The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 12, 1957, Image 1

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University chaDtera of the two
major national scholastic honorary
societies, Phi Beta Kappa and
Sigma Xi, Wednesday evening
awarded memberships to 39 stu
dents at a joint banquet session.
Mari Jlandoz, author and Uni
versity alumna, was the principal
Phi Beta Kappa also granted
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one of its infrequent honorary
memberships to Dr. Robert Goss,
who retired last summer as dean
of the Graduate College. Dean
Goss still serves as a professor
of botany and plant pathologist in
the Agricultural Experiment Sta
tion. Two students qualified for mem
bership in both societies. They are
Allan Heeger and Melvin Thorn
ton. For two others, Mrs. Marie
Duerr Wright and Dr. Arthur Lar
sen, their PBK awards carried, a
little extra significance.
Mrs. Wright had the satisfaction
Of matching the scholastic per
formance of her husband, Charles,
who was accepted by PBK last
fall. Her father-in-law is Dr. Walt
er Wright, assistant dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Larsen received his PBK
membership after graduating from
the College of Medicine with anl
M.D. degree a year ago, and then
returning to the College of Arts
and Sciences to complete work
on his undergraduate degree which
he recieved in February.
The new associate members of
Bigma Xi, honorary physical sci
ences society, were selected on
the basis of scholarship and prom
ise as research workers. They are:
Kazys Almenas, John Ball, Dale
Bokowski, Pearl Bremer, James
Dunn, William Ehrett, Alan
Beeger, Richard Kissinger, Walt
er Llnder, Douglas Mansfield,
Russell Nielsen.
Laughter is the one God-given
gift people have in the world's
present unsettled situation, Ben
nett Cerf told an all-University
convocation Thursday morning.
The nationally-known humorist,
publisher and television panelist
said "Humor is the greatest pro
paganda device we have in this
country. Pepole today want es
cape; they want to laugh."
This can be vseen in the trend
toward humor in books and on
the Broadway stage, he added.
To put something across, Cerf
said, put it in the form of a story.
He recounted how the move to
ward socialized medicine in this
country was stopped by a joke
brought back from London by an
American physician.
Humor is also a wonderful way
to do "dirty work," especially dur
ing political campaigns, Cerf said.
When telling stories we should
stop and look them over to see if
they are little "poison pellets sugar-coated
with humor," he said.
"There is a time and place for
every kind of story," Cerf said.
"The cheapest, easiest laugh in
the world is the one you get from
telling a story you shouldn't have,"
he added.
Individuals and minority groups
often have a tough time without
degrading jokes and stories being
told about them, he said.
"All this talk about reading be
ing hurt by television is bunk,"
the president of Sandom House
Publishing Company said. "Good
books are being published every
Fifty years ago someone said
people were too busy riding inter
urban trolley cars to bother with
reading, Cerf said. This was said
with the coming of the bicycle
craze, cheap automobiles, movies
and the radio, he added, but peo
ple are still reading good books.
"When you once learn to enjoy
reading good books, you never get
over it," Cerf said. If you want
your children to read, set them an
example, and don't be afraid to
be caught reading a book, he said.
Special Luncheon:
Vic Raises Cerf To Nchmha
Staff Writer
At a special luncheon in the
Union yesterday, Bennet Cerf,
noted humorist, publisher and col
umnist, was formally welcomed
to the state by Governor Victor
Anderson, who made him an Ad
miral in the Nebraska Navy.
Chancellor Hardin presented
Cerf with a picture, taken as he
got off the train. The picture,
showing Cerf with three freezing,
bathing-suit attired co-eds and a
bone from a mastadon, was to be
taken i back to John Daly to prove
that Nebraska is not the land of
the blizzard. Unfortunately, the
weatherman was not consulted
and the ground was covered with
Other guests at the luncheon
were Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Hardin,
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Shapiro, and
Mayor Bennet Martin.
An informal discussion followed
the luncheon in which Cerf la
mented the "shortsightedness" of
people when it came to the dis
tribution of money. He said that
he noted that, not just in Nebras
ka, but all over the country "li
Phi Bpfa Kappa
Newly elected members of
Phi Beta Kappa, honorary arts
and sciences scholastic society,
are: (seated, from left) JoAnn
Chalupa Newmyer; Shirley Hol-
Beverly Pagel, Kimball Roddy, John Skinner, Charles Speak, Mel- The new members of Phi Beta
Mary Rohse, Rotvald Schneider, vin Thornton, James Turner, El- Kappa, honorary arts and scienc
Wilfred Schutz, Maurice Skeith, vin Vachal. es scholastic society:
In speaking of his publishing ca
reer, Cerf said "at the moment
there is a wave of plagarism
around the country. This happens
about every 25 years." He told of
how people have been caught copy
ing stories out of old magazines
and selling ttiem to pubUshers.
The humorist said there are
three questions asked in his trips
around the country: How is it you
are ( so much taller and younger
looking than on television? Why
didn't you bring Arlene Francis
with you? Are these quiz shows
on the level?
"Successful quiz shows must be
honest," he said. Too many people
would notice if a person tried to
infer he didn't know something,
when it was apparent he did know
In his undergraduate days at
Columbia University, Cerf was
editor of the campus humor maga
zine, the "Jester."
There were two ways to get to
see the university's president, Dr.
Nicholas ButlerV he said. First, to
give the school one million dol
lars, and second, to print some
thing Dr. Butler didn't like.
"After due consideration I chose
the latter method," he said.
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braries and education were at the
bottom of the pack when funds
were allocated."
The consequences of following
this policy are noted in one instance
where "Russia is graduating 60,
000 engineers a year; while we
graduate fewer than half, t bat
Cerf, when questioned about
poet Karl Shapiro's opinion that
university ' students "were com
pletely devoid of intellectual ideal
ism" demonstrated by the fact
that during the Hungarian Revolu
tion all they did was to "raise
a few flags;" while "twenty years
ago they would have volunteered to
go to Hungary to fight," he par
tially excused them by saying
"that perhaps they remembered
too vividly when the idealists 4 of
the ' Lincoln Brigade were sold
down the, river during the Spanish
"But," he continued, "there is
a pressing drive for conformity.
Young people should remember
that this country was built by peo
ple who said 'I object' not 'I
agree'. It's very easy to ride with
comb; Sheryl Whitmus; Marie
Wright; Polly Downs; Marilyn
Wilhelms; Virginia Hudson;
(standing) Beverly Deepe; Jer
ome Fuhrman; Nelson Jensen;
Vol. 32, No. 80
Colder Temps,
Heavy Clouds
Heavy clouds and continued cold
temperatures are predicted for the
NU campus, Friday, by the wea
ther bureau.
' Highs generally are expected! to
range in the
high 30's to
the low 40 's
for today. No
snow is report
ed for today
despite Thurs
day's late
spring snow
which ranged
to one and a
half inches of
snow in Lin
coln by Thursday noon.
Northerly winds transporting
cold air into Nebraska from Cana
da forced the mercury down to an
unseasonably cold, temperatures
over most of the state.
Home Ec Convention
Sixteen delegates from the Home
Ec Club will attend the Nebraska
Home Economics Association Con
vention to be held Friday and
Saturday in Kearney, Nebraska,
according to Norma Wolf, Home
Ec Club president.
The convention will open with
registration at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Miss Marilyn Ott, of Vogue Pat
tern Service will bring fashion
news to the convention. The fashion
presentation will feature a ward
robe called "Fashion On The Go"
which will include tips on good
grooming, and clothing construc
tion. The convention will close Satur
day evening with a banquet at
0 p.m.
the herd, for too many people are
willing to censor.
"It has gotten to be a heresy to
criticize the President. He has
been set up as a great white god.
He has even come to think so him
self. This can be noted by how
furious he became at his last press
conference when he was being
criticized by the press."
When a student complained that
there was no place for young peo
ple to express adverse ideas be
cause their questionings were stif
fled by the older generation, Cerf
exclaimed, ''That is absolutely un
true. You should read the "New
Republic" of the "Reporter." Of
course these magazines are un
popular because they criticize the
present administration, and they
are both financially non-profitable,
but they are willing to dis
agree with the conformists.
"Young people should not be de
featists. They shouldn't look at
life from a negative point of view.
Instead of just complaining about
certain situations, they should go
one step further they should do
something about them."
I Iff tiHiti!
Ncbr-ikm Photo
Richard Lynch; Jere McGaffeyj
Melvin Thornton; Ronald Horn
by; Alan Heeger and Patricia
McDougall Jones. Arthur Lar
sen is not pictured.
Applications Due
For 'Cornhusker'
Applications for positions on
the Cornhusker, the University
annual yearbook, are due Fri
day, according to Linda Buth
man, editor.
Positions ppen are: editor, $65
per month; associate .editors (2)
$40; managing editor (4), $40;
business manager, $85; and as
sistant business managers (2),
Applications can be picked up
at the Cornhusker office but
must be returned to the public
relations office Friday.
Elections May 6:
'He For
A total of 77 people have entered
the 1957 Student Council race
scheduled for May 6.
Of these 77, 54 are vieing for
positions as college representa
tives on the Council and the re
maining 23 filed from organiza
tions. Teachers College lead the pack
with 18 candidates, 17 of them
women. Election rules stipulate
that three representatives (one
woman and one man) are to be
chosen from Teachers.
Candidates for Student Council
and their colleges include: Agri
culture: Marcia Ray, Carol Sa
vener, Charles Smith, Gary
Berke, Burton Weichenthal, Joyce
Evans, Jane Chaney, Ardyce Har
ing, Lois LaRue, and Donald Ita.
Arts and Sciences: (two repre
sentatives (at least one woman):
Tom Neff, Bob Ireland, Phyllis
Jones. Mary McNight. Barbara
Bible, Barbara Mandle, Nancy
Spilker. Melvyn Eikleberry. and
Ellen Stokes.
Business Administration (two
representatives): Ken Freed, Bob
Lindell, Larry Rotert, Carol Dahl,
Natalie Johnson, Carole Triplett,
and Bob Harder.
Engineering (tw.o representa
tives): Raymond Balfour, Gary
Frenzel, . Jim Quick, and Dwaine
Teachers (three representatives,
at least one man and one woman) :
Pat Boyd, Jane Curfman, Sally
Downs,. Frances Gourlay, Eileen
Santin, Suzanne Swingle, Karen
Kelly, Dennis Elder, Charlene An
thony, Judy Truell, Caroline Sko
per, Sharon McCormick, Ryckie
Van Or man, Ruth Cartee, Marcia
Boden, Kathleen Roach.
Pharmacy (one representative):
Vija Upitis and Ted Lambert.
Dental (one representative) :
Erik Olsen, Jim Witter and Steve
Law (one representative): Ken
Friedman, and Alfred Kortum.
The 23 students who have filed
as candidates for representatives
from organizations include:
Inter Co-op Council: Gerald
Cushing, Gary Ryder, and Jeff
Vandeberg. Coed Counselors: Mari
jane Craig and Carolyn Williams.
CCRC: Bryan Ericson, Charles
Keyes, and Dave Rhoades.
Builders: Judy Chapman, Don
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New Sigma Xi
Newly elected members of the
University chapter of Sigma Xi,
honorary physical sciences so
ciety, are: (seated, from left)
Richard Kissinger, William Eh
rett, Pearl Bremer, Mary Rohse,
Nelson Jensen, Jere McGaffey,
Alan Heegar, Melvin' Thornton,
Richard Lynch, Marie Wright, Jo-
News Editor
The Interfraternity Council vot
ed 16 to 8 Wednesday night to de
lete from proposed Rushee rules
a clause prohibiting "spiking,"
and then adopted the rules with
two dissenting votes.
The spiking prohibition clause,
listed as rule number two, had
Herman, and Donna Scriven. Pan
hellenic: Ida Ryan, Sherry Arm
strong, Delores Wertz, Paula
Roehrkrase, and Prudy Morrow.
BABW: Roberta Switzer and
Marilyn Jensen. Corn Cobs: Don
Shick. AWS: Judy Decker and
Jacquie Miller.
The deadline for filing as a candi
date as a college representative
was Wednesday.
English Majors:
Shultz, Bernd Take
A sophomore and a graduate
student, both majoring in English,
were revealed Wednesday after
noon as the winners of the major
writing awards at the University.
Stephen Schultz, a sophomore in
the College of Arts and Sciences,
was awarded the $50 first prize
in the lone Gardner Noyes poetry
competition. The winning entry
was entitled "Brady's Soldiers."
Daniel Bernd received the $50
first prize in the Prairie Schooner
Fiction competition, for his story
entitled "Decisions."
Marie Sandoz, noted author and
Nebraskan who is sponsoring the
fiction contest, presented the
Prairie Schooner awards.
Other winners in the Noyes
Poetry contest, judged by Prof.
Karl Shapiro of English, Associate
Prof. Peter Worth of art, and As
sistant Prof. Gene Hardy of Eng
lish, are:
2nd prize, $25 Jerry Petsche, a
junior in College of Arts and Sci
ences, majoring in journalism, for
"What Shall the Bells?" Mr.
Petsche was first prize winner in
the 1956 contest.
Honorable Mention: Mr.
Petsche; Barbara Millnitz; Bev
erly Chloupek; Ralph Lloyd and
Richard Kelly.
The lone Gardner Noyes Poetry
awards, now in the fourth year,
were established by Laurence
Noyes of Waterloo and Mrs. Har
old Meier of Omaha in honor of
their late wife and sister.
Other winners in the fiction con
test, judged by Professors Walter
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Beverly Pagel, Alan Heeger,
Melvin Thornton, (standing) Ron
ald Schneider, Maurice Skeith,
Russell Nielsen, John Ball,
James Turner, Wilfred Schutz,
Kimball Roddy, Douglas Mans
Ann Newmyer, Patricia Jones,
Arthur Larsen.
Polly Downs, Shirley Holcomb,
been recommended by the IFC rush
committee on May 3 and read:
No rushee may accept of wear
a pledge pin until he is duly
pledged by a fraternity during
a bona fide date with that frater
nity or during the period from
9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. until
4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
The rushee must file a pledge
assumption card at the IFC's
booth immediately after pledg
ing. The Council also voted to adopt
a substitution measure to rule
number two which had been rec
ommended at the Wednesday meet
ing by a committee, consisting of
IFC vice-president Jack Pollock,
members of the Council rush com
mittee, and 15 fraternity rush
chairmen. The clause supplanting
rule number two is:
A rushee is not bound to any
fraternity by accepting a frater
nity pledge pin, nor officially
recognized as a pledge of any
fraternity, until he has filed a
pledge assumption card with the
Pollock stated that the special
rush committee had met Monday
Wright of English, and Shapiro
and Associate Prof. Reino Virta
nen df Romance Languages:
2nd Prize, $30 Vernon Bloema
ker, a graduate student in Eng
lish, for "Not Paid Enough to
3rd Prize, $20-Jane Hill, a jun
ior majoring in English, for "The
World of Mrs. Hampton."
Honorable Mention Abraham
Dash and Ervin Krause.
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Awards Presented
The Noyes poetry awards and
the Prairie Schooner fiction
awards were presented by Mrs.
Harold Meier (at left) and Mari
Sandoz (at right) to the follow
ing University students: (left to
field and James Dunn. Kazys
Alemenas, Dale Bokowski, Wal
ter Llnder, John Skinner, Charles
Speak and Elvin Vachal are not
pictured. (U. of N. Photo.)
Virginia Hudson, Sheryl Whitmus,
Beverly Deepe, Marilyn Wilhelms,
Ronald Hornby, Jerome Fuhrman.
Friday, April 12, 1957
lete the prohibition of spiking from
night and voted nine to six to de
the rules and to replete it with
the above clauses.
The 1956 rush rules did not in
clude any mention of a penalty
against spiking but also did not
mention anything about the unof
ficial status of a rushee who has
accepted a pledge pin before legal
ly filing a pledge assumption card.
In adopting the 1957 Rush Week
Rules the Council approved of th
following procedural change:
Rushees must attend four rush
dates before officially pledging.
Last year's rules called for only
three dates before pledging.
In other business the Council
voted unanimously to price the tick
ets per couple to the May 18 IFC
Ball at $2.
Bill Tomsen, chairman of the
dance, announced that there will
definitely be a jam session the aft
ernoon of the Ball by the Jay Mo
Shane band from Kansas City.
Tomsen is investigating possible
places to stage the jam session.
The Council voted unanimously
to send three delegates, the pres
ident," another member of the ex
ecutive council, and one council
member at large.
Corn Cob Awards
Info Available
Applications and informatioa
sheets for the Corn Cob grant-in-aid
awards can be picked up from
Dean Marjorie Johnston in Ellen
Smith Hall.
Three scholarships are avail
able and each is worth $100.
Deadline for returning applies
tions is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday,
April 24.
Participation in at least : two
activities and a cumulative average
of 5.5 or above are among the re
quirements necessary for applica
tion. 1
Cowtmqr Lhtoeia Staff '
right) Jerry Petsche, second la
poetry; Stephen Schultz, first ia
poetry; Vernon Bloemker, seo
ond in fiction, and Daniel Eem4,
first in fiction.