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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 15, 1954)
LtTTLE MAN ON CAMfUS
by Dick fcfclar
Christmas end the spirit of goodness and giv
ing that it always brings is essentially a good
thing. This is the one reason in which the
elements of our society that strive for good
relationships between men center their efforts.
At the advent of the Yule-tide these agencies,
primarily ecclesiastical, find themselves say
ing the the things they have emphasized all
year to a more receptive, often a more easily
activated public. An examination of the writings
and speeches given about Christmas spirit often
turns up the plea to keep the Christmas spirit
throughout the year.
What then, is this "spirit" that is considered
so valuable? It seems to revolve loosely around
that lifting, cleansing feeling that is supposed
to come with giving rather than receiving or
expecting to receive "for services rendered."
Christmas is not a celebration of Christ's
birthday, whether this is as it should be is not
the question. It is simple fact, and a most dis
tressing one to the institutions which find them
selves in the fore when Christmas comes 'round,
that Christmas is a business man's dream in
which persons are encouraged to buy things
for giving purposes and do things they would
seldom or never do under normal circum
stances. This is done by organizations and
groups that otherwise spend considerable time
bemoaning the fact their influence is so slightly
Some protest may arise over the use of the
"spirit of giving" as a business man's dream. .
Benefits to commercial concerns because of the
wish to get into the real spirit through buy
ing presents are supposedly incidental, a neces
sary evil to the giving is goodness theory of
Christmas. This argument simply doesnt hold
water. Giving in ,and of itself is a selfish act.
Though some of us who save in order to give
may argue to the contrary to give something
we want ourselves or consider valuable to an
other person is not the self-sacrificing act we
would like to consider it. The personal satis
faction of the act of giving outweighs the sense
of personal loss of money or goods wejeel.
Actually, our inner sense of personal gain is
satisfied fully as much by giving to another
as buying something for ourselves.
This type of personal satisfaction though
considerably more admirable than causing pain
to another person or destroying his property
is certainly not a sensation worthy of the title
"The Spirit of Christmas."
Like it or not, self-satisfaction is the motive
behind our acts. During the part of the year
before the Christmas season when the "spirit"
sets in, a great majority .of persons try to hide
their satisfaction-seeking aims as best they can.
Those who are most successful in doing this
are generally the most popular amongst their
fellows and often the most successful in their
fields of endeavor.
But at Christmas time, the personal satisfac
tion motive is sanctified under the broad title
og "getting into the Christmas spirit." Gaining
self satisfaction is certainly no evil in itself;
however, the channels this satisfactions gaining
motive may take can be and often are evil.
Christmas spirit as we know it is nothing
more than .a glossy version of what most of us
try to keep well beneath the surface of our per
sonalities the rest of the year. Let's not trim
it with icing and say, "This is Christmas."
s This You?
A few minutes after the regular morning
scramble for the Rag, this conversation be
tween two unkown Nebraskan readers was
overheard in the halls of "Soc Building."
"You know, this paper isn't half bad," the
first brave individual said, thinking he was
speaking confidentially to his friend. "See this
article that's it, right here it's a pretty good
story. You know, they usually write better than
"Ya," his friend retorted, "but dont you
think the Rag ought to have a little more in
"I do," the first one answered back. "In
fact, I think the Rag should be at least eight
pages and come out every day, sort of like a
"Daily Nebraskan.' "
"Well, you've got a point there. Why don't
they put it out every day. They havent got
too much to do."
"Are you crazy," our first friend quickly
answered. "All those people do down there is
work on the paper. They skip classes, that is
the few they get arou to taking, and like to
hibernate in that little cubby hole, playing
"Well, they get paid for it. I don't see why
they shouldn't work for what they make. They
must be making $89 or $90 a month. They dont
even have to go to school They're getting
rich in that noisy little cellar room."
"No," the first answered, coming to the de
fense of the Rag, "they dont make too much
compared with the amount of time they spend.
But somebody should tell them that this throw
sheet isnt half bad. In fact, I think we've got
a paper that we should be just a little bit proud,
Well, the conservation ended abruptly when
the janitor came sweeping his way down the
crowded corridor, pushing the two admiring
students and the clandestine eavesdropper into
the main stream of traffic. But the facts were
good to hear.
The Nebraskan has been publishing three
times a week for the last year to put the paper
on a sound financial basic for the first time
in the past few years. When, if ever, it will
This Includes Us
Reading news reports in the local newspapers,
it is quite a good feeling to find no students at
the University among the automobile accident
Lincoln's safety contest, an inter-city compe
. tition affair, does not include as participants
only Lincoln residents per se but refers to Uni
versity students who drive in the local streets,
Air Force personnel and visitors from others
areas in the state. Therefore, when an appeal
is made by the city for a program such as the
safety campaign ihe success with which it
meets depends wholely upon cooperation and
extra caution by every person in the Lincoln
area, regardless of home town. Being from a
town or city out in the state does not consti
tute an exemption from Lincoln programs or
laws. Therefore, it is the duty .of everyone h
Lincoln or those who intend to come to Lincoln
to follow local policies and support local pro
grams especially ones having to do with safety.
With this in mind, it would be well to show
the Lincoln citizens that University students
are willing to help in supporting local programs.
The best way we can do this is by being
aware of the city problems and plans for the
solution of those problems and maintain an
attitude of cooperation.
The Nebraskan hopes that there will be a
continued absence of students names on the
local accident lifts. J. H.
again become The "Daily" Nebraskan is any
body's guess. The staff hopes this will be soon.
No prediction, however, will be ventured.
As to salary and time, here are the facts.
Reporters earn nothing. They work for the love
of the job or by the grace of God, take your
choice. The rest of the staff is paid, a pittance
by commercial standards but a princely salary
compared to other college neophyte journal
ists. Salaries range from $35, paid to copy editors,
to $45, paid to the remainder of the editorial
staff, with the lone exception of the editor, who
receives $65. Business side earns comparable
salaries. Though adequate, it is simple to de
duce that nobody is getting rich "working for
Most regular staff members spend about 85,
hours a month working on The Nebraskan. The
four copy editors, in addition to the regular
hours which run" from about 12:30 p.m. until
almost 8 p.m., work from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
three times a month. This graveyard shift is
commonly called by the unrealistic name
"Night News." The experience gained in the
wee hours does prove invaluable, though, so
few complaints are heard.
According to current salaries and poor arith
metic, copy editors earn about 40 cents an
hour and "middle" staff members earn about
55 cents an hour. The editor's salary, being
above this, is above and beyond common mathe
matics. The staff offers no complaints. On the con
trary, it is a pleasure to hear a conversation
where the work of the 6taff is well received.
If this dialogue, which is true, is at all repre
sentative of student opinion, The Nebraskan
staff will go dauntlessly ahead, typing, report
ing, thinking putting out a paper to cover
campus news and give the reader something
to pause and think about. D. F.
The Christmas tree was up and lights glit
tered among the tinsiled branches. The 12-year-old
in the family had been delegated to keep
the burned-out lights replaced with new ones
However, one string of. lights on the tree had
a short in it, unknown to the child so she kept
replacing light bulbs on the shorted string
every ten minutes. Noticing that one string
of lights was out and the child plopped in a
chair watching TV, the father asked her if
she couldnt fix the lights. The little girl looked
from the tree to her father and sighed disgust
edly, "Daddy, wouldn't it be easier if I just
brushed my teeth and stood in front of it
Someone reported that employees in a down
twon store had to work last Sunday morning.
It seemed that the Christmas shoppers that had
jammed the store Saturday had made such a
mess of the stock that employees had to spend
Sunday morning sorting out things and re
stocking so that the store could open Monday
without resembling a dollar-day sale in the
With the proposed new ordinance regulating
the sale of comic books and other literature
which may seem obscene it may be assumed
that college students will be searching for,
good hiding places for the local literary rage
"Playboy." They say if you're not a minor you
don't have to worry, but the question arises
as to whether some college students might fall
under the definition of a minor as being "some
one who doesn't know any better."
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The Nebraskan Staff Xmas Letter
We members of The Nebraskan
staff hope you can take time out
from all vour busy work to read
our Christmas letter. Even though
we are grown-ups now at least
we think so we still know you
are alwavs wilune to listen to our
troubles and help if you can.
"We don?t want to be selfish.
Santa, but there are some things
that we want very badly at NU
and we thought that if we asked
von for them we would feel bet
ter. Even if you can't give us our
Christmas wishes at least you can
listen and maybe leave us a few
hopes for the coming year.
Santa, please give the football
team a four leafed clover for the
Orange Bowl game New Years
Day. They have worked hard and
deserve all the glory that comes
with being a delegate to a bowl
game. Also give Coach Glassford
lots of Christmas cheer for the
great job he has done since last
And Santa, don't forget the bas
ketball team. Could you send them
some new hoops that are extra
big and some extra-small basket
balls? Santa, they need a winning
streak. Do you think yon could
leave it in their stockings?
We would very much like to see
the library stay open on Sundays,
Santa. We need that extra day
day for our reference work and
places to study.
Please send the University a new
budget with $2 million extra for
our teachers salaries.
Santa, could you manage it so
that the Student Council wouldn't
have to investigate campus or
ganizations after Christmas? They
have so niuch to do without In
vestigations of that sort hanging
over their heads.
And Santa. Diease let all the
Coed Follies oarticinants have a
happy Christmas so that they will
be all rested up for rehearsals aft
er vacation. It seems like Home
coming was just over and they
do need a rest.
Could you try and arrange it so
that the University will be a place
where a good big-name bands will
want to come? If you could slip
the University's name on the dance
agenda for Tommy Dorsey or
Harry James or Ralph Flanagan
we'd be very happy. Oh, and Santa,
please tell Mr. Weems that he real
ly is all right and is a big-name
band but that we just haven't heard
much about him in Nebraska.
Please Santa, let all the under
privileged children have a very
Merry Christmas and make it so
that the campus goes all out for
the children at Chrstmas but
sometimes, Santa, they forget that
there are those same children at
Easter, the Fourth of July and
every other time of the year.
Santa, there is one thing which
we ask for every year but which
we never get. That is a new song
book for the man who plays the
bells in our tower. H's not that
we don't like "Beautiful Dreamer"
at 8 a.m. but we would like to
hear some peppy, popular songs
once in a while.
Santa, could you send some of
our teachers some Christmas spir
it? They are so tired all the time
and so busy with their theories
and laboratory experiments that
sometimes we think they forget
there is a Christmas. We want them
to be happy with life too.
Santa, could you give every for
eign student and Air Force boy
who can't go home for Christmas
alee dinner and lots of friend
ship? Maybe you could whisper
ia Lincoln citizen's ears and get
them to share some of their hap
piness with the ones that can't fo
home for the holidays.
Santa, the freshman coeds have
a big problem and maybe you
could help solve it. You see, they
aren t supposed to have their lights
on after 11:30 p.m. and many if
not most of them have studying
to do that just can't be all done
ty 11:30 p.m. But no matter where
they go to study after lights out
it is always crowded and so they
ust don't get their studying done
It would sure help, Santa, if they
could keep their lights on until
they were ready to turn them off.
Do you agree with us that the
lights out rule is just a little bit
Oh, Santa, before we forget,
please bring nice weather until
we all get home for Christmas. It
can snow after we get home but
please dont let anybody have to
spend several hours or days in a
If you really wanted to help us,
Santa, could you fix it so that
our business staff and the Corn
husker will make lots of money
this year. Then maybe we can
afford to have the "Daily" put back
in The Nebraskan.
Do you suppose you could get
people to stop parking cars crook
edly in the Union parking lot?
Santa, we're sure even you
couldn't begin to park your sleigh
back there because of the poor
Santa, If you could make -people
in Lincoln realize that Christ
mas decorations shouldn't be put
up before Thanksgiving we'd be
very happy. Even though we are
young and impressionable we do
know that it's our money they
want and not our good will or
This might have to wait, Santa,,
until next spring but we need it
very badly. Maybe you could get
the Student Council or somebody
to plan an NU Days week so that
we students won't have to live
down a reputation for holding
spring panty-raids anymore.
Lastly Santa, we have a special
request for all of us. Could you
please send us ten sun-lamps? You
see we spend so much time in the
dark basement of the Union that
we just dont get enough vitamin
D and we hate to be distinguished
as journalists by our palor. And
could you throw in some weight
gaining pills for those of us who
cant find time to eat our meals?
THE NEBRASKAN STAFF
Exactly one month ago, you
printed a letterip of mine which
urged you to remove the subhead
ing, "God Has a Place on Cam
pus," from the Rag. I pointed out
that I feel that printing that sub
heading violates your own stand
ards of journalism, by stating an
opinion in a news -story.
Ia the past month, yon have
printed letterips by four other
writers supposedly dealing with
the question. Bea Bentel pointed
out that neithes "Hopeful'' nor
Stanley R. Slater had even dis
cussed the issue I raised. Mrs.
Bronder, the only writer to con
sider the question, agreed with
me that the subheading should be
You have not removed the sub
heading. Neither have you replied
to Mrs. Bonder's or my letterips.
Your only answer has been to
print one letterip calling me an
atheist (which I am not, and
haven't claimed to be), and an
other one calling me a Commu
nist (which I am not, and cer
tainly haven't claimed to be).
Apparently you do not realize
that the Rag exists not just for its
editorial staff but for the students
as well. I am a student here, and
I have raised objection to your
practices. You aire obligated either
to rectify your practices or to ex
plain why you will not.
What is your defense, Mr. Edi
tor? F. J. PEPPER
Because there will apparently
be only a comparatively small
number of students attending the
Orange Bowl on New Year's Day
In Miami, Florida, I do not feel
that it is feasible to ask the Uni
versity Senate to extend the Christ
mas holidays to include Monday,
January 3, or Tuesday, January 4,
as requested by Mr. Vann. Such
an action would mean suspending
the operation of Instruction to a
student body of some 7,000 persons
for the benefit of only a few stu
dents percentage wise.
I believe that it is more feasible
for those students who plan to at
tend this game to make arrange
ments personally with their instruc
tors to be absent for an extra day
J. P. COLBERT,
Dean of Student Affairs.
Wednesday, December 15f 195
By MARILYN TYSON
The weather is cold, the skies are gray,
And time has come for me to say
Vacation time Is almost here,
With lots of sleep and Christmas cheer.
Although exams still loom ahead
And students all are filled with dread
'Tls time to throw our books away
In preparation for Christmas Day.
So with a grin and school days fleeting
I want to wish you a Season's Greeting.
To the Hardins, Nancy, Cliff, Cynthy and fat,
To Colbert, Dean and Steuer, Loo.
To all the lawyers and their books.
To personnel chairmen and their dirty looks,
To Stromer, Marv and Larson Peg,
To the faction and their cold beer keg,
To Jacobs, Doran and Pickett, Mart,
To Cynie Henderson and Warren Burt
And may Santa Claus be extra-nice
To the library stacks and all its mica.
To Woodward, Tom and Bill DeVries,
May Navy ROTC be just a breeze.
To those of you who like the grill,
And plan to study but never will,
To Hlidek, Dick and Marlal Wright,
To Aldrich, Bill and "What a nlght.'
To Anderson, AI and Kosmet Klub
To all those who like to give, back rubs,
To Hunley, "Chas" and Colbert, Phyl
To the Orange Bowl team and Glassford, BfH,
To Orwig, Bill and Keller, Ken
To Halgren, Frank and Singer, Lea
To all the crew at the old Hob Nob,
To Dobson, Art and Blumstrand, Bob,
To Janey Mapes and Rankin, Duane,
To Terry and the Pirates and April Cain,
To Washington, George and his trusty ax,
And Adam and Eve, and Shulman, Max
To Tito, Maladovitch and Engler, Nan,
And Old Grad Kush, and Howard Vann,
To Eileen Mularky and Weber, BUI
To those who still use No-Doze pills, ,
To Amos, Nick and his many friends,
To "Playboy," one of our newest treads,
To Anderson, Pete and his striped ties,
And old maids who thrill to pin-mates' tight,
To Wagner, Bob and Phyllis too,
To the Smiths and Korineks Merry Orange Bowl to yea,
To all the fiances who soon will fall.
And Hansen, Ron who Is too darn tall.
To Hoffacer, Bob and Abernathy, Jim,
And Russel, George and Tiny Tim,
To all "our boys" la uniform,
And all the girls in the boys' dorm,
To Mary Gattls and Gifford, Joe,
To Lebsock, Gut and Colesoa, Bloa,
To the PBK's and their new keys,
And pledge class blankets ia tha tree,
To Nancy Hawkins, a new 21,
And Paynlch, George and Us ne (real pan.
To Holbert, A! and Walters, Lee
And those who make gifts of a Jeweled ehttreh-ktf,
To Foley, Speed and Kyle Spragne,
And the future Issue of the Pink Bag,
To Linda and Julie, Bea! and Beat,
And Marilyn Eaton and Gretchea Teat,
To Meulhaupt, Sue and Joanle Roe,
To Campbell, Bill and old "Moke" Joe,
To the Nebraskan staff, all girls p rased,
And the single mea, much chagrined
To Andy Smith and the glorious south,
May ALT sever suffer drouth,
To Carol Unterteher and brother John,
Try to keep others off your lawn.
To Jack Rogers and his committee,
And the clubs he doesnt pity.
To social chairmen, good aad wise,
Be sure to watch the ether guys,
Merry Christmas one and all,
And Happy New Year, have a ball
To those whose names are not found here
I wish you all the season's cheer,
So I'm off on vacation, but I want to say,
Season's Greetings and a Happy Holiday.
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