I ^outfit ^lalk Singapore Defense Major Job By DON TREADGOLD While our own troops make a magnificent but practically hope less stand north of Manila, we look with even greater anxiety toward Singapore. That fortress is one of the six great bastions of Allied sea power spanning the globe (the others being Panama, Pearl Harbor, Suez, Gibraltar, and Great Britain). Don’t be misled by the fact that it is only a pinpoint on the map. Time on January 5 said that the axis object now is "to -- eiiect a vast pmcer movement aimed at choking the only ade quate supply lines to Russia and China, the Persian gulf route and the Burma road. If Japan takes Singapore and if Germany suc cessfully makes the logical move against Suez , . . that object will btrall but accomplished. The pin cers will close on Russia and China. Without supply they will a 1 m o st inevitably succumb.” Time goes on to say that the pin cers then will be reversed to close on Britain and the United States. Col. Frederic Palmer as serts that if Singapore is won, the Tokyo war lords would not worry about Hitler’s troubles in Russia, but would simply take India for themselves. L British Will Win This writer would predict that Singapore will be held. This is not so much a reasoned convic as the product of wishful thinking. But there are some good reasons, too. Air reenforcements are on the way and are already reaching Malaya in strength. The Japanese, as they approach Sing apore, will move from trackless jungles to ground better organ ized by the British in the State of Johore. The British will fight harder and harder as the magni tude of the stakes becomes ap parent. Their supply lines will be short and communication simplified. They will be fighting within the shadow of the great fortress it self. Above all, allied criticism of Tfee miscalculation and bungling on the part of old-school-tie Brit ish officers which brought on this whole mess is rising to fever pitch. Changes are being made and made swiftly. ^ Neither is this Singapore pic ture either all black or all white, though if the Japanese do cap ture it things will be black r enough for anybody. But there is a possibility that the siege of Singapore may be so bitter and prolonged that the effect of the great fort may be in part nulli fied. An example of what I mean is the Axis neutralization of Gi braltar by controlling its Spanish rear and the forts facing it across the Pillars of Hercules. Singa pore may be rendered partially worthless to the allies without a single Jap ever setting foot in it. At any rate, if the allies have any good slogans left, they had better think up one for Singa pore. They’ll never have any greater need for one. Les Petites BiJoux (Continued from page two) We hope there’s no hard feelings around the house, Will. Who says romance at the IT waits until spring term to blos som? Here’s a host of pin-plant ings to prove it. ELEANOR SEDERSTROM, Alpha Phi, and RAY BURLINGAME, Sigma Chi; DICK “GOOMER” LOOMIS, Chi Psi, and BETTE BROOKSHIER, Theta; JOHNNY VEATCH, Beta, and BETSY FEASLEY, Theta; NEAL BAUMGARDNER, Phi Delt, and JEAN KENDALL, Pi Phi; FRANK WATKINS, Phi DELT transfer from OSC, and PEGGY FORNEY, Pi Phi, JIM HIGGINS, Kappa Sig, and EDIE BORDA, DG; GREG DECKER, Sigma Nu, and NORMA TRE VORROW, Alpha Chi; JACK GERTSON, Kappa Sig, and DOROTHEA GODLOVE, ADPi; FRITZ TIMMEN, Campbell, vs. RUTH JORDAN, Sigma Kappa. ELLE FORREST, Gamma Phi, is trading campus life for Seattle where it won't be long before wedding bells will ring for her and PAUL HILLAR, DU. Rumors reach us of an imminent wed Gamnul GaUndal Sigma Delta Clti will meet at 4 p.m. today in the journalism building. * * * Business staff of Emerald will meet tonight at 7:30 in room 105 journalism. The meeting is for old members and others interest ed in signing up for work on the business staffj Oregon & Emerald Office Staff: Carolyn McKinley Lorraine Davidson Maureen Conklin Copy Desk: Duncan Wimpress—Co-city editor Mary Wolf, Co-city editor Barbara Younger Marilyn Wiley Sally Godbolt Erling Erlandson Kelly Snow Ted Bush Night Staff: Bob Edward's, night editor Jim Watson, assistant Betty Ann Stevens Audrey Beardshear Day Staff: Leith Brown, co-day manager Marilyn Marshall, co-day mana ger Lee Barlow Margaret Deane ding for Pi Phi BETTY ANDER SON and ex-student body presi dent, HARRY WESTON. Before we close we want to wish STEVE WORTH luck in his draft trouble, and GENE CECCHINI a happy ending to his double-woman trouble. NYA Time Cards Due NY A time cards must be turned in to the NYA office by noon Friday, January 16, an nounced Aida Brun, secretary, Wednesday. These time cards will cover the hours worked during the payroll period ending Thurs day. 1 BE SOCIALLY CORRECT Especially in your correspondence You may he guided ht§ the the display of distinctive new stales in our social s tationery dep artment. Fine papers made by Eaton and Crane and by Montag Brothers, all most reasonably priced. University ?CO-OP’ Store Northwest Regional Council Appoints Dr. Erb New Member (Continued from page one) of the region's problems and op portunities and also to provide machinery for conference and consultation among the advisory, research, planning and education al agencies concerned with the* orderly development of the Pa cific Northwest. Other Members Other members of the council, whose headquarters are in Port land, include, besides President Yantis, who is also chairman of the Pacific Northwest regional planning commission, H. B. Kiser, vice-president, chairman of the Washington state planning coun cil; A. A. Cleveland, dean of the college of education at Washing ton State college; J. W. Condie, state superintendent of public in struction in Idaho; and A. L. Strand, president of Montana State college. Among the objectives of the Northwest Regional Council are these: 1. To stimulate a greater public awareness of the basic problems of the Pacific North west; 2. To make available at all educational levels accurate and stimulating materials concerning the social, economic, and govern mental problems of the region; 3. To provide the machinery for conference and consultation among the advisory research, planning and educational agen cies concerned with the orderly development of the Pacific North west; 4. To foster coordinated research in the natural and hu man resource fields so that waste ful duplication may be avoided and new fields for constructive research may become mor j clear ly cfefined. Clearing House 5. To act as a clearing house for the interchange of bibliogra phic and other technical data of regional significance; 6. To make known the training required and opportunities available for ca reer service in the various agen cies of federal, state and local government, wlhile encouraging the extensions of sound public service training facilities; 7. To assist by means of publication and grants-in-aid . specific re search of a highly significant character and primarily regional in scope. Betas Pledge Walter Earl Walter has been pledged by Beta Theta Pi fraternity, re ported the dean of men’s office Wednesday. Teaching a new Army old "tricks" in telephony 1 t The telephone plays a vital role in army communications. So the Bell System is helping to school Signal Corps men in practically every phase of telephone construc tion, operation and maintenance. This training job is but a small part of the tremen dous task Bell System people are doing in this national crisis. They’re setting up telephone systems for new camps,basesand factories—handling an enormous volume of calls needed to coordinate the Nation’s war effort. Throughout the country, Bell System people are wholeheartedly cooperating in the drive for victory. To men and women of their high caliber, there is real satisfaction in a difficult job well done.