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The Daily Nebraskan
Tuesday. October 1, 1957
The News Game
Today is the first day of National Newspaper
As The Lincoln Star points out it is not time
for newspapers "to pat themselves on the
back for a-job well done."
For a college journal which attempts to record
the daily life of an educational institution,
which tries to' feel the pulse of young life
being filled with knowledge, which would cap
ture the spirit and the letdowns, the Daily
Nebraskan is . confronted with a number of
The staff members must work hard to make
the paper interesting: they must work hard
at sustaining sufficiently good grades to merit
keeping positions on the paper.
The college paper's staff must use tact in
approaching touchy campus problems; it must
keep the quality of journalism high and main
tain a fight for truth.
During this national observance we can look
to the past months of publication and evaluate
what has been accomplished. We can search our
editorial policies to see that they are fair and
truthful, just and forceful.
We are in an unusual situation as a college
newspaper. Extraordinary freedoms have been
handed us by the administration to criticize
and evaluate the policies of the University.
This freedom we cherish.
And in our daily work we strive to reach the
high ideals of journalistic ethics which dictate
that the truth be found and printed.
As we look to our past mistakes and future
glories this newspaper can be proud to share
in the American tradition of getting all the news
that's fit to print.
We can be proud that we are a part of a
great profession dedicated to the dissemination
of the truth.
And during this week we extend our thanks to
the University for allowing us to carry on the
tradition of the free press.
The Coal Bin
! by pm cole I
Thoughts of a Plehian Clod
' Rex Menuey
Interviews by the Student Council Nomina
tions Committee for applicants for student posi
tions on me Board of Publications will be Satur
day. And the nominating committee, so we are told,
will consider those applicants "who have an
interest in publications, the ability to express
ideas, the ability to work with faculty members
and a knowledge of the managerial aspects of
This is quite a project for the members of
the nominating committee. Consequently the
Daily Nebraskan invites those persons who will
select the student members of the board to drop
in at the Rag office and see just what makes
the paper run.
After all, we do not believe that they , can
honestly judge what aspects they have out
lined until they realize just what it entails to
run a newspaper.
Last week the Daily Nebraskan pointed out
that it will be up to the students in this critical
year to pick members for the Pub Board who
will merit by their knowledge and sincerity the
power to cast a ballot on a faculty committee.
In turn this responsibility to vote points to
the Council nominating group.
If that body is aware of the problems of the
student publications they will certainly have a
better opportunity to voice authoritative opin
ions to the rest of the council.
We suggested to a council officer that the
nominating committee hold open hearings on
the applicants so that the entire student body
could drop in to see not only what the candi
dates for the Pub Board but also the members
of the Council know about the operations of the
And tiiis could well happen if the nominating
committee, not knowing what makes Sammy tick
would select people for the pub board who aren't
aware of the problems of putting out a daily
newspaper or a 500 page year book.
The suggestion, made before the initial stu
dent council meeting, was not taken.
From this we can presume that the council
will take definite action to see that the nomi
nating committee knows what it is doing.
Some questions which the nominating com
mittee could level at the applicants for the
pub bojxd are:
1) How many persons does it take to run a
good student newspaper?
2) Are the salaries paid at the Daily Ne
braskan commensurate with the salaries of
itudents in similar posts at other Universities?
3) How could the costs of publication be cut
for the yearbook or for the student paper?
4) Have the policies of the student publica-
How's That Again?
On the Unions:
Hoffa Union is better than none.
Joe Fitz Gerald
tions been in line with student thought across
the country? Is the Rag a radical newspaper?
5) What qualities would one look for in the
selection of persons for positions of responsi
bility on a student publication?
6) What improvements could be suggested
to improve the operations of the student pub
lications? 7) What suggestions could be offered to im
prove the quality of copy which goes into
either of the publications?
These are just some of the questions which
we feel should be able to be answered both
by the applicants for Pub Board positions and
by the members of the council who are serving
on the nominating committee.
They cannot be answered unless one ventures
into the office or into conversation with those
in the know at the publications.
Unless the questions plus many others can
be answered we fail to see the use in trying
to attract the student vote back to faculty
If the nominating group will truly be seeking
to discover those who have an interest in the
managerial responsibilities of the rag and the
Cornhusker, its members must have a thorough
knowledge of the problems facing the journals.
That is why we called for open hearings by
the nominating body.
On the other hand if the council will stick to
the wise decisions which it has already made
this year, open hearings may not be necessary
to insure the students of the best possible
choices for the all important posts on the Board
of Publications.- 1':-
We'll be waiting with outstretched hands at
our doors for applicants and for council members.
It's 'good to see at least one old campus
tradition still being carried out. The painting of
the underside of co-eds jeans was seen on
campus Saturday and throughout the past week.
Amid shouts of "There's one, get her, troops,"
and "Hold her still," the painting went on.
None of the jobs quite had the professional
touch and many failed the critic's inspection.
But, as one fraternity pledge said, "We just
do it because it's fun."
The painting was not done by pledges alone
by any means. A few of the old hands were
out there doing their share.
One turn-about took place as a group from
one fraternity invaded a sorority lawn and
proceeded to place their trade-marks in very
conspicuous places, on the posterior part of the
girls' jeans. A flock of the girls, about twenty
strong, mobbed one fraternity active and,
throwing him to the ground, held him there
while they placed their sorority's letters on his
jeans. His amused fraternity brothers, who
supplied paint and brushes, stood and watched.
from the editoi
First Things First. . .
by Jack Pollock
This is the week for painting sidewalks . . .
One year ago this week two University stu
dents were suspended from classes for associa
tion with a secret fraternity and painting side
walks. Sidewalk painting, another fading art at NU,
Is presumably harmless in itself, and probably
so is membership in the Pi Xi fraternity. Pub
lishing an Ivy Day periodical, sidewalk paint
ing, and promoting the group's social activities
have been Pi Xi's main objectives thus far.
But the advantages of becoming a member
of the organization seem to be pretty slim.
Although reportedly active the past four or
five years, last year's arrests were the first.
Big Eight polls may undergo considerable shuf
fling this weekend following the first conference
tilts. Pre-season polls showed Oklahoma rated
first, Colorado cecond, Kansas third, Missouri
fourth, Nebraska fifth, Kansas State sixth and
Iowa State seventh.
The latter two deserve higher ranking if this
past week's play is any indication. Kansas State
dropped Brigham Young University 36-7 and
Iowa State let Syracvuse tie them, 7-7. Nebraska
meets the hepped-up K-Staters at the Kansas
State homecoming fracas this weekend at Man
hattan. The K-Staters have won the last three
out of four games with Nebraska and unless the
Buskers perk up, the local squad will probably
finish the season with undisputed claim on last
place in the Big Eight.
In a college editor's presidential poll, one
editor from the corn belt couldn't resist the
temptation to place Democratic Senator Hubert
Humphrey of Minnesota third on the list of GOP
Although Vice President Nixon received the
highest tally in the balloting for the party lead
ers in both parties, there were varied opinions
of him. One editor lasted his first three choices
as Nixon, Nixon, Nixon, while another placed
Nixon first and added succinctly, "Damn it."
Texas A&M Fresident M. T. Harrington has
told the college executive committee the school
will not close its doors because of a campus
influenza epidemic which has hit 1,600 students.
Harrington said the college would continue its
"normal operations" with provisions made for
students missing classes due to illness to make
up work without penalty.
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Aside from intellect for another
The fashion is now ROTC.
And the Galley Slave isn't the
only one that gets letters. Last
semester the colonel sent me a no
tice that I had missed lab. ,
That burned me up... cause I
had been there all the time. And if
there's anything I want, it's rec
ognition for Thursday noon march
ing. I had thought, though, that some
thing like that was bound to hap
pen. For that week the roll taking .
procedure was enough to mix any
one up. A dozen mouths called out
names simultaneously.- And each
soldier boy was supposed to an
swer when the right time came.
Now how a human being, let alone
a cadet, could catch his name in
assortments of twelve all at once,
is beyond me. And how the ser
geants could tell who was answer
ing when and what list is also
beyond me. I think I answered
two or three times just for fun.
Another thing aout the whole
affair. I don't understand why with
every absence one letter goes
straight to the dean and another
straight home. I don't believe that
happens in any other department.
Of course ROTC is more im
portant. I guess the thing is cleared up,
now. It certainly is a load off my
shoulders. I doubt if the triplicate
in the dean's office has changed
Oh well, that was last year. May
be they're turning over new leaves
this semester. Last year's incident
really wasn't very important,
however; just kinda funny and a
little typical, perhaps.
Anyway, I'm ready for another
hitch. Oops, I forgot. . .they're up
to old tricks again.
I'll start at the beginning.
I thought I'd spend one coffee-cup-philosophy
hour over in M &
N, for I needed a uniform. Was
that ever a headache. I had to make
three trips from the dressing room
to the clothes rack to get some
pants. And they still aren't right.
I had to make three trips for a
hat. I bad to go back for another
shirt size. I have one belt that is
too short and one that is too long.
The blouse is too tight under the
arms, too short at the sleeves, too
big in the stomach.
In about every case, the man at
the end of the line gave me a dif
, ferent fitting than the . o n e at
the beginning. And tbey were both
I mentioned it. No help.
No overcoat at alL
None of the outfit is the same
size as any of my normal things.
I'll probably get demerits as a re
salt. And I'm not out of shape
either. That is, my sizes are all
pretty medium, if that means any
The whole trouble is that army
is too gung-ho. If they cant give
us clothes that fit, they shouldn't
give us any at all. I always did
think the army should go ivy.
So much for memorandum. Ex
cept. . .1 hear in the hills a familiar
sound. The ants go marching one
by one; hurrah, hurrah ..
ft ft ft
I'm getting to feel picked on all
the time. " .
It happened in one final last
year. I'd worked the problem right;
everything was in order.
Then I got my paper back, and
it was checked all wrong. Five off:
the whole value of the problem.
The grader had failed to see the
final answer, and be evidently
thought that I had left out units
you know, apples per bushel and
potatoes per sack. But I hadn't,
and the problem deserved full cred
it. Anyone can make a mistake.
That's not the point. But in the
first place, I can't see taking full
value off for omitting units, any
way. Especially in my particular
case, which I won't go into.
I went to the professor to
straighten everything out. Now he
agreed that my point was a good
one. He added three to my grade.
Five should have been added. He
said I would not get full credit,
though, because I hadn't crossed
my t, or something. An excuse was
The real reason for leaving these
two points subtracted was to dis
courage students from coming in
to get their grades raised.
Now I just sense this. For it was
made clear to us in class that we
should think twice before trying to
get a test grade changed, for our
papers would be scrutinized for
something else to count wrong.
Well, for me he just counted two
off right from the start.
Now I had the best possible in
structor, I believe. And I :ke him,
too. The situation is not octh a
fuss; I'm just disturbed. I think
it's unfair not to give credit where
credit is due, just to keep people
out of hair. If an authentic error
in grading is made, it should be
fully corrected, r
I want to caution students to
wsfceh out for this kind of monkey
business, and to argue for the right
score. It could mean a difference
in the final grade. It didn't for me. -
A friend of mine was explaining
to me that there was something
about this University with which
he was dissatisfied. He couldn't,
however, put it into" words.
' All during - the conversation, he
kept coming back to attitudes. The
students are only for themselves.
There is little loyalty to he Uni
versiy. There Is little concern
with really learning things. That
is, the object is to pass and get
It seems to me that it is un
fortunate for this fellow to feel
this way and not be able to recon
cile he situation in his mind. His
concept of what a desirable atti
tude is, I think, is what the atti
tude used to be at one time. That
is, people were interested in
learning and there was great loy
alty to the University and esprit
However, this University is not
the same. Before I go into that,
let me explain what I think the
University is right now. It is the
world. When you come here, you
find that you must get your own
education. Now this is a desir
able thing but because of the size
of the University, it is carried too
Let me explain my position on
this. Everyone needs help and
guidance to reach any great de
gree of perfection in anything. It
is only by discipline that one in
creases his abilities or talents.
Self -discipline, however, is one of
the most difficult things a person
can attain. It requires constant
practice and considerable training
by an imposed discipline. And
even at that, one rarely reaches
a complete self control.
So I wonder how the students
here who, by the large, have had
no or little direct training in the
art of self-discipline can be ex
pected to get a good education
for themselves. The threat of tests
is not adequate to stimulate a de
sire for knowledge, let's face it.
I have taken for granted that 5
knowledge and wisdom were con
sidered desirable then the student
might conceivably go a long way
to acquiring it, but even at that
he would need considerable guid
ance and help. He cannot do it
' by himself.
As to why the University has
changed from the good old days,
so to speak, I think that tills is
due mostly to the increase in size.
It is impossible to have a close
personal relationship between
teacher and student because there
are too many students and not
enough teachers. The student of
today does not realize the neces
sity of submitting himself to au
thority and seeking out help. How
barren pride is. How cold and
insufficient independence is.
What can be done about this
right now? I see two things. First
you might swallow your pride and
admit that you do need consid
erable help all the way around and
do your best here, or you might
go to a small college which is
rigidly controlled. Independence is
a fine thing until it gets in your
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