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The Oregon Daily Emerald, published daily during the college year except Sunday4.
Mondays, holidays, and final examination periods by the Associated Students, University of
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LYLE M. NELSON, Editor JAMES VV. FROST, Business Manager
ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Hal Olney, Helen Angcll_
Editorial4 Board: Roy Vcrnstrom, Pat Erickson, Helen. Angcll, Harold Olney, Kent
Stitzer, Jimmie Leonard, and Professor George Turnbull, advisor.
Jimmie Leonard, Managing Editor
Kent Stitzer, News Editor
Fred May, Advertising Manager
Bob Rogers, National Advertising Manager
“While the Fascists regard the press as a nuisance and
therefore suppress it, the believers in democracy also regard
the freedom of press as a nuisance and thank God they have
.so glorious a nuisance.”—Lin Yutang. This week is National
; Newspaper Week.
;The Light that Lit Homecoming
I^^NOTHEIl Oregon tradition went by the boards this week
| when University and student officials decided to drop the
'idea of having a freshman bonfire at Homecoming. The noise
• parade and rally will be held as usual, but with no fire around
■ which to congregate.
> There are a number of reasons for dropping the age-old
< bonfire. First is the frosh-rook game here that night. Most
of the students will want to attend the game and the fire
would make the rally last too long, officials say.
" Another reason advanced by officials is the difficulty of
"obtaining any kind of a site for the fire. The city of Eugene,
"partcularly the University district, has grown so in the last
;; few years that all available space has been taken up. The few
|) vacant lots near the campus arc in a thickly populated scc
” tion and the city lire department will not permit any large
fire there. The only available space is along 19th street, some
■i distance from the campus.
# # #
JT has become increasingly difficult to obtain materials for
the fire, is given as a third reason. Uity ordinances forbid
stacking of boxes, etc. around stores and garbage trucks pick
up most of the available material each day.
Chief reason, however, for dropping the Homecoming fire
is the lack of interest shown by students, particularly fresh
men, in this tradition. Frosli bonfires have steadily become
smaller and smaller. The crews canvassing the town for avail
able material have contained fewer freshmen with each suc
ceeding class. First year men have come to regard building a
bonfire as work rather than a chance to have a good time.
Perhaps the size of the classes has had much to do with this.
With the present number of frosli it is almost impossible for
each member to know all, or even the majority, of his class.
This has eliminated much of the old time interest in the
* * ■»
JF the blame—if you choose to call it blame—for putting
out the Homecoming fire is to fall on anyone it should fall
on the freshman classes—the present students.
So while we regret and oppWic the passing of the frosli
bonfire, and another Oregon tradition, we realize that it met
its death not at the hands of any particular faculty or student
ruling, but as the result of changing conditions and changing
The Homecoming bonfire was put out, not by one huge
deluge, but by several insistent drops.
oocrates Invented It
a man spcakctli, so is lie” runs the quotation aeross
an achievement award for symposium speakers in
Director Dahlberg’s office of the speech department. Stolen
from that peripatetic philosopher, Socrates, the word sym
posium has brought meaning to one of Oregon’s soundest
l'o explain it is simple: the profound (Ircck once attended
banquets with his talkative' friends of the mart and arena,
introduced a provocative subject, then persuaded all the cele
brants to voice their opinions on it. Streamlined today, sym
posium-debate in tin1 speech department begins with three
months of research by undergraduates on a chosen subject,
tin'll considerable travel around the state presenting the
problem studied and its possible solutions. Service clubs,
church groups, and other student bodies are the audiences.
Today the scholarship committee of the interfraternity council
lists this activity as significantly profitable for students.
* * #
\yim a growth from several audiences five years ago,
the symposium squad now receives invitations from
more than a hundred representative groups yearly to present
their intellectual bull-sessions. Its value is evidenced by its
increased fame about the state. Truly “as a man spcakctli,
so is he” takes on added meaning when one presents his
opinions before a skeptical audience for lie must further
justify his beliefs with serious argument. Provoking thought,
improving speech, encouraging acquaintanceship with one's
state and verbally clashing with interesting personalities are
some ot the values received. Demanded in return is a healthy
participation and an inquiring mind. Socrates should be
decorated posthumously for the symposium he invented. Dahl
berg should be extremely busy accepting more invitations
for the symposium squad he adapted.—K.N.V.
A Neighborly Glance
R.v I on INK LAMON, Kxchange Kdilor
Registration officials at Stan
ford university don't know
. whether to credit it to the lure
of the army or a recent tuition
increase, blit first day enroll
ment figures dropped 27 persons
below last year's.
On the California campus at
Berkeley (just as it is done at
Oregon each year during Honie
■ coming) stalwart frosh will
Z guard this weekend the big "C"
against marauders on the eve
of a big football game.
Athletic memberships at Ore
gon State college, this year are
priced ijt $10, to bo paid all at
once or in payments of $6 this
month, and $t at the beginning
of winter quarter.
(a la Ogden Nash)
I wish I were a dinosaur
1 wouldn't have to study—or
Go to classes—For
I d be so big
I couldn t get ss ti* £*OFv,
The Brigade 'in White Answers
rJ"vHE supposedly-friendly “hello” and f^lad hand extended
by Oregon’s sophomore service honoraries at last Satur
day night’s “Hello” dance has come in for a lot of ribbing
this week. Some campus critics question the thoroughness of
the frosli welcome.
Wednesday’s paper carried a letter from “a student”
deriding the Kwama and Skull and Dagger groups for their
purely official work at the affair. The writer commended
them for what was done, but demanded to know why so
many new unacquainted students were left neglected after
actual dancing began.
This morning, in the “Letters to the Editor” column, the
presidents of the two honoraries answer irately the accusa
tion of inefficient rendering of their designated task of
greeting new students.
# * #
rJ"'0 undermine the two white-sweatered groups wiio work
so diligently on all school affairs in an effort to make
people feel at home, to help guests find seats at assemblies,
and to generally make themselves the service groups they are
dsigned to he seems, in a sense, to be barking up the wrong
Undermine instead the whole social setup of the campus.
It just happens to have started somewhere back in the dim
distant past that when an Oregon pigger takes his coed to a
dance, he devotes practically all of his attention to her. The
democratic nature of such a procedure is questionable . . . and
undoubtedly a friendlier attitude could be visualized. A more
informal setup is an ideal toward Avhich we might well be
disposed to devote some time and attention.
# # *
J^WAMAS and Skull and Daggers are chosen each spring
oil the bases of friendliness and service to their school.
Their professed motto is “to promote democracy and friend
ship among the students of the University of Oregon.”
These three score students in white have, as far as they
are able under the present setup, lived up to this creed. Per
haps, as the letter writer suggests, the campus is ripe for a
democratic movement pointed at simplicity in meeting new
people. If so, Kwama and Skull and Dagger could figure
prominently, for they are the keynoters and are in a position
to be the strongest University backers of the whole “let’s
get acquainted” movement.
The Future of the Union
must learn to creep before you can walk. At least that
was the decision reached by student leaders during the
last school year in regard to the ever-present student union
The student union building problem reaches far back into
the annals of University history. For many years it has been
a source of much bickering and contention. Everybody
wanted ft student union building but nobody seemed to know
just how to go about getting one. Student leaders, who wanted
to take the trip in one huge leap, called for contributions to
create a student union building fund. The donations were
forthcoming all right but not in sufficient amounts to create
a very substantial fund toward a new building. Various other
expedients were attempted fill with tin* same purpose in mind,
that is, to high pressure the thing through all at once.
Another weakness in the student union campaign lay in
the lact, that it was managed almost entirely by seniors. Each
year these seniors would graduate and the next year a new
group who knew nothing about what had been done or needed
to be done took over. Thus it was that each year the student
leaders who were carrying on the fight for a student union
building ieffaced the steps that had been taken by those who
had preceded them.
# * #
jgO it is not surprising that progress on the much discussed
student union was slow and painful and students became
pretty generally discouraged and disgusted.
Last year however student leaders decided that it was time
for a new deal for the student union. Under the chairman
ship of Hoy N. Vernstrdm, second vice-president of the ASUO,
if committee of approximately L'O freshmen was appointed to
work with a central committee composed of sophomores, jun
iors, find seniors in an effort to do some really constructive
work on the student union. This committee was appointed to
serve for four years, and each year another committee was
to be appointed from the freshman class. This would insure
a permanent consistent program which,, it is intended, will
eventually culminate in a student union building.
Student leaders, it seems, have iinally given up Irving to
do things by leaps and bounds and are laying a solid founda
tion upon which to build.
In the Mail
Whoever the person is who
signs his (or her) letters sim
ply as “A student," and so un
fairly takes a swing at the
sophomore service honorarics,
Skull and Dagger and Kwama,
should delve deeper into the
facts before condemning these
For instance, he should have
found out exactly what the of
ficial function of these two hon
oraries was at the Hello dance
Saturday, and then should have
based his criticism accordingly.
The sophomores were placed
in charge of the receiving line
. . . that is, taking the fresh
men and other new students
over to the University officials
and seeing that t joy were prop
erly introduced. This, we be
lieve, was accomplished success
The members of these two or
sanitations arrived at the Igloo
at S:30 and spent two hours
meeting and introducing new
students. When the crowd had
subsided at 10:30 ... they joined
their !o?g lest date? and disced.
Naturally, these sophomores
were taken aback Tuesday
morning when they were con
demned for neglecting what
they were commissioned to do
. . . that is, in addition to their
official duties (which claimed
more than half of their time) to
act as date bureaus and taxi
These sophomores heartily
agree that everything possible
should be done to make the new
students at Oregon feel at home,
and if chartered to do so, would
be happy to make that one of
their official functions next
Skull and Dagger and Kwa
ma commend the YMCA for its
good work in acquainting the
incoming freshmen . . . and sug
gest that in the future the “Y"
appoint a committee to look af
ter the frosh at similar affairs.
Not only will that benefit the
freshmen, but it will exonerate
blameless service societies from
the beefings of mahniormed
By BILL MO.tLEV
Glenn Miller’s “Slow Freight”
was inspired, amazing as it
may seem, by a slow freight.
The tune was written two years
ago by Brick Ram, an arranger.
It seems that he was playing
a group of one-nighters with
Red Norvo’s band which trav
eled from job to job via rail
road. On this particular night
Mr. Ram was standing quietly
in a Pullmarf car when he heard
a freight train rumble by on an
other track. Arranger Ram was
so impressed by the steady beat
of the lumbering freight that
he yelled something to this ef
fect: "Get a load of that rhythm.
If that isn’t a song I'll eat my
last five arrangements!”
Mr. Ram may have eaten his
last five arrangements in the
two years of failure for his com
position, but he’s probably
coughed them up again by now
in his exuberance over the roy
alties which Glenn Miller’s ar
rangement has brought him.
Business Is Booming
To meet the rush demand for
boogie woogie, Decca i3 releas
ing a strictly boogie woogie al
bum sometime this month. This
album is supposed to contain
the mosta of the besta piano
stylings ever recorded.
Included in the collection will
be two sides by Mary Lou Wil
liams, two by Pete Johnson, one
by Albert Ammons, one by
Meade Lux Lewis, and several
single sides by other outstand
ing b.w. experts.
And Not a Drop to Drink
Mitchell Ayres’ band grossed
60,000 bottle tops during its re
cent stay at Manhattan Beach
in New York. . . . The dance
was sponsored by a soft drink
manufacturer who charged 3 of
his bottle tops as the admission
price. After the dance the boys
in the band traded the bottle
tops back to the manufacturer
for a few greenbacks . . . which
were a bit more useful.
Smiling Ruth Lowe who wrote
“I’ll Never Smile Again" is all
set for a personal appearance
tour of many eastern theaters.
It will probably be quite a task
to keep a straight face in front
of all those yelling audiences.
. . . "I'm Nobody’s Baby,” re
cently waxed by Tommy Dor
sey, and high in Hit Parade
standing, sold 350,000 copies of
piano music when it was first
published way back in 1921. . . .
Maybe “Maybe” will do as well
during its present revival.
SHORTHAND — TYPEWRITING
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860 Willamette, Eugene
4 CYLINDER DODGE
convertible coupe with rum
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Fallows . . .
Tause for refreshment
sometime during your
13-milc walk at the
International Side Show
By RIDGLEY CUMMINGS
Remember how the agitation
started to put conscription
over? An editorial in the N. Y.
Times was the first straw in the
wind. Then the hullaballoo
started and before long all the
leading U. S. “thinkers” fell
Well, there is another straw
in the wind today. Senator Wil
liam H. King, a democrat from
Utah, is sponsoring legislation
to modify the Johnson act in
order to permit loans to Great
The Johnson act forbids the
lending of money to a nation
in default of its debts to the
government of the United
States. Great Britain still owes
this country roughly five billion
Back last summer when the
solons were fighting over
amending the neutrality act to
let the British buy arms, the
late Senator Borah and some of
the other isolationists predicted
that that would be only the first
step. They called the turn.
When we scrapped the neu
trality bill we practically en
tered the European war on Eng
land’s side, in spite of the pious
promises of Roosevelt et al that
the action would be a construc
tive step toward peace.
So far FDR hasn't committed
himself on this King legislation,
but it is only a matter of time.
Already Claude Pepper, who
led the administration’s fight
for conscription and for the
transfer of 50 U. S. destroyers
to Britain, has jumped into the
battle. That is an ominous sign.
Great Britain is reported to
have two and a half billion in
cash left, so it is possible that
the whole affair may be shelved
until after election.
We're reminded of something
we heard the other day. It went
like this: “You can’t expect to
be an arsenal for one belliger
ent without becoming a target
for the other side.” Sounds
Peace. It’s wonderful!
Oregon H Emerald
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Tommy Wright, night editor
Ted Goodwin and
Lee Flatberg, assistants
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— also —
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with Joan Blondell and
TWO BIG FEATURES!
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