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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 28, 1939)
(Note: This is the second of a
series of articles by members of
the University faculty. The
Emerald, makes no suggestions
to these writers, who write just
as they please.)
By HORACE YV. ROBINSON
“I want to be Bohemian.” That
would hardly seem to be an ade
quat excuse for taking a univer
sity course but there are those who
have entered thd drama depart
ment with just that in mind.
This ought to be a good place to
put that popular fallacy to rest.
The fact that a starry-eyed leading
lady may be seen at a local eatery
in the wee small hours of the morn
ing, decorated with a corsage, and
surrounded by a riotously happy
cast is not completely convincing
proof of an unfettered existence.
For those few moments of gaiety
there have been hours of mental
and physical strain and of social
Unfortunately the thing that the
public sees in the actor is first, an
apparently effortless and blissful
two hours lived within the confine
of a romantic picture frame. This
dramatic fragment is capped by
tearful congratulations from
friends, boxes of flowers, and hilar
ious fun. Oh, for the life of an
Well, it is comparatively simple
-—just takes time and a lot of
stamina unless you can think of
a better word. You start out four
years earlier and work through a
sequence of two courses in voice
training. No flowers yet. Then us
ually a year of technical work—
problems in electricity, working
drawing and elevations of settings,
research in the library. What does
a bundling board look like any
way ? How do I go about making a
hooka? Or worse still—what do I
do with a hooka when I make it?
No congratulations yet. In fact
the audience you are so anxious to
impress doesn't know you exist
unless something goes wrong—un
less the gun just clicks, or when
the actor pulls the door the wrong
way or you do a “Waller” and stick
your posterior into the switchboard
which carries 220 volts causing no
end of pain to yourself and throw
ing a revealing flash of ghastly
white light down through those
chicken wire trees. No, no con
gratulations yet. That is the year
that you learn that anonymity is
the stage hand’s greatest asset.
When do I start being Bohem
ian? There's another year of be
Saturday, October 28
8:30 a.m.—Hymn sing, led by Clarence L. Faris, Music building.
9:00 a.m.—Bible forum. Led by Dr. John Casteel, University of Ore
gon. Music building.
10:10 a.m.—Plenary session. Gerlinger hall. Mr. R. H. Edwin Espy
speaking. “The Conquering Christ.”
11:00 a.m.—Discussion groups.
12:30 p.m.—Luncheon, First Baptist church. Group singing. Special
1:45 p.m.—Plenary session. Dr. J. Quinter Miller speaking. “Youth's
Place in a United Church."
2:45 p.m.—Discussion groups.
3:45 p.m.—Free time. Conducted tours of the campus. Committee
meetings. Open houses (to be announced).
6:45 p.m.—Amsterdam International Banquet. First Baptist church.
Entertainment. Rev. Williston Wirt in charge.
Sunday, October 29
7:15 a.m.—Early morning communion service. Dr. J. R. Branton in
charge. First Baptist church.
8:15 a.m.—Conference breakfast. First Baptist church.
9:00 a.m.—Bible forum led by Dr. John Casteel, University of
10:00 a.m.—Findings, reports, and meeting of the Oregon Christian
Youth Council. First Baptist church.
11:00 a.m.—Morning worship services. Various Eugene churches.
12:15 p.m.—Denominational meetings.
2:30 p.m.—Closing service. Alumni hall, Gerlinger. Dr. R. H. Espy
speaking. “The Call to Youth.”
Installation of new officers.
ginning acting training ahead of
you. An average of ten hours a
| week spent mastering the intra
cacies of line reading, psycholog
ical background of emotion, basic
stage movement, posture and lines
—lines—and more lines.
No newspaper raves as yet, you
haven’t even appeared in public.
Three years—and as far as you are
concerned the curtain hasn’t
opened. At last the fourth year,
you have survived the elimination
process (only about one in twelve
stick it out), you have served your
apprenticeship and you’re an actor.
Clutch your bouquet with thumb
and forefinger, the one you mashed
with a tack hammer covering a
flat; carefully plant yourself in the
center of that spotlight, never
mind the headache you already
have from the glare; take your
bow carefully not to split that cos
tume again that you have repaired
every night for the last week; walk
off the stage and just try to ex
plain reasonably to the second lead
why you killed his big moment in
the third act by sneezing (a cold
you caught by sitting on the light
gallery waiting for an entrance,
temperature 108 degrees in the
shade and all shade.)
So this is Bohemia! One snort
of disgust tinged with a little envy
for the smart person who elected
to sit in a well illuminated room,
nicely ventilated, with peace and
quiet. One who sits in an uphol
stered chair and reads through
once an authoritative essay on the
Cause and Cure of Social Malad
justment in the Aleutian Islanders
in the period between 1876 and
Of course, we have an occasional
good time, but it’s the relief, folks,
it’s the relief! We enjoy our own
company because we are so seldom
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in the company of anyone else.
You probably spend four hours a
week together with the other mem
bers of an ordinary university class
while you have been spending
25 with your fellow actors. It is
one big happy family and we prac
tically live together — in a nice
way, of course.
We have one cross to bear that
you might be able to help out on.
“Now,” as the stage manager says,
“this may hurt your feelings but
I've got to say it.” This actor that
has spent so many heartbreaking
hours in preparing himself to play
for you is forced to perform in
front of an audience at the Univer
sity of Oregon which is about as
ill-mannered as any ever brought
togetehr on this continent.
Not the Guild hall audience—we
get the cream and mighty fine and
responsive people they are, too.
But the average student—at a con
cert say—pays about as much at
tention to the comfort and plea
sure of the people about him as a
house manager does to a day old
pledge. I could say more but—•
didn’t I say you wouldn't like it?
Just thought I’d mention it in
(Continued from page one)
Crane the group on Understanding
the Bible will meet at Wesley
house and Dr. E. W. Warrington
will be at Westminster house for !
the group on Evangelism in the
For adult leaders or students in
terested in personnel work, Miss
Gertrude Apcl will lead a seminar
in the AWS lounge. Dr. H. F. Mar
tin will lead the group on Leader
ship in the Local Church on the
sun porch in Gerlinger. Guides to
Group Worship under Mr. R. V/.
Coleman will meet in the YWCA.
Music of the Church wil meet in
Alumni hall with Mr. Faris. Rev.
Oulette will meet with the group
on Worldwide Youth Movements in
105 Journalism and Howard Wil
lits will meet in 105 Oregon with
the group on Christian Attitudes in
Times of Crises.
During free time in the after
noon, delegates will be shown the
campus. They may also swim, or
participate in other recreation.
The afternoon address will be
given by Dr. J. Quinter Miller of
the federal council of churches.
His topic has been announced as
"The Place of Youth in a United
Climaxing the day will be the
international banquet at the Bap
tist church. With the 14 delegates
who attended the international con
ference in Amsterdam in charge,
the banquet will be based on the
world conference. Among the dele
gates to the world conference is
Peter Howard, son of Prof, and
Mrs. Charles G. Howard.
Following the banquet the group
will adjourn to Gerlinger hall for
recreation led by Rev. Williston
With Dr. James R. Branton in
charge, an early morning com
munion service will be held at 7:15
Sunday morning at the Baptist
church. Prof. John Casteel will
lead a Bible forum after the con
ference breakfast. Findings of the
discussion groups will be read in
the youth council meeting which
precedes the church hour.
Delegates will atetnd their own
denominational church and then
meet for luncheon. Closing service
with Mr. Espy speaking will be
held at 2:30 in the music building.
SHORTHAND — TYPEWRITING
Edward L. Ryan, B.S., LL.B., Mgr.
I. O. O. F. Buildg Evigene
!'Arms and Man1
Not even fire can stop the re
hersals of the “Arms and the
Man", George Bernard Shaw’s
play which will be given by the
University theater November 16,
17, and 18.
Everything was going smooth
ly on stage last night when Ed
Burtonshaw nochalantly flipped
his cigarette, tied with a string
which represented a hookah, in
to a waste paper basket.
The imitation Indian water
pipe immediately burst in flames.
Did Ed Burtenshaw, playing
the role of Petkoff, hesitate in
his lines? Did Charlene Jack
son (Mrs. Petkoff) look up from
her sewing? No.
Without the loss of a single
word Gene Edwards, the dash
ing Major Saranoff in the pro
duction, came to the rescue and
extinguished the blaze.
Only Lorraine Hixson, the Pet
koff’s lovely daughter, became
excited. Fred Waller, Captain
Bluntchli, helped pick her off the
floor after she jumped through a
fake window “that wasn’t there.”
Will Meet Tonight
Around Cozy Fireside
A group of young people will
meet at Westminster Saturday
evening at 7 o’clock to sit around
the fire and listen to the broad
cast of the NBC symphony orches
tra, a two-hour program.
Professor Kenneth Shumaker, of
the English department, will speak
concerning people and their atti
tudes at 9:45 Sunday morning.
A 6 o’clock social tea will be
held Sunday evening, and at 6:30
Dr. A. E. Caswell, head of the
physics department, will speak on
“Lives that Count", after which
he will lead a discussion concern
ing the subject. Dr. Caswell is
chairman of the Westminster
campus commission and a member
of the Westminster Oregon Foun
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‘1 The Hidden Staircase ’ ’
“The Under Pup”
By BETTY JANE THOMPSON
Many local ministers will have one of those few and far between
opportunities to be on the receiving end of a sermon this weekend
I when leaders of the Oregon Christian youth assembly take over the
: pulpits of the Eugene churches Sunday morning.
R. H. Edwin Espy, organizers of the Amsterdam conference, will
replace Dr. A. J. Harms at the First Baptist church; Betty Britton,
I conference president, will speak •
for Dr. B. Earle Parker at the
'First Methodist church; Dulcina j
Brown, director of the conference,
will be at the Fairmount Presby- i
terian church for Rev. A. R. Jones, j
Taking the place of Rev. Willis
ton Wirt at the Congregational
church will be Rev. E. F. Oulette
of The Dalles; Dr. A. J. Quintet
Miller of the federal council of
churches will replace Dr. Norman
K. Tally at the Central Presby
Rev. R. W. Coleman, director of
Christian education for the Christ
ian churches of northern Califor
t nia, will speak at the First Chris
S ian church; Major R. W. Ford will
; be at the Salvation Army service;
; Clyde Charters, conference pro
i gram chairman will be at the
\ Springfield Baptist church, Rev.
I Miss Bertha Pease at the Spring
field Methodist church, and How
ard Berger at the Springfield
Don Douris will be at the Light
house Temple; Muriel Leslie at St.
Mary’s Episcopal church; Mr. 1. G.
• Nace at the United Lutheran;
; Frank Allen at the Central Luth
eran ; Frances Maeda at the Evan
j gelical, and Bill Hobbs at the Naz
j arene churches.
Sunday evening will find the
i young people’s groups pursuing a
; normal program for the conference
will be over during the afternoon.
Following the evening service at
the First Christian church at which
Dr. Childers will speak on “Some
thing New,” a motion picture of
Egypt will be shown.
Prof. Kenneth Shumaker of the
English department will speak
to the Westminster morning group
at 9:45 and Dr. A. E. Caswell,
head of the physics department,
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will speak in the evening at 6:30. |
Bill Hobbs of Albany, one of
the morning speakers, will lead the!
Wesley foundation meeting at T
o’clock on “Echoes from Amster
The Lutheran students will meet
Sunday evening at the ‘McNutt
Cottage' on the McKenzie with
Professor John L. Casteel of the
speech department as the speaker.
All LSA'ers will meet at 5:45 Sun
day evening at the YWCA bunga
low. Transportation will be pro
vided. A speaker, entertainment,
and refreshments have been ar
ranged for under the direction of
Doris Dunberg and Iris McNutt.
Emerald in Chamber
Awarded a complimentary mem
bership, George Luoma, Emerald
business manager, will be in the
Eugene chamber of commerce in
the future as representative of the
Daily Emerald among Eugene
Arranged through Mr. Fred
Brenne, executive secretary of the
chamber, Luoma’s appointment
will give him an excellent chance
to obtain a closer contact with the
advertisers by discussing mutual
problems. In the regular lunch ses
sions, he will comment on adver
tising in general with the members
and in this way acquaint them with
the Emerald set-up.
Take advantage of the special
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Homer E. Townsend
Elected Hostel Head
Homer E. Townsend of Campbell
co-op was elected president of the
campus youth hostel group at a
meeting in Gerlinger Tuesday night.
Marjorie Montgomery was elected
vice-president; Mary Krafsic, sec
retary. and Pauline Lightfoot,
A bicycle trip to Coburg bridge
was planned for next Sunday af
ternoon. Hostlers will meet at
Hutch’s bike shop at 2:30. They
will return before dark.
Confab in Portland
Three of the library staff left
Friday for a conference of rep
resentatives of college libraries at
Heed college in Portland.
Those attending the conference
are Corwin V. Seitz of the order
department and Mr. and Mrs. Cav
erhill of the reserve and periodical
The next meeting of the group
will be in Gerlinger hall Novem
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