THE MICHIGAN .DAILY
ulates a list of "do's" and "don't's" and attempts
to live up to them with ascetic vigor. But while
physical laziness will be one of the first faults
to receive attention, mental sloth is very apt to be
The correction of mental laziness involves three
specific points. One is that we should not seek
out acquaintances who are inferior to ourselves
in mentality, just because being more intelligent
than our friends gives us a feeling of superiority
and consequently of extreme comfort. It is logical
that everyone cannot attempt to seek out indi-
viduals more intelligent than himself, for then no
one would have friends but the most intelligent
and he would refuse to associate with anyone.
This conclusion leads -to the second point. It is
that we as individuals or a group should constantly
strive to speed up our brains and discuss profound
and consequential subjects more often, thus mak-
ing migrations to higher groups.
The last point could be called mental idleness.
Day-dreaming and, even worse, being mentally
asleep while physically awake should be discour-
aged. A full day of activity with a high rate of
brain acceleration enlarges and strengthens the
thinking facilities until idleness no longer tempts.
A college community is the ideal place to per-
fect oneself in this way for no one is so intelligent
that he is unable to gain from the vigorous mental
associations which such an environment offers.
COL LEG IATE
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To the Editor :
Should self-supporting students be considered?
Representing a group of students who are work-
ing their way through school and supporting them-
selves in whole or in part, I write this letter by way
of suggestion to the administrators of the Uni-
versity girls' dormitories.
A recent proposed change in the management of
Helen Newberry Residence is to reduce the num-
ber of student jobs in the kitchen and add to the
janitorial staff a non-student helper who will work
full time and take the place of the students who
have previously been able to earn their board there.
We realize that we, as working students, have no
rights in the matter at all. We realize, also, that
those in charge of the dormitories have the purpose
and duty to make as much profit as possible and
cut down expenses in every possible way. We
feel, however, that it is not out of place for us
to express our hope that capitalistic instincts will
not .entirely control the minds of the "higher-
ups" and that the administration will do all it can
to maintain these student positions.
-Robert A. Choate.
By BUD BERNARD
What can you make of this contribution?
I ne'er before have tried to write a rhyme,
Because I think it is a waste of thyme.
But, Bud, I saw a poem by Ogden Nash
which gave me inspiration;
And now the animal in me is giving way to
To write a poem.
I've always wanted to rhyme
Co-eds at Duke University are now getting more
and more privileges - their life now is one of free-
com -almost. Included now in their all-embrac-
ing liberty is the privilege to smoke - approved
Attention co-eds! Here is some advice coming
from the Oklahoma Daily, the official publication
of the University of Oklahoma:
"Sophistication is when you don't know
something and you pretend you do, so you
never find out.
"For if you found out you'd no longer be
"So be careful. It is dangerously easy to
Seniors, here is some news for you. Dr. Burton
Morley, University of Alabama, voices his opin-
ion on the chances of getting a job after gradua-
tion, "The better half of any graduating class -
those with the better scholastic and extra-curricu-
lar records usually have little trouble, for most of
them within a period of not more than six months
after graduation will be employed. It is those who
graduate in the lower half of the class - the C and
D students who engaged in no campus activities -
who present the problem."
Dad takes the rap. A student at Indiana Uni-
versity had a date for the Spring Prom and needed
money badly. Here's the letter to his Dad:
"Dear Father: Your one and only son
Is down here at college without any mon.
It seems the prom tickets are nearly all sold
You wouldn't want your boy to be left out in
Why, Dad, when you were in school, you didn't
miss the prom.
I bet you were always the biggest duck in the
So father, dear father, let me see you come
Send sonny fifteen berries and save a family
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Morals From England
(From the Minnesota Daily)
MONDAY MARKED the beginning of England's
three-month festival celebrating the 25-year
reign of King George and Queen Mary. For the
past week newspapers and magazines have carried
articles describing the preparations for the event,
and, to kingless United States, the fuss seems a
Weeks have been spent in painting the lamp-
posts of London a bright silver; timber from all
over England has been gathered to form the huge
pyres set off last night in an unbroken chain of
bonfires extending from the northern-most tip
of Scotland to the southern-most tip of England.
"All this in honor of a king who is no more than
a figure-head," scoff some Americans and laugh
up their sleeve at Brittania, who still clings en-
dearingly to her few remaining bits of aristocracy.
It would be wiser to cast off this attitude and,
adopt instead a more understanding one. When
the great majority of the English nation, rich and
poor alike, is in favor of spending the thousands
of dollars which went into the celebration instead
of relief, there must be a definite reason for their
enthusiasm. The king himself desired only a
simple and quiet demonstration. It was the people
alone who were responsible for the pomp and cere-
The king, although possessing only a fraction of
constitutional authority, plays a far greater role
than the average American citizen realizes. His
influence is powerful but subtle. As a focal-point
on which the nation is centered, he is a cohesive
element which binds the empire closer together.
To use a hackneyed, but apt, description, the king
and queen "anchor the ship of state." The stabil-
izing influence influence is peculiarly fitting to
England and performs and important and useful
function. Therefore, as a tribute to the king's 25
years of service, why should we not unite with
England in saying "Long Live the King?"
(From the Ohio State Lantern)
THE KING OF ENGLAND, say the text books,
is merely a figurehead of English solidarity.
Although he has little to do with the operation of
the government, he is a great stabilizing influence
in the British Empire.
Consider King George's 25th anniversary as King
of England when 3,000,000 people turn out to
do him honor. London is transformed into a city
of carnival gaiety. Gilded carriages convey the
members of the royal family through the streets.
England pays for it but England loves it.
Perhaps, besides a good five-cent cigar, what
this country needs is a revival of the few tradi-
tions which do exist. Americans are notoriously
lacking in sentiment. Every man feels it is his
constitutional right to call the President any name
that comes to his mind. How much better the
Bud?" writes M.C.J., "If the
mice, then certainly the plural
You're wrong - it's bigamy."
By KIRKE SIMPSON
WASHINGTON, May 9.
THE DELIGHTFUL part of politics is the im-
possibility of making accurate predictions as to
political trends or happenings. Straw votes on the
eve of elections or Emil Hurja's mysterious opera-
tions with his private political ouija board may be
exceptions; but by and large, long range previews
of what is going to happen, no matter who makes
them, are just guesses.
Looking back to last year when probabilities
of this Congress were being conned on the basis of
the terrific Democratic sweep, who now recalls all
the gloomy forebodings of administration troubles
in the House? It was going to be over-stuffed with
Democrats. A lot of the newcomers were advance-
noticed as "wild," runners after strange economic
The President's chief difficulty, it seemed to po-
litical forecasters, was going to be keeping the
House from barging down every side road of leg-
islation not on the New Deal schedule. Iouse
leadership problems were going to be so difficult
that an effort to induce the President to ditch
certain seniors in favor of others to produce a
"strong" and reliable leadership staff had a lot of
MR. ROOSEVELT would not do it. He let things
take their course in the House, holding that
its organization and leadership was it own affair.
And what are the facts to date about the House?
It is the administration ace of trumps in the fight
for legislative reforms- now in progress. Without
benefit of a "gag" rule, it has sunk for the session
most of the so-called "wild" projects so much
feared. It is sticking aggressively to Roosevelt
As an illustration of how it works, the fate of
NRA would be just about sealed now if it were
not for the House. It would either die automa-
tically on June 16, expiration date of the act, or
go through a lingering death under the Clark 10-
month extension plan in the Senate. Even if it
survived the Supreme Court test of its constitu-
tionality, now also in progress, it would look more
like a dead duck than a blue eagle.
BUT THERE is the House to reckon with. Initia-
tion of recovery act legislation was left to the
Senate originally. But with the Clark slow-death
plan voted out of Senate committee overwhelm-
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