The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 05, 1955, Page Page 2, Image 2
Page 2 Editorial Comment Lincoln, Nebraska Wednesday, January 5, 1955 Humor, Magazine Style Tuesday's Nebraskan carried a small, but front page story about an organizational meet ing for what is to be a "new humor" maga zine for the University campus. From what seems to be a small beginning great things may grow; on the other hand, nothing may grow except another illustrated trash pile. However, this organization, or more aptly, re-organization, if properly handled, can offer this University student body something badly needed. The Nebraskan and Cornhusker supply services common to student needs of being in formed on the day-to-day level and an over all view of the happenings throughout a year. With both these publications, humor, a definite human (even student) need is of secondary im portance. In short, the student body should have access to a publication in which humor is the primary consideration. However, this "necessity of humor" if you will, presents a problem in itself. Other maga sines, i.e. "Cornshucks" and "Agwan" did not present good humor, except in highly isolated spots during their respective lifetimes. Purely humorous stories, satires and cartoons took a back seat position to purely vulgar "articles." Jokes vied with each other for smuttiness. To put it bluntly, the past editors of humor maga zines were generally too lazy or too lacking in ability to put together anything more than a collection of vulgar presentations. Not vulgar in the stuffy sense of the word, but in the disgusting. t This past type of "humor" was coldly re ceived, believe it or not, by the student body. Contrary to popular belief, both publications died, not by administrative order, but through that old bug-a-boo of all student publications, money. These publications did not have sufficient financial power to continue their operations for two definite reasons: 1. Inability of staff members to sell their publication to the student body 2. Inability of staff members to sell ad vertising (the life blood of commercial publi cations) to campus or city organizations. These two reasons are not the entire reason for the "Agwan" demise, but were contributing fac tors to its being discontinued during WW II. They are the reasons for the failure of "Corn shucks." True enough, "Cornshucks" lost considerable amounts of cash only on some issues. These is sues were the ones that followed editions so vulgar as to bring on a "clean up or clear out" order by the administration. In the main, students showed very little interest in support ing such a magazine. Organized houses bought only a few copies for their entire membership. Many Independent students considered the maga zine a Greek publication and ignored it at . least to the point of not contributing to "Corn shucks" financial strength. These facts may only bounce off the die hard believers that our administration won't allow students to have a humor magazine. These same "believers" will point to the recent Colo rado "Flatiron" incident as an example that university administrations have but one pur pose, that of making student life as miserable as possible for as long as possible. Again, the facts do not support such a stand. The "Flat iron" was banned by a student organization, not the Colorado University administration. That publication was banned because it did not in spire student writing, not because it was "dirty," or vulgar, or obscene. The real trouble then, in having what so many vocal students say the student body wants is not with gaining administrative permission to print and publish, but with gaining -and main taining student support. Though The Nebraskan may seem ridiculous for encouraging a project which might well result in serious competition for student reader ship, it does offer encouragement and support to a magazine that will satisfy student de mand and interest. However, The Nebraskan will not support an other "Cornshucks" unless such a publication contains what it purports to. The student body will not support a publication existing in the name of humor, unless the student scene has changed from what it was to a group that can read humor into vulgarity, support obscenity and enjoy trash. A humor magazine offers endless possibilities for many students. There are literally hun dreds of things that go into making up stu dent, faculty and administrative life that can be spoofed. Writers could have a field day with their friends, their instructors, their classes. Cartoonists, illustrators and pure artists could find valuable channels of displaying their tal ents. Students with a talent for handling money could gain valuable experience in selling ad vertising or managing the income from it. In the final analysis, no student organization can last without the continued support of a significant portion of the student body. With out it, these groups find themselves without function; without it, our humor magazine will wind up moneyless, obscene and very dead. T. W. Oh Iw Dav. La La M M Dear old fraternity, how I love you. Etc., etc. to the rules, on the basis that the rule might These words or others similar may be ringing discriminate against a certain group, then the through campus come next Ivy Day and the objection is justified. But as far as The Ne- Inter-fraternity Sing contests. braskan can see, this is the only case when According to the new Kosmet Klub rules, , an objection might be taken as more than only fraternity songs' will be permitted this just the usual gripes and groans, year as entries for competition. And according xhe fraternities have objected to the lack to many fraternity members the new rule is of musical literature in the field of fraternity quite disturbing, so much so that rumor has music. If one were to make a quick survey of it the objection is so strong that perhaps some fraternity songs, they are mostly old familiar fraternities or all fraternities will not com- (unes wit, fraternity words submitted for the P68- original lyrics. Granted there are a few, and In a letterip to The Nebraskan the main just a few, fraternity songs which were written objection by one fraternity members was that- specifically for a fraternity, music and words the rule limits the choral literature to which both. The Sigma Chi Sweetheart song is a a singing group may refer when choosing, a . good example of this. But of the fraternity and eong worthy of competition. It was pointed out -. sorority songs which Greeks sing in praise of that today's composers give very little, if their organization, they are plagarized ver- any, of their efforts to tunes and lyrics ex- sions 0f 0id hit tunes equipped with appropriate pounding on the virtues and brotherhood of a words. Greek organization. Therefore, the objectors t ... , . . . . . . i i t i The trouble with singing fraternity songs in claim, the limiting rule is unfair to the frater- - . . . 6 . . , ' , . j- n. t i i it. vn i tne Ivy Dfly Sing is that probably no fraternity nities in that it gives them little musical reper- ,, . V . . u. . . . v j i., .4. . . . a wlU take the time and trouble to simply find toire of quality and originality with which to ,j . .-, . , . work ' 6 w an already-arranged musical masterpiece and , rewrite the words to fit the fraternity theme. It is simple to do. But would any fraternity Kosmet Klub on the other hand has specifi- member take the time and interest to do this cally .stated that the new ruling Is not perma- in view of the new nli or will just g0 a,ong nent but will apply only to this spring's con- with the meager fraternity repertoire he has test. The ruling was made as an attempt to on hand and gripe "try something new" this year and the Klub . . . . . . felt that in order to make the contest a bit dif- " f08"? K1cub had twantedt? ake ferent from past competitions a change some- thIvvy Day ,Smg mula mg affair they where in the Sing rules or procedures was 'u '"m beuonginal needed. So Kosmet Klub decided that if the ratermty bJ fraternity mem singing groups would all sing fraternity songs " members. This at Nebraska would tru y the contest might take on a novel aspect, in b dePart"re rom th crll,ye stagnancy into other words, get away from the dullness of wh,ch m0st StudentS have fallen' year after year of the same conglomeration of ic musical selections. Most students pride themselves as doing their In addition Kosmet Klub, after pondering best to bring Nebraska up to the standards of various solutions to the problems of excessive other universities in the Midwest. Some main expense by fraternities for costumes, decided tain the University is head and shoulders above to rule that no cotums would be allowed. The the neighboring schools. But as far as creative Klub provided that no fraternity may build its incentive goes among the general run of rtu selection around a soloist. And if the Sing is dents they would rather be handed the fin to be an Inter-fraternity Sing, the appropriate ished product in a silver platter than songs with which to compete would be frater- work to create their own. This is true of nity songs. This in itself would eliminate the fraternity songs. Many have been sent to local need for costumes which in the past have gone fraternities by other chapters in the country, hand in hand with non-fraternity songs. The Someone else took the time and trouble to whole Kosmet Klub decision was meant to bet- write out new lyrics to a good sing for old ter facilitate the fraternities and encourage Zeta Zeta Zeta. them to spend mora time on the actual music Many universities as large as NU present an instead of costumes and reliance on soloists. It original production each spring-written, corn would seem that Kosmet Klub really concerned posed, directed, produced and acted by tu lUelf with the quality of the singing rather dents. But not NU. than the quantity of expensive costumes. If the new Kosmet Klub ruling on fraternity ongs for Ivy Day Sing competition could be Traditionally, Kosmet Hub has sponsored the accepted as a challenge and not as an at- Ivy Day Inter-fraternity sing. It has set up the tempt to abuse the fraternities, perhaps a new qualifications, basis for Judging, secured judges trend in originality could be instituted at the and done a fine job of organizing. As long as University. The Nebraskan sincerely hopes that the Klub is sponsoring the contest then it is free Kosmet Klub had this in mind when they to make the rules and if there are objections passed the rule in the first place. J. H. " Jim ThbMAkaiv FIFTY-SECOND TEAR ' . Votmnm a October I. lilt, aetborliee Member; Associated Collegiate Press EDITORIAL STAFF Intercollegiate Press Kdwor. . .... .. t,m wvar Erpreseatative: Nsiional Advertising Service, mISkZ!. JJli Incorporated . Nwi Wdor ' Mtrlanae Uumn Copy Editor Bruce Sramm, Dtck Fellman, Ths Htmtm m nibtlofced fcr atarfaerte at" Ik Cat- ' Sua Jeaaea, Marilyn Mitchell aw t ft at axpreuMne at etaaeatr am ana eaerte Edtfoe Rowar van aal. Acrer"Mi to Ankle II of tin Br-Unit Feature Mltar Orer Harvey rm..iw piibiM-Mlom ho admlnlttered r the Ar, Editor Gary BarehfleM f nBr ' "". h tfca aertred poller al the Mfht Edltor Dlek Feilmaa food i 4 iwiiuiiHHn a4er rtt tanxiictioa thall be vrnniTCRS - from ari'.orul ttniemev the pert of the Board. W,rUKir.9 e? toe 01 at - ateoitMt of Ike fscaltr e the Beeon? Deepe, Fred Daly, Joanna fntt, Babe Jetrer- l -, bnt the PKXn of the tuff of lit Nebratfcaa h". Borer tfrnkle, Udfnee Swifter, Julie Marr, Harb are prpiiir rvwtmm for what the? tat or da or Sharp, J pre UeVIIMaa, Barbara Sullivan. Eleanor Plfer, Ca to he oriiiud." lrr Voltke, Conine Ekitmm, Fraa Belttorff, Judr H-h- relet irt II I temerter, S2.50 Balled at ?"'. " Warloekl, Ulllan Hateoolldr. Annetla Nlcae, 1 , ru!r, i nailed, bioefe eopf &. Pah- Connwi Hnrtt, Rath Roeenanlet. Pat Biw Marten I i i . --i a week dnrma the erbnol rear eteept Santta, Jena John ton, Kar Law ton. - a 1 r -rp!nattoe pertoflt. Uae lieoe a) pnhluhed nftcrvfco CTAOTP . , .,.,.( t. ue UaHemuy at Nebraska ander the v euaimtsa OlATf ...,. iua of the t'ommKiee e Student PeHiirntloni. BntlneJt Manarer Chet Pinter 1 ..-.'J ar eerond natter at the Ptwt imice la Ait'l Ketlaeai Maaaatra. ..... Bra Belmont, Barbara Eicke, J ..i..n. Krhrm, aBsei ma ot Conema, plarefe . ". Uoorf Madtea Andy Hove b.d U wpf.iai it at pottan pniTMed tot la Section ClreHatloa Manacet eU MlUei linn man on campus by Dick Bible Jest Jestin' University Won't Supply Seer For Bust In Spring By JESS BOWNELL The other day I picked up a re cent edition of a large national magazine, thereby leaving , myself open to one of the most harrowing experiences of my life, an experi ence from which I may not recov er. I shall not disclose the name of this magazine, but spelled back ward it is the name of an equally popular cigarette, whose manu facturers are continually urging people to break the hot cigarette habit. As I leafed through the maga zine, I discovered that it was filled with predictions for 1955. I was momentarily horrified, but some thing compelled me to begin read ing. I had read nearly half the predictions when my hand began to swim and spots appeared be fore my tired eyes. When I re covered consciousness, I was in my bed, mumbling such meaningless sentences as, "The Yankees and the Braves will live in peaceful co existence," and "Joe McCarthy will be the most dynamic screen personality since Brando." I am better now, and my doctor tells me that if I read no more predictions, I have a good chance to recover. I fear that I shall not be strong enough to stay away from that magazine. But before I go, I must fulfill a last desire. I must make some predictions of my own. There won't be many, for my strength is slipping fast away. Look out, here they come!- The University will not provide free beer for a week-long party in the spring, even at the risk of hav ing pent-up emotions explode into another riot. . The University of Nebraska foot ball team will not play at Colo rado, but a few hardy individuals will go there anyway. Manufacturers of beer mugs will continue to make handles that are either too big or too little for the average hand to fit comfortably. Students will not flock to Love Library on Sunday afternoons, even if it is open. Several thousand students will attempt to schedule more than three-fifths of their class hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and some will succeed. I wish I could go on, but I feel that magazine calling me, and I'm too weak to resist. It may cost me my life, but if it doesn't, I'll know all. Copped Copy CBS TV Crew Visits Colorado Mines School By JANCY CARMAN A six-man production crew from CBS Television headquarters in New York City recently visited the Colorado School of Mines, shooting scenes on uranium re search at the college. Films will be part of "The Search," CBS Television's major documentary effort for 1954-55. . A group of mathematicians have finished a new test that may start a radical revision of freshman mathematics courses in the na tion's colleges and universities. Dr. G. Baley Price, chairman of the mathematics department at the University of Kansas and one of the authors, denies that "Univer sal Mathematics" is radically new, however. Freshman mathematics courses at most schools consist of algebra, trigonometry and analytic geom etry. The new text, designed for two semesters of three credit hours each, reduces the emphasis on trigonometry and analytics. Added are an introduction to cal culus, traditionally untouched un til the sophomore year, and many other new topics. Something new has been added to the Riverside campus of the University of California students. For nearly a half century, the home of the world-famed Citrus Experiment Station, the southern campus has rarely had more than one or two students (and those graduates) at a time. Now, 126 undergraduates are hurrying along newly-paved walks connecting five modern buildings . . . and hurry they must. They are the charter student body of the first completely new four-year col lege in the history of the Univer sity of California (even the Berkeley campus was started with students and faculty from the pri vate Contra Costa academy.) In addition to meeting the stiff requirements of a curriculum de signed to educate as well as graduate, these busy pioneers have the responsibilities of select ing a school mascot, starting a student newspaper, organizing an Associated Student Body, writing school songs and, above all, es tablishing traditions. USE DAILY NEBRASKAN tfla&Aitfkd (Ma. To place a classified ad Stop in the Business Office Room 20 Student Union Call 2-7631 Ext. 4226 for Q.isU fied Service) Hours 1-4:30 Afofl. thru Fri. 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In a downtown department store yesterday, one rather rotund lady was insisting to a harrassed clerk that the size 16 skirt she had re ceived from her husband was ab solutely too large and the size 12 would be much better. "I've never been so insulted," she said to the saleslady. "To think that John believes I take a size 16!" The fact that the skirt in size 12 formed horizontal pleats which weren't part of the design ot tne stun failed to convince her that John wasn't so dumb after all. I talked t- a lingerie clerk who was fuming about the opposite type of male from our fat friend s husband. ' She said she couldn't understand why husbands come into the store and buy a size 12 for their size 40 wives. "We have more wives sneak back in here with their Christmas eifts of nishteowns and sav 'Can't you find . me one just like this in two sizes larger? George will never know the difference.' " The clerks also comDlain about the sweet young things who want to return scarves and jewelry and won't bring the saleslips in be cause they are afraid of hurting their boyfriends' feelings. Salesladies have hundreds of other pet peeves too. One Is the coed who didn't exchange her mother's Christmas present until May. "I just had too many things to do," was the lame explanation. Of course, there really are some legitimate exchanges. For ex ample, the distinguished looking business man who came into the mens' department with one of those rather fluoresent orange shirts. He asked the clerk if ha couldn't get it in a quieter color. Most of the gift exchanging racket could be avoided if people would just think to ask a person's size before ihey buy them a gift or if they weren't so choosy about the things they receive. Next year before you buy your Christmas gifts, think of the tired salesclerks who may have to ex change the purple and orange shirt you buy for your favorite beau or the pink cashmere you fellas give your girl when she already has three pink sweaters. We all should make a New Year's resolution when buying our presents next year to take into consideration the person's per sonality and his tastes. When you walk up to a counter next year, forget the people pushing you and stepping on your toes, take a deep breath, look at the orange shirts and say, "I'll take a gray one, please." HALF-PRICE SALE MaBaBBBBBaaaaaaaaaat-aBBBaaa-aaBBBBB Stationery And Notes Goldenrod Stationery Store 215 North 14th Tfi (AutKor of "Bartfoot Bo With Ckek," to.) For Rent: 1909 F. 1 sleeping room. Twin bed. Shower. Ample parking '' 1-2 gentlemen. 3-4040 or 7-K165. CLOTHES MAKE THE BMOC A few weeks ago I discussed fashions for coeds. I pointed out then that any girl who really wanted to go places on campus had to be bold and ingenious when it came to clothes. This is no less trua for the male student. Believe me, men, youH never get anywhere if you keep skulking around in those old plus-fours. What you need is some dash, soma verve, some inventiveness in your apparel. Don't be imprisoned by the traditional conservatism of men's clothing. Brighten up your appearance with a single earring, or a cavalry sabre, or a gold derby. However, guard against gaudiness. If, for instance, you are wear ing a gold derby, do not also wear a cavalry sabre. This is too much. Wear a dagger instead, or,' for informal occasions, a Bowie knife. (Speaking of Bowie knives, I wonder how many of you know what a great debt this country indeed, the whole world owes to the West Point class of 1836? You all know, of course, that Colonel James Bowie of the Class of 1836 invented the Bowie knife, but do you know of the many other important contributions to cutlery that were made by classmates of Colonel Bowie's? Are you aware, for example, that Colonel Harry Clasp invented the Clasp knife? Or that Colonel Harry Jack invented the Jack knife? Or that Colonel Harry Putty invented the Putty knife? Or that Colonel Harry Cannon invented the towel? By a curious coincidence, every member of the graduating class at the U. S. Military Academy in 1836 was named Harry, save for Colonel James Bowie. This coincidence is believed unique in the history of American education, though, of course, quite common in Europe.) But i digress. We were talking about men's campus fashions. Let us turn now to a persistent rumor that a garment called the "suit' is on the verge of making a comeback. Some of you older students may remember the "suit." It was an ensemble consisting of a jacket and trousers, both of which this'U kill you both of which were made out of the same material! The last "suit" ever seen on an American campus was in 1941 and I ought to know, because I was wearing it. Ah, 19411 Well do I remember that melancholy year. I was an undergraduate then and in love hopelessly in love, caught in the riptide of a reckless romance with a beauteous statistics major named Harry Sigafoos. (She is one of the two girls I have ever known named Harry. The other one is her sister.) I loved Harry though she was far too expensive a girl for me. She like d to eat at fancy restaurants and dance at costly ballrooms and ride in high priced cars. But worst of all, she was mad for wishing wells. It was not unusual for her to drop coins into a wishing well for two or three hours on end. My coins. Bit by bit I sold off my belongings to pursue this insane courtship first my books, then my clothes, until finally I was left with nothing to wear but a "suit." One night I came calling for her in this garment. "What is that?" she gasped, her lip curling in horror. "That is a 'suit' " I mumbled, averting my eyes. "Well, I can't be seen around campus with you in that," said she. "Please, Harry," I begged. "It's all I've got." "I'm sorry," she said firmly and slammed the door. I slunk home and lit a Philip Morris and sat down to think. I always 1 light a Philip Morris when I sit down to think, for their mild vintage tobacco is a great aid to cerebration. I always light Philip Morrises when I don't sit down to think too, because Philip Morris is my favorite cigarette, and I know it will be yours too once you try that crazy vintage tobacco. Well sir, smoking and thinking thus, my eye happened to fall on an ad in the campus newspaper. "WIN A COMPLETE WARD-, ROBE" said the ad. "Touhy's Toggery, the campus's leading men's store, announces a contest to pick the best dressed man on campus. The winner of the contest will receive, absolutely free, a blue hound's tooth jacket, a yellow button-down shirt, a black knit tie, a tattersali vest, gray flannel trousers, argyle socks, and white buck shoes with two inch crepe soles." My mouth watered at the thought of such a splendid wardrobe, . but how could anybody possibly pick me as the best dressed man on campus -me in my "suit"? Suddenly an inspiration struck me. I seized pen in hand and wrot a letter to the editor of the campus newspaper: "Dear Sir, I see by the paper that Touhy's Toggery is going to give a complete wardrobe to the student picked as the best dressed man on campus. What a ridiculous idea! "Obviously, to be the best dressed man on campus, you must first have a lot of clothes. And if you have a lot of clothes, what do you need with another wardrobe? "Touhy's Toggery should give a new wardrobe to the worst dressed man on campus. Me, for instance. I am an eyesore. There isn't a crow in town that will come near me. Three times this month the Salvation Army salvage truck has picked me up. Esquire has cancelled my subscription. "I submit that a vote for me is a vote for reason, a vote for equity, in short, a vote for the American way." With a flourish, I signed the letter and sent it off, somehow feelin certain that very soon I would be wearing a complete new wardrobe. And I was right - because two weeks later I was drafted. f CMn BhulOMB, MS This column x brought to you hy the makers of PHILIP MORRIS who think you would enjoy their cigarette.