Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 24, 1942, Page 2, Image 2

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By TED HAL.LOCK
Very, very interesting note re
ceived from an over-ambitious
Hess in the Beaver midst. From
Corvallis, dated Feb. 21, the,
shall we say, effervescent epistle
states quite emphatically that
“the Barometer doesn’t have a
“damn thing in it,” AND, that
“every joke or interesting news
bit has been taken from other
college papers such as the Emer
ald." Believe it or not, friends,
some unsatisfied chum at Silo
Tech actually made with this im
mortal bit of prose, which has
got nothing whatsoever to do
with music in any form. Thanks.
Even more interesting is what
Tom Beecham said. Tom spieled
what we have been trying like
mad to say for two terms, in two
sentences, and stop looking for
a moral. Said Mr. B, “the true
test of music is the manner in
which it is delivered. Any music,
even Count Basie, (still Beecham’s
own stuff) is acceptable, if it’s
playing is impeccable, yet spirit
ed as characteristic of the mood
being interpreted.” Sir Thomas
revealed further marks of being
an excellent critic as he went
alone.
Beecham Gets Irked
Referring to friend Edward
Martin, Tom asked if we would
submit the color of Titian; the
analysis of Da Vinci, or the de
tail and shading of Rembrandt,
to any renovation by the Los An
geles moderns. Slightly more em
phatic, he designated Freddie’s
endeavors to be “a foul prostitu
tion of art," while emitting an
additional four million eight hun
dred and three epithets equally
as lovely. So at last the words
which are truth have been said,
and by someone whose ideas can
not be contested, as can mine.
Being as how everyone dotes
on the swell dance band that Art
Holman has; and being as how
no one ever lets up on that score;
and being as how Art and men
are to play tomorrow night at
the benefit ball at the Winter
garden, we would like very much
to hear a very select grouping
from Mr. Holman’s musically im -
maculate bunch play a little off
the elbow stuff. (For the Holman
benefit: ad lib jazz, not of the
"what the heck do we do when
the lights go out variety.”)
An All-Star Gang
For such a definitely all-star
aggregation we would nominate
from Art's fold, the following:
trumpet, Robert Carlson (winner
of some large medal in 1938 for
being the state’s fair-haired boy
on a Buescher type 2-A horn);
percussion, Vernon Culp (he also
plays cymbal at the Underwood
concerts); clary, Phil Luato,
(clary, Phil, means clarinet) a-la
Pee Wee Russell); piano, Mrs.
Holman (who could probably out
jam any of them); , alto saxo
phone, unknown (but if he can
play like he did at the S.B., he is
all right).
So there is the bunch we would
really like to hear. And who
knows; we have a suspicion we
will, and soon.
Through no fault of their own,
many men have been rejected
from army and naval services
because of physical disabilities
and the like. The Iowa service
director believes that these men
should be given “honorable re
jection” buttons.
A majority of people sided with
him when he said that they are
just as patriotic as men who have
been accepted for service, and
that they should have some rec
ognition as such.- Stephens Life.
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An Untimely Move...
r"jpiIE Emerald opposes a fall term ban on
ities at the present time.
all freshman aetiv
Possibility that such a restriction might be placed on first
year students was raised last week when the ASUO executive
committee considered a suggestion that, as a part of its re
cently-enacted two-point cumulative GPA requirement for
activity participation, a special stipulation be added to the
effect that all freshmen be banned from activities until Winter
term.
The suggestion has some excellent points in its favor. It
would move organization of the frosh class and class elections
to winter term, when it is to be expected that members would
have matured sufficiently and developed minds of their own
to the extent that the whole campus wouldn’t have to declare
a two weeks’ respite to get their political troubles ironed out.
* * #
'T'OO, there is such a hodge-podge of small activities that
many honors-minded houses require their pledges to “give
their all” to the extent that many freshman students adopt
schedules entirely too heavy, and often slight the academic
life for activities. It certainly would be an advantage if some
of the “broom pushing” jobs always delegated to frosh couid
be done by the honoraries sponsoring the activity.
However, the University is going to have some pretty hard
sledding in the next two years or so. There will be a much
lower percentage of upperclassmen to carry the extracur
ricular” loads of student government, student publications,
and student morale-building. Freshmen and sophomores will
figure more highly than ever before in actual activity par
ticipation . . . and their roles will be significant ones.
# # % #
JT seems illogical, then, that just when freshmen are becoming
key persons in the whole University setup and really valuable
University citizens, that they should be relegated to a position
of uselessness for one full term. Of all times, when this coun
try’s college population is being constantly withdrawn from
school for national defense efforts, new students should be
assimilated with all the speed possible. There is even some
talk in conference athletics as to the possibility of putting
freshmen in varsity sports. The trend is definitely toward
greater participation, rather than less.
The most valuable students, the most ambitious ones, will
find new fields of interest if activities are closed to them
during fall term. By winter term, they will have either found
a new outlet (perhaps off the campus) for their talents, or
will have adopted as “1-don’t-care” College Side attitude to
the extent that no real interest in student affairs can be
developed. Students will find their interest waning as the
period of postponement of participation increases.
COME activities, particularly the Emerald and Oregana, arc
largely built around freshman participation. The loss of
fall term freshmen would make their beginning a slow, half
hearted one. and both publications would be handicapped by
staff shortages in the most important term of the year. Other
activities would be similarly hit.
The most significant strong point of the proposal, so far
undecided, is the suggestion that freshman class organization
and elections be moved to winter term. This has everything
in its favor, and there would be a great many less headaches
for all concerned if such action were taken. But this could
be done without crippling all other student activities as well.
The executive committee would be doing real service to the
l’niversify if it is decreed this year that henceforth the fresh
man class should not organize until winter term. But to do
this does not necessarily entail the whole sweeping action; a
complete ban is out of the question in these times.
Seems rather ironical, doesn't it, in the light of President Roose
velt's words of cheer and confidence last evening, and after having
sat through two and one-half hours of classical music, to walk out
into the night air and find out that someone is shooting holes in
your front doorstep? But then, that’s war.
^HtuUfA look (Hank lnU . . .
Pessimism Must be Downed
(Editor’s Note: This guest column was written by Tom Pickett,
sophomore in journalism, who is taking the place today of Don
Treadgold, regular columnist.)
By TOM PICKETT
Last week was one of the blackest in American history. The
shocking and humiliating defeats suffered by the United Nations
in the past few days are of ominous and incalculable portent, not
only because of the terrible military and economic reverses involved,
but more importantly, for the critical problems which must now con
front the United States. We must realize that the United States has
acceped the major responsibility
in the Pacific area; at least it is
clearly understood in England. It
is for this reason that the disas
ters of the Far East are of pri
mary concern to us.
These alarming and heart-sink
ing events in the last week have
spread trepidation and alarm
throughout the free world:
1. The surrender of Singapore,
the “impregnable” British bas
tion, ranks with the fall of France
as a major defeat in this war. The
strident Japs are now in posi
tion to sweep through the Dutch
East Indies, cut the Burma road,
and threaten Australia and In
dia. The shipping problem of the
U.S. is greatly increased, and will
continue to become more acute.
2. The audacious running of
the gauntlet by the German bat
tleships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau,
and Prinz Eugen brought on a
storm of criticism of the Church
ill government. This naval suc
cess gives the Nazis an Atlantic
fleet of three battleships, two
pocket battleships, six or seven
cruisers, and one or two aircraft
carriers—plus their “packs of
submarines, and thleir destroy
ers.
In order to meet this threat in
the Atlantic, the British must
withdraw badly needed ships from
the Mediterranean, or the U. S.
from the Pacific area.
U. S. Humiliated
3. The sinking of the Norman
dy brought due share of humilia
tion to the U.S. This ship was
to take men and supplies to the
battlefronts. Its sinking is a scan
dal of negligence and inefficien
cy.
4. Unpublicized but very im
portant was the failure of Gen
eralissimo Chiang Kai-Shek to
break the ancient deadlock be
tween Britain and India which
has strangled India’s war effort.
Undoubtedly Churchill will find
it expedient to make more con
cessions to India in the very near
future. He must do something
more effective than changing a
few cabinet posts, however, and
quickly.
On the credit side of the ledger
of war, the U.S. had one success
to place—the raid on the Mar
shall and Gilbert islands. While
comparatively unimportant, it
was a first-rate naval operation,
combining sea and air-power to
maximum effect. This shows that
our navy has admirals who know
how to use airplanes with punish
ing effect.
More important, a tough Chi
nese army arrived in Burma after
a 1,000 mile march through the
mountains; the Chinese have had
enough “background” experience
now to be able to fight the Japs
skillfully.
It’s Russia’s Turn
The real sustaining factor in
the war arena last week was the
ponderous advance of the Rus
sian bear against the snow-bound
Nazi wolves. Stalin is calling the
turns now and Hitler will have
to dream up something really
good to take back all he will have
lost by April. However, if the
British canrfbt hold on to Gibral
tar and the Suez canal when the
Nazi drive inevitably comes, the
position of the United Nations
will be so terribly weakened as to
cause concern in our own college
side.
Donald Nelson, WPB chief, said
last week, “This year—1042—is
the critical year in the existence
of the United States." All the
related factors that have been
briefly presented here add up to
one thing: The time is past for
pessimism—it is now a case of
desperate hurry, desperate pro
duction, and desperate action by
the United States, before the re
lentless “wave of the future”
breaks all the tenuous dikes of
the remaining free countries.
Here alone is there power of such
magnitude to smash the mechan
ized brutality that malevolently
threatens civilization.
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News of Beta pin-plantings—
Bill Regner gets his pin hack
from newly-initiated fraternity
brother Bob Koch just so he can
give it to Alpha Phi Lorraine
Sampson to cinch things, all this
happened Saturday eve—then
along came Sunday and poor
Koch without a pin so he in turn
borrows one from Jim Newquist
and gives it to Betty Kincaid,
Gamma Phi, which ends that"*1
sweet li’l triangle we bored you
with for so long.
On the ATO front: Bill O’Mal
ley plants his pin on Bette Issack
the night of the Pi Phi “School
Days’’ radio dance.
And here’s planting that was
never mentioned and it all hap
pened way back last March—it
should have some recognition be
cause it’s still on the same girl
(the pin we mean)—something
new and different for this cam
pus—congratulations to Loren
McKinley and Eileen Sessions.
This happened at the DU hou^.
dance: Gloria Prouty, Kappa,
took Ron Dilling’s pin—
Sigma Chi Walt Brown is in
town for a look-see before en
training in the army—just a last
minute fling.
Pat Sutton, Gamma Phi, also
in town to look over the situa
tion.
We almost forgot about this
one—Chet Sargeant, Pi Kap.
planted his you know what on
Jeane Carlson.
And pardon us while we take a
deep breath—perhaps you should,
too—the news of all these—is
just too much.
Rumors have it that Phi Delt
Hal Morgan is steadying it wittb*
Alpha Phi pledge Barbara Morri
son.
Sorry to hear that Bob Mc
Kinney, Beta, is doing time in the
infirmary.
Glad to see Mary Ellen Mills in
town—she dropped down from
Salem for a two-day visit at the
Pi Phi house.
Included in the courses the
physical education department of
Michigan State college is plan
ning to offer in compulsory phy
sical education for men, starting
next term, is one labeled "safety
skills.” “The course will consist
of fundamental combat activities
which the original cave man used,
and on which the survival of
man has always depended,” said''
the athletic director.
"These activities include car
rying, climbing, crawling, drag
ging. jumping, and vaulting tech
niques,” he explained.