The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, December 11, 1940, Image 2

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"For . ./A. Better Penn State"
F....t.a:ilished 1940. • Suocedsor to the Penn State Collegian,
established 1904, and the Free Lance. established 1887.
Published daily except Sunday and Monday during the
reg - olar College year by the students of The Pennsylvania
State College, Entered as second-class matter July 5. 1934.
et the post-o__ce at .State. College, .Pa., under the act•Aaf
March 3, 1879.
Editor Business Manager
Adam A. Smyser '4l Lawrence S. Driever '4l
Women's Editor—Vers. 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-,
ilayard Bloom '41•; Women's Managing Editor—Arita L.
Heiremn '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 H. 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
mer '42. Jeanne C. Stiles '42.
Junior. Business Board—Thomas W. Allison '42. Paul
M. Goldberg •'42. James E. McCaughey '42. Margaret L. Em
ipiry. '42.. Virginia Ogden '42, Fay E. Rees '42. . . •
National Advertising Service, he
Colrege Priblithc4u Rebresintative
Graduate Counselor
ETilorial and 'Business Office
513.014 Main 81.474
Dial 711
Managing Editor This Issue
News Editor.
Women's ' , Editor This Issue ___ Jeanne C. Stiles '42
Sophoir.ore Assistants ____Sam Stroh. Bob 'SehooleY
Wednesday Morning. December 11, 1940
introducing The Freshman Class
To Campus Politics
The freshman class is being dipped—very sud
denly—into. the ar s e of student self government.
F'ion'). the 'tirrie of its 'eleCticins mass meeting 'f6a
night until the polls are closed next Monday night
the' freshmen will learn a lOt about the implica
iYons of democratic goirerriment.
Their learning, whiCh is already well begun in
the political . cliiiues,'is:.under the guiding' leadei
ship of seasoned upperclassmen, politicians of the
first water.
They will be taught the . importance of smiles,
contacts and 'promises. They will learn a bit
about'ihe EpOill'i§iteni but riot nearly as much as
they will know by 'Vie dine they are tipperdlasS
) •
Tneir election is being taken very seriously by
the' iiAperclassinen. 'ThiS is' not strange. In itself
if 'is too - important. Ifs Officers will not be -
called. oil to' make niOmentous decisions between
now and the time they are ushered out of offic . e . in
May and they will not receive much compensation.
What the upperclassmen consider impOrtant 'is
the •bitorneter aspect' of the freshman election.
More 'Often than net the results of the freshman
elections have shown the direction of the general
spring' leections.
'The uppercLass cliques have used the freshman
elections as a means of setting their own strength
in somewhat the same way the combatants in the
European War first tested themselves in Spain.
The analogy is not as bad as it sounds.
Through the system of which elections marked
by politics are necessarily. a part, Penn State has
built up one of the • strotigest student „self-govern
xnents in the country.
It has used as its model the national government
and . has 'copied its technique even down to the
caablishment of open and active political division,
the same sort of division that has made for robust
national government.
bn Some hands this sort of division has been
deplored. It has been felt that campus elections
Should be conducted on 'a
higher plane, that they
should be removed from politics, and that they
should be taught the .ideal rather ,than the real
As lOng as human nature remains the way it is,
Collegian is inclined to believe that the College
do the state a bettei : service if it turns out
leaders who Under Stand log-rolling, trading,
,'sjioils system, and the like. The alternative is a
bunch of naive boys in tor a great' disillusioning.
"Unless we are willing to claim or admit that
the population of this country is as a whole of an
inferior'type 'or that its leadership is poor, we are
larced to conclude that we need not weep over the
fact 'that the lowly classes are contribUtink much .
to . the population. In fact, if it were not for them
the .professional and other so-called upperciasses
vvould become a constantly diminishing segment
of the population." Dr. Constantine Panunzio,
assi:ztant prlfes-rw of *Fociolngy at the University
of Colif):. - ni:), p that the poor
—.C. Russell Eck
Downtown Office
11.9-121. South Frazier St_
Dial 4372
. - -John A. Baer '42
__._______Nicholas W. Vozzy '43
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~ A • - LOOK
Last week's sale of tickets for the Artist's
Course greatly strengthened our long-held con
viction that many of this noble institution's extra
curricular functions are directed ' a chaste,
slim, ivory tower swaying gently in a mist of con
fusion. One is tempted to question what manner
of dreamy philosophy evolved the scheme where - -
by several hundred persons were obliged to wait
for hours for the privilege of spending their money
for seats in the acoustical monstrousity that is
Schwab Auditorium. Why, may we inquire, was
only one ticket window used when two% were
available? (We will not be satisfied with the an
swer that too much confusion would have thus re
sulted. Non sequitur—more confusion would have
been impossible.) Why was there so little time in
which to buy tickets; would Old Main have set
tled beneath the earth if all the seats had not been
.old within the three day limit?
,After: 'all, 'it is the
student body which actually pays for the Artises
Course,_although too often the impression is left
that the whole business is the creation and phil
anthropy of a few wise and benevolent gods. In
deed we were recently given to understand that
. . .
the gods were "pleased 'with the attitude of the
Studdrits." They had . damn' well better be pleased.
Such Olympian chit-ch6t . does nothing to alter the
filet that the ticket sales for their little excursion
into the realms of culture was inefficient, con
fused, and entirely unsatisfactory.
So 'much for the commercial angle. Let us con
sider the aesthetic .
This past Monday evening we had the pleasure
of listening to Mr. Paul Robeson's magnificent
singing. Nothing we...might write could possibly
do justice to that gentleman's voice; his rendition
of JOhn LaTotiche'p "Ballade for Americans" was
brilliant. But to us the most impregsive number
he sang was one which he termed a modern folk
song, written by a prisoner in a German concen
tration camp. 'We have rarely been so stirred or
as gratified as we were when Mr. Robeson, having
sung thefii.stseveral stanzas in English, sang the
last v lines German, and thereby gave the'iong
all the power and beauty it possessed. We
cerely hope that Mr. Robeson realiieS just hOw
much he Was appreciated by his audience.
'And if you don't do any - ling else this week-end,
yod really ought t 6 stop in at the FOresters' Ball.
There, the word flies . 'round, the foresters them
selves may be viewed as gentlemen. This would
seem to indieate a serious inferiority complex on
the part of the lumbernien. We have a mental
picture of a little nian in a black cloak muttering
into a forester's ear . . . "Why aren't you smooth
like those fellOws in Commerce and Finance? Wise
UP, friend." - Cassius.
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• 129 West Beaver
ekters to the qditor--
A Freshman's
The letter written by Mr. Set
low was . obviously written in a
moment 'of" =revolt; and ' (knowing
Mr. SetloW as' I do) a *moment of
reminiscence. No true' State man;
even a transfer student, • gives
vent to his ' feelings 'in • such a
childish and ineffective way. If
SetloW fears that' we freshmen
are taking too Much, let hiM per
sonally relieve the tension and
pressure and proVide 'us 'with the
much needed respite by, letting its
tan his hide publicly in front of
Old Main.
Mr. • Setlow's attitude does not
conform to the intangible, 'yet im
pOrtant, Penn State' spirit "Which
we hear so much about. -Per
haps Mr. Setlow would appreci
ate - our - spirit more had he attend
ed Penn State 'as a freshman.
Mr. Setlow should realize that
his 7 letter 'did - the Freshmen 'no
good nor did it do Mr. Corbin and
his slimy 'stooges (hatinen) any
We appreciate his well-meant
efforts to play big brother to us
frosh, but most of us have manag
ed to take care of ourselves' and
escape the Corbin Killers so far.
I had a long talk with Bernie
concerning this matter and' he
swore that' he' would never beat a
freshman; but that is no reason
for the rest of the - upperclassmen
being deprived 'of' their oppor.l
tunitY for pleasing, if - 'sarcastic,
relaxation. " " •
' ' Our "over-stuffed but moronic
faculty" undoubtedly 'have been
freshmen theinSebies and' they
sincerely' belieVe * that hazing 'is
a's good a prbeess 'Of •elirniriation
Of the' weak in '`chara - cter as "any
other system deviled. ". ' .
wouldn't attempt to offlr any
;suggestions, 'bui it might ' be '' a
,good idea to have Ml. Siitlov;7 and
; "takeii''care' T sk,"'''a : s
l underininini 'the dikii?line
'that 'the Upperclassmen have' at
tempted to instill in = us,' beiides
feaiing 'down freshmen 'elass''Spirl
it' and giving ifie'impresk'en flat
'the cites§ of '44 would 'eVen''thlnk
of revolting. -
P. S. - We wouldn't win anyhow.
' Mort Resenfeld
'44 Forever
New TjuAfee Chosen
The addition of Richard Maize,
Secretary of Mines, to the Col
lege Board of Trustees was an
nounced yesterday by Wilmer E.
Kenworthy, executive secretary
in the ' President's office. Mr.
Maize fills the vacancy created by
the death of John Ira Thomas,
former Secretary of Mines.
Girdwood Elected Prexy
Oliver L. Girdwood '42 was
elected president of the Phi Kappa
Alpha fraternity Monday night.
Hollywood's "one hundred most
beautiful girls" against a back
ground of lavish settings feature
"A Night At Earl Carroll's," the
musical comedy film scheduled for
the Cathaum theatre today and to
Ken 'Murray and Rose Hobart
supply the comedy and romantic
interest, J. Carroll NaiSh fills in as
the ' villain, Brenda and Cobina,
of radio fame, run wild in their
search for men, and Earl Carroll
himself contributes to the plot: •
The plot involves an attempt by
Rackets-Czar Naish to break Up a
party at Earl Carroll's Hollywood'
night club. Ken Murray and Rose
Hobart 'carry:. on with the show
while Brenda and CObin . a, newly
rich as a . 'result' of struck bn
their property: add to the confu
sion with"their hilarious man-cha.-
ing* antics.
Eugene H. Lederer
114 E. Beaver Ave. Dial 4066
' WEDNESDAY, DECEMI3 - PR - 11, 1940
4-H Club Holds :informal
Discussion on Leidersho
'Taking their therne : :::from the
Thirteenth =National 4-H Club
Camp el Washingtal f. .llC., held
during June 15-21;_i939Fahe Col
lege 4-11 Club discusied the sub
ject of leadership at a recent meet
ing. •
The informal discifsroff was led
by Dorothy M. Boring '44 with
Annabelle Wetzel '43, Margaret A.
Cole '42; Louige . E. Carter and
Elwood B. Standt '42 - acting as
round table participants. After' the
discussion' Prof: Ailed L..:Baker,
agricultural extension :division,
spoke On the Correlation •betireen
CH . club activities and leader.shiP.
RSA krum Tonight
The second in a series of PSCA
forums will be presented• in the
Home Economics Auditorium at
7:30 p.m. tonight. The subject, "Is
Pan-Americanism Practical?", will
be , discussed by Arthur. ILLlteede,
assistant professor of economics
and William Gray, instructor in
Latin-American history. .." •
Alpha; tis To Dine .
Lambda Chi Alpha is entertain
ing Alpha Chi OMega- at
dinner to
.r.l h•r.;s+:: . •is+i~,~ .. ,fir.,.
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161 'boxing, Rec Hall, 4 p.m.
LA - faailty meeting,'-Room 121,
Arti, 4:10 '
' ' AAUP Ineeting','Sandwich Shop,
7 p.m. . . .
Druid meeting, -R0.9111 412, Old
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Mdin; 730 ii iiiiiii • - •• -
liristriias Carol... Sing committee,
Oldlnirf; '3 patr. ii • •:
Coiniiiunity"S'erVite -Committee,
Roonl'304;:•Old IVlain.B p.m. "PC
PSCA" Cabinet :'meeting; Room
304, Old Main, B:lsp:ni.`
''Agricultu're'' 'atisdent__Council,
Room 418, Old Maiii; - 7:30 "P.M.
• Freshman lndenensient. Party,
Roiim 318, Old-Main, 7:30 p.m. -
" Reservations for' Drydock Christ
mas party, Student UniOn,"so - cents
per couple. -..
Wednesday Library Reading,
Room 402, Libratyi4:ls p.m.
PSCA Forum; iHOme Economics
Auditoriuin, 7:30 pan:
P, L. Reeves, assistant manager
of Timken Roller Bearing Co., will
speak to the A.S.M.E. in Room.
121, Liberal Arts;._ p.m.
W. L. Cook, peraiiiiiel director of
Carnegie-Illinois Sfe - er Co., will
speak to the A.S.:M. in Room 405,
Old Main, 7:15 -
Christmas party for .Le Cercle
Francais, Grange playroom 8 p.m.
AAUW meeting and social for
all senior women in Room 110,
Home Economics, 8:15 p.m. Dean_
Whitmore will speak.
Let Us Solve Your
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