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    Tuesday, January 11, 1955 "
Page 2
Lincoln,' Nebraska
Editorial Comment
Givin' 'Em Ell
oy Dick Bibler
W, i
iusf An Opinion
At the beginning of a new year it is appro
priate and customary to take a quick glance
backwards to the happenings of the past year.
. There are many world events one may focus
his attention upon as a high spot or low point
in 1954, but because' the University happenings
are more proximate students may more readily
turn to the campus for their speculations of
tha past.
The Nebraskan would also like to look back
but with a point to be made.
Controversies are the meat of action, reac
tion and student participation. One of the first
controversies this semester was the dating situ
ation or attitude of campus males toward Uni
versity coeds dating men at the Air Force
Base. Opinions were expressed, the matter dis
cussedand the result no great problem was
involved after all and the cloud of controversy
Another controversy arose when several small
college presidents in Nebraska announced they
would not allow the national debate topic to
be debated by their students. Arguments pro
and con raged for several weeks, not only in
the local newspapers but in The Nebraskan
and in student groups on campus.
The Administration's announcement of its
drinking policy or the specific notation that
it would enforce more actively its former drink
ing policy led to many heated arguments
which are still going on. Students are discuss
ing the administrative move, some favoring the
enforcement steps while others vehemently op
pose it.
The controversy over the Honorary Command
ant elections came up before the campus for
debate. Student Council's delayed action drew
much criticism as did the COA for laxity in
obeying election rules. Students waited an
xiously for the final decision of the faculty
committee to which the COA appealed its case
and were relieved when the committee par
tially validated the elections.
From all the controversies which have arisen
this semester there is one outstanding element
present in each. It should be apparent to all
who take the trouble to do a double take. In
each situation students, whether members of
a specific organization or group,were involved
in the discussion, action taken and the final
solution. Each time students express their opin
ions openly and often on a certain issue they
are practicing their rights as individuals in
a free society.
The validity of criticism Is not concerned
until proved- or disproved by the natural working-out
processes but what is important is that
students do express themselves on an issue
and in doing so practice that which is a basic
fundamental of democracy freedom of speech.
The controversies themselves arise from dif
ferences' of opinion-otherwise they would not
be controversies. Therefore, in creating justi
fiable controversies students are learning, al
though unaware of the fact, the art of self
government and the advantages of checks and
balances which, in later years, may stand the
test when applied to national and international
issues. J. H.
Power Of Progress
Because they do not sell flowers, sponsor
dances or have busy-work, typing committees
Borne students thought in the past that Student
fCouncil members "don't do anything." This,
fall, the Council has been too active, according
to some individuals and organizations who think
their freedom is endangered. Since the Student
Activities Committee announced this fall its
plan to investigate major organizations, point
systems and scholarship requirements for ac
tivities, some students say this committee has
not done anything because it has not given any
, opinion or recommended any plan. Probably
due to false information and twisting of the
Council's discussions, others have raised the
cry that the Council is attempting to usurp
the power of activity organizations.
In the first place, the Activities Committee
is doing something. Its members are con
ducting an intensive survey of student and
faculty opinions concerning major organiza
tions. Some of the questions are: "Are activi
ties over-emphasized?" "Should there be a
scholastic requirement for holding offices and
chairmanships?" "Should a student be. allowed
to hold presidencies in more than one major
It is true that the Committee has not ex
pressed any opinion or made any formal recom
mendation to the Council. This is simply be
cause the survey is not yet complete enough .
to be a fair representation of student and
faculty opinion. The Activities Committee re
alizes that it cannot jump to any solution until
it has discovered the full scope of whatever
problem may exist in the activities-scholarship
In the second place, those who claim that
the Council is striving for more power appar
ently are ignorant of that organization's pur
pose and function. Contrary to the disinter
ested opinion of most students, the Student
Council is not an activity. It may not have a
treasury for the sponsorship of dances and
musical revues, but it does have legislative,
judicial and administrative functions. It works
with the student body and the University ad
ministration to attempt to solve any problem
which exists on campus. These problems can
be in any field, ranging from parking space
to liquor laws, from elections to organizations.
The Council's purpose and only desire is to
legislate where legislation is necessary, to judge
where judgment is necessary and to administer
legislation in those fields which no other or
ganization touches.
Still more important for students' knowledge
is that the Council represents them and their
various campus groups. The representatives
of the various major organizations are sup
posed to relate their respective group's desires,
complaints and problems to the Council, which
wants to work with each student and organiza
tion rather than against any. Individual stu
dents and organizations seldom express com
plaints to the Council; they are quite oblivious
to any Council legislation or investigation, until
it happens to touch them directly. Then they
cry, "Tyrant!" and think the Council is going'
to wipe them out because they are not as effi
cient as they might be. The Council meeting
Wednesday at 4 p.m. is open to all students.
Yet it is a fact that, with the exception of The
Nebraskan reporters and those specifically
called before the Council, others are rarely
Whatever the Council may do wrong is not
entirely its fault. Students and organizations
elect their representatives, and then forget
that they may appeal at any time to these
representatives and to the entire Council. It
would be well for students to remember that
the Council does not desire ,to operate in a
vacuum. It wants student opinion, as well as
student inquiry into the facts of any action it
may take. M . M.
Case Decided
The case of Wolf Ladejinsky is finally over.
The controversial Far Eastern agricultural
expert has been given full security and loyalty
clearance by Harold E. Stassen, director of
the Foreign Operations Administration and,
what . is more important, a sensitive job in
South Vietnam.
But the boom of the drums in the jungle is
Just beginning. Ladejinsky became agricultural
attache at Tokyo under the Department of
State after the Second World War when the
Occupation Forces undertook Japanese land
When the Occupation Forces undertook this
program, Gen. MacArthur borrowed Ladejin
: sky from the Department of Agriculture in
1950 and he has since been agricultural at
tache at Tokyo under the Department of
State. The Christian Science Monitor reports
a Japanese source said "his land reform has
done as much as anything to forestall Commu
nist growth."
On two different occasions his "security clear
ance" has been reviewed, once by W. Scott
McLeod, State Department security chief.
A recent act of the recent Congress trans
ferred agricultural attaches back to the De
partment of Agriculture, and then that de
partment refused to accept Ladejinsky for the
Tokyo post or for any post without a security
, clearance as though he were a new employee.
Reasons for the government decision? Offiicals
Indicated that security considerations were in
, volved and that a native-born and home-trained
farm expert was preferred.
But an observer 4s tempted to ask whether
his accomplishments do not speak for them
selves, and not the fact that he has three
$isters living in Russia and might be subject
to blackmail and coercion all of which was
known during his long tenure in government
The question thus resolve" "Why is the
post in Tokyo more sensitive apparently under
Agriculture than it was under State almost
overnight, as it happened. No new informa
tion was involved, it is said.
The only obvious explanation is that Lade
jinsky lost his clearance because he entered
the security check as a "new" employee vhen
the attache jobs were transferred from the
State to the Agriculture Department. As an
old employee under the State Department he
could have remained free.
Which suggests this is a strange way to run
a security program.
In other words, this case, as much as any
other, has shown the need for an immediate
overhaul of the administration's security. Here,
a man cleared by the State Department was
found insecure by the Agriculture Department
and then was ruled fully secure by the FOA.
Here, John Foster Dulles was found giving
Ladejinsky a clean slate .while a Cabinet col
league was ruling him a security liability.
The case of Wolf Ladejinsky raised a mild
political tempest.
It underlined the occasional lack of political
finesse which crops out embarrassingly in the
Eisenhower administration.
It gave the Democrats cannon fodder for
their big investigative guns.
It showed the difficulties encountered in-giving
literal interpretation to the rules of the
administration's loyalty-security program.
But most important it points ,to a clear and
definite need for a political grease job to the
loyalty-security machinery of the government.
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Indians Had
Trouble Too!
"Looks like an interesting news item, Professor Snarf would you
mind removing your shoe?"
Voice Of The Turtle
'Sleuthed' Students Go
Underground For Parties
Hymer Finkle, youthful under
cover super-security agent, nerv
ously turned up the collar of his
black trenchcoat and pulled the
brim of his soft, snapbrim hat
down over his forehead.
His hard, sharp profile loomed
hawk-like in the dim glow of the
misty street light. He hunched his
shoulders forward and thrust his
hands deep into his pockets. He
felt exceedingly furtive.
Although new on the job, Hymer
was well prepared for the duty set
out for him. He had been sent
through a vigorous training per
"I Was a Communist for the FBI,"
Dick Tracy, Sam Spade and the
1928 report of the Deaf Smith
County, Texas, liqttor commission.
Thus prepared, and armed with
an imposing set of credentials and
a pair of gumshoes, Hymer was
readying himself for his relentless,
ever-alert, sleep-with-one-eye open
With only one comrade at his
side, he was to breach the de
fenses and batter down the portals
of the enemy camps, wrapped in
a flag hearing an ear of corn, his
soul aflame with the fierce pas
sion of his mission.
Meanwhile, in close, dank cham
ber deep in the folds of the earth
a tiny knot of desperate men
crowded around a battered pack
ing case where their leader sat on
an overturned lard pail.
One of the group sank weeping
into a Corner and collapsed on a
heap of Mennen's After Shave bot
tles. "They've got us," he moaned.
"We've no where to turn."
To a man, the faces in the room
blanched with horror and sagged
in sick desperation. A few tjars
were seen indiscreetly coursing
down unshaved cheeks.
The man at the packing case
did not flinch, however. He sat
quietly, squinting with concentra
tion as he absently fingered a copy
of the Constitution of the United
Suddenly he leaped from his seat,
overturning the pail. "They can't
do this to us!" he roared with glee.
The room wag turned into a gay
festival with paper hats, confetti
and favors as . the men let their
cares roll from their shoulders.
An impromptu band broke into the
strains of "That Good Olc' Moun
tain Dew."
As the revelry reached fever
pitch a .cracked voice brought a
shocked silence to the group. "But
what if they do, anyway?"
The music stopped. A dozen
hands were placed on a dozen
mouths. A bit of confetti rode a
sunbeam to the floor.
"Yea, what if they do?" a chorus
The leader's shoulders slumped.
A gray shadow passed his fore
head. He lifted his palms in mute
supplication and quiet resignation.
His chin quivered. .His head sank
into his arms and he said, his
voice jerked with sobs, "yeah,
what if they do!"
The group filed silently from
the room, the thoughts of each man
engulfed in horror. They felt a
little like the last day on Bataan.
Many were sleepless that nightt.
They sat in their rooms, jumping at
every footfall, twitching at the
cry of an owl. Through the film
of tears they couldn't even see
the changing of the guard in the
parking lots.
Thus started the purge. Silent
bands stole from the city in dark
cars for secret rendevous In se
cluded glens; blackout curtains
blossomed in windows; the market
for large, rabid watch dogs took
a pronounced rise.
Meanwhile, Hymer Finkle paced
his lonely beat. He grew hard
ened to the shrill cries of terror
that greeted him wherever he
went. He tried not to notice how
people flattened tftemselves against -walls
as he passed by. He had
a job to do! '
So on he went, his footsteps
echoing hollowly through the foggy
night. A clock struck somewhere
in the distance, and a dog howled.
It began to drizzle.
And somewhere in the drakness
of the damp"' night sounded the
tink clank of a can hitting a trash
can, and someone chuckled. The
footsteps of Hymer Finkle could
hardly be heard. .,
In Hmps almost lost to our recol-
hpfnre the Bostonians in
vented tea parties and Christopher
Marlowe invented Shairespeare,
there dwelt in the great' Midwest
ern expanse of plains, a' tribe of
Indians Ttnown as the Cokeand
smokes. These Indians were most
noted for the maize which they
produced and in which they wan
dered continuously.
Because this tribe was in a very
primitive and savage stage of civil
ization, it was extremely well-organized.
One of the most famous
and efficient organizations was
known from buffalo ground to
water hole as the Closet Club. The
Closet Club was a service organi
zation; it serviced leaky radiators,
dirty saddles, unorganized Indians
and, of course, water closets.
The Closet Club was begun by a
couple of enterprising individuals
who met in the local Teepee Tav
ern during Firewater Prevention
Week in the year 44 B.B (Before
Bach). One of the two enlightened
citizens, quoting Peter Arno, said
to his friend, "Basically, what l
have in mind is a twelve-nation
conference for the purpose of set
ting up a nine-power treaty organi
zation eoverned bv a five-nation
sf-.pprincr committee, which in turn
will be dominated by you and me.
The "you" of this happy couple
disaDDeared mysteriously soon af
ter the foundation of the organiza
tion; the "me" was Melvin Fursh
lugginer, President of Closet Club.
Closet Club derived its name
from its main duty to the tribe.
Being a service club. Us main
function was to serve the welfare
. ... 1 1 irk. Alfti
01 inc vuKeaiiusuiurirn. aiic umr
culty arose when it was discovered
that the only medium In which ser.
vice was not being rendered, was
that of cleaning sewers and main
taining the upkeep of local plumb
ing. Of a necessity, the club took
over the task, and We understand
that its few survivors today are
till messing with the plumbing
here and there.
The Closet Club sponsored many
tribal functions. The most impor
tant and fascinating of these came
at the time of year known to the
Indians as the Time of the Great
Floods, which immediately fol
lowed the Time of the Melting of
the Great White Snows. At this
time of year, the families of the
tribe gathered around the council
fires for the wonderful Muddy Day
Sling. Each family armed itself
with an original conglomeration of
mud, and at the signal from the
war drum, slung mud at the other
Tradition tells of one great crisis
of the Muddy Day Sling. Closet
Club, having a monopoly on the
Brown Mud of the west bank of
the river, naturally desired that
all contestants use that particular
mud. The mud collectors of each
family, always having enjoyed col
lecting various types of mud and
concocting new mixtures, were un
happy with the Closet Club's propo
sition. They threatened not to col
lect mud for the Sling, which would
have confused , matters consider
ably; of course, they were idiotic
enough to think that they could
retain originality.
Unfortunately, our chronicle ends
here; the eye-witness historian who
recorded this mess was tossed in
the, River after having recorded t
this much of the story. Too bad.
Crusade For Freedom
Radio Free Europe Used
As Weapon In Cold War
Contemporary Trends
television Turning Americans
Into Nation Of Parlor Sitters
(Editor's note: The folio-Ins article was
reprinted from the Chtcaan Dally News,
and written by Jack M abler.)
It is not an original thought
that one of the evils of television
is that it i turning us from a
nation of doers into a nation of
We've even taken to fitting
watching somebody else play our
. parlor games. That is the height
, of indolence and we ought to . be
getting worried about it.
There's scarcely ' a parlor game
, left that hasn't been taken over
by such .:s Pantomime Quiz
(charades), Down You Go, Super
Ghost, Ask . Me Another, or 20
At my latest tally there were
21 quiz and 'panel shows on eve
ning network television, with more
coming up every week. '
Old gaffers will remember back
in the '20s when question games
were the rage. You merely bought
a book that was full of tough
questions about everything under
the sun and sat around the living
room trying to stump one an
other. This passive participation that
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television has saddled on us leads
not only to a soggy mind, but to
flaccid physiques.
Instead of participating in
sports, we can sit at home now
and watch others do the work in
baseball, football and even golf
and bowling.
It would be a very healthy
thing if in some average Ameri
can homes, the next time Panto
mine Quiz or 20 Questions comes
on the air, the boss of the family
would get up and turn off the set,
and announce:
"If we're going to devote the
next 30 minutes to this game, we
at least might play it ourselves,
Instead of sitting around watch
ing somebody else play it."
In June of 1950 the Crusade for
Freedom added a new, yet old
weapon to the arsenal of de
mocracy propaganda, in the
form of Radio Free Europe.
It is still in use today, although
little publicized, with telling effects
in the cold war with Communism
bhind'4he Iron Curtain. A
Every day over Radio Free Eu
rope, independently sponsored by
free American citizens, the puppet
regimes of the Kremlin are bom
barded with programs designed to
undermine their authority and in
fluence among the captive peoples
of Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hun
gary, Poland, Rumania and Al
bania. Programs presented over Ra
dio Free Europe are written and
voiced by exiles. Czechs talk to
Czechs, Poles to Poles, Hungar
ians to Hungarians, etc. They
talk in the language of their home
land and appeal to interests of the
communist held peoples. Thus the
RFE attempts to stiffen the re
sistance to Communism behind the
Iron Curtain and keep alive the
oppressed peoples' hope of free
dom. These programs are only part
of the National Committee for a
Free Europe's program. The Com
mittee started as a casual lunch
time talk among a group of Amer
ican diplomats and businessmen.
Inspired by the seeming insoluable
problem of how to combat the
Communist menace they deter
mined to do something and their
determination resulted in the the
ory that only a victory of ideas
could save the democratic values.
. The concept of NCFE grew
around men like Stefan Korbonski,
Polish Peasant Party leader who
had escaped Red imprisonment
and fled his country hidden on a
coal barge.
The NCFE was organized In
New York to help Korbonski fight
back. He could, for instance,
hasten his country's liberation with
broadcasts over Radio Free Eu
rope. Behind Korbonski were the
organizers, such men as former
U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Joseph
C. Grew; Gen. Lucius Clay, board
chairman of Continental Can Co.;
educator DeWitt C. Poole; ex-OSS
executive Allen W. Dulles; bank
er Frank Altschul; Abbott Wash
burn of General Mills; former
Ass't. Secretary of State, A. A,
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Ethridge, and former ;,AFL chief
William Green.
Out of these men's efforts came
the Crusade for Freedom's major
weapon, Radio Free Europe. Three
broadcasting stations were set
up in Frankfurt and,. Munich,
Germany and the thifcrjri Lisbon,
Portugal The RFE minutemen of
the Cold War now fire radio bar
rages from these sending points
at the satellite states up to 12
hours a day.
Special programs -Sre directed
to farmers, women,"youngsters,
workers, even to Communists, ar
guing Marxian dialeUcs 'in party
jargon. Satire is a powerful wea
pon perhaps reading a speech
by Anna Pauker, communism's
leading lady, with wrv interipn-
tions by a Rumanian comic. Wes
tern or national folk music is
played with a reminripr th
Reds have banned it. Religious
services are offered, and even a
soap opera carries ' propaganda.
The effectiveness of Radio' Frea
Europe operations was demonstrat
ed in May, 1951. when the Czech
Communist government formally
protested to the United States over
RFE Munich. They demanded
Munich be taken oft the air but
the U.S. replied with a reminder
that freedom of speech is a funda
mental of American democracy
and RFE Munich is still operat
ing. The great job of Radio Free Eu
rope is doing in helping America
win the Cold War was best summed
up by a 21-year-old Polish youth
who had been subjected to in
tense Communist indoctrination
since 1945 and had finally escaped
to the East German zone. He said,
"But they cannot kill three things:
what Mother said about God and
Poland, what "one's he'art dictates
and what Radio Free Europe tells
us. '
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