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Monday, October 15, 1951
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
High School Failure
What is the average freshman's reaction as
he enters University? Does he feel right at home,
or does he feel completely lost?
Chance are that most freshmen feel as if
they had come into a completely new world.
They suddenly find that they are not "Joe" any
longer, but Mr. Smith. They find that they are
held responsible for things which formerly their
parents had to take care of. They find a much
more mature world than they had ever dreamed
possible.-They most think for themselves, some
of them for the first time in their lives. Are they
ready? Has high -chool taught them what they
are going to need to enter college or to go out
into the business world. I think that in some
areas, our high schools are failing, and failing
miserably to prepare students for life after they
In some cases the failure is in academic sub
jects, and in some cases, the failure is one of
human relations. The academic failure is far less
serious than the failure to teach students the
basic facts of life: how people live, and believe,
In most high schools, a sort of goody-goody
atmosphere prevails. Students are shielded from
things they should known. Chey learn that there
are certain things that are nice, and some that
are naughty. The naughty things are unmention
able in classes, and therefore become a subject
of wide discussion among students in the halls
and outside of school.
I fully realize that high school students are
extremely "fad-crazy" and are liable to do any
number of seemingly insane things. I was a
high school student once and did some of those
same silly things. It was great fun to put things
over on the teachers because many of them were
so unyielding in their methods and considered
themselves little Caesars." There were any
number of teachers who were broad-minded and
understanding, but unfortunately, these were in
the minority. t
One student I know told me that one of the
teachers in his high school carried a whistle
about with her at school dances. Any time she
saw students dancing "too close" to each other,
she would blow her whistle and berate the of
fenders. That, to my way of thinking, is prudish
ness. I think that some form of sex education has
a definite place in high school. Some schools have
this, but a great many do not. Some high school
teachers would like to ignore the fact that stu
dents are becoming interested in the opposite sex,
parents have told their children all they ought
to know. In a surprising number 01 cases, xne
parents have not done so. Where then are they to
learn? From fellow teen-agers whose Knowledge
3f the subject may be completely inaccurate or
If the student has been shielded from these
"facts of life" during high school, they will very
likely pick them up at college and again, they
may get the wrong facts. If they have been
nearly ignorant of these facts in high school,
they may find that the things don't seem nearly
as naughty as they were pictured. Forbidden
fruit is always more delicious.
In some high schools at least, nearly every
thing that the student does is planned for him.
His schedule is determined by the course he
wants to enter. His teachers are picked for him.
What he shall do during home room is deter
mined for him. He must study, even though he
may have nothing to study. He must not think
Another outstanding failure of high schools is
a failure to teach their students to think. The
student is told that this is the case; all else is
falsehood. He is not encouraged to disagree with
the teacher. There are here again, a number of
exceptions, but the general rule is not to teach
students to think.
High school students are not completely un
reasonable human beings. They are emotional and
may thing that adults completely fail to under
stand them. The sad fact is that many adults do
misunderstand them. They think that high school
students are crazy and act accordingly. If given
the opportunity, many students could think for
Many high school students could assume re
sponsibility were they not treated like children.
I had several teachers who realized that they
were dealing with somewhat immature but
nevertheless reasonable human beings. I had
others who spent so much of their time trying
.to discipline their classes that they failed to
teach their students anything.
Tunes are changing. Once it may have been
the practice to lay down the law to high school
Gift tOf Life...
Just a note of thanks to show
our appreciation for the blood
you so willingly gave on October
30th. . You gave a gift of life.
You can be proud all your life of
what you have done. At least
one other person will be grateful
for it all of his life. For, to him
or her, your pint of blood can
mean the difference between life
Red Cross College Board.
and blush whenever the nasty word, "sex" or any students and tell them, "This is what is true and
form, thereof, is mentioned. They fail to realize wndl yu mus oeneve." Nowadays, the popula
that students ate going to learn about sex one tlon has relaxed to the extent that teen-agers,
way or anotherVnd the way they learn may not rightly or wrongly, do not put as much stock in
wiiuu meu tuuers say. jviore empnasis has been
placed upon the dignity of each individual to
be the right way.
I know of one boy who was married for three
unhappy years before he finally discovered what
married life was all about His knowledge of the
sexual aspects of marriage was so negligible as
to be amazing. He should have learned this be
forehand. Some schools seem to assume that the
express himself. Each individual is going to ex
press himself, whether constructively or destruc
tively. Sometimes I think tiiat high schools are
teaching at least part of its students to express
Cosmo Club Explained .
The Question of what the Cos
mopolitan Club of the University
of Nebraska is. and what it stands
for, is a question which arises time
and again among American stu
dents, as well as, at time, among
some foreign, or overseas students,
who for some reason or other
have not come into contact with
the organization. The answers to
the query are multiple and dis
parate, and not completely satisfactory.
Many, not to say the most, are
let to believe that the Cosmopoli
tan Club is either primarily or
soley an organization for foreign
students, the refugium pecatorum
of all those students who come
from countries other than the
United States itself.
Nothing could be more wrong
or misleading. The club is not an
organization for foreign students
only. It is an organization whose
membership is made up of both
foreign, or overseas students, and
American students with similar
and mutual interests.
It is a crossroad where students
with different heritages, cultural
and backerounds. decrees of learn
ing, different political understand
ings, and specializations come to
gether and get to know and -understand
each other through a fair
and calm exchange of ideas.
This interchange of ideas in
instances helps in understanding
the problems, and at times in wip
ing out many of the prejudices
existing about dilierent countries,
people, cultures and the like.
Moreover this direct contact with
each other helps in better under
standing the numerous and at
times nebulous ideas received on
the subject from reading materials.
Often enough we state that there
is a need for a better undersand
ing and for more cooperation on
an economical, political and cul
tural basis, and the Cosmopolitan
Club directly and indirectly spon
sors such a nroeram. For when
the foreign students go back to
their countries they take back
with them the new ideas and the
imnressions they have received
from the people they have met
during their sojourn in tms coun
Ag Campus Lacking AUF Spirit;
Only Four Organizations Give
The AUP drive has reached the halfway mark,
and it has already collected over half of its $5,000
goal. Over $500 of this goal is allotted to Ag col
lege, but their goal has not reached its halfway
mark. On Ag, only $107 has been collected in the
two weeks the drive has been on.
Out of twenty organizations that have been
contacted at Ag campus, only four have con
tributed. Only one of these four has approached
its goal, and It has given over 100 per cent.
The goal Is based on the number of persons
In the organization. Organized houses have a
goal of $2 per person, and other organizations
have a goal of 25 cents per person providing
they have a treasury.
Forty per cent of the money will go to the
Lincoln Community Chest which supports the
University YM and YW and gives four times as
much back than is given to AUF.
Needy students in Greece will receive 35 per
cent of the total contributions through the World
Student Service Fund. Ten per cent of the money
This annual affair will show plenty of talent,
and competition will run high between the or
ganizations. The Ag YWCA is sponsoring a helpful new
service. They have a lost and found, booth at As;
college as a service to Ag students and faculty.
The lost and found department is now cen
tralized, and students no longer need to go from
building to building for their lost articles. Lost
articles may be claimed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
on Wednesdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
on Thursdays at a booth in the Ag Union. The
fee for returned items is a small donation to
the "Y" piggy bank. A lost and found box is
placed in the Ag Union into which "found"
article may be dropped during the week.
At last count, the box contained numerous
raised will go to the American Cancer society for fountain pens, head scarves, notebooks, keys, text-
cancer research at the University medical school.
The Tuberculosis association will receive 10 per
cent and five per cent will be used for AUF op
We've got two more weeks to go, so let's see
Ag college go over 100 per cent
The big event on Ag this week is CoII-Agri-Fun
skit night on Saturday. This year it fea
tures skits and curtain acts from Loomis Hall,
Love HaU, Home Ee club, Amlkita, YM, YW,
Alpha Gamma Rho, Ag Men, Ag Country Danc
ers, Farm House, and Rodeo Association.
books and other articles.
The Ag Exec board now has its officers elect
ed, and is ready to go to work. The first bit
problem is revising the proposed representation
amendment to the Ag Exec board constitution.
The faculty sub-committee on student or
ganizations didn't approve the amendment be
cause of the proportional representation method.
A lot of work needs to be done on this "Ag
Council" amendment, and if we are going to
get it done this year, we should get started right
Meow, Meow ...
Felines To Receive Yearly Honor
Next Month-National Cat Week
The Nebraskan Salutes
mrv.- n the AG EXEC BOARD They ducting a valuable lecture program on parliamen-
were chosen at an Ag campus election last week, tary procedure open to all students. New TASSEL
WAYNE WHITE, new president of the board, and pledges. BUILDERS for efforts in helping make
W - M m a, w v 1 t A. A A ( f
other officers. The FACULTY SENATE for ap- Band Day successiui. worKers servea aDoui j.iuu
proving the Student Council constitution. JO hungry mouths Saturday noon in 45 minutes be
RAUN. oueen of Farmer's Formal, and her at- for the Penn State game. STUDENT REPRE-
bmrlant. UNION TALENT SHOW WINNERS A SENTATIVES on six faculty-student committees
hteh oualitv of entertainment was offered by all These students have the job of presenting stu-
finalists. AUF For its successful and entertaining dent views to faculty members. If these students
trial of campus leaders. This was an amusing new
twist to the drive. Scheduling the charity ball at
King's also deserves mention. RED CROSS for
its new first aid program at football games.
BRUCE KENDALL, instructor in speech for con-
perform job thoroughly, relations between faculty
and students should be smoother. SIX COEDS
who will assist the GRAY LADIES at the state
mental hospital This type of outside activity dur
ing college performs a service to the community,
De-Emphasis Bombshell Inspires
Dugan's De-Emphasis Diagram
It's a good thing University stu
dents were nice to "Tuxedo," the
curious Siamese cat
It must be admitted, however,
that "Tux" jumped the gun a
little. A whole month, in fact
Ten to one says that those peo
ple who were kind hearted enough
to give the kitty food and con
tribute to his happiness didn't
know about the agency set up
for this purpose.
That is the American Feline
(or all non-language students,
cat) Society, Inc. This organ
ization sponsors National Cat
Week. Yes, "Tux" was a month
ahead of time. It's being held
Nov. 4 through 10.
The slogan: "Help Save Amer
ica's Cats Adopt a Cat!"
And that's exactly what Uni
versity students did. They adopted
the kitty and fed him. But, as
will be remembered, "Tux" dis
appeared. At that pomt, adoption
legalities, obviously, were halted.
However, "Tux" was only one
in 21,000,000. Or, better still, he
is one in 75 per cent of the total
along with all the rest of his wan-
Hour Dances Fade Away
But Tradition Never Dies
(Editor' note: Opinions expressed in this
article are not necessarily those expressed by
The Daily Nebraskan.)
When the Chancellor dropped his de-emphasis
bombshell at Wednesday's Convocation, it seemed
to me to be terribly narrow to curtail such things
as spring training and post season engagements
only in the field of Varsity athletics. For this
reason I have drawn a plan that will cover all
phases of college life.
THE DUGAN E-EMP11ASIS DIAGRAM
L All final examinations are to be abolished!
Since finals come after classes have officially
ended, they will henceforth be considered as
post-season engagements. As such, they will no
longer be tolerated.
Z. College activities, such as the University Build
en and Student Council, will no longer be allowed
to function all year.
They are to be assigned a season, such as spring
There are too many people that
went to these weekend parties,
but they tell me it gets reader
interest So here goes!
Tri Delt's Dartied at their house
Friday night as "Dangerous Dan;
McGrews." Dolly Mcwuisian iook
Bruce Berquist; Grace Burkhardtj
was with Carl Ofe; Peg wood was
with John Kaveney; Marian Ek
strom and Paul Cook attended;
Marilyn Housel was with Bob
Barcus; Pat Clapp took Don Shep
hard and Pat Rogers was with
Friday night was again a
"party night" at Kings. A few of
the dates were Carl Hayward
and Carol Farmer, Les Noble
and "Tfch" Barry, Lee Nelson
and Barb Allen, Bob Swanda
and Shirley Stelik, Ross Hecht
and Joyce Schneider, and Barb
Back and Mike Holyoke.
And still more "spirit" at the
Gamma Phi house Saturday night.
The "Monte Carlo" party was at
tended by Paul Plasterer and Ardis
Fuhrman, Jim Terry and Joyce
Finney, Sid Kath and Doris
Carlson. Charles Bugenhagen and
Pat Patterson, Dick Wadlow and
Nancy Weir, and John Sinclair and
More dates to more parties over
the weekend. (Will this never
At the Delt party, the Sigma
Nu party and a few more parties
(the social chairmen didn't know
who warn going where) were
Norma Erlckson and Clyde
Moore, Jan Bull and John Gibbs.
Howard Dennis and Donna Fres
eott, Jack Bristol and Rosemary
Cafltner, Don Giants and Elaine
Miller, Art Becker and Marilyn
Larson, Jim Weber and Elaine
Millen, Bob Burgle and Mary
Sue Lunt, Mickey Myers and
Jackie Rwltzer, "Ha" Davenport
and "Peachei" Pascal and Jim
Donalin and Glnny Franks.
Dov Knann reallv went "roam-
ln' " at the Theta XI toga party. He
picked up his date and others in a
chariot drawn by a mule, I think
So much for dates, names,
parties and all that sort of thing,
snmonne has turned in a com-
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not this too, if football as we know it must bite P"'"" rin at the library
By CONNNIE GORDON
Life may not be a picnic, but
many of the new hour dances are!
Hour dances of the past have
been replaced by coffee hours,
l. "Journalism scholarships" in the form of paid
staff positions on The Dally Nebraskan and the
Cornhusker must be immediately revoked!
Students who spend their afternoons all year
working on college publications (in season and
out) for salaries up to $85 a month are allow
ing themselves to bo professionalized. We must
protect them from exploitation!
4. There must be no more Ivy Days!
It is obvious that Ivy Day falls past the end
of the activities season. To allow such post
season athletics as the tackling of Innocents is
cheating the students of their usual Saturday
morning academic opportunities.
Of course this program it idiotic but why
or fall, during which they must get all of their the dust? It is true that college football is a big ,vih r,rf. rnlv low talk per.
business accomplished. These organizations, money maker. However, most Universities finance jmitted," and they thought it was
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ness. If we are not careful, Hollywood will soon The place where de-emphasis is required is
be making a picture about them. Something that not on the college level, but in Hollywood where
might be called "Wednesday's Grafters." the true facts are being grossly misrepresented!
The Union urges all students to
join the Union activity pool, Ge
nene Grimm, Union activities di
rector, said Thursday.
Out of a goal for 500 workers,
only 45 have signed up. "But the
drive," she said, 'is barely
Students interested in Union
activities may sign up in the
Union activities office. Upon
signing, they become members
of a workers' pooL For the first
four months of the year they
are rotated among the commit
tees of their choice.
To become a member of a com
mittee, the student must have
served on at least four other com
mittees and have served in the
workers' pool for at least a year.
Two years in activities work, one
of these in the pool, are required
to become a member of the Union
Board of Directors,
"These committees," Mrs.
Grimm said, "plan nearly every
thing that goes on in the Union.
One or two people can't do all
the planning for all the students.
Everyone is welcome, and mem
bership is really to everyone's ad
One dollar of the six-dollar
Union fee. paid by every stu
dent, goes into the activities
fund, Mrs. Grimm added. This,
she said, gives us something to
"Our goal," Mrs. Grimm said,
"is that students themselves can
plan their own activities."
The thirteen Union committees
are: house, personnel, program,
artist . series, .hospitality, public
relations, office, social dancing,
folk dancing, convocations, recre
ation, general entertainment and
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Filings Close Today
For Ag Fair Board
Filings for Farmer's Fair Board
Thrpfl iunlor men and three
inninr women will be elected to
the board. Applicants must have
a 4.5 weighted scnoiasuc average
In nrvlnr its V.rt oliCTlble.
Interested students are to file
in Dean Lambert's office, Agncui
Senior members of the board
are Frank Sibert, manager; Rex
Messersmith, assitsant manager;
Mary Ann Grundman. treasurer;
Lois Larsen, secretary; Rex Coff
man and Jan Ross.
The duty of the board is to
plan the annual Farmer's Fair.
The fair is held in the spring on
Ag campus as s part of Collegs
Events Included In the plans
for this year's fair are a rodeo,
Cotton and Denim dance. Ag col
lege open house and pie eating
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A NEW LAW PGOVIDES 1
PENSIONS FOR ELIGIBLE
VETERANS WHO SMC
THE KOREAN CAMPAIGN
STARTED, AND WHO HAVE
BECOME TOTAUV AMD
post-football get-togethers and
It isn't unusual to see a group
of boys going to a "picnic" on a
day when many hardy souls are
sitting by warm fires. However,
picnic plans are flexible and even
if the weather is damp, spirits
aren't whether the picnic is held
indoors or out.
Post-football parties give
everyone a chance to tell what
was wrong with the blocking,
and how that extra touchdown
could have been made. Food
and football strategy usually
help to make these parties suc
cessful. Food and football are also on
the agenda for the TV parties.
One fraternity made sure that
there were enough girls on hand
by inviting five sororities to a TV
Coffee hours cover a multitude
of sins. They can be held any
time at all and are one of the
more popular types of get-togeth
ers. They are usually more se
date than many of the other parties.
Nevertheless, someone always
gets a good laugh by balancing
a coffee cup on his knee and
seeing how long It will stay
there before some Individual
comes along and accidentally
bumps his knee. There hasn't
been one coffee hour on campus
that hasn't included a spilled
coffee cup or coke bottle.
Pledges are always nearbv to
help clean up any of the mess left
by the throng "after the ball is
over." Their motto: eat, drink and
be merry, for tomorrow ( or even
Hour dances as such are long
gone, but their memory lingers in
the various campus get-togethers.
Old hour dances never die. and
from the way it looks, they'll never
dering brothers and sisters.
This society, a non-profit mem
bership corporation, was founded
to take care of these feline vaga
bonds. It was chartered by New
York state and has been going
ever since July 7, 1938.
Membership of the organiza
tion now extends into 47 states
and territories, Canada, Ccsta
Rica, Mexico, France, Switzer
land and New Zealand.
Since the founding of the so
ciety, a wide variety of services
parallel to it involve, to date, more
than 35,000 cats.
Even an adoption service is car
ried on. It maintains the "Cat
This bureau is the only service
of its kind in existence that pro
vides fast, accurate information
to press, radio, advertising agen
cies, authors, researchers, educa
tors, the government, commercial
organizations and the general
The organization's chief con
cern is that of the common
American short-hair type, fre
quently referred to as the "aUey
"Tux" fits into this foregoing
description. Maybe he deserted
the University when he found out
someone else would give him a
Can you blame him? It's only
University Singers schedule for
the coming year has been released
by Dr. Arthur E. Westbrook, di
The first performance will be
for a University memorial service,
Nov. 4, in Love Library audi
torium. The service will commem
orate faculty members who have
died during the last two years.
A Christmas carol program will
be presented by the 120 Univer
sity Singers in the Union ball
room Dec. 2.
Singers will participate in the
traditional Messiah concert Dec. 9
in the Coliseum, All University
chorus groups will take part in
Sunday Vespers will be pre
sented by University Singers April
6 at First Plymouth Congrega
The annual spring choral con
cert will be held in the Coliseum,
May 4. Performers will include
Singers and other chorus groups.
Singers will join the Lincoln
symphony to present Beethoven's
ninth symphony. The date of the
concert has not been announced.
EVERYBODY IS HAPPY ABOUT
SIMONS COLLEGE P.O.A.!
t 4UMr Ball Adaau1 Contest,
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