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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 20, 1944)
MARJORIE M. GOODWIN
Norris Yates, Joanne Nichols
Shirley Stearns, Executive Secretary
Shaun McDermott, Warren Miller
Dob Stiles, Sports Editor
Carol Greening, Betty Ann Stevens,
Mary Jo Geiser, Staff Photographer
Carol Cook, Chief Night Editor
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final examination periods by the Associated Students, University of Oregon.
Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice. Eugene, Oregon.
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Last week the President startled the nation by proposing
that congress pass a law enabling the proper officials to con
script all able-bodied men and women for war work.
If passed, how will this plan affect college students? First
indications arc that it will not disturb them at all in the im
mediate future. Assurance has been given that university stu
dents will be among the last to be affected by such a proposition,
although they would be required to register, along with every
But this is a long war. It is not likely to be over for a period
that will he measured in years, not in months. How do we know
that the services of many of us may not be called for during that
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The answer is, we do not know. But should the manpower
shortage reach such a low ebb that it would be necessary to
take students from college and put them on the farms, in the
shipyards, or in the factories, it is more than likely that we
would be only too glad to help out our country, driven to such
desperate straits as she would have to be.
Moreover, should such a state of affairs actually come to
pass, wouldn’t one find the students helping out anyway, con
scription or no Conscription? About the only difference in the
likelihood of American youth being forced to foresake its educa
tion were the bill passed is that with conscription it would be
omciai; witnout it, unomciai.
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But what assurance have we that the pressure of the army
and the over-zealousness of the war power commission may
not force college students out of their institutions needlessly?
In the first place, the men at Washington who enforce the
laws know as well as do any other thinking persons that by
depriving American youth of higher education they would be
laying the most dangerous possible obstacle in the path of
postwar America. Time and again concerted cries from edu
cators, technical men, yes and even politicians, have proclaimed
the crying need for college-trained men and women now and
after the war. Tt is presumed that most of the men who run their
country love it. Would they deliberately wreck it?
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In the second place, the pressure of public opinion is more
than likely to prove a more potent argument than a thousand
declarations in keeping the college students in college until
absolutely necessary. And public opinion even among the un
lettered classes, is almost certain to be against their labor con
All the foregoing does not mean that we are not perfectly
■willing to sacrifice our education temporarily for our country.
There would be compensation. For instance, the pay would, in
almost all cases, be quite high. It simply means that we do not
■wish to be pulled out unless it really is essential that we be put
to work in order to win the war.
TYut Howard, class of '44, gave promise of ‘‘Being a leader
among men". That is a great tribute to pay any student, when
that promise is terminated in death. No one can prove that he
might have become a leader among men—but as we think over
‘‘Pete’s" record, we believe he would have been one because he
v as a leader here.
Last year he headed the YMCA. his record in ROTC was
exceedingly fine, culminating in his election to Scabbard and
Blade. He was considered responsible and fair—and was chosen
to serve on the student disciplinary committee this year.
Although he was not able to attend his initiation, his name
was entered into the roll of Senior Six. conclusive proof of his
active pursuit of learning.
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Peter Howard, campus leader, was well-known, and well
n spectcd. His University career was not full of the hurry and
Preview for Frosh
You remember the days, you seniors, four years ago when you
were freshmen. You remember the days when there were men on the
campus; men like Johnny Cavanagh, vice-prex of ASUO, Lyle Nelson
and Roy Vernstrom on the Emerald; those were the days when fresh
men bought class cards for the privilege of suffrage. And the cards
were purchased by the houses in lots and used merely as a means
for political strength. There was the old bloc voting system and fresh
men became the janissaries of some house politician.
Now the dreams preached by far-reaching political idealists are
realities: the Class of ’47 starts its political career with universal
campus suffrage, and preferential voting on the Australian ballot.
For the average freshman the term “preferential voting" has no
real meaning Whatsoever; its significance and implications are over
his head, and he simply is not concerned enough to care. For the bene
fit, then, of you who are interested in your future on this campus,
Section I of Article V of the ASUO Constitution, is quoted:
BY-LAWS OF THE ASUO CONSTITUTION
Section I. Elections for the elective officers of this association
with the exception of the election for yell king, shall be held' in ac
cordance with the preferential system of voting.
Each voter will be given a ballot containing the names of the
candidates with a blank square beside each one. In these squares the
voter will put numbers indicating the order of his preference for the
different candidates, putting down as many as he chooses “in 1-2-3
order” as he wishes. «
After the polls have been closed, the tabulators first establish the
quota which is the least number of votes througli which a candidate
can be elected. This is ascertained by dividing the total number of
votes cast by a number one greater than the number of offices to be
filled and adding one to the resulting quotient. Thus, if there are 1500
votes cast and there are four offices to fill, the quota will be obtained
by dividing 1500 by five and adding one, giving 301.
Then the tabulators sort all the ballots in piles according to the
first choices indicated. Following this, the ballots will be counted and
each candidate will be credited with the number of first choices he
has gained. If the number of first choices received by any candidate
is equal to or exceeds the quota, which is, let us say, 301, he will at
once be declared elected.
Still using- the quota of 3U1 as an example, suppose a canuiaaie
receives more than that number. As already stated, he will be con
sidered elected. Then, from such a successful candidate’s pile of votes,
a number of ballots equivalent to the surplus will be drawn and the
second choices indicated on these ballots will be credited to the can
didates who are still in the running but not yet elected. If the addition
of these second choice ballots to any candidate’s pile raises his total
to 301 votes, he will be declared elected.
Then after all the first choice ballots have been distributed, the
candidate with the least number of votes will be declared defeated;
and his ballots will be distributed, each one going to the “continuing
candidate’’ indicated as next choice. A “continuing candidate” is one
not yet elected or defeated.
If this transfer of the “defeated candidate’s” ballots raises the
total of another candidate’s votes over the “quota”, he will be pro
nounced elected. After this has been done, if there have not been four
candidates elected, again the one with the lowest number of votes will
be considered defeated, and his ballots will be transferred to the
“continuing candidates.” This procedure of defeating the lowest can
didate and giving his votes to the others who are still in the running
will be continued until the election is ended.
The election will be ended when four candidates have reached
the “quota” or when the total number of “continuing candidates” has
been reduced by the process of defeating to four, the number of of
fices to be filled ....
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By GLORIA MALLOY
We got an awfully good letter
the other day from Pvt. Gordon
Gullian, ’45, “now for ’48”. He
claimed quite a few of the old boys
were being neglected and nothing
was being said about them. Well,
the only way we can find out about
them is from youse guys in the
service, and youse guys and girls
on the campus here. If by mail
send it to me in charge of the
Emerald, otherwise put it in my
box in the Emerald.
Anyway, Gordon is stationed up
in “the land of the daytime night”,
otherwise called Alaska. He says
he’s enjoying- “gobs of sunshine.”
The old inform about a lot of ex
Ducks just rolled out of that let
ter . . .
Bunny Potts and “Bones” Bob
Newland, down at U.C.L.A. have
been placed on the list of “pro
spective papas.” “Fair haired”
Bud Putnam is at Naval Officer’s
School in Virginia. “Toppy” Har
old Kelly is in primary flying near
Blythe, California, and Willy “G
for Grant” Gallagher is in the
same near Tuscon, Arizona. In
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flash which sometimes characterizes campus popularity. It was
quiet and efficient and humble.
Joseph Addison maintained that, ‘‘Death only closes a
man's reputation, and determines it as good or bad". If he was
right, students can examine what Pete Howard did here—they
will find that it was very good.
Young, yes. Only nineteen, in fact. Rut he understood that
something was expected of him. He evidently worked on that
principle, and succeeded in campus life. He would have suc
ceeded as a “leader among men”. Peter Howard is a man for
students to remember because he did a good job, and because
they want to do a good job. M. M. G.
Clips and _
By MARGURITE WIXTWER
At times this business of clip
ping becomes rather involved. We
quote from the Daily Californian:
“We quote from the University of
Washington Daily which quotes
from the University of Oregon
Daily Emerald Oh
well, there’s nothing new under
the sun anyway; end quote.
Rules for the annual Women’s
Week at UCLA were that the 2500
males now on tire campus were
to be ignored by the 3441 womfn
Bruins on Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday. However, women will
invite men (or *V-12’s) to the
dance Saturday . . . Evidently the
ignorance just couldn’t be main
tained for more than three days.
A new navy blue uniform with
bright brass buttons has made its
appearance on the Syracuse uni
versity campus this semester.
Not the navy, but the Syracuse
municipal police, on the basis of
an IQ test given to the whole
force, is taking a_c°urse in ef
ficient police organization and op
eration ... It must be quite a
sight: a bunch of “flatfeet” pourS^
ing the beat around the campus
with their homework handcuffed
He: Oil, well. "
The army paper at Fort Bragg
carried an advertisement which
presents, at least, a different
aspect of military life, “Boys: 18
to 38. Large campus with ample
equipment. Attractive lodges,,
each with friendly counselor.
(Like Captain Petersen). Outdoor
sleeping facilities, available. Ex
perienced staff. We offer hiking,
calisthenics (with Honest John),
formations (with Corporal Dale)
and many other healthful outdoor
sports.” . . . No comment neces
“Silverware, gablets, teapots,
and two overcoats, were removed
from the home of., the president
of the University ojLSouthern Cal
ifornia one night last week” . . .
An irate faculty member, no
Commenting on the sale of caf
fein citrate stimulants, used by
students as a stay-awake aid, this
item was clipped from Berkeley,
“Druggists near the campus said
that sales zoomed to all-tiiy
highs among coliege men and
women during the period of ex
aminations, particularly finals.
That Californians buy more than
most students was the belief of
one druggist.’’ . . . And with mid
terms just around the corner too.
Quick, Watson,—the needle!
Geometry lesson for today, Pro
fessor Price: A good line is the
shortest distance between two
At the University of Idaho the
GI students are getting out their
own ASTU Yearboog; art work,
writing, even a photograph con
test among the soldiers for pic
tures for the book, everything is
done by the men themselves . . .
And you already know what the
Michigan AST's are doings don’t
The first non-civilian president
of the Indiana student union in 25
years is the ASTP trainee recently
elected at that university.
Other doings of the GI's:
Foreign Area and Language sec
tions at Ohio university are par
ticipating in a weekly half-hour
program over the university radio
station. At Indiana university
AST’s presented a complete play
in Turkish . . . Shades of Sche-^
And at Cornell a bi-monthly
newspaper published by and for
the students of German has ap
peared, all the text being in that