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The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, February 27, 1957
Daily Nebraskan Editorials:
A system of scholarship regulation for fra
ternity men is much needed on the campus.
In the past few years, the All Fraternity av
erage on this campus has been able to remain
above that of all men's average. But under the
present conditions and in lieu of declining in
terest in scholarship activity on the part of the
fraternities, action is needed which would regu
late the averages of active members of Greek
At the present time, the only stress placed on
male members of fraternities is that they make
their averages for initiation. The University
says that the required average shall be a five.
The individual houses can go above that point
but they cannot go below it.
Aside from the pressure placed on pledges to
make their grades, however, sentiment toward
study in the fraternities is close to nil.
Not that many members of the Greek system
are not in earnest about their studies. Far from
it; some fine grades and extraordinary Phi
Beta Kappas have been added to the Univer
sity from the fraternity system.
But the point the Daily Nebraskan would, like
to get across is that once a fraternity man has
made his average the interest in organized
scholastic endeavor ceases.
If the Greeks were told that it is important
to make a specific average each semester, then
each man in the houses would know he has
to put forth the best of his efforts for the
We realize that the fraternal spirit itself
should be a sufficient motivation for the im
provement of a houses grades. But we realize
even further that fraternity men are only human ,
and 'will only work when a definite goal is in
A chapter is made up of many average men.
No organized house consistently selects, "brains"
as pledges. And so the average selected by the
fraternities must be a practical one.
From looking at the past statistics of the
fraternity and men's averages at the Univer
sity members of the IFC, the Student Council
and the IFC Board of Control should be able
to come to a definite decision as to what they
desire the controlled average of the active
chapters should be.
Fraternities will realize that they, have a re
sponsibility to themselves and the University to
improve or at least to place the proper em
phasis on each phase of University life..
To the scholastic phase of college living must
be applied as much pressure as to any of the
At present men are fined in many houses for
missing social functions. In some houses they
are fined for missing chapter meetings. In
some houses they are fined for missing church
Sundays. All these punishments are applied to
the houses because individual chapters desire
to be as well thought of in as many fields as
It is only reasonable that similar restric
tions should be imposed where studying is. con
cerned". . One proposal suggested is that fraternity men
who fall below the average decided upon by the
system or the houses which fall below the aver
age be placed on social probation until they can
It happens when the Greeks can't meet their
financial debts on time.
It happens when an infraction is made in the
social code of the University.
Why shouldn't fraternities make up their
minds that scholarship is extremely important
for upperclassmen as well as for pledges?
We sincerely hope that the governing bodies
involved in proposing and enforcing such legis
lation will look carefully at the scholastic mores
of the University's fraternity system.
Green Grows The,.,
... Grass, if you'd give it a chance. Every
spring, as campus personalities trip from
building to building they're bound to dig up
many divots. And it's a shame that this isn't
a golf course where a fine could be imposed
for kicking out random patches of green sprays.
It takes a certain amount of pride on the
part of students in the University to keep the
campus looking nice.
This paper observes that many oil companies
are striving to' place receptacles in automobiles
which would catch all sorts of goodies other
wise intended for the roads and parks of our
The plan works when citizens realize that
it's up to them to make the country look nice
Well, the same thing is true oa the campi
cf the. land. It is particularly true here where
we're right on the main line of the bus routes
to the west. It's too bad that so many tourists
Tiave' to pass the lovely mall and see, what
they think is the Oregon Trail blazed muddy on
-the , green.
To those who have been here for many many
years and come to appreciate the growing
beauty of the campus, the students owe a real
apology for marring the beauty of the place.
It's no joke that foundations have been estab
lished to care for certain natural beauties (out
side sorority row) on the campus which are
completely disregarded by the student popula
tion. If any logic or any real time is given to the
benefit of walking across the grass we can't
figure out what decisions must have entrenched
path number one which winds from the Temple
to the Library. About five steps are saved
(measuring by long foot) by walking across the
grass. Fences have been laid across the seed
lings to halt eager mashers of the lawn.
To no avail, apparently. Still the swarm ot
people insists on struggling over the wires and
trampling over the lawns of the University.
If there's any pride in the University floating
around somewhere it will be fine to see it
exhibited by students who don't mind adding a
few steps to their daily marches.
' Spring may not have sprung yet, but it's
"upcoming" and the time for the admonition
.lore Important Things
l On the front page of today's Daily Nebraskan
five Hungarian students recently arrived at the
University express their gratitude at being given
;the opportunity to study on this campus.
They give their thanks to those people who
have worked hard and long toward bringing
"the students over here, establishing scholar
ships, finding housing and supplies and donat
;ing money toward a fund to finance their edu
cation. ! They thank the American people for their
interest and help in the plight of Hungarians
under Russian oppression. They tell how the
'sympathies of the Hungarian people have turned
to the United States as the Red terror squeezes
.their country until all freedom is drained away.
' They express their admiration for our country
"and our University, and the principles which
both their people and ours believe in, but of
which they are deprived in their homeland.
Their thanks and gratitude is warming to all
the people who have supported the drive to
bring the Hungarians to the University campus.
But the Hungarians should be shown some
gratitude themselves, from the people on the
campus and over the nation who have made
their presence here possible.
They have given us a chance to reach beyond
our normally limited scope of understanding.
They have enabled us to do some small bit to
help a people oppressed and persecuted in a
manner most Americans cannot vision. They
have given us a chance to do something worth
while for a change, instead of running blindly
about in our own narrow channels of interest.
Thank you, friends, for a chance to realize
there are more important things than what we
find in our books and campus political parleys.
David Beck, president of the Teamsters In
ternational, is in Europe on a little trip "for
his health." It, of course, was merely coinci
dental that it is at the very time when he is off
the scene that the Senate committee investi
gating alleged racketeering is making their re
Mr. Beck can take vacations as often as he
pleases. In addition to his salary as president
of the Teamsters of $50,000, he has an unlimited
balance allowed him "for vacations for purposes
of maintaining his health."
A college classmate of Dave Beck Jr., son of
the Teamsters Union president, borrowed $30,000
of union funds to open a Seattle tavern, a Senate
committee reported. The loan was arranged by
Sen. McGellan, chairman of a special Senate
committee established to make the injuiry into
alleged gangster infiltration of labor organiza
tions and industry, promised the committee
revelations in this labor scandal would be
Labor has become organized to an extent that
one man has become the leader of labor. One
man who has dictatorship authority. In such
an organization it is not necessarily crooked,
there need not be racketeering but
Government must have more authority over
the organization of labor groups. In times of
peace as in war, large unions contrpling nearly
the entire populus of individual industries have
the power to bring industry to a standstill.
The special Senate committee hearing the
labor racketeering investigation is expected to
run a year or more. They have leads on
alleged illegal or improper practices in 29
cities. Labor unions on all levels have corrup
tion and are under suspicion by the Senate
Members of the committee have released
statements relating to what they termed a
"conspiracy" between Portland officials, Team
sters Union officials and "gangsters" to estab
lish organized gambling in Portland.
The Teamsters Union has been in collabora
tion with political circles in the local leveb
since its founding. The corruption in labor,
especially in relation to local racketeering, may
never be completely eliminated, but as long as
the Government and the Senate committee con
tinues to expose corrupt labor activities, there
is hope that one day labor will be organized to
serve the people more appropriately.
The Daily Nebraskan
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. John Crowe
Ever since Darwon published his
Origin of Species, human beings,
those of us who have been intel
lectually alert, have suffered mixed
emotions about the nebulous rela
tionship between themselves nd
what they had long believed to be
churches that accept the Bible as
the supreme authority on God and
Christian Man shook their official
robes and declared Darwin an ath
eist, a heretic, or lunatic. At the
other extreme Science applauded
him as the founder of a highly
provacative theory that dealt with
cold, scientific facts in the explana
tion of the origin of life and man
as a "natural selection" of na
Over the decades the enthusiasm,
either for or against, Darwin's
theories has ebbed and the two
extremes of dogmatic thought, Re
ligion and Science, have done a
considerable bit of back-pedalling
from their first positions. Science
has found a number of conflicting
points in the theories, such as the
age of the Earth versus the vast
number of years of natural selec
tion by nature needed to construct
a man from a limp of primordial
slime; or the embarrassing exist
ence, unfortunately mislaid by na
ture, of the famous "missing link"
between man and the anthropoids.
Religion, too, has compensated.
Though not taking a definite stand
on the question of Natural Selec
tion's effect upon man, it has con
ceded that there is a "certain
amount of truth" in Darwin's the
ories. It is apparent in both of these
towers of human wisdom are fair
ly vague in their positions on the
origin of life and man's ancestral
progression up the ladder of here
dity. This vagueness hardly exists,
however, when we consider the
multitudes of human beings be
tween those poles of thought, whose
faith in God as a creator and in
themselves as the supreme work of
that Creator has been profoundly
shaken. It is striking to note that
there are more atheists today than
ever before, seemingly as a result
of that vagueness about God and
the universe. Man has had to strug
gle with scientific fact, religious
faith, half-truths, and half-formed
ideas to construct a system of be
leaves him alone and unsatisfied.
But man has not been entirely
alone in his struggle. It has since
been the task of the philosopher
to prove and disprove; to find the
way out of the chaotic labyrinth of
man's own consciousness.
Let us construct a short scene
between atheist, perhaps a philoso
pher, and an atheist, perhaps a sci
entist, to illustrate this divergence
of opinion and the use of philosoph
ic methods to combat vague ideas.
A philosopher and a scientist
were walking through a park and
noticing the usual things that peo
ple notice in parks: trees, ducks,
children. The pholosopher, whose
faith had remained comparatively
unshaken by Darwin, remarked
with an unmistakeable note of chal
lenge that God has "certainly out
dcri? Himself when he created the
world." The scientist nodded pleas
antly and remained silent. He was
not to be so easily aroused to de
bate by what appeared to be a
mere slip of the tongue, induced,
no doubt, by the beauties of na
ture. The philosopher pursued,
however, and, pointing to a group
of children as they ran past, he
said, "And there goes the most
wonderful of all God's creations.
Just try to imagine' the supreme
intellect that was required to cre
ate man. The thought of it over
The scientist turned on his com
panion impatiently and asked,
"Come now, my friend, don't tell
me you still cling to that old be
lief in God as the originator of
life? sfou know perfectly well that
life appeared quite by accident on
this planet billions of years ago
out of certain mixture of elements,
pressure, temperatures, and ar
rangement of sub-atomic particles.
There was no 'divine intervention,'
no 'Garden of Eden,' no 'Adam's
rib.' It was a pure situation of sci
entific laws occuring under tho pr
" The philosopher smiled and re
plied, "You say life was an acci
dent, a so-called 'freak of nature
with no divine considerations."
"You might say that," the scient
ist said, secure in the knowledge
that had made his point.
"If life is a mere accident, as
you say, then man, as' he possess
es life is a kind of accident, too,
in the universe."
"Quite right," said the scientist.
If ' all of this is true, you must
admit that man is one of two
things. He is either a freak of the
universe; a prank by nature, per
haps, and worthless to the universe
in that he is an accident. Or you
must admit that, as an accident,
he is the most wonderful occur
ence in the universe; unique and
unparalleled in the universe."
The scientist frowned and re
plied gravely, "I am not sure
whether I can accept either one of
those- alternatives without some
"Then you must admit that your
proposition has little worth, my
f r i e n d," said the philosopher.
"Somewhere in your theory you
have left out an important consid
eration. Perhaps, if you were to
think again, you' might discover
what is missing. You might even
come up with an entirely different
theory." With that he turned and
left the scientist, who had much
to think about.
To the Editor:
This parking problem is created
by the students, not the Univer
sity. While the University may be
in a better position to solve the
problem we as students have cre
ated, this does not give us the right
to expect or demand the Univer
sity to solve the problem overnight
or in a year.
If the basic presupposition of
Mondays editorial is correct, i.e.
that the "University is a big busi
ness", then we might well ask
ourselves, what business? The
business of furnishing ample park
ing for all those who wish to park
on the campus, preferably at the
front door of the building .where
their next class is meeting? Or is
it the business of the University
to provide good profs, ample class
room space and the latest research
and experimental equipment for
those individuals who fully intend
to make the most of their educa
tional opportunities? If the latter
is the business of the University,
and we have a choice of using
the space available for parking or
much needed class rooms and
labs, the answer is clear.
The University is here to furnish
educational faculties first and pos
sibly convenience second. It is not
the other way around. I have
never heard of a student being
deprived of an education for want
of a car, much less, a place to
How a student gets to class cer
tainly cannot be considered a pri
mary concern of the University.
No one expects you to walk a mile
to class or even three feet. But
if you want an education, it's
available. It may not be easy or
convenient, but who said it would
One suggestion was made in the
editorial, i.e. "limit the number of
cars brought onto the campus."
This is a brilliant deduction. First
we have the problem: too many
cars for the space available. Then
the solution: limit the number of
cars on the campus. Excellent
logic. One small detail: which
ones? Freshmen, graduate stu
dents, Lincoln residents, all those
who do not need a car to attend
classes on both city and ag. cam
puses? There is the question, and it is
being worked on, contrary opinion
notwithstanding. An all-university
parking committee, suggested by
your Student Council, is being or
ganized this week; and what is
just as important, we the students
will have a voice in the committee.
I might add, the University ad
ministration will be more than
pleased if the -solution can be
found by the students themselves.
There is a Student Council park
ing appeal board which will be
happy to receive any suggestions
the students might have. The more
ideas we get, the better the
chances we have of finding an
equitable solution. All concerned
recognize the problem which has
had sufficient analysis. Additional
editorials and comments such as
appeared in Monday's Daily Ne
braskan only contribute to the
"paralysis of analysis." All agree
that some action is imperative,
but let us recognize that construc
tive steps are under way.
Dave Keene, Chairman
Parking Appeal Board
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NATIONAL BOARD OR FIRE UNDERWRITERS
the iconoclast .. .
Back at Kenyon, where John
Crcwsll became literate, the Eng
lish department once pontificated
that the three greatest works of
world literature are Moby Dick,
The Divine Comedy and King
Lear. I have already offered my
opinion on Melville's work and
have been summarily rebuked for
intimating that if the book were
condensed, Moby Dick would be
come a minnow. I know nothing
o Dante except that his trip
t rough the nether regions was
long and looks forbiddingly poetic. -
King Lear is the subject of the
moment, partly because I want to
talk about it and partly because
it will be produced on the Howell
Theatre stage next week. Lear is
a daring undertaking for Dr. Dallas
las Williams and his adventurous
crew. It is, I think, undoubtedly
the most magnificent work writ
ten for the stage, with the possible
exception of The Oresteia
The tragedy of Lear and his one
good daughter transcends the limi
tations of any stage; its grandeur
demands an elemental force of
which the theatre is probably in
capable. Of this play more than
of any other, it can be said that
a definitive interpretation is im
possible. But a production of Lear can be
successful to the extent that the
intellectual and emotional forces
of the cast are capable of realiz
ing the force of the play itself.
Next week, then, we will see a
cultural adventure on the Univer
sity Theatre stage which parallels
the physical adventure of climbing
Everest. I have every hope and
expectation that King Lear will ba
a show of which the local players
can be proud. At least, those of
us who object to the misbegotten
title "Nebraska, cultural waste
land" thank the theatre crowd for
adopting the attitude that "People
think we're nuts for this one, but
we'll try anything once."
One hesitates to use the word
"cultural," as I did above, be
cause it conjures visions of the
local Women's Club meeting to sip
tea and disseminate the latest
opinions of the Reader's Digest.
But culture, no matter what its
connotations, means simply the
aggregate experience of civiliza
tion.' And the legitimate function
of a university is to expound that
The fear is persistent that too
many colleges teach only that
fraction of culture which prepares
a man to do a highly specialized'
task, whether it be bookkeeping
or dynamo building or speech
making. Equally persistent is tha
thought that the students are mora
to blame than anyone to whom,
they may try to shift the respon
sibility. We are too inclined to be
content with fulfilling the assign
ment of tomorrow and tomorrow
and tomorrow and, eventually,
getting a certificate verifying the
fact that we have successfully
completed a given number of
What the preceding boils down
to is this: The University Theatre,
by doing more ttian is necessary,
by putting itself out on a limb
for the sake of culture, is setting
an example for all of us.
?J!r (Author ef "Barefoot Boy With Chttk," etc.)
TWO CAN LIVE
AS CHEESILY AS ONE
Now in the final months of the school year, one thing
is certain: you and your roommate are not speaking.
But it is not too late to patch things up. Examine the
rift calmly. Search your soul with patience. Perhaps
the fault is yours. Perhaps you are guilty of violating
some of the basic rules of roommate etiquette.
For instance, in decorating your room, have you
forced your preferences on your roommate without re
gard to his or her tastes? This is a common cause of
friction. Indeed, it once happened to me back in my fresh
man year when I was sharing a room with a boy named -Pwimsky
Sigafoos who covered every inch of our wall
' with 850 pictures of James Dean.
"Rimsky," I said to him in gentle reproof, "please
don't think me unduly, but I had hoped to put a picture
of my fiancee Mary Beth Thermidor on the wall."
Rimsky examined the picture of my fiancee Mary Beth
Thermidor. "You're kidding, of course," he said and
dropped the picture in the wastebasket.
Well, that got my dander up, and I was mad as a wet
hen till Rimsky gave me a Philip Morris Cigarette.
As we all know, there is nothing like a mild, natural,
Philip Morris. Treats a man right No filter, no foolin'J
Anger melts and frowns become smiles with Philip
Morris, all seems right in the world, and no man's hand
is turned against you, nor yours against any man.
Sr.. puffing a pacifying Philip Morris, I forgot all
about Rimsky's slight to Mary Beth Thermidor. In fact,
with her picture out of sighi, I soon forgot all about
Mary Beth Thermidor, too, and one night at the Fresh
man Frolic, spying a round young coed over in a corner,
I came up to her and said with a fetching leer, ".Excuse
me, miss. We don't know each other, but I would like
to rectify that sad omission." And she said, "Oh, you
horrid, horrid youth! I am your fiancee Mary Beth
Thermidor." With that she stomped furiously away, and
though I tried to win her back with Philip Morrises, she
was beyond recall. I, utterly shattered, signed on as a
cabin boy with the Cunard Line and am, today, aged 53,
the oldest cabin boy on the North Atlantic run.
Dut I digress. We were talking about roommate eti
quette. Let ns turn now to the matter of share and share
alike. Have you shared everything equally? Drawer
space? Closet space? Study space? And here's one that
often causes trouble hobby space.
it fax fa or frccMlip WiM rdore
When, for example, I roomed with Rimsky Sigafoos,
my hobby was stamp collecting. I did not take up much
room. All I needed was a small corner for my stamps,
my album, my magnifying glass, and my tongue. Rimsky,
on the other hand, was by hobby a cat burglar. Hardly
a night went by when he didn't burgle twenty or thirty
cats. You can imagine how crowded our little room used
to get I Many's the time I got so exasperated that it took
two or three rich, natural Philip Morrises to restore my
native sweetness. mbi Bhuiman, imt
We, thm maken of Philip Morris and sponsors of this column,
know that you and your roommato or netting along just fin.
But If you ever do havm a litils tiff, don't try a peacs pipsu
Try a good, natural smoks- Philip Morrill '
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