|THE STANFORD DAILY||TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1930||VOLUME 77, NUMBER 34|
With the Axe furore still raging, a large portion of the pale contingent of Stanford's student body is getting set to work up a great lather over that colossal tribulation which besets fraternity men and freshmen each spring -- rushing.
This Axe business, incidentally, came as a great boon to rushers and rushees. As a topic of conversation, during painful dinner and luncheon dates, it will be immense, even the weather or the athletic prowess of brother Zilch.
As the Greek brethren already know, and as the yearlings will soon learn, rushing is the most heinous crime ever perpetrated upon suffering mankind. When someone discovers the secret of perpetual motion, it would be swell if he could, at the same time, turn in a system where by freshmen might be pledged without the awful formula which is now the vogue.
Seriously (and paradoxically), the best advice the Daily can presume to offer to inhabitants of Encina Hall is to avoid too much seriousness in this thing. After all, fraternities are not life and death matters.
Don't swallow everything you hear, whether it be for or against any particular fraternity. Use your own eyes and your own mind. It is your college life, remember. Map it out for yourself.
For the benefit of those who have subscribed to the vapid theory that the Stanford Axe should be turned into a trophy for the Big Game winner, the Daily is printing today the following editorial from its transbay contemporary, the Daily Californian:
"Suggestions have been many as to what Stanford should do with the Ax. Some, we are sorry to say, are reported of the lips of Californians.
"If the Stanford students decide they would like to place the Ax as a trophy of the Big Game or the baseball series, that is a matter for them to propose. The answer of our Executive Committee should, of course, be 'No!'
"But when men in more or less responsible positions on this campus take it upon themselves to make such a suggestion, they are being, to say the least, unrepresentative. According to newspaper accounts, several men of differing prominence have been quoted to the effect that Stanford should put up the Ax as a Big Game trophy. Even if this were a good proposal, which it is not, the presentation of it by any Californian is neither sportsmanlike or tactful. And, in other events, the students should be the ones consulted on the matter.
"For 31 years the Ax stood for something more than the winning of a football game, has held a place dearer to California hearts than any mere trophy could hold. It has been a symbol, and its yearly vision has been a hallowed occasion. Now it is gone, but for it to be relegated to the same category with the meaningless bits of silverware given as prizes for winning games would be a tragic insult to its grand history.
"It was taken fairly, and fairly it should be retaken -- and it will be. And its taking should honor its memory: the splendid past should be repeated when Californians some day restore the Ax to the campus which has become home to it. But a mere trophy changing hands each year -- never! If Stanford makes such a proposal, honor demands that the Executive Committee vote 'No!'"