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Should the. Student AtJxUte Qommitee He (leonaaui^d ?...
When we entrain for four years of education at
some institution of higher learning we are told that
the main purpose of a to!lege education is to pre
pare voting people to be the leaders of tomorrow.
This purpose is accomplished in a two-fold man
ner—through classroom instruction and actual ex
perience. Under the latter heading come publica
tions, forensics, and student government.
On the whole the program works well, but here
and there students are not getting the experience
we feel they should acquire. The student affairs
committee, which regulates closing hours and
dances, and passes on social affairs not scheduled
in the dean of women’s office and rules on changes
in the little University rules and regulations book,
is composed of seven faculty members and two stu
Here is the gro.up which regulates the student’s
life, vet it is overloaded with faculty members. This
is not 0* say that the present members of the com
mittee are not doing a good job .with the interest of
students uppermost in mind. But we feel that the
balance of student and faculty members should be
tuvung in the opposite direction.
In the first place, students will accept the dic
tates of a student group much more readily than
those of a faculty group. When a ruling body is so
predominantly faculty, the students feel that their
life is being run by the faculty and that they have
in* >a\ in what is going on. Kven if exactly the same
rules and regulations, were made by students they
would be greeted more favorably, because they
would be of student origin.
The recent PSPA conference, attended by 18
northwest colleges and universities, brought out
another excellent reason for more student control.
If student government is to be a truly educational
function, social events, discipline and rules should
be handled by the students themselves. That was
what the PSPA group felt, and we entirely agree.
What better way for the leaders of tomorrow to pre
pare for responsible positions than by exercising
such responsibility while they are in college? Xo
better training ground could be provided than in
the body which makes the rules under which the
college community lives.
At present the student affairs committee is made
:tp of Dean Karl W. Onthank, Dean Virgil D. Earl,
Hoyt C. I'ranchere, R. D. Horn, J. C. AlcCloskey,
Janet Woodruff, the dean of women, ASUO presi
dent and AWS president. That is seven faculty
members and two students. We would like to see
the positions reversed. It might be feasible to set
up a group with the following members: dean of
men 'and dean of women, to provide year-by-year
continuity and experience, ASUO president, AWS
president, AMS president (associated men students
if such a group is started on the campus), YWCA
president, YMCA president, Panhellenic president,
interfraternity president, interdormitory president.
and co-op president. Here would lie a group of
seasoned leaders looked up to already on the cam
pus because of the positions to which they ha*ve
been elected. Surely they could be counted upon
to make wise decisions. And the students would
accept those decisions because they come from their
Naturally a veto power should be retained by the
administration, but we are sure the need for veto
would seldom, if ever, arise.
It has been suggested that our parents, too, do
not think college students are grown-up and that
they might object to a change in the system. We
believe, however, that the large majority of parents
would welcome a chance for their children actually
to prepare themselves for a world in which they will
have to make their own decisions. The successor
the committee over a period of years would answer
objections of the minority who would fear their
children were being thrown to the wolves. And the
success at other schools where the administration
has turned such affairs over to students argues
well for a change.
Many students feel lost on leaving college be
cause they have never been given a chance to think
for themselves. A change in the student affairs com
mittee, we believe, would be a great step in helping
students find themselves—in helping us train for
the responsible positions awaiting those who suc
ceed in the communities of the world. V
Oregon W Emerald
LOUISE MONTAG, PEGGY OVERLAND
J.inc Richardson, Phyllis Perkins, Viriginia
Scholl, Mary Margaret Ellsworth, Norris
Yates, City Desk Editors
Bjorg Hansen, Executive Secretary
Maty Margaret Ellsworth, Anita Young,
t o-Women’s Page Editors.
Jemne Simmonds, Assistant Managing Editor
Darrell Boone. Photographer
Shirley Peters. Chief Night Editor
Betty Bennett, Music Editor
Gloria Campbell, Mary K. Minor
Maryan Howard. Assistant News Editor
Jack Craig. World News Editor
Norris Yates. Edith Newton
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Hao-kincj, ^auxa^idU Peace
Mrncsl llaycox. Oregon graduate and popular writer, before
a Luge tie Rotarv group last week, said dramatic battle-front
developments so grosslv overshadowed the Dumbarton Oaks
peace conference that few American people know anything' of
it decisions or accomplishments.
We lauded when big h.d Stettinius took Chinese, Russian,
1'»i• itish. Latin American and other delegates to New \ ork for
a. real businessman’s weekend (nightclubs and the Rockettes
included) for it seemed lie was creating a bit of color and
human interest to lighten the heavy conference reports and
perhaps attracting the eye of war-minded l:. S. public, perhaps
leading that attention on to the more stolid work of the meeting.
According to public opinion polls, however, l/nited States citi
zc us wane more interested in the driv es of Patton and Hodges,
the battles of MacArthur and Nimitz.
Now that the 5000 delegates of all races from 46 United
N itions, with different languages, customs, creeds, and clothes
have invaded San Francisco for the main event, the peace
o. gani/ing move, enough color and drama has been supplied
ti capture public ijitercst over and above the taking of 1’erlin
3i d Japan bombings, directing Ik S. eves toward the new world
Stories of the mysterious Russian ship lying at anchor off
S n Francisco bav and reportedlv loaded to overflowing with
vodka and caviar has surelv been no detriment to the United
N itions cause nor can the pictures of the “Abbas"-garbed five
sins of the Saudi Arabian king. Of course the tale about the
delegates who were trying to put their country's sacred goat
up in one of the cosmopolitan San l'rancisco hotels to the
chagrin of the punctilious hotel manager and at the order of
the ('. S. state department tops them all.
If the average citizen’s interest and eventual concern for the
or Iconic of the conference needs stimulation by such journal
isin' placing up of peculiarities and Circumstances in San 1'ran
o co during the next six w eeks, let them tell their stories.—l'.F.
*7a the CdUtosi
1 have observed that you advo
cate democratic principles in your
editorial page. In Wednesday’s
Emerald you took up the Negro
cause very effectively, and cited
examples of Oregon democracy in
student life. I find this policy of
the Emerald very commendable,
but wonder at the inconsistency
of a system which talks in a loud
voice about tolerance and at the
same time ignores the intolerant
and most undemocratic policies of
its nationally organized houses . . .
better known as sororities and
fraternities. Because of a national
ruling, persons belonging to the
Jewish, Oriental, and Negro races
are not permitted membership in
these organizations even when the
house members wish to pledge
In the constitution of the United
States, if not in actual life, every
citizen has a right to the protec
tion of the country and to a “pur
suit of happiness.” Where is the
justice of a system which allows
Blue Americans to take the Red,
Green, and Orange Americans
from its midst and sentence them
with thou-shalts and thou-shalt
I think our democratic policies
would prove more satisfying to our
collective conscience if we prac
ticed them more and talked about
By SHUBEKT FENDRICK
The general concensus seems to
be that what the Emerald needs
is a good gossip column. Heaven
has heard your.prayers but the edi
tor hasn’t. However, we are about
to bring you what you ask for,
with only two minor exceptions—
1. It won’t be good.
2. It won’t be gossip.
You may proceed refreshed.
Now any number of things can
be brought up at this point. For
instance, I could tell you some
thing about Bob Moran. There is a
possibility that you don't know
Bob Moran. There is also a pos
sibility that Johnson hall will suc
cumb to termites tomorrow.
We have just discovered this
shocking fact: Bill Sinnott has
ORDERED AT THE
CO-OP AT ONCE
MAY 1st LAST DAY
Municipal Electric and Water Utilities
capitalistic tendencies. Let’s hide
our red socks from him, Buell.
No column would be complete,
at the moment, without saying
something nasty about Robert
Hinds. We quote a statement made
by a friend: “He takes ROTC and
he doesn’t have to.”
And now for the high spot of
our column: The face of the week,
and the place of the week. Fan
The face of the week: Our award
goes to Louis (Barrymore) Vogljjfr,
who has just the face to handle
such an honor.
The place of the week: The Guild
hall stage is the place of the week.
It is there that Louie Vogler, play
ing Liliom, dies. This is enough to
give it this coveted spot.
LOST—Gold Kappa crested brace
let, thin gold chain. Return to
Alice May Robertson at Kappa
Kappa Gamma' houes. Reward
40 E. Broadway
767 \Y. 6th Ave.