The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, November 05, 1940, Image 2

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"For A Better Penn State"
Surcessor to the Penn State Collegian. eitablished 1904, and
the Free Lance. established 1.887
Published daily except Sunday and 'Monday during the
regular College year by the students of The Pennsylvania
State College. Entered as second-ciass 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. 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—
Bayard Bloom '4l; Women's Managing Editor—Arita L.
Hefferan '4l; Women's Promotion Manager—Edythe B.
Rickel '4l.
Advertising Manager—John H. Thomas '4l ; Circulation
Manager—Robert G. Robinson '4l; Senior Secretary—Ruth
Goldstein '4l ; Senior Secretary--Leslie IL Lewis '4l.
Junior Editorial Board—John A. Baer '42, R. Helen
'Gordon '42, Ross B. Lehman '42,• William J. McKnight '42,
Alice M. Murray '42. Pat Nagelberg '42. Stanley J. PoKemp
ear '42. Jeanne C. Stiles '42.
Junior Business Beard—Thomas W. Allison '42, Paul
7 Goldberg '42. James E. McCaughney '42, Margaret L. Em
bury '42. Virginia Ogden '42. Fay E. Rees '42.
isso•cialed ColleEsiale Pre s s
Coll e 6iate Digest
Ggaduate Counselor
C. Russell Eck
Diltorial and Business Office
313 Old Main Bldg.
Dial 711
Managing Editor This Issue
News Editor This Issue ____
Women's Editor, Thii Issue_
15. - phoniore Assistant _____
Tuesday Morning, November 5, 1940
EDITOR'S NOTE:—AII of the editors who
have served Collegian in the last 15 years have
been invited to write the editorial they would
most like to address to Penn State students to
day. Not all of them have respcinded. The ed
itorials of those who have are being published
in this column from time to time.
Department of Economics, M.I.T
Looking back six years, the impression is fairly
clear that the frills of college were often more, im
portant in undergraduate life than were the basic
purposes for which colleges exist. Although there
may be some dispute as to what these purposes
really are, at least one is to further the develop
ment of the student's Mind by either a, thorough
grounding in the liberal= arts or a rigorous training
in the technical subjects.
Yet the hours were crowded•with pursuits other
than these. The best movies came on Mondays
and Tuesdays, and frequently were not missed.
he daily hour in the - Corner became a part of
the curriculum for many-. Extra-curricular activ
ities (including the Collegian) often involved - more
time than the whole set of classes and their pre
paration. Some of these activities may have been
"character building" or may have aided in the
-development of some special ability, but many
could not be characterized so favbrably. Then
there Were sports events, dances. and other social
functions so numerous that scarcely a week-end
was unfilled. With all these. plus innumerable
student meetings of all sorts, it was . frequently an
cilort to get sufficient time for courses which had
challenged one's interest.
There were exceptions, it is true. Some students,
frequently in the technical courses and often non
-:fraternity men, could not enjoy "college life" be
cause they were seriously about the business of
preparing themselves to earn a living and usually
earning a good part 'of it while at college. But
these, in restrospect, were the shadows of the pic
ture, not the highlights.
We are now told that today's college generation
is more serious, more concerned witn the problems
of this democracy and its future in a war-ridden
orld than were its predecessors. Six years put
of Penn State, spent in and around five other col
leges and universities, have confirmed the general
truth of this statement.
Certainly, such a change was to be'desired. With
present-day events raising searching questions, the
answers to which few men know simple answers,
,it is imperative that students fortunate enough to
be in college devote more of their time to an at
tempt at understanding these events and issues.
The war has overshadowed all else. but there are
pressing domestic problems, as well.
At Penn State, there are good teachers in all
departments whose fimd of knowleche and under
standing is seldom exploited to the full by those
who pay good moneY to qualify for a diploma.
Surely, in a democracy, where the colleges hope to
.furnish capable leaders for tomorrow's•inore diffi
cult world, it is crinalr to devote one's
Distributor or
Downtown Office
119-121 South Frazier St
Dial 4372
George Schenkein '4l
_William J. McKnight '42
Helen Gordon '42
David Samuel,
Just so I won't disappoint my mother and the
Kappas who read this column because there is al
ways one of them mentioned in it, I might as well
start this off and in my own clever way observe
that houseparty is over and the only things left
on our feeble minds are the election and the fast
approaching black letter day when we get our be
low grades. I haven't decided which is worse,
quietly thinking of that bluebook I flunked or get
ting a good dose of politics administered by Bay
ard Bloom and Frank Kingdon over a cup of cof
fee in the Sandwich Shop.
Coeds Did All Right
•It seems rather late to begin to rehash the
weekend, but it seems the only way to give you
folks what you want, namely, a gander at your
name in print. But before I wade into the pile of
matchbox covers, etc. on which I jotted down
names this week-end, I'd like to make an observa
tion about the coeds. In spite of their beefing and
snorting in the editorial columns of Friday's pap
er. they seem to have done nobly by themselves.
As far as I could discover, Dean Ray's girls out
numbered the dreaded imports. Either the local
talent is improving or Penn State men aren't so
particular as they were. In a way this is a major
calamity for Vera Kemp and her cohorts. What
will the women's staff do for editorial matter be
fore big week-ends if the girls have no imports to
gripe about?
And now about the week-end. Did you know
that Bill Fowler, lucky dog, sat Sunday morning in
the Diner and beamed while two Kappa Sig im
ports knocked themselves out arguing over wheth
er he was cute or not? They couldn't reach a - de
cision. Speaking of Kappa Sigs, they tell me that
those boys together with the SigMa Pis; the Delta
Chis, the Pi Kappa Phis and.,a couple of other
houses were the worst offenders this week-end as
far as importing is concerned, while the Sigma
Nus, Phi Delts, and SAE gave the coeds a break
and split half-an-half. The girls tell me that Phi
Psi was the house that really appreciated coed
We were-really beginning to worry about the
plight of the University of Michigan, where the
only key to the lost and found office was lost,.
when we were jolted by a report_on some eye
tests at the University of Washington, where it
was learned one-fourth of the coeds are incapable
of winking. -
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Letters to the Editor—
Absentee Voting
Long Time Away
To the Editor:
Perhaps this will dash a lot of
buoyant hopes among the thous
ands of college students looking to
the day soon when they will not
be deprived of their constitutional
privilege to vote 'because of the
lack of an absentee-voting system
in Pennsylvania.
But before the Collegian's fine
campaign to obtain such a system
is successful in uncovering any
more demagogues presently seek
ing to gain or regain seats in the
State Legislature, it might be
proper to point out the fact that
there is absolutely no chance of
getting an absentee-voting system
here before the 1944 election, if
Yes, I said 1944—four long years
from now.
And, 'briefly, here's why:
After the 1937 State Legislature
—a Democratic-controlled Legis
lature under Democratic Gov.
George H. Earle—had passed a
proposed amendment to the State
Constitution to legalize absentee
voting, the prbposal Was killed
when it came up for the required
second vote in 1939 by the Senate
Judiciary General Committee —a
Republican - controlled committee
under Republican Gov. Arthur H.
The chairman of that committee
was Charles R. Mallery, of Hol
lidaysburg, who claimed at that
time that he voted against the
proposal. on 'the thesis that the
people should not be given the
privilege to vote on anything he
personally opposed!
As a result, before any system
'of absentee voting can be legalized
in Pennsylvania, it must be ap
proved again by two successive
general sessions of the State Legis
lature and by the electorate at a
subsequent general election.
. In other words, the proposal
must be re-introduced in both
houses of the State Legislature at
the general sessions - in 1941 and
1943 before it can even by sub
mitted to the people for their ac
tion. The earliest that could Come
would be November 1943, and the
system of absentee voting, if ap
proved, could not be placed into
actual effect until the following
election in 1944.
John A. Troanovitch '39
Ferguson Corrects •
To the Editor:
The quotations attributed to me
in last Saturday's Collegian gave
the impression that I endorsed
-Wendell Willkie for president.
Since I had. no intention of doing
so. I write to correct that misap-
ti :
He Took You To Houseparly
Now You Ask Him
White Hall Nov. 9
9-12 Price $l.OO
Balloting for the
Will Last Until Thursday.
One's conclusion in the present
contest depends upon his analysis
of both foreign and domestic
sues. To some our relation tothe
war in- Europe is controlling, to
others, domestic policies.
If one believes Hitler and Japan
to be a serious threat to American
security and that England should
be aided at all costs, then I should
think Roosevelt the better choice.
Thisimplies, however, a willing
ness to be drawn into the war in
Europe whenever it becomes ap
parent that England will certainly
be defeated. If, on the other hand,
one is determined to become in
volved only if and when Hitler
and Japan have succeeded in their
diabolical designs and the Western
Hemisphere is in imminent threat
of invasion, it seems, to me that a
change of administrations would
be more likely to insure that pol
Concerning domestic issues, if
one believes our private economy
to be incapable of functioning in
such a way as to benefit the
masses without continuous gov
ernmental control and stimulation;
if one believes the .social welfare
:legislation of, the past few years
shOuld be retained Vvithout emas
-ctilating amendments, then Roose
velt would appear to be the better.
choice. NOthing is more certain
than that the reactionary business
and financial interests now pray
ing for a Willkie victory will at
tempt to curtail much of the regu
latory and humanitarian' activity
of - the Roosevelt administration. If
on the other hand, one still has
faith in' private -economy and the
ability of business and financial
leaders to improve the general
welfare, then Winkle. is the obvi
ous choice.
If you, like I, are One of those
unfortunates who disagrees with
the President on foreign policy
but agrees with much of his do
mestic program you will need to
choose one of two evils, or vote
'for Norman Thomas.
John H. Ferguson,
Political. Science Dept,..„
• .
Giragosian OppoSes
Kingdon's Statement
To The Editor:
In this morning's issue of "The
Daily Collegian," Mr. Frank King
don asserted that he defied any : -
body to find any written'or spoken_
words of Thomas Jefferson or
George Washington in opposition_
to a third 'term. I have ,•clippings
from the "Pittsburgh Sun-Tele
graph" for Noember 1. 1940,
which clearly refutes Mr. King
don's rash statement.
Newman Giragosian '44
Editor's Note: The clippings
are in the Collegian office for any
interested persons to see.