Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 03, 1946, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon W Emerald
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Associate Editors
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Co-Sports Editors
Assistant Managing Editor
Assistant News Editor
Chief Copy Editor
Chief Night Editor
Women’s Page Editor
World News Editor
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manorial Koara
Mary Margaret Ellsworth, Jack Craig, Ed Allen, Beverly Ayer
Published daily during the college year except Sundays, Mondays, and holidays *no
final exam periods by the Associated Students, University of Oregon.
Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice. Eugene, Oregon.
Hetitement an Qj^ice . . .
The retirement of Frederick M. Hunter from the chancellor
ship of the Oregon state system of higher education has pro
voked the suggestion from several newspapers that the posi
tion be abolished.
Even before the chancellor’s retirement, the Eugene
Register-Guard advocated this step and pointed out that the
chancellorship was established at a time when the presidents
of Oregon and Oregon State had not worked out as harmonious
and cooperative policies as may he expected now. The Register
Guard also urged that the presidents of the state institutions
•were hampered in forming strong, progressive policies of their
own as long as a higher executive officer administered the
whole system.
More recently, the East Oregonian has advised the state
system to abolish the office and use the salary to bring the
pay level of presidents of OSC and Oregon closer to the level
of other western college presidents. The editorial listed the
following base pay rates at other schools: Washington, $18,000;
(Washington State, $12,000; Idaho, $10,000; California, $15,000;
UCLA (provost) $12,000. The base pay granted heads of Ore
gon’s major institutions is $7,770.
As the state system was reorganized in 1932, the chancellor
serves as the single administrative head to direct and integrate
the entire system. The presidents of the institutions are mem
bers of his executive staff and are responsible for the adminis
tration of the schools to him and through him to the state
board of higher education. The reorganization was effected
after the United Slates Office of Education had surveyed the
education situation in the state and offered recommendations.
At that time, the chancellorship was regarded as necessary,
and it still may fill a definite need. Chancellor Hunter has
urged that his successor be "a professionally-trained and ex
perienced educational leader” to form policies for the system,
and he has advised against leaving the system in the hands of
the business office.
But the suggestions made by the Oregon newspapers have
sound reasoning and offer ideas for improving the situation at
the individual schools. If a change is to he made, it can most
conveniently be made now.
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A unanimous vote by existing fraternities at the University
recently abolished among men’s Greek living organizations the
pre-initiation period of chastisement known as “hell week.”
An objective in itself, this move is evidence that men of
college standing have outgrown the pointless and sometimes
harmful practices usually associated with the clubs and cliques
of high school days.
It has been said that nothing short of war can bring the rela
tive importance of human activities into proper focus. Yet the
war has been held accountable for perhaps too many progres
sions. Fraternity men have returned, after a two-year fighting
leave of absence, to discard a superfluity which they may have
discarded anyway. Whatever the bring-about, the abolition of
hell week is a step in the direction of maturity.
On the feminine side, the majority of Oregon's sororities
have long abandoned hell week practices. Yet several women's
houses persist in the objectionable custom of hazing initiates.
When questioned as to purpose, the reply is generally one in
volving the “sanctity of tradition”—an unsatisfactory one.
College women cannot rely upon the war for the fabled
maturity of mind—yet they demand and are receiving equal
opportunities and recognition on a “double standard" campus.
It is not too much then to expect from them the same adult
standards and wisdoms which led to the abolishment of l'ra
ternitv hell week.
HITS and
In Current Movies
By George Pegg
(Editor’s Note: Mr. Pegg, new
advertising manager for the Em
erald, can write as well as sell
ads. Today he is a guest column
Actions speak louder than
words in the Spiral Staircase, now
showing at the Mayflower, as
Dorothy McGuire uses facial ex
pressions throughout the play in
her part as a deaf mute. Wailing
winds and thunderclaps give rise
to moments of great suspense as
she finds a net of death and sus
picion shrouding the old country
estate where she is employed.
Ethel Barrymore plays the part
of a dying woman as perhaps only
she could do it. George Brent, her
son and an upstanding citizen of
the community takes the lead in
the male role but a country doc
tor also keeps a hand in the ro
mantic entanglement.
The picture, except for a few
short scenes, takes place in a
rambling old house, complete with
spiral staircase, cobwebbed hall
ways, and winecellars. The wea
ther is continually inclement to
add to the eery atmosphere of the
As to the acting, it might be
said that Miss McGuire does her
self proud as a sensitive, eager
to-please orphan, unable to speak
for herself. Barrymore portrays
the strong-willed mother from her
With Joe Young
Back again . . . registration lines
. . . new notebook filler . . . 0800’s
. . . Gotta-raise-that-GPA resolu
tions to work harder this term . . .
campus a little greener . . . days
beginning to prompt the carefree
abandon sure to break the just
mentioned resolutions . . .
— UO —
A couple of days in Portland
’tween terms . . . Some past
performance in Cbi’s loop dis- •
trict and some street-car
dodging on Frisco’s Market
street made Portland driving
seem slightly cramped . . . But
came through without a
scratch except for two apolo
getic drivers who tried to test
the strength of my rear bump
er . . . Weather was foul'-as
usual ...
— UO —
It just wouldn’t be “browsing”
without visiting a book shop. . .
But all volumes were eclipsed by
the charm of the “maitre-de-book
four poster bed until—well, until
it’s time to get up. George Brent
is his usual smooth self but with
little force or great opportunity
to make his part overly important.
There is little room for humor in
the Staircase but Elsa Lancaster
is comical as a brandy-loving cook
for the household.
It’s a good picture. See it from
the beginning and for Pete’s sake
don’t tell your friends who done it!
A 1'buck at the jbiat
The creed of the theater, “the show must go on,” was fol
lowed faithfully by Wallace Beery on Lux Radio Monday night.
He went on the air with his daughter, Carol Ann, after his
brother, Noah Beery, had died in his arms that afternoon dur
ing a rehearsal for the radio show in which the two brothers
were to be co-starred. Another radio actor took the place of
vuui, unpafioivc uaouia
refused to be upset when during
an eastern broadcast of the Tele
phone Hour a couple of weeks ago
he broke a string on his violin dur
ing a big number of the evening.
Conductor Donald Voorhees had to
stop the orchestra while a new
violin was procured—then the
selection was picked up from where
they left off and the show went
Hope a Wreck
Last Tuesday night Bob Hope
became a mumbling, frustrated
wreck when after quipping as the
climax of a gag, “The benches in
the park were applauding,” the
audience failed to hysterically fall
out of their seats and foam at the
“Did I leave out a word or say it
wrong or just what?” he begged
the audience. He continued to
mutter about it throughout the
program and then broke into Skel
ton’s program and tried it out on
that audience. Skelton picked it up
and played the gag throughout his
program. Last night Hope pulled
it again and warned the audience
that they might as well get used
to it because his contract runs for
eight years.
A shock to the radio world was
the deatn of Marlin Hurt, 30-year
old actor who had just catapulted
to fame on Fibber McGee’s pro
gram as Beulah and on to his own
starring program. Hurt died sud
denly of a heart attack in his home.
Uncle Sam Got Him
Dix Davis, who plays an adoles
cent pain in the neck of about ten
yeaTs old as Randolph in “A Date
with Judy” and Pinky in “One
Man’s Family," has been invited to
Uncle Sam's little tea party for the
next 18 months.
Variety is still passing out
awards for the best this and that
in radio. The latest to receive the
honors are Bing Crosby for all
around showmanship on his pro
gram, Ralph Edwards for his crea
tive inventiveness on T or C and
his work for wartime causes, and
“E)uffyrs Tavern” for its contribu
tion toward improving race rela
Drape Shape
Perry Como outshone his fellow
crooners as far as the drape shape
goes when he was chosen as one
of the 10 best dressed men in the
country by the Custom Tailors
Guild of America.
Versatile Jean Hersholt of the
Dr. Christian shows has just, pub
lished his translations of 44 stories
by the famed Danish writer, Hans
Christian Anderson, and is current
ly working on a new series. Of the
160 tales by Andersen, not all have
been translated into English. Her
sholt estimated that it will take
him till 1948 to finish the job.
Boatman Lombardo
As a result of his winning a free
for-all speedboat race during a
series of preliminary heats at
Miami, Florida, Guy Lombardo is
now qualified for the Gold Cup
championships to be held in Detroit
sometime in September. The cham
pionships bring together the
country’s finest racers. For the oc
casion Guy has purchased a new
boat called ”My Sin.”
The Chesterfield club will be
broadcast 20,000 feet over New
York City Friday when the entire
cast, including a 25 piece orches
tra, takes to the air in a TWA
Constellation and ' broadcasts the
show. The whole thing is in honor
of Perry Como, who will leave on
the following morning for Holly
wood on a motion picture assign
ment. What next? Como seems to
jhave done all right in "Dollface,”
Giis first picture for 20th Century.
stall”. . . a continental accent . , .
favorite cities are Vienna and.
Prague . . . has decided that filling
stations are the curse of the
American city-scape . . . offers the
outskirts of Alexandria as an ex
ample of regional design. . . Who
wants to look at print and paper
when there is a living volume so
interesting . . . for we are all like
many books . . . telling a story,
daily writing new chapters . . .
books of many sizes, shapes, bind
ings, colors, moods, and prices. . .
Oft times it is interesting read
ing—in these living volumes. . .
„ — U O —
Have enjoyed that Life in a Put
ty Knife Factory. . . Have been
Lost in the Horse Latitudes. . .
Have fallen to the rank of Low
Man on the Totem Pole with H.
Allen Smith. . . So it is just nat
ural evolution to listen to his hu
morous nothings in Desert Island
Decameron. . . A collection of
stories especially desirable if you
are an anthology fiend—but even
making putty knives out of totem
poles in the horse latitudes would
be a humorous haven with the
Smith appetizer before each laugh
entree. . .
used to be worried about
the practical nature of the
concrete seat half hidden in a
bush or two just east of John
son hall . . . By a little dig
ging around—but not quite
enough to fail into the utility
tunnel—I find that it is just
camouflage for a battery of
transformer boxes. . . Speak
ing of concrete—just try your
soles on the vacation-laid side
walk slabs giving new firm
footing along the west-cam
pus part of Thirteenth street.
— U O — ‘v
A personal item for T-square
buddies and others in AAA who
are FLW devotees. . . G. P. Put
nam’s Sons have just published
My Father Who Is on Earth—the
most unconventional of biogra
phies as John Lloyd Wright sees
Frank Lloyd Wright through the
eyes of a contemporary architect
as well as through the eyes of a
son. . . The solid red-square mark
of the father echoes in the chap
ters of rebellion, “You can muffle
the drums, and you can loosen the
strings of the lyre, but who shall
command the skylark not to
sing?’’ . . . And “lieber meister”
Sullivqn and M. Violeet-le-Duc
also claim a few pages of this
filial portrait of Wright. . .
— UO —
This columnar collection of
words is beginning to sound like
a book-nook. . . Perhaps I should
heed the words of Charles Laiffb.
. . . “He has left off reading alto
gether to the great improvement
of his originality. . .”
World’s Fair Grand
Prizes, 28 Gold Med
als and more honors
for accuracy than any
other timepiece.