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THE NEBRASKAN i
Friday, November, 1953
A Walter Of
Secret ry of State Dulles seems to believe
that "playing hard to get" is smart polities.
At least when the subject of East-West con
This week Dulles "questioned whether
world Communist leaders want to have any
serious talks on any concrete subject," ac-'
cording to a news dispatch. "The United
States very much hopes they do, Dulles said,
but has reason to doubt it"
Whenever Sir Winston Churchill's pet idea,
Big-Four meeting to discuss general prob-
Two Study Days
Administrative procedures have all but
destroyed the two-day study period which
precedes first semester examinations.
1. The Board of Regents has declared that
a formal commencement ceremony must
honor mid-year graduates.
2. The administration reports that over
lapping of first said second semester students
creates housing problems in the women's
X. The administration states that registra
tion of new students during examination
week is difficult.
The consequence of these three administra
tive problems is that the faculty senate's -calendar
committee voted 5-J to set semester
exams two days earlier and thus eliminate
the study period,
The five faculty committee members who
voted with the majority maintained that stu
dents do not study during the two-day vaca
tion, - The other two members of the committee
(both of thera student representatives) said
that students do study.
The students voted on the basis of a 26-3
vota of Student Council in favor of keeping
the two-day period before exams.
There is no question that the pressure of
administrative problems is real.
But the real issue involved is this: Do stu
dents employ the two days to best advantage?
Are the two days necessary lor preparation
for semester examinations?
If the study period is as important to stu
dents as the vote of the Council would indi
cate, the faculty senate has no right no
matter how great the administrative problems
-to destroy the two days.
If, however, most students waste the study
period, its defenders have no complaint
A pofl should determine accurately how
many students actually employ the period for
study. If they know that they will receive
two days of vacation, cither at beginning or
at the end of the exam period, surely they
would prefer the latter if the earlier two
days were not used for essential studying.
After all, both weekends would he the same
length. And threat of exams would no longer
hang over their heads.
Tbs- Neoraskaa proposes that the Student
nncfl and the administration cooperate
with the student newspaper in such a poll.
Administrative demands should not take
precedence over possible genuine student in
Mid-term headaches have begun. Groans
f students seem to be loudest in Economics
11 classes, a requirement for Biz Ad and
tome Arts and Sciences students.
First, they -object to the text hook used
"Economics" by Knight and Hines. The text
is vague, according to students who have
spent hours trying to interpret its presenta
tion of definitions of economic terms.
Bather than stating clear definitions with
supplementary examples, the authors go Into
lengthy dissertations which lose the student.
Second, students complain that class lec
tures are not successful in explaining funda
mental concepts of the course. With few ex
ceptions, lectures have been as vague and
meaningless to students as the text
A justifiable question arises: Are students
studying the text?
On the average, interviews with 30 or more
students have shown, 10 hours a week, not
counting weekends, have been spent studying
Economics 11, a three-hour credit course.
(The University average is supposedly two
hours ot study lor every hour of lecture.)
Test grades have been very low during the
first half of the .semester. Some students re
port that 40 to SO per cent of their classmates
have received flunking grades. .
From the students' point of view, they are
Just not getting it."
Economics is a difficult subject, everyone
will agree, because It is largely theoretical
at least on the level of Economics 11.
Perhaps the solution lies in the establish
ment cf a preparatory course for Ec 11. Per
haps Instructors must gain a "better under
standing of the problems students encounter
Obviously, something is wrong. This time
the fault does mot appear to lie solely with
lems, is mentioned, the administration re
fuses to endorse the proposal wholeheartedly,
usually answering with a comment such as
Dulles' remark this week.
This attitude was brought to task in a re
cent letter from the General Council of the
Presbyterian Church, U.SA., to Its 8000 pas
tors. The letter, according to news articles,
"cited the Biblical counsel to "reason together'
to settle disputes."
"Let at beware,' It said, of the cynical at
titude which prevails . la certain official
circles to regard M forlorn hope any negoti
ated solution of the major Issues which divide
mankind ... We should take the risk, and
even the Initiative, of seeking face-to-face
encounter with ear enemies,
" 'Despite the lofty idealism of many ot our
national leaders, truth is being subtly and
silently dethroned by prominent public fig
Meanwhile, Sir Winston continues to ex
press his belief in a Four-Power conference.
In a speech before the House of Commons
this week he said that the increased Russian
interest in domestic affairs, as opposed to
"external aggression," prompted him to pro
pose such a top-level meeting.
The American stand was actually not so
defiant as it might have appeared. In light
of President Eisenhower's demands last
spring that the Kremlin come forward with
"deeds" in evidence of good faith, the pres
ent attitude toward attempting to negotiate
a peace shows a willingness to take some in
itiative in arranging a conference.
The bright spot in the negotiations picture,
however, came from Panmunjom,
Robert Allen reported in the New York
"Commenting on the issue that is the
crux of (the) preliminary meeting the com
position of the political conference Mr.
(Arthur H.) Dean (United States representa
tive) said that the United Nations had no ob
jection to neutrals' participating in the con
ference once essentials relating to Korea
itself were cleared up. Such a situation
would arise, for example, if the con
ference were to be expanded to take up af
fairs outside Korea.
K was the first time that Mr. Dean had
openly even mentioned the possibility of neu
trals" presence at the talks, as desired by the
Communists . . ."
Last week The Nebraskan pointed out edi
torially that in a conference including neu
trals "the West might prove once and for all
that it is sincere in its dedication to peace
and to freedom for the nations of the world."
And that "if India (for example) were a
member of the Korean peace conference,
Nehru might come down off his pink cloud
and realize that the Communists are not the
friends he thought they were."
The outlook for a negotiated world peace
may not appear juite so black now as it has
in the past. The attitude of the administra
tion may he in the process of flux. The
stand of the Presbyterian General Council
is realistic and encouraging.
Perhaps Secretary Dulles, himself a lead
ing Presbyterian figure, may hear the words
of the Council and rethink his position.
What has he to lose in taking the initiative,
except political smartness? He has the free
world to gain. -K.X.
Grandmother would have heen shocked at
the latest city ordinance proposed in Atlanta,
Ga. The ordinance will allow young lovers
to park their cars in city parks; for, as one
councilman said, "It's fine recreation."
"Why, I'd he out there myself if I were a
single man," he added wistfully.
The City Council, which approved the new
ordinance, felt that if young people weren't
allowed to park their.cars in the parks, they'd
he going off In the woods or someplace like
that. (At last officials who remember that
they were young once, too.)
It's about time someone made love legal
But then it's not nearly as much fun when
everybody approves or is it?
Kfext, the Federal government will want to
get Into the act with an amusement tax, no
Agricultural Secretary Benson, In ordering
his reorganization program into effect, might
just as well have stated that he has no in
tention ot resigning despite the flood of op
' position he has encountered to recent weeks.
Whether his program is wise or not, an
unshakable helief in one's principles is an
admirable quality in any man. Who knows?
Benson may rank as the Dean Aches on of the
One magazine has stated that Acheson will
go down in history as the fourth greatest
secretary 'of state.
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The Student Speaking
"School School Sch ool. Thanks gedness It's Friday."
An independent Wonders
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I have been prompted to write
this letter by a number of in
cidents encountered at the Uni
versity this year. May I begin
by saying that I am not com
plaining; I just want the facts,
There ARE some independents
attending this University. Per
haps, it would be enlightening
to some to know that we are not
in opposition to the so-called
Faction, if one exists. We just
want to exist on this campus
with our fair share of participa
tion in campus activities.
By CHICK TAYLOR
' Whoever told that guy he was
a prof? He just doesn't know how
to teach the stuff. Everybody
nates mm. liv
ery time he
tries to e x -plain
$ o m e -thing,
much that no
one can un
l e s xaiKing riirss"
about. I think
he ought to juit teaching and go
hack to the farm."
"Yeah, I flunked it too."
Man a telephone. "What yea
"Oh. nothing much. Belea and I
are ,1ust sitting here listening ta
Prof "Who was Talleyrand?"
Stude A fan dancer, and cut
the baby talk."
1 xmderstand the Smith's mar
ried on a fifty-fifty basis."
"Yeah, she was half sober and
he was half drunk."
Angry father: "Whit do yon
mean by hrineing my danrhter
home at four o'clock in the
Senior: "WeB sir, I have aa
eight o'clock class."
Coffee Hour for Faculty a a d
Graduate Assistants, 4-6 pm,
Faculty Lounge, Union.
CoU-Arrf-Fun Xifht. 8 p.m.
Auditorium of Activities Build
ing. Neb. High School Press Asso
ciation, Friday and Saturday,
We who are organized into co
operative organizations are try
ing to do our part to advance
fraternal relations, and to make
this University a desirable place
to live and to learn. We dont
like being omitted in campus
In the recent AUF drive Pio
neer House went 100 per cent
like any charitable group of peo
ple would do. By this token we
were granted a candidate for
UMOC Why were we not no
tified when the pictures for the
candidates were taken? Why
doesnt The Nebraskan publish
the tally on all University elec
tions? Why weren't we notified
when the drawing was held for
block seats at football games?
Why arent there voting polls at
As a member of Pioneer
House, I was just wondering,
WARD C. LINGO
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here are
(L According to Jack Gilles
pie, chairman of UMOC elec
tion, two UMOC candidates
were entered after the filing
deadline and were thus too late
for the picture. Pioneer House's
candidate was one of these.
(2. The Nebraskan publishes
all figures in University General
elections. Publication of figures
in election for UMOC, Honorary
Commandant and Kosmet Khib
royalty for example, depends
upon action of the organization
sponsoring these elections. The
Nebraskan has no access to these
figures. Furthermore. The Ne
braskan believe that publica
tion of figures in what are es
sentially popularity contests
would serve no useful purpose.
The Student Council, while su
pervising the elections, has no
jurisdiction over the results of
it. No organized houses are
notified of the drawing for block
seats. The only announcements
cf ticket drawings are handbills
posted around campus which
state days during which draw
ings can be made. Block draw
ings are not given special atten
tion by the athletic ticket office,
but are treated along with draw
ings for single and double seats.
ft. The writer is undoubtedly .
referring to the absence of an
Ag College voting booth last
Friday, when UMOC and Hon
orary Commandment elections
were held. The absence of the
HC poll was an oversight on the
part of the Candidate Officers
Association and was corrected
with a special Ag College elec
tion on Wednesday of this week.
The UMOC voting booth was
absent because, according to
Student Council President Rocky
Yapp, no faculty member could
be secured to work with the Stu
dent Council in supervising the
By ARN1E STERN
Be careful of what you say or
do in your classes! Anything you
say may be held against you. Of
course, I'm referring to the class
disrupter purge going on pres
ently. It's about the most ridiculous
thing I've ever heard of; getting
thrown out of school for dis
rupting a class is absurd. I can
think of a number of situations
where the instructor has been
guilty of not only boring lec
tures and uninteresting teaching
but also complete disruption of
I question the tactics of the
prosecuting instructor. He should
remember that he is working for
the state of Nebraska. Students
are paying tuition and their par
ents are paying taxes; if the in
structor thinks their antics are
out of line, a mere reprimand
should be enough.
Let's fit the punishment to the
crime, vour honor.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The pre
ceding remarks were written be
fore the Administration an
nounced its decision In the case.
See front pare for story.)
The Saturday morning park
ing situation has not been im
proved. Law students were again
prevented from using the park
ing lot reserved on Saturday
afternoons for radio and press
reporters. Even a couple of the
Law Professors were late to
their classes because they
couldn't find parking places. The
blame for this situation lies with
the Athletic Department The
basic purpose for this University .
is learning. If students need
parking places in order to at
tend classes, that should coma
before athletics, which are
Homecoming is almost upon
us. Organized house are fran
tically working on their displays
and floats. Cobs and Tassels are
busy promoting .the Dance and
the Queen. Old TNE alums are
wondering if that same old plana
will fly above the field at game
time followed bv a banner read
ing, ' Welcome TNE Alums."
I noticed that the COA has
hired some up and coming band
for the Military Ball. In view
of the fact that the Ball follows
the Homecoming Dance which is
featuring Sauter and Finegan, I
want to wish the Military Ball
good luck. A poor turnout would
certainly be a sore spot for all
the advanced ROTC , students
that undersigned the Ball. Get
your tickets here, only three
Last Friday night's Kosmet
Klub Fall Revue was the best
I have seen in my five years
here. From the applause given
each skit, I think those of you
who saw the show will agree
that it was a fine night of enter
tainment. Heard via the grapevine that
tonight is the unofficial Inter
fraternity Ball or is it the all
inn 1 1 n (Th rvop
On The I 'Limelight' Worthy fj
Aisle Of Rank As Classic '
1 suppose there are times
when every person wishes iie
could do "just right" a job he
leels inadequate u begin. For
me this is uiat time, it is with
sincerity that I say Charles
Chaplin has fcrought us a story
so great that my words aeem
more than inadequate to de- ,
Chaplin's 'UmeUgnt" is in
Lincoln now. I urge you to see
it. See it as a human being.
Don't go as a college student or
a proiessor. Don't go because you
are a member oi the American
Legion, and feel that you should
see what you have been mod
erately successful in banning.
See ''Limelight" because it will
give you a warm, happy feeling
about being alive.
Banning this movie because
of the eccentricities of its creator
is like banning Shakespeare be
cause he used "nasty language"
in his plays. 1 could go on draw
ing a parallel between Chap
lin and Shakespeare, but I wont.
I'll just say that I think Chap
lin is representing "today" as
well in this movie as Shake
speare represents his age. Per
haps time will give Chaplin
somewhat the stature that
Shakespeare holds in our pres
ent day appreciation for that
which goes far beyond the
bounds of its own time and
I have heen criticized previ
us!y by friends who read this
column for not being specific
in uty ertMciam. Sorry, hut I
would rather leave the specifies
to better men than L
I'm Tiot going to sight reasons
why 1 believe "Limelight" is the
greatest motion picture I have
ever seen. I'll let you see the
specifics when you see the
1 would like to suggest that
you remember before and after
you see -"Limelight," that not
only did Chaplin act in it; but
he also wrote, and assisted in
arranging, all the music in it.
In addition to this, he di
rected the making of the picture.
((This is not new Chaplin has
always been a one man movie
company .J When you think about
this diversity of his ability, it
isn't different to see why so
many call him the silver screen's
only genius to date.
This motion picture is Chap
lin's -story quite possibly an au
tobiography for the screen. If
this is true, the "moral" to the
story is, in Chaplin's words,
that "We are all amateurs at
life we dont live long enough
to be anything dse." (From the
standpoint that society doesnt
expect as much from amateurs
as it does from ""professionals,"
this is an interesting hit of phi
losophy.) Actors strive for a kind cf
stare reality. I think it Is evea
harder to achieve this elusive
"numetMnsr" in a motion pic
ture. "Tamelirht" aeooinpuahes
this reality and much more.
Uunelirht," I believe, is Chap
lin at his tearfullly funny, best
I'm glad that 1 live at a time
when the production of theatre
art can be preserved far poster
ity in film. "Limelight" deserves
this memorial. Bob Spearman.'
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