Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 03, 1951, Page Two, Image 2

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Opinions expressed ott the editorial pare are those cf the writer and do not pretend to
represent fte opinions of the ASUO ?r of the Unirersity. Initialed editorials are written by
the associate editors. Unsigned editorials are written by the editor.____
It's reprint time at Oregon.
Every spring we run the famous old Emerald editorial beg
ging Jupe Pluvius to keep Oregon dry during Junior Weekend.
The tradition is that the plea brings good luck and sunny skies
to the Oregon campus. ,
Every spring we talk about “The Bible, the Flag, and Mom,”
an equally famous and much more controversial editorial
which sprouted on this page four years ago this week. I'oday
we’ll run parts of this piece by “Beaver" Wright, not for good
luck and sunny skies, but for entertainment and a chuckle at
these words which smack of the type of brashness college stu
dents love:
“Nationally, a holiday is set aside to honor morn, the Univer
sity designates a weekend as Mom’s Weekend, and even the
Oregon Daily Emerald joins the momworshippers by dedicat
ing to the moms this issue which dutiful sons and daughters
are urged to send home by dutiful committee chairmen. And
traditionally this would be the place to publish a sentimental
tribute to all women who have gone through the supposedly
deifying experience of reproduction. However, without seem
ing inconclastic, let us consider mom, and let the moms con
sider themselves.
“Hitherto, mom has been so busy changing diapers, pushing
a broom, tending gardens and making quilts that she was rare
ly a problem to her family or to her friends and certainly not
to herself. Nowadays, with time on her hands, mom has heaved
her size 40 charm into hundreds of organizations, bridge clubs,
daughters of some-war-or-other clans, auxiliaries, etc. She
smokes thirty cigarettes a day, chews gum, and has two cock
tails before lunch.
“She reads the tacky romantic fiction in all the slick women s
magazines, occasionally glances at an article which she could
not possibly diScuss rationally with her bored-to-numbness
husband, and she spends three nights a week at the local flick
er follies with “the girls” from the bridge club.
“She practices all the wiles to keep her pap-fed sons adoring
herself, and shrewdly brings up her daughters to become "help
less’ rock-eyed mantraps whose crimson lips are riveted into
steel. 4
“No, not all of them. There are thousands of American
mothers whose integrity cannot be questioned, whose souls are
serene, whose children are well-adjusted, whose husbands are
happy. There are thousands of mothers, like the Oregon moms
who provide scholarships, who serve usefully and well.
“While all the husbands, sons and daughters are bringing
booty to mom and polishing the halo around her silvery- hair,
let mom do a little straight thinking about her worthiness of
the pedestal we’ve planed under her.”
Whew, the University administration shuddered and the
Mother’s Day committee cancelled its order for Emeralds to
send home.
And we want to use “Beaver” Wright’s famous editorial for
a message by indirection. Don’t send it home. Don t clip out
any printed letter or invitation containing a canned message
asking mom down for Oregon’s Junior Weekend.
Write it yourself. And mail it today.
No Kistie/Just mrstie
The “kistie” is no longer a “mistie.”
It’s a caramel apple—and that’s no “kistie.”
The enterprising Phi Thetas publicized their annual spring
sale with “Don’t Mistie a Kistie.” In the past they’ve used
“twisty” and “mystie” and “mystick.” But nothing like “kis
tie.” This sounded like a real bargain.
Well—we shook 10 cents out of our piggy bank and ex
changed it for their product.
Admittedly—10 cents doesn’t sound like too stiff a price for
such an offering (though it may depend on whom the salesman
A “kistie” is not a “kistie” at all. In fact—it doesn’t even
come close to being one. Arise you men of good American stock
and let the Phi Thetas know your grievance at their misrepre
sentation. You have nothing to lose but a caramel apple.
We still “mistie” our “kistie.”—T. K._
To all the new student body and class officers, whose
spare time now becomes student government.
To all students who didn’t vote in Wednesday’s elections.
The Campus Answers
Disciplinary Action
Kmc raid Editor:
It seems to me that there is a
very important question behind
this recent furor regarding ex
pulsion on morals charges. Name
ly: why, and to whom, is the Uni
versity responsible for the mor
ality of the students ?
Possibly when a student is un
der the age of legal responsibili
ty, (18 for women and 21 for
men) someone mast accept this
obligation in lieu of direct paren
tal control. But when the student
is of legal agr he is directly re
sponsible to specific governmen
tal agencies whose duty it is to
protect and enforce social mores
and morality.
The University may be inter
ested (as a state institution) in
attempting to show the student
certain facts and beliefs about
morality so that he may be bet
ter equipped to live a more use
ful life, but it is not the interest
of the University to force him to
lead the kind of life its adminis
tration feels is best, anymore
than it would be obliged to force
every student to believe in Dar
winian evolution.
A University has one function;
to provide the student with I ho
opportunity to acquire an educa
It would seem that this limita
tion of purpose should restrict
the University disciplinary action
to those cases In which students
educational rights are being in
fringed upon, such as cheating or
flagt»nt disruptions of lectures,
and leave the enforcement of
laws and morality to those agen
cies that are legally responsible
for social control.
W. K. Smith
It Has Happened
Emerald Editor:
Now it has happened! Action
taken by the University disci
pline committee has condemned
two Webfoot athletes to shame
and disgrace because of the
spiteful action of several indi
Wherever these men now go
the stigiiui of this treatment by
an aihitrary university commit
tee will hang over tlielr heads.
Were the actions of these men
of an uncommon nature there
would be little reason to question
the decision. However their ac
tions should certainly be of no
concern to the University. Up to
now the University has regulated
how the student may live, where
he might eat, how and when he
must sleep, and when he must
Where 1m the Justification that
Miiy* the school has the right to
regiment the live* of the Individ
mils who are a part of It? Indi
vidual freedom and the private
lives of any person should be his
own business.
What right does the University
have to heap condemnation upon
these men for action which in no
way has hurt the University.
IVrhops we stand for the right
of a person to conduct his private
life along the dictates of his own
desires as long ns It causes no
harm to society. The loss of per
sonal freedom and the arbitrary
rule* established by the Univer
sity have progressed to the |mlnt
thut all we can do Is shake our
heads and vvondef wliat will Imp
pen when our ow n children reach
college age.
From where we stand the ad
ministration has lost sight of its ^
true objectives, the fostering of
the pursuit of a greater knowl
edge of humanities, sciences, arts
and languages.
Mr. and Mrs. Duncan I.lston
Mr. und Mrs. Walt McKinney
« In A Sniof!
Day-to-Day Events, Pessimism
Seem Universal Rule of Action
= with Norm Anderson
There are times when it be
comes apparent that wo live in a
world where thoughts are center
ed around the day-to-day events,
and pessimism is the rule of ac
tion. At the moment, the “end of
the world," in the form of an all
out war, precedes every one's en
joyment of life, and guides every
one's manipulation of his own des
tiny. Perhaps there's no solution.
But recall the oft-repeated say
ing that “history repeats itself,"
and look back over the years.
There you’ll find parallels to the
present day.
One decade ago, in May of 1941,
the world was shuddering under
the blitzkrieg of the Nazis and
France was to be swept into ob
livion by the German invasion of
May 10. England stood alone
against the world, much as the
U.S. does now. Everywhere in this
country men were figuring their
chances of escaping the draft,
and failing to do that, their
chances of coming back alive.
Washington and Tokyo were
the scenes of tense behind-the
scenes maneuvering for a balance
of power in the Pacific, just as
Washington and Moscow com
prise the scenes for similar action
Two decades ago, in 1931, the
tenseness was economic. The
world lay prostrate under a de
pression and there were few who
doubted that it would ever rise
again to an enjoyable height.
In 1911, the world again was
tense. In this country the end of
a social structure—big business
in all its glory—was in sight and
many in that day thought that
spelled the end of America’s
greatness which wasn’t even
accomplished until four decades
And 100 years ago. Read an ed
itorial on the world order of that
period, place England in Ameri
ca’s shoes and there is the same
pessimism, frustration and hope
lessness that permeates the pres
ent-day atmosphere.
Perhaps such thinking will go
on forever. Maybe there’s no way
to eliminate it, for each decade
sees a new group of individuals
shaping the fortunes of destiny,
and those individuals find no
consolation in personal participa
tion in the troubles of the past.
We, here at Oregon, find only
our troubles as having any real
significance. Ours are unsolved,
whereas those of a decade ago, if
not solved, at least became re
solved, and the problem no longer
exists. Somehow we can't grasp
the fact that a world not created
by man cannot be destroyed by
The process of living will go on
for many years, beyond the life
time of all of us. While we cling
eagerly to those things we love
ami cherish, we fail to realize
that the entire world about us is
doing the same thing. No one in
tentionally and methodically
guides the dagger to his own
No one can escape the world he
lives in, but one can make the
best of it. At birth there are few
parents who pessimistically fore
see death for their child. For that
child great plans are made. And
who overcomes the optimism of
the parents? The child. We still
guide the fortunes of our own life,
despite the bumbling and fumb
ling in government centers.
It Could Be Oregon