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ROTC, Regular Service
Not the Same
We hate war and we’re sorry there’s any necessity for bur
dening a college student with such things as military training.
Nevertheless, we recognize the need at this time for an
alert reserve army, officered by a carefully selected group of
intelligent, well-trained men.
The University faculty may have had this in mind when
it voted Wednesday to abolish the granting of military sci
ence credits to students with service begun after March 31,
The faculty was not unanimous in its decision. The vote
was 62 to 35. We suspect there are many students on the
campus, especially ex-GI’s, who would agree with the dissent
ing professors. Most of those with whom we talked who expres
sed opposition to the faculty ruling centered their arguments
around the claim that the six hours of basic training given by
the University ROTC department is repetitious of training
offered by the regular branches of the service.
However, after an hour with Colonel Maerdian, head of the
military science department, we were compelled to agree with
him that service training and ROTC training are not the same.
The latter is definitely designed for future officers. Any GI
would agree, certainly, that the former is not.
According to Colonel Maerdian, the curriculum now offer
ed by his department was designed by high army brass work
ing in close cooperation with a special board of outstanding
civilian educators. It includes such courses as military organi
zation, map-reading, and aerial photography. The student is
given study in military administration as it applies to an offi
cer. He is taught leadership and the exercise of command
and is required to learn the evolution of warfare and the var
ious phases of military law.
This program seems a far cry from the spotty, piecemeal
training meted out in the various branches of the “regular"
Under normal circumstances all physically fit male stu
dents are required to take ROTC. Since those students who en
tered service after March 31, 1949 will not have had the train
ing required of those students with no service, we believe the
faculty was justified in making the change.
Perhaps, some day there’ll be no need for military training
in American colleges . . . but that’s another editorial.
Vitamin Shot Needed?
Have we come to the end of an era?
Time was when a call for petitions from the executive
council would bring forth a glut of petitions from people will
ing to serve as chairmen of the various campus functions.
But from recent appearances the petitioner can almost be
classed with the Dodo bird.
At present the traffic court, one of the more progressive
student undertakings, is bottle-necked because not enough
students have indicated willingness to be a part of the court.
On several occasions the executive council has had to ex
tend the deadline because there were not enough persons to
Campus activities have been definitely handicapped by this
lack of interest on the part of the student body.
Criticisms of the petition system may be the underlying
cause. Petitioning is inconvenient and for some years students
have indicated they object to tooting their own horns in peti
tions. In order to win a worthwhile position, it is necessary
sometimes to pad the list of activities on the petition.
It might be well for those seeking campus political offices
to consider the possibility of revamping the petition system.
The executive council itself might solve the problem by or
ganizing' a sub-committee with the sole puropse of investigat
ing the work done by people on committees.
This would involve more work for the few on the commit
tee but it could culminate in the campus dream of bigger and
better all-campus events.
It is time that a shot of vitamin B1 is given the old petition
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DEPAR I'M EN T EDITORS
Connie J;uk>u'.it Women’s IvJitor
Warren Collier, Chiet Night Editor
/J Student /lihi.—
O& flouiaUt'A, Vodaii flnUiUed?
To the Editor:
This University undoubtedly
maintains a tight activity sched
ule, and must utilize all available
time. However, such things can
be carried to excess, as they have
been for the coming weekend.
AWS weekend and the “All
Campus Vodvil’’ are doubtlessly
important, and the latter is for
a good cause; nevertheless, it
seems in the very poorest of taste
to hold either of these events on
Easter weekend, and above all,
an affront to hold the “Vodvil”
on Good Friday, no matter how
worthy the charity.
Whether this means that the
administration and the ASUO
are unthinking or insensitive, I
can’t say; but this ignoring of
Holy Week is the poorest possi
ble publicity for the University,
especially as AWS weekend is
for the purpose of giving favor
able publicity to this institution
of higher learning.
• • •
Not in answer but rather in ex
planation X submit these few re
marks. When the school activity
calendar is first made up, there
are innumerable problems which
arise including all of the dates and
in putting them in any reason
For this and other reasons
which I am not acquainted with,
the calendar came out this year
scheduling the Nickel Hop on
Friday, April 15, and the Frosh
Glee, an all-campus dance, in
McArthur court on Saturday,
During the year, attempts were
made to find a date for a vaude
ville to raise money for the
World Student Service Fund,
which is a world-wide student
charity sponsored by Catholic,
Protestant, and Jewish organi
When the ASUO executive
council discarded the Frosh Glee
because of financial reasons the
date was immediately requested
by W.S.S.F. and was the only
date available for a vaudeville in
the remaining part of winter or
spring terms. But before either
the U. of O. religious council or
the ASUO executive council were
able to be consulted and the date
accepted, AWS wisely changed
the Nickel Hop from Friday to
Saturday. Of course this left
April 15 as the only date.
The religious council spent a
great deal of time with the ques
tion and a first tended to oppose
a show on Friday. When it final
ly developed that it was then or
never, several members of the
Eugene Ministerial association
were consulted. Upon their ap
proval we went ahead.
However, this approval was
not the only reason for going
ahead. We believe firmly in the
work of WSSF and therefore we
believed that the very purpose of
the vaudeville really coincided
with the thought of Easter. Ev
ery cent of the proceeds helps
students all over the world to get
back to health and to further
We neither hope nor expect to
draw anyone from Good Friday
church services, but we do hope
that many of the others will at
tend the show, thereby indirectly
aiding in a wonderful cause.
Art Johnson, Chairman
No Closing Hours?
Well\ Maybe—Buf Then, £r
By Kirk Braun
A friend of mine approached
me the other night during the in
termission at a dance.
“Braun," he said, with a gleam
in his eye, “you write stuff for
the Emerald, don’t you?’’
I admitted I was guilty occa
sionally so he went on.
* * *
“LOOK, these closing hours
here at the University are atro
cious. Why don’t you start a cam
paign to get them lifted or at
least modified a little.”
I thanked him for his overes
timation of my ability.
“We’re grown men and wom
en,” he continued, “by the time
we get into college we’re sup
posed to be mature enough to
take care of our own affairs. And
we do, in every respect except for
these juvenile closing hours at
He stomped angrily off and I
pondered his remarks. It’s true
that he is an old veteran—^-possi
bly a little older than the aver
age veteran student. And his date
was a mature, intelligent girl.
Certainly a girl is able to
bid her date good night and send
Traveling this Summer?
Might Need Shots
To the Editor:
Each year a number of University of Oregon students plan to
travel abroad during the summer. I should like to suggest that any
student contemplating such a trip might come to the Students' Health
Service to see about any special tests or innoculations that are re
quired by foreign countries.
Almost all countries require small pox vaccinations at least within
the last year. Certain South American countries require yellow fever
and typhus inoculations. In certain of the Oriental countries, cholera
inoculations are required. Any student who is going to Mexico is
strongly advised to take typhoid inoculations although these are not
required for Mexico.
The health service does not regularly stock all of these biological
products but will be glad to order them for students who may need
or desire them. A charge will be made to cover the cost of the
There is also another recent advance in medicine which may be
of interest and value to students who are going abroad. There is a
new remedy for sea sickness, which according to all reports in recent
literature, is exceedingly valuable both in the prevention and treat
ment of sea sickness. This drug has only very recently become avail
able and medical reports concerning its use have just become avail
able to doctors.
I shall be very glad to discuss this remedy with any interested
students. Any student who wishes to get any injections at the Health
Service should come in at once in order that there may be sufficient
time to secure the materials needed and to give a number of injections
that are required.
Very truly yours,
Fred N. Miller, M.D.
him on his way when she decides
the evening should come to a
* * *
EVEN THOUGH this couple i3
a little further advanced in ma
turity than the average college
couple, it still stands to reason
that a girl in college is old
enough to regulate her own social *
life. There are certainly a good
many mothers who have long
since abandoned control over
these same 19-year-olds when it
comes to closing hours at home. '
All this happened last week.
This week, I changed my mind.
While browsing through one of
the Portland papers, I came
across the story about how some
500 Portland high school stu
dents invaded the coast town of '
Rockaway, held drinking parties
on the beach, broke into cabins
and stores, got thrown in jail,
and generally made themselves *
Are these the people who will
be saying good-night on sorority
house doorsteps at closing hours
in the next few years?
If it is, then it’s a wonder 'that
the closing hours haven’t been
tightened up instead of slack
Phi Theta to Award
Three $75 scholarships will be
awarded to deserving woman stu
dents by Phi Theta Upsilon, junior
women's honorary, this year.
Those interested may obtain pe
titions at the dean of women's of- ■
fice, fill them out and return them
by April 23.
Financial status, scholarship, -
and service to the University are
the factors to be taken into con
sideration by the judges. The schol
arships will be awarded during the
intermission of the All-Campus -
Sing, May 6.