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Tuesday. November 13, 1956
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Few things make newspapermen more angry
than closed meetings and resolutions made in
the hush of secrecy.
The only reason far such meetings is that
those persons taking part are afraid that their
words might be noted by the general public
Usually this would lead us to believe that this
type of individual is not interested in any sort of
purpose or goal which extends much beyond the
end of his nose.
If an organization Is interested in existing
within the framework of the community, it must
realize that it is necessary to consider the good
of the larger group.
Several fraternities believe that they are being
oppressed by the University in that they are not
having a successful social rpogram within the
law enforced by the officers of the University.
Those students who believe that the Univer
sity should not watch while they circumvent the
law should realize that we live in si cation that
is governed by laws and not by men.
These fraternities are using the IPC to further
their own individual purposes and at the same
time they -are lowering the prestige and effc
tiveness of the IFC When the IFC begins to act
like a small baby which has been deprived of
its drink whether it be milk or something
stronger then the IPC ceases to be the agent
of all members of all fraternities and becomes
the tool of small groups of dissident elements.
Bow can the officers of the fraternities truly
represent their groups when a veil of silence
is placed over the action of the legislative body?
Bow can any good and just end be attained when
there is no desire to work within good and just
In a grandstand play, the IFC has sent a
letter to the Chancellor bypassing the Committee
on Student Affairs or the Division of Student
Affairs, the proper agencies for such inquiries.
The Chancellor did the only thing he could do.
Be sent the letter to its proper designation.
Since The Kebraskan has no actual copy
of the letter, it is not possible accurately to
report its contents. We do know that it called
for a clarification of the University's social
policies which is, in effect, a query as to where
can a man drink and get away with it?
Some fraternity members feel that since stu
dents attend dances at Kings and drink that
this is an inconsistency with the University
drinking or social policy. It must be realized,
however, that the University has no jurisdiction
at any place outside the campus unless an offi
cial University group is sponsoring an event.
The policies are reasonably clear. What must
be understood is that any group which deliber
ately attempts to thwart the policies of the
state and the University for selfish and short
sighted motives is certain to succeed only
in lowering its effectiveness in the future.
The budget request for the next two years
To Nebraskans who have been faced with
drouth on tie farm and subsequent slowing down
f general commercial activities this figure
might seem almost cut of reach.
But the spirit of Nebraskans to face the
needs of the present and the future has always
been a practical one. They were able to support
the Erst graduate school west of the "Mississippi.
They will imdoubtedly be able to meet the prob
lem in education today.
Chancellor Hardin called the present situation
a "real crisis."" It is. When any institution faces
breakdown from loss of fine teachers, explosion
from overcrowding and a sort of apathy from
lack of service to the people of the state, then
that institution is in danger.
Looking at the University from within we are
proud of oar school. We are proud of the achieve
ments it has made in many fields of science,
in She arts and in the ability to give young Ne-
bTaskans a deep-rooted education.
So here is the problem. As the school grows
the Chancellor says there wEl be an enrriH
xnent increase of 1500 in the coming bienninm -its
faculty, prestige and service must advance.
We ennnnt stand still in these changing times
end expect to have a top flight mstitnticm.
Dr. Eardhi said that we will need SB addi
tional teachers. We will meed classrooms lor the
additional students plus the 8000 enrolled at pres
The University, of course, has an obligation
to aid agriculture in the state. This will only
be possible through extension of the funds
available for agricultural services.
It is becoming increasingly harder to retain
the top level doctors and dentists necessary to
operate as high a quality of professional school
system as the University has. Therefore, sal
aries must rise in order that these men will be
willing to continue dedicating their Tires to the
educating of youth.
Each Deed the Chancellor has outlined for the
next two years is a practical one. Each need
has evolved from the logical growth of a great
It is not up to The Nebraskan to teU the state
legislature what should be done with the budget
Dr. Hardin has submitted.
We can, however, plead with the Nebraska
lawmakers to look at the budget as we look at
it: As an essential part of the future of this
University. Without an assurance of sufficient
funds for the next two years, the school will not
be able to grow. We know what the cjonsequenoes
are when any Search for Truth is halted.
So the request for our budget is an earnest
one. We implore Nebraskans to beed the Deeds
of the University, for the students, for the ed
ucators, fox the prestige of the greatest of the
After many meetings of producing nothing
ties, lack of action leaves the University Home
coming Queen election in the same wavering
status it had this fuTl.
With due respects to the Tassels for their
efforts. The Kebraskan agrees with the Student
Council that one small segment of the Umver
Kity should not control selection of an all-University
The Kebraskan proposes a plan that perhaps
would be mare satisfactory to the campus pop
ulation in general. Eligibility, we feel, should
be open to any junior girl. Secondly, selection of
the finnlists should be made by a representative
student committee of five to eight members,
basing their decision on 11) general attractive
lie ss and (2) service to the University. This
'service' need not necessarily mean being a
Motrar Board but one should have contributed
more to campus life than sipping tea or playing
bridge in sorority surroundings.
Next year's Queen will be selected on the same
basis as the 56 queen pert and qualified
one at that amies specific action it taken now
to change Homecoming Queen election proce
dures, a thought that apparently arose too late
THE DIPLOMA RACE
CACP) The University of North Carolina's
Daily Tarheel recently deplored the cver-em-phasis
placed on diplomas. The editorial was
reprinted in the Oklahoma Daily and it bow
repeated here. It begins with a quotation froaa
the President of Princeton University;
The temptation to yield on grounds of ex
pediency to popular demands' lor She sort of
training which promises quick monetary rewards
will be great. This is not to disparage those
institutions frankly oriented to practical voca
tians and skiTlK. For a variety of reasons we need
rmore rather than fewer such. What I do say
is that despite hard times and adverse pres
sure the liberal arts colleges must not falter
in pumiing wifla a whole heart and without
mental reservation the Jul measure of their
IdBtaric purpoes. We know that close applca
tion will find an answer to' the problems and
bard work wEl do the job.' HarclS W. Bodds.
president of Princeton luniverEity, at a bioen
terrmal convocation last week.
The Princeton president's worries are weS
founded. American colleges and universities,
mow fairly safely through the Bed Professor
Period, bave another problem to contend with:
The . increasing importance in most people1
minds of a college diploma.
The diploma is important. But far too many
people thing it is important because it means
mare and quicker money. For too many people
a diploma is a license to practice some small
part of some large vocation.
Specialization is the key to these people. They
spend their college life huddled in one corner
of a very big room. When they leave they can
give the exact specifications and dimensions of
that corner, but they know nothing about the
ConsequKifly, when they start to practice liv
ing, they lack the ability to understand much
eff life. These people, then, bare lacked what is
culled at Carolina the liberal arts education ...
Nowadays when a student is about to be grad
txtaed from an institution of Mgher learning, be
registers with a placement service on bis
campus. If bis work as specialized, if be knows
a Hot about a lifJe, be probably will get a Job
quicker and with more pay than the student
who has developed broad interests a lot.
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LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS by Dick Bibler
I V IT YOlTVt JUST CECENTW IUS3S0 TO CWCE.'
ily roommate was cringing when
I walked in last Friday afternoon.
He had read P. D. Riley's letter
in The Nebraskan and expected me
to enter with smoke pouring from
under my oolllar. Contrary to ex
pectations, I was amused and
pleased by Mr. Riley's epistle. So
long as I can inspire the kind of
apathy which arouses people to
write letters, I shall consider my
self successful. I do not mind be-
ing csUed by implication un
pleasantly stupid, and I shall not
reply in kind. Far from believing
Mr. Riley unpleasantly stupid I
fhiT.y his letter indicated an ami
able inteEigence with which I
should to become better ac
quainted. My rawonted forgive
ness does not, however, mean that
I agree with my critic. Our opin
ions remain diametrically opposed.
And with one point which be made
in his fetter I strenuously disagree.
He says, 'Attack something with
in your reach: It might do some
good." This implies that ray reach
is short, perhaps extending only
to the transitory twaddle campus
politics. I cannot in all humility
feel that xny mind is that car
row. Perhaps I should explain what
I am trying to encompass with
my writ! rig.
After drifrtng along for a month
rcnder the title rSchutti's Schmaltz'
(invented by Sam Jensen after a
long night over a boi newsdesk)
my column was re-named T h e
Iconoclast" Perhaps the choice
was innfortnriale. The word "fesn
oclast" conjures connotations of a
radical with a blunt hatrihet strik
ing down traditions just because
they are old. Indeed, I once pic
tured myself as that type, aaEL
Mencken, j-g. But one of the prime
functions of a beginning writer's
attempts is that they clarify bis
philosophy. As soon as I began
writing, I forsook the crusading
liberal guise and found that I was
actually a conservative.
SHE. The Iconoclast" may not
be an inapt title for a conservative
column in a college newspaper.
Once the collegiate idol which bad
ly needed smashing was .t tS
Id fogey, ""good-enongh-for-Wil-liam
thought. The campus radical
wiii shaggy hair and new ideas
about manners, morals, and eco
nomics became a ?mi"lar figure.
And his 'new' ideas became ac
cepted in much the same way that
the 'socialistic" .New Deal be
came, is time, a tradition of Amer
ican politics. JCow imdergradaal
thought is dominated by liberal
ism. Strangely enough, these col
legiate liberals can trace much
of their philosophy at least, as
related to morality to S i g m u n d
Freud, Whose primary purpose was
to adapt bis patients to Victorian
I am aware of the need for pro
gresEjre thought. But I mm not
convinced that Jt need be a sacred
cow. The ludicrous spectacle of
the stand-pat, middje-f-4be-road
Fj&enbower administraliaD striv
ing in the recent campaign to iden
tify itself wifla 'literalism" em
phasizes the extent f the apothe
osis of "new" ideas. This is as
icon to be smashed. Conservative
must deiend tradition, ksovii;
that not all old ideas are an
tiquated. They must also serve as
an anchor; not a drag cm prop-ess,
bat a brake on impractical
crystal tw schemes which need
time to mature.
lisne, at 4 m as I finish this
column amidst coffee cups and
cigarette butts, I bave two realiza
tions.. First, I bave written an
extremely cantroTeraial and basic
essay, nuwe important than my
opinions of James Dean or mod
em music. And second, that I am
in danger of categorizing myself.
Probably I shall write something
in a future column which will con
flict with what I have said here.
If so, I can only say with Walt
Whitman, "Do I contradict my
self? Very well then I contradict
myself, (. . I contain multitudes.)"
It is about time for vacation
and, to be truthful, I am a little
wary about the whole thing.
It's not that I am not eager to
get home and see my parents and
the little dog next door who last
year single-handedly attacked a
ferocious Labrador Retriever and
almost got killed, it's just that
I have been living here and being
collegiate and intellectual for so
long that I don't know how to act.
Act human, that is. I eat with
both hands simultaneously, put my
elbows on the table, talk loud and
put ciga ashes in my dessert plate.
I also don't speak longer than a
savage grunt in the morning, and
I drink extra cups of coffee with
out asking for it.
In short, I am a normal, healthy,
spavined college senior, with a si
nus headache, and a bill at Si
mon's. That is why I am a little afraid
to go home. At home I have to act
human, and shave, and stuff like
that. And I will bave to be mce
in the morning, or I don't get
The reason for this metamorphis
from the apple-cheeked freshman
to the gnarled, hoary senior is a
tragic tale only too often enacted
in tke halls of higher academic
The bloom of youth, the spring
of step, the light of eye, is lost;
what is left is a white-bucked.
Silenf Ma jorif y
-o'ff't' .... l
What is wrong with the present
method of electing the Homecom
ing Queen? Essentially, not too
much is out of order, but some
things should be changed to make
the boner better for everyone.
sity would get a representative
and a deserving Queen. The Queen
would not be a person from a cer
tain minority group, but she would
be an all University Queen. This
is the desire of many peopje.
belted-back old cynic, the cards
of the world weighing heavy on
his natural shoulders.
Consider, for instance, this typ
It is enough to bring a tear to
even the crossest of English theme
He, like every young freshman,
came bouncing into college with
the whole world before him. He
was clear of eye, smooth of brow,
firm of chin. He neither drank
coffee nor smoked cigars nor
stayed up to watch the late movie.
He was, in short, as green as
the sward stretching down frcm
the Carillon Tower.
Alas, however, this mere spright
of a boy was soon to be twisted
and- beaten by the cares of being
collegiate until the spring fell out
of his step, the light dimmed in
his eye, and the knees in his pants
He became a student.
And in becoming a student he
took on studious ways.
He stayed up late in bull sessions,
and slept through his morning
classes. He drank 11 cups of cof
fee a day. He spent at least four
hours each day in the Crib, looking
at people he didn't know.
He went to the woods on Friday
afternoons, to watch the ducks. He
started working in activities, and
before long they let him carry
sandwich boards and sell tickets
and put up posters.
He went to rallies and cheered;
he went to games and cheered:
then he went out and celebrated
either victory or defeat.
He dated, naturally, eight times
a week (twice on Saturday, when
the weather was good).
He pursued this liberal course
of study, enjoying every minute
of it, for three thrill-packed, fun
Then someone said something
about graduation," and all that sort
So, friends, that is why be is
broken, beaten, hollow-eyed, grey,
grizzled and snappish.
He has been up all night, seeing
about graduation, and required
courses, and majors and minors.
He is studying. If they tad told
him about that before be came he
would never have enrolled.
This year's Queen was probably j iC A
a very deserving girl She bad 1 Affirm RpE3t3ClfS 54 CGllSUrGI
probably contributed a lot t3 ber LcyiUU ICJCUI3 WIKWI w
Collegiate Dateline . . .
Universirv. The four ether csnai-
dates cCTJtributed a lot also. How
ever, surely some other girls were
just as deserving of the honor of
bein a Homecoming Queen candi
date as were the five Tassels.
Even if the present system is
not changed, Tassels should keep
in mind that many, many students
are opposed to this setup. If Tas
sels can SDiCEKiXY say that
the MAJORITY of University stu
dents is in favor of limiting this
bonor to Tassels, then I will have
to be ruled by the majority (even
though I dissent).
Personally, I believe that the
majority of the students would like
to see the election be a little more
democratic. I bave asked many
students bow they felt about this
issue. Almost all replied that they
would like to bave some changes
Why not bave a selecfiOT board
composed of, ssy, two JJ clan men,
two Tassels, two Cora Cobs, two
Innocents, two Mortar Boards, etc
Jfo organization could bave more
fr.s-a two representatives. For ex
ample, a Corn Cob could not rep
Then this board would choose
Eve girls to be final candidates.
Some method of getting a number
of girls before the selection baard
could be devised.
This method should be such that
ttnafSiialed farts, girts from Inde
pendent bouses, and girls from
Sorority bouses could be nomin
ated. Possibly, a number of girls
could be nominated from eats
bouse each year. If Tassel mem
bers were qualified, mdwibtafiy
a large number of them would be
The criteria for selection iboald
be broad in scope. It should not
be solely a beauty and person
ality contest. Bat being a anember
df Tassels sbomid not be a
requisite. The .criteria ahauM be
something like tbe Mfering: coa
ts V of Iff spirit, a pleasing per
sonality, medium beauty, a grade
srerage of 5jB, aad others.
With a method of election simi
lar to this, I feel that the Univt
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At iS3 recent cvenSon
Angeles, the American Li
again censured Antioch College for
permitting subversive programs
and activities to function cm camp
us. A yrrnflaT resolution of cen
sure was passed by the Legion
This tiimej bowerer, one of the
criginal supporters of censure ac
tkin; Ohio State representative Low
el Fess, objected to the Legion
action. He said the Legion was
talking about things that took place
three or four years ago and that
arent taking place now. Fess, who
belped bring about the 1354 cen
sure said "The atmosphere at Aa
tfech has cleared.
Antioch President Samuel Gould
bad this to say about the latest
censure action: "l do wonder a
little, when our neighbors know so
well what we are, iff it is neces
sary to tell them 2gaia that these
charges are untrue. Let me say
as strongly as I know bow, that
there are no subversive activities
at Antioch." la an off-the-cuff
comment, President Could dis
missed the Legion action with the
words "It's the same old tling.
What was once a stracfiy male
fortress bas collapsed at the Uni
Tersiry of Texas. Six new cadeties
Cwomen. that is) Lave been ad
mitted to the schools Air Force
3JOTC training program. They'll
in Los ! take their place beside the rest
egion of the corps during Hag-raising
ceremonies when Texas plays SMU
on November 3rd. The six girls
look ca themselves ss pioneers.
The University of Texas is the
only one in the state which bas
installed AFEOTC training for
women and one of ten schools in
A somewhat different situation
existed recently at Louisiana State
University. You cant say no ti
Uncle Sam, so the school's mili
tary department wis rather non
plussed when a prospective fresh
man turned down its offer of com
pulsory military training. The de.
pariment sent an information form,
explaining that two years of ba
six military training are required
at ,LSU of all physically - Et male
students cp to the age of 2J.
In reply, the prospective fresh
man wrote: Thank yoa for your
generaas offer to let me jjxa tbe
EOTC at LSU. I assure you that
I would deem II the greatest bon
or ever to come to me. After giv
ing lbs matter deep consideration,
I Lave decided it would be best
if I declined your offer. The
freshman refused the offer 'be
cause of 51 advantage it would
give roe over the girls on camp
us. The red-faced military depart
ment plans no actios in the case
because the Le turned out to be a
1 GREEN J
Draft Dodger's Lament
When so many tbes could more ally
Tske tny place.
Well, really now, a party or the pub
Have EEuch more flavor tlaa
Some moot ridge.
IU take the orgy yom can tave
The barren baSikStli.
Td much ratber be found in the center,
Wiih a cigarette and foaming glassful,
Saying 'Let tbe drilling coataffioe!.
The broad wastes of some iKJcaown land
EjCi no Kfteresl for me.
Td m-acb ratber be a Iwer than a vtsx
It's mare tat.
So job frM tike yro- g-js zM go.
Fin j-Jte content bere, thank yw.
(You tidik I'd better join you?)
Oh, wty me?
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