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Don Thompson, Business Manager
-Anita Holmes, Editor
' Lorna Larson, Managing Editor
Barbara Williams, Advertising Manager
Tom Kino, Ken Metzlee, Don Smith, Associate Editors
Get off My Bade, Dissenter
The living-in plan needs broad shoulders indeed.
Since it moved into action this fall, the plan has taken the
blame for every major and every minor disturbance on the
A pair of unhappy freshman football players left the Uni
versity. Some of the students and a handful of alumni shouted
"‘deferred living is ruining our athletic program.”
Bonfire watchers tore up! Howe Field, Hallowe en hoodlums
ripped through the campus, and at least six freshmen men were
involved in a robbery. The logical explanation: Why, if those
men had been living in fraternities, this never would have hap
Liquor commission inspectors cracked down on Taylor’s
and the College Side Inn. One of the proprietors said Oregon
students had never before acted up as they have this year.
He of course blamed it on deferred living, this time coupled
with the international situation.
Early in the fall, owners of restaurants and coffee shops
bordering the campus were asked if business had fallen off
with the opening of the Student Union. Yes, they answered,
and some even tossed their lack of business to the living-in
How ridiculous can we be! This plan is no causer of all evils,
and you who are honest don’t say it is.
Only the dissenter has decided to defeat the plan at any price.
Fie gladly takes up the sword against it, whether or not his
case at point is just.
Best we stop loading the shoulders of deferred living with
our own weaknesses.
A Letter from Red China
The following paragraphs are from a letter which was re
ceived by H. E. Dean, assistant professor of political science
from a Chinese student who was a research fellow in the Uni
versity of Oregon last year. The letter was dated Oct. 28, from
Amoy, China, and signed by Fa-Si Li, who worked under Dr.
Dean is earning his Master of Arts from Oregon. He started
this year at California Tech before returning to Amoy, his
“My Dear Dr. Dean,
Thank God that I have finally come to my country, to live
with my wife and children, and to have the opportunity to live
in a new society of a new system, which you and I had never
“Things are not so drastic as people in America imagine; on
the contrary. They are even mild, reasonable, realistic and hu
“I met quite a number of my countrymen, including officers,
asking about the situation in America. In their talk, their
friendly attitude toward American common people is fully and
frequently demonstrated. This might be a very good news to
“I am now teaching in the University of Amoy.”
Docs that seem surprising that the Chinese could actually
like their communist government?
It does not seem at all surprising, if we just stop and think.
One of our earlv fallacies, which hounded us until it was too
late—until China was lost to the cause of democracy—was that
we could model China in our own image. America’s image re
flects wealth and plenty; China's is filled with famine, floods,
and mountains of dead. Does it seem less surprising?—S.F.
THE DAILY 'E' • • •
to Superintendent I. I. Wright and the physical plant
crew for beginning to dress-up the grounds around the
THE OREGON LEMON...
to those students who have missed their last chance to
purchase an Oregana and who will fret that they didn't
get one when publication date comes next spring.
cMatu to Make au A
You Can Be a Phi Bete—-Here^s How
How do you get an A out of a
To get the answer to that ques
tion you should ask the persons
who know how to get A’s. So,
three different types of students
The student who gets almost
straight A’s, but hasn't done a
great deal other than study.
The student who gets almost
straight A’s, but who has an ac
tivity record a mile long..
The student who gets occasion
The boy who studies like mad
(he’s a graduate with a 3.7) has
a formula that takes into account
the practical fact that to get an
A in a course you study to get
an A in a test; and to do that,
you’ve got to know your material
and be able to organize it.
He reads the material the
course covers once, “just for
kicks.” Near test time, he goes
over the material again, underlin
ing and taking notes. Immediate
ly before the test, he studies the
material, going over the under
lined parts, his reading notes, and
his lecture notes.
While studying he has in mind
two or three questions for the sec
tion he is reading. Then he tries
in his reading to find the answers.
“If you can answer your own
questions," the Phi Beta Kappa
explained, “then you’ll have an
easier time of it during the test.
The information you’ve learned
A Series on A's
We aren’t setting up an A as
the ultimate goal of collegiate
work. Nor are we supporting or
opposing the grading system as
it now stands.
We are simply reporting the
best ways to get an A as told by
the people who should know.
Associate Editor Don Smith
has approached the question
from three angles—student, psy
chological view, and faculty. The
first of these is covered today;
the other two will follow.
Smith will conclude the series
of three articles with editorial
will just fall into place, and you
can answer the questions without
having to think.”
Well, that’s one way to get an
A. Now, how does a student who
gets mostly B’s or C’s get an A?
A senior In liberal arts with a 10
psych decile aijd a 2.8 GPA has
this to say:
“It’s a matter of interest, class
attendance, and luck, plus, of
course, the ability to get an A.”
He studies the same for his C
courses as for his A courses.
“It’s simply that I attend most
of the classes of a professor who’s
intelligent and interesting,” he
pointed out. “If a professor isn’t
good, then why should I go to his
“If you go to class, listen and
The Campus Answers
(We have chosen not to com
ment directly on letters to the
editor this year, hoping to keep
this column strictly answers from
However, before printing the
following, we must ask Mr. Nor
ris for a fact or two. He has ex
pressed his opinion, but it means
little when left standing without
a factual foundation. Ed Note.)
An Oregon U. sore spot that
needs treatment was lightly
touched by your Nov. 9 editorial
on “An Oregon Undercurrent,”
and “What’s Under It?”
Excuses and denials abound for
the charge of “Country Club,”
but there’s fire under that smoke,
and even state boards and loyal
alumni shouldn’t be allowed to
prevent some needed firefighting.
For the smoke doesn’t smell good
to guys who are going out soon
to make an impression on this
big, cold, realistic world.
I’ve heard whispers that U.O.
sheepskins just don’t carry the
weight of those from such schools
3.9 Reed College, or from our
neighboring California and Wash
ington universities. Or most any
major eastern college, or Wyom
ing U.,—but why go on ? The list
might be long and somewhat
The causes of this don’t all lie
with the students, either, though
it’s probably true that some of us
were never cut out for college,
and are better suited to wear
khakis than cashmeres, what
with the draft and all, you know.
But there are profs here that
just don’t hack it, and a few de
partments and curricula that
should have their medieval lines
revamped. All of these fester that
darn sore spot.
Seems that some of these prob
lems could and should be attack
ed. And it isn’t too illogical to
suppose that students are the
ones to do it, since after all stu
dents do have some interest in
But this would be for the good
of all, and who’d care to fool with
it? Serious old matters like aca
demics interfere dreadfully with
“going to college.” And the op
posing camps and circles aren’t
concerned, don’t exist for this
general interest stuff.
Too much to do in controlling
“politics”, keeping in the swim,
and creating and defining class
distinctions to achieve, or even
want, campus unity in this, or
Paul A. Norris
874 East 13th St,
take a iew noie», rcau me
ments, and show up for the t est-s,
you’re bound to get an A in spite
of yourself,” is his caustic remark .
about the A’s he’s received.
And how many times does he
read the material before a test?
“Once, usually, the night before.”
That his “formula,” or lack of
it, works, is attested by the fact
that he made honor roll last
spring term, and “still had a good
Now, what does the activity
girl w«th a practically perfect
GPA think is the way to get A’s?
“Try to understand what the
professor considers important,
this senior suggests. “Try to keep
up in the course, so you won’t
have all the work to do the last
Gtood reviewing, good class
notes, regular attendance help
her get an A in whatever course
“It’s not the amount of tii
it is how you spend the time,”
she believes about studying.
“When you study, study.”
She selects her courses and her
professors as much as possible
with an eye to how interesting
and how worthwhile they are.
This woman, whose brilliant
scholastic record is matched by
the brilliancy of her activity rec
ord, manages to do her work
(study or activity) well, and still
gets about 8 hours sleep a night.
Her study habits, she admits,
were good when she was an un
derclassman, but she warns that
she “wouldn't recommend any
one following the study habits I
The Second Cup
Remembering the Marine Corps
birthday—November 10—a word
How sleep the brave, who sink
to rest, by all their country’s
wishes blest! Anonymous.
True bravery is shown by per
forming without witness what
one might be capable of doing be
fore all the world. La Rochefou
It Could Be Oregon •
10 4Ht€ W9NS
“And now for a slight pause for station identification—This is Pro
fessor S N A R F—