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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 27, 1924)
OREGON SUNDAY EMERALD
Member of Pacific Intercollegiate Press Association
Official publication of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, issued
daily except Monday, during the college year.
A*THUR S. RUDD ..... EDITOR
Managing Editor . Don Woodward
Associate Editor ...-. John W. Piper
Associate Managing Editor ____Taylor Huston
Daily News Editors
Margaret Morrison Rosalia Keber
Junior Seton Velma Farnham
Bopart Bullivant Walter Coover
Jack Burleson George Belknap
T. I. N. S. Editor _ Pauline Bondurant
Assistant . Louis Dammasch
Sports Editor __— Kenneth Cooper
Monte Byers, Bill Akers, Ward Cook.
Upper News Staff
Catherine Spall Norma Wilson
Frances Simpson Mary Clerin
Marian Lowry Kathrine Kressmann
Katherine Watson Margaret Skavlan
Exchange Editor . Nor borne Berkeley
News Staff: Henryetta Lawrence, Helen Reynolds, Lester Turnbaugh, Georgiana
Gerlinger, Webster Jones, Margaret Vincent, Phyllis Coplan, Frances Sanford,
Eugenia Strickland, Velma Meredith, Lilian Wilson, Margaret Kressmann, Ned
French, Ed Robbins, Josephine Rice, Clifford Zehrung, Pete Laurs, Leonard Lerwill.
Mary West, Emily Houston, Beth Farias, Lyle Janz, Ben Maxwell,
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Manager . Kenneth Stephenson
Aas’t Manager . Alan Wooley
Upper Business Staff
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Ass’t Adv. Mgr. Karl Hardenbergh
Sales Manager . Frank Loggan
Lester Wade Chester Coon
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Contributors to this issue lire Clinton Howard, Arthur Kudd, Pat Morris
sette, Monte Byers, Mary .lane Dustin, .Josephine Kice, Mary West, Junior
Seton, K. E. C. and Co., Marian Lowry, Xvatharino Watson, Joo Brill, Edward
Bobbins, Bill Akers, Wilbur Wester, Mary Clcrin, Webster Jones, Jack
Burleson and Theodore Janes.
Daily News Editor This Issue Night Editor This Issue
Margaret Morrison Gteorgo Belknap
We went into the library the other afternoon at four o’clock
and as we went up the steep stairs wc noticed a freshman sit
ting on one of the banisters at the side. We had seen him be
fore in one of our classes and there was something now in his
gaze which made us wonder of what he was thinking. So after
we had deposited our book at the desk we came back down the
steps and sat beside him.
“Nice weather,” we said. “Hope it lasts until Saturday.
What do you think of our basketball chances?” Our attempts
to start a conversation did not seem to be very successful. We
looked at him.
He was sitting, with his arms clasped about one raised knee,
and we were surprised to see the faint glimmer of tears in his
eyes. The kid was lonely.
From then on he did the talking, and about ten minutes
later we rose and left with a goodbye thrown backward over
our shoulder. As we wandered along we wondered at what
he had told us about his impressions of college life in the first
three months, lie was a “goof.” Long and lanky, awkward
and shy, even though keenly intelligent, he was the sort of a
frosh who simply didn’t fit in. 11c lived alone in the “town”
and ate “out.” His only bit of human contact was a “hello”
on the campus and an occasional snatch of conversation at the
gym. So this was “college life”! lie was disillusioned of all
the ideas he had ever imbibed from high school romances of
the hero of the college team.
We felt for the boy; this “goof,” and when we met a
friend on the way home we told him snatches of the conversa
tion with the freshman.
“Yes,” said our friend, “it’s too bad, but he will just have
to snap out of it!”
True; the frosh and all of his kind will simply have to
“snap.” And yet while wc pitied the first year man, we won
dered ii among the older “hands” there were not some
who by a deft touch could help such freshmen to swim into the
main current of college life.
I o Make the Soul Safe—”
In the course of our lifetime wo have always tried to cul
tivate assiduously the faculty of perceiving ami admiring valor
and intellect in others, especially those to whom we are so
unfortunate as to be opposed in matters of real principle.
Heading desultorily the other day in various essays of merit
we came across a selection, a peroration to one essay which
made us throw down the book and bang the table in sheer ad
miration. Uriel”ly, powerfully, beautifully, the writer-thinker
had placed himself upon his own platform in the face of all
the universe, to bid it defiance. We did not agree with Mr.
Bertrand Bussell altogether, yet we could not help but yield
him homage for uncompromising and fearless assertion.
“Brief and powerless is Man's life; on him and all his
race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark. Blind to good
and evil, reckless of destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on
its relentless way; for Man, condemned today to lose his dear
est, tomorrow himself to pass through the gate of darkness, it
remains only to cherish ere the blow falls, the lofty thoughts
that ennoble his little day: disdaining the coward terrors of the
slave of Fate, to worship at the shrine that his own hands have
built; undismayed by the empire of chance, to preserve a mind
free from the wanton tyranny that rules his outward life;
proudly defiant of the irresistible forces that tolerate, for a
- moment, his knowledge and his condemnation, to sustain alone,
a weary but unyielding Atlas, the world that his own ideals
| have fashioned despite the trampling march of unconscious
i | Editorially Clipped
IS MEDIOCRITY A CRIME?
Mediocrity, bugaboo of progressive
Americanism, is found in all walks
of life. Excusable in some cases, it
is entirely inexcusable in others.
For, while it is evident that not all
i people are endowed with the same
capacities in the particular line in
which they are engaged, it is equally i
true, nevertheless, that too many in-;
dividuals are content with work of j
an inferior quality when, by extend- j
ing themselves without undue effort,
a greatly superior grade of work
might be produced.
But mediocrity, as it exists in the
outside world, is not of particular in
terest to college students. It is in
connection with this evil, with its at
| tending and resulting influences, as
| it applies to undergraduate life at j
j American institutions of higher learn
! ing that student interest is aroused, j
There is a tendency toward medio
crity, it would seem, in all lines
of collegiate endeavor. But it is
not without cause. There is not
enough competition in undergraduate
activities. And where competition is
in evidence ,it is usually not spirited
enough for the production of excep- i
tional results. Individuals working j
for student positions of honor, trust i
or influence on a competitive basis,
seem content with mediocre work,
some because they themselves are
mediocre, others because they are not
required to extend themselves.
To those undergraduate competitors
in whose ordinary work are seen their
best efforts, much credit must be giv
en. But upon those individuals, cap
able of greater things, who are sim
ply content to drift with the tide,
much discredit must be reflected.
“To give a little better than his best
should bo the motto of every man,”
says Coach Hugo Bezdek. And what
an immense amount of good would
result if collego men were out to re
gard such an expression seriously.
Debating, dramatics, music, jour
nalism, in fact all lines of collegiate
activity are suffering because of me
diocre work turned out by partici
pants. Debating, to cite a specific
example, is one of the oldest forms
of intercollegiate competition and is
generally recognized as an activity
productive of exceptional returns.
Yet each year witnesses instructors in
the forensic art combating a proposi
tion arising from a mediocre expendi
ture of efforts.
But there is another phase to be con
sidered in the discussion of mediocrity.
Year after year men go through col
lege, men of superior intelligence and J
ability, without even trying out for1
any undergraduate activity, for some]
of which they are oft-times peculiar- j
ly fitted. It is a safe estimate that!
there are men in college today who are
better qualified to fill the positions of:
honor and influence on the campus '
than the individuals who are, at, pre
sent, in such positions. Tt, is unfor- i
lunate that such is the case, but it is
none the less true. It represents a
distinctive loss to the college and to •
the individual. I
Lack of confidence may occasion I
non-participation,—that and laziness. 1
But confidence can be acquired, and
work is the most effective remedy fori ,
that “tired feeling.” Tt is essential f
that every undergraduate interest him- *
self in some activity independent of ]1
his scholastic routine. And then, when I
interested, it is only fair to his col-j
lege and to himself “to give a little!
better than his best.”
—Penn State Collegian.
CLASS TO A DOG
Have you ever seriously studied
that most interesting of subjects
-that which tells you more of life
than any other subject—character
study? If not, you are not ac
quainted wit'u some of the follow
ing characters whom you should'
There is the fresh little dog that
you so often see standing down
town with the rest of the fellows i
who spend their evenings on the !
street corner. The provoking thing;
about him is that he is irresistible •
when ho perks his little head on
one side, smirks up at you and
winks impudently. \ ou always fall'
for his wiles and bend over to talk j
wit ii him no matter how conspicu
ous a place you may be in. He
knows he is cute and so he waits
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for him to vamp. There is another
kind of fresh dog who chases after
automobiles and barks hilariously
while he glances at an onlooker to
see if he is making the impression
upon him that he should.
Or there is the aristocratic dog
who passes haughtily in a motor
car with his head held high and
his nose as straight up as any hu
man snob’s. If he designs to go
out on a leash with his master you
may be sure he “highbrows” any
cur that may have the nerve to
sniff at his majesty. If he is not
sure of the dog’s possibilities as a
friend he gives one careful sniff
and usually turns quickly away with
an annoyed look on his aristocratic
face. Wherever he is he keeps his
distance as nobility should.
Should we neglect that part of
our education—that of meeting,
studying and really knowing all
types of characters?—Daily Illini. r
THOSE “WORN OUT” BLUES
Shall we call it “piperitis?”
Nearly the entire student body
has it; perhaps the faculty has
caught it too.
It has affected our sight. Our
roommate looks like Old Man Grouch
himself; he’s a nuisance, we’ve
decided by now. We fuss with him.
At the meal table, there is com
plaint of the food. How we’d like
to get back to home-cooking and
away from “this grub.” Books,
themes, notebooks—what bothers
are some of the weary courses, we
decide. In fact, for the student
body, the melancholy days are here.
But it is an annual complaint—this
lethargy, weariness of the routine
facts and tasks, and desire to
This “piperitis” is short-lived,
but, unfortunately, often fatal. It
causes some to drop by the way
side; to resort to a false remedy
nf quitting. Every organization
lias its members who already have
given up the “fight” or are about
to desert the ranks for the weak
willed course that leads back to the
liome hearthside. But wTe are not
going to admonish. The strong will
light the prevalent spirit of unrest
and will win. The weak will re
turn home, there to be met by re
latives and friends who look dis
dainfully at the university student
who couldn’t stand the pace. We
change the common expression to
declare: The university pace is a
strenuous one, and to weaken is
disastrous failure. — The Indiana
ANOTHER RELIGIOUS WAR
Those fortunate students who are
preparing for divisionals on “the
3iblo and Shakespeare” doubtless
'ind themselves especially well
iquipped to enter into the eontrn
:ersy now raging on various reli
gious matters. The debate in New
fork between the Rev. Dr. Charles j
Nancis Potter and the Rev. Dr. ,
rohn Roach Straton, upon the infalli- \
dlity of fhe Bible developed a quan- j
ity of material deserving scrutiny.
)r. Straton, who was upholding the j
fundamentalist side, lost track of
ust what he was trying to prove and
ubsequently lost the debate; but as
he judges very propertly observed
n their announcement, the two clergy
I men had failed prior to the encount
; or to agree upon a definition ol
; “infallibility.” Dr. Straton inter
| pretated infallibility very liberally
and relied chiefly on fulfilled pro
phecies and the vitality of the Bible
under adverse circumstances to prove
his case. Dr. Potter, on the othei
hand, went after specific phrases ami
historical facts, and showed fairly
convincingly that word for word, the
Bible is not always as exact and re
liable as the word of God might rea
sonably be expected to be. More
than that, he pointed out contradic
tions of the generally' expressed spirit
of the RiblS in those blood curdling
admonitions whieh have always wor
ried the more logical minded.
It is this last demonstration that
really hurts. Most people are willing
to admit that the Bible is not to be
taken too literally, when facts and
miracles and history are concerned.
But the homogeneity of spirit and
unity of purpose have rarely been
questioned, and thes things are im
portant. One can be a perfectly good
Christian without believing that iron
actually did swim, although that is
more possible than some other state
ments, but it is difficult to recon
cile the New Testament with “Happy
shall be he that taketh and dasheth
thy little ones against the stones.”
COE COLLEGE WOMEN
Coe College—In a recent straw
ballot among the men at Coe col
lege it was unanimously agreed that
the women were not too bashful to
take advantage of leap year and
MISSOURI HAS NEW
University of Missouri—The Uni
versity of Missouri student council
has appointed six members to try
YOUTH AND ROMANCE
AND STAR CAST
A HENRY OTTO
COMEDY OF FUN
Announces Its First
and His Orchestra
Vocal and Instrumental Selections Rendered for
the First Time in Eugene.
SERVICE A LA CARTE
Phone Don Woodworth or Campa
Shoppe for Reservations
all violators of the honor system
now in vogue at that school. Meu
and women will be tried in the same
University of Nevada.—(By P. I.
N. S.)—A banquet was held in the
University of Nevada gymnasium
recently in honor of the 79 foot
ball men who stuck the grid
throughout the season The feed
was an entirely non-partisan get
together for the football teams with
all University men and downtown
business men who were interested.
About 500 were present.
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