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The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, November 20, 1957
Editorial Comment
Special Unicam Session Breeds
Hope For State's Ailing Pocketbook
Of interest to every student at the University
should be the request of Sen. Terry Carpenter
that special session of the Unicameral be
called to act on Nebraska's tax problems.
Carpenter and his Tax Investigation Commit
tee havt dug up many problems in tracing the
'' taxation.
Carpenter would want three objectives to be
considered during a special session:
1) Planning on the 1958 general election ballot
a constitutional amendment which would vir
tually scrap all existing constitutional restric
tions on taxation leaving the Unicameral with a
free hand to write new tax laws.
2) Recodification of existing tax laws to plug
"loopholes" which permit some categories of
taxpayers special considerations.
3Upgrading the office of Tax Commis
sioner and appropriating enough money to hire
sufficient deputies to go out and enforce the
The Daily Nebraskan, In general, agrees wiih
the recommendation on the same grounds that
Sea. David Tews of Norfolk agrees. Said the
young tolon, ''There is a distinct advantage' to
considering the tax laws at a special session"
to they will not have to compete with tilt other
bills as we had in the 1957 session."
But this newspaper has another consideration
in mind.
It was about a year ago that the University
requested of the Unicameral an inc rease in the
funds to support this institution. Sen. John
Beaver of Beemer, who was speaker of the last
session of the Unicameral, told University stu
dents, in effect, then that the state can spend
only so much money on particular projects be
cause the state collects only a specified amount
of taxes each year. He said that the expendi
tures must be calculated for the law prescribes
money cannot be spent until it is assured that
the state coffers can meet the need.
Now putting two and two together we come
to the conclusion that one of the reasons the
University didn't get as large a budget increase
as it requested was that the state just couldn't
afford it.
Thii newspaper, with the naivete of laymen,
suggested to the legislators thai more could be
spent on the University if the state had a new
way not only of taxing everyone fairly but of
taxing those who pass through the state, spend
money here and move on.
We suggested a joint income-sales tax.
We still don't know whether this was a good
However, it appears obvious that the Univer
sity, if it is going to accept and meet the chal-
enge which has been thrown at the feet of
educators, since the rise of Sputnik, is going
to need more money from some source or
The question then arises." Who should supply
these additional funds which must be obtained
to maintain a high calibre of instruction, more-than-adequate
facilities, and research?" One
might answer that the guardian angel of learn
ing. The Ford Foundation, should do the job.
Others say that the students must be hit for
another tuition increase.
Wiser men say it is up to the government to
support government institutions.
And so now that a move has been made which
might lead to the government's assumption of
what is rightfully the government's duties: now
that a move has been made which will direct
the attention, if not the action, of the members
of the Unicameral toward a revamping of our
antique tax system: now that a move has beeii
made which might result in the state's obtain
ing more money a fair share from every citi
zen of the state we are awaiting anxiously the
next move.
In general the members of the Unicameral
believe that careful study should be given
Carpenter's proposal before any action is taken.
Few have said they are definitely for or
against the proposal. They want more spec-ilk1
information and they should get it.
For example, Sen. Du.i McCinley of Ogaliala
said, ' I want to reserve any comment until I
what Sen. Carpenter's purposes and proposals
are for a special session."
Sen. Ray Simmons of Fremont stased, ' I
would want to make a real study oi Die pro
posals before making wholesale changes in the
laws. I think there is as much danger in making
ill-conceived changes as staying with the situa
tion as it is. There may well be seme merit
in the special session proposal but I would want
to know all that's involved."
And so would we all.
Rut this newspaper believes that (he senators
will be influenced by the beliefs of their con
slitueiits. Therefore we suggest that readers of
this newspaper write their senators and request
that an immediate study be made of Carpenter's
suggestions and that if a speciul session is war
ranted, it should be called at once.
The purposes of the Daily Nebraskan are not
to ram Sen. Carpenter's proposals down the
throats of the law makers within our sta;e.
However, we have had the bitter experience of
seeing, along with the other citizens in the state,
that the present tax laws are, at least, inade
quate to meet the needs of growth, oi overall
administration, of education.
From a special session of the Unicameral
could come, in the next regular session, re
newed consideration for the problems which a
university such as ours faces in these times
of crisis in education. We believe it would be
for the good of the stale, the nation, the indi
vidual, to move ahead in ii?ld of instruction.
But without more funds it seems almost impossible.
The Residents Association for Men hopes 10
get a Chapter of Tomahawk, independent sopho
more activities honorary, established at the
University this year.
We are interested to note that the Independ
ents are getting interested not only in activities
but also in letting the men who play a part in
helping the University through their activities
be recognized by an honorary organization.
It is similarly interesting to note that the
Independents believe that developing leadership
and cooperating with other campus organiza
tions are two essential parts of university life.
But the most important part of the objectives
of the organization is that it would serve s
coordinating body for activities of interest to the
independent students of the University.
By having a more regulated coordination of
activities we believe that the independents could
assume a more active part in the student proj
ects at this institution.
A good idea.
We hope that more definite news regarding
the establishment of the Tomahawks will be
available soon. Independents, take notice. It
looks like you will be given a p. ace in the gun.
from the edit
First Things First...
Ours, in case you haven't heard, is a gen
eration of "no-nonsense" in contrast to the
f aper-cutting ones earlier in the century,
"Time" magazine reports this week.
The entire Education section is devoted to the
U.S. college student of 1957, his whims, gials,
and attitudes.
Goldfish swallowing has been replaced by a
new type of individualism, Time says, that of an
"intellectual calm" but also one of seriousness.
Says "Time" of You k I. "This then is the
no-nonsense generation, and the only real danger
in it is that it might become a generation of
grinds. Just as the goldfish swallower is dead,
so, to a large extent, is the dillettante and the
knowledge-for-knowledge's-sake boy. Today's
tudent has little patience with mere intellectual
flash . , ." (Jump up, boys, jump up!i
Sayi "Time" of our (?) intellectual ' calm."
"The student now simply faces a different kind
f world. It demands that he be brighter, more
conscientious, more in earnest than his prede
cessors . . . Perhaps the most significant para
dox in collegiate life is that today's intellectual
calm U largely the result of the rising level and
increasing intensity of the average campus
intellectual demands."
Th interest today, says one political scientist,
"is in Faulkner, Eliot and Dostovesky writers
concern! with the human predicament."
"Thia contrasts with the dominating interest
bv Jack Pollock
of the past in Sinclair Lewis. Richard Hallibur
ton and Fitzgerald, and gives you some measure
of this increasing tendency to seek and exam
ine," Time contends.
On other qualities, a University of Vir.i.a
dean is quoted as saying. ' They're g.jod people
remarkably good morally and spiritually . . .
a lot better than their fathers were in the
human sense."
Concluded this week's episode, "With the rise
of mass culture, the student may also feel that
he no longer has as great a responsibility as he
once did to bear any special cultural messag"
to the world, or that he would be heard even
if he did. The kind of leadership he seems to
want to offer is not as a member of a select
intelligentsia, but as something far les.s spec
tacular." So get back to the books.
Our friend Bud Wilkinson modestly admitted
earlier this year, "We cannot hope to be nearly
as strong as we were last year." (In 1958 the
Sooners rewrote the record books with every
game they played. I
This week the Cornhuskers apparently will
face an attack destined to move the Sooners
further up the ranks on the coliegiate football
listings at our expense. As one fan stated,
"The Huskers might not look too sharp (again?)
this week Notre Dame took all the punch away
it's no fun to beat a loser."
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A Few Words Of A Kind . . . Daily Nebraskan Letterip
Dozens of people have forced me
into corners and told me their
plans for Thanksgiving vacation.
The only place my friends don't
seem to be headed for is outer
space, and I thought this about
most of them long before the era
of Sputniks. My friends aren't the
sort to go up when they leave this
Really I don't mind listening to
all these stories about where they
are going but I wish they would
at least stick around and look in
terested when I start to say what
I am going to do. It's enough to
leave one completely frustrated to
spend 30 minutes listening to
sonione's plans for breaking the
bank at Reno during vacation
only to have them dash off when
you start to tell them how you
plan to visit grandmother.
And don't laugh. Who would re
member Red Riding Hood if she
hadn't rlecided to visit her gran
mother? Isin't all of this talk about how
and what Americans should be ed
ucated just about the most in
triguing subject in the world? The
argument I like best of all is the
one that American youth should
be left free to choose their own
areas of education. I agree with
this wholeheartedly. If that truant
o'tker had left me alone I might
even be playing pool with Wikie
Hoppe today.
By briefly glancing at recent
Daily Nebraska columns I am re
minded that although the Ameri
can Revolution ended in the 18th
century, the War of Independents
still continues.
The most encouraging thing in
oy e. e. hine$
the world is to see the ingenuity
of one's fellow men. The other
day after the big snowfall a friend
of mine walked into my room with
his pockets stuffed with coins and
dollar bills.
"How did you do it? Where did
you get all that money? I asked?
"It was easy," he answered. "I
shoveled walks for old ladies." My
friend said he had a little trouble
with some women, but that he had
a technique where he would walk
up to a woman shoveling snow
and ask if she needed help. When
she answered. "No." he said he
merely replied, "I'll wait."
i - at
I read where Notre Dame let its
classes out Monday because of its
team defeat of Oklahoma. If it
takes that to have school let out
here . . . well let's forget it.
Have you ever seen more queen
contests? It may still be true
that not every boy can be presi
dent, but I am beginning to think
that if a girl stays in college long
enough she can't help but be a
queen. And those coeds of you who
have not yet entered the winners
circle take heart. I understand
that a dog food company plans
to sponsor a beauty contest on
campus next month. The winner
will be named "Miss Dog Biscuit"
and will get a year's supply of dog
food and a date with Laddie.
v m a
A major stamp company has is
sued a catalog which shows that
for something like 1,000 books of
grocery store issued stamps, you
can get a free Cadillac. I am not
impressed, however. Can't you
imagine what life would be like
after licking enough stamps to fiil
1.000 books?
The Galley Slave
flick shugrun
The comments which Dr. M. K.
Elias made in the Letterip col.
umn of the Tuesday Daily Ne
braskan bring about one of the
grave problems which this Uni
versityand I
suppose, any
other public
u n l versity
must face.
Dr. Elias
implies that
tne teacning ox
Russian . N
t h e
language has
been kept
s y s t e m a t
cally below
that in other
universities. The comment, no
doubt, is in regard to the state
ment of the president last week
that the Russian school boy has
five years of foreign language
when he leaves his academy.
But as to the problem on the
University's campus.
Dr. W. K. Pfeiler, chairman of
the Department of Germanic lan
guages explained Tuesday that
through the years Russian has
been offered at the University.
Last year in one semester, he
added, eight students were en
rolled in the course and in the
second semester four students
were enrolled. Another year saw
three students taking the Russian
language one semester and two
enrolled for the course the second
"This year Russian is not of
fered because in preparing the
budget for the year no funds were
available to hire an instructor
even on a two-thirds basis to teach
the course." Pfeiler added.
There is probably some psycho
logical block associated with any
thing Russian, "People might be
lieve that the FBI will investigate
them if they enroll for the course,"
The prob
lem of what
should be of
fer e d and
what can be
offered by a
University is
Dr. Pfeiler i 1
indicated that
. , . Courtesy Sunday
the Russian J irnl and Scar
language Pfeiler
would be offered definitely if there
was enough interest on the part
of the students to warrant the ad
dition of the course to the cur
riculum. But the consideration that the
University just doesn't have the
money is just as real as the need
to offer every course which should
be included in a great university.
Does that seem to make sense?
Well, then perhaps we should
watch Senator Carpenter and dis
cover what he it going to do in
the "special session." The Uni
versity might get some more mon
ey if the tax base is realigned.
We don't know. We do know that
it is imperative students get ade
quate education. And that costs
money, figure it out for you
selves. While conversing with some stu
dents from various parts of the
nation this weekend, we came to
the conclusion that a university
oi college has no business trying
to direct the social life of students.
This doesn't include only estab
lishing rules for the proper con
duct of ladies and gentlemen, but
filso the fact that most univer
sities have fun and games spon
sored some place within their set
up From the teacher's viewpoint
the school has some obligation to
help the student mature socially.
I think that if a student can't
work out his own social salvation
he better go back to the farm or
the ghetto or the corner drug
Little boys and little girls are
coddled today more than they
have ever been before. This cre
ates somewhat of a sissified gen
eration. But because of the struc
ture of the present society, boys
and girls will have to abide by
"hours" regulations, they'll have
to go to fancy University dances
if they wanted to be "accepted",
they'll have to wear Ivy clothes
... but that's beside the point.
Here's to the group of young
people who felt that those who
play should pay.
When it comes to developing
recreational facilities which only
a relatively small percentage will
use I don't think that democracy
should be the byword. There's
nothing that embitters one against
public instruction than when it
usurps the functions of private
Questions Hex
To the Editor:
Subject: The Plebian Clod.
This letter is indirectly addressed
to Rex Menuey on his column,
"The Plebian Clod." My question
is, "What are you trying to tell us,
Mr. Menuey?"
After wading through your var
ious columns in the Rag, I'm still
completely in the dark as to what
you are driving at. At the risk
of mistaking your motive I get
the impression that you are hard
pressed to get your column written
for ttie paper, and therefore mere
ly put together a bit of nonsense
and hope that, since it is so ob
scure and inane, people will think
that there must be something to it.
Now if you do mean to present
some point, you are either com
pletely garbled or exuding genius
all over the place.
Possibly you strike the middle
ground, but people can understand
the average writer so that almost
excludes you. I fear for your sta
bility, as was evidenced in your
letter to the Rag on Nov. 15, 1957.
Please take time out from "Joe
and Charley" to explain what pur
pose, if any, you have in writing
about the two characters. If this
is satire on college life, you do
reasonably at it.
But if, as I suspeci, you have
some serious motive, please ex
plain yourself. I am sure that
your readers would welcome this
ray of light in the cloak of obscurity.
Hunter j
Want Aciion
To the Editor: !
I view with interest what ap-
pears to be a discrediting of the
Teachers College. j
Hie eleven professors who are
willing to stick their necks out
and express an opinion are to be j
But they are quite cautious in ,
that they have not come out and
delivered an "either-or" proposi-
tion to the University: "Either
you allow us to have a real part j
in recommending teachers to the j
state department of education, or j
we'll go someplace where the
views of feill professors are taken
This would ruffle the feathers of
rtie administration enough, I thin,
to get a little or a lot of action
In this day and age when time
is . precious and the urgency of
the educational problem is hang
ing over us like a sharp knife, we
can't wait, for regular meetings
and lengthy studies into each and
every recommendation which is
made. We have Jo have the cour
age of our convictions and the
ability to express them.
Now as a follow up. I would be
interested in seeing if these eleven
professors will be listened to witn
attentive ears. Let's not have the
Board of Regents sit on this rec
ommendation until after the next
election. Let's find out now whether
those who have a basic knowledge
of their subjects and the ability
i not the "professional technique'')
for teaching will be allowed to as
sume a vital role in American edu
cation. J. Silverheels
Council Promoter
Ta the Editor:
I disagree with all the recent
editorials criticizing the Student
Council. Anyone who knows any
thing about the Council knows
that they are doing a good job.
It isn't going to help anything
by criticizing them up and down.
They are doing the best they can
so why not leave them alone.
Anyone who just sits in on an oc
casional Council meeting cannot
get an accurate picture of their
work. About 90 per cent is dont
in committee discussions and in
vestigations. We elect the Council members
to represent us, now why not givi
them a chance to do just that.
Council Conscious
On The Ball?
To the editor:
With typical efficiency, the Un
ion has been warning the student
body that there is going to ba pro
gress made on the new Union ad
dition this fall. They have been
doing it with a misspelled sign.
For the benefit of Bob Handy,
Duane Lake! et al, the word is
i-n-c-o-n-v-e-n-i-e-n-c-e. One of
these days the Union will also
stop putting elaborate posters on
the most rickety sign board in
existence out on the front lawn.
What people must think!
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Friday-November 22, 1957. 8:00 P.M.