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the Bulletin is con;tructive notice to all members
ity. Copy received at the office of the Assistant to
in'Ll 3:30, excepting Sundays. 11:30 a. m. Saturday.


NO. 175

Lice: The student and faculty teas given by Presdent ard Mrs.
n will be discontinued until the fall term.
ficial Announcemenit ofthe Hopwood Awards: For the encourage-
>f writing and with the advice of the judges, the committee in
of the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Prize Contests in writ-
nounces the following awards for 1930-1931:
the major contests: Dorothy Boillotat, $1,500; Sue Grundy Bon-
,500; William Gorman, $1,500; Lorna D. Chambers, $1,000; Helen
e, $1,000; Jean Gilman, $1,000; Vivian Hopkins, $1,000; Frances
gs, $1,000; Elizabeth W. Smith, $1,000; Richard Humphreys, $500.
niany of the contestants submitted manuscripts for more than
ize, the committee has thought it wise not to assign prizes to
ilar fields of writing.'
the minor contests awards of $250 are given to each of the fol-
for manuscripts submitted in the field of writing specified: in
Ruth Duhme and William V. Mulroney; in fiction, Florence Mus-
& Josephine H. Stern; in the essay, Evelyn L. Bull and Harold
' der; in drama; Harold Courlander and Richard Humphreys. In
nor contests awards are made to individual manuscripts solely,
t reference to judgments upon work submitted by the same
in other fields.
ecks for these amounts will be mailed to the winners on June 30.
e committee 'on the Hopwood awards is 'composed of Dean John
iger, Professors Louis A. Strauss, 0. J. Campbell, Howard M. Jones,
.ek W. Peterson, and R. W. Cowden. To avoid misunderstanding,
rimittee wishes to state that all the manuscripts submitted in the
s were forwarded to the judges for their comment. There was no
nary weeding out of manuscripts by the committee.
ards in the major contests are made upon general excellence, so
this cari be ascertained, in the hope of encouraging the winners
awards to further literary work. Because of the closeness of the
iton in the major awards, it was impossible to award the full
b of $2,500 to any single person without doing injustice to others
deserving; and the money has therefore been divided among
eral writers who seemed to show most promise as serious literary
.ce the commonest adverse criticism made by the judges is that
nuserlpts submitted lack finish, the committee urges that all
s intending to compete for these prizes in 1931-32 begin early
t upQn the various manuscripts they intend to submit.
iversity Symphony Orchestra: Important rehearsals, Tuesday and
ay, 3 p. m., Hill auditorium in preparation for the Senior Recital
. Dr. Moore will conduct.'
pImoer Michigan Daly: Newly appointed upper staff and all per-
siring to do reportorial work will meet in the Press building at
k Wednesday afternoon. Persons planning to take Journalism
101 in Summer Session are invited. Previous experience is valu-
t not required. H. O. Warren, jr.
itestants for the Hopwood Awards may obtain their manuscripts
nglish Office, 3221 Angell hall.
.duation Recital: Miss Mildred Drinkaus, voice student of Pro-
Arthur Hackett, will give the following program, Thursday eve-
.me 4, at 8:15 o'clock in the School of Music Auditorium to which
eral public with the exception of small children is invited:
laudy: Luoghi sereni e cari; Cimara: Stornello; Cimara: Fiocca
; Sandero: Serenata delle Alpi; Sadero: In mezo al mar; Reger:
isamkeit; Strauss: Allerselen; Strauss: Morgen; Strauss: Stand-
)uparc: Chanson Triste; Dalcroze: Le coeur de ma mie; Dalcroze:
1 bleu; Chausson: Le temps des Lilas; Vidal: Si j'etais rayon;
Surf Song; Watts: Magic; Jarnefelt: To the Harp; Kjerulf: Twi-
usings; Hallstrom: Black Swans.
versity Bureau of Appointments and Occupational Information:
reau has been advised of openings in insurance for June gradu-
ing in or near Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Belding, etc.
interested will kindly call at the office, 201 Mason hall, telephone
on 371, early this morning.
ployment-Orientation Week: Ten students of the Colleges of
ering or Architecture, or other students, who have had free hand
g, are wanted for work during Orientation week next September.
,t oac at Employment Bureau, room 2, University hall.
J. A. Bursley, dean of students.

Inter-Fraternity Body
Ends Open Party Ban
(Continued from Page 1)
cause of "trouble" at dances. The
"virtual probation" was explained
by the fact that these houses, al-
though not recorded at the dean's
office as being on probation, have
been told that they will not be
granted permission to hold dances.
Permission to hold parties and
dances will be granted at the office
of the Interfraternity Council in
the future, Worden announced. This
power has been vested in the judi-
ciary committee of the inter-fra-
ternity couneil by the new consti-.
tution recently approved by the Re-
Although disapproval of the first
action of the judiciary comniittee
was voiced by the council, spokes-
men stated that the body is in fulli
approval of the council, and that:
everything will be done to make
it the body through which frater-
nity legislation will be governed in
the future.
A motion was passed to hold a
dinner session of the Inter-frater-
nity council next fall during ori-
entation week, at which time house
presidents and others who care to
attend will discuss the problem of
deferred rushing.

Amounts for Awards in Major
Fields Changed; Three
Receive $1,500.
(Continued from Page 1)
be even better next year, because of
the experince gained, Cowden said.
The chief complaint of the judges
this year was that the manuscripts
lacked finish, and they urged that
those who intend to compete in
1931-32 begin to work upon their
entries early.
Those on the committee are Dean
John R. Effinger, of the literary
'school, and Professor Louis A.
.Strauss, O. J. Campbell, Howard M.
Jones, Frederick W. Peterson, and
Roy W. Cowden, of the English de-
The judges for the contest are, in
poetry, Robert Frost, Witter Byn-
ner, and Louis Untermeyer; in
drama, Thomas H. Dickinson, Paul
Osborn, and D. R. Quirk; in the
essay, Agnes Repplier, Robert M.
Lovett, and Henry Seidel Canby;:
and in fiction, William McFee,
James Boyd, and Ellen Glasgow.

Lake Geneva Conference: Anyone interested in attending the Nine-
State-Campus student and faculty conference to be held at Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin, June 12-19, is requested to get in touch with Lane hall today.
German Department: Ordinary monthly meeting at 4:15 p. m., in
room 201 University hall.
Mathematics Instructors in Engineering College meet at 7:15 p. m.,
in room 317 WestEngineering building, for the consideration of text-
books for next year.
Athena: Important meeting at 7:30 p. m. The election of officers
for the coming year will be made at that time.
Adelphi House of Representatives: The election of officers for next
semester at 7:30 tonight in the Adelphi room, fourth floor of Angell hall.
All members are asked to be present on time. No open session.
Deutseher Zirkel: Importan business meeting tonight in the Michi-
gan League at 8 o'clock, for the election of officers. All members are
requested to make a special effort to attend.


Committee R
Present Gra
SINCE its appointment in Novem-
ber, 1930, the committee on the
grading system has held ten meet-
ings, each lasting nearly two hours.
At almost every meeting, thehcom-
mittee had the advantage of advice
from some member of the Univer-
sity staff who has made grading a
subject of professional study, or
from some member of the faculty
who is especially interested in the
problems involved. The committee
consulted also the dean of the
Graduate School, and the dean and
members of the faculty of the
School of Education, not only for
the benefit of their advice, but also
because these schools will be direct-
ly affected by any action which this
faculty may decide upon. Members
of the committee discussed the
question individually with many
members of the faculty. A few com-
munications were received from
students of the college; and a re-
port was made by a committee of
the Student Christian association,
which in March held a forum for
the expression of student opinion.
Finally, the committee was given
access by the Registrar to his excel-
lent collection of studies made on
the subject during recent years....
M ANY changes from our present
system have been suggested
to the committee.
Some would involve the addition
of more grades. It has been said on
responsible authority that if an in-
structor knows a class of, say, 100
students well, and if he is asked to
group them in ranks of excellence
with no references to number or
letter grades, he will arrange them
in seven groups. Yale . . . uses a
system of grades running from 1
to 7. It has been suggested that we
might get the same effect by break-
ing our large C group into C+, C,
and C-.
Other suggestions provide for the
elimination of one or more grades.
One member of the committee
would do away with the D grade,
leaving A, B, C, and E. . . . The
argument is that a student should
be given no credit at all if his work
is not satisfactory.- -
Some members of the faculty ad-
vocate a return to still greater sim-
plicity. . . . This would mean re-
porting a student merely as passed,
or not passed; or, at most, as
passed with distinction, passed, or
not passed. The argument for this
change can be merely indicated
here: our students are too "grade
conscious." They work for grades,
not for the benefit of the work
itself. Good students avoid courses
in which high grades are hard to
get, because they want to make Phi
Beta Kappa; poor students avoid
courses in which passing grades are
hard to get, because they do not
want to make the home list. They
act like high school pupils because
we treat them as if they were high
school pupils. If we want to en-
courage among the students genu-
ine intellectual interest, we must
get rid of our mechanical grading
system. q

equality between instructors who
grade low. . . One suggestion to the
committee was that each student1
be ranked as well as graded.
Another addition to the grade re-?
port was recommended by the,
Registrar: a "personnel' 'estimate of
each student. He bejieves that if the]
practical difficulties which might1
prevent the introduction of such a
plan could be overcome, the differ-
ence between one grading system
and another would not matter
much. Information of the most use-
ful kind, because it is individual
and distinctive, would then become
a part of the student's permanent
T HE committee has found merit
in every one of these proposals.
Its failure to recommend any one
of them does not imply an opinion
that it is unworthy of considera-
tion by the faculty. Indeed, theyd
are presented in this report... in
order that the faculty may con-,
sider them.
The committee has not found in
any of the proposals, however, a;
sure cure for the ills which afflict
the body academic. If it had, it
would champion that plan, and
say little about the rest. The com-
mittee has not found in any other
system even an assurance that it
would yield more advantage or in-
volve less disadvantage than our
present system. The committee can
only recommend, therefore, that
our present system be retained.
O NE of the prqposals, however,
calls for special attention. The
committee was asked particularly
to consider whether we should not
return to the system which we
abandoned in 1912, or to one es-
sentially like it. (Until 1912, in-
structors in this College reported
their students as passed, condition-
ed, or not passed.)
If we did this now, we should
be departing from a policy that has
become distinctly American, and
moving toward a policy that is Eng-
lish or~ Continental. The time may
come when we should do this. But
the committee believes we should
wait until our conditions approxi-
mate more nearly those that pre-
vail in European universities...
Throughout its deliberations, the
committee found itself returning to
this theme-that differences be-
tween grading systems are of much
less importance than the fair and
wise administration of whatever
system happens to be in use.... Re-
ports never cease of instructors who
announce that they are required to
give a certain 'number of A's or of
E's who grade mechanically on
class average; or who in other ways
perform as if they were expected
when they report on students' work
to suspend the normal operation of
their intelligence. Such reports are
probably seldom accurate, but they
can hardly'be without cause. For-
mer committees have presented to
I the faculty resolutions which were
Imeant to guard against these and
other abuses in our work as teach-
ers, examiners, and graders; and

(Continued from Page 1)
by one of the large eastern school.
Another was the elimination of the
D grade, which, if adlopted, it wa s
argued, would abolish credit for
unsatisfactory work. Still others,
the report says, favored a less com-
plicated system, advocating return
to the system in use before 1912,
which would meanuthat a student
would be Passed or Not Passed.
In considering the latter propos-
al, the committee reported:
"If we did this now, we should be-
departing from a policy that has
become distinctly American, and
moving toward a policy that is Eng-
lish or Continental. The time may,
come when we should do this. But
the committee believes we should
wait until our conditions approxi-
mate more nearly those that pre-
vail in European universities.
"The students who enter our col-
leges are not as mature as those
who enter the universities of Eur-
ope. Our students are subject to
m o re distractions - distractions
which no change in the grading
system would dispel. Our hope is
that they may learn to instruct
themselves, but for the great ma-
jority this remains only a hope;
they must continue to be instruct-
The cause for this, the committee
said, lies in the different organiza-
tion of our educational system, and
in the different attitude of our so-
\"The cause is not in our grading
system. If it were, students of 1931
would be inferior to students of
1901, when the system had not been
invented; whereas, everyone knows
that our students do work of high-
er grade, and do more of it, than
the students of a generation, ago."
In answer, to questions concern-
ing the comparison of upperclass-
men-juniors and seniors-to Stu-
dents of European universities, and
if they could be trusted to instruct
themselves, the committee said it
was "uncertain."
"If the current perplexities of the
faculty in another sphere resolve
themselves into the establishments
t of distinct upper and lower divi-
sions within the college, then it
may be well to inquire whether the
distinction should not be empha-
sized by a difference in grading
systems. For the present, however,
the committee must leave its rec-
ommedations unqualified."
the faculty has approved. One
which has been approved more than
once provides t h a t examination
questions be collected and kept in
an accessible place, such as the Li-
brary. The enforcement of this pro-
vision would do much to imps ove
the quality of our examinations. It
might be wise for the faculty to
summarize what it has often ap-
proved, and every little while to
publish it.
Respectfully submitted,
Peter Field
J. N. Lincoln
l. L. Sharfman
A. E. Woodhead
[ W. R. Humphreys, Chairman.

eport Favors PRESENT MgKING
iding Methods STE APPROVEB
his fellows. . . The advantage of a--
system of ranking, apart from the Committee Submits Its Report
question of its justification in on Grading Methods Used
theory, is that it removes the in- in Literary College.

Tau Beta Pi dinner meeting at 6:15 o'clock.


Gargoyle Editorial Staff: There will be a short but important meet-
ing of the entire staff at three o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the office.
All members and tryouts are urgently requested to attend.
Thomas M. Cooley, II,
Zeta Phi Eta: There will be a meeting, including both pledges and
actives, at the Cove of the League at 7:30. There will be a short pro-
gram; everyone is urged to be present..
Phi Delta Kappa: Business meeting in room 4009, University High
School at 4 p. in. A full attendance is desired. -
Christian Science Organization meets at 8 p. in., in the chapel of
the Michigan League building.
Michigan Dames: Closing meeting of the year this evening at 8
o'clock in the League building. Members are urgently requested to
attend. Business of importance will be considered.
Geography 33: The make-up examination will be given Wednesday,
June 3, at 4 o'clock, in room 18, A. H.
The Michigan Interpretative Arts Society: Annual meeting of this
society will be held in room 302 Mason hall, Wednesday, June 3, at 7
p. in., Election of members of the Executive Board, distribution of the
membership certificates, and other business will be attended to.
Chemistry Colloquium: The last
meeting for the academic year of,
1930-31, will be held in room 300
Chemistry building, at 4 p. m., on
Wednesday, June 3. Mr. E. F. Lin-r
horst will speak on "The Rate of
Recomposition of Nitrogen Pent-
oxide at Low Pressures."

N a few colleges, ranking has
been adopted as a substitute for
grading. This implies the practical
abandonment of any attempt to
maintain an absolute standard, and
aims only to estimate a student's
achievement relatively to that of



51: The room assignment for the examination is as
A. I.; H-L-231 A. H.; M-S-103 R. L.; T-Z--101 Ec.'
R. H. Holmes.


Tonight at 8:15
Mat. Tomorrow at 3:15

A 1: Thip, examination in this course will be held in the
oom of the West Physics building. Students having con-
scheduled hour will meet for examination in room 2436
nentary School, Thursday, June 4, at 8 a. m.
G. L. Jackson.


Alpha Lambda Delta:All active
members will meet in the Cave of
the Michigan League, for specialf
initiation on Wednesday, June 3,
at 4 p. m.

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