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Question Session with Bill Carey,Merv Hampton
Here are 15 questions and the
answers given to them by
ASUO presidential aspirants
Mere Hampton and Bill
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How do you feel about expan
sion of the student court to In
clude disciplinary oases . . . more
than a traffic court which It now
Carey: It couldn't be done as
the traffic court stands now . . .
it would have to be enlarged and
Hampton: The more control
students have for their own
cases, the better off they are. If
this would advance student gov
ernment, it would be worth
Could Oregon ever have an
honor system, and if you think it
would be good, would you work
for it next year?
Carey: I think an honor sys
tem is a desirable system, and
yes, it would be worth working
Hampton: I definitely think it
would be one of the best things
that could happen here. I defi
nitely would like to see it.
As student body president,
what would be your actions if
such an organisation as TNE
again came up at Oregon ?
Carey: Try to stop it, or pre
vent its continuation. This could
be done through the Senate.
There’s no need for TNE when
there’s a Senate . . . it’s only
when student government is poor
that such a group gets together.
Hampton: Definite steps to see
that the leaders would be expelled,
and the organization completely
suppressed. As far as I’ve been
able to find out, the administra
tion’s policy was pretty vacillat
ing. If there’s a recurrence, TNE
should be wiped out. The students
should step in more if it’s possi
Do you think men who belong
to TNE last year should be al
lowed to fill vacancies in the Sen
ate or other ASUO positions next
Carey: Only if given approval
by the majority vote of the Sen
What’s your stand on deferred
pledging and freshman dormitor
Carey: I can say nothing. I
haven’t studied the report return
ed by the committee which went
to Stanford. Until I can find out
more what the general consen
sus of campus opinion is on this
question, I don’t know. If the 4000
students decide one way, that’s
the way it should be.
Hampton: The report from the
Stanford committee has definite
possibilities as a basis on which
to build. Necessary details will
have to be worked out, but it’s
the only workable plan in sight
What is your platform?
Carey: I think it’s very, very
hard to establish a platform until
you know how the students feel.
USA Presidential Nominee
For instance, on tne quesuun ui
social events ... we plan to take
a real survey to find out campus
opinion before arranging a social
events calendar. My general plat
form is still the old statement
“you”.. . the majority desires and
wishes of a student body of 4000.
As for a specific platform, it will
be established when we get re
sults from the general.
Hampton: It has been stated
in the paper . . . elimination of
social barriers in campus activi
ties, more liberal activity pro
gram for the freshman class, en
dorsement of the ASUO Dormi
tory report, more student partici
pation in the early formation of
the social calendar, establish
ment of a course in student gov
ernment, study and evaluation of
the Student Union administra
tive policy and its correlation
with ASUO functions, and sev
eral other points.
What do you think about use
of the Student Union by organi
zations outside the University?
Carey: I believe the Student
Union should be used to the maxi
mum utility, but that student ac
tivities should take precedent
over outside activities in case of
Hampton: If it’s possible to
hold outside functions in the Stu
dent Union and in no way inter
fere with University and student
functions, it should be all right.
But there should be no conflict.
In that way, we can build up
quite a lot of good will for the
Do you think there should be
more or less student control over
the Union ?
Carey: I do think the students
should be given more responsibil
ity for what actually goes on . . .
greater delegation of authority to
Hampton: The Union is in the
formative stage right now. There
have been cases where the Union
could have functioned more
smoothly, but considering the
newness of the building, I think
activities have been handled
Do you believe that because
you’re a member of a certain
house, you should automatically
be a member of a certain political
Carey: I believe that an indi
vidual, regardless of house or
party, should exercise his right
and privilege to vote for those
candidates whom he feels will
serve the University best.
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Who are you going to vote
tor and, more Important, why ¥
To help the student voter
answer these questions, the
Emerald has Interviewed the
top candidates, Bill Carey and
Merv Hampton, both of whom
art* running for the ASUO pre
Neither candidate knew the
questions in advadce. They were
Interviewed separately for about
an hour each.
Statistics on the pair In
Carey, age 21, senior in busi
ness administration, minor In
speech, home In Latirande, at
tended Eastern Oregon College
of Education for two years,
came to the University in junior
Hampton, age 21, junior in
political science with future
plans in journalism field, home
in San Francisco, was gradu
ated from a Portland high
Hampton: Certainly not. At
first I did, until I began to see the
true functions of AGS. (Question
—Why did your house change
from AGS party to USA party
late in winter term?) Well, it be
gan a long time ago. Our house
has always been a political non
entity as far as AGS was con
cerned . . . been handed a few
minor positions to keep the
house happy . . . part of the ro
tation system. Discontent has
been growing for quite a while.
As a member of the AGS policy
committee, I could see that some
of the things said about AGS
were true. We talked it over in
the house, and the men were defi
nitely in favor of a system where
we could have a greater voice and
greater part in student activities.
We wholeheartedly subscribe to
the principles of USA . . . and
we're here to stay.
Are you in favor of two coal
ition parties at Oregon?
Carey: I believe it would be
more desirable to have Greeks
and Independents working to
gether in the same party, and if a
desirable means can be found to
accomplish this, it would probab
ly benefit student government.
Hampton: Yes, definitely.
Why do you think you’re qual
Carey: Because of past experi
ence with student activities . . .
president of AGS, house presi
dent, JIFC president, and knowl
edge of the inner workings of the
Student Union as chairman of the
directorate and chairman of the
interview and referral committee.
Also, because I enjoy working for
the University of Oregon. I’m a
member of Friars and have a sin
cere interest in seeing that th6
University has more effective
student government . . . and be
cause I think I have the ability
and intelligence to handle the
Hampton: Well, its Because i
think I have an adequate back
ground in student government.. .
house president, president of
Druids, junior class president and
general chairman of Junior Week
end, former member of ASUO
traffic court, general chairman
of the sophomore picnic, and
Skull and Dagger secretary.
What about athletics at the
University of Oregon ... do you
think the athlete has more or less
privileges than the ordinary stu
Carey: No, because of the ser
vice they perform for the Univer
sity of Oregon, and colleges and
universities are judged so many
times upon athletic prowess.
Hampton: Not that I’ve no
ticed. I’m not too familiar with
athletic scholarships, but I don’t
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believe the situation is as bad
here as at some schools.
What are your grades, and how
many hours will you have to
carry next year?
Carey: 3.2 accumulative, and
I'll need about ten hours to gradu
ate after this term.
Hampton: 2.17 accumulative. I
plan to go to Hummer BChool, and
then take 15 or 10 hours every
term next year.
Whut about military status?
Carey: Second lieutenant In the
infantry reserve .. . wu»n't in the
What about party renponMlblll
ty? Do you feel Unit you should
report bark to the party which
elected you, and listen to its
Carey: 1 feel that I should be
answerable only to the entire stu
dent body . . . those AGS repre
sentatives on the Senate will bo
fully responsible to represent the
Hampton: No, not report back.
Once elected, I firmly believe that
the ASUO should be first and
foremost . . . not any politicut
VOTE WE MUST, BUT IT'S TOUGH
One day before ASUO elections . . . the day for the Emer
ald editorial page to pick its candidate. We've watched and
talked and interviewed and come out with a decision. Hut be
fore the decision, the steps which led us to it.
Neither Hampton nor Carey are in very comfortable posi
tions if this hot peace becomes a hot war. Carey is in the infan
try reserve, and Hampton is subject to the draft. Neither are
Carey towers above I lampton on grades. The A(iS candidate
holds a 3.2 accumulative for almost four years of college.
Hampton is wobbly with a 2.1 for almost three years, and this
grade average won’t help him with any draft board.
Hampton has performed more service jobs for the Univer
sity, but we must remember that he has been here a year longer
than Carey. Carey has been president of his political parly,
house president, a Friar, and chairman of two Student Union
groups (he recently recommended the abolishment of one of
these SU committees.) Hampton is now junior class president
(by virtue of an Exec Council appointment), house president,
and Druid president.
Carey hasn’t advocated any policy in this spring term cam
paign. His platform has been a very noncomitt.nl "you . . . the
Oregon students", so no toes have been stepped on. He has
made no statement about deferred pledging and freshman <lor->*
mitories. No toes have been stepped on. He very cleverly side
stepped many of the questions asked in the interview. No toes
have been stepped on, and he has been well seated on the pro
Hampton lias tried to explain away the greatest sorepoint
in his candidacy . . . his fraternity’s switch front AGS to USA
near the end of winter term.
However, USA did not have to nominate him. The nominat
ing assembly was wide open, and an enthusiastic hall could
have put in a candidate. But no group was interested enough
to organize, so Hampton was nominated, and the gripers now
can be heard.
As for the rest of Hampton’s policy, it is that of USA—break
down of Greek-Independent lines, more activities and recog
nition for freshmen, endorsement of the ASUO Dormitory re
port as a basic plan, a look at Student Union organization, plus
several more points.
As far as candidate for candidate’s sake, we cannot honestly
pick one above the other. Each has his good points. Each, his
bad. We cannot support Carey as Carey or Hampton as 1 lamp
But as citizens of this community, it’s our responsibility to
vote. So we’ll look past the candidates into the parties and pick
That means a vote for Hampton because the politicaf^ruup
backing him backs a principle of coalition government and par- -l
ty by individual rather than by house, and those individuals
come from fraternal organizations, dormitories, and all Uni
versity groups, not simply sororities and fraternities on a