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Tuesday. November 26, 1957
The Dailv Nebrcskon
A New Approach
Americans have had a tendency to underrate
Thanksgiving in the past few years.
It's question of the holiday's having devel
oped into an annual bacchanal far many Ameri
cans. The "new tradition" of Thanksgiving lends
itself comfortably to the style of living Ameri
cans have become accustomed to.
Now on Thanksgiving morn the head of the
bouse gets up about nine in time to have a
big breakfast and then greet the neighbors with
a glass. Following the reception, papa goes to
..the locker again and refills his glass, helps
mamma stuff the bird and watches the tele
vision until it's time for the feast.
Now in general there is no objection to the
idea that Thanksgiving is a time to relax, a
time to get away from the routine of the
office, a time to enjoy oneself to the fullest.
What Americans have shied away from is
the notion of the real meaning of the feast day.
Originally, as we well remember. Thanksgiving
was a time when the people of the land offered
thanks to God for the good crop, for the safe
keeping, for the power to withstand the Indians
- through the summer months.
But since the American people have become
so self sufficient and have just ab?ut perfected
the means to the "good life" the true nature
of the feast is forgatten in the revelry of the
This complacent society strikes the opposite
view from that society which valued the mean
ing of a sufficient meal. We have a definite
urge to criticize our shortcomings rather than
to thank God for the more than bountiful bless
ings heaped on us. It is indeed an unusual turn
of events for Americans.
Rather than list the advantages which Harm
Americanus has, we would like to think ths
average man would like to take the initiative
to count for himself the blessings which he,
individually, has been handed over the year.
Maybe the real meaning of Thanksgiving lies
in the thought that men so taken up with the
chores of the everyday world will stop and
reflect. It is not too much to admit that to
Someone we owe thanks?
Perhaps this Thanksgiving Day Americans
will appreciate their position in a world of
strife. Perhaps they will, as in the past, become
satiated with the good things of life that there
is no time to stop for a moment and reflect.
Freedom to Inquire
The Associated Press Managing Editors con
vention brought to light some of the interesting
problems which newsmen must face in the
struggle to present the news objectively.
The greatest of these, of course, is the ques
tion of how much the newsman has a right to
know from the government.
There are significant parallels at the Uni
versity which might merit some investigation
by the .student body or the Board of Regents
or the Uncameral.
The Daily Nebraskan has been discriminated
against in its gathering of the news, we believe.
Perhaps the fault lies with the paper in
that its staff has failed to establish what is
commonly referred to as channels.
However, it seems that closed sessions of
various committees, ""no comment" answers to
questions, preference by various persons to
; other newspapers and so forth have created
r some of what a problem in this paper's gather
ing of the news.
We would like to break down the barriers of
We would like to establish the best possible
press relations with every department of the
Therefore the newspaper has appointed beat
reporters to the various sections of the Univer
sity who should be accorded the respect of the
persons with whom they are and will in the
Some persons have gotten the impression that
because we are a smaller newspaper, a student
operated newspaper, that they don't owe us
the respect which should be given to any real
As can be expected this does not lead to a
favorable opinion on the part of the paper
toward those individuals or groups.
Thfsse are just some comments which those
who we involved might ponder and which are
throwa out so that those who have complained
that we have the news late might understand
the perils of a student newspaper.
' It is very possible that the suggestion of the
Board of Regents to have a committee investi
gate the recommendation of eleven professors
in the Arts College to revamp the teacher cer
tification requirements might become bogged
" Extremely important in this case is the idea
that whatever comes must come quickly.
We have become aware that when the TJni
"versity wants to get things done it gets them
-done in a hurry. Thus the Board of Regents and
the administrative officers of the University
developed a fine budget last year for there
was a pressing need for the budget to be drawn
tip quickly and efficiently and with some degree
of eloquence so that it could be offered to the
Unicameral's budget committee as soon as
On the other hand we have witnessed the
slowness .of the University to act on other very
Witness the length of time it is taking to
dispose of a charge against the freedom of the
individual professor levelled by C. Clyde Mitch
ell. This case has been a real issue for so
long it is starting to decay. People become sick
of hearing of the thing anymore.
Witness the slowness with which the joint
student-administration parking board appointed
last spring has accomplished anything. Nearly
everyone will agree that the parking lots are
in as bad shape as they have been since Don
Peiper was around.
So for the sake of keeping peace in the house,
let's see to it that the committee gets appointed
quickly, that they are told just what they can
and cannot do, and that they go ahead and get
from the editor-
First Things First. . .
by Jack Pollock
It's always amazed me how a 110 pound girl,
with honest fear, hesitates to operate a 25
pound lawn mower especially a power mower
but yet can climb into a ton and one-half
machine and operate it full blast with no
qualms at alL
The discouraging thing, men, is that figures
show that only about 10 per cent of the drivers
in fatal accidents last year were women. (Keep
in mind, however, that men drivers average
more kilometers per car.)
This despite the fact that the human body
becomes increasingly vulnerable when an acci
dent takes place regardless of sex.
The other day I was fingering through "Acci
dent Facts" of 1957, published by the National
Safety Council looking for cartoons and trying
to find statistics to back the adage, "Make the
last driak for the road a cup of coffee . . .
Didn't find many humorous cartoons, though
eome were colorful, but did scrape up these
Only 10 per cent of the fatalities in 19D6
occurred on Tuesday. (That's the lowest Satur
day was the highest with 22 per cent so take
advantage of it today.)
Nebraska had 314 motor vehicle deaths in
Students accounted for seven per cent of
the nation's fatality toll.
Of 40,000 fatal accidents, 30,400 occurred in
rural areas and only 9.600 occurred in urban
Fifty-five per cent of the fatalities occurred
Speed violations were factors in 38 per
cent of the fatal accidents.
A drinking driver was involved in about
30 per cent of all fatal accidents in 1956.
These statistics continued for 96 pages, ex
plaining injury trends by parts of the body,
accident severity and speed factors.
Other facts include a study by two University
of Nebraska professors in which they clocked
cars by radar and found that drivers in the 16-25
age group have the least regard for speed laws.
Drivers 25 and under held only 17.5 per cent of
the licenses among the drivers checked, but
they were responsible for 36 per cent of the
speed law violations. The survey also showed
that 50 per cent of the total violators were under
30 years of age.
In general, the information summed up means
that it's the stopping distance that counts, not
necessarily speed on your speedometer (stopping
distance at 20 miles per hour is 43 feet, at
40 miles an hour 126 feet, 251 feet at 60 miles
an hour and 328 feet for 70 miles an hour.)
So I offer this hint for a happy holiday, in
crease your insurance or decrease the accel
erator. The Thanksgiving goose you cook may
be your own.
And happy Thanksgiving.
He asked of himself
What will I be
The man was lost
He could not see
Who could he see
To help him along
Who could be choose
Out of the throng
"1 know from experience
Do as I planned''
How cculd he tell
Did he really understand
"Seek and ye find'
"He will help you"
The man wasnt sure
If only be knew
Who is his enemy
Why must he search
What does be seek
Why not the church
He asked of himself
What will I be
The man was lost
The man is me
The Coal Bin
by jim cole
The day 'fore vacation.
And all through the school not
a creature was stirring. Not even
Oh yes they were, for it was
the University of Nebraska, and
no one hops out early. And in one
department anybody who wants to
take an extra long recess will have
to pay the price for missing two
classes for every one missed.
I know that since this is an in
stitution for learning, classes, they
say, are supposed to be attended.
(Well, some of us aren't so sure,
and in a few weeks that problem
will be taken up in this space.)
However, it seems the teachers
ought to be especially considerate
in the prevacation period.
For some persons may want to
miss a class or two for the follow
1) They may live in California
or New Jersey and have to leave
earlier than Wednesday if they ex
pect to have longer than a day or
two with their families.
2) They may count on riding
home with other students who, be
cause of no classes, might go soon
er. Then the passengers will be
obliged to go when the chauffeur
3 They may have a class on
Tuesday afternoon, say, but none
that morning or on Monday after
noon. Therefore it would be more
convenient for them to leave Mon
day afternoon instead of waiting
a whole day for one class, es
pecially if they live very far away.
As one prof told his kids last
year, he'd be reasonable about it
if anyone had to miss his class to
get started early for any reason
like slow ox cart transportation.
Then there are those who will
be down with double pneumonia.
Also, we all, I'm sure, like the
good old fashioned spirit of skip
ping a few before we go home.
It's just a bit of added fun, if for
no good reason.
At any rate the official vacation
Is just about here, and every stu
dent should not forget to pack the
issues of the day before leaving.
A lot of problems need to be
solved, and as college students we
oucht to form an opinion on them.
For example, some issues of this
Proposal of the Arts college
professors and rebuttal of the
Organization of the tribunal.
And some issues of the state
Nebraska's tax problem.
Missiles, satellites, and US de
Not that these should be topic
for discussion over Thursday's din
ner. Rather that some thought
should be given tbem over the
week so that suggestions for their
solutions can be given the proper
authority to expedite wise action.
But the most important part of
this month's time out will be to
count your blessings. For that's
what this season is all about.
The festival, as everyone knows,
was originally a harvest thanks
giving, proclaimed by Governor
Bradford of Plymouth Colony in
1621. Following the Atlantic land
ing, the summer produced a scanty
harvest. Yet amid the crop failure
the Pilgrims rejoiced together aft
er they had "gathered the fruit
of our labor.'"
While -sickness lurked, and
And foes beset n every
band. . .
And scholars point out that days
of thanks stem from ancient times.
Nevertheless everyone knows the
-old story of New England and
likes to think about it each year.
At least everyone ought to.
Well, the problems of our fathers
weren't as complex as ours, but
1 doubt in another three and a
half centuries that the problems
of our sons will be as "simple
as ours either. At least if they're
homesteading up on the moon
Some of the intelligentsia will
ask what blessings there are to
count, but we that arent so fancy
will be thankful that we have raw
materials to build a life with, if
nothing "else". We will be thank
. fuL after all the sarcastic talk,
that we live in a pretty fine coun
try and state and attend s good
And we will ask for strength to
solve our problems, and be grate
ful that we can solve them.
With that let's all go home to
eat a lot of turkey and cranberries
and pumpkin pie, get a lot of eleep
in, catch up on a lot of studying,
do a lot of thinking, date a lot
of girls, and come back with re
freshed souls and replenished
I'm aE for it.
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Mr. Hunter wants me to explain
myself so he can decide whether
or not 1 am a raving idiot or a
genius. Alright, Mr. Hunter, I'll
play your silly little game; I'm
; ir is
When anyone writes a column,
he puts his head n the block. If
someone goes at it with the axe,
the author has little to complain
about. He should realize among
OTHER things that the man with
the axe is after the idea expressed
and not the man personally. Steve,
if you are going to take criticism
personally you had better get out
of the game for your own sake.
1 have decided to shelve Charley
and Joe. You would be surprised
how much of a nuisance it is to
have those two always arguing it
cut. For Joe represented the way
I felt or have felt and Charley
represented what I knew to be
right. Right or wrong I am put
ting all this aside for one life and
one opinion. As I said before it
was such a nuisance.
r ir is
I offer what I have to say for
your consideration and not your
pleasure or entertainment. I feel
a responsibility to present what I
think to be significant and worthy
of your consideration. Most of
what I write is a summation of
my own thoughts on the matter,
so I claim no infalibility or solu
tions. I would not advise anyone
to take what I say as being final
or significant. The more 1 try to
unravel this chaos we call life
the more 1 find to unravel. Life
will not be long enough I am
afraid, but the road to hell is
paved with unbought stuffed dogtL
There is hope that someday some
thing might come of this searching
about for truth. We shall see. One
other word here: I shall, in the
future, confine my bickering to the
Letterrip Column. Bickering isn't
important enough to take up ed
itorial space with.
Tag time is around again. Tag
a name on something and you can
deal with it more effectively. Lets
see: existentalist, spineless, .cru
sader, demagogue, pedagogue, as
thetic, genius, or codfish. Have
your pick. They are all I have it!
A Schultzian fullback, (second
Drivel! Did 1 hear someone say
drivel? Now there is a thought
worthy of consideration.
Rip, tear, destroy, growl like
a lion), jackal.
I must he at practice at two.
Tear, rip, jackal, growl (like a
Happy Turkey Time!
Thmush These Doors
Oh, the gnash cf teeth! Oh, the
screams of pain! O. ths roar of
verbial cannons and the snap of
breaking pencil points! Man the
battlements, shore up the defens?s
and keep your powder dry. Brer
low hi-s returned to the editorial
page of the Daily Nebraskan.
He returns on a matter which
I regard as having impartance.
However, it is impassible ts ascer
tain whether he returns to vin
dicate himself on the diminu
tive redh?Eded one or to clear up
the muddle surrounding tht Student
A couple of weeks ago, I de
clared mildly in these, columns
that something ought to be done
about getting the Trbunal in oper
ation. In this piece, I inferred that
I cared very little about who re
moved what type from where for
what reason. The only thing that
bothered me was lack of progress
since this happened.
Make no mistake, I don't con
done such proceedings as surpress
ing knowledge from the student
body by either foul means or hon
est mistakes Apparently the mat
ter was one cf the latter cat?g3ry.
I myself incline toward the latter.
This isnt on the issue at hand
however, and I hope that no one
will lose sight of this. The thing
that worries Breslow. Shugrue and
myself is when the Tribunal will
become a realtiy. Breslow says
now. I say let's speed it up, of
course eliminating as many weak
nesses as possible. Shugrue says
th charter committee is doing all
right. Dave Keene says, "dum de
dum dam," and off key at that,
Schulta and company had their
black mourning flag out the other
day after the Kosmet Klub show.
Apparently they felt that they had
been, in some manner, slighted. It
makes me very sad to thing that
such fine boys were wronged. Aa
a matter of fact, I was consider
ing hanging out a flag of my
own out of sympathy, but Zeke
persuaded me that this came un
der the heading of a secondary
boycott, illegal in Nebraska.
FALLS ON THE FL0O2
15 LE6ALLY MINE!
By the Author of "Rally Round the Flop, Boys! "and,
"Barefoot Boy vdtii Cheek.")
HOW TO STUDY
The maker? of Marlboro Cigarettes Lave boupbt this
pane so I can bring a message of importance to American
undergraduate? each week. There is no more important
message I can bring you than this: College can be beauti-Jy-jLW.i
lousejt .up with studying.
That" was my mistake. At first, owed by college,
I studied so much that I turned into a dreary, blinking
creature, ub,ieet to dry mouth and night sweats. TLii
dismal condition prevailed until 1 learned the real mean
ing of college. And what is that? IH tell you what: in
prepare you to face the realities of the world. And what
do you need to face the realities of the world? I'D tell you
what: poise. And how do you get poise? I'll tell you how:
not by sticking your nose in a book, you may be sure!
Relax! live! Enjoy! - - . That's how you get poir.
ff course you have to study, but l.e poised about it.
Don't be like some drones who spend every single night
buried in a book. They are not learning poise; what's
more, they are playing hob with their posture.
The truly poised student knows better than to make
the whole semester hideous with studying. He knows that
the night before an exam is plenty of time to study.
Yes, I've beard people condemn cramming. But who
are these people? They are the electric light and power
interests, that's who! They want you to sit up late and
itudy even night so you will use more electricity and
enrich their bulging coffers.
Don't be taken in by their insidious propaganda!
Cramming is clearly the only sensible way to study. But
beware! Even cramming can be overdone. When you
cram, be sure you are good and relaxed. Before you start,
eat a hearty dinner. Then get a date and go out and eat
another hearty dinner. Then go park some place mid hjrht
up a Marlboro. Enjoy the jieaceful pleasure it afford.
Don't go home till you're properly relaxed.
O. rs J"
Once at home, stay relaxed. Do not, however, fall
asleep. This is too relaxed. To insure wakefulness, chooe
a chair that is not too comfortable. For example, t&k
a chair with nails pointing up through the (seat.
Place tieveral packs of Marlboroe within espy reach.
Good, mild tobacco helps you relax, and that's what
Marlboro is good, mild tobacco. But Marlboro is more
than just good, mild tobacco; it is also cigarette paper
to keep the good, mild tobacco from spilling all over the
place. And a filter. And a flip-top box. And a red tone
to lift the cigarettes easily It is, in short, a lot to lik.
Now you've got the uncomfortable chair and the
Marlboros. Now you need light. Use the lit end of your
Marlboro. Do not enrich the light and power interests.
Read your textbook in a slow, relaxed manner. Do
not underline; it reduces the resale value of the book.
Always keep j'our books in prime resale condition. Ycti
never know when you'll need getaway money.
As you read you will no doubt come across many
things you don't understand. But don't panic. Relax.
Play some Fats Domino. Remove a callus. Go out and
catch some night crawlers.
Relax! live! Enjoy! Remember any number of
people ha ve bachelor's degrees, but precious few have poise !
It doesn't take any cramming to learn that the finest filter
cigarette on the market today if Marlboro, trlume makert
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