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The Daily Nebraskan
Monday, May 6, 1957
Daily Nebraskan Editorials:
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Today University students will vote on a pro
posal that could, if put into operation, give stu
dents more active voice in their own affairs.
This proposal, in the form of a tentative student
tribunal charter, has been drawn up by the
Student Council after a year of consultation
and study.
The Council went ahead with their work on
the proposed charter after a vote in last spring's
all-campus election showed a marked majority
of those voting in favor of such further study.
This could indicate two things: First, that
students are interested in a tribunal and the
extension of their power of self-government;
or second, that they didn't really know or care
about the tribunal, but wanted to see what
would happen.
At any rate, the charter has been prepared,
based on studies of tribunals in operation at
20-odd colleges aud universities across the na
tion. It has also been drafted with an eye
toward approval by the University Board of
Regents, without which it could never be put
Into operation.
The charter as proposed has faults, of course.
It is a maiden effort, and entirely revolutionary
on thus campus. The requirement that all cases
for consideration by the tribunal must come
from either the Office of Student Affairs or
agencies of the Faculty Senate gives cause for
reservations. The Office of Student Affairs and
the Senate agencies could easily block the
tribunal from considering serious cases.
Thus, the tribunal could degenerate from an
instrument of student government to another
bottleneck in legislative channels. The Council,
however, drafted this provision into the charter
with the major assumption that "the Student
Tribunal is proposed in a light of good faith."
Council leaders feel the tribunal "by its own
mature, considered recommendations can
prove itself to be a worthy and respected ad
junct to the Division of Student Affairs in
matters of student discipline."
Another provision of the charter stipulates
that no member of the Council nor staff mem
ber of the Daily Nebraskan shall be seated as
a judge on the tribunal. Council members now
sit on the parking board and the board of pub
lications, both bodies whose membershop is
appointed by the Council. By keeping Council
members off the tribunal a major group of
persons interested in campus affairs would be
barred from a very important group.
As a standing policy, the Daily Nebraskan
has pushed for extension of student responsi
bility in running student's affairs. A tribunal
of students judging other students is by nature
such a needed extension. The Daily Nebraskan
believes a tribunal would fill a need for the
assumption of student responsibility now exceed
ingly lacking.
As things stand now students transgressing
University rules are judged and "sentenced"
by the Office of Student Affairs. There is
actually nothing wrong with this in theory.
It is a necessary operation in the proper func
tioning of a University.
Where it fails is in the lack of understanding
and free exchange between students and the
Great God Administration. This results in
irresponsibility on the part of students and a
tendency for them to thwart authority instead
of cooperating maturely.
The Administration, on the other hand, can
be observed to sometimes lack understanding
and knowledge of student affairs. As a result,
both forces are a little in the dark about one
another, and in this darkness flourish the
seeds of distrust.
A tribunal would serve to lighten this dark
ness and correlate administration-student rela
tions. Students would be judged by their peers
instead of a cloistered administrative hand.
Administrators passing final approval or dis
approval on decisions by the tribunal would be
given the opportunity to have these decisions
explained to them, and the details causing them.
What is important for students voting today
is whether this proposed charter will adequately
fill the above-stated void. If it is adequate,
then it should be given complete and enthusias
tic approval. It it is not, it should be sent back
and further revised.
The Council believes that 't'he real signifi
cance of the voting today will be to determine
the feeling of the students towards the general
plan." Disagreements can be adjusted next fall.
What the student body needs is a tribunal
with the power to represent its interests as
fully as possible. This would mean considera
tion of all cases of student transgression (out
side of issues involving morality) and in the
sending of decisions upward that would serve
to recommend official administration action.
The present tribunal does not provide for
that. It would not be very much of a change in
operation of -the plan, and would give it integ
rity. Student responsibility would be definite,
and not an auxiliary.
But yet there is the feeling that something
should be done now. This campus needs a
tribunal, soon. It also needs one with some
teeth in it.
The present plan offers immediate action,
but without the necessary teeth.
But you have to start someplace.
Council Elections
find out from Council candidates how they felt
on some vital issues.
The RAM council listened to the candidates
and endorsed those they felt were best suited
for the job even crossing the Greek Line. For
that gesture the RAM council should be given
, kudos of the day.
Students can pick a name on the ballot today
and say that the name seems qualified for the
job of running the all-important council. They
may do that without fear of reprisal for the
election is a closed one.
When the chips are down, however, and
some important decisions must be made con
cerning the items the Daily Nebraskan listed
last week only those candidates who know what
they are doing; who are familiar with the coun
cil and its properties can make intelligent
We heartily endorse representative govern
ment wherever and whenever it is practical.
But when it loses the "representative" aspects
it cannot be endorsed for it is no longer the
government of or by the people but rather rule-by-a-minority.
That must not be tolerated.
We predict a heavy turnout at the council
elections. And we predict that the students will
judge wisely if for no other reason to get away
from the "apathetic" label.
Today's the day for voting in the Student
Council Eelection and this is the day of decision
for the University.
No, not that the election will decide whether
the University will continue to operate or will
allow little Nebraskans to take on the yoke of
a higher education.
The elections are extremely important be
cause the Student Council has its function the
representing of the entire student body that's
But in the past the council has been accused
of representing only a small percentage of the
students. And the accusers are often those who
fail to exercise their right to vote.
The situation goes even deeper than that,
however. Charges float all over our country
that we are an apathetic generation. That term
doesn't really mean too much. It can be de
fined as the devil may care attitude or the let
George do it feeling. And both definitions are
fairly accurate.
But amidst the squabbling over the impor
tance of apathy on the college campus' comes
a responsibility to the future. A responsibility
to the University and to ourselves. We can't
be idealists unless we have some goal. And we
can't be realists unless we realize that life is
made up of a good many responsibilities.
With these same ideas in mind the Daily
Nebraskan suggested last week that students
From The Editor's Desk:
A word or two
before you go . .
By FRED DALY This leadership is not strong new people to congratulate...
Editor ,n the Present legislature. trophies moving from one
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ometta) after So 1 to diV- apparent" But thstudents people" are forgotten and can
mSefor. the b?dwt for at the University wh must now concentrate on graduat
missed before the budget tor be(jr th present weight of .
the state is fmaUy approved, ,u andssmall
and the University will know ppropriations do not become And as usual the weather
Just how much money it will faint.hearted per. f'ne; fP
receive (or cot receive). ,, . ,iff, . .,. weather on Ivy Day. Which
The latent force of student hafps. a spark ' w " be. g means it will always rain on
, . lac" .... , . nited which may build a fire o,, tw
public opinion will be dissolved . ieeisiatUre Spnng Day
by then for whatever good it unaer our 1laire- . .
might have done in convincing it was heartening to see the After three months, what do
our legislatures that a Univer- ifc reverse itself last week vou think of Peanuts? Char-
sity is like an expanding busi- and making spiking illegal lie Brown is more than a
uess and must operate on that again. Now all they have to comic strip character he is
aupposition. do is to find some way to en- 'he little man that lives in
But there is one thing that force it, a task never done everyone's soul, under all the
must not be forgotten: in ord- thoroughly in the past. big front we put on to fool
tr for this University to ex- Still, it is much better to try our friends and fool ourselves,
pand la the future leadership and solve a problem than to Maybe that is why people
must be exerted in a concerted forget about it and pretend it laugh at Charlie Brown it is
movement to insure this insti- isn't there. an easy way to laugh at them-
tution sufficient funds. Another Ivy Day is over. . selves.
The Daily Nebraskan
Member: Awociated Oolle-iate Pres.
Intercollegiate Press Managing editor jack ro'ioca
Representative: National Advertising Service, editorial rate Editor Die gnugru
Incorporated New Editor Sara Jonea, Bob Ireland
fnUished at: fioom 20, Student Union sport Editor Bob Martd
: Lincoln, Nebraska Copy Editors . Ait B1aknon, Carol rrank
' 14th & R Ooono Moyer, Boa Warnoloiltl
Ta Dally Webraekaa la puDU.hMl Monday. Tuetday, N'sht Nw Editor jack Pollock
Wedneeaer and r rldejt during tho aehool year, except g Edltee . Walter Patteraon
iarlRfi raeft-ttone and exam period, and one tflue 1 staff Photorrapner. .- Date Lewi
aejbUsned dining angust, by Undent of the tnlyrnlty Ufftre secretary Julie Dowell
f Mebraaka under to authorization of the Committee Society Editor , an Farrell
mm Student Matr a an expr.lon ot 'indent opinion. Beperter Dlna Maxwell. Mary rtteron,
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a Student Publication anal! be free from editorial firtmmi u.m u.m j.-k r&riin
auonnlp m the part of the Subcommittee or on th. MiTLoo.b iiJrrv Kem.o
part t any member of the faculty of the Unlveclty. or Mlke U,,wn- 1
aa Mie nan i.f as porioa outside the University. The Staff Writer Cynthia Zsrhau, Bob Win, Gary
anemhor of the "Nebraekan Mart m personally re- RodgMe, Stan Wldmaa.
BIHHHilbla for what they ay, or do or canw la be BTTSTVTC9 fcTalTV
yrlnted. February , IBSS. BIWHISS ol Air
SuneeripHon rate are K.M per aemeiter or 14 for Hunlitee Manage George Madaea
he areormie year. aenlitant Bulnea Manege re Larry Epstein
Rntrreif fu terund rlsm matter at tfto poet off'ee hi Xwa NeH, Jerry sXletla
LXocoia, Nebruka, under U act of Auguit 4, 191. Circulation "- f hi ayim,"" M'- '- J Aon
pand on a .
The Korean Consul General, Chu
Young Han, who visited the Uni
versity Thursday, said that it is up
to the American people to finish
the job they have started in Korea.
Many American have questioned
the advisability of the Korean War
but many more knew that if the
Communists were not checked
they would spread throughout
Southeastern Asia like nobody's
f Americans would like to be un
concerned with the problem be
cause Korea seems so far off and
the ideals and customs of the
Korea people are so different from
our own.
They are used to being the slaves
of other nations, some would sug
gest. So why should American
lives be shed to turn the cards?
Well, ever since the United States
decided to be a power in the free
world and knew that for the safety
of the homefront certain respon
sibilities should be assumed, we
have had to stick our M-l's out for
the rest of the free world.
And who can say that we haven't
a responsibility to those nations
which look to us for leadership?
Now Korea, which would march
into the Northern Section of that
land at the drop of a helmet must
be shown that the United States is
a true friend. How we are to do
this is a great problem.
But the United States must re
member in its responsibilities that
action speak louder than words.
A big surprise is in store for
those of you who are construc
tive thinkers; who would rather
do something for the country than
just sit around. Sounds intriguing;
Full data will be available by next
Friday. '
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The problem of where to call
"helping a student" "cheating"
is racking the brains of many in
structors at NU. I suppose the
best definition of terms would be
to say that cheating begins where
Dick Shugrue
an honest effort at a learning
process ends.
One history teacher mentioned
that he would not tolerate cheat
ing in any form, whether it be
plagiarism sole scratchings or
sign language. And we can't
blame him.
The old saws that one gets
from school only what he puts
into it and "it's what you learn
that counts" just don't have a
wooden, leg to stand on.
Now look. If a student can
cheat his way through a course
and get a good grade he will
eventually have a better-than-av-erage
cumulative average. All
right. So who gets the best jobs
in today's competitive world?
Those who have the best records.
On the other hand those stu
dents who ask a friend to help
them and who learn from the
friend more than they would ever
learn from a teacher are to te
commended for seeking the ad
vise of one who knows.
That does not mean that "sub
dued" cheating can be tolerated.
It must not be in a healthy uni
versity. And whenever a student
is caught he must be dealt with
properly and promptly. This is
sticking my neck out, I know.
But from what I have heard it is
the only road to Survival for the
reputation of our school.
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Applications are available for
thet editoriial posts on the Daily
Nebraskan. This is an open ap
peal for independents to apply for
jobs on the Rag. After all, word
has come that the Pub Board will
be seeking to discover why more
independents are not associated
with the paper.
The only honest answer we can
give is that they don't apply.
They don't come and work. They
won't stay throughout a semester
especially during the spring.
Neither will many Greeks, but
they say that they have their
"house" to work for.
That's the tale of the under
manned staff. It's the truth,
with malice
toward none...
As those of us who will soon
leave the University community
begin to count the days, there
awakens in each future graduate's
mind a questions as to what the
future holds and how well pre
pared we are to meet this future
this unknown which is tomor
row and the next day.
Are we ever ready to do those
things which we ought to do but
know that we probably won't do.
Are we capable of resisting the
temptation of oar times which is
security and mediocrity? Are
we ready to continue to ask ques
tions in order to know what life is
or would we rather live the life
of the laborer who finds solace in
physical rest.
Those of us who leave this place
may well meet again . . .
Friend of My youth, a last
haply someday we shall meet
Yet ne'er the selfsame man
shall meet;
the years shall make us other
And when we meet, some of us
will regret the meeting and the
time ...
Hardly we learn to . wield the
blade before the
wrist grows stiff and old:
Hardly we learn to ply the pen
ere the thought and
fancy grow faint with cold.
Some of us will be false content
and others will be unjustifiably
forlorn . . .
All Faith is false; All Faith
sam jensen
is true;
Truth is the shattered mirror
In myriad bits; which each be
lieves his
little bit the whole to own.
Some will be set in the ways of
materialism and others in doctrine
Indeed he knows not how to
know who knows not also
io un-know.
A few will live on recognition, oth
the flesh . . .
What men are often pleased to
call their souls was in the
hog and dog begun.
A few will ive on recognit.on, oth
ers will live by faith . . .
Do what thy manhood bids
thee do,
from none but self expect ap
plause; He noblest lives and noblest
who makes and keeps h s
self-made laws.
And even now we look beyond the
future . . .
Our hearts, affections, hopes
shall ever crave.
And some of us may go our way
with a guide to lead us . . .
Enough to thee the still small
Aye, thundering in- thy inner
(In my ramblings and quotations
from Burton's Kasidah of Haji
Abdu, I hope that I haven't in
truded upon the Campus Green
or departed from the ways of columnists.)
by Dick Bibler
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To A Dead Airman
The chief automaton in his safe little office
Tells the young man to fly
Faster, faster, faster, faster,
Until, flying faster than sound, than light,
Than life itself, he crashes on into endless oblivion,
And returns no more
Never, never, never, never.
With a screaming swallow diva of death
Out of tht clouds it cornea
Down, down, down, down
With funereal finality
It hits the hard and hostile earth
And breaks into a thousand, shattering fragment,
Like a child's plastic toy
Thrown onto the sidewalk in a fit of temper.
Hungry tongues of yellow flame
Devour the blistering, peeling paintwork,
And curl around the twisted skeleton,
Burning the crew cut stubb of last year's wheat,
And singeing the bloody hair of the man within
Where he lies in his magnificent, useless
Funeral pyre of death.
A modern Icarus who flew too near the sun
And felt his strong bird-like wings give way beneath the heat.
"We much regret" the cable said,
What use is sorrow, pity or regret
When death has struck a final, shattering blow
And all is lost.
There was no need for one so young to die,
One who loved life with that hard passion
Which only those who flirt with death can know.
One more useless human sacrifice
A burnt offering on the altar of that all-devouring god Progresa.
Clare C. Cooper
After two the town was quieted
Lights and sound gave way to rest
And celebrations quickly sank
To dozing states with tightened eyes.
We left our post and drove on
To join the hundreds of slumberers.
Connie Leone
The laws that govern plural words
I think are strictly for the birds.
If goose in plural cornea out geese
Why are not two of moose then meeset
If two of mouse cornea out as mice
Should not the plural house be hicet
If wo aay he, and his, and him
Then why not she, add this, and shimt
No wonder kids flunk out of schools
. . . English doesn't follow rules!
MOIALi The singularly plural pleasures
ot cbestenteld King mako a man feel
tall as a hue. So don't be a geesel
Take your pleasure BIG. Take
Chesterfield King. Big length . . .
big flavor . , . the smoothest natural
tobacco filter. Try 'em.
Chesterfield King gives you more
of what you're smoking fori
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