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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 17, 1949)
A Crisis? And How!!
Final examinations start in less than four weeks and the
students are entering into a period of crisis. It happens every
Time is running out and still the work piles up. Good in
tentions are a component part of every mind but academic ac
complishments are as few and far between as ever.
After a long hard year, the mind has run dry and it’s aw
fully hard to squeeze any more studying out of it. That re
search paper is due next Monday and all the shows in town
are good. What a choice to have to make.
All the architecture projects have to be in in the next few
days but the house has to be decorated for the big dance this
Saturday too. What a choice to have to make.
Those chapters in American governments just have to be
read but a beer at Taylor’s or the Side would taste real good
on a day like this. How are you gonna choose between the two?
It’s reading and conference at three this afternoon and just
look at those lucky bums going on another picnic. How come
they don’t have to work too?
A crisis? And how!!
How will it all end up?
Almost everyone will make the grade. Some of the gradu
ates will only make a 2.001 but that’s enough. Some of the
pegged grades will be just a little short of the mark but the
scholarship committee will read their petitions next fall and
vote them one more term on probation. Written finals will be
weaker than usual but the curve will stay the same.
And when it’s all over students from everywhere in the
country, from every college and university, not just Oregon
alone, will settle back and ask one simple question.
“How did I ever do it?” —Bud Hurst.
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Beginning next fall, the student traffic court will take on its
first non-traffic duties. Any violations connected with the stu
dent athletic books will be referred to the court for disciplinary
The decision on this action came at the March 7 meeting
of the executive council when Howard Lemons’ athletic busi
ness manager, reported that at one basketball game 420 books
were picked up and that there had been 32 cases of direct for
Although the exchange of books may seem harmless.
Lemons reported that should be collector of internal revenue
catch anyone, the penalty would be severe.
It was decided that some type of disciplinary action would
have to be taken and the council decided to let the student
traffic court handle any violation which might come up in the
So even before the court has had a chance to function on
parking violations, the executive council has deemed it wise to
turn over one more type of disciplinary problem to it.
It is in such a manner that the court in time will be evolved
into a body with considerably more power and jurisdiction..
Balance Your Time
The average college student faces a dual danger involving
the use of his time. On the one hand, there is the temptation
to look upon college life as preparation for the future entirely
and to evaluate all one's activities with an emphasis on the to
morrows. There is, on the other hand, a tendency to become
short-sighted—to judge everything only as it applies to today.
There is merit in both philosophies but a successful college
career depends upon the achievement of proper balance be
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Bil l. VAIKS. Editor
VIRGIL TUCKER. Business Manager
Associate Editors: June Goetze, Boblee Brophy, Diana Dye, Barbara Heyrvood
Advertising Manager: Cork Mobley
BOB REED, Managing Editor
Assistant Managing Editors: Stan Turnbull, Don Smith
BOB TWEEDELL. City Editor
Assistant City Editors: Ken Metzler, Ann Goodman
Chuck Grell. Ifal Coleman. Steve Loy, Vic Fryer, Diane Mecltam
DEl'AKTMEN V EDI l'ORS
Tom King, Sports Editor
Connie Jackson, Women's Editor
Walter Dodd, feature r-ditor
Warren (.'oilier, Chief Night Editor
LITER ill'SI NESS STAFF
Bill Lemon, S:iles Mgr.
Eve Overbeck, N.it’l Adv. Mgr.
Leslie Tooze, Ass't Adv. Mgr.
Helen Sheumiu, Circulation Mgr.
Bill Plummer, Ass t Auv. Mgr.
lack Selmaidt, Ass’t Adv. Mur.
Donna Brennan, Ass’t Adv. Mgr.
Kae Evans, Ass’t Adv. Mgr.
Joan Mimnauga--Assist. Business Manage*
To the University Students:
Let’s quit kidding ourselves;
students on this as well as other
University campuses drink. Fur
thermore, no one but the com
paratively small prohibitionist
element objects to it per se.
Saturday evening I had anoth
er opportunity to observe the im
mature drinking habits of a min
ority of University men that
cling to the “high schoolish” be
lief that it is a mark of maturity
to appear at a house dance or
other campus functions loaded to
capacity. What they apparently
fail to realize is the reflection
not only upon themselves but on
the houses of which they are
members -and on the University.
Furthermore, it exhibits an utter
lack of courtesy to their dates
who are particularly embarrassed
when it is their own house dance
that is being spoiled by the chur
lish conduct of their invited es
corts for the evening.
In the last three years I have'
played for many house dances
both here and at Oregon State.
My observations are therefore
not based on one or two isolated
examples of this type of behav
Unless the living organizations
themselves take steps to rectify
this type of thing, action may re
sult from the University author
ities which is the last thing any
one wants to happen. Let’s not
wait until pressure is brought to
bear upon the Student Affairs of
fice forcing them to act. We
claim to be adults—let’s act like
Letter to the Editor:
The suicidal lethargy expressed
in the editorial last week on
world government is a fine exam
ple of the old American custom
of “It's just sd comfortable the
way it is—why change it—may
be tomorrow—.” This expression
on the part of a journalist, sup
posedly versed on the points un
der discussion shows a deplorable
unwillingness to probe into the
compelling reasons for Cord Mey
With the admission that “there
is little doubt that a world or
ganization of some kind is nec
essary to world peace,” the writ
er passes off the subject as some
thing only remotely possible of
disturbance. But for those who
have known another kind of
world and who have no assur
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"In MY Opinion..."
A Reader Editorial
By Tom Brubeek
Children learn the value of having scapegoats. If they can find a
“sucker” to pick on—maybe he wears thick glasses—they feel con
fident that they themselves are above criticism. Being allies, they
would not dream of finding fault with one another.
Many University of Oregon professors are like these children,
disguised only by their more subtle language and dressier appearance.
Journalists are their scapegoats, and the little pin-pricks go on
continually. Their own profession is above reproach. Truth is what
they are after, not cheap “sensationalism” and “distorted news.” They
wonder how news hawks from the press can hope to write about
material that has taken them years to understand.
And having dared to talk back to scholars, I’ll get down to cases:
First, the English department, made up of noble gentlemen with
tweed coats and a far-away look in their eyes. (I can create stereo
They can feel safe in dessecting Pope and Browning within theier
classroom walls. Their profound comments are not displayed daily be
fore thousands of newspaper subscribers. What is more important, the
backs from them!
When I see men so fanatically sold on their own field, and so per
sistent in their attack upon journalists, I wonder if they are frus
trated writers w'ho have trouble selling their material. If that’s the case
maybe they have made a satisfactory adjustment. I wish them suc
cess, but hope they will learn to be more tolerant towards those who
want to continue writing.
If they cannot achieve genuine tolerance, maybe they can take a
mercenary viewpoint. Newspapermen can, and have, helped teachers.
In a large publicity campaign two years ago, newspapers devoted
valuable space in trying to obtain better salaries for the educators.
Paid advertisements could have been substituted for these features,
news stories, and editorials.
Ironically, psychology professors can be just as naive as the group
just described. Are their ideas on motivation confined to textbooks?
One doesn’t have to be a psychologist to realize that the best efforts
follow reward rather than punishment.
If they would have us improve, their sarcasm should be replaced
by constructive criticism, along w'ith acknowledgment of jobs well
done. Superior attitudes do not impress us. We have been through the
education mill, too.
Although many history professors are also on the bandwagon,
a member of their group offered one of the few fair remarks I have
heard concerning journalists. He said historians usually criticize jour
nalists because they are jealous of their writing ability. He went on
to say that a combination of the historian’s accuracy and journalist’s
skill in presentation would greatly improve the dull, prosaic books
teachers force upon their students.
I would like to add that journalists can often dig up facts more
efficiently than historians, since they deal in many fields of knowl
edge, all cf them requiring research techniques.
There isn’t space for describing the remarks that come from
every department on the campus. It’s evident that most professions
are not above criticism. Some of them literally get away with mur
der, but there is some unwritten code of ethics which keeps their
names out of newspapers. These doctors, lawyers, and so on, so free
to criticize the press, are the same people who come into the news
paper office to make sure the “editor-in-chief” has the correct spell
ing of their daughther’s name, who is visiting for the weekend. (No
charge for the publicity, by the way.)
Some things to consider:
(1) Few newspapers today hire men with less than a bachelor's
(2) Their product, but its very nature, is constantly in full view
of the public’s eye.
(3) Newspaper personnel are becoming more and more specialized.
The jack-of-all-trades of yesterday is being replaced by court re
porters, lumber experts, and so on.
(4) A well-written article, no matter how superficial, is more
valuable to the layman than one written in technical jargon.
(5) Newspapers are designed for he masses, not for specific
(6) Newspaper and radio are the vehicles of democracy. An un
informed population is not capable of self-government.
W HERE TOURISTS LIVE IN CASK S—Visitors to “Cask Villa,” outside Vermilion,
o.. live in cabins made from 6.000-eallon casks sold 25 years aero liy a Cleveland winery.