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Frosh To Hold
Frolic Friday
Freshman women are urged by Es-
telle Klein, '47, chairman of Frosh
Project, to hold 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. this
Friday open for an evening of fun at
Waterman Gymnasium with the coed
members of the freshman class at
Frosh Frolic.
"Cancel those dates, girls, and tell
him you will see him later. Since all
the '47 coeds are headed for Frosh
Frolic, there will'be no time for men,"
said the Frosh Project publicity com-
Slap-Happy Fun
Skits, songs, and slap-happy fun
are in store for the class of '47, ac-
cording to Miss Klein. The skits are
to be given by all freshman women,
who have been divided into zones ac-
cording to the location of their
Prizes for Attendance
The Women's War Council will
award prizes for the best skit and to
zones with perfect attendance at the
Frolic. The Council will act as judges
of the skits. Because Dean Alice C.
Lloyd will present a skit which is ex-
pected to provide serious competi-
tion, Miss Klein urges the freshmen
to sharpen their wits and come up
with some snappy skits.
Costumes, which will be worn by
each frolicker, vxill permit extreme
expression of the wearer's originality,
and may be composed of "anything"
-old, borrowed, or blue-according
to the freshman central committee.
Petitioning To
Begin for JQP
Petitioning for the central com-
mittee of Junior Girls' Project will
be open to all sophomore women
from Monday to Friday, Judiciary
Council announced yesterday.
Petition blanks may be obtained in
the undergraduate offices of the
League and must be filled out in ink
containing complete plans for the
position desired.
There are eleven committee heads
plus the general chairmanship to be
selected for the forthcoming year.

Coeds Urged To
Attend SuTQgical
Dressings Unrit
Each campus coed is asked to work
for at least 1 hour a week at the
League Surgical Dressings Unit,
which is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,
according to Harriet Fishel, '45, head
of the Unit.
The extreme importance of meet-
ing the Unit's quota is stressed by
Miss Fishel, who recently cited the
great necessity for an adequate sup-
ply of surgical dressings on our fight-
ing fronts.
Under a new arrangement, each
sorority house is asked by Pan-Hel-
lenic to promise a certain number of
volunteers on the day assigned by
the Unit to that house.
Hours contributed by each coed are
recorded on her League activities re-
cord, and the hours increase the.
house totals released from time to
time by the Women's War Council.
Workers at the Unit are asked to
wear blouses or smocks rather than
sweaters, as no lint must get into the


Tune Is

Mental Release
It's a pretty sure bet that the next
person you .hear whistling "Mairzy
Doats" has some terrible problems on
his brain-maybe even the Income
Tax, according to the eminent psy-
chiatrist Dr. Abraham Arden Brill.
"The popularity of the craziest
song hit for ten years makes more
sense than its words," Dr. Brill was
quoted as saying, "precisely because
its words are nonsense!"
Contrary to the opinions that the
whole nation is liable to be in a psy-
chopathic ward soon because of its
infantile rhymes, Dr. Brill said that
it is "a release for human rebellion
against this year's income tax forms
and regimentations.
"The human mind resents the de-
mand for accurate speech and re-
volts against civilization. We rarely
build monuments to teachers," he
added. '
Paintings of Salvador Dali or the
"Please Pay a Lion a Pheasant or a
Street" type of Gertrude Stein poems
and prose are in the same category.
Their main difference is that Miss
Stein's poem never sold 80,000 copies
a day, the current sales of "Kiddley
divey too" 's composers.

QUESTION ANSWERED-Comedian-Quizmaster Phil Baker learned
from Lt. Phyllis Straus of the Army Air Corps Aides that her organiza-
tion consists of civilian volunteers who work without remuneration to
aid the Army Air Force.


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What it all boils down to in the end is the fact that we are a collection
of sponges waiting around for something to absorb. Our natural intellectual
laziness has produced the possibility of such a state; the lecture system
of teaching has solidified it.
It works this way-A professor gets up in front of a class-often one
so large that not only is there no thought of discussion, but the people who
sit in the back are tempted to use field glasses-and hammers away for an
hour about something that it's taken him a good ten years to figure out.
Each sponge in the collection which is audience to his exposition is supplied
with proper absorbing equipment, namely notebook and pen. From there
on in it's just a matter of finding out who can take the most complete notes
and memorize them most accurately. The sponge with the greatest power
of absorption wins. Three cheers for the winner!
Squeezing the Sponge
The stimulus to the squeezing out process is easily discovered. Most
frequently it takes the form of exams, so that from time to time during the
school year the sponge is required to come to class fairly well saturated. This
is all very well if exams are given at "proper" intervals, but often this is not
the case and, well-everyone knows what happens to a sponge that's left
lying around too long. In such cases-and this occurs more frequently
than the other; more simple state of affairs-the sponge is forced to sit up
all night before the exam and indulge furiously in what is'known as "cram-
ming'," in reality simply a process of re-absorption.
Lecture Lessons
What we have stated here requires very little in the way of concrete
proof. The very fact that if a student were given one gigantic wish he would
be most likely to ask for a photographic mind, bears witness to the idea. A
professor once said that "a textbook is an intellectual crutch on which
the student hobbles into class." Then the lecture, we submit, is the crutch
on which he hobbles out. What the lecture, the marking system, the use of
a textbook seem to demand is more and better sponges. Speed up your
absorption there, old fellow, you're rating an E.
Recitation Lectures
All of which seems to point out a fundamental weakness in our system
of teaching and learning-a weakness which no one has ever denied.
Modification in the form of recitation section, interruptions in lecture,
conference discussions have done little if anything to destroy the sponge
concept of education. Thus on exam papers, in themes, often even in
conference, the student gives the professor "what he wants." The seminar
stands alpne in its fight against "spongism," and the popular cry becomes
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