Penn State collegian. (State College, Pa.) 1911-1940, November 22, 1932, Image 1

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Vol. 29, No. 21
fiurry ’33 Announces Selection
Of Colored Orchestra for
All-College Function
Winter. Contract- in New York
Awaits Band Following
Appearance Here
Baron L-ee's Blue Rhythm orches
tra will furnish the music for Military.
Bali, the first major all-Col!ege so
cial function of the year, on December
•William C. Burry ’33,. committee
•chairman, has announced. The con
tract was signed last week,
..Sub-committees appointed by Burry
are completing plans for the decora
tions/- An admission price of four
dollars plus a federal tax of forty
cents will be charged for the affair.
Alternated With Calloway
. The Baron’s band, which is com
posed of colored musicians, played in
alternate weeks with. Cab Calloway’s
. orchestra at the Cotton Club restaur
ant.'in New York City this summer.
The Blue Rhythm orchestra broadcast
for 1 several months recently over the
nation-wide N. B. C. radio network. .
The Military Ball engagement will
be the band’sfinal appearance before
fulfilling an all-winter contract with
the Paramount Theatre in New York.
Baron Lee offers a wide variety of
music, playing both slow and fast
numbers, according to Joel W. Salter
’33, who had charge of the negotia
tions for an orchestra. •
Contracting Difficult
• : Because of the season, of th‘e year
: ih-which most-.
’ -engaged .under 'long-term contracts
- at metropolitan hotels, the cpmmittee
found it'unusually difficult in* secur
ing a suitable orchestra. .From'a'list
of bands including Ben Bernie/'Wayne
King; ( Duke Ellington, and Rudy VhlJ
lee; the only first-class band available.
’ that met with the r approval of : the
cadet corps was Baron Lee and his
Blue Rhythm, music makers.
Both Salter and Burry spent last
. week in 'Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
to Hear’ several • bands personally and
to make ’ final arrangements with
booking agencies. “Because of popu
larity as a radio band, the committee
. feels that the band selected Will meet
with the approval of the entire stu
dent; body,” Burry said.
' Contrary to the plan used last year,
proceeds of the'Ball will not be turn
ed over to the Student Loan’fund.
Because of a slight deficit incurred
last year, the committee believes that
ahy surplus should be incorporated in
a special fund to insure the perman
enfce of the cadet affair as an all-Col
lege function.
In addition to Burry and Salter, the,
dance committee includes Richard M.
McClain ’33, William P’. Nolan ’33,
Omar K. Hi11,’33,. George H. { Grabe
*33, Shuman H. Moore ’33, Charles E.
Phillips ’33, Roy L. Sordon.’33, and
Joseph H. Hartswlck ’34.
'Eighty students in horticulture
.Have organized a Hort club, with
Marry E. Wilson ’d3 as president and
Elsie Darlington ' ’33 as secretary
tteasurer. / ' . ‘ ' 'i
*College Should Admit All
Worthy Students 9 —Hoffman
• (Penn State, as a State institution,
ought- to be the place where every
worthy . student could get an educa
tion, William S. Hoffman, College
registrar, believes. He deplores the
f#ct that restricted enrollment is
forced by lack ( of facilities.
’ ‘ln my opinion, -it is unfortunate
Jdjat we are compelled for economic
reasons to have selective admissions
.here," Mr. Hoffman-says. “Students
.who want to go to college, but arc
denied entrance at other colleges in
the State, should be allowed to enter
Penn State.” .
Economic expediency forced curtail
ment of Penn-State’s-enrollment as
far back,as' 1908, the registrar points
out, and probably always, will neces
sitate it. Selective admissions, based
on ranking, in high school class
and the - group - rating of the high
school, have been particularly em
phasized in-the last-five.years.
Ho.wcvor, ’ higher scholastic aver
Speaks Next Week
State Executive Will Deliver
Speech on ‘Political*
Feature Writing’ ‘
Speaking on “Political Feature
Writing in Front of and Behind the
Stage,” Richard J. Beamish, secretary
of' the Com,monwealth, will • give an
address in the Little Theatre, in Old
Main at 7:30 o’clock Wednesday night,
November 30.
Mr. Beamish, who has held prom
inent positions with 'many newspapers
ns a feature writer, returns here to
speak for the second time in the last,
two years. He will discuss interviews
with former presidents and high cab
inet officials.' :
Covered Famous Trial.
When President Hoover , made his
pre-inauguration ‘ journey'. through
••South >. Am'eEica'tipur^yearsjiag'o;/Mr*
Beamish’ accompanied ‘him. is corres
pondent forj-thejiPhiladelphia Record.
lecturer also.'covered the-'famous
“monkey/t-riaP’/ih' Tennessee- ip
Tjie secretary of .the’Commoriwealth’
edited an!§0,000-wi>rd yolUipejon-l'The'
Lone Eagle,” <after- Lindbergh made
his transatlantic flight l /---For a‘ time;'
the feature story writer held a posi
tion as Washington correspondent for
tho Philadelphia Inquirer. ''• «’ •
His lecture is the third in a series
being arranged by Sigma Delta-Chi,
professional journalistic fraternity.
Frank L. Perrin, editor of the C/mV
rion Science Monitor, gave the second
talk in this series in the Little The
atre- last nig"ht.
Contractors To - Construct Concrete
Shoulders, Curbs for Street
Opening of the new concrete road
cn Atherton street, which extends
from* College avenue to the borough
limits, will take place in about three
weeks, according to a statement by
tho borough secretary.
The road is now eighteen, feet in:
width, but concrete shoulders and
curbing will be constructed after the
road is opened to traffic.
Tho new macadam road extending
from Pine Grove Mills to McAlevy’s
Fort is nearing completion. The. road
will supply a new direct route to
Washington, D. C., and will also
shorten the distance between State
College and Whipple’s Dam.
ages, a lessening of, student mortal
ity, and an increase in student morale
have resulted from restriction of en
rollment, Mr. Hoffman adds. These
benefits were pointed out by’ Presi
dent Ralph D. Hetzel in a speech be
fore the National Association of State
Universities at Washington, D. C.
“More stringent entrance require
ments have' raised the all-College
scholastic average from year to year,”
the registrar says! Last semester’s
grade was 1.40, the highest it has
ever been and an increase of .08 from
the 1.32 mark of the second semester
two years ago. _
“Student mortality has decreased
because the fact that we have better
prepared students means a smaller
number dropping out. of College for l
poor scholarship,” he adds. “Ahd
there is no doubt that the presence of
better . students . has resulted in a
•higher student morale.” I
Oxford Group Will Engage Penn
State Representatives in
. Split-Team Contest.
Scott Keyes, Ervine Named for
Affirmative Side Against
-Berbalis, \Vilson
Socialism will be, the subject of an
international word-battle when En
glish debaters from Oxford Univer
sity- engage Penn State orators in a
split-team contest in Schwab audi
torium' at 8 o'clock next. Monday
night. .........
A. J. Ervine, of Oriel College, Ox
ford, will prfir’with Scott Keyes, grad
uate student, to. uphold the affirma
tive of-, the' question “Resolved, that
socialism provides no remedy for the
present economic disorder." The neg
ative side will be defended by Geof
frey M. Wilsop, also of Oriel College,
Oxford, and’ Angelo N. Berbatis ’36.
An audience vote will be taken after
the speeches.
Debated Harvard
Ervine is a graduate of Edinburgh
University, and has been president of
.the Oxford Union society and the Oxr
ford Liberal club, and co-founder of
the University Radical association.
Last year he participated in a trans
atlantic- radio debate with Harvard
University. > .
Wilson,, whose father, and grand
father were members of Parliament,
has also been president of the Oxford
Union-society, in being
chairman' of the- Oxford University
Labor/club, in 1930 and secretary of
Great Britain' in, 19321 Both;.of the
EnglishVdebaters are ‘ now* - studying
law. 1 \ j -V i’- : ; • H
\{ 1 Will'.Aprive 1 \
Airriyitig in the<;Uniteb States late
last . month, the already
will have'debated seventeen other col
lege and'university teams; before they
come here, land are scheduled for, six
teen other ■ after'they’.'leave.
;They will debate a Yale University
team at. New Haven, Conn., Friday
night before coming to State College
Monday niorning.
Both Keyes and Berbatis are in
their second year of intercollegiate
debating,.- Keyes having participated
in eight contests'last year and Ber one. Dr. Jose J. Osuna 'l2,
of the University of Puerto Rico,.who
is here this semes
terj will preside at the debate.
Monday night’s debate takes on a
four-sided international aspect, since
Ervine was bora in Scotland, Wilson
in England, Berbatis in Greece, and
Keyes, in America, according to Prof.
John H. Frizzell, director of debating.
In addition, Dr. Osuna, the chairman,
is a native-born Puerto Rican.
The tour of American"’co]leges and
universities’.is sponsored by the Na
tional Student Federation of America.
The two English students were chosen
as representatives of the Oxford;
Union society.
Refrigeration ' Conclave Will Hear,
Papers by Faculty December 7
One complete session of the Amor-,
ican Society of Refrigerating Engin
eers convention in New York City
December 7-'to 10 will. be devoted to
papers describing research projects
conducted at Penn State, according to
Dean Robert L. Sackett> head of the
School of -Engineering. .
Technical papers and discussions
will be presented by Dr. Donald S.
Cryder, associate professor of chem
ical engineering, Prof. Louis J. Brad
ford, professor of machine design,
Prof, Fred G. Hechler and Elmer R.
Queer, of the engineering research
department, and Charles C. Daven
port, graduate research scholar in en
Dean Sackett, who has-been a.mem
ber of the.organization council of the
society for three years, arid ’Prof
Charles L.. Allen, of the mechanical
engineering department, will be dele
gates to the convention. Dean Sackctt
is also chairman, of the committee on
education, and training,, while Pro
fessor Alien is chairman of the’cen
tral Pennsylvania section of the so
ciety. . • * ■ •
Loan Fund Receives
$47.5)0 From Dance
Stud e n t • Loan; fund. received
$47,50 from the checking concession,
at the Student UnioniAaiice in Rec
reation hall 1 - Friday- night, accord
ing to Benjamin L: Wise''-33, chair
man of the Loan fund-.committee.
The first Loan. fund, dance for
this year has been,planned for early
in January, Wise stated;, Novel ar-.
rangements for the affair'will be
announced later.
Carnegie Foundation! Committee
Head Speaks at.'-Meeting
Of Local Chapter
Prof. H. L. Dodgei field director of
the -American - Association of Univer
sity Profgssors and Carnegie Founda
tion committee on studying college
and university teaching; spoke at a
dinner meeting of the local chapter of
the association in-the Ol'd Main Sand
wich Shop last, night.
• Professor Dodge, who is on the
faculty of the University of Okla
homa; has visited about twenty col
leges and universities in,; eastern and
central parts of the United States in
order to study their methods of teach
ing, Prof. Leonard A.-Doggett, presi
dent of the local-, group, - said.
Studies College’Teaching
In' addition to' speaking on “Collage
and University Teaching," Mi’. Dodge
will endeavor to' gather, data on the
teaching situation at. Penn State while
he is here. The Carnegie Foundation
has given $20,000 to the association
for this nation-wide' study, Professor
Doggett said.
A report on the-findings of the
committee will be-made'at a meeting
late in December. -Facts on Penn
State.teaching.will -beimade.known at
• •’Prof. Franklin C. Banner, head of
the -department : of''journalism/ spokfe
at the; first meeting of the local asso
ciation this year;- 'He discussed var
ious', aspects of his trip through-Rus
jtia v durihg,,tha 'past summer. ..
Scholarship _ Chairmen ..May. -Obtain
8-Weeks Period Failures at
Offices of Deans
.Fraternity scholarship chairmen
and representatives of similar organi
zations are authorized to apply at the
offices of the deans of the various
schools this v'cek to receive a list of
below grades for the eight-weeks per
iod, Carl R. Ingling '33, Interfrater
nity scholarship chairman, has an
In accordance with action by the
Council of Administration in abolish
ing the grade card system at the end
of last semester, the deans are to co
operate with the fraternities in giving
their representatives a list of below
grades and also in investigating -spec
ial individual cases.
To secure the grades, the frater
nity representatives must submit at
each school a list of the enrolled mem
bers arranged in alphabetical order.
While only below grades will be dis
tributed for the eight-weeks period,
grades will also be given out
to the fraternities at the end of the
semester. .
Information'will be given only to
the authorized representatives who
call in person at the deans’ offices,
according to.lngling. .The, change
from the old card system was made
.because of the feeling on the part of
the faculty that the fraternity schol
arship men were not functioning.
Who’s Dancing
Hort'club at
Alpha. Gamma Rho
Subscription -
Varsity Ten
‘Collegian ’ Publishes
Next Number Dec. 2
Because of the Thanksgiving re
cess, the next issue of. the Col
legian* will not appear .‘until Fri
day, December 2.
•Beginning' tomorrow .noon, the
annual vacation period will official
ly close next Mondays* at 1:10
o'clock. • ‘ V.
Stoddart Opposes Awarding
Of Credits for Activities
States Present Trend
Would Aggravate
Grading Plan
Despite the growing trend of mod
ern. education to bestow academic
credit on - students for all types of
campus activity, Dean Charles \V.
Stoddart, lof the School of Liberal
Arts, expressed himself as opposed
to any form of College credit for par
ticipation in extra-curricular activi
ties in aii interview Saturday.
• “Grades and credits are too mech
anized now for ideal education,” Dean
Stoddart said. “Giving credit for
student activities on the campus
would only tend to create added prob
lems for the College to solve.”
“Measuring a student's achieve
ment in terms of credits and honor
points has proved unsatisfactory in j
academic work and even inaccurate,”
he said, “so why should activities re
ceive credit when educators who really
think are trying to get away from
the idea altogether.”
Although the Dean considers extra
curricular work an invaluable part of
a College education, he believes it
should be kept apart from the scho
lastic side. College credit for parti
cipation in activities would eliminate
incentive and initiative on the part of
those . students now • receiving the
benefits of participation, he said.
Discussing the ideal amount of reg
ulation that the College should exer
cise over the activities conducted on
the campus, the Liberal Arts head de
clared that students should be given
as much freedom as possible. Exper- .
ience gained by assuming responsibi
lities and by making dacisions while
in College will. prove an invaluable ,
aid to students after they have com- ;
pleted their undergraduate education.
student . control .of: activi- ;
ties,*however;‘would bad as ;
complete College control, the system 1
which would be necessarily enforced
if credits and grades /were given for
them, Dean Stoddai*t said. College
authorities should only step in where
large financial amounts are involved,
he believes.
“With'cooperation between'students
and faculty membars, there is no rea
son'why campus activity work should
not run smoothly," the Dean said.
"Extra-curricular activities seem to
be getting along pretty well as they
‘Religion Impossible to Explain by
Means of Science,* Catholic
Priest Declares
“Don’t try to explain religion in
terms of science, any more than you
would explain English in terms of en
gineering,” admonished Dr. Fulton J.
Sheen, professor of the philosophy of
religion at the Catholic University of
America, Washington, D. C., in speak
ing to a large audience at the regular
chapel services Sunday morning.
• “Next to the first human law, that
of self-preservation, is the yearning
for truth. It is. inherent in us to love
it and we have to seek it,” Father.
Sheen said. “However, the more we
study the less we seem to know, as
we realize that there are hundreds of
avenues of study which we might pur
“It is this eternal search for truth, 1
even if we cannot find all of it, that
animates much of life. After all, lifej
is merely a means to an end, and the |
earth is only a scaffolding on which
men may climb to reach the kingdom
of God,” the chapel speaker said.
Speaking of the achievement of
happiness in life, Dr. Sheen said, “If
men can find so much joy in associa
tions with other human beings, haw
great must be the happiness found by
men in close association with God.”
t To determine whether student labor
tis underpaid, an investigation of the
situation at Penn State will be con
ducted by a Social Problems club com
mittee, according to Lionel Mann ’33,
Facts will be obtained during the
next three weeks from fraternity arid
non-fraternity men, as well us eo-eds
working in restaurants and private
homes. After statistics are gathered,
i the committee will compute the aver
lagc student wage here, M'unn said. ’
Morse Lists Horticulture Week,
December 14, as First of
Scheduled Meetings
With the first meeting scheduled
for December 14, seven conferences
of various groups in the State will be
held here during the College year and
the summer, Adrian 6. Morse, execu
tive secretary to the president, has
The ninth annual Horticulture Week
is the first on the Hr.!;, beginning De
cember 14 and ending December 16.
Pennsylvania fruit producers, vege
table gardeners, and florists will - be
offered,latest informutio.n in their re
spective fields at this conference,'ac
cording to-Dr. Stevenson W. Fletcher,
vice-dean and director of reseai’ch of
the School of Agriculture.
Spring Meetings Scheduled
Although other meetings will pr*ob
ably be arranged during the winter
months, the next on the calendar is
the fourteenth annual Industrial con
ference on May 11 and 12. The
School of Engineering sponsors the
conference cadi year.
Held here for t’je first time,-a Lu
brication conference is scheduled for
May 25 and 2G. Arrangements for
this new meeting are in charge of
Prof. Fred.G. Hechler, assistant di
rector of the engineering experiment
Summer meetings include the Su
perintendent's conference from August
■1 to •:!, the' 4-H Club Week from
August ID to 23, and Future Farm
ers’ Week from August 20 to 28. A
meeting of the Pennsylvania Sewage
Works association and the Pennsyl
vania Water Works Operators asso
ciation will be held in September.
Robert L. Walker '35 has been ap
pointed chairman of the freshman
proclamation committee, according to
Walter G. Benner, president of the
sophomore class.'
Other members of the committee
are E. Walter Helm, Earl G. Kcyser,
Russell R. Howe, John W. Mortimer,
Herman A. Schmidt, Phillip M. Smith,
James B. Watson. Francis R. Weis,
Louis B.^Villiams.
‘Public Will Cooperate With
Roosevelt Policies’—Tanger
Pointing to the large vote accorded
President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt
ir. the recent elections as a -sign that
the public is desirous of giving him a
full and fair trial, Dr. Jacob Tanger,
head of the political science depart
ment, believes that little opposition
should be met by the new administra
tion in the pursuance of its policies
for bringing back prosperity.
“The favorable majority in Con
gress coupled with Roosevelt’s inclin
ation to assume leadership of the gov
ernment as a whole rather than to act
simply as chief executive in a narrow
sense, may be taken as an indication
that tho political, economic, and social
problems will be attacked in a well
organized and serious manner,” Dr.
Tanger says.
Although tho administration may
make definite progress during the first
two years, Dr. Tunger is of the opin
ion that the large Democratic major
ity in Congress will be reduced evu-
Loss of $1,056.(1S Incurred in
' Grid Sport. Association
Statement Shows
Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling,
Track, Boxing Disclose
Lowest Returns
Football, for the first time in many
years, failed to make money for the
Athletic association last season, ac
cording to the association’s annual*
audit report, released for publication
yesterday. A deficit of $1,056.68 was
incurred in the grid sport as compar
ed with the $4,400.12 surplus of the
previous year.
Although a' total Surplus of $7,-
889.60 was netted by the association,
the finance report, which covers the
year ending June 30, 1932, also shows
that deficits were incurred in every
College sport. The football deficit,
however, was not as large as the de
ficits in other major sports.’
Total Surplus Increased
The ‘ total income of the- Athletic
association was $149,606.16 as com
pared with $161,229.79 for 1931, and
the total expenditures were $141,71C.-
56 against $158,016.67 for the previous
year. While both the income and ex
penditures show a decrease from the
1931 figures, the not surplus for the
past year was increased by $4,670.48
because of the stringent economy
measures enforced by the association.
Track and baseball lived up to tra
dition. .by_again incurring, the largest
deficits. Ths 'runners ran up bills
amounting to • $5,290.86 and the dia
mond deficit was $6,661.80. Basket
ball was in the red to the amount of
$4,716.71 while wrestling and boxing
missed balancing the ledger by $3,-
729.85 nnd $3,073.29 respectively. ;
1 Total Sports Deficit Increased
‘ Lacrosse,' soccer, and cross country
were the oply other sports with de
ficits running into four figures, while
golf, tennis, gymnastics, and rifle lost
smaller amounts. The total deficit in
all sports aggregated 538,859.25 as
compared with $33,8015.63 of the pre
vious year.
The major items of income were
from ticket sales and guarantees
amounting to $81,529.25, while stu
dent fees netted $63,006.66, and the
faculty season ticket sale, $3,300. Of
the expenditures, sports accounted for
$120,388.93 .of them, the general as
sociation, $14,843.35 and maintenance
of the athletic fields and stock room,
$5,190.03. The association also con
tributed $5OO to the American Olympic
The actual deficits incurred in the
minor sports were $764.15 for golf,
$786.96 for tennis, $357.54 for gym
nastics, and $347.62 for the rifle
team. The latter has recently been
discontinued as a College sport
In general, these figures are lower
on both sides of the ledger than those
of'previous years. Although the sur
plus revealed in this report was lur
ger than that left over in 1930-31, the
net income over expenditures for the
1929-30 fiscal year was as high as
siderably in 1934. The majority was
attained'for the most part because of
the Roosevelt landslide, he believes.
In commenting on the foreign policy
of the new administration the political
science head predicts closer coopera
tion in international affairs. As to
war debts he “Roosevelt will not
advocate cancellation or a renewed
moratorium of war debts but will hold
those claims against European coun
tries for bargaining purposes, prob
ably. in trade agreements.”
Provisions of the Volstead Act will
be liberalized ns immediate action on
the prohibition question, but repeal of
the eighteenth amendment will come
slowly over a span of years, Dr. Tan
ge r declares. “Since the states are
always demanding of Congress local
control and elimination of federal en
forcement, the proper method for re
peal would be a two-thirds petition
by the states beforo any action is tak
en," he adds.