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The Doilv Nebraskan
Wednesday, November 12. 1953
After the battle the second-guessers live
on. The matter of controversy for today
is the election of Nebraska's Homecoming
Queen. Before the election this year the
Nebraskan objected to the president of
Tassels about the way in which it was to
be handled. Realizing that the rise and
fall of Homecoming Queens did not seri
ously affect anything but the rise and fall
of Homecoming Queens, the Nebraskan
did not make a great outcry against the
hush-hush manner in which Tassels had
decided the election should be conducted.
The ultra secret maneuvers were report
edly carried on to prevent "politicking."
The Nebraskan objected because the
Homecoming Queen under such a plan be
came little more than a half-way Cinder
alla who converted into a Tassel when the
clock tolled midnight or there abouts.
Other schools, we pointed out. give ad
vance publicity on the election, allow cam
paigning by the candidates, and announce
the queen far enough in advance to per
mit television and other public appear
ances. This allows the school's queen to
enjoy greater prestige and for folks
around the state to gel a glimpse ol the
school's popular young lady. If you are
going to do something, you might as well
do it right was our philosophy.
Well, impartial returns from sororities,
dorms and fraternities who voted for or
against the present method of selection
indicate that the majority are opposed to
the present system. The reason cited by
many unsatisfied groups was that the
status quo does not allow this advance
publicity all ready mentioned. Houses in
favor of the present system echoed the
argument that it prevents politicking.
Seeing how the student Itody has in
effect spoken, the Nebraskan sees no
reason tor it to raise cries of revolution.
The rise and fall of Homecoming Queens
remains the rise and fall of Homecoming
Queens. But before long Tasels should be
announcing a change in the election
policy. This is unless the election is for
Tassels and not for the student body.
Perhaps even a girl outside of Tassels
may someday get the chance to le a
Individual Staff Views
Well, they are at it again.
Merchants have discovered that Christ
mas is just around the corner. Displays
are not only in offing: they are up.
The red suit of Santa Claus and the frosty
snowflakes in a down
town window in the fore
part of November stunned
me for a moment. To a
mind reeling with mid
term exams and over-due
English themes, the sight
same as quite a jolt.
Actually the displays
did their duty. My mind
stopped pivoting around
exams and began ponder
ing possible sources of Christmas money.
Advertising is a necessary evil. In a
relatively free market, wares must be
shown. It is a pity that religious symbol
ism and the meaning of Christmas are
often buried deeply in the garb of adver
tising. Yet a thoughtful person has little
difficulty distinguishing between the two.
The essence of Christianity has never at
tempted to wed itself to the world. The
separation of Christmas and commercial
ism is. perhaps, only a parallel to a deeper
Advertising has a basis at least as
ancient as Christmas. From Sunday school
pictures I have a vivid image of beggars'
outstretched hands sounding their plight
as does modern advertising point out
needs through All-l Diversity Fund and
The market place in Christ's day was
composed of sellers displaying and parad
ing their wares, sellers who are the
ancient parallel of our advertising men.
I cannot honestly advocate banning ad
vertising. On the contrary. I'm not pat
ting advertising on the back and saving.
"It is nice. boy. to have you around."
What I am trying to point out is the
necessity of advertising. In our culture, or
any culture that advocates competition
between sellers, the practice is inevitable.
I nless the businessmen can distribute
his goods in some other manner (perhaps
by selling them to the government and
letting the administration dole them out)
advertising is not only inevitable, it ac
tually performs a service. The service of
advertising is informing the customer of
For those who would point out the dan
ger of the practice. I would say. the only
real danger is the possibility that the
customer actually believes the mouthings
of the advertising man. This possibility
must be the nightmare of salesmen, as
well as buyer. Imagine the plight of the
Cadillac salesman confronted by a cus
tomer demanding girls in fur as pail of
his 'accessory" order.
From the Editor
A Few Wortls of a Kind
. . . e, e. hincs
For the lack of an interesting question
the test was forgotten. This is what hap
pened to a few stern hearted 8 o'clock
class attenders, including this poor fellow.
In we walked to our class. In walked the in
structor and announced.
"There won't be a test
today. I tried to think up
some interesting ques
t i o n s last night but
couldn't. We'll write a
My No-Doz alerted mind
didn't know how to react.
Until 3 o'clock it had
tried to stay with my
bodv while I slowly
thumbed through eight chapters of text.
It had taken a nap until 6 a.m. and then
resumed its desperate and somewhat
fruitless attention to jumbled words that
were to be so closely involved in deciding
my academic future. This went on until
last minute skin scraping with overly used
razor, and a hurried walk to class.
Machines may be man's wonders but
they are also among his frustrations.
This is especially true of vending machines.
Some men will remain calm while their
home burns, their girl deserts them and
their best friend beats them out of a pro
motion. But there is no man more rare
than the one who will smile after he puts
a nickle or dime in a machine and gets
nothing, not even his money back. The
normal reaction to such a situation is to
kick the machine very hard, jam the
levers and coin return with all the power
that mad anger can provoke, swear to
any and everyone within earshot, mutter
what type of evil he would like done to
foul money grabbing operators who post
defective machines about town waiting to
ambush innocent folks' spare change, and
to write a very nasty note accusing the
operator of every crime short of matri
cide and threatening violence unless he
returns every cent that was lost to the
deceitful slot armed bandit.
Being but a mortal t though my conver
sations seldom show it), I, too, have re
acted in such fashion. In fact, this sum-
met 1 fell victim to two pay telephones
which refused to refund my dime after
calls 1o information for telephone num
bers not in the directory. The first theft
of this nature angered me only enough to
desire complete eradication of the offend
ing pay phone. The second offense found
me uttering profane oaths and jiggling the
receiver up and down decisively in a
fashion that must have resembled John
Henry's battle with a steel driver. Finally
I called the operator and poured forth
more determined oratory than Patrick
Henry's "if this bp treason, let us make
the besl of if performance. 1 demanded
my money back, carefully dictated my
name and address, and scouted the mail
box with eternal vigilance until a 10 cent
check arrived from the telephone com
pany. The chec k I still have to remind rne
of my sole victory over a money swallow
This discourse was inspired by the
actions of my fellow students Tuesday
morning in the Love Library lounge. Mr.
Gary Frenzel and I left our aforemen
tioned 8 o'clock class with visions of hot
cups of coffee at the end of our trail. We
found both beverage machines sporting
notes that the water was turned off.
Every coin thai was dropped in by stu
dent after student during one hour of
observation clinked back to them half
heartedly via the return coin slot. The
students would then read the notes, look
around to see who had observed them,
slip the coins back in their pockets and
saunder off unsatisfied. One girl confused
the game when she strolled up to the
machine, read the note, tossed ii on the
lloor. dropped in her money only to have
it jump back at her. grabbed it up and
stomped away in indignation. H was
impossible to determine what she was
thinking. Or was it?
Med Prof Elected
Dr. Roy Holly, professor and chairman
of the Department of Obstetrics and Gyne
cology at the University Medical College
has been elected a fellow of the American
Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
SIX TT -EIGHT TEAKS OLD
Member: Associated Collegiate Press
Representative: National Advertising Service.
Published at: Room 20, Student Union
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BY DICK TEMPERO
The B riar Patch
By R. M. Ireland
Senator Douglas came to
Nebraska and rubbed some
more salt into the already fes
tering wound of Republican
ism. And what's more he did
an excel lent
i knew v
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campus that Ireland
the party i truth, honesty
and person ciance was in for
I nay puck up my dinosaur
bones unci move to Arizona
where God. Goldwater, and
gophers reign supreme.
Seriously though. 1 suppose
a great many people have
been deliberating the conse
quence? of the recent politi
cal puree which saw right
wing Republicanism all but
exterminate d. Eisenhow
er Republicans completely
slaughtered, and those sane
people, who were running un
der the GOP label but who
covered it as besl as possible,
Has the ;P been annihil
ated? It seems to me that the an
swer to this question will be
resolved in the next two
years. Eisenhower, who
proved himself to be an ex
, tremely poor politician during
the last two weeks of the late
campaign, has apparently
willed the leadership of t h e
party to his sidekick. Dickie
The question now is wheth
er Dick is ihe man for the
There's a Republican in
New York named Rockefeller
whose recent ascension to the
governorship showed him to
be the most promising and
unique politician to come
along since T.D.R.
Writing under the assump
tion that the Republican par
ty's two main problems are
11 lack of new. invigorating
personalities and 2t too much
rock-ribbed McKinley con
servatism. Rockefeller would
seem to be a preferable par
ty leader to Nixon.
Nivon cannot be identified
with either wing of the GOP
as can the liberal Rockefel
ler. During his career in
Washington Dick has at
tempted to exert a compro
mising influence on the Cro
Magnon Republicans and the
so-called Eisenhower group
(since Ike has failed to define
to the public's satisfaction
what an " Eisenhower Repub
lican" is. 1 assert that this
group is now extinct, t.
1 question whether Nixon
can. in the course of the next
two years, inject enough spir
it into the waning hearts of
Republicans to offset the ris
ing tide of Democratic victo
ries. In the first place there are
a great many Republicans
and all of the Democrats who
have a profound distrust for
Mr. Nixon. In the second
place he tailed miserably to
rally the GOP during the last
campaign and consequently
suffered a great loss of po
If the Republican party
wishes to retain the White
House in 1960 and thereby in
sure the existence of two po
litical parties in our country
they must nominate Nelson
Rockefeller for the presi
dency, send their Old Guard
to the Smithsonian Institute,
and make Richard Nixon am
bassador to Pogo Pogo.
I'm not quite sure what the
i fitting baptism manner for
this column would be
sprinkled with water, topped
with seltzer, or bathed in gin
perhaps the last would be
the best. If nothing else, it'd
be the most fun!
Officially christened, this
cheery epigram does need
some explanation. Being
somewhat fond of puns, the
title came naturally. When
said fast "peep-hole sounds
like 'people', and herein lies
the ultimate purpose of this
column. To discuss that most
' magnificent, most intelligent,
and most humorous specie of
the whole animal kingdom
man. You and 1, him and her,
whomever I happen to ob
serve or hear about.
The Nebraska Union, and
the activities committee in
particular, must be compli
mented for the fine talent
show that was given in the
Union Ballroom Sunday eve-
, ning. After attending these
shows since 1 was a fresh
man, I think it is sale to say
ttv t the overall caliber vcas
bost ever. All of the acts
. were good; and together, with
some fine lighting effects,
and enterUiiiiing show.
It was also heartening to
see a talent show that had a
serious side to it and one in
which the judges would rec
ognire true artistic value for
w hat it really is. A special
hand should go to the winners
Bill flingles, for an excel
lent interpretation of "Scher
zo in B Minor" and to Ieon
ard klathe, a guitar player
who ran sing something be
sides popular, hit-p a r a d e
Acts from the show will be
chosen to represent Nebraska
in the Big Eight Talent Show
which will be held later this
year, and these performers
will have the opportunity to
display their wares at each
of the Big Eight schools.
And while we are passing
out kudos to the Union the
board members have just re
turned from Cornell College
in Mount Vernon. Ia.. with
some good new s. The new Ne
braska Union has been chosen
host of the 1959 Regional
i Iowa. Kansas, Missouri and
Nebraska) Student Union re
treat. Contrary to my prediction,
the All-University Convoca
tion was well attended by a
responsive audience of about
4.000 students and towns peo
ple. Senator Douglas had in
teresting, if not razor-sharp,
opinions on many subjects
and he seemed to do a credi
ble job of answering the ques
tions and sticking to the sub
There was no doubt from
the very first to which party
the former economics profes
sor from the I "niversity ot
Chicago owes his allegiance.
And after a few questions it
was easy to see that he was
a member of the liberal wing
of that partv.
Of interest to the writer
were his views on the election
a prolcst vote against the
Republican Parly and not
particularly a vote of confi
dence for the Democrats I, his
view that more and more of
the elected representatives of
the people w ere of liberal and
not conservative timber, his
belief that the Democrats
should adopt a strong civil
rights plank and let the south
ern wmg of the party make
its own decision as to what
to do. and the fact that he
supported the recent Supreme
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