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Tuesday, May It, 1954
I Rough But Just Policy
Last week, some forty men received a
shock that they had anticipated for some
time, but which they hoped would never
These men, senior cadets In the Air Force
ROTC program, were told they would not be
commissioned at the completion of their final
year of work in the program.
Quite naturally, the men were enraged.
" These men, all of them hoping to do general
work In the Air Force I.e., not flying, were
at the Instant faced with the reality that their
four years of work, Including a session at
lummer camp, had been to no avail.
At first, it seems that this paper should
rise In very righteous Indignation against
the obvious unjustlce on the Air Force. Yet,
when the problem is viewed from the overall
picture, this might have been one of the few
really wise moves the Air Force made with
regard to manpower and the most efficient
use of it.
According to the newest Air Force regula
tions, and it must be emphasized that this
is the pi t nt law only, and may be changed
at any time, all cadets who are physically
qualified and will volunteer for flight train
ing, will definitely be commissioned.
All cadets, with the exception of two spe
cial groups, not volunteering for flight, will
not be commissioned.
The exceptions to the rule are in the cases
of veterans who have already served In the
armed forces and have completed the Air
Force program and students taking technical
courses at the University.
The groups of vets will be commissioned,
but will not be called to active duty. The
technical majors will be commissioned if
there is a need for their particular specialty.
Currently, the Air Force estimated that elec
trical engineers and nuclear physics majors
will receive second lieutenant bars.
The results of this plan are obvious. The
Air Force needs trained technicians and fly
ers! Major John B. Truell, director of ad
ministration for the University's Air Force
unit has repeatedly made the following state
ment. "Our weapon is the aircraft. We need
The Air Force instructor explained the
current policy of not commissioning non
flyers. It is worth repeating.
The services are like a big business, they
reason. They must be run like a big business.
The services must hire people It needs. It
has no place for people that are not needed
to fill non-existing vacancies, no matter how
Qualified the individual is.
The Air Force continues saying: "we must
meet the needs of the service." Then they
Go To Class
Two weeks of classes to go! The surest
Indication of this is the improvement in
classroom attendance. It must be gratifying
to an instructor to walk into a classroom and
observe a sea of expectant faces just waiting
for his words of wisdom rather than an hour
1 But as some instructors so aptly put it,
"You're not getting your money's worth if
you don't attend classes." This remark al
ways calls forth a loud snicker from the back
of the room. To many students, it is just
another way of being plagued with threats to
attend class. It just goes in one ear and out
So approximately two, three if they are
anibffi&iis, weeks before school is out stu
dents start attending eight o'clocks as often
as three times a week. For some it is too
late, though. Cutting a month's classes can
often be disastrous enough to lower and eight
average to a four.
Perhaps students should stop and think a
little when an instructor tells them why
they are in college. Too many times it
doesn't pay off to slide through a course all
semester and then rely on "cooling" the final
After all, Joe College has the folks back
home to consider. They may not expect their
son to be a PBK, but they do expect him to
get passing grades and learn a little some
thing from the courses he takes. They realize
that social life is important and activities,
too. But they know also that a college edu
cation is a privilege and expect their sons
and daughters to take advantage of it.
. Parents don't expect Frannie Freshman to
be an outstanding teacher or career woman
upon graduation. But they do expect her to
put forth more than the barest possible effort
to graduate from college. They want to know
that their investment has brought satisfactory
Society doesn't expect every college grad
uate to be a superior individual in his field.
But it does expect him to be educated, to be
able to apply what be has learned. But
what if he baa only learned how to cut
Classes and crib on examinations?
A well-rounded education is important, but
the emphasis should be on learning subject
matter not how to be a social butterfly or
ctivity big wheel. GJI.
add, currently, the Air Force is on an aus
terity program, and it must cut down on
This reasoning is sound. Two years ago
American people elected a man to the presi
dency on this same platform. President Eisen
hower, the people decided, as a former mili
tary man, understood the problem of the
armed forces. He could be depended on to
cut the budget.
This Is exactly what has happened. Today,
senior ROTO men are feeiinr the pinch of
the government's economy measures. They
are being given an alternative program that
sounds feasible. But this alternative Is still
not a commission, and there is a difference.
Realising the problems facing the men
who are not being commissioned, the govern
ment has done a wise thing.
There can be no refutation made to the
Air Forces' desire for flyers. There must not
be any snuffing of any attempt on the part
of the armed services to try to economize.
It is a well known fact that every man
owes, under the present laws, service to the
United States in some , branch of service.
It is a pity that these non-flying men are
being given a "rough time."
But, by the same token, we can only praise
the Air Force for their attempt at efficient
organization. It will be even better, if the
services can carry this campaign into other
In the May 7 issue of The Nebraskan, a
"Letterip" commented on the view taken by
the paper on racial prejudice. The letter
was specifically aimed at an editorial en
titled, "Costly Prejudice" which was written
concerning a newspaper story telling of a
Negro family moving out of an "all-white"
housing area in Chicago.
The Nebraskan tried to show that one of
the attempts to justify the violence and terror
to which that family was exposed as nothing
but a prejudiced half-truth presented on the
In the letter, the author noted, "Just why
the editorial entitled 'Costly Prejudice' em
phasized the monetary rather than the moral
issue involved Is difficult to ascertain. And
why Chicago and other cities should be
selected for criticism when so many local
problems of similar nature stand to be cor
rected is also difficult to comprehend."
The Nebraskan also came in for some sharp
words when the author noted, ". , . transfer
the problems of racial discrimination to vari
ous organizations in Lincoln and more spe
cifically to those on campus."
The Nebraskan (and the author) believe
the points are well taken, and answer them
The monetary rather than the moral issue
was emphasized because the greater propor
tion of Nebraska readers don't seem inter
ested in the moral issue. Last semester, the
Nebraskan printed several editorials con
demning the violation of moral justice in
volved whenever discrimination and preju
dice are found.
The only action resulting from the points
brought out by The Nebraskan was a state
ment of policy condemning prejudice by the
Student Council. "Letterips" concerning the
matter were, at best, few in number.
Also, The Nebraskan wrote specifically ,
with campus organizations in mind. The
majority of the "discrimination editorials"
were aimed at fraternities and sororities.
To The Nebraskan's knowledge none of the
offending groups have made efforts to re
move or correct their discrimination clauses
from their requirements for membership.
The Student Council did what it could by
barring discriminatory clauses from the con
stitutions of honoraries and other organiza
tions required to have Council approval to
function on campus. The Council has no
power to legislate on matters concerning
social fraternities and sororities, and cannot
take further action.
Lack of student interest in the moral issue
and the tied hands of the only student or
ganization (the Council) with power to legis
late on even honoraries prompted The Ne
braskan to take a new tack on the old
By this time in the semester, most NU
professors have discovered the correct way
to pronounce the names of their class rolls,
but their problem is really nothing com
pared with the tongue-twisting roll of one
thousand Army officers in Camp Pickett, Va.
Among 124 officers, representing 29 foreign
Countries, are Lieut. Col. Nick Koutsogian
nopoulos of the Greek Army and Maj. Gen.
Prasarn Prasassarakitch and Capt. Rien DIs
thabanchong of the Thai Army. Quite a
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LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
by Dick Bibiar jq student Forum
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k Second Glance
"I didn't say 'brine- a case and we'd study' I said bring a
'case study.' "
The Slide Rule
E-Week Goals, Methods
Explained By Student
By JOHN MARKS
Now that E-Week is over, I
think it it only proper to relate
how this well known exposition
comes about and to try to give
credit where credit is due.
E-Week was organised some
years ago to introduce the College
of Engineering & Architecture as
part of the University to the pub
lic. E-Week serves the same
purpose now as it did then, reach
ing out to the graduating seniors
from high school in particular.
The purpose of attracting high
school seniors is, of course, to
encourage their attendance at the
University, be it in the College
of Engineering or not. Thus, E
Week has come to be a well at
tended function all of which is
due largely to student effort plus
eo-operation from the faculty.
One reason for this effort is
the competition that is set up
between the various departments
to win the E-Week plaque; the
plaque designates that depart
ment which has best fulfilled the .
purpose of E-Week for each year.
This year's winner of that plaque
was the Department of Civil En
gineering. Even though a winner is an
nounced, none of the students par
ticipatlng in other departments
have reason to feel that their
efforts were without fruit. There
is always compensation in know
ing that the over-all job was
well done and can be considered
equal to the previous year's ex
position. Almost every engineer
ing student is involved in E-Week
in one way or another, but the
busiest ones are the co-chairmen
of each department, to say the
least of the co-chairmen of the
The co-chairmen are selected
by the students themselves to
organize the total effort put forth
to illustrate a department of en
gineering. The work entailed in a co
chairman's job consists of liter
ally eating and sleeping E-Week
for six weeks previous to open
house in the form of committee
meetings, encouraging speeches
and talks, and all out efforts to
get displays up and operating
with as little expense as pos
sible. The departmental co
chairmen have a large staff of
assistants who help with pub
licity, window displays, field day
sports competition, traffic, etc.
The over-all co-chairmen also
have a large staff of students
from every department who help
to have a program printed, . a
large sign erected everywhere on
campus, E - ribbons distributed
and sold, letters written to each
high school, introductory movies
and talks given to high school
classes, publicity circulated
throughout the state by news
paper, radio and television, and
take care of a myriad of other
details which take time and ef
fort, as well as originality.
I have given only a brief re
sume of the preparation that goes
into the presentation of E-Week.
No mention is made here of the
untotaled hours of sweat that
come from somewhere to pro
duce the impressive displays.
Hence, a sincere congratulation
to the students who made this
year's E-Week a success. Be
lieve me, I know how difficult it
is to pursue an engineering edu
cation and also find time to de
vote to E-Week.
Students Stop Policemen;
Coeds Get Pool Pointers
By BRUCE BRUGMANN
Victor's Bar, a roadside estab
lishment located conveniently
near the University of Miami
campus, was raided recently as
state beverage inspectors sud
denly appeared and began check
ing the ages of the bibulous pa
trons. Students booed and hissed
at the officers, while most of
the underage tipplers left in
Resourceful customers began
throwing beer bottles, precipitat
ing a near riot. Calls were put
in to the local police and a fire
box was pulled. Beverage Su
pervisor Thomas Barger was hit
on the leg by a thrown bottle.
About 200 students spilled out of
the bar and onto the highway,
where traffic was tied up. Others
were quietly removing air from
the tires of the police cars. A
few sets of car keys were lifted.
Everything finally came un
der control with the arrival of
the school dean. When the don
nybrook was ended and the din of
battle lifted, a set of car keys
was still missing. Police let it
go at that.
Something new has been in
augurated at Kansas University.
The director thought that since
pool tables had been put in the
new .Union and he had seen so
many girls looking at them wist
fully, special lessons would be
given to the coeds. He would
like the girls to learn just well
enough so they could come to
the Union with their dates and
shoot a fast game of pool with
The Oregon State College Daily
Barometer says that there are
only about three weeks of solid
"Out of 365 days, a student
sleeps away a third1 eight hours
a day leaving 243. Then there
are 52 Sundays. Take at least
one-half hour a day off for lunch
and three months for vacations.
This leaves 91 days or 13 weeks.
Now subtract 52 Saturdays, a
couple of weeks for Christinas
and the Thanksgiving weekend.
There you have it."
A" gang of technical, crafty
pranksters pulled an unusual
stunt at Hardin-Simmons Univer
sity. Dismantling a large chuck
wajon on the campus, they car
ried it, piece by piece, to the
third floor of one of the college
buildings, and reassembled it in
a classroom all without the.
benefit of any lights.
A new slant on James Joyce
comes to light from Texas Uni
versity in the fragmentary "Por
trait of a Campus Wheel:"
I've flunked all my courses,
Of course, it's a pity.
But mother, oh mother
I'm on a committee!
Coeds at Oregon State College
went on a painting spree when
school officials wouldn't permit
them to sunbathe on the lounge
extension of one of the dorms.
The glassed tops of nearly all
the room doors were painted
black. Some were painted with
cell bars; others had the conno
tation "Stalag 17." Campus po
lice were called to quiet things
down. " '
School officials explained that
the ruling was made because the
roof wasn't safe and the girls
might fall off. One coed retorted,
"My mother sunbathed on the
same spot 20 years ago and
didn't fall off."
Instead of the stereotyped "This
is Hell. What the devil do you
want?" the standard answer at
the men's residence in Oregon
State College is, "Peavey Hall.
Who in the hall do you want?"
In a nip and tuck ioray between"
the engineers and the aggies at
Missouri University, the Ag stu
dents painted the Engineering
Building a rosy red. Inflamed
engineers dyed several of the
Wheit . a group of the aggies
tried to remove "St. Pat's" hood
during -a -. parade, to learn his
identity, " one, who struck a city
policeman in the struggle, was
arrested and held on $200 bail.
The Iowa State Daily offers
four suggestions to arouse extra
heavy sleepers (the kind who
would just as soon never get up
Lift him gently and then drop
him heavily on the floor.
Tell him his best girl is on
the phone. This should get a
Yodel to him in your best
yodeling voice, "Cross Over the
Make use of his alarm clock.
Throw it at him.
By PAUL LAASE
What President Eisenhower
called a symbol of freedom and
democracy finally fell after 57
days of bitter fighting. At a cost
of 20,000 or more lives the Viet
Mlnh successfully took Dien Blen
Phu by sapping and storm. As
all well-informed observers knew
since the beginning of the selge,
it was only a matter of time until
the fortress fell. Why, then, was
it characterized by President
Eisenhower as a symbol of free
dom and democracy, knowing at
he did its certain fate?
The balance of power in the
world today lies in Asia. Through
out the rest of the world, with
the possible exception of some
areas in Africa, the sides are
chosen. The United States and
.her allies stand on one side, the
Soviets and her satellites on the
other. Asia, mainly neutral, sits
on the fence and watches. The
western world cannot afford to
lose Asia, either by military con
quest or by Asia's own free
The free world lost China to the
Communists without much re
sistance. Some American aid was
given, but we did little to save
China from Communism. We can
not afford to lose all of Asia. If
we want to hold the rest of Asia,
we must not let Indo-China fall
to the Communists.
The American public remem
bers all too well our three year
experiment in Korea. Here at
home, as well as abroad, there
was much popular resentment at
the resulting military stalemate
even resentment at the Ameri
can support of the Republic of
Korea. Public opinion, remember-
, the 130,000 American casualties
in Korea, is not ready to sup
port further American action in
, Asia at this time. Neither, if we
are to judge by recent events,
are our allies ready for this step.
There has been no outright ag
gression in Indo-China. The
French are fighting for a lost
cause, insofar as they hope to
retain, in some manner, Indo
China as a colonial possession.
These two factors generate no
public demand for American aid
in Indo-China, but rather have a
negative effect. Add to this the
fact that Indo-China is half-way
around the world and you see
why public opinion does not sanc
tion the United States leaving
her own backyard.
Nevertheless, military neces
sity and security factors will
probably demand some form of
military action in Indo-China by
the United States. France, so po
litically divided at home, cannot
handle the problem. The British,
true to their pre-WW II attitude,
are extremely reluctant to do
anything except compromise and
pacify. Australia and New Zea
land are enough concerned to
take action, but not alone. Per
haps others would follow lead,
but not one will lead first. The
United States must be the one
who makes the decisive move.
But before the United States
can move, public opinion must
sanction the effort. It would ba
political suicide for the admin
istration to do otherwise. . Less
than a united voice at homo
causes increased hesitation and
doubt abroad. This we cannot af
ford, for we need all the support
we can get, both at home and
What President Elsenhower and
his supporters have been trying
to do is to create a popular de
mand for American action In
Asia. Making a militarily Insig
nificant outpost into a symbol cf
freedom and democracy Is ona
way to generate this support, for
the American public htes to see
freedom or democracy, regard
less of location, overrun and
trampled Into the ground.
Other moves, propaganda of
the same sort, will probably ba
forthcoming in the future. Cue
way or another public opinion
must be shifted tp support fur
ther American military action in
Asia. We are now engaged in the i
process of conditioning the public
mind toward such an end. This is
why Dien Bien Phu was trans
formed into a symbol of freedom
Student Questions Irregularities'
Allowed in Fraternity Ivy Day Sing
Whoever was In charge of the
Interfraternity Sing Contest last
Saturday should answer these
Why was the winning group
allowed to compete with 30
members when the rules stated
that the maximum number could
be 25 including the director?
Why was it stated previously
that this same group was giv
ing a "guest performance"? Why
was the winning group allowed
to enter after the given dead
line, and to pay their entrance
fee after the contest?
Why was one of the winning
groups allowed to sing a medley
when the one rule underlined
In red in the rules stated that
no medleys were to be sungT
These questions are asked in
the interest of fairness, not be
cause the writer feels that his
group was deserving of winning.
Twenty groups competed, and
if there were to be rules, why
not enforce them by disqualify
ing those who violated them
unreasonably? If each group la
to be allowed unlimited num
bers, fine. But once the rule is
set that the maximum is to be
25 then let us stick by it, so
that we may all compete under
the same restrictions.
Kosmet Klub election of officers,
8:45 p.m., Kosmet Klub Room,
Union Picnic, 5 p.m., Ag Student
Young Democrats, 7:90 p.m..
Union Parlor X.
Bridge Tournament, beginners,
5 p.m.; Advanced, 7 p.m., Union. ,
Lab Theater Plays, 7:30 p.m..
Room 201, Temple.
Lab Theater' Plays, 7:30 p.m..
Room 201 Temple.
Campus Politicians Give
'Inside' Campaign Story
(Thli article appear! aharily after
the election! of student official, at the
California tchool. The Nebraskan ' be
lieve, the piece to be particularly apro
poi since similar aettrltlet here are to
I got into campus politics for
the business contacts, a chance
to lay the ground for a possible
job with the University Admin
istration, to get a free school
ring, improve my dating, a pos
sible trip to Asia through Europe
and because extracurricular ac
tivities are smiled on by em
ployers. I won my campaign by mak
ing signs, buttons, torches (for
a good old fashioned parade),
composing an easy-to-remember
jingle, trading the votes of my
friends for the votes of another
campaigner, making a rather
vague platform full of principles
that no one could object to and
putting in lots of hard honest
work. Oh yes, I got a Dixie band
to play at my big rally.
When I saw what my opposi
tion was doing I started a hard-.,
tc-trace rumor that he was sort
' of pinkish.
I like to lump things together,
you know, Heart Fund, Project
India, Foreign Student Aid and
Dorms, Pavilion, Student Facili
ties, because we can get more
out of the students that way. You
see, the average student who do
nates to Project India doesn't
get to choose who gets to go so
some of them might , not donate
so muc.h to just the one cause.
Also some think that dorms are
most important but with all three
lumped together - their support
may be used to get the pavilion
I like to change constitutions
illegally and wear green feathers
so people will think I'm open'
I took what I learned in college
out into the world and won a
Congressional election. I learned
that people don't like to think;
they just like to be on the win
Ditto, but ! sort of thought 1
might improve living conditions
and part-time job opportunities
around Westwood so students
could spend more time studying,
less time traveling and levelop
a feeling of belonging to UCLA.
I lost my campaign by not mak
ing a big enough noise on cam-
pus, having too few broad prin
ciples in my platform, admitting
the areas of the University Ad
ministration's control and appeal
ing to reason. The only hard .
work was resisting dishonest and
When my opposition threw a
beer party at Dudd's, I slipped
in unnoticed (never could get my
picture in The Bruin before the
campaign sta"ted) and had two
I questioned the results of the
inquiry- into bookstore prices in
Westwood when one of the in
vestigators reported that the Col
lege Book Company had shelves
and tables crowded with books.
I think we should close the Li
brary, the Coop, the lounges, the
lavatories and turn on the sprink
lers and all go to Royce Hall to
hear campaign speeches before
the student elections so that none
of them (campaigners) will be
When my Congressional Repre
sentative says he is supporteoTby
"taxpayers' groups" I go home
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