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Tuesday, March 2, 1954
Much Ado Mwui Nothing
(This Is the first of a series of editorials
concerning the Junior-Senior Class Council
Student Council dispute.)
The Junior-Senior Class Council Is fight
ing; to continue existence and to become an
officially recognized organization.
The present Junior-Senior Council would
like to become the All Class Council with
members from the four classes. The All
Class Council would then "offer coordina
tion and advice to the class officers of the
four individual classes for the enrichment of
spirit within these groups for the ultimate
cultivation of all school spirit."
To accomplish these ends, the Junior
Senior Class Council needs Student Council
recognition. The Student Council will not
give recognition if its officials have their
Both sides are collecting forces, soliciting
opinions and making much noise. A fight,
now developing, will erupt in Wednesday's
Student Council meeting.
The fight will erupt with all the force of
a penny firecracker. For the issue of class
spirit, if there ever was one, is unimportant
at the University.
In high school, the class to which one
belonged made a difference. Students at
tended class together, flocked together so
cially and had friends from within one class.
In a small college, the same situation exists.
In the University, however, the logical
division of students is not along class lines.
Seniors attend freshman courses; juniors slip
Resident Riddle
A complaint by a non-resident University
student over a traffic ticket brought up what
seems to be a very unfair situation.
The student, a native of Wyoming, noted
that he had been fined for not having a
Nebraska driver's license when stopped for
a minor traffic violation by Lincoln police.
On making: an appearance in court, the
student was informed that three months' res
idence in the state made him a resident,
which in torn made it necessary to have a
Nebraska driver's license.
The student raised the question, "Why,
then, am I compelled to pay non-resident
fees at the University? If I am considered
a resident when a fine is levied in a traffic
court, why am I considered a non-resident
and forced to pay $160 rather than $80 for
tuition at the University?"
A check with the political science depart
ment and the Associate Dean of Student Af
fairs showed that laws governing residency
in Nebraska require different periods of res
idence for different privileges. To vote, a
person must have resided in the state for at
least six months. To obtain a divorce in the
state of Nebraska a residency of two years is
The state law governing classification of
resident and non-resident students generally
states that a student must have taken resi
dency in the state for purposes other than
attending the University in order to be clas
sified a resident. This would apply to per
sons whose parents are residents of Ne
braska or persons who have lived in the
state for some time before entering the Uni
versity. Students whose parents leave the state
are re-classified as non-resident and are ex
pected to pay non-resident fees.
The reasons for this are obvious. The
non-resident student who lives in the state
solely to attend the University or one of
the state colleges pays little taxes other than
the one on gasoline, but receives benefits
Nebraska taxpayers provide. In Nebraska,
tax money on property makes up the bulk
of state funds and a large portion of the
University's source of income, while student
fees accouunt for a comparatively small
amount of the total money spent by the
According to University administration
officials, the fee paid by the student makes
only about 30 per cent of the total cost of
the instruction he receives.
Thus, students whose parents help sup
port the University by paying the property
and other state taxes are not expected to
pay as high a fee as non-resident students,
whose parents make no tax payment to the
Nebraska treasury.
Establishment of a regular non-resident
fee and determination of resident and non
resident status according to state law has
been the University policy for some years.
Officials have decided this policy is more
desirable than one of reciprocity, where uni
versities charge a student from a particular
state the fee charged out-of-state students
In his own state university.
The University has done its best to cre
ate a fair, consistent policy toward non
resident status and fees. However, the state
laws governing residence offer a picture in
contrasts in consistency. It is for this rea
son a University student may be a resident
of Nebraska and yet be forced to pay non
resident fees at the University. T. W.
into primarily graduate courses. In activi
ties the four classes get mixed Into one an
other, and social life is by no means con
fined to students in the same class.
In short, the All Class Council would
attempt to promote unity of classes when the
only forces operating are those encouraging
In this day, at thisnlversity, class spirit
will not be encouraged by a freshman-soph-.
omore tug-of-war. If freshmen had much
interest In "spirit" they would wear those
red beanies until the first snow. If sopho
mores were inclined to be rah-rah, they
would Insist the beanies be worn. If the
two classes cared to be traditional-minded,
they would not have let the annual tug-of-war
die an unmourned death.
Neither will a Senior Week be the an
swer. Seniors are busy with plans .for post
graduation jobs. They are saying goodbye
to friends, having a quiet beer or parting in
farewell. They are not inclined to attend
lareg-scale functions.
In addition to the impossible task the
Class Council would attempt, the Council
would try to achieve an unnecessary goal.
Class spirit and school spirit are two dif
ferent things and the first does not lead to
the latter.
School spirit, to this generation, does not
mean "do-or-die-for-dear-old-Rutgers." That
spirit went out of style with goldfish swal
lowing. School spirit is pride in an institu
tionand can be bred only by the worthi
ness of that institution.
Class spirit, to this generation, does not
exist. There are more important matters to
think about. In our scheme of values class
spirit is unimportant.
The Junior-Senior Class Council should
recognize this lack of demand and need for
"class spirit." The fight for existence and
recognition is not worth trouble.
If the students of this school have a love
of the University, if they become loyal
alumni, It will not be because they were
injected with class spirit with procedure
handed out by a Class Council. S. H.
Sectionalism, long a factor in United
States politics, has come to the foreground
once again.
The US Air Academy, only recently voted
into existence by Congress, has reached the
highest hurdle of a path filled with obsta
cles. The Academy, to become the West
Point of the air, can't find a home. Despite
extensive research by a committee headed
by General Spaatz seme years ago, no defi
nite conclusion has been reached as to where
the school is to be located.
The findings of the Spaati committee
have not and will not be made public. In
fact, they will not be available to the men
now making a re-study of possible locations
until they have completed their work.
The needless expense of making another
survey is a direct result of the States of the
Union trying to get something their neigh
bors won't have. It's disgraceful that spe
cial interest groups can delay the establish
ment of an institution noted, "vital and im
portant," by leaders of both parties. T. W.
Margin Notes
People's Place
People seemed to be complaining Thurs
day with the little rain and light snow
flurries that graced the campus.
"This isn't very good on the populace,"
one student remarked to a friend of his.
The major point was overlooked.
In Nebraska, what's good for the CROPS
must be good for the populace.
Let's face it, in Nebraska the people's
true position is behind the crops.
My Babyl
An Arkansas police station received a
frantic phone call one night from a dis
traught mother.
The time was 10 p.m. The mother wailed
that her son had not yet come home, and
that he had never stayed out so late before.
The policeman who answered the phone
began- to fill out an official report and in
quired the age of the missing boy. "He's
55," the mother replied.
Sonny must never have gone to college.
His Own Enemy
During a performance at a theater in
Edinburgh, Scotland, cowboy film star Roy
Rogers shot himself and his horae Trigger.
During a demonstration of pistol marks
manship, Roy's bullets ricocheted off the
stage and struck him. The cowboy escaped
with a slight nosebleed, but Trigger received
a stung flank. x
Strange that Roy could do accidentally
what countless numbers of film desperadoes
have been unable to do, even after years of
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"Call 'Visual Aids' and see if they have a movie they can
show my class I Just don't feel like lecturing today."
Aggie News, Views
4-H Plea Would Defeat
Ag Board Member Plan
Word has it that beards are the
greatest on Ag campus now, and
clean shaven Aggies are clear
out of it. There are more than
seventy entered in the Whisker
King contest this year, but as in
the past, the mortality rate of
peach fuzz has been very high
the first week.
Latest thing in Ag activities is
that one Ag organization is seek
ing to gain more recognition on
campus. A movement is under
way by the 4-H club to gain one
more member representing them
on the Ag Executive board. This
petition is now being carefully
studied by the board and will
probably be decided at the next
But I would like to ask the 4-H
club if they considered all the
facts and the basis of represen
tation set up by the Ag Exeo
board constitution?
It seems to me that they
have not, and this move to gain
another member on Ag Exec is
actually unreasonable.
Representation on the Ag Exec
board at the present time is: one
member from each of five de
partmental clubs; one member
from each of two religious organ
izations; one member each from
each of two honoraries; two mem
bers from the Home Economics
club; and one member from the
4-H club.
There are two reasons why the
4-H club thinks it deserves an
other member. Number one is
that their accomplishments and
promotion of activities on Ag
campus is higher than that of
other organizations having equal
representation, and the second
one is that their total member
ship and average attendance at
meetings is high enough to be
deserving of two members.
Actually, I cannot see that their
accomplishments 4-H leadership
training. 4-H club week, State
Fair Booth and Style show, plus
strong participation in Ag cam
pus activities are so much greater
than other Ag groups that they
should deserve twice as much
representation on the Ag govern
ing board.
The 4-H club is the largest or
ganization on Ag campus, with
more than 130 members. How
ever, number of members in an
organization does not seem to be
a factor in deciding on how many
representatives they have on Ag
The 4-H club argues that since
Home Ec club with over 100 mem
bers has two representatives on
Ag Exec, they also should have
two. But they fail to realize that
Home Ec club is a special case,
and does not have two represen
tatives just because of large
There are five men's depart
mental organizations represented
on Ag Exec, while there is just
one women's Home Ec club. This
is because Home Ec activities
are all combined 'n one organ
ization and not wJiead out in
five groups as are the men's.
Therefore, they were awarded
two members to help balance the
representation between men -nd
The 4-H club does not fit into
any special case. They were just
considered as another one of the
departmental clubs.
The Ag Exec constitution states
that each organization entitled
to representation must keep an
attendance average of only 10
members per meeting. Therefore,
number of members does not
make a difference on how many
representatives they have, just
as long as they maintain a mini
mum number of 10.
An afterthought why should
an organization worry about rep
sentation on Ag Exec board they
don't do much anyway.
Copped Copy
'Problem' Letter Answered;
Radio-Active Chicks Stolen
A special letter written to the
Editors of the Denver Univer
sity paper has seemingly solved
the problem of "reader interest
and letterips."
"Dear Jack Fosterfield:
I am a better-than-average
looking girl student at this uni
versity. I have two fraternity
pins. How can I wear them
The usual practice is to wear
one fraternity pin over the left
bosom. I am . sure nature has
provided you with an answer to
what to do with the second pin."
J. F.
Students of beginning psy
chology at San Diego State Col
lege (Calif.) were asked recent
ly to write down what they con
sidered to be their "most valu
able asset" Two answered
"intelligence" and both mis
spelled it
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From the Drake University
Times-Delphic, student paper:
"Senator Joseph McCarthy
told an American Legion group
recently that 'men of little minds
elevated to high position' are
. trying to make Communism a .
political issue.' We (the editors)
agree 100 per cent, no reserva
tions." At the University of Alberta,
three radioactive chickens have
been stolen from the Universi
ty's research laboratry. They
aren't fit for human consump
tion, but, unless they have a
Geiger-counter, the thieves will
never know.
An Oklahoma City university
coed advertised in the school
paper for some items she had
lost. They were: two mechan
ical pencils, a suitcase, a purple
formal, one shoe, a billfold, a $3
check, two cornets, a pajama
bottom, a suit of long under
wear and a white shirt.
"It's normal for a girl to lose
these things," she explained.
In an attempt to add realism
to the course, Military Justice
System, at Iowa State college, a
mock "attempted murder" was
was held. A cadet, reprimanded
in class, "shot" his instructor,
then ran from the room. When
he was apprehended, trial pro
ceedings were begun.
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When Gabe, a parakeet be
longing to a member of ATO at
Minnesota university, died, his
mourners burled him In front
of the campus auditorium one
night. The reason was, they
explained, "Gabe was an Intel
lectual." a a
At-Michigan State college, Al
pha Omicron Pi sorority pledges
pulled a new trick when they
took their sneak. One hundred
tubes of lipstick vanished with
them, leaving paled actives,
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Ken Stein, speaking through
his' column in the Iowa State
Daily, has initiated a mock sale
in the Chemistry Department.
Items auctioned off include:
"ethyl alcohol jugs which have
been emptied by loaded stu
dents, all you can carry of the
sulphuric puddles lying on the
floor, laughing gas that will
keep you going for hours, sand
which "professors drop into your
experiments to keep them from
coming out right," and twelve
members of the class of '36 still
sleeping in the top row of the
Chemistry lecture hall.
If last weeks squabble' be
tween Secretary of the Army
Stephens and Senator McCarthy
Berved no other purpose, it did
illustrate that some reform needs
to be made in the methods and
procedures used by Congres
sional investigating committees.
The problem is not confined to
McCarthy nor is it a new one.
Misuse and abuse of investigat
ing committees has occurred
since the first one was estab
lished in 1792.
Investigating committees serve
three purposes. First, they are a
means of obtaining Information
which serves as a basis for fu
ture legislation. Second, they act
as a check upon the executive
branch of the government by
serving in a supervisory capa
city. In the third instance, they
may inform the public about
vital issues, so the electorate will
have some basis for making de
cisions in coming elections.
It must also be recognized
that investigating committees are
not courts of law. While public
opinion is a powerful influence
in a democracy, and while the
investigating committee may in
fluence public opinion, the com
mittee does not pass sentence
upon individuals called before it
as witnesses. The committee may
make value judgments, but le?al
condemnation is reserved for the
Nevertheless, the misuse of
these committees has grown in
recent years. Much of this stems
from the fact that there are no
settled rules of procedure to
govern the conduct of the com
mittee or serve as a basis for
conducting committee hearings.
A witness called before one of
these committees has little pro
tection. He is not assured of the
right of counsel. Many times a
witness may make no statement
in ' his own behalf and some
have been silenced in the middle
of a statement. Often a witness
may answer only "yes" or "no"
to questions put to him they
, are allowed no chance for explanation.
Even more Inexcusable is the
fact that some witnesses are not
told the specifle reason for being
hauled before the committee nor
are they told who is making the
accusations against them. Those
who are unfortunate enough to
be labeled "subversive" -as well
as others have no right to
cross-examine other witnesses.
The committee chairman is in
a position to wield considerable
power. He calls and presides
over all meetings, which quite
often means he is the only one
present when an investigation is
being conducted. While sub
peonas are supposedly issued
only with the approval of a ma
jority of a committee, they are
signed by the chairman. But, as
in Representative Velde's cse
the chairman sometimes issues
them at his own discretion.
Publicity releases are made
through the chairman, with the
approval of the committee. Often
the chairman by-passes this step
and releases whatever he thinks
fit. Some chairmen have taken it
upon themselves to hire and fire
the committee staff without
committee aproval. Questions to
witnesses are directed through
the chairman, who quite often
rephrases, them as he sees fit.
What is needed is a public law,
setting down the rules and reg
ulations for conducting investi
gations. Witnesses should be
guaranteed their rights right to
counsel, to cross-examine, to
make a statement, to give full
answers, and to know why he is
being hauled before the commit
tee and who is his accuser. Some
curb is also needed upon tho
powers of committee chairmen.
A chairman should not take any
action without first securing th
approval of a majority of the
committee, particularly as re
gards publicity releases. Provi
sion should be made so that
those who violate the law would
be subiect to legal punishment.
While we cannot do away wltn
nasty and noisy Individuals, wp
can eliminate some of their
abuse of their privileges. Such a
law would do ixactly this.
Nebraska Student Support Doubted;
Quality Lauded; 2 Columnists Rapped
JPr fn inf.rnttlo wnlMt reuf at
(Ltttn-to-the-4ltor are Invited hut murt
be shmcd. Nmi will as withheld If re
quested, bat miut acrnmpanr the letter to
be considered for publication. Letters shonld
be limited to ZS0-3II0 wordj.)
Dear Editor:
We are of the rapidly growing
group of students who believe
that the function of The Nebras
kan is to protect the hair of coeds
on rainy days. Since most coeds
own scarves which do almost as
good a job, we question the ad
visability of continuing to dis
sapate (sic) University funds on
paper hats, , y
If, however, the function of the
paper is to busy the idle hands
of journalism students, those
students alone should pay the
expense or see that the paper
pays for itself. As for the argu
ment that The Nebraskan serves
as a carrier of the torch of truth
to the student body, we question
whether a candle wouldn't shed
more light with less smoke. Fur
thermore, we question whether
the students are really in the
dark; whether they really want
the Rag at all.
We challenge the editors of
this paper to publish this letter
(without editing); and with it,
a request for letters of confi
dence frorh members of , the stu
dent body (other than staff mem
bers and workers) which would
have to be signed and delivered
in person to the Rag office. In
this way, we would test how
many students really want The
Nebraskan badly enough to make
this slight effort to back up the
staff and its policies. No peti
tions, please; and no surveys
just personal letters delivered in
Even twisted journalism can
be interesting and well written;
but how about you? Or is bad
journalism better than no journ
alism? Pat and Jerry Weinberg
Dear Editor:
Returning from the service to
spend my last semester in the
University, I want to compliment
you on the excellence of the
formerly Daily Nebraskan. May
be the improvement is due in
part to the dropping of the
"Daily" and the consequent in
crease in time and effort per
However, there are several
features of the editorial page
which I can't conscientiously
compliment. In fact, I can only
mutter "Why?"
Why "Pollyanna Says" by S. H.
especially Friday's bit recom
mending the instigation of mud
as a tradition on the campus? If
S. H. had been in Korea, as may
be he should have been, the word
mud would be the equivalent ol
some of the more popular four
letter vulgarities. In the brief
spell since my return, I have
seen enough serious problems on
Bulletin Board
Kosmet Klub Workers Meeting,
6:45 p.m. Union.
Coed Follies, 8 p.m., Nebraska
Paul Meadows, "Art as Pro
test," 8:30 p.m., Gallery B., Mor
rill Hall.
French Club, 7:30 p.m., 316 Un
Hasty Heart, 8 p.m., Arena The
atre, Temple Building.
Love and Marriage Lecture,
7:30 p.m., Love Library Audi
torium. ' ASME Meetinig, 7:15 p.m.,
Room 206, Richards Lab.
Young Democrats Meeting,
7:30 p.m., Parlor A, Union.
Kappa Alpha Mu, 7:20 p.m., B-4,
German Club, 7:30 p.m., 315
the campus that I can find no ex
cuse for such tripe. At best, I as
sume it was written by someone
who knew better to fill up space
At worst, was someone showing
their ignorance? And if so, who
let it get into print?
Why the horrible movie review
by somebody Ralston? Can't h
actually review a movie instead
of saying "I didn't like it" and
proceeding to fill up the rest o!
the column with insignificant
tripe? And what is the difference
between the two shows he liked
and the two he didn't?
No one I've talked to could see
any, and he certainly didn't east
any light on the subject.
And finally, why Bert Bishop
and Del Harding on the other
wise laubable "Student Forum?"
The former writes as if he was
trying to reform us, using lan
guage he apparently figures we
can't understand to cover up his
ignorance; the latter sounds as
if he is consciously trying to write
on the lowest possible level so
that we, the readers, can under
stand it. I have never read any
thing that so consistently sounded
so contemptuous of the reader.
And, although I am not a Greek
myself, their outlandish bias
against the Greeks is the most
insipid thing I've ever read.
Among the other contributors to
the "Student Forum," I single
out for praise Paul Laase, who
writes intelligently and conscien
tiously and who avoids the afore
mentioned faults.
In short, the paper Is wonder
ful with the exception of those
contributors mentioned above. I
can look on the front page ana
find out who is meeting where
and when at a glance. I can read
the editorial columns and (usu
ally) find intelligent comments
on University and national prob
lems. And I can look on the sport::
page and get the current scores
But why this other tripe?
Dorwin Raymondr
(Editor's Nota S.H. is a coed. She tor
antes mad.)
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mis Is the first of a series 'I Jr
columns ta be edited br Dob.on He Is
sophomore in the Celler of Enrlneer
teralty ) m"nbT " 8lm "a Ire-
Professor (irritated) "If there
are any morons in the room, wili
they please stand up."
A long pause, and a lone fresSf
man arose.
Professor "What, do you con
sider yourself a moron?"
Freshman "Well, not exactly
that sir; but I do hate to see you
standing there all alone."
Friend "Ah, professor, I hear
your wife has had twins. Boys oi
Prof (absent-minded) "Well, 1
believe one is a girl, and one
boy, but It may be the other way
Sentry "Halt! Who go',
Returning A.W.O.L "Friend
with bottle."
Sentry "Pass, friend; halt, bot
a a a
He "If you'll give me you:
telephone number I'll call you ui
She "It's in the book."
He "Fine! What's you'
She "That's in the book, too '
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A postcard addressed to th'
honorable editor brought this li:
tie gem. Though it's someon
else's "Dilly," I thought it woul
be a worthwhile addition. '
I serve a purpose In this schoc!
On which no man can frov .i.
I quietly sit in every class
To keep the average down.