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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 1932
Open Minds
And Closed Mouths..0

would be discharged from school for writing the
sort of articles for which Reed Harris was expel-
We may well draw a parallel between the recent
Columbia ruling in regard to the holding of public
discussions and section six, chapter six, of the
University of Michigan by-laws, which states that
the holding of meetings for the purpose of criticis-
ing the University shall "be regarded as disorderly
and any student that engages in such practices
may be dismissed from the University by the fac-
ulty of the school or college to which he belongs."
Thus, on the surface, it might seem that while
Michigan is more liberal than the College of the
City of New York and the University of Pitts-
burgh, it is no more liberal than Columbia.
As far as actual regulations go, perhaps, this is
true. However, since the suppressive ruling is not
enforced at Michigan, the spirit of freedom, at
least, is more predominant here.
Can The Council Run
An Honest Election?
MEMBERS of the student council
have been clamoring for more au-
thority. They have drawn up a plan, which is
now before President Ruthven, for a new form of
student government.
Before that body can expect to take on student
government in a large way, it must prove that it
can handle the little affairs now entrusted to it,
Class elections have always been accompanied
by shady dealings. The results of last year's elec-
tions are still fresh in the minds of the students.
If the Council wants more authority, let it first
show the student body that it is worthy of it.
There can be no better test than the coming class
Sugar Coating The.
Hi h Tariff Pillo
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is the second install-
inent of an essay on economic issues in the coming
presidential campaign, written for The Daily by
Tamil Toonian, senior in the School of Business
Administration. The article will be continued in to-
morrow's Daily.

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SINCE the University is largely supported by the
state's best crop, tobacco, North Carolina stu-
dents are allowed to smoke during examinations.
Drawing a parallel, I might say that, if the powers
that be at Carolina are working on the right prin-
ciple, the auto ban at Michigan is not too sound.
* * *
AN ADVERTISEMENT in the Claremont Col-
lege Daily Life reads: "WANTED: Two young
men with sporting blood, a car, and a knowledge
of lower Main street, to take two seniors, brunet-
tes, who want a taste of low life before they reap
their sheepskins, to one of those places that allow
smoking and stay open all night."
* * *
FISHING is the most recent addition to the cur-
riculum at the University of California. The
course is conducted at one of the U n i v e r s i t y
swimming pools.
* * *
STUDENT matrimony is a huge success, accord-
ing to a survey conducted at the University of
Arizona. One out of every 75 student marriages
end in divorce, says the report, while one out of
every 6 ordinary marriages go on the rocks. Even
so, Arizona officials warn male students "to be on
their guard for collegiate husband hunters."
ENTRANCE requirements at El Azhar Universi-
ty, Cairo, Egypt, include the memorizing of the
Koran. The recitation requires three days.
* * *
G TETTING zones for our young people should
be set aside in secluded but, bandit-proof
spots," says Prof. E. T. Mitchell of the philosophy
department of the University of Texas. The Co-
lumbia Spectator reports Professor Mitchell as
further saying: "Though not desirable, it is in-
evitable that young men and women should be
riding in cars-and park them. They have been
driven from well-lighted roads into out-of-way
spots, where they attract murderers and maniacs.
* * *
THIS is an age-old story but it isn't bad -
quoting from The Purdue Exponent: "A senior
co-ed at a Boston College prom became pretty in-
dignant when an insignificant f r e s h m a n cut
while she was dancing with one of the college's
greatest athletes. After she told the youngster
what she thought of him, he hung his head and
replied: "I'm sorry lady, but you see I'm working
my way through college and your partner was
waving a five-dollar bill at me."
* * *
SINGULAR fact: John Law, c a p t a i n of the
Notre Dame football team in 1929, is coaching
football at Sing Sing prison this fall. (Hardly,
perhaps, an item for an Other Campuses columnJ
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William Butler Yeats
Lowell Thomas
Frederic Williali Wile

Dr. Raymond L. Ditmars
Carveth Wells
Dr. Will Durant

K EEP your m i n d o p e ii and your
mouth shut!
This, according to an article in this week's is-
sue of The Nation, is the new college creed, the
doctrine that the American college seems to be
preaching to its students.
"It is the proudest boast of the American college
that it prepares students for life," the editorial
states. "We have never been quite: sure what the
phrase meant, but among other things it has ap-
parently come to mean that it prepares them to
expect the intolerance and repression which are
rapidly becoming c h a r a c t e r i s t i c features of
American life. Once our institutions of higher
learning were supposed -to cherish ideals. Once -
they were sutposcd to.offer a more liberal atmos-
phere than was to .be found outside. But today
they seem determined both to concentrate their
attention upon knowledge of the market-place and
cynically to imitate the methods of Rotary Clubs
legionnaires in enforcing the most respectable
uniformity of opinion.
To a person accustomed to the liberal atmos-
phere of the University of Michigan, the conclu-
sions drawn by The Nation seem scarcely valid.'
However, when one reads the latest reports of
activities at certain other colleges, one must ad-
mit that they seem to justify the argument.
Excellent examples of the point that the ar-
ticle makes are offered by the University of Pitts-
burgh, at the College of the City of lew York, and
at Columbia University.
Recently, the administration of the University
of Pittsburgh was publicly reproved by a County
Court judge for allegedly requesting the arrest of
three students accused of planning an anti-war
demonstration. The judge stated in rebuke that
the students were guilty of no more than a "trivial
and insigniificant" infraction of the rules of the
At Columbia, reputedly one of the most liberal
institutions in the world, the unfair and out-
rageous expulsion of Reed Harris, editor of the
Columbia Spectator, and a ruling recently passed
wlich deprives students df the right to hold any
pubic dis ussiols not fir.t approved by the d
ministration, certainly prove that it can no longer
hold its claim to freedom of speech and action.
Finally, at the College of the City of New York
the president recently refused to allow the Stu-
dent Forum to hold a campus meeting at which
spokesmen for the four major parties were t
appuear. x
It is only natural for a student at the Uni
versity of Michigan, on reading The Nation's edi
toial, to compare conditions cited as existilng a
other institutions, to those existing here. It i
certain that the authorities at Michigan woulc
not. object to the holding of a political forum a
which all of the parties were represented.

POLITICIANS are ready and willings
to offer reasons for their tariff be-
liefs. But the reasons are not of a kind that will
convince a college man with even a little back-
ground in economics. Their confusion of ideas,c
whether intentional propaganda or not, is dis-
illusioning to the student voter.
Republicans will tell you that by high and sky-
rocketing tariffs they have protected AmericanA
markets from being flooded with foreign goods,r
which would have demoralized business, increasedr
unemployment, and forced many industries to the
wall. Their line of argument, as understood by
the masses, runs something like this:{
"You see Mr. Citizen, those foreigners live on'
almost nothing, and their labor gets such small1
wages that the prices of their goods are low. Iff
these goods were allowed to flood the country,
American industries would go to pieces, and many
firms would be on the rocks. To maintain our
famous American standard of living we have
closed the door in the face of these foreign trad-
ers. We want to protect American industries, you
see, because they are so young; they have just
started to crawl, and they don't know how to
climb the high steps of corporate amalgamations,
consolidations, and other foreign perplexities.
Moreover, we have also protected our dear, old
farmer. For his sake and his son, Pete, who by all
means has to go to college to try for an All Amer-
ican, we have raised the tariff wall so high that
you can grin from the top at all those foreigners
across the ocean. From the summit of that Repub-
lican minaret, you can look down at the Empire
State building and then think of all the work we
have done to protect you. Don't forget that if the
slick foreign fellows get their cheap stuff into this
country American profits will dwindle to such an
extent that your bonds and stocks will never be
worth what they were in 1929, when we had the
breaks on everything foreign. Besides, your wages
will go so low that you can never expect to fill
your garage with two cars.
"And you too, Mr. Farmer! the removal of, or
the reduction of, the tariff on farm products
would mean a flood of them into the United
States from every direction, and, as President
Hoover said in his Des Moines speech, "either you
would be forced to reduce prices still more or your
products would rot on your farms."
This, the Republican story, is so sugar-coated
and flavored that many a citizen finds it relishing
to swallow. I wonder why that type of citizen
does not ask his big-hearted and sympathy-dce-
serving leaders to club those foreign goats on their
heads and thus get rid of them once and for all,
instead of going to all the trouble of putting up a
tariff wall. But probably that citizen is far-sighted
in accepting the alternativeof building up a tariff
wall for that would help unemployment by putting
lots of commissioners' secretaries and an army of
others to work on the tariff.
But what have the Democratic leaders to sa'
o about the tariff issue? Capitalizing on the cur-
rent depression, they rightly 'bewail the conse
quences of the protective tariff and of the Repub=
- lican policies. Here again the facts are not ver
t clear, yet the contention that the tariff must b
s lowered is supported by economists, bankers, an
d the outstanding authorities on international trade
t Moreover, many people who know about the re-
taliation the "Hell-smut tariff" has. drawn fron
nthar nations raiethat the large dro in foreig

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WASHINGTON - A New York city paper, old
ine republican in politics but in this campaign
ividing its support between the republican
ational and the state democratic ticket, observed
n announcing its policy that anyhow, whether
Lehman, the democrat, or "Wild Bill" Donovan,
,he republican, was elected governor, neither was
ipt to be visited by presidential ambitions.
When you stop to think of it, it does appear that
;here have been few governors at the helm of
state affairs in Albany who have not lent at least
>ne ear to the buzzing of the presidential bee.
For the whole sweep of the Smith and Roosevelt
multiple administrations that factor has been ever
resent at Albany. It has not been lacking in the
camps of republicans who tried to unseat one or
the other of these two democrats, It has been an
element in state campaign after state campaign.
* * *
The New York governorship has always been a
possible stepping stone to the White House. Prob
ably it always will be because of the size of New
York's electoral vote.
Any seeker after a presidential notnination who
enters the contest with some reasonable assurance
that he could deliver that solid block of 47 elec
toral college Votes at election time has a big ad
vantage in that fact alone.
Virginia and Ohio may vie. for honors as th
birthplace of presidents. The New York governor
ship stands by itself as an "incubator" of presi
dential booms.
It turned out Martin. Van Buren as its firs
graduate to the White House. Saniuel Tilden ha
that ba aground. Cleveland and Theodore Roose
velt came up the same way.
Think it over. There has been no presidenti
election of the last 30 years in which a governo
or former governor of New York did not cut soir
figure either as a candidate or a contender fey on
party nomination or the other.
Hones of the presidency seem almost aiways t
have been an inescapable distraction from pure
state affairs for governors of New York.
* * *
Since Colonels Lehman and Donovan (war rank

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