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THE U. OF M. DAILY

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Published Daily(Sunday excepted) during
the College year, at
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
OrarE: Times building N. Main st., opposite
post office.
EDITORS
W. W. HU05,'98, W. W. THAYER,'95 L.
E. L. GEIsMEa, '9L O. HANs, '98.
EDITOR-IN-CRI[ EF
G. B. HARRisoN, '96 L.
- MANAQING EDITOR
J. F. TnoMAs, '97.
BUSINESS MANAER
L. U. WALIER, '96.
ASSOCIATE EDITORS
L A. Pratt, '96 G. M. Heath, '9 P.
S. R. Smith,'9 L. B. B. Metheany, '99.
F. Simons,'9. H. B. Gammo, '97 M.
F. A. Fucik, '8 E. G. E. Serma, '99.
G. R. Sims, '9. J. L. Walsh, '98 M.
C B. Roe,'98 D. Susannah Richardson, '98.
The subscription price of the Daily has
been reduced to $1.25min advance for the rest
of the year. Leave subscriptions at the
Daily office or with P. U. Meyer, U. of M
News Stand.
Editor of today's paper:
0. H. HANS, '98.
The sweaster habit has developed
into a craze along ines strongly sug-
gestive of Aubrey Beardsley or Will
H. Bradley, and the fin de siele fresh-
man has become a walking poster
design. A modest sweater is in no
way offensive and the possession of
one bearing the 'varsity "l" is a dis-
tinctive honor, but those with the glar-
ing stripe and broad collar are not
for public places. Their owners should
keep them out of the class-room or be
marked down on deportment.
The debaters who represet the
University in contests with other in-
stitutions have received little if any
support in preparing their speeches.
They have found members of the fac-
ulties ready to assist them, but no
especial aid is offered them at the
library or by University organizations
in any particular way. It would be
an easy matter to place on a special
shelf in the general library, such
books of reference as would be valu-
able to the debaters, as is done at
other institutions. There are other
courtesies which the men have a right
to suggest and which would aid them
mate'ially, while causing no one any
inconvenience.
The college world is to have a new
book, a treatise on football which
will be a high authority among all
admirers of that sport as it is played
in this country. It is announced that
Messrs. Walter Camp, of Yale, and
Lorin F. Deland, of Harvard, are en-
gaged in preparing a work on football
which is to go much forther than a
mere guide of the game. It will treat
of this game as it is now played, and
no two persons are better qualified to
do this than these collaborators.,
Proper space will be devoted to foot-
ball as a science and to football from

the popular standpoint, but the most
interesting reading in the book will be
the chapters in which the authors pre-
sent the ideal of amateur sport on the
gridiron-showing clearly the advan-
tage of sport for its own sake.
That this book will have a noticeable
influence on the football world is most
obvious. The Yale Alumni Weekly1
suggests that it may prove to be a
means of establishiing friendlier ath-
letic relations between Yale and Har-
vard, and this seems very probable.
At any rate, it will prove a great aid
to player and spectator, and will un-
doubtedly be full of statements by
wviiech a cleck can be put uponh e
annual wholesale slaughter of foot-
ball players,-after the latter have
broken training,-by Mr. Edward W.
Bok and others.
MORE ON HONOR SYSTEM
(Yale News.]
The following letters from Colum-
bia. and Cornell, are as muchi i favor
of the honor system as any yet re-
ceived, and particularly as it is con-
ducted at the University of Virginia.
As will be seen, Columbia's letter is
more unofficial, Dean Va Amringe
not having had any personal exper-
ience with this plan for examinations.
At Columbia.
Dear Sir-In reply to your note of
inquiry, I have to say that the "Honor
System in Examinations" is not used
here.
I have had no experience as to the
operation of such a system. Our
Professor Price, however, who was
graduated at the University of Vir-
ginia, and subsequently was a pro-
fessor there for some years, has had
experience in such a systen. I asked
him to give me his views upon it,
whih he did in a letter, a copy of
whieh I enclose you.
Respectfully,
J. H. VAN AMtIINGtE, Dean.
Dear Sir--The "Honor System" of
the University of Virginia, about
which you ask my opinion, was that
under which, as a student, I stood my
own examinations, and as a Professor,
examined any classes. From both
points of view is shows itself, in its
practical workiing, entirely simple and
effective. It reposes, of course, upon
the settled resolve of the students that
the degrees, whicis they are seeking,
must be kept free from any suspicion
or taint of fraud, and that they will
not tolerate any fraudulent conduct in
the examinations that lead to.those
degrees. As it is imposible, as I
b ielieve. for any method of cheating
at examination to escape detection by
the students, the examinations held
under the "Honor System" seem, so
far as I can judge, to reach this pur-
pose completely. The punishment of
the guilty man, under the system, is
his banishment from the University
and his personal dishonor, is indeed

very terrible; but that very punish-
ment acts upon the students' own
minds so as to make such crime al-
most umknown. In my knowledge of
the University, from 186 till now, I
know of only one case in which the
crime was attempted.
Yours most truly,
Signed, THOS. I. PRICE.
At Cornell.
My Dear Sir-The "Honor System'
to which you refer was introduced
here two or three years ago on the
initiative and at the request of the
students themselves. Several large
mass meetiigs were held, at which
the matter was thoroughly discussed
and the faculty acceded to the desire
expressed at this meetnig and intro-
duced the system provisionally. We
have seen no occasion to discontinue
it since. I forward you te outside
cover of the regulation examination
book, from which you can see what
.the form of the statement is which
each student appends at the end of
his examination paper.* As to the
working of the system, my impres-
sion is that it is on the whole suc-
cessful. There are many students
whose peculiar notions of student
honor as distinct from personal honor,
would permit thea .to cheat in exam-
inations where they assumed that they
were under inspection. viewing the
matter as a sort of game between
them and their insItructors. The ma-
jority of these men would scorn to
take advantage of the opportunity
available under the present system. I
am told thatt our - studets refrain
from attempts at fraud in examinas
tions largely in proportion as the te-
tempts to detect them diminish. In
general I should say that the system
is an adsmirable one, and I hope that
it will in the long run supercede the
old way of dealing with the under-
graduates as compared with the more
recent modifications which ive been
introduced in a great number of insti
tutions. I consider that the highest
standard in this matter has been at-
tained by the University of Virginia,
at which the sense of personal honor
in the students is so keen that they
praeticaliy administer such matters
themselves, and the man who is guilty
of fraud incurs danger of being ostra-
cised by his fellows quite as much as
of being eliminated by his instructors.
That no frauds are comusitteed under
the new system would be too much
to expect from the frailty of human
nature, but I believe thait the system,
when voluntarily suggested by the stu-
dent body and adopted at their re-
quest, will succeed. At least that is
my personal opinion, based upon
strong faith in the good sense and
rectitude of purpose of the great ma-
jority of college students here and
elsewhere.
I rema n, meanwhle,
Yours very truly,
H S. WHITE,
Dean of the General Faculty.
* The rule referred to reads: "Eaci

student must, in order to make his ex-
amiation valid, append the following
declaration 1st the close of the examin-
ation with his signature: I have
neither given nor received aid in this
examination.'"
ELECTION NOTICE.
Republicans of the University of
Michigan and of the Ann Arbor High
School are notified that the annual
election of officers of the University
Republican Club will be held Friday
at 7 p. m. in Newberry Hal; that del-
egates to the American College Repub-
lican League will be chosen according
to the enrollment of the Republican
Club; that one delegate will be chosen
to the Nattional Republican League;
that none say vote who have not reg-
istered with the Club, and that the
convention will consider such other
matters as may properly come before
it. C. LINCOLN MCGUIRE,
FRED L. INGRA HAM, Secretary.
President,
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