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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 25, 1955)
Tuesday, October 25, 1953
I mil man on campus
by Dick Bible
! L7e Can Do . . .
Three University students lost their lives dur
ing the past weekend. They became a part of
tht Counting total of human life that is lost on
our nation's highways.
As in the case in any death, we ask, why?
Is there a reason that a beloved friend, a class
mate or acquaintance should have his life cut
short? Is there any reason for carnage and
death on the highway? Is there a reason for
torn and twisted bodies for bereavement and
There can only be explanation, not reason,
for to reason is to be rational and to be rational
presupposes clear thinking. Speed and care
less driving are.iiot examples of clear thinking.
The exact causes for this loss of life may never
be known. What is known is that three Univer
sity students are dead.
Our words or contemplation cannot help
these people. It is for us, the living, as intelli
gent persons, to realize that highways are for
driving and not death. It is our responsibility
to make sure that no further lives are wasted
in needless destruction.
Numerous articles have been written and
countless words have been spoken on the subject
of highway safety, but the choice of life or death,
of safety or insanity, is up to each individual.
We can only ask. that God grant us sense
enough to realize that automobiles are not play
things. We can only hope that we are granted
enough maturity to realize the inescapable fact
that liquor and driving are strange and in com'
There is nothing that can be done for three
of our classmates. There-Is little that can 6e
done to prevent a twisted mass of steel and
bodies at some future date there is little that
can be done, unless there is a general realiza
tion that death on the highway is within easy
It would be tragic folly if the only way that
these lessons can be learned is through such
macabre object lessons as multiple loss of life
There is a certain irrevocability about death that
should be impressive impressive enough to
form an indelible stamp on our minds a stamp
labeled, "Think."-. J.
Ho Hum, Ag
It isnt often that a major issue, concerning
campus affairs of one sort or another, is al
lowed to slip into a position of prominence with
out being talked about, argued and debated
openly and in public. Right now, however, the
unusual is happening.
On the Ag College campus confusion, se
crecy, intrigue and just plain old doubt are run
. ning rampant over the question of what to do
with the presently defunct Fanners' Fair Board.
The question is: Who can do the best job
with Fanners' Fair, the Farmers' Fair Board
or the Ag Exec Board?
The goal (as everyone agrees) is: How do
we go about getting a bigger and better Farm
And the silliest thing of all is: Who is on
what side and why? Why?
At the outset it must be stated that Farmers'
Fair is a fine old tradition, and right now we
are certainly short on fine old traditions. We
need every useful and worthwhile prestige
packed tradition we can find. Here, in the
Farmers' Fair, is one of these hard-to-find en
tities. In past years Farmers' Fair Board has done
a more than adequate job in handling the Fair.
In certain years, there have been financial
losses, but there has been compensation for
There have been complaints that the Board
has been too small, yet each year the group
finds enough talent to successfully stage what
everyone on the Ag campus, in fact the entire
campus, likes and enjoys attending.
It might even be that the Board needs help,
of one ort or another, but there are plenty of
organizations on the much over-organized Ag
campus which should be able to step in and re
lieve some of the excess pressure and responsibility.
Right now there is no Farmers' Fair Board.
Wednesday evening the Ag Exec N Board, the
overall governing body for all activities on the
Ag campus, 'will meet to decide the issue.
The Ag Exec Board will be voting, by organi
zational representatives, as to the future of the
non-existent Farmers' Fair Board. They will
either vote to draw the Fair Board into their
own guiding hands, thus assuming for them
selves the function of the Fair, or they will
vote to leave the whole thing alone, thus calling
for an election to select the members for the
At the Wednesday meeting all representa
tives will be voting. It is questioned though,
if they will be voting according to the real
wishes of their own organizations. It is won
dered if the rank-and-file Ag student is aware
of what will be done.
. There is no reason why Farmers' Fair can
not go ahead, just as it has for many years in
the past, with its own board. This board will
have the sole job of the . Farmers' Fair. This
The Ag Exec Board should then handle the
Farmers' Fair Board just as it does every other
organization on the Ag campus. It should give
the Board adequate representation on the Exec
This will accomplish two ends. First, it will
keep the fine old Fanners' Fair, which every--one
wants. Second, it will allow the Board to
function as it desires and still allow the Exec
Board to function as it should as a controlling
and legislative body.
There is yet a problem. Will the members
of the Ag Exec Board, wake up? And will the
students involved, the students on Ag campus,
wake up? Or will this just be another "so
what," "ho hum" deal in the midst of Ag
politics. D. F.
The Case For Tvio Week Exams
Now that the one-two week exam controversy
is assured a hearing in the Nov. 8 Faculty Sen
ate meeting The Nebraskan will present its case
for the present system of two week examina
tions. The entire extra problem and its many facets
is not as diff.cult as it might seem on" first
glance were i jot for the relatively unimpor
tant and i .el rant issues which perplex the
These are wme cl 'he irrelevant issues sub
mitted thus far:
Students waste time during examinations.
Certainly, some do. But the fault herein lies
many times with the individual instructor who
has either not given the student enough to do or
has not sufficiently interested him in the course.
Either that, or the course itself is often in
capable of inspiring or keeping fee student busy.
The bad thing, however, is that the good
student, the conscientious student, is deprived
of the opportunity to use the valuable time af
forded by the two week period.
We have, then, an unfortunate process geared
to restrict the slothful students but not to ac
commodate the good ones. In this way we are
not keeping up with the Joneses; we are instead
keeping down with the Joneses.
Gtber scbooii BM the abbreviated period.
This is, at best, a poor criUrion. Besides,
how do w know that other schools use short
ened final examinations? We have seen no
facts to indicate other institutions do this. All
we know is that Harvard, Princeton and Yale,
traditionally fine schools, use a minimum of
two weeks for finals plus a valuable reading
The eoBtreversy is a revival of the eld liberal
Ts. technical education argument.
This is sot necessarily true. Most colleges'
were split right down the middle on the issue.
Even Ag College, a stronghold for the one week
exam, has some dissenters.
Equally irrelevant are the issues concerning
frhidents who leave town, do not use the read
ing period or write term papers during finals.
THE BASIC CEUX OF THE MATTER IS,
THE OXE WEEK, WHICH WILL CURRENTLY
BE CHOPPED FROM THE FINAL PERIOD,
HAVE MORE VALUE IN CLASS, LABORA
TORY OR VACATION TIME THAN IT WOULD
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PRES
ENT SYSTEM OF TWO WEEK EXAMINA
TIONS?" The Nebraskan realizes there are courses in
every college, school and department which
would not be hurt in Jie least by the exam cut.
But we pIso believe there are some courses in
every area of our academic community, from
Ag to Engineering College, from Arts and Sci
ences to Biz Ad, which will not Hor cannot be
as completely effective under the one week
For instance, take the humanities. Can you
imagine taking a short answer, objective type
test in English, philosophy or history? Yet, this
type of testing would be the inevitable trend.
Students, taking an average of one exam
daily and possibly, on occasion, three on one
day, would not have the time to completely re
view and synthesize his course material. Sec
ondly, the instructors would, from time neces
sity, be induced to impose a watered-down ex
amination. This would impair the value of the final, and
the learning process of the individual, the in
tegrity of the course and, inevitably, the stand
ards of each and every college at the Univer
sity. An extra week of classes, an extra week of
vacation or an extra week of laboratory train
ing is not nearly as important as giving the
students the opportunity to fully prepare for
their final examinations and providing instruc
tors with the time to give and grade compre
hensive finals thus retaining the excellence of
our many fine colleges and, ultimately, the re
spected standards of the University itself.
For these reasons, The ,Nebraskan can m
no way support any plan, proposal, compro
mise, resolution or change which will shorten
the present system of two week examinations.
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I firmly believe that congratu
lations are in order: congratula
tions to The Nebraskan staff for
maintaining, finally, a worthwhile
crusade, and for maintaining it
The issue of the final examina
tion period is one that should be
kept nay, shoved before the eyes
of the entire University body, and
repeated and repeated, until every
one realizes that he, personally, is
involved. Then, perhaps, we can
do something decisive.
Several interesting factory have
become noticeable in the past few
w eks' publications. Of primary
import is the fact that little ne-v
information has been added to that
already at our disposal.
The administration that prom
ised students a chance to appeal
before the Faculty Senate, and the
faculty members who were so out-
Juan Peron Nominated
As Aide To Chancellor
I was talking with Lord Holbert
the other day while taking the
packet back from Guinea, and we
came across a wonderful idea
which would not only liven up our
apathetic campus, but would also
be a contribution to suffering hu
manity at the same time. It would.
probably also be newsworthy and
might make TIME Magazine. Boy,
1'ifl telling you.
I would like to suggest that we
appoint another assistant to the
Chancellor. He would serve as an
advisor in political affairs, and act
as a sort of Hopkins. We need
someone who is not only an ex
perienced politician and ward-heeler,
but someone who has been well
known in the political arena.
However, at the salary we are
willing to offer, we cant hope to
lure away Sir Anthony or Der Alte,
so we'll have to get someone who's
out of a job.
Lord Holbert suggested King'Fa
rouk, but the Phi Delt house won't
part with him. I submitted Winston
Churchill, but we later decided that
Winnie drinks too much. Chiang
Kai-shek seems to. think he still has
a job, so we settled on Juan
Juan hasn't got a thing to do, he
lost his job when he tried to buck
My Bootless Cries
for a promotion to Saint (comes
right before position of God), and
is killing a lot of time now in
Paraguay reading the want-ads.
He's a widower, so he has no fam
He probably would want to bring
up his sixteen-year-old concubine,
but she could enroll at the Uni
versity, taking Home Ec or some
thing. I think Juan would really
like the job.
As Juan got settled in his job, we
'Why Send $2000 Abroad?'
To The Editor:
Sunday I heard two students discussing AUF. As most students do.
ttiey expressed appreciation for its work in general. They were glad
that charities were carefully selected and the students protected from
"indiscriminate solicitations." But then one of them said, in effect,
"But why send over $2000 abroad? We have so much need here."
It's unbelievable that in an educational institution, in our progres
sive community, such thinking still exists. Even in the fine AUF board
it exists, as solicitors stress the fact that after all, most of the money
given to the Heart Association stays in the state and Cancer supports
the University Med School and the Community Chest gives more to the
Campus YWCA than AUF gives to the Chest.
The purpose of charity is not to help oneself. And it does not begin
at home. It begins wherever the greatest need is. It is disturbing to
think that we waste more each week than we give to help students
elsewhere; that if we gave them our garbage we'd be more generous
than we are now!
It's disturbing to think how little these people have, these people
who in the future are going to build and share the world with us. I'll
tell you why we should send $2000 abroad because they need it that's
why! In this world of mutual community that's reason enough.
To put it more baldly, we should help them now so we wont have
to kill them later or wont be in danger of their killing us.
AUF at its best is the finest educational instrument the University
has. To learn that when we wake up in Lincoln, we wake up in the
middle of the world is to learn a tremendous lesson. To learn to pro
nounce xney ' so R sounas uxe ana means we is io Decome an
educated world citizen.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the AUF workers for
their significant help in making the University what it is meant to be
and to urge all students who have not yet shared in this work to do so.
THIS COULD HAPPEN TO
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could shut up this loud-mouth pa
per, hang a few columnists and
put an end to these bothersome
convocations. Fraternities and so
rorities would become youth agi
tation groups, substituting charcoal
greys for black shirts and pins for
We would list riots for Tuesdays
in the Builders' calendar. The ad
ministration could encourage riots
even more than it now does by
making it an intramural sport. The
fraternity that loses the most men
while storming buildings Would
win the intramural championship.
I can see the headlines now, "Ex
Sig Eps Cop Intramural Laurels."
If you like this idea, please write
"I'm for more fascism and bigotry
in the world," on a twe-pinny post
card and send it in to The Nebras
kan. If the response is great
enough, we'll send a letter to Juan.
' Also, keep in mind that you're
helping not only wayward Juan,
now a male version of Little Orph
an Annie, but that you are ridding
this campus of some of the masses
of people that are clogging it up.
So let's show a little more love
for humanity.and give a helping
hand to the needy.
raged at the idea last spring,
have been keeping their traps all
too obviously shut. Why?
Editorials and news reports deal
with facts. So do columns; but the
columnist has the additional ad
vantage of being able to present
"murmurings." Murmurings are
not facts, and let no one intimate
that they are. But they are some-
Given1 'em Ell
times disturbing and provocative,
and if untrue, easily disproved.
My tOning-fork has quivered with
several off-key vibrations lately.
One of these, true or false, is
rather serious: that the faculty is
somehow being coerced into sub
mission to the new proposal, that
the faculty is for some reason
afraid to buck the "higher-ups"
(whoever they are). Let's hope this
is not true.
Here's another: our students
tend to be dishonest, seeking the
easiest rather than the best way.
Some students cheat on themes,
homework and tests; and others
aid the cheating, actively and pas
sively, by such antics as writing
others' themes or simply by refus
ing to report cheating to the au
thorities. In the same vein, since
students cant be trusted in one
vital area, should their wishes be
respected, or suspected, in the is
sue at hand?
Maybe this issue goes a little
deeper than we thought .... or
maybe it doesn't go anywhere. The
fact remains that the honest ques
tions of honest students are not be
ing answered; even the silence
has not been justified. What is this
stillness o'er all the earth? Pa
rental disapproval? Scorn? "Lord,
what fools"? Or is somebody wait
ing for Moses to come down from
the Mount? '
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FORT WORTH, TtXAS
A. C. MURPHY
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