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Editorial Comment
Busy, Busy Days
If you could count the number of coffees
which will be held this weekend for parents,
lumni and friends of the University . . .
If you could count the number of men,
women and children who will file through the
organized houses and dorms on the campus this
weekend . . .
If you could determine how many Lincolnites
would pass down the streets of Lincoln gaping
at the displays Friday night . . .
If you could add all these people together,
multiply them by the number of students in the
University and subtract the number of people
who don't care on the campus, you might come
up with some vague idea of how many hours
will be spent in Homecoming activities over
the weekend.
Homecoming has traditionally meant long
hours, work into the deep minutes of the night
and a time to gulp coffee between hammering
nails and stuffing displays with crepe paper.
But University students might take a word
of advice from the Administration on this sub
ject. First of aH, warinmgs are out from the city-
county health officials that now Asian flu will
strike adults. Students are free to place them
selves in that class if they wish to do so. But
the meaning of the health officials' warning is
that there's still plenty of flu around which can
had just for the taking.
One of the many suggestions for avoiding the
bug1 is getting plenty of rest. Now in light of
the activity which will be going on this week,
that's a tough order.
But it's an imperative sort of thing.
There's another consideration, too.
The less students see of classrooms, the
greater their chances, for flunking out of school.
And since flu is equated with staying in bed
and away from classes we can see very well,
that grades will be hurting if students take too
many chances with their health over the next
few days.
But even if there were'nt any flu around,
many students would be skipping classes to
work on homecoming.
Perhaps it's not our place to be offering
homespun advice, but for the good of the Uni
versity as a whole, for the good of you own
health, watch out.
Epochs, etc.
Oregon State College has come up with an in
teresting idea.
"Creative Epochs in Western Thought" is the
name of a new course offered this year in the
lower division curriculum at the college.
The y. jr long sequence will not be a recapitu
lation A great ideas of western civilization.
Instead, the student will be obliged to discover
the bases of his own beliefs and later to demon
strate his comprehension in a series of written
assignments and to do this he will have to make a
disciplined and intensive study and scrutiny of
primary documents.
Designed for students interested in cultural
thinking it will carry three credits a term and
will exhibit varied sources of scientific, political
and religious beliefs of modern man.
Since it could develop into a trading of
prejudices and offhand judgments, the important
work of the Seminar will be divided between
discussion and individual reading and conferenc
es with one of the committee of instructors in
charge of the courses.
The course win differ from other undergradu
ate offerings at OSC in four ways.
First, it will be taught by three instructors,
each representing a different academic discip
line and each, as an active participant in the
seminar, bringing to the discussion a different
point of view.
Secondly, the course will emphasize a close
reading of the documents themselves and the
subsequent placing of them in historical, con
text by a considerable number of book reports
on supplementary reading.
Thirdly, the course will meet as a seminar
for two meetings a week. The third meeting,
to be arranged between appropriate instructors
and individual students, will be a reading and
conference session concerned with a criticism
of the students' writing and thinking.
Lastly, prerequisites for the student who wants
to take the course will be either a year sequence
in literature or social science and the consent
of the course committee.
This is just the sort of course for those stu
dents who feel that college is no challenge (and
there are quite a few.)
It might not be a bad idea to suggest some
thing along this same line to the faculty of the
College of Arts and Sciences here at the Uni
versity. At any rate, it looks good in print.
Sticking Out A Neck
A new assistant professor in the Department
of History says that students in New Zealand
mature much later than their counterparts in
American Universities.
Peter Coleman, the Daily Nebraskan reported
yesterday, claims that many students enter the
colleges down under without having had any
dates.
But on the other hand, the New Zealander,
who is filling a vacancy in the University's
History Department on a temporary basis, says
that the students in his home land can do just
about as they please.
He noted that the colleges in New Zealand
demand a basic knowledge of subjects before
allowing a student to matriculate.
Coleman said that the students often have
full time jobs and attend classes in the evenings.
There students find their own housing and
make up their own minds as to whether bad
grades warrant leaving college. There, no social
or scholastic probations are meted out to stu
dents for offenses.
There student often disagree violently with the
way the government is being conducted without
being labeled "radical."
This whole discussion seems to blossom into
the question of what exactly is maturity.
Now Coleman refuses to say whether he be
lieves the maturity of the American student or
the lack of maturity of the New Zealand student
is a good or bad thing.
And judging from the items he listed to
contrast the two, it would seem that we'd all
How's That Again?
"A billion dollars isn't what it used to be."
Jean Paul Getty, richest man in the world.
be much safer if we refused to say whether
our "maturity" is an asset or a liability.
The Daily Nebraskan is willing to stick its
neck out and admit that from all external ap
pearances, the immature bunch from New
Zealand are a lot better off than we stodgy old
Mid Westerners.
Elections
With Homecoming just around the corner, we
might stop and ponder the arrangements which
the Tassels have made for the election of next
year's queen.
The Student Council had recommended to the
Tassels, women's pep organization, that in the
future the candidates for Homecoming queen
be announced prior to the election.
So the Tassels, it seems, took the advice of the
council and the procedure for next year's voting
is: The rally will be held on Thursday evening
at which the candidates are announced. Friday
morning's Daily Nebraskan will carry the pic
tures and brief biographies of the candidates.
Elections will be held throughout Friday instead
of just in the evening as was the procedure this
year.
It is a healthy sign, we believe, when organiza
tions attempt to make all University elections
more democratic.
The Tassels are to be commended for looking to
the future and lining up a system which is far
superior to the one used this year. And we be
lieve that the Tassels will see the results in
their next year's election in increased numbers
of students voting and their voting on candidates
with whom they have had a chance to become
familiarized.
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The Plcbian Clod
rex menuey
Joe: I am convinced that social
expediency is the answer to every
thing. It is the only substantial
and adequate standard. There will
always be a society of some sort.
There is also emotional adjust
ment to consider. To do as every
one else does is to get approval,
so I am not likely to become emo
tionally maladjusted because of re
jection if I accept social expedi
ency as my basic philosophy.
Charley: rills sounds good but
I would like to ask you a question.
Is not your objective to live what
you consider to be a good life?
Joe: Yes I believe the good life
to consist of being emotionally well
adjusted, having a family, and of
helping to maintain and improve
society.
Char: And would you say that
some things are good or bad re
garding your attainment of a good
life?
Joe: Yes if by this you mean
that goodness or badness is de
pendent on it's relationship to the
attainment of a good life. A thing
is good if it helps me, and it is
bad if it hinders me.
Char: Do you recognize any oth
er standard of good or bad?
Joe: Logically I can't, but I
don't anyway so there is no prob
lem here.
Char: How do you know what
the good life is? Are not your
norms a result of what society
has brought you up to believe?
Could we not say that society de
termines what the good life is in
this respect?
Joe: Yes. In this respect, I
should say so.
Char: Are there any other re
spects? You sound unsure.
Joe: Logically, since I believe in
social expediency, I could not
reach any other conclusion, but
I also do not wish to incur social
disapproval so I believe every
thing I am taught.
Char: If the society should come
to believe as a whole that it's
members are the property of the
state and that the good life con
sisted in being the property of the
state and in doing what the state
asked, then you would agree on
two grounds: social expediency is
the answer to everything and your
norms are going to be the result
of what the society teaches you.
Am I not correct in this assump
tion? '
Joe: Yes I would be happy be
lieving that I was taught to be
lieve, so there would be no rub.
Char: If the state told you that
you have no soul, you would agree.
Joe: Yes.
Char: If the state told you that
it was bad to have two arms you
would have one cut off wouldn't
you?
Joe: Yes.
Char: And if you were in the
process of arranging to have your
arm cut off and you were told
of another society which said that
the good life is best obtained
with two arms what would you
say?
Joe: I would think that they
were crazy or foolish or didn't
know the truth.
Char: You say truth. Why do
you use this term?
Joe: Don't you unr!rstand a
thing? What is truth except what
the state says is true. A man who
is the property of the state ac
cepts what the state says as the
truth; besides I wouldn't want to
incur the disapproval of society
and be maladjusted.
Char: Then truth to you, in this
instance, implies that it must be
the same for everyone. Everyone
in the society is expected to be
lieve this and you are taught to
consider any other idea as bad
or untrue.
Joe: Yes. There could be no
ather way.
Char: Then that other state
which said that you should have
two arms would be wrong?
Joe: Certainly.
Char: If the state said that all
people should stop dying until the
population had increased, what
would you think?
Joe: I think you are a nut. The
state is not going to do such an
obviously impossible thing.
Char: Would you say that dying
is a truth?
Joe: No it is not a truth as
we have explained truth to be,
but it is a fact.
Char: Then might we conceivab
ly say that there is a higher order
of things that the state is subject
to? The state itself may die, or
if you believe that the state won't
die you do believe that the state
can't stop you from dying.
Joe: (pause) Yes. This is cor
rect. Char: Here is my bus. Shall we
continue this next week?
Joe: Sure.
Char: Goodby Joe.
Joe: Goodby Charley.
The Galley Slave
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ism
of their
The Young Socialist, the "Voice
of American Radical Youth," has
sent the latest on its propagan
dists drivel to the Daily Nebras
kan asking that it be placed on
the exchange
list of this
newspaper.
The men
who print the
newspaper are
charg i n g, at
the same time,
that the stu
dents at the
University of
California at '
Los Angeles
are trying to
halt the dissemination
ideas.
Here's what the Daily Bruin of
UCLA had to say about the Young
Socialist: "It is disseminating So
cialistic propaganda under the
mask of the most democratic of
practices, that of "free and open
discussion."
Well, the Socialist goes on to
charge that New York City is at
tempting to halt free speech in
Union Square (which is the equiva
lent or was the equivalent of
Hyde Park in London a place in
which any ideas could be ex
pressed by anyone.
These Socialists, it would seem,
are having a very hard time all
over the land.
But wait! More headlines! "Den
ver Youth Plan Club," "Berkeley
Club Plans," "SF Group Ex
pands," "Philly Socialists Unite in
Broad Youth Club," and so forth.
Now if only good old conserva
tive Democrats and Republicans
had the same zeal that these boys
have gotten hold of, maybe we
could get rid of these pink babies
popping up all over our land. It's
rather a frightening thought (if
you have the time to stop and
think) that these Socialists, who
admittedly, are working with the
Reds in New York City, are gain
ing more and more power as the
days glide by.
All you cat lovers unite. The
American Feline Society of ' New
York City, which claims to be the
world's largest cat organization, is
sponsoring a week for your sleeky
friends Nov. 3-9.
This national observance is ap
parently 11 years old. Wait a
minute. This tiling is getting out
of hand.
The Society reports that the cel
ebration will now be International.
That means that during the next
week (you have a week to pre
pare) cats are to run across the
hood of your cars, track mud into
your houses and howl for Kitty
Meat at 4 in the ayem without
being disturbed.
You may not join in the ob
servance with the "10,000,000"
throughout the nation who will be
fluffing the fur on Cheshires in
six days or so.
Here's another one of those
"Eighty Years Ago This Week"
items from the Sunday Journal
and Star. "University of Nebraska
Cadets ordered new uniforms and
since they were delayed,' they
would march down to the store in
a group about once a week to In
quire about them."
Now surely if that sort of thing
happened today the man on the
street could only deduce three
things.
1) The boys are part of a pep
rally.
2) They have just had a riot
and want to storm the business
section of town.
3) Gold's is having a "Be Kind
to ROTC students Sale," and these
young men are attempting to cash
in on the good spirits of the store.
Headline in the Daily Nebras
kan: "Nash Finds Mid westerners
Alert."
Wow! The prophet has arrived
in our times. But this man is one
who admits he writes "bad
poetry."
You can't win 'em all, now, can
you?
Greek Defender
Our friend Mr. York might take
the trouble to become aware of
the facts before venting his rage
in the Rag. He appears to be a
typical example of those poor lost
souls who are along on indigna
tion, short on mental processes
and who accomplish little when
they speak except to cause un
necessary trouble for people who
do not generally deserve it.
First off, having been a part
of. the Panty Raid of April, 1955,
to which Mr. York evidently re
fers, I can say that it was not
Fraternity sponsored nor did Frat
ernities widely participate in it.
I was an "Independent" at the
time of this mis - adventure, and
I noticed that the bulk of people
in the front ranks of the raiders
were not only independents like
myself, but many of them adult,
supposedly responsible, veteran
students. It might be added, that
the only defense against the raider
the defense of the Tri Delt house,
was made by a group of these
terrible Greeks. Also when it came
time to clean up the mess and re
pair the damage, a good many
fraternity men aided the sorori
ties, but with little if any inde
pendent co-operation.
Certainly no one could excuse
the pledges who stole the tree last
year, but it was not a prank that
could only he performed by Frater
nity men. I expect that there are
many intiependents who are cap
able oi ti e same thing. The im
portant facts are; however, that
it was not done with the sanction
of the Fraternity, that the pledges
were punished, that the individual
from whom the tree was stolen
was reimbursed, and that the en
tire pledge class of the Fraternity
volunteered to rake and otherwise
clean the victims lawn as an at
tempt to reinstate goodwill and
maintain good relations between
that individual and the University.
It was an act of humility that is
worthy of note.
The I. F. C. officer who was dis
missed for on Campus drinking,
was not, I believe, the only per
son who ever drank on Campus.
I suspect as many people who do
not wear fraternity pins drink on
campus as those who do. That
leaders were apprehended is re
grettable, but it was made clear by
the IFC that such violations would
not be tolerated, and. that the IFC
was pledged to uphold the stand
ards and the rules of the Univer
sity. I will agree with Mr. York when
he refers to the latest incident
as one of the worst. However, the
punishment handed out seems to
be acceptable to almost everyone.
It indicates that such acts are
not considered a part of the Frat
ernity life and, that they are as
intolerable to Fraternities as to
any one else. It was not something
that could not or has not been
equaled by groups outside of the
Fraternity system, ie., the oft men
tioned Panty Raid.
It seems that whenever a group
is organized it stands out from
the mass, and all the misdeeds of it
or its members are noted and
damned, but scarcely ever is at
tention paid to its attributes.
Groups in general contain no less
decent types than independent indi
viduals. However, in group soci
ety, the action of an individual or
a small segment is held against
the entire group; while in independ
ent society, t he individual is
judged alone.
I would suggest for all such
embittered writers as Mr. York(
that they first know what they
are talking about, that, second,
they understand the group or at
least know a little about the group
they are talking about; and that,
third, they be a little more ob
jective when talking about such
a group. For instance, Mr. York
might well have taken the trouble
to review all of the campus organ
izations that were founded and prl
itiarily supported by Fraternal
groups, as well as all of the pro
grams and activities which they
either organized or gave primary
impetus to. An example might well
be the present spirit campaign
for the entire University which
was inspired by the same Frater
nity that was involved in the
Christmas Tree incident.
John F. Heeckt
Dislikes ROTC
To the Editor:
It was with a great deal of in
terest that I read your article con
cerning Wisconsin and the ROTC.
I am a freshman and ROTC cadet.
Being thus associated with ROTC,
I have given it much thought and
have concluded that I must object
to mandatory ROTC for these
reasons:
1. In economy moves, the gov
ernment is closing many military
installations, including the Lincoln
Naval Air Station. The number of
young men being drafted is being
reduced. Yet, despite these sorely
needed economy moves, the gov
ernment continues to support ex
pensive ROTC units.
2. Working students and those
who have heavy class schedules
are severely taxed in the small
time for study which they have
by the necessity of studying ROTC
lessons, practicing drills, and shin
ing brass.
3. ROTC has near-dictatorial
powers over cadets. ROTC officers
who have the student for three
hours a week, tell him how he
can wear his hair and how he
can shave.
Also, an awkward student who
may be brilliant otherwise, finds
his overall grade average lowered
because of ROTC demerits.
I realize that our country must
have competent military officers.
But when one considers that in
the United States there are 246
civilian colleges, nine military col
leges,' eight military jjnior col
leges, and the military academies
which offer officer training, and
when one considers the success
of the voluntary naval program, it
would seem obvious that a volun
tary naval program of ROTC would
provide adequate numbers of mili
tary officers. In addition, when one
considers the fractional number of
basic ROTC students who become
senior cadets, the wastage of this
progress becomes apparent.
I find then, that I have no choice
but to object to this mandatory
program of ROTC now in effect.
James Armstrong
Why Mountains?
To the Editor:
All you Nebraska men, come
down from the mole hill you call
a mountain and look at some
thing from two points of view. Can
all this bickering between Inde
pendents and Greeks warrant the
position on campus which it holds?
Can you seriously convince your
self you dislike a man because he
is an Independent or a Greek? Is
this dislike personal or organiza
tional? This University is growing, and
with that comes the additional
competition and pressure from
new groups. Actually, this is a
sign of progress, as attested by
the springing up of new facilities,
a larger faculty, and a larger stu
dent body. Because of this lar
ger student body, more capable
leaders will be found in this stu
dent body than previously. These
leaders will add vitality to cam
pus organizations, whether they
be Greek or Independent. A man
chooses his way of life. Choosing
with whom to live is a serious
thing, not meant to be the butt of
jokes or the blare of publicity. It
is personal. Why the mountainous
mole hill?
Owen Elmer
'Hilarious9 Teahouse Tryouls
Slated Today, Wednesday
East is East and West is West
and they get a chance to meet in
the second -University Theatre pro
duction of the season, "Teahouse
of the August Moon."
The play, which is being direc
ted by Harry Stiver of the Univer
sity's Department of Speech and
Dramatic Art, is the hilarious and
touching account of how the Amer
ican military government attempt
ed to bring western democracy to
Okinawa (which has quite a cul
ture of its own) and the honors
are chiefly on the side of the East
as the tale unfolds.
Try outs for the play are today
and tomorrow in the Howull The
ater in the Temple Building, ac
cording to Stiver.
Although East and West look at
each other with considerable hos
tility they do meet on friendly
terms when they keep their sense
of humor.
The play is in three acts and ten
scenes and was dramatized by
John Patrick from Vern Sneider'i
novel of the same name.
Stiver said there are parts for
30 persons in the comedy plus
three children, a jeep and a goat.
Teahouse tells us that what
works in Pottawattamie, Michigan,
often will not work in Tobiki, Oki
nawa; that plan "See" is much
better than plan "B"; that the
culture and way of life of an oc
cupied country is very old and
strangely enough, ideally suited to
that country. In short, the play
shows that there is more to be
learned in this old world than will
ever be taught in a pentagon
shaped schoolhouse.
The plays has received six prizes
Including the Pulitzer Prize,
Drama Critics Circle Award and
the Donaldson Award.
Stiver is encouraging all stu
dents in the University especial
ly those who have never been in
a play to try out for the second
show.
"After all, this is a play In
which many of the characters are
not English speaking peoples. So
it's not important that they have
perfect diction," the director com
mented. Stiver said that scripts may be
obtained in Room 105 of the Temple
Building for those who would like
to see just how fine a play this
one is.
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