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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 21, 1947)
What Is Our Future ?♦♦♦♦. Survival ?
truth) the impractical men are accustomed to think
detachedly; to think, at least compared with the
rest of us, in terms of all time and all space.
Practical men. but the nature of their jobs (ac
tion m terms of the present plus a short-term fu
ture) are accustomed to think expediently. Expe
dient thinking is unfortunately unequal to the task
of solving the problems raised by Hiroshima.
Hence you will probably place more emphasis
on the ideas of certain philosophers, historians, and
scientists than on the utterances of commissars, for
eign secretaries, and editorial writers.
\ ou will discover that pre-Hiroshima thinkers
can be contemporary, and post-Hiroshima thinkers
may have been dead a long time. Eor example,
Molotov and Thomas E. Dewey strike me as pre- 1
Hiroshima, whereas Plato is-surprisiuglv post-Hiro
shima in his ideas.
* * *
By the time you have reached this point vou
will be an altered human being. Certain qualities
that are precious and lovable you will perhaps in
part have lost—vigorous optimism, easy gaiety, and
maybe, though Heaven forbid, humor. That is the
penalty you must pay for being part of the most
terrible of all recorded centuries.
You will have become, not a pessimist, but a
man or woman with a sense of tragedy. You will
have become big enough to conceive AS A REAL
THING the possibility of a major cataclysm, com
parable in its effects to the coming of the ice age.
Then—not before—you will be able to think of
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methods of averting the cataclysm.
Some of you—I hope all of you—will h a v e
formed a new view of politics. N ou may even want
to enter the field, determined to transform it from
an arena of power-manipulations to an agency for
just and rational government of human beings.
From this point 1 cannot tell you what to do
next. What you do will flow out of what vou are.
If the scale of your thinking has become sufficiently
great, the scale of your actions will be correspond
That the actions must be great and not small,
rooted in the future, not in the past, is obvious from
the circumstance that our present dilemma is great
and not small, unique and not traditional.
Class of '47, it is time to commence.
with LARRY LAU
Have a report on my desk which
indicates that Robert Merrell, the
man who recently pulled the
switch and stopped an alleged
anti-union program being put on
by radio students, was once given
the boot from Kansas State Col
, lege, along with two or three oth
ers, for refusing to take ROTC.
The case went to the' State Su
preme Court where Merrell won his
case. Immediately thereafter the
governor called a special session
of the legislature-1 to enact a law
which would present any similar
reoccurance. Due «to the resultant
publicity. Merrell received several
scholarship offers, and took one at
a technical school, sponsored by a
union, in Arkansas. While there
did some good work for both
the union and the Communist
party! . . David Rozelle, who grad
uated from Oregon’s school of
Journalism in 1939 is back in Eu
gene running Rozelle’s Coffee
Shop on Alder just off 11th. Spe
cializing in breakfasts and lunch
es, Dave and his wife have the
joint crowded with people after
their buttermilk hotcakes; at only
2Qc a plate, no wonder!
Another reports sez that Dean
Orlando J. Htb 11 is was one
member of the Co-op Board who
voted against publishing the Co
op’s financial statement in the
Emerald. Grounds given were that
the report was too complicated
and that the students might mis
interpret their meaning. . . .
Gamma Phi Pat Starling’s rom
ance with Tom Dryden was short
lived; the Sigma Chi pin is back
on Tom’s own sweater. . . . Room
11 in Hen Hall has achieved some
sort of record. With the pinning
of Helen Arneson by Sig Ep Jim
Dyer, all six of the gals are sport
ing the season’s smartest brass. . .
^jWith Mortar Board coming up,
even though the gals are (for once
going all out, it’ll be up to the
males to look their best as always.
A fresh haircut at Inks Barber
Shop on 11th (the guy gives ter
rific crew cuts) and clean, freshly
pressed clothes, as only the Best
Cleaners can do ’’em, and you’ll be
all set. . . .
Report No. 3 sez that damming
evidence is piling up at a tremen
dous rate in the present Infirmary
investigation. Orchids to Bill Lar
ner for providing that last bit of
necessary impetus to get the thing
started. . . .Pi Kappa Phi, with 23
members on campus, has already
been recognized by the University,
and sought yesterday to obtain
membership in the ASA. . . Hal
Saltzman hasn't been pitching so
well in May, but many have hopes
for June. . . . Tom Kay tells us that
the elections next week will be un
constitutional, but that there”s
little he can do. The ASUO race
will be o.k., but the class elections
will be subject to challenge before
and after because the poll books
will not be up to date. . . This will
be the last plug for thet Campus
Shoe Shop. After doing a grand
are just figuring on getting by
job all year, they say that the kids
with their shoes, as is, until they
get home where good old Dad can
take ’em to the shoemakers. Per
sonally, thanx for being a nice
sponsor. From the students, thanx
for the excellent work done.
Big Rebate Brings Run
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and fountain pens. Three motion
picture cameras and a projector,
all that the store had in stock at
the time of the 30 per cent rebate
announcement, were sold almost im
If the students who purchased
the projector and the cameras
turned in receipts for them, the
items will cost them less than what
the Co-op paid for them.
Students also displayed an in
creased interest in books. The sales
woman in charge of the bookstore
An original and attractive corsage
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A picnic for all members of Pi Mu
Epsilon, mathematics honorary,
their dates, and families will be held
at Swimmers’ Delight Friday at 4
p.m. Boating, swimming, baseball,
and other picnic sports will be avail
Food will be provided and trans
portation arranged for those who
need it. A charge of 35 cents per
person will be made. All those in
terested in coming should contact
the math department secretary in
203 Deady hall by 5 p.m. Wednes
Dave Mortimer has been re-elect
ed president of the campus YMCA
for the coming year. Other officers
chosen at the recent election were
on the main floor estimated that
book purchases had soared to three
times the usual sales.
According to the clerks there was
no indication that outsiders had at
tempted to make large commodity
purchases at the unusually low pric
es for the purpose of reselling the
articles at a high rate of profit.
A1 Bartholomew, vice-president;
Norman Dieble, secretary; and Otis
The selection of committee chair
men for next year’s activities will
be announced soon.
Only other activity planned this
term is the regular folk dancing
class to be held this Friday night
from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the YMCA.
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Opera to Flaunt
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will be Johnette King and Elizabeth
Sunday's presentation will be
held inthe afternoon at 4 p.m. in
the music school auditorium. On
Monday, the opjera will be at 8:15
p.m. in the auditorium. Both shows
are open to the public at no charge.
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