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-1934 U'iorDi7ezt13e
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Chiseling In FERA
Must Be Faced .. .
FERA. There are students who have
falsely signed affidavits to the effect that they
are in need of financial help from the government,
without which they cannot continue, or begin,
their educations.
Perjurous on the face of it, this act not only
robs the government but defrauds other students
-students who have no means of obtaining the
basic necessities of food, room, clothing, and books.
This is a problem which only the student body
itself can solve. Faced by the practical impossibility
of further eliminating chiselers on the basis of rec-
ords in his office, Professor Gram, chairman of
the FERA committee, has openly asked the co-
operation of students in seeing that the true pur-
pose of the government help is not lost. Fellow
students are the only ones in a position to know
definitely whether or not FERA workers are de-
serving of their positions.
It is easy to see why there are chiselers, not
only here, but wherever it is smart to be able toI
get away with something and as long as the indi-
vidual is left to suffer unless he looks to his own in-
terests. The question of ethics also arises. It goes
against the grain ,to give information against a

friend or acquaintance.
The difficult thing is often the right thing to do.
There is nothing dishonorable in reporting a dis-
honest person, especially when one has no selfish
interest in doing so. An honest majority has no
choice but to protect itself from a dishonest mi-
The funds provided by the government are to
aid 950 students in drastic need. Insofar as possible,
the University wants to, and should, aid the need-
iest cases at hand. The money will all be used. The
only question is whether some students will have
three decent meals or others will have enough
money for a dance or a show. No one will deny
that the former class was intended to have prece-
dence and deserves it.
Students who have taken jobs under false pre-
tences, but realize now what dire need there is on
the part of others, are encouraged to do the right
thing by offering to resign their positions or with-
draw their applications.

The Doleful
Prophets ..
F OR A GOOD TIME now we have
been listening to these gentlemen
who, with all the omnipotence of minor Moseses
just descended from the Mount, prophesy that
America must turn either to the left or the right,
must become either communist or fascist. Norman
Thomas, who spoke in Hill Auditorium last year,
was one such person. Roger Baldwin, the president
of the A.C.L.U., who lectured here Monday, is an-
other. England, France, and the United States -
the three great democratic countries of the world
- are all on the road where they must eventually
make a choice between the left and the right, said
Mr. Baldwin.
Now this is a very widely-held opinion. It is
parroted by public speakers, editorial writers, and
men-in-the-street in all sections of the country.
And it is an opinion which, we think, is as false
and superficial as it is widely held. It is much too
dramatic an opinion. It sounds ominous, and in
hearing it repeated, the American layman can
imagine himself in the middle of some great crisis
- a position which, being human, and therefore
inclined to dramatize himself, he does not at all
A fascist or communist government means the
repeal of judicial review - yet the Supreme Court
never was so highly respected as it is this moment
in America. It means the suppression of the free-
dom of speech - yet the very fact that the attack
against the Roosevelt administration is as vicious
as it is in some quarters is proof that this right has
not, and can not be, repealed. These two institu-
tions alone are very nearly sufficient to preserve
democracy in this country.
Democracy is not nearly so easy to down as the
barnstorming prophets would have us believe. It
came triumphantly out of the war and through the
hectic period of immediate post war adjustment.
We have a feeling that when the last chapter is
written on this depression period, democracy will
be quite as strong as ever, and the three countries
in which it will continue to stand will be England,
France, and the United States.
As Others See It
Wise Barbarians
AS INDICATIONS early last week promised, the
number of men who have pledged fraternities
after one week of active rushing this year has
outstripped by far the corresponding number at
the end of two weeks last year. The actual figures
are that 282 men had taken pins at the end of two
weeks last year, when the preferential bidding sys-
tem went out of operation, while approximately
400 freshmen have pledged by this past week-end.
And rushing is still going strong.
The interpretation of these statistics is obvious.
Very clearly the freshmen had more of a chance
to make up their unsettled minds last year than
they have had during this. While "sweat sessions"
were by no means absent from the preferential bid-
ding system, their efficacy was considerably les-
sened. In short, the freshmen had a fairer chance.
On the other hand, fraternity men, in general,
find great advantages under the present "open"I
system. Even apart from the consideration that
"lead-piping" is easier under the present arrange-
ment, the rules make for a much shorter period
of active rushing. It makes a difference to both
fraternity men and to the freshmen whether the
seemingly interminable round of crowded meals,
handshaking, and banal conversations takes three
days or two weeks. 8
The outstanding advantage of the preferential
bidding system is that it provides for an arrange-
ment whereby the freshman has more of a chance
to make up his own mind, while the outstand-
ing advantage of the present system is that it
shortens the period of intensive rushing that is
devastating to the nerves of all parties concerned.
The obvious solution to the rushing problem,
embracing both these advantages, would be a pref-
erential bidding system starting on the third day

of rushing.
We realize that the solution to the rushing prob-
lem cannot be expressed in one sentence, as no
perfect system is operating in the country at the
present time, even though attempts to clear up
the matter have been made for many years. Never-
theless, in view of the advantages which the above
system provides to both fraternity men and to
freshmen, and in spite of the disadvantages which
still remain, we believe that this system is the best
under these circumstances.
-The Cornell Daily Sun.
A Rushing Solution
FOR MANY YEARS non-fraternity men and
women on the University campus have re-
mained an inarticulate and unorganized group.
They have had little part in the extra-curricular
activities and affairs of their student organiza-



An engineer at the University of Indiana
vouches for the truth of this story. The stu-
dents in a mechanics class at that university
were watching their professor outline a prob-
lem on the board. He had just headed a col-
umn "Excess stresses on the bridge,"when the
class suddenly came to life. First a snicker,
then a laugh, and soon the whole class was
rocking ecstatically in its seats. The professor,
confused, searched the board for the cause of
this unseemly merriment, and discovered to his
dismay, that he had omitted the "g" in
* * * *
.Here's a story a sophomore majoring in mathe-
matics at the University of Minnesota told his
co-ed friend: "Given the proposition: I love you.
I am to prove you love me. Here's the proof."
1. I love you.
2. I ama lover, therefore.
3. All the world loves a lover.
4. You are all the world to me.
5. Therefore you love me.
* * * *
Here's some advice to seniors given by a Theta
at Ohio State:
1. Use the word "proletariat" in a sentence at
least three times a day.
2. Remain cynically disinterested in the face of
all enthusiasm.
3. When disappointed, merely remark, "Oh,
what the hell!"
4. Call all women of all ages by their first names,
and refer to them with a suggestive smile.
5. Pretend to see an economic or sexual reason
for everything including wars, movies, colleges,
churches and football games.
6. Never cease chiseling and never relax in your
efforts to get as much glory, money, keys, and good
grades as you can without doing any work.
7. Always refer to college as 'super high school'."
* * *
A Chi Phi at the University of Wisconsin
thinks the word "liquidated" means going out
with a girl who drinks a lot.
* * * *
Because a student appeared at the University of
Missouri Scoop Dance dressed as Mahatma Gandhi
all future costume dances will be barred at that
* %: :k *
A co-ed at Mosher Jordan sends me this
If gents 'could read
What co-eds thought
There'd be more dating
Than there ought.
There was an unfounded rumor at the Uni-
versity of Oregon that pictures of a nudist colony
would be shown in assembly and the entire student
body turned out; however, orchestra seats were
filled by the faculty a full half hour before start-
ing time.
* * *
Things are so bad, says a student at the
University of California, that King-Kong is
working for an organ grinder.
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The 1935


THE PATENT OFFICE turned down an em-
phatic pair of thumbs when a manufacturer
planned to name a children's garment, "Sistie
and Buzzie," for the President's grandchildren.
But nothing can be done about the famous pair
of bird dogs in the Virginia horse country nearby.
One has been named "Sistie," the other, "Buzzie."
W HEN ALIDA C. BOWLER left here to become
director of the Carson Indian school and res-
ervation she faced more than the responsibility
of being the first woman to fill such a position.
She was thinking of the severe old Indian she
met in southern California. She had gone to his
reservation to make a survey. She told him she had
come to study.
"Humph! Study again," he said sourly, "when
you do something?"
,d* * *
SOMEHOW this story is very, very "Washing-
The guests at a dinner party were gathered over
cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, waiting the guest of
honor. He seemed very late. Finally a brave heart
bearded the host.
"Well, where is the gentleman of the evening?"
"Oh," explained the host airily, "we had a little
political argument' this' afternoon and called the
whole thing off. Shall we go in to dinner?"
* *
SEVERAL of the knitted dresses worn by Mrs.
Virginia Jenckes; Congresswoman from In-
diana, were made by her daughter, Virginia.
"Miss Virginia" carries her knitting bag every-
where and drops it only to answer phones for
MRS. HOMER S. CUMMINGS is retailing with
her usual wit the events of her trip to Ha-
waii with her husband, the attorney-general.,

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Attempt after attempt has been made by more
ambitious Barbs to rectify this situation by organ-
izing the non-Greeks into a strong and influen-
tial body.
Last year a group of independent women decided
not to hitch their wagon to a star but to try to
collect a small band of their fellows into a club
and let it slowly grow into prominence.
This year a group of independent men has done
the same thing. Present indications are that the
new move will be a success.
Too much praise cannot be given those who are
working enthusiastically to achieve their end.
In the past such organization was hindered be-
cause its leaders wanted to be dictators over the
rm hr ese the nranizatinn had nolitica1

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