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o-je-ts to Action by Student Council
and Conduct Committee
SAYS TRADITION MUST REST
ON WILLINGNESS, NOT FORCE
Editor, The Michigan Daily:
In an editorial appearing April 22,
you say the Underclass Conduct Com-
mittee "has proved to be an effective
means of doing away with mob hazing
in a just and dignified way." While
I do not comment the phrasing of this
subtly ambiguous statement, I would
endorse Itsapparent meaning were it
not for the' concluding paragraph,
which I quote entire:
"But the factthat hazing is taboo
does not relieve the .freshman from
his. obligations. He will be a fresh-
man for only five weeks more; but
during that time he may be doing
himself a favor if he will watch his
step. The Underclass CondAct CommIW
tee is not fooling." .
Sees litant Attitude.
The solemnity of this announce-
ment is at once explained by the mili-
tant traditionism with which campus
thought seems lately to be, saturated.
An article in the previous issue, for
exanmple, warns Freshmen not to ap-
pear on the campus bareheaded, now
that the warmweather is near, for it
is the tradition that they wear "pots."
Not only, then, are "traditionsa"'manu-
factured with unseemly haste,-at
least in some cases,-but they are en.
forced. It is to this latter that I ob-
My objection is partly literary and
partly patriotic; I mean that I con-
sider traditions,; as expounded and
practiced by the Michigan Daily and
the Student Council, both painful to
teachers of - rhetoric and insulting to
the ideals of the University.
4n the first place a tradition is a
custcen. or convention handed down
from the past, and observed, not en-.
forced. If freshmen wear "toques"
and "pots" because freshmen have
done so before them, it is a tradition,
a freshman tradition; but if they wear
them because sophomores (or a com-
mittee)'compel them to, it is compul-
fsions,, not tradition. True, it may be
a tradition for sophomores to )require
freshmen to wear toques, and t'oey
"Observe" the tradition" every time
they "paddle" a freshman for refus.
tng ( 'hich is not "hazing in a just
and dignified way,"' I suppose!), but
in such a case' h si incorrect to speak
of the'fresunan as observing a tra-
dition;-if he is observing anything,
it is a rule or law.
Objects to Implication.
My second objection is based on the
broad implication in the militant tra-
ditionalists' whole attitude-an impli-
cation riot at all complimentary to
their University. The attitude seems
to be that the wearing of "pots" and
so forth is a deserved punishment and
humiliation for being a freshman. It
is too bad such an idea should be cur-
rent. For my part I think it is an
honor to belong to the University of
Michigan, even as a freshman. The
point should be stressed, not that
freshmen are beneath the other
classes, but that they have attained
the honor of freshmanhood in one of
the great universities in the world.
ljnder such reasoning a freshman
would be proud to wear the "toque"
or the "pot," as symbol of his dignity
as a "Michigan man," though only a
first year student; he would be proud,
I say, and the wearing of toques and
pots would be a true tradition.
Someone may, I know, object that if
freshmen were not under compulsion
the custom would quickly die out. If
this is so, then let it die. A traditiion
that is worth anything will survive
"committees" and threatenigg editor-
without the meddling of officious
Says Orr Is Right
I am not familiar with the individ-
ual merits of Louis T. Orr, but so far
as I can judge from the rather meagre
information in the Daily, Orr is right
and the Student Council is wrong;
at least the Council exceeded its
rights, while Orr, in this particular
case, was within his. Anyhow, the ac-
tion of the freshmen in "declassing"
or ostracizing him is vastly better
sense than I have found in any
proclamation inspired by the Student
Council, and has the advantage of
being logical and legitimate, especi-
aly since it is the action of freshmen
themselves and involves no personal
violence toward the student disap-
proved. I think the wearing of the
freshmen headgear a picturesque and
desirable ,custom, but I am sure that
the instant it changes from tradition
to oppression, the student is justified
in refusing to donform.
To the energetic but misguided
"conduct committee" I recommend a
study of the traditions of Scholarship
0. C. Johnson,
Instructor in Rhetoric.
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this frolic the best one in years. Two
orchestras have been engaged, War-
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a local group, which will play alter-
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