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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 23, 1948)
The Oregon Daily Emerald, official publication of the University of Oregon, published
daily during the college year except Sundays, Mondays, and final examination periods.
Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Ore.
Member of the Associated Collegiate Press
BOB FRAZIER, Editor
BOB CHAPMAN, Business Manager
JUNE GOETZE, BOBOLEE BROPHY
JEANNE SIMMONDS, MARYANN THIELEN, BARBARA HEYWOOD
Associates to Editor
Assistant News Editors
PHYLLIS KOHLMEIER HELEN SHERMAN
Asst. Managing Editors 7
National Advertising Manager -...~.-........Marilyn Turner
Circulation Manager .-..Billijean Riethrailler
'Editorial Board: Larry Lau, Johnny Kahananui, Bert Moore, Ted Goodwin, Bill Stratton,
Let's Forget It
Early this week there was a petition circulating among
athletes calling for the recall of Dean Orlando John Hollis
as University representative to the Pacific Coast conference.
To compare this petition to the proverbial lead balloon is to
understate the* case.
As near as the Emerald can learn, very few athletes
signed it. The athletic department was opposed tb it from
the first. Several house presidents and student leaders who
saw copies of the petition confiscated them and consigned
them to pockets, fireplaces, or wastebaskets.
The petition appears to have been tlte work of a very few,
who used one man with guts to their advantage. A1 Pietsch
mann took the rap, and bore the brunt of the publicity. Critics
will have to commend Pietschmann on his guts, no matter
Iioav much they criticize his judgment.
And the judgment of the group that started this petition is
open to serious question. The idea of linking “inefficiency”
and “Orlando John Hollis” is ridiculous. There is, we opine,
no more efficient man in these parts than the dean of the Un
iversity of Oregon law school.
He has a reputation for being fair, sometimes extremely
rough, coldly objective, and highly efficient. He is known as
a man who has devoted his life to doing the thing that the
law called for. As one observer said yesterday:
“Orlando John Hollis can look back to the time he was six
months old. and can justify everything he ever did. He can
find a law to cover it. In fact he probably found the law7 before
he did it.”
Perhaps that statement is a little extreme, but it illustrates a
point that the backers of the petition should have kept in
mind. It would have been simple w'isdom to look into the
character and reputation of the man they w7ere out to “get.”
It is no secret that Dean Hollis has been every inch the
man of law7 in his position as University representative to
the coast conference. It is no secret that he has been just
as firm with the University as he might have been with a
school hundreds of miles away. That is his way of doing
things, and the University should count itself fortunate that he
does operate in this manner. He has probably saved the Un
iversity a lot of money in fines, and will doubtless continue to
do so, so long as the administration has the good sense to
keep him in the job.
Tt is a rare case of eligibility that has to be “interpreted.
There are rules and there are conditions. Any man with the
ability to read could see many cases of ineligibility. The fact
is not that Dean Hollis “declares” a player ineligible, so much
as it is that the man “is ineligible.”
When the athletic department works with players with
pegged grades, with border-line cases, with players who are
not “college material” it is natural that a lot of ineligibility
rulings will follow. Such rulings certainly cannot be laid at the
feet of the man with the rule book.
The man with the rule book (Dean Hollis in this case") has
an unbeatable argument. At the time Dick Wilkins was de
clared ineligible last fall, he told the Emerald that his instruc
tions were to see that Oregon was “an honorable member of
the conference.” You can’t beat that.
Everybody will he hetter off now, if this whole business is
forgotten, if the parties shake hands and forget it. The Uni
versity will suffer if animosities are carried forward.
Dean Fogdall Revises 24 Rules
For Presidents of Fraternities
Virgil Fogdall, assistant dean of men, has
volunteered some interpretation on the 25
rules for house-presidents. The rules, as they
appeared in yesterday’s Emerald, seem to
call for some of this interpretation.
Explaining that “almost every one of these
rules is in an I.F.C. regulation,” Dean Fog
dall explained this list as a “crystalization in
one place” of the rules.
He said he had changed his mind on
Rule No. 9, which as it appeared in the Thurs
day Emerald prohibited high school students
and others from staying in the houses over
night, unless approved by the University. He
said he had changed his mind on this rule
because of the public relations program of the
Rule No. 12 prohibited “women” from
being in the house except during listed func
tions (with chaperons), and persons making
official announcements, unless the frater
nity has a house-mother on duty at the
time. The dean said this should be changed
to read “unmarried‘women.” Thus a student
could invite his mother to dinner. The law
still bars the ancient and honorable custom
of inviting girls to Sunday dinner, save when
there is a chaperon or housemother there.
The dean pointed with approval to the ex
ample of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which house
already has a house-mother, to Delta Tau
Delta, which has a house-mother on week
ends, and to Phi Gamma Delta, which is
■making arrangements of that sort.
Rule No. 18, whicn said that each fraternity
must have a faculty adviser and an alumni
adviser, has been changed to read “ought to
have.” Dean Fogdall said many of the houses
were moving in that direction, and that “that
is the direction in which they should move.”
“Fraternity functions” as mentioned in
Rule 13, which prohibits liquor at fraternity
functions, should be understood to mean of
ficial meetings of the group which have
been scheduled by the house social chairman,
the dean explained. Fie pointed out that this
regulation was backed up by the disciplinary
code of the University discipline committee.
If three or four couples get together down
town, he said, “they are on their own,” so
long as they stay within the student discip
linary code. Dean Fogdall said he was “will
ing to be reasonable,” recognizing that “many
veterans returned from the war with stand
ards of personal conduct” that differ from
the standards of the “normal” college genera
tion. He did point out, however, that the
national interfraternity council at it’s meet
ing in New York last fall went on record
with a “stiff resolution" about liquor.
Rule No. 3, which requires a fraternity to
report a student moving into or out of a
house, is merely a “mechanical” change, the
dean explained, since the dean’s office has
kept such records for many years'."'
Who's Paying the Rent Anyhow
Every spring along with cherry blossoms
and grass-stained cords, we have generously
handed down to us a new set of rules by
which to govern our conduct. Sometimes we
wonder if certain people aren’t confusing the
University with the Eugene Day Nursery?
I\o. 1 says that no student
shall pledge except through jj
the office of the Dean of Men. \
Does this mean that future
rush parties must be held in
his office? And is there room?
The $15 fine, we take it, is
No. 3 says that if a student ]
moves in or out, the dean is
to be immediately notified.
We gather that the various houses are sup
posed to have a fleet-footed youngster poised
and ready to dash to Emerald hall with this
breath-taking news at the first sign of a suit
No. 9 says that only pledges and members
may live in the house, and that all guests
must be approved by the dean of men. Per
haps the IFC could reciprocate by asking the
dean to consult them before inviting guests
into his home. The rule states further that
high school students are not considered
suitable guests. Wait’ll the kids hear about
this discrimination. Fall term enrollment
won't be a problem to anyone.
No. 9 goes on to say that "if in doubt, call
this office.” We wonder if a miniature Ellis
island is to be set up. A place where prospec
tive guests will be frisked, grilled as to their
loyalty, given decile tests, and vaccinations?
No. 12 says women are not permitted in a
fraternity at ail}- time; then goes on to list
three exceptions. We wonder if this will stop
us from inviting the little woman over for
Sunday dinner, and if there have really been
so very many coeds leaving school for "ap
pendicitus" as the result of a tete-a-tete over
chicken gumbo and broccoli ? The food isn't
No 13 says intoxicating liquor must not be
served at a fraternity function. We absolutely
agree; if people can’t serve themselves, they
should drink punch!
No. 14 says that room decorations may be
collegiate, but not indecent. Just where the
line is between things collegiate and things
indecent isn’t mentioned. Some maintain that
allowing the indecent, but prohibiting the
collegiate would be safer. Pictures of Jane
Russel’s two pretty blue eyes will have to be
replaced by wall paper stamped with the 23rd
Psalm. How jolly! Who’s paying the rent
No. IS says to protect your house against
robbery, but if one does occur, to notify the
dean of men immediately. Failure to do so
will result in fines up to $10. Nothing' like
being robbed of $10 and then paying a $10
fine for not telling the dean about it.
No. 16 says to conduct fire drills regularly,
out of their respective organizations in their
Cant you just see men and women pouring
scanties in a midnight fire drill. Could develop
into an early morning street dance. We’re
all for it.
No. 21 hints darkly of the injuries that may
come from waterbagging, and says that it is
not an approved” form of recreation. Can’t
kid us. Mr. Fogdall read about the time Dean
Earl was water-bagged and is just looking to
protect his new spring outfit.
No. 22 says to keep your house well bal
anced. and then goes on to tell the house
what kind of men to pledge; “outstanding
students” (never go out), “some talented
musicians (keep you awake all night prac
ticing), “some individuals astute m caihpus
politics” (TNE, dean?). The rule ends with
the solemn admonition, “your house is in a
rut when it becomes typed.”
No. 24 speaks of the excesses of the frater
nity system. Perhaps, but although they’ve
operated successfully for over 100 years,
they’ve seldom been accused of not minding'*
their own business.