The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, June 15, 1955, Page Page 2, Image 2

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SUMMER NEBRASKAN
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Supposedly, opportunity knocks only once, but this
axiom probably doesn't hold true anymore as opportunity
seems to be knocking on every door and in every closet.
The University's Summer Session of 1955 will offer
opportunity in the classroom but there will also be op
portunity at the special convocations and m the exhits
tions and the museums. There is learning in discussion
of common problems with others of like interest and
there is chance for education in the libraries and in so
cial activity.
There is much to be learned from people especially
learned and educated people and there is much to be
gained from places especially places of cultural and his
torical interest.
One of the objectives of the Summer Nebraskan is
to point out these opportunities for learning. Opportune
ties that exist on the camnus and m the community in
the classroom and in seminar and convocation.
The University's fine program has been planned and
set forth. Opportunity for learning, just like spring,
seems to be busting out all over.
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Traffic deaths on Memorial Day this year set a new
high in carnage and wanton destruction of human life.
Memorial Day is supposedly a time to honor the dead
not a time for adding to the death toll.
Countless editorials have been written, slogans have
been devised and speeches have been given on the subject
of traffic safety, but if results are indicative of the worth
of these efforts then all these words haven't had much
effect. Death still travels the nation's highways at top
speed.
Thirty-five thousand five hundred persons were killed
and 1,960.000 were injured in 1954. Excessive speed was
the most dangerous driving mistake in 1954. Speed killed
12.380 people and injured more than 659.000.
Weekend crashes accounted for 13,980 killed and 678,
000 hurt during 1954. Thirty-nine per cent of the deaths
and 35 per cent of the injuries occurred on Saturdays and
Sundays last year.
Tnretr-out zf four auto accidents happened to pas
senger cars driving in clear weather on dry roads, and
78 per cent of vehicles involved in fatal accidents were
traveling straight ahead.
These are grim statistics. The above figures point
out that accidents are heavy, even though state and
community authorities have spent millions of dollars in
an effort to provide safer and better roads and saner
driving.
Insurance companies and other private firms are
spending millions for safety education. State, county,
local and parkway police are constantly patrolling streets
and highways. More and better engineered thruways are
coming off the drawing boards. It appears -to us that al
most everyone is concerned with this needless slaughter
and its accompanying waste of human and property
values.
Almost everyone, that is, but the drivers.
Traffic regulations were set up as a proper guide
for the handling of traffic, and need the cooperation of
all drivers. The problem starts and could ideally end with
the drivers. Who are the drivers?
Each one of knows the answer to that question. It
is sincerely hoped that by continually reminding drivers
of safe driving through newspaper messages, television,
radio and literature that traffic accidents will be reduced
in the coming years.
We are the drivers.
"Nothing in education is so astonishing as the
amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert
facts." Henry Adams
"Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, inco
herent homogenity toward a definite, coherent hetero
geneity." Herbert Spencer.
Ths Summer Nebraskan
Member: Associated CeBesiate Press
iBiereoDezlste Press
Representative; Xaitoaal Atfvertfctag Service,
Incorporated
The Nebraskan is published by students of the University of Ne
braska under the authorization of the Committee on Student Affairs
as an express ion of student opinion. Publication under the jurisdic
tion of the Subcommittee on Student Publications shall be free from
editorial censorship on the part of the Subcommittee, or on the
part of any member of the faculty of the University, or on the part
of any person outside the University. The members of the Nebras
kan staff are personally responsible for what they say, or do or
cause to be printed.
Editorial Staff
Editor Sam Jensen
Assistant Editor Roger "Wait
Editorial Board John Gourlay, Marianne Hansen,
. Marilyn Kitcheil, Kay Nosky
- Business Staff
Business Manager Barbara Eicke
For information regarding advertising or editorial matter in the
Summer Nebraskan call 2-7C31, University extension 4225, 4226, 4227.
IfTTU MAN ON CAJ.IPUS
by Dick llbfer
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Student Opinion
Collegia
Big Four Talks . .
Because of increased speculation
concerning a meeting on the sum
mit between the Big-Four Chiefs-
of -State, the Associated Collegiate
Press asked a sample of college
students across the nation the fol
lowing question:
Do Th Think the Uafic -States
Saoald Participate ia a Big-Fan-Talk
tm the Very Near Fa tare?
The results:
YES 75 per cent
NO 14 per cent
UNDECIDED 12 per cent
Most students echo the senti
ments of fiie Purdue University
sophomore who feels "We have
nothing to lose."
Others feel our participation
would be helpful even if nothing
results from the talk. A senior at
Southern Methodist University says
"Any move to show the world we
want peace will help."
Still, other students attach res
ervations to their approval of a
Bag-Four talk. A coed at Western
College states that "We should con
cede no more free peoples to the
Communists."
A junior at Augustana College
thinks our participation is a must,
because "We must have a voice in
any decision that may be made.
Many of the students who dis
approve of a Big-Four talk say
"the talk won't do any good any
way. The Russians break their
promises as fast as they make
them." Others feel the talk would
yield nothing but "propaganda fa
vorable to the Russians.
Russian Editors ...
Last year a group of United
Stales college newspaper editors
toured Russia. This year group
of Russian college newspaper edi
tors have asked permission to visit
the United States, and our State
Department agreed to allow them
to visit our country. (Then came
the "finger printing" incident.)
The United States State Depart
ment Ilm decided to allow a group
of Rassiaa college newspaper edi
tors to visit the United States. Do
lorn approve of this decisioa?
The results:
YES 79 per cent
NO S per cent
UNDECIDED 13 per cent
Many students comment that
they are proud of this country and
welcome any opportunity to show
it off to the Russians. A coed at
Holy Name College feels "The
more the Russians learn about the
United States the better will be the
chances for peace," while a
Wooster College senior says "We
have nothing to hide."
Disapproving of the proposed
visit, a senior coed at Colorado
A&M feels "The Russian editors
are not really students," but one
of her classmates responds that
"Any contact with them will help
foster better understandings."
Yalta Papers ...
The recent release of the Yalta
papers stirred up a national con
troversy in which many opinions,
both pro and con, were expressed
concerning the timing of this re
lease and the actual release of the
papers themselves. What do col
lege students thing about this re
lease? Do vo think the release of (he
Yalta papers by the State Depart
ment was a proper thing to do at
this time?
The results in per cent: -
Total Mea Womea
YES 2 S3 a
NO 49 43 35
UNDECIDED .. 32 24 42
The results indicate the coeds
are more indecisive than college
men on this question. Further
more, almost one-third of the col
ege students sampled were . un
decided. The reason for much
of this indecisiveness is expressed
by a sophomore coed from South
east Missouri State College who
says "I do believe that the people
have a right to know what happens,
but Fm not sure It was wise to re
lease them (Yalta papers) at that
particular time."
Those favoring the release might
second the comment of a graduate
student at Southern Methodist Uni
versity who feels "It never hurts
to know the truth," or fee state
ment of a Western College coed
who savs "It was proper at any
time. The earlier the better. Per
haps we will learn from our past
mistakes."
Students disapproving of the re
lease generally attach oolitical mo-
tives to the State Department's
actions. A Richmond Professional
Institute freshiran says it was "A
political move that accomplished
little except to dig up dead facts
that cant be changed."
From-.
Tho Editor's Desk
The Nebraskan office receives
all kinds of periodicals and publi
city releases intended for publica
tion or quotation In the paper's
news columns. ' Items . ranging
from texts of speeches of the pres.
idents of corporations to informa
tion concerning an annual art ex
hibit in Wyoming find their way
into file Nebraskan offices.
While glancing around at all the
piles of paper that have accumu
lated during the year, I came
across two hems of particular in
terest, 'The Democratic Digest and
Festival which is the "Newspaper
of fhe International Preparatory
Committee for the Fifth World
Festival of Youth and Students for
Peace and Friendship."
Admittedly, the publications have
no connection and no association
is intended. They differ not only
in content, but also in format. The
Digest is a small pocket book type
publication and is similar in make
up to the "Reader's Digest." Fes
tival is printed on high grade
news print and utilizes color, sen
sationalism and illustration.
Students of propaganda tech-
aiqoe could well ase the Digest
for examples of every method of
propaganda. The examples of half
troth and "card -stacking" are
quite obrioas. For example, the
cover meatioBs aa exclusive inter
view with John Foster Danes. -
The interview, as it turns out to
be, is actually a compilation of
statements that Dulles has made
over the past 16 years. Questions
by the Digest are answered by
excerpts of Dulles statements
which he made in speeches, inter
views and writings. Dulles proba
bly never beard of the questions
until after the publication of the
magazine.
Most of the content is composed
of derogatory remarks directed at
Dulles, President Eisenhower and
Vk-Prei24 N4aoa, Very littlm
of the material is positive or deals
with actual work of the Democra
tic party.
It seems quite unlikely that any
but the most staunch member of
the Democratic party could stom
ach such flagrant name calling
and ridicule. There certainly is a
need for party publications of gen
eral interest to the public, but
parties that agree on the general
principles of government should
not have to resort to mud sling
ing and base propaganda. A more
positive approach one that stres-
s positive information would
appear to be more suitable.
Oa!y 53 days remaia to tbe Fes
tival reports the issue of Jaae 7.
Tbe Festival which is to be held
ia Warsaw win eegia Aag. 13.
Faces of smiling youth in work
and peasant dress are spread
throughout the paper. News of fev
erish preparation of the groups of
delegates and the events which
will take place at Warsaw fill the.
news columns. No antipathy
towards western nations is " men-
tionen, but the words "peace,
co-existence," and "friendship
are used for various effects.
A small . guide to Ihe Polish
lanruage is found on the back
page. Provision is made for stu
dents, workers, farmers and em
ployees to identify themselves in
Polish, but if you are engaged in
any sort of executive work, you
would have to remain unidentified.
There is also a translation of
"Lets exchange badges."
If, after figuring ut several in
formative references, general feists
and if yoa csa identify tho pkiare
of Galileo yoa may ead ia the
identlilcatioa and be awarded a
free subscript ios to Festival. This
is about as hard as winning free
dance lessees, by identifying aa
h Hitra mental arrangement of
"Stardust."
In closing, a press release also
found its way to the news desk
that predicted tbe growing popu
larity of Bermuda shorts on the
campus, we'll see.
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