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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 22, 1955)
Tuesday, February 22, 1955
Hands Moss The Campus
Clem Hobart, the average university student,
has no conception of the world. Ask him where
Pakistan is and he'll give you a blank stare. Ask
him about the economic problems in France
and he'll tell you the price of perfume in Paris
is outrageous. Ask him about the natural re
sources of Italy and hell immediately list
win vnmm and movies. Ask him about Com
munist propaganda and he'll refer you to text
books on Marx. Ask him if he knows any for
eign students on campus and he'll probably
plead innocence. This is Clem Hobart, the aver
age university student.
The trouble with American foreign policy is
that there are too many Clem Hobarts in the
U.S. The Clems who view foreign policy as a
theory, practiced among professional diplomats
whose names they cant quite remember, are
the weak links in America's chain of strength.
American foreign policy means nothing to the
average university student who seeks a func
tion more compatible to the senses. There is
no responsibility resting on him for the cure
of the world's illnesses. His job is laissez fairs
leave the foreign dealings to government
whose job it is.
What Clem Hobart doesnt know is that
America's psychological strength abroad very
much depends on him. Since World War II
one of the most underrated aspects of U.S.
foreign policy has been the foreign student pro
gram. The U.S. has encouraged foreign atten
dance of American universities in hopes that
it would develop in those foreign students an
understanding and appreciative view of the
American way of life. This program antici
pates the future roles these foreign students
are to play when they return to their home
lands in the battle against Communism and
University students, already habitual movie
goers, have a new motion-picture experience
which most of them are passing up. The
Union's Film Society, which plans to present
seven top-notch foreign and American films
this semester, is getting almost no support from
the student body.
This seems odd, since movie-going seems to
be a favorite pastime of college students, and
these Film Society pictures are of higher qual
ity and lower price than most Lincoln movies.
It is costing the student only approximately
36c per picture to see films that have been
celebrated in this country and abroad. In addi
tion, it seems safe to predict that most of them
will excel the normal American movies in
The Film Society, which must sell over 500
more season tickets to break even on the enter
prise, is, it seems, falling victim to the Ameri
can student's almost-instinctive fear of anything
that is in the least "cultural." This is unfor
tunate, both for the University, whose major
purpose is to instill culture in students, and
for the student, whose social astigmatism pre
vents him from enjoying a good movie when
it does come to town.
What this general apathy of student interest
in the Film Society proves is that once again
the University students have fallen down in
supporting a University project, and won't re
act to anything that sounds "cultural" because
they are afraid of the sound of the word. How
can they tell whether "movies are better than
ever" when they don't see the better movies?
Unless Film Society sales greatly improve in
the next few weeks, another University cultural
improvement will end in failure, casting dis
credit upon students who won't even go to
see a good movie when it's offered to them.
against accusations by Communists and anti
American groups that the U.S. is money-mad,
war-mongering and ready to take over the
world with purchasing power.
The .average university student has heard at
one time or another these accusations, yet they
brush them off as propaganda, totally without
foundation and virtually out and out lies. But
the defense against these accusations lies dor
mant in every Clem Hobart. That defense is
truth active truth.
Foreigners view the U.S. with a great mis
apprehension, based on clever propaganda and
America's own ignorance. This is the reason
for having a foreign student program, aside
from the fact that the technological knowledge
of the Americas is desired by foreigners and
as such is made available through the foreign
Every American student attending a uni
versity also attended by foreign students has
a far greater responsibility than he realizes.
It is not only what the foreign student learns
academically that will be used when he re
turns to his country but also what he learns
If the foreign students attending the Uni
versity today take back to their countries
tales about the irresponsibility of American
youth; if they tell their fellow citizens that
Americans commercialize everything, including
emotions; if they refer to American youth as
drunkards and rioters; if they relate experi
ences to their people about the shallow concern
America has for them will they not be justi
fied? At this University the foreign student is ac
cepted by a few as a fellow but by many as
an existing oddity. Except for a few groups
and people on camps who have the foreign
student's impression of the U.S. in mind, the
general run of students make no effort towards
displaying the truth of American life.
Misconceptions about America could be wiped
out if each American student would strive to do
so. Great strides toward better relations with
foreign nations could be made by our diplo
mats if each university student would see to it
that those nations' future leaders, studying in
America, would take back to their people the
true story of America.
It has been said that the future of America
lies in its youth. The future of foreign nations
lies in their youth also and their youth are in
America. Both elements are intertwined in that
the impressions formed in that youth in the
U.S. in Nebraska will last into the future and
the attitudes of today will be the attitudes of
tomorrow. J. H.
The powers of the world have been operating
on a dangerous assumption that preparation
for war will avert war. Now Britain has joined
the race with the announcement that she will
start developing and producing hydrogen bombs.
It was a rather bold step for cautious Britain
to take, since she might now join the ranks of
those termed "war-mongers" by the neutral
nations standing fearfully by and watching us
while we get in deeper and deeper.
The three nations now producing hydrogen
bombs, the U.S., Russia and Great Britain,
claim that the dormant energy in these bombs
will prevent the necessity of their being used.
We hope so. At any rate it is comforting to
have the increased production of bombs on
What's New In NU Colleger
Architects', Engineers' Study
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Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture
Students are in the University to deepen or
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By Bruce Conner
Sam here may not be too bright, but he's the best track man
we've ever had."
With all due respect to P. M.
Andersen, the letter published in
The Nebraskan on Friday, Feb. 18,
contains several unwarranted as
sumptions. The first is that The Nebraskan
pads its reviews, specifially, the
,, review of "The Consul." What this
amounts to, is that the article did
not necessarily aeree with the
writer of the letter. This seems a
rather libelous sentiment expressed
for a mere lack of agreement, es
pecially since the writer made no
attempt to actually demonstrate
any technical deficiencies in the
discussion of the review.
The second misapprehension ex
ists in the writer's statement that
"The Consul" "was beyond the ca
pabilities of the performers in
volved." Although this is largely a
matter of opinion and critical m
the five nerformances of "The Con
sul" would indicate that the writer
of the letter was severely lacking
in the latter attribute. And, if one
cannot agree that the majority as
at least, often rieht. it would seem
advisable that Mr. Andersen listen
to the recording of the music drama
by the original company. He would
find a striking similarity in the
quality of the two performances.
But bv far the ereatest offense
that Mr. Andersen is guilty of, is
one committeed in his implied at
titude that amateur groups must
Where There's Smoke
Student Spirit Merits
Recreation, Not Riot
By JOHN GOURLAY
Frankly, we liked last year's riot.
We enjoyed spraying coeds with
buckets of water and watching
them rush indignantly back to their
houses to arm themselves with
hoses and water guns. Dancing in
the streets was great. We enjoyed
watching the lady at the candy
stand make a haul as students
mobbed her little business to get
popsicles and apples. In short, we
enjoyed letting off steam.
This could have been one of the
finest displays of spirit we saw
last year but it wasnt. We didn't
like the wise guys who couldn't
enjoy themselves without causing
trouble by throwing water and
rocks at University officials or
trying to break into the women's
Letting off steam is becoming a
University tradition. And why not?
But, the steam ought to be chan
neled along the proper paths. There
is nothing wrong with soaking eager
coeds, with getting together and
having fun, with marching and sing
ing and dancing in a crowd. There
is no leeitimate argument against
closing off the street for a Univer
sity get-together. The Student Utf
ion does that. However, there is
something wrong with moving cars
sideways into the street to accomp
lish this closing.
Certain areas of campus fun are
legitimate; others are not. No one
would mind students letting off
steam if they did it in a decent
way. When trouble starts then the
whole affair is censured. Hundreds
of students who were out for clean
fun are branded as a "maddened
We're not attempting to sponsor
a riot this spring. Students don't
need to let off steam to the point
where they become animals. A riot
is bad for the students, bad for the
administration and the general
name of the University.
We would like to enjoy ourselves
when the students get together this
spring. The University would like
us to have some common recrea
tion. A special student committee
has been set up to plan an event
which will enable everyone to get
in on some fun.
always present the most pedestrian
and traditional vehicles which are
somewhat circumscribed talents.
A very dangerous attitude, Mr. An
dersen. It is the purpose, or shauld
be, of the University Theater group
to be exceptional and to present
to audiences who might otherwise
be deprived of this, the living works
of their, and other, centuries. An
opera or a play is not merely as
good as the technical facilities of
the theater in which it is present
ed, nor is it measured by the illus
trious name appearing on its pro
gram. The maturity and emotional
depth of the performances of "The
Consul" this past week are mater
ial proof of this.
This is hardly the place to com
ment on the frankly unfortunate
theory of the modern drama or
music drama which Mr. Andersen
advances in his letter. It can only
be remarked that this theory seems
founded upon the minimum of in
telligent consideration that can be
accorded to the problem. Mr. An
dersen is not entirely a good judge
of audience reaction either; he has
mistaken genuine emotion for what
he so rashly labels "psychotic self
pity." It only remains to congratulate
Mr. Foltz and Mr. Williams and
the members of the company of
"The Consul" on the excellence of
their performance, and to express
the hope that such works will be
presented with increasing frequen
cy at Howell Auditorium.
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