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Tlie Dailv Nebroskan
Tuesday, December 3, 1957
Editorial Comment
Mrs. Roosevelt
She's been labeled the greatest woman liv
ing in the world today.
She has been hailed by Democrat and Re
publican alike as a staunch supporter of the
American way.
. She has travelled around the world spreading
the truth about America and gathering informa
tion which will bring unity to the world broth
erhood as the years pass.
Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the lady ex
traordinaire, will speak to the University and
.citizens of Lincoln this evening and tomorrow
morning in the Union.
An active leader in politics, Mrs. Roosevelt
began her official career in 1924 as Finance
Chairman of the Women's Division of the New
York State Democratic Committee.
She has served as assistant director of the
office of civilian defense and as U.S. repre
sentative to the United Nations Central As
sembly. The University is privileged to have Mrs.
Roosevelt spend the two days here. This eve
ning she will be the guest of honor at a closed
dinner and following that she will appear o n
a panel in the Union ballroom.
Tomorrow morning the late president's
wife will be the speaker at a convocation in
the Union.
It is a shame that the University could not
sponsor the meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. as an
All-University convocation.
So far this semester the University has had
but one such convocation, the chancellor's
State of the University address. It would seem,
then, that such a fine occasion as the appear
ance of Mrs. Roosevelt would warrant an of
ficial proclamation on the part of the admin
istration to the effect that the convocation
sponsored by the Union will be an All-University
Certainly Mrs. Roosevelt's comments on the
world situation and her discussion of the Rus
sia she has just returned from and the leader
of the Russian people is worthy of the attention
of all the students and faculty at the University.
Apparently, the Convocations committee
needs time to plan their meetings and place
them an the Uninversity calendar. This pro
cedure is, of course, a most logical one.
However, exceptions should be made. And
this convocation should be one of them.
"Shut not your doors to me
proud libraries . .
Walt Whitman
Vacation time, contrary to the opinion of
parents and many professors, has become the
traditional time for students to hit the books
for term papers and general "catching up."
However, any person from the University
wftowanted to indulge in the important task
of-v little research over the holidays was quite
disappointed when he went pounding up to the
doors of Love Memorial Library.
What irritated students even more was the
fact that lights shone through the windows of
the entire library oa holidays. Obviously there
were persons in the library building setting up
displays and cateloguing file cards. Which is
all wH and good.
One of the functions of the University is to
be of service to the students who desire to
improve their study habits and become inter
ested in books of the past and present. This
sort 6T activity is thwarting, to say the least,
so those students who want to break from the
Don't Do It Again
tradion of "no study on holidays." We trust that
the library and its directors will look more
kindly during the next month when planning the
schedules for the Christmas holidays.
It would be a shame if the one major refer
ence facility of the University slammed its
doors in the faces of the students when they
have a will to study.
If it would be impossible to keep the library
open throughout the entire Christmas vacation,
perhaps some arrangement can be made to
have the library open afternoons and evenings.
Summing it up, the City Libraries, although
they abound in courtesy, haven't the facilities to
aid students in writing highly technical term
papers. Despite the fact that the City Libraries
axe open twleve hours a day and despite the
fact that the staff is ready and willing to dig
into the reference shelves for materials which
college students might want it, would be more
practical and much fairer to the City for the
University to unlock its doors and let students
in when there is someone in the library.
Or else the chief custodian should turn off the
lights when he goes home.
A Resolution
One thing is obvious from the resolution which
was drawn up and delivered by two honorary
fraternities to the administration of the Univer
ity: Students have a deep concern for the ac
tions taken by the eleven professors of the Arts
and Sciences College and the responses by the
Teachers College faculty.
It is significant that student organization, or
organizations which are made up of a good
Cumber of students plus faculty members, are
voicing their opinion openly and actively in
favor of or opposed to the recommendations
made by the eleven.
. The Daily Nebraskan deems it significant that
the groups, a history honorary and a political
science organization, have come out promptly
nd apparently studiously, in their support of
the resolution.
While not voicing an opinion at this time on
one side or the other of the argument, we
believe that the administration should take note
of the concerted activity of the groups in mak
ing its final recommendations and then resolv
ing the situation.
When students band together to make their
voices heard there is still hope for the future.
When that voice comes from those who have
obviously made somewhat of a mark for them
selves it should be heard with respect and with
the notion that the resolution won't end up in
the circular file.
Now it is up to the honoraries in the Teachers
College, or honoraries in other fields to voice
their opinions on this pressing matter of teacher
One of the strongest links in the chain of demo
cratic action is the open forum. This newspaper
encourages it, backs it.
We are happy to see honoraries come from
their "Ivory Towers" into the daylight and take
a step toward improving a system which some
would say, needs improvement.
from the edilor
First Things First, . .
by Jack Pollock
Mrs. Ann Eleanor Roosevelt, billed once by
a Washington writer as one of the 10 most
powerful persons m Washington, visits the
campus tomorrow to stimulate interest in the
international organization known as the United
While countries spend millions arming for
'defease" and "counter-attack" weapons to save
themselves from annihila
tion, this international organ
ization attempts to do the
same thing, but to save all
- nations, through pacific
means and methods. Bat it
has not always received the
financial backing that na
tions so readily give 'ia
keeping with the Joneses"
across the seas.
Although her political opin
ions bave met with some
dispute especially in the midwest there it
ISie doubt h: the contrary that her political
-tiews are more powerful than those of any
ioSaer woman in the U.S. Never before has a
-iusoer First Lady been so much of a national
- f.jrrehead. However, ber talks tomorrow will
b awn partisan.
Siaadenially, on this preponderantly pro-
Efjj Alicia campus, Mrs. Roosevelt is the sec-Tcratfflon-politicsl
speaker at University coavoca-
to this year of great stature in national
- Ds3iiCrrtic circles. Last spring, Sen. Robert
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Kennedy of Massachusetts addressed a Univer
sity convocation.
This "Woman of the Century" is probably
more informed on U.S. problems than some of
the nation's top political persons, has probably
surpassed John Foster Dulles in VS. public
relations work abroad, and has served as a
former U.S. representative to the United Nations
General Assembly, in addition to ber sidelines
as columnist, author and speaker.
Here are a few of the comments made by
Mrs. Roosevelt on the Mike Wallace Show some
10 days ago:
On President Eisenhower: "... I would say
that he was a diplomat; I would say that he
was very good at carrying out things that had
been planned. . . . From the standpoint of
intellectual capacity I am no judge except that
I would say that he probably had less what
I would call intellectual interest in a great
variety of subjects than either . . . Winsfw
Churchill or my husband had."
On Vice President Nixon: "On the Republican
side, of course, the only one who stands out is
Mr. Nixon, and he has made no mistakes oi
late. He has been extremely carefuL I would
say be tad ability. How much conviction is
another question. ... In great crises you need
to have deep-rooted convictions. ... I would
say . . . that he had a very clear idea of what
be wanted and had conducted himself wisely to
achieve the ends be desires."
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Several weeks ago my friend
Dick Shugrue wrote a short novel,
which appeared in the Nebraskan,
about the new Prairie Schooner
and its editor, Karl Shapiro. I
am not a regular reader of the
Prairie Schooner but I did see the
fall issue a few days after read
ing Shugrue's tribute to the maga
zine, and its editor.
My first thought on examining
the publication was this: The
Prairie Schooner no longer exists.
It has been replaced by the Belch
fire Eight, complete with tail fins,
four-barrel carburetor and chrome
in large quantities. It U, in short,
a very slick addition to this slick
est of all possible worlds.
I have no quarrel with Prof.
Shapiro's right, as Prairie
Schooner editor, to select a for
mat which he thinks fitting. Per
haps the new look is intended to
suggest that the magazine's con
tent is not what it used to be.
(as indeed it is not, to judge by
the fall number). But I do won
der if the new format is really
a change to something better, or
only a change to what is current
ly popular among a certain mod
erately avant garde group.
Personally I have great fond
ness for clinging to the past for
its own sake, but my feeling after
comparing the new Schooner with
the old is that the previous for
mat was more fitting for a mag
azine which calls itself the Prairie
Schooner, is published in the na
tion's breadbasket or the Bible
Belt, depending on your outlook,
and is more closely linked to
American writing and less to other
influences than, perhaps, publica
tions are on either coast.
Now for the contents of the new
Anyone who does not like poetry
would find the fall issue a dull
piece of work indeed. I counted
something like 32 pieces of verse
in it, plus one or two articles
concerned with poetry in one way
or another.
Even Prof. Shapiro is aware,
I am sure, that the market for
even the best poetry is truly a
small one, unfortunate as that
may be. The only poet I am aware
of who command a large audi
ence are Ogden Nash and Edgar
How then, can an issue like the
fall number be justified?
Granted that the Schooner's ap
peal is to a specialized audience
which presumably more high-
brow in its tastes than the gen
eral public. But the effect of such
issues will be to further reduce
the audience, not to increase it.
I have only a moderate interest
in poetry. Again, perhaps this is
unfortunate, but I feel that I read
a great deal more poetry thin
many. I enjoy an occasional poem
which I find intersperced between
prose in such magazines as the
Atlantic, Harper's, the Saturday
review and the New Yorker (this
list puts me in the low middle
brow group, no doubt.).
I do not feel qualified to judge
the poetry which Prof. Shapiro
included in the fall Schooner. No
doubt much of it is excellent. But,
as I have said, even excellent
poetry these days finds little
No, Prof, Shapiro, the modern
reader must be spoonfed on poet
ry. You perhaps may lure him
into the Schooner with excellent
fiction and articles, which it has
had in the past, and then, while
his guard is down, hit him with
your iambic pentameter. But it
takes a great deal of cunning.
Brute force, apparently the
technique tried in the fall issue,
will surely fail.
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Credit Given
To the Editor:
The football season is now com
pleted at the University of Ne
braska. Both the coaching staff
and the players deserve high cred
it for refusing to quit in spite of
defeat. However, there must be a
change made and for he better.
The ingredients for a winning
team are well known a good
coaching staff and top flight ma
terial. Assuming we have a good
staff of coaches, and it has no
been proven otherwise, what we
now need is to form and adopt a
plan of action to get the material.
The majority of the football
team should come from Nebraska
and the surrounding states. Let as
call Nebraska the loyalty zone and
the surrounding states the proxi
mity zone. In order to get the good
players, the loyalty and proximity
zones should be divided into ap
proximately twenty areas in which
the high school coaches would be
organized to determine the people
in whom the University would be
interested. These coaches would
take into consideration the intelli
gence and high school courses tak
en by the player. This would rs
sult in the elimination of athletes
who have taken only manuel train
ing courses, etc. from the Univer
sity. The coaches would have a few
representatives who would form a
committee of coaches under Or
wig and his assistants. They would
determine which players are want
ed and how much of a scholarship
would be necessary in order to
bring them to the University.
Scholarships should vary accord
ing to the boy. By appealing to
the boy's sense of loyalty ior his
home state and by matching of
fers given by other schools, Ne
braska would get better material.
The problem of finance now oc
curs. If the state were organized
again into approximately twenty
areas of alums and supporters,
money might be raised with more
ease. Local merchants would be
able to support local boys at the
University. They could also sup
pliment the scholarship of ihe
boys, which, though illegal, is be
ing done by other states ones with
winning teams.
The financing projects should be
under the direction of a paid, full
time person instead of being under
the direction of some loyal alum
who also has his business to take
care of.
The final problem faced by the
University in getting a good foot
ball team is keeping the players in
school. In the first place, it should
be seen to that the player attends
his classes. With a little coopera
tion from the instructors, reports
of players who are skipping class
or failing could be turned in the
Chancellor Hardin or some other
person who could take effective
action. Professors could give addi
tional instruction to flunking play
ers or see to it that they have
tutors. For this, of course, the in
structor would be paid an appro
priate amount. Possibly, as a last
resort, the players might even be
paid to pass bis courses.
If these steps are followed, a
better team would result. This
would be beneficial to the Univer
sity and the state as a whole.
Pat Hannigaa
Cole Bin
Jim Cole
, -Juaa hmtrm
Sometimes the forest is not seen
because of the trees. Sometimes
the orchestra is not heard due
to the blasting trumpets; some
times the choir is squelched by
one overconfident soprano.
Relics in the museum are not
looked at until the visitors open
the door and walk in. Letters are
not read until the envelope is
opened. The stomach stays in the
dark until the skin is cut and the
muscles pulled back.
Everyone is familiar with biding
places and objects that conceal.
However, the culprit that shelters
can usually be removed so that
what was once secret can now be
made public. A frown from the
director may cure the singer; the
surgeon's knife will expose the di
gestive sac. All that is needed is
some action to take away the false
front and disclose the reality.
To get that done the initial step
is to keep the brain awake so that
mental drowsiness doesn't disturb
alertness and the ability to ob
serve. Get on the ball, sharpen
up, come to, get wise to the world.
In other words, naivete ought to
be replaced by perspicacity so that
the weeds won't be mistaken for
the grass, and the grass won't be
classified weeds.
And I'm interested in noting
some false classifications around
this school, being made possible
by hiding and failure to find. That
is, what appears to be isn't what
sometimes is; but no difference
is noted because even though the
eyes and ears are open, the brain
stays shut. Evidently.
However, I'm comforted in
learning that some ' persons are
starting to open the brains for the
rest of us. For example, one stu
dent said that be thinks most stu
dents enroll in activities for selfish
reasons, "to get ahead. Congratu
lations. That's a pretty shrewd in
sight to have and a bold declara
tion to make. One always bears
about hcrw many points for such
an award ire going to be cal
culated for such a doing. And how
many tickets for such a show
need to be sold to make member
ship in such a club possible. And
bow good this or that is going
to make such a person look for
chances in some senior honorary.
The real purpose in these activi
ties seems not to be detected, or
perhaps not admitted, except by
the rare individual. The whole
idea, we art made to believe, is
that the enthusiasm is generated
in hopes of being awarded or hon
ored or publicized, and that the
person who works so diligently is
doing it neither because he en
joys the task, nor because he fig
ures the experience is good, nor
because of the service given some
worthy cause. Rather, the purpose
is to make an impression.
Now there is some other evi
dence of this putting up a false
front for ambitious reasons. I have
the feeling that sometimes a por
tion of Crib patrons think they're
there on display watch, some
time, how people look around to
see who's watching them. I nave
the feeling that a good portion
of ivy dressers don their buckles
for an assurance of being labeled
College sapiens, not because that
style particularly pleases the
senses. Someone could ask the
question, "Where's our sense of
values, anyway?" and that would
raise a new topic.
And then the hifiest. Does be
listen to his victroli to bear the
music or to catch distortion. Is be
interested in having ' audience
listen to the concert or compli
ment his instrument. And the cam
era worm who practically tries to
alter nature itself by faying for
all kinds of special effects. I won
der if the photographer is interest
ed in the picture or in the per
fection of performance in picture
taking. It's nice to bave hobby,
but undoubtedly more people
should drive through the moun
tains with the thought of enjoying
them rather than bunting a good
place for picture all the time.
Sense of values.
In both cases the essence of the
whole thing is hidden, and the at
tention is misplaced, the music be
ing confused with the record play
ing and the picture with the cam
era shooting. The values are
placed on the false and not the
End of preaching.
Oh! Logic!
To the editor:
It has been suggested that the
thing that's wrong with school
spirit is that the football team has
become commercialized. This is
very logical because it explains
what is wrong with school spirit,
not the football team. It would
be illogical to think that it might
be the school spirit that has be
com commercialized. This would
be very very wrong and should
never be said because bad things
come of it. If we said this e
would have to say that the stu
dents' attitudes have become com
mercialized and that would mean
that we are going to college to get
jobs and not an education. And
that would seem to say that maybe
people used to come to college to
get educated. This is a very bad
thought and shouldn't even be
whispered ever.
Commercialise d education
means educated commerce. Then
it must be that commerce needs
education. Civilization needs edu
cation. So civilization must be
commercialized. Since very splen
did people run civilization it must
be that splendid people are com
mercialized. So we must become
commercialized and people who go
to college to" get an education caj
not be very splendid at all. We
wrong it is to want an education
Schoal spirit cannot be commer
cialized. Then it must be that
school spirit isn't very splendid
either. So we must do away with
school spirit.
Now let's all pull the wool over
each other's beanie and go to a
splendidly commercialized hell,
Wiliam E. Johnson
a a
Dangerous Situation
Tc the editor:
A situation exists presently on
the University campus which is
endangering the lives of Nebraska
The present handling of traffic
during the morning and noon rush
periods on 14th Street is going
to result in the death or serious
injury of someone unless mea
sures are taken to improve the
Students crossing in front of
Teachers College and Andrews
hall are wantonly disobeying traf
fic signals while motorists ap
proaching these same intersec
tions are often careless about
their observance of fundamental
safety procedures.
The remedy is obvious. The
University or Lnicoln police must
be present to enforce the law
during these peak periods.
Geo. Moyer
The Galley Slave
by dick shugrue
It's alarming to think that the
national Interfratemity C o u n c il
would not have placed on its rules
book long ago the idea that any
one which a fraternity chapter
wants to ac
cept is accept
One past
officer of s na
tional fraterni
t y comment
ed that such a
ruling has
been the letter
of the law for
some time.
"What the 21
boys at t h e
national meeting were trying to
do was make it essential that
fraternity take certain persons."
He added, "That's whet we don't
And he's right. There was ap
parently some misinterpretation of
what the actual situation1 was at
the national meeting by the wire
services. At the present time, frs
temities may take in whom ever
they wish to take in. But no gov
ernment, whether city of state or
national or university, may tell
them they must accept particular
What it appears to me was go
ing on was a move to make a
racial issue out of the interfra
temity convention. That's deplor
able. I believe that most fraterni
ties outlaw discrimination as to
race or creed at the present time.
Whether this outlawing works is
another question.
But the fact remains that fra
ternities may take boys whom
they wish to take. No one can
tell them whom they rtust pledge.
And no one 'isd betier tiy tell
ing them, either.
Despite any banter between oth
er columnists in this newspaper
regarding the judging at the Kos
met Klub Fall Show (which seems
to have been years ago).-1 think
this note should be printed:
Boys, when you want 1 diagno
sis of heart disesse you don't
ask a lawyer to do the job. When
you want to evaluate the merits
of a Law case you don't ask s
clergyman to do the job. When
you want a good decision on the
merits (or demerits) of a Kosmet
Klub shew you don't ask people
who don't make it i Job to know
i good show.
I recommend that in the future
some one from the theatre de
partment, someone from the mu
sic department and someone from
the entertainers union be called
in to evaluate the situation.
It only seems natural to anyone
who will stop to consider the prob
lem. With all due respect to the two
deans who helped make the deci
sions in the show, with all re
spect for their own fields, I don't
consider them qualified to judge
a performance of the n a t u r e of
Kosmet Klub's fall show.
That, however, is my own opin
ion and doesn't necessarily reflect
the opinion of any associate, fraternity-wise
or otherwise.
Item: The University Libraries
need a public relations man to
explain to irate students why the
library was not open during the
Thanksgiving holidays.
There's no doubt about it, the
press sgent of the library got the
new i across as to the fact that
the library was to be closed.
That's as far as it went. No
reasons, no rhymes. Just closed
Saw s lot of old friends at the
Lincoln City Library over the holi
days. They were juggling dusty old
volumes and squatting around
looking for records to take home.
Oh, yes. The public relations
man at the library could whip up
a new form for late books. In
stead of making the notice of a
late book look like a draft notice,
with all the malice and greyness
of same, the new public relations
man could talk to the city li
brary's p.r. man and get the form
for the quaint "People Are Wait
irg" forms which the city book
men send out.
What's happened to the Univer
sity Convocation Committee? The
abortive student counterpart of the
same died when Sen. John Ken
nedy of Massachusetts climbed
? board a plane to fly to Denver
Ut May.
But we had been led to believe
that the big bey was still alive
and kicking.
I can recall one convocation this
That was poorly attended.
I can recall that an Indian big
wig and a Swiss ambassador have
been round. Overtures have been
made suggesting that men like
Carl T. Rowan, great reporter of
the Minneapolis Star and Trib or
Harry Ash more, fearless editor of
the Little Rock, Ark., Gazette, be
brought to the University.
They haven't shown up yet.
Maybe there's still hope for the
Perhaps if Ike could be wheeled
into town or George Norris could
be dug up, we might get action.
I'm sure W. J. Bryan wouldn't
warrant a smile from the convo
cations body.