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T HE MICHIGAN IAILY FRIDAY, MARc t 2, 1

935

Semesters
A.u Quarters. . .
A TRAVELLER once asked a deck
steward which was the more beau-
tiful harbor - Rio de Janeiro or Sydney? The reply
was "Hobart."
And that, according to a history professor at
the University of Minnesota, is about the best one
van do with anyaargument as to the relative merits
of the quarter and semester systems of dividing
,he college year.
Considering the confusion that would be in-
volved in any change either way, the issue seems
to be pretty definitely of the academic sort. At
Ohio State, Chicago and Minnesota, which are
devoted to the quarter system, however, the ques-
tion must have appeared quite timely during the
past week as students there underwent the extra
period of examination torture that must be faced
as part of their plan.
Minnesota, having had the four-term system
since 1918, had a chance to check up a few weeks
ago as to how well the campus was satisfied with
it. More than one of the faculty men questioned
agreed with the history professor that of the
quarter or semester systems they preferred the
whole year system, or that there is not much to
choose between the schemes, the advantage cited
for either being more theoretical than substantial.
After all this had been said, students and faculty
joined in voting by an overwhelming 5-to-1 margin
for the existing quarter plan.
Boiled down to the essence of the thing, there
are about two arguments of any weight to be ad-
vanced for the adoption of a quarter system. One
is that it affords a more frequent check-up on
students and compels them to keep up in their
work. The other is that it affords a more logical
and regular administrative division of the year.
But in most quarters it seems pretty well settled
that until faculty men need a new excuse for.meet-
ings, speeches, resolutions, conferences and read-
justments, those who have quarters will keep them
and those who have semesters will do without
the change.

COLLEGIATE
OBSERVER
By BUD BERNARD
With the spirit of Spr ng surrounding us, noth-
ing could make as mere cheerful than the fol-
lowing letter:
"Dear Bud:
I have been a faithful reader of your column
for more than two issues and I want to tell you
how much it has helped me in my work. After
sending the COLLEGIATE OBSERVER around to
my customers I had a great increase in business.
Thank you,
B.N.O.
Funeral Parlor."
Here's a way to stay awake in that warm lec-
ture class these Spring days as recommended by
a student at the University of Chicago:
1. Sit by a co-ed who drops books.
2. Hold a pencil tightly in your hand; when
you start to relax, you drop the pencil.
3. Give the co-eds on either side of you a
stick of gum.
4. Sleep nights.
With these spring days affecting the rea-
soning of many co-eds we print this contribu-
tion by "Angleface" as a warning.
FOR WOMEN ONLY
Don't ever trust a blonde man
He'll break your heart in two.
He's fickle and he's careless
He never could be true.
Don't ever trust a redhead
You're not the only one.
He'll go with you just long enough
To have his share of fun.
Don't ever trust a dark man
His passion will not last.
You'll still be loving him
When his love is past.
Don't ever trust a one, my dear,
They're brothers under the skin;
Their love is only deep enough
To talk you into sin.
* : ,
The following is an extract taken from a report
on Hackett's "Henry the Eighth," which was writ-
ten by a student at the University of Illinois:
"Henry the Eighth was a very fascinating man,
being a book which Francis Hackett wrote. He
ended feudalism by killing those of the opposite
feud and thus became a great dictator. Henry mar-
ried eight wives and even though a Spanish prin-
cess told him she had only one neck he sent for her.
Catherine bored Henry and would have me too.
So he married, and disposed of others by losing
his head. Henry's chief advisor was Wolsey, who
was a butcher's son, but who later turned Pope.
Wolsey couldn't speak Spanish though and so his
head was cut off. Without a doubt Henry was the
greatest magnate of all times."

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Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contributions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarde
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked to
be brief. the editor reserving the right to condense
all letters of over 300 words.
Smash The 'Sedition' Bill
To the Editor:
Sponsored by little groups of willful men influ-
enced by Red scare journalism and super-patriotic
pressure groups, a rash of anti-Communist and
anti-liberal bills has broken out in the state legis-
latures.
These bills, ostensibly aimed at "seditious" and
"subversive" propaganda and activity, constitute
a threat to American ideals of democracy and po-
litical and economic freedom since they can be
interpreted by capricious governments in such a
way as to stamp out all forms of disagreement
with the group in power.
Such a bill has at last found its way into the
Michigan State Legislature.
It should be smashed at once, by the united
protestingaction of the liberal element among the
student body - the liberal element which deplores
the subverting of freedom -and by the protests
of liberal-thinkers among the faculty, the towns-
people and labor. The aforementioned liberal
groups, by letting the Hearst-driven legislators
who sponsored the bill know they will not coun-
tenance such repressive legislation, can aid in the
drive for those civil liberties which are being en-
dangered more and more every day.
Voices raised in protest to the "sedition" bills
in other states have been successful in killing them.
The Michigan bill can be killed, too. It must be.
The country is not now at war. Reds are not
scrooging under every bedstead. The be-bearded
"'tiger men" whom the legislators envision as ham-
mering on the door of America and "Americanism"
are pipe dreams. This fake "Americanism" which
demands the suppression of liberal and radical
thought and action is in itself more seditious than
the "sedition" it seeks to attack.
Let Sen. Miller Duckel, author of this tawdry
bill, and his fellow legislators, hear the protest
of thinking citizens!
-Guy M. Whipple.
As Others See It
Undesirable Juveniles
(From The Chicago Daily Tribune)
W HAT IS CALLED higher education in the
United States has the use of a great deal of
money every yea', contributed either by the citizens
in the form of taxes or by the gift of wealthy
persons who think they are doing the public and
themselves some good in supporting education. The
results of these expenditures should be found in
the graduates of the institutions, who, it happens,
are displayed for public view most frequently and
in largest numbers at the college competitive
:ports.
It is true that a minority of these exhibits of
higher education can give a tone to the entire
assemblage and judgment based on the exhibited
phenomenon may be inconsiderate of the less dem-
onstrative residue, but the natural inquiry after
the exhibition would ask why the money is being
spent. Is it to produce overprivileged juveniles of
adult years whose sportsmanship is yellow, whose
loyalties'are childish, whose manners are boorish,
and whose character apparently has been unaf-
fected by any discipline?
The affliction is one which seems to seize the
children of the universities after they have en-
tered the life for which their education was sup-

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By KIRKE SIMPSON
WASHINGTON, March 21.
THERE are symptoms of impatience in some
groups in the country with delays in Amer-
ican legal procedure that make it so long a time
before an act of Congress, duly approved by the
President, can be accepted as final. Just how far
that feeling goes, or whether it will find response
in Congress in proposals to expedite court pro-
cedure, does not appear.
At least one such group, however, already has
bombarded the White House, Congress and the
press with a specific proposal to lift out of court
reach entirely the veto power now exercised over
acts of Congress through findings that they are
unconstitutional.
'HEPROPOSAL comes froni Fenn College in
Cleveland. It is based on an argument that
the Constitution authorizes Congress "to remove
from Federal courts, even the Supreme Court, the
power of judicial review of the acts of Congress."
So far as the Supreme Court goes, that may be a
dubious construction of the constitution. At least it
challenges a famous opinion of Chief Justice John
Marshall and his statue stands in lonely majesty
as the only one yet authorized to be placed on
the west terrace of the Capitol, the real front
of the great building.
Congress long ago was at issue with the court
over the claimed power to upset any of its acts
on constitutional grounds. There was a time when
Congress balked to such an extent as to use its un-
doubted authority to prescribe the terms of the
high court in such wise as to prevent it from
sitting. for a considerable period. Yet, for Con-
gress now to say, as the Fenn College idea pro-
poses by simple statute, that no statute or
treaty duly enacted shall be subject to judicial
review, would seem to upset the whole govern-
mental system.
Even its sponsors recognize that some sort
of compulsion might be required to get such a
move by. They add a clause to permit appointment
of "one to 10 additional associate justices" to the
Supreme Court. That looks like a wholesale court
"packing" threat.
Q UITE likely no one in authority would do more
than laugh at this suggestion. A country that
has endured so long a Senate all but incapable
under its rules of keeping its legislative wheels
turned against a small group of talkative senators
of great physical endurance, would be slow to ap-
prove such a suppression of the judicial branch of
government as is proposed.

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