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Tuesday, January 15, 1957
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Mobraskan Editorials:
'J ait Yofif Turn
The card pulling battle has begun.
Along with the pushing and tugging in line
will corne the onslaught of tricks to get "top"
class cards early. Yet the policy of having a
friend pull cards for an underclassman is one
of .the points of breakdown in Comhusker tra
dition. In the first place the system as it exists now
was established to give seniority the benefit
of the best class times, the "best" teachers and
the most convenient schedules. When an under
classman gets a buddy to pull cards for him
wbich might have gone to some deserving
cpperclassman, then the whole setup is
thwarted.
The Nebraskan believes that if there were
bo pre-pulling of underclass cards, there would
be no need for the tricks. In less confusing
terms, the students who, in general, sign up
for this type course are those who are slowly
but surely climbing up the intellectual ladder.
A food case in point is English 26. This course
is open to most sophomores and from the looks
of the ranks lining up behind the English De
partment counter in the M&N building most
sophomores want to take it.
Yet here's the trick. If a student wishes to
take a course some time in his college career
and is not particular when he takes it, it might
be wise to hold off until junior year when the
line thins down and more hours are accumu
lated. The Nebraskan feels that the system of hours
as applied to card pulling is a sincere effort
on the part of the administration to distribute
classes fairly to those who have earned taking
a good schedule.
It might be worth noting that as most stu
dents progress in their education they seek to
obtain the best teachers and not the best hours.
That might just add to the problem for the more
magnetic teachers often have the more magnetic
courses.
There's really no way the University can
dictate and enforce the policy of no pre-pulling
of cards. In theory, the clerks in M&N check
each worksheet and confine pulling to those
classes listed by the student on the sheet. In
addition, advisors are supposed to write in the
total number of hours which a student is
planning to take.
Through careful observation of these rules,
the pre-pulling would be eliminated. We have
to consider the human element in the clerking,
however.
And that leaves only the students to decide
for themselves that they will cooperate in
making the system work.
It is our sincere belief that if each and every
student were sincere as to card pulling, much
ill will would be eliminated. Many are willing
to lose a class to another if the loss is legiti
mate. It's not too maudlin a belief that Nebraskans
are still the squarest. The change in the use
of that word has been gradual over the past
few years and yet as long as we still sing
of ourselves as "good guys" we can be ex
pected by those who view us to live up to the
standards of the University.
Since we are our own worst critics, perhaps
we should start back toward the spirit by
cleaning house of the petty practices which
make the University family a little less congenial.
A Step To Solution
The parking problem on the campus has be
come almoEt as common a topic of conversa
tion as the weather and it's sure to grow in
fervor. However, the Student Council finally
has laid the . basis for. what might be the
solution.
Last week the council sent a recommendation
to the administration for the formation of a
central committee concerned with the long
range aspects of the parking problem on the
University campus. The proposed committee
would have a representative from administra
tion, student affairs, 'faculty, department of
building and grounds, Student Council, Uni
versity police and others. The recommendation
will, of course, have to be approved by the
administration but officials, including the
Chancellor, have indicated support to such a
plan.
The Nebraskan gives its full support to this
action but we question the term "long range."
In May of 1948 students of the University staged
a "parking riot" which prompted the adminis
tration, faculty, student affairs and the Stu
dent Council to set up a committee to work for
a solution of the problem. That committee
proposed the stickers students are using today
but went out of existence in the fall of 1948.
There is no doubt that a central committee for
parking is needed but it is needed urgently
and not only for long range planning. The long
rage committee should have beet set up in
1948 or before.
The problem is genuinely a difficult one and
at present the most feasible plan seems to be
the elimination of freshman automobiles or a
provision whereby freshmen owning automobiles
could not park on the campus. Another supple
mentary plan would be to convert the area
now housing the temporary buildings between
the street in front of Love Library and the
street running along the side of Burnett and
Andrews Halls in one parking area. These pro
posals would undoubtedly help the situation
for a abort time but with the University's future
building program they would be void in a few
years.
The central committee when it is organized
then, has a very difficult job as the adminis
tration well knows. The students know well
that the present situation is a burden upon them,
but they also know that the automobile in most
cases is a luxury and that their purpose in
attending the University is to gain the most
for their investment an education. So until the
central committee is able to work out a suitable
solution, the student best do what he can to
help the matter. If he doesn't we are reminded
that several colleges will not allow a student
to bring an automobile to school at any time
during his stay at that college.
After thoughts
Contrary to popular opinion that parking on
areas marked with red lines on the campus is
permitted at certain times, the Student Council
Parking Appeal Board has clarified the regula
tions and state that there will be no parking
on a red line at any time 24 hours a day.
Some students apparently believe that at night
and late in the afternoon parking is permissible
on red lines. The Appeal Board has received
complaints from irate drivers who have parked
on a red line without receiving a ticket at some
time or another and then upon receiving a tick
et the next time for violating the same ordi
nance they feel they have been dealt an injus
tice. The answer is that the University Police
have not been present at all times when the vio
lations were committed.
The violations are especially bad in the eve
ning in the front of the library, at a time when
there is plenty of available space. The markings
were placed as such to enable uncongested
walking areas and free entrance to buildings,
etc. The board said that when the fire broke
out at the library recently, three cars had to
be moved before fire engines could get to the
building.
LITTLE MAN ON CAMPUS
by Dick BibSer
From Tho Editor's Desk:
With Malice Towards
OFI6 . .
While the University com
munity waits for the announce
ment, Pete Elliott and Mrs.
Elliott are probably concerned
with house hunting in Califor
nia. Pete is also thinking of
the year-round golfing oppor
tunities on the coast.
A local sports columnist re
ports that Bruce Elliott, the
small son of the Husker coach,
Is thinking about Annie Oak
ley. And Nebraska's citizens
are wondering what Califor
nia has that our state doesn't
have with the exception of
more money and more mate
rial. Local sportswriters ask us
sot to blame Pete for his de
parture from the University
scene, but it could be -very dis
appointing to Nebraskans if
cur coach decides to leave us
etch year because we can't
compete in the open market.
Then too, we -must think of
text year's senior footballers
who haven't played for the
same coach two years in a
row.
Word comes to us that the
nation's last flea circus closed
in New York following an un
successful season. Japan's
welfare ministry has an
nounced that it would aid the
poor by opening 190 new pawn
shops. In the same vein, the New
York Times reports a Cana
dian pig can do the 100-yard
dash in 7.4 seconds and Iowa
State Penitentitary inmates
will wear sports shirts next
summer.
The Times also reports the
passing of the man who in
vented the rubber ice tray and
the man who invented a tech
nique of determining the blood
type of Egyptian mummies.
Intramural basketball, at
best, is a cross between the
hoop throwing of James Nat
smith and the old Indian game
(not to be confused with the
shell game) called Lacrosse.
According to the sports staff,
however, there is one team
that could well bear watching.
This aggregation is rising
from the melee of mediocrity
and soon will stand astride
over the Coliseum like the
great Colossus which every
American youth knows as
"Sport."
The Spastica, named after
the great Roman and Greek
god, Spasmodicus, to late
have trampled every team
that dared face them with a
few exceptions. The team's
main problem is usually man
power. If less than 10 men
show up for a contest, a few
don't make it through the en
tire fray and have to be laid
away with full military honors
But, if fortune is a woman,
and many say that she is,
then it must be admitted that
the Spastica have sex appeal.
Hie Nebraskan
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Voice of
The Turtle
There were some strange sounds
in the Crib Monday that sound
ed an awful lot like Elvis Presley
wailing up a batch.
It wasn't Elvis, fortunately it
was our Own Troubador, the Sing
ing Sandwichman. He was there,
in real life, with his geetar and
his voice. No sandwiches, how
ever, since it was his day off.
Word has it he composes his own
songs, etc. Didn't stay around to
Fred Daly
have that guilty feeling, scrunch
find out. He acts civilized anyway.
Final week is coming up, they
say. What a lousy way to end what
could have been a pretty good
semester. And not only that.all
the good movies are going to be
in town then, when no one can
really enjoy them. You always
ing down there In the dark, with
visions of Aristotle dancing through
your head.
The pace is quickening in cam
pus politics, what with elections
here, and interviews there, and
all that sort of thing. It is all pouiu
ing toward the May Madness.
You can't escape it.
There have been no more nomin
ations for Dirty Old Man other
than myself, Jensen, Jim Plackey
and nebulous fellow known as the
Typical Engineer. I don't think
you students are taking this in
the proper serious vein.
Registration has been complet
ed for the last time, for me, and
there is no happier apple-cheeked
lad in the city. After four years
you would think I could get it
right, but the nice little old lady
at the desk still had to send me
back to fill in blanks, etc.
Sometimes they act like they
don't want me to graduate.
Nebraskan iefferips
Dear Editor:
Recently we were in a group
of students discussing the grading
system used by the University.
The point in question is how the
number system is changed into
what percentage is a 6.500? Math
ematically, it possibly can be 82.5,
85, or 87.5 depending upon which
end of the scale calculations are
computed. If a 6.5 is in the neigh
borhood of 92. ., then how is a 97. .
recognized on the grading scale?
If it is 85.. or 87.5.., it does
not correspond with the number
system used.
We hope that some person or
administration official "in the
know" will take time and write a
letter to your column explaining
the procedure used.
Interested
Dear Editor:
A few random thoughts out of
season from a wrong thinker . . .
The other evening while wend
ing my way homeward I happened
to pass through a campus frater
nity house when shades of Icabod
Crane I encountered the Icono
clast. This great, gaunt figure
drew me over and while contented
ly puffing on his pipe (any slob
can smoke a cigarette) informed
me, "I have written a brilliant
column, E. B., and you are given
mention."
Naturally human as I am I be
gan to preen my feathers en
visioning the reflected glory I
would shine in. This moment of
smug satisfaction, however, was
short-lived for the Iconoclast as is
his want began to speak of im
ponderables. After a rapid survey
of life's weighty matters, the
Iconoclast then soundly berated
me for my wrong-thinging, my
small-thinking, my affrontery in
consuming precious lines of space
in the Nebraskan to such a trivial
matter as taking issue with his self
given title in a recent letter to the
editors . . . Rather than stew
ing over trivia he admonished me
I should occupy my mind with
matters of consequence such as
how to get 5.5 million dollars out
of Governor Vic Anderson for the
University.
Thoroughly chastised and con
trite I went forth to my little attic
home my mind fixed on the con
sideration of weighty maters. The
following day my eyes feverishly
scanned the pages of The Nebras
kan to see what great imponder
ables did my eyes behold my per
sonal sleeping habits, the cowboy
movie, and a sort of ala Max
Schulmultz treatise on the virtues
of smoking a pipe!
On to greater imponderables.
E. B. Ellison Jr.
Dear Editor:
Having been associated with the
University for five academic years
I am familiar with customary Ne
braskan procedure of selecting the
top ten news stories of the semes
ter. .'- '
Because there has been such a
profusion of big, big (really big)
news stories this semester, I feel
that the staff may not be suffi
ciently abstracted from the pro
fessional aspects of collegiate jour
nalism to objectively rank the top
stories of the semester.
With this in mind I humbly of
fer the following suggestions as a
representative lay opinion of the
top ten stories of the semester:
1. Sam Jensen Masterminds Po
go Crusade.
2. It Happened at NU.
3. Mitchell Case Whitewashed.
Vice-president Nixon.
4. Nebraskan Editor Hears Vice
President Nixon.
5. Bibler.
6. Jensen Rescues Administra
tion from Raible Attacks.
7 Stephen Schultz, Dick Shugrue
Replace Literary Nebraskan.
8. Pub Board Backs Jensen's
Crusade.
9. IFC Makes "Grandstand
Play."
10. Nebraskan Editor Lauds
Sam Jensen.
Hal Hasselbaca
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