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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 16, 1947)
ASA, ISA Announce Political Slates
UO Air Hour Given Unauthorized Cut
Script Dealing With Labor
Prompts Technician's Action
By JONATHAN KAHANANUI
“The University Hour,” broadcast every Thursday from 4
to 5 p. m., yesterday fell victim to cjissention among members
of the student cast and was jammed off the air at the halfway
mark. The program originates in the University GeneraT^x
tension building studios, is piped to Corvallis, and is aired there
through facilities of KOAC, the state station.
KOAC announcer Ted Carlson vertified the report that the
last half hour of the show had been
chopped. In answer to an Emerald
phone call put through late last
night, Carlson said, "The program
was scheduled to run from 4 to 5
p. m. But the station ‘log’ shows
that it was pulled off at 4:30."
University student Robert A.
Merrell, studjo technician, pulled
the plug on the program, accord
ing to Marvin A. Krenk. instructor
in speech and drama at the Uni
versity. The show axed was "Hap
^py Ending,” whose professionally
conceived script dramatized the
present labor-employer situation
in the U. S., Mr. Krenk disclosed.
Merrell, who is employed part
time by the University and by
KOAC, took exception to the end
ing, which, in his opinion, leaned
slightly in favor of the employer,
and refused to channel the show.
“The cut was unauthorized,” Mr.
Krenk said. "The technician def
initely exceeded his authority.” He
stated that he was surprised when
informed of Merrell's action, be
cause up to this point the tech
nician’s work had been exemplary.
When asked by the Emerald to
explain his motives for jerking the
show, Merrell replied, “What I say
might have too many complica
A program of vocfft music and an
instrumental concert, scheduled
Friday, will close the Contemporary
Music festival, the first of this type
to be held at the University.
The afternoon progiam, begin
ning at 2 p.m., will feature Dr. Rob
ert U. Nelson, assistant professor
of music at UCLA, speaking on
“Music for Hollywood Films.” Dr.
Arnold Elson, festival chairman ,is
to speak at the concluding evening
concert at 8 p.m.
Herman Gelhausen, bass-bari
tone, accompanied by Sylvia Kill
man and the University a capella
chorus will be included in the after
I noon program.
“Sonata for Two Pianos and Per
cussion,” by Bela Bartok will be the
opening number of the evening con
ceit. John Stehn is to direct.
Elliott Carter’s “Pastoral for
! Clarinet and Piano” will be played
| by John Stehn, clarinet, and Jack
1 Witter, piano.
The concluding number will be
: Roger Sessions’ “Concerto for Vio
| lin” with Barbara Lull, violinist.
(Emerald photo by Don Jones)
ROGER SESSIONS .. .
Outstanding American composer and music educator
Sessions Expresses Pleasure
Over Increased Music Interest
By JOANNE FRYDENLUND
The increasing interest in contemporary music in this coun
try is a “hopeful thing,” according to Roger Sessions, who
found time between concerts here yesterday to express some
informal views of a contemporary composer.
Sessions, considered one of the outstanding American com
posers and educators of contemporary music, is now on the
campus lecturing and performing during the Contemporary
music n estival wmcn ends tonignt
after a busy three-day schedule.
Music Life Grows
“The musical life of this country
is growing all the time,” Sessions
pointed out. However, 'the fact that
Dean Earl Retires Post of 16 Years
By WILLIAM GARDNER ,
For nearly a quarter of a century j
the University has had the guilding
hand of a ma.n whose firmness, tact,
-and good judgment have helped
shape the destinies of many Ore
gon students. That man, Virgil D.
Earl, dean of men for the last 16
years, will retire July 1.
Dean Earl came to the Univer
sity in the first decade of the twen
tieth century, as a student. During
his undergraduate days, he had a
brilliant career in athletics as an
outstanding baseball and football
While acting as student mana
ger of the track team. Dean Earl
hired a new track coach—W. L.
“The athletic board contested my
authority to hire a coach,” Dean
Earl said, “but I saw Prince Camp
bell, then president of the Univer
sity, and it was all right. He guessed
Bill would make a good coach.”
So far as Dean Earl knows, the
board never again brought up the
subject of whether or not to keep
Bill Hayward. This year Hayward
will also retire from the University,
after a long career as a successful
Athletics Too Professional
Dean Earl feels that college ath
letics are becoming “too profession
al,” and that they are reaching
such a high degree of perfection
that the “fun” for the players which
V. D. EARL . . .
Retires as dean of men after
16 years service.
i existed in his day is dwindling away.
“The amount of deceptive play in
football,’’ Dean Earl believes, “has
also decreased.” He said that on oc
i casions when he played and coached,
the only time the football could be
seen a series of downs was when
the center had it.
After leaving the University,
Dean Earl was for many years a
successful coach, teacher, and prin
cipal at Astoria high school, and at
Washington high in Portland. In
1923 he returned to the University
as director of athletics.
In 1931 Dean Earl was elevated
to the position of dean of men. Be
sides being an adviser for the
freshman classes at the University,
he has served on many councils and
committees. Among these are the
ASUO executive council, in'terfra
ternity council, scholarship commit
ittee, advisory committee, and the
student affairs committee.
Tribute was paid to Dean Earl’s
untiring work’on the many councils
and committees when one of his as
sociates said recently, “He didn't
participate in the many activities
for personal glory, but rather, for
the betterment of University stu
in Europe a town the size of Eugene
would have an opera house illus
trates the early advancement of
Europe in the appreciation of music
by a large audience.
The composer further illustrated
this point with the fact that while
in Europe, the opera “Wozzeck,” a
radical work of the Austrian com
poser, Berg, has been performed
many times, here iir the United
States, it has been done only two
times. “The contemporary music
audience is increasing in the United
States, however,” Sessions said.
Writes Many Numbers
When asked how many composi
tions he had written, the composer
educator shrugged his shoulders
and said he couldn’t number them.
It was a difficult question for a man |
who has been composing since the
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By ASum Writer
Barney Miller, a graduate of
the University and now with the
Columbia Broadcasting System
in Los Angeles, will be devoted a
portion of Knox Manning’s “Fea
ture Page” production as a trib
ute to W. F. G. Thacher, profes
sor of English.
The program, a salute to the
work of Thacher, will be present
ed at 5 p.m. Friday night over the
Pacific Coast network.
Miller, who formerly was a
writer in Portland, is now in Los
Angeles as a free lance radio!
In Prexy Race
By BILL YATES
News Editor, The Emerald
Official slates of both cam
pus political organizations for
the forthcoming ASUO and
class elections were completed
yesterday when the Indepen
dent Students association re
leased to the Emerald the
names of candidates it plans to
nominate for the various 1947
Names of Affiliated Student
association candidates were re
leased to the Emerald earlier this
The race for the No. 1 ASUO po
sitition will find ISA candidate
Howard Lemons pitted against
Stan Williamson, ASA candidate
for the post. Both men will be nom
inated at the ASUO nominating as
sembly next Thursday, according to
spokesmen for the two political
Bobbie Fullmer, ASA, and Jeanne
Simmonds, ISA, will be entered in
the contest for the No. 2 position.
Under the preferential system used
here, the four candidates battle for
the four top ASUO posts presi
dent, two vice-presidents, secretary
Candidates to be nominated for
ASUO class representatives are:
senior class—Ralph Himmclsbach,
ISA, and Marty Pond, ASA; junior
class—Dean Bond, ASA, and Andy
Iskra, ISA; sophomore class—Nor
man Bishop, ASA, and Art Johnson,
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Due at Conference
“This year’s conference of the
Oregon Retail Distributors’ Insti
tute should be the biggest and best
of the eight conferences we have
had,” Dr. N. H. Comisli, secretary
of the organization, said yesterday.
Dr. Cornish said that registration in
Eugene has been the largest yet re
The institute will convene on the
Oregon campus Sunday night, May
18, and continue through Monday.
The purpose of the conference is to
discuss current retail problems ill
the various fields of business and
to give the merchants an opportun
ity to exhibit research work in their
The conference will also give the
students a chance to study the prob
lems to be dealt with in the confer
ence, and to give them an oppor
tunity to get in touch with the mer
chants, Cornish said.
Assisting with plans for the In
stitute are committees of Eugene
businessmen. Among the members
of the committees are various Eu
The conference will open Sunday
night with a banquet at the Eugene
hotel. President Newburn will give
an address, and Dr. Victor P. Mor
ris, dean of the school of busineess
administration, will preside over
Merchants from various parts of
the state including eastern and
southern Oregon, and coastal
towns, will attend the meeting.