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Pennsylvania Legislators Owe Us
The Right To Vote
Pennsylvania has no excuse for not providing
its citizens with absentee voting.
Its failure to do this each year disenfranchises
thousands of voters, students, traveling men,. and
others necessarily away from their place of legal
residence on Election Day.
Its failure to do so can have no excuse, although
two have been given: (1) That administration of
absentee voting involves a teriffic amount__of red
tape, and (2) that in the 42 states which 40 pro
vide absentee voting only a small proportion of the
citizens use the privilege.
The draft should effectively do away with the
excuse about administration. The state constitu
tion already requires that soldiers be given the
right to vote even though they are not at their
3.eg,al residences. To enfranchise the others who
are now unable to vote on Election Day will mean
inerely that this machinery must be expanded.
The second excuse is no better. We haven't
though of doing away with primary elections be
cause only 25 per cent of the voters take part in
them. Too, our apathetic attitude toward the vote
is changing. Registration throughout the United
,States is higher than it has ever been before. Still,
thousands of Pennsylvanians who i.vould vote if
they were at their home polling places are going
to be denied that privilege because their presence
As demanded elsewhere.
A lot of college students—and there are 2,000 of
nem at Penn State alone who could vote—will
,spend five dollars or ten dollars to travel home
and vote. But the vast Majority will be able to
afford neither the time nor -the money and because
of -that wily lose their rights as citizens.
It too late now to do any more than urge as
Many students as possible to
.0. home to vote in
It is not too. early to begin thinking about next
It is not too early to demand to know whether
the candidates for office in this election will en
franchise these thousands of voters in the next.
It is not too early to Write to our homes and urge
those friends of ours who will vote to cast for can
didates they know will be in favor of absentee
It is not unfair to ask every. candidate for the
General Assembly (which must decide on this mat
ter of absentee voting) to tell where he stands.
And it is not unreasonable.
Now is the time to do it. Now is' the time to
postcards and letters home. Now is the time
to demand opinions and definite stands.
Once the election is over we can again ask our
kepresentatives to take a stand, can renew our
bid for their support.
The time to take the first step it now
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
"For A Better Penn State"
Succßssor to the Penn State Collegian. established t 904, and
the Free Lance. established 1887
Tuesday Morning, October 22, 1940
Published daily except Sunday and Monday during the
regular College year by the students of The Pennsylvania
State College. Entered as second-class matter atily
at the post-office at State College, Pa., under the ae of
March 3. 1879.
Editor Business Manager
Adam A. Smyser '4l Lawrence S. Driever '4l
Women's gditor-,-Vera L. Kemp '4l; Managing Editor
Anbert H. Lane '4l ; Sports Editor,-Riehard C. peters
'4l: News Editor—William E. Fthnler '4l; Feature Editor
h—Edward ,J. K. MeLotie ' 4l; Ass Assistant Managing Editor--
ayard Bloom '4l; Women's Managing Editor—Arita L.
&Tema '4l; Women's Promiition Manager Edythe B.
Advertising Manager—John H. Thomas '4l -Circulation
Manager—Robert G. Robinson '4l; Senior Secretary—Ruth
Gbldsteln '4l: Senior Secretary--Leslie H. Lewis '4l.
JuniAr Board-John Bner. '42, t. fle l lAl2
Gordon '4.2, Ross. B. Lehman. '42, WiMani J. McKnight 42.
Atipi M. Murray '42, Pat Nagelberg '42, Stanley J. PoKeEOP-
Aker '42, Jeanne C . . Stiles 42.'
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Managing Editor This Issue -----Gentite Seifertitein ' , et
Rows 'Editor This Issue John 'A. Baer '42
Women's Editor, This Issue___________R. Helen Gordon '42
Bnphomore Assistants _Richarai S. Stebbins. Samuel 1.. Stroh
C. Rm,Elf- 11 keig
119-12.1. South k'Sl►sier St.
Campus i- .
German Club picnic group
meets at corner of Atherton street
and West College avenue at 5 p.m.
Phosphorus food . exhibit in
Boom 209 Home Economics.
Pi Gamma Alpha presents
"Painting a Portrait" at 7:30 p. m.
in 107 M. Engineering. All invit
Business staff of Engineer in
Room 314 Old Main at 7 p. m.
itorial staff meets in same room
at 7:30 p. - m.
Meeting of the editorial candi
dates and staff of the Penn State
Farmer in Room 308 Old Main at
Paul Moritz will speak in the
H - ome Economics auditorium at 8
p. m. on "Will China Survive?"
AT THE NEWS
J. GORDON FAY
If one of Orson Wells men from
Mars were to drop in on us today,
.not to make war upon us, but to
find out just what is going on
here on this planet, his reports. to
friends at home would probably
begin, "You figure it bizt-I can't!"
Of course, it wouldn't take the
little fellow from outer space long
to understand that'Germany, hav
ing taken :over at rge section of
Europe, is doing r best to add
Britain's to her list.of scalps, and
that Great Britain is so far putting
up a pretty good scrap to prevent
just that happening.
From there on, however, the
daily news reports would leave
our Martian friend pretty well
confusde. He would first read
that Japan has signed a mutual
assistance pact with the Axis
powers then he would learn of
Russia's concentration of troops on
the Nazi-held Rumanian border
and Stalin's proposed pact with
Turkey, a country supposedly - on
Britain's side of the fence.
So far all would be clear, but on
turning over the page and reading
the headlines, SOVIET-JAPAN
PACT IS THOUGHT LIKELY; he
would probably begin to wonder.
Reading a story one day of the
sinking of the English cruiser,
'Ajax. by Italian ships, and reading
the next day that the Ajax haS
sunk three Italian warboats would
not help his Confusion,
A hectic flush ;would appear on
the Martian correspondent's face
as he learned that the Untied ,
States was releasing previol4Y
withheld tools to Soviet Russia .at -
the same time that the Communist
party, the party of Russia, was be
ing barred from election lists all
over the country.
- About the time that he saw the
news of an isolated country, sur
roUnded -by several thousand miles
of open sea, making defense pre
parations to conscript , several
million men, but lagging behind in
ship and aircraft production; the
little fellow from Mars would
probably tear his hair, ancl go
Most • newsmen who are cover
ing international affairs woulgin't
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THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
Letters to the Editor—
Draws Reader's Ire
To the Editor
- What's this business about hav
ing Soph Hop semi-formal (Penn
State style)? This idea is crazy. It
doesn't give our function the dis
tinction it should have. One
compare it with any other All-
College function that will follow
from time to time. This, no doubt,
is the work of a bunch of half
F. Lloyd Conyers '43
Dr. Butler Explains -
And Steps Down
To the Editor
On October 4th, President Nich
olas Murray Butler of Columbia
University, in an address to the
faculty, made statements that
caused general alarm among lead
ers in education, youth organiza
tions, and committees for academic
freedom. The Columbia faculty
members and the executive 'Com
mittee of the American Committed
for Democracy and Intellectual
Freedom immediately, in an open
letter to Dr. Butler, stressed the
need for clarification of points
raised in his speech. Dr. Butler
replied as follows:
"It surprises me that anyone
who has been so long, a member
of the Columbia University family
should share, in any degree, the
very obvious and mystifying
terpretation in the press of my
address to the General Assembly
of the Faculties on ThursdaY laSt.
Academic freedoni is and has 1,31*
been so - firmly established at
Coliimbia that no one should have
the least fear that our University
opinion would permit its abandon
ment or qualification.
"Are not the answers to the
questions which you put quite ob-
Vious in any institution where ac
. freedom prevails? Our
factulty members are certainly at
full liberty - td think and to talk as
they :please upon any • suhject
which interests them,. whether it
be popular or unpopular. lylore
over, it is clearly our duty to pro
tect the opinion . and judgments of
minorities. -:Majorities can usually
take care of themselves.
"We and our associates consti
tute the Columbia University of
our day and generation. We make
its policies and we control them.
Therefore, the University is not a
foreign and remote -thing; it con
sists of ourselves. This is why we
ask for University freedom as a
group, as well as for traditional
academic freedom• as individuals.
"Of course, the student body
should enjoy.freedom. With us it
does so in• higheSt degree. That
freedom is described by me 'as
student freedom arid not as aca
demic freedom, since the latter
,term, now two hundred years old,
has always had very definite mean
ing and.appliation to the work of
professors and Scholars."
The Columbia members of the
Committee thanked_ Dr. Butler for
his statement and expressed their
desire to maintain the high degree
of student body and, academic free
dom that now exists.
'Thus apparently ends what at
first seemed a problem of great
Editor's Note: Collegian editor
ially concurred with the expres
sion mistakenly laid to - Dr`: Butler.
However, the views it expressed
were its own. Although it must
apologize to Dr. sutler --for mis
taking him, it still agrees with
what it thought he said.
Knowing full well that the- most enthusiastic
followers of the "dirt" - columns are coeds and in
view of that the fact that „the Cwen Dance was the!
chief social event of the weekend, I humbly dedi.
cate this column to the girls.
Came home from classes Friday all bushed but
managed to revive in time to enjoy. a delicious
meal. had to cut short a grand bridge gaFrie to"
come home and dregs. Must have gaihed weight
over the summer because my roommate had to zip.
me into my dress. Arrived at White hall fash
ionably late. Jean ; Craighead's painting of a med
ieval, lady knocked me in the eye as I walked in.
Understand that henceforth it will be found in•
Vera Kemp's room.
Saw packs of people I knew. Lots . of thetas—
Benny and Gertie Hellmers with phi"gams,. also
Sally Searle with a new hairdo and John Currier.
Posie Williams took Jack Cunningham, SAE;
and Rowena: Godshalk, came with Tommy
Kelly, beta. Eleanor McLaughlin took Peter 'Cra
mer and she wasn't the only Kappa with an SAE.
There were several: Alpha phis with _Sigma Nus.
Chi O's Patton and i3euchle . took Billy Myers-and
Timmy Robinson from the beta house, and Margie
Roberts, who wrote Co.;Edition's editorial on how
to ask a man to the 'Cwen Dance arrived with
Sammy Sly in tow.
Can't put. Ahem all-down. bat I also sem Millie
Schmidt and Harry Wolf; Janie Ryan and Jack
Brand, DTD; Mickey McFarlane, alfachi, and
Dave Sharp,' Phi Dell; Louise Miller, AOpi, and
Gray Ekdahi, AXP; 14,ppa. 5a1.13; Mi/ler and. Tom
my Allison, DU; Jane' ,tiackburn, DG, and Jim
Sturgis, SPE; Joanne Palmer and Carl Ilip_pen
steel, Phi Psi; Jean-Craighead and Joe.Scalzo; ZTA •
Kay Walters with Frankie Horpel, KDR; her
roommate, Lynn Wolf and cheerleader Walt Sot
tung, Theta Xi; Marion Eberts, AOpi, and 'Earl.
Johnson, AZ; Bobbie Tear and runner Billy
ATO; Millie Austry, Phi Mu and a man I didn't
know (chalk one up for her); Gamnia Phi
line Richardson with Bob Lane, Phi Tau; and
Hazel Strope with trackman George.Reinbold, Phi
The freshman girls did well for themselves.
Jeanne Little took Bob Koch, Sigma Nu; Betty
Lou Schaeffer took Homer Half, 'AKpi, over for
an orchid; Betty Christman took Tommy Backen
stose; Mary Lou Ullon asked Bill Smiley, Phi Gam
(I think); and transfer Janie Taylor came with
Hoppy Seigel, KDR.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1940
Guys and .Gals Together
A college man's
clothes should come
from a college shop.
This store kn o w s
what you want and
the price you should