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Wofinpsdav. December 10,
The Doily Nebraskon
Registrar Floyd Hoover has replied to
student criticism of the planned switch
to alphabetical registration with a jolly
laugh that Is normally thought to charac
terize a certain North Pole figure at this
time of the year. The big difference be
tween St. Nick and Dr. Hoover is that
students don't care to accept the latter's
The first reasons given for the discard
ing of the hours accumulated system of
pulling cards was that it caused crowd
ing at certain periods of registration and
was difficult to police. Now students are
Informed that the registrar's staff feels
"we have a moral obligation to the stu
dent. Like missionaries of old the group
has taken it upon themselves to convert
students from a heathen registration sys
tem to a divinely Inspired alphabet soup
plan. The fact that students have been
very content with their traditional way
of registration life doesn't seem import
ant. Of equal unimportance to the regis
trars is what one might consider their
"moral obligation" to respect student
opinion at least once in a while.
Dr. Hoover proclaims that his emanci
pation of students from registration bulges
"won't save us five minutes." He adds
that it has been more than eight years
since a senior had to spend extra time in
school in order to graduate because he
could not register in a class he needed.
This means that the old system has been
successful and that, if the whole 6tory
is being told, the new system won't save
the registrars any time. Add to this the
fact that general student opinion IlJI
cates that birth of this new brain child
would carry the tinge of illegitimacy,
and then figure out why Dr. Hoover still
insists on the change. The only possible
conclusion: something is rotten in Ad
If the registrar does feel that an alpha
betical system is so desirable, why not
have cards pulled alphabetcally accord
ing to class rank of the student? Then if
a section were filled during the early
period, a new section could be quickly
established or more students accepted in
one of the original systems. This plan
could include the revolving alphabet
method proposed by Dr. Hoover. The
senior would still receive special consid
eration and the sinful bulges could be
smoothed far, fat away.
Individual Staff Views
, By Diana
If you are a believer in progress, or
think things really change much around
this place, try file cleaning as a grand
awakener and antidote for overly optimis
Try it on the records of
almost any campus or
ganization. We tried it
down here in the Rag hole
and good brief, what an
awakening. Back in the
recesses of the editor's of
fice stands a greenish
cabinet which before "The
Housecleaning" held not
only such useful items as
a pair of fuzzy blue ear
muffs and an electrical
socket but also the Daily Nebraskan edi
Tucked in among folders labelled Stu
dent Health, Budget, IFC, and elections
was one with an intriguing title, Campus
Back in '51 it seems the editors of the
paper decided to try to explain politics on
campii to the student body therefore
leaving in print an interesting record of
A few excerpts will show how little
things have changed:
"When freshmen enter activities, the
one who knows the officers or some influ-
ential member of the organization is the
one with the best chance of getting ahead.
If a fraternity brother or sorority sister
happens to hold influence, the worker's
future is pretty well assured regardless,
a great deal of the time whether he de
serves promotion ..."
Another editorial, headlined "A Party
ing of the Ways" noted:
"On the University of Nebraska cam
pus, an unhealthy situation has been in
effect for the past several years. There
have been no parties to compete in stu
dent elections. At least there have been
no legal parties in existence."
Or, as was printed in the primer on this
group of editorials, note the following facts
"The goal of most activity minded stu
dents on campus is to become either a
Mortar Board (for women) or an Inno
cent (for men.) These senior students are
picked each year at Ivy Day. They are
reportedly chosen upon the basis of their
participation in activities, support of the
school and their scholarship.
Students can work up in various ac
tivities until they reach a high position to
be in line for either Innocents or Mortar
Boards. Activities usually considered most
helpful in gaining these include ..."
But there's no need to go on . . . it's
the same list.
From the Editor
A Few Words of a Kind
e. e, hines
The scene is a coffee shop in a college do you? You don't really think he would
student union. try some crazy scheme like that?
1st Crib Rat: I tell you I saw him. 1st: No. He couldn't. No one would stand
2ndt Wait, I see his face now! No! That or ButT the !e waf YlH
about? Who did you see? f vem1e "creamed in protest he just
m, v laughed louder. Almost like a madman.
1st: There he is I M 2nd: Look! He's disappearing. He isn't
2ndi Yes, I see him 1. J real
now. A laughing man fc-,.-., J lsi: But we saw him! We both saw him.
with a strange suit and 4 r what could he have been?
tie. What is that written J f i 2nd. T dont know x never have seen
all over his clothes? f, fTr anything like this before. If it weren't for
1st: Why it looks like a . the fact that I knew there aren't ....
bunch of letters. I V' ' No! That's ridiculous!
2nd: What are they? I Xjs? ist: What's ridiculous?
forgot my glasses. .4 ? k 2nd: It couldn't have been a ghost.
1st: Let me see ... Oh, $y & 1st: You're right. No one sees ghosts.
11' r ; 5 "JTt e ?tt" 2ndl Shh! Here comes Hank Hamlet.
J-K-WVI-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U- Do,t say anytmng He'll think we're
2ndt If that all? Hamlet: You guys seen the Rag?
lsti Yes. Strangest thing. Just the lgt Crjb Rat. wnat's up?
alphabet written over and over again. The Hamlet: Look at this head on page 4.
man seems to have a strange obsession "Alphabetical Registration To Be Used
for the alphabet. in January." Most stupid thing I ever
2nd t Wait I see his face now. No! It heard of. The registrar talks about
can't be the registrar! smoothing out bulges. Not a thing about
1st: No. You're right. That's who it is. the fact it would be lousy for seniors.
2nd: But what in the devil is he doing 2nd Crib Rat: You're not serious!
parading around in an alphabet costume? You're kidding us! Let me see.
. 1st: My dream! Just like in my dream! 1st Crib Rat: My God! Jim. It's true.
2nd: What dream? 2nd: No. It couldn't have been true, just
1st: I had almost forgotten about it. as we couldn't have seen a ghost. No! No!
Early this year I dreamed that the regis- The two crib rats run screaming out the
trar began talking one day about moral door. Hank Hamlet sits very stilT in his
obligations and alphabets and bulges and booth. His eyes have a glass-like appear-
smoothing things out. And he seemed to ance. He is muttering to himself: "Ghosts,
say something about changing registra- What were they saying about ghosts?
tion. Then I heard A-B-C-D-E. Just then They can be thankful they didn't have the
something woke me up. I remember I was same dread nightmare I had last night,
in a cold sweat and a pledge told me I had The registrar was all dressed up in an
been screaming, "No. Not that. Anything alphabet costume, and he couldn't stop
but that Not registration in alphabetical laughing. Everytime I screamed "no," he
orderl" s laughed a little louder and threw a letter
2nd: I still don't see the connection. at me. The ghost must have been an omen
1st: He was "wearing the same stupid for this. No! I'm going crazy!"
costume, and everytime I screamed "no" The lights fade as Hamlet begins to
he laughed and threw a letter at me. bash his head against the side of the
2nd: You don't think this is a bad omen booth. The curtain falls.
Working wives take heed. Phillip E. Bettis, 19, said he couldn't
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BY DICK TEMPERO
One of the worthwhile tradi
tions on the University cam
pus seems to have been
chucked in a smoKe 1 1 1 1 e a
i o mewnere,?
somet i m e
this last se
in case you
wonder, I 1
to the regis-'
lie at the bottom of the whole
mess are Whv is this chanee
being made? and Why hasn't
the new clan been completely
explained to the student
bodv? Last F ridays snort
press release did not answer
some of the most vital stu
dent questions about the plan.
It seems to the writer that
the least that the administra-
ion could do is to explain the
system fully so that the stu
dents could form a valid opin
ion on the whole case ana
not on a synthesis of half
truth. The two reasons giv
en for dropping the old
svstem were: to smooth out
the bulges in registration and
to stop people from getting
pull cards early.
More Imnortant. this re
lease did not include anything
about how the plan would
work in the future. It has
now been confirmed that the
alphabet will be rotated, and
this conld have been easily
Included in the first release.
This being true alleviates
much of the student opinion
This type of registration
has worked successfully for
many years in several large
YOU LIKE TO SH6 A ItrlRlLLCD.' j,
fflNLVSIXMOtt DAKS 'TIL
SIX MKEDAte Til-
Universities in the country
and there is no reason why
it can't work here. Any time
that something new is insti
tuted, someone usually gets
hurt and it looks like maybe
it will be us seniors this time
For that reason, we would
feel much better about it (1)
if we knew what was going
on now, and (2) how the plan
will work in the future.
Now to greener pastures
Builders is to be highly com
mended for kicking off a cam
pus wide drive to support the
Kellogg Fund Campaign.
Here Is an event that is
happening right in our midst
and something that will have
a direct bearing on each of
our student lives. Thus far the
student population has leaned
back and taken a disinterest
ed if not lackadasical attitude
toward the whole proceeding.
This is one of the many
steps that has been taken in
the last several years by the
current administration to
give the students at the Uni
versity of Nebraska not only
sound, adequate facilities that
we can be proud of, but fa
cilities that will make our
University unique as far as
college campuses are con
cerned, It is a step, however, that
must be shared not only by
the administration and the
people of the state of Nebras
ka, but also by the students.
The best way to build pride
in our school is to have a
feeling that we did our share
toward making it what it is,
and there is no quicker way
of doing it than by seeing
that our part of the job is
Tomorrow is the deadline
for applications to be turned
in for AUF Board.
Interviews will be held
Saturday. Applicants should
sign up for interviews outside
the AUF office on 3rd floor,
retaining the wntere ww.
Hats off to John Hoerner
for being the first to express
publicly what I believe to be
the general student reaction
to the new alphabetical reg
istration system disgust.
Being able to choose the
best profession or best time
for a particular course is
often a matter of great con
venience, yet how many of
us have been turned away
from a closed section be
cause our taking the course
at that time was not a matter
I have always looked upon
the ability to exercise free
choice as to course and sec
tion as a privilege conferred
because of work satisfactor
ily completed, not because
my name happened to begin
with the proper letter.
I have always considered
the "hours earned" system
most fair, because it gave
the advantage to those stu
dents who most needed it;
upperclassmen, who usually
have the most outside activi
ties and interests, and who
are more likely to have fam
ily obligations, and those
students who carry the heav
iest study loads.
I urge everyone who feels
as I do to make their opin
ions known to the Adminis
tration by any legitimate
means at their disposal.
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