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The Dark^Days^Are kOver
Old sagging-floored McClure hall has housed the chemistry
department and its accompanying inflammable chemicals for
52 years now. The dark, stuffy basement of Deady hall has
seen untold hundreds of physics experiments during its 76
years. Biology students have had lots of light, at least, on
Deady’s top floor—and a bit of exercise climbing up to it.
But the sciences at Oregon have suffered from more than
just inadequate quarters.
Many long-time University supporters remember those black
days of 1932 when it looked as though the natural sciences
were done at Oregon.
On March 8, 1932, the Emerald carried news of the state
board of higher education meeting where that body approved
the removal of natural science major and graduate study from
Oregon to Oregon State college. This was a part of the board s
new reorganization plan.
It’s been a long, hard struggle uphill since 1932.
Major and graduate study in the natural sciences didu t re
turn to the University until 1942 when the state board finally
took heed of President Donald Erb’s plea that science was
So this new science building being dedicated today repre
sents a real accomplishment.
It brings some of the finest facilities and equipment in the
Northwest to the University of Oregon. It brings visions of a
bright future for science on the Oregon campus, a study which,
only 20 short years back, had no foreseeable future here.
There’s much more involved in the quality of a department
than mere physical facilities; the human beings doing the
work are the most important.
But we're convinced that this new building will give our top
quality science faculty an even better opportunity to enrich the
scientific knowledge of the youth of Oregon._
We don’t want you unless you want us.
That's why all you high schoolers are down here this week
end—to look us over, to see if we can offer you the kind of edu
cation you want.
But..", if you want agriculture, or home ec, or engineering,
or forestry... this isn’t the place. If it's liberal arts, or music,
or journalism, or art, or law ... here’s where you belong.
We hope you’ll have a good chance to make up your mind
this weekend, and we sincerely hope you’ll want us.
On Stax^e. and £c*s*n
'Maid' at Theater
By Toby McCarroll
The University Theater still
continues its musical bill. As
stated before "The Devil and
Daniel Webster” is a good, and
enjoyable, operatic performance.
Some feel that good singing
equals good opera. If this Is so,
"The Old Maid and the Thief"
is fairly good; but if you hold, as
does Menotti himself, that opera
should be a theatrical perform
ance, the production is less than
To add authority, for those
impressed by position, a member
of the speech department staff
said, “Fortunately for the drama
department they had nothing to
do with this thing.”
As to the advisability of seeing
the performance, it is well worth
the money. 'The Devil" is good,
the chorus is excellent, and the
players are generally good, es
pecially Howard. Beachy, Swan
son, Evans and MacGregor.
Now to the non-logitimate pro
ductions. Sunday the Student
Union will present "State Fair,"
an enjoyable, light film which
features many Rogers and Ham
The MacDonald comes forth to
night with “African Queen” for
which Humphrey Bogart received
the Academy award. The story
is about the journey of Bogart
and Katherine Hepburn In a river
steamer during Wbrfd War I,
while they are running from Ger
man troops. The usual perils—
rapids, sickness, etc.—are en
countered and overcome.
The Mayflower is showing
“Death of a Salesman." There is
considerable disagreement about
this film. Many hold that it is
one of the greatest ever rriade
and some (as this column) can
not find much great in the plot.
At any rate, all agree that it
has some of the best acting ever
captured on film. On Sunday the
Mayflower will present "Little
Ballerina" a British black and
white with dancing (obviously).
"Bright Victory” comes to the
Heilig Sunday. This is a psycho
logical drama concerning a G.I.,
love and fear.
The next production of the Uni
versity Theater will be "The Sea
Gull" by Chekov ("Tschekov” for
the more educated) under the
capable direction of Frederick
Hunter. The show opens May 23
on the main stage.
‘•That’ll all rtjcht, Prof—I wann’t doln* anything very Important
-—A Day at the Zoo
Annual Prep Invasion Brings !
Sad, Sweet Memories of Past
__—- By Bob Funk -
This Is the weekend in which
we are reminded that we are no
longer the tender young blossom
that Seattle's Roosevelt ^high
school released to the World.
This weekend the Youth of the
state arrives to experience two
days of collitch life.
We remember that when we
first came to Oregon It seemed
like Ileal IJfe indeed. We doubt
ed, rather fatalistically, that we
would ever live until Christmas.
There were any number of meth
ods of instant death: (1) fulling
off the rope in Fundamentals
gym: (2) being bitten by the
house president: (3) dying of
starvation. This lust was oc
casioned by the fact that we
spent all the money from home
on the first day It arrived, only to
spend a rather ascetic life for the
remainder of the month.
It was during this time that
we were first introduced to the
Oregon Daily Emerald. Our first
news story began, dramatically,
"No earthly bonds shall hold
them ..It was about some
people chartering an airplane to
- - Letters to^the Editor - -
The road to a free nation is not
an illusion and is not an easy
Our greatest men (among
them Jefferson, Lincoln, Bob La
Follette and Teddy Roosevelt)
stepped with, and yet beyond, the
ranks of their parties and de
voted their lives to principles of
better government. Direct pri
maries, initiative and referendum
and the right to think as indi
viduals did not come easily and
are not enjoyed by many
throughout the world.
On occasion we as a nation
have called young college men to
die in support of our political de
Does it seem shallow of us that
at the University of Oregon, a
training ground for future lead
ers, those of us who belong to the
Greek system bury our individ
ualism, are instrumental in silen
cing anyone who speaks of his
own convictions and foster that
which is most nauseating in the
whole political fabric by voting
as the party instructs rather
than on the personal merits of
the individual ? And does it not
seem weak that those of us who
are independents are willing to
let this happen?
I have been an independent
and a fraternity man. I believe
in both ways of life. I would hate
to see either die.
I do not hesitate in asking for
Portland Wants College
In one of your recent editions
you printed an article entitled
“No Four Year College for Port
land.” If you expect to win this
debate, you need better argu
ments than the ones given.
First, you say that the voters
cannot afford a bill of three or
four million dollars for such a
school. Could they afford a bill
of the same amount, or more,
for buildings like (.'arson ball and
the Student Union?
We aren't asking for luxurious
recreation centers or expensive
dormitories; but only a building
in which students may attend
classes, so that we can have our
chance for a college education.
Certainly the colleges we now
have should be improved, but
does this mean to make it im
possible, except for a chosen few',
to obtain a college diploma?
Second, we agree with you that
the old Lincoln high school build
ing is not large enough to handle
students of a four-year college.
Why do you think we are asking
for a new building? That isn't
really very much to ask for when
you realize how many more
people could go to college. Since
when have we discouraged young
people from obtaining college
When people reach college age,
they usually stop thinking in
terms of selfishness and start
thinking In terms of the improve
ment of all. How do you suppose
the University of Oregon got tIn
way it Is today? It wasn’t be
cause the voters didn’t help you.
Of what are you people, at
University of Oregon, afraid
that Portland State college might
take away a large number of
your student body? Isn’t that the
main reason you don’t want Port
land to have a four-year college?
Student, Portland State
(Ud. Note: Funds for the build
ing and equipment of Carson hall
and tin- Student Union did not
come from the voters through
taxes, lint from student fees, con
tributions, and a bond Issue being
paid off from board and room
charges. The only state funds
used were for the pureliase of
go to a football game back K.i ,t.
Somehow there were a lot of
people around then who are o
longer here. Some of them have
gotten married; some have am
ply disappeared: and some, we
suspect, have died horrible, un
known deaths. The people *• 11
around have aged horribly; • : i
cation leaves its mark on the
once unfurrowed brow.
However, the* tnivemltc of
Oregon has been more friend
than for. We lived past ( lirlsl
ni.ts, much to the chagrin of the
pledge master. We huve creaked,
with a fair degree of happiness,
through the- endless final weeks.
Only very occasionally are \Te
disturhed by nlghlmares.
Undoubtedly, there is a wcM
even beyond the world of the
University. It Is populated en
tirely by elderly people, parents
and faculty members. There Is
also a world before the I’wvllc
slty; it is the high-school world
of cowlicks and commencement
speeches. The prime of life the
zenith of existence, the golden
days these are the four years
spent at the University of Ore
gon. Pardon us we are choking
tf-natn the Matofue...
20 YEARS AGO
Apr. 25, 1932—Catering; to the
rumpus enthusiasm for waffles
the all-eampus waffle luneli will
lie held this Saturday from 12 to
2 p.m. at various houses.
A front page picture shows re
tiring Emerald Editor Hill l>nni
vva.v congratulating lllck '>eu
hcrgcr, Incoming editor.
A fleet of whlt/.lng, steaming
automotive relies will dash up
13th ave. at a break-neck rate of
3-ininus miles per hour In the
Junior Weekend “slowest flivver
race May 7. Cars entered must
not he of later vintage than 1926.
10 YEARS A(iO
Apr. 25, 11)12—Queen Irvimi 1
today begins her reign as ruin
of the I .aw School Weekend. l.a'V
students declared putrioticall.v.
“We are dedicating our program
to national morale and invite the
campus to join with us 111 a spiwf
of riotous revelry.”