Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 01, 1947, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon <§ Emerald
Associates to Editor
Managing Editor
News Editor
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Sports Editor
Assistant Sports Editors
walt McKinney
Assistant Managing Editor
Assistant News Editors
Advertising Manager
Executive Secretary
Don Jones, ^tatt rnotograpner___ :
“* “ ~~ REPORTERS _ ,. |
Beth Ba9ler, Bettye Joe Bleilsoe, Diana Dye, Ruth Eades, A1 English, Luwavne Engwall,
Virginia Fletcher, Joanne Frydenlund, Chuck de Ganahl, Laverne Gunderson, Dale Harlan,
Dolna Kicking, Janice Kent. Pat King, Phyllis Kohlmeier, Betty l.agomarsmo, June
McConnell, Barbara Murphy, Laura Olson, Carol Jo Parker, Nancy Peterson, Helen Sher
man, Virginia Thompson, Jim Wallace, Sally Waller.______
Signed editorial features and columns In the Emerald reflect the opinions of the writers.
They do dot necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial staff, the student body, or t e .
Universit.^.^ as second class matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Oregon. __I
TNE at OSC ~and Here
Since last fall when the Emerald published the statement
that Theta Nu Epsilon, nefarious underground political pres:
sure group, existed on the University of Oregon campus,
Editor Bob Knoll of the Oregon State Barometer has been
working closely with OSC President Strand to uncover evi
dence of TNE at Oregon State. Knoll and his associates, mem
bers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Kappa at OSC. have
fought TNE all year on the grounds that it is “the greatest
peril to the fraternity system itself, on which 1 NE feeds like
a vampire, and is an equal peril to democracy in student affairs
at OSC." j
We quote from the Barometer’s Tuesday editorial:
Since 1890 Theta Nu Epsilon has betrayed the fraternity system
of America. Initiating men from respected social fraternities, it has
demanded their allegiance to a corrupt, vicious, outlawed fraternity.
It has bled the finest social fraternities of countless men who other
wise might have contributed to the general welfare of all decent
fraternities and to America. This contribution they could not make
as members of the most degraded student organization ever conceived.
TNE came to Oregon State in 1916. That a chapter existed here
in 1923 is substantiated in Theta Nu Epsilon records. That individual
members from time to time have been exposed is an acknowledged
fact. There is no reason to believe that it ever left Oregon State or
that it is not carrying on its activities at the present time.
It is significant that the national fraternities have fought TNE
bitterly since its very conception. Leading the fight nationally for
many years was Thomas Clarke, ATO, for a long time dean of men
at Illinois.
This year The Barometer (and the Emerald) has made the fight
against TNE one of the main elements in its policy. The Barometer
(and the Emerald) deplored the long-standing social and political
division between affiliated and non.affiliated students. It fought this
split because the continuation of such a division was advantageous to
TNE and TNE alone.
Within fraternity circles TNE stands to gain most from a blind,
complacent, self-satisfied fraternity-sorority bloc. To deliberately
misguide and misform this group could best serve TNE’s purposes.
A regimented Greek bloc is TNE’s best insurance policy.
Because of its firm stand this year The Barometer (and the
Emerald) has been labeled as “anti-Greek". To be anti-TNE, how
ever, is not to be “anti_Greek”. To fight that organization which
can bring complete ruin and degradation to the fraternity system is
not to be pro-independent.
To the true and respected fraternity world TNE is like a social
disease. It cannot be cured by ignorance. It cannot be eliminated by
furtive concealment on the part of respectable fraternity men and
women. Nor can these men and women be loyal to their respective
bouses and still protect individuals they know to be in TNE. The
two stand for two different ways of life. Their ideals are completely
incompatible. That house in which both try to live, cannot long stand.
It is our belief (and the Emerald’s) that TNE is here—*ow. E
can be eliminated only by honest fraternity men. Open minded, fully
informed fraternities and sororities can put their own houses in order.
Without TNE they can be the greatest single source of good on any
American campus.
Without mincing words the Barometer editorial has stated
the same ideas the Emerald has been putting forth all year.
Now, in view of the present political situation on this campus,
we believe that there is a greater possibility than ever before
that the thoughtful Greeks will reject TNE control and assert
their independence as individuals. We know that a few of the
more far-sighted Greek leaders are now convinced that they
and their party have lost much respect through their associa
tion with TNE, and the campus must look to them for new
and independent democratic leadership.
We believe that TNE cannot be purged merely by dis
missing' from school a few proven members. That was done
an this campus about ten years ago, and TNE is still in op
eration. Only a conscious insistence to TNE control by in
formed Greeks can eventually and completely cure the disease
and save the fraternity system.
Telling the Editor
Due to the unethical editorial referring to all Moms as “cigarette
smokers and cocktail drinkers,” the Mothers’ Day committee yesterday
discontinued mailing the Emeralds home to the Moms.
A special edition of the Emerald for all Oregon Mothers was the
committee’s idea of extending a cordial, a hospitable, and a courteous
invitation of every University of Oregon Mother. A thousand extra
Emeralds were printed, a place was provided in the Co-op for free
mailing service, and a great deal of organization was exerted to make
the Emerald full and complete with information to encourage all Mothers
to attend Junior Weekend. But the editorial staff had another idea.
We realize the type of editorial' printed yesterday can only be tol
erated. No one can dictate to the editor the policy that she must follow.
No one would care to abolish the freedom of the press. But every profes
sion has its ethics, and we feel the editor has fallen below the ordinary
bit of courtesy 'that any person feels in wanting to put his best foot
forward. The paper was a preview of what Mothers could expect on
Mother's Weekend. Are they to be flattered by what has been written
about them ?
It is untimely for the editor to allow such an editorial in the very
edition that was to be sent home to all the Mothers. The editor far out
stepped her bounds in aiming to represent the feelings of the whole
campus by printing such an article. We didn’t believe the article was
typical of our Mothers. We don’t believe it is the type of literature she
would care to read. We think she would most probably get more thought
stimulation from some “slick women’s magazines” than anything
yesterday’-s editorial had to present.
The Committee of Mothers’ Day Weekend
(Editor’s note: The editorial did not refer to ALL mothers in those
uncomplimentary terms. The editorial said, in effect, that while moth
ers are being honored and showered with tributes by their husbands,
sons, and daughters all over the nation and on this campus, it would
he well for the mothers to look to their laurels and consider seriously
whether they are all worthy of idolization. Certainly we recognize
the existence Of many wise and courageous mothers whose integrity
cannot be questioned, as we stated in the editorial. But, if anyone
doubts the existence of the irresponsible and worthless mothers we
also described, let him check the statistics on juvenile delinquency
or probe the personalities of the thousands of maladjusted youngsters,
examples Of which are found on every campus. There is really no good
reason why yesterday’s Emeralds could not have been sent to our
mothers; if the shoe fits, let it; if the accusations do not apply, let
those who are without fault pat themselves on the back.)
In re: The Bible, the Flag, and
Mom, you have touched only the
surface situation of Momism. True,
today’s mothers are pampered with
luxuries, with time, and sometimes
“keep pap-fed sons adoring her
self.” But this edit only glosses over
the condition. The editorial pro
vides no reasons, answers no ques
tions«pf why Moms act as they do.
Lundberg and Farnham in their
book (a notable new study for the
social scientists), “Modern Woman,
the Lost Sex,” try to answer the
question—why ? Here’s their thesis
(in modified and skeletal form).
They say the trouble started with
the discovery that the earth was no
longer the center of the universe.
Men begin to realize they were very
small, insignificant specks on a
small, insignificant cinder in the
firmament. Man, with the props
knocked properly out from under
him, by this discovery of his true
inconsequential place in the scheme
of things, jumped on the jet-pro
pelled plane of accomplishment to
palliate his shaken ego. He did this
to prove to himself, his neighbors,
and his women-folk that there was
still some worth left in the old boy
Accomplishment and ambition
took many forms: scholastic, com
mercial, industrial, and scientific.
Men made bigger and better scien
tific discoveries, sold more and
more, and better and longer-lasting
fountain pens.
Women were left holding the bag;
were considered useless by those
men out for “progress.” If the la
dies had babies, they were a drag
on the family income and a conse
quent drag on men as “accomplish
ers.” Stress was put upon keeping
up with the Joneses and the Jones
es didn't have kids to send to col
lege .They could buy a yacht or in
vest in American Tel. and TeL
Women rebelled; tried to rival
their men. Their place as mothers
had been discredited with a con
sequent loss to their own sense of
worth. They joined the professions
—often beating man at his own
game—but their hearts were not
in it. Those who stayed in the home
and did have children felt the loss
of “caste,” anyway. Technological
development had made the home a
shell, also of little consequence.
Women tried to gain emotional se
curity by becoming “Women of
Fashion,” by browbeating their
husbands, or through emotional at
tachment to their progeny. Woman
was suffering from a loss of the
sense of having a worthwhile place
in society.
That’s the story,- son ,as Farn
ham and Lundberg tell it.
Flora L. Furrow.
If the Emerald is trying to stim
ulate adverse reaction to its publi
cation, there is not better way than
its editorial, “The Bible, the Flag,
and Mom.” Do you really expect
anyone to send that paper home to
the family, the people to whom
most college students are indebted
for all their happiness?
Our great college free press can
carry things too far when they start
hitting below the belt. Was the ed
itorial necessary to promote some
personal satisfaction? Was it nec
essary at all ?
As one who likes and respects my
family, I think the Emerald has
used poor judgment, more so than
usual, in its topic. Budding jour
nalists are supposed to be endowed
with a certain sense of intelligence
which in this case seems to be lack
Whomever I am offending by my
opinion, just take into considera
tion that you, the writer, have
transgressed the ethics of journal
ism by unnecessarily offending your
readers. Use your heads before you
completely degrade what has, in
the past, been considered a good
campus newspaper.
Sallie Timmens
Your letter in the Emerald in re
ply to one of my own was extreme
ly illuminating. I was surprised
Side Patter
Got a welcome letter from my
mom today . . . also a little of that
scarce folding stuff that goes a
short way. She wuz out playing
poker with the girls, hit a full
house on the last card and sand
bagged the devil out of them. She’s
been coming down here for 17
years all told and one of the an
nual events of Junior Weekend
that isn’t on the schedule is the
"Old Girls” Poker club which meets
late Saturday night in one of the
hotels. She plays bridge with old
maids, poker with younger girls,
and softball with the neighborhood
alley-cats. The Junior Weekend
committee blew three gaskets after
reading Wednesday’s edit . . . and
Dick William probably lost few
pounds inadvertantly. Rumor is
flying around the campus that
“Old Puttynose” Doc Hayes is
“Anyface”. With all the rules laid
down by the Junior Weekend com
mittee on traditions, you’ll almost
be afraid to eat. Well, the good
old TNE raises it’s ugly head again
in print. That old wind is huffing
and puffing again. The good old
J. W. committee sighed a breath
of relief at seeing Beverly Carroll
pictured sending Tuesday’s Emer_ •
aid home . . . she looked so happy
too. All the air of frivolity about
the campus today is a direct
cause of our national bird. The
Eagle Screamed . . . and everyone
has money. You’ll see a beyooti
ful picture of winsome “Queen
Crazylegs” the first in tomorrows
Emerald. The publicity shy “Sen
ator” Carmicheal had to be lured
to Fenton’s steps with a brace of
Van Bibber cigars. Today’s car
ton of Chesterfields goes to
Maryanne Thielan ... of the Hen
dricks hall Thielans. Her date file
is as full as a recipe box. Chi Oh’s
Dodo Misled and Gammafi Liz Gil
more can pick up their smokes at
the Side with the compliments of
Kit Wilhelm and Bob Chapman . . .
and of course the people who make
’em. The Alpha Chi’s Helen Nel
son announced her intent to wed
in a most unusual manner. War.
ren (Green Pastures) Bobbyn who
plays Gabriel, gave her the horn
and she blew it to summon the
sisters from the sacks. The price
of coffee and cakes in that house
must be tremendous this term. . . ,
they’re all getting married. The
law school wants to thank brother
i Boroby and the wonder fisherman
John Schaefers for their coopera
i tion in obtaining necessary re
freshments for their law school
weekend. From all the dope, the
Co-op Capers is going to be a good
deal. Well ... as I go out into
the breeze to ask some freshman
‘which way does the wind blow”
■ . . we’ll pull the plug on the do
nut machine for today. . . . Take
mother down for a . . . you know
what at the Side . . . but only give
her TWO!
pd. adv.
however to note that you felt the
purpose of my writing you was
nothing other than an attempt to
malign you and to cast reflections
upon your fitness for responsible
citizenship. As I remarked in the
letter to which you so ably replied,
11 had hoped you understood the at
j titude under which I had written.
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