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Wednesdoy October 3, 1955
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Of Basic Essence
Amidst all this talk about the "silent genera
tion" the "crazy college kids" and the "parties,
banquets and balls", we tend to forget that a
few young college people today are doing more
serious thinking about, and talking about, our
basic problems than any other segment of our
An outstanding example of this has been the
surprising pro-integration policy of many South
In 1C53, the University of Georgia's "Red and
Black" took a direct stand against segregation.
The university regents stated "in their (the edi
itor's) juvenile damn foolery they were hurting
the university ... the money for the operation
of the paper will be discontinued unless they do
a better job."
All over the South student newspapers have
come out with the same "damn foolery", taking
stand that the Southern professional press has
not dared to favor.
College papers have also warned against the
danger of conformity to mass opinion in regard
Following an American Legion attack on the
University of Minnesota for inviting a self
acknowledged Communist to speak at a convo
cation last year, the "Daily" defended the school
for giving the students a chance to think for
"Some people show themselves for what they
are just by opening their mouths, and the Com
munists are not immune in this respect.
While fighting for the right of freedom of dis
cussion of speakers of campus, the college press
has fought even harder for its own right to dis
The biggest tattle last year was between the
"Daily Texan" and the Universty of Texas
Board of Regents. The "Daily Texan" was one
of the few papers in the state to take a firm
stand against the Harris-Fulbright natural gas
bill. The regents asserted that the paper had
gone out of bounds and should not discuss con
troversial topics. The student editor answered,
"cannot a newspaper sometimes be the under
dog?" jhe Nebraskan has in the past carried out
much of this philosophy. Last year in the face
of opposition from many and total difference of
others in the controversial issue of academic
freedom, the editors again asked, "cannot the
newspaper be the underdog?", and almost
singlehandedly fought the case of C. Clyde
The Nebraskan will continue to hold the job
of a college newspaper, that of presenting facts
and issues to the student body so that they may
draw their own formulations. And if the issues
are there, the Nebraskan will present them.
This will be done by not trying to force any
thing' down anybody's throats; disagreements
are in no way discouraged. One fundamental
principal must remain apparent: to keep our
selves and the rest of the students thinking. If
overemphasis seems in sight it is because of
student newspapers like "Komsomolskaya
Pravda," the Moscow youth journal with an im
pressive 1,200,000 circulation. When a delegation
of American college editors touring Russia in
1953 went in to meet the "student" editor of
the paper, they shook hands with a middle-aged,
bald headed member of the Communist party.
Salute To Us
Today, S'S.OOO.OOO persons spent almost $3,200,
000 in nickels and dimes for their daily news
papers. We Rpint with pride to these figures especially
as this is National Newspaper Week. The theme
of the week, "Your Newspaper Freedom's Key
to Better Living" has, we are sure, many mean
ings to the many editors, publishers, copy read
ers, reporters, and "back shop" people observ
ing the week.
Most of all however, it means that Americans
have the right and the privilege of reading about
the latest hapenings in any corner of the free
world a brief time after they occur.
At the University and to the University it
seems that the issues, no matter how significant
or insignificant are brought to the attention of
the 4,000 students who pick up their "rag" three
times a week.
The issues are mulled over in the newsroom
of the Nebraskan, thought over by the reporters
and editors and in turn reflected in the minds
of our fellow students. It means more than this,
That issues can be discussed in an open forum,
that action is taken on any of the issues this
newspaper presents for public review, that re
sults are produced through this news medium
means that the well-known power of the press
Robert Brown cites a report James Russell
Wiggins, executive editor, of the Washington
Post and Times Herald in the recent Editor and
From the editor's desk:
Publisher, makes in his forthcoming book "Free
dom Or Secrecy" which says "There is abroad
in this country, and in the rest of the world, an
impulse, to secrecy. It is an impulse which will
alter and curb our governmental institutions if
it is not altered itself."
Brown's article says that newspapermen have
been fighting secrecy at all levels of the govern
ment for many years and they have been aware
of the trend.
The moral in Wiggins article, according to
Brown, is that newspapermen must be even more
vigorous and alert in the fight and educate gov
ernment officials to the ultimate dangers of
Our "beat" is the University. The discretion
of the Nebraskan in the past may not have
been what the highest code of newspaper ethics
dictate it should. Yet any attempt at withhold
ing news, or ideas from the paper is in itself
not in the best taste.
We ask for the privilege the right, if you
please, to gather and judge all news at the Uni
versity. If we are given the chance to assimilate
the facts and weigh the policy suggestions of the
administration we can better serve the Univer
sity as a whole.
If not, we may be treading on dangerous
grounds. The right of the public to know the
news, to understand the issues before them can
never be challenged.
We present this idea as it is very significant
when pondering the newspaper and its position
as "the key to better living."
Dear President Eisenhower:
I went to my first political
meeting Tuesday night at
which our three candidates for
governor spoke. Each time
one of them would take the
stand all the people would
rise Republicans, Demo
crats and Independents
which was all very good for
bi-partisan co-operation, but
seemed inconsistent with the
democratic tradition (notice
The Republican incumbent,
Victor Anderson, was the first
man to speak. It seems that
he had another engagement in
Omaha and could , only stay
for the meal and his talk
which is just as well since the
two men that followed him
didn't have much to say in
favor of him.
Gov. Anderson said that be
was doing the best he could
and was improving the state's
highways, mental health pro
gram and educational facili
ties: He also said that the
University needed funds if it
was to keep pace with the
state's growing population and
growing seeds. I can't argue
with this and neither would
Chancellor Hardin. -
He said that in order for the
state to function properly, it
was necessary to spend money.
He promised to save as much
as. money as possible, which
seemed a safe promise.
Frank Sorrell, who has run
for Governor a couple of times
before, is a Democrat. He
said that Nebraska is a cne
party state and the party
which was in power was not
the one he belonged to at the
present time. He said that the
chief issue before the voters
was that in past times, Re
publicans times, I think, party
loyalty had been placed be
fore the welfare of the state.
Mr. Sorrell then mentioned
the relationship of the torna
does of tax foreclosures to the
possibility of the appearance
of Communism in Nebraska.
I thought this was somewhat
far-fetched, but then I am not
a devout student of politics.
Concerning the University,
the Democratic candidate said
that scientists and technicians
were being trained at our cam
pus to serve industry of other
states. He has a point here,
but unless there is Nebraska
industry where will engineers
get jobs? This is a problem for
the Republicans, I guess, who
are the party associated with
Gov. Anderson did say that
prospects for business being
located in Nebraska were very
good, but then prospects for
everything are very good.
The third speaker was a man
very few University students
have heard of, a fellow by the
name of George Morris. He is
a former state employee and
was director of the state re
formatory for men before be
ing "given .he axe."
He is an Independent candi
date. I do not believe the head
quarters of this party are list
ed in the phone brck, but Mr.
Morris's address is included.
Mr. Morris gave the most
impressive talk from the point
of view of a political scientist.
He referred to Jefferson, the
founding fathers, the feudal
system, eJsus Christ and Soc
rates. He said that government in
Nebraska should be a govern
ment of laws and not men
and particularly not men like
He said that Gov. Anderson
is no more an engineer (in
reference to the state's roads)
than he is a penologist. As a
political scientist, I would take
exception to this statement as
he should be a Governor and
not a specialist in some one
field. I doubt if Gov. Ander
son knows much about ti e
sanitation system of the Capi
tol building either.
The people that fired Mr.
Morris, the Board of Control,
are not very good people
either. Mr. Morris would like
to change the personnel on the
Board and then change the
system which would be quite
thorough, I do believe.
Which, Mr. President, leaves
me somewhat confused and a
Yours truly . , .
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The recent Mitchell case has
alarmed all persons even remote
ly Connected with education. Yet,
for all of its importance, we have
looked away from the essential
function of this University: to
train secondary teachers. The is
sue of individual freedom of con
science is so vital that it must
be kept before the academic com
munity at all times. If academic
freedom is sacred, it must be
fought for by teachers on all lev
els. It is true and right that this
University is split into factions
as regards the secondary rpob
lems. One must choose sides even
though he realizes that both sides
may be trying to do the s a m e
The gruesome truth remains,
that despite many fine people on
its staff, the Teacher's College is
miserably failing the would - be
teachers. To speak freely now may
be to breech the secondary ca
reer hereafter; but this battle must
be kept boiling by those of us
who are not afraid to fight.
The curiculum of the secondary
school always reflects the values
of the society en masse for that
time. If this is so, one must ad
mit that the goals of modern ed
ucation appear to be practicality,
necessity, mediocrity, and bar
barism. The WPA professors de
stroy two creative people for ev
ery puppet they bottle, cap, and
graduate to "teach" the vegeta
bles of tomorrow's materialistic
True, culture Is in opposition to
progress; but "progress" seems
to be leading Boobus Americanus
back to a two-car tree. It is time
to correct the cultural lag. Teach
ing is an art, not a .science. .Help
students to look in, not out! Re
store values to education by elim
inating lesson plans with their
pragmatic, fake objectives and re
turn to lectures c no material
There is no more depressing
sight in the modern world than to
look into the faces of the broken
teachers in summer school. Now,
when we need exceptional, crea
tive, and intelligent people in
teaching, the ministry, and poli
tics, a concerted effort is being
made to put "average, normal,
representative, and cooperative"
people into these vital posts. This
should frighten those of us who
believe that the first aim of ed
ucation should be to train com
petent critics, and that the second
goal should be to raise the in
tellectual level to a point that
would reflect a discriminate pub
lic. This society doesn't want
teachers; it wants baby sitters,
playmates, and thought police. As
things now stand, the only teach
ers who are safe in their jobs are
the propagandist for the welfare
state. One day some brave high
school girl will wear colored stock
ings to school and the whole sys
tem will collapse before the "mo
tivating counselors" have a chance
to realize that she was a "de
viate from the normal behavioral
To change this disgusting reality,
we must give teachers pithy sub
jects that are worth teaching. To
remove the classics from the high
schools is to commit tr e a s o n
against the potential dignity of
man. To think this issue through
is to face the charges of radical
ism; but I implore you to reflect,
discuss, and come to rational con
clusions. This much is sure; the
superintendents of schools through
out this country should get down
on their hands and knees and beg
the honest, "unpractical" people
who are graduating with "unneces
sary" degrees, like the Bachelor
of Arts and Sciences, to teach their
A school system built on the
naturalistic assumptions of the
pseudo psychologists can only lead
to limbo and spiritual suicide. Or
ganized fakery must be fought on
all fronts. The happy elders of
our society cannot be deterred
from their course of greed, fear,
and mistrust; but we might be
able to make future life tolerable
if we could put something between
the ears of the high school stu
dents of today.
John P. Marshall
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It was a dullish evening at the Theta house. Mary
Ellen Krumbald was sticking pins in an effigy of the house)
mother; Evelyn Zinsmaster was welding a manhole cover
to her charm bracelet; Algelica McKeesport was writing
a letter to Elvis Presley in blood. Like I say, it was a
Suddenly Dolores Vladnay stood up and stamped her
foot. "Chaps," she said to her sorors, "this is too yawn
making! Let's do something gay and mad and wild and
different and gasp-making. Anybody got an idea?"
"No," said the sorors, shaking their little sausage
"Think, chaps, think!" said Dolores and passed Philip
Morris Cigarettes to everybody, and if there ever was a
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"Oh, capital!" cried the sorors. "Oh, tingle-making!"
"Yes," said Dolores Vladnay, "it is a splendid idea,
but hypnosis requires a pliant and malleable mind, and
we are all so strong and well-adjusted."
At this point, in walked a young pledge named Alice
Bluegown. "Excuse me, mistresses," said she, "I have
finished making your beds, doing your homework, and
ironing your pleats. Will there be anything else?"
"Yes," snapped Dolores Vladnay. "When I count to
three, you will be hypnotized."
"Yes, excellency," said Alice, bobbing a curtsey.
"One, two, three," said Dolores.
Alice promptly went into a trance.
"Go back," said Dolores. "Go back to your fifth birth
day, back to your birth, to before your birth, to your last
incarnation. ...Now, who are you?"
"My name is Bridey SIgafoos," said Alice. "The year
is 1818, and I am in County Cork."
"Coo!" said the sorors.
"How old are you?" asked Dolores.
"I am seven," said Alice.
"Where is your mother?" asked Dolores.
"She got sold at the fair last.year."
"Coo!" said the sorors.
"Tell us about yourself," said Dolores.
"I am five feet tall," said Alice. "I have brown eyes,
and weigh 8200 pounds."
"Coo!" said the sorors.
"Isn't that rather heavy for a girl?" said Dolores.
"Who's a girl?" said Alice. "I'm a black and white
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