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THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
rred W. Colvig, editor Walter R. Vernstrom, manager
LeRoy Mattingly, managing editor
Wm. F. Lubersky, Assistant Business Manager
Associate editors: Clair Johnson, Virginia Endicott.
Editorial Board: Clair Johnson, Howard Kessler, George Bikman,
Edwin Robbins, Darrel Ellis, Orval Hopkins, Virginia Endicott
UPPER NEWS STAFF
.rar rrizzeu, sporis cauor.
Paul Deutschmann, news
Bernadine Bowman, exchange
Gladlys Battleson, society
Paul Plank, radio editor.
l^iuyu lulling, usmsiciiii man*
Edwin Robbins, art editor.
Clare Igoe, women’s page
J,conard Greenup, chief night
Jean Weber, morgue director^
Reporters: Parr Aplin, Louise Aiken. Jean Cramer, Beulah Chap
man. Morrison Bales, Laura Bryant, Lave Cox, Marolyn
Dudley, Stan Hobson, Myra Hulser, Dick Litfin, Mary Hen
derson, Bill Pengra, Kay Morrow, Ted Proudfoot. Catherine
Taylor, Alice Nelson, Raphael Platt, Doris Lindtfren. Rita
Wright, Lillian Warn, Margaret Kay, Donald Seaman, Wilfred
Sports staff: Wendell Wyatt, Elbert Hawkins, John Pink, Morrie
Henderson, Russ Iseli, Ccce Walden, Chuck Van Scoyoc.
Copyeditors: Roy Vernstrom, Mary Hopkins, Bill Garrett. Rclta
Lea Powell, Jane Mirick, Tom Brady, Warren Waldorf, Theo
Prescott, Lorene Margutn, Rita Wright, Jack Townsend, Wen
Brooks, Marge Finnegan, Mignon Phipps, LaVcrn Littleton,
June Dick, Frances McCoy, Lawrence Quinlan, Al Branson,
Helen Ferguson, Judith Wodeage, Betty Van Dellen, Stan
Hobson, George Haley, Gcanne Eschle, irvin Mann.
Assistant managing editor: Day editor:
Clare Igoe Irmajcan Randolph
Assistant day editor:
Night Editors: Assistants:
Lawrence Quinlan Betty Bohncnkamp
Now You Chase Me
'T'HERE’S THAT taint, of spring in the air
again—the warmth, the soit breezes, that
for some means baseball, for some means
graduation, for some means forsaking the
smoky air of tin1 Side for polities.
The season of the ear-to-the-ground-polit
ieal-observer is near at hand. In iaet, the
interpretative eampus wiseacre has missed
those first rumbling if lie liusn I had his lobes
in winter mud. The girls are beating the
season this year, with elections only six days
We will never forget our baptism in eam
pus polities. We were awed by the expected
presence of campus minds. Most of the boys
were on hand, in fact it soon became evident
that, there had already been “a little meet
ing.’’ The campus big shots talked and smok
ed. They smoked and talked. Everyone who
was mentioned for office was either ineligible
or modestly didn’t want to run. There were
two outstanding and noticeable things about
that meeting, which was a typical one—every
body talked and nobody said anything and
everyone was afraid to go home fo'r fear
those remaining would ding himself and his
party after he left.
* # #
'TMIE LADIES are starting, nay, have near
ly completed, the annual drive, and
there’s none of this stalling. The''girls are
too clever and besides the University lias
regulations about that sort of meeting for
coeds. If a girl doesn’t get her beauty sleep,
no amount of powder will erase those tell
There’s an air of secrecy about the ladies’
campaigns. “It's a secret, ha, ha,” declares
the AWS, WAA, and YWCA.
Mystery surrounds the women’s nomina
tions. There are to he no political lineups, no
coercion, no hasty choices. President of the
AWS Martha McCall lies awake nights be
cause she fears she might talk in her sleep.
Other officials have deemed it necessary to
give up the pause 1 lint refreshes, because you
never can tell what a lime coke will do to a
No sirree, the ladies are keeping this thing
clean. There will he no polities involved, sir.
Lead-piping, muck raking and ticket-swing
ing all this “you vote for me and become
co-chairman ol”’ stuff is definitely not al
* # *
OWHYKU, the ladies aren't a bit adverse
to a little game of “ring around the
rosy" and “-drop the handkerchief.” They
are determined that, this year, the delicate
precision of their preliminary work shall not
be scorched by the crude, purifying light of
the public eye. Nevertheless, don't let them
kid yon, lads. Political competence and tIn
ability to intrigue shout aloud front their
subtle, secret, hidden actions. They may not
know the score when it comes to basket hull,
but politics they have got something there
in knee-length stockings besides pretty legs.
Two years ago they dropped the hander
chief at tin- Theta house. Last year the hanky
fell on the Pi llcta Phi steps. The Kappas are
clapping their dainty hands with glee, for
popular tlail Buchanan is practically in
office. The voting? A men- formality. Not
that the coeds are crude enough to go in foi
st rong arm work, appointment swaps, or bal
lot box stuffing—these measures are held in
disrepute, to lie used only as a last resort.
Now. this is where feminine genius comes
into the political picture. A candidate is
picked, someone who eau uphold the tradi
tions of the office, as well as wear her clothes
with the proper decor. Then another candi
date is chosen, not because she’s going to he
u strong contender, but because she's not
going to be a strong contender. Not very
sporting, eh ? No race there but all very clever.
A Pi Phi won last year. The logical opponent
to Miss Buchanan is a Pi Phi her name will
not appear on the ballot, because, well, it
wouldn’t look good twice in a row.
Yessir, they're dropping the handkerchief
at the Kappa house. Next year it ought to j
he the Alpha Chi Omega house—no use mov
ing out of a neighborhood until you’ve ex
hausted the possibilities. Maybe the Alpha
Chis can use this tendency to pass tilings on
to the neighbors as a rushing point next fall.
Blind Alleys of Education
AN OFTEN-IIEAHD defense of grades is
that they are useful information to pass
on to prospective employers of University
graduates. All we can say to this is that
phrenology, the reading of sheep's livers,
astrology, or palmistry would give the future
bosses of college graduates almost as accurate
an estimate of their scholarship. That, of
course, is an exaggeration, hut it does give an
indication of what we think the value of the
present grading system to be.
Grades can be earned without the exer
cise of any high degree of scholarship. In
fact, under our present competitive system
of education, where grades are to a large
degree unfortunately a goal in themselves,
there has grown up a technique of grade
Actually, there are several techniques.
One of them, “apple-polishing,” is rarely suc
cessful, and it would be an unkind reflection
upon conscientious members of the teaching
profession to say that it is. Other techniques,
however, are highly successful. Cheating,
while it does present some dangers, may be
got away with if the student is careful, and
even a bungling cheater may go unpunished
through a professor’s hesitancy in making a
point of tin? matter; it can be very fruitful in
booming the GPA. “Spotting quiz-questions” I
and studying only the material on which one
is certain to lx; examined is a technique rich
in A’s and It's for the alert student, but its
success is dependent upon having a prof who
expects merely to have his attitudes “parrot
tod back” to him. There arc many such profs,
however, and their courses—labeled “pipes”
in undergraduate jargon—may be discovered
with small inquiry.
# # #
OUT THE FACT that comparatively high
grades may be obtained with a minimum
of study is not such an indictment of the
grade system as the fact that in their very
essence they can furnish only an inexact esti
mate of a student’s scholarship.
Dr. Warren 1). Smith, in an article written
for Thursday’s Emerald, summed up the
grade tom-foolery excellently.
“To work out a grade-point average to the
fourth decimal place where you are compar
ing work in utterly different subjects, taught
by different teachers using diverse teaching
methods, is, in my opinion, quite unscien
“I know of courses, here and elsewhere, of
such character and with teachers of such
temperament that if one were to get a “U”
grade in them, this grade would be the i
equivalent of an “A" in some other course.
Grades, except in subjects like arithmetics,
are highly subjective indices of achievement.”
We agree with Dr. Smith that the grade
system “belongs where its name suggests, in
the grade school.”
What is called for is a recognition that
college is college, and not a grammar school.
What is needed is a technique of education
adapted to the higher realm of learning |
through thi" exploration of which a univer
sity is supposed to lead its students. Grades,
quizzes and all the “police ’ folderol used
to keep third-graders in check have no place
in an institution like the University of Ore
Get us abolish grades and do as the more
progressive universities throughout the coun
try arc doing—establish merely a scale of
“passed with distinction, passed, and failed."
Much a system contains all that is essential to
higher education: honors for genuine schol
ars, passage for the fair-to-middling, and
flunks for those who deserve no better.
* # S6
\yi:'VK PK(i(iKl> away al this subject so
insistently this past week that Kmerald
readers pick up their morning papers and
exclaim. "What, still kicking that dead
dog?" But it is an important issue, and one
on which no effort is wasted if it serves to
bring it to the attention of those who guide.
The 1 niversity of Oregon should recap
ture some ol that pioneering spirit which still
distinguishes the people of this state. Wc
should wall off those old blind alleys of
education which are established on the tradi
tional but ill-tounded notion that education
is merely a competition for honors. The hon
ors in themselves are empty, unless they rep
resent true scholarship—which they are un
likely to do ill a competitive system.
Genuine scholarship is not to be pursued
through competition, for there is only one'
path to the true scholarly goal of truth, beau
t\ and goo dues:—and that is persistent study
on the part of the individual student m co
operation with his fellows, with ready access
to good books and facilities for observing
life, and with the guidance of inspiring teach
Death In San Francisco Bay
One second, her pilot was talking to the San Francisco municipal
airport about landing- conditions, as passengers put on their hats and
coats, ready to disembark ... a second later the Los Angeles-San
Francisco airliner above crashed into the shallow water of the bay,
nosing over and killing the eight passengers and crew of three. Reason
for the tragedy was not revealed when the plane, shown above, was
raised and examined.
•> EMERALD'S *
Quiz of the Week
By ELISABETH STETSON
Next week the test will be given to three faculty mem
bers to see how closely they read the Emerald. Their scores
will be comnared with the three of this week. Katherine
Coney, senior in English, and Mortimer Heinrich, junior in
pre-med, tied for first place as each answered eight ques
tions correctly. Gail Ferris, freshman in physical education,
scored six out of the ten questions. Any suggestions or
comments on the quiz are welcome. Please turn them in
at the Emerald shack. The answers are elsewhere in the
1. The Dime Crawl evidently didn't crawl thin year as a top record
of dimes was hit. The final sum collected was: a. $100. b. $110. c. $127.
2. The donut champions of basketball this year are: a. ATO.
b. Abba Dabbas. c. SPE. d. Phi Delts.
3. Duke of Swingdom Ellington who will swing into it with his
boys at the Senior Ball was really named by his mother: a. Ralph
Roosevelt, b. Edward Kennedy, c. John Sullivan, d. Patrick Arthur.
i. George Varoff, “Oregon’s own world outdoor record holder in
the pole vault," although he failed to show his championship form,
placed third in a meet last Saturday at: a. Boston, b. Chicago,
d. Louisiana, d. New York.
5. Tlie newest campus letter organization in an attempt to outdo
President Roosevelt's alphabet soup groups, has chosen for a name:
a. TCLACA. b. SCTTSTSOC. c. STCSTTCOC. d. MGMAGM.
G. According to Oregon State's own Dr. Parr, the students who
show the greatest tendency to cheat are: a. Former members of Boy
Scout or Campfire Girls' groups, b. Children from families with in
comes over $5,000. c. Older students, the older they grow, the more
they cheat, d. Students who have missed a lot of school through ill
7. “Smartv, smarty had a party" seems to be the idea of Mortar
Board for their Smarty Party which is to honor: a. All women three
pointers, b. All women making the honor roll. c. Oregon State Mortar
Board chapter, d. All “underclass women smarties.”
S. Hans-Erich Schurer, German exchange student at Stanford, re
cently bought himself a $3,500 car. with enough parts to build another
car, in Germany with German money because Hitler only allows him
to exchange a few marks into American money each month. He can
have how much American money? a. $100. b. $2G. c. $50. d. $200.
0. With surveys abounding on the campus, Columnist Moore in his
"Footlights," felt left out so he decided to have one too, only his was
on movies, not cheating or sparkling eyes. According to his poll what
picture was the campus favorite? a. "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town."
b. "San Francisco." e. "Anthony Adverse.” d. "Mutiny on the Bounty."
10. H. Kiddem Ragged's blood curdling campus masterpiece “Black
Menace," in which so many of the prominent campus lights and faculty
figure even if they don't catch Riddem's subtleties, promises another
murder for next \\\ k. It is the murder of: a. Din Toomas. b. B. V. D.
Brophy. e. Tom Masters, it. Steffanie Jeevenson.
(Ihratinj* Result ot
(Continued from p<.ujc enc)
tempts to free the students from
habits of rationalization in regard
to cheating, so that they may
think in more grown-up terms
about education He favored more
scholarships for the deserving
A good deal of the cheating may
be eliminated if the institution
were to see to it that the instruc
tors make the proper arrange
ment-. apply the proper supervis
ion. and use the right type of ex- j
animations with the assurance [
that every student would he dealt
with fairly, said Dr. James H. Gil
bert, dean of the college of social
Dr. Gilbert prefers small classes
with an abundance of oral quiz
work, frequent written tests, finals
covering the entire course and
oomprehensives in year courses.
•‘Adequate proctoring would cut
down the amount of cheating,"
-aid Dr. C. Valentine Boyer, presi
dent of the University, "but it
wouldn't eliminate it because the
more a student i.- challenged the
more ingenious the student will
become in cheating."
The use of more comprehensive (
examinations and basiug the prob
abilities of a student's promotion
entirely on them also has been a
popular suggestion among the
"I am sure that comprehensive
examinations are a method of elim
inating the tendency to cheat on
the part of the student inasmuch
as it makes the student do his
thinking in advance,” said Dr.
Samuel H. Jameson, professor of
sociology. “In my opinion the giv
ing up of the comprehensive ex
amination at the University of
Oregon would be a retrogressive
step in the field of education.”
Several of the professors favored
the establishment of a general col
When both the general and the
scholarly types of students mingle,
Dr. Jameson said, it is merely an
illusion to keep the so-called aca
demic standards. If the students
were divided into the general col
lege type and the scholarly type
the standards for the latter would
be higher than they are now, and
it would be possible to maintain
these standards, he explained.
Dr. S. Stephenson Smith, profes
sor of English, suggested the de
velopment of a code of honor
among the students.
“So long as the faculty members
exercise police power, it is up to
them to detect cheating and to
punish it, but the moral effect of
this situation is bad because the
students feel no responsibility in
the matter,” Dr. Smith stated.
“What I should like to see is a
group of student leaders who
would try to develop student opin
ion and a sense of student respon
sibility to end cheating.”
The honor system is a strong
tradition in the law school where
it has been in operation for a long
time with a great deal of success,
but most of the faculty do not
favor it for the campus as a whole.
“Our situation is much more
favorable to the honor system, be
cause we have a rather small and
compact group,” explained Orlando
J. Hollis, professor of law.
Most of the faculty members
were certain that the honor sys
tem, even though it proved effi
cient in the law school, would not
work as well on the campus at
“Honor, as I see it, is a function
of primary group relationships,”
explained Dr. Mcore of the soci
ology department, and I can't see
it working in large groups. In
small colleges it might work all
right, but I do not think it would
be effective in a heterogenous
group of 3.000.”
There is not yet a high enough
intellectual standard in the aver
age home to furnish the univer
sities and colleges with the aca
demic type of student necessary
| for the honor system, said Dr.
“My observation is that non
motivated students are tempted to
cheat.'' explained Dr. J. R. Jewell,
dean of the school of education.
Dr. Jewell repeated an old quota- j
tion that he had heard when he
was a student, “you can lead a
horse to water, but you can t make
him drink unless you salt him j
“If the vast majority of the col
lege students were to regard cheat
ing as unintelligent and stupid, it
would stop immediately." said
No man works at TAYLOR’S, adv.
By JACK TOWNSEND
Again Saturday comes around.
And so again we have no best
bets for the week-end, because
there are so many, and we can’t
do justice to all of them.
To begin with we have the
Philip Morris company extend
ing their advertising to the CBS
networks. Opening Saturday
night with the premier of their
new circumstantial evidence pro
gram, the P. M.’s will pesent
Buss Morgan and his orchestra
and Phil Duey, and the rest of
the gang in a short half hour.—
Incidentally, they will keep on
with their Tuesday night ensemble
over the NBC nets.
Also on the Saturday ‘must’ list
we find that the Hit Parade is ex
panding its time to 45 minutes.
(Pretty soon they'll probably be
back to the old hour program.)
Carl Hoff will lead the Saturday
night broadcasts over KOIN—7:00.
Joe ‘Blacksheep’ Penner and
Jimmie Grier's orchestra team up
Sunday afternoon to bring a pretty
good half-hour out of Hollywood.
Joe’s on Park avenue, in case you
don't know it, and seems to be
doing right well by himself.—KOIN
I Love You from Coast to
Coa6t—The NBC's Valentine to
all of its fans will be aired this
evening over the NBC red net.
Picking up sidewalk interviews
from the nations foremost cities,
(Please turn to page four)
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Corner Broadway and High Streets
Minister: A. J. Harms, M.A., Th.D.
(Sunday Morning, 11 o’clock)
“WHITHER BOUND AMERICA?”
“God of our fathers, known of old
Lord of our far-flung battle line
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet
Lest we forget—lest we forget”
(Sunday Evening, 7:30 o’clock)
“DEMAS, THE DESERTER”
Can You Get a Ticket
to the Senior Ball?
Well, maybe you cau. But
you'll have to hurry!!
The number of tickets
The Senior Ball has a glor
ious record, but never has it
presented such a great band as
Come along and really put on
the dog, but get in your ticket
They can be purchased at ASUO
ticket office or your house repre
Tickets $ 1.50
Monday, F eb. 1 5
7 :30 p.tli.
Monday, Feb. 15
Prices: Els. 75c
Uou. Admission. 50c.