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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 17, 1956)
Tuesday, April 17, 1956
Iittu Man on campus
by Dick BibUr
Jkl We LTighl Know
The announcement Monday by Dean W. V.
Lambert that Clyde Mitchell would not be re
tained as chairman of the department of agri
cultural economics came as a surprise to almost
It has been common knowledge for sometime
that (1) Mitchell was going to be replaced as
department chairman; (2) successors all over
the country have been contacted in regard to
the position; (3) at least two professors have
visited the campus to candidate for the position
and (4) a list of 40-odd chairman possibilities
had been submitted to departmental personnel
within the past few weeks.
What has not been common knowledge is why
administrative spokesmen have, until Monday,
attempted to stave off the accumulating pile of
facts with such obvious half-truths as "Mitchell
is still department chairman ... no recom
mendations have been made by the Dean of the
College of Agriculture to the Chancellor or the
Board of Regents for any change in the depart
ment chairmanship . . no individuals have
been contacted about the department chair
manship , . . Mitchell will return June 14 to
resume his duties ... the Regents have not
discussed any change in the chairmanship since
July 1 . .
. Legally, the University has every right to
remove or appoint an administrative official at
any time with the accompanying privilege of
announcing this decision at any time.
Morally, however, it also has the obligation
of keeping the public and its own college com
munity informed as to faculty and administra
tive changes. Especially when the professor in
question has evoked strong opposition outside
the legally constituted limits of the University
and especially when the carefully manicured
statements to the newspapers create a com
pletely erroneous impression.
In fulfilling its moral obligation "to let the
people know," the conflicting statements and
obvious contradictions concerning the chairman
ship of the ag ec department are clearly an
act of bad faith on the part of the University
The questions which remain before us are:
"Why were these conflicting statements issued to
the newspapers in the first place?"
Why, if Mitchell was notified twice in 195S of
the decision, the reversion to obvious contra
dictions? Why, if two candidates had come to the Uni
versity to interview for the position of depart
ment chairman, the need for the manicured
7hy, if the decision to remove Mitchell as
department chairman was "strictly an adminis
trative matter," the necessity for half-truths.
Why, if everything were on the up and up, the
choice of this embarrassing duplicity?
Certainly, the need "... to strengthen the
research and extension programs in ' agricul
tural economics" was not this great. B.B.
A Heritage Is Left
A beloved figure will make his last public
appearance before a University function to
night. In directing the University Singers in their
annual spring concert in the Union, Dr. Arthur
Westbrook will bring to a virtual close a 17
year career with the School of Fine Arts and
the music department.
It will not, however, bring to an end his
musical career, as he has accepted a position
as a guest teacher at a California college.
People like Dr. Westbrook don't stop all at
At seventy years of age, he is starting out on
the third branch of a life of music that began
with Illinois Wesleyan University, where he
was dean of the School of Music.
In 1939 he came to the University, where he
became director of the School of Fine Arts and
chairman of the department of music. He re
organized these two units, fused their faculties
and required that instructors be friends of stu
dents as well as teaching them.
In short, he personally built a "spirit" into
the music department.
By his friendship with the students and the
faculty, and his understanding of their prob
lems, a feeling of co-operation has grown up.
One faculty member said: "you will never find
a touch of jealousy, a situation which is un
usual for budding artists."
Much has been made of Dr. Westbrook in
the last few months, when it was known that
he would leave the University because of the
retiring age. He deserves this praise, which
comes from every part of the University and
the state itself where his musical influence has
A truly Outstanding Nebraskan is
University will miss him, not only
has done, but what he is as a
But he will eave behind him
progress and development and
will continue to serve the music
the University and the state for a
for what he
17 years of
long time to
A Needed Addition
The first Installment of the Humanities Lec
ture Series, introducing Dr. David Riesman to
the University campus, has been a success.
As a nationally-known sociologist and as an
entertaining lecturer. Dr. Riesman drew near
capacity audiences at all his evening lectures
and nearly all his afternoon seminars and in
formal discussion groups.
During his week on campus, Dr. Riesman
proved himself to be more than willing to talk
to people. At his two seminars, he spoke
ony a few minutes and spent the rest of the
time directing questions to members of the
audience. At this time he showed an obvious
interest in the University, its students and its
Although his field is primarily sociology, Dr.
Riesman spoke on topics that were of interest
to all of his audience. He was willing to dis
cuss any field that members of the audience
would suggest, ranging from academic freedom
to methods of interviewing.
Students, faculty members and people out
side the University demonstrated their interest
in what this nationally-known sociologist had to
say by attending his lectures.
This new lecture series was a needed addi
tion to the extra-curricular programs sponsored
by the University and the Nebraska Research
Council. It serves as a good complement to the
Montgomery Lecture Series, which in the last
several years has tended to be scientific in
The bounds of humanities, on the other hand,
are practically non-existant. Subjects in this
field are of interest to all persons. Through this
humanities series, it is possible to bring
nationally-known figures in many fields to the
University for lectures and seminars, as was
done this year. BJ5.
All University Production
Since 1912, the Kosmet Hub's spring show
has been the outlet for University theatrical
talent. ' For the last six years they have pre
sented a Broadway musical.
' The Spring show is the only annually sched
uled production of this kind to appear in Lin
coln. Its appearance is definitely needed and
wanted, not just by University students, but
by the people of Lincoln.
The Klub will present its spring show, "Kiss
Jle Sate," Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The show could be called an all-University pro
duction, for . the actors, dancers and chorus
members are representatives of every ..phase
of University life. The cast includes under
graduates, faculty members acting in the capac
ity of assistants and graduate students.
It is unfortunate that commercial talent will
be in Lincoln one night that "Kiss Me Kate"
is being given. The conflict may result in
some students missing the all-University pro
duction, thinking that outside talent would be
superior. There are also fraternity and sorority
parties scheduled for the week-end.
The Kosmet Klub finances its spring show
with the profits it received from the fall review.
The receipts from "Kiss Me Kate" are expected
to cover only a portion of the show's expenses.
The musical is not a financial venture; it is
the Kosmet Hub's purpose to give to the stu
dents and other interested persons an evening
of good entertainment.
There are many reasons why the production
should enjoy student support, but the best
reason for seeing "Kiss Me Kate" is that it is
a good show.
An interesting and very perplexing situation
has arisen on the campus concerning parking.
It does not involve the usual situations concern
ing lack of space, or designation of who should
It concerns the recently enforced practice of
city police giving tickets to cars parked in front
of the Residence Halls for Women.
The police, of course, are only enforcing city
traffic rules. This is their function, and they
are entirely right. The problem is that there
is little students can do to keep from breaking
The double parking occurs only at the stra
tegic times when men come to pick up their
dates, then later when they take them home.
There is a great swelling of traffic at this time.
Host of the parking spaces around the Dorm
entrance are already taken. A driver has no
choica except to leave his car double-parked
while he escorts his date to the door.
Unless campus swains take to letting their
girls shift for themselves after letting them out
of the car, no immediate solution is at hand.
This situation seems to be a small one in the
great rush of campus affairs. However, when a
student must pay a fine totaling in excess of
eight dollars for breaking a law be cannot help
broaching, it is important that something be
Whether it be an agreement with the city !
police or somehow providing space within easy
reach of the Dorm entrance, no one can tell
There is no ready solution to this problem,
only the realization that the problem exists.
The University should look into it, if only to
find whether, or not anything can be done.
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MAY I EOCROvV A CUP of C Hta ? "
A Noble Idea
'Honour and shame from n
condition rise; Act well your
part: there all the honour lies."
The Student Council Is apt to
come up with all sorts of fascinat
ing ideas, not the least of which
is the prospect of installing an
"honor system" at Nebraska.
In theory, an honor system is a
noble ideal. It implies that the
Given' 'em Ell
students have a sense of honor;
that each student will automatically
do his own work and only his own
work, and that he will not attempt
to do last-minute research during
the course of an examination.
. It further imp&es that each stu
dent assumes responsibility not
only for his own honor, but also
for the honor of his peers.
For an explanation of this as-
Questioned By Columnist
Hardly did David Reisman fin
ish appraising the status of aca
demic freedom in American col
leges than the Nebraskan came
out with the announcement that
Ag Economics chairman Clyde
Mitchell had been released due to
the implication of "outside pres
sures," thus indicating that most
of Reisman's comments may have
fallen on deaf ears.
This dismissal of Mitchell brings
up some interesting indications of
the kind of thinking that goes on
at the Top around here.
First, the fact that the Nebras
kan was not able to print any
names with its article on Mitchell
indicates that the members of the
faculty here may be, in some cases
a little uneasy about losing their
own jobs, an uneasiness which, in
itself, points up a lack of academ
ic freedom and higher-echelon im
partiality. Second, any mention of Mitchell
recalls to mind the dispute he had
with Regent J. Leroy Welsh of
Omaha, who was irate about Mitch
ell's leanings toward a Democratic
farm program in a magazine ar
ticle. There were usual meaning
less mumblings about the free en
terprise system (which, x witness
General Motors, never had it so
It would certainly be ironic if,
as the Nebraskan implies, Mitchell
were ousted because of the conse
quences of New Deal leanings, es
pecially since just last week sev
eral of the prominent political fig
ures in this area came out for the
New Deal high farm price sup
ports. Mitchell has had an outstanding
record while at this University, and
is apparently highly respected by
the Ag students and by men in
his profession. Since 1949 he has
worked to build up one of the best
departments in the school, and he,
himself, has gained national re
nown. We don't get people like
that too often, and it's a shame
to lose him.
But The Nebraskan has been be
hind on this thing for several
weeks now, since it was apparent
ly common knowledge out on Ag
campus that Mitchelll was in the
process of being axed.
Art Wlade Easy
y Simple Rules
By JACK FLYNN
Because of the great success of
my "Do-It-Yourself poetry col
umn I have decided to branch out
into the field of art. I recognize
the need for the aspiring esthetic
intellectual to be versatile.
As I walk through the campus
sewer ducts students I meet in
variably ask me, "How do you
make a work of art?" "Easy,"
I invariably answer.
This is how easy it invariably is.
First you must select a model.
This is unnecessary if you pos
sess the ability to paint by ear.
Be very demanding in your se
lection. Bowls 'of fruit or flowers
are very nice, as are mountains
Now that you have a model you
must select a medium. Mediums,
or, if you are a student of Latin,,
media, used to be such things as
ink, graphite, charcoal or paint.
These are all passe and chicken
feathers, licorice, peanut butter,
orange marmeiade and the like
are the rage in our modernistic
world of art. If you are doing a
mountain landscape use cement. A
snow scene would call for talcum.
Next you must make a choice
of brushes. Tail feathers of the
roc make the finest brushes. How
ever, a chicken feather will do the
job. Some people use mops or pig
tails, but are not often successful.
Now to work. Strategically place
your unusued thumb between your
eye and the model. Notice the un
kempt condition of the thumb nail.
Bite it off evenly and go back to
With the thumb positioned once
again take the brush between the
thumb and fo: 1.. ,er of your hand.
Watch how ti nstructor doe it.
Slosh the bn h around in the
medium unto t ie brisues are gob
ie. What you do to the canvas or
burlap or feed sack is 'your own
business. Be wild, sloppy, noncon
forming. Close your eyes, call to
the gods for reassurance and then
The most necessary virtue of
the artist is originality. However,
if you do not desire to be com
pletely esthetic -and somewhat
commercial you can make use of
certain prescribed symbols which
save both time and medium.
.Geometries, cubism, squarism,
circlism, trapazoidalism and hex
agonalism are some of the foolish
names given to the practice of
artistic symbol usage.
With all these tips the simple
student should be able to whip out
a Mona Lisa briskly. Like the
true artiste he will soon desire to
perch atop a great boulder over
looking a peaceful valley and leap
over the side.
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Mick Set. Rill Rudtrrll,
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Come you muses and you critics who have not
And read. Explore the best of roe.
Now that I am gone and only my works stand
Against withering time.
My poetry grows in stature every day,
And college classes will in time appraise it,
While professors there, the all-perceiving, all knowing ones.
Will pace before them to relate the source
Of such works.
Home, family, education, talents, and emotions
AH will be studied.
As mechanics check the factors that play,
Let this suffice here.
Not here the conclusive evidence of stern parents,
See here the brush's touch he studied art.
And wait! Here lie the effects of drink
And sin and journalism, too, see line If!
A strong guilt complex is manifest in this work,
Look! His mother's charity overflows there. Seel
Stop them, mighty critics, stop such idle babbling.
Move on, ponderous, humbly powerful ones, tell
Them the truth. Be not swayed by them,
Let mn know your awesome conclusion. Yes,
Surely it was not Noble who wrote Noble's works, . ,
But son other artist, sunken into an obscure grave.
J oh a Noble
Of course, everybody may be
wrong, but the University's official
pronouncements on the subject
bring up another interesting point.
To end this whole affair quickly
and effectively, the University
would only need to state, unequivo
cably, that Mitchell will continue
to be chairman of the Ag Eco
nomics department next school
Instead they have said that
Mitchell is stffl chairman which
is not what the Nebraskan is talk
ing about and that no recom
mendations have been submitted
for a replacement which could
be quite possible, but is irrelevant.
The Nebraskan says that Mitch
ell wont be here as Ag Economics
chairman next year, ; J they
havent been refuted on this point
This sort of cute, dialectical pussy-footing
may fool most of the
casual readers of press releases,
but it can't convince a careful
reader and it is resented by a lot
People talk that way only when
they have something to hide.
sumption one need only look at the
honor system at West Point, where
each man is honor-bound to report
any dishonorable classmate to the
authorities . . . even if that class
mate is his best friend.
If an honor system is a noble
ideal, it is an even more noble
accomplishment. Honor systems
are not constructed any more rap
idly than was Rome. We cannot
make men good simply by legis
lating against evil, and we cannot
make students honorable simply
by legislating an honor system
It seems to me that the official
establishment of an honor system
here is beyond the jurisdiction of
any organization. If we deserve
an honor system, such a system
will develop of its own volition,
and only after it exists in fact
should it be recognized in legisla
tion. An honor system is a privilege,
not a right We must first prove
that we are deserving of the privi
lege not by voting our approval
or disapproval in a spring election,
but by conducting our scholastic
affairs in an honorable manner.
Few honest students would main
tain that the student body is at
present in a state of scholastic
honesty. Few students have not ei
ther cheated themselves or wit
nessed cheating during the course
of an examination.
Proctoring is afar from being a
sadistic form of faculty amuse
ment It is in fact a pain in
The faculty has discovered, how
ever, that proctoring is often neces
sary if the integrity of the course,
-the honest students, and the Uni
versity is to be protected.
Many examinations in the Uni
versity are conducted now on an
honor system. The classes given
this freedom have proved them
selves worthy of it.
Likewise, we cannot justly main
tain that most of our examinations
are conducted by stringent police
action, except in the cases of such
courses as English A or B which
have proved through bitter expe
rience to demand such surveilance.
Until University students are wil
ling to depend solely upon their
own skills, and until they are wil
ling to report cheating when they
see it, we should not expect, let
alone demand, an honor system.
The honor must be visibly pres
ent before the system is officially
Nebraskan Lett e rip
To the Editor:
Reference is made to the article
"'Foreign Policy Lacks Reality"
and the subsequent letter by Ray
Although Red China has un
doubtedly become an undeniable
historical reality, we, the peoples
of free nations, can only tolerate
Communist ideology if necessary,
but mast not recognize Communist
To do so would only jeopardize
the democratic supremacy of the
free world. Red China must not
have a representative seat in the
UN because the Nationalist Gov
ernment in Formosa is stiH the
true representative of China.
The Communistic indoctrination
betrays the 5000 years of Chinese
culture and hence is not acceptable
to the Chinese people.
It seems plausible that "the pos
sibility of the Fonriosa National
ists ever returning and unseating
that government is remote if not
Yet should we succumb to tyran
ny just simply because the wrong
often seems so strong? Red China
can only stand on her own merits
or else fall on her own inhumanity.
According to an article in the
March S issue of Time, "at least
20 million Chinese have been de
prived of existence . .
The free nations, which profess
to be Christian and have not been
able to prevent the Communistic
upsurge, at least have "a duty to
understand" the real situation that
the Communistic triumph was not
the victory of "Uncle Mao of Pe
king propaganda" but "'it was
the triumph of terror."
The issue involves as much prac
tical political considerations as
moral and philosophical implica
tions. It is a matter of principle
rather than a choice of govern
ments. President Chiang Kai-Shek, hav
ing long foreseen the threats of
Communism, has been leading
the nation in the sacred cause of
Tighting against Communism for
more than thirty years. The con
sequence of the fight at this pres
ent state, be it 'victory r defeat,
does not tell the whole story.
- The evaluation of merits lies in
the principle fought for. In this
"world's gigantic battlefield," the
forces of right and wrong are a
matter of "common sense" if their
interrelationship with moral teach
ings or Christian ethics is being
denied. AagastiBe Chen
I believe too that this University
should be first concerned with the
campus residents. The regulations
concerning those loti are so stupid
that at times they almost appear
Irritated Car Owaer
To the Editor
I liked Lowell Vestal's column,
"Student Drivers Need New
Space." I agree with it to the enth
degree. I believe that every Car
owner in Selleck feels the same
way about the use of the 14th St
begrudge my friend for trying to
advance himself scholastically.
Aa Artist Friend
f the Poet
To the Editor:
The poetry of L. J. M. may not
be good, but it is fun. But after
all, who knows, he may be the har
binger of "flaming youth" period.)
'A Student, nevertheless, has
not the haziest notion about the
character of my friend.
He exemplifies the highest Vic
torian ideals by excluding from his
list of vices smoking, drinking and
carousing. His poetry is a help
rather than a hindrance to his
'pursuit of Truth.
By writing verses, he is able to
experience vicariously what a mul
titude of less enlightened students
escape to over the weekends.
Since less time is spent with bis
creations, he is able . to devote
more time to academic pursuits,
maintaining a surprisingly high
Surely "Student," you would not
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