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From where I SIT
By CLARE JGOE
When Betty Howell, Kappa's Public Prankster No. 1, gets in
someone's hair, that’s not news. BUT when some innocent funster
gets in Betty’s hair, that’s something. And to make it even more
something, it turns out that Betty, the great disher-outer, can’t
It seems that Sunday afternoon Betty had dinner in her room,
so that she might listen to the philharmonic concert on the radio
undisturbed. The kitchen staff, overlooking Betty’s absence, divided
up the ice cream that was dessert with only those at the table in
mind, and alas, there was none left for Betty.
After Betty had finished dinner and discovered she was dessert
less, she was pretty mad. Determinedly, she penned a scathing
note demanding her dessert, sent it down to the kitchen with
Phyllis Elder. Before Thyllis could get there, however, some in
spired soul in the kitchen had taken the top of an empty carton of
ice cream and covered it with chocolate sauce. The delectable dish
was presented to the unsuspecting Phyllis.
Up to Betty’s room trotted Phyllis, gave Betty her “dessert.”
By now about eight girls had gathered ’round and Betty proudly
displayed the result of her perseverance. See, she crowed happily,
you have to be firm if you ever want to get anything. Whereupon
with great relish she plunged her fork into the carton top.
Well, it ruined her whole afternoon. Fuming and furious, she
was too upset to study or do anything. She was just plain unhappy.
As a moral to this story we could make a bad pun about people
getting their just desserts, but we won’t.
* * * *
The other night Zollie Volchok called up Virginia Bilyeu, with
whom he had a date for the Phi Sig invitational formal, to find out
what kind of corsage she wanted.
Imagine his embarrassment (to coin a phrase) when the gal
told him she was sorry, but she had been married a couple of days
before, and was afraid she couldn’t go to the dance.
It sounded like a gag to Zollie, but it seems it was the truth
and Virginia Bilyeu is now Mrs. Cliff Hall.
* * * *
Comes it to our attention a little tale which has all the best
elements of a detective story and comedy combined.
Recently, the story goes, the Alpha Omricon Pis held their initia
tion. Because two of the pledges weren’t being initiated, it became
necessary that they find someplace to spend the night, so that no
deep dark secrets might trickle to their little ears.
The gals hied them to the dean of women’s office, asked Mrs.
Macduff if they could spend the night at the Eugene hotel. The
idea seemed all right to Mrs. Macduff, so she gave them her per
mission and her blessing and off they went.
Came the night, and came misgivings to the powers that be.
A bit of able sleuthing on their part (i.e. a call to the. florist shops
in town) revealed the suspicious fact that the girls had euch re
ceived a corsage—a fine indication they were going to a dance.
Came also the thought that the SAEs were holding their dance at
the Eugene hotel that same night. But the corsages were not from
The combined factors were just too much, and the AOPis were
informed that the girls must be brought to the safety and shelter
Down two or three of the AOPi elders went, severely rapped
on the girls’ door, bustled in, tossed clothing recklessly into suit
cases, bundled the poor, bewildered girls downstairs.
At the desk they stopped to pay the bill, for pay they must,
stay or no stay. One unhappy freshman Insisted her money was
in her suitcase and she’d have to open it up to get It. Whereupon she
opened the suitcase, fumbled for the money among a plentiful
supply of crackers and cheese.
The bill was finally paid the girls returned home, all was well
and the powers that be were happy.
In the Mail
To the Editor:
Wc have been working on an
idea which, wc hope, will ma
terialize, At last, we arc ready
to make it known to the gen
eral public, and we sincerely
hope it will meet with your ap
There arc a lot of people on
the campus who, although they
are not affiliated with any or
ganizations such as the Camera
club or Phi Beta Kappa, are
really organizers at heart, and
would enjoy belonging to a club
of any kind! Well, wc have
talked to a number of people
who are very interested in de
tective work. And our idea is
to organize a detective club with
Mr. Rhinesmlth as advisor. Now
isn't that good ? We coidd meet
once or twice a week in one of
the unused rooms in the new
library and have a real ''get
This plan would be heralded
as unique and certainly inter
esting. Just think of the fun
wc could have, and at the same
time we'd go about the business
of "being useful on the campus."
Wc could learn the art of fin
gerprinting and clue finding.
We would be an indispensable
aid to the library ui finding lost
and stolen books.
Why, wc could even wear lit
tle badges underneath our fra
ternity pins. That's what would
really be fun.
Or perhaps wc could mobilize
as "plain-clothes men”—no one
would ever know. We could be
tationed at the doors during
dances and basketball games.
No longer would we be pestered
by little kids sneaking into our
games. No sir, we'd be right
there on the job to throw them
During meeting periods Mr.
Rbinesmith could read detective
stories, and we could discuss our
next plan of attack. We've
heard from a reliable source,
that a few members of the fac
ulty are very enthusiastic over
the plans and will do their part
in organizing the group.
Of course, only those people
with a clean record in the dean s
office will be considered for
membership. We want only the
best people. Don't you agree ?
We’re not going to rush into
a matter of such importance,
and we want to lay our ground
work carefully. So we just
thought you would have a few
Wc will consider you and Tup
ling for membership.
(Editor's note: X think you're
absolutely right, Baraba. Tup
ling and myself are not born
organizers but wc are born join
ers and we so seldom get an
opportunity to join anything so
Our club would have an al
most limitless field before it.
We could identify brands of lip
stick from cigarettes gathered
in the College Side; chase down
stolen automobiles and rescue
young men stranded at Three
Trees; "purge" the Kappa house
of the little men; prevent venge
ful college boys from capturing
innocent coeds and cutting off
their lovely hair; pursue and
punish impudent kitchen helpers
who serve cardboard desserts.
i would offer one suggestion
to the organization. Every
member should have a press
With a badge, a press pass,
Rhinesmith as advisor, and a
sense of humor, wouldn't wo
have just loads of fun ?
Please consider Tuppie and I
seriously. We want to be in on
the club's every move. We hope
the dues and initiation fees will
not be prohibitive. And what
would we use for a textbook V
The libe doesn't stock True De
Every club ought to have a
password. Ours could be “May
the Lord help Officer Rhine
smith." It would be exceedingly
To the Editor:
I thought that this was pret
ty good. How about reprinting
(Note: The letter enclosed ap
peared in the Portland Oregon
Benefits or Battlesliips
To the Editor: We Americans
are prone to look upon ourselves
LEROY MATTINGLY, Editor WALTER R. VERNSTROM, Manager
LLOYD TUPLING, Managing Editor
Associate Editors: Paul Deutschmann, Clare Igoe.
The Oregon Daily Emerald, official student publication of the University of Oregon, published daily during the college year
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Editorial Board: Darrel Ellis, Bill Peace, Margaret Ray, Edwin Robbins, A1 Dickhart, Kenneth Kirtley, Bernardine Bowman.
UPPER NEWS STAFF
Bill Pengra, City Editor Martha Stewart, Women’s Editor Alyce Rogers, Exchange Editor
Lew Evans, Assistant Managing Editor Don Kennedy, Radio Editor Betty Jane Thompson, church editor
Bill Norene, Sports Editor Rita Wright, Society Editor Milton Levy, assistant ehief night editor
Southern Oregon Gets Its Standing Back
Y^TERDAY tho Oregon association of the
Amateur Atlilctic Union lifted suspen
sions recently placed on Southern Oregon
Normal and two independent teams. Action
on the cases of the two other teams is still
The reinstatement of the SONS indicates
the state organization is a hit more* reasonable
than the national union. The actions of Presi
dent Avery Bruudage and his sleuths in con
nection with tin; last Olympics (and especially
the suspension of Jesse Owens, not yet re
scinded) have put the union in an unfavorable
But the fact that Southern Oregon Normal
has been reinstated doesn’t justify the ori
ginal ultimatum which was at least too harsh
and, it seems, unnecessary. If anyone was at
fault, it was union officials, for SONS Coach
Gene Eberhart cleared with them before play
ing the games which brought his team’s sus
BEFORE playing the llou.se oi' David,
Coaidi Eberhart talked with an Oregon
AAU otl'icial by long distance telephone. He
was told the AAU would sanction the game
if members of the House of David team had
The HONE coach checked up, found that
each David was apparently in good standing,
as all had cards. The game was played.
Next day union officials—other than the
one Coach Ebcrhart had called— informed
him his collegians had been suspended and
could not compete in amateur circles. It was
unfortunate, they said, that he had been mis
informed—but it just wasn’t anybody’s fault,
there’d been some misunderstanding.
* # *
gINCE the reinstatement, die damage is
largely repaired. But union offiicals
should have thought several times before de
livering their first ultimatum and should not
have suspended the normal team unless they
fdt they had grounds enough to make the
action stick. As the matter now stands, the
SONS team can proceed with its season but
if the decision had not been reversed the
Normal aggregation would not only have been
wrecked for this year but the athletic careers
of the players would have been forever cur
tailed as far as college competition is con
Apparently something in the way of a
drastic revision is needed in the American
amateur athletic picture. The dictatorship
of the AA1J is not succeeding. Athletes have
been exploited in no uncertain manner and
the union has been completely successful only
in making itself look very, very foolish.
* * #
T^HE position of the union is a precarious
one, largely because it is so difficult to
establish a working definition of what con
stitutes an amateur—or a professional, for
It has to sidestep and tread lightly to be
sure its bans aren't too strictly applicable to
college proselyting cases or to the fairly well
paid endeavors of tennis “amateurs.” It can
not say that a player who has taken money—
or more than a certain sum of money—for
playing a certain sport is a professional and
one who has not is an amateur.
One reason that this distinction is hard
to make is that conditions vary with every
sport. Another is that the real distinction
is very slight.
# # #
'JUIEKE seems no reason why a fellow with
athletic talents should not further him
self while in college by getting what lie can
out of them. The musician docs and no one
questions his right to play with the college
band. The debater can take a radio job on
a salary without being banished from inter
collegiate competition as a professional.
The AAU might be wise to adbandon the
attempt to distinguish between amateurs and
professionals and let all those involved put
their services on the market. True, some sort
of salary limit for every “league” would be
necessary to insure that “ringers” of too
great abiilty would not be imported.
Even without such drastic revision, which
is extremely unlikely, the AAU could
strengthen its position in athletics by more
intelligently administering the rules it now
has and by working for and not against its
members. The fact that it has absolute con
trol over the sports destinies of crack ath
letes should not give it license to attempt the
type of exploitation it did with Jesse Owens.
Other Editors Believe....
(Oregon State Barometer)
The editorial policy of any college newspaper
is definitely set. It is set both by the editor and
the staff, who choose what is to run and the actual
size of the paper itself, which determines how
much should run. Material must be of sufficient
interest to the readers to warrant and justify its
It is entirely inconceivable that the editor of
any college paper should be censured for his refusal
to print material he things would not be of interest
to his readers. He must sift out the worthy from
the unworthy, printing only the best material in
the space he has.
It should be and is the right of any college
editor to reject and refuse to print any material
that is unworthy of the space it occupies.
"Suppression" of news material is a serious
charge. Vet such a charge was placed against
the editor of the Oregon Daily Emerald.
The item in question that was not printed was
no news story. Instead it was a rather depre
catory, lengthy dissertation made in answer to
the address given to the Oregon students by the
chancellor of the state system of higher education.
In it the writer vented his personal opinion re
gardless of the truth of the material in question.
The editor felt that such material was not in
accordance with the editorial policy of the paper
in that it did not deserve the space it would take
if it were to be printed. Accordingly, it was not
Following the failure of the editor to publish
the article, the writer facetiously inserted an ad
vertisement in the columns of the paper that
stated, “Lost: The Freedom of the Press’’ . . .
Editorial comment the same day pointed out that
the advertisement was not a bona fide “Lost
and Found” item, but rather an attempt to cen
sure the editor for his refusal to print the material.
The editorial went further. It declared that if
the writer would produce the manuscript in its
original form, the editor would print it regard
less of its questionable worth. This concession
was made to destroy any talk of “suppression.”
The article was again submitted to the editor
and in accord with his statement he ran it in the
To quote the Emerald directly in the matter,
“Editor's note: This letter appears in The Emerald
solely because the author thinks his right to
expression has been denied him. The editorial
staff rejected it as bombastic, irrelevant and as
having little interest to campus readers — un
worthy of the space required for reproduction.”
Further perusal of the letter confirms the state
ment of the Emerald editorial staff. Entitled "A
Declaration of Independence” “(from the student
body),” the letter attacks the constitution, the
administration and the “American Way" in a ver
bose, grammatically incorrect manner.
Small wonder the editorial staff of the Emerald
“Suppression” is an ugly charge to be placed
against any editor for conscientiously abiding by
the rules laid down. "Suppression” did not decide
it should not be printed. Good judgment did.
anil say with pride that wc have
made a great deal of progress.
Our great theory of action,
called Americanism, is unparal
leled in other countries. Wc
look upon warring nations in
contempt because of their phil
osophy of government which
condones war, and yet wo fail
to see that the same germ that
breeds war m other countries is
multiplying in our own coun
try. The ouly difference is that
it hasn’t broken out in an open
sore as yet.
The specific, corruptive germ
is the inclination to honor mili
tarism which has prompted i
group of otherw ise sane individ
uals to attempt to raise $80,000
for the purpose of moving the
battleship Oregon to a new site,
renovating the ship, and making
it ami a .surrounding park a
monument to militarism ithese
worthy citizens call it patriot
ism). "Be American! Bet the
'Oregon' live!” Is this what
the Oregonians call American
Young people of college age
think that the action of these
worthy citizens is utterly ridic
ulous and not truly American.
Their cause, is most unworthy
and has no justification in a
Raising money is not dishon
orable in itself, but why not
spend the money for a worthy
cause? Eighty thousaud dol
lars could be spent much more
usefully in improving Fort land
tor any other city) than mak
ing it more militaristic-minded
Playgrounds for children could
be built, living conditions for
the underprivileged could bo
improved, social welfare work
could be extended, hospitals and
sanitariums could receive addi
tional help in curbing disease,
and any number of other con
structive programs would be
possible. Of course, all of these
things could not be done, but at
least oue could be carried to
glorious achievement, and sure
ly any red-blooded, thinking
American would rather foster
the spirit of progressive Ameri
canism by relieving suffering
and making life happier for
others than by engraving his
name on a plaque ou the worth
less hulk of a broken-down bat
tleship. ° ' Dick Lyon
Linf-.eid college, McMinnville,
Why Not Use It Since We Have It?
rJ~'HERE really doesn’t seem to be much rea
son for having a third floor.”
That was the remark of an Oregon student
made yesterday when, after looking into al
most completely filled second floor reserve
rooms, he wandered up to the third floor of
And his remark was, as far as students are
concerned, only slightly exaggerated. Rooms
on that floor are “Seminar,” “Library Clas
ses,” and “Curriculum Laboratory.” At 3
o’clock yesterday these were all very empty
—and all very much locked.
Why were they locked when students,
seeking a bit of quiet, might have been study
ing in them? Last terra this was investigated
when on the three occasions the doors were
found barred, shutting empty rooms and the
idle desks away from student use.
“People might go in there and smoke,”
was the reason advanced.
‘HIS answer doesn’t open any doors but
it does raise the question of why not
smoking somewhere in the library—prefer
ably the browsing room.
The new library, built at a cost of approxi
mately one-half million dollars, is a fire-proof
building, so state laws which prevent smoking
in campus frame-structures do not apply.
Smoking could be permitted and, in fact, the
proposition of permitting students to smoke
in the browsing room was at one time con
sidered by the library board and was voted
Although we have no information as to
the reasons why the measure was defeated,
they probably were two: first, that permit
ting smoking in the library would encourage
spread of the habit to non-fire-proof build
ings, a problem already difficult, and, second
ly, because the board probably feels public
opinion would not sanction such action.
The deliberations of tbe libe’s controllers
are not a matter of public record, but these
are the reasons most commonly advanced
when the matter is discussed with campus
Assuming that they are the real reasons,
it doesn’t seem logical that college students,
if the case was presented to them squarely,
would attempt to extend the privilege of^
smoking to other University buildings if it
were granted to them in the library. There
smoke in other places than there now is. And
would probably be no greater temptation to
at present there is plenty of smoking going on
in inflammable structures, especially in the
sanctity of the less-often invaded lavatories.
* * *
CECONDLY, anyone is kidding liimself if
^ he believes that Oregon men and coeds
do not smoke in public places. A walk
through any of the campus coke shops at I
o’clock would disillusion him. Opening his
eyes in restaurants, hotel lobbies, and on
downtown streets would soon convince him
that their parents do likewise. The concep- '
tion of smoking as “horrid” or even as un*
gentlemanly or unladylike is as obsolete as
the Battleship Oregon.
If students were permitted to smoke in
one section of the browsing room, that room
would come much closer to achieving its pur
And if smoking was. legalized, in one sec
tion of the building, those second and third
floor seminar and class rooms (which are open
occasionally anyway, it must be admitted—
could be put in regular use without so much
danger of students “sneaking” in for a quiet
* * *
J^EW students can be granted stack desk
or private studies—most of tb se are
reserved for graduates and professors—who*
incidentally, have private offices in oilier
The seminar and class rooms ought to be
thrown open to the remaining unprivileged
hordes of students, both to relieve conges
tion and to give them the greatest possible
amount of privacy for study. If this were
done, the third floor of the libe might be put
to sufficient use to justify its existence to the
It hasn't yet.
By Bill Cummings and
Writers have dreamed of gov
ernments dictated by engineers,
doctors, robots, eugenists, econ
omists, in fact, even insects—and
have embodied their ideas of
what would happen under these
types of rules in books and sto
Today we have an opportun
ity to see in actuality at least
one of these “dream” govern
ments, for at the side of war
torn Spain lies little Portugal,
today an example of an almost
completely economic state.
We have read of Portugal
and her fascist tendencies,
have witnessed that she is more
or less hostile to the loyalist
cause. But few of us realized
that Oliveira Salazar, dictator
of this small country, left a job
as professor of economics at
the University of Coimbra in
1928 to take over political con
Portugal has had rough going
since 1910 when the old royalty
was thrown out. Maintained
through three decades as more
or less of a republic, the nation
was continually distressed by
military "coups” as warring
generals fought for power. Eco
nomic difficulties increased by
leaps and bounds until 1928 the
ruling militarists were forced
to call in Salazar, who inciden
tally holds a doctor of philoso
The doctor insisted on an eco
nomically . sound . government
and quietly gathered the reins
of government into his hands
until by 1932 he controlled the
entire show. Although his gov
ernment is cataloged as fascist
ic it has rone of the elements of
personality which characterize
the German aud Italian situa
Dr. Salazar shuns personal
appearances, is seldom at gov
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ernmental functions, and rules
from behind, but nevertheless
very strongly. His fundamental
principle is that every expendi
ture must be okayed by himself.
With this system of economic
control he rules the nation and
has managed' to do a fairly pre
sentable job of it.
* * ■*
In no sense, however, may the
corporative Portugal state bo
termed democratic. Business is
rigidly supervised by a system
of general policies promulgated
by Salazar and “expected” to
be executed by the industrial
Under the constitution of
1933 people are given the right
to vote for a list of hand-picked
officers, only one candidate for
each position. A president runs
on the same system—one can
didate only—but he has little
function except that of selecting
the professor as his minister.
His aims seem to be state so
cialism. To effect this change
from the capitalistic set-up, he
uses confiscatory taxation,
which is gradually giving the
government possession of every
thing of importance. Already
the banking system has been
consolidated', for the, most part
into one state-owned bank which
holds more deposits than all
Other achievements of the
doctor have been stabilization
of the Portuguese currency, or
ganization and regulation of in
dustry to a high degree, and
the construction of a great
number of public works.
Salazar holds power through
his above mentioned control of
finance, and through an effi
cient police, which counteracts
the army. The latter group he
has strategically weakened un
til they no longer constitute a
threat to him.
Dictatorships of professors is
a new and interesting experi
ment. Perhaps we will look to
ward our own econ professors
with a little more respect. Who
knows, perhaps one of them will
some day rule us “economical
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