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: Oregon WEmehald
The Oregon Daily Emerald, published daily during the college year except Sundays,
Mondays, holidays, and final examination periods by the Associated Students, University of
Oregon. Subscription rates: $1.25 per term and $3.00 per year. Entered as second-class
matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Oregon.
Represented for national advertising by NATIONAL ADVERTISING SERVICE,
INC., College publishers* representative, 420 Madison Avc., New York—Chicago—Boston
—Los Angeles—San Francisco—Portland and Seattle.
LYLE M. NELSON. Editor JAMES W. FROST. Business Manager
ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Hal Olncy, Helen Angell
Editorial Board: Roy Vernstrom, Pat Erickson, Helen Angell, Harold Olney, Kent
Stitrcr, Jimmie Leonard, and Professor George Turnbull, advisor.
Jimmie Leonard, Managing Editor
Kent Stitzer, News Editor
Fred May, Advertising Manager
Bob Rogers, National Advertising Manager
UPPER BUSINESS STAFF
Alvera Maeder, Classified Advertising Man* Hill YVallan, Circulation Manager
ager Emerson Page, Promotion Director
Ron Alpaugh, Layout Production Manager Janet Farnham, Office Manager
UPPER NEWS STAFF
rat r,ricKson, womens
Ted Kenyon, Photo Editor
Boh Flavelle, Co-Sports
Ken Christianson, Co-Sports
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Betty Jane Biggs, Ass’t News
Ray Schrick, Ass’t Managing
lom w rigni, i\ss i iuanagmg
Corrinc Wigncs, Executive
Johnnie Kahananni, feature
"Unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill
a good book.”—John Milton.
Voting on the Right to Vote
' J^OT to be outdone by national showmen, University of
Oregon politieians had their own little .show Wednesday
when the frosli met to adopt a constitution and to arrange
for elections. The result was a cross between a Shakespearian
comedy and a session of the New Jersey state legislature.
If anyone made sense out of the meeting and if any real
business was done it wasn’t apparent later. ASUO Viec-Presi
dent John Cavanagh, chairman of the meeting, did what could
be expected to keep order, but could not prevent the name
calling, misdirected remarks, and horseplay which went on.
Main point of contention around which most of the argu
ment centered was thc'right lo vote in class elections. Some,
claimed that it should be thrown open to all members of the
freshman class; others wished it restricted to class card
holders as has formerly been the case.
The battle was fought, from all appearances, along pre
viously arranged and well-drawn political lines with little or
no consideration being given to the respective merits of the
two sides. The question was new, but it was argued, fought,
and finally passed, along long-standing bloc lines.
' ^JpiIE decision to give all members of the chis.s of ’44 the
right to vote was a step towards eliminating some of the
unsavorincss of polities on the campus. For year it has been
generally known that class cards have been purchased in lots,
paid for by houses, and used merely as a means of political
Members of houses were given money, 1 old to buy class
~ cards and vote for the bloc’s candidate. They simply became
janissaries of some house politician.
The people who proposed to throw open elections to all
» members of the class certainly do not believe that it would
• entirely abolish the old bloc voting system. They argued that
■ it is a means of eliminating some of (lie bad features of the
I setup, it would be more difficult to elect a bloc ticket with
* everyone getting the right to vote.
* The idea did not originate with the freshmen. Political
; idealists here have been preaching it for a number of years.
* Last year the AKIM) executive committee took up the idea
• and gave all students llic right to vote under the new fee
• setup. The action was termed the most far-reaching passed
by an executive committee in the last five years.
J^"OW the frosli arc faced with the same question. True,
they have passed the amendment, giving the vote to all,
but the battle is not yet won. The question undoubtedly will
be up again before the meeting tomorrow night and probably
will be settled one way or another then.
All trends in political thought on the campus seem to be
towards extending the voting privilege and thus obtaining a
better political setup. The Emerald does not pretend to be
neutral on the question. A succession of Emerald editors has
argued the case of universal ASUO suffrage. This year’s
editorial board, too, believes in extending the voting privilege
In any case the freshmen have an important decision to
make, a decision which should not, cannot, be made on purely
political grounds without reflecting on the class. They can
vote to stay by the old political method, or they can extend
the suffrage to all first year men and women and by so doing
reserve a place for themselves in the ASUO history book.
How Are Your Half Dollars?
“J-JOVV arc your half dollars? Realh rare, late half dollars
offered here at very ordinary prices.” — “Hobbies”
On u disenchanting day, a chance advertisement such as
the one above might very well release springs of hope in a
“How are your ball' dollars?” asks “Hobbies,” and you
arc not obliged to answer. Von do not have to tell “Hobbies”
if your half dollar supply is low, just now.
Play with the idea. Consider gathering about yourself an
interesting assortment of coins. “Hobbies” woidd approve
your flights of fancy, however impractical they seem to dis
interested lricnds. “The HOUB^ of coin collecting will be
better for you than a tonic,” “Hobbies” urges.
• # #
gl'T then, “Hobbies'' is all for using your free moments in
collecting odd things and, on the whole, is rather biased
as to the cultural advantages of imitating the pack rat. “A
woman deep in the country has a group of chddreu's motto
mugs . . . which she uses for serving old fashioned sweet apple
cider when guests drop in . . .” “Hobbies” declares, aud they
have also ferreted out the fact that “Robert Ripley’s favorite
hobby is the collecting of steins aud he probably has one of
the best collections of this kiud in the world.”
The query about half dollars, we said at the outset, might
very well release springs of hope in a troubled miud. Is it
not cheering to reflect that amidst the general turmoil of
ths timet, there are 1 tt people v,ho van concentrate energy
ou so idyllic a pastime as collecting tilings?—P.L.
A Defense of a Free Press
JN a recent edition of the Oregon State Barometer was re
printed an editorial from the Washington State Evergreen.
Now we, as self-professed journalists, are not particularly
thin-skinned when it comes to taking a ribbing about our
profession. As a matter of fact we have become rather
accustomed to hearing wisecracks about “$15 a week men.”
But when one of our own group, so to speak, hands out the
same kind of a line in a flood of bitter invective we just can’t
resist the temptation to strike back. Anyway here's what the
Evergreen has to say:
This is National Newspaper week, and every journal in this
United States is reverently chanting about what hot stuff it is.
The platitudes are being thrown so fast they are howling in
misery. The American press has been sadly mistaken before,
but now it is being sadly silly.
Because this is National Newspaper week, devoted to freedom
of the press, impartiality of reporting—and Wendell Willkie.
This is the week devoted to telling America how great is the
American press, what a bulwark it is against all the “isms"—
except Republicanism. Because this is the week the American
press pats itself on the back and gets tearfully maudlin over the
thought of how its protects the Bill of Rights and makes every
citizen a brother to the Lord—or something.
And this is the press that forgot the LaFollette Civil Liberties
committee to play full blast the insipid Mr. Dies. This is the
press that — and we chuckle at the thought — made a slight
mistake about a cornflower in 1936. This is the reactionary
press of Hearst, of Howard, of Cowles. This is the corporate
press, the press of the million-dollar plant, of a board of di
rectors, of hereditary ownership—and of $15 a week reporters.
“Maybe” says a weak voice from the rear of the room, “maybe
this American press isn’t representative of the American peo
ple.” Brother, whoever you are, you’re right. We think that
meek little thought should be shouted from the rooftops ot
America from Maine to Spokane, Washington. Because what
is the use of a free press if that press twists facts—yes, even
facts—to suit its political bias, when it becomes no more than
a propaganda disseminator for the Republican National com
mittee?—Washington State Evergreen.
J^OW, Mr. Editor, that you liave finished we’ll have our
say. In 1 ho first place, mingled with all your shouting
and spouting you have made three definite accusations (1)
the American press is reactionary and is controlled by the
wealthy interest, (11) that the newspapers underpay their help,
(11) that the American press is not representative of the
American people and twists facts at the command of the
Republican National committee.
While there is, unfortunately, some germ of truth in your
charges, Mr. Editor, it is safe to say that for the most part
you have taken isolated circumstances in order to accuse the
whole American press. Newspaper editors are a good deal
like any other class of people, some good, some bad. The fact
that some editors do not come up to your standards, Mr.
Editor, does not condemn the whole profession.
You accuse the press of being reactionary. Probably you
have never seen, as we have, a newspaper start a fight for
the rights of the people only to find when things got hot that
those who had been so vociferous in urging the paper into
the fray were now strangely silent. Is it any wonder then that
the press is cautious,? Rather, we believe, it is a wonder so
many papers still continue to take up the people’s fight.
* # #
Y^U, Mr. editor, say that (lie newspapers underpay their
help. In that ease, why is it that you are spending several
years in college in order to go into newspaper work? For
that matter if journalism is sueli a “rotten” profession, why
consider going into it at all ? Wc believe that journalism offers
just as many opportunities as any other profession for the
man or woman who lius what it takes.
Tou say that the American press is not representative of
the American people and twists facts, it is a well known and
unquestionable fact that many editors will print what they
believe their readers will want to read. That is just good
business. Most editors select their material with an eye on
the circulation list. In regard to twisting facts—well, Mr.
Editor, if you can prove that any newspaper is doing that
you d better take it to the courts. We still have libel laws
in this country.
It is undoubtedly true that most of the newspapers in this
country are Republican as tar as their editorial policy is
concerned. For reasons previously stated the press has found
that the safest policy is the cautious and conservative one.
But, and we consider this the most glowing of all tributes to
the American press, every newspaper in the country has
carried iront-page, top-head stories whenever Roosevelt has
spoken and the stories have been free from slant or editorial
Many Portlanders who saw the Oregon rally Friday night
had reason to stop and wonder how some of the vehicles,
proud houses call cars, ever got that far.
II the ROIC isn t busy Wednesday night it might be a
good idea to hire them to keep the upperclassmen out of the
freshman class meeting.
The social calendar for this fall
.crm will be closed at 5 o'clock
luesday afternoon. All social
'vents must be registered before
Order of llie "O” will meet Wcd
lesday noon at the Sigma Nu
louse. All new members must ut
The Bunga]<n\ Hospitality group
if the YWCA will meet this after.
iooq at 1 o'clock in the bungalow.
The Oregana staff will meet
ruesday evening at 7:30 in the Ig
oo. All members except those on
:he writing staff should be present,
ncluding typists, proof readers,
be writing staff should be present,
Mid odd jobs.
The graduate coimhTI will meet
IburstUy at 1 « the office of the
James Cagney, Ann Sheridan
“CITY FOR CONQUEST *
with Frank Craven, Donald
Crisp and Frank McHugh
— plus —
“THE GREAT PROFILE ’
with John Barrymore, Mary
Beth Hughes, John Paine
and Gregory Ratoff
Two Wonderful Features!
We Need Nothing Else!
Ann Dvorak, Lula Lane in
“Girls of the Road”
— plus —
“On the Spot”
with Franlas Darrow
so be it..
by bill fendall
the deadlihood of writing a
colm . . . carbcms the front page
murder . . . not a first degree
murder—that is premeditated.
picture a thug or a would-be
columnist—either will do—one
walks with an old wrap-around
with turned-up collar—so does
the other . . . from the lips of
one or the other dangles a
smoked-down cigarette — from
the eyes flash furtive looks that
sweep from side to side search
light-like . . . with, an ugly
snouted gun the thug' creates
his crime . . . with a battered
typewriter the columnist
creates his . . .
both take up space in the
over-the-moming - coffee - read
ing . . . both are sought out to
be read—for both can be easily
condemned . . . but neither the
thug nor the columnist knows
... or cares . . .
* * *
the gossip-vine brought back
to the colm that a prof over in
OREGON hall was lamenting
the fact that the young people
of his day showed more respect
toward their elders than is done
today . . .
well, prof, they probably had
more to respect . . .
* * *
to the freshman coed so be it
does an clizabethan curtsey for
she is one little thing that can
turn any head . . .
university coedettes are simi
lar in many disrespects . . . this
group is the patch in the seat of
coeducation ... it is the coed
who every time she sees a mir
ror feels it needs looking into
. . . here is one little dish with
pul-enty of pepper that is noth
ing to sneeze at . . .
the collegiate coed who speaks
volumes generally gets shelved
. . . when she claims to know all
the answers she merely ac
knowledges that she goes out
with boys who know all the
questions . . . personality to this
coed is what cellophane is to a
package of cigarettes . . .
in the spring she wears hats
that look like a convertible's
collapsible top with a busted
spring . . . she is as erratic as
Oregon weather . . . her classi
fication comes in three styles—
the beautiful, the intellectual,
and the majority . . .
truly so be it must bow to the
freshman coeds’ high hatitude
. . . for as noses run hers is
generally far in the air above
her face . . .
* * *
“gamma phi beta?”
“damma phi care.”
“thanks" . . .
can you imagine anything
more lonesome over in omega
hall than to have the radio
come on with a—“good evening
ladies and gentlemen” . . .
* * *
campus quips . . . beverly ann
tobin who is just too too . . .
Saturday nights — that time
when the best of friends must
park . . . mat kelly, of sigma
chi, who missed the boat on
some California sunshine . . . the
student who searches for educa
tion with a group as if educa
tion were dangerous when found
while alone . . . Portland games
— that's the life—bouy! . . . not
much dirt today—except under
the first bed to the right on the
sleeping porch . . . only half day
of school today—other half in
the afternoon — heh, heh . . .
hope that fellow who swiped my
econ book, enjoys it more than
I did . . . thank you and thank
goodness ... so be it...
An Explosion of
The March of Time
— Moved Over —
LORETTA YOUNG and
MELVIN DOUGLAS in
“He Stayed for
with Eugene Pallette
Ennn 0 Connor
International Side Show
By RIDGELY CUMMINGS
A campus acquaintance who
has political aspirations and
listens in on all the speeches
told us last night that Roose
velt talked for a half hour Sun
day without saying anything.
We don't know about that,
although we see the press re
ports speak of "spiritual
strength” and "mobilization for
One thing is certain. He said
plenty in his Dayton, Ohio Co
lumbus day speech. There he
promised continued aid to Great
Britain, pledged defense of the
western hemisphere and includ
ed in that pledge "the right to
peaceful use of the Atlantic and
Reaction to this presented a
curious paradox. “Rosy” has
been under fire from the Re
publicans for a long time now
because "he is keeping the coun
try in the dark,” is not “taking
the nation into his confidence,”
President Speaks Bluntly
So now the President speaks
rather bluntly and immediately
Willkie expresses concern that
Roosevelt may "by a reckless
statement” get the U. S. into a
war for which we are unpre
pared. The President's state
ments on foreign affairs “must
end,” Willkie declared.
Rosy gets it in the neck either
way. He’s wrong if he speaks,
wrong if he keeps silence.
Not that we’re plugging
Roosevelt. A headline yesterday
read: "Willkie Fears President,
War.” If someone cared to inter
view us he could write: “Cum
mings Fears Roosevelt, War,
Aid Short of War
Why, you ask ? Because both
candidates advocate all aid
short of war to Great Britain.
But what they think is short of
war may not actually be so.
Italian press reaction to Roose
velt's speech was that it was
another U. S. step toward war.
And Willkie gives the impres
sion that he would carry out the
identical Roosevelt foreign
policy without making any
speeches on the subject.
Meanwhile Washington is still
talking up the transfer of some
of the army’s flying fortress
bombers to Gerat Britain as
the next logical step in the FD
hemispheric defense plan. It’s
logical all right, if one grants
the premise that U. S. safety
depends on a British victory.
But that!s still a moot point.
A picture called “Foreign
Correspondent" which showed
in town last week ended on the
note: “The lights are out in
Europe; let's keep them burn
ing here.” That’s a good idea
but it won’t be achieved by
sending bombing planes to
belligerents. Imagine Switzer
land sending some of their army
aircraft to either side and still
being a neutral.
The United States is bigger
and can get away with more,
but there’s bound to be a limit.
We’re still for peace in spite
of the fact that some of our
friends are tired of seeing us
write “It's wonderful."
By CORINE LAMON
Freshmen at Sacramento Jun
ior college go through rigorous
tests imposed on them by up
perclassmen on entering the
school. These are a few of the
rules to be followed by men of
the class of. '44 for the period
of one week:
1. Thou shalt keep pants
rolled up to your knees.
2. Thou shalt tip dink and
show proper respect for upper
3. Thou shalt wear two socks
of different colors.
4. Thou shalt not shave.
■5. Thou shalt wear shirt out.
6. Thou shalt crawl through
door of library.
—The Pony Express.
Groucho Marx Writes—
The Wampus, humor maga
zine at the University of South
ern California, features an ar
ticle on ‘Why I Should Come to
SC,” by film comedian Groucho
As official open season on
blind dates, the beginning of fali
term offers rare opportunities
to the observant student to
study human nature running on
all six cylinders, according to
the University Daily Kansan.
What to expect and why are
listed under the "glamour boy
or girl,” and "Something-that
Tuesday Advertising Staff:
Fred Welty, Tues. Adv. Mgr.
Brian Thompson, night editor
Copy Desk Staff:
Copy Editor, Bill Norene
University of North Dakota is
completing a plant for experiment
ing with two of the state’s natural
resources—sodium sulphate and
should - have - been - killed -
And then there was the fresh
man who wanted to see the col
lege of arts and letters.
—Ka Leo O Hawwaii.
HOME AND BACK BY
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call for your laundry, take it home ... and then bring
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NATION-WIDE t A! L - A! t SERVICE
By BILL MOXLEY
Glenn Miller Still
Sometimes the music business
wonders how it ever got along
before Glenn Miller came over the
horizon and knocked for a loop
all the records set by such pop
ular men as Goodman, Kyser,
and Shaw. And so far Glenn is
still going as strong as the day
his 'Moonlight,” and "Sunrise”
serenades hit the nation. He
continues to break attendance
records right and left.
A riot was narrowly averted
in Boston a couple of weeks ago
when Glenn, assisted by a corps
of policemen, handed out a
flock of autographed pictures
to over a thousand howling high
And besides the riots and pop
ularity the Miller orchestra is
cleaning up. The band is expect
er to earn $630,000 this year
Over half a million a year
should be some kind of a record.
All this lucre comes from:
1. Commercial radio pro
grams, 52 solid weeks.
2. Hotel engagements, 26
3. Theaters, 10 weeks.
4. An average of two re
cording dates a month, with
four to six sides cut on each
5. Sixteen weeks of one
nighters throughout the na
It’s a busy life all right, but
it pays and pays and pays!
The great Benny Goodman is
beginning to reorganize his
band. Benny has persuaded
Teddy Wilson to abandon his
own band and play in the Good
man aggregation. Also lined up
are Dave Tough, drummer,
Charlie Christian, guitar, and
Art Bernstein on the bass. . . .
Sound like a good rhythm sec
tion. Fletcher Henderson will
continue as arranger. With this
group as a nucleus Benny
should be able to whip a fairly
NOTES . . . Woody Herman
got tired of playing and hear
ing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star
dust.” Dancers have requested
it steadily for the last nine
years. So Woody decided to
write a tune of his own which
he will substitute for Carmi
chael's composition. He calls
the new ditty “Sawdust.’'
PROGRESS . . . The Ink
Spots, popular negro quartet,
have played three return en
gagements to New York's Para
mount theater during the last
year . . . Several years ago ev
ery man in the group was pol
ishing brass and sweeping floors
at the same spot!
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