Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 19, 1943, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon Emerald
A 2ueiti04t 0-jj policy . . .
'T'HIS conversation on Emerald policy took place in an Ore
gon fraternity recently:
“Say, the Emerald’s been running a lot of things lately that
show the Greeks in a bad light. Are there a lot of Independ
ents working down there?”
Came the answer, “Oh, there are quite a few independents
on the staff.”
“Well,” replied the first fraternity man, “the editor is a
Greek. Why does he let them get by with all this stuff?”
It’s true, there are a number of Independents working on
the Emerald. There are also a number of Greeks. But when
editorial policy is concerned, the decision is based on neither
Greek nor Independent philosophy. It is rather an amalgam
of the two: Working not for any one interest or pressure group,
but for an entire University.
* * *
TDECAUSE of this, policy, the Emerald has been accused al
ternately by the Independents of being pro-Greek, and by
the Greeks of being pro-independent. This question has not
arisen regarding candidates, because the Emerald is taking no
sides concerning election of class or ASUO officers. Certain
issues are another story.
Sometimes our editorial policy may coincide with that of
one or the other political party. Witness the recent question
of freshman class organization : Greek political leaders largely
favored organization this term; Independents were only luke
warm. The Emerald thought it was to the best interests of all
if class government could be kept alive, despite the war. Some
hinted we were pro-Greek.
* * *
T ATER came the question of preferential voting in class
elections. Greek political leaders saw they would lose part
of their power to put candidates into office, and they opposed
the preferential system. Independent political leaders saw it
as a chance for greater Independent representation. The Em
erald supported and still takes an open stand for the preferen
tial system on the grounds that it gives both majority and mi
nority parties a just chance for representation.
There are some 900 freshmen on the Oregon campus. Ap
proximately one-half of these are Greeks, and they turn out
almost 100 per cent to vote. The other half are Independents,
and almost two-thirds turn out to vote. Under the preferen
tial system, the Greek vote would elect two and possibly three
of the four candidates for class officers. The Independent mi
nority would have representation in the other two or one posi
tions. This Emerald stand coincides with that of the Inde
pendent political party. But just as previous stands of advan
tage to the Greeks have been independent of the Greeks, so is
the present stand independent of the Independents.
*7ro-m <1cufiosi. . .
WAR’S gun-fire has again scored a direct hit at the
University of Oregon.
Most Oregon students never knew Tom Taylor, Major
Tom Taylor, as he was known in the army air corps. He
was the son of Dr. Howard R. Taylor, head of the depart
ment of psychology and dean of the graduate school. At 24
he was ranked as a major and made commanding officer
of a squadron of flying fortresses.
Tom grew up in Eugene—grade school, high school,
Boy Scouts, and University. He was an outstanding, up
standing athlete and leader throughout—right down to
John Warren’s freshman basketball squad. But Tom Tay
lor's eyes were on the future ; his dreams were in the air—
on silver wings, and highways in the sky.
* * *
VX^dTlI an appointment to Randolph Field, Tom left the
University in 1940 and began to make his dreams
reality. In 1941 he received his wings, being voted best all
round athlete of his class. Soon, a captain, he was in Okla
homa organizing and training a unit to take over seas. It
was no surprise when word came a few weeks ago of his
promotion to major rank. But then, this week word came
that Major Tom Tavlor was killed in the flaming raid on
The visions Tom Taylor had in Oregon of flashing,
powerful wings did not end w ith the wings of war—silver
emblems and powerful battle machines. Young Tom Tay
lor, Kugenian, planned a career in aviation; Major Tom
Taylor, U. S. Army Air Force, looked beyond the war to
the great “Age of \\ ings" he firmly believed was coming.
Tom Taylor was a leader of men. He still is a leader,
for that is all his kind can ever be to those who know of
them. The inspiration they give will make peaceful skies
THE BIG TIME: Hard as it is
to get records around here, the
Falcon isn’t the only place you
can hear good music. With an
A-l-A priority someone man
aged to lay hands on a few Co
lumbias last week, and guess
what ? They’re not bad.
• Lovers of the broken-voiced vo
cal—like me—are already raving
about the Peggy Lee job on B.G.’s
“Why Don’t You Do Right.” Lus
cious Peggy is one of the veddy,
vedy few songstresses who can
do equal justice to both hot and
sweet, and this disk is mighty
strong testimony to her ability
to wax torrid. The tune isn’t
much more than a riff number in
a minor key, the performance
(especially Benny’s strained ad
lib) can’t be rated very high, but
the vocal makes it worth your
sheckels. Check also the nice mut
ed trumpet wandering around be
hind the second vocal chorus.
* * *
A neat package featuring the
country’s top-ranking canary is
Harry Janies’ “I’ve Heard That
Song Before.” (Seems to me I
have, too: “Riding through the
snow,” etc.) Whether it’s the au
dience or the palm trees that are
potted, Helen Forrest can put a
tune across as well as anybody
else in the business—and usual
ly does. Technically her singing
is excellent. She is in tune, enun
ciates clearly, and has fine breath
control. What makes her out
standing is that she is a good
enough showman so that atten
tion to the technique remains un
obtrusive, and attention is drawn
exclusively to the warm, natural
rendering of the song.
Getting back to the particular
piece, though, La Forrest eases
through “I’ve Heard That Song
Before” in her pleasing, unhur
ried manner despite a distinct
up-tempo, making it seem much
more dreamy than it really is. A
delicious touch comes after the
vocal: Corky Corcoran takes four
bars solo in his Hawk-like style.
If Miss Forrest’s singing is un
hurried, Corcoran’s playing is
positively in reverse.
Although I was in Portland
over the weekend, the Carey com
bo apparently scored a complete
hit at the senior deal Saturday
eve. Opinion seems divided about
“Blue Nocturne,” but several lo
calites have allowed as how the
tune is so wierd it will take a
couple of hearings to go over
with the average audience.
'"vote for 1
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(I Cover the Campus
Ode to the Senior Ball: We came, we danced, and we left.
. . . It’s still not too late to mention Ellie Engdahl’s engage
ment to Buck Jones. She’s a Gamma Phi and he’s a Fiji.
Over at the Phi Delt house, the boys are whooping it up beA^i
brothers Jim Thayer and Don Crouch hung their pins on Fee
Julia Carpenter and Pi Phi Carolyn Cordon, respectively . . .
A sign of better times and
working conditions was evident
at the University of California
when the school returned to the
state funds allocated to them by
the National Youth Administra
tion. No students were using NYA
because there are plenty of other
available jobs.
—Daily Californian.
Junior Pan-Hellenic
A Junior Panhellenic had been
organized at Montana State.
Members of the council will be
one pledge and one newly initiat
ed active from each sorority. The
purpose of the group is to ac
quaint pledges with the functions
and aims of Panhellenic.
—Montana Kaimin
Mil hied fUJiUa+t SfUeA . . .
'Buck’ Buchanan, ’25
Getting low grades may open
your way to a movie career!
Although it’s not a guaranteed
system—it worked for Edgar
“Buck” Buchanan, '25, concern
ing whom Mark Hellinger, wide
ly syndicated columnist, wrote
. . . “And a gentleman named
Edgar Buchanan is a potential
star if ever I saw one.”
To get to the beginning of the
story as related by Kolma Flake
in a recent movie magazine,
"Upon Edgar's own say-so, he
wasn’t bothered much by burning
ambition of any kind—unless you
call “having a good time” an am
bition—until after his father en
ticed him into enrolling as a pre
medic student at the University
of Oregon.”
But that was as far as father
Dr. William Buchanan, Eugene
dentist, got with son’s medical
career at that time. Soon falling
grades indicated that something
should be done to bolster his dan
gerously sagging average. So his
sister advised him to take a dra
matic appreciation course.
“The course is such a ‘snap’,’’
she observed, “that even you can't
help making a good grade in it."*
He liked the course—and even
more he liked active dramatics
and from that time on drama
took its place as his secret burn
ing ambition.
However, it was squashed
down, except for ventures into
University dramatics, Very Little
Theater plays, Portland Play
crafters productions, and Rose
Festival functions—but his pur
suit of a dental diploma from the
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. . . Dome Jrryor is going into
spasms of delight these days
simply because her hoy friend has
a “C” gas-rationing card . . .
And what’s this we hear about
tie Case pulled out for Califor
. . . seems she exchanged her Al
pha Chi Omega pin for a Sig Ep
pin . . . ’er sumpin’ . . .
Quite a sight was that Theta
Freshman calmly nibbling on an
icecream cone in the middle of
Sunday’s cold spell ... A new
honorary organization is forming
. . . It's Oregon’s first swing mu
sic fraternity, Eta Epsilon Pi
. . . Those interested contact this
dept, at once . . .
Army Calls ils
Joan Taylor left for Portl^.c*
and a host of her friends mourned
her departure. Reason—father is
going into the army . . . family
switch of location . . . Theta Dot
toe Case pulled cut for Califor
nia, too . . . Maybe Chi O Dorothy
Fleming will get wise and realize
a certain young man is veddv,
veddy much interested in her.
Speaking of Chi Omegas re
minds me, there are a few pin
hangings to comment upon in
that house: (1) Sue Stickles took
Theta Chi Bob Deverall’s jewelry;
(2) Patty Pearson annexed Chi
Psi Parker Hemmingway’s Sweet
heart badge and (3) Wilma Wark
became the towner of a Phi Sig
pin, transaction taking place at
Oregon State, at the bus depot,
no less, with on-lookers gapior
Hank Doeneka, newly elec^I
freshman president got the RKO
on an after-nine p.m. date fol
lowing the Nickel Hop, by a cer
tain little brunette who gets
around. She called up a Sigma Nu
instead. Hank’s still in the run
ning, thoygh . . . Barbara Jones
welches on belts . . . Patronizer
of le jazz hot, Tommy Hazzard
suffered his first contagious dis
ease Saturday and is currently
resting up in the infirmary from
a case of measles! . . . Speedy re
covery, Tom! . . .
Good Music
Best music we’ve heard over
KORE for a long time was DiTr)
Young’s transcribed prograK
last Saturday afternoon of an
hour (60 minutes) of STAN
KENTON . . . And then there's
the Pi Phi Mio announced her
engagement the other night (2
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