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A Day for Diplomacy
Oregon students now have a chance to prove ourselves some
thing more than the immature kids which events of recent
years have tabbed us. Diplomacy will have its day if we 11 give
it the opportunity.
This “chance” is a 20-page report which has been tabbed the
“Oregon report.” It comes from a committee of nine students
appointed by the ASUO president to investigate dormitory
In a nutshell, the report suggests separate living units for
freshmen, pledging deferred until winter term for men and wo
men, a counseling and sponsoring program under the Office of
Student Affairs and the ASUO Cabinet, and some new twists
in freshman orientation.
Controversy over the committee and its report has been
most heated on this page. Much less bitter was the receipt of
the report by at least one all-campus group, Heads of Houses.
These presidents of women’s living organizations discussed
the suggestions in a very fair and rational manner, bringing up
questions pertinent to the program. Similar reaction has been
reported from Interfraternity Council and Interdormitory
Council, men’s house presidents.
Now, if alumni, especially those eternal sophomores, will
just look before they leap into this report and its suggestions
... if students will continue to do themselves proud . . , and
if administration leaders will join in as they have been doing
... this dormitory report will serve as a foundation upon which
all groups concerned can biuld a satisfactory freshman living
Permit us to reprint part of the introduction to the report:
“The committee does not at this time pretend to have solved
all the difficulties involved in starting such a plan as is here
recommended at Oregon. But it does believe that the sugges
tions in this report have merit and are worthy of the deepest
possible consideration by the student body and the administra
tion, with action toward establishing such a program the con
Put Up or Shut Up
Today both AGS and USA will elect a slate of candidates for
student body and class offices. The people elected by these par
ties will vie for the administration of Student Government
It’s not new—it’s done every year, but How is it done every
year? Some say it’s done by relatively few members in each
part}'—the politicians—the wheels.
Others are more generous—they say it’s done by the few
really interested students. The out and out optimistic ones say
it’s done by the student body out of interest for the promotion
of better student government on the campus.
Today we find out.
AGS representatives will elect the final members for the
party slate at 4 p.m. today. Tomorrow by noon persons rec
commended by the party will be known by members of all AGS
houses. If the optimist is right, the majority opinion of each
house concerning preference of candidates will be revealed by
And whose responsibility is that? The responsibility of each
member of each house to make his opinions known to his rep
resentative—or the optimist is lost in the shuffle—again.
USA will have the huge and necessarily slow process of
electing a slate at 4 p.m. According to the optimist, every mem
ber interested in the welfare of student government should at
tend that meeting and indicate his preference by ballot. A bet
ter opportunity couldn’t be provided. If students don’t respond
—the pessamist is right—again.
Every year we hear complaints about imbecility, juvenile
nature, lack of ability, and so on, shown by students connect
ed with student government.
Actually students are griping about their own mistakes—
either in judgment or participation. It isn’t necessary at all.
Maybe we need more interested optimists.—J.P._
THE DAILY *%’...
To the ingenious islanders of Minturn Hall and their
method for keeping things cool. How about a method for
treating campus atmosphere these days?
THE OREGON LEMON...
to those students who trample the new grass around the
| Student Union.
Judge and be Judged
THE FACULTY HAS GPA TOO
Grades are not for students
alone your University faculty
gets them, too.
Each year administrative of fl
eers submit staff grades or rat
ings to the president along with
recommendations for promotions,
changes in rank, termination of
services, and static, service.
As compared to students who
are rated A to F, the professorial
staff is judged on a numerical ba
sis, from 1 to 5. Grades of 1 are
tantamount to A, with the rat
ings continuing on a graduated
Salary, length of service, ago,
and present tenure have no part
in determining these ratings. In
stead, they are based on three
distinct lines of activity:
The Inside Story
Your I'nlverslty fneulty mnit
h(TH spend many of their unking
hours Issuing term grade re
ports on their students.
But how atwoit the grades
they receive themselves? The
Dally Kmeruld set out to find the
"Inside" of how the faculty
family Is rated on this campus.
Among the faculty, these rat
ings may he just as important as
grades are to students.
The answers are provided In
the accompany!:1? article, bused
on an Interview a 1th President
II. K. Newborn by Associate
I alitor Tom King.
The faculty la rated entirely on
the basts of merit, without re
gUld for the position hold or 1 ho
stipend drawn. Under Ibid wy:.1. m
the only monibera of the st.iff
who do not receive grnd< , i>.
graduate and research u.shini . ■,tn.
In uddltloii to the grade, Infor
mation 11ml dupportlng data are
Ml|i|illed hy the dean. \ professor,
then. In graded—and this is sup.
(demented by materlnl telling
why and how the grade lias Isvii
A special advisory courieil ■«•
lected by the faculty also mulo-H
available ratings and information
for tlie president. Tins coiiik d
graded those members of tin- fac
ulty about whom there Id sulTi
eient information available t>>
(I) Productive scholarship (such as research,
authorship of hooks, talks tiefdrc educators, etc.)
(2 i Teaching ability (including methodology of
examinations, classroom work, preparation, and
any advisory activities in which the instructor may
participate as part of his regular assignment.
Service Hating Included
(3) General service to the University and state
(embracing contributions other than those in the
area of instruction, such as activities in connec
tion with national organizations and committees, i
Of the three categories, the first two are con
sidered the most important, according to President
New burn. Composite, ratings are given to include
all three of the categories,
A rating of 1 indicates outstanding performance
in the given lines of activity. Since it is the highest
possible grade that may be achieved, few are given;
in certain schools and departments there may be no
academic staff member who attains this standard
A 2 denotes performance "clearly above aver
age”; 3 is “above average”; 4 is "definitely below
average”; and 5 is “definitely poor.”
make a Judgment. In the event that there are lat .
scale discrepancies between the ratings given 1 a
dean and by the council, NVwburn will arrang a
special meeting to attempt to consolidate the t-.e,,
viewpoints. The council also makes advisory mi>>
gostion.s for tenure, promotions, and other staff
liutliigs are distinguished from promotions, si^V..
ary adjustment*. and other such lutru-rtilversiti
matters. The dears sulmilt ratings concurrently
with their recommendations for promotions anil
Annual Basis at First
As the University presently operates, profo ,ors
are at first employed on an annual basis. After a
three-year period the University is obligated to
make a review to determine whether or not a mem
ber of the faculty should be recommended for in
Seven tear Maximum
Yearly reappointment* may in- made for a maxi
mum number of seven tears. At that time, the pro
fessor must either In- put on tenure or dropped from
In this connection, the normal retirement age for
professors is fixed at 65 by the state.
Corsage to Counselors
It seems possible that the now
living and counseling program
suggested by the Stanford Com
mittee has, by implication, cast
a few adverse reflections on the
present counseling group. This
group certainly deserves no
The committee did not mean
to make any such implication
but perhaps it has been done. I
would like to dear the atmos
phere a little on this point.
One of the counselors was
heard to remark bitterly:
"It looks like they consider
our whole program a flop.”
No, Mr. Counselor, those of us
who have been closely associat
ed with this year's counseling
program can nominate much
more worthy candidates for a
We might mention the higher
echelon of the administration
and suggest they could do with
a better structured organization
—where lines of au^iority were
more clearly drawn in the Office
of Student Affairs in respect to
a counselor’s duties.
We might nominate Interfra
temity Council because many
houses in IFC have tended to re
gard the counseling group as a
deadly foe. This attitude has
leaked over onto a number of the
freshmen pledges, we might add.
Or we might nominate Inter
dormitory Council as the group
who allowed a somewhat shaky
first-year situation to become
even more shaky as the bars to
contain group living were torn
down and thrown away.
We could even nominate a
number of upper class dorm men
who have resented any attempt
to become ‘assistant sponsors’,
and help the counselor in a job
that was practically a full-time
And if we wanted to drop
down to the personality level,
we might even point a finger art
the writer of this letter, one Bill
I feel that one of the biggest
mistakes made by any group
was the IDC-IFC compromise
last year. I was Instrumental in
obtaining this 'gentleman's
This pleee of paper served as
the first gun In an opening bar
rage that practically shot the
counselor’* xhlp right out from
under him. The- amnctng thing is
thnt any sort of mmee** «us
scored at all. AmI that it uii
scored Is iiuul* manifest In tin*
Mtrpmrly high grades attained
by the university as u whole.
If there are any bouquets to
be handed out, Mr. Kline and his
rounselors should get the first
one. There are a lot of other
places where the brick-bats are
It Could Be Oregon
mate • -
“Oh! I don’t mind not having paper—It help* my memory it I J11^
write on anything.”