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Abbott Paihk, BuaiceM Manager
A Proposal from the Phone Men
Three different types of telephones in each living organiza
That’s what may be in store for the University of Oregon <
if the phone company’s most recent plan becomes reality.
Student pressure against the pay phones is responsible for
the proposal—installation of an intra-campus dial phone sys
tem. This plan would utilize non-pay phones hooked up only
to other phones in the system—in dormitories, fraternities,
sororities, cooperatives and University offices.
Why three phones in houses?
1. The slot phones would still be needed for off-campus calls.
2. Only on-campus calls could be made through the new
3. The private line for business use would probably still re
main in most houses, as many business calls are of the oti
On the surface the new plan looks workable. Students
wouldn’t &ave to dig for nickels for the majority of their calls.
But just how much would the installation of the intra-campus
system cost the individual houses, and the University adminis
tration? Pacific Telephone and Telegraph gave some rough
estimates at a student-phone company-public utilities com
mission meeting in Salem last Tuesday. They estimated $^.50
per month per phone, in addition to the initial cost of installing
the phones and exchange.
Organizations are now paying only for pay phones and a
private line. Would they want to assume the additional cost
of another phone?
Would just one phone on the new exchange be enough in
each organization? Even now, with two phones in many groups,
the lines are jammed during the evening busy period. And
these are on-campus calls, for the most part.
Would the University administration, which is saving nearly
$5000 this year on phone expense cuts, accept the added expense
of the new system?
Right now we admittedly don’t have sufficient specific in
formation on the proposal to accurately judge its merits. I he
phone company has promised a complete report soon and it
should enable us to come to a decision by January.
The ideal situation, of course, would be to remove the pay
phones and go back to the old system. But, if this is impossible,
the intra-campus exchange proposal may prove feasible for the
Weak vs. Weak, Strong vs. Strong
The Rose Bowl agreement between the Pacific Coast con
ference and the Western (or Big Ten) conference will last for
three more New Year's Day classics. And then what?
Rumblings from some of the Big Ten schools indicate that
the pact won’t be re-signed come Jan. 2, 1954.
President John A. Hannah of Michigan State college has al
ready announced that his school will vote against renewal. Op
position by Michigan State, the newest conference school,
would throw the Rose Bowl question into a deadlock unless
some conference members vote differently than they did two
years ago. Before Michigan State received voting privileges, the
conference voted only 5 to 4 in favor of continuing participation
in the Bowl.
This should be good news to football fans on the Pacific
Coast. Absence of the Big Ten schools from the Rose Bowl
would result in better games. And it is the game that counts,
not the ranking of the teams. A pair of evenly matched teams
will always provide a better exhibition of football than will a
top-ranked team and a second rater.
There’s no way for the Coast conference to get out of their
suicide pact. With the Big Ten ahead the way it is, the Coast
would be regarded as quitters if they pulled out. All we can
do is hope the Big Ten has really had enough.
Some day (pardon our optimism) the Pacific Coast will again
have great football teams. When that time comes, the Big
Ten could conceivably be represented by its third-place team.
We should prevent this by avoiding entangling alliances.
When the Pacific Coast champion is weak, pick a team that
wron’t butcher it. In turn, when the Pacific representative is
powerful, pick a team that will be able to provide strong op
The Rose Bowl might temporarily lose prestige, although it
is now at such a low ebb that there is little to lose. But the
Bowl will regain prestige as the Pacific Coast conference re
gains strength.—D. D.
Q Jlettc<t to Santa
Peace on Earth—The Greatest Wish of All
Christmas is coming. Santa Claus will soon bo
bringing his gifts to young anil old the world over.
In our country small boys and girls are laboriously
scribbling letters to Mr. Claus, asking for truins and
dolls and such.
So we thought it was about time we were writing
our letter to him, too. It'll read something like this:
Dear Santa Claus:
Bring warm, dry beds forth from your sled for
our men fighting anil freezing in the Korean snow.
Draw up jour reindeer In Italy and give the
hundreds of flood victims houses with chimneys
down which you can drop your Yule-tide gifts.
•linglc your liells and quiet the Philippine volcano
which has caused so much death and destruction.
NiMH* down ini' cmmnrjn HU ill
leuvi- food and clothing;, and maybe Mime toys I
Reach Into your aaek and xlve thr tiny w
orphan* their mommies and daddies buck again.
We won’t mind u few less toy* or sweuters
new ties here ut home If you e»n only ipake the
wishes come true.
Itut here’* our greatest wish of all.
Drive your sled through the eleur starlight rig
l,|Kh over the world and spread the axe-old messag
“I’eaee on earth, flood will toward men.”
Then ... by some mug-leal power, make It eor
H ■ U Oregon
By Jim Haycox
It started about a month ago;
this business of early Christmases
for dying children and war-bound
same time ad
v e r t i si n g in
gan to pick up;
only 46 more
until . . .
And now the
cards begin to
Co. from Ajax
JliH ll.A ■ VAFA
Ana aireauy oanca uaua
ringing his boll at every crowded
corner; put something in the pot.
Sounds, looks and feels like
some well-laid-out plot to build
up our sentiment and pull the
dollars out of our pockets. Well,
isn't it ?
Christmas has come a long way
since that strange clear night al
most 2000 years ago w’hen shep
herds were frightened by a great,
wonderful bright star standing
high over Bethlehem.
We have so many give-away
holidays these days; Father's
Day, for example. Of this one my
dad used to say humorously:
Father's Day was dedicated by
the benevolent shirt, hat, tie and
sock store of the country.”
I wouldn't be surprised at all
if each of you, as individuals,
agrees with a foreign student
friend who says the American
Christmas is just too much of too
“In my country the kids maybe
get just one present at Christmas
and they are very happy with
that. I know some wealthy people
who used to crowd the room with
gifts on Christmas morning. In
an hour or so the two children
would be fighting over each
Go to church Christmas eve? I
used to but decided to quit kid
ding about it. I never went any
Well, shall we reform the in
stitution? We could try... but
we wouldn’t get very far. The
over-giving, the false beneficence,
the tradition, are too well worn
Into us. Supposing you got just
one small gift Christmas morning
or said you’d rather stay home
Now let's flip the coin. What's
on the other side ?
Santa Claus ringing his bell
is a well-known beggar—but not
for himself. He probably stands
there because he's got nothing
else to do. Certainly he isn't get
ting much for the effort—maybe
just a few warm meals and a
couple of bucks. It’s really no
skin off his nose if he rings that
bell or not. Then why does he?
Or why db we selfish people
want to give so much away in
one big splurge? Who’s happier
Or why do we go just that
once-a-year to Church on Christ
mas Eve, those of us who sleep
52 Sunday mornings?
Well, whatever way you want
to look at it, Christmas is soon
here; unavoidable, avaricious,
melodramatic Christmas. And all
added up, the good and the bad,
who’s to say we’d be better off
without it... or with a new
Christmas, spare and wan. The
reformer has no trouble destroy
ing a thing. But as often as not
he fails to provide a better plan
... if there is a better plan.
A if tiff Z1Ht
Beowulf Replaces Santa in Mind:
Of Final-laden University S/uder^
Bv Bob Funk
It is going to be Christmas.
People have been singing Jingle
Bells over the radio since early
August, and finally it is about
torch to the old
students, o f
m a s spirit
meets a pay-*
pediment. It is
to feel very
good - cheer -
and - ho - ho
hoish on your
way to a final.
BOB FI NK
we, me lost generation wno hi
the age of five still believed in
Santa Claus, have replaced that
jolly old elf in our minds with an
image of Beowulf.
On the glorious morning when
you are unwrapping presents,
there may be one of those fate
ful letters from the University
under the tree too. One beginning
Seminar on Seminars, C; Philos
ophy of the History of the Psy
chology of Education, D; and
Miscellaneous Subjects, F. After
that you are supposed to digest
Actually, It Is not necessary
to sully your enjoyment of the
Christmas season with dreadful
thoughts ubout finals. You can
study all term and sleep on the
night before your test. This Is
done by some persons; however,
it Is impractical to sleep on the
night before a final If you have
not opened the textbook all term.
In all the finals we have ever
taken we have never had a divine
revalalion concerning the right
answers. You can lny«nt non f
the original answjgr* and n*
the professor thutiK that hi- hi ,
read the booir, Wit unfortun*
most of Urf faculty was IwrJ
least day before yesterday ,■
most of them have read the I
hooks (mime of them wrote , t
To get buck to the s a
subject of finals (actually J
never left It Just seemed
It), we have not met anyone
this term who has not been mo,
ing about having to stay for
last final. This happens e
term. When the last final re
however, we have a hunch
not everyone Is going to be h
Home of them will have g
home, and some of them \
just no longer be with us <wl
are your prospects, anyway ? >
It Is a far cry from the th
when our only pre-t’hrlMn
worry was whether the ehl
was big enough for St.
Maturity has Its udvantugf
disadvantages. With all
learning comes the trutir" * >
Santa (iaus and this hoi. ,
And so, as Tiny Tim obaer
the professors were agains
this time, but next term is gc
to be MY TERM. And do
believe everything you read
fynotn the. Mavjue.
10 YEARS AGO
Dee. 10, 1941—University l’r
Ident Donald M. Erli will uddri
a special assembly at 11 a.m.
day on the effect of the V.
Japanese war on the activities
“Happy vacation son! Glad to have you home for a few days. Ss\j
minding slipping into these overalls—just huppens we’re laying-!,
floor and painting "round here this week.”