Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 17, 1951, Page Two, Image 2

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    The i
except i
^*On«ne.^Dkned,*u*MCond cUn mattcr it'the postoffice, Eugene. Oregon. Subscription
rates: (S per school year; $2 per term.
Opinions expressed on the editorial pare are those of the wrtter end do not pretend to
represent the opinions of the ASUO or of the Umrersity. Initialed editorials ars written by
tile associate editors. Unsigned editorials are written by the editor._ __ _
Anita Holmes, Editor
Maktel Sc»ocoxh, Business Manager
Loftna Larson. Managing Editor
Tom King, Ken Metzleh, Jackie Pkitzen, Associate Editors
Fran Neel, Advertising Manager
News Editor: Gretchen Grondahl
Sports Editor: Phil Johnson
Wire Editor: A1 Karr
Feature Editor: Bob Ford
Asst. News Editors: Marjorie Bush, Bill Frye,
Larry Hobart.
Asst. Managing Editors: Norman Anderson,
Phil Bettens, Gene Rose.
Promotion: Barbara Williams.
Night Editor: Sarah Turnbull.
Circulation Manager: Jean Lovell.
Zone Managers: Fran Neel, Harriet Vahey,
Denise Thinn, Yal Schultz, Sally Thurston,
Gretchcn Grcte, Edith Radius.
Layout Manager: Keith Reynolds.
National Adv. Mgr.: Bonnie Birkeraeier.
Gretchen Grefe, Edith Kaditig, Barbar
Keelen, Sally Ilazeltine. •
A battle of barter is going on between the Oregon legisla
ture and the State Board of Higher Education. Building funds
for state colleges and universities have been the stakes.
The legislature, of course, holds the upper hand with that
final vote for funds. This is obvious when you consider that the
board first asked the legislature for $11,750,000 for construc
tion for the 1951-53 biennium. Last weekend, the board sliced
that figure to $6,620,000 and five projects. The original propos
al aimed at 16 projects.
Surviving the slice are a teaching hospital for the Medical
Five Projects
Left on List
School in Portland, home economics addi
tion and remodeling at Oregon State, busi
ness administration-social sciences remod
eling and addition here at Oregon, journalism remodeling and
expansion also at Oregon, and a chemical engineering wing at
Oregon State College. Priorities are in that order.
So now a sub-committee of the joint ways and means com
mittee is considering whether to give a favorable report to this
request for more than six million dollars.
If the temperament of this legislature is like the last one,
the building futux’e is not too bright. The Board of Higher Edu
cation presented in its biennial budget two years ago a recom
mended building program aggregating in cost $24,500,000.
Well, the 1949 legislature appropriated $7,000,000 of state
capital outlay funds toward this program. That’s less than a
third of the original request. And right now the board is ask
ing for more than half of its original request.
To Make Choice
Which brings up to the actions this sub
committee must take:
Approve an appropriation for only the
Approve appropriations for only the first three items on the
priority list. That would leave journalism and chemical engi
neering for another legislature.
Approve the hospital and then let OSC and Oregon choose
the single project they prefer, making a total of three projects
.instead of five.
Approve all five projects.
Do nothing, and let adjournment postpone the proposals for
two more years. There has been talk of adjournment around
April 21 and 28, which leaves less than two weeks for action.
In these alternatives, that word “priority” is mighty import
ant to both institutions. The buildings will come in the order in
which they were listed, unless the board has a complete change
of heart.
That puts the business and social science addition above the
journalism remodeling and addition at Oregon. And it puts
these two projects for the Eugene campus in third and fourth
places on the list.
Barterers Now
Near Bottom
Both of them are desperately needed. J his
five-building budget definitely contains
no padding. The barterers for higher edu
cation are down to bare necessities at this late date in the ses
Oregon and Commerce are fire hazards. The stairwell in Ore
gon puts it near the condemnation point and overcrowding in
Commerce is an old story to business students. Classrooms de
signed to hold 60 are now accomodating between 90 and 100
Interior walls of the journalism building were put in “tem
porarily” nearly 30 years ago. Money is badly needed to rehabi
litate this present building and to add a small wing, replacing
that monstrosity, McClure.
Journalism is one of the 39 accredited schools of 600 in the
country, but it’s near the bottom in physical facilities. Journal
ism classes are held in four different buildings on the campus.
. So this proposal before the legislature is not extravagance.
It’s the bottom of the barter ... we need these building funds.
to Bob Funk and Chuck Isaak, new editor and business
manager of the Oregana, and to their predecessors, Edi
tor Ruth Landry and Business Manager Bob Schooling.
.Re: Hash
Censorship is Bunk
According to Funk
- By Bob Funk—""
This "censorship” committee
idea is one that we’d rather not
have much truck with. In the
first place, we reject the idea
that anything dire enough goes
on at the University of Oregon to
need censorship. In the second
place, suppose the members of
the committee don't catch on to
some particularly subtle joke,
and let it pass? This would mean,
naturally, a Committee on Subtle
Obscenities as an auxiliary orga
nization to the censorship com
After all this censorship talk,
you might think that Oregon’s
humor snipe would l»e pulling It
self out of the gutter. No so, (mel
odramatic means of beginning a
sentence, comparable to "Aha!")
as exemplified by the WSSF Vod
The humor of the acts them
selves was generally on the level
which would have been approved
by yoirr mother, little sister of
ten, and other female relatives.
However, some of the surround
ing humor was of a scent compar
able to Weyerhauser (it stunk t.
No doubt flirty jokes are neces
sary if the person telling them
has no native humor and must
use the shock treatment.
And if Saturday night was to
be ha-ha-uien’t-I-hravc-rm-tell
Ing-a-naughty-Joke night, the
naughty jokes eoilld have at least
been new. The obvious senility of
some of them did not Improve the
* • *
We have been waiting none too
patiently for the grass to start
growing nrountl the Student Un
ion, and now' a sort of scum has
appeared here and there to re
store our waning faith In grass
Grass means sprinklers, and
sprinklers mean those misan
thropic gadgets we have that
chase you across the quad.
There is a particularly tricky
one near the corner of 13th and
University that looks like it is
going to stop at the sidewalk, hut
actually has no intention of doing
any such thing. Wear old clothes.
Alone on the Shelf
Easy Reading for Laughs
“The Vicious Circle” by Margaret
Harriinan. Rinehart & C.V>; S3.00;
310 pp.
By David Earle
If you are looking for a laugh;
if you want something that is
easy-reading; if you want a book
that you can pick up and read for
awhile, then lay down without
worrying about what happens
next, search no further. Margaret
Case Harriman has written it.
In a light and frivolous way,
Mrs. Harriinan has related the
history Of the Algonquin Hotel
Bound Tablers. The Bound Table,
in full swing in the early twen
ties, was composed of such per
sonages as Alexander Woollcott,
Harold Boss, Heywood Broun,
Dorothy Parker, Bobert Bench
ley, Franklin P. Adams, George
Kaufman, Marc Connelly, and so
on, ad infinitum.
However is was not the compo
sition of the Round Table that is
an important as the effect the
composite parts had on our cur
rent literature, drama, music,
and (indirectly) radio.
It was this group that encour
aged Tallulah Bankhead when
she first arrived on Broadway. It
was this group that produced the
atmosphere for such writings as
Dorothy Parker’s "Big Blonde",
Edna Ferber’s "Showboat”, Marc
Connelly"s "Green Pastures, and
Laurence Stallings’ “What Price
It was probably because of this
group and their interchange of
ideas, witticisms, quips, and criti
cism for one another’s wtorks,
that the American theater and
literature took an upswing in the
late twenties. For this gathering
was no idle bunch of gossiping
lunchers. They had little use for
mediocre work, and no use for
imitative writing. They were one
another’s greatest critics and
noblest friends.
Mrs. Harriman, whose father,
Frank Case, was the proprietor
and later owner of the Algonquin
Hotel in New York City, was a
small girl when the Roud Table
first came into being, and be
cause she grew up with its exis
tence she was rightfully asked to
relate it to us.
She is no profound writer, but
she does spin an interesting tale.
She would probably be among the
first to agree that she is not
America's greatest writer.
The Algonquin, incidentally, in
the hostelry where most «f New
York’s “established” su-tors and
actresses stay ttecausc of Its con
venience to the theater district.
And Frank Case made it their
While this book is good, but not
great, it is a story that needed to
be told. It adds a heretofore-mis
sing chapter to our history of
the American theater and litera
The Second Cup
After reading of receptions
planned for the return of Gener
al MacArthur, a word or two on
» » •
Hero-worship exists, has exist
ed, and will forever exist, univer
sally among mankind. Carlyle.
• • •
Every hero becomes a bore at
last. Emerson.
Bitter Bon Voyage
Kmeruld Kdltors
I Her by hint, Wednesday's Mm
erald that 0 BTO'» on campus got
a trip to California to Investigate
certain living and rushing condl
tiona at Stanford.
While I (lo not want to Inter
fere with the vacation planned
for these students, I dare say that
a lot of time and money could lie
saved If some of the Htanford
graduates and transfers upon
this rumpus (of which there are
<|Ulte a few) were Interviewed
eoneernlng these matters.
The min has booen shining
pretty consistently in Oregon
lately, so there really isn't much
reason to go south these days. If
this 9 member committee is
really interested in Investigating
living conditions elsewhere, why
don't they split up and visit 9
different schools in order to get
a variety of ideas? A
What Is the marvelous attrac
tion of Stanford in the spring
time? What eun 9 persons do
that several could not, other than
throw a bigger party?
As a member of the student
body which Is paying for this
trip, I certainly wish the best of
luck to our travellers, some o!
whom arc making their second
trip on student funds this year.
Here's hoping they have a good
time and learn a lot.
Fred Kisser
The idol of today pushes the
hero of yesterday out of our re
collection; and will, in turn, Is
supplanted by bis successor of
tomorrow. Washington Irving.
See the conquering hero <-■ mi !
Sound the trumpets, lx-at the
drums! Thomas Morell.
• • «
No man is a hero to his valet.
Mnte de C'ornoel.
• * •
And regarding the big derision:
One man's word is no man's
word; we should quietly hear bith
sides, (ioethe
* * •
One cool Judgment is worth a
thousand hasty councils. The
thing to do is to supply light and
not heat. Woodrow Wilson.
Give every man thine ear, but
few thy voice. Shakespeare
It Could Be Oregon
“Easy now, Floyd—easy. Hollo Professor Snarf, I thought I’d <ln>p in
and see how I did in Ihe quiz. Easy, Floyd l”
t .* i i ; »