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Published every morning except Monday
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haled again the exhilaration of an
educational giant, there is no doubt
that the Chief would gladly retire
to make way for a younger and
more vigorous successor. What fin-
er reward could the University of-
fer to a man who has contributed
so much than the tendering of the
presidential office to Dean Cooley?
Let the proposal be made, hereby
and on behalf of the student opin-
ion which this organ represents,
that the regents choose at their
August 2 meeting the lone tower-
ing figure among Michigan's avail-
able prospects. If for no other
reason than the need for time to
consider, the present board ought
to award the office to a man of
his type. Not since the days of
President Angell has the Univer-
sity possessed a man of such ven-
erable dignity and powerful grip on
the student imagination. Never has,
a more propitious moment offered
itself for the selection of a man

0 _ 0
J Music And Drama
TONIGHT: The Michigan
Repertory Players present John
Galsworthy's' "Escape" in Men-
delssohn Theater, beginning at
8:15 o'oock.
* * *A
More Fun Than a Nightmare
This play, otherwise know as
"Neither Maid, Wife nor Widow,"
is the big laugh of the year. It is
in its fourth week at the Civic The-,
ter in Detroit, and if there is any
abligation a sober citizen has to his
better self, it is to attend this show
and laugh himself sick. And that
goes for everybody; there wasn't a
stiff face nor a single sober stom-
ach in the audience last night. In
the show-business one of the rarest
things and the most valuable is
what is vulgarly called a "belly
Ilaugh." Last night--well, you shoud

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Upwards of half a year has now
passed since the lightning struck
and the University of Michigan was
left without a president. Public in-
terest, first centering on the resig-
nation of Clarence Cook Little, has
shifted to a point approaching
anxiety over his successor; and the
regents, with characteristic effort,
have presumably been scanning the
field for someone fit to fill the va-
cant presidential shoes.
Rumors of one kind or another
have filled the air from time to
time. Ruthven, Kraus, Jessup, and
lesser lights have all been hashed
over pro and con. It is an open
secret that there is no overwhelm-
ing unanimity of opinion on the
board of regents, any more than
there is among local persdns, con-
cerning the most desirable succes-
sor. This condition is inevitable
after the cataclysmic upheavals
which have gripped the University
during the past four years.
It is strange that from this mass
of controversy both rumor and the
regents have apparently failed to
extract the single figure which
looms above all pettiness, all jeal-
ousy, and all minor political dif-
ferences. It is indeed strange that
a man who has given all of the
most productive years of his life
to the service of the University, and
who has hewn for himself a record
both as an administrator and as a
human being which defies compar-
ison, should have been overlooked
so long. We refer, quite naturally,
to Dean-emeritus Mortimer E. Coo-
If there is a single thing which
the University of Michigan needs
at the present time it is a healing
potion for the wounds and breach-
es of the past four years. Michigan
has experienced an energetic type
of leadership for some time now,
with the result that a slight recess,
just ,for the purpose of catching
her breath, might be a wise pol-
Icy. Even from the material polit-
ical side there are few men who
could gain higher respect at Lan-
sing than Dean Cooley, for Repub-
licans throughout the state, and
Governor Green in particular, have
the highest regard for the man who
has on occasion been the standard
bearer of the opposition in state
It is quite useless to extol the
virtues of the "Friendly Chief" in
a forum such as this. His record
in administering the University's
second largest college, his popular-
ity with the alumni, the unmiti-
gated respect with which his name
is held throughout the state are
too well known to require exposi-
tion. His national eminence in the
field of engineering, moreover,
would restore to the University a
bit of the academic dignity which
it may have lost in th past dec-
It would be asking too much to

expect Dean Cooley to take the po-
sition for more than a few years.
During the period of his adminis-
tration the regents could without
embarrassment comb the field of
available talent for a successor;'
nnr when at last the wnnds were

very close to the ideal of all Mich-
igan alumni and students-a man
who is both human and eminent-
"Friendly Chief" Cooley.
The renewed interest in the dra-
ma which has been materializing
on the campus, represented this
summer by the Repertory Players,
serves a triple purpose in the life
of the University: it is a medium
for the artistic abilities of many
of the students, it brings the inti-
mate enjoyment of the legitimate
stage to those on the campus, and
it acts as a re-vitalizer of the in-
tellectual atmosphere of Ann Ar-
bor. To many this tribute may seem
unnecessary, but to those who have
come to the campus only this .sum-
mer the aims and works of this
group of student artists cannot but
be interesting.
What is known as Play Produc-
tion is a non-professional organi-
zation of students in the regular
school year who are interested in
the practical application of the
theater arts including scenery
building, staging, acting, directing,
and promoting. During the regu-
lar session this group successfully
presented a number of plays to a
select audience.
The productions this summer are
being directed by Prof. Chester M.
Wallace of the Drama School of the
Carnegie Institute of Technology,
and the casts include visiting ar-
tists from all over the country. In
a sense this summer's work em-
bodies the results of a year's con-
tinued effort and inspiration, com-
bined with the talents and distinc-
tive contributions of the visiting di-
rector and actors. It is to be hoped
that the work of the Repertory
Players this summer will have a
permanent and lasting influence on
the development of a university
theater at Ann Arbor.
More deaths than usual have
been reported in aviation circles
this week, and the public is begin-
ning to lose its air-mindedness.
From Roosevelt Field in New York
comes word of four crashes re-
sulting in 7 deaths, and other sec-
tions of the country have con-
tributed to the list of injuries and
fatalities caused by air accidents.
Seemingly it is at this time more
than at any other that a plea for
aviation and all that it means is
in order.
In addition to commercial avia-
tion including regular mail, bag-
gage, and passenger carrying, the
last few weeks have been featured
by a great deal of experimental fly-
ing. There have been attempts to
break all sorts of records, new mo-
tors and planes have been tried out,
and several inventions have been
tested. All this is extremely haz-
ardous and can in no sense be
considered ordinary flying; the re-
sulting fatalities have been more
or less expected, although, of
course, every attempt was made to
forestall them.
Aviation is being made safer day
by day through the work and sac-
rifices of these flyers who risk their
lives in experimental flying.
1 Through it all the regular com-
mercial service has been continued
with a low percentage of accidents.
And remember Lindbergh has
flown several thousand miles with-
out a serious accident. The pub-I
lic can retain its air-mindedness se-

cure in the knowledge that avia-
tion is slowly coming to be as safe
as any other transportation meth-
Those women who had made no
effort to acquire a boyish figure'
suffered financially recently when
a Fitchburg, Mass., church took up
a collection, assessing one penny,
for each inch of waistline measure-


have been there.
Miss Bonstelle has secured from
William A. Brady this melodrama
of Dion Boucicoult, written in 1860,
and has put it on with exactly the
right touch of burlesque. The re-
sult is what will send you home
aching, and sitting up in bed all
night telling how the Lackawana
came roaring down the tracks.
There's just no sense in reviewing
the show; it is an art that surpasses
l art; and if you can possibly get
into the theatre to see it you'll give
birth to so many wise-cracks of
your own that you won't need the
nit-witticisms of the critic.
However, there is just a little
moral tacked on to this dear old
drama of the days when father had
not yet met mother, and was sow-
ing his wild oats, high, wide and
handsome from the seat of his
natty buggy, and that is what will
make you laugh. Don't forget that
father sat in a fever during the dra-
matic scenes of this show, with the
pomade oozing down from his cow-
lick and the tears seeping into his
fiery young mustache; and if you
think that's funny, you're just a
worm, and your children will be re-
venged on you for that by laugh-
ing themselves at the things you're
crying over.
To paraphrase the Latin; sic
transit lacryma mundi; and the
transition last night was so funny
that as far as I'm concerned pos-
terity can laugh all they want. I
want to do my laughing now.
And for all that, it's fun to try
to imagine what a touch of bur-
lesque could do to some of our pres-
ent day tear-teasers. Of course, the
Grand Street Follies are built on
that ieda, but what fun "Strange
Interlude" would be, done in the
"talkies" with Dolores del Rio sing-
ing the theme song "Those Gordon
Gin Blues."
But if you don't like that you
don't have to wait for posterity to
give you a laugh; just see "After
Dark' and take your ancestors for
a good ride. R. L. A.
* * *
Ed. Note: "The Harangues of
Harriet," so modestly inaugurated
in yesterday's column, wil continue
to appear at intervals during the
After .all, a poor colyumist must
have some sort of material.
Harriet will go to the plays just
like any other good Michigan en-
thusiast, but as a general rule she
will limit herself to those dull days
when nothing is happening. She is
at her best when the rest of the
world is in a vacuum. R. L. A.
. "
Harriet said she was going to
take an interest in our campus
dramatics this summer. She has a
sentimental attachment for ama-
teur theatricals as she calls them,
because they remind her of the
charades they used to give in the
ancestral home at Concord.
She says she'll never forget the
time they tried to make the word
"pantomime." She was supposed
to interpret the first syllable by
coming out and breathing hard-
sort of panting, you know? And
that old rascal, Deacon Brown,
thought she meant "pants" because
she was doing it so often.
She said she reminded herself of
"little Audrey" because "she laugh-!
ed and laughed." When I asked
her why, she explained that in
those days they wore long skirts,
right down to the ground, and she

didn't-well, anyhow, pants were
out of the question. Of course they
were; you can't spell pantomime
with an "s." But I didn't tell her
that; only I did come darn near
saying that even today, when
"skirts" are so short they them-
selves are "out of the question,"
that we still spelt pantomime with-
out an "s." But that wasn't really
what I meant so I didn't say it.
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