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The Beer Facts
At'Harvard. . .
T IS NOT WITHOUT interest that
one observes the recent action of
Harvard University in its discontinuance of the
s-le of beer in all dining halls at that institution.
What appears most significant in this move is the
Srascn given for it: simply that the student de-
mand for beer at Harvard was not sufficient to
pi educe the requisite revenue to pay for the needed
lii enses.
According to the report of Harvard's Business
Manager Aldrich Durant, the required licenses were
five in number, costing a total of $2,400 a year.
'The net result has been that from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31,
1934, only 27,000 bottles of beer have been dis-
posed of in all of the places of sale.
In the light of the numerous objections voiced
last spring to the sale of beer in the Union, this
information makes possible only one unhappy
ccnliision oan the local situation. Can it possibly
be that Aarvardians are addicted by nature to
marked sobriety while Michigan students are all
confirmed inebriates?
It is incredible that such a wide divergence of
taste and action could possibly be evidenced be-
tween Ann Arbor and Cambridge. For anyone who
is acquainted with the college man knows that he is
much the same the country over. If Harvard stu-
dents have proven that they have no desire to
sacrifice all academic pursuits in a mad rush for
beer, there is small reason to believe that students
here would turn the Union into an old-fashioned
Has The Myth
A Foundation?.. .
AMERICA USED to be known as the
land of opportunity.
Early this week a disillusioned young man left
Ann Arbor. He was naturally sorry to be forced
to break the ties he had made at Michigan, but
that was not the greatest reason for his downcast
Eight years ago he set out to prove that society
had a place for the man who was ready and willing
to fill it. He didn't have much money, but enough
to see him safely through school. He came to Mich-
igan and for five long years away from his na-
tive land, he worked that he might be better pre-
pared to take his place in the world. Then, one day
in June, the University handed him a degree and
told him he was ready to do his work in the world.
Since that time he has tried every conceivable
means within his grasp to secure some sort of a
position. He wrote letters of application, he inter-
viewed employment men, he sought out factory
owners - in fact, he exhausted every channel. Al-
ways the same answer, "Nothing just now." Today,
his money practically gone, he is on his way back
to his native land, with only the thought that he
has failed to beat the system.
It's not an unusual story. This particular young
fellow had a little more to start with than the aver-
age. In his native land he has influential friends
who will see that he secures a position there. That
is beside the point, however. He wanted to believe
that society had a place for the man who was
equipped to fill it. The tragedy of it all is that he
leaves America convinced that one can't beat the
In that, he is right. A college education does not
mean that one will find his way into his place in the
world. A "pull" gets a man a job where ability never
would. Even the man that is willing to start at the
bottom can't get a place at the bottom - unless he
has the proper connections.
It may be only the result of a temporary de-
pression. We can only hope that it is. We hate to
think that the land of opportunity was only a
pleasant myth.
As Others See It
WISCONSIN fraternities, already well known for
the comparatively high degree of scholarship
which they possess, are taking another step toward

the elimination of the weak student when they
passed a ruling calling for the automatic depledg-
ing of any student who fails to make his scholastic
requirements for two consecutive semesters.
We are glad to praise this action for two reasons.
In the first place, it conclusively shows that fra-
ternities are changing their standards of values.
Gone are the days when the greatest asset and
most popular individual in any house was the
"play-boy" who spent his nights in carousal and
his days in sleep. Today the fraternity realizes
that, from a cold dollars and cents viewpoint, the
most valuable man is the one who carries his stu-
dies in an adequate manner, and is thus enabled
to add to the chapter's income by remaining in
school for a full four years. A millionaire play-
boy does the fraternity less than no good if he is
perpetually being held over for initiation because
his grades are not high enough or, more frequently,
if he is forced to leave school after a year of aca-
demio illness. The sooner that the scholastically
weak pledge realizes the fact that both the univer-
sity and the fraternity want him to make decent
grades the better it will be for all concerned.
The second reason why we are giving complete
approval to the action of the interfraternity board
is even closer to the immediate problem. We can-
not but feel that with the elimination of the bor-
der-line student from fraternity life will come a
more sincere and worthwhile spirit within the
house. Without sacrificing any of the companion-
ship and gaiety that are basic parts of fraternal
living, we think that the intellectual tone of the
men will be raised much to their benefit both in
academic and business life.
-Wisconsin Daily Cardinal

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College publications throughout the country are
running editorials upon the question of war and
disarmament. Here are a few excerpts from the
editorial pages of various papers.I
Terrifying expenditures by nations for military
purposes are listed in the MINNESOTA DAILY,
end the question asked: "Why?" Since the topic
of disarmament is particularly current, the editor
appscpriately appeals: "Populations should as-
sert the sanity we all know they possess; by a mo-
bilization of public opinion they should show once
and for all that they do not' believe that the cause
of peace can best be served by armaments.
Speaking of the senate munitions investigation,
OREGON DAILY EMERALD trusts that: "Edu-
cated people who pride themselves on their ac-
quired level of civilization cannot understand what
type of person will sell and take profits for ma-
chinery which deals out so much misery."
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A columnist at Cornell University says that a
perfect evening at a performance of "Pinafore"
was interrupted by but one small incident. As he
was applauding at the conclusion of the operetta,
the columnist felt that he was being eclipsed by an
enthusiastic professor who sat next to him. He
was convinced of the fact when this usually aus-
tere gentleman broke out and began to cry out
frantically, "Author, author!"
The Northwestern co-ed uses more soap than her
male classmate. The average sorority girl is cleaner,
or anyhow, soapier than the average fraternity
man by one-sixth of a cake of soap per girl per
day. The soapiest group on the campus is the
Delta Gammas. On the other hand the Sigma Chis
reported that only six bars are used for the
entire membership of over 60 members. A member'
pointed out that the soap consumption of Delta
Upsilon and Beta Theta Pi was inflated because
they used some of it to wash Bozo and Dutch,
their dogs. At the Phi Delta Theta house they were
careful to specify that they used 25 double bars
of soap.
Some amazing finds have come out of the six-
year study of educational methods made by the,
Carnegie Foundation. The student who ranked
at the top of the whole list examined has flunked
steadily in college, whereas a girl about to receive
a magna cum laude failed miserably in the foun-
dation test, standing fifth from the bottom in her
The lowest group of students were found in the
schools of business administration, although men
and wimen studying to be teachers barely pulled
themselves above the ground floor.
After four years seniors were shown to have im-
nroved slightly in general intelligence, but seemed
to have lost ground over their high school days
in spelling, grammar, literature, and history.




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(Associated Press Staff Writer)
WASHINGTON. Dec. 19-With two ex-directors
of the Federal budget bureau crashing the
news pages on the same day with economic predic-
tions, ordinary folk might hope for new light on
what to expect. Budget directors are supposed to
be stout fellows at economics. It is part of their
job. Yet, how can one reconcile the simultaneous
Dawes and Douglas 'outgivings?
Young Mr. Douglas, whose feelings over Federal
spending programs finally drove him out of the
New Deal household when his dark forebodings
found no official takers, still sees ahead a "ghastly
social and economic calamity" unless the budget is
as promptly as possible and actually balanced.
Public works, even the conservation corps, must
be heaved overboard, he contends. He even catch-
es sight of "another destructive war" growing out
of New Deal budgetary operations. It's a gloomy
Comes Gen. "Hell'n Maria" Dawes, budget di-
rector in the old G. 0. P. days of political power,
a stalwart of the right on whom New Deal doings
might have been expected to have a most depress-
ing effect. And what does he say?
The general sings the sweetest recovery sym-
phony yet heard. He even dates his predictions.
By next May or June, or July at lgtest, General
Dawes divines from his reading of the economic
horoscope that not only will the depression be a
dead duck: but there also will come "a great, sus-
tained uplift in heavy goods and mark the begin-
ning of a year full of prosperity."
"While I recognize the overwhelming long-time
importance of a balanced budget and wise govern-
mental policy, I point out that the normal course
of recovery involving mass action is not determined
by human reasoning but by human nature," the
general said. "The rate of recovery is following
the same course and for the same simple causes
that it did in the two great former depressions."
It looks as if President Roosevelt missed a bet in
his cabinet making. Instead of Douglas for the
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