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The Daily Nebroskan
Wednesday, February 12, 1958
Editorial Comment
Tomahaivks Scalp Honor;
May Ignite III Will
t might b better if the Tomahawks organ
- ixationai group did not meet in a couple of
The meeting, which is supposed to be the
. first step toward actual organization of the
group on the campus, would ignite ill will, The
Daily Nebraskan believes, and tend to detract
from service organizations now in existence on
the campus.
As we understand the situation, the University
has a charter In the national independents hon
orary but no local chapter at the present time.
: The nucleus of the organization will be select
ed by two individuals on the campus who have
taken a deep interest in the establishment of an
active chapter 'at the University.
Here are our reasons for objecting to the
establishment of the Tomahawks on the campus:
I) At the present time there are two all-Uni-Tersity
honoraries for activities, the Innocents
Society and the Mortar Boards. As has been
proved in past yeara neither are exclusively
independent or Greek. Both have attempted to
select the very best students from the Univer
sity. And although their functions as service or
ganizations have been dubious in the past, they
do serve the purpose of awarding recognition to
outstanding students.
t) We object, secondly, that the Dean of Men
has suggested that two men select the nucleus
group. Ia the first place we believe that If this
is truly a student organization Its operation
should stay in the hands of students.
In the second place, with all due respect to
the students involved, if the organization is to
me9n anything independents outside of the
dorms should be allowed in the organization.
We question whether two students could be un
biased in their selection of a truly representa
tive nucleus group even though it is a small
S) If the organization were to be active (in the
sense that it would usher and undertake projects
of a service nature) there would undoubtedly be
some dissension as to when the Tomahawks
would usher and when the Innocents would
usher. Squabbles Inevitably arise between acti
vities honoraries when there is a question of
which group will "serve." That's result of
human nature.
4) In a day and age when the University com
munity is trying to knit itself into a relatively
strong cooperative unit this split by the inde
pendents might be construed as in bad faith.
It is probably not considered such by its expo
nents, but it will be construed as such by many
of the Greeks on the campus.
When it comes to activities the proof is in
the pudding. If, as has been demonstrated by
the present activities honoraries, independents
and Greeks can not only work together but be
recognized together on May Day, then there is
no reason for the Independents to cut themselves
off from the rich flow of inter-organizational
lifeblood which tends to vivify the University's
extra-curricular activities.
For these basic reasons, the Dally Nebraskan
opposes the formation of a new activities organ
ization exclusively for Independents.
Greeks' Brains Showing;
Support High Scholarship
Every year when a number of fraternity
pledges fail to earn a high enough grade aver
age to be initiated some Greeks ask, Are pres
ent grade average requirements too high?"
The Inter-fraternity Council has established
5.0 as the minimum semester overall a student
may receive and be eligible for initiation.
A recent check with University fraternities
by a Nebraskan reporter showed that most
fraternity leaders are happy with the present
grade requirements. Sixteen said that they were
not in favor of lowering the 5.0 requirement to
4.5 while only six houses expressed approval
of such a move.
This nearly three to one opposition against
reducing scholarship requirements was a happy
pat on the back for the University fraternity
system. It showed that the fraternities have not
forgotten that most of their groups were origi
nally established to emphasize mental endeavors.
It would have been a sad state of affairs If
the fraternity leaders had expressed an opposite
majority opinion. The 5.0 average Is even now
below the all-men's average and it would be
rather shameful for fraternities to admit that
they could not keep pace with other campus
The IFC also served notice last week that
University Greeks are seeking to become more
than boarding houses for fellow party attenders.
Their commendable action was establishment
of a special public relations committee to en
deavor to promote the University fraternity
system through civic projects.
The Greeks should be urged, however, to
make the plan more than a mere promotion
angle. They should rather take constructive ac
tion to volunteer to take part in civic projects
for "service."
From the Editor
private opinion
dick shugrue
A master of cliche, is Governor Vic.
At McCook Monday evening he charged that
too little emphasis is placed on public partici
pation in representative government.
Here's what he said, "A program which will
encourage every citizen to make the business
of government his own business must be adopted
at the grass roots level whereby men of integ
rity will become interested in politics."
Nebraska's boss man was speaking before the
annual Lincoln Day dinner before an undisclosed
number of McCookers. He
accused the Democrat of
leading the nation through a -revolution
in political think- j
lng to the thought "that po
litical leadership has failed
Now the last part 'of the
news dispatch is unclear. It
would appear that Vic Is
referring to the present ad
ministration. But no! That
couldn't be I He's referring to the Democrats!
Buch an idea that the Democratic leadership
has failed us in light of the fact that business
is way off, that the people are clamoring for a
tax cut, that a crisis is facing the -ebools of
our land. Those facts are clearly the result of
Republican administrators (who, I am led to
believe, have some control of the present admin
istration.) Well, Vic is right about one thing. The public
should take an active part in government. A
man should have the right to criticize his
elected officials and their appointed bureaucrats.
If government in any way suppresses this right
of free criticism and free investigation then the
administration itself is responsible and not the
poor grass roots farmer who doesn't understand
Sherman Adams.
Is there evidence of such suppression In the
present administration?
Let's look at the facts before us. The Lincoln
Star headlined the firing of a chief counsel to
a subcommittee who, according to the Star,
"Charges House Unit Wanted to Whitewash In
vestigation Involving Ike's Aide."
Pity, Pity.
More examples. The current issue of Editor
& Publisher, "bible" of the newspaper profes
sion, states that the chairman of Sigma Delta
Chi's Freedom of Information Committee
blames a barricade of aides at the White House
for keeping the President in the dark about
questions of freedom of information.
"Writing In Look magazine," E&P continues,
"Mr. Newton describes negotiations for a com
mittee of editors to meet with Mr. Elsenhower
and ley before him 'at least 93 documented
cases' of unnecessary government secrecy."
It's been a popular belief that public opinion
influences the policies of the government. This
ia substantiated by John Commons, late profes
sor of economics at Wisconsin University and
John Andrews, secretary of the American Asso
ciation for Labor Legislation who wrote in
1916, "The enlargement of the definition of pub
lic benefit may be changed or enlarged as time
goes on . . . Behind the changes in the court's
opinion Is the change in conditions and the
change in public opinion."
This would undoubtedly hold true In the cre
ation of legislation as well as In the reflection
of it.
So if the public doesn't know what's going on
in the nation's capital it can't very well form
an opinion on it.
So, it seems evident that even if the New
Deal has led the nation to the thought that
political leadership has failed us, the GOP
running to the government today is a willing
successor to these policies, if not the creator of
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A Few Words Of A Kind
by e. e. hincs
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E. E.
There is at least one great dis
appointment in moving farther and
farther away from elementary
school days , . . Valentine's Day
slowly begins to lose its magic.
It used t o
be s u c h a
great occasion I i(
when I a t - if
tended grade
school sporting
a striped polo
shirt and
wearing neat
brown t r o u
sers that
stayed up with
the a i d of
s ih o u 1 d e r
straps that criss-crossed in the
back (I could never keep them
straight in back and the button
always came loose in front).
Back In that era Valentine's Day
probably had almost as much
magic as Christmas. It was the
time when you would wrangle a
quarter out of your parents and
bounce down town lo the depart
ment store and Its valentine coun
ter. What a mixture of fantasy.
There were countless assortments
of cards the fancy nickle and dime
ones, the lace trimmed ones, the
paste your own kind, and tihe
ten for a nickle style. These were
my favorites.
I would spend nearly an hour
fingering thuugh the cards lock
ing for 25 or 30 different kinds
one for each classmate. And, of
course, the card had to say what
you really felt.
If you didn't like the guy you
were going to give the card to
you would find one that had a
skunk on it and said something
like, "You're a stinker, Mr. Fin
kle, but who cares on Valentine's
Then even though you were
only a fourth or fifth grader and
your elders thought that all you
cared about was collecting dirt on
your clothes and playing softball
you had to carefully search for
a card for that special little girl
who sat one row over and three
seats up from you.
She came to school every morn
ing with a handkerchief pinned on
her blouse and was about the only
girl in the whole school who never
failed to smile when I looked at
So for her it was a special nickle
card. It had some romantic pic
ture ot two young violin armed
gypsies smiling at each ether .vith
the boy saying words like, "You
make my heart go fiddle-faddle,
Tihere has probably never been
a more devoted announcement of
She was the first real Valentine
and durin? recess you sneaked the
carefully hidden heart candy out of
your pocket and offered her some.
You know the type It's covered
with "Dreamer," "Sweeties," and
a thousand similar affectionate
, words.
Naturally, (here wore also those
big page vilrntines that had some
poem about teachers, and you felt
tempted to buy one and toss It
on the teacher's desk. You never
did tboiigfe because "you might get
What has happened to Valen
tine's Day since grade 'school
Well, you and your classmates
have given up exchanging the
things, and the two for a penny
type have been long absent from
the department counter display.
What's it like today?
Instead of thinking of spending
a nickel in honor of your valentine
you ponder over whetfier to buy
the three or five dollar box of
chocolates in the heart shaped box.
In place of the old style valen
tine you look over modern art
cards that cost a dollar and In
sult your true love to high heaven
and back.
When you walk through the dime
stores you never stop to buy the
iheart shaped hard candy (Got to
see the dentist next week).
And, finally, you've lost a little
faith in declaring that any woman
will always make your heart go
"fiddle-faddle." This is probably a
result of the fact that you saw
that old time Valentine walking
down the street the other day when
you visited the old home town.
You were going to cross the
street and say hello, but just then
she screamed, "Hurry up," and a
weary looking fellow stumbled out
of a car dragging two well bun
dled youngsters.
Valentines can be so forgetful.
To the Editor:
This is supposed to be Religious
Emphasis Week on the campus ac
cording to all of the publicity I
hear, but I would have a hard time
telling it by the way things are
going on campus.
It seems that the administration
would take a little time out from
the school work and let students
out for a mass religion emphasis
convocation or something similar
to this.
This certainly would be as worth
while as cancelling classes in order
to listen to a speech from the
Chancellor as the administration
did the iirst semester.
The thing is that if everyone is
for RE week they ought to be do
ing something about it. Sure there
are preachers who say some words
a each dorm and each house, and
there are special programs given
at each religious house but this
isn't much more emphasis than
religion receives during the other
SI weeks of the year.
If Ws U true which it certainly
is I fail to see how anybody can
have the nerve to call it Religious
Emphasis Weeek.
I realize this isn't a church affili
ated college and that church and
state are traditionally separated
but surely the a d m i n i s t ra
tion doesn't fear it will be censored
for allowing students to pause and
reflect for a few minutes or hours
about what they believe and how
they can relate these beliefs to
Maybe I come from too small
of a town or something.
But I know that the same thing
that is hurting Religious Emphasis
Week hurts other things on our
Take school spirit, for example.
How can you expect a school body
to have any spirit when the only
time you can hold a rally is at the
late hours of night? Then when
you do have a rally and some
fraU fight over a banner the Rag
comes out and blasts the kids for
getting too spirited.
The school better wake up. If the
administration wants the students
to cooperate with one another they
better get them chances to do
something together.
Tom Boerjrhilngcr .
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1 idings
A thesis on the politician his
wiles, his ways and his wander
ings: A politician is a fellow who gives
you the key to the city after he's
taken every
thing worth
I am t o 1 d
that when
Mrs. Richard
Nixon begins
making per
sonal appear
ances, both on
a local and na
tional level,
that, according
to the Washing.
ton, D.C. grapevine, is when the
vice president has decided to run
for the Presidency.
In a recent trip to D. C. one
of the things that startled me most
was the marked dissimilarity be
tween statues of politicians and
their human counterparts. I'm told
that the reason for the statues' un
naturabess is that statutes keep
their mouths shut.
In W?3t Virginia, .the Republican
state administration is cleaning out
the Democrats 'from the statehouse.
Starting at the top, only recently
has it reached the basement. By
accident the officials reportedly
stumbled upon cozy living quar
ters there. The accommodations
were those of a former custodian
By Doc Rodgers
under the Democrats. He was or
dered to pack up his belongings,
but still has his present Job with
riie Democratic state treasurer.
It must be lots of fun to win po
litical victory so you can investi
gate where the other side got its
campaign fund. It appears that in
a certain Nebraska congressional
district which had a close contest
that one contender was closely tied
into unions.
This is, I believe, only a preview
of what is to come. Watch for
union bosses to increase consider
ably in political significance.
So much for now.
The ladies are definitely to pla
a larger and more impor:ant part
in the government of our nation.
Party national committees now
have an equal representation of the
In the 1956 convention three sec
onding speeches for President Ei
senhower were made by women.
More recently, Mrs. Clayton Adee
of Kearney becam the fourth in a
series of appointments to be n:ade
to cover seven Republican Women's
Divisions in Nebraska.
Dedicated to the proposition
cheaper the politician the more lie
costs the country.
Tune in next time for "Tidings"
about the participation of $400 million-strong
AFL-CIO in what it
terms "Political Education."
Js. (By (he Author of "Rally Round ih Flag, Boyt!" and
"Barefoot Boy wtth i.heek. )
Today let us apply the hot white light of ustained thinking to
the greatest single problem besetting American colleges. I refer,
of course, to homesickness.
It is enough to rend the heart, walking along a campus at
night ird listening to entire dormitories sobbing themselves to
leep. And in the morning when the poor, lorn students rise
from their tear-stained pallets and, refuxe their breakfasts and
shamble off to class, their lips trembling, their eyelids gritty,
it is enough to turn the bones to aspic.
What can be done to overcome hompnicknesi? Well sir, the
obvious solution is for the student to put his home on rollers
and bring it to college with him. This, however, prints three
eerious problems:
1) It is likely to play hob with your wine cellar; many wines,
as we all know, will not travel.
. .A title mtUfOftettittf y&tftimhfaiiiifrfktiet
2) There is the matter of getting your house through the
Holland Tunnel, which has a clearance of only 14 feet, S inches.
This, of course, is ample for ranch houses, but quite impossible,
for Cape Cods, Georgians, and Saltboxes, and I, for one, think
it would be a flagrant injustice to deny higher education to
students from Cape Cod, Georgia, and Saltbox.
3) There is the question of public utilities. Your house
and, of course, all the other houses in your town has wires
leading to the municipal power plant, pipes leading to the mu
nicipal water supply and gas main. So you will find when you
start tolling your house to college that you are, willy-nilly,
dragging all the other houses in town with ynu. This will result
in gross population shifts and will make the Bureau of ths
Census cross as bears.
No, I'm afraid that taking your house to college is not feasi
ble. The thing to do, then, is to make your campus lodgings aa
close a replica of, your home aa possible.
Adorn your quarters with familiar obje.-ts, things that will
constantly remind you of home. Your brother Sam, for instance.
Or your citizenship papers. Or a carton of Marlboros.
There is nothing like Marlboros, dear friends, to make you
feel completely at home. They're so easy, so friendly, so wel
come, so likable. The filter Is great. The flavor is nwvelous. Th
Flip-Top Box is wonderful. The tattoo is optional.
Decorating your diggings with familiar objects is an excellent
remedy for homesickness, but it is not without its hazards.
Take, for instance, the case of Tignor Signfoos and Estabrook
Ratinch who were assigned to share a room last fall in tha
freshman dorm.
Tignor, an ice-skating addict from Minnesota, brought with
him 44 barrels over which he had jumped the previous winter
to win the Minnesota Jumping-Over-Barrels Championship.
Estabrook, a history major from Massachusetts, brought
Plymouth Rock.
Well sir, there was simply not enough room for 44 barrels and
Plymouth Rock too. Tignor and Estabrook fell into such a vio
lent quarrel that the entire dorm was kept awake for twelve
days and twelve nights. Finally the Dean of Men was called in
to adjudicate the dispute. He listened carefully to both sides of
the argument, then took Tignor and Estabrook and pierced their
ears and sold them to gypsies. e ,,M hulBM
And now alt quiet In the dorm. nrf everyone nitt In
peace, and ttnokea hl Marlboro, u hnne maker bring you
thl$ column throughout the echool year.