Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 11, 1949, Image 1

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    Fifty-First Year of Publication and Service to the University
VOLUME LI
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, EUGENE, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11,1949
NUMBER 14
Faculty Rating Called Success
(This long-awaited article is
the final product of two week’s
interviewing, compiling, and re
vising done by three Emerald
staffers. Tom King, assistant
managing editor, was in charge
of the assignment, assisted by
Andy Friedle and Ron Abrams.)
The “opinionnaire” that was dis
tributed last spring, when the Ore
gon student body rated and graded
the faculty, was a success. Not a
whoppin’ success, but still a suc
cess.
And it’s the faculty that thinks
so. At least the majority do, ac
cording to indications revealed by
a survey of 30 professors repre
sentative of the various schools
and departments on the campus.
WASTE OF TIME?
Many professors also thought
it was a marvelous waste of time,
and that it failed to serve its pur
pose, namely, the improvement of
teaching methods through evalu
ation.
Here’s the breakdown:
Opinion Votes Pet.
Successful 17 56 2-3
Unsuccessful 10 33 1-3
Undecided 3 10
Just before the end of spring
term, most classes filled out the
faculty rating forms. Professors
had the option of not permitting
classes to take the “opinionnaire.”
Results were strictly confidential.
They were not delivered to instruc
tors until final grades had been re
corded. In addition, students were
not required to sign their names.
Questions pertained to the ex
cellence of teaching, assignments,
tests, lectures, new developments,
grading, individual help, enthusi
asm, conduct, and stimulation of
individual work and opinion.
STUDENTS THE JUDGES
Students judged whether they
liked coming to the course, wheth
er they would enroll in another one
taught by that professor, and why.
They also were able to present
suggestions and criticisms.
For the most part, professors
were graded in the same way they
themselves mark students.
It was impossible, for the pur
poses of this survey, to tabulate
the outcome of the grades given
the professors and determine what
the students think of the faculty
as a whole.
SOME ENTHUSIASTIC
Young instructors were particu
larly enthusiastic about the “opin
ionnaire.” One, who received a
straight “A" report, felt so elated
he wanted to do the same for all
his students.
But there were others. A des
pondent instructor stated flatly
that “only geniuses appreciate my
course.” He then went into a sharp
tirade against the “switcheroo
rating system.”
All this was mere hum-drum to
a psychologist who announced, “I
could have told you what the re
sults would be before the whole
thing started.”
WHY IT WAS POOR
One out of very three thought
the forms not so good because in
their estimations:
(1) Students were not compet
ent to judge.
(2) Questions were poor.
(3) Students were restrained in
their criticism or were personally
biased.
(4) Results were contradictory.
Some suggested that the blame
for any negative attitude be placed
squarely upon those professors and
not the students.
One graying professor described
by a student as “young and pers
onable,” insisted that he wag
marked down “because some of my
classes came at 8 o’clock and on
Saturday.”
All agreed that upper division
pupils were more discerning in
their ratings.
Seven professors thought that
some of the questions in the forms
had the odor of Limburger about
them. “How does a student know
whether we give them the new de
velopments in the field?” was a
chief complaint.
CRITICISM MORE SPECIFIC
Too, it was felt that criticisms
should have been more specific.
Thus the teacher who “perturbs me
because he’s always about to fall
( Please turn to page three)
Late Per Granted
Twelve midnight late permis
sion will be granted Wednesday
night to University women with
a 2.00 cumulative GPA, provi
ded they did not drop below a
^.00 spring term.
The Office of Student Affairs
granted late hours so students
can attend the Tex Beneke dance.
Tex Beneke to Appear
At Willamette Park
Tex Beneke and his orchestra are scheduled to appear at the
newly decorated Willamette Park tomorrow night at 9 p. m.
The Park has been completely redecorated. A new paint job,
re-arrangement of the tables, and installation of a new heating
system have revently been completed.
Tickets are on sale at Thompson’s music store and Radio
Lab on 11th street. Reservations may also be made at the ball
room. Student tickets sell for
$1 plus tax.
Beneke, who has been with
the band since 1938 when it was
under the direction of Glenn
■Miller, manages the positions of
hand leader, saxophonist, and voc
alist in his versatile manner.
Featured performers will be the
Moonlight Serenaders, Jack Spar
ling, and Buddy Yeager. “Ida” is
the band’s biggest request number
while “Moonlight Serenade,” “Tux
edo Junction,” and “In the Mood”
play an important part in the
band’s list of pieces.
^Women students have been grant
~ed a 12 p.’m. late permission if they
have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00
and a spring average of 2.00. The
attendance of freshmen women will
be up to each living organization to
decide.
Members of the Exchange Club
of Eugene are sponsoring the dance.
All proceeds will be used for creat
ing an activity center for the use of
children of the community, accord
ing to Roy Malos, chairman..
AWS Auction
Set Next Week;
Workers Picked
Auctioneers for next week’s A
WS Auction will be Bob Chambers
and Dick Neely, program chairman
Mary Hall announced yesterday.
Miss Hall listed Sarah Turnbull
and Janet Shaw as membebrs of
her committee.
Other committee appointments
announced yesterday were Sue
Seley, Sue Bohlman, and Bonnie
Birkemeir, posters; Joan Beggs
and Andy Friedle, publicity; Peggy
Nygard, Betty Jones, and Shirley
Van der Ende, decorations; and
Barbara Person, Jean Bensinger,
Ann Parsell, Mary Alice Baker,
Pat Dominey, Jeanne Hoffman,
and Ann Irwin, cleanup.
The Auction is scheduled for
Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the College
Side, 4 p.m.
KDUK Future
No Mystery
The reported “veil of mystery”
concealing KDUK is non-existant,
according to information received
today from the radio division.
Recent developments in relation
! ships between the Federal Com
munications Commission and cam
pus radio stations has led the radio
division here to proceed cautiously
in setting up the station.
“No one is more interested in
seeing the thing started than we
are,” said Herman Cohen, associ
at professor of speech and faculty
adviser for KDUK. “We will have
something, but it will not come
through hasty action.”
Mr. Cohen promised for release
soon, a detailed explanation con
cerning technical difficulties fac
ing the reappearance of the intra
University radio system.
He explained that recent devel
opments in the field have even
made it impractical for the Uni
versity to return to the pygmy sys
tem developed at the end of Spring
term.
Petition Deadline
Thursday at 5 p.m. is the dead
line for petitions for ASUO junior
representative on the executive
council.
Petitions must be filed in Pres
ident Art Johnson's office, Emer
ald Hall.
Race Chlorination Cost Set at $2000 Per Month;
Committee Report Due at Next Council Meetina
ine $2UUU a year estimate set
two weeks ago for chlorination of
the historic millrace was raised by
the Eugene Board of Health to
over $2000 a month, according to
the board's report to the Eugene
city council Monday night.
Council members agreed that
chlorination wouldn’t clean the
millrace, unless Springfield builds
a sewage disposal plant.
Under present plans, Springfield
■will have only a partial sewage
disposal project. The health board
said that unless the sewage dis
posal system was complete, even
$2000 per month would not be ade
quate to purify the millrace thor
oughly. The estimate did not in
clude the cost of installation of
chlorination equipment.
In its report, the board recom
mended that a metropolitan sew
age disposal system to be set up
that would include Eugene, Spring
field, and nearby districts. The
Willamette river would then be
clean enough to warrant a purifi
cation plant at the headgates.
The report and the recommenda
tion were referred to the health
committee and will be reported on
at the next council meeting.
Action on an ordinance that
would license and tax punchboards
of the question-and-answer type
was indefinitely postponed by the
council. An ordinance completely
banning the use of display of any
type of punchboard within the city
limits of Eugene was unanimously
passed.
The license-and-taxation bill
was introduced at the last meeting
of the city council in order to put
the measure before the people of
Eugene. Mayor Edwin Johnson re
ported thlit he had received letters
from many local church and social
groups requesting that punch
boards be banned completely.
Mademoiselle Sponsors
Tea for Undergraduates
Mademoiselle magazine will sponsor a tea from .? to 5 p. m.
Thursday in Alumni Hall, Gerlinger, enabling all undergraduate
women interested in careers pertaining to magazine work to talk
with Mrs. Darcy Friedman, assistant college board editor of
Mademoiselle.
Mrs. Friedman would like to talk with all undergraduate wo
men thinking of careers in fashion, art, advertising, writing, mer
Four University
Students Hurt
In Auto Crash
One man was killed and four
University students injured Sun
day afternoon in a collision on
Highway 99 near Cottage Grove.
The dead man was identified as
Julius Repsleger, 68, of Elkton,
driver of one of the vehicles. In
jured were: Lewis Riley, Stan Ray
Hall, driving the other car, and his
passengers Mary Holland, Eliza
beth Lamb, and Martha Richards,
all of Hendricks Hall. Walter Ess
linger, a passenger in Repsleger’s
car, escaped without injury.
State police reported that Reps
leger, traveling southbound with a
trailer in tow, was in the left lane
after passing another vehicle.
When he saw Riley’s oncoming car
he attempted to swerve off into
the ditch, but was struck broad
side. Both cars were demolished.
The injured students were taken
to Eugene hospitals for treatment
of cuts and bruises and all except
Miss Holland were later removed to
the University infirmary for fur
ther observation.
Rally Squad Sets
Yell Duke Tryouts
Tryouts for yell duke on the
Oregon rally squad will be held
this afternoon at 4 p.m.
Participants will meet in the
main lobby of McArthur court.
A vacancy on the squad has
been created by the resignation of
Alan Barzman. Barzman felt that
he could not continue the rally job
and do justice to a full study sched
ule.
chandising', or any of the fields
allied with magazine work.
She is especially interested in
meeting girls working on the
campus newspaper, literary
magazines, or outstanding in
campus activities.
Pictured in the current issue of
Mademoiselle in an article en
titled “New York Cinderellas" Is
Fashion Model Isabel! Stanley,
1940 University of Oregon gradu
ate. She studied for the stage and
went t<5 Hollywood to act. Pres
ently she is in New York doing
fashion shows and high fashion
photographic work.
Women interested in competing
for one of Mademoiselle’s 20 “Guest
Editorships”, or in becoming a
member of the Mademoiselle Col
lege Board will be given pointers on
how to achieve these positions by
Mrs. Friedman.
College board membership may
lead to becoming a “Guest Editor.”
The 20 editors will work in New
York City from June 5 through 30,
1950 on Mademoiselle’s August Col
lege issue. They will reecive a regu
lar salary for their month’s work
and round-trip transportation to
New York.
Members of the 1950 College
Board will be selected by the editors
of Mademoiselle from applicants on
the basis of a two-page typewritten
article on some phase of college life
submitted along with a photo
graph and personal information.
Mrs. Friedman is stopping hero
Wednesday and Thursday on a tour
taking her through the major west
ern colleges and universities.
Chairman of Thursday’s tea is
Marilyn Thompson, sophomore in
liberal arts.
Weather...
Rain today; some clearing with
showers this afternoon.