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    Orsaon Daily
The Oasgon Daily Emebald published Monday through Friday during the college^ar
if Oregon. Entered as second class matter at the postoffice, Eugene, Oregon. Subscription
rates: $5 per school year; $2 per term.
■the associate editors. Unsigned editorials are written by the editor.___
Anita Holmes, Editor
Don Thompson, Busmess Manager
Lorn a Larson, Managing Lditor
Shirley Hillard, Barbara Williams, Assts. to Business Manager
S^ews Editor: Norman Anderson
Sports Editor: John Barton _
■Asst. News Editors: Marjory Bush, Bill Frye,
Gretchen Grondahl. , „ . .
r'Asst. Managing Editors: Bob Funk, Gretchen
Grondahl, Fred Vosper.
Night Editor: Sarah Turnbull.
Circulation Manager: Jean Lovell.
Advertising Manager: Virginia Kellogg
Don Miller. Val Schultz, Harriet Vahey.
flow About a New Model for '51 ?
History has a way of roaring by—sometimes so fast that its
engine knocks like an old souped up Model T. And what starts
out as the world’s greatest promise for safe driving swerves
into the world’s greatest wreck.
Thirty-two years ago to this day representatives from all
nations gathered for the first world peace conference. It open
ed in Paris—Jan. 12, 1919. The “Great War” had just ended.
The engine was hitting on all 12, as it were—and the nations
peoples looked ahead to the Roaring ’20s. There were some
bumps in the pavement—such as when the United States got
•off on a hellish side road at the turn of the ’30s. However, the
engine kept grinding ahead and soon everyone felt safe again.
But it obviously was working on borrowed time because
Hitler was scheming in the Reichstag. When the Fearful ’40s
arrived, the engine was coughing badly and Master Mechanic
Uncle Sam had to apply all his scientific know-how in order to
put it back in good running order.
Then came a brief interval when it clicked along like new.
But everybody knew it wouldn’t last because it was simply
a patched up job.
And now—32 years later the old engine witnessed one of its
finest hours, it is sputtering and stalling once more.
Will someone please crank it up again?—T.K.
An Instance When Grades Are Essential
Just who is eligible for what job is a question that runs
through many minds during grade-time each term. And when
house elections roll around, even more students wonder whom
they can and whom they cannot elect to hold offiical positions.
An extremely simple way to find out is to get a mimeograph
ed sheet at the Office of Student Affairs which covers the “regu
lations governing activities participation.”
The rules, set up by the Student Affairs Committee, include
such essentials as:
A certificate of eligibility must be obtained from the office
of student affairs before a student may accept an elective or ap
pointive office.
To get an eligibility slip a student must be a regular stu
dent, carrying at least 12 hours (seniors are permitted a light
er load if it doesn’t hold up graduation), with a 2 point cumu
lative, and a 2 point the previous term.
And if you’ve been around six terms, you have to have upper
division standing.
The 12 hour rule has caused some misunderstanding since
the rule requiring students to take 12 hours was withdrawn last^
spring. But for activities, the 12 hours must be taken. Incom
pletes, incidentally, may be counted as a part of the 12 hours,
to establish eligibility during the term immediately following
the term the incomplete was given.
Besides meeting these requirements, it also helps if the stu
dent has qualifications which will help him handle the job you
•elect him to do. But this last is entirely up to you—there are no
to James D. Kline, associate director of student affairs,
for establishing the study program for freshman men in
the dormitories. Another “E” for establishing it on a vol
untary basis, and for those freshmen who are participat
ing in the program.
to students who complain about high cost of movies, yet
fail to attend the cut-rate bargains Sundays in the Stu
dent Union, or the free Wednesday night films.
—Campas Critic
Despite Raves, Notoriety
'The Thief' Lacks Interest
By Don Smith
The primary function of a gen
erally released movie is to enter
tain. Somewhat over half of the
films released from Hollywood
and other film capitals fail to do
The Foreign Movie Club can
usually be counted upon to bring
to the Mayflower a film that is
superbly produced, and is there
fore entertaining. When the club
selected “The Bicycle Thief” as
one of its presentations, there
was every indication that the
movie would be “a genuinely
great picture.” From New York
to Portland critics have acclaim
ed it. It won a special academy
award; it was termed the best
foreign movie of the year.
The film gained some notorie
ty in Portland when it was al
most banned because the hero
chases the thief into a house of
prostitution. The scene was far
from sexy. The madam simply
yelled the “house is closed; the
girls are eating breakfast;” which
is what any University of Ore
gon house mother would say if a
man tried to enter a sorority or
women’s dormitory while the
girls were eating breakfast. And
there was little indication that
the house was anything other
than a girl’s boarding house; ap
parently, however, enough indi
cation to arouse the doubts of
the Portland censors.
Despite the critics’ raves and
Portland’s near-censorship, the
film was nothing to shout about.
I did not think it was entertain
ing, and except for occasional
scenes I was not deeply concerned
whether the hero got back his
bicycle or hot—even If his livli
hood did depend upon it.
Maybe I was just tired of read
ing English sub-titles, maybe men
running through war-torn cities
are no longer interesting, maybe
I think realism is something
more than a photograph of a
crowd; but whatever it is, though
"The Bicycle Thief” had a few
fine qualities, it was not a good
(Maybe I’ve been “corrupted”
by Hollywood).
* * *
In comparison with the films
playing downtown this Friday
and Saturday, “The Bicycle
Thief” is certainly no worse than
“The West Point Story,” (a tech
nicolor musical at the McDonald
that combines all the bad quali
ties of a musical and all the bad
qualities of the typical West
Point story); or “An American
Guerrila in the Phillipines,” (a
Tyrone Power action film at the
Rex which has little action to
recommend it); the two lousy
“adventure” films at the Heilig;
or “Rider in the Sky” at the Lane.
* * #
Sunday brings changes all
around—with the Rex having a
good double bill, two suspense
films—“Sorry, Wrong Number,”
with Burt Lancaster and Barbara
Stanwyck; and "The Faradine
Case,” with Gregory Peck and
“Dallas," coming to the Mac
Sunday, has Gary Cooper and
Ruth Roman and technicolor;
“The Pagan Love Song,” Sunday
arrival at the Helig as Esther
Williams and Howard Keel and
technicolor; “The Broken Arrow’,”
top half of Sunday’s bill at the
Lane has James Stewart and De
bra Paget and technicolor—and
it’s a good movie; and "Fantasia”
at the Mayflower has Walt Dis
ney’s genius and Stokowskis’s
genius and technicolor—and it,
too, is a good movie.
Look to the Book
Emerald Editor:
Tuesday’s editorial mentioning
the end of the world reads like an
attempt to divide people into two
broad groups that might be de
scribed as (1) those who “drink
beer and have some sense,” and
(2) those who “read the Bible
and lack good sense.” .
Not everyone who reads the
Bible sees fit to predict the exact
time when the world will end.
Many Bible students are dis
turbed by such date-setting, and
simply because it disregards the
plain language of Jesus:
“But of that day and hour no
one knows, not even the angels of
heaven, nor the Son, but the Fa
ther only . . . Therefore you also
must be ready; for the Son Of man
is coming at an hour you do not
(Matthew 24:36, 44)
Inasmuch as the New Testa
ment variously repeats this warn
ing no less than seven times, fail
ure of an individual or group to
guess the exact date of final
events should - not be construed
as a reflection either on the accu
racy of Biblical statements, or on
the intelligence of Christians in
general. Rather, it would seem
that the Book which guides life
for so many is further confirmed
as to its truthfulness each time
such an incident of date-setting
Richard Owen
Campus Morals
This is the seventh in a se
ries of articles on the college
students of 1950—their out
look on life, their moral
codes and behavior, their
changing standards. The se
ries originally ran in the New
York Post.
God's Return
Is it true, as is frequently
suggested, that there is a new
and increased interest in reli
gion among American young
people, and that God is return
ing to the campus?
Our interviews on the cam
puses in and around the New
York area brought out some con
flicting views, but the trend was
in that direction.
Prof. Wilbert Moore, chair
man of the Sociology Dept, at
Princeton, said: “The boys have
shown a good deal more interest
in discussions of religion. I find
that they’ve lost a little of the
old veneer in not caring to tSR
about it.” Anotner social science
professor at Princeton added: “I
have noticed a real trend toward
religiosity. Not formalized-'
church worship, but an anxiety
to reach a fixed moral point, to
find a kind of moral correctness.”
“They don’t want the old rel
ativism,” he went on, “but they
want an absolute principle or
set of them . . . They don’t seem
to trust the old collective judg
ment. They’re searching to hold
something above man. It’s a real
quest for a higher authority, but
it’s not a return to organized
church worship . . . They tell me
that organized churches are not
only too dogmatic but too sec
tarian, too interested in their
own perpetuation. . .”
A sociology professor at
CCNY said: “On this campus
religion is closing its ranks.
More students are standing up to
be counted, religiously speaking,
particularly the Jewish group.
There has been a revitalization
of the religious factor on the
At Rutgers, however, Prof. John
Riley said he found “no appreci
able return to religion or reli
giosity on the part of the stu
dents.” He added, “I don’t recog
nize any deep anxiety on their
part, or realization of the crisis
(Please turn to page three)
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“I do declare, I think Prof. Snarf gets meaner every year.’*