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THe Doily Nebroskon
Friday, December 20, 1 957
A Christmas Wish"-"" Words
The perfect spirit for Christmas. The perfect
token for man to carry to his fellow human be
ings throughout his life.
Once a year when children anxiously await
tJie falling of a gentle and purse snow and par
ents quietly wrap packages there is a feeling
that after the last Christmas eve bus plods past
your borne all will be calm and bright.
Christmas. The gentle season when men try
to forget their troubles and
think of the great sacrifice of
' Some suggest that our
world has speeded up to
such a frantic pace that we
cant stop to consider the
wonderful gifts of creation
both by God and by the
hands of man which sur
round us, which make our
lives fine and long. This can't
h true. For even in the hec
tic days which come before Christmas and drag
into the hours before we go to our families we
are thinking of the time for joy and peace.
The Christmas message for youngsters come
from Santa, the spirit of giving which they
cannot understand, which they need not com
prehend. The Christmas message for adults
comes from the sweat it takes to satisfy the
youngsters. And the Christmas message for
the world over comes from the Christ who was
born for us in Bethlehem two thousand yeara
Man, who has become ever so selfish and
ever so rushed, would want to forget the spirit
of giving, we suspect. He would want to remem
ber himself but he cannot. Even in the hustle
and hurry of the cash register's testy rush to
collect money man is reminded that here, too,
is the spirit cf giving. Here may be the black
ened shadow of greed for the machine, but
surely that is based on the love of man for man,
the Christ-born love which transcends all mun
Little more can be said of Christmas, for it
is 'a spirit. And to describe a spirit is beyond
our range. Perhaps if man will halt for a
moment on these clear nights and look to the
West he wll see that gloriously bright star which
has mystified our inexperienced minds. But it
is there and it grows brighter each night, each
hour. This speck of a reminder of. the spirit
of Christmas, this fleck of creation must remain
not in the sky for centuries to come, but in
the hearts of those men who look at it and
know that it was created by the hand of God.
Alone it shines upon our lives, our hearts.
May our Christmas prayer, that every man
find this same small and brilliant star within
his heart, linger there, through the months and
years to come.
The Tribunal Changes
TVi student Council was handed a line
Christmas present Wednesday when Dave
Keene and his Tribunal committee presented
the proposed changes in the charter of the
Keene, who has been working diligently on
the charter since September says that he
hopes the council will act on the changes im
mediately after vacation and that the students
will be given a chance to vote on the changes
t a general election sometime in January.
The tone of the changes suggested and the
work which has gone into the time-consuming
project are both of superior quality. Whether
all students agree with the changes as proposed
is another matter which they will be given an
opportunity to settle at the election.
But it is encouraging to note that the council
has taken an active and a rapid step toward
improving the student-administration and the
intra-student relations. This tribunal committee
deserves the congratulations of students who
respect hard work and conscientious effort.
As for the changes proposed, they seem
enough organized and written so that every
student can read and understand them. Now it
will be up to the council and eventually the
students to make a sincere effort to handle
these issues wisely.
changes in the charter it might be noted. Un
.. This newspaper has some objections to the
the Qualifications for senior members are out-
der Article IV and Section two of the charter
lined. We are led to believe that junior mem
bers will be made candidates for the senior
positions. But we are not told whether new
candidates for the senior positions will be con
sidered. This would seem to exclude those
seniors who may not have been qualified in
the past but who would make fine judges dur
ing their senior year. Council members them
selves are included in that important category.
However, like all legal documents, we pre
sume that Keene and crew has written the char
ter revisions with the idea in mind that in
terpretation can be made in accordance with
the demands of the times.
The qualifications for the judges are much
clearer under the new proposed charter than
they had been before. The Daily Nebraskans
is happy to see that the changes eliminate
some of our major objections to the original
charter which the student body voted on last
In conclusion may we say that the job of the
charter tribunal committee is most pleasing to
this newspaper which has been one of the
great antagonists of the charter for the period
of the present semester. It is a credit to stu
dent ingenuity that these changes have been
made. We hope the charter will be appreciated
by. students who merely skim over this fine
rom the editor
First Things First. . .
by Jack Pollock
The University gets a double-barreled Christ
mas package this year, a new Tribunal set-up
and a new Union.
At the orphans party given by the Interfra
ternity Council Wednesday evening, Santa said
that because of lack of snow he had to arrive
by Sputnik. I understand the next U.S. Sputnik
though they don't know how far it will go
will be equipped with curb feelers.
Coed comments overheard on campus: "This
Is the time for mistletoe and missiles, for St.
Nick and Sputnik."
Then there was the one who was worried
bout her weekend activity. Seems her op
erators license is expiring.
The new Union plans to a great extent
follow requests on the campus-wide "Needs
Survey taken by Union consultant Porter Butts
of the Uninversity of Wisconsin two years
The survey showed that the Ballroom and
small party room received their strongest sup
port from Greek houses and dormitories by a
wide margin, despite prediction by most Union
chairmen (students) that bouses would continue
to hold their parties off campus regardless of
improved Union facilities.
Bated low on the survey were all fun and
fames except bowling, which ranked sixth in
"essential" category. Expansion of the fountain
lounge (Corn Crib) and a book store were the
top two items in demand, in that order. A
small auditorium ranked fourth and barber shop
Ranking first in the write-in category in the
survey was a beer or bar service (estimated
at over 300 votes). This service was supported
by eight per cent of the 3,686 who completed the
questionnaires. The Union consultant said this
compared to comments of four per cent to five
per cent of students in other Union surveys.
Commented Butts, "It is assumed however, that
Nebraska and University policy would not per
mit bar facilities in the Union."
On the other hand, the second most fre
with 29 write-ins, representing an 0.8 per cent in
terest. Butt's report to the Union stated this
was "extremely low" with some Union surveys
giving that facility write-in votes up to nine per
According to t he survey, interest in the bar
ber shop was "overwhelming" compared to
other campus surveys. Forty per cent of the
men regarded it as essential and 23 per cent
ranked it desirable. Ranking eighth in the Ne
braska survey, Butts said this figure was "un-
precedented in other surveys."
Two-thirds of the existing Unions include bar
ber shops but rarely has a question or complaint
been raised concerning competition, according
to Butts' report, since one of the existing shop
operators ordinarily moves into the Union on a
lease basis. Thus, there is no additional .com
petition, but rather a change of location of an
existing shop to a point more convenient to
students. There is no element of the University
in competition with business, because the Uni
versity does not operate the shop.
Negative thinking was at a minimum in the
survey. Only 15 comments or .4 per cent of those
completing the forms, expressed negative atti
tudes toward the new Union. This compares to
other Union surveys as high as three per cent
or almost ten times greater. Seven students said
the University should "build other facilities
first," five said "provide better Union facilities
for Ag campus," one said the present Union is
adequate, another said a better looking present
building would be sufficent and another wanted
to "spend more money on faculty salaries."
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The following is an answer that
might have been written to a little
girl who wrote a newspaper for
an answer to a typical childhood
I am eight years old. Some of
my little friends say there is no
Scrooge. Pierre. tell me the truth,
is there a Scrooge?
Your little playmates are wrong.
They have been fooled by the
bright smiles and last minute
heart openings of this season. As
sure as parking tickets are given
in snowstorms there is a Scrooge.
Your little friends think that the
tinsel on Christmas packages and -the
smiles beneath Christmas trees
are signs of the disappearance of
all Scrooges. But they forget the
eleven other months of the year
when most men forget how to
"keep Christmas"; the days In
which the motto "Peace on earth"
takes second or third place be
hind "get ahead at any price"
and "anything for a buck."
Yes, Marilyn, there is a Scrooge.
He exists as certainly as petty
hates and lies and Russian dic
tators exist. And how dreary life
would be without Scrooges!
We would never get to gossip
behind our" friends' backs, we
would have to think of people
less fortunate than us, we wouldn't
need to test atomic bombs or
superjets, we would have to know
the meaning of brotherhood. It
would be a dreary world indeed.
Not believe in Scrooge ! You
might as well not believe in
drunken drivers! You might as
well try to keep little dogs from
wagging their tails. The most real
things in the world are those which
are often the best disguised. That's
why sometimes people forget that
there are Scrooges.
Ah, Marilyn, in all this world
there is nothing else real and ever- .
No Scrooges. Thank the Devil!
They live and live forever. A
thousand years from now . . .
yes, ten thousand years from now
Scrooges will continue to make
sad the heart of childhood and all
The end of Scrooges will come,
Marilyn, only when all men "keep
Christmas twelve months a year"
and remember what the Child of
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with
11 thy soul, and with all thy mind.
"This is the first and great com
mandment. "And the second is like unto it.
Thou shalt' love thy neighbor as
To the Editor:
Such sententious hogwash!
Such ! !
That editorial saying "There is
a Santa Claus" is a flagrant ex
ample of an assault on clear think
ing. Little Virginia O'Hanlon
wanted to know whether or not
Santa Ciaus existed a real flesh
and blood Santa Claus such as
children think of. The editorial
letter to Virginia answered with
doubletalk, on one plane insisting
that Santa Claus existed (an ob
vious lie within the sense of Vir
ginia's question) and on another
plane began to redefine Santa
Claus! It is as if I had asked "are
flying saucers real," and the
answer came back," Yes, they're
real. You can't see them or touch
them, etc., and your small mind
just can't understand them, but
flying saucers are more real than
anything else; they make life
The whole answer to Virginia is
based upon the idea that mankind
must place its faith in unproven
myths and subordinate thinking to
emotional wishes. These courses
of action can only lead to slavery
and disaster. An unscientific faith
in Santa Claus shares the same
general grounds as faith in Com
munism neither have proven
No, Virginia, there is no Santa '
. Melvyn (Buck) Eikleberry
To the Editor:
It was interesting to note the
strong stand taken by the editorial
page editor of the Daily Nebraskan
in opposition to the placing of a
Kosmet Klub representative on
' The contention that because Kos
met Klub is a special interest
group and therefore should have
no voice in formulating student
policy is falacious, and if it were
true, it would apply to organiza
tions that are at present repre
sented on the Council. Corn Cobs
and Tassles are groups of the same
nature as Kosmet Klub with
limited membership and not rep
resenting any large body of stu
dents. The naive idea that organ
izations on Student Coucnil should
represent a large number of stu
dents is ridiculous. I would be very
disallusioned to find that the
YVCA and the YMCA organiza
tion on the Council is not a service
group and that it represents a
segment of the student body.
Once again Christmas has come
With brisk days and pie of plum.
And so kind greetings are in order
And we give them out because we oughter.
Here's to Chancellor Cliff our pal
We hope his Christmas will be swell.
A greeting to Pitt and Breck
May Santa bring a scarf for the neck.
A smile for the Red Lion and Casey's too
In the next few weeks we'll drop in on you.
V; ccvldn't f?r:t our good friend Frank
Or Police Chief Joe who runs the tank.
And to the regents we'll tip our nog
Looking at their projects all agog.
Here's to the queens galore this year
From Ruthie to Kay Nielson dear,
From Jones Sara and Hawkins Sadie
To the Howell Theatre's Astor Lady.
We'll sing a carol to Phi Beta Buck
We hope her brain won't run amuck.
To Jerry who hands out the cash
And Stephany who plans the Union hash.
To handy Bob and Mr. Lake
Let's toast them with a L.te of cake.
To Elliott Pete and Glassford Bill
While you lasted your job was swell.
But to Coach Jennings may we say
For many years may you stay.
Here's to Jerry and his Bushmen
Let's make mincemeat of the Big Ten.
We've left out Vic, that affable guy 4
And Mr. Kendall that Captain Bligh
We've forgotten to menton Morgan Holmes
And haven't mentioned Oley's helper Jones
Jensen Sam who still hangs around
And that nice guy who runs lost and found
Doc Ellitt and Carpenter Terry
All deserve a Christmas Merry.
To Dave Keene and Remington Rand-
To Helen Gourlay too, we think you're grand.
To Mister Claus and our man Cranston
May everyone cheer you from the grandstand.
The journalist's friend Etaoin Shrdlu
We think should get a card, don't you?
So now we'll close this Christmas hail
Wishing one and all a bundle of mail
We'll hope you remember our Xmas cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year.
Traditional Christmas i
S Tale Once Again Told I
By Ellie Elliott
Deeply inspired by your re-
printing of "Yes Virginia" the
8 other day, I scrambled through
g my archives for the following,
w which is in its own way another
S of our heritage stories:
2 "In the days of Anderson, the
Governor of Nebraska:
5 "And it came to pass in those
JS days, that there went out a de-
6 cree from Mayor Martin, that
all the, town should be decorated,
g "And all went to shop, every
& one into his own store.
g "And Joseph also went up, to
K- shop with Mary his espoused
S wife, being great with child. And
so it was that, while they were
there, the days were accom
g plished that she should be de
w "And she brought forth her
5 first-born son, and wrapped him
in disposable diapers, and laid
him in a parking lot; because
there was no room for him at
S the Cornhusker.
8 "And there were in the same
town policemen abiding on their
g corners, keeping watch over the
g traffic by night. And lo, the
w angel of Walt Disney came upon
5 them, and the glory of Walt Dis
8 ney shone round about them,
and they were sore afraid.
"And the angel said unto
g them; Fear not, for behold, I
S bring you good tidings of great
joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day
in the City of Lincoln a Savior, jj
which is the son of Donald jf
Duck. And this shall be a signv
unto you: Ye shall find the babeS
wrapped in diapers, lying under
a neon sign. . S
"And, suddenly, there was with J ,
the angel a multitude of thett
mercenary host praising Walt
Disney and saying,
"Glory to Walt Disney in Hol-g
leywood, and in Lincoln com-lj
merce, good sales for business- g
"And when they had seen it,
they made known abroad the
saying which was told them con-
cerning these apparitions. And)
all they that heard it wondered g
at those things which were toldij
them by the policemen.
"And when there were onlyg
eight shopping days left, theg
child's name was called Davya
Crockett, which was so named"
of the Chamber of Commerces
when he was conceived in their S
"And when Davy was born g
in Lincoln of Nebraska in the
days of Anderson the Governor, w
behold, there came farmers from ij
the west to Omaha, saying, jj
Where is he that is born Kingg
of the Wild Frontier? For weg
have seen his neon signs, andS
we are come to purchase him."S
Merry Chri$tma$. Jj
A very merry Christmas to you
all and God bless us every one.
It's really an excellent time to
start a new year. All the old worn
out issues have gone by the way
and the University faces a year
which may be one of the best in
its history. I'd like to give some
special Christmas presents and
best wishes to people who really
To Dave Keene, for one, and
his new Tribunal. The Student
Council committee has come up
with a charter which ought to be
acceptable to almost everyone, if
we can set it up for next year.
Both students, who ought to be
able to run as much of their own
affairs as possible, and the ad
ministration, who will be relieved
of a lot of the nasty jobs that
create often-undeserved ill will,
will benefit. A special round of ap
plause to Dave, who took much
needed time from his law studies
To Duane Lake, whose new Union
is finally being built. Rumor has
it that the much-joked about de
lay was due to Mr. Lake's in
sistance that the new Union be
one the University can really be
proud of. So, though the Gadfly
may feel that barber shops and
' bowling alleys are not- awfully es
sential to a college education, I
will probably enjoy the Union as
much as the much confirmed Crib
To the members of the Faculty
Senate, whose return of- the stu
dent vote on faculty committees
went unnoticed in the general con
fusion over Mitchell. Thanks!
To the University administration,
with whom 1 disagree about every
thing it's possible to disagree
about, but whose job I wouldn't
have for the world.
. To all my instructors, to whom
I owe term papers and whose
classes I do not attend, and a
special Merry Christmas to in
structors whose classes are so in
teresting I only cut them once a
- To Dr. Robert Cranford, who,
far from fulfilling my worst ex
pectations about faculty advisors,
has become one of the nicest things
to happen to the Rag in some
time. Greetings also to his cohort,
'f WELL MOW WAS THE
Recently eleven professors in the
Arts and Sciences College request
ed that the authority for certifi
cation of teachers be transferred
from Teachers College to the Of
fice of Regis
would r e c
ommend s t u
have been ap
proved by the
ject m a t ter
d e partments.
would a 1 1 ow
c e r tification
of teachers who are not now ma
triculated in TC or have not com
pleted the required number of pro
fessional courses in education.
Before any more student groups
rush to one side or the other in
the controversy, perhaps a review
should be made of some of the
assumptions it is possible to draw
from a knowledge of the A & S
proposals and see if they are
Perhaps the most basic Idea
which the proposal assumes is that
to allow certain students to re
ceive teacher certification without
taking the required number of pro
fessional courses will automatical
ly guarantee more teachers frja.
the "fundamental courses". ThT
professors said in their proposal
that "the able students in the fields
of the sciences, mathematics, lan
guage, and even history and Eng
lish have frequently been unwilling
to submit to the certification pro
cedures imposed upon the prospec
tive teachers." Yet can one imag
ine an "able" student turning
down a salary three times larger
than Nebraska's starting salary of
$3,400 just to emphasize the "fun
damentals" in a high school? As
Dean Breckenridge comrrented in
the Daily Nebraskan when the pro
posal was first made, "Lack of
desire stems from lack of incen
tive." Another claim which the pro
posal makes is the assumption
drawn from the request that teach
er certification be made by tire
subject matter departments that
because an individual has success
fully completed a course of study
in a "basic subject", this person
is qualified to teach that subject.
Passing by the obvious question
A- .L:-t L 1 I ii J
as 10 wincii suujt-ci mauer de
partment would do the recommend,
ing, a more important question
may be raised. Can one assume
that educated students simply be
cause they have learned certain
materials are competent to teach
that subject? Most educators win
tell you and surveys reveal that
teachers who fail In the field do
so not because of a lack of knowl
edge of the subject matter but
because they lack the ability to
put the material across to hlgb
school students and because they
lack the necessary human rela
tions skills to encourage motfva
tion and Incentive.
The statement by the eleven
Arts and Science professors em
phasizes a continuing need to eval
uate all programs from year to
year as new developments occur
in this case, a need to seek an
swers to the teaching shortage and
the lack of emphasis on the "fu,
damentals" In high school. Nev
ertheless, the proposal, based on
several erroneous assumptions, is
hardly a practical answer to tfie
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