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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 26, 1956)
Wednesdoy, September 26, 1955
With A Purpose . . .
Sufficent interest has apparently begun to
arouse a possibility o a renovation of a now
dormant organization on this campus.
After a three year absence on the University
of Nebraska campus, the return of the college
YMCA is being anticipated. For this period of
time our campus has been somewhat unique,
in the sense that the majority of collegiate ac
tivity programs include some form of the
Young Mens' Christian Association.
The activities system has no numerical need
for another organization. Nor is another "spring
board" activity, consisting of nothing but busy
work without purpose, needed for propulsion into
honorary societies. ,
But there is a definite need for an activity
with the purposes of the YMCA if its working
principles are properly applied to prospective
members. The YMCA could be the group to stand
up and be counted when matters of ethics and
morals were concerned. The YMCA at the Uni
versity would support Religious Emphasis Week,
thA nrnprnm of the religious student houses and
other more secular at activities such as the AIT,
University Funt" Drive and foreign student programs.
It would provide an atmosphere for students
to meet and discuss campus affairs in the light
of the YMCA purpose. There could be a partic
ular kind of fellowship, the far reaching fellow
ship of the Y, that could be found in a meeting
of these kind of students who would be in
terested in the YMCA.
The female counterpart of the YMCA, the.
YWCA has a very well organized and success
ful program on this campus. There is no reason
why a YM program could not prosper in a
similar manner if properly organized.
The 'Silent Generation'
Men have dubbed the present breed of college
student "the silent generation," deploring their
apathy, detesting their conformity, deriding their
sense of values. And perhaps the derisive title
has been earned.
Certainly the legendary student radicals, fiery
and idealistic, filled with ideas for reforming the
world, are a dying race. Maybe the pursuit of
knowledge is slowing to a weary walk. Perhaps
the mind of the average student is only a mimio
graph, faithfully reproducing the stencil of
But before "silent generation" is deplored,
one ought to go back a little further. Is the con
forming student a breed apart, or does his pres
ence on the campus merely indicate the extent
to which conformity in all society has gone?
if nnn-rnmformitv is synonymous with trouble-
making in the mind of society and if trouble
making is the worst of all sins if even non-conformity
begans to follow a pattern of conformity
why then should not the student be expected
to reflect the patterns of his society?
Are we the silent generation or the silenced
generation? Did the tradition of conformity begin
with us, or are we the first crop of students to
have raised in its pattern?
If the latter is true, and perhaps it is, than
the problem of conformity becomes sharply j
acute. For if the rotting cancer of silence pro- )
ducing fear and apathy has reached even into
the campus-the last ground of idealists and radi- j
cals-then we can only conclude that the whole
of society has been or is being caught in its
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'Back so soon from your blind date, Irving?
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Despite Nebraska's win over South Dakota
Saturday, talk's still cheap.
And the published comments of the Nebraska
team following the game aren't really worth
much in themselves.
Players said they could hardly wait until they
got an opportunity to beat Ohio State this com
ing weekend. But Ohio coaches were talking
too. Their words aren't very valuable or any
more valuable on paper than Nebraska football
Cliches like "the proof is in the pudding"
have something to them at least as far as
football predictions are concerned.
Nebraska is probably as ready for the Satur
day game as it will ever be. The predictions
have been made, the comments evaluated and
the practice sessions observed . . . Nothing more
can be done but sit back and listen to the play-by-play
description of the big game on the radio.
Without being too maudlin we have always felt
that spirit has been an important part of the
Cornhusker scene. It's not really important what
the Ohio State coach has said about our team.
He can be just as surprised and shocked as
Nebraska was after the Hawaii game last year.
Pete Elliott has inspired his team with a spirit
that's a winning one. His words have moved the
whole student body to an appreciation of foot
ball nerves and guts.
Elliott's words too would be cheap if he hadn't
lived up to his hopes last Saturday.
Big Ten power OSU will be a tough one natur
ally. We can however, expect great things from
our team. We can expect it to fight its hardest,
play its best and make Nebraskans proud of it.
There's not much doubt that it will. The only
doubt existing in our minds is that Ohio will be
so confident of "insignificant opponents" after
Tuesday's Nebraskan featured a partial intro
duction of the editorial staff for the remainder
of the semester. Due to a lack of space several
columnists and several regular features of the
editorial page to be omitted from the list of in
troductions. Many of the traditional features such as the
Letterip column, the Campus Green, and several
synidcated releases will be continued. Also sev
eral new editorial series will be launched later
on in the semester including "From The Upper
Chamber" which will feature the comments of
the faculty, including the Chancellor.
If space permits the Challenge series will re
appear on the. page supplimented by brief ex
planatory comments. Anyone interested in sub
mitting work for any of these categories should
bring it to the Nebraskan office on any of the
days before publication.
it happened at nu
An eager-beaver professor had scheduled an
hour exam for a Friday afternoon. He inquired
if there was anyone with a good reason that he
could not be there.
One less than eager student protested that he
was always sick on Friday.
The professor replied caustically, "Well, let's
hope the doctors discover a cure in time to
save your grade."
From the editor's desk:
The Nebraskan's candidate
for president, namely Pogo,
may not win the coming elec
tion in face of stiff competition
offered by two other political
groups, but he will provide the
University campus with a lit
tle humour and a rather ex
tensive political survey.
Those people who prefer
Pogo may select him on the
first question of the form
which is being distributed, but
if Pogo is selected as first
choice, the second question
provides the person being in
terviewed with an opportunity
to select one of the two offi
Those people with a strong
party loyalty will probably
choose one of the two major
slates on the first choice show
ing bow many University stu
dents feel themselves to be ad
herents to either the Repub
lican or Democratic party.
As to whether or not the
Okefinokee Swamp should be
drained, funds for this sort of
project are not presently avail
able. Recently, I talked with a
gentleman of some 70 years
and his wife. They had just re
turned from India where they
had spent 46 years as agricul
One of the things that was
most impressive about this de
voted couple was their desire
to continue in the service of
their Lord and of their church.
The couple, who are members
of Lincoln's Westminster Pres
byterian Church, said they
would be quite willing to travel
anywhere in the United tSates
to tell of their work and the
work of the church. They
would seek to find any young
couple to take their places in
the next half century.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Slater
will live out their twilight
years with a surety of pur
pose that is not usually associ
ated with the retired insurance
salesman or the successful
It seems that Dr. Clyde
Mitchell will have to wait a
few months before his case
will appear before the Faculty
Senate committee on tenure
In its usual slow and pond
erous methods of procedure,
the Senate will appoint new
members to the committee
(which rarely has occasion to
function) sometime in Octo
ber. After the committee has
been formed, it will meet and
decide what sort of procedure
should be followed.
But, although the committee
takes a year to act, which al
most seems out of reason, it
will eventually have to bear
the case of Dr. Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell's charges, if
true, are indicative of no small
amount of corruption at the
University. If these accusa
tions are false, they should
not be allowed to remain unanswered.
Some things just seem to "catch
on" with college students, and be
come a fad. It is as true on this
campus as on any other.
First it was Bermuda shorts,
then belts on the backs of every
thing, then little Tyrolean hats,
and so on.
Now it is integrity.
If you don't have integrity you
just don't rate around here any
It all started last year with
Academic Integrity, whatever that
is. It covers everything from sen
iority and advancement in the
faculty to not cutting classes for
the students. Considering all the
dust that kicked up last year, it is
Then, the first time The Ne
braskan came out, the president
of the Student Council told how
the students must pledge them
selves to certain objectives in order
to have an effective voice in all
that affects "our general welfare
and the future and integrity (eds.
note: there's that word again) of
the University of Nebraska."
Then this same president of the
Council, Bruce Brugmann (The
Mighty Oak), questioned the in
tegrity of the IFC officers in the
formulation of rushing rules.
So here we are, caught in a ver
itable flood-tide of integrity. Us
sneaky folks just don't have it
You can imagine, of course,
what a rampant plague of in
tegrititis could do to this campus.
The whole social scale would
change, for one thing.
No longer will the suave man-about-campus
be able to con sweet
young coeds until they gaze at
.him with looks of most rapt ador
ation; his integrity will force him
to tell the lass what a black
hearted slob he is.
No longer will young ladies play
hard-to-get; they will honestly tell
the young men of their affections
that they are out to snare them.
Instructors will be able to leave
classrooms during tests, as stu
dents won't think of cheating. In
tegrity again, man.
Campus politics, instead of be
ing fraught with subterfuge and
behind - the - chair maneuvering
will come out in the open. In
stead of platforms extolling the
virtures of candidates hopeful office-seekers
will outdo themselves
praising their opponents and giv
ing honest criticisms of them
selves. As you can see by the signs,
all this is very likely to come
About once in a million years,
They're smart on campus
The score in sports...
They rate on a date ...
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Last semester The Nebraskan
charged that the present Universi
ty administration had yielded to
political pressure and expediency
in dealing with several faculty
members in the Colleges of Agri
culture and Arts and Sciences.
The charges were prompted by
the removal of C. Clyde Mitchell
as chairman of the department of
agricultural economics, and, in
the ensuing weeks of controversy,
during which time a voluminous
amount of material was pub
lished, these three observations be
came apparent to many:
(1) Mitchell's demotion was the
result of both pressure from con
servative outstate groups and
weakness on the part of the ad
ministration. (2) The conditions which pro
duced Mitchell's demotion were
not confined to the agricultural
(3) Such conditions have serious
ly imperiled the academic inde
pendence and the institutional in
tegrity of the University of Ne
br&sk&. Though The Nebraskan this fall
has deftly passed off the incidents
as professors "... cleaning dirty
linen" (in order, one must as
sume, to concentrate on the more
controversial aspects of Pogo's
campaign), the issues of admin
istrative coercion and partiality
are nonetheless now pending before
The six charges which Mitchell
lodged against the administration
last spring were placed before the
committee on academic privilege
and tenure. Since that time, Mit
chell has taken a position with the
United Nations in Mexico City,
causing immediate specula
tion as to whether the case would
Regent B. N. Greenberg of York
was quoted as saying that ". . .it
seems by his own action he (Mitch
ell) doesn't want" the case contin
ued. Clifford Hicks and Hervert
Bates, of the privilege committee,
were quoted as having "no opin
ion" that the investigation should
In the meantime, however, Mitch
ell has written the committee, in
sisting that the investigation by
continued. Queried just before he
left for Mexico, he said that
"the case looked about twice as
strong as it did last spring."
Another raculty committee, the
Liasion Committee, is investigat
ing charges of low morale in the
Arts College. Meeting privately
with individual professors, the evi
dence upturned thus far, according
to one committee member, has
reached "... high level of serious
ness." Those issues which affect the in
dependence of a university should
never be allowed to die; and it is
immensely encouraging to find the
faculty, particularly in the Arts
College, virtually to the point of
organization in their honest and
resourceful attempts to keep our
in camps Jte&fai
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FOOTBALL: ITS CAUSE AND CURE
At next Saturday's football game, while you are sitting
in your choice student's seat on the ten-yard line, won't
you give a thought to Alaric Sigafoos?
Who, you ask, is Alaric Sigafoos? Come closer, sit
down, light a Philip Morris, savor that natural tobacco
goodness, sigh contentedly, cross your fat little legs, and
Alaric Sigafoos (1868-1934) started life humbly on a
farm near Thud, Kansas. His mother and father, both
named Ralph, were bean-gleaners, and Alaric became a .
bean-gleaner too. But he soon tired of the work and went
to Memphis where he got a job with a logging firm. Here
the ex-bean-gleaner worked as a stump-thumper. Then
he drifted to Texas where he tidied up oil fields (pipe
wiper). Then to Arizona where he strung dried fruit
(fig-rigger). Then to Virginia where he was a research
assistant (book-looker). Then to Long Island where he
dressed poultry (duck-plucker) . Then to California where
he lectured young women who were about to get married
(bride-chider). Then to Minnesota where he cut up frozen
lakes (ice-slicer). Then to Nevada where he determined
the odds in a gambling house (dice-pricer). Then to
Milwaukee where he pasted camera lenses together
Finally he went to Omaha where he got a job In a
tannery, beating pig-hides until they were soft and supple
(hog-flogger). Here he found happiness at last
& fount happiness & fast-
Why, you ask, did he find happiness at last as a hog
flogger? Light another firm and fragrant Philip Morris,
taste that true tobacco flavor, puff, relax, let sweet lassi
tude possess your limbs, and listen.
Next door to the hog-floggery was an almond grove
owned by a girl named Chimera Emrick. Chimera was
pink and white and marvelously hinged, and Alaric was
hopelessly in love the moment he clapped eyes on her.
Each day he came to the almond grove to woo Chimera,
but to no avail. He tried with all his vigor and guile,
but she, alas, stayed cooL
Then one day Alaric got a brilliant idea. It was the
day before the annual Omaha Almond Festival. On this
day, as we all know, every almond grower in Omaha
enters a float in the big parade. The floats always consist
of large cardboard almonds hanging from large cardboard
Alaric's inspiration was to stitch pieces of pigskin
together and inflate them until they looked like big,
plump almonds. "These sure beat skinny old cardboard
almonds," said Alaric to himself. "Tomorrow they will
surely take first prize for Chimera, and she will be mine 1"
Early the next morning Alaric came running to
Chimera with his inflated pigskin almonds, but she, alas,
told him she was not entering a float that year. In fact,
she had just sold her almond grove and was moving East
to try out with the Boston Red Sox.
Alaric upon hearing these glum tidings, flew into a
violent rage. He started kicking his pigskin almonds all
over the place. And who should be walking by at that
very instant but Abner Doubledayl
Mr. Doubleday, who had invented baseball some years
earlier, was now trying to invent football, but without
success. The trouble was, he couldn't figure out what kind -
01 Dau w UBe. jnow, seeing Alaric kick the pigskin
spheroids, his problem was suddenly solved. "Eureka!"
he cried, and ran to his drawing board, and the rest is
CUix Shulman, 18SI
When you go to nxt Saturday's game, the maker, of Philip
Morris, tpontort of thU column, $ugge$t you laka along th
porfoct football companion-Philip MorrU, of corrUI
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