Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 17, 1950, Page 2, Image 2

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New Constitution: Chance for Concrete Expression
du Morton. Bo-and
Within the next week, a new ASUO constitution
will be placed before the students for their approval
or rejection. This will replace a constitution that has
been outmoded by the natural progress and develop
ment of the University. It will give the students of
the University of Oregon an opportunity to express
their progressiveness and initiative. Undei the
framework of the proposed constitution, the stu
dents would be given a greater and more representa
tive voice in such matters as will concern the legisla
tive, judicial and executive departments of the new
student government.
This document represents weeks of hard work on
the part of the student committee and faculty advis
ors who drew up the constitution. They examined
constitutions from many colleges and universities on
the West Coast; and along with advice and sugges
tions from faculty members, administrators, and stu
dent leaders, they formulated a document which will
best fit the present and future needs of the Univer
sity. This is not a rigid structure, but one which
would accomodate any changes and developments
which may take place within the structure of student
The proposed student government would con
sists of legislative, executive and judicial depart
ments. The legislature would be in the form of a sen
ate, composed of the president and vice-president of
each class, two class representatives elected at large
from each class, and nine members at large. This
would be the main organ through which student
opinion would be transmitted. It would formulate
policy, ratify executive appointments and perform
other usual legislative functions. The student body
president would preside over the senate.
The executive council would consist of a presi
dent and vice-president who would be elected by the
entire student body, various ex officio members such
as the president of AWS, chairmen of the Student
Union board, publications board, and other leaders
in campus activities. Its main function would be to
serve as a correlating body for student activities,
and to realize questions and problems for the senate
to take action upon. The president would also pre
side over the cabinet.
At present the judiciary consits of the student
traffic court; but it is hoped that a broader grant of
power will be given to this court, when student re
sponsibility on such matters has proven worthwhile.
Faculty representation is generally in an advis
ory capacity and it has definite benefits. The first of
these is a broader perspective divorced from political
considerations; second, it would act as a bulwark for
student government to fall back upon in matters
which they are incapable of handling; and third, it
will foster mutual respect and cooperation within
faculty-student relations.
We, the members of Mortar Board, feel that the
students owe their thanks to the faculty members
and students who contributed their time and interest
to the project. We also feel that this is an oppor
tunity for the students to give concrete expression
to their oft-heard complaints and gripes about the
lack of student voice in administrative and govern
mental affairs within the University.
It is necessary to have only two-thirds of 50% of
the student body to vote in order to pass this consti
tution, and if there aren't enough students interested
to do so, then perhaps there is no justification for
such a constitution as this.
Members of Mortar Board.
Review of the 'Preview*
Our guests have come and gone.
We can now attempt again to creep up on studies, neglected
for too long. We can breathe more freely in less crowded rooms.
We need not worry about giving geographical directions, get
ting dates for visitors, loaning toothpaste.
High school seniors—689 of them registered—have had their
first glimpse of Oregon during Oregon’s first such weekend
for both males and females. (Reasons for the drop in number
from more than 1000 seniors anticipated are not known. But
we found that at Oregon State, where more than 2000 guests
were expected at one time, ah “estimated” 1500 showed up.
What the exact figures are, we haven’t yet been able to deter
The weekend kept us busy. It also kept the seniors busy; all
programs arranged for them were well attended, from the Vod
vil Friday night to exchange dinners Sundays in living organi
Our feeling now is like that of the host or hostess who feels
great relief at having no more responsibilities that go with en
tertaining guests. But also like the same host or hostess, we
want to feel that our hospitality was pleasing, and that our
visitors enjoyed every minute of it. A.G.
* # * *
Many Kappas were seen in the Co-op one day last week rushing up
to every student they could, grabbing their ASUO cards, and hastily
filling out a ballot for their Miss Fashion Plate candidate. Which all
goes to show, “campaigning’’ helps, as seen by the balloting results
Grace Hoffman, Kappa, won. __
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ouvroN DAll Y EMERALD, published daily during the college year except all
Oniuinus exnressed in editorials are those of the writer, and do not claim to represent the
ppinimvs of the ASliO or of the University. Initialed editorials are written by associate editors.
Unsigned editorials arc written by the editor.
Opinions expressed in an editorial page by-lined column are those of the columnist, and
do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor or Ins associates.
Don A. Smith, Editor
Joan Mimnaugh, Business Manager
Anne Goodman, Tom King, Associate Editors
Glenn Gillespie, Managing Editor
Stan Turnbull, Special Editor
^Cews Editors: I.orna Larson, Ken Metzler.
Assistant News Kditm : lirctchen Gromiahl.
Avdstant Managing Kditois: Nonuan Ander
son, Hal Coleman. Mac Eplev.
Picric (iois, Walt McKinney, llill btanneld.
Sports Editors: John Barton, Sam Fidman.
Chief Night Editor: Mary Hall.
Copy Editor: Marjory Bush.
Desk Editors: Marjory Bush, Bill Frye,
Grctchen Grondakl, Larry Meiser, Jackie
Shirley Hillard, Advertising Manager
Assistant business Manager: Cork Mobley.
ixticT -Manager: Karla Van Loan.
National Advertising Manager: bourne lurk*
Zone managers: Sue Bachelder, \ irgiuia Kel
log^. Jeanne Hoffman. Fran Ned, Barbara
Ste\cnson, Barbara Williams.
Layout manager: Marty Scroggin,
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ISA Charges Intramurals Discrimination
A Jletten
Dear Mr. Editor : .
At a recent meeting of the Independent
Students Association a motion was made to
the effect that ISA go on record as censuring
the discrimination shown against campus in
dependent organizations in the intramural
golf and tennis schedules by the Physical
Education department, and that a letter be
drawn up and sent to the Emerald, exposing
this discrimination to the campus.
Each schedule is a single-elimination affair
which means that a team is eliminated the
first time it is defeated. In the tennis schedule
of thirty-eight teams entered, twenty-two are
fraternities and sixteen are independents. In
the first round twelve independents are en
tered, six thus being eliminated. No frater
nity teams are entered in this round.
Consequently, nearly one-third of the to
tal independent teams are eliminated in the
first, the fraternities all passing the first round
hurdles with byes. The second round begins
with thirty-two teams, both fraternities and
independents pitted against each other, but
there are now twenty-tow fraternities to six
teen independents, it is now twenty-two to
The result is that an independent team has
an even less chance of surviving, not because
of competition but because of bias in tne sche
dule making. The golf schedule is nearly iden
The P. E. department claims no discrim
ination, saying at first that the teams were
drawn from a hat. This statement was amend
ed to drawn from a hat, “figuratively.” Later,
they changed to the admission that the first
(Please turn to page three)
Junior Weekend Queen-Brief Glory
by Vic fylye/i
With the naming of the 10 finalists for Jun
ior Weekend Queen, we are reminded that
Junior Weekend is drawing nearer and near
er—the last one for most seniors—and still
no canoe fete. Perhaps the class of ’50 can con
sider itself in the class of “born 30 years too
soon (or too late).’’
Speaking of Junior Weekend and the
Queen, I wonder if the juniors will follow the
old practice again this year of concealing her
identity until the last minute. It seems only
fair that when a girl has the beauty and talent
to be elected to reign over one of the biggest
campus events of the year, her moment of
glory shouldn’t be restricted to one brief
Why not spread it over a longer period of
a week or two climaxed by the coronation?
Both the Queen and the students who elect her
deserve more than a brief flash of her glory
before she is tossed back to the anonymity of
being just another coed.
Congratulations go to Larry Davidson and
staff for getting the Oregana out so early this
vear. It should be out, according to predic
tions, about two weeks before finals begin.
That’s quite a difference from last year’s Aug
ust delivery caused by the lithographer’s
strike in Portland. We'll even get a chance to
reminisce with friends while the memories
are still fresh.
In considering daytime student assemblies
for next year, I wonder if the executive coun
cil has thought of asking the University to set
aside one hour a week—free from classes—
for meetings of student groups.
Other schools have found this to be a good
policy—even our next door neighbors to the
north. The Aggies have every Wednesday at
one o’clock for student assemblies, class meet
ings and meetings of other student groups.
No classes are scheduled for that hour to
avoid having students miss lectures, and to
eliminate the tendency of some instructors to
lower the grades of students who miss classes
to go to meetings.
Here at Oregon, the one o'clock period on
Thursday would seem to be the best hour for
such a plan as it would least interfere with
student’s and instructors’ schedules. A Wed
nesday hour would cause the changing of too
many MWF classes.
Such a plan would also leave the Tuesday
one o clock period for scheduling these single
lectures you get in some of the two-hour
courses—thoie that now get scattered about
at such hours as four o'clock Monday or eight
o'clock Tuesday.