Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 21, 1947, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon W Emerald
MARGUERITE WITTWER-WRIGHT
Editor
GEORGE PEGG
Business Manager
BOB FRAZIER, TED GOODWIN
Associates to Editor
JACK L. BILLINGS
Managing Editor
BILL YATES
News Editor
MARYANN THIELEN and
WALT MCKINNEY
Assistant Managing Editors
BOBOLEE BROPHY and
JUNE GOETZE
Assistant News Editors
JEANNE SIMMONDS
Feature Editor
DOUG EDEN
Advertising Manager
BERNIE HAMMERBECK
Sports Editor
BILL STRATTON, WALLY HUNTER
Assistant Sports Editors
DON JONES DICK BYFIELD
Staff Photographer Chief Copy Desk Editor
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.
Emancipation
“It is an intellectual farce if an administration of a univer
sity which teaches racial and religious tolerance should revoke
that theory by an opposite practice.”
The Emerald agrees with this excerpt from a letter signed
by four veteran students and published in the January 18 issue.
Nevertheless, it is impossible to argue logically concerning any
problem which is largely emotional. There has been little
known conflict on this campus caused by minority groups. Un
doubtedly there have been injustices, but these are of a personal
nature and cannot be prevented by administrators in Johnson
hall.
Last week representatives of the One World club and the
American Veterans Committee met with Dr. Newburn to dis
cuss their viewpoints concerning the treatment of'one Negro
woman who was not allowed to live in the dormitory of her
choice. By mutual consent, she and a white woman had ex
pressed their wish to room together. This request was denied
by Mrs. Genevieve Turnips,eed, director of dormitories, and
the colored girl was assigned to another dorm.
Discrimination
Immediately the question of racial discrimination arose.
Interested students asked Dr. Newburn whether any set regu
lations existed in reference to such situations. The University
does not admit any rules directly pertaining to minority groups.
There is a provision that the administration staff may provide
housing for any student with the best interests of the school
and the state the primary concern. Individual wishes are sub
ordinated to the overall policy.
rims we are safe to assume that Mrs. Turnipseed placed the
Negro student in a housing unit where it was hoped there
would be the least resistance from the majority group—the
"white residents. The blame for that decision does not rightly
belong with Mrs. Turnipseed; the problem should however
have been handled with more tact.
The blame lies in the white women who would object to
living with a colored student. It lies with their parents who
threatened to withdraw the women from school. And in turn
their attitudes are caused by lack of education, inability to
understand clearly the issues involved, and their own environ
ment.
As a state university, this school must take the positive
attitude that students belonging to minority groups are en
titled to the same rights and privileges granted to all. The
long-range policy of the administration, as expressed by Dr.
Newburn, is a gradual conditioning of students and taxpayers
alike to a realization of democratic ideals—not only in theory
but in practice. The administration cannot legislate or en
force tolerance any more than they can legislate or enforce
intellectual honesty or conventional sex behavior among stu
dents.
v^uei ciuii
If a faculty member deliberately discriminated in the treat
ment of certain students because of their race or religion, he
could be chastized in some concrete way. But the administra
tion cannot force fraternities to pledge Jewish men. or force
dormitory women to accept a Negro student as an equal.
Ju many ways this school is more advanced than scores of
•other institutions. Campus restaurants serve colored students;
Negroes, Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish students mingle with
Swedes, Norwegians, C.ermans, and even Texans at campus
dances, games, and assemblies.
b'urther advancement toward Christianity must come from
the individuals who are the citizens of the University com
munity and the state. The University can help to hasten both
intellectual enlightenment and emotional balance*bv recogniz
ing no racial discrimination, by giving due credit to achieve
ments by students of any group, and by encouraging those
activities which promote understanding and rational solutions
of these problems.
The Negro is free of physical slavery. But many members
of the white races are still in intellectual and emotional vassal
age—enslaved by their old race hatreds, their religious intol
lerances, their perverted illusion of superiority.
Perhaps those groups on the campus who are fighting
against intolerance of minorities should shift their emphasis.
Perhaps they should set as their goal the emancipation of our
provincial, misguided, heathen “whites.”
Honoraries that Function
We are looking- forward to hearing Phillip H. Parrish lecture
on Germany tonight in Chapman hall. Mr. Parrish, editor of the
Oregonian’s editorial page, traveled quite widely in Europe last
fall, and we read his stuff daily as it appeared in his “Letters
Home” in The Oregonian. W(e were impressed by the fact
that, while he is an editorial writer of national reputation,
Mr. Parrish remains a first-rate reporter—never scorning the
high art of reporting what he sees.
It is through the efforts of Sigma Delta Chi, national pro
fessional journalism fraternity for men, that Mr. Parrish is
brought to the campus. For this we commend members of
the journalism fraternity. This is the sort of thing that makes
the myriad campus “honoraries” worth while. If more of them,
tucked away in the ivory towers of their departments, would
blossom out now and then and bring good speakers to the
campus they would be performing a much-needed function.
Sigma Xi, the science honorary, and SDX have always been
way out in front in performing services of this sort. This has
resulted in a prestige being attached to membership in the
groups. There is many a threadbare' Honorary on the campus
today that could use a little of this prestige."'*
By their very nature honoraries should be made up of the
outstanding students in the university. The Emerald recom
mends these outstanding students take a leaf from the book of
Sigma Xi and Sigma Delta Chi. '
Give every man thine ear but few thy voice. Take each
man’s censhre, but reserve thy judgment1^—Shakespeare.
Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness
warps the mind. Thinking without; constructive action be
comes a disease.—Henry Ford. %'
Telling the Editor
ABOUT ADS
Perhaps the appellation “Your
Shopping Guide” would be an ap
propriate addition to the name of
your publication.
In particular, I have reference to
the issue of January 17, 1947. Not
only is the paper predominantly ad
vertising, but an editorial gives as
a reason for suppressing a pro
posed magazine that such a periodi
cal would abscond with some of the
Emerald’s “much needed advertis
ing.”
Have you read the story entitled
"The Straw That Broke the Cam
el’s Back”?
Theodore M. Odland.
Editor’s note: Sometimes the bus
iness manager’s back aches too. Ex
planation: It costs about $17,000 a
year to publish the Emerald. The
Emerald’s advertising staff has to
meet a $11,000 budget. The rest is
paid by the students through their
ASUO membership. If the students
and the University felt they could
afford to kick in the whole 17 grand,
we wouldn’t need ads.
* * *
ABOUT MOB SCENES
That “stockyard" scene in front
of McArthur court before the game
Friday night is cause for concern,
I believe. Maybe it was fun to be in
back of the crowd and do the push
ing. It wasn’t in the middle or near
the doors.
Fortunately, no one was injured
seriously, but damage was done as
several windows were broken. It
could have been different. Students
of crowd psychology admit that the
melee could have been a fisco.
If one student had slipped, how
could he or she have ever gotten up ?
With one person down and yelling |
for help, panic could start. Every
one in the middle would try to get
out. The tragic death, due to panic,
in the Boston night club fire of sev
eral years back is a grim reminder.
Maybe the pushers didn’t think of
that. Those on the fringes of the
crowd had no worry. Those in the
center did, and many were worried.
They could see what might happen,
but could do nothing about it.
There are two evident remedies.
One is to inaugurate a new ticket
taking or door-opening policy, the
other is to enforce keeping in line
by use of stringent methods. Either
one or a.combination of both may
save the University from a possible
serious .accident
A1 Pietschman.
> ■* * *
ABOUT BEAVERS
Lots of indignant townspeople are
wondering just where and how so
many Beaver rooters obtained tick
ets to Friday night’s ball game, and
so are we students.
It’s disgraceful enough to see our
teams beaten year after year by our
country cousins, but when we’re not
allowed to attend games at Cor
vallis, yet see hundreds of loyal Ore
gon supporters turned away because
the Igloo seats are filled with rabid
Beavers, it's adding insult to injury.
We begin to think there’s “some
thing rotten in Oregon.”
If th reeis a logical excuse for
this deplorable situation it should
be told to the rightfully disgusted
Eugenians to prevent further mis
understanding and long queues on
cold nights. If not let the Beavers
stand in line as we would have to do
at Corvallis.
D. J. Knight
Editor’s note: There were 400
Beavers at the game. No tickets
were sold to them. The Staters were
admitted with University of Oregon
ASUO cards which had been lent to
them by Webfoots. ASUO cards are
not supposed to be transferable. . . .
Draw your own conclusions about
something being rotten.
SIDE PATTER
BOB WHITELY
Tall, willowy and all there JEAN
BARRINGER who hails from the
Pi Phi clan, and Chi O June John
son were named first week’s win^^
ners in the Law school’s “Search
for Beauty” contest currently be
ing conducted in Fentons halldwed
lialls. Fledgling legalite Pres
Phipps emoted a moan at not be
ing able to identify a gorgeous
blonde job who from all appear
ances calls Suzie Hall her home,
rhe lawyers ask would she kirjdly
walk past again where she can
immedaitely be contacted. Ottilie
Seybolt was disqualified for rid
ing her Wambat bicycle at a fu
rious pace past the judges’ podium.
"We can’t vote on a blur,” the
committee confessed. The Gamma
Phi’s have shown plenty of hustle
af late as Dorothy Kienholz is
sporting a hunk of that stuff that
Zell Bros, sells and SAE Jim
(iolts is the giver. Sally Bern
hard and a jolly Tau from Corn
Valley Norm Sorenson are solidly
booked, Diane Mead took Sigmanoo
Walt Donovan’s joolry, and Elea
nor Toll is engaged to Charlie Mc
Comb who is basking in southern
California sunshine. Jack Mar
shall hung his Spee heart on I?t
McDowell of Hendrick’s Hall, Noo
Two . . . Stu Norene and Jo Sum
mers. The Pi Phi’s haven’t hit
the skunked list as yet because the
cookie jar took another beating
for Peggy Hawver and Beta Jack
Groff. At the rate the Pi Phi’s are
going, someone will have to pin
the housemother to make it a
clean sweep! The “Old Boys Club”
(third year law students) played
a dastardly trick on their rotund
president Rex Cutler the other day; ~j
Returning from his frequent jousts
with Charlie Howard, the ample
Mr. Cutler eased his flowing bulk
into his oversized seat and im
mediately leaped to his feet like
a red hot poker had been . . .
well like a red hot poker. Some
unknown colleague had filled the
depression with ice water. “My
officers pants are rooint” he
wailed, “and the culprits that per
petrated this henious display will
suffer severely.” Mr. Cutler is suf
fering from a localized cold, but
he is expected to recover. If cute
ADPi Carol Nickerson doesfli^. '
mind. ... I’d like to call her the
“baby I’d rather sit with.” After
seeing her picture in both the Ore- l
gonian and The Journal, she can I,
sit with me apy time. She can
warm my bottle at 10, 2 and 4. A
lot of the married veterans are
planning to send their wives to
shows at least three times a week!
Now for the Tuesday suppli
ment . . . Mary Anne Thielan, bet
ter knowed as “the hair” keeps
the horn constantly ringing over
at Suzy Hall. Every weekend it's
the same old thing . . . she just ]
can’t find the time to go out with
all the people that want to take
her out . . . for which we might
add we don’t blame ’em. Best
waffle feed of the week was held
at Phi Psi Jim Longwood’s apart
ment Sunday nite. His wife, the
former Carolee Lockwood of the
pink palace gang can really whip
’em up. Contact the Phi Psi heiSte 1
for reservations. Ominous rum
blings are heard deep in the stacks
of the law school as a campaign is
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