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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 3, 1941)
It's Another Typical Victory For
Oregon s Unique Brand Of Political
Justice, As Card Hopes Fade
(An Editorial) '
HAT looked yesterday morning like some
sort of a new deal in politics turned out
ky nightfall to be a rather undisguised ruse
for another typical Oregon political confla
A freshman class “by-laws” committee,
made up of two Greeks and two independents,
met with ASUO President Lou Torgeson, who
accepted the task of keeping peace in the
freshman family in lieu of newly-elected First
Vice-President Jim Frost whose job it has
traditionally been to handle unorganized class
assemblies. The committee made history when
it went on record as wholeheartedly recom
mending that this class of ’45 use the free
class card plan. They agreed that Oregon,
freshmen this year should have a vote without
a “poll tax.”
iyjT before the class had time to decide for
itself, two members of the committee were
drafted to run for offices. Turning tail on the
policies they had just endorsed, these two
frosh class members enlisted support in oppo
sition to the free vote card as a phase of their
It is not the policy of the 1941-42 Emerald
to endorse or condemn any candidate for of
fice. Certainly any of the candidates proposed
are capable of handling the offices set up.
Tt is not the candidates that are questionable,
but the unusual manner in which these two
Greek candidates publicly backed the theory
of equal representation, and privately had to
onnose it because of nressure.
cannot help but wonder too at the
unusual manner in which the meeting was
organized. Not until 7 o’clock were most of
the independent organizations, whose groups
are of course not as close-knit as a Greek
bond, notified that the meeting had been
moved to Villard hall. At least three such
groups indicated last night that they had no
chance to provide a representation at the
It is with a sense of futility that there eomes
again a realization that an ideal about test
tube experiments in more democratic class
politics has come to its usual end before the
onslaught of campus “justice” at Oregon.
Another group of persons who on their own
showed enthusiasm for cleaner methods of
handling their self-government, has under
pressure “broken faith” with those they
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Behind The Front Lines^
gEIIlNI) the lines of every battling platoon is another line
of defense that inspires and aids the heroes in the front
Another AEF is still a future dread. But as fellows are called
from their work or their college haunts to live the routine of a
soldier for a year, women are already carving their niche as
comforters of the troops.
Sacrifices such as giving up their campus life or nipping
the bud of a future career are not demanded of the women.
Yet there is an active place in building up the morale of their
former co-worker or classmate by interest and appreciation
of their work.
|~^AST year, before the war was .so elose to the United States,
Oregon’s eoeils, through AWS, sent witli their sympathies
endowment for three hospital beds to London; funds more
than ever before raised in WSSF; used garments for Bundles
for Britain and China Relief; and a silver tea was held in
conjunction with the Red Cross.
Aid to soldiers and the oppressed is even of greater import
ance to the campus this year with more attention centered on
our own boys in uniform.
One of the first projects of this year is being sponsored by
the heads of houses with the assistance of the Lane county
It will be the manufacturing of approximately 800 sen in®
kits in the rooms of dorm, co-op, and sorority women on the
campus for soldiers and sailors.
It will take little time for the most active of the "activity
girl” to stitch the little blue cover and insert the thread,
needle, and pins but that small offering will tell the men of
olive drab or sailor-blue, that their girl friends at home are
"in there pitching.”—B.J.B.
It doesn’t take much of a stretch of memory to recall the
day when Oregon rooters weren't permitted the impropriety
of even one drum majoress for football games. And after to
night's half time contest there'll be four.
By RUBY JACKSON
For the benefit of freshmen
who have never attended any
concerts on this campus before,
it has been suggested that this
column review a few of the do’s
and don’t’s followed by concert
First and most important
comes the question of wooden
shoes. Dick Williams, educational
activities manager, has been
heard to declare himself most
emphatically on this point, and
it seems now that wooden shoes
won’t even be allowed at the con
certs this year. They caused too
much trouble last year.
Another feature of the concert
series that always causes trouble
and grief is the intermission pe
riod. There almost always is one,
and usually it lasts from five to
ten minutes. If you go out in the
halls during intermission, be sure
to get back in before the artist
is in the middle of his first num
ber. It is very hard on you and
your fellow students if you come
in after the lights have gone
down and have to climb over
l'ows and rows of annoyed stu
dents to your seat at the top of
the bleachers. Avoid this and sim
ilar difficulties by getting back
to your seat early.
Place for Everything
And then there are coke bot
tles. Anyone who has ever heard
good music punctuated with the
crash of empty coke bottles be
ing dropped from the bleachers
knows what a ghastly noise re
sults. Cokes should be drunk out
in the hall, and the bottles left
Last year a lot of criticism
arose when students took up the
practice of getting up and walk
ing out of concerts right in the
middle of a selection. Considerate
fellows and girls won't do this,
but there are always a few who
will. If it is necessary to leave,
or if you don’t care for the music,
wait until intermission or at
An Open... and Shut... Letter
T'XEAR Mr. Lindbergh:
^ This is a little note to put you straight on several things
on which you art* apparently somewhat misinformed.
Most of us Avere just about old enough to stumble over the
headlines of a newspaper when a daring young man streaked
across tlie Atlantic ocean in an infant airplane without fancy
trimmings. You, the intrepid “Lindy, ’ and that Spirit oi
St. Louis,” captured our hearts, illuminated our ideals, and
fired our hopes.
We sliOAvered you Avit hbits of neAVspaper torn Avitli stubby
fingers, and Ave chased you for autographs, and Ave hung on tov^
your car as you passed through our cities.
Years later Ave mourned Avitli you over the loss of your little
boy, and we cussed the rats Avho snatched him from you.
# # ■'*
E tried to understand when you left America . . . you were
T bitter . . . we tried to understand the pain. We overlooked
the fact you took a medal from the Nazi government, a govern
ment and a ruler with aims directly opposed to those hopes,
those ambitions, and those ideals.
But now, Mr. Lindbergh, it’s time we tell you how we feel
about your speeches, and your “America Last” buddies, and
your attempts to save "the youth of America, us, from the “war
Since the time we were old enough to understand, Mr. Lind
bergh, we’ve been taught to hate war. We’ve been told tim<^
after time that guns settled nothing, that hate, and blood, and
strife were the bane of mankind.
We’ve been impregnated with the anti-war toxin by our
parents, by our teachers: by the man on the soapbox and by
the minister from his pulpit.
E’VE been met with the fatality statistics, we’ve been
confronted with the financial losses, we’ve been shocked
by the miseries—war, we learned, was so terrible that hell was
in comparison a peaceful picnic outing.
All thisj Mr. Lindbergh, and yet today we are ready . . . for
the blood, and the misery, and the muck. No one has needed
to appeal to our emotions; no one has needed to play patriotic
anthems; no one has needed to draw any curtains over our eyes.
You see, Mr. Lindbergh, much as we hate war, much as we'"*
loathe guns and tanks and poison gas, much as we detest fight
ing and much as we are scared to die . . .
"y^"E love even more, some things that didn’t have to be
taught by others—or learned by \is . . . liberty, freedom,
life. By that we mean the millrace in the springtime with a
canoe and coed; the football games in the fall with the colorful
mums and lots of fur coats; the eomeraderie of bull sessions;
the skipping of classes; the painting of the “0”; the law school
Aviseeracks; the juniors’ canoe fete; the sophomores’ wliiskcr
ino; the mortar board dance; the classes, the lectures, and the
These and lots of others depend on reestablishing things the
way they were, Mr. Lindbergh, before a rattlesnake sank hh^
fangs into a crazed country across the water then started
spreading his poison.
Ypu think this poison only what the recipients—in Poland,
in Czechoslovakia, in Finland, in Norway, in Belgium, in the
Netherlands, in France, and in England—deserve. You don't
think we need worry. Yon don’t think we need have an anti
Maybe you’re right, Mr. Lindbergh.
But we want to make sure that rattlesnake doesn’t scatter
his venom too far. That’s why we’re getting ready.
War is excruciating hell, Mr. Lindbergh, or ex-hero.
But there are some things worse . . .—B.B.
* * *
By MARY WOLF
Following the example of many
other United States organiza
tions the Social Service Council
of UCLA is instituting a program
for draftees on the California,
campus this year. Besides en
tertaining the army near the uni
versity, the Council is attempting
least until the number is finished.
A final word about what to
wear to concerts.—Hats are not
necessary for girls, nor are high
heels and silk dresses. It is quite
proper to wear school clothes,
and the majority usually do.
Most of all, the people attend
ing the concert are there to lis
ten to the music, and not to you,
so comments on the artist are
still good when saved until inter
mission or after each number.
a project for housing fraternity
men in local chapters of their or
der during leaves. Last weekend
some 250 draftees were guests
on the campus.
* * *
The loudspeaker is a tool of
tyranny. It enables you to force
yourself upon people when you
lack the merit to attract them.
* * #
Room and board for $28 a
month—that’s how the 17 mem
bers of Stanford’s first coopera
tive are financing college. Unique
in farm history, the Walter'*:
Thompson Cooperative house was
founded last spring quarter by 14
self-supporting students as a
non-profit, self-governing home.