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the associate editors. Unsigned editorials are written by the editor.__—
Our Foot's in the Door
“Give us all or nothing.”
Too many times we’ve heard that phrase used generally to
the ultimate disadvantage of the user.
We heard it again Thursday. A few students were pretty
riled over the plan to reinstall flat-rate phones in Greek houses
“What about the dorms,?” they cried. “Why should the
Greeks have non-dime phones when we don t? ’
It’s a natural reaction.
But... sometimes when you get your foot in the door, you
manage to eventually squeeze the rest of your body in, too.
Our foot is in.
The administration states today its belief that dorm students
phone expenses should be equal to those of Greeks and co-op
residents. The phone company knows this. We know it. You
The University isn’t going to sell the dorm student down
A LOOK AT THE PARTIES
rd,t . Not(>. Xh„ .52 presidential battle Is nearing. V s- c,t,"n" ttr'' »,,K",n* w,,h ... the
other major parties. Many University students are registering for the first time. Most are faced with
the decision: Republican or Democrat.
So we asked the two campus political groups, the Young Democrats and Young Republicans, to
tell us why we should believe In their respective parties. Arlo lilies, graduate In sociology, answered
h.r the Democrats: Bill Hempy, senior In mathematics, for the Republicans.
Here, for what they’re worth, we give you the Convictions of these two Individuals.
(lefUilUiconi. . . .
It's Time for a Change-Power Corrupts
I am a Republican,
for I do not believe
that the Democratic
party, as reflected by
the present administra
tion, has the best in
terests of the nation
They, to me, arc far
too interested in lining
their own pockets and
propagating their pow
er. However, I do not
contend that the Re
publican party would
be different if they had
been in power for nearly 20 years.
There are several reason why I have reached
^ Power tends to corrupt.
In the past years there have been several excellent
examples of this, namely the RFC (Reconstruction
Finance corporation) scandals, the tax scandals and
the general lack of economy and efficiency in
0 Ian-k of compatible foreign niul domestic I
1 do not see how our economy can support internal
improvements and a welfare state while we are
mobilizing for war. We either have to cut down the
costs of mobilisation or Internul Improvement.
The Republican party has long contained many
spendthrifts. There is hope that they could and
would find a way to put us back on a sound and
efficient economic policy.
• What an* we fighting? I
Are we fighting imperialism, communism on-1
totalitarianism ... or all of them ?
If we arc fighting imperialism, why are we sup
porting Great Britain and France? If we are fight
ing communism, why arc we supporting Tito? If
V/e are fighting totalitarianism, why are we sup
porting Franco ?
The Democrats have never told u«. ^
In brief, I am a Republican because I sincerely
believe that the Republican purty will be the salva
tion of our nation, for It will bring economy and new
blood into the government.
Cntrh Him with His Defenses Down 2>emoc*aU . . .
Today, Feb. 29, is leap year„day.
Leap year is of value as an easy provider of titles for events
like WRA carnivals. But otherwise it would appear to be a
The year with 366 days—and particularly the extra day, Feb.
29—is supposed to have some magic effect. The supersition
is that women become bolder, luckier, trickier, or something
of the kind, during leap year.
The only extensive study we've seen on the effects of leap
vear took place in far-off Crook county ... and it indicated that
leap years have seen far less romance—at least official romance
—than have non-leap years.
In that thinly populated central Oregon county an average
of 77 couples have taken marriage licenses during the normal
years since 1940. During the intervening leap years—1940, 1944,
1948—an average of 43 licenses have been taken. And as for
February 29, a license has never been taken out that date in the
past twelve years.
As many or more licenses were issued both the year preced
ing a leap year and the one following it as were offered during
the leap years of the period under consideration.
If leap year is not a year for encouragement of marriages—
and the figures indicate it isn’t—then what is its excuse for
One can’t help wondering if it might not be a device utilized
to catch a man with his defenses down. Let him worry about
leap year and be on his guard. T hen when the year ends and
he relaxes, he is easy prey.—D. D.
“They should do something ’bout that corner—I’ll bet there’s an
accident there every afternoon.”
A Belief in the Dignity of the Individual
You cannot logically
expect me to state in a
few hundred words
why I am a Democrat.
No Democrat worth
his salt can do so nor
should he be expected
to state and build,
brick by brick and
stone by stone, care
fully morticing the
crevices, a statement
This is a statement
of. belief in the capaeities and abilities of the indi
vidual man to rise to greatness and the challenge
of the social charge that we are anxious and de
sirous to place in his hands, the charge that we must
place in his keeping with confidence and respect,
with assurance that within his pale lies the key to
his own success and social advancement.
Our party is not the end, it is the means to an
end that is ultimately greater than any single man,
party, or puerile pressure group. The people are the
Democratic party and we are the people. There is
no greater public charge than this.
Liberalism is a way of life! It is not a political
catchword to be hauled out of the closet each elec
tion day. It is a way of thinking, feeling, looking at
issues and philosophies; at life and human values.
I do not say, I cannot say that I am a liberal be
cause I am a Democrat, for that Is a false generali
zation and obviously so. There are self-styled Demo
crats that I detest, but I do say that I am a Demo
crat because I am a liberal.
If we are to align ourselves behind social prog
ress and the dignity of man can we logically, can we
truthfully without basic reservations support the
Republican party and McCarthy, Capehart and
Cain? Can we, or can we let our party representa
tives apply efficiently and adeptly that tar brush
of smear to General George C. Marshall, for ex
ample, and refer to him, as did McCarthy, as "the
chief architect of world communism"? McCarthy
speaks for a Republican philosophy of hit and
run tactics of smear and Jeer, a philosophy, the in
centive for which is political box-office returns, the
country be damned!
Muddy the waters of sound reason as the Re
publicans must if they are to succeed. We cannot
obscure or belittle the basic and fundamental prog-'
ress of human kind in the last two decades. They
cannot begrime and befoul the essential greatness!
in social security, rural electrification, TVA, CCC i
nor the Point Four program of more recent vintagej
nor the hundreds of other acts of social enlighten
ment that have so basically affected the lives Olj
every American citizen in the direction of greater
opportunity, to develop those basic capacities in-J
herent in the nature and dignity of man.
Itut the Insidious force, the real enemy of social
progress and human advancement and IllM-ralisnii
Is that candidate that the NAM and the rial estate
lobby can pn sent, clean and unsullied, unconnected
on the surface with the forces of reaction. We raj
know and fight and defeat the McCarthys and Ihi
Tafts and the Stassens, but the Eisenhowers of thiv
world are the people to fear, for they say In effect!
nothing. They only say, “support me and I win
be everything to every man."
They cannot say, they cannot admit that funduj
mentally they are more socially conservative than
the most Neanderthal of Republicans. They caii
only leave behind them the spoors of their basic!
conservatism and say, for example, “The perfect
social security is to be found in a federal peniten/
tiary,” as has Eisenhower. To advance a prograta
of human enlightenment and social progress, w<
cannot support people whose very words belie ittiPTf
faith in the ultimate greatness and dignity of indij
vidual human worth, whose very approach belies
faith in the fundamental ideals of a democratic
and humanitarian society. • „i
Call this idealism, this belief In the fundamental
greatness in the individual human personality ancf
the value of the individual, call it idealism if you wjjj
and if your faith is weak. For my pait I call il
On the Screen
'Second Man' Provides Sophisticated Comedy
By Toby McCarroll
Those who enjoy “sophisticated
comedy” should consider the Uni
versity Theater’s production of
“The Second Man,” which opens
tonight and runs until Mar. 13.
It will be staged in the arena and
stars Faber DeChaine as a writer
who succumbs to the pleasures of
life. The local “Jerry Lewis,”
Alan Barzman, also appears in
the play. Barzman has the repu
tation of being the only person at
the University who can steal a
scene with a burned match.
Another outstanding British
film will play at the Mayflower.
Terrace Rattigan’s “The Winslow
Boy” Involves the lives of an
Knglish family who find that
they must face the disgrace of a
court trial, and the resulting
publicity, in order to clear the
name of their young son. Ilonnie
Winslow is expelled from school
for the theft of a small postal
note. The fight to establish the
hoy’s innocence (of which the
audience Is never certain) Is
carried to the Admiralty and
Parliament. The cause looks
hopeless until a noted British
barrister undertakes the case.
Notice to Fenton Hall: this
film contains a reproduction of
the famous -Archcr-Shee case.
Robert Donat (“Mr. Chips") as
the lawyer and Cedric Hardwickc
as the father give excellent per
formances. The film is under the
direction of the justly famous
Anthony Asquith (who directed
“Pygmalion," "The Browning
Version” and others.) The May
flower, unlike the downtown
theaters, should be congratulated
for its success in bringing better
movies to Eugene.
If you like Frank Sinatra,' go
to the Ileilig. “Meet Danny Wil
son" Is a melodramatic at temp
to get more people to listen tv
F. fS. Heading the list of “second
runs” is “American In Paris”
the Fir Theater (River Road)_
This is the second week that tjit
Fir lias shown good films—there1,
by breaking the tradition in Kil
gene of never running anythtii|
in the second-runs that will com'
pete with the first-run thcatcrs.1
The Children's Theater of tli
Very Little Theater is prescnlfh
"Lee Eobo, Detective for China
town," which is better than diii
of the unmentioned movies
town. If you go to Portland t
to see "The Hasty Heart" (Lew|‘
Coming Soon: Gordon Howaii
("Willie Stark” of "All d
King’s Men) will try to loj
his southern accent long enou
to sing the lead in "The«,D(.
and Daniel Webster.”