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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Tuesday, October 30, 1951
A Partying Of The Ways
In national politics, when election time rolls
around, the democrats and the republicans begin
a series of verbal fisticuffs to see which can con
vince the voters that it has the better program for
the future safety of America. A two-party system
Is an American tradition. Each party acts as a
check upon the other, pointing out the shortcom
ings and mistakes that have been made. Each
party is forced to come out in the open and state pendent or a coalition, can become corrupt.
One bad feature of a two-party system, how
ever, is that in choosing officers or workers for
various campus activities, the selection often
becomes a struggle between two opposing fac
tions, with the best candidate often side-tracked
for a more politically acceptable individual.
Several years ago, the All-University party
attempted to come out into the open with a con
stitution, which was promptly suppressed. Since
that time, the group has operated extra-legally.
This year, however, the trend seems to be chang
ing. The Engineers have come out into the open
and announced a slate of candidates. The Faction
what it believes, or at least what it says it be
lieves. The voter is then the judge and registers
his opinion at the polls.
On the University of Nebraska campus, an
unhealthy situation has been in effect for the
past several years. There have been no parties
to compete in student elections. At least there
have been no legal parties in existence. A group
known as the All-University party, or Faction,
has been able to maintain control of some of
the more important positions in campus life by
virtue of the fact that it was the only organized
campus political group.
The mere existence of one party is not bad in has a slate, not officially announced, but a slate
itself. The bad feature is that there was no oppo- nevertheless. This may mark the beginning of a
sition party. A one-party system is a virtual die- new era in campus politics,
tatorship by one group. In a one-party system, Parties came into disrepute several years ago,
any "Zilch" can be nominated with virtual assur- following a Greek-Independent struggle, in which
ance that he or she will be elected. (A "Zilch" is the Greeks came out victorious and the Independ-
a person who obviously lacks the leadership quail- ent organization virtually collapsed. In some of
ties necessary for office but is nominated because the earlier, more bitterly contested elections, the
his particular group within the party has had no voting had been marked by such things as flush
candidates for a long time.) There is no check ing ballots down the toilets or punching ID cards
and balance system in a one-party set-up. The of certain groups at the beginning of the semester,
best government for the most people is not assured, so that when some individuals tried to vote, they
In fact, th result is usually mediocre government found that they had already "voted",
for everybody, with a selected few getting the -fc
"political plums." What are the issues which might divide such
parties? These are a little bit hazy at the present
A one-party system is bad simply because it time, but might include such things as the plan
does not have any organized opposition to prevent for improved school spirit, parking, or other mat-
or at least to point out the excesses of a group ters.
which Is secure in power. This is not peculiar to A semi-party system will get a test at the
the University of Nebraska. It can occur any- elections Thursday. It may make for a healthier
where. Any group, whether it be Greek, Inde- situation in student government.
Hell Or Help?
"Why is It mat fraternity men invariably leave
college as mature men, ready to take responsible
places in society? Why is it, on the other hand,
that non-fraternity men invariable leave college
immature and incapable of contributing to this
nation's wealth of culture?"
Thai Is the Question that Miss Glenn Harden,
editor ef the Daily Tar Heel, posed to students
at the University of North Carolina. She came
mp with some rather surprising answers too.
Students, do you know why it Is? Why. it is
because they have been hazed during their col
lege careers, and perhaps even gone through
The Daily Nebraskan staff had a debate over
whether or not Miss Harden was joking in her
proposal or not We decided that the article was
intended as a satire. However, it does present
some interesting points:
Within the fraternities, the argument is used
that only through pain can a young man come to
feel the kinship of brotherhood represented through
the fraternities. This obviously is a true state
ment. The ascetics of old flogged and starved
themselves into close communion with God. To
present-day heretics and "modernists," their be
havior has come to seem somewhat hysterical and
even psychotic, but to the University men of the
last century, who saw the truth, it was a well
known physical fact. Love and respect can grow
only through pain, be it physical or mental (the
"But this argument is not carried far enough.
In a democratic society we should aU be broth
era, In this community, we should all know
the indescribable well of emotion that comes
through pain at the hands of our brothers."
"The American tradition of hazing is an old
one, not lightly to be tossed away. Indian braves!
showed themselves to be men by failure to flinch'
at the crudest torture. Our contemporary litera-'
ture carries this heritage even into the present!
day, with the immortal character of one Burping
Buffalo enduring tne rigors 01 me rsig orappie
(shortened conventional version of an old 48-hour
tribal dance involving human sacrifice)."
The lady from North Carolina added her edi
torial to a growing list of material against hal
ing. The Reader's Digest this fall carried an
article concerning the things that the fraterni
ties at the University of Indiana have done in
stead of holding their "Hell Week." Exchange
papers from other schools periodically carry
articles about some of the beneficial things that
fraternities have done to replace "Hell Week." ,
Such a procedure has turned out to be highly
beneficial for the fraternities involved. It makes
for good community relations, plus doing some
thing useful. Sometimes a "Help Week" is better
than a "Hell Week."
lb NU Friday
The slfck-haired shiek and the
formless flapper will live again
this Friday night
The pair will be brought back
to life at the Homecoming dance
to be held in the Coliseum.
Though the hip flask and the rac
coon coat will be missing from the
dance floor itself, these flaming
youth symbols will be carried out
n the homecoming decorations.
Collegiate life will find a place
for itself as part of the roaring
20's theme. The typical Joe Col
lege and Betty Coed of the 20's
will find themselves temporarily
immortalized in John Heidisn
drawings placed throughout the
Flaming youth theme will be
carried out in the Homecoming
ticket sales. Osculation will be
performed with each ticket pur
chased. In other words, each male
students who buys a Homecoming
ticket is eligible to receive a kiss
from one of the Tassel ticket
Tickets will be on sale m the
Union until Friday. Better brush
up on the Charleston and the Flee
Hop because this Friday night the
20 s will ride again.
Ag Builders To Sponsor
'Round-Up' Party Tonight
An Ag Builders "Kound-up"
party is scheduled for tonight at
7 p.m. in the Ag Union lounge.
Entertainment will include a skit
by the Ag Builders board, songs
All students who expect to
receive associate baccalaureate
or advance degrees or any
teacher certificates and who
have not applied for same, ap
ply at senior checking before
Thursday between 10 a.m. and
day. Wednesday, and Friday, at
4 o'clock, In Burnett hall, room
9i1 TViasa tmctvunirme will lnct
for a. six weeks period.
Students who are interested
should contact the Junior Division
and make provisions for the read
ing test. .
The Junior Division is again
sponsoring a course in reading
"What is to be done " states W,
R. McOanahan, who is in charge
of the project, "is to improve a
person's skill in reading by in
creasing his reading rate, along
with good comprehension."
Everyone in this program increased
his reading rate above the aver
age college leveL which is 250
words per minute, without a loss
Several students have increased
aoove six hundred words per
minute without a loss of compre
hension. Some students have im
proved their reading rate to one
thousand words per minute at the
end of the six weeks period.
The instruction consists of class
exercises, and practice on the
reading rate controller. The read
ing rate controller is a machine
consisting of a slide which is
placed above the lines of the ma
terial to be read, so that the stu
dent is forced to read faster than
he is ordinarily accustomed. After
working with the machine, the
student is tested on his ability to
The new course begins Nov. 5.
and classes will be held on Mon-
Perfect Student Naps, Plays Bridge,
Gets 'AY At Kansas Wesleyan
e A i 1 A ,1 4 M
,r lis.j in airect contrast to tne oemuaaiea, com use
Kansas Wesleyan ... md ,hady methods wed last tte tebula.
Cornhuskers may have toeir own opinion, on mistakeg' and mfail
What foes to make a perfect student Students at Impossible in the tallying.
Kansas Wesleyan university have some rather un-
usual Ideas about this distinction. A survey con- North Carolina . . .
ducted by the school paper reveals a variety of The Daily Tar Heel states that 79 students
Ueas. voted recently . in DTH Editor Glenn Harden'
For irfflnr, one Wesleyanite ventured that special election 55-24 in favor of a tabloid al-
mTh perfect student has three dates a week, plays though the ballot stated erroneously that the
bridge every morning, takes a nap every after- standard size newspaper would be daily.
The question of the size of the Daily Tar
Heel has been kicked around ever since the
Pnblications Board voted to return the paper
to its original size. The action was prompted
by an Increase in the expected size of enroll
ment, and pending an additional appropriation
of $4,00 from the Student Legislature.
noon, and makes straight A's."
Another spverclascman at the school stated
The perfect student can sleep through lectures
without missing the answers; he caa stay np all
might studying and still listen to the speaker in
chapel; he can make it to an eight o'clock class
with his teeth brushed. A perfect student la well
resnded, not necessarily physically but mentally. $yraCU$e ...
He not only can figure algebra problem, but ' Newg of another campus freshman election
ker weIL" shows that the United Students party set up a
With Just few revisions, these estimates of on Syracuse campus.
fhm perfect student might fit our campus! And According to the Syracuse Daily Orange, Don
Just to be asking, do you know any perfect Stu- forestry frosh, led three other USP can-
dsnisl didates to a sweeping victory over their Tri-
QUakoma A&M Orange opponents in the freshman class elections.
Frahman voters swarmed to the polls in rec- Only one of the four Non-Partisan-backed candi-
crd-breaking numbers and swept top frosh officers dates was triumphant
em the peak of one of the biggest election land- It was estimated that approximately SO per
elide la A ft M history according to the Daily cent of the ballots were not straight party vot-
Ins eieeieos marked tne end of one of ine
gasgt colorful campaigns fa the history ef the
e;iige. Enihsstactie campaigning spiced college
activities for the past week as the largest group
f candidates fa history buttled for top offices.
Senate electJsn officials said the vote was
esdaaMedly the largest ta the history of any
ing. The election included more split-ticket vot
ing thn any campus election in the past four
years, even though the final result gave USP a
The strongest probability Is that a good per
centage ef the votes were from independents,
supporting USP. Another strong part of the in
dependent vote was from coeds, with 260 girls
voting and only 225 frosh men.
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