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sents a very definite educational advance by the
administration in that it recognizes the import-
ance of ability and continuity of study over pre-
scribed training and preparation.
How The Lower
Half Lives .
S HOPLIFTING, we are informed by
a number of State Street mer-
chants, is not an uncommon practice on the part
of University students.
With the student shoplifting is an extra-cur-
ricular activity rather than a profession. It is, in-
deed, something of a sport, and most fully sanc-
tioned by the deep-rooted conviction that it is
smart to be able to get away with something.
Successful "lifters" are known to boast of their
prowess not only to fellow students but to the
store-keepers as well.
Students with more reticent natures probably
rationalize the act. After patronizing a store for
some time, they feel entitled to walk off with part
of the stock, which goods they perhaps consider
as. a sort of legal dividend.
Since the managers realize that students are
unscrupulous about "lifting" goods, the question
might very well be asked why they do not take
more active steps to eliminate the practice.
In the first place, a manager is reluctant to ac-
cuse unless he is absolutely certain. And often even
when he has conclusive evidence,he refrains from
making an issue for fear he will lose not only
the student's trade but also that of his entire fra-
ternity or group of friends as well as prejudicing
himself in the eyes of others.
Aside from the fact that the open display makes
for efficiency of service, the managers are con-
vinced that this method of advertising results in
increased sales. They prefer to put up with shop-
lifting rather than abolish this attraction.
Curiously enough, student shoplifting has been
going on so long that it has become an accepted
phenomenon, a predictable element of business.
That does not make the practice either smart or
justifiable - nor does it make it one bit less des-
picable. Exactly because it is so cheap, so spine-
less, and from the student's point of view, so petty,
student shoplifting is a disgusting example of
how low some outwardly reputable members of
campus society can stoop.
Loss Of An Expert
-And More. . .
T HE UNIVERSITY has suffered an
irreparable loss".. ."I doubt Vwether
there is in America a scholar so competent in the
field of Chinese art.". . ."The overwhelming sense
of personal loss which exists in the Museum of
Anthropology reflects the affectionate regard we
had for him."
In these words, President Alexander G. Ruth-
ven, Prof. J. G. Winter, and Dr. Carl E. Guthe ex-
pressed their deep personal and professional re-
gard for the late Benjamin March.
Benjamin March was something more than an
expert on Oriental art, he combined his scholar-
ship with a humor and a friendly interest toward
those less versed in the esoteric materials of his
field. He was always willing to take time off from
his manifold duties as curator of Oriental arts to
explain an obscure point to a layman.l
Nor was his scholarship .the dry, senile, pedantic
sort, so frequently found: he was alive to life. His
existence was colorful and the story of his ad-
ventures in the Orient read like tales out of "The
The University has lost an expert on Oriental
art - this is a minor consideration. But the loss of
Benjamin March the man leaves a niche that will
never be filled.
Exactly one cow, 7,000 buns and 300 gallons of
cider were consumed at a freshman-sophomore
barbecue held at Michigan State.
The soy bean, 15 years ago considered to be fit
for consumption only by horses and cattle, has to-
day been so intensively developed that Prof. G. L.
Schuster of the University of Delaware believes it
will eventually replace 15 to 20 per cent of the
wheat consumed in the world.
By BUD BERNARD
Score another one for the faculty and its ex-
clusive group of absent-minded professors. This
particular gentleman in question, a professor at
Cornell University, is held in high esteem by those
who know him, either intimately or distantly. In
fact he was liked so much that the members of
the Society of the Prevention of Something or
Other elected him to be secretary of that organi-
Soon after his election, the club members de-
cided that it was high time they gave a banquet,
and having thrashed out the details of the social
event, the date was set and our friend, the pro-
fessor was delegated to send out tickets.
He went home, and began to go down the list
of members and address an envelope to each one.
The following day when he returned from classes,
he went through the mail. As he glanced over
the advertisements and other letters casually, he
came upon an invitation to his society's banquet.
Of course he had sent it to, himself, but it seems
that professor's minds don't work that way.
As he looked at the ticket, and then at the date,
he murmured to himself, "My, my, that's too bad.
It seems I made a previous engagement to go to
a banquet that night." And the columnist of the
Cornell Sun claims this story to be true.
Here's a remark coming from a Delta Gam
at the University of Illinois: "A college man
likes a girl beautiful but dumb'; beautiful
enough to please him and dumb enough to
Only college graduates will be allowed to be
firemen in Boston in the future. This was a re-
cent announcement made by the fire department of
e 1 *
Even if you fail in your exam, and are
thinking of ending it all, don't be discouraged.
You still have a chance for happiness, ac-
cording to the following ad which appeared in
the U. S. C. Daily Trojen:
"Freedom for you in the tropics! Young
people and students of higher life, who believe
in true brotherhood and are interested in
forming a colony of peace, security, and happi-
ness in the tropics, write Equitonian Pioneers,
Canoga Park, California."
As Oathers See It
Hour Tests And Vacation
N OUR meanderings around campus we occa-
sionally overhear vehement outbursts against
hour tests which are scheduled either just before
or just after vacations and holidays. Such denun-
ciations have become so frequent recently that the
question arises: are hour tests given primarily to
test knowledge or are they scheduled to force un-
dergraduates not to cut classes around vacation
Under the present cut system at Princeton, the
majority of undergraduates are allotted only a
fixed number of cuts per term without penalty.
Pity, then, the plight of numerous men who have
religiously refrained from taking cuts during the
term, looking forward to a few extra days of
Christmas vacation despite the double-cut rule-
only to have an hour test in some course scheduled
just before vacation begins.
The majority of professors have recognized this
situation, and have very humanely refrained
from having hour tests within several days of va-
cations. But a few professors have not, and it
only takes one hour test in one course to wreck
the best laid undergraduate plans for a few hard-
earned extra holidays-which may mean a great
deal to those living in distant parts.
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T HE MODERNIZATION of the re-}
quirements for admission to the
various schools and colleges of the University,
approved recently by the Board of Regents, is a
progressive adjustment for which there has long
been a need. The old requirements were enacted
by the Regents nearly 25 years ago.
During the intervening " time, an educational
"revolution" has occurred, particularly in the sec-
ondary schools, with little or no modification of
the entrance regulations. Great changes have
taken place in the character of the student body
in both high school and1 college; there has been a
considerable increase in the number of subjects
taught in these institutions; and there has been
a similar increase in the complexity of work at the
The literary college committee which formulated
the new code made their recommendation to the
Regents only after a year of study and conferences
with high school principals to determine the prob-
able effect of such a measure both on the future
high school curriculum and on the preparation of
students intending to enroll in institutions of
Under the newly-adopted set-up all high school
credits are divided into five general groups, includ-
ing foreign languages, social studies, sciences, Eng-
lish, and mathematics-physics. Out of the 15 units
required for admission there must be at least 2
major sequences of 3 or more units each, 1 se-
quence of which shall be in English; and 2 minor
sequences of 2 or more units each. The remaining
five units included in the principal's recommenda-
tion may be selected from any of the subjects listed
in the groups or from any others for which credit
towards graduation is given.
Another plan of admission, which is a combina-
tion of the first two, is that of a partial certificate-
partial examination system. This means of en-
trance is available only to a graduate of an accred-
ited high school whose principal is willing to recom-
mend him in part of the required 15 units. The
applicant may then, at the discretion of the Reg-
istrar, be admitted on the basis of the principal's
recommendation covering the units satisfactorily
completed, plus examinations in the units in which
he is deficient.
The new code eliminates from the required list
the two years or units of foreign language, two
years of mathematics, and one year of science
which were formerly necessary for admission.
Such a choice in the nature of the subjects pre-
IThe SOAP BOX
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And That's That
To the Editor:
Having read all of the contributions to The
Daily so far on the subject of Page 5, I think it
is high time someone attempted a true appraisal
of its worth to the women on the campus for, after
all, it is primarily the women's page.
The whole argument seems to be centering about
whether or not the campus is really interested in
what various co-eds appeared in at campus func-
tions. Anyone who has watched'a group of Daily
readers on Sunday or Tuesday mornings could re-
main in little doubt as to the answer. The ma-
jority glance quickly at the front page and then
turn to this much discussed Page 5 where they
promptly look to see just what these afore-men-
tioned coeds did wear and where they wore it.
The sports and editorial pages are usually left
until their curiosity on these points has been fully
satisfied. To say that all this is "dedicating Page
5 to the glory of shoe strings" is a bit far fetched.
In view of the women's pages of the past two
years it seems a bit inappropriate to have started
this discussion this year when it has been im-
sports page because most of us are smart enough
to realize that, in the main, that is not our field.
I think it would be an excellent idea if some of
the males on this campus would admit that their
ideas of what the women want on their page may
not be the whole or true story. Most of them are
obviously a bit chagrined that they themselves
cannot get into print except through the medium
of Campus Opinion and do that only by throwing
bricks at a page which has improved immensely
and has stayed consistently good since the begin-
ning of the year. As long as Page 5 stays as good
as it has been until now there should be few com-
plaints even from those who would cry "sour
grapes" given the slightest provocation. -M. M. O.
'Thumbers' Last Hope
To The Editor:
The greater portion of the student body are
"theatre minded," and so it is with much interest
we view the seemingly hopeless struggle of the
legitimate stage. I am refering to the profes-
sional stage, though I must confess that the dra-
matic school productions would do credit to the
average professional troupe. Surprising as it
may seem, a large number of the University stu-
dents display a vivid interest in the Detroit stage,
whether it be light musical comedy or Shakes-
pearean drama. Indeed. I am curious as to what
fhnnnrctc un~rl p f thisP trveuling toward De-