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The Daily Nebraskan
Tougher Courses A Benefit
A recent study by the vice president of
the University of New Hampshire and two
of his students for the American Council on
Education has found that colleges can
build character by stiffening course work.
The study was made over the course of
one year on 20 college and university cam
puses in 17 states.
Dr. Edward Eddy Jr., the New Hamp
shire official, said the chief conclusion of
the study was that "conditions conducive
to the development of character are those
conducive of good teaching and learning
and you accomplish one by accomplishing
Ominously, however, Dr. Eddy added in
an interview that "many American col
leges make a great many pretenses of do
ing this but the pretense is matched by
In other words, many colleges make a
pretense of toughening instrucyon but too
few do anything concrete about it.
This harkens back to the toughening
courses controversy which was aired in
print on this page some weeks past. The
controversy on this campus tended to in
dicate that the University was actually
making an "accomplishment" toward
"good teaching and learning."
One of the surprises of the survey was
the revelation that students generally sup
port the move to toughen courses. At the
University of Wisconsin, 200 students sent
the president a petition asking for higher
standards of work.
This is a surprisingly mature attitude
taken by average students of a generation
which is supposed to favor taking "the
easy way out."
A typical student reaction was:
"If I'm allowed to slip by I'll do it every
time. But if I'm really expected to per:
form, I'll come through or go down fight
ing." Another surprise in the study was the
revelation that, although students respect
faculty members who are not afraid to
voice their convictions on a subject, most
faculty members won't offer their .opin
ions. This phenomenom hides behind the
label of objectivity.
It is our hope that the "fetish of si
lence", as the survey labels unwonted ob
jectivity, does not or has not invaded this
campus. Free expression by faculty mem
bers of their opinions and ideas on world
affairs in the pages of this newspaper
lead us to believe that it has not.
And if the University wants to keep on
tightening courses, its all right with us.
After all, the survey shows our character
benefits from it.
Apologize? We Bo Too Much
The latest potshot at student apathy
comes from an out of state instructor.
The man is Colonel Vernon Rawie of the
University Army ROTC department.
Colonel Rawie is amazed at the apolo
getic attitude taken by University stu
dents toward their school and state. In an
interview with the Daily Nebraskan, he
stated that "In my experience here I feel
that the student body doesn't get the pic
turethey have much theoretical know
ledge but they don't know how to use it."
Colonel Rawie elaborates with the com
ment that the University could develop
pride through the observances of cere
monial and traditional events.
He concludes by saying that he has vis
ited many other campuses, and he thinks
that University students have much to be
"Students should be proud of their state
and University. They should stop apolo
gizing for both of them," he maintains.
There is a good deal of truth in what
Colonel Rawie has to say. In many re
spects the University has a student colony
of gripers and not doers.
However, it would only be fair to note
that organizations like Builders and AUF
and even our rival publication, "The
Cornhusker" make a fetish out of doing.
As for the observance of ceremonial and
traditional events, the ROTC departments
have certainly done little to promote their
observance themselves. The biggest single
example is the ROTC participation in the
Since this conflicts, as we noted yester
day, with the biggest traditional and cere
monial occasion of the school year, Ivy
Day, the ROTC departments themselves
are doing their part to undermine tradi
tion. However, as usual, both sides have a
good point. Colonel Rawie, we must ad
mit, is right when he says that University
students apologize too much for their
In the future students ou.ut to rese've
to apologize less if the legislature and ad
ministration will give them less to apolo
High school administrators, or at least
one of them who professed to represent
the group, are rather quick to act when
their honor or character is impugned.
That can be instanced by the recent Ne
column dealing with so
One Nebraska admini
strator apparently rushed
headlong to his typewriter,
armed with derogatory
words and 200-word sen
tences, to try to save the
NU student world from
thinking badly of their old
principals and superintendents.
His letter, I'm sure, hasn't or won't in
fluence many Nebraska-educated Univer
sity students, but if D. B. Scott Jr. is
speaking for the state prep administra
tors in general, as he seemed to be, why
didn't he mention such things as failure
among that group to show even the slight
est Interest in the proposed IFC outstate
rush program or the Student Council-suggested
All-University Open House?
Although administrators apparently are
quick to write nasty comments about peo
ple who might have been a little uncompli
mentary about them, less than a handful
answered the IFC about the rush trips or
the Council about an open house.
Both projects could have been good ones
for both the University and high schools.
But the high school administrators ap
parently chose between these things and
attacking fraternities and even sororities
for rushing practices and coming to Lin
coln on excursions.
If they can afford to take off a day from
their crowded schedules to come to Lin
coln to talk to their former students, why
couldn't they have taken just a couple of
minutes to at least, just tell the Council
and IFC that they weren't interested.
The IFC cooperated with the administra
tors in looking over the problems of rush
ing of high school students and came up
with rules that will limit the difficulties.
But the administrators gave hardly an
answer to the proposed rush trips, which
handled properly probably would have
benefited the administrators themselves as
wel' as the high school students.
And if the principals would rather not
deal with the fraternities at all, why didn't
they tell the Council that they couldnt' at
tend. All year long high school groups de
pend on Builders and other organizations
to show them around and orient them. But
the Council stepped up and offered an all
University open house event and the ad
ministrators snubbed it.
No interest in a University Open House
.or explanation of the University fraternity
sorority scene? Is this what the principals
and superintendents Wi't care for?
Or is it that they'd sooner ban fraternity
associations with their students and write
uncomplimentary letters to the Univer
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Civilization ought to be
destroyed. How we have
been decieved! We first
used crude slicks as plows
to help us, but now ma-
c n 1 n e s
r i c u 1
ture fed us
were b i 1
people 'suf- ,
f e r i n g
from over- i.N mm8gi
p o p u 1 a- "Buck"
tion. Even Eikleberry
with the most fantastic ag
ricultural equipment, ci
vilization has a "farm prob
lem." The sedentary life
of primitive agriculture al-.
lowed us to build cities,
now concrete canyons like
blemishes upon the fair
green of nature, cities de
void of the majest of the
bleakest desert. Our wea
pons, from club to cobalt
bomb, have constantly been
improved by civilization,
and these "civilized" wea
pons are in turn our biggest
problem and primitive
man was never apt to kill
everyone in the world with
his dub. This, my friends
is civilization: not just ma
chines to help us, but an
attempt to keep ahead of
our problems by new and
complex methods always
leading to new, more com
plex, and more dangerous
Our attempt to escape
the natural (primitive) way
of living has been a fail
ure because we ourselves
are products of nature.
We ignored nature and
used medical techniques
to preserve scores of un
fit; the cost of this mis
take will be racial degen
eration, and great amounts
of pain and doctor bills for
You may tell me that ci
vilization can solve this
problem too, and I would
ask you what new prob
lems will be posed by your
solution what new com
plexities involved that our
primitive minds cannot
grasp. Natural living meets
the problem of the survival
of the fittest quite simply.
You may object to the
pain of primitive living,
and I answer that the de
mands of civilization its
burdens and caprices are
no less painful. And what
pleasure is there in being
a robot always answering
the demands of our "ser
vant," the clock? I daresay
that primitive man never
gulped his food to catch the
bus, never worried about
good grades, inflation, the
draft, income tax, shaving
or Parish fashions.
Then one day primitive
man started drawing ani
mals on his cave wall; this
was an insane retreat from
the world of reality into the
world of symbolism. This
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initial sign of decadence
reminds us of the "primi
tive" artists of today whose
blotches of paint are even
No longer content with
the music and emotions of
reality, primitive man re
sorted to the symbolism
and artificiality of making
music on instruments, un
til today our modern mu
sicthe greatest produced
by civilization includes
the horrors of Bartok,
Stravinsky, and Shostako
vich. The greatest retreat oc
cured in the development
of literature and education,
wherein reality can no
longer be accepted, loved
and lived, but must be con
stantly explained to death
by a constant stream of
words in the classroom and
on the printed page. What
ever meaning words may
have is soon lost in the
torrent of text books.
Of course I don't believe
that civilization ought to be
destroyed, although it
might well destroy itself, but
the arguments do have a
grain of truth, don't they?
It is spring, and as in tha
past, that great and awe
some monster that stays in
camouflage every winter
creeps out to flex its might
and show to all the world
tliat conformity and uni-
ROTC h a s
-1 come out for
its sm-ing de-
every male college fresh
man and sophomore. Ev
eryone learns the great
value of being able to work
together. Now in a letter
home we can all relate
what we have learned to
day: "Dear Va, Guess what!
Major Guideright taught
me that if I' put my left
foot in front of me, then
put my right foot in front
of that, I can walk."
six months of jrine porni
ng all the un
which I am certainly included,
will be able to view the force
that will stand ready to de
fend us against evil,
threats to motherhood and
Bob Ireland. '
What could be more in
spiring than the spectacle
of a thousand sweltering,
soldiers (I say that be
cause I can't think of a
Mmrse term) marching
around and around on the
mall and the playground
behind University High.
This is the manifestation
of what is being taught to
State Theatre manager, Clayton Cheevcr has come up
with what might be the money idea of the year. Having
long been associated with the exhibition of Walt Disney
pictures (the most recent success has been "The Sha.y
Doe"), and having a far from ordinary idea about what
children enjoy seeing in films, Cheever sug
gests that Disney animate Biblical stories.
This would seem a natural! Who better
than Disney could imaginatively, and rev
erently, treat religious history in an appeal
ing way for young people? 75 minutes of
"The Ten Commandments," with at least
a little humor, could perhaps better in
spire youthful interest in the Bible than De
Mille was able to do in three hours of spec
tacle. The drawback might be superficiality,
but Disney more than adequately covered
various nature studies in his True Life Adventure series.
As a suggested first vehicle, how about "Noah and the
Ark?" Here would be a great opportunity for some fine
animal routines, at the same time providing animated high
drama at its very best in a Technicolored storm sequence.
Whatever, thank you, Mr. Cheever. It's all yours, Mr. Dis
ney. And Walt, the stories are in public domain.
The Varsity's "Gidget" is obviously an industry conces
sion to the juvenile trade. Gay and carefree, it is certainly
harmless fare, but not much more may "be said. Sandra
Dee whines throughout, and James Darren is embarrassing
a ssomeone called "Moondoggie." It's fine if you're still n
high school (or better, junior high), but an evening with
"The Late Show" is better recommended. Color, location
photography (one one of California's most picturesque
beaches) are an eyeful, but this is not enough.
The University has shown
itself in fine form once
again. After spending a
great amount of money for
that huge factory on 16th
street, better known as the
Regent's Folly, the admin
istration is just beginning
to think about what to do
with it. 1 have a plan that
is far more practical than
conducting classes or ad
ministrative duties wit.iin
the hallowed walls of Ne
braska's Pink Elephant.
On behalf of soni3 inter
ested studsnts I am offer
in1? a reward to anyone
wlio csn identify the fundus
that presently en'mnces
the upper Hp of our beloved
' editor of t'l'e Nebraskan. If
someone doesn't hurry, I
am afraid that . Goore's
face will be eaten away by
this m?liinant growth ex
posing the only pcrfe-t vac
uum in existence today.
(Editors note The f'in!!S
above referred to h?.s d:ia"t
ed under medication, thr.s pre
serving the aforemnnlioncd
vacuum. We regret t'int we
find it necersary to cra'e a
vacuum on the editsrhl pc;e
by printing the abive comments.)
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