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The Daily Nebraskon
Fridov. October 25, 1957
Editorial Comment
Wisconsin and ROTC
Daily Nebraskan Letterip
The University of Wisconsin, one of the tra
ditional hotbeds of anti-ROTC activity, has
again stepped into the picture to voice a pro
test against compulsory military training.
Wisconsin has a long history of anti-ROTC
And the feelings came to a head as the stu
dent senate voted this week to do away with
the compulsory military program, 27-3.
The president of the senate, Don Hoffman,
said the action was taken because, "ROTC is
contrary to the established principles of demo
cratic education at the university."
Hoffman will name seven students and facul
ty members to present the anti-compulsory
ROTC resolution to the university administra
tion and the state legislature.
In order to change the present system it
would require an act of the state legislature.
Back in 1923 the state of Wisconsin's legis
lature provided by statute that the study of
military training at the State University should
be optional (Wis. Laws, 1923c. 226.)
Wisconsin, a land grant institution provided
for by the Morrill Act of July 2, 1862, c. 130,
12 Stat. 503, apparently realized in 1923 that the
land grant act provides only that a course in
military science be offered and that at least
100 students take the course, but not that the
course must be compulsory.
William D. Mitchell, the Attorney General
of the United State substantiated this with an
opinion offered to the Secretary of the Inter
ior on June 20, 1930 stating," I have given con
sideration to the legislative history of the Act
of 1862. The manner in which the language in
question came to be inserted in the bill does
not convince me that Congress intended the
course in military tactics to be compulsory.
If It had such an intention It seems fair to
assume that it would have expressed that in
tention In clear language."
On June 3, 1936, Sen. Elbert D. Thomas of
Utah, chairman of a Senate Subcommittee ap
pointed to conduct hearings on a bill to pro
hibit compulsorv enrollment in ROTC had this
dialogue with Lt. Col. Roy A. Hill, official War
Department witness appearing in opposition
to the bill:
Senator Thomas:: The War Department, you
ay, has always interpreted the idea of com
pulsion as an idea of requirement on the part
of the institution?
Colonel Hill: Absolutely! that is, since 1923. I
want to qualify my remarks to that extent;
since 1923 the required feature of this train
ing is controlled by state law or by the trustees
or regents of the state in which the institution
is located.
But it is interesting to note that during the
House Hearings on War Department Appropri
ations over 10 years earlier (Dec. 16, 1925)
Captain O. P. Echols, official representative
of the War Department, had cited the Wis
consin action:
Wisconsin has voluntary training. They had
1,500 taking the course and under the volun
tary system they have nine hundred and some
That, however, was many many years be
fore the Second World War.
In 1943, the Wisconsin legislature reversed
its course and military training was again the
law of the state.
Not much noise to cut the compulsory pro
gram was heard during the war years at Wis
consin and even into the fifties.
But last May it started all over again when
the Student Peace Center at the University of
Wisconsin sent notices out that it would "con
tinue its program toward the elimination of
compulsory ROTC on the day of the Presi
dent's inspection, Friday, May 24."
This Peace Group believed that the re
quirement of the two years of military train
ing in order to receive a college education is
a basic contradiction in the philosophy of a
free university.
This group further states, "Instead of the
glorification of the destructive power of our
military establishment the group is committed
to postive action toward reooncilliation of na
tions and peoples rather than alienation and
The announcement from the peace group
added, "Because of the real drift in Ameri
ca toward security at any price and conform
ity which denies individual expression, the
group must oppose any system that enforces
the all too real danger of complacent accep
tance which can eventually lead to the break
down of the democratic system."
For Migrators Only
Back in the days when we all spent our after
noons listening to soap operas rather than guz
zling what-have-you, there was a premium on
good sound effects.
And one of the best which the wireless ever
produced was the crashing auto, species Amer
icanus. First there was the sound of squealing brakes.
Then a pause. And then the
impact complete with shat-j
terine glass and tin cans
rolling onto the highway.
It was fun to listen to that
sound and guess how the
soundeffects man produced
But it wouldn't be fun to
be in the spot Young Widow
Brown or Helen Trent have
been in when their cars have
gone the route of the bridge
Well, you know as well as
anyone else that this is going
to be a really big weekend.
Parties and banquets and
ballgames. Plenty of time to
play around down in Colum
bia and all points south, but
little time to relax.
Safety experts say that if you are tired you
shouldn't drive. We fear that not too many
heed this word to the wise. But sound, level
headed Cornhuskers should make sure their
heads are more than corncobs when they're
ready to return to good ole NU.
So, Migrators, on your way home take care.
Take coffee. Take it easy.
fATiflue 2an be Fatal!
Opinions Voiced
To The Editor:
Although realizing the fact that
I am a simple farm boy who has
come to a degenerate metropolis
and to a petty, narrow-minded,
pseudo-intellectual institution, I
feel that I somehow must try to
convey my bitter feelings of dis
satisfaction. If I have no other
reason, it is to maybe make the
school and the student body and
possibly even the paper realize and
appreciate the fact that such things
as independents still do exist. But
I see no reason to stop when I
have established this point, so I
shall proceed to give my opinions
of the school, its faculty, and stu
dents. I have recently found that the
Law of the Land has about the
same effect on the University as
it does in Little Rock. We shall
consider the double jeopardy
clause. As I recall from Poli. Sci.
10, no individual may be tried nor
prosecuted for the same offense
twice. But I also recall paying for
two tickets incurred within two
hours of each other for the mortal
sin of parking upon these bountiful
parking spaces without a parking
permit. As the upright citizen I
am, I, of course, wrote my Con
gressman but as yet, no reply.
It seems to me the school has
divorced itself from the non-profit
idea to the point that unless one
may get hold of the west forty,
it could possibly mean the end of
the edification of one's life and
back to the plow and manure
Also, after continually lending
four bits to a Greek for lunch,
I sometimes wonder, what price
popularity: I mean other than a
pin on your shirt (which as a rule
has enough buttons on it for ample
decoration), and some Greek let
ters pasted on your old man's Hol
iday Olds.
Next, to the faculty: it is heart
warming to have a professor call
you by your name rather than the
pointed finger hovering above your
sleeping body, but as of yet I have
a very cold and isolated heart.
Also, it seems my grades have
suffered through the ordeal, but I
realize the fact that I'm a big boy
now and that I cannot erase the
blackboards any more in order to
be a BMOC, meaning of course,
with the professors. I do not think
that possibly a bit more individual
attention would completely destroy
the egos of the faculty to the point
of their being social outcasts
among those of their profession.
But back to my 4.7, my Deutsch,
and possibly if I can talk my folks
out of the acreage to the west,
to the University for another se
mester, but as Mr. Schultz once
said after that, no more.
Hi Laiy
Disgusted Senior
To the Editor:
For over three years now I have
observed the "prank s" and
"antics" of various campus groups
and have remained silent. I have
seen the University disgraced by a
fraternity inspired panty raid;
there was the Christmas-time inci
dent of a valuable pine tree being
chopped down as a pledge
"prank"; another was the ouster
of high-ranking IFC officers for the
illegal possession of liquor. A late
addition to the list is this fall's
rally riot.
At these, and other events, I
have shrugged my shoulders. Now,
after the latest disgrace to the Uni
versity, I feel the desire to speak
call it the awakening of a senior, if
you wish.
The deposit of the "live laundry"
at a sorority house was one of the
rawest displays of disregard for
law and human dignity I have en
countered. For the well-being of the Univer
sity, such events must not occur
The reaction of hearing of the
"prank" was mild compared to
that accompanying the administra
tion's announcement that the IFC
would be responsible for any repri
mand. The idea of student justice for
student offenses is excellent. How
ever, I feel that the group sitting
in judgment should be a repre
sentative of the University as a
whole rather than of only a seg
ment. The proposed tribunal would
meet this need.
If we are going to have student
justice, as I feel we should, let's
have it for all.
Larry York
'Plebes' Scorned
To the Editor:
More than 6,200 students are be
ing forced to spend an additional
$10 per semester in tuition to fi
nance construction of an addition
to the Student Union which is pur
ported to be of benefit to the stu
dent body of the University in gen
eral. In my experience as a student,
I have found that the clientel of
this "public" play-pen is limited to
about 400 students who are gen
erally identified by these three
1. Too much money.
2. Too much time.
3. A shortage of brain-power, as
is evidenced by the nude laundry
stunt last week which was prob
ably conceived in the warped
vacuum of one of these academy
If biger and better play-pens
are to be built let those who play
Stand Discussed
To the Editor:
Jim Cole: There is one Greek
on campus who seems to care
about what the Independents are
doing and saying. That one is you.
Mr. Cole's article is a master
piece of thought about something
which he has not taken the time
to investigate.
For if he had sat down and given
any real thought to this he would
nave realized that there is a vital
ity in the Quad that is unmistak
able. He would have realized that
the Quad is growing toward politi
cal maturity. He would have rea
lized that the Quad is a young
buck after his first scalp, so to
speak. He may be a little clumsy
and a little over anxious, but he
is sincere. Now, Jim, your scalp
is the only one around for him to
take. You (the Greeks) are the
only adversary, the only standard
But, Jim, let me point out some
thing else. There is no real antag
onism here against the fraternity
system. No rocks are thrown thru
windows or men beat up. After all,
you guys are our fellow classmates
and we all want the same things,
basically. We want a degree, and
a girl, and a beer party now and
then with the boys, And most of
all we want to be somebody, an
individual, and not just a number.
Your fraternity system supplies
you with this. We are basically
after the same thing but in a dif
ferent way. Yet you would seem
to begrudge us this. Why do you
call us for an accounting when
everything is so obvious?
You seem to feel that a few
speak for the many. Do they? Have
you taken the time to come over
here and find out?
I have only one serious thing to
charge you with, Jim Cole. Your
article, written in a fit of anger,
has caused many independents to
feel that the Greeks are antagonis
tic toward the independent. Your
article, written in a fit of anger,
has caused many independents to
feel that they have been slapped
in the face with a glove: a chal
lenge which demands action. Some
independents now feel that it is
mandatory to defend thier honor.
Your article is too radical to start
a full scale bad feeling between
Greek and Independent but it has
caused enough bad feeling here to
warrant that I should censure you
as being brash.
There is no reason that we can't
be buddies: all of us. I hope that
the campus at large will take a
tolerant view of this and realize
that the Quad is not out for revolu
tion but recognition. They are not
out to spread blood but to have
a little horse play. They are not
all out to get vengeance for fan
cied insults and rejections by th
Greeks but to be able to shako
hands as equals.
Rex W. Menuey
Summer 1958 70 days
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Denmark, and Ireland. A dif
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in spirit who don't want to be
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American Creativeness
"Young, pulsating, rustic, backward."
These were words with which Humanities
Lecturer Dr. Alfred L. Rowse described the
character of America's people 50 years ago.
And the English historian, author and politi
cal theorist said early this week to the students
and faculty members attending the Humanities
lecture in '
Love Library
Auditor iu m
that he sees
a parallel be
t w e e n the
great crea
tive Eliza
bethan Age
and the pres
ent America,
which be pre
dicts will be
r e m e in
hered for its
Poetry, Dr.
Rowse, is the
forte of mod
ern America.
But Ameri- Courtesy Sunday Jouni nd Stir
:an novels Dr. Rowse
and plays may also be listed in the creative
works which are earning a permanent place in
the literature of the world.
. WJio can think of a great British playwright
of the present day? Contemporary Christopher
- - - J
Fry, perhaps. But the greatest of the "Britons,"
T. S. Eliot, is a St. Louis product.
And in poetry, America has escaped from
form and dug deeply into the soul of a man
for its prominence.
The novel, of course, is a very strong point of
American creativity, we'd be inclined to be
lieve. The present day is seeing creation in the novel
which is unparalled in history.
Never has a writer in the English language
attempted to produce so faithfully the patterns,
the inner thoughts of man in his own world
than today.
J. D. Salinger or Saul Bellow exemplify this
American tradition which abhors tradition.
William Faulkner's experimentation with
stream of consciousness steps out beyond Con
rad or James and reaches new heights.
And Americans? How are they taking this
trend, how are Ihey receiving this greatness
which the literati are bestowing on the modern
They are afraid of it.
They reject the Bohemian, They avoid the
unusual. But they gobble up the books of the
modern Beat Generation and become lost for
a while in the adventures of Augie March or
the antics of Holden Caulfields.
Dr. Rowse, an outsider, has stepped in and
told America where it stands. Perhaps some
of the "average men" who saunter about the
streets oblivious of the greatness around them
might pause and reflect on the spirit of Amer
ican literature which is reaching new peaks
of perfection.
Oh. And thank you, Dr. Rowse, for telling us.
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