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EDITOR - - - '
ASSISTANT EDITOR - - - -
BUSINESS MANAGER - - -
ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER
JOKES - -
- Eloise Wood
- Jane Ward
Robert N ewhouse
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
After talking with several of the graduat-
ing class I have, with their help, selected
several improvements that we would like to
see made in our present school life. The
finest gift that the class of '38 could leave
you undergraduates is the chance for a
richer and fuller social and scholastic life
than we have had. I do not mean to sug-
gest that we have taken advantage of all the
opportunities for self-improvement that
have been offered us. We have not. But,
now that it is too late, we are realizing that
every student should try to develop to the
uttermost all phases of his life here.
First, I would like to suggest that you
have more long assemblies. If possible, try
to find some way to buy hymn books so
that everyone can have One. You students
should take a more active part in the assem-
blies. There is no reason that I can think
of why each home-room could not at some
time during the year present its talent in
musical or dramatic selections. We all can
imagine the difiiculty in Finding speakers.
Wouldn't that burden be lightened some-
what by more frequent meetings of the pro-
gram committee? Assemblies really should
mean more than simply a way to shorten
the first four periods ten or fifteen minutes.
Also we should like to leave with you the
chance for greater social growth. High
school seems to nourish mental and physi-
cal development and to neglect the social
side. A plan has been suggested by which
you could have "get-togethersn as separate
classes or with one of the other classes. I
do not think that our gymnasium is large
enough to hold the entire four classes. Even
after four years in school there are students,
possibly in your own home room whom you
do not know. With very little expense
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8 THE QUILL
you could have matinee dances after school.
If you each paid five cents or so, you could
have a teacher come to show those who do
not know how - and those who do - the
fundamentals and the newer steps in danc-
ing. This should be very helpful to those
who are somewhat shy and should give
everyone a better time at the Prom.
However, there are enough activities of-
fered by this school to afford every one of
you the opportunity to participate in the
work and fun of some one of our organiza-
tions if you have enough interest in the
school and in yourself to try out for them.
Why do you let a small percentage of the
students walk off with the fun and honor
which might belong to you if you wanted it
It is not only school spirit that I am asking
you to think of A you have all heard that
too often. I am asking you to think of
yourselves and of your social life when your
school days are finished.
HAVE THEY DIED IN VAIN?
The scene - a battlefield in northern
France on November ll, 1918. Overhead
is heard the dull drone of airplanes, below,
the roar of cannon, the shriek of shells, and
the crash of bombs.
Suddenly all is still. A few lingering
bursts of rifle fire are the only sound. A
whisper races along the trenches, "The
Armistice!" But this is merely hearsay. It
remains for a few quiet words spoken with
authority to make the men go wild with joy.
"The Armistice has been signed!" "The war
is over!" "All war is ended!" "Never again
will such a terrible thing happen!"
These men believed that they had fought
a war to end all wars. They believed in
giving and had been willing to give their
lives in order that a lasting peace might be
effected. Have they died in vain? The
answer might well be yes if we but take no-
tice of present-day events. The very Arm-
istice which was intended to be an everlast-
ing pact of peace, has already been shat-
tered by the greedy power-lust of nations.
In the eastern hemisphere, japan is war-
ring upon China because of one thing, a
thing that no treaty has been able to curb -
the desire for territory. Several citizens of
neutral countries have been killed, and it
is only by the most tactful diplomacy that
the mother countries of these citizens have
been restrained from avenging their death
In the opposite hemisphere, Germany
has nearly swallowed up Austria, and al-
though the country consumed does not
seem to mind, several other neighbors of
the aggressive country are feverishly arming
in anticipation of an attack upon their
Not long ago a European nation needed
more territory for her over-flowing popula-
tion. War was the answer, and a small
African country was subjected to her rule.
In "Flanders Field," Lieutenant john
"To you from failing hands we throw
The torchg be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep."
Have we broken faith with those who
died? I say we have. Was the dream of
these sixty-five million men who fought a
war to end all wars fulfilled? Read any
current article, newspaper, or magazine and
you will find the answer - no!
-Dexter Fowles, '38
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