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About Oregon emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1909-1920 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 17, 1916)
Published each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the college year, by the
Associated Students of the University of Oregon.
Entered at the postoffice at Eugene as second class matter.
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.MAX H. SOMMER
Assistant Editors,.. ./.V-W..'**.... ........ .Wallace Kokin. Leslie O. Toose
Managing Editor....Harold Hamstreet
City Editor.....-.Harry L. Kuck
News Editor....Mnndel 'Weiss
Copy Editors.De Witt Gilbert, Clytle Hall
Special Writers..Grace Edgington, Frances Shoemaker, Charles Dundore, Walter
Admtalstratlon ..•••*.••**.••.....«.Roberta Kill am
Assistant . .....-.-‘v ..Francis Yoran
Sports .. ......... ...... ...... ...Chester A. Fee
Assistant ».«.••.»**• . ■>.. ■. ..• .... .James Sh eeh y
Features ..«4;- .. i ......Adrienne Epping, Echo Zahl
Dramatic Crltto .....James Cellars
Dramatics . .....,. ...M& rtha Beer
Mnslc .......~*S.Eulalie Crosby
Society ...... Aw>...............Beatrice Locke Lucile Watson
Exchanges . ....Louise Alien
Reporters. .Kenneth Moores, Jean Bell, Marian Neil, Carroll Wildln, Harold Say,
Robert McNary, Percy Boatman, Coralie Snell, Lucile Messner, Lucile
Sounder, Joe'Skelton, Stanley Eaton, Helen Brenton.
BUSINESS MANAGER.FLOYD C. WESTERFIELD
Manager's "and .Editor’s Phone—841.
At LastThe Student Council Meets.
'EOR THE first time in about two months, the Student Council
wilFmeet next Wednesday. Pardon the reflection, but we are of the
opinion that this august and powerful body has been shirking its res
ponsibilities. As was once before stated the members of the council
cannot be blamed entirely for this condition of affairs; it is due to1
a flaw in the organization of the campus; namely overorganization.
The meetings of this governmental body is one of the most im
portant student events on the campus; or, rather it should be. The
only reason it is sufficiently important is because it does not meet as
often as it should, it does not deal with its problems in an efficient
manner, and there is too much of the “I-don’t-care-spirit.”. Absent
eeism characterizes this-body; the attendance usually would not con
stitute a quorum of a debating society; and yet this body attempts
to legislate for the entire student body. Its members were elected
for a special function in the student body, and chronic absentees are
not-true to either the University or their constituency.
It is no pleasure to censor a body so urgent and powerful as the
student council. Yet the University faces a grave danger of having
its most important problems under the control of so lax a legislative
The Student Council can be revived from virtual non-existence
if it demands the presence of members by stringent means. Yet this
is not the logical remedy and does not strike at the cause of. the dis
ease which has enervated the whole campus. Optimists may say
that the disease is imaginary, but it is a condition generally known
among the upperclassmen that over-organization is so dominant on
the campus that every legitimate activity suffers because of the ex
istence of certain parasitic organizations that are sucking the life out
of the necessary organizations.
It is the urgent duty of the student council, we think, to deal
with this evil of over-organization which threatens to undermine the
effectiveness of important organizations.
Other urgent matters that eventually should receive consider
i. Whether or not to award the yell-leader a sweater
2. Details as to the establishment of the cooperative
store as a going-concern under the control of the student body.
3. Codifying the rules and regulations governing 1
students in their relation to the stale and faculty, together with
the revised constitution.
4. Investigating the status of the question of student
body tax, recently under consideration.
5. Planning for Junior Week-end.
6. Deciding whether or not to continue the agitation
for the complete alteration or abolition of the “cumulative cut
7. Determining the status of athletics.
These are only a few of the problems that face the Student
Council. Others are popping up continually. Can the Student Coun
cil deal with these problems, vital to the welfare of the student body
The New College Spirit.
XO MATTER under what circumstances, people act different
ly in groups than they do individually. In the higher groups there
is a fusion of thought and action into a composite that may be higher
or lower than the average of the individuals making up the group.
If lower in mentality and action, the group is usually known as a mob.
If higher it is an enlightened social mind.
In a college community there is this manifestation of the group
mind among the students, and this has come to be called college spirit.
Some people react with instinctive repulsion at the mention of
college spirit, because they associate it with the fictional representa
tion of barbarous rowdyism, dangerous hazing, lawlessness, dissipa
tion and revelry. No doubt there was at one time some basis for this
misconception, but college spirit the world over has come to carry with
it a nobler significance. True there are times, under abnormal con
ditions, when a spontaneous outburst from college students will have
nothing high or noble about it. But this is not college spirit; it isj
rather the phenomenon known as mob mind, which is as contagious
in a college community as in a city or a theatre. This rare display
of mob rule mind is often mistaken for college spirit.
1 he Atlantic Monthly gives the following definition of college
spirit: i„t sounds too good to be true but any sceptic can verify the
definition by visiting any college communitv:
“Some men mean by college spirit something finer than law
lessness. dissipation, and rowdyism. They mean the loyalty of
an institution which makes a student guard its good name by
being manly and courteous in conduct at all times and in all
places. They mean the sense of responsibility which aids a stu
dent in forming habits of temperance and industry. They mean
that eagerness to make a grateful use of his opportunities which
leads a student to keep His own body fit, his mind alert and
thoughts pure. By college spirit some men mean this and far
more: they mean that loyalty to a college which rivets a man to
the severest tasks of scholarship, through which he gains intel
lectual power and enthusiasms, without which no graduate is an
entire credit to any college; and finally they mean that vision of
an ideal life beyond commencement which shows’a man that only
through the rigid subordination of transient and trivial pleasures
can he hope to become th^ only great victory a university ever
wins—a trained, devoted, and inspired alumnus, working for the
welfare of mankind.” ;_.. ^_
f CAMPUS NOTES 1
The Syracuse (New York) Post
Standard of recent date contains the fol
“The largest progressive dinner; ever
held in this city and probably in the state
is being planned by the Syracuse Univer
sity Alumnae club. It is expected that
more than 1000 men and women vVill be
entertained. The dinner will be , given
to raise money for the women’s building
“The plan was suggested by , Miss
Grace Sawyer of this city, who is phasing
the winter at Eugene, Oregon, where is
situated Oregon University. Students
there gave such a dinner this winter and
collected a substantial sum. Miss Saw
yer is one of the originators of the wo
men’s building idea for Syracuse univer
“It is planned to have the dinner soon
after the middle of April, whep the
weather will probably be mild enough to
allow of comfortable walking from house
to house for the five courses which will
Mr. Burleigh Cash was a Wednesday
evening dinner guest of Alpha Tau
Lucile Shepard, ’15, of Portland,
enrolled in the University for a
Milton Stoddard and Russell Ralston
spent the last week-end in Medford.
George Stevenson, ’14, and Boyce Fen
ton, ’15, ore visiting at the Beta Theta
Wednesday evening dinner guests of
Kappa Alpha Theta were Kathryn Hart
ley, Vivien Pallett and Helen Hall.
Week-end guests at the Delta Gamma
house were Ida Godfrey and Lurline
Brown, of Lebanon, Mrs. Alfred Skeii and
daughter Betty of Coburg.
Alpha Phi entertained as Wednesday
evening dinner guests, President and
Mrs. P. L. Campbell, Miss M. Ruth
Guppy and Mrs. Mable Holems Par
Kappa Alpha Theta Sunday evening
dinner guests were: Geary Garrett and
George Vilan. both of Corvallis, John
Beckett and Joe McLeean.
Pi Beta Phi entertained Helen Ander
son and Marjorie Stearns at dinner on
Delta Gamma held initiation Friday
for Grayce Sage, A^vrtlo Cowan, Caroline
Alexander, Helen Brown, Mabel Tilly,
Dorothy Dunn, Beatrice Thurston, Dora
Francis, and Margaret AY rich. A ban
quet followed at the Hotel Osburn.
Covers were laid for the active chapter,
and the following guests: Alice Thurs
ton Skei, Litrline Brown, Lueile Yoran,
Anita Taylor, of Xu chapter, Idaho;
Marguerite Guthrie Hewitt, Miss Amy
Dunn and Mrs. Frederick Dunn.
Dean Ruth Guppy has moved to 258
East Tenth. The telephone number is
Dr. Bates has moved to 1420 Emer
ald. The telephone number is 74S-.L,
The last issue of the Portland “Spec
tator” contains an article by Miss Clara
AY old, ’07. on '‘Democratization of ;the
University of Oregon."
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Martin [en
tertained Tuesday with a theater party
for the Delta Gammas aud their guests.
Dr. Bertha Stuart, director of physical
education for women at Reed college,
will give a senes of twelve lectures | on
"How to Get AA'ell and Keep AA'ell," at
the Central Library, Portland. The'se
ries begins February 17, and ends Slav
To The Editor: I
They may not have as much spirit and
“pep” at the University of Washington
ns we have here, but one thing is cer
tain: if we do net adopt and follow solme
such plan ns is at present being pur
sued iu that institution, the “AA’ashingfon
Spirit" instead of the “Oregou Spirit"
will become the by-word of the north
west colleges. At least, this is the con
clusion I came to after spending several
days about the northern institution.
Haiti, snow and various oth>r forms of
inclement weather prevailed throughout
ilio entire time 1 spent there, butj I
received a far better impression of the
college than ever before, despite the fact
that conditions were far more favorable
on a former visit. Before there was ap
parent a spirit of “let-the-other-fellow
do-it”, and a latent listless atmosphere
swallowed up every movement in its
vast abysm. But today everyone is alive
and on the move; nothing is suitable now
for Washington students but a larger and
On Wednesday evening some of the
fellows guided me through the slush to
the big gymnasium where the semi-week
ly yell practice was being held. There the
underclassmen gathered—both girls and
fellows—and under the leadership of
their yell leader rehearsed many of their
songs and yells. It certainly instilled the
“pep”, for everyone was elated at the
end of the “fest” and a person with
the silver tongue of Robert Ingersoll
could never have talked them out of the
idea that Washington was the greatest
University in the world. That former
latent spirit is lethargic no more, every
one is permeated with it, and it is des
tined to bring home huge harvests in
This yell idea seems impracticable on
first thought, but some wise head has
worked it out so that absences do not re
flect discredit upon the individual but
upon the organization of which the ab
sent individual is a member. In the
Thursday’s edition of the “Daily” the
percentage of each organization—for
underclassmen present—was printed in a
conspicuous place, and the orders seemed
to take more pride in the fact that they
stood well in the yell practice percentage
column than that they stood well in per
centage in some interfraternity activity
such as basketball. Naturally the various
houses try to keep up their ranking, and
in this manner a keen ocmpetition is se
cured that assures the success of the
This seems to me to accomplish two
distinct and necessary ends. In the first
place it makes the position of yell leader
one of the desirable positions in stu
dent life; it brings to that officer a big
responsibility by making it a place from
which the minds of the younger students
«Te molded along the same lines as those
of their predecessors; the leader real
izes that the future spirit depends upon
the effort which he puts into his work
with the “younger generation,” and con
sequently, being imbued with a reverent
love for his Alma Mater he extends him
self to the limit to bring that same love
into the lives of those who gather about
him to hear his words and follbw his lead.
The second result is, naturally, the spirit
that is developed. This needs no qual
From Graduate Manager Younger, and
several others, iucidently, heard the
story of the return of Gilmore Dobie to
the fold he had so recently deserted in
his intended search for the “Spirit of the
Law.” At the student body meeting at
which Dobie made his farewell address
to the students he was presented with a
handsome gold watch, and was given an
ovation which lasted over half an hour,
so the story goes. Younger stated that
Dobie never recovered from the effects
of this ovation, and at last had to yield
to his feelings, and come back. Every one
was wildly excited and pleased beyond ex
pression when the good word of the final
signature was received. Everyone seems
to like him, though I understand that his
methods and indomitable will grow dis
tasteful, and do not appeal to the stu
dents sense of justice at times.
A barber confided in me to this extent
as he ran his razor over my chin: “Dobie
and I have played golf for the last three
years, and I have never yet found him
to be a sport.” I thanked him. and an
nounced that the news was interesting,
and I knew several people who concur
red with him in this view.
However, one thing it true; Dobie is
now showing himself to be a sport, per
haps for the first time—but we must
do these things once before we can do
them again. He is coming back to Wash
ington to fill a broken contract, and he is
coming back in the face of greater odds
than he has ever before faced. Some of
bis games are scheduled on fields where
he would never play before, and some are
to be played with teams that will un
doubtably be just about as strong as
he can wish to tackle. It is to be re
gretted that he will not face AY. S. O.
for that would be a battle worth wit
nessing, but many things can not come
to pass as we plan they shall.
A surprise awaited me at the Orpheum.
I entered that playhouse, ■'sat down,
watched some bum comedy, and then
woke to the strains of “One Day a
Freshman.” My first thought was “Ore
gon", but my next was that it was
very fine to know that you could go into
down-town business places realizing that
the business men in such a large town
as Seattle were supporting you. This
must be accountable, in a way, for the
developing spirit at Washington.
CHESTER ANDERS FEE.
Game Postponed on Account of Measles.
The basketball game which was sched
uled between the University of Colored
and the State Agricultuarl college of Col
orado for the state championship, has
been postponed indefinitely because of the
havoc wrought in the farmer’s lineup by
the two. diseases, measles and tonsilitis.
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