MArooiv and gold
Friday, April 23,
Edited and printed by students of
Entered as second class matter a1
the Post Offire at Elon College N. C..
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Managing Editor .... Hal McDiarmid
Sports Editor Rocco Sileo
Ass’t Sports Editor .... George Stanley
Fraternities Lewis Lawrence
Society Editor Allene Stallings
Day Student Editor Max Storey
Business Manager Evelyn Moore
Circulation Manager . .MarthaVeazey
R. L. Dunlap
Photographer Ed Moss
Printer Jennings Berry
Pressman worth Womble
Ted Parker Jackie Gaskins
Ed Nash, Phil Gearing, Meir Gabbay
John Gilliam. Evelyn McNeil
This article is being written two
days before the election of student
officers and representatives for the
coming year. By the time you read
It the student body will have regis
tered its choices and will have done
Its duty. Our interest here lies not
in the results of the election but in
the attitude of the student body
after the election.
All too often there is a tendency
for many voters to regard their duty
as done when they have cast their
ballots. The important thing is ths
election. Once their man is in office.
Uiey feel no furthr responsibility or
interest in the affair. The whole
business is regarded as a sort of
contest to see which side can pile up
the most votes. Now this is all very
good in a baseball game, where every
thing ends with the final score, but
it is a poor way to look at an election.
The successful candidate's work be
gins with the election, and he needs
the support of the student body after
the ballotting as well as before it.
After all. we choose officers and
representatives to administer matters
affecting all of us for a (period of one
.var. If we fail to show any interest
in what they do after they have en
tered upon the duties of office, we can
hardly expect them to give their
best efforts. The test of any officer’s
ability is what he does in office, not
ho"' popular he is in the ballotting.
Unfortunately, the election of peo
ple to governmental positions does
not offer us an Inspiring example. It
is true that many voters are guided
by one of the following motives in
marking their ballots: (l)They are
personal friends of the particular
candidate (usually true in local elec
tions); (2) they always vote for a cer
tain party, regardless of the merits
of that party’s candidate (true in
national elections): (3) they have a
personal interest in the outcome, per
haps the hope of a political jub or
legislation which will be favorable
to their welfare.
The first reason is the only one
which could apply to student elect
ions, and it is true that in many
cases the student’s vote is cast be
cause of /personal frienship for one
of the candidates, without due con
sideration of that candidate's quali
fications for the job. Winning an
election then becomes largely a mat
ter of accumulating friends, although
there will probably be enough dis-
■"terested students who will swing the
election to the better candidate, pro
vided they are not so disinterested
that they forget to v»te or that they
refuse to consider the qualifications
of the candidates.
However, as we said at first, this
is water over the dam. Since we don't
know who will be elected, we will
assume that the voters have chosen
wisely and that the new officers are
capable of performing their duties
enereetically and courageously. You
should not let them down now. They
will need your support and assistance
throughout the coming year. By let
ting them know from time to time
that you are interested in their work
you will encourage them to give
their best to the job. We sometimes
9-Ccuse Dublic officials of laziness and
lack of interest, but the fault is not
always theirs. It is difficult for any
official to apply himself wholeheart
edly when he knows that his effort;
are greeted with apathy by his con
stituents. If the public doesn't care
why should he?
These new officers whom we have
chosen will be judged by their work
in office, rather than their popularity
at the poles. Their positions are not
.lust honorary. What they do has its
effects on you as a member of the
'■tudent body. If you wish to be well
represented, you must give youi
support to them.
By Paul C. Plybon
The year-long blockade in the H
of Representatives against all but
jcolated items of veterans' legislation
's being moved piece by piece, as
election year strategy. The latest
i^reak came suddenly this week under
compromise arrangement with House
leadership, when the long pending
bill to provide government financial
assistance to paraplegics was passed
Behind the sudden agreement of
the House leadership in matters of
Vpterans affairs, there loomed pre-
■^i'ted election-year decision to per
mit more or less expensive but vote-
“'“ttir? Vet legislation to flow through
the fingers of economy - minded
“watchdogs” of the House of Rerir“-
entatives. Representative, Edith
Nourse Roeers (R., Mass.) the long
time friend of the disabled, made
passage of this bill possible. Senate
iftion is still needed bfore the para
plegic bill can become law but the
compromise version, H.R. 6115, rul
ing out heart and tuberculosis pa
tients, wil be accepted by the Senate.
The next important Vet bill due
for probable action by the House i^
a liberalized version of “cars-for-
amputees” law, H. R. 4007 and S-
1391 in the Senate, passed by the
Senate last July, but blocked in the
House Rules Comittee. On Tuesday
of last week, the House also passed
H. R. 5805, a bill which extended
until February 3, 1950 as the dead
line for making application for mus
tering- out payments for Veterans
discharged from the service prior to
the enactment of the mustering-out
Meanwhile, with the blockade a-
gainst Vet legislation, ipreviousl.v re
ported favorable by the House Com
mittee on Veterans Affairs beginning
to break, the Committee met threo
days last week in executive sessior
and reported out three more Ve'
•neasures. The major bill reporter"
•^^o the House was H. R. 5588 which
*s a compromise bill on providing ad
ditional compensation to service dis
abled Veterans with dependents. Eli
gibility under H. R. 5588 is limited tr
minimum 60 ner cent disability ratinp
with additional dependency com
pensation scaled up prooortionatelv
to top rate by the totally disabled
The maximum additional allowance
for dependents of totally disabled
will be $30 per month for a wife and
no child. $50 a month for a wife and
one child, plus $15 for each additional
child, to a maximum of $80; $20 for
o;ie child, but no wife, plus $15 for
?ach additional child up to a maxi-
n«um of $50; $25 each to daoendent
mothers and fathers, over and above
any amount paid for wife and child-
t*en. These amounts are scaled dowr
oroportionately to veterans with less
than 100 per cent disability so that
dependents of those with minimum
">ermisable rating of 60 percent would
get 60 percent of top amounts listed
ibove. Favorable action of both
Hous and Senate on this bill is ex
tremely doubtful for this session.
The Senate virtually eliminated all
Dossibility of Congressional charters
for specialized Veteran’s organizat
ions for this session, at least, and
for future sessions, probably, by de
cisive vote this week. They re-com
mitted to the Committee on Judiciary,
the charter request of Catholic War
Veterans, Jewish War Veterans and
'^ranco-American War Veterans. The
recommittal in effect kills the charter
requests for the balance of the ses-
sion of the 80th Congress.
Regarding UMT and the Draft, top
’eaders in Congress now have come
'’orth with plans to expand our Air
i^orce. This will give them an “out"
for refusal to pass Universal Military
Training Legislation. It seems now
that UMT has only a remote chance
for passage and then only if a war
'Care becomes more real than now.
Congress is moving slowly and warily
on legislation to impose temporary
draft and will not accept plans of the
Armed Services; howevr, they will
pass some form of draft legislation,
unless shadows of war disappear
completely. Under the present set
up. veterans with one year’s service
will he exempt from the draft but
'A'ill be required to register. Those
with up to 18 months’ service wiU
have to enlist in Reserve components
or stand the possibility of being
called. Those veterans with two years’
service would be exempt.
Meanwhile with the impending
draft acting as a spur to voluntary
enlistments, the Armed Services ex
pects to draft onlv 220.000 men to
increase its strength to the requested
349.500; however. Congress will not
accept this plan as is, but wants to
build up the Air Force in order to
escape pressure from the UMT, and
the Houes Armed Services has al
ready voted unanimously for a 70
group Air Force.
By Jackie Gaskins
Finally when a few quiet mome'it ;
have stolen their way into t'le
of Ladies’ Hall, 1 think it wise that
I attempt to scrape up a H.t.e bit ol
news for the few curious folk o i
;i,inpus. Since a tew quiet niomei t
have arrived at this beautiful u\. i i
for us lucky women who live in it
I think it only fair that I tfll y-'U ” '
it is quiet. Everyone has gone to the
annual Freshman-Sophomore d.uicj
except a few very quiet and s r'a •
ladies. Yes, the gals went nut t ■-
night looking very “snazzy” in their
hoops, and of course, their dresses.
Oh yes. what am I doing up
tonight? Well, I've decided to dedi'ate
my life to the seclusion of -trd i”g. 1
sure am in a joking mood tonight.
“Hark thy noise, Melvina!
1 have just returned fioni tl;? lai:'.
And here’s a bit of news
1 picked up while t le.e. " i
Once upon a (time, wlien we were all
little people, except soma peoi Is v ho
never were I'ttle, our parents used to
honor our birthdays by giviiig up ■'
little birthday party. To tliis occasion
we could always invite a 1 the hr t
ot the neighborhoo'l. Ha' ing dec'd"d
that we weren't fully grown up as
yet. we plotted a surprise party for
the one notorious Caro yii i in.^ni s i ■
.‘\'l the popular helle'; of s"cortl fl nr.
Ladies’ Hall attended this occis'o
lie form of dress was oj'tional. and
most people came optionrl too! 'I'!"’
treat of the evening was 'i hfri w w"’"'
erved with delicious melted ice cream
and stale cocoanut cake. That’s enough
or the entertainment on campus (li>r-
ing the past two weeks. It ought to
It looks as if the physiology rl.iss
is bringing out the love of na ure in
several boys, efpeciaily Max Necc'.
1 have been told that Jtav '■ - t
■t'lting bullfrogs so's he could get
the heartbeat of one. Here's i.oi-,
tiU goi a tiog tliat hadn't been ou
'» night before, so his heart wou'd
'le heating regularly.
The old motto about having to [ a '
the penalty for disobedience was resill
lemonstrated here on campus a t
.eek. 1 he gals in West ha' c h 1 to
>ay the penalty of losing f;f ('"ii
)recious minutes of their dating 'im''
lecause someone didn’t t' ink f t
Dean Hardy meant what she s;d 1.
•lon't think I'm gloating o^-er it, gaF..
cause the same thing will iirobil'U-
appen to us before this paper is
Wliile I'm still in a 'ow I't-rary
nood, I m^ght as well tell you a
cut'* - i- * •
lation at “Melvina’s fair”. One of the
best was told by the regis^iai' c. i
■U'k lorn Insti.utc’ about one of
'heir incoming freshni"n. On t''s
reg' = »rat'on card fn’i-''
this: "Name of parents: Mama and
There was also one told by a flighty
young miss who was talking to her
girl friend. She must have been re
lating the events of the prev ous i ig' t.
for the convprsation vpt-t like h's:
He: May I kiss you?
He: Mav 1 please t-iss you?
She: (More silence)
He: Say, are you deaf?
She: No, are you paralyzed?
At this point Inc.ki*' h"'^l ’
the fair ‘cause ‘^twas drawing clos2 to
the curfew hour of all dormi.oiv t
dents of Elon College. Sorrv tha* I -
didn’t pick up any more inform.''tio'i
at the fair than I did, but mnyh'' ’
can find some more for the next
1. Quoted from one famous J''m"s
Hallett Parker, Jr. of Elon College.
Look for Congress to approve the i
Forrestal program for Navy arid Mar
ine Corps, the Forrestal program for
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