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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 21, 1956)
Friday, December 21, 1 956
Fo keep? Christmas
Christmas is family dinners and eggnog.
Christmas is an exchange of presents and an
increased prosperity for Lincoln merchants. Ard
for some it is mistletoe and Santa Claus.
But most of all, Christmas is a time when v e
forget about the tanks of Hungary and the in
humanities of man and concentrate for a short
while on the Gift which was given many years
ago ia Bethlehem.
If Christ were to be born today. Ho would
find that instead of one sphere of influence dom
inating the known world, there would be two
competing powers one nation representing de
- -mocracy and Christianity following a sometimes
"rock-strewn pathway, the other country repre
senting totalitarianism and Godlessness trod
ding unmercifully over a road made of thwarted
dignity and crushed ambition.
But in all things, Christ would find that men
art much the same as they were when He
walked through Galilee.
If Christ walked among us, would we do him
honor or would we be inconvenienced and em
barrassed by His presence? Would we be will
ing to lay down our textbooks, abandon our par
ents, leave our friends and follow him? Or would
we be like the rich man who left Christ ."sor
rowing" for he could not forsake hi wealth. '
Perhaps we would treat the Saviour as did
the Grand Inquisitor of legend who condemned
Him for his radical ideas. Perhaps we would
welcome Him as did the people of Jerusalem
on that day when palms were strewn in "his
path. But then the people of Jerusalem waved
palms on Sunday and stayed behind closed doors
We might do these, things, but then again, we
might worship Christ as did the shepherds and
we might bring Him gifts as did the Magi. We
might respect Him as did Joseph and we might
love the Baby as did Mary.
The spirit of Christmas extends to all peoples,,
all that we need do is accept it.
Reversal Or Revolt
If Wednesday night's Interfraternity Council
vice-presidential election was indicative of any
thing it was the replacemert of the tripartite
power with a somewhat larger faction. This be
comes evident because although the three can
didates were equally qualified, the final de
cision turned out to be a landslide.
The dominance of the three fraternities, who
have succeeded in passing the major offices of
the ETC among themselves for the last few
years, was definitely broken even though they
did not have a candidate. However, a former
minority group which suddenly became a ma
jority group arose with enough votes to take
over the election.
The emergence of this new group is not sur
prising considering trie frequent rumbles at
the meetings this semester. Since the fall of
the "faction" a few years ago the IFC has re
sponsibly taken over the former's function and
Wednesday eight's developments will undoubted
ly have a bearing on the future potentiality of
We, however, must question whether the elec
tion results indicate merely revolt against the
"tnpartities" to gain a more democratic ad
ministration within the IFC. If this is not the
case we might look forward to a split in the
group, a decrease of power and even a rever
sion to another underground group.
It has now been shown that an increased
amount of interest has been stirred up in some
of the houses that previously had been passive
or independent in the activities of the IFC. With
this increased interest no one group of two or
three fraternities should be able to dominate,
making it much easier for the IFC as a stronger
unit to handle its problems.
The Nebraskan would like to see a powerful
IFC working as a unit to make the fraternity
system at the University something each in
dividual fraternity member could respect. We
would like to see an IFC powerful enough to
carry on its negotiations in harmony and on
an equal plane with the administration. And, we
would like to see the 1800 fraternity men in the
University unite to choose and support a lead
er, a governing body which could guide the
system to a dependable and strong future.
The proposed Book tool discussed at Wednes
day's Student Council meeting is supposed to
cut out the middle man and avoid excess profit.
As Council members see it,' a book exchange
would give profit which would otherwise have
gone to book retailers back to the student by
reduced prices and bigger savings.
By renting office space and utilizing volunteer
workers, the book exchange would operate at a
maximum efficiency, according to Council mem
bers. In addition, the plan, patterned after that
Which handled 1200 books at Missouri last year,
would give prospective buyers an opportunity to
set the price which they feel is fair for used
At the University, we estimate at least 40,000
books are handled by retail outlets each semes
ter. These figures were arrived at by calculat
ing aa approximate five-book turnover per stu
dent. That students could well afford to pocket the
savings brought from a self-operated book ex
change is quite significant for those who pay
an average of $30 per semester for books. But
some aspects of pipe dreaming remain in the
proposed set up.
We presume that a 40,000 book turnover would
take more space than the council could find in
the Union. Perhaps the business angles involved
in aa exchange would be too much a burden
for students, if we admit that handling beg
traasacisoDS is a big time business.
We might also take into consideration the fact
that reduced prices on new books depend to a
great extent on the influx of used books to the
retailers. Thus, if retail prices of books are to
be relatively low, the contingency of adding a
sufficient supply of used books to the retailers
must be considered.
Looking at the plan, however, in light of the
savings in time and money for students, we
feel, that its merits are many.
The' Nebraskan trusts in the ability of the
Council to handle the proposal efficiently and
present a workable plan. It must be remem
bered that such colleges as Missouri were able
to handle merely 1200 books last year, mean
ing of course, that a supply of books for as
many as will be seeking them will be limited.
In all probability, the Council wSl ultimately
make some arrangements for resale with the
local retailers. Including those people who have
supplied the University with materials in the
past is only fair. But if it is known that students
are able and willing to help themselves, better
arrangement might be arrived at by those
who rely on the students for a living.
The Council warts to get into the csed book
business for next semester. Past experience
shows that jumping into mammoth ventures
isn't the best msdos eperaadL Over the holi
days a special committee will investigate all
aspects of the proposal. We hope an equitable
answer will be eased out by the New Year.
The surest way that God could approach you without causing you to
tremble was a Babe. Littleness and weakness and helplessness were supreme
ia the cave at Bethlehem in order that you with your little virtue, with
your weak will, with your absolute insufficiency might feel comfortable,
at home, ia His presence.
The little Infant Jesus, a tiny bundle of humanity hiding Divinity snug
gled in Clary's arms, wanted to steal His way into your heart. The Baby Sa
vior, concealing His weakness would captivate your will. God's and Mary's
Son planned to ravish j'our sould with His helplessness.
You are the one He came to love and to save. (Say this slowly to your
self: "If I were the only person in the world, Jesus loved me enough to come
from heaven to save me." Isn't that truly inspiring?) You are the one on
whom His infant eyes rest You are the one whose heart He wishes to take
And you? Are you scurrying and bustling about, preparing for Christ
mas? Are you thinking about family and relatives and acquaintances and
selfhoping to forget ko noe? Are you wrapping and tying gifts and par
cels? Do you pause in this frantic commotion and think about Whose birthday
this is? Why fear? Who could possibly fear a little, weak and helpless Babe ?
- You have the gift He want your love. No one else can give Him that,
gift. Wrap it up with your weak will; seal it with your helplessness. It's a
tiny gift your love cut given generously it will please a tiny Infant Sav
ior more than anything else you can possibly do. . - - -y
Rt. Rev. Msgr
Ceorge J. Schuster
Catholic Student Pastor
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SANTA'S HELPER . . . Miss Judith Dunkley was recently chosen
Miss Santa of 1956 at the University of Kansas and will aid old
St. Nick in all his activities in Kansas. The Nebraskan staff per
suaded her to also lend a helping hand in Comhuskerland and she
will personally fill the stockings of all good little boys who hang
out their stockings Christmas eve. Those people who have a desire
to cut out Miss Dunkley and place her on top of their Playboy
pin-ups may do so with the good wishes of The Nebraskan. It's
our Christmas gift to you. Merry Christmas and come back in
one piece next year.
Christmas time (at last) Is here,
With happy laughter, lots of cheer.
Students bellow with elation,
At their forthcoming long vacation.
The wind may blow, and the snow may fait,
But at last we're getting away from it all.
But now as Jime is swiftly fleeting,
The Rag would wish you a yuletide greeting,
To Chancellor Cliff, and Adminy Hall,
Merry Christmas, to you all; ' '
To Colbert, Dean, and Hallgren, Frank;
And ROTC officers, low in rank;
To Linda Buthman, and Bed well, Bill;
And thin Gene Spenee and a No-Dos PiU;
To Kiley Sprague, and Judy Boat,
Who, I'll admit, is quite the most;
To Jerry Bush, and Jensen, Sam;
And the much-belabored Dirty Old Man.
To Elliott, Pete, and the football team;
And the legions of cheerleaders who letoff steam;
To the DB & G, and the Hob Nob, too;
And Dirty Bob's with its Wild West crew
To Judith Dunkley, Miss Santa Claus;
And Allen, Connie, and a breathless pause;
To Belmont, Ben, and Melville Cook;
And Rex Ekwall, who won't get shook;
To AUF, and the IFC;
And Ec 11, and the Chancellor's Tea;
To the Innocents and the Mortar Boards,
And eager juniors, by the hordes;
To the Women's Dorm and Selleck Quad;
And Kitzelman, Max, and the grappling squad;
To Marshall Nelson, and Sammy Small;
And a million people in Burnett Hall;
A wreath of holly to Elliott, Doc;
And Walter Blore; and Holly Hawke;
To Haessler, John, (a PBK;
And Marvin Breslow, and Martha Raye;
To the Pi Xi snake, a slippery fellow,
And his Christmas card all splashed in yellow,
To Mac, the Union's engineer,
A merry greeting with good cheer;
To one Lake, Duane, and Handy, Bob;
And the Kosmet Hub for a real fine job;
To anyone we did forget,
On the Rose Bowl Game, a two-buck bet;
Thus ends our Christmas wish to you.
And an overpowering New Year, too.
When you presented the views
of Dewey Nemetz in Friday's Ne
braskan, you made a very grievous
error. By stating that his radi
cal ideas needed no comment, you
assumed apparently that all read
ers of the Nebraskan have the
same intellectual attitude which
you have yourself. Unfortunately
this is not true. There are tea
many among us who would tend
to agree, rather than argue with
Mr. Nemetz. You should strive
always to present the true picture
of things as you, not some letter
writer, sees them. Otherwise why
be an editor?
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" " A7 CaCT' A PLEASANT PRESENT like cartons of Luckies can make feS-
A lWV a doHy JHy OT a pappy PPy And theyYa just the tii5sli0
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SV J tb wh vc load9 Ixte course, is a YtTSl iPtV
I I Proper Shopper. He appreciates Luckies better taste
f. the taste of mild, food-tasting tobacco that's TOASTED 1WWT
A PLEASANT PRESENT like cartons of Luckies can make
a dolly jolly or a pappy happy. And they're just the
things to cheer up a glum chum or a gloomy roomie.
So the guy who gives loads of Luckies, of course, is a
Proper Shopper. He appreciates Luckies' better taste
the taste of mild, food-tasting tobacco that's TOASTED
to taste even betterand he knows others appreciate
it, too. How tout you? Give loads of Luckies yourself!
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