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The fate of 11' American airmen and two
civilians known to be in Communist hands has
become one of the hottest issues in the not-so-cold
war we find ourselves waging against
Communist China. Headlines telling of the im
prisonment of these men and accounts of meth
ods suggested for freeing them have dominated
accounts of our relations with Communist con
Though this issue is an important one and
worthy of attention by the American public,
another perhaps even more important issue
seems to have slipped behind the all-covering
veil of public forgetfulness.
What of the Americans who have been killed
or injured and will be killed or will be injured
in the so-called border incidents? The most
faithful of newspaper readers or commentator
listeners must admit that he has seen little
or heard less of the Communist attacks on
American military planes, even civilian air
liners that supposedly or actually violated Com
These attacks have occurred semi-regularly
over a period of several years, and will con
tinue so long as Americans play the role of
frontier transgressors in the Communist scheme
of things. We have called the Communists
everything permissible in diplomatic jargon
for shooting down our aircraft. We have sent
smoking notes to Moscow and Peiping all to
no avail. The airplanes are still wreckage, their
pilots and crew members recipients of "full
military honors" burials, hospital care or are
shaken men once again on active duty.
The a: itude of the men who have fallen vic
tim to attacks was well expressed in a news
reel interview with the survivors of the most
recent incident. The commander of the B-36 on
a photography mission when asked why his
craft did not fire back at the attacking MIG
fighters said: "Our mission had been a failure;
we didn't get the pictures we were supposed
to; we knew that another plane would have to
go back over the same area some other time."
Certainly these men must wonder what our
military leaders or inside information spokes
men think when planes are ordered on mis
sions which take them close to Communist
borders and allow nationally circulated maga
zines to reprint pictures taken with a camera
having a range of something like 75 miles that
has recently been developed for aerial photog
raphy. The fliers back from these missions must
wonder why a government that knows Commu
nists are psychopathic about their frontiers
allows the military to send aircraft on mis
sions which have the specific purpose of spying
on those sensitized areas.
It would be enlightening for the average
Dear Santa Clam . . .
Every year about this time comes the old united into a nation with a democratic gov.
familiar question: "What do you want for eminent and Christian principles to guide her,
Christmas?" And those who have a secret de- To the peoples of Russia and Poland, Czech
sire for something in particular will perhaps oslovakia, Rumania, Hungary, the Balkans,
shyly let slip the answer. Finland, Indo-China, North Korea, Yugoslavia
But if the earth could be personified and and China we bequeath freedom from oppres
lf something or someone asked her what she sion, tyranny, God-less government and tor
wanted for Christmas, wouldn't it be a wonder- tured minds,
ful thing if her secret desires were realized?
So to Mother Earth we bequeath our hope- To Frmce we .ye g stafale government a
for hat is all we can do-that these tidings mi a Ht of brother.
will he under her Christmas tree on Christmas hood with her neighbors. Also to the French
monung. we give courage to overcome the fear left in the
To Mother Earth we give peace-long lasting, wak(J of a terrible waf
perpetual and restful peace. We give her a . . . .
United Nations organization with power to , T Hawau and to Alaska we give statehood
maintain this peace without a" veto and with- m the United States of America so that they
out any opposing forces. may enjoy the full right of citizenship and
Wt bequeath to Earth a whole Germany, Prf,ctice he democracy under which they were
- Ij Argentina and Spain we give a plan for
IflO ijf ntf SlClfi democracy, to wipe away the pain and dis-
appointment of the Peron and Franco dictator
University students have just cause for be- ships,
ing irked when outsiders grasp on to the little W( faack tQ Mother Earth Kor
bad publicity the University receives as proof- m detemination to be a ree and al
positive that those attending college are a Agian natiQn We als0 Korean ,e
group of over-grown youngsters shirking re- cq fQQd &q wm
sponsibility and interested only in their schemes . . . , , .
. i. i o m. r u ti. tt 'urn away from freedom s goal,
for riotous weekends. The faults of the Uni- .. . ., .
versity student body are usually more sensa- . To ,Britamf we nw defs and progressive
tional (spring riots, drinking and so on) and Jeveloflment so that she will flourish and her
it is this publicity which finds its way into the first"rate adltl0n wlU .not b stamPed out
homes of the people of Nebraska. The stu- b a second-rate economic standing,
dents are judged by this publicity; when its be- To Indl we ive knowledge, so that her
comes bad enough, Nebraskans have the right wJ1 nse UP to meet the challenge of
to complain to University regents and other discovery, agriculture and self-government. We
officials. The Lincoln and Omaha papers, 6ive her also protection from forces which seek
therefore, have received a great deal of blame to dominate her people and undermine the
from students when they have received a "slap Progress which she has struggled so hard to
in the face" for one thing or another. make.
Ia Monday's papers, however, the Univer- To tne sma11 countries of Thailand, Palestine,
sity received publicity of another sort. A sor- Turkey, Burma, Guatemala, the Philippines
ority and a fraternity joined forces to paint and Japan we give pride and courage so that
the Municipal Swimming Pool bathhouse, and they mfly maintain the freedom which they
both Lincoln papers contained a picture of now have and may take pride in the place they
members of the group. The event was not the have made for themselves in the world,
first of projects planned with a civic-minded Vt"
purpose nor will it be the last. The Inter- To the prisoners of war we give hope and
fraternity Council is planning on feting ap- faith and our efforts to obtain their release,
proximately 100 orphans at a Christmas party To the homeless, parentless children of the
Wednesday nigh!. The Nebraskan suggests that world, we give protectors, loving guardians and
this is evidence that University students do hope for the future.
entertain ""serious thoughts and are willing to To the United States we give foresight and
accept responsibility to both the University remindance of hindsight; we bequeath harmony
and community. and brotherhood. We give good-will and a
This is not to pat the backs of two Greek humble nature arid strength against those who
organizations so all can sit back placently seek her destruction.
and ignore critics of students in general and To Mother Earth's nations we give faith in
Greeks in particular. But it would be nice if , a united world, free from wars, greed, hatred,
outsiders would note good publicity as well as fear and aggression. We give the spirit of
bad and be objective in forming tfieir opinion oneness which binds all members of the hu-
of the attitude and accomplishments of the stu- man race together with a single goal living
dent body K. N. together in peace. J. H.
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. . .
American John Q. to put himself In the posi
tion of the flier who has trained intensively to
be a smoothly functioning part of our early
warning system which has the specified pur
pose of intercepting unknown aircraft. Here
is a man who has been trained and drilled to
keep alien planes from coming too close to
the borders of the countries we call our allies
who reads of our ire being roused because an
enemy attacked one of our planes that ven
tured too close to his territory. This man who
might be ordered to attack an aircraft over
Alaskan or Canadian or Mexican territory
reads of our government attempting (unsuccess
fully) to receive indemnity from a country that
has caused an American plane to be attacked
for the same reason.
This is not to suggest that we give up all
hope of seeing what goes on inside the Iron
Curtain. Intelligence work carried on by the
United States has managed to remain com
paratively super-secret from congressional prob
ers and Communist counter-intelligence agents.
Though this type of work is not made public,
it is considered below "American" dignity but
it does go on. It seems that intelligence work
is the way for us to find out what is going on
within Communist borders and that lying air
planes over or too near the frontiers is not.
We are not at war; we are not involved in
a police action. Our military personnel should
have some assurance that they will not be or
dered on missions which will result in attack
by Communist fighters. At least our photo
graphic planes should not have the equipment
they carry demonstrated as capable of de
tecting what the Reds think to be secret in
formation. The most casual student of foreign
polciy can well imagine the actions of our
government toward a foreign power sending
aircraft over our borders or near enough to
detect and record work being done on what
we consider secret, important defense projects.
Certainly our government should take active
steps to prevent any power from making un
due demands upon our nation, to prevent any
foreign power from attacking our military
forces when those forces are operating in
territory not under control of that foreign gov
ernment. However, our government is guilty
of gross inconsistency of policy when it de
mands that our territorial boundaries be re
spected and infringes on the frontiers of an
The United States will appear ridiculous in
riding the white charger of the defender of
all that is good when it demands for itself
what it will not allow another. T. W.
limi MAN ON CAMPUS
"I thought perhaps you didn't know there are three higher possible
grades besides 'D' and TV
Voice Of The Turtle
Yule Greetings Extended
By FRED DALY
Christmas is commonly consid
ered a time for sending enthusi
astic greetings to friends, relations,
ness-with and people you haven't
seen for twenty years and probab
ly won't see for twenty more, but
they send you a card every year
and you send them one, because
they would be hurt if you stopped
and you would be hurt if they
stopped, and what can you do?
Christmas is a time when people
become filled with good cheer and
race about being cheery and kind
and benevolent and obnoxious.
Sometimes it is a little forced,
but a fixed grin Is better than
none at all, and beside, you use
more muscles smiling than you do
Christmas is a time when the
Chamber of Commerce puts up
the decorations before Thanksgiv
ing to "stimulate trade," and the
merchants rub their hands togeth
er to a white heat.
Christmas is a time when Ne
braskan columnists, in frenzy for
an idea, turn to filling up space
with cheery recognition of their
many friends and relations and
Aha, you say. Comes another
digression with paragraphs full of
names that one reads only with
the hope that one's name will be
Instead, as fitting to this sea
son of cheer, it is time someone
spread out a little good-fellowship
to those unsung and otherwise un
persecuted people that never real
ize the recognition that is their
First, a great, green wreath to
the men who relentlessly roam the
wind-swept expanses of the campus
armed only with a spiked stick
and a stout burlap bag, their time
devoted to ridding the area of the
Syracuse Students Warned
To Curb Curious Behavior
What won't they think of next?
With the recent controversy over
Bermuda shorts on various camp
uses, Syracuse University seems
to have a little different problem.
Syracuse University's students
are requested not to run naked
through the streets 01 downtown
The Dailv Orange reports that
a University spokesman said that
'this is a direct violation 01 uni
Anv students apprehended will be
Beauties have their own proo-
Iems. .Joan Gavin, freshman at
the University of Kansas, who was
chosen one of the six prettiest
school girls in America; hasn't had
an easy time getting to her 1 p.m.
class. Every Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday for the past several
weeks, several hundred male stu
dents have waited eagerly for her
One davwhen she decided to
avoid the crowd by riding to class
in a car, the largest crowd yet,
about 1,200 men, mobbed tne car
and held ud traffic on Jayhawk
boulevard about five minutes.
The Dailv Kansas reported that
Miss Gavin appears modest and
somewhat dazed and unnappy
about the sudden attention show-
ered upon her. .
Did you know that a student may
receive a decree from Oxford Uni
versity without ever having at-
tended a lecture or- at the most
having attended very few lectures?
Lectures are provided but not
required of the students. Through
the tutor and essays, the student
forms a background in his, field
of study. The tutor meets with
him once or twice a week. When
the student feels he has completed
his studies, he goes before an ex
amination board and passes a com
prehenive exam for his degree.
This is a simple system to say the
least, but it is one which has
by Dick Blblar
assorted paper and trash that clut
ters it in the wake of the student
To those lonely few who must
weather the vacation of Christmas
far from home and hearth and
hound is humbly offered my hand
and a "brace up, old scout" clap
on the shoulder.
To the knight In freezing armor
who shovels the sidewalks before
eight-o'clock Politicai Science lec
tures there is no gift great enough,
can only hope someone is there
If a puddle ever confronts him, I
with a loak.
A stern scowl and wishes for a
failing memory is . a double gift
good for anyone who takes attend
ance in a large lecture course. It
comes in three sizes small, medi
um and everybody goes home.
A specially patented cigaret clip
per has been adopted for Bht Ad
students who can never get more
than one-fourth of a cigaret done
before the class bell chokes off
that last drag. Clip your Luckies,
lads, and save money.
A huge belly-laugh is a gift to
be shared with those who share
your appreciation of Max Shulman.
Fourteen bushels of mistletoe to
the people who linger in the shad
ows around, every residence hall
and sorority on the campus. It can
also be woven in the hair or wron
like a wreath to create a sensation
at parties and dances.
To the wonderful miracle-maker
who keeps the Student Union func
tioning year after year and break
down after break-down goes thi
warmest of greetings.. To Mac.
A sprig of holly , with berries,
to whoever improved the taste of
the coffee over last year, even if
the cream isn't too sharp all the
And finally, a cup of hemlock to
professors who give hour tests on
the last days before vacation.
Merry Christmas, anyone?
proven highly effective over the
Battle Of Sexes
Last week in Denver, the battle
of the sexes had a new airing. A
letter appearing in the Denver
Post's 'lovelorn column caused
more comment than the doings of
the United Nations. Phyllis C. had
a problem; her husband beat her
at least once a month without
provocation. She said he ras 6 ft
2 in. ahd weighed 240 pounds, and
she was 5 ft. 5 in., weighing 125
The beatings reached a stage
where Phyllis thought she should
take a stand. The next time he
beat her, she said "I owe you one,"
and the next night she paid off.
She broke off a chair leg and beat
her husband severely about the
head while he was sleeping. He
retaliated with a beating for her.
"O. K., I still owe you one," she
said. Peace reigned for a week,
and then Phyllis walked up behind
her husband as he was eating din
ner and broke a mixing bowl over
his head. Again, he beat her and
she repeated that she still owed
. " Later in the evening, she beat
him with., a bed slat as he was
reading his paper. Her husband
began to cringe when he saw her,
Phyllis related, and they decided to
call a truce. Since then, thier mar
ried life has been "a wonderful
In the midst of the commotion
Phyllis' plight caused, Post Love
lorn Editor Jane Sterling printed a
notice for Phyllis C. to call her.
The next day a man called, saying
his sister-in-law, Phyllis C, was
out of town, but would call when
she returned. Later, the man him
self came to Miss Sterling's office,
confessed he had written the let
ter himself, but maintained that
the story was true. He said he had
heard it from his father, a Chicago
lawyer, who had heard it from
Phyllis C, a client.
Given' 'Em Ell
By ELLIE ELLIOTT
I use a lot of quotations In this
column, not because I am too lazy
to think up my own words, but be
cause I hope that these state
ments, made by some of the
greatest thinkers and creators in
history, will provoke you- to in
vestigate further these ideas, and
to formulate some of your own
opinions and ideals.
Whether you agree with me, or
disagree, is not my primary con
cern. My concern is that you do
not allow yourselves to stagnate
in the torpid pools of mediocrity
and blind acceptance ... a pos
sibility as real to students at the
University of America as to per
sons with less intelligence and
I find it rather amusing that
one of my readers (see Friday's
Letterip) wonders what persecu
tions society has heaped upon me
that would prompt me to say or
repeat what I frequently do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote
that "Society everywhere is in
conspiracy against the manhood
of every one of its members.
Society is a joint-stock company,
in which the members agree, for
the better securing of his bread
to each shareholder, to surrender
the liberty and cuture of the eater.
The virtue in most request is
conformity. Self-reliance is vits
aversion. It loves not realities
and creators, but names and cus
toms. "Whoso would- be a man, must
be a non-conformist . . . Nothing
is at last sacred but the integrity
of your own mind . . . What I
must do is all that concerns me,
not what the people think . . .
NU Advisor's Genecosity
Dethrones Santa Claus
By JESS BROWNELL
I have recently been seized by
a bit of the Christmas spirit. It
isn't serious yet, but I have been
smoking my own cigarettes for the
last few days and with a beginning
like that, it could develop into
something much worse.
The influence of Christmas has
also inspired me to write a little
Christmas drama, suitable for pre
sentation by any company directed
by a madman. Playwrights, be
ware! (The characters in this play are
Santa Claus, a student and the
student's advisor. The scene is the
palace of Santa Claus. As the cur
tain rises, we see Santa seated on
his throne. The advisor enters from
the right and, unseen by x Santa,
conceals himself behind the throne.
A moment later the student enters
from the left. He glances furtively
around to see If he is followed and
finds that he is alone. He ap
Student: Are you Santa Claus?
Santa: Don't you recognize me?
Student: Well, you see, I've been
at college for a long time, and San
ta Claus doesn't come there very
Santa:. Rest asured that I am
Santa Claus. Now, what can I do
Student: I want some things for
Christmas. I want a new suit, a
ONLY NEW DWELLINGS AE
COViZBO BY THE ONE-YEAR
WARRANTY FOR Gl HOMES.
THE WAERAMTV MEANS
THESE HOMES WERE BUILT IN
WITH VA APPROVED PLANS. If
For foil information contact your ntarrM
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION fhc
215 North 14th St
Tuesday, December 14, 1954
Some of the world's greatest
men have been nonconformists.
They did not advocate noncon
formity for its own sake; rather,
they saw the ills of society and
worked from within society in a
desperate attempt to cure the
parts before the whole became
rotted. If they threw up roada '
blocks (to use my reader's met a
phor), they did so only because
the road was under repair. They
did not observe and criticize from
ivory towers, exempt from social
responsibilities; they worked as
individuals with individuals be
cause they realized that, finally,
the worth of a society depends
upon the worth of each member
of that society.
The outstanding non-conformist
of all time was Jesus Christ. He
worked from within society; His
radical ideas were "socially un
acceptable" for His time, yet they
have lasted quite a while. As His
apostle, Paul, reminds the Ro
mans, "And be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed k
by the renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will
of God." Merry Christmas.
It Happened At NU
A University history professor
was commenting on French history
in general and Louis XIV in par.
ticular. Giving a Quick run-down
.on Louie's many wives and prac
tlcally uncountable children, he
paused for a few minutes before M
continuing his lecture. Then he
continued "One must really won
der at the accomplishments of
Louie's reign," but the remainder
of the sentence was lost behind
his blush and the roar of students' A
red convertible, a case of Scotch,
nines in all my courses and, oh
yes, I want you to make sure that
my advisor doesn't make me take
anything hard next semster.
Advisor; (Appearing from behind
the throne.) This is too much.
Stop! Santa Claus, what do you
mean by undermining the educa
tion of this student?
Santa: I'm Santa Claus and I caa
do anything I want to.
Advisor: No you can't, and I'll
prove it. At our college, this stu
dent has received the teachings of
the world's greatest minds. If he
thinks, he will repudiate your ex
Student: You're right. I have re.
ceived the teachings of the world's
greatest minds. Now I must live
up to their fine example. (In a
loud, clear voice.) I DO-NOT BE
LIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS.
Santa: I am found out. (He van
Advisor: Young man, yon have
upheld the principles of higher ed
ucation. You must be rewarded for
this noble deed. I will arrange for
all your requests to be granted.
Remember, son, Santa Claus comes
but once a year, but your advisor
will always be there to help you.
The Curtain Falls.
.. Dr. William Scheror
A gift to the University
of Nebraska Foundation
made possible the bring
ing of Dr. William
Scherer, a noted Bacteri
ologist, from the Medical
College of the University
of Minnesota to the Ne
' Dr. D. M. Pace, Director
of the Institute of Cellu
lar Research at the Uni
versity of Nebraska,, says,
"The -bringing of such
men to the University of
Nebraska campus by the
Foundation is of untold
value to the faculty and
student body as well as
to off -campus groups."
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