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Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,.
confining themselves to less than 300
words it possible. Anonymous com-
munications will be disregarded. The l
names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
To the Editor:
May I have the privilege of
thanking you for your editorial on
"Michigan Turns Its Back Upon A
Genius." Those of us who love and
admire Dr. Little, -thank God for a
paper that has vision and back-
bone to see and stand for the greata
principles in education.
As one not officially connected'
with the University, but who has
its best interests at heart, it is
refreshing to note that amid nar-
rowness, prejudice and selfishness,
here are those who are able to rise
above such things and appreciate
a genius when they have one.
There is one point which I be-
lieve should be added to what you
have already said-namely, Dr.
Little's religious outlook and feeling
for the things of the spirit. He has
always stood for the best and the
deepest things in faith. The tone
of the campus, in my humble opin-
ion, has been spiritually raised be-
cause of him. He has sought reali-
ty in religion, as he has sought it
in everything else, and I for one,
would like to bear witness to the
privilege and inspiration it has
been to have known a man whose
life is a living example of the
things that are of God.
Henry Lewis,
Rector of St. Andrew's Church.'
To the Editor:
Without purpose of employing
the columns of your newspaper for
the parading of rhetorical ability
in mind, as has so often been done
in the past, I feel that in regard to
your editorial entitled "Michigan
Turns Its Back On A Genius,"
something should be said, in de-
fense of that very large body of
students and faculty of this Uni-
versity, whom the author of this
editorial places in the catagory of
the "smugly middle western."
Doubtless mydcommunication is
but one among many all dealing
with the same subject, and deser-
vedly so, for if ever a newspapsr
has accomplished a complete
volte-face in its editorial policy, it
is The Daily, in my humble opinion.
Since the automobile ban was first
placed in effect, The Daily has con-
sistently and bitterly opposed it, so
bitterly indeed that the statement
in yesterday's editorial that the
"Daily has differed with the plan
only in degree, never in principle,"
comes as a distinct surprise to me,
and to thousands of other students.
Pages and pages of copy have been
devoted to publicity concerning
President Little's various setbacks
in attempting to carry through his
most cherished measures. On the
whole, it has been the impression
of by far the greater part of the
student body that The Michigan
Daily has been unmitigatedly, if
passively, hostile to the regime of
Dr. Little. That this impression has
been allowed to exist is solely the
fault of your editorial staff, and if
this impression is erroneous, then
The Daily itself is to blame.
It is greatly to be regretted that
the extremely childish editorial of
yesterday's paper was ever placed
in print. It certainly is far from
constructive, and serves merely to
add further embarrassment to a
situation already rife with such a

quality. I shall not stoop so low as
your worthy editor has done and
deal in petty personalities concern-
ing his Pharasaical attitude of "Oh,
Lord, I thank thee that I am not
as these smugly middle-western!",
as it would be so easy to do. The
editorial speaks for itself, and any
specific comment upon it is re-
dundant. Let it suffice to say that
today thousands of students are
highly and righteously incensed at
the unwarranted slurs cast upon
themselves and upon the very ca-
pable faculty with which this uni-
versity is blessed.
Let my own opinions on this
subject be thoroughly understood.,
I do not venture to take a stand
ppon the subject of Dr. Little's
resignation, but I do take issue with
The Daily's editorial policy in re-
gard to it. By means of such edi-
torials The Daily makes itself a!
reed blown by every wind, a mere
news-bulletin without the ability to
mould student opinion by means
of the opinions of its editors. As a
final word, I would say this: leave
such arantly prejudiced discussions
out of your columns. - Empty en-
comiums of praise mean nothing,
and assuredly'they signify less than
that to Dr. Little. Your scathing
criticisms of the student body and
faculty have only contributed to
the growth of hard feeling and
William H. Vosper, 1930.

students and alumni should rise up
in his defense and thwart the
many attempts made at giving
misinformation and falsities re-
garding President Little's progres-
sive steps in education.
Skeptics should now be convinc-
ed that the plans projected by the
the President in the last few years
have all worked out successfully on
the Michigan campus. Not only
locally have they proved successful,
but Universities in other parts of
the United States lhave taken hold
of them and made them operative
upon their respective campuses.
Ann Arbor, the seat of learning,
is far from living up to the reputa-
tion which it has obtained for it-
self. It has contested in no un-
certain terms the efforts of the
President in, promoting measures
seeking to directly benefit the stu-
dents attending the University. It
has assumed an attitude held by
people generally hundreds of years
ago in which a new idea or theory
was looked upon as an evil omen,
that things are all right as they
are. They could not comprehend
the universe.
Here in the twentieth century we
still have people similarly affect-
ed mentally. A new idea shall not
enter their heads. A man cannot
express himself. An eminent sci-
entist knows not whereof he
speaks. How far has our education
gone in the face of such mental
It is pitiful that what could be a
progressive university turns down
progressivism and reverts back to
primitive times. Through your
columns and by means of personal
letters sent by students, let Presi-
dent Little know that his keen in-
terest in the University, his efforts
in behalf of the student body, his
fearlessness, his freedom of ex-
pression, all outstanding charact-
eristics of a wonderful University
President, have been met with ap-
proval and express regret that
circumstances have forced him to
sever connections with the Univer-
As an alumnus interested in his
University I urge upon you all that
you express yourselves upon this
Yours very truly,
II. S. EIGES, '24 LIT.
To the Editor:
May I be so bold as to attempt
to correct an error or so that ap-
pears in the scorching editorial
In the first place the Bostonian
that has such a disgust of the
"smug mid-western mind" never
had to come to Michigan to school,
especially as long as he feels the
way he reads. Further, it is a well
known fact that the East and Eng-
land have no monopoly on genius.
President Little is undoubtedly
the genius that the "Daily" makes
him out, but the executive position
of this University is a job for a
business man and does not require
the divided attention of the
"genius type."
The first thing that should be
considered in selecting a man for
any job is qualification. It would
be foolish to hire a music teacher
to run a foundry and just as fool-
ish to have a boiler-maker run a
college. The job demanded a man
that could play polities and play
them successfully for the benefit of
those who send their children tc
the University. Not necessarily the
children themselves.
Personally I think that this resi-
gnation is the most splendid thing
President Little has accomplished
However, it seems that in three
years a college president might
accomplish more than an ani-

mosity among students, faculty,
and taxpayers. The president is
man enough to admit his failure,
but it would seem that the Board
of Regents is not and yet the
greatest fault is theirs. They were
intrusted with the selection of a
man who would be in harmony
with certain ideals and to them
comes the real failure.
This is.not written in a deroga-
tory spirit of the accomplishments
of Calrence Cook Little, but is
written with an eye to the writer
ON GENIUS" and to the slipshod
methods of a board of regents
whose biggest aim in life seems tC
be the acqyisition of the best foot-
ball tickets for themselves and
Now to get back to those "middle
class minds"; they are the ones
that need the educating, they are
the ones that pay the taxes, and
intelligent editorial writers shoult
go to school in the East.
In closing, we of the "middle
class, Middle Western mind," may
say two things:
1. "Au revoir, Dr. Little, genius
indeed suffers many bumps in this
life, and we wish you success de-
spite the fact that you are not
fitted to be a college president ir
a middle western state."
2. "What a rotten mess the
Board of Regents has made of

Editor Michigan Daily:
I want to commend your manly
and sensible comment on the ac-
tion of the Regents in permitting
such an outstanding man as Dr.
Little to leave the University.
Only they did not act up to
scratch, what they should do now
is to proclaim that the Astronoml-
cal department align themselves
with such deep (?) thinkers as
Wilbur Voliva and make it impos-
sible for them to teach such
heresies as modern science has
taught the world.
They ought to make it impossible
for the Biological department to
teach any thing about evolution or
development other than was taught
5000 years ago, then they would'
be in line with the great (?) Wm.
Jennings Bryan, Henry Ford and'
other brilliant students.
i trust you are not going to get
in "Dutch" for your courageous
stand, probably it was not politic,I
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were nor ever will be popular.
" With Great Respect,
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To the Editor:
Allow me to present another
item from the local Pandora's box.
In one of the recent issues of
The Daily there appeared an arti-
cle to the effect that "Liberty,"
"Collier's," and "The Saturday
Evening Post" were the most
widely read magazines among
Michigan students. If these pub-
lications are truly representative
of the literary tastes on this cam-
pus, then we may well congratu-
late President Little upon his resi-
gnation, for it is indeed no great
honor to be associated with stu-
dents who glean their philosophy
of life from sources which, though'
appropriate for a girls' boarding
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heated sessions over the newj
Coolidge cruisers, having justj
astounded the nation by signifyingj
their intention of settling inter-
national disputes by pacific means,
it is refreshing to find here at
home an unconfused movement
toward world peace attacking the
problem where it lives. The first
manifestation of this movement
will be the Student Christian
association's model assembly of the
League of Nations.
It will be the purpose of this
assembly, which will take the form
of a dramatization of the League,
to awaken in those students who
participate a consciousness of in-
ternational problems and a desire
for world peace.
The project has been admirably
conceived and designed. First in
taking for its pattern the League
of Nations it has gone to the most
nearly perfect source of interna-'
tional amity the genius of man has
Secondly in going to public opin-
ion to generate ideals of world'
peace, it will create a far more suc-
cessful and enduring sentiment
against war than any pacts delib-
erated upon by gray-haired diplo-
mats in solemn conclave. In the
last analysis the foreign policy of
a nation is dictated by the will of
its people and not by diplomatic
formalities that its representatives
must observe in seeking not to of-
fend the sensibilities of other
If a nation wills war, as Germany
did in 1914, peace pacts .and neu-
trality guarantees carry little
weight. Avoidance of war is con-
ditioned on a determined public
opinion favoring peace, and to the
upbuilding of that opinion the op-
ponents of barbarous carnage and
deliberate bloodshed must devote
themselves. In that the projected
model assembly sponsored by the
Student Christian association is a
step in the moulding of America's
will for peace, it is a rational and
refreshing step in the right direc-
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(Ann Arbor Daily News)
President Little's retirement as
president of the University of
Michigan does not mean that he I
has been proven a failure as an ad-
ministrator of higher education- It
means merely that in certain re-
spects he has failed at Michigan.!
His record at Michigan contains
some mistakes. It is not by any
means devoid of accomplishments,
however. He proposed the Univer-
sity college.and succeeded in get-
ting its organization under way.
With his Alumni university plan
he has done much to re-awaken
the interest of graduates in their
alma mater, and this re-awakened
interest should result in lasting
benefits.... .
He has vision which in some re-
spects was an asset and perhaps
in others a handicap. Michigan
was not ready to test some of Dr.
Little's theories. He was impatient
for results, he attempted to accom-
plish some of them in too great a
hurry. ...
He was impatient, and he was
not sufficiently tactful. His eager-
ness antagonized other men and
aroused their opposition. He ap-
peared to some of these men to be
dogmatic, but it is likely that im-
pression resulted from a failure to
appreciate his earnestness. . . .
His sincerity commanded respect.
Some may differ in their opinion,
but we believe Dr. Little deserves
to be called what is colloquially
known as a "square-shooter.' He
was always frank; he imposed faith
in the newspaper workers in ge-
eral with whom he came in con-
tact, and they imposed the same
faith in him.... .
He could not stay; . he was the
proverbial square peg in the pro-
verbial round hole. He made mis-
takes, mostly in method. He was
sometimes misunderstood, some-
times perhaps too well understood
but his inability to control situa-
tions with harmonious results, and
to restrain his impatience, were
the dominating factors in the de-
velopment that made his leaving
inevitable.... .
Dr. Little is likely enough to
achieve success as a university ad- I
ministrator elsewhere, on account
of his energy and his ideals. But
the cards were stacked against him
at Michigan, and he helped to stack I
them inadvertently. His ambitions
and his policies were simply out of
place in the present stage of Michi-
gan's development. Not that he
utterly failed, but the scales did ti
the wrong way....
President Little was no diplomat.
It was easy to make men work
against him; it was not so easy to
obtain co-operation. He had en-
thusiastic supporters and admirers
on the campus, but there were al-
ways too many pulling in the op-
posite direction.....
We believe Dr. Little was honest
and sincere. We are convinced that
he had the welfare of the Univer-
sito nf Michiun at heart. We


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