Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 18, 1938, Page Six, Image 6

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

LLOYD TUPLING, Managing Editor
Associate Editors: Paul Deutschmann, Clare Igoe.____
Editorial Board: Darrel Ells, Bill Peace, Margaret Ray, Edwin Robbins, A1 Dickhart, Kenneth Kirtley, Bernardine Bowman.
The Oregon Daily Emerald, official student publication of the University of Oregon, published daily during *h?_c°)le£® 7®**
r-cett Sundays, Mondays, holidays and final examination periods. Entered as second-class mail matter at the postffice, Eugene,
Oregon. _ ____ -
CPOXTAXEITY is the word for it.
* It was spontaneous notice that drew
about: fifty University students, representing
ir any various eamyfus -groups, together in
Friendly hall yesterday in answer to a call
from newly-elected As TO Prexy Harry Wes
The spirit in which they answered the call
with only a bare idea of why they were called
tan he given only one name—spontaneous.
But most spontaneous of all is the spirit
which the new Oregon Federation aims to
build in University students for the purpose
of promoting the “promote-Oregon Univer
sity” idea.
# # *
/r\UTLINIXG and discussing a program of
summer activities which will help to make
contacts with seniors just out of high school
and others who may come to college, student
leaders told of the new plan's possibilities.
With the eventual intention of selling “the
University idea” to prospective enrollees,
Weston made plain the idea .that merely a
greater number of students is not desired, hut
that an increase in “the better type” will cer
t inly be welcomed. A larger program of en
tertainment and discussion that would cover
every little hamlet and village in the state
as well as Portland and the larger cities was
discussed briefly.
Alumni Secretary Elmer Fansett told the
assembly that the whole strength of the
alumni association would be behind any such
program and a suggestion of signing a “big
trne” dam-e. band to make a circuit tour of
L rger cities and play for University rushing
ranees was discussed.
'jpilU University's Urea ter." Oregon commit
tee of two years ago died from discour
agement from not being able to promote var
ious affairs as they wished. Last year's rush
jrg season brought forth several dances and
1 ienics which were admittedly not well
planned due to lack of'time. Prospective
wearers of Oregon impacts “were left to
wander about like lost souls,” as one person
put it yesterday. An attempt to put on a
dance in Pendleton will need some outside '
talent and faces to supplement their familiar
faces, commented ASUO Vice-Prexy Zane
Under the set-up inaugurated by the state
system of higher education, the various days
for having high school boys and girls down
to the campus of Oregon State college and
the University are allocated in equal numbers
by a student contacts committee. One year
the press conference is here and the band con
cert in Corvallis, and the next year the oppo
site is true, with an occasional extra conven
tion thrown in for good measure. In this way
does the state system dole out “chances at the
prospective students.”
* *■ #
jyjOST significant of the afternoon’s pro- (
ceedings was not Harry Weston’s state
ment that the aim of the new federation is
not to win students to this campus on the *
basis of the good times shown them, but to
get people of the caliber the University needs.
Nor was it the statement that the alumni
would back this new idea in Oregon rushing
to its best ability, nor the lavish but immature
plans for mass-production dances, picnics, and
di.nner meetings and newsreels of Oregon
campus life to be shown in the smaller towns.
# # #
rJ''IIE outstanding thing was the enthusiastic
declarations of faith and willingness to
support such a program which a large ma
jority of the student group showed. Slips
were signed showing their intention of “put
ting Oregon across to Oregon students so well
that they will put it across to prospective stu
Clone from the minds of these representa
tive people were the thoughts of using an
Oregon rush dance or picnic to do some rush
ing for individual houses.
Instead, ideas of a powerfully enthusias
tic student body participating in the big job
of bringing the best of the better type of stu
dents to the University were in their minds.
A Doubtful Improvement
(.’!’] a pi in the faulty rushing system of
Oregon fraternities has come up for seru
i \y by the iuterfraternity eouneil. In an
effort to alleviate the crowded eonditions of
past rush weeks brought about by confllet
i' g fraternity ami entranee examination
<: des—the eouneil has considered a proposal
tl at rush week be started earlier, and that
i dranee examinations be postponed to the
letter part of freshman week, after official
rush week had been completed.
While the suggestion does indicate a desire
to solve the situation the method of attack
h ems to be disregarding the basic problems
entirely. Criticism of rush week in the past
has centered about the points that (11 it
literally “rushed” humming freshmen into
obligations before they have become ade
quately oriented; (2) due to the haste, eon
’fudou and competition, many unethical prae
t is are indulged in by houses in an effort to
j edge as many men as possible.
# # «>
'jTMlKsK fundamental problems of the tradi
tional week will in no measure be solved
I the proposed change. I’nder the moving
v;> of rush week, freshmen would be “signed
i ;> the \\ eilnesday before school had otli
c ally begun. Virtually the only campus rela
t unship tor the frosh, under such a set-up.
\ >11 Id he that which the fraternity men could
U'Ovide. Thus contact with the campus would
l . at best, incomplete, and the problems
caused by hurriedly-pledged, unorie n t e d
freshmen in houses would be increased.
The second fault would be even less cor
rected. Regulation of unethical practices dur
ing rush week depends upon a strong inter
fraternity council, capable of forceful action
if necessary, and able to supervise conditions
effectively. The earlier rush week would pro
vide none of these. With fewer students on
the campus and interfraternity council or
ganization at a minimum, the problem of
checking illegal rushing would be augmented.
* « =»
FURTHERMORE the “moved-up” rush
week would make it necessary for frater
nity men to return earlier, would increase the
upkeep expenses of houses, and would do
little to improve the financial woes which
have been complained of recently by man
The gains of the remodeling—removal of
confusion and bestowal of respectability upon
the existing illegal early rushing practices—
are dwarfed by the possibilities of these above
evils, which overbalance the probable gain.
It would thus seem that a deeper probing
will be necessary to solve the perennial rush
week problem. Ever present, even though in
the background, is the plan for deferred
pledging.. While the plan admittedly is not
utopian, it does gove promise of counteracting
a majority of evils with a minimum of uew
Little ex-Emperor Haile Se
lassie is still the world’s No. 1
man without a country, as far
as the league of nations is con
Sf <1
The league listened to his
plea for his lost land last week.
Listen was all they did.
When the session was over
league members found them
selves free to do whatever they
pleased. They were free from
oaths that bound them to pre
serve peace and prevent armed
conquest. Any approval of dis
approval of the Italian conquest
of Ethiopia in 1935 will be done
by nations as individuals, not as
one body.
* * ?■
Strange emotions must have
dwelled in the chest of the little
man as he stood before the
• league council. It was not many
years ago that he was lauded
as “descendant of King Solomon
and the Queen of Sheba — the
king of kings, the Conquering
Lion of the Tribe of Judah/’
The nations sent their prettiest
diplomats to watch a man be
come a king. And he became
king of his primitive pastoral
people for a few years.
Last week he stood before
representatives of those same
nations, who gathered to see
the king become a man. Per
haps some of the same men,
who had seen him become a
king were there.
* * *
Almost as a death knell fol«
lowed the wrords of the Arch
bishop of Canterbury announc
ing to the British House of
Lords that he has “most reluc
tantly come to the conclusion
that collective security is impos
$ * sfc
Selassie remains a gallant
figure, because of his magnifi
cent stand against overwhelm
ing odds in 1935. But he asked
the league for more than it
could give. He asked the league,
led by France and England, to
restore to him his country. But
that is a thing they cannot do,
The loss of Ethiopia may be
charged up to bad leadership in
the league, to weak French and
English statesmanship, or to
any number of causes. Examine
those causes, and4 you’ll find
that they may not be real. You
may find the real cause of the
league’s being unable to act in
herent in the principle of “col
lective security.”
It is an old, old story—that of
conquest—it is as old as man
kind. The mighty nation rises,
and rising, some other one must
It is wrong. But is there any
power great enough to stop it?
Yes, war is great enough; but
statesmen the world over must
shake their heads and say, “No,”
Promoting a greater Oregon
was the keynote of a gathering
of ,approximately 50 st f lents
called ..together ..yesterday., by
ASUO Prexy Harry Weston as
the first step toward a summer
campaign to draw new students
to the campus. Most promo
tional campaigns take a great
deal of promoting themselves
before they get going, but this
one seems to be off to a flying
start, with enthusiasm on all
The idea is simply to spread
the good word around this sum
mer that old Oregon is a pretty
good place to come to school:
Rushing is a good name for it,
if the term is taken in the cam
pus-wide sense, with the ulti
mate good of the University as
the ideal.
Let’s analyze the situation
and find out just what chances
we have of selling Oregon to
the seekers of higher education
who are about to select their
alma mater. In the first place,
Oregon is handy, just around
the corner, as it were, to hun
dreds of high school seniors in
the state. Then, too, Oregon
offers as fine a law school as
can be found in the country; as
good a medical school as any
body could want; high-ranking
schools of journalism and busi
ness administration; excellent
departments in social science,
English, art, education, science,
ana music.
Oregon has a brand new
president, who calls students
by their first names and re
members faces; winning teams
in basketball, baseball, track,
and the minor sports; a new
football coach who is moulding
a grid squad with personality
plus; pacemaking campus pub
lications; and extra-curricular
activities galore.
Furthermore, Oregon boasts
of an attractive campus and a
good' fraternity-sorority system
offering the typical college life
you read about. Fraternities
and sororities, by the way, will
benefit by the University’s
rushing program, for the pur
pose of the embryo Oregon Fed
eration is to look over prospec
tive students carefully and se
lect the cream of the crop.
Next fall should see a new high,
in rushing material for the
From where I SIT
Something: novel in the way
of happy college fun was of
fered by the DUs recently,
when they added a bit of varia
tion to an old, old theme. It
seems that Brother John Web
er had just offered his pin, as
a slight token of his esteem, to
Barbara Needhajn, Sigma Kap
To celebrate the occasion.
the Dl boys decided on the tra
ditional dumping of the enam
ored John upon the Sigma Kap
pa steps, mattress-bound. Not
content with this simple pro
cedure, however, the inventive
lads first firmly tied the pro
testing John upon an ironing
board, then trussed him up in
a mattress, and in this unhap
(Please turn to page seven)