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With the Editor —
Brooks Atkinson Is Plagarized To Say
What We Have Been Feeling
As college students and as young men old
enough or nearly old enough to fight war, we are
expected to make up our minds on war.
The nation’s leaders must hope that we will de
cide favorably because any strong, widespread
block of unfavorable opinion will work havoc
with the draft. Probably this havoc will not be
As individuals we are still at loggerheads. When
asked simply whether we want war, whether we
want to kill, and whether we want to be killed,
the answer is as simple: “No."
But, by and large, I think, we are coming to be
lieve something else, something that we did not
realize and would not believe when war first came
into reality a year ago.
What this something is was expressed better
than I have seen it expressed before by Brooks
Atkinson in last Sunday’s New York Times. What
follows is quoted from the review of Robert Sher
wood’s play, “There Shall Be No Night.”
. “Strictly speaking, it has not been, a prophetic
play. There is nothing in it, for example, about
Holland, Belgium and France, and no forewarn
ing of the greatest disaster that has ever fallen
across the path of mankind. Strictly speaking, it
is ah isolated play about Finland, the little coun
try that submitted to the bloody tyrant of Eurasia
last winter after heroic resistance. But ‘There
Shall Be NO Night’.was prophetic in spirit. It
seems now like the chronicle of something that has
happened here. The story it tells seems like a
part of current experience. Although it excited
people last spring, it moves them now by the
largeness of its understanding. For it portrays
the character of a man of culture and enlight
ment who is overwhelmed by the rushing disaster
of force, treachery and malevolence let loose from
a dark comer of a craven world. He does not see
it coming. When it comes it sweeps him down.
“Dr. Kaarlo Valkonen, the eminent scientist in
‘There Shall Be No Night,’ does not believe in war.
War is part of the ancient evil from which men
escape, he- thinks. He is also practical: he sees no
point in Finland’s resisting Russia.' Two -hundred
thousand against ten million are not enough. To
him it seems realistic to save the physical country,
no matter what becomes of the government. But
when the Red armies cross the border and the doc
tor’s young son joins the ski troops in the North,
the doctor cannot disassociate himself from des
truction and carnage. Closing his laboratory, he ■
puts on the uniform.
“For there is no choice when the primordial
beast creeps out of the jungle and starts driving
men back to the darkness of a savage age. Being
an intelligent man, Dr. Valkonen knows what is
at stake —not borders or trade, but minds and
hearts and the whole brave story of man’s long
ascent from the animal kingdom. He does not
talk politics, which is the opium of fools and cow
ards. He walks toward the battlefield with an
ill-assorted group Of men who are united by the
simple fact that they know right from wrong.”
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
"For A Better Penn State"
Successor to the Penn State Collegian, established 1904, and
the Free Lance, established 1887
Thursday Morning September 26, 1940
Published daily except Sunday, and Mbnday during the
regular College year by the 'students of .The Pennsylvania
State College. Entered .as second-class matter July 6. 1934,
at the post-office at State College, Pa., under the act of
March 3. 1879.
Editor Business Manager
Adam A. Smysfcr '4l Lawrence S. Driever '4l
Women's Editor—Vera L. Kemp '4l; Managing Editor
—Robert H. Lane '4l; Sports Editor—Richard C. Peters
*4l; News Editor —William E. Fowler '4l; Feature Editor.
—Edward J. K. McLorie '4l; Assistant Managing Editor l —
Bloom '4l; Women's Managing Editor—Arita Xi.
HefTeran *4l; Women’s Promotion Manager—Edythe B.
Advertising Manager—John H. Thomas '4l; Circulation
Manager—Robert G. Robinson '4l; Senior Secretary—Ruth
Goldstein '4l; Senior Secretary—Leslie H. Lewis '4l.
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Gordon *42, Ross B. Lehman *42, Wm&m J. McKnlght '42,
Alice M. Murray.*42, Pit Nfcrelberg *42, Stanley *J. PoKexnp*
tier r 42. 'Jeanne C. StUes ... '
„ Junior Business Board—Thhmfis W. Allison *42, Paul
JS. Goldberg '42. James E. McC&righey *42, T. Bttir Wallace
**42, Margaret L. Embury *42, Virginia Ogden *42, Fay E.
Rcte>.*4L . . ,
Editorial and Business Office
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Managing Editor This Issue John A. Baer 42
News Editor This Issue Ross B. Lehman *42
Women's Issue Editor —R. Helen Gordon *42
Sophomore Assistants ..Donald W. Davis, David H. Goldsmith
C. Bussell Eck
Downtown Office .
119-121 South Frazier St.
Whew!! I’m all worn out! I had to run all the
v/ay from the cornerroom to get away from that
guy Sturgis. He haunts me! Wants me to put
something about his drive in theatre—“pitching
woo on 322” or some such rot. And he says he’s
going to. start a night club in a barn. Imagine!
That’s the kind of stuff he expects me to put in
the outstanding columnar feature of Penn State’s
outstanding student publication incorporated.
Wrdng Hue? Fool
Fiery wrath swept through the kappa manse
last week when the girls retarded to find their
house color scheme violated. The easy chairs
which were to be refinished in green came back
a rich blue.
Shortly, however, came a discovery which set
the young ladies’ minds at rest. In a flash they
realized that the vast majority of their male vis
itors would never realize the discordant color
Reason: the chairs look green in the dark.
Talus of the Customs Inspectors
Big Bill Bogar, Phikappatau prexy, strode im
portantly up the campus walk.
Three frosh came by and greeted Bill with
warm “hello’s.” Startled, Bill responded, think
ing they must be rushees. Promptly he received
another salvo of greetings from another group of
The keen, alert mind of the fraternity executive
had by this time grasped the situation. “By gum,”
'said Bill, “maybe the frosh have to say hello.”
And happening to have a Freshman Bible on his
person, Mr. Bogar pulled it out and stood in the
middle of the walk leafing through it to see if
such a stipulation was listed in the customs..
A gruff voice interrupted his perusal, and a
rough hand grabbed him by the .shoulder. A stem
pair of eyes looked from beneath a Druid hat,
first at Bill and then at the open freshman bible
in his hand.
“Okay, bud! Where’s your dink? Where’s your
tie? Where’s your customs?”
Among My Souvenirs
Campy extends a congratulatory fist in the di
rection of a certain White Hall frosh who,negoti
ated the most novel swap of the-week last Sunday
night. Details of the transaction, carried out dur
ing the parade on said night, were as follows:
Merchandise delivered —one male pajama top.
Merchandise received—one female pajama top.
An opportunist of the first water appeared on
the State College horizon last week as Milt Schol
ia, sigmachi pledge, made a notable bit of ’44 his
Milt, on his way downtown, was accosted by an
upperclassman and his (the upperclassman’s) date.
After being put through the usual routine, Milt
w'as ordered to propose to said upperclassman’s
date. Obligingly, Milt did as he was told; in fact
he threw himself into the performance so heartily
that he ended up by grabbing the lucky coed and
planting a passionate kiss on her lips.
During the confusion which followed, Milt van
ished rapidly from the scene.
(The following “poem” Was received by Jim.
Lewis from his girl. Campy, for once, has ho
Do you know, I love you
So much I’ll try to tell:
As long as is ‘damn’ Atherton Hall,
Consistent as Old Main’s bell.
As much as beer sold in the bar
At the dear Rathskeller: -
(That’s the place around the Corner,"
Down the street, and in the cellar.)
As broad as is the Campus
Of beautiful old Penn State;
As many- times, a boy must call
To get a decent date. ■ "
As high as is Mt. Nittany,
As beautiful as the leaves in, autumn;
As'many lions is ’spose to be—
Even if they 'ain’t caught ’em
I love you more than all the fun
Good -Pelfs have on a party.
But any way I say it though,
It means, “I love you, Smarty!”
■“lt be dOmes imperative that leaders in educa
tion and teachers in education bp'posD any tend
ency i»r dispdhrtibh to use 'the feducationsd system
for political reasons, and to. insist and- demand
that control. and direction of educational prac
tices be and remain in the hands of those who are
professionally prepared.” Dr. W. W. Trent, West
Virginia state superintendent of schools, cautions
education against sacrificing its voice to politics.
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
Letters to the Editor —
Of Pajama Parades
To the Editor,'
The Daily Collegian
Maybe you get tired of these
gripe letters, but they prove that
people know where to send them
to do the most good.
•Mr. Editor, were you ever arous
ed from a good sound sleep by off
key singing and a few screams?
Well, I was last year when I was
a frosh, too. I didn’t mind them.
It was fun watching some poor
sucker do the tango and sing “The
South American Way.” I spent
hours watching and never, was
bored or shocked. This year’s pa
jama parades would have been a
disgrace to even a grammar school
let alone an institution requesting
the title of University.
You described them in a recent
issue as* “orderly pajama parades.”
Also you said, “several freshmen
had opportunity to show their skill
in oratory.” If being forced .by
ignorant filthy minded-upperclass
men to make nasty requests is ora
tory then Demosthenes,was obvi
ously no orator. I’in hot blaming
the freshmen for this offense be
cause they are prodded by upper
classmen who, reminded of their
high school days in Bronx District
School No. 10, think it’s smart to
embarrass the frosh. If the pic
tures taken of Atherton windows
were in color, they _would, show
Very definitely that coeds still have
some modesty because the pictures
would show a mass of very red
“No damage was reported,” to
college- property, perhaps, but
think of the disillusionment of the
new members of the student body
who-had high ideas of the intellect
Of a college man. And how about
damage to College prestige? Last
year’s tragedy was damaging en
ough • without • giving outsiders
something to base their opinions
on. Property can *be . replaced
quickly with a little money, -but
public opinion- cannot be boifght.
Please, let’s have one nice par
ade and then let us sleep. We need
Penn, Columbia Profs
To Address C.P.A. Clinic
Dr. Robert B. Mitchell, Wharton
School, University of Pennsyl
vania, and Dr. Roy B. Kester, Col
umbia University, will gddress. the
third annual accounting clinic, to
be held here tomorrow and Sat
Charles J. Rowland, in charge of
arrangements, urges advanced ac
counting students together with
others interested to attend the dis
cussions on financial statements
and employee frauds in 121 Liberal
Arts at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Four, senior members of Delta
Sigma Pi, honorary Commerce and
Finance fraternity, will act as ush
ers. They are Joseph A. Dreief,
Paul R. Baird, Walter A. Nichol
son, and Williard M. Arnold.
Makeup section" for freshman li
brary practice, Central Library, 7
Graduate students interested in
taking a course in scientific French
should see Mr. Morris Bench, 302
Sophomore women editorial
candidates," 312 Old Main, 5 p.m;
Candidates for Froth photogra
phy staff report to FrO'th office, 8
Druid meeting, Room 418 Old
Main u 7:30 p.m.
1943 Campus Party, 4i2 Old
Main, 7:30 p.m.
AH members of the Collegian
editorial staff—mfen and twffieh,
tehd a meeting in Room 313, Old
Mam, 8 pan, _ .
Campus Center Club, third an
nual banquet, Old Main Sandwich
Shop, 6:30 p.m.
Sophomore business men-of The
Daily Collegian will meet in Room
312, Old MaiiS 7 p.m. '
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1940
At The News
The sun has crossed the equinox.
Ever since the earth was cre
ated, the. sun has crossed the
equator of the sky twice each
year without causing more than
a number of hastily-written fea
ture stories on the beginning of
spring or autumn. This year it is
a different story, for oh Monday
the sun made its debut as front
page, first column stuff.
With the equinox came storms
and high seas on the English
Channel weather conditions
which, most experts claim, will
make invasion of Britain a phy
sical impossibility for months to
come. Resulting in. this
second world war have not been
long in coming.
The scene of activities seems
to have shifted. immediately to
the East ancj Mediterranean region
with Japan’s attack on French
Indo-China, Italian raids on Med
iterranean ports, and the declara
tio'n of martial law in Egypt. On
the English front, the British re
port considerable success in heat
ing back bombing attacks, a fact
for which strong gales may tike
at least some of the credit.
It is beyond possibility to .pre
dict the ultimate result of these
changes, but they could quite pos
sibly- have far-reaching effects
on the geography and history Of
this old world. The mighty fort
ress- of Gibralter might fall,
Britain might get its second wind
for a smashing invasion of,the
Nazi-held,French coast, and it is
barely possible that American
young men might die for the
maintenance of the “status quo”
Central Penna. Has Its
Ist Grand Opera In Decade
The Metropolitan Opera Co. of
New York City will present Ros
sini’s gay opera "The Barber of
Seville” in Harrisburg, Thursday,
October 17, 1940 at 8:30 p.m." in
“The Forum” of the Education
Building featuring the beautiful*
young star, Hilde Reggiani, in .the
role of “ROsina” and Carlos Ra
mirez as “Figaro.” Both of these
young stars are just 26 years old
and already have made an enviable
place for- themselves, in Grand
Gay stage settings, colorful cos
tumes, beautiful lighting h'ftects
bhid ffro grand ptefibs MSg this
pbrfdfahah'ce one of Genital PetmV
sylvfihia's highlights df the Fail
Tickets "are on ale into. Single
performance—singles—s 3.30 x $2.75.
and $2.20. Season—s7.7o, $6.80 and
$5.50. Special student rates of 82.00*
per aind special student sections,
are available. Write to Minerva.
Stokestine, 8 North Market Square,,
J. GORDON FAY