Fiftieth Year of Publication and Service to the University UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, EUGENE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1949 . VOLUME L NUMBER 7!> Dr. Moore Lectures On Poet Some 175 persons were pres ent Thursday night to hear Dr. Carlisle Moore discuss the poe - try of T. S. Eliot, 1948 Nobel prize winner. The mixed audience, made up of students and members of the Friends of the University of Ore *■ gon library, heard the fourth in this term's series of lecture-forums giv en in the quiet atmosphere of the library browsing "room. After a brief biographical sketch . of Eliot, Mr. Moore read some of the more prominent works of the poet. He also played recordings of - Eliot reading two of his poems, “Gerontion” and “The Hollow Men.” Although the speaker warn ed the audience that they might be disappointed by Eliot’s rather dry reading, many persons later report ed they enjoyed the records. Dr. Moore then laughingly explained • that he had hoped his warning would have just that effect. His Poetry Difficult “Many critics have found Eliot’s * poetry too difficult,’’ Dr. Moore . • said. “Eliot believed, however, that it is almost necessary to write dif ficult poetry in order to express the - complexity of modern life. He knows how to write with simplicity and cheerfulness when he wants to.” The speaker read one of Eliot’s - more amusing poems to illustrate „ this point. A question period followed the * lecture, and inquiries by seve'ral of * the persons in the audience were . directed towards the basic philoso phy of Eliot, his religion, and some of the controversies that have aris * en concerning his poetry. The purpose of the Lecture-For * um series is to relate prominent au thors and their books to current questions of history, government, * philosophy, literature, biography, . and science. The Thursday night . talks are free to members of the association and university students, said Miss Bernice Rise, head of cir culation and readers’ consultant. 'I ^ Next Week Next week's subject is entitled: “Some sidelights of the Constitu * tional Convention of 1787,” based . on a work by Max Farrand. The speaker will be Dean Orlando Hol lis, of the law school. Mr. William Tugman, editor of the Eugene Reg . ister Guard, will be the discussion leader. U of O Will Get Nine Day Vacation Spring- vacation will begin bn Saturday, March 19, and last until Monday, March 28, according to the office of the registrar. The period of time is the same as last year’s vacation. News of the change in tuition, de ■ cided upon at the recent state board i meeting, has not yet been received ! by the registrar. However, it is ex? ! pected that the new rate, $55, will go into effect next year. 'Menagerie' Performance 'Year's Best' By Barbara Hollands and Bob Funk University Guild theater last night presented Tennessee Wil liams’ "The Glass Menagerie”— perhaps its best production so far in the current year. Mary Esther Brock, portraying Laura, a neurotic cripple, carried her role throughout the perform ance with power and simplicity. Her expression of Laura’s intense shyness and acute terror when meeting situations showed unusual understanding. As Amanda, the tyrannical moth er, Gerry Hettinger fulfilled the demands of her extremely difficult role which could easily have been over-dramatic or over-amusing, managed to follow the narrow line between the two emotions. Playing the role of narrator and prodigal son, Louis Vogler was par ticularly effective in the quarrel scenes and a climactic 'scene in which he came home, rather in ebriated, from an evening ,of mov ies and quarters over the bar. Vog ler also displayed understanding of the delicate balance between humor and the stark reality of his role. Appearing in the last scene of the play, Don Dimick, as the "gen tleman caller,” remembered his lines admirably and made it through to the end of the play. In one of the most remarkable love scenes ever written, Dimick did show a faint grasp of the situation. Adding to the non-realistic ef fect of the play, the sets, designed by Gordon Erickson, were appro priate to the unconventionality of a memory play. The lighting and the musical background accented the emotional qualities of the drama. The play, directed by Horace W. Robinson, found its opening night audience more than receptive. Entertainment for Dads Gets Top Billing in Campus Affairs Dads' Day Hostess MRS. PAT METCALF CHASE will reign as hostess for the Dads’ Day weekend activities. Judges selected the former Junior weekend queen as the veteran’s wife with the personality and charm most ap pealing to fathers. Allies Organize Western Blockade: BERLIN, Feb. 4 (AP)—The Western allies hit baek at the Soviet blockade today with a new counter move aimed at stop ping all truck traffic from the West into the Russian zone of Germany. The action, an open retaliation for the Soviet ring around Western Berlin, may affect even the Russian satellite nations of Eastern Europe. Diplomatic sources in Washington said the United States JO Department Heads Present Views On Recent UW Dismissals Discussing the action of Univer sity of Washington President Ray mond B. Allen in dismissing facul ty members for alleged communis * tic activities, Dr. E. S. Wengert, head of the department of political . science, called the action “wrong and deplorable in every sense." “A democracy which refuses to take a chance,” warned Wengert, “is doomed to failure. Academic freedom is an investment that a community has to make.” Follow • ing this up, Wengert noted that a . university should be a place where all sorts of ideas are developed. He rejected the idea of limiting thought and research to any one field or ideology. “Most of us need to understand that we sometimes have to make investments in things which we dis like or misunderstand.” Otherwise, he stated, any unpopular ideas whatsoever would be ruled out. Action Went Too Far “Our college administrations have the peculiarly dififcult task of getting people to take faith in the institution.” Wengert regarded President Allen’s action as “going too far.” President Allen had con tended that the suspended instruc tors were too narrow-minded (be cause of communist affiliation) to be effective. “For a (college) administration to attack itself by putting members in any political party on a blacklist is confused thinking. A university must be truly 'universal’, repre senting all fields of thought. The real question is whether or not the people have confidence in them selves and the democratic system of government. Looking at the Uni versity of Washington situation, one can't help but think that there must be a lot of scared people up there.’’ (Please turn to page thicc) nas iaia aown new ana more rigid terms for settlement of Russo-Wes tern dispute over Berlin currency. These sources said the terms are stated in a U. S. proposal submit ted to a group of United Nations experts. They provide for continu ed circulation of western marks in the western sector of the city, pend ing the outcome of efforts to restore four-power rule. Russian marks would continue to circulate in the Soviet sector.) U. S. and British authorities an nounced that, effective next Sun day. the bizonal area will be closed to all highway freight shipments destined for the Soviet zone. The only exceptions to the ban, the announcement said, will be pas senger vehicles and those trucks re turning from trips undertaken be fore the announcement was made. UO Plays Host; Opens Doors to Visiting Fathers Living Organizations Compete tor Honors In Attendance Contest Dads registration will open at 9 a. m. today at Johnson hall and in the^ lobbies of the Eugene and Os born hotels. Registration will con tinue through noon, and from 1 to 5 p. m. Tickets for tonight's Oregon Washington basketball game should be purchased at time of reg istration, announced Ed Anderson, Dads day chairman. He pointed out that because of capacity crowds, tickets probably won’t be sold at McArthur court tonight. Alex Murphy, registration chair man, urged students to remind their fathers to give the name of their son’s or daughter's living organiza tion when they register. This is the only basis for making attendance awards, he said. Flowers for the annual Dad’s day luncheon in John Straub hall have been donated by Wayne's Florists and Tommy Williams flower shop, announced Bev Miller, luncheon chairman. Wayne’s gave the table centerpiece and Williams donated the hostess' corsage. The Dads’ day program for Sat urday includes: 10:00 a. m. Executive committee meeting, office of the President, Johnson hall. 12:00 noon. Annual Dads day luncheon, John Straub hall. Ernest Haycox, Dads club president, pre« siding. Address will be by Chan cellor Paul Packer. 2:15 p. m. Oregon Dads' business meeting, election of executive com mittee, University theater, Johnson hall. 6:00 p. m. Dinner with sons and daughters in living organizations. 8:00 p. m. Varsity basketball game, McArthur court. Presenta tion of sign contest and attendance awards at halftime. 8:00 p. m. University theater pro duction of "The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, University theater, Johnson hall. Sunday’s program: 11:00 a. m. Dads’ day services in Eugene churches. 1:00 p. m. Dinner with sons arid daughters in living organizations. The Dads’ day committee issued an invitation to all fathers to visit, classes this morning with their soils and daughters. There will also be a campus op en house this afteraoon after the business meeting. The University library, Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, and other edpart ments will be open to visitors. A conducted tour of new campus construction will be arranged im mediately following the general meeting this afternoon. The tour will include the Student Union, Wo men’s dormitory, Speech-Theater building, and the Music annex.