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PAGE FOUR

THE MTCHTAN DATTY

WEDNE~SDAY, OCTOBR 1. 1941

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The Michigan Daily

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By TOM THUMB

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David Lachenbruc
Alvin Dann
Hal Wilson
Arthur Hill
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Grace Miller
Virginia Mitchell

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Business Staff
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NIGHT EDITOR: BILL BAKER,
The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
only.

Conversation
At A Bar" .

A MAN SAT DOWN at the bar in a
cheap beer joint. "One beer," he
said. The bartender slid a beer down the coun-
ter.
The man paid him and contemplated his
beer for a long long time. He wore a pair of
unpressed grey trousers and a blue work shirt.
His face was creased and sweaty and his dark
whiskers showed through his skin. All in all
he looked like the typical Ameyican, or as close
to a "typical American" as anyone can come.
The bartender spoke to him finally. "Them
Rooshians are puttin' up a good fight, but I
don't see how they can last much longer."
"Hmph, I been thinkin' about the Reds, too.
Funny what good friends they are now, when
just a year ago they were supposed to be sabo-
tagin' and doin' everything they could to help
the Nazis."
"Yeah," replied the bartender. "But it's O.K.
when you figger that we ain't got no sympathy
for 'em, but we happen to have the same ene-
mies."
"Sure, that's O.K. I don't like 'em either.
But how come everybody was tellin' us how
bad they were before, an' now they turned so
good all of a sudden? I seen a bunch of pic-
tures in a magazine showing how fine life is
there, when a couple of months before the same
magazine dammed the Godless Russians. Are
they fooling us now? Or were they handing us
a line in the old days about the Russians being
rats?"
"Well, of course we've got to cooperate with
them. After all, they're fighting our battles."
"I don't know whether they're fighting
our battles or not. I don't know enough to know
whether we can keep out or not, but there's one
thing I just can't get out of my head; and that's
that somebody's been tooling us and telling us
things that ain't true, or else they are now."
"Well, it's all for the defense."
"Sure, but what'll they tell us after the war?
Will they tell us they were only kidding and that
the Russians really are rats? If Russia wins
will we fight Russia? Or will they say the
Russians are angels and we ought to invite 'em
over to tea?"4
"I dunno, bud, and I ain't much interested."
"Remember all the fuss about Finland-the
little democracy? I don't get that either. Now
they're saying that Finland never was a democ-
racy, and Finland's on the side of Germany.
Who's giving us this line, anyway? I heard a
guy speak in defense of Russia against Finland
and he was mobbed and put in jail. Now they
don't let us speak in defense of Finland. Who's
putting stuff over on us?"
"Aw, forget it. Have another beer."
"O.K., but do you remember Spain?"
"Well sure. That's the country where they
speak Spanish, ain't it?"
"Well, everybody was for the rebels long ago
in Spain, and the people against 'em they called
reds and fascists and everything. How come
now that the rebels won we find out Hitler's
running the country?"
"Calm down, calm down. Here's your beer."
"This sure is one hell of a mixed up world. I
suppose any day now we'll discover that the
United States is on the side of Germany, or
that Tew Vrk has been given to Australia."

On Monday, September 22, before an audience
of more than 1,700 incoming freshmen, Prof,
Philip Bursley of the romance language depart-
ment, and director of orientation activities,
quoted an ex-Daily staff member as an example
of "sloppy thinking." A man should think like
he lives, he said, otherwise he'll live like he
thinks.
The material under discussion was an article
by Mascott, columnist on last year's Daily, in
which he gave his frank comment upon the ed-
ucational, system. Since Professor Bursley's
quotations from this column were partial, and
since I have had many inquiries regarding Mas-
cott's particular brand of "sloppy thinking," it
is only fair to the author to reprint his column
in full, without editorial comment. (Mascott
did not, as Professor Bursley suggested, write
this column "during a hangover"). If this re-
print stimulates several letters to the editor
regarding the education we're getting here, it will
have accomplished its purpose. It follows, with-
out comment:
* * *
"ON FIRST IMPULSE I would like, on gradua-
tion day, to pick up my textbooks and throw
them as powerfully as I could, right smack at
the center of the center door of Angell Hall. In
that gesture I should finally be able to express
my disgust at the failure of the University to
turn out thinking students. In that futile, foolish
pitch I would articulate my contempt for an
educational system which swallows adolescent
children from the high schools and disgorges
them unspoiled and unchanged after four years
of so-called higher training.
"When I look at the gigantic buildings of
Michigan, when I watch the thousands of stu-
dents filing merrily along, blankly oblivious to
any purpose which could give their day-by-day
existences meaning and direction. I feel a murky,
black despair. Where can one start, what can
one change, how can one overcome the all-
Civil Service Union
Takes A Stand . . .
F high cost of living, increased
staple, prices, and wage lag repre-
sent a menace to industrial labor, then these
earmarks of inflation are the difference between
life and poverty to the average civil service
worker. His much-prized stability of income
has become an anchor, holding him down in a
rising tide.
Therefore it was with these basic factors in
mind that the State, County, and Municipal
Workers of America, a C.I.O. union, summarized
their convention held last week in Lansing.
Their resolutions, while of major importance to
government employes, should be noted by every
laborer in America.
The convention's major debate opened over
the questionoftbarring Communists, Nazis and
Fascists from union office. The ban, recom-
mended by the Pontiac local, was dropped and
the union unanimously adopted a resolution
against "Red-baiting" and discrimination on
the basis of political beliefs.
THE SIGNIFICANCE of this resolution lies in
its adherence to a half-buried cause. Com-
mittee investigations such as those now being
conducted in Washington and New York are pat-
ting a shovel on freedom to teach, freedom to
talk, freedom to write, and freedom to organize.
But the Lansing convention, peculiarly vulner-
able through its attachment to the government,
has refused to back down. Its action will be
called communistic (by those so isolated that
they are ignorant of Russia's entrance into the
war), uncooperative, visionary and, damn it-
un-American. The union has stuck its neck
out, and decapitation is its most probable fate.
Therefore the record of this past Lansing
convention cannot be considered a neon sign
of the times. Such resolutions are not the trend
of organized labor in America. The A.F. of L.
has willingly given up its rights in the interests
of national defense, and seems destined to be-
come a social club entertained by such amusers
as Willie Bioff and George Scalese. However
there are still anachronisms such as this civil

service group which are able to remind us &f
that which was, and may be, but certainly is not.
IF the convention had been willing to close its
minutes with this resolution, then its Lan-
sing meeting would have been of no more than
passing importance. But its treatment of a
much more permanent question, the right of
civil servipe men to collective bargaining, also
deserves notice. President Flaxer, in express-
ing the union's stand, declared that the doc-
trine of "strikes against the government consti-
tute insurrection" had no place under a de-
mocracy.
This is another credo which is an odds-on
favorite to rebound at any given time in the
future. An extension of such a ban to all labor
would be the probable result of its establish-
ment in the government service. Capital's sit-
downs (the Kearny Shipyard, and those 20,000
oil cars) would be ignored in the witch-hunt on
organized labor.
These resolutions will not be the policy of this
country. They stand, as lonely as an Iowa
isolationist, while the rest of the nation re-
minds itself to forget them.
- Dan Behrman
ably got the police out looking for me." The
man turned around and walked out of the bar.

permeating indifference which sabotages Spring
Parleys and Student Senates, peace rallies and
protest meetings, which permits an outmoded
curriculum to persist in its ineffectiveness,
which allows incompetent teachers to prattle
away their ill-digested and disorganized subject
matter, which carries along with the utmost
nonchalance a time-wasting, if harmless, system
of extra-curricular inactivities."
Thus two years ago did a previous Dailyman
write his valedictory, indicate his disgust with
his four years of education. And we, in this,
probably our last column, can only censure his
summation because we feel that it is not bitter,
not savage enough.
* *
E ARE BITTER at the University of Michi-
gan (and at all the whole education system)
because in the hour of democracy's greatest
struggle the University has not taught us democ-
racy. We are bitter at the engineers and law-
yers and we have already expressed that bitter-
ness. We are bitter at the social scientists be-
cause they stick to their false ivory towers, learn-
ing their petty specializations, loving their petty
details, failing to attempt any correlation be-
tween their respective fields, failing to strike out,
to demand action consistent with their research.
Our social scientists have no guts, no imagina-
tion. The history of the U.S. and the world in
the past few decades proves the point. Our apa-
thetic student body, lit students et al., who re-
fuse to participate, who take no action in per-
petuating democracy and seeking its betterment,
are the result. Our chaotic world, fast going
to hell, is par4ly the world our supercilious
social scientists have not really tried to destroy.
* * *
NOR HAVE WE HERE LEARNED HONESTY.
I personally never learned honesty from the
extreme leftist groups who double-crossed me
and many others at any time it was expedient
for them to do so. Their word was just as value-
less as that of some of the goody-goody boys in
the clean white shirts and well-pressed home-
spun-looking suits who proclaimed their faith in
a democratic god and then would blandly violate
their word and solemn promises in the name of
political tactics. But they too got much of their
education from some university officials who
would state that some particular action is not
even contemplated when it has already been
passed and officially decreed.
Possibly this column is not specific enough-
but if anyone cares for specific instances, I can
cite them endlessly. Possibly this column is not
too rational, possibly badly organized, but it is
sincere-and sincerity is a little known trait
when we see hypocrisy practiced by almost ev-
eryone including the President of this country.
We refer you to Walter Lippman's recent column
on that score.
IF, HOWEVER, we are incoherent, blame it on
the sheer. deep, bitter hate we have for the
hypocrisy practiced by many in Ann Arbor and
blame in on the disillusionment created by an
educational system that has so apparently failed
(look at the present state of the world) that
does nothing to improve itself and that main-
tains its smugness, its pettiness behind the very
same walls that hold in and smother ideas and
action rather than create them.
So today we write our last column and thus
bid farewell to The Daily which has been to a
very large extent our college education. The
Dailymen are a swell bunch of boys and girls.
The only trouble with them is that the poor
fools actually believe in democracy and wish to
express that belief with sincerity. And those
who know democracy only as a name, a catch-
all for perpetuating their petty tyranny, try to
suppress active youth in their legitimatedesire
to understand and better the sordid world in
which they unfortunately live.
OMY NAME is Samuel Hall, Samuel Hall,
Samuel Hall.
And I hate you one and all,
You're a bunch of muckers all.
Damn, your hide.
The last little ditty is addressed to the people
who are too stupid to see that the world is falling
apart and that the status quo, both in educa-
tion and economics, cannot be maintained be-
cause it has failed, miserably failed, failed in

a bath of tears and in an era of hate, blood and
iron. It is addressed to those who talk in plati-
tudes of "maintaining free economic enterprise"
and "individual liberty" when free economic en-
terprise and individual liberty died when un-
regulatgd capitalism began creating the world
in its own image. It is addressed to those who
in the name of freedom wish to destroy freedom.
* * *
NOSTALGIA for the University of Michigan,
and Ann Arbor. Some, yes. For the good
times, for the beer; for some swell people whose
friendship we will always cherish, for all the
screwy things we've seen and done. I hope I die
laughing.
3 : CM
But all the pleasant things are drowned under
the welter of dishonesty and disillusionment
that we've seen in Ann Arbor and in Washing-
ton. We probably shall soon enter a war in
which we have no understanding of the peace
we desire, in which we cripple the democracy
we are seeking to save.
We've said before "You can't put democracy
on ice." We say agin that when we enter this
war by signing a blank check, with no aims and
purposes revealed, we will have lost all hope.
Hopes for democracy.

RobeitS. Ale
WASHINGTON-Not many people
noticed it, but a unique thing
happened i n the Capital the other
day-something which in the mem-
ory of veteran newsmen never has
happened before. The Vice Presi-
dent of the United States issued an
extremely important statement on
his own stationery, ousting General
Maxwell as head of the Export Con-
trol Office and replacing him with
Milo Perkins of the Agriculture De-
partment.
This statement marks a very sig-
nificant change, which, without any
hullabaloo, has taken place in the
relations between the President and
Vice President of the United States.
Probably it is the most significant
change since the days of the Found-
ing Fathers when Vice President John
Adams succeeded Washington as
President, and when Vice President
Thomas Jefferson later stepped into
the shoes of Adams.
Since then Vice Presidents have not
usually succeeded Presidents except
in case of death. Nor have the rela-
tions between the President and Vice
President been particularly import-
ant, except, as in recent times, for
a definite lack of cordiality between
them. Vice President Marshall, who
served with Woodrow Wilson, was
famous chiefly for his remark: "What
this country needs is a good five cent
cigar."
Vice President Dawes became fam-
ous for his rows with Coolidge and
for having slept-perhaps purpose-
ly-through an important Senate
vote when Coolidge needed him.
Charlie Curtis, who never got along
any too well with Hoover, became
famous for his social row over whe-
ther his half-sister Dolly Gann
should sit ahead of Alice Longworth
at dinner.
BY AND LARGE, the Vice Presi-
dents of the United States have
been figureheads who presided over
the Senate, were the champion din-
ers-out of the Capital and knew less
about White House policy than the
average news columnist. The Presi-
dent, fearing potential rials, gave
them almost nothing to do.
But since the inauguration of Jan-
uary 20, 1941, this has gradually
changed. Vice President Wallace not
only has been an active and very co-
operative member of the Roosevelt
cabinet,but more and more the Pres-
ident has called upon him to hel
iron out important administrative
snarls, particularly in nationalnde-
fense, until now instead of being a
diner-out, Wallace is definitely the
No. 2 man in the Roosevelt Admin-
istration. Relations between the two
men are close, cordial and confiden-
tial. They operate as a perfect team.
Duchess Of Windsor
THE WASHINGTON VISIT of the
Duke and Duchess of Windsor
smoked out a story that has lain long
untold. Some time ago, rumor had it
that the Duchess was expecting a
child. A newsman who heard the
rumor was asked by his office to
check on it. So iey aouted out the
Duchess's equerry and put the ques-

tion very frankly.
This proper gentleman was shock-
ed at the thought of having to get the
answer to such a question, but he
did his duty. He came back with this
statement:
"Her Grace wishes to reply that
before she is allowed to have a child
she must obtain the consent of the
British Parliament, and-hmm-she
will be damned if she'll ask them."
professors are enabled to leave their
ivory towers while the incompetent
ones rae fired.
WE'LL HAVE TO MAKE DEMO-

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;illey's office, 2211 Angell Hall, at
1:00 p.m. today to decide on hours
for the class to be held.
English 297: Students who have
elected my section of English 297
will meet today, at 4:00 p.m. in Room
3216 Angell Hall, to arrange hours.
E. A. Walter
Students in my section of English
X97 who have not already decided
apon a time for the weekly confer-
mnce should come to my office, Room
3227 Angell Hall, today, Thursday,
.r Friday morning of this week be-
tween 9 and 11.

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By Lichty

VM Iblp IYM rr Ir IIiY

"That's the

beauty of our marriage, Slug! Helen lives her life
and I live mine!"

R. W. Cowden

Mathematics 13, Section 3 and
Mathematics 53, Section 3 (College
Af L.S. and A.) will meet at 10 o'clock,
will exchange classrooms, Mathema-
tics 13 meeting in 403 South Wing,
and Mathematics 53 meeting in 402
South Wing.
Mathematics 120, Life Insurance
Accounting, will meet Thursday, 3:00-
5:00 p.m., in 3201 Angell Hall.
Mathematics 327, Seminar in Sta-
tistics. Meeting to arrange hours to-
day at 12 noon in 3020 Angell Hall.
Concerts
Choral Union Concerts: The fol-
lowing concert attractions will be
heard in the Sixty-Third Annual
Choral Union Concert Series given
arner the auspices of the University
Musical Society in Hill Auditorium.
Grace Moore, Soprano, October ,22.
Emanuel Feuermann, 'Cellist, Oc-
tober 30.
Cleveland Symphony Orchestra,
Artur Rodzinski, Conductor, Novem-
ber 9.
Giovanni Martinelli, Tenor, and
Ezio Pinza, Bass, November 18.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fre-
derick Stock, Conductor, November
30.
Bostona Symphony Orchestra, Ser-
ge Koussevitzky, Conductor, Decem-
ber 10.
Robert Casadesus, Pianist, Janu-
ary 19.
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,
Dimitri Mitropoulos, Conductor, Feb-
ruary 3.
Joseph Szigeti, Violinist, February
19.
Vronsky and Babin, Pianists,
March 3.
All concerts will take place at 8:30
p.m., except those by the Cleveland
and Chicago Symphony Orchestras,
which will begin at 3:00 o'clock in'

mittee meeting tonight at 7:30 in
the Michigan Union. All committee
members are asked to attend.
Scabbard and Blade meeting to-
night at 9:00 p.m. in the Union. Im-
portant that all members attend.
Alpha Phi Omega will meet in the
Union tonight at 8:00 instead of 7:30.
Union Membership cards will be
issued from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. today
and Thursday of this week at the
Student Offices. This is intended
primarily for graduates and others
who cannot come for their cards in
the afternoons.
Freshman Discussion Group: "We
Changed Our Minds as Freshmen,"
a panel discussion by Sophomores,
sponsored by the Student Religious
Association at Lane Hall tonight at
7:30.
All freshman women are required
to attend the Assembly Tea today,
from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Michi-
gan League Ballroom with their ori-
entation advisers. Be sure to come
in plenty of time for the talk by
Dean Lloyd at 5:00 p.m. Transfer
women are urgedI to attend also.
Orientation advisers for freshman
women: Your orientation reports are
due today. Leave them in Miss Mc-
Cormick's office in the League or
turn them in at the ballroom door at
the Assembly Tea this afternoon.
The Lutheran Student Association
will hold its Bible study hour at the
Michigan League tonight at 7 o'clock.
Coming,..Events
The R.O.T.C. Drum and Bugle
Corp will meet Thursday, October 2,
at 7:30 p.m. in the R.O.T.C. Hall,
Headquarters Building. All Basic stu-
dents who are interested in joining
the Drum and Bugle Corp, and who
have knowledge of drumming, bug-
ling, or experience as a drum-major,
please be present. Plans will be made
for the coming season. Attendance
does not obligate ypu to join.
Varsity men's glee club try-outs on
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the glee
club room, third floor of the Michi-
gan Union. All old members of the
Varsity, members of last year's fresh-
man club, and all others interested
in trying out are urged to attend.
The freshman club will meet every
Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Varsity
glee club room.
Transportation Club will meet
Thursday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. in
1213sE. Engineering Building. All
interested persons are invited.
International Center: Special
classes in English for foreign stu-
dents: The special classes in English
for foreign students are to be organ-
ized next week. Foreign students
wishing to improve their English
should enroll in the office of the Cen-
ter before Saturday, October 4. These
courses are not for credit.
The French Round Table of the
International Center will meet Fri-
day evening, October 3, in Room 302,
Michigan Union, at 8 o'clock. Mme.
Vibbert will speak on "Marcel
Proust." This round-table last year
gave a group of French-speaking

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CRACY MEAN SOMETHING. the afternoon.
Freedom of speech and press meant The attention of the public is re-
very little to the, people when they spectfully called to the fact that be-
never had the economic means to ex- ginning today in accordance with
press themselves. We'll have to reg- the provisions of the new Federal Tax
ulate our industries by having our Law, a tax of 10 per cent will be add-
government go into competition with ed to the price of all tickets.
them in an attempt to find a "yard- -Charles A. Sink
stick" and in a test of "survival of the
fittest." We may have to go even Events Toda
further.
International Center: The program
But let's have the courage to experi- of recorded music which is to be
ment and the sensitivity to build in played tonight from 7:30 to 9:00 at
the interests of the people. We may the Center is as follows:
seek Utopia, although, we know we Enesco's Roumanian Rhapsody;
cannot find it as yet. But we can Dvorak's Slavonic Dances; Tschai-
try and in that attempt, we shall un- kovsky's No. 1, B Minor, for piano
doubtedly progress far beyond the,
rotten stage in which we find our- and Orchestra.
selves now. Similar programs will be given
every Wednesday night at the Center
'PHIE FOOL tries to climb the mole- during the semester. The programs

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