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The Daily Nebraskan
Friday, Fphruory H, 1953
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Editorial Comment
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Nebraska Youngster Notes
89th Birthday This Saturday
"I consider a human soul without educa
tion like marble ia the quarry, which shows
none of Its inherent beauties till the skill
of the polisher fetches out the colors, makes
the surface shine, and discovers every orna
mental cloud, spot and vein that runs through
the body ol it."
Joseph Addison
Eighty-nine years far exceeds the normal
span of human life but may be only a period of
childhood for a public institution.
In the case of tha University of Nebraska
this "childhood" has been spent constructively.
The school is better prepared now than ever
before to provide the young adults of Nebraska
with the educational training necessary as a
prelude to real adult analysis and understand
ing. H b significant that tha Saturday meeting of
Nebraska instructors aad alumni la Lincoln will
be only the first of anmeroas celebrations of
the University's 89th birhday. Oher alumni
observances are planned In Seatle, San Diego,
Los Angeles, Saa Francisco, Milwaukee, Chi
cago and Indianapolis.
This means that numerous Nebraska alumni
are living and working in these areas, and
contributing to the improvement of these com
munities. The honor roll of University graduates
itself shows that Nebraska alumni have excelled
in nearly every field of life from literature to
industry to government.
There will be much "looking back" at these
alumni meetings, but there will also be an equi
valent amount of looking forward. The1 hope
for the successful future of the University is a
result of the realization of what the school has
already done for its alumni and what it can
and will do for us, the present students, and
other students to come.
The staff of the Daily Nebraskan would like
to share in this forward look and echo the
students' faith in the University. And we would
like to tell all eagle-eyed critics of the Univer
sity that we are here for more than parties, for
more than Independent versus Greek rivalries,
and for more than four years of irresponsible
We thank our predecessors who have made
our University strong. We assure them that we
will also help to improve its academic strength,
and keep the vigor of growing youth as the
spirit of the University so that another 89
years from now the school will still be young
and growing.
Happy birthday, Universitas Nebraskensis.
Congas VaWNaC.
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j ' Cg j AND ED AT TS'.'
No Man Is Aii Island
This is the first in a series of weekly articles by cam
pus ministers and other religious leaders. Today's article
was written by the Rev. Darrell Patton, director of the
Methodist Student Center, the Wesley Foundation.
One irrefutable fact of human
experience is the involvement of
the self. No man is an island unto
himself, he is inescapably involved
in the great drama of life. To
talk of "objectiveity" and "de-
Man And The Universe
Religious Emphasis Week has had its once a
year recognition on the University campus.
Religion, however, will continue to play an
Important part in students lives throughout the
rest of the year.
The numerous religious leaders who coop
erated to make Religions Emphasis Week a
success are to be complimented. The same
tribute b due to those students who took an
active part ia the promotion) of the event.
The fact that faculty members and students
as well as religious leaders will take time out
from an already overly burdened schedule to
review and strengthen the foundation stones of
their faith is a direct refutation 'o the cry that
the present generation is godless.
It is heartening to note that so many stu
dents have taken advantage of the opportuni
ties offered to them during Religious Emphasis
This shows that in spite of the encountering
of innumerable new philosophical ideals and
great wails of cynicism many University goers
refuse to cast aside Christianity and its brother
religions until they find greater strength in the
new philosophies. They reason, and perhaps cor
rectly, as Edmund Burke who contended that
the wisdom and institutions of countless gener
ations are not to be cast aside suddenly and
violently for a new and untested ory.
Faith is ultimately a personal acceptance or
rejection of a specific creed, doctrine, or phi
losophy of life. Many University students are
still uncertain in their faith and still searching
for a personal religion.
With this thought in mind the Daily Nebras
kan, with the cooperation of the Campus Reli
gious Council pastors, has begun a weekly series
of religions articles.
These articles will be printed especially for
those students who desire to take a closer look
at the why's and what's and wherefore's of
religion. They will be written by the student
religious leaders themselves in order that the
student may follow up with discussion any topic
be finds of extraordinary interest.
The articles will not be hen-fire warnings cast
at the agnostic students, and will not be printed
fat aa effort to scare everyone or anyone into
a specific belief.
Journal and Sur
From the Editor
private opinion
dick shugrue
tached observation'' in relation to
human behavior is completely
The cult of objectivity fostered
by the advent of the scientific
method has produced a consid
erable number of "wise fools."
These persons carry with them
atmosphere of amused tolerance
toward anyone who relates himself
to anything which calls for "com
mitment." The present generation is some
times called the "uncommitted gen
eration." Perhaps the reason for
this is the feeling that to be com
mitted to any cause is not intel-
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In this day and age of recruiting charges and
counter charges stuffing the minds of the big
wig athletic directors and coaches and fans,
yea might take a breather and think about a
real sport.
Boxing, track, golf, teams o the whose
they're all participator sports.
They dost bring in much loot for the athletic
office, but that fact shouldn't frighten any
future Paacho Gonzales from taking a whack
at a tennis balL
The University Athletic
Department seems willing to
support these minor sports,
despite the fact that they;
aren't overloaded with play- j
ers. But when it comes to
fencing? Hands off! say the I
boys in the Coliseum.
Something sounds fishy in
their reasoning. They reason
that because faculty mem
bers ( and graduate sta
rfe&U compete, the fencers
dart deserve financial remuneration, that In
terest is Jot, etc. We3, I'd like to see what
wk$ happen if there weren't grant in aid
for IrasthaZers, if there were no plane rides to
tad frza games for the gridiron beys and the
jress cmpt, etc.
Jm mJur words, feew maay men woahj Ve
Hn to take aa faterest m a sport if they
h4 to pay theft wa way almoft entirely?
Tils prafclem Is stated more elaB-jent'y by
Xtesiel Berod, an tostroctor in the English De
partment who wrt a letter to Defender of the
Purse firings D:ck (I kwe a fght) Becker.
Says Bensd ia cart:
3t!r,. Orwig has refused financial support of
the feocicg team oa the grounds that there is
aot tomgh interest in the 1,-wrt, in the face
of tie fact that the fencers have done well
cnxtgh on their own to arrange a match witb
tha University of Iowa and to pot up a stiff
battle against a team that is supported band
vimt'.j by its athletic department. Kr. Orwig
didst eves see fit to give the fencers enough
Booey to travel to Iowa City, but they were
interested enough to pay their own way. So
much for the claims of 'lack of interest.'
"Becker's phony jokes (in bis Sunday column)
about faculty participation add up to a smear
against Paul Armato, an already over-worked
English instructor who gives a great deal of
time without pay to coach the Nebraska fencers.
Armato competes only because the churlish
attitude of the Athletic Department denies the
Fencing Cub the means to expand and to
increase interest. If fencing, a sport that calls
.for a great deal of physical and mental exer
cise, were supported as it should be, Armato
would not find it necessary to compete. The
contrast between the support given the specta
tor sport of football and the participant sport
of fencing is marked indeed. Football is sup
posed to support the minor sports, but obvi
ously it doesn't. Pay raises for football coaches
are more important than the physical welfare
of the students.
I have never beea a fan of fencing. However,
I have been a fan of fair treatment for a long
time. When I see a legit'mate recraest sqoeicbed
for good reason I so a slow barn.
So, I srispect, do a great many other persons.
The Shadow is back! The. mysterious individ
ual writes (types! mean letters and sends them
through the mails. He doesn't like the news
paper, but he's afraid to admit it. And because
we don't print bis poison pen notes, he writes
more charging us with being cowards. What
diies be fear? The Mafia? They don't work for
Shis sheet.
Come owt, com owt, wherever yaw are, little
friend. Let's see if yea look as yellow as the
paper year fetters are typed on.
Note to wife: True, there are many married
students who not only have high averages but
.also are members of honor aries in their own
colleges. Certainly these persons should be
oeserving of consideration for membership in
such organizations as the Innocents.
Perhaps a new honor society would be a break
from tradition, too. And that does seem to be
the trend. However, I don't think your ideas are
foolish any more than I am a hater of inde
pendents. Perhaps we should hear more on this subject.
ward Wanderings
Ron Mohl
I'm glad to hear that there's at
least some talk of revision.; in the
Junior Division, but revisions
should extend farther than fresh
man orientation. Our present Jr.
Division euid-
doesn't exact- '
ly dislocate its
shoulder ex-
its he.? l n g
hand to con
fused fresh
men (I was
one of them).
From my
own experf-
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ence, and from comments I have
extracted from others. It seems
that the goal of most Jr. Division
counselors is to get the student ia
and out of their office ia the short
est time pouible. This fc by no
means the roonelors fault, bat the
fa a St of the rottom as n whole.
I was interested to note in the
bulletin of George Washington Uni
versity some of their ideas on
student counseling. At G. W. U.,
the standa."J frwr-year program in
the hberal arts and sciences is di
vided into tw- purts: The Junior
College, and The Columbian Col
lege. In reference to Junior College
students ( freshmen and sopho
mores) the bulletin has this to say:
"In order that students may have
opportunities for assistance in
planning tieir courses and also for
obtaining personal, educational,
and vocational advice in every
phase of their academic work dur
ing the first two years, a number
of members of the faculty serve
as advwors to Junior College stu
dents." It goes on to s,-y that these
advisors are selected for their
knowledge of Junior College re
quirements and student programs.
This is one of the major failings
of tmr Jr. Dfvisloa. I know of at
least one Jr. Division counselor
who was assigned to eonssel stu
dents laM year, and who couldn't
have had but a skeleton idea of
University policies and re
qairertest since it was bis first
year on the campus!
At G.W.U., a student is not com
pelled to declare a major until he
is ready to enter the Columbian
College. Even at this point, it is
not mandatory that be declara the
sk irMaa specific course of study we know
of as a major. Within the Colum
bian College, the student may take
what is called a "Field-of-Study
The entire program of the Colum
bian O.Lege is designed, ia their
words, "to enable the student to
develop harmoniously both his par
ticular abilities and his general
awareness as a human being."
The Field-of-S 1 n d y Major re
quires no specific number of se
mester hoars and no specific pro
gram of coarse and Involves a
thorough program of counseling
on n personnl basis. Thie rogram
places special emphasis on the
"intellectual development of the
According to the bulletin, "Pro
grams in the same major may
vary, depending upon the individual
students background, previous
study, reading habits, and apti
tudes. The student is expected to
consult his advisor frequently . . .
a close student-adviser relation
ship is essential for the stijdent's
success under this plan."
Now this system (in prim at
least) has the earmarks of a good
student counseling service. Natur
sl!y, no system is perfect, but we
might do well to pattern a system
along similar lines here at old
Incidentally, while I'm compar
ing N'U and GWU, I would like to
quote the following paragraph
from the GWU Bulletin:
"Any student whose English in
any coarse whatever is deemed
unsatisfactory may be reported by
Mie Instructor lo the Dean aad to
the Committee on the Use of Cor
rect English. The Chairma of the
Committee may a s s I g a supple
mentary work, without academic
credit, varying in amount with the
needs of the student. The granting
of a degree may be delayed by
failure to make any such defi
ciency in English to the satisfac
tion of the Ommiitee and the
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lectually respectable.
The real "joker" In the whole
procedure is the failure to recog
nize the fact that they are com
mitted if to nothing more than a
kind of enlightened selfishness.
The fact remains that man re
lates himself to the world around
him through pre-suppositions which
be holds. These pre-suppositions
may be modified by the "facts"
uncovered by "objective science"
but are never based upon such
We reason irom pre-supposition
to assumption. We always act up
on the basis of what we assume
to be true never certain that what
we assume to be true really is.
In other words man lives by faith.
Faith requires committment. We
ran never assume something to
be true unless we art as if It
were true. Otherwise our actions
invalidate our assumption. Reli
gion is the understanding and or
ganization of faith responses.
The understanding which we hold
is determined by the faith com
munity of which we are a part.
We are involved in a community
of faith whether we want to be
or not. We do not have the choice
of examining all religious faiths
and choosing the one which hap
pens to appeal to us. Nor can we
select the best from all the great
faiths as from a great religious
We are involved in a life which
requires of us some basic orienta
tion. Let us recognize our start
ing point, understand our own
faith community and commit our
selves to the orientation it provides.
Tomahawks Reply
To the Editor:
I find it interesting indeed to
hear the reaction to our present
plans of forming a local chapter
of the national sophomore inde
pendent honorary known as Tom
ahawk. However, this reaction is some
what opposite from opinions voiced
to me during the second semester
of last year by several fraternity
men. One or two of these men
happened to be presidents of their
respective houses, and felt that the
formation of an all independent or
ganization of this nature would do
a great deal to unify the independ
ents. Apparently, were are very
divided opinions smong the per
sons who know about our planned
This interest shown by outside
persons after a period, during
which there was no mention of
Tomahawk, made me more inter
ested to delve a little deeper into
the matter and find out the whole
story, or at least as much as pos
sible. Now we are sharing this in
formation with other people on
campus who are interested in
forming an active chapter.
These people are not people
chosen by two Individuals, but
rather people who have shown an
interest and expressed a desire to
know more about it and offered a
helping hand. How else does a new
organization begin but from a nu
cleus of Interested, capable and
. devoted persons?
At this point, I wish to clarify
the fact that the administration has
had no active part in creating this
interest among the independents.
A member of the administration
merely pointed out alternative
methods which could be used in
forming the initial group of mem
bers, upon our request for advice,
and the administration has not
been brought into the matter be
yond that point. Probably the only
point at which the administration
or faculty will be brought in in
the future will be the obtaining of
a faculty advisor.
The next point to be made clear
is that both men and women are
eligible for membership in Toma
hawk, and they will be represen
tatives of nil Independent organi
sations now existing. The nucleus
group will not emanate from just
the men's and women's residence
If no project of a service na
ture or any other nature exists
which has not been tackled before
by an honorary, then we must
assume that the campus has no
unsolved problems.
If a society has some degree
of organization, it tends to receive
more and better participation by
its members depending on the de
gree of organization and integra
tion. And don't tell me that this
campus and its multi organizations
is reaping the fullest benefits of
its potential. If so, then why do so
many campus activities continual
ly cry for more workers from any
and all sources?
It will be the primary purpose
of Tomahawk to recognize thoso
independents who have contribu
ted significantly to their respective
organizations and activities and
through this recognition, promote
more participation by independ
ents In any campus a c t i vity.
Through this participation we can
not assume that any fight or sep
aration will occur between Greeks
and Independents.
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Look Up Folks
To the Editor;
Why don't the people in the
History Department raise their
heads from their musty books for
a moment, and catch up with the
times? Isn't it customary for most
of the departments of this Uni
versity to list labs, quiz suctions
and recitation sections in the Se
mester Schedule? Then'why can't
the History Department do it?
They are the cause of much
anxiety, hird feelings and dis
rupted schedules among the stu
dents at this Institution. They
anger students and cause them to
change sections, and to add and
drop courses (Fee $2.50).
I feel that the quiz sections are
unnecessary. Other departments
seem to be able to accomplish
their aims with only three lecture
sections a week. Why can't the
History Department?
If they are of the opinion that
their quiz sections are necessary,
why can't they at least list them
in the class schedule? Other de
partments are able to list labs,
quiz sections and recitation sec
tions. I believe the History De
partment could do so too.
Nickle A Cup
What happened to the nickle a
cup coffee?
Did it break the Student Union
and the Crib during vacation when
it let students buy coffee for only
five cents during exams?
I have been to a lot of other
campuses and all they charge is
a nickle a cup. These places, likt
South Dakota, aren't any better
or worse off than the University
of Nebraska when it comes to
Also, everyone who breaks down
and pays a dime for coffee at the
Teepee room and other similar
places usually gets a free refill.
Now if the Crib directors argue
that coffee is being sold for 10
cents in order to discourage some
one from occupying a booth for
balf a day without paying a de
cent cost, they are arguing rather
superficially. Those 10 centers
are doing a good enough job right
If these directors do want to
scare off Crib hounds charge two
bits per cup. If not, make it a
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