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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 30, 1949)
With Open Eyes. .
The Emerald's Policy
Have the vets moved out and the kiddies
No, not quite. But almost. The freshmen crop
is mostly straight from high school. They are
young, eager, spirited, impressionable, and full
of vim, vigor, and vitality.
The University is pulling out of the war hang
over days. It’s entering the construction period.
Things are returning to a “normalcy” that was
never known before.
It’s going to be a tough haul for the Emerald
to keep up, or slightly ahead, of campus activity
this year. Yet we think we’re in a fortunate po
sition. Never before, it seems, has a year prom
ised to be so packed full of news, activity, prob
lems, and (we hope) solutions.
The Student Union alone opens up an entire
ly different field to this University. Students
cannot yet realize the effect it will have on their
The Millrace brings back old traditions and
new problems. What was referred to in the 1947
Emerald as “the historic old millrace,” was cal
led yesterday “the sluggish old millrace.”
Before us lay many things—the completion of
the new women’s dorm and the beginning of
the “DuShane Planfinal exams scheduled in
the middle of a week; selection of a student un
ion board; and, still with us, the parking situa
Each day brings its news. Whether it may be
the disintegration of Deady Hall or the meet
ing of the Chess Club, the Emerald will try to
faithfully cover both events. But our reporters
are human, they have classes and mid-terms and
finals, too. Once in a while they may slip up and
forget to check their news sources; if they do,
and you’ve some news, be a friend and give the
Emerald a call.
The Emerald serves upwards of 5000 stu
dents and faculty; it is for them we write the
news. We don’t expect to compete with the Ore
gonian, Journal, or Register-Guard in coverage
of world events. They can do a lot better job of
it than we; but they can’t cover the campus like
the Emerald. We aren’t taking an “isolation
ist” attitude. It’s just this—with three easily
available papers adequately covering the na
tional and international situation, why should
we do a botchy job of it and louse up the campus
coverage as well?
As usual, the Emerald will attempt to be fair
and impartial. Not only will we get the surface
fact, but we’ll dig to get the background.
On the edit page there will be no criticism just
for the sake of criticism. We’ll gripe about
things we think need improving, and we’ll offer
our solutions and suggestions.
Editorial page columnists are selected be
cause they have something to say, say it well,
and know what they’re talking about. The views
they express are not necessarily those of the
editor, his associates, or his staff. Columnists
are not picked because of the opinions they hold,
but because of their ability. The editor’s door is
open to anyone who wants to give column writ
ing a try.
Unsigned editorials reflect the opinions of the
editor, initialed editorials the opinions of the
associate editors who wrote them. The views
expressed in editorials are backed up by the edi
tor and his associates, but they do not claim to
represent the opinions of the ASUO or the Uni
Explanations are in order on the edit page. It’s
the place to which students may look for an in
terpretation of the news.
But it is not all up to the editors. Letters from
readers are requested. All we ask is that they be
kept down to 250 words if possible, they stay
within the bounds of good taste, they be writ
ten by a person informed upon the subject mat
ter, undertaken, they don’t advocate overthrow
of the administration by force (unless just cause
can be shown), and they must be signed. The
editor reserves the right to edit letters.
So far the Emerald has received nothing but
help from readers and critics. The students have
been tolerant towards our first few issues. No
one has yet thrown a time bomb in the quonset
But we are open to criticism, and will accept
it in the spirit given. It’s not hard to reach the
editor, his door is usually open, and there are
three phones in the “shack”.
An Aggie Toes the Line
By Stan Turnbull
The charge of “discrimination” has been
hurled (jokingly) at University of Oregon reg
istration officials by the Barometer, student da
ily at OSC.
The heart-rending story of the efforts of ex
Stater Suzanne Cockeram to enroll at Oregon
appeared last week in the Barometer, replete
with harrowing details.
Concerning Suzanne’s efforts to enroll, the
Barometer says “There seems to be some mys
terious force concerning registration which
seeks out former OSC students and puts blank
walls in their way.” Registration officials have
not yet been contacted, but it is believed they
will flatly deny this charge.
But let’s let Suzanne take up the story, as re
lated by the Oregon State paper:
“Every new student at Oregon was scheduled
to pick up registration material Sunday, so I
confidently arrived then and asked for mine.
‘Henrietta?’ beamed the boy. ‘No, says I.’ She
was informed that she must be an old student,
then ,and to come back the next day.
“Since the doors to Mac court, scene of the
fray, were to open at 8 a.m., i arrived a lull 1U
minutes early, certain I would be first in line.
Imagine my chagrin to find a line about two
blocks long! However, it moved rapidly and in
less than 50 minutes I was in front of the same
After explaining, again, that she was not
Henrietta, she was shunted oft' to Emerald hall.
“I arrived there, managed to squeeze my way
inside the door and within 30 minutes was in
sight of the counter. They finally informed me
that I had not filled out such and such a form—
one which I remember distinctly handing to
them myself. I filled it out, of course, and will
pick up my material tomorrow.”
Miss Cockeram’s testimony ended on this op
timistic note, but the Barometer fired one last
salvo. ‘‘What further discrimination,” it asks,
“must she now overcome?”
But even Beavers have a sense of fair-play,
for the article concludes, “Or then, again, does
the flavor of the registration line-up of the U. of
O. smack vaguely of the flavor of the tactics of
the OSC registration committee?”
You mean it’s like this other places, too?
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Mondays, holidays and final examination periods by the Associated Students, University of
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Don A. Smith, Editor Joan Mimnaugh, Business Manager
Gi.enn Gillespie. Managing Editor
Don Fair, Barbara IIkywood, Helen Sherman, Fred Taylor, Associate Editors
Cork Mobley, Advertising Manager
Larilyn Thompson, National Advertising Manager Jean Lovell, Circulation Manager
News Editors: Anne Goodman, Ken Metzler. Chief Night Editor: Lorna Larson.
Sports Editor: Dave Taylor. Women’s Editor: Connie Jackson.
ISA coalition party wheels
seem to be having- difficulty con
cerning the replacement of presi
dent Bob Miller, who is attending
Willamette University in Salem
Several top members of the
party learned of Miller’s absence
for the first time yesterday when
Emerald reporter Larry Meiser
contacted them to determine
One, Two, Slide
Many students who pick up this paper will be recuperating
from their first experience with that hold-over from dancing
school, the weekly dessert dance.
Now make no mistake. Even in this atomic age, we still be
lieve that the boys should meet girls and girls should meet
boys, and we still believe that college is as good a place as any
to get your first mate.
Our point is that desserts are a painful and unnatural way
to accomplish this biological phase of sociology. Better that
the little boys were left to throw stones and spitballs at the lit
tle girls. Even that would be more natural.
This way the boys and girls are thrown at each other. The
boys, of course, have a distinct advantage, because they sign up
for the girls—and they can consult that chart of relative pul
chritude, the Oregana, in advance.
The hapless girls, like Egyptian lovelies at the slave mart,
must leave to fate their partner. The usual result is that five
feet one majors in classical languages find themselves paired
with six feet four B.A. majors. This is only an example of the
weird and explosive combinations that can result.
In the past, several halls have initiated “drool pools” in
which the person, who by vote draws the most repulsive part
ner gets the jackpot. That’s an idea, anyway.
And incidentally, what about that misnomer, “dessert?” Is
the word meant in the Biblical sense of a just dessert for one’s
Parking or Safety?
The Eugene City Council Monday night failed to approve a
University request to limit parking on Thirteenth St.
The University requested that all parking be removed on
13th from University to Emerald, and on the south side of
street from Emerald to Beach.
The City Council action came despite the approval of the
request by the public safety committee. The council returned
the request to the public safety committee for further study.
No roll call vote was taken.
Orville Lindstrom, business manager of the University,
who presented the request to the public safety committee, ex
plained yesterday that there was no doubt that the City Coun
cil will approve the request when they see what the University
is doing in the way of off street parking.
“The University is interested in the safety of students and
pedestrians and facilitating the free flow of traffic,” Lindstrom
More than 150 car spaces are provided in off street parking,
far more spaces than are lost by limiting parking on 13th. Addi
tional parking spaces will be available when the student union
is completed, in the block south of the student union building.
Space will also be available back of the school of music build
It is not known when the City Council will reconsider their
Ritin at Random...
How Lt. Jerry Wright Trades
..by Jo Gilbert
Once upon a time, not too many years ago, there was a
sports reporter. He was a excellent sports reporter and was re
spected by all in his profession. But he was not satisfied bang
ing out sports stories. So, with great ceremony, he bid farewell
to sports, and started writing fiction for the “Cosmopolitan,”
and other magazines. Eventually he wrote novels. Not sports
novels—he had given that up like other men swear off drink
ing, and unlike other men, had kept his vow—but pure fiction.
The latest of these to come off the press is “The Lonely” (Af
fred A. Knopf: $2.50).
Paul Gallico (for by now you must have guessed who I’ve
been talking about) in this tries to tell the story of a youth’s
growth to maturity during the war. Lt. Jerry Wright is station
ed in England with the Air Force. He is the product of the
“right” way of life; the average middle class background with
its mores and traditions. Jerry is engaged to the “right” girl
back in the States. All is fine except for his meeting with
“Patches”. Patches is a WAAF and much in love with Jerry,
and Jerry’s solution of this situation brings forth his maturity
—at least according to Gallico.
In my humble estimation, the novel fails. We never get to
meet Catherine, the girl at home, so we are forced to take Gal
lico s word as to her character. None of the characters are quite
believable and the whole thing reminds me of a continued story
in "The Ladies Home Journal.” “The Lonely” just doesnt’ leave
any sensation except that one wishes that Gallico, this time
would have stuck to sports.