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USA Prexy Bid Seekers on Review
Today Is the United Students association primary.
One of four students—Helen Jackson, Don Collin,
Herb Cook and Jim Hayeox—will emerge as USA
candidate for ASUO president.
You read th««« candidates' statements In the Ore*
gon Daily Emerald Monday and Tuesday. You saw
their lint of campus acuvuiro h
the Tuesday edition.
This printed matter may have left you with some
pro and con feelings on the candidates. It did
Here they are:
Don Collin has compiled an enviable record on
He has gained leadership experience through his
two contacts with student government. He is an
ASUO senator. He is vice-president of the junior
Fortunately, Collin has not confined himself too
largely to one activity and he has participated In
. more ♦*»■» campon politics. These include member
ship on the debate team, the Y'MCA cabinet and
other campus groups. Furthermore, he has surely
gained non-campus political ability through his
presidency of the Young Republicans.
Collin commits himself to an unfortunately small
degree in his Emerald campaign statement.
Most of the statement concerns itself with
Collin’s removal of himself from active support of
the honor code committee. Collin presents reasons
for his desire to remain aloof from the honor code
discussion, apparently planning to let the students
themselves decide if they favor an honor code.
However, the supposed purpose of the honor code
orientation program Is to allow the students to be
come acquainted with both the good and bad points
of a„ honor code here. If Collin has Information on
the honor code It Is his obligation to present It,
even If that information should prove damaging to
the code. Furthermore, It 1. his duty to say so If
he believes the honor code orientation group Is at
tempting to whitewash the code.
A student leader should not merely take the
negative attitude of -'not actively helping” such an
Herb Cook’s two-year experience as a class repre
sentative should have given him some ASUO gov
We find the fact that Cook has presented more
ideas than any other single candidate praiseworthy;
but some of his ideas are vague. For instance, Just
what are these "some projects” on which the ASUO
Senate and the Student Union board should be
cooperating more closely?
Does Cook realize that the reason the Senate and
the SU board work in separate, clearly defined
areas to prevent any element of power conflict
between the two bodies—a conflict gloomily pre
dicted by student officials when the board was set
up which has happily failed to materialize?
Cook says the students “should help to defray the
additional costs” if the city council fails to provide
enough capital for Millrace development. How does
the candidate propose to get the students to de
fray these costs? How will they raise the funds?
The candidate says freshman elections should be
held fall term, "but late enough to enable the fresh
men to get better acquainted wun me
didates." As far as we know, the only reason for
having freshman elections fall term is to provide
a frosh organization to take care of Homecoming
activities. So if elections were held fall term, they d
have to be early to give the officers a chance to
organize the claas. It's our belief that the elections
could better be held winter term—mainly to pre
vent possible embarrassing situations if officers
failed to make their grades for their first term.
The idea of giving married students a Senate sea
sounds interesting; how does Cook plan to do it.
Would he set up a separate married students par y .
We’ve already gone on record as supporting a
• help week” to replace “hell week.” We presume
that Cook means that, if elected, he would use his
influence to back the plan’s adoption by Ht; «e
don’t feel the Senate is the place to do It.
Cook's ideas sound interesting; but we can't really
evaluate them until we know if he has made any
plans to back them up.
Jim Haycox is a junior in journalism, and the
majority of his campus accomplishments have been
in the journalistic line.
Haycox has been an excellent Emerald reporter.
He also writes an interesting column, is assistant
news editor anil is a member of Sigma Delta Chi,
a professional journalism fraternity. But there are
so many other important campus activities to be
considered, that we can’t help wondering if Haycox
has not closely confined himself to one major ac
tivity, and consequently has not gained leadership
experience in student government.
Haycox announces his belief that anybody who
has a fair intelligence (and grade point averages
would indicate he has far more than a fair intelli
gence) and who believes the ASUO president s job is
important enough to fight for, is qualified for the
position. , ..
To some extent, we agree. However, we wonder if
there may not be candidates with a wider field of
campus activity and accomplishment, who also
have a fair intelligence and who also are willing
to fight for the office.
“Anv governing body that professed honesty...
and then went on to prove It... would be the best
of all,” according to Haycox. We agree wholeheart
edly here. • .
This platform of honesty in student government
would be more interesting to the student body if
he would produce evidence—facts and figures o
back up his charges of foolish expenditures.
Of all four potential USA presidential candidates,
Helen Jackson has the most impressive list of
positions of leadership, and stands high above the
rest scholastically with a 3.83 cumulatively GPA.
In all her activities she has been noted as being
But we’re a bit bothered about Miss Jaeksoe*s
statement Tuesday. Miss Jackson says she is prom
ising nothing to the voters because she personally
may not have the control of the Senate to see her
promises through. We think she has misunderstood
Nobody is asking a candidate to promise that
such-and-such a thing will definitely be done if he
or she becomes president. But the voters can and
should ask each aspirant to promise that, if elected,
he or she will exert every effort to see the thing
Miss Jackson indicates that she does support the
open primary, removal of pay phones from the
dorms, and a millrace park. We find no fault with
these objectives. But we are frankly disturbed by
her reiteration of the "no promises” theme in saying
that a student body president should handle prob
lems "as they arise without being bound by pre
Maybe that's the best way to win elections; the
present student body president was swept in by
getting no more specific than stating "My platform
is you.” But speaking for ourselves, we would tie
dubious about throwing our support to a candidate
who seems to be asking the voters for carte blanche
authority if elected.
Our numbfr one choice? No one.
After considerable discussion we could not find
any candidate with qualifications placing him tor
her either markedly above or below the other three.
So we are unable to make a definite choice,
felt we could, and did, for the AGS primary
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the associate editors. Unsigned editorials are written by the e litor.
Lorna Larson, Editor
Carolyn Silva, Business Manager
GrETCHEN G RON DAHL,
Don Dewey, Associate Editors
Qhxmh tke Mosiij,ue
20 YEARS AGO
April 10, 1032 — Oregon’s
“grand old man,” Dean of Mon
John Straub, says ho still thinks
as much of his freshmen as ever.
Tie remembers that it wasn’t un
til the early ’!!0’s that there were
any freshmen at all. (Students
were admitted from the sixth
grade, and there was no line
- - Letters to the Editor - -
The Lawyers Blast
To: Miss Lorna Larson, Editor.
Re: Broach of journalistic et
hics department, in the matter of
refusing to print the story, the
whole story, behind the selection
of the theme for Law School
For: Printing in your paper, to
make up for this base deed!
BEAUTIFULLY TIMKI> EM
EKALDITES! To I-orna I-arson
and her editorial ataff I ran only
aver, that your Journalistic In
eptitude la superseded solely by
your a o cl ally unconscionable
choice of material for your droll
You nave refused to print the
news gratuitously supplied to
you, the magnificent I-aw School
Weekend Celebration, soon, hap
pily, to be with us again.
I'm certain it took one con
certed effort from all of you to
blow the dust off that 10,000
year-old mammoth tooth you
pulled from the closet to revive
your constant practice of ignor
ing the noble and delightful func
tions of the tradition-filled Law
You malicious and naive trick
sters have again tried to ignore
I-aw School Weekend, the tra
ditional highlight of the campus
social year, to cover up the fact
that every year the .luidor Week
end celebration Is a blatant
“steal” of the fine ideas and
highly-conceived motives of the
I-aw School function, (Juestion
able integrity, I say!
All of the news (which is what
you purport to print, Miss Lar
son) concerning the I-aw School
Weekend was delivered to you,
already in superb journalistic
style, and you refused to print
it. The Junior Weekend Theme
selection committee stole their
theme from the Law School se
lection committee, and you try
to cover this up, instead of print
ing the truth and telling the
members of the student body,
by whose fees your paper is sup
ported, of the dirty politics which
were behind the burglarizing of
the Law School's theme.
How low, how sneaky, how un
trustworthy can you people be
who run our campus newspaper
and put themselves up for public
support? The Emerald has reach- .
ed the abyss of yellow Journal
It In rraortlnf to such filthy
tactics UN tearing up news copy
given to It, and keeping the real '
story behind the low low char
acter of the Junior Weekend '
“theme burglars" hidden, which
result* In Nuch Impassioned ap
peal* to Hoclal Justice a* mine.
We crave oyer, pa* voMscum,
huec verba, on this ap|M-al!
This time It wasn’t two blg
nnmc basketball players who
were suspended from the Uni
versity on a morals charge N’o!
This time it was the fact that
the Junior Weekend theme com
mittee concealed a wire recorder
in the basement of the Law
School, between the set of Cor
pus Juris Secundum and Willis
ton on Contracts, to listen in on
the Law School committee's
year-long deliberations, and to
STEAL, STEAL, STEAL our
theme from us.
This Is what you and your pal.
the driving force behind tn*
Shepherd depledging incident,
who hatched the whole plot to ,
make the Junior Weekend com
mittee, the st um of the fraternity
nnd political pots, look lily-white,
and pure as the driven snow,
have done to conceal the whole
story of this insidious maneuver
from the student body.
Oh, 1 don't Intend to imply for
a moment that you. Ml** l-ursun,
are the sole Instigator of this no
smear eampuign to keep the real
story of how the Junior Weekend
committee was foiled in Its at
tempt to steal our theme (which
is "ITe-l’ubesccnt Pondering*")
from the students
No, you and several others
have been In cahoots from the
start. Only now, when you're In
u position to exercise your beliefs _
and demonstrate your convictions
to the whole student body, do you
search longingly to keep out of
the paper any bit of dirt which
would whip up a storm that
would engulf your political am
bitions and sweep them away in
We defy you to print the story!
And we defy you to print this
letter, so that the student body,
our little brothers and sisters
may know the whole truth!
law School Student Body
“But, Flossie, this is our fourth date.”