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Why does St. Olaf have to put up with such a thing as the contemptible, obnoxious, jazz band? The jazz band is called the "pep" orchestra but it does everything but arouse pep and school spirit. I know of no other school that permits such a type of music, if you can call it that, to be played at its basketball games.
St. Olaf prides herself on having a wonderful music department and as a school upholding high ideals. She may well pride herself thus. But if some of our student body meetings and basketball games were broadcast over the radio, there would probably be compliments of a different nature coming to us than the ones praising us for singing so well, "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow," after hearing a speech about the hard examinations coming.
Many of those students who aspire to and cherish the higher things in life despise this type of music. The jazz band or the type of music it plays has no place on the hill. It is not, in any way, in keeping with the ideals and spirit of St. Olaf. It is not in place anywhere but on a dance floor.
Certain ones have complimented St. Olaf on their fine jazz band but they could not understand how we could sit and listen to it without getting up and dancing. St. Olaf forbids dancing. Why allow temptations such as this to exist? Should we as students of a church school, which holds as high ideals and principles as St. Olaf, sit back and listen to and permit such an organization to play this low type of music at our student gatherings ? Music which appeals not to the beautiful and good but to the low and base: songs of the mushy, slushy type which end up with "Hallelujah," which means, "Praise ye the lord."
Jazz is profanity in music.
'22. Einar O. Hammer, formerly editor of the Jackson Republic, has moved from Jackson to Avoca, Wisconsin.