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UgrWvkiv. Jonuory 4, 1956
I fJer Year's Resolution
Sunday was the first day of a brand new
year, 1956. .
For some it was a bright day, full of sun
shine and church music, and great dinners at
For others it was exceedingly dark brown,
full of loud noises and haggard faces, ahd tall
glasses of tomato juice.
At any rate, no matter how the day was
spent, it was a day to be reckoned with. It was
an important day, one that could very well
ahape the rest of the year.
For a number of reasons, most of them dat
ing back to ancient traditions and customs, the
beginning of a new year has been slated as a
time for people to "turn over a new leaf" and
make great golden shrines to the future, loaded
with promises and resolutions.
People have acquired the belief that the new
year somehow purges them of whatever is shady
or incomplete in the old year, and that they can
happily forget what is behind them.
The old year is a trash barrel to receive all
of mankind's mistakes and faulty judgments,
where they will moulder forgotten and unim
portant. Thus cleansed of his faults, man sets out to
brighten up the new year with decorative ration
alizations called "New Year's Resolutions."
These resolutions are really all right. They
re mads with every intent of keeping them,
said prove excellent sources of martyrdom for
at least a week until creatures of habit regain
their rightful positions. Then the resolutions can
be forgotten in fine spirit, and everyone can
slip back into that comfortable old sin again.
Perhaps the most people get out of making
New Year's Resolutions is the resolving itself,
and little else. It is great to stand alone on your
own rocky hill, baring your chest to the scream
ing wind and the driving snow and resolve
to completely remake your life.
This involves dropping various and sundry
bad habits and eccentric notions which are really
quite nice, such as smoking', drinking, wearing
imitation wool socks and believing in ghosts.
Then, after .the resolutions are made and
typed up neatly on good paper, they can be
mailed to relatives and showed around to friends,
impressing them with the originality and self
sacrifice of the promises.
A bit of nobleness and modesty provides a
good touch, too.
What would happen, however, if somebody
actually kept his New Year's Resolutions? The
repercussions would be heard as far as Togo
land. Think what would happen to Our Great
American Way of Life!
It really might be a good idea. Since we so
easily forget what we have done wrong, passing
it all off on the New Year, it might well be a
good idea to seriously consider keeping some of
Maybe not all of them. That would be asking
too much. Just enough so the whole thing would
worth while after all.
It doesn't hurt very much, honest. F. T. D.
On Thursday, Grand Island will celebrate its
Nebraska's Third City has recently been
named as one of the nation's "All America
Cities." A Grand Island product, Sharon Kay
Ritchie, is the current Miss America and the
city's new two and a half million dollar high
school opened its doors for the first time this
Thursday's celebration will welcome Miss and
Mrs. America and many others, including Bob
Reynolds, University 1950 All-American and aN
Grand Island high school graduate.
In many ways, it would seem that Grand
Island is an Ail-American city. Its high school
has produced a Miss America and an Ail-American
football player and its schools are repre
sentative of the finest in physical plants and
Many University students had some part in
Grand Island's campaign four years ago in
which a four million dollar bond issue was
passed, one of the lragest ever approved by a
town with a population of 25,000.
Another city receiving an "All-American"
rating was Phenix City, Alabama. The award was
given to this southern city for its activities which
stamped out gambling, organized vice and other
corruption which had been established in the
community for almost a century. Grand Island
was recognized for achievement in education.
There seems little correlation between the two
cities other than a slight similarity in population.
Phenix City had to fight in a bare-fisted, no-holds
barred manner to raise itself to decency and a
place in the sun. What did Grand Island have
to do? s
The citizens of Grand Island had to fight the
opposition of large taxpayers who did not desire
to pay the increase in property tax. This op
position was organized, but it was fought with
words and enlightenment it was combatted with
the very elements of the thing it was trying to
Today, Grand Island is exemplary in many
ways and because of this fine example, it is
indeed strange that a surprising paradox can be
found in the pages of the magazine that has
honored the city.
It wasn't very many years ago that Look
magazine listed Grand Island (along with Phenix
City) as one of the worst sin-ridden cities in the
nation for the existence of organized prostitu
tion. S. J.
Aleiv 'Conservative' Look
A new type of "conservatism has sprung up
within the Republican party.
James L. Wick, autor of "How NOT to Run
For President, a Handbook For Republicans,"
is the proponent of this new philosophy. Wick
says he is "preserving our constitutional liber
ties," which he feels are threatened by New
Deal "socialism" and "Me Too" Republicanism.
But Wick's plan to preserve the Constitution
is to ram through five amendments, the combined
effect of which would be a more radical change
than the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the Square
Deal and the Rotten Deal all rolled into one.
The Mundt-Coudert Amendment, (which picks
presidential electors by senatorial and congres
sional districts instead of state-wide blocks as
has been done since the days of Andrew of
This is necessary, Wick feels, to "cut down
the abnormal power of New York state and New
York City to determine the presidential nominees
of both parties."
However, small states have a great counter
vailing power in the Senate, which gives them a
tremendous advantage in Congress as a whole.
To throw out the advantage large states have in
selecting the president would do irreparable dam
age to the system of checks and balances.
The Reed-Dirksen amendment, (which would
limit income taxes and forbid federal death and
gift taxes altogether.)
In our economy of today tax rates are flex
ible tools of economic policy; they should not
be fixed by any arbitrary restrictions.
The Byrd-Bridges amendment, (which would
require a balanced budget annually except in
wartime or time of open hostility.)
Such a rigid requirement would bind the hands
of the government to balance the nation's entire
The Bricker amendment, (which would limit
the government's power to make treaties and
put them into effect.)
Already, however, treaty-making is more dif
ficult than in most governments, as almost all
presidents have volubly complained.
The Reed-Walter amendment, (which would
give states the power to amend the Constitution
without federal action.)
This is the new type of "conservatism," which
would put the treaty and amending power back
to 1780, the nominating power back to 1820 and
the taxing power back almost to 1914. B. B.
Unfit . .
LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
Unfamiliar as classes seemed yesterday after
more than two weeks of suspended animation
during vacation, one thing made school real
again the traditional smell of a class building,
compounded of chalk, shoes, overcoats, paper
lint, cigarette smoke, radiators and floor wax.
New buildings on campus may have to be
broken in by spraying with a synthetic or by
holding a couple of poli sci seminars in the
balls before they will be fit for classes.
the University and discover we are still doing
hard thinking on hard wood, and taking lumpy
notes on extended chair arms covered with
Greek letters, initials and slogans dating back
to the Spanish American War.
If progressive education ever infiltrates the
University, chair seats may perhaps be matched
to the class's subject matter green for botany,
red for Russian history and cowhide for Ag
by Dick Biblar
'GEE.ERVM, WHY DIDN'T WOTKTO&RINS A HAMMOCK?'
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I was going through Dante's In
ferno the other morning over my
breakfast oatmeal (tales of others'
sufferings always soothe the diges
tion and assimilation), waiting pa
tiently for my rennin to go into
operation when I chanced upon
Dante's suggestion for a homecom
I imagine I'll get drummed out
of the lodge for giving out such a
good idea, but I'm leaving before
Colorado plays here again, anyway,
so I have no qualms. And this
would only be good if we play
Colorado for homecoming.
Dante relates in Canto Twenty
Eight the character a metal
bull created by Perillus of Athens
(of the Oyster Bay Perillus', not
the Hyde Park Perillus') for Pha
laris, Tyrant of Sicily in the sixth
century B.C. Perillus was the Har
low B.'Curtiss of Athens, juite an
-The Challenge For Nebraskans-
Communist War Can Only
Be Won On Principle: Rhee
(Eds., note! This U the eisrhlh Install
mcnt In iha weekly "Challenire" serin.
Today's article Is written especially for
The Nebraskaa by Syntman Rhee, out
spoken president of tha Republic of South
University High School, according to the news
stories, has abandoned the old idea of hard
desks for its pupils and has substituted natural
seating arrangements of tables and attractive
The students will get a shock when they enter
I am glad to join with others
whom the Daily Nebraskan has
invited to send a special message
to the students of the University
My message is: Don't be afraid
to do what is right. For such fear
is the best weapon the Communists
have in their effort to destroy the
liberties of your Christian civiliza
tion. Everyone knows there is some
thing very much wrong with in-"
ternational relations in the world
today. The fact that affairs are
going badly for the free nations is
proved by the mastery the Com
munists have won over more than
800,000,000 people in the past ten
years, and by the success they are
having right now in shifting sev
eral hundred more millions to
ward their side through propagan
da and diplomatic influence in In
dia and Southeast Asia.
What is wrong is not difficult to
determine. The cardinal fact is
that the Communists know what
they want and are making tre
mendous, disciplined and contin
uous efforts to get it.
Meanwhile, the free world is di
vided in a very loose alliance, is
not i even sure what it wants to
achieve, and is unwilling to make
sacrifices to maintain justice, de
mocracy and freedom.
The basic error of the free world
is in insisting that its goal is not
freedom and justice but peace.
Actually, peace is never difficult
to preserve (for a while) if a suf
ficient price is paid for it.
Czechoslovakia got peace by sur
render. India is seeking peace by
insisting that it can see no dif
ference between Communist im
peralism and democratic self-defense.
The United Nations won a
temporary peace in Korea by
agreeing to a truce that flatly con
tradicted its own aims, as set
forth in a resolution adopted on
Oct. 7, 1950, calling for the lib
eration of northern Korea and the
unification of the nation under a
freely elected government.
Thus far, the free world has
sought to deal with Communist
aggression by entering into con
ferences in which the democratic
nations make concessions in re
turn for promises that have never
yet been kept.
The alternative method Is to
stand by the principles of the self
government of peoples which have
been boldly proclaimed in Presi
dent Wilson's Fourteen Points, in
the Atlantic Charter and in the
Charter of the United Nations.
When a great free nation pro
claims that there is no alterna
tive to peace, a dictatorship as
ruthless as Russia interprets that
as meaning the free world is will
ing to buy peace at any price.
This, of course, is a mistake.
Eventually, the United States will
fight rather than surrender. Mean
while, the great aim of the Com
munists i3 to push ahead as far
and as rapidly as they can, in
preparation for the eventual con
flict. In Korea we have seen the worst
that the Communists can do. We
have also seen the courage and
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The new juke-box in the Crib has brought
all kinds of comments.
In view of its 200 selections, one of the strang
est ones came down a rather disgusted student.
After studying the machine for several minutes,
he stuffed his money back in his pocket and an
nounced to his companion, "Can't find anything
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the idealism of the free world as
it responded quickly and effective
ly to the Communist attack.
But we also have had to observe
the weakness and division of the
democracies when they found the
conflict was hard and long extend
ed. It is my hope that the failure of
the so-called 'spirit of Geneva'
may prove to be the last straw
that will sink the lingering faith
of the free nations in concessions
and in negotiation with a power
that has repeatedly proved its
The cold war is not going to just
simmer away and disappear be
cause the prosperous nations of the
West find it uncomfortable. It is
not going to be won by the de
mocracies merely because the
democratic way of life is superior
to Communist tyranny.
The struggle against Communist
domination can only be won by
courageous adherence to principle.
fnventor, maker a model airplanes
and constructor of torture devices.
This particular bull was made
so that when Phalaris (a fun-lover,
always good for a laugh) stuck a
victim inside it, and roasted him
to death (what else could you do
My Bootless Cries
with a victim inside an iron bull?),
the victim's screams of agony .
passed through certain tuned pipes
and emerged as a burlesque bel
lowing of the bull.
Transplanting this thing to the
home scene, an enterprising fra
ternity or sorority could build an
iron buffalo (or Buff, as it is
known when we play Colorado),
and jam a pledge inside, roast him
about medium rare and listen to
the bellows of the buffalo. What
judge could pass it up?
This would necessitate pledging
several extra boys the September
before, since the judging and view
ing period of homecoming lasts
quite a spell, and you'd want a
few peons left over to beat and
flagellate the rest of the year.
The pledges sacrificed for dear
old Greek Letters (or even dear
old Quad, for that matter) could
be quick frozen, and when the
alums came over after the game
... but then, it seems to me that
Jonathan Swift (after whom Swift
meatpackers are named) went into
Good idea, eh? I thought-it up
last Christmas Eve.
(eds. note: Young Henkle has a
fairly good idea. However, we must
say, that it has already been tried
here at Nebraska with little success.)
Years Most Exciting
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ADVENTURES IN SOCIAL SCIENCENO. 2
Doff your caps and bells ; there will be no fun and games this
day. Today, with earnestness and sobriety, we make the second
of our forays into social science. Today we take up the most
basic of all the social sciences -sociology itself.
Sociology teaches us that man is a social animal. It is not his
instincts or his heredity that determine his conduct; it is his
environment. This fact is vividly borne but when one considers
any of the several cases of children who were raised by wild ani
mals. Take, for example, the dossier on Julio Sigafoos.
Julio, abandoned as an infant in a dark wood near Cleveland,
was adopted by a pack of wild dogs and reared as one of their
own. When Julio was found by a hunter at the age of twelve, the
poor child was more canine than human. He rah on all fours,
barked and growled, ate raw meat, lapped water with his tongue,
and could neither speak nor understand one single word. In
short, he was a complete product of his environment
... )fcxias3coweter)diu.t cfhi$ enritonment..-
(Julio, incidentally, was more fortunate than most wild chil
dren. They never become truly humanized, but Julio was excep
tional. Bit by bit, he began to talk and walk and eat and drink
as people do. His long dormant mental processes, when awakened
at last, turned out to be remarkably acute." In fact, he was so
bright that he learned to read and write in a month, got through
grammar school in five years and high school in two. And last
June, as thousands of spectators, knowing Julio's tragic back
ground, stood and cheered, he was graduated valedictorian from
Cal Tech with a degree in astrophysics!
(Who can say to what towering heights this incredible boy
would have risen had he not been killed the day after commence
ment while chasing a car?)
But I digress. To return to sociology, people tend to gather in
groups -a tendency that began, as we all know, with the intro
duction of Philip Morris Cigarettes. What an aid to sociability
they are! How benignly one looks upon his fellows after a puff
of Philip Morris's gentle, pleasant, flavorful tobacco! How eager
it makes one to share, to communicate, to extend the hand of
friendship! How grateful we all are to Philip Morris for mak
ing possible this togetherness ! How good not to live in the bleak
pre-Philip Morris world, with every man a stranger!
The groups that people live in today (thanks to Philip Morris)
vary widely in their customs. What is perfectly acceptable in
one society may be outlandish in another. Take, for instance, the
case of Ug Poopoomoogoo.
Ug, a Polynesian lad, grew up in an idyllic South Sea isle
where the leading social event of the year was the feast of Max,:
the sun god. A quaint all-day ceremony was held, with" tribal
dancing, war chants, fat lady races, pie eating contests, and,
for the grand finale, the sacrifice of two dozen maidens.
According to Ug's folkways, sacrificing maidens was quite
acceptable, but when in his eighteenth year he was sent as an
exchange student to the University of Wisconsin, he soon learned
that Americans take a dim view of this practice-in Wisconsin,
at any rate. The first twelve or thirteen maidens Ug sacrificed!
he was let off with a warning. When, however, he persisted, dras
tic measures were takeh-he was de-pledged by his fraternity.
A broken man, Ug quit school and moved to Milwaukee where
today he earns a meagre living as a stein. cm., ghuimsa, w,
Tfcia eolumn it brought to you by the maker of Philip Morris
Cigarettes, who are othenehe rational men. Ask for new Philip
Horns in the smart new red, white and gold package.
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