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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 18, 1956)
Wednesday, Januory 18, 1956
What If Looks Like
' Announcement has been made of the AWS
Board's decision regarding the changed system
of overnights, out-of-town's and late-nights af
fecting all University coeds.
As in all such announcements, not everyone
Is happy. The vote tabulated by the AWS Board,
however, does show that the majority of NU
coeds who did exercise their right to vote when
it was referred to them favored the new pro
posal. When the statistics are studied a few points
of interest c'omt forth. First, the sorority vote
was just about three to two, in favor of the
new plan, while the independent vote was in
favor of the change by exactly ten to one.
More important, though, when the total vote
is considered, is that some 550 sorority women
voted while only 285 independent women exer
cised their right on the referendum. This indi
cates clearly that the sorority women are highly
organized on matters such as this and that the
Independent women were either not contacted
in a manner that would have assured better
participation or else were generally apathetic
on the issue. There is no way, as of this writ
ing, of determining which of these last conclu
sions is valid.
Of more consequence than the vote itself was
the manner in which it was conducted. There
was what should properly be called a general
referendum. For. this the AWS Board should
be highly commended.
The mechanics of AWS organization took the
measure through the House of Representatives,
a group composed of one representative from
each organized women's residence, and from it
back to the component parts for the vote.
The resulting vote showed conclusively the
weakness in the current House of Representa
tives. In case after case, the individual repre
sentative was reported as unable to explain the
new plan thoroughly. This caused one of two
things: either the girls quickly passed the meas
ure to speed up the meeting, or opponents of
the change, unable to get a proper explanation
of the new plan, , easily "pushed through" an
opposition. This is evident from the break-down
of the individual house votes.
What all' this means is this each house must
demand more from their own representative.
The House of Representatives, as obviously
demonstrated in this matter, needs strengthen
ing. In regard to the new plan, the net result is
a gain. , Coeds are allowed more and later hours.
The question of how individual- coeds wish to
use their allotted overnights and out-of-town's
is a separate matter, which it seems demands
further discussion and investigation.
All coeds must realize that hours are a neces
sity, a necessity imposed and demanded by
society. Further, there has been no real rea
son submitted other than the one of difficulty
in arriving on time to the exact minute that
says two o'clock is too early to end a date.
The University Cabinet
The announcement of the addition of Jim
Pittenger to the staff of Chancellor Hardin is
significant, not so much in the actual appoint
ment, as in the policy which it establishes.
The Chancellor now has around him a group
of men that compose a very competent and ex
perienced staff qualified to handle almost any
foreseeable problem with the slightest amount
Pittenger will fill the vacancy created by the
resignation of Bruce Nicoll who was appointed
on a temporary basis. Nicoll, assistant director
of public relations, carried r uch of the admin
istrative load during the period before the ap
pointment of Chancellor Hardin when John Sel
leck was Acting Chancellor (Selleck was later
appointed Chancellor after the selection of Har
din. Nicoll served concurrently for a period with
Dr. A. C. Breckenridge who before his appoint
ment as Dean of Faculty filled the position of
assistant to the Chancellor for academic af
fairs. Pittenger's appointment places the staff
at a peak of strength.
Following is a brief look at those men to
whom much of the administration of the Uni
versity is delegated:
Dean Breckenridge, former chairman of the
department of political science, although not
formally attached to the Chancellor's staff could,
in a relative sense, be compared to the Presi
dent's assistant, Sherman Adams, who is one r
of the most powerful men in Washington.
Breckenridge is a trouble shooter and an idea
man with a keen and perceptive mind. In an
almost physical sense, he is the Chancellor's
right hand man and demands respect from all
segirents of the University community.
The public relations staff, a group of men
who are relatively unknown to the general pub
lic, is composed of George Round, director;
Nicoll; Ken Keller and Ed Hirsch. Keller and
Nicoll are particularly important in the formu
lation of administrative policy. Moderator of
"Your University Speaks," Keller is adviser
to the board of student publications. Nicoll
probably is still a trusted adviser even though
he has moved out of the Chancellor's office.
Round maintains a national reputation for his
articles on agriculture and Hirsch supervises
Selleck, general business manager and comp
troller of the University, has almost autonomous
power in affairs of finance and other fields such
as housing of students. His influence and pres
tige is quite evident in that the Board of Re
gents appointed him Acting Chancellor and
named the men's dormitories after him.
Pittenger, who will not leave his present post
of alumni secretary until a successor is named,
brings with him an almost incredible amount
of varied experience. He has served as a Lt
Col. in the Army, secretary to two governors,
administrative assistant to Gov. Val Peterson
and Secretary of State of Nebraska.
Pittenger will probably be delegated general
liaison duty with special emphasis on alumni
affairs and dealings with the legislature. The
future expanded enrollment of the University
and its physical problems will be a major Uni
versity' headache for the next 10 years.
Although divorced from the Chancellor's of
fice, the athletic department which has been
a source of trouble in past years is often a
channel through which University policy must
Heading the University athletic program is
Bill Orwig who is probably the best representa
tive a University could have in the field of
athletics. Orvig through his magnetic person
ality and sincerity inspires confidence. His
presence eliminates many problems that have
plagued Hardin's predecessors.
The previous reference to the Eisenhower
staff is not such a remote analogy as it might
seem. Chancellor Hardin is surrounded by cap
able assistants and it seems quite likely that
the University could function in good order dur
ing an extended absence of the Chancellor. And
after all, excellent delegation of authority is
evidence of wisdom and foresight in leader
ship. S. J.
Anyone who reads the social columns shouH
be well aware of the number of newly-married
Considering, in addition, the number of other
married students in the University, it makes a
considerable number. How considerable no one
seems to know exactly.
No one in the administration could offer even
near accurate estimate. The only available
tabulation is one made in September by Uni
versity Dames, an organization of wiyes of Uni
versity students. This list includes only mar
ried men students of whom there were approxi
Even using this obviously low figure of 1400,
ft would mean that one fifth of the University
population consists of married students. They
constitute one of the largest student blocs in
the University. It seems to be a largely ne
Even a cursory check of available figures
shows that this is a large proportion of married
students for a University with a comparatively
small graduate college, and an enrollment which
does not include the College of Medicine at
Further comparison indicates that other mid
western universities are doing more for their
married students in many areas. Several mid
western colleges with a comparable married
population already have available 300 or more
units of married student bousing and are plan
ning more for the near future. Nebraska is
still planning its first buildings of forty units.
A survey conducted by University Dames last
spring showed that the overwhelming majority
cf married students favored University housing.
Independent interviews with forty representa
tive couples found that aside from the usual
considerations of rent and the problem of find
ing suitable places which will accept children,
these married students felt it would help to
solve another problem. That problem, which
bothered many of them, is isolation from the
University as a whole.
These married students expressed the feeling
that University housing units would bring them
together with other couples with common in
terests and problems. Several pointed out that
this would make possible mutual baby-sitting
arrangements and car pools.
At present, they added, there are few Univer
sity organizations or events which fill their
needs and interests. Married student clubs are
a common feature of many other universities.
The student union of one large midwestern
university even provides a nursery room where
volunteers care for children during major func
tions. The Nebraskan is well aware that all of these
things are not possible at the University in the
immediate future. A start has been made in
the plan for some married student i housing.
More can be done.
First, it is necessary that the University take
cognizance of the number of married students
and the problems which they face. When 38
out of 40 students state that they feel a decided
sense of separation from the University as a
whole, it would seem that there might be good
basis for some study of this problem.
A sincere effort should be made to study the
situation of the married student population at
the University. They constitute too large a pro
portion of the student body to be ignored. L. S.
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Must Exorcise Growing Awareness
xUmfd States is Still Ahead'
By ADM. ARTHUR RADFORD
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
One of the most important sub
jects today, and one which has
been increasing in importance year
by year is; the influence on peace
of the world Technological Race.
This is a special kind of race, one
that our whole future depends on
Yet, many people fail to recog
nize its importance in the world
today. That is why it is vital that
we have a growing understanding
of some of its far-reaching effects
on the international military situation.-
Today's threat to peace and to
human liberty is perhaps subtler
than ever before. But understand
ing that threat, and preparing to
meet it, are our best means for
Here in the United States today,
many of us have watched the ideas
of a quarter century ago come
true. A generation of scientific de
velopments has been compressed
into something less than a decade.
ToCay, there are rosy forecasts
for America's future. Our econo
mists predict a greatly increased
gross national product. Our cen
sustakers tell us of a rapidly grow
ing population. Scientists speak
seriously of trips to other planets.
Engineers foresee fleets of jet
airliners and super freeways, and
a greatly increased mobility for
As a result, the age-old military
barriers of time and space, and
oceans and ice-caps, have been
largely obliterated. No environ
mental change in man's history
compares to that of this twentieth
During World War U, there was
enough evidence to gain the im
pression that the Soviet Union was
technologically a second-rate pow
er. The latest reports indicate that
this is no longer the case. Soviet
scientific, technological, and pro
duction skills have increased
markedly in the past few years,
particularly in the military
The Soviet has been able to do
this because they were able to
, control natural resources, mobil
ize manpower, adjust finances and
control their colonies with a sim
plicity which Free nations cannot
achieve. Within wide limits, they
could marshal enormous military
power simply by squeezing it out
of their resources.
They also broadened tremend
ously their educational base. They
emphasized technical fields, and
are currently turning out scientists
and engineers at about twice the
rate we are.
Now, this does not mean that oth
er nations are turning out better
graduates than ours but this
does mean that our technological
leadership in these major fields is
being seriously challenged.
We have held the lead in scien
tific and technological manpower,
but the United States lead inevit
ably will be whittled away unless
these recent trends are corrected.
The influence of these trends on
the international -military situa
tion is already being felt. The So
viets have surged forward in sci
ence and technology, in research
and development and in produc
Most significant of all, the So
viets now have the ability to pro
duce nuclear weapons, and the
long-range aircraft to carry them
All this raises the question: Who
Based on present evidence that
is available, the United States is.
This conclusion must be tempered,
however, both with a growing
awareness for the current trends,
and with a knowledge that all of
the evidence is not available.
On the United States side of the
ledger, more and greater effort
is being devoted to the develop
ment of a strong and modern
Armed Forces, which is so essent
ial to our security.
But, on the other side of the
ledger is the recent displays of
air strength over Moscow. There
is also their pronouncements about
their nuclear developments and
their projected space satellite
While it appears that, across the
board, the technological capabil
ities of the Soviet Union are not
yet equal to those of the United
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States, it is apparent that in the
Soviet Union there is a greater
emphasis on the application of sci
ence and technology to military en
deavors. As matters stand now, we know
that the United States' strategic
location and power makes it the
arsenal for Free nations, and the
best base for a strategic reserve
in readiness for timely deploy
ments into any threatened area.
Also the technological and indus
trial capability of the United
States best fits this nation to max
imize the effectiveness of the mili
tary forces of the Free World,
The continental United States is,
therefore, a pillar of Free World
strength. In the interests of peace
it must be kept secure. For the
time being and that may be a
very long time the job of the
United States will be to stay strong
and to help its allies stay strong.
What must be done then to stay
ahead in the technological race?
First, the United States must
avoid its national bent toward com
placency and self-satisfaction. We
must be very modest indeed when
of tomorrow which are needed to
survive. The United States must
also use wisely the skilled men it
has and not waste them on jobs
that others can do.
Second, the United States must
help others to understand the sig
nificance of this technological rac
not to spread alarm but to de
velop a full understanding of the
facts, and to generate a will to
face them squarely.
Third, the United States must
encourage an increasing propor
tion of its youngsters to become
scientists and engineers good
ones particularly if we are to
develop and support the weapons
sensing our own well-being, and we
must no longer take our technolo
gical advantages for granted.
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One glance at the Nebraskan's Tuesday editorial page would in
dicate that the campus is about as alive as the geology department'
Of the three columnists, 'two attack each other and the other writes
about the Union juke box.
A trip down the editorial column produces nothing but a long sum
mation explaining a number of previous editorials, some traditional
Tale Of Two Cynics ,
griping about registration, and a salute to two other Universities whos
cardiograph charts still show pulsation.
The only crusade on the entire page was written by a subscriber.
We could try to prove that this situation exists because of the edu
cational trend toward conformity, and that the University wants to
graduate a group of "above all else, don't be radical", uniform medio
crities but this would be too great an exertion before finals.
Therefore, rather than try to create a ripple in this complacent,
stagnant pool, we too will say nothing.
(Author of -Barefoot Bay rvitK Cfcrrfc," tU.)
OH, FOR THE LIFE OF A NEWSPAPERMAN !
Look at the campus newspaper you are now holding;. An ordi
nary object, you think? An everyday convenience? Something
to be taken for granted?
Faugh, sirs and madams! Faugh, I say! Don't yon know
what prodigies of skill and labor and organization and art and
science go into the making of your campus newspaper?
Come, I'll show you. I'll take you to a typical office of a typical
newspaper on a typical campus.
The editor-let's call him D. Fermin Bohorquez, a typical enough
name calls his staff together first thing in the morning. "AD
right, you guys," he says, lighting a Philip Morris, which, natu
rally, is the favorite cigarette of newspapermen, and of anybody
else who knows a hawk from a handsaw, "All right, you guys,"
says D. Fermin, "this here ain't no ladies whist society, this
here is a newspaper. So get out there and get the news. Get it
first, get it quick, get it right! Ed, you cover the ag campus.
Phil, you cover the school of mines. Wally, you cover home ec
Sam, you cover buildings and grounds. Ethel, you cover the
men's gym. ... All right, get going!"
With many a laugh and cheer, the reporters light up Philip
Morrises, favorite cigarette of the young and agile, and dash
away on their assignments.
D. Fermin retires to his office to smoke a Philip Morris and
write a fearless editorial scolding the university for not buying
patches for the worn-out elbows of the chess team.
On the rim of the copy desk three rewrite men Tensing,
Hillary, and Laveme-sit poised and expectant, waiting for the
reporters to phone in their stories. They smoke Philip Morris,
favorite cigarette of the poised and expectant Tensing'a phone
rings first; it is Ed calling from the ag campus.
"Stop the presses!" cries Ed. "Got a scoop! Hunrath T.
Sigafoos, professor of curds and whey, has just sold his article
The Romance of Butter fat to the Drovers and Poulterers
On another phone Sam is calling from buildings and grounds.
"Tear out the front page!" he cries. "Got an exclusive I Harold
'Pop' Wishnograd, superintendent of buildings and grounds,
today announced the purchase of a new doormat for the vestibule
of Burton HalL The last doormat, it will be recalled, was eaten
by a pledge named Norman Harringay for his Chi Psi initiation."
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city room, Ganglia Questover,
vivacious and ubiquitous gossip columnist, sits racking a
Philip Morris, favorite cigarette of the vivacious and ubiquitous,
and typing out her chatty, informative tidbits: "Maureen
Valgerholtz, popular Theta, announced her engagement last
night to Webster Scuff, Oliver Jenkins, Cosmo Erskine, and
Walter Penn Dowdy. Wedding dates have been set for June 9,
June 24, July 5, and July 18 respectively. Good luck, Maureen!
. . . Irving 'Behemoth' Anselm, popular fullback, blew out 120
feet of esophagus yesterday while inflating a f ootbalL Good luck.
Irving 'Behemoth'! . . . Robin Kroveney, popular Deke last year,
this year popular pf c. in the U. S. Army, writes friends that he
has been convicted of deserting his post and will be executed
on April 28. Good luck, Robin!"
And now, friends, we take our reluctant leave of the drama, the
action, the tension, the glamor, the churning, the seething, the
roiling, the sturm und drang of the wonderful world of journal
ism. Aloha, journalism, aloha! cm .!.. u
The maker, of Philip Morri,, who ipontor thit column, home got oomm
new, for Tou too. h'$ todnft new gentle Philip Morris in today i
bright new package of red, white, and gold.
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