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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 25, 1949)
STUDENTS WHO wish to work
in the box office for the University
Theater’s last production — “The
Show Off’’—may sign-up in the box
office in Johnson hall. The office is
•open from 10 to 12 and from 1 to 5.
Fiftieth Year of Publication and Service to the University
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, EUGENE, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 1949
INTERNATIONAL students are
invited to a coffee hour at the YW
CA tonight at 7:15.
The group will discuss differences
in etiquette and social manners in
Seniors Ask, 'No Roses or Cruel World Line'
Graduating seniors don’t want
bouquets thrown their way in the
traditional farewell address.
This was the opinion of 30 mem
b .rs of the class of ’49 when asked
what they would like to hear in
the June 19 commencement ad
Suggestions ranged from “How
Is the Cold War Going to Affect
"Us?” to “What Can We Do to Re
pay Society for Our Education?”
The majority of students inter
viewed stated that they would
prefer a brief authoritative discus
sion of a specific subject rather
than general advice. All agreed
they would like the address to be
short and to the point.
A few comments were:
Don L. Stanford, accounting,
B.A.—We don't expect a rosy pic
ture to be painted for us. But just
what should we expect ? If we
can’t find the job we want now,
what should we do? Take what
ever we can find; or go on for a
Yvonne Adams, biology, B.S.—
What can we grads do as a ser
vice to the community? Those of
us graduating will have more edu
cation than most people. What can
we do to encourage education?
John F. Valleau, journalism,
B.S.—No student goes through
school entirely on his own. Through
the taxes that support schools and
libraries, education is largely fi
nanced by the public. It wouldn't
hurt for us to be reminded of our
debt to society.
Betty French, journalism, B.S.
— Let's not have it trite! How
about telling- us just how hot the
cold war is? And, please, no com
ments on our sterling character!
Nancy Baughman, biology, B.A.
—Many graduating seniors are
married and have children. It
seems a little silly to tell them they
are going out into the big.wide,
world. I'd like a speech that is ad
dressed to us. not just oratory.
Robert L. Thompson, merchant
dising. B.B.A.—Just what is the
job outlook for today ? What sort
of business conditions can we ex
Jeane Nunn. Far Eastern stud
ies, B.S.—Graduates will be from
so many different fields that theie
will be no common ground for a
talk on a specific subject. But wo
can do without roses, thanks.
The Show-off's Wife
Glenna Hurst Portrays 'Flapper'
By Barbara Hollands
“It’s fun to be a flapper!’’ laugh
ed pretty Glenna Hurst, who will
portray Amy in the final univer
sity theater production of the year,
Glenna went on to describe the
costumes she will wear in the play,
telling about one “sensational yel
low satin job with ruffles and no
waist line,” and a coat with “one
button at the hip and decorated
with something suspiciously resem
bling monkey hair.”
“There was no New Look in those
days,” she continued. “Skirts came
above the knee and legs were cover
ed with neat rolled stockings.
“But I like being a flapper—it
was a nice era.”
“The Show-off” is termed by its
author, George Kelly, a “transcript
from life,” and combines comedy
and tragedy in an almost uncom
fortably realistic manner.
Amy, the wife of the Show-off
himself, is sincerely in love with the
completely obnoxious braggart. As
Glenna expressed it, she is “rela
tively intelligent, but deluded.’’
Although her husband, Aubrey, is
constantly quoting trite maxims
and bluffing and blowing and mak
ing $35 a week, Amy sticks by him
loyally, standing up for him to
members of her family. Everything
Aubrey says is wonderful.
“Amy has a tough time through
out,” Glenna said. “I cry in all three
acts—and who can blame me when
I have a husband like Aubrey ?”
Glenna was named Oregon’s out
standing actress last year when she
was awarded the “Oscar” for her
leading role of Pegeen in “Playboy
of the Western World.”
She has also been active" in dra
matics in Albany, her home town,
where she appeared in the commun
ity Centennial play, “Four Hundred
Dollars and a Horse,” last summer.
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Diploma; Job; Marriage, Aw Hell!
By Hal Boyle
NEW YORK ®-Now is the
golden time at the end for many
a rose-lipped maiden and many
a light-foot lad.
This is the season when alma
mater opens her iron gates. And
out into an iron world she hurls
her annual tide of college gradu
It is always a trembling hour
when mother deliberately unties
the apron strings that bind her to
her children. Freedom and respon
sibility—they are so strange and
Goodbye to' brackety-yackety
yack. Farewell dear campus so
well beloved, but never so loved as
now. Hello, World, so wide and
Ah, me! Ah, youth! Ah, wilder
ness! Aw, hell! Don’t look so for
lorn son. Life isn’t all fang and
claw and a sharp tack in a tight
shoe. You’re just a freshman in a
bigger university—a university in
which it is terribly important to
pick the right professors.
Until now there has always been
somebody ready with a handker
chief to wipe your nose. The first
Cyanide Proves Tasteless Drink
For Thirsty Biology Student
A glass beaker contained cyanide for a chemistry experiment.
The same beaker later held water for a thirsty Oregon biology
He took one drink.
“Crack! It hit me!” Abe Perlstein, the student, well remembers.
“My stomach tried to kick it back up, and my head ached.”
He had swallowed a tiny amount of tasteless, colorless cyanide,
defined as “a deadly poison.” The unclean beaker was part of the
apparatus Perlstein was recently using in one of the McClure hall
Nausea and headache—the first two stages of cyanide poisoning—
hit him immediately. The third stage—injury to the central nervous
“Oh, we have such tragedies all the time,” was Perlstein's non
chalant remark about the incident.
“Once I drank some bromium and upset my stomach for several
days,” he recalled. “Acid in the eye” is another familiar malady of
A dissolved sweater, shirt, and injured eyeball resulted from one
of the young scientist's experiment with sulphuric acid. Perlstein rated
this disaster higher than the “tragedy of the beakers,” which was
little more than routine to the dare-devil lab workers.
thing you have to learn in this
new university you are entering
is to keep your nose out of places
where people will make it bleed.
There are tough kids around, who
live by the creed that a gun in
the hand is worth two in the head.
Don’t play with them. Stay with
the nice boys.
There are cleared places in this
age-old jungle that is your new
campus. Work with the people who
want to tear down some of the
choking moss and chop down some
of the dead trees that hide the sky.
The best fun in life is to leave
something better than you found
it. And if you don’t help clear the
campus, the moss will smother you
in time, as it has so many, and you
will become a dead tree in a dying
part of the forest.
Okay, son, I know that sounds
highfalut’n. Get the glaze out of
your eyes. I know what’s on your
mind—you want a job. Fine. Drop
that sheepskin from your warm
little hand. Here’s a broom. Get
What’s that? You don’t want to
push a broom? Why not? Do you
want the broom to push you ?
Oh, you'd hoped for something
better ? Well, so do we all. But you
have to learn to saw wood before
you can make a cabinet.
Listen, little acorn, it takes more
than ambition to be an oak tree. It
takes years. Ever hear of Spyros
Skouras, the motion picture poo
bah? He makes more money than
’most anybody except Uncle Sam.
Know where he got started; work
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YWCA Tea Set
Campus clothes will be in order
for today's YWCA tea for Eugene
and Springfield high school senior
girls, sponsored by the sophomore
Beginning at 3:30 and continuing
until 5 p. m., the tea will honor sen
ior girls from Eugene, Springfield,
University, and St. Mary's high
Jean de Lagarde, French Consul
General for the West Coast and
Alaska, will visit the campus this
afternoon and tomorrow as the final
leg of a tour of the major colleges
and universities of the Northwest.
He will be honored tonight at a
French dinner sponsored' by Pi Del
ta Phi, French honorary, and will
speak on “French Foreign Policy,”
at 4 p. m. Thursday in the Library's
D. M. Dougherty, head of the
foreign language department, ex
plained that de Lagarde is viewing
the extent of the teaching of French
culture in colleges and universities
in this area.
On his way to Eugene today, the
consul ganeral will stop at Salem to
present to the Governor an album
from France in appreciation for the
help of the People of Oregon for the
Freedom Train. The University will
be represented at this function by
C. L. Johnson, associate professor
of romance languages.
In the diplomatic service of
France in Poland before the war, de
Lagarde was recently consul gener
al in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On his present tour he has visited
University of Washington, Wash
ington State College, University of
Idaho, and he will visit at Oregon
State briefly today. While here he
will meet President Newburn and
other faculty members.
Weather . . .
Mostly clear Wednesday and
Thursday. Warmer Wednesday.
High about SO.
Final work on the petitions pro
testing next year’s short spring va
cation is being done today, with an
accompanying letter being compos
ed for presentation to the admisis
The letter will outline in detail
the views of those signing the peti
tion. Although the shorter vacation
will enable the University to end
school one week earlier, it is felt by
the petitioners that a four-day va
cation will not allow sufficient time
Formerly, students living some
distance from Eugene were able to
go home between terms. Howevei,
with the shorter vacation, such
travel would be impractical.
Corlista Vonderahe, sophomore in
liberal arts, has headed the protest
movement so far. Miss Vonderahe
will present the petitions ar.d letter
to the administration sometime this
It is expected that there will be a
large number of signatures on the
Two male students were suspend
ed from the University by the office
of student affairs last week for
"conduct not befitting- University
The incidents in which the two
were involved occurred at house
dances; however, no blame is to be
attached to the houses, according
to men’s affairs secretary Mrs. Bet
Suspension will be for the remain
der of the term. "There is no bar
rier to a student’s being readmitted
or transferring to another school at
the end of the suspension period,”
Vergil S. Fogdall, director of men’s
affairs, stated yesterday.
Damages incident to the affair
have been paid for.
"In disciplinary matters, the of
fice of student affairs acts as agent
of the student-faculty discipline
committee,” Fogdall stated.
Seniors Elect New President
Warren Webster, senior in gen
eral social science, was elected
permanent president of the class
of '49 in their meeting last night.
Olga Ycvtich, senior in psycholo
gy, will aid him as class secretary.
Members of the class voted to
allocate $250 of their funds to the
Student Union. A committee, com
posed of Olga Ycvtich, Jordis Ben
ke, Virgil Tucker, Jim Dunlap,
Saal Lesser, and Robin Arkiey was
designated to specify what the
money will be used for.
Other funds were ear-marked as
follows: Ore-Nter, $50; faculty
rating $100; $200 for the spastic
hospital; $50 for promoting the
University throughout the state.