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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 23, 1950)
Just a Slap on the Wrist?
The 25 members of TNE have received slaps on on the wrist.
“Constructive” slaps on the wrist.
They have all been put on probation—meaning they will not
be allowed to hold any student elective or appointive offices.
But these student^ may retain or accept offices in their fra
ternities. This does not seem consistent. These past members
of TNE have shown that they are not deserving of the respon
sibility or the trust given them by members of their houses. It
is a black eye for any fraternity to have a past TNE member as
True, these TNE members have shown a cooperative atti
tude by working with the administration (since Saturday) in
exposing and breaking TNE. But wasn t it a case of cooper
ating in the hopes (though no deals were made) of getting off
easier?; for without cooperation expulsion would have been
the order of the day.
Yes, it is hard on these TNE members not to participate in
campus activities, particularly for those members who are
sophomores or juniors. But it would have been hard on the stu
dents had these TNE members succeeded in gaining power.
These 25 students went into TNE with their eyes open. The
University policy, and the policy of many fraternities towards
TNE and any such secret organization, must have been known
Now TNE has been exposed. The 25 students have not met
the full brunt of the penalty that might have been imposed
against them. They have met up with an administration that
has taken what it considers a constructive method of prevent
ing and destroying TNE.
The 25 should consider themselves lucky.
But can TNE be completely destroyed without complete ex
posure? Now TNE and its membership has been “exposed” to
a select group of the administration. Most students have no
idea who is in TNE; a few students have correct ideas as to
who the 25 men are; and many students speculate who is and
who isn’t. Undoubtedly many innocent persons are being ac
cused of TNE membership.
The 25 men are being treated as gently as if they had failed
to get a 2. last term—no campus offices^ Belonging to an illegal,
secret fraternity is certainly no lighter than cheating in an ex
amination—an offense for which students have been expelled.
If the administration wishes to keep these TNE students in
school under the present “cooperative” circumstances we may
go along with it. But to allow these students to accept respon
sible positions in their houses; to allow these students to play
around as if they had committed no grave error; to allow these
students to accept a slap on the wrist only; to allow students to
think, by virtue of the soft action against the 25 TNE mem
bers, that “nothing much happens, why not try it? The admin
istration before said expulsion, and didn’t do itto allow these
25 members to go unexposed is to allow TNE to reorganize on
this campus. j
The 25 members should be named.
It is unfair to the students to withhold this list. It is unfair
to those students whose names are linked with TNE by virtue
of their withdrawal from the election.
It will be tough on the 25. But action against TNE must be
tough if it is to be effective.
TNE is a tough organization, it uses rough tactics. It will
take rough action to exterminate it.
The Privilege to Work
Turning briefly away from our nationally known political
scene (even the Washington, D. C., Post ran a small paragraph
on University politics), we’d like to look at a more pleasant as
pect of campus life.
By the end of the dinner hour tonight 20 sophomore women
will have received the privilege to sell football programs, usher
at concerts, handle polling booths during elections, and per
form innumerable other duties next year.
They will be members of Phi Theta Upsilon, junior women’s
But as such, they will earn scholarship money to help needy
students through college, they will generate University good
will, and they will be considered the cream of junior women,
to be looked at with respect.
Phi Theta (or the ptooies, as they call themselves—after the
initials PTU) have selected successors who have shown much
quality and leadership abilities in a good amount of campus
No limit was set to the number of girls one house could have.
Each individual petitioning was considered as just that—an in
We congratulate both old and new members.
(Now, back to the political scene.)—A.G.
No Political Riots There
(The following editorial appeared in the
Oregon State College Barometer, under the
headline “No Political Riots Here!” Since it
is priceless, we decided to reprint it.)
There are noisy student elections and then
there are ones at Oregon State college. After
reading about the “riot” at the University of
Oregon in yesterday's newspapers, we must
admit that we like the more quiet and more
effective student elections at OSC.
Let’s compare student politics at the state’s
two major colleges.
At OSC this year, the student elections
were CLEAN. We use the term “clean” on a
comparative basis, realizing there were such
petty irregularities as “electioneering at the
polls,” and a very few stuffed ballots here and
there which more-or-less balanced them
But Oregon’s elections smell of such foul
factors as Theta Nu Epsilon (TNE) influence,
Greek blocs, the aforementioned rioting in
the street, and con*' oiled student government.
There are two major parties at Oregon.
The United Students Association (USA) is
composed of both Greek and Independent
students and is based on a coalition. The other
party, Associated Greek Students (AGS), is
composed of a tight bloc of fraternities.
There have been days in the past when this
sort of thing prevailed at Oregon State. We
believe that those days are gone forever. We
feel that at Oregon State we have the finest
Greek-Independent feeling among the schools
on the coast. This reputation has seeped out.
During the recent Blue Key conference at
OSC, a Nevada delegate stated in a speech
that OSC has the “ideal” fraternity system in
the nation. We feel that this reputation has
been gained because our fraternities and so
rorities have been able to cooperate and live
compatibly with their Independent counter
A coalition party is tne answer to ciean
politics. This year, we have three coalition
parties and no Greek blocs at Oregon State.
We hope that next year they are all composed
of part Greeks-part Independents. The Greeks
alone cannot stand! The Independents alone
cannot stand! A house divided against itself
Yes, the University of Oregon had a politi
cal riot on its campus Thursday. Students
were said to have tossed beer bottles and used
mobbing tactics on police who tried to stop
the riot.. The school as a whole is being di
vided and is losing prestige throughout the
nation because of this riot.
We are a little sickened at the entire politi
cal set-up among our brothers at the Univer
sity. We hereby invite them to observe stu
dent politics at Oregon State, where the set
up is not perfect but is healthy and is stead
ily showing improvement. We're not making
headlines with our student elections and
we’re darned proud of it!
(As long as OSC is patting itself on the
back, might we add something?
There is a distinction between apathy and
cleanliness that the Baromenter apparently
wished to overlook. Last year at OSC the stu
dent body president was elected from the
Peasant party, with a “do-nothing” platform.
At Oregon elections are not termed clean if
there have been stuffed ballots and election
eering at the polls: no indeed, at Oregon we
have Law students who would contest such
OSC may be “lily-white” in politics by its
standards; but the University at least takes
its elections seriously enough to have candi
dates running who will do something in of
fice; and students are interested enough to
defeat candidates whose ethics are question
able; and the University doesn’t tolerate
“stuffed ballots here and there which more
or-less” balance themselves.—Editor.)
That's Where the Money Goes
(The first Of a series of articles
concerning the physical organi
zation of the University is pub
lished today. It concerns the gen
eral, overall setup. Subsequent ar
ticles will concern the breakdown
of expenditures, and the frame
work of the business office, the
office of information, the office
Of student affairs, and Student
By TOM KING
The distribution of funds
through the state’s vast educa
tional system is implemented by
the administrative structure.
Thus, to grasp the physical frame
work of the educational system
it is necessary to become familiar
with the basic administrative
Ultimately, at the highest level,
are the people of the state, whose
payment of funds to the state
government makes possible its
function from the government
the line extends to the State
Board of Higher Education.
The state system is composed
of five institutions: the Univer
sity of Oregon (including the
Medical School and Dental School
in Portland), Oregon State Col
lege at Corvallis, Oregon College
of Education at Monmonth,
Southern Oregon College of Edu
cation at Ashland, and Eastern
Oregon College of Education at
By power of state law, the
board is specified to “have and
exercise control of the use, dis
tribution, and disbursement of all
funds, appropriations and taxes
. . . for the use, benefit, support
and maintenance of institutions
of higher learning.”
These funds are derived mainly
from the following sources:
(1) A millage appropriation on
all taxable property; (2) continu
ing appropriations from the state
for defined purposes; (3) speci
fied sums from the national gov
ernment assigned' for purposes by
act of Congress; (4) income from
student tuition and fees; and, (5)
other sources such as sales, ser
vice charges, and gifts, etc.
Authority extends from the
State Board through the Chan
cellor to the presidents of the var
ious institutions. Since these ar
ticles concern the University of
Oregon, we shall trace the frame
work extending from and around
President Newburn. This may be
(H. K. Newburn)
(Deans of all Schools and
(Please turn to page three)
9*1 the Rcuj
The Ideal of American Democracy
Dear Mr. Editor:
Japan is now occupied by
America. However, America
is trying to give the Japanese
people what she thinks best—
that is, the ideal of American
democracy. I believe such a
holy occupation has never ex
isted in the world's history. I
am always grateful to Ameri
ca for that and am always
wishing that the American oc
cupation policies will succeed
in Japan; we Japanese do not
want our mother-land com
It goes without saying that
the ideal of American democ
racy will be most effectively
realized in Japan when the
cultural occupation policies
are brought in operation with
full understanding of the Jap
anese mind and culture.
I wish I could contribute in
in any sense to the friendship
and understanding between
America and Japan by the op
en lectures I am now present
I sincerely wish to have my
following last two lectures
heard by as many students as
1. The Japanese Language
and the People, May 23
(Tuesday), 1 p.m., in 107
2. Japanese Literature and
the People, May 25 (Thurs
day), 1 p.m., in 107 Friendly.
Instructor in Japanese
Graduate Exchange Student