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Atoms Safe in Peace
In four brief years the problems of international control of
atomic energy have faced mankind. Time is running out. Sov
iet possession of atomic secrets presents a new urgency.
International control has been stalled in the United Nations
Atomic Energy Commission for the last three years. The
United States has maintained that there must be effective
international ownership, inspection, and liscensing of all atom
ic development. Such a proposal would in effect provide for a
limited world government. These proposals have been vetoed
by the Soviet Union and her satellites.
The Soviet Union calls for the outlawry and destruction of
atomic weapons without effective international inspection and
control. The Soviet proposal is similar to the outlawry of war
pacts signed during the twenties.
With Soviet possession of the bomb and her refusal to agree
to effective control little hope remains. David Lilienthal, the
chairman of the American Atomic Energy Commission, has
called for continued leadership by the United States in the
field of atomic weapons. This presents no long range answer.
The power of the “weak” Hiroshima bomb is capable of untold
Basically the only protection lies in the prevention of war.
No system of safeguards can be devised that will provide an
effective guarantee against production of atomic weapons by
a nation bent on war.—Walter Dodd.
Miss Millrace Misses
The festivities on the Millrace last Friday night were en
livened by the appearance of a darkhorse—a “Miss Millrace.’
This young lady, a member of one of the stream-bordering
- houses, was placed in her position of honor apparently by
rather informal methods. No one on campus could remember
voting for her—not even most of the members of her own
It seems that she was chosen and crowned by a segment of
a neighboring fraternity.
The whole affair—no puns intended—is now water under
the dam. It was an innocuous enough action.
But it doesn’t take much imagination to see that chaos
i would result if every house or group thereof decided on the
; spur of the moment to put up its own queen at Junior weekend,
Homecoming, or the Sophomore Whiskerino.
There’s a proper way to do these things. The good of the
University will be furthered if these rules are observed.—B.H.
A Disillusioned Frosh
It’s always nice to know that someone agrees with you.
We received our first “letter to the editor” today, and sur
prisingly enough it wasn’t a condemnation or correction of
something we printed. Unfortunately the letter wasn’t signed,
so we won’t print it in whole, but we can quote from it.
The fellow called his subject “last Saturday’s fiasco.” This
new student thought the Hello dance was a get-acquainted
session, but was amazed to find (despite an Emerald edit warn
ing him) that the dance “was a more or less coming-out party
, for the chaps that have got themselves set-up for the coming
“There wasn’t a stray female in sight,” the letter continued.
“The dance was completely taken over by the ‘old guard’ and
the fast workers of this term.”
The “gist” of his letter is this: “Why the formality?” And
then he further suggested that “you ought to sponsor no-date
Whether he meant the Emerald, the student body, the
classes, the student union, or some other organiaztion, we
But we do pass on his suggestion in the hopes that some
group may pick it up and act on it according to its worth.
The Squeeze Play
One of the unpleasant aspects of campus construction was
the announcement by the University Theater of the cancella
tion of their October production.
The play was planned for presentation in Johnson Hall.
The stage, however, was boarded up and plastered over with
out due notification to the Theater; leaving the dramatists no
satisfactory playing area.
The new theater, being constructed west of Villard, will not
be ready for use before December.
Instead of the usual six major productions during the aca
demic year, this year’s season will have only five. The quality
of University Theater productions, even in the cramped, in
adequate quarters of the Johnson Hall stage, has been consist
With good theater as scarce as it is, even the loss of one
production is a situation which the administration should have
attempted to avoid.
Solution to Infantile Thinking
... bv Herb Soadv
Collegiate campuses are no
exception to the worldwide ex
istence of infantilism. College
students as members of the pres
ent civilization are woefully de
ficient in ability to deal with
human problems, which would
prove less emotionally disturb
ing and troublesome with the
proper ‘semantic reactions’ (our
reactions to words). The use of
words which have no ‘meaning,’
“leads to non-survival, pathologi
cal states of general infantilism,
infantile private and public be
havior, infantile institutions, in
fantile ‘civilizations’ founded on
strife, fights, brute competitions,
etc., these being supposedly the
‘natural expression of ‘human na
ture,’ as different commercial
ists and their assistants . . ,
would have us believe.” The so
lution of human problems be
comes more imparitive as the
Third World War approaches.
These solutions can be made only
by the reorientation of our
The structural foundation for
such a reorientation has been
broached by Alfred Korzybski
in “Science and Sanity” (The
Library Publishing Company).
In his introduction to non-Aris
totelian systems and general
semantics Korzybski has propos
ed a solution, for the emotional
disturbances of ‘civilizations’
and semantic ‘un-sanity’ in indi
viduals. This book is of far
reaching ‘cultural’ importance
and should be read and applied
by college students, and especial
ly future educators.
A layman without scientific
or mathematic training should
not be discouraged by the appar
ent difficulty of the book that a
thumbing-through would indi
cate. Since he is speaking about
speaking it is necessary for Kor
zybski to develop a ‘new’ langu
age. An understanding and per
sonal use of this non-Aristotelian
language is necessary before the
non-Aristotelian System can be
understood and applied.
A Crotchety Old Vet
On Things In General
... by Steve Loy
What could be nicer for a
crochety old vet than the oppor
tunity to have an outlet for his
gripes, in print yet?
Registration was neither the
best nor the worst we’ve seen.
Biggest bottleneck seemed to be
in the co-op book line. Why was
it necessary for vets to get books
before completing registration?
That used to be one of the things
you could put off till the line
Heard a lot of gripes from
people who didn’t get their reg
istration material on time. Some
hadn’t gotten cards to confirm
admission, one sophomore
thought it wasn’t important and
threw the card away. He hopes
to get his material on Tuesday.
Dormers think they got the
business. Three in a room is
close to intolerable, with two
closets, six small drawers, and
two desks to split three ways.
Makes us wonder how we man
aged with four and five in a
room in ’46 and ’47. Then those
of us who ate went to Straub.
Such lines. Who says things
aren’t getting better?
Speaking of things getting
better, the high schools deserve
a vote of commendation for the
fine crop they sent us. Wow!
Now if I can just locate the ones
who prefer older men. No lie,
they’re the best I’ve seen in four
Pretty good crowd showed for
the dance Saturday night. I
know a few who would have
stood at home or brought ice
skates had they known the floor
was going to be slicked down
like a gigolo’s pompadour. The
music presented a fine argu
ment for the affirmative in the
big name band debate. So what
do I want for nothing?
This column was supposedly
to be about the Vet’s Dorms,
which allows me to mention that
one of the boys found a foam
generating fire extinguisher in
his bed the other night. Good
clean fun. Wait till they find out
how easy it is to set off the fire
alarm. Rules of the game say
such fun isn’t to start till at
least three p.m. The boys are
still waiting for the recreation
room which was to be finished
Glad to see the science build
ing has been definitely located.
I suppose it was easier to move
before they built it, but I know
of five places it was definitely
going to be.
Still wondering if they’ll close
Thirteenth to all traffic before
too many of us are run under.
It is suggested that the book
be read at least twice and com
pletely. I will definitely dis
courage any reader who intends
to read the book only once. A
cursory examination of the book
is of little personal or social
value. The meat of Koryzbski’s
work lies in Book II titled “A
General Introduction to Non
Aristotelian Systems and Gen
eral Semantics.” Special consid
eration should be given to this
on the first reading. In the light
of it the remainder of the book
will become much more easily
understandable on later read
As a final remark I remind
the prospective reader that al
though the book looks very dif
ficult he should not be discour
aged in attempting to read it.
Wheels of Progress!
Now a 'Motormaf
The drive-in restaurants have ^
finally caught up with the snappy ’
service of New York’s automat.
In Los Angeles a new ‘‘motor
mat” is now in operation.
The wheel-like layout has 20
parking stalls, each served by an
electrically controlled food car
riage. The motorist writes his or
der, puts it in the carriage, with
sufficient money to pay the bill,
presses a button, and the carriage
moves off to the kitchen.
An attendant fills the order,
makes change on the bill and
sends the carriage back to the
Free Lancin ...
Some Campus Sidelights
... by Bill Lance
When offered a cigarette, the
sweet, demure lass blushed shyly
and refused. As the smoking
room continued to fill with girls
(all of whom seemed to be light
ing up) she decided perhaps she
should have one on this, the first
day of school.
“I will have a cigarette after
all,” she said to the girl who had
first offered it. Daintily the shy
lass held the cigarette out at
arm’s length and placed a lighted
match to one end. Not only did
the cigarette get well lit but so
did several of her fingers.
Then there is the story about
the saucy little rushee who made
quite an impression at one house.
Noticing things were rather lag
ging in the crowded but quiet
living room she piped up, “Mind
if I blow my nose on your cur
One of Oregon's larger foot
ball players, 245-pound Gus
Knickram, has announced along
with future matrimonial inclina
tions, two pair of pajamas for
Rush week has been said to be
an occasion when the boys have
a good time and the girls drink
At the Idaho game one could
n’t help but marvel at the num
ber of “recently” married stu
dents. According to the number
of general admission tickets sold
there were some 200 more mar
ried students than who register
ed for school in that status. On
the other hand it could have been
a matter of “living in sin” for
a couple of hours.
As introduction to his “Essen
tials of Physics” (Ph 101) class,
Professor Dart’s discussion ran
along the line of how some of
the nations largest dams are op
erated. Included was an explana
tion of how water, often backing
up several miles, was released
through openings which contain
ed mammoth turbines, these in
turn furnishing power for elec
trical companies. At the end of
the discussion the prof asked for
“Weil, just one,” replied a girl
student. “Would you mind tell
ing me, can they use all the
water again after the electri
city has been taken out of it?”
I was walking through the car
loaded area in the graveyard
last Saturday night. Man was it
quiet—I could hear every pin
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