The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 02, 1953, Page Page 2, Image 2
Page 2 THE NEBRASKAN Wednesday, December 2, 1953 EDITORIAL PAGE Ml1 Don't Say A VJord "Advice to Students: Shut Up" reads the headline over one of Robert C Ruark's recent columns. In the article which follows, the national columnist, in a semi-humorous vein, suggests that "studenthood should be put on a kind of probationary basis, in which noisy thoughts outside of the three R's should be mandatorily forbidden until graduation." Although Ruark's remarks are satirical, his b&a premise Is serious: That college students should be seen and not heard. The arguments he presents are valid. To a degree he is correct when he claims that Gov't For Sale The precedent established by the Eisen hower administration in enacting the give away oil bill is apparently sufficiently well grounded now that other legislation may be looked forward to in the near future. Even the most adamant and sincere pro ponents of giving title to the off-shore oil lands to the states will admit that today many present-day discussions of "giving the govern ment back to the people" stem directly from the tidelands oil legislation. Few persons really had the vision to see what might actually be involved, but some did. Sen. Murray, (D-Mont) In a speech In the Senate before passage of the original giveaway bill said, It is part and parcel of gigantic giveaway or handout program. The giveaway program which Is now emerging is far too large and too complex for complete analysis in this brief statement of nine.' Yet today, as if to bear out Sen. Murray's words, it appears that there are forces at work to sell the Post Office Department to private business? Fantastic? Impossible? Sandal's World-Herald said editorially with reference to a proposal to sell the Post Office to private enterprise: "There has been no stampede to adopt the idea, but lack of public interest doesnt necessarily mean that It is fantastic or Impracticable, or that It will be forgotten.' In fact, in defense of the proposal, the paper said, This attitude has started some raucous laughter among the comrades of the left. Sell the Postoffice? Haw! Might as well sell the State Department, say they, which remark is regarded in some quarters as real sassy repartee." Quite to the contrary, this matter is more Important than "real sassy repartee' from whatever quarter the 'World-Herald or the comrades of the left" It is the basis of an established and success ful policy. First, a feeler is sent out, prefer ably as an editorial in a newspaper to deter mine the immediate reaction of the public. Then, dependent upon how the proposal is re ceived, the paper may endorse the proposal. From there, the original drafters of the proposal may take over. The matter is given wide discussion in other areas with a watch ful eye to public opinion. If some acceptance or indifference is met, active endorsement is made by backers of the proposal through their spokesmen, the politicians. Once the first politician speaks publically on the proposal others so minded are free to join without the stigma of being the original backer of the proposal This period usually takes some time, for all the . legislators are now feeling out public opinion. Opposition forms and public debates take place. Our proposal is now a full fledged public issue. It is but a matter of opportunity to bring the proposal to vote. In that we may well may be witnessing the ery first step of this process In the Omaha editorial gently feeling out the public's atti tude, it will be interesting to see if this pro posal ridicBlons as it sound, follows the pat tern. One might wonder too, about the conten tion of Wayne Morse, (Ind-Ore), who main tained that tidelands oil would be only the first step, the leak in the dike EJ). Price Of Winning lows. State College students organized a panty raid,, blocked the Lincoln Highway, threw tear gas bombs back at police and gathered 4000 strong to demand a day off after they won their Homecoming football game against Missouri. The rioting students tried to accomplish this two nights in a row, but their college president stood adamant no vacation. President Virgil M. Hancber of the Univer sity of Iowa quieted his students by throwing two parties for them on the Monday and Tuesday nights after their team tied Notre Dame. 'What is more the Student Union was thrown open and free refreshments, were served those nights, according to a student from that university. Iowa State officials let their student popu lation run loose unta they calmed down; Iowa University "bought off theirs before any organized rallies were started. The scene on the Nebraska campus has been comparatively quiet; but on the other hand, we haven't won any football games either G.H. "very little thinking, as thinking, goes on in universities." Students, he is safe in saying, have not had the practice nor the experience that their elders nave had. The columnist rightly criticizes students who run rampant with half-truths. Their function is not to participate in "disgraceful riots," shoot off their mouths or imagine themselves as embryo William Pitts, Gari baldis or Clemenceaus, as Ruark pictures European students. But college students will not be shut op. We realize that society is run by an older generation, that major decisions are made by men sixty years and older. We do not ask to hold positions of high responsibility. But we insist that we be heard. When opinions of the American people are noted (and that should be often in a democracy), we expect to be heard along with other citizens. After all, the affairs of the world will be ours someday if the older generation doesn't blow up to bits before we get our chance to handle problems. Ruark must remember that we have just as much at stake in the future of our nation and mankind as he does. In fact, we have reason for greater interest since we'll be aound here longer than he will. He should not forget that, right now, we have more formal education than many of today's leaders. They may possess experi ence. But surely Ruark will not deny that experience corrupts the idealism of " what ought-to-be with what appears possible. When a man's feet are stuck in the mud, it's pretty hard to see beyond the mud puddle. The columnist, citing student riots in Rome and Trieste, accuses "higher education" of providing "an excuse for more extraneous nonsense than any ether form of social status." He seems to forget the violence frequently connected with the labor strikes of our elders Dr the occasional lynchings in our own South. And speaking of "extraneous nonsense," Ruark might mention predicaments our par . snts and grandparents have brought upon the world. Instead of criticizing students in general for actions of Italian youth and telling college men and women to shut up, Columnist Ruark would do better to challenge students to the intelligent thought he believes is minimized in college. If members of Ruark's generation hadn't "devoted ourselves mainly to the pursuit of happiness, coeds and corn whisky, and read only the sports pages," perhaps the world wouldn't be worrying today about blowing itself to pieces. KJU ... Do Morals Slip? To hear the politicians talk you'd think every political campaign were waged as a moral crusade. "Throw the rascals out" and "keep the rascals out" become cries of the , dedicated protectors of the republic. The fact that political parties and candi dates sometimes switch sides on issues seems to have no effect upon matters of principle. " One side of a question can become just as moral as another, it seems. Te hear the farmers, and their self-styled friends, speak ef price supports you'd think that proponents of oppostt views are eon signed to the eternal pits. The Hall County Farm Bureau attacked Dr. C Clyde Mitchell a few weeks ago be cause he favors fixed price supports. The Farm Bureau advocates flexible supports. The difference between the two views if you are to believe the Bureau, Secretary Benson and a number of other persons is a matter of principle. . The Nebraskan fails to see a moral differ ence between supports of one kind and sup ports of another kind. How long ago was it that the baaie ques tion concerned the wisdom of supports at all? Bat that controversy seems to have panted. The moral dividing line has slipped. But that's the way it is in politics. K.R. Margin Notes Our Garden Of Eden Isn't life fun? Just think of all the happi ness that is created in the world every day. Russia gets no end of pleasure from calling the U.S. a liar. McCarthy's grin as he pokes through old files in an indication of the pleasure he is receiving from that job. Democrats smile at the plight of the Repub licans and the Republicans smile at the plight of the Democrats. Frenchmen dance at the thought of a ruined Germany. Red China is exuberant at the report of Korean War atrocities. Yes this is truly a happy world. Miserably happy. JltsL TkbAa&huv FIFTY-THIRD TEAR Member: Associated Collegiate Press. Advertising representative: National Advertising service, Ine. 42 Madison Ave, New York 17, New Yerk Tha fMmtfcaa k mnVHrbt mt tk twtarta mt S3HTOBIA1. 8T4ST CwiTaraH mt Karak mm anraulna m MHar ....MM iwws Mid Wwf-aa-onJT. a.aaar)KC ta Ajtteia M af fcna KttMrlal FlMra E4ttav. 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The Student Speaking Hey, Arready (Reptu.K with permission of Her block and The Washington Post) The Challenge Must A Prof Surrender His Beliefs To Be Paid? By C. CLYDE MITCHELL Professor of Agricultural Economics From an imaginary editorial in the Podunk Tribune: "Professor Doakes is currently under attack by the Podunk Chapter of Sons and Daughters of 100 per cent Americanism for his left-wing views. Naturally he and his pinko friends are howl ing that their rights of free speech are being threatened. "Heck, Professor, nobody is trying to take away your free speech! You can talk all you want to about how nice it would be to have socialized medicine, public housing or any other new dealish scheme you want Nobody will stop you. "But our taxpayers here in Podunk support the University, and we intend to have some say-so about whom we hire. We don't like our money going to pay people who say things we dis agree with. Remember, Professor, nothing in the American con stitution gives you the right to work for the state." Unfortunately for America, this n. tfrrv SHARPNACK It was ROTC Summer Camp time at Death Valley Air Base, Texas, and thousands of airmen and officers were running about making final preparations for the cadets' arrival. Cacti were being trimmed, tarantulas were being shaken from bed clothes and dormitory rugs were being vacuumed. ' Finally, the plane bearing the 100 cadets landed and out stepped the young men, hand somely tanned from robust sum mer activities and each waving the pennant of his respective college. The airmen on the base jumped up and down with glee at the sight, but the more ma ture officers restrained them sleves and merely smiled. Colonel Gleef, base comman der, greeted each boy warmly and invited them all to his home that evening for a get-acquainted party. After the party, 98 of the boys left for their quarters. John Schlonk and George Greefle stayed behind for a few min utes to comment on the colonel's campaign ribbons. George thought one was a Pershing Rifle ribbon and everyone laughed, but the Colonel. "It is," he said. When John and George got to the dormitory they found the rest of the boys quietly reading their drill manuals. Some were out lining the book. The two were careful not to disturb them and went to their own room to do a little reading, too. Nine a.m. came all too early for the boys, but at the sound of the band playing "Dear Old Nebraska U" everyone hopped out of bed and into his sharply pressed military uniform. At 9:30 sharp (as is the mili tary way) two busses pulled up outside the dorms to take the boys to breakfast Everyone rushed outside so as to be sure to set a seat for the two-block ride. .John Schlonk read the break fast menu with dismay. Ham was the only meat, and John didn't like ham. He stormed over to the head cook, a Master Sgt. O'Mulligan, and told him about it. The sergeant was visibly shaken and Immediately ran to the food ' lockers to find John some bacon. The first activity ofthe day was a tour of the maintenance shops, but the majority of the boys didn't see much in that so they were permitted to spend the morning as they wished. One of the boys had a private flying license, so Col. Gleef said it would be all right for him to take an F-S9 up for a spin. On every afternoon, as a re tur from th drucery of mat In. !aeaa there wu wim ming. horseback riding, archery and tennis available. During the course of the four week training period, 15 dances were held for the cadets, and models from Dallas were brought to Death Valley for the occasions. On dance nights, the boys could stay up until 5 a.m., but of course, on other nights sack time was 1 a.m. (sharp). The unhappy day of departure finally had to come and some of the boys were found on their beds that morning sobbing piti fully. The colonel arranged a cere mony, of course. He wanted something simple, but touching, for their leaving that Saturday, but the airmen insisted on a parade, even though it was their day off. And so, amid the cheers anc" waving of the good men of Death Valley Air Force Base, Texas, the shiny Constellation disap peared into the wild blue yonder and life at the base returned tc its humdrum normalcy. Slide Rule imaginary editorial, with real names and places, has appeared all over the nation. Professors have been gagged or fired be cause their views and opinions on economic and social matters were unpopular. In several states, the professors have found out that they had "no right to a job." In a slightly different way, the "right to a job" argument has come up in Washington. A Fed eral employee is summarily fired without a chance to find out why. He "hears" that a loyalty board has considered his case and, al though not finding evidence of dis loyalty, nevertheless has ordered him dismissed as a "security risk." . The man, believing himself to be completely loyal, demands to be faced with the allegations, to meet his accusers and to force them to prove his guilt or with draw the accusations. Coder re gulations set np under Truman and continued under Eisenhower, be is denied this right He is told that in accepting a federal Job he has surrendered his righto. "You have all your rights as an American citizen," he is told, "but you cannot claim the right to work for the government If your superiors fire you, they do not have to tell you why." Somehow in this hysterical era the direction of justice has been lost No longer is a man pre sumed innocent until positive proof of guilt is established under law, with the rights of the ac cused protected. We have moved over into the fanatic reabn, where charges of guilt even those made irres ponsibly by spiteful and anony mous tipsters, are accepted as proof. The reason for this hysteria, . of course, is the desire to ferret out any Communists who may be employed in government It is highly probable, however, that the methods employed are as sin ister as communism itself. m m m It is possible to staff govern ment and universities with people who relinquish their basic rights in exchange for Jobs. The result will be a loss of one thing Ameri cans have long considered price less the free and questioning spirit No, no one has any Inalienable "right" to a job with the state or the county or the city or the nation. But out citlicns will re cognize that the type of govern ment employee or school teacher most valuable to America Is one who will not surrender any of his fcasle rights merely to draw his salary from public funds. The, Nebraska Board of Regents recently adopted an outstanding statement of principles regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers, a statement of which Nebraskans can be proud. The number of universities whose gov erning bodies have been simi larly courageous is unfortunately small. The number heading the other direction is frightening. And most frightening of all is the now official attitude of the largest em ployer of professional cholars in the world the U. S. Government Next j-ear's meeting of the American Society of Engineer ing Education will be held at the University in October, The pur pose of ASEE is to promote bet ter relations between the schools participating and to create an op portunity for exchange of ideas on any topic 'concerning the schools. The report written by Nebras ka's delegation concerning this year's trip to Kansas revealed the two major topics of the meeting. Engineering Open University To Host ASEE Next Year Q letterip 'Nebraskan Dear Editor: After reviewing several late issues of The Nebraskan, I was amazed at the low standards of journalism being employed in editorials involving politics and foreign policy. Apparently The Nebraskan editors are not sat isfied with expressing sterotyped propaganda which they believe is material of editorial calibre. Editorials frequently accuse Senator McCarthy of: mud slinging and false accusation, yet continually make Insinuations degrading his character: sensa tionalism, yet continually try to make a spectacle of him: con tributing nothing toward public service, though he risked his ' public career to fight commu nism: hiding behind Congres sional immunity, though his book "McCarthyism, The Fight for America" was published without that benefit. These edi torials serve only one purpose: the degeneration of the entire newspaper. The Nebraskan editorials seem to have an affirmative viewpoint on these issues: University Bulletin Board - WEDNESDAY American Society of Civil En gineers Meeting, 7:30 p.m , Room 205, Stout Hall. Senior music students recital, 7 p.m.. Social Sciences Auditor ium. Military Ball Rehearsals, 7:30 p.m.. Coliseum. Love and Marriage Discussion, 7:30 p.m., Love Library Auditor ium. NC Rodeo Association Meet ing, 7:30 p m., Ag Union. THURSDAY Fhi Sigma Iota, 7:30 p.m.. Fac ulty Lounge, Union. Military Ball Rehearsals, 70 p.m., Coliseum. FRIDAY Faculty and Graduate Assist ants Coffee Hour, 4 to 6 p.m., Faculty Lounge, Union. Audubon Screen Tour, 8 Love Library Auditorium. ' Is Degenerate1 1. Security nsKs In govern ment are not too important 2. Mistakes made in govern ment affairs should be handled in a clandestine manner so as not to disturb the people, at home and abroad. 3. Let the FBI take care of communists (a la Gestapo) in government. 4. Any individual called be fore a Congressional committee should be notified well in ad vance (It takes 'em that long to read the fifth amendment). Ridiculous! Surely the editors have not intended this type of journalistic fuel to fire the fur nace of human reasoning. An edtorial advocating diplo matic recognition of Red China was rancid enough to make the Korean War dead arise and chisel epitaphs on their tombs. Why have they gone back on us. And, not only this editorial reflects one editor's ignorance and indifference to common sense by using Mr. Dulles speech as a tool, but it also reflects the typical jargon of others who have succumed to Red propa ganda. Is the desire to create this type of editorial so great that our own flesh and blood must be cheapened? It seems strange that our future editorialists will substi tute appeasement for clear thinking argument, sacrifice their inherited rights for a pur gatorish peace founded on hu man slavery, and will believe the infidel of their all-seeing in tellectual ideas are always wrong. RICHARD A. STUBEN House and the Engineering mag azine. The K-State delegation stated they have been operating their engineering magazine at a profit of $700 a year with no subscription fee; there must be some sharp economists down there. No doubt their magazine is full of ads. That seems the only other way to pay for the publication. E-Week is held on other cam puses in much the same man ner as it is here at Nebraska. The problem of financing is met in a different way, but the prob lem still exists. The engineering open house at Kansas State is financed through appropriations from the school. Nebraska's E-Week is financed solely from the sale of E-ribbom before E-Week. Iowa State't Vicia is their equivalent ol E-Week. Displays by the engi neers inform the people of Iowi what the college offers to tht student a Faculty rating system wai discussed and the body agreed a rating system should b adopted b ythe faculty, as wai recommended by the Nebraska deleg?tion last year. Faculty ratir s systems have been kicked around for many years at coV leges, but have never becomW timiy established as any criteria f r judgment, nor have the atings been developed or Im proved. In order for rating systems to work, the faculty must voluntar ily adopt and administer them. Perhaps neither the mode of in struction nor the mannerisms of the instructors warrant an effort in establishing faculty rating. The conferees also agreed that a better co-ordination should br maintained between class work and the laboratory course. Tht old problem of report writinr was brought up; it seems the students think that more empha his should be placed on the ex periment than on the report The assembly noted that t plan to reduce the nember ol students spending five years ir school for a four-year degree was desirable. The hours can be squeezed in if ROTC is accepted as a non-technical option. ' If the Nebraska delegation continues to be as active as it has been in the past, next year's meeting should contribute much to a better understanding of en gineering education J. D. MARKS. SEE IT TODAY! , S STUART3 For the Beet Corsage Values Call: 2-2775 HILTNER FLORAL CO. 135 So. 12 frarafflfljyyjgfc.M ( Iliri)lirirfll miim PMfSSjvajiiBnifflVMaABjft jsjeMPSXEVffaaxaH -v.- - I 1 , ' 1 k Km Vnta t I ft T 1 1 (lu. San. a MoUaan) ' I a m. TS S H t. I Evening H-Ot CUT OR TEAR COUPON OUT PRESENT AT BOXOFFICE SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT OFFER TW apaeUI ilM.ant Hekrt mmt UH wffl Mmft th. atndrtrt whaM tmrnm' ol c LLOYD C. 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