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The Emerald’s Creed for Oregon
“ ... . There is always the human temptation to
forget that the erection of buildings, the formulation of
new curricula, the expansion of departments, the crea
tion _ of new functions, and similar routine duties of
the administration are but means to an end. There Ih
always a glowing sense of satisfaction in the natural
impulse for expansion. This frequently leads to regard
ing achievements as ends in themselves, whereas the
truth is that these various appearances of growth and
achievement can be justified only in so far as they
make substantial contribution to the ultimate objec- \
fives of education .... providing adequate spiritual
and intellectual training for youth of today—the citi- j
zenship of tomorrow. . . .
“ . . . . The University should be a place where
classroom experiences and faculty contacts should stimu
late and truin youth for the most effective use of all |
the resources with which nature has endowed them. Dif- i
fault and challenging problems, typical of the life I
and world in which they are to live, must be given
them to solve. They must be taught under the expert I
supervision of instructors to uppronch the solution of
these problems in a workmanlike way, with a dis
ciplined intellect, with a reasonable command of the
techniques that ire involved, with a high sense of in
tellectual adventure, and with a genuine devotion to the
ideals of intellectual integrity. . . .”—From the Biennial
Report of the University of Oregon for 1931-32.
The American people cannot be too careful in
guarding the freedom of speech ami of the press
against curtailment as to the discussion of public
affairs and the character and conduct of public
men. —Carl Schurs.
THE EMERALD FLAN—
A LIKE-SAVEIt FOR NEEDY STUDENTS
rpHE VOCIFEROUS approval of numerous stu
dents yesterday removed all doubts as to the
advisability and necessity of the Emerald's plan
for reduced living expenses for hard-pressed stu
dents. Inquiries and messages of commendation
were received at the Emerald office throughout the
day, many of them coming from students who are
interested vitally in the furtherance of the pro
There is no doubt that if the plan is put into
effect the hopes of many down-and-out students
for weathering the spring term will be brightened
immeasurably. That the Emerald's plan for pro
viding board and room at rock-bottom rates is
practical is evidenced by the fact that several
groups of students are now boarding at rates vary
ing between $5 and $7.50 per month per student.
With the University dormitories far from filled
to capacity it is quite apparent that by shifting the j
present occupants, both Friendly anil Hendricks j
hall coulu be made available for the new project
during the spring term. A charge of perhaps $2
to $5 per month would probably cover such costs
as heating and lighting. And the University would
be out practically nothing. There is no income
from vacant rooms.
The members of the editorial staff of the Emer
ald concede that their plan would not provide
palatial residences nor “par excellence" menus for
the impoverished students. The facilities would
perhaps fall far short of present dormitory and
fraternity service. Simple fare and bare rooms
might be the order of the day. But to students
who must sink or swim, economize or quit, the'
plan may prove a god-send. And to them an edu
cation is worth fighting for.
Regardless of cries of “impractical,” "untimely,"
and "undesirable” which may come from the cynical
and the critical, the Emerald will press on in
the effort it has commenced to bring the cost of
staying at school down to rock-bottom.
THAT EXTRA FENNY FOR POSTAGE
npu THOSE who write frequent letters the recent,
increase in government postal rates represents
the expenditure of considerable money. College
students, because a majority of them are away
from their homes and have more Ilian average cor-:
respondence, are included in this group. It also!
applies to professors and faculty personnel, who
write numerous communications to contemporary
Investigation by the Emerald reveals that the
average Ongon student writes approximately l*
or 15 letters a month. Perhaps this figure is a
trifle high, but it serves the purpose. Thus, if each
student spends 15 cents extra each month because
of the one cent increase m postal tale the item
^ amounts to approximately $2,400 during the course
of the school year.
When viewed from this perspective, the undesir
ability of the new rates is apparent at once. In
these days of mortgaged homes and insolvent busi
nesses, $2,400 would send seven or eight student*
through the University for a year. At colleges as
large as Wisconsin or California the sum attains
The general trend In current legislation is re
duced taxes. All America, from the farmer who
watches his grain decay in its bins to the clerk
who labors for $8 a week, pleads for immediate
relief from the staggering tax burden carried by
this country. Yet, our national legislative bodies
recently committed the incongruous mistake of
making more costly a service that is used by pluto
crat and proletariat alike - the postal system.
It is a tax which places the greatest burden upon
the poor man, a condition American legislation j
should seek most to avoid. The man in comfortable
circumstances easily can pay the extra penny the
government requires on his mail, but to do this
several times a week by a family that is having
a difficult time keeping body and soul together is
no simple tax.
There is little liklihood that congress will move
in the near future to lower postal rates to the old
two cent level. The national budget is too far from
being balanced. However, the nexus of figures and
statistics gathered here provides food for thought
upon the subject. The fact that similar informa
tion may be obtained at virtually every educational
institution in the nation at least makes it apparent
that the intelligent youth of the country would not
cry over the abandonment of the three-cent postal
Mow Much Education Is Enough?
OUT OF 1,000 children in the elementary schools
the number that goes on to high school is 605
in the United States and 179 in Germany. The
number that goes on to college is 177 in the United
States and 52 in Germany. This familiar fact
doubtless underlies the criticism uttered the other
day by a group of foreign educators of our Ameri
can system of “mass production” in education.
The point is, of course, not new. When American
educators are reminded that they are sacrificing
quality to quantity, it is an ancient warning that
will apply to other phases of the national life.
American civilization is thin, and not only in mat
ters of the mind. We are, presumably, first among
the technologically advanced nations. Yet even
here v/e are frequently said to be a nation of prac
tical engineers, of marvelous improvisors and adapt
ers and short-cut men, rather than fundamentally
Americans are always supposed to be out for
quantity results. With us it is not even the great
est good of the greatest number. We start out
with the greatest number and are willing to accept
a lesser good in order to make it go all around.
That is why our educational system, under whicu
one child in five goes to college, is not so good as
the German system, under which one child in every
20 goes to college.
HTHIS view of the matter reveals a curious mis
understanding of how things operate in this
country. It puts the cart before the horse; or, as
we should say in a technological age, it puts the
gears before the spark. American civilization is
obviously thinner than the civilization of Europe.
Our educational system does not dredge down as
deep as in Europe. Our scientists are not, in the
main, as devoted or as laborious as their foreign
colleagues. But the reason is not that we consci
ously and deliberately spread ourselves thin. We
are rough-and-ready, superficial, if you please, be
cause we are young and new. We are still impro
visers, because we are still pioneers.
Foreign observers are mistaken when they think
our schools are not so good as they should be be
cause we have deliberately set out to prepare every
child in the country for college, and have accord
ingly lowered our standards. The fact is that our
educational standards have risen as attendance in
school and college has been going up. Thirty years
ago, when 52 persons out of every 1,000 in this
country were in school, our schools were not so
good as they are today when we have 73 persons
in the thousands at school.
If, within the framework of unrestricted educa
tional opportunity, we can work out methods by
which tire specifically gifted student shall not be
handicapped by the normal mass, all the better.
But vve must rid ourselves of the inclination to
blame the masses for our shortcomings in quality.
* # #
BRAHAM LINCOLN, being almost self taught,
■ would be an argument against mass produc
tion in education. But Abraham Lincoln, in order
to educate himself, had to know how to read. The
case of quality against quantity in education might
be carried to the point of advocating illiteracy for
plain people. There was very little popular school
ing in ancient Greece, where the human mind man
aged to set up some very impressive records; or
ill Renaissance Italy, or in the England of Shake
speare. And yet it is only a few disciples of
Nietzsche hete and there who would today oppose
universal and compulsory education in the ele
But once you admit that the masses need a
knowledge ot reading and writing and the elemen
tary facts of history and geography to qualify as
men and as citizens, where can the line be drawn?
It is education for a man to be able to read his
Bible and his newspaper; but a man can never
know too much in order to read his Bible and his
newspaper witli the fullest profit. As a matter of
tact, the line cannot be drawn. Europe, today,
with '.lie growth ot democracy, is being American
ized by a popular invasion of the high schools and
It to a familiar complaint that once upon i time
people had only a few possessions, but they were
ot the best. Today the world is swamped with a
multitude of cheap things. But sometimes it will
pay to look into one's heart. Perhaps those few
Hung.- ot the past impress us as good chiefly be
cause they were few. Perhaps the many things'
that overwhelm u» today impress us as cheap
mainly because so many plain people ha> e access,
to them.-—New lorli lime
The Idealist ... ByjKEN ferguson
promenade by carol hurlburt i
i\F course I don't want to make
^ you jealous, or anything like
that, but there comes a time when
even the most painful of subjects
must be brought into the cold light
of objective discussion.
So, without any further pream
able, we'll plunge right in . . .
the same theory that a dive into
cold water is easier than wading
in an inch at a time . . . the Palm
Beach season is now in its third
* * *
Imagine it: nothing to do bu1
to play, to lie in the sun, to dance,
to make love casually . . . white
sand, a tropical moon, waves gent
ly lapping on star-drenched coral
reefs ... or are there coral reefs
at Palm Beach ?
* s *
But if you are looking for bright
spots instead of bright lights, it
will interest you to know that
there are more shops open now in
this haven for God’s favored peo
ple than at any time since 1929.
* * *
And what do they wear, these
favored of fate ? They wear terry
cloth beach suits with wide com
fortable trousers, jaunty little
jackets that stop at the waist and
sleeves that stop at the shoulder.
They shade their hot-house faces
with wide pancake hats of straw
* * *
They wear shorts of white duck
with stripes of bright red or navy
running coyly up the sides. They
sun-bathe in striped sweaters that
have absolutely nothing over the
shoulders except narrow straps.
The smartest tennis dresses are
of wide wale pique in bold, diag
onal, candy stripes. Piquant bows
perch on the shoulders and the
frock laces up the sides.
* * *
The dress, however, that makes
me absolutely ill with envy (and
a dress is the only thing, animate
or inanimate, of which I have ever
been envious) is of black linen cut
with a divine sloppiness. Two pearl
buttons fasten the round neck.
The sleeves are minus, and with
the frock one wears a floppy white
Panama hat. white gloves, anV
white buckskin pumps.
* * *
And whether I like it or not,
they are copying Garbo and Deit
rich, "whose faces have changed
a thousand homes," by wearing
navy blue slacks with grey string
$ * *
Nautical anchors are everywhere
in evidence, even to the pique mid
dy blouse and the dashing naval
officer. (Oh. for the life of a win
* * *
One of the most sought after1
men of the colony is the young I
Duke of Spoleto. whose presence:
has inspired a whole wave of black
shirts. One lunches in a white lin
en skirt and a black shirt, looking!
like a Fascist even though one!
doesn't act like one.
* * *
You remember the saying, "Like
master like man"? The fashion
ables have changed it now to read
"Like master like maid."
* $ #
If you are terribly in love, you
and your fiancee, or husband,
wear trousers and skirt cut from
the ame piece of grey flannel and
duplicate navy blue and white polo,
* y «
Under that tropical moon, which'
you have already heard about, you
flutter in chiffon or are charming
ly demure and helpless-like in
clinging lace or glistening net.
* * *
And having come to the moon-,
we find the subject too painful to
be continued. After all, we’re web
❖ * *
We select for Promenade: Betty
Holman, who is strikingly up-to
date in one of the new tailored
suits of brown wool. Cut on
straight lines, it has mannish rev
ers and waistcoat of brown and
white checked flannel. Miss Hol
man completes the outfit with
brown suede shoes, suede gloves,
and a vagabond hat of brown felt.
By K1EKE SIMPSON
V^ASHINGTON, Feb. 21.—(API
” —It is odd that substantially
the same figure—15,000,000 votes
—should have provided the great
est consolation for two successive
ly defeated presidential candidates.
A1 Smith so fondly cherishes
that total, rolled up for him in
1928, that he rarely made a politi
cal speech in subsequent years
during which he did not trot it out
for inspection. It spelled ultimate
victory as he saw it; a view sus
tained by what happened four
years later so far as his party, if
not himself, was concerned.
And now comes Herbert Hoover,
n his Lincoln Day presidential val-;
edictory in New York, to say his
15,000,000 votes in 1932 assure
early recall of the party to nation
al power. He described that figure
as “the irreducible minimum” of
the party since it was polled dur
ing popular reaction from the de
% * ♦
That, plus reference to the idea
that the “Young Republican”
movement of ’32 was highly signif
icant, was about the extent of the
party rallying call Mr. Hoover was
expected to sound on his last oc
casion for a presidential address
on his part.
If he sticks to the notion cred
ited to him of retiring into a vast
political silence for nine months
at Palo Alto, it may be the last
Hoover word of that period . to
throw any light on his own hopes
or plans for the future.
Examined in connection with
those considerations, that Hoover
rallying cry takes on considerable
significance. It implies that he
leaves office confident that anoth
er four years, or eight at most,
will see the political tide washing
the other way—and the clear inti
mation of his words that four
years will do it.
If it takes longer than that, Mr.
Hoover himself hardly could ex
pect to figure in the predicted res
toration of his party to power. His
age would be a decided bar.
* * *
Wherefore, if he feels as confi
dent of the soundness of his analy
sis of the last election as his words
imply, and if he actually hopes for
a belated vote of confidence in
himself to wipe out the sting of his
'32 defeat, Mr. Hoover must have
had 1936 in mind when he framed
that New York speech.
The experience of Smith in 1932,
LETTERS to the EDITOR
All “Letters to the Editor” must hear either thr signature or initials of the
writer, the former brine/ preferred. Because of space limitations, the editor
reserves the. right to withhold such comm unirations as he sees fit. All letters
slu>uld be con-cise and to the point. The editor of the Emerald solicits ojjinions
and constructive criticism from the members of the student body.
Correcting a Statement
To tlio Hditor of tho limcrald:
Sir: I note this morning an Em
erald editorial statement contrary
to fact and contrary to news state
ments secured from us by Emerald
reporters and printed with sub
stantial accuracy in the Emerald.
No one connected with the Uni
versity administration has ‘•an
nounced that all students residing
off the campus would probably be
compelled to move into the dormi
tories next semester,” nor any
thing which could be reasonably
construed to mean that. What has
been said is that students who
wish to reside elsewhere than in
their own homes, or in organized
student groups, i. e., fraternities,
sororities, dormitories, must as
usual file an application, but must
do this earlier and with more com
plete information than has been
furnished hitherto. There has
been no change whatever in Uni
versity regulations affecting stu
dent residence. The call for early
applications is to prevent the usual
registration day jam with its in
evitable consequence of standing
in line, and hurried and sometimes
unjust decisions. Getting more
complete information as to rea
sons and need for residing “out"
will obviously aid the committee to
give equal treatment to all in
similar actual circumstances.
Whether or not more students
or less receive permits to live out
■ depends accordingly on the show
ing of fact iu each case. Students
vho cau afford to live o> organ
ized groups and receive the beue
fits which they offer will be ex
pected to do this. The inference is
reasonable that, with rates reduc
ed in dormitories, and in sorori
ties and fraternities, fewer stu
dents than formerly will be com
pelled by lack of funds to live out.
But there has not been, nor so far
as the writer is aware, is there
contemplated, any change in regu
lations to compell students to live
in dormitories or organized
groups when they can show genu
ine financial need for lower living
costs than are afforded in such
groups. It is perhaps not neces
sary to discuss here the reasons
for existing rules and administra
tive policies, designed to balance
as fairly as possible the burden
of "hard times" among fraterni
ties. and sororities, dormitories,
householders, and students of
widely varying financial resources.
But students, now in college can
not know, as some of us do from
experience, how greatly student
living conditions have improved
both in cost and quality since the
dormitories were built. Thousands
of students who never lived a
term in the dormitories have had
or now receive the benefits of the
better standards of living which
the dormitories have set in the
Knowing your desire to have
statements in the Emerald cor
rect as to fact, I assume you will
be glad to see that appropriate
correction is made.
KARL \V. ONTHANK
UedU of Per.,<wpel
however, does not tend to brighten
Hoover prospects for a return en
gagement as a presidential candi
date. Smith’s 15,000,000 votes in
1928 dwindled to a mere handful
of delegates to the 1932 conven
And however he might figure as
a vote getter in an election, a!
presidential aspirant must first get
over the nomination hurdle.
A Decade Ago
From Daily Emerald
February 22, 1923
Spring Has Came!
Aw, shucks! What's the use of
working? With baseballs flying
and canoeing becoming popular itI
certainly is an effort to put out a
* * *
Enter an Author •
Carl Sandburg, one of the fore
most of modern poets, will recite
some of his verses to an audience
of Eugene people and students to
morrow night at 8:15 in Villard
Exit a Singer
A large audience of University
and Eugene people turned out to '
hear Paul Althouse, the famous
operatic tenor of the Metropolitan
Opera house, sing at the Metho
dist church last night.
* * *
On With the Play
Fritz Leiber is to play Macbeth
here Monday at a downtown thea
Today’s choice tid-bit comes
from Mrs. Ernst’s English comp
class. Seems somebody asked her
to use the words analyze and an
atomy in a sentence. Old gag, but
she pulled out a pretty funny an
My analyze over the ocean;
My analyze over the sea;
My analyze over the ocean;
Oh, bring back my anatomy.
Straight goods. Kind of astound
ed the students, though.
* * *
The story is going the rounds
that Chuck McCormack had a
pretty tough time out in the coun
try the other day. Got stuck in
the mud and had to call out the
house fire regiment to come out
and get him. Too bad.
* * *
The Guard comes out with the
following banner headlines:
HOLMAN CHARGES HELD
Sounds like the Oregon baseball
team. Must be getting close to
Campus economists propose a ■
new living plan that would enable ;
students to pay only $2.25 a week.
Harry Handball asks us if we
mean to say that any sorority is
paying more than that for food.
* ♦ si:
Twenty-one students complain
that they lost their student body
tickets at the gates of McArhur
court the other night. If that’s all
they lose in this university they’ll
* * *
Our idea of the interview that i
goes on between the gate-keeper I
and the offending student is some- !
thing like this:
G.K.—Well, listen, buddy, that 1
card belongs to Stanley Kostka
(or Bruce Hamby or Andrew Car
S.—The hell it does. Why now
you remind me of it I guess it
does. Musta grabbed the wrong i
G.K.—Where were you on the
night of June 13?
S.—I dunno but I used to live in
S.—Not one that you'll get, you
G.K.—Well Igotta take your
card and take it to Hugh Rosson.
S.—But officer, I swear I was
only doing thirty at the most.
G.K.—Tell it to the judge. And
say, brother, could you spare a
ON THE POLICE BLOTTER:
Dave Wilson exhibiting a new to
bacco pouch . . . Johnnie Rogers
plus hod . . . George Godfrey pro
moting . . . Doc Pollard ambling !
. . . Rod Lamont still in circula
11 ^————— ■ .
By JOHN SELBY
pEBKUARY is the Lincoln month
1 in the book calendar.
This February has not been
burdened with Lincoln books, but
there have been two or three of
great interest, and not the least
of these is "President Lincoln." by
the late William E. Barton. All
but three chapters of the two-vol
ume work had been completed by
Dr. Barton when he died. His
friend, William H. Townsend, wrote i
As the title indicate, “President
Lincoin" is not a "beginning-to
end” biography, but rather a story
of the presidency. There is not!
much going back to pick up old
trarL. eitther. Dr. Barton having
preferred to assume that his read-'
A New Yorker
By MARK BARRON
1UEW YORK, Feb. 21—Vignettes
-*■ ’ of the town:
Pier detectives watching for
gamblers who ply their trade on
transatlantic liners. . . . The East
23rd street shop that sells arti
ficial eyes. . . . The Manhattan
society editor who owns a farm
on the St. Lawrence. . . . Readers
of discarded newspapers in Union •
square. . . . Shop girls eating their
lunch in the cemetery at Trinity
church. . . . "No Tipping" signs in
chain sandwich shops, and the
smiles of the pretty waitresses
when a customer disregards them
and leaves a dime. . . .
Girls wearing slacks, sweaters
and berets strolling along River
side drive. . . . The purser on that
French liner who had his shoulder
blade shot away at the Marne. . . .
New York girls who try to look
like Katharine Cornell. •
# * *
Clatter of milk wagons over
Momingside heights at 5 a. m. . . .
Deaf mutes ih a spirited conversa
tion on the local to Bronxville. . . .
Pianist in that celebrated tavern
in the Forties obligingly rendering
all request numbers on the night
before his departure for a Saranac
sanitarium for an indefinite stay.
. . . E. Phocian Howard with his
silver hair and shrieking shirt col
ors. . . . Ditch diggers on Sixth
avenue gathered around a bon
Jimmie Durante unloading his
“schnozzle" at Grand Central at 9
a. m. while sleepy cameramen
snap away with their flash guns.
. . . Ship news reporters huddled
on the afier deck of the customs
cutter as it plows through the chill
morning towards Quarantine. . . .
Bootblacks on a Lexington ave
nue doorway playing contract.
Cops chasing autograph hunters
away from important "first
nights.” . . . And adulation-seek
ing celebrities at these same
nights trying to put themselves in
the way of these signature col
lectors. . . .
Rene, Broadway’s most famous
hat check girl, has her first book
published. . . . The daughter of a
Bronx rabbi, she calls hundreds of
stage and screen stars by their
* * *
The row of bookmakers who
make their bets in West 47th
street. . . . It’s difficult for detec
tives to catch them because they
must have evidence of making at
least three bets with the same
man before they have a case. . . .
The crab flake man who shouts
his wares in Harlem side streets.
. . . Gladys, the stout negro singer
who performs in three different
Lenox avenue clubs.
Advertising executives, sartori
ally perfect, lunching in Madison
avenue restaurants. . . . Aviators
who live in Coney island hotels
during the winter. . . . They get
low rates and are near all the air
fields on Long island.
| ers have already a certain knowl
i edge of the background.
But neither is “President Lin
coln” one of those minute studies
in which every heart-beat of the
victim is analyzed and pondered
| over, tiring every one but the writ
I cr himself. Dr. Barton has pre
: sented all the angles necessary to
! understanding of his subject, but
he has done it with a light and fa
* * :5s
Joseph Tausek has written a lit
tle book about the Getysburg ad
dress that will shock a good many
whose knowledge of Lincoln is su
For in it he shows that the world
has the Gettysburg address only
because of an afterthought; that
Lincoln had not been considered of
sufficient importance to the occa
sion to be accorded principal place
on the program, and that, indeed,
i his treatment in Gettysburg was
hardly better than insulting. He
calls it “The True Story of the Get
There is also L. Pierce Clark's
"Lincoln, a Psycho-biography,” in
which Dr. Clark analyzes his sub
ject in the manner of a psychia
The current crop of novels is re
It includes “Pageant," by G. B.
Lancaster (her name really is Lyt
telton i, as full-blooded a tale as
has been printed in a good while.
The background is Tasmania, from
its days as a penal colony down
through three generations.
it includes also David Garnett's
Pocahontas, a novelized version
of the familiar tale in which idylls
of life in the Chesapeake country
alternate with scenes of the fierc
est cruelty. Perhaps the distin
guishing quality pf the book, how
ex er, is Mr. Garnett's beautifully
restrained, but live, prose. It is
almost unique among modern writ
Walter D. Edmonds is again
writing about the Erie canal, this
time in “Erie Water," a lusty
story of the big ditch's creation.
And Erskine Caldwell is offering
some more “starkness," Georgia
starkness in which one family and
its inlaxvs create a whole series of
triangles each pointing toward
tragedy. But it is mostly first rate