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Tuesday, February 23, 1954
Questionable Motives
Suffrage for 18-year-olds has long been
, held out as a possibility by all manner of
political organizations, parties and pressure
The demand for the 18-year-old vote, how
ever, has not come from those who would
supposedly gala advantage from a change in
the suffrage laws the 18-20-year-old.
They have not Indicated a burning desire
to vote, and there have been no loud com
plaints of any lack of liberty from them. True
enough, there have been some loud, highly
" organized "We want to vote" movements by
young people, but these were not, on the
whole, organized or backed by young people.
Rather, these "movements by youth" were
organized and backed by special interest
groups andor political parties who supplied
money, organization and scripts for a limited
number of young people who made the noise.
The total number of young people con
cerned with a movement to change the suf
frage lawi has been small when the total
number of young persona who would be
Affected by the change Is considered.
The question arises: why do political and
other groups take such an interest in a change
in the voting laws if the 18-year-olds show
comparatively little interest in such a change?
The answer is quite simple the politicos
A near-capacity audience attended the first
performance of the University Collegiate
Band Sunday.
The band, a new organization, gave a fine
concert The audience was almost completely
composed of parents and brothers and sisters
of band members. As usual, University stu
dents failed to attend the concert at least
In significant numbers.
Today, the Agnes Moorehead show is play
ing at the Nebraska Theater. Anyone who
doesn't know that fact by now does not
listen to the radio, read posters or news
papers. Elsewhere on this page is a column ex
. plaining the need for engineering students
to have a liberal education. ,
These three facts have a significant rela
tionship to one another.
The nn-student-attended concert Illustrates
for the nth time the lack of interest NUers
have toward interests outside their special
field. The Moorehead show may be another
in the long list of Union -sponsored enter
tainments which loses money as a result of
this lack of interest The column demon
strates that even such specialized schools as
the College of Engineering recognize the
need for knowledge of other fields than that
of a student's major Interest
Nebraskan editors could easily find some
other facet of student life to talk about in
today's editorial columns. We could simply
acknowledge the fact that most University
students prefer to put some time in studying
their particular ( major subject and the rest
of that time in at the local beer-drinking
establishments and at the movies.
However we feel compelled to say again
that it is stupid to go through this University
without taking advantage of opportunities
such as the Agnes Moorehead show. S.H.
Moderate Polish
In spite of phenomenal spring weather, in.
spite of second-semester doldrums, there is
one indoor sport which will always retain its
popularity. Known under many aliases, the
term most printable is "apple-polishing."
After a concerted spurt of devotion to the
activity immediately prior to finals, in
..terest lagged at the beginning of the new
semester. The sport was not extinct, how
ever, but merely dormant. Expert practi
tioners were merely lying in wait until the
time, or the "apple" should be ripe.
And with fiie threat of down slips disgust
ingly close, some students apparently feel the
time is now, for signs of the sport are reap
pearing in full force. After all, the early bird
rets the worm; and teacher's favorite gets
the grade sometimes.
Occasionally, though, professors aren't sus
. ceptible to a particular brand of flattery
"polish." And some, unfortunately, can even
spot signs of the sport before the student
gets his strategum properly in operation.
There are pitfalls, however, in prema
turely condemning "polishers." For although
the evils of apple-polishing are obvious,
equally bad is the danger of being a "dull
In fear of ridicule from classmates, stu
dents often Tefraln from consulting their in
structors for help. Instead of discussing their
problems, they avoid the instructor's office
like the plague. Rather than be accused of
seeking favoritism they prefer to pretend to
understand the lecture and flunk the next
hour exam.
So which is better to be a "polisher" or
"pretender?" Perhaps in student-professor
relations we should keep in mind an old
adage . . ."all things in moderation." M.H.
want votes, votes the opposition won't have.
Political parties are interested in creating
large groups of organized, loyal 18-21-year-olds
who will vote their party ticket while
the opposition has no new source of votes. It's
as simple as that.
The proponents of 18-year-old suffrage re
ceived heavy artillery for their pleas when
the American public realized that young men
too young to vote were dying in Korea.
"Too young to vote, but old enough to fight
and die," has been a powerful slogan for
the backers of the 18-year-old vote move
ment. Opponents of the move to change the suf-.
frage laws have countered with charges that
18-year-olds were little more than children
and not able to vote intelligently.
Both sides have good arguments, and back
up pro and con ideas with facts too numerous
for repetition here.
However, one question rises to the fore
ground when the question of voting rights
for 18-year-olds is discussed. What are the
motives behind the claim that 18-year-olds
be allowed to vote? Are those urging suffrage
for the young persons interested in seeing
"justice" done or do they simply Want some
thing their opponents don't have?
The Nebraskan believes the groups press
ing for the 18-year-old voting age are pri
marily interested in cornering the market
on a new batch of voters little more.
It is gratifying to see the majority of young
persons who would be involved by a change
in voting laws can see the motives of their
"friends." Thus far the move has been con
fined to the planning committees of political
groups. The youngsters have listened to their
roaring and gone about their "business as
usual" T.W.
Students, Unite!
That University students are good movie
fans is a fact long known to theater operators
in the city of Lincoln.
Since this is true, perhaps a request by
students to the theaters might receive con
sideration. However, this is a project that
will require cooperation by many well-organized
student groups.
The Nebraskan, acting in the best interests
of the University students for whom it is a
spokesman suggests that a "Spare Us From
the 3-D's That Require Super-Duper, DeLuxe
Personalized Glasses That You Take Back At
The Door Society." For short this organiza
tion could be called the SUFTDTRS
DDPGTYTB. This organization, if students would rally
round, could be the saviour of the slim-pocket-book
students. Of course it would take
time for it to succeed, but its possibilities are
unlimited. T.W.
Margin Notes
Ate Too?
So University moviegoers were warned at
the beginning, at the end, and by the review
of the recent attraction, "The Captain's Para
dise." Yet, though everyone knows it could never
happen, that it is pure fiction and that only
Alec Guinness could live through the entan
gled, pleasant tortures of having two wives,
one could safely venture that every male
secretly doubted the recurrent admonitions.
might just happen to me.
But, maybe ...
Don't Tell-Ask
It is interesting to note these days the
growing importance of good linguistics in the
United States business world.
Business men, reaching out for foreign mar
kets nowadays, simply cannot afford their
spokesmen tripping over their own tongues.
Just how carefully the investor with an
eye on customers across the ocean must pre
pare his sales talk was demonstrated in the
case of the French Coca-Cola incident.
The Frenchmen were told "buvez (drink)
This advice, as innocent as possible by
American advertising standards, proved dyna
mite in France. For one thing, it was in bad
(French) taste. Along the Seine one may
suggest but never tell a Frenchman what
to do.
Nof Kingly
Australians are complaining that "Royal
Tour Ties" are the worst looking in history,
let alone fit for a king.
They are made of dazzling satin covered
with coats of arms, maps of Australia, por
traits of the royal family, royal ciphers and
royal lions rampant with sequin eyes.
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's visit, an
other Sidneyite is manufacturing nylon stock
ings which feature a" colored royal crown
about midcalf height on each leg.
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by Dick BSbler The Student Forum
Slide Rule
Engineers Need Study
Of Humanities Green
Guest Columnist
Some of us are inclined'to be
lieve that we are attending the
University merely to get training
in a chosen field. When students
are asked to take courses that
are intended to broaden their
background, they see no use for
such courses in their curriculum.
In order to establish the im
portance of such subjects in the
programs of engineering stu
dents, Dean Roy M. Green has
written a report of "What The
Engineering Profession Expects
From The Humanities."
In this report Dean Green
states that, . . . for a very con
siderable period, the engineering
profession has striven to build a
future memjsership which is pro
fessionally competent rather than
simply technically trained." By
general agreement, such com
petence should include the fol
lowing: a
1. Technical Training ". , .
resulting in ability to analyze,
design, construct, operate or
manage engineering works or
2. Knowledge of economics
and finance . . resulting in
ability to appraise the economic
aspects of engineering works."
3. Knowledge of the funda
mentals of human conduct and
the principles of management
"... resulting in the ability to
organize the efforts of individ
uals and groups in an effective
prosecution of engineering
4. Knowledge of the forms of
expression'. . . resulting in the
ability to discourse in written
and oral form in the language
of the arts as well as in the sym
bolic language of science."
Dean Green goes on to say,
"An understanding of the evolu
tion of the social organizations in
which we live, a familiarity with
the great documents of arts,
morals and religion, an apprecia
tion of the obligations of citizen
ship and enthusiasm for learning
are required of a successful en
gineer. "Such competence is the goal
Copped Copy
Indiana School Seniors
'Examine' Bell Clapper
Two seniors at Valparaiso
University (Ind.) brought the
editor of the Torch, student
newspaper, a bell clapper, stolen
at 1 ajn. on a Sunday morning.
With the clapper was a note
that began: "For four years
(that's 720 days) this chunk of
mineral has summoned us to
classrooms. Our sleepy eyes have
opened and our wobbly feet have
stepped onto cold floors to the
monotonous clang of this clap
per. It creates the early morn
ing Frankenstein of the bath
room mirror. Tardinesses have
been recorded because this thing
hit the bell before the student hit
the classroom." The seniors then
said that they simply had to see
it firsthand before they gradu
ated. Dick Cook reports in the
Wyoming Branding Iron that a
local sorority girl received a box
of brownies from a group of
girls in Sheridan. Delighted with
the delicious .package, she nat
urally wanted to share her good,
fortune and proceeded to pass
them around to all the girls;
more than a few remarked about
their extraordinary goodness.
It didn't take long for the
brownies to diminish, and when
they got down te the last layer
what to their wondering eyes
should appear but a dean cat's
"It's another blow for free
love," comments Poor Richard's
Almanac in the Wyoming Brand
ing Iron on recent action taken
at Indiana University. The ac
tions says that it's okay for stu
dent couples to smooch in dormi
tory lounges with the gentle
stipulation that: 1. three lights
must be on in the room; 2. a
coed and her date must have
both feet on the floor.
Committee chairmen of the
water carnival at Michigan State
College have to watch their lan
guage at meetings. One four
letter word is especially frowned
on by the group.
In fact, its mere mention costs
the speaker a dime. The word is
"rain. '
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From the University of Minne
sota Daily: "Tchaikovsky's Sym
phony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74,
'Pathetique' "will be played at
the music listening hour today,
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Students may
bring bag lunches." Comments
the Michigan State News, "If you
really hunger for culture, that
Now that the social season is
under way, the girls on campus
are suspicious as to their pros
pective dates. Here is the latest
guide to aid the girls on what
to beware of as set up by the
Iowa State Daily:
Thin wallet
Athletic ability (wrestler)
Pet dog back home
Ingrown toe nail
Glint in eye
Motherless childhood
See his etchings
You're the only girl
Size 15 shoe
Sees your best girl friend
Your best girl friend
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A Second Glance
of a life time and not that of the
academic interlude.
The academic education in the
purely technical field of engi
neering does not, and never did,
presume to equip the student
with the requisite knowledge, or
technique of practice which, per
se, will allow his to enter the
profession or to function as a
professional engineer."
"In engineering, the educator
has been obliged to scrutinize
carefully the courses and course
contents in order that the stu
dent's time may be utilized to at
tain two major objectives. First,
that he gain the fundamentals
upon which engineering is built,
and second, that he catch the
spirit of engineering to the de
gree that he will continue the
studies which lead him to ulti
mate professional competence."
In these last words of Dean
Green lies a compact summary of
the need for study in the human
ities. We can readily see from
this report that technical train
ing is a very small part of the
education necessary for a profi
cient engineer.
It seems to me that the spirit
of engineering is quite important.
Without enthusiasm for con
tinued learning, an engineer
would soon be out of touch with
modern progress. In other words,
he would not possess the spirit
of engineering. Instead, his lack
of a background in humanities
would prevent a balanced de
velopment. a a a
Unless an engineer is able to
get along with his fellow men,
unless he is able to deal with
them, unless he is able to inter
pret their actions, their character
and the things they stand for, he
will not be the leader that he
should be. His technical training
will have been in vain if not
supplemented by the humanities.
How competent an engineer
will you be, or for that matter,
how competent a university grad
uate will you be, regardless of
your college? Will you be con
tent with merely specialized
training? Or will you live your
life as one who appreciates the
broad background by which one
may improve society?
The most controversial figure
in the United States today is one
Joseph McCarthy, the junior
Senator from Wisconsin. He is
well-known for his
battle against the "suover
sive elements" in American so
ciety. His record on matters in
volving Communism is known
by all.
There is more to the story
of -Senator McCarthy, however
than his personal fight against
Communism. Buried behind this
record lies the amazing story of
a man who is characterized by
a complete lack of moral and
ethical principles. These prin
ciples were once thought to be
standard equipment for those in
public office.
During his fist year in the
Senate, 1947, our hero served as
vice-chairman of a committee
which was to investigate the
housing problem in America.
Naturally enough, the commit
tee considered prefabricated
housing as one possible answer
to the housing shortage.
While serving as vice-chairman,
Joe wrote a 7,000 word
article devoted to advertising
Lustron pre-fabs. In return he
received $10,000 from the Lus
tron Corporation.
Prior to and during this pe
riod Joe had borrowed consid
erable money from the Presi
dent of Lustron, Carl G. Strsnri
lund, at various horse trscks
around the country. The money
was supposedly used to cover
Joe's gambling losses. This sort
of dealing is hardly the type of
action one would expect from
a Senator.
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Senator McCarthy's attacks
have not been confined to "sub
versive" individuals. On June
14, 1951, he delivered a 65,000
word speech on the Senate floor,
attacking our then Secretary of
Defense, General George C.
General Marshall was de
scribed as a participant in "a
conspiracy so immense and an
infamy so black as to dwarf any
previous venture in the history
of man." The object of the con
spiracy was "to diminish the
United States in world affairs, to
weaken us militarily ... to the
end that we shall . . . finally fall
victim to Soviet intrigue from
within and Russian might from
Qhkkkh .
Men make passes at girls that
empty glasses.
Joe had a very homely wife.
One day he came hom earlier
than usual and found her in the
arms of his friend Benny.
He watched them hugging and
kissing for a few minutes, then
cried, "Listen, Benny, I MUST
but YOU?"
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"Do you know how to tell a
little girl sardine from a little
boy sardine?
"Look and see which can they
come out of."
without." McCarthy continued
to ask "whether a man so
steeped in falsehood, who has re
course to the lie whenever it
suits his convenience, is fit to
hold so exalted a place where
he must be a model to the of
ficers and men of our Armed
a a
Joe knew these charges of
treason were untrue before they
were uttered. General Mar
shall's fine record speaks for it
self. This type of denunciation
is hardly becoming a United
States Senator who holds an of
fice of public trust.
Perhaps the biggest blot en
Joe's record is his active inter,
vention in the 1950 Senatorial
election in Maryland. McCarthy '
pulled all the stops in a success,
ful campaign to defeat Senator
Tydinrs, a long-time opponent
of McCarthy and his tactics.
With Joe's full knowledge and
co-operation was published a .
scandal sheet which blamed
Senator Tydings, as chairman of
the Armed Service Committee,
for holding up the shipment of
war material to Korea. Accord
ing to the scandal sheet, only
$200 worth of baling wire ever
reached South Korea before the
Korean war began. Yet the Con
gressional Record of August 16,
1950 shows that $496 million
worth of equipment was shipped
to South Korea prior to June,
25, 1950.
Just a few days before the
election the newspapers in the
Maryland area ran a picture of
Senator Tydings talking, in a
friendly manner, to Earl Brow
der, long-time Communist leader
in the U. S. This was later dis
covered to be a composite pho-
tograph, planted in the news
papers, with Joe's approval, to
insure Tydings' defeat This is,
once again, hardly the type of
activity one expects from a U. S.
These incidents are merely '
part of Joe's "illustrious" rec
ord. Eleven times in our history
Senators have been expelled
from the Senate, some for les
ser crimes than these. Senator
McCarthy is no exception. Joe
should go. ,
Bulletin Board
YW Community Tours Commis
sion Group, 3 p.m., Ellen Smith
YW Commission Group, "Is
Marriare Your Career," 5 p.m.,
Ellen Smith Hall.
Agnes Moorehead, 7 and 9 p.m.,
Nebraska Theater.
Summer Projects Mart, 2:30 to
5 p.m.. Parlor X, Union.
Steen Rasmnssen, Lecture en
Architecture, 8 p.m.. Love Li
brary Auditorium.
"Hasty Heart," Arena Theater,
S p.m.
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Varsity: "The Captain's Para
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State: "Devil's Canyon," 1:00,
3:55, 6:45, 8:50. "No Time For
Flowers," 2:30, 5:25, 8:30.
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