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With the Editor —
The Editor Throws k k We! Rag
Instead Oi k Welcome. Sorry.
It is hard to write an editorial for which you
have no heart and, yet, there are times when the
mind and the heart cannot agree.
I have no heart for saying that these are serious
times, more serious even than a year ago when
thousands of American students trouped back to
college just a few days after the Second World
War had broken hell over Poland. But my mind
tells me it is the truth.
If my mind were not saying no, I would write
a long editorial of welcome to the freshman class,
extolling the joys of college, lauding the benefits,
and ending with fatherly advice to work hard and
But these things, I know, will be said in other
places and in other meetings and even though
they are unsaid they will be discovered in due
I must listen to niv mind, then, and write about
something else that should not be and yet will
probably be overlooked in the roisterous first days
The days which are ahead of us are not easy
days, though we would like to think they are.
And, if we make the mistake of passing them as
easy days, we will suddenly come face to face
with a day of reckoning for which we are not
Many of us whose hearts do not want to believe
must believe, nevertheless, that the United States
is no longer splendidly isolated. We must believe
that our future is no longer what we make it but
what Adolph Hitler makes it. He has forced our
hand and, willing or not, we must either play or
As college students we are divided on the draft.
Some of us are for it, some of us are against it.
But, whether we like it or not, we must agree it is
the wisest thing. Against those who object, the
argument was best expressed by Senator Millard
Tydings: “I would rather have it and not need
it, than need it and not have it.”
Apparently only a few per cent of the student
body will be drafted. Those who are called as well
as those who are not called must face a
responsibility. It is to study the news carefully,
to realize the extent of the threat with which we
are faced, and to adjust our minds to act intelli
gently and unitedly on problems of national im
■ Largely because a great proportion of the Am
erican population is not aware of the gravity of
the crisis, efforts to meet it have been stymied or
disastrously delayed. The words of eminently
qualified men like Wendell Willkie have fallen on
unbelieving ears. Men in public office like
Franklin Roosevelt have been hesitant to act be
cause of the public reaction they know will occur.
We must aid these men. by learning enough to at
least understand their positions, whether we agree
We must, as President Roosevelt said, recognize
it as our patriotic duty to continue our educations.
We must be ready to accept the privations which
heavier taxes in future months are going to force
upon us. '
It would have been easier to talk about the fun
we will have in college . But, as I am sure what
I have said will not seriously dampen our spirits,
I am glad I have said it. '
. Hail Freshmen!
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
"For A Bettor Penn State"
Successor to the Penn State Collegian, established 1904, and
the Free Lance*' established 1887
Thursday Morning, September-5, 1940
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It’s an old Collegian custom to devote the first
column of the year to telling incoming frosh what
and what not to do. Perhaps the best way to do
that is to hold up previous neophytes as horrible
examples. Here goes!
One of the prize freshman boners happened
way back in ’3B and concerns- extra-tall Russ
Eck, now graduate counselor of this “new and re
freshingly different publication.” Russ, then a
proud Blue Key member was strutting up campus,
his honorary lid comfortably settled on his head.
A freshman, his curiosity aroused, followed Eck,
halted him, and asked, “Are those the new
dinks?” He got his answer when customs went
And then there was the buxom coed who want
ed to know just how close Student Union brought
Ray Watkins, schedule juggler, tells one about
the bewildered frosh who stammered, ‘Who’s my
parent, my father or my mother?”
Scene—the walk in front of Main Engineering.
Seen—two freshmen scrutinizing the map in a
handbook. Obscene—“l’m wondering,” one re-,
marked, “what the letters ‘PP’ in front of Wom
en’s Building mean?”
In reply to the question on activities at regis
tration, one would-be-bright lass scribbled:
“Dancing. (Also unlimited possibilities along
Finally, we can’t overlook the girl who, when
asked why she came to college, tearfully replied,
“I came to be went with but I ain’t.”
A Well-Deserved Bouquet
Orchids to Ridge Riley of the Public Informa
tion Office for the swell job he and his cohorts did
in turning out the fraternity publicity pamphlet
for freshmen. By presenting. Penn State frater
nities in their true light it helps to offset the
countless harmful fabrications \yhich give the en
tire College a black- eye. Congratulations, Ridge!
You Will Find
THE CORNER ROOM
Penn State's Best Known
An Excellent Place to
Eal When You Visit
The Hotel State College
Offers Yon An. Attractive
.C. Russell Eck
Tail 5 oa.* 1 tii.'oC S mi. io v . j.* l u
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
(Editor’s note: Because Campy, the literary
marvel who regularly conducts ' this column, is
taking .a vacation from his vacation, I have dele
gated a stooge to go to bat. Take it away, Stooge!)
Vice Versa, Too
Just to prove that freshmen aren’t the only ones
who don’t know what it’s all about, well tell one
about some uppity upperclassmen. Several years
ago a certain fraternity was patting itself on the
back for pledging a prize rushee. What a boyl
And what a suntan he had! All went well and
the fraternity men were certain they hadn’t made
a mistake when they put a button on this frosh.
Came Dad’s Day and the freshman’s poppa ac
cepted an invitation to pay him a visit.
Dad was black as coal!
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