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with the vague idea that I'd seen Pinafore dozens
of times and was pretty bored with it. After
taking in Mr. Windt's production, I decided to
face facts, and realized that actually I had seen
Pinafore performed only twice before, and then
not as well as it could have been.
Somebody is always doing Pinafore-one week
the church choir and the next week the Elks-
but how many of us have really seen it very
I remember being terribly bored with Carmen
-referring to it as "that old thing"-until I
went to a production of Carmen for the first
time. Much to my chagrin, I enjoyed it thor-
oughly. The arias were familiar, but much of
the chorus work came through as beautiful
and surprisingly new.
All of us think we can "whistle all the tunes
from that infernal nonsense Pinafore," and by
that we probably mean the Gems on the old
Victor record. But three or four of the best mel-
odies, as -well as the orchestration, are quite un-
known and fresh to us.
Everybody knows "What, never?-Well, hardly
ever," but the new twist given to the line in the
finale is a surprise. And such un-Victorianisms
as "Damme, it's too bad," and "no telephone
communicates with his cell" will startle you.
Also, I think we are likely to take Mr. Windt's
productions too much for granted. After all, Mr.
Windt is not directing professional talent, and
that fact is likely to handicap him on smaller,
more intimate plays. On the larger things, espe-
cially the musicale, hehas been turning out
productions that compare extraordinarily well
with anything you can see on Broadway as re-
gards color, pace and vivacity. Play Production
makes its own sets, its own costumes and most of
ist own talent, and does a pretty good job of it.
To assume the attitude that "it was swell, but of
course it was only Pinafore and only Play Pro-
duction," seems rather grudging praise. Laurels
should be handed out sparingly, of course, but
never with the left hand.
Here's hoping for "Mikado" and the difficult
"Patience" in the near future. And there seems
to be now good reason why Mr. Windt and the
Music School shouldn't dig back in the Savoy
files and experiment with The Sorcerer or Prin-
cess Ida later on. Of course, Mr. Windt is not
Richard d'Oyly Carte-but, then, so few of
us are. -P.M.
Dissatisfied With Union
To the Editor:
I am very much in agreement with the ideas
expressed in a letter signed "Nonentity" in Sun-
day's Daily. Why a student group, organized
according to the University regulations and hav-
ing tentative University recognition, should not
be allowed use of the Union parlors for a meet-
ing at which several faculty men were present,
when local "tin-horn" bodies are given that
privilege, is beyond my comprehension. It rises
the old question: 'Who owns the Union and
what for?" Is its object the maximization of
profits and the minimization of losses; or is it
service to the student body? If it is the former,
from a purely subjective observation I'd say, the
present manager is excellent. However, if the
Union's aim is supposed to be the latter, I'd say
he is a flop! My father ('08M), after eating a
tap-room meal recently, and upon hearing about
the present fascist-like manager, wishes he had
given his contribution to the Union to some
more worthy organization.
Not to mention the closed recreational rooms,
nor the alternately scalding-hot and freezing-
cold showers, nor the dirtier-than-the-Intra-
mural water in the pool, nor the high priced soda
fountain, nor the dirty glasses in the taproom,
nor the fly covered sugar bowls, just consider the
lousy tap-room cooking. The planning the
meals and the menus are not bad, and I guess
that we can't holler about the prices of food, but
who likes burned and watered mashed potatoes,
black holes in baked potatoes, tasteless vege-
tables,, sour milk and salads (the latter are
abominable!) greasy eggs, and coffee that even
a German would not drink? What's more, the
servers behind the counters are insubordinate
and obviously think the customers are always
wrong. The cooks at the League could teach
a lot to the hash mixers at the Union. The
trouble is it took me two years to find that out,
and pity the poor frosh, this fall, unwittingly eat-
ing that trash and poison until some kindly

upperclassman puts him wise!
Will somebody please tell me, or give me
a list of references pertaining to just who does
own the Union and for what purpose?
As Others See It
(From the New York Herald-Tribune)
possibilities of the so-called neutrality act
are now brilliantly demonstrated by the dilemma
which it has unepectedly prepared for the Pres-
ident in the Far East. When war occurs, the
act obligates him to proclaim the fact, and no-
body-certainly not the nerve-shattered residents
of Shanghai-can have much doubt that what is
now going on in China is war. But if the Pres-
ident proclaims it, what happens?
Loans and the export of actual munitions
would be automatically embargoed-which would
not greatly affect the situation, since Japan buys
few if any munitions as such in the United States
and China in any event could hardly get them
past the Japanese Navy. American citizens would
also be debarred from traveling on Japanese
ships-which would be a source of irritation to
the Japanese. The diplomatic effects would be
considerably more damaging to them. An Amer-
ican finding that Japan had gone to war would

On The Level
THOSE ATTENDING the Michigan Theatre of
late have probably noticed a creature flitting
occasionally back and forth across the projected
light from the rear of the place to the screen. The
creature is a bat. But this fact should not deter
bat-conscious women from attending the show,
because there is no telling where one is apt to
run into a flying mouse any more. Ann Arbor
seems to have been infested with a flock of these
winged mammals in recent weeks. A bat was
captured alive at one of the South University
harmburger joints last week. Another thrilling
bat chase was held under the auspices of the
Betsy Barbour eat club during the past few days.
We have heard stories about how the femmes at
B.B. crawled under tables, and ran shrieking
from the room, until the mouse-on-wings had
been cornered and conquered by the braver of
the sweet species. We have often seen the reac-
tions of gals when a mouse traipsed across the
floor, but we would have paid a lot to see what
happened when the mouse took wings and flew.
By the wayside, one of the lines in the picture
now at the Michigan is, "He's gone out on a bat."
Just as this was spoken, Sunday night, the bat
mentioned above, flew across the screen and
caused quite a laugh.
* *.*
SUNDAY NIGHT we saw another unusual sight.
An ambulance was stopped in front of the
Michigan Union, and the driver was asking a
couple of passersby for directions to some place
or other. The couple told the driver how to
get to University Hospital, and the ambulance
speeded away.
The couple giving directions watched the car
pull out of sight, and then the man of the couple
said, "I thought for a minute that he was going
to give us a ride." The girl with him laughed
and said, "Oh silly!"
* *~ * *
Two stars were in the sky-
I remember well-I
Made you to understand
That God somewhere had planned
With foresight, our first kiss;
Had known that I would miss
The light up in the skies
And seek it in your eyes.
Then, slowly looking down,
I found your moist lips shown
With beauty not surpassed
By the soft light stars east.
* * * *
DEAR WRAG: All good things must come to an
end and Summer School's no exception. But
here are a couple of stories that may lighten
the bright man's burden during these last hectic,
exam-laden days.
We were interviewing a Mrs. Wrentmore, the
third woman to be on The Daily's staff, the other
day, and besides an interesting hour we gleaned
this one. Seems that back in the gay '90's there
was a particularly staid, dignified prof who was
getting on the nerves of some of the boys. It
was, they decided, about time something be done
to make the old gent break down and act like
one of the common herd.
Finally the spark, the glitter of an idea. Came
the dawn and the next class with the object of
their intentions. Plump in front of the lecturer
writhed three garter snakes. Professor Dignity
gasped when he saw them,'bade one of the boys
take the snakes out. The student looked sur-
prised, said there weren't any snakes in the
room that he could see. The Prof. huffed, puffed
and told another boy to remove the reptiles. The
second boy looked incredulous, made a potent
motion by drawing circles in the air around his
head, denied there were snakes. Worried by this
time the Professor tried again, was told "I'm
sorry, sir, but there aren't any snakes here. But
do you feel well?" The Professor ran his hand
through his hair, looked around feverishly, fled
from the room.
-Stan Swinton.
to authorize the Chinese to carry the war into

the Settlement whenever they liked. Up to this
point the act would have done nothing practical
toward keeping us out of war; it would have
tended to penalize the Japanese and so increase
Japanese-American animosity, and would only
have intensified the one serious possible cause of
an American involvement in the fighting-which
is the casual or incidental destruction of Amer-
ican life and property now in China.
But once he had proclaimed a war to exist,
the President would immediately come under
pressure to continue and apply the non-manda-
tory "cash-and-carry" feature of the act to the
exports of such military raw materials as cotton,
scrap iron, oil and so on. The pressure. might
be greater because this would seem still further
to penalize Japan by denying her such materials,
except as she paid cash and carried them away
in non-American bottoms. Actually, it would
probably have the opposite effect, by making it
doubly impossible for China to secure anything
from from us, while offering no important dif-
ficulty to a Japan well provided with her own
ships and money. In the case of a long-drawn-
out guerrilla struggle it might become a hind-
rance to the Japanese, but whether in that event
its real effect would be to isolate us from the
struggle or involve us more deeply in its com-
plications is a matter of considerable doubt.
The truth is that the neutrality act (which
was written with another European war almost
exclusively in mind) is largely irrelevant to the
actual situation with which China confronts us.
It can be of only the slightest effect in preserving
us from participation in a Sino-Japanese con-


panied at the piano by Mr. Myron
S. Myers.

Publication in the Bulletin is consi
University. Copy received at the offc
A. H. until 3:3C; 11:00 a.m. on Saturda


The Intramural Sports Building
ructilve notice to all members of the will be closed Friday, Aug. 20, at 6
e of the Summer Session, Room 1213
y. p.m. All lockers must be vacated or
renewed for the school year by that
date, the fee being $2.50 for the
term papers, if they have not done period from Sept. 21 to June, 1938.
so already, at Room 4016-University

Examination for University Credit:'
All students who desire credit for
work done in the Summer Session
will be required to take examinations
at the close of the Session. The ex-
amination schedule for Schools and
Colleges on the eight-week basis is as

High School.
School of Music Library materials
on loan by Summer Session students
must be returned to the Library,
Room 606, Tower, by Wednesday,

Hour of





Time of Thursday
Examination 8-10

Friday Thursday Friday
8-10 2-4 2-4

Hour of




All other

Time of




In the interim between the close of
the Summer Session and the opening
of the fall semester the General Li-
brary will be closed evenings, but
service will be maintained in the
Main Reading Room, the Periodical
Reading Room, the Medical Read-
ing Room, and the Circulation De-
partment from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m., with
the exception of the period from
Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, when the building
is closed completely while extensive
repairs are in progress. Graduate
Reading Rooms, and Study Halls
both within and outside of the main
building will be closed until the op-
ening of the fall semester. All de-
partmental and collegiate libraries,
with the exception of the Transpor-
tation Library, are also closed during
this interval.
Collce of Literature, Science and
the Arts, and Architecture; Schools
of Education, Forestry and Music:
Each student who has changed his
address since the June registration
should file a change of address in
Room 4, U.H., so that the report of
his summer work will not be mis-
Colleges of Literature, Science and
the Arts; and Architecture: Sbhools
(Continued on Page 4)


Daughters of Atreus, last presen-,
tation of the Michigan Repertory
Players, will open this evening, Aug.
17, running through the followingi
Wednesday and Thursday: A few
tickets are still available at the Men-
delssohn box-office. Call 6300.
There will be a meeting of the
Christian Science organization to-
night at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of
the Michigan League. Students, al-
umni and faculty members of the
University are cordially invited to at-
Band Concert: The University of
Michigan Summer Session Band un-
der the direction of William D. Revel-
li, will give a concert in Hill Audi-
torium, Tuesday evening, Aug. 17, at
8:30 p.m., to which the general pub-
lic, with the exception of small chil-
dren, is invited.
In order to take care of many of
the students we have been unable to
see personally, I will be in the office
between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday evening.
T. Luther Purdom, Director
University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational In-
Exhibition in Architecture Build-
ing: There will be an exhibition of
the work of the Summer Session
classes beginning Tuesday, Aug. 17.
The work of Professor Valerio's class
in water color painting is shown on
the first floor. Drawings and models
done by the classes of Professors
Hammett and Brigham in Architec-
tural Design is shown on the second
Graduate Students in Education.
*ho have taken Education C116,
C216, C201, or C204 in previous ses-
sions are requested to call for their

August 18. School of Music credits
are withheld until all school property
is returned.
Henry fBruinsma, Librarian.
Student Recital: Miss Alice May
Hoffman, violinist, North Liberty, In-
diana, will give a graduation recital
in partial fulfillment of the require-
ments of the Bachelor of Music de-
gree, Wednesday evening, Aug. 18,
8:30 p.m. in the School of Music Au-
ditorium. The general public is in-
vited to attend. She will be accom-

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