The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 02, 1932, Page TWO, Image 2

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The Daily Nebraskan
Station A, Lincoln, Ntbrsiki
" Entered second-clat. matter t the P0,.0,ilc!a7,9n
Lincoln, Ne"r..k, under Kt of eoar.. M.reh 3. 1879
.Vct'orocto? lTPoZTUy ao. ,92a.
Pub.l.hed Tue.d.y. W.dn.?d.y, Thursdjy. Frld.y and
Sunday mornings during the cun
,2 , y,P Single Copy 8 eente ''emeiter mailed
b UnT Zcnon o, ,. StudJ Pub.,c..on Board.
Editorial Off Ice University H I 4.
Bunnell Office uniyer. iy rw.. -.3333 (journal)
rlnhAnlt - DaV
Ask for Nebraskan editor
B-6891; Nlghtl B-6882.
Howard Q. Allaway
Jack Erlckeon
Phillip Brownell
Newt Edltora
Lynn Leonard
AKoclatt Editor
Laurence Hall
Irma Randall
Richard Moran
AAmrt'a Editor
Katherine Howard - Sporti Editor
Joe Miller Society Editor
Violet Croat
- ,, . .. Builneti Manager
H. Norman Oallaher
Assistant Business Manager
, . Frank Mutgrava
Bernard Jennlngt
George i-ioiyono
How to Lower
Activities Costs.
CORNHUSKER yearbook sales opened on the
campus Monday, belli "-bout tnc n,h t,rive by
some organization or institution seeking student fi
nancial support since the opening of school in Sep
tember. Each of these drives, opening with Daily Ne
braskan subscriptions, shifting to the Awgwan, then
athletic tickets, then to University Players tickets
and now to the Cornhusker, with a host of minor
campaigns in between, have demanded much stu
dent effort and developed in the average student a
high degree of sales resistance and disgust that
makes these drives almost futile in the meager sup
port they receive.
For the elimination of all this the Nebraskan
recommends adoption of the blanket student activi
ties tax plan, now successfully used by many other
schools, and will bend every effort this semester
toward creation of a favorable sentiment for such a
plan at Nebraska.
AMPLE evidence that the deserving student ac
tivities do not now receive the support they
merit is found in the following estimates of sub
scriptions and ticket sales:
Athletic tickets
University Players tickets
Cornhusker (last year)
Awgwan (probably exaggerated)
Daily Nebraskan ..
This in a student body of nearly 5,000!
The result? It is only what it must be: Those
students who do subscribe to these worthwhile ac
cessories of university life bear the financial burden
of maintaining them.
Institution of the activities tax would give com
plete student support to these activities, resulting in
a lower cost to the individual student and an in
creased gross revenue to the several activities.
Business Manager Charles Skade of the Corn
busker has adopted a profit-sharing plan on the
yearbook subscriptions this year which points in the
direction of the individual savings to students which
the tax plan would make possible. Under his plan
the cash price of the Cornhusker is $4.25. If 1.000
books are sold and that is 200 less than last year,
which itself was the lowest in several years the
price will be lowered to $3.95, entitling each cash
subscriber to a 30 cent refund. A larger sale would
produce a correspondingly larger reduction in the
price of the book.
The same condition, under the tax plan, would
work out to a reduction of. the price of individual
activities to a ridiculously low figure.
Roughly figuring, it is apparent that since at
present only about one-third the total enrollment
supports these student activities, under the compul
sory tax with complete student support to each of
these activities, the individual price would be cut 50
percent and still result in 50 percent larger gross
The benefits of the plan to such student institu
tions as would receive this support is plain enough.
In the first place they would benefit by larger total
receipts. However, the advantages go beyond that
They would know in advance what their income was
to be and could budget for the year accordingly,
avoiding the hazards and uncertainties of chance.
For the publications, the increased circulation would
mean greater advertising revenue and result in bet
ter publications for the students and more certain
tenure of existence for these publications, which
light now are finding their position precarious, to
ay the least.
The same benefits would accrue to such other
branches of student activities, as athletics and the
University Players, included in the tax.
PAST efforts to secure support for such a plan at
Nebraska have met with opposition, chiefly
from the athletic department which, as the Daily
Nebraskan sees it, would be one of the greatest
beneficiaries of its adoption here.
The opposition argument of the athletic heads
last year was that under the blanket tax plan, fewer
tickets would be sold. This, if the tax were com
pulsory, could not possibly be. Figure again, John,
1,800 against 4,500 tickets! Think it over!
The other argument was that many students
cannot afford these accessories and should not be
..compelled to pay for them when they don't want
- them.
But there is another side to this, too. How about
those students who do think these activities worthy
- cf support? Why throw the whole financial burden
on this one-third of the student body, when distrib
uted evenly over the entire enrollment, the individual
cost would be not more than half of what it is now?
The case resolves itself down to this: Are the
extra-curricular activities wnich would be embraced
in the blanket tax plan a worthwhile part of a col
lege education? The Daily Nebraakan maintains
that without these a modern education is not com
plete and sees in the blanket tax plan the only equi
table method of distributing the cost of their main
tenance. The Student council this year has taken up the
project The Nebraskan recommends favorable auc
tion of the council on the mctter and a petition to
the board of regents asking it adoption.
Are Nebraska
Students Children?
a LETTER, written by one V. M., in our Studont
Jf Pulse department this morning takes excep
tion with the suggestion of the Dally Nebraskan a
week or two ago that a plan be adopted at Nebras
ka extending to superior students the privilege and
responsibility of regulating their own attendance at
class sessions.
In arguing that such a plan would prove Imprac
.ni K.qnatroiis at Nebraska. V. M. bases his
case on the assumption that Nebraska students are
intellectual minors incapable of the responsibility of
directing their daily program with beneficial scho
lastic results unless compulsion forces them to do so.
To prove this point, he divides the Nebraska stu
dent body into two nearly all-inclusive groups: First,
those (mostly men he calls them youths) who
como to university directly out of high school be
cause they know of nothing else to do. Second,
those women (he calls them girls) who come to mil
versity to find a husband.
He further points out that the reaction of thia
class to the non-compulsory class attendance rule
would be the disappearance of all semblance of edu
cation from this campus.
Defending its suggestion, the Nebraskan dis
agrees with V. M.'s picture of Nebraska students.
Realizing the present shortage of funds for outright
luxury in this stale just now, the Nebraskun be
lieves that a very large majority of the present stu
dent body is here for business because thoy want
an education and are willing, or able to make the
sacrifice demanded to secure it.
The Nebraskan believes, moreover, that Neoras
ka students are no longer high school children, that
they are young men and women almost ready to as
sume thoir places in the world.
But even if V. M. were right, his argument
against the proposal would still not hold. For em
bodied in that proposal were two requirements
which would exclude his (lass of student from par
ticipation. The Nebraskan specifically stated that the privi
lege would be extended only to juniors and seniors,
who presumably are near intellectual maturity, and
only to those in these classes who had proved dur
ing their first two years real scholastic ability and
sincerity in the form of stipulated average to be
arbitrarily set at 80 or 85 percent.
The Nebraskan continues to iecummciid to the
administrative authorities of this university that to
these advanced and superior students be granted
the responsibility for regulating their own attend
ance on class sessions. The benefits from such a
plan, now used in many schools, have previously
been enumerated.
Shepherd Sarcasm .
LESS than ten years ago, he was a college stu
dent who wanted to get somewhere in dra
matics, but who by some mannerism or isms didn't
click with the crowd at the dramatic club he en
deavored to associate himself with. Today, it has
been made public that the same club has back
tracked and is begging him to accept the honor of
a membership. The only difference of the days then
and the days now is that the 1925 Gary Cooper was
just a hick sheep herder from Montana and todaj
he's one of screenland's best liked leading men.
Gary Cooper's case is not isolated, but his is an
outstanding illustration. His case mirrors the quan
tity of sham and barefaced snobbishness that so
often deterrs and sidetracks a college man's career.
Cooper was a man who couldn't amount to anything
in college because he had to pull too many ropes
and hop too many class barriers.
Today he has done many a man's heart good by
making first class monkeys out of the same dra
matic club whose members turned their backs on
his efforts less than a decade ago. Today he threw
in their teeth, with his slighting regard of the hon
orary, what a lot of fainveather idiots they had
shown themselves. It wouldn't be a bad idea to
have a few more Gary Cooper cases in every college
to make this self-appointed cream go sour -and
like it.'
Distinction for
True Scholars.
N effort to distinguish between those who grad
uate from the University of Nebraska by skin
ning through the bare requirements from those who
leave the institution after making a sincere effort
to acquire as much knowledge as possible is the
basis for the plan announced recently to grant to
graduating seniors "degrees with distinction."
While it is unfortunate in some respects that this
plan involves a certain amount of red tape require
ments which must be met, and while it also em
bodies the prir ciple of judging on the basis of
grades to some extent, the plan is commendable be
cause of its large measure of flexibility which al
lows both students and faculty members consider
able discretion in applying the scheme. It is hard
to see how such a plan could be worked out without
a certain degree of specified requirements, but the
more discretion allowed in judging the student's
merit by personal contact rather than by an arbi
trary system of requirements the better.
It is becoming more and more universally ac
cepted among educators that scholarship cannot be
proved nor sometimes even indicated by a list of
grades. The wide divergences in the methods of
grading, and the wide divergence in the scholarship
required in various courses, makes "an average"
far less meaningful than it is supposed to be. Re
quirements eventually tend to degenerate into pure
mechanical processes which can be completed often
without vieldinir much -profit or requiring much
mental effort
That is the explanation why so many dullards
secure degrees from universities, and why relatively
few students go out of their way to do more than
meet the requirements. To be sure, the dullards
may have a poor set of grades, but they were able
to get by, and thei" diplomas look just like any
other diplomas.
Now perhaps tr- true scholars should not care
whether or not they receive any material recogni
tion. Perhaps they should not want some distinc
live diploma to set them apart from others who
have merely passed the requirements. Possibly they
should be satisfied with the realization that they
have spent their four years of college to good ad
vantage and that what they have gained by diligent
and intelligent pursuance cf their studies is their
own reward.
Despite this realization, we believe that they will
also be pleased to achieve a slight material distinc
tion, and certainly it is coming to them. The plan
has its merits, and God preserve it from degenerat
ing into merely another set of requirements which
can be met and passed by mechanical processes.
The Student Pulse
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Fifty Years Hence.
The editor of the Nebraskan ex
presses his views about compuls
ory attendance of classes in col
lege, and while we agree with him
that there should be no such thing,
we do believe that he is many
years in advanco of his time. In
other words, non-compulsory at
tendance of classes in the Univer
sity of Nebraska as it statins 10
day would be an utter failure for
niany reasons. In the few colleges
where they do not have compuls
ory attendance 1110 hiuuculh aic
there for knowledge's sake nnd not
because their parents insist Hint
thev tin rlcht bv the family name,
go to college and join dad's good
old fraternity.
Furthermore, most or uie stu
dents in our state, universities are
too young to . realize just exuaiy
what they are supposed to get out
of this 'higher education. They
usually come into the university
immediately upon graduation from
high school, and a youth of oight-
een lias nine writ " '
values of a university education.
The argument that many use lor
going to college is mat tney iwe
afraid that if they stay out a cou
ple of years and work they never
will go back to school. A great
'tu,ients would be much bet
ter off if they did stay out of
school a couple of years nnd never
came back.
Another argument which the
fairer sex especially use is that
proud mother' must give her
daughter the proper social back
ground. Any college boy will tell
von that the only reason a girl
goes to college is to get married,
and the way most, of these girls in
college act we do not blame there
chaps a bit for thinking such
Can you picture the situation
that would result from non-com-pulsorv
attendance on clasnes with
Students like the above in our uni
versities? The results are easily
foreseen. The old dorms would be
torn down, not for the sake of im
proving the campus in general, but
tor the purpose of erecting new
"Moons" and other campus caking
shops. If the taxpayers object now
to the "goings on" in the univer
sity, can you imagine what they
would do then? We would be the
laughing stock of the country.
The only soluition we see to the
problem is that an age limit be
put on the students entering the
university. A law that reads
"Any student under twenty-one
year's of age cannot enter univer
sity" would be of great help to the
problem. It is true that we would
not have so many students in our
universities, but those that would
be there would know what they
ere there for. The general atti
tude would be "He went to college
because he wanted a higher edu
cation" and not "He went to col
lege because he had nothing else
to do" as it is now. With students
in the university like the first
mentioned non-compulsory attend
ance of classes would be a great
success. But until then there is no
r ven thinking: about it.
When that time comes the univer
sity will be a university in "spirit
as well as in "letter." v- M.
East must never ausnect that all
is not perfect and serene in the
goldenrod state.
Mr. Burlingamo does not deny
that our football team is "swell,"
us Mr, Linn phrases it. He merely
points out the paramount import
unce of football in the eyes of the
average isem-aska citizen.
hardly think, however, that he will
ne irouoiea m "the dim distant
years" by tears at the thought of a
"knife deep in the breest of a
wonderful state in the vnderful
west." la there anything more
wonderful about Nebraska than
about any other state in this terrt
tory? The splendor of the golden
west is anotner matter or optn
as for "biting Uie hand that
feeds us," I am In favor of it, if it
means that the hand will cease
feeding us the same old stuff
about Nebraska being God's coun
try, and his chosen people the in
habitants thereof. "My state, right
or wrong," enforced with delight
ful allusions to appealing symbols
like the goldenrod and the Scarlet
nnd Cream, is flag-waving patrio
tism, not Intelligent patriotism.
.Nebraska spirit Is a fine thing to
possess constructive spirit and I
believe Mr. Burlingame's article
comes closer to being constructive
than Mr. Linn's commendable ef
lmt at patriotism. But a blind
defence and denial of what is ob
viously true, simply because of its
I cing close to home, has no place
in the intelligent man's scheme of
I also am puzzled as to why a
man of Mr. Burlingame's talents
! liould be compelled to remain
here. Perhaps he is one of those
students of human nature who en
joys a good laugh from life. Ne
braska furnishes plenty of them.
(Continued from Page 1).
Hons concerning the success of the
Alice Beekman made the diffi
culty clear: "People seem to be
just too poor this year. I have a
hard time even getting a quarter.
The bigKest surprise I've bad was
w hen one girl handed me a whole
dollar without even being urged."
Report Difficulties.
Calista Cooper tells about a girl
who refused to even discuss the
matter because she had never
heard of the Y. W- and wasn't in
terested in anything that she didn't
know about.
Both Elizabeth Barber and
Louise Perry seemed to think that
returns were not what they might
be. "It's just impossible to get
money now," they said.
Miss Berniece Miller, the "Y"
secretary made the following state
ment to a reporter: "We have just
gotten a good start. We intend to
secure $1,466, which will include
both memberships and gifts- This
organization has been on the cam
pus for forty-eight years and will
undoubtedly contlnuo to be sup
ported." When Marjorle Buol was asked
If tho desired amount was being
easily attained she said "If I said
'no' it would discourage people,
and if I said 'yes1 it wouldn't be
tho truth. Anyway It isn't 'easy.' "
Violet Cross, who is on the fi
nance board, emphasized that
"Every girl who can possibly give
anything should certainly do so.
The Y. W. C. A. does more for the
women on this campus than any
other organization."
Evelyn O'Connor, chairman of
tho finance staff, said, "We can't
tell definitely now, as Tuesday
was the first day that any reports
were made, and many of the girls
had not had an opportunity of
seeing those on their lists. How
ever I'm much encournged and
feel confident that we shall make
the amount we require,"
Dan Murphy ami Band
To Appear in Lincohi
Dun Murphy and his Musical
Skippers, who played last year for
tho Alpha Theta Chi formal, will
play Friday evening at the Corn
husker hotel for a public dance.
This well known orchestra is ori
inally from Boston.
Thirty young men at the Uni
versity of Oklahoma celebrated the
football game by appearing in
Tuxedos. They were pledges to
Jazz Hounds, campus pep club.
When you want it in a hurry just
phone ua. Lunches. AIho the best
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in Brown...
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Hr Is a arand collection of lh
newest style fashion ha to offer . . .
the !yUi pictured are three of our
most popular pattern . . . many
other delightful styles you're sure
to accept . . . They are so smart.
Aflvrzl Fbrtfcn.Yifomen& Childixn
It's something extra special for our dads!
Tn th whK co!-rfr.i-. Dr. Williams Addrr.5p
football feud, that has lasted forty-i Mating at Corning, la.
two years, Wabash has scored 432 1
points, and Depauw 411. The first Df- Hatt.- P!ui Williams of the
ramt was played in 1S&0. department of sociology recently
I addressed a joit meeting of the
Linng C lllb Snrt th ptt,- vrn.
munity club at Coming, la., on "A
County Relief Program." Mrs.
William wag a guest at the bom
of Dr. and Mrs. C L. Bain, both
former students of the University
of Nebraska.
o Flan-Waring Patriot, j
I was quite interested, puzzl.-d, j
and amused by the letter appear
ing in Tuesday's Student Puisn ,
s-ction. closing with Mr. Linn s ,
lovely, flag waving poem. Mr. Linn j
is certainly doing his best to prove j
a great many of Mr. Burlingaroc's
excellently made points.
What Mr. Linn could possibly
have been driving at in his s. .
paragraph is far beyond my fooble I
powers of comprehension. If it is
an attempt at satire, it is wry
clumsily done, and if it is intend" 1
to be something else, 1 wonder
what it is.
Simply because one realizes that
Nebraska is not the gaid n . t of
the world, and ventures to express
himself, is he to he branded a
Benedict Arnold? The term can
not correctly be applied tn Mr.
Eurlingame, since he is a native of
Iowa, and has no particular obli
gation to Nebraska, even tho h
is a Nebraska student. And ruci
fixion is a strong term to apply in
the light rapping Ncbiaska re
ceived. If some of these irate n,
braskans wbo had never Ivfore
looked into a Vanity Kair until
they heard of a "smart-ab i k" ar
ticle which cast aspersions on all
that seemed so good and true to
them, had read some of the pre
vious articles on other states, they
would realize th'it N'ebiaska in J
comparison was dealt with very1
Why all this fuss about the
taoitol? Perhaps it is. as 1 have
read, a distinctly new type oi
architecture, but to one w ho knows
as little of the subject as I do. it
might seem Egyptian cr Assyrian, j
That is certainly not condemna
tory, as their buildings we re con- '
sidered marvelous architectural j
Epecimens, if my meager knowl- ;
edge is correct. If Mr. Linn will
take the trouble to read the ar- ,
tide, or that section of it about j
the capitol, he will find that Mr.
Burlingsme in no place asserts
that it is not a fine building. It
may be "the most beautiful in the
world," as Mr. Linn says, but that
is purely a matter of opinion. The
cu!t c f the cf.pitol should certain'y
not be forced on anyone.
Except in a few isolated in
stsnces, as in the pink marbled
Joalvii Ucmorial, or the two sym
Dhonies of the slate. Ncbrask has
lo particularly conspicuous cultu- j
ral advantages to offer to that mi-;
nority of her citizens outside the j
university who might be able to.
appreciate them. The fact, which
Mr. Eurlingame brings out, that
Nebraska university p-ofessors are
paid such low salaries is a shame
and a disgrace to the state. The
Daily Nebraskan itself has pub
lished editorials asking for heur
pay bo that good Nebraska teach
ers wouid not De Cu.nea 10 oincr
universities. No stcrm of pro
test was raised over these editor
ials. Evidently everything is all
right so long as our troubles are
kept in our own midst, but the
Next lo our mothers we all love our
dads the licst! And next to Mother's
Day. Dad's Day should lie fin- most out
standinsT day of llio whole sehoul year.
This rear. Novcinlicr 12. the day of the
biff l'jttsbunrh frame, has heeii desiy
naled ns the day when dad i king. The
campus will he open wide to the pood
fellows who foot the hills for our pood
times. And then ihe Daily N'eliraski'ii
has it's own Wii.v of making this affair
a gala one. On November 11. a special
Dad's Day edi1ini iH be published.
Yon can tell yo ir father ihe next time
ymi write that he will receive a copy
of the paper welcoming him to attend
the eelebraliuii at Nebraska. Iet 's all
g.t together and make tds a real red
letter day for our dads. And incident -ally
don't forget Jhat we're going to
skin the l'antln is on the same day.
Our advertisers uill also be interested in this sjtccial edition as a fn-at
many more copies of the paper uill he printed on that day. It should be
a rvul day to tell the folks all over Nebraska about the tcondcrful values in
your store. Don't forget it's member 11.