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The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, March 26, 1958
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Editorial Comment
Canon Blow-Up Possible;
Will English Flunk Test?
Journalists all over America will be
interested in the action taken by Ne
braska's Attorney General, C. S. Beck
who has asked the state Supreme Court
to cite a district court judge in Douglas
County for contempt on grounds that the
permitted photographs and broadcasts
to be taken in his court.
Foes of Canon 35, which forbids the
taking of photographs in a court, jour
nalists have said in the past that the
regulation is an outdated, cumbersome
ruling which deprives citizens of know
ing what is going on in court.
Now with this action taken against
Judge James English of Omaha, for
knowingly and "unlawfully" permitting
taking of photographs and recording
statements during the trial of George
Daniel Jones, Americans will be inter
ested in the outcome of the action pro
posed by Beck.
Canon 35, the canon of judicial ethics
adopted by the Supreme Court March 24,
1951 states:
Proceedings in court should be con
ducted with fitting dignity and decorum.
The taking of photographs in the court-,
room during sessions of the court or
recesses between sessions, and the
broadcasting of court proceedings are
calculated to detract from the essential
dignity of the proceedings, degrade the
court and create misconceptions with
respect thereto in the mind of the public
and should not be permitted."
Bear in mind that the canon was adopt
ed in a day when the Speed Graphic flash
camera was the primary tool of photo
journalism. Bear in mind that since the
time the code was adopted experiments
with 35 mm. cameras and other modern
equipment have proven that the pro
ceedings of a court are not interrupted
by picture taking and the service to the
interested public far outweighs the "in
conveniences" caused to the persons in
It is all the more interesting that Judge
English would allow the taking of pic
tures and recordings in his court and be
cited for making his own judgment as
to what constitutes dignity and decorum.
Perhaps, as some observers have sug
gested, this is the great test case which
the people, the newspapers and the elec
tronic media of America have been wait
ing for. While the Jones case is still
fresh in our minds, while the young man
begins his life term for murder, while
From the Editor
private opinion
. . . dick shugrue
Hoping I wont offend anyone with pro
hibitionist inclinations, I'm going to
speak today about elections and the
liquor situation.
It occurs to me that if a candidate for
the student council had to take issue
with any of the pressing problems
around the University, he might con
sider one of those which is pressing the
hardest, the University's reaction to
student drinking.
Now this school, being a part of the
state of Nebraska, has little course other
than to support the laws of the state.
Consequently, the drinking of alcoholic
beverages by students is frowned upon,
it has been openly acted against and it
has been secretly fought against.
But it hasn't been defeated and the
chances are it's not going to be.
Just for the sake of argument, I'll
wTite down what might happen in a
campaign meeting sponsored by Broni
slaw O'Leary, candidate from the Col
lege of Arts and Sciences for the Stu
dent Council.
O'Leary says that he will work to dis
cover student sentiment concerning the
drinking laws of the state and to disco er
how they are respected (if respected) by
the students here.
Someone in the back of the chamber
pops up: "What'll you do then, Bron
nie?" He replies, "I'll draft a resolution to
present to the Unicameral asking that a
change be made in the existing laws."
A buzz is heard in the crowd. Will he
be elected? Will the council support this
resolution? What will the Unicameral do
about it?
Well, it just so happens that O'Leary
Is elected to the council, students clamor
for the drafting of the resolution and
Bronislaw along with some other Coun
cil whips draw it up and prepare to pre
sent it to the Unicameral.
It also just so happens that on the
same day, the University's budget com
mittee, with Frank Foote sitting in, dis
covers that it is ready to present to the
Legislature the increased budget for the
next biennium.
The Administration gets wind of the
resolution of the Council and realizing
that the council represents the student
body and the student body means the
University, pushes the panic button.
Someone says to the council president,
Bruce Brukmon, "Do you realize that
the liquor laws in the state were passed
by the legislature and this resolution of
yours might squelch the chances of our
getting the budget?"
Bruce shakes his head no; he didn't
realize it. At the same time a student
parade is forming in front of the new
Nebraska Union to march to the capitol
with the resolution asking an investiga
tion of the laws.
Bruce consults with Broniblaw and de
cides that as the elected representative
of the student body, he has to take the
resolution to the capitol.
But wait a minute! Someone rushes up
and tells him that despite the fact he's
council president, he's not the represen
t alive of the student body but a holdover
member from the last year's council
elected by some folks no longer around.
And if that isn't enough, the council
secretary zips up and says to Bruce,
"You haven't been at enough meetings
as specificed in the constitution and are
no longer with us."
A crisis is averted. Of course, the will
of the student body isn't carried out, but
that's all right. The letter of the law is
served and, apparently, that's the only
thing that counts.
Bronislaw and his stand on an import
ant issue is subjugated by the big inter
ests and might makes right, but for a
moment there it looked like the student
council might take a stand on a con
troversial issue.
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allusions are purely coincidental.
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the newspapers picturing him sitting in
the court room are still in our homes,
the people of Nebraska and the country
can decide for themselves whether there
has been a violation of the dignity and
decorum of a courtroom by the dissemi
nation of the news in as many ways as
Judge English, by admitting he was
aware that the pictures were being
taken, has set the stage for a fine test
case of this archaic and ridiculous canon.
The responsibility of the regulation of
the lourts is up to the supreme court. It
would be a shame to have to say the
court is, however, not responsive to the
will of the people with regard to the
handling of news from our courts.
We will watch closely the case of
Judge English, a man who believed that
the journalists could do their job with
out interfering with justice. We will look
with deep anticipation for the decision of
the Supreme Court, hoping it will admit
that journalists are big boys now who
have thrown away their flashguns and
who are interested in getting the graphic
news to an interested community.
Lost Art
Everyone's talking these days, but
mostly in quantity rather than quality.
An editorial in the Lincoln Star com
ments on this sad state of affairs:
No one ever thought it could hap
pen. The U.S. Senate has run out of
orators. Its rules committee is planning
to install microphones and public ad
dress. This is quite a come down lor a
chamber that has had such notables
as Stephen Douglas, Daniel W'ebster, Jim
Reed, Calhoua, Jim Heflin and so many
who at the drop of the hat could make
the walls tremble with their great power
of speech. It is a commentary on our
country. When budgets were small and
the country was new, oratory was ap
parently the make-difference. Now as
we do business in billions and sweat
over international problems public
speaking has declined to a matter of
staring at one's feet while mumbling
colorless words.
All will admit that oratory is one
thing and statesmanship is another;
brains and sound are only distantly
related. But as long as they are differ
ent most would just as soon have both.
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THE TIME (jpT'5 .
Objections Sustained
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By John C. W est
More important than his con
tribution to the movies as a
producer (Around The World
in 80 Days), Michael Todd was
responsible for an insistence
upon a standard of quality and
beauty that the industry had
never before seen. His pio
neering in the Cinerama and
Todd-AO processes sharpened
the public's taste to the tre
mendous potential scope and
dimensions of an image pro
jected on a screen. The per
sonal legend Todd created
may seem exciting and glam
orous, but his true talent was
his foresightedness and devo
tion to public comfort and ap
proval. Tonight, the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sci
ences will make its 30th an
nual presentation of Oscars
for outstanding achievement
in the industry. As usual,
keen competition and some
outstanding performances
complicate a secure prediction
of winners, however, these
are strong probabilities:
Best Picture: The Bridge
ther the River Kwai.
Best Actor: Alex Guinness
fin The Bridge Over the River
Eest Actress: Deborah Kerr
fin Heaven Knows, Mr. Alli
son. Best Supporting Actor: Red
Buttons (in Sayonara).
Best Supporting Actress:
Elsa Ianehester (in Witness
For The Prosecution).
Best Song: "All the Way"
ffrom The Joker Is Mild).
Two f'lms which should
figure prominently into the
awards presentation will
have re-runs in Lincoln begin
ning tomorrow. Sayonara;
the beautiful romantic drama
starring Marlon Brando, Mii
ko Taka and Red Buttons,
opens at the State and Peyton
Place, an excellent sample of
the movies improving a lit
erary work, opens at the Nebraska.
I have mentioned before In
this space that I am always
amazed when I see movies
made during World War II
because I cannot imagine
that people
could ever
take the bad
ly concealed
pro paganda
found therein
seriously. Can
everyone once
have sup
posed that all
G e r mans
clicked their
heels and Schultz
prefaced every remark with
"Heil, Hitler"?
But perhaps we shouldn't
look so askance at the bar
barians who lived during the
Dark Ages of the Forties. One
of the science-fiction maga
zines currently on the rack
in the Crib has a front page
adorned by a picture of some
outer space creation who looks
exactly like Kruschev except
that he has a green face. (I
mean the fellow on the mag
azine cover has a green face.)
What do the artists who de
signed this cover take us for,
jingoistic dolts? Tby may be
Inside, a shimmer with
Going over the falls in a
A pink shout, a twist,
Between the throne and the
A gray finger of doubt.
Pushed into an eddy, left un
noticed, As I rush on.
A crystalline twinkle in a
silver rain.
Confusing my vision.
Thrilling my emotions.
Reality staiks, snuffling at
my heels.
I turn and shout;
It rubs my legs, wanting a
Adopting me with a flourish,
It follows me like a kitten.
It is my responsibility.
And those who know me
personally will know that I
am not given to any false
modesty. So I'll talk for a
minute about something which
is partially my achievement
and about which I am rather
Scrip, a literary magazine
which I've been .editing be
tween cups of coffee, will be
published in about three
weeks. A few hundred copies
of the thing will be available,
and we're hoping that a few
hundred people will see fit
to buy them. We don't think
they will have wasted their
money. In fact, we've been
surprised at the quality of the
material which people made
available for publication;
most of it is really good.
At present, the staff is hop
ing that Scrip will filter its
way into high schools around
the state. We think it may
dispell the illusion among the
adolescents that Ole' NU is
a place you go to get a de
gree if you don't have money
enough to go anywhere else.
Our little magazine should
prove that you can learn to
punctuate and spell among the
local Ivy Covereds, and that
you can also find out enough
about the world around you
that you will have something
to write when the time comes
As a matter of fact, it prob
ably w ouldn't be a bad idea if
the undergraduates would
read Scrip; they'll find out
that a few people are doing
. . . By Steve Schultz
significant things on the Ne
braska campus. We may havt
done some little bit toward
destroying the state-wide in
feriority complex.
The ruling that Ra' colum
nists are not allowed to at
tack each other in their week
ly scrawlings will not effect
me, now that I think of it;
everyone knows that I have
been noted for my c h a r i t y
and loving kindness toward
my colleagues. But one re
grets the passing of the good
old days of Henkle and
Brownell, who tossed scurri
lous remarks across the edi
torial page like mud covered
tennis balls.
I was a freshman in those
days, I took those things mora
seriously than they deserved,
and I expected to walk by
the Mall some morning and
find one of the antagonists
stretched out on the ground
after a sun-rise duel. The an
ticipation was not unpleasant;
I knew there was not going
to be a panty-raid that year
and I felt that the campus
could use a little excitement,
even if it were only the de
mise of a Rag columnist. But,
alas, the editors have said,
"Let there be sweetness and
light," and there will b
sweetness and light.
HogMash, Ha!
To the Editor:
What's this stuff Gary
Rodgers is writing about the
recession being Hogwash? Go
tell that to all of the local
employers who tell me I
can't get a part-time job be
cause their business is worse
than ever.
So what if percentage wise
there are no more unem
ployed than there were in
1950? Does this mean that
things are rosy and that the
world is 24 hours of sun
shine? Hogwash!
I won't argue with Rodgers
about the world going to the
dogs. This is all right with
me. Just don't let it go to
the Republicans. The way to
combat a recession is through
constructive legislation, not
through talk about things not
really being as bad as they
seem. An old man stopped
me on the street the other
day and asked for enough
money for a sandwich or a
bowl of soup. He explained
that there weren't any jobs
at the employment office.
Should I have told him, "hog
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