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Established 1890 The Bandar-Log. .


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T HE National Student League, cam-
pus "liberal" and "radical" organ-
ization which favors an alliance of students with
the struggle of the working classes, and which
sponsored several "mass" meetings on this campus
last year, has lately posted bulletins in campus
buildings propagandizing its aims. These bulle-
tins, it should be pointed out, do not represent
the opinions of the large majority of students at

Published every morning except Monday during the
University year and Summer Session by the Board in
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1933 CNAT1rOamA - . .ORAGE 1934
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Mustard, Nina Pollock, Elizabeth J. Simonds.
No Auto-Ban For
Students With Degrees...

Michigan, as was announced in the first bulletin,
nor do they even represent the will of a decent-
sized minority. The bulletins may be construed
correctly as defining the aims and opinions of a
group of extreme "liberals" surely not numbering
more than 25 or 30. There are about 8,000 stu-
dents on campus. It is plain to be seen that
this is just about the sort of minority opinion
represented by the "Blue Shirt" ticket in the last
Presidential campaign.
Furthermore, the attention of the National Stu-
dent League should be called to the fact that sev-
eral of its bulletinized statements are errors in
fact, and others are just as grossly erring in
First, the League has announced that although
President Wilson called the U.S.S.R. a "vacuum"
during his incumbency, the United States has
now been "forced" to eat humble pie, as it were,
and recognize the Soviet government. Obviously
the pilots of Russia's Communist enterprise are
not fools, and it would certainly be a diplomatic
blunder of the rarest variety if the U.S.S.R., after
being snubbed by the U. S. and having its am-
bassador deported from this country, should take
upon itself the task of initiating a diplomatic
concord such as President Roosevelt asked of
President Kalinin. Why should Stalin and Ka-
linin turn the other cheek by risking to ask of
the United States the favor of recognition? Presi-
dent Roosevelt sought to, and did, end the "anom-
alous situation" existing between the two great
republics, but to maintain he was "forced" to do
this is child's argument.
Then the National Student League urges stu-
dents here to participate in the struggle of the
proletariat, citing its contention that the problems
of the laborer and the student are one. This is
emphatically false. The National Student League
should read in a recent issue of Today, the Astor
magazine edited by former brain-truster Moley,
an open letter in which the latter addresses himself
to Commissar for Foreign Affairs M. M. Litvinov,
counseling him to remember the true temper of
the United States cannot be gained from lending
an ear to the vociferous talk and jabberings of
the radical fringe of our eastern cities. Mr. Mo-
ley points out that by far the great mass of our
population, from the fall-line of the Atlantic to
the Pacific, excluding the Marxians of our largest
cities, is decisively and finally opposed to Com-
munism and what it stands for. The open letter
to Mr. Litvinov, however, is fair in that it recog-
nizes Russia's sovereign right to have any kind of
government it pleases.

temper of an English madrigal, as done by the
English Singers, quick and candid, flitting. Brue-
derlein und Schwesterlein built up from solo to
ensemble. Herr Urbanek gave it all the graceful-
ness and beau geste of the Viennese school. Four
encores followed, "Mei Mutterrl war eine Wiener-
in," "The Beautiful Blue Danube," "Dixie," and a
Tyrolean Folk-song.
If the group can be judged by the songs sung
in English, to them a foreign tongue, it can be
said that theirs is a splendidly trained ensemble,
worthy of emulation as to technique, to reper-
toire, to observance of traditional interpretations
- formality when proper, informality when
proper. "Dixie," "The Star Spangled Banner" and
"Little David" have no significance for these
youngsters nor much for the conductor, and
therefore lacked the whole-heartedness apparent
in the Strauss, or the Tyrolean folk-song.
One word more. In spite of the competition in
the way of entertainment by "Criminal-at-
Large," Mae West, Robert Henderson, and the
League stunt night, there was a near-capacity
crowd. Congratulations, University Musical So-
Sally Place
Campus Opinion
Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous communications will be disre-
garded. The names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential upon request. Contribu-
tors are asked to be brief, confining themselves to
less than 300 words if possible.
To The Editor:
The civic enterprise of the Daily is to be com-
mended; particularly when it brings the par-
ticipation of war to students' attention by refer-
e n d u in. Unfortunately this referendum, like
nearly all, suffers from not covering the field
with its alternatives. Everyone knows the stock
jests on the subject: 'Have you left off beating
your wife? Answer yes or no without quibbling!"
Now, in this matter of public action by armed
force there is an almost infinite graduation of
opinions. Almost no one (except perhaps Tolstoi
and Gandhi and their immediate disciples) is an
absolute pacifist. Even the Quakers favor the
police, who are an army using force against the
"enemy" of private criminality; even the inter-
national communists sometimes make an ex-
ception of the "class war" and popular revolution.
In England last year an amusing instance showed
the limits of pacifism among pacifists. Oxford
Union voted after debate not to fight "for King
and Country;" some indignant "red bloods" and
"he men" marched into the Union and tore out
the offending resolution, the officers making no
resistance. Whereupon arose a stalwart pacifist
in the back of the room and shouted angrily to
the non-resistant officials "If you won't fight for
King and Country at least you might fight for
the Minutes of the Union!"I
On the other hand, to kill whenever the State
bids you is to abdicate conscience and put the flag
of nationalism above the cross of Christianity (or
whatever else be the symbol of one's inmost faith).
The logic of unconditional obedience to the State
would mean that a good citizen ought to carry
out the worst commands of a Nero or Hitler; that
one should be as ready to take part in a war of
aggression as in a war of defense.
Remains the third opinion: war only in case the
nation is directly attacked. As that came nearer
to reason than the two extremes, I voted for this,
but under protest. Literally constructed it would
mean that England had no right to come to the
aid of Belgium, France no right to come to the
aid of the American colonies, no nation except
China would be right to restrain Japan in Man-
churia even had the League voted to exercise its
coercive powers. It would be the end of all hope
of internationalism.
Each of us has his own formula, or perhaps a
group of prejudices, convictions, and sentiments
that take the place of formula but supply an
answer when the particular emergency arises. I
hope many students will state their views in detail.
It is not the purpose of this letter to state my own,
but merely to call attention to the problem. But
as it is only fair to answer one's own challenge
I would tentatively state my own formula this
Case one - When war is in the offing but

not yet begun. Oppose the war unless you
expect the total benefits to humanity (not
your own country alone) from participation
to outweigh its numerous, great, and certain
Case two - When war is in progress and
there is no longer the possibility of stopping
it. Support your government unless you be-
lieve that the victory of the enemy (for
everything that subtracts from the war ef-
fort of one active belligerent adds to the
power of its foe) would be better for human-
ity than the victory of your own nation and
its allies.
Objection. You may guess wrongly? To be sure.
But the same objection applies to every vote you
cast on any subject or, indeed, to any decision
regarding the future that one may make in pri-
vate business. Decision is riot escapable. The
thing to do is to decide according to one's best,
most informed, judgment and then face the con-
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I T IS proper that an editorial at
this time concerning the auto ban
should begin with an expression of thanks to
Dean Bursley, in behalf of the student body, for
the relaxation he has decided to permit for those
driving to Saturday's game. Students planning
to go to the game via auto appreciate the elimi-
nation of the red-tape process that would other-
wise have been necessary.
We hope we will not appear as the man who,
having his inch,, started to ask for an ell, in fol-
lowing Dean Bursley's action with a plea based
on the results of the undergraduate poll for sus-
pension of the ban as far as it concerns students
with degrees.
The vote was about even in regard to permis-
sion for seniors, and so, even though the ayes had
the majority, not of great significance. Concern-
ing students with degrees, however, the wind is
from a different quarter. By a majority of more
than three to one the campus is in favor of allow-
ing graduate students and students in the profes-
sional schools to drive.
This expression of opinion surely deserves the
most careful consideration of the administration.
That it was sincere and well considered is evident
from the fact that the voters also went on record
as opposed, three to one, to entire abolition of
the ban. Thus there is no indication of snap
judgment or scatter-brained decision. On the
contrary, it is clear that the students voted in
high seriousness. What they voted, and they are
the persons affected by the rules, is that part of
the ban is good and part bad. More than this,
there is a strong opinion as to what is good and
what bad.
Probably the most frequently advanced argu-
ment in favor of the ban, and certainly the one
most potent with students, is that it preserves de-
mocracy. This argument, as it applies to stu-
dents with degrees, is now seen to be invalid. For"
when three out of four people are opposed to a
rule, it is not democratic to enforce it.

Now a parallel can be drawn between the big
city radicals as against the conservatives of the
plains and the less populated regions, and the
student radicalism at certain eastern universities
and the conservatism obtaining at institutions like
Michigan. The National Student League apears
to have a strong chapter at Columbia and C. C.
N. Y., and there the League may represent some
kind of an opinion. But here it does not. It is
an atomic minority. It's bulletinizings give it a
disproportionate air of grandeur. It is safe to
state that 95 per cent of the students here find
the League laughable, if indeed they have even
heard of it. The student body, traditionally ultra-
conservative, is more than usually impregnable
here in Ann Arbor - virtually the last citadel of
Republicanism in the State of Michigan.
We trust that the National Student League will
take this in the right spirit. Whether it advo-
cates Socialism or Communism, it is safe to say
that it advocates rule of the majority, or at least
the majority of one class in an attempt to mold
a classless society, but here the National Student
League is quite unrepresentative.
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IF only Americans could sing the national an-
them with as much diction and comprehension
of melody as do the little boys of the Vienna Boys
Choir! The audience was unaware of what was
coming when the conductor, Herr Urbanek, played
a C-major triad on the piano to locate the pitch
and the Star Spangled Banner was unfurled. The
anthem naturally does not stir you to the depths,
but this tribute was decidedly well-received.
With exemplary precision the group of sacred
polyphonic numbers proceeded, formal, yet with
neat dynamic contrasts, with variance as to type
of work: jubilant, as the Palestrina "O Rex glor-
iae," or admonishing, as the Lassus "Adoremus-
te." Herr Urbanek is able to elicit instantaneous
tonal inflections, to distinguish phrases and words
from the movement of the voices. This church
music is done in the traditional church manner,
befitting the church service, controlled and ele-
gant. Two encores were given here: "Wiegenlied"
Mozart, and a negro spiritual, "Little David."
The comic opera was pure fun. One of the
smallest sopranos donned a flaxen wig, a dotted
hoop-skirt, and an orange apron, was a demure
Lischen. Two other sopranos minced forth in
bright flowered skirts and beaded bonnets and
parasols and were typical old-maids. The hero,
Peter, wore beautiful purple pants and a gray
frock coat, and sang right heartily. A yeoman of
the guard strode forth, plus a mustache and
halberd and flickering lantern, and sang a fine
little solo lustily. The assurance of the sopranos
would make a prima-donna proud, the trio work
would interest the Boswell sisters, and the acting
and "business" of the cast would gladden the
heart of a Henderson. The remainder of the

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If only graduate students and students in the
professional schools were allowed to drive, the
other arguments, holding that student driving
would cause traffic complications near the campus
during the day and accidents on week-ends and
at night, are weakened. For students with de-
grees are not numerous enough to cause traffic
complications, and are sufficiently mature to be
expected to drive carefully.
The Daily does not entertain the naive view

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Collegiate Observer
College romances are like problems in busi-
ness administration. They don't mean a
thing, but you gain experience for the future.
* * *
A University of Wisconsin co-ed surprised her
classmates by appearing in a sleeveless jacket
made of pennants from several colleges and uni-
versities. Wonder if Michigan was represented?
* * *

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