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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Wednesday, Febmary 7, 1951'
(Thin In the first of aerlea of two r
ttcl to be printed in the Dally Nebraa
kan on the history of the University cam
pua. The aecond part of the Beilea win
appear in Thursday Dally Nebraskan)
Philadelphia was the "cradle 'Wtjtt1
of liberty." In the same sense,
the old University Hall was the
cradle of the University of Nebraska.
Old 'U Hall," whose corner
stone was laid Sept. 23, 1869,
housed the University for 15
years after its founding. Within
its walls, the departments of
chemistry, physics, English, his
tory , and philosophy were born.
The library, which then con
sisted of 72 text books, was lo-
cated on the second floor of this
building. The philosophy depart- !
ment, on the main floor, was also
the administration office.
This edifice, whose estimated I
building cost was $100,000,
alarmed the state legislature
when its demands reached
a maximum of $128,980. Seeing,
however, that the extra sum
would make the building more
durable, the legislature had lit
tle to say.
1871 First Registration.
Thus, in 1871, registration
commenced at the University of
Nebraska. That wa in the day
when Nebraska was young. The
University came into being the
15th year after the state was ad
mitted to territorial government,
the second year after its admis
sion to statehood, and 14 years
following the close of the Civil
War and the assassination of
At the same time that the Uni
versity was still in the experi
mental stages, Lincoln was a
comparatively small town. Its
population was approximately
l,ooo. 'mere were iew or no
sidewalks, and a gas plant was
still a dream of the future. Lit
erally, the school was built on
the "raw prairie far out of
town." The iron fence which
surrounded it then is now one of
the curiosities of Wyuka ceme
tery. Six Beginning: Departments.
In the beginning, the Univer
sity consisted of six departments
or colleges. Numbering among
Cradle If UiniQveirsDtv
Part of th Past ...
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them were the college of an
cient and modern literature,
mathematics and natural sci
ences; the department of litera
ture, sciences and arts; the agri
cultural college; the college of
law; the medical courses; the
college of practical sciences, sur
veying and mechanics; and the
school of fine arts. In 1875, the
college of agriculture and prac
tical sciences, surveying and me
chanics were united, only to be
suggested again at the turn of
The original campus covered
four city blocks. Old "U" Hall"
held its own until 1868. The
chapel in the north wing of this
edifice saw many a student wor-
OLD CAMPUS CENTER. .Old University Hall was founded in 1869,
lormcriy located in the center of the original campus. For many
years the building housed the entire University. Originally a
four-story building with a landmark of a steeple, the hall was
always cursed with unstable foundations and a leaky roof. First
the steeple was removed, then the upper stories. Classes were held
in the building until 1948. It was then totally razed to make way
for Ferguson hall.
ship on those Sundays so long
past. Its angelus tolled every day
up to Armistice Day, Nov, 11,
Enrollment 20 to 67.
Still' in its embryonic stages of
development, the University's
number of registrants was com
paratively small. From 1871
1877, enrollment figures read
somewhat like this: 20, 46, 43,
98, 66, 67.
When the campus began to
branch out, the pharmacy build
ing, Nebraska hall, and Grant
Memorial were the first to make
their appearance. Grant was
erected as an armory. Architec
ture hall soon followed, provid
ing a roof for the University's
rapidly expanding library. The
School of Music came in 1894.
Anxious to Study Abroad?
Travel Service Offers Tours
Again this summer as in the
past the Laborde Travel service,
will promote study tours to Eur
ope for students and teachers in
terested in cultural study in
The service is sponsored by
the Cooperative Bureau for
Teachers. Last year 220 persons
traveled under their auspices.
The countries to be visited are
France, Austria, Spain and Den
mark. Specialists in French will
receive intensified instruction
and review at the Paris-University
of Caen summer school. From
there excursions will go to
Mont-Saint-Michel, Rouen and
Although the instruction of
fered at the International sum
mer school at Mayrhofen in Aus
tria will be of major interest to
German students there will also
be side trips to Salesburg music
festival, Bayreith music festival,
and a two weeks art tour through
Spanish teachers will be in
terested in the refresher courses
featured at the Paris-summer
school at University of Santiago
De Compostela, Spain. From
there groups may take planned
excusions to Northern Spain.
Besides refresher courses, the
visits in the Scandinavian coun
tries will include tours of fac
tories, farms, and modern hous
Prices of the trips begin at
$599 which includes roundtrip
transportation on chartered
planes of tourist class boats, some
meals, rooms at universities, ex
cursions etc. Students interested
in the tours should write the
Laborde Travel Service, Inc.,
1776 Broadway, New York 19,
By Grueling Work
Ends Try outs
Final tryouts for "Caesar and
Cleopatra, which is to be pre
sented in March by the Univer
sity speech and dramatic art de
partment, were held Tuesday
The play, written by George
Bernard Shaw, has parts for four
women and 14 men. Any student
in the University is eligible for
a part in the production.
Dallas Williams, assistant pro
fessor of speech and dramatic
art, will direct the play. He has
announced that the members of
the cast will be named the latter
part of this week. They are to
be chosen from the 15 students
who had previously tried out and
any others who attended the open
Students who were asked to
return for final tryouts were;
Pat Loder, Jan Crilly, Sharon
Fritzler, Dorothy Williams, Mary
Mackie, Jack Wenstrand, Charles
Peterson, Jim Tomasek, Wes
Jensby, Don Lewis, Dutch
Meyers, Chuck Rossow, Dave
Sisler, Jerry Young and Dick
After its performance here, the
play will be presented at other
towns in Nebraska. During the
first two weeks in April, members
of the cast will travel to various
parts of the state to give per
formances at s everal speech
"Caesar and Cleopatra" will be
the first "traveling" play that the
University has sponsored.
A. T. Anderson, professor of
History, reports an increase of
student interest in current af
fairs. Prof. Anderson's two history
classes dealing with current af
fairs have increased 15 percent
this semester. Interest in current
history and Russian state affairs
may indicate definite interest on
the part of the1 students to the
present and future, world situa
tion. Not only this University, but
world conditions are having their
impact on the teaching staff of
Lehigh university at Bethlehem,
Pa. Dr. W. Leon Godshall, head
of the department of internation
al relations, reports that students
are flocking in to register for this
semester's course in "The Diplo
macy of Russia and the Middle
East since 1919."
A year ago, 68 students had
registered for this second semes
ter course .This year, over 200
students have signed up to take
the course starting Feb. 8.
You see a gay group of boys
and girls with briefcases, maga
zines and little oblong boxes get
into a station wagon, laugh mer
rily and drive off toward another
city. You watch them as they
drive along, chatting gaily about
the weather and campus events.
When they arrive at their
destination, you follow them into
another campus and listen as
they argue with students from
other schools. You hear an older
person say to them, "You win,"
and you accompany them on
their pleasant, victorious journey
Is this your picture of a debate
tournament? If so, you have the
In the first place, intercollegi
ate debating does not consist
merely of making pleasant jour
neys with other students. Like
any other competitive game, it
consists of three grueling phases
preparation, practice and per
formance. In most cases, the first two
stages of debate are even more
important than the last stage, the
actual debate. For weeks before
they even open their mouths to
argue, debaters are busy reading
everything they can find about
the question, finding material for
their speeches and arranging a
plan of attack.
They spend hours at the li
brary thumbing through maga
zines and books in search of use
ful ideas and quotations. Whether
they are to speak for (affirma
tive or against (negative) the
question, they must have stacks
of "quote cards" or evidence to
support their ideas. (
This year, since the question
is "Resolved: That the non-Communist
nations should form a
new international organization,"
debators are even listening to
President Truman's talks, reading
about United Nations and Con
gressional sessions and watching
for every new move of the Com
Even after the evidence is col
lected, the debaters must spend
a lot of time practicing for the
main event. Almost every week,
each two-man, (or woman) team
debates another University team.
These non-decision matches are
constructively criticized by the
coaches and other students.
When it comes to the actual
tournaments, which, incidently,
provide excellent opportunities
for meeting nice people from
other schools, even the best of
speakers feel a pang of nervous
ness. Usually the oaiiy morning
trip is punctuated with remarks
like the following:
''What did I do with my quote
on the atomic bomb?" Did one of
you rats take it?" "I hope we
don't meet that smooth team that
beat us last time," "Do you think
that cute blond will be there
again?" "I'm so nervous. I've
never debated this new case be
Afterwards, of course, there is
the dragging period of time dur
ing which the debaters wait to
see how they came out. But win
or lose, they know that they
have learned a lot of new ideas
and techniques from their op
ponents. Your misconception was right
about the return trips, though.
They are gay. For when the
tournament is over, everyone's
tension disappears and debaters
are once again fun-loving, party
ing University students.
Ag to Hear
Duane Nelson, Lincoln reporter
and technician for the Nebraska
Rural Radio association's KRVN
with its main studios in Lexing
ton, will speak to an Ag college
meeting discussing the import
ance of the new farmer owned
and farmer operated radio sta
Under the sponsorship of the
Ag Economics club, the informal
gathering is scheduled at 7:30
p.m. in the Ag Union.
Nelson, a recent graduate of
the University and formerly
with the University extension, is
now employed by the "rural
voice of Nebraska" station.
The 25,000 watt station under
the direction of Max Brown is
a pioneering venture. It is the
second such farm "voice" in the
country. The first was in Ohio.
Like its sister in Ohio, the Ne
braska station has several def
1. Improved market reports
on livestock, grain and produce.
2. Up-to-the-minute weather
3. More public discussions on
taxation, schools and roads.
4. More information on the
results of agriculture research.
It is this last objective that
holds the most interest of the
Ag student, it seems. Under such
capacity, the station is another
mighty crutch helping along the
Chancellor R. G. Gustalson
and Dean W. V. Lambert were
among the University faculty at
tending KRVN's formal installa
tion ceremonies Sunday. Both
expressed a wholesome feeling
toward such farm co-operation
as was necessary to establish the
air-wave voice of Nebraska agri
culture and in that position in
our economic voice of Nebraska
agriculture and in that position
in our economics order which
the station plans to take through
its broadcasting of information.
Idea Three Years Old
It was back in October. 1947.
that the wheels of progress first
Degan to turn as regards the new
farmer and rancher station. The
project was sponsored by the
Nebraska Co-op council and sup
ported by such organizations as
the Farm bureau. State Grange,
Farmers union and hundreds of
others farmers associations.
Those eligible to become own
ers by the purchase of a $10
share of stock are:
Nebraska farm and ranch op
erators, thejr wives and mem
bers of their family living at
home. Nebraska farm and ranch
owners. Ministers in communi
ties of 500 or less. County agents
and vocational agriculture in
structors. Farm and co-op or
ganizations and their employees.
Slaving for Knotdedge .
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AMBITIOUS STUDENTS. .These toilers are among the thousands
of students who forsake life's little pleasures to attend class regu
larly. They do not lie slothfully in bed, but make those 8 o'clocks.
But for every one of these ambitious scholars, it is rumored there
are several unspeakable individuals who attend class only, when
it suits them. No method would be too severe to impress upon
those black sheep that education is a privilege and not a drudgery.
Pollsters Find Reasons Why
Class Attendance at a Netv Hiszh
Students have resolved to at
tend more classes regularly dur
ing the second semester!
This fantastic fact has just
been uncovered by credulous
poll - takers masquerading as
Gallup and Kinsey workers. The
fact that class attendance will
definitely be more regular this
semester was dug up by pollsters
well equipped with scoop shovels.
'Good Students Never Cut'
A sterling individual behind
the Union hat-check stand stated
YM Will Present"
"Lysistrata," a German langu
age film with English sub-titles,
will be the next in the foreign
series sponsored by University
YMCA. It will be presented Fri
day and Saturday evenings Feb.
9 and 10, at 8 p. m. in Love Li
All students will be interested
in the classical Greek satire by
Aristophehes, a Greek comic dra
matist. This drama was produced
in the fourth century B. C. and
has since been produced in every
country of the world in various
stage versions. This is believed
to be the first screen treatment
Admissiqn is 50 cents and
tickets may be secured at the
YMCA office or at the door.
that he always made it to all
of his classes. It had never oc
curred to him that a good stu
dent would do otherwise,
Replying to the question, "Are
you attending classes regularly?",
one harried little girl answered:
"Yes, I'm a pledge, and we get
black points if we don't!"
"Who sees that you make eight
o'clocks?" another femme was
asked.. Her answer was brief,
, "Have I been attending
classes?" asked a young man
with a smile. "Hah! I'm in the
Air National Guard."
Other answers to the query on
"Are you attending class regu
larly?" went something like this.
"Yes. I haven't thought up any
good excuses to skip, yet."
"Yes. The weather isn't nice
enough for skipping yet."
. "Yes. I have to get more rest
this semester. Sleeping through
lectures, you know."
"No, I haven t been to , class
et. I haven't got a car."
"Attend classes? Well, I be
lieve in temperance in all
ASAE meeting, Room 313,
Kosmet Klub meeting, 8:30
p. m., Kosmet Klub room.
American Society of Civil En
gineers meeting. Mechanical Arts
hall. Fourth floor, 7:30 p. m.
AUF fraternity solicitors meet
ing, 3 to 5 p. m., AUF office,
Sigma Tau meeting, 7 p. m.,
Room 206 Richards lab.
Religious Welfare council
meeting, 6 p. m., Cornhusker
Room at YM.
Handicrafts class at Ag, Room
110, 7 p. m.
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'Travel, Study, Inc.9 Announces
Series of Foreign Study for '51
Opportunities to travel and
study abroad are being offered
American students in 1951.
Travel and Study, Inc., has an
nounced its 1951 series of foreign
study programs for undergradu
ate students in the general fields
of philosophy, politics, economics.
sociology and education; humani
ties, arts and sciences and human
Convo Speaker 's Book
Is 'Story of Chuckles '
BY ANNA GILLIGAN.
"Our Hearts Were Young and
Gay" is probably the best known
work of Emily Kimbrough, who
will speak at. the all-University
convocation today in the Union
. Miss Kimborugh, now employed
as a Hollywood movie writer,
collaborated with her lifelong
frinds, Cornelia Otis Skinner to
write this amusing ctory, which
takes place during the "Roaring
Twenties," , of two adventurous
young girls on their fint un
chaperoned journey to Europe.
Those of us who have read the
tory will readily remember its
The programs run from six to
ten weeks. They take students
through five European countries
and provide for academic work
in two universities.
The groups attend theater,
opera, concert and ballet per
formences; the students come in
contact with leaders in educa
tional, social, governmental, busi
ness and industrial fields.
Prices, depending on the num
ber of countries visited and
length of time abroad, range from
$745 to $1,350 and are all-inclusive.
Jean J. Newman, president of
Travel and Study, Inc., says that
the main aim of Travel and
Studv is to foster a critical but
she "heroically" tried to save him j understanding approach to the
by throwing a deck chair into problems of today, to temper im
the water. Piricism and the will to action by
The ttrials of thetwo girls go ! an awareness of the nature and'
from one extreme toanothne.They
find .themselves in amusing situ
ations while tipping French taxi
drivers, and trying to cure the re
sults of sleeping with bedbugs.
They meet authors, artists,
bandleaders, tennis champions,
concert pianists, and fomous ac
achievement of western civiliza
proves the free and amusing style
its written in, and it is not only
easy, but worth-while reading.
Both young and old favor it,
and it is ideal for campus "before
and Cornelia even is un-; bedtime" reading.
fortunate enough to get the
measles just as . the ship ap
proaches the London harbor.
One of the most widely public
ized episodes in this well known
constant chuckles. Almost every book takes place in the Cathedral
page contains a different adven- at Rouen, France. The girls be
ture, and even a few tears are , come panic-stricken when they
hed with its many laughs. For , are stranded on a high balcony,
Instance, one time Emily was and drop their clothes in the
quite humiliated to find that she street below to attract rescuers,
almost drowned a "man over- lEddcniergcx known
board" by hitting him on the secretary-treasurer,
head and knocking him out when I The popularity of the book
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