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Fridoy, April 28 1953
LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
by Dick tibler
The Source 01 Authority
The Faculty Committee on Student Affairs,
meeting la closed session Wednesday, clarified
(1) the lines of authority of the Student Council
over IFC, Panhellenic and Student Union Board
and (2) the general authority of the Council over
all campus organizations.
In regard to the three individual organizations,
the committee ruled that they did not fall be
neath Council jurisdiction. Concerning the gen
eral authority of the Council, the committee voted
unanimously to deny the Council jurisdiction
over the internal affairs of all campus organiza
tions. "As long as the organizations are not viola t
ir.g the requirements as set up in their constitu
tions," Dean Colbert told The Nebraskan in ex
planation, "the Council, has no authority."
AM under this interpretation the scholarship
standard passed by the Council last fall and
the often discussed activities limitation policy
rescinded earlier in the year have been com
pletely thrown out.
These rulings, under the committee decision,
would be interpreted as influencing a group's
choice of officers and, thus, dealing improperly
with "the internal affairs of a campus organi
sation." The question logically arises: Just what author
ity does the Student Council have in addition to
Its procedural jurisdiction in reviewing constitu
tions, supervising elections, electing the student
Pub Board members, etc?
Under the committee interpretation, the Coun
cil has authority over campus activities of a
general University nature and the privilege of
recommending to organizations that they set
up the requirements desired by the Council.
The desirable advantage of this ruling is that
it treats all organizations alike and applies a
uniform standard of Council authority to all
campus groups. This was not the case formerly,
as the IFC, Panhellenic and Student Union
claimed exemption because of unique Regent
Another point is that the ruling is a clear,
simple statement of general policy.
However, at this point, the decision of the
Faculty committee becomes somewhat ambigu
ous and will certainly lend itself to ultimate
confusion and contradiction.
In other words, in considering this general
statement, how will it be applied to individual
How will the Council know, when it passes a
ruling, if it is interfering with the "internal
affairs of an organization?"
And what is to prevent a group from claiming
"internal interference", when it feels a Council
Where does the fine line of distinction between
activities of a "general University nature" and
the "internal affairs of an organization" lie?.
In short, what authority does the faculty com
mittee decision leave with the Council and in
what exact areas does it lie? B.B.
Sometimes everything happens at once.
This weekend the University campus is pre
senting a double load of extracurricular activity
that carries outside the boundaries of the school
end is recognized across the entire state All
Sports Day and E-Week.
Of the two, All-Sports Day is perhaps the best
known and the most avidly followed. This Sat
urday will feature the first full-game perform
ance of a Pete Elliott-coached Nebraska football
team, playing against an array of former Corn
There will also be a baseball game, tennis
match, and exhibitions in other varsity sports.
High school coaches will load their teams on
yellow school busses and bring their charges
down for a full-days glimpse of the University's
atheletic department. For some, this will be the
first visit to a university or college of any sort.
Alumni across the state and across the nation
will follow reports of the game, trying to visual
ize potential team strength, or even greatness.
For a few days, the University will find itself
carried on athletic wings across the country,
catching glimpses of old graduates and prospec
tive freshmen alike.
Engineers' Week, too, will project the Uni
versity outside its academic confines as it puts
on its one big show showing students, taxpayers
and any interested persons something of what
goes in the College of Engineering and Archi
tecture. Displays, exhibitions and lectures convey the
message of engineering and of all science to the
layman. Here is tangible evidence of what is
learned and accomplished at the University.
The University of Nebraska is on display this
weekend. It should, from early indications, be a
good display. '
It may, however, be a little difficult for some
members of the campus community to realize
that there is, something more here than politics,
intrigue, activities, or whatever is holding theirs
There is a University, for example, which is
proud to show something of what it has. F.T.D.
It Happens Every Spring
It happens every spring!
It is nothing official, nothing organized,
nothing planned for in advance. No one ever
says much about it, or even thinks about it' It
just happens, like birds migrating and beavers
It always happens at precisely the same time
every spring. About the same things happen
each time. Although the same individuals rarely
attend two in succession, the crowd each year is
just Eke the crowd the year before, and the
year before, and the year before that
It happens every year for the same reason
people get nervous.
It is a peculiar type of nervousness. It is
ealled The Jitters. Not everyone can have The
Jitters. There are certain academic and extra
curricular requirements that must be met be
fore one can qualify.
The symptoms are made most apparent by
the attempts made to cover them up. Everyone
knows who is afflicted, and why, but it is not
ethical to come right out and ask.
It is 'also customary to decline the symptoms,
especially if one is especially stricken.
The symptoms are varied, but usually follow
g&aeral traits. There is a certain wild look to
the" eyes, brought on by being suddenly con
fronted with certain individuals. This is either
foUpwed by nervous stammering, a nervously
familiar greeting or unconsciousness.
Nausea seldom results, although the victim
may feel like it.
The symptoms, and the affliction, always come
to an abrupt end, however, on a particular spring
day. The best cure, according to the experts,
is either sudden darkness or a brisk roll on the
Thus, from all this, comes this yearly noc
turnal event, when those most afflicted with The
Jitters (sometimes called The May Madness)
steal away to a forgotten glen and try to cure
themselves by drowning.
It is about that time of the year. F.T.D.
Reports from a spokesman within the Pi Xi's,
local secret fraternity, reveal that the organiza
tion is toying with the possibility of discontinu
ing the publication of the "Pixie Press" this
"The Press," distributed last year on the
morning of Ivy Day, has run into trouble for
two reasons: (1) the group has been getting a
little squeamish for fear of being exposed, and
(2) there are too few literate members to put'
out a decent paper.
Come children, you aren't going to disappoint
your impatient public? v
Student Council Platform
Bob Young Engineering
3he following are the views
efBob Young, sophomore En
gineering and Architecture
candidate for Student Council,
csC. student government and
Young believes that Council
laerabers should continually
strive to make decisions in the
best interests of the majority
of students. His platform,
therefore, is designed to re
flect the desires of the student
body in general, he said.
Tbs planks In Young's plat
t. To promote better rela
tion with the City of Lincoln,
and it agencies.
t. To seek a plausible solu
tion to the parking problem. :
3. To create a stronger Uni
versity spirit through the uni
fication of campus elements.
4. To allow campus organiza
tions more freedom in deter
mining qualifications for their
5. To promote removal of the
temporary buildings as soon as
6. To advocate the planting
of additional trees and shrubs
so as to create a better "cam
7. To endorse the continua
tion of Spring Day and En
gineers' Week as separate
8. To continue the policy of
giving the entire student body
the opportunity to express its
opinion, through general elec
tion, on important issues such
as the Student Tribunal and
the Honor System.
Young believes that Council
members should be ever mind
ful of their responsibility to
represent the students, rather
than to exercise "supreme
Young is a resident of Bur
nett House, in Selleck Quad
rangle. He is a mechanical
engineering major. His acti
vities include feature editor of
the Nebraska Blue Print, pro
gram committee chairman for
Engineers' Week and a mem
ber of ASME. :
Young claims backing from
the Engineering Exec Board
and the Fusionist Party.
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NO-NO! tunext one THAT CMVS PULL 0 BEER."
It has finally happened. The 5.7
average requirement for officers
of some 24 student organizations
has been abolished.
The faculty committee on Student
Affairs has ruled that the Student
Council had no business meddling
in the internal affairs of the organ
izations. The news came as the dawn of
The Silent Majority
a bright new day to several Inde
pendent organizations. For the news
means that once again officers can
be chosen on the grounds of qualifi
cation rather than on the issue of
who can get by the artificially high
.If the 5.7 ruling had been upheld
and enforced some organizations
would have had to pass over their
best leadership material in order
to fill their offices.
Strength In Diversity
ilegenfs Support Freedom
In First Mitchell Charges
By PAUL L. LEHMANN
Author of: Your Freedom
Is In Trouble
"Rare Is the felicity of the
times, when you can think what
you like and say what you
Something is happening to free
dom as Tacitus described it, on
the campuses of our country, per
haps on your own campus. Here
is a close-up of the situation.
Observe what happened at the
University of Nebraska. A profes
sor of Agricultural Economics
(Mitchell) had written an article
in a farm magazine which brought
charges from a farm bureau that
the professor was "indoctrinating"
his students, and ought, therefore,
to be dismissed.
The report to the President and
Board of Regents on behalf of the
accused professor came from the
Dean of the College of Agricul
ture. The Dean reported that he and
three administrative associates had
reviewed the lecture notes and the
readings used as references by
the professor and were convinced
that the charges of indoctrination
were without foundation.
Said the Dean of the professor:
"Students like his course. He
makes them work hard, presents
the 'pros' and "cons," challenges
their imagination and makes
them think for themselves."
But a member of the Regents
itself pressed the attack against
the professor, accusing him of ad
vocating "the destruction of t h e
free enterprise system" Some
time before this episode occurred
a similar attack had come from
the American Legion.
The Regent's statement said in
part: "the foundation of America's
strength is diversity . . . Under the
philosophy upon which this nation
was founded, a great educational
system has developed and flour
ished ... In the realm of higher
education, the American right to
question, to explore, to express,
to examine and re-examine, is of
necessity exercised continually.
"Were it not so, our diverse intel
lectual resources would become
stagnant. The men and women se
lected by this University ... are
expected to understand both the
rights and responsibilities of their
positions, including these:
1. The full right to speak as a
2. The responsibilities of citizen
ship. 3. The right, as a professional
person, to freedom in research and
to publication of the results thereof,
limited only by the precepts of
scholarship and faithful perform
ance of other academic responsi
bilities. 4. The right, as a professional
(Eds. Note: The accompany
ing article was taken from
"Your Freedom Is In Trouble,"
by Paul L. Lehmann, a maga
zine written for the National
Student Assembly of the YMCA
and YWCA in 1954-55. Leh
mann is professor of Applied
Christianity at Princeton Theo
logical Seminary. The professor
from the University referred to
In the article is C. Clyde Mitch
ell. person, to free and thorough ex
pression in the classroom. The
right to uphold, to discuss and dis
sent is the moral fiber of Ameri
ca's greatness. They are like
wise the strength of a great Uni
versity." The University newspaper com
"If the absurdity of irrespon
sible attacks upon the freedom of
expression can be exposed throughi
out the nation as it has on the Uni
versity campus, the Hand of His
tory might well record the dawn
ing of a new era.
"The chapter would be entitled,
'The Fifth Freedom: Freedom
from Unprovoked Investigation.' "
And this is another example
where the students, despite the
strong support of the professors by
the campus paper, took almost no
interest in the fact that freedom
was in trouble on their campus.
By JOHN HEECKT
The determination of Foreign
Policy is perhaps one of the most
complex of all functions of modern
government. It is seldom easy, gen
erally difficult and often impossi
ble to find a solution to the prob
lems encountered in the field of
To indicate the difficulties en
countered in making a given pol
icy in our own government, we
may cite the present Cyprus situ
ation for an example.
The Island's population is four
fifths Greek and one-fifth Turkish.
However, it is located only a short
distance off the Turkish coast and
over a thousand miles from
At the conclusion of World War
II the Greeks began agitating for
a. plebiscite for Cyprus to indicate
under whose rule it should actual
ly be. Naturally, a plebiscite would
award the island tb the Greeks be
cause of its population.
However, population was not
the only issue involved. The Turks,
who were content to see the Brit
ish retain the island, said that in
all its history the island had never
been under Greek rule and that it
would be dangerous for the Turks
to have Greece gain control, for
the Greeks had frequently been
at war with the Turks, and the
island would put them a thousand
The British maintained that
Cyrpus was to them the same as
Gibraltar. If the Allies were to
lose this island, it would be a great
strategic loss which Britain or the
Allies could ill afford.
Greece attempted to take the
problem to the UN, however. Brit
ain claimed that as long as Cyprus
was a Crown Colony it was entirely
an internal problem and outside
the scope of the UN.
Then, a definite minority of
Greek terrorists began to stir up
trouble on a grand scale for the
British, causing a good deal of
bloodshed and damage. Greece,
asked the US for support, and left
us at a loss for an answer to the
The US had these considera
tions: 1. The US has thrown a good
deal of aid to both Greece and
Turkey in order to save their
friendship for us and their coun
try from the communists. Any de
cision in favor of one country could
make an enemy of the other
which would waste all our prev
2. B r i t a I n is one of the
great powers of the Allied team
and one that we can ill afford to
lose the support of. However, to
support her or not to support
Greece may seem to indicate to
other countries that we favor im
perialism over self-determination.
3. All of these countries
are members of NATO, the one or
ganization that holds western Eur
opean power together, and a ser
ious break between these countries
would disastrously weaken NATO
if not defeat it. That in turn would
be a severe blow to the Western
power position in the overall strug
gle between East and West.
These factors in the Cyprus sit
uation are but a few of the prob
lems of a seemingly impossible
solution that our foreign policy
must attempt to solve.
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this is the oxford shirt for you. Wear it with
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From any angfa -it
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The effect, if not Intent, of the
exorbitant ruling was to strangle
some organizations. The fact that
several of the largest and most in
fluential organizations immediate
ly protested and sought to evade
the ruling is strong evidence that
it was workable and a detriment
to good government.
Still the Council members stood
behind the thing until they got their
fingers burned at the hands of the
Student Affairs commutes.
A lot of credit for ,the decisive
action in killing the bill should
go to Len Schropfer, Council rep
resentative of the Residence As
sociation for Men. The RAM, on
of the organizations hardest hit
by the bill, backed Schropfer in a
long campaign against the policy.
The RAM was so confident of its
eventual success that it decided
to use 5.0 as the qualifying aver
age for its General Elections held
Thursday. Some other organi
zations, with less faith in right
winning out, used the 5.7 and prob
ably disqualified some very ca
pable persons from office holding.
As it now stands, the faculty
committee has backed the stand
taken by RAM that the Council
has no right to interfere with the
internal affairs of organizations.
It can review constitutions and see
that they are followed, but it can
not say who can run for office.
Contrary to the opinions of soma
persons, most Independent organi
zations are in favor of a strong
Council. But, they feel, the added
strength should be in constructive
fields and not in the areas of med
dling with organizations.
The Council tries to govern oth
er organizations; yet, it never vis
its the groups it wants to dominate;
in fact its own meetings are often
examples of how not to operate
an organization. ,
Petty bickering, schoolboy ora
tory and procedural entangle
ments are all too common.
Until the Council shows that H
is able to properly govern itself
it has little grounds to claim domi
nation over other organizations.
Until it takes an active interest in
other organizations it cannot jus
tifiably ask for jurisdiction over
them. Until a realistic system of
representation is adopted the Coun
cil cannot be said to represent the
When these things have been
done, and only then, the Council
may be in a position to become a
real student governing body. In
the meantime it is gratifying that
the foolish 5.7 minimum averagt
has been bodily thrown out along
with any other notions of telling
organizations what they can and
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