UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, EUGENE, FRIDAY, MAY 1!), 1950 NUMBER 131 VOLUME LI Near-Riot Develops at Dance As Police, Students Clash V-wote: tHe following report "as received late last night at the Emerald. It incorporates the statements of several eye-witnes ses, but is incomplete in many respects.) A near-riot broke up short of violence last night, as an estimated 300 University students began mill ing' about police and firemen who were attempting to break up what started as a peaceful street dance. A mob scene was enacted for nearly an hour on Alder street be tween 14th and 15th, as TNE mocking students began a street dance after a parade had wound through the campus, with mock TNE trappings. Police arrive at about 10 o’clock, after the dance had been in pro Art Johnson, student body president, made this statement, regarding the street dance turned mob scene last night. “There was a riot on the Ore gon campus last night that was sponsored and oganized by the TNE grbup. I have proof to this effect. Furthermore, at approxi mately 7:15 p.m. I called the Eu gene Police and asked them to stop the parade that had congre gated in front of the Sigma Chi house. io prove to you that I did have evidence that it was planned at approximately 8, I told Lyle Nel son (Director of Information of the University), that a riot was going to take place on the camp us. I then came to my office, where Mr. Fogdall was informed that I expected trouble. As long as this sort of thing can be staged on a campus, stu dent government will never be able to function effectively, and will never receive any responsi- j bility.” gress for well over an hour, at which time students began milling! ^ about the police cars. The mob cen tered around the corner of 15th and Alder. Police at 8 p.m. had approved the street dance so long as half of Alder street was left free for traffic. A fire truck arrived shortly at that corner, and hoses were laid, apparently with the intent of dis persing the previously-peaceful crowd. A small hose was turned on at least one student when they seemed to threaten to cut the larger hoses. By 11 p.m. peace had been re stored following the arrival of Don (Please turn to page 8) Board of Deans Favor Week-Long Spring Vacation in Two Years A week's spring vacatioft is probably in store for Oregon students in 1951-52, Lyle Nelson, director of information, said Thursday. Action to extend the vacation between winter and spring terms was taken by the Board of Deans Wednesday after receiving a request from the ASUO Executive Council asking for consideration of a modi fied academic calendar. The Board decided the request had considerable merit and went on record as favoring the modification, Lyle Nelson stated. Art Johnson, ASUO president, transmitted the Council's petition to the deans. Since the calendar for 1950-51 has already been adopted and printed in the University catalog, it would not be feasible to make the revision next year, due to the confusion" which would result, Nelson explained. President Harry K. Newburn, in his answer to the Council request, stated he believed it best “to concentrate on preparing a calendar for the following year which would more adequately meet the suggestions of faculty, students, and administrative staff.” Next year’s spring vacation will follow the same pattern as this year’s with final examinations ending Wednesday, Mar. 21, and classes and registration scheduled to begin the next Monday, Mar. 26. Soph Picnic Features Inter-Honorary Game Ukes, picnic clothes, and “rah rah” will be in order for Saturday’s all-campus picnic at Swimmers’ Delight. The admission-free event, which begins at 1 p.m., will be sponsored by the class of ’52 under the direc tion of General Chairman Merv Hampton. “Farce of the year” is what Hampton calls the featured event —a softball game between Kwama and Skull and Dagger, sophomore honoraries. Left-Wing Activity Set The battle begins nt 3 p.m., with the Skull and Dagger boys using their left hands, if normally right handed, or their right hands, if normally left-handed. Lineups and latest news releases from the teams’ training camps appear on page three. On the entertainment program before the softball game will be two similar but unique acts, enter tainment co-chairman Carolyn Krengel reported. Scheduled is Fred Schneiter, “virtuoso” on the guitar, banjo, and ukelele, who, according to the Oregana, is gifted with a “snappy line of patter,” Appearing with him will be singer Paul “Way Down South” Barrow and uke player Doug Farrell. Con Sheffcr and Jerry Cr'ary, Violin and ukelele duet, who have participated in several campus functions, will also appear on the pre-game program. Crary was named the outstanding male per former at the All-Campus Vodvil this year. No Loyalty Checks Anyone who has access to a student body card is welcome to the ‘she-bang,' In fact, anyone can probably get in since there will be no check-up, Hampton said Thurs day. Sophomore class funds will fin ance renting the playground, which includes a swimming area and floats, two softball diamonds, and picnic grounds. A public address system and recorded music will keep things popping, Hampton said. Capitalism Evidenced Soft drinks will be sold by the sophomores. In a drawing Monday picnic chairmen paired living groups for rides out to Swimmers’ Delight. Social chairmen or sophomore class presidents of the groups were asked to contact each other to ar range rides if possible. The list of pairings appears elsewhere in to day's Emerald. (Please turn to page 8) Law Spokesman Clarifies Position; Objects to Method, Not Constitution Asserting he favors the proposed new ASUO constitution and pre viously opposed only the legality of the procedure used in the first constitution vote, Donald Myriek, outgoing vice-president of the law school student body Thursday is sued a statement to the Emerald. Myriek originated the petition which ultimately resulted in a de cision by the judiciary committee declaring the voting time extension illegal and the election invalid. Over fifty per cent of the student body must vote and two-thirds of these votes must be affirmative for the constitution to pass. Myrick's statement follows: “This is to clarify my position as regards the ASUO proposed constitution. I contested, by my petition, the legality of the voting procedure only. The merits of the proposed constitution were not in issue. “I hereby go on record as stat ing I am personally in favor of the proposed constitution and feel it is definitely a step forward in good student government. “So long as the voting procedure i is regular, I will vote in favor of ; the proposed constitution and feel that the majority of the law stu dents will do the same. I>onald My rick.” The second vote on the constitu tion will begin next Monday with student body elections, but will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. The judiciary committee’s decision stated that voting might be held on more than one day, so long as this was announced in advance of the vote. Presence of TNE At U.O. No Joke, Says ASfJO Prexy " I XK does exist on this campus, and the present effort to ticat it as a joke is the lowest possible blow at good student j^ov* eminent," Student Body President Art Johnson told the Emer ald Thursday. Johnson's comments were aimed directly at the recent flood of I Nh, banners, parades, signs on cars, “convention announce ments, painters caps, and efforts by various spokesmen to make light of, or even approve, the outlaw secret group known as Theta Xu Epsilon. J o h n s o n commented that many of the students who have taken part in this campaign probably do not realize the damage that can be done to student government. “There is a direct relation be tween the amount of self-govern ment allowed the students by the administration and the actions of the students themselves,” Johnson said. “How can students ask to be granted a larger voice in their gov ernment when they engage in such activities as these?” he asked. Statements Given The seriousness of the group's ex istence is further reflected in state ments from national leaders of fra ternities with chapters on this cam pus. (The following random samples were not made in relation to any current situation, but reflect only general feeling about TNE. They are not intended as indications that TNE is, or is not connected with these groups. Fraternities as a group, as evidenced by the state ment of the chairman of the Na tional Interfraternity Conference, oppose TNE.) Ralph F. Potter, past grand con sul of Sigma Chi fraternity, writes, “Sigma Chi fraternity disapproves membership in TNE.” He quoted from the fraternity’s constitution, which provides for expulsion of members who are or have been members of “organizations not ap proved by the Interfraternity Con ference.” National Group Opposed That TNE is definitely not ap proved by the National Interfrater nity Conference is indicated by L. G. Balfour, chairman, who wrote specifically ih regard to TNE, that "we pledge our unequivocal coop eration in any course which (col leges) may pursue to suppress an organization . . . the possible con sequence of whose influence and conduct are too serious to be over looked by anyone who has a genu ine regard for youth.” John M. MacGregor, worthy grand chief of Alpha Tau Omega writes of TNE members as “Cheap, ward-heeling politicians.” He stat ed that proof that any member of the fraternity at Oregon was a member of TNE would cause him to bring sufficient pressure to expel him from the fraternity, something that he has done elsewhere. Cecil J. Wilkinson, former na tional officer of Phi Gamma Delta, writes, “Laws of Phi Gamma Delta provide ‘no person who holds mem bership in Theta Nu Epsilon ... or any other organization of similar character . . . shall be eligible to membership in (the) fraternity, and any member who accepts or re tains membership therein shall be liable to expulsion’.” TNE Blamed Charles E. Gaches, former na tional officer of Phi Delta Theta, writes, “Phi Delta Theta strongly disapproves of any of its members joining TNE. This sub rosa frater nity is the direct cause of the down fall of many fine young undergrad uates. Such membership is abso lutely contrary to the code.” Concluding his remarks, ASUO President Johnson asserted, “I be lieve this makes clear beyond doubt (Please turn to page 8) Vote Illegal For Grads In ASUO Graduate students were declared Ineligible to vote by a unanimous decision of the ASUO Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon. The decision, reached through an interpretation of the present ASUO Constitution, will affect next week’s student body and the con stitutional elections. Graduate stu dents may not vote in either elec tion, and they will not have to be counted as members of the ASUO in fixing the number who must vote in order to reach the 50 per cent requirement for constitution al approval. Explaining the decision, Acting Committee Chairman K. J. O'Con nell, professor of law, said that the ASUO constitution states that any member of the association who has paid his educational activities fees may vote. In another article, how ever, it limites ASUO membership to undergraduate students. Status Questioned "This brought up the question of who is an undergraduate,” Prof. O’Connell explained. “According to the definition in the academic regulations, a gradu ate student is one who has earned an accredited bachelor’s degree. “It is true that some graduate students must pay one fee and others must pay another. The State Board of Higher Education dis tinguishes between two different classes of graduate students; those under the graduate school, who pay the graduate fee, and those study ing in other schools, who pay an other fee which is the same as the undergraduate fee. Not in ASUO “The fact that these graduate students pay the same fee, how ever, docs not make them under graduate students. And the con stitution clearly states that a per son is not a member of the ASUO unless he is an undergraduate stu dent. Thus graduate students may not vote in student body elections,” the chairman concluded. If the proposed new ASUO con stitution passes at the polls in the voting Monday, Tuesday, and Wed nesday, most graduate students will be eligible to vote. Don Collin Tries For Sophomore Rep lion Collin is running for soph bmore representative on a non partisan basis in the ASUO elec tions Monday. Collin was nomi nated at the assembly Wednes day, but his name was inadvert ently omitted from the list which appeared in yesterday’s Emerald. Collin spbkc on the desirability of more non-partisan candidates running for ASUO offices. He is competing for one of the two sophomore representative posi tions with candidates Don Pail lette (USA) and Herb Cook (A GS).