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In Answer to a Need
'T'lIE expected split in the fresh class has finally occurred
A with a bloc of well over 50 per cent of the first year men
and women severing relations with the present organization
" and electing to form a class of their own.
The new freshman class organization will be a much more
democratic affair than tin; past class groups. The right to vote
and a part in class affairs will not be restricted to any group
of freshmen or dependent upon the payment of a “poll tax.’
In other words, class cards will not be required to vote. The
only requirement will be the University standing of a fresh
A constitution is under preparation and will be presented
to a mass meeting of the new group sometime soon. This con
stitution will attempt to give all factions an opportunity to be
represented in the controlling body of officers. No political
bloc will control the entire class activities.
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'T'HE split in the freshman class was predicted in the Em
erald some time ago. Since the first controversy over the
class card issue some time ago it. was fairly certain that the
committee of six appointed to reach a compromise would pro
duce no real solution to the problem. They had no common
ground on which to meet.
The new organization is an answer to a growing demand for
more representation in class affairs. If flic, new class succeeds
in getting more students interested in class affairs, if it makes
democratic administration more effective, it will be perform
ing a real service to the University. From the excellent start
which has been gained there seems to be every reason to
believe that the new organization will succeed.
; Corvallis Goes Witch Hunting
1 rJ''HE city of Corvallis lias always held a “soft” place in
its heart for the troubles of Eugene and its University . . .
has searched diligently to uncover any hints of un-American
activities and has religiously brought them to light. For years
Corvallis editors described Eugene as a communistic center.
But today, in keeping with the popular trend of the times,
the University of Oregon and Eugene prep schools are having
trouble quelling pro-Nazi movements. That's the latest un
covering of the editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
“A lady from Eugene was in this sanctum the other day,”
- yesterday’s editorial in the Gazette-Times reads, “and she
says the Nazis are quite active down there. Well, that’s at
7 least a change from the Communists that have been so proini
* nent in the past.”
A description of a supposed recent disturbance in a local
grammar school when a pro-German father declared that his
two children could salute nothing but the swastika was fol
lowed by an editorial statement that “special students at the
University too have received notice of a Nazi meeting they
are urged to attend.” The swastika situation is vigorously
denied by Superintendent of Schools John F. Cramer in last
night’s Eugene Register-Guard.
# # #
,"J''1IE Corvallis-born statement is certainly not a sufficient
basis for a pitched battle on the subject. It is too shallow,
has all the earmarks of war hysteria, and adopts an idea of
universality from a single uncertain incident.
There are always rumors in troubled times like these . . .
rumors that make the ideas of one man appear to be those
of a hundred . . . rumors that make one incident represent a
picture of a whole city . . . rumors that make one person’s un
American belief become the purported teachings of a whole
University. For the public mind is a romantic and imaginative
thing and a tiny germ of an idea, a veritable whisper, can
become a loud shout with very little coaxing.
In truth the Corvallis attack is not worth answering, for
any analysis of the accusation shows little basis of fact, little
of the real search for truth that is the avowed purpose of a
newspaper. Scores of students interviewed yesterday were
completely unaware of such a condition here. Not one saw any
basis for the editorial attack. If there is a swastika flying,
it’s certainly being hidden under a bushel basket.
University ideas on the subject are pretty well summed tip
in Dean of Men Virgil D. Earl's statement: “Funny they
should hear of it in Corvallis first.”—11 A
The Records Show
JT’t> down in black and white now —the scholastic records of
3700 University of Oregon students for the fall term of
the year 11(40. And, as is inevitably the case, some of those
3700 individual records are a real credit to the student and
the school while others fall below the line where they may be
a credit to anyone.
About 4,3 per cent of the Oregon student body joined the
coveted ranks of honor roll students." Almost 7 per cent
of the 1(50 "honor rollers crashed that inner circle of the
inner circle- the four points.
Such .scholastic records are. of course, enviable and the
studeuts who earn them are not only gaining credit for them
selves but for their school.
Kot that a student must make the hofior roll to be a credit
to his school. Far from it lie is an additional credit to hi.
school if lit does attain scholastic excellence. That could
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to the good of his school and maintain only average grades.
It is even conceivable that a student might have lower than
average grades and still be a considerable asset to his school
although that is, probably, extremely doubtful. And yet, to
paraphrase the well-known metaphor, it takes all kinds to
make a school.
# * *
IF it were not for the low grade students it would, obviously,
be impossible to have the honor roll students and the four
pointers. If all were four-pointers there would be little credit
in obtaining a straight A card. Cold cheer that may be for
those who received sub-average grades but at any rate it docs
shed a little more cheerful light on things.
There is one type of student that can almost positively be
entered in the loss column as far as his school is concerned.
He is the person who dismissed a low OP A. with a shrug of
his shoulders and, in lack-a-daisical manner, drifts along
without attempting to do anything about it. Better the stu
dent who is constantly attemping, even if unsuccessfully, to
kick those grades back up where they belong than the “I don't
care” type who is always in the cellar.
A University student should keep in mind that his record
is going down, up there in the registrar’s office, in black and
white, lie will be judged by that record whether he is proud
or ashamed of it. lie should be satisfied with nothing less
than the best that he is able to accomplish at all times. Then
if it is still not good lie can, at least, say, “It represents my
best efforts. I didn’t lie down on the job, at any rate.”—H.O.
Campus query: “Who is taking Modern Europe this term?”
Parade of Opinion
By ASSOCIATED COLLEGIATE PRESS
America’s college newspapers saw little hope late last spring for
union of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of
Industrial Organizations. But swift-moving events have changed the
view. The concensus of undergraduate writers now is not only that
prospects are good for ending factionalism, but that truce in the
near future is imperative.
Commenting on the resignation of CIO President John L. Lewis,
the Cornell Daily Sun says that “the next move necessary to the
unreserved cooperation of the nation in the preparedness .program
is the unqualified unification of the forces of labor. With the workers
of the nation split into two camps, it is impossible that the program
can go forward with the best operation.’’
In the opinion of the Michigan Daily, President Roosevelt's victory
and John L. Lewis’ defeat gave rise to one of the brightest hopes for
labor unity in the last years. The mass of both organizations have
common interests and are desirous of uniting them. In many cities
there are joint labor councils, joint journals and joint strikes when
Consciously and unconsciously the workers in both organizations
have been united in political action. That the COI and AFL are not
joined in an effective union today is an indictment of the democratic
processes within the organizations that allow the leaders to block
the will of the members.”
The Amherst Student joins in the view that “any move toward
union could not appear at a better time. Yet opportune as a com
bination now of the opposing camps might be and ridiculous as their
struggle seems, there is more concerned in their continued separation
than the mere personalities of Lewis and Green.
“The whole organizations of the two unions differ; one has herded
unskilled workers together, the other skilled workers. One repre
sents the proletariat of labor, the other the aristocracy. But al
though the difficulties are extensive, they cannot be as important to
fight OVER as labor's cause in general is important to fight FOR."
The Dartmouth refers to labor in general in a discussion of pro
duction bottlenecks involving labor disputes, and contends that these
bottlenecks are two-sided. “The talk,” says the Dartmouth, “is all
about eliminating the right to strike. There is not enough talk about
eliminating the abuses that cause strikes.
"Obviously it would speed defense preparation if strikes were made
fewer. Just as obviously, it takes two disputants to make a strike.
If America is sincere in seeking to stop strikes in order to defend
democracy, she would do well to look just as sharply to the practices
of the manufacturer as to those of the laborer.”
General benefits to come from labor's turning its back on the
“reds” are envisioned by the Daily Kansan. "President Roosevelts,”
says the Kansan, “would like a united, well-controlled, anti-Com
munist labor front to work with him in courting business. Sidney
Hillman (labor coordinator of the rearmament program! would like
to free labor from the restraint of the Sherman antitrust law.
"If he could unite the CIO and AFL in an alliance acceptable to
the president, he might get what he wants and probably would
cooperate with the administration. If Hillman can get the coopera
tion he wishes, Roosevelt may get the ‘red’ purge he wishes within
labor ranks. If the ‘reds’ are purged, business may work with the
administration with greater harmony. This is Roosevelt's answer to
Mr. Willkie’s ‘loyal opposition;’ either way, business can't lose."
so be it..
by bill fendull
voted tops as tlie three sweet
est words in the English lan
guage according to a campus
survey of the uninspired is the
combination *‘i love you” . . .
others in order are;
3. dinner is served
3. keep the change
1. all is forgiven
5. sleep 'Iill noon
»i. here's that five . . .
voted as the three most dr
liked words were “external use
only” followed by:
3. buy me one
3. out of gas
4. dues not paid
5. funds not sufficient
(i. rest in peace . . .
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hell of a tune
here's one handed the colm in
moment of aeeeptatoiv weak
ness . . (scene on a Portland
street car . time. 1941 A.D )
you must be absent-nunded'
absent minded ” '
"yes. you haven't any neck
brother . . . my boy left for col
lege last night” . . .
the following is merely an at
tempt to find the. owner of this
poem . . . will the person who
left this verse by the colm's
tap-tap machine please come
and get it . . . deals like this
shouldn’t be left by them
selves . . .
breathes there a man around
sufficient by rest revived, and
enough to limit his demands
to say goodnight
just holding hands?
who has the decency to wait
'til at least the second date
to reach that warm, romantic
to give a girl some preparation
before demanding osculation
if such there lie
go, mark him well
for I'll date that guy
I ho' he looks like-—’ . . .
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By RIDGELY CUMMINGS
Pink - cheeked youth, who
would have been better occu
pied reading Goethe and drink
ing beer and singing songs in
Heidelberg and other former
university towns, last night sat
in big airplanes and pulled
throttles and levers that re
leased fire bombs and high ex
plosives on a west England
To put it simpler, German
planes blitz-raided an unnamed
English town Friday night and
early Saturday morning in what
looked like the most severe raid
since last Sunday when London
was fire-bombed. First reports
said casualties were not heavy,
although two hospitals, four
churches, and four schools were
At this writing there is noth
ing on the wire from Berlin
about the raid, though when it
comes in the story will undoubt
edly tell about munition plants
and military (objectives dam
aged. That's the way it goes—
reading the reports from Lon
don one gets the idea the in
vading planes single out help
less non-combatants and do no
real damage to British indus
try; while from Berlin it's the
same thing — hospitals and
schools are the main targets
hit by the British, so the Ger
It is probably the case of the
stories being the truth, and
maybe nothing but the truth,
but not the whole truth.
Bombs have fallen on the oth
er side of the Irish channel also
in the last few days, and yes
terday neutral Ireland sent a
strong protest to Germany af
ter some of the bombs which
killed three persons and injured
25 others were identified as of
An ‘‘informed neutral source''
in London declared flatly that
the bombs came from German
planes. About the only neutral
source in London we can think
of is the Swiss ambassador, if
he's still there, and one won
ders where he got the informa
At dinner last night the sub
ject came up as to whether it
was German or England that
was bombing the Dublin area. I
Ruins of breastworks built
during the siege of Jackson in
the Civil war are still to be
seen on the campus of Millsaps
college, Jackson, Miss.
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maintained the heretical posi
tion that German has nothing
to gain by involving Ireland in
the war whereas Engiand re
cently asked DeValera for per
mission to use the Irish ports
as ports of entry for British
war supplies. De Valera refused,
saying it would be unneutral,
but if Ireland declares war on
the Nazis then the British will
get what they want.
A1 Carp, psychology assistant
who thinks for himself, said
that if Germany got Ireland
into the war then the British
home defenses in order to pro
tect Ireland from invasion.
Another explanation, based
on the fact that the Nazis have
too often demonstrated that
they believe in nothing else but
brute force, is that they are
trying to scare the Irish into
If they think that way, the
Nazis don’t know their Irish
psychology. An Irishman’s def
inition of a pacifist is some
body who can't get his hands
on anything with which to
fight. The Irish haven't much
use for the English, whom they
claim have been oppressing
them for centuries, but they
won’t stand to be brow-beaten
by the Nazis either.
Truth in Air
The conversation went back
and forth for some time and at
the end I remarked that the
truth would come out in a cou
ple of years. To this A1 made
a good counter: “We don't
know the truth about the Lusi
tania and that was 20 years'
ago. The Germans are still pay
ing that the English sunk her.”
On the home front Roosevelt
announced that he is sending
Harry Hopkins over to England
as his personal representative
until a new ambassador is se
lected. Hopkins will have no
official status, the president
Senator Gerald P. Nye, vet
eran non-interventionist from
North Dakota, reacted to the
Hopkins move by saying it
“may be a move to ascertain
what chances peace talks would
have over there. If so, then I
am heartily for it.”
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