Daily Trojan, Vol. 40, No. 56, December 02, 1948
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Page Iwo Thursday, Dec. 2, 1948 Southern DAILY TROJAN ThsmAt.Scribe Views LA Traffic Court A ■■■ i<*8*™ GERALD P. MAHEB Editor BOB WILMSEN Business Manager „LIovd G. Hearn mature Editor- ______Grelun Landon Women's Editor. 8ports Page........ News Editor------ Desk Editors: John Clark. BUI Dow. Art Williams. Harry Althouse. F R Asnley. Jack Gregg Editorial Board: Al Hix. Al Lalane. Sia Bernstein. Piui Burke. Vernon Scott, Al Woolfolk >Jack Owen Diana Griffin ___George Ambrose. Cliff Dektaj Staff Photographer_________________.Bob McTaggart Desk Editors: Art Antnasian. Stan Cann. Len Jo or.son, Ray Noli, Bustei Sussman, Howard Meyerson News Desk: Chuck Der Boughn, Ursula Baum; m, Harvey Diedench, Pete m, Herb Berkus, Vern Law- _John Bethel Assistant Feature Editor-- Week in Review_______Chuck Denton, Ai Woolfolk Senior Reporters: Dick Angell. Reid Bundy. Mary Doudna, Bob Pike, Marion Sellers, Wayne Pryor. Assistant Womens Editor___Mary Doudns Exchange Editor................ .Joy MUlei Picture Editor____.Norma DeYoung Easiness Staff-CLASSIFIEDS Alice Herzog; SFCRETARY: Barbara Gerson; SPACE SALESMAN: Don Eisner. SUBSCRIPTIONS Jan Lewis; TEAR SHEETS: Beverly Walker, Bev Pierce, Pat Sharron, Gloria Ensign, Giory Sims, Mary Ann McLoughlin; MAILING: Dona Gore; ACCOUNTS: Barbara Dunn, Jeanie Eaton; RECEPTIONIST: Mary Lou Moms F. 'e-«J as Mcund-ciana matter April 11. 19<7. at th* poetoffice at Loo Angeiea. Calif., under tha act ot March S, 187* iblis.hwJ (laiiy ex< ept Saturday Sunday, examination week, and vacation period* during to* academic year at *661 Un! *<valty Avenue. Loo Angetea 7, Calif. Subscription. >4 per >ear._ th* Daily Trojan rtflect the oplnluna of th* wrltere. They tn no way represent atudent er anl fdlturialf are expression* of th* ed tor. Letters to th* editor musi t* aigned. ar* limited to JM at the discretion of tbe ataff according to technical limitation*. ★ The Evil Is Trivial There has been a lot of pro and con discussion in recent weeks about what some people call the “campus handbill problem.” In Student Union arguments, and in letters to the editor, the opinion has been expressed that the university administration or the student senate should “do something” to discourage, if not to prohibit, the free distribution of handbills on the SC campus. Whatever the views expressed by these handbills, and whether we, as individuals, agree or disagree with those views, any action that might be taken to restrict their circulation would be unfair, unconstitutional, and un-American. Of course, the chief reason that is given in support of the suggested anti-handbill regulation is that the sidewalks, lawns, and streets of the campus become littered with unsightly waste paper whenever handbills are passed out. This, it is contended, detracts from the beauty of the campus and necessitates extra work on the part of the university’s maintenance crew and the city street cleaners. The alleged result: Added expense for both the university and the city. Throughout the arguments of those who would ban the free distribution of handbills runs the theme of intolerance. Behind the whole move is the feeling that the handbills express opinions with which the majority of students do not agree. The charge has repeatedly been made that most of the handbills and dodgers have been passed out by organizations that supposedly are “subversive.” While it is true that members of the Communist party have, on two or three occasions, distributed their literature on campus, it must be remembered that literature also has been handed out by Young Republicans, Socialists, veterans groups, religious organizations, and advocates of public housing. Campus organizations have contributed their share of free literature, too, with handbills advertising campus politicians, shows, and dances. It is regrettable that the campus has to be littered from time to time with thousands of soiled, tom, trampled handbills. But this “evil,” if it can be so called, is ridiculously trivial when compared to the great evil which can result from the passage of rules and regulations restricting freedom of speech and of the press. The Socialist, the Republican, even the local merchant, all have a right to hand out their literature, telling the public what it is they are advocating or selling. To limit or suppress this practice is to strike a blow at the cornerstone of democracy—the stone labeled “free expression.”—Jack Owen Vets Life Not All Roses by John Gccleston Despite numerous polls and articles to tie contrary, the opinion of most seems to be shat the veteran is automatically a straight A man. The married man also falls into this elite group. Age. experience, stability, seriousness—these are the factors that contribute to the infallible process of getting good grades. It’s guff, that’s what. It’s guff straight from the army and the local marriage license bureau* Before you dash madly, cinch notice in hand, to the minister or the military, listen to the poor mans Bee Fairfax. As an old army man (we both agreed that we wuz robbed) with an ever-lovin’ blonde at home tshe was, too) I should be the Toast of Troy, the bright boy of Bridge, the superman of Science. I'm not I'm known as the stupe of the Student Union. I drive an Oldsmobile that was only driven by an old man on Sundays. What the guy that sold it to me didn’t say was that the old man was Barney Oldfield, who used it in the stock car raoes at the old Ascot speedway. Anyway, it runs like a top. It spins all the time, and when it runs out of momentum, it stops. This is indeed embarrassing, especially to a college man. In Ordnanre we learned to prod lhe carburetor with a screwdriver, meanwh'le making wise noises. On Finance shavetails this worked fine. They were impressed. After they left, we’d requisition a new engine, put it in. and the damn Jeep generally would run. On wives it doesn’t work. They say, ’‘You’re a college man, fix it. For an engineering major, you sure have a lot of trouble with a simple internal combustion engine.'' I sure do. Then there was the night my wife found out they don’t have Man and Civ discussion classes on Saturday midnights. And when that redhead called me “amado papa nua” and I said it meant “esteemed student, sir” and she looked it up in my Span-ish-English dictionary. Or the night I weaved home from Eddie's and I said that a chemistry experiment had gone wrong. Then there was the time I skipped my Marketing 64 to study a Chamber of Commerce bulletin and she found out it was the Wampus. And when that redhead and 1 were spotted on Mulholland drive and I tried to say that I had an astronomy exam coming up and 1 was try.ng to spot Iranus. The worst blow of all fell yesterday. The English Lit five-weeks was on tap, but I was prepared. I walked in to the good Dr. Crittenden’s class with a smile on my lips and a song in my heart. I grinned as he wrote the questions on the board. I laughed while the class groaned. I reached in my pocket. In that pocket rested the neatest set of cib crib notes SC ever saw. They were infallible. I pulled out the card and opened my bluebook. I was ready. I uncapped my pen and wrote my name on the bluebook. I read the first question. “Trace the Romantic Movement from start to finish. Give names, dates, works. Explain.” I chortled. I looked at my crib notes. They said; “Dear: Please stop at the store on your way home. 1 lb. butter 1 doz. egg’s (If fresh) Rooter Denounces Half time Activities by Don Shaffer Marching bands, variety acts, and other distasteful forms of alleged entertainment during the halftime periods at football games are only serving to raise the blood pressure and fray the nerve-ends of the spectators. There was a time when foot-b a! 1 games, strangely enough, were the main a.traction at football games. During halftime in those days, the fans leisurly stood up and stretched or yawned, or even dozed off for a few mjnutes of complete relaxation. Obviously, this is not tree today. Before the teams can leave the field, Ae stadium is like a great nerve fiber stretched I ke a bowstring between the halves, waiting for t knows not what. If this competition between the extravaganza-minded halftime planners is not stopped, their de-sj-e to outdo each other is going to end in complete d.saster. For those lucky enough to escape, thene may be soma consolation. Congress w.H undoubtedly amend the consti ution to place hallt me activity planners in the same category as war criminals, traitors, and used-tar salesmen. Then, once agan, we who rema n will be able to lean back and relax during half times. Tom Replaced Jackson Tree' by Ralph Munn What has happened to SC’s most famous tree? Planted back in 1929 amid great ceremony and with the most tender care, the tree, instead of being a towering monument to the memory of Andrew Jackson, has disappeared from the campus. Tommy Trojan has usurped its place of honor in front of the Administration building. and no trace of the budding hickory remains. Andrew Jackson IV presented the sapling to SC in honor of his ancestor’s 162 birthday anniversary. Shipped from “The Hermitage,” Jackson’s ancestral home in Nashville, the tree was planted on Mar. 18. President Rufus B. von KieinSmid officiated. Prior to the official ceremony, workmen had labored long and feverishly to excavate a suitable hole for the tree to rest in. An excavation 5 feet in diameter was dug. Special pipes were laid from the nearest water supply to the tree’s site. One the appointed day a large truck drew to the curb in front of Bovard. A sizable crowd gathered to witness the ceremony. Several students, garbed in costumes appropriate to the Jacksonian period, mingled with the onlookers to lend atmosphere to the scene. After President von KieinSmid made a short acceptance speech to Andrew IV, a cornet solo, “Trees, ** was played from a second-story window of the Administration building. Workmen, with the aid of the student legislative council, drew back the tarpaulin which covered the truck and brought the hickory, an 18-inch dormant twig attached to a 3-foot supporting stake, to its new home. It was gently lowered into place and the ceremony was finished. Careful note was taken of the sapling’s progress until it disappeared during Easter vacation. Tommy Trojan took over the seat of honor the next year and Jack son’s young hickory was not seen again. by Jerry Bres “Production line justice” you think when you enter the crowded courtroom and take your seat. A long line of persons, passing slowly in front of the judge, are receiving the penalty for negligent driving. They stop for a moment at the microphone and mumble “guilty” or "not guilty” in answer to the bailiff’s question. If the offender says “guilty” the judge quickly announces the fine after studying the citation. The fine is paid to the clerks at the counter on the left. If he says “not guilty,” the judge sets a date for trial. A choice of trial by judge or jury is given to him. The judge ca •"|P~.ly explains that he does not wish anyone to leave the courtroom “feeling that they have been rushed through precipitiously without having a fair opportunity to be heard.” If the culprit feels, he is technically guilty, but that there are extenuating circumstances in his case, he is allowed to make a full statement if he chooses to wait. Sometimes the judge suspends or reduoes a fine after carefully listening to the offender’s version. You change your mind—this is not “production line justice,” there is no conveyor belt system. The municipal court cf Judge Roger Alton Pfaff in the city hall is in session. Seated on the bench, flanked by the national and state flags, the judge conducts the court in a somewhat informal manner. Clerks, deputy sheriffs and police officers assist him by handing him papers. The long line of persons filing by continues. A blond SC student, identified by the ever present Man and Civ text, says “guilty,” but asks to make a statement. Later he is fined $5 instead of the usual $10 for speeding 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. He explains his speedometer wasn’t working correctly. Judge Pfaff addresses the courtroom at the beginning 0f each session. The words flow effortless y. Evidently, he has memorized them, but they hold a vital message. “If I were to tell you that the r.......: x................"1 ,rv'/ JUDGE ROGER A. PFAFF . , . mind over muscle entire population of Beverly Hills had either been killed or injured by some disaster, you would think that was a national calamity of the first magnitude, and so it would be. Yet last year, In Los Angeles county, there were over 30 000 people who were either killed, maimed, or Injured by automobiles. Since Wor d War I there have been almost one million Americans killed by automobiles over thirty-five million Injured .. .” The judge explains the “Negligent Operator law” passed last year. A laugh is evoked from nis nervous auditors when he refers to them as “alumni” and the receipts for fines as “diplomas.” He la more concerned with sending the persons away from the court In a cooperative frame of mind, rathf-r than just imposing nnd collecting fln“s. It is more important to have them set good examples and to influence others to be better drivers. Judge Pfaff, who is entitled by law to fine as much as $50 or five days in jail for each traffic offense, sets $10 as the fine for most minor traffic offenses. If the offender was in the court earlier, an additional fine is imposed. If he comes in two or three more times, his license is taken away for 30 days. Speed is one of the offenses for which there are few If any extenuating circumstances. People often become confused about signals and left or right turns, but speed is simply a question of “mind over matter—your mind over the muscle in your right leg.” In the last nine months over 125,03) citizens have appeared in the court. At the same time, in the past eight months, deaths on the city streets have been reduced by 30 per cent. If this reduction keeps up this month, Los Angeles will set the best traffic record in 24 years. Judge Pfaff earnestly points out that 60 per cent of the citations he receives are because of failure to yield—failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to yield to another motor vehicle. The judge has taken a positive affirmative approach to the problem. Since he was appointed judge bf the court, a decrease of 50 per cent in the number of persons appearing has taken place. Judge Pfaff is working toward the bankruptcy of a huge business. That business is the $4 million paid to the City treasury in traffic fines and forfeitures last year. TRAFFIC CONTROL IS DAILY PROBLEM OF TRAFFIC BUREAU (Editor’s note—This is the third in a series of article* on the operations of the L.A. Police department.) by John J. Owen Traffic violations, according to Municipal uJdge Roger A Pfaff, are responsible for the great majority of auto and pedestrian accidents. The Los Angeles police department, aware of the fact that most crackups are actually “caused occurences,” has as its responsibility the enormous task of patroling the teeming streets of this city, where traffic law enforcement is of especial importance, since Los Angeles has more cars per capita than any other large city in the US. Los Angeles is cursed with an unusually large number of accidents, averaging 60 to 85 per day. The agency of the LAPD directly concerned with the traffic problem Is the traffic bureau, headed by Deputy Chief of Police Bernard R. Caldwell. One branch of this bureau, the accident investigation division, directed by Capt. Harold Su'livan, has the duty of going to the scene of every traffic accident in the city and making a complete, detailed report of it for the police files. The division is equipped with a fleet of black-and-white patrol cars, one of which is assigned to each of the city’s police districts. Each car has a two-man crew and is fitted with a two-way radio and a kit containing all the necessary accoutrements for the thorough investigation of auto and pedestrian accidents, such as tape measure, ohalk, flares, film packs, camera, and flash bulbs. A typical accident investigation team, reporting for duty each evening at 5:30 p.m. at traffic bureau headquarters, 123 South Figueroa, consists of Officers Dick Baugh and Ed Bradshaw, who man a traffic car on the “midwatch,” which lasts from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Baugh, a former SC student and Phi Sigma Kappa, is still majoring In public administration, taking day courses in SC’s Civic Center division. After being briefed in the assembly room, Baugh and Bradshaw manuever their car out of the crowded garage onto the street. Then, from the time they radio in their “clear and on patrol” until they wind up their shift with the “end of watch” call, the men patrol the streets of their assigned district. They may be assigned to unit 13T, which operates in the downtown area, 35T University district, 75T, Wilshire district, or any one of several other units. Upon receipt of an “ambulance traffic” call, the officers must proceed to the scene of the wreck as swiftly as possible on “code three,” red light flashing and siren screaming. Arriving at the scene, of an average accident of a more serious nature, Baugh and jBradshaw must immediately take charge, shooing back bystanders, getting names and addresses of principals, measuring skid marks, and photographing the wreck. Everything possible must be done to reconstruct as accurate a picture as possible of what occurred. According to Baugh, an AI car gets an average of two or three of these calls per night. On’y when they are Instructed to go “code three” are the cars permitted to use both red light and siren. “We find Friday and Saturday nights are our busiest,” Baugh said, “while Sunday and Monday nights are usually very quiet.” He added that rainy or foggy nights are apt to produce the largest number of serious accidents. Commenting on the seriousness of Los Angeles’ traffic problem and the mounting toll of traffic fatalities, both Baugh and Bradshaw concurred with a recent statement made by Chief of Police C. B. Horrall, who wrote recently : “We trust that with a law enforcement program directed toward those violations which have been proved causes of accidents and fatalities, we may Impress upon the driving and walking public the seriousness of their re-sponsibl'ities on the highway.” It is reasoned by the police that if the causes of accidents can be removed, then the tragic attendant results can likewise be eliminated. Special Enjoy Pullman Comfort for Dollars Less- in S P Tourist Sleepers Poy lost for rail loro-less for Pullman fare. Go in comfortable, economical Tourist Sleepers. You vill find them on all these well-known Southern Pacific trains from Los Angeles to... CHICAGO — Imperial NiW ORIIANS —Argonaut PORTLAND —JFeet Coast SAN FRANCISCO — Coaster, Ou>l Inirvatltm, Information! see your near-by Southern Pacific Agent. • T& the friendly Southern Pacific 212 W. 7th St. 6553 Hollywood Blvd. Phone MI-6161 - Ask for “Telephone Sales" College Rates SS 40 under lk( 30<-a-«opy new*. 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At present only two group* on campus are properly rarer! for: (1) men participating In tollf-gtaie athletics are cared for bv the univers ty at a local hospital, and (2) the students an/1 faculty of the School of Mcdlcine have voluntarily adopted the Blue Crons health Insurance plan to meet their needs. But this leaves a great groi%. of students, living both on and off campus, who are for the great part in need of some sort of group medical protection. Of the several health needs most glaring at the present time are: (1) an infirmary for students living on campus who are suffer- We ll Show 'Em! Editor, Daily Trojan, I am a "naughty” Bruin who was visiting your “mighty” campus during Homecoming week. Your sp.rit here is deplorable, even though you have a winning team. We across town, with a losing team, far outshine yoo at least in that respect. Yours until next year, when you may again take a lesson In spirit, if not in basic football. Malcolm Alper ing from minor but contagious diseases. (2) regular inspections of food serving personnel and facilities on campus which were fcund lacking in recent Greater University committee and LAS council surveys. (3) and an adequate system to handle emergencies, day and night, whereby students can quickly receive aid when seriously sick or injured. A permanent medical plant is needed at SC to serve students, faculty, and alumni. We have the site—36th street and McClintock avenue—says our University architect. We have the need say our students and student senate. We can get aid say the state and federal governments via their respective Hospital Research and Construction acts, as has Stanford. The giant Menlo Park hospital at Palo Alto was built by the federal government. But of course, that is socialism some might say. An intelligent, practical, workable plan was submitted to the administration in May by the ASSC senate. Has it been rejected? Has it been filed in the circulating drawer? We know u» wasn't perfect, but what is? Best of luck to the DT on its campaign. Walt Brown P.S. Recognizing of course that *— i harch oj • —*»_» r-not be - •— >.u »■•<■» v\ r do st • ••• ,r * r - fj in Amc '•-* »fforts of ....i » r Kt fierald' —«.i x tr and Willi ...a j-.,.,,, .u» Ami oh yes, aauu.v*» » ‘Vln'l vote on y I: «■ of the saiC convnou* tr.ans. I that ail motorized vehicles hlblted from tre passing on| tiie streets which split u| glorious campus. As Is obvious to the tul observer, the streets SC are solely for the use of' trians. (For the sake of have not used the word, a trian is a person who is de to the point of using two legs as a method of tion.) The pedestrians here at of whem have apparently heard of automobiles, motor motorscooters, ar.d dead trians, are oblivious to the| present, or future existence of the four objects I hav< mentioned. They cross the anywhere, anytime, without bothering to see il one of new-fangled contraptions ha^ to be passing. If by chanc does come along, the pedest: God bless im cause no will—gives him a dirty Ic daring to use his private way without permission. There are only two lutions: 1. Ban all vehicles moving at .a rate faster five miles per hour. 2. Have the Knights a i guards to guide the myopic estrians across in the same ner as is done In the schools. Louis Pity the Knights Editor, Daily Trojan, It is my opinion that paper is picking on the r tion known as Trojan unfairly. The group has no possible of fighting back against poison pen attacks of writers] Wayne Pryor, Bill Lyon, others, and you give it no portunity. I don’t notice Mr. Pryor Lyon out in front helping to up spirit at this university. How about giv.ng some structive criticism instead of| usually biased reviews that late from up high in the Union. James [ REMEMBER- For Dale Dresses 724 So. 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|Title||Daily Trojan, Vol. 40, No. 56, December 02, 1948|
|Description||Daily Trojan, Vol. 40, No. 56, December 02, 1948.|
|Contributing entity||University of Southern California|
Thursday, Dec. 2, 1948
Southern DAILY TROJAN
ThsmAt.Scribe Views LA Traffic Court A ■■■ i<*8*™
GERALD P. MAHEB Editor
BOB WILMSEN Business Manager
„LIovd G. Hearn mature Editor-
Women's Editor. 8ports Page........
Desk Editors: John Clark. BUI Dow. Art Williams.
Harry Althouse. F R Asnley. Jack Gregg Editorial Board: Al Hix. Al Lalane. Sia Bernstein. Piui Burke. Vernon Scott, Al Woolfolk
___George Ambrose. Cliff Dektaj
Staff Photographer_________________.Bob McTaggart
Desk Editors: Art Antnasian. Stan Cann. Len Jo or.son, Ray Noli, Bustei Sussman, Howard Meyerson
News Desk: Chuck Der Boughn, Ursula Baum;
m, Harvey Diedench, Pete m, Herb Berkus, Vern Law-
Assistant Feature Editor--
Week in Review_______Chuck Denton, Ai Woolfolk
Senior Reporters: Dick Angell. Reid Bundy. Mary Doudna, Bob Pike, Marion Sellers, Wayne Pryor.
Assistant Womens Editor___Mary Doudns
Exchange Editor................ .Joy MUlei
Picture Editor____.Norma DeYoung
Easiness Staff-CLASSIFIEDS Alice Herzog; SFCRETARY: Barbara Gerson; SPACE SALESMAN: Don Eisner. SUBSCRIPTIONS Jan Lewis; TEAR SHEETS: Beverly Walker, Bev Pierce, Pat Sharron, Gloria Ensign, Giory Sims, Mary Ann McLoughlin; MAILING: Dona Gore; ACCOUNTS: Barbara Dunn, Jeanie Eaton; RECEPTIONIST: Mary Lou Moms
F. 'e-«J as Mcund-ciana matter April 11. 19<7. at th* poetoffice at Loo Angeiea. Calif., under tha act ot March S, 187* iblis.hwJ (laiiy ex< ept Saturday Sunday, examination week, and vacation period* during to* academic year at *661 Un!