Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, November 04, 1980, Page 8, Image 8

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    reporter's notebook
shouldering a partisan pack
By JIM GERSBACH
Ol th« Emerald
Traditionally, people have
worn their political allegiances
on their sleeves. But in the 1980
election men and women are
bearing their political loyalties
on their backs.
At least that's what portar
eology — the study of carrying
things — tells us. According to
this obscure but harmlessly
unscientific method, how and
where an individual wears a
backpack is a sure way to gauge
political behavior.
Casual observers may scoff,
protesting that any differences
are slight. But the dedicated
portareologist sees a glaring
abyss separating right-shoul
dered people from their left
shouldered counterparts.
Despite the University’s liber
al. pretensions, rightists
predominate.
The leftists, perfidious crea
tures that they are, compensate
for their minority status by af
fecting a certain stylish pan
ache usually lacking in their
right-shouldered cousins. Like
a revolutionary sans leaflets,
lefties act lost unless they're
stridently out of step with the
mass of right-shouldered
students marching off to class.
The left-shouldereds' liberal
lifestyle is reflected by where
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they carry their backpacks.
Wearing a backpack over the
left shoulder frees the right arm
for smoking a joint, hoisting a
placard or raising a clenched
fist in protest.
It's also an ideal position for
quickly unzipping a backpack
pencil pouch and whipping out
a molotov cocktail or a stack of
radical propaganda.
Rightists, on the other hand
(er, shoulder) forgo left-arm
mobility for a more aesthetic
appearance. Although cynics
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Take Five
for Your Future.
Back in 1968 a lot of political activists
and young voters refused to vote rather
than support Hubert Humphrey. That
omission helped elect Richard Nixon, just
as surely as if they had voted for him.
We can not afford to make the same
mistake in 1980.
In all the nation there are only three
states where you can register to vote from
now through election day. This is one of the
three states in which the law was designed
to give people like us a chance to make our
opinions count. Now it’s up to us to take
advantage of it.
The margin between President Carter
and Ronald Reagan is whisker thin. Voters
aged 18 to 25 have the opportunity to
deliver the electoral votes of Maine,
Oregon and Wisconsin to Jimmy Carter.
The three states control 21 electoral votes,
the same number as one of the big, “super
states.” This is our chance to unite and
speak up to shape our future. We can
choose four years of keeping peace, pro
tecting the environment and putting Ameri
ca back to work, or we can choose the
alternative: Ronald Reagan.
It takes just a few minutes to register
and vote, but the decision we make will last
four long years. Remember that on No
vember 4th.
Remember the record of Ronald Reagan.
Remember the lesson of 1968.
Most importantly, remember to register
and vote. It’s your future.
CARTER
MONDALE
You may register and vote if you are a U.S. citizen, age 18 by election day, and an Oregon resident
since Oct. 15. Register at County Election Board, 175 W. 8th Ave., Eugene, (503) 687-4234; 8 a.m. -
5 p.m. M-F and all day Election Day. You must vote at your precinct polling place. Register Early!
Pi1d end tuthorizid by tlx Democrjtic National Committee
argue that wearing a backpack
on the left or right shoulder
amounts to the same thing —
drawing no doubt on dubious
analogies to mirror images —
the fashionable know better.
The right-armed approach al
lows the student to thrust the
left arm at a decidedly casual
angle into the left pocket of his
or her designer jeans. The
right-shouldered saunter
around campus, exuding that
comfortable self-assurance that
comes from being part of the
mainstream.
As in any election, there are
the undecideds, those insecure
people constantly shifting their
backpack from one shoulder to
the other, unsure whether to
conform to the majority or to
throw off the yoke of right
shouldered backpacking and
stand shoulder to shoulder with
their left-shouldered comrades.
Some of the muddled masses
in the middle are so unsure of
themselves or so unaware
they've opted for wearing their
backpack over both shoulders.
Going through college with both
shoulders snugly harnessed to
one’s backpack may be reas
suring. But face it, fence strad
dlers, you can’t have it both
ways.
Where is the glamor of the
sensually sloped shoulder sag
ging under an unevenly
balanced load? Where is the
determined spirit of the student
who refuses to knuckle down to
practicality and insists on the
freedom to continually readjust
a slipping backpack.
Then there are the indepen
dents, nonconformists who out
of conviction or penury dis
pense with a backpack al
together. They carry their intel
lectual detritus with barehand
ed determination, looseleaf no
tebooks flapping defiantly in the
breeze.
One cannot help but admire
their honesty, their openness,
their vulnerability to rain and
wind and near-sighted bicy
clists.
Like third party candidate
backers, they seem bravely
idealistic and unbowed. Unbur
dened by party label, their
naked shoulders yet may point
the way to a future where the
binding straps of left and right
have been unloosed.
VOTE.
Your
environment
is at stake.
RErELECTRUST
Lane County
Commissioner
Pd. by Comm, to Ro-elect Ru«t