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The Daily Nebroskan
Wednesday. March 12, 1953
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Editorial Comment
Tribunal Okay Heartening;
Student Lethargy Isn't
It could hardly be called the Magna
Carta of the students.
It need not be hailed as the manifesto
which frees students from oppression
imposed by administrators.
The latter statement is true of the
Student Charter because oppression of
students doesn't exist here at Nebraska.
But the Faculty Senate is passing the
charter Tuesday afternoon which will be
long remembered by the University as
a significant step toward student self
government. Sooner or later, the Issue of student
discipline was bound to hit the floor
of the Senate. Sooner or later the ques
tion of how far the University should
go In allowing students to regulate
their own affairs was hound to land in
the hands of the Faculty Senate.
Approval of the charter for the tribunal
had come from the division of student
Approval had come from the Student
Council and interest was kept alive (if
weak) In the student body by votes in
January of this year and last spring
on what charter would and should be
sent to the higher authorities .for ap
proval. A special committee was appointed
by the council to smooth out the num
erous wrinkles in the charter. Then the
students got another crack at it. passed
It and waited anxiously for the final
word from the Senate.
Tuesday, with little debate and fewer
amendments, the Faculty Senate
passed the student tribunal charter.
The next step for the document will
be the Board of Regents. Little opposi
tion is seen from that body. And pro
ponents of the Charter, such as coun
cil member Dave Keene who served
as chairman of the group which form
ulated the charter, arc hoping the ap
proval of the Regents can come as
quickly as possible.
If that final step is taken, the remain
ing action will be in the hands of the
students and in their hands alone.
It will be up to the student body to
determine if the tribunal will be put into
action, who the student members will
be and, ultimately, how the tribunal will
Students, unfortunately, are too often
Ignorant of what governs them. As a
matter of fact, the Iowa State Daily,
newspaper made a survey of student
information regarding their student
council to discover that the average
Binder's knows as little about the coun
cil as the average citizen knows about
We would hesitate to poll the students
at our University regarding the tribunal.
The results of the election passing the
tribunal were disheartening enough.
The only conclusion which can be
drawn and quite validly is that stu
dents for a large part don't give a hoot
who handles their affairs or how they
are handled.
Now with the tribunal perhaps but a
couple of weeks from reality, students
ought to give it some sincere thought.
It might not be long when the fam
iliar calls to visit the office of the
dean will be replaced with little notes
to stand before the student tribunal
and have a case ready for hearing.
This may stun some students, but,
unfortunately for those who have been
off in the clouds, it's just a mutter of
On the other hand, students have an
opportunity now to inform themselves
about the tribunal, its limitations and its
advantages. They can get set to vote
for judges not by how the candidates
look or how glibly they speak but rather
by their attitudes toward the student
brand of justice and the rights of stu
dents. Moreover, the student body might be
gin thinking about the codification of
student regulations, which has received
some encouragement from the division
of student affairs. This great task will
probably fall into the hands of the trib
unal. The passage of the tribunal charter
by the Faculty Senate means the hurdl
ing of a big stone on the path toward
self-sufficient, mature student govern
ment. The Senate should be congratulated for
its objective handling of the matter and
its speedy conclusion of the balloting.
The students should be prodded into
discovering the significance of the char
ter to their future at the University.
From the Editor
private opinion
Fritz is one of the few guys who could
get away with it.
know-wliat into
Saturday night
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Taking a mixed you
the Pow Wow Room on
and not being caught,
that is.
Fritz Simpson, editor
of the Daily Nebraskan
in the Spring of 1950,
was in town Saturday to
attend an alum banquet
and fell baby-sitter to
me. He started rambling
on about the Rag and
what it had been and
what he hoped it would
continue to be.
"When I was sittln' in your chair," he
commented, "our big gripe with the
administration was the teacher evalua
tion thing."
I had to laugh. That was still being
batted around pro and con and all these
eight years nothing University-wide has
been done about it.
"I used to think that if a student pays
for an education by tuition as well as
taxes he ought to have the right to
evaluate the teachers," Fritz said.
When the mild mannered present busi
ness manager of the Atlantic, Iowa,
News Telegraph graduated from the
University the Korean War had, of
course not plagued the free world. He
calmly (from all indications), married
his associate editor and settled down in
business with his father.
The kind of fellow you're bound to
remember, Fritz stuck a feather in the
cap of Dean of Men Frank Hallgren.
"When I drove past the house, he was .
driving the other way, waved, backed
up his car and gave me the greetings
of the day," Fritz noted. He added that
as house president he hadn't always
been on the very best of terms with the
administration. "Those were the days
dick shugrue
when the assistant dean of men checked
around the houses inside and out for bot
tles of spirits. "We didn't appreciate
that," Fritz chuckled.
But he seems to have come out of it
all right.
Meeting a fellow like Fritz Simpson
takes a great weight off my mind.
Over his front door should be asign
stating in no uncertain language, 'Rag
Editors Can Make Good."
And apparently, they can come out
of four years of University unscathed,
still clutching onto the illusion that the
Administration would latch onto a pro
gram which they proposed.
R. Gordon Wasson and his mushroom
study might have stopped right here in
the Union. ,
If the guy wanted a really mystic sub
ject to dig his intellectual teeth into, he
might have placed a couple of quarters
into the juke box and observed the
strange reactions of the worshippers of
the ritual music of the West.
It might interest readers of the
Schultz statements located in this paper
that the Daily Nebraskan has no axe
to grind with the Uninversity Theatre.
Moreover we have been more than gen
erous in doling out free publicity to that
group with a continued decline in theater
The editor (that's me!) goes to the
theatre to report what he likes or does
not like. As a matter of fact that is the
understanding between the director of
the theatre, Dr. D. S. Williams, and me,
made at the beginning of this year.
If the University Theatre itself
doesn't like the 352 inches of space de
voted to it on the front page alone so
far this year, we'd be happy to halt
this service.
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The Dally Nebraskan Is published Monday, Tuesday. Sports Editor George Moyer
Redoes day and Friday during the school year, except Copy Editors Gary Rodgers, '
wine vacations and turn periods, and one Issue Is Diana Marcel!, Fat Flannlgan, Emmie I.impo.
published during August, by students of the University Wight News Editor .Diana Maxwell
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tee part of any member of the faculty of the lniver- Assistant Business Managers Tom Neff,
ilty. The censorship on the part of the Subcommittee Stan Katman, Rob Smldt
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Objections Sustained
. . . By Sieve Schultz
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1 had almost decided that
no one beside Shugrue could
take Shugrue's review of On
dine seriously, and I was go
ing to ignore the subject. I
supposed that v the long-time
tradition of sending smart
alecky theatrical-semi-illitcr-ates
to do the University
Theatre criticisms was under
stood by the student body,
and that these reviews were
ignored by anyone of any
However, I notice that "D.
E.M.," who is obviously lit
erate since he can write Let
terips, allowed himself to be
lieve that Shugrue's comment
on the 1 a s t
Howell The
atre show
was "c o n
structive, ed
ucat i o n a 1
c r iticism."
And I also
am told that
a few people
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cancel their Schultz
reservations for Friday and
Saturday night after reading
the editor's attempt at per
sonality glorification.
Thus, as a loyal patron and
sometime participant in Uni
versity Theatre, I am forced
to take up the cudgel for the
right and to condemn Shu
gure's alleged review as an
ill-conceived, incompetent,
and pernicious perpetuation of
the Rag's unhappy habit of
viewing Howell Theatre shows
through black-colored glasses.
As proof, let's take the re
view apart piece-by-piece to
see what makes it tick or,
rather, to see if it ticks at
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First, the headline p r o
claimed that the Reviewer,
(sic) "Can't See Casting."
Perhaps, but why isn't the
statement substantiated by
anything in the review?
The first third of the re
view proper is a synopsis
which is probably intended to
indicate that any University
of Nebraska senior with
Dick Shugrue's incredible the
atrical knowledge and fine
sensitivity could have con
structed a better play than
Jean Giradoux.
Then, he takes off on the
actors with a grand disdain
for the fact that he knows
next to nothing about acting
and that he did not watch the
play closely enough o have
anything intelligent to say
anyway. He says, for in
stance, "Peyroux's character
is often as different as knight
and day." Now this sentence
may indicate that Shugrue
has read Time magazine and
that he is quite proud of his
own prose style. But, un
substantiated as it is, it adds
nothing to anyone's under
standing of what this excep
tionally fine actor was get
ting at. He dismisses James
Baker's portrayal of The Old
One by saying that he
"wears a rather heavy grey
beard" and "looks like Foo
Man Choo." Nothing is said
about the characterization as
a characterization. He sug
gested that I was "loud and
funny" as the Lord Chamber
lain, for which I would thank
him if I thought his opinion
was worth a thank you.
But he was unable to de
cide whether I should have
been loud and funny, when a
single reading of the script
would have shown him that
this was at least a possible in
terpretation of the role.
Next, Shugrue sets himself
up as an expert on the be
havior of monarchs by say
ing that Steve Brown is "a
little too impetuous f o r a
king . . ." The presumption
of this statement masks the
fact that, like so many others,
it is not backed up by any
citing of evidence.
He says at one place "...
the (technical) effects are so
often lost . . ." and says nine
paragraphs later, "These
tricks are feathers in the cap
of Charles Lown, technical
director of the U n i v e r s i
ty Theatre." Now, which is
it, Mr. Shugrue?
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Commenting on B a k e r's
supposed resemblance to Foo
Man Choo, Shugrue writes,
"... perhaps this is the
comic relief of the drama."
The significance of this re
mark is great, because it in
dicates that Shugrue does not
have enough perception to
recognize the obvious comic
relief which ,is written
throughout the play.
This review would be bad
enough if it were an isolated
example of inability. But the
fact is that the Rag has con
sistently sent reviewers to
Howell Theatre shows who
either knew nothing about the
art of drama or who had axes
to grind with University The
atre. The incredible incompe
tence of this parade of pon
tificators has been disgrace
ful to the newspaper and
damaging to the theatre. I
suggest, for myself alone, that
the Rag find a theatre critic
who has been to the theatre
before and that the editor
stop making a fool of him
self while trying to display
his erudition.
Editorial Editor's Note: The views of
the paper's columnists are. of course,
not expressions of the psper's policy
or views. In all fairness to both The
llaltf Nebraskan and Its editor it
should be entphasixrd that the Ondine
review was only one of several written
by Dirk Shugrue and the first of a
critical nature toward a University
Theatre production. Also, a careful
rheok of the Rag office failed to un
cover the "axes to grind with University
Theatre" of which Steve Srhults writes.
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No Man Is An Island
This is another in a series of articles written by
directors of the University student religious houses. To
day's article was written by the Rev. Alvin Norden of the
Lutheran Student Association.
How often our patience is
sorely tried! This is true not
only of students but also of
professors, administrators,
campus pastors, house moth
ers, janitors and others who
live and labor among us.
Frequent subjection to this
test, of course, is the case
not only with us who are on
this campus island, but ever
and everywhere in this world
it is the lot of mankind. With
many of us it will be much
more so after we leave this
No doubt most of us could
speak at length and even wax
eloquent as to the patience
which is required of us, and
perhaps there are' times when
we feel that there are com
paratively few people in this
world, or at least in our to
rn e d i a t e environment, of.
whom so much patience is re
quired. It is true that some people
are called upon for greater
patience than others, and in
various phases and at differ
ent times In our own life this
is the case.
Patience Is a quality we ad
mire in others. We need to
strive more earnestly for it
ourselves. Not only has our
patience been often sorely
tried, but we have often also
failed. Impatience on the
part of others has often hurt
us. How concerned' are we
with the hurt we do and have
done unto others by our im
patience? And think how
often we have sorely tried
the patience of others! How
unhappy have we often made
not only ourselves but oth-
I V.'
(By Ou Author of "Rally Round the Flag, Boyd "and,
"tsartjooi tsoy un i.iueK. )
The firet thought that comes into our minds upon entering
college is, of course, marriage. But how many of us go about
Becking mates, as I like to call them, in a truly scientific manner?
Not many, you may be sure.
So let us today make a scientific survey of the two principal
causes of marriage personality need and propinquity.
Personality need means that we choose mates because they
possess certain qualities that complete and fulfill our own per
sonalities. Take, for example, the case of Alanson Duck,
As a freshman Alanson made a fine scholastic record, piayed
varsity scrabble, and was president of his class. One would
think that Alanson was a totally fulfilled man. But he was not.
There was something lacking in his life, something vague and
indefinable that was needed to make his personality complete.
Then one day Alanson discovered what it was. As he waa
walking out of his class in Flemish pottery, a fetching coed
named Grace Ek offered him a handsome red and white pack
and said, "Marlboro?"
"Yes!" he cried, for all at once he knew what he had been
needing to round out his personality the hearty fulfillment of
Marlboro Cigarettes, the soul-repairing mildness of their fine
tobacco, the easy draw of their unparalleled filUr, the ease and
convenience of their crushproof flip-top box. "Yes, I will take a
Marlboro!" cried Alanson. "And I will also take you to wife
if you will have me!"
"La!" she exclaimed, throwing her apron over her face. But
after a while she removed it and they were married. Today
they live happily in Baffin Land where Alanson is with an
otter-glazing firm arid Grace is a bookie.
Propinquity, the second principal cause of marriage, simply
means closeness. Put a boy and a girl close together for a sus
tained period of time and their proximity will certainly ripen
into love and their love into marriage. A perfect example Li
the case of Fafnir Sigafoos.
WTiile a freshman at Louisiana State University, Fafnir was
required to crawl through the Big Inch pipeline as part of his
fraternity initiation. He entered the pipe at Baton Rouge and,
alone and joyless, he proceeded to crawl north.
As he passed Lafayette, Indiana, he was agreeably surprised
to be joined by a comely girl named Mary Alice Isinglass, a
Purdue freshman, who, oddly enough, had to crawl through
the Big Inch as part of her sorority initiation.
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Chatting amiably as they crawled through Ohio, Pennsyl
vania, and New York State, Fafnir and Mary Alice discovered
they had much in common like a mutual affection for licorice,
bobsledding.'and the nonsense verse of Arnold Toynbee. When
they reached the Vermont border they were going steady, and
when they emerged from the pipe at Boothbay Harbor, Maine,
they were engaged.
After a good hot bath they were married and today they live
in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where Fafnir is in the weights and
measures department and Mary Alice is in the roofing game.
They have-three children, all named Norman.
1951, Mai Shulmsa
ers even more so by our im
patience! How often calm
ness and self-control have
been lacking on our part over
against misunderstanding,
slowness to comprehend, de
lay, and provocation on the
part of others! How Impa
tiently we have struck back
when others have offended
How much we need to be
forgiven not only by our
parents, friends, fellow stu
dents, and colleagues, to men
tion only those near to us,
but above all by God for our
impatience, displays of sud
den anger, impulsive and
hurtful wrath over against our
fellow men, to say nothing of
our impatience toward God In
His way of dealing with us!
I do not know how you
seek to gain forgiveness from
God. I go via the Lord Christ,
of whose life, suffering, and
death we hear so much es
pecially during this Lenten
season, and I rely on H i s
atoning love and promises
such as we have in the words,
"In whom we have redemp
tion through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according
to the riches of His grace"
(Ephesians 1:7). For strength
to fight against impatience
and to exercise patience, even
though I often fail, I look to
the Lord Christ's loving pa
tience for me.
We need also to pray for
patience and to practice it
in our life. Patience does not
call for a surrender of truth
and what is right, but it docs
take much love to exercise
it. It is sorely needed! No
man is an island!
Propinquity is ture to mean love when you put yourself
close to a pack of Marlboros, made for your pleasure by the
sponsors of this column.