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Semi-public Phones No Bargain
tfou might think semi-public pay phones are more advan
tageous to the campus than public pay phones. But they re not.
If a living group or other organization is designated as semi
public, by implication it is also semi-private. And we profess
great respect for private rights in this country.
Elsewhere in Eugene (hotels, for example) tne pay phones
afe public phones and as such they are the sole responsibility
of PT&T. Generally, says Alfred Vogt, assistant manager of
die PT&T in Eugene, such pay phones return a commission on
"receipts to the business establishment where they are placed.
Iif no case does the proprietor guarantee a fixed fee to the
phone company as is the case on the campus.
This is no special trap devised for the University but has
■been in effect for some time. It’s all very legal and proper.
Public phones have one set of operating rules and semi-public
We are not advocating the installation of purebred public pay
■phones. What interests us is the disadvantage of being classed
.as semi-public. The phone booths in the railroad or bus stations
are a better deal than the ones we now have on campus.—B.C.
Beer is"Bad...for Rats
There is a certain pressure group on campus which has
urged us to launch a crusade ior beer in the Student Union.
Byt- we’re about crusaded out.
Naturally, we refused to discuss such a proposal. Beer drink
ing is immoral. And very dangerous. To prove our point we
wish to quote from an editorial published in The National
Voice in 1935. The National Voice is supposed to be the oldest
prohibition weekly in America. We quote:
“Beer business is a queer business. 'I here is death connected
with it any way you take it. Do beer guzzlers know that every
year thousands of rats leap into the beer vats, die and rot
there? That fine flavor in your favorite beer may be only the
essence of dead rats.
“You have all heard about the brewery rats. It is impossible
to make a rat-proof brewery. It will be a matter of special in
terest, now that beer is back, to know that rats are crazy about
malt when it is fermenting. They will even climb a ladder to get
near the malt in the beer vat.
“Climbing to the top of the vat, a hungry rat, crazy to get
to the fermenting malt, would lean down toward the beer and
presently would fall in. He would go to the bottom and drown,
and under the foam on top of the beer could not be seen.
“Some months ago a bootleg vat in Pennsylvania was raided
and it was decided to clean it out to see what it really con
tained, and in this big beer vat they found 69 dead rats. Not
only rats, but the dead bodies of two men came out of a huge
beer vat in a brewery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to a
reputable physician who watched the vat being drained into a
“Many persons have wondered why beer has a bitter and
acid taste. May this peculiar taste come from the flavor of the
rats that have lost their lives through their fondness for fer
“Persons who are thinking of cultivating a taste for beer
would do well to make sure that all the rats have been des
troyed in the vicinity of the brewery they intend to patronize.
Be sure that there is no rat taste in the beer you drink. If the
poison has been taken out, it is not real beer.
“But we have got to drink beer, rat essence and all, to balance
the budget. Soak5 the nation’s flag in the filthy slop to raise
revenue to meet the extravagance of a beer administration.
Drink beer morning, noon and night. Drink it until your
stomach rebels against its deadly poison. Until your nerves are
-shot. Until your brain is on fire and tremens drive you to
“Drink beer until in your madness you ‘see the flashing
tongues of snakes or hideous faces of dead rats leering from
the foam. For beer is filled with the souls of dead rats that
have drowned in the brewery vats.” We unquote.
Let that be a grim warning to those thirsty souls in the pres
Incidentally, this is a nice job of slanted editorial writing.
And it’s aimed at xl very specific audience—those who hate
beer. That’s why we thought it worth printing. All of us hate
beer, too.—B. C.
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- - Letters to the Editor - -
Law Students Say ...
In effect, the Emerald has com
Once again the undersigned
members of the student body of
the University of Oregon School
of Law, in the furtherance of
justice (or, to use the Emerald's
own words, "fair play" see
Wednesday's editorial), feel it
necessary to censurq the "modus
operandi" of the Emerald writ
ers, both individually and as rep
resentatives of the press.
For the past month, the stu
dents of the University have been
subjected to a motivated, "cru
sade-type" presentation of the
news, with regard to the pay
telephone controversy on the
campus. We hope that the Em
erald's conduct is not typicul of
the publishing profession. The
Emerald has broken many of the
fundamental rules of ethical jour
nalism—to wit 4pthionated and
unobjective stories, slanted front
page cartoons, and a highly
biased and prejudiced editorial
policy. The incidents are too ob
vious and numerous to cite.
The Emerald editorial writers,
taking full advantage of the edi
torial "we," have allowed their
emotions to get the better part
of their reasoning. There is a
matter of more serious import
than mere breach of ethics which
we feel must be called to your
attention. The second paragraph
in an editorial Wednesday, writ
ten by one of your associates,
reads, in part, as follows:
“If this “beating the system"
meant that the Pacific Telephone
and Telegraph company was tak
lng a loss we'd be all for It."
mitted itself to thd policy Otcon
doning land possibly even en
couraging t under certain circum
stances the commission of acts
which have been made misde
meanors by law in the state of
Instead of reprimanding Ore
gon students for committing de
liberate acts of fraud and violat
ing the law, you only say. in
effect, “don't put slugs in the
phones, fellows, because you and
your brethren will have to foot
the bill in the long run anyway.”
The editorial certainly infers that
in situations where the telephone
company must stund the loss, the
use of slugs and pennies would be
justified and encouraged. Such
an nttitude hus no place in our
Again we strenuously denounce
the lack of upjectivity and "fair
play” in the news reporting and
editorial policy of the Emerald
this year. For the future, we
would suggest that you spend
less time worrying about the
telephone situation on the Ore
gon campus, and a little more
time instructing your associates
with regard to the canons of con
duct allegedly governing your
The following subscribers
speak only for themselves as in
dividuals, and do not, in any way,
purport to represent the views
of the law school student body,
the law school administration
the student body of the Univer
sity, or the administrative offi
cers of the University.
-A MPatf fit aw J&fHP
Impressed Columnist Finds Libe
But He Still Likes Foyer Best
- By Bob Funk —
We have always been tremen
dously impressed by the persons
who went to the library to study
in the evening. “If anyone wants
me, 111 De in
the Rose Bro
3 " stack
They did not
one to know
At another time, we overhear
someone asking someone else to
“meet me in Humanities.” This
was one of the great questions
of Our dim life until we discover
ed that Humanities was a part of
The other evening, just to in
flate our ego a little, we, too,
went over to the library. After
various misunderstandings with
the turnstiles, we made our way
up to Humanities. There were
several persons there, reading
Humanities books with Human
ities expressions on their faces.
We also explored stack deck 5
and stack deck 4. We are saving
the other decks for some other
time. The big part of the librar'y
population, however, was not in
any of these places. It was in
what we imagine is called the
foyer. There was a great crowd
of people in the foyer, smoking
feverishly against the time the
scholarship chairman would come
and whisk them back to Human
The foyer seems to lie some
sort of purgatory between the
paradise of Taylor’s and the in
ferno of the Rose Brocade Me
morial Study room, or whatever
we called it In the first para
graph. That there are more
people in the foyer purgatory
than in either paradise or the in
iferno 1st perhaps a commentary
upon the general fence-sitting
tendencies of Jhe. times. _ .
m m m r • m V «*»■*«»»• t • r • m.
This discovery that most of
the library people spend their
time in the foyer has somewhat
abated our inferiority complex,
It is undoubtedly only a matter
of time until a Coke machine, a
refreshment bar and (this is most
important to the atmosphere of
the place) a cigarette vendor arc
installed to make life in the
foyer more lush. They could use
a couple of good ventilators, too.
Besides smoking, the chief in
terest of the foyer crowd seems
to be love. "How to Make Love
in a Public Place” is the general
theme. It is not really too pub
lic a place, at that. The smoke
conceals a multitude of minor
William K. lAvc, Robert \v.
Hill, 'Robert B. Abram*, I*at
Young, Ouane Graske, Kenneth
A. Poole, Robert A. Boyer, John
R. Sabin, William K. Ounlialme,
Lester l>. Pederson.
(Kd. Note: The |M>lnl of the 10
law school students In well mude.
And, we hope, well taken.
We did not mean to encourage
or justify the use of pennies or
Mings In the pay phone*. The Kni
erahl is un«|uallfledly against
such practices under any uiul nil
circumstances even though the
Wednesday editorial I m pile il
otherwise. It was a thoughtless
remark on our part and all credit
is due the future lawyers for
blasting It to bits.
We were wrong, carelessly
wrong, and we owe un apology to
the phone company and the t nl
verslty. We got caught with our
galley proof down.—B.C.)
Pay Phones a Swindle
I though that slot machines
were outlawed hi Oregon!
Yet every day, dollar after dol
lar is poured Into machines (hut
are nothing more Uiun legalized
swindle Ikixck. Yes, pay phones
are a swindle. They are nothing
more than slot machines.
Tonight I parted with 40 cents
for one person-to-person call
from fraternity row to Carson
hall. One dime after another
went down the slot.
For six months now the A SCO
and various student committed
have been promising "positive
action” and so far nothing One
reason is that the administration
has not given us one word of sup
port or approval.
lad's blow this thing wide open.
I/Ct's have more rallies, demon
strations, and letters of com
plaint. We'll hiillil a fire that's
really hot under the people who
are in a position to get these
machines out of our frats and
we* • f
5 YEARS AGO
Feb. II, 19-17 — I)r. Robert
Dean, new chemistry professor
recently arrived from the I'nl
verslty of Hawaii, declares that
Hawaii Is ready for statehood
“hut congress is just too busy.”
10 YEARS AGO
Feb. II, 1942—"Come to Mc
Arthur Court” Is announced as
the slogan for a dance In Mac
court. The dance, in honor of
Gen. Douglas Mae Arthur’s stand
in the Philippines, will lx- used
for “some defense project.”
Any Rats in There, Worthal?
CHEM STUDfNK 1
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