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The Dailv Nebrcskan
Friday, May 16,
The Elgin Deal
An addition to the campus ...
Mixed reaction around Lincoln . . .
These are some of the results of the
University's Board of Regents' an
nouncement Thursday that NU is offer
ing to purchase both the plant of the
Elgin National Watch Company on
North 16th Street and the accompanying
site, which includes a square block of
Chancellor Clifford Hardin said of the
proposed purchase that the University
will be able to rehabilitate the plant in
to usable University facilities for about
half the cost of what a new building
And University students, interested
since the beginnings of rumors that their
school was interested in the building,
breathed a sigh of relief to see the cloak
of mystery torn from the question of to
buy or not to buy.
The question which remains, of course,
Is will Elgin sell. The University offered
three quarters of a million dollars for
the site. The Elgin people are asking
around $900,000. But informed sources
Indicate that Elgin will sell.
Two basic reasons should influence
1) The fact that the plant was original
ly intended as a warehouse,
2) The fact that the plant would be
difficult to readjust to a new industry.
The city of Lincoln, crying for new
Industries, and planning for the future,
might consider the purchase of the Elgin
plant by the University somewhat of a
loss to. future expansion by new indus
tries in the city.
But in the long run, the state of Ne
braska and the people of Lincoln will
profit from the purchase, if it goes
In the Erst place, the University will
be able to "spread out" with a lower
cost than might have been had the
campus moved to the south or to the
In the second place, the people of the
"city will benefit from the increased bus
iness a larger University affords them.
We believe that the expansion of the
University, by the purchase of the Elgin
plant, would be a shot in the arm for the
state of Nebraska. There is nothing so
convincing of the frugality of a state
institution than being able to move in
on an old site, make it usable, and at
the same time cut down on expenses.
Frugal Nebraska, hit by hardtack budg
eting, is looking for a way to keep down
costs and at the same time to build the
University, to keep the University a
"big name school." The offer to pur
chase the Elgin plant, is an example of
the wisdom, the foresight of the University-
officials and should be of great
encouragement to the taxpayers of our
Although the building is not a magnifi
cent or beautiful structure, Nebraskans
are more than willing to sacrifice the
outward appearance of a structure for
the inward practicability of it. We are
here for educations, not for aesthetic
pleasure from looking at buildings.
It is significant that the budget is
talked of at the same meeting when the
Regents vote to offer to purchase the
Elgin plant. The increase in salaries
hoped for by professors have to come from
somewhere, and the deal the University
is offering to Elgin will, in the long run,
make available more funds for keeping
good teachers, attracting more of the
On the whole, it can be said that the
people of the state will value the offer
to purchase and, we hope, the accept
ance by Elgin in the future.
Lincoln has cried over the loss of El
gin already. But steps are being taken
by the planning commission to make
available new sites for new industries.
It is time to make the Elgin site, in
compatible for new industry, available
for education, the cheapest, the most
rewarding, the most beneficial industry
offered by the state of Nebraska.
We Need Friends
Americans had their field day laugh
ing at the Russians when the Hungarians
revolted against what we termed oppres
sion. How then is Russia and her fel
low travelers viewing the plight of the
U. S.? When our Vice President must
fear assassination, when a French crowd
sacks a U. S. Information Agency in
Algiers, when anti-Western groups are
halted short of the American embassy
in Lebanon only by rifle armed soldiers,
it is time to realize that the U. S. isn't
necessarily getting the last laugh in
this cold war battle.
What excuses do we have to offer for
this rebellion against American princi
ples? ,What charges are the Russians
able to hurl at us as reasons for foreign
countrymen's discontent with the pres
ence of Yankees in their lands?
Somewhere, somehow this trend must
be reversed. As a nation the United
States must show more flexibility in
dealing with both friends and foes alike.
Refusing to negotiate with Russia over'
such vital issues as atomic bomb testing
because the Russians will not agree with
our desired procedures of holding sum
mit conferences can no longer be con
sidered nobleness on our part. Our bull
headedness in foreign policy is leaving
us with something less than a pair of
deuces to draw to.
From the Editor
For an old fashioned meler-drama,
look at the library and the dean's office
in their struggle with yours truly. '
The library, in an effort to build up
their good will among students and other
borrowers of books, has
developed a. new card f
dents in a calm sort of
u'av in Yrntt thpir hnnlra
back as others need gO 'h
them and to remember ft
that the rules are en
forced by fines. V
in. ; t t i
iws m a lar cry ixom ( j
the old-fashioned threat lm anaUi
which the library was Shugrue
known for during the
past. And it's a step in the right direc
tion, considering the public relations era
we're living In. ,
So, m.iL fans, shout "Hurray!" for the
I got my first of these new cards in
Now here's where the boos come In.
In Wednesday's mail was the warning
from the dean's office that I'd better
pay up or else. The office didn't even
give me time to get the books back or
the money paid without sending their
contributioa to the week's unhappiness.
Coordination, please. Both Mr. Lundy
and Mr. Hallgren have assured me in
the past they are not "down" on any
one. Hallgren said be receives notifi
cation from the library as a matter of
routine and his secretary takes care of
the form letters.
Lundy assures me that a grace period
Is given the tardy-book-bringer-backer.
But I was a little disappointed that
this first relation with the new system
of library collection seemed to defeat
its own purposes. It's a minor point, I
know, but what would life be without
its little jibes here and there?
About Sputnik III. Dr. I. M. Leavitt,
the famed astronomer who was here last
week, indicated that the United States
wasn't so interested in getting up huge
satellites as it was in getting up satel
lites which could do a big job in a little
The trick about the Reds is that they
can get the thing up. What kind of
rockets are they using? How can they
get such tremendous weights into the
These questions should be answered
soon, we hope. But until then most
Americans will probably fret that the
Russians have achieved the impossible.
We're not asleep at the switch, I'd guess.
Tiny machines,' which do the American
calculations in our satellites, are just
as impressive as the huge rockets of
the Russians, informed persons say.
An irate Lincoln woman called the
paper the other day to complain about
the tiny crowds which attended the
Coombs talks here Tuesday. This com
plaint could be registered by anyone who
goes to a convocation at NU. Even when
very impressive people take time out of
their schedules to come to the sticks,
it's no sale among the students.
Dreams of the future: When students
will swarm to the convocations pre
sented either by departments or by the
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'By The Way, What Have We Been Doing About
Latin America These Past Few Years?"
In a moment of deep
thought, my roommate and I
decided that our room has the
look of the true scholar; of
the "learned"; of the liberal,
dent. None of
this , austere
c o t, - d e s k,
We live in
c o nglomer
ation of a hi-fi set; an ob
noxious painting of a purple,
pregnant horse; volumes of
books ranging from Seven
Famous Greek Plays to
Catcher In the Rye; a glass
of wilted daisies in stagnant
water; golf clubs; tennis
rackets; a yellow and purple
stuffed lion and a green and
red stuffed dog; and our sol
ace and comfort I ood from
Under all this mess are two
typewriters that find occa
sional use and a few text
books that might or might not
be for courses this semester.
But this is our "home away
from home" (I think this is
part of the intimate , adver
tising that the dorm uses)
penetrable only by the house
manager who can check to
see that we have made our
I have received numerous
complaints on the name of
my column. Personally, since
this one was a gift, I like
it. But the majority does not.
by Judy Truell
Gary Cadwallader has been
campaigning for me to get
my nicknames into print.
They are very endearing, but
some how, "The Mole Mut
ters" or the "Mighty Mouse"
sound more like slightly re
tarded animals than a con
scientious young-girl colum
nist. I also object strenuously to
those unkind comments that
this patter isn't pensive. Ad
mittedly I'm not writing any
thing that will go down in the
annals of history, nor am I
straining to be subtle, clever,
caustic, yet scintillating. I'm
merely looking at things from
a mouse-eye point of view.
I have been extremely nos
talgic for the last few days.
When I first saw my advisor
she informed me of the harsh,
cold fact that half my college
life is over and half my
classes' aren't over. But lack
of requirements and hours is
nothing compared to the feel
ing that in two more years
all schooling will be over.
I've heard tell that seniors
sit behind sand bags back
stage at the coliseum and
sher tears and spot their
robes.. No more sweatshirts,
beer hats, "woods", "Rags",
parties, crib, activity meet
ings, or campuses.
Whatever can a poor gradu
ated student do? The thing to
do is let those required
classes slip by one more se
mester and twenty-five years
from now, having worn out
fourteen " sweatshirts, you
might still be deciding wheth
er it is worth it to get up for
the eight o'clock class.
A Few Words Of A Kind
The Cornhusker, that prod
uct of our fellow cellar dwell
ers, has finally hit the dis
My first impression of the
duced by at
of cute young
d i s traded
that I would
ena up in siu- -dent
w 1 I u a
g t r a ined e.e.
back if I carried one around
campus all day. This is still
my impression, along with a
belief that the cover is con
ducive to a feeling slightly re
sembling sea sickness or the
mood one falls into after hav
ing been kicked swiftly and
neatly in the solar plexus.
However, one does not Judge
annuals solely by their cov
ers because, as a sage would
never bother to say, covers are
only cover deep. What's inside
the annual is what counts
most, and the Cornhusker staff
performed somewhat nobly.
The photography especially
seems above par. This means,
when translated, that I now
have vivid pictures of every
girl I've dated this year, or
every girl that I've wanted to
date but have somehow failed
to charm with attractive of
fers like cups of coffee In the
Crib both before and after a
free Sunday night Union
In the w'eeks, months and
(if R Street traffic or a poorly
kicked football doesn't finish
us sooner) years to come,
we'll flip through the pages
for auld lang syne, pausing
occasionally at pictures to
think, "What a creep" or "She
That's the glory of an an
nual. It's a handy collection
of friends' images captured
while they sat squirming un
der hot lights or posing in
front of a photographer
manned with a speed graphic.
Some of them may even look
terribly posed and unnatural
but a comment that "She (or
he) really looked better than
that" helps us forget the un
natural pose and to see them
again dancing with a date
at a party, or across the table
sipping a coke and chuckling
at a very unfunny thing we
said to break a long silence.
. . . By Steve Schultz
Well, and how are you fixed
for cigarette boxes? You may
have heard that someone pix
ilated by the first tentative
breaths of spring conceived
the idea of
is a hi-fi tape
r e c o rder,
u n doubtedly
break as soon
as it is deliv- Schultz
ered to the house which has
the dubious distinction of hav
ing spent the most time look
ing into gutters and through
waste paper for castoff packs.
One hopes that this does not
become an annual affair. It
is hard enought to sit down
to studying on these days of
balmy breezes and all that
spring-time jazz without the
constant threat that as soon
as you are plowing through
an assignment which was sup
posed to have been read six
weeks ago someone will rush
into your room and begin an
inspection of your wastepaper
basket and ash trays.
On the other hand, pack
hunting could become the
great American past-time. I
have lost interest in baseball
now that the Dodgers are
transplanted from Brook
lyn and collapsing into the
cellar. Couldn't we change
the baseball Hall of Fame
into a commemorative muse
um for great ashtray search
ers? One can imagine the
grandeur of looking at a dis
play of autographed Marlboro
boxes resting above such
inscriptions as "The Sixtieth
Box Found by Ignatz Radloo."
"All-Time Record for One
Season" or "Winston Pack Ac
cidentally Picked Up by Irv
ing 'Four-Eyes' Quirt, Hold
er of Major League Record
for Most Errors by a Left
Handed Trash Comber."
Probably the sport will
never reach these proportions.
I doubt that anyone but an
'undergraduate could be taken
in by this mish-mosh. Even
so, Madison Avenue (or who
ever misbegot this misbegot
ten folly) may have revolu
tionized rushing procedure.
Next year we will check all
high school seniors for 20-20
vision, and the alums will be
calling to recommend men
who can tell Camel cartons
from Lucky Strikes at 50 feet.
Meanwhile I am smoking
my pipe in passive protest.
I hate to belabor a point,
but I can't help being a little
perturbed by the fact that the
Sudent Council has managed
to ignore Article V, Section
4b of its own constitution for
lo these many years. It
reads, "The Student Council
may sponsor assemblies which
may be attended by the can
didates for the purpose of in
forming the voters, answer
ing questions and rallying."
Inasmuch as such an as
sembly would be the only real
chance the voters have to find
out what the candidates are
thinking or whether they are
thinking -at all one can only
regreet deeply the failure of
the Council to hold such a
As things stand, the student
body is perfectly justified in
its suspicion that the candi
dates are a bunch of would
be pushers who think that the
Council would make a n i c e
jumping-off place to b e 1 1 e r
things. They are also justified
in their failure to vote, since
one cannot in good conscience
cast a ballot for a man about
whom he knows nothing. '
The Student Council which
presently holds office and
we all know how good they
are going to be would do well
to hold an assembly next
year. A public office is a pub
lic trust, but under the pres
ent system one does not know
whom he can trust.
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