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for Clubhouse Campaining
I in Newspapers of Ma-
rity of Great Amer-
ilan Cities

Emphasize Democracy
an; Debt to President-
Emeritus Angell


ublicity for the Michigan Union
ding campaign has been floated
ing the past few months on the
At magnificent scale of any previ-
university endeavor. Mr. C.
hes, of Detroit, general publicity
rman, assisted by E. W. Haislip,
,, and others, has succeeded in
ing stories and editorials in most
;he leading papers of New York,
cago, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleyeland,
edo, most of the Michigan cities,
in numerous magazines, including
Metropolitan, Leslie's Weekly, The
look and Collier's Weekly.
elow are editorials quoted, respec-
ly, from The Outlook, Collier's
kly and the Chicago Herald, all
which have appeared during the
several weeks:
3mocracy at Michigan University
The University of Michigan will go
>re its 35,000 alumni in October
h a request for $1,000,000 to erect,
ip and endow a building for the
higan Union-an organization
ch will embrace in its membership
ctically all the men in the uni-


shows have swallowed the circus.'
These difficulties of class and clique
are to be met in practical fashion by
giving the melting pot a chance to
boil. The alumni are organizing in
I83 cities of this country for the cam-
paign which is to build the Union
clubhouse, and every University of
Michigan graduate ought to get in
touch with his local committee at once.
What 2,000 Michigan men go after they
are certain to get. The clubhouse
plans are for a beautiful and useful
building, and the results of its use in
lessened snobbery and increased de-
mocracy will be very pleasant to
watch. We can fancy some of Hurry-
up Yost's hardened 'buffaloes' frater-
nizing with tea drinkers from the first
families of Detroit! Why not? They'll
both learn something. And, above all,
it must be finished in time so that Dr.
Angell can see the working out of his
idea of years ago."-Reprint from Col-
lier's Weekly.
Democracy in the Universities.
"In some respects American student
life is finely democratic. In other
ways, however,'the colleges and the
universities have become citadels of
snobdom. This latter state has result-
ed despite the unceasing efforts of
some of the noblest minds. The tide
has run too strong.
"American colleges, certainly those
of the middle west, were not organized
in the spirit of European institutions
which aim to fit young men for the
intricacies of aristocratic society. We.
do not divide students into the nobil-
ity,, the gentry and others; at least,
we profess not to. But class lines are
rather rigidly drawn.
"The contrast of riches and of com-
parative poverty is vividly reflected on
the college campus. Societies, secret
and otherwise, tend to crystallize the
class differences. A generation ago
many educational authorities attempt-
ed to wage a war on the exclusive
clubs, notably upon the Greek letter
fraternities. Not much success attend-
ed the effort. The instinct for secrecy
and for clannishness appeared too
powerfully developed in the human
animal of college age.
"A happy aspect of this collegiate
snobdom has been seen in the fact that
many of the poorer students have done
better in later life than their richer:
fellows. They have been the suc-
cesses. Doubtless they have found
solace in that. But the universities
have been the losers. The lack of a
democratic community life has tended
to make the campus barren.

"With its 6,800 students, gatheredE
from every state in this country and
from almost every foreign land, Mich-f
igan looks to its student union to de-
mocratize its undergraduates, to give
them a chance to educate themselvesl
by mixing and mingling with one an-
other; in short, to gain that broader
s education which comes from knowing
men, and to develop the communitya
spirit, which ordinarily, sad to say,
does not develop in many college menj
until years after their graduation.
"The criticism of the colleges, which,
it must be admitted, has come with]
increasing insistec-, during the past
decade, Is that-instead of broadening1
a young man's outlook,dthey narrdw it;
that, in short, the colleges foster a
spirit of class and clique snobbery.
"The movement which Michigan has
undertaken is valuable because it is
aimed towvard the effecting of an equal-
ity of opportunity. Dr. James B. An-
gelI, president-emeritus of Michigan,
is right when he says that the mind
and character of students receive as
deep and abiding impressions from
mixing with oneanother as they do
from class-room experience. It is not
the fault of college students them-
selves that they leave their alma ma-
ters without the breadth that comes
from rubbing elbows with cosmopoli-
tans. The trouble has been that the
university has not been the clearing-
house that it might be for undergrad-
uate activities, thoughts and tenden-
cies. No common meeting ground has
been given the student. The fact that
the average student would prefer to
live on a democratic plane has been
proved at Michigan, where the men-
bers of the Greek letter fraternities-
traditionally the aristocracy in all col-
leges-have given their enthusiastic
support to the plan for the democratic
Michigan Union."-Reprint from The
Outlook, Wednesday, July 21, 1915.
Mixing Them Up at Michigan
"Years ago Dr. James B. Angell, now
the well-beloved president-emeritus of
the University of Michigan and one of
the great figures in the history of
American education, shocked many of
his staid contemporaries by holding
that young men in college get as much
from one another as they do from
their professors. Truth wins in the
end, and now Dr. Angell's young-men
are beginning to catch up with that
patriarch of 87 summers. In October
of this year some 2,000 alumni of the
University of Michigan are going out
to get $1,000,000 in cash from the 35,-
000 graduates of that institution, and
with it they are to build and endow a
home at Ann Arbor for the Michigan
Union.aTheir alma mater needs this
service, for she has over 6,000 students
gathered from every state in the union
nd from every quarter of the globe,
ut no common meeting ground for
th em. The Union is the one associa-
tiv body to which nearly all of them
bel ng, but not a fourth part of the
mem rs can get into the present
quart ,rs. The result is that the stu-
dents kleet where they can in the fra-
ternities and other clubs, and do not
get the full breadth and inspiration
that oug t to come to the members of
such a bd. A= Woodrow Wilson said

Cards to Admit Bearer to All Debates
and Oratorial Contests to Be
Held During
Michigan Will Meet Northwestern and
Wisconsin in Dual Word
In an attempt to stimulate interest
in the student body for the oratorical
association and the numerous debates
and speaking contests held throughout
the year, tickets are being given free
to all students of the university, which
will admit them to all oratorical con-
tests. In past years, the quantity of
attendance at the debates has not been
satisfactory, and the authorities in
charge have adopted this plan in an
effort to draw out larger crowds.
The tickets are being issued in con-
junction with the athletic coupon
books, and it is planned to make this
an annual affair.
Membership tickets to the oratorical
association will admit the students to
all of the five debates and oratorical
contests of the year, the first being
the peace contest held on the night of
December 17. The Michigan-North-
western debate is the next contest
scheduled and it will be given on the
night of January 21. The annual ora-
torical contest. comes March 3, while
on March 31 occurs the Michigan-
Wisconsin debate. The cup debate be-
tween the members of the campus de-
bating societies, on April 28, is the
last contest for the year.
The peace contest is perhaps the
most important of any on the sched-
ule, as it has a national scope, due to
the fact that more than 30 states in
the Union are involved in the same
contest. The United States has been
divided into six groups of states for
simplifying these contests: (1) The
north Atlantic group, (2) the south At-
lantic group,, (3) the southwestern
group, (4) the central group, of which
Michigan is a member, (5) the west-
ern group, and (6) the Pacific group.
The winner of the state contest goes
to the group debate, where he co-
petes against the several other state
winners in his particular group. The
six men who win the group contests
compete for the grand prize atthe
national peace contest hld at Lake
Mohonk, N. Y. All students are eli-
gible, and prizes of $75 and $50 are
aiven first and second places in the
state contests.
The second contest on the schedule
is the central league debate, in which
Michigan will meet Northwestern in
Ann Arbor, and will send a team to
debate with Chicago on the same night.
The question for this year is: "Re-
solved, that Congress should adopt the
literacy test for all European immi-
gration." Each of the four debating
societies will give six men to the de-
bating squad, which will be gradually
cut down to the requisite eight men
by Thanksgiving.
The oratorical contest on March 3
is open to all students of good stand-
ing in the university, and the winner
represents Michigan in the Northern
Oratorical league contest held at the
University of Illinois the first Friday
in May.
Michigan will meet Wisconsin on
March 21 in University Hall in the
Mid-west Debating league, and will
send at the same time a team to de-

bate with the University of Illinois.
This league has only been founded for
one year, last year's debate being the
first to be held. The question for this
year has not yet been determined, but
will be decided on November 1. The
debaters will be given awards of $50
each in addition to receiving gold




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Department Promises to Rank Among
Best in Country Because of
.ew Science Home

the meaning of these .

Words of welcome.


older boys


With the opening of the new science
building, the department of geology
will rank with the best in the country.
The department has been located pre-
viously in the museum, where it was
considerably cramped for room. The
museum collections, however, will now
be allotted more space in the new
structure, where they can be studied
and exhibited with greatest ease.
In the past, students interested in
the numerous exhibitions in the mu-
seum were much hampered by the
fact that a large number of the speci-
mens were stored on the third floor,
where the opportunity for study and
display. was limited and access to all
displays was difficult. With the open-
ing of the new exhibition rooms of
the geology department, students will
find the research work of a much
easier nature.
The exhibition room proper of the
department will occupy the hall of the
second floor, and in addition a six-unit
display room. In the second floor dis-
play room cases will be placed, where
many of the geological collections will
be situated. The 'preparation room,
where many of the fossils for the de-
partment will be mounted and pre-
pared for exhibition, will be, located
in the basement.
A special laboratory for physiogra-
phy will occupy a portion of the third
floor. Here it is planned to keep map
collections of the department in vari-
ous cases. A special case will be
made which will hold all the topo-
graphical maps published by the
United States. On the roof of the sci-
ence building a thermometer sheltei
will be placed so that observations 01
the weather may be taken throughout
the year.





Pulford Says Board in Control and
College Scribes Are Against It
George R. Pulford, sporting editor
of the Toledo Blade, wrote an article
recently in which he expressed the
idea that the board in control of ath-
letics at Michigan were in league with
the college newspaper correspondents,
which has caused no little comment.
Pulford based his assumption on the
fact that the board has been opposed
to numbering the Wolverine athletes'
on the grounds that it would be much
easier for foreign newspaper men to
come in aiid write up games, thus
crowding out the college scribes. "The
power of the college correspondent is
on the verge of being shattered at Ann
Arbor," says Pulford, "thanks to the
football rules committee's endorse-


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