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Wednesday, September 21, 1955
LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
by Dick -Bibltr
- . .
At 4 p.m. this afternoon the Student Council
will grind its way back onto the campus as it
begins its new legislative session.
Business may be presented from the chair,
listened to by a few members and then quietly
passed. This has occurred far too often in past
Or then, business might appear on the agenda
which the president, holdover members and
floor leaders alike all wish to be discussed; and
there will be silence.
Here the silent delegation, composed of all
torts of Council members men, women, jun
iors," sophomores, engineers, teachers, Tassels
or Cobs, for these people are found everywhere
will take control.
This is the silent delegation which sits, listens
seemingly very attentively to Council debate,
says' almost nothing throughout the discussion
period and then gives the president a blank
look when a vote is called. If, by accident, a
roll call vote is requested by one of the mem
bers who is truly interested in the matter under
consideration, the men and women of the silent
delegation freeze and stare blankly into space.
Maybe they should stare into space, for time
' and again it has been shown that their minds
were certainly far from the question on the
This Is not meant to deprecate any Council
member's intellectual acumen, nor is it meant
to disparage the innate interest some of silent
delegation claim they have in "Council busi
ness." But it is a pity that their brains and
ability never work for the Council.
Obviously, nothing will happen, absolutely
nothing. The first sane suggestion will be ac
cepted and the Council will dash through its
business to speedy adjournment.
This description is merely what might hap
pen. It is certainly not hoped that anything of
this sort will happen. In fact, it is, or it should
be, a rather fervent prayer of all who have
even the slightest interest in campus affairs
that this sort of indifference on the part of
Council members never occurs.
Last year many issues came to the fore at
Council sessions. Some were settled, and sorm
were not. But many of them did receive ade
quate consideration and debate.
This happened in spite of a goodly number
of members of what has been called the silent
delegation. This year's Council has not en
gaged in enough debate or faced issues serious
in their nature which are capable of dividing
the Council into the group mentioned above and
the other groups, including the holdovers and
Council members who might be classified as
floor leaders and floor participators.
The . Council is the official governing body
of the students at the University. Together
with the Faculty Senate2 the Council has virtual
dominance over all legislative matters which
are excluded from the realm of the Board of
With this power the Council can do a great
deal for good or bad. The Council can also do
nothing. The important fact remains, though,
that the Council has more power than most
members of the University community realize.
Committees from the faculty which work in
conjunction with certain Council committees
are usually pleased to let the Council as
sume as much responsibility as it can possibly
With this as general background, before the
opening of the fall session, there is much the
entire student body might say to the Council.
For many years there has been a tradition,
or what might better be called a semi-tradition,
of deriding every move the Council made and
then hollering, in an even louder voice, every
time the Council held a meeting without coming
to an earth-shaking vote. Nowhere on the cam
pus is there any desire to reassert this attitude.
If this again happens no individual will be
able to stop it, for there still remains a large
group of Council members who feel their big
gest job was accomplished 1 when they were
elected. To people like these, the Council is
not a legislative body which can lead the Uni
versity, but rather it is an activity-hour, where
one can do a little "busy work" and meet some
of the people who are thought to be influential
on the campus.
If the 1955-56 Council degenerates and sinks
into some of the pitfalls that on former occa
sions the Council narrowly missed, it can yell
to no one but itself for help. D. F.
The Lion's Den
The drums are rolling once again in the what they want to think and say what they
jungle, crying for Bill Glassford's scalp. want to say, I'm only interested in the boys."
Thus far, the snorts of indignation and dis- Two years ago when Glassford was on the
gust, primed by sports writers and radio an- pan during the player revolt he followed the
nouncers throughout the state, have generated same quiet polioy absorbing it all, but saying
much more heat than light. nothing.
Everyone has been included in the primitive A cute trick in psychology. Maybe. But
barbarism, including many ex-players, fans and nevertheless he is not meeting blast with blast
prominent businessmen. and charge with charge, stooping to meet his
antagonists on their own level and supplying
All claim to be interested in the success of the newspapers with more cannon fodder,
the Cornhusker football team. Most, in essence, Whether you like Bill Glassford or not,
are interested in one thing the removal of head whether you like his football coaching or not,
football coach Bill Glassford. you have to agree he's acted like a man in
They think this, and this alone, will solve this fermenting mess,
everything. He deserves to be treated like one. B. B.
This may or may not be the case. The point
is that Glassford will not or cannot be removed m m
until the end of the season. And even then, he 1 TTOI'tH Al IsfihtC
has the choice to stay or leave. ICI II IWUyi 113
Why, then, now or as the season progresses, Cnntt icjarl
keep rattling the war sabers against our coach? I HI VaOrlT US6G
It can do no one any good. The confused freshman wandering about aim-
lessly seems to be a characteristic attributed
As a whole the team generally feels that the oniy to the frosh, however, several days ago
game Saturday was not Glassford's fault. "He a switch took place. A sophisticated sophomore
couldn't get out on the field and block and spied a lone girl consulting a small campus
tackle for us," one member said. "We have to map an(j casting long glances in all directions,
do that ourselves." Feeling particularly noble at the moment, the
Glassford, when questioned about the abuse sophisticated sophomore asked the girl what
heaped about him, has said, "They can think sne was looking for. She replied that the loca
tion of Bessy Hall seemed rather remote to her.
After giving her the proper directions, he
KiilPii CMn!nM attempted to strike up a friendly conversation
LUllUnUliy jp&Ulkinij by asking ner if she was a freshman. Rather
The stature of any newspaper can be meas- sheepishly the girl replied, "No, I'm a senior."
ured almost proportionately by the vigor and
vitality of the editorial page. Hot PUTSUit
Its strength lies in the diversity and quality m tQ waste when , fte hot
of the many opinions expressed by the columns, pursujt of R crimjnal according to Police chief
editorials and letters to the editor on the page. Rq&s Lanj of Harrisburg IU He was awakened
The editorial page of a campus newspaper about u fay fte loud cxhaust of tw0 motor.
Is the arena of university life wherein the forces Un(, dashed to his car and tracked
shaping or conflicting with the welfare of the twQ speeding motorcycies, regardless
university are to be evaluated and expressed. o hig pajamas The two were arrested
. , . "fr . .... ..... for reckless driving, speeding and running past
It Is here, In the heated spint of public dis- signs
cussion, that sluggish organizations are prodded, ' r
petty campus politics are smoked out and the .
texture of university life is recorded. . V III fig lOUgit
To fulfill these functions effectively, the edi- Under the headline "Nebraska Convict Logic"
torial page is composed of four primary or- the Indianapolis Star came out with this edi-
gans: 1. the editorials, 2. the columns, 3. the torial the other day:
letterips and 4. selected reprint articles. The convicts in the Nebraska Reformatory
The letterips are important because they re- went on a strike because a "get tough" super
fleet the thoughts of the readers and stimulate intendent was fired. Next November we may
debate on important issues. " expect to hear some of them are on strike be-
The reprint articles are used sparingly, and cause the judges who sent them up were not
only then if they are relevant and important to re-elected,
our campus situation.
The editorials are the opinions, comments Yo-Yo CflDitol
and ideas of The Nebraskan taff and form the , . IV . ' .. . .
. . .. Milwaukee's claim to fame as the beer capi-
poucy o: uie paper. . ' tal prompted the village of Luck, Wis., to call
,. , ,".-... ' " itself the "yo-yo capital of the world." The
Our pobcy has been and will be to express "cu ",c 7 : . . . , ,
.. . . ... plant uses r.000,000 board feet of lumber a year
our own thoughts in areas where we think the f .
. iL tt i . j in producing yo-yos. The yo-yos that come in
welfare of the University community and its "y, ; . . .u .
, , j 18 colors are turned out at the rate of 3,600 an
citizens are involved.
The columnists give a depth and perspective our- ;
to the page, examining issues, exploring ideas M.. Okelak
and commenting flippantly on campus affairs. PIW VJuSTCjCIU
The distinction between these by-lined col- Postmen are constantly being confronted
umns and the two columns of editorials initialed with new hazards. In Moosejaw,, Sask., Tom
by staff members is nimply that the columnist Longmore, a postman for 20 years, met a hew
is given complete editorial sovereignty and in obstacle. He went to hand some mail to a
no way reflects the editorial policies of The little girl who answered the door and a parrot
Nebraskan. B. B. flew at him, nipping him on the arm.
F3FTJT-FIVE YEARS OLD EDITORIAL STAFF
Member: Associated Collegiate Fress ' siita V::.V.V.V.V.V.Bri?,,eB
Intercollegiate Press Managim Editor , sm jmsm
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IncorpOratea Cofr Editor Judy Bot, Bab Jelwhula,
The Jf'branWsn I published hf ntndrnts of tha Cnlvrr- Mary Shelledy, Luclgrae Swltwr
ilty of Jfebrk ondrr th ulhorliallon of the Commit- Ar Editor . .... Jim Feathrr
t on Student Affair i an epr-iilon of atudrnt opinion. Mitht fiv Editor Judy Bout
rubliratlona andw th. JurWrtlrUon ta Rtporten Bewrly Ieop. Barbara Sharp.
on Hturtmt rublleatlona .hall b. froe from dltorlal f" Pat Drake. Wait Hwltwr. Arlrn. Hrbrk.
enorlriip on the part of the ;mKiee. ron the J(hn lanB, Dlck Reutimg,,,, vv Tlttack
pur of any member of the faculty of the ImlverHty, or
on the part of any perunn outnlde the Tnlverjlty. The BUSINESS STAFF
txembera of the Nebrskan ataff are personally renpone- ' LO OJ
Idle for what they aay, or do or cause to be printed. Bulnr ManaKer Oennte Madrn
Jehniary 8. 19M. A't BuHlnena Mananrra ,..BUI Bedwell. Barbara lilcki'.
:ntred m noond rlana matter at the poet office ta Connie Huriit. Mirk Neff
l.lnioln, traka, under lbs act of Aufuet 4, Wl. Circulation Manafer Don Beck
'This is the most important class youil be takinis
so iii expect a utile 6xtka froa w this
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V ).' Rushing
Conspicuous among the beanie
crowd are the tiny emblems of
new fraternity pledges and the two
tri-colored neck ribbons of soror
School has started in earnest
and the confusion of rush week is
over. But rush week this year was
not quite like rush weeks of past
years, for the results of both fra
ternity and sorority rush week
may spark changes which prom
ise a deep-reaching effect.
has always been
very loosely super
vised, with a great
deal of the rushing
done during the summer. This
summer rushing is allowed by the
Interfraternity Council, which su
pervises men's rush week, but
spiking (handing out pledge pins
before rush week) is not. Never
theless, every year there have
been rumors of spiking by many
fraternities. But this is a diffi
cult thing to prove and, besides,
who is going to point a finger of
guilt at someone for the very thing
he himself is guilty of?
This year, however, it would ap
pear that at least one fraternity
has gone too far in the sly busi
ness of spiking. Of 24 potential
pledges to two houses on campus,
Jl were pledged to one. The other
fraternity, which took three pledg
es, smells something fishy. It also
looks suspicious when a fraternity
leads a full-size class to be filed
with IFC immediately after filing
has opened. That is awfully quick
Rumors are that charges against
one or more frats for illegal spik
ing may be brought before IFC.
The tendency in the past has
been to forget the complaints of
rush week once it is over, and
therefore the same abuses are re
peated every year. Now is the
time for IFC to reappraise its
One solution to unfair rushing
that has been suggested is defer
red rushing. No frat would be al
lowed to pledge until about
mid-semester, and then a sort
of open rush would prevail until
the end of the year. In the spring,
each fraternity would know how
many men they would have in the
fall and thus there would be no
desperate dash during the summer
to find men to fill the house.
All freshmen would live in the
dorm or other University housing
the first year and could spend as
long as they like to look over the
various houses. This should keep
the frats on their toes, for not only
must th?y sell their own house,
but they must sell the fraternity
system as a whole.
This should tend to make pledge
tasks more sensible. Since men
will not pledge until later in the
year, the big activity push would
not begin until the sophomore year,
leaving two years instead of
three to work toward the senior
On the sorority side, the rigid
supervision of Panhellenic does
not allow many opportunities for
dirty rushing. Because dirty linen
of sorority rushing is not aired
publicly as has generally been the
case in fraterity rush. It is diffi
cult to tell how much spiking and
illegal summer rushing is done.
But compared to fraternity rush
ing, violations in the sorority sys
tem seem to be very few. Panhel
lenic is generally efficient.
At present the majority of soror
ity houses are filled to capacity
and in some cases actually over
crowded. In the dorm, independent
and freshmen women are uncom
To meet this problem, the Uni
versity has two solutions: a new
wing on-the girls' dorm and a
The new dorm wing is unques
tionably welcome, but mixed feel
ings have greeted the idea of a
- 15th sorority.
The new sorority, Zeta Tau Al
pha, will definitely be started this
semester, according to Miss Helen
Snyder, associate dean of women.
Alums in Lincoln have been active
in pushing the idea, and the na
tional sorority is buying a lot on
the campus and intends to build.
About 50 girls are needed to
form the nucleus pledge class, but
Miss Snyder believes there are
that many girls interested. Many
girls did not go through rush week,
but there are very few sororities
which have vacancies to fill dur
ing open rush. These girls, plus
a few who were interested when
the new sorority was first proposed
last year, will form the first
group. If everything goes ahead
as planned, Zeta Tau Alpha will
participate in rush week' next fall
along with the other sororities.
for every occasion
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Noah's Ark Hosts
Gomunlc On Deck
Noah stepped out on the poop
deck one drizzly morning some four
thousand years ago and decided it
was high time for a roll call.
Duly, all the obedient creatures
on his venerable craft gravely as
sembledand Noah, his white hair
blowing softly in the wind, walked
sedately to the fore,
a long roster from
his toga, and began:
"Bovinus B o v i-
dae!" cried the august sage.
"Moo!" answered the Cow.
"Felis Felidae!" spake Noah. .
"Meow!" mewed the Cat tim
"Canis Canidae!" called the
good captain sweetly (as he
marked Felis Felidae all present
and accounted for).
"Ark-Ark!" retorted the Dog,
smugly aware of the effectiveness
of a well-placed pun.
And then, a strange, dark frown
crossed Noah's face as he saw the
next name on the list. Clearing his
"Gomunk"' he bellowed vi
brantly. The Dog whined, the Cat whimp
ered, and the Cow dropped its cud,
but save for this and the gentle
patter of rain, all was still.
"GOMUNK!!" shreiked the sim
ple sage, his face flushed and his
"B L A L K H 0 L K E E
CRUNKCRUNKM" screeched Go
munk and good Noah fainted dead
away for, you see, the naughty
creature had been sitting on the
benevolent seer's head all the
Though forced to paddle his own
canoe after this distressing inci
dent, Gomunk eventually made his
way to shore and now, at this
very instant, does this same
abominable creature perch pomp
ously upon my own head, imbed
ding its wretched claws into my
scalp, exhaling i t s fermented
breath across my face and threat
ening other imminent and unfort
unate acts of mischief.
I must reluctantly confess, how.
ever, that Gomunk does possess a
single virtue. He frequently flut
ters to points both near and afar
in his constant quest for choice bits
Thus, whenever he returns, and
indulges in his wretched whimsy of
sing my entire head within his
miasmatic maw, I must suffer to
endure it. For on these unpleasant
occasions the rascal passes on, not
only his last meal, but frequently
some particularly delightful news
item. These I shall here transcribe
And so, Good Reader, pray have
patience until the morrow when,
once again, you shall have the en
viable opportunity of chatting with
CRUNKCRUNKM And Gomunk, of course.
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ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH
Today I begin my second year of writing this column for
Philip Morris Cigarettes. Once every week during the cominjr
school year I will take up, without fear or favor, issues that
inflame the minds and quicken the hearts of college students
everywhere. I will grapple with such knotty questions as: "Is
compulsory attendance the reflection of an insecure faculty?"
and "Is the unmarried student obsolete?" and "Are room-matea
While each week I make a bold assault upon these burning1
Issues, I will also attempt to beguile you into smoking Philip
Morris Cigarettes. Into each column I will craftily weave some
words in praise of Philip
Morris. I will extol, ob
liquely, the benign mild
ness of Philip Morris's
well-born tobacco, its
Boothing fragrance, its
tonic freshness, its docile
temperateness, its oh -so-welcome
gentleness in this
spiky and abrasive world
For saying these kind
things about their ciga
rettes, the Philip Morris
Company will pay me
money. This is the Ameri
can Wnv TViio to Da.
4udl foatiV)rtff1SJ mocracy. This is Enlight-
mv. ened self Interest. This
n is the System that Made
Our Country Great, and anybody who doesn't like it is
Perhaps it would be well in this first column of the year to
tell you a little about myself. I am 36 years of age, but still
remarkably active. I am squat, moon-faced, have all my teeth,
and am fond of folk dancing and Lotto. My hobby is collecting
I first took up writing because I was too short to steaL Bar
foot Boy With Cheek was my maiden effort, and today, fourteen
years later, I continue to
write about college students.
This is called "arrested de
velopment." But i.arr't help-it.
Though I am now in the
winter of my life, the prob
lems of undergraduates still
seem to me as pressing as
ever. How to pursue a blaz
ing romance with exams
coming up next Friday in
physics, history and French" ;
how to convince your stingy
father that life is a bitter
mockery without a yellow
convertible; how to subsist
- on dormitory food - these
remain the topics that roil
my siuggisn blood.
ties and fnSfpendent o ffiSSS' f rat.eraities
average-raisers of evrrV f and crammin. bf athletes and
toowtoZ?Lm. o textbook, and
read them andttoseXdon't!" thCm Md thM wh
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