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finding a place that counted
per cent of the drafted men.
Chance for Every Man

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ALUMNI

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nust make itself responsible for
ach and every student, his bod-
lition, for example, just as di-
as his mental. It is a signifi-
ct for those of us who are in-
. in the welfare of college boys
1s, that the United States gov-
t deliberately built up what was
tents and purposes an under-
e college life for the young
the army, with athletics,
draamatics, singing and all the
'he hardened old army officers
d this as civilian foolishness,
y came to see that the pro-
as a vital fadtor in building up
body of fighting men as they
rer seen. And this is only an-
ay of saying that if you want
the human machine for any
, you must concern yourself
e whole of it. Human nature
t come in air-tight compart-
e of the lessons which the army
rned are more significant than
vhiah have to do with mobili-
and classification. The record
?rovost Marshal General of the
tee on Classification and Per-
in co-operation with the Come
on Education, furnishes the
cord of large scale human en-
ig in the new science of per-
of which we have any record,
n this country, or, I think, else-
University In Army
aiversity like this is an army.
.ited States found it was ab-
- necessary in view of the time
to find out everything it could
very man in the army. What
led physically to increase his
y; what he needed to keep4him
ed and out of mischief; what
ild have in the way of training
on what he had already had-
e him of the greatest useful-
hether he had the will to win,
ot, whether anything could be
get it into him. In a word,
ited States wanted to know
ch man's possibilities were.
officer material or non-com
1? Should he go into the line
one of the special corps-or to
or battalion? As a result of
>gram, the army succeeded in

"I realize that a university can't do-
all these things with its army in just
the way the government can. It
really can't transfer a man from en-
gineering to scnooi superintendence,
nor a girl from philosophy to cookery,
no matter how desirable such a trans-
.fer might be for the individual and
the community. But it can do a great
deal more than it does do in finding
out about all its members, informing
them of their strength and weakness;
in seeing that every student gets a
chance to enjoy in so far as possible
the high privileges of youth, and to
get a helping hand over the bumps in
the road. Every student ought to leave
with some definite aim in life, and if
possible an aim high enough to be
called an ideal that is worth working
for. The university is 'not doing its
full duty if its athletics and social life
are limited to those who need these
the least; if its alumni are regarded
merely as fillers of the grand stands
or possible sources of pecuniary sup-
port. The alumni are the best possi-
ble sources of keeping the faculty in-
formed as to what the world really
wants in the way of trained men and
women, and for the students, of infor-
mation, suggestions and jobs, both
temporary and permanent.
"Fundamentally the human relation-
ships are what count, and the quali-
ties leading to team. play and co-ope-
ration and away from isolation and
insulation.
Three Functions
"In our educational institutions,
scholarship has three functions; to
broaden the field of existing know-
ledge-and the war has shown us that
every field has its valuable practicable
application; to train the coming gen-
eration of experts; and to inspire a
recognition of what scholarship is and
a respect for it in the minds of the
general students. Our nation needs a
respect for expert knowledge and it
needs a respect for intelligence.
"Any country needs not only a hand-
ful of leaders but a great body of
well trained men and women who,
when the emergency arises, stand
ready to meet it. We Americans are
proud of being called a nation of in-
ventors, and the scientific boards in
Washington during the war received
more than 60,000 suggestions of a me-
chanical nature, but, I am told, by
those who ought to know that of all

coming from untrained minds were of
any practical value.
"The most serious charge against
the American undergraduate in the
past has been a lack of a sense of re-
sponsibility. We now know from
their war records that the sense of
responsibility lay latent in thousands
of these boys and was only waiting'
a sufficient impulse to arouse it.
There is in every normal, wholesome
minded student some motor nerve
that can be touched in such a way as
to release that type of co-ordinated
energy which we call a sense of re-
sponsibility.
Motive Force
"I am confident that the normal
young American either already pos-
sesses as a motive force some worth-
while aim or can be guided toward
such an aim if approached in the right
way. We have underestimated up to
the present, the power of the straight
L tellectual appeal. Any doubts as to
the instinctive reaction of the normal
healthy young American toward edu-
cational opoprtunities were dispelled
by the experiences in France after
the armistice. They let down after
the terrifFic physical and emotional
strain, the impatience regarding any
delay as to return home, combined ti
make a pretty serious situation as to
the morale of our troops. ' Some of the
older officers tried to correct this by
the old fashioned method of heavy
drill for long hours, but this did not
work at all. What did work was a
thorough stimulation of all welfare
activities and a real educational pro-
gram; and it was the straight old
fashioned book-work more than it was
the movies or athletics, which turned
the corner for us. In all, 209,0004men
volunteered for the privilege of study-
ing. There the military order was
often revised and majors sat at the
feet of corporals or privates who
were selected as teachers.
n Discipline, a Means
"Just now we are hearing a great
deal about the benefits of discipline;
what it really is the benefits of a state
of mind, which accepts and welcomes
discipline. We are not, even as a re-
sult of the war, a disciplined people
yin the sense that Germany is or was,
and we can thank God for that. We
shall never want, in this country a
general subordination of the individ-
ual will and initiative to external con-
trol. Discipline is a means and not
an end. In a month you can teach an
enthusiastic man who is fired by a big
idea all the discipline he needs for

the process and incite enthusiasm as
a result of the application of dis-
cipline.
"Finally, let me apply these lessons
to you young men and womeri of the
graduating classes: Keep in good
physical condition. Be honest with
yourself. Do your own thinking and
do it straight. Keep your intellectual
interests and your interests in your
Alma Mater, recruit men and women
whom Michigan should have and who
should have Michigan. Keep your
human contracts. Don't be a glad
hander, but do at leastyour share.
It takes two to make a friendship,
just as it does to make -a quarrel.
There is something worth while in
everyone. Give' yourself a chance to
find what it is. Keep your enthusiasm
and your ideals. Keep your youth. In
choosing your life work get into
something in which the policy and
the practice are such that you can
throw your whole soul into the job.
Don't take yourself seriously but take
your opportunities for usefulness
seriously.
"We no longer have to prove that it
pays to know about anything that is
really worth while. It pays in money,
if that is what one wants; it pays in

the more\' enduring satisfactions of
life, in the pleasures that come from
exact knowledge and intellectual
pioneering, in the most unique joy of
creation without the responsibilities
of possession, and in the feeling of
individual readiness to be of use in
meeting the problems which the years
allotted to your generation will surely
bring forth."
THE "Y" INN
GOOD HOME COOK
ATTRACT

Italian Sculptor Wins $25,000 Prize
Havana, June 25.-Aldo Gamba, the
Italian sculptor, last night was award-
ed the first prize of $25,000 by the
government commission appointed to
select a model for the monument to
be built to the memory of General
Maximo Gomez, generalissimo of the
Cuban war of independence. The mon-
ument will cost $200,000.

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ED FOOD

FIVE DINING ROOM

Lunch and Dinner $5.00 per week, or separate meals
Lunch-11:45 to 1:00-40 cents

Dinner-5:30 to 6:30-50 cents

Service Table d'Hote

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Sport Shirt

In fact everything for Summer Wear

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next to theater

these not more than five of those' carrying it out, but you can't reverse

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On May 11th

THE ANN ARBOR SAVINGS BANK

completed its

Fiftieth

Year

of usefulness

It is the largest bank in the County-evidence
of its satisfactory service.
Two offices-complete banking facilities at
either office.
Main Office, Northwest corner Main and Huron.
Branch Office, 707 North University Avenue.

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