Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, September 18, 1948, Page 6, Image 6

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    Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make ye free.—John 8:32
The Golden Road?
Today’s opening1 kickoff on Hayward field ushers in what
promises to be a highly interesting football season for \\ ebfoot
fans. Seldom, if ever, has pre-season enthusiasm for an Oregon
football team been greater.
Confidence in Coach Jim Aiken and his ability to produce a
“winner” has reached a pitch unrivaled perhaps by any coach in
University history. Certainly, not since the days of Prink Calli
son and his Pacific Coast Co-Champions of 1933 has an Oregon
team been rated so high by pre-season, forecasters. While most
experts concede a slight advantage to the Golden P>ears of Cali
fornia and the University of Southern Cailofrnia Trojans, all
seem agreed that the Ducks' chances of ending on top of the
pacific Coast Conference heap this year are excellent.
As if these rosy prospects are not enough to make even the
most hard-shelled University of Oregon fans rejoice, sooth
sayers writing in two national magazines, Look and the Saturday
Kvcning Post, have recently revealed that at least three \V ebfoot
aces—Norm Van Brocklin, Don Stanton, Dan Garza—bear
watching as front runners in the race for All-American honors
this year.
The tost today with Santa tsarnara is ciasseci lecmucauy as a
‘Svarin-up” game. It is doubtful, though, if Jim Aiken will let his
charges forgot that just two years ago another Oregon football
team opened the season on Hayward field with a “warm-up”
against the College of Pacific. Disaster was narrowly averted
that dav by a sure-footed point-after-touchdown kick which en
abled the team—coached then by Gerald “Tex” Oliver—to sneak
by with a close seven to six win. To anyone fearng a similar fate
for the Webfoots this afternoon, it should be said that gruelling
practice sessions the past several weeks offer tangible proof that
Jim Aiken is not considering lightly the Gauchos from Santa
If all goes well today, however, fans should get a chance to
see most members of this year’s team in action.
It seem unnecessary here to parade forth those worn cliches
about school spirit and the need for long, lusty cheers for “the
boys.” Surely, no one who followed last year’s season has missed
: the fact that an Aiken-coached team, wK’e winning or losing,
; is well-drilled, hard-fighting, and deserving of all the support a
loyal audience can muster.
The Emerald joins with the student body and the alumni
in extending to Jim Aiken and the members of his 1948 team best
wishes for a successful campaign this year. Already their fame
has spread over the land, bringing much honor and credit to the
; school they represent. Because of them Oregon spirit has reached
1 an all-time high.
Co-op Battles Inflation
When enough drops fall in the bucket, the bucket will soon
fill up. That's why we look with pleasure at the Co-op’s rock
bottom cigarette prices. A saving of two to three cents on each
pack will mount up to quite a figure in a year’s time.
Cigarettes are selling at the Co-op for 15 cents a pack, $1.46
a carton, while at many stores and restaurants they range in price
from lb to 20 cents a pack for popular brands and corresponding
sums for a carton. The Co-op pulls in very little profit when it
maintains these prices, for the wholesale figures are only slightly
below the sales price it has established, and handling costs, too,
must be considered.
Then, the University store gives a patronage refund to
members at the end of every year. If every purchaser were to
| claim his refund, and if that refund were ten per cent as it was
last year, the Co-op would not only make no profit, but would
i actuallv lose about a penny on each pack of cigarettes sold, and
j approximately seven cents on “weeds” sold by the carton.
The Co-op maintains these prices as a good will measure
! toward the students, a solid proportion of whom have taken
j cigarette ads criously enough to develp the "vice,” and so in
this respect, we doff our hat to the Co-op. Consideration of the
patron and not the profit is a rare thing today.B.IT.
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i’ATKS. Kilitor
'air. Managing K<litor
Tl’C'KKR. Husitiess Manager
McLaughlin, Adv. Manager
Associate Editors: June (iuet/e, Boboleo Brophy, Diana Dye. Barbara Heywood,
Dick KevenauRh, Assistant to the Editor
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Mike Callahan. Stan Turnbull
Co NY\\< Editors
Clenn Cillespie. Hob Reed
(\>-Sf>ort< Editors
.Yinita Howard. Women’s Editor
Doji Smith. Assistant Managing Editor
Evelyn Xill. Anita Holmes
Assistant News Editors
Phyllis Kohlmeier, Helen Sherman
Editorial Secretaries
Colvmnist Decries Vse of V's
For U's; Fearsrof New Bvildings
Some years ago an American
newspaper editorialized against
this sort of thing gracing the fa
cades of pvblic bvildings: Vnited
States Post Office, Vniontown,
Vtah. With all the bvilding that is
going on on the campvs, we shovld
like to pick it vp there. Another
year may be too late.
First of all, we are not by any
method condemning Roman cvl
ture, for it is this cvltvre that
gave vs a beavtiful old langvage
filled with svch phonetic gems as
“ossicvlotomy” and a nea-Roman
American verbal covsin, “pvg
We believe, however, that there
is an American cvltvre and that
it should be preserved in every
possible way, otherwise, two or
three thovsand years from now
scholars and civilizations will
think of vs as a bvunch of cvltvral
parasites whose only claim to
fame was the introdvction of a
fovr-wheeled model A chariot and
the concentration of most of the
world’s gold into a single hole in
the grovnd rather than into many
holes in the grovnd.
Again, we are not by any meth
od svggesting that other cvltvres
shovld be barred from becoming
a part of the American cvltvre.
What we are svggesting is that
everything has its proper place
and that when yov mvddle with
something that is as established
as ovr alphabet, it is time to call
an abrvpt halt, to take inventory,
otherwise, ovr coming generation
will grow vp to be nevrotics. This
wovld seem to be the logical con
clvsion if yov stop to consider the
emotional nvdge a conventionally
trained child wovld get if he per
sved something of this sort:
“Bvgs Bvnny, a Hare in Vacvvm
The time to call a halt is now,
particularly on this campvs with
all of its bvilding activity, other
wise, one day we’ll all wake vp to
behold a stvdent vnion bvilding,
Vniversitas Oregonensis, rather
than just a student union build
-Book Review
1860 Birth of Red Peri! Revealed
By Aldanov's Latest Social Novel
Mark Aldanov ($3.50) Charlres
Scribner’s Sons.
Communism, congressional in
vestigations, the Berlin dilemma,
communism, war, communism—
you can't escape this issue. With
passing months, communism has
become the major topic of conver
-From Our Files
October 5, 1928 issue of the Em
erald ran an editorial saying in
part: “Even the lurking suspicion
that Oregon might have an infe
rior team to the highly-touted
Stanfordites did not seem to dam
pen the eagerness of the assem
bled mob."
The McDonald theater adver
tised a “Spicy . . . New Show To
day” starring Colleen Moore. The
ad read:
“Colleen (is) a charming lady
Stranded for a night.
(She) hides in pink pajamas
And goes dashing all afright
Into this bachelor’s great big
And maybe she's not right?”
A page one editorial discussing
registration reads: “The move to
McArthur court this year was a
step in the right direction , . .
the probess was speeded up de
spite the addition of more cards
to be filled out and more red tape
to go through ... if the faculty
members were to move their
quarters into the outer hall of
McArthur court for the registra
tion period and arrange their class
rolls there, the average student
would be duly grateful . . .”
Styles of the Times: “In all col
leges, the starched collar was
found to be so nearly universal
that it appears to constitute al
most a uniform. The students have
reverted from the “slouchy” col
lege tendency of recent years to
tidiness and care in dress that is
In a straw vote held by the Em
erald, Republican presidential
candidate Herbert Hoover won by
a three-fifths majority.
sation. To talk intelligently, you
need background.
Many of us think of communism
as a Russian event of 1917. Mark
Aldanov’s “Before the Deluge”
not only tells of communism in
the 1860’s, it sounds frightening
ly like the world today. In the pe
riod from 1860-1880, the world’s
scare was “nihilism,” unrest and
terror spreading over both Europe
and Russia.
This novel is a pageant of his
tory, the story of the Europe of
Bismarck, Victor Hugo, Karl
Marx and Tsar Alexander II.
Rumblings of change and uphea
val are sensed in every land; all
classes and all people are touched
by the new ideas.
The central character is the
Tsar Alexander, benevolent but
damned by the terrorists whose
sole aim in life is his death. The
leader of the Russian group is
Sophie Perovsky. The tactics
sound familiar—train wrecking,
secret liquidations, terror and op
Famous figures are described.
There is Karl Marx, with his beard
and fanatical eyes, and his sad
little wife, Jenny, who wants to
like people though her husband
hates them. There is the novelist
Dostievsky; the singer, Adelina
Patti; Victor Hugo; and the ter
rorist, Bakunin.
Aldanov writes in the tradition
of the “Golden Age” of Russian
realism (1848-1880) for he spent
his youth in its declining days. He
has the knack of making a petty
tsarist court official sound and act
like your next-door neighbor.
As a world-known historian,
Aldanov’s work is authoritative.
Alexander Koiransky, former pro
fessor of Russian at U. of O., said,
“Aldanov's book could be used as
a history text. His facts are al
ways accurate and intimate.”
If you are tired of “historical
novels" with chesty heroines, read
“Before the Deluge.” It’s educa
tion with a thrill.
Iowa scored 193 points against
the University of Chicago in a bas
ketball game in 1944. That total is
a record for the Western Confer
"In My
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-From Our Readers
To the Editor:
Girls’ rooters lids—a fine idea
—for it shows that the girls are
as ardent supporters of Oregon’s
football team as are the fellows.
However—it seems that these
rooters’ lids are comparable to
bathing suits—the less material
the higher price. The fellows get
off with 75 cents per “lid”—and
we gals get soaked $1.50 per.
Also, the fellows wear their lids
nearly all the time, but the girls
really can wear them only to the
three Eugene games. The Port
land game is out, since it is tradi
tional to dress for it. Thus you
might say that we have a 50-cent
patriotism charge per game.
All in all, I think the idea is
fine—the price is too high—and I
hope that these girls’ lids are in
style for next year too—at a more
reasonable price.
Signed hesitantly, i
Dotty June Sorg
P.S. Perhaps part of the price
of these girls’ rooters lids goes
into some worthy charity like the
Erb Memorial Fund ?
To the Editor:
Near the end of each teerm fol
lowing a chaotic registration, the
administration begins to hint at
a “new system.”
Registration for fall term ’48 was
no different. The students voiced
skepticism, but were confident that
any new procedure would be better
than the preceding ones.
They were right. The “new sys
tem” was better. A skeleton for an
efficient registration has been
built. The instruction sheets were
nearly understandable, the itiner
ary logical and the people working
at the stations were competent and
pleasant. All that needs to be done
now is to break the bottlenecks.
For instance, no rationalizing can
make right the tendency of de
partments to include in crowded
classes those who get their names
on the lists first, merely because
they were first. The hour of the
day, or the day of the week is not
the criterion for determining de
serving students. A person who
signs lists in order to fill his loose
schedule should not be allowed to
take a seat away from a student
who is not only interested in the
class, but needs the subject for his
field. Fifteen minutes brain-work
by any of the many coordinators
lurking in the shadows of the reg
istration halls would evolve a pri
ority system for students.
The veterans—about one-half of
the total registration—had two
booths at the cashier’s section and
the regular students signed through
four windows. Three girls gave out
Student Affairs cards and two peo
ple were checking the completed
forms—the most tedious job in the
whole procedure.
There is no excuse for lines in
registration—even short ones. We
have the physical facilities, the per
sonnel and the time. Every line a
student sweated out this week was
unnecessary and was an indica
tion of a weak spot in the system.
The powers have merely to find the
lines, determine why they are and
eliminate the causes.
Registration is necessarily an un
pleasant proceeding, but there is
no excuse for making it more un
pleasant by administrative ineffi
ciency. Let’s not have any more
“new systems.” Let’s keep the old
one and put the coordinators to
A Reader
He who is afraid of doing too
much always does too little.