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About Oregon emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1909-1920 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 30, 1915)
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EDITOR-IN-CTIIEK. .MAX H. SOMMER
Assistant Editors.Wallace Eakln, Leslie O. Toose
Managing Editor.Harold Hanistreet
News Editors.Mandcl Weiss, Clytle Hull, DeWItt Gilbert
City Editor.Harry L. Ruck
BUSINESS MANAGER.FLO VD C. WESTERFIELD
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Is This Debater’s Logic?
WONDERFUL have been the manipulations of logic on the
tongues of master logicians in bygone history, in the heyday ol
sopnism the clever disciples of Socraies proved beyond the shadow
of a doubt that nothing exists—not even the shadow of sophists
themselves. Scholasticism rose to such majestic heights at one
time that the greatest minds ol medievalism took delight in debat
ing on how many angels can dance on the point of a needle.
But one of the greatest contributions to the gymnastic art
of argument were the syllogisms that three members of the for
ensic council used to prove to their own satisfaction that in tnis
day and age of the emancipation of women there is no such thing
as feminine ability in debating, this is a new discovery to mere
man who has proverbially held the tongue of women in awe.
Speaking seriously ol the ban placed on women competing
for places on the intercollegiate debating teams, we think that it
is one of the mo$t illiberal pieces of legislation that has been
enacted this year—even worse than the abolition of intercollegiate
basketball by the faculty.
Woman has by the aid of her natural and developed faculties
mounted to a height in the intellectual world nearly paramount
with man. Drobably the greatest chemist in the world is Madame
Curie. Rrobably within the narrow confines of the University
of Oregon there lurks a master mind in a woman. Yet the foren
sic council, with the usual egotism of man, arbitrarily decided that
man has a monopoly in debating faculties.
Three of the members of the forensic council voted that
woman be prohibited from participation in competitive tryouts
lor the debating team. A few weeks ago a few of the ambitious
women tried out for the team, and some of them bested some of
But seemingly the men were not to be bested. They met in
council and decided that women were an undesirable element to de
bating teams. One of the men said that women introduced the
personal element, which has a demoralizing effect on the men—
the same effect which would result if women played basketball
or football with the men. Another said that women should no
more be allowed to compete in debate than in football. Still an
other stated that women ruined the esprit de corp of the team;
the coach says not so. And yet another proclaimed that high
school debating had proven that women were undesirable de
baters. After such a display of logic, we wonder if it would not
be wiser if the women excluded the men from debating on the
same illogical grounds that the men prohibited the women. Sure
ly such arguments are the last words in dogmatism, narrow
mindedness and bigotry.
Oregon stood foremost in the state a few days ago by stand
ing up fairly and squarely for woman's rights at the University in
an effort to secure debating contests with O. A. (J. and Reed Col
lege who were denying the women the rights of debating against
men. Oregon’s cause was applauded by the press, and in the midst
of all this when the two colleges showed signs of recognizing the
women, Oregon faltered and fell. And to cap the climax O. A. C.
has denied barring women from debate, and says that everything
has been done to induce women to take part in this activity. De
bating is the only activity which places the women of the Univer
sity in competition with the men with the possible exception of
studies in which women excell. Is this right to be denied the
The women of the University support men’s activities finan
cially even though they know that they cannot compete in foot
ball, baseball and the like. The women are taxed equally with the
men. Last year they contributed $277li to the support of activi
ties, of which about $54 was spent on women’s activities. Should
they not be represented in the only activity in which they are
placed on a par with the men? Or should they be taxed without
the opportunity of representation?
We are sure that tin* men who were responsible for this legis
lation will correct their mistake before it is too late. Oregon
needs the best she has, regardless of sex or previous conditions of
Ghostly, sheeted guides mot tlu>
people arriving at the party tit the
Y. W. G. A. Bungalow Friday even
ing and eondmted them backwards
down the collar stairs into the realm
of a large illuminated skull and a
skeleton suspended through the wood
lift, then hack through gloomy pas
sages Into the reception roc in. Here
games such as bobbing lor apples
and fortune telling were Indulged in
until "eats." of elder, doughnuts, ap
ples and toasted marshmallows were
brought in. The decorations were
principally of autumn leave
Mr. and Mrs. C. 11. Kdmondsun
chaperoned. Those in charge of the
arrangements were: Margaret l'i\
ou, Claire Warner. Mary llislop. Kuth
Trowbridge, Alley Church, Miriam
Cage. Roberta Klllum, Katherine
Bridge- . Jewel Tor.ler and Genevieve
Chapin. Krma Keithly read a ghost
story and Marian Ady. a high school
girl, acted as fortune teller.
The entire faculty was entertain
ed in the Y. M. C. A. Bungalow Sat
urday evening by a committee of
faculty women. The witch scene from
Macbeth was given as a part of the
program. The Bungalow decorated
appropriately for Hallowe’en pre
sented a very attractive appearance.
Tile hostesses were: Mrs. P. L.
(.'ampin'll, honorary; Mrs. A. It.
Swoetsor, Mrs. It. C. Clark, Mrs. J.
H. Hilbert, Mrs. A. 10. Caswell, Mrs.
W. 1). Smith, Mrs. \V. F. U. Thatch
er, Mrs. t'. H. Edmondson and Mrs.
J. F. ilovard.
Meta Theta I’t dinner guests on
Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. J. F.
Johns, Junior, Mary Johns and Helen
James F. Johns, junior, ’12 visited
vvora! days at the Meta Theta i’i
house, leaving Tuesday night.
Dean Walter Sumner, bishop of
Oregon, was a Monday evening din
ner guest of Meta Theta Pi.
Mrs it. M. Pet scold and her daugh
ter. Agnes, of Oregon City, visited at
the Chi Omega house las-t week-end.
J 1). Foster. V. M. C. A. fniver
sit\ secretary, was a Wednesday
luncheon guest at the Delta Tan Del
ta house. I
Nellie Tarker was a Thursday even
ing dinner guest of Mu Phi Kpsllon.
Mrs Maud II. l.eonard. Mrs. Alton
H. Hampton, Mrs. Charles Reynolds,
of Portland and Helen McDonald
were Tuesday evening dinner guests
at the Alpha Phi house.
Kappa Alpha Theta entertained at
dinner Tuesday evening Mrs. Allen,
a Pi Beta Phi from Chicago, Myrtle
Kem, Leah Perkins and Kathryn
Mrs. S. S. Dunn, Mrs. A. R. Sweetser.
Mrs. R. C. Clark, Mrs. W. D. Smith,
Mrs. A. E. Caswell, Mrs. J. H. Gil
bert, Mrs. C. H. Edmondson, Mrs. W.
F. G. Thatcher and Mrs. J. F. Bovard
will entertain the faculty and those
connected with faculty at a Hallo
we’en party Saturday evening at the
Y. W. C. A. Bungalow. An informal
program will be given.
Delta Delta Delta entertained the
members of the chapter at dinner j
Mrs. George McCoy of Twin Falls,
Tdaho, and Mrs. John Creeks of Ash
land are spending the week-end at
the Delta Gamma house. Mrs. Mc
Coy and Mrs. Creek are on their way
home to Ashland.
Claude Washburn of Junction City
was a dinner guest at the Sigma Chi
house Wednesday night.
Mr. and 'Mrs. James Johns ('Pearl
McKenna, ex’12) of Pendleton spent
Tuesday in Eugene.
Mrs. Hunter of Da Grande is spend
ing a few days at the Gamma Phi
Bess Cushman and Jennie Hug
gins were dinner guests at Gamma
Phi Beta house, Wednesday even
Mr. Carl Getz, dean of department
of journalism at Montana University,
is visiting at the Iota Chi house.
Eva Brock spent the week-end in
Helen Coke, ex-’15, of Portland,
and Grace Bean, ’14, of Salem, mo
tored to Eugene last week-end and
were guests at the Gamma Phi Beta
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