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Burv the Hatchet
and Work for Deferred Rushing
Deferred living is here. It may not have a sound
leg to stand on but it will go into effect next fall.
University President Harry K. Newburn issued
the following statement yesterday:
“In January of last year when operation of the
plan was put off until the fall of 1950, Mr. Du
Shane made it clear that the policy was still in ef
fect and that the beginning date only was changed,
moving it back one year to permit fraternities and
sororities a longer adjustment period. The educa
tional reasons for adoption of this plan are tne
same now as they were then and, of course, it still
is in effect.”
So why all the haggling and clamoring against
the plan? Agitation will not stop its installation next
fall, it will merely bring bad publicity to those
groups who feel they know more about running the
University than the administration.
Naturally, the administration is not faultless; it
does not claim to be.
Concerning deferred living, the administration is
at fault in two things:
The method by which it presented the plan.
And in not going far enough.
As someone aptly phrased it—“Why put half a
diaper on the baby?” All you get is more of a mess.
So when deferred living is instituted, let’s in
stitute deferred rushing as well.
Deferred living alone has as many holes in it as a
round of Swiss cheese. But deferred rushing plugs
most of the holes.
We’ve got deferred living—instead of throwing
tantrums like spoiled kids let’s get in and work for
deferred rushing. If we are going to have deferred
living let’s make it work.
Why can’t we go “whole hog,” rather than ruin
one year’s freshman class and confuse three year s
What is holding the University back? The contin
ual and useless bickering by self-centered individ
uals and groups who think of the immediate effect on
themselves rather than the overall good. Individuals
and groups who will gripe about deferred living un
til next fall; and then act surprised and shocked when
it goes into effect and they are caught with their
see that deferred living is no good; who can as easily
see that deferred rushing will eliminate many of the
evils of deferred living. Yet they have not even con
sidered adding deferred rushing to deferred living
and making the plan work to the advantage of stu
dents, houses, and University. Instead they will sulk
in their corners next year like small children, and
shout from time to time "Nahhh, 1 told you so!
Sure, you told them deferred living wouldn’t
work ; we can tell that it won’t work the way it stands
now, too. Blit living-in would work, if deferred rush
ing went hand in hand with it. It would work for the
advantage of the incoming freshmen—who is the
most important person in the school.
Deferred living means all freshmen will live in
University dormitories, but they will rush, if they so
desire, at the same time as before—the week before
school begins. This will go into effect next fall.
Deferred rushing would mean that all freshmen
will live in University dormitories, but they may not
rush until some time later in the year.
Yes, next year will be rough. With deferred liv
ing it may be next to unbearable ; with deferred rush
ing it will still be difficult, as in any transitional per
iod, but it will be better. And the students will know
that what they are going through will at least have a
With deferred living alone, each year will be bad.
The end result will not be beneficial, despite the
glimmering generalities that the administration has
placed before us.
The city Panhellemc took tne nrst step on tne
road to deferred rushing when they recommended
Thursday night that the University Panhellenic
meet with the Inter-Fraternity Council and the In
ter-Dormitory council to discuss the possibilities
of deferred rushing. ^
It will be up to the Panhellenic and the IFC to
take steps in changing the rushing procedure. If
they delay and hold out for a complete reversal of
stated policy, they’ll be left holding the bag—defer
red living without deferred rushing.
OK—so we like deferred rushing. And here is
why we like it.
Rush week will be eliminated. With its elimina
tion will go the expense of the week—both for houses
and for individuals—and the disappointment and
heartbreaks of students who do not receive bids. Yes,
they will still be disappointed later in the year if they
don’t receive bids; but not as disappointed. Because
then they will have other things in the University
which interest them. Rush week they have but one
thing, and a “defeat” in that can appear way out of
proportion to its real value.
If you have deferred rushing students will be
able to select their houses after surveying them for
whatever length of time the students and adminis
tration deem desirable. Houses will be able to se
lect their members after having watched them for
some time and after the students have proven
themselves in studies and in activities. The quali
ty of fraternity and sorority membership should be
improved. For any house must feel that the ad
vantages it has to offer a student are great enough
to stand a term or a year’s scrutiny. If they are not;
then the house is violating a fundamental principle
by hoping to grab freshmen with their eyes closed.
When the-quality of membership is improved, the
fraternity-sorority system will improve.
The incoming freshmen will have the chance to
become adjusted to University life—all phases—be
fore he is hurried and scurried around by going
The freshman will not come to a University and
for two weeks sit without opening a book. He will
not be given a wrong impression of college life,
which he can too easily and too frequently get from
rush week when he has nothing but social life and
none of the academic.
A broader background in living experience will
be received by the freshman, enabling him to bet
ter appreciate asd understand these persons who
do not live in the same type of organization he may
choose. This will help eliminate any Greek-Inde
pendent friction which may exist.
A freshman will not be forced into activities in
which he has no interest or desire to participate. He
will be the judge of what activities he wants, and
what activities he does not want.
A uniform, intelligent counselling system must ^
be worked out by the University to aid the freshman
in adjusting to University life.
Those are some of the reasons we like deferred
rushing. Underneath them all is the fundamental
belief that what is best for the student—what will
help him obtain the educational, cultural, and soc
ial background which will aid him best in life—
that is the policy the University must follow.
If the University is to follow such a policy, we
believe that deferred rushing is a necessity. Deferred
living is not enough, alone it is completely worthless
and will do more harm than good; but deferred rush
ing is a step that must be taken if the school is to
function as it should.
There are hundreds of problems that must be
worked out. But we cannot afford to throw defer
red living and deferred rushing overboard because
we are unwilling to face these problems and solve
We can and must meet these problems. The stu
dents shall prove to the administration and to the
alumni that we are the mature individuals we pro
fess to be; that we can work out our problems and
find a solution that will place this University one step
further ahead in fulfilling its educational purposes..
The students must take the initiative in demand
ing deferred rushing.
Out of the Rock Grew a Rose—a Sage Tale of Old Clans
Once, in a city-state on a little river flowing north,
several tunic-ed, laurel-wreathed dignitaries sat
down together over a howl of toasted myrtle berries
to consider matters of state.
“Have a myrtle berry,” invited their leader, a
blunt-nosed, beetle-browed, curly-haired Socrates
“We're reducing, Oh Sage One,” chorused the dig
nitaries, shadowy-faced persons with tunics em
broidered in dollar signs, Greek letters, and the.Jgt-.
tors A, B, C, D, and F for flunk.
“To business, then, Oh Sage Ones,” said the leader.
"How's the money situation these days?” He addres
sed the man of the money symbol tunic.
“Hellish, Oh Sage One,” complained the Dollar
Sion "The people are romnlnininc of tnves an.l we...
cannot keep the barracks full to a profit level.”
“And how is the work of the pople, Oh Sage One?”
the leader asked the Grade Symbol.
“The all city average is holding, Oh Sage One, but
the level of the clans sems to be falling down a bit.”
“And speaking of the clans,” interrupted the lead
er, "their strength is not what it was once. As ex
members of clans, we should consider this, kurthei
more, the ill-will between clan members and bar
racks dwellers should be remedied.
“Correct, Oh Sage One,” they chorused.
‘•Well, then, Sage Ones," said the Socrates, stretch
ing his legs comfortably under the table. "Let us plan
an Ideal State. Have a myrtle berry?”
“Reducing, thank you anyway, Oh Sage One," the
shadowy faces unisoned. "What plan do you suggest,
Oh Sage One?’
“Let us be sage and plan this state together. Here's
my plan: We must keep our barracks filled, is that
“Very right, Sage One.”
“And we must up the membership in our special
dwellings lest they die out and there be no more aris-.
tocratic clans, right?”
“Very exact, Oh Sage One.”
“And we must bring up the grade level in the
“True, Oh Sage One.”
“Therefore, this is my argument: The people live
in small families as children. Then they get married
and live in small families again. We must thus teach
_ them, while they are in our city state, to live in sm^ll
families. Am I right.”
“Always right, Oh Sage One.”
“The best way to train people to live in small fami
lies is to have them all housed together for a year in
large barracks. This exactly reproduces the problems
of everyday living: in a small family. True?”
“Genius-like, Oh Sage One.”
“And we will call this plan of living CORPS CUR
RICULUM. Besides duplicating everyday family life
it will fill the barracks and indoctrinate newcomers
to the city in democracy by having them pledge al
legiance to a clan their first year and then live in the
barracks in small cliques while they bide their time
to move into the clan house. Besides this, all the
freshman flunking will be done in the barracks, thus
bringing up the grade-levels of the clans.
“Your plan is wonderful. Oh Sage One,” the
wreathed dignitaries chorused. “Shall we put it to
the people for approval?”
“By the gods, no!” the leader exclaimed. "They’d
never approve of it. Shove it on them.
And that is how utopia came to the small city state
on the river flowing north.
When the people heard about their new corps cur
riculum they wailed and cursed and petitioned the
gods and the alums of the city. They didn’t grasp, for
a long time, that until revolution, a passage of time
or an act of the gods came, that
THE-IDEAL STATE HAD COME,
IRREVOCABLY. Irrevocably and
But finally they realized that if
they had to live under a yoke, at
least they could work to bring out
the better features of this life—
work to make the yoke comfort
_So they pooled their brains to
make the new utopia truly utopian.
They decided that if they must
live as a corps the first year, they
should not have divided allegiance.
They should be as one, and not
choose a clan until their second
year so that their life in the corps
would he less complicated and so
that when they went to live with
the clan they could start their new
life together, in a clan they were
They evolved, too, a system of
advisers in the barracks to help the
new citizens over their bumps.
_And as they worked, the clans
and barracks dwellers became
more unified. In friendly terms,
they learned how to be more happy
in their utopia, their Garden of Ed
en seeded with early thistles that
bloomed into purple flowers.
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