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Friday, Morch 4, 1 955
Too Many Iff Boards
Ag and city campuses may be a part of the
came University, but they operate almost inde
pendently. Ag students participate in large city
campus organizations and activities, yet most
Ag activities remain primarily Ag projects,
planned and attended only by Ag students.
The organisation of student activities is even
different. Besides the Ag Union Board, which
operates in conjunction with the city Union
Board, Ag campus has three other major ac
tivity boards. The most important is the Ag
Exec Board. An over-all Ag campus activity
co-ordinator, the board checks constitutions and
sponsors Farmer's Formal. Its value as a serv
ice organization is dependent mostly upon the
enthusiasm of its members.
The other two Ag boards, however, are ap
pointed to function for. a brief time only, and
with only one purpose. The six members of
Coll-Agri Fun Board plan Coll-Agri Fun Night
in the fall and then their job is done. The
Farmers' Fair, a bigger event, has a board of
12 students to organize it every spring.
On city campus, comparable entertainment
projects which involve general student partici
pation are planned as part of a year-long' ac
tivity program of some organization. No special
. board is set up to guide Coed Follies, or the
Kosmet Klub fall revue or AUF Auction. Instead,
these events are the responsibility of individual
board and committee members operating under
- the general supervision of the whole group and
- within the year-long program.
It seems Illogical, as well as inefficient, that
- separate board must be appointed to plan
' each of these two Ag events. Neither project is
any bigger than any successfully carried out on
'- Through the evolution process campus organ
izations are gradually changing. This year in
particular have rennovations among the activi-
-ties taken place; for example the substitution
cf the Co-op Council for the Independent Stu-
;- dents Association and the new Military Ball
Committee for the Candidate Officers Associa
. The latter Committee came officially into
being at Student Council meeting Wednesday
when a constitution was approved by the Council
abolishing the present COA and establishing in
its place a Military Ball Committee.
The sole purpose of the Committee is to spon
sor the Military Ball both nominally and fi
nanciallythe same function served by the COA
only assumed to have more of a purpose than
just the Military Ball sponsorship. Decision to
abolish the COA came with the disclosure last
fall that the COA, for all practical purposes,
was a "dead organization" not having had a
regular meeting or quorum for three years.
The president of the COA obtained the position
through a vague process and the Military Ball
sponsorship was merely delegated to the various
service branches, rotating among them from
year to year.
In the past few years interest in COA activi
ties has dwindled and actually the CQA was
nominally a campus organization operating
under a yearly program which did not exist
and only fulfilling any function at all in spon
soring the Military Ball.
about an investigation by the Council which
The recognition of the COA status brought
requested the COA to either fulfill its purposes
as stated in the COA constitution or submit
another constitution adjusted to the present
functions which the COA performed.
The Military Department chose to do the latter
and a new constitution was submitted to the
Council. The COA, as it was in the past, was
abolished and the new Military Ball Committee
was substituted. The provisions in the constitu
tion deal only with the sponsorship of the Mili
tary Ball and are similar to the provisions for
sponsorship in the old COA constitution.
Operating under a nebulous constitution, out
dated and confusing, the COA, as a campus
organziation, was net serving its purpose. Under
the new Committee set-up, closer liaison and
clearer purpose has been achieved which should
result in a more organized and more practical
organziation. This is the type of constructive
service the Council can do with the co-operation
cf other organizations responsible to the Council
for fulfilling their purposes. J. H.
city campus. There is no clear reason why such
a cumbersome, archaic system as exists on Ag
campus is necessary.
Coll-Agri Fun Night is an old Ag campus
tradition, continued not because of any partic
ular enthusiasm but simply because it has been
put on every year before. Attendance is poor,
and participation in the show has made it
doubly difficult for the three Ag fraternities to
practice skits for Kosmet Klub fall revue com
petition, which is held about the same time.
Farmers' Fair is a bigger, better supported
project, but also requires work only at one
time of the semester the spring.
The Student Council is seeking to limit the
number of activities in which a student may
participate. It was felt that too many activities
are taking too much time. The Council recom
mended that all students except freshmen be
limited to two major activities.
Therefore, any student who was appointed to
either Coll-Agri Fun or Farmers' Fair Boards
would be unable to participate in more than
one other activity. The most capable and am
bitious students would hardly be attracted to
serving on either board when it would prevent
working in some other year-long activity which
earned more prestige.
Obviously some changes in the Ag board sys
tem are needed. Two alternatives might be pos
sible, which would result in more efficient organ
ization and eliminate useless activities.
Both boards could be abolished, and Coll-Agri
Fun Night and Fanners' Fair become projects
of the Ag Exec Board. This would bring all
major Ag activities under the sponsorship of
one group. Since both are seasonal events, an
efficient Exec Board should be able to plan
both without too much difficulty. r
Combining the two boards into one small,
efficient board which would plan both events
would also be a desirable revision. The board
would become a respected activity, with a year's
program (since one event is in the fall and the
second in the spring). Better co-ordinated plan
ning should result.
To quote a familiar statement, it's time for a
change. The Coll-Agri Fun Board and the Farm
ers' Fair Board should be combined or abo
lished altogether. M. H.
Children have a game they call Gossip. One
child whispers something in to the ear of the
next, who passes it on to his neighbor, an so
on, until the phrase returns to the first child.
The object is to see how changed the words are;
the end product is often ridiculously different
than the original.
Something similar to this process occurs in
any type of endeavor, particularly when that
endeavor is a continuation of something begun
a long time ago. For example, a group of men
was organized 50 years ago with an express goal
in mind. Each year the responsibilities of
achieving that goal were handed down to a new
group. Each year, certain changes were made,
some things Were omitted and others were
.added. The result is that today, 50 years later,
the organization is entirely different than that
which it was at the beginning.
In most cases this is called progress, a com
pletely desirable thing. There is a danger, how
ever, that the small changes each year have
been made without those making the changes
knowing what they were dcing. Not only the
machinery, but the goal and effect of the organ
ization have been changed when this was in
no way intended.
When change occurs through ignorance and
failure to keep the original goal in mind, it is
an evil. University activities are run in many
respects by tradition. Every activity on campus
is old in the sense that the responsibilities have
been handed down from year to year and
changes have been made. Each activity is
highly organized, to the extent that the organ
ization may be defeating the original purpose.
Tuis i not r1crnnc:'?n of any specific
organization. Every organization could be at
tacked for doing too much or too little. It is,
however, a warning that endeavors often mush
room out of proportion or in the wrong direction.
The important thing is that these organizations
know how their activities fit into their original
goal and are able to defend them. K.
The Lenten Promise
Lent Is Time To Repent
Personal, National Pride
By ROBERT E. DAVIS
Baptists and Disciples of Christ
. As I sit here writing these words there is
scheduled to be set off "the grand-daddy of all
- atomic explosions" on a section of desert in
Hew Mexico. The morning paper is filled with
detailed explanations of what to do to avoid
:ihe dangers of "fall-out" A B-47 is droning
overhead as an ominous symbol of the power
of man over his world. There is much talk about
.'security' and how to achieve it: by air power,
by universal military training, or by bigger
hydrogen bombs. Some Americans have para
phrased Martin Luther's hymn to read: "A
super-fortress is our god; a bomb-sight never
But for all our talk of security and peace,
mosi people are afraid, and well they might be.
Our . great techaical knowledge now threatens
to turn on us like some Frankenstein! an monster
and destroy us. Technical knowledge and skills
are not enough unless we possess the wisdom
and moral integrity to use them wisely. Some
one recently observed, "We have learned to
swim in the sea like fish, and fly through the
air like birds; but we have .yet to learn to walk
on the earth like men."
This Lenten season might well be the time
when we repent of our personal and national
pride, of our arrogant self-centeredness, of our
confidence in material things and physical force.
We must see ourselves in our proper perspective
as creatures of a Divine Creator. We must
recognize that we have by our ego-centricity
sinned against our Creator and brought upon
ourselves chaos and confusion. Instead of loving
ourselves and our works, we must learn "to
love the Lord, Our God, with all our hearts,
soul, strength, and mind; and to love our neigh
bor as ourselves." In Him alone is peace and
salvation for ourselves and for our world.
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By Bruce Conner
Red Threat Seen
In Three Events
By CHARLES GOMON
A Democrat, a general and a candidate, won his plurality by
Communist document all found pledging unwaivering loyalty to the
themselves in the headlines this U.S. and recognition of Communist
past weekend. Sounds like a con- China. This man is a politician to
gressional investigation? No, these end all politicians; he could un
three items dealt with Tokyo, Wash- doubtedly make a package deal of
ington and Helsinki. the Okeefenokee Swamp and the
First, Japanese voters gave their Bad Lands seel for deal farming
Democratic Party a plurality in country. Anyway, his party won
national elections; second, the once the Japanese elections,
discredited Stockholm peace peti- in the Pentagon, just across the
tion is being resurrected and re- Potomac from Washington, our mil
vised through a "World Peace itary brass is now evaluating the
Council" in Helsinki, and third, effect of these elctions on U.S.
Gen. John E. Hull is retiring from Japanese military cooperation, and
his post as U.S. -and UN command- that is where Gen. Hull comes in
er-in-chief in the Far East. Hull is the fourth general to hold
Beyond the obvious fact that all the Far East command since ex
three deal with Communism in one President Truman relieved Gen.
form or another lies a subtler con- Douglas MacArthur in 1952. Rum
nection which may bring them into ored as Hull's successor is Gen
vivid conflict in Asia. Maxwell D. Taylor, a paratrooper
Take the Japanese elections, for and an excellent combat officer,
instance. Any American politician If Taylor gets the command he
figures his campaign has urunistak- will arrive in Tokyo just in time
ably stirred public sentimen if 50 to inherit the biggest Japanese po
per cent of the eligible voters cast litical crisis since ex-Premier Shig
ballots, but a good guess in Tokyo eru Yoshida was dumped as Lib-
ounaay was mac ai least vu per eral Partv leader last vpstv
cent of the 23,500,000 men and 25,-
To add the proverbial insult the
elections, however, was that Pre
mier Ichiro Hatoyama, Democratic
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500,000 women who were registered rrmnlrf5 0. : ,
had actually voted. It could hardly Tfr 41 f F 8t,u-g
be said thaithe wishes of Japanese Z? Vl I
voters had not been sampled 1 me from Helsmkl Finland.
The sienificant Dart about the Am.on.g verbal brickbats being
.wirm. h.. ... tw. nurieQ western policies is one
aimed at our efforts to stabilize
southeast Asia through the Manila
pact, popularly known as SEATO.
The connections between the peti
tion and Japan is that it is pitched
at the 200 million people of south
east Asia who supply a large part
of Japan's industrial raw materi
als. Before World War II Japan's
trade with China. Korea and For-
, , , mosa was almost half her export;
Freshmen Lauded today this trade is negligible. Now
To the many freshman students Japan's trade with southeast Asia
who conferred with their high is twice what it was in pre-war
school principals or counselors on days, but Japanese economists say
the occasion of the first annual a 40 per cent increase will be
high school principal-freshman con- needed to keep ahead of growing
ference: population pressure.
We extend our deepest gratitude Since Japan must import 87 per
for their fine co-operation and their cent of her industrial raw materials
excellent participation in that con- and 20 per cent of her food, trade
ference. We wanted this to be a with somebody is inevitable. The
purely voluntary effort and conse- U.S. has been doing most of the
quently we did not exert any pres- supplying until recently, and to get
sure whatsoever on anyone, but the Japan off the. American dole, the
students responded in such a mag- leader of the returned Democratic
nanimous manner that I cannot Party therefore announced in his
miss the opportunity of saying to television and stump campaign that
each of them thank you for the he proposed "more normal" rela-
splendid. part they played in mak- tions with Red China.
ing the day a success.
If the phony Red peace petition
Universally the principals and from HeIsinki succeeds m alienating
counselors who were here from
some 60 high schools said this is an
experience they would not have
missed for anything. We cannot
help but feel that the students,
therefore, who did not participate
the southeast Asians and Japan
gets chummy with merchants on
the other side of the bamboo cur
tain, we will find ourselves in the
middle of a tricky situation indeed.
Assuming Gen. Taylor is to be the
in the conferences made a greater new far eastern commander we
uu. .u. witn a g0vernment which would
We look forward to one year rather trade with both Communist
hence when another crop of fresh- and nonCornrnunist Asia than be.
man students will have the oppor- come tovdved militarily anywhere
tunity of visiting with their high Meanwhile, back at the ranch
school principal or counselor. house m Moscow tne master-minds
Thanks again. ..,, will have kept us so busy mend
GEORGE W. ROSENLOF peripheral fences that we won't
Dean, Admissions and have tirne to worry about the Krem.
Inter-institutional Relationships im. present shaky foundations.
,., Lkj . AM
"A Fashion In Dining
For Reservations Call
Accommodations For College Croups
What Will They
Think Of Next
By JESS BROWNELL
By JESS BROWNELL to the old system of tutoring, no
The latest sunny afternoon found required lectures, and plenty of
me wandering aimlessly through time for gay and light-hearted pur.
the city streets, raging inwardly suitSi
at the circumstances of life which he repUed ..
cause a person to Jose his inai- .w svstem. each student, unon hi.
duality and with it the value or c wiU be assi d
s education. When I am in such .' . rtTa Anm,tn,
. . tl 1 ..rHnfrriant
a stale, i can una wU1 then be given a nurnber aad
only in .misanthropy. I glare bale- ft t time on wfll fae M
u v. and occasionally even throw . .. . . ,.cv
rocks at tne people i meet,. Bnd thus his individuality, will h.
On this day, however, I cnancea compjeteiy preserved. He will
to meet a slight acquaintance of tQ fc
by this number. His anonymity,
mine w n 1 1 e
stopping for a
red light. He
a lilting tune,
and his face
joy and good
will. I immed
Ul lain wuai f
such an un
play. He told me that he had just
been talking to some of the school
administrators, and they had un
folded to him a plan which would way
totally eliminate the conflicts and "It's a wonderful idea." he said,
contradictions of undergraduate taking a qulcK step lorwara.
life that cause a student to lose
My heart leaped within my
breast; I was eager to hear. I
have no doubt that much of the re
sponsibility for my own loss of in-
room, for fear that he might make
friends with other students. Meals
will be served through a crack in
the door, and lectures will be piped
in over an inter-com system. The
student will not have to make any
decisions for himself; everything
will be taken care of by the uni
versity. After four years, he will
graduate, a bit pale and flabby
from lack of sunlight and exercise,
but well-educated, and possessed of
a mind free from conflicts."
At this point, I detected a look of
madness in the eyes of my com
panion, and I started to back
I hit him a good one across the
bridge of his nose with a sash
weight and ran home.
There is our problem, gentlemen.
I feel that it is too big to fight out
in the open. I dont know what
dividuality lies in the conflicts and you're going to do, but I'm going
contradictions .of .undergraduate
"What is this plan?" I asked,
underground. If any of you wish
to join me, send a card addressed
to the Gaunt Guerilla. I'll get in
naively expecting a proposed turn touch with you.
Hands Across The Campus
Cannot Go Back
Quite frequently upon making a
new aquaintance and disclosing that
I am a foreign student, more speci
fically a Lithuanian one, have been
asked the questifcn whether I plan
to go back to my country. The
answer to that is not a simple yes
or no type and is complicated by
the fact that my plans have very
little to do with it. As things stand
now, I cannot go back.
If the above question couid serve
as a classification of foreign stu
dents, we could divide tliem into
two tentative groups. The onea who
can and the ones who cannot go
home. I did not use the word want
on purpose, because that of course
depends on the individual.
The ones who cannot go back are
without exception from countries
presently behind the Iron Curtain.
This includes the Latvians, Lithu
anians, Estonians, Poles, Ukrani
ans and Czechoslovakians on this
campus. According to University
figures there are 57 of us. The oth
er group of course is made up of
students from all other parts of the
How did we get here? I can an
swer that question specifically for
myself, but to a large extent this
applies to the other students as
well. We fled our homes when the
close of World War II when the
Russian armies were pushing the
Germans back, and our countries
were unfortunate and too small to
stand in their way. At the time
we thought of it as just a tempo
rary arrangement and believed that
the end of World War II, the war
that was fought to preserve free
dom. Evidently that did not apply
to small countires. The Baltic na
tions were by force incorporated
into the Soviet bloc as U.S.S.R.
Republics, the rest were made sat
elites, and we were stranded in
Western Germany with no place to
It was a five-year wait until the
Displaced Persons, the name we
became known by, were given op
portunity to emigrate.
Coming back to the original ques
tion, I do plan to go back when
ever it is at all possible.' This of
course in no way reflects my likes
or dislikes of the U.S.A. For the
record, I like the United States
very much, and Nebraska in par
ticular, but a man's own country is
his home and I do not think the
statement needs any more elabo
ration. In ten years though, I've
lost a lot of optimism and believe
that without a third World War an
opportunity to go back will not pre
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