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The Daily Nebroskan
Tuesday, February 19, 1957
Daily Nebraskan Editorials:
Crses, Crises heryvihere
The University of North Carolina is facing
a crisis in student initiative," according to
The Daily Tar Heel, NCU's student newspaper.
The reasons for this situation are numerous,
the paper said. They include a parking prob
lem, higft prices m Chapel Hill, the college
town, a too-small Student Union and a general
letdown in violations of the Honor Code, con
sumption of alcoholic beverages and unwilling
ness of students to discipline themselves.
A few of these problems are familiar to this
ampus. The parking problem here is certainly
difficult one, and is not improvirf. It is prob
ably one of the most important facing the Ad
ministration at the present.
The University plant is also crippleo" by a
small Union. This problem, however, will be
solved with completion of the new addition,
.which Will put the Union on a plane with other
student activity centers in the Midwest. '
There is not the drinking problem on this
ampus that once existed, probably due to the
lamping down by the Administration in the
last few years. Any drinking is done very much
One thing, however, that strikes a familiar
note is the general idea of "student initiative."
While students aren't as restless or disregarding
of authority here as they apparently are at
North Carolina, there is still something lacking.
Some people, as they wave their little pen
nants, call it "school spirit." While not as ex
treme as Die for Dear Old Mossback, school
spirit could be defined as a certain pride in the
school and willingness to carry out the aims of
the, institution. v
This campus has, in the last few years, tend
ed to don a "don't give a damn" attitude about
things. School . spirit, fight-team-fight, concern
about the University . and general interest in
campus events has tended to go along with
this attitude.
There is, of course, no dictum that says a
student must be crammed with enthusiasm for
his school. This woud be insulting the average
student's intelligence.
Still, the apathetic attitude assumed by many
of the student body toward things outside their
own particular little worlds is really a bit
silly. It is no disgrace to be enthusiastic about
scholarship, activities or functions within the
campus realm.
It is even somewhat amazing how students
pass up things of interest like theater produc
tions, Union-sponsored festivities and even ath
letic events. These events are sponsored for
the student and for the University. They are
here for the asking. '
It is impossible and illogical, of course, to
race about telling students how much they are
missing out and how they are not using their
University facilities to their best advantage
and how narrow-minded they sometimes be
come about stepping outside their little per
sonal circles.
All one can do is point out the things available
to the student, and sit back and wonder.
You really shouldn't be afraid of having ' a
good time.
'A Major Crime'
From a "small minority" at the Florida State
University who are working "for equal indi
vidual right's and human dignity" have come
the charges that a grave injustice has been
done on that campus.
A letter from the group states that a graduate
student was suspended from the Florida State
University for exercising "a right inalienably
granted by the Constitution of the United
States; the right of free speech and assembly."
The student, it is claimed, invited three for
eign students from Florida A and M University,
a Negro institution, to attend a Christmas
party. The president of FSU commented at the
time, the letter continues, that "the presence
of Florida A and M students was perfectly, all
right" and that the president imagines it will
all blow over.
The charge from the student group continues
that since the incident, wluch was the main
charge against the suspended student, he has
been "active in the support of integration as
ruled by the Supreme Court in May, 1954." His
activities consisted of: . .
1) Support of a Negro minister as candidate
for city commissioner.
S) Being outspoken for compliance with the
decision of the high court and has urged inte
gration in the schools and bus systems.
3) Maintaining his convictions and refusing
to allow the actions of narrow men to thwart
his belief in the promulgation of human rights.
4) Attending meetings bf the Inter Civic
Council, a Negro organization which has been
campaigning for equal rights under law for
some months in Tallahassee.
The student "minority" charges that every
attempt to bring this issue to the American
public has been covered up by the university
administration and the unsmypathetic press.
They conclude, "You must as students, and
Americans raise your voices in protest to this
shameful action by those who seek to further
their lends with no consideration of the rights
of others."
The letter was unsigned.
A few things might be taken into considera
tion before we as students raise our voices in
indignation. In the first place, we have seen
only one side of the situation; we have been
given no word on the scholastic status of the
student in question, his status in complying with
university regulations, nor his status as a social
member of the Florida State community.
We believe in the frights of man. But we be
lieve that a man who challenges that rights
are beingviolated- must 'be willing to stand up
for what he believes.
The "small minority" which has sent the one
sided particulars to the Daily Nebraskan has
acted, undoubtedly, in good faith.
The American tradition, however, stands for
the right of both sides of any question to be
We feel that as objective observers of the
situation (if it's really as grave as the group
would have us believe) we must weigh the
issues all the issuesinvolved in the case
before we say "a grave injustice has been
If the student minority at Florida State Uni
versityor any other University believes so
sincerely in the rights of the Individual, it will
recognize that we can neither condemn the ad
ministration of that school nor the press of
Tallahassee until we are presented the facts
on both sides.
We will stand up for the individual In his fight
to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed in our Con
stitution. We cannot stand up for any masked issue.
When we speak as individuals, we speak with
the conviction that we are right and do not fear
to be identified with a cause. Lincoln spoke with
the conviction of an individual fighting for hu
man freedoms; he did not act without knowl
edge nor did he ask his fellow Amerirans to act
without first knowing the cause for which they
fought. ,
We stand behind the Florida State minority in
the right they have to make a charge. But we
further stand behind the reserved right of judg
ment which can only follow due process of law.
mnvwstmuj Vs. Streiujih
The Daily Nebraskan continues In the tra
dition of offering editorial comment on the
vital Issues of the day from leading Ameri
can newspapers. Today's comments were tak
en from the Chicago Daily Tribune.
The senate investigations subcommittee has
criticized the military services for failing to
prepare American troops for the cruelties of
capture by the Communists. But it says that
the "brainwashing" to which captured Ameri
cans in Korea were subjected is no new, mys
terious, and lrrestible psychological technique,
but It is simply a process of progresssively
weakening an individual's physical and moral
Sen. McClelian, chairman of the subcommit
tee, said that so many misconceptions had
purpose of the report primarily was to strip
the term of its aura of mystery and terror.
The senator's estimate of the dread aroused
my the term is not overstated, for it is not
so long since James G. Miller, head of the Uni
versity of Michigan's Mental Health Institute,
recommended that every American soldier who
possessed military secrets be supplied with
cyanide death tablets against capture by the
The most effective reply we saw to that
suggestion was offered by Duane Thorin, an
American soldier who was captured by the
Communists in Korea and who neither collabor
ated nor cooperated with his captors. His ex
periences are recounted in the book, "Ride to
Thorin said that Miller misunderstood the
communist objective, which is to treat prison
ers, like all others, with a view to gaining pos
session of their minds as convinced believers
in communism. v
Said Thorin: It is mainly by psychological
means that a mind can be brought to submis
sion to the communist will, and it will be the
objective of the Communists that any such mind
not be impaired to the extent that it loses its
value to its new master.
As to the idea of cyanide, Thorin inquired,
"Who do we send to make a man take the
pills?" The Michigan psychologist's proposal
forces an immediate choice between suicide
and collaboration, without providing a cause
for which to di. But the choices are not so
limited or drastic. As th former communist
prisoner says, if a man is willing to accept
death, as he must be to swallow the pills, he
is psychologically prepared to resist and sur
vive. This GI's answer to "brainwashing" is that
the American captive must have faith in God,
which reinforces the best in men and overcomes
the worst, and that he must have the will to
resist, born of conviction in -himself and the
righteousness and decency of his country's
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On May 28, 1956, the University
Liaison Committee . reported to
the Faculty Senate that it was,
in effect, investigating rumors of
discontent in the Colleges of Arts
and Sciences and Agriculture
Chairman William Allington, pro
fessor of botany, told a large
group of faculty members in Love
Library Auditorium that ". . . the
Liaison Committee need not wait
for specific Investigation or study
before its machinery may be ac
tivated. As stated in the by-laws,
the Liaison Committee may con
sider any matter affecting general
faculty relationships within the
"At this time, on the basis of
some information," the report con
tinued, "the committee is engaged
in studying aspects of these rela
tionships and will in course report
specially to the facutly upon such
(The committee based its author
ity to initiate investigations upon
Chapter III, Section 3, part b of
the Regents' By-laws which states,
in part, that the duties of the
Liaison Committee shall be: "to
represent the faculties of the Uni
versity upon any matter involving
the general interest of the faculties,
and to convene for the considera
tion of such matters upon call of
the chairman or upon request in
writing of three members of the
Late last spring Herman Ander
son wrote these words in a lead
story in The Nebraskah: '
1 "The conditions which produced
the demotion of C. Clyde Mitchell
as chairman of the department
of agricultural economics are dup
licated in other departments in
the University, a group of pro
and former department chairmen
told The Nebraskan in personal
He explained that this was the
consensus of nearly 50 professors
and administrators, who represent
ed a crossection of 15 different
departments in the University
and with whim The Nebraskan had
conferred personally.
Further substantiation to these
charges came from statements is
sued by such prominent University
professors, as Dr. Fred Beutel in
journalism, Kris Kristiansoh and
Ernie Feder in agricultural eco
nomics, Dr. Don Moore and Dr.
Yerbert Jehle in physics and Dr.
Edgar Johnson in history.
Dr. Moore, in a statement short
ly after he resigned as acting
chairman of the physics depart
ment, said: "I have reluctantly
come to the conclusion fhat the
present administration of our Uni
versity is not concerned with the
free enterprise of ideas at either
the level of the department chair
man or the individual staff mem
ber. ft tr -ft
In January, 1957, the Liaison
committee submitted the following
report to the faculty Senate:
"The committee Invited sug
gestions from faculty members
who might have grievances rela
tive to academic freedom prob
lems or any other problems
concerning faculty-admtaistrsl-ive
relationships. No academic
freedom problems were brought
to the attention of this commit
tee for Investigation. One case,
involving Prof Mitchell, was of
ficially taken up tvith another
and more appropriate commit
tee." ir it Ct
Did the Liaison Committee in
vite suggestions from representa
tive group of faculty members?
Did it invite suggestions from
only those who would give favor
able answers?
Did it invite suggestions from
Professors Jehle, Johnson, Beutel,
Swindler, Feder, Moore, Kristian
son? Did it invite suggestions from
''The point is simply this. Wheth
er these various charges made
last spring are right or wrong,
whether they are with or without
foundation, whether they are "fac
ulty members washing dirty linen"
or not, they nevertheless reflect
badly upon the University. The
wishy-washy, virtually meaningless
report of the Liaison Committee
does little to either clear the air
of the University publicly or resolve
the fears its supporters have pri
vately. Only a well-sampled, thorough
ly representative investigation by
the proper faculty committee, ap
parently in this case the Liaison
Committee, can clear up the situa
tion effectively.
If, after proper investigation, the
charges are substantiated in fact,
steps should be Immediately tak
en to rectify the altuation. If, on
the other hand, the allegations are
groundless, a public statement
should be made denying them
unequivocally, and dispelling all
doubts created thereby.
It appears to me that these
charges of administrative weakness
and outride pressure still stand,
In their singular and accumulative
effect, and that Uie innocuous re-
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port of the Liaison Committee, like
the plea of official ignorance by
the University administration, the
relative silence of the Nebraska
press and the childish jibes" of
' last semester's Nebraskan provide
neither substantial refutation
against nor proper explanation of
the charges which have been ,made
and the rumors which continue to
persist in two of the University's
important colleges.
It is with this in mind that I
urge the Liaison Committee to
continue its investigation, in ac
cordance with their report of last
spring, the evidence Of discontent
in the Colleges of Agriculture and
Arts and Sciences.
pandoria . . . .
What's all this talk about "Day
People" and "Night People"?
Last summer Jean Shepherd an
all night disk jockey in New York
City declared an all out war on
the advocates of regular hours,
who he said were bound by "their
switchboards and red tape, time
tables and official lists."
I jumped on. the band wagon at
that time and preached before the
entire population of College View
that I was from that day on a "
night person.
Shepherd prodded his followers
into asking for a book called "I,
Libertine" which was nothing but
myth. But the demand was so
great for the book that he and a
fellow by the name of Frederick
R. Ewing wrote it. And it has
rlnn wnnrlpra nn tht stands. John
I Crowell has a copy which is avail
able for the asking.
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I suppose the real reason I went
on the night people jag at the
time was that the end of the first
four years was coming to a closo
when I heard of Shepherd's ad
venture and I felt I tat letw--needed
a change.
I'm just sorry more peop
didn't get on the bandwagon at
the time. I've had a ball being a
night person and I've tried in vain
to convert many others.
I think there's more to tha
idea of being a n.p. than just
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keeping a strange schedule. A fel
low once told me that Indians ate
when they were hungry. I took it
for granted thaat he was right and
I was impressed.
The point of the thing is that an
Indian or a night person is an in
dividual, thinking when he wants,
creating what he wants and acting
as he sees fit. Night people could
sleep from 12 to 6 like any other
red blooded American.
But they can also stay at some
thing that is hard to do and find
an answer without becoming fati
gued. I'm not bragging, mind you,
Many's the time I have put my
self to sleep with my methodical
pecking at the keyboard. But I
enjoyed trying the new way of
Any more t suppose that I am
a night person because I have
found out , that It's a fine way of
life. After midnight I can get the
best programs on the air; work
in peace and quiet; meander
around the house in my BVD's
and raid the icebox without fear
of reprisal (til morning.)
A fine old philosopher (he had
white hair and wore dark glasses,
anyway) told me that heaven
would be like earth-life to a fish:
we can't understand it. To thost
of you who haven't given night
life a try, I highly recommend it.
Don't ask foran explanation of
the joy of a spotted sky or an
unobstructed drag-strip down Nor
mal Blvd. I can't tell in words
what a fine time's to be had when
the conversion is made.
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Israeli Ambassador Abba Eban
called off further diplomatic con
ferences in Washington with Sec
retary of State Dulles about Is
rael's withdrawal of troops from
President Eisenhower issued a
new appeal to Israel shortly after
Mr. Eban rejected Mr. Dulles'
plan for withdrawal of Israeli
troops from the disputed territory.
The President said, "The Uni
ted States has renewed its plea
to Israel to withdraw 'in accord
ance with the repeated demand of
the United Nations ... to bring
about a state of affairs which will
conform to the principles of jus
tice and of international law. . , .
this, the United States believes,
should provide a greater source
of security for Israel than an occu
pation continued contrary to the
overwhelming Judgment of the
world community." ,
Israeli Foreign Minister Golda
Meir said that Israel would with
draw its forces from the Gulf area
within an hour if the United States
would guarantee and "protect the
rights of all powers" to send ships
into the gulf.
To this Mr. Eisenhower said he
believes Israel has been provided
"with the maximum assurances
it can reasonably expect at this
juncture, or that can be recon
ciled with failness to others."
The situation in Egypt has been
that of continued crucial nature to
the world affairs. . .the Israeli
troops may not be withdrawn from
Egypt for sometime. But, as the
President has said, "this country
will strive to remain true to, and
support, the United Nations in its
efforts to sustain the purposes aud
principles of the Charter as the
World's bast hope for peaxa."
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During the presidential com
paign of 1928 when.Al Smith was
running against "Herbert Hoover,
a group of men (one was Charles
EVans Hughes) composed o mem
bers of the "Committee of Good
Will Between Christians and Jews
became frightened at the hate
which was being generated to-
ward Smith by certain segments
of the population.
They formed the National con
ference of Christians and Jews and
appointed Dim Everett R. Clinchy
to run the organization. Denying
white supremacy, this group of
prominent citizens became the
antithesis of the Ku Klux Klan.
"Its purpose was not only to
dissolve the Klan's hate," Dr.
Clinchy said,, "but man's hate
against man no matter where it
was found."
Th- founders were neigher pro
nor anti Smith, but they were
shocked at the venom which was
being directed at the nation's
only Catholic nominee for Presi
dent. This week is Brotherhood Week.
Brotherhood and the family of
man are not matters of belief or
faith, they are fact. It is im
possible to logically assert that
any man is naturally inferior in
any respect to any other man.
Most of us will accept this
staetment, but do we practice It?
At the risk of preaching and
sounding clerical, I would like to
examine humor and vulgarity,
laughter and senseless derision on
the University of Nebraska
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What do we laugh at? It has be
come almost socially un-accept-able
if we don't at least smile at
what might be termed "suggestive
humor." This makes up at least
half of the campus humor.
Perhaps a quarter of the laugh
ter which has become contempor
ary might be termed really
humorous and the kind of thing we
could mention at the dinner table.
And She remaining jokes and
sayings concern race and religion
niggers and jews. And though
we don't recognize the inferiority
of minority groups in theory, we
propagate what might as well be
fact by laughing and reciting the
story of the illiterate Negroe or
the stingy Jewish business man.
We are products of our environ
ment, but it is possible to change
this environment if we recognize
it for what it is . . . And this is
what it is, it is taking advantage
of the group that can't strike back
and it is an attempt to climb a
social ladder on the back of mem
bers of human-kind.
And what about Dr. Clinchy and
his group? Quietly and tactfully
they wrestle daily with such prob
lems as Negroe pilots on com
mercial airlines, a subur in Rich
mond that excludes Jews, and by
asking a literary society how
literature could be served by read
ing a paper on the immorality of
the Medieval Popes.
Let's add again ". . . with
charity for all." to "With make
towards none . . ."
by Dick Bibler
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