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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 15, 1949)
By Tom King
Prospects for an improved Ore
gon home football schedule in the
next few years are as dim now as
This was the cold, hard observa
tion of Athletic Director Leo Har
ris recently, as he drew a fine comb
over the Oregon athletic situation,
financial and otherwise.
A number of road-blocks — too
many, in fact—are preventing pro
motion of top-notch contests for
either Eugene or Portland, which
is also considered “home.” They all
come under the same heading—fi
NO BIG STADIUM .
Lack of a big stadium is the ma
jor difficulty. Universities with
big-name football teams simply
will not play in a stadium where a
sellout crowd still means a crowd
similar in size to one attracted by
a soap box orator.
Portland’s Multnomah Stadium,
controlled by the Multnomah Ath
letic Club, seats 31,000. Harris says
that ever since he came to Oregon
three years ago, stadium officials
have promised to enlarge the struc
"Before this season began, we
were promised 5,000 more seats,”
Harris said. “Yet, despite these
promises year after year, not one
seat has yet been added.”
DUCKS LOSE MONEY
Harris claims that to bring- teams
like Iowa, Southern Methodist,
Texas, and Michigan here for home
hall games, a stadium with 50,000
capacity is needed. He is confident
that Oregon’s Nov. 5 game with
Washington could have drawn at
least 50,000 fans.
That means that limited capacity
of MJultnomah Stadium cut "eceipts
almost in half. Since the athletic
department nets between 60 cents
and $1 on every admission, it also
means that the universities in
volved ate the neck of the chicken,
so to speak.
Schools like Michigan, SMU and
other grid powers simply won’t
strip themselves of lush gate re
ceipts when they have an alterna
tive. And "big-name” schools do.
Michigan, for instance, has a uni
versity-owned stadium which holds
97,000. The Wolverines will never
play Oregon in Oregon.
Harris recalled negotiations he
had with SMU while visiting Texas
“We wanted a home-and-home
series with the Mustangs,” he stat
ed. “But while SMU officials said
they would like to play Oregon,
they also said they will play Penn
Franklin Field, where Penn plays
its home games, holds 78,000. And
therein is the explanation.
Before the Multnomah AC will
greatly enlarge its stadium, it
wants Oregon to promise Portland
All remaining women s living or
ganizations are requested to ap
peal1 for their talent auditions at
6:30 tonight in Gerlinger Annex,
reported Fred Young, campus tal
ent chairman, Monday night.
» Those who missed the Monday
night activities are requested to
appear tonight also.
Men’s houses will appear Mon
day and Tuesday night of next
Plans are being formulated for
additional all-campus shows which
will make use of the new talent
file. Single as well as double acts
are desired. ., ^ 4 * | jjj
two games a year.
"We are following a policy now
of at least three games for Eugene,
and cannot assure anyone of two
more games in Portland,” Harris
said. “To have less than three
games at Hayward Field would not
do justice to the students here.”
Thus the stalemate. Only two so
lutions present themselves. (1)
Oregon or Multnomah Stadium of
ficials change policy, or (2) Oregon
build its own stadium large enough
to accommodate at least 40,000
Some progress has been made on
the latter scheme. By next season,
Hayward Field should seat over
27,000 instead of its present 21,000.
Harris hopes to enlarge it grad
ually each year, but such a plan
depends on gate receipts from year
In the past three years, about
$100,000 has been spent to improve
Oregon athletic facilities. It will
still take several seasons to com
plete the project.
Harris revealed one pleasant
note on home games for the Web
foots. Beginning next year, a rota
tion schedule between Northern
and Southern Division teams offi
cially goes into effect. One South
ern team will play Oregon in Port
land each year. None played the
Ducks there this season.
ATHLETICS MUST PAY
This means progress of a sort.
But Northern Division teams must
prove to Southern schools that
they are entitled to the concession
So, for the next several years
anyway, the Oregon football
schedule necessarily will be re
stricted to home games with teams
like Colorado, Idaho, and Montana
—plus a contest with a Southern
Division team in Portland.
Why? Finances again, of course.
Call it “rank commercialism,” “dol
lar phobia” or any other choice bit,
but athletics must pay for them
selves. And to achieve this, Oregon
must rely on dollar intake at the
gate, as do other colleges from
coast to coast.
4 p.m.—Girls’ drill team will prac
tice on Intramural Field (be
tween Hayward Field and the
ROTC drill field).
7 p.m.—Christian Science Organi
zation meeting. Reading Room,
1251 Emerald street.
7 p.m.—Deseret Club meeting.
7 p.m.—Inter - Varsity Christian
Fellowship meeting. Miss Olive
Slocum will speak on “First Aid
for Fainting” as adapted to her
Christian experiences. John
7:30 p. m.—Young Democrats of
Lane County meeting. Back
room of the Side.
8:30 p.m.—Propellor Club coffee
meeting. 207 Commerce.
Week's Oregana Pics
This week’s Oregana picture
schedule is the following:
Today, McChesney Hall.
Wednesday, Minturn Hall.
Thursday, Hendricks Hall.
Friday, Merrick Hall.
Oregana re-takes will be taken
on the 21, 22, and 23 of November.
Examination of the 1949-50 Pig
ger's Guide, student directory, dis
closes some new facts about Uni
Although fewer students are
registered this year than last, there
are more Jonses and Smiths.
Thirty-eight Jonses are listed
this year, an increase of 10 over
1948-49. The Smiths continue to
outnumber other names in the di
rectory, with 81 now at Oregon.
Seventy-five Smiths attended last
Two other large campus groups,
the Johnsons and Andersons, have
become smaller. Last year, there
were 52 Johnsons, compared to 48
this year. The Andersons have lost
six of their clan, retaining 41 mem
bers. The Andersens, however,
have increased by two. Last year
there weren't any on campus.
The Guide’s new cover features a
cartoon by Arnold Westerman,
showing what dream dates with
beautiful telephone voices really
look like. It will be distributed to
day and tomorrow in McArthur
Court by Phi Theta Upsilon and
Kwama, service honoraries.
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