The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 17, 1954, Image 1
tie Mdi , .-A. 1 1' ' J tit?' 7 rn . tfysfcer Basfcefbaf, Football Teams Carry Coors Down Soufh Durng Vacafon See Page 3 the UVJ B)biftl Vol. 55, No. 37 Lincoln, Nebraska Nebraska n Clarifies, Repeats Stand On Column Slogan, 'God Has A Place On Campus' Pg. 2 Friday, December 17, 1954 SC Committee No Purpose Found For Class Officers A soecial committee on class officers reported to the Student' Council meeting Wednesday that it could find no reason to rein state class officers at the Univer-lity. The committee reported that fter investigating the advisabil ity of having class officers, they found no function for such a group. Andy Hove, reporting for the committee, said that class of ficers would have a purpose only if there were a seniors' day in the spring, or a freshman tug-of-war In the fall. " Ag YMCA Announces Exec Slate Russel Lang and Marvin Coffey have been nominated for the pres idency of Ag YMCA. The runner- up of the election, to be held Jan. , will serve as first vice-president. Nominated for second vice-pres ident are Mark Clark and Bill Reed; secretary, John Burbank and Shad Gager; treasurer, Lonnie Wrasse and Kay Knudson, and dis trict representative, Benny Carter and Bob Lubruska. Russel Lang, a junior, belongs to the 4 H Club and First Methodist Youth Group. Marvin Coffey, a junior in Farm House,' is a mem ber of the Agronomy Club, Alpha Zeta and Ag Interdenominational Youth Fellowship. Mark Clark belongs to the 4-H Club, Square Dance Club, Union, Voc Ag Association and is a sopho more in Alpha Gamma Rho. Bill Reed, sophomore in Alpha Gamma Sigma, is a member of the Block nd Bridle Club. John Burbank. soDhomore. is in the Dairy Club, Ag Interdenomi national Youth Fellowship and a member of Farm House. Shad Gager is in Ae Men's Club. Agronomy Club. As Religious Coun cil and an active member in War fen Methodist Church. Lonnie Wrasse, junior in Alpha Gamma Sigma, belongs to the 4-H Club and Aeronomv Club. Kav Knudson is in the Block and Bridle Club, Pershing Rifles, Lutheran Stu felt Association and Alpha Gamma Sigma. , A freshman in Alnhn Hamma too, Benny Carter belohgs to Build: s, 4-H Club and Ag Interdeonm inational Youth Fellowship. Bob Lubruska belongs to Agronomy Ciub and is a freshman in Alpha Gamma Sigma. The polls will be open from 8 ' m. to 6 p.m. Jan, 6. Only mem hers of Ag YMCA may vote. Hove stated that the committee felt that the election of class offi cers was rightfully discontinued and should not be reinstated. This decision was the result of consid eration of University faculty opin ion and the situation of class offi cers at other universities. Loss Of Tradition The class officer committee re ported to the Council that faculty opinion was that there would be no purpose for class officers on this campus since existing organ izations can handle any tasks which might be done by class of ficers. Some faculty members also felt that additional activities might work toward the detriment of student scholarship. Som? fac ulty members also felt, however, that elimination of class officers would mean the loss of some of the University's tradition. Other Schools Contacted The committee also contacted several Big Seven and Big Ten schools concerning class officers and found that many of those schools contacted either had no class officers or are in the process of eliminating them. The special class officers com mittee, selected by the Student Council, was composed of Phil Visek, Marv Stromer, Len Barked, Tish Lowe, Sis Matzke, Marianne Hansen, v Wade Dorland, Arley Waldo and Andy Hove. The Council also voted to pass a resolution by Muriel Pickett to set up a special committee composed of interested students to study the adbisability of sponsoring a spring event comparable to Colorado's CU Days. s.wmrw:: J if v V nfTHv- j inn i iii ..iiiiiiir irm-irTT- '' 1 1 1 &&fa4'- Courtesy Lincoln Star - IFG Orphans1 Party A Christmas party which fea. dren, from Whitehall Orphanage, tured a i chili feed, entertainment Members of interfraternity Santa Claus and gifts was held Wednesday in the Union Ball- Council sponsored the party, and room for approximately 83 chil- Bruce Martin acted as Santa. Gather Round, Children Correction It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's Social Column that Hie Smith was pinned to Walter Gerlach, Phi Gamma Delta. Circle K Club Collects Toys For Children The University Circle K Club, student organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, collected dis carded toys this week for homeless children. A one and a half ton truck was filled with the toys which included small parlor games, bicycles and wagons. The Lincoln Air Force Base Fire Department will recon dition the toys and distribute them to local orphanages. Dr. C. M. Elliot, professor of economics and insurance, is the University sponsor of the organi zation. Col. Francis F. Greenlief of the National Guard is the Ki wanis sponsor. Jim Collman, Circle K president, said that he is looking forward to an "eventful year." He said that the club was planning an ice cream social, Jan. 5, at the home of Lou Kallar, 714 So. 17th. All male stu dents are invited to attend. You Might Disagree, But Jhete h A Santa Claus Through the stillness of the snow drifted night comes a tiny, merry sound. Soft and high at first, it sounds like the chuckling of the wind, until it comes closer and be comes more distinct, and a sound of tapping as from tiny hoofs is heard on the shingles. Not everyone can hear this merry, jingling sound; perhaps it is only the wind through the trees. But children can hear it, even if grownups cannot. It is the sound of Santa Claus and his reindeer and his sleigh. , Santa Claus is strictly American, like baseball. Like baseball, he derived himself from customs and traditions brought over from Eu rope by his ancestors. In Europe it is Saint Nicholas and cricket; in American it is Santa, Claus and baseball. Popular Saint Saint Nicholas is a popular saint. He is revered by both the Greeks and the Latins on December 6. Belonging to the fourth century of the Christian " era, he was a native of the city of Patara, in Lycia, Asia Minor. Saint Nicholas has always been a very busy figure. He is the pa tron saint of Russia, the patron of robbers, special guardian of vir gins, children and sailors and the protector of scholars. He is also New Year's Trqditions first footfall Jells House! To most people, New Year's ve consists of four loud chourses Auld Lang Syne sung in shaky wmony; enthusiastic shouts of PPy New Year" and a clap .th- back to friends, foes small cludren, and muzzled dors; ?"d any toasts sprinkled liberally "oughout the evening to Baby Ae Year and Father Time. Along with these customs is the adition of making resolutions, wji occasionally some I'm-go-6 to - turn - over - a - new -Person actually makes These solutions seldom go beyond the paPer stage. In other days and other countries re were other traditions that followed on New Year's Eve. ere are some relatively unknown stoms and sundries that were "ce associated with the liiot day year. In , Germany ead was melted in a spoon over a candle and thrown intd water. From the dif ferent formations of the lead, omens were drawn. In Lithuania various symbolic objects formed of dough were baked and laid un der platters. Each person would then take up three and whatever he chose was symbolic of his future for the year. Two olive leaves representing a pair of lovers were laid on cinders in Greece. As these curled, ap proached, recoiled or flamed up, so would be the result of the courtship. This may be much more effective than twisting a straw or plucking petals from a daisy. Another custom was the "first foot" tradition. It is based on the belief that the character of the bid's f uture first visitor on New Year's Day effects the welfare of the house hold during the year. This super stition was found in many coun tries. In England the mort important prnciple was that if luck was to ppst nn n house, the "first foot" must, not be a woman. To avoid ; unlucky accidents, people would j often engage a boy or man toj mnkp nn pnrlv call. i For good fortune to prevail throughout the yar, there were other qualifications and limitations in some places. The "first foot" would not only have to be a man or boy, but it was necessary for him to be dark-haired. In Nor thumberland the man could not be flat-footed. What luck there is in the first footfall of a size 12 boot is hard to understand. known as the patron of pawn brokers, through no fault of his. Because he once made gifts of gold to a man to provide dowries for his daughters. Saint Nicholas started the idea of giving presents in secret. A legend attributing him with miraculously restoring the lives of the three boys killed by an irate innkeeper, Saint Nicholas has been deemed the patron of chil dren. For a long time, the celebration of Saint Nicholas Day was import ant in the Low Countries and the Rhine provinces. Growing concen tration on Christmas Day and the Christmas tree have caused Saint Nicholas to be absorbed into Christmas celebrations. Drops Gifts Down Chimneys In Europe he visits houses on Christmas Eve, dropping gifts down the chimney much like our own Santa Claus. Children place their shoes, stockings and baskets under the chimney to catch rJre gifts being dropped down. He is reputed to ride a white donkey or a gray horse. The children put out hay ahd water for his steeds, receiving candy in return. The Dutch brought the Saint Nicholas customs to New York from where they spread across the country. Santa Claus is a corrup tion of the Dutch "San Nikolass." Santa has since spread back across the Atlantic to England, down to India, and across the jungles into Australia, where he is as popular as in the United States. Santa has become immortal through the famous poem, "The Night Before Christmas," by Cle ment C. Moore, which makes him a jolly old elf "Saint Nick," who rides "in a miniature sleigh drawn by eight tiny reindeer" a far cry from a gray horse and a white ass. So, on the night before Christ mas, countless tiny ears will be glued to the chimney, vaiting for a tiny, ageless sound of sleigh bells. Four-Piece- Combo iryb eclc To ruin Jam. 11 Dave Brubeck and his Combo will give a two-perform-1 ance iazz concert in the Union Ballroom Jan. 18 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Brubeck, considered by jazz masters as "the most exciting new jazz artist at work today," is now in the midst of a nation-wide tour including numerous college beck's quartet had its start on campuses. , The combo includes Brubeck at the piano, Paul Desmond with the alto saxophone, drummer Joe Dodge and Bob Bates with the bass. Introducing what many acclaim to be a new kind of jazz, Bru- Honors Convo To Recognize Total Average Cumulated grade rages will be used as the basis it lass Hon or Lists in the Honors Convocation program instead of the present sys tem of counting only two-semester averages. The University Faculty Senate voted to honor seniors whose cum ulated averages place them in the upper 3 per cent of their respective colleges and those whose averages place them in the upper 10 per cent of each college class. This present system is a two semester sampling of the total achievement of the student while the new plan will recognize high achievement resulting from sus tained effort. The adopted device is consistent with the present practice determ ining graduation with distinction. It is also used by the scholastic honorary societies as the basis for eligibility for membership. the West Coast. It has now grown to nation-wide jazz appeal, espec ially on college campuses. He has played at Zardi's in Los Angeles, Boston's Storyville and Manhattan's Basin Street and recently gave a concert in Carnegie Hall. 'Tremendous Drive' Brubeck has developed "a kind of teamwork which is without par allel in the entire field of music," said jazz expert George Avakian. His music has "tremendous drive and surprising warmth," acclaimed critic John Hammond. Brubeck thinks his technique is getting smoother all the time. "Everything we play is superim posed on the tune, and each chor us is superimposed on the one be fore it." Saxophonist Desmond says, "The melody is just a vehicle. It's like an old Ford with a new Cadillac motor put in." Wins Polls Brubeck's popularity was given a large boost last year when he placed first in both the popularity BRUBECK poll and the critic's poll sponsored by Down Beat, national jazz maga zine. He also won Mentroncne magazine's "All-Star" poll. Starting his musical career as a college jazz pianist, Brubeck at first planned to be a veterinarian and help his father in the ranching business. He couldn't "keep himself away from music, he says. Contemplating current trends, Brubeck thinks that jazz reflects the American scene. It is tre mendously complex, but it is free. He and his combo keep playing their "new style" never playing a tune the same way twice, but relying on melodious and rhythmic effects. Kappa Epsilon Kappa Epsilon, professional fra ternity for women in pharmacy, recently pledged three women at a meeting attended by two national officers. New members are Karen Green lee, freshman; Kathleen McCul lough, senior, and Barbara Shull, freshman. President of the Uni versity chapter is Jo Heelan, junior. NU Professor Asked To Join London Club Pro"essor kobert P. Crawford's book "Techniques of Creative Thinking" has brought him an in vitation to become a member of The London Author's Club. The club, founded in 1891 by the Victorian novelist Sir Walter Be sant, has had as early members Conan Doyle, Jerome K. Jerome, Hall Caine, Henry Harland, Mor ley Roberts and Anthony Hope. Crawford received a request from the Copenhagen Graduate Business School for further infor mation on creative thinking. "I am organizing and leading all over Scandinavia management confer ences which are based more or less on the subject of idea organi zation," Palle Hansen, director of this conference, wrote. j Press Impartiality Biumberg Tells Danger Of Pre-Election Polls Six ways newspaper coverage of political campaigns can be made more objective were outlined by Dr. Nathan B. Biumberg, assistant pro fessor of journalism at a Grinnell College convocation in Iowa re cently. The United Press sent the re lease on its national wire to news papers throughout the country. Lowell Thomas, national newscas ter, commented on Dr. Blumberg's suggestion for improving the im partiality of the press by con sidering the value of pre-election polls. Dr. Biumberg said these polls in the pasl have been "worthless" but now have become dangerous as potential oolitical weapons. The record of pollsters forecasting elec tion results "is so ludicrously bad" it is a wonder anyone takes the seriously, he said. Another suggestion offered by Dr. Biumberg was that every news' paper should assess its news pre sentation every day, both before and after publication. He said "newspapers which employed con scious devices' of shared display and relatively equal space received less criticism from their readers." Newspapers need a more balance photo coverage, Dr. Biumberg said. He also suggested the press open its columns to candidates or their spokesmen, giving them equal op portunity to express their views on current issues in special pub lic service series. Editorial cartoons on the front page of newspapers tend to cause readers to suspect the impartiality of the paper, Dr. Biumberg main tained. Dr. Biumberg based his con clusions on a study of press per formance during the 1952 political campaign contained in his newly published book, "One Party i Press?" and on a forthcoming article on the usefulness of pre election polls. . imnini uilimtMMWU i u it i ' 1 h. -, ' 'if I f .v.wJ'-v . " " i - v ' -. 1 .11' See You Next Year Gathered around a Christmas tree perched atop the copy desk in the Nebraskan office are members of the Cornhusker and Nebraskan stsufs. Journalism was forgotten Wednesday after noon as the staffs combined to throw their annual Christmas party and celebrate the close of another year. Orange Bowl Bets Placed By NU Frats Several fraternities on the Ne braska campus have received challenges from their chapters at Duke University concerning the outcome of the Orange Bowl game. Zeta Beta Tau has wagered bearskin that Big Red will win. No points were given. If Duke wins by 14 or more points, the Nebraska Sigma Nus will forfeit a cowhide. A letter received from the Duke Theta Chis stated that Nebraska chapter "may as well send the skin now." The Nebraska chap ter replied that they "scoffed at any early shipment of the skin." Kappa Sigma has bet a chamois skin on the game which is a tradi tion with the fraternity. Pi Kappa Phi has bet a banner with their Duke chapter. Bill Campbell, president of Phi Gamma Delta, said that he knew of one person who was anxious to bet on the game. The -dean of men at Duke, whom Campbell met during the Interfraternity Council convention in Philadelphia, is will ing to give 40 points to any takers. . Phi Kappa Psi received a chal lenge from their Duke chapter, asking them to bet a chamois skin. The Phi Psis accepted the bet and stand ready to collect, according to Joe Smith, Phi Psi president.