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The , Daily Nebroskon
Tuesday, May 12, 1959
Editorial Comment:
a special plate for
Vienna Festival Calls
For American Caution
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Throughout the semester, our office has
been bombarded by material concerning
the World Youth Festival to be held in
Vienna, Austria from July 26 to Aug. 4.
Most of this material Is from the com
munist side and It Is no better than most
Americans would expect communist propa
ganda to be. That is, pretty transparent,
not very believable and very badly writ
ten. On the other hand, several publications
have been received which have objective
ly reported on the festival and the pos
aible consequences of Americans partici
pating in jt
The festival coming up will be the sev
enth such gathering since the end of
World War II. The last one was held in
Moscow In 1957 and quite a few Americans
attended. For those who may be contem
plating it this time we might review some
facts about the big youth carnivals. -
They are sponsored by two communist
. front international youth movements, the
World Federation of Democratic Youth
and the International Union of Students.
Usually, they are held In one of the Com
munist capitals, but this year, for the first
time, a sit In the free world has been
chosen. '
In the past, some American youth groups
have fallen to the communist blandish
ment! and openly supported the festivals.
This time, however, no American youth
group has done so. This throws a mighty
big monkey wrench into the communist
gears. This means that they can no longer
claim that even capitalist countries have
young people who reject "sterile western
Even Austrian youth groups have re
fused to support the festival in spite of its
location. So violent has been their opposi
tion to it that the Austrian people, who
were at first noncommittal about the proj
ect, are so stirred up that plans are being
msde to transfer the carnival to nearby
Prague (in communist Czechoslovakia) if
things should get out of hand.
A letter from Senator Hubert Hum
phrey makes perfectly clear what the
American student's attitude should be to
ward the festival if he plans to attend.. '
The American should make it understood
that he represents no organizations in the
United States and Is there strictly on his
own. Moreover, he should not allow the
"state fair" atmosphere to draw him into
concessions to the new "soft" communist
In conclusion the letter makes a point
which we feel is a pretty good one. Sena
tor Humphrey points out that a group of
articulate, well informed American stu
dents, participating' on their own, can do
much to enhance the United States.
If they will make a fight of it with the
facts, it will be pretty hard for the Com
munist delegations to make the festival
what they would like it to be an indoc
trination session for those from the world's
uncommitted regions.
Another One?
In case you haven't noticed, a new sub
rosa organization has joined the pair that
have been, ensconcing their names for
posterity on the sidewalks of the Univer
sity. The new organization hasn't written
anybody a letter yet, so we're not sure
what its name is. But its symbol is a green
Z smeared liberally over the signs of its
two competitors.
We await with breathless anticipation
the first edition of the "Zorro" press.
Faculty Asked
To Favor SC
Dead Day Plan
Today the Faculty Senate will consider
the Student Council's proposal for a "dead
day" for reading and review before finals
We won't go over the reasons why the
Faculty Senate should adopt this proposal.
We stated those clearly in an earlier edi
tion. We would like to commend the Student
Council for its work on this project. Few
things the Council has done this year have
been as worthy.
When the old two week exam schedule
went out, stduents were at a lpss for an ade
quate substitute. The pressure of cram
ming for most of the three hour finals into
the first week created quite a strain on the
retentive powers of the reviewing stu
dent. And anybody who says students don't
have to review much for finals if they
have kept up with class, is not being very
realistic about the amount of material
covered by University level courses.
The solution proposed by the Council
may not replace the old two week sche
dule for exams. But if we can't have
that, we have at least got, in the Council
suggestion, a practical, workable and very
necessary program.
Conservative Estimate
I am considerably less bitter about the
accomplishments of this - year's Student
Council than certain other Nebraskan
It was through their efforts alone that
student seniority was preserved in the
registration system we have now.
Today another of the Council's projects,
the extra day study before final exams
comes before the Faculty Senate.
The Council has worked hard on this
mi til least we can do is show our sup
port Chuck Huston, chairman of the
Council final exam committee has spent
many hours on research and more on pre
paring a report giving the necessary rea
sons for this change.
Bob Blair, Council calendar committee,
and many others have combined to take
this thing as far ai it has gone.
The faculty committee on final exams
lias agreed to support the measure. There
is only one step left: that is the Faculty
Senate which meets at 4 p.m. today.
The Council has presented many argu
ments la favor of the change and has re
ceived very few offering good reasons why
It shoulda't be Instituted.
The biggest argument received by the
Council when the proposal was in its ini
tial stages Is the old statement "most of
the students wouldn't use it anyway."
Here Council president Dwaine Rogge
took what I thought was an admirable
stand. He told the Council, "So what, the
purpose of this University Is to educate
ns. If an extra day of study time before
- finals makes reveiwing more effective
and wil knable us to learn more and raise
our grades, the mere fact that a few stu
dents will use the time to poor advantage
Should not be considered."
Rogge explained that la his opinion If
only 15 ef the students used the time to
food advastage it would be worth It.
This percentage seemed a conservative
estimate In view of the many letters the
Council has received in favor of the pro
posal. Usually the students who bothered
. to write were ones who had really been
hurt with several important finals all
bunched at the beginning of the week.
First Tuesday
(I have a close friend who has four finals
this semester. Three of them are on the
first Tuesday.)
The Student .Council deserves special
commendation for undertaking this en
deavor for ope reason not immediately
apparent None of them will benefit from
it. Every member of the Council that did
all the work advancing this Improvement
as far as it has gone will have graduated
by the time it goes into effect, in 1960-61.
A group which will undertake a project
to benefit future students certainly is
worthy of our support
So here's what I'd like you all to do.
Run up to your nearest instructor. Collar
him carefully and proceed to explain the
benefits of the Council's extra day of
study. Ideas should not be hard to find
with finals looming closer and closer.
Explain to them that we don't want the
time for cramming but only for an ade
quate job of review. It is a known fact
that many instructors give hour exams on
the last day of classes. A student's time
consequently is occupied for the most part
until classes are over.
If he is hit with a double whammy right
off the bat there is only time for a frantic
cramming session. The extra day would
eliminate this situation In most cases.
A full 24 hour study period can make a
big difference in a final grade when some
finals count as much as Vt the course.
Note to the faculty: Get out to that sen
ate meeting and VOTE.
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Daily Nebraskan Letterips
To the Editor:
I have read the replies
to the "Beatnik" letter
with some amusement. No
one has yet attempted to
interpret it in an objective
way, Neither praise nor rid
icule are appropriate for
an objective view of the
"Beatnik" protest. . Certain
ly it is a trend that points
out a number of interest
ing ideas. It is basically,
as far as lean see, a
strong literary movement
represented by Kerouac,
Ginsberg, and others.
The movement points up
the malaise that most of us
feel but find so hard to ad
mit to ourselves and oth
ers. This feeling is one of
of spiritual bankruptcy In
which "God is dead. Man
has killed him" as Nietz
sche so aptly pointed out
Mr. William Barrett has
pointed out this bankrupt.
cy in a very fine book "Ir
rational Man," a study in
existential philosophy. He
shows that modern art and
literature are products of a
bankrupt culture. I realize
this is a debatable point but
it is something we can't ig
nore. Faulkner shows us
this is so called bankruptcy
in "The Sound and the
Fury," where Quentin
Compson tears the hands
from his wrist watch sym
bolizing the continuous
movement of time while we
have no idea of its mean
ing, thus causing it to be an
empty sound to men or, to
borrow from H. G. Wells',
"The Country of the Blind."
The "Beatnik" then is a
symbol of this emptiness.
Existentialism also is a re
action against this degra
dation of man, and the
movement deserves consid
eration as offering some in
sight into this problem. '
Oswald Spengler, Arnold
Toynbee and Petrim Soro
kin have also attempted to
portray this feeling of dec
adence that many feel is
part of Western culture.
Whether this is true or not
remains to be seen; cer
tainly our culture has be
come obsessed with mater
ialism and religion has
reached a pseudo es
istence. WThat is important
here Is that we begin to
think and not accept values
blindly. William White in
"The Organization Man"
has shown that just because
the majority determines
truth, they may be in error.
I am certain the majority
thought Hitler was right.
The Existentialist, the "Be
atnik," and the "prophets
of doom" all deserve an ob
jective hearing from what
shall I call our generation?
maybe the "Apathetic
eGneration," for the name
fits us better than any other
coined so far.
I would be the first to
admit that the "Beatnik"
movement is very imma
ture and childish, but it
perhaps can help by point
ing out the need for a re
evaluation of our values
and maybe . . . with luck,
it may make one or two
people begin to think about
where we are headed in a
world that is, if not chaotic,
certainly disorganized.
Harry Easton
To the Editor:
Although some may feel
that the adult education pro
gram at this University is
already sufficiently exten
sive, I believe it should have
one more course, dealing
specifically with "How to
Talk Softly on the Tele
phone." Registration for
this course should be com
pulsory for all librarians
now employed on the cam
pus. I would like to add for
the benefit of those to whom
this seems overly harsh crl
' tlcism that I have the law
behind me concerning the
concealed megaphones
which I suspect are now
being used.
Ralph Waldo Ears
A Few Words
Of A Kind
as cap pop
ping and
beer drip
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tionally the
Outside My Skin
1 1 v An. -4
Over the last two weeks
I have been called an athe
ist, a "say-anylhing" girl,
a "say-nothing" girL and
other names too numerous
a n a oo- r
scene to
jii e uuuu.
This Is ri
diculous. I
am just as
as normal
jast as fond
of cutting
c 1 a s ses,
drink i n C
beer, ignoring studying in
the hope that it will go
away, and in my own per
verted way, just as religi
ous, as the next person. So,
I am about to launch into a
long, boring dissertation in
defense of the Little Peo
ple, the Conventional Ones,
the dull group, of which I
am a part, which forms the
Backbone of Our University-
Mental Health
I win not beatalqye
around the buah. (Lousy
pun.) The beatnlques, ob
viously subversives, are
trying to undermine our
political, moral, and ment
al health. How can we stand
by, in our khaki's and ivy
leagues and striped blazers,
and allow the campus to
be overrun by bearded
characters in t-shirts and
toreador pants, with six
inches of anatomy (between
the ankle and the cuff, of
course) in plain sight? Dis
graceful. We owe it to the
public well-being to make
conventional clothing man-
the scope of colleges down
to Teachers College and En
gineering. Only average
work should be encouraged.
Those who do above aver
age work should be pun
ished by permanent suspen
sion from the ping pong
tournament. Those who do
below average can-always
be put to work as janitors,
along with the teachers
. from the disbanded depart
ments. Brainwash
As long as the best is
none too good, we're okay.
Eventually, we may be able
to brainwash everybody in
to thinking that there is
actually nothing better than
average. Everyone, in this
Little People's paradise,
will look alike, think alike,
talk alike, and be alike.
Only then will we, the Lit
tle People, the Convention
al Ones, the Backbone of
Our University, be safe . . .
from the things our fear
some minds, unfettered by
pettiness and convention,
might do.
Living In a University
community helps to remind
one that youth is eternal.
Why each spring there
emerges horde after horde
of diligent
young fel
lows who
special i ze
in s u c h
atuviu c 9 1 ? i
1 iNK
TNEs and PiXis have been
dominant figures in these
feats of bravo and dash and
dilettanteism. For yean
these boys of brew have
been accused of everything
except the hiring of chan
cellors and the imposition
of sometimes partial
judgments by AWS on mis
wayfaring coeds. Year aft
er year smug columnists
would defy these demons of
the dark and drop a nasty
word here and there about
"those no good sub rosa"
groups, hoping to be beaten
severely or have their cars
painted in order to be pro
moted to the rank of Mar
tyr for the Great Cause of
Above-Boardism. But, alas,
too few of them were mar
tyred and they had to re
turn to hacknyed topics like
fraternity morals and the
exorbitant charge of coffee
in the Crib.
Bless or Curse
The TNEs and the PiXls,
bless or curse their secret
little hides, have by no
means disappeared from
the scene this year. Their
work, however, has seemed
to suffer. Where they were
once steady enough at
least the PiXis, who appar
ently created the art to
Eaint their symbols for pos
srity with bold free hands,
ttiey have now apparently
reverted to uninspired use
of the stencil This, of
course, can be expected.
Every great school of art
sooner or later begins to
slip into bad habits.
But what makes this
spring especially exciting Is
that some wild, eccentric
youths have joined the Unit
ed Youth Movement
of Walk Splatterers. About
a half-dozen crude Zorro
"Zs" were slapped on the
pavements of fraternity and
sorority walks this last
week raising speculation
that perhaps the poor in
dependents have arisen at
last to add more color to
the night
My sources are totally
unreliable, but if rumors
are true and the independ
ents are beginning to paint
their way to the top it is ob
vious that we Greeks need
protection. Is the adminis
tration going to stand
around and watch carefully
stenciled, TNE and PiXi
signs maliciously defaced?
Heaven forbid! Call up the
campus cops!
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datory on this campus. Per
haps some sort of a uniform
could be issued to each stu
dent upon registration.
Nonconformity must b e
wiped out at any cost. As
far as religion is concerned,
the answer is simple. Tear
down Andrews and Morrill
Halls and construct a big
church with a steeple and
stained glass windows. Re
quire everybody to attend
the eleven o'clock service.
During the week, the
church basement could be
used for square dances and
ping pocg tournaments.
Getting rid of Andrews
and Morrill would also help
rid the campus of two de
partments, too subversive,
to mention, which have
been highly suspected of
encouraging free, individu
al thinking and expression.
Gradually, we could narrow
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