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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 21, 1944)
MARJORIE M. GOODWIN
Norris Yates, Joanne Nichols
Published daily during the college year except Sunday*, Mondays, and holiday* and
final examination periods by the Associated Students, University of Oregon.
Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice. Eugene, Oregon.
Alowtinatixml. . .
As usual, rather obviously lacking on the Oregon campus
around election time is the stock election time question, “Who
are you voting for?” As is the usual custom, the Greeks are
going to vote Greek. The Independents are going to vote the
LSA ticket. This system of electing officers for classes saves
political leaders the time and trouble of thinking up campaign
promises. The only plank needed is for the candidate to say,
“I’m an Independent,” or “I’m a Greek.” So the only question
left in anyone’s mind is which faction is going to browbeat the
most people into going out to vote. And since the Greeks have
a more efficient system of browbeating, the answer to this
question is also obvious.
All of which is as it has been for many years. About the
only difference in campus politics during war time is in the
dirty work. Men leaders spent time and energy trying to cover
up dirty political deals, while the women are busy trying to
think of some way in which to plot.
If politics have any purpose on the campus, it should be
to improve class institutions, which are now on the stagnant
side. Class officers carry out their duties, which are traditional,
and let it go at that. No one digs deeply enough into the affairs
of the class to find out if reorganization is necessary or would
be an improvement. “Traditional” and “annual” functions pre
dominate, usually because most of the planning and thinking
that has been done in the past is in the files.
It’s time, though, that some intelligent thinking and plan
ning were done, time that there were ideas and ideals for which
to vote instead of merely political parties. M. Y.
"A/a (leAjiXMtdjJuLty,”. . .
To ;i wounded man on a distant battle front a well-folded
bandage may mean the difference between a clean healing
wound and infection. In sharp contrast it seems that to most
University women a well-folded bandage means only that she
missed a coke date and a game of bridge and earned another
activity point for the house.
Despite the fact that no one can deny that the war has
in some way touched her life, this campus still appears to have
no feeling of responsibility towards the war when that respon
sibility involves spending some time doing something about it.
* * ♦
The Dane county Red Cross chapter is expecting some
thing definite from the University Red Cross unit. Carol Wicke,
Red Cross chairman, has done her best, but the cooperation has
been anything but heartening. First there was the question of
a room. The question is settled at present, yes, but at the end of
this term the Red Cross can no longer use the room it now has
on the third floor of Gerlinger hall. This space belongs to the
University women’s P. S. club, and they want it back spring
In all this University there seems not to be a single room
which can be devoted entirely to Red Cross. Can we face this
fact, do nothing about it, and still say we are a war-conscious
Miss W'ickc says also that 25 girls arc needed as instructors
to fully staff the Red Cross organization on the campus.
It is necessary to do 18 hours of bandage folding and take
a test from a Lane county Red Cross worker to qualify for the
position of instructor. Kach instructor is given the honor of
wearing blue binding on her veil after she passes her instructor’s
test in addition to the Red Cross awarded for 18 hours’ work.
There should be one instructor for every five girls working, but
at present instructors sometimes have to take care of double
this number. There are now 12 instructors—25 are needed. Can
wc face this fact do nothing about it. and still say we are a war
It is not uncommon to hear students question the good
they are doing to help in the war by going to school at this
time. Still when there is an opportunity to do something as
important as helping get out the Lane county quota of band
ages for the Red Cross no action appears. Under the existing
conditions students have a right to demand a place to roll
bandages, and the war board has a right to definitely expect
students to work for the Red Cross. R. A. N.
By AUDREY HOLLIDAY
Only Mr. Schumaker and-can figure the results where
preferential voting is concerned. Nonetheless, it is obvious that one
element can’t win all the offices, unless it has a double majority; con
sequently, it adds up to good' protection for the minority and equally
good assurance that both sides of the question will be heard when the
meeting is called to order.
The ASUO Executive Council recently affirmed a motion intro
duced and passed last year to provide preferential voting for the fresh
man class. X, Y, Z, and the Tag-end weren’t exactly for that, of course,
but c’est la guerre—and we are fighting for democracy!
I hear the mixer last Saturday was nothing but good. Maybe the
day will come yet when Oregon students will forget they vote the
Republican ticket and admit informal, no-date affairs can be successful
The junior class shows signs of writing its own production for
Junior Weekend. Amateur student shows can be the best entertain
ment ever. Remember “Of Thee I Sing”? Boy, did those seats get
hard! I hope they do get something in shape that is good enough that
Educational Activities will let it go on, or else we’re apt to have
something like To You I Sang.
I see the student affairs council met and o.k.’d 1 o’clock for
Saturday nights. Nice point of principal, and a bouquet to P. V. H.
The Side calls—Back next time with a few observations on edu
Topic of the week is the same simple and fundamental sub
ject of “What should I do in the war and why?”
Young American soldiers, who are this moment driving
this massive and relentless machine over the roughest roads,
away from their homeland, will suffer unspeakable experiences.
When they return to the United States, they will need help in
rehabilitation which involves social, physical, and mental prob
The college-trained social work
er may pioneer in an entirely new
type of social service work, may
perform her job with all the tact,
psychology, and sincerity she can
command at a time like this. Re
habilitation is a fresh field of
endeavor, a new challenge to the
social worker and a chance for
her to contribute to the better
ment of humanity.
Rehabilitating soldiers, how
ever, will be be but a part of so
cial duties she must perform.
Normal society at its most norm
al, is not normal.
America’s office of community
and war services wants and will
need the college-trained worker.
They declare, through the OWI,
that “thousands of social workers
are needed in civilian and war
agencies in this country and
Even now America’s social
workers go out with army task
forces, work in army and navy
hospitals, and are continuing im
portant home front services in
war industries, in civilian defense,
child and family welfare agencies,
juvenile delinquency problems,
and in government services.
With college training, a poten
tial social worker should have an
interest and faith in people, liking
for people of all ages and from
all walks of life. If people you
know believe you have common
sense and a sense of humor, if you
can be responsible without being
rigid, your qualifications are ex
There is a distinction between
medical and psychiatric social
workers. A medical social work
er has the function of cooperating
with doctor and nurse by ferret
ing out the patient’s social prob
lems. This information has an im
portant relation to illness and the
success of medical treatment.
The medico-social worker is the
go-between who helps patients
solve their own and family dif
ficulties which contributed to a
serious illness and that might
stand in the way of a return to
normal living. A medico-social
worker is usually a staff member
of the hosiptals or clinic, although
some work as consultants in pub
lic welfare agencies on problems
of medical care and physical re
habilitation. The demand for
medical social workers in military
•hospitals has become increasingly
urgent and important.
The psychiatric social worker,
on the other hand, deals with the
psychiatrist and is concerned with
mental illness, defects, and seri
ous emotional troubles of war
The best undergraduate major
to prepare for in social work is a
liberal arts course with a major
in social science (economics, gov
ernment, sociology, anthropology,
Here, again, is a job in the war
world for you to do. Battles al
ways increase the hazards of de
pendency, incapacity, and demor
alization, and social service must
be expanded to deal with these
World War II has extended and
intensified old social problems.
These war-born, war-torn prob
lems will continue to challenge
P^ia and Can
We do not wish to make a major
campus issue or to take up the
much-needed space in the Emer
ald to prolong the discussion of
the recent wrong done Campbell '
co-op. However there are certain
facts and policies which we wish
to clear up so that in the future
campus living organizations will
have no misunderstandings.
As stated in yesterday’s Em
erald we received a call from the
AWS representative asking us to
combine with Steiwer hall and we
refused because of house loyalty.
This call resulted in an agree- j
ment with the chairman tfiSt if
we were not notified differently
we could go on and enter as pre
viously planned. No call was re
ceived so we went ahead.
To us it is not a matter of a
title or a few records but is a
question of our place in campus
affairs. Is the small living organ
ization to be ruled from social
It is our belief that the policy
of the AWS in the past has been
to recognize a house upon name
only and that the siza4£jua*imbcr
ship made no difference. No pub
lic statement as to the£ changing
of this policy has been made. If
the policy has changed we l*ope
the AWS will forpnatTv establish
this principle so that living or
ganizations may know their status
in the future.
Boys of Campbell Co-op
the most intelligent “men of good
will” . . . not to mention “women
of good will”! Professionally train
ed social workers muST play a re
sponsible role in attacking social
ills. To prepare for and to par
ticipate in this work is to render
a vital service to your country.
presented by the
HORACE W. ROBINSON.
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