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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
WEDNESDAY, 1 ERRUARY 12, 1936.
Station A, Lincoln, Nebrame.
OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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EDITORIAL "AFF Ch,
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Dini Arnold Levin
G.orfl. PIP.I new8 ED1T0R8
John.ton Snipe. Donian!?1
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Truman Oberndorf Bu.lne.a Man.g.r
ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGERS
Bob Funk Bob Shellenberg Bob Wadham.
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Telenhonra-DyV BI, Night; B6M2. BMia (Journal).
Willi) iv nyitui.
ECAUSE of lack of unity within the Mil
1 .,,n.rfvn1iinips on nwiny oc-
fusions have had little or nothing 1o sny about
vents or plans ,n ,h0 lllc 01 11
which concern thorn pencrally. lh adminis
tration has often disdained to consult with or
consider the student council in many matters
such as medical service and fees, library regu
lations, and numerous rules for social proce
dure, but has rather seen fit to lake nintters
into its own hands, logislnling arbitrarily lor
what it feels 1o be the best interests of the stu
dent body. Too often these plans ior the best
interests"' have taken into account only Itie
administrative point of view ; the st udent body
has not been sounded for its opinion nor has
any representative proup of students been
sounded. The result is that studeiU disagree
ment anl resentment of administrative action
on matters of strictly student interests have
been frequent. The ridiculous and exorbitant
medical fee was the most recent example.
Todav, however, the student body faces
aonther issue in which the administration bids
fair to have its wnv without consulting- the
student body. In a recent announcement, an
administration official disclosed that if tn
university were successful in securing a 1 W A
loan andprant of $400,000, the building would
be built complete with no idea of future ex
pansion. Accordingly the architect was in
structed to set to work and draw up union
building plans with this idea in mind.
It is short sighted 1o believe that a stu
dent union building which could be eon
structed at a cost of $400,000 will be suffi
cient to serve adequately the general and
comprehensive student interests to which it
is supposedly dedicated. Such a belief indi
cates a lack of faith in the future of the uni
versity which should be, and the Nebraskan
feels one day shall be, the outstanding in
stitution of its kind in the middlewest. It
is for that university which Nebraska shall
one dav be and for the increased student
population it will at that time serve that the
plans for the union building must be formu
lated. Not alone the needs of the present
but, also those of the years of exp.n sion
which are coming must bear consideration.
This $400,000 building can never do it in a
The University of Montana, a school that
h dwarfed beside the University of Nebraska,
throuph the PWA recently completed a mnion
building at a cost, of approximately $350,000.
The University of Cincinnati, another school
which is much smaller than Nebraska, will
spend $600,000 in constructing a union build
ing. And plans at Missouri, our smaller neigh
bor, for completion of just one wing of its
vroposed union building, call for half a mil
ieu dollars. These schools, and many more,
with far fewer students, are looking to the
present and the future and they are deter
mined that their union buildings shall fulfill
trorr purpose for which they are constructed.
Th University of Nebraska, however, a
large school with greater needs and what
m feel to be a prosperous future before it,
jnwst depart from these farsighted plans.
."Ws must have our union building now, com
plete, in one unit. Construct it with an idea
' to securing the greatest possible utility for
th present from it. Let future needs, let
architectural beauty, let elegance and re
finement go 1o the dogs. Build it with the
idea of only the present and cheapest pos
sible cost in mind. At least that may be
taken to be the thesis of the union building
plan if the present architectural specifica
tions are taken as representative. There is
no auditorium or theater provided, ballroom
space is insufficient.
Last year the union eommiHoc of some
fifteen members was presented with two pros
pective plans, one rectangular, the other L
shaped. By a vote that was unanimous, the
L-shaped building was favored. Yet today,
with the students not consulted since that
time, the rejected plan has been drawn up and
is being prepared for submission to PWA au
thorities. It is a flagrant case of hoodwinking
the unsuspecting student when his ideas failed
to agree with the administration.
The Nebraskan submits that the very
purpose of the union activities building: .
that of serving the students and them alone
has been rudely and arbitrarily ignored in
these, the very first steps in making it a
reality. The student body will pay for the
union building by fees and by donations.
The student body will use the building, we
hope; it is supposed to be the one building
in which they are to be supreme. And it is
the right of students to be consulted and to
have voice in the planning of what is to be
their building; for what they are to pay.
The student body does not want a com
plete union building now for $400,000. Com
mon sense dictates that the needs of this cam
pus now and in the years to come would be
sorely neglected were the present plan to be
consummated. The student body does not
want a plain building, one that is built solely
with an idea to cubage for money spent. It
does not want a simple building. What the
student body wants is a building that will be
outstanding in architectural style, n building
that will reflect elegance and refinement, a
building that will be inviting and spacious and
comfortable, a building that will serve every
student interest adequately.
The student union activities building is
vital to the students of the university. But it
is also vital that their opinions and interests in
this, their building, be a dominating force in
its planning and construction. To date but the
opposite has been the ease.
THE UNIVERSITY IS CONDEMNING
THE PROJECT TO FAILURE AND VIO
LATING A STUDENT TRUST IF IT CON
TINUES ITS PRESENT PLANS WITH
OUT THE VOICE OF THE STUDENT
BODY, OR THOSE TO WHOM IT EN
TRUSTS ITS LEADERSHIP. THE BUILD
INO IS TO BE PAID FOR BY THE STU
DENTS. MOST CERTAINLY THERE
FORE, IT SHOULD BE PLANNED BY
THEM, USED ALONE BY THEM, AND
MANAGED BY THEM.
Brief, eonelao contribution! pertinent to matter of
etudent life and the unlveralty are welcomed by thla
department, under the usual reetrlctlona of eound
newapaper practice, wnlch excludes all llbeloue matter
and peraonal attache. Lettora must be algned, but
namea will be withheld from publication It eo deeired.
TO THE EDITOR:
University of Nebraska has grown beyond
the class of schools having regular weekly
chapel hours, but perhaps it is growing into
the class of those with a definite and well
planned convocation program. A Student Pulse
contributor of a week or 1wo ago aavoniteu
the setting aside of a regular hour for convo
cationsan hour during which no classes were
scheduled. The lime suggested was the 11
o'clock hour on Tuesday and Thursday morn
ings. This idea was also endorsed by last se
mester's editor of the Daily Nebraskan in his
final editorial, and ihc present editor can un
doubtedly do much in Us behalf.
The setting aside of a regular convocation
hour will mean having more convocations. It
has been suggested that 1 he supply of good
outside speakers is limited and could not fill
this new need. But as the former contributor
suggested, the same proportion of nationally
outstanding speakers could be obtained as at
present, and the rest of the time given over to
faculty members speaking on more or less lo
calized subjects, upon which emphasis is just
as important as the other. This will give a
larger portion of 1he student body a chance to
become familiar with many professors they
otherwise might never come in contact with.
Many of our professors are outstanding in
1heir line and ihey should be given more op
portunity to appear before the student public.
The question of a place for the convoca
tions will come up and the best suggestion is
the coliseum. This building could be shut off
and made smaller according to the crowd ex
In lalking this idea around there doesn't
seem to bo any question that if an hour is pro
vided, studenls will actively support an in
creased convocation program. The student
forum program is worthy of expansion, too,
and could be included as part of the convoca
tion program. The overflowing attendance at
convocations and forums this year indicates
that the interest is there.
It seems hardlv fair either 1o Ihe speaker
or the professors whose classes meet at 11
o'clock or to the students who are registered
for these classes, to hold a convocation in com
petition with classes. On one hand the course
suffers if the two hour class is dismissed each
time, and the students and professors are de
prived of opportunity to attend convocation if
it is not dismissed. On the other hand the
speaker is not being given the fullest advan
tage and courtesy due him as a guest of the
This is nn administrative change which
requires almost nothing of time, effort or
money. We are coming up to date in the line
of equipment, with our grand student union
plans and student co-op book store; let's come
up to date along with this in the line of cur
riculum expansion by a recognized and ex
panded convocation program! N. T.
TO THE EDITOR:
A MEN for the attack on the women's physi
cal education department! From ihe ex
perience of myself and my friends over a pe
riod of four years, I should say that they have
gradually encroached more and more upon the
righls of the individual student. After a ses
sion with them, one is convinced that the uni
versity is run for their express benefit.
Their courses are not listed in the catalog,
so one must constantly revise one's schedule
to suit their demands. Since the university
now requires a physical examination of all in
coming freshmen, is it not logical that the mat
ter of classification of students could be taken
care of at that time so that one might regis
ter for their physical education course just as
you do for others?
Aside from their administrative infringe
ments I have come to wonder on what basis
the whole department is justified as a part of
a university curriculum. After all my "in
struction" in fcaid department I was obliged
to discover the reason and philosophy behind
physical exercise from other sources : the idea
that physical exercise is a desirable emotional
release and a significant contribution in a
world that has too many tensions and strains.
To my knowledge this point was at no time
clarified in class work. It is no wonder that
such a large percentage of girls register in
the department unwillingly. Moreover,' it is
somewhat of a tragedy at this time in our na
tional life when physical exercise is so im
portant. In closing. I would say that we are all too
familiar with the girl who gets up at 7 o'clock
in the morning to attend her 8 o'clock rest
hour in gym. If we are trying to teach the
importance of care and respect for our bodies,
why don't we do it?
Incidentally, the writer personally has a
keen love for sports and makes it her business
to see that she has adequate physical exercise
and hence, in no sense, can be classed as one
of those who evades any form of physical ex
ercise. M. A.
' Off Ihe
IScbratk" TV A
which is the term applied to Ihe government's
plan of uniting the three nuijor public works
hydro-electric developments, the Columbus,
Pintle Valley and Ihe Tri-County projects, is
being severely opposed by utility companies.
The companies are behind a suit to slop the
plan which will be Iried April 'JO. Meanwhile
action is restrained by nn injunction signed by
Justice denning Bailey of the District of Co
lumbia supreme court against the proposed
public works union. If the supreme court
holds for the government, the power company
attorneys plan to claim unconstitutionality.
Original TV A Also
is having its difficulties. The constitutional
ity of Senator Norris' "brain child" is being
considered by the supreme court, and fears
that it might go the way of some other alphn
betic organizations, such as the AAA and the
NKA, are much in evidence. The TVTA proj
ect not only interferes with the business of the
utilities by furnishing competition that is
much too keen, but threatens to place among
the unemployed the mnny people who are
working for hose companies. Naturally ihe
large utility companies are fighting it with
all their weapons. The ruling of Ihe supreme
couH on Ihis issue was expected .Monday but
not included among those released by Ihe tri
bunal. So, another week must be added 1o
the many Hint those interested have had 1o
wnit for a decision Ihnt means much to them.
Supreme Court Did
rule on one of the Inle lluey Long's hoiiisinna
rules, however, and declared it contrary to ihe
constitution. It was his act taxing newspaper,
magazine and motion picture advertising. The
decision, which was unanimous, upheld the
three judge federal district in Louisiana, de
claring that the act, curtailed revenue and re
stricted circulation. Justice Sutherland, who
read the decision, made the statement that the
constitution must bo protected against hostile
Long's Senate Regime
is resumed, although probably under circum
stances that will provide less newspaper copy
than did Ihe lnte senator, by Ihe swearing in
of his widow, Rose McConnell Long, as suc
cessor to his scat in the upper house. She was
appointed 1o Ihe vacancy by the governor of
Louisiana, .lames A. Nop. and took the oalh
of office from Vice President Garner. Her ad
dition brines Ihe senate to its full numerical
strength of !6 for ihe first time Ihis session.
eir Peace Drive
to bring Itnlo-Kthiopinn pence through con
ciliation, instead of penalties against link
such as an oil embargo was predicted by the
League of Nations. Two elemenls which are
considered 1o have effected this new utlilude
of the international organization were recent
disorders in Syria indicating that peace should
be made as soon ns possible in Kant Africa and
the realization that llnly must remain within
Ihe European political alignment as h stabil
Horn bin g in Ethiopia
continues but llnilo Selassie is still emerging
safely. Seven Italian plunes dropped bombs
on Dessyc nnd outlaying villages recently but
the emperor escaped without injury. Since the
town was almost deserted save for members
of the imperial guard with the populnce hav
ing been ordered into the country after earlier
fascist attacks, ihere were few casualties.
is doing Ihe expected in evidently ending in
disagreement. The United Slates is demand
ing 115,000 ton battleships and 10,000 ton cruis
ers in the face of opposition from Frnnce nnd
Italy, who propose smaller ships. Observers
do not expect a compromise. The conference,
which has been in session over two months,
lias reached only one tentative agreement
the matter of yenrly exchange of building pro
grnms in advance nnd notification of construction.
4 Word to
Safety ciiiiipaigns are concerned almost
exclusively with the responsibilities of the mo
torist. He sometimes she is lectured severe
ly over such contributions to traffic hazards as
speed, inattention, drunkenness, selfishness
nnd general all around neglect of exercising
good common sense in the highly important
matter of steering a powerful engine through
the maze of n crowded street.
And yet there is another party concerned
in n very large number of accidents who can
well stand a good deal of attention. It is the
Of the M thousand motor vehicle deulhs
Inst year, nearly 16 thousand were pedestrians.
And of these, 9,500 were killed because they
were violating either some regulation or some
principle of safety, crossing intersections
against the signal, crossing diagonally, cross
ing between intersections playing in Ihe street,
coming out suddenly from behind a parked
car, hitching behind a vehicle.
Here are more than a quarter of the
year's total of accidents for which pedestrians
were primarily responsible. Had they been
exercising ordinary precautionary sense, the
accident record for the year would have been
only three-fourths as horrible. We feel foolish
sometimes and get impatient over waiting for
the green light, and yet last year 1,100 persons
were killed crossing against the red. We hate
1o go around to the intersection, when a dash
across the street between intersections is the
shortest line, but 4,310 persons were killed
crossing streets that way.
These practices are not only dangerous to
the pedestrian, but unfair to the motorist. They
put the driver under a double obligation, not
only to avoid accidents of his own making, but
also 1o avoid running into accidents of an
other's making. Omaha World Herald.
Hints will bo asHicned nt a No
braskan reporters meeting
neadHV afte noon at 3
Orcheaia will meet Wednesday
evening at 7 o'clock Ht Grant Me
morial hall. Members of tn u""
deratudy group are not required
to be present.
There will be no Corn Cob meet
ing Wednesday night. All mem
bers must attend the game Satur
day and sit In the section.
School of Journalism.
There will be a smoker for all
men In the school of Journalism
Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
James E. Lawrence will speak.
home kc nun W ILL
MEET ON THURSDAY
Members of the Home Econom
ics association will meet In Miss
K. Merger's office on as campus
Thursday noon for a regular meet
ing. The purpose of the meeting
is to vote on the new constitution
which a committee of the organ
isation has been writing, Althea
Carada, president, announced. All
members of the society are asked
Winlinow, Harrison (Jive
Music Rental Wednesday
Several selections of Beethoven
and Brahms will compose a pro
gram to be presented by Emanuel
Wishnow, violinist, and Earnest
Harrison, pianist, in the Temple
theater Wednesday, Feb. 12, at
o'clock. The concert is under the
auspices of the university school
m mm si
VAN DEVANTER AGAIN
SIGMA CHI MEMBER.
Supreme Judge Aoir
Becomes Affiliated With
work in the field of home econom
ics Miss Shonka has made a study
of the value of consumer educa
tion, points of which she will m
phasize in her speech. Miss Lois
Muilenburg, president of Pi
Lambda Theta, asked that all
members attend the meeting.
CHICAGO, Feb. 11. Justice
Willis Van Devanter of the United
States supreme court has been of
ficially "forgiven" by the frater
nity which expelled him for a col
lege prank a mere 55 years ago, it
was learned this week.
The offense, so old no one could
remember just what it was. was
adjudged "trivial and he again Is
a brother of Sigma Chi.
The justice, who became a mem
ber of Beta Theta Pi as soon as
Sigma Chi dropped him in 1881,
accepted the reinstatement "in the
same kindly and fraternal spirit"
in which it was offered, Chester
W. Cleveland, editor of the Sigma
Chi magazine, disclosed.
John S. McMillin of Roche Har
bor, Wash., who pledged the future
jurist and initiated him, held Van
Devanter had been wronged in his
expulsion, which followed a
"schoolboy disagreement." Also,
Cleveland said, it was embarrass
ing for the fraternity to issue a
directory carrying the name of a
supreme court justice and opposite
it the word expelled.
To get the justice back, Sigma
Chi had to ask Beta Theta Pi's
permission. The Betas were nice
about it, making Van Devanter
one of the country's few dual fra
Harvard College Proposes
Stamp for 3rd Centennial
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 11.
A special postage stamp to com
memorate the three hundredth an
niversary of Harvard college has
been proposed to federal postal
authorities by the Harvard Stamp
In a letter to Dr. James B. Con
arit, president of the university,
explaining this action, George B.
Allan and D. H. Malone, president
and secretary, of the club, wrote:
"Such action, of course, is en
tirely on our own responsibility
and does not in any way imply
that we have the official support
of the university." -(College News
MILLER OF U.C.L.A.
MISS SHONKA SPEAKS
TO PI LAMBDA THETA
Consumer Education for
Home Economics Girls
1$ Speech Title.
Miss Rose Shonka, superviser
of Home Economics In the Lincoln
schools, will speak to the members
of Pi Lambda Theta, honorary ed
ucational sorority, Wednesday
night at 7 o'clock in Ellen Smith
hail. The meeting will be in charge
of Miss Carrie King, visiting
teacher in Lincoln.
Miss Shonka's subject will be
"How Important Is Consumer Ed
ucation. " In connection with her
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11. Any
young man with average ability
and serious intent can work his
way through college. And he'll
probably make better grades than
the boy who doesn't have to work.
This is the conclusion of Dr.
Earl J. Milier, dean of men at the
University of California at Los
Angeles, who has observed young
men earning the right to get an
education for some fifteen years.
"Last year 63 percent of all the
men students on the U. C. L. A.
campus worked their way wholly
or partly through school," Dr. Mil
"Figures show that those work
ing their way through make
grades that are a trifle better than
those who are not required to
work. Of course, we have no way
of knowing what grades these
working students might make if
they were unburdened. They
might be even better. But I do
say that working does not seri
ously interfere with studies."
A total of 515 men students
were self-supporting during the
semester ending last June, accord
ing to figures from Mr. Hilen M,
Laughlin. dean of women.
In addition, 1,867 from an en
rollment of 2,913 men students
were partially self-supporting and
756 women from a total of 3,000
women similarly were employed
after school hours.
SAVANTS PLAN HONOR
BIRTH OF DESCARTES
A demonstration in honor of the
three hundredth anniversary of
Descartes' Discourse on Method
will be held in Paris, France, in
1937, concurrently with the 1937
A commission has been for-ned
and with the societies of philoso
phy and the leading personalities
of French intellectual circles is
working to make the ceremony
worthy of Descartes and his work,
The purpose of the ceremony is
to give the savants of the various
countries an opportunity to expand
the thoughts and ideas, as well as
the events, which have led up to
their present day civilizations and
Motor Oil M SSt
Heating Oil 6e Gallon
HON! B1S W
Man Takes Radium Bath
As Result of Rain Storms
CHICAGO, Feb. 11. Every time
it rains man gets a radium bath,
and half an hour afterward there
is laid down on the earth an im
perceptible film of radio-active
These findings were described
this week by Dr. Richards J. Doan
of the University of Chicago. Cos
mic ray meters were made ior me
tests by Dr. Arthur H. Compton,
now beginning new measurements
of cosmic rays in several widely
separated parts of the world.
During trial testing in a single
room, the seven meters were set
up and used to measure the radio
activity of the air during and just
after a rainstorm. (By College
ENGINEERS MAY TRY
IN CONTEST OF ASME
All members of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers
are eligible to try out for the two
entrants positions in the technique
paper contest of the ASMS stu
dent branch convention.
The meeting is scheduled tenta
tively for March 20-21, and will be
held in Kansas City. Nebraska
took first and fourth places in the
contest last year.
Orchesis Meet Without
Orchesis will meet without un
derstudies, at 7 o'clock Feb. 12, to
practice for a program Feb. 15 at
Plymouth Congregational cnurcn.
Seed Coffae Shoo Quick Service
Center 11th and Q Strati
STUDENT 4 mM fj4
lunches to Ay?
Special Table for prefaaaere
Mra. C. Reck
I I I I l
Verhoynnsk is known as the
coldest inhabited spot in the world,
the lowest reading this year was
90 degrees below zero.
New Jersey Is one of the few
states In the un'on which nits
neither a medical nor a dental
The faculty at the University
of Toronto passed a law prohibit
ing students from bringing stenog
raphers to class witn mem to iaKe
Some people can stay longer in
an hour than others can in a
week. William Dean Howells.
Net cost of the World war to the
United States was $27,600,000 a
day, including loans to the allies,
the sum rises to $38,500,000 dally.
The pioneer spirit is not yet
dead in New England. Sixty-five
coeds are out for the rifle team
at the University of Vermont.
Spinach is the fastest selling
vegetable in the student cafeteria
at Georgia's Emery university.
Vanderbilt Phi Psis and Betas
had a private war recently with
eggs, mud balls and garden hose.
Go ahead and sleep. A CCNY
professor of philosophy is quoted
as saying those who sleep in class
When physical education was
made non-compulsory at the Uni
versity of California, enrollment
in the department jumped 1,800.
The typical Harvard man is "an
Indifferent old maggot with a
funny accent" says the university's
More than 3,500 intercollegiate
football games are played at col
leges and universities in the
United States each year. (SNS).
Hawaians did their best strate
gically to unfit the Trojan foot
ball team before the New Year's
game on the islands. S. C. men
were invited to be official guests
at the Kinipopopekupekuwawae
Hula Ku'i. otherwise known as a
football dance. Merely trying to
pronounce the name, let alone an
evening of dancing, would have
proved too much for a less hardy
group of men.
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