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11 l.a i.

Tenth Spring Parley Reflects
Changing Interests Of Students



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Editorial Staff

Ctarl Petersen
Elliott Maraniss
Stan M. Swinton
Morton ,. Linder
Norman A. Schorr
Dennis Flanagan
John N. Canavan
Ann Vicary
Mel FlnebergĀ«



Managing Editor
Editorial Director
. City Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Women's Editor
Sports Editor

BEGINNING at 3:30 today the Spring Parley
will celebrate its tenth year of existence
as a University tradition, having in the past
covered a wide range of subjects including
religion, education, social problems, economic
questions and now looking forward to consider-
ing in some detail the implementations of stu-
dent expression of opinion, on both campus and
outside affairs. '
It is interesting to view the changing trend
of interest shown by Michigan students as repre-
sented by the topics ta'ken up by the Parleys
in the last ten years. The initial Parley, for
example, presided over by Regent Julian Beal,
was essentially aimed at discussion of human
relations, and had its center of debate in local
churches. Questions typical of the Parley were:
"May one be religious without being good?"
The second Parley evidenced little change in
interest, calling itself "Finding a Personal Phi-
losophy of Life." The third Parley, however,
while aimed at practically the same type of
thing-"What Constitutes a Religion," saw a
swinging away from purely intellectual matters,
bringing on the scene questions of more na-
tional and broader character. For example,
debate tended to become social in thought, with
topics like these: "Have You a Philosophy of
Life?" ot "Is Communism, a Way Out of the
Depression," That last shows the awakened in-
terest in the plight this nation was in, and
shows that students were becoming interested
in discussing real and pressing problems as op-
posed to more cultural subjects. A point, estab-
lished at the 1933 Parley, implies that the Par-
leys are perhaps ineffectual. Rabbi Bernard
Reller, at that time with the Hillel Foundation,
and always an ardent supporter of the Parleys,
made the following criticism: "Not 'only is the
Parley incapable of giving to students profound
conviction, but it is deficient even in revealing
to them the inner aptitudes and affirmations
of professors whom they interrogate." As a
partial rejoinder, the late Prof. Max Handman
of the economics department said "Of course we
cannot determine the outlook for the future,
by merely discussing it. That takes study. Our'
future society, maintained to the end that
economic changes nust be made within the
system, must be a slow, tedious and unromantic
Dr.. Edward Blakeman, counsellor in religious
education, and the mainstay of the Parley
throughout its ten years, also made a point
for the Parleys with this statment: "The Par-
ley is not a debate so much as a conference about
ideals, not a series of lectures, but a comparison
of viewpoints, not an effort to issue personal
challenge, but to help each 'think through' for
himself. We recognize that the time of the
Spring Parley is too short for thoroughness,
that it will raise more questions than it can
settle and some may go away confused. However,
we venture that the two days of honest in-
quiry by group thinking about vital issues will
release personal aspirations and suggest ade-
quate behavior, a thing which the classroom
sometimes fails to do."

The present committee which made plans for
this year's Spring Parley had a distinct advan-
tage over the students and facultymen who
worked out the first Parley. They may look
back at the files of the past, they my observe
the trend of student interest, from purely per-
sonal idealistic topics down on through the de-
pression with its economic and social problems
to the recent Parleys with their stress on the
student as a citizen of the United State, plan-
ning for and considering the problems which
will face him in the outside world. Moreover,
they had the opportunity to hear the opinions
of the so-called continuations committee, a
group of faculty and students who have partici-
pated in the past Parleys, who can counsel them
and advise them on the proper course of action.
THOSE who put on the Parley must take two
major things into consideration: what will
interest the student body? and what will draw
them to the panels and discussions? Last year,
the 1939 Spring Parley thought that the Student
Senate, as a representative body of the students,
would be admirably suited to sponsor future
Parleys. Therefore the Senate appointed a
committee which was subsequently merged with
the continuations committee. It is this new
committee which has been working out the
plans for the Parley.
At the first Parley several principles were
adopted which have since formed the basis
for all the subsequent Parleys. The first, "Every
recognized active organization, club, honor so-
ciety or group on campus shall be invited to
seat a representative in the organization of the
Spring Parley once a year." The second, "Stu-
dents shall be in control and a group of faculty
persons selected by a central committee shall
be advisors." Other principles of group proce-
dure made at that time were all aimed at making
the Parley an effort at student-faculty under-
The first Parley did not secure satisfactory
student attendance, and therefore a special con-
tinuations committee was set up. This commit-
tee worked with Dr. Blakeman to shape a cam-
pus-wide annual enterprise which would engage
the leaders of both student body and faculty
in a search for value. Many facultymen con-
tributed to the work of this committee and
President Ruthven made the suggestion that
"student-faculty free association upon intellec-
tual interests beyond the classroom" should
have special attention.
Illustrating the trend away from President
Tuthven's suggestion for intellectual interests,
we have the 1935 Parley, entitled "Values In-
volved in Social Conflicts." The sessions were
tense, due to the issues of the depression, and
Prof. Robert Angell of the sociology department,
wrote to the committee about the Parley as fol-
lows: "The Parley serves as a forum for argu-
mentation rather than a source of enlighten-
ment. It is unfortunate that we cannot interest
the great group of students who are rather
al'athetic. They might be stimulated by such
an event. I believe the committee, in the selec-
tion of its panel, did a good job, however."
(To Be Continued)

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. Jane Mowers
*Harriet S. Levy

The 'editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and repesent the views of te writers
The Yanks Are
9Not Coming!...
IN' FIVE HUNDR ED college cam-
puses throughout the land 1,000,000
students today will voice in burning words their
determinatibn to live in peace. Student America
takes its place today with the millions of citi-
zens in trade union, youth, church and profes-
sional organizations who have already actively
started the organized movement to keep the
country out of war.
For more than seven years now, students have
gathered on the country's campuses to express
and record their feelings and their opinions on
the issues of war and peace. Year after year,
in a staggering succession of blows against the
peace and independence of the peoples of three
continents, the world has moved closer to the
catastrophe that has now engulfed most of
Europe and threatens to involve the rest of the
globe. In those years of imminent disaster, of
crisis upon crisis, the main burden of our fight
for peace was centered quite logically around
the task of combatting those forces in all parts
of the world that were leading the drive to war,
and C supporting those forces that we felt
were working to preserve the peace. It was in
that spirit that we voiced our protest against
the Nazi policy of expansion and against the
Chamberlain-Daladier policy that aided and
financed this aggression. It was in that spirit
that we rallied to the defense of the peoples
of Czechoslovakia, China, Spain and Ethiopia,
the victims of the power and imperial interests
of the German, Italian, Japanese, British and
French Empires.
As thousands of University of Michigan stu-
dents gather this morning in front of Hill
Auditorium to participate in a giant peace
demonstration, two palpable facts are upper-
most in their minds: that this war that is raging
In Europe today is precisely the war that we
have for years been striving to prevent; and
that the United States hourly moves closer to
active participation in that war. And it is these
facts that determine our opposition to the war
and to American statesmen and organizations
that are negotiating, openly or indirectly, for
our involvement. We worked hard for many
years to prevent this war: we felt that the
peoples of the world could suffer only death
and destitution by its outbreak. Now that the
furies. have been loosed, our every effort must
be directed toward stopping the war and toward
preventing American participation while it lasts.
That is the only logical and effective position
that we can adopt and still remain true to the
principles that led us to oppose the whole series
of moves that led to .the hostilities; and it is
the only . way that we can keep the faith with
our brother students abroad for whose benefit
Michigan students have so generously contrib-
uted in the last few days.
ONE OTHER FACT impresses itself upon the
consciousness of today's demonstrators. In
the minds of all of us is the very real fear that
unless we do something in a hurry this year's
peace rally is very likely to be the last one in
which we will ever participate. Next year the
boys on college campuses may be wearing uni-
forms. Already the CCC boys are being urged
to join the army. In Washington the Admin-
istration moves cynically ahead with its un-
neutral words and deeds, and at the same time
cuts down on the urgent needs of the American
people. Big business has tasted some of the war
money (the billion dollar airplane deal was es-
pecially juicy) and it is anticipating more when
"an,,a . i n a lf lcrit ,'Pt a mnrp.c. na+4 n *fr.

ge 3 i0
To the Editor:
HAVE just read the amazing para-
graphs by Mr. Maraniss on the
editorial page of this morning's
Daily (April 17). Mr. Maraniss'
logic is compelling-except that his
central proposition is fantastically
Mr. Maraniss contends that, "the
spread of the war to Scandinavia
,has unmistakably established the
predatory purposes and intentions
of both belligerents"; and that the
present combat is "an imperialist
war, a struggle not in behalf of
small nations or democracy but for
markets and colonies." His argu-
ment is that, as far as England and
Germany are concerned, it is six
of one and half a dozen of the
other, with the small nations in for
a beating whoever wins.
What makes the Maraniss posi-
tion ridiculous is the indisputable
fact that- there is no small nation
in Europe today which would not
rejoice infinitely at an English vic-
tory, and no small nation which
does not hope with all its being that
the spread of German domination
can once and for all be stopped.
An English victory would redound
to England's material advantage,
that is true; and a German-victory
would redound to the material ad-
vantage of Germany. But there is
this enormous difference between
the two nations, that English well-
being has been and would again be
built-not necessarily because the
English are more altruistic but be-
cause the English system just hap-
pens to work that way-upon eco-
nomic commerce benefitting other
nations more or less equally with
herself; whereas Germany under the
Nazis can see her advantage only
in terms of a bludgeoned opposition,
economic and political, at home and
To say that England and Germany
are equal blackguards is just as much
nonsense as to maintain that the
corner grocer and a gangster are
identical social phenomena merely
because each wants to make money.
MY ADVICE to Mr. Maraniss, if
he is really interested, as the
rest of us are, in the security and
peace of this country, is to hope and
pray for an English victory. Or does
he believe that, having won the im-
perialist mastery of Europe, England
would move on to new ruthless con-
quests in South and North America?
Do you doubt, Mr. Maraniss, that
in the event of German victory it
is surely clear that, even though war
with this country might not be in-
evitable ,there would at least be the
certainty of prolonged tension in
the international sphere and in our
own foreign policy, and the definite
prospect of necessitous vast increase
in American defensive armaments?
And of course some day Nazidom
and her Communist spouse in the
present marriage of convenience
might decide to look around in our
part of the world; at any rate both
have shown unmistakable signs that
they would like to.
One wonders, in the event that
they did, just exactly what Mr. Mar-
aniss' position would be.
- Hart Schaaf

The Varsity Glee Club attracted
a large and varied audience to its
annual Home Concert and everybody
had a wonderful time including the
Glee Club. Music lovers revelled in
the sensitive and painstaking per-
formances the club gave to Schu-
mann's Dedication, Kremser's love-
ly Hymn to the Madonna with an ex-
ceptionally fine solo by Erwin
Scherdt, Come and Trip It, by Han-
del, with beautifully clear diction,
Arensky's Waltz, Mozart's Winter
Woodlands complete with Ed Gell
and his sleighbells, and a valiant
arrangement by Abram Chasins of
the Blue Danube. Jack Secrist's lie-
der were also greatly appreciated
and with reason.
A group of American folk songs
and the Michigan songs, sung as
only the Glee Club can sing them,
completed the program. Frankie and
Johnny with Jim George as the bar-
tender and real pistol shots brought
down the house. Jack Ossewarde
accompanied and contributed an ef-
fective improvisation on The Victors.
The highest credit should go, of
course, to Director David Mattern,
who has trained an excellent group
in musicianship and showmanship.
Perhaps the best' proof of this is
found in the reaction of the au-
dience. When even sorority women

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 1940
VOL. L. No. 141

Note to Seniors, June Graduates,
and Graduate Students: Please file
application for degrees or any special
certificates (i.e. Geology Certificate,
Journalism Certificate, etc.) at once
if you expect to receive a degree or
certificate at Commencement in
June. We cannot guarantee that the
University will confer a degree or cer-
tificate at Commencement upon any
student who fails to file such applica-
tion before the close of business on
Wednesday. May 15. If application
is received later than May 15, your
degree or certificate may not be
awarded until next fall.
If you have not already done so,
candidates for degrees or certificates
may fill out cards at once at office
of the secretary or recorder of their
own school or college (students en-
rolled in the College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts, College of
Architecture and Design, School of
Music, School of Education, and
School of Forestry and Conservation,
please note that application blanks
may be obtained and filed in the
Registrar's Office, Room 4, Univer-
sity Hall). All applications for the
Teacher's Certificate should be made
at the office of the School of Educa-
Please do not delay until the last
day, as more than 2,500 diplomas
and certificates must be lettered,
signed, and sealed and we shall be
greatly helped in this work by the
early filing of applications and the
resulting longer period for prepara-
-Shirley W. Smith
To the Members of the University
Council: There will be a special meet-
ing of the University Council on
Monday, April 22, at 4:15 p.m., in
Room 1009 A.H., to consider a recom-
mendation from the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
which had been referred to that com-
mittee by the Council at the last
Louis A. Hopkins, Secretary
Faculty, School of Education: A
special luncheon meeting of the fac-
ulty will be held Monday noon,
April 22, at the Michigan Union.
Health Service: Service is now avail-
able in the new building only. East
of the League. Telephone 2-4531.
Candidates for the Teacher's Cer-
tificate for June 1940, to be recm-
mended by the School of Education,
are requested to call at the office
of the School of Education, 1437
UES, during the week of April 22,
between the hours of 1:30 and 4:30,
to take the Teacher Oath which is
a requirement for the certificate.
Prospective Applicants for the
Combined Curricula: The final date
for filing of applications for admis-
sion to the various combined curricula
for September, 1940, is April 20. Ap-
plication forms may be filled out in
Room 1210 Angell Hall. Medical
students should please note that ap-
plication for admission to the Medi-
cal School is not application for ad-
mission to the Combined Curriculum.
A separate application should be
made out for the consideration of
the Committee on Combined Curric-
James W. Glover Scholarship in
Actuarial Mathematics: Applications
for this scholarship for next year are
now being received. Information
and blanks may be secured m the
Mathematics Department Office. Ap-
plications must be filed in that office
by May 1 in order to be considered.
800 Union Life Memberships Are
Now Ready to Be Given Out: Al men
students who have completed the
equivalent of four years of academic

work at the University of Michigan,
paying full tuition each year, may
now obtain their Life Membership
pins from the Michigan Union by
presenting their tuition receipt for
the current semester at the Union
Business Office.
The Business Office is open Mon-
day through Friday from 8 a.m. un-
til 5 p.m.
Monroe Calculating Machine No.
143,367 is missing from the mathe-
matical statistics laboratory, 3003
Angell Hall. Will the person having
this machine kindly return it at
once to the Mathematics Depart-
ment, as this machine is needed,
Academic .otices
Psychology--English 228: Meetings
of this class will be held hereafter
in Room 2208, Angell Hall.
J. F. Shepard
Sociology 51: Mid-Semester Make-
up Examination Saturday, April 20,
at 2 p.m. Room D, Haven Hall.
There will be an exhibit of the




preview of the exhibits for members
of the Ann Arbor Art Association
will be held in Alumni Memorial
Hall tonight at 8:00.
Exhibition, College of Architectu*-e
and 'Design: Drawings persented in
competition for the Ryerson Schol-
arship offered by the Lake Forest
Foundation for Architecture and
Landscape Architecture. Work of
selected students from Armour Insti-
tute of Techiology, Universities of
Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Mich-
igan, and Iowa State College. Open
daily 9 to 5, except Sunday, third
floor exhibition room, through April
25. The public is invited.
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: The prize drawings of-
fered by students of various colleges
and universities in competition for
the award given by the Alumni of
the AmericanAcademy in Rome.
Third Floor Exhibition Room. Open
daily 9 to 5, except Sunday, through
April 23. The public is invited.
The annual William J. Mayo Lec-
ture will be given by Dr. Winchell
McK. Craig on Monday, April 22, at
1:30 p.m. in the main amphitheatre
of the University Hospital.
Dr. Craig's title will be "Thefain
of Intraspinal Lesions In General
All classes for the Junior and Senior
medical students will be dismissed
in order that these students may at-
tend this lecture.
Today's Events
German Journal Club will meet
today at 4 p.m. in the Crofoot Room,
Michigan Union. Dr. Frank X.
Braun will present a paper on "Gus-
tav Frenssen and the German-Ainer-
U. of M. Glider Club meeting to-
night at 7:30 in Room 311 W. Engr.
Bldg. All members should attend,
Spring Parley: Every member of
the faculty and of the administration
is cordially invited to join with the
student body in a discussion of de-
mocracy at the Tenth Annual Spring
Parley. Opening Session eoday, at
3:30 p.m. Michigan Union Ballroor.
Panel sessions Saturday, Aprl' 20,
at 2:15 and 7:30 p.m. 1. The World
Scene: Chaos or Cosmos? Roomn 319,
Union. 2. American Democracy:
Now or Never. Room 323, Union. 3.
The Campus Community: Amity or
Enmity? Room 302, Union. 4. Unm-
versity Training: Democratic or Auto-
cratic? Room 305, Union.
Closing Session Sunday, April 21,
at 3:00 p.m. Michigan Union Ball-
Members of Athena Speech Society
should meet at 4 o'clock today in the
League Grill to pay dues.
Meetings in the Union today: Room
116, Spring Parley Luncheon, 12:15
Room 101-2-3, Economics Faculty,
12:15 p.m.
Room 222-3, Founders' Day, :Law
School Luncheon, 12:15 pnm.
Room 316, Women's Intramural
Debate, 4:00 p.m.
Room 302, Student Senate, 4:00
Room 304, Women's Intramural
Debate, 4:00 p.m.
Meeting for all public health nurs-
ing students at 4:00 p.m. to-
day, Room 20, Waterman Gym-
nasium. Miss Virginia Jones, Assist-
ant Director of the National Organi-
zation for Public Health Nursing,
will speak.
Classical Record Concert in the

terrace room of the Michigan Union
today, 4:00-5:00 p.m. The public is
Luncheon honoring Dr. Abram Sa-
char will be held at the Union at
12:15 p.m. today. All members of
the old' and new student councils of
the Hillel Foundation are invited.
Conservative services will be held
at the Foundation at 7:30 tonight.
The Fireside Discussion sponsored by
Avukah, will be led by Dr. Abram
Sachar, who will speak on "Suffrance
is the Badge." A social hour will
Presbyterian Student Bible Study
Class led by Dr. Lemon tonight from
7:30-8:30. Open House from 8:30-
12:00. A program of entertainment
and refreshments. All students are
Wesleyan Guild: The annual semi-
formal banquet and party will be held
at 6:45 p.m. today at Charles Mc-
Kenny Hall, Ypsilanti. Make reser-
vations before 11:00 a.m. at Stalker
Hall, phone 6881.
Newcomers' Section of the Faculty
Women's Club: Mrs. John L. Brumm,
1916 Cambridge Road, will be at
home to members of the Newcomers'
.Q nir ne7 QQ~,Q .-

Of ALL Things! ...

IE ISN'T a very big man. In fact, he's quite
small. He has short-cut grayish white hair,
that looks as if it is just about to fall over his
eyes. But it never does. His face is boyish, eager
and alert; his every action is, quick and gusty:
n short, Charles A. Sink is filled with the joy
of- living.
Dr. Sink is: president of the School of Music,
and when one walks into his office, he looks
almost tiny behind his big roll-top desk. Mr. Q.
dropped in to see him yesterday, and, as usual,
walked away thinking: if only more of our older
people had the same outlook; ,if only more of
them were as understanding and as hopeful ...
His office is one of the most unique and in-
teresting in the whole University. There is a
warmth and a friendly feeling, an ideal place
to drop' in for a little chat. But when you get
to know Dr. Sink, you can't picture him having
any different kind of office. As soon as you
cross the thresho4d, his voice booms a welcome,
and you next find your hand being gripped
hard by this small man, whose extra chair is
always drawn up beside his own.
THE FIRST THING talked about, of Bourse,
is The Daily. :r. Q. would like to draw up
a few hundred mimeographed copies of what
Dr. Sink thinks about The Daily and distribute
them to these gentlemen around the University
who spend their nights thinking up smart cracks
to make to their classes about "that den on
Maynard St." He thinks The Daily is one of
the finest organizations of its kind, and this
feeling probably stems from his complete faith
in young people and their activities. Despite
,,the fact that Dr. Sink has always had fine
cooperation from The Daily, Mr. Q. is con-
vinceda that his attitude goes deeper than that.
On the walls of this office, on all of them,
are pictures of celebrities of world-renown. And
most of them carry little notes penned to Dr.
Sink. It's not that he is an autograph hound or
anything like that; these pictures are genuine
tributes to this grand man from people who
regard him as a true friend. Included are names
of great contemporary artists, names such as
Fritz Kreisler, Geraldine Farrar, Mary Garden,
Josef Szigeti, Yehudi Menuhin (boy and- man),
Percy Grainger, Paderewski, Feodor Chaliapin,
Giovanni Martinelli, Rudolf Ganz, Rachmani-
f aen --tnnn- s an 4 m - n-t -il ,rslraira Anvr in

noff, Serge Koussevitsky, Eugene Ormandy, and
countless others.
Talking about The Daily leads Dr. Sink to
the general subject of youth. And yesterday,
he noted that, in comparison to what are
reverently referred to as the "good old days,"
young people nowadays have much more. He
told of how he worked in a general store for
three dollars a week, working from 6 until 9
at night, when there were no radios or autos
or May Festivals, for that matter. To put it
briefly: Dr. Sink believes whole-heartedly that
youth is the life-blood of a society, that they
must have confidence in themselves, and in
their abilities, and that they must not falter
in their drive to build a better society.
One of the pictured walls in this amhazing
office is devoted to political figures, for ,Dr.
Sink has served three terms as a State Senator
and two terms as a State Representative. Here
are the governors for the past 20 years, each
with a little note of affection for Dr. Sink.
BUT, his greatest contribution, of course, is
what he has done for music in Ann Arbor,
and in the country. The tremendous growth of
the Choral Union Series and the May Festival,
which is now regarded as the prime music fes-
tival in the nation, is due largely to the activities
of this man. He has been a driving force in
bringing these great personalities here, and
it has always been his fondest wish that more
students could take part. Mr. Q. thinks that,
if it were financially possible, Dr. Sink would
like to present these great artists to the stu-
dents at little or no cost.
Well, that's about all. In case any of you
were in a hurry and didn't have time to read
down this far, Mr. Q. could have said simply,
about 50 lines ago, that Dr. Sink is a great guy.
Proclamations of Arbor Day in the United
States call to mind the old saying that the best
things in life are free.
Whether one has carefully saved up apple
seeds in a dry place, or is considering setting
out a sapling, it is well to remember what Scott
said about planting a tree:,
"Jock; when ye hae naething else to do, ye
may be aye sticking in a tree; it will be grow-
ing, Jock, when ye're sleeping."
Eight months of war have produced no piece
of hypocrisy more sickening than the trumped-
up indignation of Berlin over the British air
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