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A new era is about to begin in Cornhusker
football Saturday when Pet Elliott officially
sigTvs up to play on the University's team for the
next three years.
The Kebraskan is happy to see Elliott assume
the coaching reins. With loyal fans throughout
the state, The Nebiaskan wishes Pete Elliott
the best of luck, a bit more co-operation than
has been present, at times past and a lot more
success in turning out a football squad that will
perform in grandstand fashion.
Further, The Kebraskan has the greatest of
confidence in Elliott as a coach, as a leader of
men, as an organizer and even as a good looking
gentleman with a very attractive young wife.
All that can be said regarding our new coach
ts "Good luck," and "we're with you now and
we plan to stay with you, as we've done with
cur other coaches, whether we finish second,
first or even seventh in the league.'
For a good many months now The Nebraskan
has heard a lot of rumors and gossip. This gos
sip has come from many charters: from stu
dents, faculty, former athletes, iJumni and in
terested fans in and outside of Nebraska. No
body likes this sort of gossip; and The Nebras
kan is definitely no exception.
Yet the constancy and the consistency of the
gossip, of a nature that amounted at times to
nothing more than idle barber-shop chatter and
at other times of a nature that amounted to cold
facts, has worried The Nebraskan. This worry
has been publicly expressed.
Quite recently, the editor of The Nebraskan
received a well-meaning letter from one student
that spoke of all this. This student worried about
it all and thought that possibly something should
be done about the rumors, which he believed.
The Nebraskan feels that everything about the
athletic program should be above and beyond
criticism. It wishes, Mce all fans of college
sports, that all the ules wall be closely observed.
It believes that an honest attempt is being made
to do exactly this at the present time.
Now, since these rumors persist and at times
amount to what might be called "'rumors plus"
and since The Nebraskan's hope is to quell this
situation and give everyone the essential faith
in the local program, The Nebraskan makes the
This weekend Pete Elliott will be in Lincoln
to '"formalize the agreement" with the Board of
Regents. This weekend will mark the beginning
paragraph in a new chapter of Husker football.
Therefore, The Nebraskan thinks this is an
Ideal time for a new statement of policy by the
proper individuals within the University. Pos
sibly nothing new will be incorporated in this
statement; but its effect will be that of "clear
ing the air" around the entire spec tor of col
This would help Pete Elliott make a good
start. U mill help all the other coaches who
daily face similar problems. It will help the Uni
versity itself once again re-assert its own good
And most important, it will, if anything pos
sibly can, put an end to the malicious gossip
that has yet to be proved by fact.
The Nebraskan feels the time is opportune for
such a statement of policy and hopes that it will
be forthcoming. It would be the ideal way to
introduce the new 1356 model which we sure now
unveiling. D. F.
'A Fine Step'
The advisability of more student participation
in University government has come up time and
again this year.
The Nebraskan has stood firmly on this prin
ciple. Chancellor Hardin has indicated several
times in Comhusker Round table discussions that
he favors more student responsibility.
Dean Colbert told a Nebraskan reporter Thurs
day that he also is interested in added student
representation in certain governmental areas.
Wednesday the Student Council heard an in
teresting report on this subject from two of its
members, who were representatives at the an
nual Student Council Conference in Kansas City,
Each mentioned that student government a
Nebraska is one of the weakest in the Big Seven,
pointing comparatively to other Big Seven
schools which serve as appropriation centers for
handling money for all activities, take an active
part in influencing legislation concerning their
university (Iowa State and Oklahoma) and, in
at least four schools (Kansas State, Colorado,
Oklahoma and Iowa State) operate an effective
Perhaps the most interesting and most pro
vocative item for consideration, both for the
Council and interested students and faculty
members, is the idea of a respected, effectively
operated tribunal which would have appellate,
or perhaps even original jurisdiction, on all
matters of discipline, morals and scholarship.
If properly worked out and presented, it could
be a fine step towards more student responsi
bility in University government and a healthy
trend towards educational rather than punitive
Toviard A Better University
This is the sixth editorial in a series dealing with common problems of the University
The editorial below deals with the problem of acquiring and maintaining professors of ex
ceptional caliber. The departure of several faculty members with academic reputations last
spring is a topic that bears examination.
This series will feature two more editorials and is continued in the hope of acquainting
both faculty members and students with common problems and encouraging in both a needed
interest in bettering the University.
Our Vanishing Professors
A situation is developing at the University,
which, in the near future, might prove very
serious, both to the University's reputation and
to its students.
This situation involves the alarming number
of excellent instructors who, for one reason or
another, are lepving their positions at the Uni
versity and taking teaching jobs in other schools
or going into private business.
There is also the problem of replacing noted
professors who are nearing the retirement age.
Some of these men, long fixtures' in the Univer
sity's Tanks, will leave gaps not only by the
loss of their abilities, but also by the loss of the
prestige the University receives from the pres
ence of nationally-respected figures on its cam
pus. The reasons for professors leaving a school
are varied. Many leave for the simple reason
of getting a better salary, either at another
school or in business; others feel another posi
tion would be better to their liking, or would
offer better opportunities for scholarship or re
search. In Tecent years the University has lost such
outstanding individuals as J. R. Alden, professor
of history, to Duke University; Dr. E. N. Ander
son, professor of history, to the University -of
Southern California; Dr. Werkmeister, professor
of philosophy and very well-known nationally,
to USC; Dr. JJathan Blumberg, assistant profes
sor of journalism, to Michigan State; Dr. Thomas
Storer, associate professor of philosophy.
Dr. C J. Schneider, associate professor of
political science, to Duke University; Wilford
"Wortman, instructor in economics and business
administration, to private business; Dr. B. H.
Burma, associate professor of geology, to private
Dr. Lowery Wimberiy, professor of English,
Dr. "L. W. Lancaster, professor of political sci
ence, Dr. Tt. V?. Trantz, professor of English,
and Dr. Arthur Westbrook, professor of music,
are -due to retire in the next year, and adequate
replacements must be found.
In addition, a number of professors Tiave taken
leaves of absence from the University for the
year, leaving staffs short-handed. Other in
structors must work double-time to take up the
slack. AH these factors together point toward
a progressive shortage of professors at the
University. , '
The effect of these departing and absent in
structors is perhaps seen in the School of Jour
nalism. "With the departure of Dr. Blumberg,
who taught "both basic and advanced courses,
the school is now operating short-handed with
only two professors Dr. F. Swindler, .director
of the school, and Dr. L. J. Martin.
These two men are burdened with courses
usually handled by three or four. Dr. Swindler
carries the double burden of a directorship. As
a result of this short-handed situation, a number
of students have left the school, preferring to
get another major, abandoning their journalism
altogether or being satisfied with a minor.
This is altogether an unfortunate circumstance,
since the University's journalism graduates have
for years been in position to get good jobs, and
the school itself has a fine reputation. Unless
more instructors are found to supplement the
ranks, the School of Journalism may well find
This is not, of course, the case in other de
partments in the University, nor is it impossible
to remedy the situation in the School of Journal
ism. The problem is in the possibility that other
schools or departments in the University may
find themselves sliding because of the loss of
their top men. Something must be done, in the
immediate future, to find a solution.
One basic trouble seems to be the matter "of
salaries. It is possible that the University is
lagging in the raising of salaries, probably be
cause not enough money can be appropriated
from the legislature, or because available money
is being lunneled into other channels.
It is obviously vital to the life and reputation
of the University that the causes of this losing
of professors be found, and if at all possible,
be remedied at the source. The Kebraskan, a
its efforts to build a better University ior "both
faculty and students, is urging that these trou
bles be investigated. Our prominence as a lead
ing middle-western school is at stake especially
in liberal arts.
The finding of a solution rests with all of us.
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Be Kept Humane
By EMERSON SHUCK
Deaa Of Liberal ArU College
Bowling Greea State University
The humanities are those studies which are intended to interpret
the possible order, meaning and glory of human endeavor. Although of
ancient heritage as part of academic discipline, they have in recent
years not held the place in American education which they might.
Now, with strong institutional emphasis on general education,
and with society's practical request for breadth as well as specialisation
in our educated citizens, the humanities have a renewed chance to
prove their pragmatic worth.
However, it is doubtful whether they will meet the test unless they
are kept truly humane unless they perform adequately their unique
function, and avoid the lure of false gods.
I take the major goals of the humanities to be four: (1) intellectual
and moral honesty with the facts of life as they are today, (2) intelli
gent appreciation of the artistic and philosophic ordering of experience
achieved by civilized men, tS) satisfying self -expression by each in
dividual and (4) a wide and integrated view of human life.
Certainly these are sufficient for any kingdom. Yet, many are the
messes of potage for which this birthright may be sold. To avoid such
false bargains, students and teachers alike must beware of those ap
parent goods which threaten humane learning when they are permitted
ascendency. For they lead to the oldnemesis of the humanities: dullness
smugness and impracticality.
For example, the humanities share with the social studies a tend
ency toward enthusiasm for fad or coterie. It is good to be abreast of
the latest tends, but to ride them like a bobby horse too often leads to
sham, to mutual backpatting and to snobbishness. These are deadly
deterrents to respect and attention.
Similarly, an excess of either the antiquarian or the neoteric may
repel good sense. The love of things just because they are very old
or very new is natural to aU men.
But veneration of the ancient for its own sake, or fascination with
newness itself are insufficient goals in the long run. Neither survival
nor invention automatically confer worth, though worth may be en
hanced by either.
One of the most prevalent and stultifying of practices is that of
virtually ignoring the actual subject matter of the humanities e ori
ginal records of human experience in favor of a body of peripheral lore
and description that has grown up about them.
Once-tentative notes become gospel, critical platitudes of secondary
sources become unquestioned fact. If the original source is not regarded
constantly with an open mind, it dries up to a neatly classified fossil.
The humanities are concerned with order, but never at the expense
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A closely related danger lies in amoralism, most often expressed
in the declaration that the humanities cannot be scholarly unless they
restrict themselves to purely technical, esthetic or factual matters.
Respectability for this position is claimed by analogy wiQn science.
But the business of the humanities lies with buman values, the inter
pretation of meanings which can lead to judgment and choke.
This is what the world wants most from the humanities, and to
avoid its difficulties by a washing of hands is to deny one of the major
reasons for the existence of the humanities themselves.
The humanities are the business of all men, even though entrusted
in our schools to a relative few persons. Both the specialist and the
average man must see to it that the humanities perform their key func
tion as well as these many others.
By WALTER HTVCHELL
Nationally Syndicatea Columnist
Thank you very much for your kind letter, though, by a curious
circumstance I would like to reverse the Cjuestian.
lt is my opinion that the society in which we live and the forces
shaping it are more likely to be affected by -what is going on at your
college campus than almost anywhere.
For example : The United States turned out five college graduates
last year for every two turned out by the Communists. Vet they pro
duced twice as many engineers, three times as many doctors and two
times as many technicians.
The answer is, of course, that they are turning out cogs in a vast
technical machine, while we are turning out well-rounded people as
The fact is, however, that the emerging technical superiority may
well be their margin of victory. My suggestion is that the only possible
answer is the broadening of American education to include more peo
ple, not narrowing the courses to meet the red standards.
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This is why I think the problem rests upon the campuses of the
country. After all, not only roust they bear the actual burden, but
Rome -and technicans arent built in a day.
"We can turn out a jet-plane in a minute in a national emergency
but it still takes 2D years to grow its pilot!
Fridoy, Jonuory 6, 1955
UTTlt MAN ON CAMPUS by Oioc Elbier
One of the five leading producers of crude oil
and natural gas in the nation, Stanolind is a whoDy-o-wTjed
subsidiary of Standard Oil Company India
na). In its search for new oil and gas reserves, it
maintains an active exploration and development
program in the U.S., Canada and Cuba. The Com
pany is also moving into the fast-growing field of
Mr. W, H. Howkes, Division Geophysical
Supervisor for Stcnolind ct Ccsper, Wyoming,
vill visit this campus on Monday, January 9,
1956, to interview mid-yecr end spring, candi
dates for E.S. end advanced aSegrees in elec
trical engineering, physics, mathematics
(with physics minor) end geology with
physics or mathematics minor K Stanolind
hes immediate openings within the United
States end one or two openings in Canada,
A limited number f summer jobs ere evefl
eble to Juniors who ere majoring in these
courses, end who intend to seek permanent
. employment in these f ields upon production
Those who accept employment will be initially
cssigned to the Geophysical Deportment ii
the fcocfcy Mountain Division.
Excellent opportunities and a promising future
are -available in this growing companynow just
25 years old for men m'b.o are capable and quali
fied. Salaries paid are among the highest in indus
try.; benefit plans rank with the best.
Plan now to see Mr. Ha wires when he is here.
Tar an appointment, see Dean J. Phillip Col
bert, Director of Student Affairs.
XrTf5i10-KBftMK I SAID UtO VM AUSI totf
'Faith In God'
Strength To Face
The Coming Year
By DON BUSS
Stadest Pastor, Methodist Itoase
It has been twenty days since
we made those determined resolu
tions to ourselves and toward eth
ers. Assuming that all of these
promises were good ones, how
many remain unbroken for you?
"Give me a day or two in which
to render an evaluation on my
resolutions, and I will give you
my answer because Tm feeling
mighty low. Why shouldn't I be low
with all of these tests staring me
in the face?"
There is great wisdom in this
principle. After a post New Year's
resolution evaluation of our ef
forts to meet the future, we can
see what we have failed to do.
We face this challenge of change,
and as we do there is a great
reed for faith and power. Not one
of os can know what HS56 will bold
for os of joy and sorrow, suc
cess or f a3ui, life, or death.
As important as physical and
mental health are to each of os,
please do not disregard your spir
itual health as yon revalue your
The spirit of the best in us is
reflected in the stnry of a farmer
in Kentucky who watched the swol
len Cumberland Kiver carry away
his material possessions, his stock,
bis crop, bis borne.
When the flood bad receded be
drove to town to borrow money for
seed and to attend a kodconcrol
meeting. He knew that be faced
difficult times, but be rejoiced
that bis family was safe; and his
weary face lighted with a smile as
be said, "With the help of God,
well lick the old river yet."
To remain "calm wlsen faced wish
minor irritations, to find fun in
simple wrings, to have faith in the
basic goodness Of mankind, al
though recognizing the evil done
by men, and to have the courage
to work to change conditions
these things I believe should be
part of your revised or reinforced
To meet these challenges, you
are not expected to go it alone,
la God we have an inexhaustible
source of power. With this strength
from God and the fellowship of
like minds, may we find con
munual strength to face realisti
cally, but joyfully, the New Year.
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