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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 27, 1947)
DON FAIR, WALLY HUNTER
Assistant Sports Editors
Assistant Managing Editors
BOBOLEE BROPHY and
Assistant News Editors
Don Jones, Matt Photographer
Signed editorial features and columns in the Emerald reflect the opinions of the writers.
They do net necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial staff, the student body, or the
Entered as second class matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Oregon.
City of Roses-- and Riveters
Ex-Emeraldite Richard L. Neuberger, writing in the cur
rent issue of The Saturday Evening Post, takes the city of
Portland to task as a rather crowded conglomeration of citi
zens, with a goodly share of moss on the back, fighting their
way through an impossible traffic system. The city is faced,
says friend Neuberger, with a choice of being a little New
England, as it was before the war, or with being a new Pitts
burgh, as it well may become, what with all those kilowatt
hours of cheap power humming in from Bonneville.
Knowing Portlanders as we do, we foresee a great deal of
criticism of the Neuberger portrait, which The Post ran as
one of its “Cities of America’’ series. Portlanders love that
town with a fierce loyalty, with a loyalty that leaves them
open to charges of “provincialism.”
Remembering childhood days at Fernwood school, the
picnics at Laurelhurst park, waiting for the Burnside bridge
draw, standing in theater lines along Seventh avenue, which
Portlanders insist upon calling "Broadway,” we confess to a
certain degree of nostalgia in our own appraisal of the old
Nonetheless there is more than a germ of truth in what
The old town is at the end of the pavement. That it can
turn around and again become a slightly moribund old folks
home, where the drivers of trackless trolleys vie with lumber
barons each year in the Rose show, is just wishful thinking.
The idea of becoming a new Pittsburgh, of a new “golden
triangle” forming in their own front yards, is not a pleasing
one for the old-line Portlander. We don't blame him, but feel
he may as well face the situation for what it is. The town
will grow, and either the old line citizen will grow with it, or
the tow'll will grow without him.
The huge shot of new blood that was pumped into Port
land during the war caused much dismayed comment, much
muttering about “out-of-towners,” and black looks at the
"Okie” with the $75 suit and the big Oregon Shipyards badge.
But 'lie new blood, which, as Neuberger points out, is going
to stay around a while, will make the city. In 20 years tliege
105,000 new citizens will also become old-line residents.
Maybe they can’t make the streets any w ider, but they can
wake it up and help keep the city of Portland in the 20th
Let’s Have a Picnic
This is all a plot to keep us in school another term. We
mean all this blue sky and sunshine and daffodils coining up
as big and bright as you please. Here it is not even March
yet and already we've got picnic weather.
You know what? We think this is all caused by pre-regis
tration. The local weather man got all fouled up, thought
that registration activities meant it was spring-term time and
gave out with the traditional meteorological balm.
This is not only good weather for raising daisies, lowering
incentive to study, and ironing cotton dresses. It is particu
larly good weather for fostering plans for picnics.
Spring term at the l ! Of course the first thing everyone
thinks about are picnics. Nothing is so much fun. Someone
just says "Let’s have a picnic" and there you are with a earful
of coeds and fellows headed for the Fiji meadows or the Mc
Kenzie river. The requirements are simple: a car. a couple
of blankets, some food (potato chips, hotdogs, olives), and
a lot of whatever it is you like to drink.
Not only does this preview of spring encourage picnics, it
makes rumors about picnics flourish. We heard, for instance,
that someone "close to the whitehouse" had decreed that two
persons could constitute a picnic and that all picnics must be
chaperoned. What could be more disheartening than that?
Apprehensively, we called the dean of women's office for
confirmation. Happily, we relay the glad-tidings. Onlv pic
nics which are official house functions must be scheduled at
the dean’s office and properly chaperoned.
The traditional spontaneous Oregon picnic will, it seems,
go on forever . . . and, personally, we re glad we've got an
other term to go.
Telling the Editor
Another public statement about what the scholarship commit
tee has done and is doing may help students to find their way
through the tangle of rumor that has sprung up on the campus.
At the close of fall term we had a list of more than one thou
sand students whose scholarship was unsatisfactory. Some of
them were here for the first time and others had been here many
times. Some were almost up to the required standard for gradu
ation while others were very far below it. There were as many
explanations as there were students.
In attacking the problem the committee worked from the top
downwards. That is to say, we identified a certain number (about
60%) whose records seemed to justify allowing them to continue
in the University for at least another term and “cleared” them
for spring term registration.
Individual Cases Judged
This left us with a list of some 400 cases to be examined in
greater detail. They were at the lower end of the scale but
we thought it all the more important that each should be treated
in terms of its own peculiar circumstances since the decision
might have to be to exclude them from the University. To
carry out this policy we not only felt that each case should be
judged on its own merits, but that some personnel officer must
interview the students and become as familiar as possible with
his entire situation.
Registration Held Up
We recognized that this would take a long time as well as
great patience and so we asked the registrar to hold up the spring
term registration of these students until the actual opening of
the term on March 31. We then determined for each the mini
mum standard which he individually would have to meet in order
to satisfy the graduation requirements, and in seme cases made
his registration for the spring term conditional upon the record
of the present winter term’s work. After the students had been
notified of these actions we had, as we expected to have, many
petitions for reconsideration.
We have now reached that point in the program and are con
sidering cases brought to us in which the student, or someone
else, thinks that some injustice has been done. We have already
found some cases in which it appears that the students should
be allowed to register either because some mistake was made or
because new evidence has convinced the committee that the
student should be allowed to continue for at least one more term.
Rumors Are Not Reliable
We shall probably discover other mistakes and correct them
before the day of registration for the spring term, i.e. March 31.
Meanwhile, it should be remembered that a rumor of yesterday
may be based on nothing better than a rumor of the day be
fore. The committee desired to keep the public informed of its
actions but can hardly be expected to issue daily bulletins or
forecast its future decisions.
As for the predictions, it seems highly probable that the
majority of those on the original list of 1065 will ultimately meet
the required standards and therefore be allowed to register for
one more trial, but it is equally probable 'that some will not be
here during spring term. All those who are finally allowed to
register in the spring term will be kept on our list and held ac
countable to the scholarship regulations laid down by the faculty.
It would be stupid to pretend that all students, whatever their
record, should be allowed to continue in the University. Even
the taxpayer is interested in scholarship for it costs him just
as much to keep a poor student here as it does to keep a good
one, and the poor students have been in the habit of staying
longer. If the student is not doing satisfactory work up to the
minimum standard required for graduation it is not only in the
interest of the University but in the best interest of the student
himself that he find it out before it is too late.
—DR. H. G. TOWNSEND,
Cliairman of the scholarship committee.
By DALE HARLAN
The Republican party made big
campaign promises in last fall's
elections and these promises have
about as much likelihood of being
fulfilled as has the average citizen
has of averting death and taxes.
About all the Republican congress
men have been doing is running
around the country like a group of
freshmen being rushed by a lot of
In attempting to follow Republi
can policies through the speeches
and actions of their congressional
leaders, there is no hint that they,
who are counting on carrying the
1948 elections, are concerning them
selves in the least with our number
one domestic problem: How to pre
vent the next depression.
No, they are not worried if the
cost of living has gone up 40 per
cent in the last year. They worry
about such momentous problems as
proposing a special bill to free the
railroads completely from the pro
visions of the anti-trust laws and
they pass another world-shaking
bill to subsidize Senator Butler’s
own little alchohol plant back in
Omaha. Let us not forget though
the Republican party is the party of
“small business,” Senator Morse
told us that last summer.
The Republican leaders are great
ly concerned that no one should be
put in control of the atomic energy
commission who does not whole
heartedly subscribe to the capital
istic system. And you do not sub
scribe to the capitalistic system if
you want to have atomic energy de
veloped for the good of all our peo
ple instead of for a few of the large
In short, the Republican party is
concerned over most everything but
what they should be concerned
about. They do not se*m to recall
the circumstance which led to the
anti-Republican wave of , 1932
namely, the 1929 depression. As far
as one can judge from the public
utterances of Republican leaders,
they expect that once the relations
between labor and management
have been more “equalized” the cap
italist system—free of even sane
control—will, of itself, assure the
nation uninterrupted prosperity.
This will occur without either plan
By BOB WHITELY
In conjunction with the Emeranir
“Cover Girl” contest now being held,
the law school chess team an
nounces their candidate for this
coveted honor. Beating their rooks
against the boilers and ear trum
pets at port arms, the committee
voted USUO style, and at last re
ports Marilyn Sage was way out in
front. The law school chess club
stated “It’s your move, Miss Sage”
and only stipulate that Marilyn en
ter the contest with her hair down.
Avery Combs was nonplussed when
notified that he was to be prime
minister, and Dumbo Mayne will
carry on as usual. The U. S. Open
Match-Throwing Assn, is backing
the Miller Girls, printing thousands
of campaign buttons which read . . .
“You’ll get a sure strike with the
Miller Girls.” Kappa’s Mary Weiner
is the candidate from the married
girls “Saturday night poker club,”
and is being backed by a full house.
Remember . . this is going to be a
full page picture in the Emerald
. . . so campaign now. The Tau’s
threw Jim Bedingfield so far in J^:e
tub the other night that he emerged
waterlogged. The rigors of pin
planting are rough, Sis. It’s surely
good to see the old Sigma Chi
stocks again. They might as well
chain ’em to the Side come Spring
term . . . they’ll need them. If any
of you gals want to wear your pedal
pushers in style, Gammaphi Mar
tha Harrold is giving away a swell
machine for only 30 bucks . . .
wheels included. Leave your name
at The Side. KUGN’s Suds Chaney
had a famous Marcus Winkler re
quest on “After Hours” Monday
night. He misplaced his request for
the law school’s Brad Fancher . . .
“When the Salmon return to Celilo,
I’ll be Waiting for You with my
Net.” He’s sure he has it somewhere
. . . Operative Z squared at the Delt
house says that Bob Lewis is eager
for his initiation come spring . . .
and mebbe Alpha Chi’s Bev Dichler
has a slight hint why. How did Al
pha Nu Nu Epsilon Chi’s (Theta’s
subsidiary) flag get on the Sigma
Chi’s flagpole? . . . and better yet
what did they use for a flag The
Theta Sigma Phi’s “Miss Vag^ii£
contest would draw the whole
school and even route F and Mar
cola if they would throw out all the
exaggerated peplums .. . bell sleeves
and octagonal bodices in their fash
ion parade . . . and have the 55 girls
model French Riviera bathing suits.
If Life says the French do it . . .
can Oregon be so far behind ?
Couldn’t you just picture Sally Tim
mins in one of ... oh well, “Miss
Vogue” will probably win in a metal
plated union suit. But it would have
been fun. Congrats to Wilbur Craig j
and his truck . . . they did it again, j
ning or policy by the government,
and in disregard of the fact of busi
ness cycles. Learning by trial and
error—mostly by error under this
century’s Republican administra
tions—sure can be hard sometimes.
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