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Article TitleCampus Opinion
SourceThe Manitou Messenger (1916-2014),  No. 19,  Vol.046, February  28, 1933, page(s): 3
Place of PublicationNorthfield, United States
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Campus Opinion

The article published in this column which ended with "Jazz is profanity in music,." was of very little consequence, and is hardly worthy of a serious reply. True, it served to create conversation among the students and faculty members, and it stirred up much momentary bitterness toward the author, but it was forgotten as quickly as it appeared.

Music, any type of music, to this writer's mind, is dependent upon personal interpretation. Broadly speaking, there are but two ways of interpretating music: rightly and wrongly. Music interpreted rightly appeals to the esthetic sense and is an inspiration, but music interpreted wrongly may be easily directed to the "low and base" emotions. Whatever is in the mind of the individual influences the direction of the appeal of music. Perhaps a little training (but it is hardly necessary) would help the author and those few others overcome the temptation presented by the "Jazz Band."

Possibly, as the author said, a different type of compliments would come to us if people outside of the immediate college circle were aware of the terrible evils existing at St. Olaf. Maybe people at large would begin to realize that actual human beings attended school at St. Olaf if our "Jazz Band" programs were broadcast. Why be afraid to admit that St. Olaf is not a monastery? Too many false presentations of Manitou life have already escaped. Surely the criticisms of a pep orchestra would be neglible in comparison to the criticism of other "evils," if all were known.

The very fact that a pep orchestra exists at St. Olaf is evidence for the fine character, if so it is, of St. Olaf students. They allow such an orchestra, they can listen to its music without yielding to temptation, thus exhibiting strength of character. If the orchestra were to be disbanded, the very disbandment would indicate low morality at St. Olaf.

Instead of condemning the orchestra as "contemptible and obnoxious," let us appreciate the efforts of the members and the ability of the leader. Let us say, in answer to those who inquire about our not dancing, "St. Olaf men and women are strong in the Lord."


'28. Mrs. Frank Dains, nee Beatrice Eliassen, now lives in Madisonville, Kentucky, where her husband has his headquarters as a representative of the Federal Land Bank of Louisville.

'98. On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, Dr. L. W. Boe was at the Luther Theological seminary in St. Paul attending a meeting of a committee on organization of the church.

'29. Paul O. Netland of Northfield has accepted a teaching position in the Indian school at Pipestone, and has already assumed his new duties there.

'16. Oscar Lyders is director of the the Midland College choir at Fremont, Nebraska.

'03. The Reverend H. O. Bjorlie of Faribault was a visitor in Northfield last Sunday evening, and attended the Bible lecture in St. John's church by Dean O. M. Gornitzka of the Lutheran Bible institute.

'19. The junior class of the Northfield high school, on Thursday evening, February 23, presented "Daddy Long Legs" under the direction of Emma Overvaag, instructor of English in the high school.

'16. Miss Agnes Larson, of the St. Olaf department of history, will speak over the University station, WLB, Thursday, March 2, at 8 p. m., on the subject "The Golden Age of Lumbering in Minnesota."

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