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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 20, 1948)
The Emerald's Position
The Emerald has come in for a lot of ad
verse comment the past couple of days. It
seems that many of the supporters of the
ASA ticket have said it was futile to expect
fair treatment in the columns of the daily, be
cause the Emerald is running the campaign
of the United Students’ association, the new
The Independents are no less miffed, be
cause they apparently thought they had Em
erald support in the bag—no matter who
their candidates happened to be.
Both factions seem to have forgotten the
Emerald’s promise early in the year—a prom
ise the editor also made in a speech to the
Greek bloc last spring—that the daily would
support any movement or party that appear
ed to be acting in a manner “consistent with
the generally recognized principles of good
Two of these generally recognized prin
ciples of good government are good candi
dates and democratic methods of selection.
Good candidates are candidates who have had
administrative experience, who know the
campus, who have records of organizational
work. Both the ISA and the ASA, as well as
some of the candidates of the USA fall down
The ISA is Simon pure on the principle
of democratic methods of selection. Their
candidates were chosen at an open meeting to
which all students were invited. The electors
cast their votes after being instructed by the
organizations they represented. This in
struction came after a democratic, primary
system. It is hard to pick holes in the manner
of selection of ISA candidates.
The ASA’s slate was generally picked ac
cording to “house” with no particular
thought as to ability. That is plain to any
person who looks over the slate of candidates,
noting the houses they represent; and then
looks over the slate rejected by the ASA and
notice the houses that group represents.
In many respects the ASA and the USA
are tarred with the same brush. The USA can
didates also come from a certain bloc of
houses* plus some independents. This is un
fortunate, and a thing that will have to be
charged up to haste and circumstance. The
group will have to promise that such a sit
uation will not exist in the future, when
there is time to work up a fuller bi-partisan
The editor of the Emerald is quite widely
ragarded as the God-father, if not the father
of the new party. It is a distinction he can
not admit. The groundwork was laid by both
Greek and Independent groups. The Em
erald’s only claim to credit for the dastardly
act is that an Emerald editorial was the in
strument for getting the two groups together.
The editor of this publication is now out in
the cold. He has no hand in the new party,
and wants none.
The news policy shall continue to be a
workmanlike reporting of things that happen.
The editorial policy shall continue to be a
workmanlike interpretation of those events.
There is still a great deal going on that has
not been brought to light. The Emerald can
be of service to the student body only if the
sun is made to shine brightly on matters of
Something’s Got to Go
Maybe it’s a little too late in the term to
bring tins up but we’ve been looking around
and have made several observations that
naturally led us to a conclusion. There’s just
too much going on this term, so we suggest
that classes be abolished.
Long-memoried students may hastily
pounce upon us for reversing our decision of
fall term when we suggested a “Go to Hell”
week so that we could climb off the social
bandwagon and get behind a desk for awhile.
Our only defense is that this is Spring Term
at the U. and the more bandwagons, the
Take for example the last couple of weeks.
Junior Weekend was one mad dash between
the tug-of-war, all-campus picnic, all-campus
sing. Junior prom, and giving Mother a two
bit tour of the campus. Junior Weekend is
traditional—everyone had to participate or
feel like a clod. Then came the Beggar’s
Opera. The following Thursday the Ore
gana’s came out and whoever heard of just
breezing through an Oregana.
Without even a breather between acts, the
campus political machinery rolled onto the
stage and the ISA started things off with a
roar by corraling two dark horse candidates
with the resultant near-collapse of the party.
But the weekend approached and the poli
tical pot was allowed to come to a slow boil
while students frolicked on local picnic
grounds. Then came working Monday and
the political caldron boiled over revealing the
formation of a coalition party in answer to
the “abuses” suffered at the hands of the
ASA and the ISA. Reaction was electric, em
otions reached a new high and rumors
fought and destroyed each other, or grew
fat on accumulated incidents. Everyone wras
going to meetings—there w'ere all kinds of
meetings; and then everyone was talking
over the meetings. Who could think of
studying with all of this going on?
Nor is there a sign of a let-up. Friday
night is Mortal-Board; Monday brings ASUO
elections plus the symphony; Tuesday offers
Henry Wallace as the bill of fare and so on
So we appeal to you, Oh, sfate board of
higher education, President Newhurn. and
dear professors—it should be obvious- classes
have just got to go.—M.E.T.
A Fad Over the Land
'! here is a fad upon the land—a strange and
unusual fad which could disrupt the nation
al economy if it were allowed to get out of
People are giving things away—especially
This year of ours may go down in history
as the year of free cigarettes. Certainly the
snowball for passing out free weeds will not
be soon forgotten.
The Liggett & Myers people have been at
it all year, what with their generous distri
bution of their product (Chesterfields) to
students selected at random on campus walks
and what with their fall-term advertising
campaign. (“At Oregon, Susie Pootz smokes
Phillip Morris Ltd., makers of the cigarette
of the same name, have been at it a long time,
too, passing out little packages of two and
three cigarettes. Everybody has picked ’em
up, except maybe a few vets who are re
minded of K-rations.
Last week the R. J. Reynolds people (they
make Camels) came through with a pack for
every student in the University. In addition
to this every student got his free weeds in a
plastic case bearing the name “Camels” and
the initials “O U.”
Comes now American, manufacturers and
distributors of Lucky Strike cigarettes. That
firm promises a pack of Luckies to every
student who attendes the Mortar Board ball
So far the system is swell. We’re all for it,
and hope we will not be thought ungrateful
if we ask one little thing:
Isn't anybody going to give away matches?
Oregon Governor is Tired as
State Primary Election Nears
By SALLIE TIMMENS and LARRY LAU
Like so many candidates these days, Governor John H. Hall is
tired. The quiet, dignified governor returned after a two-day cam
paign tour to find his desk piled high with urgent state business. Our
interview was sandwiched between a meeting of the board of control
and an appointment with a group of church leaders.
Of primary interest to us were his ideas for the proper utilization
of Oregon's rapidly growing tax surplus fund. The fund is expected
to reach the all-time high of $50,000,000 by July 1949.
“I think we should use appropriate amounts of the tax surplus
fund for three purposes,” answered Governor Hall. “New buildings
for the state system of higher education. Higher education needs
$24,000,000, $12,000,000 of that sum immediately.
“New buildings and improved conditions for our state institutions
which would include schools for the deaf, blind, and insane, and five
state hospitals. Three, an increase in the salaries of state employees.”
Govrenor Hall pointed out that of the 11,000 state employees, 5,000
get $200 or less a month which will create inefficiency. V.
Asked if he advocated spending all the tax surplus, Governor Hall
replied certainly not. “We are definitely an income state, toot a sales
tax state, and as such, should provide ourselves with an adequate re
serve fund to act as a cushion should any business depression occur.’
Oregon now has a $5,000,000 reserve fund derived from tax surplus.
“I will recommend to the legislature,” the governor stated, “that
they determine how much of the tax surplus is needed for t|ie purposes
I mentioned, and then add the balance to the regular reserve fund.”
Since 1940 Oregon’s population has increased almost 40 per cent,
second only to California in growth. With this influx Oregon’s high
ways have become over-crowded and rundown. Governor Hall has
always maintained that highways are for the use of the public. His
program for improvement is new construction of state highways to
benefit the most people.
“Where this improvement should be undertaken,” he pointed out,
"is a matter for the highway department to determine.” Asked about
a possible increase in the state police force, Governor Halt mentioned
that the last legislature appropriated approximately $1,000,000 for
the state police which enabled that body to put on about 80 new
officers to handle the traffic problem caused by Oregon's increased
Governor Hall added that the money appropriated for the state
police had not been expended entirely and that as 'the state’s needs
multiply, it will be possible to effect a proportionate increase in the
state police system. '
Working in conjunction with Oregon’s congressmen and the U.S.
army, Governor Hall reported that a resolution sponsored by him was
passed in the Western Governors’ conference to divert 6,000 tons of
sulphate ammonia fertilizer per month to Oregon. At present the army
is producing only 30,000 tons, all of which is being sent overseas.
Governor Hall concluded that Oregon must keep on growing in
population and bringing in new industries to avert depression and
build up the state reserve fund as both a protection and a useful
method of improving and modernizing the state.
Hindemith Arrives in Eugene
By FRED YOUNG
Shades of the old country club days with all of these parties
Popular, issuings have been slow as usual. Besides trying ■
to drive record companies and musicians out of business, Pet
rillo is raising havoc with the fun of the
Although it’s been around5Jsince last sum- ■*
mer, Igor Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto” is
back in town. The composer directs Woody ,
Herman’s band over two sides of a 12” Col
umbia record. It would probably be easier
dancing, than listening. Seems tod bad Ig
couldn’t have hit a happy medium with a
melody, instead of obscuring Woody’s great band behind pain
fully abstract and discordant music.
There has been some fine music recently issued on Colum- '
bia Masterworks. Very modern and easily appreciated. Hind
emith’s “Kleine Kammermusik”—2, 10 inch—records. Per-' •
formed by the Los Angeles Wind Quintet and destined for
great popularity. Passages of this music are being picked up by -
popular musicians and used for new ideas in expression. A
good example of the way modern classics and modern jazz are .
ever coming closer together.
Second working to note is Kabalevsky’s “The Comedians’
two. 12-inch— records of fanciful and very pleasant modern
music. Conducted by Efrem Kurtz- who has had a great deal
to do in the U.S. with the interperetation of the music of the "
contemporary Russian Big Three: Khatchaturian, Kabalevsky,
A change has been made by the Cottage Grove chamber of
commerce. It’s next dance at the^C. G. armory on Saturday,
May 29 Jimmie McCowan’s west coast Negro band will pro- 1
vide, they are followers of the Diz and would make a short
jaunt to Cottage Grove on a dead Saturday night very worth
while. i I
Having heard rumor to the contrary, it is true that Freddy ;
Yawn and band will play Mortar Board.
Don t miss those $3.60 seats the SB card entitles you to as
the Philadelphia Symphony plays the court Monday evening.
A great show and chance to relax before finals, * Jr
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