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ELBERT HAWKINS, editor. HAL OLNEY, chief night editor.
LYLE NELSON, news editor. DOUG PARKER, sports editor.
PAT FRIZZELL, managing editor.
Reporters: Jimmie Leonard, Phil Eladine, Wen Brooks, Charles Green, George Pasero, Vince Gates,
Bud Jermain, Harold Norberg.
Sports staff: Howard Moore, Arnie Milstein, Ray Foster, Milt Levy, Jimmie Leonard, Jack Lee.
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They Earned Them
rpiIK Koyl and Gerlinger cups—symbols of
activity prominence, scholarship. and all
around capability—go lids year to Roy Nels
Vcrnstrom and Rila Wright. And for these
1 wo journalism majors these awards are 1 lie
fruits of countless hours of diligent work, of
efficient intellectual toil, and of numormw
There can he no greater honor for a junior
man than lo he chosen the outstanding mem
ber of his class; and no greater honor for
junior women Ilian to he awarded the Ger
liriger cup. Well can the shack's Rita Wright
and Roy Vcrnstrom he proud. Well should
they he eongratulated.
But these cups are only symbols of
achievement. It is not in the mere possession
of these trophies of a three-year chase that
Miss Wright or Vcrnstrom will glory now or
in'the years to come when University days
are but a memory. It is what they stand for
1 hat counts. It is the knowledge of work well
done, of contact with fellow students and
faculty, and whole-hearted cooperation in the
iltJvcr-cnding task of building a greater Ore
gon that will, in time to come, he reward
# e *
'J'WENTY-KIVK years ago, Charles W.
Koyl, class of 1911, gave the University
of Oregon the cup that hears his name. Active
in student affairs himself, he hoped this cup
might promote achievements for his Uni
versity. Four years following the debut of
the Koyl cup on the then young campus. Mrs.
George ’1'. Gerlingcr, in whose name the pres
ent women's building stands as a monument,
put up a similar cup, to he given to the out
standing junior women. Her reason for doing
so was similar 1o Koyl's.
In the years that have followed, these
eups have been awarded annually to outstand
ing men and women of the junior class. A
high standard of general efficiency has been
maintained by Ihe long line of editors, ASl’O
officers, activity men, and students who have
achieved success in their chosen vocations.
What was once a hope of Koyl arid .Mrs.
Oerlinger is now a reality.
I his year s winners, chosen by the award
committee, headed by Dean of Men Virgil
I). liar I and Dean of Women Hazel I*. Scliwer
ing, maintain that same high standard. Doth
Vernstrom and Miss Wright can look back
on a long list of activities participated in
during tlie past I liree years.
member of the Emerald staff for the
. three years, Rita Wright was chosen.
“Little Colonel ’ of 1 he Military ball. She was
nominated for AWS prexy, and is president
of her house.
East week Vernstrom was elected second
vice-president of the associated students, lie
has served on numerous committees, and
worked on the Oregana staff for three years.
He is also head ol his fraternity, and is one
of the most efficient activity men on the
The committee is to be congratulated in its
choice ol these outstanding young pimple as
“No. ones” of the year. For both Miss Wright
and \ernslrom. next year should be a "ban
ner year. And today, Oregon is proud to
honor the friendly, pretty, and capable Rita
W right, and the efficient, smiling, and active
Roy Vernal rom.— G.P.
Track Is What You Make It
iFFIIAND, or off-foot, t rack ;it Oregon is
on tlio incline. We lire inelined to think
otherwise, however, sinee Colonel Hill Hay
ward's allotment' of dough-rei-me has been
cut from $4800 to a paltry $1500, a sum which
is large for a sportswriter’s salary, hid small
for luring potential prep school material and
outfitting the varsity in something more than
H pair of spiked shoes and a figleaf.
The trouble with Colonel Hill is that he s
too confounded good at developing high
school “lugs" into champions. Not that the
affably senile Hayward can make a sprinter
out of a kid with a wooden leg, or develop a
shot putter from a 90-pound urchin from the
city tenderloin. Hut the Colonel's reputation
of rounding out a track team from material
that ought to be applying for membership in
the old men's home is known even better than
the Colonel's fishing ability. Therein lies an
analogy: Hayward, if track team building is
any criterion, could catch a barracuda with a
trout fly. And probobaly would, rather than
beef about the handicap.
rp'iIF. point we're finally getting to is this:
Sinee Anse Cornell took over the de
capitated ruins of athletic coffers and insti
tuted more reforms than the New Deal, Hay
ward's track budget has had to suffer the
aforementioned decrease of $4400. (The rea
son that sum is easy to remember lies in the
fact that it is the telephone number of dear
ole’ Oreg.). Last season, for instance, the
football team which won nothing but a trip
to New York and the championship of Lane
county, put Mr. Cornell's books into the red
to the tune of several thousand dollars. Of
course some of this was due to buying a
couple of new outfits per man so that the
Lemon and Green gridders of Oregon could
be colorful in one way at least. Hut the track
team (skeleton though it is) goes merrily on
piling up records and putting the name of
Mighty Oregon on the map with clothes that
would put Maluitma Gandhi to shame.
Maybe this is a premature attack on a
defenseless situation. Perhaps Colonel Hill
would rather his team was cut to half its
deserved size, wearing the tattered Cinder
ella garments it has worn for years, rather
than see the football team go without its new
silk panties and foundation garments. Hut
we’ve a pretty good hunch that if Colonel
Bill was convinced of his authority around
those here parts, podner, there'd be some ink
flying on flu* ledgers. And it wouldn't be red.
You can't buy track material with plugged
nickels, Mr. Cornell.—V.G.
Let's Live a Little Longer
J^l‘1 \ 1NG is ti cinch, especially for we
young people. We’re physically better
able to meet emergencies—we’ve got confi
dence, ability, everything we need to be good
drivers! This is the average student’s attitude
toward “herding his four-wheel buggy.” And
yet, when il comes down to actual statistics,
this same group of young people is in a class
all by itself as far as tin* question of poor
deferring1 to a report issued by the secrc
taiol state s office last year, the age group
troni lf> to 24. comprising only IS per cent of
all the drivers in Oregon, had ,45 per cent
ol all the drivers in fatal accidents. This
looks even worse when compared with that
driving group of supposedly “old fogies," sav
from 40 to f>4 in age, which makes up :>() per
rent of the total yet has only 20 per cent
of the fatalities.
# # #
''jpilhl report goes on to ask what is the
reason “for this startling failure of
young drivers to drive as safely as their
elders?" It offers an explanation in the fact
that probably overconfidence, combined with
inexperience and laid; of judgment is most
responsible. It adds that many young drivers
attain a high degree of physical skill in handl
ing a ear before their judgment has been
tempered by long hours at I hi1 wheel. They
don’t allow themselves enough margin of
These facts can certainly be substantiated
in a college town. Keckless students hurling
their high-powered ears around a campus
often arouse the comment of “brainless or
just crazy.” College education is supposed
to be one means of providing quick maturity
of judgment for youth. Vet in this field, at
least, it still has much headway to make. The
safety groups of every state and every com
munity are striving earnestly to slow down
the needless slaughter of human beings.
Figures show that students would certainly
“live longer" by cooperating. l’.H.
"Vote now and make the world safe for radio
That’s the slogan of the new Unpopularity
Song contest organized by Haverford college stu
dents to counteract the many popular song rat
ings being broadcast. “The Stinker Parade," as
they call their "program,” is designed to do away
with songs that plague the ears of the radio pub
Latest winners on the new parade are "Little
Sir Echo,” "Hold Tight." "Penny Serenade," "Um
brella Man," and "Ship Ahoy. My Little Skipper.”
Ye Old Dunking System
“Help!” said the cute little fishie.—By Ralph Woodall.
Anyway, We Have Junior Weekend
“J_JKULO walk,” asks someone, “what? . . .
where is that?” “Do we have a .junior
beneh?” chimes in an upperclassman. “No
one ever told me about the Oregon seal,
pipes up auother.
Yes, we do have a few traditions on the
University of Oregon campus even though
some of them unfortunately have been packed
away in mothballs for future generations to
read about. The freshman at Oregon isn't
given much in the way of the good old frosh
tradition to look back on when lie's someday
recalling school day memories.
The Emerald's editor pretty well hit the
proverbial nail on the head in Wednesday’s
paper after his house brothers had given him
the “works’’ in the form of a good ducking
and a ride up the McKenzie. Said Deutscsh,
“As a matter of fact, 1 was worried that L
might get through school without being tossed
over the bridge. You know, this afternoon was
the first time that had happened to me."
'y^T’IIAT we consider a healthy form of tra
dition is .Junior Weekend with its many
little rules and regulations . . . mores of our
society as it were. The president of the Uni
versity speaks from the queen's platform at
the campus luncheon sans necktie and white
shoes. The baseball coach comes around in a
nice spring suit with white shoes and tie . . .
and takes a good-natured dunking in the
campus bird bath with Oregon lettermen ad
ministering the punishment. Coeds speak to
follows; wlio are Irvin" for one finy To talk to ;
only student members of their own sox. These
roods arc marolio;! severely to tho pool and
ducked, permanent wave and all, head first, ;
and with the same enthusiasm our president j
of the University would get his.
.Junior Weekend has its duckings at the
campus luncheon. It has its painting of the !
“0" by freshmen. It has its annual tug of war
between the freshmen and the sophomores. [
Junior Weekend marks the changing of :
classes, and the donning of cords by soph- :
omores, and moleskins by freshmen. For three
days the campus is seeping with tradition. We i
can be thankful for that.
* # *
DI T for most of the other eight or nine !
months of school a virtual king s-x seems
to exist. Freshmen at Oregon State college, j
our sister institution to the north, have to j
wear green lids around to mark themselves j
from the matured sophomores, juniors, and !
seniors. At Willamette University, the church
institution in Salem, the lids are in order too
and the first year students carry around little
fros’n Indies ... or else.
Of course we may be a bit more progres
sive than our neighbors to the north. We may
have passed that certain stage in college cul
ture. At Oregon, the freshman who wants to ;
mind his own business and stay out of the j
spotlight can go around unmolested with little
fear of ever hitting the millrace. But like
Editor Deutsch he's apt to be worried about
Round n’ About
With WEN BKOOKS
It's great to lie back in bed and take it easy
the morning after. It's hell to be rudely awakened
and then tossed in the millraee! But the latter is
what, in all probability, will happen to some mem
bers of the moleskin wearing sophomore class this
morning . . . unfortunates who happen to be resid
ing in houses along the race. 1 am basing my
prognostications on what has happened in past
years . . . when freshmen literally “went hog wild"
after painting the O. proceeding to paint up every
thing and everyone in town.
* * *
My freshman year Don Thomas was one of the
official slopjK'r-onners for the class of '40. After
the big cement O on Skinner's butte had received
its spring facial in yellow, the mighty freshmen
proceeded from house to house, routing sopho
mores out of bed, applying the yellow in big wet
gobs to the bodies of sophomores. Fellows in
houses along the mill-race were simply marched
out to the race and tossed in, pajamas and all.
It was great . . . for us freshmen!
I have no way of knowing what will happen
this morning. Anything is likely to. After the
O has been painted, members of the tin-pants
aggregation and members of the Staiger-fired
sophomore class will meet on opposite banks of
the millraee just above the railroad bridge north
of Kincaid street. No matter who wins the tug-of
war, everyone will go in. including probably some
members of the Order of the O, official referees
of the contest each year. Paddle-swinging Tony
Amato went in three years ago.
* * *
Queen Maxine 1 and her princesses looked
mighty good yesterday. And wasn’t Corbett anx
ious for a few minutes though? Would she eome?
Scott’s a pretty good showman. He forgot to intro
duce the name of the little princess who sat at
Max's feet, however, with the sun umbrella. Jim
Wells was in his glory at the luncheon, rather
. . . tin* picnic, checking up to see that everyone of
the ticket-takers had enough punch! And I didn’t
know we had a college choir and band combined!
1 still don't know we do. The whistling was O.K.
. . . but let’s let professionals do the singing. And
could anyone say our prexy isn’t a regular, joining
in as he did minus necktie!
The annual glamour show of the millrace
comes off tonight. Students were busy all day yes- ;
terday, some still are, getting the floats in final
shape. Mr. Byrom downtown hopes one of the
floats will be suitable for a Eugene entry in the
Rose Festival. Was inquiring around yesterday.
Something new for the fete is the water curtain
to be used this year. In past years a large curtain
has been strung across the race upstream from the
stands, screening the floats from view. This year
a water curtain will be used. Power pumps will
shoot streams of flecked water high over the race.
Colored spots will be directed on the water screen.
The water will be shut off as each float passes
through into view of the stands.
Well, that about does it for now. The Phi Psis
are still wondering just who the four girls were
who serenaded them last Saturday morning al>out
1 . . . sang the Phi Psis' own fireside song!
Footballers to the Rescue
rJ 'It A1)fTIOX find practice 11;is i! lhat Junior Weekend on
the campus should he highlighted hy at least one, and
sometimes two, three, and four athletic events. But this year,
Oregon came within a gnat’s eyebrow of going through the
celebration without so much as an exhibition of ping-pong
or hop scotch. Only a generous spirit of cooperation on lhe
part of Tex Oliver's football men, now practically through a
long practice, saved the day.
Originally, the OS<’.’-Oregon track meet was scheduled for
Junior Weekend, but a shift in the date of the northern divi
sion meet forced a postponement of the competition. The
shift sent the Iraek team to Pullman, and inasmuch as the
baseball and frosh teams were also due to “battle" away from
home; the athletic slate for the weekend was wiped out.
^^7’TTAT to do? It looked very dark, until one day Tex
Oliver called his boys together and put it squarely up
to them. And they responded. They called off spring practice
for a week, in order to extend it until Junior Weekend, and
hooked a game for today. Now only the Junior Weekend
“entity-spirit” could have motivated the footballers to drag
out their spring practice a full week, for spring practice is
monotonous, and no picnic, and the boys were in a hurry to
get it over with.
So when you fans escort the Oregon mothers to Hayward
field this afternoon to see Coach Oliver’s 1939 grid edition in
action, give the football players a hand. They, Coach Oliver,
and the alums taking parr, deserve bouquets just as much as
all the other Webfoots who have done their hit to make
this a truly “big” celebration.—Q.P.
getting through school without being thrown in. and yearn
for the experience. What then? He can’t tell his offspring
about those days of terror lie spent when a freshman. If it
doesn't matter to the student, then this exposition is point
less. But we’ll wager that the frosh hihle, and green lid, and
traditional ducking will remain forever in the memories of
Oregon Staters and Willamette grads.
And they'll be proud to recall those days later. One cam
pus memory we'll cherish is Junior Weekend with its three
days of activity. University of Oregon’s traditions come to
the fore on Junior Weekend. Maybe we'll never see the hello
walk tradition revived, but at least the campus does have its
duckings in the campus pond during the campus luncheon,
etc., and for those expressions of revived tradition on the
Oregon campus we can thank Junior Weekend. We do.—E.II.
Ruth Watanabe, University of
Southern California senior, has
maintained a straight A average
for 13 consecutive semesters.
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