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ON THE SHELF

"The Lampoon"

By Roy M. Goodman

The August issue of Threshold has finally laid to rest fears that the magazine would lose its commonsense student appeal with its announced switch to post war problems. The war has closed, to the student publications, so many channel for criticism and three is such a dearth of information and expert analyses on vital issues of the day, that it would not have been surprising if Threshold had lost itself in a maze of nebulous speculation. In stead it has devoted itself to a series of contemporary surveys on subjects close to student thoughts. It can not help but bring the full connotations of international war closer to the undergraduate.

In the realm of action this issue contains a clearly drawn article on the practicability of preinduction military training, by Howard P. Hudson of the University of Chicago's Institute of Military Studies. Pointing directly to the advantages of campus training, this article is a worthy companion piece for Arch McClure's "Your Role in the War," the most comprehensive directory of military opportunities for college students that has yet been made public. A well known labor reporter has contributed a well thought out analysis of the future of student entry into the newly recognized field of labor relations, whle Uma Bajpai, currently studying at Harvard, has written an excellent survey of the issues which are making his country, India, a subject of general concern.

Two surveys of the activities of students in allied nations broaden the issue's scope. Alan Booth, the secretary of the International Student Service in Great Britain, describes the role of students in a nation which has every-day contact with total war, while John Ballantine '42 contributes an interesting survey of education in war-time Russia.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the issue is the article, "Bluejacket, P.B.K.," by an anoymous Harvard graduate. Faced with the prospect of immediate entry into the armed services, no undergraduate can afford to miss this penetrating resume of the mixed emotions of the college trained enlisted man. In this article, as throughout the magazine, the approach is that of the student, by the student, and for the student. It is in maintaining the approach in the face of temptation to lose themselves in broader issues, that Threshold is making its greatest contribution. This is a type of clear thought for which college students may be grateful.

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