Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 15, 1947, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon W Emerald
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Virginia Fletcher, Lejeune Griffith, John Jensen, Donna Kletzing, Dick Laird, June Mc
Connell, Kathleen Mullarky, Barbara Murphy, Laura Olson, Joan O’Neill, Nancy Peterson,
Marjorie Rambo, Katherine Richardson, Adelaide Schooler, Helen Sherman, Jackie Tetz,
Gloria Talarico, Sally Waller, Hans Wold, Phyllis Kohlmeier.
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Entered as second class matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Oregon.
Happy Dads’ Day
Welcome to Oregon, Dads'-. . . and Granddads!
Remember the first time you came to the campus for
Dads’ Day, in ’43? President Erb made the speeches, and the
Ducks played the Beavers in the Igloo—and won, 50-35. Your
son was a freshman then ....
Remember how proud he was of the campus . . . how he
insisted on introducing you to all those people whose names
you couldn’t remember . . . how he kept talking about that
special girl .... how young he was?
Remember how worried you were about the war? And he
didn’t want you to know he was thinking about it too. Most
of his fraternity brothers were already gone; both of you knew
it wouldn’t be long. And, actually, it wasn’t a very happy
Dads’ Day because it might have been the last. . . .
Now you’re back again—you’ve been looking forward to
this weekend. You haven’t seen much of your son since he
came back and married that special girl.
lie’s a sophomore now . . . and he’s no longer young. He’s
in a hurry to get out of school, to find a permanent home,
for his family, to work, to live. But he’s even more proud
of the campus than before; he still wants you to meet all the
new friends lie’s made. He wants to drag you down to Tay
lor’s or the Side . . . just to recapture for you the collegiate
spirit he hasn’t quite been able to find in himself.
He’s so proud of you, Granddad. Ever since his own baby
was born he’s begun to understand how you have felt all those
years. lie wants you to feel now that this time the treat’s
on him—he. wants to show you that this is a happy Dads’ Day.
Union No<w
Educational Activities Manager Dick Williams is going
east for a conference on student unions spring term. We hope
lie can take some definite plans with him.
A long cherished hope of succeeding generations of Web
foots, the memorial union building is beginning to take on
more than just dream-like aspects.
The ground is staked out, the plans are approved, the
students, their fathers, and alumni have pledged their time and
money. Now to raise the rest of the money and get the corner
stone in place.
Building materials are still short but Eugene is getting a
new suburban saloon and the business buildings are going
up in time to get in on the fat market. We can probably shake
loose enough nails and mortar to do the job.
It has been 24 years since John MacGregor headed the first
student union committee. In that time a lot of Webfoots have
graduated and among them are the union’s strongest friends.
The next few months w ill see a great deal of progress to
ward the Erb Memorial Union. This is to remind all of us
that 1447 is the year for making dreams come true.
Lucky we go to Oregon Department: Think of the plumb
ing problem Oregon State will face if they follow this to its
logical conclusion. We quote from a Barometer letter of Febru
ary 6: "1 suggest all former commissioned officers . . . should
have February 28 set aside for them to register . . . Then on
March 1 all former enlisted men should be allowed to
register . .
* * * *
If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no
wind is favorable to him.—Senaca
* * *
The greatest truths are simplest; and so are the greatest
* * * *
A nation owes its success, not so much to its strength in
armaments, as to the amount of character in its citizens.
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Any veteran who has not re
ceived his January 1947 subsis
tence allowance should contact
Philip Lynch, contact representa
tive, veterans administration,
room 110, physical education
A thorough undercover survey by
the field staff of the Disabled
American Veterans has uncovered
some disturbing conditions in vet
erans administration regional of
fices. Conditions are particularly
bad, (“lousy” according to the
DAV report) in the handling of
Vet benefit checks.
Quietly, DAV officials turned
over their findings to General
Omar Bradley, Veterans Adminis
tration chief. General Bradley
ordered immediate and drastic re
forms—in both procedures and
personnel. All this happened a
little over a month ago and now
the DAV is back on the job in an
effort to learn whether the drastic
overhaul ordered is* in fact im
proving the situation.
Survey Made
DA V’s field sfhff decided to
make the survey late last year
because of a growing flood of com
plaints. These complaints were
mostly from vets in college and
the just plain disabled that their
benefit checks were weeks, yes,
even months late. This large,
well-trained field staff went to
work at regional levels, without
lotting even VA regional manag
ers in on their objectives. This
of course was to eliminate any
possibilities of a “cover-up” by
VA officials.
While the check delays were
blamed on lack of personnel in
some instances the primary diffi
culty laid to “indifference and un
concern” on the part of many em
ployees. DAV investigators found
that some offices required . two
months to pay simple adjusted
awards, two to three months to
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pay benefits under public laws 16
and 346, and 90 days to get out
monthly subsistence checks.
Lack Efficiency.
The report went on to say, “ . . .
it is the consensus that it is not
the lack of personnel . . . but
rather the lack of efficient per
sonnel that is responsible for the
deplorable state of affairs. . . .”
This statement would undoubtedly
be readily seconded by most of the
veterans on this campus.
Both the investigation and the
VA’s immediate reaction are a big
feather in the cap of the DAV.
The smallest of the original three
vet groups, it was the first to win
real action in a problem that has
been plaguing veterans for
R. J. Gridley, training officer,
veterans guidance center, has in
formation available on foreign
universities. He will be glad to
advise with any veteran thinking
about attending one of the many
recommended foreign schools.
Manhattan manholes -— Manhat
tan has been getting a little variety
in strikes lately with the picketing
of open manholes by an A.F.L. elec
trical workers union. Men carrying
the traditional cardboards have .
been marching in tight circles
around open manholes, wherein la
borers from a New York telegraph
and subway company work.
Union spotters tour the city
looking for open manholes. When
one is spotted which has conduit re
pairers in it, the alarm goes back-f
to union headquarters. The dis
patcher there shouts “open man
hole,” and pickets scurry for signs
and race madly to the scene, try
ing to get there before the manhole
is closed. Occasionally the marching
routinue is broken by strikers yell
ing derogatory remarks at the
workers below.
The occupational hazard of the
strike — dizziness — is combated
by walking slowly and changing
the march from clock to counter
» * *
For collectors Of sentences end
ing with prepositions: “Why did
you bring that book I don’t like to
read to be out of up for.”
Dog facts — Scientists believe a
dog’s bark is an effort to imitate
the human voice. Wild dogs, wolves,
or other members of the canine
family who never have heard hu
man speech or the barking of other
dogs never bark themselves.
❖ * *
Here’s That Man Again — The
Man Bilbo explained that his four
bodyguards who accompanied him
to the hospital were hired “to beat
the hell out of anyone who tries to
take my picture.” A wonderful man
is the senator, whose conversation
retains the same old sparkle despite
his current mouth trouble.
Youre the
man most
likely to
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