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MUFFLED MURMURS of apprehension and antagonism are
heard in the student body as to the faculty proposed abolition of
intercollegiate athletics. Not that anybody fears the bill will pass,
but the danger of even contemplating such action is imminent.
For the purpose of waiving the question, we admit that there may«
come a time when the withdrawal of the university from intercol
legiate athletics may be advisable—ultimately; but it is a glimpse
into the far future as distant as the millenium or some utopia.
The danger of dragging such improbable considerations into the
ring of contention is that they may invite outside protagonists
who are blindly ignorant of the conditions, and are unreasonably
biased against athletics. The university has many times suffered
from such sources.
The contentions against intercollegiate athletics are some
what superficial, although they read well. The first objection is
that they seriously effect scholarship. In 1911 the administration
compiled a set of statistics, for the avowed purpose of showing
“that the University makes it a point not to let athletics or other
interests interfere with the student’s work at the expense of his
scholarship.’’ In these statistics there came to light a remarkable
fact: football men averaged as well as those who took part in no
athletic activities. Omitting oratory and debate, those students
participating in athletics were up to the general standard of
Again we hear the contention that intercollegiate athletics
prohibits the general student body from participating. So does
debate and oratory—at least to the same extent. There is no ac
tivity—in or out of college—in which all can participate. If every
body could participate in every activity- the chances are that none
would participate in any. It is the competitive method that makes
the activities worth while. Why abolish intercollegiate athletics—
which, we admit, limits participation—and not abolish intercol
legiate debate and oratory, which prohibits participation far more
than does football and baseball ?
The indictment against intercollegiate athletics is completed
with the statement that the student tax is increased, thus excluding
many students of moderate means from the University. At pres
ent the student tax is eight dollars, three dollars of which admits
the student to all contests on the campus, athletic and forensic.
The other five dolars is the student tax in toto, and not nearly all
of that amount goes toward the support of intercollegiate ath
letics, for the contests are practically self-supporting, as the fi
nances of last year will show. Even were it true that the tax
were high enough to prohibit students of moderate means from
attending college, the fact remains that the tax is not compulsory
according to the student body constitution.
We could rant on ad nauseum, but what is the use. If intercol
legiate athletics were abolished—which we hope and believe is
next to the imposible—the evils arising therefrom would greatly
outnumber the contended, and we believe fallacious, good effects.
Stanford abolished football from college activities a few years ago
and substituted intercollegiate rugby; but now there is a general
agitation to return to the old game, because the change stigma
tized the University. If Stanford was injured by substituting
rugby for football, what effect would the total abolition of inter
collegiate athletics have on Oregon ?
We are heartily in favor of the resolution of protest against
the proposed ban on intercollegiate athletics which the student
body addressed to the faculty. Let Oregon beware leaping head
long into what appears to be clear water, but which really is a
slough of despond. It is easier to get in than out.
Is Oregon Spirit a Myth?
IS THE famous Oregon Spirit—advertised from Portland
Maine, to Portland, Oregon—a myth, a thing of the past?
So it seemed from the sparse attendance yesterday at the first
rooters’ practice of the season. On the front page of today’s
Emerald appear the names of only SO Oregon men who had enough
“pep” and loyalty to come out on Kincaid Field and show 30 foot
hall men, who are sacrificing hours every day that Oregon is be
hind them in spirit. A football team needs something else besides
brain and brawn: it needs support.
The sad fact is that the freshmen were conspicuous—only by
their absence. There were more enthusiastic college women in tluv
grandstand than there were "frosh” voices on the bleachers. And
freshmen need the preliminary practice more than any class on
the campus. There may be a poor abb ifor the upperclassmen who
know the yells from participation, but for the freshman class
there is absolutely no excuse. It is up to the freshmen to disprove
any wrong impression that their scarcity might have caused.
We urge that the bleachers, from now on until the end of the
season, are filled with at least as many as would attend a eider
and-doughnut affair. Every man and there are a few hundred
of them—whose name does not appear in the Emerald, we hope
will turn out strong. Those who came at the first call will always
come without a “special invitation.”
If you have any Oregon Spirit, and are a band man, turn out
for rehearsals. They commence next week (see notice). The band
is an all-important student body activity.
A freshman weighing 350 pounds
has been excused from drill at the
University of California, because his
unwieldiness caused a bulge in the
line which the captain of Company P
could not straighten.
Stanford has 17 games scheduled
for her Rugby team.
Governor Hiram Johnson of Cal
ifornia and William Humphrey, pres
ident of the Olympic club, San Fran
cisco, are at the head of a committee
which is attempting to restore ath
letic relations between Stanford and
Ray Hearn a freshman came out of
the scrimmage Monday with “water
on the knee.’’ It may lay him out for
the rest of the season.
Time was ca]led again and again
in the scrimmage Wednesday even
ing. It looks bad for Oregon when
200 pounds of Multnomah hit our
Eastern football men and sporting
writers are asking themselves this
fall if it is not about time to “get’’
Harvard on the gridiron. So, too, are
western watchers of the college game
wondering if Washington’s reign over
matters footballic is not about to end
Washington, for a longer period than
Harvard has been invincible, has held
absolute sway over the football of the
Pacific Coast. The worm must turn,
injuries and ijl luck must come,
coaching systems must crumble and
in time the grim reaper will slide
his scythe around Dobie’s champion
ship grain. Though he faces no ex
uerienced and powerful foe this year
there is a feeling and a hope through
out the West, expressed and expound
ed on the sporting pages of metropol
itan and college papers, that Wash
ington’s coach, carrying with him the
moral handicap of broken faith may
meet his master in the unskilled in
experienced, green but formldible
California giant that he has picked
for an adversary in this, his first
Despite the fact that the national
track meets were held on the Pacific
Coast this year the greatest event of
1915 in this line occurred in the east.
The matter referred to was the set
ting of a new mile record by Norman
Taber, formerly of Brown University,
and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. Run
ning practically against time, Taber
not only broke the world's amateur
record for the four-lap distance but
also bettered the professional time,
setting the mark of 4 minutes, 12
and three-fifth seconds. This is the
most startling event in the athletic
world since George Plorine jumped
six feet seven inches or Dan Kelly ran
the hundred In nine and three-fifths
Several matters of note appeared
in the different meets held in Califor
nia this summer, and among these
must be placed the interest and suc
cess which met the introduction of
the quarter mile hurdle race into
western athletics and the rather re
markable fact that not one man in
the two day’s meet of the A. A. U.
championship broke from his mark.
This was probably largely due to the
expert starting of John McHugh, of
New York, who came to the coast
for the express purpose of starting
the meet. He stood In front and to
one side of the men rather than dir
ectly behind the line as Is the cus
tom among the starters of this coast.
Although the Standford eight which
journeyed to Poughkeepsie this sum
mer for the big eastern regatta did
not win the race it got a close sec
ond and demonstrated to eastern fol
lowers of rowing that a conglomerate
stroke such as was used by the west
ern men is at times far superior to
the traditional English stroke rowed
by some of the colleges whet were to°
far behind to get the Stanford swell.
The power, dogged fight and wonder
ful grit of the westerners won for
them the admiration of all the spec
Sam Stenstrom. the University of
Washington sprinter who walked
away with nearly all the hundred
yard dashes in the conference last
spring will not enter the university
this year as he is working in some
Well, well. "Moose” hath reg
istered at Stanford. No wonder they
have the nerve to schedule a track
meet with "Oregon.”
If those “OU’S” on Johnson Hall
had an "I” in the monogram, penny
ante would be the favorite athletic
Bez the war lord, states that all
his squad will get a chance at the
Multnomah warriors. Registrar Tif
fany has appointed Dr. Kuykendall
official student body physician.
There’s a reason.
The “Lemon-Yellow” cross is con
templating issuing a cajl for nurse
The report that the Kaiser is at
tempting to secure the services of our
coach Bezdek to take command of
the western front is absolutely false.
Bezdek is not a German. (?)
Ralph Hearn a freshman came out
of the scrimmage last Monday with
“water on the knee.” These green
caps are surely attracting the water.
Vosper, we miss thou!
Portland merchants,, are refusing
to import any more India rubber
Orput has moved to town.
There ought to be a college rule
about ducking students who are "too
studious” to go to'rooter practice.
At the present rate, the student
body will soon be rich enough to
build an athletic field of its own.
Five men of the class in high
school coaching turned out Thursday
evening to receive instruction from
Bez. It is reported that Prentiss
Brown lost ten pounds!
Why not dare Washington to play
us? If they turn down a dare then
everybody knows what’s wrong.
!* FACULTY FIBS I
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Dr. R. H. Wheeler, of Clark Uni
versity, Mass., has been engaged to
instruct in the Psychology depart
ment of this University. His predeces
sor Dr. K. M. Dallenback, is now
teaching in the University of Ohio.
A faculty residence and phone list
will be issued1 the first of the week,
according to N. C. Grimes, secretary
to the president, who is compiling it.
There will be a faculty meeting in
Dr. Smidt’s classroom at 4 p. m.,
Wednesday, September 2 9th. Im
Carlyle D. Geipler, ’15, entered
Cornell this FalJ for further study in
j civil engineering.
The Y. M. C. A. at Corvallis has
opened a series of vocational addres
ses, to be given by outside men. Pres
ident Campbell was asked to give the
opening address, but had, to decline
owing to the pressure of business.
However he is scheduled to speak
there on the evening of October 19th.
Dr. C. S. Capen, United States
specialist of higher education, left
last night for Washington, D. C. His
report of this university will be is
sued soon from that city.
Registration today reached 754 ac
cording to Registrar Tiffany. There
were but Ta5 registered last year at
the end of the first semester.
The school of Architecture has
added to its faculty this year L. C.
Rosenburg, and Roswell Dosch.
Judge Chas. H. Cary and Mrs. Cary
motored to Eugene from Portland the
early part of the week. Judge Carey,
who is a member of the law firm of
Carey and Kerr, was in Eugene on
legal business, Judge and Mrs. Carey
called on President Campbell and
were shown about the campus. Judge
Carey, who is director of the Art
Museum in Portland, took particular
interest in the art department and
promised to use his influence in as
sisting the University with any art
•■xhibitions which it may hold. It is
the custom of the Art Museum to lend
various works of art to the schools
of Portland and Judge Carey hopes
to secure the same privilege for the
"While on the campus several old
friends were met including Professor
Young and Allen Eaton.
Judge Carey will probably visit the
University again during the semes
Ninety-nine per cent of the mem
bers of the 1919 freshman class of
the University of California cannot
tell the difference between a simple
and a compound sentence, accord
ing to Professor Loren D. Milliman
of the English department, who had
charge of the freshman English exam
inations this semester. Professor Mil
liman said that the 800 students who
tooh the examinations found their
greatest difficulty in the unity of the
With a total registration to date of
369 students, the Stanford Law de
partment is beginning the school year
with the largest enrollment in his
A saving of nearly three million
dollars a year to California grain
growers will be made through the
general adoption of the bulk system
of shipping grain, according to B. H.
Crocheron, farm leader of the agri
cultural extension department of the
At present the California grain
crop is valued at $28,000,000.
Through the elimination of sacks and
the loss by sack, ten per cent of the
total crop valuation will be saved.
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