THIJ, MICflIC API DkIL!
THE I1ICIhIGAN DAILY
Official Newspaper at the University
Published every morning except Mon-
day throughout the school year.
Entered at the Post Office at Ann Ar-
bor, Michigan, under Act of Con--
gress of March , 1879.
Walter K. Towbrs.
Albert R. Dilley
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, Ill.
Night Editor -Loren obinsiin.
Are We to Have Social Unity?
The activities of the Young Men's
Christian Association and of the Uni-
versity of, Michigan Union have :me
into conflict. This has come ;About
not because the governing board of ei-
ther body has desired it, but because
plans and purposes held to by each
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None but im
re and nearly
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>lav of fabrics.
have made it inevitable. Any amount
of earnest and well-intentioned effort
on the part of the officers of either
to suppress the apeparance and evi-
dences of the conflict, and to retain of-
ficially amicable relations, the one with
the other, can no longer be effectual.
To the university as a whole the state
of thing; is apparent, and there is
everywhere a growing feeling that it
is a most undesirable one.
1 The two organizations in question
are confessedly devoted to meeting
certain needs of our general univer-
sity body, the one those needs of a re-
ligious nature, the other those, using
the word in its large sense, of a social
nature. And neither of these needs is
to be in any sense belittled. The Chris-
tian Association, in order to more ef-
fectually carry out its religious pur-
poses, has developed facilities and
equipment to take care of the social
needs of at least part of the univer-
sity. It is now proposing to greatly en-
large and increase these, at a time
when the Union is making every effort
to accomplish its avowed mission for
the university. Each organization is
strong in the record of past achieve-
ment, in loyal support among students
and faculty, in the interest and encour-
agement of alumni, and in a spirit of
zeal for its work. And all this is
wherein the conflict is inevitable. Isl
it to continue?
The Daily has no hesitation in as-
suming the existence of our general
university body as a great Michigan
family circle, of which we all, under-
graduates, faculty, alumni acnd re-
gents are a part, one to whose inter-
ests and for whose good, the interests
and aims of all institutions and activi-
ties among us, without exception, are
to be subordinated. And we further
assume that it is for this university
body, primarily, to say what things are
its needs, what things are for its good,
and how these needs shall be met and
the good attained. We base these as-
sumptions upon the conceptions of de-
mocracy, and the supposed ability and
intelligence of men of university ad-
vancement and training.
Now the crux of the present situa-
tion, the question which has been rais-
ed by the conflict between the Asso-
iation and the Union is this: What
are our needs from a social standpoint;
and who is to provide for these? Do
we care for those services which the
Union and the Christian Association
propose to render? If so, who shall
render them? Shall one organization
or several, the Young Men's Christian
Association, the Michigan Union, or
both? It should be, and we beieve it
is for the university body generally to
say. Obvicasly we do not wish that
two bodies shall be operating in one
and the same field, unless they do so
in conjunction with each other and
with absolute harmony. There must
be no permanently divisive influence
within our family circle. Organiza-
Lions as such must not draw to them-
selves adherents and support to the
injury of the spirit of unity In the body
as a whole. They are agencies for
our good, they should not be permit-
ted to destroy that good by seeking to
build up their individual influence,
they should subordinate their aims,
their activities, their all, to the inter-
ests of the university. if either of the
organizations in question, or any other
in our midst, is not willing to take this
view of the matter, we should consider
it at its best, a missionary institution,
and for such we feel no present need.
We should certainly never be willing
to see the university body split up by
assigning to a certain body a certain
"class" of men as its field of activity,
and we are inclined to question the
possibility of two strongly tntrenched
organizations ino ur midst covering the
same field, without injury to each other
and to the university as a whole.
Whatever its solution, the question
is a Michigan question, to be settled by
Michigan men for Michigan's good,
and to be settled here and now.
town Oalh I
A mere man who has been laboring
under the delusion that the function of
a chaperone was to stand guard over
illicit.cupiding between sexes wonders
what a chaperone does at a sophomore
We fear that some of the patriots
have substituted "Y. M. C.A." for "Con-
ference" in those signs in their rooms.
Can it be that our editorial butt, the
roller towel is really doomed?
After reading over the All-American
selections of our more or less es-
teemed Camp, and noting that Mercer
couldn't even land as fullback on the
third team, we give up trying to think
of anything that mnight class as humor
and refer our readers to the handiwork
of the Sporty Editor.
Dec. 9.-Senior Dent class dinner at
Dec. 9.-Alumni Smoker at University
Club, Detroit, 7:45. Undergraduates
Dec. 9.-Freshman Spread at Barbour
Dec. 11.-Junior Eng. Class Dinner at
Dec. 13-16.-"The Awakened Rameses."
Dec. 13.-Henry J. Hatfield, S. L. A.
Dec. 16.-~Senior Lit Dinner Dance.
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