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THE DAILY NEBftASKAN
Thursday, April 3, 1947
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September SO. 1922.
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periods, by the students of the University of Nebraska under tha supervision
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n Lincoln. Nebraska, under Act of Conareea. March . 1870- a rut arvx-ui
rovldod for ha section 1103. act of October ft. 1817. authorized
The Dally Nebraska Is published by the atodwita ef the University of Nebraska as
a expmsloa ef ntndrnt news aad opinion' only. According to article II of the By laws
awveralna stvdent publications and adminliterrd by the Board ef Publications: 'It Is
the declared policy ef the Board that publications ander Its Jurisdiction shall be free
from editorial censorship on the part ef the Board, or on the part ef any member ef
sae incnity ei tne university; bet member ef the staff of The Dally Nebraska are per
oaally responsible (or what they say or de or canse to be printed."
(Ed. Note: The opinions expressed by columnists In The Dally Nebraska de
mm aeeesseruy represent inesc et tne ntvcrsiiy er lit Dally Nebraskan.)
Ml tor Shirley Jenkins
Maaagin Editors Dale Novotny. Jack HIU
News Kdltnra. .. .Jeanae Kerrigan, Norm Lreer, Pat Jensen, Welly Becker, 8ne Golden
Pports Kdltor Georse Miller
Boeieiy MUr , Jensen
Editor Charles Brim
especial reatnre Editor Bam Wai
. . BUSINESS STAFF
pea mess Manager , Jim Vaa Ijuidlairham
CHrcnlation Manager , , Keith Jones
Assistant Bnslness Manners Goold Flsrt, Al 'Lani, BIU Wilkin
A recent release from the university publicity office
has caused a classic tempest in a teapot in the newspapers
or tne state, n or the benetit of our readers who may have
missed the stories in this week's daily papers, the general
effect was one that condemned university freshmen as hav
ing a knowledge of grammar comparable to "fifth or sixth
The manner in which most of the state's newspapers
handled the story was strangely triumphant. Instead of
condemning and deploring an unfortunate situation, such
staunch supporters of "the white spot" of America as the
Lincoln Journal and the Omaha World-Herald reared back
on their haunches and pointed a sanctimonious finger at
We think it orily proper to return the pointed finger
and remarK tnat tne fault does not lie with the university
alone, instead of adopting an "Oh My:" attitude, we sue
gest that the Lincoln Journal and the Omaha World-Herald
take a second look at the condition of education in this
state. A campaign to increase state support of education
and raise the level of grade school and high school mstruc
tion would be far more profitable than needless slaps at
a university already overburdened with students and un
derstaffed with instructors.
Apparently a line has been drawn whereby the state's
graybeards will sit back, smile complacently and say," It
wasn't that way when we were in school." But let us hope
that these same graybeards stop and think that today, the
system of schooling in the Umted States, and more parti
cularly in Nebraska, is laboring under an unprecedented
strain. And let us hope that the graybeards of Nebraska
wake up and realize that the pitiful conditions brought
about by their own actions can be remedied only by fur
ther action on their parts. J. H.
You Can Be Proud...
In the past several years there seems to have de
veloped in the mind of the average student a feeling of in
feriority and apology in regard to the university. Such a
condition does not prevail because of any mismanagement
or incompetency on the part of the administrative officials
but has been created largely by a steady journalistic and
verbal diet rich in criticism. 'Furthermore this criticism
frequently has been petty, misdirected, or based on alarm
ing ignorance of the underlying causes of the situation.
The overall effect has been to give the impression that there
is nothing about the University of Nebraska of which a
Cornhusker may be proud.
In order to offset this condition the Daily Nebraskan
is starting today a series of articles designed to bring to
light some of the historically interesting points in the uni
versity about which anyone may be proud. The series is
predicted on the dual assumption that the amount of educa
tion and success a person may secure is to a great degree
in direct ratio to the amount of effort with which he pur
sues it, and that the reputation and prestige of a univer
sity is dependent upon the success and prestige of its grad
uates and its faculty.
Therefore a good indication of what may be gained
from the university is to be found by studying the lives and
the activities of these two groups.
It is not the thought of the Daily Nebraskan to con
demn criticism, but to balance the scales between construc
tive criticism and justifiable praise. J. C. and D. M.
TWO STUDENTS want ride to Seotubhrff
or thereabouts April 5. or . Will share
expenses. Call 5-7337 after 6:00 p. m.
BICYCLE renters wanted. Tandems or
singles. Phone 5-9129. 25th Ac N Street.
"Ted's Rent a Bike"
LOST Silk bandana with "worM" de
sign, between Union and Chi Omega
house. Call S-7913.
LOST Parker pencil, name. Ted Rothkop
stamped in gold. Reward. -312ft.
RIDE Wanted to or near Emerson, Ne
brasla for couple and baby. Call a-aWf,
Swim Group . .
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take part In the finale which will
be the month of April finishing
the year. It will begin with "April
Showers" and finish with an Eas
Spotlights and appropriate cos
tumes are being used for the en
The trouble with champagne Is
that it makes you see double .
but feel single
Engineering graduates have an
opportunity for appointment to
the Civil Engineering Corps with
the rank of Ensign or Lieutenant
(jg) in the Regular Navy, Capt. M
D. Matthews, professor of Naval
Science of the university has been
informed by the Chief of Naval
Graduates having degrees in
practically all classes of engineer
ing are eligible for appointment,
The Civil Engineer Corps includes
not only civil engineering but also
mechanical, electrical, architec
tural and others. All graduates
appointed to a commission receive
indoctrination and some training
prior to assuming active duty.
Men interested should write, or
call at, the Office of Naval Pro
curement in Kansas City, Mo. A
1- 1 - A A . .....
pampniei containing additional
information is available at the of
fice of the Professor of Naval
Science, Navy Hall, on the uni
Five members of the Coed
Counselor board have been elected
officers of the organization under
the new regulations of the board.
Lois Gillett has been named sec
retary, and Marian McElhaney
will assume the position of treas
urer, selected as chairman of pub
licity is Jackie Wightman.
Nancy Gish and Jeanne Branch
will become chairmen of the two
hobby groups. Book Review and
Charm School. These Dositions
iormeriy were tilled by non-mem
bers, but the board recently voted
to change the procedure and ap
point the chairmen from among
Newly elected Coed Counselor
board members are Mary Dye,
president and Beverly Jackson.
vice president Senior members
are Joan Fankhauser and Marcia
Mockett Shirley Sabin is the jun
Sophomore members include
Dorothy Boreens. Nancv Iiwrv
T : , . '
iduiue oenran ana Jeanne Ma-
Dr. A, Rehwinkel
Speaks to Gamma
Delta Church Club
Dr. A. M. Rehwinkel. Drofessor
of theology at Concordia seminary,
St Louis, Mo., will address the
Gamma Delta Lutheran group at
the regular weekly meeting, which
will be held in the Temple build
ing on Thursday, 7:15 p. m.
His topic will be "The Christian
And The World Today."
The speaker has in recent
months, talked before various
groups at the Universities of Wis
consin and Illinois. At present,
he is in Lincoln as speaker for the
Lutheran noon-day Lenten serv
ices held in the Varsity theater on
Wednesday, Thursday, and Fri
day of this week.
Kay McKay and Val Gonzalez
have been named Union bridge
tournament champions. Myron
Levinson and Sam Granger placed
second with Roger Garer and
John Huston, third.
The champions will represent
Nebraska in the Big Six tourna
ment on April 25 and 26.
Pat Lahr also announced today
that the Union food departments
will close at 7 p. m. Friday for
vacation. Following the juke box
dance from 9 to 11:30 on Friday,
the Union building will close to
re-open at 8 a. bl, Monday,
To The Editor:
March thirty-first and Lincoln's blue skies, the nice
warm breezes and the sun streaming through the trees
reminded me of a typical day in Hawaii. If only I were
there now, away from this unreal world where only make
believe carries me from day to day. Hawaii . . . my home,
was never like this.
Yet, perhaps I am more fortunate than I think for had
I remained at home I would never have known what pre
judice and discriminations mean, disguised as a wretch in
a mansion of democracy. What I can not understand is
how people believing they belong to the greatest nation
on this earth can tolerate such lowly practices which even
in as tiny a place as Hawaii are almost entirely non
When I arrived here on January 31st, 1947, I hoped,
and prayed that here I could find some link with what I
was told America was like. I am a premedical student
and naturally inquired immediately about the College of
Medicine. I found that institution likewise polluted with
germs, germs of a discriminating nature.
Secondly, I found that the dormitories were not open
for people like myself. Luckily the International House was
waiting with outstretched arms to receive me and try to
protect my interests. A wonderful thing, I say, but not
as extensive as it should be.
Lastly I found that affiliation with sororities and
fraternities was impossible for anyone with skin any darker
than the supenciliously arrogant whites.
Ah, but I am glad for as the weeks have passed I have
lost some of the bitterness which seemed insurmountable
during the first few days here at the University of Ne
braska. I hope it is not that I have given up hope and
said that it is not my problem because I can always go
home. I will always be fighting, for I have found in
dividuals here who do not care that my skin is yellow,
that I am of Japanese origin for they delight in the things
I can offer and are not merely awed by curiosity that I
speak and act as much American as anyone else.
To these persons who have made my adiusting easier
I owe a great deal and will always feel indebted to them.
For now' when I return home I can at least say that there
were some true Americans here in Lincoln. It makes my
heart swell with a kind of happiness I never felt before.
A happiness in the realization that some people look at me
and might say, "I hear that girl is from Hawaii and that
she is greatly interested in statehood for her people", and
not that disgusting statement, "There goes a Jap!"
Bessey Hall Built for Former
By JOnN CONNELLY
and DAVE MILLER.
No full account of the history
of the Cornhusker school and the
Dersonalities involved would be
complete without full considera
tion of the life and work of Dr.
E. Bessey. When Professor
Bessey came to the university in
August of 1884, he came as dean
of the industriaeollege as well as
professor of botany.
He left the Iruits oi 15 years oi
labor at Ames college, Iowa, to
assume his active clas work at a
university in which botanical
work was practicaly non-existent
When he entered upon the scene
there was no botanical equipment
with the exception of a few hun
dred dried specimens, all of them
poorly and many of them im
properly named; it would not be
deceiving to say that he was the
department of botany.
But largely because of his tire
less enthusiasm for his work, the
herbarium has grown to include
more than 35,000 specimens in the
herbarium of the Botanical Sur
vey of Nebraska and more than
300,000 additional specimens
which represent nearly all the
floras oflhe world. The botan
ical library grew from nothing in
the beginning to include a collec
tion of many thousand volumes,
thousands of pamphlets, and a
complete file of nearly all the
botanical journals of home and
It was not long after Professor
Bessey's arival that there were
students, microscopes, laboratories,
library, herbarium and other
equipment in abundance.
The first of the series of newer
buildings on the campus was
named in honor of the man who
did so much toward molding the
structure of future education at
In the Daily Nebraskan of Octo
ber 18, 1918, the year of Dr. Bes-.
sey's death. Chancellor Avery is
sued a formal statement of
the plans for Bessey Hall. As
early as 1911 Chancellor Avery
had suggested in print that such
a building be constructed.
In his statement, the chancel
lor made it plain that he felt Dr.
Bessey great enough to provide
an exception to the rule that no
building carry a person's name
until that person's life work had
been completed. However, Mr.
Bessey's death in March of 1918
made that exception unnecessary.
This rule is still in effect and
Mr. Avery felt it was "in harmony
with the Regents Act of 1915 in
deciding that hereafter the title
of Head Dean shall not be
awarded." Dean Bessey was the
last, and we believe the only per
son here ever to hold that title.
The location of the building met
with the critical approval of Dr.
Bessey. He asked for only one
thing north light for the use of
microscopes. He was, however.
pleased that the building was, as
Mr. Avery put it, "far from the
noise and dust of heavy trainc.
The land south of the building
was originally piannea xor me
construction of greenhouses which
would open into the building
Veterans Administration esti
mated the nation's veteran popu
lation on Feb. 1 at 18,277,000, of
whom 14,341,000 were World War
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