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fall far short of se
it should be an imp
re-emphasis on relig
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individuals to existing groups
e needs of their members.
ement of religious groups will
ttling any major troubles, but
ortant step toward a healthful

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dent organization of the Union hasc
presented many programs which have been a dis-I
tint benefit to the undergraduate body. Not ther
least beneficial of these has been a series of month-l
ly forums presenting nationally prominent figures
in informal discussions of topics of current in-
However, we note with regret that in the last two
years these monthly forums have virtually been
discontinued. Only one such program was present-
ed all last year and thus far this semester there
has been only one.
The value of these forums can hardly be over-
estimated. They not only furnish students with an
opportunity to hear prominent speakers, but also
present them with a chance for exchange of opin-
ions with these men on pertinent subjects.
Perhaps in securing Senator Nye for their first
forum of the year the Union hitched its wagon to
too high a star. It would, of course, be impossible
to present a speaker of the senator's calibre every
There are, however, many m6n of lesser import-
ance who could undoubtedly be secured for these
programs. The benefits accruing to the student
body from these forums are sufficient to warrant
more of them, even if it is necessary to present in
general less prominent speakers.
Campus Opinion
Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contributions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked to
be brief, the editor reserving the right to condense
all letters of over 300 words.
Sisterly Love
To The Editor:
Amoeba is right. The purpose of a sorority
isn't snobbery, but to find the group one fits in
with best. What a way to find the group! A
bewildered freshman pledges her loyalty not only
to the older members of a sorority whom she has
met on several social occasions, but to the other
pledges whom she might or might not have as much
as seen before. The other pledges are the ones
she will be associated with the most as a "sister."
A clique of girls in a dormitory who have chosen
their companions might have some semblance of
a sisterly feeling toward each other. There is an
astounding proportion of girls living in sQrority
houses, who are downright unhappy in their
groups. But who's going to take such a big step
as to drop affiliations with a sorority when one
doesn't know what the consequences may be?
And of sourse there is the money put into it to
At the end of her first year on campus, most
every girl hates to leave the dormitory and her
friends there; but what is there to do? They're
all leaving. Besides, she feels that perhaps she'd
miss something by not joining a sorority. She
wouldn't miss a thing, nine times out of ten, ex-
cept a stiff training in the toleration of adverse
social and living conditions. Often ,she must
learn (if she can) to adjust herself to close asso-
ciates with whom she is entirely incompatible. I
could mention one (perhaps extreme) case of a
girl who had as a room-mate at her sorority house,
the girl from the dorm whom she went to elabor-
ate measures to avoid on every occasion because
the girl so "got on her nerves."
I might add that I have not drawn my observa-
tions from just one sorority, but from several with
which I have been well enough acquainted. I'm
willing to wager that if a vote were taken among
sorority women, most of them would admit that
life on campus might be much pleasanter with-
out sororities.
-One Who Should Know.
Future Of Advance
To The Editor:
We would appreciate' the use of this column
to reach those students who could not secure copies
of the first issue of Advance.
When we began to make definite plans for'our
magazine, we were more or less sceptical as to
how it would be received by the campus. We
counted our pennies early, mindful of the failure

of former literary and critical ventures on this
campus. We planned and worked and finally
found a solution in the form the magazine was
sold - and at so nominal a price as a dime. The
night before Advance was sold on the diagonal, we
still were worried as to its success. The morrow
(Monday) showed that our worries had been un-
warranted. By 5 p.m. our first issue had been sold
out in its entirety. To be sure it was a small one.
But its sale has encouraged us to plan to print
twice as many for our next issue, which we expect
to publish in a month or so.
We are not sure, of course, whether our success
was due to curiosity or genuine interest. A curi-
osity it was, at any rate, for a serious magazine to
sell out the first day. Subsequent response to our
issue and those to follow will prove to us whether
we are merely a curiosity or whether there is ac-
tually in existence a sincere desire - sincere but
latent - on the student body's part for serious
thought and for serious creative writing.
Our appeal is to those neophyte student (and
faculty) writers who believe that creative writing
is directly linked with social and economic thought
of the day. To these we offer our medium of ex-

Woman's last stand! For the second time in its
history the Duke University engineering school
this year numbers among its 145 students, one
lone girl. About five years ago there was an-
other girl aspiring for an engineering degree,
but after pursuing the course for two years, cli-
maxed her education by marrying one of the en-
gineering students.
* * * *
Here's a letter received today in the form of
a reply to
If we could find a man so square
(We realize this type is rare)
Who wouldn't have to muss our hair
And tell us how much he does care,
But, keeps us waiting for an hour
And takes us walking through a shower
And tells us of his manly power
While we must smile instead of glower,
Or offers us a drink of booze
And calls us prigs if we refuse
If we accept, respect to lose.
If such a hero we could find,
We'd like to copyright his kind
And if he is by chance sincere
In form and face not too darned queer,
We'll date the man though he may be
By no means a B.M.O.C.
-Three Dejected Damsels.
A question was raised in the Cornell Daily Sun in
the matter of women's participation in varsity
sporting events. The question was given much pub-
licity at that school with the arrival of a woman
player on the polo team. The editor of the paper
feels that "instituting such practices as having
women on the teams will bring nothing but em-
barrassment to the Athletic Association."
A Washington
A T A TIME WHEN the once much-discussed
'brain trust" of the Roosevelt administration
seemed to have dropped out of sight, even for
opposition campaign purposes, Dean Donham of
the business school at Harvard, the President's
alma mater, comes out with a plan for an extra-
super "brain trust" to do the government's think-
The President, he finds, is attempting an im-
possible task as the one-man co-ordinator of all
he has set a-going. The presidential cabinet is
merely a "conglomeration of department heads"
to the dean, not a policy-making body of presi-
dential advisers. What is needed, he contends, is a
planning board or council not loaded also with ad-
ministrative work.
"There must be clear recognition of the differ-
ence between thinking and acting," Dean Donham
said, "between determining policies and carrying
them out."
IN THE ABSENCE of such a set-up, the dean
had hard words to say of the -confusion he
detected in the national recovery effort. Dr.
Tugwell and Donald Richberg, head of the present
presidential policy board and various other White
House program co-ordinating agencies, might feel
their feathers a bit ruffled by this shot from
the Harvard educator:
"Much is done without reference to either logical
or practical limitations on human capacities and
accomplishments. Emotions control. Wishful think-
ing and good resolutions spawn hectic activity
and action is esteemed evidence of accomplish-
Dr. Ray Moley, original, pre-inauguration Roose-
velt "brain truster," always has contended that
the "brain trust" ended its labors on inauguration

day. That was about all he ever had to say
about Dr. Wirt's celebrated remarks about brain
trust "red" plotting. Certainly the present policy
board, set up by the President as a companion
piece of the board that relieved General John-
son of his NRA administration duties, has not
much of a "brain trust" look to it.
* * * *
THERE ARE THOSE who see going on in the
new NRA arrangement a quiet displacement
of administrative lieutenants of the "brain trust"
type by chaps with business experience back-
grounds - big business, usually. Something is go-
ing to be said about that soon or later. There
also is much to hint that the White House
attached a silencer to some of its too free profes-
sional talkers, for campaign purposes at least.
It is doubtful that Dean Donham's "thinking
board" idea would appeal strongly right now at
the White House even if the suggestion were ut-
tered in full accord with Roosevelt "middle ground"
recovery charting. The men who have appeared to
win greatest presidential favor in the "New Deal"
family are those who acted promptly on problems
referred to them. Secretary Ickes and Relief Ad-
ministrator Hopkins illustrate the point. The reg-
ular Roosevelt way of showing that favor is to
hand out new and usually bigger tasks.
Anyhow, a "thinking board" might complicate
things afresh for the "New Deal" captain-quar-
terback. Even the "huddle" system in football,
which is no debating society, delays the game a,
act playlets. We are not a clique prejudiced
against any one. All we ask is that contributors
thing of society's condition and its economic posi-






ious activities in higher education
has always been one of the biggest bugaboos edu-
cators have been called upon to face.
In state-supported schools especially has the
position of religious education been an anomalous
one. The obvious solution in a time of declining
spiritual emphasis and increasing sectarian cla-
mour seems to be to ignore religious aspects en-
tirely except insofar as they could not be separated
from other academic matters.
Complete lack of consideration for religion in
public education has met with public approval
more because it failed to arouse any marked an-
tagonism than because it was a satisfactory solu-
tion. It has been generally accepted because
thought to be the only alternative to sectarian
chapel or other partisan form of worship.
That there is in religious beliefs something too
big and too essential to life values to be denied
consideration in our educational institutions has
occurred to many; that they must somehow be
given proper emphasis despite the dangers of fa-
voring one sect or one theology against another,
has been recognized by few.
President Ruthven has consistently urged the
need for a greater spiritual emphasis in student
life, and one of his moves toward that end has
been the appointment of Dr. Blakeman as coun-
sellor in religious education. If the office has not
functioned as fully as its sponsors might have
hoped, there are very many logical reasons for its
failure to do so, not the least of which is its
uniqueness and its obscurity.
Granted an expanding future for such direct
University religious activities as Dr. Blakeman's
office, much of the religious work must always be
done by independent churches and church-spon-
sored guilds and gatherings. Failure to adequately
meet many changing conditions and standards
accounts in part for the fact that many of these
groups are not very vital today. Misunderstand-
ing and unawareness of their programs and pur-
poses also accounts to a large extent for their
It was with considerations in mind such as these
that have been suggested, that religious organiza-
tions concerned with student religious education
have combined for a concerted effort to make
known the opportunities they offer. Their appeal

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