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Student Players Score Hit With Season Opener
T echnical Perfection,
Put Over 'Roadside'
Gayle Buchanan, Gerry Smith Win Praise
For Splendid Acting; Frontier Comedy
Evokes Laughs From Audience
By KEN KIRTLEY
Noteworthy, especially for its technical perfection in lighting and
scenery aid also for its dramatic polish was the opening of the Univer
sity theater production of the hilarious comedy "Roadside,” by Lynn
Horace Robinson’s two sets, one an exterior country scene and
the other a court room interior, left a glowing impression with last
night’s theater-goers. I
Skillful performances were
turned in by Gayle Buchanan and
Gerry Smith as Hannie Rader and
Texas. They portrayed with great
zest the wild and reckless cowboy
“who ain’t never been whipped by
mortal man” and the woman who
was just the one to turn his dam
The story of how the wild and
wooly Texas escapes from the Ver
digree jail only to be captured by
■ the wiles of the robust Hannie is
all told in the pungent dialogue
of the Southwest.
Eddie Hearn and Jack Lewis re
ceived fine response as they ca
vorted in the roles of Red Ike and
Black Ike, a pair of feather
brained farm hands who are Han
nie's special cronies. Roy Swartz
as the outcast husband, Buzzie,
and Wally Boyle as Pap Rader,
Hannie’s “boomer” father, both
justified their long standing as
Court Scene Funny
The court scene in which Texas
is hailed before Judge Snodgrass
(Bill Dougherty) after his recap
ture was most side-splitting in the
rough and tumble drama. Dough
erty extracts the most from the
role of the poor old mistreated
judge who finally has to give up
in despair when various wild
haired citizens completely demor
• alize the order of his court room.
Chief disturber of the processes of
justice is Mrs. Foster, the village
pest, capably played by Janet Felt.
The whole play has a dashing,
happy-go-lucky flavor which char
acterized frontier times. The rus
tic deviltry of the play is well suit
ed to the Hallowe'en season.
Tom Robertson and John Kirri
gin gave enthusiastic characteriza
tions of the marshal and jailer who
futilely attempt to quiet down the
(Please turn to parte three)
Now prepare to take a slightly
different slant at the word “brows
ing”—“a place where there is
abundance of browse,” and remem
ber our original pleasant acquain
tanceship with browse as the
choice, new growth.
So by easy steps we arrive at
“browsing room—a room for rec
reational reading,” and the mean
ing of the word recreational is
clarified. Not necessarily only
easy reading- certainly not only
ephemeral reading (the “browse”
is live growth), but the browse
should be within easy reach, fresh
and tempting, and of the kind that
invites to nibbling; yet not of the
trencher variety, which demands
the student attack with laboring
pencil and voracious notebook. Not
a study—but a browsing room. Not
lessons and assignments but browse
Gayle Buchanan took the part
of Hannie in the University theater
production of “Roadside” which
opened the season last night. They
will repeat the performance to
High School Conference
8:00 Dutch-treat breakfast. Anchorage. Auspices Theta Sigma
9:00 The Gossip Column in the High School Paper—Donna Row,
formerly of Eugene High School News.
9:10 “Streamlining” and Other Mechanical Problems—Professor
Robert C. Hall, University of Oregon.
10:00 Conventional Heads and Makeup vs. Ragtime, Streamline,
etc.—Round-table discussion led by McMinnville and Marsh
field for conventional and Klamath Falls and Corvallis for
ragtime and streamline.
10:30 Producing Advertising That Will Pull—Professor W. F. G.
Thacher and Frank Short, University of Oregon.
11:15 Can the High School Paper Pay Its Way?—Dan Mercer,
manager Grantonian, Portland.
11:10 Presentation of awards.
For best high school notes in local papers—Harris Ellsworth
cup. Presented by Professor Arne Rae, University of Oregon.
For best mimeographed paper and technical excellence in
mimeographing- Eric W. Allen cup. John W. Anderson,
managing editor Eugene Daily News.
For best paper in school under 500. Eugene Register cup.
For best paper in school over 500. Eugene Guard cup. Wil
liam M. Tugman, managing editor Eugene Register-Guard.
Grand trophy for best high school newspaper in state. Arnold
Bennett Hall cup. Dean Allen.
(Judges chosen by Oregon chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.)
12 m. Adjournment.
that invites you^though professors try the browsing room and let us
please note that the above antithe- help you to “browse”—both the
sis is not my idea. So come and noun and the verb.
Guild Hall's Faults
Says Mrs. Seybolt
Poor Facilities, Ventilation, Lack of Room
Put Players at Distinct Disadvantage in
Producing Good Drama
“We could give much better service both to students and to cam
pus audiences if we had reasonable facilities," in this way Ottilie
Turnbull Seybolt summed up the situation faced by the drama depart
Under the heading of handicaps to students Mrs. Seybolt first
commented on the inadequacies of the stage. It is a crammed, ill
vt-mmueu airair located in uic
southeast corner of Johnson hall
It is much too small, and there li
no possibility of enlarging'.
Only One Door
Access to the stage is by one or
dinary sized door. The limits of
the stage make it impossible to
store scenery on it, hence all the
scenery for a given play must be
in full view of the audience
throughout the production. Scene
changes are manipulated largely
by reversible scenery.
When a production is under way,
the theater director continued,
there are no practice facilities for
either drama classes or partici
pants in the play since the stage
is taken over by the construction
Stage Too Shallow
Because the stage is so shallow,
the sets usually must be extended
back to the rear wall limiting en
trance to stage left. Anyone who
in the course of the play must en
ter from stage right is forced to
remain cramped in a corner until
One of the biggest flaws in the
present set-up Mrs. Seybolt stated
is the fact that the department is
scattered all over the campus. The
sadly deficient store room is lo
cated in the basement of Friendly.
Shop Far From Stage
The makeshift shop is located a
block off the campus on Emerald
On the audience handicap Mrs.
Seybolt was perhaps more emphat
ic than on any other. She explained
and demonstrated the factors mak
ing for audience discomfort. The
theater is badly ventilated. When
the regular fans are turned on
large portions of the audience are
They'll Take the Red Schoolhouse
Amish anil Mcnnonite religions call for the simple living. The taxpayers of those groups kept their
children from the opening of the $112,000 school, lop panel, mar Lancaster, Pa., with the assertion it
was too good for them. They demanded the reopening of such schools as the one below in East Lam
subject to an uncomfortable draft.
This is so unpleasant that during
performances the fans are turned
off. With a full room the atmos
phere becomes stifling.
The floor of the theater is built
at a steep angle and the seats arc
fastened directly to the slope with
out level bases. The occupants
soon begin to slide down out of
the seats and are forced to cling
to the arms for support.
Mrs. Seybolt has no desire for
an elaborate or expensive theater,
she stated. Her picture of "rea
| sonably adequate facilities in
cludes a roomy stage, a well
planned auditorium, storage and
workshop rooms adjacent to the
stage, a rehearsal stage, and lastly
plenty of office space.
Slugger Joe Gordon
(Continued froiij page two)
ships of the northern division in
'34 and '35.
Both signed . up with the
Yankees, and were shipped to Oak
land the next spring for seasoning.
Gordon "stuck” from the very first.
Koch, however, was given a train
ticket to the Western league where
he was going great guns until the
recurrence of an old injury to his
knee caused his exit from organ
Joe Goes Higher
The smooth-muscled Gordon
kept right on moving up in pro
circles with the Yanks taking him
along to spring training camp last
year, and then turning him over
to Newark, New Jersey, Colonel Ja
cob Ruppert’s number one Yankee
farm, where they could keep close
tab on him.
This spring at the age of 23 he
is due to go up for his chance at
filling the shoes of the old master,
Gordon hit a good .300 in the
PCL and slugged the "apple” at a
.285 clip last year for Newark.
Although baseball is Gordon’s
“work,” his chief hobby is raising
bird-dogs. Yes, Joe Gordon claims
he has the best bird-dogs in the
country. They’re Blue Beltons, En
glish setters, and considered the
best strain of hunters in the east.
“Why I had one that was only
six months old, and did he work!”
A Home Run Hitter
By the way, Gordon is quite a
Home run hitter if you didn't al
ready know. He lifted the supris
ing total of 30 over International
league fences and in doing so, dem
onstrated to fans that he had the
qualifications of the true Yankees.
Gordon has received a lot of
“kicks” out of baseball as for in
stance the time he blasted three
home runs in one game last sum
mer, but his biggest thrill came
one day when he walked up to the
plate in the last half of the ninth,
his club trailing 1-0 with two men
He swung lustily and watched
the horsehide sail over the fences
to tie the score, and then the next
batter duplicated the feat and the
Newark Bears won, 2-1.
New Jobs Open
By Merit Plan
In Public Service by
University and college graduates
will have a greater chance than
ever before to get jobs in public
j service work under the merit sys
tem now being used in many locali
ties, according to Herman Kehrli,
head of the Oregon bureau of
municipal research who returned
yesterday from a tour of Middle
; Western and Southern cities.
"I was more than enthused at
the increasing emphasis placed on
the merit system as it is used in
1 selecting employees for public ser
vice in the various states I visited,” !
said Mr. Kehrli. “The advance of
civil service and other quality sys
tems has given a new hope to dis- 1
couraged students who wished to
j study for public service, but be
lieved that all government jobs
were filled by those with a “pull,”
Mr. Kehrli said.
California Uses System
An illustration is to be found
in the personnel division of the
California state government in
Sacramento. A university graduate
| under 30 years old is in complete
1 charge of the 113 workers in the
j department, most of whom have
] attended college or university.
Mr. Kehrli visited the campi of
the University of California and
Southern California where he in
vestigated courses in public ser
vice work which give the student a
fine insight into problems of city
and state government.
Five states, Mr. Kehrli pointed
out, have adopted the merit sys
tem. Now university graduates are I
finding well-paid employment in
the governments of Arkansas, Con
necticut, Kentucky, Maine, and
Michigan. Other states are follow
ing sipt, much to the satisfaction
of worker and public alike, Mr.
High School Press
(Continued from pa</c one)
Panther Scratches, Beaverton
Hummer, Reedsport Umpqua Chief,
Yamhill Ink Drop, Carlton Hi-Life,
Hood River Guide, Port Orford Pi
rates Bi-Weekly, Albany Whirl
wind, Prineville Blue and Gold
Banner, Springfield Sentinel, Inde
pendence Margold, Canby Eqho,
Cottage Grove Newsette, the Pleas
ant Hill Messenger, and the Marsh
field and Baker high school papers.
The conference will meet again
this morning in room 105 journal
ism following a dutch-treat break
fast at the Anchorage. Awards for
the best school papers will be pre
sented by Professor Arne Rae, fol
lowing discussions by Professors
Robert Hall, Frank Shrort, and
W. F. G. Thacher.
(Continued from parjc one)
Dale Mallicoat state. Programs
carrying out the “darktown ”
theme, also come with the low ad
The “Big Apple” has gained con
siderable attention and favor at
sorority and fraternity informal ex
changes and dances. Its steps are
simple, its rhythm is catchy, and it
is guaranteed to liven up the dead
est wall-flower, according to
“Smokey,” the campus authority
on the new swing step, which will
be featured at the dance.
Latest French Offensive Tank
First movement ir the motorization of the French army was addition of light tanks such as the
one pictured above. Edouard Daladier, national de-tense minister, takes the bumps in the test runs.
'Ootah' and 'Pussey' Eye the World
Ootah anti Fussey, only baby walruses to he ex
. ecently through the burs of their cage in Chicago.
ibitcd in an American zoo made their camera debut
The walruses were captured off the coast of Green
Westminster to Give
Wesley Foundation Will Discuss Co-ops,
Under Guidance of Charles Paddock;
Newman Club to Start Meetings
BETTY JANE THOMPSON
Highlighting this week's student
religious activities is the presenta
tion of “The Years Beyond,” by
members of the Westminster
drama group at the Central Pres
byterian church Sunday at 7:30.
The old question of sending mis
sionaries to foreign countries is
treated in an entirely new manner
by the author of the play. In the
opening scene, Audrey Jordon (Ed
na Carlsen) tries to persuade her
fiance, Bob Ramsey (Dave Wilson),
to give up the idea of going to
Persia as a missionary. After dis
cussing the problem in a manner
in which both sides are presented,
the play ends with Audrey making
her final decision in favor of going
to Persia with Bob. Others in the
cast are Sheila Mervinc, Louise
Pursely; Peggy, Hazel Lewis; Mr.
Jordan, Leonard Love; Mr. Ram
sey, Bob Knox; Purviz Dehesh,
Wesley foundation students will
hold a masquerade party tonight
at 8 o’clock at the Methodist
church. Leona deCoursey is in
Sunday evening Wesiey founda
tion will start a series of meetings
on cooperatives. Hayes Beall will
lead the first meeting and Charles
Paddock the second.
The first monthly meeting of the
Newman club, Catholic student
group, will be held Sunday evening ®
in the men's lounge at Gerlinger
hall. Rev. Francis P. Leipzig, pas- 1
tor of St. Mary's church, will lead
the forum and discuss doctrines, of
faith and problems of Catholic
Organization heads are Gene
vieve McNiece, president; Larry;
Crane, vice-president; Arthur Mur
phy, secretary; and Kathryn Mor- j
1414 Kincaid. Mra. J. D. Bry
9:45: “After College Problems
of Youth,” Miss Janet Smith. Hel
en Southerland, worship leader.
G:00: Social half hour.
6:30: Forum, “East of the Cam
pus," Margaret Reid.
7:30: "The Years Ahead,” pre
sented at Central Presbyterian
Broadway and High. Dr. A. J.
9:45: University class. Mr. H. H.
11:00: “Blessings Through Per
6:30: BYPU meeting.
7:30: “The Dark Lines in Jesus'
t[t »H +
11th and Oak. Dr. S. Earl Chil
(Continued from page one)
planning to start his complete
“B” team in the A league next
week because he feels that the
competition in the A league is
not strong enough for his first
He is planning a round of kin
dergartens next week in order to
line up a “B” team which will
give other second-stringers a
chance. As for his first string
club they are resting until the
championship round when they
MAY condescend to fool around
with the other finalist.
(Continued from page two)
team, when he booted a field goal !
in the last quarter. The Cougars j
won 3 to 0.
Gonzaga, which scored on Ore- J
Jon for the first time in the history
of the two schools this season, and
Idaho were both held scoreless by i
Washington State. J
9:45: Bible school, Hugo Black,
11:00: “His Face.”
6:15: Christian Endeavor.
7:30: “Just Why Did He Come?”
* * *
Community Liberal (Unitarian)
11th and Ferry. Rev. Herbert
9:45: Church school.
10:00: Forum, “Releasing Crim
inals Into Society," Dean Wayne
11:00: “Luther Burbank, a Man
Who Lived His Religion."
2:00: Eclectic half hour, KORE.
* * *
First Methodist Episcopal
12th and Willamette. Dr. B.
9:45: University students’ forum,
11:00: “Stewards of Mysteries.”
7:00: Wesley club. “What Are
Cooperatives ?” Hayes Beall,
* * *
Church of the Nazarene
812 Madison. Bertrand F. Peter
9:45: Church school.
11:00: “A New Commandment.”
6:30: Young People’s meeting.
7:30: EvangeP tic service.
Wed., 7:30, Prayer meeting.
Friday, 7:30, Young people’3
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