particularly colorful sketch is a Mayan
frontispiece. It was a Class A project from Ohio
State University. It shows an Egyptian temple
in the center background with a god and sacred
animal prominent in the foreground. It is char-
acterized by Egyptian hieroglyphics as decoration.
Distinction is added to this plate by the vivid
orange and green color scheme.
The University of Michigan contributes six
studies. The subjects are a sanatorium, museum,
concert hall, church, community building, and a
shrine for the Holy Grail. They are beautifully
done, although not as colorful as some of the
others. Many were. theses used in obtaining the
Master of Arts degree.
All of the plans show careful study, complete
details, and unusual features. More than mere
drawings of plans, these plates portray a technical
interest, idealistic planning, and composition.
-E.M.N.
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GRADUATION RECITAL
In Review
T HIS SEEMS to be a year of setting new stand-
ards for future prospective graduates. Miss
Mathewson's was perhaps the best organ recital
this year. Possessing everything necessary for a
finished performer, she left no doubt in the minds
of her audience as to her ability. Her program was
one which showed careful selection of all phases
of organ technique to show off her various capa-
bilities. Opening with the Introduction and Al-
legro by Wolstenholme, she immediately showed
that she had the necessary technical means and
power at her command. The delightful "Suite" by
DeLamarter proved her ability to paint various
moods in an artistic and finished manner. After
the first two numbers she had put the audience
at ease and went on to gain further approbation.
At no time did she allow balance or good interpre-
tation to slip from her grasp. The speed and clarity
of the inner voices in the Bach were to be mar-
velled at. The only number to detract from her
program was the choice of the Brahms chorale
and its location.
Miss Mathewson has all the attributes of an
excellent organist and should go far in her chosen;
field.'
What a Co-ed Is
The present college girl is a well-balanced picture
of courtesy, enthusiasm, cheerfulness and courage,
according to Dean V. C. Gildersleeve of Barnard
college.
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It has not a thing to recommend it philosophically;
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too greatly -except for those incorrigible persons
like the youthful Francois, who has been pursuing
the paper for two acts, the while muttering Rich-
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phasis and concentration he manipulates the ac-
tion; he is a fulcrum, but a highly conspicuous
and articulate one. The dry wit and intense emo-
tional reserve of Richelieu are, in him, a charged
mixture of rigor, sympathy, and urbanity. He is
supported by a notable cast. Mr. Anderson presents
to us, with clear intelligence, a Louis XIII who
makes grandiloquent gestures with grace and maj-
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effeminately ridiculous. Mr. Seymour is a romantic
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