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Tuesday, February 16, 1954
The University has been called a cultural
desert. The analogy was directed toward lack
of interest in, not availability of, cultural
The latest unsuccessful at'empt to bring
entertainment which involves use of the
mind to this campus was the "Caine Mutiny
Now the Court Martial was not exactly
"culture" in the long-haired Intellectual sense.
'The book, "The Caine Mutiny," was a best
seller for more than 100 weeks. It .was also
highly entertaining and not-hard reading.
The "Court Martial, a play based on a
scene from the book, was similar. An all
male cast, which included big movie star
names, made the production move at a fast
clip. The play, however, did require some
Perhaps student minds have become dulled
by a. diet of glorified horse opera ("Knights
of the Round Table") and slapstick (Martin
Whatever the reason, the Union lost ap
proximately $625 in bringing the "Court
Martial" to the University. This is not a new
story. Practically everything the Union brings
loses money, except Stan Kenton, King Cole
and Sara Vaughn.
Of the 1600 available student seats, the
best In the house, 1127 were sold. While this
number appears to be fairly substantial, all
student seats were not occupied by Univer
sity students. Three groups of 30 to 40 high
school students from as far away as North
Platte came to see the show. In addition,
several smaller high school groups attended.
The notorious failure of University students
to accept good entertainment is pointed up em
phatically by this current illustration. The
Agnes Moorehead show, scheduled for next
Monday, should not suffer the same fate.
From a non-cultural point of view, the
Moorehead show is even more of a bargain
than the "Court MartiaL" Student tickets are
telling for $1 the same price for which
many saw "Knights of the Round Table."
The main floor of the Nebraska Theater is
reserved for students good deal, since
That Fabulous Redhead Is not Cinemascope.
Miss Moorehead's show should have ingre-
There is a significant discrepancy In the
grading values at the University.
Students who feel this discrepancy attri
bute it to the inconsistency in the grading
system or the temperment of instructors.
No person will admit a nine in Chemistry 3
Is equivalent to a nine in Ed 21. Also a high
grade in a course which requires a lengthy
term paper for credit is not comparable to
a course which has only lectures with an
occasional examination. The research required
in writing a term caper takes manv more
hours of work in supplement to the regular
assignments and examinations than the day
by day preparation for other courses with a
plan which includes only lectures.
The theory is that the more comprehensive
the material, the more time a student must
spend studying a course.
This theory goes on to state that the more
time a student spends studying, the more he
learns. This seems to be the present policy in
judging a student's knowledge. If one looks
at it from the standpoint that a student who
receives a nine in a three hour course, spend
ing 12 hours a week studying for it, he
actually is on the same grade level with a
student who spends six hours a week study
ing for a three hour course and also re
ceives a nine, the theory's weakness is high
lighted. A diploma from Arts and Science Collere
Is to outsiders identical to a diploma from
Teachers College. A student with an 8.6
average in Arts and Sciences College is con
sidered theoretically the same grade and
mental level with a student who has an 8.6
average In Teachers College.
These conceptions stand without considera
tion to the unequal balance in time and com
prehension of the material studied. The stu
dent in Arts and Science is getting short
changed for the ability and work he has
shown in accumulating so high an average.
Why then ehould he 'strive to make high
' It's not u fair grading system because the
material to be graded is not and cannot be
put on a common gra ling plane, and students
will forever feel that justice in one field of
endeavor has no home in that of another,
la college this fact is compensated for by
the rivalry to maintain high grades within
the colleges; however, the student is short
changed after he receives his diploma and
acts out In the world to find a job. Bitter
ness is justified tt that same person who took
an easy major In college but had higher "face
value" grades gets the job.
If grades are supposed to represent an
achievement it is only fair that they repre
sent the Inherent qualities of that achieve
dients of suspense, laughter and drama to
appeal to the most "I'm not interested in
culture" Joe Colleges.
Climax of the production will be "Sorry,
Wrong Number," a long-tirrle radio hit of
murder-mystery quality enough to satisfy any
dime novel reader. The Redhead will also
give selections from James Thurber, a hu
All this means just one thing The Moore
head show offers good entertainment of the
sort any type of person should enjoy. That
it could be classed as "culture" is incidental
A 35 million dollar hole in the ground has
recently been pronounced 100 per cent com
plete by the defense department.
The hole la to house the military brain for
the US in case of an atomic attack which
might well knock out the present brain in
The hole, and the bomb, provide two land
marks in the field of scientific endeavor. The
bomb represents the headlong advance of
the physical sciences in recent times. The
hole, man's pitiful lags in the social sciences.
The bomb, or more aptly man's fear of it,
has made defense of some kind absolutely
necessary. The rapid advances in the physical
sciences have also made it possible to make
a super-deluxe, ultra, ultra modern counter
part an age old defense mechanism, burrow
ing into mother earth.
However, the lag of the social sciences
becomes painfully apparent when it is noted
that the hole had to be made at alL
On the one hand, the bomb's, man has
made fantastic advances from the past, even
within the last 10 years. On the other, man
has advanced very little since ancient times.
Even in ancient times, the threat of war
was very real. Man lived and hoped that
war would not come; he sent representatives
to the council rooms to talk, and he readied
The same worries, but with modern touches
and refinements, still exist Perhaps the term
lag of social sciences is a misnomer, but the
art of living together is nearly 1,000 years
behind the physical sciences. T.W.
Signs Of The Times
Numerous posters w.ih large question
marks appearing on them on the bulletin
boards on Ag Campus symbolize more than
they were intended.
Some ingenious student designed the post
ers to advertize the "Cutest Baby" who is
to be presented at the Sno-BalL
A hidden meaning lurks in the shadows,
as they may also symbolize the many prob
lems confronting the University.
The problem of choosing an athletic direc
tor and a chancellor are also bidden behind
the big question marks on these posters.
These new-fangled notions sure raise hob
with the old-fashioned view.
For example, an old lady walked into a
film theater at Nottingham, England, the
other day to see a 3-D movie. Declaring, how
ever, that she had never worn glasses in
her life, she refused to take the special
After the show, she commented, "I en
joyed the film, but it did seem a bit blurred."
In one respect, at least Republican Vice
President Nixon is like former President
Nixon told a Youth Sunday congregation
that he took part in many church programs
when he was a youth. However, he felt per
haps a loyal Republican couldn't admit his
part in the observances.
He played the piano.
Way Down Under
Thirty-five men and women are explor
ing Crystal Cave in Mammoth Cave National
Park, Ky. As the expedition's first day ended,
several members were working their way
toward uncharted portions of the cave 200
feet below the earth's surface. t
Attired in khaki fatigue suits and miner's
helmets topped with carbide lamps, the group
intends to probe 0 miles of unexplored
passages beneath the earth's surface.
That's what is known as really burying
yourself in your work.
You Just Can't Win
A St Joseph, Mo. man who was recently
stopped for speeding came up with the best
excuse of the year. When asked the tradi
tional question, "Where do you think you
are going to a fire?" he had an unexpected
He really was going to a fire at his own
Officers escorted him the rest of the way,
and helped him put out the flames which
were ravaging his garage.
Then they gave him a speeding ticket
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Aggie News, Views
Benson Urges Low
Ag Price Supports
By DALE REYNOLDS
I hear from the latest statisti
cal reports floating around cam
pus that 40 per cent of the fresh
man in the College of Agricul
ture last semester were enrolled
in English A Ain't that awful?
Courses out here on Ag sure
are rough. Heard someone
flunked Poultry 1 back in '38.
I received a nice letter from
Dean Lambert the other day. At
least someone reads my column.
In reference to my first col
umn, he pointed out what has
and is being done in bringing the
College of Agriculture to the at
tention of the people in the state.
He said that each year all of
the high schools in the state are
sent application blanks for the
a ri cultural scholarship program.
In addition, county and home
axents and Yoc-Ag and Home
Ec teachers are written for
names of prospective students
and these persons receive per
sonal letters from the Dean.
Also, various meetings are
held on the campus which at
tract young people from over the
state, such as judging contests,
4-H club week. Boys State and
a Hospitality Day for Nebraska
High School girls.
In addition, speakers are sent
to high schools for their career
days and other programs. And
the College of Agriculture is in
cluded as one of the ten colleges
of the University in general pub
licity which goes out over the
state each year.
We can see from this that
there are various forms of pub
licity being used to bring Ag
College before the eyes of the
people in Nebraska. And some
of this publicity, no doubt is very
The organizational set up
within the extension, service is
very good for carrying publicity
throughout the state, as county
agents and home demonstration
agents are considered, members
of the faculty and are closely
connected with the University.
However, it still seems that
the whole publicity protrani
would be more effective if a
member of the public relations
department were appointed to
correlate the various parts of the
publicity system, and broaden it
out Into a more extensive eon
Enough for that
After a full schedule of many
enterprising activities, I see the
Mortar Boards have climaxed
their year's events with their
scholarship recognition tea.
Maybe if nothing else works, we
can encourage the MB's to start
scholarship as a tradition on the
I have heard some comment
about the situation existing with
the Mortar Boards, considering
marriage, graduation, etc., won
dering if they are still able to
function as an organization on
If the situation gets any worse,
maybe Ivy Day will have to be
moved up a few weeks, or they'll
be masquing legacies.
Secretary of Agriculture Ezra
Benson came into Nebraska last
week with his fight against rigid,
high price supports, and to put
in his word for the Eisenhower
Administration's flexible price
support program. -
Shortly after bis speeches, the
Nebraska Fanners Union con
vention promptly recommended
continuance of 90 per cent parity
support on farm products.
Senator Aiken (Rep.. Vt),
chairman of the Senate Agricul
ture committee, said last week
that signs are favorable for the
President backed flexible sup
However, if they do succeed
in getting the flexible system
into operation 4t seems that
there will be very much discon
tent and opposition to the pro
gram .and will probably be an
even bigger issue in the coming
Looking around the Nebraska
situation, it seems that the Uni
versity has developed a reputa
tion similar to that of Joe Mc
Carthy people are so afraid of
getting bad publicity through as
sociation that they do not want
their names mentioned in con
nection with a big position here.
By PAUL LAASE
The hard, cold facts behind our
foreign economic policy indicate
that the present United States
trade and tariff policy needs re
vision. What are these facts?
Since 1946 the U. S. has given
away $33 billion worth of non
military aid, in the form of grants
and loans, to the free nations of
the world. This money was spent
to rebuild and strengthen the
economy of the free world.
This it has done at a tremen
dous cost to the American tax
payer. Our allies have used this
money to buy goods from Ameri
can industries. Practically speak
ing, we have given away, without
any repayment, $33 billion worth
of roods since 1946.
The economy of the free world
has been rebuilt from the ruins
of World War II. European pro
duction is now well above pre
war 1939 levels. Japanese pro
duction has been restored to its
We must also remember that,
prior to World War II. Western
Europe's biggest market was
Eastern Europe, now behind the
iron curtain. Japan sold most
of her goods in China, also at
present a member of the Com
These normal trade channels
have been disrupted, at U. S.
insistence, in the interest of the
security of the free world. Where,
then, is mere a market for these
We obviously do not wish to see
our allies trade with the Com
munists. The only alternative
market available anywhere in the
world is the United States. But
even though we have rebuilt their
productive strength and closed
their normal trade routes, we re
fuse to allow our allies any great
share of the American market
Between the tariff, import
quotas and the "peril point" and
"escape clause" of the Recipro
cal Trade Agreements there are
few loopholes through which our
allies can ship their goods.
Paradoxically enough, the
United States also needs expanded
markets for her extremely pro
ductive economy. While our do
mestic consumption of agriculture
commodities remains relatively
stable, our export market hag
Agricultural surpluses continue
to pile up in CCC storage bins.
As our defense budget is re
duced each year industries must
shift from defense production to
the production of consumer goods.
Yet recent developments indicate
the domestic market has reached
the saturation point.
If we wish to avoid a serious
business recession, we must find
new markets for the American
economy. These are available,,
for the most part, only in other
countries. The United States
must export more of her eco
In order to buy American good
our allies mast have dollars.
American exporters will not take
pesos, pounds, kronen or marks
for their goods; only American
dollars will buy American goods.
But to get these dollars foreign
exporters must sell In American
markets, which Is practically im.
possible under our present trade
Should the United States greatly
reduce her trade barriers and
permit the importation of more
foreign goods both the U. S. and
the rest of the free world would
benefit Our allies would gain
the markets vthey need.
American industries would find
new markets abroad, since dol
lars paid out for foreign goods
must ultimately be spent in the
United States. American foreign
economic aid could be discon
tinued without danger of hurt,
ing foreign economies, at con
siderable saving to the American
The introduction of an addi
tional five or six billion dollars
worth of goods each year into
the American eteonomy in the
form of imports can be of little
danger to an economy that pro.
duces more than $300 billion
worth of goods each year.
It would be on the side of wis
dom, and to the benefit of all
concerned, if the United States
would liberalise her trade and
tariff policy. It Is an economic
necessity for the United States
to lower her trade barriers.
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Nine male social science stu
dents at Kansas University
"risked everything" recently and
in a sociology experiment wore
ties to class for a whole week.
Results, which included loud
laughter, hissing, and finger
pointing, were interesting, and
the rebels were asked by their
friends "in a nice way" to re
move the ties before "it is too
From the physics department
at the University of Wyoming
came the following news tip:
there will be a "non-technical"
lecture with slides, etc The ti
tle of the lecture The Eclipse
Expedition for Measuring Zodi
When a pre-law student at
Texas A&M wrote a letter to the
editor of the student newspaper,
he received a warning to "get
out of town in 30 calendar min
utes" or get shoved around by
his fellow students. The rea
son? His letter criticized the
student body for "childish ac
tions." When President Logan Wilson
of Texas University was intro
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