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The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, May 14, 1953
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Editorial Comment
Election Aftermath
While voters trickled to the polls Tues
day to pick the men who will be placed
o the ballot for the November election.
University students were reading the
results of the Mock Primary Election
conducted here Monday.
The results in the mock election were
disappointing, to say the least. In the
first place uninformed electors voted
heavily for candidates hardly capable
to handle important government jobs.
Important too was the slim interest
In the mock election displayed by the
Obviously, many students thought it
was useless to vote in the mock election
because the vote didn't count. But the
fact that students were given a chance
to exercise their perrogative of speak
ing up for the men they wanted was the
Important thing.
The responsibility of taking an interest
In government ranges far beyond the job
of voting In a general election, certainly.
The responsibility for voting in the pri
mary is grave. And the responsibility of
adding one's voice to the scores of
others who are supporting a given candi
date or a given party is most important.
A total number of 429 persons out of a
student population of close to 8000 voted
in the mock election.
Well wager that even a Communist
could have been on the ticket and he
could have easily won a spot in the
general election, as a representative
from either party.
The failure of the students to take an
active interest in politics, to find out
what the issues are, to find out what the
candidates stand for is appalling. No
one needs to be told that the democratic
system is based upon the interest the
people have in government and the
power they exercise as a body at the
The heat Is turned off the people as
soon as the polls close on election day
at least for a while. Candidates start
figuring ways to win the confidence of
the electorate over the summer. Party
workers arrange rallies, write letters,
prepare leaflets. But the people, who
pot the nominees on the ballot, in gen
eral sit home and watch.
About a year ago students at the Uni
versity were told by a fine American
that politics isn't dirty business. It's a
fine, tremendous part of our way of life.
That means there's, a great burden to
be borne by all Americans who appre
ciate their form of government.
If you didn't vote in Tuesday's election
and you didn't care to vote in the mock
primary, then, for your own sakes, get
hep to what's going on around you and
be ready to vote intelligently in the No
vember election.
Sermons about apathy can go just so
far. We don't want to overstep our
bounds. But this one is in order, all
things considered.
No Defense
The navy has just completed a little
experiment in California waters to de
termine how effective detection devices
are for spotting atomic powered sub
marines approaching American harbors.
The atomic-powered Nautilus crept
Into a patrolled area southwest of San
Diego and arrived at the harbor en
trance without being detected by a
squadron of alerted destroyers, heli
copters, patrol planes and other sub
marines sent to search it down.
This means that the safety of the
United States is weaker than ever. Mili
tary officials have previously confessed
that our radar system is not a com
pletely effective guard against invading
foreign missiles or bombers. A fleet of
atomic powered subs equipped with
atomic warhead missiles could appar
ently be capable of even better chances
of destroying the U. S.
But this is nothing new. Since the birth
of atomic weapons we have learned to
live in fear that we the creators might
become the victims of our creation just
as Dr. Frankenstein turned out to be the
victim of his monster. Atomic energy,
the scientists acclaim, could be utilized
to provide nearly unlimited power for
peaceful purposes. The world, however,
has apparently decided to create mon
sters and . . .
From the Editor
private opinion
dick thugrue
I've never been one of Dick Nixon's
staunch fans. But what he's going
through down in South America en
hances his prestige in my mind a great
When the Number Two man of the
world's greatest nation fmfMrm
is degraded oy rioters '
and his wife is grabbed I
at and insulted, when
cnfh man Irnnunntnv
goes into areas which 1 U
will not receive him 2L r
warmly, he is coura
geous beyond the call of
the riots and his calm- ghugrae
ness under fire are
demonstrations of leadership for the
whole world to see. They are evidence
that America produces cool leaders, that
we are willing to meet our commitments
even in danger.
The actions of the vice president in
South America I would expect to see
from any American leader, though,
since one quality which should, be evi
dent in Americans is fearlessness in
I'm more concerned with the causes
for the riots against Nixon, however.
Many persons and some of the wire
services are implying that the Com
munists have inspired the demonstra
tions, the riots, to discredit the United
States in the eyes of the world and the
South American governments in the
eyes of the United States.
This could be termed as logical Com
munist strategy. But more important is
the understanding by Americans of the
attitudes being expressed in other na
tions about our domestic skeietons-in-closets.
One jibe at the v.p. came from a Negro
in Venezuela, "Democracy J You don't
like Negroes there' This may be a Red
inspired blast and at the same time
It could be a very sincere comment by a
man who looks at our domestic race
relations objectively.
Right now in the United States no one
denies that we have a grave race rela
tions problem. Ornery prejudice keeps
whites from evaluating the Negro for
what he is, not for what his color is. And
we have a huge job to dispell these
At the present time the Lincoln
Brotherhood Commitment is preparing
to publish a large advertisement in the
Journal stating, "We believe that many
among us will welcome an opportunity
to make known to the entire community
our individual commitment to demo
cratic principles of non-discrimination.
"The plight of people denied human
and constitutional rights because of
race, as evidenced by recent events in
this community, is cause for reexamin
ing our practices in Lincoln. In the face
of the urgent need to make American
community life demonstrate the princi
ples we proclaim to the world we take
this means to affirm our faith in an un
segregated community.
"We believe that all employment
should be on the basis of merit only. . . .
We believe that any family should be
free to choose its place of residence. . . .
We believe our camunity should be
one that makes no distinctions on the
basis of race, creed or country or
origin . .
This simple statement, which anyone
of good will can sign, is a simpl- dec
laration that we practice what we
preach. Until the day comes along on
which everyone will be more than happy
to accept and live by these rrlnciples,
there will be more and more incidents
on other Nixons in other parts of the
The Communists may be responsible
to a large extent for the trouble Ameri
cans are having in other areas of the
world, but the Americans should look at
their own home life if they want to see
what is really irritating the non-whites
of the world and the persons who sin
cerely profess the dignity and equality
of man. ,
For anyone who wishes to sign the ad
and have his name published in the local
papers, I have statements in the office
which IH happily give to you for your
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Everybody seems to be dis
cussing (or just plain cussing)
the Student Council. Now I'm
not going to ramble on about
the Tribunal, I've already had
my say auuui -
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not going t o
contest the
election be
cause I didn't
even receive
any write i n
But about
this 'progres
sive and fine!
program" of
fered our stu
dent council and therefore the
students in general, by the
National Student Association,
I just wonder if it's such a
good deal.
inter-campus standardiza
tion of course credits . . .
facilitation of the transfer
of credits . . .
threshing out of problems
common to all campuses, i.e.,
vet's housing and campus
parking ...
handling of foreign stu
dents . . .
These are the aims of NSA.
It's all kind of nice to strive
for, but I wonder if it'll be
worth all the trouble of get
ting involved with NSA. I kind
of doubt that a kid from UCLA
will be able to shed much
light on my problem of hav
ing to park too far away from
my 8 o'clock. And I don't
think that my problem can
very profitably be carried to
the national level.
Now student representation
on legislation and national is
sues certainly would be a nice
thing. Ten years ago, when
this "to join or not to join"
problem was a real issue on
this campus, a young lady
named Marthella H o 1 c o m b
wrote in the Rag, "As to the
NSA, I have argued, begged
and implored for our affilia
tion in every ear open to me
from freshman to the admin-
by dick basoco
istration. I believe that the
one voice crying in the wil
derness may be lost, but the
voices of 3 million American
students, once united in NSA,
cannot be ignored."
I'm inclined to agree with
Miss Holcomb 3 million voic
es would be almost as hard
to ignore as 50 mounted can
ons. But I wonder if it will be
the 3 million students who
would be heard. I think it
would be pretty easy for aa
individual to say what he
thinks and claim that it rep
resents the American student
in general.
Maybe I'm just seeing
ghosts that aren't there, but
such a set up would be ideal
for misrepresentation, rather
than representation.
And 1 kind of wonder about
an organization that says
"All NSA mail to their South
Africa counterpart is now sent
to a secret address to avoid
government inspection."
I wonder why their mail
has to avoid inspection. If ev
erything was on the up and
up, it seems like they'd have
nothing to hide.
I wonder . . .
And besides that, why
should our Student Council
pay $150 to belong to an or
ganization, most of whose
privileges our Council enjoys
We attend their conferences,
can get their literature, etc.
And we can get this without
belonging. Nope, I just can't
see it. And I don't think that
a negative attitude, like mine,
is really too "anti-progress."
I've heard a rumor about
an all-college open bouse next
year. It'll be something like
E-eek, only on an entire cam
pus scale. Sounds pretty good
to me, but I wonder what the
rest of the campus thinks
about it. After all, the thinj
won't be able to get its feet
off the ground if we, the stu
dents, don't drop this apathy
plus attitude and get behind
By John West
As Barnum, or one of his
colleagues, once said, "give
the public what it wants."
This is fine except it's not
quite as easy as all that. Hol
lywood studios have gambled
millions in just such an at
tempt, but often costly pro
ductions have barely made
back print costs (this was al
most the case with The Pride
and the Passion). Rarely, how
ever, an obscure picture
peeps its buds above ground
and attracts the ticket buying
public like a magnet (1335s
The Informer and 1954's
Marty are examples of this).
In 1931, the Universal stu
dios, famous for a long line
of westerns and serials, pro
duced two films which were
destined to gross well over
fifty times their production
costs. They are Frankenstein
and Dracula. From the tre
mendous success of the two,
evolved a seemingly endless
string of Bride of . . , Son
of . . , Daughter of ... ,
House of. , . , Ghost of . . .,
Curse of . . .etc. sequels. In
deed, United Artists has The
Return of Dracula on the mar
ket right now and Columbia
will release the Revenge of
Frankenstein later this year
(TV series are in the plan
ning stages now, too).
The original Frankenstein
picture has withstood time far
more happily than has Drac
ula. This is perhaps due to
James Whale's imaginative
direction and Boris Karloff's
superior talent, as the mon
ster, to Bela Lugosi's, as a
What was Frankenstein?
Based on a book, written in
the 1700s by Mary W. Shel
ley, wife of poet Percy Bys
she Shelley, the tale traces
Dr. Frankenstein's desire (he
is played beautifully by Colin
Clife) to recreate life in a
composite dead body, made
from many grave - robbed
corpses, and electrically pow
ered (the movie up-dates the
story to our modern electri
cal age). Of course, the nine
foot monster gets out of hand,
and after he crushes several
townspeople and pitches a lit
tle girl into the river (the
monster and the child throw
daisies into the water togeth
er, and when there are no
more daisies, he throws her
in), the community finally
storms the laboratory and the
monster perishes in a burn
ing windmill. Naturally, poor
Dr. Frankenstein didn't mean
all this bloodshed to happen.
His mistake was in letting his
hunchbacked assistant steal a
criminal brain, instead of a
good brain, for transplanting
into the lifeless monster. It's
a happy-type story, you know.
Frankenstein will have two
of its rare midwest showings
at the University this week
end. The Ag Union will present
it Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and
the Student Union Film Com
mittee will offer it as this
week's Sunday Nite Movie
Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.). The
management has requested
that you bring your own smell
ing salts.
A Few Words Of A Kind
by e. e. hines
The vice presidency of any
organization has generally
been a post with undefined
duties. It appears that one of
the latest duties of American
Vice Presi- mstmm.f
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is uj jr-
play the role 4
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who sticks
his head
through a
curtain at a
carnival to
let distressed
folks toss
rocks at him.
This pebble tossing episode
can be blown up into a mat
ter of world shaking signifi
cance or regarded as a "I
can throw bigger stones than
you can throw" contest be
tween South American rock
rousers. (I can see Nixon on
his final stop as a 10-ton
boulder whizzes by his head
calmly comment, "it only
grazed my ear, but this day
will live in infamy.')
Actually, as a few terribly
disturbed friends have told
me with, the aid of skyward
reaching oratory and earth
sweeping gestures, this is a
serious matter. When a Vice
President of the United States
goes south to shake hands he
shouldn't be greeted with
pickpockets and pockets full
of pebbles. He should be
greeted with smiles and fies
tas and fandangos. . . even
though the folks don't believe
that the American govern
ment he represents deserves
these traditional courtesies.
And this is the disturbing
part of it all. Do the folks
tossing these rocks think the
American policy toward their
countries has been deserving
of more than outward signs
of discontent? It is easy to
label the demonstrators as
organized communist sympa
thizers or riot happy college
kids. It is more intelligent,
however, to stop and realize
that it is very possible that
even communist deomonstra
tors may be fired by some
discontent other than a dif
ference in ideologies.
The time has come, it would
seem, for our national lead
ers to take into consideration
our foreign policies not only
toward Russia and her satel
lites or Britain and other big
power allies, but also to re
evaluate our relationships
with our next door neighbors,
both south and north. The
consistency of discontent to
ward the United States in
these countries has been
shown through an outburst of
unhappy news reports carried
week after week, telling why
Canadians and Latins alike
are dissatisfied with our poli
cies. One of the major diffi
culties is our tightwad tariff
policy which refuses to rec
ognize that growing Canadian
and Latin America produc
tion markets need export out
lets. True, we cannot destroy
our economies to build theirs,
but would closer economic co
operation mean the destruc
tion of our production facili
ties? Regardless of whether or
not trade is the basic prob
lem, we should all understand
that Smiling Dick Nixon isn't
the only person being thrown
at. The rocks are aimed at
all of us, and tossing rocks
back through diplomatic
channels isn't the way to win
back (if they ever were won)
needed friends.
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,5r (B W mthor of "RaUi Round Ou flap, Boy! "end.
ft will soon be cap and gown time afraln, so let as, witoott ftefejy
take up the vexing question: which side of the cap shotdd tbt
tame! hang on?
For many year the practice was to hang the tassel onr the
front of the cap. This practice wu abandoned in 1948 when the
entire graduating chuw of Northwestern University, blinded by
tassel hanging in their eyes, made a wrong turn during com
mencement exercwei and ended up at the Great Lakes Naval
Training Center where, all unwitting, tbey were inducted inte
the submarine service for five-year hitches.
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tyttf fan f$e fm$0m$:
There ie a growing body of opinion which holds that the
tawel should be worn on the same side you keep your Marlboro
Cigarette on. Thus a quick glance will ehow you where your
Marlboro, are and save much time and fumbling.
Thi riutke a good deal of ene because when one want a
Marlboro, one want one with a minimum of delay. One A
not relish being kept, even for a second, from the heaps of joy,
the barrel of pkaure, the cadis of content, the bad of glre,
tle lump of ecKtaay, that one get from Hint filter, that flavor,
tliat flip-top box.
There is another group, small but vocal, which Ini-ifit tit
tajwel should Wig over the iwuk of tlie cap. The tasel, tbey say,
k a eymboi like the bullfighter' pigtail, signifying honor and
They are wrong. Bullfighter wear pigtail for only one
reaMin : to keep the bak of their n:k warm. Do you m ve any
idea wltat a draft a bull make when he ruhhe past you? A
ph-uty big one, you may be ure.
In fact, upper respiratory infection, contracted in the wake
of fanning bulk, is the larjEest mnitle cause of bull-ring fatalities.
I have tii'w int'refting rtatwstic from the Bullfighter Mutual
Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut. Incidentally,
Ilartford, the insurance capital of America, is a delightful city
and well worth a vixit if you are ever in New England, a north
eastern United Htate is laughingly called. Try to make your
vuit in spring when the actuaries are in bloom.
But I di(fTess. Wc were talking about what aide to wear tba
taxsel on. An ingenious solution to this problem was proposed
not long ago by Humboldt 8ii?ifoo, perliap better known aa
"The Quoit King of Delaware." An early forbear of Mr. Sigafoos
was granted a monopoly by King George III, on all quoit manu
factured in Delaware. Somehow this royal mtent wa never
rescinded and from that day to this, every quoit made in Dela
ware has been a Sigafoo Quoit.
t Well ir, Mr. Sigafoo suggested that the way to olve the
great tassel controversy was to starch the tassel so it tood
upright and hung on no side of the cap at all. But I'm afraid
that ly Mr. Sigafoo was only seeking to broaden hi market
because after graduation, what can you do with an upright
tassel except hurl quoit at it?
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Tht maker of Marlbnrt harm no opinion about what tld to
hang your tonne', m. Hut wit h ctgaret t,f hey may firmly: Stay
on th light, mild, lusty tide . . . tilth Marlboro, of courtet
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