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Lincotn, Nebraska
Friday, January 14, 1955
Editorial Comment
Co-Enforcement Drinking Rules?
The Nebraskan suggestion of and request
for a change in administration methods for
enforcing its anti-drinking regulations have
borne no fruit as yet. Whether they will be
acted upon to bring about the desired change;
be ignored, or if they have even been read
by the administrators are matters of conjec
ture. The Nebraskan has no wish to keep a
sensitive area in 'administration-student rela
tionships open to pointless discussion or useless
However, it does feel there still is time to
bring a shift in methods on the part of the
University before the issue dies down and is
accepted by students as another show of strength
by the administration, a show of strength for
which there is nothing to do except grumble
and obey.
The regulations concerning student use of
alcoholic beverages are not being attacked by
students. Certainly, these rules are not popular;
Jiowever, they are accepted as law. The fact
the University must enforce the law is readily
apparent even to the most anti-administration
minded student. It is in the area of enforcement
and enforcement methods students are justifi
ably unhappy. It seems the major element of
this unhapplness is the result of having en
forcement methods thrust upon students which
demand compliance when the administration
supposedly requests and invites student opinion
on bow rules and regulations shall be enforced.
Their suggestions, opinions and position are
not appreciated.
The Nebraskan believes the administration
should realize its most recent action is un
necessarily unpopular. An effective public
relations campaign could do much to remove
the stigma. Of course, the administration is
in a position to enforce any policy it should
instigate; however, the administration does
seem to be at least partially Interested in gain
ing student support and interest in its policies.
At least it has given lip-service to this fact
by requesting student support.
The administration could go a long way in
gaining the student support it seemingly desires
by following a plan akin to this: 1. The "se
curity officers" be requested to appear before
the Inter-Fraternity Council along with the
administrative personnel to whom these men
report. 2. The "security officers" be introduced
to the students on whom they will be check
ing. 3. An IFC officer or representative be
allowed to accompany the "security officers" on
their inspection trips that involve entering
fraternity houses. In this way, fraternities will
have some voice in the policing methods, and
will feel they are actually a cooperating agency
in the enforcement rather than an inspected
group. 4. First violations of drinking rules be
reported to the IFC as well as the University
administration. These "first violations" would
be punished by IFC penalties on the organiza
tion while the individuals involved would be
dealt with by the administration. In this way
the organizations involved in the inspection
process would police themselves to a certain
extent, while organizations thatrepeatedly break
rules will be dealt with by the administration.
The ideal policing system would be one in
which the IFC would handle all enforcement
rules and be held responsible for effective
policing by the administration. This would sat
isfy public demand for increased University re
sponsibility for the well being and law abiding
ness of students which the administration says
is the reason for the "security officer" program.
The degree of interest the administration
shows in suggestions for cooperation between
their officers and the IFC will be an accurate
yardstick of the sincerity of requests for student
interest in living up to University rules. Should
the administration turn deaf ears on plans for
co-enforcement of the rule and show no interest
in student (particularly IFC) suggestions con
cerning this necessary enforcement it will be
obvious our University officials are fan more
interested in good public relations outside and
not inside this school a questionable virtue
indeed. T. W.
J Jul TbtbAoAkan
Member; Associated Collegiate Press
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overaing student publications and administered by the
Board of Publications, "II Is the desired policy ot the
Board thai publications under its lurisdiction shall be
free from editorial censorship on the part of the Board,
or oa the part of any member of the faculty ot the
University, but the members of the staff of The Nebraskan
re personally responsible for what they cay of do or
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(Kdltor's tratei The following letter, re
ceived by The S'ebraiku, If directed to the
1'nlverstty AdmlnlMratiou. The Nebraska
carries the letter tu Ms editorial column ax
( part of Its function as a studeat forum.
The author's line is deleted at his request.)
Dear Sirs:
It is very pleasing to this hum
ble scribe to note the admirable
restraint you exercised in the pol
icy embodied in the recent em
ployment of the two "security of
ficers" to combat the heinous
moral laxity that, alas, is so prev
alent, among the affiliated stu
dents. We right-thinking members
of the University community have
long felt the need for such a pro
gram of moral custodianship.
Knowing your zeal in attempting
to combat this problem of moral
anarchy, I highly commend you
for the restraint you have shown
in putting this investigational pro
gram into action. The fact that
you did not give these "properly
trained" investigators search-warrant
jurisdiction or compel them
to carry arms will effectively In
validate any so-called student pro
test on the grounds of constitution
ality or common decency. To have
gone any further at this time with
your avowed uplifting program
(pun intended) might have jeodar-
dired it in its entirety, but by
gradual piecemeal integration we
will soon see the day when we
possess an adequate moral stand
ard on this campus.
Also I wish to congratulate you
upon your keen sense of timing in
the announcement of this invest!,
gational program. It comes at a
time when any Communist in
spired manifestation of student op
position will be held to a mini
mum by the cold weather and the
fact that most of these playboy
students will be cramming for
final examinations, having wasted
most of the semester in wassail
and debauchery. Another excel
lent timing aspect Is the fact that
the State Legislature Is now in
session and your investigation tac
tics will quite likely coincide ex
actly with the political tenor of a
great majority of the elected rep
resentatives of that august body,
which might be of no small bene
fit when appropriation-time comes
In the vein of constructive criti
cism I would like to make one or
two modest suggestions. I have
noticed that there are a great
many empty beer cans scattered
about on the campus lawns, a
sight which offends the dignity
and aesthetic sensitivity of many
of us. My proposal for the re
moval of these eyesores and the
just punishment of those respon
sible for putting them there would
be this:
1. Place the two part-time "prop
erly trained" security officers on
a full-time basis, and each morn
ing (when there would be a mini
mum of licentious activity to be
investigated) have them collect
all these promiscuous beer cans,
noting the location and marking
each for later use as evidence.
2. After these beer cans have
been collected, the fingerprints
could be lifted and compared with
a master catalog containing the
fingerprints of everyone connected
with the University.
3. The person whose fingerprints
match those found on a stray beer
can would be called before the
Dean of Student Affairs and, faced
with such Incontrovertible evi
dence of wrongdoing, would be
cashiered on the spot. This pro
posal would not only help elimi
nate the campus alcoholics and
beautify our University grounds,
but it would also provide interest
ing and profitable laboratory ex
perience for the criminology
Wishing you the best of success
in the continuance of your pro
gram of moral enlightenment, I
Sincerely and Devotedly Yours,
It's Or Its
Dear Editors:
The University of Nebraska of
fers several excellent courses in
English grammar. These courses
are lettered A and B; the course
to be taken depends upon the stu
dent's proficiency in the language.
May I suggest that the person
who composed the front-page head
line of Tuesday, Jan. 11 ("U.S.A.
Now Starting It's Own Musicians")
might benefit from either or both
of the above courses.
In case this unknown headline
composer is not inclined to follow
my advice, J. wish to state for him
a rule which he might do well to
remember: The contraction of the
phrase "it is" is "it's" ("i - -1 - -apostrophe
- - s"); the possessive
form of the word "it" is "its" (no
apostrophe). These forms cannot
be used interchangeably.
'Barefoot Contessa'
Theme Shows
Humanness M:
1 Vi -o
Here, in "The Brefoot Contes
sa," is a new insight into the lives
of those society crucifies on the
cross of fame. Looking at the movie
from the aspect of substance, this
film has something important to
say whether it Js successful or
not is a moot question; perhaps
it tries to say too much and gets
a little confused now and then. As
a whole I thought it very absorb
ing; and it certainly does not walk
easily over the well-beaten paths,
but rather takes itself off on an
original and interesting side street.
Mankiewicz, the writer-director,
shows a great deal of creative
imagination In the filming. I have
special reference to the cabaret
scene in Madrid when Maria (Ava
Gardner) has not yet appeared in
the movie, but whose dancing is
obviously the center of everyone's
attention. The wonderful, mute
studies of character in the faces of
those looking on is worth the price
of admission. These people, seem
ingly unaware of being photo
graphed, show the many and
varied reactions of audiences to a
performer there, is the - boredom
of four young women ordering din
ner, the fascination of an old white
haired man, the insinuation of a
not-too-pure reaction on the part
of two gentlemen and the com
plete oblivion of two young lovers.
The sequence runs approximately
30 seconds or a minute, and in
that time Maria is established
more firmly than 30 minutes of
dialogue could have done, as a
woman of mystery, exciting, en
chanting, beautiful.
Another fine part of this movie
Is the character of Harry Dawes,
the beaten down director, played
by Humphrey Bogart. Usually
Bogart's dead pan portrayal of
film roles gives me no excitement
whatsoever; but the sensitive way
he underplays Harry delighted me.
Dawes for me was the epitome of
the disillusioned artist in a world
of material values, the one man
who saw through the alluring ex
terior of Maria to the human be
ing she really was.
But perhaps this kind of specu
lation Is misplaced when discus
sing a movie I don't think it is,
however. "The Barefoot Contessa"
is, in essence, an aggregation of
a great many diverse values. It
is a comment on life, it is the
product of an industry, and it is
an attempt (rather more success
ful, and restrained, than "A Star
Is Born", I might add) to givr to
the movie colony a quality which
is not too often apparent human
feeling. Granted, there is more to
"The Barefoot Contessa" than just
the fact that someone with money
made Maria a star; but there is
my point what were they saying?
There are traces of many dif
ferent human problems, each of
which if exploited to the fullest
would, make. a. fine, story;, but
which, In this film, are left unful
filled. It is full and rich in honest
effort, and if you sort out the
questions It raises for you, you
will spend more than just the
length of the movie trying to solve
them. My own reaction to the film
was mixed. I enjoyed it because it
was well filmed and took a re
freshing point of departure; but
I was disappointed that with so
clear and fine a beginning it got
bogged down in the abyss of try
Ing to say too much at once.
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