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Legal Trivia and Elections
Now we believe in legality as strongly as the next person.
But sometimes we are inclined to smile a bit at those who com
plain loudly if every minute, exact rule is not followed to the
letter in such things as school constitutions.
That’s what we’re doing now.
The ASUO election is being contested by a group of students
on the grounds of several small discrepancies with stated elec
tion procedure. The amendment was run in the Emerald five
days instead of one week previous to the vote. Voting booths
did not open and close precisely on time. And so on.
It seems to us that the spirit of the constitution was pre
served. The student body did have adequate notice of the
Certain legal trivia were overlooked by Merv Hampton in
setting up the election. Certainly these should be pointed out to
him, and the student body.
But is it really necessary to officially contest an election just
because of trivia? Wouldn’t just public notification of the dis
crepancies have accomplished as much? The contestors them
selves admit they don’t really consider the election results un
A Middle Ground for Religion
For once, college administrators and professors forgot their
problems of enrollment and finance when they met in the re
cently-concluded Conference on Higher Education in Chicago.
Higher education’s responsibility in strengthening the moral
and spiritual foundations of society—both on and off the cam
pus—was the subject of many of the Conference’s roundtable
Some argued that universities and colleges should make defi
nite room for religion on campus. Chaplain James C. McLeod
of Northwestern university said a place of worship deserves
to be on campus every bit as much as does the basketball
team’s “cathedral of muscles.” The responsibility of higher edu
cation is ended with the teaching of moral fundamentals, they
It seems the most valuable thinking came from the middle
grounders, the educators who favor neither complete embrac
ing of religion on the campus nor complete abolishment.
“All fields of study can be made to contribute to the moral
and spiritual outlook of the student,” they concluded. “The in
structor has the responsibility for grasping any opportunity of
ferred in furthering student thought on values.”—D. D.
“Tsilk about yer apple polishers! He wheels old Prof. Snarf down to
his office after every class period.”
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College Graduates Want More Specific Trainini
What happens to Joe College and Betty Coed
after they walk across the platform, degree in hand,
to face the world, as the saying goes.
Time Magazine has in part answered thqt ques
tion with a survey of U.S. college graduates and a
book based on the study, “They Went to College.”
Some of the answers are revealing and surprising,
some to be expected regarding these 6,000,000
Americans who have college degrees.
Six per cent of all Americans old enough to be
through college have degrees. They are predomi
nately young, male, come from small Eastern cities,
tend to have at least one parent who is college
trained, and were at least partly self-supporting
while attending school.
It is true that the college graduate has an advan
tage over his non-college brother—he has the best
jobs, makes the most money and has attained more
of what the world terms success.
Thirty-four per cent of men graduates have jobs
as proprietors, managers, and executives compared
to 13 per cent for non-graduate U.S. men. In the
semi-skilled and unskilled worker class the differ
ence is pronounced—five to 58 per cent. Numbers
are most nearly the same in the branch of clerical,
sales, and kindred workers—10 and 12 per cent.
An income comparison shows the median to be
$4,689 for the men graduates; $2,200 for all Ameri
can men. Furthermore the earnings of the graduate
increase with age, while the income of men in gen
eral tends to slack off after about the age of 50.
The old grad seems duly to honor the state of
matrimony, in fact it is rare to find a bachelor—
eligible or confirmed—in this category, and these
are chiefly in the lower income group, under $3,000.
Of men over 40, six per cent of old grads are bache
lors, nine per cent of all U.S. men. Furthermore the
proportion of working marriages among graduates
is better than average, with fewer separations and
In the matter of children, the graduates tend to
limit the size of their family according to income
and the size of the town they live in. Those of high
er income and smaller towns have the large families.
Still though, the average number of children for
all married grads is only two, which is below the
average for all married men in America.
The ex-coed does not fare too well in either career
or marriage as the old grad. Like her male counter
part, the female graduate has the better jobs in the
business and professional wbrld compared to the
non-graduate. Her chief competition is with men,
especially college men. For example, the median in
come of the ex-coed and career woman Is $2,68Si
compared to the $4,689 for old grads.
The typical college career woman is a school
teacher—three out of five ex-coeds working at
job instead of marriage are in the field of educate
Schoolteaching i3 also the heaviest contributor
Some interesting facts on the ex-coed and mar^
riage show that 41 per cent of those under 30 arj
not married, compared to 25 per cent of all U.£
women. By the time they are in their 40’s thesd
figures have been reduced to 26 per cent and 8 pes
cent. Spinsterhood is an outstanding characteristic
of women grads, but statistics show that the trea
is away from this—for the career woman to becojJ
The chances that a coed marry depend gr<
upon her religion. Among Jewish coeds the prd
tion of unmarried career women is only 23 ouj
100; among Protestants, the same as for all coe
31 out of 100; among Catholic women, 48 out
100. This last figure is called the most ironic oi"
entire survey, considering that Catholics have]
strongest tradition of family.
Graduates have a high opinion Of college in
eral, and of their alma mater in particular, oj
every 100 graduates, 98 say they would go bacj
school if they had to do it again. Of these, 84
cent would return to Alma Mater. Satisfaction
their major field of study was expressed by tl
out of four, the other one in four would prefer to]
change to a different course of study.
The greatest cause of dissatisfaction is the desire]
for more specific training by 35 per cent of the
graduates. Doctors are most satisfied with thei
field, followed by lawyers, home economic major!
and dentists. Least satisfied are pharmacists' and”
majors in humanities, both of whom look with lonj;
ing eyes on the field of medicine.
Desire for greater specialization—the trend fr<]
the B.A. degree and the general education—is genT
erally based on a greater economic reward. Ho\^'
ever, the generally educated graduate would often'^
not trade his education for financial success. It is
also true that those who have majored in humani-‘1
ties or social sciences are more active and inter-j
ested citizens of their communities and their nation
All-in-all, college graduates today represent
pattern of greater democracy. A college education
is no longer a privilege restricted to the rich
well-to-do. Everyone who can use a higher edf
cation is still not getting one, but many more ari
than were 10, 20, or 30 years ago.—M. B.
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Better than Expected
It appears that appreciation
about events arranged by the
students seldom is officially ex
pressed on this campus. It seems
to be out of fashion to do so; at
least, it’s not the custom.
I would like to step out of the
usual pattern and give the stu
dents behind the mock political
convention the compliments they
very much deserve.
The whole thing came out as a
success. Due to the excellent
preparations and the arrange
ment itself this first “try” came
out much better than anyone ex
pected. There should be little
doubt that it was fine advertise
ment for the University of Ore
gon and its students. (And, in
deed, it was a wonderful blow in
the faces of those who predicted
that it was doomed for fiasco.)
The surprising and encourag
ing point was that the mass of
the students enjoyed participat
ing. In other words, one of the
main purposes, or perhaps, “the”
purpose—to stimulate and. acti
vate political interest—was ac
This touches the basic problem
of democracy of how people are
to be kept awake; of how they
can be kept awake; of the fact
that things are going on con
tinuously around them; of how
to keep people interested and
how to get them to understand
the importance of being informed
of wThat’s going on.
Although the Oregon conven
tion did not give any conclusive
key tb this problem, I believe it
indicated what could be done on
a small scale with moderate posi
Of course, criticism could be
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raised on certain points. There
was a lot of unnecessary mud
th rowing and exaggeration.
Some of Governor Peterson’s
sentences could easily be argued
into pieces and Chairman Hag
gard of the Virgin Islands should
have watched more closely the
proceedings at the end.
But in all a positive impression
is left in one’s mind. My wish is
that European students would
follow on in the same line more
than we do. It should be repeated.
I’m not a bit interested in
campus politics and so was very
pleased to see an article by Phil
Johnson about real politics (Apr.
29). The title was very discour-'
aging, because centipedes have
100 legs (you only have to know
Latin for that) and if the Krem
lin men have made more than
100 mistakes in their 33 years of
office that means more than
three per year. This is not much.
I wish I could say that the
mistakes of the Western govern
ments have been ebunted on
fingers, instead of adding ma
More disquieting is that John
son does not understand the basic
struggle between Marx and the
church of his days. Marx saw
that people in the factories were
getting a raw deal, and that they
were taught to accept this by
the churches. The ministers came
from the same backgrounds as
factory owners, and now it is not
hard to understand what Marx
was fighting against.
The present American church
es are certainly not preaching to
accept everything, even injustice,
but the church 100 years ago w
different. It would be good if ti
people here would realize th
what one word means to the
is mostly not the same as whaj
it means to others. For examplj
Democracy here means: Everjfi
body gets a chance in a free eij
terprise system. Democracy
England 100 years back cdtijJ
with free enterprise meant: Th<
“haves” can raise prices anc
lower wages at will.
A real mistake is made in thf
last two paragraphs. Let mr
quote: “Hitler, even in 1945 di
not face a revolutionary threa
outside the army. Consequent^
the Soviets need not introduce
slave labor camps, secret ar
It is a well know fact that tht
German people by concentratior
camps, etc., were prevented from
speaking their mind and wed
ruled by fear. £
Consequently, if the Russian
want to prevent revolt, they ha
to instill fear by means of sla
labor camps. It it however,
dangerous practice to cornpa
Russian government v/ith exi
ing or past dictatorships and
wish Johnson would not do so.
the Mosicpue... *
30 YEARS AGO
May 7, 1922—The CO is pro
posing a constitutional amend
ment calling for a music fund
which will provide music for the
students at the “ridiculously low
price” of 50 cents per term. Con
certs will be at the Eugene^ Arc
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