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Wednesday, April 27, 1955
Nebraskan Editorials'
r.Yislahe M Mistake
The long awaited and belated Spring Event
has been essentially scrapped except for one
aspect of it which because of contract obli
gations could not be canceled the All-University
Actually what prompted the cancellation of
the fun-and-fracas which was to herald the
coming of Spring with such potency that the
student body would become oblivious to any
such enticement as a spring riot was the pre
mature tea-party held April 15. Because of this
the Spring Event was called off probably be
cause its sponsors felt its purpose was no longer
There have been whispered rumors that the
real reason for the death of the Spring Event
was the possibility that another riot might re
sult from the strenuous activities orginally
planned for the day and that if such a possi
bility ezsisted it would be better to eliminate
the possibility by eliminating the source of its
existence. Other rumors have asserted that it
is a form of punishment for the entire student
body or that publicity to the effect that the
University was holding a play-day for its stu
dents would further insense the out-state aud
ience now convinced of the University student's
overly-playful attitude.
What The Nebraskan would like to point out
is this: First, the Spring Event is needed now
more than ever before for its possible influence
on the future. Second, that the Spring Event
is not a bad ifiea but that in its initial stages
it is not as ali-appealing or as potent a weapon
as it could be made in the future.
Cancellation of the Spring Event in its orig
inal form is a mistake. Its purpose is still
valid and could be prooved valid if it were
given a chance. Students need some compar
ison to a Spring riot which would induce them
to support organized fun rather than disorgan
ized distraction. The Spring Event could give
them that comparison and at an ideal time
when the Appril 15 riot is still fresh' in their
memories. The original Spring Event would
furnish an example for students not only of their,
ability to have organized fun but also of the
University's attitude that it is necessary they
realize this ability.
The Spring Event has unfortunately been
limited, in its student support because of the
nature of its organizing body. In the future
planning of a Spring Event, which The Ne
braskan encourages, it would be well for those
sponsors to take into consideration the psychol
ogy of mass appeal and support and to put
it to practice.
The cancellation of the Spring Event appears
to be no more than an admission that a de
structive riot was allowed to take the place of
a constructive adventure in cooperation, human
relations and student development. J. H. B.
o Doom Or Gloom
The final Issue of The Nebraskan In the
spring semester of last year proclaimed a split
between Kosmet Elub and the University
Briefly, this is what happened:
The University theater, realizing the con
struction of the new Howell Theater, tried to
force Kosmet Hub to produce the Spring Show
as one of the Theater's productions and also
guarantee a specified amount as a result of Un
iversity Theater ticket sales (sold by KK
waters) in the falL
Kosmet Hnb thought these demands totally
unreasonable and decided to terminate their
working agreement with the University Theater.
By doing this, KK lost the professional di
recting and technical assistance which had been
furnished by the Theater. KK was not allowed
to produce their show in the new theater and
Theater equipment was not made available to
University Theater officials intimated that KK
would not be able to put on the show without
the aid of the Theater. Newly elected KK of
ficers said that the University Theater might
be right, but they would go ahead and a Spring
Show would be held next Spring.
The show was held and KK lost no more
money than usual.
Actually, there is no object lesson or moral
Involved in the KK success since University
Theater offered assistance in unofficial capacity
and KK hired professionals for direction of the
show. The University Theater sold tickets for
its productions through its affiliated student
organizations and was reasonably successful.
Almost everyone enjoyed the show, "Bloomer
The only valid comment that should be made
would be a congratulatory note. University
Theater had a fine selection of productions
highlighted by an opera, "The Consul," and the
Spring Show, as has been mentioned was a
moderate success.
Predictions of gloom and doom have come to
caught and an undesirable aftermath to an un
desirable incident has meen avoided for which
both parties should be commended but not
too highly since the original break up still
seems rather silly, even after the lapse of a
year. S. J.
Merger Proposed
A re-cccurrent comment among University
women is that the Coed Counselors organization
has very little purpose that too much organ
ization beads a large group of do-nothings.
If this is true, it is unfortunate that Coed Coun
selors win be included in the Student Council's
list of activities for its policy of leadership
limitation. The Associated Woman Students
Board and the Coed Counselors board are con
sidering the possibilities of reorganization and
consolidation. A few suggestions, therefore, are
la order.
An examination shows that Coed Counselors
does have worthwhile activities. It sponsors
the annual Penny Carnival for freshmen women
and heads the big sister program. To farther
its freshman orientation program, it sponsors
the Campus Know-How series and schedules
fcig-sister-licle sister parties and the style show
during the year.
However, the special activities are sporadic
and, with careful organization, should not re
quire much long-range planning. Aside from
such planned events, the big sister program has
2Qestionab value. la their organized bouses
and their activity groups, most freshman coeds
find counselors of their own choosing and such
advice as they may need. The big sisters them
selves, aside from the required summertime
letter and invitations to planned events, do j
little counseling on their own initiative. A huge
organization with little to do seems to be the
If AWS and Coed Counselors were to combine,
the activities of Coed Counselors would become
part of AWS functions. With a few extra board
members, the extra traditional activities could
be handled effectively, in the same way that
each group has a specific duty for most of
its board members. At the same time, each
member would have a continuing responsibility
in helping with the technical and governing
duties of AWS. If it were considered valuable,
the big sister program could be continued under
the chairmanship of one of the board members.
The plan is necessarily for the future, for of
ficers have been selected and duties have been
assigned for each organization. But before nom
ination time next spring, AWS and Coed Coun
selors should consider seriously the advantages
of reorganization and should make the decision
to combine. St. M.
Wewsreel U. 5. A.
From Araied Farces Talk
The film began with a shot of the Statue of
liberty. Ths was the United States symbol
ef freedom, explained the narrator, speaking in
Swedish. But, be cracked, it might be a good
Idea to look behind the show window and see
what life was really like in this "land of liberty.
Ia rapid succession pictures were shown of
city stens, of rickety cabins stag muddy roads,
of policemen battling striking workers, of the
Detroit race riot, which occured in 1543. Wail
ing 3zs bair0UDd
jesting every kind of vke.
TiJa was the United States as the Nazis tried
to portray it for Swedish audiences during
World War XL This was no trick photography,
fhe narrator assured his bearers. The film was
Amerkauvmade. Here was life ia America as
shown by the Americans themselves!
What the uarrator did not explain was that
fias Nazis bad obtained mmerous American
Bewsreels from Betaal sources. They bad cut
Srriia films those sections showing the worst side
cf He ia the United States. These had been
pieced together for use as a Na4 propaganda
Ea, Ey aoch distortion, the Nazis bad man
eged to give a totally evil iatpression that not
coe cf at U. S. Ems gave in its original ver
sion. To combat this kind of potion, the United
States came back with a film showing what
life was like ia a small town in Indiana. No
attempt was made at glamor. The town was
thews just as it was with workers living in
disestsl hxae and driving their own cars wish
school iiis gathered around a soda foun
tainwith shots of schools and churches.
This motion picture was intended to present
a balanced picture cf life in the Unites States.
Naturally, one commentary was in Swedish since
we wanted the Swedes to see us as we are
rather than as the Nazi propogandists were
trying to picture us. This same film was shown
also in other countries, with commentaries in
the proper languages.
We were using truth as a shield to protect
our national reputation against slander and at
the same time we are using truth as a weapon
in the battle for men's minds. Where totalitar
ianism w as being preached, we were showing
what a free society could offer.
Today the phony "peace campaign" is per
haps the best single example of the way in
which the Communists have tried to use propa
ganda against us in the "Cold War. Hitler once
said that if you tell a lie big enough, people
will believe it. Apparently the Communists have
should be preaching peace. Yet this was what
been following this principle. Considering their
record of aggression, it was incredible that they
they did, with brazen disregard for truth.
Gradually we, as a Nation came to realize
that we could not dismiss Communist propa
ganda lightly. We could not content ourselves
with whispering when the Soviets were shouting.
We could not use truth merely as a shield. We
had to use it more effectively as a weapon.
This was not 1 jcb for the U. S. Government
alone. Millions of Americans have a share in the
job, and every American could be doing part
of it What the world is told or is not told
depends in part on every one of us.
The Nebraskan
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by Dick Biblor
"Are you reading ahead of the assignment again?
The Self-Governed
Student Cooperation
Lacking After Riot
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.Now that possible causes of the
recent riot have been analyzed
and re-analyzed with virtually no
reason thrown to the winds, it is
appropriate to
examine care
fully the conse
quences of the
riot. Two prin
cipal subjects
need consider
a t i o n: (1)
whether the
principles o f
justice so firm
ly established
i n American
law and so fre
quently taken for granted by Am
ican citizens are being preserved,
and (2) whether action which has
been taken or proposed since the
riot is likely to prevent similar
uprisings in the ftuure.
Perhaps 10 per cent, at best, of
the persons directly responsible
for the riot are being punished.
The rioters will might have ex
pected such a miscarriage of jus
tice punishment of a few for the
sins of many. But this seems not
only judicially improper. It is
questionable also whether such
disciplinary action is likely to pro
vide sufficient fear in the hearts
o: potential future rioters to re
strain them. The odds, after all,
are 10 to 1 that a rioter will not
be apprehended.
University and county authori
ties, of coarse, raa punish only
a the basis of available evi
dence. Before officials could in
spect rioters' rooms, most rioters
were able to aide or destroy the
self-iacrimiaaiing evidence Le., aa
meatioaables which the pos
sessed. A member of one mri'i
boose brothers bad participated ia
the riot and broaght home trophies
to post proudly ia their rooms.
Bat wbea aa official came to in
spect the house, "they hid the
evidence before be got upstair"
to their rooms. Probably as maay
or more gailty persons ia every
other mea's residence oa eampas
were eqaally lucky.
This is not directly the fault
of University officials. It is more
directly the fault of the supposedly
lBBocent stadeais who refuse to
expose feliow members of their
organizations whom they know to
have been participants. But if Uni
versity officials were properly con
cerned with justice, it would seem
they would publicly and privately
exhort these "innocent students
to make such exposes. Of course
if the "innocent" students were as
concerned about the riot as they
pretend to be, they would expose
the culprits whether the University
requested it or not.
This is parhaps an idealistic point
of view. It is not easy to expose
a fellow member of an organiza
tionperhaps a good friend to
punishment, even when that pun
ishment is justly due him. Yet
every person who refused to expose
a person he knows to be guilty is
himself accepting part of the
guilt. He is further more violat
ing state laws which prohibit bar
boring of criminals. And he cer
tainly is sacrificing any honest
privilege to present a righteous
front by condemning the rioters.
Furthermore, it would seem that
each mea's organization would be
sufficiently interested in maintain
ing a respectful position both for
itself and for the University that
it would revoke the UMtmbersaip
of all those ia its ranks whom it
knows participated ia the disturb
ance. This would be the greatest
possible step toward renewal ef
pabHc confidence in the University
and its organizations, and toward
ensuring proper administration of
Or is this too much righteousness
to expect from cynical mid-20th
Century college students?
Chancellor Hardin in his state
ment Sunday over the Nebraska
Radio Network ("Your University
Speaks") praised the vast majority
of the student body for what be
said was its splendid co-operation
with the administration in re
pairing the damage and meting
out justice to the offenders. But
it seems to me this cooperation has
been largely superficial. There is
the fund to help remunerate per
sons who suffered personal injury
or property loss. There was the
independent petition praising the
Legislature for not allowing the
riot to affect its action on the Uni
versity budget.
But until every student who bad
no part in the riot and who knows
of someone else who did, exposes
that guilty person to University
or county authorities until aS or
ganizations have purged their mem
berships of rioters no one can
claim validly that there has been
the degree of co-operation from the
student body which should be ex
pected of it.
Schneid Remarks-
Midwest Techniques
Don't Sell In Miami
Today's column is written ex- up. While laying on the beach
pressly for those persons who have we happened to glance up and
never traveled past Waverly. That see this siren casually leaning on
includes me. Last week I had a sand dune. Seven guys immed-
the privilege of going to Miami and lately sprang to their feet, did a
immediately thumbed through all series of back hand springs a full
the hand-books about Miami I could twisting one and a half forwarc
find. They all told of sunshine sommer-sault, walked casually to
and palm trees, of ocean breezes her side, peered deeply into her
and Bikini bathing suits, of water paroxide eyelashes, took a deep
skiing and deep sea fishing. Now breath, and, in a manner similar
let your old dad tell you the real to that of suave Charles Boyer said:
story ' "Ah babeee. To me you are the
The minute we were registered jweetes t theeng nc . bread,
in this hotel we decided to go Care for a chaw of tabackee?
swimming. We couldn't find the She, being a clever rascal, im.
way to the pool so we went down mediately saw that we weren't the
the back stairs and came to a cleverest fellas on the beach. She
door. We peeked out the door and looked up at ns with her deep
found that we were in the lobby brown, sultry, illusive eyes. She
of this hotel. The absolute rule shifted her weight from one curva.
was coats and ties in the lobby at tious, deep-tanned leg to the other,
all times and we were in swimming With her nimble, talented fingers
suits. A little quick calculation told she pulled a ribbon from her rich,
ns not to go through the lobby glossy brown hair. It cascaded
in swimming suits. We did. Four- down her slim, golden-tanned
teen elderly ladies, a bell-hop, the shoulders until it hit the beach,
manager of the hotel and an es- We looked at her longingly, our
capee from a ttranded King Sol- hearts thumping at a frightening
Oman's Mines unit fainted on the pace. One of as spoke,
spot. "Boy are you hairy."
Thirty minutes later we register- did many more things that
ed at another hotel. (Some people would make you travel hungry souls
are sure narrow minded). This say. "Oh goody ' I have naught
time we made it to the pool and to tell you about this enhghteiung
found our Bikini suits. The only trip except that when you do
thing was the suit was carefully happen to see one of these rare
hidden behind one of these dollys gems on a beach and she u the
advertised on the travel posters, type for whom you would like to
The only difference was this suit buy all the tutti-frutti ce cream
was buried behind seven rolls of in the world, dont offer her a
badly sunburned fat. The only Pg of tobacco.
thing that came close to one of
those advertised beach beulah':
was a woman who weighed 197
pounds and swam in a discarded
bed spread.
The only thing left was to soak
up a little sun. I found one of
these reclining beach couches and
decided to sit by the ocean and
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and the couch tipped backwards 1C . . .. . . .
and I sunburned ihV bottoms of ?f2f S Li '
my feet. The rest of the trip Mde about by the ban
was spent upside down as I had He dragged her cheerfully over
to walk on my hands most of the broken glass, through gutters and
way over old jeep-testing courses left
. '...v. k. f v ,m over from the Second World War.
Tiling oVi ho on olHorlo
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foil aclAAn nn th Harh iu Ka-
fore the tide came in. We got gentleman for his rather rough
a letter from him today that read, treatment of the little cherub,
"Hey fellas, when did we come Johnny replied with the wisdom
to Cuba?" of the modern youth: "That's
On the third day things looked O. K. mister, she's dead.
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Mraslmn Letierip
No Longer Proud
Bear Editor: .
Alas and alack, woe is roe!
There was a time not too long
ago when I used to be very proud
of my N.U. education but lately
I'm not so sure. Now, when some
one discovers that I attended Ne
braska U., they don't mention the
fine educational standards, but in
stead remark about the panty
raids and juvenile actions of the
students. Much to my dismay,
nearly" everyone in this outfit
people from all over the stales
are familiar with these yearly epi
sodes, yet know little or nothing
about the school itself. I remember
Dr. Gustavson saying, Yoa can
always be proud of an education
from the University of Nebraska.'
I wonder. . . .
When and if I ever go back to
school for my Master's Degree,
it will not be to a college where
the students go wild and tear up
property whenever they get the
urge. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned,
but this kind of behavior doesn't
show me much. I realize that
only a few are at fanit, but a
blemish of this type will take years
to live down. It's stupid, idiotic,
disgustig and very, very unfortu
Smoky Bill AFB, Kansas
12 Easy lessons
tDear Edit.':
Looking over recent events I of
fer ray bumble solution to try to
eliminate the situation which oc
curred last April 14. This is an
attempt to discourage future out
breaks and playful endeavor on
the part of the college students.
L Best way to stop panty raids
is to eliminate panties. Restrict
all female students from wearing
2. Discontinue water service to
3. Require all residents of Sel
leck Quadrangle to compete in foot
races following dinner. (Work off
4. Revive M. C. T. TJ.
5. Build future sorority bouses
with surrounding moats filled with
broken glass. (Water too sugges
tive.) 6. Require students building bon
fires to nave 1-pound packages of
Swift wieners on their person.
7. Have Spring Event scheduled
for Jan. IS.
8. Have male students we'ar
large name tags after S p.m.
9. Build new city police station
on 16th St. across from dorm.
10. Have Mr. Stanley and his
law coUegues give evening lec
tures on how to be Intellectual
college students.
11. Have Innocents Society stand
sentry duty In front of Girl's Dorm
from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
12. Erect Residence Hall for Ne
braska State Senators between S
and Y Streets on 16th Street.
Many of our friends wd soon be graduating. What land of
gifts should we give them?
Here is no simple question. It is never simple to find gifts for
people who have everything, and college students, as everyone
knows, are the most richly endowed of mortals. They've got
beauty and truth. They've got rhythm. They've got stout hearts,
willing hands, and a clear vision that dispels the miasmas of the
future as the morning sun sears away the last wisps of a cool
night's fog. They've got heaps and heaps of money, as who would
cot who has been receiving such a huge allowance over four
years of schooling?
What can we give them that they don't already have?
One infallible gift for the person who has everything is, of
course, a stethoscope. New models, featuring sequined earpieces
and power steering, are now on display at your local surgical
supply house. Accompanying each stethoscope is a gift card with
this lovely poem:
When you hear your heart beat.
When you hear it pound.
Remember me, your buddy,
William Henry Round.
If, by some odd chance, your name does not happen to be
William Henry Round (you're laughing, but it's possible), here
is another dandy suggestion for the person who has everything
a gift certificate from the American Bar Association.
These certificates, good at your local lawyer's, come in three
convenient sizes: small, medium, and large. The small certificate
covers title searches and writs of estoppel. The medium size
covers torts, claim jumping, and violations of the Smoot-Hawley
Act The large one covers kidnapping, murder, and barratry.
If, by some odd chance, you don't know what barratry ia
(you're laughing, but it's possible), it is arson at sea. This inter
esting crime is called after Cosmo "Bubbles' Barrat, a captain
in the British navy during the last century, who was addicted to
burning his ships. One man o' war after another fell victim to
his incendiary beet The Admiralty kept getting crosser and
crosser, but every time they called in Captain Barrat for a
scolding, he would roll his big blue eyes and tug his forelock and
promise faithfully never to do it again. Oh, butter wouldn't
melt in his mouth, that one!
So they would give him another ship, and he would soon reduce
it to a scattering of charred spars. He burned more than 120.000
ships before he was finally discharged aa "doubtful officer
After his separation from the navy, be moved to Vienna whers
he changed his name to Freud and invented Scrabble.
But I digress. I was listing gifts for the person who has every
thing, and here is another one. This gift, in fact, is not only for
persons who have everything, it 1s also for persons who have
nothing, for persons who have next to nothing, for persons who
have next to everything, and for persons in between. I refer,
of course, to Philip Morris cigarettes. Here is the cigarette
for evenbody -for everybody, that is, who likes a mild relaxing
smoke cf fine vintage tobacco in a handsome brown package
that snaps open with the greatest of ease. For those, if such
there be, who like duIL nondescript tobacco in a package that
requires a burglar's kit to open, Philip Morris is definitely the
wrong gift
Among the newer gift that warrant yonr attention is a revolu
tionary development in the enjoyment of recorded music This
w the Low-Fi Phonograph. The Low-Fi. product of years of
patjent research, has so little fidelity to the record yon put oa
vJir u i TleXATrflt' 7oa put strdmt on the turntable,
XrtL, W?T ut Th5s " &n especially welcome
gut for people who hate Stardust
lll Z 1? Wh".keTB gT0W of out. You just
bite them off in the morning.
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