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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 1, 1953)
Tuesday, December 1, 1953
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Modifying Our Rights
"No person . . . shall be compelled in any
criminal case to be a witness against him
elf." So states the increasingly unpopular Fifth
The statement appears unqualified. But
the Atty. Gen. Brownell, State Atty. Gen.
Beck and Lancaser County Atty. Wagener be
lieve that the Constitution does not ' mean
what it says.
From their statements supporting- wire tap-
Ike's Ivory Tower
The time has come when President Eisen
hower can no longer remain aloof from re
sponsibility for Republican policies.
The pattern to date has been Eisenhower
saying one thing and the Republican heir
archy doing another. This has no doubt been
a calculated move on the part of politically
seasoned Republican stalwarts.
However, the American people, much as
they would like to have a pure, sinless leader
to sit upon a level above the mundaneness of
professional politics, are beginning to weary
of Eisenhower's deliberate non-identification
with party policies.
Elsenhower's popularity carried the Repub
licans Into power in 1952; it is understandable
that party men would like to see this popu
larity remain intact. But, for one or both of
two reasons this cannot continue.
1. Popular sentiment, while not yet set
against the likeable president, is turning from
active admiration to querulous questioning.
2. President Eisenhower himself will be
come disgusted with the activities of his Re
publican bed-fellows and insist upon stand
ards of conduct acceptable to him. The
president has expressed himself on several
occasions as being in disagreement with
character-assasination and hysterical fear
mongering. To date, The Nebraskan believes
the check upon the President has been his
sincere desire for party unity.
But there comes a time when a leader is
called upon to assert his leadership. That
time has come now.
If Eisenhower continues to approve by his
silence the tactics of McCarthy, Jenner and
Velde, the American citizen will have reason
to believe he approves of them. Further, if
the president does not positively state other
wise, the man on the street may have good
reason to believe that the President may have
The Nebraskan finds it hard to imagine
that Elsenhower actually can find it within
himself to surrender on this point. He has
been high-minded to date; he has not re
sorted to such devices himself.
But, as yet, he has not repudiated them. If
he continues to place party unity above what
we believe is his sincere personal conviction,
no alternative remains but that he has sac
rificed his principles for political expediency.
This we hope is false. The American peo
ple who placed their confidence in him de
serve better than to be sidestepped for politi
As a soldier Eisenhower knew what guts
wereas our President, let us hope he still
English Never Hurts
Mer fuel has been added to the endless
controversy blazing between the advocates of
liberal education and those preferring a busi
Although not conclusive and relatively in
formal, a poll conducted by Southern Meth
odist University, Texas, among graduates of
1938 and 1943 should squelch some of the
spark in the arguments for business training
as being more practical than a general, more
Questionnaires returned indicated that lib
eral arts graduates do as well as, or better in
business than graduates of the school of busi
ness administration. On top of that, 88 per
cent of the alumni classified English, aside
from their majors, as the subject that had
done them the most good.
"They are stimulated and imaginative and
reach a plateau less quickly than the person
who is technically trained," Dr. John W.
Boyer, SMU English professor in charge of
the study, said.
A university "self -study" also indicated
that high school students entering SMU with
three years of English didn't do nearly as well
s those with four. It revealed that SMU
students are strong in composition and litera
ture but weak in vocabulary.
As a result, SMU intends to inaugurate a
new program In 1956 which will require four
years ot English as a basic requirement.
SMU is only one university, but fairly repre
sentative of universities throughout the coun
try. Perhaps the increasing trend toward
more business training will receive a set
back; or perhaps educators will find more
evidence to swing the debate back the other
, At any rate, even Biz Ad enthusiasts will
have to admit a little English never hurt any
pinr In cases Involving subversive activities,
The Nebraskan infers that these three men
favor enforcing the Constitution only when
enforcement benefits the state.
In other words, with the possible exception
of State Attorney General Beck, they be
lieve that wire tapping is wrong. It invades
the right of privacy and denies the right of
refusal to testify against oneself. But (in the
words of Co. Atty. Wagener) "Where life and
security of this country is endangered, wire
tapping should be used."
On first glance, drawing the line at this
point appears logical for, the attorneys
argue, why should we allow a single provision
of the Constitution to protect the very persons
who seek to destroy the Constitution.
But this argument denies its own validity
by implying that the Constitution cannot de
fend itself and in fact, by its strict interpre
tation, may even destroy itself.
What type of Constitution is one that must
be revoked every time an attack Is launched
Providing exceptions to absolute rights
parallels the provision of the constitution of
the Weimar Republic which allowed the
chancellor to suspend the constitution in case
of "an emergency."
Any constitution which cannot be enforced
24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is not worth
its salt and must be an imperfect constitution
While the U.S. Constitution perhaps is not
perfect, surely men such as Atty. Gen. Brow
nell and State Atty. Gen. Beck, who have
sworn to uphold the Constitution, have suffi
cient faith in the document to apply it equally
in all cases.
Wire tapping is not the true issue; it simply
symbolizes efforts of government officials to
amend fundamental rights.
Surely history proves that rights cannot
have exceptions. Either they apply to all per
sons in all occasions, or they eventually apply
to no one.
If the attorney general of the United States
wants to change the Fifth Amendment, let
him do so through constitutional channels.
To amend the Bill of Rights in any other
manner is a sneak attack upon the Constitu
tion Brownell has sworn to uphold.
The strength of the Constitution rests upon
enforcement of all its provisions, not just
those which are convenient.
A Connecticut judge recognized the evil of
unfair methods of law enforcement when he
dropped the case against a druggist who sold
a bottle of gin on Sunday. The "customer"
was a state liquor inspector who had made 14
visits to gain the druggist's friendship and
The court said: "I find as a fact that the
evil intent and criminal design to buy this
liquor on Sunday originated in the mind of
the Government agent. Just because it's dif
ficult to get evidence in these cases is no rea
son why we should use Russian methods."
The judge's last sentence places wire tap
ping in its correct category. K.R.
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday Uni
versity students missed hearing one of the
foremost Christian leaders in the world. Dr.
Frank C. Laubach, missionary educator, spoke
several times at the Nebraska Youth Confer
ence held in Lincoln last weekend.
Laubach told the Conference that education
is the answer to Communism.
Optimistic over the chance of stopping the
spread of Communism, Laubach explained
that the people of Asia are eager for assist
ance in raising their standards of living and
of literacy and that whether they turn to
Russia or the United States depends on who
they think is best able to help them.
And Laubach should know. After all he
has taught an estimated 50 million illiterates
how to read and has been invited by 58 gov
ernments to help them with their literacy
"Three quarters of the people of the
world are wobbling between Communism and
our way of life," he said. "Our task is to
change the wobblers into friends."
After hearing the artillery of the Korean
conflict and the shouts concerning expendi
tures for military defense, Americans may
find the voice of a language teacher a strange
weapon in the cold war. K.R.
Fraternities in Washington really do things
At initiation ceremonies, five new mem
bers were stripped and covered with molas
ses, flour, corn flakes, vinegar and ketchup.
When brought before a fcourt on disorderly
conduct charges, they were ordered to write"
1,000 times in punishment, "I regret exceed
ingly my deplorable conduct at my fratern
ity's recent initiation."
Seems like a big waste of molasses, flour,
corn flakes, vinegar and ketchup. Also
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BUSINESS ST AFT
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Jim Hofstetter. Kick WeKontt
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Jan Harrison Nlfht New Editor
. . . Nebraska's 'Hall Of Iv May Be Scrapped
.... CaeUnnial VAfl Rllt
Progress has become the sym
bol of the University, not only
in the academic characteristics of
the school but also in the physi
In order to expand in academic
fields the University officials
have found it necessary to con
struct additional buildings and
to improve those already stand
ing. Recently plans have been dis
cussed for a new wing on Teach
ers College which would ulti
mately cause the razing of Ellen
Smith Hall and replace it by a
new building symmetrical with
Social Science Building.
Whether tradition should bow
to progress seems to be the aues
tion at hand. The razing of Ellen
Smith Hall would in some peo
ple's estimation destroy a Ne
braska tradition. The building
has been a part of the campus
since 1888 and has survived as
new buildings were constructed
around it. As it remains, it is out
of place among the new struc
tures. The building itself is not looked
upon as a symbol of tradition by
visitors to the University . cam
pus. It is considered bad taste
to leave such an out-of-date
building on a campus that is
composed of new modern build
ings. Ellen Smith Hall is a replica
of the past, but Nebraskans can
not look to the past. Progress is
essential in the expansion of a
University and that progress is
marked by new buildings which
house new and better facilities
for the expansion and improve
ment of academics and admin
istration. J. H.
Another University tradition
may soon be a thing of the past.
Ellen Smith Hall might be-torn
down to make room for the con
struction of a modern building
to house more classes for Teach
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Ellen Smith a tradition:
When the new University stu
dent first sees the campus he
will disagree. At first glance,
the building is an eyesore to the
But to those who have spent
many hours of their college life
inside Ellen Smith, the building
has become more than a struc
ture which has been allowed to
stand too long. Ellen Smith is
the only building on campus
that comes close to the descrip
tion, "halls of ivy," a traditional
term for the old and hallowed
buildings of all universities and
Ellen Smith is a reminder of
days gone by days when the
University was still young. An
investigating eye can catch a
spirit of yesterday undefinable
to anyone except those who have
themselves felt it. Romanti
cally, it brings to mind luxuri
ous spacious rooms where mag
nificant balls and parties were
Sentimental yes. But educa
tion is more than a desire for
progress in the future. It is also
an understanding and apprecia
tion of the past. The fact that
Ellen Smith is located next to
our beautiful library not only
shows what advances architec
tureand t h e Unh i rsity- have
made, but contrasts it with the
beauty of old.
The most valuable things on
earth, such as jewels, paintings
and music, have little utility
value. They are priceless only
hecause thev exist as thing of
rareness. The same is true of a.
tradition. No one can measure
its value in terms of dollars and
cents. ' '
A University of Nebraska
without Ellen Smith Hall? It
will of course be a better Uni
versity from the standpoint of
facilities for education. But we
wouldn't be surprised to see
many alums coming back to the
old alma mater only to find
something missing. K. N.
Little Man On Campus... By Bibler
The Student Speaking
"Oh, I wouldn't worry tee much about passing, Miss Freeman
as long as I'm rradinc oh th' curve."
Innocents Name Standards
As this semester nears its
close, the bustle of college life
grows more intense. The Inno
cents Society wishes to urge the
underclassmen especially to rec
ognize the importance of schol
arship in their educational pro
cess and to realize that good
scholarship is the foundation for
making a real contribution of
service and leadership to our
In the selection of new mem
bers for 1954-55 ,the Innocents
Society can consider only those
men who earn at least a 5.5
weighted average. Thus a bal
ance between scholarship and
extra-curricular activity partici
pation should be maintained.
Participation in both can be
worthwhile and fun.
Best wishes and lots of luck
for the remainder of the school
THE INNOCENTS SOCIETY
On Discrimination Stand
(The following editorial Is re
printed from The Syracuse Daily
Orange, student publication of
The hazy picture of discrimina
tion in the South flashed into
sharp forcus last week when a
student newspaper in the state
of Georgia was threatened with
the loss of university subsidy if
it continued to print editorials
The Red and Black, 60-year-old
student newspaper at the
University of Georgia, has been
taken to task for writing on the
race issue at the University. A
member of the state Board of
Regents has warned the editors
that the regents would cut off
state funds unless the paper
ceased its stand on segregation
This is not only deplorable as
a flagrant infringement of free
dom of the press morally, but it
presents the educational minds
of that state in an early 19th
century sitting. The race issue
in the South is obviously one of
inheritance. The Southern mind
has not been able to make the
radical change from habits in
grained for 300 years. But the
main issue here is not the racial
The question is: should any
paper be threatened with silence
merely because it tackles a tick
lish Question? Is this paper to
believe that the editorial policy
of the Red and Black will lead
to riots and other public dis-
By CHICK TAYLOR
Mrs. Jones: "The, annual office
dinner is next week. What are
you going to wear?"
Mrs. Brown: "My-black dress.
We're supposed to wear some
thing to match our husband's
Mrs. Jones: "Oh dear! 1 don't
think I'd better go!"
Saint Peter: "How did you get
orders? If this Is so, Georgia
is pictured in an apprehensive
state of turmoil.
The state of Georgia is afraid
. . . afraid to be linked in any
way, it seems, with a move
toward the inevitable; the even
tual elemination of racial lines.
This may take a decade or a
century . . . but it is apparent
that this or any other reform
will never take place if the pub
lic is not informed. And . the
Press is one of the key mediums
of this information.
Sympathy is due for the Red
and Black, but an even more
sympathetic note is extended to
the Regents in Georgia. Their
thoughts are trapped in anti
quity. Stolen Goods
By JANCT CARMEN
The Ugliest Man on Campus
will soon be selected at Iowa
State. At the end of a week of
voting, two men will have been
.elected for the title, one repre
senting the organized houses on
campus and one representing the
organized houses off campus.
Prizes of merchandise and
dates with campus queens will
be awarded the winners.
In correcting examination pa
pers at the University of Wyo
ming, Dr. S. H. Knight, head of
the geology department, quali
fies answers into five classifi
cations. They are: correct ans
wer, approximately correct ans
wer, wrong answer, intelligent
guess and the shot in the dark.
At Texas University the Pan
hellenic council placed a social
sorority on probation for making
derogatory remarks about other
sororities, and oral pledging dur
ing rush week. All social privi
leges of the 1953-54 term have
been taken away. This includes
formals, house parties, open
houses, and entering varsity
carnivals. No fraternity will be
allowed to entertain them.
All That Glitters
I Was A Communist For The University Police
ing at me a tear rbo uumu,
which I deftly caught and threw
By HANK GIBSON
Now it can be told. Another
glorious chapter in the tri
umphful history of the Univer
sity Police has been completed.
And I had the opportunity to
contribute in this; another job
But let me start at the begin
ning. As most of you who drive
know, illegal parking on cam
pus (I.P.O.C.) is now a fine
able offense. While this is dis
agreeable to some of the less
conscientious parkers, it is,
nonetheless, basically a good
That Is, It Is a good plan so
long: as the money thus acquired
by the school is put to a good
purpose. "Oh, pshaw," you may
ay. "surely you are not Inti
mating that there is praft and
corruption on Our Campus."-
And that is what I would have
said the day I was called into
the office of J. Edgar Burrow,
head of our ever-alert protec
tive organization. "Sit down,
No. 168," Burrow instructed.
"We're finally going to use you.
All these months that you've
been seeing "Limelight," attend
ing modern history courses and
picketing the American Le"ion
building are about to pay off."
"What's up, chief?" I inquired.
"Don't call me chief, call me
Frt," he chuckled, loadin" his
,38-cal. police special. "Here's"
the story. We've been collecting
fines from rich young college
kids now for several months.
Our coffers should be filled.
But get this."
Here he prodded me in the
rib case several times with a
submachine gun for emphasis.
"We don't have a centavo." (Ed
is something of a linguist, but
I'd been around. I knew what
"This is where vnu come in."
h continued, taming mv head
with .a b'eV;jack and leaving
bri'ises which remain to this
"We ouspect that th campii
subversive element has been
reWn" that money, how we
don't know. It's our job to find
out whr the money Is going
and rr H back. Is that clear,
"T'm No. 168," I said, visibly
"Sorry," he apologized, throw-
So I was to solve the case
of the missing fines. Like Ed, I
felt that the money was getting
into the hands of the Campus
Commies and being used to
sponsor a campaign to change
the school colors to Scarlet and
I had been a member of the
Campus Commies for almost 18
months and had been keeping
the University Police informed
on all subversive activities. It
had been touch and go. I'd come
very close to exposure several
times, but if I could crack this
case I felt sure Ed would let me
There was a meeting that
night in the Subversive Activi
ties Room of the Student Union.
I decided I'd attempt to learn
if the Campus Commies were
getting their hands on the
money. By casually bringing up
the subject of fines and where
the money goes, I hoped to cause
them to confide in me. I prac
ticed a suave, uninterested man
ner on the way to the meeting,
I was not going to tip my
hand. I had to seem completely
unaware "of any scheme the
Commies might have. So I saun
tered up to the first person I
saw at the meeting and, in a
manner of making light conver
sation, said, "Say, I was fined
by the University Police today.
I wonder where the money
Although I could feel myself
twitching, my calm expression
belied my inner excitment.
"Ah, comrade, if you only but
knew," said the person to whom
I was talking. And I thought I
detected a mysterious note in the
otherwise casual remark.
To 'be continued
Corn-Cob Activities Meeting, S
p.m., West Stadium.
Kosmet Klub Meeting Can
celled. Bit-Ad Banquet, 6 p.m., Union.
Food Service Lecture, 7 p.m..
Love Library Auditorium.
Hanging of the Greens, 7 p.m.
Ellen Smith Hall.
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