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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 17, 1949)
Lead Balloons Arise!
Who’s going to win the game Saturday? Last year you’d
have gotten a rousing “WE ARE!” to that question. This
year the answer’s more likely to be a glum shrug.
This lead-balloon attitude might indicate a certain amount
of realism, but it’ll sure never contribute toward winning a
game. Did Churchill shrink into himself and say, “Blimy!
We’ll never win this war!” when the Germans were panting
at the English coast? Heck no. He made like a V with his fing
ers and took an optimistic puff on his cigar.
Did OJaf the Viking lie down and drown himself with strong
mead when he saw the Danes were outnumbering his war
riors? No! He stood on the poop of his ship and said, “Get in
there and fight, men!” And when the game was up he died
nobly, pulling himself under the waves with his shield.
Therefore, let us who are not on Mr. Aiken’s team con
tribute our bit toward morale. This is our greatest foe—friend
ly or otherwise—that’s invading Hayward field Saturday. We
must clash and clang and convince everyone including the
football team that Oregon’s going to win.
The moral of this, then, is—Go to the rally this afternoon.
Never say die before you’re dead, lest you die of shock when
you wake up to find yourself alive after all.—B.H.
The Band--Off Limits
After blowing their lungs and hearts out for two hours at a
Homecoming game, a hand is in no mood to fight through a
mob of rioting students in an effort to save their uniforms,
caps, and instruments.
What to an uninformed mob is a little black stick with
holes in it and some metal on it; may be a $250 clarinet to a
musician. The musician is not anxious to send someone to the
hospital with that clarinet impressed on their head. It is an ex
pensive form of self-defense.
Last year after Homecoming, Oregon State College was
presented with, and paid without argument, a bill for damages
to University of Oregon band instruments. These damages
occured in a melee after the game, when a couple of OSC stu
dents took it upon themselves to bring unfavorable publicity
to their school.
Now if fans want to call each other names, etc., after the
game no one is going to be particularly unhappy—since this
is all good, clean, college fun.
But manhandling the band is rather an expensive form of
So keep your hands off hand members, friends, because
they are off-limits. Oregon State students will also abide by
this gentleman's agreement; they’ve been hit by a bill and
know how it hurts to pay. At the University we’ve been lucky;
we haven’t paid yet, and won’t have to if fan’s pent up feelings
let loose in some form other than a raid on the band.
Round and Round Go the Opinions
One thing about deferred living—it will go
into effect next year at Oregon. The admin
istration likes the idea, feels that it is worthy,
and will put it into operation.
Gripe as much as we want to, we will not
alter the fact that living in, in some form or
other, will be the thing next fall.
But we can help iron out some of the diffi
culties, and make deferred living work the
way we, as students, feel it should work. That
is one fact the administration cannot alter—
the success or failure of the plan will depend
upon the way the students react to it.
The problem is ours; we must once again
prove that the student body is the mature
group which has asked for and received in
creasing responsibility in student affairs.
The plan as it stands now has many dis
concerting things about it. Dormitory stu
dents do not relish the prospect of having
hundreds of freshmen pledges swarming
around them. Fraternity men, especially
sophomores, won’t like doing freshmen du
ties again next year.
And not everyone is convinced the year in
a dormitory is the best way to obtain a demo
cratic basis for subsequent University life.
And not everyone is convinced that increas
ing the membership of fraternity and sorori
ties should be an important objective of the
But these opinions, and others, aired only
amongst people who agree with them is not
going to help Donald DuShane in working
out a practicable and student-approved liv
ing in plan.
But when opinions are expressed so others,
who may not be inclined to agree, may see
them, it leads to a discussion which might,
and we hope will, result in concrete sugges
As it stands now, dormitory students dis
like the plan (one of the reasons being it fa
vors fraternities and sororities) and frater
nity and sorority students dislike the plan
(one of the reasons being it favors dormitory
These students usually express their opin
ions amongst others who merely agree and
then blast the administration.
In Friday’s Emerald two students, one
from a dormitory, and one from a fraternity,
will write their objections to the plan from
their particular point of view.
Then the dormitory students can sympa^
thize with the fraternity and sorority stu
dents, and vice-versa; and blast or bless the
plan together, but with a broader back
ground of the problems which must be faced.
Defense With Military Methods
The recent partial demolition of the “O'”
on Skinner’s Butte is an indication of the un
principled tactics of the'opposition.
It isn't feasible to perch a squad of fresh
men on the “O” to prevent what legal circles
call a conversion, or to be more explicit, a
successful demolition with the pieces felon
iously taken and carried away to you-know
Besides, some of the protecting freshmen
might be blown up, too.
Better defensive methods are needed as the
climax of the big game draws near.
Surely among the veterans on the campus
there are former demolition, bomb and mine
disposal experts with sufficient schouT“spirit
to use their talents for the protection of their
If none of these experts are available, the
military science department might be willing
to lend a few of its advanced cadets for the
good cause and as an indication that military
training has a legitimate peacetime value.
What is proposed is a collegiate version of
mine-fields to protect the “O,” women’s
houses, and lecture halls from possible en
The various war surplus stores should
have the necessary equipment such as the
pull-release fuse M3, the pressure fuse M1A1,
and the mine probe Ml. Unfortunately, the
enemy might be able to find and make use of
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the SCR 625 electrical mine detector, but this
counter-measure could be negated by using a
minimum of non-metallic parts in the mines.
Thus an unpunished miscreant returning
to the scene of the crime to finish his demoli
tion of the “O” or deposit mice in Carson
hall would step on “it,” a protective mine,
and be drenched with an extra sticky mixture
of skunk essence, honey and hungry warrior
When the wretch’s fellow rakehells at
tempted to defuse the still-active mine, a
booby trap in the form of an aerosol bomb
would spray him with the University’s col
ors, green and yellow.
Then when the remnants of the raiding
party retreated at the sight and odor of their
less fortunate malefactors they would release
trip-wires which would set off a phonography
record of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” or
some other suitable signal.
Then a combat patrol of freshmen would
swoop down on the marauders and obtain ex- '
peiimental proof as to whether immersion in I
the millrace is an invitation to get drooping
hangnails, halitosis, and BO.
In this way the glories of military science
would be used to protect the hallowed sanc
tums of this, our campus.
I he proposed counter-measures are stern,
but he who first salts the coffee should not
complain if the victim peppers the ice cream.
Flashcards at Homecoming This Year, Davidson at Willamette
Flashcards will lie seen at our Homecoming this
weekend! Jerry Kinerslv, flashcard chairman, has
really been knocking himself out making all the
arrangements. He deserves all the credit for this
setup in the direction that Oregon should have
gone a long time ago. \\ bile we're giving credit,
we want to again pat Jim Crisman and his squad
on the back for a line lot of spirit shown at the
games. If spirit helps, we’ll smother the Aggies
And then there’s the one about the gullible little
pledge who thought her roommate had been a
good girl when she returned from the California
game with a Gideon Bible in her handbag.
Larry Davidson did a large job of upholding
Oregon’s reputation during the OFCL (Oregon
Federation of Collegiate Leaders) at Willamette
University last weekend. At one of the banquet
dinners a rather shy Methodist table waitress ask
ed him what he would like to drink. She practically
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dropped her tray when he casually replied, “Bour
bon and water please.”
Incidentally, attending one of these conferences
really helps one to appreciate what we have here
at Oregon. When you hear the Reed college cry
of no staff for our paper ’ or Linfield's bitter com
plaint of “only $900 with which to carry out educa
tional activities as compared to Oregon’s $76,000,”
it makes one thankful of the blessings we do bn^y.