Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 18, 1951, Page Two, Image 2

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    TW Ougon Daily Rmeial* published Monday through Friday daring the
—Oct. 30* Dec. 5 through Jan. 3: Mar 6 through 28; May 7; Nov. 22 through 27, and
aftar Mav 24 with isuea onNov. 4 ami May 12, by the Associated Students of
UOr^H!nT^d«^oudcla» matt.? .t tte poslottcc. Kug.n*. Oregon. S.h«rlpt.on
rate*: $5 per school year; $2 per tern*
are those ol the writer »nd do not protend to
Opinion* expressed on the editorial pnxr are tho*e of the writer Mid do not protend to
IMrevnl the apinkm!i of the ASUO 9r ofthe Unieorsity. Initialed editorial* aro written by
the associate editors. Unsigned editorials are written by the editor.__
Akita Holmes, Editor
Maetel ScaoGGiN, Business Manager
Lobma La»soi*. Managing Editor
Tom King, Ken Metzlee, Jackie Peitiem, Associate Editors
Fran Neel, Advertising Manager
News Editor: Gretehen 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.
Night Editor: Sarah Turnbull.
Circulation Manager: Jean Lovell.
Zone Managers: Abbott Paine. Mamet \a
hev, Demse Thutn. Yal Schultz, .Sally
Thurston. Gretehen Grefe, Barbara Kcelen,
Sally Hazeltine.
Layout Manager: Keith Reynolds.
National Adv. Mgr.: Bonnie Birkemeier.
Gretehen Grefe, • Edith Hading, Barbar
Kceien, Sally Hazeltmc.
Sour Grapes and Stanford
A fifth grade teacher once said there are three classes of peo
ple : those who make the world go round; those who know the
world’s moving, but don't do anything about it, and those who
aren't even aware of any motion.
She forgot one class, those who balk at every move, those
who do nothing but grumble and gripe and criticize the movers.
Of course criticism is important, but a little more construc
tive criticism and a little less sour grapes would be welcome.
Reactionaries—maybe that’s what they are—those people who
decide they don’t nke a plan before they even know what the
plan entails.
Senator Owen Brewster of Maine afforded a good example
of this last week. He was criticizing what President Truman
was going to say long before the speech was even made.
And a recent example here on the Oregon campus—those
critics of the nine-man committee's trip to study deferred liv
ing at Stanford last weekend.
Some said two or three could have done the job as well as
nine. Some complained over the use of student funds to pay ex
penses for such a large group to go all the way to Stanford. And
others said these travelers were undoubtedly going to spend
all their time playing in beautiful California.
Expenses were not all paid. The Athletic Department paid
gas costs, for two cars and that’s all. Two committee members
paid their own bus fares one way. t.
Stanford provided most of the housing, but the students paid
for one night's housing and most of their meals.
Two or three could not have done as thorough jobs as nine.
Each of the nine took one phase of the Stanford dormitory and
deferred living program, and they worked two full days. Now
committee members are meeting daily to write and compile
Students on the committee came from fraternities, sororities,
men’s and women’s dormitories in an effort to provide impar
tial representation of all groups involved in deferred living.
And when their report is completed, it will carry more weight
coming from ten qualified students than from two.
The Censor IsJthefStudent
Campus entertainment is again under fire.
This time it’s because the master of ceremonies at the all
campus Vodvil told stories. And the high school seniors heard
the stories. And some Oregon students thought the stories
were “disgusting” and they passed their thoughts on to the
Office of Student Affairs.
The campus entertainment chairman has been very con
cerned, but she had done her part with the Vodvil and could
not control the off-color which came up. The individual skits
were all clean enough for the purest high school senior, in keep
ing with the vodvil tradition at Oregon.
What happened is inevitable and why worry about it? No
matter how powerful the entertainment committee is, it can
not predict what a performer is going to say.
Public opinion is the strongest weapon against that which
we call “smut.” Oregon audiences will decide what they will
take and will object if extremes are reached.
Extremes were obviously hit earlier this year, and the Of
fice of Student Affairs stepped in. But then the problem was
thrown back to the entertainment chairman for continuing
acts and to campus opinion for impromptu performers.
And here the problem should remain. We are confident that
Oregon students are capable of censoring their own entertain
ment. There may be an occasional slip-up, but how prissy can
we be ! ___
THE DAILY 'E' • • •
to Mary Alice Baker, new president,, and Frank Cothrell,
retiring president, of the University Religious Council,
and to their sets of officers which have and will coordi
nate religious activities on the campus.
USA and AGS—Presidents Explain
By Bill Carey
The Associated Greek Stu
dents' purpose is creating an or
gan through which campus fra
ternal organizations might voice
their sentiments and feelings. Its
main goal is contribuitlng its share
toward better student govern
ment, thereby making the Uni
veisity a finer Institution.
The constitution states, "all
social fraternities and sororities
of the University . . . which'have
been duly recognized by the
proper authorities and which
have been approved by the ma
jority vote of the AGS may be
come members of the organiza
tion by subscribing to its consti
tution and by-laws.” Each mem
ber has two official representa
tives, and one vote per house.
The three elective officers of
AGS are the president, the vice
president, and the secretary
treasurer. They serve as chair
men of the three permanent
standing committees—the pulley,
nntmaHnn tktwl Hip finnnf’P rtllTl
Behind the Initials
Typical was the recent
question by a freshman,
‘what the devil tin those
USA, AGS initials stand
Bemuse elections are May
2, only two weeks uway, that
question should be answered
immediately. And hero the
Kmerald presents the an
swers as given by those who
should know, presidents of
AGS and USA.
Bill Carey tells the whys
and whats of his political
party, the Associated Greek
Students, and Ernie Baldini
gives an account of the coal
ition, United Students Asso
Both parties are accepting
petitions for nominations un
til Friday of this week.
Uy Erida lluldinl
“The United Students’ Associ •
atlon is founded for the purpose
of promulgating active Htudent
government based on maximum
.student participation. Rueh par
ticlputlon is not to be divided on ,
social or class lines ut uny time
for any reoaon, but on the prln-l
ciple that every Individual mem
ber shall act aa his own reprc-(
sentatlve In the Association."
The above, from the preamble
of the USA Constitution, is the
purpose of the party.
At Oregon a barrier between;
Creeks and Independents has
shown Itself time and again. A
coalition party can help eliminate
that barrier.
The USA is composed "ofi
Creeks, off campus, co-op, and
independent students. Its purpo .
is to have overall represents
lion, so that all views and inter
ests may be represented. Pi
tlone on the steering com mitt
are open to anyone Interested m
and capable of furthering stude t
inlttees, respectively. Every member of AOS In
represented on at least one of the**- committees,
thus encouraging a more active participation on
the part of the representatives.
Due to the reorganization of ACS and the ndopt
tion of a new constitution this year it has taken a
big stride forward in trying to attain the goals of
all the students at the University of Oregon in
promoting good, effective student government.
government. i
USA candidate* will lx- chosen democratically In ;
un open assembly Apr. 23. I urge you to ulw-ml, ’
t« voice your opinion* and nominate your candi
There are no restrictions on membership In t'SA,
except that USA members are pursuing a< nv>
student government based on maximum student
partic ipation, and cannot, therefore, la- active mem
bers of another political party on the campus.
mm •
The Word
I Stanford Showed Us Hospitality
I While Oregon Handed Out Gripes
From Stan Turnbull
As a member of the much-kick
ed-about committee that investi
gated dormitory and other condi
tions at Stanford, thia writer
would like to add a personal
touch to the editor's thoughtful
editorial over to the left.
The committee, which received
only transportation and spent
plenty of their own money and
time, went to Stanford because
it’s a school that’s had the "liv
ing-in” plan for a long time,
that’s worked out a pretty happy
solution, that’s comparable to
Oregon in size of student body—
a combination hard to find else
where on the coast.
The two things that most im
pressed this group at Stanford
were the hospitality and friendli
ness of the students and the place
that student government occu
pies there—and one of the things
that is the most galling about the
criticism the group got for their
trouble is that it reflects an atti
tude here at Oregon that works
against both friendliness and stu
dent government.
It's hard to understand the
thought processes of an Emerald
columnist who suggests that "it
would appear that Oregon is big
enough to work out a program of
its own without aping another
university.” In other words, shut
your eyes—don’t learn anything
from anybody else who’s work
ed out similar problems to your
own. This is hard to take.
Why not, suggests a letter-to
the-editor-writer, contact Stan
ford grads and transfers on this
The Second Cup
Some have said about life:
Ofttimes the test of courage
becomes rather to live than to die.
# * *
Every man’s life is a fairy-tale
written by God’s fingers. Ilans
Christian Andersen
* * *
Life is a jig saw puzzle with
most of the pieces missing. Anon
campus? Well, at Stanford the
committee talked to the student
body president, AWS president,
IFC president, head counsellor
for the freshman men's dorm and
other students and faculty in
qualified positions. Such a group
would be impossible to round up
Another interesting thing was
that the committee talked most
ly to students rather than facul
ty—this is because at Stanford
student government is a real
thing, and the students have a
big say in how they’re to be gov
erned. Also, the group thus ob
tained student opinion rather
than the "official" opinion but
the interesting thing was that
the opinion* of these two groups,
unlike here, were so similar.
Bo there it is. The committee
will present its report soon a re
port on which this group, repre
senting a good cross-section of
independent and fraternity men
and women, reached complete
Possibly with a little mure
thinking and a little less Irres
ponsible griping, students here
will someday cooperate to the I
point where they can take ttic
pride in their University that
Stanford students do in theirs s
• This
s Oregon
All, spring! The season wher. a Prof, often finds himself delivering a
nian-to-nian talk instead of an afternoon lecture.