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AS THE BATTLE RAGES
IT is hard to overcome an inordinate desire to
present at length an editorial interpretation of
the events of the past few days. Such an expres
sion of opinion might help to clarify a few obscure
points, but could not possibly unravel more than
a few of the multitude of knots that comprise the
higher educational tangle.
One phase of the question is treated on page 1
today. Further editorial treatment will be given
at length in subsequent issues of the Emerald. At
present it is the belief of the editors that it is their
duty to crowd into the space available as much as
possible of the urgent and significant news of the
One point must be clearly made, however: Stu-j
dents here must make clear to their parents and
friends throughout the state that this controversy
is not a squabble between the University of Oregon
and Oregon State college. It is a battle for aca
demic freedom and a defense against an unjustified
attack upon the University.
Emotions are bound to play a pail - the emo
tional strain shows in every statement issued by I
the principal personalities involved. But students
must keep their balance, must not be swept into
precipitate action, and must by all means suppress
any outbreak in Portland next Saturday which
might give the people of the state at large any
impression that the present turmoil is engendered
out of a bitter struggle between University and j
THK “NEAR WEST-’
1I7HEN we say “Far East,’’ we mean “Near !
** West.” This point was stressed by Syud :
Hossain, Mohammedan journalist who spoke here
recently, and everyone on the campus last week
end should appreciate it most thoroughly. The rare 1
treasures housed in Oregon's “building without
windows,” the Mur. v Warner Oriental art collec
tion. did not come from the east ail the way
around India, through he Suez canal, out from the
Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic, across the ocean,
and over hundreds cf miles of these United States.
They came, insiead, from the west, from lands that
border the Pacific ocean.
Here we cannot settle comfortably into that
frame of mind which puts almost out of reach
everything commonly labeled "far.” We have too
much on the campus to prove how close we are to
China, to Japan, and to the other nations of eastern
Asia. Mrs. Gertrude Bass Warner, whose home
for years was China and whose home for years has
been Eugene, has lived this truth.
Mrs. Warner' lias known and understood and has
constantly endeavored to make others understand
it. Each year in the essay contests she sponsors,
the participants, in seeking to solve some problem
of our relationship to our neighbors across the Pa
cific, discover how close they are to us. Nor is it
a truth that, once learned, is easily forgotten.
It may be a long time from New Year’s Day to
Christmas, but why go the long way about to meas
ure something which is only a week long or an
ocean wide ?
‘A Challenge to the Faculty’
Editor’s note: Below is re
printed Dean Wayne I.. Morse’s
speech Saturday at the Home
coming luncheon banquet. He
was supported in his stand by a
faculty resolution passed yester
day demanding Roscoe C. Nel
son's resignation from the state
board of higher education.
“I trust that the alumni of the
University of Oregon are fully
aware of the fact that their alma
mater faces today the most serious
crisis in its history. We plunged
inLo that crisis last Thursday
when the Honorable Roscoe Nel
son, in an address delivered here
on this campus, challenged the
certain fundamental principles of
academic freedom. That challenge
must not go unanswered, and if I
understand the temper of your
faculty, it will not go unanswered.
"Lack of time forces me to pass
over certain astounding features
of Mr. Nelson’s tirade. I shall not
comment on his indefensible at
tack on freedom of the Emerald
Press except to say that his words
on that sutpject spell intolerance
and prejudice. I submit that the
fearless journalism displayed in
the Emerald is exhibit A, showing
that this university provides an
atmosphere which is not stifling
to individual thought and expres
“I shall not dwell on his smart
ing attack against a downtown
editor, supposedly Mr! Tugman,
because Bill Tugman needs no de
fense. During the turmoil in high
er education, Tugman has some
times stood almost alone like a
beacon light sending its searching
and penetrating rays over the
fields of corruption in Oregon’s
system of higher education.
* * *
“But I shall dwell on Mr. Nel
son's insulting, insinuating, unfair
and vicious attack on the faculty
of the University of Oregon. May
I assure you that my emphasis
does not mean that I am angry.
As a member of the faculty my I
feelings are too greatly hurt. My
sense of right and fair play too
completely crushed to allow me to
be angry. I should tike to disbe
lieve tv hat I know to be true, that
Roscoe Nelson, brilliant lawyer,
lovable personality, a man for
whom I can sincerely say I have a
deep affection, stands today be
fore the people of Oregon as a man
who has been duped.
"In his address on this campus,
which was surpassed in awfulness
only by his address on the Cor
vallis campus, he charged that
there exists on your faculty a little
coterie of faculty men whose oppo
sition to the administration roots
in disappointed ambitions and
frustrated desires. Time and time
again he referred to these men of
mystery as catalines.
“As a little boy 1 learned from j
my mother a lesson that Mr. Nel
son needs to learn: That calling
a proposition or its advocates
names proves nothing against the j
proposition or its advocates.
* * *
“Throughout his verbal assaults ]
on the faculty rang a plea fori
magnanimity of spirit. Where was
there any magnanimity of spirit
displayed by Mr. Nelson? He
charged that certain members of
the faculty were guilty of carping,
critical censoriousness. Who are
these catalines? I challenge Mr.
Nelson to return to this campus
and in meeting with the university
faculty name his victims and
prove a case against them, if he
cannot do so. then let him, like the
gentleman 1 know him to be at
heart, apologise to the faculty of
the University of Oregon and re
sign from the-board.
“lie was plated on that board to
bring about harmony. His official
acts of Thursday disqualify him
completely as a harmonizer, there
fore he should resign at once in
the hope that there can be added
to the board a man of judicious
ness, a man who will keep him
self free from partisanship, a man
who will not attempt to intimidate
the faculties, a man who recog
nizes that higher education in Ore
gon can be saved only by a friend
ly exchange of points of view
among the board, the administra
tion and the faculties. Mr. Nel
son's attack on the university has
made it impossible for self respect
ing faculty men and women to
work in harmony with him.
* # *
“After be left this campus, Mr.
Nelson went to Corvallis and there
he directed criticism after criti
cism at the faculty of the univer
“Amidst much applause he
flayed the university. Unless you
heard and saw his exhibition, you
can not believe the facts. How
ever, the Emerald report of that,
speech is accurate, and I shall
comment on it further only by
saying that I heard the speech and
that by word and demeanor Mr.
Nelson did the university and the
city of Eugene a great injustice.
“Will that produce harmony? If
discord is harmony, Mr. Nelson by
these two speeches has become a
director of a discordant symphony.
Throughout his speeches he refer
red to a lack of co-operation with
the chancellor. What does Mr.
Nelson mean by co-operation?
The faculty of the university
elects each year an advisory coun
cil consisting of three deans and
three professors. The council to
represent the faculty in advisory
meetings with the chancellor.
However, not once last year did
Dr. Kerr consult with that council.
Is that co-operation? As I said in
my Dad's day speech about loy
alty, so I say now' about co-opera
tion it works both ways.
"Does Mr. Nelson know that the
chancellor has so ignored faculty
rights and prerogatives that at the
last meeting of the faculty we
passed a resolution directing, as
we have a right to do, that hence
forth all questions of curricula
shall be referred to the faculty for
«! * *
“At that meeting 1 said, and I
repeat it here, that the faculty is
not asking for the right to run the
university, but that we are asking
for the right to have a voice in
running the university. 1 explained
that legally the only right the fac
ulty has is the right to advise the
chancellor and the board. 1 point
ed out that the chancellor and the
board are not bound to follow the
faculty's recommendations, but
that no board or administration
can hope to succeed for long if it
does not bring to bear on academic
problems and policies the consider
ations and contributions of the
"Does Mr Nelson know that the
present budgets of the two major
institutions reek with partiality
for the college? Does he know
that when the budgets were pre
pared and submitted to the chan
cclloi by the deans in some in
stances the chancellor did not con
fer with the deans involved? True
it is, those budgets were presented
by the chancellor to the board, but
those budgets should have been
discus ed with the deans in the
light of budgets submitted by
other deans. Some of us kept
tadh ami followed the chancellor’s
instruction to cut to the maxi
mum extent, and after we did it
co-operation demauded that the
chancellor meet with u .orj con
fer v. ith m ou the totality ot
budgets. If that had been done, I
assure you that certain inequities
would have been detected and
pointed out before it was too late.
“Mr. Nelson states that neither
the board nor the chancellor should
appoint presidents, but that the
faculties should elect chairmen. If
that principle is sound, and I sub
mit that it is whether you call the
office a presidency or chairman
ship, then likewise the faculty of j
the University of Oregon should j
have had a voice in the selection of
the chancellor. But we did not. j
Does Mr. Nelson know that ?
"Does Mr. Nelson know that
some of his downtown Eugene
friends appointed themselves to
exercise that right for the faculty?
Mr. Nelson referred to Catilines. I
shall not call anybody names, but
I shall call attention to what you
know as a fact—that a group of
men in Eugene has been unjustifi
ably purporting to speak for this
faculty. Some of these are Judge
Lawrence T. Harris, Richard Shore
Smith, Ed Bryson, Carl Washburn j
and Campbell Church. For too I
long a time this faculty, with a
fine, charitable spirit, has suffered
encroachments on its rights. But
now Mr. Nelson has declared war
on this faculty and the faculty will
respond fearlessly. We have stood
by and witnessed the selection of a
chancellor by a plot so rotten that
it stinks to high heaven. In my
Dad’s day speech I said that poli
tics with all of its nefarious prac- J
tices must be kicked out of higher
education. I repeat that warning
and I believe that the people of
this state will agree with me.
* * *
"Mr. Nelson is sure that he
knows what the mandate of the
people of this state is in regard
to higher education. He assumes
that he can speak for the people
of the state. I sincerely hope that
the people of this state who have
always cherished the sacred doc
trines of academic freedom will
answer Mr. Nelson as he deserves
to be answered.
“1 have no animosity for Cor
vallis. I think that the problems
of the University of Oregon are
also the problems of the Stute col
lege. I am satisfied that the two
faculties can work harmoniously
and co-operatively. But what we
need is leadership with a perspec
tive leadership in which both
faculties can have confidence. My
friends, if you want to save your
alma mater, I charge you to go
forth and provide us with that
Editor's note: The statements is
sued by Chancellor Kerr Sunday
night, E. II. Bryson on Saturday,
are omitted from today’s Emerald
only boeause spare does not per
mit their npponninre. The Emer
ald lias presented the statements
of the two prineipals, Kosror Nel
son and Dean Wayne i.. Morse, and
will try to unhide every slgniti
rant statement in following issues.
Stil t' This Morning's
Emerald for Mailing
Honit'. I rges Tongue
Students should save their
copies of this morning's Emer
ald for mailing home to their
patents, urged Tom Tongue,
president of the A. S. I O.
The committee of 50, organ
ize'I yesterday to meet the
present emergency, will have a
man at each house during
lunch today to supervise the
' v y it
Into the Wind
By STANLEY ROBE
“I can forgive the intemperances
of Mr. Morse. He is a fine chap,
he had a sympathetic audience, a
football game was in the offing
and Mr. Morse is still quite young.
“Moreover, the stage v/as set
for a Roman holiday. I was too
insignificant alone to furnish an
adequate spectacle so Judge Har
ris, Mr. Washburne, Dr. Kerr and
others had to be utilized, but there
I am afraid Mr. Morse fell into a
grave tactical error. He proved
my case. 1-Ie disclosed to the state
at large the refinement of cruelty
to which the chancellor is sub
jected and in1 doing so accused
Lawrence T. Harris and other
sterling and honorable men of par
ticipation in an ignoble deal.
“It is this type of scandal-mon
gering and insensate hate which I
have declared and again declare to
be unworthy of Oregon’s great
university. At least the fester is
now uncovered and I predict that
the people of this state will be
able to see Judge Harris and Mr.
Morse in their propel' proportions.
•Unless a life of signal purity and
devotion to the service of the peo
ple means nothing to Oregon, Mr.
Morse's brutality in this regard
will recoil on his own head and
Oregon will still believe in the in
tegrity and high-mindedness of
“Mr. Morse did see one extenu
ating circumstance in my favor.
I have been duped by Dr. Kerr.
1 hazard the conjecture that Mr.
Morse will find thousands of oth
ers similarly gullible. They have
seen at Corvallis evidences of phe
nomenal industry, genius, vision
and efficiency extending over a
period of 25 years. They know
that over a million dollars in value
of buildings there were erected
without any state appropriation.
They wonder why Eugene should
he so frenzied, and why passion
should be torn to tatters at the
prospect of a similar service so
sadly needed there.
“Mr. Morse is a valuable man.
The law school at Eugene, of
which he is dean, is, despite an
inadequate budget, one of the best
in the west. I think he will admit
that in his work he has had my
constant support and encourage
ment. His residence in Oregon,
however, has been of short dura
tion and should have made him
hesitate to pronounce wholesale
condemnations in the role of pros
ecutor, judge and jury, on the
strength of a malodorous whisper
ing campaign, impugning the in
tegrity and assailing the character
of a man grown gray in the serv
ice of his state.
“In the cool dawn of some morn
ing. when the partisan cheers sub
side. Mr. Morse will feel ashamed
of his unworthy assault. More
over, I shall be sadly disappointed
if it does not develop that not
wi hstanding the cheers which
greeted Mr. Morse at luncheon, the
highminded men in the faculty at
the university will repudiate Mr.
Morse’s title of their spokesman.
"As far as concerns demand for
my resignation. I will, with the
consent of my creditors, make the
university a generous donation out
of my small means if I can be re
lieved. 1 undertook the task at
great personal sacrifice and with
no motive save the wholly disin
terested one of service to the state
and its institutions of higher edu
cation. Ever since Toy accession
I h? v had to listen t account,
of plots jo we:t\, so mcredible and
so silly that they would have been
rejected on intrinsic evidence by
the veriest tyro of the law school
in which Mr. Morse presides. I
am frankly weary of these gusts
of hate and am willing to step
aside for the type of executioner
Mr. Morse and those who cheered
“Of course the real issue is, as
usual, obscured. The unforgivable
crime inheres in the policy of uni
fication. The burdened taxpayers,
in the opinion of these irrecon
cilable.?, were guilty of lese maj
este when they sought to put an
end to duplication and provide a
sane, efficient system. Cloistered
groups inevitably, perhaps, grow
to consider it an impertinence for
outsiders to impinge upon their
autonomy. The fact that these
outsiders pay the bills, is, as Law
yer Morse would say, ‘irrelevant,
incompetent and immaterial.’ ”
ONE THOUSAND NAMES
(Continued from Page One)
Portland next Saturday, and giv
ing a brief history of the higher
educational struggle since the in
ception of the Zorn-Macpherson
bill last year.
Late in the afternoon the
hastily-formed Committee of 50
met, formulated a temporary or
ganization, and passed a resolu
tion endorsing the statements
made last Saturday by Wayne L.
Morse, dean of the Oregon school
of law, and the resolution of the
University faculty passed yester
day by unanimous vote, request
ing the resignation of Nelson from
the board of higher education.
Immediately copies of the reso
lution were taker, to all fraterni
ties, sororities and dormitories,
where during dinner and at house
meetings the students voted on the
It was believed certain that ev
ery house voted favorably on
adopting the resolution, for re
ports started reaching the Emer
ald shortly after dinner and kept
streaming in at intervals during
the evening. Practically every ;
house reported unanimous approv- \
al. Up until press time students
were coming to the Emerald of
fice to see if petitions could be
signed there, for many houses,
brought to that place resolutions j
signed by every member. At mid- j
night 35 living organizations had '
turned in resolutions, bearing the
signatures of 1021 students.
Mass Meet Held
A meeting of the campus inde
pendent women's organization at
Gerlinger hall last night was trans
formed into a mass meeting at
tended by a reported crowd of 175
unaffiliated men and women. At
this meeting the resolution of the
Committee of 50 was endorsed,
and the signatures of many of
those present were affixed.
The Committee of 50, having a
representative in each house and
hall, was organized for the follow
ing purposes, according to Tom
First, to inform the students of1
the events leading up to the pres
ent crisis, in order to give them a
true understanding of the prob
lems facing the University, rather
than a rash judgment based on
limited knowledge of the facts;
Second, to provide the leader
ship necessary in order that there
might be no discredit on higher
education, and in order that any
expression of student opinion might
be made only after careful consid
eration of the issues involved.
The icjoluticn u-’ z ^ v, j 1
form m which it was adopted by
the Committee of 50 and signed
by individual students, is as fol
“Whereas, we believe that the
statements of the Honorable Ros
coe C. Nelson delivered Thursday,
November 2, 1933, were destruc
tive.of the interests of higher edu- j
cation in the state of Oregon, and
created a breach between students
of the two principal institutions;
“Whereas, we desire to promote
harmony between students and
the faculties of the two institu
tions in carrying out the program
of the state board of higher edu
“Be it resolved, that we, the I
undersigned students of the Uni
versity of Oregon unqualifiedly en
dorse the statements of Dean
Morse made November 4, 1933, and
the resolution of the University
faculty passed unanimously No
vember 6, 1933, calling for the res
ignation of the Honorable Roscoe
C. Nelson from the state board
of higher education.
“Be it further resolved that
copies of this resolution be trans
mitted by the secretary to the
governor of the state of Oregon
and to the members of the state
board of higher education.”.
The executive committee of the
Committee of 50 last night recom
mended that every student mail
home during the next week all
clippings from the Emerald re
garding the controversy, in order
that garbled rumors as to the na
ture of the dispute might not
cause misrepresentation of the
University’s stand throughout the
Speaking before the meeting of '
independent students, Dick Neu
berger, editor of the Emerald last
"Before we climb on the band
wagon of mob hysteria as it bowls
magnificently downgrade let us
consider the issues carefully. You ,
have been talking about Dr. Arn
old Bennett Hall tonight. You all
knew him as a fearless leader and
eminent liberal. And I remember
clearly the list he had of men he
said he would like to have on the
state board of higher education.
The name of Roscoe Nelson led
"There is no finer man in Ore
gon than Roscoe Nelson. Before
the independent students denounce
him and demand his resignation,
careful thought must prevail. You
all know Roscoe Nelson is not the
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difficulty in higher education. Why '
evade the issue and heap abuse on
him as the faculty did today ? I
think Dr. Kerr stood revealed as
the controversial center in yester
day's newspaper when his state
ment, not even mentioning Mr.
Nelson, stood contrasted with Mr.
Nelson's fine, generous defense of
At the meeting, nearly 100 names
were put on the petition and sent
over to the campus asking Roscoe
C. Nelson to resign.
of the Air
rpODAY'S Emerald - of - the - Air
brings you Evelyn Davis who will
sing classical music. She will be
accompanied by Jeanette Thomp
This program is a new feature
of the regular broadcast and is one
of a number of presentations that
will be offered by way of variety
during the term.
ANN-REED BURNS, whose pri
vate life has been already divulged
by Mannequin, who described her
exotic orange and blue, Chinesy
suite at the Kappa mansion, and
through the eagle eyes of the In
nocent Bystander. There is little
to' add except that we nominate
her best all-round Oregon co-ed,
2-plus grade average and all.
BILL VANDA MM
Men's debate squad will meet at
7:30 Wednesday evening in room
13, Friendly hall.
By BARNEY CLARK
Out to lunch!
N. R. A. hours for columnists!
GILBERT SAYS CLAIM
OF NELSON’S DENIED
(Continued from Pane One)
rivalry. The University faculty
has no quarrel with the faculty at
Corvallis, many of whom are
known to resent the type of par
tiality and bias shown in Mr. Nel
son’s two addresses at the State
college. The faculty resolution is
a public protest against partisan
ship in higher education. The in
terests which the board of higher
education represent cannot be pro
moted by building up the prestige
of one institution through the
wholesale disparagement of the
other. 'There is no competition
between lighthouses’ and there
should be no invidious comparisons
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