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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Tuflsriav. December 19, 1950
Girl of the Year
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CALENDAR FINALISTS One of these coeds
will be elected "Girl of The Year" Jan. 6. The
finalists are: (front row) Hattie Mann, Phil
Wheeler and Grace Burkhart. (center row)
Carol Giltner, Jo Richards, Ruth Raymond and
Lou Kennedy, back row) Barbara Roland,
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Amherst President Debates
Universal Military Service
In the recent issue of Look,
president James Bryant Conant
of Harvard university suggested
a plan of universal military
service under which all 18-year-old
boys without exception
would be drafted for two years'
service. The able-bodied and
mentally competent would form
part of the armed forces; the
unfit would form some sort of
useful service in other capaci
ties. President Charles Woolsey
Cole of Amherst college, in re
ply to Conant's views on UMS,
condemns his plans for the fol
UMS was long tried in coun
tries like Germany, Italy, Rus
sia and France. From the ex
perience of these countries, there
is little evidence to support the
products often claimed for it
an improvement in democracy,
patriotism or national health. It
is an odd fact that the only major
powers victorious in both world
wars (Great Britain and the
United States) were the only
ones that did not have UMS.
The kind of military strength
we need now is certainly changed
irom the early wars when su
premacy was based upon mass
man power. Today, the engi-1
neer, surgeon ana tne produc- j
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In I-M Hockey
Eleven organized groups and
several independent men ex
pressed favorable opinions on the
proposed installation of ice-hockey
as an intramural sport at the
first meeting Wednesday night.
Those present, on deciding that
hockey competition could be
come a reality as far as enough
teams competing were concerned,
elected a chairman to preside
over the developmnt of the
Tom Beal of Omaha was chos
en as this chairman because of
his contact with organized and
amateur hockey In Omaha.
Beal will head a board con
sisting of one representative and
an alternate from every compet
ing team, fraternity or indepen
dent. This board will Investigate
all angles of beginning competi
tion and report all Information
to C. E. "Charlie" Miller, Direc
tor of the intramural program.
It is hopftl that the I-M Depart
ment will look with f.ivor upon
the work of this board and co
operate to the fullest.
Organizations who hnd repre
sentatives at the Wednesday
meeting were Delta Sigma Phi,
Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Tau
Omega, Sigma Phi Epnilon, Delta
Tau Delta, Pioneer House, Phi
'Gamma Delta. Theta Xi, Alpha
'Gamma Rho, Phi Kappa Psi, and
Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
On Ed Majors
"Dr. Frank E. Sorenson, chair
man of the department of edu
cational services, has requested
that any student planning to
teach in the next few years as
semble their materials for cre
This registration in the depart-
'tnnt is very important to all
who plan to teach as they go on
the permanent files, he stressed.
For those who are not plan
ning on teaching in the imme
diate future, Dr. Sorenson urged
promptness in filing anyway.
Such information will be very
ww'ful in the future, he said.
Men who think they will be
drafted and not be able to teach
bould file their credentials.
'They -will not need to bring the
'Usual number of pictures. These
re often referred to by army
'officials when considering candi
dates for Officer's Training
Even If a job has been .'
furwl all studenta who will be
eligible to tench next year are
tipyd to get their material filed
ms they arc valuable when look
h:i for a job.
Finalists . .
tion expert behind the lines are
vital parts of our military power.
Trained Man Power
We cannot compete with Rus
sia in raw man power. Where
we can compete is in trained,
educated, skilled man power.
Because we educate a larger
proportion of our youth than any
other country, we can provide
our armed forces with more
specialists and back up our
armed forces with more special
ists than any other country. Dr.
Conant's proposal will cause a
two-year gap in our flow of
trained youth, a gap that will
never be made up.
We should not take every fit
boy as he comes from high
school and put him untrained
and unskilled into uniform.
About 60,000 to 80,000 of the
ablest high school graduates
should be put Into colleges, so
that they may better serve the
armed forces with the added
skills and knowledge they will
Another kind of objection to
Dr. Conant's plan comes from
the fact that, under it, 18-and
19-year-olds would be used for
fighting, garrison and occupation
duties, they might not be mature
enough at foreign posts to resist
temptations thrust at them'
The defense department plans
to relv heavily on the ROTC for
officer training. It might be
hard to get 20-year-olds just out
from two years service to enlist
In the ROTC and obligate them-
selves for two years' more serv'
ice. Also, the transition from the
present selective service system
to UMS might be very ciumsy
One can agree with Dr. Conant
this far: In the present state of
the world we must maintain very
large armed forces. Therefore,
every fit young man will prob
ably have to serve the nation,
sooner or later, for a period of
something like two years. But
the question of when and how
that service should be rendered
One such solution might be to:
1. Continue the present selec
tive service system.
2. Defer the service of young
men who show by tests that
they can profit by further train
ing. 3. Continue deferment only so
long as their performance In col
lege or graduate school indicates
that their education is making
them more useful to the nation.
4. Emphasize their obligation
to serve at the completion of
their training by extending their
liability to the draft for one
month for each month they have
Instruct selective service to
draft every man who has been
deferred for training unless a
presidential manpower commis
sion determines that he is more
urgently needed elsewhere.
This proposal, Cole believes,
would accomplish every useful
purpose and every military pur
pose that would be attained by
Dr. Conant's plan.
The views on UMS of Cole
and Conant are not necessarily
supported by The Dally Nebras
kan. But it is significant that
both men agree on the urgent
need for Immediate strengthen
ing and augmentation of our
forces through conscription and
military training of youth. The
methods alone ore In question.
Shi dents Organize
A new club has been organized
at Southern Methodist university.
It is the AFDP or American Fed
eration of Disgusted Politicians.
The only requirement for mem
bership is the simple- statement
"I am through with school."
One of the chief aims of the
society, since all members are
required to renounce school, is
to keep those belonging from
straying back into political life.
Consequently, they intend to hold
h continuous meeting during the
two weeks before the spring
According to the president
(who appoints himself, there are
no elections In the club) a service
of the group is to have h list of
SO people available to i(?n pe
titions for class officers immediately,
Ilarriet Wenke, Nancy Pumphry and Cathie
Corp. "The Girl of The Year" will be picked
by poular vote at the calendar dance in the
Union Jan. 6. The dance will be sponsored by
the Union and University Builders.
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During the Christmas holidays,
various instructors will take ad
vantage of the vacation to at
tend language conventions.
The Modern Language associa
tion of America will hold their
annual meeting in New York
City, Dec. 27, 28 and 29.
Attending the meeting from
the University will be the pro
fessors C. E. Pulos, Robert E.
Knoll, Kenneth Forward, Albert
Rosenburg, Thomas Raysor, Ma
bel Strong, Mamie Meredith, and
Prof. Joseph Alexis will leave
for New Orleans, Dec. 20, to at
tend the meeting of the Ameri
c a n Association of Spanish
Ag Union Wants 'Brin gable
Hobbies for 'BalV Display
By Jane Randall
The cave man started it all
'way back when he couldn't find
anything to do with himself. So,
today in those underground
passages, we have pretty little
pictures of their hunting expedi-
Nearly every retail business in
Nebraska has a marked monthly
variation in sales, a study pre-
pared by the University's depart
ment of business research shows.
The report, first to give the
exact timing and amount of sea
sonal swing in retail sales over
the state, is based on date which
the department has been collect
ing since 1947 from retail mer
chants. It indicates that the Christmas
season brings a huge volume of
business to stores selling furni
ture, clothing, variety goods,
luxuries and drugs. Grocery sales
also reach their peak in Decem
ber. During the pre-holiday buying
period Nebraskans purchase 13.7
percent of their year's supply of
luxuries including furs, jewelry,
liquor, sporting goods and books.
In January the percentage drops
to a mere 6.9.
Clothing and variety goo-ls are
not far behind luxuries in Christ
mas time popularity. Thirteen
percent of sales of these Items
take place then. January (i.3
per cent) and February (6 per
cent) are the lows, and a smaller
slump In midsummer is also in
dicated. Oreatest variation Is In fuel
and ice sales. Dealers In this line
do 14.8 per cent of their year's
business in January and only 3.R
per cent in May. The influence
of the weather is also felt by
building material dealers, who do
10.9 per cent of their business
In October as compared to 5.R
per cent in February.
Seasonal variations ior oiner
types of stores Include the
following: automobile dealer 1
peak, August, low, January, e.u- i
ing and drinking places peak,
September-October, low, Febru
ary; hardware dealers peak,
October, low, February; furniture
stores peak, December, low,
January; service stations peak,
July, low, February, and drug
stores peak, December, low,
Ag Ec Club
The Asian problem is quite
complex and it's complexity is
added to by the fact that most
communist -China soldiers do mot
realize what communism really
is. This coupled with the com
mon belief that the Nationalist
government contained consider
able graft, were the only 2 points
of agreement reached by the Ag
Economics club at their regular
monthly meeting Thursday.
The topic, "What can we do in
Asia?" was put to a forum -composed
of Dr. A. T. Anderson, as
sistant professor of history, nd
Dr. C. Clyde Mitchell, head of
the department of agricultural
economics. Around 85 students
Anderson said that our actions
are limited to that which Asian
people want. We must treat them
as our equals, 'he said, and we
should let them make their own
"Win the Masses"
To "win the masses," as Ander
son said, we must give them
what they want: Security, a fair
government, food and clothing.
"We could never occupy Russia
and China, even if we did con
quer them, and we can conquer
thpm if we do it now," he said.
Dr. Mitchell said "One reason
for our failure to successfully
occupy South Korea and influ
ence the Chinese people is be
cause of our use of the military
system of occupation." Mitchell
said that military men are taught
that things are right or wrong,
white or black, to retreat or stay.
United Nations should administer
in Asia. It was brought up, how
ever, that when people of several
nations work together in war or
reconstruction, there is bound to
Dr. Anderson stated that Japan
should not be rearmed, for by
so doing, we would defeat our
original purpose, and that is to
establish 4 peaceful Japanese
The two men disagreed as to
whether the Unied Nations forces
now in Korea should stay there
if they can. Dr. Mitchell said
with the United States armed
strength expected in the next
two years, Communist China
troops, with their Mongolian
method" of warfare, could be
driven almost anywhere.
tions and trapping enterprises.
And, if it weren't for inspira
tion and a little spare tim,
those puzzling Egyptian hiero
glyphics or that perplexing
Babylonian cunieform probably
never have been.
Where would the law of grav
ity be if Isaac Newton hadn't
been sitting loafing under that
! apple tree?
Then, if Edison hadn't been
fiddling around in his laboratory
! for the fun of it, the electric
light probably wouldn't be at
the point of development that
it is today.
Goodyear's vulcanization of
rubber came from boiling the
stuff to see what would hap
pen to it a curiosity that he
could attack only when he wasn't
on the job. He had to do it in
an old kettle right on the kitchen
stove, to top everything off!
Women can thank Alexander
Graham Bell for playing with
crystals, batteries and wires.
This little accident turned into
a little instrument that some
people call the telephone.
What does all this prove? It
all goes to show what can 'be
accomplished if someone has
some leisure time to devote to
doing or making something that
he wouldn't get the opportunity
to do otherwise. It serves as an
outlet or vent to feeling and gets
something useful or beneficial
accomplished in the process. It
can be summed up in one word
Indeed, there are a variety of
these little gems. It muy mean
collecting anything from stamps
and coins to fossils or odd spe
cies of bacteria. Again, it may
be the process of doing some
thing like making model air
planes, experimenting with a
new cure for glandular fever, or
even Kinging in the shower.
What ever it muy be, If It is
"brlngable," ull Ag students are
encouraged to bring back their
hobbies after Christmas vacation.
The Ag Union is planning to put
them on display then.
Also, during Intermission nt
the Sno Hall, if you fellows want
1() entertain your dates in fine
style, the aggregation tf proj
ects will be sitting up there in
the hall for you to show them.
How about that now? Why
don't you cart that hobby, what
ever It is, back with you? After
all, no one's going to know you
have It unless you show 'every
one that it's there.
Bring 'em back Intact!
Prepare to Step into b -responsible
'I'xacutrve position in the 'retailing
field: 'buying, -advertising, 'fashion,
personnel. Specialized truitiinp, ex
cluaively for college graduates, covers
merchandising, personnel manage
ment, textile, store organization, sales
promotion, and all phases of store
activity. Reulistic approach under
store-trained faculty. Classes are com
bined wilh paid store work. Students
are usually placed before graduation.
Coeducational. Master's degree.
Limited enrollment. Write Admissions
Office for Ilulletin C
9UHtAU fOX ftfMU TRAINING
OF PITTSBURGH -. Pltltburjh 13, Pi.
"As I look hack on it U now,
I realize how little I knew of
what was going on in the world
when 1 was a student in ollege."
With this observation, the dean
of the college of Aits and
Sciences. Charles Oldfather, re
flects his experiences while at
tending the University of Ger
many at Munich prior to World
Sent over on a -competitive
scholarship with only a reading:
knowledge of German, Dr. Old
father picked ip the language
easily while boarding with a Ger
"I liked the Germans he re
members. "They were very kind
Although he studied there for
just a year, it was at this time
that he decided to devote his f
forts to history rather than be
come a Presbyterian minister.
Born in Tabri
Oldfather's isarents were mis
sionaries in Persia for 18 years.
He was born in Tabn. How
ever, because his parents re
turned to the United States two
He received his bachelor of arts
years later, he remembers very
little about his birthplace,
at Hanover college. McCormick
Theological seminary was his
next objective, where he studied
for three years. After this he
went abroad to school.
After finishing at Munich, the
dean made excursions all over
Europe, visiting Paris. Rome,
Naples and London.
His first instructorship was at
the Syrian Protestant college at
"I decided to teach here in or
der to pacify my missionary im
pulse," Oldfather said. "Students
from all over the world Iraq,
Greece, the Balkans, Egypt, the
United States came to study
here, and I felt that it was my
opportunity to help educate the
peoples of the world."
The principal language spoken
at this university was English.
The college, nonsectarian, was
founded under the laws of New
York state. It thrives on dona
tions from the Presbyterian and
Congregational churches, as well
The dean was also a professor
of classics at Hanover college and
a professor of Greek and ancient
history at Wabash college, Craw
fordsville. Ind., prior to coming to
the University. During this time
he attended summer sessions at
the Universities of Illinois, Wis
consin and Chicago, receiving his
Ph.D. at the University of Wis
consin in 1922.
Since then he has been a pro
fessor of history. Three years
later he was made chairman of
the department of history, a po
sition which he held for 17 years.
Three years after his appoint
ment to the chairmanship he be
came the dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences.
Dean Oldfather belongs to a
number of historical associations,
is a Phi Beta Kappa and a mem
ber of Phi Delta Theta fratern
ity. Hanover college conferred
an honorary doctor of laws de
gree on him in 1933.
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Sciences Charles H. Oldfather listens to the troubles of students,
advises them on the number of hours they should scarry, and
teaches classes in history on the side. Ha ving been on the Uni
versity staff for 24 years as professor of history, .chairman of the
department of history, he is now Dean of the College of Arts and
Library Supplements Class
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library many -of them wondered
just why the library doesn't
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comics or why it does not seem
to be on a par with the Lincoln
Public library in regard to fic
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tion is that "essentially a good
university library -must support
the -curriculum of the institution
of which it is a part by provid
ing proper study and reference
materails; it must provide ma
terials to keep the faculty abreast
of their fields for teaching pur
poses; it must provide materials
for research needed by advanced
students and individual faculty
members; and it must encourage
students to read for pleasure.
In order to implement these
obpectives the University library
concentrated on developing its
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