Assembly Will Open Student Conference Faculty Members Invited To Welcome Preppers Friday Morning All Sections of State Will be Represented Oregon Knights Will Meet Trains and be Guides <<'TVHE most important meeting A of the high school conference this year will be the Friday morn ing assembly,” said Ralph Casey, professor of journalism, at a joint meeting of the student directorate and faculty heads yesterday after noon. Mr. Casey stressed the im portance of a big assembly and ac tive student participation in the ini tial meeting 'of the preppers. A special faculty bulletin will probably be issued urging faculty members to attend the assembly. Inasmuch as the high school stu dents are here as guests of the Uni versity, Mr. Casey feels that the faculty, as well as students, should turn out to welcome the preppers to the seventh annual convention of student body officers, press repre sentatives, officers of Girls ’ League, and faculty advisers. Program is Complete Details of the conference pro gram are now complete, it was shown at the directorate meeting, and when the estimated 550 dele gates and high school instructors begin arriving tomorrow afternoon, they will be efficiently conducted through the preliminary steps of registration and housing. Oregon Knights under the direc tion of Bill Hynd and Clint Mit chell are organiz'd to aid the dele gates in every way possible. Their most important duty will be to con duct the delegates on tours of the campus Friday afternoon. Houses to Have Guide Each living organization is asked to have a man at the 'registration booth in the administration build ing at all times from 10 o’clock Thursday morning until 11 o ’clock Thursday night, to conduct dele gates to the houses. Every train, from 10 a. m. to 11 p. m. Thusrday, will be met by freshmen, Oregon Knights and com mittee appointees, and the dele gates will be taken to the adminis tration building in busses run es pecially by the Eugene Street Railway. Six hundred extra copies of the Emerald will be issued Friday and Saturday morning for the jliijgh school representatives. The names of delegates are stlil coming in. All general sections of Oregon will represented. Work Opens in Men s Gym in Preparation For Spring Football Football class work lias been started in the men’s gym with Cap tain John J. MeEwan and Gene * Vidal as instructors. Light work in gym suits will occupy the men’s time for several weeks, so as to prepare them for spring football which will start early in February. This work is not, as previously be lieved, open to all freshmen and sophomores, but only those who de sire to stick with the game long enough to find out what their capa bilities are. Students who want to continue the work, however, may secure slips from Virgil D. Earl, or any of the coaches. Gene Vidal, backfield coach, re turned this week from Los Angeles where he has spent the time since the Notre Dame-Southern California football game some time ago. He will remain on the campus until the completion of spring training. Albert Britt Speaks To Journalism Class Albert Britt, president of Knox College, spoke briefly ter Dean Al len’s editing class yesterday morn ing. President Britt is a former newspaper man and-related his ex periences as a teacher of writing, He declared that schools of journ alism, especially, should take as their motto “If you don’t know— fina out,” for then the quality ol their work would be improved, and some of the ordinary clic/hes avoided Triangular Meet Contracted For Men And Women Northern Debate Trophy Contest With Idaho, Washington With several debates scheduled definitely for the men's team, and a three-year contract with Wash ington and Idaho for both the men’s and women’s teams, debate plans for this term and next are well un der way. Jack Hempsted, a junior in jour nalism, and Dudley Clark, a junior majoring in economics both varsity debaters, have been chosen to de bate the negative of the prohibi tion question here against the Uni versity of Montana. Montana and Oregon debate here February 21st on the question that the eighteenth amendment be modified to permit the sale of light wines and beer. “We have finished signing com plete three-year contracts for tri angular debates with the universi ties of Idaho and Washington, one for the men’s team and one for the women’s team. The Oregon teams will go to Washingitojn, and the Ida ho teams will come to Eugene. The new triangular contest will be known as the Northern Debate Trophy contest,” said Mr. J. K. Horner, debate coach. This year’s women’s debate team, chosen in the tryouts the first part of the term, is: Frances Cherry, junior in journalism, Irene Hartsell sophomore majoring in history, Mar garet Blackaby, senior majoring in English, Louise Mason, sophomore majoring in English, Marion Leach, sophomore majoring in pro law, senior majoring in English, and Pauline Winchell, a sophomore ma joring in History. The girls’ team will take the negative against the University of Washington at Seattle, April 7, on the questioh that the United States should establish a federal depart ment of education with a secretary in the president’s cabinet. The University of Oregon will take the affirmative of this question on the same day in Eugene. There will be a meeting of the women’s team tonight at seven o 'clock in the Sociology building. That section of the men’s varsity debate team which is working on the democarev question will meet Saturday morning at ten b ’clock. “Black Shirts” Let Tom Skeyhill Ride in Parade S Speaker Coming Jan. 19 Has Traveled Much In Europe “Mussolini and the Black Shirts,” is the subject of Tom Skeyhill’s talk, Wednesday evening, January 19. It is from first-hand experience that he speaks. During the last year he spent three months in Italy. At Sorrento, he came to know intimate ly the leaders of the Fascisti move ment during his recent trip in that land. He attended the local meet ing of the organization opening the occasion of the celebration of the third anniversary of Fascism. He sat in session with several thousand of the “Black Shirts,” was given a place of honor in their torehliglit procession, heard their speeches and musicals and watched their fire works. He heard the stirring march sung with its inspiring ending: “Ben-ven-uto, Muss-o-lini — Ayah, Ayah, Aye!” Mr. Skeyhill was profoundly im pressed with the serious mental at titude of the members of the Facisti. In his honor American and English songs were sung and a guard of honor returned him to his hotel and serenaded him upon his retirement. Everywhere in his travels through Europe and in many countries of the world, Tom Skeyhill has been welcomed and has been accepted by the people among whom he moved. It is because of this personal trait of his to make himself liked and trusted that he has been able to gather information on all subjects of world affairs. He comes to the University of Oregon on January 19. General ad mission for the lecture is 50 cents for students and 75 cents for towns people. Season tickets for thrf’ re maining three lectures of the series may be obtained for $1.25 and 75 cents. Annual Short Story Contest Is Announced Campus Students May Vie For Edison Marshall $50 Award February 15 Is Set As End of Competition Prof. Thacher Gives Rules For Entry Announcement of the annual com petition among University of Ore gon slvort-story writers for the Edi son Marshall prize of $o0 was made yesterday by W. F. G. Thacher, pro fessor of English and journalism, in charge of the contest. Any undergraduate student on the campus is urged to submit an original manuscript in the contest, Professor Thacher said. The manu script is to be typed, double-spaced, on one side of the paper, with one carbon copy. It must be given to Mr. Thacher on or before February 15. Only the one prize is to be given but the contest is open to all stu dents, not limited to members of the short story class. The manuscript is not to bear the name of the writer but instead a sealed envelope is to go with it, containing on the inside the writ er ’s name and the name of the1 story on the outside. Donor is Successful Writer Edison Marshall, donor of the prize, is one of the m-ost successful writers in the -country, the author of a number of novels, short stor ies, and scenarios, and a former stu dent of the University of the class of 1918. He was a member of Pro fessor Thacher’s first class in short story writing, being a freshman the year that Mr. Thacher first came here. At this time he had already begun to sell stories. A few years ago he was awarded the O. Henry prize for a story call ed “The Heart of Little Shikara,” which was considered the best of the year. Visits Campus Often Mrv. Marshall has always taken a great interest in the work and au thorship on the campus and makes frequent trips to this city. He was one of the twelve founders of Ta bard Inn of Sigma Upsilon which originated on the campus March 11, 1915 and received its national membership soon afterwards. In an article of an Emerald dated Octo ber 28, 1915 is found this statement, | “Edison Marshall’s stories have i been published in several of the! magazines, Henry Howe (another! name to be found among the list \ of founders) -has sold one of his; (Continued on page four) Freshman to Start Work on Annual Dance Committees Meet to Make Elaborate Plans For Glee Decorative Scheme Not to be Disclosed Basketball Game Set For Same Night C0MMITTE3 chairmen for the annual Fresh Glee which is to be held on January 22, in the Wom an ’s building, were announced yes terday by Arthur Rogers, general chairman of the affair. Practically all of the appointments had been de cided upon before the Christmas holidays, but final selections were not made until yesterday. Many of the committees have had several meetings and have their work well under way. All have had had at least one opportunity to meet and discuss iplans, so that preparations have begun on every phase of the yearly frolic. Even the “clean-up” chairman, Keith Hall, whose work does not logically begin until the morning after the night before, has arranged for as sistants and made plans for a full staff of janitors. Decorations to be Elaborate Walton Crane will handle the dec orations, which, according to Rog ers, will be very elaborate. This committee was one of the first to be organized, and therefore has had an opportunity to advance its plans further than the others. The motif of decorations has already been de cided upon and the details are at present being w'orked out. The com mittee refused to divulge the nature of the decorative scheme. The music will be arranged for by James Sharp. Tentative plans call for Roses’ Orchestra of Portland to furnish the music. George Jackson will handle the programs, Eleanor Flanagan, reception; Bertram Stev ens, floor; and Thomas Stoddard, publicity. The feature will be arranged by Cavita Campbell, who has spent the last few days scowing the campus for suitable material. Agness Ferris will act as patroness for the affair. Basketball Game Before Dance January 22 was the only date available for the Frosh glee this year, and although the opening Pa cific Coast conference basketball game between the University of Idaho and Oregon quintets is sched uled on the same night, the com mittee in charge made arrange ments to begin the Glee after the hoop game. The game will begin early, prob ably about seven o’clock, and the dance will take the stage immediate ly after. Miss Thompson Says Spanish A re Gay; Gives Other Traits ofLandofCastinets Colorful Costumes Are Not so Common as Formerly But Are Still Found in Remote Villages By WALTER EVANS KIDD “The old strong towers are crum bling and doddering now And sit like old men. smiling in the sun.” —John Dos Passos Oblivious to America’s brawling,! big-fisted and primal combat for j dollars and food, old Spain, steeped: in .dreams of historic grandeur, dozes beside the turquoise level of the Mediterranean, Miss Anna M. Thompson found during her resi dence there. Spain is content with skies blue as harebells and occasion al storms, with vast landscapes crumbling at sunset into violet, with fig and orange groves blazing askew and with the reddish-yellow and arid plateaus humping up to sum mits of eternal snow—content with, the very simple things of life, easy I acceptance of existence, the un ashamed joy in the flavor of food and wine. Miss Thompson is an as sistant professor of Romance lan guages, who taught in Spain from 1910 to late in 1919. Many revolutions, innumerable in vasions of Romans, Goths, Moors, Christian ideas and fads and con victions of the Renaissance swept over this nation, Miss Thompson pointed out, changing surface cus toms, modes of thinking and speech only to be metamorphosed into keep ing with the changeless Iberian mind. The Spaniards’ intense indfir idualism, born of history, whose fun damentals lie in isolated adobe pueb los, she continued, is the basic spirit of everlasting Spain. To them life is a dream, she philosophized, only that part of life which is in the firm grasp of the individual being real; out of this individualistic life an tiquity flashes its significant facets of romance and the epic past. ‘‘Old Spain speaks all-powerful ly,” she said, “through her racial traditions and historic achieve ments.” “The Spaniards have, a dry humor (socoroncria) and a self-searching that can’t be beaten,” commented Miss Thompson in an enthusiastic and mellow voice. “They are exces sively romantic, impassioned in ac tion, dramatizing their feeling and loving dazzling display. They are very tolerant without a natural im pulse to torture, overflowing with hospitality, kindness, frivolous ga iety, poetic sentimentalism, devo tional sincerity and patience. They are exceedingly clever about ex pressing themselves in the third per son. Often they talk in terms of the past, applying it to the present. “The Andalusians are very humor ous, the Castilians very dignified, the Basques very stiff, stolid and stubborn, and the Catalonians are very industrious; but the cultured Spaniards are very cosmopolitan,” she emphasized. “To see the real 1 Spanish costumes, usually worn by the peasants, you must get off the beaten track—toward the Portugese (Continued on page twoj 1 Elly Ney, Concert Pianist, to Appear In Beethoven Recital on January 26 Portland Symphony Orchestra, Glee Clubs and University Orchestra Coming Later With concerts by Madame Elly Nev, the Portland Symphony or chestra, the men’s and women’s glee clubs, and the orchestra of the University, the music “season,” from all appearances, will be well filled during the winter term. All of these are sponsored bv the A. S. U. O. Elly Nev, pianist, will open the series on January 26. Madame Ney is considered one of the world’s best interpreters of Beethoven. It is in this field that she is specializing while on her American tour, and in her Eugene concert the program will consist entirely of Beethoven. The New York Sun says, “Mine. Nev’s fine powers as an interpreter of Beethoven are familiar. Her com prehension and grasp of Beethoven’s music has authority, power and conviction. ’ ’ March 7 brings the Portland Sym phony orchestra, William van Hoog straten conducting. In the sixteen years of its existence, this organi zation has grown from a group of public spirited musicians to one of the leading symphony orchestras of the United States. Mr. van Hoogstraten is well known to the campus, having visit ed here several times. Recently he was given an honorary degree of music by the University. T'his, how ever, will be the first opportunity to see him as a conductor, in which capacity he has few peers. The Men’s Glee club concert, which was originally dated for January 13, will be given the lat ter part of February. The Womans’ Glee club concert is scheduled for February !>. A very clever program has been arranged by John Stark Evans, leader. The University orchestra, under the direction of Rex Underwood, will give a. concert Sunday after noon, February 20. Cosmopolitan Club Banquets At Hut Tonight Dr. John Straub Will Act As Toastmaster; Hall To Speak Tlio Cosmopolitan club of the University is sponsoring a banquet being held in the Y. M. C. A. hut this evening at 7:15 p. m., honoring the foreign students on the campus. This is the first occasion on which a banquet of this nature has been held on this campus, but it i» hoped to intake this an annual affair. The toastmaster of the evening is Dr. John Straub, dean emeritus of men, and blessing will be asked by Dr. A. II. Saunders of the Pres byterian church. Speakers for the evening include President Arnold Bennett TIall, of the University, Dr. Warren D. Smith, adviser to the Cosmopolitan club, Jo T. Tamura, representing the Japanese Student organization, C. F. Tong, Chinese government stu dent, N. Pablo, of the Varsity Pliil ippinesis, E. Chung, of Korea, Singh Sadhaira, of India, and Gilbert Brighouse, president of the club. Miss Charlotte Winnard will sing, and the Filipino string orchestra will give selections. It is exepteed that more than one hundred guests will be present. Hosts will include both faculty members and townspeople, while among the guests will be represen tatives of China, Japan, the Philip pine Islands, Korea, India, South Africa, Australia, Russia, Chile, and Great Britian. It is felt that much of benefit will result for both hosts and guests in the furthering of un derstanding of mutual problems. The Cosmopolitan club is an or ganization of those interested in in ternational affairs and problems of world peace. It numbers among its m'dnbers those of almost every na tionality in the world. The club’s annual Festival of Nations will be liebl in the spring term. Regular meetings, held on the first Wednes day of each month, are open to all interested. Proofs for Oregana Pictures Wanted at Studio by Saturday “All proofs of individual pictures for the 1927 Oregana must be re turned to Keunell-Ellis studio by Saturday of this week,” Frances Bourhill, editor of the year book, announced last night. Mounting of the pictures will begin on next Wed nesday, and in order that all pic tures may be ready, no proofs will be accepted at the studio after Sat urday, as they would be too late to appear iu the Oregana, Miss Bour hill declared. More than 1700 individual pic tures have already been taken and of these there are approximately 300 proofs which have not been re turned, according to the studio files, The next three days will be the last opportunity for new students and those who belong to organiza tions and honorary groups who have not yet had pictures taken, to do so and get them in the book. This in eludes members of varsity forensics and debating teams, and Oregana Webfoot, Emerald, and Old Oregon I staffs, and honorary and profession al groups. Keyserling Is Subject of Talk To Campus Club J. C. Nelson, Salem High School Head, Speaks To Philosophers Displaying a depth of understand ing, a polished .treatment of his subject, and a breadth of cultural reading that is uncommon, Princi pal J. C'. Nelson of the Salem high school last night read a paper be i fore a meeting of the University Philosophy club which is acclaimed by all who were present as a work of unusual worth. His subject was, “The Kducational Significance of Keyserling’s Work.’’ Nelson’s treatment dealt with both the life and work of Keyserling as well as the activities, aims, and significance of an institution called “School of Wisdom,’’ which Keyserling found ed. Count Keyserling belongs to an old, aristocratic German family, and even as a young mlan formulated dreams of a cultural journey around the world in which he planned to project himself into the point of view and spirit of the different peo ples and civilizations which lie would meet, lie accomplished such a journey in the years shortly be fore the World war, and wrote from it his famous book, “The Travel Diary of a Philosopher.’’ rne war prevented the publication of his book, Keyset-ling being un able even to get in touch with his publisher. After the war his book appeared with modifications due to the profound impressions which the war had made on Keyserling, and made the writer a world famous figure. This journey and book confirmed Count Keyserling in his desire to start a school to serve a very unique function for Germany and the whole world. He was convinced that civilization was spiritually on the edge of bankruptcy, and in the war his belief was realized. He believed that what the world needed was not more technology, machinery, or even natural science, but a deep ening of the spirit of man. The Orient had greatly impress ed him and he aimed in his “School of Wisdom’’ to provide an atmos phere and a general situation where men could seek and dwell in their souls and inner sensibilities rather than acquire knowledge. He is keen ly averse to methods of debate, and favors the orchestral concord of souls rather than the clash of wits, holding that there is no need of theories or philosophies, but the deeper broodings on the implications that lie behind all philosophy. In 19-1 he was able to realize his ambition of this school, which has continued and has brought together representative intellects which dwell and think together in an at tempt to deepen their spiritual ex perience and well being. Nelson expressed the belief that for America such a program would seem a little airy, if not amusing, and that the humorist would no doubt find material in it for a round of shot. Hut there is no doubt but that Keyserling and his followers are in earnest and that their in fluence is considerable throughout Germany and -even beyond. Beside his connection with this school Key serling is engaged in lecturing and has also written several other books. Beelar Named Chairman For Juniors’ Fete Varsity Orator, Aide oh Homecoming, to Lead Week-end Work Directorate in Full Practically Made Up Organizations and Plans Like Those of ’26 ; A PPOINTMENT of Don Beelar -^*-as general chairman of Junior Week-end was announced yesterday •> - — president of the junior class. Bee lar, who is a var sity debater and orator, was assist ant chairman of Homecoming last fall and is also a director on the greater Oregon com mittee. Beelar has prac tically decided on Donald Beelar his directorate and will announce it today. A meeting will be held in 104 Journalism at 4 o’clock this afternoon, at which time plans will be discussed and definite assignments made. Junior Week-end Dates Set May 20 and 21 are the dates set for Junior week-end. The junior vaudeville will be given two nights, May 13 and 14. No new feature* are planned for either as yet, these matters being left to the individual managers. The Junior Week-end cer emonies will be the same as usual, including the Junior Prom, Campus Day, Campus Luncheon, and th» Canoe Fete. “This year’s organization will be similar to that of last year,” said Beelar yesterday. “I believe that Ralph Staley handled the work in. an excellent fashion, and it will be hard to improve on his occomplish ment. The individual chairmen and managers will be given large respon sibility, and left to their own re sources as far as possible. The per sons I have in mind for the positions, are exceptionally well qualified and will justify complete trust, I think. Early Start Desired “We want to get an early start this year, so as to avoid last-minute confusion such as has been encoun tered sometimes in previous years. We will get the ball rolling this afternoon, and it will be gaining momentum from now until May 13, the first night of the vaudeville.” Finances for the canoe fete, .Jun ior l’rom, and Junior Vaudeville will lie handled directly through the managers. They will use requisi tion forms which will come from Ed Ctowley, treasurer of the class. Riggs Asks Co-operation ‘‘I think that a big step toward making Junior week-end a success has been accomplished by making Beelar chairman,” said Frank Riggs yesterday. ‘‘His past work in campus activities lias shown him resourceful, dependable, and origin al. Of course, the success of this undertaking will depend upon the cooperation of every member of the directorate and class.” The complete directorate will be announced tomorrow. Drama Enrollment Doubled; Comedies Will be Produced With increased interest reflected in a doubled enrollment this term Miss Florence E. Wilbur, coach of drama, is planning a period of in tensified activity in her depart ment. Up to the present time she has had trouble in finding sufficient talent, especially among the men, to fill the casts, but now she is having trouble finding parts for all the stu dents who are taking the work. A play is to be selected for each of the groups, the sophomore and upperclass. Work will start immed iately. Some of the plays being con sidered by the upper group are the comedies, “The Torch Bearers,” by George Kelly, “The Man Who Mar ried a Dumb Wife,” by Sir James Barrie, and “R. U. R,.” by Carol Oapels. Miss Wilbur has tried to secure the production, “The Dvbbuk,” by Henry Alsberg. However the Neigh borhood Playhouse of New York hast a lease on the translation of this production and she must secure the author’s permission before obtain ing a transcript from the publishers.