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Z-816 The College News VOL. XXVII, No. 19 BRYN MAWR and WAYNE, PA., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1941 Copyright, Trutteet of Bryn Mawr College, 1940 PRICE 10 CENTS Majority Approve Change Suggested For New Schedule Eighty-five Per Cent Want Reacting Period and Paper Plan ? In an attempt to determine col- lege sentiment on the proposed changes in the' curriculum, the News conducted the following poll: 1. Are you in favor of a sched- ule of two quiz periods, one before Christmas vacation and one be- fore spring vacation; with a two- ' week reading period in place of mid-years and a three-hour final exam at the end of the year? 2. Do you think that such a schedule would be applicable to a. your major? b. all courses? 3. Do you approve of the a. three-hour final exam? b. two-week reading period for individual work? c. plan to distribute papers over four specific periods? 4. Do you believe that opening the college year one week earlier would be advantageous? Of the 334 people polled, 200 fa- vored the new plan, and 134 op- posed it. 251 believed it would be applicable to their major, and 81 said it would not. 58 per cent of those polled thought it would be applicable to all courses. 68 per! cent approved of the three-hour j final exam; 85 per cent approved of the two-week reading period, and 85 per cent approved of the plan to distribute papers over four specific periods. Only 46 per cent wanted an extra week added to the college year. 60 per cent of the; language <ftajors favored the pro-! posed plan, 68 per cent of the so- j cial science majors, and 48 per cent of the science majors. One of the most striking fea- tures of the poll results was that of 19 chemistry majors questioned, 15 were against the new plan. The main objection to the proposed change was the compressing of the whole year's work into one final three-hour examination. From comments, it was gathered that Continued on Page Two Faculty Coordinates Defense Committee For Investigations . ------w*"1^ The Bryn Mawr faculty has or- ganized an American Defense. Group id coordinate individual de- fense activity.' The Defense Group was set up on the basis of the views expressed by Miss Linn in the News. The Group is organized in three main agencies: War Re- lief (is being directed by Mrs. Broughton; Miss Gardiner heads a Speakers' Bureau, and Miss North- rop is directing a Research group. At present the Research Depart- ment is divided into seven sub- committees : a. A committee to investigate current legislation and the records of Congressmen. Mr. Broughton, Mr. Sprague and Mrs. Berry are in charge of this committee. b. A committee on propaganda; Miss Bobbins is drawing up a guide to the study of current events to enable persons to know what is propaganda. c. A committee on relief organi- zations; to gather data on their policies and programs, sponsors and finances; under the direction of Mrs. Hawkins, Mrs. Broughton and Mr. Cameron. d. A committee on Civil Liber- ties, under Miss Fairchild. e. A committee on foreign lan- guage newspapers headed by Mr. Lattimore. f. A committee to investigate community organizations, directed by Mrs. Tennent. g. Plans also for research on general economic and social prob- lems. Mr. Broughton and Mr. Sprague are collecting articles from current newspapers and magazines and clippings on such subjects as prop- aganda, freedom of the press, and bills concerning national defense. This material is being filed in the National Defense room for the use of the committee or anyone prepar- ing lectures on these subjects. The committee on relief organi- zations will soon solicit the Col- lege Faculty and Staff for con- tributions to the British War Re- lief Society, The Greek War Relief Association, and The United Phil- adelphia Committee for China Re- Contlnued on Page Four Elections The following elections are announced: Self-Gov. Association: Vice-President, Mimi Boal Secretary, Frances Mat- thai�; Treasurer, Diano Lucas Chairman of the Entertainment Committee: Margot Dethier Curriculum Committee: Chairman, Sheila Gamble Secretary. Lili Schwenk Basketball Team: Captain, Margot Dethier Manager, Frances Matthai College Magazines Can Be Fresh, Strong, Exciting; Why Aren't They, Asks P. Weiss Specially Contributed by Mr. Weisi A college literary magazine pro- vides a unique opportunity for ex- periment and expression. It has no tradition to uphold, no money to make�nothing to hinder it from being alive and fresh, radically honest in spirit and novel in re- sult. Its contributors are at an age where ideals are still precious and clear, and experiences, as old as the ages, have a distinctness which later sophistication blurs. The college magazine ought to be one of the main centers of college life, at once reflecting and directing the activities of people at a period of maximum freedom, growth, con- creteness and excitement. The promise of later literature ought to be found in the college magazine. Poets and story tellers, and essayists begin young as, a rule. In the college magazine they ought to get their first and best chance to say what they wish and can. But college literary magazines, instead of leading the way, are in- clined to follow the traditions that are just now passing away. They do not seem to attract those who write because they must or because they have something to say, but those who write for writing's sake or to repeat the fads of the day. In the present issue of the Lantern I think I discern a tend- ency for the Lantern to assume its proper function. The story by Hunter and the poems by Lynd and Judson have power, originality and life. Margaret Hunter's "Birthday Greetings" has substance. It moves. It has a flavor of its own. Frances Lynd's "Prelude to the Second War" is honest, direct and alive. But I am not sure whether, with the exception of lines 11-22, it is poetry. Apart from these two contribu- tions, there is, unfortunately, very little in this issue that 1 "under- stand. All the others are pri- marily concerned with creating an atmosphere, unaware apparently that this is best done through the medium of internally connected, specific events, interesting in them- selves. I do not understand the end of Alice Judson's otherwise readable "Spirit in Exile,,' but the poem in Continued on Pace Two Fenwick Will Speak On Inter-Ant eric an Relations April 16 Mr. Fenwick, professor of po- litical science on leave, a member of the Inter-American Neutrality Committee of the Pan-American Conference, will arrive in Bryn Mawr April 7th for a short visit during the committee's recess. He will lecture Wednesday, April 16, on "Inter-American Relations" as observed during his work in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Fenwick has recently pub- lished a report on the committee's procedure in 1939-1940. In this first year, immediate problems of organization and jurisdiction have been settled. Advisory recommen- dations touched on "incidents" af- fecting the neutrality of the Amer- ican States, such as the scuttling of the Graf Spee. Although the committee has laid down some spe- cific rules for enforcement of the security zone, no concrete codifica- tion of a neutrality law has yet been attempted. The practical value of such a code in the present lawless and anarchical war would be negligible. There is no "fu- ture" for neutrality, and no com- promise possible between the rule of force and the rule of law. Miss Ward Is Appointed Dean; Mrs. Manning History Professor Mrs. Collins Returns From Tour of Schools Mrs. Chadwick-Collins, Miss Lloyd-Jones, and Miss Lehr have recently returned from a tour of schools throughout the country. Their work and impressions are amply expressed in the statistics of their trips.' Mrs. Chadwick-Col- Contlnued on Page Five Calendar March 26.� Phyllis Bentley, In Eng- land Now, Roberts Hall, Haverford, 8.15 P. M. March 27.� College Assembly, Good- hart, 11 A. M. April 8.� Current Events, Miss Reid, Common Room, 7.30 P. M. Mr. Heilperin, The Eco- nomic Consequences of a German Victory, Goodhart, 8 P. M. April 10.� Philosophy Club, Mr. Cam- eron, Common Room, 7.30 P. M. April 13.� Dr. Mutch, Music Room, 7.30 P. M. April 14.� Spanish Club Tea, Common Room, 4.30 P. M. April 15.� College Assembly, Miss Park, Mr. Nason, Good- hart April 16.� Mr. Fenwick, Inter-Ameri- can Relations, Goodhart. Scheduling, Defense And Paper Problems Discussed by Council March 19.�Discussion at the meeting of the College Council ranged over coordination of cam- pus relief work, plans for defense activity, curriculum problems, pre- Freshman Show hazing and the use of Mayday costumes. It was suggested that relief work might be organized under the Bryn Mawr League. Appropria- tions, formerly from the Peace Council budget, would come direct- ly from the Activities Drive. Ex- tra-curricular defense courses, such as first aid, motor mechanics, and a possible statistics laboratory course might also be coordinated with the relief work. Further discussion of defense activity brought forth the sugges- tion of a student organization parallel to the faculty defense group. The next step in the process of reorganizing the schedule of the college year, it was reported, will be to send out a questionnaire to tlje faculty, in order to get infor- mation on the quiz and paper prob- lems of each course. The possi- bility of limiting the number of papers required of a student was suggested. Each department might take more responsibility for the paper-writing of its majors. Fewer papers and better papers seemed a good idea. An extra week added to the college year in September, with no addition to the content of the year's courses, was also dis- cussed with general favor. It was felt that the practical joking and general hilarity before Freshman Show had got out of bounds this year. A mass meet- ing of the Undergraduate Asso- ciation was suggested; at the meeting it will be emphasized that hazing is not a necessary Bryn Mawr tradition. The present freshman will be asked not to carry it on into next year. Since we have a valuable ward- robe of Mayday costumes, and since Players' Club can make good Continued on race Four Six. Associate Professors Made in Four Departments At their March meeting the Board of Directors appointed Miss Julia Ward Acting Dean for the year 1941-42. Miss Ward, who has been assistant to the Dean and | Director of Admissions since 1933, jis-a graduate of Bryn Mawr and jtook her degree of doctor of phi- losophy here. Mrs. Manning, appointed full professor of history, will succeed Dr. David as head of the depart- ment. Other faculty promotions approved by the Board are Miss , Bree and M. Guiton as associate professors of French, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Lattimore as associate professors of Greek, Miss North- rop as associate professor of eco- nomics, and Miss Frederica de La- guna as assistant professor of anthropology. "I am looking forward to it very Continued on Pace Six Song, Women, No Wine At Fellowship Dinner On Thursday evening the Gradu- ate Students are giving a dinner at Rhoads in honor of the two Trav- eling Fellows who will be an- nounced at the morning Assembly. One hundred and five people are expected, including Miss Park, Miss Taylor, the Graduate Committee, and the faculty of the Fellows. Mr. Carpenter will be the main speaker. Mabel Lang and Elizabeth Puck- ett are chairmen of the dinner. The programs are printed in the form of round-trip railroad tickets: place of departure, Bryn � Mawr; destination, Bryn Mawr; and the entertainers are renowned. Mrs. Manning and Mr. Crenshaw will sing "In the Baggage Car Ahead," and the Sob Sisters will render "Ballades of Good Counsel" in parts. An "Illustrated Lecture on Radnor" is being offered, and a trial oral examination for the de- gree of doctor of philosophy. The Bryn Mawr Public Library Spreads From Twelve Chairs to Memorial Building The first library in the village of Bryn Mawr was started in 1916 with a collection of twenty books and twelve chairs, both wedged into one small room of a building behind the present Merionette Diner. Even after such an incon- spicuous beginning, however, the prestige of the library increased rapidly. 1918 was a red letter year �the library moved to a position on the Pike, the Milestone building, now the Florentine shop. There the first paid librarian was en- gaged. Now there are three li- brarians always on duty. In 1920, the library migrated again, this time to a large room and a por<Sh in the War Memorial and Commun- ity House. When funds dwindled in the early twenties, support of the- library was accepted, by the Lower Merion Township. The present building was erected in 1926 in memory of Ethel Saltus Ludington, a former director of the Main Line's Citizens' Association. Funds for upkeep and new books come from the township and the school board of the Lower. Merion High School, which uses the library as a source of information for its .. students. About the walls are typed reading lists for the various grades. Many personal books have been given to the library, generally second hand copies from family col- lections. Twenty-five or thirty best sellers are presented each June by the local Woman's Club. A branch, open once a week, is maintained in the Bryn Mawr, hos- pital for private and semi-private patients. "Not that ward patients aren't taken care of. They just don't want us messing around with them," the librarian explains. The library has received what the librarian terms two "outstand- ing memorial bequeaths." A fund of $1000 for "readable" books� "not one of those philosophy booka__Jl one person in a thousand is going to pick up and look at." The otheiki fund is a $500 bequest left by the first librarian for the purchase of illustrated classics. The latest ad- dition to this collection is a richly colored copy of "The Man Without \ Country." Continued on Pace Four ^.
|Alternate Title||The College News|
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|Subject -- LCSH||
Bryn Mawr College -- Periodicals
College student newspapers and periodicals
|Publisher||Bryn Mawr, PA : Bryn Mawr College|
|Subject -- Names||Bryn Mawr College History|
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The College News
VOL. XXVII, No. 19
BRYN MAWR and WAYNE, PA., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1941
Copyright, Trutteet of
Bryn Mawr College, 1940
PRICE 10 CENTS
For New Schedule
Eighty-five Per Cent Want
Reacting Period and
? In an attempt to determine col-
lege sentiment on the proposed
changes in the' curriculum, the
News conducted the following poll:
1. Are you in favor of a sched-
ule of two quiz periods, one before
Christmas vacation and one be-
fore spring vacation; with a two-
' week reading period in place of
mid-years and a three-hour final
exam at the end of the year?
2. Do you think that such a
schedule would be applicable to
a. your major?
b. all courses?
3. Do you approve of the
a. three-hour final exam?
b. two-week reading period
for individual work?
c. plan to distribute papers
over four specific periods?
4. Do you believe that opening
the college year one week earlier
would be advantageous?
Of the 334 people polled, 200 fa-
vored the new plan, and 134 op-
posed it. 251 believed it would be
applicable to their major, and 81
said it would not. 58 per cent of
those polled thought it would be
applicable to all courses. 68 per!
cent approved of the three-hour j
final exam; 85 per cent approved
of the two-week reading period,
and 85 per cent approved of the
plan to distribute papers over four
specific periods. Only 46 per cent
wanted an extra week added to the
college year. 60 per cent of the;
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