Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 23, 1946, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon W Emerald
Marguerite wittwer-wright
Business Manager
Associate Editors
Managing Editor
walt McKinney
Assistant Managing Editors
News Editor
Assistant News Editors
Women’s Editor
Executive Secretary
Assistant Women’s Editor
Advertising Manager
Sports Editor
i i ‘ Assistant Sports Editors
Chief Night Editor
Staff Photographer
Signed editorial features and columns in the Emerald reflect the opin
ions of the writers. They do not necessarily represent the opinion of the
editorial staff, the student body, or the University.
Entered as second class matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Oregon.
Student Discipline
The existence of the student discipline committee is acknowl
edged by the average student as something vague and menacing
high on the “capital hill” of University life. It’s function is pop
ularly conceived to be the unhesitant expulsion of as many stu
dents as can he uncovered with pink-tinged hands.
Actually, the discipline committee is a very different animal.
Composed of student and faculty representatives, the dean of
.women, and the dean of men, the committee’s functions are neither
vague nor menacing. Student actions which are malum in se,
contrary to Oregon state laws, or bring noticeable discredit upon
the University can be brought to the attention of the group. And
the “can be” is considerable in this statement.
Student offenses are generally handled by the governing
forces of each living organization. If extremely serious, the of
fenses are brought to the attention of the respective deans.
Generally, misbehavior cases of this sort are settled in John
son or Gerlinger, yet, upon the request of the offender, the student
discipline committee will hear and render a final judgment on
the case.
Committee decision may range from dismissal of the charges,
to reprimand, to suspension, to expulsion—-'or varying shades of
anv of these. Far from attempting to “railroad” offenders out of
school, the group attempts to view the question from both a
student and a faculty viewpoint—and to judge with as much
objectivity and consideration as possible.
In the past, there have been no tangible standards to guide
the committee in the disposition of a case. Kach situation was
judged in itself, without reference to committee precedent. Con
sequently, students were without knowledge of the definite con
sequences <>t umortunat-e action.
The solution seems to be at hand. At present, the committee
members are formulating' a series of basic actions which will be
subject to various types of disciplinary action. These principles
are broad and adaptable to the case at hand. Yet they will serve
as a guide to both committee members and students. These prin
ciples will be included in a students’ handbook of standards which
will be published in the near future.
With the appearance of a black-and-white basis for committee
action, the scope of the group’s function will be clear and common
knowledge. Students will know where they should and should
not stand, if they do not already.
No Sainthood
Ten Nazi war criminals were hanged last week, and one died
by his own hand. 'These men are dead, and their ashes are scat
tered to the winds. That they are dead is of some importance, but
of greater importance is the fact that the world knows they are
Man has a perverse love of his villains, a love as lasting as his
passion for his heroes. Captain Kidd and Jack the Ripper live in
legend and Napoleon is hailed today by Frenchmen who remem
ber the glories of F.mpire but forget Leipzig and Waterloo.
The American history student will recall the case of one T.
.Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln. Booth, so the story
goes, was shot in a barn and died soon afterward. His bones lie
in a Baltimore cemetery where his family took them several years
after his death.
There was mystery in the death of J. Wilkes Booth. Nobodv
liad seen his body, nobody knew definitely where he was buried.
There were rumors that Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war, had
rowed into the swampy regions of the Totomac and dropped the
Mlllil!! !!!ll!ll|illH!lllllllillllll
Hats off to the class of ’50 for their marvelous spirit in
rebuilding the bonfire. A word of thanks to the student body
for their fine cooperation and spirit in making Homecoming
a success.
On behalf of the committees who planned Homecoming,
I shoul dlike to express our appreciation to the students, fac
ulty members, and alumni who made this weekend memor
able. You can rest assured that our alums will back “A Home
for Homecoming” one hundred per cent.
Benny Di Benedetto,
Homecoming Chairman.
body out of sight forever in the bullrushes, where no man dared
venture afoot. Actually, Booth was lying in a temporary grave
near where the Seventh Street car barns are in 20th Century
Washington. But nobody knew this.
In the hysterical days following the assassination, rumors ran
wild through the countryside, particularly through the South,
rumors that Booth had been seen, working on a river boat, or
fleeing toward Mexico. Was it possible that the Union troops
had shot the wrong man that night in the barn near Bowling
Green, Va. ? As late as 1900 bar-tenders and prospectors on the
American frontier were claiming to be the great enemy of the
people, the man who killed Abraham Lincoln. Old men were
dying and leaving scrawled notes, attesting that they were John
Wilkes Booth. Nearly anybody who could show evidence of a
broken leg could pass as the assassin.
That such legends will prevail in our time is more than a poS
ibility. The “body of Adolf Hitler” is still being pulled from
the rubble of Berlin. The seventeenth “body of Adolf Hitler”
was discovered in the ruins of the reichschancellory as early as
August 1945. Given time, that great healer, a few years to sooth
the rancors of war, and “Hitler himself” alive and well will un
doubtedly turn up on the Liverpool docks or in the mines of
Bolivia or the forests of Oregon. We love our villains after a
time and we love our legends.
But there will be 11 of these villains, Goering and his ten, who
cannot suddenly appear alive and well in some far corner of the
earth. This time there are pictures. The bodies were identified
by competent witnesses. These 11, along with Ley, Himmler.
Goebbels, are truly dead.
As it must to all college students,
the matter of religion will be thrust
upon an unsuspecting, and I believe,
unwilling, student body of the Uni
versity. Having done my undergrad
uate work in a church-endowed col
lege, I am painfully aware of the
techniques, and motives, involved.
From such an academic back
ground, I have suffered through
some experiences which may, if
given proper consideration,.even aid
those connected with the religious
activity soon to be loosed on the
It is not that I am against re
ligion; on the contrary, I am all for
it, and wish it well. But I seriously
doubt if the “Religious Emphasis
Week" will serve its intended pur
pose. If church-endowed colleges
are a criteria, those sort of weeks
generally fail. And if the purpose is
generally maintained, the form is
drastically altered..
The American culture seems to
have an affinity for some sort of
“Weeks”—virtually every week in
the year is dedicated to some sort
of endeavor in a weak attempt to
make us aware of some sort of'
problem; but awareness of a situa
tion during l-52nd of a year does not
often contribute a great deaf to
wards the solution intended. Let us
assume, in analogy to the Religious
Emphasis Week, that a group of
enterprising manufacturers decid
ed to sponsor a “Salt Emphasis
Week"—with the avowed intention
of making everyone salt-conscious
and instill in them a salt-habit.
In the matter of emphasizing the
use of salt, let us say, we would find
that all of our food—coffee, ice
cream, pie, vegetables, and all the
rest—would have a characteristic
taste of salt about it. For variation
they may confuse us with iodized
and non-iodized salt. How many
“converts” would they have ? Prob
ably very few; for being so full of
salt, we would be doing anything to
remove the taste from our collec
tive mouths.
Let us assume that the self-same
manufacturers were aware of the
same result so that, instead of hav
ing a Salt Emphasis Week, they
decided to have a Salt Evaluation
Week. They would then attempt to
show the desirability of salt as a
condiment, and as a necessity for
good living. One could judge the
foods without salt—and, finding
them flat, would return to those
which, because of the moderate use
of salt, tasted better.
I think that the tanalogy while
necessarily imperfect in details,
could well be applied to the prob
lem of religion. And I think that the
sponsors of religion on the campus
would find it greatly to their advan
tage, certain in terms of success of
their mission, to evaluate rather
than emphasize the use of religion
in every day life. I believe they
would have more “converts” to show
for their effort if the latter tech
nique were employed.
An argument reducto ad absur
dum might demonstrate more clear
ly what I mean. If religion were em
phasized to the tune of conducting
Telling the Editq^
To the Editor:
I saw democracy at the Univer-»
sity of Oregon.
For the first time in 17 years it
was my privilege to return to Eu
gene for Homecoming this year.'
During this great weekend three
things stood out.
1. A Negro boy singing in a quar
tet with three white girls.
2. A number of colored couples at
the Homecoming dance.
3. Bob Reynolds tapped by the
Obviously this friendly coopera
tion between Negroes and whites
should not be conspicuous but in a
nation where bigotry is riding high
one can’t help but notice the plain
common sense and decency dis
played by the University comrojBn
Eliot Wright.
Editor’s note: We’re proud of it,
too. We hope we can keep it thi3
To the Editor:
“Perhaps you are correct in yourv
“Queue Query” editorial pf October
22, that tickets for the Homecoming
dance should have been sold at the
Co-op. However, many students not
residing in living organizations
were able to spare 5 or 10 minutes
of their time in order to purchase
dance tickets at the Igloo prior to <
Saturday night.
There is considerable resentment
toward your statement that house
representatives sold tickets in their
various living organizations so that
they might participate in “activi
ties.” Reason will show this as an ab
surdity. They are to be compliment
ed, not censured, on a voluntary
job, excellently done, with no per
sonal remuneration of any kiq£l.
With as fine a-journalism school
as we are purported to have at Ore
gon, it is regrettable that the editor
ial policy of its daily paper could not
be used to further more construc
tive comment—such as an increase
in salaries of professors and in
structors on the campus, or the use
made of the extra $50 per term reg
istration fee charged each in-state
Bob Daggett
Editor’s note: You are so right.
The Emerald at all times tries to
keep its comment constructive.
However, we cannot confine criti
cism exclusively to administrative
affairs or student affairs.' We at
tempt to deal impartially with all
phases of University life. Credit is
given where credit is due. An edito
rial on salaries of professors would
not point out the necessity of more
efficient organization of dance
To the Editor:
How’s for a good old-fashioned
campaign called, “Quiet In The.JLi
brary” ? Not that the place is a
raucous madhouse, i.e., the Side,
but it’s getting hard to “hit the
books” there for all of the stage
whispering and inane giggling go
ing on. A lot of us have to cram
studying in between classes, a job,
and a family and the library should
be a good spot to do it.
A few signs might help—or a
stern-faced monitor for those Tticl
dies who don’t know better—sad as
it is to think that college level stu
dents should be reminded of such
basic rules.
I don’t think an editorial will help
—unless it is strategically placed on
the sports page or among the fash
ion notes.
Frank Quinn
lectures on such topics as “The
Chemical Nature of the Soul,” “The
Aerodynamics of The Flight of An
gels,” or “The Sociology of
en,” one could easily conclude that
the academic world was going to a
peculiar species of dogs.