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Oregon M' Emerald
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A MONO the popular misconceptions evaporated by the cur
rent war is one concerning the respective physical condi
tion of American and Japanese youth.
From the cradle upward, the present generation has been
weaned on the idea that all Japs were puny little midgets; that
they were all anemic and unable to lift more than a few good
sized feathers; that any American could lick any five Japs,
especially in any sports event or contest.
Of course this Occidental feeling of superiority extended
to most all fields—industrial, technical, professional, and so
forth—but in the realm of physical fitness it was especially
XPERT ENCB is the best teacher, but the tuition in this
ease has been extraordinarily high. Our army and navy
have discovered that all the illusions we nurtured about the
Weaknesses of the.Nips are nothing more than illusions. The
sons-of-the-sun are tough, rugged, and resourceful fighters.
Too, their weaknesses in some competitive sports do not
extend to all-important ones . . . such as swimming, for in
stance. It was crack Japanese swimmers that paved the way
for the capture of Hongkong. It was the endurance of Japa
nese swimmers that contributed to the fall of Singapore. Just
like ski troops, the Nipponese aquatic forces perform tasks of
a specialized nature . . . such as leading landing operations
and performing fifth column duties.
American swimmers, on 1he other hand, according to the
Annapolis, physical education department and other author
ities, sacrifice endurance for speed. Our swimmers can t stay
in the water nearly as long, and therefore are not nearly
as effective, say the Annapolis authorities.
In fact, mbst, of our American youth can t swim worth a
hoot. The extent of most of our skill has been a leisurely
paddle across a sun-kissed lake. Even the thought of cold
water makes most of us pack up our swim trunks and head
for a nice warm hearth.
# * *
npl[E situation is a serious one. Naval authorities who are
preparing to train 110,000 student pilots per year, have
provided for a three-month preparatory course for all appli
cants, consisting of nothing else but physical conditioning . . .
not a textbook on flying will be consulted until each student
has demonstrated clearly that he can take plenty of physical
punishment . . . and that he can swim three or four miles
with a small pack on his back and a rifle over his shoulder.
Physical training is an absolute necessity. When 40 out of
(it) husky looking Oregon males fail their primary physical
test for the United States Marines, as they did on this campus
tin' past five days, something is definitely wrong. It's not
only here—at Oregon State only 18 men could qualify. And
recruiting officials report much the same trouble elsewhere.
Dreaming about the puny daps and our rugged physical
condition is a thing of the past.
Let's cpiit kidding ourselves.—B.R.
By J. SPENCER MILLER
Everybody and his dog were
at the SDX dance. Even BUD
SALINARDO, the Joisey Joik,
who showed up with a plenty
smooth date — Theta CAROL
BOONE with one of the cam
pus’ smoothest dancers, LEE
SPITZER—HARRY, the Greek,
with another THETA, Fran Col
ton- EARLE, “I shall not run
for another term”—RUSSELL
digging Holman with DeeGee
JEAN TALBOY—Chi Psi prexy
JOHNNY BUSTERUD squired
JEAN SCHULER—Phi Sig JACK
JOSSE, who was supposed to be
in the Navy or somewhere, do
ing his own peculiar stomp with
AOPi JEAN KABISIUS — All
around it was a plenty good
dance and some of the campus
"shots” that considered it smart
to stay away really missed some
WE WONDER ... If the Alpha
Chi-Theta Chi dynasty is begin
ning to tumble. Alpha Coo MARY
ARKLEY labeled LARRY CEL
SI’s pin “Return to owner,” and
Saturday night she seemed
mighty friendly at the Stone-Hut
with PiKap TOMMY ROBLIN.
If the Sigma Chis are ever go
ing to find their lost picture of
JANIE WILLIAMS. They sent
some of their larger lads out
looking for it the other night
without much success. If Dee
Gee MONA MACAULEjY (who
gets too damn much publicity)
and OX WILSON are going to
quit fooling around and go steady.
One night they’re nuts about each
other. The next night they’re out
with different dates. If Fee
BETTY EDWARDS and FiDelt
DICK BODWEDL are going to
fool all the wiseacres who laff
at their one-date pin-planting.
After all, there are such things
as love at first sight, and ANY
THIN can happen spring term. . .
EXPLOSIVES * * Handle with
care . . . One of the bettah
known Sigma Nus is rumored to
be pulling a Jekyll-and-Hyde. He
has one pin planted on a HEN
hall gal and still another some
where else and, what’s more the
Hen hall girl knows it!
Where’s BEELOO BRUMAN
been lately? Didn’t see her at
SDX. Suzie’s BETTY JO DAN
IELS is re-e-eally okay. The
dorm boys sit around her table
in droves- HELEN McCLUNG,
newest Pi Phi pledge and
Marge’s younger sister, is a find
— also the Alpha Chi’s MARILYN
FISHER, and Sigma Kappa’s
PAT CARSON—Henhall’s “cover
gal,” MARCY HARTWICK, has
lost steady BOB SMALL to the
Army, and spends her evenings
alone now, which could or
couldn't be a hint to the boy^.
Some one of these days we
are going to get around to fin
ishing our date-girl contest. Lat
est contestant to show hustle is
DeeGee PEGGY KEMP, who goes
steady with some Phi Delt, too.
We just got another hare-brained
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What Happens to the Pacific *■
If Russia Comes First ?
Several days ago President Roosevelt issued an executive order
to all departments of the government to the effect that aid to Russia
must be given the ‘'rush” stamp. Monday evening Germany an
nounced her forces had successfully attacked an Allied convoy in the
Arctic. The ships, loaded with supplies for Russia, were due to dock
Many commentators are of the opinion the United States gov
ernment has accepted the British viewpoint that the first foe to
By BILL HAIGHT
knock out is Germany. The exe
cutive order and the announce
ment that heavy supplies are be
ing rushed to Russia would tend
to bear out this opinion.
What Happens Here ?
If the United States govern
ment has chosen to throw the
major portion of her military
might against Germany we on
the Pacific coast are likely to suf
fer somewhat from this policy.
Perhaps Germany is the nation
that should first be defeated. Cer
tainly her military achievements
and potentialities are much great
er than those of Japan. The Ger
man threat seems to be as fate
ful to our shores as the Japan
ese. The sea warfare in the At
lantic waters has reaped a heavy
toll of ships and from March 22
to March 28, 12 vessels were sunk
off the eastern coasts of the
United States and Canada.
Japanese penetration of coast
al waters has been up to this
time rather slight, yet, to those
of us in the combat zone the de
cision seems to be one of great
danger to our coast.
Perhaps the facts that our
productive facilities are not yet
producing materials to fully
equip and maintain the needs of
all of our allies and all of our
own armed forces and the multi
ple dangers of the Germans forced
the painful decision the President
apparently has made.
The fighting world has been
brought a little more vividly into
my own life by recent letters.
The infant of the family, barely
21, is now a squadron command
er in the RAF. Out of the 20 or
so young men that crossed the
Atlantic with him only three are
left. Three of his roommates have
“failed to return.” His letters are
filled with a strange maturity
and a sadness. He expects to be
sent to Africa soon.
Cheer on $300
Another chap that rather adop
ted the family—at least he moved
in and claims us as his own,
sends an air mail letter from
Honolulu. The world is wonderful
to him, so recently commissioned
in the air corps and earning $300
a month. His letters are a com
plete contrast to the “infant’s."
The letters are gay and hopeful,
and mainly concerned with how
to spend the $300. However, he
did manage to forget to let his
wheels down when he started to
land and damaged a plane. The
incident seems typical of him be
cause when he was home he
broke every vase in the house,
three chairs, wrecked two cars,
and generally kept us uneasy.
Hal Olney wrote a short letter
from the panhandle of Texas
which he states all Texans say is
“really a part of Oklahoma.” Ap
parently the place is bad, for Hal
is dour and' pessimistic about the
climate and the food. At odd mo
ments I mull around his com
ments on the food because in a
couple of paragraphs later he
states he is gaining weight.
Re—Signe Rasmussen. Her
mother has no reports on her at
all despite the news stories.
Good autobiographies that fit
in with the times are the ones by
Ghandi and Nehru.
A professor at the University
of California at Los Angeles:
“Can anyone answer this
question?” (No answer.) “Then
I can proceed without fear of con
A group of girls from the UnUni
versity of Texas have formed an
organization called “Army and
Anchor Brats.” The Brat Regi
ment is organized on a strictly
military basis, having a com
manding officer with the rank of
colonel rather than a president.
Its pledges are considered buck
privates and are assigned to KP
duty before initiation, when they
are commissioned as second lieu
A perfect pepper jig
At the scandalous, ^
Skimpy paper bags
They are forced'
To wear home from
The very best markets
It’s best to sacrifice a while
Then be forever mumbling “Heil!”
—Indiana Daily Student.
* * *
A Green little Chemist
On a Green little day,
Mixed some Green little Chem
In a Green little way.
Act II. BANG!
The Green little grasses
Now tenderly wave,
On the Green little Chemist’s
Green little GRAVE!
^Ilte Gate. A<foUtit flciffi
by Qalm Witliami
(Editor's Note: An answer to
Emerald Columnist Ted Hallock's
article, “The Case for Jazz," in
Sunday’s special edition, this ar
ticle is written by Music Major
In the beginning, let me say
that it is not my purpose to pick,
maliciously, a fight. Also I shall
not try to present a case for the
"classics”—though I could and
gladly would do that, too.
Let me also say that it is quite
possible that 1 do not understand
jazz: but I have heard plenty of
it, and have honestly tried to
Consider what Ted Hallock
implied, in his Sunday supple
ment article. A form of music—
or a “scries of poems’’ in his
words, springs "spontaneously’’
from a group of uncivilized, un
educated people. Since any art
form—and music certainly no ex
ception—reflects the origin and
the prevailing culture of the pe
riod, then jazz, it would appear,
reflects these qualities of ignor
ance and primitive intelligence
and emotion. Perhaps if it had
remained in that wild, raw, unre
strained state, it would have
been far more worthy a form than
it is today. But the white man
got hold of it; in other words, it
is spreading—fast—and spread
ing with it those same qualities
of ignorance and ugliness.
There is enough ignorance and
ugliness in the world today natur
ally, without helping to increase
these things by so powerful a
propaganda device as a musical
idiom—or in your terminology, a
“series of poems."
But to continue. This form of a
heritage passed on to the white
man two personality types, two
forms of emotionalism, two kinds
of culture mixed. The marriage
was not a happy one. The simple,
ingenious, intensely emotional—
yes, ignorant nature of the black
blended with the complex, ma
terialistic, sometimes cynical and
bitter personality of the big-city
dweller. Those pulsating jungle
rhythms, which would make some
of the “beats” which send you
yourself into sublime regions
sound like the steady tick of a
grandfather clock, were tamed.
That wild, free savage emotion
mixed with the less intense if
more reserved feeling of the often
bewildered white man; and the
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