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THIS AND THAT
John R. Bullock, Jr.
A. P. Robertson
cron Delta Kappa, honorary campus leaders' fraternity,
and one Arch Bennett is president of the men's stud-sstua
'33IJJ0 OAi;oap uapns saqStq aqj 'punoD
Metcalfe and Miss Williams are likewise prominent in
campus activities; and all five students are active in the o
social life of the institution.
SAMUEL, JUDGE AND PROPHET
We congratulate the new members of Phi Beta Kappa
By Dean C. J. Turck
therefore, not only because of this deserved recognition
xof their superb scholarship but also because their sucSamuel is an outstanding figure in
college careers now drawing Old
Testament history because he is
near an end.
one of the two men who built the
Kingdom of Israel. The other man
was David. Until the time of Samuel, the tribes of Israel were loosely
joined together, each having its own
"Yes," he said, "I was pledged to Phi Beta Kappa tribal government and not infrequentlast week but I won't be initiated this semester I didn't ly making war on one another. Every
man did that which was right in his
make my standing last year."
own eyes, and if ever there was a day
that might prove the old adage that
And our favorite freshman contributes still another that government is best which govremark to our column . . . he suggests the following erns least, it was the days of the
for the heeds of the Association of judges of Israel. But the old maxim
Freshman Instructors: "Pen and. paper, pen and paper: is all wrong; that government is not
best which governs least; it is freTHEME, THEME THEME!"
quently the worst kind of government,
tending toward tyranny on the .one
One of our exchanges opines that the faculty of their hand and anarchy on the other. No
institution is probably the "healthiest" in existence since man today would go back to the days
few classes are dismissed on account of illness. While of the judges, although some profess
discussing the subject, we might mention that we haven't loudly to wish for such days of liberty.
They were days of disillusionment and
noticed any invalids on our iaculty.
defeat. But for the fact that the
neighboring tribes were no better or
And it came to pass that he flunked.
ganized than the tribes of Israel, the
tribes which Moses had led 'through
the wilderness to the Promised Land
would have been wiped off the face
of the earth. Anarchy and license do
not work. Israel did not make a step
forward after the death of Moses until
there came a man with a message,
three hundred years later. His nanie
By Cotton Noe, University of Kentucky
Samuel's message is still the dream
"University libraries were recently augmented by a of the ages, the Kingdom of God
He dreamed that the twelve tribes of
new volume of poems that of Cotton Noe, professor of
education on our own campus. The volume consists of tile anddistrustful of one another, hos
weak, might be united into a
270 pages of poems and dramas of varied nature entitled great nation whose king would
"Tip Sams of' Kentucky and Other Poems and Dramas."
To this end he travelled
The publisher is the Canterbury Club of Lexington, Ken- throughout the land, preachine. ex
The "book is beautifully bound in chased red horting, planning for unity and the
leather and bears on its cover the gold seal of the Can- strength that comes from unity. The
tribes were then under the domination
of the Philistines, the same
Professor Noe is a poet of note, nationally as well Samson had troubled perhaps race that
as locally. As poet laureate of Kentucky he has pub- ation before. But Samson had relied
notably, "The Loom of Life" on brute f orcc and as soon as he died.
lished a number of volumes,
and "The Blood of Rachel." He has dedicated his latest the Philistines returned to power over
work to his wife, Sidney Stanfill Noe, "Inspirer and Israel. Brute force never gets anywhere. And the Israelites could not
It is astounding that one author could confine in rise in power and civilization until
such a small volume poems so diversified in character. they had something to guide them
"Tip Sams of Kentucky" has four parts, each one as and unite them than the solitary exploits of giants like Samson. They
different from another as the book of one author is needed a vision and a principle. Phys
from another. But' all parts unite to reflect a mood, ical power does not exalt a nation;
an atmosphere that is the spirit of the modern age.
we need ideals.
Professor Noe as a rule chooses a verse form and a
The Hebrew tribes had crown dis
rhyme that jimgles as mechanically as the rocking horse cburaged through, the long years of
Moses was to have led
couplet of our ancestors.
As evidence of this read his
exquisite animal chautauqua at once amusing and replete tnem into a .Promised Land, but Moses
died in the wilderness. Joshua was
with irony. At first it seems monotonous, almost homely, then one discovers the purpose of his choice. He t6 have conquered the Promised Land,
but Joshua had left large sections of
is speaking of people whose lives are as commonplace,
the land unconquered. and since
as unvaried as his own ingenuous rhyme. It would be Joshua the tribes had made no nroor- ridiculous to give the sordid facts of their daily life in ress in subjugating the people who
the sublime dignity of blank verse, in whose stately meas- were in possession when thev came
ure treads the majesty of kings. "Tip Sams," "Thiti bo the Israelites e did a most natural
Britches Dick," and "Ragged Eddie" may not touch thing; they began to live like the
the divine heights of poetic expression but they are people of the land, to carry on their
and lastly, to carry
poems for the people, not the critics; they are as keenly business
on their religion like them. But the
realistic as Edgar Lee Master's "Spoon River Anthology." religion
of these pagan peoples was a
But Professor Noe is a courageous writer instead religion of license
and lust. Israel
of being content with holding up a mirror bearing an oegan to worship Baal the Sun God
authentic picture of a great class, he goes from the in- ahd Ashtaroth the Moon Goddess, and
tensity of modern realism to the lyric beauty of classic when Israel thus began to worship
verse. In poems of the latter classification are evidenced mere flesh deified into religion, it be
the true height and depth of his genius.
There is gan quicKIy to go down the easy slope
of moral degredation.
It was the easy compromise to
"He would have cast the royal purple oft
make, but it was fatal. When Sam
"To clothe a shivering hind;
uel began his work, his people were
"Or hearing hunger's cry,
living like the Philistines, in unbridled
"Have plucked the jewels
wickedness. It is the easy compro- "From an ancient crown
pnse for us to make. To live like
"To save a starving child."
the folks next door is a simple plan of
These lines are replete with lovliness, of poetic im- life; there won't be any neighbor
agery. The second poem on Lincoln achieves as noble hood disputes; but unless the folks
Others stand out as vividly "Ambition," next door are tied to the best ideals
"Motif," "Kentucky," and "The Witching Hour." "In the whole neighborhood will go down
grade. No man and no nation can
the Windy City" is vaguely reminiscent' of Carl
pattern moral life on any earthly
famous "Chicago.' There are war poems tinged ample, no matter how near, how ex.
with the tragic intensity of a Rupert Brooke; there is erous, or how neiehborlv. No other
a poetic fantasy "Uplift," which revels as much in the foundation for character can be laid
reproduction of musical sounds as the
than that which God has laid, in the
poems of Vachel Lindsay lose themselves in the sensuous example of Himself. 'The Jews made
moral .shipwreck of themselves when
movements of a negro band.
In the drama, "In Old Perugia," seems frankly out
of place in such a volumne of poems in spite of its dramatic suspense and interesting dialogue. In fact, the
severely critical might censure the entire book as being
too much or a pot pourri. "Tip Sams and Other Poems"
seem to be experimental, the work of a poet who has not
yet decided on his poetical medium, a poet who vacillates
from realism to classicism, from sordidness to the delights of whimsicality. In fact, "Tip Sams" is so much
of a miscellany as to make criticism extremely difficut
but there is undoubtedly genius there.
The literary world will await with eagerness Professor Noe's next effort the writer hopes he will devote
himself to the limpid clarity of his sonnet rather than
to the intensely realistic but mechanically rhyme of his
"human folk" poems. Fantasey and smoothly flowing
rhythm, the shimmering lovliness of dreams these he
can sing with the genius of the true poet. What could
merit more lasting fame than a volume of poems as
beautiful as "The Witched Hour," a brief but exquisite
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Since time immemorial man has always found the
source of one of his greatest delights in competition
competition with the forces of nature, the beasts of the
forest, and his fellowmen. Paleolithic man found this
pleasure in. matching his savage strength with that of
the mammoth beasts of the Neanderthahc forests, ihe
Greek found it in the chariot driving of the race course,
the athletic contests of the arena, the oratory of the
market place. Today the average university undergrad
uate finds it in athletic competition on the baseball dia
mond, the basketball court, and the football gridiron.
Last Friday night at the Central Christian Church
nearly two thousand people gathered together to witness
a contest of another kind a matching of the wits and
intellect of members of the debating teams of Oxford
College, England, and the University of Kentucky in the
first international intercollegiate debate ever held in
To many persons not acquainted with the English
method of debating, the debate last Friday was most
astounding. The Oxford men chose to utilize the hum
orous method or argumentation and their witicisms not
only attested to the falsity of the popular assumption
that the English have no humor, butalso surpassed,. the
best facetious attractions of the local theaters in keeping
the large audience in a constant uproar of mirth.
Professor Sutherland, .head, of the department of
public speaking, is to be most heartily congratulated not
only for the splendid showing made by the Kentucky
debaters, but also for having arranged this debate which
purpose of furnishing Lexingtonians
with a glimpse of English university life and of demon
strating that university students are really interested in
the intellectual phase of college life when something
really worth-whil- e
Next year, Mr. Sutherland has announced, the
probably will debate with either Cambridge Col
In the spring of this
lege or Sidney College, Australia.
year, debates will be held with some of the leading
colleges and universities of the North as well as of the
South. With such contests as .this in view, it should
not be surprising if student interest in this "intellectual
sport" would be revived.
Perhaps the day may even come when debating at
the university will take its place along with athletic
contests, as a major interest of the student body and a
means of popular satisfaction for students of the time
aged craving for competition.
"PHILOSOPHY, GUIDE OP LIFE"
an excellent race in the recent Demo
cratic primary at Detroit for state
Will Tend to Relieve Traffic Con- representative from the first district.
Mr. Douglas, now living in Detroit,
gestion on Campus Driveways
where he is an insurance broker,
The macadamized road which runs coached at the University of Michifrom the driveway in front of Kastle gan for 11 years, before coming to the
hall and the Civil and Physic building University of Kentucky.
to the driveway which leads to Rose
Lightning knocked a college man
street just north of President
home is the latest improvement out of bed. The first words he said'
upon regaining consciousness were,
on the university's campus.
"All right, roommate, 111 get up."
The road is a timely improvement
that has been long needed and it is
hoped that the new road will help
to relieve the present parking con- DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Studnts are asked to take advantage
of the new road by using it to park
their cars on.
DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
interested in forming
group in view of petitioning
national sorority. Give college
and year. Address
Prentiss P. Douglas Makes Race
Prentiss P. Dougass, former football coach at the university, received a
highly complimentary vote and ran
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Cradled in the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg,
ginia a century and a half ago, Phi Beta Kappa, oldest
and most revered of all college fraternities last week piece
anniversary. Born of an
"An old Cremona yearning o'er the scene,
earnest desire of a few students at William and Mary
"The rhythmic play of wierd, dissolving light,
College to promote a "feeling of fellowship and fraternity
thtat haunted ancient night',
among those who possess scholarly attainments," the
"Elusive wrath; an iridescent sheen
society, no longer a secret fraternity, exists today an
"Of torquoise, amethyst, and opaline;
aristocracy of intelligentsia, true scholarship and a
"A gauzy dragonfly in airy flight,
monument to the study of the fine arts.
"A shimmering hummingbird enchanting sprite
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is justly regarded as
"Great Pavlowa, the Russian fairy Queen!
one of the most signal honors which is possible of
"She floated softly through the melting air,
achievement by university students. One of the few
"And poised in space upon her magic toe,
honorary fraternities which has jealously guarded itself
"And spun a breathless minute balanced there,
against the taint of professionalism and commercial"Then, like a winged arrow from a bow,
ism, it admits to its sanctuary of membership only the
"She vanished where no mortal eye could see- -select few, deemed worthy of such honor by virtue of
"Reincarnated muse, Terpsichore!"
excellence in scholarship and character.
The exquisite, melting grace of the dance, the play
Kentucky Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa fittingly of light and color, the creation of an image that is
anniversary of the frater- poetry!
nity's founding, last Friday by the initiation into its
ranks of five seniors of the university; William Arch BenMISERERE
nett, M. H. Crowder, Jeannete Metcalfe, Ann Williams,
lAnd still they burn, these candles white and tall,
and Grant Willey, all of whom have a scholastic standing
Mockingly sanctify my erstwhile shrines
of 2.5 or better for their three years' work in the
Now dims the light, now fitfully it shines
College of Ats and Sciences.
Gustily blown by old forgotten winds
The pledging of these five students to Phi Beta Kappa
Like king's decrees which sovereign death rescinds
is further evidence of the falsity of the popular belief
Are these my pale cold dreams. Life has let fall
Tears hypocritical and acid. . . Still they burn, and all
that the coveted gold key is gained only by
as all of these students are recognized leaders on the uni- - , The smiles I have shine here, like peace, in candles
versity campus. The three men are members of the Omi- white and tall. , , , ,
they lived like their neighbors. You
and I can make the came blunder, how
easily, if we once get the notion that
we have to do like the rest of the
folks. Other folks' conduct is not our
standard. "Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father in heaven is
perfect." That is a different measure;
it is God's measure for men.
That was in brief the message that
Samuel brought to Israel. He said
to them, you have been sinning. You
have been worshipping Baal and
""If ye do return unto the
Lord with all your hearts, then put
away the strange gods and Ashtaroth
from among you, and prepare your
hearts unto the Lord and serve Him
only; and He will deliver you out of
the hand of the Philistines."
brought them a message of morality.
On that principle he would found the
Kingdom of God. With that purpose
he would unite the decent men and
women of all the tribes and build a
nation whose foundation would be
He failed, as all the prophets have
failed since. The Kingdom of God is
always coming, never here in its com
But Samuel's message
lifted Israel from disorder and strife
to united power and comparative
peace, and while the united kingdom
he founded passed away with Solo
mon, his message rings down through
the ages, changeless, imperious, un
deniable. "Prepare your hearts unto
the Lord and serve Him only." Mor
ality must be the basis of individual
and of national life. There is something more important than healthy
body or trained mind; it is the active
soul. Character is better than intellect. The great soul will be strong
to be as well as to think; it will pre
fer to be morally incorruptible than
to be intellectually clever. And a nation of great souls will find its power,
not in its weapons of war, but in. its
influence for peace and for
Samuel built a kingdom,
long-agdestroyed. But what of the
kingdom which we are building? Is
it founded on the rock of morality or
on the shifting sands of indulgence
Do we follow
Samuel or the Philistines?
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