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The Daily Nebroskon
Monday. October 20, 1958
Editorial Comment
Tattered Tribunal
Members of the Student Tribunal are
now defending their borderline closed door
policy with oratorical outbursts comment
ing on their kind hearted defense of the
rights of common man. They are still re
fusing to admit that their stipulation that
the student must request in writing, a
week to his appearance, that the meeting
be open to the public is a direct slap in
the face against one of the greatest of all
democratic rights, the freedom of infor
mation. Dean Belsheim interestingly enough has
said that the Student Tribunal is not a
court, but rather a body that conducts
preliminary hearings "and preliminary
hearings are often closed." The New
American Webster's Dictionary interest
ingly enough refers to a tribunal as "a
court of justice." The Daily Nebraskan
agrees with the dean that the group of
which he is a faculty judge is not a court,
and somewhat questionably therefore owns
the title of "Tribunal."
But there are far more basic matters to
be considered:
Why has the Tribunal heard no cases in
which there has been no disagreement of
the facts?
If the Tribunal hears only those disci
pline cases referred to it by the Division of
Student Affairs, how many cases have thus
far this year been heard and judged "se
cretly" by the student affairs office?
What have been the recommendations of
the Tribunal on the .cases it has handled
this year? Have the recommendations
been fair? Have the students been given
adequate counsel? Have the judges acted
fairly and maturely?
Why don't you know how the judges hav e
If the Tribunal may hear only those
discipline cases referred to it, has no
powers other than to listen to a reading of
the "statement of the facts," and to call
additional witnesses before rending a
recommendation which the Dean of Stu
dent Affairs need not and perhaps has not
followed, what good is the Tribunal?
And this is by far the biggest and most
important question of all: What good is
the Tribunal? What has this campus
gained by the establishment of a Tribunal
which allows nine people to hear that stu
dents are sometimes bad and then recom
mend, like full blooded Puritans, that
something should be done to folks who do
bad things? But, alas, these Salem judges
can't even burn their proven witches un
less the governor (Dean of Student Af
fairs) nods his head. And no burnings; for
protection u im- students involved, are to
be public.
Yes, the editorial attitude of the Daily
Xebraskan has been a bit unfair. But
we've been kicked in the groin and had a
door slammed in our faces.
Individual Staff Views
By George Moyer
? 1
Peter Leppman, the regional representa
tive for World University Service, said
something at a luncheon last Thursday
that should give college students cause to
Discussing the work of
the WUS during the Hun
garian revolt and after
Vard, Mr. Leppmann said,
"Our Hungarian student
fund is all used up. We
are trying to rebuild it be
cause things like the Hun
garian revolt could hap
pen again."
"Those of us who have
seen the eastern European
nations close at hand
know it could happen and w ithout a doubt
will happen soon," Mr. Leppmann contin
ued. That is a pretty blunt statement about a
touchy situation. But Mr. Leppmann knows
students and he knows that they are usual
ly among the vanguard of any revolution.
Students in this country are often
charged with being apathetic. As a matter
of fact, that was one of Leppmann's ac
cusations. "Students just haven't had
time to read the newspapers," he said.
Let's not let the apathy tag be hung on
Nebraska this fall. The University already
has one of the best run, most successful
and most efficient charity organizations in
the middlewest. Let's support it.
In so doing we might be helping a stu
dent in some other land find the privilege
of educational freedom which we have so
long enjoyed.
And in the meantime, hats off to the
World University Service and a more ob
scure group known in these columns by
various epithets but mostly simply as the
All University Fund.
The other ikiy, while getting in the usual
afternoon's Cribbing, I spied an old friend
of my hustling sophomore days who had
been out of school for a year.
There followed the usual handshakes and
pleasantries which I concluded by saying.
"Well buddy, you'll have to come over to
dinner some night."
My old friend was a bit taken aback. He
stammered a moment and then said,
"Well, you know I pledged once."
1 was fully aware that he was an active
member of one of the campus' larger
fraternal groups. In my opinion, this did
not preclude him from the hospitality
(such as it is) of 519 N. 16th.
What happened to what I understand was
once the jolly custom of eating around?
According to my old grad Informant, it
used to be common for good friends in
different fraternities to eat at each others
houses occasionally.
This used to be a good way to improve
interfraternity relations. It might be a
good thing to revive it.
From the Editor
A Few Words of a Kind
. . . e. e. hines
Among the things I have never been All this talk has been prompted by a
able to understand is the phenomenal sue- periodic browse through one of the current
cess of book clubs which offer luxurious magazines which is filled with book club
editions of the classics as an inducement ads making fabulous offers to provide
to join or as the regular bill of fare, a new easy to chew and digest culture, postpaid,
classic each month sort of if you will send them $3.98 monthly (No
thing. fMammmmt cash, please. Send check or money order).
Are these books pur- t, - J - One book club's ad promises the corn
chased merely for decor- . J plete works of Shakespeare: "Every word
ative effect? Almost no -J Shakespeare ever wrote every delightful
one, at least in my circle comedy, stirring tragedy, and thrilling his
of life, ever reads any- J. toricat play; every lovely poem and son
thing unless he or she has J.' ' net yours complete in this beautiful 1312
to. And the few people I f PaSe volume. Chuckle at the ever-modern
know who do have new ff j' comedy of Falstaff; be fascinated by
editions of the classics at 4 glamorous Cleopatra: shudder at the in
about their house dip in to e.e. trigues of Macbeth; thrill with Romeo in
them perhaps once a year the ecstasies of love. Be amazed at lago's
by some further unexplained course of treachery; step with delight into the whim
events. These range all the way from sical world of Puck and Bottom." A very
glancing at the classical book when it is handsome offer. Think I'll go to the li
knocked off the shelf while dusting, to brary and take a look at this guy's works,
grabbing it by accident when hurrying to If it's as good as the ad says, I'll buy him
the bathroom. in paper back.
If people really are interested in reading Bing Crosby soothingly sings, "Oh. the
the classics, I tell myself, there are li- first snowfall of the winter ..."
braries in town crammed full of copies that A slightly unmelodic voice interrupts,
often haven't been checked out for a dozen "Yes, correctly predict the day of the first
years or more. And If they are interested snowfall of the winter and win ..."
in purchasing copies for themselves there It seems it is no longer profitable enough
are used book stores that have very fine just to enjoy the first snowfall. We now
editions available for a fraction of the should attempt to make it something really
special price offered by book clubs. In ad- special by winning a prize for sitting down,
dition, the world of paper backs offers checking old first snowfall records, and at-
these classics at a still lower price. tempting to predict when it w ill occur this
Speaking of paper backs, I have a very year,
fine friend who keeps asking me, "When Alas, poor Mr. Frost! That materialism
re you going to buy some real books?" should corrupt even this.
I answer, when I open your hard backs and "He w ill not see me stopping here
find something there that isn't in my paper To watch his words fill up with snow."
backs." A lengthy bout with deficit fi- "The woods are lovely, dark and deep."
nanclng has enabled me to sacrifice vanity But I have contests to win, arid money
for convenience and economy. for to seek.
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By Dick Shugruc
My Weal or Woe
... By Dick Basoco
The clamp-down on free ex
pression -of popular opinion"
began last year when Bob
Ireland was struck from the
Student Council and a girl
who had less
than 90 votes I
11 VIII 1ICI turs.
on the coun-
. : 1 i
cu to repiave r .g m
Then t he
council d e
cided that
the Tribunal
Z o m mittee
and all its
Penny Carnival is no more.
This is one of the better de
cisions of the school year,
and the Coed Councilors, who
are all undoubtedly sitting on
the edges of
their chairs
waiting for
mv- blessing, i ,
receive high fTTC!'
praise for
having the
courage to do
awav.wun an
i n s titution A K
that appar- ift iv fat
ently could Basoco
not fullfill its function.
The now annual "Stag"
stands out in my mind as an
example of an event that
ought to go by the boards
and be chalked up as a lost
I say this somewhat reluc
tantly because I feel that the
idea of a stag Is a pretty
good one. But I don't think
that the present type of stag
is one which merits perpetua
tion. In the first place, 1 can get
along quite well without
knowing that Richie Ashburn
is a Republican and wants
everyone to vote for Harrison
in the coming election. J
would feel the same way if he
had announced (or had Dick
Wagner announce for him)
that he was a Democrat avid
ly backing Frank Morrison.
King Cole, the emcee of last
Thursday night's edition of
"for men only, was funny
at times, but most of his line
I'd though was funny way
back w hen I kicked the slats
out of my cradle
My main complaint, howev
er, concerns the featured pe-
former of the evening, Miss
Marge Cameron. If she is, as
she was introduced, Ameri
ca's fastest rising comedi
enne," our taste in humor is
sadly deficient.
It must be admitted that
this was, after all, a stag,
but even as such there was
little place in my book for her
remarks. They were general
ly in miserable taste, vulgar,
and. when not completely, at
least almost obscene.
There is nothing wrong with
a riske but clever joke,
particulary at a stag func
tion, but plain and simple
criK'ity has no place in Ne
braska's perhaps too pure I n
ion ballroom.
For my money, the people
in charged of the event could
have hired the "Four Delts"
to sing for a couple of hours,
and the evening would have
been a lot more enjoyable.
It would be a good deal,
too, if four somebodies here
would get together and or
ganize a quartet like the one
at the Stag. Somewhere on
this drink forsaken campus
there ought to be talent like
that, and there's no reason
why we can't have some
homegrown boys entertain at
campus functions whether or
not they be stags instead of
having to bring every act on
the menu in from afar.
dealings with applicants for
the posts on the judiciary
body would be the silent va
riety. Nq names were released.
No reporters were allowed to
sit in on the ultra-secret ses
sions. .Firm clamps were
placed on any release of who
the judges were to be.
The third step in the case
of student government versus
the l"st interests of the stu
dc .o came when the Council
picked it senior members
without submitting them to
the study body for approval.
Next came the question .of
succession to former Council
member Harry Tolly's post.
It went to a gal who had col
lected a mere 71 votes in the
Spring election for the Coun
cil. To cap it all came the blow
of the "year: The Student Tri
bunal's arbitrary decisions re
garding its procedure, its
closed door policy, its failure
to publicize the results of its
hearings and its circumlocu
tion when asked a direct
What does all this secrecy,
this below board politicking,
this arbitrary decision mak
ing have on you?
It is thoroughly demor
alizing. Students have litte
enough confidence In their
"self-government" without it
being marred by impartial
Council choices, you-butter-
my-bread bartering and what
have you.
2. It is very bad for the
school. With growing social
unrest regarding tne curtail
ment . of photographers in
court rooms, with increased
agitation for more effective
methods of succession in high
public offices and with dc
mands for freedom of infor
mation and due process, we
have reactionary policies dic
tated to us day after day.
3. It is a disgrace to the
liberal ideals usually associ
ated with a major campus
that we have suppression of
free expression and of the
4. It is an insult to the dis
tinguished faculty members
who sit with the council and
on the Tribunal that they, epi
tomized to the outside world
as the vanguards of truth and
justice and honor, must be
associated with such bungled
Shall we go on?
1 am convinced that we
waste our words talking with
the council or the tribunal.
Instead, I suggest that the
students send a delegation to
the Board of Regents (if nec
essary) or to the Division of
Student Affairs which could
list in simple words the dis
satisfaction with the oncom
petent student government.
You may not think it is im
portant at this moment to
take any action. But ask any
of the people who have ap
peared before the tribunal or
any of the organizations
which have ' received arbi
trary decisions from the coun
cil. Think of the day you'll get
your notice to appear before
the Tribunal (and heaven for
bid when it happens to you)
and what will happen unless
you have some disinterested,
third person there to serve
witness to your fate.
If you're interested in such
action, write, phone or wire
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