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THE MICHIGAN DAILY SATRAYm mnaAPRIL .

(Continued from Page Nine) 7
(2) That it is common knowl-
edge now that there is, unfor-
tunately, dishonesty even of ac
rather gross type, in any large
body of persons. The files of Thet
Daily and of every administrativer
officer upon the campus will bear1
witness to the truth of this state-1
ment.-
(3) As there can be no abso-
lutes in marking papers, it fol-
lows that the attainment of a high
degree by cheating unfavorably1
affects students who have notr
cheated.
(4) The problem varies in differ-<
ent departments. Thus in some
departments conditions make it 1
very much harder to prevent
cheating in examinations, as now [
conducted, than is the case int
some other departments. Depart-
ments in which the present schemet
is working well would, therefore,
have less reason to change to a
new system. Moreover, high1
grades are today the practical as-
surance of good positions upont
graduation, to those who obtain
such grades. This increases thei
temptation to cheat, and again
unfavorably affects the non-
cheater.
I firmly believe that the great ma-f
jority of our students are animatedt
by high standards of honor. The
question for them tO decide is whether
they are willing to run risks and as-
sume the unpleasant obligations in-
dicated in the foregoing. Present ex-
perience on the campus in this
matter is, in my opinion, unsatisfac-
tory. I am open-minged but ,a bit
skeptical.
Henry M. Bates.
Dean Whitney
(An Interview)
"I am entirely in sympathy with any
movement which looks toward the
placing of responsibility upon stu-
dents. It should be understood by
this to mean that nothing in this lihe
should be forced upon the students,
but it should be something that they
would be willing to assume (the re-
sponsibility)," according to Dean
Allen S. Whitney of the School of
Education. If the students are will-
ing to assume the responsibility of
conducting examinations under the

Honor System, Dean Whitney believes'
it will be a success.
"STARRY-EYED ZION QtIXOTE"
To the Editor:
From the letter by Mr. Jesse Wil-
liams supporting the so-called Honor l
System, it is apparent that another
starry-eyed Don Quixote, this time in
the guise of man of letters and club-
m:an, has appeared on the local scene.
Because of the prestige of Mr. Wil-
liams' name, it seems well that his
pronouncements be tested out by as-
sertions which are at least as demon-
strable as those of the illustrious l
author.
Mr. Williams' position, briefly sum-
marized, is as follows: "It (the Honor
System) has met with complete, un-
qualified and unquestionable success
in every class in every department in!
every one of those thirty-three years i
(at Princeton). .Vloreover, every
doubting Thomas . . . who has 1
taken the trouble to make a thorough !
investigation of the matter, instead of
making apriori generalizations . . .1
will admit the entire correctness of |
my statement." Again he says: "The'
Honor System works successfully
every'where." (The heavy type is not
mine.) Further: "I- understand it is
working admirably here in the En-
gineering department."
Regarding those dolts who dis-
agree with him regarding the virtues
of the nostrum, the following phrases i
occur to Mr. Williams: "apriori gen-
eralizations," "prejudices," "inade-
quate knowledge of herd psychology,"i
"absurd little pessimists," "old dodos."
Now to business. I privilege my- I
self some private doubts as to the lit-
eral accuracy of Mr. Williams' agser-
tions regarding Princeton, but for the
purposes of the present discussion .
they may all pass as gospel truth. He
later refers to Princeton as "that
ancient and intentionally small (the
heavy type is mine) seat of learning,"
and in the same paragraph refers to
the esprit de corps among the stu-
dents of that institution. In the fol-
lowing paragraph he reenforces his!
belief in "how simple and reasonable
it all is" by an analogy to a gentle-
men's club, and the fate of cheaters.
. Unfortunately, my own experiences
with the so-called Honor System,
gained from three years' work in the
Engineering college of the University
of Michigan, do not inspire me to join
in Mr. Williams' hallelujah chorus!
with any genuine enthusiasm. In fact.
as concerns freshmen and sophomore
classes, I would say the so-called
Honor System is a broad and ludi*
crous farce. These classes, it should

be noted, are not gentlemen's clubs; this Assumption is gratuitous, since a!
neither are they products of an "an- certain unsociability, plus a tendencyN
cient and intentionally small" institu- to mind my own business, combinedt
tion. They are polyglot assemblies of to keep me in the dark as to the!
boys, a fair number of whom are topics under discussion. I submit,c
dubious as to whether or not they will however, that such buzzing anarchy I
end up as restaurant keepers, realtors is harassing in the extreme, whatever1
or engineers, and who are almost be its cause.<
destitute of any sense of professional In short, my own personal experi-
pride. Honest enough in the main, as ence, compared with the evidence of
honesty goes, with a very hazy idea, my scouts in the Engineering collegei
many of them, of what college is all today, on the faculty and among the
about. ... In the upper-class student body, whose names I will be4
groups the system of non-supervision, 1 glad to furnish Mr. Williams if this1
facetiously dight the Honor System, article comes to his attention and he
works much better, as it has among is interested further in the matter,1
small group's in the Literary college combined with the fact that the Uni-
here for a period longer, even, than versities of Illinois and Cornell, after I
Mr. Williams' thiity-three years at having given the so-called Honor
Princeton. , System a reasonable trial, are back'
Before proceeding further, it may under the old regime, have lead me to
be well to describe the system to definite doubts regarding the univer-
which I allude. It is possible that Mr.) sality of applicability of the system
Williams and I do not refer to the for which Mr. Williams so heroically ,
same thing. At Michigan, the Honor pleads. May I incidentally direct the
System is a combination of the ro- I latter's attention to the dearth, in the
mantic-idealistic and the pseudo- above remarks, of those apriori gen-
practical, of an unusually nonsensical eralizations which Mr. Williams so
and delightful blend. Faculty super- deplores, and which, may one inhospi-
vision of examinations is removed, tably add, are not precisely conspicu-E
which will, it is assumed, guarantee ous by their absence in Mr. Williams'!
ipso facto the honesty of all adven- own epistle.
turous sprits, nurtured perhaps in N. W. Eddy, '20, '
complete ignorance of the noblesse Instructor in Modern Languages.
oblige shibboleth, who would other-t
wise inevitably risk detection by alert T
proctors and expulsion from school
for the mere fun of beating the sys-
te m.u el R o m antic(A n I t r i w
dese rngofa fellows, surely, and That examinations in the Medical}
deser-ving of a better fate than the school have been conducted under
Honor System, which so effectually some sort of an honor system in the
squolches (see Mr. Williams' letter) past for more than 12 years and that
their activities! . . . On the other for the past seven years the methods
I hand, having thus eliminated all pre- employed in each case have worked
14neditated cheating, the students successfully, with the lone exception

kind was felt to be necessary, for, it,
was argued, if a student did not wish
to be honorable during his Medical
school days the danger of his being a
cheat when he got into practice was
imminent. Galens, honorary junior
medical society. was asked to take
charge of the matter. A committee
was appointed of which Dr. Simpson
was chairman, and the results of their
investigations demonstrated that the
real reason for failure had been that
each class made its own rules as to
the conduct of the honor committees.
Consequently, the system worked well
in one group and questionably in an-
other. The new plan abolished indi-
vidual class control, and supplement-
ed it with a scheme whereby every
student upon matriculation should be
fully informed as to the workings of '
the honor system and asked whether l
or not he was in sympathy with such
a plan. If so, it was provided that
he should sign a statement to that
effect on the registration form. In
other words, Dr. Simpson pointed out,
to gain admission to the Medical
school. the student has to agree to be
honest with himself and with his
fellows.
Dr. Simpson feels certain that the
council for deciding cases of viola-
tion of the. honor code has been very
quiet about its work, and that the
Dean has acted in accordance with
its recommendations in every case.
'WARE INFERIORITY ('01.-PLEX! I
To the Editor:
Mr. Jesse Lynch Williams' recent
letter to The Michigan Daily, about
the honor system, has interested me
more than a little. Like Mr.. Wil-
(Continued on Page Twelve)

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themselves are to be alert for any of a rat]
cheating that may arise among their ago, was
number through spontaneous com- H. Simp
bustion or the wiles of the devil, and Dr. Sim
are to accuse the malefactor viva- out that
vcce. If the accused denies the was not
charge, and if the Paul Pry who ac- such, bu
cuses him is able to escape with his anism o
life among his aSsociates, a complaint that tim
may be formally laid before the Honor class to
Committee of students. I year, elE
This is a not too flattering but cide wh4
reasonably life-like picture of the sys- should 1
tem under which I labored and cursed tions for
for three years. It was no uncommon dicated
thing for low-voiced consultations to the class
be held among friendly groups scat- I system t
tered about the room; nay, small- ago vot
sized riots of discussion were not un- claiming
known. To be sure, I agree with Mr. 1reasofn
Williams that these amicable chats The u
no doubt concerned such irrelevarnt olitionc
matters as next week's dance date, or freshme
the prospects for Coach Yost's War- several
riors next season, although indeed trouble.

her stormy period three years
s made known by Dr. Walter
son, instructor in pathology.
pson then went on to point
apparent failure at this time
due to the honor system, as
at concerned rather the mech-

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f its management Up until
e, it was customary for each
meet at the beginning of the
ect its class officers, and de-
ether or not the honor system
be employed in the examina-
r that class. Dr. Simpson in-
that it was largely because
s did not understand the honor
that the freshmen three years
ed down the honor system,
that they later had abundant
for regretting their mistake.
upset which followed the ab-
of the honor system by the
n became the instigation of
investigations to locate the
An honor system of some

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