Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, November 02, 1950, Page 3, Image 3

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    ’Prague Conference
Has Communist Tinge
(Editors Note: Last summer a
three-man observer team from the
United States National Students
Association traveled behind the
Iron Curtain to attend the Com
munist-dominated World Students
Congress in Prague.
While Oregon students are not
members of the NSA, the follow
ing report we feel should be of in
terest to them anyway. It was
written by a member of the ob
server team and is the first in a
series.
By Bill Holbrook
In December of 1949 the Na
tional Executive Committee of the
National Students Association de
cided to send an observer delega
tion to the International Union of
Students sponsored convention in
Prague.
For two years NSA had been re
jecting IUS affiliation because of
that group’s close adherance to
the Communist Party line.
However, as 1950 approached,
NSA chief’s decided they should
^send some people behind the Iron
Curtain to act as spokesmen for
the United States “to present an
accurate picture of tije American
educational system and to refute
the distorted allegations concern
ing American education and stu
dent life.”
Childers Heads Group
Picked to head the delegation
was Erskine Childers, internation
al vice-president of NSA. Other
members were Eugene Schwartz,
former NSA vice-president for ed
ucational problems; Robert West,
former NSA vice-president for in
ternational affairs; and myself, a
recent graduate of the University
of Minnesota law school.
Schwartz took over as head of
the delegation when Childers
could not attend the Prague con
gress because, as international
vice-president, he had other duties
to fulfill.
In order to keep from going in
to the congress cold, we met in
New York and again in Paris to
discuss our presentations. While
in Paris visa trouble split up the
delegation.
Due to difficulties with IUS and
the Czech government, Schwartz
and I didn’t get our visa until the
first day of the congress. West’s
travel papers came through a few
days earlier, so he left for Prague
before we did.
Barely Made Prague
Sehwartz and I got our visas
from the Czech embassy on the
morning of August 14. By rushT
ing we just managed to catch the
^morning flight from Paris to Pra
gue by way of Zurich, Switzer
land.
The flight was filled with ex
citement and anticipation. It was
like an excursion into recent his
tory as the plane flew over South
ern Germany, where we could see
the pock marks left by the bombs
of the Second World War. And as
the plane flew over Czechoslova
kia, signs of harvest time were
apparent.
When we landed in Prague we
were met by an extremely congen
ial and very friendly young Czech.
It wasn’t until later that we learn
ed that he had mistaken us for
members of an organization called
the Defenders of Peace. The De
fenders, who issued the Stockholm
Appeal, were meeting in Prague
during the Second World Student
Congress.
After our luggage had cleared
customs, our student driver drove
us into Prague where we register
ed and were assigned quarters in
the Kolegi Masaryk, a student
dormitory.
Stalin’s Picture Displayed
^fln Prague the symbolism dis
played in flags and tremendous
pictures of Stalin and Gotvold was
impressive if not terrifying.
The Soviet flag as well as Sta
lin’s picture were being display
ed prominently. Also very much
in evidence was the picture of a
peace dove, symbolizing the signi
ficance of the Stockholm Appeal.
Pictures of the lesser known
Communist leaders of the various
people’s republics of Eastern Eu
rope and New China were also
displayed.
The dormitory in which we stay
ed was completely filled with color
ful posters and slogans in many
languages describing the theme
of the congress as well as lauding
the peace appeal.
The uniform symbols of the Com
munist state provided the setting
for the Second World Student
Congress.
There are more than 900 keys to
rooms, lockers, cabinets, desk
drawers, etc. in the Student Union.
The Emerald sports editor has
10,000 people under him—when he
is covering Oregon home games
from the Hayward Field press box.
Button Sellers
Choose Slogan
Buttons will continue to be sold
in the Co-op and Student Union
today. “Beat ’em with Buttons” is
the slogan of this year’s button
sales.
So far button sales have been
highly successful and with three
days Vemaining until Homecom
ing students are urged to buy but
tons so the Homecoming quota will
be reached, Chairman Virginia Kel
logg stated.
No definite sales figure is avail
able at this time, but it is known
that over fifty per cent of the
goal has been reached.
Council to Entertain
WSC Officers
The ASUO Executive Council
will welcome student body officers
from Washington State College at
a noon luncheon Friday in the Stu
dent Union.
ASUO President Barry Moun
tain suggested this function at the
last Executive Council meeting.
The council approved the idea and
authorized the use of ASUO funds
to cover the cost.
Antijunti to Play
Lead in Drama
An abstract radio drama, “Be
yond Recall” by LaVerne Rey
nolds, will be broadcast at 4:30
p.m. today over KOAC by the
radio workshop.
The tense, confused character
of Andy will be portrayed hy Loris
Antijunti. “This is Antijunti’s first
lead role of the year, although he
has played in each play so far,”
commented R. L. Montgomery, di
rector.
Supporting players include Ed
Ragoainno, Doris Philbrick, Vem
Stolen, Vern Adkison, George De
Bell, and Bill DeLand.
Attorney to Address
Oregon Law School
John MacGregor, prominent
New York attorney and ASUO
president in 1923, will address the
Law School student body at 10
a.m. Friday in 307 Fenton.
Topic of his talk will be “The
Problems Confronting an Attorney
Starting Practice in a Large City.”
MacGregor will be the first speak
er this fall in a lecture series spon
sored by Phi Delta Phi, internation
al legal fraternity.
JIFC Chooses
Officers/ Bills
Elected President
De Wayne Bills, Beta Theta.Pi,
was elected president of the Junior
Inter-Fraternity Council yesterday
at a special election meeting.
Other officers elected were Bob
Jones, Kappa Sigma, vice-presi
dent; and Gene Lehman, Sigma
Phi Epsilon, secretary-treasurer.
Candidates for the office of pre
sident were Keith Farnam, Ron
Anderson, Jack Adair, Bob Jones,
Gene Lehman, Milt Hagen, Don
Zavin, and Bills.
Informed of his election, Bills
expressed high hopes for the suc
cess of the council. “I think that
the group has a lot of potentiali
ties for all the pledge classes par
ticipating and also for the cam
pus as a whole," he stated.
"The Junior IFC can take part
in many beneficial projects during
the rest of the year and it can
promote a healthier program for
incoming freshmen next year.”
The group voted to"hold its
meetings at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Tuesdays of each month.
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