Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 17, 1934, Image 1

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student Group
To Dig Further
In Investigation
Optional Membership in
ASUO Sought
Examination of Financial, Legal
Aspects of Demand for $15
Saving Undertaken
Further investigation into the
advisability of introducing op
tional membership in the Associ
ated Students was undertaken and
will continue for several days, the
Committee for Optional ASUO
Membership reported yesterday.
James Landye, senior law stu
dent and general chairman of the
group, announced the selection of
the following three committees to
undertake examination of the
financial and legal aspects of the
demands made by the committee
for a $15 yearly reduction in stu
dent fees: legal committee—Eu
gene Laird, chairman, and Joseph
ine Rice; committee on organiza
tion and procedure—Dick Neuber
ger, chairman, Orval Thompson,
Ray “Butch” Morse, and Marjorie
Bass; committee on student af
fairs—Margaret Stauff, chairman,
A1 Edwards jr., and Floyd Smith.
Petition Presented
The names of these 10 students
appeared on a petition presented
by Neuberger through Dr. W. J.
Kerr, chancellor of higher educa
tion, to the state board at its ses
sion in Portland Monday.
The matter was turned over to
the student welfare committee of
the board, which is composed of
E. C. Sammons, acting tempo
rarily in the place of Mrs. Cor
nelia Marvin Pierce, who is in
Washington, D. C., and F. E. Cal
Landye stated last night that
his committee would work with
the student welfare committee of
the state board and will communi
cate immediately in regard to the
data uncovered by the student
group here.
Text Follows
A copy of the petition presented
to the state board follows:
“To the Board of Higher Educa
“We, the undersigned commit
tee of students of the University
of Oregon, hereby respectfully re
quest the state board of higher
education to give consideration to
the feasability of reducing student
fees at the University to $27 per
term by providing for optional
membership in the Associated
Students of the University of Ore
“In view of the unprecedented
sacrifices being made by the citi
zens of Oregon and the parents
of the students in order that the
youth of the state may secure the
advantages of higher education,
we sincerely believe that enact
ment of a system of optional mem
bership in the Associated Students
organization, by making possible
a saving of $15.00 per year, will
extend the opportunity for univer
sity education to a greater number
of deserving young men and wo
“May we point out that al
though some of us are actively
engaged in Associated Student ac
tivities and therefore must neces
sarily pay the $15 yearly dues,
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Thost 3hing Jobs on
Emerald-of-Air Staff
Asked to Attend Meet
Those desiring to try out for
positions on the Emerald-of
the-Air dramatic staff are
asked to meet in Room 104
Journalism building today at 4.
Several roles are available for
the forthcoming production.
The part of a maid which re
quires a Swedish accent has not
yet been filled.
Anyone who is interested in
this work, despite lack of ex
perience, will be given an op
20.39 Enrollment
For Winter Term
Final Compilation
Registration Figure Slightly Less
Than Fall Quarter Number;
Closing Saturday
Final registration figures for the
winter term show an enrollment of
2039 students in the University,
announced Clifford L. Constance,
assistant registrar, yesterday.
This is but slightly below the
attendance for last term, when
2122 were registered, and only 7
percent below the figures for a
year ago, 2190.
Registration for the term closed
last Saturday and only in excep
tional cases will students be ad
mitted during the rest of the term.
Faculty Members
To Talk on Radio
Three professors from the Uni
versity, Dr. W. D. Smith, Dr. Har
old J. Noble, and Dr. Victor P.
Morris, are giving a series of radio
talks on trade and economic sub
jects over station KOAC. The se
ries is called “Beacon Lights in
Civic Relations.”
Dr. Morris opened the series
with a general introduction. Last
week Dr. Smith gave a talk on.
“Know Your Own Ocean.” He pre
sented physical facts about the
ocean, about typhoons, and impor
tant islands.
Smith is also planning talks on
trade relations between the Orient
and the Occident. Dr. Noble will
speak concerning Japan, Manchu
ria, and China, and Morris will
talk on economic problems of the
countries on both sides of the Pa
Wood Will Be Speaker
At Law School Banquet
Erskine Wood of the Portland
law firm of Wood, Montague, Mat
thiessen, and Rankin, who is one
of the most prominent admiralty
lawyers of the northwest, will be
the guest of honor and principal
speaker at the law school banquet,
to be held January 24.
The law school banquet, an event
of each term, is open to the law
school student body and the law
faculty. Each term some leader
of the bar is invited as principal
speaker. Members of the Lane
county bar are invited as guests.
Graduate Council Meet
Scheduled for Friday
The graduate council of the Uni
versity will meet in the graduate
division office at Johnson hall, Fri
day afternoon, January 19.
Members of the council asked to
be present are Eric W. Allen, John
F. Bovard, C. V. Boyer, J. H. Gil
bert, J. J. Landsbury, J. R. Jewel,
H. V. Hoyt, O. Larsell.
Sigma Hall Maintains Virtual
Monopoly to Top Grade List
An enviable record has been built
up for scholarship by Sigma hall,
a unit of the men’s dormitories on
the campus.
For the past seven terms, ever
since the new system of rating
was instituted in the University,
Sigma hall has headed all the male
living organizations of the campus,
and for six of those seven terms
it finished on top of the scholastic
heap. Only Hendricks hall has
ousted Sigma from first place at
any time in the past two years.
The grade point average of Sig
ma for the past seven terms has
been 1.790. Last term there were
five honor students from this or
ganization, or an average of 15
percent. The University average
of honor students was slightly
more than 4 percent. Forty-two
percent of the students enrolled in
Sigma had averages of more than
two points.
“Several factors have contribut
ed to the high standing of Sigma
hall,” said Lloyd L. Ruff, sponsor
of the organization. “We are for
tunate in getting an exceptional
group of incoming students two
years ago. We do not have a set
of stringent regulations forcing the
students to study, but we try to
provide an environment that will
encourage them to do so. We have
a few house rules requiring quiet
hours, and a scholarship commit
tee designed to adjust any difficul
ties in the study of programs of
the undergraduates."
For the second successive year
Sigma hall has won the silver cup
donated by Burt Brown Barker,
vice-president of the University,
for the highest scholastic standing
among all the male living organi
zations of the University.
Oregon Press
Conference to
Get Underway
Sixteenth Annual Meet
Starts Thursday
Visiting; Newspaper Men to Begin
Arriving on Campus Tomorrow,
Friday for Sessions
Newspaper men from all parts
of the state will begin arriving on
the campus tomorrow and Friday
for the sixteenth annual Oregon
Press conference in the school of
journalism Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday, January 18, 19, and 20.
A busy weekend has been pre
pared for the visiting journalists
as meetings, discussions, dinners
and luncheons, and entertainment
are included in the list of activi
Business Matters Important
Discussion of business matters
will occupy an important position
after the conference gets under
way. The Roosevelt program of
business revival, circulation and
advertising problems, coverage of
legislative centers, NRA codes for
newspapers and print shops—all
of these questions will undergo the
scrutiny of the the sessions here.
Of interest to the visitors is the
motion picture, “Golden Years of
Progress,” prepared by advertising
interests to interpret the place of
advertising in the business of liv
ing, which will be brought here for
a special complimentary showing
at the Colonial theater Friday eve
ning following the annual confer
ence banquet. Tickets will be giv
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Dr. R. J. Williams,
Chemistry Prof,
Will Speak Here
Noted Scientist’s Subject to Be
‘Chemical Secrets of Living
Dr. Roger J. Williams, nation
ally known chemist and professor
of organic chemistry at Oregon
State college, will speak on
“Chemical Secrets of Living Mat
ter” Wednesday evening, January
24, at 7:30 in 103 Deady.
The lecture will be given under
the joint auspices of the Commit
tee on Free Intellectual Activities
and Sigma Xi, national science
Dr. Williams, formerly of the
University, has written several ar
ticles and. books on organic chem
istry. In the summary of achieve-1
ments in chemistry which was j
given in the Science News Letter
recently he was commended forj
his research in the “growth-stimu
lating ‘panto-thenic’ acid found in
many different kinds of plants and
Firsfl Student Concert
To Take Place Monday
The first student concert of the
winter term is scheduled to take
place next Monday at 8 in the Mu
sic auditorium. Four student mu- I
sicians and two accompanists are
to appear.
These are Harriet Moore, pianist; i
Arlene Soasey, mezzo soprano; El
len Dixon, violinist; Frances Mac
kin, pianist. The accompanists are !
Helene Robinson and Frances
Father Leipzig to Give
Talk on Catholics at ‘Y’
Father Leipzig of the local
Catholic church will be at the Y \
hut tonight at 7:30 to conduct an
informal discussion on “The Prin
ciples and Policies of the Catholic
Church.” This is the first of a
series of similar meetings to which
all students are welcomed.
Committees Appointed
For Federation Dance
The heads of the committees for
the “hill” federation dance, which
is to be given in Gerlinger hall
Friday evening, are: general chair
man, Leonard Donin; features,
Fred McKinney; programs, Bill
Paddock; decorations and floor,
Jim Schofield; and patrons and1
patronesses, Jean Stevenson and
Mildred Thompson.
One of the features of the dance
will be the Delt Trio.
Roland Hayes Holds Enviable
I Reputation as Concert Singei
i -
Ten years of absolute suprem
acy in his field is the enviable
record established by Roland
Hayes, world-famed tenor, whose
forthcoming concert in McArthur
court the night of Thursday, Jan
uary 25, is apparently attracting
more popular interest than the
appearance of any other artist in
the northwest. It was just a lit
tle over ten years ago that the
famed negro singer first appeared
in New York's famous Town Hall
to justify his pretensions as an
artist before one of America’s
most discriminating audiences.
Upon that memorable occasion
Hayes had no formidable Ameri
can reputation to back him up,
notwithstanding the fact that Eu
rope had already acclaimed him
as one of the greatest singers- of
the generation. New York had
heard much heralded negro sing
ers before, had listened to them
politely, and then dismissed them
as mere musical mountebanks.
Hayes was compelled to face a
good deal of skepticism when he
gave that Town Hall recital. He
even had to face downright hos
tility. What the audience ex
pected was a few original rend- J
ering-s of negro spirituals. W'na
it got was a chapter of Revela
That was 10 years ago. Today
Hayes is, by universal consent, i
vastly greater artist than he wa
in 1923. He has never gone inti
a decline and has never lost evei
a small portion of the vast audi
ence throughout America whicl
has regularly turned out to hea
him sing. Eight years of patien
study under one , of the world’;
great voice teachers taught hin
how to develop his voice as thi
years went on. He has neve
strained it, and it is claimed by
reputable authorities that Haye:
will never be a “back number.”
It is an outstanding opportunity
for University students to b<
given the privilege of hearing this
internationally famous tenor with
out charge at his appearance here
This arrangement was made by
the associated students for th<
benefit of the students without
any possibility of making ex
penses of the concert in the seat
sale. Tickets are being _ sold at
the extraordinarily low prices oi
$1.10 and 55 cents.
Phi Beta Will Give
Dessert Party for
Patrons Tuesday
Patricia Sherrard Announces Her
Committees for Program,
Plans for a dessert party in
honor of patrons and patronesses
of Phi Beta, music and drama
honorary, to be given next Tues
day at the Alpha Chi Omega house,
were made at a meeting of the
group last night.
Patricia Sherrard, newly elected
president of Phi Beta, announced
the committees for the dessert. In
charge of refreshments are Helep
Goold, chairman, Alvhild Erick
sen, Ruth May Chilcote; program,
Frances Brockman, chairman,
Mary Babson, Theda Spicer; re
ception, Ellen Galey, chairman,
Helen Ferris, Virginia Wappen
stein, Margaret Stauff, Dorothy
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Geology Students
Visit Coast Caves
A field trip to the Sea Lior
Caves and the surrounding coun
try was taken by students in the
geology department Saturday. The
group went to Florence via Tri
angle lake, where they saw the
sand dunes of Florence, and from
there to the caves.
The entrance to the caves is ac
cessible only by a narrow trail
down the face of a cliff, where
the huge velocity of the wind
made the first part of the descent
exciting. Sea lions in the cave
numbered perhaps 200. When the
party entered, the seal-like ani
mals became frightened and diver
into the pounding surf, which die
not seem to hurt them.
The trip as originally planned
was for return by way of Wald
port, but a landslide on the high
way about one-half mile north ol
the cave forced a change of plans.
Student Body Finances
A movement has sprung- to ltife for optional, rather than com
pulsory membership in the Associated Students. Obviously, a sys
tem of optional membership is an ideal system, if the University’s
financial condition makes it feasible; no one should be forced to
pay student body fees who cannot afford them, or who can not
make use of the privileges accruing to membership in the student
The problem cannot be so simply settled, however. A multi
tude of factors must enter into any thorough consideration of the
problem, not the least of which is the question whether the Uni
versity can support its wide range of activities, including the Em
erald, forensics, concerts, band, orchestra, A. W. S., W. A. A., and
other functions, if a large part of the financial support is with
drawn following the adoption of optional membership. Likewise,
consideration must be devoted to payment of the present debt of
the A. S. U. O., to the legal status of the corporation known as the
Associated Students, a decision whether it is advisable for the Uni
versity, with a shrunken student body, to maintain a full program
of extra-curricular activity.
These are but a few of the problems which must be faced. The
Emerald will attempt to present a survey of every phase of the
situation within the next week, and will take no stand in the mat
ter until the preponderance of evidence from one side or the other
determines, in our opinion, the proper course to be followed.
To start with, a review of the history of the A. S. U. O.’s finan
cial struggles during the last eight years will shed much light on
the reason for the present $5 student body fee and the $5 building
fund fee, and the manner of distribution of the moneys paid by
In 1926 the student body was flush. It had a $25,000 surplus,
times were good, it looked as if the time was right for an expan
sion of student activities. Basketball was booming in popularity,
but at that time the games had to be played in the Eugene armory,
which was jammed at every game, and regularly many were de
nied admittance. Result—the student administration decided to
build the monster basketball pavilion, McArthur court, at a cost
of $198,000.
Bonds were floated, bringing in $143,000 to the student coffers.
Adding to this the $25,000 surplus already on hand, there remained
only about $30,000 of unsecured accounts to be paid. The bonds,
it was decided, should I* j>uid off by a levy of $5 per term per stu
dent. The $30,000 unsecured Indebtedness, it was thought, could
easily be paid off by profits from the operation of McArthur court.
But things went wrong. For five years straight the A. S. U. O.
lost money. The bonds were being retired systematically, but cur
rent operating revenues fell far short of operating expenses.
Finally banks refused to lend money, and in some cases even requi
sitions of the A. S. U. O. were not honored. The state board of
higher education called upon President Arnold Bennett Hall for an
accounting. And when that accounting was rendered, it was
learned that the Associated Students were more than $200,000 in
debt, although all but about $36,000 of the McArthur court bonds
had been paid off.
Then things started happening. A graduate manager was dis
missed, and the present graduate manager, Hugh E. Rosson, was
selected to perform the task of extricating the A. 8. U. O. from its
financial morass. The whole debt was refinanced.
The sum of $125,000 was borrowed outright, and the Alumni
Holding company loaned another $27,000, approximately. The stu
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Powers of New
Presidents Will
Be Determined
| Statement Is Promised
> By Dr. Kerr
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IjUUiJIJIj 1^1 lull
i C. V. Boyer and G. \V. Peavy to
s Confer With Chancellor
About Positions
Formulation of the duties and
powers of the acting presidents
named Monday by the state board
of higher education to serve on
the Oregon and Oregon State
campuses will be made in a pre
pared statement to be issued in
a few days by Dr. W. J. Kerr,
chancellor of higher education,
Dr. C. V. Boyer, named acting
president of the University, and
Dr. G. W. Peavy, who assumes a
similar position ,at Corvallis.
Kerr told the Emerald last night
that the statement would be given
out after he had consulted with
Boyer and Peavy. Final approval
of any projected plans would un
dergo consideration at the next
meeting of the state board in
Portland on January 29. Boyer
could not be reached yesterday for
a statement as he was not in the
Peace Sought
The selection of Boyer, who i3
dean of the college of arts and
letters at the University, and
Peavy, head of the school of for
estry at Oregon State, as chief
executives on the respective cam
puses was considered an impor
tant step towards the goal of at
tainment of peace in the state sys
tem of higher education.
The turmoil and strife which
have riddled the situation during
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t^arltoii spencer
Tells of Ancient
Methods of Trial
Sidelights on English Law Related
At First Winter Meeting
Of Pre-Law Group
Interesting sidelights of ancient
law were related last night by
Prof. Carlton E. Spencer of the
University law school at the first
winter term meeting of the pre
legal student association.
Professor Spencer traced the
historical development of English
law by periods, mentioning inter
esting phases of English common
law. He told about ancient meth
ods of trial—such as “trial by
bier-rights,” which was based on
the superstition that when a mur
derer touched the body of the man
he killed, the wounds would bleed.
Other customs of medieval Eng
land which determined the laws
of the country, such as outlawry,
and the right of sanctuary, were
presented. Professor Spencer re
lated the old methods of enforc
ing law, settling controversies,
and determining the guilty per
Many novels of medieval Eng
land which are popularly read
should be of interest to law stu
dents from a legal standpoint, ac
cording to Professor Spencer. He
referred the students to a list of
such novels, which include Oliver
Goldsmith’s “Vicar of Wakefield,"
and works by Dickens, Sir Walter
Scott, Thackeray, Victor Hugo,
and Mark Twain. i
Campus Calendar
There will be a meeting of all
new A. W. S. office girls at 4
o’clock today in the A. W. S. room
in McArthur court. Anyone un
able to attend please call Roberta
All social chairmen of women's
houses are requested to meet in
110 Johnson at 4 o’clock this aft
ernoon. 0
W. A. A. mass meeting tomor
row at 4 p. m. in women's lounge,
Gerlinger hall.
Dr. Warrington’s religion groups
will meet at the Y bungalow to
night at 9. Everyone invited.
Der Deutsche Sprachen will
meet at 8 p. m. Thursday at West
minster club.
A meeting of all past, present,
and future members of the Emer
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Dean Eric W. Allen of the
school of journalism, who spoke
to members of the International
Relations club last night.
Allen Lays Blame
For Coming War
On U.S. Shoulders
This Country Began Armaments
Kace, Tariff Walis; Wrecked
Peace Move, Says Dean
Who started the race for arma
ments ? Who began building high
tariff walls ? With these ques
tions Dean Eric W. Allen of the
school of journalism pointed his
answer to "Who Will Be to Blame
for the Next War?” in a talk be
fore members of the campus In
ternational Relations club last
night at the Craftsman’s club.
"The people of every country
are just as keen, just as well-in
tentioned, just as altruistic, just
as peace-loving as we are,” Dean
Allen declared. "We can’t seem
to remember that our job is to
watch our own conduct, and have
faith that others will see and fol
For the dean placed a full share
of the blame for the next war
squarely on the United States.
Three thousand miles from her
nearest potential enemies, the
United States was the power
which blocked an armament con
ference near success by her re
fusal to agree to financial limits
on military equipment. Disregard
ing the most fundamental prin
ciple of economics—that if goods
are to go out, goods must come
in—the United States launched a
short-sighted and war-breeding
policy of economic nationalism.
It is from these causes that the
world is today in immediate dan
ger of armed conflict. Yet in 15
“potential enemy” countries which
the dean has visited since he first
became interested in world friend
ship he has found himself in meet
ings of internationally -. minded
groups. He said that they were *
“something new under the sun"
and were so badly needed that
they should succeed in spite of the
probable setback of “the next
war” so perilously close to us.
Every other Tuesday night at
7:30 was set as the regular meet
ing time and the Craftsman’s club
as the meetirlg place of the Inter
national Relations club at a short
business meeting conducted by
Howard Ohmart, president. All
men and women interested are in
vited to become members of the
club, which has neither dues nor
initiation fees.
Dr. Victor P. Morris, professor
of economics and faculty adviser
of the club, told the group about
new books received at the library
for the International Relations
Beer Now Sold
Near Campus
Restaurants Defy 4Dry
Zone’ Ruling
Repeal of Prohibition Believed toi
Have Made “3.2” Ordinance
Obsolete; Order Reported
Three eating- places near the
campus yesterday began serving
beer. Reassured by the general
opinion that repeal of the 18th
amendment had nullified any city
ordinances restricting the sale of
3.2 beer in any locality, and by the
opinion advanced by several in au
thoritative positions that the city
would take no steps to prevent
their handling the legalized brew,
the campus restaurateurs resolved
to take determined action.
Thus culminated a demand for
abolishment of the “beer zone,”
first advocated editorially in the
Emerald a week ago, and support
ed by many students and towns
people as a means of restoring a
legitimate source of revenue to lo
cal business men, and of prevent
ing students from going downtown
to drink beer in places where hard
liquor was sold and where any at
tempt at restraint or supervision
was impossible.
The establishments now serving
beer are the Green Parrot Inn and
the Oregana cafe, on 11th street,
and the College Side Inn on 13th
street. All three have applied for
federal licenses, since at the pres
ent time no city licenses are being
issued and the machinery set up
by the state’s Knox bill has not
been set in motion.
Three restaurants reported last
night that the sale of beer was be
ing conducted in orderly fashion,
without the slightest difficulty or
A member of the city council
was reported last night as declar
ing that as well as he could judge,
the “3-point-2 zone” ordinance was
obsolete. Attorneys questioned de
clared that they saw no legal ob
stacle in the way of the restaurant
At the request of the Emerald,
Dean Wayne L. Morse of the Uni
versity law school is preparing an
opinion on the legal status of the
“beer zone” ordinance, which
should soon be ready for release.
Rumors emanating from city
hall circles indicated that the city
council is not too proud of its
handiwork in establishing the beer
zone, an action which was taken
at the request of University offi
cials. It is not likely that the city
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Campus Rulings
Issued to Girls
Women living outside of dormi
tories, houses or their own homes
met Tuesday at 4 o’clock in John
son hall at the request of Dean
Schwering and Mrs. Alice B. Mac
duff, assistant dean of women.
Campus regulations and housing
rules were distributed and all girls
are to be held responsible for any
Women who were not present at
the meeting Tuesday will be asked
to attend a similar meeting some
time during the week. Announce
ment of this meeting will be made
in the Emerald. Thursday will be
the regular householders’ meeting.
Phi Theta Judges to Select
Student 'Sir Raleighs9 Today
There are too many Sir Walter
Raleighs on the Oregon campus.
Or perhaps there are not enough.
At any rate, Phi Theta Upsilon,
women’s upperclass honorary, is
finding it very difficult to select
the man and woman on the cam
pus who have the greatest amount
of that politeness made famous by
Sir Walter Raleigh. (Remember,
the gentleman who laid his coat in
the mud for Queen Elizabeth to
walk on ?)
The most polite Oregon students
were to be announced today—but
the committee of judges is up
against a great problem in choos
ing them. So all who aspire to
great politeness must wait in sus
pense until tomorrow, when the
final decision will be made.
Phi Theta’s “polite” contest has
been held during the last week in
connection with the sale of “The
Curtsy,” a clever book of campus
manners, customs, traditions, and
etiquette. (And although it does
not direct the masculine student
to lay his leather jacket over the
mud puddles in front of the Co-op,
it tells many other items of much
greater importance . . . )
"The Curtsy” has been on sale
in women’s living organizations
and in the Co-op for 15 cents a
copy. Any students who are afraid
that their actions are not quite up
to Sir Walter Raleigh’s standards
are advised to get the book at once,
since only a few copies are left.
Louise Barclay is general chair
man, both of the sale and the "po
liteness” contest. She is assisted
by Mary Snider, chairman of the
sale in living organizations, Mar
garet Ellen Osborne, chairman of
the sale in the Co-op, and Ann
Reed Burns, in charge of publicity.