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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 10, 1950)
Brazilian Senorita Believes
Americans 'Distinct Lot'
By BILL FRYE
“It's so exciting to compare the two atmospheres of opinion
ancl habit I’ve encountered at Oregon,” said dark-eyed Maria
Ayres, a foreign student recently arrived from Brazil.
Miss Ayres, who is experiencing her first trip to the United
States, referred to the “two atmospheres” as the American and
Her impression of the American atmosphere is particularly
influenced by tne customs anu al
titudes observed by members of
the Delta Zeta house where she is
living. The foreign atmosphere is
encountered in frequent meetings
with the many other exchange stu
dents on the campus.
Although she has beeu here less
than a week. Miss Ayres has al
ready noted decided differences be
tween this country and her home
city of Rio Do Janeiro.
“Tradition especially,’' she ex
plained, “is not shown the respect
here we give it in Brazil. New
Year’s eve is devoted to our fami
lies and if we want to attend a
hall we go out late in the evening.
Here you all go out early and
spend the whole night celebrat
The campus and college environ
ment was found entirely different
than what she had known at the
National Faculty of Philosophy in
r “There we have no sororities or
[other such organizations, not even
Ia campus,” she commented. “There
j.is no ‘social education’; we look
[only to the intellectual part of
! UNIVERSITY SETUP DIFFERS
Higher education is set up on a
| different plan in South America,
I Miss Ayres has discovered.
I “Three years of college is re
j quired before entering a univer
sity," she said, “and then you com
plete a course of training compar
able in length to the time spent
in nn American university.
“Athletics are not offered in
school down there. Just towns and
clubs compete against each other."
She admitted seeing one of the
Washington State games and “was
so excited I just stared.”
When asked about football, Miss
Ayres said she had never seen the
AMERICANS BY THEMSEI.VF.S
Having met and talked with
most of the exchange students on
the campus, Miss Ayres has con
cluded that foreign students have
[more in common with each other
[than they have with Americans.
| “Americans seem to be in a class
| by themselves," she commented.
I “They have their own traditions,
'forms of amusement, and even
speak their own kind of English.
American girls don't grow up as
quickly as those from my own
country, but they seem to retain
their youth longer.”
. Miss Ayres has decided that
[seeing snow for the first time has
[been the most interesting thing
'she has met here. She left Rio
i basking under summer sun and
got her first glimpse of real winter
; weather when flying over Mon
The United States-Brazil Insti
tute in Rio is responsible for her
scholarship to Oregon. There she
By Plymouth House
Plymouth House will have open
house today from 2 to 5 p. m. The
house, located beside the Congre
gational Church at 13 and Ferry
street, will be open to all students
on Tuesday and Thursday after
noons from 2 to 5.
Shuffleboard, ping pong, and
pool, are among the recreations
took a competitive examination in
English with other students desir
ous of graduate work in the States.
Portugese-speaking, she has a
degree in math, and will continue
her studies in this field at the
University along with some Eng
lish. She eventually plans to join
the staff of her Alma Mater in
As a math major, she may have
a little trouble with the English
system of measurements. On the
other hand, the senorita from the
shadow of Sugar Loaf mountain
can expect to stymie a lot of us
by the answer she gives as her
“One point five nine meters,” is
her coy reply.
A roundtable discussion of prob
lems in advertising will be con
ducted Jan. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in
103 Journalism as a part of Ad
vertising Recognition Week activi
The discussion will be conducted
by Richard G. Montgomery, Port
land advertising agent, who will
also speak at a joint banquet of
Alpha Delta Sigma and Gamma
Alpha Chi, advertising fraternities,
The roundtable is part of the
campus Advertising Recognition
Week program. It is designed to
inform University students of the
functions of advertising as a na
All interested students may at
tend the discussion.
Three prisoners escaped from
jail where a women was warden.
Maybe she should have stuck to
her knitting— at home.
Bulletin Board Set
For Award Notices
Announcements of awards to
graduate students from American
universities will be posted on a
bulletin board near the west ent
rance of the University Library,
according to Librarian C. W.
Hintz said posting of the an
nouncements would give better
publicity to awards of interest to
graduate students and seniors.
SDX Plans Awards
For Top Journalists
Nominations for 1950 awards
for outstanding journalistic work
during 1949 have been called for
by Victor E. Bluedorn, executive
director of Sigma Delta Chi, pro
fessional journalistic fraternity.
The 14 awards are given in fields
ranging from reporting and edit
orial writing to photography, car
tooning, and research. New this
year are four categories, public
service in newspaper journalism,
radio journalism, magazine jour
nalism, and magazine reporting.
The deadline for nominations
has been set for Feb. 27.
Films on China
Two films about modern China
are slated for showings tomorrow
afternoon and evening.
“China,” a March of Time pro
duction describing the general
character and life of the Chinese
people, will be shown tomorrow at
4:00 p.m. in 107 Architecture. This
film begins a series of movies on
China, sponsored by the Far East
Studies Committee, and arranged
by W. S. Baldinger, associate pro
fessor of art. Under the series,
one film will be shown each week
until Feb. 20.
The story of a Chinese village,
Kukan, recorded in documentary
style, will be shown tomorrow
night in 207 Chapman. “Kukan,”
directed by Rae Scott, recently re
ceived an award from the Ameri
can Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences for outstanding
presentation of life in modern
A judge suggests that heavy
drinkers try counting the first
drink as their fourth. Then they
drink as their fourth. Then
they’ll probably try for the course
Any harm in a nap after
To most of us a nap after Thanksgiving din
ner is as much a part of Thanksgiving as the
turkey itself. And there’s no harm in that if
we don’t stay asleep to the responsibilities
that go with the good things we have to.be
thankful for . . . the good things we enjoy
only because we are a free people.
But too many of us go right on napping
year after year.
45 million Americans failed to exercise
their right to vote in the last presidential
election! They were asleep to one of the
most fundamental duties of free Americans.
How many millions more of us are asleep
to our other duties as citizens of a democ
racy? How many of us are napping when
we should get out to our Town Meetings
and other civic government groups? How
many millions of us pay union dues and
don’t vote in union elections — own stock
but throw away our proxies? How many of
us dodge jury duty?
These are our rights as free people! These
are the rights we’d all hate to lose—yet so
many of us do so little to help keep them.
We must do more than give thanks for the
good things freedom gives us—on Thanks
giving or any other day of the year. We
must work to keep our freedom. We have a
government “of the people”—and only the
people themselves can make it work rightI
It takes 150 million full-time, wide-awake
citizens to keep our democracy going —
to keep it going strong!
EVERY HOME should have this guide to
the Rights and Duties of an American.
Do you know your rights? Do you know the
nine keys to good citizenship . . . the how
and why of each? You’ll
find all this useful infor
mation and many other
interesting facts about
your country in this
handy little booklet. Send
25c to the American
Heritage Foundation, 17
East 4-5th Street, New
Are you a tull-time citizen r Check here
Do You Find Out Election
Issues? Attend local political
gatherings: Hear both sides? Ask
Questions? KNOW the issues?
Do You Vote Intelligently In
All Elections? No election is un
important. Vote in all of them . . .
according to your conscience.
Do You Serve Gladly On
Juries? If you haven’t served be
fore, you’ll be surprised to find
how interesting and important it is.
Do You Join Local Civic
Groups? Help improve your com
munity’s schools: Good education
Do You Voto In Union Elec
tions And Stockholders1
Meetings? Help make decisions
that affect your life. Don’t la
others do itl
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