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Lincoln, Nebraska
Friday, December 3, 1954
Editorial Comment
The Ivticker Issue
Senators are settling their affairs and pre
paring to leave Washington, D. C, after the
adjournment of sessions called to debate cen
sure recommendations made by the Watkins
committee. The session, long a scene of
ringing speeches, accusations and righteously
angered legislators, has finally closed with
little accomplished.
McCarthy has not been censured; he has been
condemned. Ordinarily, this word would carry
even more significance, for it seems to imply
even further reaching distaste for his methods
and actions. However, Sen. Knowland, floor
leader has said that each Senate member must
formulate his own meaning as to what "con
demnation" means in this particular instance.
Singing Lesson
On page one of today's Nebraskan the Kos
met Klub's new policy for the Interfraternity
Ivy Day Sing is announced. The changes sound '
good, in every espect, and are definitely neces
sary after the controversy and complications
caused by last year's contest.
The howls came last year when one of the
medical fraternities from the Omaha campus
entered, unknown to many of the Lincoln
fraternities, and proceeded to win first place.
This year all know in advance that all local
fraternities and the medics in Omaha are
eligible to enter and to win. This is as it should
Certainly the medical students living in the
organized fraternities have the came compulsion -to
enter as any other group. Furthermore, their
competition gives them a chance to get to
Lincoln on one of the most colorful days of
the spring season. Few would charge that they
have any more time to practice than any
other group.
As to the remainder of the rules, they all
seem to fill a gap created last year. Groups
will be held to a minimum of 15 and a maximum
of 25 members. This will give fraternities of
various sizes more equal grounds to compete
and will encourage .each house to work out
its number more carefully with a select group.
Only fraternity songs will be sung next spring,
and no costumes of any sort may be worn.
Of all the new rules, these should do the most
to add a little bit of dignity to the tense sing,
preceeding, as it does, the masking and tackling
which highlight the day.
Kosmet Klub leaders have indicated that
these new rules need not remain permanent,
but that they are set up to govern this year's
sing and if successful, will be continued.
The Nebraskan feels they are adequate to
correct the evils of the old system. There is
no reason why these rules can not become per
panent, for they equalize the basis for competi
tion and add a sense of decorum to the sing.
Kosmet Klub sponsors the annual sing as a
service project. The Klub should be commended
on their most recent actions. They are sound
and sensible in every way. D. F.
However, the meetings were not held entirely
in vain. Members of the Senate did show a
measure of dissatisfaction with what McCarthy
has said about his fellows.. The junior senator
from Wisconsin was condemned on two counts,
both concerned with actions toward Senate
committees, one investigating him, another
formulating the recommendations which later
became the bases for the move ,o censure.
In any case, the recent actions were more
outstanding for what they did not do than for
what was done. True enough, by keeping the
condemnation vote within the family of the
Senate, members of the upper house have
shown they are willing to lose face with the
electorate by lowering the status of their entire
group because one of their members erred.
Senators have shown themselves ready to face
their constituents even though they have only
recently taken action to show their condemnation
of acts that took place nearly two years ago.
Why, then, has the Senate shown itself unable
to reach a definite conclusion on the Zwicker ,
matter? Evidently, party affiliation -and disci
pline have not forced individual votes into well
definite channels, as evidencea by the number
of Republican votes in favor of censure.
Some observers have stated the Zwicker
charge was not strong enough to merit a vote
to censure or condemn. This claim is not valid
when it is considered that there is ample evi
dence that the General was subjected to undue
pressure by McCarthy during subcommittee
hearings. What has made a censure or candem
nation vote slow in coming is that Zwicker's
handling of the Peress case was not of the .
highest quality. Apparently Zwicker's inability,
ineptness or laxness has softened the original
force of, the charge that the General was mis
treated. The Senators who blocked the vote
felt an individual's inability, ineptness or lax
ness form a license for mistreatment a license
McCarthy used.
In short, Zwicker's handling of the Peress
case, though lacking in quality, did not make
McCarthy's actions in subcommittee hearings
correct. Apparently the Senators are having
some difficulty in keeping this fact in mind,
or at least in keeping bias of Zwicker's faults
out of the picture.
It has been a lang standing American cus
tom to treat human beings with some respect,
no matter what their faults. Even convicted
criminals, though generally a sorry lot, have
received some consideration.
General Zwicker has (been accused of nothing ,
more than errors in administration and pro
cedure. There is no question as to his loyalty
to our government and to his good intentions.
And yet, the Senate has exhibited a marked
willingness to let these faults serve as the
"legalizing" elements for the mistreatment of
the General by McCarthy. It is a sad
commentary on our Congress that this inability
to understand the issues involved in any ques
tion were demonstrated by a negative vote on
the move to censure McCarthy for mistreating
a witness before a Senate subcommittee. T. W.
Red Chinese Punle
The significant puzzle abo-it the news of the always denies everything,
prison sentences given by Communist China These men might or might not have been
to 13 missing United States citizens is not engaged in any work. So neither the charge
whether or not they were spies but just what nor the denial mean anything. Yet the prisoners
Washington is going to do to get them re- are held as hostages. And hostages are always
leased. ne fr a purpose.
President Eisenhower has pledged "every- -jr
thing humanly possible" would be done for the Thus, how to obtain their release? We might
prisoners. Dulles spoke of everything "feasible go to war. Wars have been fought over smaller
being done to free the prisoners." things than 13. prisoners. But-the State De
But the reverse of the coin is, "Why do partment has no intention of going to wor
the Red Chinese hold the prisoners in the first with a nation because that nation holds 13,
place?" and "What are we going to do to and possibly many more, U.S. citizens as
get them back?" hostages. Anyway, we wouldn't get our prison
There is little doubt as to why the Reds hold ers back,
the pprisoners. They are merely bargaining, and Instead, we might enforce a naval blockade
the noisy release of the prison sentences is the and a system of trade boycotts. But we would
logical and expectable next step to what hap- still not get our prisoners back. And further
pened after the armistice was concluded in more, we would be enforcing the blockade
Korea. alone and forcing a split between us and our
Jr allies.
After the prisoner repatriation was finished, We have sent curt notes through Geneva and
It soon became evident that a number of people the British consulates in Peiping and London
from the United States were missing, yet known to the Red Chinese. We have visited the
to be alive. Then, according to a report in Chinese Communist consulate in Geneva,
the Christian Science Monitor, the Chinese which at best is only illicit diplomatic nego
Communists let it be known by indirection of tiation.
statements by Communist newsmen at Panmun- Thus, Washinfccon finds itself in an imbroglio,
jom, that at least some of these men were in The United States will not recognize Corn
fact held in China as "political prisoners" and munist Chinese under duress, if at all. But
that what happened to them was a subject for some form of diplomatic recognition is the
"political discussion." only available approach.
This, obviously, was an oblique invitation to The unlucky ;3 are caught in a web
bargain for the missing faces. But it is very 0f diplomacy, "but they are still alive. And they
embarrassing and difficult to bargain with an- can be released for a price a price, however,
other government with which it does not main- which at present we are unable to pay. B. B.
tain diplomatic relations.
Thus the prisoners are pawns in the vicious mm I
game Red China is playing for diplomatic rec- i f'filO'f n mUfc
ognition. The clinching evidence lies in the aTI I fa? I 1 1 IU UMi I Id
fact that the prisoners were merely given w
sentences rather than death penalties. That S HlS Story
Had they been spies and intelligence officers, The University football team must have had
the Red Chinese would have been completely a fling in Hawaii last week. They came home
Justified under international . law to execute with a few additions to heir wardrobes, vocabu-
them immediately. This is standard practice laries, game record and travel experience. But
followed by all governments in all wars with some came home minus a few things. Especial-
but one exception someti'nes the prisoners can ly one member of the team who had a hard
be used for bortering. time explaining to his wife where he lost
The public will never know if the prisoners his wedding ring. Actually a swim in the ocean
were actually engaged in subversive activities. was the cause. It seems the Pacific has started
Always there are spies. But when an intelligence a reputation for claiming wedding trophies much"
officer falls into the hands of the enemy, he like the famous river in Reno, Nevada.
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Well, now, I thought it was odd they wanted to work for nothing."
Jest Jestin'
Moral: Failure Inevitable
In Prof Phlunk's Course
We have now reached that peri
od between vacations in which
many students find it necessary to
begin the semester's work. At this
time, those who have not yet stud
ied, and I suppose here are many
of us, often become a bit concerned
over the possibility of dropping out
of school at the end of the semester.
If any of you are in such a po
sition, perhaps you will find some
encouragement in the following
story. I hope I will be forgiven
for moralizing. I feel that there is
need for it.
Once upon a time, there was a
man named Mr. Phlunk who was
a teacher in a large mid-western
university. Mr. Phlunk was not a
very nice man. In fact, Mr. Phlunk
was a singularly unpleasant son
of fellow. He beat his wife, chained
his children to an iron ring fixed
to the south wall of the nursery,
and fairly reveled in the discom
fiture of his students.
All of his students received very
low grades and many of them
flunked his courses. Naturally, at
least one of his coursese was re
quired for every degree offered by
the university.
Last semester, a boy named Hu
bert was taking a course taught
by Mr. Phlunk. Hubert possessed
above-average Intelligence and firm
determination. He also possessed
wavy blond hair, charming blue
eyes, an oxford grey flannel suit,
and a pink shirt. Hubert was de
termined to get a high mark in
Phlunk's course.
Everyone said that Hubert was
very foolish to even think of such
a thing and that he ought to fail
the course two or three times as
everyone else did. But Hubert had
the spark of a non-conformist with
in him. He was undaunted by their
gibes and went on with his plans.
Hubert worked very hard in an
effort to attain his goal. He not
only read the entire text for the
course, which was nine-hundred
and forty pages of minute print;
but he also read all of the out
side reading that Phlunk assigned.
This was made up of fourteen
books dealing with various topics,
none of them related to the course.
Naturally, Hubert was forced to
curtail his extra-curricular activ
ities a bit. Aside from attending
meals and classes, he was not seen
outside his room for eighteen
At the end of the semester, Mr.
Phlunk was appointed head of his
department, and Hubert flunked
the course.
Everyone said that Hubert got
just what he deserved. It simply
isn't good form for any college
man who possesses wavy blond
hair, charming blue eyes, an ox
ford grey flannel suitl, and a pink
shirt to study as much as Hubert
MORAL: If you don't try at all
and fail, you fail in company; but
if you try too hard, and fail, you
fail alone. ,
Copped Copy
UCLA Students Urge Visit
By Russian College Editors
Four students at UCLA agreed
that it would be beneficial to in
vite college newspaper editors
from the Soviet Union to their
These students recently received
letters from the student councils
of Swarthmore . and Oberlin Col
leges urging them to investigate
the possibilities of having an ex
change of this sort. The Russian
editors must be invited by the
student councils of several uni
versities before obtaining visas,
the letters said.
The editor of the UCLA Daily
Bruin commented, "Even if we
won't be able to see any concrete
results, it is still important for
us to show that our attitude is
one of friendliness and optimism."
One of the most elaborately
planned hoaxes in college news
paper publishing was carried out
recently by some enterprising
members of the Cornell Univer
sity Daily Sun staff.
A long-standing football rivalry
with Syracuse University led to
the hoax the publication and dis
tribution of a phony issue of the
"Syracuse Daily Orange." A Cor
nell society calling itself "Itha
ca's Only Syracuse Newspaper"
worked several weeks to duplicate
DO typographical style, learn the
rival newspaper's schedule of pub
lication, etc. More than 6,000
copies of the bogus paper were
printed and distributed on the
Syracuse campus the day of the
Hoax. Featured were stories pro
claiming "Grid Scandals Rocks
Hill as NCAA Acts," "Morning
Raid Uncovers Drinking at Resi
dences," and "Gallup Predicts
Win for Cornell Tomorrow." Syra
cuse U. readers said they thought
it was "the best copy of the DO
this year," and paid up to $1 for
hard-to-get extra copies.
The real DO came out two
hours later. A fictional account
of how "pranksters" published the
fake paper was carried in the Cor
nell Sun the same day.
The Daily Kansan reports that
with three days remaining in
their Campus Chest drive, the
contributions fall $7,103 short of
their goal.
Ski fans at the University of
Wyoming have rallied around the
idea of having the state highway
department keep Highway 130
open over the Snowy Range to
Ryan Park ski area.
A total of 1,000 or more signa
tures have been put to petitions
and preliminary talks with high
way department officials were
scheduled. The Outing Club and
other interested winter sports en
thusiasts expected more signers.
People were asked to sign three
petitions one for the highway de
partment, one for the forest serv
ice, and a final one to be held in
reserve, for the state legislature.
Builders Board Filings
Open For 16 Positions
Builders Board filings are open.
Application blanks are available
in the Builders office, Union Room
308, and are due Dec. 17.
All undergraduates may apply
for any of the 16 positions.
Two new chairmanships are as
sistant treasurers, one in charge of
advertising and the other, sales.
Other positions are Student Di
rectory, Calendar, New Student
Handbook, Special Edition, First
Glance, tours and conventions,
high school relations, art, office
manager and publicity.
Ag campus positions include
tours and activities, sales and
membership, publicity and public
Applicants will be interviewed by
the outgoing and new Executive
Councils in January. Assistants
will also be chosen.
Lelterip . . .
Fear Or Communism?
Dear Editor:
I am not acquainted with the
controversial Mr. F. Jay Pepper
nor with those who have opposed
him in this column. However, it
seems that Mr. Pepper leans heav
ily on the idea of atheism this is
his privilege of course and that
his opponents lean heavily on the
idea of an infinite God.
Since any contribution that I
might make to this feud will be
that of a passer-by only, let me
pose a couple of observations: In
dividuals that violently attack cer-
it, happened at nu
Recently a University student
was quite perturbed at finding a
note in his mailbox from the Uni
versity administration informing
him that he was reported absent
from a Geology class 36 consecu
tive times.
The student took another look
at the name on the envelope but
found it was correctly addressed to
Puzzled because he could not re
member enrolline; In the course, he
checked with officials in the Ad
ministration Building only to find
that hehad enrolled In the course
but had dropped It earlier in the
year. The reason for the stern note
became apparent when further in
vestigation disclosed that the drop
slip had not been turned in and
that the student could not get cred
it from the course in which he en
rolled to replace the Geology classy
because the add slip had not been
turned in eitf .
Want Ads
tain Ideologies, things, or "mat
ter" are sometimes motivated by
fear the fear resulting from a
realization this particular Ideol
ogy's potential validity may upset
that which he has been defending
so vigorously. This causes much
unhappiness and frustration . . ,
I'm thinking of Mr. Pepper.
Secondly, I'm wondering what
the end result would be if, all of
the top atheists and all of the top
dialetic materialists got together
(this is not a joke) and worked
out a pet ideology of their own.
What would they call it? I think
the term "Communism" fits well.
i ll fM I T(f Vossiass
The Religious Scene
and Greetings on these cards
will convey the
True Spirit of Christmat
for you.
Each card includes
a Scriptural Quotation
14 Religious Christmas Cards
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NU Takes Over on Miller's Holiday Manor
Sunday, 4:30 to 5 p.m., KOLN-TV
-fc Distinguished Nebraska Family Chancellor Clifford M. Hardin and family.
A bevy of charming University coeds . . . Nebraska Swevihearts, Homecoming
Queens, Beauty Queens and Typical Nebraska Coeds of '53 and '54 . . . And
this year's Honorary Commandant.
-jAf- All American football players who brought fame to Nebraska stadium.
Joyce Ayres who composed "Hail Varsity.'
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