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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 3, 1950)
Anita Holmes, Editor
Don Thompson, Business Manager
Lorna Larson, Managing Editor
Barbara Williams, Advertising Manager
Tom King, Ken Metzler, Don Smith, Associate Editors
Voices Behind the Speaker
Sure, you’ve heard it all before. All those things they’ll say
tonight in the formal Student Union dedication speeches.
But you won’t be thinking the same thing as the f ellow stand
ing next to you. You who are a senior, or an alumnus, a profes
sor, a secretary, a freshman, a student body officer, a janitor, a
house historian, a rah rah kid, or a four-point student—you’ll
have your own thoughts while you listen to the formal speeches.
“Fifty bucks of that is mine,” the senior candidly thinks,
when he catches a two million dollar phrase from a speaker.
“Gerlinger was tiny for all those student body meetings,”
the alum recalls, remembering when the hall was the center of
activities. “I guess I went to college 15 years too soon.”
“It is a nice place for a cup of coffee,” the department secre
tary agrees, when she catches a speaker’s comment on the food
service. And even a professor will admit that the Union is “a
little more modern than the faculty club.”
“One more place to have a booth,” the Kwama complains,
when she hears about the student traffic that goes through the
union each day.
“The floors take a nice wax,” the janitor notes, seeing the
;spot where the speakers stand.
“You mean they used to hold meetings somewhere beside
the Student Union?” one freshman asks another with disbelief
as a speaker tells of the building as a central meeting place.
“It saves me running all around the campus,” the campus
wheel says, thinking of the third floor offices of the BMOC’s.
“Just one more reason for coming to Oregon when I go to
college,” a high school senior, who just dropped in to play ping
pong and unknowingly got trapped in the dedication ceremon
ies, tells his pal.
Sure, you’ve heard the speeches before. But have you heard
what the guy next to you thinks about his Student Union?—
One Bad Turn Deserves...
Add to the “Hallowe’en l’affaire” the “Howe Field incident”
of Wednesday night. If Oregon had one black eye before, it
now has two.
That much is evident. But let’s not allow the matters to drop
It’s up to the student body to take the initiative in prevent
ing similar disturbances in the future ; in fact, it’s an obligation
and duty. The Executive Council in cooperation with the In
terfraternity and Interdormitory Council are the proper medi
It’s their responsibility to take the matters into hand and
straigten out a very fouled up set of circumstances.
Student action may well prevent the University from cre
ating a ghost in its own closet; particularly in the case of the
Oct. 31 pranks it may forestall putting a basically student prob
lem into the hands of the administration.
This doesn’t mean these groups should institute rules which
will deprive college of its “college life.” Rules would not pre
vent it—nor should they. It does mean that the students should
he made aware and conscious of their obligations as members
of the University.
We do not believe it is asking too much of college students
to consider the differences between pranks and vandalism, be
tween fun and damaging of property.
Better this than have no fun or pranks in the future through
more severe restrictions.
What do you think ?—T.K.
THE DAILY 'JT' . . .
to Chairman Tom Barry. Assistant Joe Labadie, and all
their Homecoming committees for a whale of a lot of work
to build a weekend.
THE OREGON LEMON...
to the culprits who stole the top of the PiKap Dreamgirl
trophy. We understand it now looks more like a beer mug
than a trophy.
Is Football King or is He Only a Puppet?
■ Just mention that magic word “football.”
We’ve been told that collegiate football is now
running our schools of higher education, but never
before have we seen such jumping to attention for
a ballplayer or two.
Or is the football boy to blame ?
Coach Aiken and other members of the athletic
department have met with Interfratemlty and In
terdormitory to tell them that at least two fresh
man athletes have left school and more are threat
ening because the campus isn’t friendly.
Early in the meeting with the dormitory group,
Coach Aiken said the trouble wasn’t that the fel
lows couldn’t pledge—it was the extreme coldness
of many of the men.
And this coldness came as a result of the hands
off policy instituted by Interfraternity Council.
So, logically, this hands-off policy should be
changed. Not changed to complete open rushing,
which would be prohibitive in time and money, the
fraternities say. But Why not try a middle policy
—one was suggested last spring by Stan Pierson
and Fred Van Horn.
Fraternity men hestitate about this, because they
think houses would be cutting each others throats
and regulations couldn’t be enforced.
So, IFC says it will have rushing right away—
and end this unfriendliness—if IDC will agree.
“ For the good of the University” was the argu
ment used to persuade dormitory men to agree to
immediate rushing and pledging. Those who talk of
IDC stubontness should remember that the dorm
men originally wanted no pledging until spring Of
the freshman year.
In other words, when you belong to a fraternity,
live in the house, and when in the dormitory, be a
And, as the situation stood Thursday afternoon,
basically because of a few freshman athletes, eight
days of rushing will cut into this crowded last half
of the term, working a hardship on both upperclass
men and freshmen.
Which brings to mind an interesting remark
made by a freshman at the dormitory-Aiken meet
ing. He said most of the frosh he had talked to
would rather wait until winter term to rush.
And what about the more honest fraternities
which haven’t been illegally rushing all term?
They’ll fall behind those houses which have quietly
—and not so quietly—been lining the boys up.
And what about the fact that approximately 12
of the 18 freshmen charged with violating the
hands-off policy (having social contact with fra
ternity men) were athletes? Somebody must have
been a bit friendly to them ... $50 Worth of friend
And one more “what about.” Knowing full well
that Greek houses strongly favor fall term pledging
over the winter term program which was a frater
nity-dormitory compromise, we’d like to ask if any
one seriously considered a plan halfway betwHpn
the hands-off policy and wide open rushing.
i By Bob Funk
Tomorrow you will see us re
volving in a Homecoming sign.
We are going to be what the sign
committee at the place-we-live
calls a "moving part.” At first it
was thought that we could prob
ably do our own moving, so the
committee strengthened us with
raw eggs and parsnip mash.
After a time, however, the
committee lost heart, and we are
now happy to announce that a
small motor will be attached to
us to do the moving.
This all sounds pretty silly—at
least that is what we told the sign
committee. However, they seem
to think that what the sign needs
this year is more realism. For
realism they are using us.
We suppose we should be flat
tered that the committee thinks
we’re real real—but even this is
not enough to compensate for our
being alternately eaten and dis
gorged by a cougar for hours on
There are going to be added at
tractions. In addition to a realis
tic us, there will be colored lights,
revolving hither and yon; bucket
lights, which will add a theatrical
effect; and several persons rolling
on the lawn and laughing like
We are piously indignant about
what the freshmen did Wednes
day night. Shocking, we call it,
that they should treat with such
utter abandon a serious and
ing the bonfire.
When we were freshmen guard
ing the bonfire things were en
tirely different. Everyone sat
around meditating. Recesses were
called periodically for hand-shak
ing and a hearty good fellowship.
After a while someone read
some poetry by Emily Dickinson.
We ended our guarding shift with
cookies and tea, and a rendition
of “Keep the Home Fires Burn
To think that things have de
generated so greatly in two years.
To think that the sacred trust no
longer impresses the callous frosh
heart. Tch, tch, tch.
■ -n -Letters- • —
The Campus Answers
It’s a wonderful feeling to be
proud of the university you at
tend—proud of its teams, its
buildings, its faculty, its record,
its achievements and its adminis
But it is truly amazing how
easily a person can get soured
about the whole thing.
And it is truly amazing how
many people have been soured
by the administration and its de
ferred living plan.
Here we have an absolutely un
workable plan being forced upon
us by a completely thoughtless
administration. We were not con
sulted beforehand, our opinions
and ideas were not sought, but
yet here we are saddled with this
Well, let’s not kid ourselves.
The administration is paying off
its housing projects through the
misery of Oregon students. Just
who is it that likes the plan ?
The President of the Universi
ty, the business office, and a few
administration stooges. How can
they sit back and see our Univer
sity splitting into belligerent, hos
title factions, perhaps irrepar
ably, over a problem that could
be so easily dissolved.
It might be different if the
plan had had some concrete and
encouraging results. But nothing
has resulted save bitterness,
strife, and confusion.
It’s time for deferred living to
This is the beginning of Home
coming Weekend. Alums will be
down in drbves. Nobody wants to
ruin their fun or their Homecom
ing, but if it means that the Uni
versity can be brought cut of this
awful mess, then present them
with the facts.
Let them know how miserable
deferred living at Oregon really
It Could Be Oregon •
“Hey, Worthal, here’s a letter for you from the dean of men. It’s edged
. in black.”