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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 15, 1955)
H Vol. 55, No. 7)
RemeVf To Speak
More than 450 students with out
standing scholarship will be hon
ored at the 27th annual Honors
Convocation Tuesday at 10.15 a.m.
In the Coliseum.
The Very Rev. Carl M. Rein
ert, president of Creighton Uni
versity in Omaha, will speak on
"What Price Higher Education?"
Classes will be dismissed from
10 a.m. to noon.
Students to be honored "are in
the upper 10 per cent of their
colleges, based on accumulative
grade averages. i
Upper S Per Cent
In addition, seniors who rank
in the upper S per cent or have
appeared on the honor roll' for
the past three years will be hon
Approximately 600 students will
be honored as winners of awards
and scholarships during the year.
Honorary and professional organiza
tions Which have one-third or -more
of their members named in the
program will be lecognized.
The University Foundation Dis
tinguished Teaching Award in the
Humanities and Social Sciences
end the Foundation award for Dis
tinguished Teaching, in the Physi
cal and Technological Sciences
will be conferred to two ( faculty
members by Chancellor Clifford
Hardin and Earl Cline, Founda
Directed by Emanuel Wishnow,
professor of violin, the University
Symphony Orchestra will open the
program with the "Overture to Eg-
Plans Saturday Dance
The Cosmopolitan Club Spring
Dance will be N held Saturday in
Union Rooms, 313 and 315 from
Uve Kapsi, chairman of the
event, has invited all interested
students to attend. Admission is
free. Dancing, games and -refreshments
will be featured.
Three discussion groups will be
held for the AWS Workshop, April
26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Union
Topics for discussion are "Coed
Follies," "Making the Most of Col
lege Opportunities" and "AWS
and Its Responsibility to the Cam
pus." Paula Broady and Kay Nosky,
AWS president and vice president,
will give a brief report on the
national AWS convention held at
the University of Kansas during
Spring vacation. '
All coeds may attend the Work
shop, said Mary Domingo, Work
A Panhellenic-sponsored style
show will be the main feature of
annual Legacy Weekend, April 15-
17, according to Mary EHerbrock,
style show chairman.
The "style show is the only ac
tivity bl the weekend which will
include legacies of all sororities
at one gathering, Miss Ellerbrock
said. The event will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday in Ellen Smith Hall.
House presidents andjrush chair
men will attend the style show
with the legacies. Each house se
lected one girl as a representa
tive in the style show.
Models are: Mary Huston, Kappa
Alpha Theta; Phyllis Waybright,
Alpha Xi Delta; Roma Lundstrom,
Gamma Phi Beta; Sharol Eirick,
Alpha Omicron Pi; Gretchen Paul,
Chi pmega; Joyie Wiederspan,
Alpha Chi Omega.
Carolyn Spahh, Pi Beta Phi;
Grace Chudley, Delta Delta Delta;
Marilyn Heck, Kappa Kappi Gam
ma; Pat Menke, Delta Gamma;
Judy Whittaker, Alpha Phi; Barb
Sobrin, Sigma Delta Tau, and Mary j
Ann Burcum, Kappa Delta.
Beginners bridge lessons will be
heid Wednesday at 5 p.m.' in
Union Parlors Y and Z. The les
sons, part of the free series spon
sored by the Union, are taught
by James Porter, assistant pro
fessor of architecture.
mont." The Rev. Harold C. San
dall of Grace Methodist Church
will give the invocation.
Chancellor Hardin Will preside,
and Sharon Mangold, student rep
resentative of the Honors Convo
cation Committee, will introduce
High School Principal
Father Reinert was appointed
president of Creighton University
at the age of 57. He attended
the Jesuit seminary at Florissant,
Mo., and St. Louis University where
he received his A.B., M.A. and
Ph. L. degrees.
Before his appointment to Creigh
ton University, he was a high
school principal in Prairie du Chien.
Wis., and ail instructor at the
Creighton high school.
Father Reinerfs brother, the
Very Rev. Paul C. Reinert, is the
president of St. Louis University.
Another brother, James, was or
dained a Je'suit.
Father Reinert is a member of
numerous civic and educational or
ganization including the Cham
ber of Commerce, American Red
Cross land the American Associa
tion of Related Colleges and Uni
versities. See page 4 for list f scholar
ship and award w'nners during past
year, who will be recognized at
sl 3 & k &
By FRED DALY
Early estimates from the Vari
ous sorority houses could reveal
no actual figures as to the cost of
the damages, but losses due to
theft and destruction were said
to be "considerable" from many
Incomplete reports gathered by
the Nebraskan were as follows:
Kappa Kappa , Gamma: Slight
damage, broken windows, vases,
Alpha Chi Omega: First floor
water damage, muddied carpets,
stolen drapes. Rioters entered
through a third floor fire escape
and a front window.
Chi Omega: Broke into locked
chapter room, disrupted sleeping
dorm, overturned bunks, damaged
electric blankets. Large amounts
of personal belongings were -taken
from second-floor rooms.
Pi Beta Phi: Lingerie ward
robes stolen, five cashmere sweat
ers taken. House was broken into
through basement window. Rioters
locked themselves in the house
mother's quarters to escape the
girls and broke but through a
Kappa Delia: Housemother's
door broken down. Clothing was
taken and feathers were spread
throughout the house from pillows.
Delta Gamma: Broke down
screen door, pushing the house
mother down. Boys trying to keep
the rioters out of the house fought
them on the second floor balcony,
finally causing them to leave All
rooms on second floor were en
tered, causing the pilfering of
large amounts of clothing. One
of the defender's noses was broken
in the fight, spilling blood.
Alpha XI Delta: Only one rioter
entered the house, being immedi
ately turned away by the house
mother who shined a flashlight in
his face. Screens were removed
from dining room window? and
panes were broken as rioters 'at
tempted to enter only to be turned
away by the light.
Delta Delta Delta: Many win
dows broken, some by boards.
Rioters entered through a base
ment window and the back door.
Carpet damaged by water from a
Statements of platform and
policy from all student who
hare filed lr the Student Conn-
ell college eleetfotis should be
Submitted to Glenna Berry Fri
day. Statements may be left In the
Council box In the Union Base
ment. The statements shmrtd In
clude the individual's stand an
matters of Council policy in 25
words or less.
For more Information, stu
dents may contact Miss Berry
at 2-4X96 or 2-7875.
University of Nebraska
Two faculty members will each
be awarded $1,000 and a medal for
distinguished service in teaching
at the Honors Convocation Tues
day at 10:15 a.m. in the Coliseum.
The Distinguished Teaching
Awards in Humanities and Social
Sciences and in Physical and Tech
nological Sciences are made pos
sible by a University Foundation
The fund was established last
year, and the first recipient was
Lane W. Lancaster, professor of
To recognize the differences in
teaching techniques of the two
fields of social and pure sciences,
the Foundation has decided to
honor two professors each year,
said Bruce Nicoll, administrative
assistant to the chancellor.
Chancellor Clifford Hardin and
Foundation President Earl Cline
Vwill present the awards.
hose. Rioters were turned back by
six men defending the front door
and by hot water thrown from
windows by the girls.
.Gamma Phi Beta: Doors were
broken down, some rioters enter
ing by a third floor fire escape
and a basement window. General
clothing stolen. 1
Kappa Alpha Theta: Not much
damage to the house other than a
weakened stair railing. Heavy
losses reported in lingerie, other
clothing. House president knocked
"aside by the mob, which entered
through the front door.
Alpha Omicron Pi: No damage.
A few rioters entered a third-floor
steeping dorm and left immedi-'
Alpha Phi: Doors and windows
broken. Mob entered through back
door, third floor dorm. Clothing,
lingerie, jewelry reported missing.
No water damage. Beds torn
Women's Dorm: Heavy water
damage. Clothing pilfered, stuffed
animals lifted. Mud splattered,
front sidewalk covered with oil
from overturned car.
The Tassel Tea for the selection
of new members will be April 24
at 3 p.m. at the1 Alpha Chi Omega
house, Shirley Rosenberg, presi
Organized houses have nominat
ed two candidates each to attend.
Houses will receive one member
ship, except Alpha Xi Delta which
receives two due to graduation of
Candidates are: Kappa Alpha
Theta, Sandra Kadlecek and Bev
erly Buck; Pi Beta Phi, Sara
Alexander and Janet Shrader; Del
ta Delta Delta, Donna Sawvell and
Joanne Bender; Alpha Phi, Nancy
Tucker and June Stefanisin.
Sigma Delta Tau, Ruthann Chud
acoff, Gloria Reisbord; Alpha Chi
Omega, Charlene Ferguson and
Mary Laura Prettier; Alpha Xi
Delta, Patricia Shaller, Sheila
Scott, Karen Newton and Sally
Lasse; Gamma Phi Beta, Kay
Cleason and Judy Ramey.
Kappa Kappa Gamma, Holly
Hawke and Carolyn Carter; Love
Memorial, Helen Bishop and
Elaine Sackschewsky; Terrace
Hall, Nancy Johnson and Laurel
Morris; International House, Janet
Felt and Doris Erickson; Loom is
Hall, Mary Fritts and Evonne
Elnsphar, and Kappa Delta, Bar
bara Millnitz and Barbara Coon-rad.
The Inevitable Rio
The riotous spectacle produced at the University of
Nebraska Thursday night by more than 1500 students
resembled the barbaric pillaging of a group of uncivilized
Just What prompted such a display of uncontrolled
mob action will be attributed by outside newspapers,
radio and TV as childishness and immaturity resulting
from a lack of emphasis on the academics of a college
education. But this year's riot was based on more than
just lack of academic emphasis. It was the culmination
of campus opinion on certain University methods of regu
lation and expressed in the most violent forms of human
Regardless of those who say a spring riot was inevi
table due to tradition and human nature, The Nebraskan
maintains that this year's riot could have been avoided.
There was no possible excuse for the thousands of dollars
worth of damage done by the rioters just as there is no
possible excuse the Lincoln city police force or the Uni
versity police can offer for not seeing that the initial
harmless "milling" did not turn into a rampant mob.
The University Administration has no excuse for
allowing the riot to happen. Precidence indicated that
such a possibility existed and more efforts on the pait
of the Administration to curtail even the desire to stage
a riot could and should have been exerted. And these
should have been exerted through the STUDENTS, not
the Student Council.
The Nebraskan has repeatedly urged the special com
mittee established by the Student Council to speed up
plans for an All-University Spring Event Day in the hopes
that should such a Day be initiated with the right timing,
the possibility of a riot would be lessened. The Nebras
kan gave its opinion on how the committee should have
been selected to include as many STUDENTS not
activity people as possible and still be small enough to
There Is no excuse for the chaos of Thursday night
and there will never be an acceptable excuse as long as
the Administration and the student body mantain a dis
respect for one another brought about by a mutual indif
ference and resulting in ignorance of each other's needs,
wants and rigths.
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How It Started
Members of Alpha Omicron
Pi are besieged by buckets of
water at approximately 7 p.m.
f j iQyj if Ended
The riot ended with a final
demonstration on 14th and P Sts.
where a trash can was set on
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i Thursday night. The resulting
riot spread to all houses on cam-
pus where thousands of dollars
fire and pushed into the street
by the car on the right. The
car nearly turned over. Follow
By DICK FELLMAN
Starting with what seemed to be
a friendly, innocent water fight, a
full-fledged riot gained momentum
and grew into a leaderless mob
spreading wanton destruction over
the entire campus Thursday evening.
By 10:30 p.m., the mob seemed J
to be heading down 16th Street to
wards downtown Lincoln. During
the three hours of mayhem, all
but two sororities had been brok
en into. In each case, damage
had been reported, sometimes
reaching estimates of "much over
Reports were given of stolen
money and radios, pilfered cloth
ing, broken windows, muddied
floors and the inevitable
"panties." Exact estimates of
specific damage were unavailable,
but approximations were given by
many sorority leaders and house
mothers. Some girls claimed that
individual losses of lingerie and
cashmere sweaters amounted to
more than $50.
The actual riot began by '"pre
liminary horseplay" when the Phi
Psis threw water at the Theta
and AOPi houses. Fron". there,
people were observed entering the
crowd from all sources. First
hand reports indicated the crowd
"seemed to be getting younger as
time went on." Many observers
said the mob included large
groups of people who seemed like
high school students and students
from other local colleges. Towards
the end of the evening many fra
ternity pledge groups were help
ing "stand guard" and cleaned up
the disheveled sorority houses.
After the riot had become full
blown, the mob moved in front of
the Girls' Dorm. During the next
30 to 45 minutes the Dorm was
stormed twice. In each case, the
participating members of the mob
were encouraged by bystanders
and some few occupants of the
From' there, the mob moved to
the Kappa House where they broke
windows on the second floor and
entered, spreading the. destruction
that, by this time, seemed routine
to the uncontrolled group.
After going back to the Dorm
and starting a fire in the street,
the group moved successively to
CourtMy Lincoln Journal
worth of personal property was
taken. Water fights began on 16th
and S. Sts.
ing this, the mob disbanded at
approximately 11:30 p.m.
JWimof 10MI'I fUTMJ3
the Chi Omega, Pi Phi, Gamma
Phi, Kappa Delt, Delta Gamma,
Alpha Xi, Trl Delt, Theta AOPi,
Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi and finally
back cm the sorority rounds
again. By this time the entire bo
rority "row" had been invaded.
At 9:15 p.m., a fire was started
in the middle of the intersection
of 16th and "R" Streets. From
this point, the mob assaulted a lo
cal city bus and began rocking it
and terrorizing the passengers,
A woman watching the group
snapped a picture. Within sec
onds the crowd had literally cap
tured the film, breaking Into th
car and lifting it from the ground.
Moving back to the dorm, a
Model A Ford was carried front
behind the Lutheran Student Hous
to the front steps of the Dorm.
Windows were broken, and the caf
was tipped on its top. Alcohol and
oil was leaking from the engine.
Thursday evening Chancellor
Hardin was in York. Deans J. P.
Colbert and Frank Hallgren were
at the scene of the riot but offered
Campus police had Jurisdiction
over the area involved in the riot.
City police Capt. Graves reported
he had extra men standing by to
be called in by the campus police
when the situation Went "out of
control He said there was a
standing agreement to allow the
campus police control over such
' Last night's riot was the third
in four years. According to many
observers, last year's riot was ft
street dance compared to what
happened Thursday. In previous
years, the riots have been towards
the middle of May.
Currently plans are underway
for a large spring activity, origi
nally hoped to c-uell any chances
of another display. Rumors, heard
throughout the riot area, said the
riot was ""supposed to be Text
An estimated 150 to 250 persons
then marched down 16th street t
O street and then to the intersec
tion of 12th and O streets. There
they turned toward the Lincoln
Theater where a display window
was broken. The group turned
down 13th street to the Varsity
and Stuart Theaters. Both build
ings were locked.
Dispersing at 14th and P streets
the rioters had seemingly lost
Ticket sales for the Kosmet
Klub Spring Show 'Bloomer Girl'
April 21-23, are on sale at special
booths and from Kosmet Hub
The booths are located at Walt's
Music Store, Nebraska Theater
and the Union. Ticket prices in
clude $1.10 for upper balcony, $1.50
for main floor, and $1.80 for re
"Bloomer Girl," a musical com
edy about a hoopskirt manufactur
er, ran on Broadway for nearly
700 performances in 1944. The or
iginal New York version starred
The romantic leads in the play,
Evalina and Jeff, will be played
by Cecilia TeSelle and Monty Mo
Mahon. Evalina, the only unmar
ried daughter of the Applegate
family, joins up with a woman
emancipation movement, being led
by Dolly Bloomer, played by Kathy
Eveline's father, Marv Stro
nger as Horatio Applegate, does
all he Can to bring Jeff and Eva
lina together, to marry off liis last
daughter and to try to prevent "her
from abandoning her hoopskirt
Despite Horatio's obstinacy Eva
lina is not easy to coerce, and,
L. fact, more of the Applegate clan
are recruited into the Bloomer
The play takes place during the
period at the beginning of the lvil
War. Horatio's grand presentation
of liis newly modelled hoopskirt is
upset by the Bloomer Girl agita
tion and an attempt -to catch a
runaway slave belonging to Jeff
and his brother Hamilton, impor
tant loopskirt buyers from the
"Bloomer Girl" songs are writ
ten by popular composer Harold
Arlen. Familiar songs are "Eva
lina," "Right as the Rain,"
"Grandma was a Lady" and "Wel
come Hinges on the Door."
Ellie Guillitit plays Mrs. Apple
gate, Peggy Larson "will be the
maid Daisy, who also joins the
Bloomer movement, agitating from
woman suffrage. Forrest Stith is
Jeff's slave Pompey, who followed
his master to the Applegate nome.
Hamilton Is played by Jim Bolltie.
Supporting these principles will
be George Hunker as -Gus, Skip
Weatherford as the Sheriff and Ce
cil Hatcher as Alexander. The
Applegate daughters are plgyed by "
Diane Knoi.ek, -Jane Stevens, Nor
ma Brossard, Katy Ke'ley and
Murt Pickett. Sons-ln-low cf the
Applegates are played by Morpan
Holmes, Dick Harvey, Fred Allen
and Gene Scranton.
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