Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 27, 1939, Page Four, Image 4

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    Oregon Daily Emerald Editorial Page
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A Good Record—
year ago l '< I if or Leroy Mattingly
could rejoice in “Hie fact Unit
1lie executive committee is functioning
again." At dial time lie suggested also
that student “bosses” of 1 lie ASIT()
would do well to try their “undevel
oped wings, for there has been an in
creasing tendency on tbe campus to ex
tend student paidieipation in student,
and even non-student affairs.”
That was a year ago, and to a large
measure the executive committee has
followed Ihe advice of Editor .Matting
ly. Made up of five elective officers
and tbe editor of tbe Emerald, advised
by a sincere friend of student govern
ment. Dean of Men Virgil I). Earl. 11m
ASITO executive committee has become
the most powerful student governing
body on tbe Oregon campus. Its mem
bers sit in on the meetings of the ath
letic and educational activities boards,
give advice and state opinions, and
when approval of those board's actions
is given in executive council meeting,
the rubber stamp aspect is less and less
not ieeable.
While this year's group of student,
ANDO heads has been far from a
“powerhouse” organization, it has ac
complished much in the name of stu
dent government. Like all student
groups, it started slowly in the full.
About the only significant accomplish
ment of that term was the printing of
the ASI.JO constitutions. Winter term
saw the group remodel the rally com
mittee set-up, not an ideal reform, but
one which holds possibilities of being
developed into something worthwhile.
Spring term the council has been
continuously active, taking an aggres
sive part in the student union building
program. (Incidentally the committee
has under consideration a move which
would be precedent-breaking and which
would affirm its authority in no un
certain terms.) The committee has also
acted on the trophy case, question.
Throughout the year appointments
made by the group have been based on
merit. The ANDO “moguls" have paid
scant attention to gravy arrangements.
# # #
I II a year of experience under
their belts, the members of the
cxeomm are now qualified and informed
to act in a wide number of student
1 ields. 't et only a lew weeks remain in
their terms. A new set of officers will
soon lio selected by tho si mien t body.
The battle for sliidenl government,
goes on in tliis fashion from year 1o
year. II is not so nmoli a battle against
1he control of the faculty, but rather a
continuous struggle to get men and
women into office who know something
of the possibilities of their posts, who
have imagination and drive, who will
utilize the latent powers of student
government to good advantage.
The battle is one against lack of
interest in 1 he general student body
and all that works to cut down interest
of intelligent and capable students in
such activity.
The Kmorahl has m a i n t a i n e d
throughout this year that bloc politics
with their monopolization of the selec
tion of candidates, 1hcir utilization of
unscrupulous methods, their lack of
constructive platforms, constitute one
of the major forces working to cut
down the interest of students in their
Bloc politics today are in control
of what will be called an “election” on
May 11. Bloc politics will work to keep
the list of candidates down to four.
Bloc politics will disregard many
worthwhile men and women. Bloc pub
lics arc guided by only one thought
the bloc must win. Bloc politics are not
working for the University. They are
not working for the ASI'O. They are
not working for the students.
« * #
L only effective means of break
ing the bloc set-up is to see that a
wide field of candidates runs for office.
The proportional representative sys
tem of voting cannot work unless there
are eight or even ten candidates. If it
is given a chance to work, the people
who get posts on the executive com
mittee will be the choice of the entire
student body—not the choice of twenty
politicians, a good number of whom
are ineligible even to hold office.
The executive committee has begun
In show what can be done with student
government. There is no reason to let
these advances be lost because of a
system which is considerate, not of stu
dents, of government, of the Univer
sity, but only of the BLOC.
Bloc politics have not put the best
men in office in the past. They will not
tlo so in' the future. Why not break
the blocs?
During the present, the favorite quota
tion of America’s isolationists is something
to the effect that "those who live in glass
houses are definitely not in a position to
cast the first stone,” Or maybe we've got
our metaphors mixed.
The idea seems to be worth developing,
nevertheless, anil maybe we can contribute
our two cent's worth. More specifically, the
point might be resolved into a question of
why this country should get to "hot" up
over defending England and France from
the European bogey-men's alliance. Yes,
there are some who want to know why
Uncle Sam should be any more interested
in saving one pack of wolves from a similar
* * *
It may be easier to understand such
feeling if one’s attention is brought to a
little item carried by a Portland paper
yesterday. The item, carried in the collec
tion of news bits from the files, was also
commented upon editorially. It revealed
the rather embarrassing information that
only ten years ago, the French and English
government had turned down a German
proposal to ban entirely from international
warfare the methods of aerial bombard
ment. It seems that the German delegation
in one of the conferences pointed out that
aerial bombardment would not be confined
to the combatants, but that civilians alike
would be affected.
Maybe it was a different matter then,
since Germany’s air force was negligible
at that time, with Franco and Britain
clearly ahead of the rest of Europe in
military matters. Now that the shoe is on
the other foot, it pinches, and America is
forced to listen to a long tale of woo con
cerning- the mistreatment of the poor
democracies by those "ugly men of the
* * *
Some of the isolationists also have ably
pointed out other examples of infidelity to
the democratic peace-loving ideology. Per
mission of the conquest of Ethiopia and
Manchuria by Italy and Japan are quoted
us conspicuous examples of the selfishness
of those with whom America is urged to
join forces. England and France might have
P r e s e r v o d Ethiopian independence and
could have prevented Japan from going into
China, so is the claim.
More than likely there is considerable
basis for such belief. Before Italy was al
lowed to disrupt the works, a thing known
as the League of Nations was a rather
powerful force, potentially at least, in inter
national affairs. It was quite apparent that
the descendants of the Gauls and Britons
did not care to enforce the provisions and
measures of the league. Neither is it too
much to assume that this lack of confi
dence was fundamental in retiring that
body as an influential factor.
* * *
If anyone bothers to ask why it was
that the two allies failed to bother with
those other incidents, he will probably be
told that France and England didn’t want
to put themselves to any bother just then.
And why should they, since Ethiopia and
54.3 Per Cfent of
Collegians Want
Referendum on
Foreign Conflict
By Studenl Opinion Surveys of America
Austin, Texas, April 27 Many a col
lege student of fighting age has been pon
dering the president's Warm Springs state
ment, "I’ll be back in the fall - if we don’t
have a war.” And well might these Am
erican young men apply the statement to
themselves. Will they be back in college
next fall —or will they be behind one of
Uncle Sam’s new guns?
A startling series of events have focused
in the public mind the one important ques
tion, “Is there going to be a war, and if
there is, how can we stay out of it?” Col
lege and university students, 54.3 per cent
of them, join with the majority of the
people of this country in favoring a national
referendum before the United States drafts
men to fight away from our shores. This
is pointed out in the latest of the coast-to
coast studies of the Student Opinion Sur
veys of America, the national weekly poll
of student thought of which the Oregon
Daily Emerald is a member.
45.7 Per Cent Opposed
However, opposition to the proposal is
quite widespread, for 45.7 per cent de
clared against the question asked, “Should
the constitution be changed to require a
national vote before the country could draft
men to fight overseas?" In the southern
states a bare majority, 50.9, gave approval,
while the west central group was the most
in favor, 61.2.
A large portion of college students,
then, appear to agree with the administra
tion, which has taken a strong negative
stand on war referenda. As shown by other
opinion polls, the voters of the nation—61
per cent like the idea even better than
the Ludlow resolution, which would require
a vote before congress could declare war,
for which they have been polled at 58 per
cent in favor.
Women Vote for Referendum
The Student Survey points to this fact:
college men are as a whole against a
referendum by a small majority; women
are for it by a large majority.
The attitude of many collegians was
neatly phrased by a Wayne university stu
dent who said to the interviewer there, “If
we have to fight in the defense of our
country there will be no need for a refer
endum; if it is proposed that we join a
foreign conflict, absolutely!” The senti
ment against drafting men for battlefields
abroad evident over the country is closely
paralleled in this Survey, which clearly
exposes the state of mind of many of the
young people who may have to interrupt
their education should an international con
flict arise.
Looking Back
One year ago—The budget meeting of
the state board of higher education was
held in Corvallis.
President Donald M. Erb was sched
uled to speak at the convention of the
League of Oregon Cities in The Dalles May
2 and 3.
The University of Washington golfers
nosed out Oregon 15 G to 11 >2- the same
as last weekend’s score.
Three years ago— The Oregon baseball
diamond was named “Howe Field” in honor
of Professor H. C. Howe, Oregon faculty
representative in the Pacific Coast confer
Four Oregon students Elizabeth Tur
ner, Bob Wilhelm, Lyle Baker, and Ralph
Cathey went to Corvallis to arrange a
joint picnic for the second-year classes of
OSC and Oregon. They didn't know how to
park the Corvallis way and a campus
cop called "Squirrely" was the cause of
their having to pay their way out of jail.
Four years ago Jim Emmett's orches
tra played for the Gamma Alpha Chi for
mal in Gerlinger hall.
Five years ago Institutions of higher
education in Oregon suffered a decrease in
enrollment of 27.1 per cent between 1931
and 1933, the largest in the United States.
They had an all-sorority dance called
"The Waffle Wiggle."
si\ years ago Margaret Wagner, one
ot the Kappas' loveliest juniors, was elected
Junior Weekend queen: and when asked by
Reporter Cynthia Liljeqvist what she
thought about love. Miss Wagner said:
"Love? I don't know anything about it.”
Johnny Londahl s Oregon frosh downed
the varsity baseball squad. 12 to S.
Manchuria were of no particular concern to
their interests? Why not let the weak take \
-•are of themselves? But maybe all that is
a very debatable issue.
Anyway, thus it is that America's isola
tionists maintain that if America enters
“to any struggle not immediately concern
ng this continent, it shall not be because
>f any holy ideal. They may be wrong; but
hey can be right.
Joe Soap Said to Me
1 was sitting in my office the other
day feeling despondent about life in
general and the campus in particular
when Joe Soap ^walked in.
“Hullo,” he said, draped himself
over my desk, and fixed an accusing
eye on me. “You have been letting
things go to pot around here.”
I made a depreciating remark about
nobody giving a damn what happened,
people being too nicely settled in their
ruts, etc.
Hut Joe was not to be dissuaded.
“'When 1 left this place on the Cali
fornia freight,” he added “by request”
under his breath, “I thought things
were in competent hands. I thought
that something had been started which
might blow the bloc system and all
its evils right out of the University of
“Well, Joe,” I replied, “about the
only thing that got Mowed out of Ore
gon was yourself. After all, you can’t
just fire broadsides at people and fig
ure to come out of the battle un
“1 know, don't rub it in,” Joe re
plied, a little shamefacedly. “But even
so, it seems to me that you could have
done something. Why look at the poli
tics today. The bloc system is going
on unchallenged. Tt looks like the cam
pus will get to ‘vote’ on a hand-picked
group of four candidates.”
“Well, Joe,” 1 interrupted, “you
were going to mention some men you
1 bought would make good members of
the executive committee. Do you still
think that you can name some?”
“1 can name plenty,” he put in
quickly. “There's Roy Vernstrom. one
of the best public speakers on the cam
pus, a hard worker in student activ
ities; and Lloyd Hoffman—he shouldn't
be counted out. even though 1 did say
some things about him. And Johnny
Biggs over at the dorm. Ile'd make a
pood solid member of the executive
committee. lie has a, pood head on his
shoulders. You oupht to know that.
He’s worked hard on the Emerald.”
“I could name more. There are wo
men, too, who should run. But what is
poinp to happen? Four candidates,
picked by two bunches of politicians
who haven’t any more idea of student
povernment than how to swing Ihe
Kappas or the Thetas into their bloc,
will be presented to the student body.
A half-baked platform will be con
structed and promptly forgotten after
elections. People will have to be
dragged down to the polls in fraternity
cars to get them to vote. Student gov
ernment will be even more of a farce
than it has been. Why—”
“Take it easy, Joe,” I said sooth
ingly, “You’re getting yourself all
riled up again. Look what happened
last time.”
Joe slipped off my desk into the
stiff-backed visitor’s chair. His head
slumped down between his shoulders.
He looked like a beaten man. One could
see that everything in his system cried
out against the blocs, the ruination they
were perpetrating on student govern
ment. One could see also that he was
a little unsure; that he was casting
about for something which would effec
tively bring about an improvement.
“Well." lie said quiotlv, f‘it doesn’t
)ook like much can be done about it.
But.—why can't people see that the
student government of the AST 0 is
important: that a large group ol intelli
gent and thoughtful candidates is nec
essary to make the proportional repre
sentative system work; that if things
keep on going down hill there won’t
be two hundred votes cast for student
body president in a few years. The
politicians know it. They’re disgusted
with the system—they’ve told me so
lots of times. But they keep it up, year
after year, night after night, bloc after
bloc—working their dirty little deals,
double-crossing their friends and ene
mies. promising gravy. Ton know and
1 know that we could fill the Emerald
with stories about off-color deals, about
bad records. I'll bet you that plenty
has happened in this campaign al
“Yes, Joe,” I answered slowly.
“Since you’ve been away a great num
ber of things have happened. The boys
backing Scderstrom have told me some
tales that would make nice headlines
-—if you could prove them in black and
white. I've heard about rumors com
ing from the other bloc too. And right
now a nice little whispering campaign
is going on. Some of the whispers are
pretty loud. Tt all adds up to a rather
dirty mess.”
Joe got up slowly. lie dragged him
self to a door. A. bit of the old spark
returned to his eye.
“Even so,” he told me, “something
ought to be done about it all.” Then
he turned and left.
Breens Plan
European Trip
Undisturbed by the European
war scare, Dr. Quirimis Breen,
assistant professor of history, and
Mrs. Breen will spend a combined
pleasure and research trip touring
rtaly, France, Belgium, and the
Netherlands this summer.
While the trip is primarily for
' pleasure, Dr. Breen will explore
for material on the historical
! school of Roman law. Dr. and Mrs.
[ Breen, both of Dutch ancestry, will
i spend three weeks in the Nether
: lands. Both speak, read, and write
j the language.
; Their trip will take them to both
fairs, the New York fair on the
, way to Europe, and the San Fran
cisco one on the way home. They
will also tour the south which they
have never seen, Dr. Breen said.
Their route will take them to
the Azores, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Al
giers, Palermo, Naples, and Venice.
In Italy they will also go to Rome,
Florence, and Milan. In France
they will be in Avignon, Bourges,
and Paris. Ghent and Burges in
Belgium are also on their itinerary.
Spring Formals
(Continued from page three)
given by the Gamma Phi Betas
Tuesday night.
Deserving Kappas will be given
honors at a scholarship banquet in
their house Thursday night.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon will enter
tain this week with an informal
radio dance Friday night and a
preference dinner Sunday.
UO Netmen
(Continued From Page Two)
to fifth position on the varsity
ladder during the intersquad tour
nament. The sixth man is Norn
Wiener, who turned in a brillian
performance at Linfield Tuesday
Play Idaho First
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Class Hears Music
Of Great Composers
A. M. Carlton’s German poetry
class met in the Carnegie room of
the music building Tuesday to hear
the works of composers whose mu
sic was inspired by the poetry
which the class has been studying.
Music written by Schubert, Schu
mann, and Brahms predominated.
“It is hoped by this means to in
spire a deeper appreciation for the
works of both the poets and the
composers of music,’’ Mr. Carlton,
instructor in German, said. As far
as is known, this class is the first
to take advantage of the Carnegie
room for this purpose.
Westminster will hold open
house Friday night at 8. A pro
gram will be presented.
Phi Theta Upsilon meets today
at 11 a.m. in the College Side
Very important.
the Vandals of the University of
Idaho. The Webfoots play in Mos
cow, tomorrow afternoon. Idaho’s j
coach, E. R. Martell, has eight
prospects to choose his team from.
Morrison James, Harold Fiske, and
Edwin Knowles are sure of posi
tions, while the chances for the
two remaining spots are distribut
ed among Lodi Morrison, Keith
Lange, Burt Clark, Bordon Michels,
and Bill Deschler. The Vandals de
feated Washnigton State, 4 to 3,
last weekend, and prior to the
match had engaged in only one
practice session.
BB Shots
(Continued from page three)
to mention only a few professions,
are married.
In case an emergency arises af
ter she is married she wants to
know that she can make a living.
To have something to do besides
run a home she believes will make
the household problems assume
their right proportion and lead to
i broader life.
Such objectives may not make
as good news as “Coeds- Disclaim
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Yen for Hubbies”—and the girls
may not beeome the Ruth Bryan
Owens of the nation, but they are
evidence of a more sane genera
It was with a great deal of sur
prise that the staff of the women’s
page received a letter from Ha
waii the other day. The letter was
from a girl who is the managing
editor of the University of Hawaii
paper. She wrote that the page
was read there with a great deal
of appreciation.
Trousers Symbolic
(Continued from page three)
Culottes, shorts, slacks, formal pa
jamas, and even very full evening
dresses divided like pajamas are
universally popular.
1 his weekend brings many
house dances — and your date
will be more than pleased with
our original flower creations.
Leis—bracelets—flower hats.
Flower Shop
Across from Sigma Chi
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