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The Daily Nebroskon
Wednesday. October 2. 1957
Talk About Spirit
touch came first, the chicken or the egg?
Send Waily Provost around. He might have
Or let Dick Becker talk with some of the
students at the University and he might come
up with the answers.
These are the fellows who are looking for
the great Nebraska spirit to trot all over the
land and point to itself saying, "We've got spirit
We don't need that kind of talk at this Uni
Yersity. We'd just as soon let these men who romped
through the gate of the University in raccoon
coats with ukeleles flung over their shoulders
just keep on mourning the passing of the so
But they've got the situation analyzed about
as well as the collegian whom Provost quoted
as saying, "(there's) no hope at all."
In other words, the question, "does football
generate school spirit or does school spirit
generate good football?" Is the crux of the
The students must certainly take their share
of the blame for not making a thunderous
amount of noise at football games.
But that's just the beginning, brothers.
We've heard of schools which had a tradition
of losing and still threw flowers and banners
and what have you on the football field each
time the team of that school scored a touchdown.
But we do believe there's hope both for
Nebraska football and for the spirit of the
University of Nebraska.
We condemn those prophets of woe who would
have us believe that school spirit has to be
a loud blast on a fog horn every time a touch
down is scored.
We condemn the practice of forcing plebes
to yell or special privileges will not be given
for a -weekend.
We condemn compulsory and ostentious '"spir
it" as a phony component of modern life.
The Lincoln Evening Journal stressed a good
point when it said that each Nebraskan has a
responsibility in assisting Cornhusker spirit.
And for those who believe that football and
spirit must be top flight before a school can be
successful we would point to the Journal's words
that such things as sparse crowds at convoca
tions, scraps over parking, drinking and student
shows are making it more difficult to top foot
ball spirit at Nebraska.
For those who believe that we should get out
on the streets and snake dance around on nights
before games, we suggest they call off the cops
and let us out.
For those who believe that Nebraska is a
second rate place and can never have anything
of top quality we suggest that such institutions
as the University and such projects as road
building be handed substantial increases so that
they can become first rate.
No, the problem which the state and the
University faces concerning spirit isn't one of
whether the football team will be a success.
We'll stand behind Bill Jennings and his out
fit win or lose. The Greeks will be in their seats
in the stadium whether the Huskers are fielding
a top notch team or not.
We've got that ingrown pride in our institution
and the guts to stick behind the University's
football squad win, lose or draw.
Some of us don't believe in the noise and the
clatter of the Roaring Twenties. Some would
like to be as noisy as mom and dad were when
they were in school but they have the clamps
put on them by the police and the adminis
tration. We'd like to see the people in Nebraska throw
aside the pessimism which has been character
istic of this state for so long and get behind
this football team which is doing its damndest
to win for the state and the University.
Then we'll see which comes first, the spirit
or the football. ,
What's good government?
It isn't just avoiding corruption and the like,
Not if you have the same ideas about govern
ment that great fighters for democracy had
in the past.
Now for a minute lay aside the mighty words
of Patrick Henry and Tom Paine and the -est
of those gentlemen and apply the principles to
We're talking about the student council.
And they're talking about giving us the best
possible government which students can give.
Well, as far as we can see 'he first qualifica
tion for a good legislator is that he be informed
of what's going oil' in the world so that he
can use the facts to aid him in determining
what should or should not be done.
Therefore, the Daily Nebraskan has suggested
that the council and applicants for positions on
the board of publications come around and meet
We haven't had any visitors.
Perhaps both the applicants and the members
of the nominating committee have the powers
of telepathy at their disposal so they can peer
Into the rag and Cornhusker offices and through
the records therein to determine the standards
by which they will runs(on the one hand) or
choose (on the other.)
The responsibility for both the council and
the applicants is such a great one that we
shudder to think what would happen if they
don't find out the facts about the student pub
lications. Did we hear correctly from a member of
the council that the pub board members will
be picked on the basis of their contributions to
the University and the impressions they make
when interviews come around?
We hope not.
Did we hear correctly that it doesn't matter
what one knows about journalism just as long
as one knows the candidates and the standards
by which each operates.
This couldn't be so.
So, as far as we're concerned, the invitation
If the students are in earnest about getting
the student vote back on faculty committees,
they had better start prodding their council
representatives to push the nominating com
mittee into conversation with publication offi
cials. What was the term we used yesterday? The
blind leading the blind?
The day this becomes evident will be a day
of ill repute for student government. It will be
a day when the charges will fly fast and heavy
that student governors just don't know what
Oh. And did we say that the invitation is
still open for council members and applicants
for pub board to drop down to the office and
get an -idea of what goes into making a news
paper or a yearbook?
from the editoi
First Things First. . .
Problems of spirit and spirits are not those of
Nebraska alone. ... An editorial of the Uni
versity of Detroit student newspaper asked,
'What about next week's game? Will the sta
dium be packed again? We hope so." Replied
the school's public information office, "If it is
(packed), there ire going to be over 12,000 dis
appointed fans, because there is no game next
Week . . . and the following week the (Detroit)
Titans are playing in Denver, Colo."
It happened at NU this year . . .
A junior in Business Administration, who ap
parently missed his first two class meetings,
caused quite a stir When he sat through 30
minutes of ft second year French class before
BJ5klng,,"This isn't philosophy, it it?"
An angry spectator at an Iowa State game
toed up and yelled, "If I hear 'Go Big Red, Go'
once Wore, I'm gonna throttle that cheerleader
personally." The Iowa State Daily com
mented a few days later, "It does seem a little
foolish for a pep squad to take three quarters
to realize that the opposing team is wearing
red and Iowa State isn't."
Another Nebraska school reported an enroll
ment decrease this week. Enrollment at Peru
by Jack Pollock
State College dropped 15 to 20 per cent from
first semester enrollment last year. Although
late registrations may bring the total to 425
students, only 409 had registered by the fifth
day of classes, compared to 472 a year ago.
Peak enrollment at Peru in 1956-57 was 516.
Principal reasons for the decrease, according
to President Neal S. Gomon were near-doubling
of out-state tuition, a 25 per cent increase in
resident tuition rates and lack of adequate
on-campus housing facilities.
Greatest loss was among out-state students.
The freshman class normally has from 56 to 60
outstaters, Gomon reported, but this year
there are only 15 freshmen from beyond the
More students cancelled plans to attend Peru
during the last 10 days of August, Gomon said,
than at any similar time in recent years. Prin
cipal reason for cancellation was lack of ade
quate funds to meet increased costs. Several
married students failed to return because of
their inability to find suitable living quarters.
The Oklahoma Daily has a word of encour
agement for smokers. The staff received a tip
about a new cigarette with a tranquilizer filter.
You die of lung cancer, but you don't give
a d - - - n.
FTFTT-SIX TEARS OLD
Member: Associated Collegiate Press
ItapresentaUve: National Advertislns Service,
Published at: Room 20, Student Union
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As the days go whisking by in
this new year, I am unavoidably
becoming aware (again) of the
, heed for something new in this
vicious cycle called University
Life. This may be the effects of
a gadfly bite, but at any rate,
my feeble thoughts seem to be
more confused than usual the past .
Being an independent, and at
the same time, not thoroughly en
trenched in many of the old Corn
husker traditions, I feel that I could
probably start most anywhere
to brew up a fresh idea. But
wherever I go, I run up against
that old wall of conformity. I risk
my health and well-being by be
coming a non-conformist.
But how can we live in the pres
ent restrained by the old limiting
modes Of the past, without risking
a bit of ourselves to bring the world
up to date? It seems that not too
many adventurous souls have found
their way to our campus. And too
many of those who have, have
done their adventuring somewhere
else than in the ups and downs
and ins and outs of campus poli
tics. The opportunities for this kmd
of person are becoming more and
more apparent. Some figures pub
lished a few days ago on this
page would indicate so, at least.
They suggest to some that the
new students coming to the U
are thinking differently than they
used to. Possibly not a drastic
change, but it Is quite evident that
there is some revolution of thought
This may be the beginning of a
new era. An era void of many of
the old moss-covered traditions
and precedents. Who are we to
deter these new developments
(however small they may seem)
on a campus which heretofore has
been dominated by one segment
a campus that has listened to
and accepted as royal law the dic
tates of a selected few for so long
that even the few are not sure of
what they're -trying to accomplish
Lincoln's well known statement
that a house divided against itself
will not stand seems to be to be
quite appropos in the current fra
ternity situation. There is no way
they can deny it or make a' sends
for this natural trend. It is gov
erned by the thinking of the individ
uals in the whole group who are
looking for a particular personal
satisfaction. In a group that thinks
it is very powerful, these individ
uals will stop at nothing to satisfy
what they believe right.
The whole group can either bene
fit from this new train of thought
and become even more powerful,
or it can be hopelessly split.
If there are two opposing forces
when a situation like the letter
occurs, the second usually jumps
in for the kill. But for some un
known (?) reason, the opposite
force which certainly does exist,
has not really taken advantage of
Why, everyone asks, don't the
Independents get off their haunch
es and do something? Well, they
are moving. You can't expect an
overnight landslide to occur. I'll
bet it took fraternities a long
time to get established on cam
puses around the country, too.
Look how Jong it has taken inte
gration to come to the South.
Still we have Gov. Faubus and
many more like him who won't
accept and obey the Federal law.
Our situation is certainly not as
severe, but at least comparable.
However, the Independent sys
tem should not overlook, this as
a great opportunity to gain its
rightful position in power. In my
opinion, a possible solution should
be a solid political party. Rumor
has it that some attempts were
made last spring during the
NUCWA Mock Legislature sessions.
What happened? Evidently the
time element was too great a bar
rier at that particular time. Well,
the wall isn't quite so high and so
wide now, and I trust that this
group of strategists has learned a
lesson rather than lose its cour
age. There are many good, sound ideas
in that framework, I'm told, as
these plans and many additional
ones lies the future of the Inde
pendent system and subsequently
of the entire campus. I hope the
work of these anonymous politi
cians can be seen before an
other all-campus election rolls
around. How about it, fellows?
Colleginte to the last stitch . . .
wear your school colors and
he a LETTERMAN!
Show your spirit unmistakably . . . wear your
colors proudly! This really great idea is a White
Buck boot to which you attach your school letter
in your school colors. We've the emblem for you
Nebraskans . . . get your boats today!
MEIS'S FVRNHHIXGS, FIRST FLOOR
Wants Thp News
To the Editor:
This was really great
I picked Up the Rag and dis
covered that in 1935 the governor
of Nebraska was R. L. Cochrane
and the dean of Women was A. H-.
That's just what I want to know
about the campus. That's really
Why can't you let the student
body know what happened to the
boys who were picked up by the
city police at the rally a couple
of weeks ago? Why can't we know
what ever became of the car load
of bell-ringers who were clanging
around last Wednesday night?
Then there's the amazing news
about Jayne Mansfield on the back
page of the rag. Just what the doc
tor ordered to tickle the funny
bone but certainly old news for a
Here's a hint for a hard up
papar (if you're hard up): give us
a round of what's going on at other
colleges so we can see just how
we stack up in comparison with
them. Let us read more of Clar
ence Kaufman and see how we
look to outsiders.
So much for that, I suppose.
CMW CUTS AM
1315 P STREET
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WHAT EVERY YOUNG COED
Gather round, girls. Flip open a pack of Marlboros,
light up, enjoy that fine flavor, that good filter, relax ana
listen while Old Dad tells you about the latest campus
The key word this year is mmial. Be casual. Be slap
dash. Be rakish. Improvise. Invent your own ensembles
like ski pants with a peek-a-boo blouse, like pajama
bottoms with an ermine stole, like a hockey sweater with
(Dirndl, incidentally, is one of the truly fascinating
words in the English language. The word originated on
June 27, 1846, when Dusty Sigafoos, the famous scout
and Indian fighter, went into the Golden Nugget Saloon
in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to see Lily Langtry.MissLangtry
did her dance in pink tights. Dusty had never seen any
thing like that in his life and he was much impressed.
He thought about her all the way home. When he got
home his wife Feldspar was waiting to show him a new
skirt she had made foT herself. "How do you like my new
skirt, Dusty?" asked Feldspar. He looked at the large,
voluminous garment, then thought of the pink tights on
Lily Langtry. "Your skirt is darn dull," said Dusty.
"Darn dull" was later shortened to dirndl, which is how
dirndls got their name.)
But I digress. We were smoking a Marlboro and
talking about the latest campus styles. Casual, we agree,
is the key word. But casual need not mean drab. Liven
up your outfits with a touch of glamor. Even the lowly
dungaree and man-shirt combination can be made ex
citing if you'll adorn it with a simple necklace of 120
matched diamonds. With Bermuda shorts, wear knee
cymbals. Be guided by the famous poet, Cosmo Sigafoos
(whose cousin Dusty invented the dirndl), who wrote:
Sparkle, my beauty,
Shimmer and shine.,
The night is young,
The air's like wins,
Cling to a leaf,
Hang on a vine,
Crawl on your belly,
It's time to dine.
(Mr. Sigafoos, it should be explained, was writing
about a glowworm. Insects, as everyone knows, are
among Mr. Sigafoos favorite subjects for poetry. Who
can ever forget his immortal Ode To a Boll WecvUt. Or
his Tumbling Along with the Tumbling Tumblebug? Or
his Fly- GerUly, Sweet Aphid? Mr. Sigafoos has been in
active since the invention of DDT.)
But I digress. We were smoking a Marlboro and dis
cussing fa-sbion. Let us turn now to headweur. The motif
in1 hats this year will be familiar American scenes. There
will be models to fat every head for example, the "Em
pire Stat Building" for tall, thin heads; the "Jefferson
Memorial" for squatty heads; "Niagara Falls" for dry
scalps. Feature of the collection is the "Statue of
Liberty," complete with a torch that actually burns.
This is very handy for lighting your Marlboros, which
is terribly important because no matter how good
Marlboros are, they're nowhere unless you light them.
6 M.j Htiulmati. 1967
Whatever you wear, girt and men tooyou'll find the perfect
accemory i Marlboro, whoe maker take pleasure in bringing
you this column throughout the school year.
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