The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 11, 1959, Page Page 2, Image 2

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The Daily. Nebraskan
Weanesaay, i November u'(
Editorial Comment: J
Students Again Are Mute
"We're being pushed around. Nobody
ever cares what the students think." So
goes the cry as student A vents his wrath
upon whatever powers exist on Student B.
Like when the calendar for next year
showed that school was to begin a week
later. The Student Council moved into
action, formally protesting the switch.
They requested student opinion in order to
back the presentation they wanted to
make to the Faculty Senate calendar com
mittee. So letters arrived from AWS, RAM
and the Inter Co-Op Council. Not a very
large expression of student opinion.
There tends to be a strong feeling of
resignation among Council members.
They feel that working on something such
as the calendar switch is the collective
banging of heads against stone walls.
Small wonder that Council members
should take this attitude.
If the consensus among students is that
the switch in scheduling is going to pose a
problem in job seeking, then why don't
more than three groups speak up? Griping
In the Crib doesn't sway many opinions.
Constructive voicing of opinion does, how
ever. It would seem only good sense among
both organized and non-organized campus
groups that when the Council requests a
sounding of student opinion on an issue
such as this, that they receive it. Any stu
dent organization has the prerogative to
register an opinion in the name of the
group regardless of whether that group
is a social fraternity, a charity organiza
tion, a professional society, or whatever.
So does the individual student have the
prerogative to send a letter to the Stu
dent Council or to the Daily Nebraskan
registering an opinion on an issue such as
The response of nothingness to a request
for opinion-must be thoroughly dishearten
ing to the persons on Council who , have
f ttempted to speak for the students.
There is another angle, too. A large per
centage of Council membership is com
posed of organizational representatives.
Theoretically, these individuals return to
their groups each week to report on Coun
cil activities and to sound opinion among
the group on pertinent questions. This
should be done on a more active basis.
If the Council wishes opinion, it would
seem logical that the organizational reps
should introduce the subject in their meet
ings and ask for a straw vote. Here you
would have opinion ready made.
This would not be enough, however.
While the Council members themselves
could take a more active part in sampling
opinion, the great mass of mute ones
might stir itself long enough to speak
above a complaining mumble. One be
comes cynical about the frequent com
plaints of persecution when thousands will
not rouse themselves sufficiently to com
ment on when they ' would like to begin
attending classes in the fall.
Not Shrouded With Ivy
The best thing which has happened to
the Young Republicans since Eisenhower
is the sudden flurry of activity among the
University Young Democrats.
Whereas in the past the YR's took care
to provide newspapers around (downtown
as well as the Daily Nebraskan) with
fairly frequent notices of their activities,
with the new impetus of an aggressive
Young Democrat crew, YR's are turning
into veritable founts of information and
plans. Seemingly, the YR's are entering
into their most active year. For the YD's
there is no question. They've never done
anything before.
For a new-born organization (at least as
far as the campus goes) they are doing a
tremendous job of program planning and
participation in State political affairs. If
the promise shown by these two groups
this year is fulfilled this spring and next
fall when the election year fever really
begins to be felt, no student on the cam
pus should emerge untouched by the is-
Inferior Sticks
Lest it ever be said that comment on
any major issue escapes the keen eyes
and blazing typewriters of the crew from
the Union basement, the following an
nouncement has been requested:
Earlier the hue was raised when sticks
were substituted for spoons in the Crib.
Now reports are that the initial sticks are
being replaced with an inferior grade of
sticks. The report is unconfirmed.
sues and platform advocated by the two
This is a hopeful sign. In the midst of
stagnant activities and dying programs, it
it invigorating to see activities as dynamic
as these moving to the fore.
The same holds true for NUCWA. The
Council on World Affairs has spent a year
or two in almost total eclipse. This is un
fortunate. The Mock UN they held one
spring was one of the most worthwhile
and exciting movements into the sphere of
world affairs. Remember when one dele
gation staged a riot and walked-out?
Anyway, some new blood has gone into
NUCWA, too. Their first program on labor
Tuesday night will not be the last for a
while, we hope.
These are the sort of activities which
should- be stimulating the imagination of
students while in college'. These are the
ones which deal with that which is really
pertinent today. Too often we neglect
them as we shroud ourselves in ivy.
Cornhusker Deadline '
No amount of publicity seems to reach
everyone, but for those who occasionally
read this half of the page Friday is the
deadline for Cornhusker individual pic
tures, so if you wish your face recorded
for posterity, hie yourselves to the Union
basement no appointments necessary.
They are being taken in the Commuters'
M. E. Speaking
By Carroll Kraus broken up into bunches of little lights
Well, most of us publication workers those of you who attended the Homecom
iidn't get to take the trip to Mfssouri a ing Dance this year or any' other dance
couple of weeks ago for unofficial migra- down at Pershing will remember them,
tion, so we've decided to take an even However, looks like the Military isn't
more unofficial migration on our own. going to score at the football game with
Miss Maxwell, Mr. Kai- Colorado this weekend. Seems like the
man and I will flee the f -"""N ! administration was a little wary about
scene (hope I'm gone, at i V firing the big gun when the Huskers
least, by the time this . f f scored.
paper's out) for points C 1Sr I'm sure if Army ROTC had decided to
eastward. So will Sue I " 1 go through with the gun-firing routine
Schnabel and Mary Cun- V . 1 they wouldn't have used one the size of
ningham of the Corn- , V" f last year's. That one might have caused
nUsker "''K, a little danger in that it could have shat-
Everybody but yours J tered the windows in the press box in the
truly is going to New Ifl I west stadium.
York for ACP convention; I i U JLJ But gosh, if the Army had control of the
my travels will only ex- Kraus ' cannon this year, I'm sure they would
tend to Indianapolis for Sigma Delta Chi know how to fire the thing (seems to be a
convention time Part of the business) and the worst-thing
What I'm realiy leading up to is this: In g "ait would do would be to jar loose a
case there are grievances about some- . . . . . . t anvwav
thing, the following stalwart journalists 0n weU- we mig get snut out anyway.
may be able to provide the answer. An apparently avid Nebraska fan, Jim
Sandi Laaker is moving from the copy Schueth, has sent me a note saying that
desk to the editor's desk to handle Page 2; wjtn all this ahroo about spirit, songs,
news editor Sony Whalen is moving to the cheers, chants, etc., it brings to mind
managing editor's chair; and Karen Long that he.s never seen 0r4ieard accurately,
ia taking over Sony's place. tne words t0 the song with the bit about,
Course Kai has a bundle of biz assist- "On Mighty Men."
ants to watch the store.' Well, Jim, the title of the song is "Hail
So, you nearly all-girl band, here's pass- to the Team" and here it is, for you and
lng the buck. posterity:
. "Hail to the Team,
Glad to see the Navy's decided to get The Stadium' Rings as Everyone Sings
rid of television at the Military Ball. It The Scarlet and Cream,
may be nice for the folks in TV-land to Fight on for Victory, Echo our Loyalty,
watch, but it's rather exasperating for So on Mighty Men,
the people who go to the Ball. . : The Eyes of the Land, upon every Hand,
Pershing Auditorium usually supplies Are looking at You,
enough lights to make sunglasses in vogue Fight on for victory,
anyway. Furthermore, they actually fol- Hail to the Men of Nebraska U."
low you. Especially those lights that are . 30 (Me 'n Jack Webb).
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By George !
By George Moyer
the tern
This week's issue of Sports
Illustrated contains an ex
amination Of eastern col
lege tastes in athletics and
other things under the ti-
tle:, "Up
,Squ a s
B a s
sis of
e a s
a t t i tude
"c o ntests
of physical
skill" and
most anything else is the
amount of enthusiasm gen
erated by the people who
participate. The number of
people particiapting is also
It works like this:
The more people taking
li d
part in a given activity and ,
the more enthusiastic they
are about their participa
tion, the less " socially ac
ceptable the activity.
Individuals, Too
This works with in
dividuals too. A man with
a trick (notice that word,
trick) of manner a kind
of blase self assurance
can convince everyone else
that what he is doing is the
most worthwhile thing
the thing to do. That makes
this man the most socially
Employing "this philoso
phy, whole college cam
puses can become socially
unacceptable. Cornell, for
instance, is cdhsidered by.
Easterners very far down
the social scale. Penn and
Harvard are other schools
that are taking a social
By George Haecker
A few discussions, an edi
torial, and the "More or
Less Personal" column in
Monday's Evening Journal
have all dealt with the fact
that most
of Nebras
ka's young
people in
tend t o
spend their
lives else
where. The col
umn in the Haecker
J o u rnal
stated that
people were leaving for eco
nomic and cultural reasons
and then went on with a
description of our tight
economy, completely neg
lecting the concern of
culture. This very ignor
ance of culture and our ten
dency to push it behind the
more practical outlook
is the reason why the
young ones pull out.
It is not for lack of eco
nomy that they leave but it
is, instead, our over con
cern with it, and our neglect
of culture. The editorial
didn't seem to consider cul
ture any more deserving
than a mere mention and
this seems to be the outlook
of the whole state.
Culture is thought of as
a kind of bother and some
thing that will go away if
it is ignored long enough.
Pleasures of the mind and
eye are considered trivial
endeavors and we only
seem to be dimly aware of
non-physical values. Any
project that might be
meaningful toward a high
er culture is quickly
squelched under our stag
nant preoccupation with the
more practical proposal.
Our environment is pol
luted ' by dull practicality
and the only beauty to be
seen is nature's. Our archi
tecture is miserable. The
buildings are as stero
typed and meaningless as
Look around you, and
even the most sensitive eye
can find no beauty in our
man-made environment. It
is still a wonder to me how
we ever built the state
capitol, our single achieve
ment of really good
The University's art gal
lery has one of the finest
collections in the country
but who cares and who
comes to see it? Lincoln
has a symphony orchestra
but it is more of a hobby
for it's members than a
source of enjoyment for the
A university is imagined
to be a breeding ground
for the higher things of life.
But even our campus atmo
sphere is more concerned
with beer drinking, busy
work 'activities, queen elect
ing and almost anything
that doesn't involve con
trolled thought. And such
things as the Art Gallery,
University Theater, Foreign
Film Society, and Communi
ty Concerts only receive
mediocre support.
We seem to perpetuate
our own stagnation and it
is no wonder that we would
prefer to have our fun here
and then move on to high
er atmosphere when we
graduate. And unless there
is a great change of ideals,
values, and attitudes both
in the old and young, Ne
braska will always remain
a friendly place but a rath
er stagnant one too.
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beating supposedly because
of their lack of "blase self
assurance." t
Now, applying this criter
ia to Nebraska, where stu
dents can still get enthu
siastic eiough over a foot
ball game to tear down the
goalposts or indignant
enough over an abridge
ment of academic freedom
to send petitions to the
state legislature, one can
imagine how socially unac
ceptable we become to East
erners. .
As a matter of fact, our
campus must be just a
cut above some of our boun
tiously productive barn
yards to the average Ivy
League student.
Which makes the average
Nebraska student about as
socially acceptable at an
Eastern school as... Well,
I'll let you fill it in. ' ,
Clod With Mud
If the average NU grad
is regarded as somewhat of
a clod with mud still a foot
deep on his shoes accord
ing to the standards of the
East, I for one, am totally
If all an activity needs to
make itself socially accept
able is blase self assur
ance, some strange kinds of
socially acceptable activi
ties might turn up. '
A system of values which
.penalizes enthusiasm and
active support by large
numbers of people is really
a little appalling to consid
er. For instance, there never
was a fundamental right or
basic freedom secured with
out the complete and en
thusiastic support of a large
number of citizens.
Also, said rights were
never and are never going
to be successfuly defended
without complete and en
thusiastic support of an
equal number of citizens.
Full of Leaders
And history is full of lead-.
ers with tricks of manner
who have been able to con
vince everyone else that
what they were doing was
the most worthwhile thing.
Enough, of Eastern
p s u e d o-sophistication. .1
guess our midwestern mor
al blue jeans are just as
warm in the face of the icy
blasts of social apathy as
b u c k 1 e-in-the-back Ivy
. . . And maybe a good
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