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THE MICIGAN DAILY

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American student. But now, when University offi-
cals decide to resurrect and enforce it, even to
the eXtent of prohibiting "library dates," it becomes
unspeakably painful."
T he average student -- supposedly a normal, ra-
tfonal, intelligent human being feels that by the
time he :teas reached college he is capable of regu-
liting lis own Qscial life. Those administrators
who have proceeded on the assumption that the
college man or woman is old enough to know how
to behave and has formed habits which cannot be
changed have remarkably good results to show
for their faith. Outside schools as well as in, restric-
tions of personal liberties from curfews to pro-
hibition have been discarded as ineffectual.
It is one thing to pass a law and another thing
to enforce it. Oklahoma authorities had not at-
tempted to enforce this non-dating regulation until
a recent move by President Bizzell. Administrators
there in the past were far-seeing enough to realize
that this type of law is not enforceable. Students
that attend a .University are not children, and
having minds of their own, they react in a normal
manner when undue restrictions are placed upon
them.
It will only be a matter of time until the Univer-
sity of Oklahoma officials find this out.

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Letters published in this column should not be
construedas expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonynous contributions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked to
be brief, the editior reserving the right to condense
all letters of over 300 words.
Some 'Miscelureous' Musings
To the Editor:
The true value of criticism lies in the construc-
tive suggestions which it provides. Criticism which
is not constructive has not only a negative effect
out also is sometimes destructive of its subject.
We can say this of the editorial which ran recently
in The Daily under the title, "Design For Stag-I
nation." It was criticism without point.I
Preun;ably, the author of this atrocity is a stu-
dent. Perhaps he is a fraternity man, for he
writes authoritatively concerning these organiza-
tions. But we cannot escape the conclusion that his
experience in college life is limited.
He says that. parents send their children to
college "to enrich their lives with the works and
discoveries of the ages - to make their lives beau-
tiful with knowledge," but he claims that the
knowledge that they do get is an unwholesome
sophistication.
He generally classes all freshmen as polished
youths who are subjected with little result to the
school curricula but who are successfully molded
to fit the "Michigan tradition," which he pictures
as a sophisticated enjoyment of the four-year col-
lege period. The writer wastes more valuable space
in, painting this ingenuous picture, but we have
read enough.
Upo4 what, we would like to know, does this
writer base his wild generalizations. He did include
quotations fron a speech by Professor Campbell,
but even this learned educator was not rash enough
to go the lengths. that our student writer did. We do
not deny that there may be some students at this
University who could be used for examples. We
vigorously maintain, however, that such a condi-
tion does not exist at Michigan.
Students no longer come to college merely for a
good time. More and more are they coming to spe-
cialize - to prepare themselves for their life jobs.
They rightly do not expect to cram their brains
with miscelareous knowledge. The value of a good
deal of what a student learns is in the studying
of it.
The statement that fraternities are pressing
their freshmen into a sophisticated intelligence-
killing mold needs explanation by its careless au-
thor. Social life in the average fraternity on this

By BUD BERNARDI
The story iF thd of a student at the Univer-
sity of Oregon, that one day last week, after
having a slight argument with a professor, he
deliberately turned his back upon that per-
sonage and started to walk off.
"Are you trying to show your contempt
for me?" asked the professor sternly.
"No Sir," was the reply. "I was trying to
conceal it."
Such things as quizzes are unknown to the stu-
dents at the University of New Mexico. The only
time that they are required to attend classes is
for the final exams. Before the exam the student
buys the textbook written by the professor and
studies it. This method enables the student to
work while he acquires an education.
Seeing that many houseparties are in the
offing, I wish to offer this advice:
HOUSEPARTY CREDO
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How to Commit Suicide
1. Don't decide until the last minute that
ycu're going to the houseparty. That gets the
social committee, or what have you, all up in
the air, and provides endless amusement.
2. Always go stag yourself, ib0 say you're
having a date, until the last minute.
3. Get all your fair admirers anld exflaies
at the houseparty as "blinsls" for the various
suckers in the house. (This works very well n
the more backward and peculiar-looking fresh-
men.
4. Chisel on everyone's date. Take the dates
of those brothers smaller or weaker than you
out and away from the dance for several
hours. This is excellent for the promotion of
the old fraternal spirit.
5. Act as if you had some deep amusing
secret with every beautiful girl at the. house-
party. (Very good for arousing jealusy for
your ,powers with the sex).
If all these simple rules and whatever others
your ingenuity can discover, are followed relig-
iously, your fair torso will look as if a dozen
of the brethren had been playing mumbley-
peg on you for hours. Who knows? Try it! ?
The University of Chicago permits students in
the humanities curriculum to bring with them to
final examinations any texts, notebooks, or refer-
ence material they choose. The theory seems to be
that unless the student knows something of the
course he cannot "crib" enough in the alloted time
to raise his grade much.
* * * *
Here is a wire received from an incoming
frosh at Indiana University:
"Tell the girls to be patient. Stop. Here I
come. Stop. By air stop. Signed: Lee James."
** * *
Fred Waring, the leader of one of America's
outstanding dance bands, failed to make the glee
club when he was a student at Penn State college.
campus is not overdone. "Phi Betes" come from
the fraternal ranks just as frequently, if not more
so, as from the independent group.
The congeniality and fellowship presentrin many
fraternities is not to be discounted as a deleterious
factor in the acquisition of an education.
We agree with one of the statements made by'
the author of the offending editorial. He said,
"This is a topsy-turvy world." It is indeed when
such an article is allowed to be printed in a college
newspaper.
-Not Stagnated.

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T Q SOME FRESIMEN of American colleges
fraternities are becoming childish. These boys
and girls are showing a strange and encouraging
tendency to turn their backs on old-school snob-
bishness.
At Swarthmore two-thirds of the freshman class
has elected to remain outside of Greek letter so-
cieties, and at Yale the literary magazine held a
funeral for the "gaudy homes of what now must
be called Rotten Row." At Yale they called frater-
nities "so exuberant, so childish for their age."
It sounds like a healthy trend.
This is the height of the rushing season in uni-
versities the country over. Freshmen are in a great
dither. Those who have been invited to rushing
parties are now being trotted about to see how
they act and talk and neck, are excited and thrilled.
A few - and the news indicates on increasing
number - have the courage to dismiss the whole
idea. Some of this littlefnumber of iconoclasts
are. impelled by lack of funds; others for demo-
cratic principle.
Years ago, when I was a sophomore, always in
wrong with my sorority because I hung around
too much with non-fraternity students not promi-
nent on the campus, I happened to have lunch at
the girls' dormitory on pledge day. I will never
forget the pathetic scene when the invitations
arrived.
Last year I saw the thing again at Stanford
University. Until last year there were only "the
500," an arrogant and spoiled group of girls re-
stricted by Mrs. Stanford's will. Last year the
restriction was down, 800 girls arrived, and the
housing problem was difficult. Rushing began pell-
mell.
At Roble Hall, girls' dormitory, there were hectic
scenes. Three girls fainted. Scores wept. Nobody
slept. Nothing but sororities was talked about.
Mothers came hurrying in vain to help their

fast' at the house of their bidding. There was a
tremendous bustle in many rooms, silence in others.
The girls emerged in their smartest clothes to stroll
out into the morning sunshine, to walk up the
avenue, past the fraternity houses, where the boys
lounged on their verandas to watch the girls go by.
Breakfast at Roble was very quiet. Only one girl
came down. The others went breakfastless in their
pride and pain.
It all sounds so silly to us who have got past
that stage, who think - perhaps - that if we
were in college now we would scorn all this sort
of thing. But to these girls and boys it is almost
tragic.
You cannot expect a youngster of 18 to have the
strength to dismiss the fraternity idea completely
and say, "This is unimportant - it doesn't matter
one way or another." Because the values on which
their choice is based are so intangible, so personal
and intimate. They have no defense against them.
It is the first time they have come up against a
mass yardstick,
,THE KIDS THEMSELVES are not such snobs.
It is their parents, who idealize those college
days and cling to their glamorous memories and
who think that fraternity membership somehow
spells collegiate happiness. It is these same par-
ents who give to the university's support.
I have seldom known a university head or a
dean of women who was strong for fraternities.
Unfortunately, their attitude toward them must
be tempered by their need for funds. The alumni,
not the students, determine the course of events.
One cannot afford to hurt their feelings.
Meanwhile girls giggle through a ritual which
was sacred to its founders of the sentimental
"Little Women" period. The girls have a cocktail
or two and muff the sentimental words. One said,
for instance, "I will withstand all the buckets
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