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The Daily Nebroskon
Wednesday, March 13, 1957
Daily Nebraskan Editorials:
Budget . . . Last Chance
The University of Nebraska goes on the car
pet, bo to speak, before the Legislature'! Budget
Committee today. This ia not meant in a puni
tive or reprimanding mannes, but in the fact
that this hearing before the Legislature's com
mittee is the final chance for the University
to present its 'views on why its requested
budget should be approved.
The Legislature and the entire state realize the
services performed by the University, and are
In accord that the school is doing its job well.
The people of Nebraska, if they stop to think
about it, will understand the vital functions of
education, research and training that their state
So, while the people and their representatives
are appreciative of the work done for the state,
by the University, they seem hesitant to give
the school the money needed for continuing
effective operation. They realize the need for
a strong educational system, but they just can't
find the money to support it. It is a sad situa
tion, to say the least, when you want something
but can't find a way to keep it.
It is understandable why funds aren't readily
available for the University. This state operates
on a basically agricultural economy, and recent
drought years have crippled this economy. The
money must come from taxes which, under the
present system, aren't providing all of what is
Some people in the state take a pessimistic
view, hinting that perhaps money will never
be available to keep the University up where
it should be. This view never solved anything.
Nebraska survived the Dust Bowl days of the
1930's, and can do it again.
There is a certain smiliarity about a state
coming back after Jean years financially, and a
university trying to get back on its feet after
losing top men from the lack of funds. And once
those top men are gone it is very difficult to
get more of the same caliber, even with high
pay. Professors look for the prestige and aca
demic atmosphere a good University offers.
Now there is little more for the University to
do but to present its stand for the last time
and hope that the people of Nebraska will
realize how much they need the school, and
how much the school needs funds to serve tne
people of Nebraska.
The Faculty Senate won the enthusiasm of the
entire student body Tuesday afternoon when
the members voted to allow an All-University
Spring Day May third.
The Spring Day Committee requested the day
through Dean of Student Affairs J. P. Colbert.
The approval by the Senate gives the Farm
ers' Fair Board, the Union activities, committee
and the Spring Day committee an opportunity to
work together for the finest, funnest day the
Cornhuskers have ever known.
- The date approved by the Senate is the day
before Ivy Day, which, in effect, give the stu
dents an All-University weekend.
In short, the approval by the Senate binds the
University together in a number of ways.
Primarily it shows the confidence of the fac
ulty in the students as the teachers have allowed
the students to operate an All-University func
tion by themselves. i
It gives the city and ag campuses an oppor
tunity to work together for the improvement of
It gives the Greeks and Independents a chance
to pool their talents in a University-wide project.
What will come from the planning rooms of
the Spring Day committee is still just specula
tion. But we can be sure that the students will
take the responsibility, the confidence, extended
by the administration to heart and perform their
best for the University.
Council On Hie Budget
Some forty three University students, working
in conjunction with a special Student Council
committee, have been meeting with their state
senators for the past week discussing the pro
posed University budget.
The special Legislative Committee has been
working under the co-chairmanship of Dave
Keene and John Kinnier. And Keene reports
that the work of the committee has gained new
understanding for both sides of the budget
Keene emphasized that the program was not
a lobbying move but rather "designed to share
with senators the students' own views and to
gain a better understanding of the legislature's
" The committee obtained a list of all the stu
dents enrolled in the University last semester
and selected a student from each legislative
district whose responsibility it was to make
an appointment with the senator from his dis
trict. Practically all the senators will have been
reached by the time the Budget Committee
hearing is held this afternoon.
One of the big results of the work of the
committee is that students are no longer appre
hensive that senators do not understand the
'We 'were afraid at one time that senators
didn't know and probably didn't care about the
University," Keene said.
From the discussions some interesting results
1) That most of the senators do not feel a
despair for the state in general because of
drought conditions in the past two years. Keene
emphasized that only a minority of the legis
lators thought the future of the economic con
ditions in the state was covered with gloom.
2) That the senators cannot say that the
students are complacent about the University.
They have discovered through the voice of
representatives that there is a real and pressing
interest on the part of the students in the
financial predicament of the University. There
is a new realization on the part of the students
what problems the seators are facing in approp
riating funds where they are most needed and
in levying additional revenue for the state.
3) That open-minded discussion of problems
is a far better solution than wild accusations
from either the students, the administration or
legislators that the problem is insurmountable
or that there is lack of interest in either side
of the fence.
4) That whether or not the University's budget
is increased the students will have new insight
into the problems facing legislators and a more
tolerant view of the appropriations made with
state tax funds. We are assured of a strong
appreciation on the part of the student body for
the time the senators have taken to discuss
University problems and the thought given to
the over-all problem of Nebraska's future.
Amid charges of a "do-nothing" Student Coun
cil from some fronts; amid the clamor for more
and closer parking spaces for student cars;
amid shouts for action on this or that minor
issue, the Council has worked silently and
efficiently to create new understanding for
the greatest problem our University has faced
in many a day.
The student body of the University can be
proud of the job the Council has done with the
Special Legislative Committee. The University
as a whole can congratulate the Council for
working with the best interests of the Univer
sity in mind, laying aside factional talk for
the days before the hearing by the Budget Committee.
'ellech . . .
John Selleck, business manager of the Uni
versity will probably retire from his office this
Selleck has been associated with the Univer
sity for 35 years since he joined the staff as
assistant purchasing agent on June 1, 1922.
Since that time he has risen to business man
ager of athletics, comptroller of the University
and acting chancellor when Dr. R. G. Gustav
son left in 1953.
When he reached the normal retirement age
in 1954 Selleck agreed to "stay temporarily to
aid Chancellor Hardin as the latter assumed
the chief administrator's post.
Selleck has been an inspiration to the Uni
versity for the years he has been here. His
spirit of forward motion which was responsible
for the expansion of the athletic plant, the
building of the Coliseum, the Henry Schulte
Memorial Field House and the improvement of
the stadium which were financed from the sale
of athletic tickets. .
His versatility has been clearly demonstrated
by his acceptance of such varied and weighty
positions around the campus.
Something of the spirit of the University will
leave when Mr. Selleck retires. He wouldn't
want the University to be any a lesser place
because he will have left. And yet this institu
tion which has relied on him cannot help but
to be a little lost without Selleck.
The campus won't forget him, however. A
lasting tribute has been erected to him, the
new men's dormitories. And we can hope that
future generations of young men who swarm
through the dorms will look to their "patron"
as an example of Cornhusker spirit.
The likes of Selleck are hard to find anymore.
But lhe inspiration which he has given to the
University will linger for those interested to
It's difficult to praise a man while he is
still around the campus. But the appreciation
the University holds for Selleck - cannot go
unheard by a man who has contributed a great
share of his life to this institution.
And probably the best tribute anyone could
offer Selleck was voiced by himself when he
announced that he would "retire when a suc
cessor is named, but as yet there is no set
His words express his desire, to serve self
lessly our University.
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To The Editor:
When I came to the University,
I was warned that I was entering
a society of pagans, to be taught
a pagan philosophy by pagans.
This pagen philosophy was de
scribed as giving rise to many
cults: materialism, self-centered-ness,
pragmatism, etc. I was told
to be highly skeptical of all the
texts and professors and to be
compassionate in my attitude to
ward my fellow students. I was
told that while many of these
people had faith in God they were
innocently and without malice or
knowledge preaching a doctrine
which would either implicity or ex
plicitly lead me to a point wnere
my soul would be m jeoparay.
After attending this institution
have made some observations. The
jtuHe An avicf finrl Viava members.
The danger is present and I have
felt the weight of it's assault
acrainst much I feel to be right
However this society is not simply
pagan or simply Christian; it is
mixture of the both.
I Derceive one of the dangers as
being the practice of the "social
studies, ie.. Sociology, political
Science. Historv. Psychology: of
leaving out God when studying the
behavioral patterns of man.
In other words one must not
consider that from which one gets
existence. The danger is not that
the realtiy concerning man's be
havior is investigated scientifically,
but that some of those investi
gators do not give consideration
to the entirety of man.
The most glaring example of this
is the sociologist who says that "a
baby is just a bunch of proto
plasm." This is of course a pretty
gooey description but a baby has a
human soul as well and is not to
be confused with an animal which
does not have a human soul.
Is it any wonder that many of
those who graduate do so in the
most profound ignorance of Just
what they have acquired here.
They do not know that they have
studied the works of their creator
to whom they owe their existence.
They have not stood in awe or
been thrilled by the beauty and the
magnitude of reality.
They .may know the laws of
Physics or Botany, but do they
realize or appreciate the extent of
God's intellect that he could de
vise the laws so that they work in
Some of what they learned here
is pure falsity; some of what they
have learned is pure truth.
I define "the true" as that
which conforms to the intellect of
it's creator. Tell me, is a human
baby without a human soul a
truth or a falsity
There is nothing more abdomin
able or which smells more of Luci
fer then that crafty old professor
who glibly remarks "God belongs
in church, boys; let's leave Him
there this semester."
However, let us not become con
fused with the professor who pro
ceeds to steer clear of religious
discussions because he realizes the
lack of background and the fero
cious tenacity of these students
who do not respect the rights of
others or the common rules of dis
cussion. This is not abdominable
really; it is a great tragedy.
The divorcement of the church
and state has led some to divorce
education from God to divorce
themselves and what they teach
from the source of knowledge and
the author of their existence.
To the Editor:
As in any controversy, the pres
ent discussion by the Rag and
"Graduate Students" on the qual
ity of student work at the Univer
sity faculty-student relationships,
and some evaluation of faculty by
students has some tfuth on both
sides. I commend the Rag for
raising these legitimate questions
even though the Editor' may have
gone off the deep, end in his feel
ing that every student who studies
can get good grades; this, of
course, is silly and leads to the
"penal phlosophy" for raising
grades. Jus as we differ in physi
cal equipment, so also we differ
in our mental capabilities and yet
none of us .would be so brash as
to maintain that all of us could
run a four minute mile if we just
trained hard enough.
On the other points, I tend to
go along with the Rag. There is
absolutely no reason that faculty
members shouldn't come under
the scrutiny of the students. Na
turally, there are weaknesses in
any rating system, but it can be
developed for the guidance of the
faculty. It was used on my under
graduate campus and, although it
was ignored by many fculty, it
ws very beneficial to some. For
the instructor who wants to im
prove his course, the reactions of
the students "are extremely Jjelp
ful. If the evaluation of instruction
remains in the hands of the teach
ers themselves, then there is no
evaluation of teaching: the on'y
evaluation which the departmental
Chairman can generally make is
on the amount of written material
turned out by the professor, his
own feeling about the instructor as
a person, and feedback through the
rumor mill. I have taught here for
two years and have yet to have
another faculty member sit in on
A Faculty Member
Unfortunately I am writing on
.Tuesday morning, before the open
ing of King' Lear; otherwise I
would probably have some random
comments concerning the cultural
adventure currently playing at
Howell Memorial. Since I do not,
I will talk not about this weeks
show in particular, but about the'
theatre and the audience in gen
eral. Once drama was part of the Di
onysian festivals with which the
Greeks interrupted their philoso
phizing and and sculpturing. (A
thought: Strange that we -should
think of the Greeksas philosophers
and sculptures when actually their
lives were denials of everything
their ideas and art stood for. Their
politicians were sneaky enough to
put any ward heeler to shame.
Otherwise, we might still be wear
lng togas, or whatever you call
those sheets they effected.) And
since the Dionysian festivals cele
brated the god of wine and propa
gation, the interruption was con
siderable. Everyone got bombed
out of his mind and staggered
over to the ampitheatre. It was
reminiscent of the Homecoming
Game. And everyone wept over the
tragedies of Sophocles or roared
oyer the smut of Aristophanes.
Now the point of all this is that
we have no modern parallel for
the Greek attitude toward play
going or any other intellectual ac
tivity. Most of the guys who take
their dates to Howell Theatre this
weekend will have begun the eve
ning by eating fishsticks at the
fraternity dinner table. Then they
will dress hurriedly, rush to the
sorority of their choice for the girl
of their choice, and run to the
theatre. Once there, they will
stumble over cursing feet as they
move to their seats, and in two
hours the whole thing will be
But a trip to the theatre should
be some small kind of adventure,
and the adventure should begin be
fore one ever reaches the lobby.
Dress to minute perfection, eat
steak, and no offense to the
WCTU have a couple of drinks.
(Your choice may be bourbon or
scotch. I have always thought of
Shakespeare as a beer -playwright.)
I am quite serious. The current
attitude toward art is one of acut
analysis rather than exalted en
joyment. Most people who go to
the theatre today go, I am afraid,
as critical minds rather than as
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A Campus-to-Career Case History
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Leader of an exploration
Owen Williams leads a team of re
search and development specialists at
Bell Telephone Laboratories. His is one
of many teams set up at the Labs to ex
plore the frontiers of electronics and com
munications. In the picture above, Owen
(right) discusses modulation problems
in electron tubes with Robert Leopold,
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University
of Michigan, 1949.
Owen himself is thirty-one, and a
B.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic In
stitute, class of '49. He joined the Labs
upon graduation, and was assigned to
communications development training
the equivalent of a two-year postgraduate
course in communications. Mixed with
his classes were various assignments in
the Chem Lab, the switching and wave
, filter departments, and work on transmis
sion systems and coaxial cables.
In 1954 Owen was promoted to super,
visor. He works with two electrical en
gineers, both systems analysts, and four
technical assistants. Their current job is
exploratory development of submarine
cable systems, looking towards great new
transoceanic communications links.
Owen is one of many engineers and
scientists in the Bell System whose prin
cipal responsibilities include those of
leadership. The work of improving tele
phone service in the Bell System is
guided, and decisions are made, by men
who understand the problems involved
at first hand.
Many young men like Owen Williams are finding
interesting and rewarding careers in the Bell
System at Bell Telephone Laboratories, in Bell
Telephone Companies, Western Electric and
Sandia Corporation. Your placement officer can
give you more information about career oppor
tunities in all Bell System companies.
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