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standing aversion to dictatorship and the suppres-
sion of civil liberties that it implies. Yet the
people of Louisiana have meekly submitted to a
political machine that is tantamount to a dictator-
ship. They have allowed a single man, the laugh-
ing-stock of the nation, to order their legislature
to pass his proposals as though its members were
officially his puppets. Not only has Louisiana per-
mitted itself to be degraded in the eyes of the lib-
erty-loving American public, but it has opened
the way for an expansion of the drive for civil
suppression and dictatorship.
It is certainly true that some residents of
Louisiana have not been so gullible as to insist
on considering as a joke something that has gone
far past that stage. However, as yet this serious-
minded faction has not wielded any apparent check
on the stormy senator, either at the polls or in any
other way.
Only one encouraging sign of a stiffening resist-
ance to the Long regime has been reported thus
far, and we are gratified to say that it comes
from a group of university students. This is the
courageous refusa of Louisiana State University's
student paper to bend to the will of the self-an-
ointed sovereign. Following a ridiculous attempt by
the senator to place a legally-ineligible football
hero in the state senate, the newspaper, "Reveille,"
wrote an editorial that was not too complimentary
to the lofty Long. As soon as he got wind of it,
he stopped the presses and forced the deletion of
the editorial. The resulting protest resignation of
the staff was a bold move that should warm the
heafts of college students all over the country.
Perhaps the start made by these students will
awaken the people of Louisiana to their true plight
and lead to an effective opposition to this menace
to American institutions.
SAs Others See It
Inter fera
AS ever larger numbers of students work their
way through college, it has become a matter of
course to assist them with scholarships, loans and
employment, a policy which the public approves
with democratic enthusiasm. So keen is this fetish
for higher education for all at any cost, that even
the government offers indigent scholars approxi-
mately a million and a half dollarss monthly.
But few champions of this cause seem to heed
the repeated complaint that men laboriously eking
out their tuition and living are not really deriving
any advantage from their studies. Without deny-
ing the value of university training, an observer
might doubt whether it is of any worth to those
who must endure privation and exhaustion to
secure it. Wearied by part-time jobs, their hours
for study limited, these people are hardly in a
position to enjoy the intellectual and social advan-
tages of college. Their frequently inferior work
tends to degrade the standard of teaching, and
save for a few superior individuals, it seems dubious
whether a degree is worth this price.
Granting bigger scholarships to gifted students
is one step to better the situation. But alloting
stipends such as the Emergency Relief Administra-
tion maximum of $20 a month is only to prolong
the misery. Nothing short of an economic revolu-
tion can provide everyone with funds sufficient for
proper utilization of academic opportunity. Until
then, the affirmation of President Dennett of
Williams deserves attention: "What appears to be
needed is not more college graduates, but fewer
and better ones." -The Harvard Crimson.
Student And Faculty
FOR YEARS the term "student-faculty contact"
has been bandied about university campuses.
Passed glibly from mouth to mouth, vociferously
advocated by every arm-chair educator, the phrase
has become ironically meaningless. The crafty
"smoothie" who praises his senile professor's wis-
dom; the go-getting fraternity president who
insists that every brother attend dull faculty din-
ners: the bored student who laughs dutifully at
time-worn jokes are all modern interpretations.
But Wednesday evening, when Prof. Walter
Agard, speaking at the Forensic Banquet, urged
that students and faculty members maintain a
closer' contact, we are confident that he did not

refer to any of these popular definitions. As a
former member of the Experimental College, he
was speaking of the ideal of liberal educators, the
ideal of unity of ideas and experiences that Dr.
Meiklejohn so strongly advocated.
One of the university's chief arguments for
existence lies in this ideal. To have students be-
come acquainted with older men in their own field;
to have them profit by their advice and be broad-
ened by their ieas; to, accept constructive criti-
cism and work out original problems under expert
guidance- this is real education. And then, on
the part of the instructors, to have them con-
stantly gathering new viewpoints on a subject that
is growing old to them; to remain humble and alert
on new developments in their field; to find and
encourage new talent- this would exist in a real
But how shall this student-faculty cgntact be
achieved? It can be secured formally through a
continuation and extension of such courses as
have been mentioned. But equally as important,
it can be secured informally through campus or-
ganizations where students and instructors can
forget caste prestige and grade system, where they
can meet to exchange their ideas on subjects not
included in the curricula. Perhaps through such
tutorial groups as some of the church groups
present; perhaps through such open forums as
clubs sometimes sponsor.
In any event, students in a university have an
invaluable opportunity to gain valuable contacts.
If they graduate with only a knowledge of a good
ping-pong serve and what to wear at Military Ball,
it certainly should not be blamed on their school.
And if professors become thoroughly ossified, they
have only their own narrow vision to blame.
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A Bowdoin College professor, having decided
to waste no time in tasting the dregs of life,
sallied forth to a. Broadway Ten-Cents-a-
Dance emporium where he immediately appro-
riated the most charming hostess he could find
and wafted her off to an obscure corner. About
to start the customary conversation, he was
astounded to have her remark, "Why I belong
to the same fraternity that you do," and
proudly she displayed her key exclaiming
"Phi Beta Kappa, Radcliffe, 1929."
A freshman at Cornell University has offered
the solution to all these war scares. From now on
the world can live in perfect peace with nary a
a chance on any one being hurt by a bomb or
shell. Just take all the privates and sub-officers
of any sort, kind or description and make them
ranking generals. Then they'll all stay 40 miles
behind the front line; no one will become damaged
goods. Intelligent freshmen at Cornell, aren't
A freshman at Clark University recently
tcok a fire extinguisher to a prom with him I
because someone told him that his blind date
like to go out on the veranda and smoke.
A psychological examination conducted at Rock-
ford Women's College resulted in the classifica-
tion of "unpopularity as the greatest fear among
the first year students. The runner-up among the
fears was that of suspicious men. From one end
of the swing to the other it seems to me. My advice
to the girls is, overcome the second-place fear and
the first will automatically disappear.
Here's an item from the DePauw Collegian
that we like. We are feeble minded. We are
anti-special. We are misanthropic. We are
physically, mentally and morally obstinate.
Something is wrong with us. We don't fit
into the scheme of things. There is no hope
for us for:
We don't like Joe Penner.
We think that Eddie Cantor drivels.
Eight o'clock classes pain us.
Women's hats hurt our sense of fitness
of things.
We think Arthur Brisbane is a case
of arrested development.
Wayne King seems dipped in saccharine.
To us Mae West is just another girl.
In other words 121,999,999 people are
crazy or else we are. Mr. Death,
the bichloride.
* * * *
According to a Syracuse University professor,
a great amount of what appears to be cribbing is
merely the result of an uncontrollable curiosity to
see if the other fellow's answer is the same as yours.
We can just see the professors we know put
on that forgiving smile when we come forth with,
"Professor, how could you? I was just curious."
* * *
Here's a contribution coming from H. R.:
Why is professors can wear purple ties,
Haphazard haircuts, and coats the wrong size,
Trousers too short, and color schemes vile,
Yet flunk me in English because of my style?
A Washington
FAINT rumblings, among Northern and Western
Democrats of the new House, of plans to realize
on their numerical advantage over brethren from
the solid South are beginning to be heard. They
more than make up in numbers what they lack in
seniority of service. If they could get together, they
have the caucus voting power to take over party
organization in the House next session, lock, stock
and barrel.
Geographically speaking, the House Democrats
shape up in this fashion: South, including the
border states, 129; West, 44; North, 150. In point
of seniority the preponderance is even more over-
whelmingly the other way in favor of the South,
What is getting more and more evident all the

time is that the Southerners are going to have to
split leadership and committee honors with the
non-Southerners in the new House on more of a
50-50 basis or risk being voted out by a Northern-
Western alliance.
THERE is a good deal to indicate that the "edge"
conceded generally before election to majority
leader Joe Bryns of Tennessee in the battle for
succession to the speakership mantle of the late
Henry Rainey of Illinois, was dulled rather than
sharpened by election results. The fact that Demo-
cratic non-Southern numbers in the House were
increased played a part in that. That discounted
the number of commitments of re-elected sitting
members Bryns could reckon on.
But a wave of activity for Rep. Sam Rayburn
of Texas also had a lot to do with it. That this
reached the White House in many ways is not to
be doubted. That it also tended to start the non-
Southerners of the House to exploring possibilities
of patching up some sort of pre-session agreement
which would result in a sharing of the two major
House posts, the speakership and majority leader-
ship, also was abvious.
IN ANY EVENT, pressure upon the White House
to intervene at an opportune time before House
Democrats hold their organization caucus un-
doubtedly increased. In view of President Roose-


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Thursday as Thanksgiving Day cer-
tainly started a lot of trouble.
Long since the occasion ceased to be one for
prayer and thanksgiving and became primarily
devoted to eating and football, it presents one of
the major problems confronting college adminis-
trators - and, forsooth, their problems are many.
Had Thanksgiving been named as a Monday
or Friday, it would have become part of a week-
end, and everybody would have been happy. Had
the day been Wednesday, no one could think
of stretching the holiday either way. Had Thanks-
giving been designated as a regular day of the
month, the day of the week would haye vexed col-
lege administrators only two years in seven. But
alas, as it is, Thanksgiving is always a problem.
Most schools, including our own, have seized the
dilemma by one horn and refused to allow Friday
as a holiday. The students grumble. Many of them
are torn from their family fireside or kept from
it entirely. Those who feel like it, cut Friday
classes anyway. No one likes it very well, but the
alternative is even worse.
The alternative, or granting Friday as a holiday,
has been tried but little, but its good and bad fea-
tures are easily deductible from existing tendencies.
Give the boys and girls Friday, and they take most
of Wednesday and perhaps the following Monday.
On top of that, half of them get colds or indi-
gestion and clutter up the Health Service. The
repercussions are felt for a week or more before
and after. It's all very sad.
Thanksgiving being what it is and students
remaining what they are, Michigan undergrad-
uates can count themselves fortunate indeed that
they are being watched over by a guardian ad-
ministration that will not expose them to any of
the rigors of a Thanksgiving week-end. Perhaps,
on this day of days we should pause for appropriate
consideration of this, one of our many blessings.
Let us give thanks!
Almost Time
For A Purge .. .
A SAD COMMENTARY on the dis-
cernment of the American people
is afforded by the present remarkable situation
in the state of Louisiana. The situation that began
as an apparently harmless farce has gradually
developed into a potent threat to thetraditional
American institutions of civil rights and demo-






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