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PAGE TWO With the Editor— Or. Butler Attacks What Democracy Holds Dear. (an He Be Right ! What Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler propounded to the Columbia University faculty last Thursday is a sign of the times—troubled times. Because he urged members of his academic staff to resign if their convictions brought them into open con flict with the university's pursuit of its ideals in "the war between beasts and human beings," Dr. Butler has been roundly criticized. It is true that what.lie did was to deny freedom of thought and freedom of speech. He clothed this in a different doctrine: that the individual's academic freedom is subordinate to the institution's right to follow its policies. This doctrine smacks plainly of the fascist doctrine that says the individual is subor dinate to the state. The only difference is that fascism is carried out on a larger scale: Yet, undemocratic as his policy is, we are hot sure in our minds that it is all wrong. Fascism has shown us very plainly that it knows how to capitalize on democracy's inherent inability to get immediate unified action. In time of crisis may we find it necessary and even desirable to forego democracy in order to gain that speed? This, ap parently, is what Dr. Butler thinks. He propound ed a similar doctrine in the World War. There are two important differences, however, between 1917 when Dr. Sutler first introduced his theory and 1940 when he re-introduced it. In 1917 the United States was already at war and his demand for unified thought and speech was less irregular, though it did not go unchallenged. The other and more important diffe&nce is in the minds of the American people. Domination of thought by the state is fascist and dictatorial, two things which the United States did not need to fear in 1917. The years since 1929 have made a difference. We have suffered depression and we are no longer sure we want rugged individualism. The New Deal has taught us"to depend on the state and not on ourselves, and now we are so near the brink of socialism and fascism that no one can be sure a temporary suspension of free action will not be come a permanent one. - How we regard Dr. Butler's thesis depends then partly on how we regard ourselves in relation to -the war. If we think we are in it, and all signs say that we are, we had better accept it. We are so far gone that now we must run• the risk of sacri ficing democracy today for more democracy to morrow. Mark Sullivan remarked when he visited State College last spring that if once we get into this war we will be sorry we had not entered it sooner. Mark Sullivan is a thoughtful man. The signs say now that we can't stay out. Perhaps it is time to go whole hog and stand with Dr. Butler. That must be what Dr. Butler is thinking. It is time for us to start fighting now. It is time for us to marshall our every force so that we can put up the strongest possible fight against the agression which faces us. It is time for us to fore „go democracy to save democracy. This point can not be reiterated too often. We may still lose de mocracy.: Our faith in it may be so far gone that we will not have the will to fight to regain it once peace has returned. But we are headed now :straight for war. And we must agree that once we are in, we will wish we had been in sooner. Dr. Butler is right. THE DAILY COLLEGIAN "For A Better Penn State" Successor to the Penn State Collegian, established 1904, and the Free Lance. established 1897 Tuesday Morning, October 8, 1940 Published daily except Sunday arid Monday during the regular College year by the students of The'Pennsylvania State College. Entered as second-class ,matter July 5. 1934, 'at the post-office at State College, Pa.. under the act of ,March 3, 1879. Editor Business Manager Adam A. Smyser '4l Lawrence S. 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Graduate Counselor __ Editorial and Busineas Office 313 Old Main Bldg. • Dial 711 Managing Editor This Issue Pews Editor This Issue __ Women's Issue Editor Sophomore A.ssstsmta __C. •Russell Eac Downtown , Office 11944 south .Frailer ,1)ial 4372 Schenkein• - - _ ROss 13. Lebnian '42 R. Helen Gordon __Harry Cohn, Dominick Goiab 1111W111W1111111111111111M111111111111111111111111WIM 11 IIWWW 11111111111111111 W 11111111 LION TALES UlMllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll l l llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll th Dear Dads Sorry you couldn't make the trip to State this week-end but business is business and we would be the first to complain if the checks were to stop coming regularly. You didn't miss much in not seeing the Buck nell game. It was uninteresting as the devil. Bucknell put up the great fight they always_do and the best play of the game was a fake Buck nell kick. But you read that in the paper. When the Blue Band came out on the field be tween halves, it had two drum majors. Jimmy Leydon, the regular, led the band and a freshman from Warren, who is a past master at that art gave a beautiful performance. Perhaps you'll get a chance to see him when we play Temple. The freshmen this year are a cocky bunch and they certainly don't seem to realize that freshman is synonimous with lowly. We used to yell at the hat men but this year's crew barraged the shots with rotten tomatoes and apples. Then, some fool who was feeling high and happy walked right ..cross the field and sat down on our players' bench. A flock of firsts and seconds flew over to oust him and he spied an officer of the campus pa trol. He threw his arms around him, talking and gesticulating at a mile a minute. The house was packed at dinner but we had . several sittings and everyone was taken care of. Ail the brothers from Bucknell were there with dates and I was thinking seriously of doing a good wolf job. The only catch was that they left right after dinner. Lots of the fellows took their families to "Mar gin For Error" that the Players put on. I spoke to one girl in the play and she said she had never played to such an appreciative• audience. They laughed and clapped at the right time in spite of the fact that some of the kids got stage fright or something and skipped lines. The whole thing went off very well. I am rather glad that you weren't spending the night here. With that sororous snore of yours you would have been in the same fix as one of the oth er fellow's dad who was clipped in the head with a shoe by one of the brothers who thought he was a freshman. Do you remember the girl you and mother thought looked like one of the gang at home, Har, riet Stubbs was her name? Well, the best story of the week-end concerned her. She had a date with Pappy Bartholemew, the dictator of State, and on her way home she tripped over a skunk. The poor kid smelled to high heaven and had to soak her clothes that are probabjy finished. You ought to plan to come up soon. I promise not to keep you up late fcr it is a custom around here to put the family to bed at nine and then get a date and go out. That's all for now and while I hate to mention this, could you manage another check soon? • X 44 1 , IlMitotowaroidt T. 41.0.1 114 WEST COLLEGE AVE. THE DAILY COLLEGIAN Footlights— Players Present 'Margin For Error' A near-capacity house in Schwab Auditorium Saturday night mark ed the opening of a successful sea son as the Penn State Players pre sented "Margin for Error," a hum orous melodrama on life in a Ger man consulate. Three curtain calls were accord ed the Players as the audience sig nified their approval of Claire Booth's "no-punch-pulling" attack on Hitler and his associates. Orchids for the evening were pinned on Leon Rabinowitz for his splendid portrayal of Officer Moe Finkelstein, the Jewish pol iceman responsible for safe-guard ing the life of Karl Baumer, the German consul. Determined that his record should not be blemished in the face •of a murder, Finkel stein produced in a manner which had the audience hanging onto their seats for support. Never step ping out of character in a very difficult tole, Leon Rabinowitz turned in a magnificent perform ance, sparking a play which other wise might have fizzled. Karl Baumer, the German con sul, was handled by Robert Shell enberger and his German accent. Shellenberg did an excellent job of being a heel, and .his acting could be labeled far above aver age. The American Fuhrer, Otto B. Horst, was played by Jack Sacks. Sacks depicted Horst in a manner that would have even won ap., plause from Claire Booth. Don Taylor as Thomas C. Denny, Don Taylor, as Thomas C. Denny, and Barbara Davis, as Sophie Baumer, did very well with parts which refused to make them stand out. The play was a hit and the Dad's Day audience appreciated it; tech nically it was obvious that several characters weren't well-versed in their roles. The action dropped off considerably midway in the second act, but a hard-hitting ending sav ed the day. The scenery was very pleasing to the eye and the direc-. tion—good. 1111111111111111111111111111111111M111111114 ,1111111111111111111111! CAMPUS CALENDAR 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 TODAY: Compulsory short meeting of all candidates for the editorial and business staffs of The Daily Col legian in 313 Old Main at 7 p. m. Meeting of the, Engineer busi ness staff at 7 p. m. Editorial at 7:30 p. m. Bring all sold sub scpptions. Spike. Camera Club meets •in 418 Old Main at 8 p. m. • Campus '43 meeting in 405 Old Main at 7:30 p. m. MI Student Council meeting at 7 p. m. in Room 121, Mineral In dustries Building. Free three-reel talking picture, "Poultry—a Billion Dollar Indus try," in 10 LA at 7:30 p. m: Every one is invited. Sponsored by the Poultry Club. Ehgineering smoker in the Sandwich Shop at 7:30 p. m. Sponsored by, the Penn State stu dent branch of the American So ciety of Mechanical Engineers. Student draft discussion at 10:15 p. m. over CBS network. Archery, Fencing, and Tennis Club meet in White Hall at 7 p. m. Free Pete Smith specialty movies on golf demonstrated by Bobby Janes in rifle range of White Hall at 7 p. m. TOMORROW: Call for assistant wrestling managers. Report to wrestling mats in .RLc Hall at 4 p. m. ATTENTION, FRATERNITY SUBSCRIBERS As per our promise, room delivery.in fraternities will commence with today's issue.. Simply PRINT_ your name PLAINLY be tween the dotted lines and paste or tack this on your door. The paper will be slipped under the door. Cutaround 'the black Bor der. . . .' CO II E6IAN-SUBSCRIBEft • - . ~ .. • • .... . . _ . ... Your Name . . • _ . . . -.. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1940 HHIIIIHIHHHHIHHHHHHHHIHIHHHIIIIIIHIIHIIIIHIIIHII Nibbling At The News J. GORDON FAY sfulimmmunimmummimmimmimmiimmund Now that the Axis team has come out of its huddle at Brenner Pass and is awaiting the opening whistle of a blitzkrieg which will eclipse all previous blitzkriegs perhaps by the time this column is off the presses, that whistle will already have blown), Russia is be ginning to give the world just an inkling as to where it stands. • Of course, Stalin has by no means let the cat entirely out of the bag of Soviet censorship yet, but a couple of inches of the feline creature's tail seem to be project ing in the Soviet Free Press' praise or British defense and a certain Russian war commissar's warning against "provocations which may threaten our border." That warning could hardly be against England; in other words, it could quite conceivably be di rected at Germany or Japan, par ticularly since Russia has never in recent years been too chummy with Japan, and Hitler . was once upon ,a time heard to remark: as to what he would do to "those Rus sian dogs." On the other hand; there is the cartoon of Chamberlain "In Re treat," also given out by Soviet censors. While this was not espe cially complimentary to the Brit ish nation, it was certainly little more than the type of cartoon which might have appeared in England's own "Punch" before the war. If Soviet satirists were really trying to land a slap that would sting, they missed the boat on that one. Folks are not finding an opti mistic note in all this, because they think Joseph Stalin, never less of a dyed-in-the-wool dictator than the men who head Germany and Italy, has suffered a change of heart and is now all for the cause of democracy and freedom. No, they simply feel that Stalin, the dictator who was snubbed by not being invited to the Brenner Pass •party, could quite effectually take the minds of a certain two Axis powers off their work if any of Russia's several million square miles were trespassed upon. Could -be. Paraders Asked To Pay (Continued from page one) fun should be willing to pay for it themselves," he said. After the joint meeting, the reg ular meeting of the Borough Council was opened with a report by Burgess Wilbur Leitzell on the overnight parking problem. In his report, Burgess Leitzell made the following recommenda tidns to the Council: 1. That all those who have garages use them: 2. That all who_ have private drives park in them. 3. No parking on narrow streets. 4. Apartment houses should be made to take care of tenants' cars. 5. Tourists- should be allowed • to park overnight. • 6. Fraternities and Council Should come to some_ agreement • about fraternity parking. " No action was taken on the Burgess' recommendations by the Council but they were referred to H. L. Stuart, who is .in charge of the parking investigation.