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Editorial Staff

THEN I WAS A KID I used to think Alexander
Woollcott was pretty big stuff, and I would-
n't sink so low as to mean his stomach by that.
I read through the collected works, including
While Rome Burns, Verdun Belle, the Readers,
the Life of Irving Berlin, even Mrs. Fiske, Her
Views on the Theatre, and all the stuff he had
ever done in his Shouts and Murmurs column
for the New Yorker. I patterned my style on
him, and man oh man was it a style. I thought
Dorothy Parker was the queen of American let-
ters, and if I had been sure just what direction
it was from Southeastern High School,'Detroit,
I should probably have bowed three times every
morning to the far distant Algonquin hotel.
One of the biggest thrills of my life, and the
first time I wore a tuxedo and my father's derby,
was when Alex came to Orchestra Hall to raise
money for his Seeing Eye fund. Invitation was
limited to the aristocracy of the automobile, for
after all, it was big dough Alex wanted, not hero-
worship, but by conniving on the part of my
dad's boss, I got two of the Four or Five Hun-
dred's seats, and sat in the midst of Detroit's
flowers and prides listening to Woollcott, be-
lieving firmly that I was the only one there
who understood him. _ probably was.

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The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writer
The Little
Red Schoolhouse ....
has once again givn the Michigan
campus a mpoment to pause and think.
In Chicago last week-end Dr. Ruthven made
a new address in which he advanced the some-
what befogged warning that "administrative
officers and professors of colleges and univer-
sities should rid themselves of the notion that
romanticism, sentimentalism and indiscrim-
inate tolerance are essential constituents of
He also said that faculty members who coun-
tenance indiscriminate criticism of the demo-
cratic form of government should quit their
We call this warning befogged because it
failed to define in terms of specific action, what'
constitute "romanticism, sentimentalism, and in-
discriminate tolerance." Thus, except in the
broadest of terms, the warning can mean every-
thing or nothing.
We do not attach any fault to Mr. Ruthven in
his failure to set down an exact yardstick by
which we can measure tolerance, liberalism, or
sentimentalism. It is obviously impossible to
have a formula that will apply in all instances.
We only regret that he found it necessary to
continue a line of public action fraught with
dangerous innuendos, veiled threats, and subtle
inferences. It represents a 1940 turnabout in
University of Michigan public policy which we
deplore because of its possible influence on the
total of American society and American democ-
racy. We are convinced of the power of educa-
tion as an, agent for good in a democratic
THE CAMPUS has not yet forgotten that June
Commencement address, wherein Mr. Ruth-
ven informed the state of Michigan that:
"Michigan welcomes .only students who are
convinced that democracy is the ideal form of
government for a civilized people. She will not
be confused by sophistries built around meaning-
ful but ill-defined phrases, such as 'freedom of
the press' and 'freedom of the speech' but will
deal firmly, without fear or favor, with subver-
sive or so-called 'fifth column' activities."
There's nothing theoretically bad in that
brief statement. The words themselves ring
well enough. Nevertheless the sentence is so
crowded with hidden implications that it has
received a dozen interpretations, according to
the wishes of any certain group that desires to
twist a certain meaning from it.
Then there's the case of the nine students
who were asked not to reenter this fall. It's best
not to play with this little nugget-it's full of
dynamite. It isn't necessary, however, to dis-
cuss the background of the incident. It is suf-
ficient to say that this simple action by the
University has aroused varied reactions. It is
highly possible that the officials never envisioned
that their denial of readmittance would be con-
strued as an encroachment of-academic freedom.
The point is, this action has aroused a storm of
bad feeling.
Now we have this Chicago address. Frankly,
we don't know what Dr. Ruthven actually meant
by his message saying that "freedom of inde-
pendent thinking, expression, and assembly in
our schools is not license for students and fac-
uilt to work arainst the very form of erovern-

ANY WEEKEND is quiet when the lads at
Columbus don't make a public lament about
the raw deal their team received on Saturday.
* * *
Probably never in the history of the campus
has there been 35 more gloomy mugs than those
worn by the Michigan gridders as they disem-
barked Sunday. Old lady luck just refused to
climb in the train for the trip to Minneapolis.
S * *
Who's to be the first to claim divine coun-
sel as the cause of the Rumanian earth-
* * *
THERE'S A FRESHMAN on this campus who
fancies himself a business man. He sells
magazines, at a profit. His latest stunt was to
buy a few dollar-a-thousand tags, stamp them
with the rubber imprint of '43 and '44 and then
sell them at a dime apiece to the Sophs and
Frosh as identification for class games, It runs
into big dough.
Some of the "customers" have the impression
that this super-salesman represents the Union,
Student Senate, or The Daily. It ain't so. The
lad's on his own.
Joe Kennedy says Democracy is dead in Brit-
am. On the Michigan campus there was a
time when that statement would have been
considered treason.
'Joe Kennedy also said our going to war
would leave the U.S. in similar cirum-
created. If he does not realize this, we are satis-
f ied merely by pointing out that the Uni-
vrsity is being widely accused of attempting to
narrow the thinking of its students and faculty
by indoctrinating them with particular theories
in politics, thus making young men and women
mentally old before their time and making our
school an academic monastery rather than an
educational institution.
W E FEEL that the meanings read into his re-
marks by citizens throughout the state and
nation are to be deplored. This policy appeals to
persons who interpret academic freedom in only
its narrowest sense. This has not been Mich-
igan's virtue.
Dr. Ruthven himself, in the spring of 1938,
probably phrased our reactions better than we
ourselves can. Speaking before a group of alum-
ni, in an address entitled "The Red School-
house," the president came out in behalf of "lib-
eral education. We wish Dr. Ruthven had
an opportunity to redeliver it today at a
time when the whole nation knows not where
it is plunging.
In part, Dr. Ruthven said:
"Social progress requires and is developing
unhampered thinking in all fields .....
"When all areas of humian knowledge can be
,.freely explored and discussed both in and out
of school, then we may hope to live intelligently
as social beings.... .
"Far from being 'red,' or even liberal, colleges
are, on the whole, really the strongholds of con-
servatism and important agencies in maintain-
ing the status quo. Even more, these institu-
tions tend with age to become crystallized by
tradition, regulations, and departmentalization
until with them the term "liberal education" is
a travesty . .. .
"Thus any evidence of unorthodox thinking,
the slightest tinge of pink, becomes conspicuous
as a departure from the norm and causes a
spasm of hysteria in timid souls who are fearful
of being disturbed .....
"Instead of ridiculing and criticizing stu-

THAT'S a long way of telling you how I felt
toward the patron saint of Broadway and,
bless me, all the nostalgic things like Hamilton
College, and Noel Coward, and lavender and old
lace. What brings this critical pimple to a head
is the birth of the new Stage Magazine, and the
appearance within its somewhat-damp-behind -
the-ears, but oh-so-very-suave pages of not only
a long and commercially discursive article on
the thayatuh by the great fat father, but the
complete text of The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Which, I take it, means that Alex is broke, and
coming back. I want to serve notice here and
now that if any cereal company or tobacco firm
gets behind that man again this country will
go to the dogs. We'll all be reading Goodbye,
Mr. Chips again, and fifty thousand strong, like
me divers years ago, the class of 1945 will de-
scend on American universities armed with
short papers on the essays of H. L. Mencken,
which will begin "One blustery night in the
year 1843, while thunder growled low on the
horizon and lightning flashed, a single light
burned behind the leaded glass panes of a hum-
ble cottage window." Which will lead about page
four into a few felicitous anecdotes about the
vagaries of dear Henry, and a brief mention of
the fact that he once wrote a book, maybe it
was two books. It won't matter what the kids
write about, be it Mencken, or Nathan or God,
the essays will always begin "One blustery night
in the year 1843." Ladies and gentlemen, I give
you--Mr. Woollcott.
WOOLLCOTT got his style from Max Beer-
bohm, his subject matter from penny hor-
ribles and the lesser works of C. Dickens, his
tuxedo from a second-hand store, and his fame
from the same people he made famous. I won't
say he doesn't know every big name in the civil-
ized or uncivilized world, because he does. So
what? He can make anybody's book a best
seller, and too often he does. He is one of
those rare men who live in a world encompassed
by the pages of Who's Who. There is everything
in the world to pick fault with in Alexander
Woollcott, but I am only kidding, I am very
glad he's back. I have missed you, Alex. Con-
gratulations to Stage if this ever gets that far,
for Mr. W., for Arch Oboler's play, for the article
on Maugham, and for the Saroyan squib auto-
biography. But most of all for Alex. So long
until soon.
Dontlinfie Says
WHAT IS THE MISSION of the Christian
religion in our day? Granted that its mission
in 1700 when the Pilgrims were developing the
earlier Colonies was that of withdrawal from
England to shift the control toward the free
people; granted that Christianity's mission very
soon was with the Baptists who had to move, over
to Rhode Island and be separate in order to shift
the center of social gravity toward the free peo-
ple; granted that Christianity's mission was
voiced by Lovejoy and Lincoln as to the dignity
of the black man so that control could move
toward the nobler freedom of all-what is the
mission of Christianity today?
This issue runs through all religious inquiry
and comes to the Counselor almost daily. One
solution is to withdraw and be holy. Says Emil
Brunner of Princeton, "Only the promise of God
in Christ, only the hope of real redemption, and
the certainty of this hope in redemption can
loosen the convulsive clutch with which we cling
to the valueless present." (The Mediator, p. 535).
The opposite reply is social participation, not
withdrawal. Henry Wieman of the University
of Chicago says, "The great danger in such
times is that men will focus all their passion
and all their loyalty on some definite goal. Such
goals they must have, and they must strive for
them with all their powers. But a noble religion
enables them to pour out their passion and
energy for this specific goal of life, but as a
Symbol and metaphor of that which is infinitely
higher." (A Normative Psychology of Religion,
p. 525).
IN OUR DAY it is the function of our faith in
God and love for man to supply the individual
with perspective while Christ's attitudes sustain
the mind and impower the soul. To pour forth

energy, to attain a driving force and to keep a
poise of personality though Crosses rise on the
hill and friends betray us while we take a part
in the remaking of history either "profane" or
"social", so called; this is to be Christian.
What we want to make clear is that humanity
is moving upwards and that the growing point
of this movement is the present. It is in the
present that endeavor and effort take form; it
is from the present that they move towards
the future. Because of this the present must
supply man with the principles necessary to
the building up of his life. "Whatever principles
the past has bequeathed to man must be reform-
ulated, and, if necessary, re-moulded by the
present. Thus it comes about that the change
characteristic of a growing present shapes even
the holiest and the most abiding of realities."
(E. E. Thomas, The Political Aspect of Religious
Development, pp 134, 135).
-- Edward W. Blakeman,
Counselor in Religious Education
Labor Peace
Defense Commissioner Sidney Hillman soon
will announce two surprise appointments to his
labor advisory board.
They will be John P. Frey. head of the AFL

To the Editor:
It was with eager apprehension
that I opened my Sunday's Michigan
Daily. But when I saw the picture
of Hugo Reichard and Maurice Sugar
on the front page, I knew that you
had met the test of a free democratic,
press. By covering an incident,
which must be distinctly distasteful
to the University administrative of-
ficials, in the unbiased manner that
you did, you must have earned the
esteem of every thinking person on
It is an unfortunate comment on
the "freedom of independent think-
ing, expression, and assembly" when
such determined opposition is evinced
against a group so desperately eager
to express itself as was the group
sponsoring the Open Hearing. We
must not permit ourselves to admit
that efforts at the squelching of free
expression are indicative of present
or future trends in this nation. I
do not think I am being unreason-
able when I say that the very oppo-
sition to the holding of the hearing
is tantamount to admission by the
opposing forces of fear for what
might be said. But this does not
justify the measures taken to pre-
vent or belittle their privilege of be-
ing heard.
Let me make clear that I am not
expressing any opinion on the merits
of these individual students who were
expelled (although Ido have an opin-
ion), nor on the unquestioned power
of the University to expel undesir-
able students, but rather on the pro-
cedure employed in carrying out the
expulsion and the undeniable impli-
cation that academic freedom does
not exist for the student. On the
matter of procedure, it is not too
much for a student to ask, in view
of the gravity of being expelled from
a large university, to be told in
straightforward terms why such a
drastic course must be taken. The
presence of 600 shivering souls on the
baseball diamond Saturday bears out
others' belief in this point. The Uni-
versity seems to remaintsilent, and
since silence gives consent, we are
forced to conclude that the expul-
sion of at least part of these stu-
dents was based one their active par-
ticipation in liberal movements on
campus. If this be outside the in-
nate privileges of a college student.
then search for truth must be car-
ried on outside the educational in-
Permit me to affairm my hope
and confidence that the Michigan
Daily will continue its courageous
policy of covering even the ticklish
news and will remain the expression
of student opinion. The student must
be recognized as being as much a
part of the "university" as the dis-
tinguished scholars or the Board of
-Robert M. Petteys


(Continued from Page 2)
ments and Occupational Information
has received announcements and reg-
istration blanks concerning Five Fa-
shion Fellowships offered by the
Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Car-
eer s. Applicants must register and
complete first test questions before
December 10, 1940. Complete infor-
mation on file at the Bureau of Ap-
pointments and Occupational Infor-
mation, 201 Mason Hall. Office hours:
9-12 and 2-4.
Academic Notices
Seminar in Physical Chemistry will
meet in Room 410 Chemistry Building
at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November
13. Mr. Norman Bauer will speak on
"Light Absorption of Electrolytes in
Biological Chemistry Seminar will
meet in Room 319, West Medical
Building at 7:30 tonight. Subject:
"The Porphyrins." All interested are
Zoology Seminar will meet Thurs-
da. Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Am-
phi; heatre, Rackham Building. Mr.
Claude W. Hibbard will report on "the
Palcoecology of a Kansas Pliocene De-
Zoology Seminar will meet Thurs-
day. Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Amphitheatre, Rackham Building.
Mr. Claude W. Hibbard will report
on "the Paleoecology of a Kansas
Pliocene Deposit."
IMathematics 370, Seminar, will
meet today at 4 o'clock in 3001
Angell Hall. Mr. Bernard Vinograde
will speak on "Analytic Quaternion
Speech 127: Mr. Brandt's section
will meet at 7 o'clock this evening.
Physical Education-Women Stu-
dents: The following classes are open
to upperclass and graduate women
students for the indoor season:
Badminton, Friday 3:00, Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30.
Body Mechanics, Friday 3:00.
Fencing, Friday 3:00.
Ice Skating, Friday 3:00.
Tap Dancing, Tuesday, Thursday,'
Beginning Swimming, Monday,
Thursday, 4:15.
Ballroom Dancing, Monday, Wed-
nesday 4:15.
Anyone interested in joining these
classes may register in Office 15, Bar-
our Gymnasium this week. Classes
will start the week of November 18.
History 49: Midsemester, Thursday,
November 14,.10 a.m. Rooms: Abrams
to Loughborough, B, Haven; Madi-
gan to Zulauf, 231 A.H.

pices of the Department of Fine Arts
at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, November
14, in the Rackham Lecture Hall,
The public is cordially invited.
Marriage Relations Lecture: The
lecture on "Family Finance" by Miss'
Estelle Bauch will be given in Room
1225, Angell Hall, instead of in the
Rackham Building as previously an-
nounced. The lecture is open to the
Food-Handlers' School: The Uni-
versity Health Service is sponsoring
the second in the series of three lec-
tures for food-handling employees of
the dormitories tonight in Natural
Science Auditorium, at 8:00.
"Religious Arts and Crafts," by
Professor Avard Fairbanks of the Fine
Arts Department tonight at 7:30,
Lane Hall. Of special interest to per-
sons interested in the creation of
contemporary religious art. Sponsor-
ed by the Student Religious Associa-
Events Today
Mathematics Club will meet to-
night at 8:00 in the West Conference
Room of the Rackham Building. Pro-
fessor Beckenbach will speak on "In-
tegral Analogs of Differential Equa-
The Graduate History lub will
meet tonight at 7:30 in the Clements
Library. Dr. Adams will speak and
there will be a tour of the Library.
Election of officers. Refreshments.
Polish Engineers Society meeting
onight at 7:30 in the Michigan Un-
ion: Election of officers.
Sigma Rho Tau will hold its first
intercollegiate debate of the year with
Wayne University tonight. The ques-
tion is, "Resolved that a canal should
be built across Nicarauga." The reg-
ular meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.
and the debate will begin at 8:15 p.m.
in the Union.
Theta Sigma Phi meeting today at
4 o'clock in the Editdrial Room.
Internationl -Center: The Ameri-
can Social Customs Class wil meet
at the Center this evening at 7:30
o'clock. Miss Ruth Danielson, the
Social Director of Helen Newberry
Residence, will introduce the series
of discussions. Her theme is "It's
more fun when you know the rules."
Anyone interested is welcome to at-
Pre-Medical Society: Dr. John H.
Seabury of the University Hospital
will be the guest speaker at the Pre-
Medical Society meeting tonight
at 8:00 in the East Amphitheatre
of the West Medical School. He will
talk on Pre-Medical problems related
to medicine
Alpha Nu: Athena debate tonight
at 7:30 in 231 Angell Hall on the sub-
ject, "Resolved, that women should be
accorded"more acts of chivalry than
they now receive.
The Slavic Society will meet in the
Interational Center at 8:00 o'clock
tonight. All members are urged to
Michigan Party will meet tonight
at 8:00 in the Michigan Union. The
room number will be posted on the
bulletin board. Committee chairman
will present reports.
J.G.P. Central Committee will meet
tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Council
Room of the Women's League.
Decorations Committee of Panhel-
lenic Ball will meet today in the
League at 4:15 p.m.
J-Hop Committee will meet in the

Crofoot Room of the Michigan Union
tonight at 9:00 p.m. Appointments
will be made at this time.
Ann Arbor Library Club will meet
tonight at 7:45 in the Amphitheatre
of the Rackham Building. Dr. W.
(Continued on Page 6)

To the Editor: V. W. Crane
Saturday the saddest possible com-
mentary on the character of democ-
racy in Ann Arbor was made. A Concerts
group of individuals wanted a hall Palmer Christian, University Or-
to express their opinions. By what ganist, will present an Organ Recital
was obviously an organized effort at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Hill Audi-
to deny them their constitutional torium. Although these concerts are
rights, they were refused all meeting open to the general public, for obvi-
places suitable for their purposes ous reasons small children cannot be
except the baseball diamond! It admitted.
must have been thought that no _
one would travel so far or suffer the E ii o
weather conditions to hear them Exhibitions
speak and so they felt it safe to give The Annual Exhibit of Photography
it in the park. But they were mis- by the Ann Arbor Camera Club will be
taken! Six hundred citizens gave an held in the Mezzanine Galleries of the
inspiring demonstration of their de- Rackham Building until November
votion to free principles by attend- 18. The Exhibit is open daily from
ing the meeting.1 . unis 0 n0ypom
The evidence presented against the 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
University's action was incriminat-
ing. We do not wish to jump to con- Exhibition: Paintings by Ozenfant
clusions and have reserved an opin- and drawings by William Littlefield
ion on the justice of the expulsions, are now showing in Alumni Memorial

but if what was said Saturday (by
men whose statements are not open
to much doubt) and if the Univer-
ity does not refute the statements,
what conclusion does there remain?
We trust that The Daily will re-
main honest to the principles of free-
-lom by courageously supporting Aca-
demic Freedom (for all, not just the
privileged on top) and by remaining
true to the principles of freedom of
-Ernest London
Tom Lovering
Frank Ordon
Marvin B. Rodney
WTe Like It Our Way
"Mexicans were so interested (in
the United States Presidential race)
they seemed to think it was their
own election," an official of the
Mexican government commented the
morning after election.
Republicans, Willkie-Democrats,
and New Dealers can all be thank-
ful that in this country election re-
turns are not met with the conflict-
ing claims, the plotted and sometimes
actual revolution, and the spilling
of blood that too many times have
characterized electoral decisions in

Hall. afternoons 2:00-5:00 until Nov.
22. This is under the auspices of the
Ann Arbor Art Association. Members
and students are admitted free.
a Lectures
University Lecture: Amedee Ozen-
fant, French Artist and Director of
the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts,
will lecture on the subject "Modern
Art" (illustrated) under the aus-

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