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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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anced. Efficiency, specialization, and humaneness
would give the United States a fighting machine
far more powerful than others its size.
The SOAP BOX
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 regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked
to be brief, the editor reserving the right to condense
all letters of over 300 words.
Literary College Elections
To the Editor:
The unusually low turnout for the recent elec-
tion of a Literary College vice-president of the
Union shows again, as did the sophomore and
freshman elections last fall, that Literary College
students are not inteersted in an election system
that does no more than elect an officer. They want
to have a good time at their elections, with rounds
of caucuses and heavy campaigning preceding the
election, and a little shady work at the polls
themselves.
Unfortunate as such sentiment may appear, the
fact remains that an honest election in the Literary
College is no longer worth the pains involved in
holding it. With nearly 4,000 students in that
division of the University, a ballot of less than
100 cannot be said to be an effective vote. It be-
comes merely a question of which candidate can
get 40 or 50 students to take the time to vote.
Far better then let the Literary College students
have their fun, and let the petty politicians strut
their stuff for campus parties, than hold a mean-
ingless election under the Union's present strict
management. The parties will check each other
from too much dishonesty, and after all, the
results of any election on campus are in no way
vital to the welfare of the student body as a whole.
The elections interest only those who take part
in them, and should be arranged to suit those who
do. -C.S.L.
As Others See It
An Overdue Experiment
(From the Columbia Daily Spectator)
FINAL EXAMINATIONS still reside in the future.
The spectre of those gruelling days and nights
is fairly remote.
But the hour of reckoning, according to the tes-
timony of every student who has attended Colum-
bia College, inevitably arrives.
When it does, there is a traditionally feverish,
desperate entreaty for a one-week respite before
the start of exams. There is a moaning prayer
for an interlude which will provide time for what
is euphemistically termed "review." At that junc-
ture, however, it is too late; the request, if granted,
would wreck the long-planned administrative pro-
gram. It is a futile, hopeless cry.
In anticipation of these unhappy days, therefore,
we believe that an urgent, widespread movement
for the institution of such a study period should
be inaugurated at once. If student sentiment for
this plan is clearly revealed - and we are con-
vinced it will be - the administration could pre-
pare to act immediately to fulfill the plea.
It is fairly well established by now that, whatever
the resolutions of February, a vast number of stu-
dents will be fatally behind when exam week rolls
around. There are sound reasons for this situa-
tion. Many students work their way through col-
lege and simply have not the time to prepare
adequately during a semester. Many students
carry programs so arduous that they must neglect
certain parts of them. Many students are deeply
engaged in extra-curricular activities which every
educator recognizes as a vital phase of undergrad-
uate life.
These are the bases for introducing the plan.
There is no guarantee of success. It may serve the
wrong people - those who have no pressing de-
mands for their time and will take this as an
opportunity to intensify their loafing.
But it is not a fantastic scheme. It is in opera-
tion at numerous universities throughout the coun-
try. It seems long overdue at Columbia.
Student Board should launch the campaign at
its session tonight. Such action will receive the

unqualified endorsement of the student body.
We Have Endured
(From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
WE'RE A HARDY PEOPLE, we Americans. Con-
sider what we have endured. When mah
jong swept the country, the national fiber held
firm, and the Chinese invasion at last was banished
to the ash bin. For awhile, no one could keep
house without a ouija board, but we rallied from
that venture into the psychic. Pee-wee golf be-
came a major madness, but the addicts have re-
covered and the corner lots have gone back to
weeds or sprouted beer taverns.
Pogo sticks hopped in and hopped right out
again; put-and-take and yo-yo twirled themselves,
in oblivion; America marched on. Its stomach
survived the home-brew recipes of the prohibition
era; its endurance met the test of the tree-sitting
and flagpole-sitting epidemic; it wobbled through
the wearying rounds of the late marathon dance.
Cross-word puzzles, once a mass mania, have been
stabilized as a mild and dignified institution. Soft-
ball and pingpong similarly have been modified
into minor sports. The stock market was for a
span the great national craze, and we are now
laboriously- walking back, shaken but not shat-
tered, from that ride.
Again the nation finds itself in the grip of a
Gargantuan popular hysteria, but need we de-
spair? The ubiquitous chain letter is following
the ancient pattern. It is denounced by press,
pulpit and postoffice. It interferes with business

COL LEG IATE
OBSERVER

By BUD BERNARD
"Sorority Girl," '36, sends in this contribu-
tion :
ODE TO THE SENIORS
It happens every year, but you can't get used to it,
You know you should, but you simply can't do it.
They can't just stay on and on, you know.
I know; but it always seems such a blow.
They come, and stay for four long years
They liken unto landmarks the little dears
They get in our hair, they give us a pain
They take our best; we lose, they gain
They wear our clothes; they steal our lines,
We get their lessons and pay their fines,
They cut their classes; we give the answers;
They steal our men cause they're such good
dancers.
They borrow our money and never pay it back
We offer a cigarette; they take the whole pack -
And then they have the nerve to make a dirty crack
We trod down town in a steady downpour
We tiptoe downstairs to let them in at four.
By means of heavy brainwork and concentration
We get them out of a trying situation
And get ourselves a case of nervous prostration.
But on they breeze as if all went well
And though there's an urge to tell them to go-
you know-
Wo feel that way too-
But it won't just do.
They're privileged; they're seniors; they're leaving.
We're not; we're staying; we're grieving,
But not for long, because soon will be our chance;
And will those underclassmen have to do a song
and dance!
Deductions of psychology professors this last
year:
The standard of the passing grade is a fiction.
But grades are a necessary evil - The objective
test is surging to the fore - Judgments made rap-
idly on true-false questions are generally more
accurate than those pondered over, with many
erasures - Cramming is effective for passing an
exam, but not for the retention of knowledge.
A professor at Indiana University had just
returned with a companion from India. He
was relating some of his experiences to his
fellow professors.
"When I was in India," he said, "I saw a
tiger come down to the water where some
women were washing clothes. It was a fierce
tiger but one woman, with great spresence of
mind, splashed some water in its face - and
it slunk away.
The group of professors looked dubious
about the veracity of his story.
"Gentlemen," said his companion, wishing to
clinch the story, "I can vouch for the truth
of the story. Some minutes after the incident
occurred I was coming down to the water.
I met the tiger, and, as is my habit, stroked
its whiskers. Gentlemen, the whiskers were
wet."
A W ashington
BYSTANDER
By KIRKE SIMPSON
WASHINGTON, May 18.
T COULD be just coincidence, yet "Young Re-
publicans" sounding off in the Midwest about
shaving Solid South influence and voting strength
down in the next party national convention syn-
chronized remarkably with first whispers of pros-
pective candidate activities in the Southern states.
Senator Dickinson of Iowa, for instance, recent-
ly went speech-making south of the Mason-Dixon
line. Representative Ham Fish of New York, who
admits willingness to be drafted next year by a
great "patriotic" movement, also recently visited
among the Southern brethren. And the whispers
credit one or another possible G.O.P '36 standard
bearer with even more definite maneuvers to or-
ganize the Southern delegations in their own be-
half.
F THE WESTERNERS do raise the issue of
Southern representation in the next Republican

national gathering, when they get together in
June for their "grass roots" policy talk, they will
be biting off a large chunk. The Solid South,
due to the two-thirds nominating rule of the Dem-
ocrats, has exercised a veto power very often over
selection of the Democratic presidential ticket.
By the same token, the Solid South, largely rep-
resented by Federal office-holders or former office-
holders on state delegations, has had a mighty im-
portant voice in Republican convention affairs.
When a Republican president was in office, which
has been most of the time, it was a positive voice,
even more influential than the negative function-
ing of Southern Democrats..
The G.O.P. executive committeeman from Geor-
gia, Josiah Rose, says he has heard of the mid-
western idea of disfranchising the South to a large
extent in party councils but not from Chairman
Fletcher or the National Republican organization
with which he "is in close touch.". No one will
doubt that. The last place Mr. Rose would hear
of such a thing would be from Republican national
committee headquarters. Mr. Fletcher has plenty
of trouble on his hands without that.
Y ET CHAIRMAN GEORGE OLMSTEAD (lies
Moines) of the national young Republicans
probably is right in saying that the subject "is the

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