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Friday, April 22, 1955
Nebraskpn Editorials
A Different AVJS Point System
Until definite arrangements are made be
tween Student Council and the AWS Board, a
certain amount of confusion must exist in the
minds of women students participating in ac
tivities. At the present time, women are sub
ject to two sets of rules governing their par
ticipation in activities, and there are differences
in the two systems. In some cases AWS point
system would be more strict; in others the
Student Council's. The major difference is that
AWS has jurisdiction over sororities and a few
women's organizations not included on the Stu
dent Council list. Therefore, many cases might
arise where a woman holding offices in two
organizations and also her sorority would be
overpointed, whereas her position with the
Council would be safe.
As it stands now, a woman would be respon
sible to which ever ruling was the most strict
in her particular case. However, the Student
Council is on the top as far as jurisdiction s
concerned, so that the AWS point system would
be of value only in fringe cases arising from in
consistencies in the two systems. For the most
part, the previous work of the point chairman
and her committee in AWS will be adequately
taken care of through Dean Hallgren's office
and the Student Council. This means that a
reevaluation of the AWS point system, unless it
is to claim a responsibility that is no longer
necessary, is a necessity.
At first glance, it seems that the fringe
cases previously cited would not justify con
tinuation of the point system in AWS, since
most of this would be taken care of by the
Student Council without help or advice from
AWS. However, differences in the two systems
are due to differences in the reasons given for
the two systems.
According to the Council president, the SC
action was taken for one basic purpose to pre
vent one person from gaining too much prestige,
authority or power. The AWS point system has
a three-fold purpose: 1. to prevent a woman
from being overworked, 2. to protect organiza
tions from having officers who cannot perform
their duties and 3. to spread positions and of
fices among more women.
The reasons for the AWS point system allow
for exceptions to the rule. According to AWS
philosophy there might be cases in which a
woman could be overpointed and still not vio
late the basic premises upon which the system
is formed. For this reason, AWS has an ap
peal botui. Student Council will not have an
appeal board, becUe a person has too much
prestige, authority or j ower as soon as he vio
lates the system whlc'a they have set up.
Regardless of any machinery which the AWS
Board may have set up, a woman is respon
sible first and foremost to the Student Council,
except, as has been stated, in certain fringe
cases. The question then is, taking the three
principles upon which the point system is
founded, does AWS have a legitimate reason for
continuing the point system in view of the Stu
dent Council action?
Sorority offices constitute a broad area on
the campus. The Council has no authority over
sororities and fraternities, and they are further
more unrelated to the Council's basic premise.
A house presidency does not entail prestige,
authority or power in the same sense that presi
dent of AUF does. It does, however, entail an
amount of work which makes the first two AWS
principles applicable. Granting the principles
of AWS, then, the organization does have a
legitimate reason for continuing its limitation of
women in activities.
However, AWS will not be operating the
point system in the same sense that it was
prior to the Student Council action, and women
would not be responsible to AWS in the same
way. There will be dual control, but not over
lapping of control. The AWS point system will
be merely an extension of the Student Council
rules, justified by the difference in reasons for
the two system. K. N.
Mother Political Faux Pas
The dismissal of State Department executive
Edward Corsi has thrown the Department back
into the tiger-pit of party politics and once again
embarassed the Eisenhower administration.
Corsi, who was a political power in the Dewey
machine of New York, was lifted by Attorney
General Erownell into an important State De
partment position, administering the Refugee
Relief Act of 1953. But Corsi had made political
enemies even before he entered the Department,
and he had expressed a disdain for the Mc-Carran-Walter
Imigration Act. v
Corsi claims to have never disparaged the
refugee program, but admitted he was an out
spoken opponent of the general immigration pro
gram. This attitude, and what was described as
"poor judgement, loose treatment of the truth,
and scorn for the law," by Democratic con
gressman Francis E. Walter, led to a series of
cloak-and-dagger high level meetings and fin
ally to Corsi 's dismissal.
A Senate subcommittee is investigating the
case, but whatever its findings, Corsi will still
be out of his job, and the State Department
will still have another scar to heal. These scars
of periodic purges and "axings" of Department
underlings are beginning to embarass the Ad
ministration, and hurt its prospects for alluring
future career diplomats and top liberal politic
ians. Corsi told the Senate committee that just be
fore his dismissal he had been told by Secre
tary of State Dulles that it would be less em
barassing for Dulles if Corsi was dismissed,
thus averting a hassle with Congress. In this
case, Dulles was proved wrong, but regardless,
this , seeming weakness of Dulles' part con
tinued a harmful precedent in government serv
ice. Every conscientious government official that
is released or demoted because of political pres
sure shows up a weakness in the administration.
Too long a continuation of this precedent will
prompt other talented and hard-working politi
cians and government men to think twice be
fore accepting a position with a government
It seems only reasonable for a conscientious
employee to expect to be courageously and
vigorously defended by his superiors, and to
expect a certain amount of safety from outside
pressure. It seems only reasonable to also ex
pect one's superiors to consider one's case main
ly on the basis of work done in the department
and not be influenced by what one said outside of
the government about politics. It is quite pos
sible for someone to do a good job with a pro
gram he does not necessarily advocate.
College students, planning to enter govern
ment service or the foreign service, must con
sider these factors carefully before going on
in those fields. Working for the government has
become too precarious for many otherwise tal
ented and interested young men. The turn-over
in these fields has been too large, and the effects
of such an incident as the Corsi affair are too
devasting. No matter how many counter-charges
and accusations Corsi may make, he will still
undoubtedly suffer the greatest damage him
self. Such a dismissal is a smear on his name
and a difficult one to wipe off.
The point is not whether Corsi deserved to be
removed, but how he was removed. The de
tails will be forgotten quickly, but the memory
of the quick dismissal in an atmosphere of po
litical pressure will hang on. It will be re
called again, along with the other half-remembered
cases like it, when the young men in col
leges and high schools today consider devoting
their lives to government service. And those
young men are far more important than Corsi.
R. H.
Campus Circuits
World Of Shortcut Knowledge
Harbors Intellectual Softies
From The College Eye
Iowa State Teachers College
Since it was raining the other day, and
we had nothing better to do, we dropped into
one of the local bookshops and began to browse
around. We performed our scholastic duty by
duly noting the Modern Library and Mentor
selections, and then moved on to those paper
bound Volumes which bring joy to the hearts
of college students.
But before we had left the more academic
elections we could not help noticing some of
the mighty titles of these learned tomes. There
before our bewitched eyes paraded in all their
glory these weighty works: Van Loon's "Story of
Mankind"; Durant's "Story of Philosophy";
Wells' "Outline of History"; great and small
treasuries of poetry; cuttings from the. writings
of the great men of history. These books struck
a responsive chord in our American souls, and
caused us to reflect just a bit.
Why is it, we asked ourselves, that we soph
isticated Americans ask for and receive all man
ner of shortcuts, compressions, selections, anth
ologies, condensations and outlines when we go
In search for knowledge? Why are we seldom
satisfied with what a writer says or the way
he saya it, but must seek out what someone
else thinks about what the author said, in a
streamlined, cut down, shortened and inevitably
weakened way?
Perhaps, we thought to ourselves, we as a
nation are becoming intellectually soft. We have
eome to expect our culture to be served to us
on a foreshortened platter. So accustomed have
w become to technological shortcuts that we
feel any attempt to educate us must be equally
quick, fast, and easy as a do-it-your?lf kit.
What is the use of reading a novel when the
Reader's Digest will give you a version that
can be reed during the television commercials?
Why torture yourself by wading through War
and Peace or Das Kapital when any number of
learned gentlemen will explain what these folks
meant to say, without all the fuss of actual
reading? We find that anyone can learn to speak
French or play the piano or become an irresist
able salesman if one has ten dollars and is
willing to study one hour a day for three weeks.
However, we reminded ourselves, we must
not be hasty in our condemnation of this tend
ency. We must be objective and thoughtful and
slow to make up our minds. It might well be that
our craving for the easy way is not so bad after
all. After all, it certainly is good that peopHe
want knowledge In any form, even if they do
want it in three easy, painless installments. It
could be that this is the way to wean people
away from their television sets. ,
But a wee small voice, hidden way down
deep inside of us, raised its ugly little head and
asked in a critical voice if we really believed
that nonsense. It follows, reasoned this destroyer
of complacency, that anyone who wants Faust in
a thimble really doesn't want Faust at all. This
parasite, our remnant of an acadence conscience
continued, wants only the ghost of Faust to dis
play before his admiring friends. Not knowing
how to answer the arguments of our conscience
we stunned him with a quick blow to the head
with a copy of humorous quotations and merrily
went our way.
The Nebraskan
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Dear Editor:
A study of sociology, mass psy
chology and spring can provide
the only reason for Thursday even
ing's riot. Inspired by the wel
comed warm weather, a group of
students started a harmless water
fight. Crowds gathered as crowds
usually do; and without using its
head, this mob moved by emotion
rather than by brains as crowds
always do when under the spell
of mob hysteria.
A study of psychology can pro
vide the only reason for the State
Legislature's possible use of the
riot as an excuse for refusing
the Chancellor's budget request.
And the same study might show
one reason why the Administration
is taking such serious steps against
students identified in the riot.
The University has had similar
riots, some not so serious, others,
perhaps, worse. It is fact, not
opinion, that few can be expected
to "think" once a riot starts snow
balling. Nevertheless, this is no
excuse for the riot.
It is, however, an important con
sideration for v the Administration.
For their thoughtlessness, a few
students are being severely pun
ished. The black mark on their
records could easily ruin their
lives, although it is to be hoped
that they have the mental stamina
to face the black mark with chins
up. Nevertheless, expulsion from
school will always be present to
plague their lives and ambitions.
Of course, such action shows the
Legislature that the Administra
tion is "doing something." There
fore these few students must help
the Administration to appease the
budget committee and public opin
ion. Punishment, it must be ad
mitted, is unavoidable, and it is
inevitable that some students must
serve as examples. But the life
long punishment for those who had
no previous offense and who did
not damage property is inexcus
ableeven at the price of $3,000,
000. In addition, one fraternity must
suffer social probation for its water
fight a spring prank which was
hardly intended to start the damag
ing riot. This punishment, too,
is unavoidable; the members knew
better. But its terms are unreason
able. With its spring formal only
a week away, the fraternity had
reserved a ball'-oom and had pur
chased favors for dates. Instead of
allowing the fraternity to continue
with its formal plans, the Admini
stration began the probation im
mediately. It is one thing to be
just; another to be blindly un
reasonable. Some must be punished. They
did not use their brains and de
struction was the result. It is hoped
that after the University budget
is decided and after state-wide
comment calms down, the Admin
istration will contemplate its ac
tions and consider, justly, fairly
and calmly, appeals from the ex
pelled students. Also it is hoped
that in the future (for there is the
possibility of a future riot just
as there are more springs to come),
the Administration will punish its
examples with probations and fines,
not with a black mark which can
never be explained nor erased.
Dear Editor:
The pantie raid seems to me to
be the result of a request which
was made to me when I left for
college: it was "Have fun, but
behave yourself!" (I'm sure this
was also told to many other stu
dents, too.) The answer seems to
be this; "Well, mom, what shall
it be, have fun OR behave my
self?" The students have chosen
to have "fun," as they choose to
call it.
Little more can be added to the
story in the Rag except to say
that we have lost the increase of
funds which we, the students, so
earnestly desired; part of these
funds would have gone into the
opening of Love Library on Sun
days. I am not an honor student nor
a playgirl. I am simply a person
that enjoys to study as well as to
have a good, clean and re
spectable time. It seems to me
that this excess energy could have
been devoted to a little bit more
studying; that is, if the students
can find the time. Because, after
all, studying DOES interfere with
such delightful occupations as
frightening people into hysteria,
waving bras and panties in the
air with a cry of "look what I
have!" the complete and abso
lute destruction of both clothes
and property, and bringing the
bolishment of our won privileges
as well as abolishment to the rep
utation of . the University of Ne
National Guard
Dear Editor:
After four of these bastardly re
hearsals an air of indignity is
pointed at the people in authority
and time is draiwng near.
If I had the responsibilities of
the University of Nebraska be
neath my jurisdiction I would
proper channels to use the services
of the National Guard. This must
be a known fact. On tccasion
should property damage approach
an unreasonable figure, the serv
ices of this unit would be in
itiated. The burden of related property
damage must be assessed against
the mob concurrent to civil law
There are methods for quelling
and controlling mob action and
the mobber.
Furthermore, the neutralizing
effect suggested by the Nebraskan
warrants merit. It behooves one
to take hold of himself once in a
while and accept our fellowman's
This two-fisted approach will
stymie events and will save our
beloved female a panty or two.
The stage is set every spring
and. as a pessimist, I must admit,
panties and what have you will be
swiped, but on the other hand, mob
action will not persist with the in
evitable and dare you not doubt it.
Respectfully suggested to The
Nebraskan and Lincoln Evening
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Hortenco 'n Gertruds
Human Behavior
Amid Foodstuffs
"Hortence, I went to the grocery three women played Bologna Jum
store this afternoon." ble. When they were finished, they
"Good. We eat again! I trust had a game of Braunschweiger
you came home with three six- Bust."
packs of tonic water."
"I couldn't pronounce Schweppe.
We're back to Cliquot. However,
that's not the point. I was observ-
Couldn't you find the beer sa
"I gave up. At the fruit counter
while searching for a really big
ing human behavior amid the food- orange, the pyramid collapsed.
Knee-deep in oranges.
"I told you to wear Bermuda
'So I thought, To heck with it,
"Greedy little fingers, eh, Ger
"When I ' ent in, I extracted a
metal basket from a swarming we'll just have weiners.' Off to
nest of such objects, bounced from the bread rack I went. There was
it a small boy, and went to the an old harridan wearing flowered
vegetable counter." chintz, playing Loaf Squish. I was
"Getting awfully healthful these glad that I only wanted buns."
days, aren't you?" "Dreadful."
"Standing right in front of me "Every single loaf of bread had
was a Lettuce Hefter. She was been dented."
the female counterpart of "After"
pictures of the 93-pound weakling.
Not a head of lettuce was left
"I hear the wheat crop is going
to be smaller this year."
"Plague, drouth, disaster and
that she hadn't played handball riots! I'm going back to grits and
with against the plywood display- cornpone
Where's the grits department
at the Hinky-Dinky?"
"There was no use. I finally
bought three boxes of tea bags
"How absorbing."
"Some people can't resist heavy
heads. Next to her was a Canta
loupe Puncher. With one horny, and a bag of candy corn."
calloused thumb, she dented in "That's nothing new."
the ends of 43 cantaloupes before "After paying the greasy-handed
she found a good one." cashier, I escaped. And if Wash-
"Obviously you were disgusted." ington wants to support agricul
"This wasn't the worst. At the ture, I'm not going to even ask for
meat counter, I stood aghast as my tax refund next year."
Jest JestitV
New Philosophy
In Troubled Days
This column isn't going to be be a lousy soldier, always on re
in my usual vein of light-hearted rort.
humor. I fear that my readers, if "It happened that soon after
such there be, are beginning to these two entered the Army a
think of me as derelict and de- global war broke out Jim and Bob
praved. Of course, that isn't true, were both sent into action with
I'm really a pleasant, uncompli- the same outfit and were killed
cated fellow, trying to perform in an atomic bomb blast." Mo
some service for my community, ral: Some people can't see the
In order to remove any miscon- forest for the trees, but when the
ceptions people may have about bombs start to fall, it won't make
me, I'm going to tell a rather se- much difference anyway.
rious story today.
"This is the story of two boys.
I shall call them Jim and Bob,
because these names bring to
mind typical American, boys, tall,
athletic, not handsome but good
looking, bright but far from intel
lectual. And In truth, they were
of this sort, and like all people
of this type it was practically im
possible to distinguish them from
many thousands of their counter
parts. -
"There was, however, one qual
ity which they did not have in
common although this difference
did not appear until they entered
college and enrolled in ROTC. They
soon discovered that while Jim
liked the military system. Bob
didn't care for it at all. Jim wore
his uniform proudly and always
carried himself in the military
manner. Bob, on the other hand,
was sloppy and sarcastic, often re
ferring to his class as "people
killing' or 'blood-spilling.
"I am sorry to report that this
difference in opinion became a
point of contention between them
and led to a cooling of their friend
ship. Jim insisted that being an
off icer . would be a good deal in
case a war broke out, but Bob just
couldn't see it that way and stub
bornly refused to be persuaded,
saying that he would wait for the
draft and take his chances.
"After the necessary four years,
both graduated. Jim received his
commission and soon proved him
self to be a good officer, finding
the life quite to his liking. Bob
was drafted, and because he had
such a poor attitude turned out to
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