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faculty men of their gratitude for such loyalty.
It is to be hoped that the home town boys did
not go back to their businesses next day and
figure how they could exact another pound of
flesh from a defenseless student body. But they
could not be blamed for feeling a bit elated at the
open-armed reception they had received from the
University president and others. As if the civic
leaders in any town - small or large - could help
waxing eloquent at the mere thought of a yearly
influx of 12,000-odd students with a purchasing
power greater than any other group of comparable
size. And as if Illinois' president, having partaken
of their festive board and being a perfect gentle-
man, could do otherwise than return their compli-
Between banquets the city of Urbana has not
yet had time to do anything about the fact that all
street lights are urned off at 10 p.m. nightly, after
which time students make the best of their way
home by the illumination of the moon.





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Here's a story coming from the University of
Oklahoma. The president of the Chi Psi house
sent a pledge upstairs to break up a poker game.
Two hours later he came down again. When asked
why it took him so long he dutifully replied, I had
only two-bits to start with.
A student at the University of Indiana says
that the man who kisses and tells is a great
help to a co-ed's popularity.
It must have been a gift from heaven, that
gave Professor Sleeter Bull to the animal hus-
bandry department at the University of Illinois.
here's to you
little hands
little feet
little lips to kiss
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In Ann Arbor the townspeople are perfectly
aware that the students are a business proposi-
tion and let it go at that, not being disturbed
by any fears that the University will move away
or go into a decline. The students, in return, know
all to well that they are a business and a better
one than they'd like to be. In moments of reflec-
tion they may resent what they consider to be
downright exploitation, but they manage to sooth
their feelings by considering the natives a class
apart and beneath their dignity.
No speeches are necessary.



Campus Opinion



The Millenium

THOSE WHO LOOK to the Univer-
sity of Chicago for leadership in
educational experiments will be surprised to see
occuring this week what appears at first glance
to be a step backward.
After three years under the new plan, using a
grading system composed only of the letters S
(satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory), and R (insuf-
ficient evidence to justify a grade), the university-
has decided it had better go back to the very
old-fashioned, A, B, C, D, and E method.
This has been done, we are fssured, not because
students or faculty were dissatisfied with S's and
U's. On the contrary, a poll of the campus last year
showed that new plan students were well content
with the new marking system. Since the perform-
ance of a student in any individual course had no
bearing on his degree status, the grades recorded
were only for his own information. Even a S or a U
probably told him too much for his own good.
The trouble was that other colleges and univer-
sities, not yet having seen the educational light,
looked askance at Chicago's meagre ratings, and
students who wanted to transfer from Chicago (if
there could be any such) got into difficulties that
must have been harrowing. So the university
brought back the elsewhere-respected ABC's.
This retrogression in method will, of course,
have no effect on the spirit of the new plan at
Chicago. Eventually, declares the Daily Maroon,
grades will be modified throughout the country,
and the whole new system will be universally
adopted. But the university has found what it
means to play a lone hand; somebody else can do
the pioneering for awhile.

Letters published in this column shou~ld 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.
'No Greater Glory' :
To the Editor:
Both sides of the "No Greater Glory" contro-
versy have been printed in this column; yet neither
of the two came. anywhere near an intelligent
approach to the problem. One side said the film
was pro-war and then proceeded to attack the
Art Cinema League in the rest of the letter. The
other side recountered by attacking the League
Against War and Militarism for attacking the
A.C.L. And as the dust was raised by the two bel-
ligerents the text of the moving picture was quite
forgotten. Neither C.A.C. or the L.A.W. and M.
remember that the best arguments must fail for
the absence of proof presented. If the reader will
go back and reread the two previous letters, he
will see that absolutely no attempt was made to
cite portions of the film to support either of their
evidently emotional reactions.
Now let's quit fooling around and talk facts so
that those who did not see the film can get an
idea of what all the shouting is about. The film
told the story of a conflict between two groups of
boys for the possession of a playground. The set-
ting was in Budapest, Hungary. Each group imi-
tates or satirizes- depending on how you look at
it - the military practices of an army, their chief
distinguishing mark being military caps. The two
carry on a war in the course of which an ex-
tremely frail boy dies of pneumonia. The sandbag
fighting stops instantly as both groups pay tribute
to him and then unite to share the playground.
But before the first day of their union has ended,
steam shovels begin digging ground for the erection
of a house on the sight. Thus the film ends show-
ing the futility of their hostilities.
Now the chief bone of contention is whether the
film was militaristic or pacifistic, taking for grant-
ed that in its technical construction it was well
done, artistically so. The L.A.W. and M. says
it was militaristic. Why? (And here is what the
essential of their argument should have been):
Because the kids in the film wore military caps,
talked the language, and acted the deeds of war.
Granted. Such was the case.
In writing this, my position is not as an officer
of the A.C.L. but rather as a student on equal
terms with the authors of the two letters about
us. Therefore this opinion is not to be interpreted
as that of my organization. It is mine. The film
was pacifistic because it made evident in no un-
certain terms the futility of war. Perhaps the chil..
dren were not aware of the concepts they were en-
acting in imitation of their elders. The audience
was. Thus the artistic purpose of the film was
served in a form which was neither propaganda
nor dogma. The film was dramatic, entertaining,
and managed to convey ideas of a definite con-
structive quality to those witnessing it.
I don't mean to offend C.A.C. I mean only to
show him that his judgment was not supported by
any proofs. And as for the League Against War and
Militarism, I believe they serve a useful need in
attacking any attempt at pro-war propaganda.
Their action in this case was ill-considered and
emotional, not intellectual. Through their errors
they will learn to serve constructively their pur-
pose. I could also resort to a personal attack upon
them for their action last week, but then the argu-
ment would descend to an emotional basis, to which
it must not, if it is to be of any value..
--lack C. Seidel.
As Others See It
Where's Your Spirit?
STUDENT SPIRIT at the football game last Sat-
urday was conspicuously absent. Students were
oblivious to cheerleaders; a few periodic yells by
alumni provided the only signs of enthusiasm in
the west stand. The Marquette delegation of only
a few hundred showed more pep and spirit than the

As if students don't practice enough magic al-
ready, the University of California is considering
establishing a chair in the black art, similar to the
course in the Psychology of Magic offered at the
University of Prague.
* * * *
A letter signed "Curious" came to me today.
He mentions the article in The Daily which
says that a certain professor has been literally
standing his opponents on their heads in
sports. He asks me how the professor treats his
opponents if he is playing mixed doubles?
Answer: Curiously enough he plays a love
* * * *
The freshest sentence has to do with the 11-
brarian who called a member of the waiting list
to tell him that she had "100,000,000 Guinea Pigs"
on reserve for him at the Library. No definite
figures were available at the registrars office, but
probably the time he got there the number had
S* * * *
Students at the University of Paris recently de-
cided that the Professors at that institution should
intersperse among their lectures during a semester
a talk dealing with modern marriage and its con-
*' * * *
In the good old days, says a professor at
Kentucky University, classes would open with
prayers - now the students seem to pray for
them to close.

A Washington

IF NO ONE ELSE will listen to Secretary Dan
Roper's repeated efforts to be the New Deal
"voice of reassurance" to business, President
Roosevelt will. He is a kindly man. He recognizes,
presumably, that being a voice crying in the wild-
erness is a very trying role for the crier.
Yet when "business," as represented by the
many and frequently conflicting tongues that as-
sume to speak for it, was vastly concerned some-
time back about the need for some presidential
reassurance about where the "New Deal" was head-
ing, Secretry Roper leaped into the breacl gal-
lantly. He spoke the word, after due reference
to the White House and with a phraseology clearly
intended to convey the message that what he said
was an authorized pronouncement, and had spe-
cific presidential approval.
What happened? Nothing much. There were
no editorial or other shouts of relief. The demand
for a presidential utterance direct continued. Even
the rather ironic references by President Roosevelt
himself to the subject of his Wisconsin speech did
not check it.
* * * *
States took it up. It got out its famous presi-
dential questionnaire. In so doing, it implied it
would not be satisfied with any Roper-transmitted
answer. It wanted a confidence restorer by the ad-
ministration "speaking through the President," on
the questions asked.
Again Mr. Roper obliged, despite that hint. While
he did not specifically repeat his previous assertion
that the "New Deal" was no foe of the "profit
motive," he did say that there were "no grounds
whatever" for concluding that "all or even a major
part" of the Roosevelt emergency acts "may be-
come permanent." And again business did not seem
to hear the voice of Roper. It still awaited to hear
the voice of Roosevelt.
Just then Mr. Roosevelt announced the personnel
of his long-awaited NRA reorganization, vice Hugh
Johnson resigned. He named first on the new na-
tional industrial recovery board Clay Williams, to-
bacco manufacturer and chairman of Roper's pet
business advisory and planning council, his com-
merce department link with NRA. Obviously the
President had heard and heeded the voice of Roper
crying confidence to business.
of the student body. Some are inclined to pooh-
pooh this contention, but the fact remains that
there is considerable truth in the statement. The

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