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Vol. 50 No. 159
LINCOLN 8, NEBRASKA
Friday, July 14, 1950
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UTAH DINOSAUR In addition to recovering fossils found in Nebraska, the staff of the museum re
stbres fossils not found in Nebraska for display. This Mesozoic era dinosaur lived several million years
ago in Utah. It is being assembled by the museum staff, and will be put on display in the Founders
room of Morrill hall this fall. Nebraska is one of the richest fossil areas in the world and each sum
mer field expeditions from the museum add another chapter to the history of the state. The 1950 ex
peditions are a far cry from those of sixty years ago when the excavators were protected from hostile
Indians by a detachment of United States Cavalrymen.
Field Expeditions Highlight
Summer Work Of
Field expeditions will high
light the work of the University
Museum this summer. As a sort
of anniversary observance of its
first regular field expedition
sixty years ago, the workers will
excavate and recover fossils and
other information from ten sites
in Nebraska, largest number at
tempted since 1940. .
Nebraska is one of North
America's richest regions in beds
of well-preserved fossils many of
them remains of huge, fierce
beasts now extinct. Explorers
from a few museums and geo
logical surveys first visited some
of these fossil areas before Ne
braska became a state On these
occasions the intrepid scientists
were protected from hostile In
dian tribes by U. S. Cavalrymen.
Dr. C. B. Schultz, director of
the museum, says this summer's
field parties will gather material
. for "missing chapters" in the long
story of Nebraska's development
covering about the last 35 mil
An outline of the story has al
ready, taken form, but mdre de
tails need to be supplied from
, excavations before museum
scientists will be able to interpret
' fully how our ancient soils de
veloped, how our native animal
and plant life evolved and how
early man lived in Nebraska.
The University Museum was
, established in 1874. Its first di
rector, Prof Samuel Aughey,
made occasional expeditions to
remot areas of the state, how
ever, it wasn't until 1891 when
the l&te Dr. Erwin E. Barbour
joined the staff as Museum Di
rector that the expeditions were
put on a regular summer sched
ule. Dr. Barbour and his co
workers traveled in wagons
'. which made the expeditions to
northwest Nebraska rather long
journeys. The camps generally
were housed in "tepee type"
tents, and most of the excavating
' was a pick and shovel job. Oct
casionally, however,, horse power
was used to remove large quan
tities of earth.
The discoveries of fossils of
prehistoric animals by Dr. Bar
bour in the 1890's was sensational
news among scientists and- soon
expeditions from many European
and American universities and
musuems were invading the state
each summer and carrying off
large quantities of rare fossil
specimens many of which could
not be duplicated.
The late Charles Morrill of
Stromsburg, after whom the pres
ent home of the State Museum
Morrill hall, is named, came to
the aid of Dr. Barbour who was
having difficulty finding suf
ficient funds to finance the sum
mer field trips. Morrill con
tributed generously and regularly.
His example set a pattern for fi
nancing Museum expeditions.
Except for the 1947-49 expedi
tions, all have been financed by
private philanthropy. The amount
sent by private donors to help the
Museum field work is over $250,
000 in the past sixty years. Not
able among the contributors were
Morrill, the late Hector Maiben
of Palmyra, the late Sidney Sweet
of Bridgeport and Childs Frick of
New York City. Today funds are
contributed to the Museum for
field work and other purposes
through the University of Ne
Many of the significant discov
eries of fossils in the state, ad
cording to Dr. Schultz, have been
made by farmers, ranchers, and
amateur paleontologists, who
reported their findings to the Uni
versity. Medicine Creek
The principal excavation pro
gram of the Museum this summer
as is being financed in part by
funds supplied by Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Maiben of Palmyra and
Childs Frick. The site is near the
Medicine Creek Dam ten miles
north of Cambridge, and is being
dug in cooperation with the Na
tional Park Service. Valuable
fossils of prehistoric animals, and
important living sites of early
tribesmen who roamed Nebraska
8,000 to 12,000 years ago are lo
cated in the vicinity of the res
ervoir and must be recovered be
fore they are buried and lost
forever beneath the impounded
The excavation "work at Medi
cine Creek this summer is under
the general supervision of Dr.
Schultz, but the recovery of ma
terials from human, dwelling
sites is being directed at the site
by Mott Davis, the Museum's
Curator of Anthropology. The
excavation of fossilized remains
of camels, horses, shovel tusked
elephants, giant rhinos and giant
sabre tooth tigers which roamed
the area about one million years
ago is being supervised by Jerry
R. Folsom of Lincoln.
Assisting Dr. Schultz in the
Museum's co-operative field
work this summer are W. D.
Frankforter, associate curator of
Vertebrate Paleontology, and Dr.
Gilbert C. Lueninkhoener of Mid
land college, a Museum Research
Giant Bear Dog
One of the expeditions has
already made a significant dis
covery. At a site on Davis Creek
between St. Paul and Loup City
a Museum party directed by
Loren . Toohey, Lincoln, has re
covered the fossilized jaw bone
of a giant bear dog, the -first of
its kind found in Nebraska by the
University State Museum.
Other sites Deing dug by
Museum parties this summer in
clude besides Medicine Creek
and Davis Creek, those near Rey
nolds, Wahoo, Hartirigton, in
Holt County, the Middle Loup
region, the badlands in northwest
Nebraska, Box Butte county and
at Wildcat range.
Other members c. the field
parties this summer are: Leonard
O. Short, Lincoln; Charles R.
Shupbach, Lincoln; Bruce R.
Minteer, Lincoln; Sidney R. Ash,
Albuquerque, N. M.; Thomas R.
Becker, Lincoln; Carl Amato,
Omaha, and Edward F. Sabatka,
Pinewood bowl will be the scene
of the annuals community light
opera, "The Chocolate Soldier,"
July 14 and 16.
The show will be presented free
to the public according to direc
tor Oscar Bennett. The cast of
nine principals will be supported
by a 50-voice chorus and accom
panied by a 27-piece orchestra.
Written by Oscar Straus, this
production is classed among, the
most delightful in the light opera
For many students today, marks
the end of the University six
weeks summer session. The offi
cial announcement came from the
office of Dr. Frank E. Sorenson,
director of the summer session.
The registrar's officii does not
have an official calculation of the
number of students who will leave
campus at the end of the short
term, but the drop is expected to
A total of 3,292 students are en
rolled in the entire summer ses
sion, more than one third of whom
Although no system of final
exams is set up for the summer
session, finals will be given dur
ing the regular classroom periods.
Grades and credits for summer
In Home State
Nebraska engineering graduates,
a big percent of them in the top
half of their post war classes, are
finding jobs in Nebraska, Dean
Roy M. Green of the College of
Engineering and Architecture told
members of the Lincoln Rotary
Club Tuesday noon at the Corn
It's simply not true that we are
exporting our best young people
to the urban center of the east and
west coasts, Dean Green declared.
He said a recent study of the col
lege's graduates shows that of
3,470 alumni 1,029 live and work
in Nebraska. Other high ranking
states are: California 340 gradu
ates, Illinois 219, New York 107
and Iowa 99.
"University engineering gradu
ates are industrious, responsible
and not radical in a social sense,
Dean Green said. "Some of the
best students in Nebraska enroll
in the College of Engineering and
Architecture, and oiir graduates
rank among the best in America
There is proof for these- state
ments in the high school records
and the placements tests of Ne
braska engineering grads."
Dean Green labeled as a "myth"
that the engineering profession is
overcrowded. America s engineer
ing colleges graduated 91,000 in
1949 and 1950, yet the supply has
not met the demand, he said. Be
cause of rumors of overcrowding
in engineering freshman classes
last year at Nebraska and else
where in the nation were below
normal with the result that ex
perts now are forecasting a short
age of engineers by 1953.
The second Book Chat, spon
sored by the Union, will be held
Monday, July 17, from four to six
in the Union Book Nook. The
two-hour chats feature discussion,
Featured in Book Chat are two
speakers, familiar to University
people. 'Miss Mary Mielenz,
Teachers College professor, will
review "The Peabody Sisters of
Salem" by Louise Hall Tharp.
Mrs. Robert Baker, graduate stu
dent in educational psychology,
will comment on Mary Laswell's
"One on the House."
. Miss Mielenz is well-known in
student activities as sponsor of
The University of Nebraska
Builders and the Student Coun
cil. Her specialty m Teachers'
College, is English. She received
her doctorate from the University
Mrs.. Robert Baker, formerly
Mary Dye. was a 1948 Mortar
Board on the University campus
and president of Coed Counselors
while a student. ,
school courses will be mailed to
students in the fall.
The University's summer ses
sion program, is under the direc
tion of a summer session commit
tee headed by Dr. Frank, Soren
son, of Teachers College. The com
mittee is composed of heads of
the various departments in which
summer session courses are of
fered. In addition to setting up
the summer curriculum, this
committee is responsible for a
variety of clinics.
The eight-weeks session will
end Friday, July 28. Finals will
be given in the class-room period
during the last week of the ses
sion. There will be no Saturday
classes since the last day was
made up after the 4th of July
Henninger University students will not be
effected in the present draft call,
Brig. Gen. Guy Henninger told a
Daily Ncbraskan reporter Wednes
day. General Henninger, State Selec
tive Service director, said present
regulations provide that an aca
demic year which has already be-...
gun cannot be interrupted. By
these standards the general said
students probably won't have to
worry unless a national emergency
is declared. .
The first draft call since 1948
was issued Monday by the De
partment of Defense, which di
rected Selective Service to fur
nish 20,000 men for the Army "at
the earliest possible date."
The Daily Nebraskan, in an at
tempt to clear up any doubt in
the minds of students concerning
the draft, obtained the following
answers to pertinent questions
from General Henninger.
1 Q. How many men will face
drafting in the country?
A. About 635,000 in the na
tion. 2 Q. What is Nebraska's quota?
A. In the present draft, 174
3 Q. How many men are regis
tered now in Nebraska?
A. Approximately 95,000.
4 Q. How many of those are
in Class 1-A, or "acceptable and
ready" for physical examinations
A. Approximately 19.
5 Q. What will be the first step
taken in Nebraska regarding the
A. Since it usually takes
from five to six examinations to
produce one acceptable draftee,
800 men will be ordered to induc
tion centers for physicals and then
21 days later 174 of those men
will be called.
6 Q. What are the deferment
A. Class II, occupational
status; Class III, dependency;
Class IV, deferred by law or be
cause of unfitness for military ser
vice; Group V-A, age.
7 Q. Who must register?
A. Any youth must register
within five days after reaching his
18th birthday. However, he is not
eligible for service until he is 19.
The law says everyone, including
veterans must register. s
8 Q. For how long a period
of service will men be drafted?
A. For 21 months, unless war
is declared. Then it will be for the
9 Q. How will potential induc
tees be selected?
A. There will be no "gold
fish bowl" drawing of numbers as
before. Each person registered has
a code number indicating his age
group. Drafting will start with the ,
oldest 1-A under 26 years and
work downward into the lower age
brackets until the quota is met.
See DRAFT, Page 3.
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